Punjab approves development of Amity University Campus in Mohali : The Tribune India

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Chandigarh, December 2

Punjab Cabinet has approved the establishment of a world-class university campus by the Amity Education Group in Mohali’s IT-city, thus paving it as a major educational hub.

This decision was made during a Cabinet chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, here, through video conferencing.

The Cabinet also gave a nod to the draft of “The Amity University Ordinance 2020”, and authorized the Chief Minister to approve the final draft prepared by the Legal Remembrancer, without placing it again before the Cabinet.

An official spokesperson said after the meeting, that the self-financed private “Amity University Punjab”, being established as a high research and innovation-driven university on a 40-acre state-of-the-art campus, which would be developed at a prime location in Mohali, SAS Nagar, with an investment of Rs 664.32 crore over 5 years.

The university would become functional from the next academic year with its first session set to commence in June-July 2021.

This would be located 10-minutes away from Chandigarh-Mohali airport.

The upcoming university would be instrumental in imparting world-class higher education to the students to empower them to compete globally, and be gainfully equipped.

It would have an annual intake of 1,500-2,000 students.

Besides being a hub of high-end research and international collaborations, the university will diverse job-oriented graduate, postgraduate, PhD and post-PhD programmes within the framework of the UGC and Punjab State’s regulations.

In line with the New Education Policy 2020, it will encourage interdisciplinary approach beyond boundaries.

Expected to bring quality education to Mohali, and usher in the overall development of the region, it would be a multi-disciplinary University, with various departments like Engineering Computer-IT, Communication, Commerce, Management, Psychology, Liberal Arts, English Literature etc.

The Punjab government has made it mandatory to reserve 15 per cent of students from Punjab, 5 per cent of the total number of students would be given free education as part of the ordinance, and its terms and conditions.

The university would be recruiting teaching and non-teaching staff as per UGC Guidelines.

Notably, the state govt had formulated “Punjab Private Universities Policy, 2010” to promote quality hight education.

Accordingly, the Ritnand Balved Education Foundation, New Delhi, had submitted a proposal for setting up Amity University at Block-D in Sector-82 Alpha, IT City, SAS Nagar (Mohali).

After considering the proposal and adopting the required procedure as per the aforesaid policy, the Letter of Intent was issued to the sponsoring body on February 18, 2020, by the Higher Education department.

The university in Mohali is the tenth university to be established by the not-for-profit Amity Education Group, one of India’s leading global education groups with over 175,000 students and 6,000 faculty across its 9 universities and 26 schools, and campuses in 16 countries worldwide.

As a commitment to establish the world-class institutions in the state of Punjab, Amity will invest Rs. 700+ Crore for its recently established Amity International School, Mohali and its forthcoming Amity University in Mohali, Punjab.

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Overseas aid budget for education cut by a quarter this year, data shows | Global development

The overseas aid budget for education was slashed by more than a quarter by the government this year, even before this week’s further axing of a third of aid spending, according to analysis seen by the Guardian.

As anger met the government’s announcement this week, it was revealed that it has already reneged on the Tory manifesto pledge by cutting primary and secondary education funding as part of £2.9bn of cuts made by Dominic Raab in July. On Wednesday in parliament, while announcing he would seek to legally cut the aid budget from 0.7% to 0.5% of gross national income, Raab reiterated a promise to prioritise girls’ education, which was immediately dismissed as “empty rhetoric” by the shadow international secretary.

Labour MP Preet Gill said data analysis showed the government had now broken not one, but two manifesto commitments. Save the Children, whose researchers did the analysis, said the government’s promises on aid and development are “meaningless currency”.

The overseas aid budget from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is currently £8.7bn–£2.8bn less than the £11.5bn spent in 2019–20.

There has been a 26% reduction in spend on education, according to analysis of data from the International Aid Transparency Initiative, provided by FCDO. Health has seen a 16% increase, due to a refocus on activities related to Covid-19, such as the global fund, medical research and infectious disease control. However, other areas of health funding that are critical for children – such as basic nutrition, family planning and reproductive healthcare – have been cut, the data shows.

Richard Watts, a senior adviser in development finance at Save the Children, said: “Primary and secondary education were the focus of these education cuts. While they have maintained projects specifically related to girls’ education, the cuts to primary and secondary education will have an important impact on girls’ education.”

Watts said he was also concerned about the reprioritising of the health budget due to Covid, because it has meant a decline in funding to basic nutrition and on family planning and reproductive health.

Gill contrasted the drop in aid funding for primary and secondary schooling with Raab’s comments in the Commons. “The analysis today really calls into question his saying we are going to use the aid budget for girls’ education. That is simply not the case.

“You can’t trust this government, because that’s two commitments. They reneged on the 0.7% manifesto and again on girls’ education. This idea that he’s saying he has prioritised girls’ education at the very same time that there’s been cuts in the money spend by ODA [official development assistance] on education by his department. We’ve seen one programme that they did cut was supporting 200,000 vulnerable young girls completing their schooling, and also cutting teenage pregnancies and sexual violence programmes in Rwanda. These are really important when it comes to addressing inequality.

“So I don’t think we can trust his latest pledge that he is going to prioritise girls going forward … He announced the £2.9bn

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Enter Into a Global Pharmacovigilance Agreement

PRINCETON, N.J. & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., announced an agreement with research experts from the Columbia University Irving Center Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Mailman School of Public Health to help support the epidemiological needs of Otsuka Global Pharmacovigilance (GPV) for products, enhanced training, and employee education.

The three-year agreement, through October 2022, draws on the extensive expertise of faculty at Columbia Mailman and the Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Faculty members will work with Otsuka on activities such as post-marketing safety and effectiveness studies, the development of data registries, and investigations of rare exposures and outcomes. Columbia Mailman faculty will also provide executive education to Otsuka’s pharmacovigilance and clinical research and development employees, including conducting workshops in epidemiology and biostatistics, journal clubs, seminars, and formal courses.

“The expertise and scientific depth of the Columbia University Irving Medical Center faculty will help us enhance the epidemiological support for various Otsuka Global Pharmacovigilance regulatory reports and publications,” said Mirza I. Rahman, MD, MPH, senior vice president and chief global pharmacovigilance officer, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., and a Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health alumnus. “Patient safety is our highest priority and the knowledge sharing, learning, and scientific exchange resulting from this initiative is consistent with Otsuka’s commitment to excellence in pharmacovigilance.”

Leading Columbia Mailman School’s research team is Alfred I. Neugut, MD, PhD, MPH, professor of Epidemiology and Myron M. Studner, professor of Cancer Research in Medicine at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Other members of the Columbia University Irving Medical Center team include Drs. Judith Jacobson, Lambert Lumey, Jason Wright, and Daniel Freedberg.

“Our work with Otsuka is a unique and innovative approach to enhancing drug surveillance and safety efforts,” said Dr. Neugut of the Mailman School.

About Otsuka

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. is a global healthcare company with the corporate philosophy: “Otsuka–people creating new products for better health worldwide.” Otsuka researches, develops, manufactures and markets innovative products, with a focus on pharmaceutical products to meet unmet medical needs and nutraceutical products for the maintenance of everyday health.

In pharmaceuticals, Otsuka is a leader in the challenging areas of mental, renal and cardiovascular health and has additional research programs in oncology and on several under-addressed diseases including tuberculosis, a significant global public health issue. These commitments illustrate how Otsuka is a “big venture” company at heart, applying a youthful spirit of creativity in everything it does.

Otsuka established a presence in the U.S. in 1973 and today its U.S. affiliates include Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC) and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OAPI). These two companies’ 1,700 employees in the U.S. develop and commercialize medicines in the areas of mental health, nephrology and cardiology, using cutting-edge technology to address unmet healthcare needs. Otsuka’s most recently approved product in the U.S. is the first-ever treatment for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, a genetic disorder in which fluid-filled cysts develop in the

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University of Utah Launches Summit Venture Studio, a Novel Software Development Accelerator and Investment Fund

SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The University of Utah’s Partners for Innovation, Ventures, Outreach & Technology (PIVOT) Center is pleased to announce the launch of Summit Venture Studio, which focuses on the commercialization of the myriad software applications developed in the university setting.

Summit Venture Studio (SVS) provides capital and experienced talent to develop, launch and scale university software startups and bring products to market more efficiently and rapidly.

Summit Venture Studio, headed by co-founders and managing directors Peter Djokovich and Taylor Bench, applies proven go-to-market strategies to university environments, providing creative and innovative alternatives that help university software-based technologies find a viable path to market. SVS overcomes challenges with commercialization by providing both the necessary talent to transition software into commercial applications and capital to get the product to market.

Driving Summit Venture Studio’s creation was the experience of Djokovich and Bench, combined with insights from the U’s technology transfer office, a division of PIVOT Center. Djokovich was PIVOT Center’s first mentor-in-residence, while Bench managed PIVOT Center’s equity portfolio. Along with PIVOT Center’s leadership team, they recognized what was needed to propel software-based startups; hundreds of millions of research dollars invested in universities each year. Summit Venture Studio will apply techniques from the private sector to the untapped and unrealized software innovations frozen within institutions of higher education to create much-needed routes to profitable commercialization.

“While part of the team at the U’s technology transfer office I walked the university halls and met with hundreds of amazing inventors who generated thousands of innovative ideas,” said Bench. “With hundreds of millions of dollars of research funding going to SVS’s university partners to generate new ideas and solutions, there is a giant unmet need to help get these technology advancements to market. We have chosen to focus our efforts on doing this for the software created by cutting edge researchers.”

“I have led teams that have been successfully innovating global enterprise software here in Utah for many decades. We prioritize SVS’s engagement and contribution to the Utah innovation community by attracting national and global investor capital, attention from corporate licensee partners and the broader technology transfer community and serving as a catalyst for our highly-regarded local Utah talent,” said Djokovich. “For investors, because we know how to successfully scale software businesses, SVS reduces risk and improves return-on-investment by rapidly accelerating time-to-market for potentially profitable ideas.

“And, we’ve established the Summit Venture Studio Solutions Network as a platform for identifying and collaborating with diverse expertise in the Utah community,” Djokovich said. “One of our objectives for our SVS Solutions Network is to discover, utilize and develop service providers in order to support our businesses and potential future founders. A second objective is to also discover, utilize and develop management teams for our businesses as exit partners.”

Summit Venture Studio works with PIVOT Center to discover and cultivate software innovation coming from the U, guiding invention disclosure initiatives and collaborating with software developers to assess their technology and market potential. Software innovations are

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Intertek Supports the Development of Products for The Ocean Cleanup Ensuring Quality, Testing and Compliance of Recycled Materials

Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, is a proud supporter of the development of materials and products for The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organisation developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic debris, microplastics and lost fishing gear and netting.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located in the North Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and California, is considered the ocean’s largest collection of trash. By deploying a fleet of floater systems with a screen underneath, The Ocean Cleanup has estimated that 50 percent of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch can be removed every 5 years.

With the first ocean mission complete, the management of the collection of the plastic has begun. In order to ensure the collected plastics are used again in other products, the goal is to convert the collected ocean plastic into products that can be sold to the public and have 100% of the proceeds help fund future ocean operations.

Intertek has provided guidance on The Ocean Cleanup’s Quality Management System, as well as provided testing services for materials used in the products. Intertek’s team of experienced quality managers worked closely with The Ocean Cleanup to understand their operations and strategic objectives and using their valuable industry expertise designed compatible processes and documentation to facilitate the development of safe and durable materials from which the products are made.

Intertek looks for continuous efforts to demonstrate its commitment to the protection of the environment through reduction of carbon and other emissions, preventing pollution and reducing waste, utilising renewables and conserving natural resources. “We are at a tipping point; the pressure is mounting for companies to embrace sustainability,” said Ayush Dhital, Global Business Line Leader Intertek. “We are delighted to be part of the movement of those solving one of the biggest environmental problems of this era.”

At Intertek, we share The Ocean Cleanup’s vision to contribute to a more sustainable world through technology and innovation.

To learn more about our sustainability services visit: www.intertek.com/sustainability/assurance/ or to learn more about The Ocean Cleanup visit: https://theoceancleanup.com/



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Norwich University presents free online symposium “Redefining Workforce Development in a Challenging Business Reality”

Sessions from Norwich Pro® will spur discussion on key topics in today’s workforce development in the age of a pandemic, a changing economy and more.

Northfield, Vt., Oct. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Norwich University Innovation Center of Denver presents “Redefining Workforce Development in a Challenging Business Reality,” a free one-day online symposium, on Oct. 28.

Workshop sessions, running from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. MDT, will teach new workforce initiatives and employee training concepts to help human resource professionals, executive management and trainers remain successful in the rapidly changing marketplace.

Sessions from Norwich Pro® will spur discussion on key topics in today’s workforce development in the age of a pandemic, a changing economy and more:

  • Wall Street versus Main Street – Daniel Daoust – Norwich Pro director.

  • Advanced Technologies and Artificial Intelligence – Daniel Daoust – Norwich Pro director.

  • Innovation and Design Thinking – Steve Palmer – Norwich Pro instructor and businessman/innovator.

  • Organizational Resiliency and Mental Toughness – Darren Whysall – executive coach and coach supervisor, Barclay’s UK, mental toughness practitioner.

  • Organizational Leadership in Times of Crisis, Rex Marks – retired police chief/leadership programs director.

  • Strategic Communication & Crucial Conversations – Yogini Joglekar, PhD, leadership Instructor.

  • Energy Resilience – Kahwa Douoguih, PhD – Entrepreneur, economist and senior fellow, Norwich University Center for Global Resilience and Security.

Attendees will access a virtual online environment to view the virtual symposium, participate and network.

Register online at pro.norwich.edu/symposium by Oct. 26.


Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s 200-year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; graduate certificates; and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention. online.norwich.edu  

CONTACT: Daphne Larkin Norwich University 802-485-2886 [email protected]

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Education Thought Leaders Introduce a New Model of Teacher Development and Evaluation

Bloomington, Ind., Oct. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In Improving Teacher Development and Evaluation—published by Marzano Resources—authors Robert J. Marzano, Cameron L. Rains and Philip Warrick with Julia L. Simms introduce a paradigm-shifting approach to supporting teacher growth and evaluating performance. 

Written for teachers, coaches and educational leaders, the book is separated into two parts: improving teacher development and improving teacher evaluation. 

  • In part II, readers will find a discussion of the inherent problems with classroom observations, along with a concrete way to solve such problems. This section also includes specific steps about how to generate reliable and valid teacher evaluation scores and how to use them in a manner that improves the teaching workforce.

When speaking to the need for a new model of teacher improvement and evaluation, the authors explained, “Teachers and other professionals can only develop expertise over a substantial period of time, but time alone is insufficient—expertise requires effective practice. This focused effort is often missing in education.” 

John and Sheila Eller, authors and education consultants, offered high praise for the book, stating, “At last, a comprehensive and practical guide to leverage the teacher appraisal process and impact professional growth … This is a must-read for anyone charged with supporting teachers on their professional growth journeys.” 

Improving Teacher Development and Evaluation is available to order at MarzanoResources.com. 


About the Authors 
Robert J. Marzano, PhD, is cofounder and chief academic officer of Marzano Resources in Denver, Colorado. During his 50 years in the field of education, he has worked with educators as a speaker and trainer and has authored more than 50 books and 200 articles on topics such as instruction, assessment, writing and implementing standards, cognition, effective leadership and school intervention. 

Philip B. Warrick, EdD, is an author and consultant and has worked globally in the areas of school leadership, instruction, collaborative practices and grading. In 2010, Dr. Warrick was invited to participate in the Texas Principals’ Visioning Institute, where he worked with other principals to develop model practices for Texas schools. He also previously served as a regional president for the Nebraska Council of School Administrators (NCSA).

Cameron L. Rains, EdD, is the director of school improvement for Solution Tree, where he works with schools, districts and state education agencies to ensure that all students are learning at high levels. Dr. Rains delivers professional development on a wide range of topics across the US, and he serves as lead on the High Reliability Teacher model. 

About Marzano Resources
Marzano Resources is dedicated to helping K–12 educators advance student achievement. Built on the foundation of Dr. Robert J. Marzano’s 50 years of education research, Marzano Resources supports teachers and administrators through customizable on-site professional development, educator events, virtual coaching, books, videos and online courses. Marzano Resources’s associates and authors are thought leaders in the field of education and deliver research-backed guidance for all major areas of schooling, including curriculum development, instruction, assessment, student engagement and personalized competency-based education.

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243-unit affordable housing development coming to Fairview and University

A five-story, two-building housing development that guarantees a wide mix of affordable apartments for 30 years is coming to the Green Line.

a close up of a toy: Reuter Walton Development will build a 243-unit apartment complex at the northwest corner of University Avenue and Fairview Avenue in St. Paul, the current site of a Goodwill Industries parking lot, it was announced on Dec. 13, 2019. The affordable "workforce housing" project, to begin construction in late 2020, will span two seven-story buildings facing University Avenue. (Courtesy of Reuter Walton)

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Reuter Walton Development will build a 243-unit apartment complex at the northwest corner of University Avenue and Fairview Avenue in St. Paul, the current site of a Goodwill Industries parking lot, it was announced on Dec. 13, 2019. The affordable “workforce housing” project, to begin construction in late 2020, will span two seven-story buildings facing University Avenue. (Courtesy of Reuter Walton)

The planned 243-unit affordable housing development at Fairview and University avenues in St. Paul took a major step forward earlier this week when the city council approved $30 million in conduit multi-family housing revenue bonds.


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Developer Reuter Walton will use bond sales to borrow money from investors based on the city’s favorable interest rate. Actual city funds are not changing hands for the $64 million project.

The vacant and boarded property at 1825 University Ave. W. sits near the Fairview Light Rail transit station. The finished project will include a play lot, underground and surface parking, and 2,500 square feet of commercial space anchoring the street corner at ground level.

The two buildings will span 15 studios, 89 one-bedrooms, 63 two-bedrooms and 76 three-bedroom units.

In total, 27 of the apartments will be “deeply affordable,” or targeted to renters earning no more than 30 percent of area median income, which is currently $31,000 for a family of four.

Another 83 units will be priced at 50 percent of area median income, 58 units at 60 percent, and 75 units at 80 percent. The affordability requirement will remain in place for 30 years.

Reuter Walton last year drew the ire of labor advocates, including the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, which accused them of benefiting from wage theft allegedly conducted by seven subcontractors at 22 projects.

On Wednesday, HRA Chair Chris Tolbert and fellow Council Member Mitra Jalali praised Reuter Walton for disassociating themselves from alleged bad actors.

“They worked with the unions on better contracting standards and practices,” said Jalali, who represents the neighborhood. “This developer took a lot of steps to change and improve their practices.”

The project will be funded with a Fannie Mae permanent loan of $42 million, housing revenue bonds, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, a Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development contamination cleanup grant of $331,000, and a Metropolitan Council Tax Base Revitalization Account contamination cleanup deferred loan of $112,000, among other sources.

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Georgia Tech Professional Education Expands and Updates Military Programs for Active Duty Service Member Professional Development

SAVANNAH AND ATLANTA, GA, Oct. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Georgia Tech Professional Education is updating its impressive selection of Military Programs, which now includes the addition of U.S. Army Credentialing Assistance opportunities to assist active duty service members.

Credentialing Assistance allows soldiers from around the nation to pursue credentials and off-duty training programs that support their professional development and prepare them for meaningful employment upon transition from service.

Georgia Tech Professional Education’s military programs offer skill development in sought-after subjects, such as lean six sigma and project management. Upon completion, participants receive a professional certificate from a world-renowned academic institution and are better positioned for career advancement.

U.S. Army Credentialing Assistance funds training for soldiers that leads to credentials, licensure, certification and even recertification through ACCESS, ArmyU plus books, fees, materials and exams. Georgia Tech Professional Education programs are CA-eligible and available online, making it easy for service members anywhere to enroll in some of the nation’s top courses.

“Georgia Tech Professional Education Military Programs have long been sought-after resources for our local service men and women, and have – over the past few years – become valuable options for military members across the nation, thanks to online platforms,” said Dr. James R. Wilburn, Military Academic Program Director for Georgia Tech Professional Education. “We’re pleased to diversify our offerings and provide even more ways to take advantage of them through Credentialing Assistance.”

Georgia Tech has an established history of supporting military programs. The Project Management Institute (PMI), the national credentialing agency for all project management programs, was founded at Georgia Tech in 1969. Now, over 50 years later, project management programs are offered at Georgia Tech Professional Education as one of the course options eligible for Credentialing Assistance.  

Soldiers in any state can apply for Credentialing Assistance to help support their enrollment at Georgia Tech Professional Education by going to https://www.armyignited.com/app/. To learn more or take advantage of the excellent training, opportunities and guidance offered by Georgia Tech Professional Education, contact Kenya Harrison at [email protected]

Among the first of its kind in the U.S., Georgia Tech-Professional Education Military Programs includes a variety of options, including transition courses that provide education for veterans and job opportunities to help active-duty service members, veterans, and military spouses translate military values and experience into a successful civilian career. In addition to Credentialing Assistance, the Veterans Education Training and Transition (VET2) program is a fully-funded military transition program that combines classroom and/or online instruction with internship opportunities to provide education for veterans and job opportunities to help active duty service members, veterans, and military spouses translate military values and experience into a successful civilian career.


Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE) is the global campus and lifetime education arm of the Georgia Institute of Technology, a top-10 ranked Public University by U.S. News & World Report. GTPE offers more than 600 courses and bootcamps, 63 professional certificate programs, and 13 online degree programs in tech, business, and industry

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