Monthly Archive: June 2018

Quote by Dr. Rupamanjari Ghosh, the Vice-Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University on Government’s decision to scrap UGC


Greetings on behalf of Shiv Nadar University!

Post today’s announcement by the Government to scrap UGC, enclosed is a reactive quote on behalf of Dr. Rupamanjari Ghosh, the Vice-Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University around the education sector.

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“We welcome the draft of the new "Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act) Act 2018". It is a very good move to define the function of the new Commission as has been done, to "take steps for promoting the quality of academic instructions and maintenance of academic standards".

I hope that the new Commission will be a true enabler, actively encouraging healthy competition, and creating an open, collaborative environment for excellence in the higher education sector. Higher educational institutions should be empowered and self-regulatory — institutional accountability may be monitored in a transparent, fair and progressive manner.

The success of the Commission will depend on the procedures it develops for the implementation of the Act, and very importantly, on the leadership. Since the new Commission will not subsume the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), the Acts of AICTE and NCTE should be revised.”

-Dr. Rupamanjari Ghosh

Vice-Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University

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Press release : I Am Kalam and Kadvi Hawa’s director Nila Madhab Panda’s next, HALKAA wins Grand Prix for best fil m at the Kinolub Festival for Children and Youth, Poland

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I Am Kalam and Kadvi Hawa’s director Nila Madhab Panda’s next, HALKAAwins Grand Prix for best film at the Kinolub Festival for Children and Youth, Poland

~After winning the Grand Prix De Montreal at the 21st Montréal International Children’s Film Festival where it had its World Premiere, this is the second Grand Prix that the film has received~

~Presented by Shiv Nadar Foundation and featuring Ranvir Shorey, Paoli Dam and child actor Tathastu, Halkaa is set to release on 31st August~

Delhi, June 12, 2018: After winning the Grand Prix De Montreal at the 21st Montréal International Children’s Film Festival, Nila Madhab Panda’s next feature, Halkaa bags another Grand Prix for the best film at the Kinolub Festival for Children and Youth, Poland. Presented by Shiv Nadar Foundation and produced by Akshay Parija and Nila Madhab Panda, Halkaa is set to release on 31st August. The Shiv Nadar Foundation is a philanthropic organization established by Shiv Nadar, Founder of HCL – a $8 billion leading technology and healthcare enterprise.

The jury stated while presenting the award, “We awarded the Grand Prix to the film Halkaa for courage in undertaking a difficult subject and presenting it in an original and light way, accessible to the young viewer. The added value for the Polish audience is the opportunity to learn about the realities of living in a culturally remote country.”

Halkaa (Relief) is a unique take on a slum child’s heroism, aspirations and dreams. The child protagonist, Pichku fights for the basic problem that he faces every day; defecating in the open amongst others. It is his dream to make a toilet of his own where he can enjoy his privacy and do the deed in peace. The Shiv Nadar Foundation partnered with Nila Madhab Panda for the movie as it mirrored the core of the Foundation’s belief that transformation begins with one person or one child addressing one issue at a time. With the movie, the Foundation hopes to inspire several others to reach for their dreams and achieve them.

The light-hearted film, features child actor Tathastu as Pichku, and Ranvir Shorey and Paoli Dam essay the role of his parents.

National-Award winning director of Kadvi Hawa and I am Kalam, Nila Madhab Panda says, “It is indeed a proud moment for us to receive Grand Prix for the second time within months. We are planning to release the film in India on August 31st and hoping to get the same kind of love from Indian audience.”

“Halkaa has become the toast of the international film festivals. We are proud to see the film travelling to many film festivals around the world.” The director adds with pride.

Halkaa is selected at many prestigious international children’s film festivals this year including 58th International Film Festival for Children and Youth. It including Czech Republic, International Film Festival SCHLINGEL, Germany, Tel Aviv Int’l Children’s FF, Israel, Buster in Denmark.

Festivals and Awards


Winner- Grand Prix – Kinolub Festival for Children and Youth, Poland.

OFFICIAL SELECTION – 58TH ZLIN Film Festival, Czech Republic

IN COMPETITION – 23rd Schlingel Int’l FF, Germany
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 23rd La Matatena, Mexico
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Tel Aviv Int’l Children’s FF, Israel
IN COMPETITION- London Indian Film Festival


About Shiv Nadar Foundation

The Shiv Nadar Foundation ( has been established by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL – a $8 billion leading global technology and IT enterprise, with over 120,000 employees across 31 countries. Founded in 1976, HCL is one of India’s original IT garage start-ups and offers diverse business aligned technology solutions spanning the entire hardware and software spectrum, to a focused range of industry verticals.

The Foundation is committed to the creation of a more equitable, merit-based society by empowering individuals to bridge the socio-economic divide. To that purpose the Foundation is focused on the underdeveloped disciplinary areas in India related to transformational education, creativity and art.

The Foundation set up the SSN Institutions ( in 1996, comprising the SSN College of Engineering (already a highly ranked private engineering college in India), in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Foundation has also set up VidyaGyan (, a residential leadership academy for meritorious rural children, at Bulandshahr and Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh. In addition, the Foundation runs the Shiv Nadar University (, an international multi-disciplinary university with strong research orientation located in Greater Noida in India’s National Capital Region and the Shiv Nadar School (, a network of progressive urban schools across India aimed to provide children with education that creates lifelong learners. The Foundation has also set up the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (, India’s largest private philanthropic museum in modern and contemporary art, with the vision to take art to the common public.


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Hughes Global Education announces Next-Gen Proctoring platform | Press Release


Hughes Global Education announces Next-Gen Proctoring platform

Introduces advanced online proctoring across Programs for working executives delivered over Hughes Interactive Onsite Learning Platform

Tuesday, 12th June, 2018: Hughes Global Education, today announced the launch of its fifth generation online assessment platform; for IOL platform in India. Aimed at ensuring a fair, equal and standardized opportunity for each student, the new assessment platform comes equipped with inbuilt monitoring and recording features, developed to address the growing need of proctoring requirements across various partner institutions.

The assessment platform is intelligent enough equipped with semi AI features, it will not only capture data from audio and video feeds, but is also capable of detecting movements/noise, background distractions, and use of unfair means like collaborative cheating.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Partho Banerjee, President, and Managing Director, Hughes Communications India Ltd. (HCIL), the parent company of HGEIL, stated, “We are very happy to announce the new generation AOL-5G platform in India, exclusively delivered & developed in-house by Hughes Global Education. Hughes has been the pioneer in technology-based learning, with path breaking innovations and models for last 16 years, and with the introduction of this new advanced platform equipped with best in class online proctoring capabilities, we look forward to bringing an unmatched advantage to both partner institution and students with fair and ethical assessments. The system will also be a game changer in Direct To Desktop based synchronous learning initiative.”

The system also couples with an advanced online assessment system. Students will be able to view answered, unanswered and marked for review questions in the grid while attempting the examination. The program also aims at reducing accidental closures by students as coordinator can only close the window through password.

Further, proctor module will allow the programme to capture multiple streams of data. On detection of any event beyond permissible limits, the platform will raise an automatic flag for further checking to concerned authorities. Once the student exits the AOL platform, the platform will automatically restore all features disabled as part of the assessment.

Hughes Global Education has collaborated with reputed institutions in India such as the IITs, IIMs, IIFT ,XLRI and others to offer online education and training programs on a large scale including specialized courses for working executives across Leadership, Management, Banking, and Finance areas.


About Hughes Global Education India

Hughes Global Education India Ltd (HGEIL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Communications India Ltd (HCIL) which is India’s leading provider of broadband networks and a majority owned subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, LLC. HGEIL provides the Hughes Interactive Onsite Learning platform for satellite- based education and training for working professionals/students. Delivered over a live, interactive, real-time, two-way video, voice and data platform, it is available today in 75 classrooms in 30 odd cities. HGEIL has redefined the next generation of education, i.e. the real-time Interactive Onsite Learning platform. Started in 2001and the first of its kind in India, this platform seamlessly integrates the strengths of traditional methods of education—classroom teaching—with the latest in technology.

About Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the global leader in broadband satellite technology and services for home and office. Its flagship high-speed satellite Internet service is HughesNet®, the world’s largest satellite network with over 1 million residential and business customers across North America and Brazil. For large enterprises and governments, the company’s HughesON® managed network services provide complete connectivity solutions employing an optimized mix of satellite and terrestrial technologies. The JUPITER™ System is the world’s most widely deployed High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) platform, operating on more than 20 satellites by leading service providers, delivering a wide range of broadband enterprise, mobility and cellular backhaul applications. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 6 million terminals to customers in over 100 countries, representing approximately 50 percent market share, and its technology is powering broadband services to aircraft around the world.

Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations. For additional information about Hughes, please visit and follow @Hughes_Corp on Twitter.

About EchoStar

EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is a premier global provider of satellite communication solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its Hughes Network Systems and EchoStar Satellite Services business segments. For more information, visit Follow @EchoStar on Twitter.


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