Bangalore, Feb 22 (IANS) Wipro chairman Azim Premji Friday transferred 12 percent (295.5 million) of the IT bellwether's shares, valued at Rs.12,300 crore (Rs.123 billion/$2.3 billion), to an endowment trust headed by him. The transferred shares were held by entities controlled by Premji. As a result, the trust's shareholding in the company has increased to 19.93 percent, including 7.93 percent of shares transferred in 2010 when the trust was set up.
Washington, Feb 22 (IANS) Cooperation in the areas of energy and education could be the next big thing in India-US relations, officials indicated after "a series of very useful and important interactions" between visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and US officals. "In these discussions, the importance of the bilateral partnership in key areas, including energy, trade and economic development, as well as our existing regional and international consultations were reaffirmed," an Indian embassy statement said. "In the year ahead, it is intended that the two sides would increase the frequency and pace of bilateral consultations, including at official and political levels," it said
Raipur, Feb 21 (IANS) As many as 188 schools out of the total 2,304 girl schools in Chhattisgarh have no toilets, the state assembly was told Thursday. In a written reply to Congress Dharamjeet Singh, School Education Minister Brijmohan Agarwal admitted that 188 girl schools have no toilets and 107 don't even have hand-pump facilities.
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) India and Britain Wednesday signed two MoUs for strengthening educational ties between the two countries. The Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) signed by Minister of State for Human Resource Development Jitin Prasada and British Minister of State for Universities and Science David Willetts will focus on strengthening community colleges, an official statement from the ministry said
Hyderabad, Feb 20 (IANS) Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) Vice-Chancellor Mohammad Miyan Wednesday proposed academic exchange programme between his varsity and universities of Saudi Arabia.
Lucknow, Feb 20 (IANS) They'll cost the Utttar Pradesh government a whopping Rs.2,800 crore and their distribution is set to begin, but each of the 1.5 million recipients of the free laptops being given to school-leavers will have no doubt where they came from - what with tamper-proof images of ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on their covers. The laptops were promised by the SP during last year's assembly election campaign and in keeping with that, the images of the two Yadavs will be accompanied by the words "Poore hote vaade" (Fulfilling the promises) and the logo of the state government. Not only that, each time the system is booted out pops a screensaver with images of the two Yadavs
Kolkata, Feb 19 (IANS) Slamming the West Bengal government's decision to postpone student union elections in colleges and universities for six months, the opposition Left Front Tuesday demanded immediate withdrawal of the directive. In a letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Leader of Opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra said the decision was "illogical and a poor attempt to cover up crime and shield criminals in the state". "The decision reflects the administrative as well as political failure of the state government," said Mishra adding that the recent clash between student activists during which a policeman was killed was not an isolated incident
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron Thursday faced a barrage of questions from students at a girls' college here on job opportunities in his country for women from India. Cameron, who is on a three-day visit to India, interacted with students at the Janki Devi Mahavidyalaya here for around 20-30 minutes and was greeted by loud cheers from students when he walked in with actor Aamir Khan. Wearing a blue suit, the British prime minister was close to groups of students and interacted at length with them on various issues, including gender inequality.
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The annual competition for Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright fellowship opportunities has opened for study, research, teaching and professional development in the US. According to the US embassy, outstanding Indian students, academics, teachers, policy planners, administrators, and professionals in all disciplines are encouraged to apply. The India-US bilateral Fulbright agreement has resulted in a significant increase in the number of scholarships awarded each year
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Stress before an exam is normal. But in excess, it's bad - both physically and mentally - and can adversely impact on performance. With the CBSE board exams just two weeks away, doctors say that students have been approaching them for medical intervention for various stress-related symptoms, which, at times, are very serious.