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New York: An Indian-American music professor has created an online education platform offering inexpensive creative arts courses from some of the world’s leading institutions, including Stanford University and Princeton University. creativearts

Created by Ajay Kapur, 35, associate dean of digital arts at the California Institute of Arts in Valencia, the website called Kadenze has drawn 30 additional institutions besides the original 18 which are interested in offering courses, India West reported.

Currently, the site is offering 24 foundation courses with more planned for the future.

Some of the courses being offered include project management for designers, sound production for musicians and artists and introduction to graphic illustration.

Users can either have limited access to the courses for free or pay $7 per month for full access.

The full access includes graded assignments that contribute to the student’s portfolio, a statement of accomplishment, and class rankings indicating if the student is within the top 10, five or one percent of students.

“The price of going to college is getting completely out of control. For creative people and people studying the arts, that is insane. The only thing it will accomplish is that you will not be an artist,” Kapur was quoted as saying.

With partnerships from a publisher and software companies like Adobe and Ableton, Kadenze also offers its premium students discounts in supplies and materials needed for the courses.

Students who want to take the courses for credit can upgrade for $300 per credit.

“Instead of spending $20,000 to $30,000 per semester, which is what it’s costing, on Kadenze, you will be able to do a semester in $4,500,” Kapur said.

(IANS)

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Chawla, who was born in Karnal and emigrated to the US with an aeronautical engineering degree from Punjab Engineering College, died in 2003 on her second mission when space shuttle Columbia disintegrated while returning to earth.

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United States President Donald Trump has hailed the late Indian American astronaut Kalpana Chawla as an inspiration for millions of American girls.
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United States President Donald Trump has hailed the late Indian American astronaut Kalpana Chawla as an inspiration for millions of American girls.

“Chawla’s courage and passion continue to serve as an inspiration for millions of American girls who dream of one day becoming astronauts,” Trump said on Monday in a proclamation honouring Americans of Asian and Pacific Islands descent.

Trump said that during this month "we recognize their tremendous contributions, which have helped strengthen our communities, industries, Armed Forces, national security, and institutions of governance".
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The month of May is celebrated in the US as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Trump said that during this month “we recognize their tremendous contributions, which have helped strengthen our communities, industries, Armed Forces, national security, and institutions of governance”.

Praising the contributions of Asian Americans, he said: “Through their industriousness and love of country, our Nation has enjoyed the privileges and enrichments of multiple innovations and societal advancements.”

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Chawla, who was born in Karnal and emigrated to the US with an aeronautical engineering degree from Punjab Engineering College, died in 2003 on her second mission when space shuttle Columbia disintegrated while returning to earth.

“Indian American Kalpana Chawla was the first woman of Indian descent to fly in space, and became an American hero for her devotion to the Space Shuttle program and its various missions transporting cargo and crew to and from the International Space Station,” Trump said in his proclamation. (IANS)

 

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