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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Four Indian varsities will launch the project ‘EQUAL’ by the beginning of next year to offer a new concept of ‘online education’ to the Indian students.

The project EQUAL (Enhancing Quality, Access and Governance of Higher Education in India) will be a boon for the poor students who are long deprived from getting the taste of education, said a minister.

As per an official, the project will offer a blended learning platform (online plus face-to-face) for undergraduate students in India.

The four participating universities are, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Ambedkar University, Delhi, University of Hyderabad and Shiv Nadar University in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh.

“For India, the solution can’t be purely classroom nor purely online. It has to be a mix of both. Through EQUAL, students will have the desired mobility. We are planning to launch pilot courses by the end of this year or beginning of next year,” said Supriya Chaudhuri, faculty coordinator and project member from Jadavpur University.

“In addition, since it will be adopted by Indian varsities and colleges as part of their curriculum, it will not have the drawbacks of MOOCs — low completion rates and inadequate certification,” she said, adding the courses, designed in the Moodle software, will be free.

The project is funded by the European Union under its programme ‘Support to Indo-European Interactions in Higher Education,’ and the initiative is supported by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The administrative support is being provided by the British Council India’s division for Internationalising Higher Education.

The four Indian universities are working in collaboration with King’s College London and the University of Bologna, Italy.

The project mainly focused on four interdisciplinary areas-natural resources, environment and sustainable technology, human ecology, cultural studies and critical thinking.

“We urge universities and colleges to adopt this system so that students can have access to the best lectures and courses across India,” said Sugata Hazra, another project coordinator from Jadavpur University.

The university is hosting the project website and creating the e-learning platform to run online courses through virtual classrooms.

“The aim is to create partnerships between Europe and India, and between Indian universities, adapting the ‘Bologna Process’ to the Indian context,” said a professor of Jadavpur University.

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Why Study MBA in Canada

According to the national statistics office, the number of migrants entering Canada has grown from 250,000 last year to around 300,000 this year

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Canada has a globally recognized world-class education system and is considered one of the best places to pursue MBA. Pixabay

Canada has a highly diverse population and features a wide range of industries, world-class metropolitan cities, and most importantly internationally accredited business schools. Students can pursue a master’s in business administration with a specialized degree in finance, consulting or marketing. There are a lot of career opportunities in Canada, students can find work anywhere from the country’s financial services to any other sector. Many international students who study in the country receive their work visa just after completing their studies and can even expect to get a permanent residency after completing their studies. There are numerous benefits of doing MBA in Canada such as:

Quality education: Canada has a globally recognized world-class education system and is considered one of the best places to pursue MBA. Each year Canada attracts thousands of students from abroad. Its high academic standards and rigorous quality controls reflect the high-quality education provided which helps in successful and long term career plans.

Low tuition cost: Canada is often preferred choice for students because of the low tuition costs. Many organizations provide benefits to the students to pursue their studies successfully. The tuition fee that you pay may vary depending on where you choose to study. It is a developed country with a high-income economy and a successful government which makes it a fantastic place to live and study.

Multicultural experience: Universities come up with different events so that the students can mingle with multicultural people on and off the campus. Even though it is a mixed society but the universities and the government as well are trying to make sure that there won’t be any problems of race and color. They encourage multi-cultural integration and Canada has a national policy for multiculturalism and works to ensure that people’s customs and traditions are preserved and respected.

Research: The study programs delivered by Canadian universities are more focused on research where students get to engage in interesting experiments and projects which are meant to provide students with an innovative study experience.

Internship programs: There are plentiful opportunities for business students who can combine academics with an internship or work experience in the field of your study which in turn can diversify and develop your professional skills.

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Students can pursue a master’s in business administration with a specialized degree in finance, consulting or marketing. Pixabay

Multilingual: English and French are the official languages of Canada and it has become a multilingual country with the arrival of so many people from different nationalities with so many languages, religions, and cultures. It is a great opportunity for the students to learn different languages. Students can enrich their linguistic and communicative skills while being enrolled in a Canadian university.

Immigration: According to the national statistics office, the number of migrants entering Canada has grown from 250,000 last year to around 300,000 this year. On account of the open door policy of Canada, immigrants and their descendants have made immeasurable contributions to Canada’s economy. After completing their studies, students with Canadian credentials and Canadian work experience can apply for permanent residency.

Beautiful landscape: Canada has spectacular scenery, landscapes that can be explored throughout the year. The cold season provides a great opportunity for dedicated skiers and ice skaters to practice their sport in majestic surroundings.

Canada has a highly diverse population and features a wide range of industries, world-class metropolitan cities, and most importantly internationally accredited business schools. Students can pursue a master’s in business administration with a specialized degree in finance, consulting or marketing. There are a lot of career opportunities in Canada, students can find work anywhere from the country’s financial services to any other sector. Many international students who study in the country receive their work visa just after completing their studies and can even expect to get a permanent residency after completing their studies. There are numerous benefits of doing MBA in Canada such as:

Quality education: Canada has a globally recognized world-class education system and is considered one of the best places to pursue MBA. Each year Canada attracts thousands of students from abroad. Its high academic standards and rigorous quality controls reflect the high-quality education provided which helps in successful and long term career plans.

Low tuition cost: Canada is often preferred choice for students because of the low tuition costs. Many organizations provide benefits to the students to pursue their studies successfully. The tuition fee that you pay may vary depending on where you choose to study. It is a developed country with a high-income economy and a successful government which makes it a fantastic place to live and study.

Multicultural experience: Universities come up with different events so that the students can mingle with multicultural people on and off the campus. Even though it is a mixed society but the universities and the government as well are trying to make sure that there won’t be any problems of race and color. They encourage multi-cultural integration and Canada has a national policy for multiculturalism and works to ensure that people’s customs and traditions are preserved and respected.

Research: The study programs delivered by Canadian universities are more focused on research where students get to engage in interesting experiments and projects which are meant to provide students with an innovative study experience.

Internship programs: There are plentiful opportunities for business students who can combine academics with an internship or work experience in the field of your study which in turn can diversify and develop your professional skills.

Multilingual: English and French are the official languages of Canada and it has become a multilingual country with the arrival of so many people from different nationalities with so many languages, religions, and cultures. It is a great opportunity for the students to learn different languages. Students can enrich their linguistic and communicative skills while being enrolled in a Canadian university.

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Canada has a highly diverse population and features a wide range of industries, world-class metropolitan cities, and most importantly internationally accredited business schools. Pixabay

Immigration: According to the national statistics office, the number of migrants entering Canada has grown from 250,000 last year to around 300,000 this year. On account of the open door policy of Canada, immigrants and their descendants have made immeasurable contributions to Canada’s economy. After completing their studies, students with Canadian credentials and Canadian work experience can apply for permanent residency.

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Beautiful landscape: Canada has spectacular scenery, landscapes that can be explored throughout the year. The cold season provides a great opportunity for dedicated skiers and ice skaters to practice their sport in majestic surroundings.