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IIT-Delhi ex-student Soumitra Dutta to be the dean of business college

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Washington: An ex-student of IIT-Delhi, Soumitra Datta, will soon be the Dean of a new Business Integrated College launched by the Cornell University in the academic year 2016-17.

Dutta currently is dean and professor of management and organisations in the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

He is considered an authority on the impact of new technology on the business world, especially social media and social networking, and on strategies for driving growth and innovation by embracing the digital economy.

The Ithaca, New York-based Ivy League institution announced that the new college was aimed at cementing the university’s position as a world-class centre of teaching and research for business management and entrepreneurship.

The new College of Business will comprise Cornell’s three accredited business programmes: the School of Hotel Administration (SHA), the Charles H Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Each school will maintain its unique identity and mission while their collective capabilities will be strengthened by bringing together faculty, curricular offerings, and programmes within a cohesive College.

The establishment of the College, through a change in the university’s bylaws, was unanimously approved by the Cornell Board of Trustees at its meeting on January 30.

The Cornell College of Business will be one of the most comprehensive business schools in the US with 145 research faculty and nearly 2,900 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students.

“At the heart of Cornell is a mission to apply knowledge for the public purpose and educate the next generation of professionals and entrepreneurs to solve some of the world’s major challenges,” said President Elizabeth Garrett.

“Being able to leverage Dyson’s strength in international development and agricultural economics, SHA’s expertise in hospitality, entrepreneurship, and real estate (through the Baker Programme in Real Estate), and Johnson’s depth in economics, finance, and executive training will naturally lead to a College of Business that stands out for its unparalleled breadth of instructional excellence,” said Dutta.

“A more prominent and collaborative platform will elevate opportunities for faculty to conduct innovative research and be at the forefront of their fields.”

“Bringing together Cornell’s three business schools will also establish an effective administrative structure that will be immensely beneficial to the University’s ability to continue to attract the best and brightest faculty and students,” Dutta said.

Dutta has earlier served as the Roland Berger Chaired Professor of Business and Technology and was the founder and academic director of the eLab at INSEAD, a top-ranked graduate business school in Fontainebleau, France.

Previous roles Dutta has held during his 23-year tenure at INSEAD include dean of external relations; dean of executive education; and dean of technology and e-learning.

Dutta received a B Tech in electrical engineering and computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi.

He received an MS in business administration, an MS in computer science, and a PhD in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.(IANS)(Image-cornell.edu)

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Delhi Schools Encourage Students to Celebrate Eco-Friendly Diwali

In a circular on Friday, it asked the schools to spread this message among parents during the parent teacher meetings (PTMs) to be held on Saturday

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In a circular on Friday, it asked the schools to spread the message of Eco-Friendly Diwali among parents during the parent teacher meetings (PTMs) to be held on Saturday. Pixabay

To encourage the children to opt for a greener Diwali, the Delhi Directorate of Education (DoE) has asked the school heads to address the students and staff members in the morning assembly to adopt safer and eco-friendly measures to celebrate the festival.

In a circular on Friday, it asked the schools to spread this message among parents during the parent teacher meetings (PTMs) to be held on Saturday.

“Festive season of Diwali, Chhat Puja, Guru Parv, etc., is marked by the heavy use of firecrackers which release toxic pollutants like sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and many others, which pollute the air and cause serious ailments like asthma, bronchitis, hypertension and cardiovascular problems. The air and noise pollution caused by the firecrackers also affect the lives of animals, birds and other living beings on the earth,” the circular said.

It added that the ailing and the old persons are all the more prone to catch different allergies and diseases caused by pollution.

“Therefore, all the heads of government, government-aided and unaided recognised schools under the Directorate of Education are hereby directed to sensitise the students about the ill effects of burning of firecrackers and also encourage them to celebrate the festivals like Diwali, Chhat Puja, Guru Parv, etc., by the lighting of candles, electric fancy lights, earthen lamps and keeping the environment neat and clean.”

The circular also said that the students should be motivated to ‘Say No to Firecrackers’. “Eco-club of the school must play a vital role in spreading mass awareness among the students, parents and School Management Committee members to keep Delhi pollution-free during the festive seasons.”

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Recognised schools under the Directorate of Education are hereby directed to sensitise the students about the ill effects of burning of firecrackers and also encourage them to celebrate the festivals like Diwali, Chhat Puja, Guru Parv, etc., by the lighting of candles, electric fancy lights, earthen lamps and keeping the environment neat and clean. Pixabay

In addition to this, it added that the heads of the schools should personally address the students and staff members in the morning assembly to adopt safer and eco-friendly measures to celebrate Diwali and other festivals in a different way instead of burning firecrackers.

Delhi has been facing deteriorating air quality from the past few days and the situation is expected to get worse with Diwali and the stubble burning season, according to the Delhi government.

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Last year, the Supreme Court had banned the firecrackers and allowed the manufacture and sale of only green crackers — the low emission crackers — in the National Capital Region. (IANS)