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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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11th Edition of The IAAF Gold Label Race Postponed to October 21

Procam International Joint Managing Director Vivek Singh, said: "This year is a special milestone for us, as Program completes 30 years and to see our vision taking shape in this fashion is very satisfying."

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In a move to avoid the winter smog and pollution in the national capital, Procam International, the organisers of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM), on Thursday advanced the 11th edition of the IAAF Gold Label Race to October 21.

Around 35,000 running enthusiasts are expected to take part in the annual race, as the organisers announced the registrations for all five categories — Half Marathon (21.097km), Great Delhi Run (6km), Open 10K, Senior Citizens Run (4.3km) and Champions with Disability Run (2.4Km).

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The registration for the Half Marathon and Open 10K will commence on Friday and stay open till September 7. Registrations for the Great Delhi Run, Senior Citizens’ Run and the Champions with Disability Run will also open on Friday and close on September 28.

Announcing the details of the upcoming race, Procam International Joint Managing Director Vivek Singh, said: “This year is a special milestone for us, as Procam completes 30 years and to see our vision taking shape in this fashion is very satisfying.”

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“When we introduced this distance in Delhi, we always believed that it had the potential to be one of the world’s most prestigious races and more importantly get Delhi running,” he added. (IANS)