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Students should think beyond grades to question concepts and build grand vision: President Pranab Mukherjee

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Indian universities must recognize emerging global trends that are creating new models of knowledge dispensation,  President Pranab Mukherjee today said while addressing the 64 convocation of Panjab university.

President stressed on the role of education in shaping the destiny of a nation. He said that Indian universities must note the evolution of online courses and incorporate them in their educational structure to maximize benefits to students.

‘Many innovative ideas are born out of the ingenuity of the common man. Mentoring them to validate ideas and design viable products, calls for the development of an innovation value-chain. Higher learning institutions due to their multiple linkages can propel this eco-system.’ said the President.

The 2015 Times Higher Education World Reputation Ranking had not featured a single Indian university in the list which shows that major investment and innovation would be required to make universities in India at par with their international counterparts.

He urged institutions to fire the power of imagination of their students so that they can think beyond grades and classrooms to question concepts and build grand vision through research and inquiry.

Congratulating the Panjab University students for their success in various walks of life, the President opined that Indian universities must produce men and women of character and integrity

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Uber India Rolls Out Driver Reward Programme “Uber Plus”

Uber India has planned free doctor access and micro loans for drivers

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Uber has rolled out a reward programme for drivers in India. Wikimedia Commons

Global ride-hailing major Uber on Wednesday rolled out a driver rewards programme called “Uber Plus” in India that will let drivers earn points for rides so that they can win free doctor consultations, concessions on education modules, access to micro loans, faster airport pick ups and savings on vehicle maintenance costs.

These points will be earned by the driver partners in 13 cities over a fixed period of every three months and can be then accumulated to unlock higher rating tiers such as blue, gold, platinum and diamond which, in turn, will let them access better rewards, informed the company.

“Under the programme, the Uber drivers get access to four tiers. To unlock these awards, they need to maintain a certain threshold rating and keep a low cancellation rate to unlock access to these benefits,” Prabhjeet Singh, Head of Cities, Uber India and South Asia, told IANS.

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Under this programme, Uber drivers get access to four tiers. Pixabay

“We have always worked towards prioritising their welfare and making them feel valued, respected and appreciated. ‘Uber Plus’ is an effort in that direction and will enable our driver partners to access greater benefits during their everyday journeys,” he added.

The rewards and offers are only available to drivers who use the Uber driver app, are participating in Uber Plus and meet applicable criteria.

Asked if this initiative will help in bringing down the number of cancellations, Singh replied: “We encourage ri ders to flag such cases if the driver cancels because the mode of payment is not cash, etc. That will help us take strict action against such drivers.

“We want to encourage behaviour which helps improve the marketplace reliability. Less the cancellation, the chances of the trip getting completed goes up and, overall, the network efficiency increases.”

An initial pilot phase was carried out in Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh and Mumbai and now, Uber Plus is being rolled out across 10 new cities, including Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kochi, Guwahati and Jaipur.

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“We also want to reward drivers who have lower cancellations,” said Uber.

Under the driver programme, Uber has partnered with “Ayushman Bharat” to provide access to free healthcare to its drivers, wherein they have access to free healthcare of up to Rs 500,000 in empanelled hospitals. (IANS)