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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, United Kingdom, Oct. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Turnitin, the leader in improving how students write and learn, today announced winners of the Global Innovation Awards program for 2015. The awards recognize educators and technology administrators from around the world who have demonstrated excellence in promoting academic integrity, student engagement and the innovative use of Turnitin and other educational technologies to support learning in their institutions.

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Turnitin received over 400 nominations from 50 countries. Winners and finalists were chosen through a selection process of interview and review by an international panel of academics who focused on three categories: overall innovation, academic integrity and student engagement.

“We received an overwhelming response from educators around the world to our first Global Innovation Awards,” said Gill Rowell, Education Manager at Turnitin. “We’re excited to be able to recognize these educators who are using Turnitin to help students become better writers.”

“The quality of the submissions were excellent and it was difficult to choose winners,” said awards panelist judge Stephen Gow of the University of York, UK. “All of the entrants are obviously dedicated to their professions and have done tremendous work supporting instruction with Turnitin.”

To read about the 2015 winners and honorable mentions, please visit: http://www.turnitin.com/en_us/global-innovation-awards.

All winners are listed by region and award category below.

Africa & Middle East:
Mathshidiso Pooe, North West University, South Africa (Global Innovator Award)
Tasnim Saleh, SAE Institute Dubai, UAE (Student Engagement Award)
Zeenath Reza Khan, University of Woolongong in Dubai, UAE (Academic Integrity Award)

Hazman Shah Abdullah, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia (Global Innovator Award)
Manju Naika, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India (Student Engagement Award)
Chi Kin Leung, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (Academic Integrity Award)

Australia & New Zealand Higher Education:
Alyson Waterson, La Trobe University, Australia (Global Innovator Award)
Fiona Hermann, Waikato Institute of Technology, New Zealand (Student Engagement Award)
Michele Picard, University of Adelaide, Australia (Academic Integrity Award)

Australia & New Zealand Secondary and Further Education:
Toby Trewin, Hale School, Australia (Global Innovator Award)
Sue Yates, MacRobertson Girls’ High School, Australia (Student Engagement Award)
Giovanna Iannicelli, St. Mary’s College, Australia (Academic Integrity Award)

Marjo Graauw, Leiden University, Netherlands (Global Innovator Award)
Salim Razi, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey (Student Engagement Award)
Piero Cavaleri, LIUC Cattaneo University, Italy (Academic Integrity Award)

Latin America & Caribbean:
Gloria Isabel Villegas Gómez, Antioquia School of Engineering, Colombia (Global Innovator Award)
Catalina Londono Cadavid (plus colleagues María Gutiérrez & Claudia Echeverri)
, Antioquia School of Engineering, Colombia (Student Engagement Award)

Radica Mahase, College of Science, Technology, and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago (Academic Integrity Award)

United Kingdom Higher Education:
Steve Hoole, Buckinghamshire New University (Global Innovator Award)
Earle Abrahamson, University of East London (Student Engagement Award)
Lyndsay Stanton, University of Sheffield (Academic Integrity Award)

United Kingdom Secondary and Further Education:
Clare Wolfenden, Bradford College (Global Innovator Award)
Debbie Hibbard, North Nottinghamshire College (Student Engagement Award)
Barbara Lodge, Cranford Community College (Academic Integrity Award)

About Turnitin
Turnitin is revolutionizing the experience of writing to learn. The Company’s cloud-based service for originality checking, online grading, and peer reviewing saves instructors time and provides valuable feedback to students. Turnitin is one of the most widely distributed educational applications in the world and is used by more than 15,000 institutions in 140 countries to manage the submission, tracking, and evaluation of student papers online. Turnitin also offers iThenticate, a plagiarism detection service for commercial markets, and Writecheck, a suite of formative tools for writers. Turnitin is backed by Insight Venture Partners, GIC, Norwest Venture Partners, Lead Edge Capital and Georgian Partners, and is headquartered in Oakland, California, with international offices in
Newcastle, U.K., Utrecht, Netherlands and Melbourne, Australia.

SOURCE Turnitin


IIT-B Best All-Rounder With 4 On List

Source: Times of India Dated:26.02.2014

Mumbai: Four Indian universities, including the IITs at Delhi and Mumbai, are among the global top 50 in at least one of the 30 disciplines covered under the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
IIT-Delhi achieved the country’s highest position, ranking 42nd in electrical engineering. IIT-Bombay was 49th in electrical engineering and 50th in civil engineering, IIT-Madras 49th in civil engineering and the Indian Institute of Science 46th in materials science.
No course from Indian universities figure in areas such as arts, humanities and social sciences. IIT-Bombay is the only one in the top 200 in any of the five arts and humanities disciplines, ranking in the 151-200 grouping for linguistics (see box).
The five life sciences disciplines feature only two Indian institutions, while India draws a blank in six of the eight social sciences disciplines. The exceptions are statistics, in which five Indian entities — IIT-D, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Kanpur, Indian Statistical Institute and IIT-B — feature, and politics, in which Jawaharlal Nehru University appears in the 101-150 grouping.
All round, IIT-B emerges as the top institution with four of its courses making it to the rankings.
“The IITs continue to perform well in their specialist areas and the inclusion of three of them in the global top 50 in the engineering disciplines shows they are starting to achieve genuine international renown,” said QS head of research Ben Sowter.
On the other hand, the lack of world-renowned Indian programmes in arts, humanities and social sciences continues to be a concern, Sowter said. “The absence of Indian universities from the top 200 in subjects such as medicine, law, accounting and finance underlines the difficulty India faces in reversing the tide of talented students leaving the country to study abroad,” he added.
“The latest QS rankings highlight the excellence of the specialist Indian institutions in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) area and identifies the need to improve the global competitiveness of our universities, in particular the large and comprehensive institutions,” said Mohandas Pai, chairman, ICAA — Indian Centre for Assessment & Accreditation.

Source: The Indian Express, Mon Oct 14 2013

It was an IIT-Bombay professor who first sounded the alert on the fast-moving Cyclone Phailin, five days before it actually hit the east coast on Saturday night.

Professor Kapil Gupta, who has been studying urban flooding since the 2005 Mumbai floods, noticed the warning on October 7, on a website run by the US Air Force and Navy. He alerted the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), which brought together all the concerned agencies, leading to the timely evacuation of over nine lakh people. Though the US website said it was a “medium alert”, the Indian agencies preferred not to take a chance.

Gupta, a member of the core team which advises NDMA on natural disasters, said he regularly monitors various weather websites, including that of the Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC). On October 7, at around 11:30 pm, he saw the warning on the Bay of Bengal.

“Like every other day, I was monitoring JTWC’s website… they had issued a warning of a possible cyclone. At that time it was a medium alert. I immediately informed the NDMA through SMS and e-mail. Since I have been studying urban flooding, I regularly monitor the international websites. This was the best monitored cyclone. It is one of the biggest cyclones, with an average diameter of 700 kms,” said Gupta.

The next morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) passed on real-time information about the cyclone to the NDMA.

“We knew it was going to be big. I got the first message from Prof Gupta about a week back. He even sent a satellite image of the cyclone which was building. The IMD was also on the job and they gave accurate information. All this helped us to be better prepared,” said M Shashidhar Reddy, Vice Chairman, NDMA.

“This was no Uttarakhand because we had precise information this time. The early warning system gave accurate information. The IMD was sharing information in real time. It was confident this time about the intensity and impact of the cyclone,” said Reddy.

Source:Indian Express

India slips in QS rankings, only exceptions IIT-B, IIT-Delhi.
Most Indian institutes and universities have fared poorly in the QS Asian University rankings for 2012, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, and IIT Delhi being the only Indian institutes that have improved their overall rankings over last year. While IIT Bombay is up by four notches (from 38 to 34 in 2012), IIT Delhi is up from 37 to 36 this year.

QS is one of the world’s leading networks in career and education. Yet again, while no Indian institute has made it to the top 30 in overall rankings, only four have made it to the top 50 among 300 Asian institutes this year.

Last year, five had featured in the top 50. An analysis of rankings from 2009 to 2012 reveals that no Indian institute has made it to top 10 and only one ranked in the top 30 since then (IIT Bombay in 2009).

“It’s not that institutes or universities in India are not doing well. These rankings assess several factors and we tend to lose points on many of these indicators, which include international faculty and international students. Further, while the rankings look at various subjects, IITs and our universities will lose points on a specific subject like medicine,” said a senior academician.

This year, all the other five older IITs have slipped in their overall rankings, IIT Kanpur climbing down the most by 11 places from 36 to 47 this year. While IIT Guhawati is down from 82 to 89, IIT Kharagpur is down from 48 to 56. IIT Madras is ranked at 45, down by two places from last year and IIT Roorkee slipped from 56 to 65. Except Delhi University, no other Indian university, including Mumbai, Pune and Calcutta universities feature in the top 100. All the four have slipped in their rankings.

Mumbai University, for instance has gone down the ladder steadily, from 96 in 2010 to 145 in 2011 and 151-160 this year. While Delhi University is ranked 78, it is down by one point from last year. Like Mumbai, Calcutta University too has come down gradually, from 99 in 2010 and 115 in 2011 to 143 this year. The worst show this year has been put up by Pune University which has been ranked between 191-200 this year.

Besides the overall rankings that covers several parameters like research and teaching, internationalisation, publications etc, QS also ranks the Asian universities by faculty (subjects) and by criterion (like faculty-student ratio).

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has retained the top slot this year in overall ranking, followed by the National University of Singapore in the second position and the University of Hong Kong in the third position.

An assessment of ranking by faculty for “engineering and technology” shows that six IITs are in the top 50, but all have slipped in their rankings.

While IIT Bombay has the best ranking in this criteria at 14 among the other IITs, it is down by two positions over 2011 when it was ranked 12. IIT Roorkee has suffered the maximum loss of nine points, from 41 to 50 this year.

Among the rankings by criteria, none of the Indian institutes could bag a slot in the top 200 for “international students” and “international faculty”. In “faculty-student” too, no Indian institute figures in the top 100. The Indian institutes have performed comparatively better in “academic reputation” and “employer reputation”

For instance, in employer reputation, IIT Bombay is ranked seventh and IIT Delhi and University of Delhi 16th and 17th respectively. The other institutes in the top 50 are IIT Madras (22), Mumbai University (25), IIT Kanpur (28) and Pune University (48). In academic reputation, IIT Bombay (29), IIT Delhi (37), Delhi University (38) and IIT Madras (49) are among the top 50. In papers per faculty too, Indian institutes have done well with IIT Delhi ranking five and IIT Kanpur nine.

Five other IITs are in the top 50 in this criterion -IIT Kharagpur (17), IIT Madras (19), IIT Roorkee (27), IIT Bombay (35) and IIT Guwahati (41).

IIT-Bombay to set up campus in NY, study infra issues
Source: Times of India, 24.04.2012

MUMBAI: The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B), along with five other universities, will establish a centre for urban science and progress (CUSP) in the borough of Brooklyn, New York (NY). New York will be the laboratory as the six institutes develop solutions for ‘regenerating’ the city’s infrastructure – the buildings and services dating back to the 17th century.

The consortium, comprising IIT-B, New York University (NYU), City University, NY, Warwick University, UK, Toronto University and Carnegie Mellon, will set up an applied science institute offering a full-time master’s programme, executive programmes and PhD, all in the area of urban science.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), which had invited universities from around the world to come to NY to fuel research for existing industries, declared CUSP as second runner-up on Monday out of all the entries it received. The Cornell/Technion Consortium was the winner and it will set up a campus on Roosevelt Island.

IIT-B director Devang Khakhar said, “The centre presents a new opportunity to address the challenges of megacities. by the generation of new knowledge using New York City as its laboratory and by imparting education with a focus on the planning, building and managing megacities.

The work of the centre will also benefit New York city directly and will provide a template to address issues of megacities in general. Mumbai’s issues will provide unique new insights and will be a source of ideas for centre.” IIT-B’s initial bid was an ambitious one – for a full campus.

The NYCEDC was earlier planning to award $100 million to the sole winner, but now CUSP will get a part of that as seed capital. CUSP will be housed in a public authority building on 370 J Street opposite Brookly Poly and NYU will contribute $10 million each year towards running costs.

“IIT-B is not into this for the money, but for high-end research. The CUSP will generate the remaining revenue through tuition, research projects and consultancy. We also have some industry partners like IBM and CISCO.

We have to break even by 2020,” said IIT-B dean (international relations) Subhasis Chaudhuri. A programmes as this would be different from an urban planing course. As IIT-B professor K V K Rao explained, this course would look at the city’s transport, its infrastructure, housing, sustainable solutions, intelligent living, education facilities, healthcare, sanitation, etc.

Admissions to programmes for 200 students will start in 2014 and selections will be as per international norms. Most of that is still in the works. “We will jointly develop the course and 50 faculty, though a floating population, will be in-station, an equal number of post-doctorals; there will be some visiting professors and some lectures will be conducted through the distance mode. The degree may be awarded by NY University or a joint degree by CUSP,” said IIT-B professor.With the CUSP coming up in NY, IIT-B will also start a similar school on its Powai campus to examine the problems plaguing Indian mega-cities, most of which are unplanned.

Thomson Reuters, ISI web of knowledge has provided a free trial access to their citation databases, at present we are subscribing only for Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED).

1.Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) –1965-present
2.Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI) –1975-present
3.Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (CPCI-S) –1990-present
4.Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH) –1990-present

Above mentioned databases can be accessed from http://apps.webofknowledge.com

All are requested make use of this facility.

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