Archives November 2023

CTPL Achieves Second Consecutive Year of Exclusive Admissions Rights with Jagran Lake University

Paving the Way for Unprecedented Academic Excellence

New Delhi, November 29, 2023: CTPL, a pioneering Admissions Technology company at the forefront of the digital transformation of higher education, proudly announces the successful culmination of its second year in an exclusive partnership with Jagran Lake University (JLU) in Bhopal. This strategic alliance continues to set new standards for quality admissions, reflecting the commitment of both CTPL and JLU to provide unparalleled opportunities for students.

This partnership heralds a new era for JLU Bhopal, enhancing its capabilities in student acquisition, engagement, and overall academic excellence. Chairman Mr. Abhishek Mohan Gupta of JLU Bhopal expressed enthusiasm regarding the collaboration, citing CTPL’s exceptional performance and innovative strategies as pivotal in reshaping the institution’s student acquisition and retention strategies. CTPL’s unwavering support and transformative solutions stand as a testament to its commitment to reshaping the admissions game and fostering exponential growth for its partner institutions.

Renowned for its enterprise-level approach, CTPL specializes in end-to-end admissions solutions powered by its proprietary technology & platforms, offering comprehensive management from lead acquisition to final fees collection for universities and institutes. CTPL strategically empowers universities with 6+ Counseling Centers located across major cities, facilitating the scaling up of lead processing, conversion, and student retention capacity. The collaboration between CTPL and JLU Bhopal signifies an innovative paradigm in admissions, leveraging collaborative ecosystems and data-driven strategies.

Bikash Sahoo, CEO at CTPL

“We’re embarking on an incredible journey with JLU Bhopal,” expressed Bikash Sahoo, CEO at CTPL. This exclusive partnership underscores our commitment to refining the student acquisition experience, benefiting both students and institutions. The partnership between CTPL and JLU Bhopal signifies an innovative paradigm in admissions, leveraging collaborative ecosystems and data-driven strategies. CTPL’s commitment is evident through its substantial investments, enabling partners to achieve remarkable growth, exceeding expectations.

For more information about CTPL’s partnership with JLU Bhopal in student acquisition and branding, please contact:

About CTPL: is on a dedicated mission to revolutionize the landscape of admissions for universities nationwide. With a strategic focus on maximizing return on investment while minimizing costs, CTPL has facilitated over 50,000 admissions for esteemed partner universities and colleges. As part of its forward-looking commitment, CTPL aims to enable 1 Million+ admissions for partner universities in the next 5 years, ushering in unprecedented growth in the new era of the Indian Education Ecosystem.

About JLU Bhopal: Jagran Lakecity University (JLU) Bhopal, recognized by UGC, stands as one of Central India’s fastest-growing and most awarded universities, offering 50+ degree programs to over 2500 students from 8 countries and 27 states in India. JLU believes in nurturing leaders of the future who have honesty, vision, and fortitude to shape all spheres of human existence by thinking globally but acting locally.

Cracking the code: Veris, Lee Odess bring industry leaders together to unveil future of workplace experiences

Cracking the code Veris

Gurugram,29th November 2023: Global workplace management firm Veris on Sunday hosted an event to bring together industry leaders to discuss the evolving narrative around modern workplaces. Organized in collaboration with Lee Odess, the CEO of Access Control Executive Brief, the agenda of the event was, ‘Cracking The Code of The Modern Workplace: Navigating Why, What, and How’. The exclusive event brought together individuals who play a pivotal role and are at the forefront of shaping the modern workplace, including Facility Leaders, Chief Administrative Officers, CHROs, Chief Physical Security Officers, and CIOs.

Veris and Lee Odess have further announced the forthcoming release of the ‘State of Workplace Experience Report.’ This highly anticipated report is set to become an invaluable resource for understanding the current landscape of modern workplaces and the direction in which the industry is headed. The ‘State of Workplace Experience Report’ will offer deep insights into the perspectives of workplace leaders, shedding light on their strategies, challenges, and aspirations in crafting the workplaces of tomorrow.

Utkarsh Jain, CEO and co-founder of Veris, expressed his excitement about the event, stating, “The workplace has undergone a remarkable transformation, and last night’s event was designed to provide deep insights into this evolution. We’re committed to assisting businesses in navigating the modern workplace landscape effectively, focusing on technology, security, and human experiences.”

Lee Odess, a globally renowned access control expert and CEO of Access Control Executive Brief, added, “The collaboration with Veris was a significant milestone. Understanding the changing dynamics of the modern workplace is essential, and we aimed to offer fresh perspectives on the future of workplace security and access control.”

The event featured keynote speeches, engaging panel discussions, and interactive sessions that empowered attendees with knowledge and insights to thrive in the evolving world of workplaces. It also served as a platform for networking and collaboration among industry leaders, experts, and professionals. The event successfully provided attendees with fresh perspectives on the modern workplace’s evolution and its implications for businesses and employees.

In today’s Post–COVID–AI–driven world, organizations are recognizing the urgency of adapting to the transformations. The pace of change is relentless, and the modern workplace is no exception. Those who embrace this change are poised to thrive, while those who resist may risk being left behind. With people’s expectations shifting and technology trends pointing toward a digitally driven workspace, the modern workplace narrative is more critical than ever. This event serves as a platform for leaders to delve into the ‘Why’ behind this evolution, explore the ‘What’ it entails, and understand the ‘How’ it will shape the future, especially with shifts among businesses towards automation and digital solutions.

Civic Studios announces world premiere of animation feature ‘Schirkoa: In Lies We Trust’ at Rotterdam Film Festival in 2024

29th November 2023: Civic Studios, a global media company creating entertainment that drives social impact, proudly announces the world premiere of Indo-French-German production ‘Schirkoa: In Lies We Trust’ at the 2024 edition of the Rotterdam Film Festival in its Bright Future section, aimed at up-and-coming filmmakers with innovative, original, and daring work. This marks the feature debut of the award-winning Indian filmmaker Ishan Shukla, whose 2016 animated short “Schirkoa” played at more than 120 international film festivals and won 33 awards, including Best Animated Short award at LA Shorts Fest.

‘Schirkoa: In Lies We Trust’ tells the story of a dystopian world where people are made to wear paper bags over their heads to dissolve differences, and an anonymous citizen sparks an accidental revolution.


The film features a powerful, diverse voice cast, including Golshifteh Farahani, Asia Argento, SoKo, King Khan, Denzil Smith, John Sutton, and introducing Tibu Fortes and Shahbaz Sarwar. The guest voices will also include iconic Indian talents like Karan Johar, Shekhar Kapur, Anurag Kashyap, and Piyush Mishra. The film’s eclectic, immersive soundtrack is composed by the acclaimed Sneha Khanwalkar, who has created iconic scores for films like Gangs of Wasseypur and Oye Lucky Lucky Oye.

On the announcement of its Rotterdam world premiere, Civic Studios founder, Anushka Shah, expressed, “With ‘Schirkoa: In Lies We Trust,’ we knew the film and Ishan’s vision will push the boundaries of animation and storytelling, celebrating a harmonious blend of diverse cultures, ideas and creative heft. It is thrilling to receive that recognition and premiere on a prestigious stage like Rotterdam.”

'Schirkoa 2

This film is a co-production between Red Cigarette Media (Ishan Shukla’s Vadodara-based animation studio), Dissidenz Films (Paris-based production company), and Rapid Eye Movies (German production and distribution company), in association with Civic Studios (Mumbai and London-based production studio focused on impact storytelling) and French Sofica Cofinova 18. On the Indian side, it has been Executive-Produced by Civic Studios’ founder, Anushka Shah and co-produced by Samir Sarkar.

The film was also supported by CNC Cinémas du Monde, Epic MegaGrants, Film¬ und Medienstiftung NRW and French region Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

‘Schirkoa: In Lies We Trust’ is a crucial milestone for India to put out unique, inventive, and original IP on the global animation landscape. It has already secured representation by New Europe Film Sales for its international sales, and will be co-repped by Anonymous Content for the North America region. So the global stage is set for this visual spectacle that is ‘Schirkoa: In Lies We Trust’

As this animation feature promises to be a conversation starter on pressing, contemporary themes like free will and autocracy, Civic Studios continues to back stories that are on the cutting edge of culture, creativity and social change.

ASUS Tops Interbrand’s List of Best Taiwan Global Brands for 2023


India, November 29th, 2023 — ASUS today announced that it has been named by Interbrand as Best Taiwan Global Brand for 2023. This is the tenth year that ASUS has been recognized as the most valuable global brand in Taiwan. Brand value for ASUS in 2023 was US$2.201 billion, marking a 2% increase from last year.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Interbrand as Taiwan’s most valuable global brand for the tenth time. With innovation in our DNA and the synergy of ASUS employees, we will continue to strive for excellence inspired by our collective wisdom,” said ASUS Co-CEO S.Y. Hsu.

ASUS Co-CEO Samson Hu added, “As a global technology leader, ASUS incorporates sustainability development as an integral part of our decision-making process to make a positive contribution to society. Focusing on fundamentals and results, we are committed to building a sustainable value chain that thrives with all partners.”

Best Taiwan Global Brands survey is organized by the Industrial Development Administration, Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs. Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy, is commissioned to conduct the survey, evaluating and ranking brands based on brand awareness, customer loyalty, financial performance, and management strategies. Interbrand uses the survey data to identify the Taiwanese companies with the highest brand value, which measures corporate performance and serves as a key indicator of a company’s global marketing position.

Fostering next-level innovation
ASUS relentlessly delivers incredible user experiences through innovation and touches people’s lives in various ways. ASUS is securing its market dominance in personal and gaming laptops. The company also works closely with its partners to advance the mini-PC product line and strengthen its capabilities in gaming, commercial and industrial fields. It has accelerated its development in AIoT and 5G technology ecosystems, combining cloud services, high-performance computing power, and a big data platform to elevate AI technology, and engages in application areas such as smart manufacturing, smart healthcare, smart retail, smart city, and data centers.

Placing sustainability at its heart
In addition to its comprehensive product portfolio, ASUS is committed to sustainability actions with the vision of Sustaining An Incredible Future with four focus areas — climate action, circular economy, responsible manufacturing, and value creation. The company introduced the world’s first carbon-neutral verified commercial laptop, the ExpertBook B9, and launched the ASUS Carbon Partner Services, which provides customers with accurate and high-quality carbon-offsetting services. Furthermore, the company’s climate actions have consistently received international recognition. It has been recognized as an EPEAT® Climate+ Champion, and its near-term science-based emissions reduction targets were recently validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

The Interbrand recognition is the latest addition to a long list of global accolades that ASUS has received in 2023. Other awards include:

  • · Fortune World’s Most Admired Company (eighth year)
  • · Forbes World’s Best Employer (fifth year)
  • · TIME World’s Best Companies
  • · 26 iF Product Design Awards
  • · 44 Red Dot Design Awards and 15 Red Dot Brands & Communication Design Awards
  • · 27 Good Design Awards

Satkam Divya joins PolicyBoss as Chief Business Officer, Digital

New Delhi, 29th November 2023, one of India’s fastest-growing InsurTech companies has appointed Satkam Divya as its Chief Business Officer, Digital.

Satkam will be positioned in PolicyBoss’s office in Delhi. Satkam is an InsurTech professional and passionate business leader with over two decades of experience in building and scaling digital tech-driven consumer businesses. He has previously founded consumer-tech companies — Rupeetalk and KlinicApp, the latter in the health tech space. He operated as an entrepreneur for over a decade, raising VC capital, scaling, and finally exiting the business. He has also been a part of the leadership team in Policybazaar & NetAmbit and worked with ICICI Bank and Times Internet.

With a career of more than two decades, Satkam has worked extensively in the insurance-technology space. This was after completing post-graduation from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. His contribution to the insurance sector has showcased his digital marketing and leadership skills.

Welcoming the Chief Business Officer, Mr. Susheel Tejuja, MD & CEO,, said, “Satkam will be a valuable addition to our leadership team. His vast experience, visionary approach, and advisory skills will help us offer top-notch insurance solutions digitally to our customers. We are confident that his contribution will boost PolicyBoss to new dimensions, further widen the overall digital presence and help us achieve sustainable profitable growth.”

Commenting on his appointment, Satkam Divya, Chief Business Officer, said, “Over the last few years PolicyBoss has become a reliable new age InsurTech company. It is constantly aiming to revolutionise the Indian customer’s insurance experience with its hands-on consultative approach. We are keen on creating an ecosystem and changing the perception of insurance by providing customers with simple, transparent, and hassle-free interactions backed by a robust technology framework. My key focus will be to advise with a data-driven approach and continue to align PolicyBoss’ operations and offerings with customer needs and industry standards. Our goal at PolicyBoss is aligned with the regulator’s goal of achieving insurance for all by 2047.”

Sitaram Jaipuria Foundation celebrates Medical & Healthcare Excellence Awards – 2nd Edition

Sitaram Jaipuria

Mumbai,29th November 2023: : At the second edition of the SitaramJaipuria Foundation’s prestigious Medical and Healthcare Excellence Awards, Rs. 90 lakhs were awarded to medical professionals for their invaluable contribution towards the health and well-being of our society.

The event, held in New Delhi, was graced by the presence of Guest of HonourSonali Bendre which was hosted by Mr Ashok Jaipuria, Chairman of the SJF and Chairman and Managing Director of Cosmo First Ltd. The ceremony honoured healthcare luminaries, highlighting the ever-evolving landscape of medical contributions and innovations. The event also featured a captivating performance by Sarod Maestro UstadAmjad Ali Khan and his talented sons, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash.

Citing the words of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the awards recognized doctors’ courage, selflessness, and resilience during unprecedented times. Their commitment extends beyond healing, instilling hope and fortitude into society. Hence, it is not just a duty; it’s a profound necessity for society to express utmost respect and heartfelt gratitude to the entire medical community.

The second edition drew attention with over 1000 entriesincluding 12 Padma awardees, demonstrating a growing commitment to recognizing exceptional contributions. Awards totalling Ninety Lakhs Rupees were conferred across various categories:

Winners of the Medical & Healthcare Excellence Awards 2023 are:

  1. INR 50 Lakhs for Excellence in Medicine and Healthcare Award
  • (Dr)JeyarajDurai Pandian– Professor & Head of Neurology and Principal/Dean /Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab
  1. INR 10 Lakhs for Emerging Young Leader in Medicine and Healthcare Award
  • Dr Karan Madan– Additional Professor, Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine /All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • Dr Deepak Padmanabhan– Cardiac Electrophysiologist/Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, Bengaluru, Karnataka
  1. INR 10 Lakhs for Exemplary Leadership in Rural Medicine and Healthcare Award
  • Dr Regi M George and Dr LalithaRegi– Managing Trustee and Trustee /Tribal Health Initiative, Sittilingi, Tamil Nadu
  1. INR 10 Lakhs for Smt. GayatriJaipuria Women’s Medicine and Healthcare Excellence Award
  • (Dr)PratibhaSinghi– Professor & Head of Department of Paediatric Neurology / Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Faridabad, Haryana
  1. INR 10 Lakhs for Shri Ashwini Kumar Lifetime Achievement in Healthcare Award
  • GursaranPranTalwar, Director Researcher / Talwar Research Foundation, New Delhi

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ashok Jaipuria, Chairman SJF and Chairman & MD of Cosmo First Ltd. stated, “In the spirit of my father, SitaramJaipuria’s profound humanitarian values, we gather to celebrate our medical heroes. These exemplary doctors, akin to visible gods on Earth, have made it their life’s mission to heal and uplift humanity. They embody the true essence of medicine and compassion.”

He further added, “Through the Medical & Healthcare Excellence Awards, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to these healthcare warriors who often work selflessly, sacrificing their comfort for the well-being of others. This recognition is a testament to their indomitable spirit, a reminder that their devotion to serving humanity never goes unnoticed.”

Everything for Everyone – Noise flagship smartwatch series, ColorFit Pro 5 and ColorFit Pro 5 Max, launches in India

India, 29th November 2023: Unveiling the ultimate lifestyle companion tailored to deliver ‘Everything for Everyone’, Noise, India’s leading smartwatch and connected lifestyle brand, today launched its iconic smartwatch series, Noise ColorFit Pro 5 and Noise ColorFit Pro 5 Max, in India. The pinnacle of versatility and style, these highly anticipated wearables are poised to revolutionise the smartwatch experience. The smartwatches are available for purchase on, Flipkart, Amazon, Myntra and authorised offline stores across the country. Noise ColorFit Pro 5 and Noise ColorFit Pro 5 Max go live respectively at INR 3,999 and INR 4,999, for the standard editions and INR 4,999 and INR 5,999 for the elite editions, starting today.

Poised to revamp the wearable experience constantly, Noise introduces SOS technology, ramping up the safety aspect of the wearables by allowing users to swiftly place a call to the first saved emergency contact upon pressing the button on the smart dock five times. The smartwatch further boasts a DIY watch face feature for a more personalised integration and a Dynamic watch face that adjusts to stress levels, weather and AQI. Noise has also introduced a smart dock which acts as a central control hub with a precise metal knob, power button and built-in microphone.

Amit Khatri, Co-Founder of Noise commented on the launch, “At Noise, our relentless pursuit of reinvention drives us to weave innovation seamlessly into everyday life. In an era where tech-savvy consumers are increasingly seeking positive integration of technology, smart wearables have become inseparable from their lifestyle. Aligned with this belief, our flagship refresh was about crafting an extraordinary experience—a marvel embodying ‘Everything for Everyone.’ As leaders in this space, guided by our unwavering commitment to innovation, we consider it our responsibility to ignite a transformative journey for our users. With meticulous care, we have curated the ColorFit Pro 5 series to encompass all that anyone would need to enhance cognitive well-being and embrace meaningful innovation—accessible directly from the wrist.”

Distinctive fitness functionalities with Pro 5 Max:

At the core of the capabilities of the Noise ColorFit Pro 5 Max, lies the Vo2 max calculator, a standout feature that determines aerobic endurance by recording oxygen efficiency during training, accurately gauging and providing crucial insights into cognitive fitness levels. Beyond this, the Noise ColorFit Pro 5 Max offers an in-depth analysis of Training Load and Post-workout recovery, providing valuable data on the efficiency of health metric normalisation after exercise. This holistic functionality empowers users to fine-tune workout routines and optimise recovery strategies, enabling informed decisions to elevate their overall fitness journey. Featuring a 1.96” AMOLED display within a sleek, minimal-bezel chassis, this smartwatch delivers an immersive viewing experience. Noise ColorFit Pro 5 Max comes in eight exquisite colours including Jet Black, Space Blue, Classic Black, Classic Brown, Elite Black, Elite Silver, Sage Green and Shadow Black. Not just that, the smartwatch comes in four strap options – Elite (Metal), Classic (Leather), Lifestyle (Silicon) and Weave (Knit) to choose from.

Personalising Lifestyle Experience with ColorFit Pro 5:

The Noise ColorFit Pro 5 comes with multiple strap types and colour options and Emoji support, ensuring a personalised and responsive experience for everyone. ColorFit Pro 5 offers a 1.85″ AMOLED display and 10 exciting colours including Midnight Black, Vintage Brown, Sunset Orange, Classic Blue, Classic Brown, Elite Black, Elite Rose Gold, Olive Green, Rainbow Weave and Starlight Gold. Not just that, the smartwatch comes in four strap options – Elite (Metal), Classic (Leather), Lifestyle (Silicon) and Weave (Knit) to choose from.

The Noise ColorFit Pro 5 Series additionally packages a diverse range of features for both productivity and health monitoring. With the Noise Health Suite, users can switch on the smarter way of tracking vitals such as heart rate, SpO2, sleep patterns, and stress levels, among others. On the other hand, the integrated Productivity Suite keeps daily reminders and weather forecasts easily accessible. A robust battery life of up to 7 days guarantees uninterrupted movement. Moreover, the IP68 water and dust resistance ensures durability in any environment. The Noise Buzz further adds to the connected experience by providing access to recent call logs, a dial pad and storage for up to 10 contacts. The new Noise ColorFit Pro 5 series boasts 100+ sports modes for advanced tracking and 150+ watch faces, making the smartwatches a true companion by encapsulating ‘Everything for Everyone’.The smartwatches pair seamlessly with the NoiseFit App, one of the top-rated apps for health and fitness in the app marketplaces, for enhanced productivity.

Noise ColorFit Pro 5 Max

Screen 1.96” AMOLED Display
Resolution 410*502 px ultra-high resolution
Brightness 600 nits
Waterproofing IP68
Battery Usage Up to 7 Days
Connection BT v5.3
Sports Mode 100+ modes
Watch-faces 150+ cloud-based
Highlight Features Workout analysis (vO2, training load, recovery period)

Rapid health measurement

47mm AMOLED display with a max view and less bezel

DIY and dynamic watch face

Noise ColorFit Pro 5

Screen 1.85″ AMOLED display 
Resolution 390*450 ultra-high resolution
Brightness 600 nits
Waterproofing IP68
Battery Usage Up to 7 days
Connection BT v5.3
Sports Mode 100+ modes
Watch-faces 150+ cloud-based
Highlight Features DIY and dynamic watch face

Different strap types and colour

SoS technology

Emoji support

Ybarra Scholars and Fellows Society Celebrates the Honorary Conferment of Prof. Dr. Anupriya Amitkumar Gawade as Ybarra Ambassador to India

TAGAYTAY CITY, PHILIPPINES — In a grand ceremony held at the prestigious Tagaytay Haven Hotel and Resort’s Grand Ballroom, the Ybarra Scholars and Fellows Society, the educational and scholastic arm of Baptist Ministers Advocates of the Philippines, celebrated the 38th Conferment and Awarding of Honorary Degrees. The International Committee bestowed the esteemed title of Ybarra Ambassador to India upon Prof. Dr. Anupriya Amitkumar Gawade, recognizing her exemplary contributions to education, child protection, and rights advocacy.

Prof. Dr. Anupriya Amitkumar Gawade, known as a Child Ambassador and Emissary to the Ybarra Scholars and Fellows Society, received the distinguished honor during the ceremony held on June 18, 2023. The Diplomat was presented at the recommendation and nomination of international offices, including Theophany International University in Haiti and Algilani Foundation Center for Excellence ISO 9001:2015 in India.

Dr. Anupriya Amitkumar Gawade,

Anupriya’s impressive journey has been chronicled in publications such as “Rising Superstars of India,” where she is hailed as a prodigy among prodigies. Her exceptional talents extend beyond academia, encompassing co-curricular activities, sports, and impactful social work. Anupriya’s dedication to social causes is evident through her generous donations of books and essential supplies to underprivileged children.

The Ybarra Ambassadorial Candidacy bestowed upon Prof. Dr. Anupriya Amitkumar Gawade is a recognition of her outstanding commitment to child protection and rights advocacy. Her contributions have not only earned her honorary doctorates from esteemed international organizations, including the United Nations Geneva and UNESCO but have also been acknowledged by the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Foundation in Florida, USA.

Ybarra Scholars

Anupriya’s story has resonated globally, inspiring individuals of all ages with her remarkable achievements. As an all-rounder with a brilliant mind, she serves as a role model, showcasing the power of determination and hard work in achieving one’s dreams. In addition to her ambassadorial role, Prof. Dr. Anupriya Amitkumar Gawade has spearheaded awareness programs on the Constitution of India, emphasizing environmental protection through initiatives such as donating plants and the “Save Baby” campaign. Her commendable efforts have resulted in the collection of 50+ medals and 50+ awards on national and international levels, further solidifying her position as a trailblazer in education and social advocacy.

The Ybarra Scholars and Fellows Society extend their heartfelt congratulations to Prof. Dr. Anupriya Amitkumar Gawade on this well-deserved honor. Her ambassadorial role is set to make a significant impact on fostering education, child protection, and rights advocacy in India and beyond.
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Society Tea and Faye D’Souza Join Forces to Serve ‘News in a Minute’

Society Tea and Faye

Mumbai, 29th November 2023: Brewing with anticipation, we’re thrilled to unveil “News in a Minute,” an interesting series of 12 videos – one minute each by Faye D’Souza in collaboration with Society Tea that promises to serve up concise yet captivating insights into the world’s most significant headlines. Get ready to savour knowledge like never before in the first episode of this riveting series from 28th November onwards.

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Introducing ‘News in a Minute’

The ‘News in a Minute’ series is an innovative project that brings the expertise and charisma of Faye D’Souza into the digital realm. In these one-minute videos, Faye will provide succinct and insightful updates on the latest headlines, ensuring that viewers stay informed and engaged without investing a significant amount of time.

“We are excited to collaborate with Faye D’Souza, a respected journalist whose work has captivated audiences across the nation. The ‘News in a Minute’ series is designed to cater to the fast-paced lives of our audience, ensuring they don’t miss out on the most significant news stories while enjoying their favourite cup of tea,” said Karan Shah, Director of Society Tea

Faye D’Souza, equally thrilled about the collaboration, added, “In a world where information is at our fingertips, presenting the most important news in just a minute is a thrilling challenge. Society Tea has been a part of our culture for years, and I’m delighted to partner with them to make the news more accessible to everyone. I look forward to this exciting journey.”

Watch the recently released first episode of ‘News in a Minute’ by Society Tea and Faye D’Souza, a fusion of tradition, innovation, and news in a convenient format.

For more updates and to witness this dynamic collaboration, follow Society Tea and Faye D’Souza on their respective social media channels.

Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) goes online by launching online bachelor’s and master’s degrees

Bangalore, 29th November 2023: Sikkim Manipal University, a NAAC A+ accredited university with over 28 years of academic legacy, has launched degrees in the online mode. The university has launched two undergraduate programs and five postgraduate programs. SMU’s online degrees are UGC-entitled and recognized at par with on-campus degrees. The 7 online programs have been launched on and

The newly launched online undergraduate programs are- Bachelor of Arts (BA) with combination of English, Political Science & Sociology and Bachelor of Commerce (BCom). SMU has also launched 5 different postgraduate programs, namely- Master of Arts in English (MA- English), Master of Arts in Political Science (MA- Political Science), Master of Arts in Sociology (MA- Sociology), Master of Commerce (MCom), and Master of Computer Applications (MCA).

Listed below are the online degree programs offered by Sikkim Manipal University.



Total course fee

Bachelor of Arts (BA) with combination of English, Political Science & Sociology

INR 75,000

Master of Arts in English (MA-English)

INR 75,000

Master of Arts in Political Science (MA-Political Science)

INR 75,000

Master of Arts in Sociology (MA-Sociology)

INR 75,000

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

INR 75,000

Master of Commerce (MCom)

INR 90,000

Master of Computer Applications (MCA)

INR 1,65,000

In today’s digital era, online degrees provide unparalleled flexibility, making it a popular mode of education for learners from across the world. With online education, there is no need to commute to a physical campus. Learners can access course material and lectures at any time and place, allowing them to balance their education with work, family commitments, and other responsibilities. With online degrees being recognized at par with on-campus degrees, they have become the preferred choice for many working professionals, freshers, entrepreneurs, and people looking to resume education & work.

Established in 1995, Sikkim Manipal University is now set to create a significant milestone in its journey, further solidifying its commitment to providing accessible, flexible, and high-quality education to learners worldwide. Here’s how online learners will benefit by choosing Sikkim Manipal University

Flexibility & affordability

The online programs offered by Sikkim Manipal University are accessible & affordable for learners from all walks of life. The online programs allow learners to study at their own pace and help them tailor their study schedules according to their work & personal commitments. 

Advanced digital learning platform

The online degree programs from SMU come with an advanced Learning Management System (LMS), extensive e-learning material, online proctored examinations, dedicated student support, and live & recorded lectures that guarantee learners utmost flexibility and the independence of studying as per their convenience. 

Campus-like experience

Students will get access to webinars by industry experts and other virtual sessions like e-orientation, doubt clearing sessions & online placement drives to make sure that they do not miss out on any of the key benefits, features, and experiences of an on-campus program.

Scholarships & placement assistance

Along with SMU’s online degrees, learners will also receive placement assistance, attractive scholarships, and easy financing options including zero cost EMIs.  

Dr. Dilip Chandra Agarwal, VSM (Vishisht Seva Medal recipient), who is a (Retd.) Air Vice-Marshal and Vice-Chancellor of Sikkim Manipal University, expressed his enthusiasm on the occasion of the launch of SMU’s online degrees, stating, “Providing quality and affordable education for all has been the driving force behind building Sikkim Manipal University to what it is today. Renewing our efforts towards creating student-centric learning experiences for professional growth, SMU is excited to now go online and cater to learners across various geographies & backgrounds.”