To Find A Killer by Doug Greco, available now from Histria Books

Histria Books is pleased to announce the release of To Find A Killer: The Homophobic Murders of Norma and Maria Hurtado and the LGBT Rights Movement by Doug Greco. The book is published by Gaudium Publishing, an imprint of Histria Books dedicated to outstanding works of non-fiction in a variety of fields.

Beginning with a gripping, firsthand account of the 2011 anti-gay murder of twenty-four-year-old Norma Hurtado, a student the author taught in an Austin high school ten years earlier, To Find A Killer is a series of interwoven essays that employs a mix of narrative nonfiction and political analysis to uncover the intersectional nature of the disparities impacting the LGBTQ community.

Despite monumental gains in legal equality over the past decade, including the landmark Obergefell ruling on same-sex marriage, the LGBTQ community still faces harsh disparities in physical and mental health, economic status, racial stratification, and hate crimes victimization. To Find A Killer discussed the next phase of the LGBT rights movement

Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tim Kirkman calls To Find A Killer, “A heartbreaking, infuriating, illuminating book. Greco traces a line connecting class, sexual orientation, gender and ethnicity that forces you to confront your own biases. This is essential reading for both the burgeoning and the seasoned activist, educator and political scientist.”

Purcell Carson, documentary filmmaker and lecturer at Princeton University says “This carefully wrought book harnesses Greco’s considerable experience as an organizer, storyteller, and scholar, weaving the specific lives of the victims and their murderer together, but setting them against a backdrop of national crisis in the LGBT community.”

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To Find A Killer, by Doug Greco, 136 pp., ISBN 978-1-59211-298-2, is available at and from all major book retailers. The book is also available in eBook. Titles published under the various imprints of Histria Books are distributed worldwide by the Independent Publishers Group (IPG). For information on publishing with Histria Books, please visit or contact us at

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KL Deemed to be University attains 28th Rank among Indian Universities in NIRF Rankings 2023

KL Deemed to be University

Hyderabad, 7th June 2023: KL Deemed to be University, India’s leading university, is proud to announce its outstanding performance in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Rankings 2023. The university has secured an impressive 28th rank among all government and private universities in India, reaffirming its commitment to academic excellence and innovation.

KL Deemed to be University has also achieved significant recognition in specific domains such as 44th rank among all engineering colleges in India, a commendable 52nd rank among all management institutes in the country and a remarkable 50th rank in the overall rankings. These achievements underscore the university’s holistic approach to education, where interdisciplinary learning and the well-rounded development of students are given utmost importance.

Er.Koneru Satyanarayana, Chancellor at KL Deemed to be University expressed his delight at the remarkable achievement in the NIRF rankings. He said, “We are extremely proud to have secured the 28th rank among all government and private universities in India. This recognition is a testament to our unwavering commitment to academic excellence, research, and innovation. It is the collective effort of our dedicated faculty, talented students, and supportive staff that has led us to this remarkable position.” He further emphasized the university’s commitment to providing a transformative educational experience that prepares students to excel in a rapidly evolving world.

On the occasion, Dr. G. Pardha Saradhi Varma, Vice Chancellor at KL Deemed to be University stated, “At KL Deemed to be University, we strive to empower our students with the knowledge, skills, and values required to become leaders and change-makers in their respective fields. This ranking reinforces our belief in our educational approach and encourages us to continue pushing the boundaries of knowledge and innovation.”

This remarkable achievement reflects the university’s dedication to providing quality education, fostering research and innovation, and nurturing the holistic development of its students. As the University celebrates its remarkable achievements in the NIRF Rankings 2023, it remains committed to creating an ecosystem that nurtures talent, fosters innovation, and contributes to the progress of society. The university looks forward to further enhancing its academic offerings, research capabilities, and industry collaborations to provide an enriching educational experience for its students.

BYJU’S announces upcoming IPO of Aakash Education Services Limited

Bangalore, 6th June 2023: BYJU’S, the world’s leading tech company, announces that it will launch the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of its subsidiary, Aakash Education Services Limited (AESL) mid next year. The IPO will mark a milestone in the continued growth and expansion of Aakash + BYJU, creating a comprehensive portfolio of products that caters to a broader range of students.

The Board of BYJU has granted its official sanction for this pivotal undertaking. The appointment of the merchant bankers for the IPO will be announced soon to ensure a planned and successful listing next year. The upcoming IPO will provide a significant capital infusion to bolster Aakash’s infrastructure, broaden its reach, and extend high-quality test-prep education to a larger number of students across the nation.

Since acquisition, Aakash has benefitted from multiple synergies with BYJU’S that have accelerated its growth – clocking a three-fold increase in revenue in the last two years. AESL’s revenue is on track to reach INR 4,000 crore with an EBITDA of INR 900 crore in the fiscal year 2023-24.

Test-prep market revenues are predicted to grow at a CAGR of 9.3% over 2020-2025, led by the online test preparation segment which is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 42.3% over the same duration, as per Ken Research. Aakash is uniquely positioned to capitalize on this growth due to its comprehensive range of offerings that combine the best of classroom-based learning with cutting-edge digital products and services tailored for engineering and medical entrance exams.

With BYJU’S extensive experience in online education, vast student base across India and Aakash’s leadership in the offline test-prep market, the combined entity has strengthened its position in the industry. Additionally, BYJU’S has further empowered Aakash with its advanced tech and digital infrastructure helping them offer engaging and powerful learning experiences.

As Aakash prepares for its public listing, the company remains dedicated to its core values of academic excellence and student success. A market leader in the test-prep category, Aakash now looks forward to leveraging the opportunities presented by its public listing to empower even more students to achieve their aspirations and excel in their chosen fields.

Aakash is India’s largest and one of the most successful test prep companies for engineering and medical entrance exams, with over 325 centres currently serving more than 400,000 students across the country. With over 35 years of legacy in test-prep, Aakash has consistently produced outstanding results in the highly competitive JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) for engineering and NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) for medical studies. In fact, one out of every three doctors in India is an Aakashian, demonstrating the trust and faith that students and parents place in Aakash’s methodology and pedagogy.

Exploring Growth Opportunities in South America as Indian Workforce and Entrepreneurs – Dr Akshay Kamble

Exploring Growth Opportunities in South America

South America is a diverse, vibrant, and rapidly growing region that offers numerous opportunities for the Indian workforce and entrepreneurs. With its rich cultural heritage, natural resources, and economic potential, South America is a land of endless possibilities. In this blog, Dr. Akshay Kamble, a Management Consultant and Public Relations Professional, and the Founder of Adeace Private Limited, will explore some of the growth opportunities that South America has to offer to Indian professionals and entrepreneurs.

Agriculture and Food Processing: South America is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of agricultural and food products. The region boasts of abundant fertile land, favourable climate, and a rich variety of crops, fruits, and vegetables. Indian entrepreneurs and professionals can tap into this market by exploring partnerships, investment opportunities, and knowledge exchange in the field of agriculture and food processing. Dr Akshay Kamble highlights the potential for Indian entrepreneurs to collaborate with South American counterparts and leverage their expertise to drive innovation and growth in this sector.

Infrastructure Development: South America is witnessing a significant infrastructure boom, with several countries investing in large-scale projects such as transportation networks, energy facilities, and urban development. Dr Akshay Kamble emphasizes the opportunities for Indian professionals in sectors like engineering, construction, project management, and urban planning to contribute to the development of South America’s infrastructure. By leveraging their expertise and knowledge, Indian professionals can play a vital role in shaping the region’s future.

Technology and Innovation: South America is increasingly embracing technology and innovation as catalysts for economic growth and development. Dr Akshay Kamble discusses how Indian entrepreneurs and professionals in the technology sector can explore collaboration, investment, and knowledge-sharing opportunities in South America. With India’s strong IT industry and South America’s growing tech ecosystem, there is immense potential for partnerships that can drive digital transformation and foster innovation.

Renewable Energy: South America is blessed with abundant natural resources, making it an ideal region for the development of renewable energy projects. Dr Akshay Kamble highlights the opportunities for Indian entrepreneurs and professionals in renewable energy sectors such as solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal energy. By leveraging India’s expertise in renewable energy technologies, Indian professionals can contribute to South America’s clean energy transition and sustainable development.

Tourism and Hospitality: South America’s rich cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and diverse attractions make it a popular tourist destination. Dr Akshay Kamble explores the potential for Indian entrepreneurs and professionals in the tourism and hospitality sectors to tap into South America’s growing tourism industry. By offering unique experiences, cultural exchanges, and high-quality services, Indian professionals can contribute to the growth and development of the region’s tourism sector.

In conclusion, South America presents a plethora of growth opportunities for the Indian workforce and entrepreneurs. Dr Akshay Kamble, a Management Consultant, Public Relations Professional, and Founder of Adeace Private Limited, encourages Indian professionals and entrepreneurs to explore these opportunities and forge strategic partnerships in sectors such as agriculture and food processing, infrastructure development, technology and innovation, renewable energy, and tourism and hospitality. By capitalizing on the region’s potential and leveraging India’s expertise, Indian professionals can play a significant role in South America’s growth story.

Dr. Pratik Mungekar Appointed as Vice Chancellor of Ybarra Scholars and Fellows Society & University, Philippines

Dr. Pratik Mungekar Appointed as Vice Chancellor of Ybarra Scholars

Dr. Pratik Mungekar, an esteemed academician and representative of India, has been appointed as the first Vice Chancellor of Ybarra Scholars and Fellows Society & University, a prestigious institution committed to promoting high standards of education worldwide. This momentous occasion took place during the investiture ceremony held on 27th May in Cebu, Philippines.

As a distinguished keynote speaker and chief guest at an international multidisciplinary conference and doctoral conferment event, Dr. Mungekar captivated the audience with his profound insights. His heartfelt rendition of the Indian National anthem echoed with pride, leaving a lasting impression on the Filipino attendees. Dr. Mungekar’s representation of India on the global stage fills him with immense pride, culminating in a resounding cry of “Jai Hind!”

During his visit to the Philippines, Dr. Mungekar had the privilege of sharing his expertise and knowledge with students at the Legua Integrated School in Bataan. His lecture on Learning, Education, and Study Management for students in classes 8th through 12th left a lasting impact, garnering admiration and appreciation from the students and faculty alike.

On May 27th, at the Ybarra Scholars and Fellows Society & University event, Dr. Mungekar was appointed as their ambassador to India. This prestigious role solidifies his commitment to fostering collaboration and exchange between India and the Philippines. His keynote address on Multidisciplinary Science further demonstrated his profound understanding of the subject and his dedication to advancing education.

The crowning moment of Dr. Mungekar’s journey in the Philippines came during the 36th conferral of honorary degrees at the DepEd Ecotech Centre in Sudlon Lahug, Cebu City. He delivered an inspirational address, captivating the audience with his words of wisdom and inspiring the next generation of scholars. On this auspicious day, Dr. Mungekar also took an oath as Vice Chancellor, pledging to uphold and promote excellence in education.

The investiture ceremony showcased the grandeur and significance of the occasion, as Dr. Mungekar donned the elegant Senate gown and Vice-Chancellor toga. These iconic images symbolize the immense responsibility and honor bestowed upon him as the Vice Chancellor of Ybarra Scholars and Fellows Society & University.

Dr. Pratik Mungekar expresses his sincere gratitude to the Ybarra Scholars and Fellows Society, Dr. Zaldy Carreon De Leon Jr., and his fellow colleagues for their unwavering support, love, and commitment throughout his journey.

This milestone not only brings immense pride to India but also stands as a testament to Dr. Mungekar’s unwavering dedication to education and his exceptional contributions to academia.