How To Ensure You Are Enrolled In A Recognised Distance Learning Course

MHRD accepts Justice Reddy Committee Recommendations on open, distance education programmes

How To Ensure You Are Enrolled In A Recognised Distance Learning Course

New Delhi: The central government has accepted the Justice Reddy Committee recommendations regarding the Distance Education Programmes being run in the country by various universities. Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) constituted a three members Committee after the Supreme Court directed it to constitute a three members Committee to examine the issues related to distance education in the country and also to suggest a road map for strengthening and setting up of oversight and regulatory mechanism in the relevant field of higher education and allied issues.

The court has ordered to constitute the committee comprising of eminent persons who have held high positions in the field of education, investigation, administration or law at national level.

Now, the Ministry has notified following instructions to all the stakeholders based on the recommendations of the Justice Reddy Committee on Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Courses:

1. The list of approved courses offered under ODL mode, institution – wise every year is available on UGC website at

2. No course, other than the one that finds place in the list referred to above, would be recognized and a candidate who studies unrecognized courses cannot claim any benefit.

3. Under no circumstances, retrospective or ex-post facto recognition to any course through ODL mode shall be granted by UGC.

4. Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) are required to comply with all the provisions of the UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017 and its amendments. If any deviation by the HEI is noticed, the same would entail not only withdrawal of permission/ recognition for such ODL courses but also for other courses offered by the institutions, on regular and conventional mode.

5. The UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017 are applicable to all HEIs as given at Clause (3) of sub-regulation (1) of Part – I of UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017. It is further clarified that the private universities created under the State enactments shall be under obligation to strictly follow the requirements, stipulated by the UGC, issued from time to time including those under the UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017.


“I Am A Tariff Man,” Trump Says, As China Talks Show Signs Of Sputtering

'I Am A Tariff Man,' Trump Says, As China Talks Show Signs Of Sputtering

Trump threatened to slap tariffs if China did not make changes in its trade relationship with US.

The economic agreement President Donald Trump said he reached with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Saturday showed signs of unraveling Tuesday, with the White House threatening new penalties against Beijing and multiple officials seeking to downplay expectations for an eventual deal.

Investors, who had applauded the deal on Monday, turned sharply negative Tuesday. In midday trading, the Dow Jones industrial average had dropped more than 600 points or about 2.4 percent.

Trump, in a series of Twitter posts, threatened to slap a range of import penalties on Chinese products if they did not make major changes in their economic relationship with the United States.

“President Xi and I want this deal to happen, and it probably will,” Trump wrote. “But if not remember, I am a Tariff man. When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so. It will always be the best way to max out our economic power.”

This is a much different characterization of the China talks than just three days ago, when Trump had dinner with China’s president at a meeting of the Group of 20. After the dinner, Trump said they reached the framework of a deal that would come together in 90 days.

“It’s an incredible deal,” Trump told reporters after the dinner. “It goes down, certainly, if it happens, it goes down as one of the largest deals ever made.”

He later said China had committed to buying large amounts of U.S. agricultural products and completely removing all tariffs on U.S. automobiles, a huge shift from its current 40 percent penalty. Chinese officials, meanwhile, did not confirm any of these details. They wouldn’t even acknowledge that there was a 90-day deadline under which they were operating.

In the past 24 hours, there were signs that White House officials were beginning to backpedal from some of their initial optimism. In his Twitter posts on Tuesday, Trump said they might need an extension if the 90-day timeline didn’t prove sufficient.

Meanwhile, White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said there wasn’t an actual agreement for China to remove auto tariffs, but that he expected China to eventually do it as a measure of good faith.

He also said that China’s vice premier, Liu He, had told him there would be changes made “immediately” to show the Chinese were serious about a new agreement. But Kudlow acknowledged Tuesday that so far they haven’t seen any evidence of concrete steps being taken.

“I have no assurances” China will change, Kudlow said, speaking at an event hosted by the Wall Street Journal. He acknowledged that Chinese leaders have stopped short of following through on deals in the past, but he said he believed the involvement of Xi in the discussions Saturday would lead to a different outcome.

“It looks to me that the ball is being moved in the right direction,” Kudlow said.

There are significant differences between the two governments over what was agreed at the dinner, according to a side-by-side comparison of their post-meeting statements prepared by Bloomberg. The Chinese have not acknowledged a 90-day deadline for the talks or said that they plan to “immediately” increase purchases of U.S. farm goods.

Chinese officials are puzzled and irritated by the administration’s shaky handling of the meeting’s aftermath, according to a former U.S. government official who has been in contact with them. Even before the Buenos Aires talks, Trump last month had stated incorrectly that the Chinese government “got rid of” the Made-in-China 2025 program of subsidized technology development in response to his objections.

The comments by the president and his top advisers over the past 48 hours have only added to China’s confusion about their negotiating partners.

“You don’t do this with the Chinese. You don’t triumphantly proclaim all their concessions in public. It’s just madness,” the former official said, who asked for anonymity to describe confidential discussions.

White House national security adviser John Bolton, who also attended the Saturday meeting, said the verdict was still out on what China would ultimately do.

“We need to see some major changes in their behavior,” he said, speaking at the same event as Kudlow. “Nobody is under any illusions.”

Kudlow also said the goal was to eliminate all tariffs on any imports, which is a departure from what Trump wrote Tuesday in a Twitter post, when he said he was a “tariff man.” Trump has not promised to lift all tariffs against Chinese goods.

Trump has argued that China for decades has abused global trade rules to lure away U.S. jobs, steal U.S. intellectual property, subsidize its own companies, and strong-arm U.S. firms. Many Democrats and Republicans, as well as global leaders, have agreed with Trump’s assessment, and he has taken an adversarial approach with Beijing, saying he believes this is the only way to force changes.

That approach so far has amounted to slapping tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports and vowing to impose penalties on all other imports if China doesn’t make changes. The changes U.S. officials have sought include forcing Beijing to lower tariffs on U.S. goods, stop dumping cheap steel and aluminum into foreign markets, and halting the theft of intellectual property, among other things.

As part of the talks Saturday night, Trump agreed not to increase existing tariffs on Chinese goods or impose any new ones for 90 days, while talks took place. Global investors, who had feared for months that a protracted trade war could hurt economic growth, seemed to cheer the cease-fire on Monday, but U.S. markets slid back on Tuesday as it became clear that there were few concrete commitments that came out of the discussions so far.


Seven Titans Share The No. 1 Business Lesson They Teach Their Kids


Children of successful parents are bound to learn invaluable lessons about life and business. We asked these titans and Advisors from The Oracles what they would teach their kids if they could only give them one piece of business advice. Here’s what they said.

From L to R: Grant Cardone, Jessica Mead, Billy Gene Shaw III, Jeanine Blackwell, Abdul Samad Farooqi, Joshua Harris, Los SilvaThe Oracles

1. Go 10X.

I plan to teach my kids the most important lesson in business: the 10X Rule. In the seven years since I published The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure, it’s turned into a movement, culminating in the 10X Growth Conference, now one of the largest business conferences in the nation.

The 10X Rule says that you should set targets that are 10X greater than what you believe you can achieve. You should then take actions that are 10X greater than you believe are necessary to achieve those targets. This was the most important thing I ever did for my business — and it is the most important thing you can do for yours. Grant Cardone, sales expert who has built a $750-million real estate empire, and NYT-bestselling author; follow Grant on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube

2. Invest in relationships.

The No. 1 lesson I teach my children is vital in business and life: Focus on relationships. Take time and have the patience to develop the right relationships, and that investment will help you tenfold in life.

I work with my kids on listening, engaging and retaining the knowledge they gain in all their relationships. I encourage them to ask questions to identify how they can help or add value to others.  This helps them become better communicators and human beings so they can grow into thriving adults. Jessica Mead, co-founder of EpekData and BrandLync, divisions of Mead Holdings Group, Inc. Follow Jessica on Instagram


3. Don’t live to build a business. Build a business to live.

Like most dads, I ultimately want my daughter to be happy. I believe a big part of happiness comes from being financially and personally self-reliant. I will teach her about entrepreneurship as her vehicle to independence, and that no person or collegiate institution will dictate her self-worth.

However, she will not live to build a business. She will build a business so she can live — on her terms. Business may make you successful, but it will never make you feel fulfilled. True fulfillment only co­­­­­­mes when you’re more concerned with your impact than your income. Billy Gene Shaw III, founder and CEO of Billy Gene Is Marketing, one of the world’s top online marketing influencers, educators and practitioners; follow on Instagram and Facebook

4. Forget your weaknesses; focus on your strengths.

It’s easy to focus on what we aren’t good at. We learned this when we brought home a report card with all A’s and a C in algebra — which prompted our parents to coach us to become a math whiz. We learned it again in a performance review when our manager wrote an improvement plan focused on our weaknesses. But with this approach, you spend your energy on something at which you will likely only become average at best.

I want my daughters to know that you are rewarded in life, relationships and business for the value you bring. Your greatest contribution always comes from focusing on your strengths. When you do that, you get to do meaningful work in your zone of genius, build rockstar teams, and grow a business with a sustainable advantage. To be successful, go all in on your strengths and work around your weaknesses. Jeanine Blackwell, bestselling author, creator of The Expert Experience Method; trained over 40,000 experts (including Fortune 500 companies) to package their expertise into products; connect with Jeanine on Facebook

5. Think of problems as gold you can mine.

Look at problems as opportunities. The problem solver gets all the rewards, financial or otherwise. The bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity. With each one comes potential waiting to be realized. This is one of the reasons I’m bullish on emerging economies.

Once you have that perspective, business becomes more exciting. You get a flood of energy from problem-solving, helping people and changing the world. That’s exactly the culture we strive for in our business coaching academy and marketing agency. —Abdul Samad Farooqi, founder & CEO of Lions Marketing  and The Millionaire Middleman Agency Coaching Program


Domestic business, Bhushan buy boost Tata Steel’s Q2 numbers

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Tata Steel could also resort to “portfolio monetisation” to trim its debt.
Mumbai: Taking advantage of favourable business climate, Tata Steel on Tuesday reported a stellar show for the September quarter, beating market estimates.

The company’s financials were way ahead of the street estimates, driven by higher realisations in the domestic business and strong contributions from the
Auto and branded retail accounted for nearly half the total deliveries made in the quarter. “We are ramping up operations at Bhushan Steel and expanding 5 mtpa at Tata Steel Kalinganagar,” said TV Narendran, CEO, Tata Steel.

The company has also signed a definitive agreement to acquire 1 mt-long product steel plant of Usha Martin.

For the September quarter, the company’s revenues stood at Rs 43,554 crore, 34 per cent higher year-on year. EBIDTA grew by 92 per cent to Rs 9,000 crore, while net profit trebled to Rs 3,116 crore.

recently acquired Bhushan Steel. The performance of the overseas businesses though, especially Europe, was lacklustre due to plant shutdowns.

Greater footprint in the more lucrative domestic market, with increasing focus on the less cyclical and higher margin automotive and branded retail segment augur well for the shareholders, who have expressed concerns over the company’s mounting debt.


Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen in Fortune Business Person of the Year list

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Indian-American Shantanu Narayen, the CEO of Adobe, has been named by Fortune in its 2018 Business Person of the Year list, which ranks 20 business executives “delivering on the bottom line and beyond”.

Narayen, 56, ranks 12th on the list, which has been topped by CEO of insurance company Progressive Tricia Griffith and includes CEO of graphics chipmaker Nvidia, Jensen Huang, French conglomerate Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and PayPal CEO Dan Schulman.

On Narayen, Fortune said “the maker of creativity tools like Photoshop doesn’t quite grab headlines like some of its Silicon Valley neighbours. But Adobe is playing the long game—and so is Shantanu Narayen.”

In November, Narayen celebrated his 11th anniversary at the helm, a tenure that is increasing rare in corporate America, Fortune said.

“Narayen’s move to turn boxed software into cloud services gave the San Jose company a subscription business that keeps on giving. And his recent rash of marketing-tech acquisitions…signals he is not afraid to compete with Salesforce and Oracle. A quiet giant? Not anymore.”

In choosing Fortune’s Business person of the Year, the publication weighs 10 financial metrics including 12-month and 36-month increases in profits and revenue, stock performance and total shareholder returns.


Trump Jr’s business trip to India cost US taxpayers nearly $100,000: Report

A business trip by Donald J Trump Jr, the son of the US president, this year to India cost the American tax payers about USD 100,000 in fees related to the Secret Service agents guarding him and other costs, according to a media report.

In February this year, Donald J Trump Jr, 40, had travelled to four Indian cities, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Kolkatta, to promote the high-rise luxurious condos being build by the Trump Organization, of which US president Donald Trump is the sole owner. Trump Jr is the vice president of his family owned company.

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that it calculated this figure from the documents it obtained from the Department of Homeland through the Freedom of Information Act, which is similar to India’s Right to Information Act.

The documents showed that “Trump Jr’s February trip cost more than USD 97,805 for hotel rooms, airfare, car rental and overtime for Secret Service agents,” the daily reported.

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The White House and Donald J Trump Jr did not immediately respond to the news report, which their political opponents on the social media alleged the Secret Service expenses for his trip to promote condos in India was misuse of tax payers money.

As per US laws, the President and his immediate family members are entitled to protection by the Secret Service. Same is the case with the former presidents and their family members too.

“Donald Trump Jr went to India to promote condo sales. His trip cost taxpayers almost USD 100,000. That’s essentially the government spending money on the president’s private business,” Citizens for Ethics, a watch dog, alleged in a tweet.

Because the president has not placed his assets in a blind trust, as other presidents have done, he still effectively controls his real estate empire and benefits from his children’s travels, Jordan Libowitz, communications director for the Washington-based watchdog group told the Washington Post.

“The issue is that essentially the president still owns his businesses, and these trips are being done to make the president money. Essentially the government is spending money for the president’s private businesses,” Libowitz told the daily.