Babylon Health Gets $2 Billion Valuation With New Funding That Will Help It Expand In U.S.

Ali Parsa CEO and cofounder of Babylon Health. BABYLON HEALTH Babylon Health, a U.K.-based startup whose fast growth has been shadowed by concerns about the efficacy of its telemedicine apps, has raised $550 million in Series C funding, elevating the company to unicorn status. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which invest on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government, led the round that valued the company at $2 billion with a total of $635 million raised. The new capital will enable the company to expand into more markets including the…

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Draft National Education Policy-2019 | A Vision Document for new India

Government of India has come up with the draft of National Education Policy-2019 for inputs and very soon the policy may be out in its final shape. The draft was submitted to MHRD by Kasturirangan Committee constituted in 2017. This draft policy is formulated in an inclusive, participatory and holistic manner to meet the changing dynamics of the needs and aspirations of new India. The draft policy is developed on five foundational pillars of access, equity, quality, affordability and accountability. It also promotes innovations and research, aiming to make India…

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Budget 2019: New education policy to focus on research

Rs 400 crore allocated for setting-up world-class education institutes The Centre on Friday allocated Rs 400 crore for setting up world-class education institutes and announced ‘Study in India’ programme that will aim at attracting foreign students to the country. Presenting the first Budget of the NDA government in its second term, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government will bring in a new national education policy to transform India’s higher education system to one of the best in the world. The policy proposes major changes in both school and…

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New education policy draft hailed

Ludhiana: The Punjab Educationists’ Forum organised a round-table discussion on “NDA’s new education policy” draft at Ramgarhia Girls College today. Principal Inderjit Kaur and president Ranjodh Singh of the Ramgarhia Educational Council extended a cordial welcome to the guests. The forum discussed in detail the proposed draft of the new education policy of the National Democratic Alliance. The forum hailed the merits of the new education policy, which included a change in the age for the Right to Education, from the age of three years to 18 years upto 2030,…

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New education policy seeks to junk 10+2 format, ‘high-stakes’ exams

NEW DELHI: Replacing the 10+2 system, replacing ‘high stakes’ Class 10 and 12 exams with subject-wise ‘modular’ assessments anytime between Classes 9 and 12, ‘census’ examinations for classes 3, 5 and 8 to track progress throughout the school experience and deregulating higher education to allow students to opt for courses, exit them mid-way and resume them at fully autonomous public and private institutes — these are some of the key recommendations of the new education policy that the Modi government is set to make public as it begins its second stint. Key…

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New framework looks at how technology is changing our cities

The Urban Land Institute, a non-profit grop creating sustainable communities, has launched an Urban Technology Framework to help cities advance into the next generation. The Urban Technology Framework has identified 12 current trends that will shape metropolitan hubs, the group said. This in turn, will help developers and architects who are responsible for delivering future cities. Key tech trends include 3D printing transforming the way we build, and the Internet of Things (IoT) progressing smart buildings from stationary structures to machines. Digitalisation will transform business models, causing the existing sharing economy to…

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