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TATA awards 53 postgraduate students with scholarships worth 2.3 million

TATA awarded 53 deserving postgraduate students with scholarships worth R2.3-million,for the 2018/19 academic year

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Since the year 2006, more than 250 postgraduate students at South African Universities have benefited from TATA scholarships.

As part of its annual Postgraduate Scholarship Programme for the 2018/19 academic year, TATA awarded 53 academically and financially deserving students at four South African universities with scholarships totaling more than R2.3-million.

“We believe that businesses are powerful constituents of society,” says Len Brand, CEO of TATA International in Africa. “The TATA Group’s way of conducting business includes a commitment to support the communities in which we operate. Good corporate citizenship is a critical mission for TATA, one that is at the heart of who we are, how we think, and everything we do.”

“In Africa, our efforts to promote the social and economic development of local communities are focused on three main areas: education and skills development; entrepreneurship; and health initiatives.” 

TATA has invested more than R10-million in its Postgraduate Scholarship Programme to date.

“In line with the business ethos and core values of TATA, with its strong culture of uplifting society and giving back, our objective is to help increase the number of young people primed to take up leadership roles in business, government, and civil society. The TATA Postgraduate Scholarship Programme is one of our flagship education initiatives.”

Tata has partnered with Nelson Mandela University (NMU), University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), and University of the Free State (UFS) to support postgraduate students who demonstrated academic competence and required financial assistance. 

“Education is extremely empowering and transformative,” says Brand, himself a graduate of the University of Pretoria (Tuks), with a B.Sc in Industrial Engineering. “It has an amazing ripple effect, with the potential to not only uplift individuals, but the communities in which they live and work, and ultimately society at large.”

The scholarships are not faculty-specific and a wide range of candidates are supported across several academic fields, allowing the recipients to freely pursue their chosen specialisations. Scholarship recipients are not contractually bound to TATA once they complete their studies.

“By nurturing South Africa’s rich pool of young talent through this annual investment, and growing a culture of giving back,” concludes Brand, “TATA is committed to making a significant and sustainable impact on the continent.”

SOURCE– Engineering News

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First accredited Automated Weather Station unveiled at TUT campus

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History was made yesterday when the Tshwane University of Technology launched the first accredited Automated Weather Station in the country.

The SA Weather Services (SAWS) partnered with the university to showcase the world-class station that is expected to provide hazardous weather warnings, alerts and site-specific forecasts to people on campus and to the SAWS.

The readings can be seen on a screen set up on campus.

The university expects the innovation to enable knowledge-sharing and research in climate and technical services, as well as forecasting and training.

Management already expects the station to help in decision-making for sporting events, saying lives could be saved from early warning of imminent lightning storms.

The launch was celebrated by all professionals who worked on the project and students who came to witness history unfold right before their eyes.

Acting SAWS chief executive Mnikeli Ndabambi said: “Severe thunderstorms produce damaging hail, stormy winds, and flash flooding. With a radar network, we can give you the exact time when it will hit this institution so you can at least park your cars under shelter.

“I am told this weather station is already contributing to the SA Weather Services network.”

SOURCE- TUT News

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NMU academic activities disrupted by protest

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Nelson Mandela University has been working to restore normal academic and other operations following disruptions on Wednesday. A group of students barricaded entrances to the campuses, which was deemed to be in contravention of the standing interdict.

This resulted in a standoff with the SA Police Service, who set off stun grenades after protesting students failed to disperse once the terms of a standing interdict were read out shortly before 1 pm. The students subsequently retreated from the entrances.

The main issue relates to some senior students who did not receive NSFAS funding as a result of not meeting nationally-determined academic performance criteria. These students were subsequently requested to vacate off-campus accommodation.

A total of 1756 students, including 309 whose individual cases were assessed and dealt with by the Clearing House established then, were allowed registration through the various concessions. In light of today’s disruptions, members of the SA Police Service and Protection Service will continue to monitor the situation and secure all campus entrances and facilities.

SOURCE– Nelson Mandela University News

   

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Higher Education Minister officially Dr. Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor

Higher education minister Naledi Pandor has graduated with a doctorate from the University of Pretoria.

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Minister Naledi Pandor has lived up to her portfolio as a higher education minister by graduating with a doctorate from the University of Pretoria, in the latest of a string of qualifications behind her name.

The official announcement is expected at 3 pm but her wellwishers have already taken to social media to congratulate her over her Ph.D. in Education, which saw her delve into transformation in higher education.

* After donning her graduation robes on Tuesday afternoon, Pandor, who is in her 70s, said in a statement the decision to study again was nerve-wracking.

“But I knew I had to try. I was nervous and slightly embarrassed, as I am an older student, but once I started, I did not want to stop. There were several really bright young students and they seemed so confident and relaxed; I sometimes felt I could not catch up to their confidence levels, but I wanted to do this, so I persevered.”

Professor Chika Sehoole, Dean of the Faculty of Education at UP, said it was an honour to supervise the minister for her PhD. He previously worked with her before the old Department of Education was split. “After I agreed to supervise her, she set the rules for the relationship. She said to me, ‘Now you are my Professor, I am your student. You call me Naledi, and I will call you Professor.’ That was a shocker! I could not believe it, especially given our previous relationship in the Department of Education.”

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