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The big news: DMK to oppose Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami in trust vote, and nine other top stories

In other headlines: Two J&K ministers resigned after a Cabinet reshuffle, and the SC ordered an FIR against UP minister Gayatri Prajapati in a rape case.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. DMK, Indian Union Muslim League to oppose Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami in trust vote: The Election Commission asked VK Sasikala to reply to a petition challenging her nomination as AIADMK general secretary by February 28.
  2. PDP minister Basharat Bukhari resigns after Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti reshuffles Cabinet: Syed Altaf Bukhari, who served in the Mufti Mohammed Sayeed government, was re-inducted by the chief minister. 
  3. Supreme Court orders FIR against Samajwadi Party’s Gayatri Prajapati in gangrape case: The apex court gave the Uttar Pradesh Police eight weeks to submit a report on the incident. 
  4. Kashmiri athletes get US visas weeks after their first applications were denied: The Snowshoe Federation of India said two US senators had looked into the matter and helped them get the clearance.
  5. Car bomb blast in Baghdad kills 59, Islamic State claims attack: The incident comes a day after 15 people had died in a suicide attack in the city.
  6. Kashmir residents told to stay away from counter-insurgency sites: The Centre asked Opposition parties to refrain from politicising the Army chief’s allegations that locals were colluding with militants.
  7. Modi showed us Dilwale Dulhaniya but Gabbar Singh came out, says Rahul Gandhi: The Congress leader criticised the prime minister for hurting small businesses and farmers with the demonetisation drive.
  8. China says it needs ‘solid evidence’ to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will hold a key strategic dialogue with Chinese Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui on February 22. 
  9. The deadline for linking your Aadhaar number to your EPF account has been extended to March 31: The last date for submitting digital life certificates has also been postponed.
  10. The Science Express, a mobile exhibition on climate change, has begun its journey through 20 states: The locomotive started its journey in Delhi and will reach Gandhinagar on September 8.   
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Harvard Business School’s HBX brings the future of business education to India with online programs

HBX is not only offering courses online, but also connecting students to the power of its network.

The classic design of the physical Harvard Business School (HBS) classroom was once a big innovation – precisely designed teaching amphitheaters laid out for every student to participate from his or her seat with a “pit” in the center of the room from which professors orchestrate discussions analyzing business cases like a symphony lead. When it came to designing the online experience of HBX—the school’s digital learning initiative—HBS faculty worked tirelessly to blend these tenets of the HBS classroom pedagogy with the power of new technology. With real-world problem solving, active learning, and social learning as its foundation, HBX offers immersive and challenging self-paced learning experiences through its interactive online learning platform.

Reimagining digital education, breaking the virtual learning mold

Typically, online courses follow a one-way broadcast mode – lectures are video recorded and reading material is shared – and students learn alone and are individually tested. Moving away from the passive learning model, HBX has developed an online platform that leverages the HBS ‘case-based pedagogy’ and audio-visual and interaction tools to make learning engaging.

HBX courses are rarely taught through theory. Instead, students learn through real-world problem-solving. Students start by grappling with a business problem – with real world data and the complexity in which a business leader would have to make a decision – and learn the theory inductively. Thus even as mathematical theories are applied to business situations, students come away with a greater sense of clarity and perspective, whether it is reading a financial report, understanding why a brand’s approach to a random sample population study may or may not work, or how pricing works.

HBX Platform | Courses offered in the HBX CORe program
HBX Platform | Courses offered in the HBX CORe program

“Learning about concepts through real-life cases was my favorite part of the program. The cases really helped transform abstract concepts into observable situations one could learn from. Furthermore, it really helped me understand how to identify situations in which I could use the tools that HBX equipped me with,” says Anindita Ravikumar, a past HBX participant. India’s premier B-school IIM-Ahmedabad has borrowed the very same pedagogy from Harvard. Learning in this manner is far more engaging, relatable, and memorable.

Most lessons start with a short 2-3 minute video of a manager talking about the business problem at hand. Students are then asked to respond on how they would handle the issue. Questions can be in the form of either a poll or reflections. Everyone’s answers are then visible to the ‘classroom’. In the words of Professor Bharat Anand, Faculty Chair, HBX, “This turns out to be a really important distinction. The answers are being updated in real-time. You can see the distribution of answers, but you can also see what any other individual has answered, which means that you’re not anonymous.” Students have real profiles and get to know their ‘classmates’ and learn from each other.

HBX Interface | Students can view profiles of other students in their cohort
HBX Interface | Students can view profiles of other students in their cohort

Professor Anand also says, “We have what we call the three-minute rule. Roughly every three minutes, you are doing something different on the platform. Everyone is on the edge of their seats. Anyone could be called on to participate at any time. It’s a very lean forward mode of learning”. Students get ‘cold-called’ – a concept borrowed from the classroom – where every now and then individuals will be unexpectedly prompted to answer a question on the platform and their response will be shared with other members of the cohort. It keeps students engaged and encourages preparedness. While HBX courses are self-paced, participants are encouraged to get through a certain amount of content each week, which helps keep the cohort together and enables the social elements of the learning experience.

More than digital learning

The HBS campus experience is valued by alumni not just for the academic experience but also for the diverse network of peers they meet. HBX programs similarly encourage student interactions and opportunities for in-person networking. All HBXers who successfully complete their programs and are awarded a credential or certificate from HBX and Harvard Business School are invited to the annual on-campus HBX ConneXt event to meet peers from around the world, hear from faculty and business executives, and also experience the HBS campus near Cambridge.

HBXers at ConneXt, with Prof. Bharat Anand
HBXers at ConneXt, with Prof. Bharat Anand

Programs offered today

HBX offers a range of programs that appeal to different audiences.

To help college students and recent graduates prepare for the business world, HBX CORe (Credential of Readiness) integrates business essentials such as analytics, economics, and financial accounting. HBX CORe is also great for those interested in an MBA looking to strengthen their application and brush up their skills to be prepared for day one. For working professionals, HBX CORe and additional courses like Disruptive Strategy, Leading with Finance, and Negotiation Mastery, can help deepen understanding of essential business concepts in order to add value to their organizations and advance their careers.

Course durations range from 6 to 17 weeks depending on the program. All interested candidates must submit a free, 10-15 minute application that is reviewed by the HBX admissions team by the deadlines noted on the HBX website.

For more information, please review the HBX website.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of HBX and not by the Scroll editorial team.