Digit wants to help you pay off your student loans faster

Digit, the automated savings app, wants to help borrowers repay their $1.5 trillion in student loan debt faster. Student Loan Payments, the app’s latest tool, allows users to allocate some of their automated savings to make extra payments on top of the user’s standard monthly bill. It works like this: If you have a Digit account, create a student loan goal and connect your loan account to the app. If you already have a student loan goal with Digit, you can change the settings to enable additional payments. The app…

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Virat Kohli wants to make the most of his career over the next 8 or 9 years

Virat Kohli amassed a total of 558 runs in the ODI series vs South Africa (Virat Kohli Twitter Photo) India skipper Virat Kohli was on a record-breaking spree during the sixth and final ODI against South Africa at Centurion. The Indian skipper’s unbeaten 129 helped India beat the hosts by eight wickets and clinch the series 5-1. During his dominating innings, Kohli became the fastest to cross 17,000-run mark in international cricket, surpassing Hashim Amla. The 29-year-old amassed a total of 558 runs in the series – record for most number of runs scored by a batsman…

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Prime Minister’s Office wants more institutes to bid for ‘world class’ tag

New Delhi: Under pressure from the prime minister’s office, the human resource development ministry has expedited the plan to create world class universities and further relaxed the rules to encourage more private and public institutions bid for the tag. Months after it floated draft rules, the ministry has now changed several of them, according to two government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity and documents seen by Mint. First, institutions such as the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) will have the liberty to apply for the “world class” tag…

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Here’s what Elizabeth Warren wants to know from Trump’s education pick

In advance of this week’s confirmation hearing, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday sent Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, a litany of questions that raise concerns about the billionaire’s qualifications for the job. “The Secretary’s actions can make a real difference in whether or not Americans can get a fair shot in reaching the American Dream,” Warren wrote in the letter to DeVos. “Given that you have virtually no experience with these important responsibilities, your testimony … will be critical to assessing you readiness for the position.” [Democrats…

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HRD panel wants filling up of faculty at premier institutes for world class institutions

To expedite and overcome the hurdle in developing world class institutions and deteriorating levels of higher education, the Consultative Committee on Human Resource Development has recommended immediate filling up of vacant posts in IIT, NIT and at 40 central universities. The Consultative Committee relating to Human Resource Development (HRD) comprising of Union HRD ministers and 28 MPs which met on December 29 also expressed concern over increasing gap between education and employability and the quality of students coming from colleges and suggested government take corrective steps. A senior HRD ministry…

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