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Source
THE HINDU

Date
2005-07-28

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A VIRTUAL revolution is taking place in the university admission process in the country. The Visvesvaraya Technological University, the first and only technological university of Karnataka, is pioneering the technological touch in every possible spheres of higher education system – from admissions to online examinations by adopting innovative, state-of-the-art technologies.

Until a few years ago, it was beyond anybodys imagination that even the process of admissions would go hi-tech and that technology would one day come to the doors of students. The dream is now a reality with the VTU revolutionising the entire admission process to allot seats to various post-graduation courses through video-conferencing from its counselling centres in the State.

The candidates seeking admission need not run from pillar to post for information about seat matrix, availability of seats in different colleges, fee structure, vacancies, etc. They can simply relax on a chair at any of the counselling centres and watch everything live on a vast display screen, which enables them to take decisions instead of hanging out in ambiguity and uncertainty.

It was only last year that the VTU had taken the initiative to conduct counselling for admission to PG programmes offered in different affiliated colleges and universities in the State through video-conference with the help of EDUSAT. The experimentation at two centres, VTUs Jnana Sangam campus in Belgaum and another at Bangalore, was a great success and encouraging.

Saving on cost

This year, the admissions for PG courses are decisively through video-conferencing with centralised seat allocation system from five counselling centres. This will reduce the cost of travel and lodging for students and their parents.

The Vice-Chancellor, K. Balaveera Reddy, and the Registrar, M.S. Shivakumar, said the admission process was started well ahead of time, with the publication of brochures providing all necessary information about the PG courses, colleges, universities, seat matrix, fee structure, etc. to the students.

The complete schedule for admissions was also announced including the date of CET, declaration of ranks (which was delayed for some time due to non-submission of marks cards of qualifying examination by certain universities). This was followed by equipping the five centres at Belgaum, Gulbarga, Davangere, Mangalore and Bangalore with necessary computing, seating, video-conferencing, parking, boarding, security, announcements, etc. facilities and trained manpower.

To begin with, the counselling for admission to MBA has already begun (from July 18) and all these centres are connected to the VTU headquarters at Jnana Sangam campus over a high bandwidth, MPLS-VPN (Multi Protocol Label Switch-Virtual Private Network) based secure network provided by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited especially for this event. All the video-conferencing equipments and computers have been connected through this network.

Unlike regular IP networks, an MPLS-based network provides Quality of Support (QoS), thereby ensuring priority to all video and voice traffic while in motion. This technology has enabled VTU to establish two-way video-conferencing and four-way video display without the usual jitters, jagged edges and frame drops. In addition, the data related to colleges and seat availability is made available across all the five centres on real-time basis.

Custom-developed software has been hosted at Belgaum, which provides vacancy/seat availability information to students and the counselling staff. The software also takes care of programmes, departments, quotas, ranks, etc. and expedites the process of admission across the colleges. All these details are displayed on large displays installed in all the five centres.

This project has been initially rolled out for MBA and MCA programmes. Subsequently, it will be extended to M.Tech. programmes too.

The VTU aims at adding more centres across the State to make counselling service easily accessible.

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Going the distance for education

How far are you willing to send your child for a good education? Some Girdwood residents say: as far as necessary. Others say: bring the education closer to home.

With only one school in Girdwood, theres talk now of opening another one, a high school.

The first thing we need to do is truly understand all of the questions, concerns about education in Girdwood, said the superintendent of the Anchorage School District, Carol Comeau.

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Young Nevisians urged to pursue technical studies

Young Nevisians urged to pursue technical studies

Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance in the Nevis Island Administration, Joseph Parry, has called on the young people of Nevis to pursue studies in the technical field because it was an area of high priority for the island.

Parry made the call on Monday, while delivering the 2007 Budget address in the Nevis Island Assembly in Charlestown.

The Finance Minister explained that the Government of Cuba had been offering scholarships in areas such as Agronomy, Culture, Sports, Medicine and Engineering but Nevisians had been slow in taking up these offers.

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Admission Dates Delhi Institute of Service Management (DISM) has announced

Admission Dates Delhi Institute of Service Management (DISM) has announced

Delhi Institute of Service Management (DISM) has announced the admission dates for its three-month certificate and one-year diploma in retail management. Minimum qualification is class XII pass. Admissions shall be based on an aptitude test. Prospectus and the application form can be obtained from the institute by send¬ing a DD of Rs 100 in favor of Delhi Institute of Service Management, payable at New Delhi or against cash payment of Rs 100 from the institute. Last date of admission is January 10,2007.

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5 are named winners in Umatilla’s first scholarship pageant

Thirty-three local students participated in the inaugural Miss Umatilla Scholarship Pageant on April 21 at Umatilla High School.

There were five age divisions for girls 4 to 18.

Linda Watts, director of the pageant, said, It was a joy to work with the girls and their parents. Everyone had a good attitude and the pageant was a great success. We look forward to making the pageant an annual event and are committed to stressing the importance of education for young ladies in Umatilla.

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NDIM will host its annual two day cultural extravaganza, Spandan 07, on February 28 and March 1

NDIM will host its annual two day cultural extravaganza, Spandan 07, on February 28 and March 1

Annual fest at NDIM
New Delhi Institute of Management will host its annual two day cultural extravaganza, Spandan 07, on February 28 and March 1. The occasion will witness a slew of events like Dance Divine (choreography), Rhythm (music competition), Sa-Re-Ga-Ma (Antakshari), Bhangra, Quizzical (business quiz), Syzito (debate) and many more. The highlight is expected to be a live performance by Gursewak Mann, Anoushka and DJ Saaz at Hamsdhwani, Pragati Maidan on the concluding day.

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Twinning programme in Strategic Business IT

Source
The Hindu

Date
2006-08-21

Information
The City School of Social and Managerial Sciences, Chennai, in association with Business and Technology Education Centre (BTEC), Dubai, is offering a postgraduate course in Strategic Business IT.

Students on successful completion of this twinning programme will be awarded Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Business IT (PDSB) from NCC Education, U.K. The new academic year for the programme starts in October, 2006.

The first semester will be taught in Chennai, and the students have to do their second semester in BTEC, Dubai. Candidates with a bachelors degree in IT or equivalent or non-IT graduates with experience in an IT environment are eligible.

Candidate interviews will be held on August 28 and 29 at City School, Chennai.

This course is ideal for individuals who wish to build on their existing IT skills while being introduced to a range of business and management issues.

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A Scholarship Gives Polish Student Opportunity to Study at East Carolina University

A Scholarship Gives Polish Student Opportunity to Study at East Carolina University

Do you know where Wroclaw is? Well that is where college student Jan Zarski is from and he is studying in the United States as an exchange student. Im from Poland and I come from Wroclaw. Wroclaw is the city in Southwest Poland. It is the fastest developing city in my country and I decided to study and come to the United States because I got a scholarship, he says.

Actually, I am only here for one semester. It is an exchange program between the University of Wroclaw from my hometown and the University in Greenville, East Carolina University.

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IIM-C and IIT-KGP to go ahead with 27% quota

IIM Calcutta (IIM-C) and IIT-Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) will go ahead with the 27 per cent other backward classes (OBC) quota implementation, following a Supreme Court order on Friday.

The verdict comes a day after the Calcutta High Court put brakes on the Centre’s order to impose OBC quotas in post graduate courses in IIM-C and IIT-Kharagpur.

In April this year, the HRD ministry had ordered implementation of 27 per cent OBC quota in post-graduate courses in central institutions.

The IIM-C authority would keep on hold the admission process for the OBC candidates till the final directive comes from MHRD.

Meanwhile, the IIM-C authorities had stuck to the OBC interview date on Thursday and interviewed 20 OBC candidates.

The final offer letter for admission would be sent to nine of these OBC candidates who have been selected.

The next batch would start from June 23. Usually, students get three weeks time to join the classes from the date of offer of admission, however, this year, the candidates will get less time due to the confusion over the quota implementation.

According to Dinesh Varma, chief administrative officer of IIM-C, “We are awaiting the new circular from the HRD following the Supreme Court’s order today. We interviewed the OBC students on Thursday, but did not publish the results because we were waiting for the final verdict. We will choose nine of them for the 2008-2010 batch”.

Similarly, IIT-KGP’s interviews for the post-graduate programme are scheduled for May 28.

“We will stick to the HRD’s final verdict,” said D Chakraborty, deputy director of IIT-KGP.

A constitution bench on April 10 had cleared implementation of OBC quota but had ordered exclusion of creamy layer.

Only nine students from the OBC category — three per cent — will be admitted on basis of quota this year at the IIM-C.

The institution has increased its intake of students from the existing 300 to 318.

The seven Indian Institutes of Technology; Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, and Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, will implement the other backward classes (OBC) quota over the next three years to achieve the mandatory 27 per cent reservation.

To make room for candidates from OBC quota, these institutes will earmark nine per cent of the total seats for them and increase the overall number of seats by 13 per cent from the present academic year.

More : business-standard.com

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Felix Scholarships (India)

Felix Scholarships (India)

The scholarships are open to Indian graduates starting a degree at Oxford in October 2007 to read for a taught graduate course or for a Master’s/DPhil degree by research, who would be unable, without financial assistance,to take up their place. Up to six scholarships will be available. They will cover University fees, college fees and maintenance.

Requirements: Applicants must be under 30 years of age and must have at least a first class Bachelor’s degree from an Indian university or comparable institution. Those who already hold degrees from universities outside India are not eligible to apply. Graduates are expected to return to work in their home country.

Toapply: An application form for the scholarship may be obtained at as also further details, Candidates must apply separately for admission to the Univer¬sity in the first, second or third gathered fields.

Submission: The closing date for scholarships applications is March 1, 2007.

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More budgetary allocation needed for education: Vice-Chancellor

More budgetary allocation needed for education: Vice-Chancellor

Determination, confidence and courage are the attributes of a budding scientist, Madras University Vice-Chancellor S. Ramachandran told students on Saturday.

He was addressing a group of 40 students and teachers from different parts of Tamil Nadu at the valedictory function of `Science Camp 2006 organised by Science City.

Prof. Ramachandran said the camp facilitated interaction among students from varied backgrounds (urban and rural). The camp would have given you exposure to emerging trends in the field of science and technology. If you decide to go further, nothing can stop you, he said.

More : hindu.com

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Calcutta HC stays quotas in IIM & IIT

In a jolt to pro-reservationists, the Calcutta High Court today (May 14) stayed quota for OBCs in post-graduate courses in Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and stopped interview of OBC candidates for the same.

Justice Maharaj Sinha, in an ex-parte interim order, granted the stay on a petition by Sayan Guha, a B-Tech student challenging the HRD ministry’s memorandum and also the IIM-C interview scheduled for tomorrow.

The interim order stayed till June nine the operation of the reservation clause of IIM prospectus and also the resolution of office memorandum dated April 20, 2008 passed by the HRD ministry.

The matter would come up for hearing again on June nine. IIM-C had scheduled the special interview of OBC students following the HRD memorandum.

Guha’s counsels Kishore Dutta and Nilava Bandopadhyay told the court that the office memo and the subsequent reservation clause were in violation of the April 10 Supreme Court order on reservation of OBCs that had set a yardstick for such quotas and defined the creamy layer that would be out of the purview of reservation.

They said while the apex court had directed that graduates would not be considered for reservation, the HRD ministry had in violation of that passed an office memo to the effect that OBC students would get reservation in post-graduate courses.

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Institute Of Space Systems Germany SSDW Workshop

Institute Of Space Systems Germany SSDW Workshop is an environment for the multidisciplinary conceptual design of space stations and other orbital infrastructure. It also offers the short courses and workshops to introduce students and professionals. This includes enhancement and expansion of the design environment for manned missions and space infrastructure beyond low earth orbit, supporting the extension of the frontier of human space exploration.

Important dates:
05/08/09 – Last date for submission of application

Contact detail:
Institute of Space Systems
Universitaet Stuttgart
Pfaffenwaldring 31
70569 Stuttgart
Germany
Fax: ++49 (0)711/685-63596

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Stress-free CAT

Students are often unsure about their ability to crack the formidable CAT, and this belief has created the CAT is tough myth, which gets propagated from year to year. A person getting 70 percentile in the CAT normally feels that the CAT was not meant for him.

However, logically speaking, if you were to consider the data of the last CAT, each question carried four positive marks if it was answered correctly and one negative mark if incorrect. Also consider the fact that a student who got 70-80 percentile in CAT 2006 paper would have got a net score in the range of 75- 85 marks (out of 300), while a student who got a score of 110 marks in the same test ended up with a 98-99 percentile score. This means very clearly that there was a gap of only about 30 marks separating a 70 percentiler (who ends up considering that he/she was too far away from clearing the CAT for the IIMs) from a student who might now be studying at the IIMs. At the rate of five marks per question (+4,-1 marking scheme) this would effectively translate into a gap of just six questions!

In other words just six errors can take you from a B-grade B-school straight into the IIMs. This is the reason why what you do in the remaining preparation time becomes very crucial.

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Pittsburgh Jazz Society Accepting Applications for PJS/Mellon Jazz Scholarship

Pittsburgh Jazz Society Accepting Applications for 2007-2008 PJS/Mellon Jazz Scholarship

Mellon Financial Corporation and the Pittsburgh Jazz Society today announced that applications are being accepted for the 2007 Pittsburgh Jazz Society/Mellon Jazz Scholarship.

The recipient of the one-year, $5,000 award will be selected by a panel of nationally recognized jazz musicians and educators on the basis of musical interest and ability as demonstrated by an application and audition tape that includes samplings of various musical styles. Any new or continuing undergraduate student from western Pennsylvania who is enrolled full-time at any four-year college or university in the United States during the fall 2007 semester is eligible to apply. The scholarship will be evenly divided between the Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 terms.

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Magazine, Film School Offer Scholarship

Magazine, Film School Offer Scholarship

Movie magazine MovieMaker and Vancouver Film School announced a scholarship competition for the British Columbia schools film production program.

The winning applicant, selected by a committee of VFS faculty and MovieMaker staff members, will receive a full scholarship, including tuition and all supplies, for the one-year program, MovieMaker Magazine said. Deadline is April 30.

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Premier Praises India, Promotes Ontarios Strengths

Premier Praises India, Promotes Ontarios Strengths

Ontario is determined to play a major role in Indias dynamic economic growth, Premier Dalton McGuinty told key government officials and business leaders here today.

We are here from Ontario – a large delegation of our finest business people and researchers, educators and builders – because we are indebted to Indias rich history. We are impressed by the exciting India of today and we are intent on playing a bigger role in Indias future, Premier McGuinty said in his first major speech here.

We are focused on areas where we see infinite potential: culture and education, financial services and infrastructure, and research and innovation, Premier McGuinty said.

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Lottery scholarship improvement bill moves forward

The Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 611 which will make a number of changes to the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program (TELS). Sen. Jamie Woodson (R-Knoxville), who serves as chairman of the committee, is sponsoring the legislation.

Legislative commitment to fiscally responsible policies has provided our legislature with an opportunity to thoughtfully expand our current Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program, said Woodson.

The bill increases the award for a HOPE scholarship at a four-year school to $4000 and a two-year school to $2000. The Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant was also increased to $2000.

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Early graduate of University of Floridas MBA program gives school $30 million

Early graduate of University of Floridas MBA program gives school $30 million

One of the first graduates of the University of Floridas MBA program is giving $30 million (€23.15 million) to the school, which will use the money to create an endowment and construct a building to be named after him.

William R. Houghs donation, announced Friday, is the largest private gift ever received by the university.

Hough is the founder of William R. Hough and Company, a St. Petersburg-based municipal bond firm he headed for 38 years, until it was sold in 2004. Hough also was the chairman of Republic Bancshares Inc., which was acquired by BB&T Corp. in 2004.

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Pay 30% more to study in Singapore

Pay 30% more to study in Singapore

Students making a beeline to complete their higher studies in Singapore would need to loosen their purse strings further.

The Ministry of Education, Singapore, has made it clear that foreign students, whose fees are already higher than those of its citizens and permanent residents, will have their fees increased by a further 30 per cent with effect from 2009.

The hike in fees has come about after the Singapore governments decision to introduce a clearer differentiation of fees paid for education by its citizens, permanent residents and foreigners.

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