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Tokyo University is on a mission to strengthen its international profile and establish itself

Tokyo University is on a mission to strengthen its international profile and establish itself

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Tokyo University is on a mission to strengthen its international profile and establish itself as a hub for sustainability science, said Hiroshi Komiyama, its president, in UKs The Times Higher. Although we are arguably the best in Japan, we are not know outside, he said.Three years ago the university became free from state control, giving it greater financial flexibility to build new facilities and to forge strategic ties with institutions across the world. Currently, Tokyos international profile is limited.Some 1.6% of undergraduates, 11.7% postgraduates, and 1.4% of researchers were foreign nationals in 2005. This led to the decision to create housing to attract overseas researchers.

IIT Kharagpur in 2006 announced the Nina Saxena Excellence in Technology Award.

IIT-K extends deadline
IIT Kharagpur in 2006 announced the Nina Saxena Excellence in Technology Award. Open to all technologists who are Indian citizens (resident or non-resident), the award was announced at the IIT Foundation Day on August 18, 2006. Nominations for entries to the award will now remain open till May 31 2007.

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Ritesh Agarwal has received the 2007 Faculty Early Career Award from the NSF

Scientist receives 2007 NSF career award
Ritesh Agarwal has received the 2007 Faculty Early Career Award from the National Science Foundation. The award is given to young faculty members in all science and engineering fields. Agarwal is an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, US. He and his colleagues at the university have developed nanowires capable of storing computer data for 100,000 years and retrieving that data a thousand times faster than existing portable memory devices such as Flash memory and micro drives, all using less power and space than current memory technologies. The research was supported by the Materials Research Science and Engineering Centre at Pennsylvania, the University of Pennsylvania Research Foundation award and a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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‘Don’t Expect Too Much From IIT Meet

Professor M S Ananth, Director, Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, does not expect tangible deliverables from the Global IIT Alumni Conference, but acknowledges that such repetitive interactions can ultimately pay dividends in realising at least part of the objectives.

In an interview, Ananth, who was in the United States recently to deliver the keynote speech at the US Chemical Research Council conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then came down to Washington to meet with IIT-Madras alumni, said, I dont expect any direct take-off from any of these conferences.

Ananth, who will return to Washington along with other directors of the various IITs for the conference, predicted, Till that synergy comes it wont happen; it can happen only by these frequent meetings.

However, notwithstanding his reality check, Ananth acknowledged, Of course, the idea that alumni are interested in their alma mater is a very important concept. It is a new concept for India. In India its just not there. Ananth argued, My contention is that as a civilisation and in the process of accepting the logical form of the West we have given up the intuitive form, and we should retain both. If you look at education in India, undergraduate education now has 450,000 students entering, the numbers are increasing, and out of the 450,000, IITs handle 4,500 — just one per cent. So in a sense we need more IITs.

But Ananth said the main alarm in India among IITs is post-graduate education, and perhaps echoing the concerns of his fellow directors of other six IITs, bemoaned, We have 20,000 seats of which only 10,000 are taken, and given that only 20 per cent of post-graduates will come into teaching, we have effectively 2,000 teachers available.

Ananth asserted, It is not possible in the current context. As far as government institutions are concerned, the maximum salary you can draw is that of a Cabinet Secretary. Next to the Cabinet Secretary, you have the regular Secretary who draws Rs 26,000 as basic salary per month.

So therefore, the IIT Director shall not get more than that — and if the IIT Director gets that, you can imagine what the faculty gets, he said.

He acknowledged that the faculty was free to consult and earn extra income, and that there is no cap on that at all. Nobody is going to give you money unless you deliver, and delivering requires time.

Ananth said the question is, how do you get a larger faculty, and noted, I have hired 130 faculty members in the last three years, of who 36 have BTechs from various IITs whove done PhD abroad and come back.

I am at 350 faculty-member strength and its not as if I dont get applicants. Ananth said he does have adjunct faculty and that IITs have several provisions whereby people can be hired without PhDs in management — it is one of the exceptions and there are similar provisions for architecture and planning where we can also take people without PhDs.

And I have adjunct faculty who dont even need a masters degree. So adjunct faculty is perfectly possible and we have that. But I am talking about core faculty.

Ananth said, Every Indian has to make a decision whether to go into an industrial or academic career and the next question is, do you want it in India or the US. I believe the choice is not hard to make.

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New e-learning initiative

Educomp Solutions Ltd launched its new portal —, an innovative 24×7 Maths-help programme – designed to help students solve every single Maths problem. The portal aims to make the subject fun and easy for students who find it difficult and score poor marks.

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Country’s seventh IIM starts from Friday

The first academic session of the country’s seventh IIM, the Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management (RGIIM) in Shillong, will begin on Friday.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Donkupar Roy will inaugurate the first batch of Post Graduate Diploma in Management in the presence of Chairman, Board of Governors, RGIIM, Prof RN Dutta, Chairman Headstrong Inc USA and founder member of HCL Arjun Malhotra and Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister TK Nair, the institute’s Director Prof Ashoke K Dutta said.

Dutta said the institute would commence its first academic session in the Mayurbhanj Complex in Nongthymmai, which previously housed the North Eastern Hill University. Work will soon commence on a 120-acre site for the permanent campus.

The Institute offers the Post-Graduate Programme in Managment [PGP], which is a two-year full time residential programme for graduate students from all disciplines wanting to choose a career in management.

The Institute envisages for its flagship programme, namely, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (PGDBM), an annual student intake capacity of 60 in the first year. This is planned to be increased to 120 in the third year and 180 in the sixth year.

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Application forms for NERIST entrance exam

The Directorate of Information Technology and Technical Education has informed that the application forms for the NERIST, Nirjuli, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, entrance examination for admission to the Base Module-NE-1, Diploma Module-NEE-II and Degree Module NEE-III, for 2009 session are being issued in its office, below New Secretariat, Kohima, on payment of Rs.100 per form.

Informing this in a press note, Imjung M Panger, Director, added that the intending candidate may collect the prescribed form with information brochure on or before January 30 next, during office hours. The last date for submission of form at NERIST, Nirjuli, Arunachal Pradesh, has been set on or before February 6 next. The date of entrance examination has been fixed on April 25 next for NEE-II and II and April 26 next for NEE-I.

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Govt. and CBSE will fund education for girl child

The Human Development Ministry and CBSE will fund the single girl child education scheme which was announced very recently. The HRD will spend Rs.1.43 crore every year and the CBSE will spend another Rs.3.4 crore a year fund the various scholarship schemes announced for the education of the girl child at the under graduate level and the post graduate level.

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CIE holds seminar on student exam performance

Global teacher trainers and chief examiners from Cambridge led teacher training workshops, organised by University of Cambridge International Examinations under its programme CIE Face to Face Courses for Teachers, at an international school in Faridabad. CIE teacher training workshops include a review of teaching strategies as applied to the delivery of the Cambridge syllabus and are designed to contribute to improving student examination performance. The next CIE professional development event is a seminar titled The School Principal as System Leader, to be delivered by the internationally renowned expert on school leadership, Prof. David Hopkins.

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K-State to start MAST program soon

We arent going to teach you how to sail or build a boat, but Kansas State Universitys Agricultural Economics Department will begin its annual MAST program in early November and the time to sign up is right now.

Just what is MAST? MAST stands for Management, Analysis and Strategic Thinking. It is a distance education course for farmers and ranchers. The MAST Program combines new information and decision-making tools with distance education for geographically isolated producers and managers, ag lenders, and agribusiness professionals.

MAST begins with a two-day workshop on the K-State campus where program participants are introduced to key management tools and concepts to be emphasized in the program. For the next three months, participants learn through distance education methods, and progress through several learning modules focusing on various farm management tools and their application. After completing the distance education portion of the program, participants return for a final two-day program that will emphasize applying tools and concepts to their individual farm situations.

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Scholarship information from LCHS Guidance

Scholarship information from LCHS Guidance

The following is a current listing of known scholarships for seniors. Seniors are encouraged to watch the morning video announcements and to listen to morning/ afternoon announcements for additional opportunities. Note deadlines that apply for each scholarship.

Auburn Rotary Clubs Murrel Rogers Memorial scholarship for graduates of Auburn and Logan County, applications are available. Deadline May 4.

Aviles, Bush, Webb Scholarship: Applicant must plan on majoring in education, science, or technology. Due April 29 to Mrs. Rogers. Must be a Chandlers graduate to apply.

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Catholic High kids rank in scholarship program commendations

Springfield Catholic High School announced in a news release that seniors Seth Bade, Connor Eck, and Mauri Waneka were named Commended Students in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by principal Dean Crayton to these scholastically talented seniors.

Approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

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Applications Invited in The Institute of Computer Accountants is inviting applications

The Institute of Computer Accountants is inviting applications for its 20-month certificate course in certified industrial accountant plus articleship and four-month course in stock business. The institute also offers a three-month course in stock career. The eligibility for CIA is graduation with commerce and for the other two is 10+2. The last date for submission of applications is May 5

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IIT boffins create supersticky reusable adhesive

Conventional tape cracks when it is pulled off a surface. The cracks enable removal, but usually also render the tape useless for reapplication.

The toe pads of tree frogs and crickets, on the other hand, contain microscopic channel patterns that prevent cracking.

Lead study author Abhijit Majumder and his colleagues have now embedded the same type of microchannels in the new adhesive, which thwarts cracks.

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Blanket ban on obscene material will fetter press freedom: court

Blanket ban on obscene material will fetter press freedom: court

Imposing a blanket ban on publishing obscene photographs and material in newspapers will violate the right to freedom of speech and expression enjoyed by the press, the Supreme Court held on Tuesday.

A blanket ban on the publication of certain photographs and news items etc., will lead to a situation where the newspaper will be publishing material which caters only to children and adolescents and the adults would be deprived of their share of entertainment permissible under the normal norms of decency in any society, said a Bench consisting of Justices A.R. Lakshmanan and Tarun Chatterjee.

Any step to impose a blanket ban on publishing such photographs would also amount to prejudging the matter.

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London varsitys students eligible for DUs tests

Indian School of Business and Finance (ISBF) has announced that following the recommendation of the Equivalence Committee, the Delhi University Academic Council deems B.Sc degrees in Economics, Management, Finance and Social Sciences of the External Study programme of University of London taught at the institute as equivalent to its UG honours qualification. This means students with these University of London External Study course degrees would be eligible to take the PG entrance tests of DUs Departments of Economics and Commerce and the Faculty of Management Studies.

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Old boys shape syllabus – Joka ex-students suggest ways to improve course content

Old boys shape syllabus – Joka ex-students suggest ways to improve course content

The finance modules are flawless, but the marketing courses need a makeover. Niche programmes — like retail management — are welcome, but only after thorough research.

These are some of the suggestions the batch of 1981 threw up, when it met Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta faculty members at a unique workshop to discuss curriculum review at the Joka B-school.

With so many ex-students around, we thought it was a nice opportunity to pick their brains on a curriculum review, which is an ongoing process here, said Anindya Sen, dean, programme initiatives, IIM Calcutta.

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The farce of school choice : JAYATI GHOSH

The farce of school choice : JAYATI GHOSH

ANYONE who knows even a little bit about school education in India knows that it is largely about exclusion. Only a tiny minority of children get anything resembling a decent schooling – the rest are either excluded altogether or provided poor quality education with weak infrastructure and inadequate pedagogic attention, which in turn encourage high rates of dropout.

As with so much else in Indian society, the reasons for such exclusion are dominantly, but not exclusively, economic. Of course, the poor everywhere are adversely affected because they cannot afford expensive private schools and must suffer whatever conditions prevail in the government-run schools in their areas of residence. Those living in backward regions are affected because they often simply do not have a school near enough for the children to attend regularly. But in addition, a wide range of various forms of social discrimination operates to exclude children from particular castes or communities or linguistic categories or other groups, even when the schooling is ostensibly open to all.

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Members Cooperative Credit Union offers scholarship

Members Cooperative Credit Union offers scholarship

Members Cooperative Credit Union (MCCU) and the Minnesota Family Involvement Council (MNFIC) are now accepting scholarship applications from students planning to continue their education in the fall of 2007.

All MCCU members are eligible to apply for two $1,000 scholarships available to high school graduates. One $1,000 scholarship and two $500 scholarships for continuing education students are also offered by the credit union. Completed applications must be submitted by January 5, 2007.

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Scholarship drive launched to honor slain soldier

Scholarship drive launched to honor slain soldier

A retired Army colonel saw soldiers suffering when she was the head nurse at a hospital in Saigon during the Vietnam War.

It breaks my heart when we lose them, said the Sunbury resident, who wishes to remain anonymous.

News that Army Pfc. Justin W. Dreese, a 2004 Selinsgrove Area High School graduate, was killed in Iraq on Sept. 2 touched her. The retired nurses desire to do something is helping create a scholarship in his name at his high school.

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