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Local student awarded Council of Engineering Companies scholarship

Matthew Pavelchak, a resident of Andover and a rising senior at Rowan University, has received a $5,000 Langan Scholarship from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey.

The Langan Scholarship was created as a tribute to Bernard Langan, founder of Langan Engineering and Environmental Services in Elmwood Park, to assist young people toward obtaining a foundation in their career – a strong technical education.

ACECNJ sponsors an annual scholarship program. The organization provided over $20,000 in scholarship money this year to exceptional students at New Jersey engineering schools.

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Amity College of Corporate Warfare recently organised on ‘Competitive Intelligence the Amity University campus in Noida

Amity College of Corporate Warfare recently organised on ‘Competitive Intelligence the Amity University campus in Noida

Amity Institute of Competitive Intelligence along with Amity College of Corporate Warfare recently organised a one day seminar on ‘Competitive Intelligence: the secret to success,’ at the Amity University campus in Noida. The seminar meant to impress upon participants the need for training in the basic techniques of competitive intelligence and in the art of corporate warfare, which is gaining importance as India reinforces its efforts to become a superpower. Amity Institute of Competitive Intelligence also offers a two-year MBA in competitive intelligence and corporate warfare, with additional specialisation in marketing and sales.

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Indian institutions here are growing beyond expectations

The Hindu


The Indian Institute of Management has set up its centre in Singapore. The Indian Institute of Technology-Mumbai is coming into Singapore. The Delhi Public School has been very successful. [The Bharatiya Vidya] Bhavan Central School has also been very, very successful. They are actually expanding beyond their expectations. From other parts of Asia, Waseda has just set up, from Japan. It is a full, comprehensive university that is based in Tokyo.

If you look at Singapore’s Global Schoolhouse Plan, the intention really was to bring in the top universities from different countries. So, we had a lot of U.S. institutions in the early stages. Just before you interviewed the Minister [a year ago], we had a couple of European universities. We consider Australia as part of Asia. UNSW has just made an announcement about a huge campus (here). [From] China, Shanghai [institute] will be set up here. Even from Egypt: the Muslim Harvard-equivalent is doing it, together with [a Singapore institution].

Are you not running the risk of eclipsing your own brand names such as National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU)?

Why the Global Schoolhouse Programme? There are really three reasons. No 1., obviously, was the economic benefits that come from this. The second one was talent augmentation. The third was, of course, the [possibility of foreign students becoming] great ambassadors for Singapore.

Today, NUS, NTU, SMU (Singapore Management University), our public schools, have an overwhelming demand for places from students in the region. So the strategy is: why not bring in these foreign institutions, let them bring in international students as well, and then when we create this critical mass of students and institutions, it will create a virtuous cycle of positive competition that will actually increase the standards of not only our national and public institutions but also of the international ones that are here. will ultimately be a very powerful cocktail that will actually help us transit into a knowledge economy.

Those who get scholarships in your own universities have to serve here for a bond period. Do you intend to or do you already have in place such a bond system for work in Singapore after education in the foreign institutions here?

Maybe, the method we have adopted is a bit more subtle. Today, we have something like 7,000 multinationals in Singapore [including about 1,500 Indian companies]. Sixty per cent of them have got headquarters in Singapore.

We are producing 40,000 or so babies a year. The issue is one of talent augmentation: bringing as many of these people [to be educated in foreign universities in Singapore] to complement and work in many of these [multinational] companies. And Singaporeans will also continue to get their jobs, because there is an insufficient number of Singaporeans to take all these jobs that are being created by all these multinationals here. [For foreign students in Singapore], a lot of these institutions actually have good placement programmes [with] companies working in this region. So, there is no need for a hard rule: You are bonded, because they won’t be bonded, anyway. But the natural attraction of working in many of these companies here will actually create a conduit.

You are not giving up the system of [work-related] bonds for scholarship-holders in NUS, NTU?

That continues. The difference, of course, is this. In NUS, some of those on scholarships are being brought in at a very subsidised fee, almost equivalent or just slightly above local fees. But in these private institutions, they pay full fees as the market determines.

Will degrees be given by the foreign schools or will Singapore be associated with that?

We really leave it to the institutions. Our job is to ensure they offer only the highest of what they would have offered in their own home country.

What are the dos and donts for incoming foreign students?

Don’t dabble in racial politics, dont inflame religious issues. Observe the norms, rules of the host country.

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AIPGMET All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Test

Contact details:
D.Y. Patil Medical College, Kolhapur
869, E, D. Y. Patil Vidyanagar,
Kasaba Bavada,
Kolhapur – 416 006

All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Test is conducted for admission to MD and MS courses from Padmashree Dr. D.Y.Patil Medical College, kohlapur.

Important dates of AIPGMET

1. 04-02-2009 – Last Date of Availability & Submission of Application form
2. 14-02-2009 – Last Date of Availability & Submission of Application form with late fee
3. 24-02-2009 – date of examination and the timings will be from 11.00 am to 2.30 pm

Eligibility criteria of AIPGMET

1. The candidate must be of Indian nationality.
2. The candidate must have a MBBS degree from a recognized university or any equivalent degree or he should have completed one year rotary internship.
3. The candidate who is going to complete the internship in the same year of examination can also apply but the candidate must submit a certificate duly signed by the dean of the institution he is in clearly indicating the completion date of the internship.

Courses offered of AIPGMET

MD (degree):

1. General Medicine
2. Pediatrics
3. Pathology
4. Psychiatry
5. Dermatology
6. Physiology
7. Anesthesiology
8. Microbiology

MS (degree):

1. General Surgery
2. Obstetrics and Gynaecology
3. Opthalmology
4. ENT (Otorhinolaryngology)
5. Anatomy
6. Orthopedics


1. Obstetrics & Gynecology (DGO)
2. Orthopedics (D.Ortho)
3. Pediatrics (DCH)

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Brain Gain! Fewer IITians Going Abroad!

Brain Gain! Fewer IITians Going Abroad!

Brain drain represents a $2 billion annual loss to India — The United Nations Human Development Report, 2000.

But the times have changed. In the last five years, there has been a drastic decline in the number of Indian students leaving the country for higher studies and better paying jobs abroad.

Prestigious engineering schools such as the Indian Institutes of Technology are these days reporting a disinterest amongst students to go abroad because of better emerging opportunities within the country.

Says V Kalyanaraman, Dean of the Centre for Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras: The number of graduate students from IIT going abroad for further studies or jobs has drastically decreased.

Figures as to what percentage of students has opted out of foreign jobs or higher studies abroad, especially to the United States, are hard to come by. But Kalyanaraman says with regard to IIT, Madras: I think there has been some 40 percent reduction in the number of students going abroad in the last two years.

All these years, the highly skilled Indian talent flocked to America and other western countries for good jobs and better living standards. But these days, many of them are returning home and fewer students passing out of premier institutes, like the IITs, are opting to work abroad.

Kalyanaraman outlines four reasons why there is a reduction in brain drain and an increase in the reverse brain drain:
i More challenging career opportunities in India;
ii Attractive remuneration;
iii Decrease in opportunities in the United States, particularly in the information technology sector; and
iv Improvement in the standard of living in India.

Students are finding interesting and challenging jobs in India. The pay in India is also much better than it used to be earlier. And above all, they find that they can have a good quality of life in India too, reasons Kalyanaraman.

One main reason for this reversal of fortunes for IITians is the good pay that multinational companies offer in India.

Take, for instance, IIT-Bombay. This year, 31 IITians got job offers from IBM, 25 from Oracle and 16 from Intel at the IIT-Bombay. IIT-Bombay also saw the average salary increase to approximately Rs 3.5 to Rs 4 lakh (Rs 350,000-400,000) per annum from around Rs 3 lakh (Rs 300,000) per annum last year.

Chennai-based education consultant P Vasudeva says theres yet another reason for this decline in IITians opting for jobs and studies abroad.

The dual degree programme, introduced in some IITs, is the cause, according to him. Dual degree means an integrated bachelors and masters degree along with the regular B.Tech programme.

Many students are now opting for dual degree programmes in IITs and that means they need not spend considerable time looking for MS courses abroad, especially in the US, he points out.

Also, Vasudev says, if someone commits to do a PhD in the US, it takes about seven years, which is not an attractive proposition at present. Nowadays, everyone wants to go through the IIT-MS-MBA route in India, and get settled here with good jobs, he adds.
Moreover, getting admissions for MS for an IITian in a US university is very tough these days because many American students are opting for masters programmes.

The higher pay and better opportunities are also forcing many IITians who went abroad years back to get back home.

IITian Arun John, a software engineer who worked in Texas for seven years, is one of them. Late last year, he came to settle down in Bangalore: The US is a good place to spend some years. Not to work your whole life. I hated the idea of working for a lifetime in the US, he says.

John has set up Skynet Solutions, a technology solutions company, and has four US contracts already. India offers more challenges. Why waste life in the US, he argues.

He says many of his IIT colleagues working in the US are preparing to head back home.

Everyone wants to do something on his or her own. India, at present, offers lots of opportunities to do something different and be independent, John adds.

Two years ago, the American Electronic Association came out with a report which said many Indian techies are going back turning Americas brain drain into Indias brain gain.

Titled Losing the Competitive Advantage: The Challenge for Science and Technology in the United States, it said countries like India and China are dramatically increasing the skill sets of their workforce, thereby posing a challenge to the US leadership in the technology domain.

Public-private partnerships (in India) have invested in technical universities and communications infrastructure to create cutting-edge technology parks in places like Bangalore. This will only make India more competitive and alluring to investors and multinational companies, the report said.

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Medical imaging students receive Jane DeMaio Memorial Scholarship

Lacey DeGraw of Tyler Hill, Pa., a junior medical imaging major at Misericordia University, recently received the Jane DeMaio Memorial Scholarship based on her clinical work at Mercy Hospital, Scranton.

The scholarship fund also recognized three other junior medical imaging majors at Misericordia University as well. Ashley Wood of Equinunk, Pa., Marissa Schimelfenig of Scranton, Pa., and Stephanie Burke of Archbald, Pa., also received monetary awards to use toward their education.

The DeMaio Memorial Scholarship is presented annually by the family of the late Jane DeMaio, who was a mammography technologist at Mercy Hospital, Scranton.

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FORE School of Management – Delhi, Ranked top 10 B-Schools in India

FORE School of Management – Delhi, Ranked top 10 B-Schools in India

Fore groundFORE School of Management-Delhi, ranked amongst the top ten B-schools in the country, completed its placement season with all students placed on the zero day itself. Seeing a jump of approximately 30% over last year, the highest package amounted to Rs 12 lakhs this year. FORE is also receiv¬ing enquiries from various companies for summer placements of the B-school’s students.

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