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NASSCOM’s Steps To Tone Up Education

The National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom) has launched an `IT workforce development initiative` to recognise the criticality of human resource for the IT industry.

Addressing a press conference after the inauguration of `Nasscom HR Summit 2005`, Kiran Karnik, President of Nasscom, said the primary objectives of the initiative were identifying the needs of the IT industry in terms of number of persons, skill sets and quality in various disciplines at different levels. Strengthening the Indian professional education in line with the IT industry`s requirements was also needed.

Similarly, catalysing the interface between industry and academia through specific programmes and exploring alliances and programmes for specific initiatives with corporate, academic associations and consultancy companies were initiated.

In order to create and nurture human resources, Nasscom has signed a memorandum of understanding with the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for strengthening Indian technical education (through curricula, faculty, infrastructure and pedagogy improvements).

He said India`s biggest potential strength was the scalability of skills, especially of high skills. In IT, the country was already seeing an increasing recognition of this. To retain this advantage and maintain the curriculum up-to-date, Nasscom had partnered AICTE.

Nasscom and AICTE would undertake a `Faculty Development Programme` (FDP) for upgrading the skill-sets and knowledge base of the existing technical faculty in partnership with the IT industry. Under this programme, various modules would be rolled out and the selected faculty members would be getting exposure to the processes of IT companies onsite for a specified period.

Nasscom would help AICTE in projecting the manpower requirements of the industry. In addition, Nasscom and AICTE would undertake initiatives such as curriculum review, training modules, database and study international models.

Nasscom had recently signed a similar MoU with the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Mr. Karnik said the total number of software and ITeS-BPO professionals employed in India had grown to over one million in 2004-05.

The present selection ratio indicated possible shortages for both software and BPO sectors. The quality of teaching and shortage of skilled faculty were serious problems and needed to be tackled at both industry and academia levels, he said.

Mr. Karnik did not rule out the threat from the Chinese market, especially the growth of skilled manpower. He said China was growing with a `vengeance`. The number of graduates and post-graduates with soft skill-sets was growing phenomenally. The Chinese government had been giving a great thrust on education.

He said if India did not keep pace with other countries in producing quality skilled workforce, it would be left behind. As of now, the available workforce was a bare minimum and would meet the requirements for the next three to five years

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Goal Financial Ranked as Nation’s 10th Largest Holder of Student Loans

The U.S. Department of Education has ranked San Diego-based Goal Financial, LLC, as the 10th largest holder of student loans in the country. The federal report ranks the top 100 holders of FFELP loans among national student loan financing institutions.

In a one-year span — from October 1, 2003 to September 30, 2004 — Goal Financial grew its asset base by an impressive 58%. With this momentum, Goal Financial was the only company out of the top 100 ranked companies to break into the top 10 — up from its 12th-place ranking last year. This ranking is ahead of many popular financial institutions, such as Bank of America and Key Bank, which also provide student loan financing.

Our success in the education finance marketplace comes from our proactive approach to delivering products and services to students and their families, said Ryan Katz, CEO and co-founder of Goal Financial. Our team at Goal Financial is proud of achieving recognition as a top-10 education lender nationwide. More importantly, we see this ranking as a reflection of the value our customers place in our ability to help them navigate the complexities of financing higher education. We are committed to helping students and their families realize their higher education goals by providing education finance strategies to meet the rising costs of education in this country.

The tremendous growth that Goal Financial has experienced in a short period of time is reflective of the structure and culture of the organization.

For instance, Goal Financial works directly with its consumers, converting them into borrowers, and eventually consolidating their debt after they graduate. This hands-on approach coupled with a continuum of service enables the company to create excellent long-term relationships with students and their families.

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IIM-A to suggest performance-linked pay in Govt jobs

IIM Ahmedabad, India’s top B-school, will provide a performance-linked pay model to the Sixth Pay Commission which has been assigned the task of recommending revised pay scales for central government staff.

The report of the IIM-A and also the other study groups constituted by the pay panel is expected by June-July, the Commission sources said.

The IIM-A study group, headed by Biju Varkkey, is evolving measurable and quantifiable criteria for judging performance and productivity of different grades of employees in various government organisations depending upon the nature of work and relationship with their users/clients.

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Brantley endows scholarship at UNF

The widow of a former Florida Senate President has endowed a scholarship at the University of North Florida to fund need-based and merit scholarships.

Catherine Brantleys gift of $250,000 to UNF established the Catherine and Lewis Brantley Endowed Scholarship Fund. The donation is eligible for matching funds from the state and will bring the total to $375,000.

Lew Brantley, who died in 2004, was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where he served for four years, and then to the Florida Senate in 1970. He served as president of the Senate from 1976 to 1978. He also served on the UNF Foundation Board from 1975 to 1978.

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IIJ, has announced a new course JOR

Jewellery and retail
Indian Institute of Jewellery (IIJ), has announced a new course JOR (Jewellery in Organised Retail Management). The programme caters to the jewellery retail and life style industry that are in constant jieed of skilled manpower. The course commences from 22 October 22 and the duration of the course will be 160 hours. On the occasion, Vijay Kumar Jatia, Chairman and Managing Director, Modern India Group (promoters of IIJ) said, It is to meet the specific need of the retail industry which is growing in leaps and bounds that IIJ has decided to launch JOR

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Mangalore: The Yenepoya School launched

Mangalore: The Yenepoya School launched

The Yenepoya Group of Education has launched The Yenepoya School (TYS), a complete programme from pre-school to class XII in Mangalore on Tuesday.

Addressing presspersons, Managing Director Farhad Yenepoya said that the Yenepoya Group has partnership with iDiscoveri, the India is leading educational organisation of school reform, teacher education and curriculum design.

He said the Yenepoya School is based on five essential principals which include child-centered learning, real and engaging curriculum, empowered teachers, connecting the community. Mr Yenepoya said the school therefore becomes a place where children understand and develop their own strengths and potential with the help of dedicated and empowered teachers. Education not only equips children with facts and knowledge but also perspective and decision making to help them emerge as complete individuals, he added.

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Canara College wins Mangalore round of Young World Quiz

The Hindu


Hemanth Kumar and P. Shivaprasad Kamath of Canara Pre-University College, Mangalore, walked away with the first prize at the Mangalore regional round of The Hindu Young World Quiz-2005 held at the Town Hall here on Wednesday.

They have qualified for the all-India final of the quiz, which will be held in Kochi on October 1. The duo received the award from Soumendu Mukherjee, Superintendent of Police, Dakshina Kannada.

Samarth V. Kudalkar and Darryl N. Lewis of Little Rock Indian School, Brahmavar, Udupi district, bagged the second place and Aishwarya Lakshmi and Vineetha V. Shetty of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Hebri, Udupi district, came third.

In the preliminary round, 211 teams from 90 high schools and pre-university colleges took part. The round involved a written test, and the top six teams were selected to participate in the quiz. V.V. Ramanan from Chennai was the quizmaster.

Lal Bahadur Shastri College, Sagar, Shimoga district, managed by the Malnad Development Foundation, secured the fourth position while the fifth and sixth positions were bagged by Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Pre-University College, Udupi, and Canara High School (Main), Mangalore, respectively.

The first Best Outstation Team prize was bagged by Kiran H. and Christoh Moses of S.M.S. Pre-University College, Brahmavar, Udupi and the second Best Outstation Team prize was won by Abdul Raouf and Tanmay Rao of Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kannur, Kerala.

Mr. Mukherjee said that participating in such quizzes opens up a treasure of knowledge. The theme of this years quiz is On Everything India.

The regional rounds are being held in 11 places. The regional rounds at Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Hyderabad have been completed. The winning teams from these regions will participate in the all-India final in Kochi.

The national sponsors are Reynolds, State Bank of Travancore, Cycle Brand Agarbathis, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Penguin and Coca-Cola.

The regional sponsors are LIC of India, Udupi division; Bharat Petroleum, Mangalore; Narans Bread; BSNL Mangalore Circle; MRPL-ONGC; Harsha; GRS Fantasy Park, Mysore; and Cafe Coffee Day, Mangalore.

The title sponsors are Eveready and the event managers are Quizwallahs. IQ Topper is the associate sponsor.

The Bangalore round of the annual The Hindu Young World quiz will be held in the city on August 29 at the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Bhavn on Millers Road.

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Two IIT graduates are set to become dollar billionaires overnight




LONDON: Two IIT graduates are set to become dollar billionaires overnight and take their internet gambling company, Party Gaming, into the big league of big British brands alongside British Airways, Marks and Spencer, Boots and Sainsburys by floating in London.

The two IITians, Anurag Dikshit and Vikrant Bhargava, are based in the British dependency of Gibraltar, situated on a narrow rocky promontory in southern Spain.

The London Stock Exchange flotation, which Kitts confirmed would be completed by June-end, is expected to be worth $10billion.

It is the LSEs biggest flotation since the £29-billion listing of Orange, the mobile telephone company, four years ago.

Their company, founded with a Californian heiress and her husband in 1997, is to make rupee millionaires of hundreds of the call centre employees in Hyderabad.

Ian Kitts, a spokesman for Party Gaming, told TOI on Friday, just hours after the companys extraordinary rise to the very top of the blue-chip FTSE index: 5.6 per cent of the companys share capital will be allocated to its employees, which will be held in trust for them.

Financial experts in London said this meant Party Gamings 1,100 employees stood to benefit from a $550m windfall.

Individually each employee, in each of the companys three locations – Gibraltar, the UK and India – can expect to receive an average of two to three times their annual salary.

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Two year full time PG programme from School of Business and Entrepreneurship

Two year full time PG programme from School of Business and Entrepreneurship

IILM Institute for Higher Education Gurgaon is inviting applications for its two year full time PG programme from School of Business and Entrepreneurship. Students who scored at least 50% in graduation may apply to this programme, which begins in July. The admission procedure would take into account CAT/MAT/XAT/ATMA scores followed by group discussion and a personal interview on February 16 and 17 respectively.

IIML invited Swami Muktinathananda, President of the Ramakrishna Math and Secretary of the Ramakrishna

IIML innovates
In order to inculcate ethical business practices and sound value system in its new batch of students, the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIML) invited Swami Muktinathananda, President of the Ramakrishna Math and Secretary of the Ramakrishna Mission Sevashram to deliver a lecture on Business ethics and value system during the induction of the new batch of the PGPM (2007-09) on June 21. The newly appointed chairman of IIML, Dr. JJ Irani also addressed the new enrollees. He pointed out the lack of training of ethics in the education system today and urged students to become ethical, dutiful and just citizens of the country and to control their appetite for controversy

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Opposition on language in NCERT school textbook

Faced with intense criticism from the Opposition and Congress members, the government on Friday agreed to probe allegations that some NCERT school textbooks contained distorted facts and objectionable language.

The assurance was given by minister of state for parliamentary affairs Suresh Pachouri in the Rajya Sabha after the House witnessed turmoil during the zero hour when opposition members displayed some of the books, which they said contained the distortions. BJP’s Ravishankar Prasad, who waved several books, alleged the NCERT history book described freedom fighters like Aurobindo Ghosh, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal as “terrorists” and the Jat community as “marauders”.

He also read out excerpts from a class 11 Hindi literature book, which had all BJP members on their feet and trooping into the well. Even members on the treasury benches appeared shocked by the objectionable language. A bewildered deputy chairman K Rehman Khan was unable to figure out what exactly the opposition members want¬ed even as Prasad kept reading out some more objectionable excerpts and the title of a poem. The deputy chairman then urged the government to respond to the charges but the latter initially did not react.

Prasad said the books also contained suggestions to girl students to use cosmetics. Distortion of history was a very serious issue and such lessons could pollute the minds of children, Prasad said demanding an inquiry into the matter besides punishment for the guilty.

They were joined by members from the Samajwadi Party and the Left parties. Some Congress members too expressed concern. Congress’s Satyavrat Chaturvedi said it was not an issue to be politicised and government should take the matter seriously and correct the distortions.

BJP alleges NCERT text describes freedom fighters like Ghosh, Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal as “terrorists” and the Jat community as “murderers”

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Education for Muslims

Education for Muslims

THIS refers to the article by Aijaz Zaka Syed, on Iran and the Muslim world, reproduced in a local daily in Canada the other day.

During my school time, I used to be worried over the future of the Muslim civilisation and the likelihood of it being subordinated. This civilisation was surviving as the dominant civilisation promoted by the ruling elite for over 1000 years in most parts of the world, and then, for the last 300 years, was struggling over its lost role (political power).

In India now, I see this civilisation has been buried under the onslaught of neo- nationalism in very deceptive ways. I feel that if someone wants to kill a civilisation, the easy way is to take away its language, religious values, industrial skills, history etc, so that, within a few years, the civilisation will meet with a natural death.

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States get month to mull prosecution

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The Supreme Court today directed Karnataka and Maharashtra governments to consider within four weeks the CBIs request seeking sanction for prosecution of top government and police officials accused in the Rs 30,000 crore Telgi fake stamp paper scam.

Appearing for the investigating agency, Additional Solicitor General Amarendra Saran informed the court that several requests of sanction for prosecution of top government officials and police personnel are pending before the governments of Maharashtra and Karnataka and requested the court that they expedite their decision on the request.

A bench comprising Justice S.B. Sinha and Justice S.H. Kapadia directed the two states to process the request and take a decision within four weeks. It also directed the two states to appoint a nodal officer each to make compatible the existing video-conferencing system in the state for the purpose of trial of the accused in the case.

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Clark County students given first priority for new scholarship

Clark County students given first priority for new scholarship

Clark County students who plan to major in Christian studies or a related field will soon be given the opportunity to apply for a new Ouachita Baptist University scholarship.

Mr. Doyle Lumpkin of San Angelo, Texas, recently established the Doyle and Marie Hardwick Lumpkin Endowed Scholarship Fund. The fund is intended to provide scholarship assistance to full-time Ouachita students.

Recipients of the scholarship must be pursuing a major that reflects a vocational desire for Christian ministry, and students from Clark County will have first priority for the award.

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University student sees the world through volunteerism

University student sees the world through volunteerism

Chang Che-chen, a student at National Taiwan Universitys Department of Bio-Resources and Agriculture, had a different idea on how to spend his vacation. He decided to be a volunteer in an organization that helps the needy in various countries. He spent time in India providing assistance to persons there as well as other countries in the area. In some cases he would serve as an instructor in schools that were attended by impoverished children. In other instances, he would travel long distances delivering rice to relieve hunger among needy people. There was even an example in which he washed clothes for those who were seriously ill. Chang said that in participating in these volunteer activities he was able to see how volunteers from throughout the world gave of themselves, and this made him even more determined to follow the route of volunteerism. Chang said that he hopes that he will be able to enter the Taiwan Youth Overseas Service this year to do his compulsory military duty in volunteer work overseas. Chang said that would enable him to embark upon a journey of discovery.

For a 20 year-old university student, traveling is usually something that is considering fun. However, for Chang, journeying overseas is something more than recreation. It offers a deeper significance of enabling him to ponder life.

When Chang heard that National Chengchi University was establishing a training program to train people interested in volunteering overseas, Chang, who has always been interested in volunteerism, said that he immediately went from National Taiwan University over to National Chengchi University to take the elective course. After several months of planning, in January of this year he embarked on a 56-day journey overseas that enabled him to take part in public welfare activities in seven countries.

Chang said that the first stop in the journey took him to India, while the final destination was in Guangxi province of China. Altogether he visited India, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Hong Kong and China during the seven-country trip.

In the past, Chang had experience in traveling on his own. However, this trip was a little bit different. He faced a number of challenges in his journey and more than a hardship or two. For example, in his first stop in India, he ate something bad. Not only did this result in diarrhea, but he ended up getting food poisoning as well. Nonetheless, in order to get through the entire journey, he said that he carried on despite the discomfort.

During his travels, Chang visited a number of volunteer organizations and took part in volunteer service projects. On his trip to India, for instance, he served as a volunteer at Mother Teresas Home for the Dying and Destitute in Calcutta. When he was in Thailand, the TOPS organization arranged for him to better understand support being given to refugees in Thailand. He also had the opportunity to go to Thai villages and help in pre-school education for children. When in Cambodia, he paid a visit to a cultural and educational service foundation set up by a private Taiwan institution and was able to go to an orphanage and a womens training center. In Vietnam, thanks to the assistance of Taiwans Compassion International, he was able to visit an orphanage in the Vietnamese city of Hue.

Chang said that in the past he has heard much about the poverty in India and in Indochina. However, seeing it with his own eyes was an entirely different experience. He said that the trip through these nations made him realize how truly lucky he is. He added that he came to understand how so many things in life simply cannot be predicted.

There is a saying that while people cannot change the length of their life, they can decide how to make life more meaningful. Chang said that the 56-day journey that he was on helped to clarify for him the path of his own life and enabled him to see exactly what he was meant to do. As for the future, Chang still has to face his upcoming military service. He said his father wants him to eventually return to Taichung to work there. However, Chang said that he believes that he will be a volunteer for the rest of his life and that he will service in a variety of volunteer-related organizations.

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ABVP opposes admission policy


The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishat (ABVP) has urged the State Government not to implement the new admission policy for the postgraduate courses in universities until preparatory steps are taken.

Addressing presspersons here on Monday, Prabhudev Kappagal, state unit secretary of the ABVP, said the organisation was against any move to implement the new admission policy without holding discussions with teachers, educational experts and student organisations.

Under the new admission policy approved by the Inter-University Board, 50 per cent of the total seats would be offered to the students of various colleges affiliated to the university. Of the remaining seats, 40 per cent would be offered to students of other universities in the State and 10 per cent for students from other States. Efforts are being made to implement the new system from the current academic year, which is bound to lead to lot of confusion, he said.

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Education bill to be introduced soon

There is a glimmer of hope for students who pursue professional courses in private colleges and in deemed universities. The Centre is planning to bring in the long-awaited legislation on the admission and fee structure in private professional institutions. A draft bill the private educational institutions has been prepared and circulated to states and members of the Central Advisory Board for Education for comments.

The comments are expected within a month, and the government hopes to introduce the final legislation in Parliament within a month and half. That would be the winter session of Parliament. The provisions would be applicable from the next academic session.

Karnataka and Kerala had introduced their own legislation for regulating admission and fees in private unaided professional colleges. Both these legislations have been challenged in the Supreme Court. These states had requested that all legislation on the issue be included in the 9th Schedule of the Constitution, preventing any challenges in court. The Centre, however, has declined to accede to this demand.

The proposed legislation will cover way beyond the private unaided colleges. It will cover aided, unaided, minority professional colleges and deemed universities with professional offerings. As against earlier plans, the central legislation will be more than a model Act.

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IIM-L to study reasons behind gap in irrigation potential

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow would study the reasons behind gap in the actual irrigation potential and present capability in Madhya Pradesh.

Associate Professor of the Institute Sanjeev Kapoor held discussions about this study with senior officers of water resources department, an official release said today.

Kapoor said there is a considerable gap between irrigation potential created by irrigation projects and the actual area irrigated by them.

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Preeti Malhotra and Keyoor M Bakshi have been elected as president and vice-president respectively of the (ICSI).

Preeti Malhotra and Keyoor M Bakshi have been elected as president and vice-president respectively of the (ICSI).

Preeti Malhotra and Keyoor M Bakshi have been elected as president and vice-president respectively of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). Malhotra is the first woman to be elected as president amongst the premier national professional bodies in India. She is presently the director and company secretary of Spice Communications Pvt Limited with over 17 years of work experience. Bakshi, 49, is presently a practising company secretary at Ahmedabad. He is a graduate in commerce and law, and fellow member of ICSI.

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IITs face huge faculty crunch

The senior faculty at the IITs is toying with suggestions to attract and retain quality faculty. With 54 per cent expansion in existing IITs coupled with six new IITs taking off from this year, the faculty crunch is perhaps the biggest challenge for the institutes.

IIT Bombay faculty affairs dean Devang Khakhar says the existing and new IITs would need about 3,000 faculty members in the next five years.

Firstly, like all the other US universities, IIT faculty could get an annual compensation payable for 10 months. The remaining two months could be utilised for research work and industry-sponsored projects.

Second suggestion is to treat the new IITs differently by outsourcing the construction work to the private builders.

Lastly, following University of California, a faculty house on campus could be bought by the faculty itself by taking a loan from the institute. The faculty can pay installments out of the HRA it receives. Eventually once the faculty retires, it can see the house to an asset management company (AMC).

These suggestions are pouring in at the backdrop of 49.5 per cent caste-based reservations in faculty these institutes were asked to implement by the government. Uncertainty and despondency regarding reservation looms large in the campuses. “One must understand that the IIT faculty has not gone in for more remunerative options in the industry and has chosen to stay here because of the environment IIT provides.

We can’t recreate the existing atmosphere,” says IIT Delhi computer science and engineering faculty M Balakrishnan. The ministry is yet to come out with a directive on whether or not reservations will be implemented after the directors voiced their concerns at the meeting of the standing committee of the IIT council on Friday.

This fear among the faculty is making them look at other options, which earlier were not even thought of. There is a huge demand for faculty in engineering in some emerging countries like Malaysia and Ethiopia, where compensation is approximately $3,000 a month.

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