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CATs new structure may raise the bar for aspirants

Thousands of students who took the Common Admission Test (CAT) this November fear the increased weight given to verbal questions may cost them their place at the top ranked B-schools.
Last year, there were 27 questions in the verbal section which has risen to 40 this year. This includes 20 questions on grammar and English usage and 20 questions on comprehension. The answers to these questions may not match the answer keys, soon to be released by the premier Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), since verbal queries, unlike quantitative ones, are open to interpretation.

“Although we solved almost all the questions in the verbal section and believe the answers are right to the best of our knowledge, we are still unsure that they would be considered right by the institutes. Since questions in the verbal section are based on subjective interpretations, we are not sure whether our answers would be endorsed by the IIMs. Even a post-CAT discussion about verbal section among peers who took CAT led to a lot of confusion,” rues Sameer Pujar, a Bangalore-based IT firm employee who took the CAT this year.

The student concerns have been highlighted by MBAUniverse — a management information portal which analysed the answer keys released by MBA preparation institutes including IMS, TIME, Career Launcher and PT Education — which concluded that in nine of the 20 questions, the institutes had different answers. “We have found nine questions where experts from MBA preparation institutes have come up with different answers.

The answers will be released by the IIMs on January 9, but even then, we do not expect to get any explanations from the IIMs on why a particular answer is correct,” said an official from MBAUniverse.

Ajay Arora, Bangalore-based director of TIME, a coaching institute said that since CAT 2006, some questions — especially in the verbal section — have been found to be ambiguous every year. “We have seen that in a number of questions, at least two of the options could be interpreted as the right answer,” he said.

In fact, Gautam Puri — an IIM-Bangalore alumnus and MD of Career Launcher, a coaching institute — had filed an application under the RTI Act seeking solutions to questions in the English section of CAT 2006 after noting that some of the answers were disputable. However, the CAT group communicated to him that due to security reasons, CAT solutions are not preserved. “We have followed the procedure of not maintaining documents relating to CAT solutions to avoid leaks. We provide the answer keys for the benefit of students,” said an IIM admission official.

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Centre for asphalt sceince at IIT-M

A Centre for Asphalt Science and Technology will come up at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras to cater to the industry needs and offer technical specifications on modified asphalt.

The centre, scheduled to be operational from July 1, 2008, is being set up with financial support from the oil companies, including the Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation, and the Deparment of Science and Technology (DST).

A Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) in this regard was signed today by the IIT-M and the IOC.

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Play active role in building society IITians told

IITians need to play a larger role in nation building and contribute to society. This could vary from mentorship, creation of jobs and broader wealth creation, said Nandan Nilekani, co-chairman and co-founder of Infosys Technologies Ltd, during the weekend. In his remarks at an IIT annual alumni meeting organised by the Bangalore Chapter of IIT Kharagpur’s Technology Alumni Association (TAA), Nilekani noted that the education system needs to be revamped radically.
Nilekani was joined at the meet by fellow IIT-Kharagpur alumni Parameshwar P Iyer, IISc, Bangalore, Amit Patra and S Sastry. Parameshwar P Iyer, outgoing president of TAA-Bangalore Chapter, said, “There are over 2,500 IIT alumni in Bangalore. We are looking at strengthening linkages between the institute and the alumni, besides strongly exploring areas where IITians can contribute to the larger cause.”

According to Amit Patra, dean of Alumni Affairs and International Relations, IIT-Kharagpur, a new website http:ô/ will be launched soon and “all alumni will be electronically linked to provide an effective platform for sharing ideas and contributing

together.” S Shastry called on all IIT alumni to work towards evolving a good and low-cost education system. IIT alumnus Srikant Rao made a presentation on the village adoption initiative of the KGP Chapter Special Interest Group.

The event saw participation from over 150 alumni with spouses and children. S Devarajan was elected the new president of the TTA-Bangalore Chapter.

IIT-Kharagpur, spread over 2,100 acres, is the oldest of the seven IITs. The institute also has two other smaller campuses at Bhubaneswar and Kolkata.

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IT-JEE test pattern to follow changes

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) conducted by the seven NTs has been simplified by including only two papers instead of three. The new pattern will be adopted from the forth-coming JEE test which is scheduled to be held on April 8, 2007. The two papers will include questions from all the three disciplines (Physics, Chemistry and Maths) each for three hours. A note released by the Joint Admission Board says that, JEE 2007 will be a single-stage objective type examination consisting of two papers of three hours duration each to test comprehension and analytical ability of the candidates.

In the process of evaluation, candidates will be awarded marks separately for Physics,Cnemistryand Maths. This would help to shortlist candidates to determine their stream after they are selected. NT officials said the decision to hold two exams instead of three would reduce the stress on the candidates. According to the new pattern, candidates can attempt IIT-JEE twice from 2006. The provision also says that the candidates who got admission in IT-BHU and ISM Dhanbad through JEE will not be allowed to appear again.

The IITs are also planning to attract foreign candidates by setting up exam centres in Singapore and the Middle East. IITs can admit 10% foreign students over their present capacity. Presently, each PIT allows only three to four foreign candidates for admission. The fee that IITs charge from the foreign candidates is $4,000 per year and for students from SAARC countries is $2,000 per year.

The Joint Admission Board also clarified that the intake capacity of students in IITs across the country would increase by 54% once the government gives a green signal to implement the proposed 27% reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

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U.S. crisis casts shadow on IIM hirings

The ripples of the unfolding financial crisis in the U.S. is touching the Indian Institutes of Management. For some of them such as the IIM Calcutta (IIM-C), investment bankers such as Lehman Brothers or Merrill Lynch have been among the biggest recruiters, offering the fattest pay packets.

According to a student on the Joka campus here, Merrill Lynch, which was bought over by Bank of America, picked up 18 students in a batch of 290 last year for postings abroad in New York, London, Hong Kong and in India with payouts in tandem with locations. But typically an India posting would bring a salary of around Rs. 30 lakh annually plus bonuses. Lehman had trained nine interns last November as part of its summer training and it returned to the campus sure of firm offers of plum jobs. Not any more.

A student placement representative told The Hindu that “there has been no official intimation as yet from the investment bankers.”

Although the crisis in the U.S. financial markets had been looming large for nearly a year now, the fall of widely respected names in the investment banking industry had caught almost everyone unawares.
Kolkata bucks trend

As recent as September 4, the IIM-C concluded its pre-placement offers (PPOs) for the 2009 batch with students bagging offers from consulting firms, investments banks, commercial banking and management and marketing firms.

“Notwithstanding the prevailing negative sentiment, especially in the international banking sector, IIM Calcutta has managed to buck the trend with its summer internships,” a communication from the institute said. Apart from the consultancy majors, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, Barclays, HSBC, Credit Suisse and Citibank in the investment banking sector decided to give final job offers midway through the academic year itself.

Admitting that students holding many of the PPOs may have to look elsewhere now, the institute was unwilling to harbour any fee

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Movie folks become lecturers at IIM

IN 2008, IIM-Ahmedabad had hinted that its premier courses would provide a thrust towards acquainting its students with insight into the multi-crore movie market. It had plans to introduce an elective course on ‘Introduction to Contemporary Film Industry’ from December, 2008, which would be offered to students of the institute’s flagship post-graduate diploma programme. It had roped in guest lecturers, Lalu Prasad and APJ Abdul Kalam, and was satisfied with the response. The intention to rope in Bollywood greats to elucidate the nitty-gritty of the film industry was because it was gradually emerging as a market that would grow in years to come. Hence, the requirement of professional managers was very much there and was bound to increase.

The latest news is that the director of Dhoom has set the ball rolling. Its director, Sanjay Gadhvi was the first guest lecturer for the above course which has been introduced at IIM-A this year. He is scheduled to take three classes and 86 students have registered for the course. Other Bollywood celebrities who might be seen in this novel venture are Aamir Khan and filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar. Both have impressed the industry with their innovations and IIM-A students would love to get a peek into how their minds work. After all it is not every day that one gets to come face to face with an actor-cum-director like Aamir Khan who has set his sights high and is determined to bag an Oscar award.

There was a proposal to include Sholay in the school curriculum. The realisation has dawned that film-making is real business where investments of several crores have become the norm and there are super minds at work in the background to ensure that returns on investments are always guaranteed. Markets are not restricted to within the country but have become global. That is what business is all about.

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Nina Saxena Excellence in technology award instituted by IIT Kharagpur

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The Nina Saxena Excellence in technology award instituted by IIT Kharagpur (IIT-K) last year was presented to Dr S. E S Khanuja, Director, Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. His innovation comprises pioneering work in anti-malaria treatment through plant genotype development. Commemorating the spirit of its illustrious alumna Dr. Nina Saxena, the award is an attempt to encourage and promote technical innovation with a social development focus. The award had received 24 nominations from across countries. A 12-member jury of experts adjudged the nominations on the basis of innovativeness, applicability, and most importantly the potential of the application for social development with specific reference to backward areas in India.

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Unesco honours IIT-Bombay as ‘knowledge heritage centre’

Recognising its contribution in creating a knowledge society, Unesco Wednesday designated Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) as a knowledge heritage centre.

The designation has come as the premier technology institute is observing its yearlong golden jubilee celebrations. Minja Yang, director Unesco, New Delhi, conferred the designation on IIT-B at a function in the capital.

IIT-Bombay was originally established with the cooperation and participation of Unesco, and over the past 50 years it has grown in stature as an institution of national importance and a leader in higher education, research and training. Unesco is delighted to renew and strengthen its partnership with it, Yang said.

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IIM, IIT fee hike: Is it necessary?

THE NEWS is that there is a hike in the fees of various Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) all over the country and the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) too are willing to follow suit soon.

So, the question, which comes up is how far is it justified? Are these top institutes really short of money to improve upon their performance? For that matter, Union Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Arjun Singh is, too, irked by this decision. He, in fact, has directed top officials to constitute an independent regulatory authority for higher education. Even the National Knowledge Commission has asked for an independent regulator for higher education.

HRD officials are also irked that they were caught unawares. Two of the ministry’s representatives, higher education secretary RP Agrawal and financial advisor SK Ray did not attend the meeting on Saturday. The proposal to hike the fees was not circulated in the agenda of the board meeting, they claimed.

While ministry officials claim that IIM-A doesn’t need a three-fold hike, which may affect access to economically weaker students, the IIM has, in fact, increased the income-limit for parents of students applying for a scholarship. The existing income limit for parents or guardians of students, who want to avail of scholarships, is two lakh rupees per year. This has been increased to six lakh rupees per year, which significantly widens the net of students eligible for scholarships.

It should also be pointed out here that between 2002 and 2007, the institute raised its fees from Rs 1.58 lakh to two lakh rupees, ministry officials argue for a gradual and graded increase and added that as for expansion, it was the government that would pick up the tab – it has earmarked Rs 53 crores for the IIMs based on the Moily committee’s recommendations.

However, IIM-A officials have their own arguments. They say that the institute is facing a shortage of faculty and in order to get new teachers and retain existing ones, they will have to be given attractive fiscal incentives. At the same time they have to keep in mind the pay commission recommendations for salaries as well as higher salaries for those whom IIM-A want to keep at industry-level salaries.

The recent move of former IIM-A director Bakul Dholakia to the Adani group, where he is heading the education initiatives of the group, is the cause for this fee hike. It is an absolute necessity to keep valuable human resource like him in the institute and therefore pay faculty members like him better salaries. Dholakia is on a year long leave from IIM-A.

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IIT Entrance May Become Uniform

A committee appointed by the HRD ministry will take a fresh look at the present IIT entrance exam system. The two-tier exam system includes objective type questions in the prelims and subjective ones in the finals. The panel will examine whether it should be replaced with a uniform system.

In the finals, candidates have to answer three papers physics, chemistry and mathematics through a gruelling six hours on a single day.

The ministry feels it is too taxing and has asked the committee to work out a better fatigue and rest cycle.

The committee will also compare IIT-JEE question papers with those of the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) and other engineering entrance examinations conducted by various states to check if there is too wide a gap in their standards

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IITs win court battle over 2006 merit list

Calcutta High Court today ruled in favour of IIT Kharagpur in a case over the 2006 admissions, where a mismatch between the stated and practised selection methods was said to have denied IIT seats to 994 students.

The controversy related to the way the premier institutes had fixed the subject cutoff marks for the two lakh-odd students who sat the 2006 joint entrance examination (JEE).

Justice Biswanath Samaddar held there was nothing wrong with the cutoff marks fixed by the Joint Admission Board (JAB), which conducts the JEE, in 2006. IIT Kharagpur was in charge of the admission process that year.

“The court did not get into the process of (how the cutoff marks were determined). We submitted to the court that the cutoff marks were applicable to all candidates and the question of any discrimination could not arise,” said R.N. Mazumdar, who appeared for the JEE authorities along with Malay Basu.

Student Sanchit Bansal, who had failed to make it to the merit list, had challenged the admission process in the high court.

Bansal claimed he had met the aggregate cutoff, and argued that the authorities had wrongly increased the subject cutoffs.

Had they not been pushed up, he said, he and many other unsuccessful candidates would have cleared the exam.

The cutoffs the IITs had used were 37 in mathematics, 48 in physics and 55 in chemistry. Bansal’s lawyer Pulak Mondal argued the cutoffs were not determined properly.

Justice Samaddar rejected Bansal’s petition and observed that it was within the domain of the JAB to determine the way in which the cutoffs would be fixed.

Bansal had taken the Central Information Commission’s help to obtain the IITs’ declared procedure for calculating the cutoffs, and filed the case in June last year on the basis of this information.

Mondal is talking to his clients about approaching the high court’s division bench.

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IIT-Bombay’s ‘flexible’ B-Tech course for academic year

Bay is introducing a flexible B-Tech course from this academic session that will allow a student to study something as different as sociology or economics alongside their engineering syllabus. The course will allow students to either pick up credits from other departments or graduate with honours or finish with the basic minimum credit level for a regular B-Tech course.

This initiative is part of IIT-Bombay’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, which will run from September 5 and end on its foundation day — 10 March, 2009. The institute expects to raise Rs 500 crore in this period besides strengthening its alumni network.

Other new courses this session include an integrated MSC-PhD in Energy Sciences, which will be extended to the Engineering department from 2008 and a joint PhD programme with the University of Singapore. The institute is also jointly conducting programmes with the Monash University, Australia. mbay is introducing a flexible B-Tech course from this academic session that will allow a student to study something as different as sociology or economics alongside their engineering syllabus. The course will allow students to either pick up credits from other departments or graduate with honours or finish with the basic minimum credit level for a regular B-Tech course.

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Proposal for IIT in Syrian capital to get delayed

New Delhi: With six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) set to come up this year, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has said that Syria’s dream of an IIT on its soil will have to wait for some time.

“The Government already has the huge task of setting up six new IITs this year itself. Moreover, we are also facing faculty shortage. It seems difficult to start the project this year. It will certainly take some time”, said a Government official.

A proposal to establish an IIT in the Syrian capital Damascus was submitted by Syrian Technology and Communication Minister Mr. Emad Sabouni, accompanying the President of Syria, Mr. Bashar Al-Assad, during their visit to India last week.

In his proposal, Emad Sabouni also said that Syria will offer the land required and will subsidise the institute. India, on the other hand, would have to provide partial funding and the faculty required for the IIT in Syria.

The Syrian delegation to India was so impressed by the contributions made by the IITs in India’s development that they termed the IITs as ‘Shining Example for Asia’.

The delegation also said that the move will help upgrade the technical manpower of Syria. Syria is the second country after Singapore to request setting up an IIT on its soil.

Singapore had requested an IIT from the Indian Government in 2006 and repeated its request in 2007.

The Central Government has given its nod to setting up of eight new IITs during the 11th Five Year Plan.

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Informed Collaborations Birla Institute of Technology and Science at Pilani

EMC and Birla Institute of Technology and Science-Pilani (BITS) have announced the signing of the latter as a part of the EMC Academy Programme (EAP). Under this programme, BITS will offer an information management and storage course from the current semester. EAP is an edu¬cation programme focussed on developing a resource pool of skilled infor¬mation management and storage professionals.

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IIT Rajasthan opens with 112 students

As plans to set up eight more Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) take off, the IIT Rajasthan was inaugurated Saturday by Minister of State for Higher Education D. Purandeswari. The new institute will initially function from the IIT Kanpur campus, a human resource development ministry statement issued here said.

Since land is yet to allotted for the new institute, the ministry has asked IIT Kanpur to serve as its mentor institute for the time being.

Addressing the first batch of students, Purandeswari said: “The IITs have enjoyed the three basic freedoms of an educational institution – freedom to choose whom to teach, who will teach, and what to teach. The IITs also enjoy full cost budgetary support. The IITs remain successful so long as these amenities continue.”

The minister also mentioned that in the past few years, the IITs have been ranked as the top educational institutions in India and Asia by national and international magazines. “This is indeed a matter of great pride.”

Lamenting the shortage of quality teachers, she invited the academic community to come forward to give suggestions, proposals for solving the problem of “increasing quantity with quality in higher education”.

S.G. Dhande, director of IIT Kanpur and IIT Rajasthan, and Higher Education Secretary R.P. Agarwal were among those present on the occasion.

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Can Life Be Taught?

I am an MBA. I’m glad I did an MBA, not because of what I learnt at IIM, Calcutta, but because it was a great career launch pad. The main use of the degree ended the day I got my first job. I exaggerate, but only to make the point. My real learning of management took place only as I fought my way through the business jungle.

Much ink has been spilled over what they don’t teach you in business school. The fact is that B-schools do teach a lot. How much of that is relevant to a career in management is debatable. Most MBA curricula try to codify into a body of theoretical knowledge something that is difficult to codify. How can you codify what is essentially a synthesis of experience with insight, intuition and analysis which is what a successful manager does while drawing on psychology, sociology and several other disciplines (mostly from the social sciences) with a sprinkling of some quantitative theories? Management is a bit like painting or sculpture. Technique, remember, does not the artist make.

One paradox of B-schools is that management is often taught by people who have limited—if any—line experience. In my MBA days, the majority of students had no work experience. Things have changed somewhat. B-schools now prefer students with work experience. However, ‘workex’ is usually limited. Selling insurance policies or shampoo or having been a receptionist at a hotel for a year or two cannot really be called management experience. Henry Mintzberg asks, can you teach psychology to a person who has never met another human being? I wonder if a course in drama or even a lifetime in theatre can teach you life skills. Playing at management is not management. Being good at academics does not automatically mean you will be good at management. But what is tested in all academic institutions is your academic achievement, and that is another paradox.

My experience has taught me the critical importance of leadership, execution, boss management, handling corporate politics and emotional intelligence, among other skills. I cannot remember being taught any of these at B-school. In any case, the most important one, leadership, cannot really be learnt in a classroom.

Many years ago, American business schools introduced the case study method as a way of simulating actual business situations in class. Unfortunately, no case study can ever capture all the facts and nuances of a business situation. A case study in management is not like an airline simulator where every possible condition in every airport in the world can be simulated. In most B-schools, marks are given to students for class participation in case discussions. Mostly the aggressive and vociferous score well. The deep thinkers, the future leaders often keep quiet.

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CW Post’s Education accreditation programs by the Accreditation of Teacher Education

Brookville, NY РTeacher training programmes of the School of Education of the CW Post Campus of Long Island University have recently earned accreditation by the elite Accreditation of Teacher Education, which indicates that the Undergraduate and Graduate programs are exemplary in the preparation of competence, Attentionn̩e and educators trained professionals who teach and lead in the pre-K classes at 12 schools.

“The past, present and future students, CW Post’s School of Education can be assured that their accounts meet the highest standards in terms of quality,” said Dr. Robert Manheimer, dean of the School of Education .

Students can be more than 70 Bachelor, Master, a double degree of certificate programs and early childhood education, as well as various training programmes specific autism, literacy, physical education and education to health. The programs within the school with the accreditation program are TEAC and instruction, physical education and science, education and Special Literacy, Education and Art Music Education .

With an update on the overall human health and development of children, CW Post students getting hands-on, the area based on experience, the face-to-face with the realities of the classroom , the school and the community. Programs, partnerships with local public and private schools, as well as family counseling and treatment clinics, drug trafficking and alcohol rehabilitation centres, kindergartens and schools for the mentally handicapped, hearing and Sprachgestörte . The campus is home Clinical Laboratory, a place of interactive technology and distance education-Centre, a clinic in reading and an accredited laboratory full speech and hearing.

“School education is at the forefront of educational initiatives and modern trends, and new teaching techniques and to integrate into the curriculum, the dynamic and ever-changing, the urban and suburban of life, “said Dr Manheimer.” TEAC accreditation is further evidence that the CW Post School of Education has approved the curriculum, values and what is necessary for the Faculty of its graduates success and Excel in an environment of the classroom. ”

The Teacher Education Accreditation Council, founded in 1997, is a non-profit organization who are committed to the improvement of university programs for professional educators from the Pre-K to 12 degrees.

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How to cope with a long-distance university relationship

Posh and Becks did it. Even Lindsay Lohan and one of McFly did it. No, not using your relationship to increase your press and gain lucrative record sales/sponsorship deals – we’re talking about long-distance relationships.

For university students, just as for the rich and famous, time spent apart is common. If you have a boyfriend or girlfriend from home or that you’ve met on a gap year, taking the decision about where to go to university or college is tough. You can go somewhere that means you can stay together, you can go separately and split up, or you can each go to your first choice and try to stay together.

What you choose is obviously up to you, but it comes down to how important you feel your university city and course are to you, and how you view your relationship; it’s important to talk honestly with your partner about how things will work.

To throw an additional spanner in the works, Paula Hall. a Relate psychotherapist, says things are likely to change even after you have talked. “There’s a lot of, ‘Oh, that will never happen’ at this stage,” she explains. “And then it does.” Often, then, a good option for both parties is to pursue their own ambitions at separate universities but try to stay together.

Like many students, Gemma Cauley, 22, initially felt insecure about the fact that she and her boyfriend were spending a lot of time apart. “Dom had already been to university and encouraged me to stay in Swansea for the first month to make sure I wasn’t missing out on anything. At the time I felt a bit rejected that he didn’t want me to visit him in Nottingham.”

Communication is one of the hardest things for couples living apart. “At first, my girlfriend and I fell out over missed calls and stuff,” says Vince Davis, 20, whose girlfriend lives in Canada. “We can’t visit much, and e-mail feels impersonal. Now we arrange times to Skype, and text each other every night. Recently Facebook has helped because I can see what she’s been up to.”

In Long Distance Relationships: The Complete Guide, Dr Gregory Gouldner, an academic who has studied long-distance relationships, suggests making phone dates. “Knowing in advance when you’ll be talking to or seeing a partner helps remove some of the uncertainty and regain some control.” Plus, unlike a real date, you won’t have to worry about what to wear.

It’s important to integrate your boyfriend or girlfriend into your new life, says Paula Hall. “When you go to university you’re in a new environment and you’re evolving as a person, so the relationship will have to change too,” she comments. “The best way to tackle it is to include the other person as much as possible, introducing them to your friends. It’s tempting to focus exclusively on each other during visits, but you can’t keep the relationship separate.”

If things do go wrong, it’s important to remember that this is because the relationship hasn’t worked out – there’s nothing wrong with you. It will be painful, but “being apart from someone makes it easier to get over them because there’s no reminders of how it was,” says Jerome.

Everyone agrees that long-distance relationships are difficult. Yet there are also advantages. By not breaking up, you’re giving things a shot – you don’t have to turn up at university or college feeling like you’ve just lost a limb, crying on strangers and asking the Student Union barmen “Why?”.

You also have much more time to devote to student life – learning, enjoying yourself and finding out more about who you are – all with the backing of the person you love. “During my first year I was not very happy and Dom was a great support,” recalls Gemma Cauley. “Without him, who knows if I would have stuck it out?”

Then, points out Dr Gouldner, there are the reunions: “the excitement of rediscovering your significant other after a long time apart.” There’s nothing quite like standing on that train platform looking at all the faces getting off, and spotting the one you’re looking for.

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Will the pay hike improve efficiency?

Low pay has been a perpetual complaint of government employees for some years now and it is a cry of 4.5 million people.

Once viewed as a lucrative opportunity to be part of government structure, it has lost its charm due to low incentives. Private sector has taken over in terms of taking in cream of the average qualified Indians.

But the Sixth Pay Commission with its big hike (estimated to be as high as 42%) promises to break these stigmas about government jobs.

Will the recummendations bring in the talented lot to run the affairs of the state? Will it improve efficiency? Will it end corruption? These are some of the questions which arises with the submission of the much-awaited report.

Corruption is a personal choice and what remedy will any government adopt to tackle this menace is hard to formulate. Efficiency is subjective again, but we can hope for some improvement.

But will the biggest crisis of bringing in qualified managers to public enterprise be solved, is yet to be seen. Contrary to many myths about private sector, surveys show that the government jobs have lot of perks and security to outbeat the private sector.

Probably the Centre needs to recognise specific profiles to make sure blind Marxist appraisals are not given and the right people get their due. Job security, health benefits, and insurance, transport and of course fixed job hours are still the highlights of government jobs.

So, will the charm of serving in government services come alive again and could we hope to see more IIT and IIM alumni on public sector pay rolls after the Sixth Pay Commission announces its recommendations?

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FTSE will be conducted in 33 test centers across India for all XII studying and pass students aspiring for IIT-JEE

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FIITJEE, has declared that the FIITJEE Talent Support Exam (FTSE) 2007 will be conducted on 14 October, 2007 in 33 test centers across India for all XII studying and XII pass students aspiring for IIT-JEE in 2008. Through this all-India level assessment exam, FIITJEE will help students in knowing their chances of success with probable ranks in securing a seat in the IITs. October 11,2007 is the last date to register for the exam.

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