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2.76 lakh aspirants get ready for CAT

Come November 16 and about 2.76 lakh aspirants across the country will appear for the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2008, rated as one of the world’s most demanding entrance examinations for any graduate institute.

CAT is the stepping stone for MBA aspirants to get admitted in reputed management schools of India.

Apart from the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) located at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Indore, Kozhikode and Shillong, CAT is also a mandatory entrance examination for several other leading institutes like Kirloskar Institute of Management, Mudra Institute of Communication (MICA) Ahmedabad, Nirma Institute of Management, S.P. Jain Institute, TAPAI and several others.

Some people feel that CAT is more of a rejection process than a selection process. ‘It rejects those who can’t make their minds work at break-neck speed for two and a half hours non-stop’.

The entrance exam, designed to test a student’s managerial aptitude, has seen an increase of 23 percent in the total number of applications this year and nearly 40 colleges have added their names to the list of colleges that decide admissions on CAT scores.

With a 15 percent rise from last year’s 2.4 lakh and an acceptance offer to just one in 138 candidates this year against one in 120 last year, CAT 2008 promises to be bigger and better.

From the NCR region alone, more than 50,000 students will appear for the entrance exam.

The increase in the number of students this year has forced the IIMs to arrange for more test centres. IIM Lucknow, which coordinates the exam in the NCR, has setup about 60 centres to handle around 59,000 students.

IIM-A is handling over 51,000 applications, IIM Bangalore is handling over 60,000 applications and IIM Calcutta would take care of over 50,000 students.

Of the 2.76 lakh candidates taking the exam this year, nearly 54,000 are women.

Arks Srinivas, Director, Triumphant Education, a well-known coaching institute for CAT, says, “There has been an increase of 20 percent in the enrolment of women candidates for CAT. This is mainly due to the availability of opportunities for women in sectors such as finance, human resource and marketing.”

“Of the 54,000 women, at least 13 percent have a chance of getting a call. Even though the success rate of women in IIMs has not seen a remarkable rise, the 100-odd institutes which consider CAT scores may have pushed the number of women applicants”, Srinivas further said.

Neha Shukla, an aspirant, said, “I attempted CAT last year, but I did not score well in the Data Interpretation (DI) section. I have improved a lot in that section and I am determined to secure a seat in one of the IIMs.”

The CAT committee had received more than 2.9 lakh applications this year. The number, however, comes down substantially after a screening of applications. This year, more than 7,000 aspirants have been disqualified from CAT due to minor errors in the application forms.

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IIMs likely to share or trade to make room for OBCs

The Supreme Court, for maintaining the quota of 27% for the other classes of the rear (OBCs) in universities, the admission procedure for Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) from the gearbox. The IIMs were for the release of the final list of candidates tomorrow. The process could be separated by at least one week.

Well, 49.5 percent of the seats in universities would be reserved. Of this amount, provided box (SCs – 15 percent) and the draft tribes (PC – 7.5%), 22.5 percent, while bookings OBCs proportion rises to 27 percent. This means that one of the leading institutes of management have, for students, the figures concerning registration have so far.

Admission IIMs prepare two lists to reflect the judgement of the Supreme Court had not acted for the exclusion of “layer of cream.”

“We interviewed a few CBO, but do not take into account students, including the family,” said an official of the IIM-Bangalore. IIM Ahmedabad has prepared a final list of 250 students and is likely to be of 17 seats for OBCs. IIM Bangalore-251 students admitted, and I would add, CBO 19 students included in the list.

The decision will have an impact 20 central universities and higher education institutions supported by the government. However, without foreign aid and private institutions, minorities are not affected, since the Tribunal, the government has, for the quota of 27 percent after five years.

The Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), each in its field, waiting for a directive from human resource development (HRD) ministry. The IITs each would get Rs 100 crore by the government to increase the number of seats in the first year.

However, IIT Kharagpur-Rs 400 crore investment in the infrastructure sector to double their aspiration of students and teaching staff and the scale of its academic programmes.The Institute currently has 7000 students and 500 teachers.

“It is still too early to tell. Even if we are prepared for an increase in enrolment of students, the exact number can not be known, after some time,” said Surendra Prasad, staging, the IIT Delhi. “I am always for the exact number of seats current and revised. I will soon, “he added.

The IITs were a serious Crunch resources and money with their bodies to grow.

Now, with the OBC quota, the first institutes need to develop infrastructure and paste the college of members. Each IIT is short of at least 100 members of the Faculty.

Teachers-Students in the report IITs around 1:10 and institutions considering setting approximately 1:9. You have the Ministry of HRD, in order to increase the fee for engineering programs.

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Programme in executive management launched at IIM-Calcutta

IT SEEMS that the recent visit of the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, to Kolkata, has started bearing fruits for the city as well as the country. The three premier institutions of the country, IIM-Calcutta along with IIT-Chennai and IIT-Kanpur has come up with a post-graduate programme on executive management with help of the Japan government.

The post-graduate Programme for Executives for Visionary Leadership in Manufacturing (PGPEX-VLMP) was launched on Monday at IIM-Calcutta.

The one-year programme will involve the support of Japan government and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Noro Motoyoshi, the Consul-General of Japan in Kolkata and Shoji Shiba, Principal Advisor of JICA, were also present at IIM-Calcutta for the launch of the programme.

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IITB initiative to tap geothermal energy

Geosyndicate Power, an IIT Bombay (IITB) initiative, has joined hands with Australian firm Panax Geothermal, to develop technology to tap the countrys geothermal energy resources.

Geothermal power is energy generated by heat stored beneath the earths surface and is clean and sustainable.

The joint venture will work in Puga valley in the Himalayas and geothermal fields in Andhra Pradesh, where the Indian firm has exploration and development rights. Panax Geothermal, is listed on Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).

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TMI BITS Tolani Maritime Institute & Birla Institute of Technology and Science

Tolani Maritime Institute & Birla Institute of Technology and Science (TMI BITS) conducts an all india entrance examination for admission to various B.S courses in maritime studies. Tolani Maritime Institute is situated in pune conducts this examination in collaboration with Birla Institute of Technology and Science. These engineering programs fall under the category of the off campus courses provided by the Birla Institute of Technology and Science.

Eligibility criteria of TMI BITS
1. The candidate appearing for the examination must have cleared the class 12th examination with atleast 50% marks in PCM.
2. The candidate must also have studied English as a main subject in class 11th and 12th and must also have scored more than 50% in both the years.

Courses offered of TMI BITS
1. B.S Marine Engineering
2. B.S Nautical Technology

Selection procedure of TMI BITS
1. The foremost step in to clear the online admission test the syllabus and pattern of which is given above.
2. The selected candidates are then subjected to personal interview round and are interviewed for their communication skills, clarity of thought, potential leadership traits, and reasoning abilities.
3. The candidates who clear the PI round then undergo a medical test and the candidates declared physically and mentally for the course are selected and granted admissions.

Examination pattern and general syllabus for TMI BITS

1. The examination is online.
2. The exam will contains MCQs.
3. It will have questions from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English, Logic and analytical problem solving.

Proposed important dates for TMI BITS
1. Till march end 2009 – first date of submitting the completed application forms.
2. Last week of april 2009 – date of online test for the candidates who submitted their applications in the month of march.
3. April to mid june – second chance of submitting the completed application forms.
4. First week of july – second date of online test.
5. Mid july – medical examination of the selected candidates.

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Start-up at IIT Madras trains villagers for jobs

Chennai: A venture of the Indian Institute Technology, Madras, or IIT-M, is training villagers for employment in retail, business process outsourcing and security services, in an attempt to bridge the urban-rural divide.

“If you take any industry, companies are always looking for people. Considering that majority of the population lives in rural India, we realized that they can be trained and brought to the same level as those in urban centres—and employed,” says Richa Pandey Mishra, founder and chief executive officer of eJeevika HR Pvt. Ltd, a start-up incubated by IIT-M. “This would help corporates battle labour shortage effectively.”

EJeevika’s business model is simple: it identifies entrepreneurs through village council heads, non-profits and self-help groups and offers them a franchise.

The entrepreneur invests some Rs50,000 on a couple of personal computers, a broadband Internet connection and power back-up.
The franchisees then identify potential candidates who are then trained by eJeevika according to the requirements of its clients.
For now, eJeevika has developed training modules for security services, retail and business process outsourcing and would develop modules for other sectors depending on client requirements.

Villagers who wish to be trained register with eJeevika’s website after which the company conducts an online interview in the presence of its client. Once the client gives a go-ahead sign, the candidate pays a fee and undergoes online training. Mishra says the fee is “nominal,” without elaborating. The candidate then has to clear online tests, interviews and a final face-to-face interview with the client. The entire process takes around a month, said Mishra.

The firm has successfully piloted its model in Cuddalore and Tiruvallur districts of Tamil Nadu, she said. EJeevika trained and placed some 100 candidates with the help of a network of 20 franchisees in a few retailers and security services firms. Mishra declined to name clients citing business confidentiality.

“This is what we need at the moment. There is a shortage of labour supply. There are talks about inclusive growth and here is a good example of inclusiveness,” said Rajesh Sukumaran, investment manager for Singapore-based angel investment fund Mercatus Capital’s India operations.

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IIM-B gets a snub from Bangalore Club

To the embarrassment of the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIMB), the 120-year-old Bangalore Club turned down a request from the institute for a corporate membership last month.

Despite being a not-for-profit higher educational institute, the B-school moved an application on June 2 seeking corporate membership. This kind of membership is, under the rules of the Club, limited to public/private limited companies and banks with a paid-up capital of Rs 3 crore.

IIM-B had paid Rs 15 lakh towards membership fee (plus 12.36% service tax) and quoted its corpus fund amount and annual budget as paid-up capital and turnover in the application. When asked for the company registration number, IIM-B quoted the Society Registration Number under the Mysore Societies Registration Act, 1960.

“The application sent by IIM-B was not considered by both the scrutiny committee and the general committee as it does not match the membership rules laid down by the Club,” Col K D Murthy, Secretary, Bangalore Club, told The Express.

The institute’s application was not even considered, so it technically fell some way short of being rejected by the general committee. Rammohan Rao, former IIMB director and a permanent member of the Bangalore Club, had proposed IIMB’s name for consideration of club membership.

IIM-B director Pankaj Chandra was unavailable for comment. B Mahadevan, dean (administration), stated in an e-mail that he was not aware of the reason for which the institute had sought the Club membership.

“Since the Club has not considered IIMB’s application, we will return the money sent along with the application. Unless the rules change, we cannot accept educational institutes under corporate membership,” Col Murthy added. Corporate membership at the club costs Rs 15 lakh for a period of 15 years.

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Banaras Hindu University set to get IIT tag

Almost 40 years after it first mooted the idea of getting converted into an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), the Institute of Technology at Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU), Varanasi, is now ready to don the IIT tag. The Ministry of Human Resource Development as part of the Eleventh Five-Year Plan has allowed IT-BHU to be converted into an IIT.

While IT-BHU is excited about the development, the biggest advantage, it says, will be the financial and social benefits post conversion. Says SN Upadhyay, director, IT-BHU, “The institute will have funding and brand image similar to that of the IITs. It will have financial, academic and administrative autonomy similar to them.”

An IIT status is crucial for the institute as it expects to receive more funding from the government from the next academic year. Currently the institute receives about Rs 50 crores per year and will be entitled to a grant of Rs 110 crore per year apart from Rs 30-50 crore towards research funding. The institute is also said to receive funding towards improvement of its infrastructure.

An IIT status will also help the institute attract good number of quality students with better IIT-JEE ranks. Says Upadhyay, “The academic standards of our college have always been at par with the IITs. With this official recognition, we will be able to attract better students and quality faculty too. This in turn will help us attract better companies on campus for placements.”

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Second Digital Innovation Lab set-up at IIT-K

Kanpur (PTI) Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur has become the second institute, after its Chennai counterpart, to have set-up a Digital Innovation Lab in the country to provide higher technical education.

The lab has been set up in collaboration with a US and Singapore-based software company Autodeck, and will be inaugurate by Dr Tom Joseph, Worldwide Programme Director of the software company tomorrow, said K V Satyamurthy, Associate Registrar of IIT-K.

The lab, which is equipped with modern softwares and 3D studios, would facilitate the BTech, MTech and research students in their practicals besides helping them know about various researches from across the globe in the fields of technical education, he said.

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A look at challenges for emerging markets

Crucible’, the annual consulting seminar of the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode (IIM-K) will be held on December 13 at the institute’s campus in Kunnamangalam near Kozhikode.
Growth centres

This year’s seminar will concentrate on the central theme “Challenges in the emerging markets” with specific focus on India, China, other Southeast Asian countries and the Middle East.

Slowing global growth and a subsequent impact on the economies of the emerging markets led to a significant decline in the financial markets recently.

The emerging Asian markets still remained the top performer, however, with markets such as India, Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines outperforming its peers, thus establishing themselves as important global growth centres.

These markets have also grown out of their roles, from the early days, of being strategic outsourcing locations into something much more different. They are developing into competitive and competent movers and shakers on every level of economic and corporate relations.

Crucible, in its third edition this year, attempts to have a look at the challenges faced by these emerging markets in attracting foreign players, the major recent developments in the consulting services activity in these regions and also the opportunities available for the domestic and global consulting firms.

The speakers at the event include Thomas Kuruvilla, the Managing Director-Asia Pac of Arthur D Little, Richard Rekhy, Chief Operating Officer of KPMG, Sanjay Kulkarni, Managing Director & CEO of Stern Stewart, Harish HV, Partner-National Management of Grant Thornton, and Amit Kumar, Country Head (India) of Grail Research (a member of Monitor Group).

The summit will be organised along three sub-themes — Consulting in the Middle East-A gold rush, India and China-The new world order and Rebirth of the Southeast Asian Tigers.

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IOB continues winning streak

Maintaining the victory sequence, Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), the reigning champion, prevailed over State Bank of India 4-0 in a Pool ‘A’ match of the senior division hockey league championship at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium here on Monday.

All the four goals came in the first session. This was IOB’s fifth successive win in the competition.

Put ahead within a minute of the push off by M. Senthil, IOB slowly increased the pressure on the rival defence.

Rajinikanth enlarged the leeway even before the clock could touch the 10th minute. Midway through, M. Saravanakumar struck the third goal and Senthil Kumar completed the tally in the 23rd minute.

Meanwhile, a goal by Ayyappan six minutes after resumption, enabled Sports Authority of India ‘B’ beat Central Excise 1-0.

In another match, Indian Bank was held to a goalless draw by Tamil Nadu Electricity Board.

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IIT-KGP to mentor IIT-Orissa for 3 years

The Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) will act as the mentor for IIT-Orissa and admit 120 additional students seeking admission in IIT-Orissa in the 2008-09 academic year.

IIT-KGP is expected to operate as IIT-Orissa’s mentor for the next three years since the Orissa government is yet to decide on the location and infrastructure for IIT-Orissa.

Recently, the Union HRD ministry had announced that admissions into Orissa-IIT would start from the current academic year but that now seems improbable as the location of the technical school is yet to be decided. The Centre had announced eight new IITs to be set up during the Eleventh Five Year Plan in Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Punjab, Gujarat, Andhra, Bihar and Rajasthan. According to official sources, the Union HRD ministry had asked for 600 acres of land within a 30 km radius of the Orissa capital — ideally closer to an airport and a national highway.

Confirming the development, D Acharya, director of IIT-KGP, said: “We will admit 120 students for IIT-Orissa. Admission criteria will be at par with other IITs. We are anyway investing Rs 400 crore in infrastructure expansion, so accommodating more students will not be an issue.”

Currently the institute has 7,000 students and 500 faculty, which would be doubled in the next five years. IIT-KGP will build 200 new classrooms with a total capacity of 24,000 students, and will add 200 tutorial classrooms to accommodate 12,000 students. At present, the institute accommodates 6,000 students in hostels, which will be doubled. Similarly, the institute offers accommodation for 450 faculty at present, which will also be doubled.

More rooms will be added to the existing hostels to accommodate students and faculty. Apart from three new hostels, IIT-KGP will add one more floor to existing halls to create additional capacity for 1,500 students.

Interestingly, none of the six IITs that is to start classes from this year has any infrastructure of its own in place — buildings, laboratories, hostels, teachers — and the government is yet to finalise locations for five among them. Teams from the HRD ministry visited Orissa, Punjab and Gujarat to look at temporary arrangements to hold classes.

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Enrolment in public universities hits 117 per cent

Enrolment in the country’s public universities has been increasing yearly, since 2002 and 2003 academic year, representing an increase of 117 per cent.

Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, who disclosed this at the University of Cape Coast, during the weekend, said admissions for 2000/2001 were 40,673 while 2006/2007 rose to 88,445.

Over the same period, enrolment in the polytechnics rose from 18, 459 to 28,695, representing an increase of 55 per cent.

Alhaji Mahama, who was speaking at the 39th Congregation of the university, said government’s policy of encouraging private sector participation in the provision of tertiary education had also yielded very good results.

He said since 2001 to 2007, enrolment had increased from 1,667 to 18,278 constituting an increase of 96 per cent.

Alhaji Mahama said the National Accreditation Board has given accreditation to about 25 private institutions to run tertiary programmes, explaining that government is however keen to ensure quality education.

He told the 7,299 graduates to put the knowledge they had acquired to productive and creative use, stressing: “The nation has invested so much in you, and I urge you to go into the world and make a difference.”

“Some of you may be tempted to look outside beyond the shores of the country for greener pastures. My advice to you is to resist the temptation and rather place the knowledge and skills you have acquired at the service of your country.”

Alhaji Mahama asked them to be agents of change and serve as role models for the younger generation.

Commenting on the violence that had characterised this year’s General Election, in parts of the country, he said there was the need for stakeholders to educate the public to know that elections need not be bloody.

He noted that elections are a peaceful process of choosing leaders for democratic governance.

Alhaji Mahama called on the graduates to educate people to appreciate that being political rivals does not, in any way make them enemies.

“We all desire peace in order to have our present and long-term dreams come true.”

The out-going Vice Chancellor, the Reverend Professor Emmanuel Obeng said the university was currently the only academic facility in Africa to be offering African studies as an under-graduate course.

He said the university was collaborating with other universities worldwide in key areas of faculty, student and staff exchange for research and professional dialogue.

Rev. Prof. Obeng said the UCC had signed a memorandum of understanding with Xiangtan University, for the provision of Confucius Institute for the study of Chinese language and culture on the Cape Coast campus.

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IIT Madras invited to participate in Chennai metro project

Dr. E Sreedharan MD of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said that IIT Madras to take in cooperation with the Government on the Chennai Metro Rail project.

Recalling his experience with educational institutions such as IIT Delhi, which do not want to work in the Delhi Metro Rail project on mutually acceptable conditions, said Dr. Sreedharan institutions should not miss on such a learning opportunity.

He added: “The metro is not a simple project. We need engineers, measuring engineers, those who know, geophysics and ground water table management, climate technology experts to design the ventilation of tunnels. It is a learning process, which may not come again. ”

He encouraged students to pursue a career in their field of study and do not change lines or decide to leave the country for good. He added that “The nation has invested so much of your resources in training for technicians. Do not throw it to the wind. Have pride in your profession.”

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Expulsion Of Sc/ST Student From IIT Delhi

The fact that 20 students were expelled from IIT Delhi became big news. But there are two sides to a story like most of us know. However little do we know about the other side to this story.

There must have been some good reason for the administration to take such an action. So as a student of this very institute I want to give you a sneak peak into system of IIT – Delhi and how it works

Credits are given to students for passing a particular course and this is decided before the course starts.An important thing is there is something called SRC which is applied to a student who doesn’t perform well. SRC helps to keep a check on the student’s performance and also suggests them to do limited number of courses so that they can score well in all.

There is also a minimum number of credits which one should complete each year to get his/her degree.They respectively are

16 at end of 1 year and 46 at end of 2 years and so on.

The most important thing here is grade F which is alloted to students who do not manage to get minimum required marks or if you have an attendance below 75 per cent.Normally these are only two ways by which you can get a F grade except if you are caught cheating or doing some thing illegal according to the institute’s norms.

This information is given to the students at the time of admission and it is necessary to have rules like this so that one can complete his/her degree.

Around 500 student take admission in IIT – Delhi through JEE out of which 100 are SC/ ST.20 students are expelled from IIT out of 100.Earlier the cases of expulsion were very few but now the number has sharply increased.However, before blaming the institute we should see what was the real problem.

These students should have studied when they were aware of the consequences.Also, if they did get an F grade due to minimal attendance we cannot blame IIT.

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IIT instead of the examination outside India for the first time

Dubai, April 14 (IANS) Dubai, the first stop outside India, where the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) held its common consideration of this year. “Dubai is the first station to maintain outside India, sharing IIT examinations for admission,” an official of the Indian Consulate IANS said.

“A total of 182 students have emerged, which took place in the consideration of India here Sunday school,” he said.

The Golf is home to nearly 5.5 million Indian expatriates and the Central American Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), schools are affiliated with the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

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Enhanced Biomass Production and Energy Conversion for Use in Water-Scarce Areas of India

Engineers from Aston University in Birmingham are part of a national consortium to investigate enhanced biomass production and energy conversion for use in water-scarce areas of India.

The £859,193 project is funded by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and could improve the living conditions of many Indian people as well as having long-term benefits to academic research.

Dr Philip Davies and Dr Jason Hill from Aston will begin work on the project in June and it will last for 36 months. They will join colleagues from the universities of Warwick, Leeds, Bristol and Coventry with assistance from WRc (previously called the Water Research Centre) and in close collaboration with IIT-Delhi.

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Record Number of Students From BASE Make It To IIT

BASE, the premier educational training organization providing quality training for IIT-JEE, AIEEE, AIPMT, CET and COMEDK has reported that a record number of 62 students have excelled in the IIT entrance exams. More than 50% of the students who qualified from Karnataka are from the classroom program at BASE. The institute has 42 in top 100 AIEEE state ranks, and 3 of them in the top 10. Recently the Institution felicitated the top achievers.

Padamshree Dr. K.N. Shankara, Former Director, ISRO Satellite Centre gave away the mementoes to the students and advised them to “carve a niche and decide upon a blueprint in life and work towards it to achieve.”

Prof. Rangarajan, Former Chairman, Dept. of Mathematics, IISc opined, “Getting into IITs is only a stepping stone. Students should stick to core disciplines, without deviating into marketing, finance, or other areas. Core technology in basic sciences is important and that research is vital for the progress of the world. Show commitment to build the nation and leave a lasting impression on this world”.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Vallish, Head Projects, BASE, said that, “We are happy that this year we have sent 62 students into IIT – highest number in Karnataka: 42 of our students are in top 100 AIEEE state ranks, 3 in top 10. We are also adding more programmes this year onwards which will benefit, reach and build strong base in the children”.

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IITS costs walk quickly, said Arjun Singh

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) India’s premier technology institutions, the GOI Institute of Technology (IITS), could soon migrate expenses Union Human Resource Development Arjun Singh, the minister said Monday the Parliament. He told the Rajya Sabha that the Standing Committee of IIT Council (SCIC) has recommended increasing the fee of diploma and Post-Graduate Course.

However, it does not have the amount of the fee is regarded as migration by the SCIC. Singh is chairman of the Council IITS.

The SCIC has proposed a tax hike Rs.25000 to Rs.50000 per annum.

Despite the doubling of the tax, which would raise IITS still Rs.150000 each student. According to an official IIT Delhi, who spends almost IIT Rs.200000 a student per year.

The Director of IIT Delhi, Professor Surendra Prasad, there is little by migration, but said the government would take a final decision.

All seven IITS had written to Arjun Singh recalls sadly status in schools, saying many of them were on the verge of bankruptcy.

The IITS have the Minister, it has not yet been assigned to adequate resources within the annual budget for 2008-09. Instead, they said a huge proportion of resources that has been redirected to IITS coming in Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.The September IITS to Kharagpur, Mumbai (Bombay), Chennai (Madras), Kanpur, Delhi, Guwahati and Roorkee.

IIT Bombay had said she did not have enough money to pay the salaries of their employees. IITS Some have received indications from the facilities and electricity supply companies due to lack clear their bills.

In response to a separate question, Minister of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandareswari denied there had each proposal before the government of creating an independent regulatory authority for higher education.

“The establishment of a regulatory authority requires extensive consultation with various agencies. Henceforth, the government has plans for not him,” she said

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IIT-D takes up distant learning programme

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, known for its excellence in classroom education, is set to adopt the distant learning mode as part of its industry outreach programme in the national capital region.

“In addition to our rigorous classroom teaching methods, we are embarking on a major distance learning project,” IIT Delhi director Surendra Prasad said.

“Apart from regular students, we at IIT Delhi want to help as many industry professionals as possible through the distant learning mode,” Prasad added.

For this, industry professionals need not come to IIT Delhi, but classes would reach their offices – in “an effective and time-saving formula for both parties”.

M. Balakrishnan, dean, post-graduate studies of IIT Delhi, said this semester two live classroom courses are being beamed to a Noida-based IT company through two-way video and audio links on an experimental basis.

“This is a pilot project and once it delivers results, it will provide a major boost for industry professionals. We may soon have a full fledged set-up for this distant education mode,” Balakrishnan said. Prasad said IIT Delhi is looking for an expansion of its campus for the purpose.

“We are trying to boost the infrastructure for this project. We want some land and are in talks with the Delhi government. Though nothing has been finalised as yet, we would prefer to have land near our campus,” the director added.

He said once IIT Delhi has the required infrastructure, “we would make the 450 courses available on the distant mode. Our work scope in this field will be restricted to the national capital region.”

According to Balakrishnan, the distant education would have live classes, two-way interactions and panel discussions, special lectures and other such facilities through video conferencing. Besides there would be special lecture CDs and other study material.

IIT Delhi has already allowed industry professionals to attend regular classes with its students. This distant learning mode is a step forward in improving the IIT-industry interface.

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