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IIMs To Offer Online Courses

Thursday, April 14, 2005

In a bid to take teaching beyond classrooms, the Indian Institutes of Management have launched online courses for executives based in India and abroad.

Students now do not have to spend two years on campus as the IIMs have decided to offer short-term courses that can be completed in six months or one year and through the satellite broadband medium.

Three of the six IIMs have already launched such management education for executives within India. The rest are expected to follow suit soon. IIM-Bangalore (IIM-B) plans to take a step further by extending this form of education to executives abroad too.

To provide connectivity, Hughes Escorts Communications Ltd, a joint venture between Hughes Network Systems and Escorts Ltd, has so far signed agreements with IIM-B, IIM-Calcutta (IIMC) and IIM-Kozikode (IIMK).

It all started with the decision of the board of governors of IIM-B. The demand for managers for the middle-level positions has been witnessing a steep rise in last few years.

The limited number of students in the post-graduate programmes run by the IIMs are not enough to accomodate this demand.

It is an attempt to provide management education to the executives who do not need to give up their jobs to oursue full-time courses on campus at IIM-B. We have started with the Advanced General Management Programme (AGMP). We have also launched Executive General Management Programme (EGMP) through satellite broadband medium and IIM-B has signed an agreement with Hughes for five years, Prakash Apte, director of IIM-B told Business Standard on Wednesday.

Informing that IIM-B was also going to launch another course for offcampus students using the technology on entrepreneurship in next one year, Apte said, We are also hiking the intake capacity with the success of these programmes. From the second session onwards, due to start in August, there would be capacity for 120 offcampus students against existing capacity of around 50. There will also be added capacity for 30 oncampus students for the programmes through the satellite medium. IIM-B is also actively considering to introduce such courses through satellite in overseas countries depending on availability of this technology outside India.

It has been learnt that excited with the success of IIM-B, IIM-C and IIM-K, now three other IIMs, IIM-Lucknow (IIM-L), IIM-Ahmedabd (IIM-A), IIM-Indore (IIM-I) are also working on plans to introduce such courses.

Satellite broadband medium for quality management education is definitely gaining popularity among aspiring Indian managers. Though we do not have any such course, IIM-A is open to such ideas in future, said Bakul Dholakia, Director of IIM-A.

While IIM-B charges Rs 1.8 lakh for the 26-week long course, IIM-C charges Rs 1.6 lakh for the one-year course for which engineers, post-graduates and graduates with two years of experience can apply. To secure an admission in the satellite courses run by IIM-B, one is required to have five years of work experience.

So far there are no entrance examinations like CAT or GMAT, but a committee in the IIMs screen the candidates before admitting them to these courses.

The programme is designed to provide managers and professionals with a broad overview of the key concepts, tools and techniques needed to successfully meet the challenges of todays global business environment, said an IIM-C source.

The heart of the entire system is a powerful user interface that enables large number of geographically distributed students to have a highly interactive one-to-one exchange with the faculty. The system incorporates live broadcast video, two way video and data interactivity to enable the students to watch and interact with the faculty, said a Hughes source.

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GIF has announced that it will be collaborating with Kakubhai Parikh School in Gandhidham to international quality education

GIF has announced that it will be collaborating with Kakubhai Parikh School in Gandhidham to international quality education

International education
The Singapore based Global Indian Foundation (GIF) has announced that it will be collaborating with Kakubhai Parikh School in Gandhidham to cater to the growing demand of international quality education with Indian values. GIF, a nonprofit foundation based in Singapore, has established schools in the Asia Pacific in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand and India besides others.

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University of Sunderland opens up an Office in India

Thursday, March 17, 2005

University of Sunderland, UK, is the latest in the list of foreign universities to set up shop in India. It is one of the most successful modern Universitites.Oscar winning film producer Lord David Puttam‘s films include the mission, the killing fields, Local hero and chariots of fire. He retired form film production in 1998 and now focuses on his work in education.

He has been chancellor of the University of Sunderland in the UK for seven years. He says “The University of Sunderland’s country office In India will act as a ‘one- stop shop’ offering a fill range of guidance to students who wish to study with us. We aim to from partnerships with quality institutions to deliver our programmes in India and also to participate in progression arrangements that will enable those including 1, 500 international students from over 70 countries.”

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Tsunami Relief Becomes Part Of The School Curriculum

Monday, February 14, 2005

Students from kindergarten through high school raise money, and schools teach lessons about philanthropy.

Six-year-old Sarah Brown returned her one big Christmas present from her parents — a $118 Barbie Princess and the Pauper Royal Palace — to raise money for the victims of the tsunami in southern Asia.

The girls` actions sparked a fundraising campaign at the Westerly School of Long Beach that culminated in the largest donation for tsunami relief made to the city`s Red Cross chapter, $28,000.

“When we heard about [Sarah and Reina], we couldn`t help but respond,” said Deborah David, head of the Westerly School. Public and private schools around the state are finding ways to use the Dec. 26 disaster in southern Asia to teach students about geography, math and science as well as philanthropy.

Students are raising money for tsunami relief by jogging and dancing for hours at a time, soliciting donations and selling fruit and snacks, among other activities.

The school board designated five charities as recipients of the funds: Habitat for Humanity, Operation USA, Relief International, Save the Children and UNICEF.

Torrance Unified School District has launched a fundraiser in which students will write letters to family and friends asking for donations for UNICEF.

Westerly, in Long Beach, held a “jog `n` jive tsunami support-a-thon” after administrators heard about the girls` returning their Christmas gifts.

Students raised money by taking pledges and jogging or dancing for as long as two hours. “Today we learned that 147 children will change the lives of 1,000 people,” David said during the check presentation.

Alison Sanford, a third-grader at Hancock Park Elementary School, was inspired by children elsewhere who were raising money for victims of the tsunami. She talked with her teacher and principal about having a bake sale.

The students also wrote supportive letters to people in Sri Lanka who were affected by the disaster. “Ali keeps repeating that it takes $6,000 to build a school there,” said Anne Sanford, Alison`s mother.

At Magnolia Avenue Elementary School southwest of downtown, each student was asked to donate $1 to meet a $2,005 goal. The school`s staff helped by matching the students` contributions. As a president of the student council, she gave a speech during the presentation.

At Ralph Waldo Emerson Middle School in Westwood, 45 homerooms competed to raise the most money.

The school raised $2,673.11 for UNICEF.

While teachers at many schools discussed the disaster with their students in a variety of ways depending on their ages, teachers at Beverly Hills High School incorporated the tsunami into their curriculum.

Foreign language students wrote poems in their respective languages, science classes drew pictures depicting water-born diseases and English classes analyzed photographs; their work was displayed on a wall of remembrance.

“Through the sale of doughnuts, a collection from third-period classes and donations made by the staff, the school raised $6,589.45 — which the math classes helped count.

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Minorities biased at Oxford

One of the most prestigious Institutions in the world, Oxford University, UK has admitted that blacks and ethnic minority staff is under-represented at the senior administrative and academic levels of the university, says a news report.

To encourage more participation from these sectors, the university has now advertised 15 career development fellowships for fixed term research and teaching positions, which aims at creating a more diverse pool of candidates for academic posts at the university, besides taking other initiatives.

According to John Hood, Vice Chancellor of the university, Working to remove any real or perceived barriers that might deter people of the highest quality from applying to Oxford, either as a staff or a student, is very much part of our mission.

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China Aims At 10 Golds In Universiade 2005

BEIJING: China aims on atleast 10 gold medals in the 23rd Universiade 2005 to be held in Izmir, Turkey on August 10-21, said an official here on Thursday.

Wang Gang, the secretary of the Chinese delegation, told Xinhua that the Chinese delegation did not have specific goals, but wanted to take at least 10 golds in Turkey.

The Chinese delegation, for the first time organized by the Education Ministry instead of the State General Administration of Sport, includes 201 athletes and 119 officials and will take part in 137 disciplines of 11 events in the Universiade.

Chinese athletes are expected to do well in swimming, diving and gymnastics, said Wang, who added the delegation`s first gold may come from swimming.

China had taken the first place at the gold medal table for two consecutive Universiade with 54 gold medals in 2001 and 41 in 2003.

However, it is the first time we (the Chinese delegation) are organized by the Education Ministry, not co-organized the Education Ministry and the State General Administration of Sport, Wang said.

Some star student athletes including Liu Xiang, who chose to compete in the world athletics championships in Helsinki, will miss the university games.

According to Wang, however, a group of top athletes, including double Olympic champion diver Guo Jingjing, Asian champion swimmer Qi Hui and Olympic swimming gold medalist Luo Xuejuan will compete in the Universiade.

The 23rd Universiade will attract around 8,000 young athletes from more than 150 countries and regions.

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Rural Education Conditions To Be Improved

BEIJING: China will spend more in improving education conditions in rural areas, including building more boarding schools and lowering education fees, said State Councilor Chen Zhili.

Progress has been made in improving rural education, but much work needs to be done, said Chen at a two-day working meeting which ended Tuesday in Hohhot, capital of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Local governments should raise investment in compulsory education, ensure rural teachers salaries, renovate school facilities and improve financial assistance programs for poor rural students, she said.

Chen also asked local authorities to make more efforts in lowering drop-out rates, encouraging urban teachers to serve in rural areas, and providing preferential enrollment opportunities to children whose parents work outside their hometown.

Last year, China started construction of 1,694 boarding schools in rural areas which are expected to enroll 590,000 students

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Indian delegation visits Chinese institutions

DAU University in China hosted a high profile Indian delegate recently. Indias ambassador to China, Nirupama Rao.Mani Shankar Aiyar, minister for youth affairs and sports, panchayati raj and development of the North-East region, was leading an Indian Youth Delegation to China, which visited Shanghai, Nanjing and Kunming, among others and interacted with state leaders and government functionaries.

They also visited universities, sports institutes and economic zones. By bringing a cross-section of our best and brightest to visit China, we are giving an experience to the younger generation which could have a ripple-like effect through the opinion-making sections of society in future and amongst a number of different disciplines, said the minister on the idea behind the delegation.

The minister paid a visit to the Dali Medical College, which is home to a couple hundred Indian students pursuing the international MBBS programme. Close to the visit of this delegation team of doctors under the ministry for health and family welfare also visited the Dali campus as part of its fact-finding mission.

According to a member of the team, The infrastructure here is even better than some of our best institutes despite being a new medical college. Moreover, they have an efficient faculty and the college has the potential to become an institution of international repute.

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Liverpool scholarships offered by Jayanti Ghose

Liverpool scholarships
University of Liverpool, faculty of engineering postgraduate international scholarship for September 2007 entry is for international students who pay tuition fees at full international rates (£11300 for 2007-2008). All eligible international students will automatically receive a University of Liverpool international advancement award worth £1000.The faculty of engineering international PGT scholarship offers a further £1000 to each high calibre international student who registers for full time studies leading towards the award of an MSc (English) or MRes in the Faculty of Engineering.

Requirements: A good first class honours degree/ equivalent overseas qualification in a relevant subject area, engineering or scientific subjects, and the application must be supported by good references. Candidates whose first degree is not from an English speaking country must also obtain of the following/ equivalent qualifications: (i) Paper based TOEFL equal to or above 570 plus test of written English 5.0; (ii) Computer based TOEFL equal to or above 230; (iii) IELTS equal to or above 6.0.

To apply: Submit to admissions, Sub-Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Foundation Building, University of Liverpool, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, L69 72X, UK.

Submission: August 30,2007.

Recruitment Exam Leak Hits Tibetan Govt.-In-Exile

The Tibetan government-in-exile may not have official recognition but an exam paper leak scandal usually seen in more established bureaucracies has already hit its fledgling civil service.

A 15-day probe into accusations of a leak of exam papers for the post of under-secretary in the McLeodganj-based government-in-exile in the Himalayan resort town of Dharamsala has substantiated the charges and recommended action.

Some candidates for the post of under-secretary — ranked fifth among 11 posts of Tibetan civil servants — allegedly even used mobile phones while sitting for the exam.

The examination was conducted June 11 and 13, and 112 Tibetans had appeared for it.

A five-member panel headed by Chithue Karma Choephel submitted its report on the scandal to the Tibetan cabinet (Kashag) and the Assembly of Tibetan People`s Deputies (Tibetan parliament) on July 30.

The findings said though there was no conclusive evidence, such charges of an exam paper leak for the first time since the Tibetan public service commission came into being in 1992 were serious enough to warrant action.

A joint meeting of the Kashag and the Tibetan parliament here Monday asked the Tibetan Public Service Commission to decide on some action.

The local Tibetan media had reported that some candidates who appeared in the examination had complained about some of the examinees knowing the questions beforehand.

The administration claimed that no such reports were received for other examinations held simultaneously for other posts like that of joint secretary.

The probe committee interviewed several candidates and the officials who had conducted the examinations.

The panel chairman Choephel said the investigations had been very satisfactory. Action could be taken in one week, said officials

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BITS, Pilani, Dubai Campus is Response To The Growing Needs For Quality Engineering Education

BITS, Pilani, Dubai Campus, (BPDC) was established in Dubai in September 2000 in response to the growing needs for quality engineering education among the residents of the Middle East. Over a period of five years, BPDCs student-strength has grown to over 900 with students seeking admission from not only UAE and other Middle East Countries but also from India and other parts of the world.

BPDC, which commenced its engineering programmes in just two disciplines, has added new specialisations gradually. It now offers five different programmes, all of which are the same as BITS, Pilani – India and are of four-year duration. An internship option (practice school) of seven-and-a-half months in reputed industries is included within these four years. There are nearly 110 companies offering Internship to students currently, with many more companies coming forward each day. Students are also paid a stipend during their internship in the last year.

The institution has recruited highly-experienced, full-time teaching faculty with doctorates in respective disciplines who hail from reputed institutions. Some of the faculty are also on deputation from BITS, Pilani – India. The institution has constantly strengthened its faculty base and has at present, about 70 faculty members at all levels. From its inception, BPDC has maintained high standards in its academic programmes through quality inputs, training and internship. The first batch of 54 BPDC students graduated on August 5,2004, and the second batch of 85 students graduated on August 16,2005. All the graduating students take advantage of the campus placement programme thats organised by BPDC from March to May every year.

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Fee Increase Proposed at Howard For Construction

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Fast-growing Howard Community College is seeking its fourth tuition increase in four years, partly to support an ambitious building program that has continued despite a drop in state funding.

The proposal, expected to be formally approved by the college`s board of trustees in the spring, would take effect July 1, increasing tuition from $100 per credit hour to $105. HCC charges the highest student tuition among Maryland`s 16 community colleges.

“Raising tuition is always a last resort,” said Lynn C. Coleman, the college`s vice president of administration and finance. The college`s growing pains, she said, resulted from rapid enrolments increases even as state assistance to community colleges shrank.
To offset the sting of the tuition increase, HCC officials have added more than $51,000 in scholarships to the college`s $57 million budget, bringing total scholarship funds to $643,550. Figures from the Maryland Higher Education Commission show that state funding per community college student enrolled full time reached $2,186 in 2003, but has since declined 16 percent to $1,832. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has proposed a 4 percent increase in state aid to community colleges for the 2005-06-budget year, with funding per full-time student rising to $1,905.

During the same period, the number of HCC students enrolled in classes for credit increased 32 percent, with 6,711 full- and part-time students registered last fall. “Certainly, students do not like tuition increases at all,” said Alex Nowodazkij, 21, an international student who is president of the Student Government Association. “There is resentment among students.”

Meanwhile, the college is moving forward with another project — a $28 million student services building that, if funded, would be started this summer. The student services building, is due to open in 2007, would complete a campus quad that has emerged amid the construction. The building boom may persist with two more projects envisioned in the college`s master plan. They are a continuing education building, on which design work would begin in 2008, and an allied health services instructional building in 2010.

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Budget Get approves by School board

Thursday, March 03, 2005

The Howard County Board of Education day before yesterday approved a $512.6 million budget for next school year that includes a placeholder for a cost-of-living pay raise for teachers and support staff equivalent to 3 percent.
The Howard County Education Association and school officials have yet to work out the details of contracts for both groups. Teachers and staff personnel are in the final year of three-year contracts that expire June 30.
The 3 percent pay raise adds about $19 million to Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin`s $493.1 million budget proposal.
Last week, the school board also added about $260,000 to Cousin`s request to add golf as a high school varsity sport and hire an additional budget analyst, an internal auditor and a Web master.
The budget request for fiscal year 2006 – which will be forwarded to County Executive James N. Robey – represents an 11 percent increase from this year`s $461 million budget.
School board members acknowledge that they will have to make cuts – as much as $10 million – because Robey wants to keep the school budget from growing more than 7 percent a year.
Board members said the school system has kept its request at a minimum and implored parents and Howard County citizens to support its budget.
Of the total $512.6 million, the school system is seeking $371 million – or $36 million more than this year – from the county. The school system would get $136 million in state funds, which is about $1 million less than what officials expected. The rest would come from the federal government and other sources.
Kaufman expressed concern that county money for schools and other agencies would be unpredictable in light of County Council Chairman Guy Guzzone`s intentions to lower taxes under legislation that he plans to introduce in mid-April. County revenues have picked up since the county raised the local income tax rate from the third lowest in the state to the top rate allowed by law.
Guzzone said yesterday he supports Robey`s goal of ensuring long-term growth for the school system at 7 percent.
The school budget for next year includes money to expand full-day kindergarten to 12 more schools for a total of 19, replace textbooks for a cost of $2.5 million, add 208 teachers and create 28 positions for maintenance and plant operations.
The budget also reflects an 18 percent increase in fixed costs for such things as health insurance, utilities and transportation.
Robey will release his budget proposal to the County Council on April 18. Then the County Council will hold a public hearing and a series of work sessions before approving the budget in late May.
Robey will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. March 10 to hear from residents about general budget concerns.

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Flying High in Air Hostess Training Centre

Flying High in Air Hostess Training Centre

Flying High“;Air Hostess Training Centre recently organised an event ‘AHTC Connect’ at India Habitat Centre to provide a platform for young aspiring students to interface with representatives from leading airlines. Among the guests at the event were fashion designer Jatinn Kochharand makeup artist Vidya Tikarj/ the event. AHTC also announced its expansion plan for 2007 of opening seven new centres in the country and one in Nepal.

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Federal court asked to waive AIMS test for English learners

One of the nations most successful public interest attorneys asked a federal judge Monday to allow students struggling with English to graduate from high school without passing the AIMS test.

AIMS should not be a graduation requirement for immigrant children until the state complies with a federal court order to improve funding for English-learner instruction, said Tim Hogan, who heads the Center for Law in the Public Interest.

Until lawmakers and Gov. Janet Napolitano can end a two-month-long stalemate over a new funding plan for English-learner programs, Hogan wants the judge to suspend the AIMS requirement for thousands of children. Starting with the Class of 2006, high school seniors must pass the reading, writing and math test to earn a diploma.

And, to turn up the heat, Hogan said he plans to ask the same judge in the next couple of weeks to withhold federal highway funds from the state as a sanction for not complying with the court order by the judges deadline of last spring. advertisement

Hogan originally filed the Flores vs. Arizona lawsuit 13 years ago on behalf of a Nogales family. He has also forced the state to spend more than $1 billion repairing and refurbishing schools and to take over the job of building schools, with a lawsuit in the mid-1990s over unequal funding.

Hogan noted that Latino and other minority children improved their scores on the most recent round of AIMS tests. But he said about 83 percent of 3,254 juniors who qualify as English learners – the first class that must pass AIMS to get a diploma – failed key portions such as reading and writing. It was an identical story for more than 5,000 English-learner sophomores.

Officials with the states Department of Education say an unearned diploma is not the answer, and they hope the court rejects Hogans latest plea.

Republican House and Senate leaders plan to meet with Napolitano on Aug. 10 to talk about English-learner funding, the first meeting of the leaders since Napolitano vetoed a GOP-crafted Flores bill in late May. Napolitano and Hogan felt that plan, which required school districts to apply for grants, was inadequate.

Napolitano has since developed a funding plan of her own that would increase spending for English learners by $185 million a year, but legislators have refused to discuss it until Napolitano pledges to reverse a veto of an unrelated measure to create a corporate tuition tax credit for private schools.

Senate President Ken Bennett said lawmakers have increased per-student spending for English learners to more than $350 a year from $150, so theres no evidence of ignoring the court order. He also said exempting English learners from passing AIMS is a horrible idea.

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ISOMES, has launched the acting for camera course at its location in Film City Noida

ISOMES opens a new chapter
The International School of Media and Entertainment Studies (ISOMES), has launched the next batch of its acting for camera course from August 13th at its location in Film City, Noida. Kanwarjit Paintal, who is also the Course Director for acting at FTII, Pune, is chairing the six-month long course. Experienced actors Rajesh Tailang and Samyogita Shar-ma from the National School of Drama are assisting Paintal in the training.

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Governors Seek Rise In High School Standards

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Citing the paltry skills of many high school graduates, the nation`s governors are calling for more rigorous standards and harder exams than states have already imposed, often with considerable difficulty.

Despite the zeal for academic standards and exit exams that has swept across states in recent years, a high school diploma does little to ensure that graduates are capable of handling the work awaiting them in college or in the workplace, the National Governors Association said in a report issued yesterday. “We must restore the value to a high school diploma,” said Gov. Mark Warner of Virginia, a Democrat who is the chairman of the governors association. Many of the proposals the governors are considering are consistent with the tenets of President Bush`s signature No Child Left Behind law: higher aspirations for student achievement and graduation rates, close monitoring of
improvement and, should progress fail to come, stiff consequences.

To begin with, the governors association is proposing that states regularly test their high school students. Federal law requires such tests largely in the lower grades, though President Bush has proposed imposing greater scrutiny on high schools. Beyond that, the governors` agenda not only calls upon states to adopt and achieve clear academic standards, as federal law does, but also urges setting those standards high enough to satisfy colleges and employers – something the governors say that few states, if any, have done.

“Now that we have academic standards in place, we must ensure that they are the right standards,” said Gov. Bob Taft of Ohio, a Republican who is the co-chairman of Achieve, an organization created by governors and business leaders to promote academic standards that wrote the report with the governors association.

Despite such lofty goals, the governors association says that states will be the ones controlling the “redesign” of their high schools, and therefore will be relatively free from the bureaucratic constraints accompanying the federal education agenda.

Educators and children`s advocates have mounted fierce opposition to exit exams and other test-heavy changes in education, largely out of concerns that struggling students will be more likely to drop out and that teachers will simply teach to the test at hand, hampering the development of broader skills in thinking.

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Research Partnerships

Research Partnerships

Eighteen researchers from McGill University, Canada, are visiting India as part of the McGill Scientific Mission 2006, whose goal is to pave the .way for future scien¬tific partnerships wi¬th leading universi¬ties and institutions in Delhi and Bangalore. The delegation is capitalising on Indias current eco¬nomic and knowledge boom to estab¬lish a greater pres¬ence and strengthen its ties with the country. Foun¬ded in 1821, McGill is ranked as one of the top 25 universities in the world by The Times Higher Educ¬ation Supplement.

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Drury Students Immerse Themselves In Teaching In India

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Kyle Robinson, a senior at Drury, returned last week from a 4-month trip through Asia, 2 months of which he spent teaching Indian schoolchildren at Ham Sheela Model School in Durgapor.

Twenty other Drury students also visited the school, and though their visit was abbreviated compared to Robinsons, all students had the experience of teaching in a foreign country.

The other students only got to teach at HSMS for a week as part of a study abroad program over the 2004-2005 winter term, but they were also able to travel to other parts of India and Thailand before returning to Springfield.

Of the students who went on the trip, five were of the School of Education and Child Development. Regina Garrison was one such and said of her experience at HSMS, I personally came away from this trip with a greater idea of the culture and the people within the culture, specifically in the school setting, Garrison said.

HSMS is a coeducational English medium school and includes grades K-12. The primary school was inaugurated by Dr. Moore in 1995, and the school as a whole has been a sister school of Drury since 2001. Drurys own Drs. Rabindra N. and Protima Roy sponsored the trip and are Founder-President and Vice President of the school respectively, though the day-to-day operations are handled by HSMSs principal and vice principal.

HSMS, like most schools in India, emphasizes science over humanities, and the children learn to speak English very early in life, often at the age of 3. In fact, children are not allowed to speak the native languages of Bengali and Hindi in the school.

If you want to do well in India, you have to speak English, Robinson said.

Robinson, a chemistry/psychology major who plans to attend medical school in the fall, taught biology to 7th graders and chemistry to 8th graders during his stay. In his 7th grade biology classes, he covered such topics as the nervous systems of plants and animals, as well as neurotransmission.

The science they do in 7th grade is far more advanced than what we do here, but the English and Humanities they do there is far below what we do, Robinson said. Its kind of a lopsided education.

However, HSMS is innovative in that the school attempts to take the best from both the Indian and American education systems.

HSMS is also somewhat unique in the fact that the students at the school are diverse in terms of their economic status; students range from being literally dirt poor to being fairly affluent. Robinson said that the less wealthy students are often aided by scholarships, and the school is generally open to any students who qualify, regardless of social or economic status. The school does, however, have high standards in terms of academic achievement and ability.

Overall, HSMS made me think that my change to an education major was the right decision and the school made me think very highly of the educational system in India. Maybe some day I will go back to HSMS to teach again, Katherine Easterly, a participant in the program, said.

John Cazort, another participant in the program, was also impressed with the Indian school.

I was overwhelmed with raised hands during this lesson, though not to ask for help. The raised hands were an attempt to get my attention… the children were so proud of their work that they wanted to show me their newly created web pages, he said.

Though Robinson stated, travelling through Asia is just a broadening experience in general, he did admit that his favourite part of the trip was the teaching experience.

Ive been on the receiving end of the educational system for so much of my life, he said, and for the first time in my life I had the opportunity to give back to the system Ive taken from for so many years.

The Drs. Roy hope to continue this study abroad program for Drury students in the future, and perhaps even implement a similar program in Volos, Greece.

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Imperial College London to Become Independent University

According to news reports Imperial College London is to become an independent university on July 8 next year, its 100th birthday. It decided to withdraw from the University of London in December and the date was confirmed at a meeting of its ruling council on July 14. However, Imperial said that its staff and students would continue to use the University of Londons Senate House Library.

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