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New Business School Launched

Joint venture of VMRF and Centennial College, Canada

CHENNAI: A business school, a joint venture of the Vinayaka Missions Research Foundation (VMRF) and the Centennial College, Canada, was launched here on Saturday.

Inaugurating the school, Canadian High Commissioner Lucie Edwards said that in the recent past there had been many mutually beneficial exchange programmes between institutions of both the countries. Many institutions in Canada were coming to India for collaboration, including engineering and science colleges, and vice-versa.

The collaboration between the VMRF and the Centennial College, she said, would benefit students of both the countries and go a long way in providing quality education to students here. The opportunity that these two colleges would give to students would make them professional in true sense.

Lucy Fromowitz, vice-president, Student Services, Centennial College, said the institution prepared students to work globally as it had tied up with GM Motors, Air Canada and other multi-national companies for hands-on training.

Vicki Bismilla, vice-president, Academic and Chief Learning Officer, Centennial College, said Canadian businesses were in need of skilled manpower conversant with the changes in a global economy.

Anna University Vice-Chancellor D. Viswanathan said there was a shortage of faculty, especially in management education. A majority of the postgraduate students in business administration studied through correspondence, and lacked quality. He hoped the school would improve the quality of business administration.

VMRF pro-Chancellor A.S. Ganesan said the school would offer flexible options to students, enabling them to start their course in Chennai and complete it in Canada. On completion of the course, they would be eligible for a two-year work permit in Canada and one year in Toronto

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Minister to speak at French B-school

Union Commerce Minister Kamal Nath is going to visit the ESCP-EAP campus in Paris during an official trip to France. At the B-school, the minister will speak on the reforms by Indian government, international commerce and globalisation.

US offered Some Top MBA (Finance) courses

I am planning to do a MBA with specialisation in finance from the US, but I am also looking for some good options like MS or MA in financial mathematics.

Some of the Top MBA (Finance) courses in the US are offered at Kellog, Wharton, Harvard, Duke, Michigan, Virginia, Columbia, Cornell, Chicago, Stanford.

NYU, University of Chicago, Stanford, Columbia have some of the best programs in Financial Mathematics. Please check them out to see if their offering matches your requirement.

Actually, there are many programs which have a curriculum similar to MS Financial Mathematics. MS Computational Finance is one of them. A few others that you might want to consider are MS Quantitative Finance, MS Financial Markets, MS Mathematical Finance, et al. Check out the Carnegie Mellon, IIT Stuart and Polytechnic University websites. They offer some good programs that you might find interesting.

Further to my answer on recruitment to the Judge Advocate Generals (JAG) Department on February 27,2006 in this column, I would like to add that both male and women candidates can join the department (although a separate notification is issued for recruiting males and females).

Moreover there is some good news for women aspirants. The Army Headquarters has decided to substantially increase the number of women officers in the JAG Department. Presently, the total sanctioned strength of officers in JAG is 216.

Selection: The Service Selection Board conducts an exacting screening process spread over Five days including group tests, psychological tests and interview. Make sure you are medically fit, as you wouldnt want to get so far and then be rejected on medical grounds.

While the training period for women is currently six-month (which is likely to go up to 11-month), women aspirants should refer to the June notification of Employment News under the Women Special Entry Scheme for eligibility criteria and other details.

For further information, contact Recruiting Directorate – (Officer Selection), Army HQ: West Block-Ill, R K Puram, New Delhi 110066.

(Online Resources )

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US institute to offer Master’s course in India

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

America`s Illinois Institute of Technology will offer Master`s course in three science subjects for working professionals and graduates from this academic year.

Illinois Institute, the first US university to set up a subsidiary in India in 1997, currently offers three masters degree courses: computer science in software engineering, software engineering and telecommunications and network engineering.

The architect of India`s telecom revolution Sam Pitroda will address 52 students at the institute`s graduation day in Bangalore on January 16.

Officials said 133 students have graduated in India since 1997 and 200 students in Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad are currently enrolled.

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Poor Chinese Students Granted Free Textbooks

Thursday, February 03, 2005

About 16 million Chinese primary and middle school students in poverty-hit regions will receive free textbooks and be exempted from miscellaneous charges this year, the government has announced.

The government also plans to provide subsidies to those resident students from needy families, officials from the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Education said.

Benefiting from this new policy, the total number of poor students receiving free textbooks across the country will reach 30 million this year, up from the 24 million in 2004.

From 2005 to 2007, the Chinese central government will arrange a special budget of about 22.7 billion yuan (USD 2.7 billion) for the education subsidies to poor students. This comes out to about 200 yuan (USD 24.1) for each primary student and 340 yuan (USD 40.9) for each junior middle school student per year.

According the schedule of the central government, the new policy should be fully implemented in all 592 poor counties by 2007 when education subsidies to each primary student and each middle school student will reach 400 and 540 yuan (USD 48.2 to 65.1).

A source with the Ministry of Finance said that China initiated the free textbook system, funded by the central government in 2001. The system covered 32 per cent of students from impoverished families in central and western China.

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Schools’ Dropout Remedy: Get Small

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

When the Los Angeles school district was confronted this week with news of alarmingly low graduation rates, officials from the superintendent on down offered their solution: small learning communities.

Those three words have become the reform of the moment in the nations second-largest school district, where troubled high schools are a major focus. With scant evidence to prove it works in a large, urban system, the Los Angeles Unified School District has embraced the concept that creating smaller schools within a school will improve large campuses.

We have to get smaller, said schools Supt. Roy Romer at a conference this week to address the problem of high school dropouts. We have to get more personal in our education experience.

After successes in elementary schools, where test scores have been steadily rising, Romer now must deal with the districts 56 high schools, particularly the underperforming schools with the lowest graduation rates. Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, districts must raise achievement levels or face sanctions.

A Harvard University study released this week showed that just 39% of Latinos and 47% of African American students in the district who should have graduated in 2002 managed to do so. Overall, the districts graduation rate was 45.3%, the report found.

In an effort to deal with troubled secondary schools, the Board of Education voted last fall to convert its 131 middle and high campuses into smaller schools of no more than 500 students each by 2009. And the board held a recent afternoon session solely to examine the districts troubled high schools.

But some experts question whether the district with its many challenges will be able to transform its existing high schools into substantially different programs.

Converting to small schools, said Pedro A. Noguera, a professor at New York Universitys Steinhardt School of Education and the director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, is a fairly complex process, and it typically takes time to pull it off. Youre not just changing the structure of schools. You are changing the structure in order to improve the teaching and the relationships between adults and kids.

Romer acknowledged that the districts accelerated timetable, which demands that all secondary schools begin their move to small learning communities in the next two to three years, was extreme.

But, he said, I cant wait that long. If you take whats happening in this city Ive got to risk the change being very, very rapid.

Most of the research on small schools has not focused on large campuses that have been divided up. It is one thing, educators and academics say, to make structural changes in buildings or changes at new schools; it is another to change the culture of existing schools.

Im real leery of creating smaller versions of what exist, said Steve Barr, founder of Green Dot Public Schools, which operates independently run but publicly financed charter schools. Barr also leads the Small Schools Alliance, which last month launched a $1.5-million campaign aimed at winning support for its version of education reform from L.A. Unified and the citys mayoral candidates.

Gary Orfield, director of Harvard Universitys Civil Rights Project and a coauthor of the recent graduation rate report, said school size was not as important as quality leadership.

Its not a simple formula, Orfield said. What it is about small schools that are good is you have a new principal, new teachers more human contact.

In the case of small high school campuses, Orfield said, money not research has been the driving force behind reform. In the last few years, hundreds of millions of private and public dollars have become available to school districts that convert large campuses.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has poured more than $730 million in the last five years into opening about 1,500 small high schools across the country schools that focus on more personalized attention, teacher training and more engaging programs.

So far, L.A. Unified has received about $1 million from the Gates Foundation as a start-up grant for its small learning communities. The district expects to join such other urban districts as New York City, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco, which have received tens of millions of dollars from Gates for small-school initiatives.

The U.S. Department of Educations Smaller Learning Communities Program has distributed nearly $300 million in grants to hundreds of districts since 2000.

Nineteen L.A. Unified schools have received funding from that program.

Several cities reform efforts are beginning to show some positive results. Five years ago, the Kansas City, Kan., Public School District placed secondary students in small, themed learning communities and paired teachers with individual students for an extended part of their school career. That program, called First Things First, has boosted student achievement, graduation and attendance rates, studies show.

But in other locations, schools have struggled with the practical problems inherent in forging innovation on such a large scale.

They have had problems hiring enough quality principals for the smaller learning communities; encountered strong resistance from teachers, administrators and sometimes students and parents; and often failed to make strong changes in instruction and curriculum.

In Los Angeles, officials are converting large high schools by forming smaller groups around a particular theme, providing a stronger academic curriculum and encouraging more parent participation.

As the district opens new secondary schools as part of its $14-billion building program, officials are attempting to keep these smaller groups separate from each other, placing science labs, for example, in each area.

We recognize that young people have always needed a great deal of support, said Fonna Bishop, the principal of Hollywood High School, which is attended by 3,200 students on staggered schedules. Its easy to get lost in the masses. Working and making the connection with the students can make such a difference.

So far, a handful of L.A. Unified high schools have undergone the transformation. Two high schools Locke and Polytechnic have separated their ninth-grade classes, housing them on separate parts of the campus. Monroe, Hamilton and Roosevelt high schools have completely divided into smaller communities.

Roosevelt has 13 small learning communities, focused on such themes as performing arts, environmental and social policy, and math, science and technology. Some elective classes still are taught together, and school sports draw students from all parts of the campus.

The move, said English teacher Ron Kendrick, who teaches in the Performing Arts group, has been a learning experience for everyone on the 4,600-student campus.

Everybody had to focus on the structure, getting the structure in place, said Kendrick. Thats a major hassle.

Focusing too much on structural changes, warned Tom Vander Ark, the executive director of education for the Gates Foundation, can be a pitfall for school site administrators who must also reform curriculum and instruction.

There are dozens of ways to get tripped up, said Vander Ark. The best situations appear to be when some decisions are simply made at the district level and other choices are left to local implementation.

L.A. school officials, said Barr of Green Dot charter schools, get intoxicated with the idea of small schools, but they still dont trust the stakeholders. They still dont believe in the kids, that they can all succeed.

In order for school reform to be successful, said Barr, the district must grant school sites more control over their budgets, have higher expectations for students, help teachers feel motivated and make parental involvement a premium.

You cant have two of those or three of those, he said. You have to have all of those. Just dividing schools up is not reform. Its lazy.

Next month, the Los Angeles Board of Education will consider a motion introduced by President Jose Huizar to incorporate some of those qualities into its school reform.

Romer said that Los Angeles high schools face the same challenges as the communities the district serves: immigrant populations, poverty, crime and violence.

Still, he said, We need to assume all of that as a responsibility, a challenge.

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Lloyds TSB has Become the first UK bank to launch a Islamic Student Account

Lloyds TSB has become the first UK bank to launch a student account specifically for Muslim undergraduates. According to a report in The Guardian, the account adheres to Islamic shariah law, which says that no interest can be paid or received on money and bans investment in certain industries such as alcohol or gambling.

Paul Sherrin, head of Islamic Financial Services at Lloyds TSB, said: This student account is the first to be designed with Muslims in mind. Britains two million-strong Muslim community is as young as it is fast-growing, with more than half under the age of 25, and many of these are studying. Until today, young Muslim students had no choice but to go against their beliefs by opening traditional bank accounts.

In accordance with these rules, money held in the accounts will be kept separate from other funds in the bank, which may be invested in unsuitable areas, and the account will not pay interest on credit balances, paid at 0.1% on standard student accounts, or charge interest on debit balances.

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More Public Funds For Compulsory Education

CHINA: China`s nine-year compulsory education system deserves applause if we consider the fact that it has been run with chronic funding shortages.

Official figures point to a 92 per cent attendance rate of compulsory education nationwide. Considering the vast country with unbalanced economic and social development, we may call it a great success.

This ostensible achievement, however, should not blind our eyes to the more deep-rooted problem of under funding.

Legislators are soliciting opinions from the public for the revision of the law on compulsory education. The core issue under discussion is just how to make sure enough funds be pooled to make up for the shortage.

People are not divided on whether we should increase compulsory education spending. They cannot find tenable arguments against it.

In 2003, the country invested 136.5 billion yuan (US$16.9 billion) in compulsory education, 47.6 billion yuan (US$5.87 billion) short of demand.

Meanwhile, the country`s fiscal spending on education accounted for 3.28 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) in 2003, significantly lower than world average of 4 per cent.

Last year, China`s GDP was 13.65 trillion yuan (US$1.68 trillion). If the education spending ratio could reach 4 per cent, an additional 98.28 billion yuan (US$12.1 billion), or two times the current gap in compulsory education, would become available.

However, increasing spending on compulsory education, while remaining on our wish list, can not become a reality if there is no enforceable law to guarantee it. Volatile promises are not what we can lay our trust in.

The laconic compulsory education law currently in force has vague stipulations that government at all levels shall guarantee the budget. It stops short of clarifying what happens if it is not guaranteed, and who should be held responsible for any failure.
One of the major tasks of the revised law should be to clear up the grey areas.

Whether the new version will become more binding and applicable in this respect will decide not only the efficacy of the law, but, in a sense, the future of China`s basic education a cause upon which the nation`s hopes hinge.

At present, governments at the county and township levels shoulder the bulk of the burden, or about 80 per cent, according to official surveys. The central and provincial governments are yet to play a bigger role in giving substantial fiscal support for compulsory education.

Since 1994, when China launched reform in the system of fiscal revenue allocation between central and local governments, the central coffers have had the better part of the national revenues.

And starting from 2003, the country began to spread a policy across the nation to scrap agricultural taxes and other rural fees, a move that has further weakened grass-roots governments` revenue ability to develop education.

The county- and township-level governments have shouldered a burden that is disproportionate to their fiscal strength.

Given the obvious gap, the revised law needs to stipulate clearer terms on the exact responsibilities and liabilities of central and provincial governments on developing compulsory education.

Fiscal resources are always limited and policymakers have to balance fiscal spending between various causes. But it is justified to increase investment in the underfed compulsory education system.

It is not only because we have not paid enough. Without high-caliber human resources, our development will become unsustainable

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US University Fair attracted a large number of students hoping to fulfil their foreign education dreams

US University Fair attracted a large number of students hoping to fulfil their foreign education dreams

Pragya Gupta, a Class X student from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya was quite enthusiastically involved in collecting information about her dream college at the recently held US University Fair. Gupta was among the hundreds and probably the youngest, of the students that flocked to the fair organised by The United States Educational Foundation in India (USEFI), in collaboration with the Institute of International Education (HE), Hong Kong. The event saw representatives from 17 US universities offering detailed information about their institutions and programmes. Parallel information sessions on higher education in the United States and student visas were also organised during the event.

Though on-the-spot admissions were not offered, this did not deter students who were seen thronging to the various university information desks, parents in tow. University representatives were quite pleased with the homework students had done about their study options in the US. I am planning to opt for the Commerce stream and venture into the world of business after completing my studies. I think that the United States provides a vast number of opportunities and the best possible environment to students studying there. The large number of Indians in the US will make life a little easy for me. I think that this fair has been very well organised and extremely informative, added Gupta.

Participating universities represented a wide geographical area in the US and included names like Alliant International University, New York University, Savannah College of Arts and Design, San Francisco State University and the University of Northern Iowa amongst others.

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Parents to babysit their suspended children

Parents should be forced to stay at home with their children if they are suspended from school, Tony Blair has said. The Prime Minister has told a government task force to consider whether the law should be strengthened to force parents to babysit suspended pupils to prevent them roaming the streets and beginning a life of crime.

Mr Blair, who meets the task force for the first time this afternoon, also wants it to consider whether the pupils should be compelled to do community service – such as helping in old peoples homes or cleaning up the environment.

His call has angered parents leaders, who say many people could not afford to leave work at a moments notice.

Latest figures show about 344,000 suspensions a year from school – involving 200,000 pupils. On average, each one lasts four days.

A Downing Street source said: There is no point in excluding them from the classroom for disruptive behaviour if they are then just going to hang around on street corners and get involved in antisocial behaviour. Parents have a direct role to play in tackling this issue. Mr Blair will tell the group that it should consider strengthening parents orders to compel them to stay with their suspended children.

Margaret Morrissey, spokeswoman for the National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations, said that the idea was ridiculous. She said: I think weve just got to get realistic about this. How does it help if the parent is forced to give up work and cant pay the mortgage or buy food for the table? People cant just take time off work and have no income. There seems to be an assumption here that – if a child is disruptive – the parent is probably not working and thats not the case. She said she could see some possibilities in the plan to compel suspended pupils to take part in community work, but added: For every one child who is helped by that, there could be others who would be seen as frightening to the people they were trying to help.

The number of students applying to university this autumn has increased by 8.2 per cent. The figures, from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, show applications rising from 450,147 to 486, 915. The rise indicates that students are giving up their traditional gap year to avoid paying top-up fees. Students who enrol this September will be spared the 3,000 charge.

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School Settles Suit Over Fake Diplomas

Monday, March 21, 2005

Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer announced a $500,000 settlement Friday of a civil suit against a Huntington Park-based adult school accused of giving immigrants bogus high school diplomas after a 10-week course that cost hundreds of dollars.

The suit, filed in August, alleged that California Alternative High School had preyed on immigrants` aspirations with false claims that the program was recognized by state and federal authorities, would qualify graduates for college and would help them win higher-paying jobs. In fact, the school`s diplomas were worthless, the complaint said.

Investigators found that unqualified instructors were teaching immigrants that there were 53 states in the union, four branches of government and two houses of Congress, one for Republicans and one for Democrats. The school claimed to have graduated thousands from its 26 California locations and sites in at least four other states.

“Hundreds went to get an education and only got a lesson in greed,” Lockyer said, calling the school a “very serious ring of immigrant fraud.”

The settlement, which still requires a judge`s approval, would permanently prohibit the defendants — school founder Daniel Gossai and his wife Janet — from claiming to operate a high school, offering high school diplomas or claiming their program is recognized by any government agency.

If approved, it will conclude a two-year investigation into the school by the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs, the attorney general`s office and local law enforcement. Attorneys general in Nebraska, Iowa, Arizona and Nevada have also filed suits against Gossai and the school.

In an interview, Gossai said he settled the case because he had run out of money for his defense. He maintained he has done nothing wrong, and said his school gave impoverished immigrants education and hope.

“This is a miscarriage of justice,” he said. The attorney general is “preventing the disadvantaged from improving their lives.”

Gossai added that he knew of dozens of other schools in California offering similar diploma programs that had not been prosecuted, including some founded by former California Alternative High School teachers. “Four of them separated from me and started schools based on my model,” Gossai said. “I`m distressed that we`re applying the laws unequally.”

Lockyer said $400,000 of the settlement will go to victims; the rest is penalties and reimbursement to investigating agencies. About 600 graduates have already filed complaints with the Department of Consumer Affairs, and officials encouraged others to come forward.

Juana Yepez and her husband, Jose, saved for months to afford the $600 each for the course that promised them a high school diploma and a chance to get ahead in life. Some days there wasn`t enough milk for the baby, Yepez said, so Jose took a second job cleaning city parks to make ends meet.

The sacrifice was worth it when Yepez — wearing a cap and gown she was required to rent — was handed the diploma by Gossai last year. The unemployed mother of three, who said she worked 14 years in a factory until the fumes made her sick, would now be able to apply for her dream job: a custodian cleaning classrooms at city schools.

“The diploma represented everything,” Yepez, a naturalized citizen, said in Spanish. “It meant going to work in a school, and perhaps getting an easier job after that.”

But when she submitted the diploma with her application, she said, “they handed it back and said it wasn`t worth anything…. I felt defrauded and humiliated.”

Dozens of Los Angeles churches helped recruit students for the school`s classes and received a percentage of the proceeds, investigators found. Yepez said she was still suspicious of the church where she took the class, which demanded upfront payment in cash. Relatives of the pastor were teaching the classes, she said.

Investigators said they had no evidence to suggest the churches were involved. “We believe they were duped just as much as the students were,” said Michele Van Gelderen, the lead attorney with the attorney general`s office.

The case has exposed a loophole in state regulation of private education, officials said.

Gossai himself is quick to point out that the state has no authority to regulate private schools and accreditation is voluntary. He says he plans to reopen his program by calling the facilities alternative schools rather than alternative high schools.

“This is not going to stop me,” Gossai said. “This cannot stop God`s mission.”

A year after receiving her diploma, Yepez has found only part-time work cleaning public parks and says she still dreams of working for the school district. She is taking English classes at a local adult school that charges $1 per semester.

“Here I have to study hard and do the homework,” she said.

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India, China To Hold Talks On Recognising Degrees

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

New Delhi and Beijing agreed to start consultations on mutual recognition of academic certificates and degrees. They also agreed to establish a steering committee on scientific and technological cooperation to be chaired by the two Ministers of Science and Technology.

The two sides agreed to further promote the cooperation in the spheres of education, science and technology, healthcare, information, tourism, youth exchange, agriculture, dairy development sports and other fields on the basis of mutual benefit and reciprocity, a joint statement said.

The statement also referred to the dangers posed by terrorism. The two sides, aware of the threats posed by terrorism to the peace and security of the two countries and the whole world, resolutely condemn terrorism in any form. The struggle between the international community and global terrorism is a comprehensive and sustained one, with the ultimate objective of eradication of terrorism in all regions.

This requires strengthening the global legal framework against terrorism. Both sides noted the positive outcome of the meetings held so far of their bilateral dialogue mechanism on counter-terrorism and agreed to further strengthen and consolidate their discussions and cooperation. It was agreed to hold the next meeting of the dialogue mechanism on counter-terrorism later this year, it said.

It added: Aware of their linked destinies as neighbours and the two largest countries of Asia, both sides agreed that they would, together, contribute to the establishment of an atmosphere of mutual understanding, trust and cooperation in Asia and the world at large, and facilitate efforts to strengthen multilateral coordination mechanisms on security and cooperation.

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US Students To Explore India’s Rural Art Forms

From now onwards, Students from American universities are going to avail the unique opportunity to learn about India`s diverse art forms, music and artistry as part of a project sponsored by the tourism ministry.

Under the `Rural and Gurukul` tourism scheme, the ministry will invite to India, students who are keen to live in selected villages for a period of one year and learn the unique skills from the artists, Tourism Minister Renuka Choudhury told.

The uniqueness of our rural life is what appeals to the world. The villagers have amazing skills and US students have shown a lot of interest to learn them, she said.

We are trying to put our traditional skills to the US universities as a package, wherein students can come, live in our model villages in the gurukuls and learn the fine skills from the villagers.

The ministry is in negotiations with a number of universities and institutes in the US.

We are talking to a number of universities in the US including Indiana University and some other institutes in Lumington. The whole idea is to share our unique skills with those interested in learning and mastering these art forms, she said.

Authorities believe that these visits of `special guests` would also lead to more job opportunities and promotion of local art, handicrafts and culture.

Our villages have tremendous potential and can very well portray the incredible India. This scheme will not only benefit the local community economically but also help the art forms reach other parts of the world, Choudhury said.

The ministry has already selected 50 model villages across the country that would serve as knowledge hubs for the students. A sum of Rs. 5 million has been sanctioned to each of these villages for infrastructure development, which includes improvement of roads, maintenance of the sewerage system and accommodation for the tourists.

For providing better hospitality to these `special students`, the government has decided to run a project with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to train the locals in hospitality-related aspects such as lodging, cuisine and guiding.

The Indian tourism industry earned record revenue of Rs.55 billion ($1.2 billion) last year. There were 3.3 million tourists to the country.

While there was 27 percent growth in the number of tourist inflow, the growth in terms of revenue was 36 percent last year.

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Blair Says Education Is Key

Monday, April 11, 2005

Tony Blair has kicked off his election tour of Britain with a major speech on education.

Mr Blair told an audience at Trimdon Constituency Labour Club in his Sedgefield constituency that education is a major dividing line between Labour and the Conservatives.

Before he delivered his speech, local party members went through the formality of re-adopting Mr Blair as the partys Parliamentary candidate for the constituency, where at the 2001 General Election he amassed a majority of 17,713.

Mr Blair told his audience that education had been the key to transforming the prospects of people in the constituency and across the country in the years since he entered Parliament in 1983.

He laid out 10 points on the state of the education system which Labour inherited from the Tories, 10 points about the reforms which Labour have introduced and 10 points about how he sees education developing in the future.

Mr Blair pledged that if re-elected the Labour government would increase spending on education as a percentage of national income.

Accompanied by his wife Cherie, the Prime Minister told his audience that Labours education agenda was about providing opportunity for all, rather than a privileged few.

Education has been, is, and will be the driving mission of a new Labour government: to give our children, I mean all our children, not just those at the top, the best chance to succeed, he said.

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Danfoss International Art Award for students

Danfoss, a Danish mechanical and electronic components and solutions company, announced the launch of an international art award for students of visual arts, design or architecture. To be evaluated by an internationally renowned jury, the total prize money for the competition is 1,00,000 euros. Students may submit photos of their artwork with a descriptive text in English via the homepage by September 7. The jury is going to select a number of works, which will be physically submitted for final evaluation.

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IFCS has decided to form an international Secretarial Standards Board

IFCS to form a Secretarial Standards Board
International Federation of Company Secretaries (IFCS) has decided to form an international Secretarial Standards Board. The Board will formulate international secretarial standards to spread good corporate governance discipline across national borders. With institutes from Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Pakistan as founder members, IFCS is making rapid strides in promoting company secretaries profession at the global level. Under Mohammed Sanuallah, the newly elected President, it has decided to establish the Board.

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Upto two scholarships offering a 25% fee reduction are available for students applying for full-time, non-clinical and undergraduate programmes

Upto two scholarships offering a 25% fee reduction are available for students applying for full-time, non-clinical and undergraduate programmes

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To apply: Application forms for this award will automatically be sent to students holding an offer of a place at the university for an undergraduate programme.

Submission: The closing date for applications is Friday, May 4, 2007.

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Wen Assures Greater Student Exchange With India

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Tuesday agreed to allow more Indians to study in his country if New Delhi reciprocated the gesture.

We can further increase the quota for Indian students to study (under a new official arrangement) in China. But India should do the same for Chinese students, Wen said, replying to a question after addressing students of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) here.

Wen had Monday said he would invite 100 Indian students every year to visit China to experience the development in his country.

Indian students are, however, free to pay and join Chinese universities, 23 of which are currently here wooing Indians to pursue higher education in that country.

I am a student of textile technology. What has your government done to ease regulations for students to visit China? Abhinav, who gave only one name, had asked the Chinese premier.

This prompted Wen to give an assurance of increasing the quota for student exchanges.

The Chinese premier`s four-day India visit concluded with the interaction at the institute.

There is an established trend that if one studies in IIT, one should only head to the US or Europe. But we hope this will change after the Chinese prime minister`s visit, said Amit, an IIT student.

What has prevented students from exploring opportunities in China is the lack of information. The language barrier has also compounded the situation, he said.

When Nidhi, a third-year electrical engineering student, asked Wen whether China will set up institutions like IITs, the Chinese premier replied: We have a very advanced higher education system with over 2,000 institutions and 20 million students.

But I understand your question and acknowledge the fact that IIT is a world-class institution, Wen said.

Wen said Indian software engineers could complement the Chinese hardware sector and the two together could develop their own intellectual property rights.

Each announcement of Wen that hinted at greater India-China cooperation was received with clapping by the students and the academicians.

We are prepared to open our doors for students (including Chinese) if they are prepared to contribute to the development of our country, the IIT Delhi registrar, Col. (retired) Rajendra Singh, told.

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Indian Tutors Globally In Demand

DURBAN: After Britain and the US, now South Africa, faced with a shortage of mathematics and science teachers, is planning to recruit skilled tutors from India in these fields.

Minister of Education in the Western Cape Province of the country, Cameron Dugmore, made the proposal in the wake of concerns that highly qualified mathematics and science teachers had left the profession over the past 11 years.

Most of the teachers had either taken packages or had migrated to countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Canada, or the UK. Dugmore said among his plans were to recruit teachers from countries such as India where there was an abundance of well-qualified mathematics, science and technology teachers.

Some educationists in KwaZulu-Natal have welcomed the proposal, where theres an acute shortage of mathematics and science teachers especially among the African population

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Derby University, UK,Launched An Interactive e-Learning Programme

The Derby University, UK, has recently launched an interactive e-learning programme, Plato (Plagiarism Teaching Online) to help prevent plagiarism and is available to purchase as a site licence by other universities. The software is based on the premise that if students were made aware of what constitutes plagiarism, it could be prevented. Warwick University has become the first institution to pay a one-off fee for a site licence to use Plato.

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