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Podar International School, Mumbai, recently organised a seminar on the University of CIE curriculum

Cambridge Curriculum
The Podar International School, Mumbai, recently organised a seminar on the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) curriculum, to raise awareness regarding the benefits of being a CIE registered school. In view of the growing demand for international education, principals of 25 schools participated to better understand the Cambridge International Primary Programme, the Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme, Cambridge IGCSE and International A/AS Levels, as well as the support that CIE provides its schools in terms of professional develop- m e n t , endorsed resources and online courses.

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Amity International Business School held organises a Corporate Meet- 2007 at Noida

Amity organises Corporate Meet
Amity International Business School held a Corporate Meet- 2007 at Noida, where eminent personalities from the corporate and academic world are invited for an informal interaction with students and faculty. Representatives of ABB Limited, Cadbury India Ltd., Abhishek Industries Ltd. (Trident Group), ABN Amro Bank, CNN-IBN, IBN7 CTV18 Network and Computer Science Corporation India Pvt. Ltd., among others attended the programme.

Falling Enrolments Shrink Public Education

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Comprehensive public schools are already bearing the burden of declining student numbers and have increased their share of disadvantaged children, a report for the State Government says.

The decline was likely to accelerate the drift to private schools and slash the public school secondary enrolment share to as low as 57 per cent by 2020.

A State Government advisory committee, the Public Education Council, predicts there will be surplus public school buildings, closures and amalgamations as all schools compete for students.

Public secondary education is now at a critical juncture, the report said. With an enrolment share of 62.9 per cent in 2004, declining underlying demographics and with a continuing drift to non-government schools, the viability of many public high schools will be increasingly tested.

Within three years the … secondary school-aged population in NSW is projected to commence a sustained downward trend.

Some public comprehensive high schools had lost so many students they can no longer offer sufficient curriculum choice to attract bright students.

High school enrolments could fall by 4 to 7 per cent, reducing the states 1.1 million school-age population by up to 85,000 within 15 years.

The councils report, Building on Strong Foundations, says if public schools fully absorbed the enrolment decline their share of primary school students would fall from 70.6 per cent to between 60 and 64 per cent. Public high schools could have their 62.9 per cent enrolment share fall to 57 per cent.

This raised the prospect of government funding being diverted from teaching and learning into maintaining under-utilised school buildings when the current condition of many public schools in NSW falls below what would be expected by many parents and communities.

The State Governments experimentation with different school models to increase parental choice within the public system had backfired on comprehensive high schools.

Structural changes by successive Liberal and Labor governments – such as dezoning, more selective high schools, specialist schools and multi-campus colleges – had little impact in stopping the exodus to private schools, the report found.

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Dubai-based entrepreneur to help educate Indian kids

A Dubai-based entrepreneur has supported an initiative meant to provide basic education to 100 million children in India. Sunny Varkey, Chairman and Founder of GEMS Education, which runs an expanding network of 75 international schools worldwide, was the lead sponsor of Pratham Gala, a charity dinner hosted in London on September 28 to garner funds for the Read India initiative. A Mumbai NGO, Pratham, launched Read India to improve the lives of disadvantaged children.

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HBS in conjunction with the HBS, IRC has announced plans to offer its first executive education programme in India

Executive Programme
The Harvard Business School (HBS) in conjunction with the HBS India Research Centre (IRC) has announced plans to offer its first executive education programme in India. The first of its kind, Building a Global Enterprise in India will be taught by HBS senior faculty and is specially designed for senior executives from India. The programme is based on 10 years of extensive research in India and uses cases tailored to the specific needs of companies operating in India and incorporates examples from companies in the region that have addressed similar challenges facing Indian companies today.

It will run from February 10-15, 2008, and will take place at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre. Applications are due by January 14,2008.

University of Sheffield Lost 45m nursing contract

The University of Sheffield has lost a 45m nurse training contract to its neighbour Sheffield Hallam after a row with the local health authority. The university had bid to continue the contract to educate more than 2,100 nurses and midwives over three years from 2006 which has provided preregistration training for the past 10 years.

But when the South Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority (SYSHA) decided to split the training between the citys two universities, Sheffield University reacted by announcing it would phase out preregistration training altogether after this years intake.

Yesterday, the health authority awarded the entire contract to Sheffield Hallam. About 200 academic staff at the old university, who had been shocked and stunned by the unexpected loss of the contract, will now transfer to Sheffield Hallam.

A delighted Sheffield Hallam, which opened a 16m new faculty of health and wellbeing in May, said nurses would be trained alongside social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, diagnostic radiographers, radiotherapists, paramedics, biomedical scientists and sport and exercise scientists.

Alan Wittrick, chief executive of the health authority, said it would be working with both universities to ensure a smooth transition. The authority oversees the health of 1.3 million people in an area including the city, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley and is increasing the number of nurses in training by 5%. Existing students will complete their courses and receive University of Sheffield degrees.

Sheffield University will retain its graduate school of nursing, but has been left to lick its wounds over the loss of the lucrative preregistration contract.

Sources : Online Resources

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Birmingham University Shelters tornado victims

The University of Birmingham last night opened up one of its halls of residence to provide shelter for local residents forced out of their homes by a 130mph tornado. Around 100 people spent the night at the universitys Vale student halls of residence as the freak tornado swept across parts of the city.

Geoff Pringle, the universitys director of hospitality and accommodation, said that while most people were expected to vacate the halls today, the university is on standby to house people over the weekend.

Earlier this week, Birmingham was on standby to house people who had been evacuated from their homes following the terror raids in the city. Last year, when Birmingham ground to a standstill due to freezing temperatures, more than 250 residents slept overnight in university accommodation.

Sources : Online Resources

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G6 to provide quality services in the field of foreign education and coaching for Indian students

G6 for foreign education
Six educational institutes from the country and international study advisors have announced the formation of an exclusive strategic alliance called G6 to provide quality services in the field of foreign education and coaching for Indian students. These institutions include Planet Education, VIEC, Global Reach, Oceanic, Kangaroo Studies and Dilinger. The G6 body will now jointly work across their offices in the country to build synergies as a team in the business of quality foreign education.

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Tycoon’s help for students

YOUNG people from some of Scotlands most deprived areas are to get the chance of a university education thanks to a retail tycoon. Pupils from parts of Glasgow will have the opportunity to study law at Caledonian University with the help of a scholarship from businessman Paul Green.

The scheme will see Mr Green donate five bursaries each of 1,000 annually for the four-year bachelor of law degree – a total of 20,000. The scholarships are being piloted in Glasgow, with pupils from schools in the Drumchapel, Pollok and Parkhead areas eligible.

If it proves successful, the scheme could be rolled out in other parts of the country. Mr Green has been developing retail outlets across Glasgow for more than two decades.

Source : Online Resource

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First Foreign Investment In Israeli Education

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, a division of The Washington Post Company`s Kaplan Inc. has agreed to acquire Tel Aviv-based Kidum Group in the first major foreign investment in Israeli education, the companies said Wednesday. The companies declined to disclose the terms of the agreement.

Education services provider Kaplan has been on the acquisition trail over the last three years, expanding its reach in the United States and recently moving into Asia and Europe, and with its purchase of Kidum gains a stronghold in the Middle East market.

We are always on the lookout for strong businesses operating in healthy education markets, said John Polstein, president of Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions in an interview with The Jerusalem Post. With its strong management team, Kidum has been on our radar for some time now. Following approximately six months of negotiations, the two signed a definitive agreement last Wednesday which will go into effect in the next few weeks.

Kidum chairman Shai Reshef, who had full ownership of the group, told the Post that Kidum had been growing steadily for many years and that to continue to do so it needed stronger backing, which Kaplan could provide.

While Reshef said that he would not continue his involvement in the company, Polstein stressed that Kaplan had no plans to make any structural or managerial changes at Kidum.

Founded in 1981 on the basis of the Kaplan model, Kidum operates 48 centers throughout the country under the framework of its four subsidiaries: Kidum Test Prep, which provides preparation courses for psychometric and GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) exams, Lachman Test Prep for adults learning towards their matriculation, Publishing House with its line of text books used in the courses, and the Israeli franchisee of the Wall Street Institute School for learning English.

It has 900 employees and some 36,000 students, making it the largest for profit educational company in Israel.

New York-based Kaplan, which had revenues of over $1.1 billion in 2004, also operates in four divisions, those being Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, Kaplan Higher Education, Kaplan Professional and SCORE, offering higher education, professional training, test preparation, services for K-12 schools and after school learning programs.

Reshef said, however, that the similarities between Kaplan and Kidum extended beyond their operating activities. We were surprised at how good a fit the two companies are, he said. It`s rare to find a company which is operating in the same market and is so similar in its attitude towards its employees and students.

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Global Education Meet To Develop Educational Sector

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said a Global Educational meet would be organised for the development of the education sector in the state.

The meet would focus on the new trends in the educational field and would try to focus on developing the state as the focal point of Higher Education, he told at the “Samanvayam“, a get-together of Keralites settled in other States.

He said the problems faced by Keralities settled in other states with regard to Railways would be taken up with the Railways Minister and the Southern railway officials.

The NORKA cell in New Delhi would be developed, he said and added the same would be started in Mumbai after the completion of the Kerala House there.

Delegates, mostly from Gulf, the United States and European countries, participated in the two-day “Samavayam“ meet which concluded yesterday.

The “Samanvayam“, a get-together of Keralites settled in other States took place today and “Samagamam,“ a meeting of Keralites returned from abroad, would be held tomorrow.

Tourism Minister K C Venugopal, NORKA-ROOTS chairman M M Hassan were present among others.

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Education, health care, taxes expected to highlight ’05 General Assembly

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

During the campaign leading up to the November 2004 general election, issues like health care, education and taxation were listed as major concerns by the local candidates.

When the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives convene the 2005 session Wednesday, it will be time to take action on those issues. Saline County`s freshman lawmakers, Sen. Bill Stouffer and Rep. Joe Aull, did not prefile any bills for the term but many their peers did so.

In the Senate alone, more than 30 bills have been filed dealing with education. Among those are bills altering the state`s education funding formula and creating a tax credit for teachers` out-of-pocket expenses as well as several changing the way state gambling proceeds go to schools.

The House will look at similar bills and others, including those that would eliminate the requirement that instruction in public schools about human sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases include discussion of contraception methods, allow school districts to adopt income and sales taxes upon voter approval and require school districts to run their own summer school to be eligible for summer school add-on in state financial aid.

In addition, freshman Rep. Nathan Cooper, R-Cape Girardeau, has submitted a constitutional amendment that would prevent future governors from reducing approved education spending as a way to keep the overall state budget in balance.

Senate health care bills deal with a wide variety of issues ranging from abortion to immunization. One bill would create a tax credit for organ donors.

The House will look at health care bills that seek to establish the Missouri Universal Health Assurance Program to provide a publicly financed, statewide insurance program for all Missouri residents, require health insurers to offer optional coverage for recognized treatments for morbid obesity and close the drug benefit coverage gap that was created due to the enactment of the Medicare Act of 2003.

In looking at taxation, the Senate will consider bills that exempt military pensions from state taxes, modify the state sales tax holiday and adjust the motor fuel tax for inflation.

House tax bills include those that would allow certain taxpayers with hardships to pay real property taxes in monthly or quarterly installments, exempt property used for charitable purposes from property tax and impose an adult entertainment tax.

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Harvard, Carnegie Interns At Infosys

Forty students from foreign universities arrived at the Infosys Technologies campus today for a hands-on experience of the firms business delivery model.

Another 60 will soon join the global internship programme InStep to work over the next eight to 24 weeks on projects ranging from application development to business consulting, education and research. The students from Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard Business School, London Business School, MIT, and the Asia Institute of Management will get a glimpse of software services and solutions in Infosyss development centres across the world.

Through InStep, we provide an opportunity to introduce students from top business, liberal arts and technical academic institutions, to Infosys and India. It plays an important role in putting into action our management philosophy, Nandan Nilekani, the CEO and managing director of Infosys, said at the induction ceremony.

Nilekani said this internship was the largest such institutionalised global programme in India and is aimed at displaying technological prowess and a successful business delivery model. For years, students from India have been aspiring for internships in US companies. Now, an increasing number of students from across the world are coming to India to understand our business model, he said.

As the centre of financial and business diffuses, acquiring experience with a foreign, world-class company such as Infosys Technologies permits students to adapt with the changing global environment, said Brianna Dieter from Smith College, the US.

Living in India definitely adds value to the internship experience. Geoffrey Gelman of Harvard Business School said he was drawn to Infosys because of an ongoing debate in the US on the growing role of India in the world economy.

I wanted to investigate this trend first hand and gain international experience by working at a leading IT company headquartered in India. I am excited to be here as it gives me an opportunity to learn how Infosys emerged as a global software major.

The 100 interns were selected from over 9,000 applicants this year.

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IIIT Intends Distance Education Centres

International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) has submitted a proposal for consideration with the Andhra Pradesh government, to establish Distance Education campuses in different parts of the state.

The campuses are projected to be opened in Vijayawada, Warangal, Visakhapatnam, and Tirupati among others.

According to a press release, the proposal to this effect was placed before Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy by Raj Reddy, professor of Carnegie Mellon University USA, who is associated with the IIIT at Hyderabad. These centres are proposed under private-public partnerships.

The proposal is expected to take a final shape by January 2006 and the construction of these facilities would be over by 2010, the press release said.

As per the proposal submitted to the government, the selections would be made for 20 per cent of the students in all engineering colleges. Of these, only those students who successfully complete the intensive two-month IT workshop would be eligible to join the IIIT Distance Education campuses.

The expected annual intake at each campus would be around 4,000 students, which will work out to a total of between 12,000 to 16,000 students by the year 2010, the press release said.

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USEFI, in collaboration with the IIE, Hong Kong, is organising a US University Fair

USEFI fair
The United States Educational Foundation in India(USEFI), in collaboration with the Institute of International Education (HE), Hong Kong, is organising a US University Fair in New Delhi on Thursday, October 4, 2007, from 1.30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at USEFI, 12 Hailey Road, New Delhi-1. Admission is free. Representatives from 23 US universities will be participating in the fair and will offer detailed information about their institutions and programmes. For more details, please call at 42090978.

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10 Indian-American Students Chosen As Presidential Scholars

Ten Indian American students are among the 141 outstanding American high school seniors have been named as the 2005 Presidential Scholars.

The 2005 Presidential Scholars will be honoured for their accomplishments in academics or the arts, for their leadership, character and civic contributions that were judged during the programme`s national recognition events in Washington DC.

Broad academic achievement, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of leadership, community service and demonstrated commitment to high ideals were the basis of their selection.

The Indian American students chosen for this prestigious honour are Aman I Kumar, California; Suguna P Narayan, Colorado; Arvind R Nagarajan, Michigan; Anish Mitra, Nebraska; Veena Venkatachalam, New Jersey; Dhruv Maheswari, New Jersey; Vivek Viswanathan, New York; Anuraag A Chigurupati, Ohio; Kanya Balakrishna, Tennessee and Shaily Pandey, Virginia.

A 28-member Commission appointed by President George W Bush made the final selection from a pool of 500 semifinalists.

The 141 winners include one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from US families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at large and 20 Scholars in the Arts, US Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings, said while announcing the list.

The President and I are proud of these special young men and women and we want to ensure that all high schools students have the opportunity to succeed as these scholars have.

Over 5,000 of the nation`s top students have been honoured as Presidential Scholars since this prestigious programme`s was founded 41 years ago

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NRI Funds India’s First IPR School

NRI Vinod Gupta, who has funded a string of educational institutes in India, is investing $2-2.5 million on setting up the country`s first school on intellectual property rights (IPR).

The Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Law will be set up at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, from where Gupta graduated in 1967. The human resource development ministry has given its go-ahead.

The institute will provide world-class legal education in the intellectual property space, leading to post-graduate degrees in law and later doctorate programmes, Gupta, who is probably the only American Indian to stay overnight in the White House as a personal guest of former American president Bill Clinton, told reporters here.

With an annual intake of 150, the institute is expected to attract students from both within the country and abroad, Gupta added. Admissions will begin next July.

(The institute) will probably cost $2-$2.5 million initially, spread over two years. We expect the institute to be self-sustaining in two years, said Gupta, who chairs info USA, Inc., a $300 million company that deals with information databases for businesses and employs over 2,000 people across the US.

The Nebraska-based firm offers access to a database of 200 million consumers and 13 million businesses.

Intellectual property covers a gamut of issues ranging from patent laws and procedures, copyrights, information technology, intellectual property rights entrepreneurship and technology transfer.

I feel a huge need for intellectual property legal experts in India over the next few years. The US has over 100,000 lawyers specialising in IPR and here we barely have a thousand, said Gupta.

As we`re part of World Trade Organization and we`re producing all this new work, we have to protect it or these will be stolen, he added.

There is a tremendous demand for intellectual property lawyers both in India and abroad, and the new institute will provide a host of opportunities and create a pool of world-class lawyers for the growing Indian industry, IIT Kharagpur director Shishir Dube said.

The Vinod Gupta Charitable Foundation is setting up the institute. It established the Vinod Gupta School of Management at IIT Kharagpur in 1993 that produces about 120 management graduates annually.

The foundation established the Ram Rati Gupta Women`s Polytechnic, named after Gupta`s mother, at his home village of Rampur Maniharan in Uttar Pradesh, in 2000.

Clinton, during his visit to the village in 2002, had laid the foundation stone for the William Jefferson Clinton Science and Technology Centre that was inaugurated last month.

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New Zealand Education Fair in April

For the first time, the New Zealand education fair will be held in April, both in Delhi and Mumbai. The fair will be held on April 1-2; usually the fair is held in September.

Paul Vaughan, New Zealand trade commissioner to India, said: New Zealand as an education destination is witnessing tremendous growth. Student applications in January 2006 saw a 79%. increase and this is primarily due to the high education standards that we offer along-with internationally recognised qualifications and opportunity to enter at any level. Depending upon student response, from next year, the Embassy plans to organise the fair bi-annually (April and September) in other cities too. The fairs will address the needs of students wanting to apply for the July and February intakes, said Vaughan.

Around 21 education institutions will participate including all the universities, government-funded polytechnics, institutes of technology and a number of private technical education providers. These institutions are said to offer courses of study accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and are signatories to New Zealands mandatory Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International students.

In the Capital, the fan-will be held at the Oberoi Hotel from 11am – 5pm, and it will provide detailed information on diverse range of courses, eligibility requirements, fee structure, living costs and opportunities available.

(Online Resources)

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Principals of Texas to go Professional Development Training

Up to 300 principals from Texas schools will receive extensive professional development and mentoring. The pilot program is being launched with a primary goal to transform school leadership and, through this process, to improve student achievement, graduation rates and teacher retention in their schools.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has awarded APQC, a non-profit global resource for process and performance improvement, a grant for $3,314,501 to develop and implement a School Leadership Pilot Program (SLPP) for principals over the next 15 months. APQC will collaborate with the University of Houston-Victoria to deliver the program. The TEA grant requires the involvement of a business school at an institution of higher education to develop program course work that focuses on management and business training.

Working with principals of both academically acceptable and unacceptable schools, the program is designed to develop the leadership skills of existing and aspiring principals to affect organizational change, implement best practices and transform the learning community of a school to sustain continuous, measurable improvement. All principals of academically unacceptable campuses are required to attend the program. In addition, any principal or person interested in becoming a principal may apply for the program.

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Samadhan, an NGO dedicated to the service of children with intellectual disabilities from underprivileged celebrated its 25th anniversary

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Samadhan, an NGO dedicated to the service of children with intellectual disabilities from underprivileged homes, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Pramila Balasundaram, founder director – Samadhan, began the celebrations at the India International Centre by highlighting the milestones of he NGO and also briefly summarising the benefits of drama therapy for these children. Samadhan has also won the World Bank award for its innovative approach in providing services for children with mental handicaps living in low socio-economic areas, besides an award of recognition from Inclusion International.

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