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Australian Trade Commission and AEI are sponsoring a nationwide exhibition on Australian education

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The Australian Trade Commission and Australian Education International (AEI) are sponsoring a nationwide exhibition on Australian education from September 5-21. The event, hosted by IDP education, will see representatives from over 40 educational institutions in Australia interact with students at New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Kathmandu. Says Henry Ledlie, director, IDP India, “The USP of the exhibition is the interview programme, which offers live interaction with university representatives, on-the-spot admissions and even waivers on fees. Aspirants need to pre-register which is for free and then attend the event, bringing along original academic documents and adequate number of photocopies.” In Delhi, the event will be on September 8, at The Grand, Vasant Kunj, 1030-5pm.

No Unesco Funds For India

Stung by criticism from Unesco and other foreign funding agencies at various platforms for failure to achieve targets and implement policies on education, the government today asked these agencies to disburse their resources to least developed countries, which needed it more. At the general body meeting of the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with Unesco today, the Union minister of human resource development, Mr Arjun Singh, made it clear that India could afford to spend Rs 60-70 lakh that Unesco funded them every year for various projects on education.

Unesco has been criticising India for its failure to implement the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, a nationwide campaign to promote education amongst children. Mr Singhs predecessor, Mr Murli Manohar Joshi, had stated that the government would take financial aid from Unesco, but without any condition.

The regional director, Unesco, Mr Taufiq, said after the meeting that it was for India to decide whether they needed funds from them. An HRD official said: We get meagre funds from Unesco, but there is a lot of paper-work attached to it. There are many formalities like audits and other obligations to it, which has to be fulfilled. Moreover, we are criticised by these bodies and they like to keep us guarded all the time.

Mr Singh, however, stated that they were on good terms with Unesco. We are good partners and will cooperate in all respects, he said, but emphasised that, India is fast emerging as a nation willing to contribute more and more for programmes of benefit to the country and to the entire world especially the developing countries. This statement holds importance as it could sent signals to other funding agencies that India is self-reliant and will not look for them for small needs. The minister said Indian institutions were emerging as centres of excellence in different fields.

Mr Singhs deputy, Mr MAA Fatmi, said that madrasas have come up only at those places where the Muslim population do not have any access to schools or were schools were unaffordable.

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India To Host Imagine Cup 2006

India will host the 2006 Imagine Cup, an annual global competition held by Software Giant Microsoft that gives students an opportunity to showcase innovative concepts using technology to tackle emerging social issues.

Announcing the winners of the Imagine Cup 2005, held in Japan, S. `Soma` Somasegar, Microsoft`s Corporate Vice President of the Developer Division, said the next high profile competition would be held in India.

Next year`s competition would invite students to imagine a world where technology enables us to live healthier lives, said Somasegar, who also oversees Microsoft`s India Development Centre in Hyderabad.

Winners of the prestigious award this year were the team from Russia that demonstrated how music could bring people together.

At the finals in Yokohama, Japan, over 10,000 students from more than 90 countries competed in nine different categories.

And while the winners walked away with some serious cash, Somasegar said, all teams will walk away with great experiences, new friendships and quite possibly new opportunities to shape the world we live in through software.

The theme for this year`s competition, which is into its third year, was Breaking Down Boundaries. Students were encouraged to conceptualise technology solutions to help address emerging social issues.

Earlier, on his Web-blog, Somasegar said the Indian team was among his favourites. However, the team did not win any award this year.

(Among my favourites was) the team from my home country of India, which has developed a medical application that provides a one-stop resource for doctors to understand their patients` histories and communicate with other doctors in real time – among other things.

Doctors who have better data and peer access make better decisions faster; one day their application may literally be measured by the number of lives it saves, he said.

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Asia ahead of US in science and technology

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Increased competition for resources and recognition has changed the global landscape for science and technology and is closing the gap between the US and its Asian competitors such as India, China and South Korea.

Several foreign governments are strengthening their educational and research programs in order to be ahead of the pack, Diana Hicks, professor and chair of Georgia Institute of Technology`s School of Public Policy, said.

“The gap is closing between the United States and its Asian competitors such as India, China, South Korea, Japan, and Singapore,” she said at the American Chemical Society`s national meeting in San Diego, California.

Hicks presented several benchmarks at a symposium indicating trends in Asian research and development and their impact on US education and industry.

Thes included a bigger talent pool. The number of researchers in Asia has grown rapidly as more Asians, especially the Chinese, earn doctoral degrees. At the same time, the number of U.S. Citizens pursuing doctoral degrees has been decreasing, she noted.

In addition, the number of Asian students who study for doctoral degrees in the United States dropped 19 per cent in just four years, 1994 to 1998. That`s disturbing because those students had helped make up for the dearth of US-born students enrolled in science and engineering.

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US institute to offer Master’s course in India

Saturday, January 15, 2005

A delegation of West Bengal leaders and medical associations met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to seek his intervention in the matter pertaining to the admission of 69 non-resident India (NRI) medical students.

The admission of these NRI students is cancelled by a Supreme Court order.

Trinamool Congress Chief Mamta Banerjee led the delegation along with Indian Medical Association`s National President Sudipto Roy. They alleged that the West Bengal government has done nothing to help the NRI students come out of the crisis.

The students on the other hand are continuing with a peaceful agitation and relay hunger-strike, but some of them have fallen ill.

“The students have been thrown out of Govt medical colleges in the middle of a session,” said Roy, urging the Prime Minister to save their academic career.

The Trinamool Congress chief also handed over a cheque for Rs 3.25 lakh as her party`s contribution to PM`s relief fund for tsunami victims.

She said also handed over a cheque for Rs one lakh, a part of sale proceeds from the auction of her paintings.

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According to Recent Research,UK : Female Lecturers More Likely To Freeze

According to recent research in the UK, female lecturers are more likely to freeze or become incoherent as compared to their male colleagues while presenting academic papers. It was found that women are usually intimidated by the audience and by the perceived ‘masculinity’ of public speaking. Male respondents in contrast are more confident and did not suffer from similar performance anxiety.

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Report cards show struggles of Colorado college students

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

College go on to graduate and one in five who enter a community college earn an associate`s degree or certificate, according to a new report card from the state.

The rate measures the number of students who graduate within six years from a four-year school or three years from a two-year school. Transfer students are included.

The report cards no longer compare colleges or how the schools do against a set of state standards. They also do not include information on how students perform on licensure exams and will no longer impact a school`s funding.

The Legislature and Colorado Commission on Higher Education decided to tone down the more comprehensive reports in favor of negotiating “performance contracts“ with each individual school. The reports show: Among four-year colleges in 2003-2004, the statewide graduation rate dipped to 54.9 percent from the prior school year`s 55.1 percent, according to the state. Among two-year schools, the rate dipped to 20.1 percent from 21.5 percent.

Only two schools reported graduation rates higher than 50 percent: the University of Colorado at Boulder (68 percent) and Colorado State University in Fort Collins (62 percent). Northern Colorado was No. 3, at 47 percent.

All the state`s remaining schools reported rates below 40 percent, including CU schools at Denver (39 percent) and Colorado Springs (35 percent). Other schools and their six-year graduation rates included CSU-Pueblo (33 percent); Western State (31 percent); Fort Lewis (31 percent); Adams State (30 percent); Mesa State (28 percent); and Metro State in Denver (20 percent).

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US Scholarship Awarded To 35 Indian Students

Thirty-five school students from across India have nabbed the golden opportunity to fly to the US this week to study there for a year on a scholarship.

The US mission here, on Monday announced its funding of the high school students for a year in American schools, beginning this week, as part of a programme to boost people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

Robert O` Blake, charged affairs in the US embassy here, Monday lauded the students from Delhi, Pune and Ahmedabad selected to travel to the US for the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) programme.

While this is the third year of the YES programme, which aims to fund 675 students during the 2005-06 academic year, it is the first time Indian students have been selected for it.

In that sense, you are the pioneers. Let me hope that I get to hear from you after you come back, Blake told the excited students.
People-to-people contact is what makes the difference and provides the perfect platform for the relationship between two countries, Blake told.

They are all so excited and happy and will surely become goodwill ambassadors for this country (India).

During their stay in the US, the students – most of them in their teens – will attend American high schools, reside with host families, participate in social and cultural activities, develop leadership skills and inform Americans about life in India.

I always wanted to go abroad for my higher studies. I thought I would get the chance only after college. This came as a total surprise, said a gleaming Aditya Narayanan, 16, a student of Kendriya Vidyalaya at Andrews Gunj here.

Abhishek Anerao, 15, a student of Saraswati Secondary School at Thane in Maharashtra, too had similar sentiments. I am so excited. I am looking forward to learning about new cultures. To stay in the US is going to be a huge learning experience.

Funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the US Department of State, the YES scholarship covers all costs associated with the programme including recruitment, pre-departure activities, international travel and placement of students in home-stays.

American Field Service International, a US-based NGO is administering the YES programme in partnership with the US embassy.

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Students Too Can Be Members Of Who’s Who Organization

Friday, April 01, 2005

Eastern students have the opportunity today to be recognized for being campus leaders.

Applications are due today for inclusion in the book 2004-2005 Whos Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

To qualify, a student must have completed 60 or more credit hours, have a 3.0 or better GPA and be nominated by an Eastern administrator, faculty or staff member.

Each year, Eastern joins more than 2,300 institutions of higher learning across the country in nominating those upperclassmen whose academic standing, participation in extracurricular activities and community service are decidedly above average, said Student Life Director Ceci Brinker.

Between 30 and 40 Eastern students apply each year on average. Those selected by the Student Life Office receive a congratulatory letter, a certificate and recognition in the book.

The national Whos Who program was created in 1934 to further the aims of higher education by rewarding and recognizing individual academic excellence on a national level, its motto says.

Applications are available and can be returned to the Student Life Office in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

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Schools To Teach The Lesson Of Peace

Thursday, March 10, 2005

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) feels that children can do with lessons in peace. It is now considering the introduction of “peace education” in the school curriculum.

The NCERT discussed the subject at its three-day national curriculum framework review meeting, which concluded here today and was attended by academicians from all over the country. A focus group, headed by National Integration Council member Valson Thampu, was heard with rapt attention.

The NCERT Director, Krishna Kumar, said: “There cannot be a more cutting edge concept than peace. It is a key concern area now. That`s why we thought of including it in the curriculum review.”However, peace education will not be taught as a separate subject.

The NCERT wants to integrate it with other subjects. It proposes to integrate pro-peace attitudes into the learning process. Religion will be kept out.

Instead, spiritual values that help to create a culture of peace will be brought in. It is also planned to integrate peace education through pre-service and in-service education for teachers. “Its success depends substantially on the vision and motivation of teachers,” Mr. Thampu said.

The growing cult of violence had a lot to do with children acquiring aggressive attitudes. Violence was often presented as an effective and acceptable way of resolving conflicts in cinema and on television.

As a result, children had become cynical of peace.

The only way out was to orient them to peace and education was an effective tool for this, Mr. Thampu said.

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Education Sector At ‘Critical’ Crossroad

Educators are being urged to adapt courses as growing competition threatens New Zealand`s $2 billion international education industry.

At yesterday`s annual international education conference in Christchurch, Education New Zealand chief executive Robert Stevens said the industry was at a critical point.

Markets such as China, Malaysia and India – traditionally countries from which New Zealand draws a significant number of international students – were pushing hard to develop their own education industries.

Stevens said the potential was that students who in the past might have chosen to study in New Zealand would instead remain at home.

He said it was a worrying trend and had the potential to severely cut New Zealand`s market share unless education providers made their products unique.

“In a fiercely competitive environment, our market share is ultimately determined by capturing those areas that are more specialised and not easily imitated by cheaper competitors,” Stevens said.

He urged providers to take a long, hard look at the courses they offered and ensure their product was unique and of high quality.

English-language schools were of particular concern, with the growing likelihood that overseas students would stay at home to learn English – much like many New Zealanders who take after-hours language classes.

He said it was essential that providers considered offering more than just basic language courses, and he suggested tying in unique tourism experiences to attract students.

“There appears to be a strong, ongoing niche market for those who wish to go to places like Mount Maunganui during the European winter to have English lessons in the morning and a surfing lesson in the afternoon.

“Similarly, there is an equally strong niche wanting to go places like Queenstown to learn snowboarding combined with English,” Stevens said.

Other industry groups, such as the schooling system, were also at risk, and Stevens urged them to adapt their products and service levels.

“The worst-case scenario is that we would ignore the emergence of the new geographic competitors and blame falling market share on other factors.”

Education Minister Trevor Mallard told the conference it was important providers worked to drive up the overall quality of courses offered in this country.

He pointed to the increasing competition for students from more countries and said it was important for the Government and the industry to work together to increase diversity in the sector.

“We`ve had an industry that`s had two quite big bubbles. One burst and the other is what might be described at the moment as a slow leak,” he said. “Strong international competition and the development of local institutions in our main markets have increased the pressure for providers to stay on top of the game and deliver top quality.”

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JMI, is going to organise a coaching programme for UPSC (IAS)

Coaching at JMI
The Centre for Coaching and Career Planning, Jamia Millia Islamia, is going to organise a coaching programme for UPSC (IAS), state services and other competitive examinations. The coaching will start in August 2007 and will consist of classroom teaching, group discussion and mock-test. The admission test is slated to be held on August 8,2007. Those keen on joining may contact the office of the Director, Centre for Coaching and Career Planning by July 31, 2007.

Perfetti Chief talks to IMI students Stefano Pelle gave a lecture on Media Innovation, Advertisement on the Internet, Global Perspective and the Indian Scenari to students of International Management Institute (IMI). Pelle is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Business Unit Russia and South Asia, Perfetti Van Melle Group, and Chairman of Perfetti Van Melle, India. Pelle had a great deal of guidelines for IMI students on how to become an achiever in todays highly competitive business environment. Comparing . the global and Indian scenario, Pelle said Though the main mode of advertising is still print but other modes like television, radio, mobiles also play an important role in advertising.

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Hertzberg’s Vision For Education

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

After the repeated efforts to break up the Los Angeles Unified School District, mayoral candidate Bob Hertzberg envisions a new system that would give the mayor substantial control over the schools and could result in a single district encompassing the entire city.

That idea comes in stark contrast to the way the long-running debate over dismantling the nation`s second-largest school district has been framed. Past supporters of breaking up the district had called for much smaller school systems that would be more responsive to parents and community leaders.

But in a recent interview, Hertzberg made clear that he believes the mayor must have control over the school system and that the size of the new district is secondary.

Hertzberg, a former Democratic speaker of the California Assembly, has made splitting the school district an unlikely hallmark of his campaign for mayor, an office that has no official role in local education. Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said last week the Los Angeles district was “too big and inefficient,” potentially boosting Hertzberg`s efforts.

In contrast, Hertzberg`s proposal to downsize the 746,000-student district has been derided or ignored by his four main rivals in the mayoral race. Their ideas about improving education, which include expanding city-run after-school programs and improving campus safety, would not infringe on the district`s autonomy. Breakup opponents and others dismiss Hertzberg`s call as a purely political gambit to tap voter dissatisfaction with the schools, especially in the San Fernando Valley, where secession efforts have failed. In his speeches and ads, Hertzberg has refused to offer specifics about his breakup plans. The proposal to split off the Valley, which failed in late 2001 when the state board refused to allow a vote on it, called for two Valley districts of about 100,000 students each. And when businessman Steve Soboroff ran unsuccessfully for mayor four years ago, he called for Los Angeles Unified to be split into at least 20 smaller districts.

Hertzberg has given the impression that he, too, favors smaller districts. When he first called for dismantling the district in early December, his campaign press release had him advocating “small, neighborhood school districts.” In his recent television commercial, he promises to “break it up into smaller districts for local control and better schools.”

And on his Website, , he discusses at length “neighborhood districts” and the benefits of creating “many new, smaller districts.” In the Times interview, Hertzberg would not speculate on whether there should be numerous small districts.

“Even creating a single city district would pose thorny problems, including classroom space.

The district has dealt with those disparities by taking the unpopular or expensive steps of placing crowded schools on year-round schedules and busing students to campuses with empty seats.

In addition, a Los Angeles-only school district would leave a classroom shortage in the small cities southeast of Los Angeles, including Huntington Park and South Gate. The district`s current building program will reduce but not eliminate the classroom shortages. Hertzberg, while acknowledging that whittling the district and bringing it under city jurisdiction could take several years, insisted that the difficulties should not deter the effort.

“I want to force a discussion,” Hertzberg said. My objective is to use the power of the mayor`s office to help make schools work better.”

In the 2001 race to replace him, schools became a major issue.

This time — except for Hertzberg`s breakup call — education appears to have taken a back seat to crime, traffic and ethics concerns, despite polls showing that schools are still important to voters. When the candidates discuss schools, they describe a mostly supporting role for the city.

Hahn cites an education record that includes expansion of the well-regarded L.A.`s Best after-school program; the founding of Cash for College, which finds scholarships for high school seniors; and his work with businesses on enrichment programs. He added a school facilities division to the mayor`s office to help the district build new campuses and to promote agreements that allow greater community use of school facilities.

Rather than point fingers, I want to partner with the school district,” said Villaraigosa, who will soon announce his education proposals.

“The mayor of this city has to work with [the district] to rethink how to best bridge the achievement gap” that keeps black and Latino students lagging behind.

As mayor, he said, he would help the schools make better connections with business and community members. State Sen. Richard Alarcon, a former teacher and city councilman, said he would work with the school district to “reduce the bureaucracy” but would not support dismantling the district.

“The mayor and the city have a responsibility to embellish the educational program,” Alarcon said.

Among other ideas, he would place computer-learning labs in every park recreation center and offer city programs to help residents with limited English proficiency master the language.

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Education Law Faces 1st State Suit

Thursday, April 07, 2005

The State of Connecticut is preparing a lawsuit to challenge the No Child Left Behind education law, and become the first state to challenge the federal mandate in court.

State Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal said on Tuesday the federal lawsuit will contend the law illegally and unconstitutionally requires states and communities to spend millions more than the federal government provides for test development and school reform programs.

This law is outrageously wrong. Its bad education policy, but its also blatantly illegal, Blumenthal said.

While other states have questioned the law and asked the federal government and Congress to make changes, they have not gone to court. he said he anticipates that other states will join his lawsuit. Signed in 2002, the laws aim is to have all students in public schools proficient in reading and math by 2014.

The U.S. Department of Education criticized Connecticuts planned lawsuit, pointing to large achievement gaps between the states minority and white students as a reason Connecticut schools should be held accountable.

The basis for the states lawsuit appears to rest on a flawed cost study of the No Child Left Behind Act that creates inflated projections built upon questionable estimates and misallocation of costs, the statement said.

Also Tuesday, The Associated Press reported that Education Secretary Margaret Spellings plans to hange enforcement of the law, giving preferential treatment to states that prove theyre serious about raising achievement.

For example, the Education Department plans to give some states more freedom in how they test thousands of children with milder disabilities. But only states that show progress or a strong commitment to improve will be considered for that flexibility, administration officials told the AP on Tuesday.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the policies had not been formally announced. Spellings is expected to unveil the new enforcement approach and the special education policy on Thursday.

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Science symposium at Amity International School

Amity International School, Noida organised its tenth annual “Dhananjay Mohan Science Symposium” on the theme of environment. Over 15 schools from Delhi/ NCR participated in the symposium, The symposium was inaugurated by Dr. V. B Kamble- Chief and Advisor, Vigyan Parishad, Dr. N. C Pataria- Director (Communications), Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of Indiaand Dr. (Mrs.) Amita Chauhan- Chairperson, Amity International Schools.

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Microsoft fall on the Googles line on book search

The war between Microsoft and Google has reached a new high with the decision of the former to start online book search. The decision came after Google launched an online book search in eight European countries. Microsoft has named the new service as MSN Book Search. The company sources said that the service will go online from early next year.

Earlier the company gave its final consent to join the Open Content Alliance (OCA) group. The group is working to digitalise the contents of millions of books and put them on the internet. This content can be accessed by anyone. Along with MSN, Yahoo and several universities also joined in this mission of OCA.

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Time To Change US Education System

One of Americas most important entrepreneurs recently gave a remarkable speech to a summit meeting of our nations governors. Bill Gates minced no words. American high schools are obsolete, he told the governors. By obsolete, I dont just mean that our high schools are broken, flawed and underfunded. By obsolete, I mean that our high schools even when they are working exactly as designed cannot teach our kids what they need to know today.

Training the work force of tomorrow with the high school students of today is like trying to teach kids about todays computers on a 50-year-old mainframe. Our high schools were designed 50 years ago to meet the needs of another age. Until we design them to meet the needs of the 21st century, we will keep limiting even ruining the lives of millions of Americans every year.

Let me translate Gates words: If we dont fix American education, I will not be able to hire your kids. I consider that, well, kind of important. Alas, the media squeezed a few mentions of it between breaks in the Michael Jackson trial. But neither Tom DeLay nor Bill Frist called a late-night session of Congress or even a daytime one to discuss what Gates was saying. They were too busy pandering to those Americans who dont even believe in evolution.

And the president stayed fixated on privatizing Social Security. Its no wonder that the second Bush term is shaping up as The Great Waste of Time. On foreign policy President Bush has offered a big idea: the expansion of freedom, particularly in the Arab-Muslim world, where its absence was one of the forces propelling 9/11. That is a big, bold and compelling idea worthy of a presidency and Americas long-term interests.

But on the home front, this team has no big idea certainly none that relates to the biggest challenge and opportunity facing us today: the flattening of the global economic playing field in a way that is allowing more people from more places to compete and collaborate with your kids and mine than ever before.

For the first time in our history, we are going to face competition from low-wage, high-human-capital communities, embedded within India, China and Asia, President Lawrence Summers of Harvard told. In order to thrive, it will not be enough for us to just leave no child behind. We also have to make sure that many more young Americans can get as far ahead as their potential will take them. How we meet this challenge is what will define our nations political economy for the next several decades.

Indeed, we cant rely on importing the talent we need anymore not in a flat world where people can now innovate without having to emigrate. In Silicon Valley today, B to B and B to C stand for back to Bangalore and back to China, which is where a lot of our foreign talent is moving.

Meeting this challenge requires a set of big ideas. If you want to grasp some of what is required, check out a smart new book by the strategists John Hagel 3rd and John Seely Brown entitled The Only Sustainable Edge. They argue that comparative advantage today is moving faster than ever from structural factors, like natural resources, to how quickly a country builds its distinctive talents for innovation and entrepreneurship the only sustainable edge.

Economics is not like war. It can always be win-win. But some win more than others, Hagel said, and today it will be those countries that are best and fastest at building, attracting and holding talent.

There is a real sense of urgency in India and China about catching up in talent-building. America, by contrast, has become rather complacent. People go to Shanghai or Bangalore and they look around and say, They are still way behind us, Hagel said. But its not just about current capabilities. Its about the relative pace and trajectories of capability-building. You have to look at where Shanghai was just three years ago, see where it is today and then extrapolate forward. Compare the pace and trajectory of talent-building within their population and businesses and the pace and trajectory here.

India and China know they cant just depend on low wages, so they are racing us to the top, not the bottom. Producing a comprehensive US response encompassing immigration, intellectual property law and educational policy to focus on developing our talent in a flat world is a big idea worthy of a presidency. But it would also require Bush to do something he has never done: ask Americans to do something hard.

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IMl recently launched its executive PGDM

Management Programme
International Management Institute (IMl) recently launched its executive postgraduate diploma in management programme (executive PGDM).The programme is for those executives with work experiences and who has developed expertise in a particular sector, but does not have prior management education. The programme would provide a basic knowledge on management, followed by a large number of electives in functional areas of choice. The programme, approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), is a 15-month programme. The students have to complete 12-month full-time course and follow it up with three-month project work, which can be conducted at their place of employment. The executive PGDM has been evolved from IMIs postgraduate programme in International Management (PGPIM).

India, U.S. Sign MoU on Engineering Education

Six top universities in the United States signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian government in Washington, D.C. July 20, for a program to enhance science and engineering education in India over a new satellite e-learning network.

Under the three-year partnership, two University of California schools – at Berkeley and San Diego – Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, State University of New York at Buffalo and Case Western Reserve University are encouraging their engineering faculty to spend a quarter or semester of their sabbaticals at one of AMRITA University`s four schools in India.

The Indian government and India`s Department of Science and Technology are partners in the high-level agreement, as are three U.S. research centers: U.C.`s Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2); and Carnegie Mellon`s CyLab.

The signing of the MoU was timed to coincide with last week`s official visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. QUALCOMM, Microsoft Corp. and Cadence Design Systems are providing funding for the program.

“This is the opening of a door to a much broader research initiative between the United States and India,” Venkat Rangan, vice chancellor of AMRITA University and a former professor of computer science and engineering at UCSD`s Jacobs School, told India-West July 25.

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Digital Video Conference Surfing the Internet: Better Use of the Web as a Journalists Source’ organised by the US Embassy’s Information Office at American Centre

Over 100 journalists and media students took part in a digital video conference (DVC on’ Surfing the Internet: Better Use of the Web as a Journalists Source’ organised by the US Embassy’s Information Office at American Centre at the Capital on April 21. Conducted \ by Sreenath Sreenivasan, new media profes­sor, Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism, New York, the focus of the DVC was on training participants to make better use of web time and demonstrate how the internet can be successfully used as an important source of information for report­ing within deadlines.

Sreenivasan said: “When you are looking for information over internet, the big ques­tion is: How do you trust information posted on any website? You can waste a lot of time, especially when there is need to find some­thing within a deadline. Most people just start searching on the internet without thinking about exactly what they are looking for. If you think for 10 seconds before you click search, you could save yourself 10 min-Butes.” Sreenivasan gave tips on certain key elements like refining searches, finding sources and information on deadline, and making sense of data and statistics.

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