Hiring by Indian firms rises 51%, says survey

According to a survey, the percentage of companies in India hiring professionals and managers has rebounded to 51% currently, after a dramatic fall to 29% at the beginning of 2009

New Delhi: Job prospects for professionals and managers have brightened as more than half of the companies in the country have begun hiring, a global survey has said.

According to a quarterly survey by global recruitment firm Antal International, the percentage of companies in India hiring professionals and managers has rebounded to 51% currently, after a dramatic fall to 29% at the beginning of 2009.

“As a result job prospects for professionals and managers in India are now better than global average,” the survey said.

Engineering admissions last date extended to September 14

Engineering admissions last date extended to September 14

HYDERABAD: The last date for reporting to the colleges for engineering and pharmacy admissions has been extended to September 14 while the second phase would begin two days after that.

APSCHE chairman K.C. Reddy said that the earlier given date of September 11 has been extended to September 14 to give additional time to students. The second phase would be held from September 16 to 23 and more than 11,000 seats would be offered for admission. He said 3,720 seats from 15 new colleges would be added while 2,940 seats have been increased in the existing colleges in various streams.

Prof. Reddy said the council has so far received 539 complaints of which four were purely personal seeking change of seat for family reasons. The remaining complaints were looked into and none of them is found to be genuine where software or allotment process can be questioned. Among the 535 complaints, 29 were cases of rankers below 40,000 not securing seats. Another 473 were above 40,000 ranks and failed to get a seat. All these candidates gave only a few options and thus lost a chance to get admission. On complaints of excess fee collection by college managements, Prof. Reddy said students need to pay only Rs. 5,500 special fee apart from the tuition fee. He asked the students to lodge complaint with the APSCHE if colleges collect excess fee under any pretext.

Meanwhile, students started reporting at the colleges despite the short time given to them. In majority colleges 70 per cent of students reported and by Friday the number is likely to increase. “We are expecting nearly 90 per cent admissions by Friday,” said Rajeshwar Reddy, General Secretary of A.P. Private Engineering Colleges Managements Association.

Hitch in DSC-2008 recruitment


Only 40,000 posts available as against the notified 52,000

The entire shortfall in vacancies is in respect of SGT posts

Permission sought to appoint teachers in place of ‘Vidya volunteers’


HYDERABAD: Uncertainty is likely to continue for some more time over the much-awaited recruitment of teachers qualified under District Selection Committee-2008 to fill over 52,000 posts as the government is yet to take a decision on resolving a peculiar situation arising out of the actual vacancies falling short of those notified.

The DSC-2008 recruitment examination was held in May this year after a gap of four years to fill over 50,000 teacher posts, including those of school assistants, Secondary Grade Teachers (SGT), physical education, language pundit posts, etc. at one go. It was an important decision of late Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy to improve standards in government schools by filling vacant teacher posts, especially in subject teacher posts in SUCCESS schools with CBSE stream of syllabus.

The results of the examination were announced on June 30 and district-wise merit lists of candidates despatched recently. One was a combined merit list for B.Ed. and D.Ed. candidates and another list with 30 per cent reservation for D.Ed. candidates in SGT posts.

But the appointment process ran into hurdles on two counts. After completion of the long-pending transfer of teachers, School Education Department officials realised that there were only 40,000 posts available as against the notified vacancies of 52,000 – the entire shortfall being in respect of SGT posts.

The department had sent a proposal to the government seeking permission to appointment them in place of ‘Vidya volunteers’ and was confident of securing YSR’s approval. After his sudden demise, the file is now awaiting clearance of Chief Minister K. Rosaiah.

Once it is cleared, education department would have to issue necessary guidelines to begin the ‘appointment counselling’ as per the merit list and it is only matter of time before the uncertainly is resolved, officials said.

High Court order

Meanwhile, the High Court issued interim orders on Tuesday suspending the Government Order on giving 30 per cent reservation for D.Ed. candidates in SGT posts but said the appointment process could be continued setting aside the reservation clause. The officials said that they were awaiting the full copy of court order.

Coaching centres cash in on online CAT

Basic Computer Courses Help Tackle Some Question Types

Hyderabad: The Common Admission Test (CAT) going online from this year has set cash registers of coaching institutes in the city ringing. With an estimated 60 per cent IIM aspirants from the rural parts of Andhra Pradesh not being techsavvy, coaching institutes in the city are making a killing doling out not just online mock CATs but even simple courses on the basics of computer application.
This is the first year when both the CAT application and the test are going online. The online registration of applicants started on September 9.Officials with various coaching centres in the city say they have seen a 15 to 20 per cent rise in the number of rural students turning up for coaching this year as the students are apprehensive of the online test. The test packages being offered to students to familiarise them with computers cost anywhere between Rs 8,000 and Rs 15,000. Most of the students are those who have migrated to the city from districts, many from Medak and Warangal just for CAT coaching. This surge of students at coaching institutes could well be a national phenomenon given that the official website of CAT, www.catiim.in, states that 60 per cent of the students who appear for CAT are from rural areas where internet facilities are limited.
Most of the coaching centres have set up e-labs to cope with the extra rush of students who need to use
computers. “There are many who come to the institute to get used to the computer as even the registration has to be done online. Though there are many who are apprehensive about using the system, they realise that with proper coaching and practice, anyone can do an online test,” said Jaideep Singh Chowdhary, product manager, TIME.
He said that there has been an increase in the number of CAT aspirants and this has increased the number of students who come for coaching in TIME. The number of CAT aspirants have increased from 2.8 lakh to 3 lakh in the country.
The officials at the coaching centres however, said that students who
do not have access to computers will have a disadvantage of not being able to attend certain types of questions. “It is very difficult for a student who is not used to computers to take a two-and-a-half-hour long online test. They will not be familiar with doing online tests which are based on graphs and charts,” said A Vamsidhar, director, IMS coaching centre.
Experts noted that candidates with work experience in the field of Information Technology will have an edge over others. “They are used
to spending more time before the system without losing concentration. Since a lot of such candidates will appear for CAT this year, the rural students with no exposure to computers will not have a good chance to crack the test,” Vamsidhar said.
Applicants in a fix over no editing option
Aday after the commencement of online registration for CAT 2009, IIM aspirants complained that the web page for registration does not have any option to edit mistakes. The applicants who want to make changes on their registration form will have to purchase another voucher of Rs 1,400 and register a second time. Some of the coaching centres in the city have requested the IIMs to include the option of making changes in the form. TNN

Painting competitions for schoolchildren

Painting competitions for schoolchildren

Hyderabad: The District Educational Officer has asked all the headmasters of government and residential schools to conduct essay writing, poetry and painting competitions for high school students at school level as a tribute to late Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Friday.

The competitions would be conducted in three sessions from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a topic “The services of Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy to the State of Andhra Pradesh”.

Two best entries in essay writing and poetry in each language (i.e, English, Telugu, Urdu) and 14 entries in painting should be sent to the District Educational Officer, Hyderabad district, by Saturday, said a press release.

Date extended for renewal of post-matric scholarships

Date extended for renewal of post-matric scholarships

HYDERABAD: The government has extended the last date for online application and submission of post-matric scholarships (renewal) by students belonging to the minority community to September 15.

The government had set the earlier deadline as August 31 but extended it following requests from students and parents. However, there is no change in the last date for online application and submission for post-matric scholarships (fresh) and they should be submitted by September 30, a release by the AP State Minorities Finance Corporation said.

It said there was no truth in reports that the website of APSMFC was closed down and students could submit their online applications without any difficulty. The students and college managements should ensure that the applications forms for both fresh and renewal categories reach the office of Executive Director, APSMFC of respective districts on or before the given last dates.