Sibal to release teacher training curriculum today

New Delhi: Five years after the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) for schools stressed on bringing the teacher education programme at par with that of the change in pedagogy, Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal will finally release a new curriculum for teachers today.

Prepared by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), the National Curriculum for Teacher Education takes into account the importance on quality of teachers in the Right to Education Act, 2009.

It ensures that the syllabus is more child-oriented so that she can grasp various concepts through outdoor activities while exploring the surroundings.

Gender perspectives, equitable development, role of community knowledge and Information and Communication Technology finds an important place in the curriculum.

The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), in the absence of a new curriculum for teacher education, undertook the initiative to conduct workshops and train the teachers which is how the NCF-2005 came into being, leading to new NCERT textbooks.

Now even state governments have adopted these books

–indiaedunews

Common entrance for varsities

Vijayawada: In a move to strengthen and to avoid inconvenience as well as confusion to the students seeking admission to the post-graduate course in various universities in Andhra University region, the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education, Hyderabad, recently gave direction to all five universities — Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU) Guntur, Adikavi Nannayya University (AKNU) Rajamundry, Andhra University (AU) Visakhapatnam, Dr B.R. Ambedkar University (BRAU) Srikakulam and Krishna University (KU), Machilipatnam, to conduct common entrance test for the academic year 2010-2011.

The test is named as Andhra University Region Post-Graduation Common Entrance Test-2010 (AURPGCET-2010) and it will be conducted by Andhra University.

In a statement on Wednesday, the registrar of Krishna University, Prof. D. Suryachandra Rao said the directorate of admissions, And-hra University, Visakhapatnam, invited applications for admission to various Science, Arts, Commerce and Law courses through AURPGCET-2010 for the academic year 2010-11.

He said the applications can be obtained from March 18, 2010 either in person or on payment of cash Rs 275 at the sales counters or by post by paying Rs 325 through Demand Draft drawn in any nationalised bank in favour of The Convener, AURPGCET, Directorate of admissions, payble at Visakhapatnam before April 10, 2010.
Mr Suryachandra Rao said that cash, cheques, challans, money orders, postal orders etc will not be accepted.

He said the application forms with information of brochures can be had from AU Study Centre, Prabhas College, Vijayawada, office of the directorate of admissions at ANU, Guntur, Andhra University Study Centre, AC College, Guntur, ANUPG Centre, Nuzvid, Krishna
University, Machilipatnam and ANUPG Centre in Ongole in Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam districts.

The registrar informed that the filled application should reach the Convener, AURPGCET-2010 to the directorate of admissions, Visakhapatnam either by registered post or in person before 5 pm on April 4, 2010 without fine.

Mr Suryachandra Rao said further information can be had from the respective centres.

IIIT entry form to cost Rs 250

Hyderabad: The state government has devised a new admission policy for IIITs from this year to do away with “everything for free” tag attached with IIITs.

Admission will not be given “by invitation” this year, but rather, students will have to apply to seek seats in the IIITs after SSC.

The government has decided to collect Rs 250 from each student who applies for application forms. For the last two years, the government has been selecting students for IIITs mandal-wise, on its own, based on the merit secured in SSC without collecting any application fee.

However, “financial constraint” have forced the government to seek registration charges from this year.

The Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, which runs the three IIITs in Idupulapaya, Nuzividu and Basar, will issue a fresh admission notification on March 26 with the revised admission norms.

Known to be the “dream project” of then chief minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, the three IIITs were launched during the 2008-09 academic year with an intake of 2,000 seats in each.

The concept became an instant success as there was no entrance exam and admissions were given purely on merit secured in SSC exam with free hostel and mess facilities.

The government has been incurring an expenditure of Rs 1 lakh on each student every year (after this year’s admission, the number of students will rise to 36,000).

The government allotted Rs 1,200 crore in the first year, which came down to Rs 900 crore in the second year. The present financial constraints has forced the government to allot just Rs 600 crore this year.

In this backdrop, the government realised that the “everything for free” tag has to be changed.

The government is expected to levy some more charges on students before the commencement of new academic year.

British universities cool to India campus plans

Buffeted by major funding cuts, major British universities have noted the Indian Cabinet’s approval this week of a bill allowing foreign universities to set up campuses in India, but have no immediate plans to do so.

The Manmohan Singh government approved Foreign Educational Institution (Regulation of Entry and Operation) Bill, 2010, that is expected to raise the quality and quantity of higher education to meet India’s growing demands for skilled manpower.

Forced by a gnawing budget deficit amidst recession, the Gordon Brown government recently announced major funding cuts to British universities, forcing the closure of several subject departments and job losses in the near future.

The universities have become increasingly reliant on the income generated by high fee-paying of international students from India and other countries outside the European Union. It is not yet clear if setting up campuses in India will hit this major income stream.

Spokespersons of the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College, London, told PTI that they did not have immediate plans to set up campuses in India, but would continue to build on their existing collaboration and others links with Indian institutions.

British universities have a large number of agents in India and have long standing research and teaching links with Indian institutions. However, the initial reaction to the Bill’s approval has been cautious.

The University of Nottingham is one of the few British universities with campuses in China and Malaysia.

Many other universities offer degrees abroad through collaborative links with local institutions, but are reluctant to open full campuses abroad to avoid risk to reputation and lack of quality control.

An Oxford spokesman said: “Oxford University has no plans in the foreseeable future to offer full degree courses anywhere other than Oxford itself and so has no plans to establish an overseas campus. However, Oxford conducts research and some non-degree teaching in many countries of the world, and India is a very important country for us. We have many links with India already and are keen to continue to develop our involvement in the country.”

There are 300 Indian students currently enrolled at Imperial College, London, which has several ‘fruitful’ collaboration links with Indian institutions. Some reports suggested that Imperial College would be one of the first foreign institutions to set up a campus in India, but spokeswoman Abigail Smith said: “In January we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, in the presence of Kapil Sibal, Minister for Human Resources Development, and Lord Mandelson.”

“Imperial is keen to explore opportunities for further research and teaching links with India in the future,” Ms. Smith said.

A Cambridge university spokesman said: “The Government of India is developing and implementing a major strategy dramatically to increase the scope, depth and capacity of Indian higher education. It is thus timely for the university to take stock and to consider how to build on these foundations to develop new ways in which we work with Indian counterparts in academia, industry and government to develop and strengthen the country’s higher education provision, research capacity and impact.”

He added: “The pattern of India’s development, its demography, its industrial structure, its projections for economic growth and its agenda for community development place a spotlight on the pivotal position of higher education.

“While there are no immediate plans to open up a Cambridge University campus in India, we note the alignment between Cambridge’s multi-disciplinary strengths and Indian academia and we are exploring appropriate ways to scale up our collaborations and partnership, for that will be the basis of anything we do.”

CBSE set to become international board from next session

After deciding to make Class X board exam optional, India’s premier school board CBSE is set to go global by introducing a new syllabus for international students and would affiliate any school from any country from the next academic session.

The Central Board of Secondary Education would introduce a new syllabus to make it on par with international boards like International Baccalaureate (IB).

The new syllabus will be only meant for international students and will be taught in the interested affiliated schools from abroad.

“From next session, the CBSE will introduce a separate curriculum for international students. This will help the board to become an international board like IB,” a HRD Ministry official told PTI.

However, CBSE will continue its existing curriculum for domestic students.

The new curriculum will be of international standards and give a global perspective to the subjects of study.

Citing an example, the official said while the subject of history in the existing syllabus mainly deals with Indian history, the new syllabus will focus on world history.

Similarly, the syllabus of all subjects would be made keeping in view the curriculum of international boards.

The CBSE would introduce the new syllabus in Class I and Class IX in the next session. Then every year, the new syllabus would be introduced in a new class.

“Over a few years, CBSE will have international standard syllabus for all classes,” he said.

The board at present has affiliated schools in a number of Gulf countries and Singapore. However, such schools are mainly started by the Indian diaspora there.

The new curriculum will help even other schools in any country to opt for the CBSE system and get affiliated to it.

“CBSE, in the process, will be an alternative to any international school boards,” the official said.

This will help the students of those schools better compete at international level. It will be easier for them to study anywhere in the world.

The new curriculum will give more importance to activity-based teaching. More project works and practical experiences will be the thrust, the official said.

CBSE has set up a committee which is working on the new syllabus. The syllabus will be ready within a month.

EAMCET forms through Andhra Bank

HYDERABAD: The sale of EAMCET applications this year will be through branches of Andhra Bank.

The bank was chosen after the postal department had refused to sell the applications this year.

EAMCET Committee Chairman D.N. Reddy said the postal department insisted on payment of Rs. 20 per application as commission while it was Rs. 10 last year.

Prof. Reddy said Andhra Bank has agreed to sell the application forms in 110 branches. .
 Two new centres for EAMCET

HYDERABAD: The EAMCET Committee-2010 has decided to add two additional centres – Medak and Vikarabad from this year taking the total to 25 regional centres across the State. JNTU Vice Chancellor and EAMCET committee chairman D.N. Reddy said that Ranga Reddy and Medak districts were not represented earlier and these new centres will ease pressure on students from these two districts right from sale of applications, submission, and till the conduct of examination.

The Government Polytechnic for Women in Medak will be the centre in Medak district while the SAP College in Vikarabad will be the centre for Ranga Reddy district.

Prof. Reddy said from this year an effort is being made to get the data of students appearing from rural and urban areas and for this a new column has been incorporated in the OMR sheet where students need to mention whether their education was in rural areas or urban centres.

“This will help in studying whether rural students had benefitted from the 25 per cent Intermediate weightage marks introduced last year,” he said.

EAMCET-2010 convenor N.V. Ramana Rao said ranks of 62 per cent students saw improvement after weightage marks were included last year when compared to ranks based on only EAMCET marks.

He said there is a likelihood of 10 per cent increase in applications this time. Last year 3,78,448 applications were sold while 3,77,388 candidates registered.

Prof. Reddy said key would be released within a week and the results within three weeks. He said efforts would be made to give final ranks before July 1.

Students can take home EAMCET question booklet


The EAMCET Committee-2010 accepted the demand in order to bring in transparency

Persons of Indian origin and those holding OIC cards abroad will be allowed to write EAMCET


HYDERABAD: Students can take home the question booklet of EAMCET from this year. But they will not be allowed inside the hall even if they are late by a minute.

The EAMCET Committee-2010 that met here on Monday, accepted this long pending demand in order to bring in transparency.

Sale of applications

Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) Chairman, K.C. Reddy said gates would be opened 45 minutes before the examination to ensure that students got enough time. He advised students and parents to be at the exam venue an hour before the test commences.

He said the sale of applications would begin on February 22 at designated post offices and eSeva centres and continue till April 5. The same would be sold at the Convenor’s office from April 6 to May 27.

The last date for submission of applications is April 3, while the same can be submitted by April 9 with a fine of Rs.500 or by April 15 with a fine of Rs.1000.

At the same time, students can submit the forms with a late fee of Rs.5,000 till May 10 and with a fine of Rs.10,000 till May 27 at the Convenor’s office only. Hall-tickets would be issued from April 30 to May 6.

Prof. Reddy said that Persons of Indian origin and those holding OIC cards abroad would be allowed to write the EAMCET from this year. This would help students of Telugu parents residing abroad.

Their admission criteria would be decided by a committee.

Huge job losses as U.K. universities cut costs

 

Universities across the U.K. are preparing to axe thousands of teaching jobs, close campuses and ditch courses to cope with government funding cuts, the Guardian has learned.

Other plans include using post-graduates rather than professors for teaching and the delay of major building projects. The proposals have already provoked ballots for industrial action at a number of universities in the past week raising fears of strike action which could severely disrupt lectures and examinations.

The Guardian spoke to vice-chancellors and other senior staff at 25 universities, some of whom condemned the funding squeeze as “painful” and “insidious”. They warned that U.K. universities were being pushed towards becoming US-style, quasi-privatised institutions.

The cuts are being put in place to cope with the announcement last week by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) that £449m – equivalent to more than a 5% reduction nationally – would be stripped out of university budgets.

The University and College Union (UCU) believes that more than 15,000 posts – the majority academic – could disappear in the next few years.

Precise funding figures for each university will be released on 18 March.

The chairman of the Russell Group of elite institutions, Professor Michael Arthur, vice-chancellor of Leeds University, warned that budgets would be further slashed by 6% in each of the next three years. Last month he described the cuts as “devastating”.

The savings envisaged include:

– More than 200 jobs losses at King’s College, London, around 150 at the University of Westminster and, unions claim, as many as 700 at Leeds, 340 at Sheffield Hallam and 300 at Hull.

– Entire campus closures at Cumbria and Wolverhampton universities, where buildings will be mothballed and students transferred to other sites.

– Teesside University scrapping £2m worth of scholarships and bursaries that would have helped poorer students. It will also share services with a further education college in Darlington.

– Postponing plans for a £25m creative arts building at Worcester and £12m science block at Hertfordshire.

– Under-subscribed arts and humanities courses are being dropped. The University of the West of England has already stopped offering French, German and Spanish; Surrey has dropped its BA in humanities.

– Student/lecturer ratios are expected to rise, with more institutions using postgraduates and short term staff filling in for professors made redundant.

Ballots for industrial action are due to be held or are pending at the University of Sussex Arts, University College London, the University of Gloucestershire and King’s College London. Lecturers at Leeds – where 750 posts are at risk – voted by a large majority to strike this week.

Higher exam pass marks will be required to win a place at university, according to the survey of academic principals. The cap on student numbers – set at 2008 levels – is restricting entry just as youth unemployment is peaking and intensifying competitive pressure.

Peter Mandelson, the business secretary who is in charge of universities, accused the principals of “gross exaggerations” and “extreme language”, but would not be drawn over whether he would make further cuts to higher education. Universities had to do “no more than their fair share of belt-tightening,” he said.

“We know that universities have a vital contribution to our economic growth, so we are not going to undermine them. We are asking for savings of less than 5% and we expect universities to make these in a way that minimises the impact on teaching and students. I am confident they will.”

Mr. Mandelson also denied claims by vice-chancellors that he was letting arts and humanities courses close and cared only about maths and science degrees.

On February 1, it was announced that an extra £10m would go to the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to support universities “that are shifting the balance of their provision towards these subjects”.

Mr. Mandelson said: “I am an arts graduate myself. We don’t dictate to universities which courses they put on. They tailor courses to meet demand. We want universities to play to their strengths, but we also want to keep this country civilised.”

The pattern of cutbacks is not uniform, with some universities insisting they have been preparing for the downturn. Many have already dropped more vulnerable subjects such as music and history, increased fees for part-time students and expect to become even more reliant on income from higher, overseas student fees.

The vice-chancellor of Southampton, Professor Don Nutbeam, told the Guardian: “This [decision by Hefce] is one of a series of insidious cuts that have been made to higher education.”

Professor Geoffrey Petts, vice-chancellor of Westminster University, said: “After a decade of huge successes in higher education we suddenly have to rethink.”

Today the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (Ucas) is due to announce record numbers of applications for places this autumn. It is expected that as many as 300,000 applicants will be turned away.

The surge in demand comes as a government-commissioned independent review considers whether to raise tuition fees from £3,225 per year to up to £7,000. Over three years total cuts will amount to at least £950m.

The policy adopted by the government is in stark contrast to the response in the US where President Obama this week proposed a 31% increase in education spending for next year in order to combat unemployment and develop skills. © Guardian News & Media 2010

Inter exams time changed

 

HYDERABAD: The Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) has changed the timings of the Intermediate examinations to be held on March 22, 23 and 25. They will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on these days instead of 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., according to BIE Secretary G. Balaramaiah.
Timing of 3 Inter exams changed

The Intermediate Education board has revised the timings of exams scheduled for March 22, 23 and 25. They will now be held between 2 pm and 5 pm as they were clashing with the SSC examinations.

New schedule: March 22 (II year): Physics, Economics, Classical language, March 23 (I year); Chemistry, Commerce, Sociology, Fine Arts, Music, March 25 (II year); Chemistry, Commerce, Sociology, Fine Arts, Music.

English, the evolving language

HYDERABAD: English is considered to be the language of elite in India but it is surprising to know that the language itself is embedded in social hierarchy.

Many words came into existence representing the ruling classes of the language’s evolving period.

Though the British Isles were under control of Germanic language rulers for a long time, it was the French who established a culture in Britain.

“And that is precisely the reason why all words related to royalty and legal terminology is French words,” says Peter Sokolowski, Editor at Large, Merriam-Webster, America’s foremost publisher of language related reference works.

In any society food is considered to be elite and source of that food is lower down in the social order.

Mr. Sokolowski says it reflected in evolvement of English language too. For example, Cow is Germanic while Beef is French; Pig is Germanic and Pork is French, and Sheep is Germanic while Mutton is a French word.

On a visit to India to deliver lectures on American English, he feels Indians and Americans share a similar colonial history about English. “English is not our native language but we speak because of our similar colonial past,” he says. Unfortunately, children of previous generations in US were encouraged to assimilate with locals and thus lost connection with their roots.

“Looking back I think it’s a mistake and Indians should retain their connection with their languages despite adapting to English,” feels Mr. Sokolowski, having Polish roots.

Constant changes in the language have to be adopted by dictionaries and the advent of Internet and emails have made the language more dynamic.

New vocabulary

In the last decade alone, 10,000 new vocabulary came into being or new meanings of older words emerged.

Creation of new words by Internet-age youngsters like ‘LOL’ (Laughs out Loud) or ‘OMG’ (Oh My God) are now part of every dictionary. Merriam-Webster has 16.5 million references in its files and constantly growing.

He is fascinated words coined in India like “Prepone” generally used as an antonym to “postpone” yet such words, sooner or later will be accepted by English speaking countries.

Print media has a big impact in adoption of new words as frequent usage is considered a benchmark of acceptance and incorporated by publishers.

Website

Mr. Sokolowski, who answers questions from English language learners and teachers around the world in the website ‘ www.learnersdictionary.com’, says online dictionaries have supplemented the growth of hardbound and paperback forms. “Most visitors’ online end up buying dictionaries as gifts to someone.”

The design of Merriam-Webster dictionary with rich idioms and explanations given for each word in different colours makes it interesting.

Eamcet to be scheduled on Sunday to avoid traffic jam

The Eamcet will be held for the first time on a Sunday. The decision was taken when students who were not allowed to take the test in previous years as they arrived late to the exam centres due to traffic snarls approached the AP State Human Rights Commission (APSHRC).

The AP State Council for Higher Education hopes that students won’t face traffic problems on a Sunday.

Several students who missed Eamcet last year due to late arrival had approached the APSHRC arguing that they were late due to heavy traffic. To help them, the APSCHE, has proposed to conduct the Eamcet on a Sunday.

Officials admitted that there is pressure on them to allow candidates who are even 15 minutes late. They too felt it would be better to hold the exam on a Sunday.

JNTU to give 10% relaxation to students

Hyderabad :The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) in the city has decided to ask all its affiliated engineering colleges to conduct special classes for students and give 10 per cent relaxation to the number of credits required to get promoted in order to make up for the loss of working days due to the Telangana agitation.
According to the university norms, it is a must for every engineering college to have at least 16 weeks of classes in a semester.
However, all the colleges in the region remained closed for more than a month due to the Telangana agitation. University officials decided to ask all the engineering colleges to conduct special classes either after college hours or in the weekends to make up for the loss of working days.
“Each subject should have 64 hours of teaching in a semester. We will ask all the colleges to conduct special classes and conduct 60 hours of teaching in this semester. If there are no more disturbance’s and these special classes are conducted peacefully, we can help students from losing an academic year. We will soon appoint an expert committee to discuss the relaxations that can be given,” said Prof. D.N. Reddy, the Vice-Chancellor, JNTU-Hyderabad.
The university will also give 10 per cent relaxation in the number of credits to help three lakh engineering, MBA and MCA students get promoted. Usually, engineering students need at least 50 per cent credits in a year for promotion.
The JNTU Vice-Chancellor said the varsity might eat into a few preparatory holidays in May to finish the syllabus and ensure the students graduate on time.

US team on OU campus to explore tie-ups

Visit crucial in wake of US advisory against visiting State

 HYDERABAD: Dispelling the notion that the Osmania University campus is disturbed owing to the ongoing pro-Telangana agitation, a team of academicians from the Kansas State University of the United States, arrived on the campus on Monday to explore the possibilities of establishing a long-term collaboration for student and faculty exchange programmes.

The visit of the US academicians assumes importance in the backdrop of the travel advisory issued by the United States to its citizens advising them against visiting Andhra Pradesh in view of the agitations for and against bifurcation of the State. The visiting academicians will be on the University campus for the next three days holding discussions with heads of various departments. The team has come to the University on the initiative taken up by the Osmania University Centre for International Programmes (OUCIP).

Interactions

The university Vice-Chancellor T. Tirupathi Rao said such visits would help the university in many ways. “The Kansas University team is here to look for long-term collaborations with many departments. Prof. Rao expressed happiness over their arrival pointing out that “they have confidence in us and we have confidence in the students”. He said the team would interact with faculty of various departments including engineering, management, political science to explore possibilities of starting joint degrees, students and faculty exchange programmes, research collaborations etc.

The visiting team did not appear to be concerned over the ongoing agitation on the university and took up preliminary discussions with the professors of the Osmania University on Monday. Asked whether the issue of the agitation for separate Telangana State cropped up during the preliminary discussions, one of the visiting team members Prof. Barry Michie said it did not. “We left Kansas city when the temperature was minus 15 degrees centigrade. Our arrival, perhaps, had cooled down the temperatures here also,” he joked. The first-time visitors to Hyderabad had already held one round of discussions with the Osmania University faculty. “It’s certainly a beginning,” Prof. Michie said.

Welcome development

Prof. P. Laxminarayana, vice-principal of College of Technology said the visit of the Kansas academicians was a ‘most welcome development’. Kumaraswamy and B. Suman, members of the Telangana Students Joint Action Committee (TSJAC) spearheading the separate Telangana state agitation, too welcomed the visiting academicians pointing out that Osmania University students would benefit from such association with foreign universities.

The programme coordinator for OUCIP, Y.L. Srinivas pointed out that visit by the foreign academicians would go a long way in restoring the academic atmosphere on the university campus. Their visit at this juncture proved that academic atmosphere on the University campus was getting restored.

JNTU to ink pact with Portsmouth varsity

 Anantapur: Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Vice-Chancellor B. Krishna Gandhi along with Registrar M. Vijaya Kumar will be visiting England for signing a memorandum of understanding with his counterpart in the Portsmouth University, England.

Mutually beneficial

During an informal talk with The Hindu Prof. Gandhi stated that the MOU would mutually benefit the two universities particularly the JNTU-A.

Student and faculty exchange programmes would be facilitated with the signing of the MOU and they would be exposed to improved teaching methodologies and techniques apart from exposure to latest technologies in the field of engineering.

The university is adopting the state-of-the-art technologies by installing a chip called “Radio active device” in the degree certificates.

Journalism, M.P.Ed courses introduced

KHAMMAM: The Kakatiya University Vice-Chancellor, Prof . N. Lingamurthy said here on Friday that Journalism and M.P. Ed courses would be introduced in the campus from the next academic year.

Inaugurating the Khammam zone inter-collegiate tournaments hosted by the RJC degree and post graduate college here today, he said that sports and games were an important component of education. He said the University would allocate more funds for adding one more floor to its sports hostel. A woman physical director would also be appointed in the campus soon.

He said that the enrolment of girl students was on the increase. He thanked the secretary of the RJC college, Krishna for hosting the inter-collegiate meet

IIM-B bags number one ranking in India

STAYING ON TOP: The Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. IIM-B has been ranked number one by Eduniversal, a unit of French consulting firm SMBG

The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore has, for the second consecutive year, been recognised as the number one business school in India, part of the Central Asia region, as per the 2009 worldwide business school ranking by Eduniversal, a unit of French consulting firm SMBG.

In the Eduniversal Palmes 2009, IIMB has been awarded ‘5 Palmes’, the highest recognition under the evaluation, accorded to “Universal Business Schools with major international influence”.

The Award effectively positions IIMB among the 100 best business schools worldwide, an IIMB release said.

Notably, the Deans of the 1000 best business schools from 153 countries have voted for IIMB with a recommendation rate of 395 per thousand, followed by IIM Ahmedabad (345).

The Eduniversal Palmes uses a comprehensive methodology that takes into account all the aspects of a business schools’ influence on three different levels.

“We are delighted to once again receive this recognition as India’s top management school”, said IIMB Director Pankaj Chandra. “We are making several efforts to enhance the quality of learning and impact of our research so that IIMB remains the preferred management school for students with global aspirations”.

The process of the Eduniversal Official Selection involves a global mapping system meeting the criteria of universality and the international reputation of each academic institution.

The purpose of the ‘Palmes’ is to compare objectively a school of a given country or continent to another one

India sends most students to US

STUDY ABROAD: Some aspiring students seen at an USA education fair in Chennai

 The maximum number of foreign students in the US come from India, according to a new report showing a record number of foreign students at US universities and colleges.

Asia dominated the foreign student population, with India leading the way again for the eighth straight year with 103,260 students in the US — a nine-per cent increase in 2008-09 over the previous school year, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE), which released the report Monday.

China followed with 98,510 students, a 21-per cent jump. South Korea holds third place with 75,065 students, a nine-per cent jump.

All told, there were 671,616 international students at US tertiary institutions in 2008-09, an eight-per cent increase over the previous year, the annual report, titled Open Doors, said.

Other countries sending significant numbers of students included Canada, the only non-Asian country in the top five, with 29,697; Japan with 29,264, a 14-per cent decrease; Taiwan with 28,065 students; Mexico with 14,850; and Turkey with 13,263, a 10-per cent increase.

“Saudi Arabia, the 10th leading sender, increased by 28 percent to 12,661, consistent with its substantial investment in government-funded scholarships,” the organization said in a press statement.

Ranks 11-20 were held by Nepal, Germany, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, Britain, Hong Kong, France, Colombia and Nigeria.

Universities in California were the favourite destination of international students, followed by New York and Texas.

The University of Southern California alone had the largest number of international students at 7,482.

The most popular field of study for foreign students was business and management, followed by engineering, math and computer science.

International students contributed $17.8 billion to the U.S. economy, the institute said, citing government figures. Seventy per cent of the primary funding for the students comes from sources outside the U.S.

JNTU-K plans industry-oriented education

  VIZIANAGARAM: JNTU-Kakinada is putting in every effort to impart industry-oriented technical education to its students following reported observations in a survey by industries that majority of students lacked skills required for appointments, Vice-Chancellor of the university Allam Appa Rao said.

 Talking to mediapersons here on Monday, Dr. Appa Rao said that the university had setup a Directorate of industry-institution interaction for honing skills of students from third year of engineering course. As part of it industrial tours had been planned.

 He said that challenging attitude that a student must develop was missing. Students were not ready to answer tough questions. They show no inquisitiveness to learn tough subjects.

 To put an end to such attitude, the university was planning to bring in changes in examination mode so that students would be forced to answer questions only after giving a thought to them. In order to improve teaching-learning process, the university already created Academic Audit cell and it had been contemplating how to impart quality education to students.

 Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor inspected progress on various works on the campus. G.V.R. Prasad Raju, Director of Academic Audit, V. Ramachandra Raju, Principal of the college and others were present.

 

Free software for JNTU-K students

 

University tie-up with Microsoft to benefit over two lakh students in eight districts

Software to be provided under DreamSpark programme of Microsoft

It will provide competitive edge to students, says Vice-Chancellor


Kakinada: JNTU-Kakinada has entered into an agreement with Microsoft for distributing free software to its students under the Microsoft’s DreamSpark programme, which will benefit over 2,00,000 students from 226 affiliated colleges of JNTU-K in eight districts.

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JNTU-K Registrar V. Ravindra and Microsoft India Head (Local Software Economy and Academic Alliances) Phani Kondepudi exchanged copies of the MoU on Thursday in the presence of Vice-Chancellor Allam Appa Rao.

On the occasion, Prof. Rao said students of JNTU-K would have access to the latest IT tools and software provided to them by Microsoft, which gives them the competitive edge over others and helps in preparing for future endeavours.

Mr. Phani said students would be offered free academic software licensing and software developer and design tools under DreamSpark, which till date benefited some 5,00,000 students in the country.

The following software would be made available to the students: Microsoft developer tools (Visual Studio 2005 Express, Visual Studio 2005 Professional, Visual Studio 2008 Professional, Visual Basic 2008 Express, Visual C++ 2008 Express, Visual C # 2008 Express, Visual Web Developer 2008 Express, XNA Game Studio 2.0 and 12-month free academic membership in XNA Creators’ Club.

Microsoft designer tools: Expression Studio 2, including Web, Blend, Design and Media. Microsoft platform resources: SQL Server 2008 Developer, SQL Server 2008 Express, Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition, Virtual PC 2007 and IT Academy Student Pass.

JNTU-K Chairman of Board of Studies (Computer Science) E.V. Prasad, Director (Industry Institute Interaction) K. Padma Raju, Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden) international coordinator V. Gurudutt Kumar and others were present.

Applications invited

  HYDERABAD: Applications have been invited for 2009-10 new central sector scheme of scholarships, a press release from the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) said.

 First year bachelor degree students provisionally selected based on IPE March 2009 results can apply if their annual parental income does not exceed Rs. 4.5 lakh. They cannot avail any other scholarship.

 The scholarships will be paid as Rs.1000 per month for three years. The list of provisionally selected candidates, proceedings and their application forms have been sent to the concerned Junior Colleges.

 The application form and copy of proceedings can also be downloaded from www.bieap.gov.in by those candidates whose names are placed in the selected list.

 The forms are to be forwarded on or before November 25.