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Old March 20th, 2012, 06:14 PM   #201
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B-schools beats economic downturn, placements back on track

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City colleges warn HMDA of shutdown

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The managements of nearly 1,000 engineering, MBA and MCA colleges located around Hyderabad have threatened to close down if the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority does not stop its “arm-twisting tactics”. “A majority of colleges are suffering huge losses, as 50 per cent of the seats in various streams of engineering in almost all colleges are vacant.

“There is no way any college management will be able to pay hefty penalties to HMDA for regularisation of college buildings,” said Mr K.V.K. Rao, secretary-general of the Consortium of Engineering and Professional Colleges Managements Association. The HMDA has given notices to 130 engineering colleges, stating that the college buildings are illegal constructions. demolish the college buildings if the managements did not get the buildings regularised by paying penalties.
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Old March 21st, 2012, 10:27 AM   #203
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City students not keen on part-time summer jobs

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HYDERABAD: The once popular trend of doing small summer jobs to earn some pocket money seems to be fading away as city students now prefer internships and courses that offer valuable experience over cash. Students in the city say that this summer its unpaid internships that are in huge demand as they consider them to be more beneficial in the long run. Courses for GRE, IELTS and other competitive exams are also among the top items in the list for students this summer.

Contrary to popular belief, money is not what matters when it comes to spending the summer productively for youngsters. Harita Singh, a student of IBS said, "I am currently doing a two-and-a-half month long unpaid internship at a well known company. It may sound like a lot of work for nothing in return but I am very happy as this experience would help in the long run. I got a chance to work in the department of my choice and I really don't mind working for free."

Nehal Saraogi, another student going for an unpaid internship this summer, revealed that improving her skills and learning something new were of utmost importance to her, "I don't even look at the money aspect in these things. I just want to grow and be independent," she said.

Apart from joining unpaid internships, students are also joining NGOs to do their bit for society. Siddanti B, one such student from St Francis College said, "I have been working with an NGO for the past one year and wish to devote more time to it this summer. Working with children and helping them learn something will make me feel much better than just doing a summer job."

"The trend of doing summer jobs for pocket money is diffusing as we feel that summer holidays are the best time to get involved in something that will help us build the much needed confidence before entering the professional world," said Ravi Kumar, a student of Bhavans Vivekananda Degree College. He added, "Many of my friends and I are planning to join courses like SAP and other computer skills development programmes, personality development and managerial skills development courses that will add to our resumes. Summer jobs are usually done to replace someone on vacation and I feel they don't offer the experience that a course or an internship offers."

Many students are even investing in their hobbies. Jasleen Kaur Marwa, a student of Villa Marie Degree College said, "I am interested in choreography and I would be focusing on choreographing wedding performances or taking classes for children this summer."

Another group of students from various city colleges has started a production company which will make short films and organise photography workshops. Shreyansh Dungarwal of St Mary's College, Yousufguda and a member of the production company said, "We are investing our own money in this venture for no financial gain. But more importantly we will get to learn a lot from each other in the process. This is much better than just sitting in an office for a few hours for some cash."
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 08:17 AM   #204
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Engineering fast becoming a ‘fair’ choice

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HYDERABAD: Engineering stream is fast catching up among girl students in the city who are known to opt for medical studies after their intermediate. So far, 72,408 girl students have applied for Eamcet-2012, engineering stream. The last date for applications is March 30. In 2011, a total of 98,718 girl students had applied for engineering stream as against 1.71 lakh boy students.

The reason behind the sharp rise in the number of girls applying for engineering stream could be due to increasing opportunities in the engineering job market, officials observed. Also, the number of seats in government medical colleges is still stuck at a meager 4,500 since the past few years. Besides, this is the last year that engineering stream examination will be held at the state level, as the ministry of human resource development has announced a common engineering entrance examination at the national level starting 2013. Eamcet officials said that rise in numbers is not surprising as the number of female students applying for engineering has been consistently increasing since the past three years.

"Students feel that they have a better chance to get admissions if they opt for engineering over medicine. Also, the initial fear of math is not so prevalent among girl students," Eamcet officials said. Eamcet convener, M V Ramana Rao said many girl students have faired well in engineering stream of the examination during the past few years. "Among the top 10 rank holders there are at least four to five girls every year. This could have acted as a catalyst for drawing in more applications this year," said Ramana Rao. There has also been an increase in the number of engineering colleges for girls in the city and surrounding areas which have close to 100 per cent admissions every year, officials said. Eamcet officials are expecting 4 lakh students to apply for engineering and medical stream examinations this year and over 50 per cent of them are expected to be girls. However, the rush for engineering has, however not brought down the number of girl applicants for medical stream. So far a total of 36,633 lakh girl students have applied for medical stream of Eamcet as against 21,111 boy students.

Meanwhile, Eamcet officials said that students from AP who applied for All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) will not have to miss their examinations even as the dates clash with Eamcet-2012. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has written to Eamcet committee on Tuesday stating that they will allow AP students to opt for other dates including May 7, 19 or 26 as they have to appear for Eamcet on May 12. CBSE has four slots for their examinations including April. A total of 2.36 lakh students have applied for both engineering and medicine examinations this year.
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Old March 24th, 2012, 01:42 PM   #205
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Education should be a priority in the Budget: B-Schools.

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Hyderabad: The Union Government could probably have done much better when it comes to education segment by taking adequate measures by significantly increasing the country's total budgetary spending. The present total Government spending, Centre and State combined, on education accounts for about 3.7% of GDP (as of 2009-2010), which is way below the benchmark of 6% recommended 40 years ago. Not much focus is seen in prioritizing public provisioning for education either. Considering 2012-13 being the first year of the 12th Five year plan there is not been much to be seen in the policy implementation of the RTE Act. As a share of the GDP, the allocations have registered a miniscule hike from 0.69 % of the total budget (in 2011-12 RE) to 0.73 % in 2012-13 BE.

While many may think that Education may not be the priority of Budget 2012-13, some benefits can be seen. "The credit guarantee fund which has been introduced for better access to education loans for those pursuing higher education is much appreciated", says, Prof. Durga Prasad, Dean VJIM, Hyderabad. "We have tie ups with several banks so that students trying to secure admission at VJIM get loans smoothly. But, this type of initiative has to come from the Government in the interest of the nation. Once the Government takes up the responsibility of financing education, the country can think of inclusive growth with well-educated citizens. With a slice of the interest going to the credit guarantee fund, the bankers can recover losses, if any. It's a win-win situation for all."

"This move is highly motivating for many talented students coming from different socio economic strata seeking admissions for higher studies. But, awareness has to be created and availability made for deserving candidates else the fund may not serve the purpose and fulfill the objective", adds Prof. Pinakapani, Director, Badruka Inst. of Management Studies.

As per, Prof. Shalini Taneja, FORE School of Management, Delhi, "With 70% of Indians in employable bracket by the year 2025 and with increasing percentage of scholars in higher education, India can be the major contributor to the global workforce over the next few decades. Hence, expectations ran high. The focus on rural development schools and agricultural universities, 10 fold increase in exemption limit for children's education allowance and support for higher education is commendable. But one should look beyond elementary skill development to match global competency level."
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Old March 28th, 2012, 05:47 PM   #206
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32 professional colleges to be shut down soon

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HYDERABAD: The education industry in the state seems to be going bust. Unable to attract students and faculty and not being in a position to maintain the required standards, at least 32 engineering and business management colleges have thrown up their hands and called it a day. Accordingly, the state government has given a green signal to these 32 institutions to shut shop and not admit students from the academic year 2012-13.

It is for the first time that so many colleges are folding up in the state, in sharp contrast to the trend a decade ago when engineering colleges, business schools and pharmaceutical colleges sprang up all over the state. The No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to 21 of the colleges to close down were issued in January while the remaining ones were allowed to close down in February.

Among the colleges going out of business are five engineering, nine MBA, 14 MCA, three pharmacy and one 1 PGDM colleges. The list includes the much publicized colleges such as Malla Reddy Institute of Management Sciences, Secuderabad, Rajahmundry Engineering College, Rajahmundry, Narasimha Reddy PG College, Medchal, Asian School of Business, Ranga Reddy, St Francis Institute of Computer Sciences, Qutbullapur and Anantapur Institute of Management & Sciences.

The closure of these colleges is the result of the crisis that set in the technical education field in the state, which was the pioneer in the mass-scale establishment of professional colleges, said sources.

"Even though there is not a single town in the state that does not have an engineering college, very few are known for their quality education. So, students prefer ordinary degree courses over the substandard engineering colleges," sources in the department of technical education told TOI.

According to the sources, 45 per cent of the seats in the engineering colleges are lying vacant, while the vacancies in business management courses are 38 per cent and 45 per cent in MCA. By the next financial year, many more colleges may call it quits, they added.

The lack of qualified faculty, inability of these institutes to maintain the standards set by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the apex body that controls the technical, MCA and MBA courses in the country, and the inability of these institutions to pay the salaries fixed by the AICTE have also compounded the issue. "There are colleges which have not paid salaries of the faculty for months," said a lecturer from an engineering college on the outskirts of Hyderabad. Technical education commissioner S Balasubramanyam confirmed to TOI that letters of NOC were issued to 32 colleges for their closure.

Meanwhile, the trend is not unique to Andhra Pradesh alone. The decline of technical education has also set in other states as well, albeit in a small way.

According to D Purandeswari, Union minister of state for human resources development, around 134 business schools across the country are facing closure. Till now, the 134 business management institutions have submitted applications to the AICTE for closure of programmes due to various reasons including poor strength of students.

Last week, Purandeswari informed the Lok Sabha that with 32 such cases, Andhra Pradesh tops the list of colleges shutting shop followed by Rajasthan, where 25 institutions are on the verge of closure. "There are 18 such institutions in Uttar Pradesh, while 14 B-Schools of Maharashtra have requested the AICTE to allow them to down the shutters. The other states are Madhya Pradesh (8), Gujarat (7), Haryana (7), Karnataka (6), Chhattisgarh (5), Punjab (4), Tamil Nadu (2), Himachal Pradesh (1) and Uttarakhand (1)," she said.
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Old March 29th, 2012, 06:41 AM   #207
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Any pics of the upcoming B schools? XLRI, TIFR, TISS, NMIMS..etc. Has the construction started?
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Old March 30th, 2012, 06:37 AM   #208
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Focus on value-based education: Principals

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HYDERABAD: Value-based education system is the need of the hour, said experts and school principals who discussed trends in secondary and tertiary education sectors at the Times NiE Principals' Meet held in the city on Wednesday. Principals and education experts said at the meet that there is not only a need to make education more relevant to present-day requirements of students but also to take it beyond rote-learning.

Exchanging views on new ways of teaching and learning were principals from about 40 city-based schools, and experts Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, vice-chancellor, University of Hyderabad and Santosh Mehra, IG, welfare department.

Addressing the meet, Ramaswamy said the present-day education system offers very few choices to students who have diverse interests. The role of teachers is to encourage and cultivate interests in fields which currently occupy the fringes of modern-day education system, he said. "If one were to learn classical Telugu language or mathematics and physics at a higher level there are very few institutions in the country that one can opt for. On the other hand, the number of engineering and management colleges in the country is increasing by the day. This shows that there is great emphasis on certain kinds of knowledge which is associated with money making jobs. As teachers we should be able to train students to opt for a variety of fields of learning," said Ramaswamy. He added that there should also be an emphasis on innovation. "There is no point crying a hundred years from now that we lost most of our arts and literature due to negligence of these fields. Perhaps, now is the time to act," said Ramaswamy.

Santosh Mehra, IG, welfare department said that there is a need to unlearn certain ideas to incorporate new value-based systems to fight against casteism and communalism. "What we should teach in classrooms is to shed our inhibitions. The purpose of education is not to churn out students with degrees who got their degrees through rote learning," said Mehra. He added that the curse of the modern-day education system is that it churns out students who are literate but unemployable. "There is not much emphasis on creative and lateral thinking in the modern-day education system which makes students stand out before potential employers," said Mehra.

In a lively discussion that followed the talks, principals from leading city-based schools said that moral science education and value-based education is still part of their curriculum but the overpowering run for high paying jobs is undermining their work. "We have to be dynamic teachers with new dynamic ways of teaching to help students have a value-based education which focuses on overall development. In this market-driven society, it is difficult to guide students towards varied career choices, but we ought to try," said Gowri Sarkar, teacher, Meridian School, Madhapur.

Teachers said that even parents and the society outside have a role to play in developing the value system for students. "There are no role models for children these days. Teachers alone cannot be held responsible for moral development of children as we share a collective responsibility with parents," said Seetha Murthy, principal, Silver Oaks School.

School principals said that children of 21st century have different sort of value systems and teachers need to understand this. "There is an information overflow from all sides. The schools today are providing a space to understand these children, their needs and values to make the right kind of interventions," said Anjali Razdan, principal, Obul Reddy Public School, Jubilee Hills.
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TalentSprint ties up with Chaitanya Edu

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TalentSprint, a Hyderabad-based skill development and training company, on Friday entered into a tie-up with city-based Chaitanya Education Group to set up in-campus training centres in seven engineering colleges of the latter.

Under the memorandum of understanding signed between the two, TalentSprint will provide a full suite of employability-related courses on software testing, software engineering, aptitude test preparation and business communication skills to students at the Chiatanya colleges.

“Currently, of the total 30 million graduates passing out every year in India, only 15-20 per cent are employable. In the next 10 years, the number of graduates passing out will increase to 90 million from the current 30 million,” Santanu Paul, managing director and chief executive of TalentSprint, told mediapersons.
Ramana Sarpella, vice-president (technology and consultancy services), Chaitanya Education Group, said, “Given the skill gap that exists between the IT companies requirement and the current skills of the graduating students, this initiative will be helpful for the students of Tier-II cities, mainly in the regions of Kakinada and the Godaveri belt.”

“TalentSprint’s PLC programme, which is designed to provide industry-centric skill development to students while they are in college, will target 1,000 students in the first year,” Paul said.
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Government places technical education report

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HYDERABAD: The threemember- committee which was constituted by state govt to make recommendations for betterment of technical education has advised the govt to have a regulation authority over functioning of unaided engineering colleges.
This could be done by amending AP Education Act-1982, the committee has said and it also told the government to have a total overhaul of its higher education policy.
The government had constituted the committee comprising of the then JNTUH vice-chancellor, DN Reddy, technical education commissioner, K Lakshminaryana and academic auditor and mentor of technical education quality improvement programme (TEQIP), N Prakasha Rao in July 2010.
After studying status and functioning of engineering colleges, the committee has submitted its report to government which has placed it in the legislative council here following a question raised by a MLC.
Recommendations: The committee report says that it is a matter of concern that govt which is answerable to the public has no regulatory authority on private un-aided professional colleges.
Since education is in concurrent list, the government, in consultation with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and University Grants Commission (UGC) should initiate and frame wide-ranging and perspective regulatory mechanism for protecting interests of students, parents and society at large.
It opined that the AP Education Act-1982 needs to be amended suitably for achieving this purpose.
The government has to bring out a policy to an extent that AICET shall oblige recommendations of govt in accordance to approvals to all technical institutions.
The govt shall create strong mechanism to inspect and verify facilities created by private institutions in terms of norms from time to time and also ensure quality education.
The Institutions with inadequate facilities shall be restricted to eligible intake.
In case of defaulting institutions, govt shall take stringent steps including withdrawing permission given.
The government shall have a higher education policy and spell out the policy once every five years regarding what kind of engineering graduates the district, state and country need.
Lauding introduction of fee reimbursement scheme, the committee has asked the government to continue the scheme.
The government and affiliated university shall have authority to decide the number of engineering colleges to be permitted for the respective year.
No Colleges shall be permitted after June 1 and no second shift shall be allowed.
Classes will compulsorily begin latest by the first week of August.
The colleges and universities will have to introduce of faculty development programmes to improve quality of teaching.
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PG entrance test season round the corner

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HYDERABAD: It is time for students, writing their final year degree examinations, to crack the post-graduate common entrance tests and secure a seat at one of the prestigious universities in the state to be able to pursue the course of their choice. With the universities releasing their notifications for entrance test, appearing students for the degree exam have gone into a mode of preparation for the PGCET.
Meanwhile, Andhra University has issued AUCET-2012 entrance notification for admissions into its 70 PG courses at its constituent and affiliated colleges, and also for the five year integrated courses. The tests will commence from April 26.
Dr BR Ambedkar University, Srikakulam, established in 2008, are among the universities which take students for its 12 PG courses based on the marks of AUCET test. The university has extended its deadline from March 30 to April 11 for the submission of the applications.
Sri Krishnadevaraya University, which will be conducting Sri Venkateswara University Region Post Graduate Common Entrance Test(SVURPGCT-2012) for this year too, has also issued the admission notice. The last date for sending the applications, without fine, is April 24, the entrance for which will be held between May 21 and 28.
Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati; Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anatapur; Sri Padmavathi Mahila Viswavidyalayam, Tirupati; Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa; Rayalaseema University, Kurnool; Vikram Simhapuri University, Nellore; and Dravidian University, Kuppam will fill up their PG seats based on the performance of the students in the SVURPGCET.
Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur came forth with notification for the ANUPGCET-2012 in the second week of March, and the last date for submitting the applications, without late fee, is April 11. The entrance tests will be held on May 5. Krishna University, Machilipatnam also published the KRUCET-2012 notification in the second week of March, and the last date for receiving applications without late fee is April 9. The entrance tests will begin from April 29.
Adikavi Nannaya University, Rajahmundry have already issued their entrance test, NUCET-2012, notification for PG courses. The last date for the submission of the application is April 16, and the NUCET will be held on May 20.
Osmania University, OUPGCET-2012 notification, came up in April first week. Further, Osmania University, Hyderabad; Palamuru University, Mahbubnagar; Mahatma Gandhi University, Nalgonda; and Telangana University, Nizamabad will conduct PG admissions based on the OUPGCET. The sale of applications for OUPGCET commences on April 9, and the deadline for sending the application is May 4.
P Sambaiah, director of admissions, Kakatiya University, Warangal, said the sale of KUCET-2012 applications will begin on April 9, and the admissions notification will soon be released. The entrance tests will commence on June 9. Kakatiya University and Satavahana University, Karimnagar will fill up their PG seats based on KUCET-2012.
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Hyderabad: All not well at Osmania University?

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HYDERABAD: It is that time of the year again when acceptance letters in hand, many students are on the path to realizing their dream of a higher education in universities abroad. However, students in the city, who brave the summer sun for guidance on visa application procedures to the satellite information centre of the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) at the Osmania University Centre for International Programmes (OUCIP), are in for a shock. Though it functions as a student information centre, USIEF and Education USA are no longer associated with the initiative.
The USIEF support to the two-year-old satellite centre was withdrawn earlier this month on April 1. Another project of the US Consulate in Hyderabad, a proposed cultural centre called ‘American Corner’ at the OUCIP was also shelved a year-and-a-half after it was approved. Sources cite the spate of disturbances on the OU campus in recent times as a probable reason for the projects being pulled out but officials claim ‘ease of access’ is the primary concern.
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Acknowledging its dissociation from the centre, representatives of Education USA said a revaluation of their operations in the state is underway.
“Education USA is currently reviewing its strategy in Hyderabad. We are working on a new plan in Hyderabad and no alternate location has been decided upon so far for the satellite information centre in the city. We understand that it is a crucial time for students heading to the US for higher education and in case of queries, they can e-mail us or call our toll-free number,” Carla Benini, Public Affairs Officer at the US Consulate General, Hyderabad told City Express.
Supported by the US Department of State, USIEF has been a source of credible information for students opting to pursue higher education in the US. The sudden move of USIEF comes at a time when students are looking forward to guidance on visa interviews, driving them to consult often dubious ‘agents.’ Andhra Pradesh accounts for a large percentage of Indian student population in the United States. It was one of the three satellite centres of USIEF apart from Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and four nodal offices located in the metros across the country.
“The infrastructure provided by USIEF for running the satellite centre will remain at the disposal of OUCIP. We plan to convert it into a student counseling centre for Osmania University which will offer information and guidance for various international programmes of study, including those located in other countries such as Australia and Canada,” says Professor C Vijayasree, director of OUCIP.
She explained that the US Consulate had planned to set up the Education USA outreach centre on the consulate premises for better accessibility and centralized location in Begumpet. She added that the new student information centre at OU will be no different in terms of services extended and resources and texts will be updated regularly.
American Corner
Apart from the USIEF pulling out, the plan to set up an American Centre for the general public at the OUCIP has also been scrapped. The American Corner planned as a cultural centre to familiarize Indians interested in USA with its cultural values at the OUCIP, is likely to be shifted to the premises of the US Consulate in Hyderabad for better accessibility for Hyderabadis.
Sources said the pullout was partly due to the agitations at the OU campus and partly, due to a change in administration at both the US Consulate and the OUCIP.
The work was stopped at a crucial juncture. Close to Rs 43 lakh had already been sanctioned for setting up the infrastructure for the American Corner and the OUCIP had even incurred expenditure from the account for the work in progress.
“The consulate wanted the project to be located at a better location in the city for ease of the public. Now that the premises and infrastructure for the US Consulate in Hyderabad are in place, the idea is to centralize the services. There is no discord between the consulate and the OUCIP whatsoever. They have helped us at a crucial juncture and we continue our association with them,” clarified Professor Vijayasree.
She said the consulate will continue to fund the ongoing operations at the OUCIP till 2013 and the 12th year proposal to the UGC for continuing various programmes would be adequate to support the different ongoing rojects.
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Indian business model can offer an alternative view of development to world: Raghuram Rajan

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ISB Hyderabad celebrated 11th Graduation Day ceremony on Saturday, April 7, 2012. Raghuram Rajan, Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business and honorary Economic Advisor to the Prim

Hailing the Indian economy and its vibrant democracy, distinguished scholar Raghuram Rajan has said that Indian businesses are brimming with ideas and it can offer an alternative view of development to the rest of world.

Raghuram Rajan, Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and honorary Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, was speaking at 11th Graduation Day ceremony of at ISB on April 7, 2012. He was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The day also marked the Graduation of the Founding Class of the Post Graduate Programme in Management for Senior Executives (PGPMAX) at the ISB.

“A self-assured India, brimming with ideas and energy, can play an enormously positive role in the world. We could offer an alternative view of development, one of the first developing countries to grow rapidly even while being a vibrant democracy, with an economy that has cutting edge innovative companies even while providing bottom-of-the pyramid services,” he said.

We could teach both the West and the rest, even while learning from them, as we did in the historic past when we were a global broker of ideas, he added.

But, he said that Indian policies must be in sync with the global businesses so that Indian economy can excel its pace of growth.

To realize the enormous potential of Indian economy, “First you have to expand public trust in the private sector by the way you conduct business, increasing your market share by building a better, higher quality, cheaper product rather than by securing underpriced public resources through underhand means or inflicting a government protected monopoly on your customers,” he said.

Sharing his experience on ‘life’ and ‘happiness’ with the students of ISB, he said that one should enjoy the work one does as this brings the true happiness. “The achievement of narrow personal goals -- greater wealth, rapid promotion, or increasing renown – rarely brings you anything other than brief pleasure. I don’t claim to know the secret of happiness, but this seems obvious – if you like the journey, if you get pleasure from the work you do, it matters far less when, or indeed whether, you reach your destination. You have far more control over the journey you choose,” he said.

Present on the occasion, Adi Godrej, chairman of Godrej Industries, said that Constant exposure to new ideas is key to leadership development.

Exhorting budding managers to develop leadership qualities through constant exposure to new ideas, Godrej, who is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors, ISB, asked them to continuously learn and adapt to changes in the business and economy to succeed in their career.

“Leadership development through constant exposure to new ideas is important. Your education is not over once you step out of business school. A critical factor of success is your ability to continuously learn and adapt to changes in your environment. How you do things is more important than what you do. Doing things right is more important than doing just the right,” he said.

“A leader needs to think the future backwards, not the present forwards. He or she must have a clear vision of the future and then plan how to achieve it backwards through full involvement of his or her team,” he added.
Ajit Rangnekar, Dean, ISB, also wished the students on their future career plans. “As all of you go forth into the real world outside, I hope you will remember what we have always exhorted you to do, and that is to always be responsible in your thoughts and, deeds,” he said.

On the occasion, a total of 574 students of PGP and 57 students of the PGPMAX, were awarded Graduation Certificates.

The ISB was established in 2001. In last one decade the school has become one of the top institutes of management learning in India. Continuing its journey of successes, the institute now enters its second phase of growth with the setting up of the Mohali campus. On April 14, 2012, the school will welcome the about 770 students of the Class of 2013 of the PGP, which will be delivered concurrently at two locations – Hyderabad (560 students) and Mohali (210 students). The school will function as one unified entity with a seamless integration across two campuses.
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Central varsities may be allowed to start constituent colleges

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If the new plans of the University Grants Commission (UGC) fructify, Central Universities like the University of Hyderabad, English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) and Maulana Azad National Urdu University may be allowed to set up constituent colleges.

Former JNTUH Vice-Chancellor, D.N. Reddy, who was recently appointed UGC member, said that the UGC had grandiose plans for qualitative expansion of higher education in the State. Another major proposal is to establish an exclusive university for women in the State. Model degree colleges would also be set up in 20 district headquarters.

Prof. Reddy said the onus lay on the State government to take maximum benefit out of the UGC schemes and it would have to show willingness in allotting the land and other infrastructure while the funding would be done by the UGC. “All these issues will come up at the UGC meeting to be held in New Delhi in the last week of April and I will communicate the new plans to the State government,” said Prof. Reddy, who is the only one from South India among the eight UGC members.

He said the 12th Plan had given a lot of weightage to higher education and the UGC budget was estimated to be around Rs. 1.84 lakh crore for the period. Apart from expansion, focus would also be on improving quality and recognising quality institutions. Autonomous colleges would be encouraged and all those colleges which attained ‘A' grade from NAAC for two terms would become eligible for autonomous status. It would help them frame their own curriculum and conduct exams without the interference of the university concerned.

Prof. Reddy said higher education enrolment figures in the State were not so motivating. Only 11.5 per cent of students of the graduates went to PG level and only 0.8 per cent of those took up research.
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SSC exam goes on despite curfew

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HYDERABAD: Anxious parents and students heaved a collective sigh of relief on Monday as the SSC examination passed off without a hitch despite the enforcement of curfew in riot-hit areas in the Old City.
“On Sunday night, we had a discussion with local corporators and some of the civil society members who spoke to the police commissioner in-charge. They assured us that there will be no untoward incident during the examination. Everything passed off peacefully,” Waheed Ansari, principal of Kurmaguda Academy for Relief and Education (KARE) at Saidabad told City Express.
The students had social science II exam this morning. Of the 30 students from KARE, the principal confirmed that all had taken the exam. Most of them managed to reach their Chandrayangutta centre without any problem though there was continuous checking by the police. However, schools had a tough time convincing parents of students bound for centres in and around the curfew-prone area.
“I was quite worried about my son going for his last examination at St Andrew’s school at Saidabad and made sure that he was dropped and picked up at the end of the examination,” said Asiya who lives at Masab Tank. The number of police personnel deployed on the way put her at ease.
“Close to 160 students from my school are appearing for the SSC examination and all except one was present. I am not sure of the reason for which the lone student missed his examination,” said Sajid, principal of St Mark’s High School at Saidabad.
The curfew was back in place after 2 pm in the afternoon as the police personnel urged people to go back to their houses after the students had returned home.
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Parents welcome SC ruling but fear fee hike

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HYDERABAD: When the Right to Education Act came into force in 2010, the initial reaction of many angry school managements was that the financial burden of educating 25% of their students free of charge would be passed on to the parents of the regular, richer students.

The Supreme Court ruling on Thursday thus had many parents worried whether their child's school fees would shoot up once again. However, financial concerns aside, most parents agreed that the SC ruling was welcome and would go a long way towards checking 'social profiling' of students that private schools engage in while giving admissions and might just bridge the rich-poor divide. BL Mahesh, father of a three-year-old, says that the rise in school fees over the last few years has been disproportionate to the rise in incomes. "Even for nursery education, the fee is Rs 34,000. It is again bound to go up now," he said.

And, over the years, schools have added facilities and services that are mandatory for students to avail. These include breakfast and lunch for which the city's premier schools charge around Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 per annum. A well-known school has even made it mandatory for students to use the school bus to avoid traffic snarls, which is understandable, but charges a hefty fee for the same even if the distance between the school and child's residence is one kilometre. While the RTE Act covers all the appendages of studying at a private school, parents say that each of these services is bound to become more expensive. "We are already burdened by fees which are far from nominal. I hope it (the Act's implementation) doesn't add to it. Also, schools should not compromise on the quality of education. But it is a good step and would help bridge the rich-poor divide," said Dr V Sujith Kumar, another parent. As per Section 12 (2) of the Act, schools will be reimbursed in accordance with the amount the government annually spends on a child at a government school. Predictably, that would leave a sizeable deficit which the schools would have to fill out of their own pockets. "Somebody has to bear the cost. It's quite likely that it is the parents who will ultimately suffer," said Kamal Maliramani, a parent. Then there are the class-conscious parents. While some believe that their children would be grouped with the mixed student society in schools, others note that the government could have simply strengthened government schools as against reserving 25% seats in private schools.

N Jayprakash, father of an eight-year-old, said that the lifestyle and cultural differences might make it difficult for children from poor families to cope at private schools.
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Over 3.8 lakh to appear for EAMCET

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HYDERABAD: The Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test-2012 (Eamcet) results will be announced on May 24. Speaking at a press conference here on Thursday, Prof N V Ramana Rao, convener of Eamcet-2012, stated that the last date for submission of online applications of Eamcet-2012 with a fine of Rs 500 ended by March 9. There were two more deadlines with extra fine for submitting online applications.
With a fine of Rs 1,000, the deadline was March 19 midnight and the final deadline with a fine of Rs 5,000 was March 28 midnight.
Hall tickets can be downloaded from apeamcet.org. Downloading has been made available from March 26 and will continue till May 12, the date of exam. All candidates have to attend the examination with hall tickets and personal information data sheet, that also can be downloaded from the website.� The hall ticket and data sheet should be shown to the invigilator. Else, they would not be allowed to write the exam.
Candidates have to get gazetted officer’s signature on the personal data form and bring it to the exam centre or they will not be allowed to write exam. SC and ST candidates have to carry photocopies of their caste/tribe certificates or their results will be withheld, he warned.
Over 3.8 lakh candidates have applied for Eamcet-2012 and among them, percentage of girls is more than boys. About 710 exam centres will be arranged for the candidates to take the test, he informed.
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ISB signs MoU to offer executive education in Pakistan

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Hyderabad, April 13 (IANS) In the first such tie-up, the Indian School of Business (ISB), one of the top business schools in the world, Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, to provide executive education in Pakistan.

The Centre for Executive Education (CEE) at ISB will offer "open" and "custom- designed" programmes under the collaboration, the first as part of its mission of focusing on emerging markets.

Deepak Chandra, deputy dean, ISB and Ishrat Husain, dean and director, IBA, Karachi signed the MoU, under which ISB would provide executive education courses to senior management executives looking to fast track their careers.

The CEE, one of the largest executive education providers in Asia, will design and deliver the programmes while IBA, the oldest business school outside North America will do the marketing and promotion.

The first programme is scheduled to commence in June this year. The CEE plans to offer 10 programmes in the first year. The course offerings will include open or short-duration programmes that are driven by research, custom-designed programmes or specialized courses devised to cater to specific needs of a particular organization as well as workshops and seminars.

Under the partnership, the first between two business schools of India and Pakistan, the ISB faculty would visit IBA.

Deepak Chandra said the initial areas of focus will be family business, entrepreneurship, business leadership, strategy and related domains. There will also be programmes on Public Private Partnership (PPP).

"We are confident that this partnership will help generate tremendous opportunities for cross-collaboration between the two schools and sets the tone for many more future associations aimed at nurturing business and entrepreneurs who would contribute to the growth of business and industry in Pakistan," said Deepak Chandra.

"As a long time advocate and firm believer in friendly relations between the two neighborly countries, I feel that for peace and prosperity of our people this event represents a turning point," said Ishrat Husain, a well-known economist and former governor of Pakistan's central bank.

"India has made huge advances in higher education, science and technology and we in Pakistan should benefit from their achievements," he added.
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Project management courses for students

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Project Management Institute (PMI) is in talks with CBSE, secondary and intermediate boards across the country to include project management in curriculum.

It will soon catch up with students and colleges and the global association of project managers would train them.

“We are confident of making project management as an elective from the next academic year,’’ Mr Raj Malady, Country Director (India) of PMI, told Business Line. He said about 100 engineering colleges would be covered this year.

PMI would train the trainers to help them teach the students in the final year. The institute’s local chapter has signed an agreement with Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad.

“The university would offer certificate programme in project management,’’ Mr Suresh Chandra, President of PMI's Hyderabad chapter, said.

Mr Raj said there was a huge shortage for qualified project management professionals.

Quoting a survey, he said the country would require 1.63 lakh qualified project management professionals in the next three years to support growth plans.
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Indian School of Business inks MoU with IBA Karachi

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HYDERABAD: The Indian School of Business (ISB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Business Administration (IBA),Karachi to provide executive education in Pakistan, a top ISB official said today.

The agreement was signed by Deepak Chandra, Deputy Dean, ISB and Dr Ishrat Husain, Dean and Director, IBA, Karachi, at the ISB campus.

The collaboration brings together the Centre for Executive Education (CEE) at ISB, one of the largest executive education providers in Asia and IBA, the oldest business school outside North America, to provide executive education courses to senior management executives looking to fast track their careers, Chandra told reporters.

"This marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of two distinguished business schools in the region. We are confident that this partnership will help generate tremendous opportunities for cross-collaboration between the two schools and sets the tone for many more future associations aimed at nurturing business leaders and entrepreneurs who would contribute to the growth of business and industry in Pakistan," Chandra said.

While ISB will focus on the design and delivery of the programmes, IBA will be responsible for their marketing and promotion. The programmes will be conducted by ISB's globally renowned faculty. The first programme is slated to commence June, 2012, Husain said.

"We will start on a modest scale but will build up our relations over time as each one of the two institutions gets to know the other. As a long time advocate and firm believer in friendly relations between the two neighbourly countries for peace and prosperity of our people, this event represents a turning point. India had made huge advances in higher education, science and technology and we in Pakistan should benefit from their achievements," Hussain said.

Pakistan is one of the countries that have growth potential among evolving Asian economies necessitating the need for a leadership pipeline to fuel its growth the IBA Dean added.

To begin with, the proposed programmes would focus on family business, entrepreneurship, business leadership, strategy and related domains. This would later be expanded to include programmes on Public Private Partnership (PPP) as well, Chandra explained.
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