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Old May 31st, 2012, 09:57 AM   #261
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INSPIRE promotes scientific temper



Efforts are underway to inspire bright students to opt for science as a career after Intermediate. About 80 meritorious schoolchildren from Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy and Medak are being exposed to the creative benefits of science at a five-day summer science camp that commenced at the University College of Science, Saifabad, here on Wednesday.

Acronym for Innovation of Science Pursuit for Inspire Research, INSPIRE aims at motivating young minds to study science at an early age. Through interactive sessions, practical sittings and educational movies, the fundamentals of science are proposed to be instilled among the young minds so as to motivate them to take up research and science.

S. Satyanarayana, Vice-Chancellor, Osmania University, who was the chief guest, said that a strong foundation in basic sciences was essential for the country to develop as an economic superpower. “We should become innovators and not borrowers of technology,” he remarked.

Prof. Satyanarayana expressed concern at the present trend among students to pursue either engineering or medical stream.

The quality of teaching in engineering colleges leaves lot to be desired, this being the reason for large number of engineers remaining unemployed.

While doctors and engineers were needed, the country also required a large pool of scientists.

He recalled how Americans had strengthened their basic science research when they failed to put their first space ship in the orbit. India also needed to be strong in basic sciences.

Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad, asked the students to develop a scientific temper. It helped one to understand the world around us. Every student, he said, had the potential to inspire others.

T. Parthasarathy, principal, UCSS, said it was an honour for the college to be chosen to host the science camp sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology.
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IIT-H welcomes CET


HYDERABAD: The announcement of a common entrance test for the National Institute of Technology (NIT) and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) has had students worried and junior colleges fuming. The IIT-Hyderabad, however, has welcomed the move.
The system gives the added advantage of screening students through the advanced paper, hence there is no question of dilution. The Joint Admissions Board (JAB) of the IITs will decide on the cut-off for main paper.
The main paper will shortlist five times the number of candidates to appear for the advanced round of examinations,” said Dr UB Desai, director of IIT, Hyderabad.
The increase in the number of seats offered by the new IITs might allow close to 10,000 ranks being awarded which means close to 50,000 students would be allowed to sit for the IIT.
But in a state, which prides itself on providing droves of potential engineers to the premier institutes, the measure has been dubbed as ‘too much and too soon’ to cope with. “We are already in intermediate second year now and one year has been wasted preparing for the IIT-JEE format.
How do you switch to ISEET all of a sudden? Also, now we have to prepare for intermediate exams as well which is an added pressure,” says P Abhay, a student of intermediate second year in the city who will appear for the common entrance in 2013.
Not only students, but also corporate colleges are facing the heat as the announcement came as a spin to the set methods of teaching.
“The announcement should have come two years before they proposed to implement it.
For students who will join intermediate first year now, it is no big deal but for those in final year, half the journey has been completed.
Further, given the pattern of the examination, not every student can get a shot at IIT,” says Vijay Kumar, principal of Narayana Junior College in Mehdipatnam.
The format which gives 50 per cent weightage to marks obtained in 12th standard board examination and 50 per cent to the performance in main paper will reserve the ranks based on the performance of the students in the advanced JEE paper.
Effectively, only those students who manage the given cut-off in the main paper can attempt the advanced paper for the IITs.
“If this is the case then how can everyone take a shot at the IITs? It becomes a hurdle for those who have been preparing for AIEEE and EAMCET but would like to sit for the IIT-JEE,” says Vijay Kumar.
The director of IIT Hyderabad however has a different take.
“Most of the time students do not pay enough attention to board examinations preparing for the competitives. This should not be the case. Also, the disturbing trend of crammi9ng from 8th standard and earlier is not healthy.
Two years of preparation during plus-two is enough to see the students through.
The fact that new IITs have come up and seats have increased should allay the fear of the students. Now more students will be a part of the institute,” says Dr.
U.B Desai.
The said pattern will change by 2015 following which the entrance to IITs will be through the main paper as well.
Though clear guidelines will be issued only by July/August as to the pattern of the examination, the corporate colleges are on a roll already conducting ISEET classes for the next round of number cards.
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NMIMS's Jadcherla Campus Renders

90 acre World Class, Residential Universtiy Campus at GIP, Jadcherla, Mahbubnagar Dist. A.P.



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1,200 get hired at job fair, rush catches civic officials off guard

The job fair organised by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation in the old city on Tuesday could well be deemed a runaway success, as nearly 1,200 out of about 8,000 unemployed youths who came for the event had bagged a job by evening. Their monthly salary package, according to organisers, ranged between Rs 4,000 and Rs 15,000. The highlight of the day was the enthusiasm among the young men and women, with well over 3,000 women, most of them clad in burqa, competing with their male counterparts.

Representatives from about 40 private companies participated in the fair. Organisers said nearly 3,000, of the 7,000 names registered, are likely to bag jobs. Among jobs that went out were of telecallers, sales representatives, security guards, sales and courier boys, and delivery boys. Most jobseekers who arrived at the venue, Owaisi’s School of Excellence in Chandray-angutta, were from the old city, with officials caught off guard at the rush. While the police initially found it difficult to handle the situation due to the endless queues, and organisers fell short of application forms, the fair-like atmosphere never left an unpleasant taste in the mouth.

According to the organisers, shortlisted candidates would be called for individual interviews, followed by orientation programmes, before they are absorbed fulltime. Fatima Begum, an Intermediate student, said, “I am looking for a day job. My family would not support night-shifts.” Recalling being paid on an hourly basis as a part-timer while doing his barrister course in the United Kingdom, Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, who inaugurated the event, urged the youth to work hard. Mayor Majid Hussain said GHMC will organise such job melas at one of the five zones once every two months.
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848 CRPF trainees pass out



Awards of excellence presented to four trainees of the passing-out batch
As many as 848 young trainees joined the ranks of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) as constables, after undergoing 44-weeks of rigorous training, at the Additional Training Centre (ATC) in Ranga Reddy on Tuesday. The ‘passing out cum attestation parade' of this first batch of recruit trainees was held in the presence of the Director General of the CRPF, K. Vijay Kumar, who took salute and reviewed the parade at the ATC.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Vijay Kumar said that in view of the excellent training acquired, all recruits will be sent to areas wrought with great challenges to ensure full utilisation of their skills.

In course of the training that began on June 1 last year, all recruits were trained extensively in the areas of physical fitness, weapon combat, intelligence and security, CRPF Act and Rules, Law and human rights among others. They also underwent four weeks of intense jungle warfare exercise at Mahabubnagar by a team comprising nearly 120 trainers. Awards of excellence were presented to four trainees of the passing-out batch. While both the all-round best trainee award and the best outdoor trainee award were bagged by Abhimanyu Kumar, Mohammad Irfan was adjudged the best firing trainee and Sunny Saurabh, the best indoor trainee. The Director General CRPF announced an award of Rs. 2 lakh of development of the ATC in Ranga Reddy and Rs. 50,000 for all trainers.

While no other batch is currently undergoing training at the ATC, a new ‘225 battalion' with 850 recruits is now being raised, officials said.
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Huge response to GHMC Mega Job Mela



More than 6,000 applicants turn up; police have tough time controlling the aspirants

The ‘Mega Job Mela' organised by the GHMC in old city received a tremendous response with more than 6,000 applicants turning up at Owaisi School of Excellence - the venue. The organisers expected 5,000 applicants to register their names, but soon as the registration commenced, applicants continued to troop in at the venue with many hopes to secure a job.

Desperation to bag a job was writ large on the faces of applicants. Such was the response that police had tough time in controlling the applicants. Carrying certificates, applicants moved through the 36-odd counters set up at the venue for holding interviews.

Jobs of different profiles, including Class IV, call centre executives, etc were on offer. The minimum salary was Rs. 6,000 to Call centre executives and for marketing executives it was about Rs. 20,000.

SCREENING TEST

As part of the camp, applicants underwent a screening test after which the shortlisted candidates were called for final interviews. Those selected would be given short-term training and absorbed into the companies. A good number of girls also turned up for the event from different parts of the old city.

Speaking on the occasion, Hyderabad Mayor Majid Hussain said such events would be organised every two to three months in different zones of the city. He said those who applied for a job and did not get appointments need not worry as short-term training would be provided to them to help them overcome their weaknesses.

Hyderabad Member of Parliament Asaduddin Owaisi thanked the GHMC for providing an opportunity to unemployed boys and girls of the old city to find a job. He asked other municipal corporations to emulate the GHMC and organise such job melas.

Commissioner, GHMC, M.T.Krishna Babu, said irrespective of their qualifications, people wanted jobs and in this context, the GHMC had taken an initiative to help unemployed youngsters, besides, providing a platform for employers and those intending to secure a job to meet at one place.

A press release from the GHMC said more than 6,000 people attended the mela and 1,200 jobs had been confirmed.

Segregation was being done in the data base and some more jobs would be confirmed after due procedures in a couple of days.

RARE OPPORTUNITY

It was an interface of a different kind for women recruiters at the ‘Mega Job Mela'. Many of them just heard about old city but had never been to it or got an opportunity to interact with their counterparts staying put in this erstwhile walled city.

Jyoti Upadhyay, senior HR executive said, “I had been to old city in the past too but never got an opportunity to interact with girls. One thing is clear, there is a lot of improvement in educational standards and a few girls with B.Tech degrees have also approached us.”

The enthusiasm shown by girls had indeed changed the perception of many women who were entrusted with the job of screening the candidates to pick the right one.

N. Sirisha of Limelite Advertising Private Ltd said: “I had never been to old city in the past and look forward to be a part of such events in future.”
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IPE offers PG diploma for career in banking

HYDERABAD, JUNE 6:
The Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad is offering post-graduate diploma in management in banking, insurance and financial services. The programme will come with electives in finance, operations, marketing, systems and human resources.

The admissions for 2012-14 were in progress. Further details could be had from the institute, according to a release.
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IIIT admissions turn tough after SSC grades

With grades replacing marks in SSC examinations this year, the government is mulling over different criteria, including a draw of lots, as alternative selection procedures for admission to the IIITs for the 2012-13 session. Between them, the IIITs at Basar, Nuzividu and Idupulapaya have 3,000 seats available.

While SSC marks have been the basis of admissions to these institutions till date, total marks were replaced this year by Grade Point Average, or GPA, amounting to a total of 10 points. And therein lies the problem, said officials, as thousands of students have secured the same grades. According to data provided by the SSC Board, 1,093 students secured 10 out of 10 GPA points, another 8,382 students got 9.8 GPA, 17,000 got 9.7 GPA, 6 secured 9.6 GPA and 23,273 got 9.5 GPA.

To break the tie, officials are considering giving first preference to grades secured in Maths, followed by Science, English, Social Studies and First Language subjects. If that also fails, admissions would be made according to students’ age, with those born earlier getting the first look-in, it is proposed. Officials said a “draw of lots” would be held as a last resort.

The government is set to announce the new selection system after the deadline to submit IIIT applications ends on July 4. Prof. R.V. Raja Kumar, vice-chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, which runs IIITs, said, “Applications will be accepted from June 11 to 30.” He said students are required to take a print of the application form from the website and send the filled-in form, along with necessary certificates, to RGUKT by July 4.
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Slowdown hinders campus placements

Various corporate firms have deferred their campus placement plans for this year. The placements, originally scheduled to begin from July, have now been postponed indefinitely with firms citing “tough global economic conditions”. The news came as a big blow for engineering students and colleges in the state ahead of the new academic year (2012-13).

Nearly 2 lakh students from Andhra Pradesh are available for placements every year, the highest in the country. Tamil Nadu comes second with 1.8 lakh students while Karnataka and Maharashtra supply about 80,000 students a year to the job pool. Campus recruitment, which used to take place in the last semester (IV year, II semester), had been advanced to the seventh semester (IV year, I semester) from last year (2011-12). Consequently, corporates had visited campuses from July last year for recruitment.

This year, too, students and college managements had been expecting a similar recruitment schedule and were preparing accordingly. However, to their shock, they have received communications from major corporate groups including IT companies postponing the campus placement schedule.

Postponement of placements worries engg. colleges
Major corporates had recruited five lakh B.Tech graduates in 2011-12 across the country. Of them, two lakh jobs, amounting to 40 per cent, had gone to students from engineering colleges in AP including IIT-Hyderabad, IIIT-Hyderabad, BIT-Pilani Hyderabad campus and other prominent engineering institutions such as CBIT, MGIT, Vasavi, Gokaraju Rangaraju, Gitam, KLU, Vignan, VNR Vignan Jyothi, Narayanamma etc.

Incidentally, of the 12 lakh B.Tech seats available in the country, Andhra Pradesh has the highest, nearly 3.5 lakh seats in 750 engineering colleges. While IT firms account for over 80 per cent of the total placements, nearly 20 per cent placements are provided by electronics, chemical, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering firms.

Last year (2011-12), IT firms had recruited 2.5 lakh B.Tech graduates across the country against 2 lakh in 2010-11. Nearly 1,00,000 IT jobs were bagged by students from Andhra Pradesh engineering colleges. Students and managements are more tensed as the firms have not given any information about when the placement session would actually begin.

Sources, however, indicate that the firms will begin the placement session around December. “The campus placement scenario in engineering colleges had improved only last year after a gap of three years due to global economic slowdown, especially in the IT sector. Most engineering colleges were in crisis due to poor admissions on account of this. However, with increased placements last year, we were expecting a good response for engineering admissions this year.

“However, the reports about postponement of campus placements by corporate firms ahead of the start of new academic session has become of matter of serious concern,” said Dr P. Rajeshwar Reddy, general secretary, Consortium of Engine-ering Colleges Manage-ments Association of AP.
However, the managements are confident that the situation will improve by December this year and the corporates will resume campus placements.

“We are confident of convincing students and parents to take admissions in engineering colleges as it will take three years for these students to be eligible for campus recruitment and things will definitely improve by then,” said Mr Nimmaturi Ramesh, chairman of Aur-ora Group of Institutions.
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Himayatnagar tops with 90% literacy

Himayatnagar, which lies in the heart of the city, has the highest literacy rate in the state at 90.03 per cent followed by Keesara and Uppal of Ranga Reddy district. Charminar, mostly occupied by the Muslim minority, scores the lowest in Hyderabad with a rate of 64.84 per cent.

As per the Census of India provisional population 2011, tribal areas and regions which share their borders with states such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Naidu and Odisha are highly neglected and show poor literacy level. Tribal areas such as Ghattu mandal of Mahbubnagar is the least literate area in the state with 34.45 per cent literacy rate followed by Kosigi of Kurnool district with 34.97 per cent. Border regions such as Nennal mandal of Adilabad district, Lingampet of Nizambad district, Kalher of Medak district and Sarangapur of Karimnagar district fall below 50 per cent literacy rate.

Mandals including, Chintur, Seethampeta, Pachipenta, G. Madugula, Y. Ramavaram, Bollapalle, and Pullalacheruvu also fall below 50 per cent of the current literacy rate. Y.V. Anuradha, director of Census operations in Andhra Pradesh, said, “We are aiming to set up as many schools in villages and towns in an effort to improve literacy rate at districts level where people are very poor and do not understand the importance of education even now. There has been an improvement in literacy rate in the state in the last few years but there is still a long way to go.” Currently the Andhra Pradesh literacy rate is 67.7 per cent.

The literacy rate in Malkajgiri, a prominent area in Secunderabad, has seen an upward trend registering the second highest growth with 88.06 per cent and Nampally has shot up to 88.05 per cent. Maredpally also fares well with 88.27 per cent followed by Bantwaram of Ranga Reddy district.

A city-based educational expert, Mr M. Srikrishna, says, “People living in backward regions do not understand the importance of education.”
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RGUKT admissions to begin from June 11

The admission process of Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) will begin from June 11 for entry into first year of the 6-year integrated B.Tech degree programme being offered at the university constituent centres at Basar, Nuzvid and Idupalapaya.

Regular students who have passed SSC or its equivalent examination this year and below 18 years as on December 31 this year will be eligible (21 years in case of SC/ST candidates).

Candidates have to submit their applications online either at the RGUKT website ‘htpp://admissions2012.rgukt.in' or through the AP Online services.

In both cases, a print copy of the submitted application along with the original fee receipt and copies of the certificates should be sent to The Registrar, Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Vindya, C-4, IIIT Campus, Gachibowli, Hyderabad by speed post or registered post immediately.

The application will not be considered if the printed form doesn't reach to RGUKT.

Online applications can be submitted from June 11 and the last date is June 30.

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The last date for receipt of printed online applications is July 4. Admissions will be based on Grade Point Average (GPA) and grade obtained in each subject by an applicant. Details can be had on ‘www.rgukt.in' or toll free number 1800-425-1110.
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Literacy rate: Hyderabad trails Ranga Reddy district




Women contribute more to the growth of literacy than men
In the decade between 2001 and 2011, the literacy rate among women has risen in Hyderabad while that among men slipped marginally. Though the total literacy rate in the district rose by a mere 2.16 during the period, it was contributed more by women than men.

According to the ‘Provisional Population – Andhra Pradesh 2011' released this week, the total literacy rate for Hyderabad district has gone up from 78.80 to 80.96. However, the literacy rate among males went down from 83.74 in the year 2001 to 83.35 in 2011. Though marginal, it stands in sharp contrast to the rise in literate women in the district which rose from 73.50 to 78.42 during the period.

Compared to the State capital, Ranga Reddy district has made more forays on most of the parameters during the last decade.

As the State capital choked during the real estate boom and the neighbouring district moved into the forefront, the latter not only had a sharp rise in total population, but also registered comparatively higher rise in literacy rate.

The decade saw the gap in literacy rates of men and women narrowing down and the latter scoring a considerable rate of around 15.33.

The literacy rate among females in Ranga Reddy district went up from 56.49 to 71.28 during the period documented while that of males rose by 8.74 from 75.26 (2001) to 84 (2011).

Placed against Hyderabad district's figure of 2.16 rise in total literacy, the neighbouring one scored high garnering a rise of 11.89 and the increase in literacy rate among females (15.33) here turned out to nearly double than the males (8.74). Another interesting aspect that emerged from the data happens to be that when compared, the rise in literacy levels among females during the period has been in double digits both in rural and urban areas of Ranga Reddy. If the rise in rural was 11.19, the urban areas followed a little behind with 10.25.
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AP students get top AIEEE ranks




Continuing their impressive performance in national level entrance exams, five state students featured in the top 20 list of the B.Tech stream in the open category in AIEEE-2012. Several students from the state have got top ranks in reservation categories too.

AP students bagged the 4th, 10th, 12th, 16th and 20th ranks at the national-level in the open category in B.Tech. However, only two AP students figured in the top-10 list this year while there were three last year.

Students from Sri Chaitanya and Narayana Groups, who took coaching in their Delhi branches, created a record by securing national first and second ranks respectively. Sandeep Pathry from Sri Chaitanya secured the first rank by scoring 346 marks out of 360 and Ananth Guptha from Narayana bagged the second rank in B.Tech in the open category.

4 lakh cross cut-off mark
The AIEEE toppers from AP in the B.Tech open category were Sai Akhil (4th rank, Bhashyam), Chinta Nitish Chandra (10th rank, Sri Chaitanya), Sri Krishna (12th rank, Narayana), G. Ashish (16th rank, Narayana) and Nunna Satya Mounika (20th rank, Sri Chaitanya).

“In the B.Tech open category, our students secured 12 ranks in the first 100. Our students bagged 29 ranks in the first 100 in the B.Arch open category. Our ICON and NEON programmes have enabled students to achieve top ranks in IIT-JEE and AIEEE,” said Ms Sushma, academic director, Sri Chaitanya.

The results were posted on the CBSE website. Chairman of Narayana Group Dr P. Narayana said, “Our students have secured five ranks in the top-10 and 40 ranks below-100 in the open category. As many as 720 students from our institutions across the country have figured in top-100 lists in all the categories put together.”

Narayana student Inam-pudi Chaitanya topped the country in B.Arch open category, while Narayana’s Y. Kiran got the first rank in the SC category in the B.Tech stream. B. Akhil Naik got the second rank in the ST category in B.Arch and S. Bharadwaz got second rank in open category in B.Arch. Among Sri Chaitanya students, Gubba Mani-ratna got the fifth rank, Mandava Srinath seventh, A.M. Satya Prakash eighth and N. Hari Prasad got the ninth rank in B.Arch.

Sri Gayatri students secured ranks 12, 15, 16, 21, 23, 25, 31, 37 and 45 in various categories and Dr K.K.R. Gowtham’s students secured 241 ranks in B.Tech and 236 in B.Arch. The AIEEE determines admission for 26,000 seats at NITs, IIITs, deemed universities and Centrally-funded technical institutions.

“The performance is around the same as last year. OC candidates who secured 48 marks, OBCs with 45 marks, SC/ST and PHC candidates with 18 marks were declared eligible for online counselling,” said CBSE chairperson Vineet Joshi. Of 11 lakh candidates who wrote the exam, 4.1 lakh crossed the cut-off mark of 48. Students can log on to www.ccb.nic.in for details on seat availability.
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Hyderabad boy tops ICET exam


Hyderabad: Hyderabad-based Jayaprakash Dullapally secured first rank while the second spot was bagged by N Leela Kumari of Narasaraopet in Guntur district in the Integrated Common Test-2012 for admission into MBA and MCA courses in the state the results of which were announced on Sunday.
The examination was conducted by Kakatiya University, Warangal this year on behalf of the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE). Securing 172 marks out of 200, Jayaprakash wants to pursue his MBA in Technology Management from Osmania University (OU).
“I have been preparing for Ph.D in Management from one of the IIMs and wanted to pursue this particular course from OU, hence I wrote the ICET. I never thought I would top the exam,” Jayaprakash said, who found maths section slightly tricky. “I have been working for four years now and preparing for the exam was difficult. The maths section was out of the box and time management was essential,” says the graduate in statistics and computer sciences.

The top honours were bagged by non-engineering students as the state second rank holder N Leela Kumari completed her B.Sc in mathematics, statistics and computer science this year. She missed the top spot by one mark and has also secured 90 percentile in CAT.
Candidates can apply for re-verification of the transcripts till June 26 by paying a demand draft of Rs 1,000 in favour of ‘Convenor, ICET-2012’ payable at Warangal drawn on any national bank.
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Infotech Enterprises signs pact with UPES

HYDERABAD, JUNE 11:
Infotech Enterprises Limited and the Dehradun-based University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) signed an agreement for collaboration in some subjects such as aerospace engineering, and geo informatics.

Mr B. Ashok Reddy, President (Global HR and Corporate Affairs) of Infotech, and Dr Parag Diwan Vice-Chancellor of UPES, have signed the agreement here on Monday.

“Through this agreement, the students of UPES would gain industrial exposure, internships and industrial visits to our facilities. They can get engaged in live projects at our firm. The faculty will also get industry orientation through practical training by our staffers,” Mr B V R Mohan Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director of Infotech, said here in a press release.

On its part, UPES will design certificate programmes and give training for Infotech engineers. The institute’s faculty will deliver guest lectures at Infotech.

Through its Campus Connect initiative, Infotech already entered into agreements with IIT (Hyderabad), JNTUs (Kakinada, Hyderabad) and some other engineering colleges in Hyderabad.
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MCI to conduct first Neet for MBBS admissions in May 2014


Clearing the confusion over the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admissions to MBBS courses across the country, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has decided to implement the new test from 2013-14 academic year. The final syllabus for the new combined test has been uploaded on its website: www.mciindia.org. While Neet was supposed to be rolled out from this year, the decision to implement it has been deferred in line with the demand by several states, including Andhra Pradesh. The CBSE is expected to conduct the first Neet in May 2014.

Accordingly, students taking admission in 10+2 this year (2012-13) have to qualify in Neet for admissions to MBBS courses from 2014-15 session. With this, students from the state who took admissions in 10+2 courses during the previous academic year (2011-12) will have to appear for Eamcet medical stream exam as usual in May 2013. Neet will be held for MBBS courses offered by all 271 medical colleges across the country: 138 public institutions and 133 private colleges. These colleges offer over 31,000 MBBS seats.

The MCI’s decision to conduct Neet from 2014 has met the demand raised by students and college managements. Mr P. Suryana-rayana, a city-based senior lecturer, explained: “The batch that took admission in 10+2 this year can prepare for the new test accordingly.”
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Hyderabad for kids: Giving a smart twist to lessons

HYDERABAD: A day after the ICSE results came out this year, one of the top schools in the city put up a thank you note addressed to a smart classrooms solutions company. The note attributed the school's 100 per cent pass success to the smart classroom which they implemented recently. In Hyderabad, the new in thing in the education sector is smart classrooms with their touch screens and e-learning solutions. While five years ago, just the plain old blackboard was key to every child's success, today learning is much more than just classroom instructions and study tours. Gone are the days when students waited for the rare occasion when the teacher decided to use the Over Head Projector (OHP) or bring charts and models to class.

'Smart classes and 'E learning' have now become the new buzzwords among city schools as many of them are installing this technology in their class rooms. A smart class is one which has a computer with internet access installed in the room along with a screen connected to the computer which displays the information on the monitor to the entire class. The package may include a hi-tech touch board on which the teacher can write using a stylus or use it to modify or edit the images being displayed. The set-up also allows teachers to save lessons and notes on a database which can then be accessed by students online even at home.

Of about 60 CBSE and ICSE schools in the city over 70 per cent use e-learning solutions to pep up their classroom lectures. The whole school learning package includes air-conditioned smart classrooms with easy to access online or computerised learning content, homework which is sent via e-mails and in some cases education tablets. Though parents' opinion on high tech classrooms is divided, tech gurus say that e-learning is the future of education in the country and Hyderabad too is slowly getting there. Enrolment figures of some of the city schools bear a testimony to the tech lessons. "There has been a 15 per cent increase in admissions after we took to smart classrooms. Some parents look for schools which offer the same," said an official of a private school in the city. In the past five years Narayana Group of Institutions and Sri Chaitanya Group of Institutions launched a chain of techno schools. In a state which produces at least three rank holders in the top ten of IIT-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) every year, now JEE coaching is being given in AC classrooms. "We decided to launch e-classrooms where coaching for competitive examinations is given in an e-capsule format which is rich in concepts and animate with interactive features," said D V Rao, a senior official from Narayana Group of Institutions.

As the iconic black board and chalk are gradually being replaced by touch boards and LED screens in city schools, principals and teachers claim there is a visible improvement in the students' performance and involvement levels. Seetha Kiran, principal of DAV Public School Safilguda said, "It helps children visualise and understand the concepts in a much better way. This kind of learning is permanent. I myself have noticed an increase in their confidence levels when it comes to making power point presentations in class, and in the quality of their projects." The age old techniques of shouting "Silence" or hitting the board eraser to the table to grab student's attention too has become redundant thanks to this technology. She added, "Children are now more attentive in classes too, they are not easily distracted and ask more questions." Talking about the impact on teachers, Mogali Varalakshmi, principal of Jubilee Hills Public School said, "I was a teacher in a city school earlier and I remember how we had to struggle with fixing the chalk in the large compass for geometry classes; we needed to carry charts, maps and other material to the class every day. But this technology has made it much easier." She added, "There is around 25 per cent to 50 per cent improvement in students' performance after we installed the smart classrooms around three years ago. Children are now coming forward with presentations to make in class on their own."

Parents too have noticed a change in the interest levels of their children but do not dismiss the traditional teaching methods. J Srinivas, a parent of two school-going children said, "My children now use educational CDs to study at home too. They are definitely more motivated to study and are showing more interest in academics." However, he maintained that the conventional teaching methods cannot be completely replaced by the newer technology. "There should be a balance between the two as it is very important for a child to have a teacher explain the concepts verbally, use the written notes and textbooks. The other instruments can be used as aids but not the only method of instruction." Sharmila Bhattacharya, principal of St Andrews School, Bowenpally agreed. "There is absolutely no substitute for the teacher. Even these technologies are of no use if the teacher doesn't use them effectively and creatively."

Then, there are some schools which do not consider computerised learning as important. Some of the top schools which have been producing the best results in both state and central syllabus (CBSE and ICSE) board examinations are those which do not have most of the e-frills. St Ann's Senior Secondary School, ICSE, Secunderabad, for instance, still follows the old school learning methods. "We prefer the simple time tested teaching methods. Apart from classroom training, we also have special classes and revision tests. It's also a policy to give extra care to weak students," said B Jayabal, principal, KV, Gachibowli. Some such schools which have not adopted the "modern" teaching tools continue to be popular. "There is a beeline of parents and students who still want to take admission in schools which are less tech oriented," said K Suresh, an official for KV Sanghatan. Hyderabad being a city where the old and the new coexist in its true sense, it seems understandable for many parents to still believe in cost effective, quality education. "We teach children of great men who got their education learning under adverse conditions. We tell them stories of Abraham Lincoln who studied sitting under a street light and then contradicting ourselves we teach them it's better to learn on a laptop. In spite of the fact that many schools these days offer smart classrooms, some parents in the city have been critical of unnecessary add-ons which are introduced just for minting money," said Ramnik Kaur, a parent whose children study in Meridian School, Banjara Hills.

Some city schools had recently introduced an education tablet which costs up to Rs 9,000. But not all are in favour of the tab driven education as they say more than the cost factor, it's also the health of their children that they are worried about. Parents argue that not all parents want to impose technology on their children just to prove that they too are fashionable.

Educationists wonder whether elearning is what defines good quality education. "Some of our schools come up with good results. If students can be taught using a blackboard and books, why should there be complete reliance on e-learning and smart classrooms," said Sangeeta Murali, communication and speech researcher, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. But with the business of education opening new vistas, new gadgets are expected to come to use in classrooms.

'Newton, Einstein managed quite well without smart classes'

While many city schools are lapping up the smart class and elearning systems, other schools that still rely on the traditional teaching methods seem to be standing their ground. Vidyaranya School at Saifabad is among them. Nandini Rao of Vidyaranya School said that neither has the school adopted any technological aids for teaching nor does it have any plans to do so in the future. "The reason for this is that we believe that the human touch is essential for learning, especially when teaching children," she said.

Speaking about the dangers of relying on technological tools excessively, she said, "Technology often becomes an end in itself and that is a big danger. We tend to get mesmerised by technology and forget that the child and his/her education are really central to the whole process," Rao said. She further added, "I'm sure smart classes are useful but I believe that much is lost with the flick-of-a-button kind of method of generating information. There's a difference between information and knowledge, and learning and wisdom. The likes of Newton, Einstein and Beethoven managed quite well without smart classes."

Rao said, "I think parents still prefer schools like ours because we give children a childhood." The no-frills Vidyaranya is known for its extra-curricular activities and providing an environment conducive for wholesome development.

However, Rao did not contest the growing popularity of these hi-tech teaching aids. She said, "E learning material will certainly grow in popularity partly because they allow a scalability that conventional methods don't. But teachers and books cannot and should not be replaced."
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ISB Hyderabad & Mohali campuses Class of 2012 which comprises of 767 students from diverse academic, professional, cultural, geographic and social backgrounds.

With the addition of our new campus in Mohali, we are delighted to make world-class business education accessible to many more deserving students: Ajit Rangnekar, Dean, ISB

This academic year brings a new beginning for Indian School of Business (ISB), as along with the Hyderabad campus, the Mohali campus has also been inaugurated. ISB mentions that the unified class comprises of 767 students from diverse academic, professional, cultural, geographic and social backgrounds.

The average age of the Class of 2012 is 27 years and the average work experience is five years. The average GMAT score among the candidates is 710. About 230 students are from 11 countries comprising international passport holders and NRIs and those with international work experience.

Some of the diverse backgrounds of the Class of 2013 include Majors, Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel and Squadron Leaders; Professional golfers, Rifle shooters, Mountaineers and other sportspersons; Director of short films, Classical Musicians, Singers and Theatre artists to name a few.

Announcing the new class, Ajit Rangnekar, Dean, ISB said, “With the addition of our new campus in Mohali, we are delighted to make world-class business education accessible to many more deserving students. We believe that the Class of 2013 will make the best use of their year at ISB, to hone their management skills and take their first step towards becoming future business leaders. We are confident that our students will continue to contribute to the corporate world as well as society at large.”

Talking about the emerging trends among the students of ISB for the Class of 2012, ISB mentions that the number of women candidates, entrepreneurs and students belonging to Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities have been increased. Let us have a look at all the three trends.



Increase in number of women students: There are 216 female students in the class which comprises of 28 per cent of the class. Last year, the number of female students was 167. ISB mentions that this is one of the highest gender ratios the B-schools in India today have. “This is an outcome of the ISB’s commitment to encourage gender diversity in the classroom, which in turn increases the representation of women in business leadership. The resolve is strengthened by the exceptional performance of its women alumni, who are making their mark in the business world,” states ISB.

Increase in number of Entrepreneurs: The class consists of 63 students who belong to business families or are first generation entrepreneurs. ISB mentions, “The ISB has a strong focus on entrepreneurship and encourages students to consider it as an interesting career option. The Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (EDI) at the ISB assists student entrepreneurs by offering scholarships, incubating their ventures and supporting them till their businesses take shape.” It also adds, “Over the last three years around 20 ventures have been incubated at the school. In addition, over 200 alumni have set up their own ventures, and the school continues to support them in many ways. “

Increase in number of students from Tier 2 & Tier 3 cities: There has been a steady increase in the number of students hailing from Tier 2 and 3 cities joining the ISB over the years. In 2013, the number of students from these cities account to 203. Citing the reason, ISB says, “The ISB has been reaching out to aspirants every year by conducting information sessions in about 20 locations across the country with the aim of making world-class management education accessible to all. Special scholarships for women from small towns combined with need and merit based scholarships for all have been instrumental in attracting students from these cities.”

Speaking about the class, Dishan Kamdar, Senior Associate Dean – PGP, ISB said, “In an MBA programme, one learns as much in class as outside from one’s peers, underscoring the importance of diversity in the student body. Every year, ISB brings together achievers from a broad spectrum of functions, industries and geographies. Armed with cutting-edge business insights and an eagerness to expand their knowledge further, I am sure that the Co2013 will continue ISB’s tradition of excellence.”

The alumni organized ‘Orientation Week’ at both the Hyderabad and Mohali campuses. They shared their experiences and insight into the life at the ISB and how to make the most of their one year at the ISB and prepare for a career of their choice ahead.
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Osmania Medical College to be renovated finally

HYDERABAD: The state government has finally woken up from its slumber and accorded administrative sanction for an amount of Rs 385.22 lakhs to take up essential and emergency works required for the Osmania Medical College. The sanction was given after a detailed joing inspection was conducted involving the vice principal of the college, student representatives and engineers from AP Medical Services Infrastructure Development Corporation (APMSIDC).

However, the expenditure for the development works would be met with the available hospital development funds and Aarogyasri corpus accumulated with the Director Medical Education/Aarogyasri Trust. On June 15, GO No 858 was issued by the state government according the administrative sanction.

As per the proposed plan, repairs and renovations of kitchen, dining hall and hostel buildings would be taken up. Drinking water purification plant and a parking shed would be established. Also, solar heater systems will be provided at the hostels.

Osmania Medical College was established in 1846 and is one of the oldest medical educational institutes in the world. Located in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, the college is presently affiliated to NTR University of Health Sciences, while it was previously affiliated to the Osmania University of Hyderabad. Years of neglect has caused a considerable damage to the college as well as the hostel buildings.
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