Monday, 29 June 2009

Thursday, 25 June 2009

India Taking Steps to Rehabilitate Returning Gulf Expats: Tharoor

India Taking Steps to Rehabilitate Returning Gulf Expats: Tharoor
Sajila Saseendran 25 June 2009

DUBAI — The Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, Dr Shashi Tharoor, has said the new government in New Delhi would take adequate measures to rehabilitate Indians returning home from the Gulf and other foreign countries due to the impact of the global financial downturn.

During his first visit to the UAE as a minister, Tharoor, who assumed office last month, also assured that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was taking measures to penalise illegal recruiting agencies that dupe workers by making false promises.

Tharoor, who had earlier made various suggestions to the government for providing financial assistance for the rehabilitation of Gulf returnees, said the Central Government would extend all support to the non-resident Indians (NRIs) returning after losing jobs due to recession, though it had not announced any special welfare package to rehabilitate them.

“The government is cautious…both about losing their valuable contribution (from abroad) and the potential problems they face. India won’t lose interest in them and the government will not be indifferent to them,” Tharoor told reporters at a press meet organised by the Indian Consulate in Dubai on Tuesday evening.

He was in Dubai for a stopover during his trip to Yemen for attending an international conference organised by the Indian Ocean Rim Association Countries. Answering questions about the actions being taken against unscrupulous recruitment agencies, he said the Indian government was taking various steps, including amendments to the Immigration Act to ensure stringent punishment for illegal agents.

“The government cannot solve every problem... but we are trying to crack down on this...We are extremely concerned that innocent working men and women are being duped by unscrupulous agents.” Though it had been difficult for the government to tackle the unregulated agents functioning outside the regulatory network of authorities, Tharoor said, both the countries — Indian and the UAE — have had constructive dialogues to solve many issues related to labourers. Consul-General of India Venu Rajamony said the government had already started cancelling the registration of agents found guilty and some had been prosecuted in
criminal cases.

He said the Indian government had also launched a media campaign in different languages to make the public aware of such agents.

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New tech university for state's premier colleges

New tech university for state's premier colleges
25 Jun 2009, 0506 hrs IST, TNN

CHENNAI: In a move aimed at promoting research, the government has decided to create a dedicated unitary technical university comprising the four
premier colleges of Anna University (Chennai) and thus insulate their faculty from administrative chores relating to the running of other affiliated institutions. The technical university, which will begin functioning from this academic year, will consist of Guindy College of Engineering, Madras Institute of Technology, A C College of Technology, and School of Architecture and Planning.

Higher education minister K Ponmudy told the state assembly on Wednesday that 136 engineering colleges were affiliated to Anna University (Chennai), and hence the faculty was spending most of its time in managing affiliated colleges. Since professors were entrusted with duties of admission, conduct of examinations and inspection of infrastructure in affiliated colleges, they had little time to spend on research, he noted. Experts in technical education had recommended the creation of a unitary university to offer world-class master's programmes and research facilities. The government would float the new university this year itself, Ponmudy said.

The move, in a way, reverses the government's own decision some years back. Anna University had functioned as a premier unitary technical university till 2001 when the AIADMK government brought all engineering colleges under its purview in an effort to streamline and manage engineering education in the state.

When contacted, Anna University (Chennai) vice-chancellor P Mannar Jawahar said the creation of a unitary university would fuel high quality research. "The university's constituent colleges have highly qualified faculty with rich experience in research work, industrial consultancy and collaboration with funding agencies. We have research facilities, including sophisticated equipment which can be put to optimum use now. The faculty can focus full time on research, postgraduate technical education and industrial collaboration," he told The Times of India.

In the current academic year, Ponmudy said, the government would create more than 1,000 posts of lecturers in arts and science colleges and get them filled; in the process, guest lecturers teaching self-financing courses, which were later changed to general courses, would be phased out. The Teachers Recruitment Board would soon release the list of 1,195 lecturers, who were recruited recently. In government engineering colleges, 100 teaching posts would be filled.

Most students pursuing engineering courses in government colleges come from poor backgrounds and need accommodation to pursue their education. Because of this, Ponmudy said, the government was also planning to build new hostels or expand facilities in existing ones. New polytechnics would be opened in Theni, Madurai, Perambalur, Tiruvannamalai, Dharmapuri, Villupuram and Thiruvarur at a cost of Rs 12.3 crore each. The proposal had been forwarded to the Centre, and admissions would begin from the next academic year, he said.

New International Media Institute to Launch in India;

New International Media Institute to Launch in India

Supported by Knight and MacArthur Foundations, the Delhi-Based Multimedia Journalism Center

By The Associated PressWednesday, June 24,

WASHINGTON, June 24 (AScribe Newswire) -- The International Center for Journalists has announced the launch of the International Media Institute of India (IMII) in New Delhi, a non-profit educational center that will marry cutting-edge, hands-on journalism instruction with the highest international standards.

The institute will be run by ICFJ in collaboration with leading Indian editors, who conceived the idea for the school when they experienced difficulty in finding skilled entry-level journalists to hire. ICFJ's partner is the Society for Policy Studies (SPS), a non-profit Indian think tank that promotes debate on contemporary issues among journalists and concerned citizens and encourages quality journalism training.

Expected to open this fall, the one-year postgraduate program will give entry-level journalists the professional and technical expertise to work across media platforms. The classroom environment will mimic a newsroom with students constantly reporting and publishing stories. Top-tier international and Indian faculty will instruct the students on how to produce quality journalism for print, interactive and broadcast

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

UAE investors keen on Karnataka, says CM of Karnataka

UAE investors keen on Karnataka, says CM of Karnataka

24 June 2009

Members of the royal family of the United Arab Emirates and UAE-based non-resident Indian Kannadiga B R Shetty have evinced interest to invest in Karnataka, chief minister B S Yeddyurappa said in Bangalore on Tuesday.

They have expressed a desire to invest in the areas of hotel, housing complexes, development of infrastructure facilities, energy, supply of drinking water in cities, urban development and waste management, among others, he said.

Addressing a meeting of the Karnataka NRI Forum, Yeddyurappa, however, did not talk about the extent of the proposed investment they were planning.

He said an NRI, in collaboration with Canadian firm CSQR Inc, had come forward to set up an Advanced Technology and Management Institute in Karnataka.
The chief minister said a data base of 701 NRI-Kannadigas had so far been created.

He said there was a need for active cooperation by the forum for government's aim of attracting investment of Rs300,000 crore after the proposed Global Investors' Meet.
"There is an intention to host 'Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas' in Bangalore. It's the responsibility of this forum to make it possible", the chief minister said.

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Bengaluru - State woos NRI investments

State woos NRI investments
24 Jun 2009, 0457 hrs IST, TNN

BANGALORE: ‘Knowledge City’ holds a tremendous allure to prospective investors in Karnataka, given its hi-tech image. Though ambitious proposals bit
the dust a couple of years ago, a group of NRIs led by US-based Dr Girish has coming forward to set up a Knowledge City at an investment of nearly Rs 10,000 crore in Bangalore.

Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa during a meeting of the NRI committee, which he heads, expressed interest in the venture. It is likely that the government might underwrite the project to the tune of 20% of the cost. The proposed Knowledge City will consist of a hospital, education institutions, university and other facilities.

Besides, General Electric, the $200-billion American MNC, may enter into an agreement with the state government in health, energy, renewable energy and bio-mass. The company already has a considerable presence in the city with its medical systems business as well as its global research centre here. GE will invest in energy sector, renewable energy and impart knowledge in enhancing power production.

“A large amount of power is wasted during transmission. GE has expertise in reducing transmission losses. To have a first-hand insight into the functioning of the company, Yeddyurappa has agreed to visit GE’s facilities here,’’ Ganesh Karnik, vice-chairman of the NRI Cell, told reporters here on Tuesday. In addition, CSQR, a Canadian company has also shown interest in setting up a technology and management institute.

Spelling out the objectives of the cell, Karnik said the cell has created a database of 700 NRIs having roots in Karnataka, with many of them coming forward to invest in knowledge and technology-based units here. “This cell acts as a facilitator for the investors. As a part of our efforts, the CM has directed all departments to appoint a nodal officer for speeding up investments. Let investors come to us; we will do the leg work,’’ Karnik said.

Suresh Srinivasaiah of S J Experts, based in New Jersey, will set up a large solar energy unit here. The government has nominated three coordinators to seek investment — industrialist BR Shetty for the Gulf, Neeraj Patil for the UK and other European countries, and Mahesh Nagarajaiah for the US.

Monday, 22 June 2009

DoT takes another step towards parking fines

DoT takes another step towards parking fines
Daniel Bardsley /THE NATIONAL

Last Updated: June 21. 2009 11:38PM UAE / June 21. 2009 7:38PM GMT ABU DHABI // New parking fees and fines will be “introduced and enforced” in the capital from next month, the Department of Transport said yesterday.

The department said in a press release that it planned to roll out new parking policies, which would include metered parking in the city centre.

It warned there would be “rigorous enforcement” of its new rules, although it did not go into detail about when or where meters would be switched on, or when drivers would start being charged and fined.

Both private and public parking spaces will be more tightly regulated, with the aim of encouraging drivers to stay for only a short time in busy city centre parking spots.

The first solar-powered meters were installed on Hamdan Street nearly three years ago, but they have lain unused until recently.

Last month, DoT staff began testing the devices, inserting coins and swiping credit cards.

Drivers will be able to pay for parking by text message, with a credit card or by pre-paid smart card, although the cost has not been disclosed.

The British company NCP Services, now called NSL Services Group, was hired last year to set up and manage the parking programme for the city centre and part of Airport Road.

Paid parking will be introduced in 10 stages over two-and-a-half years, with a total of 2,500 meters to be switched on.

The first year will see the recruitment and training of enforcement officers, the issuing of residents’ permits and a media campaign.

A transition period, during which offenders will be warned but not fined, is expected, but beyond this, repeat offenders risk having their vehicles clamped, towed away or impounded.

A contact centre and parking shop where drivers can buy permits and pay fines is to be opened.

Paid parking will eventually apply from the Corniche to Hazza bin Zayed Street between Khaleej al Arabi Road and the road that runs in front of Abu Dhabi Mall, as well as the strip from Hazza bin Zayed to Al Saada Street between Al Karamah Street and Fourth Street.

Mr Najeeb al Zarooni, the DoT’s parking director, said the system should not be seen as “a silver bullet” that would immediately solve the capital’s parking headaches, which partly stem from a growing number of vehicles registered.

“But we believe that positive impacts of the programme will begin to be felt by both drivers and residents before the year end,” he added.

Longer term, the DoT said yesterday it was looking for city centre sites for public car parks, either above or below ground. Temporary car parks may be erected initially.

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Bridge plan aimed at saving lives

Bridge plan aimed at saving lives
Haneen Dajani, THE NATIONAL

Last Updated: June 22. 2009 1:40PM UAE / June 22. 2009 9:40AM GMT
A labourer crosses the eight-lane Highway 11 in front of traffic near Al Raha Mall. Ryan Carter / The National
ABU DHABI // More pedestrian bridges could be added to roads both within and outside city limits to reduce the growing number of people who are struck by vehicles.

At the launch of a three-month campaign to tackle jaywalking yesterday, Col Hamad al Shamsi, director of the police’s traffic and patrols department, said the department was looking at adding pedestrian bridges in more areas, including Mussafah and Shahama.

The colonel said the bridges were expected to be built in the coming years, although he could not give an exact date. The department has also asked the municipality to place barriers on pavements where pedestrians tend to jaywalk.

The number of pedestrians hit by vehicles in Abu Dhabi grew to 663 last year, up from 583 in 2007.

Yesterday the traffic department revealed it had issued Dh802,000 (US$218,000) worth of tickets since the start of this year, with 4,010 jaywalkers fined Dh200 each. Last year the fine for jaywalking was increased from Dh50.

Col al Shamsi said the department’s studies covered areas that lacked pedestrian crossings and were considered hot spots for accidents involving pedestrians.

Meanwhile, traffic police are focusing on educating the public on the rules for crossing roads and the dangers of jaywalking by increasing campaigns to fine jaywalkers. Patrols will be carried out by both traffic control police officers and undercover traffic officers.

“We have to consider the culture and background of pedestrians and make sure we get our message across,” said Col al Shamsi. “After last year’s campaign the number of accidents involving pedestrians dropped rapidly.”

He said pedestrians involved in accidents who were found to be jaywalking were liable to be fined.

Lt Col Ahmad al Shehhi, director of capital traffic police, said patrols would focus on hot spots including Mussafah, Shahama, Al Dhafra Road, the Corniche and Al Salam Street. “It is not possible to have a policeman on every road in every corner, so we assess which areas are the most dangerous.”

In the coming three months more police patrols will be dedicated to catching jaywalkers.

“We asked the municipality to place barriers on the pavements, especially in front of shops and public parks, to prevent people from crossing in areas where they are not supposed to,” said Col al Shamsi.

Brochures outlining the rules in Arabic and English are to be handed to pedestrians and motorists. One reminds pedestrians to look for the nearest subway or bridge before crossing the road, and to wait for the green pedestrian light before crossing at traffic lights.

Another brochure explains to motorists that white stripes across the road are pedestrian crossings and that priority should be given to pedestrians to allow them to cross.

The fine for not giving priority to pedestrians to cross is Dh500 and six black points.

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IGNOU invites applications

IGNOU invites applications

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has invited applications for entrance test for its management programmes including MBA, to be held on August 16, 2009.

Graduates in any disciplines with 50 per cent marks (45% for reserved category students) are eligible to apply.

Application form and prospectus can be downloaded from the web site
The duly filled in application along with a demand draft for Rs.550 drawn in favour of IGNOU payable at New Delhi should be sent to the Registrar (SED), Block–12, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi–110068 by registered post so as to reach the addressee on or before July 15, 2009.

Courses in Nano-biotechnology

Courses in Nano-biotechnology

The International Centre for Nano-biotechnology of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University at Rajakkamangalam, Kanyakumari District, will offer a Master of Technology (M. Tech.) and a Master of Science (M. Sc.) in Nano-biotechnology.

The eligibility for the M. Sc. course is a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology, microbiology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, plant sciences, animal sciences, chemistry, physics, medical science, agricultural science or environmental science.

The eligibility for the M. Tech. course is a B.E. or B. Tech. in biotechnology, industrial biotechnology, pharmaceutical engineering, biomedical engineering or chemical engineering. Students who have completed a PG in any life science are eligible for M. Tech.

Details at .

Sunday, 21 June 2009

The world of book editing

The world of book editing


In an expanding publishing industry, book editors with an eye for detail are in great demand.

Does reading books for a living seem like a dream job? Then book editing may be the perfect profession for you. Book editors do primarily what their job title suggests, which is editing books. However, being an editor also involves many other activities.

According to Sandhya Rao, Chief Editor of publishing house Tulika, a typical day in the life of an editor would involve such tasks as “looking at manuscripts, working with production, interacting with authors and illustrators, and in the case of books in different languages, interacting with translators.”

Book editing has many subfields and specialisations, ranging from mystery novels to biographies. This is why Rakesh Khanna, co-founder of Blaft Publications, feels that it is wise to “obtain two skills.” As an example, he cited an editor of biology textbooks, who “should be really strong in English as well as biology.”

Also, while editors at small and independent publishing houses generally edit manuscripts as well as interact with authors, editors at multinational publishing houses usually focus on one of the two tasks. Copy editors correct grammatical and spelling errors, whilst ensuring that the book is cohesive and factually accurate. Acquisitions editors are responsible for obtaining manuscripts, selecting those which show promise and communicating with the author.

The Indian book publishing industry is flourishing, and was worth Rs. 8,000 crore in 2006. Since then it has been growing rapidly. Ms. Rao of Tulika believes that there are several reasons for this. “The industry is expanding because the market has grown,” she says, adding that “so many foreign players are coming into India because India is a huge potential market, due to the large English-speaking population.” In fact, India is the third largest producer of books in English, after the United States and Britain. However, as Ms. Rao points out, the best-selling books in India are probably textbooks; with the number of school-going children increasing every year, the demand for these books should not diminish in the near future.


The qualifications required to become an editor are not set in stone. Manjula Ramesh, Head of Production at Emerald Publishers, says that a degree in any field is sufficient, as long as you have “a very good knowledge and a good flow in English.” The same applies if you are interested in editing books in other languages. This was reiterated by Mr. Khanna of Blaft Publications, who says that “whatever language you are editing, it should be the language you’ve grown up with and the language you read a lot.” Mrs. Rao of Tulika believes that while it is better to have a “postgraduate degree in a language,” it is not an absolute necessity.

Being a book editor calls for certain practical skills and abilities. According to Mr. Khanna, the job requires an aptitude for “paying attention to various small details.” A talent for negotiating with other people, such as authors, is also beneficial. Mrs. Ramesh of Emerald Publishers adds that an editor should “be creative, should have the patience to peruse the book once or twice or even more and should have high concentration,” but above all else, they should have a passion for books.

You can prepare to enter the industry by reading books in every possible genre, editing a school or college magazine and working part-time as a freelance editor while still in college. Gaining experience is invaluable to a budding editor. Publishing houses generally provide a pleasant environment to work in. Alternatively, if you prefer working from home, freelance editing might be a good option. Ultimately, a book editor enjoys reading, is proficient in English or other languages and actively tries to discover new writing talent. If you thrive in the world of words, there’s a great career waiting for you!

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Thursday, 18 June 2009

Documentary contest GREENS 09 on Manoramaonline

Documentary contest GREENS 09 on Manoramaonline

Kottayam: Manoramaonline is organising Greens-09, a documentary film competition as part of the first anniversary celebrations of its Environment channel which started on June 5, 2008.

Documentaries on the subject of environment, of 10 to 30 minutes duration can be sent.

A cash prize of Rs 25000, Rs 15000 and Rs 10,000 will be awarded to the films that are chosen first, second and third respectively. Only CD's or DVD's of the documentaries will be accepted. Entry is open till July 5, 2009.

Ten best documentaries selected by a judges' panel will be featured on the website for a period of two months. Three of them voted best by viewers will be adjudged as winners. The ten documentaries selected by the judges' panel to the final round will continue to remain on the website for free.

The producers of the documentaries are required to enclose a letter agreeing to the conditions applied along with their creative works. For documentaries made by schools, colleges or any other institutions, a letter ofrom the present head of the establishment is mandatory.

Documentaries should reach, on or before July 5, 2009:

Greens - 9,
Manorama Online
Malayala Manorama
Kottayam - 1
Kerala, India

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Students gift Dhoni discarded products endorsed by him

Students gift Dhoni discarded products endorsed by him

Gangtok, June 15: Students from a government secondary school in remote Yuksom, West Sikkim have written 5-page letter to the Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni highlighting the effects of his brand endorsement on the fragile ecology of the Himalayan State.

To supplement their arguments for corporate responsibility towards environment, the students have gifted a discarded wrapper of ‘Lays’, a potato chips.

With the volume of such garbage increasing along with the increase in tourist footfalls in the area,the students decided to pay it back to the celebrity who endorses them.

Hence the letter to Dhoni and the attached wrapper as a sample on how the tentacles of plastic in guise of chip packets have reached the relative virgin high altitude areas of West Sikkim.

The students admit in their letter that this is not the best of gifts but expressed hope the gesture communicates the urgency of the matter to the cricket star.

Since the concerned students do not have the mailing address of Mahi, they have marked their letter to him and addressed it to a ‘reputed, eco friendly electronic media’ with copies marked to local newspapers of Sikkim.

They want their words and concerns to reach Mahi while adding the ‘stunt’ is neither to defame the Team India captain or the company manufacturing the product.

The students have even invited MSD to visit Yuksam and a get a guided tour of biodiversity hotspot from where the message has reached him.

The environment ball has been bowled to MSD and let's see how he tackles this googly.

Monday, 15 June 2009

BITS Admission : Apply by June 30

BITS Admission : Apply by June 30

June 14 : Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani has invited applications from candidates who had appeared for BITSAT-2009 and who fulfill the eligibility criteria, for admission to the Integrated First Degree Programmes - BE (Hons); B.Pharm (Hons); M.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc (Tech) - offered by the Institute at its Pilani, Goa and Hyderabd Campuses.

Details of programmes are given at

Admissions will be based on merit determined by the score obtained by the candidates at BITSAT-2009. Interested and eligible candidates should apply for admission as per the procedure prescribed. Only those candidates, who have passed their 12th year examination in 2009 or 2008 and have appeared in BITSAT-2009, will be included in the merit list for admission. Students who have passed 12th examination in 2007 or earlier are not eligible for applying.

First Rank holders of Central and State Boards in India will be given direct admission to the Programme of their choice irrespective of their BITSAT-2009 score, subject to their fulfilling the eligibility conditions. They should have obtained the minimum of 80% aggregate marks in PCM subjects with at least 60% in each of the PCM subjects in their 12th examination. For this purpose, the topper should be from the Science stream having taken Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects in 12th examination. The aggregate marks should contain the Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects, in addition to other subjects considered by the board as required to pass the 12th examination.

Candidates have to apply online at and take out a printout of the application submitted. The completed application from along with the prescribed fee of Rs.200/- and other enclosures should reach the Admissions Officer, BITS, Pilani-333031-02, latest by 5 pm on 30th June, 2009.

The procedure for payment of application fee of Rs. 200/- is given at the site where registration is to be done. The fee structure is given at

The cut-off BITSAT scores for admissions to I Semester 2008-09 to different programmes are given at the link ‘BITSAT Cut-off Scores (For 2008-09 Admissions)’, at Candidates should note that the cut-off scores vary from year to year.
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Engg admissions at DCE and NSIT Delhi

Engg admissions at DCE and NSIT Delhi

June 14 : Delhi College of Engineering, Shahbad Daulatpur, Main Bawana Road, Delhi-110042 has issued the Admission Notice for B.E. Courses under Faculty of Technology (University of Delhi) for 2009-10 at Delhi College of Engineering (DCE) and Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT), for Delhi Region/Outside Delhi Region/Kashmiri Migrants.

Candidates who appeared in Combined Entrance Examination (CEE) 2009 conducted by University of Delhi for admission to B. E. Courses under Faculty of Technology (University of Delhi) in Delhi College of Engineering (DCE) and Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT) are eligible for admission under the ‘Delhi Region seats through CEE-2009’ category.
Admission will be made on the basis of Rank of CEE-2009, from amongst those, who apply in the prescribed form.
For Those who have appeared in AIEEE-2009 and have been declared eligible for Central Counselling by CBSE, will be considered for admission to B.E. Courses in the two institutes for 15% seats for outside Delhi Region under ‘Outside Delhi Region seats through AIEEE-2009’ category. Admission will be made on the basis of Rank of AIEEE-2009.

Application form can be obtained from 16th June, 2009 up to 1 pm on 6th July, 2009, from the Reception Counter, Administrative Building, Delhi College of Engineering, Shahbad Daulatpur, Main Bawana Road, Delhi-110042 in person on all working days from Monday to Friday between 10 am and 4 pm on submission of a Pay Order or Crossed Demand Draft of Rs. 500/-.

Application form can be obtained through Post by sending a Demand Draft of Rs. 600/- (inclusive of postal charges) along with 3 address slips of size 10 cm X 5 cm, to which the application form is to be sent with the envelope containing the DD and address slips inscribed with ‘Request for B.E. admission form’, on top and to reach the ‘Administrative Officer, Delhi College of Engineering, Shahbad Daulatpur, Main Bawana Road, Delhi-110042’, latest by 25.06.2009.

The application form can also be downloaded from or and submitted along with a DD of Rs. 500/-.

Demand Draft should be drawn in favour of ‘Director, Delhi College of Engineering’, payable at ‘Delhi.’
Completed Form should reach the DCE latest by 4 p.m on 06.07.2009 (Monday).

Applicants desirous to be considered for Kashmiri Migrants seats (1 each in DCE & NSIT) should indicate their preferences at the appropriate place in the application form and attach attested photocopies of (i) Certificate of registration as Kashmiri Migrant issued by the Relief Commissioner, Jammu or Divisional Commissioner, Delhi (ii) Proof of property in Kashmir of the parent of the candidate (iii) Proof of current residence such as Ration Card, Photo Identity Card issued by the Election Commissioner, Driving License etc. Other conditions for admission of Kashmiri Migrants will remain same as mentioned above for others.

There are a total of 670 seats for BE at Delhi College of Engineering of which 569 will be filled based on CEE and 101 based on AIEEE. The branches, total seats, seats to be filled through CEE (85%) and seats to be filed based on AIEEE (15%) at Delhi College of Engineering are as follows.

(i) Electronics and Communication Engineering (120;102; 18)
(ii) Electrical Engineering (90; 76; 14)
(iii) Mechanical Engineering (120; 102; 18)
(iv) Civil Engineering (70; 59; 11)
(v) Production and Industrial Engineering (30; 26; 4)
(vi) Computer Engineering (90; 76; 14)
(vii) Polymer Science & Chemical Technology (40; 34; 6)
(viii) Environmental Engineering (30; 26; 4)
(ix) Information Technology (60; 51; 9)
(x) Bio-Technology (20; 17; 3)

At Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, there are 500 seats of which 425 will be filled based on CEE and 75 based on AIEEE.
Details are as follows.

(i) Electronics and Communication Engineering (120; 102; 18)
(ii) Computer Engineering (120; 102; 18)
(iii) Instrumentation and Control Engineering (120; 102; 18)
(iv) Manufacturing Process & Automation Engineering (60; 51; 9)
(v)Information Technology (60; 51; 9)
(vi) Bio-Technology (20; 17; 3)

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June 14 : Indira Gandhi National Open University Regional Centre, Cohin-682017, in collaboration with Kerala Managements Association has announced admission to the Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Research in Management (PGDTRM) for July, 2009 session.

Those who have completed Post Graduation in Management, Commerce and in allied disciplines and practicing Managers will be eligible for admission.

The Programmes consists of courses in Teaching Skills in Management, Institutional Management, Management Research, Management Consultancy and Entrepreneurial Development, Training and Development, Live Cases/Case Studies & Training in Software Packages for Management Research.

The Programme duration is minimum 1 year and maximum 4 years and the Programme fee is Rs.15000/-
Enrolled students will be attached to KMA, Cochin and other Chapters of KMA in Kerala. Counselling sessions and other academic support services will be rendered through the KMA Centres. Initially, the Programme will be offered in Kerala. The Programme is being conducted in the distance learning mode.

Application forms along with student handbook are available at IGNOU Regional Centre (0484-2533021) and at office of Kerala Management Association, Management House, Panampally Nagar, Kochin-36 (0484-2317966) for Rs.100/- in cash. It can be obtained by Post by sending a Demand Draft for Rs.150/- drawn in favour of IGNOU and payable at Cochin.

Last date for receipt of filled in application at IGNOU Regional Centre, Cochin accompanied by the requisite enclosures as per the checklist in the Handbook and a Demand Draft for Rs.15,000/- towards Programme fee drawn in favour of IGNOU and payable at Cochin is 30th June, 2009.

Sri Sharada Institute of Indian Management Research New Delhi PGDM, PGPRM (Retail) Admissions open 2009-11 (14th Batch)

Sri Sharada Institute of Indian Management Research New Delhi PGDM, PGPRM (Retail) Admissions open 2009-11 (14th Batch)
by NewsIn on Jun.14, 2009,

Sri Sharada Institute of Indian Management Research New Delhi Admissions open 2009-1114th Batch) PGDM, PGPRM (Retail) (Approved by AICTE, Ministry of HRD, GOI) Increased seats and an autonomous status have created a good opportunity for those who have missed out the chance to get admission in SriSIIM. You should explore the SriSIIM opportunity, before we run out of seats. There are several good reasons for you to choose SriSIIM 1. Excellent Placement Record with a record salary package of Rs 30 lakhs + given to 12 of its students. 2. 16 innovatively designed full credit courses in addition to the MBA course being offered by other institutes. These include creativity and innovation, Indian Wisdom, Personality Development, New Product Development (NPD), Business Communication, BARS (Business Analytics & Research Systems), Marketing in India, Crisis Management, Environmental Management, Organisational Leadership & Leading through Teams, Management Consultancy & Project Management, General Case Study & Analysis, Emotional Intelligence and Transactional Analysis, Macro Economic Policy Analysis, Economics of HR & Knowledge Management. 3. First class in the morning is always the SADHNA class where the students share the wisdom of the Bible, Guru Granth Sahib, Quran, Geeta and the Vedas. An important part of this class is Meditation and Prayer which sets the mood and the tone for the whole day. 4. A State of the Art Auditorium, Modern Class Rooms, a New Library and an Upgraded Computer Lab are under construction at the campus and will be ready before the new session. 5. The institute has implemented the 6th Pay Commission to ensure that the salaries of the faculty are at par with the best. This has attracted some of the most respected names to join SriSIIM. 6. SriSIIM University Press has been recently launched to ensure good quality of books and course material for the students in collaboration with the best around the globe. 7. Hostel facilities are available for the girl students with transport facilities. To explore further please email at , SMS or call Shubhi at 9958291341 or our admission cell at 011-26124090/91. Theyare planning to visit Dehradun, Rishikesh, Varanasi, Allahabad, Guwahati & Kolkatta for GDPI in June. Please reserve your seats by calling Shubhi at 9958291341, 011-26124090, 91 or sending her an sms. Alternatively you can send an email to Shubhi at or . Candidates of Varanasi & Allahabad can call Satish at 9335008045, 0542-6531423. You can also visit their campus on any Sunday in June-July 2009 at 10 am for the GDPI. You would need to bring Photostat copies and original certificates of your 10th, 12th and graduation mark sheets with your CAT/MAT/XAT score. The fees for the Entire process is Rs. 1000/-. Lunch is provided at the campus and the results are handed over the same day by 4.00 pm.

Campus: Plot No. 7, Phase-II, Institutional Area, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070, Ph: 26124090/26124091, Fax: 26124092, Mobile: 9958291341,
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SRM varsity introduces new courses

SRM varsity introduces new courses
15 Jun 2009, 0325 hrs IST, TNN

CHENNAI: The SRM University (deemed) near Chennai will introduce undergraduate courses in nano technology, infrastructural engineering, nuclear
engineering, architectural engineering and fashion technology this academic year.

Its chancellor T R Pachamuthu announced this while distributing admission letters to students on Friday last. According to a press release, the university has enhanced its cumulative scholarship for meritorious students from Rs 6.5 crore last year to Rs 9 crore now.

"Under the Founder's Scholarship, 20 toppers of the SRM Engineering Entrance Examination would be granted free admission into the B.Tech course of their choice. Besides, another Rs 2 crore would be offered as scholarship in addition to a stipend of Rs 1,000 per month," the press release said.

Pachamuthu offered free education to all the 32 district toppers in Tamil Nadu and a 50% waiver in tuition fees for 200 students who had scored an aggregate of 90% or above in their CBSE Plus Two examination and 95% and above in the State Board higher secondary examinations.

"Apart from this 77 seats would be allotted under the sports quota which also comes under the Founder's Scholarship programme. Of the 77 seats, 25 would be for B.Tech, 22 for MBA and the balance for other fields like science and humanities," the release added.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

BHMS at NIH, Kolkata

BHMS at NIH, Kolkata

June 13 : National Institute of Homoeopathy, Block-GE, Sector-III, Salt Lake, Kolkata-700 106, an autonomous Institution under Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India, has invited applications from Indian Nationals for admission to 5½ years Degree Course in Homoeopathy (BHMS) (including one year Compulsory Rotatory Internship) at the National Institute of Homoeopathy, Kolkata, affiliated to The West Bengal University of Health Sciences for the academic year 2009-10.

Those who have passed Higher Secondary (10+2)/equivalent examination with five subjects including Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English and obtained 50% marks in aggregate (45% marks for the SC/ST) are eligible to apply. Applicant should attain 17 years of age by 31st December, 2009. Blind (including colour blind), deaf, and/or dumb candidates are not eligible to apply for the course.

There are 60 seats of which 14 seats are reserved for nominees, one each from Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, , Nagaland, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar Island, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep and Puducherry and 2 each from Mizoram and Tripura. Six seats are reserved for Foreign Nationals of which 5 are for candidates from BIMSTEC Countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand) nominated by Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi and One for Foreign National candidates under self-financing scheme nominated by the Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India. Ten seats are reserved for candidates sponsored by Govt. of Sri Lanka through the Dept. of AYUSH, Govt.of India. The remaining seats will be filled through All-India Admission Test.

Reservation for various categories will be made as per rules. Application has to be submitted in the format available at, on three A4 size paper (two pages for the application proforma and one page for the identification card).

Filled in application, in candidate’s own handwriting, should reach the office of the Director, National Institute of Homoeopathy, Block-GE, Sector-III, Salt Lake, Kolkata-700 106 on or before 20th July, 2009 along with (i) a self addressed (with Pin code) envelope of size 31 cm X 12 cm (ii) Bank Draft for Rs.500/- drawn in favour of Director, National Institute of Homoeopathy, payable at Kolkata (No Bank draft is required in case of SC/ST candidates but they have to attach a copy of caste certificate attested by a Gazetted Officer with the application) (iii) 4 identical copies of recent passport size (3.5 cm X 4.5 cm) colour photographs of the applicant taken without spectacles and cap/hat, after 15th May, 2009 with a placard showing candidate’s name and date of photo, of which 2 copies are to be pasted on the specified area on the application, which should be attested by a Gazetted Officer after pasting, with part of signature on the photograph and part of signature on the application form and the other 2 not pasted, signed on the reverse by candidate.

Admit Card and Prospectus will be sent by Post to the applicants. List of candidates with their Roll numbers and Centres will also be available at

The All India Entrance Examination will be held on 9th August, 2009 (Sunday) at Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Thiruvanthapuram and Bhopal. In case the number of candidates opted for a particular centre are less, then the centers at Hyderabad, Thiruvanthapuram and Bhopal will be cancelled and the candidates will be allotted the nearest centre. Accordingly candidate who opts for Hyderabad / Thiruvanthapuram/Bhopal has to mention his/her second choice of center of examination from amongst Kolkata/New Delhi/Mumbai/Chennai. The examination will be of 3 hours duration with 200 multiple choice questions from Physics (60), Chemistry (60), Biology (60) and General Knowledge (20). There will be negative marking for wrong answers

The result of Admission Test will be announced on 17th August, 2009. Counselling for Admission will be on 28th & 29th August, 2009. Result of the qualified candidates will be communicated by post and the merit list will also be available at

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B.Tech-MBA at Indraprastha Uty

B.Tech-MBA at Indraprastha Uty

June 13 : University School of Management Studies, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Kashmere Gate, Delhi, has invited applications for admissions to the B.Tech-MBA Dual Degree Programme for the Academic Year 2009-10.

Admissions are open only to students who are in their 4th Semester B.Tech Programmes and studying in the University schools including IGIT. There are 60 seats for the course which will be distributed among various branches of B.Tech Programme in proportion of the number of students in 4th Semester of respective programmes.

Admissions will be given in the order of merit determined on the basis of marks secured by the eligible students in their 1st & 2nd Semester examinations of the B.Tech Programme. Students from a particular branch will be considered only against the seats allocated to that particular branch. However, unfilled seats out of the allotted seats for a particular branch will be filled by the eligible students of other branches on the basis of merit without any regard to the branch.

Annual fee is Rs.5000/- (exclusive of the fee to be paid by them for their B.Tech programme) in their 3rd year and 4th year. The fee to be paid in the 5th year of the programme shall be equivalent to the fee paid by the MBA final year students in that academic year.

Admission from can be downloaded from The last date for submission of applications for the courses commencing on 1st August 2009 is, 30th June 2009. Student admitted to the program will be offered a minimum of two courses in Management discipline every Semester starting from 5th Semester of their B.Tech-MBA programme.

Exemption will be granted in respect of courses, which are covered under scheme of syllabi of their respective B.Tech programme provided, such courses for which exemption are granted are cleared in their B.Tech programme. In the 9th and 10th semester of B.Tech-MBA Programme, the students are required to take 7 and 6 courses respectively which interalia includes courses from major and minor specializations.

Classes for the courses offered in the Management subjects will be held two days in a week including Saturday.

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Diploma courses at IHM Faridabad

Diploma courses at IHM Faridabad

June 13 : Institute of Hotel Management, Faridabad has invited applications from boys and girls for admissions to Job Oriented diploma courses of 1 ½ Years duration, in Food Production (40 seats)/Food & Beverage service (70 seats) /Housekeeping (30 seats).

Eligibility is Senior Secondary (10+2) or equivalent, with English. Age limit is 22 Years as on 1.7.2009, relax-able by 3 Years in case of SC / BC applicants.

Reservation will be as per Haryana Govt. norms. Information Brochure cum Application Form is available from the office of Principal, Institute of Hotel Management, Faridabad in person on payment of Rs 350/-. It can be obtained by Post on payment of Rs 400/-, by Demand Draft drawn in favour of Food Craft Institute payable at Faridabad. Application Form can also be downloaded from Downloaded application should be accompanied by a Demand Draft of Rs 400/-, drawn in favour of Food Craft Institute payable at Faridabad.

Completed Application Form should reach Principal, Institute of Hotel Management, Badkhal Lake Chowk, Faridabad-121 001 Haryana, latest by 24.6.2009. Applicants should report for interviews as per the interview schedule given in the information brochure.

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PG in Law of Financial Services and Capital Markets

PG in Law of Financial Services and Capital Markets

June 13 : NALSAR University of Law, 3-4-761, Barkatpura, Hyderabad-500027, has notified he admission to 2 years (4 Semesters) Masters Degree in Law of Financial Services and Capital markets for 2009-10, offered as a self-financing on-campus collaborative Programme between the NALSAR university and Institute of Insurance and Risk Management(IIRM).

The programme provides conceptual foundation in various services like Insurance, Banks, Mutual Funds, Security markets etc., and also legal aspects involved in these areas. It aims at providing qualified and legally knowledgeable managers in the areas of financial services and capital market industries.

The entire Porgramme should be completed in all respects within a maximum period of 4 years (8 semesters). Eligibility is Graduation in any discipline with 50% in aggregate. Preference will be given to those having experience of working in Insurance, Banking and other financial sectors or those in legal profession. There is no age restriction for this programme. Candidates awaiting results of the qualifying examination can also apply subject to the condition that they should produce proof of having passed the qualifying examination with requisite percentage at the time of interview. Candidates whose marks memos of the qualifying examination are not available at the time of interview are not eligible for admission.

Candidates from all parts of the country are eligible for admission. There is no reservation for any category of candidates. Admission will be made based on the candidate's academic qualifications, experience and performance at the entrance examination and/or interview. Additional weightage would be given to those having higher qualifications. Candidates selected for the Main List and Waiting List will be informed of their position individually. A maximum of 10% of the total seats may be filled directly from NRIs/Foreign Nationals provided they have passed the qualifying examination

Prospectus and Application Forms would be available from Coordinator (ML-FS&CM) Programme from the city campus of NALSAR University at 3-4-761, Barkatpura, Hyderabad- 500 027 on payment of Rs.1000/- or can be obtained by Post by sending a Draft for Rs. 1050/- drawn in the name ‘The Registrar, NALSAR University of Law (ML-FS&CM) A/c’, on any scheduled bank at Hyderabad. Prospectus and Applications from are also available at

Last date for receipt of applications along with certified copies of certificates is July 31, 2009.

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Master of Public Health course at NICD

Master of Public Health course at NICD

June 13 : National Institute of Communicable Diseases, (Directorate General of Health Services), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, 22-Shamnath Marg, Delhi 110054 has invited applications for admission to the 2-year Master of Public Health (Field Epidemiology) [MPH (FE)] course for 2009, affiliated to the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi,

Those possessing MBBS Degree from any recognized institution are eligible to apply. The upper age limit is 45 years for in-service candidates and 35 years for others as on August 1, 2009, which can be relaxed up to a maximum of 5 years in exceptional cases by the Admission Officer if he/she is satisfied with the merit of the case.

The intake will be limited to a maximum of 15 seats. Of these, two seats are earmarked for World Health Organization sponsored fellows. For the remaining 13 seats, admission will be done on the basis of an entrance test. These 13 seats will be distributed in the ratio of 60% for In-Service Candidates (working in Health Institutions / Organizations in Central / State Government or Public Sector and having five years experience, of which at least three years should be in Public Health activities) and 40% for direct candidates. In-service candidates shall, at the time of application or counseling for admission, furnish a letter from their employer that, if they are admitted, they would be relieved for two years for undertaking the course on a full-time basis at NICD.

Reservation will be as per Government/University norms with 27% for OBC; 15% for SC; 7.5% for ST; 5% for Defence category and 3% for Physically Handicapped Candidates. One supernumerary seat is earmarked for Kashmiri migrants for which the admission will be based on the Entrance Test.

The Entrance Test is to be conducted on 5th July 2009 (Sunday) at Delhi. WHO sponsored candidates are exempted from appearing in the entrance test and such candidates will be enrolled to the University directly. Details are available in the Information Bulletin.

Application form and Information Bulletin will be available from the Institute between 10 am and 5 pm on all working days till 22nd June 2009 on payment of Rs. 400/- in the form of a Demand Draft in favour of ‘Director, National Institute of Communicable Diseases’, payable at Delhi.

Application Form & Information Bulletin can also be downloaded from the website Those who use downloaded Application Form must enclose a DD for Rs. 400/-, drawn as described with name & address written on the back side of the DD, with the filled application form.

Completed Application should reach the Director, National Institute of Communicable Diseases latest by 5 pm on 22nd June 2009 with words, ‘APPLICATION FOR MPH (FE) 2009, written on the top of the envelope.

The course is not recognized by the Medical Council of India.

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IGNOU – BEd Entrance Test

IGNOU – BEd Entrance Test

June 13 : Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Regional Centre, Chekkalamukku, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram – 695017 has invited applications for Entrance test to be held on 16th August 2009 all over the country for admission to the BEd programme through distance education mode. Duration of the course is two years and this BEd has been recognized by the NCTE.


Inservice graduate teachers with two years full time teaching experience are eligible to apply. Application form and prospectus can be downloaded from the website and duly filled in application along with a DD for Rs. 550/- infavour of IGNOU payable at Thiruvananthapuram has to be submitted to the above address on or before 15th July 2009.

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Digital System Design, VLSI Design

Digital System Design, VLSI Design

June 13 : The VSLI Design and Research Centre under the Department of Electronic Science, University of Pune, Pune – 411007 has invited applications for admission to the following courses.

• Diploma in Advanced Digital System Design. This one year full time course covers Digital System Design Principles, Hardware Design Techniques, VLSI Design Methodology, HDL, DSP and programming, Hardware Design and Testing, EDA and Development Tools, Digital System Design Application, Embedded Systems Programming, Operating System & RTOS, RTOS Implementation, Embedded Systems Development Tools, Embedded System Hardware, Microprocessor Architecture, Embedded Systems Applications, Industry Standard Project.

• Certificate course in VLSI Design. This six months full time course covers Advanced Digital Design, CMOS VLSI Design Hierarchy, System Architectures, Embedded Systems, High Level Design Methodology, Testing & Verifications, DSP, Industry Standard Projects.

• Certificate course in Embedded System Design. This 6 months full time course covers Embedded Systems programming languages, Operating Systems & RTOS, Embedded Systems Development Tools, DSP, Telecommunications, Embedded System Hardware, Microprocessor, Micro Controller 8051, ARM, AVR, Sensors & Control System, Case Study & Industry Standard project.


Those who have obtained BE/ B.Tech in Electronics / Electronics & Telecommunication / Instrumentations/ Electrical / Computer / Information Technology / MSc in Electronics or equivalent are eligible to apply for the above courses. Students already appeared for final year examinations and awaiting results are also eligible to apply.

How to apply

Application form and other details can be had from the website Last date of submitting application is 3rd July 2009.

Selection is on the basis of entrance examination which will be held at Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore & Ahmedabad. For more details visit Phone : 020 – 25690836, 25690837,

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TN HC directs closure of ICFAI off campus and study centres

TN HC directs closure of ICFAI off campus and study centres

Chennai, June 13 : The Madras High Court directed closure of off-campus centres and study centres run by the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI) Society in Tamil Nadu. Disposing off a batch of petitions, a division bench, comprising Justices S J Mukhopadhaya and V Dhanapalan, said: "we have no hesitation to hold that ICFAI Society and ICFAI University have no legal right to run institutions of this kind in the state of Tamil Nadu and they are hereby restrained from running such instutitions".

Noting that as per regulations, no off-campus centres or study centres could be opened without prior approval of UGC and state governments, the bench said in the case on hand,
such centres had been set up with prior approval of UGC and Tamil Nadu government.

"They cannot be allowed to run any longer. If such centres are allowed to continue, the future of gullible students will be jeopardised by way of money and time," the court observed.

It felt that irregularities and improprieties in using the educational system to the advantage of certain private institutions would give a wrong signal and put the common man in peril if such kind of mushrooming of private institutions, without recognition, affiliation and proper grant of permission was allowed.

"Therefore we hope that statutory bodies such as the All India Council for Technical Education, UGC or another equivalent bodies will take constructive steps to bring in appropriate rules and regulations with stringent penal provisions to scotch all irregular and illegal institutions," they said.

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