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India Education News, 21th - 27th July
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India Education News, 21th - 27th July

by Vivek Singh | July 28, 2014

1. IIT-Gandhinagar begins MA course on society and culture

AHMEDABAD: Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, on Monday became the first IIT in the country to launch a comprehensive two-year MA programme in society and culture. On Monday, the institute started the first batch comprising 13 students. IIT-Gn had received more than 400 applications from students across the country for the programme. Students holding a bachelors degree in any discipline can apply for the course, which provides an inter-disciplinary approach towards understanding and critically analyzing society and culture. Some of the thematic areas are identity and difference, development and exclusion, local and transnational mobilities, India and its literatures, population and health.

2. Teachers unhappy with UGC handing NET to CBSE

NEW DELHI: The University Grants Commission may have offloaded the contentious National Eligibility Test on the Central Board of Secondary Education, but teachers across universities seem to have grave misgivings about a school board conducting an eligibility test for teacher recruitment in higher education institutions.
The most trenchant criticism of UGC's version of the NET has come from teachers of arts and social sciences. "I had a student who's done her MPhil from Cambridge University on a full scholarship and she hasn't been able to clear the UGC-NET," says Vinita Chandra who teaches English at Ramjas College, Delhi University, "It doesn't test teaching skills or critical thinking.

3. IIT Kharagpur eyeing international status

KHARAGPUR: Eyeing an improved international ranking, premier technology institute IIT-Kharagpur has started inviting foreign students, faculties and even Nobel laureates every year to its campus. The first International Summer and Winter Term (ISWT) at the IIT, which ended this month, had around 10 students from Australia and at least one international faculty in each of the 19 short-term courses.

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"In the winter season we are expecting around five students from a university in Tokyo. There will be at least 10 foreign teachers as well during that time," Siddhartha Mukhopadhyay, dean of alumni and international relations at IIT-Kgp, told PTI.


4. 'Anti-Hindi bias' argument behind row over CSAT

UPSC revised the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination syllabus to introduce a Civil Services Aptitude Test in 2011, based on recommendations of the S K Khanna committee. While Paper I of CSAT covers General Studies, Paper II carries questions on comprehension; inter-personal skills; logical reasoning and analytical ability; basic numeracy; decision-making and problem solving; general mental ability; and English language comprehension skills (up to Class X level). Out of 80 questions in Paper-II, about 8-9 related to English comprehension.

5. NTSE exam in Maharashtra to be held on November 2

PUNE: The Maharashtra State Council of Examination (MSCE) has announced that the National Talent Search Examination for this year will be conducted on November 2. The last date of filing the applications for this examination will be August 31, the MSCE has said in a statement issued recently. Students of class X studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the examination conducted by the state government and there would not be any domicile restriction, the MSCE has said.

6. Test Structure for NMAT 2015

NMIMS, School of Business Management (SBM) invited applications for admission to MBA & PGDM/PGDBM Programmes for academic year commencing from June 2015. The admission for all the Programmes will be through NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) conducted by NMIMS. For NMAT- 2015, candidates can apply for more than one Programme and more than one campus.

7. Osmania University, Hyderabad Notified Admission for P.G. Diploma in Bio-informatics 2014

Prof. G. Ram Reddy Centre for Distance Learning, Osmania University - Hyderabad invited application for Full time one year P.G. Diploma in Bioinformatics. Interested candidates may apply before 22 August 2014.
Important Dates
Sale of Prospectus-cum-Application form from: 01 July 2014
Last date for submission of Application form: 22 August 2014
Course Name
P.G. Diploma in Bioinformatics under the Faculty of Science
Course Duration: One year Full- time, Regular course to be conducted in Telangana

8. Govt earmarks 100 Crore to establish 60 innovation hubs

Government of India has earmarked about one hundred crore rupees for establishment of sixty (60) innovation hubs in the country during the 12th Five Year Plan by March, 2017.
The purpose and functions of the hubs are to provide activity based learning environment to inculcate a spirit of inquiry, foster creative talent and inspire innovations in young students and develop scientific temper amongst them.

9. Research must be of a high order and should be prioritized: President

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee attending the Golden Jubilee Convocation of Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University said that Research must be of a high order and should be prioritized keeping in mind local issues as well as fields of specialization. Institutional mechanisms like innovation clubs must be created to unearth and support potential grassroots innovation.

10. Manipal Global Education Services ties up with Google India

MUMBAI: Manipal Global Education Services today said that it has tied up with internet advertising and search giant Google to launch a three-month certificate course in digital marketing aimed at business school graduates.
Google India will provide the Karnataka-based with the training curriculum and the course involves classroom sessions, e-learning and hands-on learning through a live project, a statement from Manipal said. Students who successfully complete the course will be aware.

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