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SC / STs to get Coaching for Foreign Education Exams 2013
The government has decided to provide coaching to 5,000 candidates of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes this year to enable them to pass GRE, TOEFL and IELTS and pursue higher education in the US and Europe.
The “foreign education” to these disadvantaged sections will be extended using the funds of SC / ST sub – plans which are now named Indiramma Kalalu.
500 Candidates to go Abroad
Arrangements are being made to send 500 candidates abroad this year, to begin with.
An advisory board will be constituted to identify the universities abroad for the purpose and a cell formed at Hyderabad to monitor their education later. Twenty-two applications received already are being processed.
The decision was taken at a meeting held by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy here on 14th May, 2013 to review the implementation of the scheme. Deputy Chief Minister C. Damodar Rajanarsimha, who put in efforts for months to formulate the sub-plans along with SC / ST Ministers, was absent as he was indisposed.
Social Welfare Minister P. Satyanarayana, who attended the meeting along with a few other Ministers, told reporters later that the proposals finalised by nodal agencies of the SC and ST sub – plans headed by himself and Tribal Welfare Minister P. Balaraju, would be posed for approval by the State Sub – Plans Council for which the Chief Minister was the Chairman, at its meeting on 18th May, 2013.
Study Abroad Have you done your homework ?
Indian students aspiring to travel abroad for higher education need to learn a few lessons from the recent happenings at London Metropolitan University, and California – based Tri Valley University last year.
First, the necessity to ascertain the quality of the institution one is seeking admission into and, second, the importance of strict adherence to rules and regulations. Any violation of regulations of the host country or educational institution can land anyone in trouble – the violators themselves as well as the innocent who often end up paying the price for the deeds of others.
Without getting into the debate over the controversial decision of the British government to ban London Metropolitan University ( LMU ) from teaching non – European Union foreign students fearing they were potential immigrants, the facts remains that it has impacted over 300 Indian students. And if news reports are to be believed, families of several Indian students have sold off their land and properties to send their children to study in Britain.
“We have taken up the issue with the U.K. government through our High Commission to accommodate Indian students,’’ Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal told Press Peoples . “However, when students apply to universities abroad they must exercise diligence about the quality of the institution they are seeking admission to,’’ he said.
While there is no single – window system in India to get information about the educational institutions abroad at present, the Ministry of Human Resource Development is in the process of developing a website where relevant details would be available at the click of a button. The website, being prepared by EdCIL and the All India Council of Technical Education ( AICTE ), has been in the process of preparation since the Tri Valley episode last year but has got stuck due to some administrative hiccups.
But until the website is in place, there are several agencies that do provide the information required about foreign universities.
International cooperation constitutes a major activity of Association of Indian Universities ( AIU ) based in New Delhi. To name a few, Canada, Australia, Scotland, France, Taiwan, Mauritius are some of the major countries with which AIU has a strong interface. The Association has facilitated interaction of Indian universities with their counterparts abroad by creating an umbrella arrangement with major countries known for excellence in education and research.
The Association serves as an inter – university organisation and acts as a bureau of information. In addition it coordinates mutual consultation among universities and liaisons between the universities ( national or international ) and the government in matters of common interest. Importantly, it acts as a representative of universities in India and assists universities in obtaining recognition for their degrees, diplomas and examinations from other universities, Indian as well as foreign.
The AIU keeps a close eye on the international scenario of higher education and maintains strong networking with international organisations to cope with the changing scenario.
The AIU is a member of different important international organisations and represents them in different capacities including International Association of Universities, Paris University Mobility in Indian Ocean Region, ( UMIOR ), Global University Network for Innovation, Cataluna, Spain ( GUNI ), National Association of Foreign Student Advisers ( NAFSA ), International University Sports Federation ( FISU ), Asian University Sports Federations ( AUSF ).
The secretary general of AIU is one of the four members monitoring committee of India – EU Study Centers Programme. The Association has signed Memorandums of Understanding for mutual cooperation in various areas of higher education with Australian Vice Chancellors’ Committee ( AVCC ), renamed as Universities Australia, Institute of International Education ( IIE ) New York, Indo French Consortium of Universities ( IFCU ), Association of Universities in Netherlands ( VSNU ), ( Copenhagen ), Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada ( AUCC ), Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education ( FICHET ), Taiwan, BRAC University, Bangladesh, Universities Scotland and the Tertiary Education Commission ( TEC ), Mauritius.
The U.K. India Education and Research Initiative ( UKIERI ) develops policies and framework to support mutual recognition and equivalence of learning and achievement between India and the U.K. It helps in creating opportunities for student mobility between the two countries and works for development of joint doctoral and master’s programmes.
Since its establishment five years ago, UKIERI has played a pivotal role in establishing a step change in the educational relations between the two countries. The strand aims to foster mobility of students across India and the U.K. and to work on key areas like mutual recognition of qualifications and credit transferability.
Institutional tie – ups to support study tours, summer programmes and other short visit opportunities with special emphasis on India’s heritage and culture are also being structured in the programme delivery.
UKIERI is working towards the transferability and equivalence of qualifications through recognition of learning and achievements. It will also highlight key issues and challenges faced by the education sector in both countries pertaining to mutual recognition and equivalence of learning and achievement, and make recommendations through UKIERI framework for mutual recognition.
IDP invited Indian Students to meet Australian Universities to Explore Overseas Education Options
IDP Education India, is all set to roll with their Australian education fair which is scheduled to take place in eleven cities starting 21st August, 2012 to 5th September, 2012.
The education fair is a boon for all those overseas education aspirants who wish to study different courses in Australia. The fair’s objective is to bring the prominent Australian universities and the aspirants under one roof .
A whopping number of thirty four Australian universities / institutions are participating in the fair, students could meet the know – how’s and enquire about everything that they have always wanted. From offer letters to scholarships, students can enquire about anything under the sun.
The fair has no entry fee involved , students can walk into the beneath stated venues at the time prescribed with their academic documents ( mark sheets etc ). Following are the date / venue and time of the fairs that shall take place in different cities of India.
Date & Time
|21st August, 2012, Tuesday, 14 : 00 - 17 : 00||Kolkata, The Park, Kolkata|
|23rd August, 2012, Thursday, 12 : 00 - 15 : 00||Chandigarh, JW Marriott|
|25th August, 2012, Saturday, 11 : 00 - 16 : 00||Delhi, Shangri - La Eros|
|26th August, 2012, Sunday, 11 : 00 - 16 : 00||Mumbai, J W Marriot|
|27th August, 2012, Monday, 11 : 00 - 14 : 00||Ahmadabad, The Pride|
|29th August, 2012, Wednesday, 13 : 00 - 16 : 00||Pune, Sun-n-Sand|
|30th August, 2012, Thursday, 13 : 00 - 18 : 00||Bangalore, Vivanta Taj|
|1st September, 2012, Saturday, 11 : 00 - 16 : 00||Hyderabad, Taj Krishna|
|2nd September, 2012, Sunday, 11 : 00 - 16 : 00||Chennai, ITC Sheraton Park Hotel|
|4th September, 2012, Tuesday, 11 : 00 - 14 : 00||Kochi, Holiday Inn|
|5th September, 2012, Wednesday, 13 : 00 - 16 : 00||Coimbatore, The Residency|
University of Liverpool Materials for the future
University of Liverpool, UK, is inviting students from India to join engineers and scientists in the development of new materials for medical applications, product development and manufacturing systems.
Through its two postgraduate degree programmes, including advanced manufacturing systems and technology, and advanced chemical sciences ( nanoscale with materials chemistry ), the university will support students in gaining knowledge and skills that they need to pursue careers in the manufacturing and engineering industry, as well as medical professions.
The one – year postgraduate course in advanced manufacturing systems and technology will show students how to become an expert in using technology, management and systems to create competitive, value – adding products for industry use. Also, the advanced chemical sciences ( nanoscale with materials chemistry ) programme allows students to develop their own postgraduate degree course based on students’ interests in the area of chemistry.
Researchers from across the faculty of science and engineering, health and life sciences, and humanities and social sciences have come together as part of the university’s new materials for the future research theme.
The team of researchers will address techniques for the investigation of biological systems, protection of physical structures, and the development of new energy – saving products.
Students wanting to study materials at Liverpool will work with researchers at the Surface Science Research Centre, where scientists have recently recreated the first moments of water condensing on matter – a process vital for the formation of clouds in the atmosphere.
Students interested in medical applications will also be able to work with the Centre for Materials and Structures, where engineers are working on the development of selective laser melting for the production of prosthetic implants for the human body.
Both courses start in September 2012 and students are required to have completed a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university with a minimum first division qualification. Students should have English language skills at IELTS 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component for most programmes. Fees for 2012 are £ 14,850.
For more information about the course, visit http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/international/courses/.
Soon, Indian B.Tech degrees may be recognized Abroad
Engineers with undergraduate degrees will find it easier to seek jobs and opportunities for higher studies abroad from 2013, if India’s bid to join the elite Washington Accord for international accreditation is accepted.
If it comes through, undergraduate engineering degrees from India will be brought on a par with those of the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and six other nations, easing mobility for Indian undergraduate engineers.
The National Board of Accreditation, under the aegis of All India Council for Technical Education, plans to bid to become a permanent member of the Washington Accord in June 2013.
Said G. Prabhakar, an NBA Member and President, Andhra Pradesh chapter of Institution of Engineers ( India ), “In 2013, NBA will be a full member of the Washington Accord. The accord recommends that the graduates of programs accredited by any of the signatory bodies be recognized by other members as having met academic requirements for entry to engineering.” India was granted the status of a provisional member in 2007.
India is yet to invite the Washington Accord to audit its accreditation system, a crucial process for becoming a full member, despite the country being granted a provisional status in 2007.
Hu Hanrahan, the Chair of the Washington Accord, who is in India for the first World Summit on Accreditation 2012, refused to commit to a timeline for India becoming a permanent member, saying the process was under way.
Even if India is granted membership of the accord, only about 20% of the 4,000 – odd engineering institutes in the country are likely to make the cut.
India’s mentor for the accreditation, past president of Singapore’s Institution of Engineers Lock Kai Sang, said, “India’s bid to receive permanent membership in 2013 will be very challenging. There is still a lot of implementation work that needs to be carried out based on outcome assessment and accreditation.”
Around 140 institutes have applied for accreditation under the new framework.
National Board of Accreditation ( NBA ) officials said that India could be looking at a two – tier system of accreditation – creating international benchmarks for some institutes and settling for lower standards in other colleges.
The HRD ministry has already proposed a legislation to make every higher educational institution mandatorily accredited in the country. “I hope in this session of Parliament we will carry through ( the bill ),” HRD minister Kapil Sibal said.
The National Accreditation Regulatory Authority for Higher Educational Institutions Bill has provisions under which assessment of such accreditation has to be made before the institution starts the process of admission to the programs, while the existing educational institutions will have to get their accreditation within three years.
The bill also seeks establishment of National Accreditation Regulatory Authority for Higher Education, which shall register and monitor accreditation agencies.
Abroad Study from home for foreign degree
Studying abroad was like a dream for any student but this time Laureate International Universities, which is recognized as a network of higher education institutes has planned a courtesy online courses for Indian Students.
Master and Professional Level Courses
Management health and human services, Public policy and other streams are available from Laureate’s three flagship varsities – Liverpool ( Britain ), Walden ( US ) and Glion ( Switzerland ).
Norman Bloomberg ( Chief operating officer ) said that the offered courses are designed specifically for working professionals.
As per the report, “After applying online, the aspirant would be able to chat with our advisors who would help him to choose the right programme. Our programmes are aimed at working adults with work experience.”
Enrolled students would be taught via videos and weekly assignments.
He added, “We have partnered with the Pearl Academy of Fashion and are also in talks with some corporate.”
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