100% Placement at IIM Kozhikode

IIM (K) has succeeded beyond expectations by getting hundred percent placements for its students in times when the economy is slowing down and fears of recession have seized every professional sector. As a part of its summer placement initiative, the Institute was flooded with lucrative offers from banks and financial institutions including the likes of Citibank, ICICI, Standard Chartered, American Express, JP Morgan and Edelweiss Capital. These placements come as a huge relief as everyone was expecting hiring to nosedive with the bleak international and national economic circumstances. In fact, the number of firms that visited IIM Kozhikode went up to 102 as compared to 66 from last year! Some students even got international offers from global commercial centres like Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.

Health Camp in Delhi Schools

The Delhi Government has made an honest attempt to raise the health standards among the students enrolled in the government-sponsored educational institutes. In this regard, the Naval Health Camp will be organized in the capital’s Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, Sultanpuri between the 4th and 6th of November 2008. These camps would also serve the purpose of reaching out to the underprivileged urban population. These camps are being organised as a part of the Navy Week and are being conducted in collaboration with the Department of Education and Health & Family Welfare. The students will be examined by specialists from the fields of paediatrics, ENT, dentistry and skin, combined with laboratory-based blood testing. The health camp would also involve sessions based on issues like hygiene, nutrition, healthy habits, sanitation, immunization and disease prevention.

IIM Bangalore Awarded the Best B-School in India

The Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore — IIM (B) has the honour of being awarded as the best B-School in India. The award was presented at the prestigious Eduniversal World Convention, La Sorbonne, Paris in France. The ceremony took place on November 4, 2008. IIM, Bangalore has been recognized among nine Eduniversal-defined geographical zones. These included Latin America, Northern America, Africa, Middle East, Central Asia, Far Eastern Asia, Oceania, Eastern Europe and Western Europe.

The initial selection was made by the Eduniversal International Scientific Committee. IIM (B) faced close competition from 27 other reputed global business schools. The competition was tough and this can be judged from the fact that IIM (B) was chosen from a total of nearly 1000 business schools, chosen from 153 countries. Eventually, IIM Bangalore was awarded as the Best Business School in Central Asia region. It was closely followed by IIM Ahmedabad.

FMS Goes Online For Admissions

Faculty of Management Studies, FMS, Delhi University is on the verge of making its entire admission process online. This is the first time the reputed management institute has tried to make an entire process online, i.e. admissions to FMS. In all probability, this endeavour would be executed for the forthcoming 2009 session. This would mean that aspirants would be able to pay their fee online for the scheduled entrance exam that would be held in January 2009. This is not the only new feature of FMS in 2009. The institute would also be implementing its OBC quota for the first time. The OBC candidates would benefit from a relaxation of 5% in the criteria for eligibility and a relaxation of 10% in the cut-off list.

Centre For History Awareness

The Central government is very keen on raising the knowledge about the nation’s glorious past among the children and youth. This realisation has come about as the nation’s history is looked upon as textbook subject by a majority of children. In fact, the recent trend indicates a shift of interest levels towards the history of the West, i.e. USA, even when the youth is totally ignorant of their own vast and glorious history. Such sentiments were expressed during the celebrations of the Bahadur Shah Zafar Birth Anniversary that was convened by the Centre for Freedom Struggle Studies, IGNOU.

There were three main points that were stressed upon. These included exhuming the mortal remains of the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, construction of a national monument in Delhi in honour of martyrs who had died fighting the British and updating the history books that tend to create an impression that Bahadur Shah Zafar had surrendered to the British. The forum felt that the correction of misplaced facts would also help to strengthen the Hindu-Muslim harmony.

DU Gets More Grants

The Human Resource Development, HRD ministry has approved nearly 646 new teaching posts in different departments of Delhi University and its affiliated colleges. This sanction will come in handy to meet the requirements for execution of the OBC reservation quotas. Continuing in this pattern, UGCs will also receive a huge financial grant for making sure that students applying under the OBC quota aren’t denied admissions besides the provision for recurring grants.

In fact, the first monetary instalment has already been discharged. In additions to this, the Delhi Government would provide additional funding to 12 DU colleges that function under its direct jurisdiction. These financial aids were necessary as the Supreme Court had ordered the merging of OBC seats in the General category and this needed the immediate expansion of the University’s infrastructure.

Right to Education Bill

The Union Cabinet has finally passed the Right to Education Bill. This controversial Bill had been deferred twice before. It had earlier faced opposition from the Law, Finance ministries where the major issue was the financial contribution of each state. The Right to Education Bill essentially means that every child in the age group of 6-to-14 has a right to elementary education that is provided free and compulsory and is of equitable quality and available in an accessible area.

This Bill is aimed at setting up certain minimum standards for public and private schools. This would eventually mean raising the worth of educational facilities across the nation. The government is very positive as it realises that the Bill would also help to restrict the problems of child labour and malnutrition. However, the Bill might still face hurdles as it has a clause that makes it compulsory for the private schools to reserve nearly 25% of the seats for the unprivileged and poor children.