Uttar Pradesh Madrasas to get Study Centres from IGNOU

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is soon going to set up special study centres in UP madrasas. One such centre has already been set up in a madrasa in Jalaun district of the state, informed an IGNOU official.

A special course, Bachelor of Preparatory Programme (BPP) will be introduced in these study centers. Any student completing this course can directly apply for graduation and can pursue his higher education. This scheme will encourage drop outs from madrassas to continue their studies.IGNOUE

The districts where Muslim population is more than 60% have been chosen by IGNOU to set up such special study centers in local madrasas.

Applications Invited for Doctoral Programme at IIM Lucknow

Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM – L) has invited applications from scholars for admission in the Doctoral Programme (Fellow Programme in Management) – The 10th Batch Commencing in June 2009.

Following areas will be covered under the programme:

Decision Sciences (Operations Research/ Statistics)
Finance and Accounting
Human Resources Management
Information Technology and Systems
Operations Management
Strategic Management

Candidates must possess any of the following qualifications for applying to this programme.

Masters degree or its equivalent in any discipline with min 55% aggregate marks
Bachelors Degree in Engineering with 60% marks or equivalent grade point average
Any professional qualifications such as CA, ICWA and CS with a min 55% aggregate marks

You can download the detailed admission procedure document from here.

Alagappa University Results Declared

Results for university degree programs have been declared by Alagappa University, Karaikudi.

Results: University Dept./Constituent Colleges
Results: Affiliated Colleges
Results: Distance Education
Results: Distance Education (Overseas)
Results: Distance Education (Revaluation)
Results: Distance Education (Mumbai)

Students must cross check their results with the official gazette of the university.

Gender Parity In Education:Still a Concern in India

Today India’s economy is booming and we are seen as a strong economic power in the coming years. Despite this fact, some social issues are still of concern and should be given enough importance if we have to sustain ourselves as a strong socio-economic super power. One such issue is ‘Gender Parity In Primary Education’, which needs immediate attention by State and Central Governments.

Indian School girls
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Let’s see some figures* related to gender distribution in primary and secondary education in India.

Primary Schools (Class I-V) -> Parity Index: 0.94 -> 94 girls for every 100 boys
Higher Secondary (Class IX-XII) -> Parity Index: 0.80 -> 80 girls for every 100 boys

*Source: HRD Ministry, Figures of 2005-2006

The above figures gives a clear picture of wide gap between school going girls and boys. The situation is even more worse in selective areas of the country, especially in west, North West and some parts of North India. The drop out rate of girls is most in primary education, as parents prefer to spend more on their son. Early marriage, security issues also play an important role in further aggravating the situation.

The noticeable difference in gender parity index in urban and rural areas clearly indicates that more attention is needed in rural areas, where drop out rate of girls is much higher than urban areas.

Programmes like Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) launched by government in 2004, does help the cause to some extent, but more action is needed to tackle this situation. Some State Governments are also offering free bicycles to girls to travel to school, resulting in decreased drop out rate of girls in these areas.

Unless, the whole outlook of society will not change on this issue, it would be very difficult to close the gap of gender parity index.

Laptops for Government School Toppers of Chandigarh

To encourage and increase the healthy competition among students, Chandigarh Government has gifted laptops to two Government School students who have topped in Class 12 in their city. Pankaj Kumar and Lakshay Manchanda have been chosen by the government to receive these rewards. One of the student is from urban area and the other student belongs to the rural area. This was done to balance the distribution of the prize among all sections.

It is the first encouraging move of gifting laptops to toppers in India by the State Government and is welcomed by the education fraternity. The pass percentage of in the Government Schools in Chandigarh have always been high; i.e. 85+ percent in both class 10th as well as 12th.

A Man With a Mission: Making Mathematics Learning Easy Through Math Labs

Mathematics Professor, Annaswamy Ranganath Rao is 100 years old and is one of the pioneers in popularizing the concept of Math labs in schools. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), recognized this method of teaching mathematics and made it mandatory to have Math labs in CBSE schools. Since 2006, this concept has been introduced with 80 marks from theory paper and 20 marks from the activities conducted in the Math lab.

Professor Rao introduced Math labs way back in 1974, making it easy for students to understand various Math theorems. He designed new models, gadgets to explain these concepts to students, making these concepts more understandable and at the same time a playful experience too.


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IIM (A) & IIPM gets Top Positions in Zee Business Best B-School Survey

In association with international research firm Synovate, Zee Business recently conducted a first survey of its kind in India to find out best B-Schools in India.

Indian Institute Of Management – Ahmedabad (IIM-A) and Indian Institute Of Planning And Management (IIPM) bagged the top positions in different categories. The survey was conducted in 10 metro cities with large set of candidates.

IIM-A got top positions for providing best placements, infrastructure, industry interface and course content to its students. IIPM bagged the top position for being the Best B-School providing global exposure to its students.

For complete results visit, http://www.zeebiz.com/bschool/BSchoolresult.html

DU gets Court Notice over OBC Reservation

Hearing the plea of group of medical aspirants, Delhi High Court has issued notice to Delhi University over its alleged failure to give reservations to OBC candidates in various courses. In their petition the group has alleged, that despite of apex court upholding the governments decision to provide 27% reservation to OBC candidates, Delhi University has not fulfilled the same and has refused to give quota to OBC candidates in various medical colleges.

The High Court has asked DU to clarify, why have they failed to provide reservations to OBC candidates in various colleges.