PGDM institutions across the country are free to accept CAT, XAT, MAT, ATMA and JMET scores and even conduct their own GD PI, the Supreme Court ruled on 26th July 2011. An interim order to the effect which was passed on March 17, 2011 has been extended till the next academic year – 2012-2013. In the circular, the AICTE had sought for its respective state machineries to take control of the fees and curriculum of all AICTE-approved PGDM courses. While passing the interim order, Supreme Court (of March 17, 2011) had asked the AICTE to file a counter affidavit within 10 days.
While the fight is on for admissions into some of the best colleges, there are some youngsters who are opting for community colleges. Community colleges are a new concept which is liked by lot of people in India. A community college primarily offers vocational education, diploma and certificate level courses. The first community college in India was founded as recently as 1995, in Pondicherry. In nearly three years, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has over two lakh students in about 600 community colleges across the Indian sub-continent.
According to the Open Doors 2010 Survey published by the Institute of International Education (IIE), there has been a whopping rise of 30% in Chinese students in the United States while there has been just a 2% rise in Indians studying there. Thus, China has replaced India as the leading place of origin for international student population in the US. By far, the United States is the leading destination for study abroad students from India with nearly 105,000 Indian students enrolled in higher studies. It is followed by the UK, which hosts 36,000 Indian students; and Australia, which hosts about 21,000 Indian students.
Presidency College has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mumbai-based IDBI Bank to train its students in management. According to this new alliance the bank professionals will train the BBA and MBA students of the college for six weeks. The chairman of college, Mr. Srinibash Mohapatra added in this context, the bank will provide the certificate to students, which will help them in their final placement. This training programme will commence from February next year. Presidency College is the second institute from the state to tie-up with IDBI Bank for the professional training of its students.
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has not approved some top engineering colleges. This is a bad news for candidates who aspired to get an admission in top engineering colleges in the state. AICTE declared a list of approved colleges on its official website. The top engineering colleges like RV College of Engineering, PES Institute of Technology, Malnad College of Engineering, and Sri Channabasaveshwara College of Engineering, MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Gokte Institute of Technology and University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering have not get approval for most of the courses and 20 other colleges, including five government colleges are not in the approved list of colleges.
The counseling process for admission in Medicine and Dentistry will start from 10th of June, and the academic session will begin from 18th June, 2010. According to the Head of Counseling Process Mr M.S. Thimmappa, “Students should research well about the college, courses, placement records, passing percentage and infrastructure before taking admission into any college. This will help them make their decisions rather than just getting carried away by the popularity of a college.”
Students planning to enroll for BA or B.Sc. courses in Mumbai Colleges now have a reason to smile. Various city colleges are offering interesting subject combination to students interested in learning new subjects along with the usual degree subjects. At Jai Hind College of Arts, Science and Commerce, students taking admission in BA course can also choose a subject of his/her choice like Mathematics, Commerce or Economics. Jai Hind College Principal, Ms. Kirti Nagpal said, “This is the first time that we are offering BA with mathematics in our college. The intention behind offering the combination is that students interested in arts but good at mathematics can take up both subjects.”