Kerala Agriculture University (KAU) is eager to work with Tamil Nadu Agriculture University (TNAU) on its new course on climate change. It is planning to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with TNAU on climate change in the area of research, education and technology transfer. Mr. Viswambharan said, “KAU has started a new course in climate change for the first time in Asia. The course is being conducted with support from University of Western Australia. The course is relevant for Kerala, as it is affected by climate change and biodiversity-related issues.”
IGNOU and the Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to start a joint Centre of Excellence at the IBAB campus, Bangalore to commence MSc Programme in Bioinformatics and Applied Science. The programme will start under IGNOU’s School of Science. Director and Professor of Bioinformatics, Mr. N. Yathindra said, "There is a serious dearth of professionals in this field in our country. The proposed programme is a unique programme, which is not being offered anywhere else in the country and will prepare manpower in Bio informatics and applied biotechnology." The programme is expected to start in the near future.
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.”
The Board of Governors of Medical Council of India (MCI) has put forward a proposal to conduct a common entrance test for medical courses from the next academic session. This common entrance test will cover both under-graduate and post graduate courses conducted by private and government medical colleges. The purpose of this initiative is to reduce the burden of students. President of the Board, Dr. S.K Sarin said, "A common entrance will reduce the hassles for students appearing for medical exams. At present, students have to give 10–15 different exams for medical courses, which can be highly stressful to both the student and his family. A common entrance exam will allow a student to give his best shot at one go."