HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has said that the 100 per cent cut-off marks this year, for admission in certain streams in Delhi University is due to the demand-supply dynamics and a solution lies in expanding the educational infrastructure. Mr. Sibal said that the demand is far greater than supply and thus the cut-off is bound to be high. The HRD minister also asked that if there is one Sri Ram College of Commerce and everybody wants admission there, what solution can be given to students.
Visa Relief To Tri Valley University’s Students In US
Responding to India’s strong reaction to how US authorities have been treating Indian students enrolled at the ‘sham’ Tri-Valley University in California, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hinted that it would reinstate the visas of victimized Indian students through the I-539 form. I-539 form is used by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to extend the visas and change immigration status of foreign nationals visiting the US. However, the request for visa extension or change of immigration status will only be considered on a case by case basis.
B-schools Plan Legal Action To Seek Reprieve From New AICTE guidelines
Over 200 management institutes across India are in discussions to approach the Delhi or Bombay High Court as a consortium and seek reprieve from recent guidelines issued by the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Among other things, AICTE had asked for common entrance tests for all PGDM programmes across the institutes, not to start admission process before March 31 in any academic year, and the institutes to seek approval of their course from their state panel.
Post-Study Employment Curbs In The UK Can Hit Number Of Indian Students Going There For MBA
In the wake of growing unemployment in Britain, the UK government abolished the visa that allowed Indian and non-EU students to work in the UK for two years after the completion of their courses. However, the London-based Association of MBAs holds a view that the move will hit the number of international students from India and elsewhere enrolling for MBA in the country. India and China are the biggest markets for international students for the UK and restricting their access to jobs market after studies can threaten future viability of the business education industry. MBA courses have high fees and international students are a good source of income for UK universities struggling for funding.
US Varsities Assessing Asian Aspirants Holistically; Reducing Focus on Test Scores
US universities are now judging higher education aspirants from India and Asia more holistically and trying to reduce their dependence on entrance test scores such as SAT, GMAT and GRE. They are also taking exceptional credentials of the student, their professional experience, insightful essays, social work and industry contacts into account while accepting students into their academic programmes.
CBSE To Offer Courses In Media, Films, Geospatial Studies, And Hospitality
After the huge success of introducing vocational courses during the last session, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is all set to introduce courses in media, films, geospatial studies and food & beverages in 11,000 schools in India and abroad affiliated to it. The courses will be introduced in class XI from the academic session 2010-11 on pilot basis.
INSEAD, one of the world’s largest graduate international business schools, and recently ranked No. 1 in Businessweek’s 2010 ranking of international business schools, is deepening its reach in Asia by launching a specially designed one year leadership programme in India. ‘INSEAD Leadership Programme for Senior Indian Executives’ [ILPSIE] begins from the next academic year in August 2011.
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.
The students seeking admission to diploma courses after 10th standard now have a reason to smile. The admission process for diploma courses after 10th standard will be conducted online, beginning from this academic session. Students will not need to physically come to the admission committee. They can instead register themselves for the online admission process with the Internet facility made available at the 63 help centers in the state. The last date for the online registration is June 16, 2010. Students will need to submit their registration forms and self-attested copies of other necessary documents at the nearest help centers.
College students across India will now get free access to e-journals and e-books from all over the world. They can get this access with the help of Human Resource Development Ministry. A ministry official said, "It is a part of the ICT (information and communication technology) initiatives of the government. The resources include more than 2,100 e-journals and 51,000 e-books.” Under the scheme, premier institutions like IITs, IISERs and NIT along with 6,000 government-aided colleges across the country will be covered. To subscribe this facility, the government colleges need to pay Rs. 5,000 annually, and private colleges need to pay Rs. 45,000 for the whole year; however, students will have the free access to it.
The present interest rate for education loan is between 10—12%. According to new proposal of National Education Finance Corporation (NEFC), the new education loan interest rate will be lower and the duration for repayment of the loan would be more. In this context, the Human Resource Development Ministry will ask states to contribute towards making education loans cheaper as proposed under the National Education Finance Corporation (NEFC). The ministry official said, “State government run educational institutions will also benefit from the NEFC, so the centre will seek cooperation from the states.”
LLB graduates will now have to clear an examination conducted by the Bar Council of India (BCI) to be eligible for enrolling themselves as advocates. Last week, the Karnataka State Bar Council of India received a communication from BCI to implement this new rule with immediate effect. According to BCI announcement, the qualifying examination for aspiring Law graduates is scheduled to be held on December 5, 2010, and the result for the same is expected to be declared in January 2011. So, the fresh graduates will have to wait for at least another few months before they step out as advocates.
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.”
United States continue to receive the highest number of students from India, followed by Canada. According to the education experts, UK, New Zealand and Australia are slowly losing their popularity among students. US-based education specialist, Mr. Rahul Choudaha said, "This year, the US will consolidate its attractiveness for Indian students, especially for engineering-related master’s level and one-year interdisciplinary programmes. This is primarily because of the future career opportunities available in the US as compared to other destinations. Further, the option of working for 29 months for students from engineering-related fields and additional availability of 20,000 H1 visas for graduates from master’s and higher degrees will continue to make the US attractive."