CAT 2011 Highlights

Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) have announced the Common Admission Test 2011 (CAT 2011) highlights. Prometric, a provider of market-leading test development and test delivery solutions is IIMs’ partner in developing and delivering CAT 2011. The first section will consist of Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation. Whereas, the second section will focus on Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. These two sections will be implemented sequentially with separate time limits.

The examination will be 140 minutes. Within each section, candidates will have 70 minutes to answer 30 questions which will have an on-screen countdown timer.

Educational News Update

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.


Number Of Seats In All IIMs Increased To 2600; Number Of CAT Applicants Dropped By 15%

The intake capacity of all the 11 IIMs put together is about 2600 seats. These include the six older Indian Institutes of Management – Ahmedabad, Calcutta, Bangalore, Indore, Kozhikode and Lucknow as well as the five new ones – Shillong, Rohtak, Ranchi, Raipur, and Trichy. With the Supreme Court directives in place, IIMs have to accommodate 27% of Non-creamy layer Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC) category students, 15% seats for SC students, 7.5% for ST, and 3% seats for Differently Abled students. Thus, seats for general category students have only increased to 1235 from 1043, previously available. However for NC-OBC students, there are 700 new seats to compete for.

Yale Inked MoU With IIT And IIM To Train Faculty

Yale University has signed an MoU with a premier Indian Institute of Management and Technology to commence the Yale Leadership programme. The agreement was signed by President of Yale University Mr. Richard Levin, Director of IIT Kanpur Mr. S G Dhande and IIM Kozhikode Director Mr. Debasis Chatterjee. The Director of IIM Kozhikode Mr. Debasis Chatterjee said, “This MoU will create seamless boundaries for higher education and globalize Indians thought leadership while giving leaders an edge in global businesses.” This initiative will help the institutes to share scientific, academic and technical information and enable them to exchange study materials related to academic leadership, to conduct joint workshops, seminars and conferences on academic leadership and management.

IIMs Have Witnessed A Good Summer Placement Season

IIMs witnessed a good summer placement in this academic session. This year IIM-C students got more offers from abroad for their summer placements too. The ratio of students who received more than 10 lakhs stipend for two months internship has shot up by 15%. This year’s summer placement at IIM-Lucknow, IIM-Calcutta, IIM- Kozhikode and IIM-Ahmedabad was better than the previous two years.

IIM-C Interns Grabs 12.5 Lakh Stipend For Two Months

Three IIM-Calcutta students have got stipend of Rs. 12.5 lakh each for two-month internship with a Singapore investment bank, symbolizing revival in global corporate deal activity. They are hoping for a good final placement season in Indian Business Schools. Out of 289 IIM-C students, 60 interns got international offers in South-East Asia, US, UK and mainland Europe. Up to 42% of students interned in finance-related roles, while 37% opted for marketing, 13% for consulting and the remaining for general management roles.

IIM-Ahmedabad: To Set Up A New Campus In Hyderabad

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A) is planning to establish a new campus in Hyderabad. The campus would be set up in 150 acres. As per one official statement, IIM-A has decided to go ahead with the new project in Hyderabad. The government has agreed to allocate the land to the IIM-A, either free or at a very nominal cost. There is no provision for an IIM in Hyderabad in the 12th Five Year Plan. To overcome this, IIM-A reportedly has agreed to set up a new campus in the city, which is an extension of the existing campus of Ahmedabad.