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.

 

Maharashtra Government Has Increased MBA Seats By 53%

image Maharashtra government has decided to increase seats for management programs in the state by 53%. This news has been received well by management aspirants since colleges now will be authorized to start a second shift for MBA and Masters in Management Studies programs. In 2010–2011, the number of seats will be 33,045 and apart from management, there are 88,370 engineering seats, 8,513 in pharmacy and 7,138 MCA seats in the state. A Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) spokesperson said, “A management degree is highly popular and sought-after. To meet the ever-increasing demand, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved second shifts for management programmes this year. Further, the AICTE has also allowed new colleges to have 120 students in their first batch, instead of 60, which used to be the earlier rule. This has led to a sizeable increase in the total number of seats”.

IGNOU Has Set up New Professional Courses in Collaboration with NIIT

IGNOU has introduced new professional programs like An Executive MBA, eight new finishing school courses and a B.Sc. IT course. These courses have been designed in tandem with the dynamic business needs and for job-hunting purposes. IGNOU Vice Chancellor Mr. V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai and NIIT Chairman Rajendra S. Pawar have signed the partnership agreement on July 10, 2010. These programs will be launched in partnership with NIIT. Mr. V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, IGNOU Vice Chancellor said, "These courses will go a way ahead in realizing our aim of inclusive education. This is the decade of innovation and we have to train more than 500 million youth in India in this time.” NIIT Chairman, Mr. Pawar said, "These courses are for students from all walks of life. Not all may score high in exams; these courses give an opportunity to them as well.”

Prometric Making a New Effort for Next CAT Exam

Prometric, the US-based testing agency which conducts the CAT exam, is all set to deliver CAT 2010 successfully. The managing director of Prometric India, Mr. Soumitra Roy said, “We are all geared up for CAT 2010 and the biggest improvements will be in three key areas of site readiness, registration and test delivery”. Prometric is trying to improve its technique and paying more attention to attributes such as physical infrastructure, arrangement of test centers, seating arrangement and power backup. Mr. Soumitra Roy said, “We will be giving more intensive training to the test centre staff who will then undergo a certification programme.”