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.
The Central government is planning to set up two new Indian Institutes of Information Technology in the northeastern region. While addressing the All India Editors conference, Ms. Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human Resource Development said, "The locations are being worked out." The minister informed that 44 new colleges and six engineering colleges will be launched in northeastern states. Ms. Purandeswari said, "Out of the 10 new National Institutes of Technology (NIT) proposed to be opened in the country during the 11th Five Year Plan, 6 NITs are proposed to be opened in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim."
The London School of Economics has joined hands with Tata International Social Entrepreneurship Scheme (ISES) this year to enable its students be part of the two-month distinctive corporate sustainability internship programme. The two-year old Tata ISES, which has affiliations with the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and the University of Cambridge, UK, will have 13 scholars for the summer internship this year. Out of these thirteen scholars, three are from London School of Economics, while six are from the University of Cambridge and four are from the University of California.
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.