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.


Bangalore University Will Hand Over Its 11 Hostels To Department Of Social Welfare

Persistent hostel problems and ongoing strikes and protests by hostel inmates against hostel reforms imposed by the newly appointed warden have forced the Bangalore University to take a tough stand. The university syndicate has decided to end the matter by handing over its 11 hostels to the state Department of Social Welfare. The wardens appointed by the varsity will be withdrawn and the social welfare department’s staff will soon take over.

Number Of International Students In US Colleges And Universities Is On A Rise

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.

Mysore And Karnatak Universities To Be The First Innovative And Restructured Universities In India

In a historic decision, the state cabinet has decided to declare the University of Mysore and Karnatak University (Dharwad) as the Innovative and Restructured Universities under the new legislation Karnataka State Universities Bill, 2010. The universities will now have a new form of governance with more autonomy for Academia and Administration, flexi working hours and research project for all faculty members, more freedom to students to switch their subjects within certain limitations, twinning programs with Indian and foreign universities, and induction programs with free classes on soft skills.

Canadian Universities Woo Indian Students

Presidents of 15 Canadian universities are on a mission to impress Indian Students. Every year almost 150,000 students go abroad for higher education and out of them 3000 visit Canada for higher education. Foreign students are contributing a big chunk in the economy, so Canadian universities are looking for more students from India. The Canadian education mission will travel to Pune and Delhi for meetings with educational institutions, the private sector and administrators to discuss new possibilities and avenues of education.

Kerala Agriculture University Started A New Course In Climate Change

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.”

Grading System In Bangalore University For Internal Assessment Gets A Green Signal

Bangalore University is planning to adopt a grading system for internal assessments (IA). Students can now take a sigh of relief as this new grading system is going to replace the usual marking system. The grades introduced by the university – A,B, C, D, E and F – are not going to affect the performance of its students. One official of the university said, “In the existing system IA carries 10 marks. The allotment of marks is mainly based on a student’s classroom behaviour, attendance and general questions related to particular subject.” A senior faculty from KLE College stated, “There have been several cases where male teachers harassed female students, expecting favours from the latter to allot IA marks. With the grading system, no teacher can cheat students or harass them.”

Government Plans To Propose “Nalanda University Bill” in Monsoon Session

The Government is planning to introduce Nalanda University Bill in this monsoon session. It’s an attempt to rejuvenate Nalanda as an international university. Mrs. Ambika Soni, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, while speaking to the media said that the Union Cabinet has approved the presentation of the legislation for setting up the University at a cost of approximately Rs 1,005 crore. The planning commission has already granted a fund of Rs. 50 crore for the purpose. This future University will have six schools–Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions; Historical Studies; International Relations and Peace Studies; Business Management in relation to Public Policy and Development Studies; Languages and Literature; and Ecology and Environmental Studies.

Scholarship Worth Rs. 9.5 Crore For SRM University Students

SRM University is offering scholarships worth Rs. 9.5 Crore to 600 students across various categories. P. Sathyanarayanan, Vice-Chancellor, said, “Rs. 4 crore would be given under the Founder’s Scholarship to the 25 top rank holders in the SRM Engineering Entrance Examination held on May 2, 100 top rankers in State Board and CBSE examinations and 2 rank holders from each of the 32 districts of Tamil Nadu.” The Founder’s Scholarship would include 100 per cent waiver on tuition, hostel and transport fees. Further, a monthly incentive of Rs. 1,000 would be given to each of the students receiving the scholarship.

Mumbai Colleges Offering New Course Combinations To BA, BSc. Students

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.”