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HRD Minister Kapil Sibal Inaugurates 10,000 Teacher Training Project of NMEICT

Union Minister of Human Resource Development Shri Kapil Sibal inaugurated the 10,000 teacher training programme on 25th June conducted by IIT Bombay under the Talk to a Teacher project of the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NME-ICT) of MHRD. It is the first time in the world that a simultaneous training of 10,000 engineering college teachers is being conducted leveraging the broadband network and ICT tools.
This training programme is conducted through 168 remote centres located all across India. The lectures in this course are delivered from IIT Bombay by Professors from IIT Bombay and IIT Madras. Through the software A-VIEW, audio-video connectivity is provided between all the centres and IIT Bombay. The course consists of lectures, live interactions and lab sessions. This method of synchronous education has been developed at IIT Bombay, under the leadership of Prof. D. B. Phatak. This method of education allows the participants to go to a convenient centre. It also allows the participation of a large number of lady teachers, who normally are unable to join contact programmes at distant locations, owing to family commitments.
A-VIEW software development and this mega workshop are a part of the Talk to a Teacher, funded by the National Mission on Education through ICT, an initiative of the Department of Higher Education, MHRD.
With this, the first major initiative for empowering the teachers of the Country and improving their quality through effective use of the connectivity provided to universities and colleges under NME-ICT commenced.


UP to get first women's university

The first women's university in Uttar Pradesh will come up in Rae Bareli. The Union HRD Ministry has already written to the state government to provide land for this purpose.
The letter written by secretary, higher education department, MHRD, Ashok Thakur to the UP chief secretary Javed Usmani states that the decision to open one such university in Rae Bareli was taken because India's first woman Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi used to represent this area in Parliament. However, the reply from the state government is yet to be sent.
While the Centre seeks around 500 acres of land from the state government, it will spend all money required to set up and run the university. The university will have a central status and will focus on research and higher studies.
Despite the fact that there are highest number of women in UP, there is no women's university in the state so far. The census 2011 highlights that there are 9.50 crore females in the state. However, states like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi and Rajasthan, already have women universities.
For the proposed All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) like institute in Rae Barelli, a plan which was mooted by the Centre two years ago, the state government is yet to initiate process to procure land.
(source: TOI)


Drive to curb school dropouts in Jharkhand

Jharkhand has a high dropout rate as the medium of instruction in schools is different from the mother tongue of the students. To focus on the issue, a two day regional workshop on 'mother tongue based active language learning' (M-TALL) was organized by Unicef in collaboration with National Multi-Lingual Education Resource Consortium (NRMC), JNU, Delhi.
Job Zachariah, Unicef chief of Jharkhand said, "Right to Education Act, section 29 (2f) says the medium of instruction should be in mother tongue as far as practical. This is relevant in Jharkhand because here 28% students enrolled in schools are Scheduled Tribes who speak in tribal language. As per ASER 2011 for about 61% students in Jharkhand the medium of communication in schools is different from their mother tongue. Good foundation in mother tongue would help learning other languages in a better way."
Binay Pattnayak, education specialist of Unicef said, "To respect and do justice to mother tongue we have established M-Tall, a unit in Jharkhand Tribal welfare research institute with the support of five universities, state human resource department and tribal welfare department. M-Tall has conducted a socio linguistic survey in the state and found that almost every district in the state is multilingual but none of the languages are recognized in schools leading to high dropout rates."
Unicef is also designing pictorial dictionary in nine tribal languages which will be used in Anganwadi centres and in schools at primary level. Besides a data bank of stories, poems, riddles will be designed in local languages to preserve the culture of Jharkhand.
(Source: TOI)


School-on-wheels launched in Delhi for slum children

A non-governmental organisation(NGO) launched a mobile learning centre for slum children in Delhi. The school-on-wheels was flagged off by east Delhi Mayor Annapoorna Mishra.
Launched by NGO 'Save the Children', in collaboration with Aviva Life Insurance Company, the centre comes equipped with trainers, teachers and counsellors. The Mobile Learning Centre(MLC) will work with underprivileged children in slum clusters in and around east Delhi's Subhash Nagar.
According to the NGO, the mobile centre aims to reach a total of 2,000 street and slum children, aged between three and 14 years, in a span of two years.
"Almost 50 per cent of the street children in Delhi are not literate. With the RTE(Right to Education) Act in place, the authorities cannot have an excuse if children are out of school," said Thomas Chandy, chief executive officer at Save the Children.
"We hope that the government will ensure that underprivileged students are mainstreamed in formal private and government schools," Chandy added.
Reaching out to the children at the critical age of 3 to 6 years, the mobile centre would aim at building a strong foundation for these children so that they are ready for mainstream schools in their lives, the NGO added.
(source: ibnlive)


British Council invites proposals for grants

The British Council is inviting proposals for grants under the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI). Ten grants of up to 50,000 pounds each are being made available as part of the Trilateral Research in Partnership Awards, which aims to support the mobility of PhD and postdoctoral students between the UK, India and the US. Funds are available to support projects of up to two years that encourage multidisciplinary research projects and sustainable institutional links between the nations. Each proposal must be supported by a UK, US and an Indian institution and endorsed by the respective heads of department or their equivalent. All proposals will need to include details of additional contributions to be made by the three institutions involved.


Meeting of Pre-School Education Drafting Committee held

A meeting of Pre-School Education Drafting Committee was chaired by School Education Minister Archana Chitnis. The committee will make its recommendations about after seriously considering issues like including pre-school education in the purview of Right to Education Act, age of children, condition of parents, social fabric, educational status and resources.
It was the second meeting of the drafting committee constituted by Union Human Resources Ministry under Madhya Pradesh School Education Minister Chitnis. During deliberations, one of educationists opined that country's positive arrangements only should be considered in connection with education. The members seriously deliberated on the age of children for pre-school education. Mental and physical development of small children was also discussed.
Presiding over the meeting, Education Minister Chitnis said that efforts should also be made to elicit views of other educationists, subject experts and parents of the country. She called for seeking views of people through workshops etc.
Anganwadi system of the country was also discussed and members underlined the need to study it as a part of pre-school education.
The drafting committee also stressed the need to describe pre-school education and fixation of its limits, chalking out activities accordingly, evaluation procedure, empowerment of children etc. Besides monitoring and implementation, they also put forth their views on necessary financial resources for pre-school education. The meeting decided that draft will be displayed on the website of Union Human Resources Ministry for seeking people's views on these points. Views and suggestions will also be elicited from field-level education experts.
(source: TOI)


Over 80 technical, management colleges closed shop this year

Over 80 colleges in the area of technical and management studies have closed shop this year so far, with majority of them being management colleges, as per a top AICTE official.
"81 colleges have closed down this year and out of which 50 colleges are of management and 8 are engineering colleges and rest in other streams," All India Council For Technical Education (AICTE) chairman SS Mantha told reporters.
"Maximum number of colleges which closed down their operations are in Andhra Pradesh," Mantha said, adding that 41 technical colleges across the country wound up their operations last year.
When asked about the reason behind the closure of such a large number of management colleges, Mantha said that at present, only those management schools or colleges were being preferred that had tie-ups with the industry to provide practical training to students to improve their skills.
Currently, there are over 11,000 technical colleges including 3,700 polytechnic, 3,900 engineering and 3,800 management schools, operating in the country and bulk of these colleges are located in the southern part of the country.
Asked about number of new colleges coming up this year, Mantha said AICTE has received requests for opening up of 315 colleges so far, out of which 174 are polytechnic ones.
According to an estimate, about 25 lakh passouts from all ITIs and polytechnic colleges in the country while the industry requirement is of about 1.3 crore.
"AICTE has even launched a National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF) to attract more students and provide them skill in different industry verticals to make them employable," Mantha said.
A significant part of this framework would be that students would be given multi-level entry and exit options to enable them to seek employment after Class XII, he added.
(source: sify- news)


CBSE introduces English novels in course curriculum

In an attempt to encourage reading habits among school children, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced English novels in the course curriculum of students from classes IX to XII in all its affiliated schools from the academic session 2012-13.
According to Vineet Joshi, chairman, CBSE, the Board constantly encourages schools to provide multi-fold learning experiences to young children. Good reading habits help children to acquire the power of imagination, expression and appreciation of literature. Though all the skills of gaining proficiency in a language are equally important, nevertheless, reading habit helps tremendously in improving comprehension, accuracy, fluency and in increasing vocabulary. Reading provokes questioning, helps in generating ideas and inspires students to think. It also supports the syllabus in diverse ways by enhancing language competence across the curriculum.
Strengthening of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) has added further impetus in fostering interest in children to read books. As part of the formative assessment in CCE, schools are being advised to take up Reading Projects. Schools have also been encouraged to use multiple modes of assessment such as conducting reviews, script, reading, etc.
The board prescribes a multi-cultural and technology enabled pedagogical approach in all the languages offered by it. In this process, incorporating all the four skills reading, writing, listening and speaking in the curriculum prescribed by the board has placed an equitable emphasis on essential skills of English language.
Every school has finalised one classic for students to read. Students will be evaluated continuously under CCE for the reading skills. At the end of the session, their marks on reading skills will be totalled in their final marks, informs Prabha Sharma, assistant to English consultant, CBSE.
(source: TOI)


FM radio to become tool for education

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: While FM radio is gaining popularity among the masses, State Institute of Education Technology (SIET) is set to cash in on the FM wave and use it as a learning tool for students in remote areas. The SIET is set to launch Vidyavani, a project that would broadcast education modules for school students through FM radio, from August. This facility will help students in interior areas in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta districts.

"The SIET will provide the content in the form of audio modules, which will be broadcast by community radio services at the respective locations. This will be helpful for those students who are unable to access visual and technological learning tools," SIET director Babu Sebastian said.

In the beginning, science and mathematics subjects of Classes VIII, IX, X, XI and XII will be offered in the form of audio modules. In Thiruvananthapuram, the broadcast will be done through DC community radio at KINFRA park at Kazhakkoottam. In Kollam and Pathanamthitta, the Vidyavani programme will be broadcast through Radio Benziger and Radio Macfast respectively, which are the local community radios. In Kottayam, it will be aired in association with Radio Media Village in Changanassery. "The broadcast will be done from 7-9am and from 7 -10pm," Babu said. He said that the service will be spread over to all districts in the state by launching new community radio stations using MLA funds and collaborating with the existing community radio stations.

The Vidyavani programme has been designed as a radio skit and the learning part will be part of discussions between the characters in the skit. In addition to science and mathematics, English tutorials will also be provided through the facility.
"By this academic year end, all subjects of high school and senior secondary classes will be broadcast through Vidyavani programme," Babu said.
Source : Time of India


Centre to set up tech centre in Shillong

The Government on June 7 announced the setting up of a Centre at Shillong in Meghalaya to facilitate access to various technologies to the North Eastern region.
The Union Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, approved the setting up of the North East Centre for Technology Application and Reach (NECTAR) at Shillong, Meghalaya.The total expenditure involved in setting up the centre will be Rs 292 crore during the 12th Plan period.
( Source : The Hindu)


Young India to have better education chance.

The United States Education Secretary Arne Duncan while speaking ahead of the June 2nd week's India-US education dialogue, has said there is chance to provide a much better education for thousands of young people inIndia.
"I think the challenges India faces make ours look relatively simple. But I think there's a chance to provide a much better education for hundreds and hundreds and thousands of young people in India," Duncan told reporters at a White House news conference.
"Whatever we can do to help as they build the next system of community colleges, as they scale up what's working, as American institutions start to set up campuses in India, we want to be a great partner," he said. "I just absolutely believe that a rising tide lifts all boats. And the more young people across India are getting a world-class education, that's a great thing for your country and for ours as well," Duncan said in response to a question.The Education Secretary praised his Indian counterpart, Kapil Sibal, the Human Resources and Development Minister.
Next week, Sibal and the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would host the next round of India-US Education Dialogue.
The Education Summit will focus on two key areas: advanced research and innovation and workforce development, specifically, community colleges, the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake said at an event on June 4. "With respect to higher education collaboration, I am delighted that we will announce during the Dialogue the first eight partnership projects to be funded jointly by the United States and India through the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative.”
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177 Indians will pursue Fulbright projects in the US during 2012-13 :

Fulbright programme of the US-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) this year will see 177 Indians participating , which is aimed at promoting mutual understanding between people of the two countries, the foundation said here.
The scholars, who come from from various cities across India, will pursue Fulbright projects in the US during the 2012-13 academic year in a variety of disciplines, including agriculture, economics, education, energy, environment, international relations, management and leadership development, media and communications, public administration, public health and science and technology.
The USIEF is hosting A pre-departure orientation is being organised by the USIEF for the Fulbright scholars in Hyderabad from May 13-15. Fulbright programme is one of the most prestigious educational and cultural exchange programmes around the world. Since its inception in 1950, USIEF has administered over 8,900 Fulbright fellowships to Indians and Americans. With the generous support of the Indian and the US governments, this year 177 Indians will participate in the Fulbright program.
(Source :The Economics Times)


Students visit NASA on an educational trip :

Educational trips took a new twist for students of Ryan International School (RIS) this year. As opposed to the typical trips where there's very little learning and more amusement, these students got a chance to design and learn how to launch their own satellite at the NASA Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA."We have been planning for a while that students should get a chance to not just have fun but also explore innovative prospects during educational trips. Since a lot of students were attracted to space and astronauts, we chose the NASA Kennedy Space Centre for the purpose," said Alice Vaz, Principal of Ryan International School in Kharghar.
Over the past two months, close to 200 students from various branches of RIS were part of this trip and the programme. "We formed groups of 40 at a time and visited hat Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. Students came back with many inputs to share with the rest of the class," added Vaz. During the 12 day long trip, students visited the NASA centre and were given a number of challenges including the launch of a weather balloon attached with a camera, GPS tracker and an altimeter. They were also taught to build a remote control car and the various steps for launching rockets."Students spent one week training, touring the facilities at Kennedy Space Center, interacting with NASA astronauts, exploring the launching - landing facilities for space shuttles, shuttle manufacturing sites, making robots, riding on a shuttle launch simulator and many other such activities."The trip was a fantastic mix of activities for students-fun, interesting and educational," added Vaz. Students also visited the Disneyworld and the Universal studios in Florida, the Niagara Falls and New York.
(Source : Times of India)


After states crib, panel to assess ‘no exam’ rule:

Faced with states' complaints that students had stopped studying with the "abolition of exams" the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) has set up a panel to assess and implement the continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) as a mid-term evaluation.
The decision was taken after several states, led by Bihar, complained that students were doing poorly in their board exams and were no longer serious about their studies. Bihar education minister PK Shahi said, `We feel that the ban on exams has had a negative impact on children. Our country is not yet ready for the such a system. Students are studying less.'' He was joined by Assam education minister who said that the class Xth results in his state were very poor following the implementation of the CCE under the RTE.
Similar concerns were echoed by Chhattisgarh and Haryana who added that teachers in government schools were no longer as conscientious in their work. Responding to the complaints, the CABE decided to set up a panel to ensure assessment and implementation of CCE in the context of the `no detention' provision in the RTE act.
While there was agreement that board examinations are not required, guidelines for implementation of CCE need to be evolved for examining and testing the child during the elementary education cycle.
Educationist VinodRaina clarified that while there was RTE Act said that students could not be detained in a class, there was no reason why exams were not being held. "There is no proof that students who fail do well next year, while there is ample evidence that those who fail drop out of school,'' he said.
Considering the complaint, the CABE meeting, chaired by HRD minister Kapil Sibal, decided to set up the Committee for assessment and implementation of the CCE in the context of the no detention provision in the RTE ACT. Haryana education minister GeetaBhukkal will head the panel. The CABE committee, which will include education ministers from states, academics and civil society representatives, will submit its report in three months after consulting the state governments and other stake holders.
The CABE committee also decided to constitute a committee for developing the framework and processes of the National Mission on Teachers and Teaching. The panel will be headed by minister of state D Purandeswari. The committee will include other state education ministers with representation from academics and society. The committee will give special focus on Teacher Educators and developing teachers for inclusive education for children with special needs.
(Source :Times of India )


The prestigious Mayo College Ajmer had refused to abide by the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009 saying that boarding and residential schools are exempt from the Act. Along with unaided private and other schools of Rajasthan, Mayo College had challenged the constitutional validity of the Act in the High Court. However, after the Supreme Court verdict on April 12 upheld the validity of the Act, Mayo College submitted before the high court that they are bound by the apex court judgment and agreed to admit 25 per cent students of weaker sections and provide free education to them.

Despite the Supreme Court ruling on the implementation of RTE Act, many private schools across the country are not thinking of implementing from the current academic session. The most common justification being claimed is that the admissions for the current session are already completed. However, many private school associations are thinking of filing review petitions seeking clarifications around certain ambiguities in the RTE Act. These clarifications are around the nature of institutions exempted from the Act, the definition of weaker sections, and the quantum of reimbursement from the government.

Now, private aided and unaided schools will have to file half-yearly compliance reports to the government indicating the intake or RTE quota and their performance. Every school, which receives reimbursement will have to maintain a separate bank account and be subject to a government audit. It will be made through electronic fund transfer in two installments (September and January).

Coaching centre institutes turn to opening formal schools

Beyond being a logical extension of the education business, the government’s effort to cut students’ dependence on coaching centres to crack entrance exams for the IITs, IIMs and medical colleges has fuelled the trend in a sector that’s becoming more corporate-like.

Several leading test preparation companies are diversifying from the unregulated supplementary education segment to the formal school education space, perceiving improved market potential and a more sustainable business model. Beyond being a logical extension of the education business, the government’s effort to cut students’ dependence on coaching centres to crack entrance exams for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and medical colleges has fuelled the trend in a sector that’s becoming more corporate-like.

Satya Narayanan R, chief executive officer (CEO) and chairman of CL Educate Ltd (formerly Career Launcher), said his firm had so far invested about Rs. 250 crore in the school business. It’s now running a chain of 23 K-12 (kindergarten to class XII) schools across India and has plans to open nearly 80 more in the next four-five years, for which it will invest Rs. 800-1,000 crore.“There is no doubt that test-prep as a vertical will grow, but schools are a much bigger market,” he said.
According to a Crisil Research report, the tutorial business is expected to grow from Rs.40,187crore in 2010-11 to Rs. 75,629 crore in 2014-15. Satya Narayanan said that while test prep captures around 5% of the total education market, the school segment occupies around 60%.
Source: HT mint

Learnmile view: More & more Education outfits active in test prep segments will move towards the core schooling and pre-schooling segments over time. Government intervention coupled with challenged growth rates especially in B-schooling & Engineering segments will foster this movement. Education industry will also witness the rise of alternate and specialized new courses in the coming 16 months.

Assam to invest Rs 200Cr to boost state education

Colleges will be brought under single network in the state to enable students and teachers share knowledge through digital classrooms. The Government of Assam will invest Rs 200 crore to develop a knowledge network to improve the standard of higher education. As part of the investment, monetary support and bandwidth network will be provided to each college to set up a digital classroom and facilitate the new network, respectively.

Assam Education Minister HimantaBiswaSarma said, “This is a part of the government’s initiative to enable our colleges share knowledge and thereby improve the quality of education in the state. Once the network is in place, our colleges will not only be able to share knowledge among themselves but a college in Assam can connect them with a premier college in New Delhi, once they are connected with the network.”Thethree year funding facility will enable the colleges to come under single network and make the facility available for the students and teachers.
Source: igovernment

Budget 2012-13: Education Highlights

TNN Mar 17, 2012, 12.09PM IST
Many feel the Budget is positive for the education sector, with good amounts allocated to higher education and school education exempted from service tax Pranab Mukherjee, finance minister, presented the Union Budget for the year 2012-13 on Friday, with reference to the state of the global economy and its impact on India. The Budget seems positive for the education sector, with good amounts allocated to higher education and school education exempted from service tax.

Right to Education (RTE)-SarvaShikshaAbhiyan (SSA) received Rs 25, 555 crore allocation, showing an increase of 21.7%; while a 29% increase for RashtriyaMadhyamikShikshaAbhiyan making it Rs 3,124 crore. As proposed, 6000 schools will be set up at block level as model schools in the 12th Five Year Plan. Besides, a Credit Guarantee Fund announced to be set up for better flow of credit to students.

In his Budget speech, the finance minister said: "In the 12th Plan, 6,000 schools have been proposed to be set-up at block level as model schools to benchmark excellence. Of these, 2,500 will be set up under public-private-partnership (PPP)." An allocation of Rs 15, 850 crore was made for Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme, an increase of 58% and Rs 11, 937 crore for National Programme of Mid-Day Meals in schools for the year 2012-13. Also, an allocation of Rs 750 crore was proposed for
 Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls, SABLA.

Meanwhile, as a welcome move, the Budget has allocated Rs 1000 crore for National Skill Development Fund. B Muthuraman, president, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in his response to the Budget for the education sector, said, "We are not too unhappy with the Budget. It is a positive Budget in terms of the focus and allocations made to higher education and the skill development programme." DilipChenoy, CEO and MD, National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC), too feels the Budget has come out positive for the education sector.

"It is a rather positive budget as enhanced allocations have been made to the higher education, skills and vocational training. Besides it is a welcome move that school education has been exempted from service tax. Besides, the focus given on specific points such as the mid-day meals and the RTE makes it seem rather good," he added.

However, from the academic sector, E Abraham, director, XLRI School of Business & Human Resources, Jamshedpur, in response to the Budget said, it is a good move to increase the allocation to RTE - SSA by 21.7 % to Rs.25, 555 crore and by 29 % for RashtriyaMadhyamikShikshaAbhiyan to Rs 3,124 crore. However, a regulatory body to ensure Right to Education is fully implemented in letter and spirit is an institutional gap that has to be plugged at the earliest. According to him, the Credit Guarantee Fund to ensure better flow of funds to students is also a welcome move. However, the government must ensure that deserving students and parents are aware of such a fund. It is likely that there will be restricted disbursement of funds because of low levels of awareness about it. Government must link grants to desired outcomes and not dole out grants without any guidelines or desired outcomes.
(source: Times of India )


Implementing Innovations

Mark Taylor, dean, Warwick Business School, in conversation with GauriRane, talks about the importance of interdisciplinary learning in management education

Q- Can you tell us about what changes you plan to introduce to strengthen Warwick in the eyes of students, academicians and the corporate world?

Our ambition is to make WBS the leading university-based business school in Europe. The strategy we have developed in order to achieve this ambition involves designing and implementing a range of innovations which break new ground for business schools, as well as demanding excellence in all of the usual, more traditional business school areas. For example, the establishment at WBS of a new teaching and research group in behavioural science. This is an explicitly interdisciplinary area which brings together economics, finance, psychology, sociology, management science and neuroscience in an attempt to understand the hidden causes of human behaviour, and we believe this approach will lie at the centre of business school research and teaching for the next generation. Indeed, WBS has already made a number of high-level appointments to establish the first behavioural science group in a European Business School, although some US schools - notably Chicago Booth - have already gone down this route. Prior to becoming Dean at Warwick, I ran a large investment fund as a Managing Director at Barclays and it became clear to me then that we need to look across the academic silos if we are to understand the real world. 

Q- Give us your views on the global economic scenario and its effect on how students are considering MBA qualification? Have you noticed any change in the quality and the number of applications to the school's full-time MBA programme? 

Applications for the Warwick full-time MBA have been challenging over the past few years. To some extent, this is in line with previous experience over the business cycle as well as consistent with the current experience of other business schools. In particular, experience suggests that during times of high uncertainty, full-time MBA candidates postpone application until a later stage of the recruitment cycle (and possibly the business cycle) while their personal circumstances clarify. 

Interestingly, demand for other modes of the WBS MBA study (executive, corporate and distance learning) remains robust to the cycle, while applications for our specialist MSc programmes (such as the top-rated WBS MSc in Finance) and to the WBS MSc in Management can only be described as extremely buoyant. 

Q- Are there any new courses Warwick plans to introduce for the undergraduate programmes? 

There are no firm plans at present, but it is an area we will watch carefully. We're a market leader for undergraduate programmes in Europe, but at present UK institutions are restricted by the government on the number of students we can admit. So we could only launch a non-European Union course at present and we feel this would damage the diversity of the Warwick campus by not being able to admit any student from the UK/ EU. 

Q- Most premier institutes opening campuses across the world, do you plan to follow suit? 

It's an emerging area for Warwick and something we will continue to consider. Yes, I'm aware that many institutes have opened campuses, but it'll be interesting to see their relative success. For Warwick, it'd have to be the right fit with our commitment to academic excellence, be a research active operation and mirror our culture and values. 

Part-time MBA from DU's Faculty of Management Studies may cost more

NEW DELHI: The two part-time, three-year management courses at the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi University, are set to be costlier from the next academic session. Not only that: the names of the courses will change and their duration will be reduced to two years. The proposals are likely to be approved by the academic and executive councils on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. 

It's been proposed to hike the fees of MBA (part time) and MBA (healthcare administration) to Rs 50,000 per annum from Rs 11,000. And henceforth, these courses will be known as MBA (executive) and MBA (executive) healthcare administration. And the intake of students in one course will also go down. 

At present, the B-school admits 232 students for the MBA (part time) course; after the new structure is implemented, only 172 will be absorbed. In the healthcare administration course, the B-school will admit 42 students instead of 37. 

A senior FMS official said the faculty approved the proposed changes as there has been a gradual decline in the number of takers for the two courses. "World over, the executive programmes are of maximum two years duration; so, it makes no sense to keep the duration at three years," the official added. 

Stating that there will be no dilution of the curriculum because of shortening of the duration, a senior faculty member of the FMS said that the programmewill be more intensive. Now, the students of part-time programmes must have 75% attendance and will have to clear the courses within a period of four years. 

The duration of the courses would be two years now and it has been proposed to raise the fees to Rs 50k.



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