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Of the world of stars and planets
What potential does astronomy hold for students as a field of study? Naresh Dadhich, Director of the Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, answers this and other questions on the fields of astronomy and astrophysics in an interview to G. KRISHNAKUMAR.



GUIDANCE PLUS
GRE — now with scope aplenty
Now, many business schools worldwide consider those with high GRE scores for admission, along with GMAT candidates.

ACJ: school with a social agenda


Aiming to raise enrolment
The UGC chief says the aim is to increase higher education enrolment ratio to 15 per cent by 2012.

NEW ARRIVALS
The new additions to Kerala Council for Historical Research Library, Thiruvananthapuram: Saskia Sassen, A Sociology of Globalization; In the Series on Contemporary Societies Series, 2007 Mary E. John, Praveen Kumar Jha and ...

Q & A
My daughter is an electrical engineering graduate and she wants to do M.Tech. Please let her know about the colleges or institutes that offer M.Tech. programmes, including those in Bangalore, and the admission ...

Test Track
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, has invited applications for admission to the B.Sc. nursing and paramedical courses starting in August.Only women will be admitted to the total 60 seats in the four-year ...

NSD course in drama
The National School of Drama, New Delhi, has invited applications for admission to its three-year fulltime diploma course (residential) in dramatic arts starting in July. Graduates who have participated in at least six productions and ...

Coming up
* The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) has invited applications for admission to MS (Pharm), M.Pharm., M.Tech. (Pharm) and MBA (Pharm) for 2009-11; www.niper.gov.in./ ...
Know Your English

Mastering public speaking
Public speaking need not be the sole domain of the few who have the gift of the gab. There are courses and methods to help you develop the skill.

Patent or perish — new mantra in academic research
In academia, the motto for professors has long been “publish [research papers] or perish.” With the increased emphasis on industry-oriented research, professors at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras say that the motto is ...

Are colleges serious about curbing ragging?
The Aman Kachroo incident and that of a girl student attempting suicide in a college at Bapatla has yet again brought the menace into focus, writes D.V.L. PADMA PRIYA
Dental, anyone?
The CET confusion is over, but there are simply too many dental colleges and too many seats
Free course in computer basics
Nandini Voice for the Deprived, an NGO, will organise a three-month free crash course in basic computer operations for economically challenged students. Students who have passed the Plus-Two examination or appeared for the same this year are ...

Small steps towards better environment
Small Steps, the Corporate social Responsibility (CSR) wing of People First Consultants, has been launched with the initiative to promote a more environmentally and socially just world. Launched by Uma Prajapati of the Upasana Design Studio, ...

Workshop on curriculum
The Department of Economics of Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed College for Women in Chennai organised a State-level workshop on curriculum development for choice-based credit system recently. Around 15 experts from various parts of Tamil Nadu ...

MGR medical varsity to hold job fair
To serve as a window to courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, internships and job opportunities in medicine and allied fields.


GUIDANCE PLUS
GRE in place of GMAT – a boon to aspirants of graduate study
GRE-based admissions bring diversity to the management programme.

Research scholarship from University of Newcastle
The University of Newcastle, Australia, has announced new research scholarships for Indian students to undertake Ph.D. research. The scholarships will provide return airfares between India and Australia, full tuition costs and a living allowance ...

Tackling Civil Services personality test
Good communication skills and knowledge of current issues of importance are key to success.

TEST TRACKER
Applications have been invited for the National Eligibility Test (NET) in science subjects to be held on June 21, 2009, across the country. The Council for Industrial and Scientific Research (CSIR) and the University Grants Commission ...

Thrust on curricular reforms
Setting up of a Higher Education Commission and a call to revitalise undergraduate education are part of the interim recommendations of the Yash Pal committee on ‘Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education in India’.
Improving enrolment in higher education
UGC chief says the aim is to increase higher education enrolment ratio from 11 to 15 per cent by 2012.
Structure of the proposed Commission for Higher Education
The Committee to Advise on Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education in India has spelt out the structure of the proposed Commission for Higher Education. Following is an extract from the interim report:The Commission for Higher ...
Admission on at ITM B-school
Institute for Technology and Management (ITM Business School), Chennai invites applications for admissions to its two- year AICTE approved full time Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) for the session 2009-2011. Those with a ...
Hotel management courses may find fewer takers
Declining occupancy in hotels caused by the economic downturn is likely to cause a negative impact on 2009-2010 admissions to hotel management and catering institutes. OccupancyThe average occupancy in the four to five ...

Small steps towards better environment
Small Steps, the Corporate social Responsibility (CSR) wing of People First Consultants, has been launched with the initiative to promote a more environmentally and socially just world. Launched by Uma Prajapati of the Upasana Design Studio, ...

CAMPUS CONNECT
The valediction of the activities of different students’ associations of Holy Cross College was conducted last week. Office-bearers of the associations presented their annual reports. T. Ramaswamy, Registrar of Bharathidasan University, the ...

Coaching for art-based entrance exams
The Institute of Design, Chennai, has opened their admissions for their summer coaching for art-based entrance examinations. Coaching will be provided for entrance examinations for visual communication, B.Arch., BFA and any design-based ...
NIT - T set to implement quota norm
National Institute of Technology - Tiruchi (NIT-T) will be fulfilling the implementation of 27 per cent OBC quota reservation in 2009-2010 admissions for its nine B. Tech. programmes, and B. Arch. programme.The NIT-T is one among the few ...
Campus Connect
To mark International Women’s Day, RVS Educational Institutions carried out a procession to underline the rights of women. Punitha Ekambaram, Head of the Department of Tamil, Government Arts College, Coimbatore, was the chief guest. She ...
TV show on engineering colleges from May
Engineering aspirants will get an inside view of the engineering colleges based on the facilities and faculty and their decision making would be made easy through a new programme to be anchored by personality development trainer Yandamoori ...

CAMPUS JOTTINGS
Month of seminars
March is month of seminars and workshops in Andhra University campus. The academic programmes, sponsored by the UGC, have to be conducted before the financial year comes to an end and hence the campus witnesses at least one seminar held on an ...
Laptops distributed
Students of MBA and MCA of Sankara Institute of Management Science received free laptops from the management.According to a release, PAN cards were also distributed to the MBA students. B. Balamurugan, Passport Officer, Coimbatore, gave away the ...

IIMC entrance
The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) has invited applications for an entrance examination to be held on May 19, 2009, at Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Patna, Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati and Kolkata for admission to the ...

Research on violence on women with disabilities
A large percentage of women with disabilities was facing physical, psychological and sexual abuse. This was inferred from a research done here. The Department of Special Education, Avinashilingam University for Women, Coimbatore, conducted ...

Award for paper presentation
Sridhar Rajendran, lecturer in Bioinformatics, Dr. G.R. Damodaran College of Science, Coimbatore, has bagged the second prize for paper presentation in a state-level meet.According to a college release, he presented a paper on ...

Time to apply for NDA
If you are currently taking your final year intermediate examination or have passed intermediate in the last academic year, then the National Defence Academy (NDA) exam to be held by the UPSC in August 2009 is an excellent career option for ...
MoU with Ma Foi
A memorandum of understanding was signed by Park Global School of Business Excellence, Coimbatore, and Ma Foi Academy for assessment, training and placement assistance.Through psychometric profiling, the students’ skill levels, ...
Sign language courses at IGNOU
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has announced its decision to launch sign language courses for students with hearing impairment. The course will be useful for students who depend on sign language for communication and want to go ...


WASSUP
Diploma in Corporate Finance
The Asian School of Cyber Law (ASCL) Law School will be starting their new batch offering diploma in ‘Law relating to Corporate Finance’ from April 1. The unique six-month career oriented course will focus on specialised ...

Credit sharing at Post Graduate level?
Feasibility of scheme being studied, says UGC chief

Law course in corporate finance
ASCL Law School, a division of the Asian School of Cyber Laws, Pune, will offer a six-month course in ‘Law relating to Corporate Finance.’ According to a release, the course will cover the following subjects: Securities, financing ...

CAMPUS JOTTINGS
‘Need to improve intelligence gathering’
Former Governor of Jammu & Kashmir General K. V. Krishna Rao said that a unified coordinating agency should be put in place to effectively tackle threat of terrorism at State and national level. The former Governor felt that the country ...
Campus Connect
Women National Service Scheme volunteers of Thiagarajar College conducted a special camp at Iyravathanallur for seven days. It was inaugurated by Senthil Kumar, panchayat president. The programme featured a free eye camp, a blood check up camp ...
Ph.D from Vimta Labs and Deakin University
Vimta Labs in collaboration with Deakin University, Australia, is inviting applications from postgraduate students of pharmacy, biology, chemistry, biotechnology and allied areas for its four-year PhD programme. The research areas of the ...

Research methodology workshop
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Osmania University, will conduct a three-day workshop on research methodology between March 23 and 25. The workshop will be conducted in the conference hall of the ICSSR, University Library.The ...

Eplus Club schedule
Theme: - There is no getting away from advertisements, is there? How many times have we been frustrated by commercial breaks interrupting our favourite shows and movies? Wherever you look, advertisements look right back at you. So ...


TALKING POINT
“So what is your favourite word?”
I sometimes run these informal surveys among my friends, where I go around asking everyone the same question. I get lots of interesting conversation that way, and also a feel of how people think, and why they hold the opinions that they do. You ...


RIGHT TURN
Tips to drive away exam jitters
Nervousness creeps up just before exams with a sense of unsecured feeling. Suddenly from nowhere the worry erupts causing troubled sleep and depression. Some students cease to grin even; and are almost panicky with sweaty palms and shivering ...


QUERY CUE
Facing the interview board
I am studying M.Tech in JNTU, Hyderabad. My specialisation is digital systems and computer electronics. I could not get placed in any company through campus interviews because I passed B.Tech in second class. Please give me advice on how to get a ...


IN VOGUE
Bask in the cool comfort of khadi
With the sun out in its full glory here is a way to look fresh and to beat the heat. Push aside the synthetics and pick up a few khadi clothes. The fabric with an attitude is back in demand with its trendy yet traditional look. And ...


HOT TOPIC
Efforts should be made to preserve traditional wear
Innovation is what the youth today expects in order to enjoy life. There is a strong influence of western culture on Indian youth leading to a gradual decline in traditional wear. India signifies a place of cultural heritage as well as diversity. ...

Share your views
Speed thrills but kills. This is perhaps the most promoted road safety awareness campaign in the State. Yet, we find many accidents being reported across the State, particularly those involving students is on the rise. They say prevention is ...

IHM-H: in the forefront of hotel management education
Economic boom stirred the growth of the service sector and the biggest gainer in the last one decade of economic growth was the hotel sector. People who wanted to make careers in the hotel and catering industry could dream of earnings on ...

Frankfinn flies high
Atlasjet, a Turkey-based airline recruited 48 students as cabin crew from Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training. The students will be employed by the airlines but will be flying for Saudi Arabian Airlines. Our students have ...

GATE topper eyes IIT Bombay
K. Shashidhar Reddy (H.T. No.CH7620550), a student at Sri Venkateswara University College of Engineering (SVUCE) has bagged the All India rank No.1 in Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE-2009) under the Chemical Engineering ...

Dearth of faculty hits B.Sc nursing courses
In view of scarcity of faculty to teach nursing courses, there is a need to significantly increase the number of M.Sc nursing seats in the State to mould qualified teachers and meet the requirement of nursing colleges affiliated to the Dr. NTR ...

Environmental laws hold the key
These days, almost all companies take it as their corporate responsibility to see that their policies and projects are environment-friendly. The industry largely insists and makes sure that their workforce is well aware of environment ...

Thrive as a physiotherapist
The day is gone when a physiotherapist has no scope to find effective practice due to limited public awareness on overall health. Nowadays, physiotherapy is picking up momentum as a first order practice with successful graduates opening their ...


CAMPUS JOTTINGS
College organises workshop on soft skills
K. Bala Raju and M. Chidambaram of Bodh Bridge Educational Services organised a soft skills and career planning workshop at the PVP Siddhartha Institute of Technology here recently. Motivational tips were given to students on their personal ...


GROUP DISCUSSION
Need for more practical inputs stressed
Besides increasing the practical component in learning process, there should be a strong effort to increase linkages between the industry and the higher technical education institutes in all possible areas so that the young people will get ...

Credit sharing at PG level?
Feasibility of scheme being studied, says UGC chief

For a rich UG programme
Yash Pal committee report recommends setting up of a Higher Education Commission and more power for varsities

What price application form?
The University Grants Commission has taken exception to certain educational institutions charging high fees for their admission forms and prospectus

If you are good in mathematics
Marketing, insurance, IT, research…the job opportunities are vast

Campus Capsule
M.S.Ramaiah Institute of Technology was crowned the overall champion at the 10th annual Visvesvaraya Technological University Youth Fest Competition “AISIRI” held at Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College of Engineering, Kanakapura. ...


Q & A
Aim high in computer applications
I have completed PGDBA (equivalent to MBA) specialising in finance, banking and insurance. I want to study further. Kindly let me know what are the courses available. I also want to know about the career opportunities; would teaching be a good ...

TOEFL TV on YouTube
English-language learners looking to refine their skills before taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), have a new resource — TOEFL TV, which is now available on YouTube (
Reviving yakshagana study centre
Diploma, degree courses planned with Rs. 1 cr. endowment

Get going, and stick to the rules
Here are some tips on registration and preparation for the GMAT

B.A. course in sign language
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is set to launch a graduate course in Applied Sign Language Studies (BAASLS) in association with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). UCLan has an established International ...


DIFFERENT STROKES
Let’s go our own way
Why ape the West’s economic polices, wonder students

IBM’s Centre of Excellence at MSRIT
IBM recently announced its collaboration with M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT), Bangalore, to help the latter train and build a skilled resource base on leading software technologies. It also opened a Centre of Excellence (CoE) ...

For the real you
Turn your interests into your areas of speciality

Mobile learning platform
BASE, a premier educational training organisation providing quality training for IIT-JEE, AIEEE, AIPMT, CET and COMEDK, has announced that it will be the strategic content partner for India’s first interactive and fully integrated mobile ...

TEST TRACKER
Applications have been invited for the National Eligibility Test (NET) in science subjects to be held on June 21, 2009, across the country. The Council for Industrial and Scientific Research (CSIR) and the University Grants Commission jointly ...


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