India News: April 2009

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UKIERI awards Euro 50,000 grant to NCMT

The UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) has awarded a £50,000 grant for a three-year collaborative programme delivery (CPD) project to NSHM College of Management & Technology (NCMT), Durgapur and Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom. ‘The UKIERI CPD grant is for a joint Masters (MSc) programme in optometry to be conducted at the NSHM’s NCMT Campus in Durgapur from October  2009 onwards and the degree would be awarded by Anglia Ruskin University. ‘The current faculty and students of the optometry department at NCMT would also be upgraded through exchange programmes with Anglia Ruskin University,’ said Prof Soumendra Nath Ghosh, head of optometry & vision science department, NCMT Durgapur. The National Management School (NMS) which is planning to set up 25 business schools across the country will invest INR 9 crore to set up its first management school in Chennai. The business school which is being promoted by academicians from the US will offer diploma to students in collaboration with the Georgia University of the US. The first school will be operational in Chennai by April end for which a  property has been taken on lease. NMS plans to build 25 schools nationwide in 15 years. NMS  will provide a two-year diploma in business management  at a total cost of INR 9.6 lakh. If the   IITs and IIMs are counted among the world’s most prestigious centres of learning,  it’s not    for no reason. A study conducted  among Indian companies shows that these  institutions    re the largest source of business  leaders for India Inc, accounting for more than half of the country’s professionals in chief   executive or strategic business leadership  roles.   IIMs on a standalone basis (non-IIT ) have  groomed around half of Indian CEOs, while  IITs          account for more than a third of the total

Setting benchmarks for schools, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will for the first time give accreditation to institutions affiliated to it on the basis of quality of education. The country’s premier school examination board has decided to launch the initiative, the first by any board in the country, before commencement of the next academic session. A committee has been set up by the CBSE to frame guidelines for assessment and accreditation.   The committee will also suggest detailed modalities  n formation of separate committees for the purpose of accreditation. The infrastructure facilities in the schools will be part of assessment and accreditation procedure. The accredited schools will be provided grades which will indicate their standing with respect to quality. The CBSE will also launch a sensitisation drive during which it will reach out to the schools and make them aware about the benefits of being accredited. The drive will cover about 10,000 schools in the country.

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