IIM Calcutta launches programme for Indian Railway Service officers

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IIM Calcutta launches programme for Indian Railway Service officers

IIM Calcutta has been commissioned by the Railway Board of India to conduct a 12-week executive general management programme for 60 officers, as part of the regular 18-month training programme for Indian Railway Service probationer officers. The general management programme will cover topics in economics, human resource management, management information systems, public policy, behavioural sciences, finance and accounting, etc.

EU to help India for skill development

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European Union (EU) will provide vocational education and training in India to the marginalised groups in an attempt to help India increase its skilled workforce. EU has come up with a scheme under which it will provide financial assistance of Euros 500,000 to 10,00,000 to groups in India to spend on skill development.

'The aim is to support the objectives of skill development in India where majority of the workforce lack expertise,' said Daniele Smadja, Ambassador and head of Delegation of the European Commission to India, Bhutan and Nepal. 

NKC proposes undergraduate board for colleges

The National Knowledge Commission has proposed an undergraduate board to set the colleges free from the university rule and regulate all the administrative affairs for the smooth sailing of the colleges. The undergraduate board will look into curriculum, exams, degrees, etc for colleges. Once the undergraduate board comes into force, universities can lay emphasis on higher education and research work.

The NKC has received spontaneous reaction from several states including Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan and the Union Territory of Puducherry. All these states and UT have already started drafting a bill on the same.

Five out of six new IITs to have own campuses

Bowing to resistance from existing IITs, the government has decided that five of the six new institutes of excellence will have to set up their campuses separately from the coming session. The decision was taken at a meeting held between Directors of seven IITs and Higher Education Secretary R P Agarwal to decide on the issue which has been a matter of controversy after the government suggested that the new institutes should be mentored by the existing ones till they find their own space.

Accordingly, IIT Bhubaneswar and IIT Punjab, which are functioning at their mentoring IITs in Kharagpur and Delhi at present, will be shifted to their own campuses from the coming academic session. Three others, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Gandhinagar and IIT Patna, are already running from temporary campuses.

JSWS to offer Leeds courses and degrees in India

Leeds Metropolitan University, UK and Jagran Social Welfare Society (JSWS), Bhopal have entered into a partnership to start offering the former's courses and degrees in India through the Leeds Met India, Bhopal campus. The campus will begin its first academic year from September 2009 by offering Leeds Metropolitan University's undergraduate courses in the field of business studies, retail marketing management, international business and business and HRM among others.

It also plans to roll out post-graduate courses by 2010 including MBA and MSc in various disciplines as well as new undergraduate courses including events management and marketing and advertising management. All the courses will be approved by AICTE.

Indian students flocking to New Zealand

Indian students continue flocking to New Zealand for higher education and the number has increased by 300% in the last six years. 'India is a big market of talented students for us. Their number has considerably increased. I do not think recession can stop Indian students from coming to New Zealand,' Cliff Fuller, New Zealand's trade commissioner in India, said.

According to Fuller, the percentage of Indian students enrolling in New Zealand institutes has increased nearly 300% in the last six years. 'In 1998, only 150 Indian students enrolled. This figure rose to 1,500 in 2002. In 2008, we registered 6,000 new enrolments from India,' he said.

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