News national: September 2010

IIT Bombay and US University partner for exchange programme

Brown University from the United States and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay are planning to sign an agreement to start a student exchange programme in October 2010. Representatives of the university are currently in India to explore the possibility of tie-ups with educational institutions.

42 New faculty members join DTU

There has been a recent recruitment of about 42 new faculty members at Delhi Technological University (DTU) as lecturers with the commencement of the new academic session. Out of these almost 23 faculty members are PhD degree holders.

NIIT launches GNIIT for engineers in Delhi

NIIT, leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia’s largest IT trainer, today, launched the ‘industry endorsed’ multiple track GNIIT for Engineers in Delhi. G. Raghavan, President-Global Individual Learning Solutions, NIIT, announced the launch of the program. GNIIT for Engineers is aimed at enhancing employability of engineering graduates by bridging the skill gap.

8 varsities by ICFAI with INR 400 crore

Known for its chain of B Schools, the ICFAI Group, is planning to set up eight universities in as many states in the next two years with an investment of INR 400 crore. It has received the necessary approvals from the governments of Chattisgarh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Orissa, Gujarat, Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab, said SK Sharma, director, planning and coordination, ICFAI.

iDiscoveri raising $10M

Supporting schools develop their curriculum, Lighthouse Funds May be leading the race for iDiscoveri. The leading contender for investing into education services firm iDiscoveri Education Pvt Ltd is the private equity firm Lighthouse Funds. iDiscoveri helps schools develop curriculum through its programme called X-SEED and is also involved in corporate training. iDiscoveri also provides outdoor programmes for children through a separate company called Youreka and also runs some pre-schools. Investment Light house carries in India is channeled through its $125-million India 2020 Fund. Emails sent to Lighthouse Funds and iDiscoveri remained unanswered at the time of posting this article. BMR Advisors is running the fundraising process. iDiscoveri has been founded by former worldwide marketing director of Group Danone Ashish Rajpal. The X-seed initiative has expanded to more than 400 schools. It involves services like student curriculum, assessment, teacher education and instructional leadership.

All Medical Colleges to have Single entrance exam

It was recently conveyed to the Supreme Court on Friday, that the Medical Council of India (MCI) has taken a decision to introduce one common entrance test for all medical courses in India has been accepted by the Union Ministry and would be introduced from the next year, that is, 2011.

CCE assessment in other schools with new CBSE Programme

A new programme has been brought into action by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to asses whether the schools have been successful in implementing the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE). According to the circular issued by CBSE across India, the school principals have been asked to act as ‘peer assessors’ and act as monitors responsible for capacity building and learning by gathering experiences from all the schools.

In last five years, preschool fee has increased by 120 percent

Through a survey, it has been discovered that between 2005 to 2010, the branded pre-schools across the country have managed to hike the fee structure to 120 percent. The average fees for the kindergarten segment have gone up from INR 1,500 to over 3,500 per month, the survey by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) described.

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