National News: October 2010

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Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology announces collaboration with France based L Ecole de Design

Bangalore-based Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology has announced a joint programwith L’École de Design, Nantes Atlantique, a premier design school in France, to offer
a two year advanced diploma program (post-graduate level) in Transcultural Design. The objective of this diploma, which is the fi rst of its kind in t e India, is to equip budding designers with leadership, creative and critical thinking skills to design products, services and communication for a globalizing world. The curriculum for the two year program has been developed in  partnership with L’École de Design and will focus on interaction design, responsible innovation, ethnography and cultural hybridity in design. Beginning in October 2010, the program will enable Indian students to spend an academic year in France, studying and working, while French students do the same in India.

With completion of 50th year, the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has another reason to celebrate. The prestigious institution is preparing to admit the highest number of foreign students under its student exchange programme for the next academic session. Offi cials at IIM-A have owed the large number of foreign students applying for admission into the institute to India’s growing global image as an emerging economy. The rising number of foreign students every year that come to pursue education at IIM-A is a proof of the institute’s popularity.

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Seshadripuram First Grade College, Yelahnka in Bangalore has taken up an extension to elaborate on its experiment of conducting students’ exams on mobile phones for all the courses. Last year the college had launched a pilot project for conducting examination for some courses, whereby students were provided mobile handsets preloaded with questions with four options as answers and the students had to click the correct answer, revise it and then click the submit button. Dr M Prakash, Principal, Seshadripuram First Grade College, Yelahnka, mentioned that effort is being taken to make evaluation and assessment paperless and speedy.

Vineet Joshi, Chairman, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has recently, announced that the board will be considering the possibility of setting up virtual laboratories for students. He made the announcement while addressing teh gathering at the recent programme organised by the Kuruvila Jacob Memorial Educational Trust at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Madras. Regarding the pressure that several students in CBSE schools are undergoing due to the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), the chairman described that in order to combat the pressured caused on the students due to homework and projects, CBSE is encouraging schools to indulge in group projects and activities. The occasion also marked the launch of online and offl ine content in physics and chemistry by CBSE, which had been an initiative of Kuruvila Jacob, involving the collaborations of several academicians, research scholars, teachers as well as web designers.

A global recognition has been received, in form of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 27001 Certifi cation for the quality of IT infrastructure, by GEMS Education, the largest kindergarten to grade 12 private school operator in the world. The ISO is the world’s largest developer and publisher of international standards and is recognised as the world’s leading non – governmental authority on quality standards. In order to certify GEMS Education’s Infrastructure and Data Centre services, both of them were examined and audited to ensure that they adhered to a rigorous set of standards of quality, security and reliability.

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