News: Higher Education 2012

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Tata plans to set up a National Vocational Training University

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is going to set up a school for vocational education at its Deonar campus. TISS has taken this step towards a larger plan to set up a national vocational training university. The school will offer two-year-long certificate courses and students who pass out will qualify as technicians. TISS and the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), which is promoting vocational education at top institutes in India, will sign a memorandum for the new school. The AICTE will provide financial assistance of Rs 10 crore for three years to TISS.
The AICTE, through the National Vocational Educational Qualification Framework (NVEQF), wants to develop and manage vocational education in the country and integrate it with academic streams of higher technical education, noted a statement released by the AICTE. Apart from training students, the school will focus on research in vocational education, conduct studies on skill requirements, build content for various sectors, develop teaching methodologies and pedagogy, train the trainers, and prepare a system for measuring skill assessment.The school will set up a joint working group with members from TISS and the AICTE, which shall regularly review the working of the courses.


AIMA President, Rajiv Vastupal, Joins IIM Bangalore Board of Governors

Rajiv Vastupal, the President of the All India Management Association (AIMA) has joined the board of governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B). In October 2011, Vastupal took over as the President of AIMA, the apex body of professional management – it was after a gap of 20 years that someone from Gujarat became the president of AIMA.

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Vastupal received an invitation to join the Society and Board of Governors of IIM Bangalore from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Prior to his appointment at IIM Bangalore, he was member of the Board of Governors at IIM, Rohtak.

Speaking about his new appointment, Rajiv Vastupal, CMD of Rajiv Group said, “I am extremely happy to be a part of the prestigious IIM Bangalore. I shall focus on working cohesively with leaders from India Inc. like Mukesh Ambani and Kris Gopalkrishnan and other members of the board to take the institute to even greater heights.”

Harvard Business School Inaugurates its First Classroom in India

Harvard Business School has opened its first classroom in India at Taj Lands End in Mumbai. Ratan Tata, Chairman – Tata Sons, inaugurated the amphitheater-styled classroom in the presence of Nitin Nohria, Dean – Harvard Business School and other distinguished dignitaries.

Addressing the inaugural class, Ratan Tata, Chairman – Tata Sons said, “India now has a facility to provide people participating in courses and I am very pleased that the Taj Lands End and Tata Group could do what I thought would be a fitting proposition to Harvard to give them a physical facility that would enable them to provide a touch and feel of executive education in India. I am very proud that we have been able to provide them with this facility; you will now have a classroom that will give India and the participants a real feel of business school without being in Boston”.

Panjab University’s Application Forms go Online

For admission to post-graduate and undergraduate courses in Panjab University (PU), the applications are now available online. For Common Entrance Test (CET) and Other Common Entrance Test (OCET) exams, which offer admission to over 50 courses, candidates have to first register and get a pay in-slip for paying the fee to any branch of the State Bank of India reported the Express News Service All the entrance tests will be applied online except MD and MS courses for which there are nearly 60-70 seats offered by the Government Medical Hospital and College.


IGNOU Receives Japan Aid for Electronic Media Centre

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has received the third Japanese grant-in –aid to strengthen its Electronic Media Production Centre (EMPC) recently at an outlay of 787 million Yen. The centre is the hub of electronic and broadcast media and is aimed at reaching the learners using a variety of communication technologies.

The MoU was signed with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in the conference room of the Vice Chancellor’s office between Joint Secretary (ABC), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance and the Ambassador of Japan to India. Prof M Aslam, VC, IGNOU, on the occasion stated that this bilateral cooperation between the two countries, in the form of the current grant-in-aid programme would augur well for the future especially in the light of the rapid advances made in the field of ICTs.

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