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New IITs, IIMs focussing on Indian diaspora 

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Aiming to find an alternative to alumni base

“We don’t have an alumni base as strong as the older Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). But you cannot wait for 40 years to reap that benefit… so you must innovate and reach out to new constituents,” assorted Sarit K. Das, director of IIT Ropar in Punjab.

“Indian diaspora can be (almost practically) your alumni base. What alumni do for older institutions, diaspora can do it for you,” he added.

 

WHY FOCUS ON INDIAN DIASPORA

Das along with some of his colleagues has already visited countries like the UK, Canada, the US, Singapore and Australia in last six months. A bid to reach out to a significant pool of non-resident Indians there. In October, he will visit the UK and Canada again to reach out to the strong Punjabi diaspora.

“We get three benefits. One, Indian Diaspora like your alumni base can help you connect with good candidates to recruit as faculties; two, they can help find good university collaborations and three, they can contribute to specific needs of the institutions,” Das said.

1. Das represents the new breed of education administrators

2. They are finding out novel ways to build their brand equity and reach

3. They are looking to tap unconventional sources like government funds or sponsored projects

4. As per reports new institutions like IIT Gandhinagar and IIT Hyderabad are doing the same

 

TESTIMONIALS 

Sudhir Jain, director of IIT said that IIT Gandhinagar got good support from the diaspora, especially in the US and Japan. Several of the tie-ups for students’ research, institutional tie-up, recruitment and some endowments happened because of non-resident Indians.

Bhimaraye Metri, director of Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli (IIM-Trichy) too shares the common view.

As per World Bank data, India received some $62.7 billion worth of remittances in 2016. In 2015, it received some $68.9 billion.

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CAT 2017 Results ARE OUT -How To Download Score Card

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IIM Lucknow has released the score card for candidates who appeared in the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017. Candidates would need their login id and password to login to their account and download their score card. CAT result is declared in the form of percentile score with 100 percentile being the maximum.

How to check CAT 2017 Result?

Step one: Go to official CAT 2017 website: www.iimcat.ac.in

Step two: Click on the link for CAT 2017 Score Card.

Step three: Enter your login id and password.

Step four: Click on Submit.

Step five: View and download your score card.

Many students may find that the website is still displaying the link for CAT 2016 Score Card. In that case, candidates are advised to clear their cache or open the website in incognito mode and access the result link for CAT 2017.

Last year, 20 students had scored 100 percentile in CAT 2016. The number of 100 percentile scorers this year remains to be seen.

WHAT NEXT..

Now, the IIMs will begin the shortlisting process for selection rounds. The ensuing selection process comprises Academic Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI). Candidates are selected for selection rounds primarily on the basis of their CAT percentile and academic performance.

WHAT IS CAT

CAT is conducted by IIMs for admission to post graduate management programmes at 20 IIMs. CAT scores are also used by non-IIM institutes such as MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, JBIMS Mumbai, FMS Delhi etc. CAT scores are valid for one year and can be downloaded from the website within a period of one year.

 

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Parliamentary Panel For Statutory Status To NCVT 

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A parliamentary panel has recommended to accord statutory powers to the National Council for vocational training (NCVT). This is being done so that NCVT could play the role of a regulator for skill education, on the lines of bodies like the UGC and the AICTE.

The panel chaired by Kirit Somaiya is of the view that the NCVT should be further empowered by bringing its powers under the ambit of law since this would help it to perform better regulatory functions and oversight over the industrial training institutes (ITIs) in India. At present, there are nearly 14,000 ITIs in the country, both public as well as private, and their numbers are on the rise.

THE RECOMMENDATIONS

— the star rating system should not be left to be voluntarily adopted by ITIs but made applicable on all of them to improve the quality of skill training.

— an alternative approach while dealing with ITIs who fail to comply with norms related to infrastructure facilities and faculties for training instead of de-affiliation by the Directorate General of Training. This being suggested since the de-affiliation adversely impacts the trainees enrolled in such institutes.

GRADING OF INSTITUTES

The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship began grading the industrial training institutes across the country by giving them star ratings based on their facilities, performance and placement record last year. The government’s vocational training programmes are administered by ITIs, which cater to about 36 per cent of the 7 million people enrolled in various training programmes in India.

GRADING-THE METHOD+ BENEFITS

The evaluation is done in two phases, a self-appraisal followed by an in-depth assessment by the Directorate General of Training, the umbrella body overseeing the functioning of ITIs and other training institutes.

The grading of ITIs helps the students to choose from the best institutes, and employers by providing them the formal governmental recognition for the level of quality of training and facilities provided at the institutes.

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Jamia Polls won’t violate HC order: JAC

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A Joint Action Committee (JAC) of students, formed to reinstate students’ union elections at Jamia Millia Islamia, has submitted the legal opinion of Supreme Court lawyer Sanjay Hegde to the university administration. They have also asked the university to announce the date of elections.

WHAT JAC REPORT SAYS

In the communication, Hegde has said:

— Elections in the institute would not violate any High Court order

— Students’ union polls at Jamia have been banned since 2006, allegedly because students had started interfering in administrative matters

— The university has cited a 2012 writ petition filed in the Delhi High Court

— University argues that they cannot hold elections till the petitioner withdraws the petition

LAWYER HEGDE ARGUES…

Hegde has said, “There is nothing on record to suggest that conducting student elections would violate any order of the honorable court. To the contrary, they would only be in furtherance of the assurances given to the court by JMI, in its affidavit dated July 20… for more than six years after filing of this affidavit, the matter appears not to have proceeded further in the court. Unless there is a specified direction of the court to stop the process, the university must endeavour to fulfil the general directive towards conduct of fair and free elections.”

Meeran Haider, a JAC member, who, along with others, had gone on a hunger strike for seven days over the issue, said the legal opinion had been submitted to Dean of Student Welfare. Jamia media coordinator Saima Saeed said the matter would be looked into when the university reopens on January 16.

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