CAT exam date extended by a day

CATThe IIMs have extended the Common Admission Test (CAT) for another day till the morning session on December 8 to accommodate all those who were unable to take the test earlier.

On Tuesday, the test will be held at centres in 20 cities. Technical glitches across the country have marred the first online CAT, one of the most competitive exams in the world.

“We understand and regret the additional stress and inconvenience caused to candidates who have not been able to take the test on their scheduled day due to technical difficulties,” said Ramesh Nava from Prometric, the US-based agency conducting the test.

CAT extended by a day, disrupted by virus attacks

CAT extended by a day, disrupted by virus attacksNew Delhi, Dec 5 : The first computer-based Common Admission Test (CAT) that has been disrupted by virus attacks, has once again upset students with the test extended by a day till December eight.

Prometric, the American firm conducting the test through computers has re-scheduled its entrance tests for admission to IIMs to 11 days instead of 10 days as planned earlier.

The Common Admission Test (CAT) was scheduled for 10 days from November 28 to December 7. A statement issued by Prometric said with the IIMs support, the CAT 2009 has been extended till December 8.

Online CAT is here to stay: IIM committee

New Delhi, Dec 2 - The highly competitive Common Admission Test (CAT) for entry to the country's top B-schools will be held online again next year despite the technical glitches that marred the exam this time, the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) admissions committee said Wednesday.

Himanshu Rai, a professor at IIM-Lucknow and chairman of the admissions committee, said he was sorry that students had to face a harrowing time owing to technical problems since CAT's staggered 10-day schedule began Saturday.

"We (the IIMs) can't absolve ourselves.. the CAT is ours. I am extremely apologetic for what has happened so far," Rai said on a news channel.

Pre-primary classes only on ground floor

PuneSchools in Maharashtra will soon have to shift pre-primary and montessori classrooms to the ground floor of their building. This is one of the rules laid down by the state school education department in its government resolution (GR) for fire-safety requirements in schools and colleges, both private and state run.

The principals and related education officers of schools found flouting this GR, dated November 27, will be held responsible.

Firm IIMs hired to hold online CAT test has failure record

Prometric, the American firm conducting the Common Admission Test (CAT), is under fire for failing to conduct the first online version.

CAT, the test for admission to the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), was rescheduled at centres across the country for the second day on Sunday.

Prometric, part of the US-based Educational Testing Service (ETS), has been accused of failing to conduct online tests earlier too. In August 2008, The Guardian reported that the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority of the UK had ended its five-year contract with ETS Europe after “serious problems with the administration and marking of tests”. ETS, on its part, blamed the authority.

CAT computer glitch to be short-lived: IIM director

CAT computer glitch to be short-lived: IIM directorNew Delhi, Nov 28 : Notwithstanding the hiccups faced by thousands of students on day one of the Common Admission Test (CAT), an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) director said the online examination is a "democratising process" and "all the problems will be sorted out quickly".

"CAT on computer is a democratising process and aims at benefiting students in a large way. We have heard about the server problem but it won't be a prolonged one," Debashis Chatterjee, director of IIM Kozhikode, told IANS.

CAT 2009 Commences

Common Admission TestStarting today, i. e., November 28, the Common Admission Test for candidates hoping to get into IIMs and other prestigious management institutions of India will be conducted in centers across the country over the next 10 days, to conclude on December 7.

Today's CAT examination is being conducted simultaneously at 8 centers in Bangalore, 7 IIMs and Prometric, a testing firm. For the country's 7 top B-Schools, an estimated 2.41 lakh candidates are trying their luck, and the competition which is bound to get fiercer this year.

Online CAT exams kicks off all over India

Online CAT exams kicks off all over IndiaNew Delhi, Nov 28 : The Common Admission Test (CAT) which is being conducted through computers for the first time, kicked off on Saturday.

Over 2.4 lakh students registered for the entrance for admission into the country’s premier management institutions.

The Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs) for the first time entrusted the task of conducting the CAT to Prometric, an American firm.

The Prometric is organising the computer-based test over a period of ten days.

Manmohan talks education at PIO meet

Manmohan Singh“If there is one phenomenon in the world over which the sun truly never sets, it is the phenomenon of the global community of people of Indian origin,” said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Addressing a gathering of the Indian community in the city where Singh is attending the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meet (CHOGM), Singh said for India, globalization is a natural means of linking up with the world community of Indians.

250,000 students appear for CAT

250,000 students appear for CATNew Delhi, Nov 28 - Nearly 250,000 students across the country appeared for the Common Admission Test (CAT) Saturday. The scores of this test will determine a student's admission to a management institute, including the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).

There has been a major change in the CAT this year as it has become a computer based test from an optical marker reading test.

Around 50,000 students appeared for the exam in Delhi.

The test is being held between Nov 28 and Dec 7 in 32 cities at 105 testing centres connected to a main server.

SMVDU developing sensors to stop infiltration

SMVDU developing sensors to stop infiltrationShri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) located at Katra nearly 45 Kms from here is developing such human movement sensors that will be installed on the International Border and Line of Control in J&K to help the security forces prevent infiltration of terrorists.

The department of Electronics and Communication of the varsity is working on a project in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in which the scientists from the varsity are working on such sensors that could be able to detect the movement within 3 Kms.

BITS Pilani Helps A Student To Finish Graduation After 30 Years

bits Because of the flexible academic regulations at Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences (BITS), Pilani, an engineering student of 1977-1982 batch who quitted the studies after finishing 7 semesters in the Institute, was admitted again to the university in the year 2007, and he finished the BE (Electrical and Electronics Engineering) in 2009 by attending classes regularly for 4 semesters together with current students.

The 51-year-old Alam Ali Khan, a Rajasthan Board topper hailing from Ranasar Village, Churu District, Rajasthan, got the merit admission to the Institute in 1977.

Get extra marks for reading books you enjoy

CBSE SchoolTheir familiarity with the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry or who killed Roger Ackroyd will soon help students gain credit points at school.

As part of its effort to take academics beyond rote learning, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will introduce a new reading project that will award points for reading popular fiction. This is expected to encourage students to read books for the fun of it and not because they will be marked for it.

A CBSE circular sent last month asked schools to break free from binding reading to weekly library periods and encourage students to visit the library as and when they want to.

Taking CAT online? Check your email

Taking CAT online? Check your emailIf you are due to take the first online version of the Common Admission Test (CAT) between November 28 and December 7, don’t forget to check your email regularly.

Prometric Testing, the company entrusted with the job of conducting the online applications and tests, is sending emails to students whose application forms have been found to be incomplete.

On receiving the email from CAT, candidates have to visit and fill up the details, a company representative said, but declined to reveal the number of such incomplete forms.

What did you do at school today?

When Yogesh Katira was a young schoolboy, his father often did not know exactly in which class his son was studying. It was not as if his father did not care about his son’s welfare. But 20 years ago, school education was never a conscious concern for parents.

Katira, 50, is now a parent, and his attitude towards his children’s education could not be more different. The businessman closely monitored his children’s school lives until the younger one finished class 10 a few years ago.

HT Career Quotient 2009 at city campuses

HT Career Quotient 2009 at city campusesStudents across schools and colleges in the city are finding their career paths at the Hindustan Times Career Quotient 2009 initiative that is being held on campuses.

The initiative helps students determine their aptitudes and attitude, suggests career options suited to them using assessment tests.

These tests, MAPP — Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential — have been specially designed for HT by Assessment. com, a world-renowned organisation that designs psychographic tests.

Top schools: the westside stories

Methodology: The survey was conducted in two phases by market research agency C fore (www. cfore. org) . In the first phase, a perception-based survey was conducted to zero in on a list of top 10 schools from six zones across Delhi — Central, North, Southeast, Southwest, East and West.

In all, 1,200 respondents, comprising parents and teachers and spread uniformly across the city, took part in the survey.

The respondents were asked to recall the top 10 schools in theirzone.

In the second phase, a similar survey was carried out, asking parents and teachers to rate those schools on a scale of 10 against various parameters (mentioned in the table on the left).

Amity, Saket, wins over the world with MUN

Amity, Saket, wins over the world with MUNAmity International School, Saket participated in MUNOG 09 (Model United Nations of Goldberg, Stuttgart, Germany). They sent a team of four students — Rajat Rai Handa, Sukriti Singal, Agrim Singh and Arjun Hans.

As many as 210 participants from 12 countries took part.

Rajat Rai Handa has done the nation proud by winning the best delegate award for representing People’s Republic of China. He was awarded a certificate of recognition and a prize. Amity team was the proud recipient of the Best Country Delegation award.

State to get tougher on school bus safety

schoolAgeing school buses that lack fire safety equipment may soon be banned.

Schools may be told to build or buy new buses with two exits.

Bus operators could be fined heavily for non-compliance and stricter tests will apply for fuel and electrical fittings. These are among the tough new rules being considered as part of a stricter, more comprehensive policy to improve safety on school buses, aimed at both transport operators and school managements.

Tussle on between Chandigarh's oldest boys school, administration

Tussle on between Chandigarh's oldest boys school, administrationChandigarh, Nov 20 Chandigarh's oldest boys school has sought the intervention of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions against the union territory administration for "interfering" in the school's internal matters. However, officials have denied the charge of interference.

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