The fine art of teaching

A few kilometres from the Mulund railway station, facing a small hill range called Malabar Hill stands a chrome-glass fortress called NES International School.

Every morning, hundreds of students donning blazers stream through the building’s automatic doors into its air-conditioned interior. The building’s four storeys are built over an atrium, and it has two underground levels.

Designed to maximise the use of

natural light, the classrooms accommodate a maximum of 20 students, in keeping with what the school believes is the ideal student-teacher ratio.

Aligarh Muslim University to re-open Dec 1

Aligarh Muslim University to re-open Dec 1New Delhi/Lucknow, Nov 16 The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), which was closed for an indefinite period Oct 30 following violent protests over murder of a student, would re-open Dec 1, vice-chancellor Abdul Aziz said Monday.

Aziz told reporters in New Delhi that teaching in the departments would resume in a phased manner.

Kerala adopts free and open source software in education

educationThiruvananthapuram, Nov 15 : The Kerala government has adopted free and open source software (FOSS) for the state education department and for e-governance.

The curriculum department Saturday has also recommended extension of FOSS to higher secondary schools.

The implementation of this has been entrusted to the IT@school Project, a mission mode agency under the state's general education department.

Information Technology was made a part of high school curriculum in Kerala in 2003 when IT was made a compulsory subject for Class 8.

‘I hope no info is lost down the line’

‘I hope no info is lost down the line’Vineet Joshi, chairman and secretary of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), spoke to Hindustan Times about the board’s new Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation System:

Why is the board implementing the grading system in the middle of the term? We want to prepare teachers for the task next term. They can get used to the system, and if they make mistakes, it is better to deal with them now. It appears scary, but we had to start somewhere.

Decoding grading system

CBSE class X results to be announced tomorrowR. G. Sen has been teaching mathematics at a Kendriya Vidyalaya in Jaipur for the past 28 years. This October, the 52-year-old teacher was asked to grade his students on an additional criteria - their personal interaction with him.

Used to objective evaluations, the new request left Sen flummoxed. “In the rush for holistic education, this new system is taking the focus away from basic studies,” he rued.

Internship flood for IIM students

IITs-IIMsIf summer internships at top companies are any indication, India seems to have put the economic slowdown behind it.

Finance and banking firms are lapping up students from premier business schools.

The Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B) bagged 180 ‘slot zero’ (first two days) offers for its batch of 348 first-year students.

The country’s leading B-school, IIM-Ahmedabad, had earlier said all its students were placed in just four days.

At IIM-B, the entire batch of 348 students was recruited within five days.

In the south, old is gold

best schools in the southToday, we tell you what the city thinks are the best schools in the south. This perception-based survey encapsulates the sample’s collective impression about schools. Admittedly, some excellent schools might not even figure on the list.

Yet we realise that parents need to start somewhere. Moreover, we hope the profiles and trend stories that follow will add details and nuance to the rankings. Together, we hope the series draws a broad outline of the Mumbai schooling landscape, one that parents can use as a basis for a more detailed investigation.

How a Schwab awardee from IIM helped kids read with TV

Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad)’sIt was in 1996 that Brij Kothari, professor at the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad)’s Centre for Educational Innovation, hit upon Same Language Subtitling (SLS). The concept is simplicity itself — if you subtitle TV programmes in the same language, viewers cannot help but read along.

IIM(A) summer placements at record speed

IIMIn what can be termed as a clear pointer to the revival in the economy, all first year students of the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad were placed with summer internships — in just four days.

This, when on an average, summer placements go on for about a week here.

Investment banks hired 77 students on the first day itself — in 2008, the figure was 35

Top-notch firms like  Bain, Morgan Stanley, McKinsey and Company, Goldman Sachs and Microsoft are among those who offered the internships. Royal Bank of Scotland came exclusively for international roles across Hong Kong and London.

Vrinda Batra felicitated by SIMC

Vrinda BatraFootprints '09, a mega youth event organised by the Symbiosis International University and the Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication was held in the State Capital recently. Not only did the event witness a participation of over 750 students but it also saw the coming together of the country's think tank. Environmentalist Sundar lal Bahuguna and acclaimed photographer Threesh Kapoor discussed environment and media-related issues at length.

More money makes courses attractive

World-class faculty and the opportunity to be part of research being carried out by India’s premiere science institute seem to be the magnets attracting students to the five-year integrated MSc courses in basic science offered by the institutes newly-established by the central government.

“Being taught by a faculty involved in cutting edge research is a high point,” said Amit Seta (19), a student of the five-year MSc course at the Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences — University of Mumbai (CBS-UM), Kalina campus.

CAT 2009 will offer 560 extra IIM seats

CAT 2009There will be 560 more seats on offer for students taking the common admission test (CAT) for admission to the Indian Institutes of Management this year.

Human resource development ministry sources said the CAT committee for 2009 had been asked to include these additional seats.

The cabinet had cleared the setting up of four new IIMs — in Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and Rohtak (Haryana) — in August.

But the institutes are yet to be established.

Board exam in class V?

Board exam in class VThe tussle between the Delhi government and the BJP-led Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) further intensified on Monday with the civic agency floating an ambitious plan to introduce Board examination for class V students.

Mayor Kanwar Sain has come up with this plan, which he wants to implement from the next academic year.

The plan is being proposed by the political brass of the civic agency at a time when the power to make any rules regarding primary education have been handed over to Delhi government by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

No overdose of magical realism in this Latin American’s works

No overdose of magical realism in this Latin American’s worksThe modern generation of Latin American authors is more concerned with the effects of living in an Americanised world than their literary predecessors writing under the spectre of American neo imperialism in the 70s and 80s, said Peruvian fiction writer Jorge Eduardo Benavides at a talk in the city.

Educomp Solutions registers three-fold jump in Q2 net profit

Educomp Solutions registers three-fold jump in Q2 net profitEducomp Solutions, leading education solutions provider, has registered a three-fold jump in its consolidated net profit for the second quarter ended September 30.

During the reporting quarter, the company has posted a net profit of Rs 117 crore, against like period year ago.

Educomp functionaries stated in a communiqué that company’s total revenue soared to Rs 253.51 crore in the latest quarter of the current year, as compared to Rs 132.15 crore in the comparable period a year before.

Hold GMR Infrastructure, says Rajesh Tambe of Sunchan Securities

Hold GMR Infrastructure, says Rajesh Tambe of Sunchan SecuritiesRajesh Tambe of Sunchan Securities has suggested investors to hold GMR Infrastructure, during an interview on Business News Channel Zee Business.

Rajesh Tambe has suggested long term target of Rs 100 for the stock.

During the economic slowdown, the stock price of GMR Infrastructure witnessed a free fall to Rs 22 on NSE.

Mitesh Thacker: Buy Everonn Education with target Rs 520

Mitesh Thacker: Buy Everonn Education with target Rs 520Technical Expert Mitesh Thacker has suggested short term buy call for Everonn Education with a closing price stop loss of Rs 449.

Mr. Thacker has suggested short term target of Rs 520 for the stock.

Everonn Education is having first mover advantage in education space and the stock has performed well in the past.

Outlook Money has also suggested buy call for Everonn Education for investors with long term view.

The stock has touched 52-week high of Rs 585 on NSE. At current levels, the stock is trading at a P/E multiple of 25.

NIIT enters into partnership with IBM to Offer Training Programmes

NIITNIIT, leading Asia-based IT trainer and IBM have entered into a worldwide partnership with the aim to provide training programmes in IBM technologies.

Through this strategic tie up, NIIT will provide training programmes on IBM's Career Education in IBM Software framework, customised for NIIT.

In the beginning, the training will be provided on syllabus from the Rational Brand that covers software testing as well as quality assurance.

Where caring begins

Medical Modernity nestled in the lap of history – this is how you can describe Maulana Azad Medical College.

While walking through the college gate, one can get a glimpse of the Khooni Darwaza on the right, across the road. The old building, which was once the old Delhi jail, still has the Phansi Ghar, where prisoners were hanged in ancient times.

Cut to 2009. The campus houses a state-of-the-art building and medical labs and churns out scores of surgeons and physicians every year.

Famous for Its brilliant faculty, modern infrastructure, DU patronage and rich history dating back half a century.

Rai’s aid to the underprivileged

International Literacy Day 2009The International Literacy Day 2009 was celebrated recently at the Rai Foundation’s Behror Campus, Rajasthan, that runs a scholarship scheme for underprivileged girls called ‘Gifted Girl and Girl Genius Scholarship’ (GGGS). About 800 girls from India and abroad are currently studying here. Underlining the importance of the occasion, the chief guest, Nimisha J. Madhvani, High Commissioner of Uganda to India, said it was a great opportunity for students from both India and abroad to learn together about their society and culture.

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