Architecture college intake under cloud

Chandigarh College of Architecture

Chandigarh College of Architecture

Admissions at the Chandigarh College of Architecture have come under a cloud following a directive by the regulator, the Council of Architecture (COA), to the college not to intake any students for 2014-15 session. The college admits 40 students a year.

A notification to this effect has been put up on the regulator’s website, even as a college faculty, on the condition of anonymity, claimed that the admission process was underway and the COA order was a technical issue. “The students and the admission process have not been impacted,” the official added.

College principal Pradeep Kumar Bhagat could not be contacted, in spite of several attempts. Sources, however, claimed that the regulator issued the direction to stop admissions as college had not allowed inspection by COA in the past over six years.

COA president Uday C Gadkari, told Hindustan Times from Delhi that they had asked the college not to admit students till the time they allowed COA teams to inspect the college.

He added that a team was sent in the year 2010-11 but the college did not allow the team to inspect the college. “They do not accept our supremacy. That is the problem,” he said.

Gadkari added that college had not been allowing inspection for six years claiming that it was a government institute and did not require inspection from any other body.

“Since 1996, an acting principal has been running the institute. The posts of three professors have also not been filled since 1996. Recruitments happen on ad hoc basis,” CCA alumnus and chairman, Indian Institute of Architects (publication division), Surinder Bagha told HT. (Hindustan Times)

No basics mean fewer medical PG seats for region

medical colleges

Lack of basic infrastructure, necessary for even undergraduate seats, has led to Medical Council of India (MCI) refusal to post graduate seats in two major government colleges of region, the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College (IGGMC) Nagpur, and the Shri Vasantrao Naik Government Medical College at Yavatmal. Vidarbha has lost some 21 PG medical seats in various colleges in government and private sectors.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Sawangi (Meghe) Wardha, has also not been granted an increase in seats in Orthopaedics and Medicine. IGGMC as well as GMC Yavatmal have not been granted any increase at all in the PG seats. IGGMC has lost seven seats, one each in pathology, ENT, Obstetrics and Gynaecology (OBG), anaesthesiology, ophthalmology, radio-diagnosis and paediatrics while the GMC Yavatmal has lost seats in ophthalmology, OBG, paediatrics and pathology. IGGMC’s radio-diagnosis issue was deferred in the PG committee meeting.

Blood forms the most important part of treatment and naturally a blood component separation facility is a basic requirement. Both these colleges (IGGMC being the oldest of region) do not have it. This single shortcoming is behind loss of all seats in different subjects.

Though the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Nagpur managed to get an increase of 11 seats, it lost six other seats in preventive and social medicine (PSM) also called community medicine (CM), paediatrics, skin and venereal diseases, medicine and anaesthesiology.

Of the two private colleges in region, NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences (NKPSIMS) in city and JNMC in Wardha only JNMC has been refused an increase in orthopaedics and medicine. NKPSIMS got an increase of three seats, two in PSM/CM and one in physiology. The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS), Sewagram, also got an increase of two seats in ophthalmology.

The silver lining is, the loss of seats is not permanent. If they comply with the norms before the next MCI inspection and send a compliance report by March 31 they have good chance of getting the requested increase in seats. MCI Chairman Dr SB Siwach told TOI the council had sent its report to the central government and it was for the government to take a final decision. “Certain components are mandatory in infrastructure irrespective of the college having a PG course or not. IGGMC and GMC Yavatmal have lost seats due to this reason,” he said. (TOI)

Engineering colleges woo students of Nepal and Bhutan

engineering colleges

Many engineering colleges of North Andhra region are ahead of other reputed institutions in attracting students of neighbouring countries. Students of Nepal and Bhutan are now keen to pursue higher studies in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram engineering colleges which are providing courses at affordable cost. Students of West Bengal, North Eastern States are also looking at colleges like Aditya Institute of Technology and Management-Tekkali, GMR Institute of Technology, Vaishnavi College of Engineering-Srikakulam, Maharaja Vijayarama Gajapathi College of Engineering, Vizianagaram and other institutions.

Educational fairs
The colleges are keen to participate in the educational fairs in other countries from next month since students would join under management quota. The students of abroad and other States would pay fees promptly, making the colleges financially viable. Currently, many colleges are fed up with fee reimbursement scheme as they have been not able to get repayment for the last six months. It has forced many colleges to use overdraft facility to pay salaries of the staff and meet other expenses.

Cosmopolitan culture
Many colleges feel that admission of foreign students would ensure cosmopolitan culture in campus and make local youngsters understand the culture of other regions too.

AITAM College Director V.V. Nageswara Rao told The Hindu that over 100 students would be expected to join the college in 2014-15 academic year. “Many students of Nepal and other places are keen to pursue civil and mechanical engineering courses in reputed institutions with the ample job opportunities in their respective countries. We are planning to construct an exclusive block for them in future,” he added.

Vaishnavi College of Engineering Principal Vasanta Rajendra Prasad said that it would take time for the students to adjust to new atmosphere due to change in weather and food.

Nepali students Biplab Chowdhary and Nitesh Chaurasiya of AITAM College said that the two engineering colleges located in Bhutan were not able to cater to the needs of all the youngsters. “Indian government is selecting only 100 students by offering scholarships. The youngsters, who were not selected, are opting reputed private engineering colleges in India,” they said. Anil Kumar Sah, a second-year student, said they were happy with the weather and culture in Srikakulam. “We are not able to understand Telugu. Except this, all of us are happy with studies and food,” he added. 9

2014 Ph.D Fellowships at NIT, Warangal

NIT Warangal

NIT Warangal

Applications are invited by National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal for Ph.D fellowships for students pursuing Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) program in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics & Communications Engineering, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English disciplines offered in various research areas for the session July 2014.

Click here to know more about the research areas.

Scholarship Details:

The candidates selected for admission into Ph.D program are eligible to receive institute fellowship as follows. The tenure of a research fellowship is three years only.

Candidates joining with Master’s degree in, Engineering/Technology or a degree recognized as equivalent thereto, Rs.18, 000/- per month, for the first two years and Rs.20,000/- per month, in the third year.

Candidates joining under TCS fellowship is Rs. 23,000/- per month.

Candidates joining with a master’s degree in Science (with a valid GATE/NET score) or a degree recognized as equivalent thereto is Rs. 16,000/- per month, for the first two years Rs. 18,000/- per month in the third year.

Candidates with B.Tech and MBA (with a valid GATE score) is Rs. 16,000/- per month, for the first two years is Rs. 18,000/- per month in the third year.

Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates should have first class with not less than 60% in B.Tech or B.E (or) not less than 6.5 CGPA on a 10 point scale in the branch of Engineering.

Candidates should have with not less than 60% in M.Tech or M.E. (or) not less than 6.5 CGPA on a 10 point scale in any branch of Engineering.

For more details and information on eligibility criteria, please click here.

How to Apply:

Candidates can obtain the application form from here.

The filled in applications along with necessary documents and a crossed demand draft for Rs. 1000/- (Rs. 500/- in the case of SC/ST candidates) towards registration fee, drawn in favor of The Director, National Institute of Technology, Warangal, payable at SBH, NIT Warangal branch (Code No. 2149) or SBI, Battala Bazar (Code No. 07456) should reach Deputy Registrar, Academic Section, National Institute of Technology, Warangal 506 004.

For more details and information on how to apply, please click here.

Important Dates:

Application deadline: Friday, April 25, 2014.

RKMVU invites application for admission to MSc courses in AgBT and ARD

Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University

Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University (RKMVU), Howrah,  is inviting application for admission to two-year Master of Science (M.Sc) in Agricultural Biotechnology (AgBT) and Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) programmes for the academic session 2014-15. 

Eligibility Criteria:

M.Sc. in Agricultural Biotechnology Programme: B.Sc. (Hons.) with minimum 50 per cent marks in Bio-science/ Agriculture/related subjects OR B.Sc. (General: 3-year degree) in Bio-Science/ Agriculture/related subjects with minimum 55 per cent marks.

M.Sc. in Agriculture and Rural Development Programme: B.Sc. (Hons.) with minimum 50 per cent marks or B.Sc. (general: 3-year degree) with minimum 55 per cent marks.

How to apply:

Candidates can obtain the application form from the university website

Application form is also available at the Narendrapur Faculty Centre of the university, located at Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Campus, Narendrapur, (near main gate) during office hours on payment of Rs.250/- by cash.

Completed application forms along with the necessary documents must be addressed to:

Dean, Faculty Centre of IRDM of Ramakrishna

Mission Vivekananda University, near Main

Gate, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama,

Narendrapur, Kolkata 700103.

Selection procedure: Candidates will be selected on the basis of marks obtained in the qualifying examination, together with entrance test marks, viva voce and interview

Important dates:

Last date for availability of online application form:  May 31, 2014.

Date of entrance exam:  June 10, 2014.

Declaration of result:  June 12, 2014.

Date of interview:  June 14, 2014. (India Today)

GU postpones inter-college fest

Gauhati University

Gauhati University

The Gauhati University (GU) Inter-College Youth Festival, which was scheduled to be held later this month, has been postponed to August, said a spokesperson of the university.

The youth festival, which is one of the biggest events of GU, is organized by the university’s Post-graduate Students’ Union (PGSU).

Students from affiliated colleges take part in the event.

“PGSU has decided to postpone the festival due to the general elections and keeping in mind the final examinations of the university,” said Dinesh Kalita, secretary of the GU Sports Board. According to the new schedule, the festival will be held from August 26 to August 30.

However, students, who were practising for the last few days for the festival, were unhappy with the decision.  (TOI)

Patna University’s next academic session to start on July 1

Patna University

Even as the examination schedule of Patna University (PU) has been affected by the ongoing parliamentary election, the next academic session of the university would commence on July 1, the day PU reopens after monthlong summer vacation.

According to a decision taken at a meeting of principals of colleges and heads of postgraduate departments held under the chairmanship of vice-chancellor Y C Simhadri, the process of admission to the undergraduate and postgraduation courses both conventional as well as self-financing mode would be completed latest by June 30 so that the classes of the new batches could start from July 1. Entrance tests and all other admission-related works would be completed during the summer vacation.

PU students’ welfare dean K N Paswan said the sale of application forms for admission to undergraduate and postgraduation courses would commence from April 30 and students could apply for admission till June 15. Colleges have been directed to submit their detailed programme of admission. For admission to self-financing courses, the chief coordinator has been authorised to finalise the details of entrance tests for different courses ensuring that the date of entrance test for admission to the same course running in different institutions does not coincide.

As for the examinations of the current session, the students of first and third semester postgraduation courses have already taken their examinations. The examinations of second and fourth semester students would be held in May. The examinations of Degree Part II and Part I students would also be completed by May. The results of all the examinations would be declared in June.

At present, both teaching and examination works stand dislocated as several colleges of PU have been taken over by the district administration for election purposes and almost all the employees of colleges and postgraduate departments have been assigned election duties. (TOI)

‘Nagpur University wasting students fees on lawyers for lifting ban’

Nagpur University

The Nagpur University is perennially under the financial crunch and had recently passed a Rs 24 crore deficit budget. However, when it comes to appointing lawyers, that too for the defending banned colleges, NU administration splurges precious money from the its general funds which are collected from the students in the form of exam and other fees, its officials informed.

So far, NU roped in services of as many as five lawyers by paying hefty fees to plead the 250 banned colleges case, but failed to get respite from the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court. This time, NU appointed senior counsel Avinash Gordey with a view to lift the ban imposed by it, despite the fact that none of 250 colleges had appointed even a single regular teacher till date.

Earlier, NU standing counsel Purushottam Patil and special counsel appointed by VC Rohit Deo withdrew from the cases after coterie of statutory members cast aspersions on their abilities.

Buldhana MLA Chainsukh Sancheti who had been personally attending the court’s hearings leaving his constituency allegedly pressurised NU to appoint a senior counsel after court adjourned the hearing on March 7. He along with representatives of banned colleges’ flayed NU for roping in ‘ineffective lawyers’. The MLA allegedly tried to put pressure through higher and technical education minister Rajesh Tope and social welfare minister Shivajirao Moghe, who had endorsed his letters demanding lifting of ban, sources said.

Reaction of senior academicians

Whatever going on is a complete mockery of the education system that had brought disgrace. NU administration has miserably failed to do its duties and working under the diktats of private management. It’s shocking that despite NU ban, these colleges admitted students, which shows that no one cares about NU’s directives. What is more surprising is that despite throwing its norms into the dustbin, NU is defending these illegal colleges and their 6,616 students. The entire situation needs to be dealt with an iron hand.

- Former pro-VC GS Parasher

It’s really sad that NU had stooped to lowest level due to dirty politics. This vicious circle needs a full-stop somewhere, else such illegalities would continue to ruin the university. All those who were forcing NU to commit illegalities for their vested interests should realize that they were severely denting NU’s image. Taking students shield to commit illegalities is completely unethical and even the judiciary should realize this game plan of politicians.

- NUTA secretary Anil Dhage

Past instances of illegal admissions being regularized

* MCA scam – Renowned engineering colleges like Ramdeobaba, GH Raisoni and Wardha-based Agnihotri had admitted ineligible students into the MCA course from last many years taking over Rs 70,000 fees. After TOI expose, NU cancelled admissions of 11 students who failed to secure 50% marks in graduation, which was basic criteria. Though NU readmitted them after court’s diktat, it failed to punish the erring colleges, and instead honoured a principal from one of them as best one.

* Post BSc Diploma in Computer Science and Application (PGDCS&A) scam – Colleges like Kamla Nehru, Pandav and NU’s own Inter-Institutional Computer Centre (IICC) illegally admitted students ignoring the basic criteria of 50% aggregate in graduation. NU then cancelled admissions of 30 students after TOI expose. In both cases, HC granted relief to the students slamming NU for not verifying their admissions at the threshold and acting at late stage when their academic year was nearing end. (TOI)

Bangalore Law School admission test on May 18


The Law School Admission Test-India (the LSAT-India) will be conducted on May 18 , 2014 in 16 cities.

More than 50 law institutions now recognize the scores as one of the admissions criteria. These include Rajiv Gandhi School Of Intellectual Property Law IIT Kharagpur Law School, The Jindal Global Law School, UPES Dehradun, Galgotia University Law School Greater Noida, KLE Bangalore and Amity Law School, Gurgaon.

Many colleges such as Alliance University law school – Bangalore, Noida International University – Greater Noida and Sharda University Greater Noida will now accept LSAT-India scores for admissions to their 2014 batches.

The test, which is created by the global non-profit Law School Admission Council (LSAC), assesses critical-thinking, logical reasoning, problem-solving skills and traits that are needed for successful law practitioners. (TOI)

Combined Medical Services test goes online

online fee

Doctors, appearing for this year’s Combined Medical Services (CMS) examination for getting jobs as medical officers in Indian Railways and different civic bodies in Delhi, will for the first time take their test online.

The paperless test of objective type questions, conducted for the first time by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), will be held at over 40 centres across the country on June 22.

The candidates, under the online format of the examination, will be allowed to change the answers at any time during the test.

Earlier, UPSC used to conduct the written CMS examination for two objective-type papers through OMR (optical mark recognition) sheets where candidates had to darken their choice of answer from multiple choice (objective) paper.

In order to help the candidates take computer-based online test, UPSC will come out with a ‘demo’ module on its website soon.

The commission conducts the CMS examination every year to recruit MBBS graduates to various services/posts in the government. It includes assistant divisional medical officers in the railways, assistant medical officers in Indian Ordnance Factories Health Service and general duty medical officers in New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) among others.

UPSC said the invigilator would help the candidate to re-login the test in case it gets disrupted for any reason. “This will start the exam from where it had stopped,” the commission said in its instruction manual. (TOI)