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LLM to be a one-year Course

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has given approval for the master’s degree programme in law (LLM) to be a one-year course instead of two years. Only India, Bangladesh and Pakistan impart a two-year LLM. This duration led several students to taking up masters’ programmes in universities abroad. The intent behind making LLM a one-year course is to stop the best legal minds from going abroad to pursue a similar programme in shortertime. This way the nation shall retain the best of talents.
According to the prevailing system, a student has to spend at least seven or eight years after intermediate to gain a master’s degree in law. The UGC had set up an expert committee under N.R. Madhava Menon, founding Vice-Chancellor of National Law School of India University, Bangalore to examine the proposal. The committee has endorsed the move and has recently submitted its report to the UGC.

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) to be Conducted on December 16

The SNAP is a common and mandatory written test to be taken by students aspiring to gain admission in any of the postgraduate programmes at Symbiosis International University. This test preceeds the enormous selection process of candidates who would later be given admission in the institute, if selected in the process.
For non-MBA courses, now the applicants also need to take an additional test which includes SIMC-MMC (for the Pune campus only) and also SIG-MSc (for Geoinformatics).
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IIT Bombay All in Mood for Mood Indigo 2012

Mood Indigo’s umpteen efforts and struggles are being considered worthwhile. IIT Bombay’s famed college festival has hosted bands of international repute like Porcupine Tree, Karnivool and Katatonia in the past. This time, they have negotiated with Simple Plan, the Canadian rock band, to fly to India and perform live at Mood Indigo 2012. The leading punk rock band will headline Livewire Night on 22nd December, 2012, in IIT Bombay’s Open Theatre. “There were lots of metal gigs already lined up in the country so we thought of doing something different – having a punk rock band at the fest”, says Jayant Jain, the head of concerts. Once the band publicly announced and affirmed their visit to India to perform exclusively at Mood Indigo, their Facebook and Twitter pages were abuzz with chatter, likes and shares.
Registration to see the band live at Mood Indigo is now open at

Texas Colleges Act as Temptress for Indians with Degrees at Rs. 5.3L

The days of prestigious American degrees seeming unattainable due to exorbitant costs are almost over now. A few Texas colleges have taken steps to mitigate soaring high tuition fees. They have proposed undergraduate degrees that cost US$10,000 (approx Rs. 5.3 lakhs). This initiative will attract several students from India, more than 100,000 of who are enrolled in US colleges in any given year. Although American postgraduate degrees are more popular among Indian students, the four-year undergraduate degree is gaining ground too. About ten colleges in Texas are proposing to offer the degree for as little as US$10,000. Otherwise, the typical cost in a modest college is around US$30,000 (Rs. 16 lakhs). Angelo State University, a 7,000-student school in San Angelo, West Texas is the first to announce that it will offer this low-cost degree. This shall hopefully reduce the percentage of students who after completing their course, enter the job market with huge, haunting debts.

Jai Hind’s BMS Fest Talaash is All Set to Create the New World

With speculations of the world terminating, this year Talaash’s theme is to create a new existence, their universe. Talaash will kickstart on the 9th of December, continuing its legacy with Treasure Hunt. It is claimed their Treasure Hunt is going to be bigger than ever. Hmm… we wonder how big the treasure is. The second day of Talaash 2012 i.e. the 10th of December, will be Carnival Day. It will be a Rio-inspired carnival day filled to the brim with fun events. Mega Management Event is also scheduled where the assets of the countries in the new world will be auctioned. The next day will be Cultural Day and shall include the grand finale dazzlers like Drama, Dance and Fashion Show where teams of different contingents will compete. Dharavi Rocks, a slum children’s band from Dharavi is set to rock the stage. They pledge, “We are here to not only bring to you the best BMS fest, but to help the under-privileged as well with all that we can. We have already had a very successful social campaign in the month of July as a part of which we distributed T-shirts, Frooti and biscuit packets to the homeless street kids.” Now this is what we call fun-ly social!

Students must Check Credentials of Distance Education Providers

Students pursuing or planning to take up distance mode of education are advised to check the present status of recognition or approval of programmes of universities and institutions on the Distance Education Council (DEC’s) website. The authorities of DEC have announced that in the absence of DEC approval, any qualification obtained via distance education shall not be recognised for employment under the central government. This action was taken by the council on finding out that certain universities and institutions were placing misleading advertisements in newspapers and other media for admission in programmes through the distance mode, indicating that they have the approval of the DEC for various courses. Students are also advised to not register at any franchised study centre that charges huge bucks. The study centre must be operated by the university/institution itself within its territorial jurisdiction, on par with DEC norms. Fraud is on the prowl. Be alert. Be smart.

Post Graduate, Certificate Programmes in Telecom Management Launched

MTNL, a total Telecom service provider, and We School (Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research) have joined hands to launch the muchawaited 11-month post graduate programme in Telecom Management( PGPTM) and a three-month certificate course in Telecom Marketing and Management (CTMM). These programmes are most suitable for working professionals and aspiring students who wish to pursue a career in the telecom industry. The courses can also be completed by employees of corporate companies in the telecom ecosystem. The course will aid the candidates in gaining a clear view of the telecom market and its functionalities and help develop crossfunctional skills in leadership to meet new management challenges. A brighter future in this line, along with a good paypack, can be looked forward to after completing this course.
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