Education News – April 2014

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UGC TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS TO MERIT QUALIFIERS IN GATE

* The University Grants Commission is providing scholarships to students who  have qualified the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).
* Engineering students can now use the scholarship to pursue their postgraduation degrees.
* GATE qualified candidates can pursue the Master of Engineering course (ME) or the Master of  Technology course (MTech) in all universities and colleges through this unique scholarship.
* Earlier, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) allotted just Rs. 8000 per month to students with scholarships. This will now change as the UGC has been given more power.
* Candidates who apply will require a valid GATE score to avail the financial aid to complete their postgraduation. The GATE results were out on 28 March.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED BY OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE SOCIETY OF INDIA

* The Oxford and Cambridge society of India are now offering student scholarships at the University of Oxford and University of Cambridge for the year 2014-2015.
* The scholarships being offered are a grant worth Rs. 4,00,000 tenable either at the University of Cambridge or University of Oxford; one scholarship tenable only at Emmanuel College in the University of Cambridge worth Rs. 1,00,000; and one scholarship tenable only at St. Hilda’s College in the University of Oxford worth Rs. 1,00,000.
* The candidate applying must:
1. Be a citizen of India
2. Not be more than 30 years of age on 1 May 2014
3. Be a graduate of an Indian University
4. Have applied and secured admission to study a full-time course at the    University of Oxford or University of Cambridge.
* Applicants will be shortlisted after which interviews will be carried out in early June to select the winners of the scholarships.
* The selected candidates will be announced within two weeks of the interviews.

 

ONE EXAM FOR BOTH MBA AND MCA SEATS

* The Karnataka government and the college managements have arrived at an agreement to conduct one single examination for their MBA and MCA seats.
* Previously, there were two examinations, the KMAT and CMAT.
* Visvesvaraya Technology University will conduct centralised counselling through which the government seats shall be filled. For the rest of the seats, college managements will admit students based on their PGCET scores.
* The exam is expected to be conducted in between 2 June and 8 June and will be open to non-Karnataka students as well.
* The seats that shall remain vacant after this exam will then fall into the management quota after 30 August. The KMAT test is expected to be conducted on 1 September to award seats to students who apply through the management quota.

 

CALICUT UNIVERSITY STARTS A PRODIGY PROMOTION PROGRAMME

* The Calicut University has decided to allow students to apply for their degree and postgraduate programmes even if they are underage.
* This decision allows young geniuses and child prodigies a chance to hone their skills by studying the university’s higher education programmes.
* Students who apply will have to go beyond academics to prove their mettle to the authorities.
* They will also have to go through a special entrance test and then an interview by a high level committee headed by the varsity’s dean.

 

DELHI UNIVERITY POSTGRADUATION IN ONE YEAR FROM 2015

* As part of its next set of reforms, the Delhi University is all set to offer a one year master’s degree to those who complete the four-year undergraduate programme through DU’s credit-based system.
* Trans-disciplinary projects shall be introduced and students will be given opportunities in the fourth year of the undergraduate programme to earn extra credit points which can be used for the postgraduation programme.
* Students from Delhi University will require lesser credit points than those who apply from other universities.
* The system is set to become more flexible and will enable students to take charge of their studies, work hard and complete their course as early as possible.
* Still in its experimental phase, the reform shall officially be implemented from next year.

 

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