Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) sponsorship for tech students


Defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), will sponsor students at master’s level in technology and development programmes at the Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA) at IIT-Bombay according to sources.

The aim behind doing this is aim to boost supply of specialized technical professionals in the development sector as part of HAL’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.

HAL support will be in the form of five fellowships for M.Tech students at CTARA. These students will undertake relevant research in their second year.

The fellow will bring about new innovations, practices and research to key programs and activities necessary to serve needs of vast majority of Indian population that finds itself at the lower strata of the society.

The sponsorship programme with CTARA starts from 2014-15.


University of Madras opens its MA Admissions



The University of Madras, Chennai has invites applications for admissions to Masters of Arts (MA) programme in Bharathanatyam and Rhythmology.

Duration of the course is two years. The programme will run under the private study (CBCS pattern) offered in the Department of Indian Music.

Last date for application is 30th August 2014.

Eligibility criteria:

For MA in Bharathanatyam programme: The candidates should possess a BA/BSc or B.Com degree. Also, the candidates should have acquired five years of teaching experience or they should have acquired a diploma in dance from Madras University or equivalent.

For MA in Rhythmology programme: The candidates applying for this programme should possess any degree from the University of Madras. Also, the candidates should have acquired five years of teaching experience or any other equivalent degree.

How to apply:

The candidates can collect the application forms either in person or by post.

Issue of application form in person: The application form can be obtained in person from the Information Centre, University of Madras, Chennai – 600 005 on payment of Rs 200 on production of attested photo copy of the Community certificate) by cash.

Issue of application form by post: Those who want to obtain application by post have to send a written requisition specifying the name of the programme together with a demand draft for a sum of Rs 250 for Rs 200 towards cost of application and Rs 50 towards postage) drawn in favour of “The Registrar, University of Madras, Chennai-5”.

The candidates can also download the application forms online. In such cases, the candidates are required to send a demand draft of Rs 200 along, else the applications will be rejected.

Other details can be taken from the official website of the University.

Research fellowship programme- National Law University


National Law University, Delhi, and the Centre for Communication Governance (CCG) have invited applications for its research fellowship programme for the session 2014-15. It covers three broad areas, namely-Civil Liberties Privacy, Surveillance & Big Data; Internet Governance.

Eligibility– Eligible candidates can apply latest by August 2.

The candidates having a degree in law, public policy, management or the social sciences are eligible to apply. Candidates from other disciplines, who satisfy the remainder of the eligibility requirement, may address a brief letter of inquiry to ccg@nludelhi.ac.in in order to determine their suitability.

In order to apply, candidates are required to send the desired documents to the “Registrar, National Law University, Delhi at registrar@nludelhi.ac.in”. The documents include:

  • Current Curriculum Vitae;
  • Contact details for two referees. Referees must be informed that they might be contacted for an oral reference or a brief written reference;
  • One academic writing sample of between 2000 and 2500 words (essay or extract, published or unpublished);
  • One piece of writing explaining a technical or academic idea or research outcome to general audiences. A 750 word outline for a research paper that the candidate proposes to produce over the course of the Fellowship, reflecting literature review.


Rs 30, 000 to Rs 50, 000 per month

Exam pattern changed for CAT 2014

Common Admission Test (CAT) is a national level entrance test held in India. The exam aims to test the aptitude of the student on the basis of quantitative ability, data interpretation, verbal ability and logical reasoning. The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs. The test is taken by MBA aspirants to get admission in b-schools.


However, this year the board decides to change the exam pattern. Till now, the exam was conducted within a window of 22-days i.e a candidate can select any day between the 22 day duration. This year it will be held on two separate days. Hence, this year, candidates do not have the option of selecting their preferred slots. Also, aspirants will be given three options to select their test cities.  Candidates hence need not rush in the initial registration days for blocking their slots and sites. Candidates will be given their first preferred city across the four sessions on random basis as far as possible.

CAT, the common admissions test for MBA aspirants dates are out for the session 2014 is scheduled to take place on two days – November 16 and November 22. CAT 2014 will be conducted in 99 cities comprising of 354 test sites, details of which will be published later. Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS), which has conducted examination like GATE, JEE, AIPMT, JIPMER etc will be in charge of conducting CAT too this year.

CAT (Common Admission Test) 2014 is conducted by the 13 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). This year CAT 2014 is being conducted by IIM Indore. IIM Indore Director Professor Rishikesha T Krishnan would act as CAT 2014 Chairman while Professor Rohit Kapoor as the CAT-2014 Convener. IIM-Indore will be conducting the test for the second consecutive time.

Changes to be followed-

  • Firstly about the date and the location. Both will be allotted to the student, restricting the option to select the date and place by the student.
  • The test duration has gone up by half an hour i.e from 140 minutes to 170 minutes (two hours 50 minutes in total).
  • Time Duration: – 170 minutes; 2 hours and 50 minutes
  • Questions in each section have been increased to 50 in each section from the existing 30 questions.
  • Candidates have the flexibility to devote more or less time to each section according to their ability. One can switch over from one section to another section at any point during the examination timing.The tutorial will not be available before the start of the examination and the candidates are advised to do the tutorials from the website well in advance.
  • There’s been no change in the exam syllabus. Candidates will receive questions in four sections: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.


Important Dates-

  • Registration for CAT 2014 remains open from 6th August 2014
  • Registration for CAT 2014 closes on 30th September 2014
  • Admit cards will be available from 16th October
  • Results will be declared in the third week of December 2014



India to have four new central varsities


A daily newspaper reports that the new HRD Minister Smriti Irani informs parliament about the government planning to set up four new Central Varsities in the country for which teachers are to be re-employed between the age group of 65 to 70 to meet the faculty requirement of 6251 vacant posts.

Irani sent a written reply to Lok Sabha regarding this in which she mentioned about the location of the varsities specifically wherein she had written he ministry of human resource development (HRD) has decided to set up four new central universities, viz. one Central Tribal University each in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, one central university in Andhra Pradesh and Mahatma Gandhi Central University in Bihar.

At present, there are 40 central universities under the purview of the ministry.

A total of 6,251 teachers’ posts are lying vacant in the 39 central universities under the purview of the UGC, parliament was informed Wednesday.

Another major point that was written in her letter to Lok Sabha said that the total number of sanctioned teaching posts available in 39 central universities under the purview of the UGC (University Grants Commission) is 16,692, of which 6,251 posts are vacant.

As far as re-employment is concerned her take was that the Re-employment beyond the age of superannuation shall, however, be done selectively, for a limited period of three years in the first instance and then for another further period of two years purely on the basis of merit, experience, area of specialisation and only against available vacant positions.

Irani said a scheme called “Operation Faculty Recharge” has been initiated for augmenting the research and teaching resources of universities to tackle the shortage of faculty in the university system.

CBSE now in charge to conduct NET



According to news, earlier NET which was conducted by UGC now taken by The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). CBSE is the largest exam-conducting body. The number of CBSE applicants is set to cross 65 lakh in a year.

The CBSE that already conducts Classes 10th & 12th Board examinations for its associate schools, pre-medical entrance exam, joint engineering entrance (main) and central teacher’s eligibility test will now become the biggest exam-conducting body worldwide.

While University Grants Commission (UGC) failed to carry out the test hassle-free, with the HRD ministry’s permission, the responsibility got transferred to the CBSE to carry out the test. NET is conducted twice a year for grant of junior research fellowship and eligibility for assistant professor in institutes of higher learning.

As per stats, In a year, the CBSE has been conducting diverse qualifying, eligibility and entrance exams for over 63 lakh students. With NET, its number is expected to go beyond 65 lakh.

  • UGC conducted National Eligibility Test on June 29 this year where over 33,000 candidates appeared for the examination. The number of examinees this year was up by 25 per cent from that of the test carried out in December 2013. The UGC has also made available a feedback form at its website for the exam-takers. Results are expected to be declared soon.



Kalam’s valuable advice to IIM students


Here was an advice given by our former president APJ Abdul Kalam to the students of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) – Shillong. He suggests all the students to emerge as creative leaders in order to bring out the desired change in the country.

During the lecture, “Dimensions of National Development” Kalam addresses the students that he wants to see all of them as creative leaders.

The “missile man”, as Kalam is also known due to his background in aerospace engineering and his role in India’s indigenous missile development, is one of the visiting faculty members in IIM-Shillong.

He further continued by describing about the challenges that India and the world were facing and emphasised on the role of leadership to tackle these issues and develop possible solutions to ensure socio-economic development.

The key requirement for achieving a distinctive profile for the nation was by creating sustainable enterprise-driven models at the rural level.

According to news, Kalam urged the students to emulate a development model to bring urban amenities to rural areas.

Providing Urban amenities in Rural Areas (PURA)-

Providing Urban amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) is one such system which I suggest will help in providing opportunities through cooperative working of resource and social entrepreneur in the rural areas. PURA is the creation of physical, electronic, knowledge connectivities leading to electronic connectivity of rural regions.

Charting out a link between creative leadership and economic development, the former president emphasised on the importance of the role that change in leadership would play for ensuring success. He also spoke on various values like integrity. Further, Kalam also met the faculty members to discuss the role of academicians in promoting creative leadership among students for the betterment of the society.