IITs now teaching entrepreneurship in classrooms


The potent of students from IITs is well-known. They have produced a stream of entrepreneur including the celebrated companies like Flipkart and Sanpdeal. Noticing this, IITs are finally gearing up to teach entrepreneurship in classrooms. Moreover, IIT-Madras is collecting funds to raise up a start-up.

Other IITs like IIT-Delhi, Kharagpur and Hyderabad are also planning to add entrepreneurship to their BTech curriculum starting with adding minor electives of the subject from the very next year onwards. Similarly, IIT Madras, Gandhinagar, Mumbai, Kanpur, Patna, Mandi have also taken baby steps to include entrepreneurship in their curriculum. For IITs like IIT Delhi who have already introduced entrepreneur courses, the courses will evolve more. The IITs could in themselves bring a culture of entrepreneurship in the nation.

The course will help both students who belong to a business family as well who want to start a company as per Sasha Mirchandani, managing partner and founder of Kae Capital and founder of Mumbai Angels, a network of investors. Students will be more willing to learn if they have proper faculty members for start-ups and businesses. Patna is another IIT thinking about launching a minor in entrepreneurship.

As per the founder of HCL, Ajai Chowdhary when subject like entrepreneurship is taught by actual entrepreneurs, it will guide and support young entrepreneurial ventures in the right direction.

For IIT Gandhinagar, they have been focusing on entrepreneurship as the institute does not offers a vanilla degree in BTech. The institute offers the subject as both elective as well as minor.


IIT Delhi starts its campus in Mauritius


IIT- Delhi’s campus to come in Mauritius in November 2014

The International Institute of Technology Research Academy (IITRA) is a venture between IIT Delhi and the Mauritius Research Council. The campus of IITRA will be seen and start its functions from November 2014 in Mauritius. IITRA will provide a platform to Mauritian students to return as qualified researchers. The academic programmes are aimed to be organized as department and inter departmental in Electrical/ Electronic Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering.  The news of the launch of the campus has also been confirmed by a professor from IIT-Delhi, named S M Ishtiaqu. The institute will provide full time and part time courses in-

  • electrical,
  • electronics
  • computer science

Initially, courses in Master of Science and P.hd will be offered in the initial launch. Later, putting a gap of five years, the University officials plan to introduce undergraduate courses too.

IITRA will become a hub for researchers around the world centered at Mauritius. Things such as recruitments have started taking place. The institute has started the process of recruiting faculty members, who will strengthen the working process of the university. An admission notice for admission to academic programmes has also been released by the university over the official website.

The officials at the IIT-D also confirmed of setting up similar institutes in future after getting offers from other countries.

Executive PGP at IIM Indore


Admission Notice 2015 for academic session 2015

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) ‚ Indore has invited applications for one-year residential Executive PGP in Management (EPGP) programme for the session 2015-16.


  • The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in any discipline.
  • A valid CAT/GMAT score.
  • For EPGP, Minimum 5-year of managerial/entrepreneurial/professional experience after graduation as on December 31‚ 2014.
  • The programme is open to all nationalities.

How to Apply:

The application form for EPGP is available on our website http://www.iimidr.ac.in‚ which the candidates are required to download‚ fill up and send by post along with the copies of all the relevant documents and the application processing fee.

Application fees-

  • The application processing fee is Rs 5000 for resident Indians and US $ 100 for other nationals and non-resident Indians. Please enclose a D/D for the application-processing fee drawn in favour of IIM Indore payable at Indore along with the application.
  • The completed application form along with the application processing fee and other enclosures should be sent by post/courier so as to reach EPGP Admissions‚ Indian Institute of Management Indore‚ Prabandh Shikhar‚ Rau-Pithampur road‚ Indore 453556‚ Madhya Pradesh‚ India

Forms should be duly submitted by January 08‚ 2015 till 5:30 pm.

Selection Procedure:

  • Selection of the candidate will be done on the basis of CAT/GMAT score‚ academic performance‚ achievements‚ performance in the interview‚ quality of work experience etc or as decided by the admissions committee.
  • All shortlisted candidates will be sent admission offers which can only be deemed accepted by the candidate if the institute receives an acceptance letter along with a payment of non-refundable commitment fee of Rs 100000 (Rs One Lakh only) to IIM Indore within the stipulated time period mentioned in the offer.

Important Dates:

  • Last date for receipt of application forms along with application fee DD: January 8‚ 2015.
  • Announcement of PI shortlist: January 15‚ 2015.
  • Conduct of personal interviews: January 24‚ 2015 to Monday‚ 26‚ 2015.

4000 students enrolled for the first Vocational University in India


The first Vocational University of India gets enrollment from 4000 students. TeamLease Skills University (TSLU) started receiving registrations since August which have reached to 4000 students. The university has 20 faculty members. TLSU started as a joint venture between Gujarat government and the human resources (HR) services company Team Lease.

TLSU will offer skill-based academic programmes to students with higher secondary or equivalent qualification. TLSU will support Gujarat in its vocational education and training initiatives. The programmes will provide vertical link to graduates of Vocational Higher Secondary Schools as well as ITI candidates, which can synergise enrolment in these institutions.

Team Lease, is offering specialisation in three segments-

  • mechatronics,
  • information technology hardware
  • finance and business operations.

Further,in future, the university aspires to expand its offering in sectors like retail and hospitality. The university has 20 faculty members.

Courses are a combination of four modules-

  • corporate education,
  • cloud-based training,
  • NETAP (apprenticeship programme)
  • campus


  • The entire programme will be divided into six semesters, completion of which is equivalent to attaining a Bachelor’s degree. A student completing four semesters would get an Associate degree.
  • Students from the first batch completing first year would get a Diploma certificate and can join the workforce.
  • If students plans to return to complete studies, they need not start from scratch again. They will automatically go to the next year.

Course fee-

The course fee for the first semester is Rs 22,000.

Executive Program in General Management (EPGM) at MIT Sloan


Admission Notice for academic session 2014

The MIT Sloan School of Management (also known as MIT Sloan or Sloan) is the business school of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

MIT Sloan offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs, as well as non-degree executive education, and has over 20,000 alumni globally. Its largest program is its full-time MBA, which is one of the most selective in the world, with students from more than 60 countries every year, and ranked #1 in more subjects than any other MBA program.


MIT Sloan Executive Education invites application for admission to Executive Program in General Management (EGPM) [India – U.S. – Online] for the session 2014

Application Process

To apply to the program kindly send in the following materials by email to epgm_sloan@mit.edu before the application deadlines:

  1. a) The completed EPGM application form
  2. b) A recent resume or a link to your updated LinkedIn profile

Rolling process for admissions-

  • Please note that program acceptance is done on a rolling basis; Applicants are accepted on first cum basis.
  • For the applicants who need Visa or have to travel to India. To apply earliest possible is recommended as the first module will start in mid December 2014. Early application will allow sufficient time for visa processing formalities and other process and formalities.

Course Schedule-

  • Core Modules: 11th – 13th December 2014 in India
  • 12th – 17th April 2015 in Cambridge‚
  • MA at MIT Sloan
  • 18th – 23rd October 2015 in Cambridge‚ MA at MIT
  • Sloan Inter-modular: Online learning & group guided project work
  • Elective Modules: 4-5 days of open enrollment courses at MIT Sloan Study Center(s): 9 Month program with a mix of in-person open enrollment courses and online modules

Tution Fee: US $ 33‚000

Application Deadlines-

  • Early Application Date: 11th August 2014
  • Second Application Date: 15th September 2014
  • Last Application Date: 13thOctober 2014

All-India survey says KV-IIT best school


According to the ministry of human resource and development, there are close to 2 lakh government schools in the country run by state, central and local governments. Almost 60% of the country’s children study in government schools amounting to 13.8 crore children nation-wide. About 9.2 crore children study in private schools, the survey conducted by Education World, an education consultancy in Delhi.

Generally speaking, Government institutes and schools have ever been news for their poor amenities but this time a government school has been acknowledged as the best school. Recently, a survey was conducted where Chennai’s Kendriya Vidyalaya- IIT-Madras campus was listed at the first place. Ten other schools from Tamil Nadu have fared in the top 10 of the various categories.

Survey was conducted in Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Mumbai, Kanpur, Bhopal, Kolkata and Kochi, more than 1,000 fees-paying and non-fees paying parents who belonged to the socio-economic categories B, C and D.

The parents, teachers, principals, educationists and academicians were interviewed by 203 field researchers of C-Fore, a marketing company in Delhi. The survey was conducted between May and July, and the results were declared now in September.


The interviewees were asked to rate the school on a 10-point scale based on 14 parameters. Some of them are-

  • teacher welfare and development,
  • competence of faculty,
  • sports education,
  • special needs education,
  • co-curricular education,
  • infrastructure provision,
  • academic reputation,
  • value for money,
  • individual attention to students,
  • leadership/management quality,
  • parental involvement,
  • internationalism,
  • community service,
  • life skills education
  • conflict management
  • The interviewers gave competence of faculty double weightage.

Method– The scores were totaled and rounded-off to identify the ranks of the schools.

Dilip Thakore, the founder of Education World says that the objective of objective of the annual school rankings is to track the country’s best schools as role models for the entire community of educators, and inspire top-ranked institutes themselves to improve from good to great.

Seven out of the top 10 government day schools are Kendriya Vidyalaya’s with Kendriya Vidyalaya of IIT-Madras campus at the top.

When it comes to schooling, Almost 80% government schools in Tamil Nadu are following the necessary parameters to bring out the best in them. And, the board exam results every year are enough to support the fact as per J P Gandhi, an educational advisor from Salem.

Swach Bharat campaign

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The campaign has been brought forward by the HRD Ministry. The Ministry will be closed and the HRD Minister and other top executives to the rank of deputy secretary will join the process of Swach Bharat which includes cleaning activities. The location is Kendriya and Navodaya Vidyalayas across the national capital. Officials in the higher education division will be at the universities as part of the clean-up drive.

The campaign reaches its climax on the birth anniversary of Sar4dar Vallabhbhai Patel which is on October 31st. In between the days, Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary will arrive which falls on October 2nd. The drive will be celebrated with lots of show and joy.

The drive will include lots of cleaning activities and stories related to cleaning to ensure that the exercises are not confided to one day. The stories will be shared by the educational institutions. Moreover, they will also have to ask at least five questions related to hygiene and cleanliness.

They will also maintain the Shastri Bhavan and later will also publish images on the website of the building before and after the cleanliness activities.

The focus is so sharp on the cleanliness process that an additional secretary has been given the task of turning shastri Bhavan into a case study of cleanliness. Officials will be asked to spare at least 100 hours of voluntary work each year.

During the launch of the campaign, the focus will also be on the schools wherein the HRD Minister Smriti Irani along with the secretary of the school Rajrishi Bhattacharya will pick up broom at the Kendriya Vidalia, RK Puram. Furthermore, Officials will be present across the city from Andrews Ganj in South Delhi to four branches of KVs in Delhi Cantonment and KVs/NVsRangpuri, Tughlakabad, Vasant Kunj, JNU, Khichripur and many other places. The minister and her officials will be at school at seven to be present during the morning assembly. It will consist of prayer, pledge, discussions on Gandhi’s thoughts on cleanliness. For an hour from 7.30, Irani and officers will get involved in cleaning up classrooms, corridors and toilets. Students, teachers, parents, school management committee members, officers of KVS and Navodaya Vidyalayas will assist the HRD minister and officials. Officials will return to work in their ministries later in the day.