IITs should get separate canteen for vegetarian students –suggest HRD


Keeping a common outlet for vegetarian and non-vegetarian food students may be deviating the students away from Indian value system. IITs can explore a separate space for eating for vegetarian students.

The issue came into light when after the Ministry received a representation from a Katni-based trader S.K.Jain, who demanded a separate mess for students consuming vegetarian food. In response to this, taking it further, the Ministry has forwarded this to the IITs with a cover letter from the Ministry asking the institutes to keep the Ministry informed of their action taken.

What the IITs have to say is a little contradictory to this. The IITs feel that the Communication made by Mr.Jain was just a suggestion and the decision is on IITs to decide on the feasibility of the proposal.

Moreover, the IITs have not responded to the letter in the opinion of the Dean of student’s welfare S K Gupta said that what they got is not a directive it is just a suggestion. IITs will try a way if it is possible by them or else what they have to do is their question.

Jain gives his strong views by saying that the students who have started practicing on non-vegetarianism are deviating from the Indian value system and saddened their parents with their tamasic behavior because the food has direct correlation with your thoughts.

With a similar copy forwarded to PM Narendra Modi as well, he said it is call for the parents of India that IITs and other institutions segregate their dining halls for vegetarians.


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Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to recruit officers through UGC-NET


Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOC) is an Indian state-owned oil and gas corporation with its headquarters in New Delhi, India. It is the world’s 88th largest corporation, according to the Fortune Global 500 list, and the largest public corporation in India when ranked by revenue.

The company is mainly controlled by Government of India which owns approx. 79% shares in the company. It is one of the seven Maharatna status companies of India, apart from Coal India Limited, NTPC Limited, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Steel Authority of India Limited, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited and Gas Authority of India Limited.

Indian Oil Corporation is recruiting officers in marketing and human resource management

For the selection process a written test is conducted and the written test will be held through the University Grant Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) examination, conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on behalf of the UGC.

Short-listing of candidates for further selection process, Group Discussion and Group Task and Personal Interview will be based on UGC-NET examination result. The exam is scheduled on December 28, 2014.

The recruitment is for the following posts:

  • Marketing Management
  • Human Resource Management

Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification:

Marketing Management: Candidates must have done 2-year full-time regular course leading to post-graduate diploma (PGDM)/ Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) or equivalent with specialisation in marketing management from a recognised Indian university/institute.

Human Resource Management: Candidates must have done 2-year full-time regular course leading to post graduate diploma/master’s degree in human resource management/personnel management/industrial relations/labour welfare/social work with specialization in personnel management and labour welfare or equivalent qualification from a recognized Indian university/institute.

For both the positions, subjects in the specialization required should have been part of the examination cleared and find mention in the final mark -sheet/degree certificate or the specialization should be certified by the concerned University/Institute attended/ attending by the candidates.

Minimum percentage of marks in qualifying degree exam: Candidates belonging to General and OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) category are required to secure minimum 60 per cent or more marks or Equivalent CGPA in the qualifying degree examination. The minimum percentage of marks is relaxed to 55 per cent or Equivalent CGPA for candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) candidates.

Age Limit:

  • For the UGC-NET December 2014, the maximum permissible age prescribed is 28 years (as on January 1, 2014) for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and there is no upper age limit for Assistant Professorship.
  • But for Indian Oil, the maximum permissible age for recruitment in Marketing and HR Discipline is 30 years (as on June 30,2015) for General Category(with Engineering Degree ie BE/B.Tech or equivalent as Graduate level qualification).
  • Therefore, the candidates with Engineering Degree as Graduate level qualification, exceeding 28 years of age as on January 1, 2014 must apply for ‘Assistant Professor’ while filling -in the UGC-NET application.

Pay scale:

  • Selected candidates will be placed in the pay-scale of Rs 24,900-Rs 50,000 – and receive a starting basic pay of Rs 24,900 per month.
  • The officers will receive Dearness Allowance (DA) and other allowances, according to the rules and regulation of the Corporation, currently in vogue and as amended from time to time.
  • The gross average Cost-to-Company (CTC), will be about Rs 11 lakh per annum inclusive of Performance Related Pay (PRP).
  • The actual CTC will vary depending on place of posting, financial performance of the Corporation and also performance rating of individual.

Important Dates:

  • Last date for applying for UGC-NET (December, 2014) examination is November 15, 2014
  • UGC-NET examination: December 28, 2014
  • Last date of receiving online application by Indian oil is December 28, 2014

School trips will now be organized only if relevant to course curriculum


CBSE decides to stop school trips until and unless they are not related to the course study of the students and therefore students should now say no goodbye to funtrips.

Each year a fun trip is organized in schools at places like the beach, hill stations or even Nasa and Disneyland. These trips for long have been masqueraded as study trips. This year the Central Board of Secondary Education sends a circular to the Principals of the school to arrange school trips only if they are need based and relevant to curriculum. The circular was sent to principals of the school across the country and it also declared the safety guidelines for study tours.

The 11 instructions of the curriculum said that the head of the institution should ensure that the tour undertaken is required for the benefit of students and is related to the curriculum of the course in which such students are enrolled.

The need for this rule arises as a safety from natural calamity. As per sources, tragedies, like the Beas river one in June in which 24 engineering students from Hyderabad were washed away after authorities released water from a reservoir without knowing that students were visiting the place, made CBSE officials feel the need to issue instructions to educational institutions.

Affordability is another issue. Sources also said that the board officials are also worried about the subtle discrimination that arises from the selective nature of the foreign trips which only few students’ families can afford.

Safety measures in the curriculum include rules like keeping parents/guardians always in the loop about visa process and travel itinerary. Getting a no objection certificate signed by the parents is also a must. The senior teacher and lady teacher for girls group should also come along. The circular also instructs schools to hire a local tour operator aware of the conditions, ensure that teachers stay abreast of news such as the safety situation and infectious disease alerts and swear in an undertaking to help students in case of an emergency.

Academics said the threat of parents taking schools to court made them unwilling to take students on trips. Many schools have stopped taking schoolchildren on field trips or picnics so as to not be held accountable for any eventuality.

Some also agreed that the school does not wants to take any risk these days. Educational consultant K R Maalathi says that there is no need to stop trips. One only needs to take precautions.

There is no doubt that safety is of utmost importance. But we should not have to restrict tours based on their relevance to the curriculum says P Vishnucharan, correspondent of Shree Niketan Patasala School.

Scottish and Indian varsities partner for Research and innovation


As per news declared by the Scottish Development International, The Scottish and Indian Universities have signed strategic agreements for research in life science and marine biotechnology.

Agreements were signed between University of Dundee and Bangalore Bio Cluster and Scottish Association for Marine Science with Annamalai University and AMET University, respectively, for research in Life Sciences and Marine Biotechnology, a release of Scottish Development International said.

In order to create a joint Drug discovery Centre to tackle antimicrobial resistance, the University of Dundee has signed a MoU with Bio Cluster Bangalore. Also there is an active programme of the alliance.

The Drug Delivery Centre, a common contribution of the University of Dundee and Banglore Bio Cluster will be highly focused on effective prevention and treatment of the increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi, hospital-acquired infections and in major diseases like tuberculosis and malaria.

The University feels proud to be partnering with Bangalore Bio Cluster in antimicrobial drug discovery and look forward to applying a combined expertise to one of the most important of medical dilemmas – antimicrobial resistance says Mike Ferguson, Regius Professor of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee.

Recently, the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) also has inked an MoU with Annamalai University and AMET University to cooperate more closely in education and research. The focus of the duet lies in marine biotechnology and microbiology.

The collaboration has further went to the next step as they have already begun the exchange of information and knowledge and funding is now being sought to support faculty and student exchange to develop long lasting relationships for the future said the Marketing Manager, Education at SAMS, Joanne Allday.

Scottish Development International is a joint venture between Scottish Government and its economic development agencies, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Cambridge India Ramanujan Scholarship


Cambridge Trust offers scholarship to Indian PhD students

The University of Cambridge is one of the leading higher education institutes in the world having 18,000 students from around the world, 9,000 staff, 31 colleges, 150 departments, faculties, schools and other institutes.

For the meritorious students from India, Cambridge Trust offers Cambridge India Ramanujan Scholarships in the field of Research. For this, the Cambridge Trust has tied up with the Science and Research Board of India.


Now looking to this scholarship aid, Indian students will be able to take up doctoral studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the University of Cambridge in UK, for this will enable around 20 PhD students to pursue their studies in Cambridge University at any given point of time.

The ‘Cambridge Indian Ramanujan Scholarship’ is expected to be offered from 2015 itself. Currently, Cambridge Trust has 36 scholarship programs for Indian students.

Interested Candidates should alongside apply to the Science and Engineering Research Board of India too.

Scholarship Reward-

Under this scholarship scheme, the students will not only get the university composition fee but also an annual stipend that will be sufficient for a single person.