100 crore e-learning venture

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Ronnie Screwval is an Ex UTV owner and a serial entrepreneur tweets-

“40% students drop out before the 8th grade. Digitizing higher education is a great way to bridge the gap between infrastructure and learning.”

As per the news, Ronnie is launching UEducation, an online education portal focusing on higher education. The new venture involves an outlay of Rs. 100 crore in the first phase. This investment will primarily go into content, interactivity, platform, technology, adaptive learning, assessments, marketing and building a national footprint.

UEducation is Ronnie’s second independent venture; who set up Unilazer Sports new unit focusing on sports management.

Why an e-learning venture-

Over the past few years, online portals for learning and test preparation are on a sprung. These ventures are also getting venture capital funds.
Screwvala said to a National Daily that India has the largest college going age cohort in the world, yet only one out five of them enroll into higher education, resulting in one of the lowest higher education enrollment ratios, even among most developing nations. If we have to meet our GDP growth targets, we need to at least double the participation rate immediately; otherwise we will miss out on our demographic dividend.

Mayank Kumar, an IIT-Delhi and Indian school of Business, Hyderabad Alumni is also onboard of UEducation as a Co-founder and Managing Director. Mayank has worked for various major players such as Senior Principal at the Parthenon Group, Tata Strategic Management Group and currently; Vice-President at Bertelsmann India Investments, a corporate VC fund focusing on Education and Digital sector.

UEducation also intends to partnership and collaborate with global universities and build other affiliations besides offering specialized courses.
Ronnie’s idea of Digitising Higher Education can be great for India and its education system. Hope online medium can bridge the gap in the current Indian Education system between infrastructure and learning.

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Addition by 30 seats at IIM-Udaipur for the session of 2015-16

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The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) located in Udaipur has increased 30 number of seats in its management course for the academic session 2015-16. Therefore, the number goes to 150 from 120. The institute comes to this decision when it noticed positive improvements in the placement season. According to the officials of IIM-U, The institute has also looked upon and improved the infrastructural facilities and further in the number of faculty. As a result, the institute can now accommodate more candidates.

IIM Udaipur will be coordinating the Common Admission Process (CAP) for the six new IIMs for the 2015-17 batch. The six new IIMs include IIM Kashipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Raipur, IIM Rohtak, IIM Udaipur and IIM Tiruchirappalli or Trichy. The cut-off is expected to be around 97 percentile this year, hence candidates scoring below this in the Common Admission Test 2014 (CAT 2014) will not take part in the admission process of these IIMs. CAT 2014 was held on Sunday, November 16 and Saturday, November 22, 2014. The Results were announced on Saturday, December 27, 2014.

Moreover, The new IIMs are offering over 800 seats and will be inviting around 10,000 candidates for the CAP, which will consist of the Personal Interview-Written Ability Test (PI-WAT) rounds. The admission process will be conducted from mid-February till mid-March, 2015.

As per sources, the new IIM of Maharashtra which is proposed to be set up in Nagpur is expected to start operations from the 2015-16 academic session. The Union Budget 2014, presented on Thursday, July 10, 2014, had allocations for six new IIMs that are planned to be established in Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.

IIM Udaipur will also be granting extra points to women as well as non-engineer candidates aspiring to gain admission. As per this year’s admission policy of IIM Udaipur, the institute is allotting 50% weightage to CAT 2014 score, 30% to PI and aptitude test, 20% to personal profile including previous academic records (40%), professional experience (30%), preference to women candidates (15%) and non-engineers (15%).

IIM Udaipur has tweaked the admission norms to bring in more non-engineer and women candidates to the IIMs, added institute officials. At present, around 80% of the IIM students are from an engineering background, while the rest are from Arts or Commerce.

As a result, of all the developments, IIM Udaipur is also planning a fee hike of 17%, that is, from Rs 8 lakh to Rs 9.3 lakh. However, the fee hike is subject to the approval from the board, as per institute officials.

Indian School of Mines (ISM) opens MBA admissions

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MBA admissions for 2015

As per the news, Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad, has invited Applications for admission to 3-year Part-Time Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme offered at Department of Management Studies for the session 2015-18.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates should have Bachelor’s degree after (10+2) in any discipline from a recognized institution, with at least 50% marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of candidates belonging to SC, ST and PD (persons with disability).
  • For Honours Graduate, the aggregate will include marks of both Honours and Pass papers.
    Executives/ Supervisors with post qualification one year experience from reputed industrial/R&D, public sector, Government, Semi-Government and reputed private sector organizations.

How to Apply
Application form and information brochure will be available from Monday, March 23, 2015
Application fee of Rs 2,000 shall be paid through a demand draft drawn in favor of Registrar, Indian School of Mines and payable at Dhanbad.
The filled-in application form along with application fee and necessary documents should be submitted to Assistant Registrar (Acad. & Exam), Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad – 826004, Jharkhand.

Selection Procedure

  • Candidates have to appear for Written Entrance Test conducted by Indian School of Mines at Dhanbad. This will be followed with a Personal Interview.
  • Final selection shall be based on Aggregate scores of Written Test, Interview and Experience.

Important Dates

  • Availability of application form: Monday, March 23rd, 2015
  • Last date for submission of filled-in application form, Friday, May 22nd, 2015
  • Date of written test and interview: Sunday, June 7th, 2015
  • Declaration of Results: Monday, June 15th, 2015

Government jobs survey statistics

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According to a government survey,

  • The number of jobs in industries decreased by 3.6 per cent while wages increased by 11.1 percent in real terms in 2012-13.
  • The annual survey of industries has revealed that the total number of persons engaged in different industries declined to 1.29 crore in 2012-13 from 1.34 crore in the previous fiscal.
  • In 2011-12, jobs had increased by 5.8 percent from 1.26 crore in the previous fiscal.
  • According to the survey, total wages provided to factory workers rose by 11.1 percent in 2012-13 to  1.10 lakh crore from  99,855.79 crore in 2011-12. The total wage bill had jumped by 16.6 percent in 2011-12 from  85,645 crore in 2010-11.
  • The gross capital formation, an indicator of investments, increased by 9.31 percent to  4.44 lakh crore in 2012-13 from 4.07 lakh crore in the previous fiscal. However, it had come down in 2011-12 by 8.72 percent from  4.45 lakh crore in the previous fiscal.
  • Gross fixed capital formation, another measure to gauge level of fresh investment, increased by 3.62 per cent to  3.56 lakh crore in 2012-13, from  3.43 lakh crore in the previous fiscal. During 2011-12, had grown at 21.21 percent from Rs 2.83 lakh crore.
  • The profitability of factories declined by 4.72 percent to  4.3 lakh crore in 2012-13 from  4.51 crore in the previous fiscal. During 2011-12, the profitability has increased by 15.75 percent from  3.9 lakh crore in 2010-11.
  • The net value added or output, which does not include input and depreciation, grew at 2.8 percent to Rs 8.6 lakh crore in the year under review, from  8.36 lakh crore in the previous fiscal. However the net value had grown by 18.75 percent in 2011-12 from  7.04 lakh crore in 2010-11. Indian economy had grown at decade low rate of 4.5 percent in 2012-13. The economic growth in 2013-14 was 4.7 percent.

Interviews start after the release of the results of IIM-A written test

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We all are aware of the admission process to the management program of IIMs which includes written test and Personal Interview (PI). The admission process to the full time two year management program for the batch 2015-17 is going on at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)- Ahmedabad.

For which, the institute is done with the results of the Academic Writing Test (AWT) and now the list has been prepared on the basis of the Common Admission Test 2014 (CAT 2014) valid scores. Short-listing has also been done on the basis of Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores in needful cases. The list was out on the date December 27th 2014. The other factor is the Application Rating (AR) score, which is derived on the basis of the candidates’ academic performance in the 10th standard, 12th standard as well as Bachelors’ Degree examinations. In order to shortlist the performers across diverse academic backgrounds, from each of the five categories of academic disciplines, the top 50 candidates or top 1% of the number of applicants to IIM Ahmedabad, whichever is lesser, have been shortlisted for AWT & PI on the basis of their CAT percentiles.

To access this list , view the official website of common admission test. Overall 1,249 candidates (CAT: 1239 and GMAT: 10) have been shortlisted for the AWT-PI process at IIM Ahmedabad for 2015-17 admissions.

The students will have interview for getting the admission in PGP 2015-17. IIM Ahmedabad will conduct its AWT and PIs in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and New Delhi/NCR. Candidates short-listed for AWT and PI will be intimated by registered post. The CAT takers applying to IIM Ahmedabad’s PG programs can also check if they have been short-listed for AWT & PI by visiting the official website.

Final Selection: Selection at this stage will strictly be based on the ranks of the candidates computed separately for each category (General/SC/ST/OBC NCL, Transgender/DA) on the basis of their Composite Scores (CS). The numbers selected in different categories will be in proportions mandated by law.

The CS of a candidate who appears in AWT & PI will be computed using the following rule:

First, CAT, AWT and PI scores of a candidate are normalized by dividing it with the corresponding maximum possible score that could be obtained. The CS of a candidate is then obtained as:

CS = 0.50 (Normalized PI Score) + 0.10 (Normalized AWT Score) + 0.40 (Normalized CAT Total Score).

IMT Ghaziabad registrations for 2015-17

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Admission for 2015 batch

The Institute of Management Technology (IMT)-Ghaziabad reopens the admission process for the two-year Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) programs.

Course duration: 2 years

The extension has been made due to the delay in the declaration of the Common Admission Test 2014 (CAT 2014) . It will provide aspirants who missed the earlier deadline the opportunity to gain admission into one of the top business schools (B-schools) in the country.

Eligibility:.

  • Candidates must have a three year bachelor’s degree having the two-year Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) programs

Application Procedure:

  • Aspirants have to complete the online application form available at the official website.
  • To apply for IMT Ghaziabad, candidates must submit the scores of CAT 2014 or Xavier Aptitude Test 2015 (XAT 2015) or must have taken the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) (from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2014).
  • There is a common application form for all the four campuses of IMT – Ghaziabad, Nagpur, Hyderabad and Dubai. Candidates have to mention their campus preference in the online application form. At least two campuses have to be mentioned or maximum of all campus preferences can be entered. At the time of the final offer, candidates will be informed about the campus allotted.
  • To apply for IMT Nagpur and Hyderabad, applicants have to submit the scores of CAT 2014 or XAT 2015 or should have taken the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) test in February 2014 or September 2014 or must have taken the GMAT (from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2014).

Selection Procedure:

  • Candidates can also submit more than one test score.
  • Candidates are required to update their GMAT/CMAT test score by Saturday, January 10, 2015.
  • IMT will consider the best score before making the final admit offer. Applicants will be short-listed for interviews on the basis of one of the following best score out of available test scores: CAT, XAT, GMAT or CMAT(Nagpur & Hyderabad campus).
    Other than the entrance examination scores,
  • IMT will also consider prior work experience along with academic record and performance during the Communication Test as well as Personal Interview to draw the final list.
  • All the applicants will be called for an interview only once. Short-listed applicants will be called for an interview round at the center they select through the Communication & Personal Interview Schedule Form, which will be available at IMT’s admissions portal and enabled for specific period in the month of January, 2015.

Important Dates:

  • The program will start in June, 2015.
  • The online admission process at IMT Ghaziabad started on Sunday, September 14, 2014 and earlier continued till 5.30 pm on Wednesday, December 24, 2014.

Admissions open at National Law University

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Admission 2015

Notification to Bachelor’s courses-The National Law University (NLU), Delhi has announced admissions open to 5 years Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Law (B.A-LL.B) Hons., 1 year Master of Law (LL.M) programs and PhD programs. The university has invited applications from eligible candidates for the same to enroll them for the academic session 2015-16, which is starting from August 2015. The interested candidates may apply before the last date.

Courses Offered:

Three courses offered

  • B.A.- LL.B. (Hons.)
  • LL.M.
  • Ph.D.

Duration of the courses:

  • B.A.- LL.B. (Hons.) – 5 Years
  • LL.M. – 1 Year
  • PhD – 2 Years

Number of Seats:

  • B.A.- LL.B. (Hons.) – 80 Seats
  • LL.M. – 25 Seats

Eligibility Criteria: 

B.A.-LL.B (Hons) Program: 

  • The applying candidates should have cleared their senior secondary school examination i.e. 10+2 or its equivalent examination with at least 50% marks.
  • The candidates who are appearing for the 12th standard examination in March/April, 2015 are also eligible to apply.

LL.M Program: 

  • The candidates applying for this course should have the degree of LL.B or its equivalent a minimum of with 55% marks (50% in case of SC/ST/ persons with disability). The candidates who are going to appear for final LL.B examination in April/May, 2015 are also eligible to apply.

PhD Program: 

  • The candidates applying for PhD programs must have cleared their LL.M. Degree with a minimum of 55% marks or its equivalent degree from a recognized university or institute. In case of SC/ST/ Persons with Disability the minimum marks obtained must be 50% .

Age Limit- Eligibility: B.A.-LL.B (Hons) Program: The age of the candidate applying for this course must be below 21 years as on July 01, 2015 (23 years in case of SC/ST candidates).

Selection Procedure:

  • The candidates would be selected on the basis of their performance in the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) conducted by the university.

Application Procedure-

  • The interested and eligible candidates have to apply through online mode only for admissions to the courses mentioned above that are offered by the National University of Law.
  • The applying candidates need to submit an application fee of Rs. 3, 000/- in case of general category candidates, Rs.1, 000/- in case of SC/ST and Persons with Disability (PD) excluding service charges along with a copy of requisite caste/person with disability certificate before the last date for submission of application forms.

Admit Cards: 

  • The admit cards for the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) would be available on the official website of the university till April 14, 2015

Important Dates: 

  • The last date for submission of application forms is Tuesday, April 07, 2015.
  • The AILET exam would be conducted by the university on Sunday, May 03, 2015.
  • The admit cards for AILET would be available till April 14, 2015.
  • Visit the official website of the university for further details and information.