Campus Notes

15 IIITs to be declared as Institutes of National Importance

The Union Cabinet yesterday approved the introduction of the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Public Private Partnership (IIIT PPP) Bill, 2017 that seeks to declare the existing IIITs in PPP as Institutions of National Importance with powers to award degrees. 
There is no financial implication with regard to the proposed IIIT PPP Bill, 2017, an official press release said.
The release said the decision would entitle the IIITs to use the nomenclature of Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) or Master of Technology (M.Tech) or Ph.D degree as issued by a University or Institution of National Importance. 
The grant of a formal degree in Information Technology, Engineering or Ph.D will enhance the prospects of the graduating students in the job market and will also enable the institutes to attract enough students required to develop a strong research base in the country in the field of information technology, it said.
The emerging needs of the industry and the economy as a whole for skilled technical manpower is expected to be met from the talent pool of trained personnel of the institutes, it said.
Every institute shall be open to all - irrespective of gender, caste, creed, disability, and domicile, and ethnicity, social or economic background. Academic session has commenced in the IIITs in Andhra Pradesh (Chittoor), Assam (Guwahati), Gujarat (Vadodara), Haryana (Sonipat), Himachal Pradesh (Una), Jharkhand (Ranchi), Karnataka (Dharwad), Kerala(Kottayam), Maharashtra (Nagpur & Pune), Manipur (Senapati), Rajasthan (Kota), Tamil Nadu (Tiruchirappalli), Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow) and Kalyani (West Bengal). 
The scheme of setting up of 20 new IIITs in Public Private Partnership (IIIT PPP), as approved by the Union Cabinet on 7.12.2010, does not have provision which empowers the institutes set up in Public Private Partnership to grant degrees to its students. The first batch of under-graduate students enrolled in the Year 2013-14 will be passing out in the Year 2017. 

Footwear Design and Development Institute Bill, 2017 introduced in Lok Sabha

Commerce & Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman yesterday introduced in the Lok Sabha the Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) Bill, 2017 that seeks to declare the FDDI as an Institution of National Importance (INI).
The FDDI was established in 1986 with the objective of providing trained human resource and assistance to the sector. FDDI has pan-India presence with campuses at Noida, Kolkata, Chennai, Fursatganj (UP), Rohtak (Haryana), Chhindwara (M.P) and Jodhpur (Rajasthan) equipped with state-of-the-art academic facilities and infrastructure.
New campuses at Hyderabad, Patna, Ankleshwar (Gujarat), Banur(Punjab) and Guna (M.P) will also start functioning shortly.
The Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Bill said the footwear, leather and retail sector in India had been growing both in terms of value and volume. India is the third biggest market of footwear and prominent exporter of the footwear and leather goods. Being a highly labour intensive industry, the requirement for trained human resources for leather and footwear sector is immense. 
The statement said there was a strong need for upgradation of the institution to enable it to deal with international standards and market.
According to it, the global footwear market is expected to reach $220.2 billion by 2020 from the current level of $ 198.7 billion. 
"The opportunity cost of not investing in human resources required for this sector in India at this juncture would result in increased imports, thereby impacting the domestic and exports sector of footwear and leather products. It is proposed to empower the institute to improve its capacity and performance with a view to address the shortage of the trained human resource.
"In view of the above, it is proposed to declare the Footwear Design and Development Institute as an institution of national importance and enable it to emerge as centre of excellence with the objective of meeting the national and international standards for the promotion and development of quality and excellence in education, research and training in all disciplines relating to footwear and leather products design and development," the statement said.
Among other things, the Bill proposes to establish a Governing Council and other authorities of the institute; and empower it to grant degrees, diplomas, certificates, or any other qualification to its students.

IIMA invites alumni, corporates to contribute to restoration, conservation of its campus

IIM Ahmedabad
IIM Ahmedabad
For the first time in its history, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) has invited its alumni and corporates to contribute to the conservation and restoration of its Heritage Campus.
"About five decades ago, the renowned American architect Louis Kahn translated education philosophy into infrastructure when he assumed responsibility of building IIMA’s infrastructure," a press release from IIMA said.
"Generations of students since then have been inspired by the spaces to reflect, deliberate, break the mould, and free the spirit. These buildings have witnessed generations of academic life on campus and withstood Gujarat Earthquake. The grandeur of the Louis Kahn Campus infrastructure leaves the visitors to campus awestruck. But age has taken its toll, requiring conservation and restoration on priority," it said.
The release said the Government of India had recognized the conservation and restoration of IIMA’s iconic Louis Kahn Campus buildings as an important task and contributions for this are covered within the ambit of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the Companies Act 2013 under “protection of national heritage, art and culture, including restoration of sights of historical importance as well as promoting education.”
IIMA has recently received significant funding from individual alumni and alumni batches to support conservation and restoration of dorms, classrooms, and other infrastructure. 
The institute had announced last year the TCS–IIMA partnership for restoration and upgradation of Vikram Sarabhai Library at IIMA, supported by a Rs. 20 crore funding by TCS Foundation.
Dorm D1 is being renamed the “D-1 Professor Kamla Chowdhury Dorm” in memory of a founding faculty of the institute, with funding support of Rs. 3.5 crore by individual alumni. Classroom 3 is being renamed “CR-3: Professor Labdhi Bhandari Classroom” in the memory of another distinguished faculty member, with financial support of Rs. 2.5 crore also contributed by one of its alumni.
Classroom 4 is being renamed "CR 4:  1992 Batch Classroom" supported by a Rs. 2.5 crore contribution by the Silver Jubilee Reunion batch last December. The 1992 batch representative, Mr. Birendra Baid, said, "The time we spent at IIMA was among the best years of our lives. IIMA has given us much more than just an MBA degree –it is here we made lifelong friends, developed our personalities, and gained life skills that allowed us to pursue our careers with confidence. Giving back to the alma mater was always one of the top items on our agenda when we started planning our Silver Jubilee Reunion that was held in December 2016. We were fortunate that around the same time IIMA was embarking on a comprehensive restoration project for the Heritage Campus. The Batch of '92 is delighted to have contributed towards restoration of one of the Classrooms where we studied 25 years ago."
Tower Lawn opposite Louis Kahn Plaza is being conserved and upgraded with funding support of Rs. 1 crore by the 1995 batch that came for their reunion on campus in December 2015. The 1995 batch coordinator, Mr. Rahul Phondke, said, "It was a small gesture from the batch reflecting our collective recognition of the fact that we all owe a significant part of our careers, lives and relationships to the Institute and no amount of financial contributions can really pay back the emotional debt which we owe to the Institute."
Ms. Susan Macdonald, Head – Buildings and Sites, the Getty Conservation Institute added, “After some 50 years, Louis Kahn's magnificent IIM complex still has the ability to inspire and move the human spirit. Inevitably, it is now suffering many of the conservation challenges typical of many great architectural works of the modern era. It is to be commended that IIM has commenced a careful and thorough program of work that seeks to understand these challenges and develop conservation approaches to sustain Kahn's great work over the next 50 years.”
 “I am touched by these gestures and thankful to our alumni for the love and care that they have for the Institute. The strong commitment of IIMA alumni to the institute will enable us to pursue excellence in teaching, research, and infrastructure and educate future generations of leaders,” said Prof. Ashish Nanda, Director IIMA.

President presents Visitor’s Awards for ‘Best University’, ‘Research’ and 'Innovation’

President Pranab Mukherjee yesterday called upon researchers in universities to apply themselves to meeting the developmental challenges of the nation.
“The best minds in our universities should apply themselves to work out solutions in areas like sanitation, urban transportation, sewage disposal, clean river systems, healthcare and drought-resistant farming,” he said during the presentation of the Visitor's Awards for the year 2017 at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
“They should also convert new knowledge into innovative products that are directly beneficial to the common population. Innovative minds should create tools and implements that alleviate the drudgery of farmers, workers, artisans and weavers.
“The number one barometer for successful outcome of research and innovation should be its beneficial applicability to a wider section of the population,” he added.
The award presentation was on the third day of the Festival of Innovation at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The President presented the Visitor’s Award for the ‘Best University’ to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
The Visitor’s Award for ‘Innovation’ was presented to Dr. Deepak Pant, Department of Environmental Science, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Central University of Himachal Pradesh for development of a reactor for direct conversion of waste plastic to LPG in small scale.
The Visitor’s Award for ‘Research’ was jointly received by Dr. Shyam Sunder, Department of Medicine, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University and Prof. Niranjan Karak, Department of Chemical Sciences, Tezpur University.
Dr Shyam Sunder got the award for his work in the area of diagnosis and treatment of Indian Kala-azar. Prof. Karak was honoured for development of renewable resource based bio-degradable hyper-branched polymer nano-composites as self-cleaning, self-healing and bio-compatible smart sustainable futuristic material.
For selecting the winners, online applications were invited from all Central Universities for each category. A Selection Committee headed by Ms. Omita Paul, Secretary to the President and comprising Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Chairman, UGC; Executive Vice-Chairperson, National Innovation Foundation and DG, CSIR screened the applications and selected the winners of the Awards.
The President said the honours recognize the single-minded devotion and painstaking work in the pursuit of excellence of the winners. JNU has been adjudged the best university for its unrelenting pursuit of academic excellence.
It has shown outstanding performance in all key parameters like quality of students and faculty, training of faculty, citations, publications, research projects, foreign collaborations, seminars and innovation exhibitions. He urged the university to continue the good work.
“A lot has been said about the quality of India’s higher education system. Many have debated that standards are declining as a corollary of the vast expansion seen over the past few years. Yet, many have argued that increasing our capacity to provide higher education is a dire need in the context of a growing youth population,” the President said.
“There are over 250 million young people – one-fifth of the country’s total population - in the age group of 15-24 years. The onus is on the higher education system to realize their aspirations and perfect their scholastic potential.
“I, for one, do not see any dichotomy between greater access and better quality; or between higher equity and superior standards. It is entirely possible for the attributes of quantity and quality to move in the same direction at the same time,” he added.
Referring to the concept of ‘world-class’ institutions that have, of late, engaged the minds of policy-makers, educators and academic experts lately, he said, "The jury is still out on what elements a world-class institution constitutes. And whether some features of such institutions can be specific to the context of a region or an economy. But, presence of certain key traits is essential to label any institution world-class."
"Firstly, a sizeable presence of meritorious students and faculty. This does not happen all of a sudden as institutions have to attain a certain degree of maturity before it starts gathering a pool of talented people.
“Many of our institutions of recent vintage may face problem in the beginning on this account. But policy catalysts may help. Under the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) programme, about 780 foreign faculty experts have enrolled to teach in Indian institutions.
“We are also witnessing a favourable economic climate pulling Indians working abroad, back to their motherland to seek the opportunities emerging here. Our institutions would do well to leverage this ‘brain rain,” he added.
"Secondly, adequacy of financial resources to boost physical infrastructure and academic resources: Institutions have to look beyond government funding to innovative mechanisms like industrial projects, sponsorship of chairs, and tie-ups for setting up research facilities.
"Thirdly, a governance model that allows institutions to respond quickly to change while enforcing a mechanism of critical analysis and honest reflection.
"Such a system requires strong institutional leaders who can enlist the cooperation and commitment of all in driving the vision of the institution. It also calls for building a cadre of academic leaders who can inspire students and fellow educators. Drafting alumni and industry experts in governance structures, too, can bring in a fresh perspective to the academic environment.
"Fourthly, an eco-system that supports research and innovation.” A challenge for our institutions has been to retain bright students after education to do research. Good students either leave formal education to enter the corporate, government and other sectors, or pursue a higher degree in universities abroad.
“To arrest this trend, we need to make holistic changes in our education system. The pedagogy in our institutions at all levels has to promote creative thinking, novel learning and scientific scrutiny,” he pointed out.
“An atmosphere where learning modules are supplemented by inquiry-based project work will be necessary. This will build in students an inclination to do research and to innovate,” he said.
“If we have a large pool of meritorious researchers – complemented by top-notch research laboratories, tie-ups with industry, collaborations with foreign institutions, and an attractive compensation system – our institutions could be involved in doing more cutting-edge research,” he added.

Government has added over 4000 medical PG seats for 2017-18: Nadda

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare has said that a record number of 4,000 post-graduate medical seats had been approved by the Government of India in various medical colleges and hospitals for the academic session 2017-18.
Mr. Nadda said that this would take the total number of post-graduate medical seats available to 35, 117.
He said the Government was committed to strengthening tertiary care and improving medical education in the country.
The Health Minister said that, of the total increase, 2,046 seats are in medical colleges.
Looking at the need to increase PG seats in clinical subjects, the Government had decided to amend the teacher student ratio in clinical subjects in government medical colleges. This change alone has resulted in the creation of 1,137 extra seats in 71 colleges. 
Many others out of the total of 212 government colleges are sending their proposals and it is expected that at least 1000 more seats could be added during the month of March 2017, Mr. Nadda stated. 
This includes DNB seats, which are equivalent to MD/MS and have increased by 2,147 in the last one year, he said.
Mr. Nadda said that there had been a total addition of 4,193 PG seats in the country so far, and a further addition of more than 1000 seats is likely during March 2017. The budget announcement of adding 5,000 PG medical seats in the country is thus likely to be achieved soon, he added.

Prof. G. Raghuram takes over as Director of IIM Bangalore

G. Raghuram
G. Raghuram
Professor G. Raghuram, who has been a member of the faculty at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA), took charge as the new Director of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) here today.
Prior to this, he was Professor and Chairperson of the Public Systems Group at IIMA.
Prof. Raghuram has a Ph. D. from Northwestern University, USA, a Post-graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) from IIMA and a B. Tech. degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras.
“I feel honoured and privileged to get the opportunity to work for IIM Bangalore. This is a top rated institution with a unique culture which I look forward to discovering. I would like to reach out to all its stakeholders: students and participants, faculty, staff, alumni, board members and the external ecosystem including industry and government, to enable IIMB reach greater heights," he said in a message to faculty and staff at IIMB soon after assuming charge.
Prof. Raghuram was Dean (Faculty), IIMA, from September 2013 to December 2015. He was Vice-Chancellor of the Indian Maritime University from July 2012 to March 2013. He was the Indian Railways Chair Professor from January 2008 to August 2010. He specializes in infrastructure and transport systems, and logistics and supply chain management. He conducts research on the railway, port, shipping, aviation and road sectors. He has published over 35 refereed papers in journals and written over 155 case studies. He has published six co-authored books. He was awarded the ‘MC Puri Memorial Award’ for Contribution to Operational Research in India, 2016; ‘Academician of the Year’ by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in 2012, and ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for contribution to logistics and infrastructure by EXIM News in 2014. He is a Fellow of the Operational Research Society of India, and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He has teaching experience at universities in India, USA, Canada, Yugoslavia, Singapore, Tanzania and UAE.
He is a member of the Global Future Council on Mobility of the World Economic Forum, Executive Council of the National Aviation University, and of the Board of Directors of six companies in the fields of infrastructure, logistics and education. Overall, he has been on the Board of 12 companies. He has offered consultancy services to over 100 organizations including multilateral agencies. He has served on various government policy making and advisory committees for the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ministry of Shipping, Cabinet Secretariat, Comptroller and Auditor General, the Planning Commission and various State Governments.

MoS Finance promises to sort out problems in education loans by banks

Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal assured students and banks dispensing education loans that the problems faced by both would be sorted out soonest by convening a meeting of officials of the Ministry of Finance, Education Departments and banks and NGOs concerned with the issue.
“I will convene a meeting of secretaries of finance and officials of the education ministry and also top bank officials and representatives of NGOs espousing the cause of students to hear and help resolve the problems faced," he said at a seminar organised by the ELTF, a wing of the PreSense portal, and part of the NGO Prime Point Foundation.
Mr. Meghwal said that, as a start, he would ask banks in urban areas to set up a grievances cell at their corporate office and a nodal officer in the regional centres of the banks in tier two and tier three cities to deal exclusively with the issue of education loans. 
The demand for the grievances cell was made by ELTF convener and PreSense Editor K Srinivasan, who claimed that the system of dispensing and recovery of education loans needed to be streamlined so that students did not face any problems in the repayment mode. He also demanded 100% reimbursement of interest subsidy.
Mr. Subramanya Kumar, Executive Director, of Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), which has disbursed the highest amount of education loans at over Rs 3,600 crore, said there was no question of a loan waiver but the repayment system could be looked at again to make it easier for the students.
Some politicians promised students at the time of elections that education loans would be waived which was not possible in reality, he said.
While the rate of interest for education loans should be reduced, Mr. Srinivasan said, a new institution on the lines of NABARD or SIDBI should be set to provide refinance for all education loans. Also, a high level committee should be set up with all stake holders to examine the present education loan interest subsidy management.
A demand was also made to separate education loan from other loans and that the task of recovery should not be outsourced to collection agencies but done by bank officers themselves. It was pointed out that students were often threatened, muzzled and harassed by collection agencies to return the loans with unreasonable deadlines which generated tremendous pressure on the students .
Mr. Meghwal promised to look into this matter and discuss it with banks to separate education loans from the regular non-performing assets (NPA) category. Parents attending the meeting and some NGO representatives pointed out that students were future assets of the country and education loan was an investment made on them. As such, it was not right to treat their loans as an NPA.
Most of the times, students, after they passed out, found it difficult to find jobs and hence there was a delay in repayment of loans which the banks needed to understand, it was pointed out.
As per information given in the Lok Sabha recently , public sector banks disbursed education loans to the tune of Rs. 9674 crore in 2015-16 against Rs. 8312 crore in 2014-15. Private sector banks disbursed Rs. 9049 crore in 2015-16 against Rs. 7619 crore in 2014-15.
In Tamil Nadu alone, education loans disbursed by all banks amounted to Rs. 1583 crore in 2015-16 against Rs. 1952 crore. The top four banks which sanctioned maximum education loans in Tamil Nadu are:
Indian Overseas bank – 2.07 lakh accounts – amount outstanding Rs 3679 crore.
Canara Bank – 1.51 lakh accounts – amount outstanding Rs 3017 crore
Indian bank – 1.44 lakh accounts – amount outstanding Rs 2906 crore
State Bank of India – 1.01 lakh accounts – amount outstanding Rs 2351 crore.
Total 6.03 lakh accounts – amount outstanding Rs. 11, 953 crore.
According to RBI statistics released in December last year, Gross Bank Credit until December 2016 was Rs. 66,458 billion , out of which education loan amounted to Rs 608 billion which was 0.91% of the whole. In the same period last year, gross bank credit was Rs 64,335 billion, out of which education amounted to Rs. 609 billion, which was 0.94 % of the total.

Six FTII courses get Master’s degree equivalence

A view of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
A view of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) has equated six post-graduate diploma programmes of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune with Master's degree.
"The Master's equivalence launches FTII into a new academic orbit and introduces a new dimension for students who can now leverage this attribute for higher studies, in India and abroad," an official press release said.
According to it, FTII had been making efforts since 2011 for securing the Master’s degree equivalence for its programs. Recently, a four-member committee from Association of Indian Universities visited the institute and were briefed by the Heads of Department and Faculty members who made detailed presentations before the AIU Committee. The committee also visited the academic locations as well as technical facilities and also met student representatives on the campus. 
Mr. Gajendra Chauhan, Chairman FTII, Mr. Pawan Manvi and Mr. Rajan Welukar, members of FTII Academic Council, briefed the committee on the credentials of FTII. Renowned FTII alumni Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Satish Shah, Tom Alter, Amitabh Shukla, Mahesh Aney, Bishwadeep Chatterjee and Siddharth Tatooskar were also present during the presentations. 
The two- and three-year programmes which have been given Master's equivalence are: Cinematography; Editing; Direction & Screenplay Writing; Sound Recording & Sound Design; Art Direction & Production Design; and Acting, the release added.

Govt. proposes National Testing Agency for Entrance Examinations for Higher Education Institutions

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the Government proposed to establish a National Testing Agency as an autonomous and self-sustaining premier testing organization to conduct all entrance examinations for higher education institutions in the country.
Presidenting the General Budget for 2017-18 in Parliament, he said this would free the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and other premier institutions from these administrative responsibilities so that they can focus more on academics.

IIITDM Kurnool to be declared as Institute of National Importance

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for introduction of The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in Parliament, which provides for inclusion of Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM), Kurnool along with the other IIITs in the Principal Act. 
Subsequently, IITDM Kurnool will be declared as an institute of National Importance with the power to award degrees to students, an official press release said.
The expenditure for the operationalization of IITDM Kurnool is incurred from the Plan funds of the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
"The emerging needs of the industry and the economy as a whole for skilled technical manpower is expected to be met from the talent pool of trained personnel of the Institute. The Institute shall be open to all persons irrespective of gender, caste, creed, disability, domicile, ethnicity, social or economic background," the release said.
The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Act, 2014 confers the status of Institutions of National Importance on the IIITs and also provides for matters connected with administering these IIITs. 
Subsequently, the Government has approved creation of a new IIIT at Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh as embodied in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014. Due to addition of a new IIIT, amendment has to be made in the IIIT Act, 2014. With this, IIITDM. Kurnool will be the fifth Member as a Centrally Funded IIIT.
Academic session has commenced in IITDM Kurnool in two branches of study in 2015-16, the release added.

Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University to launch Executive Development Programme

The Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University in collaboration with US-India Aviation Cooperation Programme will launch its first Executive Development Programme on February 2.
The programme will be delivered by leading experts in the aviation sector and would cover key topics such as Next Generation Transportation Systems, Airport Planning, Air Traffic Flow Management, Safety and Security and Sustainability in Aviation, an official press release said.
The programme will be attended by CXO level professionals from the industry and senior officials from the Regulatory Authorities.
The programme will help senior professionals keep abreast with latest trends in the sector, Air Vice-Marshal Nalin Tandon, Vice-Chancellor of the university, said.
The programme will fulfil the objectives of the university by facilitating and promoting aviation studies and research, he added.
The programme will also provide a platform for active exchange of ideas on opportunities and challenges in the areas of growth and development of Indian aviation sector, the release said.

Applications open for NEET (UG)-2017 for admission to MBBS/BDS courses

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today opened a month-long window for the acceptance of online applications for the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (UG)-2017 (NEET(UG)-2017) to be conducted by it on May 7 for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in India.
The test is conducted as per the Indian Medical Council Act-1956 as amended in 2016 and the Dentists Act-1948 as amended in 2016 for admission to Medical and Dental Colleges run with the approval of the Medical Council of India and the Dental Council of India under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India except for the institutions established through an Act of Parliament such as AIIMS and JIPMER, Puducherry.
"Candidates have been given an opportunity to submit the online application for a month period from 31.01.2017 to 01.03.2017," a press release from CBSE said.
The release said that, this year, admission for all the MBBS/BDS seats would be made through NEET (UG) 2017. Accordingly, admissions will be made in All India Quota Seats, State Government Quota Seats, State/ Management/ NRI Quota Seats in Private Medical / Dental Colleges or any Private/ Deemed University and Central Pool Quota Seats, it said.
The examination will be conducted in 80 cities across the country on 7th May, 2017, it said.
Indian citizens, Non-Resident Indians, Overseas Citizens of India, Persons of Indian Origin and Foreign Nationals are eligible to appear in NEET (UG) 2017 and will also be eligible for 15% All India Quota seats, the release said.
The upper age limit of the candidates has been fixed at 25 years on the date of conduct of examination. There will be a five-year relaxation for  reserved category candidates. There shall be three attempts available uniformly for all the candidates in NEET examination.
The release said Aadhaar number is required to fill up the online application of NEET 2017 for the candidates of all States except Jammu & Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya. In this regard, based on the Aadhaar Act, CBSE has issued a public notice to make the candidates aware of the requirement.
"The responsibility of the CBSE is to conduct the NEET 2017, prepare All India Rank based as per the instructions supplied by Medical Council of India.
"CBSE will hold NEET-UG, 2017 for the first time for admission in MBBS/BDS courses for all seats and all Medical/Dental Colleges. Looking into the magnitude of this examination and the requirement of various States, CBSE is making all preparations for the smooth conduct of examination by selecting examination centres on vigorous parameters as about 1500 examination centres will be fixed across the country for the conduct of NEET for more than 10 lakh candidates," the release said.
Last year, in both NEET-I & NEET-II, as many as 8,02,594 candidates were registered. 
Detailed information and Information Bulletin alongwith the frequently asked questions are available on the NEET website.
CBSE will give the results of the examination to the Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for providing the same to admitting authorities. Admitting authorities will invite applications for counselling and Merit List shall be drawn based on All India Rank by the admitting authorities subject to their applicable rules, the release added.

Arts thrive only when people pay: Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Acclaimed film director, screenwriter and producer Adoor Gopalakrishnan today said only when people pay to enjoy the arts can artistes thrive.
Airing his views at a panel discussion on ‘Creative Approaches to Sustainability’ at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) here, Gopalakrishnan raised questions on the impact of technology on the arts, the role of an artiste in society and the need for people, and not just the state, to nurture art.
“Why must we only depend on government patronage? In our country, arts and culture are given last priority – they come after sports in every budget! So it is important to educate people on their responsibility to provide sustenance to the performing arts be it ‘Koodiyattam’ or ‘Kathakali,” he said.
Sanjna Kapoor, director of Junoon, the travelling theatre company, building on the theme of sustenance, spoke of the crying need for professional management in the field of the arts.
“Although there is a rich variety of the arts in India, we are not doing anything to value them or make them flourish. When we urbanize, if we don’t think of spaces for the arts, it is going to be detrimental to the health of the country. Our role as artistes is to claim our spaces, explore terrifying and new areas and shout out our needs,” she said.
On the subject of technology, while Adoor, ever the minimalist, observed that technology often diminishes palpability but can be harnessed by better technique, Sanjna chose the middle ground, suggesting that technology can help the artiste if used well.
“The arts should not be static; they should evolve and adapt. Opportunities, be it from technology or from the corporate world, need to be grabbed and managed well,” she added.
Responding to the role of an artiste in society, Odissi, Chau and Manipuri danseuse Sharon Lowen said an artiste must be a risk taker. “Creativity is the opportunity to keep exploring and learning, and to keep taking risks.” 
Indian classical dancer and choreographer Alarmel Valli spoke about the process of creating art. “Art becomes a cliché when the artiste becomes too secure. Vibrant tradition can fall prey to straitjackets. As artistes, we need to understand traditions, practice and internalise them and come up with something new. We should take the ‘then and there’ and make it our ‘here and now’,” she explained.
Award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter Vipin Vijay struck a different note when he confessed that contemporary artistes need to speak their mind more often.
Actor, director and screenwriter Pawan Kumar, whose films ‘Lucia’ and ‘U-turn’, have seen commercial and critical success said, “As a film maker, I see myself more as an artisan and less as an artiste.”
He spoke of sustenance in the context of his own creative journey from dropping out of engineering college to staging plays in an almost-empty theatre to enjoying box office success.
“Rewards and marketing are important for sustainability in the arts. As an artiste, I want people to listen to me. To have an audience is vital for sustainability. It is all about finding the right balance between making money and getting work acclaimed critically. Managerial competence and finance are also important for good art to thrive,” he explained.
The workshop, led by Prof. A. Damodaran, the IPR Chair at IIMB, brought together film directors, leading performing artistes and thought leaders for a day of stimulating discussions on how innovative creative organizations can make a transformative difference.
Earlier in the day, while welcoming participants to the round table, Prof. Damodaran said the forum was not a lit fest or a film fest, but a platform to explore whether simple can be beautiful, in the context of minimalism.
IIMB’s Dean Faculty Prof. Ishwar Murthy pointed out that IIMB strives to create a platform for exchange of ideas. “You can plant seeds of thought here today and things will happen. You can create the dots in a way that we all connect them,” he said.
The day’s other highlights included the screening of the 70-minute film, ‘A Door to Adoor: Images/ Reflections’, by well-known filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli on imagery in Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s films.
“There’s a huge difference between both our styles of film making. I use imagery to embellish my offerings, he uses imagery to heighten the minimalistic effect in his films,” said Kasaravalli.
Divided into five segments – all named after the master’s works – Kasarvalli’s film explored the use of minimalism in Adoor’s films through his choice of music, lighting and imagery.
This was followed by a masterclass on ‘Spinning Creative Ventures: The Junoon Saga’ by Sanjna Kapoor. There was a mesmerizing Kathakali performance by Margi, an organization dedicated to the revival of ‘Kathakali’ and ‘Koodiyattam’, through the Gurukula system of training.

Cabinet approves establishment of Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Jharkhand

The Union Cabinet yesterday gave its approval for the 12th Plan proposal of the DARE/ICAR Plan Scheme of the Establishment of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (lARI)-Jharkhand.
It will have an estimated outlay of Rs. 200.78 crores (100% ICAR share) on 1,000 acres of land provided by the Government of Jharkhand at Gauria Karma village in Barhi block of Hazaribag district, an official press release said.
lARI-Jharkhand would possess all the hallmark identities as those of IARI in New Delhi including all sectors of agriculture like field crops, horticultural crops, agro-forestry, animal husbandry, fisheries, poultry, piggery, silk and lac rearing, honey production and so on, it said.
The release said IARI-Jharkhand would work on the agrarian challenges and complexities of eastern India with all existing Central and State Government R&D institutions and private sector enterprises.
It will undertake research, education, extension programmes in its mission towards developing quality human resource, generation of farmer friendly technologies to enhance productivity, quality and profitability. It will also promote agro-based industries and generate employment opportunities for holistic and sustainable development of the agriculture sector in the eastern region. 
It will be an off-campus of IARI, New Delhi and integrated multi-disciplinary research would be undertaken in school mode, that is,  Schools of Crop Sciences, Natural Resource Management, and Animal Sciences, the release added.

Dusk-to-dawn tryst with classical music,dance at IIM Bangalore on R-Day eve

Akkarai sisters
Akkarai sisters
The Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) will host a dusk-to-dawn extravaganza of classical music and dance from 6 pm on January 25 till the dawn of Republic Day, featuring well-known names in Hindustani classical, Carnatic music and classical dance.
Hosted in association with SPICMACAY chapter at IIMB, the event,‘Yamini’, is held every year under the starry skies at the open air amphitheatre at the IIMB campus on Bannerghatta Road here.
This year, the event features Padma Shri award winners Pt. Venkatesh Kumar (Hindustani Vocal) and Ustad Shahid Pervez (Sitar), renowned danseuse Sujata Mohapatra (Odissi) and the youth sensations Sikkil Gurucharan (Carnatic Vocal) and the Akkarai Sisters (Carnatic Violin).
Entry is open to all. The event details and entry passes are available at, or on the Facebook event page:
Pt. Venkatesh Kumar from Dharwad near the Maharashtra-Karnataka border, a place famous for its rich musical tradition, especially Hindustani, has learnt music under the tutelage of the late Puttaraj Gawai, a saint-musician. Having received music training at Gawai’s ashram in Gadag, over the years, he earned national recognition. His robust style and seamless blending of key elements of the Kirana and Gwalior gharanas is also enriched by characteristics of the Patiala school.
Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan descends from six generations of sitarists. He is one of the leading exponents of the Etawah Gharana, committed to this most famous of Indian instruments. He was trained by his father and guru, Ustad Aziz Khan.
A distinguished practitioner of Odissi, Sujata Mohapatra made her initial foray into the dancing arena in her early childhood. Born into a rich cultural background, she grew up in an artistic environment that delicately nourished her creativity and brought out her innate interest in dance.
Mohapatra, as the disciple and daughter- in-law of the late Guru Padmabibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra, had received 18 years of rigorous training under the guidance from him. She subsequently did further studies on the dance form and also undertook research work at the Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneshwar. She is at present Principal of ‘Srjan’ an Odissi dance institution founded by Kelucharan Mohapatra.
Sikkil C. Gurucharan, born on June 21,1982 is the grandson of Sikkil Kunjumani, elder of the internationally acclaimed flautists, the Sikkil Sisters. Gurucharan has been under the tutelage of Vaigal S. Gnanaskandan and is currently being mentored by B. Krishnamurthy.
Akkarai Sisters, S Subhalakshmi and S Sornalatha, hail from a family with a rich background in Indian classical music. Their grandfather, Suchindram Shri S P Sivasubramanian, was a multifaceted musician renowned as a vocalist, violinist, and composer, and their grandmother R Sornambal was a Harikatha exponent. The sisters are the disciples of their father, Akkarai S Swamynathan, a veteran violinist and founder of the Swara Raga Sudha school of music.

IIM Ahmedabad launches ePGP course with Hughes as technology partner

The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) yesterday launched its e-Post Graduate Program in Management (ePGP), a two-year post graduate diploma program offered on Interactive Onsite Learning (IOL) platform, with Hughes Global Education as the technology partner.
A press release from IIMA said the objective of the program is to impart management education to junior, mid- and senior level professionals and entrepreneurs seeking skills and strategies to take their organizations to the next level.
The course, with over 800 classroom instruction hours, will provide the participants with skills for leadership in today’s knowledge economy through an innovative curriculum, it said.
During the first year of the program, the curriculum focuses on equipping participants with knowledge in various areas of management. Second year curriculum offers a range of electives to allow participants to explore management subjects in depth, it said.
The release said the ePGP would be a long-duration diploma program offered in hybrid learning mode, combining sessions delivered through Interactive Learning platform, class room based instruction, continuous evaluation, and mentored project work.
The program will comprise compulsory core courses during the first year followed by a bouquet of elective courses in the second year. Three campus modules are planned as integral parts of the program.
Hughes Global Education India Ltd. (HGEIL) is the education business subsidiary of Hughes Communication India Ltd (HCIL) and has pioneered ‘class apart learning’ in India for working executives, with more than 2500 students enrolling every year using technology since 2001.

IIM Bangalore launches incubation program for social ventures

The NS Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL) at IIM Bangalore (IIMB) has launched an incubation program for organisations engaged in solving problems affecting urban India in areas such as education, livelihood, health and financial inclusion.
The program, ‘NSRCEL Social’, aims to leverage the Centre’s experience to build successful not-for-profit social impact ventures, a press release from IIMB said.
It has invited applications for the first batch of change makers from registered not-for-profit organisations, which are between one and three years old.
The application process is open till January 31. Details can be seen here.
’NSRCEL Social’, in collaboration with Michael and Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF), involves high profile mentors from diverse fields (angel investors, software professionals, chartered accountants, NGO founders, and so on.). Its advisory committee comprises established non-profit and business leaders from areas such as investment banking, IT, advertising and social sectors and IIMB faculty.
The program aims to address the lack of an effective support system for early-stage non-profit organisations in areas of funding, legal advisory services and operations. It will nurture select early-stage organisations over the next two years, helping them become world-class non-profits that deliver impact with the help of a growing pool of philanthropic and CSR funds invested in them.
NSRCEL has been the hub of entrepreneurial activity at IIM Bangalore since 2002. It has been incubating, supporting and seeding commercial ventures in collaboration with IIM faculty, the student and alumni community, and the larger venture ecosystem outside. The centre has touched the lives of more tan 15000 entrepreneurs over the years, actively incubating 67 ventures that have created over 4500 jobs and cumulatively stand at a billion dollar valuation in 2016.

Cabinet gives ex-post facto approval for IISER, Berhampur Society

The Union Cabinet yesterday gave its ex-post facto approval for formation of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Berhampur Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
IISER, Berhampur will start functioning in a transit/temporary campus from the academic year 2016-17, which will involve a cost of Rs. I52.79 crore, for the initial three years (2016-19), and ex-post facto approval of starting the academic session of 2016-17 from  August 1, 2016.
The land is being given free of cost by the State Government. The Cabinet also approved creation of the post of Director of the Institute in the pay scale of Rs.80,000 (Fixed).
A Bill will be introduced, namely, the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Appendix-Ill) in Parliament for inclusion of IISER, Tirupati and IISER, Berhampur in the Second Schedule of National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (NITSER) Act, 2007 (29 of 2007) with such modifications/ changes of the drafting and consequential nature as may be considered by the Legislative Department.
The Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) have been declared as Institutes of National Importance under the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education & Research (NITSER) Act, 2012. 
These Institutes are envisaged to carry out research in frontier areas of science and to provide quality science education at the Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate level. 
Earlier, there were five IISERs at Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram. After coming to power, the present Government started an IISER at Tirupati in 2015.
To increase the presence of IISERs in various States/ geographical locations to cater to the need for quality education in science and research, the Union Finance Minister, in his Budget Speech in 2015 had announced setting up of an IISER in the State of Odisha.
Accordingly, the Cabinet approved the setting up of IISER Berhampur at the transit/ temporary campus at academic-cum-workshop building of the Government ITI, Berhampur. 
The student strength intake for this year in the BS-MS course is 60 which will progressively go up and the cumulative student strength is envisaged as 665 in the 3rd year, including MS Degree, MS-Ph.D, Ph.D and Post-Doctoral Fellowships.
The total cost of the project for temporary campus is Rs. 152.79 crores. EdCIL, a PSU of Ministry of HRD, Government of India has been asked to submit a proposal for preparation of detailed Project Report for the permanent campuses. Thereafter, the process for setting up of the campus would start.

Chevening Financial Services Fellowship applications open in India

Applications for fully-funded Chevening Standard Chartered Financial Services Fellowship are now open until 14 November 2016, a press release from the British High Commission said here today.
"Eight brilliant mid-career professionals working in the financial sector will be chosen for the 8 week fellowship programme that will be run at King’s College London," it said.
The programme scheduled to begin in June 2017 is customised to build expertise in specialist skills such as risk management, actuarial sciences, investment management and financial regulation which will increase the talent pool in the Indian market and provide a fillip to growth in the sector, the release said.
"Chevening India is pleased to present this excellent opportunity to Indians in partnership with the Standard Chartered Bank, one of UK’s largest banks," said.
Zarin Daruwala, CEO India, Standard Chartered Bank said: "We are delighted to partner with the UK government to create the Standard Chartered - Chevening Financial Services Leadership Programme for India."
"As a UK headquartered bank with a major presence in India, we are focussed on creating avenues that facilitate knowledge sharing across the two countries. We’ve worked closely with the Indian authorities and the British government, to support talented Indian professionals to benefit from UK universities’ world class expertise and in turn inform the development in India’s fast growing financial services industry. The programme will strengthen further cooperation between India and the UK (the world’s largest exporter of financial services) and help improve industry capability in both countries as India seeks to scale up its financial sector capabilities," she added.
According to the release, the objective is that the fellows return to their professional positions of influence and continue engagement with the UK to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in their field of work. 
"The fellowship will offer a high quality professional development opportunity which will provide specialist skills to encourage innovation and help improve industry capability in India," it said.
The fellowship is designed for mid-career professionals working in the financial sector who can potentially contribute to policy making and applications are encouraged from members of the Ministry of Finance and associated entities, financial regulators such as RBI, SEBI, IRDA, PFRDA etc, influential academics, think tanks, entrepreneurs particularly in areas such as financial technology & asset management and professionals from the government, public and private sector.
Applications for the fellowship can be made online here. More information is available here.

Cabinet okays establishment of an IIM in Jammu

The Union Cabinet today approved the establishment and operationalisation of an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Jammu in a transit/temporary campus at Old Government College of Engineering & Technology from the academic year 2016-17. 
The project will involve a cost of Rs. 61.90 crore in temporary campus for the initial four years from 2016 to 2020. 
The student strength intake for this year in the Post Graduate Diploma Programme (PGDP) in Management is 54 which will progressively go up to a cumulative student strength of 120 in the 4th year, an official press release said.
Meanwhile, steps would also be taken up for setting up campus at Jammu and an out-campus in Kashmir region. The Detailed Project Report for the permanent campuses is under preparation and thereafter the process for setting up of the campuses would start, it said.
The Cabinet also approved formation of an IIM Jammu Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. IIM Jammu will be run and managed by the Society with a Board of Governors (BOGs) to be constituted by the Government of India, which will administer the institute and would be responsible for establishment and operationalisation of the institute. 
"This is a part of Prime Minister’s development package for Jammu & Kashmir. The Institute coupled with opening of IIT at Jammu, modernization of NIT Srinagar and opening of two new AIIMS institutions, one each in Kashmir region and Jammu region, would go a long way in meeting the requirement of high quality living and education in Jammu & Kashmir," the release said.
Indian Institutes of Management are the country’s premier institutions imparting best quality education in management on globally benchmarked processes of education and training in management education and allied area of knowledge. 
At present, there are 19 IIMs. Out of these, 13 IIMs are located at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Indore, Kashipur, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Shillong, Tiruchirappalli, and Udaipur.
Another six IIMs which have been started in 2015 are located at Amritsar, Sirmaur, Nagpur, Bodh Gaya, Sambalpur and Visakhapatnam.

NIFT students to have international faculty on the lines of GIAN

Students of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) will soon have the opportunity of attending classes by international academicians at their campus in New Delhi.
Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani, addressing the 22nd Convocation of NIFT here yesterday, said it would entail no extra cost to the institute or the students.
This initiative would be on the lines of Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) in Higher Education, a programme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development that was launched on December 1, 2015 when Ms. Irani was the HRD Minister.
She said NIFT has been a small revolution that began 30 years ago. Congratulating the graduating students, she highlighted the achievement of two differently abled students – one of them, a girl student with hearing impairment who sat at the back of the class, lip-read and graduated with honours, and the other a boy who graduated with flying colours, despite having locomotor disability and having to travel a long distance to the institute by the metro rail every day.
The Minister urged the students to reflect on what they could leverage from the textile industry. She reminded the graduating students that, like doctors, fashion professionals also deal with the lives of common people every day.
Citing some recent research papers of the faculty members of NIFT, the Minister told the students that only they can decide as to whether they would like to contribute to sub-sectors such as technical textiles, which are of strategic significance to national development.
Ms Irani said that as a nation that prides in self-sufficiency, textile machinery is another area that needs strengthening and support.
Earlier, welcoming the audience, Director General, NIFT Sudhir Tripathi, spoke of the contributions of NIFT to the development of fashion education and industry and said that the institute provides students an intellectually stimulating environment.
Chairperson, Board of Governors – NIFT, Chetan Chauhan exhorted the graduating students to take their learning to the real world and create a globally relevant fashion environment in India.
In all, 325 graduating students received their degrees. These include four doctoral degrees, 92 post-graduate degrees and 229 undergraduate degrees. Distinguished members from Board of Governors, NIFT, leaders from the Indian fashion industry such as Mr Sunil Sethi, President, Fashion Design Council of India, and faculty members of NIFT were present on the occasion.

NEET-MDS for admission to MDS courses to be held from Nov 30-Dec 3

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for entrance to MDS Courses shall be conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) at 86 centres in 41 cities from November 30 to December 3, 2016.
An official press release said the examination shall be held as a computer based test and shall comprise 240 multiple choice questions from the BDS curriculum followed at dental colleges in India duly prescribed as per the Graduate Dental Education Regulation notified by Dental Council of India with prior approval of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.
NEET-MDS is a single window entrance examination for entry to dental post-graduate courses. No other examination either at state or institutional level conducted by dental colleges /institutions shall be valid as per the Dentists Act, 1948 with effect from 2017 admission session.
The release said NEET-MDS 2017 shall be the single eligibility-cum- entrance examination for admission to post-graduate dental courses for the academic session 2017-2018 which will include the following:
    i.    All India 50% quota seats for MDS courses (all states except Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Telangana)
    ii.    State quota seats for MDS courses for all States/Union territories of India (including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Telangana)
    iii.    MDS Diploma courses at all Private Dental Colleges, Institutions & Universities all across the country
    iv.    MDS courses at Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions.
The release said the website for NEET-MDS shall be available with effect from September 24 and online registration for the NEET-MDS shall commence from 0700hrs on Septemer 26 till October 31  (23:59hrs). The entire procedure for registration and application for the examination is online. 
Further details about the exam shall be available at the website of NBE, which is an autonomous organization established by Government of India in 1982 with the prime objective of conducting post graduate examinations on all India basis. 
The AIIMS, New Delhi dental institution is not covered by centralized admissions for MDS seats through NEET-MDS for the 2017 session, the release said.

NEET-PG for admission to post-graduate medical courses to be held from Dec 5-13

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for entrance to MD/MS/PG Diploma Courses will be conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) at 86 centres in 41 cities from December 5-13, 2016.
The examination shall be held as a computer based test and shall comprise 300 multiple choice questions from the MBBS curriculum followed at medical colleges in India duly prescribed as per the Graduate Medical Education Regulation notified by Medical Council of India with prior approval of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. 
NEET-PG is a single window entrance examination for entry to MD/MS/Post Diploma courses.  
No other entrance examination, either at state level or institutional level, conducted by medical colleges and institutions shall be valid as per the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 with effect from 2017 admission session, an official press release said.
The release said NEET-PG 2017 shall be a single eligibility-cum-entrance examination for admission to Postgraduate Medical Courses for the academic session 2017 which will include the following:
    i.    All India 50% quota seats for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses (all states except Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Telangana)
   ii.    State quota seats for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses for all States/Union territories of India (including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Telangana)
   iii.    MD/MS/PG Diploma courses at all Private Medical Colleges, Institutions & Universities/Deemed Universities all across the country
   iv.    MD/MS/PG Diploma courses at Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions.
    v.    DNB Broad specialty courses (January 2017 Admission Session)
The release said the website for NEET-PG shall be available with effect from 24/09/2016 and online registration for the NEET-PG shall commence from 0700hrs on 26/09/2016 till 31/10/2016 (23:59hrs).  The entire procedure for registration and application for the examination is online. 
Further details about the exam are available at the website of NBE, which is an autonomous organization established by Government of India in 1982 with the prime objective of conducting post-graduate examinations on all India basis.  
NBE also conducted the NEET-PG for MD/MS/PG Diploma admissions in 2013 and All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination (AIPGMEE) during the period 2014 – 2016. 
All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), Delhi,Post-Graduate Intitute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram are not covered by NEET PG, the release added.

Javadekar launches Param-Ishan supercomputer at IIT, Guwahati

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar launched the Param-Ishan supercomputing facility at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati here yesterday.
“It is a glad moment to launch the fastest and most powerful computer in northeastern, eastern and southern regions,” he said at the launch.
“The IITs are modern temples for development and we reiterated our commitment to give a big push to research and innovations by empowering the educational institutes to transform into higher seats of learning and platforms for advanced research.  A nation’s potential for growth today is evaluated on the quality of its research and development,” he added.
Prof. Gautam Biswas, Director, IIT Guwahati said Param-Ishan had power of 250 Teraflops and 300 terra bytes capacity. It will not only augment the research initiatives in the Institute, but also help in creating an ecosystem for attracting right talents to the field of research, he said.
Param-Ishan can be used in the application areas like Computational Chemistry, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Computational Electromagnetic, Civil Engineering Structures, Nana-block Self Assemble, Optimization, and so on, an official press release said.
North East India receives heavy rainfall during monsoon, which leads to flooding and landslides. Param-Ishan can be used for weather, climate modelling and seismic data processing, it said.
Mr. Vinay Sheel Oberai, Secretary, Department of Higher Education,  Prof. Rajat Moona, Director General, C-DAC, Pune, and Prof. S.V. Rao, Head, Computer Centre, IIT, Guwahati were also present at the launch.

CBSE to conduct UGC National Eligibility Test on January 22

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today said it would conduct the next University Grants Commission-National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) for Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Assistant Professor on January 22, 2017 at selected cities across India. 
A detailed notification will be made available on website by 15th October 2016, a press release from CBSE added.
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