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e-admission now at Sambalpur University

Sambalpur University

Sambalpur University

Despite Utkal University’s failed e-admission experiment last year, Sambalpur University (SU) has decided to replicate it. To start with, the university will conduct online admission for post graduate courses for 2013-14.

Confirming the move, SU Post Graduate Council chairman Shukadeb Naik said after admission dates are announced, students can log onto the varsity website. They can download the prospectus and submit the application online and upload their photo at the designated place. If a student makes any mistake, it can be edited easily. Students have to deposit fees in the given ‘Power Jyoti’ account number of the varsity. They will get a reference number, which they will have to write in their forms. They have to get a printout of the submitted form and send the hard copy along with photocopies of necessary documents to the PG department concerned for processing for their pre-admission entrance test. They can also download admit cards for the entrance.

“Students should check eligibility criteria properly before applying for any course as the varsity will not intimate if their forms are rejected on the eligibility grounds,” said Naik.

After the entrance test, list of successful candidates will be displayed in order of merit. Naik said students applying for multiple courses have to deposit separate application forms. E-governance cell of the varsity with the help of a private vendor is undertaking the e-admission process.

SU has 22 regular PG courses having sanctioned strength of 578 besides 12 self-financing courses with a students’ intake of 282. Around 3,000 students had applied for admission to various courses last year.

Utkal had introduced the mandatory e-admission process in the last academic year. However, after complaints of confusion and chaos by students as well as teachers, the varsity had to allow offline submission of forms and deposit of fees. Utkal had faced another major problem regarding collection of fee. Students were asked to deposit fees in the varsity account and attach its reference slip with the printout of application forms. A section of applicants allegedly made photocopies of the slips and used the same to apply for multiple departments, resulting in financial loss to the varsity, Utkal sources said.

Conceding to last year’s failure, Utkal PG Council chairman P K Mishra said this time corrective measures will be taken. “Students have to pay fees in the form of bank draft as was the practice during offline admission. They have to attach the original draft with the printouts of online submitted forms. There will be no direct deposit of fees by applicants in the varsity account,” Mishra said.(TOI) 

Ambedkar University starts admission process for PG courses

Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University

The Ambedkar University has started its admission process for post graduate aspirants. The online application process started on Monday and will continue till June 22.

The on campus application will start on May 27 and will continue till June 22. The university offers 15 postgraduate programmes and admission is on the basis of an entrance test.

The eligibility for admission to the MA programme is a Bachelor’s degree with 45% marks or equivalent grade from a recognized university.

Ambedkar University is a state university and 85% of its seats are reserved for applicants from Delhi. It was started by the Delhi Government in 2009 as a model university and offers courses in humanities and business administration. The university’s campus is at Kashmere Gate as well as Dwarka.

The admission to the undergraduate courses is yet to be opened. (HT)

BU withdraws affiliation to seven MEd colleges

National Council for Teacher Education

Bangalore University has withdrawn the affiliation for the year 2012-13 to seven MEd colleges. This comes after the National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE), Southern Regional Committee, recently withdrew its recognition to these colleges.

According to a press release from the university, the colleges that were issued notices based on BU Task Force’s recommendations are: Bangalore City College of Education, Kalyan Nagar, KIET BEd College, Bannerghatta Road, SJES College, Old Madras Road, St Paul’s College of Education, Pattegarapalya, Gold Field College of Education, Bangarpet, St Mehra’s College of Education, Banasawadi and Vijaya Teacher’s College in Jayanagar.

The release said that the NCTE, Southern Regional Committee, withdrew its recognition to these colleges under Section 59 (13) of the KSU Act, 2000, which states that sanction of affiliation is subject to prior approval of the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), Bar Council of India and NCTE.

“Further action will be taken by the university after due recognition from the NCTE,” the release said.

Meanwhile, the university has granted affiliation to 26 BEd colleges which were recommended for the same by the BU Task Force in its November report.

Bharath Education Society, Jayanagar, Janatha Shikshana Samsthe, Rajajinagar, Sri Sharada Education Trust, Ramanagaram are among the colleges that secured affiliation. (The New Indian Express) 

Symbiosis to offer one-year post graduate law course

law

The Symbiosis International University (SIU) announced that it would replace its two-year postgraduate (PG) law course with a one-year full time LLM course from academic year 2013-14. The new course will offer specialisation in six different areas of legal studies.

“We have restructured our PG courses and research programmes to suit the new one-year LLM study pattern, which is being promoted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) primarily to check the migration of Indian law graduates to foreign universities for their PG law studies,” SIU principal director Vidya Yeravdekar told TOI. “Law graduates from our own institution were migrating in large numbers to foreign universities,” she said.

Unlike in India, where LLM is a two-year course, universities in the US and Europe offer one-year PG law courses, which is an attractive option for students in terms of saving time and money. This has prompted the UGC to approve a one-year LLM course based on certain guidelines related to offering such a course in a two-semester or trimester pattern. The course will be offered only at universities and institutions which have PG law study centres. Credit system and focus on specialisation will be the other key features of the new course.

While the UGC has left it up to the universities whether or not to retain the two-year LLM course along with the new one, the SIU has decided to scrap its two-year course. “From 2013-14 onwards, we will offer only the one-year course through the Symbiosis Law School, which is a key constituent of the SIU,” Yeravdekar said.

In February, the SIU extended a formal shape to its PG law centre known as the Symbiosis Centre for Advance Law Studies and Research and has now brought all its PG and research programmes under this centre, she said.

Yeravdekar said, “The one-year LLM course will be interdisciplinary in approach, with an orientation for advanced studies and research of law. Students will have options in terms of specialisation, cross specialisation courses that combine innovation, legal acumen and theoretical insights. The course will have a total 26 credits. Of this, four credits will be for the compulsory component, six for optional courses and 10 for total courses. The total marks for the entire course will be 1,300.”

The specialisation studies will cover business and corporate law, constitutional and administrative law, innovation, science and technology law, legal pedagogy and research, criminal and security law and human rights. The student intake for the one-year course will be 60 seats and admissions will be based on a national entrance examination and assessment in the form of group exercises, personal interactions and writing samples, she said. (TOI)

Russian govt universities to conduct seminar in various courses

Russian government universitiesThe Russian government universities will be conducting a free seminar and spot registrations for MBBS, post graduate, engineering and masters in business administration courses on April 15 at hotel Le Meridien.

“Delegates from the international students’ department of Russian state universities, along with ‘Edurussia’, which is the authorized admission department of the Russian state and government universities in India, are organizing a free seminar and counseling session for students, who want to pursue MBBS, masters in dentistry, master of science, bachelor in dental surgery (BDS) and MDS, engineering undergraduate and masters, and MBA in international business in Russian state and government universities,” a press statement stated here.

At the seminar, Russian delegates along with Manoj Patki of Edurussia, India chapter, will guide the students. Students who have cleared their higher secondary certificate examination or are awaiting results can attend the programme.

“All the admissions are processed according to the rules of the Medical Council of India and Dental Council of India. Sending students to Russia for higher education is a wise and safe decision since Indo-Russian ties have always been friendly, with close co-operation in various strategic areas like science and research, trade, defense and space programs,” Patki stated in the release.

Medical PG seat sold for Rs 2 crore

medical colleges

The price of post-graduate (PG) medical seats has skyrocketed like never before, thanks to the uncertainty about the admissions procedure this year.

The seats in management quota are being sold for a whopping sum of between Rs 1 crore and Rs 2 crore even before the results of the first-ever national common entrance test (Neet-PG) or the state government conducted PG medical entrance test (PGMet) are announced.

With utter confusion prevailing over the applicability of Neet-PG or PGMet this year, the managements of medical colleges and educational consultants /brokers have joined hands to exploit the situation to their maximum advantage.

Students in the state have opted for both Neet and PGMet. With the Neet case pending in the Supreme Court, the results that were scheduled to be announced in January this year were withheld.

The state government, which opposes Neet, has conducted its own PGMet in March. But a Supreme Court directive prohibits it from announcing the results till the court delivers its final verdict on Neet.

While there are only 1,200 PG medical seats available in the state, around 30,000 students are competing for these seats.

The new phenomenon in the admissions racket this year is the involvement of ‘meritorious students’ to block the seats first and then ‘vacate’ those seats later by charging Rs 25 lakh. This deal is being handled by educational consultants/ brokers.

The brokers apply for management quota seats in all the private colleges on behalf of meritorious students who score over 80-90 per cent marks, which guarantee them a seat. They offer the student up to Rs 25 lakh to vacate the seat and later strike a deal with another student and sell him/her the vacated seat for Rs 1-2 crore depending on the demand.

Biju Patnaik University of Technology starts five M.Tech courses

Biju Patnaik University of Technology

The Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) has started five new PG courses in engineering from the coming academic session.

The M. Tech courses are in power system engineering, mechanical design, biotechnology, VLSI and embedded system and computer science and engineering. There will be 18 seats in each course. These courses will run at the College of Engineering and Technology (CET), Bhubaneswar, till proper infrastructure is developed at the BPUT campus in Rourkela, said minister of employment and technical education and training Pratap Keshari Deb.

“The government has been taking several steps to improve the quality of technical education in the state by bringing reforms in the examination system, following strict guidelines for admission and seat fill-up, recruitment of teachers and opening new courses,” Deb said. (TOI)

Gauhati Medical College and Hospital to start new PG courses

Gauhati Medical College and Hospital

Gauhati Medical College and Hospital

The Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) is going to start post-graduate courses in pulmonary and emergency medicine from the next academic session.

Facilities for post-graduate courses in these two subjects are available in selected institutions of the country and GMCH now is proud to introduce these courses for the first time in the entire northeast.

Principal of GMCH Kabul Saikia said, “We had given a proposal to Medical Council of India (MCI) for starting PG courses in emergency and pulmonary medicine long ago. After this, an MCI team visited the hospital in January for conducting inspection. The team visited the hospital again for conducting inspection regarding pulmonary medicine in March. Recently, it gave us the approval for starting pulmonary medicine course from the next academic session, which will start from June.”

Saikia said there will be two seats for each subject both in MD emergency medicine and in MD pulmonary medicine. “Earlier, there were no PG courses in these subjects due to lack of proper facilities. Now, students can opt for these subjects just like other subjects and we will get specialized doctors in these two fields. At present, there are PG courses in 19 subjects and seven super-speciality subjects,” he added. He said, “We are now arranging rooms for conducting classes and carrying out practical classes. A high-tech toxology lab will be constructed where students can carry out research and tests to diagnose the disease of patients.” (TOI) 

UP Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination postponed, examination on April 21

Uttar Pradesh Post Graduate Medical Entrance ExaminationThe Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday decided to postpone the UP Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination by three weeks.

After issuance of a formal government order, the website of King George’s Medical University (www.kgmu.edu.in/uppgmee2013/) which was holding the exam also displayed information regarding the postponement. It stated that UPPGMEE is postponed till further notice. Confirming this, director general medical education, Dr KK Gupta informed that the exam will now be held on April 21.

The decision comes after medical university students who were protesting for the last one week entered into an agreement with representatives of the Lucknow district administration in the early hours of Tuesday. While district administration officials lauded themselves stating that they were able to convince the students, a section of the striking students were threatened to back out or face problems in their career.

Stating that NEET was better than the state medical entrance exam, the students were demanding cancellation of the exam. NEET is organized by the Medical Council of India (MCI) on the instructions of the Union ministry of health and family welfare, but the exam got stuck into a legal battle initiated by some state governments and private colleges. The case is pending in the apex court. (TOI)

HC clears way for 16 PG Government Medical College seats

Medical Council of India

The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court cleared the way for 16 postgraduate seats at the Government Medical College (GMC) here. A division bench of Justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Arun Chaudhari quashed and set aside MCI’s December 28, 2012, decision that had rejected the proposal of these colleges to increase PG seats. MCI was directed to treat all applications submitted by the college from the ensuing academic year.

The petition was filed by IMA president Dr Harish Chandak through counsel Bhanudas Kulkarni. According to Kulkarni, GMC had submitted an application to increase PG seats on May 30 last year with all required documents and inspection fee of Rs8 lakh. It included seven seats of orthopaedics, and three seats each of forensic medicine, skin and venereology, and radio diagnosis. Though it is mandatory to intimate rejection within 30 days, MCI did not do so.

The GMC received MCI’s reply on January 7 that mentioned that its application would not be processed because of the deficiency that the letter of consent of affiliation from the MUHS was submitted after the last date. Though the GMC resubmitted appeal on January 8, MCI failed to respond, he argued. Kulkarni stated that each of this seat costs about Rs1.5 crore in private college and many poor and middle class students would benefit from court’s decision. (TOI)