IIMs expect 10% Rise in Applicants this Year

Indian Institutes of Management are expecting an increased number of registrations for the Common Admission Test 2013 (CAT 2013) due to an increase in the number of seats. Around 115 seats have been added taking the total seats across 13 IIMs to 3,335.

The organizers also expect a bigger participation by female candidates as IIMs have started giving extra points during admissions to women.

From this year, CAT has introduced e-vouchers, but sale of physical vouchers will also continue. Moreover, four more cities have been added to the list of 36 where CAT 2013 is to be conducted.

After gradual decline in the number of CAT takers for over five years, last year the number of registration increased marginally with a total registration of 2,14,068. Due to increase in number of seats as well as the gradual increase in interest for MBA, IIMs are expecting a 10% increase in registration. “The IIMs are preparing for more students to appear for CAT 2013 as they will have greater chances for admission,” said Rohit Kapoor, CAT 2013 convenor.

Going by the trend and IIMs initiative to give extra points to woman candidates, their number is also expected to increase this year. The number of women appearing for CAT has been steadily increasing-from 53,700 in 2010 to 56,000 in 2011. For 2012, more than 60,800 women appeared for the CAT.

The registration window for CAT 2013 will start from August 5. “New to this year’s CAT is the option to buy vouchers electronically. Details about online payment of fees will be made available on the website, www.cat2013.iimidr.ac.in, from 5 pm on August 3. Candidates can also buy vouchers for registration and scheduling from designated Axis Bank branches from August 5 to September 24,” said Kapoor.

This year CAT is being coordinated by IIM, Indore. The results will be declared on January 14, 2014.

Similar to last year’s exam, CAT 2013 will have two sections. The first will focus on quantitative ability and data interpretation and the second on verbal ability and logical reasoning. The two sections will be implemented sequentially with separate time limits. The examination will be for140 minutes.

‘BITS-Pilani has the right formula for Board results’

Yash Mehrotra scored 191 in JEE (Main) and 92.1% in AP Board. Normalization put paid to his hopes of a seat in an NIT. He’s finally joined a private IT college in Noida. He spoke to TOI. Excerpts:

Were you expecting normalization to end your dreams?

No. The normalization formula came after the Class XII result. Before that we’d thought with my Class XII marks and JEE (Main) score, I’d rank in the 10,000-range. But normalization changed all that.

Will you appear for the exam next year?

No point unless normalization’s removed. This year, students from Andhra Board had no chance of getting a rank within 20,000 without a 97% in class XII. In my school, barely 10 out of 200 students were within 20,000. I’m hugely disappointed.

What changes should be made?

Overemphasis on Class XII could result in neglecting JEE (Main). Normalization shouldn’t be used. Now engineering aspirants will study English or French to score additional marks. Instead, cut-off should be used like BITS, Pilani does.

Courtesy:The Times Of India

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RTE admission rises in Indore, 12,500 students admitted under RTE in third round

Admission rate under the Right to Education (RTE) has improved in the schools of Indore district after the completion of third round, said official sources here. At the end of the third round, admission to nearly 12,500 seats has been given in Indore district.

According to official figures, admission doubled at the end of second round. RTE in-charge AK Bendwal informed that as many as 12,479 seats have been filled by the end of third round and the figure stood at 5,989 at the end of second round. Bendwal said that the total number of seats also increased to about 21,900 and an overall surge was observed.

Around 1,875 schools were covered in rural and urban schools of Indore under the RTE. In the third round, about 6,200 applications were received. However, more than 9,365 seats are still lying vacant. Sources said that by the end of the second round, 31.7% admission was registered.
Notably, senior officials of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and education department had held a review meeting in the last week of June. District education officer (DEO) Sanjay Goyal said that better admission rate in the second round was the result of their review meetings.

He said, “We held many review meetings with officials concerned and delved into the matter. We also held meetings with school principals and even issued notices to a few of them, who were not showing interest in admitting children.” tnn

Goyal further said that the issue of outstanding reimbursement dues to private schools was also taken up during the meetings and schools have been briefed about the online procedure to apply for reimbursement. He adds, “We will try to fill vacant seats as well and it is in our prime agenda.”

The fourth round of admission is also expected but no official date has been announced in this regard. According to official data, admission to 18,219 seats was given against total 38,227 seats in Indore division comprising eight districts by the end of the second round of admission under RTE.

ISRO All Set to Step-Up in Mars

As India prepares to launch its Rs. 450 crore mission to Mars this year, a top space official said the country’s first martian odyssey — that has attracted some criticism — is not just for pride but for undertaking “meaningful research”.

K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), also debunked perception in some quarters that the Mars Orbiter mission around the red planet, that’s just three months away, is primarily a “feel-good” package to just pat ourselves on the back.

“It’s not for pride because the exploration of Mars has its own scientific value and possibly a future habitat which people are talking about…may be 20 years…30 years from now…it’s possible”, he said in an interview, referring to the colonisation angle.

India will be the sixth country to launch a mission to Mars after the U.S., Russia, Europe, Japan and China. ISRO says the primary objectives are to demonstrate India’s technological capability to send a satellite to orbit around Mars and conduct meaningful experiments such as looking for signs of life, take pictures of the red planet and study Martian environment.

“What’s the most interesting question on Mars? Life. So, we talk about Methane…which is of biological origin or geological origin. So, we have a methane sensor plus a thermal infrared spectrometer. These two together should be able to give some information”, said Mr. Radhakrishnan, who is also Secretary in the Department of Space.

Critics of the Indian Mars mission wondered whether the country can afford huge costs for this space voyage. The Mars satellite, which would be launched on board Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-XL), will carry compact science experiments, totalling a mass of 15 kg. There will be five instruments to study Martian surface, atmosphere and mineralogy.

After leaving earth orbit in November, the spacecraft will cruise in deep space for 10 months using its own propulsion system and will reach Mars (Martian transfer trajectory) in September 2014. The 1350 kg spacecraft subsequently is planned to enter into a 372 km by 80,000 km elliptical orbit around Mars.

“We want to look at environment of Mars for various elements like Deuterium-Hydrogen ratio. We also want to look at other constituents — neutral constituents”, Mr. Radhakrishnan said.

“There are several things which Mars will tells us, this is what the scientific community thinks about the life on Mars”, he said, adding that scientists started taking interest on Mars from the 18th century onwards. “Our (Mars mission) experiments are planned in such a way that you can decide when you want to put on each of these systems”, Mr. Radhakrishnan said.

“If we succeed (in the mission), it positions India into group of countries who will have the ability to look at Mars. In future, certainly, there will be synergy between various countries in such exploration. That’s taking place. That time India will be a country to be counted”, he said.

We can all be leaders, University of Pennsylvania Professor says

Leadership education — how far can it be taught? We all have innate leadership abilities and a capacity to lead. Through structured processes we can all enhance our level of leadership. This is part of leadership education that makes work in this area so personally rewarding. Students are seeing how they can make their best contribution in the world. To be effective, leaders must first know themselves. How do books or leadership programmes teach this? Each of us has some level of ability in leadership. What we can teach is how to enhance this capacity to lead, and the capacity to help others lead. Author Warren Bennis notes that selfknowledge is the first step in understanding. A great start to self-knowledge is to know three things: our core values, our strengths and the way we can work most effectively (e.g., how we engage with information and make decisions, whether we do our best work on a team or as a solo contributor ). This is where we begin in leadership education. These days there is more emphasis on leadership development at the undergraduate education level? Why so, given the fact that only a handful, in the world, makes it to leadership positions? The wonderful thing is that we can all lead at whatever level we are in the organisation, with whatever title we have and age that we are. We don’t need the title ‘leader’ or ‘CEO’ in order to exercise leadership. One definition of leadership according to Stephen Covey is ‘knowing what to do and doing it.’

I like to think that part of leadership is finding out where we can make our most effective contribution to the world. In these senses, we can all be leaders, some traditional and some less traditional, according to individual style. You recently conducted a workshop for class XII students titled ‘decisionmaking, persuasion and influence.’ What was the workshop feedback? The students were bright, involved and excited to learn about a subject that spanned the disciplines of management science, applied mathematics and game theory, social psychology , political science and behavioural economics. It was an entirely interdisciplinary session that used experiential learning as a means of accessing the intellectual material. How can students maximise their leadership potential? Please share a few important pointers. General advice: Know yourself and find out where you can make your most effective contribution to the planet. It is that sense of ‘detecting our mission’ that was noted by the psychoanalyst and author Viktor Frankl. Effectively using power is another important trait.

With regard to career: find the career that combines your competence, with passion and meaning. If your work doesn’t have meaning, it will be difficult to maintain your contributions over time.

School Boards Will Stay Till State Repeals Education Act

The Bombay HC on Friday clarified that school boards will continue till the state legislature repeals the Maharashtra Primary Education Act.

A division bench of Justice V M Kanade and Justice K R Shriram was hearing a petition by members of a primary education school board from Pune, urging a stay on the July 1 ordinance. They said the ordinance’s preamble states that the Maharashtra Primary Education Act provisions are inconsistent with the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act provisions and the former Act has been repealed, thus dissloving school boards. The HC was informed that children’s education will suffer in absence of a caretaker body to manage primary education affairs till a new body takes over.

Petitioner’s advocates Anil Anturkar and Sugandh Deshmukh submitted that the boards can continue as per the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act and it will not affect the continuation of the school boards by the repeal ordinance. Government pleader Sandeep Shinde said the boards are dissolved by the ordinance and a n independent machinery is in place under the RTE under RTE. The HC said the boards can continue as per MMC Act. – Rosy Sequeira”This arrangement can continue till the legislature passes the appropriate act for repealing the Maharashtra Primary Education Act,” said Justice Kanade.

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India is to achieve 80% literacy rate by 2015: Govt

India is to achieve 80% literacy rate in the next two years. This was stated by the HRD minister, MM PallamRaju, while inaugurating an international conference on achieving literacy for all. The literacy rate of India is 73% at present as per the 2011 Census.
 
Raju said that more than 20 crore people have become literates since the last Census of 2001 out of which more than half of them are females. To achieve the goal of 80% literacy by 2015, the minister said that the HRD Ministry is restructuring the entire adult education system in the country with a paradigm shift to lifelong education. He announced that an appropriate administrative and if required legislative process will be initiated to integrate formal, non-formal and informal learning and to formally recognize forms of education other than formal. He clarified that recognition, validation and accreditation of learning obtained through adult education will be formalized by setting up equivalency framework.
 
Stressing on the fact that the Government is keen to improve the quality of adult learning, the HRD minister added that a core curriculum framework for adult education has been developed and is currently undergoing consultative process. The framework will address total quality management in adult literacy. Full support will be given to adult education by providing adequate resources including funding, research complemented by knowledge management systems and through other innovative means including use of computer ICT as a medium of instruction, he added.
 
The UN resident coordinator Lise Grande complimented India for fighting illiteracy and making achievements in the field of education sector. However, she said that India should continue with its struggle against illiteracy. More than 70 crore people globally do not know reading, writing and arithmetic and most of them are in India, China, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
 
The three-day conference will focus on effective, innovative approaches to scale up literacy, reduce gender disparities and create a literate world. The conference has been organised by National Literacy Mission Authority (NLMA), India along with UNESCO and UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL).

4,500 Class XI Seats Vacant in Government Schools

On the end of the third day of the second counselling session for admissions to Class XI in government schools, nearly 8,000 forms were taken by students who wish to apply for admissions and those who wish to change the school or stream. Officials in the education department said nearly 4,500 seats in the general and reserved category are lying vacant in all streams in the 37 government schools.

 According to the tentative list issued by the UT education department, there are 969 seats lying vacant in the science stream in all schools, including 396 seats in the general category. In the commerce stream, there are 400 seats, out of which 165 are for the general category. In humanities, there are 2,600 seats lying vacant of which 1,123 are in the general category. There are 700 vacant seats in the general category.