Last Date to Apply for JEE Main 2014 Extended Till January 6

The news could delight those students who were looking for an extension in the filling of application for IIT-JEE 2014 as the concerned regulatory authority CBSE has decided to extend the last date of online submission of JEE Main 2014 application form from December 26, 2013 to January 6, 2014. According to reports from various sources JEE Main 2014 has been scheduled to be conducted on April 6 in the offline mode and on April 9, 11, 12 and 19 in the online mode.

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 The extension of the deadline is a big relief for students who have not submitted their JEE Main 2014 application form yet. They now have about 10 more days in hand to apply for the exam.

 The same can be accessed at CBSE Official Site at http://goo.gl/F4ZAL2

About IIT-JEE: Admission criteria to Undergraduate #Engineering Programs at NITs, IIITs, Other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions, Institutions funded by participating State Governments, and other Institutions shall include the performance in the class 12/equivalent qualifying Examination and in the Joint Entrance Examination, JEE (Main). The Paper-1 (B. E./B. Tech.) of JEE (Main) will also be an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take if he/she is aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programmes offered by the IITs.

The States of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Nagaland and Odisha have joined JEE (Main) system. Therefore, the candidates seeking admission to the institutions in these states, which were earlier admitting based on their State Level Examination, are also advised to fill in the JEE (Main) – 2014 application form online.

Celebration of School Fete at SelaQui International School

A school carnival or a fete as it was twenty years ago is quite different from what it is today. The present system of education has witnessed a gradual acceptance of co-curricular activities as a part of the main curriculum and therefore the expression ‘extra¬curricular’ activities is looked upon as a kind of blasphemy in the context of modern schools. If we look at the advertisements of most evolving international schools, the reference to ‘co-curricular activities’ (not ‘extra’) as a part of the learning experience is given supreme priority to attract customers, err… parents.

Our school being no exception to the same organized a school fete with the help of an active participation of teachers & students on the 19th Dec’13.So, the students set up colorful stalls with different kinds of games to attract the children and as they started arriving in groups led by school authorities, the joy and gratitude on the faces of these children started overpowering us emotionally. The joy on the face of a child as he was lifted by our teacher to shoot at the balloons was priceless.

The kids started having a ball at the various stalls, be it trying to light ten candles with the same matchstick or bowling all the stumps with one ball. They tremendously enjoyed the program  that the school music and drama teams put up to entertain them. The food stalls which catered to their needs added to the charm of the event.

A fete would be no occasion for fun with friends unless it has this sense of purpose in itself, love and joy for the neighbor who craves for the bliss that we take for granted!

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The Chairman, Vice Chairman, Headmaster along with the teachers and students proceeding towards the gate for the inauguration of the ‘School Fete’.

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The greatness of our Chairman Mr. Om Pathak can be witnessed here………………………….. He handed over the privilege of inaugurating the ‘FETE’ by honoring his own school child to do so.

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A lot many stalls were organized by the teachers’ one of such being the ‘Chinese stall’, the all-time favorite menu of children.

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The children all gathered here to try their hand on the art of striking at the target.

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The maximum strength of students being seen at their favorite eating spots: Chaat & Chinese Stall.

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OMG! This Mickey here is playing a foolery around, thinking of what to do next???????

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Look here is the complete gang of Mickey & his friends namely Chota Bheem & Santa.
The students of class XI all are feeling the privileged of having a click with these funny characters.
The fact stands that “Children are after all Children” and they find fun in all such things.

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One can see the voluntary contribution of teachers who prepared ‘Pav Bhaji’ for the students.

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This is the actual fun, students dancing around expressing their joy n happiness.

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One can see the smiles & the joy that our respective Heads of the Institution portray, highlighting the fact that Grown –ups love to mingle with the children & feel the pleasure of doing such things as children do.

Understanding Asian Graduate Student Fellowships Program in Singapore, 2014

The Asia Research Institute of NUS invites applications for Asian graduate student fellowships from citizens of Asian countries. The fellowship is offered to graduate students doing their Master’s or PhD degrees and enrolled for a full time advanced degree at a university in an Asian country. Duration of fellowship is for a period of six (6) weeks and covers pro-rated monthly allowance, reimbursement for cost of training employment pass and visa fees, airfare, access to library and computer resources on campus and 3 working days of leave. Application should be emailed by 15 November 2013.

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Study Subject (s): The fellowship is awarded in the humanities and social sciences on Southeast Asian topics at NUS in Singapore.
Course Level: This fellowship is available for pursuing graduate degree level at the Asia Research Institute of NUS in Singapore.
Scholarship Provider: The Asia Research Institute of NUS
Scholarship can be taken at: Singapore

Eligibility: –The Asia Research Institute of NUS invites applications from citizens of Asian countries enrolled for a full time advanced degree at a university in an Asian country (except Singapore) for consideration for the award of Asian Graduate Student Fellowships.
-These fellowships are offered to current graduate students doing their Master’s or PhD degrees and working in the Humanities and Social Sciences on Southeast Asian topics and will allow the recipients to be based at NUS.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Citizens of Asia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, China, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, North, Korea, South, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen) are eligible for this graduate fellowship.

Scholarship Description: The aim of the fellowship is to enable scholars to make full use of the wide range of resources held in the libraries of NUS and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. Scholars will be expected to commence on 16 May 2014 and to make a presentation on their work at a “Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies” to be organized at the end of June 2014.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): The duration of fellowship is for a period of six (6) weeks.

What does it cover? Successful candidates can expect the following benefits:
1) A pro-rated monthly allowance based on SGD1, 250
2) Reimbursement for cost of Training Employment Pass and Visa fees.
3) A one-time round trip travel subsidy by the most economical and direct route (via budget airline if available) on a reimbursement basis upon being accepted for the fellowship.
4) Access to library and computer resources on campus.
5) 3 working days of leave.

Selection Criteria: Not Known

Notification: Not Known

How to Apply: The mode of applying is electronically.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is 15 November 2013.

A Beautiful Poem Written by Abhay Pratap Singh

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Invitation for SIS Founder’s Day, 2013

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SelaQui International School would like to invite you all for our Founder’s Day to be held on 30 October, 2013 at our campus located in Selaqui, Dehradun.

Please find below the schedule for the event:

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Soon, CBSE Schools to be Graded..!

In an attempt to ensure quality education to Indian students, the federal agency Central Board of secondary Education (CBSE) is all set to introduce a new grading system for all the schools that are affiliated with the governing body. Some of the few parameters on the basis of which the schools will be graded are:

  • Academics
  • Basic infrastructure,
  • Sports and extra-curricular facilities
  • Qualification of teachers
  • Overall performance in results and many more

While on the one side parents are overwhelmingly welcoming this move teachers and school authorities are of the opinion that it may spark a sense of competition among schools as each school will want a higher grade for their organization.

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  A Report from Times of India says “It has both positive and negative aspects. It will certainly end confusion and difficulties for parents, who go through a tough time while searching for a good school for their kids’ admission. But I also feel it would increase our problems too. Every parent and student would like to go to A graded school and it won’t be very tough to get admission in these school,” said Isha Malhotra, a parent and resident of Kitchlu Nagar.

Mona Singh, principal of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, said, “It will ultimately lead to an unhealthy competition. As CBSE will examine performances of schools, students would certainly be under pressure to perform and give their best. CBSE has been making efforts to give a stress-free environment to students, but such initiatives will add to the stress factor.”

According to reports from various sources a minimum marks of 15% for each category and an aggregate mark of 75% is mandatory for a school to achieve the higher rungs in the ladder and grading of schools will be done in every five years.

Schools Defy CBSE Directions…..!

The news could dissapoint those parents and individuals who are looking for a transparency in the administration of schools in India as despite being told repeatedly by the CBSE Schools aere defying its request of uploading data to their website. It is important to underline here that last month CBSE had mandated that every school should have a website and the website should be accompanies with relevant information related to teacher’s fee, total expenditure, income and so on.

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The deadline for the same was 15th September 2013 however not many schools have complied with the norms. According to reports from sources Sacred Heart Convent School, BRS Nagar;Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar;  Kundan Vidya Mandir; Bharti Vidya Mandir and Bal Bharti Public School are some of the prominent schools which have not updated their websites as per the instructions of the CBSE.Some schools that have updated their website found to have updated bague and complex details that is tough for parents to determine the exact salary of their teachers.

Parents from across the city said they were waiting for the day when they can check and compare the facilities and fee structures of all the schools.

Manish Sharma, a resident of Civil Lines, said, “I was curious about fee structure, salaries of teachers, but the information updated on school websites is not at all clear. Many schools have just done the formality by updating pay scale of the teaching facility. It seems like schools have updated their websites for the CBSE, not for the parents.”

Lok Sabha Gives Nod to Aviation University Bill…!

In a latest move in the Indian education sector the lower house of Indian Parliament(Lok Sabha)on Friday passed the Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University Bill, 2013, which aims to set up the institution as an autonomous body to train a skilled workforce for the sector’s growth.

The institution will be set up in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh, the parliamentary constituency of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh moved the bill which was passed after a short discussion.

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The university will cost around Rs 200 crore. According to the bill, skilled and competent workforce is essential to create a safe and efficient aviation industry.

The university aims to facilitate and promote aviation studies, teaching, training and research with focus on emerging areas of studies such as aviation management, aviation regulation and policy.

It will also focus on aviation history, aviation science and engineering, aviation law, aviation safety and security, aviation medicine, search and rescue, transportation of dangerous goods, environmental studies and other related fields, and also to achieve excellence in these and connected fields in emerging areas and such areas as may emerge in future.

The university will also be a knowledge partner to safety and security regulators by providing required academic inputs to help them execute their enforcement responsibility better.

‘United Kingdom Looking to Collaborate with Universities in Punjab’

 While the debate in India continues over the United Kingdom’s visa norms getting stricter by the day and widespread criticism over its proposed “visa bond” scheme remains, British deputy high commissioner to India Davit Lelliott said his country wished to see more of Indian students. “The UK is looking at a range of collaborations with universities in Punjab,” Lelliott told TOI. The British diplomat said the commission was in talks with institutions like the Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar, which he visited along with a delegation of Indian and British students, to tie up for collaborative projects and student exchange programmes. “Just as we love to see British students spending time in India, we would like to see more of Indian students coming to the UK,” he said. Lelliott also said that the UK was open to business tie-ups with India and collaborations with Punjab on clean energy programmes. On the UK’s stringent visa norms that have recently led to a decline in the number of Indian students migrating to Britain, the diplomat said the “visa bond” scheme only aimed to target “illegal immigrants”. “The visa bond is a pilot project that applies to only a small proportion of students migrating to the UK. It is only to check high risk visitors and not meant to deter the Indian student population,” Lelliott said. He added that a majority of visitors – the “right” student population – would not have to pay the bond. UK’s recent proposal to levy a £3,000 security bond to visitors from ‘high-risk countries’ to obtain visas has drawn harsh criticism from south Asian countries. Comparing the two nations, Lelliott said being in India was entirely about experiencing the hospitality. “While visiting UK means being outdoors and exploring, it is more of being in homes and experiencing the culture in India,” he said. On his third visit to Panjab University, Lelliott also delivered a talk on business prospects in UK to an audience of British and Indian students. The deputy high commission office in Chandigarh caters to the UT, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan.

Hunt For the Origin of Life: Scientists Recreate Big Bang in Lab

In a  new endevor to find the origin of life Scientists have successfully simulated the radiation created by the Big Bang – in just ten milliseconds – in a lab, to better understand how structure evolved in the early universe.

Physicists at the University of Chicago reproduced a pattern resembling the cosmic microwave background radiation using ultracold cesium atoms in a vacuum chamber.

“This is the first time an experiment like this has simulated the evolution of structure in the early universe,” said Cheng Chin, professor in physics.

Extensive measurements of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) – the echo of the Big Bang – provided cosmologists with a snapshot of how the universe appeared approximately 380,000 years following the Big Bang, which marked the beginning of our universe, researchers said.

It turns out that under certain conditions, a cloud of atoms chilled to a billionth of a degree above absolute zero in a vacuum chamber displays phenomena similar to those that unfolded following the Big Bang, lead author Chen-Lung Hung, now at the California Institute of Technology, said.

“At this ultra-cold temperature, atoms get excited collectively. They act as if they are sound waves in air,” he said.

The dense package of matter and radiation that existed in the very early universe generated similar sound-wave excitations.

The synchronised generation of sound waves correlates with cosmologists’ speculations about inflation in the early universe.

“Inflation set out the initial conditions for the early universe to create similar sound waves in the cosmic fluid formed by matter and radiation,” Hung said.

The sudden expansion of the universe during its inflationary period created ripples in space-time in the echo of the Big Bang, researchers said.

One can think of the Big Bang, in oversimplified terms, as an explosion that generated sound, Chin said.

The universe simulated in Chin’s laboratory measured no more than 70 microns in diameter, approximately the diameter as a human hair.

“It took the whole universe about 380,000 years to evolve into the CMB spectrum we’re looking at now. But the physicists were able to reproduce much the same pattern in approximately 10 milliseconds in their experiment,” Chin said.

The study was published in the journal Science Express.