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    Monday, August 26th, 2013
    3:41 pm
    DU SOL UG Admission opens till September 2
    University of Delhi, online and offline options are open for students. Admissions to the undergraduate programmes at the School of Learning (SOL), Delhi University, are on till September 2.

    SOL gets more students than regular DU colleges and it is only fair that we too get to study under the FYUP system than the old three-year undergraduate system.

    Every year, close to 1.5 lakh students take admission in SOL. SOL conducts five undergraduate programmes — BA, B.Com, B.Com (Hons), BA (Hons) political science and BA (Hons) English literature.

    Online admissions have made the admission process transparent. We have managed to create a database of students and because we are connected with the CBSE, NIOS, other major state boards, all information is verified through the computer , which doesn't allow ineligible or fraudulent students to take admission.

    When students take admission through the online registration process for the first time, they will be allotted an SOL roll number.

    They will have to fill in the basic details such as valid email id and mobile number.

    The gateway for payments and fee transactions is the State Bank of India (SBI). Students can pay the registration fee through debit or credit cards.

    Students can fill in their details in the first go, get themselves registered on the SOL website and get the challan printed from the SOL website. They can take this challan to any of the nearby branch of SBI in any part of India/Delhi and deposit their fee over there. Payment details will be automatically updated at SOL by the soft data sent by SBI by the next working day. Students can take print out of the receipt and exam form and post it to SOL.
    Monday, August 19th, 2013
    3:23 pm
    New FYUP yet to be introduced at DU SOL
    It is strange that even though Delhi University’s programmes have been given a facelift, nothing has been done for the SOL or NCWEB courses.

    SOL gets more students than regular DU colleges and it is only fair that we too get to study under the FYUP system than the old three-year undergraduate system.

    SOL or School of Open Learning is Delhi University solution for students who prefer distance learning. The correspondence courses from the institute are a popular preference for students who want to immediately work after school while they also earn a degree. It is also an option for those who do not have a very high percentage that might be sufficient for them to earn admission in their choice of course in a regular college. However, the best part about SOL has been the fact that despite the fact that you are doing a correspondence course, the degree is the same as other colleges and is awarded by the Delhi University.

    In the interest of students, the university administration, for quite a while to approve FYUP for School of Open Learning too. Even though we are still awaiting administrative approval on the matter, it is not fair on lakhs of students who come and seek admission here.

    However, university officials said that it was the large number of students in SOL that was proving to be a deterrent.

    Over 2 lakh students seek admission in SOL. Bringing such a big number of students under FYUP is a challenge that is different from managing a few thousand in regular colleges.
    Friday, August 16th, 2013
    4:03 pm
    Why to choose Ignou for Correspondence?
    Students have a lot of confusion before choosing an open university for education. Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou) Offers distance education degree programs in arts, science, commerce, social sciences and information technology. Ignou offers following facility for students:

    Special Features:

    • International jurisdiction

    • Flexible admission rules

    • Individualized study: flexibility in terms of place, pace and duration of study

    • Use of latest information and communication technologies

    • Nationwide student support service network

    • Cost-effective programmes

    • Modular approach to programmes

    • Resources sharing, collaboration and networking with Conventional Universities, Open

    • Universities and other Institutions/Organizations

    • Socially and academically relevant programmes based on students need analysis

    • Convergence of open and conventional education systems

    • Relaxed entry regulations

    • Study according to your own pace and convenience

    • Flexibility in choosing the combination of courses from a wide range of disciplines

    • Study from your own chosen place

    • You may also pursue your study in any other university while being a learner of IGNOU.

    Program Preparation:

    Learning materials are specially prepared by teams of experts drawn from different institutions and universities all over the country as well as in house faculty. These materials are scrutinized by content experts, supervised by the instructors/unit designers and edited by language experts before they are finally sent for printing. Similarly, audio and video cassettes are produced in consultation with course writers, in-house faculty and producers. The material thus prepared is previewed and reviewed by the faculty as well as outside media experts and edited or modified, wherever necessary, before they are finally dispatched to the students, study centers and telecast through Gyan Darshan.

    University Credit System:

    The university follows the “Credit System” for most of its programmes. Each credit is of 30 hours of study comprising all learning activities. A four credit course, for instance, involves 120 study hours. The course weightage is expressed in terms of credits. This helps the learner to understand the academic effort one has to put in, in order to successfully complete a course. Completion of an academic programme (degree, diploma or certificate) requires successful clearing of assignments, term-end examinations of each course in a programme and practical components.

    University Support Services:

    In order to provide individualized support to its learners, the university has a large number of study centers throughout the country. These are coordinated by 30 Regional Centers. At the study centers, the learners interact with the Academic Counselors and their peer groups, refer to books in the library, watch/listen to video/audio cassettes and interact with the Coordinator on administrative and academic matters. The support services are also provided through work centers, programme centers and skill development centers.

    Programme Delivery:

    The methodology of instruction in this university is different from that of the conventional universities. The Open University System is more learners oriented, and the learner is an active participant in the teaching-learning process. Most of the instruction is imparted through distance mode rather than face-to-face communication.

    The university follows a multi-media approach for instruction. It consists of:
    a) Self-instructional printed material
    b) Audio-visual material
    c) Counseling sessions/contact programmes
    d) Teleconferencing
    e) Practicals
    f) Practical handbooks
    g) Interactive radio counseling (IRC); Gyan Vani and Gyan Darshan
    Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
    7:15 am
    BJP demand relaxation in DU cut off for Delhi Students
    The BJP demanded 2 - 4% relaxation in cutoffs for students of Delhi for admission to Delhi University. Claiming that the Congress government has not added a single college to the 85 under DU in the last 15 years, Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel said his party will ensure that 15 more state government-funded colleges are opened.

    BJP suggest a provision for 2 to 4% relaxation in du cut off list 2013 for admission to undergraduate courses in Delhi University for all the students passing out their class 12 exams from a city school. This would be applicable to all students irrespective of their state of domicile. This can be implemented immediately in at least Delhi government’s colleges in Delhi University.

    In order to reduce the pressure of students from neighboring states, prestigious institutions such as SRCC, St. Stephen’s, Lady Shri Ram College, Hindu College, Hans Raj College, JMC  and others can open their branches there. Approximately 2 lakh students pass class 12 exams in Delhi every year.

    Spelling out the way forward, the report recommended three DU campuses in east, west and Dwarka in addition to the existing North and South campuses. It also suggested opening up more colleges in National Capital Region through public-private-partnership.
    Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
    3:52 pm
    DU Colleges raise admission fees
    The DU colleges are raising their course fees include Sri Ram College for Commerce (SRCC), Hans Raj, St. Stephen's College, Kirori Mal College, Lady Sri Ram College and Ramjas College.

    St Stephen's College has raised the fees by 5 - 8 % for the science and humanities courses. The humanities at St Stephen's College will now pay Rs. 22,435 annually instead of Rs. 19,925 last year.

    The decision to hike the fees is taken by the colleges and delhi university has nothing to do with it. "There has been no directive from the university. The decision to raise the fees is taken by the respective colleges."

    "There has been a hike of just Rs 1,000 for economics and commerce programmes being offered by the college."

    However, colleges like Hindu College, Miranda House and Lady Irwin College are not raising their fees.

    "There will be no fee hike in Hindu College. We have already printed the fee structure in our prospectus," Hindu College principal Praduman Kumar said. With its annual fee between Rs. 7,000 and Rs. 8,500, Hindu is the most affordable college in North Campus.
    Monday, June 17th, 2013
    4:14 pm
    SOL best bet for Delhi University Degree
    “University of Delhi School of Open Learning (SOL) have already sold around 70,000 prospectuses and completed around 2,000 admissions so far. We have no additional eligibility criteria, if the student meets the minimum eligibility set by Delhi University (DU) for applying, and then we have to admit him or her”, adding that for their post-graduate courses, they had an entrance test and such.

    The SOL application forms started selling from May 27 and will be sold till August 14 without a late fee and then till September 2 with late fee. The SOL is currently offering courses like B.A programme, B.Com, B.Com (Honours), B.A. (Honours) English and B.A. (Honours) Political Science.

    If a degree from Delhi University (DU) is all you want despite having no hope of meeting any of the DU cut-offs required for any of the regular courses, then the School of Open Learning (SOL) is your best bet.

    The School takes in 1, 50,000 students on an average and at the end of the course, there is no difference between the degree awarded to a student from any regular college and the SOL students.

    “There is no difference between the degree that is awarded by any of the University’s 77 colleges and the one that is awarded by SOL,” said School director H.C. Pokhriyal, adding that SOL was a “window of hope,” for all those students who so badly wanted a degree from DU but just did not have the “marks in the 99.9 percentage range,” to make the cut to any of the University’s colleges.

    “All 77 regular colleges together offer around 54,000 seats but SOL has about 1,50,000 student intake on an average every year.”

    This past week which was the second consecutive week of mission admission for the University’s undergraduate courses in its regular courses, the SOL was by far the most crowded centre in the University’s north campus which itself has resembled a bee-hive of humanity since the beginning of admissions on June 5.

    Last year, the School had set a record of sorts for admitting the most number of students in one day.

    “We have regular contact classes, it is not a wholly correspondence course, and these classes are conducted at the SOL centre in the North Campus as well as colleges all over the city.”
    Monday, May 20th, 2013
    4:16 pm
    BHU UG, PG entrance tests from May 30
    The entrance examinations for admission to various post graduate (PG) and under graduate (UG) courses of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) will commence from May 30th, 2013.

    Maximum number of students will be appearing for various entrace tests falling on May 30. According to BHU records, a total of 34,262 applicants will be appearing for BSc Hons (mathematics), M.Sc (applied microbiology) and MA (mass communication) on May 30.

    As many as 1,75,585 candidates will appear in the entrance tests for BA, BSc, B.Com, BFA, B.Mus, BPEd, MA, M.Sc, M.Com, MFA, M Musicology, MPEd, BEd and various other courses.

    For entrance exam UET admit card and PET admit card need a recent passport size photograph must be affix on Admit Card at the space provided there in. Which should match with the one uploded in the Online Application. This is compulsory.)
    Friday, May 17th, 2013
    3:26 pm
    How to prepare for JEE (Advanced) 2013
    Now that JEE Main (offline) has been taken by a million aspirants, we’re in for a long wait before the results are announced. The JEE (Advanced) will be held on June 2, 2013 and 1.5 lakh students will be shortlisted for IITs – based on their scores in JEE Mains and Class XII boards.

    Unlike JEE (Main) where your scope of knowledge is tested, the general preparation strategy for JEE (Advanced) is to build a strong foundations of concepts and developing skills to tackle numerical problems, that need calculations as well as a good aptitude. To that end, one needs to be well versed in the theory pertaining to each topic and test one self’s understanding of the theory by solving short answer type and Assertion reason based questions. Besides, a good number of subjective problems should be tackled by the student in order to build a deeper understanding of concepts. Finally, to build spped and accuracy, a student must practice a good number of MCQs.

    The aspirants can follow these steps. These all steps will help for better examination preparation:

    Step 1:   Plan a routine before the exam

    Step 2: Solve 3 - 4 mock tests daily

    Step 3:  Refer class 11 and Class 12 syllabus and make some short notes on the important topics.

    Step4: Try to work on your weak areas and improve your performance in typical questions, which you falter in.

    Step 5: Selection of questions is very important. Choose the questions from the portions you are strong at

    Step 6: Do not worry if the first two hours of the paper prove to be average for you. Make sure that you do well in third hour

    Step 7: Time must be checked while answering a question. It is better to attempt a lengthy question later

    Step 8: Around 40 minutes should be spent on each section. The last 30 minutes should be reserved for reviewing the performances and attempting the tricky questions

    Important topics for JEE (Advanced)

    Since there is no unique distribution of marks among the various topics, it is hard to categorize the subject-matter as either important or unimportant. However, in order to maximise the score and to make the most of the available time, it is important to prioritise the syllabus. To this end, the top priority topics for each subject are:

    • Physics - In addition to Mechanics and Electrodynamics; the two most important and vast topics, separate time must be allotted to Heat and Thermodynamics, Optics and Modern Physics. Generally neglected by students, these topics are high scoring areas in IIT-JEE besides being easy to understand.

    • Chemistry - Sufficient time must be devoted to general principles of Organic Chemistry, as this will make the remaining part easy to comprehend. Because of the numerical problems (scoring and not too difficult) associated with it, Physical Chemistry is important. Make a special time table and be prepared for continuous revision to learn the various facts and figures associated with Inorganic Chemistry.

    • Mathematics – Understanding the correlation between the various topics is key to mastering mathematical problems. For example, the knowledge and skills developed by understanding and preparing the chapter Coordinate Geometry, can be used to solve problems in complex numbers.Vector analysis too is helpful in dealing with problems associated with the aforementioned. Similarly, solving problems of Probability requires a strong grasp of  Permutation and Combinations. Formula and problem solving skills developed by thorough practice of Trigonometry are useful in almost all topics. And Calculus, of course, the ultimate mathematical tool which finds use in almost every topic in Physics and Chemistry, should be made top priority – This above all.

    Thursday, May 16th, 2013
    4:56 pm
    DU Students queries related to Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP)
    On the second day of Delhi University’s Open House of the 2013-2014 admission session on 14th May 2013, a larger number of undergraduate students and their parents participated in the event to clear their doubts regarding the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) which is to be implemented from this academic year.

    Some important questions raised by the parents and students pertained to claims of employability by the university and how does it connect with one extra year of study and dilution of specialisation-based honours programme.

    The two-day ‘Open Day’ session was organised by Delhi University (DU) to clear the confusion and uncertainty among the aspirants and their parents regarding the FYUP structure and this year’s admission session. However, some of the students present at the session thought that this attempt had backfired. Though some were satisfied with the answers provided by the university officials, many remained uncertain and thought that their queries were not addressed appropriately.

    A Class XII student of Amity School, found the three-hour session a little helpful. “My main questions were regarding the admission procedure and what course would be appropriate for me since the structure of the courses was being altered now. I guess the responses that I got were satisfactory enough.”

    When asked whether she now had a clear understanding of the four-year undergraduate structure, she seemed hesitant and said not all her queries were addressed.

    The session saw a large number of agitated parents who were made to stand outside in the corridors of the conference centre because of lack of space in the hall. They seemed angry because they did not get a chance to raise questions that were perturbing them regarding the programme. The parents sitting inside the conference hall too seemed critical about the whole scenario.

    A mother of a Class XII student from Apeejay School, was fairly disappointed by the session. “None of my questions regarding the four-year programme was answered. The officials were only taking questions which were about the admission forms and colleges from where they can be collected. Even the attitude of the Dean of Students’ Welfare was disappointing. He talked very sternly with the parents”.

    If her daughter decides to leave the honours programme after three years she will have a disadvantage over the ones who opted for the fourth year. She still doesn’t know who after all will clarify her queries regarding her daughter’s career if not the Delhi University administration.
    Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
    11:36 am
    IGNOU to establish Rajbahasha Cell in 56 Regional Centres
    Mr. Sharad Gupta, Secretary, Rajbhasha, Ministry of Home Affairs, welcomed the initiative of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to establish a ‘Rajbahasha Cell’ in all the 56 Regional Centres of the University to promote the usage of Hindi. University organized a teleconference on ‘Hindi: Our official language and its implementation in all the IGNOU Regional Centres’.

    The session was broadcast on Gyan Darshan channel of the university where all the RC’s were simultaneously and proactively connected through the tele-conference mode in the Electronic and Media Production Centre (EMPC) at IGNOU headquarters.

    The ‘Rajbhasha Cell’ shall comprise of five members comprising of Regional Director, Assistant Regional Director, coordinators and staff of the RC. It shall conduct meeting once in every three months whose minutes shall be communicated to the headquarters, announced Prof. Srikant Mohapatra, Director, Regional Services Division.

    Mr. Sharad Gupta brought forward two aspects of Hindi as a language categorizing it in literary and daily usage. According to him, both the forms are acceptable depending upon the comfort level of the user. “Our objective should be to make Hindi hassle free and meaningful. It is not necessary to use Hindi in its literature form everywhere, rather if we use the language spoken in its daily usage then it will make the task much easier,” he added.

    “It is a common conception that the usage of Hindi is difficult while communicating scientific knowledge but today, there are many books available in Hindi translations to make the task easier. IT-sector has lots of tools available with it to enable the usage for example, there is UNICODE wherein anyone can use computer in any regional language, be it Hindi, Punjabi, Oriya etc.,” said Mr. Harendra Kumar, Director, Official Language Policy, Ministry of Home Affairs.

    “We have been doing our every bit to promote Hindi at IGNOU. If there is no study material available in Hindi but we have its study material available in English then the student has the option to answer in Hindi in the Term End Exams and even in the assignments,” claimed Prof. Gopinath Pradhan, Vice Chancellor, IGNOU during the broadcast session.

    Standing with the announcement made earlier during the ‘Hindi Pakhwada’, Mr. U. S. Toila, Registrar, IGNOU, maintained that the celebration of Hindi year will last till 13th September 2013 for which the training programmes are being organized twice every week for all the faculty members, staff, typists and stenographers.
    Monday, October 15th, 2012
    11:38 am
    DU and JMI will be offering a Hybrid Course from January 2013
    Delhi University (DU) and Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) will be offering a joint degree programme from January next year.

    A joint degree programme initiated by Delhi University and Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) under the Meta university concept is going to start next year. The programme — MA in mathematics and mass communication — approved by the academic councils of both the universities is ready to be launched. The course is set to commence from January 3, 2013, with the jointly designed entrance test to be held on December 2 of the current academic session.

    SM Sajid, registrar, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) says, "We have been discussing the modalities of the course with DU authorities. The entrance test is scheduled for December 2, and the course is to commence from January."

    According to DU officials, the details of the course including the timetables, etc, are being worked out, so that a formal announcement could be made for inviting applications for the entrance test. The classes will be jointly held on both campuses. While JMI will be taking care of the mass communication course, DU will be conducting classes for mathematics. The course is equivalent to MSc in mathematics education.

    "Committees from both the universities are meeting to finalise the details of the course. A series of dates including submission of applications, etc, have to be fixed for the programme to begin. The formal schedule will be announced very soon," says Malashri Lal, dean, academic activities and projects, DU.

    She further says that it is an interesting course, with 20 seats to begin with. However, students who have already enrolled in a Master's programme either at DU or Jamia are also eligible to apply. Also, students who have a background in mathematics or who have cleared two math papers of 100 marks or those who have had one subject as math in their graduation would be eligible for the course. The fee for the course will be approximately Rs 5,000.
    Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
    11:37 am
    Highest ever GMAT volume in India Testing Year 2012
    The exam volume for Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for the 2012 testing year (July 1, 2011,to June 30, 2012),was up 11% from the 2011 testing year (TY), and 8% higher than the previous record of 265,613 in 2009.

    "GMAT testing rose from 2011 to 2012 in all world regions. The number of programs receiving GMAT scores rose to an all-time high. And we and our partners were able to scale our systems and delivery to individual test takers seamlessly to accommodate the high demand for the exam in the spring".

    India witnessed the highest ever GMAT volume in India - 22,803 in TY 2012. This represents 25% growth over TY 2011 and 71% growth over five years. Moreover, largest number of programmes in India received GMAT scores for admission - 128 in TY 2012. This represents 49% growth over TY 2011 and 456% growth over five years. Also, GMAT score sending by Indian candidates in TY 2012 has grown by 18.5% over TY 2011 and 64% over five years. "TY 2012 has witnessed the highest ever GMAT volume in India till date as the GMAT continues to be first choice of Indian candidates seeking management education at top business schools worldwide. In addition to this, 128 programmes in India have received GMAT scores for admissions from Indian aspirants, a huge growth of 450% over the last five years.

    As Indian business schools are widening their search for candidates with a view to creating more diversity in their classroom, the GMAT offers an excellent pipeline of aspirants. While applications to Indian business from non-Indian applicants have grown, overall they represent a small proportion. Systematic effort to attract interest from NRI, PIO and Foreign national candidates will further help create diversity in the classroom and GMAT provides a quality pool of such candidates to Indian business schools," said Ashish Bhardwaj, regional director, South Asia, GMAC. Last year, which saw the launch of a new GMAT Integrated Reasoning section, was a record year for the GMAT exam. A total of 286,529 GMAT exams were taken, with 831,337 score reports sent to 5,281 graduate business and management programs around the world - all historic highs, the Graduate Management Admission Council has announced.
    Monday, September 24th, 2012
    11:49 am
    Delhi University will introduce a four year Bachelors Degree Programme in 2013
    Students at Delhi University (DU) will be introduced to a four-year Bachelor's degree programme in 2013. The university authorities have been working on it to frame a student-oriented degree course, likely to be implemented from next year for first-year students.

    The new syllabus will be project-oriented and handson, offering greater flexibility of choice. "The recent academic congress initiated by the VC, in which more than 3,000 students and parents participated, was held to get an idea of what kind of courses they are looking for, their expectations from the university, where sports and extracurricular activities stand, etc."

    "In the meetings, everyone was keen to have an integrated syllabi, flexibility to opt for varied subjects, quality IT capability, project, field work and internship opportunities in every discipline. We are trying to integrate all this in order to formulate the new curriculum."

    The plan for the four-year programmes involves credit points system and various exit options for students. "Students will be awarded credit points for both academics as well as extra-curricular activities. The credit system is not new as many universities in India have credit transfers including the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)”.

    Students in the new scheme will have exit options. If they opt to exit after two years, it will be a diploma. After third year, it will be a general degree and an honours degree on completion of the full programme.

    The final plan has to go through the academic council (AC) meeting. However, Debjani Sengupta, faculty, department of English, Indraprastha College for Women says, "We roughly know that students will be having credit points, etc. Teachers who will be teaching the course must be consulted as we have a stake in it."

    While some faculty members are apprehensive about the feasibility of the new course, another section of teachers welcome the plan. As Ajay K Arora, principal of Deshbandhu College, says, "Though there is little time to develop the new course, we have a large faculty and we will manage."
    Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
    4:02 pm
    CAT 2012 registrations increase slightly by 4%
    The number of registrations for Common Admission Test (CAT) 2012 have gone up slightly by 4% to 215,000 this year the 2011 figure of 2.05 lakh.

    Testing window for CAT 2012 will begin on October 11, 2012 and end on November 06, 2012. It will be coordinated by IIM-Kozhikode.

    The full report on CAT 2012 registration data is expected to be available by October 5.

    With less than a month left for CAT to kick off, the IIMs and Prometric teams will now visit the 61 centres in 36 cities for verifying and quarantining the testing labs. "We want to ensure that the infrastructure will be same across all centres".

    The test comprises two sections each of 70-minute duration. There will be 30 questions in each section which are to test quantitative ability and data interpretation, verbal ability and logical reasoning.

    Apart from the 13 old and new IIMs, over 130 other B-schools across the country would be using CAT scores for admission for the academic year 2013-14.

    Registrations for CAT 2012 began on 30 July and, like previous years since its conversion to computer-based testing, candidates have been scheduling for their tests online based on their preferred choice of location, date and time.

    New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune are the top cities in terms of the highest numbers of scheduled tests to date.
    Saturday, September 15th, 2012
    12:55 pm
    Delhi University waives fees and Hostel Charges for disabled students
    Delhi University (DU) has decided to waive fees and hostel charges for people with physical disabilities from this academic year. They will also get a 50% mess subsidy.

    It has been decided that students with physical disabilities enrolled in the faculties, departments, centres and institutions/colleges of Delhi University will be exempted from payment of fees, excluding admission fee, subscription towards Delhi University Students' Union and the identity card fee.

    "The other university fees include library fees, health centre fees, sports fees and university development fund fees. The university has also issued a circular to all the deans of faculties, heads of departments, principals of colleges and directors of centres to refund the fees already paid by these students for the academic session 2012-13 at the earliest.”

    This year, around 500 students with disabilities have enrolled in various undergraduate courses, the highest so far, although 1,500 undergraduate seats are reserved for them at DU. The decision is likely to benefit around 2,000 students at various undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including MPhil and PhD.

    "All physically-handicapped category students who are residents of different hostels/halls of the university will also be exempted from payment of all fees and charges, except the refundable caution fees. Moreover, the university shall pay 50% of the mess fees as well.”
    Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
    3:47 pm
    IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur ranks in top 300 of QS World University Ranking
    IIT- Delhi and IIT- Kanpur have showed a improvement in their 2011 positions according to QS ranking. IIT Delhi has been ranked as 212 whereas IIT Kanpur has been ranked 278.

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is ranked as the world’s best university.

    Oxford university is placed at number five in the table compiled by QS World University Rankings.

    University College London climbed from number seven last year to number four in the new rankings, Imperial College London is ranked sixth.

    The QS rankings are compiled using six indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ration and international student ratio.

    The QS rankings results are based on surveys of over 46,000 academics and 28,000 employers.
    11:19 am
    Online registrations for Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) to start today
    The online registration for admission in Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi University, starts from Wednesday. Candidates must apply before December 14.

    FMS offers a full-time MBA programme, post doctoral programme, MBA executive programme and MBA executive (healthcare administration) programme, the intakes for which are 200, 20, 171 and 42 respectively.

    The admissions will be based on CAT 2012 score, group discussion and personal interview.

    All foreign nationals seeking admission to MBA and PhD programmes should apply through the office of the deputy dean (foreign students) Conference Centre, opposite botany department.

    Foreign nationals studying in Indian universities are required to appear in the CAT 2012, and those who have Indian degree but are not currently staying in India are required to submit GMAT score.
    Thursday, August 30th, 2012
    5:17 pm
    Delhi University considers entry test for UG Courses
    The introduction of entrance exams is expected help more students apply for admissions, as compared to the present system which is based on best of four aggregate from the Class 12th Board exam scores.

    Delhi University likely to introduce major changes in the admission process 2013-14. The university administration is working on several options, including introduction of entrance exams for various undergraduate courses.

    The high powered committee, comprising of 16 college principals, on admission reforms in its report recommended a number of short and long term changes in the admission process for undergraduate courses. Among the long term changes, the committee led by principal of Dyal Singh College (evening) Deepak Malhotra, recommended introduction of entrance exam and offering admissions based on entrance exam scores and Class 12th results.

    "The four-year degree system will be a new system and there will be some changes in the admission process as well. We are considering a number of options including the entrance exams. Things are not yet finalized, but we have learnt that some of the central universities are also planning a common entrance exam. So we will weigh all options and decide if we need to have our own exams or join others."

    In Delhi major universities like Jamia Millia Islamia, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, or National Law University conduct their admission process via entrance exams. DU too conducts majority of its post graduate admissions based on entrance exams and interviews.

    "The changes we have recommended are to introduce entrance exams for admissions to UG courses. We have recommended this for a couple of reasons. We have seen that state boards given internal assessment of up to 25 marks and there are boards where most students don't score anything less than 22 marks.”

    "If there is a change in system like the four-year-degree course then the admission process also needs to be revamped. In case of an entrance exam, the pressure of scoring no less than 90% aggregate in Class XII will ease out. Also with eligibility criteria like 60% or 70% pass percentage for sitting in the entrance more students will get an opportunity to apply."

    The committee has said that the university can hold an entrance test and while preparing the final merit list, a certain weightage can be given to Class XII marks as well. "For example 60% or 70% weightage can be given to the entrance score and the rest to the Class 12th marks. This is for the university to decide."
    Thursday, August 16th, 2012
    12:01 pm
    CBSE Problem Solving Assessment (CBSE-PSA) for Class 9th and 10th Students
    CBSE is planning to introduce a Problem Solving Assessment (CBSE-PSA) for class 9th and 10th students early next year.

    Although there is no specific syllabus for CBSE-PSA, it will assess students in the following areas - quantitative reasoning, qualitative reasoning and language conventions.

    The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is planning to initiate a 'Problem Solving Assessment' (CBSE-PSA) for students of classes 9th and 10th from the second term of the 2012-13 session.

    CBSE-PSA, which will be compulsory for students of classes IX and XI, is likely to be conducted during the month of January-February 2013 and carry 90 marks. There will be 60 questions of MCQ type.

    According to Vineet Joshi, chairman, CBSE, It is a widely acknowledged fact that research and analytical skills, ability to apply basic concepts of different subjects, solve application-based problems in mathematics and science, comprehend and analyse written text and effective communication are the skills, which ensure success in higher studies and professional areas.

    He says, "These dimensions of 21st Century life-skills will assist learners in acquiring higher order thinking skills such as problem-solving and decision- making. There will be no separate time-tables or periods for teaching or practice of PSA in schools."
    Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
    3:08 pm
    CSJMU Colleges UG Seats have increased by 33%
    Seats in many degree colleges affiliated to Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj University (CSJMU) have been increased by nearly 33%. It has given relief to hundreds of students, who could not get admission so far.

    A week back, the authorities of Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj University received a letter from state government, stating that CSJMU should instruct the colleges to increase seats in degree colleges to accommodate more students. CSJMU registrar Syed Waqar Husain instructed the degree colleges to take admission in courses like BA, B.Sc and B.Com. Now in each class nearly 80 students will study instead of 60. The degree colleges have been asked by the CSJMU administration to provide the data of students, who have taken admission. The authorities of DAV College informed that the seats in the undergraduate courses have been increased. The admission process for these seats had began.

    The administration of DG Girls Degree College informed that the seats in courses in BA, B.Com and B.Sc have been increased, keeping in view huge rush of students. In every section, seats have been increased from 60 to 80.Seats have been increased in undergraduate courses in DBS College. In VSSD Degree College, seats have not been increased so far. In PPN Degree College, the admission process has got over and seats will not be increased in undergraduate courses. Meanwhile, the demand for starting evening classes in different undergraduate courses is picking up. If this proposal is accepted by the authorities of Kanpur University, instead of teaching 80 students in one section of a class, the strength can be divided. This would maintain the standard of teaching.
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