NEET 2017 medical entrance exam to be conducted in 8 languages

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test medical entrance test for academic year 2017-18 will be conducted in eight languages, the government of India said. The decision was taken by the government after consultations with State Governments. The eight languages are Hindi, English, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu and Tamil. The language will not impact the candidate’s all India rank. “In addition to this, the candidate qualifying NEET will be eligible for All India quota and other quotas under the State governments/Institutes irrespective of the medium in which exam is taken…

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Mukta Arts opens premium design school in India with ECV France

Mukta Arts said its subsidiary Whistling Woods International Ltd has opened its 8th school — Whistling Woods International School of Design — in association with ECV, a design school in France. The École de communication visuelle or ECV is a French private design school. The India school offers a Bachelor’s degree in visual communication and design, a three year programme, divided into six semesters. “The idea behind the school is to focus on making the students industry- ready through a style of training, which allows them to pursue further education at…

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NIIT to offer embedded courses in University of Danang, Vietnam

Training provider NIIT said it tied up with the University of Danang in Central Vietnam to embed its training programs in the University. Students may undergo a four-year bachelor degree program or a three-year associate degree program in information technology. University system will continue to teach the subjects such as language, science etc. to obtain a Bachelor Degree and the high-end IT module shall be provided by NIT. The students will get the degree from the University and also receive a certificate from NIIT The NIIT inside Model is successfully…

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NIIT acquires Bangalore-based Perceptron’s business

NIIT, an Indian multinational company in skills and talent development, said it has acquired the business of Bangalore-based start-up Perceptron Learning Solutions Pvt Ltd. Established in 2014, Perceptron focuses on developing learning platforms that combine deep analytics and semantic computing to ensure better learning outcomes. “Taking forward NIIT’s thrust on digital transformation in the EdTech domain, the acquisition of Perceptron will further strengthen NIIT’s role in the Digital learning World. NIIT will continue to look for innovative start-ups and talent in the EdTech space,” said Rahul Patwardhan, CEO, NIIT Ltd….

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NIIT to train Chinese students in big data and analytics via new center

NIIT, an Indian multinational company in skills and talent development, launched its flagship training centre at Tongren Polytechnic College in China to develop next generation IT professionals in the field of big-data and analytics. Earlier in April 2016, NIIT entered into a strategic agreement with Guizhou province to help the provincial government build global quality talent in IT services and big-data industry. It is under this agreement the company had launched the centre at Tongren, the 3rd largest city in the Guizhou province. NIIT, which deserves some credit for kickstarting…

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India will take 126 years to catch up to the West in education – study

India does have ambitions to reach the level of developed nations in education, but it will take at least six generations or 126 years to scale up to the top standard, if the country continues at its present pace in one of the most vital sectors, an ASSOCHAM Paper has said. “Though India has made rapid strides, the yawning gap between the standards of education does not seem to bridge soon as the developed world has not slowed down spending on education”, the paper noted. It said with India spending…

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Aptech to open 1000 preschools in two years under tie-up with Montana

Training provider Aptech Ltd said it is entering into preschool education through an alliance with Mumbai-based Montana International Preschool. Montana International Preschool powered by Aptech (MIPA) plans to set up 1000 preschools in India over the next two years. Aptech is the latest education company to enter the pre-school market. TIME, a pioneer in CAT preparation, has established ‘TIME Kids’, while Zee has Zee Learn, which operates Zee Kids. “Preschool education market in India today is about Rs 16000 cr,¨ said Anuj Kacker, Executive Director, Aptech Ltd. “At 23%. CAGR…

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Government launches online library for blind people with TCS

The government, in association with NGOs, set up an online library called Sugamaya Pustakalaya for visually impaired people. This online platform offers e- books across diverse subjects and languages and multiple accessible formats and is powered by TCS access. With the help of SugamAya Pustakalaya — set up with the help of Daisy Forum of India — the visually impared can search a book of his choice at the click of a button without any external help. One can read the publications on any device of his choice- mobile phones,…

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Government signs MoU with University of Latvia for Ayurveda research

A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) and University of Latvia to provide a structured framework for taking forward academic research activities in Ayurveda. An Ayurveda professor will be sent to the University through deputation. University of Latvia had developed the first Ayurveda professional development course in Northern Europe, held in Latvian and English, and the first students were admitted in February 2015. In 2014, Arya Vaidya Chikitsalayam and Research Institute ( AVCRI), Coimbatore had entered into an MoU with the…

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NIIT opens delivery center in Dublin, Ireland

NIIT opened a new delivery center in Dublin, Ireland, which would create 100 more jobs over the coming months. NIIT’s Dublin centre of excellence is located in Dublin City University ALPHA, a research-intensive innovation campus. The centre will provide managed training services to leading Companies in Europe and North America, said the company, a leader in skills training. NIIT said that it will continue to invest in the campus by hiring over 100 local employees in the coming months. These will include content developers, high-end engineers, creative writers, instructional designers, digital…

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NIIT, IIM Calcutta start admissions for new management batch

NIIT Imperia along with IIM Calcutta announced the opening of a fresh batch for senior management program. The program is designed for senior level executives to transform themselves into strategic leaders within their organisationz, said NIIT. The course is open to anyone with ten years of experience and has scored at least 50% for their graduation or post graduation. The course, which will be delivered through NIIT’s Imperia platform, will involve spending seven days on IIM-C campus. They will get certificates from IIM Calcutta on completion of the course. This…

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Tree house says new share swap ratio to savage Zee Learn deal

Tree House Education & Accessories Ltd today said they are changing share swap ratio with Zee Learn Ltd to salvage the merger deal and ensure consolidation of business. “Board of directors shared that in order to move the merger ahead in the right direction and salvage the deal with ZLL, the management of THEAL had to re-work the share exchange Swap ratio,” Tree House management said today. The companies today announced that Tree House shareholders will now get only 1 share of Zee Learn for each share of Tree House that they…

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Six new IITs to be set up in AP, Goa, Jammu, Kerala, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, approved setting up of six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Andhra Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Goa, Jammu, Kerala and Karnataka. They will be initially established as societies and later converted to ‘full IITs’ by amending the IIT Act of 1961. At present, India has sixteen institutes located at Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Mumbai, Roorkee, Bhubaneswar, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Indore, Jodhpur, Mandi, Patna, Ropar and Varanasi. The Indian Institutes of Technology are the top-most autonomous public institutes of higher education…

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Interest in overseas courses doubles this year- report

The number of searches for educational courses outside India has more than doubled this year compared to the last, according to a study undertaken on the trends in overseas education by Sulekha.com, a local services and classifieds website. “When compared to the previous year, the study witnessed 114% upsurge in online search for overseas education,” it said. This study was based on 2.8 million visits and searches that landed on the Overseas Education page of Sulekha.com between 2014 and 2015, across cities including Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune…

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India reaches 3rd place in no of CFA applicants

India came third in the number of candidates who took the CFA or Chartered Financial Analyst exam in June, organizers said. Of the 125,443 candidates who sat for the exams globally, 10,651 were from India, CFA Institute said. A total of 57,476 candidates passed the exams. Only the United States (30,715) and China (21,057) had more candidates taking the exams. To earn the CFA charter, candidates must sequentially pass three six-hour exams that are widely considered to be the most rigorous in the investment profession and accrue four years of…

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Tree House revenue up 28%, to open 150 pre-schools this FY

Pre-school chain Tree House Education & Accessories Ltd reported a 28.05% jump in revenue for the first quarter to Rs 69.03 cr, while profit after tax rose 12.2% to Rs 18.02 cr. “In Q1FY16, we opened 35 new centers and, as a result, we are today spread across 97 cities with our total pre-school count at 647. This has enabled to increase our top line by 28.05%,” said Rajesh Bhatia, Managing Director of Tree House. “We have initiated the year on a positive note with Tree House reporting a solid…

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NIIT brings ‘Cloud Campus’ e-learning to China

NIIT has launched its remote or e-learning service in China, with support for Mandarin. China is one of NIIT’s biggest markets, and Cloud Campus is a solution that enables remote learning. The solution enables students to learn from the best teachers irrespective of their geographical location. They can also get hands-on practice through lab exercises in machine rooms at the NIIT centers. It has an ‘Anywhere Lab’ feature, which allows students to practice the application of concepts learnt in class, from any part of the globe, while chatting with experts…

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Indians spend Rs 45,000 crore/year on overseas education – Survey

In the absence of quality higher education and none of the IITs making to world’s top research institutions, Indian students spend USD 6-7 billion (approx. Rs 45,000 crore) annually in seeking greener pastures in foreign universities with a miniscule number of them choosing to return home, said an ASSOCHAM-Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) joint study on ‘Realigning Skilling towards Make in India’. In comparison, the total budgetary allocation for higher education by Government of India is Rs 26,800 crore. “Indians spend about USD 6-7 billion everyyear in sending their…

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54 new Kendriya Vidyalayas to be opened this year

The Indian government will open 54 Kendriya Vidyalayas or Central Schools in the current academic year, with the largest number in Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh. The schools, to be opened by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, are expected to cost Rs 927 crore. Kendriya Vidyalaya or Central Schools are run by the central government and are meant to ease the education of children of transferable central government employees. Kendriya Vidyalayas are opened when there is a concentration of at least 500 employees of Central Government or when there is minimum…

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65% of MBAs want a job in Government company – Survey

More than 65 per cent of business school graduates preferred to work government companies compared to private companies, a survey of over 500 students from various B-schools, including IIMs, BITS, ICFAI Business School and Symbiosis Institute of International Business (Pune) found. The ASSOCHAM survey conducted between June and July 2014; found that, the graduates are flocking to topline public sector companies due to job security, improving prospects of firms and headwinds faced by the private sector, especially those in the highly leveraged sectors like telecom, real estate, power and other…

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