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No funny matter

The British Council, in partnership with the Ken Sprague Fund, the UK, is conducting a cartoon contest on climate change. The event is being organised as part of the British Council’s Low Carbon Futures project which focuses on mitigating the effects of climate change in an urban environment. The deadline for submitting entries is November 30. For details, visit www.britishcouncil.org.in/LCF.


D for debate

Forty-eight Indian schools from various parts of the country qualified for the regional finals of Debating Matters India — a popular high schools debate competition in the UK, pioneered in India by the Institute of Ideas and the British Council. Nearly 375 schools applied for the first stage of the competition.

Last year’s Debating Matters India winners — S.M. Choksey High School, Pune — went to the UK and won the international award at the competition there.

Debating Matters aims to be less formal than traditional debate competitions whilst being rigorous, and encourages students to argue their point of view well. Logic is considered more important than diction and substance more important than style.

The schools that have qualified for the eastern regional finals are K.E. Carmel School, Amtala, Modern High School for Girls, Calcutta, Loreto Day School, Sealdah, Narbheram Hansraj English School, Jamshedpur, Tagore Academy, Jamshedpur, Don Bosco High School, Guwahati, Techno India Group Public School, Chinsurah, Springdale High School, Kalyani, Army Public School, Bengdubi, Bagdogra, Delhi Public School Megacity, Calcutta, Atomic Energy Central School, Jaduguda, Jamshedpur, and Kendriya Vidyalaya Cossipore, Calcutta.


Home tutor

Education company Educomp Solutions Ltd recently introduced ETEN CA, a programme for providing quality coaching to CA students through satellite link. It is the first such initiative of Educomp and aims to offer personalised coaching right in one’s hometown. ETEN CA learning centres in Calcutta are located at 191, CR Avenue, 3rd Floor, opposite Girish Park Jatadhari Petrol Pump, and Binary House, 2, Circus Market Place, near Queen of the Missions School.

NEW DELHI
Test your worth

AMCAT, a test for employment assessment, was recently conducted at the Birla Institute of Management Technology (Bimtech), New Delhi. The test was conducted for the entire MBA batch of 2010 at the Greater Noida campus. AMCAT is the flagship product of Aspiring Minds, a Gurgaon-based human capital assessment firm, and has been used to assess more than 35,000 students in over 250 campuses across 12 states in India.

Candidates can get their skills evaluated in computers, programming, electronics, finance, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and so on. Students get a seven-stroke feedback about their skills, strengths and weaknesses and detailed guidance on how to improve employability. AMCAT is recognised by many corporates as a measure of skill. For more information visit www.aspiringminds.in.


Precious water

Henkel India Ltd announced Henkel Eco-petition, a national-level paper presentation competition for schools on environmental issues. This year the topic is water. Titled “Proper channelisation of water resources”, the competition is open to school students of classes IX, X, XI and XII.

Participants must write a paper in not more than 2,500 words on the topic. Selected students will be invited to the finals, which will be held via a videoconference with a live discussion in the presence of the judges. The first prize carries an award of Rs 10,000, the second Rs 7,500, and the third Rs 5,000. The last date for submission of entries is November 12. Send your entries to Henkel.Ecopetition@in.henkel.com.


Fake agents

The Australian government has suspended almost 200 agents operating in a number of countries from filing online student visa applications because of evidence of fraud or poor approval rates. The Association of Australian Education Representatives in India (AAERI) has welcomed the decision.

AAERI is a self-regulatory body of education agents. Its unique business model is being replicated by other countries. The establishment of AAERI is an initiative of the Australian Education International, the international arm of Australia’s education department.

HYDERABAD
Better services

IBM and the Indian School of Business (ISB) announced a collaboration for furthering research in service science. IBM and ISB have been working closely on service science research for the last few years.

The project allows for a laboratory where IBM researchers work with a university, government or commercial partner to share skills, assets and resources to achieve a common research goal. It will initially have a team of 10 full-time researchers, five each from ISB and IBM Research-India.


Ready to go

The Indian Business School, Hyderabad, has opened admission to the following full-time programmes: MBA, executive MBA, PhD and integrated MBA-PhD. Students seeking admission to the management courses have to take IBSAT 2009.

IBSAT is an aptitude test of two hours and consists of multiple choice questions. The test will be held on December 27, 2009, at 10am at 123 test centres all over India.

The IBSAT application form is available for sale across the country. For further details, visit www.ibsat.org or contact the following branches: AJC Bose Road (9836811057), Salt Lake (9836808799), Ballygunge Phari (9831240766).

MANIPAL
Skill pill

Manipal Education and City & Guilds, a UK-based provider of work-related assessment and qualifications, announced a joint venture — Manipal City & Guilds Skills Training Pvt. Ltd. The new venture will provide its offerings under the name “IndiaSkills”.

IndiaSkills will enable students to obtain skills-based qualifications in a wide range of industries, including retail, hospitality, banking and English language training. The joint venture will also provide graduates with job placements at companies that require “work-ready” staff.


Tune in to Scotland

Scotland is offering the Saltire Scholarships to young professionals from around the world. Fifty awards will be available to postgraduate students from India. The move is part of the Scottish government’s continuing support for the “brightest and best” Indian students to study in that country. The scheme allows for 12-month postgraduate masters-level courses. The awards, worth Rs 1,43,000 (£2,000 GBP) each, are funded by the Scottish government and matched by contributions from Scottish universities and higher education institutions.

The Scottish minister for external affairs Michael Russell said, “With real potential in life sciences, renewable energy and the creative industries, we expect that many students on a Saltire Scholarship will choose to remain in Scotland upon graduation. They will be most welcome, because Scotland needs fresh talent to boost sustainable economic growth and to meet our target for population growth.”

For applying online, visit www.scotlandscholarship.com. You may also contact Lyndsey Hayes of the British Council Scotland on email (lyndsey.hayes@britishcouncil.org) or phone (+44 131 524 5705).


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