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From left to right: Dr Selvan D, senior vice-president, Talent Transformation, Wipro Technologies; Damodar Acharya, director, IIT Kharagpur; Sreekanth Kodumur, centre head, Wipro Technologies, Calcutta; and Sabyasachi Sengupta, vice-chancellor, West Bengal University of Technology, at the signing of the agreement on faculty development.

The West Bengal University of Technology (WBUT) and Mission 10X, a non-profit trust of Wipro Limited, recently signed an agreement on faculty development. The understanding will encourage senior faculty members of WBUT’s engineering colleges to innovate novel learning tools. Both Mission 10X and WBUT will collaborate in developing curriculum, conducting faculty workshops and engagements, undertaking joint research in the creation of educational tools, and disseminating knowledge. “This will help our faculties focus on modern teaching aids in engineering education,” said Sabyasachi Sengupta, vice-chancellor,WBUT.


Short course

The Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM) is inviting applications for its sixth certificate course entitled “Export-import, freight forwarding and risk management”. Both working executives and IISWBM students may apply. The short course will consist of 30 lectures. The lectures will be held twice a week during the evening. The course fee is Rs 6,500 for working executives and Rs 5,500 for IISWBM students.

Some of the topics to be covered include handling of import and export cargo in ports, structure and dynamics of the Indian freight market, general insurance and export finance. Applications are due by September 2. Graduates of any discipline may apply. For more information, contact Jayanti De at jayantide@yahoo.co.in or 9831210192.


HR symposium

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), Calcutta, conducted a symposium on the topic “Re-engaging the Lost Talent” recently. The event provided a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas among renowned leaders of the human resources (HR) community and industry experts. As part of the symposium, the institute organised two panel discussions on the topics “Bridging the Trust Deficit” and “Retention of Human Capital — Matching Expectations with Incentives.”

Key panelists included Pravin Rajpal, Global Innovation Thought leader, Ficci; Nishant Kolgaonkar, vice-president, HR, Allcargo Global Logistics Ltd, and other dignitaries. Speaking on the occasion, K. Rangarajan, head, IIFT Calcutta, said, “With globalisation and rapidly changing market dynamics, it’s never been more important for HR professionals to not only contribute to the bottom line, but also translate strategy into action in terms of concrete business deliverables.”


Full ride

The University of Cincinnati (UC) in the US has committed to providing two full scholarships to Indian students joining in fall 2011. These come in addition to UC’s Global Scholarship programme which provides awards ranging from $1,000 to $12,000 per year to undergraduate international students. Applicants should submit their forms by

Infosys chief mentor Narayana Murthy (right) being escorted by Vice-Admiral Satish Soni at the National Defence Academy in Pune on August 20. In his speech, Murthy urged the cadets to make the most of their training and be an instrument of change in society.

December 1 for maximum scholarship consideration.

Jonathan Weller, director of international admissions, said, “UC has always seen significant research contributions by Indian students. We look forward to more.” The university has nearly 2,000 global students, including 650 Indians. Information about this scholarship programme and many others will be available at www.uc. edu/india by October 1.


CRY fellowships

Child Rights and You (CRY) is inviting applications to the National Child Rights Research Fellowships 2010. The non-profit organisation is seeking candidates exploring the various dimensions of child rights within the broad understanding of justice for children. Applications are due by September 4. For details, visit www.cry.org.


Teaching abroad

Applications are invited to the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA). The programme is for scholars between the ages of 21 and 29 with a master degree in English. Selected candidates from India will teach Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi or Urdu at select US campuses during their nine-month non-degree grant.

Applications are also invited for the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program. Indian school teachers in English, mathematics or science, teaching classes VI to XII, may participate in the direct exchange of positions with US teachers for a semester. The last date for submission of applications for both programmes is September 15.


NET gain

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is inviting applications for the joint CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) to be held on December 19. The test will decide the eligibility of candidates for the junior research fellowship (JRF) and appointment of lecturers in science subjects in universities and colleges across the country.

A candidate may apply either for JRF and lectureship or lectureship only. Candidates qualifying for JRF receive scholarships or fellowships for their research studies leading to PhD degrees.

The upper age limit for JRF is 28 years. There is no upper age limit for the lectureship examination. For details, log on to www.csirhrdg.res.in.


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