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Family business

The Amrut Mody School of Management (AMSoM), Ahmedabad University (AU), in collaboration with Cambridge Executive Education, Judge Business School (JBS), University of Cambridge, has designed an executive MBA programme for young entrepreneurs of family-driven organisations.

The course is designed to help students identify and capitalise on business and family strengths to build competitive advantage. The first batch of the programme will commence in January 2011. A year-long, full-time, residential programme, it will include a six-week immersion module at the University of Cambridge.

Young entrepreneurs and senior employees from family businesses can apply. On completion of the course, participants will receive an MBA degree from AU as well as a certificate each from Pembroke- King’s Programme and JBS. The cost of the programme is Rs 8.75 lakh.

Dr Amarlal Kalro, provost dean, AU, said, “During the immersion at JBS, participants will connect with the Cambridge ‘ecosystem’ and meet participants from over 30 countries and enterprises. The Cambridge ‘ecosystem’ has around 900 high-tech firms within 80km of the town centre and the largest investment per capita in Europe.”


New ideas

Cognizant has launched the fourth edition of its Board Room-Smart Business Plan Contest. Aimed at promoting a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation among management students across B-schools in India and the Asia-Pacific region, the contest gives budding management students a chance to get creative and propose new business ideas for Cognizant.

Winners will receive prize money of Rs 2 lakh. The first runners-up will receive Rs 1.5 lakh while the second runners-up Rs 1 lakh. Only final-year MBA students are allowed to participate in the event.

This year’s edition will consist of three phases. The first phase involves submission of a short executive summary of the business proposal. In the second phase, selected teams will be mentored by Cognizant business consulting managers. Subsequently, the participants will be asked to submit an updated executive summary of the business plan for evaluation by the judges. In the final phase, the top three teams will present their ideas to senior leaders at Cognizant.

The number of participants in a team should not be less than two or more than three. For more information, visit www.cognizantboardroom.com or write to boardroom@cognizant.com. Last date for registration and submission of executive summary is September 13.


Pro degrees

Sikkim Manipal University-Distance Education (SMU-DE) has introduced pro-degree programmes. Four courses are being offered in the BCom and BSc streams. Those opting for the BCom degree may specialise in financial planning, supply chain management or export import management. Students enrolling in the BSc programme will specialise in network technology.

Participants can look forward to acquiring trade-based skills and domain-specific knowledge. The content is designed in collaboration with the industry. Last date for submitting applications is November 2. Interested candidates may call 1 800 266 7979 or send an email to info@smude.edu.in.


Wiz kids

The TCS IT Wiz 2010 edition, conducted and organised by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), was held

in Calcutta recently. The contest was for school students of classes VIII to XII. Sayantan Bhattacharya and Debarghya Bose from WWA Cossipore English School walked away with the winners’ trophy, along with a ThinkPad Lenovo laptop each. Runners-up Aviral Dasgupta and S.N. Aditya Murthy from Loyola School, Jamshedpur, received their trophy along with IdeaPad netbooks.

The regional rounds will be followed by a national final in December where the winning teams from the 12 regions will compete for the TCS IT Wiz National Champion title. The regional

rounds included autonomic computing, cloud computing, parallel computing, grid computing and a section about TCS.


Robot design

The National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) is conducting a competition where teams have to design an underwater robot. Teams of five students from different branches of engineering can participate. The underwater vehicle would need to be built on simple engineering principles and should facilitate oceanographic observation.

In the initial stage, teams have to submit a conceptual design report, including specification, circuit-level design and mathematical modelling. Selected teams would be invited to make presentations. NIOT would also identify a mentor to help the students scale their design. The competition aims at giving students exposure to various aspects in ocean technology as well as helping them understand the practical challenges involved in working offshore. The winning team would get a chance to participate in the International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle competition to be held in the US. The preliminary design report should be submitted before October 15. Details are available on www.niot.res.in.


Inquizition

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade’s Calcutta campus recently held the inaugural edition of Inquizition, a national level quiz competition. The prequel to the main event was a week-long online quiz, which elicited response from around 200 teams from B-schools all over India. The top two teams from the online round received a wild card entry to the main event.

Quizmaster Dhananjay Shettigar, who has been a runner-up at quizzing events like BT Acumen and Tata Crucible, took the teams to task with questions from areas ranging from history and mythology to business and current affairs. Quizzers included professionals from organisations like ITC, Tata Consultancy Services and Cognizant Technology Solutions.


ICFAI programme

The Directorate of Distance Education, Icfai University, Tripura, has introduced a two-year master of investment and financial analysis (MIFA) programme. The course will cover financial markets, financial analysis, valuation of assets, portfolio management, mutual and other funds, and professional ethics.

The objective of the programme is to improve the ability to develop a framework for financial analysis and rationally evaluate alternatives for the purpose of decision making. Interested candidates with a bachelors in any discipline (minimum 55 per cent marks) and from an English-medium background may apply. For details, log on to www.iutripura.edu.in.


Friendly test

The Narsee Monjee Management Admission Test (NMAT) 2011 is all set to redefine the way computer based tests (CBTs) are conducted in India. The test will include several new features such as a longer test window. NMAT 2011 is being conducted over a three-month window as against a 10-day window for NMAT 2010 so that students have more options when it comes to booking slots, and a self-scheduling option. In addition, test takers will be allowed to attempt NMAT three times.

Other features include the absence of negative marking, provision of a conducive testing environment for those with special needs, and a unique question paper for every candidate.

The results of NMAT 2011 would be declared in a span of four to five weeks. Registration opens on September 8. For details, visit www.pearsonvueindia.com.


Forestry course

The Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal, has announced admission to its postgraduate diploma in forestry management, a two-year full-time residential programme, on the basis of marks scored in the Common Admission Test.

Applicants should have a bachelor degree in any discipline obtained through the 10+2+3 system or an equivalent qualification recognised by the Association of Indian Universities, with minimum 50 per cent aggregate marks (45 per cent for SC / ST / PD) or equivalent CGPA.

Candidates appearing for the final-year graduation examination are also eligible to apply provided they complete it before June 30, 2011. Details are available on www.iifm.ac.in/admission.


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