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Designer touch

The National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, launched the eastern zonal Design Clinic Centre (DCC) — part of a countrywide design intervention scheme for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) — in Calcutta on November 12. The unique project, supported by the government of India, aims to sensitise small enterprises on the competitive advantage of original product designs. “With China grabbing the Indian market with cheap products that are better designed and packaged, design is now an essential tool for survival for MSMEs,” says Pradyumna Vyas, director, NID. The regional DCC, in collaboration with the Howrah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will also offer project-based design assistance to small enterprises to uplift the quality and design of products so that they can compete in the globalised market. It’s also an opportunity for design students to strengthen India’s economy, adds Vyas.


Players’ league

Budding managers from the Indian School of Business (ISB) have created a sporting league, emulating the Indian Premier League. Named ISB’s Super League (ISL), it will have franchises that are owned, managed and staffed by the students themselves. The four teams — Hyderabad Hurricanes, The Titans, Hyderabad Nizams and Raging Bulls — were won in an auction where several students bid for teams. Each player was “sold” based on virtual currency. The ISL was inaugurated by Indian badminton coach Pullella Gopichand. This will help students gain expertise in sports management, network with fellow students, faculty and alumni, and practise brand building and promotions.


Guiding light

The National Council of Educational Research and Training, New Delhi, has invited applications for admission to its international diploma course in guidance and counselling.The course is open to teachers, educators and guidance personnel.

Last date for submission of applications is November 23. Details are available at www.ncert.nic.in.


System design

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing is inviting applications for admission to its postgraduate diploma course in integrated VLSI and embedded system design, and postgraduate diploma course in VLSI design conducted at Mumbai, Nagpur and Pune. Those with BTech, MTech, bachelors or masters in electronics, electrical,instrumentation or computer science may apply. BSc and MSc degree holders in electronics instrumentation may also apply. For application form and details, log on to www.acts.cdac.in.


Course alert

The College of Agribusiness Management under GB Pant University, Uttarakhand, is inviting applications for admission to its two-year full-time MBA programme in agribusiness and engineering. Candidates will be selected based on their IIM-CAT 2010 score, group discussion and personal interview. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2011. Further information can be found at www.cabm.ac.in.



In the arena

The 13th annual Interface Awards ceremony of Arena Animation, Chowringhee, was held on November 13. Tollywood actress Rupanjana Mitra was present as the chief guest. Students put up an entertainment programme that included song and dance performances, and a play. An award for web designing, based on the project Save our Tigers, was presented. Sreyashi Goswami was crowned Miss Arena of the year.

Azder Ali Mirza
Former student, Arena Animation, Chowringhee


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