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The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, the US, is set to launch a programme on faculty development in international business (FDIB) in India. The event will be held in Mumbai and Bangalore from December 18, 2008, to January 4, 2009.

Around 12 professors from various US universities will be visiting the country to learn more about the corporate sector. During their stay in Mumbai, the FDIB participants will interact with top management personnel at Siemens Limited, Glaxo Smith Kline Limited, Tata Sons and the American Consulate. In Bangalore, they will spend time with officials at Infosys, Caterpillar, Mphasis and Wipro Limited. In addition, they will interact with faculty members of the Indian Institute of Management.

The programme was conceived by Sumit K. Kundu, Knight-Ridder Research Professor of international business, FIU. In 2005-06, 35 executive MBA students accompanied Kundu to India, visiting several companies in Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi. The inaugural FDIB programme provides an opportunity to US B-school faculty members to know more about the rapidly growing Indian business scenario.


Engineers, ahoy!

Citec Engineering India Pvt. Ltd, a subsidiary of Citec Engineering (CE) in Finland, recently launched a training centre — Citec Academy — in Mumbai. CE offers engineering solutions in mechanical, automation, electrical, civil, structural, process and environment engineering, as well as in product development and project management services.

“Citec’s growth in India has been rapid. The country is an important contributor to the global delivery process. We wish to provide our employees opportunities to continuously improve their knowledge and skills as they grow as individual professionals at Citec,” said Mukul Bhatia, managing director of Citec Engineering India Pvt. Ltd.

CE’s Indian workforce is 275, out of a global workforce of 600, and is expected to increase to 325 by 2009. The training courses are divided into three levels. Level 1 is an introductory phase, mandatory for all new employees. Level 2 comprises engineering design and is customer specific, and its setup depends on the employee’s work description and current skills. Level 3 is targeted at senior roles and imparts training in professional ways of working and leadership.


Food fundas

The University of Calcutta and the All India Crop Biotechnology Association (AICBA) organised a symposium on Frontiers of Plant Biotechnology and its Impact on Food Security on December 20. The event served as a platform for industry professionals, academicians and members of the scientific community to deliberate on issues leading to food insecurity. The speakers discussed how biotechnology could help develop genetically modified crops that are drought, saline and insect attack resistant. Among those present were S. Chatterjee, director of agriculture, Government of West Bengal, Sajiv Anand, director of AICBA, and S.K. Datta of Calcutta University. “We must make use of technology to meet the demands of the rising population. Moreover, the process fortifies the food. One can’t afford to be sceptical as the modified foodstuff will be launched only after a series of tests conducted by regulatory bodies under the ministries of environment and forest, science and technology, and agriculture,” said Anand.

Twin bonanza

ICFAI University, Tripura, has announced the launch of the MBA-MSF dual masters programme. The MBA stream is designed to provide a portfolio of functional skills and the ability to apply, adapt, synthesise and integrate those skills into different management settings. The MSF programme is a unique one, which addresses the broader financial and managerial issues in corporate, international and strategic finance and allied areas. The programme is of 27 months’ duration. Graduates in any discipline with 55 per cent marks are eligible to apply.

The dual masters programme has 32 subjects with 20 subjects for the MBA stream and 12 for the MSF stream. Students have to choose four electives in the MBA stream and two electives in the MSF stream. Subject-wise waivers are available for the MBA stream only.

The dual masters programme is based on self-study and examinations. The university provides a detailed study plan, courseware and e-learning package. The courseware includes textbooks, workbooks and study guides especially designed for independent study. The e-learning package includes e-text books, e-lectures, notes, quiz, articles and mock tests. The e-learning package is designed to help students study in a convenient computer-based environment. The students can study at their own place, pace and time. Learning through CD-ROM allows them to take advantage of e-learning benefits without the need for an Internet connection.

Students will be eligible to appear for Group A examination of MBA and Group A examination of MSF six months after the date of enrolment. The examinations are conducted on Sundays in April, July, October and January in 230 test centres all over India.

Application forms can be obtained from ICFAI offices at AJC Bose Road, Salt Lake, Lake Town, Garia, Howrah and Barrackpore.

Flying start

Indigo Airlines and Spicejet Airlines conducted a round of campus interviews at the Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training on December 18 and 19. Students from the eastern region centres such as Siliguri, Jamshedpur, Burdwan, Guwahati and the three Calcutta schools (in Camac Street, Salt Lake and Gariahat) participated in the event.

Indigo interviewed 94 students, of which 13 were shortlisted and seven were handed letters for appearing in the second round of interviews. Spicejet interviewed 289 students and shortlisted 29 candidates for the next stage. The students were selected on the basis of group discussions and personal interviews.

Ratna Biswas, Frankfinn Institute of Airhostess Training


Greenwich time

The University of Greenwich, that boasts more students from India than any other UK university, has announced the launch of its Centre for Indian Business (CIB) in New Delhi. The centre aims to work closely with institutions, industry and its communities to forge strong and mutually beneficial knowledge links. According to Tim Gore, director of CIB, “Knowledge is a crucial and scarce resource for businesses operating in a time of great economic uncertainty… The Centre for Indian Business brings together education and business in a unique way. Building on the University of Greenwich’s long and productive partnership with India, it connects business and education in the UK with India through a commitment to partnership, learning and knowledge.”

The main programmes on offer are two-year MBA courses in international business and technology management in India. These are to be taught in Greenwich with work placement opportunities in India and the UK. There will also be Greenwich University-accredited short courses in leadership and management for managers and leaders in Indian businesses, as well as programmes for academic managers to enhance their management skills. The centre will also host knowledge sharing activities such as workshops and conferences. The priority sectors will be information technology (IT) and IT-enabled services, and engineering, construction and sustainable energy.


Spring in the air

The countdown has begun. IIT Kharagpur’s Spring Fest will be held between January 22 and 25. This year’s edition will be special as the fest will be celebrating its golden jubilee. Around 40 colleges from across the country will be vying for the Spring Fest championship trophy.

There will be a creative writing workshop by the British Council, a play by the street theatre group Naujawan- e-Hind and a hasya kavi sammelan. Performances by Bollywood singers will be the highlight of the programme.

This year, the organisers have introduced new events like Kharagshetra, a personality contest, Fusion Fiesta (fusion music competition), SF Karaoke, Break Free (talent shows), Run Bhoomi (treasure hunt) and Twisted Grades (game show).

The fest will also feature the usual events — quizes, literary events, panel discussion, star talks, fine arts shows, dramatics, eastern and western music and antakshari.

Harsh Vardhan Thusu, IIT Kharagpur


Spirit of performance

Sneh, the social service club of Birla High School (Girls), organised a unique festival — Smayan — for differently-abled school children. Students of nine schools participated in the event. Offstage events were held on December 6. The Reach school bagged the first prize in the sit and draw competition in the 5-11 years group, while The Oral School for Deaf Children came first in the 12-26 age group. Manovikas Kendra came first in creative writing.

Basketball matches were conducted on December 8. One was between Alakendu Bodh Niketan and BHS which ended in a draw. The other was between The Oral School for Deaf Children and BHS, and the former won by six baskets.

The onstage events were held on December 10. The participating schools were: Akshar, Alakendu Bodh Niketan, Manovikas Kendra, Reach, The Noble Mission, The Oral School for Deaf and Children and Mentaid. Rahul Singh of Manovikas Kendra bagged the first prize in the fancy dress category. Rupesha Banerjee and Shayoni Dasgupta of Reach stood first in the group song event. Again, the students of Reach topped the group dance.

The overall championship was bagged by Manovikas Kendra, with Alakendu Bodh Niketan coming second and Akshar third. There were special performances by the children of Aasha Niketan and Diksha Institute, a mime show by the children of The Oral School for Deaf Children and a dance item by the students of Love and Care and BHS.

Nikita Bahety, Birla High School (Girls)

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