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Talent hunt

The British Council has launched the Young Performing Arts Entrepreneur Award 2009. The award is part of the Young Creative Entrepreneur Award programme that forms the core of the Creative Future Network. It rewards the talent of young entrepreneurs from across the creative industries, recognising the role they play in the development of a competitive and sustainable creative economy.

Aspirants between 25-35 years are eligible to apply. The Indian finalist will compete with other international finalists in August this year in Edinburgh, the UK, where the winner will get an award of £5,000 (Rs 3,67,000). For details, visit www.british


On record

Coca-Cola India recently launched the 20th edition of the Limca Book of Records. The book catalogues extraordinary achievements of 20 Indians who have done India proud. It has 19 chapters and features over 10,000 remarkable achievements out of which 6,000 are new records. The edition was launched by Atul Singh, president and CEO of Coca-Cola India, and Vijaya Ghose, editor of Limca Book of Records.

New school

South City International School, an initiative of the South City integrated township, Calcutta, commenced its academic year on April 9. Conceptualised by educationist Shomie Das, principal consultant for the school, the facility aims to provide a dynamic combination of knowledge, skills and inter-cultural understanding to students. The intake capacity is estimated at more than 2,000. Currently the school will operate from Montessori to Class V.

Combat threat

The Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM), Calcutta, will start a new course in the forthcoming session 2009-2011. The two-year Master of public systems management (MPSM) degree course takes off from the earlier public systems management (PSM), a two-year postgraduate diploma course run by IISWBM since 1993 (with 100 per cent placement record).

The new course seeks to combat the threats posed by the recession by exploring opportunities and challenging careers for engineering, medical science, science, commerce and arts graduates. It consists of four sections designed to cater to the demands of industry: environment management, energy management, transportation and logistics management, and healthcare and hospital management.

Ticket to fly, a social learning network run by the Canada-based Savvica Inc., has announced the Learnhub Dream Study Abroad Scholarship to help students study abroad. The scholarship provides a one-time grant of $2,000. Awardees will get the amount once they join college and complete the first semester. The scholarship will be declared once in six months and any student who is an Indian citizen and a member of LearnHub can apply.

The prize winners will be felicitated and counselled on how they can extract the maximum from higher education abroad. The first round of results will be announced by the first week of September. Further details can be found on

Fresh course

The J.D. Birla Institute will start four new BSc courses under Jadavpur University from the 2009-2010 session. The three-year degree courses are being offered in textile science, clothing and fashion studies; food science and nutrition management; interior designing; and human development. Deepali Singhee, principal of J.D. Birla Institute, said that the courses have been developed keeping in mind job prospects of students. Forty students would be admitted in each course.

Tech talk

The Icfai Institute of Science and Technology (IcfaiTech) has announced admission criteria for its full-time, campus-based BTech programme. Students securing at least 60 per cent aggregate in Class X, as well as in Plus Two or its equivalent, with mathematics, physics and chemistry (English medium) are eligible. Admission is on the basis of the entrance test for IcfaiTech (ATIT) 2009. Students may also be admitted to the programme based on their rank in AIEEE (All India Engineering Entrance Examination) 2009.

Admission bulletins can be obtained from Icfai CPAD Kolkata, 224 A.J.C. Bose Road, 812, Krishna Building, Calcutta-700017. For further details, call 9748444433 and 44012126. Forms can also be downloaded from The last date of submission of forms is April 20.

Fair deal

The 18th Career Fair will be held at the Ice Skating Rink, Calcutta, from April 18 to 20 between 11am and 8pm. “We are targeting students who have just completed Classes X and XII and are looking to make serious career choices. This year, in association with the Singapore Tourism Board, a conglomeration of five universities will promote Singapore as an education destination,” informs Sanjeev Bolia, founder-director of Afairs Exhibitions and Media Pvt. Ltd, the company organising the exhibition. The exhibition will showcase over a hundred career options and over 100 institutions — from Bangalore, Pune, Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and other cities. The fair will feature interactive seminars, presentations and career counselling sessions.


MAT details

The Management Aptitude Test (MAT), administered by the All India Management Association (AIMA), is patronised by hundreds of B-schools and several lakh students register for it every year. The forthcoming MAT will be held on May 3 (Sunday). The scores will be considered by over 430 B-schools for admission to their programmes. The profiles of these schools are available in the MAT bulletin, which is available along with the form at select branches of the Bank of Baroda. You can also get the form by sending a demand draft of Rs 1,050 drawn in favour of the All India Management Association, Management House, 14, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003. For details log on to


Value addition

The Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai, opens admission to distance learning and part-time diploma courses for MBA aspirants. Welingkar is the only institute in Mumbai which is recognised by the distance education council of the Government of India. Talking about distance learning programmes during the slowdown, group director Uday Salunkhe said, “Professionals must focus on capability building as it is a life-long process that helps to perform consistently.”

Courses on offer include business management, industrial management, marketing management, human resource management, materials management, financial management, advertisement and public relation, entrepreneurship management, tax management and export import management. Eligibility for the one-year courses is diploma or graduation, while that for the six-month courses is Class XII. For more information, contact 022-24174816, 24174817, 2414 1443 or 2413 0677


Visual treat

Manipal University has announced admission to its three-year full-time BSc in animation. The programme covers traditional and digital arts, advanced tools and techniques, and holistic personality enhancement through soft-skills training. Students are also exposed to related fields like visual effects, medical education, gaming and so on. The number of seats is 75, and the last date for application to the August batch of the programme is June 30. Forms can be downloaded from Students who have cleared Plus Two or equivalent exam, and with a creative bent of mind, can apply. Those who have done a basic course in animation and are looking at building a career in the industry can apply directly to the second year of the programme through lateral entry.

Manipal Education has also launched a three-month certificate course in insurance and management in partnership with HDFC Standard Life. The course is meant for MBAs, experienced and fresh graduates. The training is focused on understanding customer needs and servicing them better. For more information, contact Manipal Education, Superintend Building, Block EP, Sector-5, Salt Lake City, third floor, Plot No. Y-23, Calcutta-700091 (Phone: 9830172168).

Leeds in India

Stephen Parkinson (right), pro-vice chancellor of LMU at the event

Leeds Metropolitan University (LMU), the UK, is offering a bouquet of courses and degrees in India through an exclusive campus at Leeds Met India, Bhopal. Undergraduate courses in business management, retail marketing, international hospitality management and event management will begin in September. Postgraduate courses will begin by 2010 and will include MBA and MSc in various disciplines. All the courses will be approved by the All India Council for Technical Education.

As part of the programme, students will have the opportunity to spend one semester at LMU. An academic director from LMU will be seconded to Leeds Met India on a full-time basis to ensure that academic standards equivalent to those in the UK are maintained. LMU staff will make a major contribution to the teaching and assessment of courses at Bhopal. Accommodation facilities comprise single or twin bedrooms, bathroom facilities, spacious living room with television, kitchen, dining room and Wi-Fi access. Accommodation will eventually be available for 1,200 students. For details, visit

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