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Students of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K), are set to launch a nano satellite with the help of the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro). The satellite — named Jugnu — will be launched in December 2009 from Sriharikota and will be put in the Polar Orbit.

The satellite was given the go-ahead by Isro after a second design review was presented by the IIT-K authorities. “Isro has been conducting regular review sessions to check the progress of the ambitious project,” says Sanjay Govind Dhande, director of IIT-K.


Health wise

The Institute of Health Management Research (IHMR), Bangalore, has announced admission to its one-year postgraduate programme in hospital management (PGPHM). The course, commencing in July, is open to graduates from all streams of medicine and allied sciences. Application forms can be downloaded from The last date for receipt of applications is May 31.


Portable campus

Manipal Education recently announced the launch of a new learning system called EduNxt, which is aimed at transforming distance learning. Affordable and easy to use, the tool enables collaborative and interactive learning, including small group mentoring, virtual classrooms, simulation and other interactive content, self-study content, recorded presentations and shared browsing.

Students will now have access to over one million online books and journals. Students of Sikkim Manipal University’s distance education programmes will be able to access EduNxt in July 2009.


Design your career

After a successful first year, Rani Birla Girls’ College, Calcutta, is ready for the next batch of its bachelor of fashion and apparel design programme. The three-year fashion degree course is approved by the University of Calcutta. A student has to pass Plus Two in any stream to be eligible for it. The faculty constitutes full-time MSc / MTech teachers and guest faculty from renowned technical institutions. There are laboratories for pattern making, garment construction, textile designing and textile testing. Regular visits to industries, fairs and exhibitions are organised for the students. The number of seats available is 25 and course fee is Rs 30,000 per year.

Twin bonanza

The Icfai University, Tripura, has announced the launch of the CFA-MSF dual masters programme which would help students acquire career-oriented professional qualifications in management and finance. Instead four years (two years each for CFA and MSF), the students can complete the programme in 24 months.

The dual masters programme involves 24 subjects, 12 subjects each for CFA and MSF. The eligibility is graduation in any discipline with 55 per cent marks.

Application forms can be obtained from AJC Bose Road (22892161), Salt Lake (23355084), Lake Town (25341172 / 4723), Garia (24308563), Howrah (26375090), Barrackpore (25949054) or New Alipore (24889546). Visit for more information.


Energy walk

With the number of hours spent on mobile phones increasing day by day, getting batteries recharged poses a big problem, especially when the user is on the move.

Two students of the Scient Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, have now found a solution. A.R. Dipika and K.K. Deepika, final-semester students of the electrical and electronics engineering branch of the college, have developed an interesting model for charging batteries, mobile phones and other personal gadgets using a knee dynamo, which a person can wear on his or her legs and carry easily.

The knee dynamo is a biomechanical energy harvester that generates electricity during walking. This is to be strapped on to a person’s knee.

“It is quite light, assists muscles in the walking action and simultaneously generates a small voltage when the person walks,” say the inventors.


Touch the skies

The Wright Brothers Institute of Aeronautical Engineering Research and Management (WBIAERM), New Delhi, has opened admission to its courses in aeronautical engineering, electronics and telecommunication engineering, and computer science and engineering. Eligibility is Plus Two for four-year degree courses and Class X for three-year diploma and six-year degree courses. The last date for submission of application is June 10.

Prospectus and application forms can be obtained from WBIAERM, Lane No. 4, Building No. 16, Ignou Road, Saidulajab, New Delhi-110030, or by sending a demand draft for Rs 500 in favour of WBIAERM, payable at New Delhi. For details, visit, email, or call 011-65378881 / 9873757848 / 011-29534203.

Best of Asia

Six Indian universities — including the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B), Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K), Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D), Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M), University of Delhi (DU) and Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT-R) — have been ranked among the top 100 universities in Asia. The ranking was done by Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd, a leading information specialist in the higher education sector.

IIT-B has been ranked highest among Indian varsities at number 30, followed by IIT-K at 34. The others have been ranked at number 36, 49, 60 and 63 respectively.

Other Asian universities that feature among the top 100 are the University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), University of Tokyo (Japan), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong), Kyoto University (Japan), Osaka University (Japan), Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea), Seoul National University (South Korea), Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), National University of Singapore (NUS-Singapore), and Peking University (China).

Famous five

Five students have been selected for the first Reliance Dhirubhai fellowship. They will receive full financial support during their two-year MBA studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, starting September 2009. The fellowship will cover tuition, course-related fees, living stipend, and travel allowance — an estimated total value of $170,000 (Rs 8,466,000) per fellow. Those selected are Nitish Bandi, Namita Dalmia, Arvind Iyengar, Varun Jain and Aditi Pany.

Applications for the 2012 class of fellows are now being accepted, and will be available online, free of charge, at www.gsb.stanford. edu/mba/reliance. The last date of application is June 2, 2009. For more information on selection criteria, log on to www.gsb.stanford. edu/mba/reliance.

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