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The Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, recently presented Strategym ’09, its 14th annual business convention. The theme was “Providing a whole new approach to the age-old problem faced by industry and bring about a paradigm shift in the way various business situations are perceived in a fast changing business arena.” Eight research papers were presented, and problems discussed and possible solutions offered.

The winning entry was the paper on “Mitigating traffic congestion in Mumbai”. The presentation on “Buyback of securities” won the second prize. It analysed the problems faced by stakeholders when a company buys back its securities. The third prize winner was the paper on “Revamping the Indian postal system”.

TOEFL soars

Educational Testing Service (ETS) recently announced that more than 7,300 institutions worldwide are accepting the TOEFL® (Test of English as a Foreign Language ™) test to assess English language proficiency for both undergraduate and graduate applicants. Of these, approximately 5,175 are located in the US and Canada, 1,000 in continental Europe, 200 in the UK, 600 in Asia, 100 in Australia and New Zealand, with the majority of the remaining institutions in Africa and West Asia. ETS has increased the number of test administration sites to allow greater access and flexibility for test takers. Currently, there are more than 4,500 test administration sites globally.

Award time

GlobalScholar (, a US-based education services company, and EducationWorld, an Indian magazine for education news and analysis, are inviting nominations for the GlobalScholar-EducationWorld Young Achievers Award 2009. The awards aim to acknowledge and inspire bright youngsters (between 12 and 25 years) from across India in four fields — science, maths and technology; arts and music; social work and sports. Entry forms can be downloaded from or The last date of submission is December 12.

Ready to work

Centum Learning Limited, a Bharti associate, is conducting six programmes in the BFSI (banking, financial services and insurance) sector in collaboration with Annamalai University and Ignou. This entails both degree and diploma courses. Students who want an MBA degree can opt for specialisation in banking and finance or insurance. Those looking for short-term courses can opt for one-year diploma programmes in these streams.

New centre

The Government College of Engineering and Ceramic Technology (GCECT), Calcutta, was recently recognised as a centre of excellence by the computer technology and IT consulting corporation, IBM. A special centre for the benefit of both students and faculty members was inaugurated on October 13. A collaboration for software development with the multinational giant is also in the pipeline.

Power women

The Association for Women with Disability organised a discussion on Equality of Opportunities and Rights: Key to Advancement of Women with Disability on November 3 at the Peerless Inn, Calcutta, in association with SARPV, Bangladesh, AKASA, Sri Lanka, and Healthlink Worldwide, the UK.The aim was to create a space for interaction with officials from key departments like health, nutrition, education and employment as well as prominent members of society who can spread awareness about the problems of disabled women. A three-day plenary meet is on where disabled women from different parts of India as well as from other countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan will share their experiences, challenges and achievements under a three-year initiative called Creating Spaces for Women with Disabilities to communicate and advocate for their rights.For details, see

Prize affair

The Heritage Institute of Technology, Calcutta, recently felicitated the toppers of the 2008-2009 batch. The prizes were given away by former Team India caption Kapil Dev. The event also included an interactive session with the cricketer, who shared his dreams, passions and views, as well as fielded queries from students.

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