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SPELLINC, an inter school spelling competition organised by Linc Pen & Plastics Ltd, recently hosted its final round in Calcutta. This was the 11th chapter of the annual event. The winning team consisted of Deya Bhattacharya, Adrita Khawash and Shivani Agarwal from Modern High School for Girls. The first and second runners-up were teams from Calcutta Boys School (Soumyadeep Mazumder, Souryadeep Basak and Satyaki Mujumdar) and St James’ School (Addway Bandhyopadhyay, Romit Ghosh and Anindya Shankar Bhandari) respectively.

IIT dreams

GRAViitY, an institute run by ex students of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) to help aspiring IITians, has launched a foundation course for students of classes IX and X. This is aimed at helping the youngsters to think independently. Admission to all the courses for 2010 will be through entrance tests. The schedule is as follows:

* Foundation course, two-year classroom programme for IIT-JEE (Class X) — April 3

* One-year classroom programme for AIEEE / WBJEE (Class XI), two-year classroom programme for IIT-JEE (Class X, WB board) — March 14, 28

* Crash course for AIEEE / WBJEE — direct admission on March 21, 28.

For registration, contact 20 D, Ballygunge Terrace, Gol Park, Gariahat Road, Calcutta-700029, or call 24604658 / 9830038901.

New school

The Schulich School of Business, Toronto, Canada, recently launched the Schulich MBA in India in association with the SP Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR). The AICTE-approved course will allow students to take their classes at SPJIMR in the first year, while the second year will be undertaken at Schulich. Schulich faculty will deliver most of the courses in the first year. Their teaching will be complemented by resident faculty from SPJIMR. In the second year, Schulich faculty will deliver all the courses.

Young talent

The Young Achievers Awards 2009, organised by GlobalScholar and EducationWorld, recently announced the winners. The awards aim to acknowledge and inspire young achievers (between 12 and 25 years) across India.

The winner in the arts and music category was Chelsey D’Souza, a pianist with high distinction in piano examinations held by the Royal School of Music and Trinity College London. In the sports category, Rekha of Shah Satnamji Girls College, Haryana, received the award for representing the country in numerous international judo championships. The science award went to Anirudh Anand Bapat, a maths wiz and astronomer from Pune. The award for social work went to Jaimeet Gandhok, a human rights activist and student of Vivek High School.

The runners-up for the awards were Siddharth Nagarajan (arts and music), Ashish Tiwari (sports), Treksh Marwaha (science) and Kush Kalra (social work).

Search for architecture

The Trust for Sustainable Education and Action in Architecture (Trust for Search) has introduced the School of Architecture, Planning and Design (SAPD) in Calcutta. The concept outline was presented at the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

SAPD is conceived as a centre of excellence with multi-disciplinary contributions in planning, design and architecture education that hinges on strong industry-academic relationships. While the architecture course will have 40 students, planning and designing will have 30. Students will need to clear Plus Two to be eligible for the undergraduate courses. Those applying to the postgraduate courses must have a graduation degree. Vocational training and diplomas will also be on offer.

Youth power

Tata Power has begun a unique school outreach programme in Calcutta called the Tata Power Energy Club. This aims to encourage youngsters to propagate efficient use of energy and further the cause of educating society. The programme has already been implemented in schools in Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Pune, Jamshedpur, Belgaum, Lonavla and Bangalore.

In Calcutta, the project kick-started with four schools — the National English School, Pramila Memorial Institute, Saifee Golden Jubilee English Public School and North Point Day School. Students underwent training sessions and workshops focusing on methods and means of energy conservation. The company intends to extend the campaign to colleges as well. For details, visit the company’s interactive website (

Teach English

The British Council has signed an agreement with the Birla Vidya Vihar Trust to start a fresh style of English language learning in Calcutta. The language courses are specially tailored to the needs of Indian learners.

There will be three course types on offer — “English Evolution” for learners who want to work on speaking, listening, reading and writing plus grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation; “English Executive” for learners who want to improve their workplace communication; and “English Impact” for learners who want to improve their confidence and fluency in interviews, group discussions and public speaking. For details, visit www.britishcouncil. org/india-english-learnenglishinkolkata.htm.

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