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Alia University of West Bengal, formerly West Bengal Madarsa Board, will be starting a course in a new branch of Bengali literature known as “Bahirbanger Sahitya” (or literature of the Bengali diaspora). The course, of 200 marks, will be introduced in the fourth semester of the ongoing postgraduate programme in Bengali. Sabyaschi Bhattacharya, chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research and former vice-chancellor of Visva Bharati University, has welcomed the move. “This is a very significant development in the world of Bangla literature,” he said.

Icfai course

Icfai University, Tripura, has launched a postgraduate diploma course in investment banking. The course is suitable for professionals in finance, management and law, and entrepreneurs. Graduates in any discipline with 45 per cent marks or above may apply. The course duration will be between

ine and 12 months. Interested candidates can visit for more information.

What’s cooking?

IIAS School of Management, Calcutta, has launched two new courses. The certificate programme in retail skills is a three-month course for those who have passed class X. The second programme, aimed at housewives as well as women in the corporate world, is called “power cooking”. Those interested may call (033) 23562038 / 39, 9674744807, or send an email to More information is available on

Swiss ties

Switzerland’s state secretary for education and research Mauro Dell’Ambrogio recently announced the setting up of swissnex India, an Indian unit of swissnex, a global network of science and technology outposts. Swissnex is a programme run by Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Education and Research in co-operation with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

swissnex India will be the fifth such global centre after San Francisco, Boston, Shanghai and Singapore. It will be located in Bangalore, in the premises of the Consulate General of Switzerland. The centre’s mission is to create and maintain a dense network of contact between universities, research institutions, industry and other organisations in India and Switzerland. For more information, visit or

UG awards

Duquesne University, the US, is offering two scholarships worth $2,00,000 to Indian students. These may be used towards four years of undergraduate studies starting next fall (2011). Announcing the scholarships in Mumbai, Helen Auckland, assistant director of international admissions at Duquesne University, said, “We are happy to strengthen our commitment to Indian students through these new scholarships.”

Located in Pittsburgh, Duquesne University is home to students from over 80 countries, including over 60 students from India. For more information on the awards, you may contact Helen Auckland at

Art and design

Edudigm, an initiative by IIT Kharagpur alumni, organised Eklavya, a panel discussion by IIT professors, alumni and students

Domus Academy, an Italian art and design school, has launched special courses to attract Indian professionals and talented students. Part of the Laureate International Universities network, the academy is also introducing a competition called Technotalents. This exclusive competition offers a 50 per cent discount on the tuition fees for two winners and is available for design talents who want to pursue a career in information and communication technology (ICT). The deadline is October 31, 2010.

The one-year interaction design masters course trains designers with practical and conceptual tools needed to develop ICT concepts and strategies. Domus Academy has also introduced a course in service design. Service design is a relatively recent interdisciplinary practice that emphasises the centrality of users and user experience into service management and innovation.

Mock tests

GRAViitY, an institute run by ex-students of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), is introducing a test series for WB-JEE (engineering and medical), AIEEE and IIT-JEE aspirants. The series is designed by a group of experts and the tests will be mock versions of the actual papers.

There will be a one-day workshop for students in Calcutta and Guwahati. The event is aimed at developing short-cut methods to standard problems, in order to improve speed and accuracy. The test series will commence on November

14 and will be conducted at centres across India.

Students who do not have access to the test centres, will have the option of taking an online test series with rank assessment. For details, contact the GRAViitY head office at 20D Ballygunge Terrace, Calcutta-700029. You can also call (033) 40612249 between 10.30am and 7pm, or visit

Exploring science

IL&FS Education, education infrastructure experts in India, announced the launch of its portal called Exploriments, which focuses on developing conceptual understanding of science and mathematics. The portal, www.exploriments. com,was inaugurated by Anil Kakodkar, chairman, board of governors, IIT Bombay, and ex-chairman of the atomic energy commission at the same institute. It will be available to secondary and higher secondary students and teachers.

Tech tools

The Oracle Education Foundation together with Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti has introduced “project learning” in schools across India. Around 40,000 students from 400 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) have been given access to ThinkQuest, an online learning platform, for over a three-year period. JNVs are co-educational residential schools for talented children from the rural areas.

ThinkQuest helps students develop critical thinking, communication and technology skills. It also enables students and teachers create web-based projects and collaborate with their peers all over the world. In addition, Oracle will conduct a professional development programme to train teachers on how to integrate technology and project learning.

Work and learn

The Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, is inviting applications for admission to its off campus work integrated learning programmes. These include bachelors courses in engineering technology and information systems, and masters programmes in manufacturing management and software systems. The last date for submitting applications is October 30. Details are available on

Industrial courses

The National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, has invited applications for admission to its postgraduate diploma programmes in industrial management, industrial safety and environmental management, and information technology management. The last date for submitting applications is November 30. Check out for further information.

PhD admissions

The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali, has opened admissions to its PhD programmes in science subjects including biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and earth and environmental science. The session will begin in January 2011. More information can be found at

NET test

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has invited applications for the National Eligibility Test (NET) in arts and humanities subjects. The exam will be held on December 26.

NET results will determine the eligibility for junior research fellowships (JRF) and lectureship in Indian universities and colleges. The online application will be accepted till October 25.

Those who have secured at least 55 per cent marks in their masters course and those appearing for their final year masters examination can apply. The age limit for JRF is 28 years. There is no age limit for lectureship positions.

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