Thursday, January 9, 2003, Chandigarh, India

N C R   S T O R I E S


60 pc students get jobs with blue chip companies
Tribune News Service

Panipat, January 8
Maintaining its excellent record of placement, more than 60 per cent students of the first batch of the B Tech course of NC Engineering College here have secured jobs in blue chip companies and the Army.

Mr Vijay Gupta, college Chairman, told reporters here last evening that prominent companies which had recruited the students were Infosys, Reliance, Software Technology Park of India (STPI), Bharti Telecom, ICICI, The Times of India, Tata Consultancy Service (TCS) and General Electric (GE).

Giving details, Mr Gupta said Sumit Bansal had joined Infosys and Vikas Dhankar the STPL. Ashish Verma had joined GE, Harinder Suhag, Gaurav Sukhya and Himanshu Mathur IMA, Dehradun, and Pawan Mehtra TCS.

Pratibha Sharma, a student of electronics engineering, had got admission in Brooklyn University, Canada, and Gautam Sachdeva into the prestigious New York University.

The Principal, Dr S. Gupta, claimed the results of the college were unparalleled as compared to other colleges of Haryana as the college had produced 14 university toppers during the past three years. The college has a faculty of 90 with 12 PhDs and 19 masters’ degrees.

Talking about the facilities at the college, the Chairman said it had well-equipped labs and workshops. The computer centre had over 200 state-of-the-art computers with V-SAT and Internet facilities. The library had a rich collection of over 12,000 books and reference books and the library facility was available to students up to 10 pm daily.

Round-the-clock power back up, water supply and security were the other features, Mr Gupta said. The number of seats in the boys’ hostel had been doubled this year and the new girls’ hostel would be ready for occupation from February this year, he added.



Hi-fi plazas to facilitate student interaction in DU
Smriti Kak

The announcement by the University of Delhi to create plazas on the campus that will allow the students to meet in “safe and well lit” zones has surprised many. Needless to say, the students are relieved. Interaction between the students of the opposite sex still raises eyebrows on the university campus. The fear is that with the university acknowledging the need to create a haven for interaction between the students of the opposite sex, the moral brigade may soon be ready to march.

The university plans to build two such plazas in the campus where students will have access to facilities like cyber café, food court and an open amphitheatre.

Moreover, the zones will also do their bit for the environment. There will be provisions made for proper drainage and rainwater harvesting.

Prof Narayanan joins Ignou

Prof. R Narayanan, former dean of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, has joined Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou) and will carry forward his monographic research on the ‘Indian Diaspora in the Caribbean’.

Recipient of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Fellowship, Prof. Narayanan has contributed towards the promotion and development of studies and research in international relations, particularly those related to Latin America.

He has also been associated with Ignou as an expert and resource person for development of postgraduate programmes in the subject.

Prof. Narayanan has held various assignments including the Fulbright Visiting Scholar at University of Texas, honorary visiting professor at University of De La Plata, Argentina.

APTECH centres in Vietnam

Aptech has announced plans to set up new centres offering IT training in Vietnam. Aptech has tied up with leading banks across Vietnam to offer loans to students interested in pursuing computer education at Aptech centres.

Aptech ventured into Vietnam around three- years back and currently has 12 centres in cities like Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Danang, and Namdinh.

The latest career course offering from Aptech is the ‘ACCP World Programme’, a comprehensive programme designed in consultation with industry leaders (through the Technology & Academic Advisory Group of Aptech ) and internationally renowned alliance partners like Microsoft, NetG, etc.

The three-year programme, designed in a modular approach, enables a student to master the very latest technologies and prepare them to face the challenges of the future workplace.

The uniqueness of this career course is the detailed training offered in .net and J2EE frameworks. The course also incorporates additional information necessary in the form of new technologies or new tools. In addition to the ACCP World Programme, it also has a series of short-term courses.

As part of its effort to increase student satisfaction, Aptech has pioneered the ‘Blended Learning Delivery Methodology’, which incorporates a combination of instructor-led, Computer Based (CBT), and web-based instruction and learning-a hybrid form of learning.

The blended learning environment emanates from the power of technology to simulate the traditional classroom and build on its strengths and yet overcome the limitations that exists in the computer based learning model.

This model is based on a strong foundation of in-depth research, course design and instructional design.

Golden jubilee celebration

The Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) will celebrate its golden jubilee this year. The Vice-President, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhwat, will flag off the celebrations on January 13. The Vice-President will also release the ‘Golden Jubilee Commemoration’- a historical perspective of IETE. The Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Ms Sushma Swaraj, will release the ‘Golden Jubilee Newsletter’. The foundation stone of the IETE building in Noida will also be laid on the occasion.

Media studies

State-of-the-art training equipment is available at the Foundation Institute for Learning Media
State-of-the-art training equipment is available at the Foundation Institute for Learning Media. 

The Foundation Institute for Learning Media (FILM) offers technical training and courses in direction, acting, 3D animation, 2D cell animation, news reading and writing, editing and anchoring.

The institute claims to have state-of-the-art equipment and offers 150 hours of practical experience. Association with three renowned production houses and studios and a qualified teaching staff is the USP of the institute.

Rai Foundation Scholarships

Students at the Rai Foundation looking forward to better days
Students at the Rai Foundation looking forward to better days. 

The Rai Foundation has announced 3,000 scholarships encompassing all its 13 campuses across the country. At the undergraduate level, students securing 90 per cent or above will be awarded 100 per cent fee waiver, and those who score above 80 per will be given a 75 per cent fee waiver.

Apart from the conventional subjects, students will be given scholarships for pursuing studies in disciplines such as dance, music, journalism and sports.

The Foundation has also launched ‘nominate a scholar’ scheme whereby principals of schools and colleges can nominate a student for scholarship. According to the scheme, principals can recommend scholars for 100 per cent scholarship based on their judgement of the student’s abilities and need.

Orientation Programme

The Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, is organising a fortnight long programme for 19 senior faculty from six American universities. Organised under the umbrella of Centres for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), MDI aims to provide the faculty a comprehensive orientation programme on the cultural, economic, historical and business perspective of the country.

The MDI-CIBER programme is designed to bring realities of the global marketplace into the classroom. The CIBER programmes are offered to faculty members from colleges and universities throughout United States to enhance their ability to teach issues and concepts of international business.

These programmes are aimed to provide political, economic, environmental and social background so as to enable the participants to understand international business.

Alumni Association

If there is one example of paying back to ones alma mater, this one will surely suffice. While most universities have had their alumni paying back in cash and kind, the University of Michigan has achieved the distinction of having its alumni volunteering to take on an image building exercise for the university.

The University of Michigan India Alumni Association (UMIAA) has taken upon themselves the task of building awareness and knowledge about the university. It strives to raise the University of Michigan’s profile among increasing number of Indian students who plan to study abroad.

As part of their initiative, the UMIAA is advancing the study of management education in India by arranging a seminar conducted by renowned management ‘gurus’ from the University of Michigan Business School, Professor C.K. Prahalad and Professor Wayne Brockbank.

The topic of the seminar, ‘The Emerging Competitive Landscape: Our Need To Build New Capabilities’ is particularly relevant in the Indian context, given the changes in the business environment due to liberalisation and the opening up of the Indian economy to the global competitive forces. Indians are familiar with the work of Professor C.K. Prahalad, who was described by the Business Week magazine as “a brilliant teacher…..the most influential thinker on corporate strategy today”.

Professor Wayne Brockbank is renowned in the field of human resources, focusing his research on human resources practices and business strategy, customer focused culture and implementation of business strategy through people. He is also the co-director of Michigan’s top-rated Executive Education Centre.

Also present at the seminar will be Mr Robert. J. Dolan, Dean of University of Michigan Business School. A professor of Marketing, Dolan has taught at Harvard’s Advanced Management Programme.

He also served as chairman of the Harvard Marketing Department and his major research interests include product policy and pricing. Professor Dolan will share his vision for the future of the business school– a place where theory and practice continue to fuel learning.



HC seeks resolve of CGHS drugs dispute
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 8
The Delhi High Court today directed the Centre to reimburse the pending bills of the patients who are covered under the Central Government Health Service (CGH) scheme for certain specified medicines purchased by them, which were not available at the government dispensaries.

A Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Devinder Gupta and Mr Justice B. D. Ahmed also directed the Union Health Ministry to take steps to implement the recommendations of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) within 10 days regarding a dispute over payment of bills of empanelled chemists in the Capital who had stopped the supply of such medicines in November last to CGHS patients.

The court ruled that patients should not suffer because of the non-availability of the crucial medicines by the chemists and their dispute with the government.

Expressing the hope that the Finance Ministry would release funds to the Director-General of Health Services for payment of the pending bills of the empanelled chemists, the court took an undertaking from the chemists’ counsel that they would resume supply within 10 days.

The court was disposing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed for seeking the court’s intervention regarding the chemists not honouring their agreements with the government for supply of specified medicines to the patients.

The court also said the Health Ministry would start the process of taking appropriate action on the CAG’s recommendation from today itself to complete it by January 20.


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