Thursday, June 12, 2003, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Some hopeful, some nervous, students wait for D-day 
Smriti Kak

While the confusion over the disappearance of admission forms seems to have abated, the students attention are now focused on the submission of these forms and the much awaited cut off lists. Long queues of hopefuls loaded with admission forms in hand are a common sight in all colleges.

Not many want to wait for the last date for submission of forms, which is June 18. “I have already submitted the forms in all colleges because one never knows what might happen. It is best to be in time”, said Anjula Sinha, who was accompanying a friend at the PGDAV College.

For most students who have applied for multiple courses in colleges it is a long wait for the first cut- off list to be declared on June 25. “I don’t know whether I will get into the college of my choice, but I am hoping that the cut-offs this year are not too high,” said Kunal, who is hoping to make it to “either Hindu or Hansraj in the North Campus or Venkateshwar College in the South campus” for a degree in Mathematics.

The heat and the serpentine queues in almost all colleges is taxing, but students admit that the excitement of breaking free from the confines of regimented school life is more than compensatory.

“I cannot stop grinning for I know that with 87 per cent marks I am going to be in some college, it does not matter much where. But the very thought that I won’t have to face any more headaches and toothaches to skip classes spells freedom for me”, admitted Kanika Kapoor.

Students have also begun preparing themselves for the new session in other ways. Haircuts, accessories and wardrobes are all being adroitly put together. “After 15 years of waiting for this you surely don’t want us to goof up,” quips Kanika.

ICSI seminar to dissect Companies (Amendment) Bill

To discuss and deliberate upon various proposals included in the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2003, the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is organising a one-day national seminar on June 14, 2003, in the Capital. Mr Vinod Dhall, Secretary, DCA, will inaugurate the seminar, which has been capsuled into three technical sessions: ‘The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2003-A discussion, opportunities for company secretaries and need for proactive approach and corporate governance’.

The institute has decided to organise such chain programmes all over the country. It was pointed out that the Bill, besides certain radical provisions relating to the directors and audit committee, contains some very welcome provisions regarding the professionals and has opened up significant areas for members in practice.

ISIC-Student Travel Package launched

Delhi International Student Identity Card (ISIC), a UNESCO endorsed and globally recognised proof of full-time student status, has launched ‘ISIC-Student Travel Package’ for the students travelling abroad.

The ‘Student Travel Package’ offers a range of travel services like discount on air tickets, 24 hours help line, 50,000 discounts world-wide, communication package-ISIC Connect, discounts on luggage and accommodation.

ISIC help line provides 24 hours telephone toll-free assistance and guidance on medical, legal and travel emergency situations to the students while travelling abroad.

Special discount are available in 50,000 outlets in over 100 countries on services ranging from transportation, accommodation, free or reduced entrance fees for museums, theatres, concerts, cinema, art galleries, cultural events and historical places. To become an ISIC member one must be enrolled as a full-time student in a recognised programme of study and be at least 12 years old.

Management programme at Bharati Vidyapeeth

Bharati Vidyapeeth’s Institute of Management and Research has begun the admission process for a two years management programme in Computer Management, Personnel Management and some part- time programmes.

The prospectus and forms are available in the institute and completed forms will be accepted up to June 30. The entrance test will be conducted on July 8.

Course in Fire Technology

The College of Fire Technology is all set to admit students to the Bachelors degree in Fire, a course, which is now in its third year. Established in Ahmedabad, the College of Fire Technology is affiliated to the Gujarat University for the B.Sc course and to the Gujarat Council of Vocational Training for the Fireman course. The College of Fire Technology offers 120 seats for the B.Sc Fire course and 150 seats for the Fireman course.

Promoting IT talent

Delhi Aptech Computer Education has forged a partnership with LG Electronics to recognise and reward IT talent in the country. The LG IT scholarship programme will shortlist aspiring students, who aim to take on IT as a career and recognise and reward them.

This scholarship programme is open to students in the age group of 16-21years or those pursuing undergraduate or postgraduate courses.

Tips from the Grandmaster

NIIT students demonstrated their grasp of the game to Viswanathan Anand
NIIT students demonstrated their grasp of the game to Viswanathan Anand . 

NIIT Brand Ambassador and Mind Champion GM Viswanathan Anand spent time with the students at the NIIT education centre in South Extension.

Addressing the audience on how to become Mind Champions, the Grandmaster urged them to develop the right aptitude to pursue careers in IT and related areas.

He felicitated the batch toppers among the students pursuing career programmes at NIIT, and also spent time playing simultaneous chess with these students, who demonstrated their grasp of the game. 

Indian educational qualifications valued in Australia

Heartening news for the students. The La Trobe University, Australia, has assured the Government of India that the educational qualifications offered by the universities in India are at par with those issued in Australia.

Established under an Act of Parliament in 1964, La Trobe University has more than 26,000 enrolled students, including 2,200 international students.

Mr Stephen Connelly, Director, International Programme Office, pointed out that the courses offered by the University are recognised by the Australian Government and the University and its courses are registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students.

Infinite possibilities to student’s imagination

A student’s creation at the annual design exhibition held at the National Gallery of Modern Art
A student’s creation at the annual design exhibition held at the National Gallery of Modern Art. 

Wigan and Leigh College hosted ‘Infinite Possibilities 2003,’ their annual design exhibition showcasing the creative endeavours of the students.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Mr Rajiv Lochan, Director, National Gallery of Modern Art.

The exhibition was aimed at letting the students give a free run to their imaginative prowess and also to provide a platform for interaction with the professionals from the industry.

Students were also presented awards for their meritorious work. The Menaka Gandhi Award for exceptional work for the cause of animals was bagged by Deepti Kala.

Purnompa Debnath won the Advert Debono Award for lateral thinking, Cherry Kapoor won the Saul Baus Award for exploring and experimentation and the Academic Excellence Award was given to Saurabh Dawar, Deepa Kala, Shashwat, Aya Kaloda, Neeraj and Deepali.



Board refutes Sarvodaya’s claim

Bhiwani, June 11
A spokesman of Haryana Board of School Education has refuted the claim made by Sarvodaya Senior Secondary School, Khanpur Khurd in Jhajjar district that its 47 students were in the merit list of Senior Secondary Annual Examination 2003.

The spokesman was reacting to the claim of the school, published in a section of the press today. He said that the claim was baseless and contrary to facts as only five students of the school had obtained 80 per cent and above marks. Therefore, only those five students were eligible to be placed in the merit list.


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