Thursday, September 25, 2003, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


CM to open India’s first Dental College tomorrow

New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is scheduled to inaugurate the country’s first multi-speciality Dental College and Hospital at the Maulana Azad Medical College complex here on Friday.

The eight-storeyed state-of-the-art building spread over 1,20,000 sq. ft was completed in a record three years at a cost of Rs 16 crore, and would include specialised wings of the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, G B Pant Hospital and Guru Nanak Eye Centre and Dental and Medical College, according to the hospital association statement here. The hospital would have separate male and female wards with digital panoramic X-ray and laboratory equipment as also two operation theatres to provide holistic healthcare under one roof.

The hospital would have a postgraduate laboratory and postgraduate clinic in all the departments of dental medicine, radiology, oral surgery, prosthodontics, conservative dentistry with composite root-canal treatment, orthodontics, periodontics, paediatric dentistry, oral pathology and community dentistry. TNS


Motivating budding techno-entrepreneurs
Smriti Kak

A two-day programme on ‘Entrepreneurship Development’ was organised by the Delhi College of Engineering to inspire and motivate its students to emerge as techno-entrepreneurs.

The programme was inaugurated by Mr Pankaj Mohindroo, CEO, Indian Cellular Association. In his inaugural address, he dwelt on the success stories of entrepreneurial ventures in the organisations with, which he was associated. He called for the need for budding entrepreneurs to equip themselves with the kind of orientation and training required later in life while at college itself.

The Principal of DCE, Prof P. B. Sharma, emphasised for the need to create enterprising spirit in the students. He said that technical education should not remain confined merely to create a long chain of job seekers rather must invest in creating techno-entrepreneurship.

Distance education

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has agreed to offer advice to other countries to establish open universities. Addressing a delegation of Parliamentarians from South Africa, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof H. P. Dikshit, said IGNOU, with over ten million students in India and 23 countries, will soon establish a Centre for Research and Innovations in Distance Education, which would provide a forum to all distance educators for sharing experiences and evolving new models for open university system.

Prof Dikshit said various countries were using IGNOU’s course material, including those in Africa, because of cultural, historical and economic commonalties. He said IGNOU had developed expertise in areas, such as health, teacher training, information technology, distance education and management.

With its 24-hour education channel ‘Gyan Darshan’ and 40 FM stations in India, IGNOU now leads the open and distance education system in the world.

HR conclave

The Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad, organised a HR Conclave to discuss the ‘Role of HR Professionals’. The conclave was primarily directed at discovering and learning about the dimensions, the HR roles and practices unfolding everyday through an interactive session with professionals and corporate heads.

The event commenced with the inaugural speech by Dr T. P. Ghosh, Dean, Academics, IMT. The function was presided over by Mr T. Sanyal, Vice-President of SRF Limited.

Among those who spoke on the occasion included, Mr P. V. Bhinde, President, Corporate HR, JK Organisation, Mr J. C. Jhuraney, Vice-President, HR, Samtel Group, Ms Mahua Lahiri, President, Apollo Tyres, Mr A. Sudhakar, Head of Dabur and Mr Vinod Verma, MD and CEO, Sum Amicus Consultant among others.

Young Managers

Addressing the valedictory session of the 30th National Management Convention of the All India Management Association, the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Dr Murli Monahar Joshi, who recently resigned from his post, exhorted the Indian management professionals to lead their counterparts in the rest of the world instead of mechanically following the western management practices.

Dr Joshi also presented the awards to the winners of the National Competition for ‘Young Managers’ (NCYM) and to the ‘Best Young Manager’ of the year, Malabika Chatterjee of Tata Steel.

Earlier, Ms. Naina Lal Kidwai, Vice-Chairman and CEO, HSBC Securities and Capital Market, and Dr Santrupt Misra, Director HR, Aditya Birla Group, took a combined session on ‘Building Effective Teams’. They focussed on challenges faced by their corporations in promoting teamwork and pointed out that the key to success lies in effective optimisation of performance of teams across functional and business boundaries.

Scholarship scheme

State-run Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has announced a scholarship scheme for meritorious school and college students.

The scholarships, code named ‘Energising Success’, will be given to 350 students of 10+/ ITI, engineering, MBBS and MBA courses. The IOC will disburse around Rs 1.56 crore per annum, through this scholarship scheme, which is being launched with the objective of nurturing talent.

The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of financial background and merit. In all 250 scholarships, each of Rs 1,000 per month, will be given to meritorious 10+/, ITI students for two years and 100 scholarships of Rs 2,000 each per month will be disbursed for students pursuing engineering, MBBS and MBA courses till the completion of the course.

The IOC said special attention is being given to the students of North-East region, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Jammu and Kashmir. Forty students from the North-East region and Andaman & Nicobar Island and 10 students from J&K will be provided scholarships of Rs 1,000 per month for a duration of two years for pursuing 10+ or ITI courses.

Further, girl students have been given 25 per cent reservation in each category; whereas physically challenged students have been given 10 per cent reservation in their respective category.

The last date for receiving the completed applications is September 30, 2003.

IIT Mumbai

The IIT, Mumbai, under its continuing education programme, has announced the launch of its Marketing Management programme in Delhi. This is an initiative on the part of the CEP IIT, Mumbai, to provide quality education for development of human resources in the country.

The certificate programme will be conducted over a period of one year and classes will be held every fortnight. The classes will focus on concepts in industrial and services marketing, business management, marketing research, sales management and marketing strategy.

The programme will provide opportunity to working professionals to hone their skills and also gain marketing knowledge while continuing their job. It will provide marketing professionals to gain a high quality marketing qualification and orient them for the corporate world.

Industry-institute interface

The Bharatiya Vidya Peeth’s Institute of Management and Research organised a daylong seminar on industry-institute interface, ‘Margdarshan 03’. On the occasion, the chief guest was Mr Faiz M. Ali, president, Raymond and the chairperson was Dr K. Subramanian, Advisor, AICTE.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Ali dealt on the finer aspects of management by referring to the concept of management as eternal and immemorial. He pointed out that it is through the amalgam of fresh blood and wisdom of experience that sets the pace for the academics and the industry.

Dr Subramanian spoke about the role of AICTE in acting as not only a regulatory and supervisory body, but also as facilitators in providing the necessary resources for conducting various FDP’s and seminars for an ideal industry-institute interface.

Director of the institute, Dr S. S. Vernekar, in his inaugural address, highlighted the achievements of the institute and gave an account of the laurels that the students had won for the institute.

The first session of the seminar dwelt on ‘Expectations of the industry from the management students’ while the second session dealt with ‘The Existing opportunities and growth prospects for Indian managers’.

Courses in French and German

I Personality Development Center (iPDC), Paschim Vihar, has launched courses in French and German. The German language course is for three months and the French language course is for five months.

IPDC offers French and German language courses besides various modules for personality development for children and adults. The course in German is divided into three levels ranging from basic to advanced. The course involves practice in reading, writing, comprehending and speaking German, as well as stylistics, linguistics, and the specialised vocabulary and concepts of business. There is a special student package for the course.

The children’s courses aim at teaching children to think spontaneously and creatively in the new language.

Aptech university in Chattisgarh

Aptech has opened a new chapter with the launch of its Aptech University in Chhattisgarh under the Chhattisgarh Niji Kshetra Vishwavidyalaya (Sthapana Aur Viniyaman) Adhiniyam, 2002. The Aptech University will be sponsored by Aptech Education Society, established earlier this year with the main objective of imparting world-class training in all areas of higher education.

Aptech University will adopt a dynamic model, comprising the following branches; each designed to cater to vital areas in training. Aptech School of Information Technology will meet industry needs of IT and to thrive in the information-based economy, Aptech Centre for Software Engineering will provide a varied and targeted range of training covering a range of software engineering topics and Aptech Business School will offer doctoral, masters and bachelors degrees in business administration.

Aptech School of Distance Education will create quality educational experiences to a multitude of learners. Aptech Knowledge Center will act as a centralised repository of Aptech’s knowledge inventory.

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