Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Bits & bytes
IGNOU to commence campus placements

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has invited applications from its students, both IT and non-IT, for placement in various companies.

IGNOU vice-chancellor V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai announced that the University Campus placement Cell had formulated a major plan for the students.

Students are required to send their resume, only through their personal email ID, mentioning their current mailing address, mobile and landline numbers to

The university will also post information on placement programme on its website

Prof Pillai said the university will soon launch highly specialised jobs on a pan India basis for its students pursuing various degree programmes.

“The programme is being undertaken to map existing employable skill levels of IGNOU heterogeneous distance learner population for various industry domains — like IT, BFSI, tourism and hospitality— identify key skill gaps and recommend suitable training interventions to bridge the emerging skill gap for improving their job prospects,” he added

The other objective is to provide employable communication and soft skills alogwith total personality development training as per current industry requirements.

Besides ensuring an appropriate interactive one-stop platform for enabling IT and non-IT IGNOU students make the ‘best fit’ with jobs that are commensurate with their aptitude, he said. — UNI

Cambridge certification for MAAC animators

The Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC), India's leading animation and visual effects institute, has tied up with the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), according to its COO Naveen Gupta.

The animators qualifying from MAAC now shall have world-wide acceptability with the CIE certification, Gupta said in Chandigarh recently.

There is a continued demand for the animators in India at the moment since most of the work is being outsourced to India from around the globe, and the CIE certification would enhance the employability of the Indian animators that certifies the quality assurance of the courses undertaken by them, he informed.

University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is a part of Cambridge Assessment, and world's largest provider of international qualifications for 14-19 year olds. Every year, millions of students are entered for CIE examinations, including the International GCSE, O Level and Cambridge Pre-U in over 150 different countries.

CIE agreed to validate MAAC's advance diploma and postgraduate diploma in 3D after evaluating the course material and quality of academic system at MAAC centres. "Our evaluation has indicated that MAAC is a highly professional organisation, offering a portfolio of highly credible programmes to India's future animators, and MAAC is uniquely placed to provide the personnel needed to fuel this growth, both domestically and abroad," according to Ben Gibbs, CIE's Validation Manager.

According to Gupta, "This tie-up with the CIE will further improvise our training processes and help us maintain better vigil on the learning outcomes and evaluations during training."

MAAC, the academic arm of the Maya Entertainment Limited, started its operations in Chandigarh, and today it is a leading institute in 3D animation and visual effects with more than 50 training centers in India, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Nepal, and London. — TNS