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Increasing Role of Private Universities Worldwide

It is often stated that private universities in India are here for money and provide poor quality of education but one need to be reminded that 60% of college students in India are studying in private colleges. It is expected that the number of students

Higher Education needs to be prioritized in Budget 2014

Today, there are around 27 million youth aged between 18 and 23 years who are pursuing higher education in around 36,000 Indian colleges and 610 universities in India but sadly there are around 100 million youth who don’t have access to higher education in the

Emerging Hot Jobs in the Field of Engineering

Engineering is regarded as one of the best paid professionals across the globe. There has been a phenomenal rise in the number of engineering graduates in the last decade. This has created a lot of interest and opportunities in engineering as a career. It has

INDIAN TECHIES TO GET A BOOST WITH WASHINGTON ACCORD

There is some good news for Indian engineers!! India has now become a permanent member of the Washington Accord, which would lead to global recognition of Indian degrees and enhance the migration of engineers to the USA and other countries for jobs. This was announced

Spic Macay brings the desert alive at SelaQui Academy of Higher Education.

 The morning of February 20, 2014, saw the desert coming alive at SAHE during the rendition of Sufi music by Bhutte Khan Manganiar and troupe. The programme was organized by SPIC MACAY and held at SAHE to promote Indian ethos and cultural spirit. The resplendent

Increasing Role of Private Universities Worldwide

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It is often stated that private universities in India are here for money and provide poor quality of education but one need to be reminded that 60% of college students in India are studying in private colleges.

It is expected that the number of students enrolling for higher education will increase from 100 million to 260 million by 2025. Several countries are already encouraging their private colleges to meet the rising demand for higher education.

Countries such as Brazil are actively supporting private education in their country. There are more than 75% students in Brazil which are enrolled in private institution.

Even in developing countries such as Japan and Korea, 70% students study in private universities. In developing countries such as Malaysia, more than 50% students study in private colleges.

Our neighbour, China is also investing heavily in private universities and working towards making them world class and in 2002 also enacted law for Facilitation of Private Education. This law has led to two fold increase in higher education institution in the country and enrolment in them has increased five – fold.

Public institutions in India have already cemented a place for themselves on the world map but now even private universities are trying to match up with the public institutions. It would be great if Indian Government too assists them in becoming world class institutions.

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SelaQui Academy of Higher Education, Dehradun

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Higher Education needs to be prioritized in Budget 2014

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Today, there are around 27 million youth aged between 18 and 23 years who are pursuing higher education in around 36,000 Indian colleges and 610 universities in India but sadly there are around 100 million youth who don’t have access to higher education in the country.

 

Though the country is not expecting any kind of miracles from the finance minster but we would definitely want him to promise us to spend 6% of GDP on education out of which 1.5% should be allocated to higher education so that the middle class and even the underpriveldged youth get access to quality education.

If BJP abides by its manifesto which talked about restructuring of UGC into Higher Education Commission, setting up National Multi Skill Mission, focusing on e-learning and girl education, it could go a long way towards bringing about a wide scale change in this sector. Even Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, President of India in his joint address to the first session of 16th Lok Sabha highlighted the need to set up IIM and IIT in states which do not have them.

The problem of higher education is endemic in nature in India and is well entrenched in the socio political system of the country. As higher education trains manpower for all sectors of the economy, employers expect graduates to have required skills and competencies to handle their jobs.

For dealing with low level of employability, the country needs funding for curriculum update, innovations in pedagogy and reforms in examination patterns. Skills are needed beyond basics of reading, writing and arithmetic with focus on communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.

UGC has proposed increasing Gross Enrolment Ration from 17.21 % to 25 % which would mean 45 million students getting access to higher education by 2020. This would involve adding additional three million students and calls for expansion of infrastructure, funds and faculty pool.

Indian higher education has been facing challenges at all levels despite expansion in last two decades due to poor governance, shortage of funds and wide scale corruption. The current budget can work wonders if funds can be allocated for reforms in academics and infrastructural upgradation. Incentives need to be offered to state universities for raising funds.

There is a need for expansion of educational loan facilities in the country. As of now only 1.5% students manage to get educational loans due to higher interest rates and lengthy procedures for getting loans. There is a need for setting up National Education Finance Bank which can play an important role in designing a new educational loan scheme with low rate of interest and longer repayment period.

If a number of issues get addressed, our higher education sector could progress at a rapid scale.

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Emerging Hot Jobs in the Field of Engineering

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Engineering is regarded as one of the best paid professionals across the globe. There has been a phenomenal rise in the number of engineering graduates in the last decade. This has created a lot of interest and opportunities in engineering as a career.

It has led to advent of lot of hot jobs in the field of engineering. Given below is the list of jobs in engineering which has generated interest among B.Tech students.

Energy Systems
This is a multidisciplinary programme which is aimed at meeting the challenges of declining resources of fossil fuels and increasing demand for renewable energy sources. It involves knowledge of engineering and skills in areas such as conversion, energy generation, electrical power systems and management of energy. It also involves understanding of global and local impact of energy conversion, distribution in a system to influencing of public policy decisions in the longer run.

Fuel Cells
This is regarded as one of the emerging specialized fields of chemical engineering which converts chemical energy from fuel into electricity through chemical reaction with oxygen or another oxidizing agent.
It is aimed at making variants which consume less power at extreme conditions and deliver maximum output of temperature by using new age materials. Engineers opting for this field get recruited at energy and automobile companies.

Simulation Tools
This enables replication of phenomenon which is based on certain mathematical formulas and programmes. It is used so that the final product will be close to design specs without involving expensive process modification.

3D Printing
This is a revolutionary technology which enables manufacturing to be close to its markets and customers and there would be no requirement for manufacturing setups.

Nanotech
This is a multi-specialized engineering field which draws benefits in areas related to engineering, chemistry, physics, materials science, and biology.

Degree in the field of nanotechnology gives engineers practical education in areas of nanotechnology which includes physics, engineering of nanostructures, fundamental chemistry, as well as the theories and techniques which are used for designing, modelling, fabricating or characterizing of these technologies.

Advanced Materials
It has originated from the research offerings in chemistry and physics. It involves synthesis, characterization and processing of advanced materials for understanding their original properties. It is a niche and emerging field of engineering.

UAV Developments
UAV applications have been used in various missions and some of them include aerial imagery for counter operations during terrorist attacks, civil and military purposes, surveillance of disaster-prone areas, environmental studies and many other functions where in-depth operations is important.

These are some of the fields where a lot of job opportunities will be generated in the coming years leading to gainful employment for engineering students.

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SelaQui Institute of Engineering and Technology, Leading Engineering College in Dehradun

INDIAN TECHIES TO GET A BOOST WITH WASHINGTON ACCORD

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There is some good news for Indian engineers!!
India has now become a permanent member of the Washington Accord, which would lead to global recognition of Indian degrees and enhance the migration of engineers to the USA and other countries for jobs.
This was announced at the International Engineering Alliance meeting in Wellington, New Zealand, where the members voted for inducting India as a permanent member of the group.
India had been a provisional member of the accord since 2007 and was working towards becoming permanent member of the body.
As per Ms. Smriti Irani, HRD Minister, India:

The development will ensure that highest quality assurance standards (are) implemented in our technical and engineering programmes to provide global mobility to our engineering graduates. Degrees which have been so accredited will substantially enhance (Indian graduates’) employment opportunities around the world.

Degrees awarded by National Board of Accreditation (NBA) will be recognized by Washington Accord member nations.
Washington Accord was signed in 1989 by international agreement among bodies that are responsible for accreditation of engineering degree programmes. As of now, seventeen countries are signatories to the pact.
However, this accord will not be valid for IT engineers. After this, India will need to sign the Seoul Accord for creation of similar equivalence of programmes.

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Spic Macay brings the desert alive at SelaQui Academy of Higher Education.

 The morning of February 20, 2014, saw the desert coming alive at SAHE during the rendition of Sufi music by Bhutte Khan Manganiar and troupe. The programme was organized by SPIC MACAY and held at SAHE to promote Indian ethos and cultural spirit. The resplendent show given by the Langa Manganiars proved to one and all that God is one and that music transgresses any boundaries of faith and land imposed by humans, with the power to unite all.

SPIC MACAY, “the society for the promotion of Indian classical Music and Culture amongst youth”, is a non-profit, voluntary organization dedicated to promoting an awareness of Indian culture in educational institutions throughout India. This particular performance was given by Bhutte Khan Manganiyar and troupe. Bhutte Khan Manganiar belongs to a traditional family of folk singers from Rajasthan. He has worked hard in reviving the tradition of this beautiful folk music of the desert and taken it to several countries across the world.

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The event was graced by Major General Basant Singh, AVSM, VSM and his wife Mrs. Neelima Basant as Chief Guests. The guest of honor at the event was Mr.  & Mrs. Rohit Pathak, Headmaster, SelaQui International School.   The event was also graced by Major General OP Soni, Director, SAHE and his wife.  All the department heads, Faculty members and students attended and enjoyed the concert.  Major General Basant Singh AVSM, VSM, remarked that Sufi music does wonders for the soul and is an apt antidote for the stressed lives we lead today. SelaQui Academy as an institution endeavours to promote Indian culture through various student fests and cultural programmes. Major General OP Soni, VSM said, “We should take pride in our cultural heritage and promote Indian art & music”. The melodious notes sung by the Manganiars enthralled the audience and presented a picture of the colorful Rajasthan in all its glory.

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The Beauty of Rajasthan was captured alive in the melodious songs rendered by Bhutte Khan and troupe. The concert hall at SelaQui was transformed from a mere auditorium to a veritable scene from the desert with notes sounding straight from the soul.  The soulful notes emerged from the “Kamachya”, a 500 year old, goat skin instrument. The enthusiastic crowd could barely contain its joy in experiencing such a soul searching tuneful treat to the ears.  At the rendition of songs such as “ Nimbuda Nimbuda” “ Maare Hibada me” , “ Jat Yamla Pagla Deewana”, the enlivened crowd simply could not contain itself any longer and swayed to the folk notes. In that moment any generation gap seemed to have ceased between the experienced master performers and the student youth, such was the magic created.  The excited clapping by the audience was a testament to the fact that the audience wanted more of such soul food.

Manganiyars from Rajasthan are Sunni Muslims by birth, their lifestyle and the way of dressing up reflect the Hindu or the ‘Ganga-Jamana’ culture. Their music starts with an invocation to Lord Krishna and at times has Sufi influences. They present a perfect example of communal brotherhood as for generations they have been closely linked to both Muslim and Hindu families for their livelihood. Khamaycha and Sarangi are the most significant instruments of Manganiyar community.  Other than Khamaycha the instruments that they play are Dholak and Khartaal and Dholak. Khartaal produces melodious musical sounds with the special movements of the hands.

Sri.Bhutte Khan Sahib and his group are on a SPIC MACAY circuit to sensitise the youth of Dehradun about their age-old traditional art form. SelaQui Academy seeks to promote awareness about Indian art & music through such initiatives.

What are the Advantages and Benefits of Doing Online MBA…?

With the advent of globalization and liberalization India is all set to lead the business world with its huge market size and equipped intellectual assets. With this the need of a course curriculum has raised that could impart quality education to individuals and professionals who are willing to get into the field of business and business management.

Various reports have suggested that due to lack of time and convenience there are many professionals and individuals are not able to take-up the regular and conventional course and hence the requirement of an online MBA course has risen that is not only time-conserving but worthwhile also.

When we talk about such scopes online MBA is something that is gaining huge traction among individuals and professionals who are eager to gain business related know-hows and technicalities.

With this article our main aim is to come-up with certain facts that will establish why professionals and individuals should pursue online MBA course rather than taking on regular and traditional MBA course.

 Flexibility

For those individuals and professionals who are working full-time doing regular course could be a costly affair and hence it is important for them to save time along with earning money. Online MBA course is something that could help them achieve this goal as with online MBA they don’t need to come to a physical premise and hence they could save a huge part of their time and energy.

The flexibility that online MBA offer to students is not possible with traditional course. Even part-time, on-campus MBA programs designed for the fully employed still require the student to commute to school and attend class during prescribed times. Even though online MBAs are typically just as costly when it comes to tuition, flexibility can translate into savings if the student factors in time and travel spared.

Well-Prepared Learning Model

The learning model that these courses offer to students is well-prepared and developed by educational experts and professionals who are in the field of education and research since decade and are pretty acquainted with all the norms and regulations of business and market. According to research from various researches conducted by the U.S. Department of Education and covered in 2009 by CBS News. Eric Richards, chair of the online MBA program at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, tells CBS that online learners are better able to break down and absorb information, because they prepare for the course in their own-time and leisure which plays an important role in relaxation of these individuals.

Considerations

There are many people who are suffering from the social stigma that these online course are not recognized and valued by employers which is not the case rather it’s just the opposite of the same and employers are paying same attention and value to online MBA courses.

Less Efforts: One of the major advantages of online MBA course is that people could schedule time and space as per their own convenience and act accordingly. There is no need to stick to certain book and curriculums and they could gather information from anywhere they want to do and that too with less efforts and resources.

Conclusion: All we can say that if you are a working professional and willing to do courses along with managing your full-time job online MBA could be worthwhile however it should be ensured that the institute that you are taking admission on is worthwhile and is well-equipped with every possible facility.

Entrepreneurship Training WorkShop at SelaQui Academy of Higher Education…!

SelaQui Academy of Higher Education (SAHE), Dehradun organized an Entrepreneurship Training Workshop for Engineering & Management students which was conducted by Dr. Poonam Sinha, Regional Director (Behavioral Science) of National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) held on    18 September 2013.   She is Regional Director of (Behavioral Science) and has an experience of more than 16 years in Entrepreneurship Training (National/International) Research and Consultancy with specialization in Human Process Training,

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Mr. Anshul Pathak, Managing Director, while addressing the students encouraged them to come up with ideas for creating an entrepreneurship development cell in the Institute within short duration for increasing awareness of entrepreneurship.

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Dr. Poonam Sinha shared her experiences in entrepreneurship.  She has been involved in different initiatives taken up by NIESBUD regional office like trainer’s training programmes, small business promoter’s programmes, development officer’s orientation programmes, continuing education programes etc.   Students had a good learning experience from the workshop which will benefit them while they will think of entrepreneurship as a career.

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Prof. Dhram Buddhi, Director, Mr. Sanjay Barthwal, Dr (Lt Col) Anirudh Tomar, Dean SIM,   Mr. Sudhir Chopra, Registrar and  HODs and all faculty members and students were present on the occasion.

IIM-A Begins Exchange Programme with Foreign Universities…!

One of the prestigious educational institutes in India The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) welcomed 69 students from different international universities as part of the institute’s annual student exchange programme. The visiting students will be staying at the B-school for three months.

Of the 69 students, 44 are male and 27 female. Going by ethnic composition, the largest number are French (24 students) followed by German (19 students).

A meet-and-greet session was organised to give a chance to the new students to get to know the institute and their fellow students better. It was attended by IIM-A director Prof Ashish Nanda, dean Prof Ajay Pandey and staff.

Prof Nanda called upon the exchange students to “be brave and embrace new possibilities” by interacting with as many people as possible, both within the institute and outside, and not restrict themselves to hanging out only with people they are familiar with.

An exchange student from France said he had been preparing very intently at his school to get a chance to be selected for IIMA’s exchange programme. “It is one of the most sought after exchange destinations at our school and I look forward to having a wonderful time here,” he said.

This year, 107 students from IIM-A have opted to pursue their studies abroad for one term. This is significantly higher than last year when 77 participants had opted for studies abroad.

Indian School of Mines stir on over IIT Tag Demand…!

More than 1500 students of the Indian School of Mines have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from September 2 to press for their demand for the upgradation of the institute to the level of an IIT. The students have been agitating for an IIT tag for their institute for over three years.

Kalpesh Agarwal, one of the students leading the movement said, “A large number of students have left for New Delhi to mobilize support of the MPs. The government had promised to upgrade ISM to an IIT. Chandan Agarwal in Rajya Sabha and Inder Singh Namdhari in Lok Sabha had raised the issue and the government had given us verbal assurances.”

Students took out a protest march in Dhanbad late on Saturday to press for their demand. They will continue their protests in Dhanbad and Delhi simultaneously. A delegation of ISM students met P N Singh, a Lok Sabha MP from Dhanbad and submitted a memorandum seeking his support.

Mexico Girds for Education Standoff After Contentious Bill Passes…!

President Enrique Peña Nieto, facing fresh protests on Monday from a radical teacher union, vowed to press on with plans to revamp the nation’s educational system as well as overhaul the state energy sector and tax code, urging lawmakers to ignore pressure from the street and reshape the country in the coming months.

The president, giving his first state of the nation address since taking office in December, spoke the morning after one of his biggest victories to date: a vote late Sunday by the country’s lower house of Congress to pass a bill calling for teacher evaluations and the possible firing of ones deemed inferior.

Voting on the bill had been delayed for nearly two weeks by the teachers who have descended on Mexico City, blockading Congress and vital avenues. On Sunday, lawmakers were taken to Congress in buses and under heavy police guard, where they passed the bill, 390 in favor to 69 against. The bill this week will go to the Senate, where approval looks likely.

The vote threatens to deepen a confrontation with a powerful faction of the country’s teachers union, a dissident group known as the National Coordinator of Educational Workers, or CNTE, and its 250,000 members. Even as Mr. Peña Nieto spoke, teachers planned a massive rally for Wednesday.

CNTE leaders have called for a national “teachers’ insurgency” and plan to make common cause with others opposed to Mr. Peña Nieto’s ambitious reform programs. These include former leftist presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has called for mass protests starting Sunday against the government’s plan to turn around the country’s declining oil production by giving private companies a greater role in the state-run energy sector.

The stakes are high for the 47-year-old Mr. Peña Nieto, whose ability to push through the overhauls will shape his presidency and determine whether Mexico is seen by investors as an emerging market on the rise.

“In the coming months we will be writing the future of Mexico,” said Mr. Peña Nieto, in what was an unusually passionate call to arms from a president who rarely shows emotion. “We have 120 days so that 2013 can be remembered as the year Mexico dared to take off…. Together, let’s make history.”

The education bill garnered unanimous support from Mr. Peña Nieto’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, and the center right National Action Party, or PAN, as well as the votes of many lawmakers of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, the PRD. Mexico’s three major parties have signed a “Pact for Mexico” that calls for cooperating in passing important reforms.

“These are crucial weeks for our country, and lawmakers will need to show which side of history they are on,” PAN party chief Gustavo Madero told Milenio television. “We are going to face a lot of pressure from vested interests.”

Passing the education bill was crucial for Mr. Peña Nieto. If pressure from the street demonstrations had blocked the passage of the bill, the rest of Mr. Pena’s reform agenda, which includes a tax revamp to boost the country’s revenue, could have been jeopardized.

“This is very significant,” said Javier Treviño, a PRI deputy. “It means the reforms will move forward.”

The union blames Mexico’s poor education system—which the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ranks near the bottom of its membership—on inadequate funds. It says Mr. Peña Nieto wants to privatize schools, and ignored their concerns when drafting the proposed reform.

The CNTE says Mr. Peña Nieto’s proposal to evaluate teachers doesn’t take into account the characteristics of Mexico’s students, such as the poverty and the indigenous background of many children—especially in states like Oaxaca—who don’t even speak Spanish.

Critics of the union say it is a corrupt political organization whose members care less about education than about protecting jobs that many times are handed down from generation to generation or sold—a practice the government is trying to end.

Most of the teachers of the CNTE come from some of Mexico’s poorest states such as Oaxaca, Michoacán, Chiapas and Guerrero. Teachers in these states lead the country in days missed because of strikes, while the children in these states lag behind the rest of the country in academic performance.

In his speech, Mr. Peña Nieto noted that connection, and promised to provide special financial support for education in these poor performing states in next year’s budget.

The teachers reacted angrily to the congressional vote. According to a CNTE document seen by The Wall Street Journal, the teachers plan to “bring the conflict to a national level.”

“On Wednesday we will declare a teachers’ insurgency throughout the country,” said Francisco Bravo, a CNTE leader. Mr. Bravo called for massive protests, and said teachers from at least 22 of Mexico’s 31 states and Mexico City would take part. “We will be in the battle. This does not end here,” he said.

The teachers have occupied Mexico City’s historic main square, the Zócalo, covering almost every square foot with a multicolored quilt of plastic tarps for what appears could be a lengthy stay.

Their protests prompted the suspension of two soccer games, and a change in the route of the Mexico City marathon. Mr. Peña Nieto also canceled a trip to Turkey, and changed the time and place of his annual speech to the country, from Sunday to Monday.

The government has turned the country’s Congress into a fortress surrounded by high steel-sheet walls, guarded by thousands of helmeted police equipped with shields and riot gear.

The police are there to face off against an army of the disaffected that includes an estimated 20,000 teachers and their assorted allies, including electricians from a long-dissolved union, hooded anarchist students, and members of a Mexico City squatters’ organization.

The CNTE was formed to fight for higher salaries for teachers and union democracy in 1979, the year it broke with Mexico’s official teachers union, the National Syndicate of Educational Workers, or SNTE, which groups most of Mexico’s estimated 1.4 million teachers, the single biggest union in Latin America.

CNTE leaders hope to attract support from many teachers from the SNTE, which is still reeling from the arrest earlier this year on corruption charges of its longtime leader, Elba Esther Gordillo, known simply as “The Teacher.” Ms. Gordillo, an iron-fisted political leader famous for her flamboyant lifestyle, was one of Mexico’s most important power brokers. Although she began her career as a PRI stalwart, Ms. Gordillo also played a key role in throwing union support to the PAN in the last two presidential elections.

Since Ms. Gordillo’s arrest, Juan Díaz, her successor, has quietly backed the educational reform, even though many of the SNTE’s members could lose privileges once the reform is enacted.