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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

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

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

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

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

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.

Joint Indo-US Research Finds Poverty Reduces Brain Power, Cognitive Ability!

Poverty and all the problems that accompany it can reduce a person’s cognitive abilities, leaving him with little brain power to devote to other areas of life, a new study conducted in India and US has found.

This mental strain could be costing poor people up to 13 IQ (intelligence quotient) points, researchers said.

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As a result, people of limited means are more likely to make mistakes and bad decisions that may be amplified by – and perpetuate – their financial woes, according to an International team of researchers.

The researchers suggest that being poor may keep a person from concentrating on the very avenues that would lead them out of poverty.

A person’s cognitive function is diminished by the constant and all-consuming effort of coping with the immediate effects of having little money, such as scrounging to pay bills and cut costs, researchers said.

A person is left with fewer “mental resources” to focus on complicated, indirectly related matters such as education, job training and even managing their time, they said.

Researchers found that pressing financial concerns had an immediate impact on the ability of low-income individuals to perform on common cognitive and logic tests.

On average, a person pre-occupied with money problems exhibited a drop in cognitive function similar to a 13-point dip in IQ, or the loss of an entire night’s sleep.

When their concerns were benign, low-income individuals performed competently, at a similar level to people who were well off, said corresponding author Jiaying Zhao, who conducted the study in the lab of co-author Eldar Shafir from Princeton University, US.

“These pressures create a salient concern in the mind and draw mental resources to the problem itself. That means we are unable to focus on other things in life that need our attention,” said Zhao, a University of British Columbia professor.

Educated Youth Have Vital Role in Building Resurgent New India: says President

President Pranab Mukherjee today said educated youth have to play a vital role in building a resurgent new India and the state and the community must invest in them by providing facilities for education and self-development.

“India is a shining example of democratic polity and pluralistic society. Democracy not only gives rights but also entails responsibilities,” he said in an address via video conference to the students and faculty of the Central University of Orissa at Koraput on the occasion of its fourth foundation day.

“The education you receive will bring you the opportunity to make a difference. This is the time to prepare yourself to engage with our beautiful, complex, and sometimes difficult and noisy democracy,” he said.

Mr Mukherjee said that, to build the country of its dreams, India needed competent and committed individuals.

“Our universities must produce men and women of character and integrity. Without these values, it is impossible to achieve anything worthwhile in life. Along with academic proficiency, our universities must lay great emphasis on character-building,” he said.

The President said that a high economic growth is an integral part of the country’s development strategy and achieving it would depend on its ability to mobilize the knowledge economy.

“It has to be built on the edifice of a sound higher education system. The Eleventh Five Year Plan period was a phase of unprecedented expansion. Sixty five Central Institutions including twenty one Central Universities were started. But good quality academic institutions are still few in number. As a result, many bright students go abroad for higher studies. We cannot lose this talent pool if we want to become a world power,” he said.

Mr Mukherjee said an international survey has ranked not a single Indian university amongst the top two hundred universities in the world.

“A culture of excellence has to be created. A flexible approach and innovative strategies need to be adopted in our higher education system to meet the challenges of tomorrow,” he said.

Mr Mukherjee said many bright students were prevented by geographic location or economic difficulty from seeking higher education.

“Our universities must use technology solutions like e-education to address the problems of accessibility, quality, affordability and faculty shortage. Accessibility and affordability will result in greater inclusion. It will improve the enrolment rate and enhance the quality of graduates produced,” he said.

The President said the Central Universities have been assigned a pioneering role in setting standards for higher education in the country.

“They should be a catalyst for strengthening other institutions of learning in the region. They should become the agent for mitigating regional academic imbalance. They should provide link between education and social development. It is gratifying to note that the Central University of Orissa has created a model for education-led development. The Centre for Tribal Empowerment and Community Development, established in 2010, offers skill development programmes for local tribal youth. I am told that a Rajiv Gandhi Chair on Tribal Studies is being set up for research on the lives of the tribal people of the region,” he said.

He said that, through extension work in adjoining areas, the Central Universities have enlisted the active participation of talented local youth.

“This has increased employability and ushered in upward mobility of the deprived. It will help us to realize the dream of an India which is progressive and equal. I would like to strike a note of caution here. At the altar of democratizing education, the pursuit of academic excellence should not be given lower priority. We must guard against any such tendency,” he said.

Mr Mukherjee also stressed the need for the academic system to encourage innovation activity.

Residents with Class XII from UT Eligible for MBBS Seat in Punjab: Rules HC

In an order having huge implications, the Punjab and Haryana High court on Tuesday held that students who have passed class XII examination from Chandigarh would be eligible for admission to medical courses in Punjab under the 85% quota meant for Punjab residents. The court, however, clarified that such candidates should be bona fide residents of Punjab.

A division bench headed by chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul passed these orders while hearing a petition filed by Harleen Cheema, who had completed class XII examination in medical stream from Chandigarh.

The petitioner wanted admission in the MBBS course in Punjab but was not considered under the 85% quota meant for Punjab residents.

Seeking admission in Punjab, Harleen moved the Punjab and Haryana high court on the ground that she had completed her qualifying examination from Chandigarh, which is the capital of the state of Punjab. She further submitted that she is a bona fide Punjab resident because her father has property in the state. She also referred a 1996 notification issued by the state government.

Hearing her arguments and considering various notifications and Supreme Court judgments on the issue, the HC ruled that a candidate from Chandigarh was eligible for admission in Punjab, if he or she was a bona fide resident of the state.

Gauhati Medical College and Hospital Students Demand Increase in PG Seats

Around 100 students of the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) took out a rally on Monday demanding equalization of under-graduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) seats in medical studies. The rally was a part of nationwide campaign called ‘Save the Doctors’.

There are 45,600 UG seats in the entire country. But, the number of PG seats is only 19,000, of which 12,000 are clinical studies-related seats. They said that the number of UG and PG medical seats in the country is not sufficient and should be increased.

The president of the Junior Doctors Association, Manash Jyoti Taw, said, “Pursuing post-graduation in any stream of medicine is essential for a doctor to become a specialist such as a gynaecologist, neurologist, surgeon, radiologist etc. India lacks specialist doctors due to the low number of PG seats. Though there are many medical institutions, the disparity in the number of seats allotted for PG and UG students, along with the mandatory rural posting, is affecting young doctors.”

The scenario in the state is no better. In the civil hospital and first referral units, there are no specialized doctors. “The GMCH authorities and the Directorate of Medical Education recently appealed to the Medical Council of India to increase the number of PG seats in the state. The authorities have asked for around 71 seats but only six seats have been increased. The doctor-patient ratio should be around one doctor for 3,300 patients but, at present, the ratio is around one doctor for around 6,000 patients,” he added.