Obviously, a great news that engineers with BTech degrees will find it easier to seek jobs and opportunities for higher education abroad from 2013.
Engineers with undergraduate degrees will find it easier to seek jobs and opportunities for higher studies abroad from 2013, if India’s bid to join the elite Washington Accord for international accreditation is accepted. […] The National Board of Accreditation, under the aegis of All India Council for Technical Education, plans to bid to become a permanent member of the Washington Accord in June 2013. […] India is yet to invite the Washington Accord to audit its accreditation system, a crucial process for becoming a full member, despite the country being granted a provisional status in 2007.
“Saraswati”, the Goddess of Learning portrayed by students of Budiani at the Academy of Fine Arts in Jogjakarta, was given to the Australian National University by the Republic of Indonesia in 1969. Photo taken in November 2007. (Photo via flickr.com)
New IDS research shows that the global poverty ‘problem’ is changing. There is a new ‘bottom billion’ of 960m poor people or 72 per cent of the world’s poor who live not in poor countries but in middle-income countries (MICs). This is a dramatic change from just two decades ago, when 93 per cent of poor people lived in low-income countries (LICs).
Social Media, in India, is evolving rapidly. Facebook is becoming more like Google. But it’s no longer new. What’s new and interesting is that the dominating competitive force of social media is evolving even among India’s not-so-typical users: farmers!!
“Community concept has always been prevalent in villages,” says Asheesh Raina, analyst at technology research firm Gartner India. “Earlier, a village sarpanch would sit under a tree and discuss certain issues with villagers before taking a final call. Facebook and Twitter are an extension of this concept.” Farmer bodies are quick to point out the advantages of social media. […] And it’s catching on. Small tea growers in West Bengal will launch a website this month and link it with Facebook and Twitter so that growers can interact with international buyers directly, says BG Chakroborty, Confederation of Indian Small Tea Growers Association. Farmers involved in dairy, horticulture and floriculture are increasingly using social networking sites, adds K Prabhakar Reddy of the Consortium of Indian Farmers Association.
Bollywood By Way Of Finland of the Day: Finnair provided passengers aboard a recent flight to Delhi with some unexpected in-flight entertainment: Flight attendants doing a Bollywood-themed dance in honor of India’s Republic Day.
The story of Indian higher education is like a F-1 racing track without any enforcement of driver safety or driving rules. For last few years, Indian higher education has grown at a break-neck speed. For example, Indian higher education has grown by 20% in one year and added more than 5,000 colleges to the system. Likewise, gross enrollment ratio (GER) grew from 12.5% in 2007-08 to 17.3% in 2009-10. Clearly, access to higher education is very important for a developing country like India and it is encouraging to see the growth. […] Most of this growth was supported by entrepreneurial spirit of private sector. However, slow pace of policy reforms and misplaced herd-mentality of some private higher education initiatives, has resulted in one of the largest system with one of the weakest quality. This is a risky and unhealthy proposition for the system and stakeholders. One can imagine what will be the outcome in a racing track with no rules or security measures. […] The biggest trend from Indian higher education for 2012 will be consolidation.