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Indian Institute of Mass Communication to open a branch in Jammu

education Updated: Jul 21, 2011 11:58 IST

Indian Institute of Mass Communication to open a branch in Jammu
The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) will soon have a branch in Jammu and Kashmir. Sunit Tandon, director of IIMC, hasdiscussed the modalities for setting up a branch of the institute in the state with government officials. Temporary accommodation for faculty and students would be arranged till the construction of the building is completed in Jammu. The journalism courses are likely to be launched next year.

Have you done something meaningful for your community? Get recognition for your work and travel to the US
The second annual nationwide search to identify and recognise school students who have made meaningful contributions to their communities has been kicked off. The 2012 ‘Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards’ programme now invites individual and group applications from students in Classes VI-XII from across the country, who have been engaged in a volunteer community service activity that occurred at least partly during the 12 months prior to the application period.

The top two individual winners will receive medallions, cash prizes and a return trip to
Washington DC in May 2012. The best group entry will receive medallions and acash prize to be shared among the team. This prestigious awards programme organized by DLF Pramerica Life Insurance Co.(DPLI), is an extension of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, the largest youth recognition programme in the United States based exclusively on volunteerservice.

Introduced in 1995 by Prudential Financial, Inc. (PFI), DPLIs international joint venture partner, the US programme has seen participation from nearly 310,000 school students. More than 95,000 of them have been officially recognised for their extraordinary efforts in serving others through community service. The application forms can be filled online or downloaded from: www.dlfpramericalife.com/spirit. Alternatively, interested students can call toll free 1800 102 7070 or write to awards@dlfpramericalife.com for a paper application. The last date for submission of completed and certified applications is November 15, 2011. From the applications received, 15 individual entries and 3 group entries will finally qualify for national level judging. An eminent jury panel will select two from among the individual entries as national honourees, who will each win a beautifully engraved gold medallion, cash prize of R50,000 and an all-expense paid return trip to Washington DC in May 2012. Both the national honourees will also win a trophy for their respective schools. The other finalists and runner-ups will receive certificates and medallions.

The ICFAI University, Baddi, HP commences operations
The ICFAI University, Himachal Pradesh, part of the ICFAI University Group, recently announced the commencement of operations in Himachal Pradesh. Admissions are now open for the B Tech, MBA and BBA Programs, at Baddi campus, Himachal Pradesh. Spread over 2.21 Lakhs sq.ft. of built- up area, the campus is located in the educational hub at Baddi. This was announced by the Major General V.K. Sarin, the Chancellor Designate of ICFAI University HP.

Notably, ICFAI University Group has sponsored setting up of ICFAI Universities in 11 locations namely – Dehradun, Hyderabad, Jharkhand, Jaipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Raipur, Sikkim, Solan and Tripura. These universities offer programs in management, science & technology, law and education. MoUs have been signed and Letters of Intent have been received for setting up of universities in another four locations namely – Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Dewas and Guwahati. “We are setting up universities in lesser known areas of India as we believe that the opportunity to pursue quality higher education should be available to everyone. We also have a fee concession for domicile students, so that they don’t have to leave their place to pursue higher education elsewhere in the country,” Major General Sarin added.