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education Updated: Feb 23, 2011 09:47 IST
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Doing humanities at Oxford
Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of Oxford University, has said India is one of the University’s largest and fastest growing sources of students and academic staff.

Visiting New Delhi with four other world leading Oxford University academics to showcase their research and promote their humanities courses, Lord Patten said, “India and Oxford have a rich history of intellectual exchange dating back over four centuries. Among the Indians who have studied at Oxford and played prominent roles in Indian society and on the world stage are Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh; former prime minister Indira Gandhi; Cornelia Sorabji, India’s first female lawyer; and award-winning novelist Vikram Seth, to name but a few.”

“The University is also one of the leading centres outside the subcontinent for the study of India across all disciplines, from science and medicine to the arts and humanities.”

Professor Sally Shuttleworth, head of the humanities division, said: “The University of Oxford and the humanities division are delighted to be able to showcase our world-leading research in India. We hope our trip in India will not only demonstrate Oxford’s excellence in the Humanities to the outside world, but will encourage more talented students from India to apply to study at the University.”


IBAB ties-up with IGNOU, announces admissions
The Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB) has announced admission to its MSc in ‘Bioinformatics and Biotechnology’ programme in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi National Open University’s (IGNOU) School of Science. The MSc programme will be a regular face-to-face at the IBAB campus in Bengalore and students with a bachelor’s degree in any branch of science or technology are eligible for it. IBAB is a ‘centre of excellence’ in research and training in bioinformatics, department of information technology, Government of India.

The campus has facilities for both bioinformatics and biotechnology. The application forms are available for students till April 14, 2011 at IBAB, Biotech Park, Electronics City, Bangalore, 560100.

The institute describes the admission procedure starting with an online written test (from anywhere) from May 2-6, 2011, after which there will be an interview session which would be held at Bengaluru only from June 6-10.
The programme will commence from July 29, details of the same can also be seen on www.ibab.ac.in/MSC.
University is committed to working with Indian partners, institutions.”

IIT Delhi to organise entrepreneurship summit
To commemorate its golden jubilee, IIT Delhi will organise entrepreneurship summit 2011, an annual festival organised by the Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) on February 26 and 27. Speakers at the event in the past included Rakesh Bharti Mittal (VP, Bharti Airtel communications), Vinod Dham (Father of the Pentium Chip), Sanjeev Bhikchandani (Founder & CEO, Naukri.com), Tarun Tejpal (CEO, Tehelka magazine) and Tony Wheeler (Founder, Lonely Planet) amongst many others. The main attractions of this year’s summit are TEDx IIT Delhi, Young Entrepreneur Startup Showcase, iWeekend and Business Quiz. Young Entrepreneur Startup Showcase will exhibit the best 20 student start-ups from all over India. Register on www.edc-iitd.org/esummit.

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