Asia youth summit 2011 held in India
Global Changemakers hosted its first regional youth summit in Asia from July 17 to July 23 – in India. The summit brought together 60 young social entrepreneurs, community activists and volunteers from across the globe for a week of training and workshops. Global Changemakers is a British Council-funded global youth network of social entrepreneurs and community activists from 112 countries worldwide. Its mission is to empower youth to catalyse positive social change.
The summit was aimed at improving participants’ knowledge, insight, and exposure to key economic, political, and social issues in Asia and globally; enhancing their ability to design and deliver projects by giving them the concrete tools and skills they need to amplify their work; support intercultural dialogue among young people from across Asia; serve as a platform to exchange knowledge, ideas and best practices of what works most effectively in the Asian context and grow and sustain the network of Global Changemakers in Asia.
There are currently over 700 changemakers and more than 200,000 young people involved in Global Changemakers activities each year.
Since its inception at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in 2007, Global Changemakers has organised and run over 15 regional and global youth workshops across the world - in Amman, Beirut, Cape Town, Doha, Harare, Rio de Janeiro and London, among others. Global Changemakers have been invited to participate in World Economic Forum events in Cartagena, Dar es Salaam, Sharm el Sheikh, Cape Town, and Davos, the Clinton Global Initiative, G20 and UN World Climate Conference. For more details, please check the website http://www.global-changemakers.net/events/asia-youth-summit-2011 to be a part of more such programmes.
IGNOU launches Russian language programme
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has introduced an on-campus certificate programme in Russian language. The six-month-duration certificate course is targeted at those who are in Indian business concerns in Russian and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries; Russian concerns in India as well as for government officials who are interacting with Russians, a varsity official said.
Those proficient in English are eligible for admission. Classes will be conducted at IGNOU headquarters in Maidan Garhi on weekdays with each session of two to three hours per day. There are 30 seats in all and the last date for applying is July 29 this year. The university has also launched a unique programme aiming to help grassroot-level media professionals disseminate government-sponsored social schemes effectively, in collaboration with UNICEF. The programme, which was launched early this month simultaneously in Delhi, Bhopal and Jabalpur, intends to educate the media professionals about the schemes that have a direct bearing on rural masses – such as the immunisation drive. The candidates will receive a certificate at the end of the course jointly by IGNOU and UNICEF.
Admissions open at the ICFAI University in Himachal Pradesh
The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University, Himachal Pradesh, part of the ICFAI University Group, has started admissions for the BTech, MBA and BBA programmes, at the campus at Baddi, Himachal Pradesh. Application forms are available at the ICFAI University, Himachal Pradesh, City Office at Panchkula. ICFAI university group has sponsored setting up of ICFAI universities in 11 locations namely - Dehradun, Hyderabad, Jharkhand, among others.