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education Updated: Aug 21, 2009 14:14 IST

Certificate programme in agri-business management by XLRI
XLRI School of Business and Human Resources, Jamshedpur, launched a certificate programme in agri-business management in Hyderabad at the Loyola Academy in association with Ikisan, an agri-portal. The six-month, online self-learning certificate programme is designed for students who wish to supplement their basic agricultural knowledge with business skills and enhance their career opportunities.

The programme has essentially been prepared to impart agriculture management training and would help students understand marketing and sales in the agri-business industry. It is supposed to prepare agricultural graduates/post graduates and experienced candidates from other science streams for marketing and sales jobs in the agri-business industry.The students who have completed or are in the final year of BSc/ MSc (agriculture or allied programmes) and other graduates with at least two years’ experience in agri-business would be eligible to enrol for this specialised course. Aspirants must possess the following, to take the entrance test:

l School leaving exam > 60 per cent
l GPA at the end of second year > 60 per cent equivalent
l One reference letter
l A statement of purpose
l Experience certificate (in case of non-agricultural graduates) The programme would be open for registration twice during an academic year, starting in August and January. The course content developed by XLRI and Ikisan would be available on The registered students would be able to download the material from the site.

However, the students would be free to interact with the XLRI faculty through email or other means as suggested by the faculty of XLRI. The students can also avail of the “Online tests” available on the site for practice.

IGNOU starts first on-campus Master’s degree in social work
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched its first-ever face-to-face on-campus Master’s degree programme in social work. The university admitted a total of 20 students in the first batch of the two-year

MA programme in social work (philanthropic), after written tests and scrutiny.
Today across the world, there are over 2,000 schools of social work. India alone has over 250, mostly spread across south India and Maharashtra. All religions have tenets in social service. India tops in them, hence a school which take care of the destitute, orphans, streetchildren, social outcastes, leprosy-affected and physically challenged, etc.

Lauding the initiative, Vice Chancellor Professor V N Rajasekharan Pillai expressed hope that the new batches of philanthropists will emerge every year after two years from now who will become the harbingers of social change. Eminent social workers, empowered by aptitude and qualification according to University Grants Commission norms, will take classes on campus and guide students in the field work.

Professionals in the field of social work have been picked for the face- to-face classes. The students were given enlightening guidelines about the course by Joseph Sebastian, CEO, Indo-Global Social Services Society, who himself is likely to take a few important classes.

GSMS ties up with UK university
Global School of Management Science recently tied up with Sheffield Hallam University, UK, for their specialised programmes including MA in corporate communication with MBA, MSc IT and management and BA (hons) banking, insurance and risk management with BBA etc. Dr Rakesh Kumar Garg, Chairman, GSMS and Professor Philip Garrahan Pro-Vice Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). As part of the agreement, students will receive a degree after completing the above- mentioned specialised programmes from Sheffield Hallam University, along with an MBA or a BBA degree from an Indian university recognised by University Grants Commission and accredited by NAAC.

MAAC and IGNOU offer degree in animation
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) inpartnership with Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) is offering a three-year degree in animation and visualeffects. Eligibility for the course is 10+2, equivalent or BPP from IGNOU (in case theapplicant has not done 10+2). Selection is through aptitude test and personal interview. Last date for admission is August 25, 2009. Application forms are available at select MAAC centres.

Australian education exhibition held
An Australian pathways educational exhibition was organised in New Delhi on August 16. Organised by Navitas Australia in partnership with Canam Consultants, New Delhi, the exhibition was supported by The Australian Trade Commission & Australian Education International, Australian Government.

Twelve Australian educational institutions participated at the exhibition presenting the range of pathway education programmes that included English language programmes; foundation programmes; university level diploma; vocational programmes (cert II, III, IV and diploma); undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and pre-masters programmes.

Pathways programmes are specialised diploma programmes and courses offered to students that fall marginally short of the entry requirements for Australian universities. The pathways educational programmes offered by Navitas offer students the opportunity to enrol directly into the second year of a degree programme in Navitas partner Australian Universities on completion of Navitas’ one-year diploma programme.