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UGC to outsource NET exam to CBSE

UGC
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to outsource the National Eligibility Test (NET)  for lecturers to CBSE.

National Institute of Virology, Pune

Eligibility: Candidate should have postgraduate degree in any branch of life sciences having at least 50% or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA). Students belonging to reserve category will be eligible for 5% relaxation for students of Maharashtra state only

Scholarships for school students

The Lore India Foundation Scholarship Trust, a social entrepreneurial venture initiated by the Lore India Foundation Pvt Ltd, has announced the launch of a scholarship programme that is open to school students from Classes 10, 11 and 12 across the country.
 
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I have a keen interest in agrosciences and want to start a business in agro-tourism or in organic farming. I have worked in the technical field for the last two years. What courses would help me in this venture? Which are the top institutes providing full-time, part-time and correspondence courses in this field ? - Vaibav Sharma
-7/9/2014 4:03:00 PM
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The National Centre for Organic Farming, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, organises 30-day training courses in organic farming. Check the website for more details - www.ncof.dacnet.nic.in.

 In addition, the ministry of agriculture, Government of India, in association with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), has launched a unique scheme called agri-clinics and agri-business centres (ACABC) with a view to creating gainful self-employment opportunities to agricultural graduates and diploma holders and others. The ACABC training programmes of 60 days duration consist of class room lectures, exposure visits, hands-on experience, preparation of detailed project reports and their submission to banks for availing loan to start agri enterprises such as setting up of agri-clinics to provide expert advice to farmers on various aspects like soil health, cropping practices, plant protection, crop insurance, post harvest technology, feed and fodder management etc or starting agri-businesses such as maintenance and custom hiring of farm equipments, sale of agro inputs, value addition activities, livestock enterprises etc. The scheme also covers 100% refinanced loans from NABARD to the trained candidates for starting agribusiness enterprises. The training programmes are conducted through various nodal training institutes across India. ---- Usha Albuquerque
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I graduated in BTech (electronics and communication) in 2012. I successfully cleared GATE with a score of 650 and AIR of 2780. Following my MTech, I would like to take up a career in teaching, but I would also like to keep open the option of getting a good placement. I have got an offer from IIIT Bangalore for MTech (IT). I cannot decide whether I should take up the opportunity at IIIT Bangalore or if I should wait instead for the NIT counselling. Kindly advise. -Bhanu
-7/2/2014 1:37:00 PM
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IIIT Bangalore is an excellent institution both for academics and placements. It also boasts of a competent faculty, and being located in the IT city of Bangalore, it provides good internship offers. Several of the NITs such as Trichy and Warangal also offer excellent academics and placement offers so it is difficult to compare. Much depends on your own efforts and academic commitment to make the best of your two years of MTech. I do not think it will make a major difference to your future irrespective of whether you take up teaching or work with an IT company, as your choices are among the top institutes for IT. --- Usha Albuquerque
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I have graduated with BSc (H) in mathematics and want to pursue higher studies. I have got an offer to a master’s course from EISTI, France ( L’école internationale des sciences du traitement d’information). I would like to know if I should go for it. - Shalini Singh
-7/2/2014 1:37:00 PM
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You have neither explained why you have selected this French university, nor which area of mathematics you intend taking up after the master’s degree. The Ecole Internationale des sciences du traitement d’information (EISTI) is a private technical well-renowned institute but not counted among the top institutes for the study of mathematics. So while an MSc in mathematics from EISTI can be a personal choice, you can also consider similar courses elsewhere in the world as also in India. Much also depends on the specialisation and the career you wish to pursue after your post-graduate degree. Top institutes and universities such as the IITs, the IISc, ISI and others. The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) at Madras, Bombay, Kanpur, Kharagpur and Delhi conduct MSc mathematics programmes. IIT Roorkee conducts MSc applied mathematics and MSc industrial mathematics and informatics programmes. The National Board for Higher Mathematics, Department of Atomic Energy, Mumbai provides scholarships for pursuing postgraduate studies (MA or MSc) in mathematics. The Indian Statistical Institute offers a master’s in mathematics at Kolkata and Bangalore for students with a bachelor’s degree or a BE/BTech degree. The Chennai Mathematical Institute offers MSc mathematics, and MSc in applications of mathematics. --- Usha Albuquerque
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