As we are nearing to 2012; we just thought to give a glimpse on what made news in 2011. We have tried our best to recall; if we miss out a thing or two you are more than welcome to suggest in the comments.
Lets dive in (alphabetical sorting)
Aakash Tablet PC
Aakash is the world’s low cost tablet pc with a price tag of Rs. 2499/- launched by Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development on October 5, 2011. 30,000 pc’s were stocked and all of them are sold out but the device can be pre-ordered from www.aakashtablet.com. Aakash was aimed at school children and students under the theme ‘One Laptop Per Child’.
Aakash has grabbed the attention of the world primarily for it’s price.
The All India Engineering Entrance Exam conducted by CBSE encountered several problems this year; firstly the paper leak issue, delay on the examination day & protests from parents and students demanding a re-test for all AIEEE aspirants. CBSE’s wrong call on announcing rescheduled date, court intervention and a whole bunch of a mess.
AIEEE last year was a disappointment.
The All India Pre Medical or Dental Test conducted by CBSE for 15% of medical and dental seats through out the country (except Andhra Pradesh & Jammu Kashmir) grabbed attention this year. When MCI announced NEET UG every one has thought AIPMT will be given a send off from this year but CBSE announced the dates of AIPMT 2012. The application forms are now available online.
Baroda Manipal School of Banking
Bank of Baroda & Manipal University together set up Baroda Manipal School of Banking this year; the institute is offering Postgraduate Diploma in Banking & Finance (PGDBF). The USP of this course is guaranteed placement in Bank of Baroda as probationary officers. Selected students will be given provisional offer of employment in Bank of Baroda. The course is split into 12 months of class room sessions and 12 months of paid internship at Bank of Baroda.
The common management aptitude test which is administered to close to 250,000 students every year has made minor changes to the test format. The number of sections were reduced to two instead of three and test duration was increased by 5 minutes.
FMS Delhi, IITs too are accepting CAT scores by scrapping FMS Entrance Test and JMET respectively.
The Central Board of Secondary Education has faced tough challenges in connection with AIEEE and NEET UG. NEET UG was the proposed common medical entrance test for MBBS Admissions in the country. MCI had roped in CBSE for conducting NEET UG on MAY 13, 2012 but unfortunately after several states opposed NEET UG the test was put-off to 2013.
The much awaited common management aptitude test (CMAT) to be conducted by AICTE was announced this year. The test will be held during 20.02.2012 to 28.02.2012; the announcement from AICTE about mandating CMAT became a controversy and later on resolved.
Facebook is not a new term for any one; the news we want to share about Facebook is about their hiring activities in India. Facebook is paying amazing salary even for Fresh graduates. They are hiring technical graduates especially from NITs and IITs.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) has revamped the test pattern from this year.
Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) announced common written examination for selection in 19 public sector banks. Earlier there was no such provision; each bank use to conduct their own entrance exam and screen candidates. Introduction of common written examination for PO / Clerical posts was well received by job aspirants.
Interestingly IBPS was the second most searched term in Google Search India only next to Facebook (No.1).
IIM Indore has opened doors for kids; yes IIM Indore has started an Integrated Postgraduate Programme (IPGP) for plus two students. This is the first time in history an IIM is offering such course; the response for this course was too good. The sad part is the fee is placed too high for this five years course.
IITJEE was discussed more often this year; experts and critics expressed their views and felt a need to abolish the existing system of selecting candidates. Expert committee is planning to revamp JEE on the lines of SAT and such proposal was disliked by IIT alumni and they started protests. Narayana Murthy of Infosys too had some valid points on improving quality of IITians; JEE was liked by girls this year as they have got a fee waiver for applications and disliked by boys since their application fee nearly doubled.
Achievements are not new for this premier business school based in Hyderabad; to add more value ISB Hyderabad secured AACSB Accreditation. This is the highest level of accreditation any business school can have in the world.
The Medical Council of India which earlier made announcements on holding common entrance exams for undergraduate and postgraduate courses next year had failed to make it a reality. MCI faced tough times this year and spent most of the time to convince all the states to agree for common medical entrance test. The efforts got wasted as NEET UG got deferred to next year.
NEET UG or NEET PG
The common medical entrance tests which are set to replace several medical entrance exams to ease the burden on students by keeping a single door for admissions in medical and dental colleges didn’t receive the support it deserved from the States. NEET UG was mostly discussed because of the suspense surrounded to it’s debuting date.
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