Times Jobs has featured Mr. Ninad Karpe in their story, ‘Make in India’: Towards a skilled & superior India

http://content.timesjobs.com/make-india-towards-skilled-superior-india/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=make-india-towards-skilled-superior-india

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Maharashtra Times has carried an article titled, ‘Balanced and enlightening’ attributed to Mr. Ninad Karpe

http://maharashtratimes.indiatimes.com/business/information-technology-budget-2014/articleshow/38162152.cms

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‘Budget sets tone for higher growth trajectory, job creation’

http://www.thehindu.com/business/budget/budget-sets-tone-for-higher-growth-trajectory-job-creation/article6197317.ece

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Unleashing private sector

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‘What Indian IT industry expects from the new government’

http://www.informationweek.in/informationweek/news-analysis/295952/indian-industry-expects-government/page/1

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Rebooting the education sector

The new HRD minister Smriti Irani is staring at multifarious challenges in her office. For one, she needs to prioritise the gargantuan problems facing the education sector. If she succeeds in making an impact, she can truly make a big difference to this sector and ensure that India reaps the benefit of a demographic dividend of a large and young population. India is at the crossroads of opportunities and challenges and hopefully, the new minister will grab the opportunities and make some path-breaking changes.
The BJP manifesto had covered a wide range of topics on skilling and education. Importantly, it had mentioned that public spending on education would be raised to 6% of GDP. Presently, it is around 3.2%-3.5%. If the new HRD minister manages to get a budget allocation of 6%, it can truly revolutionise this sector. By doubling the amount of funds, it can vastly improve access to the “last man in the line” and also the quality of education.
There is a huge shortage of teachers across all the sectors. As per an analysis done by Technopak in 2013, India requires a faculty totaling 1.16 million for all the Universities. As against this, India has a total faculty strength of 810,000, which means that there is presently a shortage of 350,000. In 2020, the shortage will rise to 1.38 million. The BJP manifesto has made a repeated mention of shortage of teachers and the need to address it. We will have to wait for the execution plan that Irani rolls out for this.
So, what are the other initiatives which need the urgent attention of the new minister? Availability of finance for education needs urgent attention. In most developed countries, if a deserving student is unable to finance her education, she gets financing on easy terms, without collaterals. In India, education financing is largely based on collaterals provided by the student—invariably, by her parents. This should stop. Collateral-free financing can be made available if a robust framework of credit guarantee funds is made operational.
Our Prime Minister is known to be an innovative thinker and one who comes up with bold, original ideas. In this context, is it possible to conceive the idea of allowing “for profit” institutions in the education sector? Why not? In Gujarat, the Modi government has been aggressively pursuing privatisation, even in the education sector, and allowing “for profit” institutions will become a game-changer.

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PERFECT 2400 !

Arunavha Chanda from Kolkatta made history when he scored a perfect 2400 in his SAT II scores.
Son of a neurosurgeon in Kolkatta, Arunavha was convinced by his father to pursue under-graduate studies in the US.
With his perfect score of 2400, Arunavha was offered admissions in the top Universities in the US – Stanford, Columbia, Duke, Dartmouth and Georgia Tech. Wanting to pursue computer science and engineering, Arunavha chose Columbia University, where he has been awarded the prestigious Prescott Davis scholarship. Apparently, Duke University had also offered 100% scholarship.
Arunavha joins a growing number of students who are pursuing education in the US, hoping to benefit from a multi-cultural, world class education system.
With a perfect score of 2400 in SAT II and admission into Columbia with a scholarship, Arunvha will remain an inspiration to many students from India, who want to pursue their studies in the US.

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17 Indian Universities in Asia’s top 300

The annual Asia rankings of QS has been published. It is a coveted list of the top universities and the Asia rankings are a variant of the world university rankings.
Seventeen Indian universities have made it to the list of top 300 universities in Asia. Last year, eleven Indian universities had made it to this list.
IITs lead the rankings of Indian universities, with IIT Delhi at 38th position. IIT Mumbai is at 41st position and five other IITs feature in the top 100.
In the list of traditional universities, Delhi University leads with a ranking of 81. Six new universities have made it into the list – Benaras Hindu University, Punjab University, Manipal University, Amity University, Birla Institute of Science and Technology and the Indian Institute of Information technology.
There are various weightages given to arrive at these rankings:
• 30% for academic reputation
• 20% for student/ faculty ratio
• 5% internationalization
• 10% employer reputation
• 15% papers per faculty and citations per paper
If Indian universities focus on improving these parameters, we will see many more Indian universities in this QS ranking list.

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IIT, GUWAHATI BREAKS INTO THE TOP 100!

The Times Higher Education is the most coveted list of the top 100 Universities in the world. For the first time, an Indian institution has entered this list.
IIT Guwahati has entered the list of top 100 universities that are less than 50 years old. It has been placed at 87.
The ranking is based on a complex model of a composite score of teaching, research volume and research citations.
IIT Guwahati fared extremely well in the score on teaching and it is creditable that it has broken into the top 100 ranking.
Let us hope that IIT Guwahati improves its rankings in the years to come.

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The Kota Model

Kota is a small town in Rajasthan, which has now become the path to seeking admission to IITs.
More than 100,000 students come to Kota every year to get coached for the entrance exams of IIT. It is unparalleled – nowhere in the world will you see such a vibrant coaching industry for a high stake exam.
Although a student has to appear for IIT entrance after class 12, the coaching classes in Kota start enticing students to come to Kota at the age of 11. Hostel facilities are provided to the student and if a parent is accompanying the student, there are ample guest house facilities in the town.
Students are given a combined offering of coaching and schooling though various tie-ups. There is excessive emphasis on the coaching element and students eventually land up doing a lot of rote learning. The true experience of schooling is lost and all the students who come to Kota come with the only mission of seeking admission to IIT – everything else is secondary!
Till the time we do not have more high quality educational institutions which have the same “pull” as IIT, the Kota model will continue to attract more students and the coaching industry will continue to thrive.

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