The annual Maria Philip Memorial Inter B-school debate competition was held at the Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME), Bangalore. The topic of the debate was ‘The National Food Security Bill/Act, 2013 will cause more harm than good to the country’s economy’. Twelve leading B-schools of Karnataka were represented.

K. Vaidyanath, Non-Executive Director, ITC Ltd., was the chief guest. The chairperson of the panel of judges was Ganga Ganapathi, Vice-President, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising. She was joined by Karthik Iyer, CEO (India Operations), Happy Creative Services; Subramanium Chittur, CEO, Giri Textiles Pvt. Ltd.,; and Burzeen Vakil, Deputy General Manager, IBM-System and Technology Group, as the other panellists.

The team from IIM-Bangalore won the rolling trophy and cash award of Rs.15,000; the runners-up was the team from St. Joseph’s College of Business Administration and it bagged a cash award of Rs.10,000.

SAE India

MSRIT RACERS, a group of engineering students, will represent M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, in the Baja SAE India 2014 which will be held in Indore in February. The team, faced with the challenge of building an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) from scratch with no professional aid, is being sponsored by companies such as Toyota, Chevrolet, Mahindra, and Autodesk.

The MSRIT RACERS has passed the preliminary virtual BAJA stage along with 120 other teams (from a total of 326 participating teams). The team comprises 17 “technically sound” mechanical engineers.


HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd. held a breast cancer awareness initiative with students from JD Fashion Institute, Bangalore. Students took up the initiative of getting trained in self-breast examination through HCG BCA app, and in turn taking the responsibility of training five women each.

IELTS workshop

The IELTS Train-the-Trainer programme will be conducted by a British Council trainer having extensive experience in the field of English language teaching and IELTS. Participants can develop skills in teaching, speaking, listening, writing and reading and find out the latest information on the IELTS examination from trained experts.

The 18-hour training course is spread over three days and includes professionally developed materials to cater to training needs, a release said, adding that the enrolment fee is Rs.8,000 per candidate.

The workshop will be held on October 22, 23 and 24 at the British Library, 23, Kasturba Road Cross, Bangalore-560 001. For more information contact (080) 22489220 or mail

Study in Australia

The Australian Trade Commission is organising a global online competition “Win your future unlimited”. The competition invites prospective international students to describe their future aspirations through a digital postcard including the role of Australian education in securing their future. The competition runs till November 18 and is open to international candidates aged between 18 years and 30 years.

The major prizes include payment of tertiary tuition for the 2014 Australian academic year at one of the 22 institutions supporting this competition, one year of student accommodation, overseas student health cover and an unpaid internship of up to 10 weeks to be taken during 2014.


U.S. education

A group of admissions counsellors representing a variety of accredited universities from across the U.S. are in India to meet with and speak to students.

The programme is organised by Linden Educational Services, a Washington DC area organisation.

The group is visiting New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, and Hyderabad. All of the events are free and open to the public.

The meetings are to be held on October 23 in Ahmedabad, October 26 in Bangalore, October 27 in Chennai, and on October 30 in Hyderabad.

To learn more about the participating universities and to register for the fair, visit or or call toll free: 1-800-103-4199.