MDIS admissions

The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) has announced the launch of internationally recognised Bachelor’s degree and postgraduate programmes in association with the University of Sunderland, U.K., to be offered at the Singapore campus. The courses are Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Accounting and Financial Management (Top-up), Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business and Marketing (Top-up) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) (one-year programme).

MDIS offers merit scholarships to help about 2,000 international students from across the world and will cover the subsidised portion of the tuition fee payable by international students. For more details, visit

IFIM programme

The Institute of Finance and International Management (IFIM) has introduced a new curriculum for its 2013-15 batch of students pursuing the two year full-time programmes viz., PGDM, PGDM (Finance) and PGDM (International Business).

Some of the highlights of the new curriculum include a renewed focus on ‘Ethics, Governance and CSR’, ‘Business Analytics’ made a core course for all students, and an elective course in entrepreneurship.

Award for UVCE

The third year students of University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) bagged an award in the Analog Devices Anveshan 2012 contest recently. Akshay Kumar B.U., Gowrishankar A. and Samhitha M.R., working under the guidance of Prof. B.K. Venugopal, won the fellowship contest.

The team designed a “Brain Controlled Bionic Ear (BCBE)” that can control the state of the brain, in any one of the four states, namely sleep, alert, relaxation and meditation. This interface device to the brain can be used to get a patient back to normal from an anaesthetic state. Drivers can use this to stay alert, and filter unwanted noise signals in any range of frequencies.

The competition saw 180 entries from across the country.


The Tesco Titans team from Tesco won the CIMA Whiz competition 2013 in the regional round for Bangalore. Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Whiz is a case-study competition for working professionals that aims to bring out the best of analytical and decision-making skills amongst business managers and makes them “think and take decisions like a business leader”. The teams were evaluated based on their analytical study and approach, judgment and creative skills in interpreting the financial and non-financial data provided in the business scenario.


Somil Dubey and Saleha Zainab from Pt. K.L.S. Govt. Ayurveda College and Institute, Bhopal, were announced winners of the second edition of the national quiz contest ‘Ayurwhiz’ conducted for students of ayurveda colleges. The event was held at the J.N. Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) campus, and 192 colleges participated.

Creative courses

Creo Valley is all set to commence four short-term courses in Photography, Social Media and PR, Journalism and Creative Writing, and Innovative Product Design at Lisaa School of Design, Bangalore.

The courses are open to all and will span six to eight weeks. They are accredited by the Qualification and Assessments International (QAI, U.K.) mapped to the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF), England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Last date for registrations for the July first-week batch is July 1. For further details call: +91 8123141753 or +91 8123141754 or log on to

PG courses

Students from all streams are invited to apply for the Post-Graduate (PG) Diploma offered by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Harilal Bhagwati College of Communication and Management. PG Diplomas offered include Marketing and Advertising, English Journalism, Mass Communication, Public Relations, Business Management, Financial Management, Industrial Relations and Personnel Management (HR Management) and International Trade.

The duration of each course is one year. For more information, contact 080-22201959/ 22267421/ 22267303 or visit

Life skills training

Kristu Jayanti College began it week-long ‘Life Skills’ training for all first-year students of the college on June 22.

Faculty members addressed skills such as creative thinking, communication, and problem solving. The training will help them in their academic and personal life and prepare them for a wide range of challenges, a release said.


Eight partnership projects have been selected for the second round of the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative awards.

Each project will receive an award of approximately $250,000 that can be utilised over a three-year period with the objective of cultivating educational reform, fostering economic growth, generating shared knowledge to address global challenges, and developing junior faculty at Indian and American institutions of higher learning.

Four colleges from the U.S. will each collaborate with a college in India, and vice versa, to achieve objectives that will benefit both countries. Each government pledged $5 million for this endeavour, for a total of $10 million.

The next request for proposals for the Obama-Singh Initiative grants will be announced in July.

Founder’s Day

BTL institutions celebrated their founder’s day recently.

Ananth Kumar, MP, who inaugurated the event, urged the audience to contribute for the victims in Uttarkhand. At the event the best teachers who completed more than five years of service were awarded prizes.

According to a release, Dayanand Pai, Century Group Managing Director, gave the audience a glimpse of various projects undertaken for education in rural areas by the BTL Educational Trust.

Environment awareness

The NSS unit of HKBK College of Engineering planted a number of saplings to celebrate World Environmental Day.

To mark that day, 300 students and 25 faculty members of Acharya Pre-University College, clad in “Go-Green” T-shirts, marched from Dasarahalli to their campus holding placards and chanting slogans to raise awareness about the environment.

Gururaj Davanagere, Principal of the college, said, “Human intervention in protected forest areas must stop if we are to be sustainable in the long-run.”