The KGI advantage

The Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), U.S. has announced that it is accepting applications for its undergraduate programme.

Vibha Kagzi, India MD, Minerva Schools at KGI, says, “After the 10th grade, it is typical in India to pick a stream, whether Arts, Commerce or Science, and immediately decide upon a respective career.

At Minerva, we want students to have an opportunity to explore a breadth of disciplines before choosing an area of focus. We therefore offer a first year with four cornerstone courses before students choose their major.”

The Minerva Schools at KGI will look for students with excellent grades from Class IX to XII, but they need not be the best in every subject. Interested students can begin the three-step admission process on the Minerva website, by filling out the online application.

The second step will include a number of cognitive and non-cognitive tests designed to assess potential for Minerva. Students who are successful during the second step will be invited to participate in the last step, a personal interview.

The application deadline is December 31, 2013. Interested students may apply online at

The tuition fee will be U.S. $10,000 per year.

Healthcare management

HLL Academy, the academic wing of the central public sector enterprise HLL Lifecare, has announced two new courses, in clinical engineering and in management. The courses offered are: Post Graduate Diploma Course in Clinical Engineering and Management (PGDCEM) and a Post Diploma Course in Clinical Engineering and Management (PDCEM) for graduate engineers and diploma holders.

The eligibility for PGDCEM is an engineering degree in biomedical, electronics, electrical, mechanical, instrumentation, chemical or biotechnology disciplines.

Engineering diploma holders in biomedical, electronics, instrumentation, mechanical or medical instrumentation can apply for PDCEM. Details of the courses and prospectus at:

Fast track courses

New Zealand’s Auckland University of Technology (AUT) has launched a new range of programmes.

The AUT Business School is extending its postgraduate business degree portfolio to meet a growing demand for tertiary qualifications that fast track career enhancement and change, building upon the success and reputation of the long established Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Professional Accounting (MPA). The degrees may be completed in 12 to 18 months.For more information visit:

Online course on video storytelling

School of Communication (9.9 SoC) and Washington-based International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) have collaborated to launch a short online course Fellowship Program in 'Video Storytelling'.

The English version of the 6-week, interactive programme will be delivered by an Emmy Award-winning video journalist, Pierre Kattar. There is also a version in Hindi. The best participants would win a week-long coaching session with a video collaborator for The New York Times’ “India Ink” blog.

Students will learn the basics of shooting and editing a video story. All they need to take part is internet access and a simple video camera or phone/device with video and audio capabilities.

The instructor will provide one-on-one mentoring. By the end of the course, graduates will know how to produce a compelling report that combines video, sound and storytelling.

The programme starts on December 2, 2013 and goes on till January 10, 2014. The deadline for applications is November 25.

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