Essay competition

Nandini Voice for the Deprived, a Chennai-based non-governmental organisation, wants to give an opportunity to college students across the country to participate in an all-India essay competition. The students will have to write an essay on “Government’s move to pump Rs. 2,000 crore into Satyam – is it a right move?”

The Satyam scandal threatens to tarnish the fair name of the Indian corporate sector. The Government is justifiably concerned about the fallout on the business prospects of the Indian IT sector globally and the threat of employment to those in Satyam. The question is whether the Government should step in directly to revive the company or facilitate the revival by allowing the market forces to play their due role.

The essay (a maximum of 1,500 words) may be written in English, Hindi or Tamil; and may be sent to the NGO either by post or e-mail. The last date to send in entries is February 5. Cash awards will be given to the 10 best entries. For details, contact N.S. Venkataraman, Trustee, Nandini Voice For the Deprived, M 60/1, 4th Cross Street, Besant Nagar, Chennai-600090, call (044) 24916037, 24961346; send an email to, or visit

MoU signed

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), U.K., and the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI) have signed an agreement to allow mutual advanced entry for students into both the accountancy bodies’ professional examinations. Prem Chand Gupta, Union Minister for Corporate Affairs, announced the signing of the agreement recently in New Delhi.

CIMA President Glynn Lowth said, “Management accountancy is a truly global profession and the MoU reflects this. This collaboration with our Indian colleagues will enable both institutes to highlight the benefits of a professional management accountancy qualification, to share best practices and to train and develop the global business leaders of the future.”

This agreement will strengthen the professional accounting links between two of the world’s leading economies and provide highly skilled professional accountants for the global labour market, enabling both institutes to work together to enhance recognition of the profession and their professional bodies.

The MoU introduces a new CIMA Professional Gateway examination (available from May 2009) for ICWAI students who have successfully completed the whole of the ICWAI professional examination, enabling a ‘fast track’ route into CIMA’s Strategic level examinations, final tests of professional competence and ultimately CIMA membership. CIMA students wishing to gain membership of the ICWAI also have a ‘fast track’ route.

New centres

BASE, a Bangalore-based educational training organisation providing quality training for IIT-JEE, AIEEE, AIPMT, CET and COMED-K, has announced the opening of its new centres at Rajajinagar and Yelahanka in Bangalore and in Udupi. There now are 11 BASE centres in the State.

“The centres will be fully equipped in all aspects of academic interest such as library, counselling and technologically-enabled classrooms,” said H.S. Nagaraja, Director and founder of BASE.

BASE intends to start centres in various district headquarters in Karnataka. “We intend to add at least 10 more centres during this fiscal. BASE also has associations with many institutions and will build associations with more institutions across the State,” he added.

“Udupi has been a hub of education since pre-independence days. The district has given the first private bank and also the first deemed university to the country. There are also a good number of colleges in the district. To strengthen the educational support available to the students of Udupi, more so for those who aspire to compete at the State and national levels, we have entered the town” said Vallish N. Herur, Director, BASE.

The new centres will cater to students of Standard 9 with a programme called Foundation-IIT, which helps them understand scientific concepts and their application. The centres will also cater to students of Standard 11/ I PUC for preparation to IIT-JEE, AIPMT and AIEEE. For students intending to join engineering and medical colleges in Karnataka the centres will provide a PU+CET Programme. They will be introducing innovative life-skills programmes to cater to students of Classes 5 to 8. They will also be in the realm of teachers’ orientation to help them teach better in the classrooms. BASE updates its training programmes regularly.

Graduation/ College Day

For the staff and students of Christ Junior College, this year’s Graduation Day was special as it also marked 40 years of the college’s role in PU education. Harish Bijoor, chief guest, spoke to students about the importance of being tough in these times, but with honesty and integrity.

The Principal, Fr. Jose C.C., highlighted the importance of right values and attitude towards success. Sudha Bhogle, Professor, Department of Psychology, Bangalore University, spoke about the need to prioritise and make well-informed choices. This was followed by the ceremonial oath-taking.

During the College Day celebration, Nandan Nilekani of Infosys, who was the chief guest, spoke to students about the demographic dividend that India enjoys. He stressed that our population liability could be converted into an asset if we develop our human capital through wise investment in education, health and infrastructure. During the student interaction, when quizzed regarding the prospects that students have in a world reeling with recession, he asked them not to worry as it is a transitory stage. He hoped that by the time they graduate after three or four years, the tide would have turned in their favour.

This was followed by a cultural programme by the students of all the 28 sections of the college.

Social responsibility

Industries in Electronic City witnessed a special effort towards social responsiveness last month when Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME) provided a forum, SPARSH-2008, to bring together NGOs and corporate personalities on the same platform.

Exhibition by 20 NGOs, workshops and a performance by children from Jyothi Seva School for the Blind and BOSCO were the highlights of the day.

Anjan Ghosh, Senoir General Manager, Sales and Marketing, TATA BP Solar, expressed concern over the continuously degrading environment. He stressed on the need to take corrective steps. He urged the young and budding managers to take environment conservation as a responsibility.

R. Venkataraman, Director, XIME, said, "The global financial meltdown only proves the need for ethical and responsible managers. Only they can ensure long-term growth and sustainability."

Raj Narayan, MD, Radel Electronics and Vice-President of Electronic City Industries Association, shared his views on social responsibility and about the initiatives taken by ELCIA.

The workshop on “Education for all — A dream we have to achieve” was chaired by Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson, Akshara Foundation.

Ms. Nilekani said, “We should take the responsibility to empower children by providing them quality education.”