Communicators Club

The Public Relations Council of India (PRCI) has formed its youth wing called Young Communicators Club (YCC) exclusively focused on journalism and mass communication, PR and business management students from colleges and universities across India. YCC will be entirely run by the students, according to a release. The maiden chapter has started in Bangalore and will be rolled out across the country soon, the release added. The Bangalore chapter has begun with about 800 members from 20 colleges. Students from across Karnataka will be enrolled subsequently.

Scholarship

A Bangalore student, Raghavendra Selvan, is one of the three winners of the nationwide online competition, Challenge Yourself India 2013, for full scholarship to study a masters programme at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. The prize ceremony was held in Fava Restaurant in UB City. Raghavendra will study Communications Engineering. The competition attracted over 5,000 participants from all over India out of which 1,578 completed all the four parts in the challenge. The competition was funded and organised jointly by Swedish Institute, a public agency, and three Swedish universities.

The competition was created, marketed and run by Student Competitions, a Swedish company founded in 2010 by students. Nine finalists were invited to participate in a full-day event that included a guided tour of the Swedish company Volvo’s bus and truck factories outside Bangalore.

The scholarship includes tuition fee, living expenses, health insurance and a travel grant. The total value of the scholarship is nearly Rs. 36 lakh. The two other students to win full scholarships were Rudra Pratap Singh from Guwahati who will study a two-year masters programme in wireless communication at Lund University and Sowmya Krishnaraj from Chennai, who will study a two-year masters programme in statistics and data mining at Linköping University.

Award

Ranji Jacob, the Principal of Bishop Cotton Academy of Professional Management, Bangalore, has been honoured with the “Vidya Ratan Award 2012” for excellence in the field of education and administration by the Economic for Health and Educational Growth, New Delhi, on the occasion of the 36th national seminar held last month.

Scholarship

The Karnataka Minority Development Corporation (KMDC) has announced pre-matric and matric scholarship for students of the Jain community who are economically weaker, to pursue their education. The Director of KMDC, Kavita Jain, said the scholarship will come into effect from the academic year 2012-13.

For details, contact 98448 53771 or 90369 95931.

MoU signed

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (Deemed-to-be University) has signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with CETYS University, Mexico.

Says Rajan Saxena, Vice-Chancellor, NMIMS University, “Technology and distant education go hand in hand. It ensures that learning is not restricted by geographies. The idea is to develop virtual technological innovations to educate and give value addition to education.” Both universities work on similar technology, i.e., blackboard technology which ensures that the convergence is easy. It reduces the burden of getting faculty to the region and also helps in offering an international reach.

 The highlights of the association are: preparation of faculty at doctorate levels and engineering courses, with CETYS University using the NMIMS’s expertise to pursue doctoral programmes; enriching the curriculum of both universities in programmes that need to be constantly researched and environment case studies; and a student exchange programme for MBA students. Short-term sessions of the programme will begin in March 2013.

Groups of students who are found suitable for the programme will get to participate in a 2-3 week session in engineering and management practices.