IBM contest

IBM, in collaboration with its business partners, has announced “The Great Mind Challenge 2009,” a contest which provides a platform for students to become adaptive innovators. K.L.N. College of Engineering, Tamil Nadu, was the winner of the 2008 challenge. This contest will enable participants to get hands-on experience on IBM software products such as Tivoli, Information Management, and Eclipse. Mentors from IBM and the college faculty will guide the students.

At the felicitation ceremony, Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager- India/South Asia, said “The industry requires more adaptive innovators — people with deep proficiency in a specific area and good soft skills.”

TGMC 2008 had nearly 50,000 students from 1,400 colleges participating. The winning team developed a project named City without Crime, an online comprehensive crime reporting system to engage public, NGOs, police and government agencies to be more quick, pro-active and responsive to fight crime and criminals.

TGMC 2009 will be more extensive with a revamped website, activities on social networking websites and college campuses. The top five teams will present their project to key executives from the IBM India Software Lab. Registrations began in May and the challenge will conclude by December.

Entrance test

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), under the Government of India, has invited applications for an entrance test to be held on June 28 at Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mohali, Mumbai, Pune, Noida and Kolkata for admission to the two-year full-time MBA software enterprise management programme. It exposes students to the latest tools and technologies used in the business scenario and prepares them to configure and map various core processes such as financial accounting; sales and distribution; material management; and human resources in an integrated manner.

Those who have obtained B.E., B.Tech or M.Sc. in computer science, IT or electronics or MCA with at least 60 per cent marks in the qualifying degree are eligible to apply.

Admission brochure, application form and other details can be downloaded from or Last date for receipt of completed application is June 15.