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IDP EDUCATION Australia has organised an "Australian Education Interview Programme" on March 12 at the city's Hotel Le Meridien. The programme is expected to benefit not only students seeking study options in Australia, but those interested in online and distance education programmes, and those studying in Australian university offshore campuses in Dubai and Singapore.

The format of the event will be different from traditional education fairs, says Henry A.S. Ledlie, director, IDP India. "This is a structured programme offering students and parents the opportunity for an exclusive interview with the Australian representative to finalise career plans and, in some instances obtain an admission letter."

For pre-registrations, students can contact IDP's Bangalore office at 201, Second Floor, The Presidency, St. Mark's Road (ph: 41233751) or email info.bangalore@idp.com. Students will have to bring their original academic documents and adequate number of photocopies. Incidentally, China, India and South Korea are the top three countries sending students to Australia across all sectors of study. And that includes university, vocational education, schools and English language courses.

The number of Indian students to that country almost tripled during the period 2002 to 2006. This growth was exponential for vocational courses (148 per cent) and non-award programmes (67 per cent).

To attract more Indian students, Australian Prime Minister John Howard had announced Australian $ 25 million aid to India over the next five years for bilateral collaboration through the Strategic Research Fund and Exchange Scholarships.

EXITO 2007

Sixteen business schools from around the city turned up for "Exito 2007," the two-day inter-collegiate annual management festival organised by the city-based MATS School of Business and IT. Among the colleges participating in contests such as management games, quizzes and paper presentations were Christ College, Alliance Business Academy, ICFAI, East West College and PESIT.

The event saw various activities being conducted by all the MATS forums keeping in mind the theme of the aviation sector: Aviator (Finance Forum), Chase the Sun (Marketing Forum), Albatross (Operations Forum), The Recrewter (HR Forum), Concord (Quizzing Event) and Black Hawk (Best Manager Event).

Finance events included "Take Off," where participants had to trade virtually. Each group was allocated Rs. 10 lakh to buy and sell shares in the market. They were provided with stock tracker to keep track of the current changing market price of the stocks. At the end of it all, IBA won the overall championship trophy.

Winners

Students of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism and Electronic Media of the C.M.R. Institute of Management Studies won a host of prizes in the documentary making competition held as part of "Melange `07" organised by Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College PG Department of Communication recently.

"Dog's Day Out," a documentary on stray dogs in Bangalore, produced by Kunjunni S. Kumar and Soorya R. Nayanar won the first prize. The second prize was won by "Is This My Future," a documentary on child workers, produced by Showkat Nabi Rather and Latief Ahmad Rather. The two documentaries, both conceived, shot and edited in 48 hours, took the two prizes on offer.

Besides CMRIM, eight other colleges had entered documentaries in the festival. The CMR students also won the first prize in collage making, with the entry by Azadeh Khosravi, T.G. Pavithra and Divya Sivadasan on "Inflation."

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