The Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution at Jamia Millia Islamia has announced that for the first time since its inception, its students will do summer internships this year. All these students are pursuing M.A. in Peace Analysis and Conflict Building.

The students have got internships with, among others, the Central Information Commission (the Right to Information Act), British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC-Urdu), Amnesty International and Global Network of Religion for Children.

The internship will be for six weeks and there will be no grading for it. This unique M.A. programme was launched last year.

The last date for submission of application forms for this session is June 23. Students with 50 per cent aggregate marks in any graduate course may apply for the programme.

The campus placements for the Delhi College of Engineering batch graduating in 2008 have been very promising. The average placement package for the class of 2008 has gone up substantially by about 45 per cent. The highest individual offer was Rs.45 lakh made to three students of the college.

Students from the pre-final year have also been offered internships by companies of global repute. There have also been many offers for international placements in countries like Thailand and Dubai.

The total number of job offers has gone up by about 15 per cent compared with the previous year.

“Our students have done well not just at the corporate level but also in the academic field. Many students have secured admission to famous universities abroad and in India. Some students have been offered direct admission to the Master’s and Ph.D. programmes run by top global universities,” said Naveen Kumar of the college faculty.

“The Department of Mechanical Engineering produced various new vehicle development projects last year, including the moon rover that has also been recognised by NASA. In addition to all these achievements, under the aegis of National Service Scheme, our students have been making efforts to teach the workers employed in the hostel mess,” he added.

Arena Animation has announced the launch of a new version of its comprehensive high-end animation-training course — Arena Animation Academy Specialist Programme 2008 – that has been designed as a complete 3-D animation career programme.

This specialised course is aimed at training students in the latest industry-relevant technology so that they enter the world of animation as trained professional animators. “Through project-based work in conjunction with theoretical and practical experience, students would get an opportunity to explore different ways to put ideas into practice for developing their portfolios,” said a release from Arena.

The Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training has tied up with Jet Airways to familiarise their students with off and on flight procedures.

The airline will dedicate an exclusive one-hour-long flight for the Frankfinn students twice a week for a year.

The students will come in batches of around 150 and attend sessions held by professionals from Jet Airways about on-ground, in-flight and post-landing operations.

“A clear understanding of the technical details about the aircraft and service etiquettes are a pre-requisite for any professional to succeed in the aviation industry. At Frankfinn, we equip our students with the best possible industry knowledge. The teaching pattern is revived frequently to make way for such innovative tie-ups,” said Rakesh Agarwal, Managing Director of Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training.

Parul Sharma