With all the reports about Delhi University increasing the duration of its Bachelor of Education (B. Ed.) course from the present one year to two years, those who are mulling over taking admission to the programme this year might be a little confused as to how long they need to study before getting their degree.

However, Dean and Head of the Department of Education U. S. Sharma says the students do not need to worry as for the time being the B. Ed. programme is for a year only.

"The duration of the course is being looked into. But at the moment, students who sit for their B. Ed. entrance exam in May should know that it is a one-year programme," he said.

Though the decision to increase the duration by a year was "likely to happen", Prof. Sharma refused to specify when it would take place.

"Cognizance", the three-day annual techno-management festival of the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, will get underway this Friday.

The festival aims at increasing awareness among students about the latest technologies and innovations. A large number of students are expected to take part in events that will test their technical and managerial skills.

"Chaos", "Genesis", "Enquesta" and "Robosapiens" are some of the competitions that will be held during the festival.

Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, conferred diplomas on 282 students at its Convocation held this past week.

The diplomas were awarded by acting Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIML D. S. Brar. Group CEO of Future Group & Managing Director of Pantaloon Retail (India) Ltd. Kishore Biyani was the chief guest at the function and delivered the Convocation address.

Two hundred and sixty four students in the 21st batch of post-graduate programme and 14 students in the second batch of IIML's innovative post-graduate programme in agri-business management were awarded diplomas.

Three students in the fellow programme -- doctoral level programme at the Institute -- received their title at the event.

This year IIML hosted students from the partner institutions in France, Denmark, Spain, Belgium and Sweden.

IIML completed its placement procedure earlier this month. The Institute successfully placed all its 278 graduating students this year.

There were 554 offers made to 278 students (against 491 last year), including 28 international offers (against 24 last year).

The placement statistics for the 2005-07 batch of Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur, are flattering. The average salary registered a 20 per cent increase to touch Rs. 8.78 lakh per annum. Although as many as 60 companies had confirmed their participation in the final placements process, the entire batch was placed with 34 organisations on day one itself.

Commenting on the placements, Head of Training and Placements at IIT Kharagpur Gautam Sinha said: "The most important thing about this year's placement is that there were takers for our students across all sectors.

We have introduced courses on retail, real estate and some high-end financial management and the placements proved the success of these programmes." -- Parul Sharma