`Star ratings' for 32 institutions

THE NATIONAL Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has completed evaluation and assessment of 32 more colleges and universities in the past three months. The Executive Committee, which met on May 15, accredited these institutions with "star ratings".

Among them are the South Konkan Education Society's Rani Parvati Devi College and the Govindram Seksaria Science College in Belgaum. They have received "A-Four Star ratings". The accreditation process involves preparation of self-study report, its validation by a peer team with expert analysis followed by an onsite visit. Twenty-eight sitting or former Vice-Chancellors, 35 principals, and 15 Deans and Professors are involved in this national interactive accrediting process.

The NAAC now ranks accredited colleges by a new grading system ranging from "A++" for those scoring 95 to 100 points and to "C" for those scoring 55 to 60 points with 100 as the upper limit.

GE scholarship

Krupa Ramasesha of the MES Kishora Kendra Junior College is among the three Indian students to have been honoured with the $ 2,500 STAR (Student and Teacher Achievement and Recognition) Scholarship by the GE Fund, the philanthropic foundation of the General Electric Company of the U.S.

The STAR programme is competitive, and 240 students from across the world won the scholarship this year from a pool of 1,487 applicants.

The winners are chosen based on their academic record, extracurricular activities, and a written statement of goals and aspirations.

The teachers behind the students are not forgotten either. Each STAR winner's school will be given $ 500 and the recipient will select a teacher from the institution for the award. The STAR scholarship is awarded to help a student at the Class 12 level to meet his or her expenses for a four-year college or university course ranging from MBBS to BA.

Moot Court

The National Law School of India University will organise the Seventh Afro-Asian International Moot Court Competition from May 30 to June 3 on its campus. In the competition, students of law are expected to argue contemporary legal issues before a court.

This year, the theme is "International Environmental Law", and participants are supposed to argue before an imaginary Bench of the International Court of Justice. Several teams from Asia and Africa, including Indonesia, Uganda, and Sri Lanka, besides from India will participate in the competition. The National Law School team won the trophy last year by defeating a team from Malaysia.

New course

The Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM), Bangalore, will launch an in-depth course in "Central Excise Law and Procedure" next month. The course comprises lectures on Acts and Rules with documentation, case presentations, analysis of judicial pronouncements, group discussions, guest lectures by experts, industry visits, and project work.

The faculty includes practicing managers from leading public and private industries. The course is ideal for those who are planning to join the Central Excise Department.

ZedCA courses

ZedCA, the retail training division of Zee Interactive Learning Systems Ltd. (ZILS), has created new courses for this season. The L4 Pro Programming Technologies Programme provides training on latest technologies, and has been designed keeping in mind the Enterprise Computing Models prevalent: the.net platform or J2EE platform.

K. Satyamurty

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