Pact for exchange programme with Australian varsity

Parul Sharma

NEW DELHI: Students from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University here will now get an opportunity to study at Deakin University in Australia as part of a student exchange programme between the two institutions.

During the current academic year four students from Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication being taught at the affiliated institutions of Indraprastha University will study at Deakin. Similarly the latter will send as many of its students to learn the nuances of the Bachelor of Business Administration programme taught here.

“The agreement is for the undergraduate level and it is applicable for a minimum period of a semester. The courses have been selected on the basis of the value addition expertise of each university,” said Indraprastha University Vice-Chancellor K. K. Aggarwal.

Apart from running other programmes, a new course in MBA (Consultancy Management) has been launched by the University School of Management Studies from this session.

This weekend programme was initiated after Consultancy Development Centre -- an autonomous organisation of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research at the Union Ministry of Science and Technology -- approached Indraprastha University to design a course that would produce real focused manpower in the field of consultancy management.

“The course has been started as a pilot project from this year. The first year will be same as other MBA programmes, while in the second year the students get to specialise in consultancy management. We will see the response and decide if the seats need to be increased next year,” added Prof. Aggarwal.

CDC will provide their resource persons as faculty during the second year and students would get to do dissertation in association with the institute.

Indraprastha University is also upbeat about the proposals for granting affiliation to the Army Medical College coming up near Base Hospital and the Post-Graduate Institute being constructed by Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on its campus.

Indraprastha University has already announced its schedule of common entrance tests (CETs) to be held for admission to various undergraduate and post-graduate programmes for 2008-09. It will be conducting 23 CETs for admission to 38 programmes under three different categories – professional programmes, engineering programmes and MBBS programme.

The CET for four programmes – MBA, MBBS, B. Tech. and MCA – will be held in 12 cities from next year. Noida, Jalandhar, Nagpur and Ahmedabad are the new cities to boast of these centres.

The new programmes that will be included for CET from next year are: Master of Mass Media, M. A. English and Communication Studies and B. Tech. (Civil Engineering).

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