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December 3, 2001 - December 3, 2001

Education in Gujarat goes global Monday, December 3, 2001

BY PRIYA ADHYARU-MAJITHIA, FOR TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Academic collaboration with foreign institutes is the trend on the educational front in Gujarat. Even as MICA is still planning a tie-up with US universities, NID, IIM, GLS, Nirma Institute of Information Technology, School of Architecture, and CEPT have tie-ups and are busy finalising new collaborations.

NID has tied up with Massey University in New Zealand for academic co-operation across a range of activities, and to develop joint training programmes, projects and exhibitions. "We have academic collaborations with six institutes in US, UK, Germany and New Zealand and we are negotiating six tie-ups with UK and US institutes," says co-ordinating head NID Veena Rajpal.

NID executive director Darlie Koshy says, "These bilateral agreements widen horizons and give students global perspective. They open up new avenues for specialisation and give students multi cultural exposure."

School of Architecture and Centre for Environment Planning and Technology (CEPT) have exchange programmes at student and faculty levels with counterparts in Switzerland, Holland, Austria, US, Canada, Israel and recently tied up with Tulec University of Auckland in New Zealand. "The purpose of exchange is to broaden the concept of cross cultural studies. Design is a cultural concept," he said, "and fundamental ideas for designing get clarified in multi-cultural environment."

Final year architecture students Ruchi Arora and Sukhwani Brar who had attended a three-month CEPT exchange programme at Zurich said it was a tremendous learning experience. They felt that multi-cultural environment and interaction with best faculties of the world renovate basic architectural and designing concepts.

Gujarat Law Society, recognising the importance of collaborating with foreign universities, is planning tie-up with universities in Australia, New Zealand, UK for MBA, MCA, BBA and BCA courses. GLS Institute of Business Management director Dhawal Mehta says reputed foreign institutes are interested in expanding their reach over conventional domestic borders. And when Indian institutes do get an opportunity to touch 'education-rich' countries like the US, they achieve their principal goal of being global in the real sense. "Representatives from such institutes and GLS plan an academic and counselling tie-up. In this unique joint-counselling programme, representatives from partner institutes will counsel students at GLS about job prospects and educational avenues," he adds.

"The trend of academic collaboration has picked up," says Mit Desai from GLS Institute Information Technology, "because foreign university curricula have proved their distinctive attributes of being fresh, contemporary, and macro in terms of content. Emphasis of actual project assignments in terms of live data is yet another distinctive feature of foreign universities. These tie-ups can fetch Indian student an international degree even by studying in India at a fraction of the cost studying abroad would entail."

Director and vice-president Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI) V G Patel says there are pros and cons to such affiliation or franchising arrangements. The curriculum from abroad is often more relevant to the needs of modern times, and also the teaching methodologies and style of delivery in US or UK institutions of higher learning are worth learning from and adopting. However, it remains to be seen if such affiliation can bring the strength of foreign universities to the local institutes.

If such collaboration only lends a name of a foreign institute without any significant change in the curriculum, teaching methods, and the foreign name is used to exploit the weakness for anything foreign, it would be misleading students with a marketing gimmick. Students should be discourage from falling prey to such hard sell, says Patel.

"I strongly believe that many UK, US and Australian colleges and universities that recently came to India to collaborate, are unknown, not reputable and, as a UK official pointed out to me, not even recognised in their country. And we Indians fall for the foreign name," he adds.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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GNFC and EIL bag national award for R&D Monday, December 3, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers Co Ltd (GNFC) jointly with Engineers India Ltd (EIL) were recently given the national award for their R&D efforts in the industry in the field of pollution control and environment protection for the year 2001, according to a GNFC release.

The award has been instituted by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) to recognise outstanding R&D achievements of industrial R&D units. GNFC's centre has been recognised as an in-house R&D unit by DS9IR since 1988.

GNFC and EIL have jointly developed the first indigenous liquid phase redox process and catalyst for removal of hydrogen sulphide. The process particularly suitable for gases with low and fluctuating concentration of H2S, was initially developed on laboratory scale, tested extensively on pilot scale and established at commercial level at ONGC's gas processing complex at Hazira.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Disaster management workshop begins Monday, December 3, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: A national workshop on the 'Role of youth in disaster management' was inaugurated at the state guest house on Saturday by Governor Sunder Singh Bhandari.

The workshop has been organised jointly by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and the Union ministry of youth affairs and sports, to mark the International year of youth at the national level. It is being conducted in consultation with Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority, UNDP and the Ministry of youth services and cultural activities, Gujarat.

Participants from Maharashtra, Orissa, AP, Daman and Gujarat are taking part in the event, and they include senior youth work officers of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), National Service Scheme (NSS) and Young Volunteers representing the movement of the youth clubs with experience in disaster management.

At the end of the workshop, an action plan shall be prepared, said its convenor.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Disaster management workshop begins Monday, December 3, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: A national workshop on the 'Role of youth in disaster management' was inaugurated at the state guest house on Saturday by Governor Sunder Singh Bhandari.

The workshop has been organised jointly by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and the Union ministry of youth affairs and sports, to mark the International year of youth at the national level. It is being conducted in consultation with Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority, UNDP and the Ministry of youth services and cultural activities, Gujarat.

Participants from Maharashtra, Orissa, AP, Daman and Gujarat are taking part in the event, and they include senior youth work officers of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), National Service Scheme (NSS) and Young Volunteers representing the movement of the youth clubs with experience in disaster management.

At the end of the workshop, an action plan shall be prepared, said its convenor.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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GSRTC staffers defer strike call Monday, December 3, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: Employees' union of the Vadodara division of the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) have postponed their strike call after discussions with high ranking officials.

According to sources, the decision was taken after the union was assured that their salaries for the present month would be paid soon. The union had earlier threatened to go on strike as the salaries to the employees were not being paid on time.

The union has alleged that lopsided policies of the corporation had led to heavy losses for GSRTC. Steps must be taken to make the corporation profitable, the union demanded.

However, the unions have kept the option of going on strike from Friday open. They said that they would do this if the corporation failed to keep its word of paying salaries on time.

Union representatives had claimed that the earning of the corporation from traffic was not even 25 per cent of the amount that it required to pay off every month. This, they said, made it evident that the corporation was not in a position to pay the salaries.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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