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IITs strive to enhance soft skills of students to boost employability

The premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are adopting several measures to brush up the soft skills of their students, in a bid to boost their employability. Although the IIT students are proficient in many areas, their lack of communication skills, confident body language, etc. often come in their way of landing good jobs. The existing faculty and curriculum are not always equipped to handle such needs. IIT Hyderabad is at present in the process of conducting a pilot project to evaluate the speaking, reading as well as writing skills of the 1,500...

MBBS/BDS counseling for EAMCET 2014 rank holders till Sept 5

Counseling for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) as well as Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) courses for Engineering Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test 2014 (EAMCET 2014) rank-holders for admission into colleges affiliated to Dr NTR University of Health Sciences for the 2014-15 academic year will be held till Friday, September 5, 2014 . The candidates need not submit any application form for admission into MBBS/BDS courses. Certificates required: The candidates need to bring all the original certificates (mentioned below) and two sets of...

GATE 2015 online registrations begin; no hard copies to be accepted

The registration process of the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 2015 (GATE 2015) has started from Monday, September 1, 2014 . The registrations and the examination itself will be conducted only on the online mode, according to information at the official website. Registrations will continue till Wednesday, October 1, 2014 . Candidates need to visit the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) website for Enrolment, Application Filling and Application Submission. To apply online, please click here. The entire process of filling up of application form, uploading...

Special joint entrance exam in Odisha to fill vacant engineering seats

A special Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) will be conducted on Sunday, September 7, 2014, in order to fill up the vacant engineering seats in the state. The Odisha Joint Entrance Examination Committee has been directed to hold the entrance test, as per the Odisha Private Engineering College Association (OPECA). Around two-thirds of the overall seats in professional colleges in the state are still vacant. Registration for the test will be held from Saturday, August 30 to Monday, September 1, 2014 . The admit cards can be downloaded from Tuesday, September 2, 2014 . The...

IITs mulling online JEE Advanced from next year

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are planning to conduct the Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE Advanced) on the online mode form next year. The decision to hold the examination online from the 2016-17 session was taken during a recent meeting of the Joint Admission Board (JAB) of the IITs in New Delhi. Around 1.5 lakh candidates are shortlisted for the JEE Advanced after qualifying the JEE Main test. JEE Main is an entrance examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for admissions to undergraduate (UG) engineering, technology...

Telangana's 30,000 engineering seats still vacant after counseling

It has been reported that on the conclusion of first phase web counseling of EAMCET (engineering) in Telangana 30000 seats will remain vacant. Only about 55,000 students have exercised their options; they will be issued allotment order by August 30. According to reports, nearly 1 lakh seats were eliminated from EAMCET counseling after 174 engineering colleges were disapproved. Those colleges will be included in the counseling acting upon the directions of court, higher council and JNTU authorities. Separate counseling will be held for minority colleges under SW-II The reports quoted...

New GMAT on-campus test center at VIT University, Vellore

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has set up its very first “On Campus Test Center” at the VIT University Vellore (VIT Vellore) campus, according to a recent announcement from GMAC. GMAC is the test administrator of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) . The new test center will provide another platform to undergraduate (UG) candidates by enabling them to appear for the GMAT examination in the university campus. The center will be open throughout the year and students can take the examination based on their preparation as well as schedule. ...

Bank details for JEE Main initial fee refund to be entered till Aug 28

The Joint Entrance Examination Main 2014 (JEE Main 2014) candidates can enter their bank details for a refund of initial fees paid by them at the Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) website link till 12 noon on Thursday, August 28, 2014 . Hence, all the candidates who are eligible for refund of initial fee need to verify the bank details entered by them on the CSAB website and make corrections, if required, by the deadline. The refund will be initiated from Aug 28, 2014 onwards in the bank account provided by the candidates. The candidates will be held responsible for transaction...

IITs need to develop defense and health products: Prime Minister

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) need to build up defense as well as health equipment and devise user-friendly innovative facilities for the railways, according to a recent address by the Prime Minister (PM) of India, Mr Narendra Modi. Such measures will stop India’s dependence on imports and contribute towards nation-building, the PM added during a conference attended by IIT officials, held by the President Mr Pranab Mukherjee. Technological support from the IITs will help the country in achieving the vision of “housing for all”. At present, India imports a...

Engineering colleges training students for better job opportunities

Engineering institutes across India have been taking several initiatives to boost the employment opportunities for their students. From providing special training for placements to contacting many more firms for this year’s campus placements, their efforts have been commendable. The engineering colleges have conducted many preparatory sessions for the students, including mock interviews as well as buddy sessions. Language training was given focus as well. Many colleges joined hands with professional testing agencies and appointed experts to spruce up the resumes of the candidates and...

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