Late Comers Canâ€™t be achievers
Time - thatâ€™s what always been the worst managed part of time group products. But the organization is such a huge one that they have sustained every where they have entered, though they are not the market leaders. There are many who still read times of India for articles related to bollywod stuffs but never for anything serious. They started ZOOM when people in India were bored with the entertainment channels and then came TIMES NOW (I think u must have heard about it â€“ no kidding I love to watch THE GAME program of this channel). timesJOB is online for quite a time but it was late to got the investiture. Naukri was a novel & innovative idea in late nineties and still the leader in job market portals in India. Monster and Jobsahead came up with new technologies and huge investment and both were early starters but timesJOB came to the market when it was saturated and had nothing new to offer. But it took some market share because of the money they spent on advertisement and with the power of indiatimes and times of India it was able to sustain the competition. So, the question arises â€“ can the late comers â€“ following other successful models will be the achievers? If not then why biggies do it. I am not sure if it is lack of enough innovative ideas or the easier path to be successful that motivates companies. But it is being done regularly in Indian business arena. I am against the fact that if one FM channel exists then we donâ€™t need another one but the entrant should come up with something new else it does not make any sense for a consumer like me. Coming back to the business model of Naukri, it was an instant hit and got all the headlines during its early age because the idea was fresh but the company did followed the achievements of Bharatmatrimoy and launched Jeevansathi which has failed to bring much visitors to the site after many advertisement campaigns on TV. So where does things stand? My bet - if you believe in business then think something out of box, which no one else has ever imagined about. After your success many biggies will follow but will never be able to catch you.
IRMA 2 in Bhubaneswar
KIIT deemed University with the help of Verghese Kurien (the man behind India's first rural management school - IRMA) is going to set up a rural management institute in Bhubaneswar in parallel with Institute of Rural Management at Anand. KIIT is one of the premier Engineering colleges in orissa. In last one decade the institutes has achieved many mile stones and has been successful in bringing many talented professors to it. The proposed instituteâ€˜ll be named as Kalinga School of Rural Management (KSRM) and KIIT has allocated 15 acres of land for it. The plan is to start the course in July 2007 with an initial intake of 100 students. For the first batch KSRM â€˜ll conduct a test on its own but later it â€˜ll take students on the basis of CAT score. The students will get an MBA degree in rural management. There is also one more proposal of starting an mba program specially designed for NGOs. A Samanta, KIIT Vice-Chancellor is very much enthusiastic about the project. He started it all by requesting Mr. Kurien to find out the possibility of a rural management college similar to IRMA in last august. Afterward two ex-IRMA faculty members, L K Vaswani and H Panda visited KIIT campus to check out its viability. Satisfied with the details Kurien agreed to go ahead with the venture and will be the director of KSRM.
ISB no to GRE
The Indian School of Business (ISB) has been invited to join the Board of The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). This is because the GMAC data demonstrates that the ISB is one of the prime The Indian School of Business (ISB) has been invited to join the Board of The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). This is because the GMAC data demonstrates that the ISB is one of the prime drivers of the large growth in GMAT takers in India and in 2005, more Indians applied to the ISB than even to Harvard or Stanford. As you are aware, the GMAT has been universally recognized as the most reliable test for admission into B-Schools. During the past few months, ISB has actively worked with GMAC to resolve GMAT capacity constraints and therefore does not feel the need to accept GRE scores anymore. While ISB will not accept GRE scores for admissions to the Class of 2008, they will, however, continue to accept CAT scores for provisional admission.
IIMs against Quota
In a major setback to the oversight committeeâ€™s move to implement 27% OBC quota by a massive intake hike at the premier Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) from 2007-â€™08, directors of six IIMs have thrown up their hands In a major setback to the oversight committeeâ€™s move to implement 27% OBC quota by a massive intake hike at the premier Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) from 2007-â€™08, directors of six IIMs have thrown up their hands, saying it would be practically impossible to implement the quota at one go. The directors who met twice on the quota issue have told the chairman of the core group on management institutions, Samuel Paul, that it would be unrealistic to launch the OBC reservations on a full scale from next June. â€œThe IIMs will have to increase the intake by 54%. Given the shortage of faculty and inadequate infrastructure, none of the IIMs can handle this extent of expansion in just one year. We must stagger the implementation, if quality is not to be compromised,â€ Paul, former IIM-A director,
Student Demands for Retest of CAT 2006
Students who took the Common Admission Test this year are now showing their annoyance over the errors in the question papers. Few days back students in delhi went on a candlelight march on this issue and now some students in lucknow has requested the Chief Justice of India (CJI) to look into the matter. Students have asked the IIMs to publicly announce the errors in CAT and the action taken to neutralize the effect under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. CAT and the action taken to neutralize the effect under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Students are also demanding that IIMs should publicize the answer keys under the same act. Few have also gone up to the extent of asking a re-test of CAT 2006, which IIMs have already discarded. Till now IIMs have only confirmed the errors and said that the errors are related to editing and printing and thus the faculties who set the paper canâ€™t be held responsible for it. Though IIM authorize have already announced that they will let every one know the corrective steps taken by them. But the candidates are in no mood of taking any back step. They have decided to go to courts, if IIMs fail to come up with a solution satisfying all.
Big Plans for ICFAI
ICFAI (The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India) - which has few privates universities in the states of Uttaranchal, Tripura, Sikkim, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Jharkhand is planning to increase the number of private universities to 15 by year 2010. The total cost is estimated to be of Rs. 1,000 crore. Private University is a university which does not receive any financial support from the government. The concept of private universities is new in India but its supremacy can be seen in all over the world esp. in countries like the US, UK, Canada, Australia and other developed countries. ICFAI has already allocated lands in Nagpur (54 acres), Kanpur (60 acres), Chandigarh (50 acres) and Jaipur (40 acres). ICFAI has also started building its own campus on one-million square feet in Dehra Dun with a budget of Rs. 90 crore. The first phase of the campus in Dehra Dun is expected to complete by June this year. In addition to all these, ICFAI is building a 1.5-million square feet campus spread over an extent of 93 acres in Hyderabad .The facilities available in ICFAI Hyderabad are the best among all its campuses in India and the college is always ranked among top20 b-schools in India published by various magazines and organizations. The institute will be converted into a university once the Andhra Pradesh government implements its decision of introducing a Bill facilitating the establishment of private universities in the state. ICAFI is always considered as a high charging institute but it does spend a lot of money on scholarships. Across the country, ICFAI currently has 4,000 MBA students, 2,000 engineering students, 1,500 rural MBA students and 1.2 lakh students who have been registered under its distance education programme. It charges a fee of Rs 5 lakh for the two-year MBA course and Rs 4 lakh for the four-year engineering course.
Guys Outperformed Gals in getting IIM calls
CAT 2006 results are out and all the IIMs have published the short listed candidates for next round of Group Discussion and Interviews. Guys have out performed gals in all departments of CAT 2006. For IIMB the percentage of gals who are short listed for GD/PI is only 17.87 % out of the applied 24.7% .The scenario is almost same for all the other IIMs. The resistance against OBC reservation on the account that many will get a chance to study in IIMs with out scoring at per with general candidates is confirmed wrong. Many OBCs have scored well ahead of the general category applicants; the difference in the average marks obtained between the general category shot listed candidates and the OBC short listed candidates is a just 2%. The average percentile of OBC candidates shortlist is 97.73% - which can never considered as bad. The myth that engineers are not good in English is proved wrong as this time also most of the short listed candidates are from Engineering background though the English section was the toughest in the paper. Following the raising trend of Engineers making in to IIM, this year IIMB have shot listed 904 engineers out of total 1065. This years results shows that indian B schools have started giving importance to Industry experience while sending the call letters . Among all the short listed candidates 61.77% had prior relevant work experience. The most shocking aspect of this years result is that students with ZERO score in English section have got percentiles up to 35. This clearly indicates how tough was the English section with more than one-third of the students scoring zero or less than that. Many students who scored 99 percentile in quantitative analysis and data interpretation secured zero in English.
India Management Aptitude Testing Services (AIMATS) facilitating academia, industry and government to screen and select candidates for higher studies, recruitment, promotion etc. Hundreds of organizations and lakhs of candidates have availed these services India Management Aptitude Testing Services (AIMATS) facilitating academia, industry and government to screen and select candidates for higher studies, recruitment, promotion etc. Hundreds of organizations and lakhs of candidates have availed these services. AIMATS has the unique distinction of being the first to be awarded with ISO 9001: 2000 Certification for the range of services under its scope. MAT has become popular with over hundreds of AICTE approved Institutions & University departments and over lakhs of MBA aspirants having availed AIMAâ€™s testing services in the past six years and now MAT is approved as a National Entrance Test vide Government of India, Ministry of HRD letter no. F.17-20/2003-TS.I dated 23 November 2004. For details log on to http://aima-ind.org/aima/cms/Mat/matgeneral.htm
The selection process comprises of IBSAT and interviews. Applicants are required to write the IBSAT 2006. Alternatively, GMATÂ® scores are also accepted by IBS. The GMATÂ® code number of IBS is 7061. The applicants short-listed on the basis of their performance in the IBSAT 2006 are called for the interviews. The selection process comprises of IBSAT and interviews. Applicants are required to write the IBSAT 2006. Alternatively, GMATÂ® scores are also accepted by IBS. The GMATÂ® code number of IBS is 7061. The applicants short-listed on the basis of their performance in the IBSAT 2006 are called for the interviews. The IBSAT scores will be made available to the participating institutions namely Icfai Business School, Icfai School of Financial Studies, Icfai School of Banking Studies, Icfai School of Marketing Studies and Icfai School of Human Resource Development. Each Participating Institution determines its own cut-off scores of IBSAT 2006 and calls the students for interviews. The students shortlisted for interviews will be supplied with a copy of the official prospectus and application material of the respective Participating Institutions. For details log on to http://www.icfai.org/ibsat/admissionmodilities.asp#admissioncalendar
CAT 2007 Notice
CAT 2007 is going to be held on 19th Nov - This announcement was made on April 20 by the IIM Bangalore, the nodal centre for the next CAT. The Bulletin is available on IIM B web site - http://www.iimb.ernet.in/ All are requested to go through the bulletin carefully as many changes are declared this time, the important changes are 1. CAT 2007 is going to be 2.30 hr Test . 2. Test is scheduled to start at 10,30 am on 19th Nov. and will continue up to 1pm 3. Quote from the bulletin - â€œThe Test Booklet contains several sectionsâ€ So, CAT07 may have more than 3 sections. 4. CAT forms will be sold at UTI Bank counters instead of SBI 5. Students will have the facility of online registration. 6.IIMs are planning to set up an interactive voice recorder system (IVRS) which will be functional later this month to answer queries regarding application as well as admission status. 7. The minimum eligibility is fixed as 50% in graduation to apply for CAT.(There is relaxation of 5% for SC/ST/persons with disability) Important Dates Last date for receipt of completed CAT applications: September 9, 2006 Dispatch dates for admit cards: October 16, 2006 Date after which IIM should be contacted (in case of non-receipt of Admit Card): November 3, 2006 Common Admission Test: November 19, 2006 Call for interview sent by: January 2, 2007 Last date for receipt of completed applications: January 31, 2007 Interview schedule: February-March, 2007
CAT 2006 Admit card
Every year something bizarre happens to CAT and this time around there is no exception. Many students have complained of not receiving their admit card by the deadline of 3rd Nov. Most of the complaints are coming from students who have applied under IIMC. But Students got to understand that more than 1.9lak have applied for CAT 2006 so few missing are bound to take place considering the fact that CAT is not being conducted by any organization specialized for the Job. All the IIMs have published the details of each applicant in their site and the process of issuing a duplicate admit card. Those who are yet to receive their admit card please check out the web site of the institute to which you have sent your application form. Please find the Notification as published by all the IIMs in their site. IIMA please check out the url http://188.8.131.52/nonreceipt2006.php IIMC NOTIFICATION FOR CAT 2006 CANDIDATES CAT 2006 Admit Cards for all valid applications have been dispatched. You can check the details on our website.Candidates who are yet to receive the Admit Cards for CAT 2006 are required to take the following steps. For Kolkata Center Candidates based in Kolkata should download the Admit Card details from the website and visit the Admissions Office between 10.00 AM and 6.00 PM. for collection of duplicate admit cards. Admissions Office will remain open on Saturday, 11th November and Sunday, 12th November (between 11.00 AM and 3.00 PM) for issuance of duplicate admit cards. For Outstation Centers (Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Noida and Patna) Kindly send us an email in connection with non-receipt of Admit Cards at firstname.lastname@example.org . We will send the duplicate Admit Cards by courier/speed post. Even then if you do not receive your Admit Card, kindly report at the allotted venue a day before the Test i.e., on November 18, 2006, for the resolution of this issue, with the following documents : i. download/printout of admit card details from the website ii. two passport size colour photographs iii. bankâ€™s pay in slip iv. any photo identification document, like voter id, passport, college id, driving license etc Few years back we saw paper leak and now this fiasco of admit cards, IIMs really need to think about hiring a third party for conducting the exam
CAT 2006 Answers
All top-coaching center has published solutions for CAT 2006 in their web sites. PT India was the first to complete it as they did it last year. The process of publishing solutions was first started by Career Forum way back in year
2001 when they had published more than 45 solutions in mathematics out of the 50 questions.
That was a big achievement considering the fact that at that time students were not allowed to keep CAT paper after the exam. All students were supposed to return the question paper with the OMR sheet But some how both PT and CF were able to provide partial solutions. The scenario was very much similar till the year 2003. Back then students had no option but to wait for the result to know their performance.
But all those were history. To know the solutions of CAT 2006 you can access any of the following web sites
Though TIME was the last to publish the answers in their site they have the best explanations to all the answers. Career Launcher has gone up to the extent of predicting percentile and according to the site the expected percentile table is as given below.
The site claims to have considered 8000 students feedback in preparing the percentile table. IMS has collected 24000+ students performance and will publish a comprehensive analysis on 22nd November. Erudite has also published the solutions on its site.
The predictions on percentile may not be perfect but the seriousness shown by all the institutes towards the cat takers is remarkable. Few hours of proper analysis with all these answers and information can make students judge their stand in the exam and help them in deciding future course of action.
Candlelight March against CAT Errata.
After a hectic time of few weeks, CAT aspirants got some to show their exasperation against the imprecision of questions in CAT 2006. After CAT many students might not have got enough time to properly analyze the paper due to IRMA and IIFT, both scheduled just one week after CAT. Now IIFT is over and the next scheduled exam JMET is on 10th December , giving all the mba aspirants some much needed time to think about what went wrong in CAT. For a group, it was the erroneous paper and they went on a candlelight march in delhi with black band on their arm to show their disappointment against it. . Admission chairpersons of all the six Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) plan to meet by next week to discuss about the errors in CAT 2006 paper and to figure out some sort of formula so that no cat taker suffer because of it. It is highly unlikely that IIMs are going to publicly declare how they are going to negate the effect of wrong questions in the exam. Even if they decide not to consider those questions for the final evaluation it â€˜ll go against those who have attempted it correctly. There was also a question with only 3 options instead of 5. In the mean time students are planning to lunch an internet signature campaign to make their agitation felt in all over the country. CAT has been an exam of repute for many years. Except the questions Paper leak in the year 2003 there was never been any untoward incident. Students got to understand that such minor things might happen when exams are held in such a huge scale. IIMs always do their best to slect students on the basis of merit and they know the best way to select the right candidate for their institutes.
DIRECTORATE OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION,MAHARASHTRA STATE has published a notification with the details of CET 2007. According to it the COMMON ENTRANCE TEST FOR ADMISSIONS TO FIRST YEAR OF MBA/MMS/PGDBM/PGDBA. COURSES FOR THE YEAR 2007-2008 will be conducted on 25th February 2007 (Sunday).
The detailed notification regarding availability of information brochure, filling up on-line Application form, eligibility criteria etc. will be published in leading newspapers and will also be available on the official web site www.dte.org.in/mba or www.dte.org.in/mca in the third week of January 2007.
Get the Official Notification of CET 2007
Pepsi/Coke - A good lesson
The second round of attack on cola companies in India with the issue of pesticides seems to be over. Both the cola giants have come up with advertisements which try to show that the process in which Coke/ Pepsi are made is quite hi-tech and there is least chance of pesticide or for that matter any harmful contents. These advertisements are quite unique in the sense that for the first time soft drinks are trying to convince the general public that their product (of Rs 5 to 40) are not harmful to their health.
Pepsi started it by showing Mr. CEO in the advertisement and coke followed it with Amir Khan (now a day he seems to be taking very much interest in our socio-economic issues). These ads in no means are meant to show their product as good rather it is an attempt to show that their product is not bad. We can say this as a defensive advertisement rather than an aggressive campaign and its happening for the first time in India. All the companies should take a good lesson from it - If it's tough to make a brand image then it's tougher to maintain the image in public - esp. in countries like India where a single article/report makes a lot of impact on the society. May be our society has not matured enough to wait and see " what the things are? " - Before giving any verdict. It's always felt that in India it's very easy to create a brand image or at least its easy for a new brand name to be on lips of general public but no one has ever given a though to it - its very tough to maintain the image. There are few things that all the companies must follow in order to sustain their values in the market. First and foremost is to maintain the quality of the product. There is no alternate to it. For products like electronics goods, home appliances and other such things where the technology changes very fast, it's tougher. Not only they have to maintain their product value but every day they have to look for newer ads on to their product. There can't be a better example than Apple. Before lunching a new version of the iPOD in market they do a test of their next product. But it shouldn't be a tough job for consumable products like coke, biscuits, soaps and other things which we use in our daily life. These companies just need to produce the same standard all the time. I am not saying that these sort manufactures don't need to do that much of R&D or come to market with newer product. They should but with time, they are never required to be in a hurry. The perfect example is LUX which still has a great market share and good image value among general public. Its products have not changed much with time; its advertisement theme has always been the same. But with time it has changed the look, it has changed the models and has been successful in remaining public mind till Now.
MAT on 6th may 2007
The second MAT exam of the year 2007 will be held on 6th may 2007. The MAT bulletin for the exam on 6th may is now on sale. The form is available at all the AIMA nodal centres, selected branches of UTI bank and at some of the participating B-schools. All India Management Association (AIMA) is coming up the online registration and payment option for MAT exam but its not yet active for the scheduled may examination. The consolidated charge for the MAT bulletin is Rs. 650/- and can be obtained with cash payment at any of those above specified outlets. The candidates who wish to get the form by post should send a demand draft for Rs.690/- in favor of All India Management Association - CMS, payable at New Delhi along with two self- addressed slips. The last date for the sale of MAT bulletin is 18 April 2007 (Wednesday) and the last date for submitting forms is 20th April 2007(Friday). Students have to submit their forms at AIMA New Delhi. IMPORTANT DATES : Last date of Availability of MAT Bulletin : 18 April 2007 (Wednesday) Last date for Receipt of Filled form At AIMA, New Delhi : 20 April 2007 (Friday) Test Date: 06 MAY 2007 (Sunday) TIME : - 9:30 AM TO 12.00 Noon (Reporting Time 8.45 AM) ELIGIBILITY Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year degree course students can also apply HOW TO APPLY To obtain MAT Bulletin and Application Form by post, send a Demand Draft of Rs. 690/- to AIMA-CMS, drawn in favour of All India Management Association - CMS payable at New Delhi along with two self addressed slips/adhesive stickers. Send your request to Sr Dy Director, All India Management Association, Management House, 14, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110 003. OR Obtain MAT Bulletin and Application Form on cash payment of Rs 650/- at AIMA counter at Delhi (Tel:- 24653382), select UTI Bank Branches, AIMA Nodal Centres and other outlets. Related Links Participating Management Institutes - http://www.aima-ind.org/MIS%20list%20of%20May%202007.xls Test Centres - http://www.aima-ind.org/Test_Centre_May07.pdf Nodal Centres - http://www.aima-ind.org/NC%20list%20for%20May2007.xls UTI Bank Branches - http://www.aima-ind.org/UTI%20ADDRESS%20LATEST.xls
IIMB's Double Shot - fee hike & seat increase
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, (IIM-B) has increased it s annual fee to Rs. 2.5 lakh for the Post-graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) programme. Currently the fee stands at Rs. 1.75 Lakhs. The decision was taken on Monday at the governing body met headed by Mr. Mukesh Ambani, the Chairman of Reliance Industries.
Announcing the fee hike after a board meeting on Monday, IIM-B director Prakash G Apte said, "At an earlier board meeting, we were deliberating over the Rs 2-lakh figure, but at the IIM, we spend Rs 4 lakh per student. Since most of our students come from a fairly comfortable background, we fixed this amount." and to justify the fee hike he later added "Average starting salaries today are in the range of Rs 10-12 lakh. I am sure students can afford Rs 2.5 lakh." And he is not wrong - "this year, approximately 75 students from IIM-B accepted foreign placements which is an increase of 50 per cent over last year's 50 students who accepted such offers". The students are not worried about going to countries to which they have had little or no exposure, for they have been trained in the skills required to handle different cultures. A small hike in fee shouldn't make anything to worry about.
Regarding the IIMs stand on needy students, Apte said, "Our commitment towards deserving candidates will continue. No student will be turned away from IIM for want of money,"
In another major decision, IIM-B will increase the number of seats in the coming academic year from 240-270 to accommodate the OBC quota. The intake for the public policy programme is likely to be increased to 40 from 30. "The IIM-B would increase the intake from 240 to 270 in the coming academic year to accommodate OBC candidates in a phased manner as per the Veerappa Moily-headed Oversight Committee's recommendation that 27 per cent of the seats in higher educational institutions should be reserved for OBCs,"Apte added. "The infrastructure we have today is enough to accommodate the present increase in intake. However, any further increase would need new infrastructure. Likewise, we can manage with the present faculty now. But, if the student strength went beyond 270, then we need extra faculty," he said.
Till Now Only few handful institutes had announced in the number of seat increment to accommodate OBCs according to the new govt. of India policy. Many top b schools are expected to give their exact figures in next couple of weeks.
IIM results dawdling: 21st might be the D day
The 6 IIMs have deferred the admissions for the academic session 2007-2008 till 21st April. IIMs have reiterated that they are not in a position to implement the quota if the government fails to solve the impasse. The Centre is most likely to go the Supreme Court this afternoon in the OBC quota case. All the IIMs were supposed to declare their result on/before 12th April but the confusion started when the Union HRD Ministry sent out a letter to all centrally-aided institutes, including the IIMs and IITs, asking them to withhold declaration of entrance examination results till the Supreme Court decided whether or not to lift the stay on implementation of OBC quotas in this academic session. Part of the latter as published in news paper/portals and shown on TV channels "You are advised not to issue any offers of admissions in institutes under your control for the ensuing academic session until you receive further communication in this regard from the central government." Earlier the IIMs have sent a letter to the MHRD to clarify the matter and tried their best to publish the list on time. If the HRD ministry and the IIMs do not come to a decision soon, itâ€™s the students who will stand to lose out the most. Unworried by the situation all Private management schools are going ahead with their admissions and selected students have been asked to pay the first installment of fees, making students more confused. XLRI has fixed the deadline to pay its first fee installment on 20th april and the amount is around 2 lakh. For other institutes the amount varies from Rs 10,000 to Rs 4 lakh . Though Institutes refund a part of the first installment in case of a student pull out and joins an IIM, the amount is always much less than what students required to pay while confirming their offer latter.
Reservation A Necessity or A burden
Reservation – why, its achievement and its failure to deliver
Well before we slam the politicians and all let’s look in to the past and observe why was the reservations done in the first place and its present impact.
In the past(before independence) its true that the higher classes enjoyed more benefits - I mean what all the titles like Rai Bahadur, and etc were mean tot create a social unrest which was utilised to its best by the British.
It seems that to reverse things a bit and also appease the SC/ST s reservations were made. Moreover the census of 1932 too showed that the SC/ST s and OBCs were larger in numbers. So it can be said that for general appeasement of masses it was also a political step by the Country makers at that time. Moreover with the proximity to USSR at that time the word "equality" may have sounded different at that time.
Reservations were made not only in castes but also between states at lets keep J & K out of this since it had its own problems to deal with.
If we look into most of the Government PSUs made after independence we would observe that they intentionally kept Maharashtra and West Bengal out of it purview since they were the most developed states during in and around independence. Former being the seat of the commercial capital and the later being the seat of the country's capital in the past. Rather New Delhi being the capital of India only for 96 years whereas Calcutta was the capital from 1772 to 1911 - 139 years.
Now initially there was a time frame for implementing the "social upliftment" - the term coined by all those pro-reservation politicians (may be that includes everyone except Sidhu pajji) now. After that time frame got over it was found that they still lag behind so it was increased and more time was given but it reached its peak with the "Mandal commission".
Now after 60 years of independence if "social upliftment" has not been achieved then it clearly indicates the process thus chosen was wrong. Reservation always meant to deny the deserving from the pie and give it to some who doesn't deserve it. Frankly this whole drama is appeasing the masses but there is a flip side of it. It's this that General Category class is still ahead. It meant that due to competitions for fewer seats the generals are getting better day by day. And they are still ahead despite of all the reservations against merit.
Who is actually benefiting, are the labour class of SC/ST s benefiting? NO!!! The service class is biggest and perhaps the only benefactor. The people whom we meet everybody in our offices, schools, parks, restaurants belonging to this class are "THE" biggest benefactor.
Reservation in my opinion should be made for every one who heralds from a lower economic status for one-time for either govt. jobs or govt. educational institution. Once availed it cannot be used for the next 3 generations and that too after calculating the economic status. This would ensure that it comes to an end one day.
There is another point I would like to make is why did politicians suddenly warmed up for reservations in premier institutions and private firms. Well, during Mandal commission, our present PM Dr. Manmohan Singh did introduce something called "Liberalisation". Credit to him for having such a long-sighted concept, slowly it became apparent in the late nineties early millennium that there aren't sufficient jobs in the government sector and most of them were going after private firms - that meant that reservation in government sector is not that valuable any more. So this is the only way out. But kudos to Private firms and IIMs, IITs and not forget the medical fraternity who has the biggest influence in the social setup who stood up against this "social menace". But above all the Supreme Court who proved time and again that it would not be the part of cheap politics. By
AICTE instructions regarding refund of fees for B schools
The AICTE has announced new guidelines for B school to deduct the processing fee when a student leaves the institute before the commencement of classes. As per the new instruction no institute can deduct more than Rs. 1000.
Previously there was no such law and institutes used to retain huge amounts of the initial payment made by students while confirming their seats to a particular program.
PRESS RELEASE / notification KMAT 2007
( Karnataka Management Aptitude Test ) ON 8TH JULY 2007 for MBA/MCA ASPIRANTS All University affiliated & AICTE Approved MBA/MCA Colleges in Karnataka will fill their Management quota seats through a separate Entrance Test KMAT 2007. The Association at its meeting held recently has decided to hold the Test accordingly. The Association has conducted the test successfully for the last three years and this is the fourth test. More than 85 colleges from all over Karnataka ( affiliated to VTU / Bangalore and other universities ) are participating in KMAT 2007. More than 20 Test venues are allocated all over Karnataka. For more information on the participating colleges list can be obtained form www.kmat-2007.com It may be recalled here that last year 13137 Candidates had appeared for the test and around 3600 students are admitted to various Colleges on the basis of KMAT 2006 Score ranking.
CALENDAR FOR KMAT-2007 Date of Test : 08th July 2007 (SUNDAY)
Sale of Applications : 15th May 2007 onwards
Availability of Applications : All Participating Colleges and On-line.
Last date for submission of Filled â€“ in applications : 23rd June 2007
Helpline Nos : 080-22116768 / 22116769