Govt to connect higher education institutes

At least 15 million college students pursuing higher education will be able to share information, lab experiments and classroom content as the Union cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to connect 572 universities, 25,000 colleges and 2,000 polytechnics as part of its mission to promote technology usage in higher education. This approval will merge the National Knowledge Network, promoted by the erstwhile National Knowledge Commission, and the National Mission on Education through Information Communication and Technology (NMEICT). Since 2009, only 11,600 colleges have got Internet connectivity—a success rate of 47%, according to data from the human resource development ministry. States that have benefited include Haryana,Punjab, Kerala and Karnataka.Once seamless connectivity is established, students will have complete access to the e-content being generated under NMEICT.

source: November 2, 2011 I New DelhiI Prashant K Nanda I Mint


Hiring on track, Infy to add 45,000 by year end

Infosys on Wednesday said that its hiring plans for the year were on track – a barometer of the global demand environment. The firm plans to hire 45,000 employees by the year end and even with the macroeconomic outlook in theUSandEuroperemaining gloomy. The IT major will hire 8,000 people during the third quarter, it said.



source: Financial Express





The Hindu : Opinion / Open Page : More colleges, less quality

Nearly one-third of the students enrolled in many of these private self-financing engineering colleges in Kerala end up never taking the university degree — they remain Bachelor divorced from Technology (for life).

B. Tech pass percentages fall sharply ( The Hindu, August 28, 2011) , with only 46 per cent of the candidates clearing the final year examination of the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, this year; last year, it was 56 per cent. It gives examples detailing how only three out of 67 students passed this year in an engineering college, whereas it was 12 out of 61 last year. To date, there are nearly 150 engineering colleges in the small State ofKerala(exact number cannot be arrived at any point of time, since the powers that be sanction a new engineering college almost every other day) out of which about a hundred are private self-financing colleges. Altogether, all these colleges offer nearly 60,000 seats in an year, out of which more than 10,000 fall vacant.

The Hindu : Opinion / Open Page : More colleges, less quality.