Archive | June, 2011

Top 10 engineering colleges in Orissa 2011

30 Jun

Top 10 Engineering Colleges in Orissa, 2011

1) University College of Engineering  – RANK 1
Burla, Orissa. Ph:                         +91- 663-2430211

UCE under Biju Patnaik University of technology is the top rated college in Orissa providing undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes in engineering. Teaching mode and handling practicals are of high standards in the college.
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2) Institute of Technical Education & Research – RANK 2
SOA University, Bhubaneswar. Ph:                         +91-674- 2350181
ITER is the part if Siksha O’ Anusandhan University approved by UGC. The institute is dedicated to provide high quality education and is also known for their management system.
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3) College of Engineering & Technology (CET) – RANK 3
Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Ph:                         +91-674-2384110

CET possesses well equipped laboratory facilities and campus for students to deliver maximum outcome. Training sessions within the course curriculum is the most notable advantage for the aspirants.
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4) Silicon Institute of Technology – RANK 4
Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Ph:                         + 91-674-2725448

This private institute is counted as top among private institutes in Orissa and one among the top list. They are destined to flourish this as centre for excellence in the field of engineering and technology.
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5) CV Raman College of Engineering – RANK 5
Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Ph:                         +91-674-2460693

The college offers undergraduate programmes in various branches of engineering and technology. The placement cell is highly effective in creating opportunities for students.
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6) National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) – RANK 6
Berhampur, Orissa. Ph:                         +91-680-2492421

This private institute provides best conditions for the growth of engineers and technologists. The industrial training and consultancy services help students to improve their future standards.
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7) Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology – RANK 7
Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Ph:                         + 91-674-2725113

Top quality infrastructure and lab facilities in KIIT made it one among the top colleges offering engineering and technology courses. Eminent professors and lecturers deliver informative sessions and ideas for healthy discussions among students.
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8 ) Aryan Institute of Engineering and Technology – RANK 8
BARAKUDA, PANCHAGAON, KHURDA, Orissa.      Phone:                        +91- 09776209535

The institute is affiliated to Biju Patnaik university of technology and B.Tech and lateral entry B.Tech courses. They are also conducting supplimentary coaching classes for better carrier options of students.
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9) Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT) – RANK 9
Sarang, Orissa. Ph:                         + 91-6760-240371

Eminent instructors and high tech lab facilities in IGIT made it as one of the prime choice among aspirants in engineering and technology field. They offers bachelor and degree courses in the subject.
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10) Orissa Engineering College (OEC) – RANK 10

Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Ph:                         +91-674-2541340

The college, affiliated to B.P. University, stands for quality education to nurture talents for the society. They hope to create professionals with responsibility and dedication.
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Malaysian teaches Odissi moves to underprivileged kids

30 Jun

Preeti Mane, 14, from a Worli chawl, had never heard of Odissi classical dance till Wednesday. When she did, it was a set of performances by the internationally acclaimed Malaysian Odissi dancer Ramli Ibrahim and his Sutra Dance Theatre troupe, which conducted a dance workshop at Mane’s Dr Ambedkar

The workshop introduced Odissi and Bharatanatyam to more than 80 students, who have been adopted by Vidya, a non-profit organisation working towards educating underprivileged children.

“I learnt about different rasas in dance and would like to now take up Bharatanatyam,” said Mane.

Ibrahim, who has been associated with Vidya for two years and has conducted two fund-raising workshops at its Delhi chapter, is in Mumbai to perform at the National Centre for Performing Arts on Thursday. The proceeds from the sale of the concert tickets will be donated to Vidya.

“Children in India are not shy and pick up what you teach them very quickly,” said Ibrahim, who began his Bharatanatyam training in Malaysia in the 1970s.

He then “fell in love with Odissi” and mastered it by training in Orissa for several years.

“Malaysia is a multi-racial country and is influenced by Indian culture,” said Ibrahim, adding that he would love to start a long-term dance-training programme in India if given the opportunity.

Rashmi Misra, who founded Vidya in Delhi 26 years ago, believes that workshops in creative arts give underprivileged children a holistic education. “Dance teaches them discipline, values and the confidence to achieve anything they want,” said Misra.

In Delhi, Vidya runs a school for slum children where dance, music and other arts are a part of the curriculum.

In their Mumbai chapter, the organisation plans to identify meritorious students with a keen interest in dance and help them join professional classes.

Orissa High Court Rejects CBI inquiry into the coal scam

30 Jun

The Orissa High Court today refused to order a CBI probe into the much hyped  mega coal scam in the state.  This came as a much awaited relief to Naveen Patnaik govt. which battling hard to come out of various other scams.

A division bench headed by the Chief Justice V. Gopal Gouda and Justice BN Mohapatra while disposing a public interest litigation (PIL) observed that CBI need not be involved in the entire episode.

The bench ordered the state vigilance to continue with the probe. At this stage, direction for CBI probe is not necessary”, the Bench ordered. “We also direct the vigilance to take appropriate steps against the persons involved in the scam”, the Bench said. In last year June a petition was filed in Orissa High Court praying for giving the enquiry to CBI.

Two ministers  state urban development minister Badri Narayan Patra and school and mass education minister Pratap Jena, who on different occasions headed the Orissa Small Industries Corporation  (OSIC) were alleged to have been involved as the irregularities were detected when these political leaders were officiating as President of OSIC. Seven criminal cases were registered in this connection which includes one against IAS officer Srikant Prusty.

Orissa mulls schemes for sexually abused women and sex workers

30 Jun

Identifying sexually abused women and sex workers as “highly deprived” sections, Orissa government has decided to work out special schemes to rehabilitate them, official sources said.The schemes would be developed to provide self employment and vocational training to the highly deprived sections, chief secretary B K Patnaik Patnaik said.The Women and Child Development Department has been advised to work out schemes under Mission Shakti, Placement linked training and Capacity Building under Employment Mission and Modular Employable Skills under Directorate of Technical Education for sexually abused persons so that they can have an assured means of livelihood which will enable them to come to mainstream of society, the chief secretary said. Patnaik also directed the WCD department to mobilize the NGOs and Civil society for interacting with them and assess their need.Meanwhile, due to the Targeted Interventions (TI) made in 28 of the 30 districts of the state with assistance of 43 NGO partners under Orissa Sate AIDS control Society( OSACS), 10825 persons have been covered through various clinical and rehabilitative measures.Under TI projects 400 Peer Educators from among the target population were engaged in the state. The NGOs working in clinical and community mobilization will be engaged in implementation of rehabilitation schemes for sexually abused women and sex workers as well, it said.

E-admission filters out 36 fake colleges

30 Jun

Orissa government has identified 36 fake colleges, including 15 self-financing ones, existing in pen and paper only. The scam came to light thanks to the database produced for e-admission process, which shows all details of faculty and student strength, infrastructure, admission details and vacant seats.

“The e-admission system is a kind of filtering process for colleges. Through the database we could know status of different colleges and also preference of students,” said higher education minister Badri Narayan Patra.

The state government had recently banned admission in 11 junior colleges for violating prescribed norms and later gave conditional permission to seven colleges to fulfill the criteria within three months.

“Several colleges were showing fake admission lists of students to continue recognition, but from this year we can check fake admissions and backdoor entries as all admissions will be made through one channel. Moreover, over the years it could be assessed which are the preferred colleges and which are the colleges students don’t prefer much,” said director higher education, B P Nanda.

For the upcoming 2011-12 academic session, the state government has made e-admission mandatory for all 1,295 junior colleges across Orissa, including 200 self-financing colleges. The online admission process for over three lakh seats began on Monday.

In the e-admission process, each student has the option of choosing as many as six colleges through a common application form. Students are to get intimation letters through six different modes of post, SMS, e-mail, website, college notice board and the toll free number of 155335. As many as 377 Student Academic Management System ( SAMS) resource centres across the state are to help students in the e-admission process.

“It is compulsory for a selected candidate to take admission as per the first selection list, otherwise he or she will not be allowed to take admission in any other college. A strict academic calendar has also been planned to check backdoor entry and fake admission in various colleges,” said higher education secretary Chandra Sekhar Kumar.

The process will be over by August 24 and classes in all junior colleges will commence from August 25, while the last date of all kinds of admissions is December 31, he said.

Schooling for dropouts

30 Jun

There’s hope yet for school dropouts who could not complete their studies due to various reasons. The state government has decided to start open schools in all the districts very soon to enable over-aged dropouts to complete their schooling.

This initiative is being taken under the Orissa State Open School ( OSOS), which proposes to set up the open schools on the lines of the National Institute of Open Schooling ( NIOP). “The idea was proposed with the aim of drawing school dropouts back to the classroom by providing them an organized system of education outside of formal schooling,” said Pratap Jena, the state school and mass education minister here on Tuesday.

He said the open schools will be started during the ongoing academic year and are expected to attract a large number of dropouts in the state who want to complete their schooling. The duration of the course for clearing classes V, VII and X would be six months each. The detailed modalities for the functioning of these schools are being worked out, the minister said.

The governments of several other states have launched the open-school system to provide educational facilities to over-aged school dropouts to complete their education.

The minister was here to attend several functions in the Gopalpur assembly constituency and to attend a workshop on right to education.

Thursday, June 30, 2011 Home About Advertise Contact NEWSCOLUMNSINTERVIEWSJOBSBLOGS M & APRIVATE EQUITYVENTURE CAPITALINVESTMENT BANKINGPEOPLEPUBLIC EQUITYSTARTUPSSECTORS Home » DB Corp To Pick Minority Stake In DMC Education PRIVATE EQUITY June 29, 2011, 07:27 PM IST Share DB Corp To Pick Minority Stake in DMC Education

30 Jun

Ad-for-equity media investor DB Corp, that publishes Dainik Bhaskar newspaper, is investing Rs 2.67 crore in DMC Education Ltd. DMC Education (earlier known as DMC International) had diversified from its original business of real estate to education sometime back and has been actively snapping small firms to build its presence in the sunrise sector.

Warburg Pincus-backed DB Corp will subscribe to  one zero  per cent fully convertible debentures of the company having a par value of Rs 2.67 crore. This will be compulsorily convertible into equity shares at the end of one year from the date of allotment.

DMC Education scrip rose 5.84 per cent to close at Rs 10.88 at BSE on Wednesday, in a firm Mumbai market.

At the last traded market price, DB Corp will end up with 9.7 per cent in DMC Education on conversion of the debentures(not counting other outstanding convertible securities), according to  VCCircle estimate.

The company will spend the subscription amount for advertisement and brand building.

DMC Education has sewn a string of similar ad-for-equity deals with other media groups over the past year. Last August it announced that it has entered into a debenture subscription agreement with HT Media Ltd(that published the Hindustan Times)for a deal worth Rs 1.5 crore through fully convertible debentures.

Late last year DMC Education also struck a similar deal worth Rs 2.67 crore with Times of India Group through a convertible debenture issue.

DMC Education is into the fast growing field of providing training for various entrance examinations. It seeks to establish itself across India in the supplemental education market.

Last month it had acquired PLANSTEPS, a 14 year old education consulting and carrier counseling firm for Rs 4.5 crore (~$1 Million). One year ago it also snapped Quest Tutorials, a specialized coaching firm in the IIT-JEE segment. Quest, that was started in 2002 by two IITians, Praveen Tyagi and Gaurav Mittal, has since then been merged with DMC Education.

The firm had last year also acquired Vsoft, a Mumbai based Indian language software development company, for Rs 1.5 crore. Vsoft Services Pvt Ltd, was promoted by Rajiv Prakash Khare (M.Tech-IIT, Mumbai) is the pioneer in development of Indian bilingual software.