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ISI’s MoU with London School of Economics

The Indian Statistical Institute (ISI),Calcutta, has signed an agreement with the London School of Economics (LSE) to help policy makers conduct research in formulating strategies to ensure long-term sustainable growth. The main objective behind the initiative is to “produce demand-driven research outputs.”

Research will be funded by Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the “collaborative research partnership” will run till March 2012. A financial agreement between ISI and LSE would ensure that researchers and faculty members from ISI would visit LSE to produce demand-driven research outputs that strengthen the evidence base for policy, making it relevant to India’s growth in the long run.

KLE Law College adopts LSAT—India for 2011

KLE Society's Law College has decided to accept the Law School Admission Test—India (LSAT—India) as one of the admissions criteria from the year 2011. LSAT—India is a test that helps law schools make sound admission decisions by providing a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that are essential for success in law schools.

LSAT—India is adapted from LSAT, which is regarded as the gold standard in law school admission testing and is accepted by leading law schools worldwide. The LSAT and LSAT—India are produced by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
LSAT—India does not require candidates to prepare for any specific subject, such as GK or legal knowledge.

Common medical entrance test 

The Supreme Court has permitted the Medical Council of India to conduct a common test for undergraduate medical courses that aims at removing the multiplicity of entrance exams.

The court said the Medical Council did not need the court approval for framing the rules and regulations for conducting exams for admissions to MBBS and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) courses across the country. “Frame the rules and regulations, notify, and implement them. If they are challenged, then the matter will come before us,” the court said.

The court order came in the wake of the Medical Council asking the court to give it a go-ahead for conducting the entrance test for undergraduate medical courses, including those in private colleges.The court was told that the new rules and regulations have already been approved by the Central Government. “No one can come to us with rules and regulations and seek our approval,” the court told the MCI.

Tribal university set up in Amarkantak

The Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU), Amarkantak, became functional recently. In this regard, the State Government of Madhya Pradesh handed over the possession of 370 acres of land to the university.

The university is presently running 22 courses and programmes at the undergraduate level. As on date, the total number of students studying in the undergraduate courses at Amarkantak is 769.

The university has already established its regional campus at Manipur. The IGNTU has also been approached by the state governments of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Kerala and Gujarat to open its regional campuses in their respective states.

Entrance exam postponed 

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) recently announced that the All India Engineering/ Architecture Entrance Examination (AIEEE), scheduled to be held on April 24, 2011, has been rescheduled for May 1, 2011. An official statement from the CBSE said that the ‘pen and paper’ exam has been rescheduled due to Easter falling on April 24, 2011.

The sale of information bulletins has also been postponed. However, the date for online examinations remain unchanged.

Online exams will be held for the first time for one lakh students from May 1-15, 2011.

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