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Registration date extended for CAT

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Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and Prometric have announced the extension of the last date for online registration and sale of vouchers for the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2009. The online registration, which was earlier scheduled to end on October 1, 2009 has been extended until October 11, 2009. The ‘Edit’ feature will also be available to candidates until October 11, 2009. The sale of CAT vouchers at designated AXIS bank branches has been extended until October 8, 2009.

The decision was taken by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and Prometric in view of a series of bank holidays in September. The computer–based CAT 2009, which is scheduled between November 28 and  December 7, 2009, will be conducted in 32 Indian cities through 105 secure computer-based testing centres.

Smart Business Plan contest

»Cognizant has launched the third edition of its Board Room—Smart Business Plan Contest, aimed at management students across B-schools in India and the Asia-Pacific region. The contest provides an opportunity to management students to get creative, propose new business avenues for Cognizant, and draw up a business plan on what they think should be Cognizant’s next move for growth, differentiation and leadership. The winners will receive a prize of Rs 2,50,000 and the runners-up will receive Rs 1,50,000.  The schedule of the event is as follows: Phase I: Registration and Executive Summary Submission (October 11, 2009) , Phase II: Declaration of Semi-Finalists (October 23, 2009), Phase III: Submission Deadline (November 6, 2009), Phase IV: Declaration of Finalists (November 13, 2009), and Announcement of Winners (November 20) , 2009.  For more information, visit www.cognizant.com/ events or write to boardroom@cognizant.com

English learning programme

»Aptech Limited has announced the launch of an English learning programme called English Express. The programme offers courses for all levels — from beginner to advanced — through a Digital Language Lab. The academy has collaborated with Cambridge University Press for the courses. The courses range from General English, Spoken English, Business Communication Skills, preparation for TOEFL & IELTS, English for professionals, Corporate training and teachers’ training. There is also a library to provide resources like journals, books, videos, CDs and online material. For details, go to www.aptech-worldwide.com.

Vocational training for drop-outs

»The Government of Karnataka has launched an initiative that will provide free vocational training for school drop-outs , unemployed youth and ITI graduates. This programme is designed to bridge the existing skill gap in the state. The initiative includes the participation of private organisations  and various public-private institutions and industries. For details, call: 080-41110787/ 42192792.

Coaching for IAS/IPS exams

»JSS Training Institute for Competitive Examinations (JSSTICE), 2nd Floor, JSS College Campus, 38th Cross, I Main, 8th Block, Jayanagar invites candidates for coaching classes for the Civil Services exam 2010 ( IAS/IPS).

Candidates with a high second class degree/ PG degree and between 21-30 years of age may apply. Last date for receipt of application forms is October 31, 2009. Application forms are available at the JSS Training Institute. For details, call: 080-22970113/ 2297 0114.

Scholarships for the blind

»Vidya Vikasa Trust invites applications for scholarships from the visually challenged.  Candidates must have a pass mark in the SSLC (March 2009) exam. Application forms can be obtained by sending a self addressed envelope (9x4 size) affixed with a Rs. 5 postal stamp to Shankaranarayana Nilaya, #225(B), 37th Cross,2nd Block, Rajajinagar, Bangalore-560010. Last date for submitting forms is November 21, 2009.

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