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Diploma in insurance

A one-year Post Graduate Diploma in Insurance has been launched by HDFC Life and Manipal Global Education Services. The course is a combination of theory and practical learning modules over a 12-month period. Students will start with four months of classroom training based out of Manipal’s Campus. This will be followed by two months ‘on the job’ training, then six months of paid internship at an HDFC Life location.

Since, it is a residential program and candidates will complete their internship from their residing location, it allows candidates from across India to enrol for this programme. The programme aims at providing an in-depth understanding of the insurance industry and prepares them for a soaring career with HDFC Life. To apply for the program, candidates can walk in to the HDFC Life branch locations across 26 cities. (http://www.hdfclife.com/smartachievers/walkin-locations) or call HDFC Life on 1800 1022 524.

Farming programme

Bhoomi College is organising a one-month programme on eco-friendly food and farming from August 30 to October 7, 2014. The programme will introduce participants to permaculture, natural, biodynamic, organic farming and give them an opportunity to be part of and the farmers’ market and Bhoomi Utsav on October 2. There will also be hands-on-sessions at Bhoomi’s farm, field trips and workshops by well-known progressive farmers.

Dr Vandana Shiva will facilitate the inaugural session on August 30. For registration contact Santhi at 080-28441173/ 9449853834 or eail bhoomi.college@gmail.com.
For details visit www.bhoomicollege.org/short-programme/eco-friendly-food-and-farming

Global economics

Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta is offering Executive Programme for Global Economics in association with Ivory Education. The classes are made available across the country through e-learning. The programme is designed to help participants to gain the required insights in economic analysis and policy in global context. It introduces the participants to basic economic principles, theories and tools.

Candidate who are working professionally or are self- employed, graduate and post graduate from any recognized University with 50 % marks and maximum of one year of work experience (full-time) after completion of graduation are eligible. The participants can also be given an option to connect from home. For further queries about the program one can access to www.ivoryeducation.com
Ivory Education will also provide placement assistance for those who successfully complete the program. For prospectus and application form for the program, one can go through the www.ivoryeducation.com

Space and rocket dynamics

Department of Physics, St Joseph’s College (autonomous) has been conducting an inter collegiate certificate course in “Space and Rocket Dynamics” form past 13 years in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). This course is for BSc degree and Engineering students for kindling interest among them in astronomy and space science. It is a 120 hours course, where scientists from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Indian Institute of Astronomy (IIA) will give talks on various topics in rocket dynamics, astronomy, space science, space engineering, cosmology etc.

Classes will be conducted on Saturday afternoons. During the course period selected participants will have exposure visits to various space science organizations and observatories, in and out of Karnataka. Students successfully completing the course will be receiving certificate issued jointly by St Joseph’s college and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). For details contact Department of Physics, St Joseph’s College (Ph: 7204797170).

Fellowship programme

Azim Premji Foundation has announced its fellowship programme for 2014-16. Applications are invited from post graduates or professional degree holders who have a passion for social change. Applicants should have 2-6 years of work experience in any sector. The fellowship carries a monthly stipend of Rs 27,000. The fellowship is a 2-year full-time program, where one will get to understand and experience the realities of the Indian school education system on the ground.

Selection is based on an online assessment followed by personal interviews. During the period of the fellowship, the selected candidates will be based in the following district institutes - Chhattisgarh (Dhamtari), Karnataka (North East Karnataka and Mandya) Puducherry, Rajasthan (Sirohi, Barmer, Rajsamand and Tonk) and Uttarakhand (Uttarkashi, Almora and Udham Singh Nagar).  Details can be had on 1800 419 0201 or email:  fellowship@azimpremjifoundation.org or visit - www.azimpremjifoundation.org/fellowship

MTech in civil engineering

Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad is offering an MTech in civil engineering at the Civil Engineering Department of the university. A candidate should have a BE/BTech/AMIE in Civil Engineering/Construction Engineering or equivalent to apply for this programme. The university also offers a part-time MTech in the same subject with an intake of 30 for those who have jobs in and around Hyderabad. Visit: www.jntuh.ac.in

MTech Structural Engineering

GITAM University, Visakhapatnam, offers a two-year MTech programme in Structural Engineering and Natural Disaster Management offered through its College of Technology. Admissions will be screened through GITAM Admission Test, an online entrance test. Visit: www.bsauniv.ac.in

Informatics Olympiad

An annual three-level test conducted by Silverzone for gauging competence and proficiency in computer science for school students.  All school students from Class I to XII are eligible. Winners will get educational excursion, cash prizes upto Rs 51,000 and a tablet. Level one exam is from November 20 to December 3. Deadline is August 31. For details visit http://olympiads.asia/newweb/iio_informatics_olympiad.html

NTSE 2014-15

National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) 2014-15 is held to identify talented students and nurture them. It is a two-stage written exam. There will be a Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Eligibility: Class X students. Application: Through school, by post. Selected students will get a reward of Rs 1,250 per month for Classes XI and XII and Rs 2,000 per month for graduation and postgraduation. Deadline: August 31. Website: www.ncert.nic.in/programmes/talent_exam/talent_srch_exam.html

PhD/ MPhil Political Geography

The Punjab university offers a PhD and MPhil with one of their thrust areas being Political Geography. They also have a well-equipped Geographic Information Systems, cartographic, surveying and computer labs. It also houses a Map Reference Centre set up in association with the Indian National Cartographic Association. Visit www.geography.puchd.ac.in/index.php