A life-changing scholarship for self-taught scholar

A life-changing scholarship for self-taught scholar

Ranjan, the only one of his siblings to be educated, grew up with his fathFrom struggling to get education to making it to Stanford Graduate School of Business on a full scholarship, Sangeet Ranjan’s career journey has come full circle. Ranjan, a 26-year-old ITC employee, is one of the three recipients of the Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship this year. The scholarship, more than $1,80,000 each (Rs 1.21 crore), covers the tuition and living costs at GSB and is offered to up to five students every year since 2009. The fellowship, created by Reliance…

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Kerala: Scholarship for BPL medicos at SFCs

Kerala: Scholarship for BPL medicos at SFCs

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a big relief for MBBS students belonging to BPL category, the Health Department has decided to introduce a scholarship scheme and a corpus fund that will cover their annual fees. The scholarship is meant for those students studying at self-financing colleges from the 2017-18 academic year. Briefing about the new scheme, Health Minister K K Shylaja said in order to ensure the scholarship reaches eligible persons, a guideline has also been released.“The scholarship is meant for those brilliant students who are financially backward,” said Shylaja. According to the…

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Amarinder seeks review of revised guidelines on post-matric scholarship for SC students

Amarinder seeks review of revised guidelines on post-matric scholarship for SC students

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has urged the Centre to review the revised guidelines for the post-matric scholarship scheme for Scheduled Castes students. Singh pointed out that “these guidelines amounted to the Centre indirectly absolving itself of contributing any money towards the scheme in Punjab…” In a letter written to Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot, the chief minister cited the revised guidelines, dated May 3, 2018, received by his government to note that the move was highly detrimental to furthering the career prospects of poor SC students, who could not pay the high tuition and admission…

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AMU shuts down 29 distance learning centres across nation

AMU shuts down 29 distance learning centres across nation

These centres are located at Moradabad, Tamil Nadu, Badayun and two in Bihar. He told TOI that these are the main centres and cater to around 2000 students every year. He said the 29 centres which have been shut by the university were catering only to around 4000 students. According to Ansari, in the new regulations, various operational functions have been amended at minor or major level to facilitate better education. He said, “We will also try to start other centres after fulfilling the criteria.”  The University Grants Commission (UGC) recently made NAAC accreditation…

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Preparing Financially For A Career Change

Preparing Financially For A Career Change

In my last article, I discussed the emotions of making a career change, specifically the guilt and pushback you may receive from others. In this article, I discuss what I consider to be the scarier part of a career change – how to prepare financially for the leap. Understanding the cost of your needs and wants I cannot state emphatically enough that the biggest component of financial freedom, successful life transitions, and getting through financial emergencies is knowing how much you spend and breaking it down into things you absolutely need…

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UGC allows universities and colleges to offer online degree courses

UGC allows universities and colleges to offer online degree courses

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved the UGC (Online Courses) regulations for degrees in non-technical disciplines. (Representative image) In a landmark reform, universities and higher educational institutions from this academic session will be able to offer graduate, postgraduate and diploma programmes online in non-technical disciplines. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved the UGC (Online Courses) regulations for such degrees. “The regulations will be made applicable from the academic session 2018-19,” the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. The higher education institutions, which have been…

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IGNOU introduces MA in Development Studies from this year, check details here

IGNOU introduces MA in Development Studies from this year, check details here

IGNOU 2018: Admissions in MA in Development Studies open, check the details Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched a Master of Arts (Development Studies) course which would start from July this year. The programme is meant for development professionals across the sectors and for fresh graduates interested in pursuing a career as a development professional, informed Prof PVK Sasidhar, the programme coordinator. MA in Development Studies is an open and distance learning course. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR IGNOU: This 2-year program can be pursued by any graduate having a…

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Distance learning on the rise

Distance learning on the rise

Online MBA programs offer students the ability to study anywhere and at any time they choose, even while holding down a job, so long as they have access to the internet. According to the Graduate Management Admissions Council, flexibility, and having access to high-quality programs without the need for travel, are two of the biggest reasons why students are choosing to take an MBA program online rather than on a traditional campus. There are a wide array of MPA programs beginning to pop up online, and while most require at…

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Student loan cutbacks not expected to land on Trump’s desk this year

Student loan cutbacks not expected to land on Trump’s desk this year

Republicans who were eager to impose new restrictions on federal student lending and loan forgiveness are likely to be stymied this year by Democrats. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. No more PLUS loans for grad students! Public Service Loan Forgiveness to be eliminated! No more subsidized student loans! If you see some scary-looking headlines like these about legislation making its way through Congress in coming weeks, you can probably take them with a grain of salt. Republicans who were eager to impose new restrictions on federal student lending and loan forgiveness are likely…

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A student’s guide to taking and repaying an education loan

A student’s guide to taking and repaying an education loan

It’s easier and cheaper to get an education loan today than it was five years ago. This is largely because of the increased push by the central government to popularise such loans and greater competition among lenders following the entry of non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) into this space. Though better education loan availability is a plus, experts say borrowers need to carry out ‘due diligence’ that they would do before taking any other loan. These are the following steps that need to be considered. Several private institutes have education loan desks of…

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