Five Steps for Veterans to pick a web Bachelor's program

When it comes to deciding on an online bachelor’s program, veterans should – much like some other potential student – search for traits consisting of flexibility and student-faculty interplay, professionals say. but there are few different things this populace wishes to preserve in thoughts.

Portrait of a happy soldier working on a laptop

before whatever else, veterans have to determine whether on line learning is proper for them, says Matthew Miller, a military admissions counselor at Pennsylvania state university—world Campus. this is mainly crucial for veterans due to the fact despite the fact that they will now not be on active responsibility, some still have jobs that station them distant places or involve some type of navy dedication.

via doing research on line and speaking with online college students and program workforce, veterans can collect records to find the best match, says Amy Riley, a pupil fulfillment counselor at Oregon kingdom college Ecampus, the college’s on line arm. beginning applications early – as a minimum a few months earlier than the deadline – is prime to finding a application that meets their academic desires, accepts their navy schooling benefits and provides useful aid.

“Getting thru a college and the government structures can make an effort,” Riley says.

Veterans especially have to comply with these five steps to select an internet bachelor’s program. in the meantime, active responsibility military individuals ought to explore resources on-line to decide what sorts of training help and other blessings might be to be had to them.

1. bear in mind what form of on line software you’re looking for: just like any prospective on-line pupil, veterans want to discover whether a software is legitimate by way of, as an example, seeing if it is permitted.

experts say they will also keep in mind whether or not they want a application with live education from a professor or self-paced mastering, and have to test if a software of interest gives the educational area they are trying to pursue.

2. determine the advantages you may use in potential programs: on line programs must be licensed for the GI invoice so as for veterans to receive federal benefits for lessons, housing and books.

They must “discern out what all their blessings are going to be, and what they’re going to be allowed to do and what they are now not going to be allowed to do,” that may range amongst programs, says Debbie Campbell, vice dean of Temple university’s Fox college of enterprise, which offers online undergraduate applications.

professionals advise veterans to take a look at how their benefits will apply to college prices through inserting their information into the GI bill assessment device or comparable web sites. Miller, of Penn kingdom, indicates asking to be put in touch with a veteran factor man or woman in a program of interest to understand how pursuing on line education can impact benefits.

3. apprehend how the program’s format and your enrollment fame will have an effect on your housing stipend: Veterans should be conscious that taking all of their lessons on line can affect the finances they get for housing.

For completely on-line students, the fundamental housing allowance is half of the national average if they are enrolled in a application as a minimum 1/2-time, or the quantity of credits that’s taken into consideration full time divided by way of , according to the U.S. branch of Veterans Affairs. part-time students taking most effective online lessons might not receive any housing stipend at all, though Campbell says this could range from kingdom to kingdom.

the amount of investment a veteran is given for housing is also determined based totally on residing charges in the zip code of the college’s campus, no longer the vicinity of the web student.

that is something that Alex Holt, a retired army ranger who lives in castle Lauderdale, Florida, had to preserve in mind while he implemented to UF online at the university of Florida, he says, wherein it’s usually less expensive to live than south Florida.

“It changed into kind of looking to weigh how lots faculty I ought to tackle and still be successful, and what sort of paintings i used to be going to must do as a way to have the funds for to stay down here,” Holt says.

Veterans can generally get the overall housing stipend through taking just one on-campus direction and the rest online, Miller says – something to recollect whilst picking a program.

4. discover scholar and help services for veterans: Having a dedicated instructional adviser is useful because approval of veterans’ benefits are often intently tied to their degree plan and necessities, Riley says.

And veteran-particular body of workers are a main plus, particularly if they may be to be had for on line students around the clock, specialists say.

“just understanding which you have somebody that perhaps is a veteran themself, or has circle of relatives participants that understand the network – it truly is a huge assist to them. It makes them feel a bit bit more secure,” says Miller, of Penn nation.
career services also are an crucial attention for veterans, says Kathy Harper, a spokeswoman for UF on line.

“If they are getting out of the army, career placement is going to be a massive issue,” she says, so it’s crucial to study a software’s process placement quotes as nicely.

five. research a software’s credit transfer policies, along with for navy experience: professionals say to do not forget a college that, if relevant, will permit veterans to switch formerly earned credit into the program. Veterans may be able to translate navy carrier into credit.

In wellknown, veterans shouldn’t shrink back from asking quite a few questions for the duration of the method, Miller says.

“The possibilities are obtainable, and that i just strain that parents take benefit of them – engage with admissions and outreach team of workers to get their questions responded,” Miller says.

Kendriya Vidyalaya admissions to go online in 2016

Kendriya Vidyalaya admissions to go online in 2016
Right now the admissions happen at the school level and parents have to apply at the specific school he/ she is interested in for his/ her ward.
NEW DELHI: Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) is planning to make its entry level admissions (class I) in all the Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) completely online from the 2016-17 academic session. The decision was taken at the last Board of Governors meeting. As per the plan right from application to issuing of the list of the shortlisted candidates will be done online.

According to senior officials of the Sangathan, class I admissions for the 1,128 KVs will be online. Annually around 10 lakh students apply for admission to the schools under the KVS system and around 1.3 lakh to 1.5 lakh students are likely to be enrolled in the forthcoming academic session. “We are planning for the same and hopefully we will be able to implement this from the next academic session. We are working on the plans and with the schools,” said U N Khaware, additional commissioner (academics) of the KVS.

Right now the admissions happen at the school level and parents have to apply at the specific school he/ she is interested in for his/ her ward. Once the online admission process is implemented, one can apply via the centralized online portal. A parent can find the KVs in the region of his residence and also the status of the school like till which class it offers and number of vacancies.

“What this online admission process will ensure is complete transparency. Through the search criteria a parent who has been transferred to a new location can find details about KVs in his/ her area and vacancies. Admission details will be as per the guidelines issued by the KVS. Here the schools will upload their specific details and all the data will be centrally available for the parents,” said Partha Sarthi Mohanty, senior vice president, MGRM Net Limited, the agency which is working on the online portal for the KVS.

According to Mohanty, while one can upload all the credentials including digital certificates, “This being the first year, the verifications of certificates and other credentials will be manual. This is what the KVS has decided.”

The long term plan is to make the data that will be accumulated of the students at the time of admission, the starting point for the final lifecycle of the student in the KVS system which will be presented in the form of a dossier.

Engineering and English: A study in failure

Keep quiet and do your chorus.” Hold your horses. We are not talking about a Greek play–there is no song, dance or recitation. This is, in fact, an instruction uttered by a teacher in a well-known engineering college in the city. The befuddled students after trying to wrap their heads around the sentence realised the professor was asking them to complete their “chores” and not break into a spontaneous song and dance sequence.

Poor communication skills of teachers may have made them the butt of jokes in many classrooms, but this is not a matter that can be taken lightly. Failing to deliver a lecture cogently and make students understand a concept means their job is not well done. Good communication skills become all the more vital since many of the concepts are technical and students deserve a coherent explanation. However, many engineering colleges in the state are reeling under this sorry state of affairs.

According to Prof T Murugavel of SVCE, the reason behind this dismal state could be because many do not enter the profession with a penchant to teach. “Many are still under the impression that science needs no grammar. But, these old beliefs cannot work today ,” he says. He suggests that while hiring teachers, the interview panel should consist of not only subject experts but also a language expert to test if the new recruits can deliver concepts effectively .

The menace of teachers with poor communication skills is not just restricted to engineering, other departments are increasingly struggling with it. While educationists are of the view that explaining concepts in the local language can drive the matter home, they also feel this would not give students room for new learning to take place.

A national study this year by an employability evaluation company found that 51% of graduates, mainly engineers, were deemed unemployable because of poor English. A student of Jeppiar College shares his experience, “We have had presentations where teachers would copy and paste passages taken from the web. We don’t necessarily learn anything and many students just do rote learning.”

Contrary to the belief that teachers are not given enough training, academicians point out that there are plenty of opportunities. Recently , many partnership programmes with the British Council were undertaken in the state.

Professor I Arul Aram, associate professor at College of Engineering, Anna University , says ideas in the mind become stillborn in the absence of good language. “Even if teachers are from Tamil medium, it is not difficult for them to learn English. Enough effort has to be put in,” he says.

IGNOU'S Gyan Vani, Gyan Darshan to make a comeback

LUCKNOW: IGNOU’s educational radio channel Gyan Vani and television channel Gyan Darshan are set to come on air. This was announced by IGNOU vice-chancellor professor Nageshwar Rao who was in Lucknow to inaugurate country’s largest regional centre building on Tuesday. Both Gyan vani and Gyan Darshan went off air in 2014 on account of outstanding dues which varsity failed to pay.

IGNOU is also in process to re-upload its study material on eGyanKosh, a website which caters to study material of different universities, said the VC. Some time back, IGNOU has stopped uploading its study material on eGyanKosh.

Besides, IGNOU will upgrade its syllabus and introduce Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) and skill based courses for lakh of its students. It is also in process to launch new courses in footwear technology and tourism from the coming academic session.

University of Buckingham to house Thatcher centre

Margaret Thatcher
Image captionMargaret Thatcher, pictured in 2010, was a former chancellor of Buckingham University

The University of Buckingham says it is going to house a library and museum dedicated to the life of Margaret Thatcher.

Lady Thatcher, who died in 2013, was a former chancellor of the private university.

The university says it has been in talks with Margaret Thatcher Centre trustees about housing its collection.

Buckingham’s vice-chancellor, Sir Anthony Seldon, said the centre would become a “huge attraction”.

Donal Blaney, head of the Margaret Thatcher Centre, said the University of Buckingham would be a “natural location” for keeping its collection.

Lady Thatcher was prime minister when Buckingham became the UK’s first private university in 1983.

The centre, with its resources for education and research, will be modelled on the libraries and foundations dedicated to former US presidents.

The university says it expects the centre to be open by 2019, 40 years after Mrs Thatcher, as she then was, became prime minister.

The announcement follows a decision by the Victoria and Albert Museum to turn down the chance to exhibit some of Lady Thatcher’s clothes.

The London museum said it had been involved in discussions about acquiring some items from her wardrobe.

More than 300 items, including handbags, will now be sold at auction next month instead.

Manchester university staff in strike ballot over job cuts

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Image captionMore than 250 staff fear for their jobs, say union leaders

Staff at the University of Manchester are being balloted on strike action over redundancies.

The University and College Union says more than 250 staff are in fear for their jobs after managers ignored agreed procedures.

“We now feel we have no alternative but to ballot for industrial action,” said UCU regional official Martyn Moss.

A university spokesman said management had offered “further discussions to try to resolve any issues”.

The dispute began in April, when the university announced 37 staff who had been on its redeployment register for three months or more could face redundancy.

“The move was a dramatic departure from the university’s policy of allowing staff to remain on the register until redeployed in a new role without fear of redundancy,” says the union.

Jobs at risk

It says university managers rode “roughshod” over agreed procedures while the redeployment policy was in the process of being revised.

The union is angry that instead of waiting for the revisions to be finished, managers “simply went ahead and issued 37 ‘at risk of redundancy’ notices”.

The dispute intensified in July, when 219 staff in the computer support and maintenance team were told the university wanted to cut 68 jobs.

“Out of the blue, 37 people who thought they were safely on the books of the university suddenly faced a redundancy process… to make it worse, another 219 staff are also at risk of losing their jobs,” said Mr Moss.

But the university denies anyone will face compulsory redundancy – and says the letters were in fact requests for volunteers.

Talks broke down last month, and UCU members now have until 20 November to vote on industrial action.

Both sides say they are committed to more talks, possibly through the arbitration service, Acas.

IIT-Delhi to award the highest number of PhDs in one year

IIT-Delhi to award the highest number of PhDs in one year
A total of 1880 students will collect their undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD degrees. (Representative image)

NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, will award the highest number of PhDs in one year (221) on Saturday at its 46th convocation. A total of 1880 students will collect their undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD degrees. Reserve Bank chief, Raghuram Rajan will be the chief guest.

The number of students receiving PhD degrees is significantly larger than last year’s 178. This is consistent with the IIT-D’s stated objective of shifting focus away from producing graduates to producing good research. They hope to increase the number to 400 in the long term because, as acting director Kshitij Gupta observes, “that is the way we can provide man power to the large number of institutions coming up including the new IITs, NITs and others.” “Practically all have extreme shortage of teaching faculty and the major chunk of PhDs are from the IITs and Indian Institute of Science.”The number of undergraduate degrees being awarded has also been increasing — it’s gone up from 714 in 2014 to 770 this year. And the number of post-graduate degrees that’ll be awarded is 889.

The institute has also restructured its post-graduate curriculum after a decade – included a variety of elective courses and as dean, academics, Anurag Sharma explains, “redefined the credit to the post-graduates and included a component of self-learning.” As a part of the second reform, students will have to pick one segment of “defined syllabus” on which they’ll be tested but without any delivery.

The IIT-D’s master-plan has just been approved; they have the go-ahead for a number of infrastructure additions such as new hostels, a stadium, two major academic blocks and a science park on campus to promote startups. The pace of construction is, of course, contingent on the availability of funds. The estimated cost of the three science parks planned at its campuses at Hauz Khas, Sonepat and Jhajjar put together is about 400 crore. IIT hopes to get HRD funds for about 50% of it and will attempt to raise the rest through its own research, innovation and technology transfer branches. Currently, IIT-D has ‘units’ for about a dozen start-ups to “incubate” in but the park should provide for about a 100 more, explains Dean R&D, Suneet Tuli. Though they have a partner in Defence Research and Development Organisation, the administration hopes to have private firms set up research and development units at the park too. A new lecture hall complex is already in place.

The IIT at Jammu is being “mentored” by IIT-D and will start admitting students from July 2016. The research facility that IIT-D was developing in collaboration with Mauritius – IIT-Research Academy – is now in limbo. Once at the centre of much controversy, “at the moment there is practically no activity there,” says Gupta. However, IIT-D took on 164 “sponsored research projects” in 2014-15 with a total value of Rs.153.77 crore – over twice that of 2013-14’s Rs.68.65 crore.

Universities can revive learning in Muslim world

ISLAMABAD: Universities in the Muslim world must become meritocracies with greater autonomy and aspire for true scientific excellence rather than playing for temporary gains in numbers or rankings, a new report says.

The recommendations came from a task force of international experts, formed by the Muslim World Science Initiative on the state of science at universities of the Muslim world.

To assess the state of science at the universities, the task force reviewed the rankings of Muslim-world’s universities globally, scientific production (number of papers published and citations), the level of spending on research and development (R&D), female participation in the scientific workforce, and other indicators.

The results were compared to those of countries deemed comparable in terms of gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, e.g. Brazil, Israel, Spain, South Africa, and South Korea.

The study found that science education in most Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries was extremely narrow in focus and did little to enable students to think critically, especially beyond their respective domains of specialty.

The task force has called for broad liberal education for scientists and engineers to enable them to function effectively in addressing complex multi-disciplinary challenges that the world faces today.

It called for the introduction and systematic study of philosophy of science and history of the sciences of the Muslim ‘Golden Age’ and beyond for students to navigate and develop a perspective on these difficult disciplinary boundaries and overlaps.

The language of instruction also created significant challenges.

Faculty members were also ill-trained to teach using cutting-edge methods such as inquiry-based science education and had little autonomy to innovate.

Director of the project Athar Osama noted that “the purpose of Muslim World Science Initiative is to jumpstart a dialogue within the society on critical issues at the intersection of science, society, and Islam.”

A commentary on the findings and recommendations appeared in the science journal Nature.

Government must step in to resolve Hyderabad's JNTU crisis

Government must step in to resolve Hyderabad's JNTU crisis

HYDERABAD: Students caught in the tangle over college affiliations. It’s time for the government to step in and resolve the intensifying row between Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) and private engineering colleges, which has been taking a devastating toll on the careers of students for more than a decade.

The latest spat over payment of service fee dues worth Rs 60 crore has cast a cloud over the fate of thousands of engineering students, forcing educationists to call on the government to intervene immediately and resolve the crisis.

The controversies, resulting in complete confusion, is nothing new as every year dozens of new colleges spring up and many among the existing 180 (approx) colleges seek affiliation for new courses with the varsity . While unsuspecting students get enrolled for new courses in hordes, the colleges keep mum in the hope of getting clearance easily. Then the entire cat and mouse game begins.

Records dating back to 10 years show how JNTU has been cancelling affiliation of many colleges on the grounds of poor facilities, but the problems have always remained. In 2007, the varsity cancelled affiliation of 12 affiliation of 12 colleges, which did not have adequate number of computers, licensed software, computer labs and other facilities.

While the affiliation was lost in March-April, students had to wait till September to participate in the second phase of counselling. About eight colleges got back the affiliation after the committee’s re-inspection. But many students, who had paid lakhs of rupees to get admitted to these institutes, got disillusioned and some even opted out of engineering.

Cut to 2015, the issues continue to plague the education sector, with some colleges even getting fake staff list to clear the inspections.

Last year, with the high court cracking down on 174 private engineering colleges for poor infrastructure, thousands of students waited for months before colleges admitted that they were staring at a shutdown. College managements complained that a majority of them were not even issued show-cause notices before being dened permission to take part in Eamcet counselling.

In view of the massive impact on careers of students already studying in these colleges, educationists want the government to look into the issue proactively and help chalk out a better strategy for yearly inspections.

Now, the latest flare-up over the service fee dues could snowball into another controversy as Rs 60 crore is no nominal amount. While JNTU says it shot two reminders to all colleges seeking payment of the common service fee before October 28, the colleges have been knocking the doors of the government to release money for fee reimbursements.

Staring at withdrawal of exams as the varsity is adamant on not releasing stationery and hall tickets, students are all set to suffer without having the slightest inkling what hit them. In order to safeguard the interests of students, the government should immediately take steps to release the money due to colleges and sort out the fiasco over the common service fee.

The legal path

While civil and criminal law are popular specialisations, a number of fresh law graduates now opt for niche fields. Here are a few upcoming areas students can consider:

PROPERTY LAW What is it?

Property law entails solving cases related to personal or real property.

Job role:

In general, the job of a property lawyer entails taking up property-related disputes, be it commercial or family. “Apart from their traditional role of solving these cases, a number of individuals as well as companies are now hiring property lawyers to assist them in buying the right property,” explains Anil Harish, partner, DM Harish and Co.


“A certificate of title is an important document that must be verified while buying property. Hence, apart from hiring a lawyer to deal with an ex isting case, a number of private as well as corporate firms are now seeking legal advice from property lawyers while investing in property related expenses, increasing their scope in India,” says Harish.


Counsel practice is broadly equivalent to a barrister’s practice in the UK. The principal function or involvement of a counsel is to argue in court or appear as a `junior brief’ with other counsel.

Job role:

The job of a counsel is to advise, present in the court of law and to anticipate issues and estimate risks strategically.”Counsel do not have any direct client relationship and do not file their vakalatnama. They are `briefed’ by solicitor firms or advocates to appear in court, draft or advise in a particular matter. A counsel would also advise on litigation matters or on cases filed in the courtroom, if they are briefed or engaged to do so,” says Sharan Jagtiani, counsel, High Court of Bombay.


The scope of a career in this specialisation is vast since counsel not only fight in court, but also act as legal advisors. A number of companies as well as individuals seek expert and strategic legal advice.

FAMILY LAW What is it?

Family law is a practice area that encompasses the legal issues that families face among themselves.

Job role:

Typically, a family lawyer takes up cases revolving around issues such as divorce -child custody, maintenance, guardianship, etc. “The lawyer acts as a medium between two families or a couple and plays a crucial role in mitigating the disputed issue. To make a career in this field, one must possess the skills of a litigator and negotiator. Time management skills are a must. Apart from arguing in court, a family lawyer also counsels clients on the issues they face before going to court,” shares Sudhir Reddy, founder, Reddy and Reddy.


In India, the scope of family law is vast.An increasing number of marital as well as inter-family disputes has led to an increased demand for qualified family lawyers. “The most popular way to extenuate a dispute is mediation since most family issues are being settled without going through the procedure of a court of law. This has further increased the scope of family lawyers in India,” details Reddy.