Sunday, October 4, 2009

IIT CEED Entrance Exam 2010

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has invited applications for admission to postgraduate and PhD courses in Design, for the upcoming academic year 2010-2011. For the purpose, the institute conducts Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED). CEED is an all-India level qualifying examination, conducted for admission to Master of Design (M.Des) Programs at IIT Bombay, IISc Bangalore, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati and IIT Kanpur, and Ph.D. programs in Design in some of the aforementioned institutes.

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay is a renowned educational institution for higher education in various technical fields. It imparts excellent quality education and promises to produce competent professionals, each passing year. Other branches of IIT located elsewhere in India can be considered equivalent to IIT Bombay, in terms of quality of education.

Courses Offered
Master of Design (M.Des)
Product Design and Engineering
Industrial Design
Visual Communication
Interaction Design

Date of Exam
January 17, 2010 (14:00 - 17:00 hrs)


How to Apply
Interested candidates can download the application form for CEED 2010 from the website: Before filling the form online, the candidate will have to pay a non-refundable application fee of Rs 950 (Rs.475 for SC/ST/PD applicants) in the form of a Demand Draft. He/she should draw the DD in favor of 'IIT Bombay', payable at Mumbai. The Draft should be valid till 6 months. He/she should enter the DD details, while filling the form online. The application form should be filled strictly as per the instructions given in the website.

The print-out of the duly filled online application form shall be submitted either by post or in person. The candidate can submit the print out of the duly filled application form, along with DD and essential enclosures, either in person at the counter of GATE Office, IIT Bombay, or by sending it to GATE Office, IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai- 400076. For more details regarding the admission, one can log in to more details

NICMAR Post Graduation, Graduation and Certificate Course Entrance Exam 2010

National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR) invites applications for admission to graduate, post graduate and certificate courses in various disciplines, for the upcoming academic year of 2010. The educational institution offers full time as well as part time courses in various disciplines, through regular and distance education mode. The distance education program offered by NICMAR commences in January 2010.

National Institute of Construction Management and Research is a renowned institution recognized by Government of India and established by Indian construction industry. It is an autonomous institute situated in Balewadi, near Pune (Maharashtra). NICMAR came into being as a self-financed ‘Society’ and a public charitable ‘Trust’, in 1983.

Courses Offered

Post Graduate (Full Time)
Advanced Construction Management (PGP ACM)
Project Engineering and Management (PGP PEM)
Real Estate And Urban Infrastructure Management (PGP REUIM)
Health, Safety & Environment Management (PGP HSEM)
Quantity Surveying (PGP QS)

Post Graduate (Part Time, one year program)
Construction Management for Working Executives (PGP CMWE)
Quantity Surveying and Contract Management for Working Executives (PGP QSCM)

Distance Education Programs

Post Graduate Programs (Two Years)
Construction Management (PGPCM)
Project Management (PGPPM)
Infrastructure Development & Management (PGP IDM)

Graduate Programs
Construction Project Management
Highway Project Management
Construction Safety Management
Building Maintenance Management
Oil & Gas Pipelines Project Management
Quantity Surveying
Construction Contracts Management
Construction Business Management

Certificate Programs (Six Months)
Construction Contracts Management
Construction Business Management
Construction Safety Management
Construction / Quality Management
Site Personnel Management
Construction Equipment Management

Date of Exam


How to Apply
Interested candidates can obtain the prospectus and application form from any office of NICMAR, by paying a sum of Rs 1200 by DD, drawn in favor of ‘NICMAR, Pune’. They can also download the application form from the website: send it along with application fee of Rs 1200 by DD, drawn in favor of ‘NICMAR, Pune’. In case if the candidate is applying for ACM, PEM and REUIM programs together, he/she should pay an additional amount of Rs 600. For more details regarding the admission procedure, one can send an email to, dial (020) 27291342/ 27292512 or simply log One can also contact 25/1, Balewadi, N.I.A. Post Office, Pune 411 045, India. more details visit

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Higher Education Improves Quality of Life for Recipients

From earnings to pension plans and overall community vigor, higher education yields significant rewards to its recipients and society as a whole, shows a College Board study.

“Higher education’s broad payoff—which includes both monetary and nonmonetary benefits—should motivate U.S. policymakers to work toward improving access to postsecondary education for all segments of the population,” said College Board President Gaston Caperton.

These are the dual messages in the extensive 2007 “Education Pays” report to be released Sept. 12 at a College Board-sponsored panel on Capitol Hill. The study’s results will be the topic at Wednesday’s panel, which will include Sandy Baum, senior policy analyst at the College Board and co-author of the report; Mike McPherson, president of the Spencer Foundation; and Suzanne Morse, president of the Pew Partnership for Civic Change. Richard Whitmire, USA Today editorial board member and writer, will be the moderator.

“[Higher education] yields a high rate of return for students from all racial/ethnic groups, for men and for women, and for those from all family backgrounds. It also delivers a high rate of return for society,” the study reports.

Benefits to the Individual
The typical college graduate who enrolls at age 18 earns enough in the first 11 years to compensate for taking time out of the labor force and borrowing to pay the full tuition at a public four-year college, the study shows.

In addition to higher personal earnings, the study also reports that the availability of employer-sponsored health benefits and pension plans increases with every level of education completed. For example, almost 70 percent of full-time employees with at least a bachelor’s degree have access to pension plans while only 53 percent of high school graduates have that access. The percentage drops to 32 for employees who do not have a high school degree. Likewise, the level of participation in available pension plans increases as education levels increase.

Societal Benefits
College graduates are also more likely than others to engage in behaviors that improve their health. Additionally, society reaps significant rewards when a higher percentage of its residents have postsecondary education, the study shows. Higher rates of volunteering, voting and donating blood correspond to higher levels of education as do lower unemployment and poverty rates. Similarly, socially valuable behaviors, such as tolerance for the opinions of others, seem to increase with education. A more educated workforce also would lead to higher wages for all.

“In the current climate of rising college prices and budget constraints at all levels of government, it is particularly important that the benefits of higher education receive as much attention as the costs,” said Caperton. “[This study illustrates] the role of higher education in creating opportunities for students and in strengthening our country as a whole.”

College Enrollment
As indicated in the first part of the report, the many positives associated with higher education highlight the lingering disparity among demographics in accessing and succeeding in postsecondary education. The second part of the report focuses on these statistics.

While college enrollment rates have increased fastest over time at the lower end of the income distribution, about 30 percentage points more high school graduates from the highest income quintile than from the lowest enroll in college immediately after high school. Moreover, the study shows significant differences in college enrollment related to ethnicity.

“College participation rates among whites are higher than those among blacks and Hispanics,” reports the study. “Gaps in college enrollment rates have fluctuated over the past three decades and are now relatively large by historical standards.”

More female high school graduates are enrolling in higher education, overtaking males by about 4 percent in 2005. Among 18- to 24-year-old high school grads, 49 percent of females and 45 percent of males were enrolled in postsecondary institutions in 2005.

In addition to ethnicity and income, the study also reveals that parent education levels and student (standardized) test scores are positively correlated with a student’s chance for college enrollment and completion.

The study also reports on a number of other trends. For example, the proportion of U.S. adults who have a four-year degree has doubled in the last 30 years and has increased almost fivefold since 1940. Other factors relating to trends in higher education, including community characteristics and international comparisons, are also documented.

The College Board: Connecting Students to College Success
The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 5,200 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®). The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities, and concerns.