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How to spot a Fake University

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Lets begin with a simple exercise. From the list below can you spot the Fake Universities operating in India?

  • Indian Institute of Science and Engineering, New Delhi
  • St. John’s University, Kerala
  • Indian Institute of Alternative Medicine, Kolkatta
  • Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
  • Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh

Well, how many of you guessed two? And how many finally said three?

The real answer is — ALL of the above are fake universities being run today in our cities as per the University Grants Commission (UGC).

It is impossible to guess whether a University is approved or not by just their names. I mean, who would think that a University associating their name with "Gandhi" or "Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose" would turn out to be fake?

St. John's” is a very common catholic sounding name and is unlikely to cause concern at the first glance. (Note: This University is not in anyway associated with St. John's Medical College, Bangalore, a reputed medical college).

Indian Institute of Science and Engineering sounds very authentic and 'Government-ish' ..... so one might miss this altogether if listed alongside institutes like Indian Institute of Technology or Indian Institute of Science!

IIPM, New Delhi, a brand with a recall value since many years, is NOT recognized by UGC!

 

So, here are some Takeaways:

  • University Names are deceptive — fake ones tend to sound as non-discreet as possible
  • Fake Universities also continue to operate and advertise themselves brazenly. Thus, seeing an advert in a newspaper or hoarding doesn't mean that the University is above board or approved.
  • Students continue to mindlessly seek admissions into many such Universities — only to realize later that their years, effort and money have resulted in zero outcome. (Donating the same money to charitable causes would have at least provided them reasonable tax exemptions!)

OK, so how to spot a Fake University

The answer is very simple - UGC provides on its website, a comprehensive list of fake universities which is updated regularly. All you need to do as an aspiring student or an anxious parent is to check this list before making any decision.

The link to the UGC page that offers this information is http://bit.ly/1T8Q81y

Bottom line:

Always Exercise Caution, Stay Alert and Stay Informed.

About the blogger: Tarun is a Co-founder at MyExamPlan.com. He can be reached at tarun@myexamplan.com

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How to Become a Supreme Court Lawyer

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Lately I have come across the query - "How does one become a Supreme Court Lawyer?".

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has come out with new Certificate of Practice and Renewal Rules, 2014 that prohibit an advocate from starting to practise in the Supreme Court unless they have practised for

  1. at least two years in a trial court and
  2. three years in a high court in India.

In light of these new rules from now the certificate of practice needs to be renewed every five years. This is to be done by filing an application with the relevant state bar council six months in advance from the date of expiry of the certificate.

According to a recent report in the Economic Times, the reasons of the new certificate of practice rules states "There is an urgent need for laying down some conditions for practising law in different courts so as to give due weightage and credence to experience. Before an advocate could practice law in higher courts, there is need that he is exposed to real court experience in lower courts/trial courts. This will help in integrating the whole judicial system from the perspective of the bar".

Currently all categories of advocates are allowed to appear before the Supreme Court. However, only Supreme Court Advocates On Record (AOR) are eligible appear, act and plead for a litigant before this court. An AOR is an advocate who has cleared the Supreme Court AOR exam. Note that to be eligible to attempt AOR, an advocate needs to have practised in the chambers of a Supreme Court AOR for at least five years.

In 2013, Supreme Court had banned the advocates enrolled for less than one year from appearing before the Supreme Court.

The new issued rule will help fresher advocates in learning the ropes from lower and high court and will make them understand courts functioning.

About the blogger: Tarun is a Co-founder at MyExamPlan.com. He can be reached at tarun@myexamplan.com


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How to Prepare for Entrance Exam

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If you are preparing for the highly competitive entrance exams such as Engineering, Medicine, Law, Design etc., the following guidelines should help you framework your exam strategy.

1. Get the big picture: Understand what is being tested in the exam. Study the earlier exam papers to understand the objective in terms of what theoretical, objective and problem solving skills are being tested.

2. Set the bar: The cut-off rankings generally show an upward trend and hence, you need to have a clear and specific goal. Find out the previous years cut-off rankings to assess the desired ranking.

3. Research well: Understand the format of exams. This involves collecting information about time available per question, negative markings, minimum marks per section etc. which are crucial to plan your strategy.

4. Craft your strategy: Balance speed and accuracy. A key strategy to succeed is all about balancing speed and accuracy. Attempt simpler sections and questions, before attempting the tougher ones. Depending on your competencies and comfort levels, have a subject wise strategy. Students often tend to leave questions, even when there are no negative marks for wrong answers. Do intelligent guesses by eliminating one or two possible wrong answers and gain crucial additional marks.

Good luck!
About the blogger: Tarun is a Co-founder at MyExamPlan.com. He can be reached at tarun@myexamplan.com

Computational Linguistics - For the Computer Obsessed

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Ever wonder how Google Translate works? Well, if you haven't tried Google Translate so far, then I recommend you do.  It is a free multilingual machine translation service to translate text, speech, images, sites, or real-time video from one language into another.  Or, heard of Siri, the personal voice assistance found in iPhone4S and above? 

Now how can a computer detect the language being typed and translate it into another of your choice?  That is the job of computational linguists.  Described as a sub-field of artificial intelligence, computational linguistics involves programming computers to process or produce language in the same way as humans. This complex, yet fascintaing, field utilizes disciplines such as computer science, linguistics, and mathematics. 

Computational Linguistics - Applications in Industry

The work of computational linguists is slowly making its way into many working systems today, including speech recognition systems, text-to-speech synthesizers, automated voice response systems, web search engines, text editors and language instruction materials.  It is also seeing increaing applications in military intelligence. 

How & Where to Apply?

Sounds interesting?  Are you wondering how can you become a computational linguist?  Well, this is an extremely specialized field of reserach that is usually found in global ivy league universities such as MIT and Sandoford.  The good news is that this program is available in India too.  International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) offers B.Tech in Computer Science and MS by Research in Computational Linguistics (5 year Dual Degree) after Class XII.

To make it into the CLD program, you will need to crack a separate Entrance Exam conducted by IIIT-H.  The entrance exam is typically held in the month of April. MyExamPlan covers UGEEE-CLD(IIITH) under Maths&Science section.

So, all you computer geeks, go ahead and explore this opportunity!

About IIIT-Hyderabad

The International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) is an Deemed University founded in 1998. A Governing Council consisting of eminent people from academia, industry and government presides over the governance of the institution. Some of the luminaries in the council are Prof. Raj Reddy (University Professor of Computer Science & Robotics, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, USA), Shri R. Chandrashekhar (President - NASSCOM), Shri S. Ramadorai (Vice Chairman - TCS), Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala (Professor - IIT Delhi) etc.

About the blogger: Tarun is the Co-founder at MyExamPlan.com. He can be reached at tarun@myexamplan.com 

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Why JIPMER, AIIMS, JEE-Adv are the toughest exams

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Now that the exam season is behind us and students and institutes are busy with counselling and admissions, we thought it pruduent to share certain statistics. In this piece, we would like to share about success ratio's for some of the entrance exams in Engineering & Medical.  Success ratio is the ratio of available seats to the number of candidates who took a particular entrance exam.

Let us begin with Engineering.

JEE Mains:  
Success Ratio: 2.25% (Appeared: 1120000  Seats: 221000)
(Considering seats in NITs, IIITs, GFTIs)

JEE Advanced:  
Success Ratio: 1.14% (Appeared: 1120000  Seats: 12717)
(Considering seats in IITs, IISERs, IIST, RGIPE, IIPE, IISC)
(Although only 170000 of those who appeared for JEE-Mains qualified to write JEE-Adv, we have taken 1120000 as the total population who attempted to qualify for JEE-Adv) 

MHT-CET:  
Success Ratio: 47.47% (Appeared: 291000  Seats: 138136)

COMEDK-UGET:  
Success Ratio: 33.94% (Appeared: 58932  Seats: 2000)

CET-K-Eng (Karnataka):  
Success Ratio: 44% (Appeared: 125000  Seats: 55000)

TS-EAMCET:  
Success Ratio: 41.98% (Appeared: 131000  Seats: 55000)

AP-EAMCET:  
Success Ratio: 83.74% (Appeared: 187484  Seats: 157000)

GCET-Eng (Goa):  
Success Ratio: 24.04% (Appeared: 5116  Seats: 1230)

Medical

JIPMER:  
Success Ratio: 0.11% (Appeared: 189000  Seats: 200)

AIIMS:  
Success Ratio: 0.25% (Appeared: 284737  Seats: 700)

NEET:  
Success Ratio: 8.34% (Appeared: 1138894  Seats: 95000)

From the extreme low success ratios, it is clear that JIPMER and AIIMS, both from Medicine, are one of the toughest entrance exams to get through. This is followed by JEE Advanced and JEE Mains in Engineering.  No surpsrise then in the clamour for coaching for these entrance exams!

About the blogger: Tarun is a Co-founder at MyExamPlan.com. He can be reached at tarun@myexamplan.com

News & Updates

IIMC may become a Deemed Varsity

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A panel has been setup by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to study a proposal for granting deemed university status to the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC). The four-member committee will be headed by BK Kuthiala, the vice-chancellor of Makhanlal Chaturvedi University, Bhopal. IIMC, one of the prestigious journalism schools in the country which functions under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, offers diploma courses in journalism, advertising and public relations.

The panel will submit its recommendation after examining the proposal and the UGC will then form another committee which will conduct site visits.

The idea to grant deemed university status to the IIMC is not a new one. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry had also approved the plan last year.

"UGC forming a committee to study the idea is an indicator that things are moving steadily. Once the university status is granted, the institution will also expand in the academic sector rather than just being an industry oriented school," IIMC Director General KG Suresh said.

The IIMC has expanded from two campuses in Delhi and Dhenkanal to six campuses across the country -- Jammu, Amravati, Kottayam and Aizawl being the new ones -- over the last five years.

During a review of higher education institutes by the Niti Aayog in June, it was recommended that the IIMC be merged with either Jawaharlal Nehru University'a Centre for Media Studies or Jamia Millia Islamia's AJK Mass Communication Research Centre.

However, the institute as well as the I&B and HRD ministries had rejected the idea.

NEET ping-pong for Tamil Nadu ends - SC asks TN to follow NEET

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According to an ANI report, the Supreme Court on Tuesday instructed the Tamil Nadu government to conduct MBBS & BDS admissions strictly on the basis of NEET-2017.  As you may recall, Tamil Nadu government last week had passed an ordinance exempting students from NEET for admissions in Government medical colleges and for Government quota seats in Private medical colleges of the state.  

However, the Central government, specifically the Health ministry, yesterday informed the court that it is not in favour of the ordinance passed by the Tamil Nadu government.  The Central government was of the view that if the ordinance was granted, then other states would also start claiming exemptions from NEET.  Also, the argument was that since other states have already alloted seats through NEET scores, making an exemption for Tamil Nadu would not be appropriate.

Consequently, the Supreme Comurt has instructed the Tamil Nadu government to start counseling for MBBS & BDS admissions in the state on the basis of NEET.  The court also asked the state govenment to complete the admissions process by 4th September.

This judgdement finally brings an end to the long to-and fro between the state government, Central government and the supreme Court regarding NEET for admissions in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Last Date to Apply for KVPY is 23rd August

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KVPY 'Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana' is an ongoing National Programme of Fellowships, funded by the Dept of Science of Technology, Govt of India and implemented by the India Institute of Science, Bengaluru. KVPY was started in 1999 to encourage students who are studying Basic Sciences to take up research career in Science. The aim of the program is to identify and encourage talented and motivated students to pursue career in research.

Students will have to take the KVPY Entrance Test (aptitude based) followed by an Interview.  

KVPY is for students who are in Class XI / XII /Undergrad 1st Year in the academic year 2017-18

Courses eligible for grant of Fellowships : Under the KVPY programme, attractive fellowships are provided to students studying in Basic Sciences courses like BSC, BS, B.Stat, B.Math, Integrated MSc, Integrated MS.
Fellowship amounts
Rs.5,000 per month + Annual Contingency Grant of Rs.20,000 during 1st to 3rd years of  B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math. / Integrated M.Sc. /M.S.
Rs.7,000 per month + Annual Contingency Grant of Rs.28,000 during  M. Sc. / 4th to 5th  years of Integrated M.Sc. /M.S./M.Math./M.Stat

The last date to apply for KVPY is 23rd August, 2017. 
The Date of Entrance Exam is 5th Nov, 2017.
For details, check KVPY

No Single Entrance Exam for Engineering in 2018

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The ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has indicated that it is not going to pursue a single entrance exam for engineering in 2018.  Next year, the states and other institutions are free to hold their own entrance exams for engineering seats.  The committee set up by the AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) initially had proposed having the single engineering entrance exam in 2018 but now this decision has been postponed for sometime in the future.

One of the key issues for postponing the single entrance exam decision has been because nearly 50% of the 15 lac engineering seats across the country are unfilled due to lack of demand.  In the case of medical admissions, there is limited supply of seats.  Therefore, a streamlined single entrance test like NEET has its benefits.  However, in case of engineering seats, the seat supply is much more than the demand. 

JEE-Advanced to be completely Online in 2018

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IIT JEE-Advanced will be held completely online from 2018 according to the decision taken by the IIT Joint Admission Board.  Until 2017, candidates had the option of taking the JEE-Advanced either in pen & paper mode or computer based.  The computer based option was limited to only a few centres. Most students until now preferred to take the pen & paper mode. in 2017, nearlt 2.2 lakh students were eligible to take the JEE-Advanced.  This number is likely to go up in 2018.

As per the IIT Joint Admission Board, the decision for computer based test was taken to reduce correction time and to improve fairness by eliminating scanning errors while scanning pen & paper OMR sheets.  IIT Kanpur would be conducting the JEE-Advanced Test in 2018. 

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