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MBBS Admissions - Impact of NMC Bill on AIIMS and JIPMER Exams

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The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2017, which seeks to regulate medical education and practice, and replace the Medical Council of India (MCI), has proposed major changes in the entry and exit criteria related to medical education.  The MCI has been mired in corruption scandals and judicial interventions in the last two decades.

The key changes that the NMC Bill will bring about are:

  • A single common MBBS entry exam, which most likely will be NEET.  The AIIMS and JIPMER exams are likely to be discontinued and all admissions to MBBS seats are proposed to be via NEET.
  • A National Exit Test (NEXT) that serves three purposes: (a) As the final-year MBBS examinatio (2) As a licentiate exam for getting permission to practice and (c) As the entrance exam for admissions to PG courses.  The Bill, however, has no scope for improvement if a student fails. Earlier, there existed an improvement exam for those who failed the final-year test. This test is also likely to serve as the screening test for doctors with foreign medical qualifications who want to practice in India. 
  • Determination of fees and all other charges in respect of 50% of seats in private medical institutions and deemed to be universities.  This control of regulating fee will vary from state to state as the governments would have more powers to determine the fee in such institutions.  At present the Governments regulate the fee of 85% of seats in such institutions.  With the new bill, the Government will be able to regulate a reduced percentage, i.e. 50%, of the totals seats in these institutions.
  • Concept of community health providers (CHP), who would be given ‘limited license’ to practise at ‘primary and preventive level’.  At the moment, the bill  does not define CHPs and also did not detail as to how they would practice modern medicine.  

Now that the NMC 2017 Bill has been passed in Lok Sabha, it will be important to note whether it would face scrutity in the Rajya Sabha and the how the changes would be brought into effect.  Whether AIIMS and JIPMER MBBS entrance exams would be abolished and merged into NEET from 2020 or 2021 is a question that will be known only in the coming few months.

Admission to IIITs - All Your doubts Cleared

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Are the IITs same as the IIITs?  Are the Indian Institute of Information Technology same as the International Institute of Information Technology?  How to get admission into IIITs?  What is the application procedure to get into IIITs?  We decided to unravel these mysteries for you.

India has 29 institutions that have the abbreviation IIIT.  But these are predominantly can be grouped into three major categories:

  1. Those that are run by MHRD and are Institutes of National Importance (5 institues)
  2. Those that are run under a Private-Public-Partnership PPP model and are Institutes of National Importance (19 institutes)
  3. Those that are predominantly a Deemed University, State University or are Private Institutions (6 institutes)

IIITs in categories 1 and 2 above are called the Indian Institute of Information Technology
IIITs under MHRD: ABV-IIITM Gwalior, IIIT Allahabad, IIIT Design & Manufacturing Jabalpur, IIIT Design & Manufacturing Kancheepuram, IIIT Design & Manufacturing Kurnool
IIITs run under PPP model: IIIT Sri City, IIIT Guwahati, IIIT Vadodara, IIIT Kota, IIIT Tiruchirappalli, IIIT Una, IIIT Sonepat, IIIT Kalyani, IIIT Lucknow, IIIT Dharwad, IIIT Kottayam, IIIT Manipur, IIIT Nagpur, IIIT Pune, IIIT Ranchi, IIIT Surat, IIIT Bhopal, IIIT Bhagalpur

Admission Procedure to above IIITs: Admission to these 24 institutes are via the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) set up by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) to manage and regulate the joint seat allocation for admissions to over 100 institutes.  The primary qualification is to have written the JEE Main 2019 entrance exam. The IIITs in these two groups have also been given the honour of being Institutes of National Importance (INI) like the IITs, i.e., they are free to grant own degrees and don't need the approval of UGC for this).

On the other hand, all (except one) of the IIITs in the third category are named as International Institute of Information Technology have no uniform admission criteria.  Some of them, like IIIT Hyderabad have a mix of entrance exams, JEE Main rank and KVPY, others rely on JEE Main rank but conduct their own counseling for seat allotment.  Given below are admission process of the 5 International Institute of Information Technology institutes. The last institute is called Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi.

  • IIIT Bhubaneswar: JoSAAA for All India Quota & own counseling for Odisha candidates
  • IIIT, Hyderabad: Own Entrance Exam, JEE (Main), Special Channel, KVPY/Olympiad (click for details of IIIT-H entrance exam here)
  • IIIT Naya Raipur: 35% are reserved for all India category via JoSAA, 15% seats reserved wards of NTPC employees, 50% seats reserved for students who have passed 10th & 12th from the State of Chhattisgarh.
  • IIIT Bangalore: Own counselling through JEE (Main) Score
  • IIIT Pune: Through Maharashtra DTE Centralized Admission Process  (CAP) after writing MHT-CET
  • IIIT Delhi: Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology. Admission through Delhi state Joint Admission Council JAC, through UCEEED Score (non-science students can apply), through Class 12 marks (non-science students can apply)

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Data compiled by the MyExamPlan research team.  (c) 2019 Thinkrucible Solutions Pvt Ltd & www.myexamplan.com

Animation & VFX - A Career Path Worth Exploring

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Animation and VFX (Visual Effects) in India grew at a healthy 16.4 per cent in 2016 as per a KPMG India - FICCI 2017 report on Indian Media and Entertainment Industry.  The animation and VFX industry is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 17.2 per cent over 2017–21 to reach a size of INR131.7 billion.  Breaking this down a notch deeper, the growth will be in part driven by 9.5 per cent growth in animation and a 25 per cent growth in the VFX segment.  

So, let us examine the key drivers behind this amazing growth in the Animation segment in India. 

  • Huge Outsourced projects from film and television sectors (Currently this caters to 85% of the animation services in India)
  • Digital advertising 
  • Animation Intellectual Property production (starting own animation companies and producing content. e.g. Green Gold Animations produces Chotta Bheem)
  • Broadcasters partnering with Animation studios 
  • Growing use of VFX in films

Want to pursue a career in Animation and VFX?  The path to Animation is clear if you are passionate about this segment.  There is no restriction of subjects to pursue Animation.  A Humanities, Commerce or Science student can apply and enrol into the Animation programs.  Selection is either via an Entrance exam or via Class 12 merit usually.  

Well, here's a list of 13 good bachelors programs offered by universities and institutes.

1. 3 Year B.Sc. Animation from Manipal Academy of Higher Education (earlier known as Manipal Univ) - School of Communication, Manipal  [Details]
2. 4 Year B.Sc. Animation & Multimedia from BIT Mesra (Noida Campus) [Details]
3. 4 Year B.F.A. Visual Communication from Univ of Delhi [Details]
4. 3 Year Bachelor of Science in Animation and Gaming from Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be Univ) [Details]
5. 3 Year B.Sc. Animation from Jain University, Bangalore [Details]
6. 4 Year Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation from Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture & Fine Arts Univ, Hyderabad [Details]
7. 3 Year B.Sc. in Multimedia & Animation from VIT, Vellore [Details]
8. 4 Year B.Design in Animation & Film Design from NID Ahmedabad [Details]
9. 4 Year B.Design in Animation from MIT Institute of Design, MIT University, Pune [Details]
10. 4 Year B.Design in Animation & Motion Graphics at Unitedworld Institute of Design (UID), Karnavati University, Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [Details]
11. 3 Year B.Sc. Animation from Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar [Details]
12. 3 Year Bachelor of Visual Arts from iCAT Design & Media College, Bangalore (affiliated to Bangalore Univ) [Details]
13. 4 Year B.Design in Animation & Multimedia from Apeejay Stya University, Gurgaon [Details]

Data courtesy: KPMG India - FICCI Report and Economic Times

Planning for MBBS abroad? Know these first

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Admission to MBBS in India in becoming increasingly difficult, given the disproportionate skew in number of aspirants against the number of seats, especially in Govt colleges.  Approx 1.4 Million (14 lakh) aspirants vie for nearly 60,000 seats every year, of which roughly only 50% (33,000 seats) are Govt. seats.  That translates to 42 candidates competing for each government MBBS seat!  The cost of getting admissions into private MBBS seats, meanwhile, is typically out of reach for most candidates since it sets back the parent by at least Rs.60-80 lacs on an average. 

Chasing the MBBS dream abroad

The low number of Govt. seats and high cost of private medical seats is now driving parents to consider overseas MBBS options for their children.  And in that  many Indians tend to look for relatively cheaper options in countries based in Eastern Europe, Russia, Nepal and China. The overall cost of medical education ranges between 20-35 lacs in these countries.  At the surface, it sounds lucrative, especially if a career in medicine is what the child is passionate about.  However, as we will explain below, the journey is not without its pitfalls. 

FMGE

While pursuing an MBBS from Eastern Europe (Russia, Ukraine, Georgia etc.) or China is understandable from the point of view of affordability, it does have a flip side, and a rather serious one – the abysmal low success rate in FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Examination) – which is required to be cleared by such foreign MBBS degree holders in order to get a license to practice Medicine in India.  

The FMGE screening test is mandatory for an Indian citizen/Overseas citizen of India possessing a primary medical qualification awarded by any medical institution outside India who is desirous of getting provisional or permanent registration with Medical Council of India or any State Medical Council. However, note that a candidate seeking provisional or permanent registration shall NOT have to qualify the Screening Test if he/she holds an Under Graduate and Post Graduate medical qualification from Australia/Canada/New Zealand/United Kingdom/United States of America.

The FMGE screening test is held twice a year in June and December. As per MCI (Medical Council of India) rules, a candidate must score at least 50% marks in the FMGE to pass the test.  And getting through FMGE is not easy. 

Reality bites

Now, consider the data published recently in Times of India about success rate in FMGE in 2016-17:

- Educated in China : 6.92% Passed FMGE (261 out of 3774)

- Educated in Russian Federation : 8.93% Passed FMGE (222 out of 2487)

- Educated in Ukraine : 10.34% Passed FMGE (179 out of 1731)

- Educated in Nepal : 11.49% Passed FMGE (158 out of 1375)

- Educated in Krgystan : 7.77% Passed FMGE (80 out of 1029)

- Educated in Georgia : 17.07% Passed FMGE (56 out of 328)

- Educated in Kazakhstan : 5.56% Passed FMGE (14 out of 252)

OVERALL : 8.84% Passed FMGE (970 out of 10976)

As is evident, overall, less than 9% students have been able to clear FMGE. So, while it may be cheaper to pursue the MBBS degree abroad, it is an uphill task to clear the entry gate required to start a practice in India.  Of course one can attempt FMGE multiple times but if less than 10% of applicants qualify, that perhaps gives an indication regarding the quality of the degree received from institutions in these countries.

If not abroad, then what?

There are a couple of drivers behind the decision by parents to send their children to pursue Medicine (MBBS) in these ‘less expensive’ countries:

1. Their children’s fascination for life-sciences career

2. Lack of awareness of good courses in Biology / life-sciences related fields besides MBBS/BDS

We believe that if parents and students are made aware of good opportunities and options in the healthcare and life-sciences areas, besides MBBS & BDS, there could be a potential re-think among many regarding the foreign MBBS option. We have written about some of these options in our blog “Beyond MBBS & BDS : Great Options in PCB After Class 12”. Probably being aware of such options could be a step in the right direction and may help save many students and their parents from undue anxiety and hardships.

Everything you wanted to know about Ashoka University UG Admissions but were afraid to ask

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What type of University is Ashoka University?

Ashoka University is a private  university with a focus on liberal arts and sciences. It is located in Sonipat, Haryana, which is about 50kms from New Delhi and with good access via road. It was established in 2014 by efforts of 70 eminent personalities which include the likes of Ashok Trivedi (Co-Founder of iGate), Dilip Shanghvi (founder Sun Pharma), Nirmal Jain(founder India Infoline), Sanjeev Bikhchandani (naukri.com, shiksha.com) and Jaithirth Rao (founder MphasiS).

 

What courses for UG are offered at Ashoka?

Ashoka offers 3 (+1 optional) year UG program in either B.A.(Hons) or B.Sc.(Hons)
The university encourages students to extend 1 more year after the standard 3 year program to do a further in-depth research in their chosen major under the guidance of a faculty member and complete the standard 4 year university education, which many universities abroad require to admit students to their Doctoral Research Programmes leading. 

The university offers either a Pure Majors or Interdisciplinary Majors. A Major is the subject in which a student will earn a Bachelor’s degree. The Interdisciplinary Major goes beyond the traditional boundaries of disciplines and departments to give students an opportunity to combine multiple academic interests into a single degree programme.

Pure Majors offered at Ashoka:
English, Economics*, Psychology, History, Philosophy, Sociology & Anthropology, Political Science, Mathematics*, Computer Science*, Physics*, Biology

Interdisciplinary Majors offered at Ashoka:
Computer Science & Entrepreneurial, Leadership*, Computer Science & Mathematics*, Economics & Finance*, Economics & History*, English and Journalism, History & International Relations, Politics, Philosophy & Economics*, Politics & Society, English & Creative Writing

The Majors marked with '*' require the candidate to have Mathematics as one of their subjects in Class 11 & 12.

In addition, students at Ashoka will need to take up a Minor subject - a subject outside their field of specialization. 
Minors offered at Ashoka:
Entrepreneurial Leadership, Environmental Science, International Relations, Media Studies, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Creative Writing 
All major subjects are also offered as Minors.  So, a student of B.Sc. (Hons) Mathematics can take up Psychology as a minor.

 

Can students study off-campus?

No, the programs including UG programs at Ashoka University are fully residential.  


What is the admission process at Ashoka?

Ashoka follows a two-stage holistic assessment system to gauge every candidate's true potential. All candidates are evaluated based on the following:
1. Academic consistency and rigour
2. Extracurricular and co-curricular involvement
3. Critical thinking and aptitude
4. Personal Interview

Stage 1: 
Candidate can register themselves and fill the Application Form on-line. 
There is no application fee. 
Key components of the Application Form include:
- Personal details
- Academic performance from Grade IX to XII, or equivalent (application can be submitted before Grade XII results are declared)
- Details of extracurricular and co curricular involvement
- A 500-word personal essay to share the candidate's story 
- Letter of Recommendation (highly recommended)
-  SAT/ ACT score (optional)

Stage 2:
Shortlisted candidates will be sent an invitation for the Interview Round. Key components of the Interview Round include:
- On-the-spot Essay (30 minutes: Mandatory)
- Interview with a panel (In person / Skype: Mandatory)
- Ashoka Aptitude Test (90 minutes: Mandatory except for SAT/ACT takers)

To get a firm offer of admission, an applicant needs to have scores for at least one of the following: SAT / ACT / Ashoka Aptitude Test (AAT) / final Grade XII Board Examination
The AAT would be strongly recommended if candidate does not have SAT/ACT score.

Admission rounds:
The university has 4 rounds of admission cycle:
Each round has an application close date (ACD), a decision notification date (DND) and an acceptance deadline (AD).

2019 round details are as follows:
Round 1: ACD - 21st Nov'2018, DND - 04th Jan'2019, AD - 15th Feb'2019
Round 2: ACD - 09th Jan'2019, DND - 01st Mar'2019, AD - 12th Apr'2019
Round 3: ACD - 10th Apr'2019, DND - 24th May'2019, AD - 05th Jul'2019
Round 4: ACD - 12th Jun'2019, DND - 12th Jul'2019, AD - 02nd Aug'2019

Session commences 19th Aug'2019

 

What is the format of the Ashoka Aptitude Test (AAT)?  Is there a sample paper available?

The AAT tests problem solving skills (includes numerical and spatial reasoning) and Critical thinking skills (includes understanding arguments and reasoning, using everyday language)
20 problem solving questions 
20 critical thinking questions

Duration of test:
90 minutes

You can download a sample question paper by clicking here 

 

What type of on-the-spot essays are asked in Stage 2?

Please click here to download sample essays and prompts of the On-the-Spot Essay.

 

How do I apply? And what is the application fee?

The application link is https://ug-application.ashoka.edu.in/Login.aspx
There is no application fee.

 

 

In which cities are the interview round held?

Usually, the stage 2 (interview round) is held in Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata.
The candidates would have to choose the preferred city from amongst these cities at the time of filling-in application form. 
The shortlisted candidates from round 1 would be asked to report to the preferred city for round 2.

 

What is the fee structure at Ashoka?

The fee structure for 2019 August intake is as below:
- Tuition Fee : Rs. 7,40,000 per annum
- Residence Cost: Rs. 1,55,000 per annum
- Total: Rs. 8,95,000 per annum

In addition, there are following one-time payments at the time of admissions:
1) Admissions Fee of INR 35,000 at the time of acceptance of the offer of admission
2) Refundable Security Deposit of INR 75,000(Security Deposit of INR 50,000 and Meal Cost Deposit of INR 25,000) at the time of acceptance of an offer of admission. 

Note:
- The Residence Cost component includes the following: Room and utilities such as water, electricity (100% backup and air conditioning), and laundry facilities
- Services such as books, printing, photocopies, stationery, etc. will be charged on actuals adding up to INR 10,000 approximately
- The annual fee is subject to revision in consonance with inflation. In the last three years, the fee has gone up by approximately 8% annually. However,  this percentage is not fixed and is subject to change

 

How about scholarships?

The University offers need based assistance and fee waivers to students.  The University claims that more than 50% of its students benefit from financial aid which could be fee waivers (ranging from 25% to 100% of tuition fee).  
The University also has tie-ups with financial institutions that provide education loans at affordable rates without any collateral.

 

How can one get a firm offer of admission in Round 1 or Round 2 when the final Class 12 results are not out yet and the markesheet of Class 12 is not available yet?

For applicants whose final Grade 12/Equivalent examination scores are not available at the time of evaluation, the SAT/ACT or the Ashoka Aptitude Test (AAT) may be used to make a firm offer of admission.

 

What is the University DI code if I need to apply using SAT score?

Ashoka University DI Code for SAT applicants is – 7343. All applicants applying with SAT/ ACT scores need to send their official transcripts to the University 

 

Which score is preferred while making an admission decision by the University? Grade 12, SAT, ACT or AAT (Ashoka Aptitude Test)?

The highest score out of the final Grade 12/Equivalent examination results or Ashoka Aptitude Test (AAT) or ACT or SAT will be considered while taking a decision on the applicant’s candidature.  There is no preference of one score over the other.
Taking the Ashoka Aptitude Test provides candidates with an extra parameter and a higher chance of getting a firm decision. Hence taking the AAT is highly recommended.

News & Updates

CAUTION : Unrecognized Status of National Institute of Management Solutions, Delhi

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Taking cognizance of the fact that National Institute of Management Solutions, Delhi is offering various courses including BBA and Engineering degree programmes, the University Grants Commission, in its notice dated 7 Oct 2019, has cautioned that National Institute of Management Solutions, B 1/1, 2nd Floor, Janak Puri, New Delhi is not a University and also is not recognized by University Grants Commission to offer any Bachelor /Master programmes either through regular mode or distance mode.

The notice further states that the said institute is not authorized to admit students in any Bachelor / Master degree programmes on behalf of any other University

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Kerala Engineering Entrance KEAM 2020 Dates Announced

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Kerala Engineering Entrance Examination KEAM for admission to Engineering Degree Courses in Kerala will be conducted by Commissioner for Entrance Examinations, Govt of Kerala, in April 2020. For Medical courses, admission will be based on NEET.

KEAM 2020 dates

Paper 1 (Physics & Chemistry) : 20 April 2020 // 10AM to 12.30PM

Paper 2 (Mathematics) : 21 April 2020 // 10AM to 12.30PM

Candidates desirous of seeking admission to Architecture courses must qualify in the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) conducted by the Council of Architecture. Admission in Architecture is based on merit as assessed by equal weightage to NATA Score and marks/grades in the Qualifying Examination.

No. of seats : Last year, there were 50,000+ seats in over 180 colleges. The list for 2020 will be published by the CEE, prior to commencement of the Centralised Allotment Process.

Examination centres : Last year, the exam was conducted in Dubai, New Delhi, Mumbai and All District Centres in Kerala (viz. Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Kannur, Kasaragod, Kattappana, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram, Thodupuzha,, Thrissur, Wayanad)

For detailed information, check KEAM-Eng

Date clash : It may be noted that KEAM-Eng dates have an overlap with SRMJEEE, hence select your SRMJEEE slot cautiously.

 

Application Date Extended by UCEED

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IIT Bombay, which conducts the UCEED 2020 Entrance Exam for admission to UG programs in Design, has issued a notice that extends the last date to  submit online application to  Wednesday, 13th November.  Originally, the last date to apply was 9th November.

The REVISED dates of application are as follows:
- Last Date to Submit online Application:  Wednesday, 13th November 2019
- The last date for online registration with late fee of Rs. 500 is Saturday, 16 November 2019

The date of the UCEED 2020 entrance exam remain unchanged as 18th January, 2020.

NID Extends the Last Date to Apply

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National Institute of Design, Ahmadabad has issued a notice that extends the last date to  submit online application to  Monday, 18th November by 2PM.  Originally, the last date to apply was 7th November.

The REVISED dates of application are as follows:
- Last Date to Submit online Application:  2PM, Monday, 18th November 2019
- New window for submitting online application fee with late fee: from 6PM Monday, 18th November to 12 Noon Thursday, 21st November 2019
- New window for editing the submitted application forms: from 6PM Thursday, 21st November to 2PM Saturday, 23rd November 2019

The date of the entrance exam DAT Prelims and DAT Mains remain unchanged. 

Check details @ NID

IIT-Madras Announces HSEE-2020 Schedule

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Indian Insitiutute of Technology Madras (IIT-Madras) has announced the schedule for application forms for HSEE-2020. 
HSEE-2020 will be held on 19th April 2020 and the application forms shall be available starting December 11th, 2019.

IIT-Madras offers 5-Year Integrated M.A. in two streams for students after Class XII -
a) Development Studies and
b) English Studies

It is one of the best Social Sciences program options for students interested in pursuing social sciences or English Language. The first two years of the curriculum are common to all students after which, they branch out into the two streams. Allocation of streams will be based on students' performance during the first three semesters as well as their preferences. 

Students from all stream are eligible to apply for HSEE-2020 .

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