National Entrance Examination in Design (NEED)

National Entrance Examination in Design (NEED)

In a move that could benefit scores of creative aspirants, the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmadabad, has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with six design institutes across India to hold a common entrance exam. The examination the National Entrance Examination in Design (NEED) will be designed on the lines of competitive exams like CAT and MAT.reports the Hindustan Times

NID sources say : “The six institutes that have joined us now will be known as founder members and those who join us later will be accepted as associate members.” The current MoU includes institutes like the Pearl Academy of Fashion (Delhi), IILM School of Design (Gurgaon), Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology (Bangalore), Indian Institute of Craft and Design (Jaipur), Wigan and Leigh College (Delhi) and DJ Academy of Design (Coimbatore).

Under the initiative, participating schools will accept NEED scores and then have their individual procedures for interview/situation test/group discussions. Says A.K.G. Nair, Group Director, Pearl Academy of Fashion, "The initiative will facilitate talent mobilisation for the design sector and standardise admission procedures. This is certainly in the interest of the student community which otherwise has to prepare for various examination patterns for all design schools in the country. There is also a clash of entrance examination dates."

The alliance is also expected to bring together the experience of both government and private players in design education and generate a platform to share experiential learning in fashion and design pedagogy.

Apollo Hospitals ties up with IGNOU

Apollo Hospitals ties up with IGNOU for skill training courses

Over 45 courses will be offered for healthcare workers at all levels

The Apollo Hospitals group entered into an agreement with Indira Gandhi National Open University to offer skill training courses for healthcare workers at all levels, on the occasion of its 25th anniversary celebrations.

Over 45 courses will be offered, across all verticals, addressing specific skills such as technicians, medical assistantship, health management and dialysis, representatives of Apollo Hospitals told presspersons on Thursday.

The courses will be provided across the online platform, onsite and distance education mode. The first course is expected to start in January and fee details are being worked out.

There is a huge shortfall of trained healthcare professionals in the country, Prathap C.Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals, said. “We need to double our doctors and nurses, and as far as paramedics go, the number has to increase at least 10 times more,” he added. The vast manpower resources that India possessed would have to be converted into valuable healthcare resources and the MoU with IGNOU was a step in that direction.

Apollo, which runs several training institutes for specialists, nurses and paramedics, will be involved in training in a big way in the future, he said, charting out the plans of the group for the next 25 years. Healthcare would become the largest employer, providing jobs not only in the country, but also globally.

V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU, said Apollo was a success story in the corporate healthcare scenario, democratising healthcare by using technology in a big way to take the most advanced techniques to the people.

He said IGNOU was also a success story in the democratisation of education, riding the technology wave to provide access to all.

Preetha Reddy, Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals group, traced the evolution of the hospital from its founding day 25 years ago to its status as the largest private hospital chain in Asia.

The group’s executive director - financial, Suneeta Reddy, explained the business model and indicated the enormous potential of the Indian healthcare industry.

Shobana Kamineni, executive director, detailed the new ventures of Apollo Hospitals, including Reach Hospitals, which aims at taking super-specialty care to rural areas.

Sangita Reddy, executive director, said 3 Bs – biology, byte and bandwidth will change the way healthcare operates, while providing a perspective on Apollo Health Street, a provider of revenue cycle management solutions to the healthcare industry.

IIT JEE 2009 Entrance Exam


IIT JEE 2009 Entrance Exam Notification

For admission to undergraduate course at seven Indian Institutes of Technology, IT – BHU, Varanasi and Indian School of Mines University, Dhanbad.

IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE 2009) Schedule

April 12, 2009 (Sunday)

09.00 –12.00 hrs Paper – 1
14.00 - 17.00 hrs Paper - 2

Paper – 1 and Paper – 2 will each have three separate sections on Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics. Both the papers will be objective types, designed to test comprehension, reasoning and analytical ability of candidates.

  • Eligibility requirements for this examination and syllabus for Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Aptitude Test will be available on the websites of all IITs and will also be given in the Information Brochure of JEE – 2009.

  • Candidates will have the option of submitting either on – line through internet) or paper application form- offline.

  • Important dates regarding Application Form and Brochure:

Sale at designated branches of Banks and at all IITs: Nov 19 - Dec 24 2008

Postal Request of Application form: Nov 19 - Dec 16 2008

Last date of receipt of completed application forms at IITs : Dec 24 2008

Further details on application form will be published in Employment news paper on the 08th of NOV 2008

IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) 2009 Notification will be Updated as soon as it is announced.

For Ready Reference for IIT JEE in 2008 , Here are a few points


Question Papers

There will be two question papers, each of three hours duration. Both the question papers would consist of three separate sections on Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Questions in these papers will be of objective type, which are to be answered on a specially designed machine-gradable sheet (ORS – Optical Response Sheet) using HB pencils only. Incorrect answers will be awarded negative marks.

Language and Font of Question Papers

Candidates can opt for Question Papers either in English or in Hindi. This option should be exercised while filling the application form, and it cannot be changed at any later stage.

Visually impaired candidates will be provided with question papers with 20% enlarged font. However, to avail this facility, candidates should make a request along with the application form.

Calculators and Log Tables

Use of calculators and log tables is NOT permitted in JEE-2008.

Aptitude Test for B.Arch. and B.Des.

Candidates called for counselling and desirous of joining the B.Arch. and B.Des. courses will be required to qualify in an Aptitude Test to be conducted at each counselling institute on June 21, 2008. The test will consist of two papers, each of two hours duration – from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon, and from 2.00 pm to 4:00 pm. Candidates who fail to qualify in the Aptitude Test will not be eligible for admission to either B.Arch. or B.Des. courses. Question papers for aptitude test for B.Arch and B.Des will be in English only.


Only those candidates who attempt both Paper 1 and Paper 2 will be considered for the ranking. Marks in Physics will be equal to marks in Physics section of Paper 1 + marks in Physics section of Paper 2. Similar procedure will be followed for Chemistry and Mathematics. Based on the cut-off marks in the individual subjects as well as the aggregate marks in the Examination, a common merit list will be prepared without any relaxed criteria. In addition, separate merit lists of candidates belonging to the SC, ST, and PD categories will be prepared with different relaxed norms relevant to their categories. While preparing these merit lists, if a candidate belongs to more than one category of relaxed norms, then he/she for the purpose of ranking shall be considered in all the categories in which he/she qualifies. There will be no separate list of wait-listed candidates.

Eligibility Conditions in IIT JEE 2008

A candidate has to satisfy all the eligibility conditions given below :

* A candidate can attempt JEE only twice, in consecutive years.
* Candidates appearing for JEE-2008 should have either passed in 2007 or should be appearing in 2008 in the qualifying examination listed in section 7.1 and should satisfy the eligibility criteria listed in section 7.2.
* Candidates should meet the age requirements given in section 7.4.
* Candidates should not have accepted admission by paying full fees at any of the IITs, IT-BHU, Varanasi and ISMU, Dhanbad, through earlier JEE.

IIT JEE 2008 Syllabus




Aptitude Test

Sale of Application Forms

List of Bank Branches for IIT JEE 2008 Application Forms

How to Apply for IIT Joint Entrance Examination 2008 ?

You can apply offline or online

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