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NEET coaching centres mushroom in Tiruchi

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Parents and students need to change their mindset towards the entrance test’

Institutions offering coaching for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) have mushroomed in the city despite stiff opposition from the Tamil Nadu government against the entrance test for medical admissions.

Coaching and private tuition centres have sprung up in different parts of Tiruchi offering courses that promise to prepare higher secondary school students for the crucial examination.


Costing anywhere between Rs. 15000 to Rs. 1.5 lakh, the courses are of a varying duration, from a few weeks to one year. The centres have been advertising aggressively too. Some leading higher secondary schools (State and CBSE syllabus) have tied up with coaching centres for NEET preparatory courses. But how does this all translate into results?

“NEET training is a big opportunity for coaching centres, but the quality of education is a big question mark,” R.V.S. Muralidhar, managing director, Seekers Educational Services. The 17-year-old institution trains students for competitive and scholarship examinations, and is collaborating with several CBSE and Samacheer Kalvi schools in Tiruchi for NEET as well.

“Though 46,000 students in Tamil Nadu have cleared NEET, very few people have actually got good scores, which is what matters,” said Mr. Muralidhar.

S. Sethuraman, who runs the Nivedita Career Academy in Thillai Nagar, said that the State’s objection to NEET had delayed the application process, and left Tamil Nadu’s students unprepared for the examination’s format this year. “Most parents continue to be obsessed with the final board examination results and fail to realise that a competitive examination such as NEET requires at least a year’s preparation,” Mr. Sethuraman said.

The centre’s ‘crash course’ costs Rs. 12,000, while a year-long course is pegged at Rs. 35,000. “Schools should invest more time and effort in teaching children how to attempt NEET but they prefer to see coaching centres as their rivals. Currently, schools are unfit to conduct NEET courses with their existing infrastructure,” he said. Getting trained faculty is yet another issue that needs attention, said Mr. Muralidhar of Seekers. “When schools cannot find qualified staff for their daily teaching, how do coaching centres manage to get professionally trained teachers for these courses?” he asks.

Mr. Muralidhar said that NEET would improve educational standards in the long run. “Our State Board syllabus is quite powerful on its own, but we need to train the teachers for NEET instruction separately,” he said. He advised parents and students to change their mindset towards the entrance test. “Most State board students are used to get questions ahead of the examination. So it is a presentation of lessons rather than any actual learning. A transition from this sort of spoon-feeding system has to take place soon,” said Mr. Muralidhar. “It is not fair to pamper children up to Class 10, and then suddenly subject them to highly competitive examination after school,” he said.



source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/neet-coaching-centres-mushroom-in-tiruchi/article19261520.ece


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Conclave on “Creating competent engineers for Make in India” at Trichy

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Alok Prakash Mittal, Member Secretary-AICTE, speaking at the one-day conclave in Tiruchi on Friday. | Photo Credit: A_MURALITHARAN

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Private technical institutions should become active partners with the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in the development of quality technical education, Alok Prakash Mittal, Member Secretary, AICTE, New Delhi said on Friday.

In the globalised scenario marked by stiff competition, technical institutions should extend their full support to quality initiatives of the AICTE aimed at enhancing technical education, Mr. Mittal said.

He was speaking at a conclave on “Creating competent engineers for Make in India” organised by the Consortium of Self-Financing Professional, Arts and Science Colleges in Tamil Nadu and Association of Self-Financing Professional Engineering Colleges- Anna University, Tiruchi zone.

Institutions imparting technical education should focus on ways and means of improving quality of technical education which would make students more competent and enhance their skills. Institutions should desist from taking short cuts to grow faster when they were concerned about providing quality education. He said industry – institution interaction was poor although industries were keen to join hands.

Although the AICTE was a regulatory body in the area of technical education, it would act as a facilitator in ensuring quality technical education. In this regard, it was equally vital for private technical institutions to become a partner with AICTE in enhancing the quality of technical education, Mr. Mittal said.

Some of the technical institutions do not follow the regulations laid down by AICTE prompting it to come into the picture. Despite having shown tremendous progress over the years, the country was still dependent on various equipment produced abroad. The AICTE had roped in industrialists and experts to guide engineers who wanted to become entrepreneurs, he said.

K. Purushothaman, Senior Director, NASSCOM said the industry today required technically competent persons in the current scenario warranting constant updation of skills.

Skills are the new currency and “re-skill or perish” was the mantra for the future, he said. R.S. Munirathinam, president, Consortium of Self-Financing Professional Arts and Science Colleges in Tamil Nadu and P. Selvaraj, secretary, Consortium of Self-Financing Professional, Arts and Science Colleges in Tamil Nadu spoke.



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NIT-Tians selected for Cargill programme

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Four students of the National Institute of Technology-Tiruchi (NIT-T) have been selected for the Cargill Global Scholars Programme 2017 by Cargill and the Institute of International Education, according to a communication from the institute on Wednesday.

Anupama Menon and Porvika Balasubramanian of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Arnab Battacharjee of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and H.S.Srividya of Civil Engineering of NIT-T were among the 10 students selected for the programme, the NIT-T release said.

The students have been selected for demonstrating exemplary academic achievement, leadership potential and relevant study in areas such as food, agriculture and risk management.

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The Cargill Global Scholars Program will provide financial support to the selected students and also offer leadership development opportunities through seminars, networking events and one-on-one mentoring programme.

Cargill Gl
obal Scholars will receive scholarships up to $2,500 per year for two years.

Further, they will be invited to take part in a series of leadership and enrichment activities designed to enhance their critical thinking skills and equip them with the tools necessary for becoming leaders and decision-makers in their chosen fields, the technology institute press release said.




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National Convention of Electrical Engineers and and Electrical Expo at NIT-Trichy in Nov 2017


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