Top 4 Universities in Kerala Ranked High by NIRF

NIRF(National Institutional Ranking Framework) is a framework adopted by Ministry of Human Resource Development to rank all institutes which provide higher education in India. This framework judges the institutes on various parameters and then ranks the institutes accordingly.

Kerala has a very good reputation in providing quality education. Keeping this in mind we have mentioned details about the best four universities which rank good in NIRF 2017, report.

You can get an overview regarding Kerala University, Calicut University, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) and Madurai Kamraj University.

So, next time when you think of pursuing any program consider these four names.


Kerala University:

NIRF 2017 ranking,has ranked Kerala Universityamong the top 50 institutes/universities of India. It is also an A Graded university accredited by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). Since 1937, it is imparting the best in class education in various fields.

The university bagged the Indira Gandhi National Award for the best NSS activities in 2005, and the UNESCONLM award for literacy in 2005, State Govt’s award for e-Governance in 2010 and the first Chancellor’s Award for the best University in the State of Kerala, in 2015.

There are approximately 150 colleges affiliated by Kerala University. The primary purpose of this university is to prescribe courses, certificates and study modules for all the colleges which it affiliates. Of these 60 are Arts and Science colleges, 2 Law colleges, 17 Engineering Colleges, 9 MBA/MCA Colleges, 37 Teacher Training Colleges, 4 Medical Colleges, 4 Ayurveda colleges, 2 Homeopathy Colleges, one Siddha Medical College, 3 Dental colleges, 10 Nursing Colleges, 4 Pharmacy Colleges, 2 Fine Arts Colleges, and a Music College.

Kerala University provides several facilities to students including a library, hostel, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities etc.

It offers the following programs:
M.A. (Master of Arts) : Sociology, Political Science, Malayalam language and literature, Tamil language and literature , Arabic language and literature, English language and literature, German language and literature, Russian language and literature, Music, Linguistics, Hindi language and literature, Sanskrit general language and literature, Archeology, Economics, History, Islamic History, Philosophy,. M.Sc. (Master of Science): Geology, Environmental Sciences, Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, Bio-Chemistry, Biotechnology, Genetics & Plant Breeding, Zoology (Pure & Applied), Integrative Biology, Computer Science, Chemistry, Demography, Mathematics, Physics, Applied Psychology , Statistics, Computational Biology. M. Tech. (Master of Technology): Computer Science, Future Studies, Opto-Electronics, MBA (Master of Business Administration) General & Tourism, MSW (Master of Social Works), LLM (Master of Laws), M.Com (Master of Commerce), MLI.Sc. (Master of Library and Information Science) PhD: All Departments.

For Admission in Kerala University, you have to check the official website. Online application form is available, to apply for any 3 programs, same application form is considered. Selection will be based on the merit secured in the entrance test organized by Kerala University and marks scored in graduation.

Calicut University

50 Years old University, it was established in the year 1968. Calicut university is considered the 2nd largest university in Kerala.

Approximately 480 colleges are affiliated to the university. 254 Arts and Science Colleges, 63 Training Colleges, 40 Engineering/Technical Colleges, 7 Medical Colleges, 4 Para Medical Colleges, 6 Ayurveda Colleges, 10 Law Colleges, 33 Arabic/Oriental Title Colleges, 11 I. H. R. D. centers, 8 Management Studies Colleges, 1 Music College, 1 Fine Arts College, 2 Colleges of Physical Education, 21 Nursing colleges, 7 Dental Colleges, 9 Pharmacy colleges, 1 Homoeopathy college and 2 colleges for Hotel Management.

To streamline the process of admission since 2014, DOA (Directorate of Admission) conducts a centralized process. Now if you want to apply for any of the college under Calicut university, all you need to fill a common online application form. Then you will have to appear for the entrance test conducted by Calicut University.


Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT)

CUSAT isa government-ownedscience and technology university. It was founded in 1971, has three campuses: two in Cochin and one in Kuttanad, Alappuzha. The university awards degrees in engineering and science subjects at the UG, PG and doctoral levels. Nearly 6520 students enroll every year in the university.

CUSAT is considered among the best universities in the world, as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17. The university is placed at fifth rank in India in the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities with a world ranking of 1150

CUSAT includes these fields:


CUSAT University has three tier level of exams like Common Admission Test (CAT), Lateral Entry Test (LET) and Departmental Admission Test (DAT). On the basis of these, you can get admission in the UG, PG and Ph.D programs of the university in various streams.

This year CAT was organized for the B.Tech Programs and all other PG programs.

Madurai Kamraj University

Madurai Kamaraj University, for the past 51 years has been imparting excellent education to the students. It is on a mission of improving and continuously upgrading its courses and study methodology.

The Madurai Kamaraj University offers 41 post graduate, 35 M.Phil. and 17 Diploma / P.G. Diploma / Certificate courses in the various departments. Presently, 66 U.G. and 45 P.G. courses are offered in the affiliated Colleges. At present 2428 students and research scholars are on the roll. Currently more than 163 research projects exceeding 34 Crores are underway. It has a modern central Library with 3 lakhs books, 15k e-journals, 3k e-books, 55k reference and text books.

Admission to courses like M.Sc. Mathematics, M.Sc. Physics, M.Sc. Chemistry, M.Sc. Computer Science, M.Sc. Geography, M.Sc. Environmental Sciences, M.Sc. Earth Remote Sensing& Geo. Information Technology, M.A. Tamil ,M.A. English & Comparative Literature is done through entrance test conducted by the university.

Based on your qualifying exam marks admission is offered for following cources: M.A.Linguistics, M.A.Malayalam Language & Literature, M.A.Telugu,  M.A.Kannada, M.A.Sanskrit, M.A.French, M.A.Economics, M.A.Political Science, M.A.Sociology, M.A.Philosophy and Religion, M.A.Folklore, M.A. History M.A. Administrative Studies, M.Com.,M.Lib.I.Sc. , M.Sc. Mathematical Economics  M.Sc.Communication& Journalism, M.Sc. Media and Communication, M.Sc. Peace Making, M.A. English Language Studies, M.Sc. Computational Biology, M.Sc. Electronics and Instrumentation, M.A. Women’s Studies , Advanced Post Graduate Diploma Course in Geographical Information System (GIS) And Remote Sensing Applications, Post Graduate Diploma in Scuba Diving for Marine Biotechnology

Tips to Ace SBI PO Interview 2017

Want to be a part of SBI? Worked hard for a good government job? You are one step away from your dream to come true. SBI PO Result for Mains had been announced in July 2017 building in curiosity among the qualifiers about the dates of the interview and group discussion round. The wait is finally over as the dates for interview have been announced officially.

SBI is one of the most demanded banking organisation by the youth. The organisation offers opportunities and waivers to the appointed employees. Now that the interview is very close- September 03, 2017 you must be wondering about the questions to be asked in the interview. How would your experience be the scary (ironical) and intellectual jury? Staying calm and confident will get you through the last stage.

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The random questions asked during the interview can confuse even the sharpest of all. You need to be smart and mould your answers as per the expectations. Think wisely before answering but never take a lot of time to respond. Be honest if you have no idea about the answer, do not answer randomly as this might create a wrong impression and lead to failure. Most of the questions are from the introduction that you prepare to tell them about yourself.

Having an effective body language- smiling, eye-contact and solid posture is a major for any interview. Reaching the interview premises on or before time should be followed. Always consider the one liner- “First Impression is the Last Impression”. One must always have an appropriate answer if asked why are they interested in joining the banking industry. Here are few commonly asked questions in the interview:

  • Why do you want to join Banking Sector?
  • How did you find this bank teller job?
  • Tell your career goal for bank job?
  • What are your biggest strengths?
  • Do you have any question to ask us?
  • What is your greatest weakness that will prove the obstacle in this job?
  • What practices have you done to improve your bank knowledge in the last year?
  • How will you handle the stressful situation while dealing with the public?
  • Why should we hire you for our bank?
  • Tell us about our bank. Its objective, vision etc.

What all you must do on Interview Day?

Interview round is preceded by group discussion. You need to score qualifying marks in both interview and GD to get recruited to the desired post. Group discussion carries 20 marks while interview being important holds a weightage of 30 marks. Be mentally prepared for the interview, prepared to face the jury confidently!

  • The major skills required to crack the interview in SBI PO is Clarity of thoughts (why do you want to join a bank), Confident about your knowledge, Honesty, convincing communication skills, good work ethics and your seriousness about the opportunity you have got.
  • Being punctual and carrying all the necessary documents to the reporting center gets you plus points. Don’t forget to carry all the required certificates, mains score card and your SBI PO Admit Card to the allotted center. These are your entry passes to this final stage.
  • Your physical appearance is a major too. You need not look to fashionable but professional. Be neat, wear formal clothes- ironed properly. Make sure you are not using a strong fragranced deodorant or perfume. Also, you must not stink- bad odour gets you negative points.
  • Do not initiate any conversation as soon as you enter or meet the panel. Greeting them and asking them if you can come in or not will be a great start! If the jury doesn’t question you or begins any conversation, then initiating it will be a better option.
  • Introduce yourself as you enter and shake hands with the panel. Ask for the permission to sit and also offer them a copy of your CV or any certificate that you were carrying to show them. Carrying a blank paper and pen will add to the points.
  • Keeping a smile and sitting straight (without leaning) shows you are attentive. You can hide your nervousness by keeping hands on the table or on your lap. A blank expression while speaking or answering shows you are nervous.
  • Use your hands to express! Explaining things using gestures and words depicts your confidence which gets you plus points.

SBI PO Interview Experience by Shubhra

SBI PO Interview is an important stage in the exam as it is the final qualifying stage. You must be tensed and want to desperately get recruited to the bank. Here are the experience stories of few candidates who appeared for the interview:

Shubhra, appeared to the interview and GD in 2016, mentions the interview was scary but the jury was patient and intellectual. They tried to comfort her and smiled as she spoke to boost her confidence. “In the GD, there were 10 students and 2 jury members. We were given a simple topic and 5 minutes to write on a topic after which we were asked to discuss about it. My English teacher conducted GD as an activity in school because of which I knew initiating the discussion with a valid point would give me plus points”, says Shubhra.

After the discussion, a question is given to all the students wherein they had to prioritize the qualities, they would want in a person for a particular task. “We had to justify our priority list, so it was important to think sensibly and mark the choices with correct justification of each. We constantly monitored by the jury and they were allotting marks to each of us”, mentions Shubhra. The GD round lasts for 2 hours after which students are sent for the interview.

“The interviews welcome you to the room with a smile. So, one must smile back and greet them confidently. I was asked questions from topics taught to me in my graduation. Since I was from engineering, I was asked all the technical questions” says Shubhra. Not just technical terms from your education background, one has to be well versed with their CV and banking terminology. It is not necessary that each interviewer questions you, so make sure you are confident as you are being observed by the interviewer doesn’t question you.

Good luck for your interview!

Study in UGC Approved Universities

Indian system of education has come in for some harsh criticisms in recent times. It definitely has its own set of flaws and shortcomings but there is no denying the fact that Indian standard of education is still better than some of the educational pattern followed around the world. Even in comparison to much advanced West, we are somewhat ahead when it comes to subjects like maths and science. The institutes of higher learning though possess some substantial problem primarily owing to their poor in infrastructure. And when we talk about infrastructure, it is wrong to assume that infrastructure is all about an institute’s building and how majestic or modern it looks from outside.


Infrastructure in fact is the sum total of an institute’s building and all the facilities it offers that will facilitate hassle free learning. An institute or a university can said to possess good infrastructure if it has state of the art classrooms, modern research labs, well-equipped workshops, good computer facility and most important of them all well-experienced faculty members.

There are some institutes who are found wanting when it comes to their overall infrastructure. The good news is that the overall situation is improving dramatically with authorised organisations and statutory bodies of the government ensuring that the education standards in India are maintained above certain benchmark levels.

University Grants Commission (UGC) is a constitutional organisation in India. In 1956, UGC was set up by the Union of Government. UGC holds the authority to approve the universities in India. It also funds the affiliated universities and colleges. UGC is controlled by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). It is the primary body responsible for monitoring, regulating, maintaining and promoting standards of university education in India.

It is therefore important that you study in  UGC recognized universities in Uttar Pradesh  or any other state.  In fact a degree awarded by an institute or university not recognised by UGC holds no merit in India. The degree for all intents and purposes is worthless and you will not be allowed to sit for any competitive entrance examination in India.

Other important organizations contributing to the development of education system in India are National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

To know whether a particular university is recognised by UGC or not, you can visit its website. UGC’s website will contain all the details and name of universities recognised by it. UGC in order to ensure that everything goes on smoothly and according to plan and students face no hassle or become victims of misinformation have set up regional offices in Hyderabad, Delhi, Guwahati, Bhopal, Kolkata, Pune and Bangalore.

Importance of UGC recognised universities

In order to secure your future and ensure that the degree is worth all the money, time and hard-work you have put in acquiring it, it is important to study in a UGC approved university in UP or for that matter anywhere else in India. Degree in any discipline from a UGC recognised university is a symbol of authenticity and is accepted by all institutes in India. As mentioned above, you will only be eligible to sit for competitive entrance exams in India if you have a valid degree from a UGC recognized institute. Another important thing to note is that UGC recognizes apart from central and state universities, private and deemed universities as well. However, private universities are not allowed to affiliate and start-off any institute/college.

Jaipur Institute Of Management , Lucknow


Jaipur institute of management was established in the year 1995 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh and was led by Dr. S.R. Musanna , and has a very conducive environment for the learning with experiments. It helps in the training to act critically and think creatively. Having keeping in mind the business landscape which is evolving helps in encouraging the students to think out of the box , change of the paradigms and the true potential of the students must be unlocked.

Courses & Fees

The team of Jaipur institute of management consists of a strong team of qualified faculty members and all the professors are experienced. Moreover , there are some industry managers who have turned in to the academicians. In the management programs, the Jaipur institute of management provides 3 diplomas of post graduate. The fees of jaipuria institute lucknow for the post graduate diplomas for per year is 395,000/-. The various courses are as follows :

  • ( PGDM ) post graduate diploma in management : this programme is approved by AICTE and is considered as equivalent to the MBA course.
  • Retail management ( PGDM )
  • Part time ( PGDM )
  • financial services ( PGDM )


From the period of over 17 years, the library has been changed a lot and is fully equipped and air conditioned. It consists of total 20000 volumes related to management areas. These include audio- video , CD-ROMs , journals , magazines , annual report of the companies and the project reports. Various on-line databases are also there such as ISI merging market, prowess ,indlaw, EBSCO ,DELNET and much more.


The location of the Jaipur institute of lucknow management is Gomti nagar which is set in about 10 acres of the land, and  it is in the prime location in Lucknow. The building of the institute is well equipped ,spacious ,well planned and all the infrastructure and modern amenities are provided to the students so that they don’t face any problem in their studies or in day to day work. This way they can become the world class professionals which the institute aims at.


Because of its modern infrastructure facilities and the academic excellence the ranking provided are by some prestigious agencies and publications. Some rankings are as follows :

  • It was ranked 28th in the placement by the survey of business world among the best B school in 2011.
  • As per the survey of career 360 the Jaipur institute of management was ranked 4th in 2012 in north India among the best private B school .
  • As per the survey of NHRDN , the Jaipur institute of management was ranked 23rd in 2013 among the people matters B school rankings.
  • Jaipur institute of management was ranked 16th in the industry by the survey of business world among the best private B schools in 2011.
  • Jaipur institute of management was also ranked as AA++ in best B schools by the business world in the year 2014.

Legitimate PLANNING for AIPMT and aipmt eligibility criteria

Let’s start first with the getting ready for the most recent month, today is 26th walk from now you have 35 days forgot, you may give some placement tests in this 35 days that implies you need to have finished your readiness at this point. In this post I trust that you are free in the following month, not giving some other selection test before AIPMT else you ought to quit understanding this somewhat think for your up and coming exams.

On the off chance that you are understanding this then I figure you need to split AIPMT, so be not kidding about it coz being one among thousands is not a simple occupation. Looking up and down FB pages and profiles is not going to help you accomplish your fantasy its lone going to kill your time. Consistently is vital for you, use it precisely. None of your companions or BF/GF are going to help you shape your profession you got do it without anyone else’s help, so be somewhat narrow minded and consider yourself instead of others. No fellowship is going to keep going forever everyone is going to move to some other spot or school, ones who uses current time appropriately is going to have a superior future. So begin concentrating on your fantasies and strive to make it genuine.

These can be downloaded and explained. Each test is intended to improve your execution some are eleventh based, some twelfth based and most are full syllabus test. Few of these test have 200 inquiries instead of 180 inquiries to check your time administration abilities. Answer is additionally accessible. On the off chance that you rehearse these 30 test than you will cover more than 5,000 inquiries in 30 days that implies you will cover each section and question sorts which are critical for AIPMT eligibility criteria.


AIPMT Facts should know along with aipmt eligibility criteria:

  • AIPMT is led by CBSE so clearly they take after NCERT reading material.
  • For Biology make sure that 90% of the inquiry are going to originate from NCERT. Our Success arrangement for AIPMT 2016 depend on NCERT.
  • Inorganic science are additionally from NCERT so perused these themes straightforwardly from NCERT. Physical science and natural science are application based so you need to peruse the hypothesis and practice MCQs from these sections.
  • Material science is about equation and its execution. On the off chance that you have retained the recipe then next thing you have to do is fathom MCQs identified with it.
  • We have made AIPMT Physics High Yield MCQs digital book which has 323 MCQs and 25 short inquiries to overhaul you completely imperative inquiries asked in AIPMT. These sort of inquiries are well on the way to come in AIPMT exam.

There is equivalent weightage for both Class eleventh and twelfth syllabus. Practically equivalent number of inquiries are asked from eleventh and twelfth syllabus. So on the off chance that you have overlooked eleventh points then you have to change it as well, don’t skip them.

Since you are science understudy so you may be more disposed to science more than Physics and Chemistry. However, you need sound and clear ideas of different subjects as well, you can’t simply rely on two subjects. Rivalry is intense as there are such a variety of hopefuls contrasted with less number of seats. Every inquiry can move you 1000 rank above or underneath, so study each of the three subjects. For better investigation of weightage of sections see earlier year chapter wise weightage.

Information about Bitsat exam conducted by BITS

The BITS is also known as Birla Institute of Technology and Science having campuses at Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad and Dubai. BITSAT exam is conducted by BITS for the admissions in various graduation and Post graduation courses like B.E, B.Pharm and M.Sc respectively. BITS have announced the official dates for BITSAT exam 2016 to be conducted from May 14 to May 28 in various centres across the country. The competition is very tough in BITSAT exam this year because as many as 2 lakh candidates will appear for the examination for merely 2200 seats all over its campuses. BITS is one of the leading institutes in the country for providing quality education in engineering courses. Therefore students preparing for this exam should know the value of this institute well in advance.


Educational Qualification for BITSAT exam 2016

As all of you know that BITS conduct this exam every year for various engineering courses. Therefore the student should be passed from recognised board or university in higher secondary school (10+2). The student should also have physics, chemistry and Maths subjects in their high school and also proficiency in English language apart from these subjects.

But for admissions in B.Pharmacy courses in BITS, student should have passed class 12th examinations from recognised board with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as their subjects. Proficiency in English language is also required for appearing in BITSAT exam 2016. Students with PCM as their subjects can also appear for courses.

For appearing in this exam students should pass their class 12th examination with minimum of 75% marks in physics, chemistry and Mathematics/Biology. Also students should secure 60% marks each in all the three subjects’ separately.

Students who are appearing or who have passed 12th class examination can appear for this BITSAT exam 2016.

Pattern for BITSAT exam 2016

The students should be well aware of the pattern of BITSAT 2016 before going to appear for the exam on 28th May, 2016. The pattern of this exam is explained in detail below.

This exam will comprise of 4 sections: physics, chemistry, English proficiency and logical reasoning and Mathematics/Biology. The duration of the exam will be of 3 hours without any break. Physics and Chemistry will consist of 40 questions each, English and logical reasoning will have 15 and 10 questions respectively and 45 questions will be there for Mathematics/Biology section making the total count of 150 questions.

The exam will be comprised of 150 questions in total with every question being multiple choice having 4 options. The student will be awarded 3 marks for every right answer and penalty of 1 mark for every wrong answer. Therefore student should attempt every question carefully and try to score maximum without many wrong attempts. No marks will be awarded for the questions that will not be attempted.

Syllabus for BITSAT exam 2016

This exam will be conducted on the basis of course covered in NCERT books from class 11th and 12th. Therefore students should thoroughly revise their class 11th and 12th NCERT books for scoring good marks in this exam.


How To Increase Your Package With An MBA Degree?

A recent survey by AMBA, the Association of MBAs, has revealed that a salary bump is measurable when you get an MBA. People nowadays pursue an MBA—after their BBA distance education and other degrees—for exactly the same reason: to get a better pay package compared to their peers.

So, how does a pay hike happen? How do you get around to increasing your salary by doing an MBA through distance learning systems? Here are a few key things that determine the kind of pay package you will get-

  1. Your University

The first and the most important aspect that determines how much salary you’ll get is the kind of college or university you graduate out of. Nowadays, there are plenty of colleges which can be found across all corners of the country, which means getting an MBA is relatively easy, but that doesn’t necessarily mean better pay. Instead, choose a university of repute and work towards gaining an entry; this can surely improve your chances of getting better pay.

  1. Skillset

An MBA is never just about the degree. It’s all about your skillset. For starters, every MBA graduate is expected to network. Without a valuable network, even the best of degrees rarely matter. So, always be on the lookout for seminars and meets that are related to the specialisation you’re studying. This will allow you to meet several people of importance and can help you bump your salary.

  1. The Type Of MBA

MBA has never been a one-size-fits-all degree and has various different specialisations for you to choose from. These include accounting, finance, and marketing among many others. The more specialised your field is, the better pay you are likely to get. So, make sure to choose your specialisations carefully. For instance, an online MBA in HR will help you understand the basics of accounting, financial management, and economics all at once.

  1. Your Previous Experience

Your previous work experience too has a bearing on how better a pay you can get. Imagine you have the same degree as your peers but have better work experience, there’s a higher chance that you’ll get paid more than they do.

These are the few basic factors involved in determining the kind of salary package you’d get out of your degree, whether it is an MBA in HR distance learning course or any other online MBA courses.

The Benefits of Getting into Engineering Career Explained

Engineering career has its own brand which can never draw parallel to any other career. If such hype is not built around this career, students would not have dreamt of their engineering career right from their school days. Engineering career has won such publicity because of its high rank in terms of job prospects and it is one of the professions that society gives respect as well. There are many branches of engineering courses available, which enables you choose according to your passion. JEE conducts JEE Main and JEE Advanced examinations for students to qualify, who aspire to entry into engineering profession courses.

Plenty of Job Opportunities

It is foregone conclusion that sky is the limit for meritorious and successful engineering graduates to get jobs. Particularly, the IIT graduates are assured of tremendous career both in terms of remuneration and branded corporations. There are many branded and prestigious companies that are conducting campus interviews and enrolling the students while they are in the final stage of their graduation. This kind of assured career adornment is highly popular among engineering students.

Variety of Career Options

Many career options are available; you can choose electrical, civil, electronics, architect, aeronautical, Information Technology and many more. This kind of diversity in selecting career option makes engineering career a most passionate one. Engineers can also show their expertise in the fields of design, quality assurance, development, field service, financial, human resource and in the latest trend, the green engineering.

Career Advancement

By getting into a right employment, all the pursuing engineering graduates can dream of stupendous career growth. It is beyond doubt that engineers will have that knowledge, smartness and hard-working capabilities, otherwise how they could have cracked the toughest JEE Main and JEE Advanced exams.

Professional Atmosphere

As an engineer you can work in a professional environment, which assures respect, value for your thoughts, freedom of building strategies and many more. You will be given professional training by the corporate and you can utilize these exceptionally well conducted training sessions for the benefit of the organization and yourself.

Insights into a few more advantages of engineering career

  • For any career job satisfaction is first and foremost, since professionalism is tagged to an engineering career, you are sure to get the required satisfaction
  • As you have to solve the problems with critical reasoning, that could be within your organization or could be pertaining to the society, you are sure to become an intellectually developed citizen
  • Most of the engineering jobs involves creativity and are challenging, your career days will be never boring
  • You will gain leadership qualities and will become most sought after person as you gain more and more expertise

Financial Freedom

While each of us works for money is not a hidden truth, engineers can presume that they will attain financial security at an early stage of their career. You can gain high prestige and good reputation when once you are a financially sound person, engineering career can easily make your financial dreams come true.

You Can Become an Entrepreneur

With abundant knowledge and engineering background you can easily become an entrepreneur and make the society proud of you and your achievements. On successful entrepreneurship, you can provide job openings to many job aspirants and help the community for its improvement.

With so many opportunities, benefits and options being available with engineering career, one can eye on it and aim to step into engineering field. Plan well in advance, to secure a spot in prestigious institute like IIT.

School uniform prices raised by supplier contracts, says CMA

Children in school uniforms

The cost of school uniforms has risen by up to £10 an item owing to the use of exclusive suppliers, according to the UK’s competition authority.

School governors must ensure that deals allow parents to get good value for money, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said.

Complaints from parents have prompted the CMA to write an open letter to governors and suppliers in England.

It has the power to fine suppliers if they are found to be anti-competitive.

The CMA said there was no intention to take any legal action at this stage, but it has joined forces with various associations to call on schools and suppliers to review their agreements.

The Schoolwear Association, which represents suppliers, said that exclusive deals often ensured that uniforms of good quality were available in all sizes.

Shopping around

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The authority said that exclusive deals could mean parents were not getting value for money, with “strong evidence” that they had increased prices.

“Buying school uniforms can be very expensive and particularly hits low-income families and those with a number of children, so it is important parents and carers are able to shop around,” said Ann Pope, senior director at the CMA.

“We will continue monitoring the sector and will consider taking enforcement action, if it is necessary.”

The move follows a review of school uniform costs in 2012 which found:

  • Three-quarters of state schools placed restrictions on where uniforms could be bought
  • Restrictions led to parents of primary school children paying £4.9m more than they need to, and parents of secondary school pupils paying £5.5m more
  • Quality and consistency were the primary reasons for the exclusive deals being put in place

The Children’s Society said that many parents were being prevented from buying cheaper school clothing from supermarkets.

“School uniform costs can be a millstone around the necks of poorer parents, contributing to a cycle of debt and damaging the opportunities and well-being of lower income pupils,” said Sam Royston, director of policy at the society.

The National Governors’ Association said schools should do all they could to keep costs to a minimum.

Guidance for schools in England set by the Department for Education says that schools and governing bodies should ensure parents are getting good value for money.

The Schoolwear Association said it was keen to work with the CMA.

“There are some benefits to sole supplier arrangements, particularly because a single supplier is dedicated to the school and required to stock uniform all year round in all sizes,” said the association’s chairman, David Burgess.

“When there are two or more suppliers, that sense of duty diminishes, and the school has less power to demand best value and service levels. If a school decides on a sole supplier arrangement, we strongly recommend periodically putting contracts out to tender where quotations can be compared on quality, service levels, year-round stocking, ethical sourcing and price.”

He added that suppliers were often local and independent and that they considered quality and sustainability.

“We are anxious that the focus on school uniform should not be solely on price at the expense of poorer quality. We should remember that children spend an average of 10 hours a day in their uniform, so comfort and durability are vital,” he said.

The association has called on the government to remove VAT from school uniforms and introduce a voucher scheme, similar to childcare vouchers, to assist parents with the cost.

Apprenticeships expansion ‘devaluing brand’

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Image captionThe government wants to deliver three million new apprenticeships over five years

The push to create apprenticeships fast has devalued their brand, with low level skills such as coffee-making being accredited, Ofsted has said.

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw says some learners are not even aware they are on apprenticeship schemes.

Apprenticeships, which ministers in England say are key to tackling unemployment, are sometimes covering workers’ pre-existing skills, he says.

The government says it is improving the quality of schemes through reforms.

Skills minister Nick Boles said: “Putting an end to poor quality apprenticeship training lies at the heart of our reforms of apprenticeships.

“Ofsted’s report backs up the findings of our 2012 review and provides further evidence for our decision to put employers rather than training providers in the driving seat.”

Changes include legislation that will provide protection for the term “apprenticeship” to prevent misuse by providers in England, the government says.

Apprenticeships will also be included in performance tables from 2018.

‘Struggled to find work’

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Joseph Turner, from Manchester, completed a business administration apprenticeship – a 12-month placement at a company in the environmental sector – in April. He now feels it was of no use to him.

“When I first started I could think of nothing better than gaining a qualification through my work that would put me in a good standing for the future.

“However, I very quickly learned that it was simply a way to underpay workers for generally basic work.

“I was earning around £5 per hour but was let go the moment I finished my apprenticeship scheme. The company then went on to hire an even lower paid apprentice in the same position.

“I have now waited six months and the training providers still haven’t sent out my certificate due to a massive backlog of certificates due.

“I now fear my apprenticeship was useless, and have struggled to find relevant work through it.”

Sir Michael says low-level apprenticeships are particularly common in service sectors, such as retail and care.

But he argues these do not provide sufficient training that stretches and improves apprentices’ capabilities.

Sir Michael says he supports the government’s commitment to deliver three million apprenticeships over the next five years.

But Ofsted will say in a forthcoming report that many of the courses on offer fail to give learners the skills and knowledge employers are looking for, or add value to the economy.

It concludes the apprenticeship brand has been devalued at a time when there is a drive to improve the value and quality of vocational learning.

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In a speech launching the report, Sir Michael is expected to say that, despite the increase in numbers, very few apprenticeships are delivering professional-level skills in the areas most needed.

‘Abusing trust’

He will say that being an apprentice should equate with quality training, opportunity and advancement, and cannot simply be a qualification for performing a job that workers can already do.

Sir Michael will say an apprenticeship must be a valued commodity.

Employers and providers involved in poor quality, low-level apprenticeships are wasting public funds and abusing the trust placed in them, he will say.

Ofsted’s report will call on all providers of apprenticeship programmes to be held to account to ensure they add value to apprentices’ careers.

This would be measured by increased responsibility at work, better promotion prospects and higher earnings, it will say.

Mr Boles said: “We are absolutely committed to creating three million high quality apprenticeships by 2020 including many more at degree level, because apprenticeships can change the lives of young people and open the door to a good job and a rewarding career.”