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Dubious Scholarships – are you being misled?

Dubious Scholarships – are you being misled? : Dubious Scholarships – are you being misled? Looking for someone to fund your higher studies in India or abroad? It seems that you need not have to worry at all and run around from pillar to post to acquire a scholarship or funding for your higher studies. Scan newspapers and google with the key words ‘scholarship’ and, lo and behold, you will be virtually inundated with advertisements and notifications. It may look like quite a large number of ‘oh-so-benevolent’ philanthropists are waiting to meet you with their fat purses! Look deeper and search behind the veils of the smart looking websites and seemingly well-defined processes of applications, screening, scholarship examinations, disbursal procedures etc., and you will find a lot many reasons to doubt the true purpose of the various organisations offering scholarships for studies in India and abroad. After a thorough research and analysis of the business of scholarship and scholarship examination landscape in India, the iDreamCareer team has unearthed certain worrisome scenarios, about which an aspiring student, his parents and teachers must be aware about. When you are reading or searching about a scholarship / fellowship / other offering for financing your higher studies, be aware of the following scenarios and choose to apply for the right ones. Dubious organisations offering scholarships There could be some organisations, typically registered as a ‘Foundation’ under the Indian Trust Act, as a Society under the Indian Societies Registration Act or as a Section 8 Company under the Companies Act 2013 (therefore fully legitimate organisations under the Indian laws), which often fleece students by collecting a large amount of application fees and other procedural fees. It remains mostly unclear whether they have ever given out any scholarship to anyone. A case in point A case in point is the Gaurav Foundation. Their website does not mention any details about the amount of scholarships, what is the basis for selecting students for getting the scholarships, and how students are selected for receiving the scholarships. Although Gaurav Foundation claims to be affiliated with or ‘registered’ with NITI Aayog, Nasscom Foundation, Google for nonprofits, Save the Children, etc. but no details about its organisation is available except few lines about their objectives etc. There is no phone number available for contacting except a WhatsApp chat number and an email ID. Whereas we do not know whether anyone has ever received a scholarship from Gaurav Foundation or not, but the Foundation is part the Gaurav Singhal Group and Gaurav Foundation seems to be one of their 15 brands, as per the group’s website! Education consulting companies conducting scholarship examinations to collect data If you are a student appearing for or have just appeared in higher secondary level school leaving examination, then you must be receiving hundreds of messages on SMS, WhatsApp and emails about admission offer to various engineering, medical, and management institutions as well as foreign universities. Where do they get your contact details from? Well, there are many ways to get it, a few are legitimate, but most are by dubious means. One example of legitimate source of your contact data is the MAT (Management Aptitude Test conducted by the All India Management Association) database which can be bought by the Business Schools using MAT as an entrance examination for admission into their MBA or PGDM programs. An example of dubious means is the various ‘Scholarship’ examinations conducted by organisations involved in education consulting or in helping private sector colleges and universities to get students applying for admission into various programs. These organisations typically offer ‘career counselling’, which is obviously biased towards their client institutions and often fleece you by intense persuasion. It is true that not all such consultants do that, but many do. The real reason behind the ‘Scholarship’ examinations that these education consultants conduct is collection of students’ contact data. No one really knows transparently as to whether any student has ever received a reasonable amount of scholarships from these organisations as the information that they provide to public is just a set of pompous claims and decorated content. A case in point It may be the scenario in case of the various scholarship entrance examinations such as All India EngineeringEntrance Scholarship Examination (Secondary), All India Pre-Medical Scholarship Test (Secondary), and International Pre-Medical Scholarship Test conducted by the company named Brainztorm Technical Excellence Pvt. Ltd. This company is registered with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Their registered office is in Chennai and the operating office is in Noida. A careful reading of the information provided on the website of Brainztorm Technical Excellence Pvt. Ltd. reveals that it conducts several scholarship entrance examinations and also offers marketing services and career guidance. The details about the scholarship amount, how students are selected to receive the scholarships, selection procedure, etc. are not mentioned in either one of the websites for the entrance examinations conducted by the company or in the company’s corporate website. We do not know whether any student has received any scholarship from Brainztorm Technical Excellence Pvt. Ltd. or not, but we can advise students to use caution when applying to such scholarship examinations as offered by this company. The basis of our doubt is the question as to why should an organisation conduct an entrance examination for offering scholarships to engineering or medical courses? There are already many entrance examinations including the JEE, NEET, etc. If there is a philanthropic aim, one can easily select students for scholarships based on the scores in these examinations and also on the basis of past academic records. The International Pre-Medical Scholarship Test web page Fake news on social media If you are getting unsolicited SMSes, WhatsApp messages or email messages urging you to apply for scholarships or for appearing into a scholarship examination, then there is a high possibility that such scholarships are either fake or have some other hidden purposes, unless the messages are from well-known and reputed educational institutions or foundations like Azim Premji Foundation or Tata Trust. Besides, it is most likely that these reputed organisations will never send you messages. They may publish notifications in newspapers and websites but would not send unsolicited messages. A case in point A case in point is the WhatsApp messages many people received last year about the scholarships for students by the Prerana Foundation in association with Infosys Foundation. The news was a completely fake news although it is not established as to who sent such a news. According to the website www.blastfakenews.com, Prerana Foundation clarified that the message was wrong, and they were not associated with Infosys Foundation. As per the website of the Prerana Foundation, they offer financial aid to meritorious students from underprivileged background and 2500 students have been benefited as on 11-August 2018. The Foundation offer several programs for the underprivileged students. Another recent case Recently, a message informing that the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, is doling out Rs. 10,000 to girls between the age of 1-18 years under a dubious Pradhan Mantri Balika Samriddhi Yojana was being forwarded on WhatsApp. The message was exhorting people to apply before 15th August and also to send the message to all friends. The link given in the message was http://sukanya-yojna.m-indian-gov.in/. This was a fake news and the link didn’t lead to anywhere. There is a Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana announced by the Government of India in January, 2015. But this is a savings scheme meant for the parents of girl children. The benefit of the scheme is a higher interest rate given to the account holders, which is much higher than the general savings bank interest rate. This scheme provides tax benefits too. So, the PM was not really dolling out any cheque to the parent of a girl child. How far does fake news can take our imagination to?  The fake news on Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana ‘Scholarships’ offered by colleges and universities You would often find advertisements of many engineering institutes, business schools and universities in India in newspapers and social media, offering scholarships to meritorious students. Many reputed coaching institutions also conduct scholarship examinations. Whereas they do offer scholarships to deserving students, but in the opinion of the iDreamCareer team, the main idea behind such scholarships is to ‘fish’ or attract students to apply to their programs. Only few get the scholarships while most of the examinees get calls later from the admission or marketing teams of the colleges, universities or coaching centres. While some of these colleges, universities and coaching centres do have good programs to offer but some other may not be good at all. Therefore, before applying for a scholarship examination conducted by an institute, a student should be sure as to whether he or she really wants to study for the institute’s or coaching centre’s programs. Similarly, before applying to a college or university in the lure of a scholarship, a student should be sure about the quality of the degree programs in the college or university and also about the faculty members’ profile, quality of teaching, accreditation status, affiliation or approval status and overall, about the reputation of the college or university. The bottom line The bottom line is that a scholarship or a scholarship examination could be dubious or altogether fake. When you apply for a scholarship or a scholarship examination, you should be cautious and find out the facts. The thumb rules are: Check out whether you can get a clear information about how many scholarships would be given, what would be the amount of scholarships, and what would make one eligible for the scholarship. Typically, the website of the organisation offering the scholarship should have exhaustive and transparent information. Check out the details of the organisation offering scholarship. Is it a reputed organisation? Is there any doubt or controversy about the organisation? Is there any information available on who received the scholarships over the past few years? Is the organisation asking for a hefty application fee or other procedural fee? If yes, then it may very well be a dubious organisation. A genuine organisation will not ask for hefty application fee or other fees. Mostly, genuine organisations offering scholarships do not ask for any fee at all. Few do ask, but the fees are nominal and reasonable. Is the organisation sending you unsolicited SMS, WhatsApp messages and emails? Is the organisation calling you to inform that there is a scholarship available? If yes, then by all probability, the organisation is either dubious or ‘fishing’ for you to apply to a college or university. Is there a business group or profit-making company behind the scholarship? If yes, is the group or company reputed? If not then, by all probability, the scholarship could be dubious, if not fake. There are plenty of scholarships and other means of funding your higher education. So, you need not feel discouraged. The key point here is that you should be cautious, research well and use your discretion to apply for a scholarship or sit for a scholarship examination.  ----- iDreamCareer has developed a list of all 400+ scholarships which are all validated and real. Please read them on this link - https://idreamcareer.com/scholarships ---------------- References: (1) http://www.gauravfoundation.org/scholarship.html accessed on 11 August 2018 at 1:00 PM IST (2) http://www.gauravsinghalgroup.com/ accessed on 11 August 2018 at 1:05 PM IST (3) http://brainztorm.org.in/, http://ipmst.com/about_aieese_primary, https://www.aipmstsecondary.co.in/ and https://www.aieesesecondary.co.in/index accessed on 11 August 2018 between 12:30 PM and 1:54 PM IST (4) http://blastfakenews.com/2017/09/23/ngo-prerana-infosys-and-scholarship-for-students/ accessed on 11 August 2018 at 1:19 PM IST (5) https://www.prerana.ngo/ accessed on 11 August 2018 at 1:21 PM IST (6) https://www.thequint.com/news/webqoof/no-pm-modi-is-not-giving-out-rs-10k-cheques-to-girls accessed on 11 August 2018 at 4:45 PM    

Handling Peer Pressure, One step at a time

Handling Peer Pressure, One step at a time : Handling Peer Pressure, One step at a time “Hey, are you scared to even try that? I am not forcing you, it’s your decision anyway.” The words that we all dread and the words that provoke us to prove that we aren't scared. We all might have faced people who try to drag us in things that we would usually not give in so easily. Well, that's what Peer Pressure is all about.  Making decisions on your own sometimes becomes challenging, but when other people get involved and try to force their decisions on you it makes the situation worse. People who are your age are called peers so when they try to influence you or force their decision on you, it is called peer pressure. This is something that we all have gone through in our lives. So, Let us finally talk about peer pressure and how you can deal with it.  There’s no denying the fact that your friends influence your life. Their interest’s and habits are in some way or the other going to affect you too. Peers can have a positive influence on each other. For example one of your friends taught you an easier way to solve a question in maths. You might like the way he studies and tries to practice more and work hard. Or maybe someday you share your favorite music band and all your friends admire you for your taste in music. These are surely going to uplift you and your peers and create a healthy environment. This is what exactly a positive influence of peer pressure sounds like. But there here are two sides to every coin. Peers have a negative influence as well. A few kids in school might force you to skip classes, they may challenge you to do something that is not right. They may even force you to make fun of others, use foul language or even persuade you to be mean to others or disrespect others just for fun. You might not even realize that you are doing all these things as this could look a bit cool to be able to make others laugh by bullying friends or teachers. The fact that your parents are always complaining and stopping you to hang out with a certain group of friends might actually be a good thing for you. It might feel like everyone is against you and they don't want you to have fun or see you happy. Trust me, we all have been through this, and the sooner you realize that your parents were actually right about your friends the better it is and the less it would affect your life. The moment you realize that you are not in a good company, you would start differing between them. That's when you must leave their company for your own good.  The reason some kids give in to peer pressure so easily may involve the urge to be liked by all, the urge to fit in or the thought that other kids might make fun of them for being boring. And others go along with them because they are curious to try something new that others are doing. The idea that "everyone else is doing it" influences students to ignore their common sense and take bad decisions. You cannot say NO to them. Can you? It would make you less cool and you would not be able to get a lot of attention. Right? Wrong. Saying NO can be tough but it is not impossible. It might make you lose some so-called friends but it will make you fetch some good ones with whom you can be who you really are. Paying attention to your own feelings and beliefs about what is right and wrong can help you take the right decisions. Knowing the difference between right and wrong is very important and it takes a lot of courage to stand up for yourself and say NO. If you see someone else being bullied, you could help them by backing them up. This takes a lot of the power out of peer pressure and makes it easier to resist. It really helps to have friends who have similar values and interest as you do, so that when in need they can help you make the right choice.  When your parents say “choose your friends wisely”. Peer pressure is the main reason they say this. If your group of friends doesn't like certain things other group members do, chances are you too won't be doing these things either. If you continue to face peer pressure and find it difficult to handle it on your own, you can talk to someone you trust. Don't feel stressed or guilty for your mistakes, talking out your problems can help you get out of the situation and prepare you for the next time you face something. By letting someone mature enough to know your troubles can help others too in tackling peer pressure. “It is better to walk alone than with a crowd going in the wrong direction” It’s not easy to resist negative peer pressure, but when you find a way out it saves you from many negative consequences. It often takes one person to speak out or say no and change the whole situation and in most cases, the involvement of elders might be needed. But there is always a way out, no matter how grim the consequences be. All you have to do is Reach out.   

AIIMS 2017 - AIIMS Entrance Exam, AIIMS Important Dates, Elgibility

AIIMS 2017 - AIIMS Entrance Exam, AIIMS Important Dates, Elgibility : AIIMS 2017 Admission notification All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) has notified entrance exam details for admission to its MBBS course being offered at 7 campus of AIIMS situated across India as follows: 1. New Delhi 2. Patna 3. Bhopal 4. Jodhur 5. Bhubaneshwar 6. Rishikesh 7. Raipur Eligibility Candidates who have passed/appearing/appeared for class 12th exam or its equivalent with subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Engish & scored 60% marks in aggregate in class 12th exams. (50% for SC,ST,OPH category)  Important Dates Application Form Start Date 24.01.2017 Last Date for Application 23.02.2017 Entrance Exam Date 28.05.2017 Result Notification 14.06.2017 First Counselling 03-06 July 2017 Second Counselling 03.08.2017 Third Counselling 05.09.2017 Exam Mode Examination will be conducted only on online mode in two shifts on 28th May 2017.    Application starts from 24th January, 2017 on this link - www.aiimsexams.org     -- Medical Entrance Exam 2017 Counselling Guidance Program by iDreamCareer.com   iDreamCareer.com was one of the only career counselling company in India which was helping medical students across India on the entire NEET medical admission process in 2016. We helped over 2.5 lac medical aspirants in 2016. Most importantly unlike other career counselling companies we are 100% UNBIASED while we guide students. We do not tie-up with any college/university or sell our student database to third party agencies. We are not involved in any donation based admission. We only provide unbiased and indepenedent career guidance to students.    Register for iDreamCareer's NEET 2017 guidance program which will provide credible and unbiased information and guidance to students. Under NEET 2017 guidance program students will receive: Single Counselling session on telephone (upto 15 minutes) Email Alerts on NEET, AIIMS & JIMPER exams. Email Alerts on all the medical colleges (both govt. and private) admission process. This also include sending alerts on all the counselling process of different medical colleges in India. Unlimited NEET 2016 counselling query support on email till Sep 30 - You can simply keep on asking your query related to NEET and our counselors will answer back within 48 working hours. This program cost is Rs. 2,000 per student only. Register on this link - https://www.instamojo.com/idreamcareer/neet-2016-counselling-guidance-program-by-id/ ---   If you are a medical aspirant and looking to get career guidance, feel free to reach us at 9555990000 or write to us at support@idreamcareer.com to know about our career guidance program. We will be happy to guide you.   

Study Drama to claim the Center-Stage: A Career in Theatrics

Study Drama to claim the Center-Stage: A Career in Theatrics : The most wonderful aspect about studying drama is the networking opportunities that you get. It might require a lot of discipline & concentrated efforts, but it is equally true that with good practice & skills, you can get ample opportunities to reach your creative peak. If you think the stage is where you belong, you might want to check out the career options that you have in the field of ‘Drama’. Gone are the days when a career in Drama was looked down upon as something not-so-realistic. Contrary to popular belief, there are plentiful prospects nowadays in the field of drama. So if you are passionate about acting & theatrics, you should not let the naysayers rule off this career for you by claiming it risky or a back-up plan or not-so-practical. In fact, this is one field where you meet passionate young people every day who are chasing their dreams with utmost determination. There are indeed a lot of career options; you just need to find your perfect place either ‘On the stage’ or ‘In the classroom’ or ‘Behind the curtain’ or ‘At the desk’ or ‘On the sets’. It is true to an extent that people wanting to be on the center-stage might go through extreme highs & lows that this profession has to show. There might be times with no work and there might be brief intervals where you get totally worked up. While formal training is not a compulsory requirement for this field, a degree might be a good idea to hone your skills and learn tricks of the trade directly from established artists & professional thespians. The number of schools providing formal education in drama & performing arts are increasing rapidly with industry experts taking keen interest in nurturing future actors & trade technicians. In India, directors like SubashGhai& actors like AnupamKher have opened up their own schools for acting & performing arts. Top Institutes: India Institute Courses Famous Alumni City Website Film & Television Institute of India Graduation, Post-graduation Danny Denzongpa, John Abraham, Jaya Bachchan, Sanjay LeelaBhansali, ShabanaAzmi, VidhuVinod Chopra Pune http://www.ftiindia.com/ National School of Drama Graduation, Post-graduation Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, AnupamKher, NawazuddinSiddiqui, Piyush Mishra, Irrfan Khan, SeemaBiswas New Delhi http://nsd.gov.in/delhi/ Barry John Acting Studio Certificate, Diploma Shah Rukh Khan, ManojBajpai, ShineyAhuja, Freida Pinto Mumbai, New Delhi http://www.bjas.in/ Actor Prepares Certificate, Diploma Prachi Desai, PreityZinta, Ali Zafar, VarunDhawan, DeepikaPadukone, MugdhaGodse Mumbai http://www.actorprepares.net/ Whistling Woods International Diploma, Graduation Abhishek Jain, SamvednaSuwalka, NakulSahdev, Anil Mange, AruVerma Mumbai http://www.whistlingwoods.net/ Asian Academy of Film and Television   Certificate, Graduation, Post-graduation ArjunKapoor, Luv Ranjan, NehaChauhan, HasleenKaur, Ajay Behl, Noida http://aaft.com/ RoshanTaneja School of Acting   Certificate KarishmaKapoor, KimiKatkar, Kiran Kumar, KunalKapoor, ManishaKoirala, Madhuri Dixit, MithunChakraborty Mumbai http://www.roshantaneja.com/   International (Top 10): Institute Tuition Fees(£) Famous Alumni City, Country Website Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts 14,700 Sir Paul McCartney (Patron), Sir Ian McKellen, Alan Rickman Liverpool, UK http://www.lipa.ac.uk/ Juilliard School 22,790 Kevin Spacey, Robin Williams, Val Kilmer New York, US http://www.juilliard.edu/ National Institute of Dramatic Art 15,610 Cate Blanchett, Mel Gibson, Hugo Weaving Sydney, Australia https://www.nida.edu.au/ Guildhall School of Music & Drama 17,850 Ewan McGregor, Daniel Craig, Orlando Bloom London, UK http://www.gsmd.ac.uk/ Tisch School of the Arts 27,350 Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alec Baldwin New York, US http://tisch.nyu.edu/ Bristol Old Vic Theatre School 18,800 Daniel Day-Lewis, Gene Wilder, Patrick Stewart Bristol, UK http://www.oldvic.ac.uk/ The New School for Drama 23,544 Marlon Brando, Jesse Eisenberg, Bradley Cooper New York, US http://www.newschool.edu/drama/ Oxford School of Drama 14,925 Catherine McCormack, Christina Cole Woodstock, UK http://oxforddrama.ac.uk/ Drama Centre 13,800 Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth London, UK http://www.arts.ac.uk/csm/drama-centre-london/ California Institute of the Arts 27,806 Ed Harris, KateySagal California, US https://calarts.edu/   Skills Required: It is an established fact that this field requires a lot of hard work & steadfastness. The picture below enlists all the required skills that would help you excel in the theatrical world: Other talents like singing, dancing or playing musical instruments would be of additional value.   Employment Opportunities: India houses a staggering array ofdiffernt forms of performing arts. Just for theatre, there are more than 40,000 companies nationwide including amateur theatre groups, professional repertory, commercial as well as alternative theatres. A lot of these theatre companies are provided grants & support from the government. You might get into any of these theatre companies as a fresh graduate. The doors to films, TV serials& Ad Industry are also open for acting students. With the advent of internet, YouTube channels have also opened up massive employment opportunities in this field. Indian theatre companies have recently witnessed increased international tie-ups and exposure. This has resulted in moderate to sharp increase in the income of these companies and subsequently that of the artists. As a graduate in drama, you can get into directly related jobs like: Actor Dancer Theatre Director Musician Community arts worker Producer Or you can get into jobs where your degree would be more useful, like: Stage Manager Arts Administrator Broadcast Presenter Lecturer Costume Designer Sound Technician Script Writer Choreographer Set Designer Props Manager Wardrobe Technician Stagehand Lighting Technician Special Effects Technician Or you can also get into alternate career options such as: Announcer Radio Jockey Television Presenter Interviewer Video Jockey Party Anchor Salaries: As fresh graduates if you are employed in theatre companies, your salary can range from anywhere between INR 10,000 to INR 40,000 depending on your expertise. However, it increases with experience. You can also freelance without actually committing to a particular group. And there are ample entrepreneurial opportunities as well if you wish to set up your own theatre company and produce your own plays. Sky is the limit for good artists. Dramatics is not just a pastime or an extra-curricular activity anymore. The techniques are being improvised every passing day and even studied in a scientific manner.   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: Master the World after Masters in English Literature | MBA Specialisation | Rising Tides of Oceanography | Turning the Ordinary into Extra-Ordinary: Careers in Public Relations | Heal the World: Careers in Clinical Psychology | Engineering Nature 

Singapore: The Best Asian Study Destination

Singapore: The Best Asian Study Destination : “Malujah Singapura”, Singapore has acted true to these words from its national anthem, which means ‘Onward Singapore’. This country has shown remarkable growth in last two decades and has secured a prominent position globally. Singapore is counted among the world’s best countries when it comes to standard of living, cultural diversity, modern urban life and financial success. Singapore has also registered a steady growth in the education sector and is considered as the best study destination in Asia and 4th best in the world. Indian students find it a good abroad education option due to its proximity and affordable education cost. There has been a steady growth of 20 % in the number of Indian students enrolling in Singapore. If you are looking forward to studying in Singapore, this article will discuss some important things you should consider before choosing Singapore for your further education. But, before we do that, let’s look at some interesting trivia about Indian link to Singapore.     Singapore’s Indiconnect Singapore and India has a lot in common. The following are some interesting facts that connect Singapore and India: Tamil is one of the official languages of Singapore Singapore and India came under the same rule during Chola Dynasty Love Bollywood? You won’t have to miss the movies there, many theatres and multiplexes play Bollywood movies in Singapore. Diwali, Eid al-Fitr and Bakri Id are public holidays and celebrated grandly in Singapore Biryani is an essential dish in Malay weddings. If you find these interesting, how about the fact that Singapore is just 90 hours road trip from Delhi, and there is a place called little India in Singapore, where you can find all your favourite Indian dishes cooked just the way you get it here. Now, let us get back to the topic and look at some crucial information regarding education in Singapore.   5 Things You Should Know About Education in Singapore Education Pattern and Colleges Singapore is a great place to spend your college life and has ranked in the QS’s top three ‘Best Student Cities’. The government and the education administration in the country is determined to get the country recognised as a global ‘Schoolhouse’. Singapore is known for its high standards of teaching and scientific research. Singapore has many private and national universities that cater to diverse education needs. The three most prestigious universities in Singapore are National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University. Apart from these, many foreign universities have their campuses in Singapore like the renowned Chicago Business School and Technische Universitat Munchen. Visa and Enrolment process As a good news for international students aspiring to study in Singapore, the process of getting student visa is quite hassle free. You don’t have to apply for a separate student visa as the process is linked to the admission process and all students who get accepted in Universities in Singapore, get their visa along with the approval letter. The approval letter, also known as the In-Principal Approval (IPA) letter works as astudentvisa, and you can enter the country by producing this letter at all checkpoints. One other crucial document that you’ll need to study in Singapore is the Student’s Pass that you’ll have to apply for after two weeks of getting approval and before one month of course commencement. Education and Living Expense Due to the high standard of living, the cost of living and education is significantly higher than all other study destinations in Asia. However, when compared to the world’s top three education destinations, the education cost seems pretty reasonable. The tuition fees vary according to the course of your choice, for example,art courses have lower tuition fees than science courses. The average tuition fees in Singapore can be around INR 6.5 lacks per annum. When it comes to living cost, international students have the option of staying either on-campus or off-campus. The cost of living is comparatively less when you stay on-campus. However, this option is not always available. The average living cost in Singapore can range between INR 8 lacks to 16 lacks per annum.  Job That Pays the Rent Given the high cost of living, many international students have to look for part-time jobs. There are many job options available to international students in Singapore. However, the student is allowed to work for a maximum of 16 hours during the session. There is no such limitation on the students during the vacation, and they can work fulltime. If you are enrolled in a university, no separate approval is required to work part time. English Proficiency Singapore has four official languages, which are Chinese, Malay, Tamil and English. English is the official language of instruction, and all universities conduct courses in the English language. Indian students should take a note of the fact that all universities in Singapore give huge importance to English proficiency. To get admission, you’ll have to score very high in any English language test like TOEFL or IELTS. Just 90 hours drive from Delhi, Singapore is the best study destination near India. It has the right infrastructure and environment to give you the best career opportunities. Although, there is a high competition for getting enrolled in Singapore Universities, with determination, hardwork and precise planning you can secure a place for yourself and take the first step towards a great career.   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: Educational Hubs in South India | New Zealand: The New Zeal Land | Education in the UK: The King and Queen's Way | Education in the land of Oz! Things you should know | Target USA: Important Things to Know | Education - 'The guiding light to the path, not the path itself' 

New Zealand: The New Zeal Land

New Zealand: The New Zeal Land : Who could have thought that the cute little ‘Frodo Baggins’ would defeat all mighty forces and destroy the ‘One Ring’? If you don’t get it yet, I am referring to the movie Lord of the Rings. Don’t worry, this post is not about an apprentice course under the great Gandalf, nor is it about an ode to the Lord of the Rings. What we aim to talk about here, is the country that gave this movie the picturesque background. Fondly referred to as ‘Heaven on Earth’, New Zealand is a combination of scenic beauty and the amazing Maori culture. Just like Frodo, New Zealand continues to grow stronger as an education destination, and it is already being counted among the best study destinations in the world.      Around 100,000 International students head towards New Zealand every year for school education, graduation and post-graduate studies. Out of these, approximately 20,000 students enrol in universities. Indian students were quick to acknowledge the value of New Zealand for education. Along with the Chinese, Indian students constitute more than 50% of all international students in New Zealand. Recently, in 2014, the number of Indian students enrolling at New Zealand universities witnessed an incredible rise of 123%. The blend of an internationally accepted education system, lower living and education cost and fantastic immigration laws makes NZ a perfect study destination. Moreover, the current government is on a mission to promote international education in the country. Slashing the tuition fees, relaxing the immigration norms, providing extensive international student support facility and offering various part-time work options are just some of the changes that the government has made. The present scenario makes it the best time to head to New Zealand. We can totally understand if these things have got you all excited about studying in NZ. However, here are a few things to dwell on, before you consider studying abroad in NZ.   Things You Must Know About Studying Abroad in New Zealand   1. Education Pattern and Universities in New Zealand: New Zealand is gaining a global reputation due to its education system and globally-recognized degrees. NZ universities offer a British Based education,which ensures aquality education that is applicable globally due to its practical approach. The university grading system here differs from the credit system used in most of the countries. In NZ, the grading system typically grades students on a letter scale according their performance. The following table can give you an idea of the scale’s percentage equivalent. In this scale, A+ is the best scorewhile Cis the minimum passing score.   Grade Normal mark range Indicative Characterisation   Grade Normal mark range Indicative Characterisation     A+ 90-100 Outstanding performance   B- 65-69 Good performance overall, but some weaknesses     A 85-89 Excellent performance   C+ 60-64 Satisfactory to good performance     A- 80-84 Excellent performance in most respects   C 55-59 Satisfactory performance     B+ 75-79 Very good performance   C- 50-54 Adequate evidence of learning     B 70-74 Good performance   D 0-49 Poor performance overall. Fail.     NZ is also home to many leading Universities, which are ranked among the wold’s best educational institutions. Here, we list some top universitiesin New Zealand, along with their world ranking: University of Auckland: 92nd rank University of Otago: 159th rank University of Canterbury: 242nd rank Victoria University of Wellington: 275th rank Massey University: 346th rank   2. Course Fee and Living Cost: The course fee and the living cost in New Zealand are the main factors behind the popularity of this country as an education destination. It offers the quality of a British Education for just a fraction of the cost you incur in the USA or the UK. The average tuition fees for undergraduate courses ranges between NZ$ 18,000 and NZ$ 25,000 per year that is equivalent to INR 7.5 lacs to 10.5 lacs per year. The government is also trying to attract students by further reducing tuition fee of individual courses that cater to skill shortage areas. Living in New Zealand is comparatively more economical than other countries. There are many options available for international students, and the annual living expense can be anywhere between INR 3.5 to 5 lacs.   3. Immigration and Visa Rules: In a step towards enticing international students, the NZ Government has relaxed immigration norms for international students and further simplified the application process. Looking at the massive inflow of students from India and China, the NZ government has increased its focus on Asian nations. Getting a visa for New Zealand is easier for Indians, with a newly opened Immigration department office in Mumbai, India. The government has plans to extend its reach to other major cities. The immigration department has also declared that the courses which last less than three months won’t require student visas, however for courses that last longer; a student visa is mandatory. The government also offers a 1-year job search visa to immigrants who have studied in NZ and who wish to apply for employment in their respective field of study. If you get a job in the field of your education, the work permit and visa is extended for two to three years.   4. Employment opportunities: Employment opportunities are probably the most important factors while choosing a study destination. International students not only have to look for job opportunities after finishing the course but also part-time jobs that help supplement living expenses. The small population and quick development process make it easy to find jobs in NZ. Moreover, the government has also identified certain skill shortage fields like agriculture, forestry, engineering, construction, health care, social service, business & finance, etc. These skill shortage areas are rather lucrative as there is a constant requirement forwell-trained human resources. When it comes to working while studying, there are many on campus jobs available for international students. They are also allowed to work off-campus for a maximum of 20 hours per week during the session and fulltime during vacations.   5. Culture, language and Fun: “All workand no play, makes Jack adull boy”. If you have heard of the adage and are hoping to stand true to it, NZ is the best possible destination for you. The Kiwi Land has a vast ethnic diversity and also houses the great Maori tribe. The local population is rather friendly and quite easy going. The three official languages include English, Maori and New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). An essential proficiency in English is enough to have a social life. If you have a knack for adventure, your college life will be fantastic in NZ. Cliff diving, bungee jumping, river rafting, snorkelling and mountain climbing are part of the college life.   NZ is an amazing amalgamation of education, culture, natural beauty, tranquillity and stability. New Zealand can offer you an excellent education, and chances are, you will have the best time of your life while you study. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: Education in the UK: The King and Queen's Way | Education in the land of Oz! 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Education - 'The guiding light to path, not the path itself'

Education - 'The guiding light to path, not the path itself' : “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” -Mark Twain   Our education system has led to deep crisis. A 15yr old is expected to know what he or she wants to do in the future, and it is usually one of the following 3 options that he or she has to choose from- 1) Doctor 2) Engineer 3) or Charted Accountant. They are expected to follow norms, respect the set standards and trade codes established long before they were even born. But this approach is not in alignment with the spirit of humanity. There are no hard lines between subjects and most of the modern innovations are based on understanding and combining knowledge of two or more fields. Take Facebook for example, it’s a 21st century marvel that combines knowledge of human psychology, sociology and technology. When I was a kid, I used to make paper boats, not the usual ones, used to experiment with them, changed dimensions of their different portions. I used to stare at clouds and find patterns in it. I used to sit and think how the world works. I used to question everything. There was a never satisfying inquisitiveness burning inside me. I wanted to learn more and experiment with things in order to get a deeper understanding of the world. And then came education; assignments took place of creative ideas, cramming formulae replaced innovation, learning and experimenting was brutally murdered. Performing in exams was the prime focus rather than understanding the concepts. Education started training people to become multinational company.  Our education system is a breeding ground for future menial workers rather than future thinkers, philosophers and scientists. Education system and its mechanism is a criminal. It failed miserably to understand how we are able to master evolution and race to the top. The real strength of humanity lies in the fact that we are able to be at peace, in-spite of all our differences. We make never ending efforts to improve circumstances by working in teams. The power to see beauty in chaos, the ability to seek pleasure out of nothing, the cohesiveness to share grief, the curiosity to understand how the world works, and to emulate the natural processes artificially is what makes us special. The true purpose of education is to stimulate the creativity and the passions of a student. It is to give them wings, to allow them think freely, develop new things, innovate and experiment. Education is that mechanism by which young intelligent minds are converted into mature ignited minds. A lot of people say that education is the method by which we as young boys and girls expand the way we look at this world. When we open our minds to new ideas and experiences and from where we begin that long journey from innocence of youth to the responsibilities of adulthood. It’s the time when we realize who we really are, but somehow we have forgotten the fundamentals that are embedded in our DNA, and developed the capability to ignore our inner calling just to play it safe. Somehow our trail-blazer and adventurous spirit is replaced by our stability-seeking nature. We have become followers travelling pre-designed paths rather becoming explorers, who discoverer uncharted territories. While choosing a career, don’t make money your only priority. It is a man-made concept, designed to impose new and improved version of imperialism camouflaged as road map of growth. Listen to your heart instead. Every now and then, your brain will light-up with an idea that will strike just the right notes to play the symphony you always longed to hear. You will have to toil day and night to make your dream a reality and to tell you the truth when you are doing something that you love, you are not actually working, and instead you are having fun. The sense of satisfaction is unbeatable. As Darwin said, no two creatures on this planet are exactly same, so when you are your authentic self, you have zero competition. The biggest problem you might face is your surroundings; the pressure that society exerts based on age old value system of conformity, security and morality. This system needs to be changed and I dare say the shift has already begun. The present pioneers in almost all fields are emphasizing the importance of making bold choices which are in alignment with your conscience, instead of playing it safe to achieve stability. In this constantly evolving world, we need to change our perception. The present volatile market is generating new career options, and new opportunities every day. We need to define the new standards, new norms and new value systems. A value system that is based on creativity, tenacity and resilience; a value system that teaches us that there are no mistakes in life, there are only lessons; a value system that promotes liberty and pushes man to answer his inner calling. Let the light of education in its true sense be your guardian. By Devika Arora iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you have any career related query, please post it here: SUBMIT ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: Importance of Personal Values in Career Selection | Career in Liberal Arts | Unconventional Careers: Design, Fitness and Comedy | 5 Tips for Career Planning | Career Options for Math Lovers | Importance of Co-curricular activities for students

Career in Liberal Arts

Career in Liberal Arts : “The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think.” - Albert Einstein   The whole purpose of an education is to equip you with the abilities and skills needed to lead a happy and satisfied life. To be able to achieve this, one needs to be multidimensional and have the vivacity about oneself. A liberal arts course has much more to offer than just arts, sciences, medicine, business or humanities. It gives you a broader and versatile view of all these streams. When it comes to a liberal arts degree, you can go for studying Modern Languages, English Literature, Music, History, Psychology, Math, Anthropology, Political Science and many more disciplines. The flexibility of a liberal arts degree offers you an opportunity to continue to a more explicit degree course for your future or use the analytical, communication and reasoning abilities that you have developed to enter a world full of career choices. Similar to general studies, a liberal arts degree is very appealing to people who are looking to hire generalist people rather than specialists in a particular stream. A liberal arts student has an ability to think out of the box and is not just restricted to a certain mindset. Liberal arts adds colors and quality to your life and fosters an investigating and knowing spirit in you about your surroundings, environment, cross border cultures and history to give you a better understanding of the global issues. Liberal arts program renders an opportunity to study subjects from across the education spectrum and gives a winning edge over peers with specialized degree in one stream with little or no knowledge about the other genres. One could easily major in Psychology and choose History as a minor. Then again, one can major in Mathematics and simultaneously work on a Philosophy minor. Acquaintance and exposure to these diverse fields in a cohesive learning environment has made liberal arts very popular amongst world leaders like Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, ShashiTharoor, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and Bill Gates.   Liberal arts is scaling heights of popularity, especially in societies and countries that have come to accept that getting placed in a well-paying job is not the solitary aim of education. Job opportunities are no more considered the ‘be all and end all’ and people have thrown away the rose tinted glasses and accepted the reality of why work satisfaction is important. Liberal arts approach is lucrative precisely because it trains an individual with the technical as well as the academic knowledge base to excel in whatever field they pick and simultaneously elevate their knowledge base and skills set. Diversity is a necessity in liberal arts and not an ‘add-on’. Instead of teaching about ‘what to do’, a liberal arts course focuses on teaching about, ‘what all can be done’.   Contrary to the lay man belief, liberal art is not restricted to fine arts or the performing arts like dance, music or drama. As a matter of fact, the use of the word “art” has been wrongly interpreted and narrowed down. In the true essence of the word, art is something created and designed by man. In-depth studies reveal that art is everything, be it mathematics, grammar, music or sciences.     So, here is a little sneak peek to the lesser chosen or in better words lesser known career avenues: Careers in Academics: Many students pursuing a liberal arts graduation have gone ahead to become leaders in the academic world. Various students have gone to teach across many disciplines like Art, History, Philosophy, Women’s Studies, Languages, etc. The interdisciplinary knowledge gained from liberal arts education adds an extra dimension as you explore research and teach a subject of your choice. Some of the prominent figures with a liberal arts degree and involved in teaching are Barbara M. White, (Mills College), Fernando Lozano, ( Pomona College) and many more. One prominent figure from India with a degree in Liberal Arts isMrs. Pushpa Pilani, the founder of All India Geography Olympiad- ‘Geo Genius’ who pursued her graduation and post-grad both from Rajasthan University. She retired from KendriyaVidyalaya, Mumbai as the HOD of Social Sciences.     Careers in Government and Non-Profit organizations: Liberal arts graduates work with the governments of their countries and in other countries for managing their foreign affairs and embassies. They can also get into policy research and development work. Some famous examples of politicians and people involved in such work are Hillel Neuer (Executive Director of United Nations Watch), Reid Cooper (founded the NGO ABC), etc. A very well-known figure who had studied Liberal arts and majored in Political Science at Wellesley College, Hillary Clinton was the former U.S. Secretary of State.     Careers in Arts: Be it photography, commercial art, painting, interior, graphic or visual design, a degree in Liberal Arts allows you to follow your passion and make a career out of it. Such artists are handsomely paid and earn pretty well depending on their creative bend. Some of the renowned artists who have studied liberal arts are Carroll W. Westfall (Journal of the History of Ideas), George Magalios (practicing painter, sculptor, photographer and performance artist in Florida), etc. Michael Eisner, former Disney CEO, majored in English and theatre at Denison University and made a successful career out of his education in Liberal Arts.   Other Career Paths: Whether you choose Marketing, Biology, Advertising, Business, Event Planning, Environment, Social Services, Law, Finance, Counselling or any possible field that you like, you are free to pursue it. That’s the kind of freedom liberal arts offers to you. Heres a little insight on some people who have made it big with a liberal arts degree. Ken Chenault, American Express CEO, majored in history at Bowdoin College Harold Varmus, Nobel Laureate in medicine, majored in English at Amherst College Andrea Jung, former Avon CEO, majored in English literature at Princeton University Brian Moynihan, Bank of America CEO, majored in history at Brown University Sam Palmisano, former IBM CEO, majored in history at Johns Hopkins University Bob Iger, Disney CEO, majored in communications at Ithaca College   So, choose what your heart says. Choose a career not based on the degree but on your interests. Learn not to get a high paying job, but to liberate your thoughts. Life is not about just making money. Do what you are good at and be where your heart lies, for money follows eventually when you put in your heart and soul in the work.   As Robert Frost said, “I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”   iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you are confused about pursuing your career in Liberal Arts, please post your queries here: SUBMIT  By Devika Arora ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: Unconventional Careers: Design, Fitness and Comedy | 5 Tips for Career Planning | Career Options for Math Lovers | Importance of Co-curricular activities for students | The Conviction in Alernate Careers | 'Explore' Travel and Tourism as a Career

Importance of Co-curricular activities for a Student

Importance of Co-curricular activities for a Student : “All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy.”   In the 21st century, the pure academic type of education that students are introduced to, is steadily paving way to a whole new type of education with a special focus to incorporate three major genres of education: reasoning, psychomotor and emotional learning.   Education is a pretty broad concept that surpasses the four walls of a classroom. The core aim of education is to foster all round development of a child. All round development essentially means intellectual, physical, moral, sensible and social development. All round development can be achieved only through education. Education plays a fundamental role in the making of a man and his development as a culturally well developed social animal. To fulfil these objectives, there is a prime need of striking a balance between syllabus, curriculum, books and also co-curricular activities beyond that. Co-Curricular activities are those which are undertaken side by side with the curricular activities. A co-curricular activity essentially takes place outside a typical pen and pencil classroom experience. It gives the students an opportunity to develop particular skills and exhibit their non-academic abilities. These activities might be compulsory, such as music, art or drama classes that take place during the day. Others generally are voluntary, such as participating in school sports team, school debating team or student newsletters. In either case, participation can assist students in more than one ways. They actually complement the curricular activities and groom the students in the “Art of living and working together.” They are the true and practical experiences gained by students by their own learnings. A Chinese proverb very aptly states, “Teach me, and I will forget. Show me, and I might remember. Involve me, and I will never forget.” To a very great extent, the theoretical knowledge is enhanced when a co-curricular activity related to the content taught, is organized. Intellectual development of the personality is achieved to a great extent, in the classroom itself. But, the aesthetic development like character building, spiritual and moral values, physical growth, creativity and many more are backed up by co-curricular activities only. It also professes coordination, adjustment, and speech fluency, extempore and debating skills amongst students. It teaches the students to stand up for their rights. Co-curricular activities render a number of values like:   Educational value Psychological Values Development of Social Values Development of Civic Values Physical Development Values Recreational Values Cultural Values   Co-curricular activities are vital because even though they are not a part of the core curriculum, they play a very crucial role in giving the young boys and girls the ability to mould their lives to become well rounded people. The school activities have to be designed purposefully to give an apt mix of student’s participation in academics and also create a chance for all round development.   Role of Co-Curricular activities in a student’s life cannot be put into words easily. But let us understand some of the major benefits. Overall Personality: It helps to enhance the all-round personality of the students to strongly face the turbulent road of the future. Experiences and appreciation gained through these activities assist students during internships and other sponsored programs. Strengthened Self Confidence: The goal of co-curricular activities is to give better fitness to students and inculcate a sense of sportsmanship, competitive spirit, leadership, meticulousness, cooperation, team spirit and team spirit. The hidden motive behind all this is to develop self-confidence and to learn to trust the team. Developed Specialised Skills: Co-curricular activities help hone the talents of the young minds and gives them an opportunity to develop their specialised skills. Competitions that are organized can create a competitive environment and helps them work towards the objective of achieving a better society. Improved Academic Performance: Studies have shown that students pursuing their hobbies achieved better results in their studies. Their academic performance goes way up north as they learn to balance their co-curricular activities with their academic pursuits. They also better understand on how to manage their time efficiently and also increases their interest in the school. Such activities like participation in debates, drama, music, sports, etc. help in achieving the bigger purpose of achieving better education. Greater Opportunities: In this competitive era, percentages act as game changers during admissions into various courses. Students pursuing any co-curricular activities of their choice are given preference over those who are not involved in any such things.  These things make a major difference when students are considered for the most popular courses. Sense of Responsibility: When students in their early teens are given some responsibility or a task to handle like first aid or for that matter managing the class painting board, their efficiency to handle such situations becomes much better. This fosters the sense of responsibility and accountability. Exposure to New Activities: Students are introduced to a whole new horizon of activities that gives them a better insight and lets them choose what they enjoy and what they wish to learn. It broadens new horizons for them. These activities stimulate playing, painting, acting, dancing, singing and speaking skills in students. There is a huge plethora of options that a student can choose from. Take a little glance at some options that one can choose from.     The rewards of co-curricular activities in schools have been researched pretty well and it is now ascertain that students who participate in these activities show higher academic results, stronger relationships in schools and are more likely to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Students also feel a sense of belonging to the school and have higher self-esteem by participating in structured activities like music, dance, performing arts, etc. In addition to this, students are motivated and it leads to a happier, healthier and a more cohesive school.   iDreamCareer help students in identifying a right career that can maiximise their potential. We can help your child find a right career. Call us at 9555990000 or email us at support@idreamcareer.com to know about our programs.    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Latest Articles: The Conviction in Alernate Careers | 'Explore' Travel and Tourism as a Career | Changes in CAT pattern 2015 | Role of Parents in Career Selection | Study Abroad: Things to keep in mind 

Unsung Universities

Unsung Universities : Many educational institutions are not so hyped amongst the students and parents but they provide quality education. This article offers the collaborative list of some of the Universities which were established long back but still remains unsung in the masses. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University  Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, 'A' Grade accreditation with NAAC, established by Government of NCT of Delhi under the provisions of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University Act, 1998 read with its Amendment in 1999. GGSIPU is a public university, located in Delhi, India and 83 colleges are affiliated under this university.     Christ University, Bangalore Christ University, formerly Christ College (Autonomous) affiliated to Bangalore University was established in July 1969. It became the most preferred educational institution in the city of Bangaloru within the first three decades.  It has the rare distinction of being the first institution in Karnataka to be accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) UGC for quality education. In 2005, it became the first College in South India to be reaccredited with A+ by NAAC.    ITM Gwalior ITM University is a multidisciplinary university known for its quality of research and teaching across the academic spectrum, with subjects spanning the sciences, engineering, management, fine arts, social sciences, arts, nursing etc. It has been at the forefront of learning, teaching and research and leader in many different fields in its educational endeavour. In a relatively short-time span it has created an image for its excellence as an institution of higher learning through outstanding teaching and world-class research so as to produce well-rounded graduates with lifelong abilities to provide leadership within the societies they serve.   Jaypee Institute of information Technology, Noida Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida was established in the year 2001 and has been declared as a “Deemed to be University” under Section 3 of UGC Act 1956. The undergraduate programs of the University have been accredited by the National Board of Accreditation of AICTE.   B.S. Abdur Rahman Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai B.S. Abdur Rahman University (formerly B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Engineering College) has been established under section 3 of the UGC Act 1956. Being one of the largest engineering institutions in India, it lays emphasis on innovative research, investment in high-quality facilities and first-rate infrastructure. It is one of the few institutions with all the UG and PG programmes approved by AICTE and accredited by the National Board of Accreditation. Hope this helps! iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you are confused about these Unsung Universities, please post your queries here: SUBMIT