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Top Business Schools in US offer insane Scholarship amount to lure more Indian candidates

Rohit Sudheendranath chose Harvard when he was bestowed with offers of $100,000 by Harvard and $120,000 by Kellogg

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Sept 18, 2016: Two Indian students, Rashmita Redkar and Shreya Mathai were offered scholarships when they applied for MBA programme earlier this year, to get engaged with the top-most business schools of US.

Mathai got offers of $100,000 from Harvard and $120,000 from Kellogg while, Redkar got four offers — $100,000 from Harvard, $120,000 from Kellogg, $60,000 from Tuck and $54,000 from Wharton.

Later, both chose Harvard Business School. Redkar also got the chance to became one of the six students to get the Horace W Goldsmith Fellowship.

US Business Schools like they believe are the best in the world and are hence keen to get the best candidates. Apparently, they are finding most of their suitable candidates from India, reported Economic Times.

The quality of Indian students has led to an increase in the number of scholarships on offer, consultants said.

Consultant agencies like Admissions Gateway, ReachIvy, WhiteGlow have reported a 35-40 per cent upsurge in the quality and quantity of scholarships offered by the educational institutions eager on admitting candidates who they think can manage the pressure of maintaining their academic character.

Indian candidates are preferred over others in US B-schools. Wikimedia

Other scholarship tales include Rohit Sudheendranath, who chose Harvard when he was bestowed with offers of $100,000 by Harvard and $120,000 by Kellogg.

Swagnik Bhattacharya was also offered a scholarship worth $100,000 by Kellogg.

“Scholarships have become more meaningful,” said Rajdeep Chimni of Admissions Gateway, as the amount of scholarships awarded has risen around 33% among the top B-schools.

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business’ Sara Neher, who is admissions dean, said that they are completely focused on providing scholarships to more students and Indians in particular.

“We are lucky to have very high-quality applicants from India. We would also love to see more diversity in terms of gender, work industry, undergraduate major,” she added.

Consultant ReachIvy’s students have received $500,000 in scholarship money in the last three years.

About 40 percent got some kind of sustenance this year, up from 35 percent last year. Merit-based scholarships awarded to Indians have risen across the board at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Virginia, Dartmouth and other schools. In the 2015-16 academic year, Yale University told ET it spent around $5 million (Rs 33 crore) of its own funds to support students from India, who numbered 179, third after China and Canada, mentioned Economic Times report.

Merit-based scholarships awarded to Indians have seen a high rise across the board at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Virginia, Dartmouth and other popular B-schools. In the 2015-16 academic year, Yale University told ET it spent around $5 million (Rs 33 crore) of its own funds to support students from India, who numbered 179, third after China and Canada.

In the 2015-16 academic year, Yale University declared that it has spent around $5 million (Rs 33 crore) of its own funds to support the deserving and talented students from India, who numbered 179, third after China and Canada.

“The average Yale scholarship grant was $43,989 for the 2015-2016 school year,” said George Joseph of The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University.

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ReachIvy head Vibha Kagzi said, “Business schools have realised that an annual tuition fee of $50,000 is too high for many candidates. That number will go higher when living and other costs are added.”

Delhi-based consultant Mansie Dewan said nearly 95 percent of her clients have got some form of aid from the top 30 US B-schools, such as Anderson, Kenan Flagler, and Emory Goizueta. Scholarships are up 40 percent from last year.

That’s key to improving standards and maintaining academic rigour, said Narayanan Ramaswamy, partner, education and skill development sector, KPMG India. “An average Indian student is often perceived to be better than an average Western one,” he said. “The quality of Indian students is just one of the reasons why foreign universities want more of them.

WhiteGlow consultancy’s Rajiv Ganjoo said while scholarships have risen, schools are seeking quality candidates.

Several schools have also adopted a common-application model, which means students can use one form for seeking aid, making the process much less cumbersome. Kagzi said, however, that some schools still require students to apply separately for each scholarship.

Indians have always been the most preferred choice whenever it came to seizing the job opportunities in the US or getting a place at the top-most B-schools. (VOA)

– prepared by Arya Sharan of NewsGram. Twitter: @NoOffense9

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Indian Mission in Houston Shares Helpline Numbers for Texas Floods

On Monday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that the 200 Indian students were "surrounded by neck-deep water".

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Flooding in Texas. Wikimedia

Houston, August 30, 2017: With some 200 Indian students of the University of Houston affected by floods in the wake of tropical storm Harvey, the Indian mission in the Texas city on Tuesday shared helpline numbers for worried families and relatives back in India.

“We are getting understandably a number of communications from worried friends and relatives in India seeking details about family and friends in distress in Houston due to flooding or informing us about whereabouts of friends/family who might require rescue,” Indian Consul General in Houston Anupam Ray said in a statement.

“We will do our best to help in every such case,” he said.

Ray said that for specific queries about specific individuals, Consul Ravindra Joshi can be contacted at +18322311988, adding that the normal emergency line, +17136262149, was functioning.

“In case the lines are overwhelmed please leave a voice mail and we will return the call,” he added.

As one of the most destructive storms in the US history lashed southeast Texas, forecasts have warned of still more rain, making clear that massive flooding that had turned neighbourhoods into lakes was just the start of a disaster that would take years to overcome, The New York Times reported.

So far, 10 deaths were reported with six of them in Harris county which includes Houston, the country’s fourth largest city, the report said.

On Monday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that the 200 Indian students were “surrounded by neck-deep water”.

“We made efforts for delivery of food but US Coast Guard did not allow as boats were required for rescue operations,” she said.

However, later in the evening, Consul General Ray said that the Indian students were safe and have been provided with food. (IANS)

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Hurricane Harvey Leaves 200 Indian Students Stranded, 2 Admitted to ICU, Says Sushma Swaraj

Continuous rainfall threatens to aggravate an already-dangerous situation as water logging has brought the entire city to a stand-still.

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Sushma Swaraj, External affairs minister of India. Wikimedia
  • Flooding from tropical storm Harvey is increasingly overburdening resources and threatening life in Texas
  • Two hundred Indian students have been stranded at University of Houston 
  • External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is currently makings efforts to help the stranded students

New Delhi, August 28, 2017 : Two hundred Indian students of the University of Houston have been marooned in floods in the wake of tropical storm Harvey causing heavy rains and flooding in America’s fourth largest city. Two Indian students are in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday.

“@CGHoust has informed me that 200 Indian students at University of Houston are marooned. They are surrounded by neck deep water,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

“We made efforts for delivery of food but US Coast Guard did not allow as boats were required for rescue operations,” she said.

Stating that Indian Consul General in Houston Anupam Ray was organising the rescue operations, Sushma Swaraj said in a separate tweet: “Indian students Shalini and Nikhil Bhatia are in ICU. We are ensuring that their relatives reach there at the earliest.”

According to a media report, at least two people have been killed as the Houston area continues to be inundated by torrential rain and catastrophic flooding from Harvey, which officials called an “unprecedented” weather event that has left thousands of homes flooded, stranding people and overwhelming rescue workers. (IANS)

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Child Can not be Thrown Out of a Class on the “Whims and Fancies”: Delhi Court

A Delhi court has said that keeping students out of the classroom can put 'immense' pressure on their young, impressionist minds.

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A delhi court released an order saying schools can throw kids out of class
Following judgement on a 2012 case, a Delhi court says school authorities cannot keep students out of the class as it is mentally challenging for the kids.(representational image). Wikimedia
  • Delhi court says a child cannot be thrown out of class
  • Convicts face jail-term and fine for willfully neglecting student
  • The offense entails a maximum of six months in jail under the old law

New Delhi, July 27, 2017: The Director and Principal of a school were sentenced a two-month jail term by a Delhi court on July 26 for causing mental trauma to a seven-year-old student by keeping her out of the class.

The court has said that a child cannot be thrown out of class as per the “whims and fancies” of school authorities because this can cause “immense” trauma to the child. It also directed OPG World School director Kavitha Chandra and principal Rajwant Kaur to pay a compensation of Rs. 2.5 lakh each to the child, mentioned PTI report.

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Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ankur Jain held the accused guilty of deliberately neglecting the child, who was in class 3 at the time of the incident in 2012, causing her mental distress under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act.

However, the court has accepted the convicts’ plea to suspend their sentence for a month, granting them bail to enable them to file an appeal against the judgment before a superior court.

The offense entails a maximum of six months in jail under the old law, which after the amendment has been increased to three years.

A FIR had been lodged in 2012 following a complaint by the father and an NGO claiming ill-treatment of the child by school management on April 4, 2012, after he had questioned it over an increase in fees and accessory charges. The complaint alleged that the child was incorrectly kept away from her classmates, and confined at places in the school devoid of any children, or activity.

The school authorities, however, claimed that the parents had requested for a transfer certificate (TC), which had been issued on April 23, 2012, and instead of collecting it, the child had been sent to school to attend classes. On claims of not feeling “comfortable”, and knowing her history of asthma, the child was sent to an infirmary to rest.

The court refused to accept this version of the school authorities. “The theory of the child being not well also cannot be believed as the attendant/nurse from the infirmary was never examined to prove the factum of the child not being well”, the court said, further adding that the child bared unnecessary mental suffering by not being allowed to sit in class.

Advocate Chandra Suman, who represented the child, believes this is a first of its kind judgment against school authorities for “mentally harassing a child.

– prepared by Soha Kala for NewsGram. Twitter @SohaKala


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