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When College Says Yes But B-School Says No
MBBS students rally for delay in exams
Student Jobs in Norway
Dengue campaign disregards teachers, students’ safety
Kids lectured on value of freedom and studies
Labour conference: non-members to get vote in leadership elections

When College Says Yes But B-School Says No

High school senior Corey Jones is a strong, in-state applicant for the University of Michigan: 3.8 GPA, already taking collegiate accounting courses, and a former athlete on the Traverse City Central High School ski team.

Although Jones might get into the university, he thinks his odds of being accepted directly to Michigan’s Ross School of Business are much slimmer, and that immediately makes U. of M. his No. 2 choice. “If I couldn’t get a business degree I feel like I would have to transfer,” says Jones, who hopes to become a certified public accountant.

Jones’s fears aren’t unfounded. As applications surge and flagship universities in many states become more selective, the effect on their well-known undergraduate business programs is compounded. Some of the most popular state-school business programs are becoming more selective, at a faster rate, than the universities they belong to. The end result is that students who may have been shoe-ins for business degrees at those schools five years ago now face a much higher chance of being edged out to other majors.

“One thing driving more applications to the business school has been the economy. Students are looking more at the practicality of their education,” says Lawrence Mur’ray, director of undergraduate programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business.


Even before the economy tanked in 2008, business was among the most popular degree programs on college campuses. Students often have two chances to get into undergraduate business programs: one as an incoming freshman, and another going into their junior year, when they are evaluated based on their collegiate performance. If the students don’t get in, they must choose another major. As undergrad B-school applications rise, the added pressure gives applicants an extra consideration as they decide where to apply.

“We tell students to think about what is most important to them, the school or the major,” says Bob Gambarelli, director of student services at James Madison High School in Vienna, Va. Gambarelli advises students considering the business programs at the University of Virginia and at Virginia Tech.

Jones, the aspiring accountant in Traverse City, says the major is most important to him. He favors the smaller Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., where admissions officers were impressed by his academic profile, invited him to campus for a personal tour, and assured him that he qualified for direct entry into the accounting program.


The reality at the University of Michigan is that the university admitted 41 percent of total applicants in 2011, down from 47 percent in 2006. In other words, it denied admission to 6 percent more applicants over that period.

Ross admitted 23 percent of total applicants (both incoming freshman and juniors), down from 39 percent, over the same period, denying admission to 16 percent more applicants, making it more selective than some top private programs, including Emory and Villanova, and on a par with Cornell, an Ivy League institution.

A similar effect can be seen at UNC Chapel Hill, which denied admission to 1.6 percent more applicants in 2010 than in 2006, compared with 13 percent more who were denied at Kenan-Flagler.

Kenan-Flagler became so exclusive, so fast, that it needed a better method of identifying who should be admitted. In 2009, staff began conducting in-person interviews with every UNC student who applied to the undergraduate business program. The school wanted to acknowledge that “students are more than what they are on a piece of paper,” Mur’ray says.

As a concession to those who were denied admission, Kenan-Flagler also introduced an online business certificate in 2009. That way, students who wanted exposure to general business courses could still get it.

MBBS students rally for delay in exams

LAHORE – Medical students of first year MBBS from Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Medical College and Fatima Jinnah Medical College on Monday protested in front of the Punjab University and demanded from the varsity administration to delay their exams considering the dengue outbreak.
Protestors claimed that Punjab chief minister had issued instructions to delay the exams, although PU examination department was hesitant to follow CM’s orders. They said that a number of medical students were sufferings due to dengue fever and were not in a potion to sit in the exams.
A medical student said 350 students were suffering from this decision out of a total of more than 15,000 medical students in Punjab. He said that Punjab CM cooperated with them while the University of Health Sciences had also delayed exams at their affiliated colleges but PU was not considering CM’s orders.
Medical students said that many students in their class were suffering from dengue. They said that PU had postponed the exams of all other classes but not theirs.
On Thursday, PU displayed a notice on its website which stated that first professional MBBS exams, irrespective of first or second year, would commence from November 19. However, it was revealed on September 30, after confirmation from the Examination Office of PU, that they were still indecisive about their decision. PU Controller Dr Liaqat was not available for comments.

Student Jobs in Norway

You should keep in mind that whenever you look for any job abroad than you work visa law can be very complex. You can contact with your country embassy in Norway to get help to find a job. Students usually trust on newspaper and other resources but the vacancies are mostly written in Norwegian language mostly. There are also many jobs vacancies that are in the English language and if you are non Norwegian speaker than you can find these English jobs with little hard work. You should know one thing that most of the employers in Norway mostly prefer a person with Norwegian language speaking skills to offer both the part time and full time positions to the international students. It is also very important to have realistic expectations and should understand the importance of the thorough preparation at their early stage to increase their chances.

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Dengue campaign disregards teachers, students’ safety

Teachers and students running dengue awareness campaign are at risk in absence of protective gear.

An awareness campaign has been started in the city of Lahore on orders from the higher educationauthorities. Teachers from different schools and colleges are being assigned duties in various areas to sensitise the public about dengue virus. However, the teachers have neither been provided ample training or protective gear. They are also required to run the campaign outdoors, on roadside green belts and in the parks, thus risking their own lives.

A teacher, requesting anonymity, said that he has contracted dengue as he had been performing outdoor duties under the ordered campaign. He said a teacher of Govt College for Women, Cooper Road died of dengue.

The teachers running the Punjab government’s dengue campaign are constantly monitored by the higherofficials while their attendance is also taken in the field.

According to a report, in another such initiative, 162 senior schoolteachers have been ordered order to monitor the dengue prevention measures in more than 6,500 private educational institutions of Lahore.

The report says the 162 senior teachers include headmasters, deputy headmasters, senior subject specialists and subject specialists in all union councils of the Lahore district and all sectors of Lahore Cantonment Board.

Lahore Education Executive District Officer (EDO) Pervez Akhter has issued show cause notices to around 500 private schools after they failed to fumigate their campuses.

Kids lectured on value of freedom and studies

  • Hamdard Naunehal Assembly organises function on subject of ‘Defence of Homeland and Education’

KARACHI – Always value freedom, concentrate on your studies and try to acquire knowledge of science and technology – that, in a nutshell, was the message given to children at a function organised by the Hamdard Naunehal Assembly Karachi chapter on Sunday.
The function was arranged on the subject of “Defence of Homeland and Education” in connection with the Defence Day of Pakistan.
It was presided over by Hamdard Foundation Pakistan President Sadia Rashid and included children’s speeches, tableau and national songs.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest of the event and former Sindh governor Lt Gen (retd) Moinuddin Haider said that Pakistan’s armed forces can defend the country against any foreign aggression but the real threat to its safety and solidarity comes from within.
“Extremism, terrorism, sectarianism, street crimes, extortion and targeted killings are rampant in the country, particular in Karachi,” he added.
He pointed out that no country can progress or defend itself without education and knowledge. “Education without training, particularly about morals, is not useful because it only gives information and does not build the character of students,” he said.
“Pakistan is a lucky country as it has a large population of young people who are 15 years of age. As there is a shortage of young people in Japan, it is forced to set up its factories in other countries. We are not utilising the tremendous manpower of our young people.”
Haider suggested that Pakistan needs to impart vocational education and training to its youths and send them to foreign countries as overseas Pakistanis are annually sending home up to $13 billion in remittances.
“We should also make big dams to save our villages from rains and floods, store huge water and generate electricity.”
Sadia Rashid in her speech said that it is the foremost duty of all Pakistanis to safeguard their homeland and make it stronger, safer and more disciplined so that they can live in peace without any danger.
She also praised the role of the armed forces. “Our armed forces are not only defending the frontiers of the country with courage and boldness, but also playing an important role as UN peacekeepers in other countries,” she said.

Labour conference: non-members to get vote in leadership elections

Labour has agreed that if national and local parties can recruit more than 50,000 registered supporters, this will trigger these supporters being given 3% of the electoral college. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Registered Labour supporters, will be given 3% to 10% of the vote at the next Labour leadership election under proposals to open the party to wider groups agreed by the party’s national executive.

In the final version of the “Refounding Labour” document put to the conference on Sunday on a take-it-or-leave-it basis, the party has agreed that if national and local parties can recruit more than 50,000 registered supporters (not party members), this will trigger these supporters being given 3% of the electoral college. That share will be spread evenly between the three parts of the existing electoral college: the affiliated unions, the MPs and the constituency parties.

In previous version of the proposal, briefed by party officials last week, there was no requirement to reach 50,000 registered member recruits before they could have a stake in the electoral college. It was also briefed that registered supporters would go solely into the union section, so diluting the power of political levy-payers.

This 3% stake could rise as high as 10% depending on the number of registered supporters recruited. No details have been agreed on a sliding scale, but it has also been agreed as a principle that no settlement can be reached on proportions that leaves registered supporters – recruited free – being given a greater voting power than a full party member.

The unions are also floating proposals that could see the union voting power at conference curtailed. Any union proposition to conference would require not just simple majority support of delegates, but support of a fixed proportion of both unions and constituencies.

The unions currently have 50% of the conference vote, and it is understood that the Unite general secretary, Len Mcluskey, has recognised there needs to be some reform. A deadline of March has been set to reach agreement.

The unions have also ruled that any written communication or email between the party and affiliated levy-payers will have to be sanctioned by a union official first.

The unions have cited the Data Protection Act, but the insistence on vetting all contact also underlines union leaders’ nervousness at losing control of their levy-payers and how they are influenced in Labour leadership elections.

Ed Miliband said on Sunday the Refounding Labour process – of which these reforms form part – are an attempt to open the party to wider groups and claimed he had achieved changes that dwarfed reforms pushed through by previous leaders including Neil Kinnock, John Smith and Tony Blair.

The new proposals have been negotiated by the shadow Welsh secretary, Peter Hain.

But Conservatives and advocates of a weaker union link will claim the proposals do not match the scale of the ambition set out by Miliband, or the scale of the union stranglehold on a financially dependent party.

The Unite proposal would address the problem that general secretaries of three giant unions – Unison, Unite and the GMB – own 40% of the vote, and all the affiliated unions 50%, so controlling the entire party programme.

Unite is suggesting the unions keep 50% of the vote but they would also need a fixed proportion of the constituency section to back their proposals for it to be deemed agreed.

Other proposals will reduce the way in which some party members had multiple votes for the leadership. An MP could have as many as six votes as an MP, constituency party member, political levy-payer and supporter of an affiliated organisation such as the Co-op

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