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Monday, January 19, 2009

Microsoft's Imagine Cup Competition 2009

Microsoft's Imagine Cup Competition

What is the Imagine Cup?

The World’s Premier Student Technology Competition

"I wish there had been an Imagine Cup when I was growing up. It gets people involved in seeing that software is changing the world."

--Bill Gates
Chairman, Microsoft Corp.

Everything that the world may become "someday" lies in the hands of young people today. As they look at the road ahead, their close relationship with technology enables them to dream in ways we never have before. Put the two together, and you have young minds holding the tools that can make their vision a reality.

This is the recipe that inspired Microsoft to create the Imagine Cup. What begins with a burst of inspiration and a lot of hard work can become a future software breakthrough, a future career, or a flourishing new industry. The Imagine Cup encourages young people to apply their imagination, their passion and their creativity to technology innovations that can make a difference in the world – today. Now in its sixth year, the Imagine Cup has grown to be a truly global competition focused on finding solutions to real world issues.

Open to students around the world, the Imagine Cup is a serious challenge that draws serious talent, and the competition is intense. The contest spans a year, beginning with local, regional and online contests whose winners go on to attend the global finals held in a different location every year. The intensity of the work brings students together, and motivates the competitors to give it their all. The bonds formed here often last well beyond the competition itself.

Register now and receive the Imagine Cup 2009 newsletter complete with the latest competition information, news, and updates. Registering also gives you access to participate in the community forums.

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Admission Notice for MBA 2009 of VGSOM IIT Kharagpur

Vinod Gupta School of Management IIT Kharagpur

Admission Notice 2009 for MBA


Vinod Gupta School of Management is the first and the foremost Business School in the IIT system. The school is recognized by Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and is run by that institute only. The school runs a full time residential MBA programme, the duration of which is two years. The students must take JMET-2009 for taking admission to Vinod Gupta School of Management.

Eligibility Criteria:

The candidate must have obtained a first class Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized University


The candidate must have got a first class Master’s degree in Science/ Economics/ Commerce with Mathematics or Statistics as a subject at a Bachelor’s level.

There is a relaxation of 5% marks or equivalent in CGPA if candidate belongs to SC/ST category.

Selection Procedure:

The candidates will be short-listed on the basis of the merit obtained in JMET-2009.

The short-listed candidates will be called for group discussion and interview.

The candidates with work experience will be given weightage.

Centers for GD/PI:

The Group discussion and interview will be conducted at the following places:


Application forms:

The application forms can be downloaded from the official website of the School

Last date of receipt of duly filled-in application form is 30th Jan, 2009


Vinod Gupta School of Management
Tel: 03222 - 282295
Fax: 03222 - 283874/255303


National Institute of Science Education and Research and
University of Mumbai- Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences

About NEST

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a compulsory test for students seeking admission to National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai. Both NISER and UM-DAE CBS have been started by Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India in 2007. Their mandate is to train scientific manpower for carrying out cutting edge scientific research and for providing input to scientific programs of Department of Atomic Energy and other applied science institutions in the country. The test is conducted in more than 25 centers across India. This brochure gives the detailed procedure for applying for the test, syllabus of the test and various dead lines.

Click here to Download NEST Brochure


NISER has been set up by the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India to impart high-quality science education in a vibrant academic ambience with a faculty of distinguished scientists and teachers. NISER offers 5-year integrated M.Sc. programme in biological, chemical, mathematical and physical sciences. At present, NISER functions from the beautiful campus of Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar, a renowned Institute with state-of-art infrastructure that includes an excellent library, a large computer center and a number of research laboratories. Degrees at NISER will be awarded by the Homi Bhaba National Institute (HBNI), a deemed-to-be University within the department of Atomic energy.

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This year there are 52 seats, including reserved seats for SC/ST/OBC candidates and persons with disability (PD) as per Government norms. Further details about the institute can be found on the NISER website (


The Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India has set up a new autonomous center of excellence in basic sciences in Mumbai. UM-DAE CBS, is to be an international class center for high quality teaching embedded in a vibrant post-graduate and research environment with some of the best teachers and scientists from major institutions in the city (TIFR, BARC, IIT Bombay) and the University and its colleges on its faculty. The center is located in the Kalina campus of the University of Mumbai. The degrees at UM-DAE CBS are awarded by the 150 year old University of Mumbai.

Tentatively, there will be 14 seats in Physics stream, 10 in Mathematics and 6 in Life Sciences with reservations as per Government norms, including reservation for persons with disability (PD). The details are on the CBS website (

Eligibility for appearing NEST

Students securing at least 60% marks in aggregate (or equivalent grade) in Class XII (or equivalent) examination from any recognized Board in India are eligible to apply. For Scheduled Cast (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates and for Persons with Disability (PD), the minimum requirement is 55%. Students who have passed the Class XII qualifying examination in 2007 or 2008 or are appearing in 2009 are eligible to apply. (Where only Letter grade is given by the Board, a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent percentage marks will be required. In the absence of such a certificate the decision of the respective Admissions Committee will be final.)

How to apply (3 ways)

* Online form submission is the most convenient and preferred way. Follow these steps to go for it.
1. Register yourself before you login.
2. Confirm your registration from a mail sent to you just after registration.
3. Login in the NEST homepage with your mail-id and password.
4. Fill the form and save it or, modify an already saved form.
5. Take the print-out and send along with DD.
* Form can be downloaded, filled and sent back with DD. Download form NEST Brochure Please set margin in the browser page-setup to accomodate the form in a single A4 sheet.
* A letter of request can be sent to get the printed form by post. This form will have to be sent back along with DD after filling it properly.

Send request/ filled-in form and DD to...

The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2009,
National Institute of Science Education & Research,
Institute of Physics Campus,
Bhubaneswar - 751 005

email :

Important Dates

* Last date for request of application form : March 6, 2009
* Last date for receipt of completed application form with DD : April 3, 2009
* Online applications freeze : April 3, 2009
* Dispatch of offline admit cards begins : April 15, 2009
* Download of online admit cards begins : April 15, 2009
* Date of examination : May 10, 2009 (Sunday), 1 pm to 4 pm
* Announcement of results on NEST website : June 8, 2009

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NEST 2010

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