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Story of a B-Tech engineer’s love for music

Passion is one where everybody wants to plunge in. You may be forced to pursue alien paths in life. But your passion may be just opposite to that. Whatever, if you do a bit of research, you will get a path.

Higher education is a world you have to choose carefully. That can lead you to peace and prosperity. Why I write this now is when I got a letter from a parent who is suffering from his son’s adamant approach to pursue a programme in music. As a parent he is not against music. But the thing is that, his son is an engineer. He had done his B-Tech from a premier tech-college of India- NIT. Now the son is working as an electrical engineer in a good firm in Bahrain. He draws around Rs.1 lakh per month. This is a good salary for a student who just now starts his career. But now the son wants to pursue his private passion- Music. He is an ardent music lover. His first few months salary was spent for setting up a studio at home. He bought few good expensive instruments and music equipments…
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Takatuf scholarships announced

Muscat: Takatuf Oman announced 24 International scholarships for 2013. These 24 students were selected from the 60 who successfully completed the Takatuf Scholars Summer Residential Programme. Selected students will be sent to join leading international educational institutions for the 2014-15 academic year.

Takatuf Oman is the human capital solutions provider for Oman Oil Company (OOC) and its group of companies. Out of the total 24, ten students received the Takatuf International Scholarship funded by OOC, nine the Takatuf Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Company (ORPIC) Scholarship and five the Takatuf Oman Trading International (OTI) Scholarship.

The ceremony was held under the patronage of Sayyid Dr Fahad bin Al Julanda Al Said, Assistant Secretary General for Innovation Development, The Research Council. As part of the programme, they will spend two years in preparatory or boarding schools followed by four years at university furthering their education, learning a…

Manipal University bags Golden Peacock award

Manipal, (India): Manipal University has bagged the Golden Peacock Environment Management Award 2014. The university has won this award for the third consecutive year.

The award was presented during Golden Peacock Awards Nite at New Delhi on Friday July 11 night during the sixteenth World Congress on Environment Management. The award was received by Manipal University Registrar Dr G.K. Prabhu and director General Services Colonel (Retired) Badrinarayan on behalf of Manipal University from Justice Dr Arijit Pasayat in the presence of Institute of Directors president Lieutenant General (Retired) J S Ahluwalia, Public Enterprises Selection Board chairman Atul Chaturvedi, Yes Bank CEO Rana Kapoor and others.

The Awards Jury comprised chairman former CJI Justice P N Bhagwati, and co-chairman Supreme Court former judge Justice Dr Arijit Pasayat. This is yet another milestone in the pioneering efforts of Manipal University. The award is presented to organizations for successfully managing en…

Second Pakistani University opens in UAE

RAS AL KHAIMAH, (UAE): One more Pakistani University has started its operations in Ras Al Khaimah with a mission to provide good quality affordable education for Pakistani families living in UAE. Name as “Abasyn University”, the new educational platform will offer degree courses to the 800 to 1,000 pupils who comes out of Pakistani high schools in the UAE every year.

Previously Szabist University in Dubai was the only Pakistani university in the emirates. Abasyn’s Ras Al Khaimah centre is its overseas branch campus. As a famed brand in Pakistan, the Abasyn University has campuses in Peshawar and Islamabad. Abasyn University is considered to be more affordable as it charges only Dh1,200 a month. This makes it more affordable than Szabist which charges Dh1,900, and Abasyn is significantly cheaper than other institutions.

On average, university fees in the UAE start at about Dh25,000 a year. However, for anything science or engineering based, costs can rise to more than Dh45,000.The…

Omani youths want to be entrepreneurs

Muscat: New generation Omani youths have more affinity to start their own business than joining as a employee in a company. This fact was revealed in a recently published survey which was done by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

The survey conducted “NCSI” named “Omani Youth Orientation” points out that around 42% of Omani job seekers would like to start their own business, while only 4.5 preferred private sector jobs.

NCSI conducted the survey last month in order to better understand Omani youth orientation in the job market. While 42 per cent of job seekers were willing to start their own businesses, this figure dropped to 28 per cent among higher education students.

The results also showed that Omani youth would rather not work in the private sector. Only 4.5 per cent of the total number of job seekers was willing to do so, as compared to 32 per cent of higher education students.

The survey included questions about the salary range and revealed the avera…

Rs.500 cr for 5 new IITs and IIMs

New Delhi, (India): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley revealed his maiden budget stating that Rs. 500 crore each will be allocated to set up five new IITs and IIMs. Jammu, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala will be receiving IIT colleges while the IIMs will be set up in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar, Odisha and Maharashtra.

Andhra Pradesh has been allocated three prestigious national level institutes that are, All India Institute of Medica Sciences (AIIMS), an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and an Agriculture University. The three premier institutes are part of the 11 premier institutes promised to residuary Andhra Pradesh in the AP Reorganisations Act.

The Locations of the proposed 11 premier institutes in all three regions (circuits) of AP are as follows: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), national Institute of Information Technology (NIT), national institute of Disaster management (NIDM), Indan Institute of Management (IIM), International Institute of Inf…

DIFC partners with Dar Al Sharia to offer Islamic finance

            Course will help people working in DIFC grasp basics on the subject


Dubai, (UAE): Dubai International Financial Centre Authority (DIFC Authority) has partnered with Dar Al Sharia Limited-DIFC - Dubai Islamic Bank's (DIB) Sharia advisory arm - to offer free short course on Islamic finance.

The new DIFC move is in line with the noble initiative taken by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE Ruler of Dubai last year to promote Dubai as the international hub for Islamic economy and finance which has created enormous interest in local and international financial circles. 

Elaborating the move, Chirag Shah, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer at DIFC Authority said "keeping in view Dubai's aim to attain the coveted status within the shortest possible time, the urge amongst the banking and finance professionals to learn the basics of Islamic finance is growing stronger. However, in this fast-paced world, it is d…