Campus roundup: WeSchool holds meet on social media in Bangalore

Updated: Jul 28 2014, 07:05am hrs
On July 25-26, in Bangalore, the Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research (WeSchool) in association with the Academy of Indian Academy and International Data Group organised the International Conference on Social Media Marketing. The conference focused on the importance of social media in all the domains of the business world and how it can be a game-changer. Welingkar group director Uday Salunkhe, when asked behind the rationale of the organising the forum, said, We live in times where all businesses, Davids or Goliaths have a social media presence. They are using it for growing their customer base, and testing waters for new launches and feedback. India is now home to young e-start-ups like Flipkart and Snapdeal and the signals are clear that social media is going to be the new crucial element in all business strategies.

British Councils ELQSP programme launched

The British Council has announced the launch of the English Language Quality Standards Programme (ELQSP), a collaborative initiative designed to help schools who are interested in improving the quality of their English language education programmes of study. To mark the launch, the British Council organised a talk on the value of quality assurance, accreditation and professional association by Stuart Higgins, Principal, Saint Michaels College, UK. Stuart talked about his experience of UK inspection and accreditation systems. As well as promoting debate about issues of quality in English education, the ELQSP Programme provides access to a range of developmental resources for English medium schools to improve their English language teaching provision. There are resources available for teachers and students, quality improvement resources for schools and British Councils Consultancy Service. All the resources help schools work towards meeting the quality standards described in the Quality Standards Frameworkan India-specific framework which defines quality in relation to ten standards and five developmental stages.

Back on the hiring road FS CEOs to lift headcount

Financial services (FS) CEOs have hiring back on their minds with more than half (56%) planning to take on extra staff in the coming year, according to the PwC report Remoulding Your Workforce For a New Marketplace. CEOs are looking to increase their headcount by at least 5%. The insurance industry is especially bullish with 40% planning to expand their workforce by more than 5%, compared to around 30% among banks and asset managers. Jon Terry, Global Financial Services HR Consulting Leader, PwC, says, The optimistic outlook rises as the recovery in developed markets picks up pace and confidence with the FS sector increases. However, the kind of talent FS organisations need, where they recruit them from and how they manage them are going to be different from the last surge in recruitment and growth.

Cargill rewards students for the Scholars Program

Cargill, in partnership with the Institute of International Education (IIE), last week launched the Global Scholars Program to build the future of potential leaders, getting new talent ready to take on exciting opportunities and challenges. The Cargill Global Scholars Program will provide financial support, leadership development and enrichment opportunities to 200 talented and high-performing undergraduate students in five countries. In India, 10 scholarships will be awarded in the 2013-14 academic year in five leading science and technology institutions. The participating Indian institutions in the Cargill Global Scholars Program are the IIT, Delhi; IIT, Mumbai; NIT, Trichy; DTU; and BIT Mesra.

ICBM-SBE, Hyderabad, gets ACBSP accreditation

ICBM-SBE, a Hyderabad-based B-school, has become the third B-school in the country to get the prestigious ACBSP accreditation which makes ICBM-SBE globally recognised. The ACBSP accreditation means every student at ICBM-SBE has a fair chance of spending about three months in America's top B-Schools (which are ACBSP-accredited) at no additional cost.

Car made in MRIU goes to Formula event in Germany

Team Synchromesh from Manav Rachna International University (MRIU) is amongst the seven teams from India that has been shortlisted for participation in Formula Student Germany Competition to held between July 29-August 3 at Hockenheimring, Germany. The competition will be won by the team with the best overall package of construction, performance, and financial and sales planning. Formula Student Competition challenges the teams to go the extra mile in their education by incorporating into it experience in manufacturing as well as considering the economic aspects of the auto industry.

Tech Mahindra signs MoU with Wichita State varsity

Tech Mahindra has signed an MoU with Wichita State University (WSU), Kansas, in the areas of aerospace engineering, certification, IT and automotive testing. Tech Mahindra will work with WSU and its National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) in varied fields such as composites, advanced materials and structural testing. Tech Mahindra plans to invest in equipping the engineering talent available in the region to enhance their employability in the Wichita aerospace community.