Month: June 2008

PG Diploma in Environmental Management

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PG Diploma in Environmental Management

Directorate of Distance Education, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, has invited applications for Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management (PGDEM) course.

Eligibility: Bachelors Degree in any discipline.

How To Apply: The Prospectus can be obtained from the Directorate of Distance Education, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar, on cash payment of Rs 400 (Rs 100 for SC/BC of Haryana). These can also be obtained by sending DD of Rs 450 (Rs 150 in case of SC/BC of Haryana) favouring Registrar, GJUS and T, Hisar. The students can submit their admission form either directly to the Directorate of Distance Education or through the Study Centres, the list of which h is available on University website.

Closing Date: October 31, 2008 For More information contact Directorate of Distance Education (DDE), Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar, Haryana. Ph: 01662263158, 263141, 263135, 263157. Email:


MA in Tribal Studies

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MA in Tribal Studies

North Orissa University has invited applications for the course MA in Tribal Studies.

Eligibility: Graduate in any discipline How To Apply: Request for application form, by post, can be sent to The Chairman, PG Council, North Orissa University, Takatpur, Baripada -757003 and Orissa. The cost of application form and prospectus is Rs 200 by hand and Rs 250 by post. The application form can also be downloaded from the University Website and be submitted to the University with a Bank Draft of Rs 200. All amounts should be paid through Bank Draft in favour of Comptroller of Finance, North Orissa University, payable at any Nationalised Bank at Baripada. A self addressed A-4 size envelope should be submitted for the purpose.

Completed application forms may be submitted directly in the office of the Chairman, PG Council, North Orissa University, Baripada by hand or by registered post/speed post.

Closing Date: July 29, 2008 To know more details about this course, contact North Orissa University, Sriram Chandra Vihar, Takatpur, Baripada Mayurbhanj, Orissa.

Ph: 06792-255127 /278275 /256906 Website:

Masters in Occupational Therapy

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Masters in Occupational Therapy

All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AIIPMR), affiliated to Maharashtra University of Health Sciences has invited applications for Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) course.

Eligibility: Candidates who have passed Bachelor Degree in Physical Therapy or Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy with completion of compulsory six months Internship on or before July 31, 2008 from the University outside Maharashtra State Reservation: As per Prevailing Provisions at Government of India Institutes and as amended from time to time.

How To Apply: Application forms can be obtained between 9.00 am to 1 pm Monday to Friday from the Academic Section of the Institute against Demand Draft of Rs 100.

If required by the Registered post; enclose Demand Draft of Rs 100 and self addressed envelop of size 23 cm x 11.5 cm fixing postage stamp of Rs 32, super scribed as “Application: BPO or MOTh / MPTh or M Sc (P&O) of course – 2008 – 2009.

Forms can also be downloaded from the institute website and forwarded to Institute along with Demand Draft of Rs 100. Demand Draft to be drawn in favour of “Director, All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mumbai–34” Payable at Mumbai.

For more details, contact All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Haji Ali, K Khadye Marg, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai, Maharashtra. Ph: 91-22-24964331/ 32/ 40/ 41, 91-22-24935035. Email:, Website:

Last Date: 30-06-2008

Career opportunities in Genetic Engineering

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Career opportunities in Genetic Engineering
Monday June 23 2008 16:47 IST Kalavathi Amarachelvam for EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE

I am a BE (ECE) student from Chennai. I am interested in studying Nanotechnology course and wanted to pursue a career in nanotechnology. Please help me with the name and details of training centres in Chennai. —Ramesh, Chennai

Nanotechnology, which is at a nascent stage now, has created a lot of ripples in the recent years. This is one of the most exciting research areas at present, which may lead to many great scientific and technological advances.

According to Nasscom, the worldwide need for Nanotechnology workers is expected to reach two million by 2015. Since you want to pursue a career in this field, you must be aware that you could get into the actual course on Nanotechnology only in your PG. So, you are on the right track with your BE degree. Anna University offers M Tech in Nanotechnology from this year. IIT, Chennai also offers course in Nanotechnology. Aappin Knowledge Solutions has a center in Chennai which offers certificate course in Nanotechnology through e-learning.

I have just completed my 12th standard and I would like to take up B Tech Biotechnology for higher studies. What course should I take up later to become a Genetic Engineer? What are the career prospects of genetic engineering and which are the institutes offering this course? What exactly does genetic engineering comprise of ? What will be the starting salary in the field?


Genetic Engineering means the deliberate modification of the characters of an organism by the manipulation of its genetic material.

Genetic Engineering (GE) is a highly complicated and advanced branch of science which involves a wide range of techniques used in changing the genetic material in the DNA code in a living organism. Genetic engineering comes under the broad heading of Biotechnology There is a great scope in .

this field as the demand for genetic engineers are growing in India as well as abroad.

In certain developed countries, there are openings for genetic counselors, but in India the concept of genetic counseling is not so widely known and most of the genetic counseling where necessary is being done by medical doctors themselves.

Genetics, like other fields of Biotechnology, is a field where you can’t expect a job immediately after your graduation or even at the PG level. So if you are prepared for long years of academic pursuit, have high analytical and mathematical skills and have a lot of patience and commitment to do prolonged research work, then this can be the career for you.

Some of the universities which offer genetic Engineering courses at postgraduate and doctorate levels are the Bio-Informatics Centre of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) New Delhi, Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur and Delhi), Delhi University, University of Calcutta, MKUCoimbatore, Birla Institute of Technology (Pilani Rajasthan), University of Lucknow, Jadavpur University (Kolkata, West Bengal) etc.

As regards the salary at the entry level you may get anywhere between Rs 8000 to 20,000. But once you have gathered experience you will be much sought after.

PG Programme in Management

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PG Programme in Management
Monday June 23 2008 16:47 IST

SMOT, the academy for management and business education has SMOT has announced admissions for its 16 month PGPM, a regular course starting in Sep 2008. Graduate students with a good track record are eligible to apply. The nationwide entrance test and interview will be held on 5, July Aspiring students can register for the test online at

SMOT offers PGPM in Management Consulting Practice leading to highly rewarding careers in Finance, Marketing, HR and IT. Specialisations offered at SMOT are unique as students prepare themselves for a specific career in their chosen area.

SMOT, the academy for management and business education, is sending a delegation of six highly acclaimed professors to Canada on a six day industry visit. Scheduled to happen between June 13th and 20th, the delegation will visit some of the top companies, and consulting firms. The delegation is also scheduled to interact with the officials of some of the business schools for exchange of faculty and students. Research in Motion (RIM), headquartered in Toronto, is partnering with SMOT in offering BlackBerry Solutions to the students of SMOT. The delegation will also meet Canadian Association of Management Consultants, SMOT’s professional partners.

SMOT offers a wide range of in demand career tracks relevant to industries such as IT, Manufacturing, Services, Healthcare and Retail. The major focus in this program will be specialisation in career verticals. Many companies have already booked slots for campus placement program and the current students are expected to close the year with an impressive average CTC.

The teaching faculty consists of a good mix of professors from some of the top universities in the US and Canada, professors from well known business schools in India (Including IIMs), leaders in the industry with a passion to teach, private consulting professionals and our own permanent faculty .

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Advanced Diploma in Software Testing

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Advanced Diploma in Software Testing
Monday June 23 2008 16:47 IST

The Chennai-based Softsmith Infotech, a software services provider, specialising in independent third party testing and quality assurance services, has launched an advanced diploma programme in Software Testing.

The diploma programme encompasses a rigorous course work in the areas of functionality testing, automation testing using software such as Win-runner, Load runner, Test director, QTP and Rational Robot with multiple real time projects that would give a hands-on-experience in executing testing in real time situations.

The duration of the programme is for one year and the course fee is Rs 79,000.

The admission to the ADST programme is only through written test in aptitude and English. Students who have completed BE / MCA / M Tech are eligible for the programme.

For registrations and enquiries Call 2433 3312 / 99406 72338 / or walk into the office at # 170, Sundaram Complex, 2nd Floor, Usman Road (Near Siva Vishnu Temple), T Nagar, Chennai – 17.

Night hours for workers

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Night hours for workers

Monday 30 Jun, 2008 for 7DAYS

Contractors are planning additional working hours to compensate for time lost during the midday breaks which starts from tomorrow. An official from the UAE Contractors Association said that companies might opt for extra work hours to finish the projects on time.

“Night schedules are much better than the morning hours because of the heat. Contractors, like others, are concerned about the health of the workers and it is a good move by the Ministry of Labour to have midday break,” said Dr Imad Al Jamal, vice-chairman of the technical committee of the UAE contractors Association.

Earlier this month, Ministry of Labour announced hat construction workers will get a break from 12.30pm to 3pm from July 1. The break period will continue till August 31.

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Weather warning

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Weather warning
Monday 30 Jun, 2008 By Paul McLennan for 7DAYS

Freak weather could endanger the lives of anyone swimming in the sea or trekking in the desert, Dubai Police have warned. Colonel Mohamed Jasim Al Zaabi, director of the Ports Police Station, issued a “cautionary advisory” informing residents and visitors about potential weather changes. He urged people to be careful when going to the beach or visiting the desert or hilly areas.

Al Zaabi also warned people not to swim at night when the sea becomes rougher. The colonel advised people not to go to remote, unsupervised beaches, which may have hidden dangers such as strong currents or whirlpools. Weather conditions are expected to change constantly over the coming days, meaning anyone going sailing should first inform the operations room at Dubai Police.
“This will make it easier for the police to find them in case of any accident,” Al Zaabi said.

Meanwhile, residents thinking of taking a summer holiday away from Dubai are being urged to secure their homes to prevent a possible burglary. Police officers will step-up their presence “to enhance the feeling of safety and security during absence of the public, and to prevent crimes before they happen by decreasing the chances of burglaries”.

Lientenant Colonel Jamal Al Jallaf, director of Criminal Surveillance Department, said the Criminal Investigation Department, has prepared an intensive security plan for the summer and will deploy more officers in markets and residential areas during this time. He urged the public to call Dubai Police’s operation room or the nearest police station with any “security observations”.

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Giant Saudi field is key to boosting oil output

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Giant Saudi field is key to boosting oil output
(AP)30 June 2008

KHURAIS OIL FIELD, Saudi Arabia – This massive oil field surrounded by the desolate sands of Saudi Arabia’s vast eastern desert feels like the middle of nowhere.

But what happens over the next year at Khurais, one of Saudi Arabia’s last undeveloped giant oil fields, could hold the key to what drivers will pay at the pump for years to come.

Under way at Khurais and two other smaller fields nearby is what Saudi Arabia calls the single largest expansion of oil production capacity in history.

With consumers howling over record fuel prices and the United States pushing Saudi Arabia to produce more oil, this patch of sand 100 miles west of the Saudi capital of Riyadh has become one of the most important places in the world economy.

Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company, Aramco, is spending $10 billion to build the infrastructure to pump 1.2 million barrels of oil per day by next June from the Khurais field and its two smaller neighbors. That alone would be more than the total individual production of OPEC members Qatar, Indonesia and Ecuador.

The project forms the centerpiece of the Saudi plan to increase the total amount of oil it can produce to 12.5 million barrels per day by the end of 2009 — up from a little more than 11 million barrels per day now.

Consuming nations have pushed Saudi Arabia to boost production capacity even further and also want the world’s top oil exporter to begin pumping more crude immediately to bring down record oil prices hovering near $140 a barrel. They say oil production has not kept up with increased demand, especially from China, India and the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia plans to produce 9.7 million barrels of oil per day, or 11 percent of the world’s total, in July. It is the only nation with significant excess capacity that it could put on the market quickly.

But the kingdom has resisted calls to increase production further, saying financial speculators and the falling dollar are to blame for high oil prices, not a shortage of supply.

These disagreements came to a head June 22 at a rare meeting of oil producing and consuming nations hosted by Saudi Arabia. In the end, Saudi Arabia said it could increase oil production capacity to 15 million barrels per day if needed in future years. But it gave no indication that step, or an immediate increase in output, was necessary or planned.

The political tussle over output masks the challenge Saudi Arabia faces in boosting production capacity by developing giant fields like Khurais.

‘That is what people don’t appreciate,’ said Manouchehr Takin, an oil expert at the London-based Centre for Global Energy Studies. ‘These are major projects, and people don’t realize they aren’t that easy.’

The Saudis estimate Khurais and the nearby smaller Abu Jifan and Mazalij fields hold a total of 27 billion barrels of oil encased in solid rock 5,000 feet below the baking desert.

Saudi Arabia is no stranger to developing giant oil fields. Its massive Ghawar field, with an estimated 70 billion barrels of remaining reserves, is the world’s largest.

But oil experts say Khurais, which was discovered in 1957, is geologically more difficult to tap.

Aramco is using hundreds of mostly South Asian workers to build a massive processing facility at the field. More than 150 wells will pump crude to the surface, where water and gas will be separated out. The oil then will be funneled to the country’s east-west pipeline for delivery to ships in the Red Sea.

Workers are also building a huge sea-water injection system to pump more than 2 million barrels of water per day from the Gulf into 120 wells. That will maintain the necessary pressure underground to push the oil to the surface.

Disputes over Saudi’s decisions aside, ‘when you talk about the fields and the engineers and so on, I think you have to respect their technical ability,’ Takin said.

With its twisting maze of metal, the half-finished facility rises out of the desert like a massive space station. Workers wear gloves and wrap bandanas across their faces to hide from the searing sun as they work 10-hour shifts in temperatures well above 100 degrees.

Aramco officials say that in addition to geological challenges, they also face difficulty finding enough qualified workers and equipment. The project will use 145,000 tons of steel — almost enough to build two Golden Gate bridges.

‘We are trying to do it in a world market where contractors are in high demand,’ said Muhammed al-Rubeh, head of Aramco’s project department.

When completed, the processing facility also will be protected by two layers of fences, crash barriers, security cameras and government forces, Aramco says. Al-Qaida has called for attacks against Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities to disrupt the flow of crude.

Aramco officials insist that despite the tight construction market, the Khurais project will be ready to produce 1.2 million barrels per day by next June.

But equipment and labor shortages have delayed production at another field, Khursaniyah, which was originally scheduled to begin pumping 500,000 barrels per day at the end of 2007. Aramco officials now say Khursaniyah will come online in August.

Also in the works is the development of the Manifa field, which sits offshore in the Gulf and is Saudi Arabia’s only other giant oil field still untapped.

If all goes as scheduled, Aramco forecasts more than 50 billion barrels of fresh reserves from the giant fields by 2011. That amount alone would give Saudi Arabia the ninth largest oil reserves in the world, not even counting its existing reserves.

Outside analysts estimate the kingdom’s total current reserves at about 260 billion barrels. But Saudi Arabia refuses to provide detailed data to allow independent verification.

Amin Nasser, senior vice president for production and exploration at Aramco, acknowledges the company sometimes faces criticism for that secrecy. ‘We have a tradition of letting our actions and accomplishments speak for themselves,’ he said.

Country sizzles at 51.4C

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Country sizzles at 51.4C
By Zoe Sinclair and M. A. Qudoos for KHALEEJ TIMES

DUBAI/ABU DHABI — Mercury touched 51.4C in the UAE yesterday and with humidity at 42 per cent, weather forecasters are predicting uncomfortable days ahead.

A duty forecaster from the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology said the top temperature of 51.4C was recorded at Minhad Airport, an inland military base, yesterday.

The forecaster said Abu Dhabi and Al Ain both recorded their highest temperature for the year so far at 48.3C.

Dubai Meteorological Office duty forecaster Dr S. K. Gupta said Dubai International Airport meteorology equipment recorded 46.7C while Jebel Ali recorded 49C and Sharjah 48.5C.

Dubai’s all-time high temperature recording on August 9 and 15 in 1999 was 47.5C while Dubai’s June and July all-time highs are both 47.3C.

“August is typically the hottest month,” Dr S. K. Gupta said. “The high temperatures are the result of the breeze beginning late and from a south-easterly gradient which is more from the desert direction.”

Dr Gupta said the comfort index, on a scale of one to ten with ten most uncomfortable, was currently around five or six.

Suspended dust around Abu Dhabi yesterday also affected visibility which reduced to 1,500 metres at its lowest.

The weekend was also hot with temperatures reaching 44C in Dubai on Saturday.

For the week ahead, Dr Gupta predicted hot temperatures of about 45C today and tomorrow. Abu Dhabi was predicted to feel temperatures of 47C while Al Ain was likely to experience 48C.

However, the sea breeze would begin earlier and from a north-westerly direction from Wednesday and causing temperatures to drop slightly.

Maximum temperatures should be closer to 40-41C on Wednesday and 39-40C on Thursday.