Wednesday, March 24, 2010

UK Visa Letters become obsolete

From 22nd February 2010, all potential Tier 4 students applying to UK from inside or outside the UK must use a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) in their application. All applications that do not contain a CAS will fall for refusal.

Institutions will need to provide all potential students with a CAS reference number and your sponsor licence number (SLN). Institutions will also need to give them all the information they will need when making their application. This information is sometimes called a ''CAS statement''; it is up to sponsors to decide its format and how to send it to their potential students. A ''CAS statement'' may contain:

  • student name;
  • student date of birth;
  • course title;
  • course start and end date;
  • details of any financial sponsorship/deposits taken;
  • documents that should be included as part of an application to prove qualifications;
  • CAS number; and
  • ATAS certificate (if appropriate).

This additional information will assist our caseworkers and entry clearance officers when making decisions on migrant applications under Tier 4.

If a prospective student has a visa letter issued before 22 February 2010, they can no longer use it to apply for a Tier 4 student visa. If institutions have issued a visa letter to a student who is intending to apply to us, they must replace the visa letter with a CAS.

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India No.1 again at sending its students to US for Studies

The number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States increased by 8% to an all-time high of 671,616 in the 2008/09 academic year, according to the Open Doors report.

India is No. 1 again, in sending 1,03,260 students to USA. According to the Open Doors 2009 report, India has sent more than one lakh students to USA for the academic year 2008-09. The Indian numbers went up 9.2 per cent from 94,563 in 2007/2008 to cross 100,000 for the first time to retain its position as the top place of origin for international students in the US. China remained in second place, although there was a sharp 21 per cent spike in students from China, going up from 81,127 last Academic Year to 98,235 this year. South Korea (increased from 69,000 to 75,065) remained in third place.

This is the eighth consecutive year that India has remained in the top spot. Indian student inflow contributed nearly $ 3 billion to the US economy in 2008. Overall, international students contribute $17.8 billion to the US economy.

The largest growth this year was seen in undergraduate enrolments, which increased by 11%, compared to a 2% increase in graduate enrolments. According to Open Doors 2009, universities in California hosted the largest number of foreign students with 93,124, up 10%, followed by New York with 74,934, up 7%, and Texas with 58,188, up 12%.

For the eighth consecutive year, University of Southern California hosted the largest number of international students, this year reporting 7,482. New York University held in second place with 6,761 international students and Columbia University hosted 6,685, displacing Texas A & M University (College Station). Rounding out the top five 2008/09 host institutions are University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (6,570 students) and Purdue University (6,136 students).

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

MHT-CET-2010 Maharashtra Dates announced

Government of Maharashtra shall conduct a single combined “Common Entrance Test” MHT-CET-2010 for all Health Sciences, Engineering and Pharmacy degree courses for the academic year 2010-2011. The said CET will be held on Thursday, 6th May 2010.

Government of Maharashtra Directorate of Medical Education and Research
CET Cell, Opp. Govt Dental College and Hospital Building, St. George’s Hospital Campus, Mumbai-400001, Tel: 022-22620363-65, 22652257/59, Fax: 022-22620562/22652168, Website:

Directorate of Technical Education, 3, Mahapalika Marg, P.O. Box. 1967, Mumbai-400001, Ph: 022-22626853, 22626854, Fax: 022-2269007, Website:

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Christian Medical College, Vellore Admission Notification 2010

Group A: MBBS, BSc Nursing, BOT, BPT, BSc MLT,

Eligibility: +2 with English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Botany & Zoology, Age: Born on or before 31.12.1993

A candidate for admission to medical course "must have 60%@ marks at +2 level in each of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (or Botany and Zoology taken together) and have an aggregate of 140/200 in these subjects, both at qualifying and competitive examinations and should have passed in English".(@ 60% in each and 130/200 aggregate for BC, 55% in each and 120/200 aggregate for MBC, and 40% in each and 80/200 aggregate for SC/ST candidates). (BC, MBC, SC/ST as defined by the TN Govt; all rules subject to change as per State & University guidelines) Example: If a candidate has 72% in Biology, 66% in Chemistry and 70% in Physics,then the aggregate works out to: {72 + (66 +70)/2} or {72 + 68} out of 200, i.e. 140/200 and is eligible. However, a candidate with 68 in Biology, 72 in Chemistry and 70 in Physics will have only {68+ (72+70)/2} on 200 or {68+71} on 200 i.e. 139/200 and is not eligible.

Group B:Diploma in Nursing

Eligibility: +2 with 40% aggregate marks

Age: Born between 30.09.1988 and 30.09.1993 (age relaxed upto 35 years for those have completed ANM/MPHW training)

Diploma courses in Allied Health Science

Anaesthesia Tech, Hand and Leprosy Physiotherapy, Optometry, Critical care Therapy, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Hearing, Language and Speech, Radiodiagnosis*, Radiotherapy*

Eligibility: +2 with science subjects

Age: *Born on or before 15.07.1993

Post Diploma: Hospital Equipment, Maintenance, Hospital Pharmacy, Practice

Courses after graduation

PG Diploma: Nuclear medicine, Histopathology Lab Tech., Medical Microbiology, Medical Virology, Dialysis Therapy, Cardiac Technology, Neuro-electro-physiology, Perfusion Technology, Advanced Resp. Therapy, Cytogenetics, Applied Molecular Genetics Methods, Assisted Reproductive Technology, Health Management, Hospital Administration, Health Economics, Policy and Financial Management, Clinical Pastoral Counseling, Clinical Pharmacy, Dietetics

Degree: BMRSc

PG Degree: M.Sc in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Diploma course after post graduation: Fellowship in Hospital Administration

Age limit for all group B courses: between 17 and 45 years wherever not specifically mentioned.

Application forms can be obtained from 10.03.2010 at the selected head post offices (refer website for the list of post offices)

Download the admission bulletin from 05.03.2010 and apply on line at the website on or before 10th August 2010

Application and prospectus are also available at the office of the Registrar on payment of Rs 750/- from 10.03.2010 (i) payable as a chalan at any branch of the ICICI bank in India, mention FC-CMC-V on the chalan (or) demand draft in favour of CMC Vellore association on any scheduled bank, payable at Vellore

Last date for submission of the filled application form is 10th April, 2010

Send the demand draft or original chalan with a letter requesting for the prospectus and application 2010 to the office of the Registrar, CMC, Thorapadi PO, Vellore-632002, Tel 0416-2284225 state your full postal address with pin-code. Mention your telephone number and email address if available. No additional money, stamps or envelopes are required

Registration Fee: The following registration fees must be enclosed with the completed application

Group A courses:
MBBS, BSc (Nursing), BPT, BOT, BSc-MLT and BSc Optometry – Rs. 500 per course

Group B courses:
MSc, BMRSc, PGDCPC, Dip Nursing and other Group B courses – Rs. 100 per course

CMC Vellore MBBS Admission 2010 and Entrance Examination Important Dates, Results 2010 and other related info can be seen in CMC Vellore UG BULLETIN 2010 which can be download from this link

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