Economic Times Mumbai 06.10.2011 p-7
AIMA to open centres in Pune, Kolkata
Rajkot

The All India Management Association (AIMA) has decided to expand its network in Maharashtra and in West Bengal by setting up its centres there. "AIMA has started the process of setting up national network centres in Pune and Kolkata after opening its first office outside Delhi in Bangalore to expand its presence in the country," Rajiv Vastupal, the newly elected president of AIMA said in a press release issued here on Wednesday
"The main object of the centres is to work with the regional industry, institutes and governments to improve the management standards and practises in their catchments areas," he said.
AIMA has also vitalised its management research service and has released India's first ever Management Competitiveness Index (MCI), the release said adding the study surveyed 200 CEOs in top private and public sector organisation. "As a president of AIMA my focus is to enhance and build the AIMA branch by consolidating its inherent strengths while establishing new avenues and plate forms to augments reach," Vastupal said.                           PTI

Pioneer ND 16/08/2011 P-2
IGNOU offers 'unique' opportunity
STAFF REPORTER NEW DELHI

There is good news for students who want to pursue various courses in Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). The university will soon be offering students the opportunity to pursue any subject from any course. This announcement was made by the IGNOU V-C VN Rajasekharan Filial on Monday and said the authority has been working on it and soon, the facility will be available.
"A unique paper-wise registration scheme is under launch where anyone can take any number of subjects from IGNOU programmes without the restrictions of age, qualification, pre-knowledge and knowledge and education in the subject" said Filial. Explaining the concept further, Filial said, "Now, if a student wants to pursue only public relations from the post-graduate diploma in journalism and mass communication course, then he can give examination for just that one paper. According to the varsity, efforts were on for two-way teleconferencing, interactive radio counselling and for relaying  educational programmes through FM radio.