University of Pune

The University of Pune was founded on February 10, 1949 and is located in the state of Maharashtra in India. With a sprawling campus spread over 400 acres of land, there are 46 departments, 269 colleges and 118 research institutes affiliated to the university. Known by the epithet "Oxford of the East", the University of Pune has jurisdiction over five districts – Pune, Nasik, Ahmednagar, Dhule and Jalgaon.

An educational hub

The site at which the University of Pune is located is the place where some episodes of the Battle of Khadki took place. The city itself has a rich heritage and it is one of the fastest growing cities in India. With a population of over 4 million people, the city has grown to be a hub of education and career seekers.

The university offers a serene environment conducive to teaching / learning processes. There is a range of courses in various Science, Arts and Commerce disciplines.

Vital Information

The University of Pune is connected with all major cities of India via air, rail and road. The capital of Maharashtra Mumbai is at half an hour distance from Pune. Outstation students can avail of separate hostel facility for girls and boys which is based on merit. The hostel mess, which in turn is compulsory for all ladies seeking hostel facility, offers hygienic food to the students. The university also draws aspirants from all over the globe.

In recent times, there has been introduction of more inter-disciplinary and comparative courses at the University of Pune which has indeed helped in establishing the university as a modern gateway of knowledge. …

Distance Education – Are You Ready to Hit the Digital Books?

Distance education is broadly defined as the provision and process of learning when the learner and the source of information are separated by distance, time, or both. If any of this learning takes place on-site for any reason (including taking exams), the learning is termed "blended" or "hybrid" learning.

The Internet has made continuing education via distance learning faster and easier for distributors and students. Over the last couple of years the education sector has seen a remarkable rise in the prominence and impact the "virtual university".

Approximately 1 in 5 undergraduate students in North America are enrolled in at least one online learning, continuing education class, and 1 in 20 are now enrolled in an online education degree program. Courses range from the most basic instruction through to masters and doctor programs.

Levels of accreditation vary broadly. Some of the online education "institutions" are nothing more that fraudulent "diploma mills" receiving no oversight. But, in the United States, an institution may not use the term "university" without government accreditation.

Technologies used in distance learning education delivery are divided into two groups:
1) synchronous learning technologies
2) asynchronous learning technologies

Synchronous Learning technology resembles traditional classroom teaching in that all participants are "present" at the same time and there is a set timetable. Technologies used for synchronous learning include Internet technologies such as VoIP, live streaming, and videoconferencing, and broadcast technologies including television and radio (traditional and satellite).

Asynchronous Learning technology allows students to access "evergreen" coursework and exams on their own schedule using the Internet. This, of course, allows more flexibility, but also allows procrastination.

Synchronous and Asynchronous Distance Learning Education are often combined. The Internet can blur the distinction between these two distance education methods.

Developing distance learning technologies include computer games, three-dimensional (3D) immersive environments, and virtual worlds,
which may be streamed in real time and / or downloaded and engaged via a local hard drive.

An all-online degree program via distance education / distance learning allows even a busy traveling professional to take their education on the road. When they get behind, the entire program is readily accessible via Internet to help them get back on track. Online education students have access to lectures within a few hours of on-campus students, even when they're on the other side of the world! Dedicated to meeting the needs of location and time bound students, are you ready to hit the digital books? …

Unusual Conference Venues

Many companies understand the importance of conferences for their staff. Conferences are a chance to network, share ideas and to learn, but boy are they boring. Yes, your staff gets loads of new ideas and meet lots of interesting and useful people, but given the choice they would rather not attend again next year. Fortunately, the people who run conferences are starting to wake up to this fact and beginning to try to make conferences less tedious. This has led to some great new conference events being held. If you are a business about to hold an in-house conference you can learn a lot from this new trend.

So the question is 'Where can I hold a conference?'. Basically as long as they've got the license and you've got the cold hard cash, then you can hold a conference just about anywhere you like. As the legend of Kevin Costner understands 'If you build it, they will come' and yes, you can host a conference at a baseball diamond!

Museums and art galleries. Being surrounded by creative exploits really stimulates the mind. Therefore a great venue for a conference has to be a gallery or science museum. Our favorite is the Vancouver Museum of Anthropology – mingling amidst ancient totem poles is quite the experience. Another great museum venue is the Science Museum in London, that even offers a IMAX cinema or a motion theater as two of the 8 conference halls it has available.

Marinas, Aquariums and Planetariums are also great places for conferences, most have lecture theaters for the presentations, with plenty of divers during conference breaks. In some Aquariums such as the one in Barcelona you can enjoy a spectacular conference dinner completely surrounded by fish. Although sitting down to the fish course does make you pause.

Blackpool Tower – yup sounds strange but come on, it's also pretty exciting and sort of kitsch!

In the mountains. Being amid inspirational landscape opens the mind to fresh and new ideas. Check out the Fairmont Springs hotel in Banff, you are literally a step away from heaven.

Want to impress, rent a castle! You can do it for weddings and you can absolutely do it for your conference!

Observatories – enjoy a daytime conference and finish with watching the stars – there's a metaphor in there somewhere!

Middle of the Rainforest? Lots of nature retreats host conferences and events. Bali anyone?

The zoo – yes it has happened, one crazy and obviously very talented events planner held an event at a tiger exhibition.

Like we said, you get the right equipment, shelter, catering and speakers and people will come. If you have an event dream – make it happen. Your conference will be memorable and people will definitely want to come back next year. Where you hold a conference says a lot about you and your industry. Conferences are designed to stimulate people's creativity and make them come away full of ideas. An inspirational venue is everything, so think …

Cancer – It Won’t Get The Breast of Me

In 2005 I was diagnosed with an aggressive and invasive form of Breast Cancer. Even at age 52 it was a shock to me. An even greater shock was finding out through researching Breast Cancer that 1 in 8 women would, at sometime in their lifetime, be diagnosed with Breast Cancer. This statistic was staggering to me.

The good news is that the mortality rate, or number of deaths, due to Breast Cancer is on the steady decline. Treatment is customized for each patient’s specific cancer. Being an author, I decided to take notes about my treatment should I ever want to write a book about it.

When women think of having a Mammogram the first word that comes to mind is, ‘ouch!’ or something similar. Unfortunately, until medical science comes up with a better method, Mammograms are a fact of life for women, especially over the age of 40.

Being a person who is usually viewing life on the up side, I found more humor in what I was going through than I ever thought possible. People do not associate cancer with laughter but I hope to change that, to a degree, anyway. Your doctor will not tell you how to prepare for a Mammogram but I will here.

Exercise #1

1. Open your refrigerator door and insert one breast between the door and the main box.

2. Have one of your strongest friends slam the door shut as hard as possible and lean on the door for good measure.

3. Hold that position for five seconds.

4. Don’t breathe.

5. Repeat again in case the first time wasn’t effective enough.

6. Repeat all steps on the other breast.

Exercise #2

1. Visit your garage at 3:00 a.m. when the temperature of the concrete floor is just perfect (anywhere below 32 degrees.)

2. Take off all your warm clothes and lay on the floor with one breast wedged tightly under the rear tire of the car.

3. Ask a friend to slowly back the car up until the breast is sufficiently flattened and chilled.

4. Turn over and repeat for the other breast.

Congratulations! You are now properly prepared for your Mammogram.

The day of my first Mammogram after my diagnosis was one I will never forget. I entered Hooterville Breast Care Center with more apprehension than usual. When I told her I might be writing a book about my treatment, the technician said she wanted to be called Ginger. I made a note of that. I wasn’t sure if we would still be speaking after she was done with me. And, since the body parts to be examined are so personal, I named my right breast, Laverne, and my left breast, Shirley. Laverne was under the gun today.

I have to give kudos to Hooterville for supplying me with an extra large gown even though I told her that, at my age, all I needed to do was pull up my skirt! Then Ginger led me into the …

The Advantages of a Career As a Veterinarian

What do you get when you are a veterinarian? Simple! If you like animals, you get to take care of them. The advantages of being a veterinarian is when you love this job and you just keep on going forward and you wanted to learn more. For the time and effort you have undergone during your years of study and training, you will get to have the reward of having a good job, get to care for animals and earn money. Along the way of education and studies of being a veterinarian, it would not be easy and you will encounter great challenges and school works, but it is all worth it when you finish such course. In veterinarian course you will take up and complete a doctorate which is about seven or eight years of completion, on the other hand veterinarian technician is another course but only takes two years and has to pass a certification.

All in all the great advantage of being a veterinarian is that whenever you get the degree and finish all the requirements, then you just own it. When a veterinarian has long and enough experience of the job he / she can get the schedule she wants to, she can work on holidays or not depending on his / her perspective. She / he can work on his / her own clinic or work in a hospital. Being a veterinarian is like being a human doctor as well; they get to help people to give medical assistance for their pets.

If you choose to be part of an army, you get to have incentives such as special bonuses and loans, and you become an officer as well. When you retire you will have great benefits for retirement with free or low-cost avail for some goods and / or services.

Aside from great salary when a veterinarian is able to help and assist animals, they earn pleases and great feeling for their job well done, and as well they get to see various kinds of pets that would certainly add a smile to their face. By the end of the day they will be more excited of what would "tomorrow" bring them.

Again, if a veterinarian wants to earn more and get great benefits more than usual, they can sign up for the army, get some training and certificates and they are good to go, be an officer get paid, enjoy the job and when retirement comes , they just get more great incentives and benefits. …

Tomato – The God Food for Nutrition and Human Health

A recent study conducted at Ohio State University in the US reported that the dietary carotenoids, that gives tomatoes their colour, will protect the skin from ultraviolet (UV) light damage. With the number of people being diagnosed with skin cancer increases with each passing year, it’s a good news that the daily consumption of tomato may cut the chances of skin cancer.

This small, round, sweet, juicy, delicious red fruit is one of the largest consuming vegetables in the world, not only because of its culinary purpose but also due to its numerous health benefits and nutrition. Tomato for skin cancer was just the latest example for its infinite fitness blessings.

From the time immemorial, there exists a long love affair between man and tomato due to its capacity for better acclimatization to various environment. Today, it comes in a vast array of varieties differing in colour, size, shape and taste. Now tomato has emerged as one of the most desired vegetables in the world due to its unique taste and nutritional qualities. More than 100 new tomato varieties are being made available in the world market with each passing year.

The health benefits of tomatoes gave it the title “God food” and forms an integral part of cuisines all over the world. Tomato is also a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous and copper. Organic compounds like lycopene also attribute to the health benefits. The criteria for selection of tomato varies with country and the culture. Asian markets for tomatoes are particular about lighter colours while in European markets, small shapes of tomatoes are preferred.

So how the “God food” dominate the seed market? A report by Market Intelligence, a market research firm, states, ‘The Tomato Seed Market revenue covers a whopping 829.8 Million USD of the 7.8 Billion USD revenue of Vegetable Seed Market’. The numerical figure clearly depicts the dominance of seed market by tomatoes.

Tomato is the most widely grown and consumed vegetable globally. China is the largest producer of tomatoes followed by India, United States, Turkey and Egypt. The food processing market occupies 30% of the destination market for tomato while 70% of it is consumed as fresh produce.

Nowadays, the main focus of leading seed companies all over the globe is to improve the yield, adaptability to various climatic conditions and developing varieties with disease and pest tolerance. High emphasis has been laid to developing disease resistance tomatoes because tomato is attacked by more than 200 diseases and pests. Some of the important diseases of tomatoes are bacterial wilt, Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV), Groundnut Bud Necrosis Virus (GBNV), etc. Breeders from companies are also working on developing flavours for the final taste of tomatoes. The growth of tomato seed is heavily credited to the use of hybrid seeds and usage of high-value experimental varieties in developed economies. Although the investment in this industry is high, the return on investment is dramatically encouraging farmers globally to adopt hybrid tomato seeds for its …

Introduction to Investment Funds – Financing University Costs

In December 2011 MPs allowed universities to raise undergraduate fees from £ 3,350 to £ 6,000, and up to £ 9,000 in "exceptional circumstances" such as Oxford and Cambridge. Financing a child's higher education pathway has there since potentially become significantly more difficult for a large percentage of those entering University this year and beyond.

This report investigates ways in which the burden of financing a child's University costs can be alleviated via sound financial planning and a solid investment strategy.

Junior ISAs

Junior Individual Savings Accounts (JISAs) were introduced in November 2011 as a means to establish an investment portfolio for young children in order to give them as secure a financial start in life as possible.

Junior ISAs can hold cash like normal savings accounts, or they can take the form of Stocks & Shares investments, but all benefit from having a yearly tax-free allowance.

Depending on the type of ISA chosen, they can either provide instant access funds or a long term investment fund helping to offer and secure a child's financial future, while promoting the concept of structured saving to the next generation of investors.

Investment Trusts

It is calculated that three years of University schooling plus living expenses will run up to about £ 50,000 in the current environment. This cost is projected to increase steadily through the coming decade.

As a result, investment trusts can be one of the most effective ways of accumulating funds in time for a child's higher education.

Investment trusts consist of diversified ports that are professionally managed. Because the portfolio contents are pre-selected by experts, opening an investment trust can be one of the simplest methods of establishing a successful long-term investment strategy.

Trusts exist with a variety of risk levels which allow investors to select on the basis of financial risk exposure versus return potential.

The level of risk accepted by an investor should depend upon factors such as the value of the initial investment, the length of time available before the child begins University and the investment growth requirement.

As independent journalist Malcolm Anderson states for example;

A trust might hold 30% of assets as cash, 30% as reliable bonds and 40% in diverse equities guaranteeing a stable return that is not overly subject to the volatility of the stock market.

However, a portfolio of up to 80% diverse equities may make better financial sense as the opportunity to earn greater debts is increased but if the stock market takes a downturn the investor will still have cash on hand to recoup losses.

If the investment trust can be structured for the long-term – 10 years + – even greater financial risks can potentially be taken which will yield the greatest returns in stable or positive conditions. Successful investments can be exploited for longer and there is also time to regain losses should stock markets suffer a fall. The fact that the natural short-term volatility of stock markets is balanced out over time means that investment trusts …

Combating Terrorism in the 21st Century

Terrorism poses as one of the world’s most severe security risk in the 21st century. It is a negative concept with a believe in violence as a means of attracting national and international attention, achieving political, economic and social interest. Terrorism is dated right from the very beginning of human civilization but with increased cases as from the 19th century. For instance, anarchists in some rural parts of Italy and Spain employed terrorist means likewise their counterparts in France. Russian revolutionary movement before World War I had a strong terrorist element etc. In the 20th century, groups as the Irish Republican Army (IRA) carried out their terrorist activities beyond the boundaries of individual countries. They were sometimes supported by established governments, such as those of Bulgaria and Italy under the Fascist leader Benito Mussolini.

Con temporal terrorism is more effective than those of the past due to technological advances, effective communication mediums, extensive worldwide connection and the availability of smaller size weapons.

Most co temporal terrorist activities are carried out by extremists with terrorist bases in countries like Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, etc. Recent terrorist attacks like the plane crash against the World Trade Centre in New York City and Pentagon, the bombing of the London underground railways, etc were carried out by the terrorist organization known as Al-Qaeda net work, as a Jihad against America and her Western allies. There are smaller terrorist organizations in different parts of the world but the vast net work is coordinated by Bin Laden the founder of Al-Qaeda. People live in the United States in relative security until 9/11 when the terrorists stroke and brought down the twin towers of the world trade centre and Pentagon, sending many who came for business to their graves. Thousands used the London underground railway in relative security and safety for several years until July 7 2005 when the terrorist strike killing many and wounding others. Egypt Nile resort was an important spot for tourists until the terrorist’s stroke and killed over 300 persons. India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine Israel, Kenya in Africa etc have all witness severe insecurity as a result of terrorist assaults. Terrorism has increased insecurity worldwide. People are no more certain with their safety as they travel or work in different places. The security risk posed by terrorism, has changed the course of world affairs. Billions is spent in the fight against terrorism worldwide, yet the threat is still here with us. So much is still needed to curb the plight of terrorism.

Combating Terrorism

There is a solution to every problem, an answer to every question. Terrorism has its solution in both pro-active and reactive measures. Pro-active measures are preventive while reactive measures are restrictive measures. Pro-active measures are less expensive measures, while reactive measures are more expensive. To curb terrorism in the 21st century, humanity must be more pro-active than reactive. (Prevention is better than cure).

Pro-Active Measures

i) Enlightenment: One of the most effective pro-active measures in …

How To Hire A Career Coach or Business Consultant

Choosing the right career is a significant milestone in everyone’s life. Most career aspirants are unaware of the latest trends in career market and often fail to groom themselves to be on the launching pad to a successful career. The highly competitive career market requires dynamic and young go getters who are ready to go that extra mile to be successful.

In case you are baffled by the million dollar query of how to hire a career coach, the following tips would be of great use.

Ask job placement centres for leads and recommendations as they will know the best career experts in town and would suggest the appropriate professional guidance depending on your qualifications and experience.

Compare the charges involved vis a vis the services offered: The career or business consultant will enable you to attempt the self-assessment tests confidently apart from helping you to build up your network.

Choose a career consultant who is specialized in your field. Hiring someone who has no expertise in your field might not be of much help in placing you at the right slot.

You need to verify the credentials. Ideally a career advisor must have a masters degree in counseling apart from a specialty in career counseling. Ask for a client list and call references.

Make sure to set realistic time frames to accomplish your career goals. Take self assessment tests and personality tests under the guidance of the consultant as these will help you to discover your values and strengths and get you launched at the right career path. Getting trained under a career counsellor will make you well organized and confident.

A career coach will help you develop their skills and fine tune their behaviour so that they fit well in the inner circle of employees in an organization. Just like an employee needs a career consultant to shape his career path, an organization might need the services of a business consultant. Apart from chalking out a comprehensive plan for business development, a professional consultant will also enable you to have a fresh look at the prospects and the challenges ahead.

Business consultants help you to define your goals realistically and to direct the operation procedures to meet this objective. The clients are also offered legal advice and accountancy help if needed. In case you are seeking the services of a consultant to get your company certified, make sure that the person whom you are entrusting this task is accredited by the certification process.

Some of the parameters to consider while hiring a consultant include his ability to increase sales and to enhance customer relations, develop business into the next level and handle tax matters. You can set benchmarks and time list for each consulting project to make sure that it is practically feasible.

Last but not the least; make sure to have a written contract in place once you have finalized the consultant. The contract should include the scope of the work, non compete clauses and payment schedule.…

How To Get Better Grades In College

Ever wondered what on earth can you do to finally pull off a good grade in college? Well that is what the article will be addressing by giving these tips on how to study for a college test.

1. In class, record almost everything, do not wait on what you think is important. The teacher may view something as important which you did not, which puts you at a disadvantage.

2. Attempt tutorials and try to attend as many as possible.

3. The repetition of information and the practice will help your memory and your ability to get closer to that A. Practice your tutorials and past papers before an exam.

4. Exam questions are often similar and are sometimes even recycled. Importantly, you should try to practice answering questions without looking at the notes after you have studied a topic.

5. Review the material as soon as you can and review often. Place an emphasis on understanding and thinking about the material rather than mere recitation

6. Try to pinpoint areas which are stressed during lectures. These are areas which your lecturer views as important and you will more than likely be tested on these areas.

7. Keep handouts organized in a folder so it will waste less time trying to find class material Take a front seat as you will be more focused, less likely to fall sleep and less likely to find people who talk a lot at these positions.

8. Develop your own abbreviations when taking notes. This enables you to save some time and so you can keep up with the lecturer. Be careful, however, not to overdo this.

9. Visualize the material and write down what you need to remember This aids memory as more senses are involved

10. Keep a positive attitude. Visualize getting an excellent grade on your paper. You can make a poster with inspirational quotes, read inspirational stories or you can even listen to positive songs to lift your mood when you feel low. Do whatever you have to do to believe that you will do well on your exam

11. Read information about study skills. Try buying one or borrowing a book from your library or friends.

12. Concentrate during class.Doodling and talking with friends will cause you to lose valuable information and explanations.

13. Time is then wasted by trying to figure concepts which were missed, by reading textbook repeatedly.

14. When you write notes, ensure they are legitimate. Its easier to read and less time is spent trying to figure what it could be.

15. If there is anything you do not understand go to your lecturer for some help

16. Forming study groups can be very useful. Someone else may understand a topic much better than you do and be able to help you understand it, and of course, vice versa. You should be cautious, however, to invite people who are serious about their work and will not waste your time by idling a lot.

17. …