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Number of Ireland-bound Indian students grown by 20x in last two decades- Fateh Education

Ireland’s Critical Skills employment permit played an important role in this hike in numbers

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Over the years Ireland has witnessed a gradual increase in the number of Indian students opting to study in the country and the ‘Critical Skills employment permit’ played a very important role in this process.

‘Critical Skills employment permit’ was rolled out in 2010 replacing the Green Card type employment and is targeted towards the skilled workers who are qualified in professions where there is a shortage of skills in Ireland. Occupations such as ICT professionals, professional engineers and technologists are catered for under this type of employment permit. Eligible occupations are determined in line with the regular analyses of the ‘Expert Group on Future Skills Needs’ concerning the Irish market requirements in respect of strategically important skills. Skilled graduates fuel Ireland’s talent pipeline in science and technology, while educators collaborate with industry to provide the skills needed in the future. The highest level of STEM graduates per capita in the EU among 20–29-year-olds are in Ireland. Ireland has a highly educated population that supports employment in knowledge-intensive and high-technology sectors.

As per the data gathered by Enterprise Ireland, the country is witnessing an increase in the number of Indian students applying for higher education at the rate of about 10% per year. Ireland is ranked number 1 for attracting and retaining international talent and Indian students for sure are opting for an Irish higher education making the country one of the most popular education destinations in the world for Indians.

Speaking about the impact of this indefinite visa scheme, Suneet Singh Kochar, Co-founder, and CEO of Fateh Education said, “Almost 5000 students travel to Ireland every year from India for higher education and employment opportunities. Ireland’s Critical Skills Employment Permit attracts a lot of highly skilled people into the Irish market intending to encourage them to take up permanent residence in the State. In the past few years, we at Fateh Education have sent around 10000 students to Ireland and have seen almost 95% benefit from this permit.  ”

In the past decade, Ireland has come out as one of the strongest education destinations for the Indian students. Indian students find the country a safe and tranquil place to live, study and work in. In comparison to the traditional education destinations such as the  US, UK or Canada, Indian students find Ireland cost-effective but still at par in terms of the quality of education and research facilities provided.

Talking about his experience in Ireland, Mr Aniket Waigaonkar, Alumni of Fateh Education said, “My Wife and I moved to Ireland in Sept 2013 to pursue our masters in University College Dublin and Technological University Dublin, respectively. I was in Marketing, while she was in Computer Science. We chose Ireland over other conventional destinations like the US and UK due to easy work visa schemes and the booming job market. We got jobs just after finishing our degree and have been fortunate enough to build decent careers in our fields. In Ireland, we found a good work-life balance, decent living conditions and inclusive Irish society which attracted us to continue to live and work here. We were able to create a strong community around us with fellow Indian, Irish and other EU friends. Eventually decided to apply for a long-term residency as we found comfort in Ireland. Moving to Ireland was certainly a huge turning point in our life, and we are grateful for all the opportunities we got in this country. All thanks to Fateh for their help with this adventure!”

Currently, a skilled workforce recruited from diverse multilingual talent is already living in Ireland via EU membership. More than 70% of people moving to Ireland have a third-level education and almost 17% of total people employed in Ireland in 2021 are non-Irish making. As a matter of fact, the 5th highest international share of the workforce in the EU in 2020 was in Ireland.

Fateh Education has been providing personalized international higher education counselling to study in the UK and Ireland. Since its inception in 2004, with over 120 university partnerships, Fateh Education has successfully guided over 30000 Indian students to conquer their dreams. Fateh Education has been awarded ‘the Best Consultant award’ from Enterprise Ireland; for 4 years in a row. Apart from being an authorized partner of Education in Ireland, the organisation is also a member of the British Council with UCAS accreditation and has attained a close second position in India for the UK higher education consulting.

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Admissions are open for NMIMS School of Design’s 4-year B.Des. (Humanising Technology) program

The pedagogy at the school is interactive and experiential where lessons are imparted by highly qualified and trained faculty apart from expert industry professionals

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An undergraduate program in Design is fast gaining prominence at a time when artistic creativity and a passion for technology and business are coming together to create user-friendly solutions that make day to day life simple for people.  SVKM’s NMIMS School of Design’s AICTE approved 4-year undergraduate B.Des. (Humanising Technology) program combines design with technology and cognitive and behavioural sciences to effectively serve business and social needs. It offers a transdisciplinary and holistic design curriculum with focus on a user-centric approach to design education, giving it a human touch. The program aims to equip students with multi-stream skill sets and knowledge to visualize 2D, 3D and 5D experiences.  The school has been ranked 5th among design schools of Maharashtra and 11th among design schools in India by Careers360 in 2022.

The pedagogy at the school is interactive and experiential where lessons are imparted by highly qualified and trained faculty apart from expert industry professionals. The students are encouraged to apply themselves, be curious and ‘learn by doing’. This has resulted in a steady outflow of pass outs who are not only artistic and creative, but also possess the ability to think strategically. The SVKM’s NMIMS School of Design is equipped with state-of-the-art studios, workshops, and modern labs like the Tinkering lab, Rapid Prototyping lab, XR (Extended Reality), and a usability lab for hands-on experience. Students are also offered internships in the industry which allows them to gain practical knowledge in the field of design. This exposure opens up several avenues and job opportunities in the field of consulting, hospitality, IT, banking, healthcare, education, and tourism, among other sectors. NMIMS’ School of Design achieved a 100% placement record for the second time in a row, wherein the students got placed in top companies. Walmart Global Technology Services India Private Ltd was among the new recruiters and offered a package of Rs. 20, 27,100 for the post of Associate Designer.

Talking about the program Dr. Arundhati Guha Thakurta, Faculty In-Charge, NMIMS School of Design,said, “A fine balance of creative abilities and analytical thinking is important for a lifelong problem solver. The school, with its transdisciplinary, value-based design education, equips the students with a global perspective in the competitive design world, inculcating an entrepreneurial mindset. Our comprehensive curriculum further sensitizes our students to the world of design. Our highly trained in-house faculty and visiting industry experts act like mentors to help unleash the hidden talent in the students and hone their skills through methods like practice-based and gamified learning. The program focuses on human-centered design, human factors or ergonomics, behavioral studies, aesthetics in product design and innovation, digital design, creative problem-solving, and creative entrepreneurship, among other skills. An invaluable NGO and industry internship ensures that our students gain enough knowledge of the design world and ushers in them the confidence to put their best foot forward as they emerge as future design thinkers and become working professionals.”

Admission process:

A candidate interested in pursuing this 4-year program must have passed/appeared for the 10+2 or equivalent exam in any stream. Eligible candidates can register here

Step-1: Registration and payment of application fees

Step-2: Appear for studio test

Step-3: Appear for personal interview & portfolio review

Step-4: Declaration of merit list

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Microsoft and LinkedIn engage 7.3 million learners in India through Skills for Jobs program, to help 10 million people learn digital skills

Will provide free access to 350 courses, six new Career Essentials Certificates, and 50,000 LinkedIn Learning Scholarships

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Microsoft and LinkedIn announced the next step in the Skills for Jobs program, providing free access to 350 courses and six new Career Essentials Certificates for six of the most in-demand jobs in the digital economy. Microsoft and LinkedIn will also be offering 50,000 LinkedIn Learning scholarships to help people get ahead in their skilling journey. By 2025, Microsoft will help train and certify 10 million people with skills for in demand jobs. Today’s launch builds on the Global Skills Initiative, which helped 80 million jobseekers around the world access digital skilling resources.

To date, Microsoft has engaged 14 million learners in Asia via LinkedIn, Microsoft Learn and non-profit skilling efforts. Of this, 7.3 million learners were from India. The top six LinkedIn Learning Pathways in India were: Critical Soft Skills, Software Developer, Data Analyst, Financial Analyst, Project Manager, and Customer Service Specialist.

Using data from LinkedIn and the Burning Glass Institute, Microsoft analyzed job listings to determine six of the roles in greatest demand for the program: Administrative Professional, Project Manager, Business Analyst, Systems Administrator, Software Developer or Data Analyst. The new courses and certificates will be offered in seven languages, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese. This expansion builds on Microsoft’s commitment to supporting inclusive economic opportunity so learners around the world have equitable access to the skills, technology, and opportunity needed to succeed in a digitizing economy.

Microsoft’s new commitment to offer skilling support for the most sought-after digital jobs is aimed at enabling people and organizations to seize job opportunities, gain a competitive edge and emerge as trailblazers – as they contribute to a vibrant tech ecosystem and accelerate innovation needed for growth.  

Dr. Rohini Srivathsa, National Technology Officer, Microsoft India said, “Bridging the skills gaps in today’s digital economy is foundational to India’s employment challenges and building towards inclusive economic and societal progress in India. Microsoft has been invested in various initiatives to skill India’s youth, tapping into the potential of underserved communities and the opportunity to bring more women into the workforce. With our new commitment to help equip another 10 million globally with highly relevant skilling support, we want to continue making tech skills accessible to all, opening up employment opportunities for people to succeed and embrace innovation. We are privileged to be collaborating with LinkedIn and our partners in our local communities, to empower every person in India to be part of a growing digital ecosystem and to achieve more, together.”

The new Career Essentials Certificates are designed to help learners bridge the gap from basic digital literacy to more advanced technical skills training and gain certifications that will be valuable to securing employment. Once a learning pathway is completed, learners will receive a LinkedIn badge to denote their certificate and indicate fluency in the skillset to employers.

All courses are available on LinkedIn at opportunity.linkedin.com. In addition, Microsoft-developed courses are also available on Microsoft Community Training (MCT) and in downloadable format for use on other Learning Management Systems (LMS) for nonprofit partners.

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‘Push Sports’ students features prominently in Delhi U16 Selection Squad

The young cricketers will be representing Delhi U16 in the upcoming Vijay Merchant Trophy

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Push Sports added another feather to its cap as it bagged three slots in the newly announced Under 16 Cricket Squad by Delhi. Sarthak Ray has been appointed the Vice Captain of the squad and he is joined by fellow PUSHERS Anindo Naharay and Harshvardhan Phogat among the 26 names announced by Delhi. The young cricketers will be representing Delhi U16 in the upcoming Vijay Merchant Trophy.

Puru Singh, Founder of Push Sports and former Delhi State Player said. “It is a moment of immense pride for us. While we coach and train the kids, their achievements show the result of their hard work and talent. Delhi U16 is a prestigious placement with a lot of competition for each of the slots. These results give us the energy to continue for better results in the future to identify and mentor talent at the grassroots. I congratulate the trio and wish them loads of success and luck in their journey as professional cricketers. Join us in commending the youngsters at #PUSHERSinDelhiU16.”

This is one of the most significant achievements of Push Sports and they are hopeful that these results will inspire many more to join and continue in their sports journey.

Founded in 2019, Push sports is the Delhi-based Sports Education & Infrastructure start-up with a mission to catalyze fitness through sports especially focusing on school-going children as high screen time, lack of physical activity, and unbalanced diet is taking a toll on their health.

Incidentally, Shikhar Dhawan’s Da One Sports has also joined hands with ‘Push Sports’ as an exclusive strategic and operations partner for their ‘Grassroots Innovation Programme’ and ‘Sports Training Programme’, focusing on developing a sporting culture at the grassroots level.

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