Allegri has ‘no problem’ with Higuain

first_img0Shares0000Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain takes part in a training session in Vinovo, near Turin, on September 26, 2017, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League match against Olympiacos Piraeus © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOTURIN, Italy, Sep 27 – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri insists he has “no problem” with Gonzalo Higuain despite uncertainty over whether the Argentina striker will play in Wednesday’s Champions League match against Greek side Olympiakos.Higuain was dropped for Juventus’s 4-0 Serie A win over Torino last weekend after scoring just twice in the first five games of the season. But Allegri said that if the 29-year-old does not play, it is not because he is dissatisfied with the forward’s performances.“I will decide after training tomorrow (Wednesday) whether or not to play Gonzalo, it is not a problem if he doesn’t play, it would be a problem if he didn’t play for Juventus,” Allegri told a news conference.“I have not decided yet who will be the four strikers, but I repeat that Higuain is not a problem.“It happens that one of Higuain, (Paulo) Dybala or (Mario) Mandzukic could be out for a game or two. Fortunately we’re playing every three days, which means we’re in the Champions League, the league and the Coppa Italia, but I certainly don’t see a problem with Higuain.Juventus’ head coach Massimiliano Allegri, seen during a press conference at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on September 26, 2017, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League match against Olympiacos Piraeus © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLO“Gonzalo is calm. I talked to him. He needs to remain serene and think of being himself, nothing more and nothing less.”Juventus lost their opener 3-0 to Barcelona, while the Greek outfit lost at home to Sporting Lisbon, and are playing with a new coach.But Allegri warned: “We cannot possibly underestimate this match, as it’s the Champions League and every opponent is tough.“Olympiakos are a fast-paced side that can hurt us with their forwards and we have only one result at our disposal. If we don’t win, then our qualification becomes complicated.”Allegri confirmed that midfielders Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi would start, with Claudio Marchisio and Sami Khedira not yet fit.A late decision will be made on whether defender Andrea Barzagli will play alongside Giorgio Chiellini in the centre or on the right.Barzagli, 36, joked he did not mind where he played, even up front, as Juventus look to learn from their mistakes this season.“We know how much we care about this tournament, the Champions League is the ultimate for any footballer,” he said.“Clearly we’ve realised over the past few years how you need to play in the Champions League. We’ve learnt from our mistakes — losing two finals is tough, but we’ve learned from them.“The Champions League is made of periods, of fortune, of how you are in the knockout rounds.“It’s complicated to win it and you have to be strong, but then you need a lot of things to come together too.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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DANIEL IS NAMED PATRON FOR RELAY FOR LIFE 2014

first_imgThe Relay for Life 2014 committee. Pic by Clive Wasson.The Relay for Life Donegal 2014 has received the perfect start after Daniel O’Donnell was named the patron of the event.The committee held their official launch and information evening on Monday the 13th January in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.The response from those that attended was extremely welcoming and encouraging for the committee. A number of individuals that couldn’t attend the meeting have since registered teams. Some well-known faces at the Relay for LIfe launch. Pic by Clive Wasson.Relay’s Chairperson, Robert O Connor, was delighted to share the fabulous news that Daniel would be patron for Relay for Life Donegal 2014.If you missed the information evening and would like to find out more, visit the Relay for Life Donegal website on www.relayforlifedonegal.com.If you’d like to register a team contact Nicola McBride or any team member or alternatively send an email to relayforlifedonegalapplications@yahoo.comDANIEL IS NAMED PATRON FOR RELAY FOR LIFE 2014 was last modified: January 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:daniel o’donnellRelay for LIfe 2014last_img read more

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Debate turns attention to attorney general race

first_imgOAKLAND – The two men vying for the Democratic nomination for attorney general debated Friday with both claiming they’ve got the right kind of experience for the job – one as a seasoned politician and the other as a street-wise crime-fighter. On one side was Jerry Brown, who pointed to his decades of service as a former governor for two terms, former secretary of state as well as his present job as mayor of Oakland, saying he knows how to get things done. “I’ve been a fighter for justice. I have a record of integrity and creativity,” he said. Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, on the other hand, stressed his own background growing up on that city’s tough east side and said he’s more in touch with the state’s needs. “I know who I am. I know where I grew up, and I know that I’m fighting for everyday Californians,” he said. With Oakland’s high homicide rate – more than 30 so far this year – grabbing headlines lately, Delgadillo, who has criticized Brown for being “asleep at the switch,” continued his attack Friday, saying, “I don’t need to have headlines” to act on crime. Brown countered that crime overall is down in Oakland and said he’s working to solve problems. “I see the problem and I’m facing it,” he said. “I’m facing it with honesty and with energy.” Delgadillo also questioned Brown’s support for the death penalty. Brown vetoed the death penalty bill as governor – a veto the Legislature overrode – but said Friday that he would enforce California’s death penalty laws as attorney general. The two men met in a candidate forum sponsored by the Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club. Both are hoping to go up against state Sen. Chuck Poochigian of Fresno, who is running for the Republican nomination. Prior to the debate, Delgadillo announced he’s been endorsed by the Oakland firefighters union and the Oakland Education Association, both of which have had disputes with Brown. Brown noted he has his own list of endorsements, including Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Sierra Club and the California Association of Police Chiefs, as well as the Oakland Police Officers Association. Delgadillo characterized himself as an aggressive crime-fighter. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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NORTH WEST WELL REPRESENTED ON IRISH TEAMS

first_imgNorth West well represented on Irish Youth and Junior teamsAndrew Doyle (mid-Ulster) achieved the European Junior U20 Championships Standard at Magherfelt last Wednesday in the hammer with a throw of 66.25m. Also added to the list was Dempsey McGuigan in the hammer and Dean Cronin in the 800m.In the Youths, U18, Matthew Martin (Javelin), Philippa Rogan (High Jump) and Greg O’Shea (100m) have also been added to qualifers. ClubCoachEventPerformanceJuniorsU20Ciara MageeanCity of LisburnEamonn Christie1500m4.17.0Mark EnglishLetterkennyTeresa McDaid800m1.48.63Maeve CurleyCraughwellFrank Lynch10k Walk50.55Emma PrendivilleFarranfore Maine ValleyMichael Lane10k Walk50.49.9Joan HealyBandonLiz Coomey100m11.95Cara KennedyFerrybankEoin WhiteHammer55.80mLiam BradyTullamore HarriersRobert Denmead10,000m31.20.0Marco PonsDMPMichael O’BrienDiscus55.56mKillian BarryCrusadersGeorge EyresHammer66.19mShane QuinnFerrybankBrendan Quinn5,000m14.26.01Liam MarkhamEnnisPat Hogan1500m3.48.51Andrew DoyleMid UlsterKate DoyleHammer66.25mDempsey McGuiganFinn ValleyAlan BertramHammer66.82mDean CroninBlarney IniscarraJohn Meagher800m1.50.10Youths U18 Ruairi FinneganLetterkennyTeresa McDaid1500m3.51.18800m1.53.23Kate VealeWest WaterfordJamie Costin5k Walk22.36.9710k Walk46.32Ben KielyFerrybank ACBrid Golden400mH53.66Marcus LawlerSt. Laurence O’ToolePatricia Lawler200m21.79Aisling CrokeDooneen ACBrian CrokeHJ1.73mSíofra Cleirigh-ButtnerDSDEddie McDonagh1500m4.29.83800m2.08.27Shane FitzsimonsMullingar HarriersJoe Ryan1500m3.55.74800m1.54.90Grainne MoynihanWest MuskerryGer Moynihan400m (300m)-39.42400m55.45Sean TobinClonmel ACAnthony Moynihan3000m8.33.51Sarah LavinEmerald ACNoelle Morrissey100mH14.06Megan KielyFerrybank ACBrid Golden400mH61.03Daire FarrellCarrick-on-ShannonJohn Connolly800m1.54.62Karl GriffinTír ChonaillEamon Harvey800m1.54.85Evan LynchClonmel ACFrank Lynch10k Walk47.08Ciara Giles DoranFerrybankBrid Golden200m24.64Amy O’DonohueEmeraldAnn O’Mara800m2.10.93Matthew MartinNorth DownPaddy McGrattanJavelin55.55m (800g)Philippa RoganGreystonesSteve ChapmanHJ1.75mGreg O’SheaDooneenNiall O’Shea100mNORTH WEST WELL REPRESENTED ON IRISH TEAMS was last modified: June 23rd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Salesman who claimed €9K in benefits said company told him he could get dole while working

first_imgA salesman who claimed more than €9,000 in illegal social welfare payments claimed his employer told him he could work for one year while claiming benefits.Charles McGee took up a job as a salesman with worldwide fertiliser company Timac Agro Ltd in Co Donegal. However, for 48 weeks McGee continued to claim social welfare payments mounting to €9,024.Department of Social Welfare Inspector, Joe Harrison told Letterkenny District Court that he interviewed McGee on March 1st, 2015.He admitted that he now realised that he was breaking the law.However, solicitor for McGee, Mr Michael Sheil, said his client claimed that Timac Agro Ltd told his client that he could work for a year before he had to declare his income to the Department of Social Protection.Mr Shiel added that his McGee, of Lettermore, Drumkeen, now accepted that this was never the case.There was no legal appearance on behalf of Timac Agro Ltd.McGee, whom the court was told has health difficulties, did not appear in court.Judge Paul Kelly was told that McGee only worked for the company for a year.A total of €28 per week was now being taken from his farm assist payments and that he had paid back €4,004 with an outstanding balance of €5,020.Judge Kelly fined the accused €250 for illegally claiming social welfare payments on January 3rd, 2012 and took two further summons into account.Salesman who claimed €9K in benefits said company told him he could get dole while working was last modified: July 5th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charles McGeecourtdoleJUDGElast_img read more

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Over 80 Donegal schools involved in new initiative to increase school attendance

first_imgMore than 80 schools in Donegal have signed up to Tusla’s launch of its first national School attendance drive ‘Every School Day Counts’ to promote regular school attendance.Each school day approximately 60,000 students miss school in Ireland, according to the Tusla Education Support Service (Tess) and to combat that trend they are running an attendance drive throughout the month of November.In addition, Tess believes that attendance is everyone’s business and encourages the wider community to come on board and endeavour to make ‘Every School Day Count’ this November and throughout the school year. Over 1700 schools right across the country have already signed up to the drive and will be running attendance initiatives in their schools throughout the month.During the launch, the service will also be unveiling its new name and logo as part of its brand refresh project, to highlight the integrated supports available through its three service strands – Educational Welfare Service; Home School Community Liaison Scheme; and School Completion Programme.The three services work with children, young people, parents, schools and community family support services to improve attendance, participation and retention.Addressing over 350 attendees, including government representatives, education professionals, children and young people, Bernard Gloster, Chief Executive of Tusla, said: “Research has shown again and again that regular school attendance is vital in helping children get the best possible start in life. “It lays the foundation for developing good social skills, building relationships and achieving success later in life. Children who attend school regularly are more likely to stay in school and achieve better educational outcomes.”Noel Kelly, Director of Tusla Education Support Service, added, “Access to education is a child’s right. We know that investing in education is the most effective way of offsetting the impact of poverty and helps create a level playing field, which gives children from disadvantaged backgrounds a better chance to reach their potential.Equal access to educational opportunities has the power to pull families and communities out of the cycle of poverty which in turn can help generations to come.The focus of our work in Tess is to give additional support to the most marginalised 8% of children and young people in our education system who are most likely to leave school early without any qualifications.”Speaking about the rebrand, Noel said: “I’m also delighted to be here today to reveal our new name and logo. The overall aim of the process is to educate the public on the services we provide to ensure that anyone in need of support, can access the right service, at the right time. “Over 150 children, young people, parents, schools and staff were engaged in this brand refresh process, to ensure the new name and look resonated with its users and reflected the supportive services it provides.”Over 80 Donegal schools involved in new initiative to increase school attendance was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Art of the sneakerhead: Warriors’ Alfonzo McKinnie shares his obsession

first_imgWarriors forward Alfonzo Mckinnie is well-traveled. And well-kicked.Prior to signing a guaranteed deal with Golden State this season, McKinnie played for six teams across the globe, including a stint in Luxembourg, in which he estimates he brought 15 pairs of sneakers along.“I packed a big duffel full of shoes,” he said. On the latest edition of “Lo’ Wants to Know” McKinnie chronicles those travels through his love for sneakers during a recent trip to PRSTG sneaker shop in …last_img read more

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South Africa to ‘act decisively’ on energy constraints

first_img17 June 2014 The government is to prepare the way for a “radical transformation” of South Africa’s energy sector as it moves to address one of the major constraints to faster economic growth in the country, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday. Delivering his State of the Nation address to Parliament in Cape Town, Zuma said this transformation would require “structural changes in the manner in which government departments, affected state-owned companies and the industry as a whole address the energy challenges”. It would also call for an injection of capital and human resources into the sector, as well as innovative approaches to fast-track procurement and delivery by the government in the sector. To prepare the necessary institutional capacity, Zuma said, Cabinet’s National Nuclear and Energy Executive Coordinating Committee was being converted into an Energy Security Sub-committee that would be responsible for the oversight, coordination and direction of all activities related to the energy sector. At the same time, state-owned companies such as Eskom, the Central Energy Fund and South African Nuclear Energy Corporation would have to adapt to redefined roles to achieve the country’s energy objectives.Nuclear energy, shale gas Zuma told Parliament that work urgently needed to be done “at a technical level on all forms of energy, especially nuclear energy and shale gas, with regards to funding, safety, exploitation and the local manufacture of components”. In April, the Department of Energy said it would soon make an announcement on the country’s energy build future. South Africa’s nuclear energy policy, approved in 2008, was further enhanced by the approval of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010-2030, which stipulates that nuclear power will form part of the country’s energy mix to a level of 9 600 MW. Koeberg remains South Africa’s only nuclear station. “Nuclear has the possibility of generating well over 9 000 megawatts, while shale gas is recognised as a game-changer for our economy,” Zuma said on Tuesday. In October, the government gazetted draft technical regulations on petroleum exploration and exploitation by means of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Speaking at the time, then Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said the potential of shale gas exploration and exploitation provided an opportunity for South Africa to begin exploring the production of its own fuel, and could provide huge impetus for the industrialisation of the economy. Zuma said the country would pursue the shale gas option within the framework of its robust environmental laws.Plans for Coal 3 to be speeded up The President also announced that the government was taking steps to speed up construction on Medupi, a 4 764 MW coal-fired power station located near Lephalale in Limpopo province, while fast-tracking plans for financing the country’s next large coal-fired power station, Coal 3, so that the procurement process could commence. Earlier this month, Eskom said it expected Medupi’s first unit to be operating by early 2015. Medupi is one of the three large-scale power plants – the others being Kusile and the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme – that the parastatal is building to ease pressure on the national grid.Renewable energy Zuma said on Tuesday that the government would also push ahead with the fourth round of its renewable energy programme for independent power producers so as to take advantage of wind, solar, biomass and other technologies that increased the opportunity for rural development in the country. The programme is aimed at bringing additional megawatts into the country’s electricity system through private sector investment in clean energy technologies. Zuma also reminded Parliament that South Africa had signed the Grand Inga Hydro Power Project Treaty with the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo in October last year. “This massive and strategic project has the potential to generate 40 000 megawatts of hydro-electricity. Our country will benefit enormously from this milestone project,” he said. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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The Difficulty of Updating Georgia’s Energy Code

first_imgNow, in 2017, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs has been holding meetings to update to the 2015 IECC. We usually do every other code cycle, so we skipped over the 2012 version. The air leakage requirements in the 2015 IECC are in section R402.4.1.2 and stated thus:The building or dwelling unit shall be tested and verified as having an air leakage rate not exceeding five air changes per hour in Climate Zones 1 and 2, and three air changes per hour in Climate Zones 3 through 8.In the 2015 version, testing is now mandatory. That’s not a problem for us since we’ve been doing it since 2011 anyway. That doesn’t mean this update is easy.The pain of an incremental improvement in airtightnessSince 2011, thousands of new homes in Georgia have passed a blower door test. One of the interesting things I observed early on was that home builders who had never had a blower door test done found it was pretty easy to hit 7 ach50. In fact, a lot of times they were coming in at 4 or 5 ach50.The proposals to update to 3 ach50 in the northern part of the state (Climate Zones 3 and 4) and 5 ach50 in south Georgia (climate zone 2) shouldn’t be too hard, right? Builders can certainly get to 5 ach50 without a problem. Hitting 3 ach50 will be a bit of a stretch but is definitely doable.Before long, however, it became clear in our meetings that we weren’t going to get below 5 ach50. Three ach50 was out, but it looked like we were on track for 5 ach50 until one of the big stakeholders pushed for no change at all in the threshold. That’s right. They wanted to stay at 7 ach50. But they might be willing to consider 6 ACH50, they said.At the last subcommittee meeting, we seem to have made a little progress. The current proposal is to go to 6 ach50 for a year and then drop to 5 ach50. Yes, we have Climate Zone 2 in the south and 3 and 4 in the north, but we’re going to simplify to one threshold for the whole state.I’m OK with this proposal — as long as we actually do get to 5 ach50 in a year. If that transitional year is used as a stalling tactic and we never get to 5 ach50, that’s not good. A house that tests at 7 ach50 is better than one at 10 or 15 ach50, which is probably where we were before 2011 when we didn’t test, but it’s still pretty leaky. At 5 ach50 max, we’d be doing pretty well, and not just because of airtightness.The ventilation problemYou may have realized the problem when I wrote about Georgia adopting the 2012 IRC. In that code, a builder has to put in a mechanical ventilation system if the house tests out at 5 ach50 or less. So currently in Georgia, a lot of builders are aiming for the sweet spot — between 5 and 7 ach50. They want to pass the blower door test but not have to put in mechanical ventilation.Not all builders are doing this, of course. Some will prepare for a ventilation system, stubbing in the essential components and then hooking it up if necessary. Builders who focus on high-performance homes install mechanical ventilation in all their homes.Still, the sticking point in our code hearings this year is ventilation. If all homes have to have it because we require 5 ach50, builders have to pay for it and inspectors have to inspect it. What they’re saying is the state’s not ready for this because of a lack of knowledge about installing ventilation systems.At the moment it looks like we’re going to get there, but the full committee still has to vote to approve it. The problem with not going all the way to 5 ach50 is that having that “sweet spot” between 5 and 7 or between 6 and 7 does a couple of things. First, it means that some builders will probably cheat. Yes, I’ve heard the stories of photocopied certificates and homes that all have the same test result. It does happen.Second, it means we’re not seeing the truth about airtightness. Reducing air leakage is a good thing. Wait, no. Reducing air leakage is a great thing! It’s the single most cost-effective measure you can take to make a house more energy efficient, more comfortable, more durable, and more healthful. But it has to be paired with mechanical, whole-house ventilation. We want to seal up the random leaks and then get outdoor air into the house in an intentional way.Come on, Georgia. We got this. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLESBlower Door BasicsQuestions and Answers About Air BarriersVideo: Blower-Door-Directed Air SealingAir-Sealing Tapes and GasketsPinpointing Leaks With a Fog Machine Blower Door Testers Wanted — Scientists and Engineers PreferredA Few Pressure Testing Tips and TricksHow Much Air Leakage in Your Home Is Too Much? The 2018 Building Energy Code Holds the Line for EfficiencyICC Approves Changes to Energy CodeStates are Amending, then Adopting, the 2015 IECCAn Overview of the 2012 Energy Code New Air Sealing Requirements in the 2009 International Residential CodeAre Energy Codes Working? Seven years ago, Georgia led the nation. Yep. We were the first state to adopt an energy code that made blower door testing mandatory. All new homes built in the state had to show through performance testing that they had an air leakage rate of less than 7 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals of pressure difference (ach50).When I wrote about it in 2010, I called our new code “groundbreaking.” Since then, we’ve been passed many times by other states. Now we’re finally updating the energy code here, and it’s been a struggle to move that threshold from 7 ach50 to something lower. And the reason has nothing to do with the difficulty of air sealing.Quick overview of the I-codes in GeorgiaIn 2010, Georgia adopted the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with amendments and supplements. The 2009 IECC didn’t actually have blower door testing as a mandatory requirement. That was a Georgia thing. At that time, the state also started requiring duct leakage testing and R-5 insulation for attic hatches. And we banned powered attic ventilators (except solar) and electric resistance heat used as a primary heat source.In 2014, Georgia adopted the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC). One requirement in the mechanical section is that mechanical ventilation be installed if a house comes in more airtight than 5 ach50.last_img read more

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SRCC tops Best Colleges list in Commerce section

first_imgSRCC aims to provide more professional experience to its students.Shrey Gupta, 21, landed a Rs 39 lakh annual pay package at Deutsche Bank as an investment banker last year. Gupta, a third year B.Com (Hons) student of the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), University of Delhi, was among the,SRCC aims to provide more professional experience to its students.Shrey Gupta, 21, landed a Rs 39 lakh annual pay package at Deutsche Bank as an investment banker last year. Gupta, a third year B.Com (Hons) student of the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), University of Delhi, was among the lucky ones picked for campus placement by investment and consultancy behemoths such as Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Future First, McKinsey, KPMG, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Annual salaries can zoom up to Rs 36 lakh and even the average is at Rs 10.5 lakh per year. Which explains why SRCC has topped the INDIA TODAY-Nielsen Best Colleges Survey for commerce, followed by St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, and Loyola College, Chennai.For complete Best Colleges list click hereFor P.C. Jain, principal, SRCC, such honours are routine. Every year, Jain bids goodbye to several talented students, receives thousands of stellar applications for admission and selects the best among the best. But this year, because of the change in admission procedure, only those who could apply came. The college was able to admit 640 students in commerce and 148 in economics.”For the past 40 years, we have been striving to bring commerce education at par with the coveted medicine and engineering courses. When we announced the 100 per cent cut off, we knew students would be able to fit the bill,” says Jain. This year, the cut off for admission into the commerce stream for non-commerce students was 100 per cent. Even though it came as a shock for many, SRCC received a record number of applications even before the second cut off was announced. This time, the college admitted a record 413 students for its two courses.advertisementThe college now aims to provide a more professional experience to its students at the undergraduate level. Jain calls this “a more industry-oriented course”. Apart from regular classes, SRCC organises regular industry visits and invites corporates for inter personal interactions with students. Mehak Nanner, a second year commerce students says, “We had a video conference with Citibank CEO Vikram Pandit this year. He told us the advantages of working in the commerce industry.” The college has a 1:12 teacher-student ratio with 108 faculty members. Also, all the classes have LCD screens and most theory papers are taught through the audio-visual medium. The fully air-conditioned college today boasts of a Rs 40-crore sports facility with a basketball court, four badminton courts with a spa and a cafeteria, which will be functional for students from this academic year. Clearly, academics is not the only priority. One of the most active and effective societies at SRCC is Students in Free Enterprise, which works for entrepreneurship among the most underprivileged sections of society.Attracting top recruiters, St. Xavier’s, Kolkata, stresses overall development.St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, is placed second in this year’s survey. “Its committed faculty, a united community of students and an apolitical atmosphere makes St. Xavier’s what it is today,” says Rev. J. Felix Raj SJ, principal, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. Of course, placement in top multinational corporations is another reason the college attracts hundreds of applicants each year. Tata Consultancy Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wipro and IBM are just a few of the mammoth corporations that recruit from campus each year. With 12 societies such as the Bengali Literary Society, Xavierian’s Theatrical Society and 19 committees such as the Dress Code Committee and Internal Quality Assessment Committee, as well as outreach programmes for students, the college has rightly acquired second position. The college has also managed to set its curriculum and teaching methods to suit international standards.NINETY-ONE AND NOT DONEIn early 1920, seven leading businessmen from Delhi established the Commercial Education Trust and Commercial School became the first school to be set up under it.The school introduced a post-matriculation diploma programme in commerce under the supervision of R.K.Kumar, who later became the first principal of Commercial College, after its affiliation to the University of Delhi in 1926. In 1932, the college was upgraded to the status of a degree college. In 1951, it converted itself into one specialising in commerce and economics streams. It was also rechristened as SRCC.”The curriculum is more student-oriented. It gives personal attention to students,” says the principal. The multi-disciplinary Loyola College, Chennai, has been ranked No 3 this year. The college doesn’t focus only on business studies and strategy but also overall development of leadership qualities among students. The college has two international exchange programmes and has signed international memorandum of understanding with 33 universities abroad. “The objective is not just for students to learn functional subjects of commerce, but also to engage in holistic development to be industry-ready,” says Francis Jose, head of commerce department, Loyola College, Chennai.advertisement”Apart from this, we are also working on infusing sciences in commerce so that if commerce students want to start a business in a scientific stream they can easily understand the needs and specifications,” says Jose. They have also launched the Loyola 2025 future plan in their centenary year. With continuous infrastructural development and revision of syllabus, no wonder students flock to the Loyola campus every year.last_img read more

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