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Autodesk partners NPTEL to enhance skills of engineering graduates

The Economic Times | PTI Sep 12, 2014

MUMBAI: Design solutions major Autodesk has partnered National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) to enhance access of engineering students to professional 3D design tools, industry-relevant curricula, multimedia and web technology. NPTEL, a joint initiative by the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), provides eLearning through online web and video courses in engineering, science and humanities streams. The US-based design, engineering and entertainment software firm signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with NPTEL yesterday, which aims to increase the number of skilled and industry-ready engineering graduates nationwide. Explaining the rationale behind the initiative, Autodesk Director Field Engagement Don Carlson told PTI: “India does not lack in supply of graduates, but that of qualified ones with the requisite technical skills and knowledge of industry workflows and best practices to hit the ground running.” This MoU enables NPTEL to offer technical, faculty and industry support to develop industry-relevant educational programmes and certification, he added. NPTEL Coordinator (IIT Chennai) Mangala Sunder Krishnan said the issue is not with opening more institutions, but with finding qualified faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

“This initiative will help in making available top learning and skill building material to the students. It is the first time that NPTEL is partnering with a multinational to jointly develop curricula around design education that closely reflects industry demands and complements the existing national curricula,” Krishnan said. It helps NPTEL to offer technical, faculty and industry support to develop relevant programmes and certification in science, engineering, humanities, arts, social sciences, law, agriculture and management via ICT tools, he added. This collaboration builds on the free access that all secondary and post-secondary academic institutions in India have to professional 3D design software from Autodesk via the Autodesk Academic Resource Center, including Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Autodesk Maya. NPTEL reaches 12 million users globally, 80 per cent of whom are from India, 6 per cent are from the US and the rest are spread out around the world. Within India, students form around 65 per cent of users while teachers form around 15 per cent.

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India has potential to become knowledge-based economy, says Asian Development Bank

Business Today | PTI    New Delhi  | September 12, 2014

India has the potential to become a leading knowledge-based economy with its youth population and growing information technology though it should overcome some barriers in this regard, Manila based funding agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in a report released on Friday. “India, with its youthful population and thriving information and communication technology (ICT) industry, can become a leading knowledge-driven economy as long as regulatory, education, and infrastructure barriers are overcome,” ADB said in its report ‘Innovative Asia : Advancing the Knowledge-Based Economy’. The report said pro-poor technologies, growing investment in ICT , advantage in audio-visual services as an outsourcing hub for animation and other skill-intensive industries are few of the promising areas for India. “By leveraging its strengths in human capital and ICT services, India can become a major global knowledge-based economy,” said Bindu N Lohani, ADB Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development.

However, India will need steps such as supportive laws, improved infrastructure, removal of barriers to trade and investment, up-skilling of labour force, higher spending in R&D and innovative financing for small businesses and enterprises, Lohani said. The knowledge based economies use ICT, innovation and research, and higher education and specialised skills to create, disseminate, and apply knowledge for growth. Currently, developing Asia ranks well below the OECD average in the World Bank’s Knowledge Economy Index. ADB said that advanced Asian economies such as Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taipei and China have successfully shifted from agriculture to manufacturing to knowledge-based industries. China and India, have built pockets of knowledge-based growth, but have not yet translated this into a broader economic model, the report said. Countries such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Lao have yet to really embark upon knowledge-based growth. “A shift to innovation-based growth would help countries avoid the middle-income trap and also address rising income inequalities,” added the report. Established in 1966, ADB has 67 members of which 48 are from the Asian region. It works towards reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth , environmentally sustainable growth and regional integration. In 2013, ADB assistance totalled $21 billion, including co-financing of $6.6 billion.

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India’s top scientific community not above board in plagiarism

The Times of India |

MANGALORE: In a damning accusation, Padmashri Kasturi L Chopra, former director, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, said that the top echelon of India’s scientific community are not above board on the issue of plagiarism. If the Chinese are known for copying from others, India stands second in the list and this current state of affairs in India’s academics is worrisome.  Delivering the 34th Foundation Day Lecture of Mangalore University on nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship in academic institutions here on Wednesday, Kasturi Chopra said the irony of the situation is such that reputed scholars have plagiarized text while co-authoring book on intellectual property rights. Even the country’s top scientific brain conferred with Bharat Ratna was accused of plagiarism, he said without naming the person. Chopra told reporters that when a person is credited with publishing 1,400-odd scientific papers in journals, such mistakes are bound to occur. “Even if the mistake is committed by a person’s understudy, and if the material so produced is published against a person’s number, the individual against whose name the material is so published is guilty,” he said.

Earlier, on the Foundation Day lecture, Chopra said that the universities in India should provide higher education to nurture human capital. as an agent of growth of social good for a knowledge society.”A close interaction with entrepreneurs, communities and industry needs to be mandated as an integral part of higher education institutions,” he said. adding learn to create knowledge and innovations for the betterment of society, he said. Creation of knowledge through human resources, innovations through research and development, creation of wealth through Intellectual Property Rights and entrepreneurship should be the priorities of Indian higher education. Knowledge has the power to create, innovate usable and exploitable information to provide new solutions to human needs, Chopra exhorted. New age universities have to be a place to learn, not to teach. It should be a place for self-learning through interaction and technology rather than broadcast learning, he said. “Higher education must be a platform to learn what a student wants to learn, and learn to learn; learns to do and learn to work together,” he said. There is very little academic autonomy in most universities, little or no administrative and financial autonomy, and zero accountability in learning, added Chopra. Further, K Byrappa, vice-chancellor in his presidential remarks, said that future Foundation Day of the university will be more of a festival where the best performers, students and alumni, best athletes and other national and international level achievers will be honoured. The university will also unravel its vision 2030 at the next Foundation Day celebration.

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Highlights of the Achievements of the Union HRD Ministry; NDA, Smrithi Irani,BJP Government

India Education Diary | September 11, 2014 |

Report by India Education bureau, New Delhi: A number of schemes have been announced by the HRD Ministry. The Department of School Education and Literacy has supported the Ministry of Women and Child Development for roll out of “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” Abhiyan in 100 districts of the country to enhance the sex   ratio and the status of the girl child. An award is being instituted from the “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” Abhiyan for School Management Committees   which achieve 100% transition of girls at different levels of education.The Department is committed to the provision of functional girls’ toilet in every school. A specific “Swachh Vidyalaya” campaign has been rolled out which will ensure that a functional toilet is available in every school before 15th August 2015.UDAAN is an initiative of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to enable disadvantaged girl students and other students from SC/ST & minorities to transit from school to post-school   professional education especially in Science and Math. The first flight of UDAAN is to address lower enrolment of girls in engineering colleges which is currently about 23% girls as against 77% of boys. It aims to reduce the quality gap between school education and engineering education entrance systems by focusing on the three dimensions- curriculum design, transaction and assessment. It will do this by enriching and supplementing   teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics at Senior Secondary level. The CBSE will provide free and online resources to the entire student population with special incentives and support to a thousand selected disadvantaged girls per year.
UGC has formulated the scheme Swami Vivekananda Single Girl Child Scholarship for Research in Social Sciences the scheme under which 300 scholars would be provided Junior Research Fellowship @ Rs. 8,000/–10,000/- per month, and will be implemented from academic year 2014-15.The AICTE  scheme PRAGATI (Providing Assistance for Girls’ Advancement in Technical Education Initiative) envisages selection of   one girl per family where family income is less than 6 lakhs / annum  on merit at the qualifying examination to pursue technical education. The scheme is to be   implemented by the authorised admission centre of   respective State Governments.  4000 girls are expected to get benefit of scholarships available per annum. The scholarship amount is Rs. 30,000 or tuition fees or actual whichever is less and Rs. 2000 / month for ten months as contingency allowance.
For integrating over 25 lakh children   with special needs enrolled in elementary education across the country in a regular classroom environment, a handbook on curricular adaptations to orient all primary school teachers across the country was developed by National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) and released by the Human Resource Minister on 26th August, 2014.
AICTE has decided to award 1000 scholarships per annum under Saksham to differently abled students to pursue technical education based on merit in the qualifying examination to pursue technical education.  The   scholarship amount would be Rs. 30000 or tuition fees or actual whichever is less and Rs. 2000 / month for ten months as contingency allowance.
The UGC has launched a special scholarship Scheme for students of North East Region Ishan Uday from the academic session 2014-15. The Scheme envisages grant of 10,000 scholarships to students from North East Region whose parental income is below Rs. 4.5 lakh per annum and would be provided scholarship ranging from Rs. 3,500 to 5,000 per month for studying at under graduate level in Colleges/Universities of the country.
Ishān Vikās is a comprehensive plan to bring selected students from the school and college levels from the North-Eastern states into close contact with the IITs, NITs and IISERs during their vacation periods. A typical visit is envisaged for a period of ten days to one of these institutions, in the form of either an exposure or an Internship programme. Each school will send one teacher to accompany a group of about 32 students of class IX and X and 8 teachers. The college students would be organised in two groups in summer and in winter, consisting of 32 students each group. About 2016 college students and 504 teachers from N-E will be visiting premier Institutes, like IIT/NIT/IISERs in an academic year.
The Summer Internship for students from the Engineering Colleges (State or Centrally Funded Technological Institutes) with Stipends and Travel will be taken up. From 25 Institutions, about 250 students will be visiting 16 IITs and 6 NITs (to start with six NITs are being considered) per year.
Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat initiative was launched on 26th August, 2014, to focus on the quality of foundational learning so that each child attains appropriate learning levels in classes I and II for reading, writing language comprehension and numeracy. Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat is a sub-component of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan(SSA) and is being rolled out by 17 States and UTs.
A Framework for School Assessment and  Evaluation is being developed as  a self- improvement tool for  schools themselves and also to reorient school inspectors, district and block level officers to objective assessment of schools with a view to  enhance their effectiveness. The programme in the field would be rolled out by January 2015.
The initiative Enabling Interaction of Scholars with our Students aims at creating a talent pool of eminent scientists/scholars abroad or in India to enable their interaction with Indian student/ faculty. The task of identifying such scientists/ scholars has been initiated.  A database is being created with the help of eminent academic institutions so as to initiate activities from the academic year 2015.
Under SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) Programme Professors of centrally funded institutions like IITs, IIMs, Centrally universities will offer online courses to citizens of our country. All courses will be made available free of cost for learning. In case the learner requires a Verified Certificate, a small fee will be applicable.
In the first phase, IIT Bombay, IIT Chennai, IIT Kanpur, IIT Guwahati, University of Delhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, IGNOU, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, Banaras Hindu University, alone as well as with the help of faculty from foreign universities will be offering courses in areas of engineering education, social science, energy, management, basic sciences. At least one crore students are expected to benefit in 2 to 3 years through this initiative. SWAYAM will be launched in 2014.
The National E-Library has been envisaged as  an online portal that will democratize access to knowledge by ensuring that quality content from central universities and premier educational institutions are available in a digital format that can be easily accessed by students, working professionals and researchers across the country through laptops, smart phones, tablets, PC’s. International collaboration has been offered by Israel, Norway, UK, UNESCO. The National E -Library becomes operational in the academic year 2015.
The National Repository of Open Educational Resources (NROER) offers digital and digitisable resources (audio, video, interactive images and documents)   in different languages   along with online activities. 13,773 registered users/contributors of e -content, 71,447 unique visitors have already contributed more than 45 lakh hits on the NROER portal.
There are almost 10,500 colleges which conduct about 14000 Programs and 18000 levels in Technical Education. Programs are Engineering / Technology, Architecture, Pharmacy, Applied arts, Management and Hotel Management and Catering Technology.  Levels are Diploma, Post Diploma, Graduate, Post Graduate and Ph D. Similarly, there are more than 35000 colleges conducting at least 20,000 programs and 50000 levels in the Higher education sector (Other than Technical Colleges)
A new Know your College Portal has been developed for helping a prospective student make a valued judgment of the college he / she wishes to join by providing him/her the necessary information about the same. KYC is a repository of information pertaining to colleges in India vis-à-vis faculty, labs, and infrastructure.
Work has commenced on “Shaala Darpan” to ensure that from next academic year, parents of students of Government and Government aided schools can through a mobile application access updates on their child’s progress regarding attendance, assignments, and achievements.
GIS mapping of schools at elementary as well as secondary level initiated and completed for 13 States with work underway for another 8 States. This enables mapping infrastructure gaps and responding to the felt needs of the people in providing schooling facilities.
The UGC has launched a new scheme, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Post Doctoral Fellows in Social Sciences including Languages.  Under the scheme 300 fellowships would be awarded at the rate of Rs. 25,000 per month + HRA etc. for a period of 3 years to the selected Fellows.
AICTE has announced 1000 scholarships per annum to eligible candidates to pursue Ph D in CSIR / DRDO labs or other reputed institutions: Payment of scholarship is as per the Government norms for the purpose.
Quality Improvement Programme (QIP) is a program conducted by Government of India to promote research amongst the eligible teachers in AICTE approved Institutions and others and facilitate them to complete a Ph D from the best Institutions in India like the IIT’s and NIT’s or other Nationally important Institutes. This scheme is open only to regular teachers. It is proposed to offer ME/M. Tech Scholarships under QIP to 7500 scholarships for M Tech under Quality Improvement Programme (QIP) and 2500 Scholarships for PhD under QIP.
Ten goal posts have been identified and Research groups with each of eminent experts are being set up to formulate time-bound plans of action for each.  The task of the Research Group is to identify the needs of the country in terms of   its research and technology requirements and to enable proper planning for manpower, research infrastructure, and resources.   Leading academic institutions have been identified to set the   process   in motion. The lead institutions would be as follows:
1.         Health care: IIT Kharagpur
2.         Computer Science and ICT –IIT Kharagpur
3.         Energy: IIT Bombay
4.         Sustainable urban design IIT Roorkee
5.         Nano-technology hardware: IIT Bombay
6.         Water resources and River Systems, IIT Kanpur
7.         Advance materials. IIT Kanpur
8.         Manufacturing IIT Madras
9.         Defence IIT Madras
10.       Environment Science and Climate Change IISC, Bangalore
The Research groups will be expected to share their first Report by March 2015.
The Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is coordinated by IIT Delhi. It will be launched in 2014 as a network of IITs and other academic and professional institutes to evolve appropriate technologies converging for rural development, with focus on water management, organic farming, renewable energy, frugal technology, infrastructure, rural livelihood and employment.  A three day workshop on this was held in IIT Delhi on 7th September 2014.
The UGC has notified Regulations on Recognition and Monitoring of Assessment and Accrediting Agencies which would enable the UGC to register multiple agencies for undertaking accreditation of Institutions of Higher Education across the country.
To promote Vocational Education, Colleges have been given the power to grant certificate/diploma under the Community college scheme implemented by the UGC.
UGC has accorded sanction to 102 Community Colleges and 127 B.Voc Degree programmes entailing a financial outlay of Rs. 329 crore which would bring direct benefit to students studying in vocational programmes in these Institutions.
Council for Industry-Higher Education Collaboration (CIHEC) is being operationalised to identify initiatives to promote research, mobilize resources, develop market ready manpower, and enhance employability. As a first step to this, a task force of IIT Directors and Chairpersons has given suggestions for collaboration agenda to be discussed for implementation in the CIHEC.
19 New Institutions are in the offing as follows:
1.         Five IITs: A.P, J&K, Chattisgarh, Goa, Kerala
2.         Six IIMs: H.P. AP, Punjab, Maharashtra, Bihar, Odisha
3.         Four New Central Universities: A.P (1 Central University & 1 Tribal University), M.P (Jai Prakash Narayan National Centre for Excellence in Humanities), Bihar (Mahatma Gandhi Central University)
4.         One IISER AP
5.         ONE NIT, AP
6.         N New IIIT in AP
7.         1 Tribal University, Telegana

UGC proposes chairs in Swami Vivekananda’s name

The Business Standard | IANS  |  New Delhi   | September 11, 2014

Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani Thursday appealed to vice chancellors of universities across the country to set up a chair in the name of Swami Vivekananda as proposed by the UGC. Irani made the appeal while addressing the media here on the initiatives her ministry has taken in the first 100-day’s rule of the National Democratic Alliance government. “Since today (Thursday) is Sep 11, the day when Swami Vivekananda gave that historic speech in Chicago, I take this opportunity to appeal to all vice chancellors across all central, state and deemed universities that the University Grants Commission (UGC) has proposed a plan whereby chairs can be set up in the name of Swami Vivekananda so that his philosophy, teachings and life can be researched upon and studied.” “I appeal to all these institutions to avail of this particular grant by the UGC,” she said. Swami Vivekananda’s speech at the World’s Parliament of Religions on this day in 1893 made him famous as a “Messenger of Indian wisdom to the Western world”.

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26 universities fail to follow UGC order on grievance portal; Maharastra

The Times of India |

KOLHAPUR: As many as 26 universities from across the state, including the government-aided as well as deemed ones, have failed to comply with the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) directives of appointing nodal officer for the online grievance portal for students, which will be launched soon. The erring universities include the government-aided RTM Nagpur University and Shivaji University, Kolhapur (SUK) as well as deemed ones such as D Y Patil University and Homi Bhabha National Institute in Mumbai. Even the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Powai, has failed to comply with the norms and has been mentioned in the UGC’s reminder. In July, the UGC had announced that it is set to start a grievance portal for students and had instructed the universities to appoint and send a nodal officer’s name for the purpose before July 24. UGC had said that the students can file their grievances online, which would be monitored, redressed and observed within a certain time period. However, despite the earlier communication, the required information is still awaited from many universities across the country, stated a letter published by UGC’s secretary Jaspal Sandhu on the commission’s website on September 8. The UGC has published a list of 450 such universities from across the country, of which 26 are from the state. Sandhu has asked all the universities to comply with the norms and send names of the nodal officers on an urgent basis. SUK vice-chancellor N J Pawar said the university has sent the required information and that he was not aware of the university’s name being published on the UGC’s list. However, Pawar refused to talk further about the issue.

The UGC has also urged all the universities to appoint in-charge of the grievance redressal cell, who will act as the nodal officer and monitor and respond to the students’ complaints registered in the portal. The nodal officers have also been made responsible for handling grievances of colleges affiliated to their university. They will have to report the action taken and status of grievances on the portal. Arjun Rajage, director of Board of Colleges and University Development in the SUK, had earlier said, “The grievance system will be transparent and help students in tracking their complaints online.” He had assured that the nodal officer will be appointed within the deadline. The UGC says the online portal would enable the commission and the universities to understand the nature of students’ grievances and redress them in a short time.

About the portal
* The students studying in universities and affiliated colleges will have the option of registering their grievances related to admissions, unfair practices and other issues on it
* The students will be able to track the status of their grievances online
* It would enable the commission, universities and colleges to understand the nature of students’ grievances, monitor and redress the same
Current scenario
* Every college and university has grievance redressal cell and grievance redressal committee
* A suggestion box has been installed at every college and university for the students, where they can submit their complaints, suggestions or grievances
* The members of the grievance redressal committee open the suggestion box on a weekly basis in presence of the students’ representative
* Depending on the gravity of the grievances, a solution is drawn accordingly and conveyed to the students
* The entire process generally takes 3-4 weeks

AICTE woos school dropouts to make them industry ready

It is a new arrangement of convenience, to build up a work-force to fill the void of the ever-increasing empty seats in engineering colleges

After being blamed for its generosity in allowing engineering colleges to mushroom around the country, which has left many of these institutions grappling with empty seats, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has hit upon a plan to put some of the facilities to better use, engaging them to offer technical training to school dropouts, making them industry ready. “Every year, approximately 50 per cent of the 50 million students of classes X and the higher secondary, drop out of school and then struggle in the job market. Now, we are working on evolving skill development programmes that will not only build the basic skill set of these youth, but also offer a flexible system so they can upgrade their aptitude and get a positive career graph,” S S Mantha, Chairman, AICTE told Mirror from New Delhi.

Part of the National Vocational Educational Qualification Framework (NVEQF) rolled out in 2013, the council will be working with the industry and engineering colleges and polytechnics on this one. Courses will be distributed across streams covering information technology, automotive engineering, mechanical engineering, communication, paramedics, agriculture, retail, marketing, tourism, food technology and more. “There are big workshops in these engineering and polytechnic colleges. If these can be deployed or spared to impart the technical grooming to the lesser educated youth, they will have a far reaching impact, generating employable workforce in the country,” Mantha pointed out. Admitting that at least 25 per cent of the 1.6 million engineering seats are going vacant, he accepted, “This scheme will also help to put the facilities in these colleges to full use. We are hoping to draw as many colleges as possible into the programme.”

There is a lot of optimism being pinned on this programme due to the short courses framed between one and six months. There are 10 levels (structured as capsules) in the framework. “This will enable a person to acquire desired competency levels, transit into the job market when there is an opening and then return to acquire additional skills upgrading his/her competence,” explained Mantha. As a precursor to this roll-out, the council is holding workshops across the country to garner support from both industry as well as the educational institutions. One such workshop is scheduled on September 22, at Government College of Engineering, Avsari, close to Pune. Pointing out that the programme is targeting a huge population that has spurned conventional education, Dr S V Joshi, principal of College of Engineering, Avsari, noted, “The involvement of the industry is critical here given their rising need for skilled manpower ready for their shopfloor operations.” “Given that the country has 4,300 engineering colleges today, if each of them work on training just a 100 such youth, the programme will be churning out 4.3 lakh skilled labour every year and by 2020, we would have 20 lakh employable youth at our disposal,” calculated Dr Anand Bhalerao, dean and principal of Bharati Vidyapeeth Engineering College, while welcoming the move. “With the right skills these people will have opportunities galore. Germany is facing a huge manpower crunch and has opened its doors with its ‘Make it in Germany’ scheme to attract skilled hands from India,” he pointed out.

“We are already working with some of the colleges to help them train their students according to industry needs so that they are ready for work. Internships are critical to familiarise the student to corporate cultures, HR policies, processes and work ethics,” said Dr S V Bhave, senior vice president (HR), Bharat Forge. “I am looking forward to this initiative by the government and hope it helps the industry get the kind of manpower it needs,” said Ajay Dhuri, the divisional manager (Training), Tata Motors, who will be attending the Avsari workshop. Seconding his thought, Ravindra Chaudhary, secretary, Ranjangaon Industries Association, hoped this programme would bridge the skill gap the industry has been complaining of for a while now. “I have managed to acquire some basic skills as a mechanic in a garage, but would definitely enrol in a short course to hone my skills to a professional level,” said Makarand Hatwalane, whose education stopped after he cleared his higher secondary exams.

►►► There are big workshops in these engineering and polytechnic colleges. If these can be deployed or spared to impart the technical grooming to the lesser educated youth, they will be have a far reaching impact, generating employable workforce in the country –>  SS MANTHA, Chairman, AICTE

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RGUHS to probe e-journals, e-books scam

The Times of India |

Bangalore: The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) has initiated an inquiry into alleged discrepancies in buying e-journals for its digital library. A Rs 10-crore deal had been signed for two years between the varsity and the company, though the senate had decided Rs 6 crore would be spent on purchase of materials for the e-library. The deal was made for academic years 2013-14 and 2014-15 during the former vice-chancellor’s term. The probe team will be headed by senate member B T Rudresh. The digital library was hailed as the first of its kind in the country where students could access international e-books and e-journals. But it came under criticism for the huge sums being spent on the initiative. Each medical and dental college has to cough up Rs 1 lakh per annum as membership fee. Nursing, pharmacy and physiotherapy colleges have to pay Rs 25,000. This means that every MBBS and BDS student has to pay Rs 1,000 and others Rs 500 annually.
College told to shut down
Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has asked a Bangalore architecture college to shut down after an inquiry was ordered on complaints from parents and students. Sharada School of Architecture, near Hesaraghatta, North Bangalore, was under scrutiny after parents and students complained about lack of basic infrastructure including library, basic amenities like drinking water and sanitation, and no permanent faculty. The students will be allocated to other colleges. The re-allotment is scheduled on September 16 at the VTU regional office. The college was in the news recently after the chairman allegedly dumped the mobile phones of students in a bucket of water. The students had alleged that the chairman was retaliating against their students’ move to complain to VTU.

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Wipro to train engineers, science graduates in analytics; WiSTA, VIT

The Times of India |

BANGALORE: Third-largest IT company Wipro has launched a postgraduate programme in analytics for the 2014 batch batch of engineering and science graduates hired by the company. It has launched WiSTA — data scientist programme in India in association with the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT). The institute will conduct the programme and award master of technology and master of science degrees in analytics. The WiSTA — data scientist programme is an initiative aimed at creating industry-ready data scientists within Wipro in the information management and analytics space. These data scientists will work with Wipro’s customers in the US and other international locations. “Capturing new opportunities in the digital world hinges on our ability to have the best people in the industry‎. This will be achieved by offering the talent pool projects which excite and stimulate their intelligent minds. We believe investing in creating the frameworks to nurture the resources of the future will be in the best interests of our clients and the industries we operate in. It is an exciting program.” said Jeff Heenan-Jalil, senior vice-president and global head in advanced technologies and solutions in Wipro.In the US alone, there is shortage of 1.4-1.9 lakh analytics professionals. The US also requires 1.5 million managers and analysts who can analyse big data and make decisions said a recent report. This course, taught over weekends at Wipro’s corporate headquarters in Bangalore, comprises of various modules on analytics and is a two-year program for the engineering graduates and a four-year program for science graduates. Students are shortlisted for this program based on their previous academic performance and college ranking. The course content has been jointly created by Wipro and VIT and also includes modules prescribed and taught by professors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of Michigan. Along with a masters’ degree from VIT on completion of this course, the graduates will also receive program completion certificates from MIT and the University of Michigan for the modules covered by them.

Notice for Students of AICTE approved Institutions and other innovators to participate in AICTE – CII – DST Innovation Competition,

Notice for Students of AICTE approved Institutions and other innovators to participate in AICTE – CII – DST Innovation Competition, The Competition is organised to identify and nurture young innovators – Last date for participation 15/10/14

India Innovation Initiative 2014

AICTE, DST, CII and i4C are jointly organizing India Innovation Initiative 2014 to promote entrepreneurship in the country by sensitizing, encouraging and facilitating innovators for commercialization of their innovations.

About the Initiative

Objectives

The objective of the “India Innovation Initiative 2014” is to strengthen the entrepreneurial eco-system in the country by sensitizing, encouraging and promoting student innovators and facilitating commercialization of their innovations, and recognizing India’s most potential Entrepreneurs.

Benefits and Awards

  1. Promoting a culture of innovation in India.
  2. Identifying, rewarding and facilitating commercialization of potential innovations,
  3. Addressing the various socio-economic challenges of industry and society through innovations.
  4. Promotion of India’s innovation prowess in Science and Technology nationally.
  5. Empowering people to create new ventures and start-ups as an alternative career option.
  6. Rewarding successful innovators by connecting them to industry, investors and incubators.
  7. Promoting entrepreneurship and generating new jobs / employment
  8. Top innovators and potential entrepreneurs will be recognized and awarded.
  9. i3 partners to provide incubation & mentoring support to select i3 participants

Important Dates

  1. Announcement for Call for Entries : 5th September 2014
  2. Last date for Online Submission of application form : 15 Oct 2014
  3. Announcement of shortlisted projects : 25 Oct 2014
  4. National Fair at Knowledgexpo 2014 : 20-22 Nov 2014

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