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AICTE released model internship guidelines – Internship Policy

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Smart Campus Cloud Network, (SCCN)

AICTE Circular | Smart Campus Cloud Network, (SCCN) | 10 August 2018 |

SmartCampusCloudNetwork (SCCN)

At UN Sustainable Development Summit in NewYork on 25th Sep 2015, all countries have unanimously adopted thc United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDCS) which is to be achieved by 2030. Smart Campus Cloud Network,a global networking initiative,has been setup to link educational institutions in the mission of bringing about sustainable,eco-friendly and energy- efficient development. TERRE Policy Centre has developed an introductory note spelling out concept and operationalization mechanism, Smart campus Cloud Network for facilitating sharing of ideas and dialogue amongst students and faculty to reap maximum benefit out of SDGs. A copy of the introductory note of TERRE Policy Centre is enclosed. As We Academicians & institutes are entrusted with imparting quality education and also play a Stellar role as Mentor. I am,therefor confident and sure of pro-active participation of your esteemed Institute in this venture. Ncedless to say that implementation of the Smart campus cloud Network in your Institute will be a significant contribution to the realization of Smart Cities & Smart India Mission unveiled by the Hon’ble Prime Minister.

Smart Campus Cloud Network is a global network of the education campuses of schools, colleges, institutes and universities committed to make a tangible contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Global, visionary and transformative, SDGs are unanimously agreed by all the 193-member states countries in the world in September 2015 at UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York. To be achieved by 2030, they represent the collective pledge of humanity to respect the ecosystems and human dignity while progressing on our developmental imperatives.

Why Campuses?

What could be the most appropriate place to begin the long journey by taking small but determined first steps towards meeting 17 comprehensive SDGs with their 169 targets in next 15 years other than [b]the educational institutes. Education campuses are where youth talents are incubated, aspiring minds are molded, transformative actions are forged and development targets are prioritized. SCCN would leverage the potential of youth in the education institutes to pilot the model to make the campuses sustainable as envisioned in the document “Transforming our world: the 2030 agenda for the Sustainable Development”.

The most exciting jump-start

Here is the place for youth to make blue prints, draw road maps, research the approaches and develop the models and practice the methods by mainstreaming sustainable development in their education-home. It is also the compelling hands-on exercise to make ecosystems sustainable in our planet-home. Come, engage and get empowered. – Click here to download the AICTE Circular, 4 pages, pdf      /             http://sccnhub.com/

AICTE Recommendations for Examination Reforms

AICTE Circular | 10 August 2018 | AICTE Recommendations for Examination Reforms: Comments / Suggestion invited by 20 Aug 2018 |

The globalisation of the world economy and higher education are driving profound changes in the engineering education system. Worldwide adaptation of Outcome-Based Education framework and enhanced focus on higher-order learning and professional skills necessitates a paradigm shift in traditional practices of curriculum design, education delivery and assessment. In recent years, worldwide sweeping reforms are being undertaken to bring about essential changes in engineering education in terms of what to teach (content) and how to teach (knowledge delivery) and how to assess (student learning). Examinations or student assessment of students play a very important role in deciding th equality of education. The academic quality of examinations (question papers) in Indian Engineering education system has been a matter of concern fora long time. This report attempts to bring out recommendations for reforms in examination system to meet challenges on emerging engineering education landscape.The recommendations are presented in four sections.
InSection-1, the most important drivers for examination reforms in Indian engineering education system are discussed. Section-2 brings out strategies to be adopted to align assessment with the desired student learning outcomes. A two-step method is proposed for mapping the examination questions course outcomes. Section-3 highlights the necessity of designing question papers to test higher order abilities and skills. Application of Blooms taxonomy framework to create the optimal structure of examination papers to test the different cognitive skills is discussed in detail. Challenge of assessing higher order abilities and professional skills through traditional examination systemis brought out in Section-4.Several educational experiences and assessment opportunities are identified to overcome the challenges. Appendices contain the supplement material that ishelpful for Universities/ Colleges to implement recommendations.At this juncture, reforms in examinations are critical for improvement of the quality and relevance of Indian engineering education. It is hoped that the Report will be of use toUniversities and Colleges to bring out the much-needed change. The cooperation received from AICTE officials in bringing out the Report is gratefully acknowledged. – Committee Members – Prof Ashok S. Shettar, Prof Rama Krishna Challa, Prof Sanjay Agarwal, Prof Upendra Pandel.

AICTE-SAGY Initiative Awards 2018 : “Developed Village–Developed Nation”

AICTE Circular | 10 August 2018 | Registration for AICTE-SAGY online application will start from 18-08-2018 |

 

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India has launched Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) on 11th Oct,2014 with aim to translate the comprehensive vision of Mahatma Gandhi about an ideal Indian Village. Under the scheme, each Hon’ble Member of Parliament has adopted Gram Panchayats for its holistic progress. Under this initiative, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), MHRD, Govt. of India, has decided to recognize efforts and award “AICTE-SAGY Initiative Awards 2018” to its approved Institutions on the theme “Developed Village-Developed Nation” under Sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) which is a dream project of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.

Objectives of the Awards

The AICTE-SAGY Initiative Awards 2018 are aimed for motivating, recognizing and honouring the institutions to raise their performance in the specific domains leading to significant contribution for the growth and development of villages and Country as well.

Theme of the Awards

“Developed Village – Developed Nation ”

Categories For The Awards

For the holistic development of villages under the above theme, the following 14 categories have been shortlisted:-

  1. Creation of more than 25 jobs at least in 4 categories.
  2. Helping local schools to achieve 12th Result 100% and their enrolment in Higher/Technical /Vocational Education.
  3. Preparing an actionable DPR for Doubling the village Income.
  4. Devolving Sustainable Water Management system.
  5. Motivating and achieving a target of reverse trend of around 5 youth in a year from City to Village.
  6. Developing and implementing Low Cost Sanitation facilities.
  7. Tourism Promotion Innovative Approaches.
  8. Promotion of Three Appropriate Technologies.
  9. Per Capita reduction in Energy Consumption by at least 25%.
  10. Skill to 100 (Minimum 30 Girls) People Resulting into Rs. 6,000 Job.
  11. Developing localized techniques for up to 50% Reduction in Housing Cost.
  12. Facilitating 100% Digitized money transactions.
  13. Setting of Information imparting club for women leading to contribution in social and economic issues.
  14. Developing and managing Efficient garbage disposable system.

Who Can Apply?

All AICTE Approved Institutions who has done the remarkable work under the above mentioned theme/categories. –  Last date to submit the application: 30-09-2018 –  More Details—–>  http://www.initiatives.aicte-india.org/sagy/index.php

IBM’s ‘Call for Code’ to encourage internal and external coding talent for a social cause

The initiative invites developers to create new applications to better prepare communities and people for natural disasters. The developers can submit their projects by August 31.

IBM just launched the Call for Code Global Initiative, an ambitious effort to bring together start-up, academic and enterprise developers to solve one of the most pressing societal issues of our time—prevention of, response to and recovery from natural disasters. The goal of the initiative is to unite the world’s developers and tap into data and AI, blockchain, cloud and IoT technologies to address social challenges. During a keynote address at the VivaTech Conference in Paris, Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO, called on the technology industry to help build a better future, committing IBM technology and $30 million USD over five years, to the annual Call for Code Global Initiative. Call for Code invites developers to create new applications to help communities and people better prepare for natural disasters. For example, developers may create an app that uses weather data and supply-chain information to alert pharmacies to increase supplies of medicines, bottled water and other items, based on predicted weather-related disruption. Or, it could be an app that predicts when and where the disaster will be most severe, so that emergency crews can be dispatched ahead of time in proper numbers to treat those in need.

IBM’s $30 million investment over five years will fund access to developer tools, technologies, free code and training with experts. While the winning team will receive a financial prize, perhaps the more rewarding part is the access to long-term support to help move their idea from prototype to real-world application! This includes ongoing developer support through IBM’s partnership with the Linux Foundation. In addition to development support, the winning team can join one of IBM’s Corporate Service Corps (CSC) teams to apply their idea to a community in need. IBM CSC teams comprise multi-disciplinary IBM experts who spend four to six weeks in underserved communities around the world, to apply technology to local issues and opportunities. Karan Bajwa, MD, IBM India says, “Call for Code offers a perfect opportunity to all the developers in the region to harness their creativity and talent with a dose of empathy and create new applications for humanitarian relief efforts.” He mentions in a post on LinkedIn that the award winners will receive long-term support through the Linux Foundation, financial prizes, an opportunity to present their solution to leading VCs, and deploy their solution through IBM’s Corporate Service Corps. Today, developer teams (internally and externally) can answer the call and register interest to compete in Call for Code, which begins officially on June 18 and closes on August 31. “By opening the challenge to IBMers, we stay true to our corporate philosophy of constantly encouraging, nurturing and infusing an entrepreneurial spirit and out-of-the-box-thinking in our workforce,” says Chaitanya N Sreenivas, vice president & HR head, IBM India / South Asia, while talking about how this initiative not only encourages talent within the organisation but also pulls in great external talent. “For IBM it has always been about good tech and driving positive impact in the world through the application of technology. Call for Code facilitiates our collective goal, which is to help people in need and build a better future,” says Sreenivas.

IBM is the founding member of the Call for Code Global Initiative, which was created by David Clark, a renowned leader in cause-related initiatives. Clark has worked with iconic people and humanitarian organisations, such as President Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali, Prince, the United Nations, Amnesty International, and The Anne Frank Centre. Through Call for Code, IBM and David Clark Cause are joining forces with the United Nations Human Rights Office and its human rights-based approach to humanitarian action, which focusses on securing the participation of affected groups in preparedness, response and recovery efforts, and bringing attention to the most excluded and marginalised populations. Call for Code also integrates the American Red Cross’ focus on new ways of bringing support to disaster victims. This is especially important as 2017 was ranked as one of the worst years on record for catastrophic events, including fires, floods, earthquakes and storms. To raise awareness and interest in Call for Code, IBM is coordinating interactive educational events, hackathons and community support for developers around the world in more than 50 cities, including Amsterdam, Bengaluru, Berlin, Delhi, Dubai, London, New York, San Francisco, Sao Paulo and Tel Aviv.  Click here for more details—–> https://callforcode.org/       /        Register—- https://callforcode.org/challenge/

Students Engineering Model Competition, SEMC 2018

AICTE Circular |  Students Engineering Model Competition, SEMC 2018 |   4th India International Science Festival |

SEMC is a program comes under IISF which is focusing on the improvement of innovations and creativity of  engineering students across India. We are encouraging the students to become a part of nation building through promoting the engineering models for the benefit of national missions.  Mission for Models will lead towards Models for Mission

Guidelines for participants:

Categories for participation:

  • Any student or a team of two students (same level) completed / pursuing their B.TECH / M.TECH / POLYTECHNIC can participate.

Themes:

Working models/projects focusing on following can be submitted:
Digital India, Make In India, Swatch Bharat, Swasth Bharat, Renewable Energy

Registration:

For free online registration and more details please visit www.scienceindiafest.org

https://scienceindiafest.org/activity/students-engineering-model-competition/

Last date of submission of projects/models:

Synopsis, images and videos of model is to be submitted online till: 20th August 2018.
After pre-scrutiny, selected 100 models will be invited for display in exhibition at IISF 2018 , Lucknow during 6th & 7th October 2018.

Result declaration of pre-scrutiny:     5th September 2018

Click here to View / Download the Brochure, 4 pges, pdf

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • No registration / participation fees
  • Students can register and send the softcopy of model/project online.
  • Maximum two students are allowed in a team
  • Selected 100 models will participate in model exhibition at IISF 2018 Lucknow, on 6 th and 7 th October 2018 for which to & fro travel expenses, food & stay for the team will be arranged by IISF organizers.
  • Selected projects / models will be recognised by DRDO,BARC,CSIR,ISRO, Various R&D Institutes for further development/ adoption
  • Cash Prizes to winners
  • Certificates & mementoes to all the projects/models selected for National Level IISF 2018 competition.
  • Separate prizes for every theme and every category of students  –  Click here to Register

Govt may soon approve regulator for vocational training

Business Standard | Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi |  August 5, 2018 |

The Cabinet will soon consider a proposal for setting up a regulator for vocational training on the lines of the AICTE to improve the quality of skilled manpower, according to government officials. The regulatory agency will also carry out assessment and certification of around 23 lakh students passing out from industrial training institutes (ITIs), and oversee the functioning of skill councils. Successful ITI graduates will be awarded certificates at par with the ones given to Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) pass-outs, thereby enabling them to pursue regular courses in other schools and colleges, said a senior official in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

Top sources in the ministry said the Cabinet note is ready after consultation with several departments and will be placed before the Union Cabinet shortly. Sector skill councils are industry-led bodies by NSDC which create Occupational Standards and Qualification bodies, develop competency framework, conduct train the trainer programmes, conduct skill gap studies and assess and certify trainees on the curriculum aligned to national occupational standards. – Courtesy

Teachers to lose jobs, students their registrations, says new HRD norms on plagiarism

The Indian Express | PTI | New Delhi |  August 5, 2018 |

The ministry had notified the UGC (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Education Institutions) Regulations, 2018 this week

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Student researchers found guilty of plagiarism may lose their registration and teachers could lose their jobs as the HRD Ministry approved new regulations on plagiarism drafted by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The ministry had notified the UGC (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Education Institutions) Regulations, 2018 this week. The UGC had approved the regulations in its meeting held in March this year prescribing graded punishment for plagiarism. According to a gazette notification, for students, plagiarism of up to 10 per cent would not invite any penalty while that of between 10 per cent and 40 per cent would mean the students will have to submit a revised research paper within six months.In case the similarities are between 40 per cent and 60 per cent, students will be debarred from submitting a revised paper for one year. A student’s registration for a programme will be cancelled if the similarities are above 60 per cent.

Teachers whose academic and research papers have similarities ranging from 10 per cent to 40 per cent with other papers will be asked to withdraw the manuscript. In case the similarities are between 40 per cent and 60 per cent, they will not be allowed to supervise new masters, MPhil, PhD students for two years and will also be denied the right to one annual increment, it said. In case of repeat plagiarism of over 60 per cent similarity, the faculty members will be suspended, even dismissed. The new regulations prescribe that if any member of the academic community suspects with appropriate proof that a case of plagiarism has happened in any document, he or she shall report it to the Departmental Academic Integrity Panel (DAIP). “Upon receipt of such a complaint or allegation the DAIP shall investigate the matter and submit its recommendations to the Institutional Academic Integrity Panel (IAIP) of the Higher Education Institutions (HEI). “The authorities of HEI can also take suo motu notice of an act of plagiarism and initiate proceedings under these regulations. Similarly, proceedings can also be initiated by the HEI on the basis of findings of an examiner. All such cases will be investigated by the IAIP,” the regulations read. Parliament was yesterday informed by the government that the UGC found three cases of plagiarism in writing PhD thesis, including two involving vice chancellors of different universities. – Courtesy

UGC Gazatte Notification : Published on 03-08-2018, 12 Pages, pdf –  UGC (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Educational Institutions) Regulations, 2018

National Level Competition on Prototype Development, Techspardha 2018

National Level Competition on Prototype Development, Techspardha2k18 –  Techspardha2k18 will have theme on “Low Cost Technology for Smart Village/Cities”. The prototype development competition will be of 30 hours for PG Students

Our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, envisions a Digital India to bridge the digital divide in our country and further promote digital literacy in order to make development a comprehensive mass movement and put governance within everyone’s reach in India. In order to work towards this vision, NITTTR Chandigarh is organizing Techspardha2k18, a unique inititative to identify new and disruptive digital technology innovations for low cost technology for smart village/cities. NITTTR Chandigarh is celebrating the Institute Day on 7th September 2108. On this occasion the institute is organizing Techspardha2k18 for Post Graduate engineering students. Techspardha2k18 is a non-stop digital prototype development competition, where problems are posed to technology students for innovative solution. Techspardha2k18 is a National Level Competition that encourages learning, collaboration, growth, innovation, and fun among student network of technical talent. Through this event, teams will generate ideas, design, prototype, and/or apps to make smart village/cities. It will

    • Harness creativity & expertise of students.
    • Crow source solutions for improving the quality of life.
    • Provide opportunity to citizens to provide innovative solutions to India’s daunting problems.

Eligibility Criteria

  • PG level Engineering students from IIT/IIIT/NIT/other AICTE approved institutions/Deemed to be university/State university/Private university.
  • Maximum 3 students per team.
  • All team members must be currently studying. Networking amoung other institution is also possible.
  • Each team member & mentor should have the ID cards for identification of team.
  • Mentors may be from industry/R&D/Academic Institutons.
  • Materials for project development will be borne by teams only.
  • Team members could be from any Engineering branch.
  • Once team has been registered, changes in team members will not be entertained.

How to Participate

  • Teams may be interdisciplinary consisting of maximum 3 students + 1 mentor
  • It will be appreciated if at least one team member is female.
  • Select a Problem Statement related to theme.
  • Derive a solution for the same and prepare a presentation.
  • Fill the Pre-registration form
  • Send the ppt. in the given format to techspardha2k18@nitttrchd.ac.in on or before 13th August 2018.
  • The short listed teams after first round screening will be informed by 17th August, 2018.
  • The short listed teams will come for final competition at NITTTR, Chandigarh to be held from 5th September to 6th September 2018.
  • Registration fees per team is Rs. 1000/-. (To be paid only after the selection in first round)
  • Fees can be paid through demand draft in favour of Director, NITTTR Chandigarh, payable at Chandigarh
  • The competition will start at 10:00am on 5th September 2018 and will continue for 30 hours. Result will be declared on 7th September 2018 Forenoon & winners will get prizes on 7th September 2018 in Award ceremony.
  • Team members have to be present & develop the project at NITTTR, Chandigarh.
  • Each team will get total 30 hours for the project completion.
  • The Project should be in Prototype Format.
  • Maximum Bill of Material of Technology should not be more than Rs 15000/-
  • Winners will be decided by the Jury Committee.
  • Participation & Appreciation Certificate will be provided to each participating team members & mentors.

Important Dates

Pre-registration and submission of ideas through email in given format(.ppt)
13th August, 2018
Notification of Selected Teams
17th August, 2018
Registration of Team
24th August, 2018
Techspardha2k18 competition
5th – 6th September, 2018
Result declaration and prize distribution
7th September, 2018

**The competition will start at 10:00am on 5th September 2018 and will continue for 30 hours.
Registration Fee Includes:
– Hostel facility from 4th to 7th September 2018.
– Mess facility and Refreshments during Tea Breaks

Click here for Brochure, 2 pages, pdf      http://www.nitttrchd.ac.in/sitenew1/TechSpardha2k18/index.php

Students from all universities will be allowed to apply for Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF)

Hindustan Times | Jul 27, 2018 |  New Delhi | PTI |

Students from all universities will be allowed to apply for the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) under which Rs 70,000 per month is given to a student apart from a research grant of Rs 2 lakh per year. So far, the scheme was restricted to IISc, IITs, NITs, IISERs and centrally funded IIITs.  The decision that all students will be eligible for the PM fellowship subject to certain conditions for admission to full-time PhD programmes was taken on Friday at a three-day national conference of vice-chancellors, chaired by HRD minister Prakash Javadekar.

Students from all universities will be allowed to apply for the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) under which Rs 70,000 per month is given to a student apart from a research grant of Rs 2 lakh per year. So far the scheme was restricted to IISc, IITs, NITs, IISERs, centrally funded IIITs. The decision that all students will be eligible for the fellowship subject to certain conditions for admission to full-time PhD programmes was taken on Friday at a three-day national conference of vice-chancellors, chaired by human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar. The minister also released the All India Survey of Higher Education (AISHE) report and said the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education in the country has gone up from 25.2% in 2016-17 to 25.8% in 2017-18, which is calculated for 18-23 years of age group. “Lack in innovation and quality research is the foremost challenge before the country. Quality expansion and teaching reform is the need of the hour,” the minister said.  The GER for male students is 26.3% while for females it is 25.4%. For Scheduled Castes, it is 21.8% and for Scheduled Tribes it is 15.9% as compared to the national GER of 25.8%, the AISHE report noted.

The total enrolment in higher education has been estimated to be 36.6 million with 19.2 million boys and 17.4 million girls. Girls constitute 47.6% of the enrolment,” the survey report for 2017-18 said. AISHE was initiated in the year 2011 to prepare a robust database on higher education. Since then, seeing the usefulness of data collected during the first year of survey, the government decided to make this survey an annual exercise of data collection in the higher education sector. The minister also announced that all research projects of HRD including IMPacting Research, INnovation and Technology (IMPRINT) will be opened to teachers and students of all varsities. To fight plagiarism, Turnitin software will be made available at no cost basis to all universities in the country.  “The Higher Order Skills for Higher Education (HOSHE) scheme will be launched this year for providing degree (professional) to all non tech students at undergrad level. Under this, Rs 10,000 crore will be made available for training and apprenticeship of 10 lakh students studying undergraduate degrees,” said Javadekar. – Courtesy

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