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NDLI, to introduce the draft of the Copyright Guide for Indian Libraries

National Digital Library of India, to introduce the draft of the Copyright Guide for Indian Libraries | 13 August 2020  |

NDLI, are excited to introduce the draft of the Copyright Guide for Indian Libraries – finally in its fruition, for public review between 12 August – 30 September.

What is it?

The Draft is the first tangible attempt towards providing a standard guideline so that actions of Indian Libraries are compliant to Indian Copyright Laws. With unique insights from data accrued from 200+ librarians at IIM Ahmedabad in August 2017, and subsequently at NDLI’s National Copyright Workshop in 2018 and research carried out by the Late Dr Anil H. Kumar, former Librarian of IIM Ahmedabad and the esteemed members of the Jindal Law School fraternity in partnership with Prof. Prabuddha Ganguli, Co-PI, NDLI Project, this guide will help us ensure that our future digital generations have open and inclusive rights to learn, share and grow.

Why it matters?

The goal of creating a manual or guiding statement for India was to find a balance between free-learning and the best practices for non-digital and digital libraries across the country. As India’s foremost digital library, the NDLI incubated this concept once faced with a series of copyright issues. To execute the vision for a ubiquitous digital knowledge resource, a strong legal foundation in terms of copyright was needed to prevent misuse and infringement of the vast reserves of its content.

How it works?

Read the guide at: https://ndlproject.iitkgp.ac.in/copyright-guide-indian-libraries

Fill out the feedback form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvoWAjVYbIsFdC6R2EiVoYFavT1RenUW5jIuHk5mC3gBPnOA/viewform

AICTE Equivalence/ Relevance of different Engineering / Technology branches nomenclature

AICTE Equivalence/ Relevance of different Engineering / Technology branches nomenclature | New Delhi | 08 August 2020 |

Click here to download / View the Circular, 1 page,pdf

AICTE Equivalence/ Relevance of different Engineering/ Technology branches nomenclature

Decide eligibility of Faculty at the State level : AICTE to Universities, The Hans India, 10 August 2020

The body has received several complaints on the issue related to JNTU, seeking clarifications on the eligibility, suitability and promotions to employ as Assistant Professors, Associate Professors or Professors for different departments *

Asks aggrieved candidates not to approach AICTE for their grievance redressal *Hyderabad*: Bringing the curtains down over the ongoing tussle over the eligibility criteria in the recruitment of faculty members, the AICTE left the same to the State governments and the universities. It may be mentioned here that several prospective teaching faculty have been asking the AICTE regarding eligibility and suitability criteria for the recruitments.

It has also received several complaints on the issue related to the JNTU-H and JNTU-Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh, seeking clarifications on the eligibility, suitability and promotions to employ as Assistant Professors, Associate Professors or Professors for different departments. Speaking to The Hans India, a senior professor from JNTU-Anantapur said, “There were postgraduates in computer science or information technology who have completed their PhD in electronics and communications department in an interdisciplinary area.” But, when they are denied opportunities when they turned up for the recruitment of assistant professors in the departments of CSE and IT, he added. Clarifying on this, the AICTE said that it has received complaints from the aggrieved candidates about “the suitability of candidates for a particular department, if the PhD is carried out from the departments other than the employing department.” Against this backdrop, the AICTE said that it has already notified the major and core branch of engineering and technology earlier. Besides, clarifying their relevant and appropriate courses leading to a degree in engineering and IT, for recruitment to teaching positions. However, the AICTE has made it clear that its scope to include and update from time to time the nomenclatures offered by various IITs.

with the approval of their respective Board of Governors, Senates, Managements, Academic bodies or from University Grants Commission, without the knowledge of AICTE. For these reasons, the AICTE said that it is not practical or necessary to come up with an exhaustive nomenclature of various courses. Against this backdrop, it said that the incumbent faculty recruited in the past based on their qualification acquired will continue to be eligible in the departments they were recruited to if found to be eligible as per the AICT’E norms prevailing at that time. In all other cases, it asked the universities and their respective authorised bodies to notify the suitable and appropriate degrees eligible for the recruitment of the faculty. Also, by taking into consideration the interdisciplinary nature of emerging technologies. It advised the aggrieved candidates to direct all their queries and get them resolved at the State or the university level and need not approach the AICTE. – Courtesy

AICTE releases Environment Policy for educational institutes

AICTE releases Environment Policy for educational institutes  |  digitalLEARNING Network |  

In a major move, AICTE has released its Environment Policy 2020. The policy of AICTE is to conserve natural environment, develop sustainable solutions, innovations and startups, promote rural technologies and control energy consumption in order. The long term goals for educational institutes as per the policy includes educating students and employees on environmental concerns and sustainability; to evolve Research and Development programs that could turn an institute into a carbon-negative institute; to include environment concerns in planning and decision making; to encourage collaborations among institutes etc.

All AICTE approved institutes have to include the Environmental Policy in their institutional policies and strategies. Institutes will also mention all activities and initiatives undertaken under the policy in their Annual Report and publish the same on their website. AICTE Model Curriculum will include subjects which enhance Environment Management and Conservation awareness and knowledge. Students Induction Programs will also include awareness activities on Environment including visit to nearby villages. Institutes are also required to include AICTE Activity points in Model Curriculum. Some of the activities in the point system include preparing and implementing plan to create local job opportunities, improving education quality in village, preparing actionable DPR for Doubling the village income etc. Universal Human Values are also to be included as a credit course in third or fourth year. – Click here  to download / view  the AICTE Circular, 14 pages, pdf

National Education Policy 2020 Will Convert Job Seekers Into Job Creators: PM Modi at Smart India Hackathon 2020

National Education Policy 2020 Will Convert Job Seekers Into Job Creators: PM Modi at Smart India Hackathon 2020 | 01 August 2020 |

New Delhi: Addressing the grand finale of the Smart India Hackathon 2020– a countrywide competition held by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), PM Modi said that National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 announced recently has been framed keeping in mind the aspirations of the youth of 21st century of our country. While interacting with the students, PM Modi said that NEP 2020 will convert job seekers into job creators. “India’s National Education Policy is about the spirit which reflects that ‘we are shifting from the burden of the school bag, which does not last beyond school, to the boon of learning which helps for life, from simply memorising to critical thinking”, he asserted.Furthermore, the Prime Minister exuded confidence that languages of India will progress and develop further due to the changes brought in the education policy.

“This will not only increase India’s knowledge but will also increase its unity. 21st century is the era of knowledge. This is the time for increased focus on learning, research, innovation. This is exactly what India’s National Education Policy, 2020 does”, he added.Earlier on Wednesday, the Union Cabinet gave its approval to a new National Education Policy aimed to bring about several changes in the education system from the school to college level. Addressing a press conference, Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare had said that following the new education policy and reforms, the country will achieve a 50 per cent gross enrolment ratio by 2035.
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AICTE Announces MITACS Research Internship, Selected Students to Work at Laboratories in Canada

AICTE Announces Mitacs Research Internship, Selected Students to Work at Laboratories in Canada |  25 July 2020 |

AICTE will soon invite applications from undergraduate students from the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields

AICTE has announced that online applications for AICTE-Mitacs Inc Global Research Internship 2021 will soon begin. AICTE-Mitacs Inc Globalink Research Internship 2021 is dedicated especially for third and final year students enrolled in full-time undergraduate programs in All India Council for Technical Education approved institutions. The initiative is aimed at encouraging young researchers of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Mitacs is a nonprofit national research organization of Canada dedicated to supporting applied and industrial research. The organization in partnerships with Canadian academia, private industry and government, operates research and training programs in fields related to industrial and social innovation.

All India Council for Technical Education and Mitacs signed an MoU in 2018 to enable Indian and Canadian researchers to undertake collaborative research in India and Canada. The MoU says that All India Council for Technical Education and Mitacs aim at supporting 300 undergraduate students each year through this program. Selected interns will get a chance to work in the field of research at Canadian laboratories for a period of twelve weeks. All India Council for Technical Education, Mitacs and the participating interns will share the cost of the research internship on an equitable basis. AICTE is also holding a webinar on 27 July 2020, wherein Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairman, Dr M P Poonia, vice chairman and Prof. Rajive Kumar, member secretary, AICTE will share their views on the AICTE-Mitacs Inc Global Research Internship. Those interested to attend the webinar can register for the event, and those who wish to take part in the internship can register on the Mitacs website to get notified regarding the online application process. – Click here to register –  https://www.mitacs.ca/en/mitacs-globalink-research-internships-2021

Webinar on AICTE-MITACS Globalink Research Internship (GRI) – 2021

Streamed live on Jul 27, 2020

Mitacs is pleased to advise that the call for GRI student applications is now open. The website’s “student information” tab has a list of items and instructions to help you with your application.


The application deadline is September 23, 2020, at 1 p.m. PT.

If you have any questions about the Globalink program or an upcoming GRI application, contact us at helpdesk@mitacs.ca.

Thank you,  The Globalink Research Internship Team, Mitacs

Email: helpdesk@mitacs.ca

Web: www.mitacs.ca/globalink

Commerce & arts students too can take GATE now

Commerce & arts students too can take GATE now  | 25 July 2020 |

NEW DELHI: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has released the detailed paper structure of GATE humanities and social science (XH) paper. As per the official release, GATE XH paper will have general aptitude (GA) and reasoning & comprehension (B1) as compulsory sections and one section to be selected from a list of six subjects. Candidates can select any one paper from economics, english, linguistics, philosophy, psychology and sociology depending on their qualifying degree.

GATE XH Paper Eligibility Criteria
Candidates who are in their pre-final or final year of undergraduate degree program are eligible to apply for the GATE XH paper. As the optional papers are from arts and commerce background, the GATE 2021 has opened opportunities for non-science students. Candidates having passed or studying the course in any optional subject can apply for GATE 2021 XH paper. However, the selection of optional subject has to be done as per their qualifying degree specialisation. There is no criteria of age for appearing in the GATE 2021 XH paper.

GATE 2021 Schedule
The IIT Bombay will conduct GATE 2021 exam on February 5, 6, 7 and 12, 13, 14. The total number of exam days have been increased for this year keeping in view the prevailing covid-19 pandemic and safety of students. Exams will be conducted in two slots, morning and evening on each day.

Candidates can appear for two papers in GATE 2021
Candidates have been provided the option of appearing in maximum two papers in GATE 2021 to promote interdisciplinary studies and research. The second paper must be from the given set of combinations available for this year, based on the availability of infrastructure and date. The details about subject combinations which can be selected will be informed in the official examination brochure.

GATE 2021 Registration
The IIT Bombay has not announced GATE 2021 form fill up date as of now. Candidates can expect the GATE 2021 application form from August last week.

GATE Humanities Syllabus
The syllabus of GATE humanities (XH) paper will be released on the official information brochure. GATE humanities syllabus can be expected to be the standard undergraduate topics of the concerned papers. –

New Delhi: The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay announced the dates for GATE 2021. The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, or GATE, will be held between February 5-7 and February 12-13. It is scheduled to be conducted in two shifts – forenoon shift from 9:30-12:30 am and afternoon shift to be conducted from 2:30-5:30 pm.
Making a few changes to the exam, two new subjects were introduced. Environmental Science and Engineering (ES) and Humanities and Social Sciences (XS) enabling the students from Humanities and Social sciences background to take the test. With this the total number of subjects for GATE went up to 27.
Meanwhile, the eligibility criteria to appear for the exam also has been relaxed. Apart from final year students and those graduated, third year undergraduate students will also be eligible to appear for GATE. Also, unlike previous years, Students applying for GATE 2021 can opt for two subject papers from the prescribed set of combinations. More details can be seen at https://gate.iitb.ac.in

179 professional colleges shut down in India in academic year 2020-21, says AICTE

179 professional colleges shut down in India in academic year 2020-21, says AICTE | Zee News | 28 July 2020 |

According to data released by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) on Monday (July 27), 179 professional colleges, including engineering colleges and business schools, shut down in India in academic year 2020-21 due to lack of job opportunities and the lockdown imposed due to coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. According to data released by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) on Monday (July 27), 179 professional colleges, including engineering colleges and business schools, shut down in India in academic year 2020-21 due to lack of job opportunities and the lockdown imposed due to coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The AICTE data showed that number of closures is the highest in nine years and is twice the number reported in 2019-2020 academic year. The AICTE data revealed that 134 more institutions did not seek approval from the government for fresh batches in this academic session, sending a clear message that the coronavirus outbreak has badly affected the higher education sector.

“A pragmatic shift in the annual approval process was necessitated and adopted by AICTE by innovating the entire process through a novel online mechanism for undertaking the scrutiny of documents and virtual visit of the technical institutions. The lockdown imposed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 had created severe challenges to all sectors of governance. AICTE converted the current crisis into grand opportunity by adopting e-governance mechanisms thereby reducing the costs with no travel and enhancing the reliability, accuracy and overall transparency of the regulatory process,” AICTE said in a statement.

The approval process for year 2020-2021 was a considerable departure from the previous years on several counts. Due to the imposition and subsequent extensions of lockdown, the approval process was delayed. It was initiated in the month of May 2020 and was completed in end Jun 2020. Moreover, the rigorous scrutiny which heretofore was undertaken physically at various regional offices was conducted via an online process,” added the statement. AICTE said a total of 762 institutions reduced intake because of course closure or division closure, which means that around 70,000 seats will be affected in these technical schools. According to AICTE, 92 institutions were closed in 2019, while the number was 89 in 2018. But the good news is that 164 new institutions got AICTE approval in this academic year and 1,300 institutions sought approval for increasing intake by a total of 140,000 seats. It is to be noted that AICTE regulates 9,691 technical institutes, including engineering and business schools, across India. – Courtesy

App Innovation Challenge, Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat Innovate Challenge

App Innovation Challenge, Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat Innovate Challenge


MeitY in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission – Niti Aayog launches Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat Innovate Challenge to identify the best Indian Apps that are already being used by citizens and have the potential to scale and become world class Apps in their respective categories. This Innovation Challenge with various cash awards and incentives of featuring Apps on Leader Boards seeks to create an ecosystem where Indian entrepreneurs and Startups are incentivised to ideate, incubate, build, nurture and sustain Tech solutions that can serve not only citizens within India but also the world.

The Mantra is to Make in India for India and the World.

The AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge is being launched in the following 8 broad categories:

  • Office Productivity & Work from Home
  • Social Networking
  • E-Learning
  • Entertainment
  • Health & Wellness
  • Business including Agritech and Fintech
  • News
  • Games

There may be several sub categories within each category.


  • A mobile application harnessing the most accurate facial and / or body mapping technology to allow for a true-to-life virtual try out of products like spectacles, clothes, etc.
  • Mobile application for real-time speech-to-speech translation and camera translation of multiple languages.
  • An automated web-based application that handles business-to-business lead generation and cold emailing and is completely manageable from a mobile device itself.
  • Application to use mobile devices as image scanners with features like on the fly image correction, image editing, text recognition, etc.
  • Application to provide cloud storage integration, cross-platform file transfer via FTP or LAN, and a root browser on mobile device
  • A robust indigenous anti-virus software for mobile devices.
  • Application to optimize mobile device’s performance by cleaning junk/cache files, optimizing device memory and optimizing battery usage.
  • A mobile based live streaming platform for hosting webinars, lectures, etc.
  • A mobile based messaging and video calling application
  • A mobile based microblogging application
  • A mobile based news application that uses cutting-edge technology to recommend the most relevant and interesting news individually to each use.
  • A mobile application offering satellite imagery and street maps, as well as functions such as a route planner for traveling by foot, car, or with public transportation.
  • A mobile based online gaming platform which also functions as a social hub for gamers
  • A mobile based photo-editing application with all standard image editing features


Only Indian entrepreneurs and start-ups will be eligible to submit their entries in various categories


  • The Innovation Challenge will be available on innovate.mygov.in
  • The last date of submission of entry is 18th July 2020
  • The applicant needs to apply only online to submit their proposals by registering and logging on MyGov portal: www.mygov.in
  • Applicants are advised to provide self-contained proposals with essential supporting materials provided as uploads for an informed and fair evaluation/review.
  • No changes will be accepted once proposals are submitted.
  • Providing incorrect information will lead to outright rejection of proposals.


  • Ease of use
  • Robustness
  • Security features
  • Scalability

There will be a two stage Selection Process:

  • 1st Stage – Screening of eligible entries
  • 2nd Stage – Evaluation by Jury, with actual Demo


  • Jury with experts from Private Sector & Academia to Evaluate
  • Shortlisted Apps to be awarded & put on Leader boards
  • Government to adopt suitable Apps, guide them to maturity


7 Indian institutes introduce Amazon Web Services ‘AWS Educate’ Cloud computing curricula

7 Indian institutes introduce Amazon Web Services ‘AWS Educate’ Cloud computing curricula |  

To help develop the next generation of Cloud professionals, seven higher education institutions in India will adopt Cloud computing curricula from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Educate global initiative into their mainstream college syllabus, the Cloud arm of ecommerce giant Amazon said. The Cloud computing content will be offered as part of undergraduate degree and postgraduate diploma programmes starting in September this year. Cloud computing is a top workforce skill sought by companies, as reported by a LinkedIn study conducted annually over the last five years.

This new effort is aimed at providing students with knowledge and competency-based credentials in skills such as Cloud architecture, data analytics, cybersecurity, Machine Learning, and software development. “Building a cloud-ready workforce is key to enabling technology-led growth in India that will drive innovation at speed and create impact at scale,” Rahul Sharma, President, India and South Asia Public Sector, Amazon Internet Services Private Limited, said in a statement. “Integrating cloud curricula as part of mainstream college education represents a shift in the way the industry and academia can come together to build the next-generation of highly-skilled Cloud professionals.”

The education institutions offering the newly-designed Bachelor of Technology degree programs in Information Technology (IT) and Computer Science are — Chitkara University, Punjab; Galgotias University, Uttar Pradesh; Manav Rachna University, Delhi and NCR; Noida Institute of Engineering and Technology, Uttar Pradesh; Sharda University, Delhi and NCR; and SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Tamil Nadu. The ASM Institute of Management and Computer Studies in Maharashtra will offer syllabus combined with the AWS Educate Cloud curricula for its Post Graduate Diploma in Management — Emerging Technology.

All students participating in the degree and diploma programmes will be enrolled in AWS Educate, Amazon’s global initiative to provide students comprehensive resources for building skills in the Cloud, and provided with AWS Promotional Credits to gain real-world, hands-on experience using AWS Cloud technology. Supporting this effort is IT industry body Nasscom which will facilitate greater industry participation by engaging key employers in information technology (IT) and information technology enabled services (ITES) segments in India, to build a talent pipeline equipped with cloud skills. ICT Academy, a not-for-profit society that collaborates with state governments and industry to train higher education teachers and industry-ready students, will also assist the education institutions with faculty development and curriculum alignment, AWS said. – Courtesy

Margdarshan Initiative Online Workshop – Must watch for institutes looking forward for NBA

Margdarshan Intititative Online Workshop – Must watch for institutes looking forward for NBA ( National Board of Accreditation )  | Mentoring for NBA to create value |   Streamed live on Jun 29, 2020 |   Youtube Video – 7:00:00  | Webinar |

Youtube Video – 7:00:00   –   https://youtu.be/OrGTrAOR9nM


Webinar on NBA Process & Margdarshan Initiative  –  Streamed live on May 6, 2020 – Youtube Video 2:52:45


Youtube Video 2:52:45  –  https://youtu.be/pGyDfvZPDTA

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