Indian Education Diary | February 16, 2019 |
Bangalore: Infosys today announced the launch of InfyTQ, a next-generation digital platform to offer the best learning and engagement experiences for engineering students in India. InfyTQ (Talent Quotient) is a free platform open to all engineering students in their third and fourth year across India. The platform encourages holistic development by imparting technical as well as professional skills and help them become industry ready. InfyTQ will be available on both mobile and desktop and is equipped with a plethora of content, courses, and news to establish talent readiness at an industry level through online assessments and certification. With InfyTQ, students will benefit from the always-on, anytime, anywhere learning, catered through a continuous transfer of digital skills and expertise from the Infosys innovation ecosystem. The platform will also assist students to stay connected with the organization, keep up with the latest happenings, and familiarize themselves with Infosys’ culture and value system.
The learning courses will be centered around conceptual and practical aspects of technology to ensure a thorough understanding of the fundamental building blocks. This includes extensive hands-on learning to aid the intelligent application of concepts in the real world. The platform will evolve and offer advanced learning materials and enable virtual programming environments for certain sets of students to further hone their technical skills. In addition, the platform also offers courses on professional skills to help students navigate the art of effective contextual response, inter-personal relationships, communication and email, etiquette among others. Students can install the platform on their mobile, or access the desktop version and register to get access to high-quality content and learning material to be ready for a dynamic industry. – Courtesy – Students signing up on the platform get access to proprietary course ware to accelerate learning, and deploy the knowledge gained on live projects. Infosys will provide a certification for some of the courses. In time, the platform will also morph into an additional hiring channel. The programmes will be offered free to students and colleges. The current courses are tuned towards getting the students trained on four key technology building blocks programming fundamentals, object-oriented programming , data structures & algorithms, and database management systems. The first three building blocks are taught using the Python language. The platform also offers soft skills courses, including one on business English. Infosys will keep adding courses to benefit more learners. An iOS app is expected soon. / InfyTQ, by Infosys, is a next-generation learning and engagement platform for engineering students in India geared to help them increase their technology quotient and be industry-ready upon completing their graduate studies. A pioneer in transforming fresh campus recruits into quality software professionals through its world-renowned training program, Infosys has developed InfyTQ for students to engage closely with the company while learning technologies that are relevant for day and for the future. With InfyTQ, students can benefit from the always-on, anytime-anywhere learning catered, through a continuous transfer of digital skills and expertise from the Infosys innovation ecosystem. Click here to download the Mobile App https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.InfosysIT.MyInfy&hl=en
Femina | Shilpa Dubey | February 15, 2019 |
In a first, a woman flight engineer has been inducted into the Indian Air Force. Chandigarh girl Hina Jaiswal will go down in history as the IAF’s first-ever woman flight engineer. “Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal has scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman flight engineer after completing the course at the Yelahanka Air Force Station,” Union Ministry of Defence said in a statement. The IAF inducted Hina from the 112th helicopter unit at the Yelahanka air base in the city’s northern suburb as its first woman flight engineer, the Ministry statement further added. “My achievement as the first woman flight engineer is a dream come true as I had aspired from childhood to wear a soldier’s uniform and take to sky as an aviator. I am enthusiastic about my stint in aviation and look forward to embrace the challenges in the service,” the statement quoted Hina as saying.
Hina completed her flight engineers’ course on Friday, February 15, 2019. Earlier, until 2018, the flight engineer branch was open only to male air warriors. “During the six-month course, Hina trained with her male counterparts, displaying commitment, dedication and perseverance,” the statement read. Before being selected as the flight engineer, she served as chief of firing team and battery commander in a frontline surface-to-air missile squadron. The Flight Lieutenant was commissioned as a warrior on January 5, 2015 in the air force’s engineering branch. She graduated in engineering from the Panjab University. Hina, as part of her new duties, will be posted to IAF’s operational helicopter units. Her job would be to operate in challenging and stressful situations from the Andamans to the Siachen Glacier. A flight engineer is a member of an aircraft’s flight crew who monitors and operates its complex aircraft systems requiring a specialised skill set.- Courtesy
Globsyn Business School Becomes the First AICTE Approved B-School in India to Use Blockchain Technology to Digitise its Certification Process
Press Trust of India | PTI | February 11, 2019 | The Week |
Globsyn Business School (GBS) becomes the first AICTE approved B-school in India to use Blockchain technology to digitise its certification process – a feat that has yet to be achieved by any other academic institutions in India, and among the very few to have taken this disruptive step globally. The rollout of the diplomas on Blockchain will allow the students and their prospective employers to access the diploma from any geographical location, without any need to send or present physical certificates. All students graduating from the post graduate programmes of GBS will now be able to share the credential of their diplomas with future employers and higher education institutions around the world without any hassle. Rahul Dasgupta, Director, Globsyn Business School, said, “Having forayed into the quest for continuous innovation in education two decades ago, it is due to its propensity for technical breakthroughs that today, Globsyn Business School stands on a strong foundation of technological platforms across its systems and processes. Following this legacy, GBS is now set to disrupt yet another age-old system of providing paper diplomas to its graduating students.” This has been made possible with the use of Certy, a platform that enables educational institutes to issue tamper-proof and instantly-verifiable certificates on the Blockchain, eliminating the need of background verification of students from the root. Certy is the brainchild of Somish, India’s leading Blockchain startup based out of New Delhi. “Globsyn Business School has made a bold statement by becoming India’s first B-school to adopt Blockchain in their critical certification process. Students can now simply share their certificate IDs and Blockchain transaction hash with prospective employers for instant verification. This is truly ground-breaking. We are dedicated in supporting Globsyn with their Blockchain journey,” said Ish Goel, CEO of Somish.
Blockchain is a decentralized distributed digital ledger, which is collectively maintained by a network of computers. It can be visualized as a large ledger book shared among many people (members) who collectively keep the records. No data on the ledger can be modified by a single person without every other member of the ledger agreeing to the change. Moreover, the ledger book is not stored in one place but is distributed among all the members, ensuring that no single person can tamper with the records, which is highly probable in a centralized database. This makes Blockchain hugely secure and is a technology which is being used extensively in the financial industry. “The adoption of Blockchain Technology is still in its infancy in the education industry, but we believe it can help make the Indian education system more dependable and trustworthy. We, at Globsyn Business School, are very excited about the adoption of Blockchain to issue our diplomas and are sure it will be a move that every other education institution adopts soon,” Mr. Dasgupta further added. Globsyn has always paved the way towards promoting and advocating technology to facilitate various systems and processes of pedagogic delivery to make it more productive and convenient for its different stakeholders. While GBS Direct enables the MBA aspirants to experience a hassle-free application process into GBS, e-Globsyn is a web 2.0 application with cloud computing based components and an extremely robust Learning Management System that integrates knowledge management, social networking and active learning tools under a single login system.
About Globsyn Business School
Today Globsyn Business School (GBS) has uniquely positioned itself as India’s only ‘Corporate B-School’, drawing from the strength and diversity of the fast evolving global corporate world. The new economy background of the school makes it one of the most forward thinking institutions in India today. With an edifice built on Innovation, Research and Technology, coupled with its philosophy of learning ‘Beyond Education’, Globsyn is well on its path to create a globally networked, corporate savvy, research-driven management education system which moves beyond traditional forms of management knowledge dissemination to a research based delivery framework to create ‘Industry Relevant Managers’ – an agile group of professionals equipped to operate in today’s technology-driven business environment. As a result of that over the years, more than 350 organisations have absorbed our students, both during final placement and summer internship. Our students have earned rich accolades for their achievements and a large number of them are star performers within their organisations. Globsyn Business School has received many accolades from the education fraternity from time to time and has been ranked among the Top 5 B-Schools in Eastern India along with IIM-Calcutta, XLRI-Jamshedpur, XIM-Bhubaneswar and IIT-Kharagpur (VGSM) as per Business India’s Best B-Schools Survey 2017. – Courtesy
AICTE pushes for Indian textbooks, VTU yet to make up its mind | Times of India | TNN | Feb 12, 2019 |
Bengaluru: You could call it a textbook case of official agencies working at cross purposes. After recommending engineering colleges to get hold of textbooks by Indian authors, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has finally come up with a list of candidates on its website. But engineering colleges in Karnataka are in a dilemma as the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has recommended books mostly by foreign authors. Until VTU takes a call, colleges have decided to use AICTE-prescribed books only for reference. Nagaraj Seetharam, principal, MVJ College of Engineering, Whitefield, said, We are bound by VTU regulations on textbooks and reference books, and regularly procure books by foreign authors, which are quite beneficial to our students and faculty. We are glad that AICTE has recommended Indian authors. It will provide students the option of reading different authors on the same subject. According to engineering college heads, six to eight in every 10 books recommended by VTU are by foreign authors. Indian authors texts are suggested mostly for reference. Currently, AICTE has recommended over 250 undergraduate and postgraduate textbooks by Indian authors. We have been using textbooks of Indian authors for long but mostly as reference books. Ultimately, its VTUs list of publishers that given priority for syllabus. The publishers recommended also push for foreign authors for engineering courses more than Indian authors. I hope VTU will take action after getting the AICTE list, said Nageshwara Guptha, vice-principal, Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering (SVCE).
Sanjay Jain, principal, CMR Institute of Technology, said, The final call has to be taken by VTU. I agree there are some good Indian authors or IIT professors who have written books and explained complex concepts in simple ways. But the use of foreign authors books in engineering education has a long tradition. We also read the same. Regarding the AICTE recommendation, we have subject experts who will go through books by Indian authors and recommend them to our students for reference. Senior VTU officials said the matter is under discussion and a final decision on modifying the syllabus with Indian authors textbooks is yet to be taken. Over 250 books listed on website In 2018, the AICTE had formed an expert committee to list out books that could be of help to students of engineering colleges and technical universities. The council has now published a list of over 250 recommended books for undergraduate and postgraduate engineering courses on its website, and institutions have been asked to choose from them. According to AICTE, books by these authors suit the model curriculum and industrial requirements and will help students. – Courtesy
JNTUH introduces new evaluation model for BTech students | Times of India | Preeti Biswas | TNN | Feb 12, 2019 |
Hyderabad: Engineering students will be discouraged from rote learning, as Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTUH ), is set to implement a new model of conducting exams, where levels of cognitive skills will be tested. Titled bloom taxonomy, the new model is a tool to help develop learning objectives of students skills. Cognitive skills such as remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating and creating will be tested as part of the mode. From simple recall or recognition of facts and events as the lowest level to increasingly more complex and abstract mental questions, to the highest order which is classified as evaluation, question papers will be framed in such a manner that students will be forced to think, analyse and demonstrate. For example, to test ability to recall information such as facts, conventions, definitions, jargon, technical terms etc. questions such as state Ohms law, list physical and chemical properties of silicon, define purpose of a constructor will be asked in the paper. To test level of understanding, students will be asked to explain importance of Silicon, constructor. The level of questions will eventually increase wherein students will have to finally calculate, model, apply, solve, experiment, determine or illustrate in order to come up with optimal solutions by themselves without relying on rote learning. The JNTUH will be implementing the new model on pilot project basis for students of selected branches of BTech second year second semester. The identified branches are computer science engineering, civil engineering, electrical and electronics, mechanical engineering and electronic and communication.
The motive is to bring a change in students mindset, who are anticipating stereotyped questions especially relying on question banks rather than the textbooks. If the mid and quiz examinations are conducted at college-level to the students using this method, it will be of great help to the students so that they will be ready to face the university examination in the new model using bloom taxonomy, said Kamakshi Prasad, director of evaluation in a circular issued to all the affiliated colleges last month. The mid-examinations scheduled to be held in April will be held using the new method. A set of model question papers have been sent to all the colleges which will be circulated among students and teachers for their awareness towards the change and quick adaption of the new pattern. While the new model is welcomed by the college managements, they are wary of its implementation. Students in India are habituated to rote learning and archaic direct questioning method right from school. The new question paper based on bloom taxonomy would be a paradigm shift for them and I am afraid it may be too difficult for them to cope up all of a sudden, said Srini Bupalam, general secretary of All India Self-Financing Technical Institutions. Managements are of the view that there should also be a gradual change in the way concepts are taught to the students. If the question papers are going to follow blooms taxonomy, then even the teaching method in colleges should be changed. The university should conduct workshops for colleges to adapt to the new method of evaluation, said a correspondent of a private engineering college. – Courtesy
The New Indian Express | 11th February 2019 | ENS |
Pinarayi said youth in the country seem to be less concerned about the underprivileged.
KOCHI: The government will tweak the engineering college syllabus periodically to incorporate the latest developments in the field of technology so that students are ‘ready to work’ and ‘ready for tomorrow’, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said here on Sunday. Inaugurating the Professional Students’ Summit, a first-of-its-kind initiative by the government at the Cochin University grounds here, the CM assured all red tapes would be removed in this regard so that the professional education in Kerala get the required fillip to meet the corporate sector’s demands. As part of this, the government also launched an internship programme for engineering graduates under its Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP), where students can register and companies can give them chance based on their requirements. Pinarayi said it would boost the employability of the students coming out of the state’s engineering colleges. “If need be, there’ll also be an update in the syllabus every year,” he said. Rather than becoming tech colonies, Kerala society should strive to be the inventors and developers of technology, said Pinarayi. The summit, which saw the participation of over 2,000 students from Kerala’s various universities, and eminent personalities, industrialists and academicians from different streams of professional expertise. Pinarayi said youth in the country seem to be less concerned about the underprivileged. The technological development should be used to address the issues faced by the farmers, fishermen and weavers. “Technology should ultimately result in improving the lives of the people living in the lowest social class. Right now, technology is not reaching the common man. Only multinational corporations and monopoly firms do. The youth should take inspiration from the Silicon Valley in America, which is the product of entrepreneurial endeavours of some youngsters, who built highly successful startups from there,” Pinarayi said.
The Chief Minister said the state was focusing on the developments of all segments and stress is given to the startup sector.“The internet has brought about new possibilities in research. The youth can bring revolutionary changes through three stages viz., update, enhance and benchmark,” Pinarayi said, adding that the state government is bringing KFon, which connects educational institutions through the internet and free Wi-FI in villages. “The state can only reduce the digital divide, but ultimately it’s up to the youth to take advantage and bring about revolutionary changes in the society,” Chief Minister added.Minister for Higher Education K T Jaleel made the presidential address. The day-long programme also saw experts from various fields mentoring select students from various professional colleges in the state. The personalities who participated in the mentoring programme include M S Valiathan, well-known academician and cardiac surgeon; V R Lalithambika, director, Human Spaceflight Programme, ISRO; Dr Soumya Swaminathan, deputy director general of programmes, World Health Organisation; Justice (retd) V Gopala Gowda, former judge of the Supreme Court; Sandip Trivedi, director, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, among others. – Courtesy
Kerala plans 1-year industrial internship for engineering students | Laxmi Prasanna | TNN | Feb 11, 2019
The state plans to introduce one-year industrial internship for engineering students after their four-year course, higher education minister K T Jaleel told TOI on Sunday. We are seriously considering a proposal to bring in one-year training for engineering students, so that their four-year course will extend to five years. I had discussed the matter with the chief minister, and he is positive about it. It will be on the lines of house surgeoncy in the fifth year of medical course. Further discussions are on with the academic and student bodies, so that it can be implemented in the next academic year, Jaleel said. The minister was speaking on the sidelines of the first Professional Students Summit (PSS) Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) here. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who inaugurated the summit, also launched an internship web portal for students to apply for industrial training. Engineering students in various streams such as electrical, civil, mechanical, architectural and computer science can do one-year internship in the 1,200 LSG institutions across the state. LSG bodies as part of their Plan fund can offer stipend to these students, Jaleel said. Higher education principal secretary and technical education board member Usha Titus said a mandatory one-year internship for engineering graduates was welcome but it should be implemented with AICTE approval. Students cannot be left to the mercy of industries for their stipend; there has to be a proper charter for its implementation, she said.- Courtesy
The New Indian Express | 11th February 2019 |
Nikita believes this will give her a great opportunity to network among some of the best brains in the world.
KOCHI: Nikita Mallya wants to be a writer someday. And, probably that is why she is incredibly thrilled to be selected to the HPAIR Harvard College Conference which is being organised at the Harvard campus from February 15-18. The fourth-year engineering student from Model Engineering College, Thrikkakara believes the conference is the ticket to her dream. “Though I have specialised in the computer science field, I always had a creative streak within me. The selection is quite tough and they challenge you by asking your literary and cultural interest. Even though there was an opportunity for me to choose the technology track, I preferred the arts and media stream,” she said. Nikita believes this will give her a great opportunity to network among some of the best brains in the world. “The conference is being held at Harvard itself. Some of the earlier delegates and guests at the HPAIR include former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, president of Thailand among others. In India, though we have a lot of skill and opportunities, our networking, especially for women, continues to be an issue. We still are not as open to forming bonds and relationships that can help us build a career path. This is especially true for women and I believe we need to grab hold of such opportunities which will help us,” said Nikita.
She goes on to say how there are hassles for women in choosing a job, especially related to arts which won’t provide a stable source of income. “This is where I believe my conversations with the people I will meet at the three-day conference will help me in setting my career path straight,” she said. The knowledge she procures from the conference will also be utilised to help other students. “I presently run a blog where I use the platform to inform people about the latest technology and current issues. I hope to continue with the blog in the future and use the information I receive in helping others who want to follow on their dreams,” says Nikita, who is probably one among the very few Malayalis to secure a place in the conference. Incidentally, this is not Nikita’s first time attending a world conference. “I had earlier attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference where I got the opportunity to talk to a lot of women who have reached echelons of power and knowledge using their acute skills. That was a fully sponsored programme. The amount I received through the event is being used by me to participate in the Harvard conference. The college has also helped me tremendously,” said Nikita who currently freelances for social media sites including techstory.in where she writes about artificial intelligence and blockchain technology. – Courtesy – Take a Look at https://www.hpair.org/harvard-conference-2019
UNI India | Kolkata, Feb 08 (UNI) | Italy is seeking Indian Mechanical Engineering Students for their fast growing Automobile Industry |
During the visit of the Italian delegation to the two day BGBS 2019, Prof. Gianpiero Mastinu, Secretary General cum Cluster Manager of Lombardy Mobility Cluster, stated that Italy automobile industry is growing at a very fast pace, especially in Lombardy. As a follow-up of BGBS the Lombardy Mobility Cluster will consider many projects issued by the WB Govt. In particular activities on Logistics, Intelligent Tranport Systems, Public transport (eirher road, rail or waterborne), mass production manufacturing will be discussed with Italian stakeholders. Italy is known also by its top six world famous cars like Lamborghini, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Lancia and Ferrari.
A considerable per cent of high tech auto parts are manufactured in Lombardy region by premium supplier companies. “We have an excellent institute, Politecnico Milano 1863 which is number one in Italy and ranked 17th over 4000 similar universities in the world. There are about 42000 students and it’s a centre of high standards that invites application from final year students of Mechanical Engineering from India as the mobility industry is growing.” We already have Indian students there and invite more students to pursue their PhD degrees there and who may later seek employment there. We are in the process of visiting IITs here and hope we see students from India who chose Italy as their destination for higher learning, stated Professor Mastinu who is a full time professor of Ground Vehicle Engineering at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. – Courtesy
AICTE panel proposes exit exam, registration for engineering graduates | The New Indian Express |Express News Service | 08th February 2019 |
Engineers in the country, just like doctors, may soon require licenses after passing a national level test before they start their professional journey.
NEW DELHI: Engineers in the country, just like doctors, may soon require licenses after passing a national level test before they start their professional journey. A committee formed by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has suggested that all engineers, including those from top technology institutes like Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), National Institutes of Technology (NIT) and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT )should get registered based on their performance in the exit test. Currently, there is no exit test for doctors but all of them are required to register with the state medical councils.
The three-member panel under former IIT Madras Director M S Anant, was formed last year to recommend ways to improve quality of engineering graduates. “The committee feels that all B Tech graduates should get registered following a test. Even MBBS doctors passing out of AIIMS need registration and it makes sense if B Tech passouts go through the same process”, AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe said. “The panel has made its recommendation and now a meeting of all possible stakeholders is being called soon to discuss it, following which, it will be up to the Union Human Resources Development Ministry to give final approval,” he added. In 2017, Aspiring Minds, a New Delhi-based employability assessment firm had surveyed engineering graduates in the country and come up with a report that said that 94 per cent of them were “unemployable.” Recently the AICTE had decided that no new engineering colleges would be given permission to open from 2020 and a review will be carried out every two years. In 2018, there were nearly 80,000 engineering seats in the country and since 2016, B Tech seats have been on decline every year following stricter regulation and closure of sub-standard colleges. – Courtesy
Unemployment in India is so bad that over 150 MBAs and engineering graduates applied for a handful of sanitation jobs
Business Insider | BI India Bureau | Feb 6, 2019 |
- A recent advertisement by Tamil Nadu government found that a large chunk of applications came from engineering graduates, MBAs and Diploma holders for the post of ‘sanitary workers.’
- Of the total 4,607 applications for 14 job posts in Tamil Nadu Assembly Secretariat, more than 150 applicants were over-qualified.
- The 14 vacancies offered employees a fixed salary of ₹17,000.
As the Indian government faces one of the worst job crises in the country, a recent job advertisement for sanitation workers in the state of Tamil Nadu painted an especially grim picture. A recent advertisement for 14 job posts for sanitation workers put out by the Tamil Nadu Assembly Secretariat received a large chunk of applications from engineering graduates, MBAs and Diploma holders, according to media reports. Of the total 4,607 applications, more than 150 applicants were highly qualified, with 66 applications from engineering graduates. These posts were open to candidates from general as well as reserved categories, and offered a fixed salary of ₹17,000.
The jobs also prioritized physical fitness for eligibility. However, there were no mandatory educational qualifications cited. The advertisement is of concern as it shows the job security offered by government jobs in India trumps other opportunities, even if the positions are unskilled, reported Times of India citing a senior official from the secretariat. Last week, a leaked report by India’s NSSO showed that that India witnessed it highest unemployment rate in 45 years at 6.1% for 2017-18, reflecting a serious job crisis, and a mismatch of qualified talent and available employment opportunities. Last year, Indian Railways recorded 2.66 lakh vacant jobs, shows an Right To Information (RTI) query cited in a latest report. While the latest recruitment drive will reportedly hire less than half of the already existing vacancies. Over 25 million people applied for 90,000 vacant posts in March last year, according to the report. – Courtesy