MBCET UG Courses receive NBA Accreditation | All the Five UG programmes of MBCET are accredited by NBA, New Delhi under TIER-II Category w.e.f. July 2016 !
Accreditation is the formal recognition of an educational institution or a degree program by an external independent authorized agency, based on well-defined and documented criteria and standards.
The National Board of Accreditation (NBA) is an autonomous body established by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi for periodic evaluation of programmes offered by various technical institutions across our country. At present, as per Washington Accord, NBA has a two-tier system of accreditation for under graduate engineering programmes, namely TIER-I and TIER-II format.
The Tier–I format is applicable to the engineering and technology programmes offered by Academically Autonomous Institutions, University Departments and Constituent Colleges of the Universities. Tier-II format is applicable for the non-autonomous institutions which are affiliated to a university. In the TIER-I format of accreditation, more focus is on the criteria which are based on outcome based education. The Washington Accord is an International Agreement among bodies responsible for accrediting undergraduate engineering degree programs from various countries. The programmes accredited by these member bodies symbolises the substantial equivalency of programs. Also it recommends that the graduates of programs accredited by any of the signatory bodies be recognized by the other bodies,as having met the academic requirements for entry to the practice of engineering in the irrespective country. Thus the membership of Washington Accord is an international recognition of the quality of undergraduate engineering education offered by the member country and is an avenue to bring it into the world class category. National Board of Accreditation, India has become the permanent signatory member of the Washington Accord on 13th June 2014. The NBA accredited programmes under TIER-I format are eligible for the recognition of the programmes by other signatories of the Washington Accord. Therefore, it encourages and facilitates the mobility of engineering graduates and professionals at international level. MBCET proud to announce that all the five following UG programmes of college are accredited by NBA, New Delhi under TIER-II Category and hence confirming quest for achieving excellence in providing Quality Technical Education.
The National Board of Accreditation (NBA) has accorded Tier II Accreditation w.e.f. July 2016 to all the B.Tech. Programmes viz. Civil Engineering (CE), Computer Science & Engineering (CSE), Electrical & Electronics Engineering (EEE), Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) and the Mechanical Engineering (ME), offered by the Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. On the basis of the SAR (Self Assessment Report) submitted by the College in December 2014, an Expert Committee consisting of 11 Members visited the College on 29, 30 & 31 January 2016. The Committee personally evaluated the Performance of the College with reference to the SAR and submitted its report to the Executive Council which accorded Tier II accreditation to all the Programmes offered. MBCET has added another feather to its cap after its victory in the Kerala University Youth Festival as the Runner-up. In fact, MBCET can legitimately be proud of being the first College among the Self-Financing Engineering Colleges to receive NBA Accreditation for all the Programmes offered by the College, in accordance with the revised criteria for Accreditation prescribed by the NBA. / http://mbcet.ac.in/ http://www.nbaind.org/views/Home.aspx
The Times of India | Aparajita Ray | TNN | April 29, 2016 |
Bengaluru: “She must be a visitor.” That’s the murmur she heard when Annie Sinha Roy walked into the construction site of Delhi Metro on the first day of her job. “There were about 100 men, most of them labourers and a few engineers. They thought I would not last long. There were no toilets, no place to sit and debris all around,” the country’s first and only woman tunnel engineer recalls. “After a couple of hours, I was standing in front of a huge machine that had to break the ground but it was stuck. A German engineer and my boss asked me to get inside it and open a nut. Even before I realized what I was doing, my face was gushed by hydraulic oil. The colleague said my face would glow for the rest of my life. Today tunnelling is my life,” says Annie, 35, ahead of the inauguration of South India’s first underground Metro rail on Friday.
In Bengaluru, she alone steered Godavari, the tunnelboring machine that recently finished boring underground from Sampige Road to Majestic. She calls it her tunnel because the machine had got damaged just when she joined as assistant engineer in Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) in May 2015. After that, she used to spend eight hours in the tunnel every day. “Sometimes when people see me with the helmet and jacket and learn that I work for Namma Metro, they would only ask when the work will get over,” she says. Recalling her long journey, she said she wanted to pursue her masters after completing degree in mechanical engineering from Nagpur University. – Courtesy
The Hindu | Thiruvananthapuram | April 27, 2016 | | Metroplus | Society |
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre introduces the ‘human library’ concept for its space scientists and engineers
Space scientist M. Chandra Dathan has many experiences to talk about: of conquests and challenges of India’s space programme. Listening in rapt attention to the distinguished scientist and then head of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) was a select gathering of young scientists and engineers of the institution.That was in November 2014 when the first chapter of a novel concept was opened by Narayanankutty, head of the Library and Information Division at VSSC. It was called the ‘human library’ programme, wherein senior scientists would participate in knowledge-sharing sessions with interested participants. “Each scientist would be treated as a source of information that was up for ‘reading’ by participants. They could discuss their projects or ask doubts and it would be instantly clarified. It is a dynamic process that gives participants a chance to interact with experienced scientists,” says Narayanankutty.
Many users of the library were intrigued by the idea of a ‘human library’ when it was first presented at the VSSC in the capital city. Since only 20 users would be permitted to use this ‘book’ there was quite a rush to learn more about the book and the concept. Since then eight such sessions have been held at the library and the response each time has been overwhelming. All the sessions are recorded and documented. Looking back, Narayanankutty recalls with pride how the idea has caught on in the rarefied echelons of space science and scientists. “The library and information division at VSSC is the largest in the Indian Space Research Organisation. There are about 3 lakh documents and 4,500 users of the division. It is the largest library under ISRO.” Although many of the senior scientists have a punishing schedule at work, Narayanankutty says that they have gone out of the way to participate in the programme.
“The innovative human library programme that has been initiated in VSSC is an essential one that is helping a lot of young scientists and engineers. Rocket science is a multi-disciplinary subject that is not confined to one book or a series of books. So, a young scientist who is searching for a particular piece of information may not find all that he/she wants in one book or at one go. But an experienced scientist would have it at his fingertips. That is where this programme is particularly useful,” explains K. Sivan, Director, VSSC. Comparing the concept to the gurukula system of yore, Dr. Sivan adds: “This programme is essentially like a transfer of knowledge from a guru to his students. A senior scientist at a place like VSSC has years of experience and knowledge, which he has gained from on-hand experience. Such practical and theoretical nuggets can be gained at one go by a participant of the human library programme. Moreover the inter-disciplinary knowledge a person acquires over the years is invaluable. This can be transferred to the participants as also pragmatic tips for problem solving for specific issues.”
Sessions are planned in advance and all departments are notified about the human book for a particular session. “We accept reservations in advance, much like placing reservations for a popular book that is in demand,” Narayanankutty explains. Recently, he took part in a seminar conducted by the University of Kerala, where he described the concept and its impact. “It is perhaps the first of its kind in India and we hope to expand it by creating a database of all space scientists to help the space scientific community at VSSC,” says Narayanankutty. He points out that though the idea is popular in Western countries, it is yet to catch on in India. At present, the human library is open only to personnel in VSSC. But Dr. Sivan hopes that other organisations will borrow a page from their programme and begin their own human library.
The unique concept of inviting a person to share his experiences and knowledge was first begun in Denmark in 2000. The aim was to help people understand each other and promote compassion and knowledge of different cultures and so on. It was felt that such an approach might curb violence and foster understanding between different communities. The success of the concept motivated cities to set up their own human library projects. – Courtesy
Business Standard | Gireesh Babu | Chennai April 27, 2016 |
Current chair is in honour of C R Muthukrishnan, retired Professor from Dept of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras.
IIT Madras alumnus and co-founder of Infosys, Kris Gopalakrishnan has named the third Distinguished Chair in Computational Brain Research after C R Muthukrishnan, retired Professor from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Gopalakrishnan had earlier set up three chairs in computational brain research at IIT Madras, with an endowment of Rs 10 crore each. The three chairs created at IIT-M focus on computing aspects – architecture & model of the brain, including the memory/ processor relationship and neuromorphic computing. The first Chair was endowed in December 2014 as the Prof Mahabala Distinguished Chair in Computational Brain Research and has since been occupied by Dr Partha Mitra, from Cold Spring Harbor Lab, New York.
The second Chair was endowed in April 2015 as the N R Narayana Murthy Distinguished Chair in Computational Brain Research and is occupied by Mriganka Sur, from MIT, Cambridge. The third Chair, which has now been named, was endowed in July 2015 and is occupied by Anand Raghunathan from Purdue University, West Lafayette, US. Muthukrishnan is currently Advisor, Rajalakshmi Engineering College, and is fully engaged in faculty development, motivation and attitude building for students, and in quality improvement of teaching-learning. He has served as Consulting Advisor, TCS, and was in the Tamil Nadu IT Task Force 1998-2001. He has also served as President of the Computer society of India 2000-2002, as Indo-French Scientific Council Member in 2000-2005, and as Director on the Boards of Tidel Park and Indian Bank. – Courtesy
The Times of India | Preetu Nair | TNN | April 26, 2016 |
Kochi: What has life skills and economics got to do with studying engineering? A lot, if APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University (KTU) is to be believed. Waking up to the reality that most of the engineering students in Kerala are not employable as they lack basic communication and managerial skills, from next academic year, life skills, business economics and principles of management are being introduced as compulsory subjects in all the engineering colleges in the state. The subjects will be introduced from the third year and will carry 100 marks each. “The idea behind introducing these courses in the BTech curriculum is to develop communication competence, managerial skills and understanding of the business environment in the students and enable them to convey their thoughts and ideas with clarity and focus,” said KTU pro vice-chancellor M Abdul Rahman.
Currently, of the 20,000 students passing out each year from engineering colleges in the state, only about 15% get campus placements. This is mainly due to poor communication skills and inadequate managerial understanding. KTU has designed the life skills curriculum in such a manner that it helps students develop report writing skills and equip them to face interviews and group discussions. It also inculcates critical thinking process and problem-solving skills in them and help them understand team dynamics and effectiveness. On the other hand, business economics has been introduced to familiarize the students with elementary principles of economics and managerial economics to help them gain managerial decision-making capabilities. The management course has been designed in such a way that it helps develop the student’s ability to critically analyse and evaluate a variety of management practices in the contemporary context. It also helps them mirror existing practices or generate their own innovative management competencies, required for today’s complex and global workplace. “The KTU has taken a welcome step. Till now, it was optional to teach these subjects. Many colleges had ignored them as they didn’t want to bear additional costs,” said Jenty Joy, vice-chairman, Consotium of Technical Institute for Placement Services, Kerala. – Courtesy
AAMC introduces International Training and Assessment Course (ITAC) changes landscape of training in India
IIFL | India Infoline News Service | Mumbai | April 25, 2016 |
AAMC- Australasian Academy of Mentoring and Coaching Training Group introduces ITAC- International Training & Assessment Course, a vocational and certified skill development and enhancement course for trainers and assessors, which provides the opportunity to work with skills councils across industrial sectors in India and overseas. Introduced in 4 major metro cities in India, ITAC is the first to be approved by AICTE ‘Train the Trainer program’ offering Indian and Australian Government certification with a globally recognised qualification. Spanning from 18th to 22nd of April 2016 in Mumbai, ITAC workshops focus on enabling trainers to be competent entrepreneurs, thereby enabling them to build their own skill development programs and forge links with relevant government agencies. AAMC Training Group offers the ITAC Trainer Course through a 5-day workshop in Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
In India there is a need for an additional 70,000 Vocational Education and Training (TVET) trainers and assessors. A competent vocational trainer plans and delivers training sessions to meet learners’ needs; understands the vocational education sector in which they work; works safely at all times; prepares their learners for assessment and promotes learning in the workplace. A competent assessor plans and conducts competency-based assessments; understands the vocational education sector in which they work; validates assessments; conducts recognition of existing skills assessments (RESK).
AAMC Training India Pvt Ltd is a training partner with Retailers Association’s Skill Council of India (RASCI) and also registered under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY) scheme. “The ITAC has been brought to India to develop international standard skills, improve employability and promote workforce mobility. The participants will develop skills and knowledge they need to perform training and assessments in an international environment”, said Jeff Mazzini, Managing Director, AAMC Training Group.
The ITAC Trainer course comprises of 6 components, while the ITAC Assessor course comprises of 4 components. The training module covers imperative topics like training tools and products, delivering work instruction, engage learners to develop language, literacy and numeracy, work safety and competency based assessments. Thought leader mentor and motivational expert Ravi Subraman, the Head Training & Development of AAMC Training in India heads the workshops. Ravi says, “There has not been a recognised qualification for a trainer in India. The ITAC will fulfil that need and provide quality trainers to the country.” He also adds “India needs more skilled people. 9 out of 10 people in India are unskilled or are not skilled at all. We are trying to bridge this gap and bring in a sea change in the industry.” Each batch of the ITAC will cater to only 20 candidates to provide and receive better attention. Trainers and consultants from diverse industry sectors like HR, IT, Banking & Finance, Retail, Education, Hospitality, NGO and aviation participated in the workshop. “ITAC course is very informative and will be very useful to Trainers who would like to upgrade their Skills” said participants in unison.
AAMC Training Group with the introduction of ITAC is all set to revolutionise the training and assessment landscape of India.
AAMC Training Group is a 15 year old Australian based Registered Training Organisation (RTO) ,established across four countries globally and operating in India for the past 2 years. AAMC Training has globally provided training to 40K+ students and associated with 250+ companies. Some of AAMC Training clients include key banks within Australia and BPOs within the Philippines. In the Philippines, AAMC Training has signed an association with 4200 schools to provide them with a variety of training. – Courtesy
Business Standard | Press Trust of India | New Delhi April 25, 2016 |
To analyse the feedback received regarding its first ever rankings of the country’s educational institutions, the Union HRD ministry today constituted a nine member expert committee that would review parameters and suggest improvements. The Smriti Irani led HRD ministry had earlier this month released rankings of the country’s educational institutions and the Committee headed by Secretary Higher Education Vinay Sheel Oberoi would analyse the feedback. “A lot of feedback is about classification of the institutions. We have to think whether there can be more categories for other disciplines like say law. To look holistically at the entire exercise we have decided to form this panel,” a senior official said.
Apart from Oberoi, Prof Surendra Prasad, chairman of National Board of Accreditation, UGC chairman Ved Prakash, AICTE head Anil Sahasrabudhe, Additional Secretary R Subrahmanyam and other senior officials would be a part of the nine member panel. The committee would invite representatives from educational institutions to get a more comprehensive outlook of the issues. Among the terms of reference for the panel are review of ranking structures, rationalisation of parameters, setting up a National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) cell at NBA and also examine the possibility of loading all data related to educational institutions, on the All India Survey of Higher Education and a parallel website. “The committee would work so the feedback received after NIRF 2015 can be used to improve the rankings for the next year,” the official added. – Courtesy
Deccan Herald | Abhay Kumar |April 25, 2016 | PATNA | DHNS |
A nonagenarian, who retired from a private firm 36 years ago, created a record of sorts when he appeared for the MA (economics) examinations here.
The 96-year-old ‘veteran examinee’ Raj Kumar Vaishya refused special privileges at the examination centre and said he, much like other students, would write his papers in the examination hall in a normal way. The exams were conducted by the Nalanda Open University (NOU). Admitted to the post graduate course in economics last year, Vaishya stays in Rajendra Nagar area of the state capital, along with his son, who is a retired professor of an engineering college. Born in UP’s Bareilly district on April 1, 1920, Vaishya completed his matriculation from UP Board in 1934. In 1938, he graduated from Agra University, followed by LLB degree from the same varsity.
“I worked for a private firm in Koderma (now in Jharkhand) and retired in 1980. Ever since my retirement, I wanted to pursue my post graduation. But this dream has been fulfilled now,” said Vaishya. He thanked the Vice-Chancellor of NOU Dr Rasbihari Prasad Singh and Registrar S P Sinha for helping him fulfil his dream. The senior officials of the university had last year gone to Vaishya’s residence in Rajendra Nagar to complete the admission formalities. “But during the examination, he sought no special privileges,” said the NOU registrar. “Vaishya Ji has not only created history by appearing for the PG examination at the age of 96, but will also inspire many others to pursue their academic activities,” said the Vice-Chancellor. – Courtesy
The Economic Times | By J Vignesh | ET Bureau | 25 April, 2016 |
BENGALURU: The Innovation Acceleration Program from Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth, led Anupama Subramanian, the executive HR director at Willis Towers Watson, to believe she could play a more transformative role. That is how she shifted to this company, six months ago. Senior executives like Subramanian and youngsters are increasingly turning to digital education platforms to gain new skills and stay relevant in the changing market. “With the emergence of a strong startup culture in India, which requires specific key skills to fit in and be of value in a small team, re-skilling has been made much more important. We have heard from many of our learners that employers are increasingly receptive to job candidates who have gained online course certificates from high quality universities,” said Anant Agarwal, CEO, edX. Online stock brokerage firm Zerodha actively looks out for courses that are relevant for its employees. “As and when we come across courses that we think is something our employees need to know, we encourage them to take it up,” said CEO Nithin Kamath.
MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Courses) like Coursera and edX were under the scanner for their low conversion rates, but have now come up with cohort groups and messaging platforms to connect students with each other and platforms like Simplilearn and Emeritus are charging the customers, thereby bringing in the required push to complete the course. The companies say technology-related courses are most in demand. In India, we see a disproportionate interest in technology-related courses. Among our 10 largest countries, Indians are most likely to enroll in courses related to computer science and data science,” said Rick C Levin, CEO, Coursera. Take for example, Zeeshan, an android developer. He did not get placed during the campus recruitments and took up an android programming course on Simplilearn. “These days everything is on app, so I took the android programming course and landed with a job in a startup,” he said.
Money is no longer the talking point as the companies sponsor employees or employees are ready to pay for the sake of career opportunities. “The biggest challenge was, people were not willing to pay, but now they have begun to realise that it’s an investment,” said Krishna Kumar, CEO of Simplilearn. Accenture sponsors its employees to upgrade their skills. “In our learning curricula designed for specific business domains, industries and talent segments, we incorporate and sponsor employees to undertake online and virtual higher education and certifications relevant to their roles,” said Parag Pande, MD, Human Resources, Accenture (India). The digital platforms like edX and Coursera have already tied up with leading colleges. Udacity, which recently set up its centre in Bengaluru, plans to do the same. “We have seen huge interest among university students and are currently in talks with few institutions to understand the best way to take this forward,” said Vardhan Koshal, country manager, Udacity, India. The next big push for these digital platforms are tie ups with both startups and companies, so as to co-create relevant curricula. “In about six months’ time, we will be launching a PG diploma in digital business and ecommerce. What we might do is to partner with Amazon or Flipkart. They might bring in expertise on ecommerce and how their models in India and other markets work, and we will deliver the main content,” said Ashwin Damera, Executive Director and member of the Academic Board of Emeritus. – Courtesy