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Certificate by Institution of Mechanical Engineers not equivalent to Degree, Supreme Court

Certificate by Institution of Mechanical Engineers not equivalent to Degree, Supreme Court  | Bar and Bench | Murali Krishnan | August 13 2019 |

The Supreme Court has reaffirmed that Certificates issued by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (India) IMEI / appellant to its Members on successful completion of its bi-annual examination cannot be equivalent to a Degree.

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The judgment was passed by a Bench of Justices UU Lalit and Deepak Gupta in an appeal by Institution of Mechanical Engineers against a judgment of the Punjab & Haryana High Court. The appellant, a Society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 was established to promote the profession and practice of Mechanical Engineering Professionals. It conducts bi-annual examinations known as Technician Engineers’ Part-I and Part-II, Automobile Technician Engineers’ Examination Part-I and Part-II, Production Technician Engineers’ Part-I and Part-II, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician Engineers’ Examination Part-I and Part-II and Section-A and Section-B of Associate Membership Examination in Mechanical Engineering.

On successful completion of such examinations, the Certificate “Associate Member of Institution of Engineers” (AMIE) is awarded by the appellant. In 1988, the Government of India recognized Part-I and Part-II Technician Engineers’ Examination (T) conducted by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (India) at par with a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from State Polytechnic for the purpose of employment to subordinate posts and services under the Central Government.” The qualifications mentioned by Central government were endorsed by the Government of Punjab for recruitment to subordinate posts and services under its control. Pursuant to certain complaints against the appellant, many deficiencies were found in the curriculum offered by IMEI in its programmes. Later, the recognition granted insofar as examinations conducted and certificates issued by the appellant for the purposes of employment under the Central Government was withdrawn by MHRD in 2002. Subsequently, it was restored by the Central government after a representation by the appellant.

In the year 2008, a petition (Kartar Singh vs. Union of India and others) was filed in public interest before the Punjab & Haryana High Court submitting inter alia that number of study centres and illegal institutions were running in the State selling Degrees and Diplomas and the petition prayed for appropriate reliefs holding Degrees and Diplomas awarded by such study centres/ institutions to be invalid for government jobs. In 2012, the High Court delivered its judgment this 2008 case. It held that a certificate from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (India) cannot be equivalent to a degree. The appellant challenged the same in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court dealt with the case along with similar matter from Orissa. By way of a judgment rendered in Orissa Lift Irrigation Corporation Limited v. Rabi Sankar Patro and other, the Supreme Court which affirmed the judgment of the High Court in Kartar Singh. – Courtesy

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AICTE to modernise facilities in rural engineering colleges, technical institutions under MODROBS scheme

AICTE to modernise facilities in rural engineering colleges, technical institutions  | PTI | The New Indian Express | 11th August 2019 |

The technical education regulator under the HRD Ministry will be providing grants under the Modernisation and Removal of Obsolescence (MODROBS) scheme.

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NEW DELHI: Laboratories in engineering colleges and other technical institutions operational in rural areas are all set to get a makeover, with the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) deciding to provide grants to institutions for procuring modern equipment. The technical education regulator under the HRD Ministry will be providing grants under the Modernisation and Removal of Obsolescence (MODROBS) scheme. “A special drive is being undertaken by AICTE under MODROB scheme for modernising laboratories in technical institutions operating in rural areas and approved by AICTE by providing grants for procuring modern equipments. The institutions can apply under the scheme till August 28,” a senior AICTE official said. The MODROB scheme aims to modernise and remove obsolescence in laboratories, workshops, computing facilities excluding libraries, so as to enhance the functional efficiency of technical institutions for teaching, training and research purpose. “It also supports new innovations in classroom and laboratory, teaching technology, development of lab instructional material and appropriate technology to ensure that practical work and project work to be carried out by students is contemporary and suited to the needs of the industry.

“The equipment financed under the scheme could be ideally used for up-gradation of equipment in existing laboratories, enhancement of performance parameter specification of existing equipment, incorporation of latest development in the field and replacement of old depreciated equipment by modern equipment,” the official said. The equipment installed through MODROBS can also be used for indirect benefit to faculty or students through continuing education programmes, training programmes for local industry and consultancy work. Only institutions that have been in existence for at least 10 years can apply for the scheme and get funding up to Rs 20 lakh. Duration of the project will be two years from the date of receipt of funds in the institute’s account. “100 per cent grant of sanctioned amount will be released to government and government aided institutes. To private institutions, grants will be sanctioned in the form of per cent of the sanctioned amount as advance followed by 20 per cent as reimbursement on submission of the utilisation certificate and other supporting documents as specified in terms and conditions of MODROB,” the official said.  –  Courtesy    /  AICTE Circular –    Inviting Proposals under MODROB Scheme for Institutions approved by AICTE in Rural Areas

UST Global to host hackathon ‘d3code’ for college and university students across the country

The Hindu Business Line |  August 06, 2019 | Thiruvananthapuram |

UST Global announced the launch of the first edition of ‘d3code’, a hackathon for college and university students across the country , currently pursuing bachelor’s or master’s degree courses. The hackathon will be held ahead of its annual developer conference D3 (Dream, Develop and Disrupt), which itself will be held in December here.

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‘d3code’ (pronounced ‘decode’) is a nationwide initiative to provide students a platform with an aim to solve some of pressing problems faced in daily lives of the people. Participants can register for the hackathon  between August 5 and 31. Each team would comprise of four members, including the team leader. The participating teams will be notified about the private challenges during September, said Alexander Varghese, Chief Administrative Officer & Country Head – India, UST Global. “D3 is a premier company developer conference. The preceding hackathon is designed to bring young minds to work with experts in technology and innovation, while focusing on the bigger picture. “We are pleased to welcome the brightest students from colleges and universities across India to our campus to hack with USsociates to solve real-world challenges through innovation and technology.” The final in-person offline hackathon, at the UST Global Thiruvananthapuram campus, will be a 24-hour contest based on the specific problem statement.

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The prototype based on the same will have to be presented to the judging panel. The winners will be selected based on the judges’ vote. Top teams chosen to attend the final In-Person Hackathon will be given the opportunity to attend the D3 conference on December 5 and 6. Each member of the top 20 final teams who attend the final 24-hour hackathon will receive a conditional job offer (subject to terms and conditions) to join UST Global, India. The first prize winning team will be rewarded with a hacker’s backpack with a MacBook Pro, external hard drive, Raspberry Pi 4 desktop kit, USB flash drive, high-speed charging external power bank and a cash prize of Rs 25,000 each. Members of the team placed second will be awarded a Microsoft Surface, Raspberry Pi 4 desktop kit, and Rs 10,000, while members from the team placed third will take home a Samsung Note 9, Raspberry Pi 4 desktop kit, and Rs 5,000 each.   Courtesy   /    For more details—–>    https://ust-global.hackerearth.com/

Texas Instruments India, AICTE, DST and IIM-B join hands to bring India Innovation Challenge Design Contest (IICDC) to engineering students across India

Texas Instruments India, AICTE, DST and IIM-B join hands to bring India Innovation Challenge Design Contest (IICDC)to engineering students across India | AICTE Circular | 05 August 2019 | New Delhi |

Texas Instruments India, AICTE, DST and IIM-B join hands to bring India Innovation Challenge Design Contest (IICDC) to engineering students across India INNOVATE WITH INDIA, CHANGE THE WORLD!Texas Instrumentsin collaboration with Department of Science and Technology (DST), powered by AICTE mission proudly announce the DST & Texas Instruments India Innovation Challenge Design Contest 2019 anchored by NSRCEL, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) and supported by MyGov. The contest is open for all Indian engineering students pursuing undergraduate, postgraduate &Doctoral degrees with Indian engineering colleges. AICTE invites all student innovators, thinkers and makers of the country to join the revolution, who have a dream to create something new, aspire to make a difference, contribute to India’s success towards becoming an Innovation Hub. Give your ideas a jump-start by sculpting your innovation with technical support from Texas Instruments, business mentorship from IIMB, funding of INR 4.94 crores from DST

•Incubate -with mentors from India’s smartest brains from IIMB

•Launch -your product with funding and prizes from DST& TI

•Design-using Innovative products with technical mentorship & resources from TIThe India Innovation Challenge Design Contest (IICDC) has grown from strength to strength every year since its inception in 2016. IICDC 2018 edition has seen an exponential growth in the participation by 26511 students from 1760 colleges submitting 10146 ideas who dream of paving future of India with engineering solutions and path breaking innovative ideas. The contest has seen engineering students launch 20 start-ups & file over 175 patents.

Elaborating on the partnership with IICDC, Honourable Chairman AICTE, Prof. Sahasrabudhe, said, “AICTE’s mission to develop robust technical institutions and promote a scientific mind-set is perfectly aligned with IICDC’s mission to strengthen technical innovation in India. We see students as India’s change-makers with the responsibility to drive cutting edge technological innovation. We understand that the next big idea can come from any corner of the country! Our message to the student community is simple -no matter which college you study in or which pin code you reside in, if you have a powerful idea and a drive to make a difference, IICDC will give you an opportunity to achieve your goal.”Students can register their innovative ideas and participate in the contest through this link: AICTE Circular    /     https://innovate.mygov.in/iicdc2019/

AICTE to launch online portal to collect students’ feedback

AICTE to launch online portal to collect students’ feedback | STUDENT GRIEVANCE REDRESSAL COMMITTEE (SGRC) | Times of India | B S Anil Kumar | TNN | Aug 1, 2019,

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a bid to improve quality of engineering education in institutions across the country, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is planning to introduce a slew of new programmes and guidelines, including a 24 x7 online mechanism for collecting students’ feedback on teaching faculties in technical institutions. “The online portal for students to share with AICTE their feedback on teaching faculties, principal and head of the department would be open on September 5, the council authorities informed a meeting of university of vice chancellors, concluded in New Delhi last week. The feedback of students would be part of promotion of teachers,” sources said. The regulatory body is also gearing up to introduce a National Eligibility Test like quality assessment examination to assess the teaching skills and quality of candidates seeking appointment as teaching faculties in engineering colleges. The National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NTTIR) is developing online course for faculty training of existing pool of teachers in engineering colleges. It would be made mandatory for incumbent teachers to clear all eight training modules for upward career movement.

The NTTTR has already developed online courses for five modules and the remaining three modules would be ready by August 31, the AICTE team headed by chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe told the vice chancellors’ meeting. Another major important announcement made by AICTE authorities in the meeting was about mandatory accreditation of institutions. In view of the fact that majority of engineering colleges in the country lack facilities, which in turn affect the quality of education and result, AICTE plans to insist accreditation from National Board of Accreditation (NBA) mandatory for all programmes offered by engineering institutions. All institutions would be asked to ensure NBA accreditation to all their courses within five years. AICTE would not give extension of approval to institutions that fail to achieve 100 % accreditation in another five years, sources said. The state government has recently made NBA accreditation mandatory for engineering colleges seeking no objection certificate from the state government for starting new courses. Out of the 142 colleges affiliated to APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University in Kerala, 24 are accredited by the national board of accreditation (NBA). The pass percentage of students from NBA accredited institutions in 2019 was 47.5 %, which is 11 % higher than that of the state average.  –  Courtesy  /  AICTE Circular –  Public Notice on DRAFT All India Council for Technical Education (Redressal of Grievance of Students) Regulations, 2019-reg – 8 pages, pdf

Chandrayaan 2: HRD encourages students to take up courses in aerospace engineering

Sen Times |   PTI | Jul 22nd, 2019 |  General | By Manish Sen |

New Delhi: Lauding the successful launch of Chandrayaan-2, the HRD Ministry on Monday encouraged students to take up careers in aerospace engineering and said its ‘Swayam’ portal will offer online courses on the subject from July 29. India on Monday successfully launched its second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 onboard its powerful rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1 from the Sriharikota spaceport to explore the uncharted south pole of the celestial body by landing a rover. “ISRO will go ‘back to the moon’ today. Learn Aerospace Engineering with Swayam, who knows, if you are a part of the journey the next time,” the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry tweeted. The ministry’s ‘Swayam’ portal will offer six online courses in aerospace engineering and these will help students acquire skills and knowledge on designing, manufacturing and maintenance of spacecraft, aircraft, missiles and weapons systems. The courses being offered on the portal include the 12-week ‘Aircraft stability and control’ course and the ‘Design of fixed wing unmanned aerial vehicles’ course of eight weeks. Both the courses will be conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur.

IIT Kanpur is conducting two more courses ‘Introduction to ancient Indian technology’ (8 weeks) and ‘Introduction to rocket propulsion’ (12 weeks). While IIT Bombay is offering a 12-week course in ‘Introduction to aerospace engineering/flight’, IIT Kharagpur is offering a eight-week course in ‘Vibration and structural dynamics’. Launched in 2016, the HRD ministry’s ‘Swayam’ platform hosts Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). The geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle lifted-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 2.43 pm and successfully placed the 3,850-kg Chandrayaan-2 into the earth orbit about 16 minutes later. The mission’s success brought in huge relief for ISRO scientists after the July 15 launch was called off just about an hour left following a technical glitch in the rocket. – Courtesy

IIT Madras Launches techMBA Programme For UG Students

Business World |  22 July, 2019 by BW Online Bureau  |

The programme is being introduced from the Academic Year 2019-20

Indian Institute of Technology Madras is launching a first-of-its-kind programme, techMBA, for its undergraduate (UG) students from all the engineering streams. The students taking techMBA programme will be awarded two degrees, Engineering UG degree (B.Tech.) and Master’s degree in Management (MBA). The programme will be a part of the Five-Year Inter-Disciplinary Dual Degree (IDDD) programmes and is conceptualised by the Department of Management Studies (DOMS), IIT Madras. The Institute is introducing the programme from the Academic Year 2019-20 and it will have an intake of 25-30 students. Department of Management Studies will offer the foundational techMBA courses during the third and fourth years of all UG programs. The eligibility criteria for opting for the courses in the fifth year are CGPA, departmental aptitude test and/or personal interview.

Highlighting the unique positioning of the techMBA program, G. Arun Kumar, Head, Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras, said, “We believe techMBA program would be a trendsetter academically and a game changer professionally. We look forward to collaborating with the far-sighted corporations to invest our energies in the development of the next generation millennial talent founded on the pillars of technological depth, managerial breadth and business wisdom”. The IDDD programme enables the undergraduate students to utilize the fifth year of the course for specialising in the newly-formulated curricula that integrates and synergizes technology and management disciplines. The uniqueness of the techMBA lies in its learning outcomes, curriculum design, and pedagogy, which aim to combine the academic rigour with the practices from the organisational trenches.

The Department of Management Studies at IIT Madras formulated the techMBA programme after due analysis of the emerging talent needs of the global industries, the new career opportunities in the digital economy and the evolutionary advancement of management programmes across the world. The programme aims to impart business acumen to engineering students while inculcating management mindset for handling complex decision-making problems and shaping technology-driven organisational transformation. The curriculum judiciously blends courses from business functions, performance analytics and transformation technologies. The programme will prepare students for future career options, be it Management Innovators in industries or Thought Leaders in consultancies or Technopreneurs in deep technology domains. It will also enable the students to participate in the academic exchange programmes with the world-renowned universities, which evinced interest in offering specially designed courses. – Courtesy

UGC May Allow Pursuing Multiple Degrees Simultaneously, Sets Panel To Revisit The Idea

UGC May Allow Pursuing Multiple Degrees Simultaneously, Sets Panel To Revisit The Idea | Business World |  22 July, 2019 by BW Online Bureau |

This is not the first time the commission is examining the issue. The UGC had set up a committee in 2012 as well and consultations were held on the same but ultimately the idea was junked.

Students might soon be able to pursue multiple degrees simultaneously from different universities or the same university, with the University Grants Commission (UGC) studying the feasibility of the idea. The UGC has set up a panel headed by its Vice Chairman Bhushan Patwardhan to examine the issue of pursuing two degree programmes simultaneously from the same university or different universities either through distance mode, online mode or part-time mode. However, this is not the first time the commission is examining the issue. The UGC had set up a committee in 2012 as well and consultations were held on the same but ultimately the idea was junked. “The panel was set up late last month and has already met once. Now consultations are being held with different stakeholders to explore the feasibility of the idea,” a senior UGC official told PTI.

The 2012 committee headed by then Vice-Chancellor of Hyderabad University, Furqan Qamar, had recommended that a student enrolled in a degree programme under regular mode may be allowed to pursue a maximum of one additional degree programme simultaneously under open or distance mode from the same or a different university. “However, two-degree programmes under regular mode may not be allowed simultaneously as it may create logistic, administrative and academic problems. A student pursuing a degree programme under regular mode may be allowed to pursue a maximum of one certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, PG diploma programme simultaneously either in regular or open and distance mode in the same university or from other institutions,” the panel report had said. According to UGC officials, “the commission had then sought comments of the statutory councils on the committee’s report and the responses received did not endorse the idea of allowing students to pursue multiple degree programmes simultaneously. Hence the plan did not take off”. “It has now been decided to revisit the idea because technology has brought in lot of changes. There are vast majority of people who want to pursue specialised courses besides their regular degree programmes,” the official said. – Courtesy

‘Need for 2.7 million digitally skilled people by 2023’

‘Need for 2.7mn digitally skilled people by 2023’ | The Times of India, Business | TNN | TNn | Jul 18, 2019 |

Chennai: India will need around four times its existing digital tech professionals over the next four years to feed the burgeonining demand created by IT industry. The country has around 6.8 lakh digital professionals and the requirements are 2.7 million by 2023, Nasscom officials said. The IT industry employs nearly 4 million professionals today. This demand will need to be met from both fresh talent from educational institutions and by upskilling the current information technology (IT) talent base, Nasscom representatives added, on the sidelines of the annual HR Summit in Chennai. “When we talk to the industry today, finding the right talent and developing them emerges as the biggest issue for most companies. If we don’t fix our talent issues, our IT companies are just going to be hiring from one another, which is not a good situation to be in,” Nasscom president Debjani Ghosh said. Nasscom said that almost 60%-65% of the current IT jobs are likely to undergo huge changes over the next five years, making re-skilling and upskilling significant for the industry. To counter this, Nasscom, through its FutureSkills initiative, has set itself a target to upskill four million people by 2025, and transform over 100 universities to help them create digital talent.

SRM University in Chennai is the first university partner to help build the engagement model with educational institutions to improve the overall readiness of graduating students. Last year was a positive one for the industry in terms of jobs, and though Nasscom has done away with offering guidance, Nasscom’s CEO survey envisages a positive mood for Indian IT this year, Ghosh added. The FutureSkills platform has identified 10 professional skills as key for the industry’s future including problem solving, design thinking, continuous learning, communication & story-telling, negotiating & influencing, collaboration, project management, product management, program management and digitalisation. Within its digital talent base, India has around 2,60,000 people in cloud computing, 1.85,000 in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data analytics, 1,85,000 in social media and mobile platforms and almost 1,70,000 in Internet of Things (IoT), the industry body said. Nasscom also aims to move from a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) approach to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) as liberal arts emerge an integral part of understanding emerging tech. Courtesy

3 out of 4 graduates from top engineering colleges got jobs via campus placements, government data shows

3 out of 4 graduates from top engineering colleges got jobs via campus placements, government data shows | Business Insider |  17 July 2019 | Prerna Sindwani | Jul 17, 2019 |

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), National Institute of Technology (NITs) and Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs) — placed almost 77% of its graduates through campus placements.
  • Of the total 23,298 engineering students, 17,946 were placed on campus, according to HRD Ministry.
  • Bagging over 32% of offers, IIT Delhi campus witnessed an upsurge of 15% in the number of companies visiting for campus placements this year. 
  • *IIT graduates have bagged employment offers from 200 of the top 500 companies across the globe.

India’s top notch engineering colleges — Indian Institute of Technology(IITs), National Institute of Technology (NITs) and Indian Institute of Information Technology(IIITs) — placed almost 77% of its graduates through campus placements, according to the Human Resource & Development Ministry (MHRD). This means, three in every four students from premium institutions received placement offers from the companies visiting the campuses in 2018-19.

According to Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Union Human Resource Development Minister, of the total 23,298 engineering students, 17,946 were placed on campus. However, if all the country’s colleges under All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) are included, the percentage of engineers places goes down 45%. “With Government of India targeting a high growth path, employment opportunities shall increase,” NDTV reported citing Pokhriyal. IITs graduates bagged employment offers from 200 of the top 500 companies across the globe. IIT Delhi campus bagged over 32% of the total offers made to the institutions, and the number of companies making them also by 15% . It scored over 1,000 offers from Indian as well as overseas employers. This included pre-placement offers allowing students to intern before joining them.

*Automation effect* IT majors including TCS, Wipro and Infosys have been hiring freshers in large numbers, from campuses. In the meanwhile, engineering colleges are also offering courses in emerging digital fields like data analytics, AI and machine learning which is improving their employability. The AICTE is also giving importance to sprucing up education in emerging digital fields like Artificial Intelligence and blockchain. IIT also introduced B.Tech in Artificial Intelligence along with other certification courses in machine learning. – Courtesy

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