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Under UGC’s Paramarsh scheme, top varsities to mentor NAAC-aspirant colleges

Hindustan Times | Amandeep Shukla  | Nov 15, 2018 |  New Delhi |

Mentor institutions, under University Grants Commission (UGC)’s ‘Paramarsh’ scheme, will have to guide the mentees in achieving high-quality standards, said a UGC member.

Top Indian universities and colleges will share their expertise and resources with educational institutes, which have failed to meet the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC)’s quality standards, under the University Grants Commission (UGC)’s ‘Paramarsh’ scheme. The UGC, which regulates higher education in the country, on Wednesday gave its nod to a proposal at meeting in New Delhi in this regard. “Many educational institutions have not been doing well when it comes to NAAC accreditation, which assesses minimum quality standards. The focus is to ensure that every institution shall get NAAC accreditation with a minimum score of 2.5 by 2022. So, a scheme named Paramarsh received the commission’s in principle nod,” said a UGC member.  Mentor institutions, under the scheme, will have to guide the mentees in achieving high-quality standards, said another UGC member. He said hundreds of top performing universities and colleges would be chosen to lead others, which have failed to get good ratings.

The second UGC member said improving the quality and ensuring institutions and their courses are accredited is a major focus area. “A similar mentorship scheme has already been in the works for technical institutions. The new scheme aims to ensure that better performing varsities and colleges also help the ones lagging behind.” Former UGC member Inder Mohan Kapahy said NAAC measures the quality of institutions on a scale of 4 by looking at various aspects like methodology of teaching, research, patents. “This is an attempt to raise the quality of several of our institutions, which could benefit from the better performing ones.” A proposal for an institution to be in existence for at least 15 years to be conferred the status of a university was also discussed at the UGC meeting. It is proposed that the institutions seeking the status should have high NAAC scores. Two-thirds of courses should have the National Board of Accreditation go-ahead in case a technical institution is seeking the deemed status. “The proposal was discussed. However, it was felt that more deliberations were needed on this,” said another UGC member. – Courtesy


MHRD launched ‘Institution’s Innovation Council (IICs)’, MIC

Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India has established ‘MHRD’s Innovation Cell (MIC)’ to systematically foster the culture of Innovation amongst all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The primary mandate of IC is to encourage, inspire and nurture young students by supporting them to work with new ideas while they are informative years. MIC has envisioned creation of‘Institution’s Innovation Council (IICs)’across selected HEIs. Anetwork of these IICs will be established to promote innovation in the Institution through multitudinous modes eading to an innovation promotion eco-system in these campuses.
IIC –  Focus
Major Focus ofIIC
  • To create a vibrant local innovation ecosystem
  • Start-up/ entrepreneurship supporting mechanism n EIs
  • Prepare institute for Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements Framework (ARRIA)
  • Establish unction Ecosystem for Scouting Ideas and Pre-incubation of Ideas
  • Develop better Cognitive Ability amongst Technology Students

UGC Circular – Published on 05-11-2018  –   UGC Letter reg.:      Institutions Innovation Council (IICs) –         /   Brochure, 5 pages, pdf       /      Take a Look at https://www.facilities.aicte-india.org/IC/iic.html

MHRD launched LEAP and ARPIT schemes for higher education teachers’ training

Business Standard |  IANS  |  New Delhi | November 13, 2018 |

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on Tuesday launched two training programmes for teachers in the realm of higher education, aimed to keep them updated on the latest developments in the world and to inculcate in them administrative skills to run their institutes. Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) and Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching (ARPIT) were launched here by Junior HRD Minister Satya Pal Singh. LEAP will be a three-week training programme (including one week training abroad) to train a second-tier of academics likely to take up the reins of the institute in future. Its implementation will be done through 15 National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked institutions, which include IIT Kanpur and Roorkee, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, TISS Mumbai, and Banaras Hindu University.

Among the foreign universities are Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, LSE and Oxford, the ministry said in a statement. “There are good academics, who are not good in administration… most students who come take admission scoring above 90 per cent. They will do good even without teachers. So what’s the accountability of teachers? How are they adding value to the students’ lives. I would request academics to enrol for the course,” HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a video message at the launch. For ARPIT, a refresher training will be given to 15 lakh faculty members in higher education through the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) using government platform SWAYAM. The government has identified 75 discipline-specific institutes, which it has named National Resource Centres (NRCs), to prepare training material. These NRCs are located in institutions like IITs, IISC, NITs and state and central universities. The government said it is expecting to give refresher training to at least 13 lakh of the 15 lakh teachers enrolled as such in higher education. All teachers who successfully complete the refresher training will be certified. The courses will be open from November 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019. “One must always stay abreast of the latest happening of the world… teachers who do not update themselves can’t guide students,” Javadekar said on the refresher training. – Courtesy     /    MHRD Circular

IAF to hold competition for Swarm Drone Competition

Indian Airforce announces 100 crores Swarm Drone Competition | AICTE Announcement |  12 November 2018 |

In the first of its kind in the Indian defence sector, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has announced the Mehar Baba prize under which individuals, start-ups and other “for profit” entities can compete to build a swarm of 50 drones to be employed in Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations. The competition aims to tap into the young talent pool available across the country and leverage its expertise to meet the emerging requirements of the armed forces. If successful it can be a benchmark for other services to emulate. “The winners, up to three, will get up to Rs 10 lakh in prize followed by a co-production opportunity with a Base Repair Depot (BRD) towards a Rs. 100 crore order for induction of their developed drone swarms,” an IAF officer said. The increasing frequency of natural disasters in the country and the extensive damage they cause, underlines the need for enhanced HADR response efforts, especially in the remote and far-flung areas and the swarm technology has great potential in this domain. The competition is split in three phases where those in Phase II and Phase III meet the jury set benchmarks, shall get their development cost reimbursed of up to Rs. 25 lakhs and  Rs. 10 crores respectively, the officer added.

The deadline to submit proposals for the competition is November 14 and those shortlisted would have to make a presentation and present a detailed plan before a jury for which the deadline is December 18. The competition is named in the honour of Late Air Commodore Mehar Singh affectionately called Mehar Baba. He was commissioned as a pilot officer in 1936 in UK and was posted to the sole squadron in the Royal Indian Air Force based in the North West Frontier. Post-independence Mehar Baba was the first to land in Srinagar, was the first to land in Poonch in Kashmir, and later the first to land in Leh, Ladakh and Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) – the then highest altitude airstrip in the world. Swarm drones as a technology concept, in which a large number of drones are operated and employed collectively on a task, is picking up traction and several countries are investing time and efforts to build large swarms that have multiple applications. –  Click here to view / download the AICTE circular   /      Click here to apply —–>   http://indianairforce.nic.in/meharbaba/

Online recruitment platform HireMee eyes pan-India expansion

The Hindu Business Line | 07 November 2018 | PTI | Bengaluru |

Start-up’s job-matching platform bridges the gap between recruiters and fresh graduates


City-based start-up HireMee, a digital portal and mobile application, said Wednesday it plans to expand its operations nationally after its success in the South, assessing 191,718 students in 2,050 colleges within a year. HireMee is a job-matching platform that assesses graduating students on general key skills and specific subject knowledge that help employers identify the most suitable candidates and provides the results to prospective employers for their recruitment needs. Within a year of the signing of an MoU between All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and HireMee in September 2017, the Bengaluru headquartered startup has assessed 191,718 students in 2,050 colleges in five South Indian states and in Puducherry, the company said here. During the one-year period 1,700 companies with over 80,000 job opportunities, drawn mainly from technology, IT services, manufacturing, banking and financial services sectors, accessed candidates results and profiles on HireMees recruitment platform, it said in a release.


Announcing its plans for the second year of operations, HireMee founder and CEO Chockalingam Valliappa said expanding operations would enable the firm to cover the rest of the 10,000 plus AICTE accredited colleges across India. HireMee is a CSR programme supported by its parent company, Vee Technologies from the Sona Group, which has been pursuing philanthropic work in the education. It is supported by the Academic Industry Council as an advisory board, the release said, adding, senior academics from different domains are drawn to help in the creation of the question bank. Industry experts advise on strategy, employability criteria and question pattern. In addition to AICTE, HireMee has also entered into similar MoUs to handle assessment of students of 1,900 colleges in over a dozen universities and the Directorates of Education-both technical and collegiate–in different states without any charge to the students, colleges or recruiters, the release said. HireMee tires to bridge the gap between recruiters and fresh graduates, especially in tier II and III towns, and urban areas as well, the company said. Click here to take a look at—–>  https://hiremee.co.in/       –     Courtesy

AICTE released Best Practices in Approved Institutes

AICTE Circular | 06 November 2018 |   Best Practices in AICTE Approved Institutes |

AICTE shares best practices of 30 institutions –   The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), in a 44-page report, has listed the best practices of 30 institutions for the benefit of others. 

Four of these are from Tamil Nadu — KSR Institute for Engineering and Technology in Tiruchengode, Namakkal, Loyola — ICAM College of Engineering and Technology (LICET) in Chennai, PSG College of Technology in Coimbatore and RMK Engineering College in Thiruvallur.

To bridge the industry-institution gap and to familiarise students with the latest trends in industry, the PSG College of Technology has introduced courses with a 1 credit, which are taught by industry experts. A student who completes three such 1-credit courses – for which exams are held – successfully, is exempted from one 3-credit elective course. The best way to bridge the gap between the curriculum and industry’s needs is for institutions to collaborate with industry and involve in the teaching-learning process. The RMK Engineering College is trying achieve this by setting up centres of excellence in specialised areas suggested by leading industries, the report said. The Reformed Teaching Learning (RTL) process at the KSR Institute of Engineering and Technology, where the classroom has been made student-centric, has considerably increased interaction among students as well as between students and teachers. The activity-based learning there, which includes role play, gives
students more space for such interaction.

In the ‘System Discovery’ followed at LICET, students dismantle and reassemble systems to study the components and functions. Among the devices studied this year were laptop, photocopier, fax machine, CRO monitor, fan, CPU, wiper motor, hydraulic jack and MCB.In System Analysis, teams of students analyse the construction and functioning of a system and come up with new ideas along similar lines. This year, second-year students analysed starter motor, mosquito bat, centrifugal pump with peripheral impeller, etc. Recently, the college received engines from Ford and two Duster cars from Renault for system analysis.

Ballari Institute of Technology and Management in Karnataka has set up an industry advisory board with an objective to establish strong industry connects, conduct workshops in collaboration with industry and provide suggestions for process as well as curriculum improvement. Institute of Engineering and Technology’s Bhaddal technical campus in Punjab has set up a value education cell to help students live fulfilling life by living in harmony with oneself, family, society and the nature and ensure their valuable participation and contribution to the national and worldwide growth. Engineering clinics have been set up by BVRIT Hyderabad College of Engineering for Women in Telangana to train the students in various day-to-day activities such as mobile testing and repair, servicing of fan and tube light, and laptop repair. Faculty e-course book, an in-house tailor-made digital application leveraging Google docs and apps, has been developed by Walchand Institute of Technology in Maharashtra.

The goal of this practice is  to appreciate the work done by the teaching staff,non-teaching staff and students of the  institute and motivate them to excel in their areas of expertise.This practice would ensure continuous improvement in their performance as per the quality policy to achieve the Vision and Mission of the institute.

Best Practices in AICTE Approved Institutes, 44 pages, pdf

AICTE released Best Practices in Approved Institutes – Click here to view / download the document, 44 pages, pdf

GATE might be compulsory for engineering students as exit exam

The New Indian Express | 04th November 2018 |  Rashmi Belur |  Express News Service |

Interestingly, for candidates who have completed their engineering course, the degree certificate will be awarded only after they clear GATE, said AICTE officials.


BENGALURU: Students pursuing technical courses across the country for the academic year 2019-2020 might soon have to write a mandatory ‘Exit Exam’ and pass it to get their degree certificate. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) passed a resolution making Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) for engineering graduates mandatory in all institutions of technical education in the country. This decision was taken at a recent AICTE meeting in New Delhi. Considering the increase in the number of unemployed graduates even after graduation, the AICTE has taken this decision. Interestingly, for candidates who have completed their engineering course, the degree certificate will be awarded only after they clear GATE, said AICTE officials. The rest have to re-appear for GATE. “The degree certificate will be awarded to students only after they clear the exit examination,” said an official source at AICTE. There are over seven lakh students who graduate from around 3,000 engineering institutions across the country every year. Prof Jagannath Reddy, Registrar of Visvesvaraya Technological University, said, “We have yet to receive a communication about it. Once we are notified, an official circular at the university level will be issued.”
However, the AICTE move has received mixed reactions. Some faculty members welcomed it while some say it will be of no use. The student community is not happy with the decision. “This is really a good move and I hope this will increase the chances of engineering graduates getting employment,” said a principal of a private engineering college in the city. Dr Manjunatha B, Principal of New Horizon College of Engineering, said, “It depends on individual skill and instead of conducting an exit exam, it is better for colleges to conduct an aptitude test, a technology test or communication skills test at least once each semester.” Another principal felt that this may affect the students who have already got placed. “What if a student who gets placed fails to clear the exit exam? The company will not take him in without a degree certificate and now the AICTE is saying that there won’t be any degree certificate unless they clear GATE,” said the principal. Students find this step unnecessary. “If someone does not get employed even after completing the course then it an individual problem and not a general one. I don’t understand why the AICTE is generalising this,” questions a student. Meanwhile, there is no clarity if the exit exam will be conducted on a national level by AICTE or by the technical universities of the states or by the colleges themselves. Colleges and universities are yet to be officially notified about it. – Courtesy

AICTE Circular –  20 November 2018 –   Clarification Regarding GATE Exam for B.Tech Students , 1 page pdf

AlCTE has noted with concern that some newspapers have carried an item stating that AlCTE is deciding to make GATE as mandatory exit examination. AICTE has not taken any such decision. This is issued to clarify all stakeholders.

More than 50% of e-learners quit before completing the course: Edureka study

More than 50% of e-learners quit before completing the course: Edureka study | The Hindu Business Line | 02 November 2018 | Coimbatore |

E-learning has thrown off its initial inertia and emerged a popular learning platform, but a learner behaviour study by e-learning company Edureka claims that more than 50 per cent of e-learners drop out before completing the course. The report goes on to show that although upskilling has gathered importance due to the decreasing lifespan of technical skills, low course- completion rates continue to plague the e-learning industry. Edureka’s study was aimed at understanding the modern Indian IT professional’s relationship with learning on the job and their behaviour when it comes to learning. The online survey was conducted among 339 Indian IT professionals who were interested in online courses. Commenting on the findings, Vineet Chaturvedi, Co-founder, Edureka, said: “Low course completion rate is a critical problem plaguing the e-learning industry, but often forgotten in the race to acquire more customers. “Tech learners need constant motivation, high level interactivity and engagement from learning platforms. Today’s e-learning platforms need to offer the best of both worlds — online learning’s inherent convenience and ease of access with offline’s real-time interaction and engagement”. “Our report has revealed key behavioural insights that give a roadmap to building better digital learning platforms for the industry. It is crucial to understand learners’ interaction with different instructional strategies in online learning to develop an effective e-learning methodology that can prepare IT talent to hit the ground running”.

Online education market

According to a KPMG and Google study, India’s online education market is set to grow to $1.96 billion and around 9.6 million users by 2021, with reskilling and online certification being the largest category standing at $93 million. A separate study by FICCI-Nasscom and EY states that 9 per cent of the country’s 600 million estimated workforce would be deployed in new jobs that do not even exist today and 37 per cent in jobs that have radically changed skill sets. An earlier study by Edureka had also found that IT professionals need to up-skill 15-20 times in their career to stay relevant in the industry. In such a scenario, there is a dire need for effective e-learning platforms that can train professionals on the job, he said. – Courtesy

AICTE Inviting suggestions/comments on Under Graduate (UG) course curriculum

AICTE Inviting suggestions/comments on Under Graduate (UG) course curriculum

AICTE Circular | 01 November 2018 |

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AICTE revised the model curriculum of UG courses with the help of academicians from IIT’s and industry experts and the same was made available to the stakeholders. We are happy to inform you that the revised curriculum got wide appreciation from academia and industry. Most of the technical universities in the country have already implemented the same. AICTE is now in the process of developing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on the latest topic in the model curriculum so that faculty members of institutions may not find any difficulty in teaching these topics in the classes. In view of the above, you are requested to ask your faculty members to give their suggestions and comments on model curriculum in their disciplines latest by 10-11-2018 on the email id curriculumsuggestions@aicte-india.org.

They may also be asked to compulsorily mention the discipline in the subject part of the mail while sending the suggestions/comments. Click here to view / download the AICTE Circular, 1 page, pdf – Inviting suggestions/comments on Under Graduate (U{l) course curriculum

Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA)

AICTE Announcement | Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) – Registration Open Now | 30 October 2018 |


Registration Open: 25th Oct 2018,  Closes: 15th Nov 2018 –   Data Submission Open: 16th Nov 2018,  Closes: 31st Dec 2018

Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) is an initiative of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India to systematically rank all major higher educational institutions and universities in India on indicators related to “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development” amongst students and faculties.

The buzzword across the globe for the 21st century is ‘Innovation’. In the simplest term, Innovation could be defined as converting ideas into new or improved products, processes and services. Undoubtedly, Innovation is about taking inventions to marketplace by translating scientific knowledge into products, services and offerings for economic growth and social development. Even, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India has declared decade 2010-20 as the ‘Decade of Innovation’, to unleash the creative potential of every Indian. India has already been improving on global stage in terms of Innovation ranking from 86th place, 5 years ago, to 57th place this year. For India to emerge as a global innovation hub, the youth of our country, especially in higher education institutions (HEIs) need to play a crucial role to create a sustainable innovation ecosystem. Hence, ideally all HEIs should have a comprehensive and functional mechanism to convert research into innovations. This ecosystem will encourage, inspire and nurture young students by exposing them to new ideas and processes resulting in innovative activities in their formative years.

Major Indicators for consideration

  • Budget & Funding Support.
  • Infrastructure & Facilities.
  • Awareness, Promotions & support for Idea Generation & Innovation.
  • Promotion & Support for Entrepreneurship Development.
  • Innovative Learning Methods & Courses.
  • Intellectual Property Generation, Technology Transfer & Commercialization.
  • Innovation in Governance of the Institution.

ARIIA ranking will certainly inspire Indian institutions to reorient their mind-set and build ecosystems to encourage high quality research, innovation and entrepreneurship. More than quantity, ARIIA will focus on quality of innovations and will try to measure the real impact created by these innovations nationally and internationally. Moreover, ARIIA will set tone and direction for institutions for future development for making them globally competitive and in forefront of innovation .

Take a Look at:   https://www.ariia.gov.in/          /        Click here to apply ARIIA 2019

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