The Hans India | April 25,2015 | Hyderabad |
Hyderabad: With private engineering colleges applying for closure, the Telangana government is now eyeing on the premises of these colleges to shift government degree colleges there. As 58 government degree colleges do not have buildings and 18 colleges do not have lands, the government was of the view that renting out engineering colleges would be beneficial. The Commissionerate of Collegiate Education has already sent proposals to the government seeking an approval to rent out premises of the engineering colleges starting next academic year. As many as 12 private engineering colleges have come forward for the closure from the next academic and applied for the No Objection Certificates (NOC) to Jawaharal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad. The government and JNTU-Hyd had already issued NOCs and the colleges are awaiting a nod from the All India Council of Technical Education for the closure. An official of Commissionerate of Collegiate Education said-“The department has moved a file to the government. Once government accords permission from the next academic year the colleges will be shifted.” So far 58 government degree colleges were functioning from the premises of government schools and junior colleges on shift basis. – Courtesy
Business Standard | IANS | New Delhi | April 23, 2015 |
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) to proceed with the grading of 41 deemed universities. It noted that the government was framing rules to put in place criteria for the grant of deemed university status and accreditations to the academic institutions that would eliminate subjective considerations. “In our considered opinion, the NAAC shall look into the matter (of grading the deemed universities) and will decide the issue of accreditation and proceed as per law,” said the bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice R.K. Agrawal and Justice Prafulla C. Pant, who noted that admissions to the universities were fast approaching. The court said that “any decision given by the NAAC shall be subject to the result of the writ petition, as well as the further deliberations in the backdrop of rules framed by the Union of India”.
Initially, there were 44 institutions having deemed university status but later three withdrew. Noting that nowadays, the status of an educational institution comes with students seeking admission, including their parents, the court said “admissions are dependent on grades. That counts”. “As the admission time in the universities is fast approaching, the NAAC shall decide the matter within two weeks hence. If the NAAC has already accredited a university, the same status shall remain with the university till the next date of deliberation,” the court said in its order and listed the matter for August 18 for further hearing. Not heeding to the Centre’s plea that the NAAC should go for the gradation of the deemed universities while keeping an officer of the human resource development ministry in the loop, the court said: “Needless to emphasise, NAAC while determining the accreditation, shall act with utmost objectivity.” At the outset of the hearing, counsel Sanjay R. Hegde, appearing for petitioner Viplav Sharma, told the court that the position spelt out by the Centre was a “vote of non-confidence” both in the Tandon Committee and the University Grants Commission.
The court was told that if there was subjectivity in pointing out deficiencies in 44 deemed universities by the Tandon Committee, then by the same measure there was an element of subjectivity in the grant of deemed university status to all 128 institutions. Counsel said this as Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta wanted the court to put the matter on hold as the government was engaged in framing rules to lay down the criteria for the grant of deemed university status and the accreditation. Mehta told the court the government has consulted all stakeholder statutory bodies — All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), National Board of Accreditation (NBA), NAAC and UGC for framing of the rules. He said inputs by the statutory bodies have been received. The court’s order on Thursday came during the hearing of the 2006 PIL by which petitioner advocate Viplav Sharma had pointed to indiscriminate conferring of deemed university status in an arbitrary manner without application of mind and following criteria. The Tandon Committee that was set up to review the existing institutions deemed to be universities, in its report submitted on October 19, 2009, had divided the institutions having deemed university status in three categories. In respect of the first category, the report found their working satisfactory and recommended their continued status as deemed university. In the second category, the committee found them deficient in some respect but recommended giving them three years to graduate to the first category. However, in respect of these 44 institutions faced with the prospect of being denotified as deemed universities, the committee had said these institutions, “neither on past performance nor on their promise for the future have the attributes, in our considered opinion, to retain their status as universities”. – Courtesy
The Times of India |
The Times of India ||
COIMBATORE: While many engineering institutions in the state have sought to close down their courses, some colleges are looking to stop admissions for their MCA and MBA programmes as well. They say the eligibility criteria laid down by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) have led to poor admissions and a fall in quality of graduates. Earlier this month, the AICTE published a list of 588 colleges saying they have been denied approval for the academic year 2015-16. However, some of the institutions on the list said they had willingly offered to close down programmes, including MCA and MBA courses. According to a professor of one of the institutions that had sought to close their MCA course, the AICTE rules for lateral entry into the three-year postgraduate course are to be blamed for the situation. “A rule says that any BCA or information technology/computer science graduate with mathematics as a subject can skip first year and join MCA in the second year, like how polytechnic students can join engineering in the second year. This led to a drop in admissions in the first year,” he said.
Another problem, the institutions pointed out, was relaxation of eligibility criteria for MCA admission. In 2012, the AICTE, after requests from private institutions, said students who had maths as a subject in graduation, even if they had not studied maths in the 10+2 level, can apply for the course. Till then only graduates who had studied maths in the plus-two level were eligible to join MCA. A professor said this led to students from varied backgrounds enrolling in MCA, making it difficult for colleges to frame syllabus. “When any graduate is allowed to join the course, there is no clarity on what subjects to include and what to remove. This affects the quality of teaching,” the professor said. There is a fall in the popularity of the course as companies prefer engineering graduates to those who have done MCA. A similar situation prevails among the stand-alone MBA institutions. A member of the management of one such institution said, “An MBA programme within the engineering institution is successful for many institutions, as it is easy to manage. Despite good infrastructure and academic performance, some institutions have shut shop due to difficulty in stand-alone institutions.” At least four institutions in the state that are shutting down their MBA programme this year. “There is no problem with our college’s infrastructure of teaching quality. We approached the AICTE to stop admission this academic year, and it has accepted the request. We are yet to get the no-objection certificate from the state government,” said K V D Kishore Kumar, vice-president of Vel Tech Group of Institutions.- Courtesy
IFET College of Engineering students design an ‘anti-pollutant hybrid motorised bike’ :This bike has got a promising future
The Hindu | National » Tamil Nadu | April 22, 2015 | Annie Philip |
IFET College of Engineering students design an‘anti-pollutant hybrid motorised bike
Designed to draw energy from a motor-generator set, wind and solar, four students from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, IFET College of Engineering, Villupuram, have designed an ‘anti-pollutant hybrid motorised bike’ (APHMB). The bike designed by students R. Vineeth, P. Balaji, S. Thirunavukarasu and S. Mukunthan has a speed of 45m/hour and a load carrying capacity of up to 200 kilograms, said a release from the college. The project has won praise from Thothathri Visvanathan, vice president, Development Centre Head, and Delivery Head Life Sciences and Services of Infosys and R. Vijayan of Prodapt Solutions said the release. The APHMB was tested under the supervision of P. Pugazhendiran, Head, Research and Development and P. Nammalvar, project coordinator of the college. The project has been supported and encouraged by the college management and administration, and the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
What an i-Diya! IIT-B student (Sachin Kumar) invents world’s tiniest eco-friendly solar device gadget
22 April 2015 – 6:15am IST | Agency: dna | Kranti Vibhute |
People across the globe are observing Earth Day today, by turning off their electricity for an hour. In tune with this, a student of IIT Bombay has developed an eco-friendly solar device, which can be used as a lamp, a USB port and to charge a cell phone. Final year electrical engineering student Sachin Kumar has perfected the device after more than three years of research. What separates i-Diya from other such gadgets, is its size – it is the smallest in the world. Kumar and three of his friends have started their company, ‘Illumind Solartek’, where they are manufacturing more i-Diyas. While doing a module on solar energy during his third semester as part of his five-year-course, he decided to venture into the renewable energy sector. Kumar participated and won a series of competitions like IIT-Bombay’s Eureka – a business plan competition in 2014. Coming from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, Kumar said he was aware of electricity being a huge problem. “Kerosene lamps, widely used in rural areas, have lethal effects on the environment,” he informed. Still, reaching the point where he is today, was not easy. “My parents thought I was crazy to think about starting my own company, rather than focusing on studies and focusing on placements,” says the 23-year-old.
Kumar also said that studying at IIT Bombay provided an ecosystem which encouraged him to push his limits. “So, when you have such an environment, friends and faculty to support you, you get that confidence to take the plunge. Once I made up my mind, there was no looking back. I knew my parents would come around, and they did.” After more than three years of finding the right design and elements for the light to work efficiently in all types of weather and terrain, Sachin got the idea of setting up a solar lights company. To turn his dream into reality, he collaborated with his friends Sandeep Rathi (non-IITian), Aanchal Choudhary (non-IITian) and batch mate Satpal Singh, a student of civil engineering. Talking about the product, which was launched in February 2015, Sachin said that i-Diya is the world’s smallest solar device, the size of which is that of a human palm. “It provides triple the amount of illumination (compared to other lights with the same pricing), and requires 7-8 hrs of charging time, he said. He added that the device can also be charged through electricity if there is a scarcity of sunlight, and is priced economically. The product comes in three versions, basic, home and chargeable, priced at Rs Rs699, Rs 849 and Rs 999 respectively. Initially, Illumind came up with 4200 pieces, which were sold within 10 days through demonstrations by door-to-door visits. Now, the company is planning to manufacture 40,000 models, which Kumar feels could be less, as the demands have come from places such as South Africa, Ghana and the Middle East. – Courtesy
Targeting Better Efficiency, UGC Unveils e-governance (management information systems,MIS) for Higher Education Institutions
The New Indian Express | By Express News Service | 22nd April 2015 |
ND TV | Auto | By: Ameya Naik | Updated: April 21 |
Let’s face the fact; whether you like it or not, autonomous cars are going to be part of the automotive industry and there are companies which are working towards building technology that will help them achieve that goal. Sitting in a car sans a driver might be a scary thing for most people, but that’s where we are heading. Google, for one, has already started testing their autonomous car and thinks that it’ll be ready in a couple of years. Apple Inc. is readying to enter the market, meanwhile, Indians are wondering when we can see such a car on our roads. But there are some who want to see the technology here and two Professors, Kaushal Jani and Nirav Desai from the Amiraj College of Engineering, Gujarat, along with a bunch of 15 students embarked on a project to build their own version of a driverless vehicle. It’s called Dextra’s Smart Mobi car and is a driverless car based on a mobile app. “Yes, we had examples of Google and Apple, but making a driverless car in India is a big challenge. Neither is the technology available here, nor is there the infrastructure and so it was a big challenge for us to make the software work. We have taken a basic step towards making a car autonomous” says Kaushal.
Kaushal has spear headed this project and wanted to complete it in just 15 days. In fact, everything had been chalked out to complete it in record time. “There are always some unforeseen problems that one faces and the trial and error methodology takes some time. We tried our best and worked even on rest days but finally completed the project in 28 days, which is not bad at all, right?” said Kaushal. The car as you can see is not built from scratch, so technically it’s just a kit that they’ve attached it to a Hyundai i10. There is no particular reason why they chose the i10. “We needed a guinea pig and it was available” says Kaushal. The car comes equipped with high-range cameras and sensors for object detection, all of which are readily available in the market. The sensors are placed all over the car and these can detect movement which then helps the car understand when to brake and when to accelerate. The sensors used on this car can detect objects in the range of two to four feet and that is not enough, so they are trying to extend the range to ten feet, which will make it safer and better. The total equipment for the car cost around Rs. 2 lakh but the hitch is; it needs 3G connectivity, which in the current scenario is a bit dicey, even in the metros.
“Infrastructure is the main reason why the entry of the autonomous car in our country might be delayed, but we will see growth in the European markets in the next few years. We have the expertise in India and really good engineers too, but money is always a barrier to innovation. We have the Make-in-India wave coming our way and I hope we can eliminate a whole bunch of obstructions if engineers from all over the country pool in their resources” said Kaushal. Autonomous cars are not only for those looking for respite from driving according to Kaushal “Self-driving cars can and should also help the physically handicapped and this will help them get from one place to the other without any hassles.” When asked if any car manufacturer had shown interest in the Dextra Smart Mobi car, Kaushal said that there were none who did, but he’s expecting a surge in enquiries soon. Smart cars are the future, and there’s no denying it. The car might appear to be a crude version but it is a baby step to something bigger.- Courtesy