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Applications are invited for the AICTE Mentors for NBA Margadarshak Scheme

AICTE Circular | 11 April 2019 |

Highly experienced,superannuated faculty members required for MARGADARSHAK SCHEME…

Brief Scheme Guideline of Margadarshak

In order to take agiant leap in the number of accredited technical institutes  and to improve the overall quality of technical education in the country,a special drive is already made by MHRD I AICTE under Margadarshak Scheme. Superannuated Professors from llTs/NITs/Engineering Institutions willing and having knowledge of Accreditation process / Outcome Based Education may apply in the following link to act as Margadarshak.

Each Margadarshak will guide a few mentee institutes close to their residence/other convenient cities and help them in improving the performance parameters vital for accreditation of the program by NBA. The Margadarshaks shall be eligible for honorarium and journey exNBpenses as per the scheme. The details of the scheme are available on the following link  The particulars may be uploaded preferably by  301  April, 2019.

The Technical Education has improved substantially in the country in the past few decades but its quality still remains a serious concern. Presently, merely 16% of the programmes offered by Technical Institutions in the country are accredited by the NBA, which is not a satisfactory situation. Recently, some countries have even stopped recognizing the degrees of Indian technical institutions not accredited by NBA, putting the Indian technical degree holders intoserious problems. Therefore, quantum efforts are needed to be made by all stakeholders so that maximum programmes of technical education are accredited in the next few years. By the year 2022, it is envisioned that the percentage of technical programmes accredited should increase from 16% to 50%. AICTE/MHRDhas devised a new scheme called “Margadarshak”. In this scheme Mentors (Margadarshaks) are identified for institutions which are yet to get NBA accreditation. These ‘Margadarshaks’ can be serving or preferably superannuated, willing and motivated teachers having good knowledge of the process of accreditation and can devote adequate time to make required visits toguide these Institutions. These Margadarshaks shall function from prestigious institutes identified as Nodal centers/Mentor Institutes. The Scheme envisages that every Mentor Institution will have a few Education Experts/Mentors/Guides (called ‘Margdarshaks’), housed in Mentor Institution, who will guide/mentor few Institutes, located near their place of residence/institutes, to improve the required quality parameters in the institutes to enable them to apply for NBA accreditation of their programmes. The Margadarshaks would assist in training the teachers, Outcome Based Education (OBE), improving the pedagogy, focus on technical skill, life skills, Innovation and creating capacity and capacity to solve problems among students, developing better teaching learning, and assessment including Laboratory or practicals. Co-curricular and extra-curricular components also be an integral part of responsibility of Margadarshaks. In OBE, designing Programme Outcomes (POs) for a programme & Course Outcomes (COs) foreach course are desired to be done. The maximum number of visit per Margadarshak per month canbe ten. They will be paid honorarium of Rs. 5,000 / visit and travel expenditure as per the provisions of the scheme.  AICTE Circular       –   Scheme Document        /            Online Application Form


NIRF 2019 & ARIIA 2019 Rankings

NIRF 2019 & ARIIA 2019 Rankings |  Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD)’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2019 was released by President Ramnath Kovind |

Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD)’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2019 is released today by President of India. President Ramnath Kovind released the NIRF India Ranking 2019 in 9 categories which included Overall, Universities, Engineering, Colleges, Management, Pharmacy, Medical, Architecture, and Law. In Overall category IIT Madras ranked first while IITs dominated major categories like Overall, Engineering and Architecture. Delhi University’s Miranda House was ranked the best among colleges across the country, while the varsity’s St Stephen’s College was ranked fourth. According to officials more than 4000 institutes had submitted their data for NIRF ranking this year. NIRF was approved by the MHRD and launched by Minister of Human Resource Development on September 29, 2015. This was the fourth edition of NIRF rankings. – See in Details —>   https://www.nirfindia.org/2019/Ranking2019.html

NIRF India Ranking 2019: Top 10 educational institutes in all categories

NIRF India Ranking 2019: Overall

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Indian Institute of Science Bangalore

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Banaras Hindu University Varanasi

NIRF India Ranking 2019: Universities

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Jawaharhal Nehru University, Delhi

Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad

Calcutta University, Kolkata

Jadavpur University, Kolkata

Anna University, Chennai

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore

Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal

Savitribai Phule Pune University

NIRF India Ranking 2019: Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad

Anna University, Chennai

National Institute of Technology, Thiruchirappalli

NIRF India Ranking 2019: Colleges

Miranda House, Delhi

Hindu College, Delhi

Presidency College, Chennai

St.Stephen’s, Delhi

Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi

Loyola College, Chennai

Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi

Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Howrah

Hans Raj College, Delhi

St.Xavier’s College, Kolkata

NIRF India Ranking 2019: Management

Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta

Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow

Indian Institute of Management, Indore

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur- Management School

Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI)

Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi – Management School

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay- Management School

NIRF India Ranking 2019: Top 3 Medical colleges

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh

Christian Medical College, Vellore

Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore

Banaras Hindu University Varanasi

Kasturba Medical College, Manipal

Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research, Puducherry

Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi

King George`s Medical University, Lucknow

NIRF India Ranking 2019: Architecture 

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

National Institute of Technology Calicut

School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram

School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal

National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli

Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

School of Planning and Architecture Vijayawada

Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi

NIRF India Ranking 2019: Pharmacy

Jamia Hamdard, Delhi

Panjab University

National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali

Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

Birla Institute of Technology & Science – Pilani

National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Hyderabad

Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Udupi

JSS College of Pharmacy, Nilgiri

National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Gandhinagar

Bombay College of Pharmacy

JSS College of Pharmacy, Mysore

NIRF India Ranking 2019: Law 

National Law School of India University, Bengaluru

National Law University, New Delhi

Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

The West Bengal National University of Juridicial Sciences, Kolkata

National Law University, Jodhpur

Symbiosis Law School, Pune

Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar

The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala

ARIIA 2019 Rankings –  Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements

Public Funded Institutions

Rank Institute ID Name City State
1 ARI-U-0456 Indian Institute Of Technology Madras Chennai Tamil Nadu
2 ARI-U-0306 Indian Institute Of Technology Bombay Mumbai Maharashtra
3 ARI-I-1074 Indian Institute Of Technology Delhi New Delhi Delhi
4 ARI-U-0220 Indian Institute Of Science Bengaluru Karnataka
5 ARI-U-0573 Indian Institute Of Technology Kharagpur West Bengal Kharagpur
6 ARI-U-0308 Institute Of Chemical Technology Mumbai Maharashtra
7 ARI-I-1075 Indian Institute Of Technology Kanpur Kanpur Uttar Pradesh
8 ARI-U-0560 Indian Institute Of Technology Roorkee Roorkee Uttarakhand
9 ARI-U-0078 Panjab University Chandigarh Chandigarh
10 ARI-U-0013 Indian Institute Of Technology Hyderabad Hyderabad Telangana

Private Institutions

Rank Institute ID Name City State
1 ARI-U-0490 Vellore Institute Of Technology Vellore Tamil Nadu
2 ARI-S-4863 Kalinga Institute Of Industrial Technology Khordha Bhubaneswar Odisha
3 ARI-U-0473 S.R.M. Institute Of Science And Technology Chennai Tamil Nadu
4 ARI-U-0222 Jss Academy Of Higher Education & Research Mysore Karnataka
5 ARI-U-0489 Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R & D Institute Of Science And Technology Chennai Tamil Nadu


Engineering exam paper evaluation in Tamil Nadu to go completely online

Engineering exam paper evaluation in Tamil Nadu to go completely online | Times of India | A Ragu Raman | TNN |  Apr 8, 2019 |

CHENNAI: After successive scams rocked the examination and evaluation of mark sheets in Anna University , the premier engineering institution of the state is planning to introduce online evaluation of answer scripts. The university will soon send a team of professors to Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) in Belgaum to study its online evaluation and question delivery method. “The technology-based examination system needs to be done in different stages. In the first step, the delivery of question papers will be made online without physically transporting them to the exam centres. It would prevent question paper leaks,” said M K Surappa, vice-chancellor of Anna University. As per the existing process in VTU, coded question papers are made available just 30 minutes before the commencement of examinations at exam centres. The invigilators must take printouts and issue the question papers to the students. After the examination, the answer scripts would be scanned for online evaluation. “The faculty members can go through the answer sheets on screen. When the answers are matched with the answer keys, they can award marks. Marks would be automatically added by the computer reducing errors in totalling marks,” the VC said. Very often, students apply for revaluation for errors in totalling marks. It would make the revaluation process also easier.

“During the revaluation, we would ask someone else to evaluate the answer scripts. This process will speed up evaluation process and results could be declared much faster compared to the existing methods,” a professor said. To prevent malpractice, answer sheets are likely to be coded to prevent students from tracing or chasing them. *University had recently nixed degrees of 130 students* “We hope this would significantly reduce the exam malpractices,” Mr.Surappa said. Latest Comment The planned methodology is the right step towards transparency. That will not only make the whole process paperless but also eliminate all kinds of misbehavior.Chandrashekhar Tilak Recently, the university has cancelled the degrees and exam results of 130 students for involving in exam malpractices. It also terminated 37 temporary staff for colluding with agents or middlemen to help the students with bulk arrears. After the examinations, the staff had taken out the answer sheets from the bundle and handed over it to the students to write the exams outside the exam halls. Later, filled in answer sheets were inserted into the bundles. In some cases, the students wrote on the same answer scripts modifying the page numbers. – Courtesy

22,000 that’s the number of engineering teachers fired

22,000 that’s the number of engineering teachers fired | A Ragu Raman | TNN | Apr 6, 2019 |

CHENNAI: Relaxation of the student-teacher ratio by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE ) and falling admissions in engineering courses have forced 22,256 engineering faculty members out of their jobs in 2018 causing concern among educationists that it may further bring down the quality of engineering education in Tamil Nadu . With admissions declining, unemployed engineering teachers with PG degrees are finding it difficult to get new jobs. Some are forced to work for meagre salaries. Data submitted for affiliation with Anna University for the academic year 2019-20 show that 557 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu have 63,501 faculty members for the sanctioned strength of 2,81,511 seats. During 2017-18, 596 colleges had 85,757 teachers for a sanctioned student strength of 3,20,090. In December 2017, the AICTE relaxed the student-teacher ratio for colleges from 1:15 to 1:20 from the 2018-19 academic year. Tier-2 and tier-3 engineering colleges that were in financial crisis due to fall in admissions immediately sacked a large number of faculty members. The existing teaching faculty were overburdened, which limited the scope for research. “As soon as the announcement of relaxation came, the college forced us out. Of the 80 faculty members, the college sacked 45 for demanding salaries,” a faculty member who lost his job last year told TOI. Instead of sending the poor performers out, colleges laid off senior staff with higher pay to cut costs. “During annual inspection, they hire faculty members temporarily and show them as professors,” another faculty member said. AICTE has prescribed a minimum salary for engineering faculty. But colleges, citing a large number of unemployed teachers, pay only `10,000 to `20,000 a month to new recruits.

“Most top colleges have retained their staff despite AICTE’s relaxation. But some of them have stopped replacing the faculty who are quitting,” said B Chidambara Rajan, principal of Valliammai Engineering College , Chennai. “For engineering colleges, a staff-student ratio of 1:15 is ideal. It would not overburden the faculty and they can pay attention to all students and research projects. Without consulting academics or educationists, AICTE has relaxed the rule,” he said. Many faculty members said complaining to the AICTE was of no avail. “We complained about how colleges sacked faculty members without any prior notice. But the council has not acted on our complaint,” a faculty member who lost her job last year said. However, officials from AICTE said they had not received any specific complaints with regard to lay-offs by engineering colleges. K M Karthik, president of Private Educational Institutions Employees Association, urged the council to bring down the ratio to 1:12 to improve standards of engineering education. “We compare engineering colleges to IITs. The top technical institutions follow a 1:12 ratio. If the council wants to better engineering education, it should apply the same ratio across institutions,” he said. However, some college principals said the relaxation would help average colleges. “Earlier, colleges used to show fake faculty members to get affiliation. Now they can give real figures. It would help at least 200 colleges,” principal of a city-based engineering college said. Senior academicians said AICTE had bowed to the pressure of private engineering college managements. “It’s a wrong move bereft of any logic. It would affect teaching and research in engineering institutions,” said E Balagurusamy, former vice-chancellor of Anna University.  He expressed concern that a single decision has left so many engineering graduates unemployed. “The council could have adopted a different a strategy for autonomous colleges, top engineering colleges and colleges with poor admission. They could have relaxed the rule wherever the admissions were less,” he said. When asked, a trustee from an engineering college said it was difficult to retain the faculty when engineering admissions continued to fall. “Many colleges are in financial stress due to poor admissions. We need financial resources to retain faculty members,” he said. – Courtesy

Zomato’s ‘Trial Week’ will enable engineers to work alongside Zomato engineers for one week

Zomato’s ‘Trial Week’ will enable engineers to work alongside Zomato engineers for one week | Digit | Press Release04 – Apr – 2019 |

Engineers selected for the program could secure a place in Zomato’s engineering team…

Eat, Code, Eat. Repeat…

Zomato has opened up registrations for its ‘Trial Week,’ which is a concept where selected engineers could work with the company’s engineering team for a week. Additionally, those who are selected for the program could also secure a place in the company’s engineering team. Zomato is calling all engineers in India for a ‘Trial week’ at the organization. Introduced in 2015, Trial Week is a concept where engineers from all over the country register to work with Zomato for a week and eventually secure a place in the engineering team. It presents a unique skill-building opportunity for the participants and works as a platform for Zomato to test, engage and onboard some of the most talented engineers in India. Trial Week will also help candidates get familiar with Zomato’s culture and work ideologies. As the first step, Zomato will shortlist the registered candidates on the basis of their profiles- the platform is especially encouraging women to register. The selected candidates will be divided into three groups and called out in April (8-12th, 15-19th and 22-26th) to work at Zomato’s Headquarter in Gurugram, Haryana. They will be assigned some of the most challenging projects which will test their practical knowledge and proficiency. Candidates will also have mentors from Zomato’s engineering team to guide them. The participants who are able to prove their mettle and impress Zomato’s engineering team during the week will be offered a role to work full time with Zomato.

Speaking on this initiative, Gunjan Patidar, Chief Technocrat at Zomato said, “We are always on the lookout for talented candidates to further strengthen our engineering team and help us enhance Zomato’s tech stack. Historically, Trial Week has been the best way for us to hire great engineers. A traditional interview gives both sides too short a time to come to a decision. This method, on the other hand, allows the candidate to experience the work environment, people and challenges and also gives us an opportunity to get an all-round perspective of a candidate’s strengths. We opened registrations on 2nd April 2019 and have already received over 900 applications. We look forward to hosting the candidates, understanding their minds, sharing knowledge of what we have been building over the last 10 years, and together build products for millions of users.” Some of the former Trial Week participants, who are now full-time employees at Zomato shared their personal experiences.

Mehak Satija, who is now a Software Engineer at Zomato, said, “I was given the task to build a web app for table booking with a feature to customize the number of chairs per table. I remember the motivation and excitement with which I performed. I have been in the organization for 3.5 years now and still share the same enthusiasm. “Trial Week has been the soundest form of interview till date. I got to know about Zomato’s culture, their agility and most importantly their philosophy towards tech products”, added Chinmaya Gupta, Site Reliability Engineer, Zomato. “I had the experience of being a Zoman during the Trial Week. You get to see how your small contributions can impact millions of users. Also, working with such talented and dedicated folks definitely excites you about joining the organization.” added, Achin Sood, now a Software Development Engineer at Zomato. Zomato has opened out a limited number of slots and the interested candidates can apply through the website https://www.zomato.com/trialweek

Flipkart, Amazon, OYO top workplaces in India: LinkedIn’s Report

Flipkart, Amazon, OYO top workplaces in India : LinkedIn’s Report | Economic Times | |

From homegrown companies to tech behemoths, the most sought-after firms are those offering jobs, fairness in working conditions and wages

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Walmart-owned Flipkart is the most preferred workplace in India, followed by Amazon and OYO in the second and third places, respectively, according to LinkedIn’s latest ranking released on Tuesday. E-commerce companies, ride-hailing and food-delivery firms, and IT businesses dominated the top spots in the list. From homegrown companies to global giants, the leading firms in the LinkedIn list were cited as those that promised growth, offered jobs and fairness in working conditions and wages. Internet businesses Amazon, Paytm, OYO and Alphabet featured in the top 10 for the third consecutive year. TCS made its debut at the seventh place. New entrants and homegrown internet and consumer services companies Swiggy and Zomato were ranked sixth and eighth, respectively. Uber, another new entrant, took the fifth spot, while, One97 Communications was at the fourth rank and Oil and Energy conglomerate Reliance Industries was at the 10th place. “This year, half the companies are new entrants on the list, including IT giants such as TCS and IBM that showcase the changing job and hiring landscape,” said LinkedIn India Managing Editor Adith Charlie.

Among the companies making upward movement was hospitality chain OYO, from the tenth spot to number 3. Amazon moved up from last year’s fourth spot to the third. Those that saw downward movement were Paytm, Ola, Alphabet and KPMG among others. Charlie further said that “the presence of more blue-chip Indian companies such as Larsen & Toubro and Reliance Industries, among others emphasizes the fact that these large firms are getting better at attracting millennials employees”. The report further noted that majority of companies on the list made maximum new hiring for engineering jobs followed by operations and business development. The professional network site said that the list is fuelled by exclusive LinkedIn data, including job demand, engagement and retention. LinkedIn has around 54 million users in India. The annual list forms part of a LinkedIn’s wider analysis of 610 million users to determine the top companies to work for across Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, the UK, and the US. –  Here is full list of the top 25 companies this year, according to LinkedIn

The Aspiring Minds’ National Employability Report (NER) 2019: 62% engineers want to work in a large company

National Employability Report for Engineers – 2019 | 62% engineers want to work in a large company | Hans India | 03 April 2019 |

Executive Summary:

  • Only 3.84% of engineers are employable in software-related jobs at start-ups.
  • Around 3% engineers possess new-age skills in areas such as AI, Machine Learning, Data engineering and Mobile technologies. On an aggregate level, employability in these areas is around 1.5-1.7%.
  • US has a much higher proportion of engineers, almost four times, who have good programming skills as compared to India.
  • A much higher percentage of Indian engineers (37.7%) cannot write an error-free code, as compared to China (10.35%).
  • Only 40% of engineering graduates end up doing an internship and 36% do any projects beyond coursework.

62% engineers want to work in a large company Highlights According to a latest study, majority of engineers opt for a job with a large company while a small but appreciable set of engineers opt to join a start-up Elections 2019 The Aspiring Minds’ National Employability Report (NER) 2019 on engineers revealed some interesting data about the increasing skill gap and career aspirations of India’s engineers. The report’s findings are based on data collected from 1,70,000 students from across 750 plus colleges in India. Preference of jobs According to the report, the aspiration of engineers to work for a large company has decreased by 15 per cent. While 62 per cent (men and women) wanted to work for a big/large company, only 8 per cent were interested in joining a start-up (newly established company with less than 30 employees).

Thirty per cent respondents were keen on starting their careers with an SME (company with less than 100 employees) The report noted that the number in favour of start-ups has increased from last year. “Given this evident trend and the rapidly blooming start-up ecosystem in the country, the aspirations of engineers to work for start-up is bound to increase,” the report suggested. Irrespective of the branch of study, maximum engineers opted for a job with a large company while a small but appreciable set of engineers sought jobs with a start-up.  Students from lower tier institutions are less interested to work in larger companies. “This is mostly because they believe that while getting a job in a large company would be difficult, the probability to get the job at an SME is fairly high,” the study noted. At the same time, students from tier 2 college students showed minimum inclination towards start-up jobs. Advertise With Us Preference in nature of jobs More than 46 per cent of engineers sought core engineering jobs followed by software jobs (44 per cent). Despite the mushrooming job opportunities in managerial roles like technical sales, marketing and content development, engineers do not seem to prefer these jobs as yet, the survey revealed. Students with computer/IT (Information Technology) background were mostly interested in software jobs while students with core engineering branches equally preferred software and core engineering jobs. Students from circuit branches are more inclined towards core engineering jobs, the report pointed. More females aspired to work in managerial roles as compared to males. Males reported to be more inclined towards software developer roles, while more females sought core engineering roles. Salary expectations According to the report, core branch engineers aspire for a higher salary than other engineers. Also, engineers from tier 1 colleges aspired for a much higher salary in comparison to tier 2 and tier 3 college engineers. On an average, females aspired for a slightly lesser salary than males. The findings show that females are less ambitious, as congruous to other studies in the world, the report noted. – Courtesy  /      National Employability Report for Engineers – 2019 –   Aspiring Minds’ National Employability Report for Engineers – 2019 is based on the results of analysis on 170000+ graduates from 750 + colleges in India. The report also includes international comparison of Indian Engineers with those in US and China. NER is the first-ever comprehensive audit of the employability of Indian engineers and follows highest quality standards of research. –   Click here to download the report

UAE Education Ministry to grant equivalency to Indian Degrees

Jagaran Ghosh | Apr 1, 2019 |

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government is going to issue equivalency to all Indian Degrees which match the equivalency criteria. This move comes as a huge relief to those having difficulty in getting jobs in the country. The Indian Ambassador to UAE, Navdeep Singh Suri called on the UAE Education Minister Hussain Bin Ibrahim last week to discuss problems faced by Indian Nationals following the rejection of equivalency of some of the Indian Degrees due to lack of clarity over internal/external marks. According to a press release issued by the Indian Embassy the UAE government has reviewed the information provided to it through the ‘Action Pan for Academic and Administrative Reforms’ issued by the University Grant Commission (UGC). The UAE education ministry has now come to know that the word ‘external’ in the mark sheets refer to the method of evaluation and not a place of study. The UAE Education Ministry has notified that it has no objection to equivalence those degrees that meet all the other certificate equivalency criteria.

The press release also mentioned, “Those applications that have been rejected previously, will be reviewed and equivalency letters would be issued after meeting all other certificate equivalency criteria.” The Ministry of Education of the United Arab Emirates also informed that it is working on all such applications gradually and have also requested for co-operation from all the people concerned as it will take time to review all the cases due to a huge number of applications. This decision has surely come as a huge relief for the Indian Community which constitutes a large part of the total population in the United Arab Emirates. This clarification by the UAE government’s Education Ministry will help a lot of people who seek employment opportunities in the Gulf country. – Courtesy

Mumbai-based non-IIT engineering student Abdullah Khan lands job at Google with Rs 1.2 crore package

Mumbai-based non-IIT engineering student Abdullah Khan lands job at Google with Rs 1.2 crore package | Gadget Bridge |  29 March 2019 |

Abdullah Khan

Scores of technology professionals across the globe dream of getting jobs in big companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook among others right after passing out of their respective colleges. In India, thousands of students even prepare for years before they get into prestigious institutes like the Indian Institute of Technology. However, if you wanted to get through IIT and couldn’t, you have no reason to be depressed as it is not the end of your dreams and you may still be able to work for one of these. You don’t believe us? We’ll give you Abdullah Khan’s example. According to media reports, technology giant Google has hired the Mumbai based 21-year old engineering student after the company spotted him on a hosting website for online programming challenges. The search giant has reportedly offered him a package of Rs 1.2 crore. The reports also said that his six-figure package includes a base salary of Rs 54.4 lakh per annum coupled with a 15% bonus and stock options worth Rs 58.9 lakh over four years.

Khan is in the final year of engineering and studies at LR Tiwari Engineering College. After Google saw his performance on the website, the company reportedly reached out to him via email. What followed was a few rounds of interviews online and then he was asked to appear for a screening at Google’s office in London.  Speaking to a popular daily, Khan said, “I used to participate as it was fun. I did not even know that firms check programmers’ profiles on such sites. I showed the email to my friend who knew someone who had received such an email in the past. I am looking forward to joining their team. It will be an amazing learning experience for me. “ It’s definitely a dream opportunity that Khan has got. And with his story, thousands of students who did not make it to the IITs can get inspired to not give up on their dreams only because they didn’t get through a particular college. Colleges and universities are only a way to get through job interviews of big technology companies, and not going to your dream college nowhere means that you would not get your dream job. At the end of the day, technology companies like Google and Microsoft are looking for talent and intelligence among potential employees and no degree can guarantee entry into these firms. – Courtesy

UGC bans engineering, medicine, dental, pharmacy, nursing, architecture, physiotherapy and agriculture courses in distance mode

UGC bans engineering, medicine, dental, pharmacy, nursing, architecture, physiotherapy and agriculture courses in distance mode |  PTI | The Indian Express | Education Desk | New Delhi |  March 28, 2019 |

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited the universities from carrying a list of courses in distance mode. In the latest circular, the commission has asked higher education institutes (HEIs) not to grant degrees in ‘professional’ courses under distance or open learning mode. While the rule was in place earlier as well, in the recent 538th meeting of UGC, the number of courses under the ambit of ‘professional’ was extended. As per the new rules, agriculture and related courses will also be considered professional and institutes cannot deliver degree programmes in the field in open or distance mode anymore. Under the new rule, many institutes will have to shut their courses or tweak the degree programme. Among HEIs across the country, famous institutes that currently provide distance mode degrees in agriculture are Nasik-based Yashwant Rao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Annamalai University, IGNOU, Kuvempu University and Nalanda Open University.

Thus, now the list of degree courses not allowed to be imparted through distance mode include – engineering, medicine, dental, pharmacy, nursing, architecture, physiotherapy and agriculture. “To protect the interest of the students already enrolled to the agriculture degree programme, the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) has been requested for hand-holding of such higher education institutions. However, no new enrolments will be permitted from the 2019 academic session,” a UGC official told PTI. Further, the UGC has also restricted a timeline for universities when it comes to open distance learning (ODL). Academic sessions should begin by January and the second session by July; the corresponding admissions should end by the end of February and August respectively. The HEIs are asked to upload information related to admission within 10 days from the last date of admission in respective sessions. – Courtesy

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