The three national Science Academies will be offering several two-month Summer Fellowships to enable students/teachers (studying/teaching in India) to work with scientists associated with the three Academies during 2018
Applications have been invited by the three Science Academies-Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru; Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi and The National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad for Summer Research Fellowship Programme for Students and Teachers 2018 from universities and colleges affiliated to UGC/AICTE/MCI/Accredited Institutions of State Universities. The three national Science Academies will be offering several two-month Summer Fellowships to enable students/teachers (studying/teaching in India) to work with scientists associated with the three Academies during 2018.
*Areas:* Broad areas of interest include Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Life Sciences, Earth & Planetary Science, Engineering including Computer Science.
*Eligibility for Students*: Applicants should be studying in one of the following:
* BS / BSc / BVSc / BPharm (II and III years only)
* BE / BTech / BCA / BArch (II and III years only)
* MS / MSc / MVSc / MPharm (I year only) * ME / MTech / MCA / MArch (I year only)
* 5-year integrated MS / MSc /MTech / MBBS (II, III, IV years only)
* PharmD (III, IV years only) * Dual degree: BTech + MTech (II/,III,IV years only)
* Dual degree: BE + MSc (II, III, IV years only)
* Dual degree: BS + MS (II, III, IV years only)
* Integrated PhD (I, II years only)
* MSc Tech (I, II years only) Students doing PhD are not eligible.
The minimum percentage of average marks in core subjects only (excluding languages) from X std. up to Post-graduation (whichever years completed), should be 65% or above for students.
*Eligibility for Teachers:* Teachers must be teaching in a College/University. There is no minimum Percentage of average marks prescribed for teachers. Those who have availed the Academies fellowship twice before are not eligible to apply.
*Application:* Applications should be submitted online, at one of the websites, *www.ias.ac.in http://www.insaindia.res.in * or *www.nasi.res.in *. One can also go directly to http://web-japps.ias.ac.in:8080/fellowship2018/applicationform1.jsp * to proceed. A copy of the application format, instructions to applicants including eligibility criteria, and a list of names of scientists/faculty who have consented to guide students/teachers to work on short-term projects is displayed in the online application. The application should include (a) the application form in the prescribed format (b) scanned copies of marks sheets from class X till the last examination (Student and teacher applicants must upload scanned versions of mark sheets from class X till the last examination in JPEG Format, the size of each marks sheet not exceeding 700 kb. Applicant should have the scanned versions of mark sheets (in JPEG format), before starting to fill up the application) (c) a write-up (in about 150-250 words) as to what the applicant wants to learn and achieve (The write-up has to be on the specific area of the applicant and should indicate what he/she would like to learn and achieve through this fellowship. It can also include the specific experiment or theory that the applicant wants to work on but should not be a general description of the area. The write-up should not be a â€˜copy and pasteâ€™ job from any source). Student applicants must upload the contact details of one of their present teachers or the Head of the Department (HoD) familiar with their work. The Academy will get in touch with the teacher and obtain the recommendation letter in the prescribed format. Teacher applicants should upload their publications, if any. Only one application per candidate will be considered. If more than one application is submitted, none of the applications will be considered. Answers to columns indicated by an asterisk (*) are mandatory and must be filled. Applicant should not use special/scientific characters like Ã˜ Ãœ etc…as the software will prevent applicant from uploading the application with such characters. The registration number assigned soon after the online submission must be quoted in all future correspondence. The last date for receipt of online applications is 30^th November, 2017. *Selection:* Information of selection along with concurrence of the guide will be despatched around February-March 2018. The selected students/teachers will be provided appropriate round trip train fare and a monthly fellowship to meet their living expenses at the place of work. The selected candidate should work with the assigned guide for two months any time during the calendar year, preferably during the summer On selection, an authorization letter from the Principal/HoD that necessary permission/leave of absence will be granted should be sent by post to the Coordinator, SRFP 2018, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru 560 080. All correspondence should be addressed to: Mr C.S. Ravi Kumar, Coordinator, Summer Research Fellowship Programme, Indian Academy of Sciences, CV Raman Avenue, near Mekhri Circle, Sadashivanagar, Bengaluru 560 080. Tel. (080) 2266 1207, 2266 1202, 2266 1221; Email: email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> Website: www.ias.ac.in
Chennai, Oct 13 (PTI) Stepping up its cooperation in the field of science and technology, India today announced fully- sponsored academic fellowship to scientists and researchers of neighbouring countries. The 2018-India Science and Research Fellowship (ISRF) scheme will provide a fully-paid fellowship to researchers, scientists and academicians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan said. To support PhD scholars, a new element has been added in the 2018-India Science and Research Fellowship scheme.
“The scheme for the first time will also include doctoral students in science, engineering and medical fields to undertake project-related research work in any premier research and academic institution in India up to a period of six months,” Vardhan said. He made the announcement at the India International Science Festival (IISF) here, which was attended by Afghanistan’s Minister of Higher Education Abdul Latif Roshan and Bangladesh’s Minister of Science and Technology Yeafesh Osman. The IISF, which began today, concludes on October 16.
Two hundred travel slots every year were announced for the researchers from these countries to be supported by the Department of Science and Technology to enable them to make the best use of these advanced training programmes offered by India. “This would help in capacity building and will also foster research networks with Indian scientific institutions in these countries,” Vardhan said. India is engaged in active cooperation in the field of science and technology with more than 44 countries, including advanced, emerging and developing nations. – Click here to download ISRF 2018 Brochure / Call for Application & Guidelines
UPES students N.Adhithiyan and Rohan Chandra represent India at Moon-Mars exploratory mission in Poland
India Education Diary | October 13, 2017 |
New Delhi, October 13, 2017: Two Aerospace Engineering students of UPES represented India at the Poland Mars Analogue Simulation (PMAS) 2017, organized by the Space Exploration Project Group in collaboration with European Space Agency. The mission’s aim was to evaluate the joint human and robotic surface operations on the Mars and Lunar surface. UPES students N.Adhithiyan and Rohan Chandra were part of a team of six analogue astronauts and were placed in the Martian habitat at M.A.R.S Laboratory near Rzepiennik Biskupi, Poland to conduct scientific research. Explaining whether analogue simulations like this can really help us get to Mars, Sebastian Hettrich, PMAS 2017 Mission Director said in an article, “Analogue Missions in general are good and low-cost opportunities to test and study certain aspects of a long-term space exploration mission, such as a Mars mission. They help us understand and address potential risks and issues that the future Mars astronauts will have to face, and therefore, can make such missions much safer and scientifically more efficient.”
Sharing his experience, Rohan Chandra who was a Record Officer at the mission said, “As a Record officer, I was responsible for logging events, occurrences, instructions, activities and conditions at the habitat and also at the Mission Support Centre. These log-files are crucial for the reconstruction of the events during the mission, the analyses of workflows and procedures, the planning and scheduling of the analogue astronaut activities and to analyse the overall mission efficiency. It was perhaps the most amazing learning experience for me where I got to learn in the best way possible, with the best mentors and organizations.” N Adhithiyan, who worked as a Science Data office at the mission shared, “I was responsible for the scientific results, research data, documents, video and audio transmission and all the other data that was sent to and from the habitat to the Mission Support Centre.” The exploration mission was isolated from the rest of the world. The astronauts’ only communication with the outside world was through a 15-minute time-delayed link (in Mars mode) with the Flight Support Team (FST) in the Mission Support Centre located 89 miles away in the offices of ABM Space in Torun, Poland. – Courtesy
The Hindu | Chennai , October 14, 2017 |
HC poses questions to six IT firms
The Madras High Court has called for details regarding placements in engineering colleges after suspecting that most campus interviews were conducted only with the aim of boosting the image of the colleges and gaining more admissions than getting the students placed in good companies. Passing interim orders in a related case, Justice N. Kirubakaran said: “This court cannot ignore the serious allegations of certain corrupt practices against some of the private colleges and companies and this court is of the view that a mechanism should be evolved even for conducting campus interviews for recruitment.” He later posed a set of seven questions to top six IT firms in the country and sought their reply by October 23. The questions thrown to them were: “How many campus interviews had been conducted from 2010 to 2017 in various engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu? How many colleges and what are the names of the colleges which were chosen for holding campus interviews by the private respondents? What is the yardstick followed by the private respondents while selecting the colleges for conducting such campus interviews?
“How many students have been selected in such campus interviews conducted from the year 2010 to 2017 and the list of those students? (year wise, college wise and company wise particulars to be furnished). Out of selected candidates, how many of them have been given placement orders? (year wise, college wise and company wise particulars to be furnished). “Is it a fact that certain colleges are chosen for campus interviews only to boost the image of the concerned college and for admitting more students, as more than 500 colleges are located within Tamil Nadu? Whether Anna University is aware of this kind of allegations made against the multi national companies and the engineering colleges?” The judge also directed National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) to file a report from 2010 to 2017 on surveys conducted by it about the employability of engineering graduates and the opportunities available for them. – Courtesy
The Hindu | Sci-Tech | Science | October 13, 2017 | Opinion |
Engineering programmes that do nothing to address the challenges of globalisation will soon be irrelevant, says this India-born academic.
It’s amazing where a love for solving problems can take you. For academic S K Ramesh, born in Madras and now based in California, United States, his early aptitude in working out mathematical and science problems has led him to specialise in fibre optic communication and beyond. “If there is one constant in engineering, it is change. The pace of change in Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) has been remarkable when you consider where we are today with ubiquitous connectivity that has changed the way we live and work all over the world,” writes Dr Ramesh, Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), in an email interview with The Hindu MetroPlus.
Dr Ramesh is also the director and lead principal investigator of ‘Bridging the Gap: Enhancing AIMS2 for Student Succes,’ a collaborative $6 million-project that involves improving overall graduation rates for all Hispanic and low-income students. Growing up in a family of bureaucrats and studying in schools all over Tamil Nadu in the 1970s, Dr Ramesh’s story has a link to Tiruchi too. Following his Pre-University course (PUC) in Loyola College, Madras, he was selected to attend Regional Engineering College (REC), Tiruchirapalli in 1976. The REC is now known as National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (NITT), and its ECE Alumni Association recently hosted Dr Ramesh for its 50th anniversary celebrations. Dr Ramesh earned his BE (Honours) degree in ECE in 1981. Upon graduation he received a graduate assistantship to pursue his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, United States. He earned his Master’s degree in 1983 and continued his studies to earn his PhD degree from the same university in 1986. He taught at his alma mater (SIU Carbondale) as a Visiting Professor for a year before he was recruited by California State University, Sacramento where he began his academic career in 1987.
Excerpts from the interview:
Tell us a little about yourself
I was born in Madras and moved to United States to pursue graduate studies at the age of 21, soon after my BE. I was an only child. My father KA Sundaram, earned his Master’s degree in Mathematics and had a long and distinguished career in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). He retired at the age of 58 as the head of the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) that was responsible for renewable energy technology. Many projects that he envisioned almost three decades ago in solar and wind energy are now fully operational. My mother Saroja Sundaram, an Economics graduate, was a homemaker. She was an accomplished singer but literally put that on hold while I was growing up. It was not until I left for the US that she returned to her music career – two decades later. She has rendered over 500 Thevaram concerts all over Tamil Nadu and received the Kalaimamani award from the Government of Tamil Nadu in recognition of her contributions. The timeless values that my parents taught me continue to help me every single day in my life. I met my wife Utpala in graduate school in Carbondale. She has a PhD in Biochemistry and is a research scientist for the California Air Resources Board. Our elder son Arvind (26) is an electrical engineer and works for Northrop Grumman Corporation, while the younger one Anjan (19) is in college studying Biology.
Why did you choose to study engineering?
I loved solving problems and I was doing well in my mathematics and science classes in school. That led me on the path to study engineering. Electronics and Communications engineering were fascinating fields of study. If there is one constant in engineering, it is change. The pace of change in ECE has been remarkable when you consider where we are today with ubiquitous connectivity that has changed the way we live and work all over the world. I was excited to be a part of this new and emerging field. My parents thought that I would follow the family tradition and sit for the IAS exam after my studies in the US. But I had no idea at that time that I would find my true calling as an educator here. In my first semester I was assigned to serve as a teaching assistant for an introductory programming course on PL/1. I was worried since I had to learn this new programming language and serve as a teaching assistant at the same time.
But as my department head told me at that time: “You will figure it out”! Indeed, that’s exactly what happened. That lesson has stayed with me to this day and launched me on the path to becoming an engineering educator. Optical Fibre Communications was coming of age in the early ’80s and gave me a chance to work on many exciting projects going back to my roots in Communications Engineering. The other defining moment for me as I look back on my career is my involvement with Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). I was one of the founding members of the IEEE student branch at REC Tiruchi in 1978 and continued my involvement when I came to the US. The IEEE is the world’s largest, professional, technical society with over 400,000 members worldwide.
Despite a boom in engineering education, many institutions are folding up (in India especially) due to factors like a lack of adequately trained faculty. What would be a good reset point for the subject?
I am aware of this challenge and have volunteered my time along with several colleagues to improve the quality of engineering education — particularly by supporting ongoing faculty professional development. It is vital that educational institutions work closely with employers and industry to keep their curricula relevant. While the fundamentals remain the same, there are remarkable developments taking place at the boundaries between traditional disciplines for instance between Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, leading to the field of Mechatronics. We have a number of global challenges in the world today: food security, clean air, clean water, energy, sustainability, healthcare, transportation, climate change, education, and so on. Engineers continue to find innovative solutions to these global challenges that confront society. Global education needs to be integrated into the engineering curriculum to achieve maximum impact on addressing societal needs. Programmes that do nothing to address the challenges of globalisation will soon be irrelevant.
What are some of the biggest takeaways from your days at REC?
I am incredibly proud of my education at REC Tiruchi. We had some truly outstanding faculty in the ECE department who cared about us as individuals. The late Professor AL Abdussattar, who was the Head of the department, Professor P Ramakrishna Rao, and Professor MJS Rangachar and not to forget our dynamic Principal the late Professor PS Manisundaram, left an indelible mark on all of us in their own inimitable ways. Teamwork and communications are much sought after in the workplace today. Thanks to living in the REC hostels, with batch mates who spoke different languages, we had a virtual melting pot of cultures, languages and traditions. Sure, there were differences and disagreements — but the lesson for all of us was that one could disagree without becoming disagreeable!
With the increased move towards artificial intelligence (AI) and automation, are the days of the human engineer numbered?
Hardly! As we advance technologically and come up with innovative solutions that employ heuristics, AI, and Robotics, now more than ever we need engineers who understand the humanistic values and the impact of their solutions on society. There will always be a need for engineers who can create that next generation of solutions that address the contemporary issues of their time. – Courtesy / Profile
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NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge: 5 Telangana students from SR Engineering College to create Moon Buggy
News Nation Bureau | October 12, 2017 |
Five students from a private engineering college in Telangana have been selected for the prestigious NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge. All they need to do is create a buggey designed to traverse the simulated lunar surface.
New Delhi : NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge will witness the participation of five students from an engineering college in Telangana. The students from the SR Engineering College, Warangal, will take part in the fifth annual challenge. The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge will be held on April 12-14, 2018, in Huntsville, Alabama, US. Total four teams from India have been short-listed for the challenge, while students belonging to as many as 23 countries are competing in the challenge. All they need to do is create a buggey designed to traverse the simulated lunar surface.
The team, led by faculty Manoj Chaudhary, will create a moon buggy design and will be required to submit their idea. The team includes P Paul Vineeth, Prakash Raineni, P Sravan Rao, Rondla Dilipreddy A and Venishetty Sneha, said a statement. SR Engineering College Secretary A.Madhukar Reddy congratulated the students and said it was a great opportunity to build, design and test technologies that allow rovers to perform in a variety of environments, ET reported. First held in 1994, 25 years after the first manned Apollo landing on the moon, the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge began as the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. The focus of the challenge is now on NASA’s current plans to explore planets, moons, asteroids and comets. During the 20-year period, the Great Moonbuggy Race involved over 10,000 students. It also revealed that these budding scientists and engineers were capable of complex work. – Courtesy
The Times of India | Shoeb Khan | TNN | Oct 11, 2017 |
JAIPUR: In a major respite to poorly performing engineering colleges across India, the All India Council for Technical Education has relaxed its proposal of closing down such colleges which have an average of 30% and below enrolments in the last three years. The new proposal, exclusively shared with TOI by AICTE member secretary Alok Prakash Mittal, says these colleges will now be observed for next three years and if their enrolments remain less than 30% in coming academic years too, they will be closed down. In Rajasthan, 50% of the colleges were falling in poor performer category. “Our earlier proposal was subjected to extreme legal vetting. It was also realised that they (institutions) should be given time to perform for the next three academic sessions.Still, if they didn’t meet the benchmark of 30% enrol ments they will face closure.The new proposal will be formally discussed in the executive meeting to be held in this month. ,” said Mittal, while talking to TOI on the sidelines of his lecture in a private university in Jaipur on Tuesday.
He argued that they (poorly performing institutes) are not generating enough financial resources to meet the quality of education and to provi de facilities to students. “In the present academic session off 36 lakh seats in technical institutes, 20 lakh seats were filled leaving the rest vacant,” informed Mittal. This year 122 engineering colleges have applied for progressive closure including 10 from Rajasthan. The revised proposal will give a new lease of life to the technical institutes facing a dearth of students in Rajasthan and in the country for atleast three years. Elaborating on steps taken by the AICTE to promote technical education in the country, Mittal says that AICTE funded Smart India Hackathon event in 2017 providing a platform for students to provide IT solutions to the Central government ministries. “It had been a great success as many of the solutions suggested by the students has been executed successfully. It has instilled confidence among the students,” said Mittal, who announced that next season-2018 the AICTE will allow students provide hardware solutions to the ministries in Hackathon. “Our plan is also to add management solutions in the Hackathon to widen its reach,” said Mittal, who hinted that in the coming year’s states can also hold state departments specific Hackathons. Keeping in the line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to create an ecosystem for job creators, the secretary has informed that AICTE is revising the model curricula by adding `Startup’ policy in it. The curricula will be ready to be implemented from the next academic session. The secretary believes that every institute follows up 80% of their curricula and will promote the startups among students. “The AICTE also gives financial support to Start-Ups on the basis of the merit. A team of experts evaluate the startup’s feasibility before shortlisting them for support,” said Mittal.- Courtesy
Birmingham launches language course for future engineers
Engineering students around the globe have the opportunity to sign up for the University of Birmingham’s new online training that will help them improve their technical English language skills – free-of-charge. The University’s ‘Electrical Engineering: Sensing, Powering and Controlling’ course aims to support students for whom English is a second language in mastering many of the key terms and concepts in Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering. Birmingham’s new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is based on real first-year modules at the University. Students can sign up for the free course at www.futurelearn.com/courses/electrical-engineering/1
The MOOC is aimed at direct entry students planning to attend Birmingham to study in the discipline of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, but the content is helpful to any student planning to start in the first year of any engineering discipline. The three-week course runs from 13 November and has been developed by the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. It is led by Dr Tim Jackson, Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering. Dr Jackson said: “This is a great opportunity for students whose first language is not English to brush up their language skills and get to grips with the key terms and concepts associated with engineering. “The course will be delivered in English to help students to gradually develop their language skills. Students can learn online at their own pace, and there are opportunities to discuss their work online with fellow students and lecturers.”
Topics covered will include:
• Overview of Electrical, Electronic and Systems Engineering
• Transducers and their purpose
• Electronic systems in context
• Solar power / batteries in space
• The Space Weather research group
• Electrical circuits
• Analogue and digital electrical engineering
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
• Investigate what is meant by electronic, electrical and systems engineering.
• Develop their skills in analysing and designing circuits and systems.
• Improve their confidence in communicating engineering ideas using English technical vocabulary.
• Assess how different electronic and electrical engineering systems are used in specific contexts.
For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Tony Moran in the University of Birmingham press office on +44 (0)121 414 8254 / +44 (0)782 783 2312.
Notes to editors
• The University of Birmingham is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions, its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers and teachers and more than 5,000 international students from over 150 countries. – Watch the Video
Press Trust of India | Kolkata, 10 October 2017 | PTI |
Kolkata, Oct 10 (PTI) IIT-Kharagpur has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Samsung India for the setting up of a digital academy on the institute’s campus. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the institute would host the Samsung Innovation Lab and train students on the Internet of Things (IoT) through Tizen-based operating systems, commonly used by the company for its mobile phones and home appliances. IoT is a network of computing devices embedded in objects of everyday use for storage and exchange of information. The training would help students acquire industry-relevant skills and “become job ready”, an IIT-KGP statement said today. The academy was a part of the company’s corporate social initiative that aims at bridging the digital divide in the country by imparting skills to students on cutting-edge technology, the statement said. Through this partnership with IIT-KGP, the academy planned to train over 100 students in the next three years, it added. After signing the MoU yesterday, the managing director of Samsung Research & Development Institute, Delhi, YoungKi Byun, said, “Samsung is happy to partner with IIT-Kharagpur to help students leverage the growing digital technology market, especially Internet of things (IoT), the future of connectivity”.
The company was committed to work in the field of next-generation technology development, he said. Echoing similar sentiments, IIT-KGP Director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti said, “The partnership will help our students in developing their skills on the emerging areas of IoT and Artificial Intelligence.” The curriculum at the Samsung Digital Academy included the basics of web application development on Tizen, app testing and debugging. The course would be taught over 14 weeks through classroom lectures, assignments, lab room sessions, self-study and mini projects. “This (IoT) lab will enable our students to have hands-on experience with the Tizen operating system as well as facilitate research and app development on IoT platforms,” the head of the department of Computer Science and Engineering, Sudeshna Sarkar, said. – Courtesy
The Indian Express | Express Web Desk | New Delhi | October 10, 2017 |
JEE Advanced 2018: The 23 IITs across the country have about 10,998 seats. As per reports, this year, the number of unclaimed seats has grown to 121 even after seven rounds of counselling.
There is a reason for engineering aspirants to rejoice as in the Joint Engineering Examination (JEE) Advanced 2018, another 4,000 students will be eligible to sit. The Joint Admission Board (JAB) has recently taken a decision to increase the number of eligible candidates from 2.20 lakh to 2.24 lakh for JEE 2018. The number of seats and other details regarding the exam will be released later. The Indian Institute of Technology – Kanpur will conduct the Joint Engineering Examination (JEE) Advanced 2017 on May 20. In a notification posted on the official website of JEE Advanced – jeeadv.ac.in, it is written that “candidates should be among the top 2,24,000 (including all categories) by scoring positive marks in Paper-1 of JEE (Main) 2018.”
The 23 IITs across the country have about 10,998 seats. As per reports, this year, the number of unclaimed seats has grown to 121 even after seven rounds of counselling. Unlike last year, the entire JEE Advanced 2018 will be conducted in fully computer-based test mode. The examination consists of two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2, each of three hours duration. The JEE is the gateway into all IITs, NITs, IIITs and ISM Dhanbad. Candidates seeking admissions in various engineering courses have to first appear for JEE Main (to be conducted by CBSE). Those who crack it will get a chance to sit for JEE Advanced. – Courtesy