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NITI Aayog is inviting applications for setting up of Atal Incubation Centres (AICs) under the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)

AICTE Notification :   NITI Aayog is inviting applications for setting up of Atal Incubation Centres (AICs) under the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), a flagship program of the Government of India.

AIM endeavours to do this by providing support to various academic institutions and corporate sector organizations to establish Atal Incubation Centres (AICs).

Application for Atal Incubation Centres

Background

AIM intends to support the establishment of new incubation centres called Atal Incubation Centres (AICs) that would nurture innovative start-up businesses in their pursuit to become scalable and sustainable enterprises. The AICs would create world class incubation facilities across various parts of India with suitable physical infrastructure in terms of capital equipment and operating facilities, coupled with the availability of sectoral experts for mentoring the start-ups, business planning support, access to seed capital, industry partners, trainings and other relevant components required for encouraging innovative start-ups. Moreover, AICs would be established in subject specific areas such as manufacturing, transport, energy, health, education, agriculture, water and sanitation etc.

Eligibility

Entities such as such as higher educational institutions, R&D institutes, corporate sector, alternative investment funds registered with SEBI, business accelerators, group of individuals, and individuals are eligible to apply.

Financial Support

AIM will provide a grant-in-aid of upto Rs. 10 crore for a maximum period of 5 years to cover the capital and operational expenditures to establish the AIC.

Requirements

The applicant would have to provide at least 10,000 sq. ft. of ready-to-use, built-up space, for the exclusive use of the AIC.

Any queries may be sent to  :  md-aim@gov.in

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Last date of submission: 31st July 2017

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India’s largest Employability Skills Test by Wheebox launched in association with AICTE, UNDP and CII

India Education Diary | 

Leading Employability Assessment Company Wheebox in association with premier consortium partners AICTE, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Pearson Education and India’s leading HR technology outsourcing firm PeopleStrong launched India’s largest Employability Skills Test across 29 states and 7 UTs on the occasion of ‘World Skills Day’. The final year graduates, post-graduates and diploma holders from engineering, polytechnic, ITIs, state-run colleges & management schools can take part in the Wheebox Employability Test (WEST). The registration for online assessment for educational campuses commences on 15th of July on wheebox.com/west and last date of conducting proctored examinations across campuses will be 30th October, 2017. Students can register online at wheebox.com/west and take an online test measuring individual abilities in numerical and problem solving skills along with English, basics of information technology (IT), and behavioral traits. The duration of the online test is 70 minutes and is available in both Hindi and English. The assessment test provides initial transcript and detailed scorecards for each module to the candidate highlighting the strengths and improvement areas. These scores are shared with 110 organizations across 10 Sectors in India aiming to give the candidates a snapshot of their capability.

In a span of 100 days over 5000 campuses and a million of candidates will make it the largest study on employability anywhere in the world. Last year the study encompassed over half a million candidates from talent supply and from demand side over 150 large corporations from 15 sectors participated in the study. The employability test attempts to make a meaningful matchmaking between talent demand and supply for the job market. The study and findings will be part of India Skills Report 2018 which will be published during Global Skills Summit on November. Speaking on this occasion Nirmal Singh, Founder and CEO of Wheebox said, “Last year over 30,000 new employment opportunities were provided to young graduates from campuses as an outcome of the initiative. This partnership brings a new dimension and understanding to the way India and the global world looks at hiring skilled talent. The report provides an insight into the future jobs and skills required by employers also the hiring trends of the market while understanding the needs of the job seeker and organizations”. “Our past reports have been stating that businesses are struggling to recruit the right people, with a lack of general employability skills including soft skills such as communication, learning agility and team work cited as the primary problem (64 percent). This sentiment may dampen business productivity, ultimately threatening future growth and profitability; India Skills report addresses this concern and enables the academia and industry to make informed decisions.” – Courtesy  /    Click here to register for Wheebox Employability Skill Test

28 courses nixed as students seek job, not niche research

The Economic Times | Bharath Joshi |  Jul 19, 2017 |

BENGALURU: Lack of demand has led professional colleges in the city to discontinue 28 courses this academic year. This is the biggest course closure Bengaluru has seen in the past five years. Interestingly, 21 of them are postgraduate courses, mostly in engineering and technology, according to All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE ) data. Several colleges in the city closed their M.Tech programmes as students do not opt for specialisation in niche areas. This is because there are ample job opportunities for students who complete BE and the need to study further does not arise, experts point out.

RNS Institute of Technology (RNSIT) in Rajarajeshwari Nagar closed down its M.Tech programmes in power electronics, computer networking & engineer working & engineering and industrial electronics. “The M.Tech course has been reduced to an option if students don’t get a job after BE. To run these courses with just a handful of students is a waste of resources for us,” principal MK Venkatesha said. Last year, BNM Institute of Technology in Banashankari had only two students for its M.Tech computer networking & engineering course against the 24 seats available. Not a single student joined the M.Tech software engineering course. It was inevitable for the col lege to close them this year. “Even if we have one student, we need to have one professor, one associate professor and two assistant professors. It costs us Rs 50 lakh against Rs 65,000 that the lone student will pay. It’s a huge burden,” principal GN Krishnamurthy said. “Also, those who join M.Tech aspire to become teachers but even teaching jobs are getting saturated.” M.Tech students suffer from low confidence because they have to fight with undergraduate students for jobs.

“M.Tech courses in most colleges are not running properly because there are no jobs for M.Tech graduates,” said A Ramachandra, vice principal at AMC Engineering College on Bannerghatta Road, which closed three M.Tech and one BE telecommunication engineering courses this year. The decline is not confined to M.Tech courses. Four colleges closed MBA and two closed MCA programmes this year. For example, the T John Institute of Technology in Gottigere has closed MBA and MCA courses for two consecutive years now. “Courses are getting closed due to quality faculty not being there.Also, the absence of innovative, inspiring and inclusive teaching and research at the postgraduate level has simply not challenged the minds of bright students,” said H Karan Kumar, head of IT consulting and management firm Shruth & Smith Holdings. – Courtesy

1.5 million jobs in rural India within one year through “Earn While Learn” programme : AICTE chairman

The Times of India | Manash Pratim Gohain | TNN | Jun 15, 2017 |  1.5 million jobs in rural India within one year: AICTE chairman |

NEW DELHI: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and   launched “Earn While Learn” to educate and develop the skillset of over 1.5 million youth pan-India across industries, and provide them assured livelihood on Thursday.  The initiative will be implemented in collaboration with industries and business owners, said Anil D Sahasrabudhe, chairman, AICTE. The plan is to create 1.5 million jobs in 550 districts of India within one year.  The initiative has been launched jointly by AICTE under MHRD, National Career Service under ministry of labour and employment and AITMC, a non-government organization.

The announcement was made a “Global Summit 2017” where Sahasrabudhe said: “Earn While Learn supports the skill India mission and will be creating 1.5 million jobs in 550 districts of India within a year. Our vision is to develop local markets and address the requirements of rural India by educating youth residing in these districts and enabling them in developing and distributing products within their region. The initiative will uplift the standard of living in rural India by addressing critical challenges and livelihood issues.” The programme outlines the need to introduce new and innovative skills amount the youth increasing our economic growth and competitiveness. Avnish Ranga, general manager, AITMC said: “We will be training rural youth in macro technology to develop products that suit their region, thereby creating job opportunities for them. EWL will collaborate with industry leaders in creating these assembly facilities. These products will be assembled by young students and sold in the rural market, providing enhanced business opportunity for the industry, practical learning to the students, therefore, addressing challenges of the rural India such as fresh drinking water, transportation, electricity etc.”  EWL has formed strategic partnerships with corporates and will be launching the initiative in 50 districts in June 2017 and 75 districts in July 2017. The first phase will be launched in collaboration with various higher educational institutional across the country. – Courtesy  / Click here to Visit     All India Technical and Management Council (AITMC)

AICTE Public notice on clarification about distance education mode degrees & equivalence of various diploma / degrees

AICTE Public notice on clarification about distance education mode degrees

AICTE Clarification

AICTE receives many representations regarding clarification about distance education mode degrees. It is for the information of the stakeholders and the general public that AICTE as per its present policy does not recognize the qualifications acquired through distance education mode at Diploma,Bachelors  aster Level in the fields of Engineering, Technology,Architecture, Town Planning, Pharmacy, Hotel management & Catering Technology, and Applied Arts & Crafts & Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM). Further vide Gazette Notification No. F. 6-1/2013-DL dated. 10.06.2015 issued by MHRD, as per which UGC is empowered to deal with matters concerning education including technical education imparted through ODL mode.

Click here to download : 1 Page pdf : AICTE Public notice on clarification about distance education mode degrees

Public notice regarding equivalence of various diploma/degrees

AICTE receives many representations regarding equivalence of various diploma/degrees. It is for the information of the stakeholders and the general public that AICTE does not provide equivalence of the qualifications obtained from AICTE approved technical institutions at Diploma/UG/PG levels for higher education purposes as well as for employment purpose. It is up to theemployers to decide the suitability or a particular post in case of employment purpose and Institutions/Universities for higher studies in ase f academic purpose. However, AICTE has issued a notification dated 28.04.2017 regarding Major/Core branch of Engineering/Technology and the irrelevant/appropriate courses leading to degree in engineering / Technology for recruitment to teaching positions.

Click here to download : 1 page, pdf : AICTE Public notice regarding equivalence of various diploma/degrees

AICTE MOU with Engineering Council of India (ECI)

AICTE in its 49th meeting of the Council held on 14th March , 2017 approved a package of measures to be implemented by all technical institutions approved by AICTE to improve the standards of technical education and to provide competent technical manpower to the nation. In order to improve the employability of the students by imparting required skills and making them industry ready, it has been decided by AICTE to introduce mandatory intemship for students from the session 2017-18. To facilitate internships to the students, AICTE has been identifying organizations/institutes both in India & abroad and signing MoUs. As you are already informed, tha tAICTE signed MoU with Internshala (a platform for free internships) and NETiit. (for internship inTaiwan). Furtherance, AICTE has also signed MoU with Engineering Council of India (ECI) on24th Nlay,2017 .ECI is engaged in standardizing various major engineering disciplines, professional practices in India and setting competency standards of practicing professionals. ECI, either directly or through its members may approach technical institutions and professional organizations and make necessary arrangements to facilitate Hands-on training and/ or affange for “internships” to technical graduate for their Continuing Professional Development (CPD). ECI has agreed to offer a discounted fee structure to the learners graduating from AICTE approved Institutions. The ‘MoU signed between AICTE and ECI can be viewed on the AICTE website being signed will be communicated to you from time to time. The AICTE approved technical institutions are requested to adequately publicise this information on their websites so that students can apply for internship.  http://www.ecindia.org/       Click here to download the AICTE CircularAICTE MOU with Engineering Council of India (ECI) – 7 pages pdf

HEERA, Modi government to replace UGC, AICTE with one higher education regulator

Economic Times |  Anubhuti Vishnoi |  ET Bureau | Jun 06, 2017 |

NEW DELHI: Big-bang education reform is on its way – the Modi government is all set to scrap the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and replace them with one higher education regulator, tentatively christened Higher Education Empowerment Regulation Agency (HEERA). The decision to go ahead with this radical change, long advocated by experts but never implemented, was taken after a meeting on education chaired by the prime minister in early March. If required, and since setting up a new regulator may take some time, amendments to existing rules will be considered as an interim reform measure.  Senior officials who spoke off record told ET that work is on at a rapid pace to frame the HEERA legislation. The human resource development (HRD) ministry and the Niti Aayog are working on the new law. A committee that has, among others, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and higher education secretary KK Sharma as members, is working on the detailed blueprint.

Greater Synergy Among Institutions

One senior official said replacing UGC and AICTE by a single regulator will be the “cleanest, most sweeping reform” that will “eliminate all overlaps in jurisdiction and also do away with regulatory provisions that may no longer be relevant”.  While the idea of replacing multiple regulatory authorities with a single and streamlined one is not new – several committees including the Yashpal Committee and the National Knowledge Commission of the UPA era and the Hari Gautam Committee set up by this government have recommended the same – the reform never happened. Officials told ET that the new regulatory legislation is likely to be short and clean and will outline minimum standards focused on outcomes. They also said separation of technical and nontechnical education is outmoded and out of sync with global practices, and that a single regulator will bring in greater synergy among institutions and in framing curricula. HEERA is aimed at putting an end to the inspector raj and harassment that the UGC regime is associated with, another official said, but the new body will also be empowered to take strong penal action when necessary. Since bringing in new legislation and repealing AICTE and UGC Acts may be a time-consuming process, interim measures are likely and amendments to these Acts and modification of UGC regulations are among options being considered. – Courtesy

Bennett university ropes in top faculty

Economic Times | ET Bureau |  Jun 06, 2017 |

Founded by The Times of India Group, the multi-faculty, research-led Bennett University started operations in July 2016 with the promise of making students ‘life and career ready’.

NEW DELHI: There is a big movement of faculty to Bennett University from IITs with a unique structure being put in place. While most of the faculty are young PhDs from top Indian and foreign universities, they are also being mentored by super-seniors for both teaching and research such as KK Biswas and Sudhir Chandra of IIT Delhi, and others. This academic and research based philosophy cuts across all schools and disciplines in engineering on campus. “The teaching load is lesser here at about 8-10 hours a week. In the balance time, high-profile faculty members can work on their own research,” said Yaj Medury, vice chancellor, Bennett University.  “They have been very specific about why they’re moving here. In addition to getting the same ambience as their existing place of work, they get time to get to concentrate on their research and keep themselves updated.” Dr Biswas, professor of computer science and engineering, has had a teaching and research career spanning over 30 years at IIT Delhi.

He has a BTech in electrical engineering from IIT Madras, and an MTech and PhD from IIT Delhi. He is a visiting professor at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and at the University of Central Florida, US, and has worked in collaboration with the University of Oxford and University of Texas, Austin. His area of research is image and video processing, machine learning with applications in activity recognition, salient object detection and logic-based knowledge representation in scientific domains Dr Bishnu Pal, professor of physics, said, “That fact that Bennett University has chosen to start a BTech in engineering physics underlines its vision that interaction between engineering and basic sciences, specially physics and mathematics, is the pillar for future developments in technology.”  Dr Biswas said, “Today’s industry needs personnel with exposure to multiple disciplines. There is already a strong demand for management expertise combined with traditional engineering knowledge. We would like to design course structures where computer science graduates would have ample opportunities to seek management electives, and where management and law students would get exposure to currently used tools/practices in the IT industry.”  Founded by The Times of India Group, the multi-faculty, research-led Bennett University started operations in July 2016 with the promise of making students ‘life and career ready’. The university offers programmes across engineering, management, media and law. ET is part of the Times of India group.- Courtesy

Tamil Nadu: Self-financing engineering colleges seek 50 per cent engineering fee hike

DECCAN CHRONICLE |  May 26, 2017 |

‘Raise needed to meet AICTE’s teacher salary standards’

CHENNAI: The representatives of self-financing colleges met Justice N.V. Balasubramanian committee on Thursday with a demand of a considerable fee hike for engineering courses from next academic year.  It is learnt that the colleges are demanding around  50 per cent hike for the both management and government quota seats.  Currently, the fee for government quota seats in private engineering colleges is Rs 40,000 and management quota seats is Rs 70, 000.  “We have demanded the fee hike to compensate our teachers’ salary on par with the AICTE’s scale of pay” said RS Munirathinam, president, Consortium of Self-Financing Professional, Arts and Science Colleges in Tamil Nadu.

“AICTE’s handbook has prescribed the maximum fee to be collected for engineering courses. But, in Tamil Nadu, there are many poor students studying in engineering courses. So, we have not demanded maximum hike,” he said. The consortium also requested the fee committee to gather details about the engineering course fee in all the four southern districts. “We just had discussions with the private colleges. The different associations gave different representations. We will go through all their representations and consider various factors before taking a decision,” sources from the committee said. The committee is likely to announce its decision on next week. Tamil Nadu Engineering colleges are going through a tough phase. Last year, around one lakh engineering seats, fell vacant after the general counselling. This year, the IT job cuts are expected to have an impact on engineering admissions this year.

Over 1.3 lakh students register online for BE counselling
If one has to go to the online registration for engineering counselling, IT job cuts and fewer job placements in engineering colleges this year has not dented the interest in engineering courses as more than 1.3 lakh students have registered for the counselling online so far. But last year, more than 2 lakh students had registered online and 1.84 lakh have paid the fees for the counselling. In the end, only 1.33 lakh applications were received by the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions Committee. “This year we can expect the applications to go further down. If TNEA receives more than one lakh applications for engineering counselling it would be a big achievement,” a senior professor from Anna University said. “The parents and students are keeping the engineering courses as their third option due to the job cuts in IT companies and the reduction in campus recruitments. But, still, to be on the safe side, we have applied to the engineering counselling,” a parent said.  As many as 11 engineering colleges in the state have opted for no admission this year. More than 100 colleges in the state have filled less than 20% seats last year.  As per the engineering admissions, schedule, the engineering counselling will commence from June 27. The rank list will be released on June 22. – Courtesy

1-month orientation programme for engineering students

The Hindu | Chennai | May 23, 2017 | R Sujatha |

Focus will be on communication

The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) is introducing a month-long orientation programme for students joining engineering courses this academic year. Under the programme, students will get 3-4 weeks to acclimatise themselves to their surroundings. “They will be taught to express themselves in English or in their native tongue. Let the students express themselves in their language and then, they will start thinking critically and analyse situations,” AICTE chairman Anil D. Sahasrabudhe said. AICTE has decided to start the programme in 100 colleges this year and by next year, plans to cover all colleges. The programme has been designed based on successful experiments conducted by IIIT-Hyderabad and IIT-BHU (Varanasi), he said. At present, students receive a one-day orientation programme. The proposed month-long programme would help students from rural areas, he said. “A longer orientation would cut down failures, which occur because many students don’t understand what is being said in class,” he said. The Council had also proposed to make certification mandatory for engineering teachers to continue in their job. A three-month module that includes learning new technology, besides interaction techniques with students, is on the anvil.

 Mandatory for recruits

The programme will be mandatory for fresh recruits, who should complete the training during the summer vacation before classes commence, Prof. Sahasrabudhe said. Older teachers would be given time till the end of the year to complete the programme at a time of their convenience. The council is evolving a curriculum that includes physical classroom training, in addition to MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses). These are part of the 10-point agenda created in conjunction with the industry, industry bodies and the government to improve student-faculty interaction. – Courtesy