Under the alliance, Monster India will manage and monitor campus recruitment activities of over 10,360 colleges approved by the AICTE with a collective intake capacity of over 36 lakh students from various streams — engineering and technology; applied arts and craft; hotel management and catering; management; pharmacy and architecture and town planning. “Our association with AICTE will allow greater access to students and colleges with a large pool of employers present on our data base and provide relevant job opportunities,” Sanjay Modi, Managing Director (APAC & Middle East), Monster.com, said. Apart from creating and managing the platform, Monster India will also provide facility for practice tests to check employability, identify skill gaps through assessment and suggest proactive measures to overcome it. The AICTE is the statutory body and a national-level council for technical education, under the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development. – Courtesy / Take a Look at http://www.monsterindia.com/
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Hindustan Times | Nov 11, 2017 | Neelam Pandey |
AICTE official says this is the first time that such a perspective plan is being prepared for technical education to provide better placement opportunities to students.
Why are so many engineering and management graduates out of jobs? To address the issue of low employability, technical institutes’ regulator All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is preparing a ‘perspective plan 2030’. The Council will hire a private firm to analyse the demand and supply gap, geographical imbalances, and redundancy of certain courses in view of the fast technological changes and vacant seats in technical institutes, official sources said, adding this analysis will take into consideration the requirements until 2030. Once the study is complete, suitable changes will be made in the curricula. Placement of fresh graduates from new engineering institutes has been declining over the years. Currently, India produces an estimated 700,000 engineers from 3,000 institutes but barely half of them get jobs. Job offers for fresh management graduates witnessed a five-year low in 2016-17, with only 47% of MBA graduates being hired during campus placement drives — a dip of 4% compared to the previous year. At 12%, the drop was far sharper for postgraduate diploma holders.
According to a senior AICTE official, a report by a committee formed to prepare the terms and references of this study is being submitted. “This is the first time that a perspective plan is being prepared for technical education. We need to draw plans keeping the future in mind to ensure these institutes are able to provide better placement opportunities to the students who have the skills required by the industry,” the official said. The terms and references have been prepared by a retired professor of Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. It will cover all technical subjects such as engineering, management, and architecture, among others. “An agency will be identified that will carry out the survey. Some of the courses have become redundant and barely have any takers. The firm will also look into fast technological changes and the market response to the curriculum. We have prepared a model curriculum and this plan will give more inputs for the future,” another senior AICTE official said. Issues such as faculty quality of teaching and learning processes will also be addressed through this study. A timeline will be fixed to ensure the study is completed in a time-bound manner. – Courtesy
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The New Indian Express | S Mannar Mannan | Express News Service | 06th November 2017 |
COIMBATORE: TO ensure that candidates are not misguided by names of engineering colleges, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to bar technical institutions in the same state from having similar names, even within the same group. “Many registered trusts and societies have taken approval from the council for operating multiple technical institutions almost in the same name and style. This creates confusion among the general public. In order to alleviate the problem, the AICTE has decided to restrict the use of existing names of institutions within a state,” it said in a recent public notice.
However, there is no bar on colleges in different states having similar names. The restriction applies only to colleges within the same state.Technical institutions having similar names have been directed to apply online through the AICTE portal for changing the name, giving the existing and proposed names. A few institutions run by the same group have similar names, agreed T D Eswaramoorthy, joint secretary of the Confederation of Self-financing Professional, Arts and Science Colleges in Tamil Nadu. “There are also institutions run by different groups with similar sounding names. Even in the case of those in the same group with similar names, some may be autonomous and others may not be. They would be located in different places. It is to prevent any confusion because of similarity in names that the AICTE has taken this decision,” he added. – Courtesy
Deccan Herald | DH News Service | New Delhi, Nov 3 2017 |
A bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and UU Lalit also raised serious questions over the institutions being allowed to use the word ‘university’ and asked the government to restrain them from use of the word.
Supreme Court on Friday ordered CBI probe on officials who allowed a group of deemed universities to offer engineering courses in distance education, as it took a critical view of such institutions. A bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and UU Lalit also raised serious questions over the institutions being allowed to use the word ‘university’ and asked the government to restrain them from use of the word. In a series of orders, the bench banned deemed universities from offering engineering courses through distance education from 2018-19 academic year, instructing them not to do so without the sanction of AICTE. Lamenting that extensive commercialization has robbed higher education of credibility and standard; the bench said it seriously compromised knowledge and impacted excellence and merit. It also asked government to set up a three-member panel to develop roadmap to strengthen higher education and come up with a regulatory system in six months.
“The UGC had completely failed to remedy the situation,” the bench said in its 118-page judgement highlighting failure of monitoring and regulating ‘deemed-to-be-universities.’ “Serious question has therefore arisen as to the manning of the UGC itself for its effective working,” it noted. IT ordered CBI probe on officials who allowed Vinayaka Mission’s research Foundation, Salem, Tamil Nadu, IASE Gandhi Vidya Mandir, Sardarshahr Rajasthan, JRN Vidyapeeth Udaipur, Rajasthan and Allahabad Agriculture Research Institute, Allahabad to offer B Tech and B E courses in distance education mode. It also ordered the UGC to consider if the ‘deemed university’ status enjoyed by the institutions could be withdrawn as they violated policies and norms.
Citing the affidavit of the then UGC Chairman Ved Prakash detailing how the institutes were allowed to offer courses, the bench raised serious doubt over the approach and conduct of the higher education regulator. “On one hand, the authorities were proclaiming their policy statements and on the other, despite there being complaints, they went about granting permissions,” it noted. The issue came up before the apex court following conflicting orders by Orissa and Punjab and Haryana High Courts. While the Orissa HC had approved engineering degrees awarded to serving diploma holders through ‘Off-Campus Study Centres’, Punjab and Haryana HC took a contrary view. The court ordered to suspend degrees awarded to students by the four institutions in the 2001-05 academic session. It asked AICTE to hold a test in May 2018-19 and recall degrees given to students who fail. Asking the varsities to refund fees collected on the course if the students do not wish to appear for the AICTE test, the court also ordered to withdraw any jobs or benefits taken by the students on the basis of those degrees. It ordered to cancel degrees awarded after the academic session 2001-05 and withdraw any jobs given on that basis. – Courtesy / Click here to download / view the Judgement – 118 pages, pdf
Hindustan Times | Neelam Pandey | New Delhi | Oct 28, 2017 |
The changed syllabus is aimed at addressing the problem of falling placements of fresh engineering graduates, said a top official of the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), the body that regulates technical education in the country.
Steam engines are passé. Bullet trains are in. So are artificial intelligence (AI), big data analytics and Internet of Things (IoT). These latest technological advancements will be part of a revised engineering syllabus — to be introduced from the academic session starting next July — in an attempt to make Indian engineers more employable through practical learning and new courses. The changed syllabus is aimed at addressing the problem of falling placements of fresh engineering graduates, said a top official of the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), the body that regulates technical education in the country. India has more than 3,000 registered engineering institutes, which produce an estimated 7 lakh engineers every year, but barely half of them manage to get hired on campus. In 2015-16, out of a total of 7.58 lakh graduates, only 3.34 lakh got jobs through campus placements, according to data released by AICTE.
The AICTE has prepared the model engineering curriculum as per the recommendations of 11 subject committees it had set up for engineering and technical institutes, excluding the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs). The human resource development ministry has already approved the curriculum, ministry sources said. Under the revised curriculum, theoretical classes will be brought down from 30 to 20 every week. Mandatory courses such as environmental sciences, the Indian Constitution and “essence of traditional knowledge” will be included, though students will not get marks for them. Officials said the new curriculum will ensure final-semester students are free to pursue project works to understand industry requirements. There will be mandatory internship in summer breaks in the second or third year. “This is being done to take pressure off students who come to engineering institutes after undergoing board examinations and extensive coaching. We don’t want to drain them further. We want to capitalise on their creativity,” MP Poonia, AICTE vice-chairman, told HT.
Another council official said the need to update the syllabus stemmed from rapid technological changes. “Graduates are usually not aware of recent trends and their application in the real world. While we talk about bullet trains, students are learning about steam engines. Some of the institutes are teaching decades-old syllabi and using obsolete teaching tools,” said the official. While AI deals with robotics and machines with artificial ‘brains’, IoT refers to connecting any device — even washing machines, refrigerators, lamps etc — to the Internet so that they can receive and exchange data. Pradipta Banerji, a professor at IIT Bombay, said the changes were welcome but added that “education is not (only) about gaining skills”, it is also about broadening the minds. “We need to get our students to think independently, too,” he added. Another official said the AICTE will also introduce exam reforms and has formed a committee to work out the modalities. An undergraduate student has to write 24 exams in four months and the regulator is looking to reduce it substantially, he said. – Courtesy
DECCAN CHRONICLE | Oct 28, 2017 |
CHENNAI: The Madras high court has directed the Union Ministry of Human resources development secretary to answer as to whether there is any scheme available to deal with unemployment problem of the engineering graduates in our country and if is so, what is the scheme? Suo motu impleading the Union of India as a respondent in a petition filed by S.K.Natarajan of Tirupur district, which alleged irregularities in the recruitment, Justice N.Kirubakaran gave the directive, after Senior central government standing counsel Rabu Manohar took notice for the Union government. The judge also posed 12 queries to be answered by the All India Council for Technical Education.
The New Indian Express | Express News Service | 28th October 2017 |
KOCHI: In perhaps the biggest contract win for a startup from Kerala, Fourth Ambit Technologies, a firm that was virtually incubated in Kochi’s erstwhile Startup Village, has signed a pact with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for setting up online community portals for over 10,000 technical institutions across the length and breadth of the country. The deal will see the edu-tech company working with AICTE and its member institutions to leverage its online platform and technical infrastructure to set up private online community portals for AICTE approved institutions, a senior company official said. Such a community portal will help these institutions to onboard and engage alumni, parents, corporate partners and other well-wishers, thereby facilitating value for their students and faculty. The MoU was signed by AICTE chairman Anil D Sahasrabudhe and Fourth Ambit CEO Rahul Das at AICTE office in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. “Setting up online community portals for over 10,000 technical institutions across the country and fostering multi-dimensional value for over 50 million users is a daunting task. But, backed by a robust tech platform, led by an inspired team, supported by corporate partners, enabled by AICTE and state universities, we are confident of creating history and nurturing a self-fulfilling value-based ecosystem,” says Rahul Das, CEO of Fourth Ambit.
A supporting ecosystem will be set up at the Fourth Ambit platform level by onboarding partners across themes like skilling, entrepreneurship, networking, jobs, internships, faculty capability building, higher education, social causes, and technology evangelism.“AICTE has signed MoUs with other organisations as well for leveraging quality initiatives for the students and faculty at large in terms of internship, job opportunities and skilling tests. We hope the project with Fourth Ambit will synergise the benefits of the same under one umbrella for the student community,” says AICTE chairman Anil D Sahasrabudhe. The project will be activated in a phased manner across the various states with the AICTE regional office and state universities playing a key role in the rollout. Fourth Ambit, co-founded by four classmates from Government Model Engineering College, Kochi, has been operational since 2012 with over 1,000 college communities already on its platform. – Courtesy / Download AICTE Circular MoU between AICTE ans Fourth Ambit / Click here to Take a Look at ——> https://www.fourthambit.com/
AICTE Scholarship for Pragati & Saksham Scheme
New Delhi: The All India Council for Technical Education at Nelson Mandela Marg Vasant Kunj here has invited online applications under (i) Pragati Scholarship Scheme for girl students and (ii) Saksham Scholarship for differently abled students. Those admitted in first year during the academic year 2017-18 through centralised admission process in AICTE-approved technical Institution for approved diploma/degree-level programmes are eligible to apply for the two scholarships, latest by 5 pm on 30.11.2017.
*Pragati:* Pragati Scholarship Scheme is a MHRD Scheme being implemented by of AICTE aimed at providing assistance for Advancement of Girls pursuing Technical Education. This is an attempt to give young Women the opportunity to further her education and prepare for a successful future by Empowering Women through Technical Education.
*Scholarship No & Amount:* A total of 4000 scholarships are given annually of which 2000 are for Degree and 2000 are for Diploma. The Scholarship includes tuition Fee of Rs. 30,000 or at actual, whichever is less and Rs.2000 per month for 10 months as incidentals charges each year. In case of Tuition fee waiver/reimbursement, students are eligible to get an amount of Rs. 30,000 for the purchase of Books/Equipment/Softwares/ Laptop/ Desktop/ Vehicle/ Fee paid towards competitive examination applications forms/exam.
*Eligibility:* Applicant should be a student admitted to 1st ear of Degree/Diploma course in any of the AICTE approved Institution of respective year through Centralized Admission process of the State/Central Government. Only two girls per family are eligible. Family income of the applicant should not be more than 8 lakh per annum during the preceding financial year. In case of married girl, the income of parents/in-laws, whichever is higher will be considered.
*Selection:* The selection of candidate will be made on merit on the basis of qualifying examination to peruse the respective Technical Degree/Diploma course from any of the AICTE approved institution.
*Saksham:* Saksham Scholarship Scheme for Specially Abled Students is a MHRD Scheme being implemented by AICTE aimed at providing encouragement and support to specially-abled children to pursue Technical Education. A total of 1000 scholarship are offered per annum with 500 each for Degree and Diploma. The scholarship includes Tuition Fee of Rs. 30,000/- or at actual, whichever is less and Rs.2000/- per month for 10 months as incidentals charges each year. In case of Tuition fee waiver/reimbursement, Students are eligible to get an amount of Rs. 30,000/- for the purchase of Books/Equipment/Softwares/ Laptop/Desktop/Vehicle/Fee paid towards competitive examination applications forms/exam/ specific equipments/ software for visually impaired/ speech and hearing disabled.
*Eligibility:* Applicant should have been admitted to 1st year of Degree/Diploma course in any of the AICTE approved Institution of respective year through Centralized Admission process of the State/Central Government. Applicant should be Specially Abled Student, having disability of not less than 40% and family income not more than 8 lakh per annum during the preceding financial year. in case of married girl, the income of parents/in-laws, whichever is higher will be considered. Selection of candidate will be made on merit on the basis of qualifying examination to peruse the respective Technical Degree/Diploma course from any of the AICTE approved institution. *Applications: *Applications under both schemes can be submitted online, latest by 5pm on 30.11.2017. Applicants will be required to upload Photograph & Signature in JPG/JPEG format. The file size for Photograph should be less than 200 Kb and that of Photograph, less than 50 Kb. Applicants will also be required to scan and upload the following documents, for both Pragati and Saksham: * Mark Sheet of standard Xth /XIIth / others as applicable * Annual family Income Certificate for the preceding financial year in the prescribed format issued by not below the rank of Tahsildar * Admission letter issued by Directorate of Technical Education for the admission in Diploma/Degree course * Certificate issued by the Director/Principal/ Head of the Institute * Tuition fee receipt * AADHAR seeded Bank Pass Book in the name of the student indicating Account number, IFSC code and Photograph * Caste Certificate for SC/ST/OBC category * AADHAR card * Declaration by parents duly signed stating that the information provided by their child is correct and will refund Scholarship amount, if found false at any stage. * Disability certificate issued by Competent Authority For Saksham, applicants will also be required to upload the Disability certificate issued by Competent Authority.
*Common conditions:* For both Schemes, Scholarships will be reserved for SC (15%), ST (7.5%) and OBC (27%). Students admitted through Centralized Counseling Process (For Government Quota) are only eligible for Scholarship under PRAGATI/SAKSHAM Scheme. Scholarship will be disbursed only through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) directly in the bank account of the student. Student must have General Saving Account in the bank. FRILL/Minor/Joint account will not be accepted. Those in receipt of any of the scholarships (either State or Central Government Sponsored), are not eligible to apply for PRAGATI / SAKSHAM Scholarships. A student eligible for both the scholarships can apply only under one scheme only for Scholarship. For both Schemes, the Scholarships for Degree and Diploma are transferable in event of non-availability of eligible applicant in any of the Degree/Diploma level Programme. Details of the scheme are available Pragati and Saksham link. Click here for more details and online application.——> https://www.aicte-pragati-saksham-gov.in/
Our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, envisages a Digital India to bridge the digital divide in our country and further promote digital literacy in order to make development a comprehensive mass movement and put governance within everyone’s reach in India. In order to work towards our PM’s vision, MHRD, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Inter Institutional Inclusive Innovation Center (i4C), and Persistent Systems organized Smart India Hackathon 2017, a unique initiative to identify new and disruptive digital technology innovations for solving the challenges faced by our country. The initiative was a huge success. To reiterate the efforts towards our PM’s vision, MHRD, AICTE, i4C, and Persistent Systems is proud to propose the 2nd edition of this initiative – Smart India Hackathon 2018.Till date, 45+ union ministries and departments and 18 state governments have already joined this grand initiative, making it much bigger than the previous edition. Through this initiative, govt. departments will directly engage with thousands of technical students and challenge them to build digital solutions to improve their efficiency, plug revenue leakages and corruption.
Smart India Hackathon 2018 is a non-stop digital product development competition, where problems are posed to technology students for innovative solutions. It:
- Harnesses creativity & expertise of students
- Sparks institute-level hackathons
- Builds funnel for ‘Startup India’ campaign
- Crowdsources solutions for improving governance and quality of life
- Provides opportunity to citizens to provide innovative solutions to India’s daunting problems
Smart India Hackathon 2018 will have 2 sub-editions – Software as well as Hardware:
- Software Edition will be 36 hour software product development competition, similar in concept to Smart India Hackathon 2017
- The new Hardware Edition will be a hackathon where teams will be work for 5 straight days and build their hardware solutions. This competition would be limited to only 5 nodal centers with 20-25 teams each.
Smart India Hackathon 2018 will be officially launched on Monday, Oct 16, 2017 at the hands of Shri. Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of HRD in Pune.
Click here to participate ? https://innovate.mygov.in/sih2018/
Eligibility for Student Team Members
- Only technology students studying in AICTE/ UGC/ IIT/ NIT or other government approved institutions.
- A team of 6 students is mandatory (Note: Maximum of 10 teams per allowed college/ institute).
- All team members must be currently studying in same college.
- Team members may be from different academic levels.
- Students studying under any of the technology streams/BCA/MCA/streams like Computer Science, MSc Electronics or equivalent may participate.
- Once teams have registered, changes in team members will not be encouraged.
- While selecting between 2 similar ideas, preference will be given to the team with maximum girl members.
Eligibility & Expectations from Mentor Teams
- Register under the Mentor section of MyGov link to be provided.
- Accomplished software techies (preferably industry professionals) with 6-8 years of hands-on experience in product development.
- Self-motivated and passionate about technology challenges.
- Mentor and guide teams via skype/phone/video chat or in person before the Grand Finale to help convert ideas of teams into digital prototype using appropriate architecture, UI design, technology stack, etc.
- Each team will be assigned 2 mentors therefore we encourage mentors to apply in group of 2 so that the pair can be allotted one student team.
- Participate and work collaboratively with the allotted student team during the 36-hour Grand Finale to build a working prototype (need to be personally present at the hackathon nodal center).
- Out-station travel will be necessary to participate in the Grand Finale. Mentors may indicate their 1st, 2nd and 3rd preference city while registering.
Registration of College SPOCs
- Register under the College SPOC section of https://innovate.mygov.in/sih2018-spoc/ SPOC can be Principal/ Dean or faculty nominated by Principal/ Dean will register as College SPOCs
- Will be responsible for verifying the team registrations from their institutes.
- Will be single point of contact for all communication addressed to their institutes
- Team Applications will be undergo a first round of evaluation, where evaluation criteria will include novelty of the idea, complexity, clarity and details in the prescribed format, feasibility, practicability, sustainability, scale of impact, user experience and potential for future work progression.
- While selecting between 2 similar ideas, preference will be given to the team with maximum girl members.
- Shortlisted ideas will be communicated via email/ Smart India Hackathon SIH App. These teams will be eligible to appear in the SIH2018 Grand Finale.
College Teachers to be Offered Sabbatical Leave to Set Up Startups : Kerala Okays Plan to Offer Leave to College Teachers to Set Up Startups
| Oct 20, 2017
Thiruvananthapuram: College teachers in Kerala can now dabble in entrepreneurship with the state government giving its nod to a proposal of the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) to grant sabbatical leave to the faculty members of all colleges who intend to establish startups. According to the proposal, which came up for deliberations at the 18th meeting of the Executive Committee of the KSUM, college teachers can start their own startups, form their groups or join as founders/co-founders along with students. An expert panel, comprising KSUM CEO Dr. Saji Gopinath and with four other members, will select 10 faculty members on a pilot basis for the implementation of the project. Representatives of KTU, CUSAT, AICTE and Dinesh Thampi, CTO, TCS, Kochi are other members in the panel. IT Secretary M. Sivasankar said the Kerala government’s project is the first-of-its-kind in India. “The participation of teachers, with active support from college authorities and parents, will bring experience and responsibility in the startups,” he hoped.
Dr. Gopinath said the KSUM had submitted the proposal to the government to give an impetus to the functioning of startups and culture of innovation. “The initiative will greatly contribute to the government’s determined efforts to strengthen and accelerate the startup ecosystem through active participation of the teaching community.” As per the proposal guidelines, college teachers members can avail sabbatical leave with or without pay from their institutions. The scheme is open only to regular teachers of the institutions. Besides, the institution should give an undertaking to re-induct the faculty member on completion of the sabbatical leave, if he/she desires to rejoin. Sabbatical leave will be given as per the rules applicable to the institution where they are working. In case of non-payment or payment of reduced salary, the faculty member will be paid a fellowship of Rs. 50,000 or last drawn salary whichever is lower during the period of sabbatical leave. The maximum duration of the fellowship is 24 months. Faculty members, with innovative project in Proof of Concept (POC) or prototype stage or above only, will be considered for fellowship. All the benefits, including R&D grant, scale up grant, seed fund, international exchange programme, business visits, training and mentoring available for startups, will also be extended to startups by faculty members. – Courtesy