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Social changes brought girls in engineering: Sudha Murthy

The Financial Express | PTI | Kolkata |  March 25, 2017 | Opinion |

Philanthropist and author Sudha Murthy today wondered how social changes in the past 50 years has brought a large number of women in engineering and other fields.

Philanthropist and author Sudha Murthy today wondered how social changes in the past 50 years has brought a large number of women in engineering and other fields. At present, 35-40 per cent of IT sector employees are women while she had been the only girl student doing Electrical Engineering in Karnataka decades ago. “There have been lot of social changes in engineering sector as well as in other fields including IT since my day as the only engineering student in university,” Murthy, chairperson of the Infosys Foundation, told PTI.  “And now when I visited the same place after over five decades, what a change it was! 75 cent girls in instrumentation, 75 per cent in electronics, almost 70 per cent in computer science,” she said after being conferred the ICC Lifetime Achievement Award here. Recalling her days in the university, she said there was not a single girls’ toilet in the institution and when she had approached the authorities on this, they refused to build the facility on the ground that there was no guarantee a woman would pursue her studies in engineering stream.

Philanthropist and author Sudha Murthy today wondered how social changes in the past 50 years has brought a large number of women in engineering and other fields. At present, 35-40 per cent of IT sector employees are women while she had been the only girl student doing Electrical Engineering in Karnataka decades ago. “There have been lot of social changes in engineering sector as well as in other fields including IT since my day as the only engineering student in university,” Murthy, chairperson of the Infosys Foundation, told PTI.  “And now when I visited the same place after over five decades, what a change it was! 75 cent girls in instrumentation, 75 per cent in electronics, almost 70 per cent in computer science,” she said after being conferred the ICC Lifetime Achievement Award here. Recalling her days in the university, she said there was not a single girls’ toilet in the institution and when she had approached the authorities on this, they refused to build the facility on the ground that there was no guarantee a woman would pursue her studies in engineering stream. “Today’s women are more assertive, have lot more economic power and more vocal,” she said. “When I had opted for engineering, I was told by my family that no man will marry you if you go for the stream. Now can anyone say that?,” she asked.  Murthy, whose Infosys Foundation is involved in philanthropic work, said her dream remained to provide three-time meal to every child in rural area, four dresses and help to study and pursue vocation. She said that the Infosys Foundation has set up 14,000 toilets in South India and set target for 60,000 libraries. To a question about her icon in life, Murthy, the wife of Infosys co-founder N R Narayanmurthy, said, “I never believed in icons. I always believed (that) correcting yourself is most important.” The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) said it was a great privilege to bestow lifetime honour on Murthy whose Infosys Foundation has made India proud at home and abroad. –  Courtesy

Megha Engineering enters Limca Book of Records for river linking project

The Economic Times |  ET Bureau |  Mar 25, 2017 |

HYDERABAD: Megha Engineering & Infrastructures Ltd (Meil), the Hyderabad headquartered infrastructure firm, has entered the Limca Book of Records for fastest completion of river linking project of Pattiseema in Andhra Pradesh, linking rivers Krishna and Godavari. Meil, which currently has over Rs 54,000 crore of construction orders on hand in irrigation, drinking water supply, sewerage treatment, roads, power and hydrocarbon, had completed the river linking project within a year in March last year. According to the Limca Book of Records, it is “the first such irrigation project in the country to be completed in time and without any budget enhancements.” The Pattiseema lift irrigation scheme has one of the largest pump houses in Asia with 24 pumping units spread across 7,476 square metres with a combined capacity to discharge 240 cubic metres of water per second. While pumps were supplied by Kirloskar Company and WPIL, the motors for the Rs 1,300 crore of project were provided by BHEL and Shanghai Electric Company. Under the project, meant to benefit the farmers in the Krishna River Delta area, the pumps deliver water drawn from river Godavari at Pattiseema into Polavaram project main canal. Pattiseema lift irrigation project was among few others whose timely execution helped the Hyderabad headquartered infrastructure firm report impressive growth in both topline and bottomline during FY2016. Meil had reported a revenue of Rs 8,454 crore during the fiscal ended March 2016, a growth of 34.9% over Rs 6,265 crore in the previous fiscal. During the year, the company has also reported highest growth of 55.4% in net profit at Rs 1,152 crore (Rs 741.2 crore) – Courtesy /   http://meil.in/

Elsevier NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards 2017

The Scopus Young Scientist Awards were first launched by Elsevier in 2006. In 2009, India officially adopted the program within its scientific community through Elsevier’s collaboration with NASI. The program honors young researchers who are building their careers in academic research, helping them gain recognition for their work. As of 2016, 92 winners across nine scientific disciplines have been announced.
The NASI – Scopus Young Scientist of the year will receive:

• A citation & a plaque
• Cash prize of INR 75,000

This year NASI Scopus Awards would support & align with national missions of Startup India, Healthy India and Clean India. If your research (both basic and applied) is empowering or can be a helpful technological tool for the above mentioned national missions, do not forget to mention it in your application as it can give your application an additional weightage.
Awards were given in the following 9 areas of Science, Technology & Medicine:
Agriculture
Biological sciences
Chemistry
Earth, Oceanographic & Environmental Studies
Engineering
Mathematics
Medicine
Physics
Social Sciences
Criteria for Application
An Indian citizen, residing and working in India
Have completed atleast PhD/MD or equivalent degree
Must be born on or after January 1st, 1977.
Application Process-
We would like to express our gratitude to the Indian scientific community for their immense support for NASI Scopus Awards in the year 2016. We received hundreds of applications this year across 9 different subject categories.
More than 600 applications were submitted for the 2016 NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards from researchers of premier academic institutions across India. Elsevier provided quantitative analyses from Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, and applications were judged by a panel of 32 subject experts from India’s academic community on criteria as:
• Quality and number of publications

• Nature and uniqueness of research

• Outcomes of research

• Impact on society

• Vision of the researcher

Address for sending the documents:

Manish Uniyal
Marketing Manager – South Asia
Elsevier Research Solutions
14th Floor, Building No: 10B
DLF Cyber City, Phase II, Gurgaon 122002, India

The last date for physical receipt of the application is 15th May, 2017

http://southasia.elsevier.com/elsevierdnn/in/ScopusAward2017/tabid/3051/Default.aspx

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The 43 most powerful female engineers of 2017

Business Insider India | Julie Bort | February 23, 2017  |

In honor of National Engineer’s week (February 19-25), we bring you our annual shout-out to the most powerful women engineers in tech. Yes, the tech industry is doing a well-documented terrible job in attracting women into engineering . And once they enter this male-dominated world, some women are subject to some appalling sexism and/or sexual harassment. But that only tells part of the story. There are also women who are leading important tech teams at important companies. And there are women who are building cool cutting-edge technologies at startups. In other words, there are women having fabulous careers at engineers, building the technology that millions of people use on a daily basis. With that in mind, here are 43 powerful women who are developers, designers, engineering directors, bio scientists, nuclear scientist and rocket scientists.   Click Here to Read More…

SDM Engineering College students create Guinness World Record with Rubik’s cube

Daiji World | February 20 2017 | Daijiworld Media Network – Beltangady (SP)  |

Beltangady, Feb 20: The Guinness Book of World Records has recognized the creation of giant Rubik’s cube with mosaic of famous personalities, Charlie Chaplin and Mr Bean, on two sides, as a new world record. Prathvish, a student of SDM Engineering College, had led the feat in which 4,500 Rubik’s cubes were used.

Speaking after handing over the certificate of recognition issued by the Guinness Book of World Records, Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari, Dr D Veerendra Heggade said, “We have been extending support and encouragement to arts and other hobbies of students in addition to imparting education in SDM group of educational institutions. The RUDSET institute being run by the group has won national acclaim. SDM Educational Society has always been backing such achievements.” Dr Hegggade stated that cubes used for this achievement have already been distributed to 500 students, duly imparting them training on how to solve the cube. He said that remaining 4,000 cubes will also be given to students. He wished that this art, which fortifies intelligence, will spread far and wide.

Prathvish K Bhat, final year student of SDM Engineering College, who deserves full credit for creating this record, said that under his guidance, students had created pictures on 14.981 square metres as against the minimum yardstick of 13.41 square metres prescribed by the Guinness. Shivaprasad Ajila, Prof Ganapati Bhat Kulamarva and Vivek Prasad Mada had taken part during the feat as records category experts. Dr Heggade handed over certificates to Prathivsh and also 20 other students who had helped him in the task by assembling the cubes into different formations. Hemavathi V Heggade, secretary of SDM Educational Society, Dr B Yashovarma, college principal, Dr Suresh, teaching faculty, Dr S P Hegde, Prof Satyanarayana, Prof Manoj T Gadiyar, parents of Prathvish and others were present. –  Courtesy

IIMT sets record of first engineering manuscript

Times of India | TNN |  Feb 17, 2017 |

GREATER NOIDA: Over 3000 students of IIMT Group of Colleges on Thursday set a record for penning the first engineering manuscript consisting 11616 pages. The mega event was recorded by Golden Book of World Records, an International platform that recognises unique achievements.

Rahul Goyal, Director of IIMT Group of Institutions, claims that there is no handwritten book in engineering. Taking a cue from handwritten religious scriptures Goyal said, “People have shifted to the digital and electronic format of books. We decided to organise a mega exercise to prepare and preserve a manuscript.”- Courtesy

Manorama-IBS Yuva Mastermind: Government Engineering College, Thrissur, Placid Vidya Vihar claim top honors

Manorama English |  29 January 2017 | by Our Correspondent |

Students from Government Engineering College, Thrissur and Placid Vidya Vihar Senior Higher Secondary school

Students from Government Engineering College, Thrissur and Placid Vidya Vihar Senior Higher Secondary school

Thrissur: The seventh edition of the ‘Manorama-IBS Yuva Mastermind,’ a science project competition for school and college students which concluded here Saturday, brought out a range of ideas for the conservation of environment and innovative solutions to water crisis.   team of students from  Government Engineering College, Thrissur, who came up with a futuristic design concept called ‘Smart Water Management System’, which helps households maintain estimates of water consumption and alert water authorities when supply gets disrupted due to leakage or pipe burst, won the first prize in the college category.   The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, a memento and a citation. In the school category, the team representing Placid Vidya Vihar Senior Higher Secondary School, Changanacherry, came out triumphant.  The students conceived an innovative project – the kitchen scrap decomposing bag – which converts kitchen and other domestic bio-waste into odorless compost.They will be awarded Rs 50,000, a memento and a citation.  Prizes were distributed by Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) chairman Dr. S. Christopher. He announced that DRDO was keen to provide technical expertise to 50 select projects so that they could be developed into products.  IT consulting and development firm IBS was the main sponsor of the event while the technical assistance was provided by Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kanjirappally. –  Courtesy /  http://www.yuvamastermind.in/

SRKR student Muttukuri Rajasekhar gets US patent for his dream project Brain-Computer Interference (BCI) device

The New Indian Express | Express News Service  |   05th January 2017 |   ECE student gets US patent for BCI device | The Hans India |

M Rajasekhar with translator eyeglasses

M Rajasekhar with translator eyeglasses

BHIMAVARAM : In a major achievement, Muttukuri Rajasekhar, a final year Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) student of SRKR Engineering College, has got the US patent for his Brain Computer Interface (BCI) device. As part of his research project, Rajasekhar has designed wireless sensors to record the activities of the brain while an individual is asleep. The sensors help record the dreams of the human brain through a computer.  Rajasekhar spent about Rs 15 lakh to develop the BCI device. The Hewlett Packard company provided him Rs 12 lakh to take up the research. He spent Rs 3 lakh more to develop the device. The engineering student who applied for a patent for his device two months ago, got confirmation from the US authorities now. If the HP sells the BCI device developed by Rajasekhar in the market, he gets royalty.

Senior IAS officer Udayalakshmi andothers examining the research conducted by Rajasekhar at Amaravathi

Senior IAS officer Udayalakshmi andothers examining the research conducted by Rajasekhar at Amaravathi

He has also developed a Remote Patient Monitoring System (RPMS). It is immensely useful to provide proper medical aid to the patients living in remote areas after the system is fully developed. The RPMS works with the help of a mobile phone. About 90 health problems can be examined through the system. The RPMS kit is directly linked to the satellite to send the information to its destination without any hassles from any remote area.  His other invention is eyeglasses through which the wearer can get the matter translated into several languages by giving a command. The kit cost him Rs 8,000 only. Senior IAS officer B Udayalakshmi who witnessed the functioning of his devices at Amaravati recently, commended Rajasekhar. National Remote Sensing Centre Director YVN Krishna Murthy, who visited SRKR Engineering College last month, also appreciated his research activities. Software major TCS adjudged one of his projects the best and presented him a cash prize of Rs 20,000.  Rajasekhar who hails from Valaparla village in Martur mandal of Prakasam district, got distinction in his secondary school education. He got many first prizes for his exhibits in the district science fairs. His parents Venugopal and Prabhavathi who are teachers, encouraged him a lot to take up various research projects. SRKR Engineering College principal G Pardhasaradhi Varma also extended all necessary assistance to Rajasekhar, besides providing him proper guidance in conduct of his research.  /  Courtesy      /     Hans India

Two ex-IIT Graduates ( Mr Manu Prakash and Mr Subhash Khot ) win MacArthur Genius Grant of $6,25,000 for exceptional work

Business Insider | Anushree Singh | Sep 23, 2016  |

Two Indian-American scientists are among this year’s 23 winners of MacArthur Fellowships for showing exceptional creativity in their respective fields.  The Indian-Americans — Mr Manu Prakash and Mr Subhash Khot are alumunus of Indian Institiute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur and Bombay respectively. Each of them will receive $625,000 in quarterly installments over the next five years.  Awarded by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the “genius grants” are awarded to scholars who show exceptional creativity in their work and to empower recipients to pursue their work.

MANU PRAKASH
An assistant professor in the department of bioengineering at Stanford University, physical biologist Prakash researches how various life forms work. He also has invented devices that open up scientific investigation for those with limited funds, such as a lightweight microscope that costs less than a dollar to make.  The MacArthur Foundation recognisedPrakash for his research that is “driven by curiosity about the diversity of life forms on our planet and how they work, empathy for problems in resource-poor settings, and a deep interest in democratizing the experience and joy of science globally.”  The Stanford University, in a release said many of Mr Prakash’s ideas come from his travels and from his childhood growing up in India. “Being in the field gives meaning to working in global health. It teaches you empathy, a driving force so strong that it transforms ideas into actions,” Mr Prakash said.

SUBHASH KHOT
A professor of computer science at New York University, Khot works to understand the possible limitations of computing. His discoveries have both theoretical and practical implications, the latter concerning how election systems function. His continued ingenuity and tenacity in exploring the potential of the UGC will drive this important and fruitful area of research for many years to come, the MacArthur Foundation said in a statement.  Mr Khot received a B.Tech (1999) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and a PhD (2003) from Princeton University. –  Courtesy     /         https://www.macfound.org/programs/fellows/

Record 31 Indian Universities inTimes Higher Education (THE) Rankings 2016-17

Hindustan Times | PTI, London |  Sep 22, 2016 |

India has improved its position in the global higher education, with a record 31 educational institutions making it to a new list of the world’s top varsities topped by the University of Oxford. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore is India’s top institution in the ‘Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-17’ list released on Wednesday, up nearly 50 places from its last year’s rank.  Only two Indian universities have made it to the top 400 universities’ list.  IISc (201-250 group), up from last year’s 251-300 group, is accompanied by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay (351-400 cohort) in the top 400 table.  There is no Indian university in the coveted top 200 list. This year’s list, which includes 14 new entrants, is topped by University of Oxford, the first UK university to top in the 12-year history of the table. Five-time topper California Institute of Technology came second while Stanford University was ranked third.

South Asia as a whole has almost doubled its representation in this year’s list of the world’s top 980 universities, claiming 39 places, up from 20 last year. Sri Lanka makes its debut in the table with the University of the Colombo in the 801+ band, while Pakistan has five new entries, taking its total to seven.  “But the star of the region is India, which has 31 universities in the list. Its leading university – the Indian Institute of Science – is edging closer to the top 200, claiming a spot in the 201-250 band, its highest ever position and the country has four new entries in the top 800,” said Phil Baty, the editor of the THE World University Rankings.  “India’s strong performance is partly thanks to the country recognising the importance of participating in global benchmarking exercises; just last month the government launched a new funding-backed project aimed at catapulting Indian Institutes of Technology to the top of world university rankings,” he said. Baty described as “encouraging” that the Indian government had displayed an ambition to create world-class universities, witnessed by the country’s leading institutions “edging towards the world top 200”.  The other Indian universities on the list include IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur and IIT Madras, all within the 401-500 ranks, and IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee in the 501-600 band.  India has 19 institutes in the top 800, two more than last year and 12 others in the 801-980 band. Overall, India has 31 institutions, including 14 new names, in the list of 980. –  Courtesy

Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings 2016-17