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Indian-American, Kaushik Sengupta gets top Bell Labs Prize for pioneering transceiver technology

News India Times |  Staff Writer |  

An Indian-American Princeton University professor has been awarded a prestigious prize for his pioneering work on transceiver technology. Kaushik Sengupta, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Princeton University, was the top winner in the 2017 Bell Labs Prize, winning a $100,000 award for his invention of transceiver chip technology that has the potential to improve wireless communications and open the door for new applications by reducing size and cost. The Bell Labs Prize recognizes disruptive technology innovations with the potential to solve critical challenges faced by humanity over the next ten years. This year’s competition, the fourth since the award’s inception, attracted more than 330 proposals from 35 countries. Sengupta will be given the opportunity to collaborate with researchers at Nokia Bell Labs to develop his research into the next generation of integrated technology employing extremely high frequency waves, a Dec. 14, press release from the University said. A 2007 B.Tech and Integrated M.Tech graduate in electronics and electrical communications engineering, from Indian Institute of Technology, Sengupta did his MS in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 2008, and earned his Ph.D from the same institution in 2012. Silicon-based integrated circuits have gone through a generational change in the last ten years, according to Sengupta, who says “We believe future innovations in such diverse high-impact technology will not be achieved through innovations in one discipline, but through mutli-thronged approach and a close alliance of various allied scientific disciplines in a synergistic environment.”

In pursuit of this vision, he adds, “We innovate on both techniques and architectures that can leverage the strengths of concepts and techniques across disciplines and blend them to create novel and high-performance integrated systems.” His research interests including Silicon-based RF, mm-Wave and THz circuits and systems; Onchip active electromagnetic field synthesis and control for sensing and actuation; self-healing and reconfigurable integrated circuits and systems in Silicon; as well as theoretical understanding of fundamental limits of circuits and related systems. Sengupta has received several awards over the course of his career, including the IBM Ph.D Fellowship for 2011-2012, and India’s Prime Minister Gold Medal from IIT Kharagpur in 2007. Nokia announced the top three winners of its fourth annual Bell Labs Prize Dec. 13. This year’s competition attracted more than 330 proposals from 35 countries, which were narrowed down to around 20 semi-final applications shortlisted for collaboration with Bell Labs researchers over a two-month period. These refined semi-final proposals were then reviewed by the Bell Labs leadership team and the nine finalists selected, with each finalist having the chance to extend their collaboration with leading researchers at Bell Labs.  Seven well known scientists from the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields chose the three finalists, with Sengupta winning the top spot. – Courtesy


MIT, Manipal wins accolades at AICTE’s Most Clean Campus Awards

Times of India | Kevin Mendonsa | TNN | Oct 3, 2017 |

MANIPAL: Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal University won accolades at the first ‘Most Clean Campus Award 2017’ instituted for Engineering Institutions by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). MIT, Manipal also bagged the third place for the ‘Most Clean Campus’ in India and first for ‘Most Clean Campus in South Western Region’.   The awards were given away by Anil D Sahasrabudhe, chairman of AICTE at a function held on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti in the College of Engineering, Pune. B H V. Pai, joint director and H S Bhat, executive manager received the awards on behalf of MIT. AICTE has also planted a tree for each of the awardees at its heead quarters in New Delhi.

Reacting to the achievement, G K Prabhu, director MIT, also the Pro Vice Chancellor of Manipal University said he was happy that the institute won laurels in the inaugural year of the competition. “We’ll strive to do better the next time,” he said and added, “It is a good initiative started by the AICTE, as it will encourage campuses across the country to be spick and span all the time.   AICTE, under Swachh Bharath Mission, had invited nominations from about ten thousand institutions across the country to participate in the Clean Campus Award 2017 contest in September 2017. Data on infrastructure, cleanliness, green initiatives, water conservation initiatives, solid and liquid waste management, e-waste management, environment consciousness and development programmes, contributions to the society, student and workforce safety, hygiene and other parameters were submitted. Institutions from 20 states took part and following evaluation the reports were examined by a Jury appointed by the AICTE to select the award winners. – Courtesy    /    http://www.aicte-india.org/CleanGreen_Campus

List of Winners for AICTE Clean Campus Awards 2017 , held on 2nd October 2017 at College of Engineering, Pune

Saint Gits College Team wins QuEST Ingenium 2017

Technology | Thiruvananthapuram | Kerala |

Jobby George and Jose Tom

Thiruvananthapuram: Two Mechanical Engineering students, who graduated from Saint Gits College of Engineering, Kottayam won the QuEST Ingenium 2017 finals here on Friday. Jobby George and Jose Tom won the top honours for their project – “Electricity Generation Using Speed Breakers.” The winners will get a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a trip to the Airbus facility in Germany, where they will be given an exclusive tour of the facility. Park College of Engineering & Technology from Tamil Nadu for their project “Design and fabrication of a fighter aircraft with yawing wing,” and Vellore Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu for “Hi-Tech bionic prosthetic legs” have been declared first and second runners up respectively. The seventh edition of QuEST Ingenium received more than 7,500 applications from 650 engineering colleges across India.

The top 10 teams were invited to present their projects to a panel of judges and eminent personalities from the industry in the final. Nidhi Mathur, Co-Founder of Niramai, was the chief guest of the event. Burkhard H.R. Heinke, Project Leader, Airbus Cabin Electronics Buxtehude Pre-development, delivered a keynote address. The students of MVJ College of Engineering (MVJCE), Karnataka received Special Jury mention for their project “Advanced prosthetic hand for handicapped.” The Most Popular Project Award, a special category of award selected by the public by voting on social media, was bagged by Sri Sairam Engineering College, Tamil Nadu for their project “MOBSCOPE.” Airbus, Siemens, Qatar Airways and MSC Software were the major sponsors of the competition this year. – Courtesy

Bengaluru-born scientist Ananda Teertha Suresh bags US award for Marconi Young Achiever 2017

The New Indian Express | Express News Service  |   13th September 2017 |

Ananda Teertha Suresh

BENGALURU: A Bengaluru-born scientist has been chosen for the US – Marconi Young Achiever 2017. The Marconi Society has decided to honour Google Scientist Ananda Teertha Suresh with the Paul Baran Young Scholar Award. Every year, the Prize is awarded to persons who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of communications for the benefit of humankind through scientific or technological discoveries. According to the society, recipients of the Marconi Prize are designated Marconi Fellows and are expected to pursue further creative work that would add to the understanding and development of communication technology. For instance, Suresh’s contribution help Indian users with a basic feature phone, doing an Internet search with a slow net connection. In this case, the phone sends the information about the search to a distant server, which sends the information back to the phone. The bottleneck here, is the uplink which connects to the network. A logjam there, translates to a long wait and a big data bill for the mobile phone user. Now, what if the information sent, could be stripped of all non- essentials, then compressed to make the to-and-fro journey significantly faster? Suresh’s work helps address this concern. The 28-year-old researcher will receive the award at a ceremony in Summit, New Jersey (US) on October 3, 2017.

He got his Bachelor’s degree from IIT-Madras .  Suresh was born in Bengaluru and did his schooling and college at the Sri Rajarajeshwari Vidya Mandira, Vijaya High School, and National College’s branch at Jayanagar seventh block respectively.  He later obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras in 2010. Suresh went to America where he did his Masters in engineering and PhD at University of California in San Diego between 2010 and 2016.  Marconi Young Scholar candidates are nominated by their academic advisors. Winners are selected by an international panel of engineers and they will receive a $4,000 prize plus expenses to attend the annual awards event. – Courtesy

AICTE Clean Campus Award 2017

AICTE Clean Campus Award 2017


  • To recognize institutions that are doing a good job and to spur others into actions that lead to measurable outcomes regarding Waste management of various kinds
  • To build a culture of planning and achieving efficient waste management practices among the leadership, faculty and students
  • To build a momentum to make the maximum number of AICTE affiliated institutions into model zero waste entities
  • To encourage institutions to reach out to the community around them towards making India into a Swatchh Bharat


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Rajasthan’s Kalpit Veerwal Enters Limca Book of Records For Scoring 100 Per Cent in JEE Mains

India.  com | News Desk |  August 20, 2017 |

Veerwal’s father who works as a nurse in a government hospital in Udaipur, and mother is a government school teacher. His elder brother is pursuing MBBS from AIIMS, Jodhpur.

Kalpit Veerwal topped JEE Mains Image- Kapilt Facebook

New Delhi, August 20: Limca Book of Records registered the name of Udaipur-born Kalpit Veerwal after he scored 100 per cent in the JEE Main (Joint Entrance Examination). The 17-year-old Rajasthan kid scored 360 out of 360 marks to top the examination conducted across the nation. After securing the top spot, Veerwal moved to Mumbai to study at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). His name in the Limca Book of Records 2018 edition will be visible in the category of Education Achievements. This is not the first achievement of Veerwal. In the past, he had topped Indian Junior Science Olympiad and National Talent Search Examination. Speaking to news agency PTI, Veerwal said he was sure of clearing the examination but never imagined of making it to the top spot. Also, he never imagined that one day his name would be registered in the Limca Book of Records. ”I never studied for 15 hours a day, just followed the practice of studying regularly ” 17-year-old told PTI. He also did not go to Kota for studies which is considered as country’s engineering hub.

Talking about the family of the bright kid, Veerwal has a father who works as a nurse in a government hospital in Udaipur, a mother who is a government school teacher and an elder brother who is pursuing MBBS from AIIMS, Jodhpur. JEE engineering examination is conducted throughout the nation to get admissions into various colleges in India. It has two exams Main and Advanced. First, the Main exam is to be cleared and then comes the next stage that is Advanced Exam. Over 10 lakh students appeared for the JEE Main exam in 2017 in which the second slot was shared by Vasu Jain and Ananye Agarwal, as both had scored 350 marks out of 360. – Courtesy

Indian-origin Stanford Professor Thomas Kailath to receive Marconi Society award

The Hindu Business Line | Sangeetha ChengappaBengaluru  | 15 August 2017 |

Thomas Kailath’s research contributions span over six decades

Thomas Kailath

Many contributions

The award recognises Kailath’s many contributions over six decades to information theory, communications, filtering theory, linear systems and control, signal processing, semiconductor manufacturing, probability and statistics, linear algebra, matrix and operator theory, which have directly or indirectly advanced modern communications technology. It also recognises his sustained mentoring and development of new generations of scientists. The Indian government conferred the Padma Bhushan on Prof Kailath in 2009.

His journey

Kailath earned a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the College of Engineering, Pune, in 1956. He then went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( MIT) in 1957. After his doctorate in electrical engineering in June 1961, the first Indian-born student to get one at MIT, he was invited by the late Prof. Solomon Golomb to join the pioneering Digital Communications Research Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In January 1963, he accepted an associate professorship at Stanford, becoming a full professor in 1968. He served as Director of the Information Systems Laboratory from 1971 through 1980, building it into a world-leading centre for communications, control and signal processing research. Kailath was Associate Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department Chair from 1981 to 1987 and in 1988 was appointed the first holder of the Hitachi America Professorship in Engineering at Stanford. Although Kailath became Emeritus in June 2001, he has been recalled to active duty, and he continues his research and writing activities to this day. – Courtesy

SERB : Early Career Research (ECR) Award

Science and Engineering Research Board –  Statutory Body Established through an Act of Parliament: SERB Act 2008
Government of India
Call for Proposals under this scheme is now open. Eligible Researchers can submit the proposals till Aug 10 2017.

Early Career Research Award scheme aims to provide quick research support to the young researchers who are in their early career for pursuing exciting and innovative research in frontier areas of science and engineering.

Nature & Duration of Support:

  • The Early Career Research for the purpose of the program refers to the first assignment of the applicant in a regular capacity in a recognized academic institution or national laboratory or any other recognized R & D institution in India.
  • The Early Career Research Award is a one-time award and carries a research grant up to Rs. 50 Lakhs (excluding overheads) for a period of three years.
  • The research grant covers equipment, manpower, consumables, manpower, travel and contingency apart from overheads.


  • The applicant should be an Indian citizen.
  • The applicant should hold Ph.D. degree in Science or Engineering or M.D or M.S degree in any area of medicine.
  • The scheme encourages young researchers at the start of their independent research careers. The applicant, therefore, must hold a regular academic/research position in a recognized academic institution/ or national laboratories or any other recognised R&D institutions.
    The term “Regular” in the context of ECRA refers to one or more of the following:
    1. Those who are appointed by the institutions against the sanctioned post. Such positions are regularized/confirmed after the probation period is over.
    2. Those who are appointed in a tenure post, but are likely to be renewed after the end of the tenure
    Not Eligible: Research Associates, Guest Faculty, Visiting Scientist, Project Fellows, Faculty members whose contract is renewed every year; and those who are expecting to draw salary from the scheme.
    (In cases where it is not covered in any of the above, SERB has the right to determine the eligibility)
  • Faculties recruited through UGC-Faculty Recharge Program are eligible to apply. INSPIRE Faculty, Ramanujan, and Ramalingaswamy Fellows are also eligible to apply if they have been absorbed/appointed to a regular position. If such fellows are not absorbed/appointed in a regular position, and are receiving fellowship as well as research grant from the fellowship, such fellows are eligible to apply provided they have at least three and half years of tenure remaining at the time of submission of application.
  • The upper age limit for the ECR award is fixed at 37 years, SC/ST/OBC /Physically challenged and women candidates can apply upto 40 years.
  • Co-PIs are not allowed in the Early Career Research Award.

Selection & Mode Of Application

  • The selection will be based on the recommendations of an Expert Committee that will be constituted by the Board. If desired by the Expert Committee, the applicants may be called for personal discussion.
  • The Call for applications will be made twice a year (January and July) and will be notified through the website http://www.serbonline.in and http://www.serb.gov.in. The application form along with a proper research proposal highlighting the research work to be undertaken should be submitted online through the website www.serbonline.in

How to apply online:
For successful online submission of the application the following points may be noted:

  • Applicants should first register into the online website click here to register
  • After log-in, go to Menu –> Proposal Submission –> Form Submission. Select scheme “Early Career Research (ECR) Award” and Click on “Start Submission” Button.
  • Some of the details of your proposal like Project Title (max 500 characters), Project summary (max 3000 characters), Keywords (max 6), Objectives of project (max 1500 characters), Expected output and outcome of the proposal (max 1500 characters), Budget (Manpower,Consumables,Travel, Equipment, Contingency, Overheads ) have to be entered at the time of proposal submission.
  • Other relevant information of the proposal has to be uploaded in single PDF file not more than 10 MB as other technical document (OTD). Download Template

Termination and Transfer of the Project:

  • If any Principal Investigator wishes to terminate the project, he/she shall inform the SERB through the host institute immediately with proper justifications. The implementing institute should not incur any expenditure from the date of termination of the project or the date of resignation of PI. The institute will also arrange for submission of documents mentioned above.
  • SERB reserves the right to terminate the Early Career Research Award at any stage if it is convinced that appropriate progress is not being made or the grant has not been utilized properly.
  • In case of projects sanctioned under Early Career Research Award, the SERB allows transfer of the project along with assets to the new institute, if required. The project cannot be transferred to any other person/s. The initial host institute will not incur any expenditure on the project after relieving the PI, without the consent of the SERB.

Documents required (in PDF) should be in prescribed format:

Heritage Institute of Technology won the Best Engineering College Award

The Times of India | TNN | Jul 27, 2017 |

KOLKATA: Heritage Institute of Technology has received “The Best Engineering College of the Year” award from Assocham India. The award was given by Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of State (higher education) Government of India in the presence of Mr. Tamal Mukherjee, chairperson education council, Assocham Eastern India, Dinesh Jain, president, Calcutta Chamber of Commerce and Perminder Jeet Kaur, Regional Director, ASSOCHAM India.

On receiving the award, Pradip Agarwal CEO Heritage Group of Institutions Kolkata said that it is a proud moment for Heritage to receive the award which indicates excellence in the respective fields. “This award will motivate our team to reach the utmost level of success” said Pranay Chaudhuri, Principal, Heritage institute of Technology Kolkata. – Courtesy    /     http://www.assocham.org/index.php

Maharashtra girl Sonal Baberwal bags first ever Kalpana Chawla ISU Scholarship to Irish University

Financial Express | FE Online | New Delhi |  July 4, 2017 |

Sonal wants to pursue her career in robotics, Pluto, space debris and environmental aspects and also the field of Space and Art. (Image: Facebook)

In a first, a 21-year-old girl hailing from Amaravati, Maharashtra has managed to become the first person to bag the Kalpana Chawla Scholarship of International Space University (ISU) at Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland, announced the university.

In a first, 21-year-old Sonal Baberwal hailing from Amaravati, Maharashtra has managed to become the first person to bag the Kalpana Chawla Scholarship of International Space University (ISU) at Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland, announced the university. As per a report by Indiatimes, the scholarship is established to honor late Indian-American Astronaut Dr Kalpana Chawla, who passed away in the space shuttle Columbia accident in February, 2003. The scholarship is aimed at developing strong technical and space research expertise in talented Indian women. The announcement made by the university says that “scholarship is a commitment for creating building blocks that are necessary for India to maintain its leadership in the global space community and market place.” Speaking to Indiatimes, one of the scholarship founders, Michael Potter termed it as a historic moment and said: “India will continue to be an important player on the international front as it moves forward leading the development of space technologies and activities.”

Under the mission of inculcating and further enhancing leadership skills and funding of Indian nationals in order to attend the space studies programme of ISU’s, the scholarship project states, “the goal is to attract talented young Indian postgraduate students with backgrounds in science, medicine and other space-related areas of focus, who also share Kalpana Chawla’s selfless and passionate pursuit of science and excellence.” After completing her schooling at Mount Carmel High School in Amaravati, Sonal Baberwal went ahead with completing her engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunication stream from the Sipna College of Engineering and Technology. Sonal wants to pursue her career in robotics, Pluto, space debris and environmental aspects and also the field of Space and Art. She has even got in touch with several NASA astronauts and has made several presentations on space-related topics in India. – Courtesy /    Official Release: 2 Pages pdf   /   Official Release from International Space University     /     International Space University (ISU)