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New Delhi: Autodesk, a leader in 3D design technology, in partnership with NID and Maruti Suzuki, brings forth a unique platform to encourage design-led innovation among students – India Design Challenge 2017. Participants will be leveraging the power of Fusion 360, the flagship cloud-powered design software by Autodesk, to conceptualize and build out-of-the-box industry design solutions. The two design topics for the students are: Personal Mobility Solution for Urban Youth – 2025 & Design of Green Vehicle in year 2025 (full brief). Fulltime students of Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses of all Design Schools can participate in this challenge. With a vision to foster design skills and drive sustainable innovation, Autodesk along with Maruti Suzuki and NID will be working closely with the students, as mentors and jury. The mentoring will be online, 8-12 hours in total over a period of four weeks and will include interactive sessions with experts from NID and Maruti Suzuki. This is a unique opportunity for students to attain hands-on training from distinguished faculty members and understand the intricacies of modern day designing. The key criteria to decide the winning teams will be based on design objective, technology usage (Fusion 360), creativity and novelty of design, design process and overall presentation.
Pradeep Nair, Managing Director, Autodesk India & SAARC, said, “At Autodesk, we believe today’s challenges will be solved by tomorrow’s designers. Aligned with initiatives like Make in India and Startup India, the India Design Challenge encourages the design and creation of innovative solutions leveraging the power of the cloud. We’re delighted to partner with Maruti Suzuki and the National Institute of Design – leaders in Industry and Academia – who share our vision of design-led innovation.” Autodesk, as a design leader, has undertaken multiple initiatives over the years to reskill and upskill the present and future workforce of India. In 2016, it partnered with NASSCOM to build global occupational standards for design and engineering by launching a new standardized courseware ‘Product Design Engineer – Mechanical’ for the Engineering and R&D sector. Over the years, it has partnered with various higher education institutions and vocational schools in India to provide training and free access to all its design software for students and educators.
CV Raman, Executive Director, Engineering at Maruti Suzuki, said, “Industry academia partnership is an integral part of our R&D efforts. It gives us a platform to engage the next generation youth and capture their aspirations in our products. Today, the automobile industry is aggressively striving towards unleashing the full potential of Industry 4.0 in India. Right skills and right approach towards innovation are an integral part of it. We are glad to partner with Autodesk for the India Design Challenge and provide an experience to the students of how they can redefine the paradigms of innovation by leveraging their creativity and the right technology.”
Pradyumna Vyas, Director, National Institute of Design, said, “Collaboration amongst industry and educational institute is pivotal to bring innovation and out of the box concepts, Autodesk’s cloud based technology enables and opens up new avenues to quickly realize and build innovative concepts to reality. The competition brief is contextually relevant for near future challenges the next generation will have to address in creative manner. It is quite encouraging to see global technology leaders like Autodesk, putting in so much effort to upskill and reskill the future workforce, the students and make them potential drivers of innovation.” The India Design Challenge is aligned with Autodesk’s commitment to prepare students for careers in design, engineering, manufacturing, and the digital arts using the tools the professionals use. Autodesk is tapping into the passion of young people to change the world for the better, to be more than just successful in their careers, but to do good while doing well. – Courtesy / Click here for more details—> http://indiadesignchallenge.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.
With the objective of enablement and empowerment of cyber security, Cyber Peace Foundation (CPF) and Policy Perspectives Foundation (PPF) in collaboration with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTY) and National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Center (NCIIPC), are organizing the Global Cyber Challenge at the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS), 2017.
Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) 2017 in New Delhi to host over 3500 cyber experts
Team SHUNYA of IIT Bombay is now set for the next challenge – to participate in Solar Decathlon 2018
India Education Diary | October 7, 2017 |
Mumbai: Have you ever wondered about a house which runs on zero electricity and also generates electricity for future use? Well, this idea isn’t far-fetched at all. A team from IIT Bombay had successfully built such a fully-functional, well-furnished house with three rooms, a kitchen sufficient lighting and air conditioning. The house runs on solar energy using rooftop solar panels. It does not use any electrical energy from the grid but is capable of generating and feeding excess energy to the grid on a bright sunny day. The name of this fascinating team of passionate young engineering and architecture students is “Team SHUNYA” where SHUNYA stands for ‘Sustainable Habitat for an Urbanizing Nation by its Young Aspirants’. The team took part in Solar Decathlon Europe, 2014 and got “Honourable mention in Sustainability”. The team secured highest points in innovation in engineering and made innovations in the fields of solar-powered appliances, photovoltaic systems and house simulations. Another remarkable highlight is that the team has patented a solar air heater in which maximum temperature of 220oC can be reached. Team SHUNYA of IIT Bombay is now set for the next challenge – to participate in Solar Decathlon 2018 to be held in Dezhou, China. It is the only team from India to have selected in Solar Decathlon, 2018 which will be held in Dezhou, China.
Solar Decathlon is an international competition in which teams from various countries compete to build a fully-functional solar-powered house by applying cutting-edge technologies and innovations in a month-long competition and make a live model of the house on the competition site within just 12 days. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon also designated as ‘The Olympics of Solar Powered Houses’ challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. For Solar Decathlon China (SDC) 2018, the ‘Project Solarise’ of Team SHUNYA will showcase a solar powered ground+1 floor villa of 2000 square feet area for a family of six people, which uses an unconventional innovative HVAC system. The villa will be completely automated and built using hybrid construction. With amazing lessons from the past, Team SHUNYA is designing a house as per the climatic conditions of Amaravati, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, to demonstrate energy-efficient solar housing. As Amravati will be a green field construction on the banks of Krishna River, Team SHUNYA looks forward to use this opportunity to demonstrate housing options for future smart cities. ‘Project Solarise’ will be an amalgamation of traditional architecture, contemporary interior designs, modern lifestyle and futuristic amenities infused in a single house. The ‘Net Positive Energy House’ has been designed with thorough research about the climatic and geographical conditions of the place. Passive solar architecture is the central design tenet with the aim of reducing the requirement for artificial thermal and lighting control as far as possible. The cost can also be brought down. This project will also introduce hybrid construction in the realms of Indian housing, diverging from the conventional building industry. The scientific principles of Vastu Shastra have also been employed for arriving at the spatial arrangement of various rooms according to the time of the day. The house would be easy to erect and transport. In future, the ‘Net Positive Energy’ house designed by Team SHUNYA will be an asset for the upcoming smart city projects in different parts of the world.
Since its selection, the team has made significant progress in the design and engineering of the house. In order to justify the decision to create a house for the Indian middle class, the team decided to ensure that the house appeals to the sensibilities of the widest range of Indian home owners. An active attempt has been made to provide as much functionality as possible at the lowest cost while meeting with the international competition standards. The members of Team SHUNYA are not mere engineers and architects, but technocrats with young innovative minds imprinted with the responsibility of fulfilling social obligations and with the inextinguishable desire to serve humanity. As Team SHUNYA represents India in Solar Decathlon China 2018, it will be yet another feather of success in the technological advancement of the country in solar housing with its rich scientific minds. Apart from the construction of the house, the team is also engaging in awareness activities to promote sustainable construction in India through its website, social media platforms and by participating in lectures, workshops and various conferences. Currently, the team is working towards raising capital to meet the expenditure of building a new house in the campus premises for testing the design which would further be dismantled and reassembled in China in 12 days as part of the competition. The team utilizes all their investments for designing technologies. If the dreams of Team SHUNYA gain wings in implementation and replication, it would surely transform the Indian building Industry by demonstrating affordability of sustainable housing. – Courtesy / http://teamshunya.in/
India-Israel Global Innovation Challenge
India and Israel are joining forces in order to address some of the world’s most pressing innovation challenges. Startup India and the Israel Innovation Authority invite entrepreneurs, startups, research teams, etc., to submit their solutions to challenges in the areas of agriculture, water and digital health.
The most promising proposals will have access to
- Cash Prize of INR 2.00 – 5.00 Lakh
- Additional Cash Prize of INR 10 – 25 Lakh for water challenges only (sponsored by Livpure)
- Cross-border mentorship and incubation/acceleration support
- Exclusive Summit with industry leaders and potential partners in India as well as Israel
- An opportunity to pilot with leading partners in India
Who can participate?
Anyone who has a good idea, or is working on a solution, which caters to the selected problem statements in the areas of agriculture, water, and digital health, can participate in the challenge. Startups, individual innovators, students, researchers, not-for-profit organizations, etc. are all eligible. All stages – be it ideation, prototype, ready for field trial, and further – can participate in the challenge.
Applications close on 27th Oct 2017
- Healthcare Challenge #1:Solutions for real-time health monitoring, home care, remote care, periodic counseling and advice on health management for NCDs (Non-Communicable Disease)
- Healthcare Challenge #2:Innovative, inclusive, low cost diagnostics and predictive solutions in rural areas
- Agriculture Challenge #1:Solution for reducing postharvest loss and improve market linkages
- Agriculuture Challenge #2:Affordable easy-to-use solutions to enhance agricultural productivity and increase farmers’ earnings
- Water Challenge #1:Low energy and cost effective sustainable solutions for wastewater treatment/ desalination/ recycling or purifying large water sources and surface water
- Water Challenge #2:Innovative and affordable solutions that produce potable drinking water at point of use in both rural and urban areas
For More Details and Terms & Conditions : https://www.startupindiahub.org.in/content/sih/en/reources/innovation-challenge.html
GATE 2018 notification: IIT Guwahati to conduct exam in February; from important dates to application process, all you need to know
GATE 2018: The notification for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2018 is out and Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) is all set to conduct the examination in the month of February next year.
GATE 2018: The notification for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2018 is out and Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) is all set to conduct the examination in the month of February next year. While the application forms for the exam will be available on the official website in the next two days, candidates need to register themselves on or before March 27, 2018. Interested and eligible students can apply for the same through GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) on the official website at gate.iitg.ac.in as soon as the application link has been activated by the Institute. GATE is an all India examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and technology. It is conducted every year for students seeking admission in Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science, in the institutions supported by the MHRD and other Government agencies, it is mandatory for them to qualify GATE.
Here is all that you need to know about the exam:- GATE 2018 Important Dates-
GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens- September 1, 2017 (Friday)
Last Date for Submission of (Online) Application (through Website)- October 5, 2017 (Thursday)
GATE 2018 Examination- From February 3 to February 11, 2018
Note: The Examination will be conducted in two session. The first session will take place in the forenoon from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, while the other session will take place in the afternoon from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
As per the given dates, candidates can check detailed notification at GATE’s official website – gate.iitg.ac.in. Like every year, candidates will have to first register themselves by submitting their basic details such as name (as per proof certificates), email id and phone number etc. Then they will have to fill the required details in the application form online and complete the registration process by submitting the application fee. Aspirants will also have to upload the required documents. The application fee for female candidates is Rs 750 for SC/ST/PwD category candidates is Rs 750 and for all other candidates, the fee is Rs 1500. For International candidates the fee is $50.
GATE 2018 will be conducted on 23 subjects. Examination for all the 23 subjects will be conducted as online Computer Based Test (CBT).The official website clearly mentions that the candidates have to register and fill the application via ONLINE mode only at GOAPS, while the link will be made available on the official website of GATE.- For Online Applicatiom, Important Dates and Updates – http://gate.iitg.ac.in/
IANS Feeds | August 24, 2017 | New Delhi |
New Delhi, Aug 24 (IANS) Adobe India on Thursday announced its Women in Technology Scholarship Programme aimed at recognising extraordinary students in the fields of science and engineering.
New Delhi, Aug 24 (IANS) Adobe India on Thursday announced its Women in Technology Scholarship Programme aimed at recognising extraordinary students in the fields of science and engineering. The registrations for the programme commenced from Thursday. “Adobe India’s Women in Technology Scholarship Programme is a platform for female students in the field of technology to demonstrate their exceptional skills and get a chance to contribute in an environment that thrives on innovation,” Abdul Jaleel, Vice President, People Resources India, Adobe, said.
According to Adobe India, the winners of the programme will have an opportunity to pursue an internship with the company next year. Adobe will also sponsor tuition fees for the remainder of the award recipients’ university education across B.Tech, M. Tech or dual degrees, upto two years. All Indian female citizen students, who are currently enrolled at an Indian university for the 2017-2018 academic year, are eligible to apply for the programme. – Click here for more details …http://www.adobe.com/careers/university/india-women-tech.html
The Free Press Journal | By | Opinion | | Aug 22, 2017
New Delhi: Hindu Gods are making a quiet entry into the awards and scholarships given by the government-run All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) that was set up for promotion of higher education in India. So far, the awards used to be instituted in the name of eminent scientists and engineers. First came Goddess Laxmi in the form of Pradhan Mantri Laxmi Programme introduced last fiscal to provide scholarships to students of poor and middle class families to pursue technical education. Now, the AICTE in a joint collaboration with India’s apex engineering body Engineering Council of India (ECI) is promoting “spirit of engineering and creation patronised by Lord Vishwakarma”, describing him as the ruling deity of construction practices in India. The two bodies are jointly conducting competition for AICTE-ECI Awards for outstanding students and teachers of degree and diploma-level technical education institutions as well as to promote innovations of individuals. Nominations are invited for these awards latest by August 25.
The AICTE has also instituted the Clean Campus Award 2017, though without affixing the name of any God. The last date set for this award is September 8. The award is to recognise institutions that are doing a good job in waste management of various kinds to spur others into action. The guidelines for the Vishwakarma Awards say there shall be three awards each in civil, electrical, mechanical, electronics, computer science an biotechnology streams and will be given to outstanding student engineers. Similarly there will be three awards each to the teachers in these streams.There are also three outstanding institution awards to be given on the basis of the maximum number of awards won by their students and teachers. – Courtesy
AICTE – ECI Chhatra Vishwakarma Awards 2017
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India & Engineering Council of India (ECI)), the apex Engineering Body of India are jointly holding a competition “AICTE-ECI Chhatra Vishwakarma Awards” for the students of AICTE approved technical institutions. ECI is registered as a Not–for-profit Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and is the prime institution to standardize and harmonize, in various major engineering disciplines, professional practices in India and competency standards of practicing professionals with their counterparts in other member countries of WTO. Its members include all major Councils & Bodies of each stream of Engineering.
The ‘AICTE-ECI Chhatra Vishwakarma Awards’ are inspired by the spirit of engineering and creation patronized by Lord Vishwakarma, the ruling deity of construction practices in India. At the ‘AICTE-ECI Chhatra Vishwakarma Awards’, the innovations and achievements of individuals and institutions/ organizations shall be recognized and applauded. These awards are an embodiment of encouraging truly successful efforts that have made a mark on the industry in terms of delivering better outputs & processes and creating higher benchmarks for the industry to help in nation building. The ‘AICTE-ECI Chhatra Vishwakarma Awards’ are an epitome for motivating individuals and institutions/ organizations to raise their performance in their specific domains leading to significant contribution towards the growth & development of the nation. Applications shall be short listed based on their conformity to the guidelines issued by ECI and information furnished by nominees for specific categories. The recipients will be finalised based on the scrutiny of the applications by the jury, interviews and site visits.
Objectives of the Awards
To recognize and honour innovative work of the students displaying exceptional skills in different Engineering streams.
Awards will be in following Categories separately for Degree and Diploma Students:
1. Category I – Outstanding Student Engineers (3 Awards each in Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Electronics Engineering & Computer Science streams and their allied branches) (Ref. Annexure-A for allied Branches)
2. Category II – Outstanding Teachers Awards (3 Awards each in Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Electronics Engineering & Computer Science streams and their allied branches)
3. Category III – Outstanding Institutions Awards (3 Awards) based on maximum awards won and other criteria.
Nominations for all categories are welcome and it may be kindly noted that entries close on 31st August 2017.
For details about :-
Start-up Contest 2017: Inviting Entries from Students, Faculty & Institutions latest by 31st of August 2017. Please visit www.startup.aicte-india.org for entries in Start-up Contest 2017.
Student/ Early Stage Startup
Student Start-up which is in pre-incubation stage or similar having been started by one or more co-founders in his/her college days or having been started by an alumni of any institute in India within 2 years of passing out from any academic program. This also includes any other start-up which is incubated or otherwise but it is between 0-3 years of its operation since its incorporation.
Faculty Lead Startup
Entrepreneurial faculties who are currently continuing their academic research profession in any Institute in India may submit their start-ups established by them (as Founder or co-founder)
Institution Supporting Startups
Under this category, academic & research institutions those are actively promoting and supporting innovation and startups in their campus and region are requested to submit. Interested institute has to send the filled application as per the below format to email@example.com by 31st August 2017. – Click here for Eligibility and Application : http://www.startup.aicte-india.org/
Start-up Contest 2017: Inviting Entries from Students, Faculty & Institutions latest by 10th September, 2017. Please visit http://www.startup.aicte-india.org for entries in Start-up Contest 2017