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NIT’s first centre for excellence in manufacturing to open in Trichy

Times of India | Sampath Kumar | Mar 22, 2018 |

Trichy: The much-awaited ‘centre for excellence in manufacturing’ at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Trichy will become operational from May this year. The centre, the first in an NIT, is intended to improve the job prospects of engineering graduates in the central region as it is open not only to students of NIT Trichy but also of other engineering colleges. The centre is being raised with 10 state-of-the-art laboratories at a cost of Rs 198 crore and is aimed at linking the educational system to the industry through a learning model. With major funding from Germany- based automation company Siemens, the centre would offer courses extending from 3 week to 3 months thereby helping engineering, diploma and ITI students from colleges around Trichy.

With employability becoming a stumbling block for a majority of engineering candidates, the benefits of the Siemens centre are expected to enhance the employment opportunities of the students. This will particularly benefit students from self-financing engineering colleges around Trichy who can make use of the expertise available for a nominal charge. “Most of the graduates lack training in a specialised area and thus don’t meet the requirement of an employer,” says the director of NIT Trichy, Mini Shaji Thomas. The centre would help them to choose a field of their interest and get trained in it.  “Siemens offers hundreds of programmes ranging from a duration of 3 weeks to 3 months. For instance, a candidate with Siemens-certified product validation course or CNC programming course will have greater chances of grabbing a job opportunity,” says M Duraiselvam, head, department of production engineering at NIT Trichy who is also the centre’s coordinator. “Lack of practical knowledge has been the biggest challenge for a majority of engineering college students to become employable in recent times,” says executive committee member, consortium of SF professional arts and science colleges M A Maluk. – Courtesy

Engineering Students Build Drone Ambulance That Can Deliver Emergency Medical Aid!

The Better India |

The engineering duo has designed a high-speed hybrid unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which can zoom past traffic and obstacles to serve as an air-ambulance for patients. No one likes to be stuck in a traffic jam, but for those who are in an ambulance and struggling to survive, the situation is nightmarish, to say the least. Thankfully, Goutham Sharma and Jervis Anthony Saldanha, final year students of the MV Jayaraman College of Engineering (MVJCE) in Bengaluru have come up with a solution to ensure that people who are stuck in a dire medical situation have access to intensive medical aid and emergency medical services. The duo has designed a high-speed hybrid unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which can zoom past traffic and obstacles to serve as an air-ambulance for patients. Equipped with emergency medical equipment, and able to manoeuvre in tight spaces with a vertical take-off and landing, the drone-ambulance will make medical emergencies easy to attend to.

Drone ambulance developed by engineering students

The UAV will carry automated external defibrillators, in addition to automated blood pressure apparatus and other emergency medical equipment. Jervis who spoke to the New Indian Express said that the idea was to provide timely medical aid to those who needed it urgently. They are also working towards improving the capability of the device “Right now it is devised in such a way that it can carry a person weighing 50 kg, but due to space constraints, the person has to be in a sleeping position. We are working on that,” he says. Goutham is an electronics and communication engineering student, while Jervis is pursuing a degree in aeronautical engineering. They were able to research and develop the prototype, with a little help from their friends. The two spent over a year in developing the UAV and hope to launch it by April 2018. In addition to this, they also plan to build a drone which will be especially used to transport organs across cities. The duo will participate in a contest for drones in Australia in September this year. The students were guided by Air Commodore (Retd.) SC Gupta, who is a Professor, and the Head of the Aeronautical Engineering Department at MVJCE.


For patients in need of urgent medical care, it is essential that the right medical care is provided at the right time. The drone is probably a look into future of air transportation and is a vital innovation for the benefit of the public. However, a major obstacle it faces is the ban on drones in India. Goutham commented on this, saying that, “We have sent an email about this to Jayant Sinha, the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation. We really hope something good happens.” – Courtesy

In a first, AICTE gives credits for new technologies including AI, robotics, ML, IoT

Economic Times | 15 February 2018 | Prachi Verma | In a first, AICTE gives credits for new tech courses |

New Delhi: Artificial Intelligence has caught the attention of the government at the campuses. New technologies including AI, robotics, machine learning (ML), Internet of things (IoT) have been given up to 20 credits, as per the new curriculum prepared by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE ) for the first time. This new curriculum is likely to be followed by at least 80% of the 3,000 engineering and technical colleges in the country. Recruiters are happy with this as it would give them access to a larger talent pool to hire from in new technologies. The much-talked-about new syllabus was launched last month which has also reduced the credits given to theory-based courses. Universities such as Delhi Technical University, Punjab Tech University and YMCA Faridabad are looking forward to embracing the new curriculum that would make their students more industry-relevant, thus increasing their prospects during placement. This is an effort by the government to ensure India is talent pool proficient in AI and other emerging technologies. All IITs and NITs have a full semester course on AI at B-Tech level. AICTE, in its model syllabus for other engineering colleges, is focusing on emerging areas like AI. With this, all new grads coming out of IITs/NITs and standard engineering colleges would come with fair competence to work on AI, confirmed a senior official at the ministry of human resource development (MHRD). To ensure that the faculty at these institutes are ready, AICTE is soon going to roll out e-courses for faculty on new emerging technologies. The new course would also include programmes on vedas, yoga, Indian traditional knowledge, universal human values, etc. Over 80% of the institutes (3,000) have agreed to implement the new syllabus, according to an AICTE official. Course Correction .In many colleges, the students are not getting jobs as the course followed is dated. The focus of the new syllabus on new emerging technologies will help colleges improve placements as teaching would get more industry relevant, said Dinesh Kumar, vice chancellor, YMCA Faridabad. He said that average salaries may also go up at institutes as a result of this. * How Indias energy demands are being efficiently met Toshiba * Easy Method To Lose Weight Without Any Diet.. Manorama’s Blog. Recommended By Colombia The average salary at YMCA was about Rs 4 lakh per annum until last year. In the coming months, YMCA has also lined up workshops for faculty of engineering colleges in Haryana to train on the new courses.

Starting the next academic session, DTU would offer students two credit elective course on yoga & meditation. The new framework includes all essential elements for engineering like new technologies and soft skills apart from core engineering courses, said Yogesh Singh, vice chancellor at DTU. Almost 80% of the institutes would be implementing the new curriculum, confirmed Rajive Kumar, advisor at AICTE. IITs are already offering these courses on these new technologies since a couple of years now. Credit system in the existing UG programme is up to 220 credits followed by many institutes which is now being eased and lowered to around 150-160 credits in a total four-year UG programme, according to AICTE. “This would avoid undue burden on the students,” said Kumar. The prevailing curriculum focuses only on core and elective subjects of the respective disciplines of engineering. AICTEs new curriculum includes non-engineering courses on subjects such as history of science and technology in India, psychological processes, gender culture and development, advance course in ˜Peace Research. The existing curriculum followed at the colleges does not have industry requirements, market trends, employability and problem-solving approach. New model curriculum encourages innovation and research with reduced total number of credits, said Kumar. The new curriculum also suggests readings on Shankara (an early 8th century Indian philosopher and theologian who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta). There was a suggestion to maintain meta-level status of philosophy. Interestingly, this suggestion came from an engineering faculty, said an AICTE official. – Courtesy

Fresh teacher rules on HRD table

The New Indian Express | S Mannar Mannan  |  Express News Service  |   25th January 2018 |

COIMBATORE: Teachers of universities and colleges are likely to have separate sets of guidelines governing recruitment and working conditions, if the HRD ministry accepts recommendations of the UGC’s Seventh Pay Review Committee. There are three types of teaching positions in universities and colleges: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor. The committee headed by V S Chauhan has suggested six levels: Assistant Professor, Senior Assistant Professor, Selection Grade Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor and Senior Professor.

While only PhD holders would be allowed to enter the university system, where teachers would focus more on research, college teachers would be asked to concentrate on teaching, as per the recommendation. To become an assistant professor in a university, PhD would be mandatory, while in a college, those with 55 per cent for postgraduation along with NET/SLET or PhD can be appointed as assistant professors. In universities, up to 10 per cent of a department’s professors can be senior professors. – Courtesy

Scrapping of 75 Per Cent Attendance Rule’ Circular is Fake: AICTE

Education | NDTV Education Team |  January 20, 2018  |

AICTE: ‘Scrapping of 75 Per Cent Attendance Rule’ Circular Is Fake.  The circular which has become viral on Social Media is misleading and mischievous, said AICTE in a statement.

NEW DELHI: All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) said averted the engineering students and teachers that a recent circular issued on AICTE letterhead regarding scrapping of 75% Attendance rule and introducing Vocational Projects as fake. The circular which has become viral on Social Media is misleading and mischievous, said AICTE in a statement. The council also said it has not issued any circular in this regard. “Your attention in drawn to a fake circular issued on AICTE letterhead regarding scrapping of 75% Attendance rule and introducing Vocational Projects which has become viral on Social Media / Network. The Circular is misleading and mischievous,” the statement said. AICTE is now planning to lodge a complaint against the fake circular in the Cyber Crime Cell of Delhi Police. The ‘fake circular’ in question which was addressed to ‘all Directors/Principals of AICTE approved institutions’ was named ‘Scrapping of 75% Attendance Rule and introducing Vocational Projects’. General Public is hereby notified that the circular issued by anonymous sources in the name of AICTE is fake and misleading. It is further informed that AICTE has got no connection whatsoecer with the said circular . pic.twitter.com/YOCHKqoXXR

– AICTE (@AICTE_INDIA) January 20, 2018

It claimed ‘to address the declining employability of over 12 Lakh Engineering Graduates, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has decided to to scrap the 75% attendance rule w.e.f. 18/01/2018 due to inability of updating the syllabus on new technologies and advancements regularly’. ‘fake circular’ carried the name and a purported signature of AICTE official Prof. G.K. Gokhale. – Courtesy

Click here to View / Dowload AICTE CircularFake Circular on Scrapping of 75% Attendance Rule and Introducing Vocational Projects

IIT Kanpur starts service on Hindu sacred texts, ‘Gita Supersite’, says ready for criticism

The Times of India | Rohan Dua | TNN | Jan 11, 2018 |


  • The services are being offered on the official portal of the premier college.
  • One of the objectives of the website describes “Vedanta” as “knowledge gyana” of a qualified “adhikari”.

LUCKNOW: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has become the first engineering college in India to start a text and audio service related to Hindu sacred texts. The services are being offered on the official portal of the premier college which displays the link gitasupersite.iitk.ac.in. Srimad Bhagwadgita, Ramcharitmanas, Brahma Sutra, Yoga Sutra, Shri Ram Mangal Dasji and the Narada Bhakti Sutra are among the nine sacred texts uploaded. Among its latest offerings are Sanskrit renditions of the Sundarkand and Balakkand of the Valmiki Ramayan, introduced, incidentally, a month before the Supreme Court was to hear the Ram temple matter on a dailybasis.  Though the IITs operate autonomously, their charter has often seen controversial proposals by the ministry of human resource development which funds them. This project was started with Rs 25 lakh in funding in 2001 by the Union ministry of information technology of the then Atal Behari Vajpayee government.

“We have from time to time worked on this project with a team of scholars from within the IITs and outside to make available the sacred texts. This is the first of its kind in the world and in India and it must be respected,” said T V Prabhakar, professor, Resource Centre for Indian language Technology Solutions, department of computer science and engineering, IIT Kanpur. Both Prabhakar and IIT Kanpur director Mahendra Aggarwal rejected controversies on thrusting Hindu religion through these services. “There will be criticism for the sake of it for every good thing. Secular credentials can’t be questioned on such a noble and pious initiative,” added Prabhakar. One of the objectives of the website describes “Vedanta” as “knowledge gyana” of a qualified “adhikari (worker, officer, employee)”.  Subject specialists holding post-doctoral degrees in philosophy from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have been roped in to render the English audio tranlsation of the Bhagdvad Gita while the Sanskrit chanting has been done by Swami Brahmnanda. Similarly, the rendition of the Ramcharitmanas in Awadhi is by IIT Guwahati faculty member Dev Ananand Pathak. The IIT intends to seek more funds from the Centre to include more sacred texts. – Courtesy

Click here to visit the Portal…Take a Look at—–>   https://www.gitasupersite.iitk.ac.in/

Mandatory induction programme for engineering students from next year

Hindustan Times | Neelam Pandey | New Delhi| Nov 28, 2017 |

Students will have to follow a daily routine of physical activity with games and sports including Yoga. Each student will pick one game and learn it for the three weeks.

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Engineering students across the country will undergo a compulsory induction programme from next year as part of their undergraduate programmme. Students will have to follow a daily routine of physical activity with games and sports including Yoga. Each student will pick one game and learn it for the three weeks. Also, the programme will also be used to rectify some critical lacunas, for example holding special English classes for those students who have deficiency in it. Each student will also be asked to choose one skill related to the arts whether it is visual or performing arts and they will also hold discussion on universal values that students should have. The first three weeks of the students in the institute would be earmarked for the induction programme. Under the universal values module, apart from drawing the attention of the student to larger issues of life, it would build relationships between teachers and students which last for their entire 4-year stay and possibly beyond.

All the institutes approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will have to follow it, officials said. There are over 3000 engineering institutes under the AICTE, the technical regulator of the country. There is a mad rush for engineering today, without the student determining for himself his interests and his goals. This is a major factor in the current state of demotivation towards studies that exists among UG students. The success of gaining admission into a desired institution but failure in getting the desired branch, with peer pressure generating its own problems, leads to a peer environment that is demotivating and corrosive. Start of hostel life without close parental supervision at the same time, further worsens it with also a poor daily routine,” reads the note on the induction programme. The induction programme was discussed and approved for all colleges by AICTE in March 2017. “It is a good move as students who join the institute after a rigorous training in terms of the coaching they undergo and then rather than getting any breathing space they are plunged deep into academics. They need to unwind and forge new relations with fellow students and familiarize themselves with the new environment,” said an IIT director.

“To come out of this situation, a multi-pronged approach is needed. One will have to work closely with the newly joined students in making them feel comfortable, allow them to explore their academic interests and activities, reduce competition and make them work for excellence, promote bonding within them, build relations between teachers and students, give a broader view of life, and build character”. Under visits to local areas it has been recommended that a couple of visits to the landmarks of the city, or a hospital or orphanage could be organized. This would familiarize them with the area as well as expose them to the under privileged. The proficiency module, would be used to overcome some critical lacunas that students might have, for example, English, computer familiarity among others. “These should run like crash courses, so that when normal courses start after the induction program, the student has overcome the lacunas substantially. We hope that problems arising due to lack of English skills, wherein students start lagging behind or failing in several subjects, for no fault of theirs, would, hopefully, become a thing of the past,” it said. – Courtersy

AICTE Model Curriculum for 1st Year UG Degree Courses in Engineering & Technology, November 2017 – Click here View / Download

AICTE shuts 1,400 ‘bad standard’ technical courses

DNA | Kritika Sharma |  Nov 6, 2017 |

The number of courses closed is the highest in the last five years…

In a bid to improve the standard of technical education in the country, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has closed nearly 1,400 courses that did not meet required standards in various technical institutions in the academic year 2017-18. The number of courses is the highest in last five years. The maximum number of institutes where courses have been closed are in Maharashtra with over 400 situated in the state. Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka also have a high number of such institutes. Maximum courses that have been closed are on engineering and information technology, while a minuscule percentage are courses on pharmacy and management. Authorities have advised students to check details about courses as well as the institute before applying. After various surveys on engineering education in India pointed that majority of the graduates in the country have become unemployable, the Ministry of Human Resource Development started taking initiatives to improve the quality of technical education, specially engineering. As a part of this, the government regulator has also decided to close 800 engineering institutions that are not getting any admissions. These institutions will be shut over the next two years. The courses that have been shut by AICTE did not meed required educational standards. According to data obtained from AICTE, 468 courses were closed in 2012-13, 912 in 2013-14, 604 in 2014-15, 1,093 in 2015-16, 670 in 2016-17 and 1,389 in 2017-18.

“A high number of course closures shows that we are going after improving the quality of technical education in the country. Courses that either do not have any students of are not meeting the required standards of curriculum have been closed. There are many institutions where popular departments like civil and mechanical engineering have also been closed because they were not performing well,” said a senior official in AICTE. “We want to advise students to check credentials about the course, apart from the institute before seeking admission in an institute,” the official added. India has, over the last three years, seen a dip in number of students opting for engineering. After failing to secure a seat in the top technical institutes like IITs, NITs, students have steered clear of private engineering colleges.


  • Maharashtra has the highest number of institutes (400) where courses have been closed
  • A total of 1,398 courses did not meet required standards. …Courtesy

APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University (KTU) plans concept paper on design and engineering

DECCAN CHRONICLE. |  Oct 7, 2017 | Thiruvananthapuram |   APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University plans concept paper  |

The students will be encouraged to think differently and formulate design solutions to meet any need.

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Thiruvananthapuram: The APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University has brought out a concept paper on design and engineering as it has made design mandatory in the first year of the BTech programme for all branches of specialisation. This  is an introductory course  to understand the various segments of  simple design. The students will be encouraged to think differently and formulate design solutions to meet any need.   They can  take up mini-projects which  do not require in-depth knowledge in engineering.

The conceptualisation of design and reforming of design based on any criteria can now be done using many of the design tools available for engineers. These include CAD, analysis tools, simulation tools, optimisation tools and the like. All design details using CAD are to be brought out well and presented by the student during project evaluation, the note said.  Each branch can select any design project for specialisation and do it using CAD and other tools available. A group of students not exceeding four  can plan  this  so that the final year project will be arealistic one with full involvement of the group. While evaluating the project, the members of committee will consider the following points:  presentation quality, ability to speak clearly and logically with effective audience engagement, quality of images and drawings free of typographical errors, clear and coherent response to audience questions, technical content, methodology of design calculations used,  identified design requirements and thorough evaluation of design alternatives. – Courtesy

Visvesvaraya Technological University student, Sai K hacks into varsity site, points out major security holes

Tech university’s website at the mercy of hackers

Sai K got a copy of his answer script without paying for it. Later, he flagged the bug and paid up

Sai K got a copy of his answer script without paying for it. Later, he flagged the bug and paid up

Sai K, a final-year student of electronics and communication at Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), is an ethical hacker. Recently, he hacked into the VTU website and applied for a photocopy of an answer script without paying the fee. He even got the copy sent to his email. Eventually, though, he paid the fee, and explained to the officials how vulnerable the university’s website was.
Essentially, anyone could get details of the administrator; apply for a photocopy of their answer scripts without paying for it; tamper with laboratory internal and external marks of more than 3 lakh students; and even access confidential information on the university’s 17,000 teachers. In 2013, Bangalore Mirror had asked an ethical hacker to get inside the university to check the security of VTU website. BM found that it was as easy as it gets. The varsity officials were informed about this and a huge technology makeover took place in that particular year. But, even after four years, the website of one of the biggest technological university in the state remains vulnerable.  Sai told BM: “I am a certified ethical hacker. Our university website was so simple to get in. I am an amateur hacker. Imagine what a professional hacker can do. I wanted to bring this to my university officials’ notice.”  “The website is designed in a way that it uses the dynamic user input. Which means, if I enter the USN number and submit, it appears in the URL. If we keep changing the characters, then it keeps changing. They should not use this,” he says. Another problem is: “If you are searching for VTU using simple SQL dorks, anybody can login into university’s websites with a simple click,” he added.
No SMS alerts
There is no SMS alert system. Anyone can keep fiddling inside the website and no one gets to know. “This is a major problem and the university database is a big mess. If, for example, a teacher’s data is changed, the teacher or the system admin should get an alert. This doesn’t happen. At least when you apply for photocopy, someone should be alerted. That too doesn’t happen,” he added.
What can be done?
Sai suggests: “Always use white list input validation and also escaping all user-supplied input should be done. Prevent dynamic user inputs. To prevent unauthorised access, use intruder prevention systems and notify branch HOD’s or principals in case of any modification.”
Can results be tampered?
Sai says, yes. But he hasn’t tried it yet. “The internal and external marks can be altered and no one will come to know. Only the student should be surprised.” “I have already been called by the higher members in the office and have explained to them in detail. If the university needs help, I can pitch in and help with data safety,” he said. HN Jagannatha Reddy, Registrar, VTU, told BM: “I welcome the student who has done it. Let him approach me and I will see it to it. Our website is most secure and technically strong. We have recently taken a decision to modify the website and its interface. We will soon start that process. There is a department in our university that is taking charge of this. We are inculcating all the changes. If there is a loophole, we will rectify it.”

Four years on…
In August 2013, BM had published a story on how Karnataka’s only technology varsity was technologically challenged. An ethical hacker had walked into BM office then to expose the inadequacies in the varsity’s IT system. He had demonstrated how VTU’s online sites were open and anybody could view the log file by adding that extra word or logs. A gaping hole in VTU’s IT system was exposed when an ethical hacker Prashanth Bhola had managed to easily log onto VTU’s results page and alter the marks in the system. “Anyone with access to the internet can tamper with results as the username and password can be cracked easily. The VTU main page content can be modified; results portal can be hacked into. Mailboxes can be deleted and no VTU user would be able to log in, view his account or retrieve information. Even the revaluation, exam and library portal can be attacked by Denial of Service (DOS) attack. What this means is, it could force exams to be delayed. The exam portal can be tampered with at high level of server query attack, which will result in exam delays. Question paper delivery system (QPDS) mail ids can be used to send out fake question papers, claimed Prashanth, adding that VTU should ensure log files are not visible to the public. –  Courtesy