Home » Uncategorized
Category Archives: Uncategorized
The Bill seeks to grant statutory status to 15 IIITs and declare them as ‘Institutions of National Importance.’
The much awaited bill granting statutory status to the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) in PPP mode has been passed by the Lok Sabha. Also, the government said the fees for the poor students will not increase and that reservation law will apply there.
About IIIT Public-Private Partnership Bill, 2017:
- The Bill seeks to grant statutory status to 15 IIITs and declare them as ‘Institutions of National Importance’
- It also seeks to enable these institutions to grant degrees to their students in the academic courses conducted by them
Replying to a debate on the bill, here’s what HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said:
During the debate, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar stressed that the fees for poor will not increase because of the new measure. He also said that the reservation law prevailing in the country will apply to these institutes. “There might be a slight increase for those who have the capacity to bear. But for the poor (students), there will be scholarships available,” the Javadekar added. Meanwhile, the academic session commenced in 15 IIITs, including the branches in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Haryana and West Bengal. Further, the first batch of under-graduate students enrolled in the year 2013-14 will be passing out in this year. Meanwhile, talking about India’s dominance in the IT sector globally, Javadekar credited former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for his vision for the IT sector.
Congress’s Deepinder Hooda criticised Javadekar:
Participating in the debate, Congress’s Deepinder Hooda criticised Javadekar for not mentioning contribution of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in bringing policy initiative in the IT sector. Referring to difficulties being faced by India’s IT firms due to changes made by the Donald Trump administration in granting H1B visas, Hooda said Prime Minister Narendra Modi must tell the country whether he had raised the issue with the US during his recent visit there. While welcoming the IIIT Bill, Hooda said the government must formulate strategy to support the IT industry in the wake of the US and some other countries resorting to protectionism.
“The grant of a formal degree in information technology, engineering or Ph.D will enhance the prospects of the graduating students in the job market and will also enable (these) institutes to attract enough students required to develop a strong research base in the country in the field of information technology,” a cabinet statement had said on 15 March. The 15 IIITs are now operating from: Chittoor (Andhra Pradesh), Guwahati (Assam), Vadodara (Gujarat), Sonipat (Haryana), Una (Himachal Pradesh), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Dharwad (Karnataka), Kottayam (Kerala), Nagpur and Pune (both Maharashtra), Senapati (Manipur), Kota (Rajasthan), Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu), Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) and Kalyani (West Bengal). – Courtesy
Deccan Herald | Prakash Kumar, DH News Service | New Delhi, Jul 11 2017 |
The move is part of the Centre’s emphasis on incorporation of Yoga and value education in the higher education.
Students of engineering colleges and other technical institutes will have to participate in one of the five extra-curricular activities including Yoga along with their programme to get their degrees from this academic session. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has made it mandatory for all students of the technical institutes affiliated to it. The provision has been made to instil in students “values” for the nation and society. The extracurricular activities, other than Yoga, listed are the National Cadet Corps (NCC), NSS, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan and Sports. The students will have to opt any one from the list of five extracurricular activities and ensure at least 25 percent attendance in activities to be organised on a weekly basis. Though students will not get any extra marks or credit for their participation in the extracurricular activities, their non-participation and failure to register minimum attendance would result in holding of their degrees. “Extra-curricular activities were already part of the technical education curriculum. But, it was optional for the students. We have now made it mandatory for all students with effect from this year. Students will have to opt from any of the five activities in order to get their degrees,” a senior AICTE official said. The move is part of the Centre’s emphasis on incorporation of Yoga and value education in the higher education. “We have made participation of our students in any of the five extra-curricular activities mandatory to inculcate values among them so that they do not graduate just as a technocrats and professional but also a fine human being,” the official said.
While the practice of Yoga and Sports can help students maintain a balance of his or her body and mind, their participation in the NCC, NSS and Unnat Bharat Abhiyan would instil in them values and desire to work for the nation and society. Under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan of the Human Resource Development Ministry, technical and other higher educational institutions adopt villages in their vicinity and work with the people to address the development challenges in the areas. The programme aims at creating “a virtuous cycle” between society and an inclusive academic system by providing knowledge and practices for emerging professions and to upgrade the capabilities of both the public and the private sectors in responding to the development needs of rural India. “If students visit a village under the programme and work for their development, indulgence in such activities would instil greater human values among them. It would help them understand the problems that our societies are facing. I would create an urge for them to work for the society and the nation,” the official added. – Courtesy
Federal Bank presents GREEN ROOM: Kerala’s biggest Startup – SME Conclave & Launch of B’Hub
02 July 2017, Girideepam Convention Centre, Mar Ivanios Vidyanagar, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
Organised by Mar Baselios College of Engineering & Technology & Bloombloom, in association with The Federal Bank Limited & The Kerala Startup Mission.
⊗ HANDSHAKE WITH INDUSTRIES ⊗ HUNT FOR THE BEST CAMPUS PROJECTS ⊗ PANEL DISCUSSIONS
⊗ TALKS ⊗ NETWORKING ⊗ EXPO & STALLS ⊗ INAUGURATION OF WORLD’S FIRST B’HUB
A daylong event, which will invite the substantial attention of the media, will have speakers from various disciplines addressing the gathering. A colourful Inaugural session will be followed by Sessions, Panel discussions etc. that will throw light into finding ways to enrich innovations in the SME-Startup sector in India. The event will mark the launch of B’Hub, a unique networking hub in educational campuses, aimed to build local communities around innovations and entrepreneurship. First of its kind model is getting launched during this day, which will be rolled out to 50 other locations in the country initially as well as globally.
Technology is advancing in such a faster pace that every industry is going to be disrupted in the future and it is hence important to innovate and be sustainable. At the same time, Industries can play the most important role in accelerating startups in its journey from zero to one. The event focuses on creating awareness among the Industries to contribute effectively to the innovation ecosystem, evolve models to collaborate with startups. This event will discuss various models of effective engagement for industries with startups and campuses. There will be follow-up programs in B’Hubs for constant interactions and thus to evolve B’Hubs as a happening place for businesses. – Take a Look a http://bhubs.bloombloom.co/ – http://greenroomglobal.com/
The Times of India | L Saravanan | TNN | Jun 7, 2017 |
MADURAI: The Central Board of Secondary Education on Tuesday told the Madurai bench of the Madras high court that it would need at least 15 days to declare the results of NEET-2017, leaving thousands of students across the country in limbo and admission schedules for professional courses this academic year all askew. Even if the court immediately lifts an interim stay on “all further proceedings” with regard to NEET, CBSE will have to take time to come out with the answer key, restart evaluation of answer scripts and declare results, the board said. A division bench of Madras high court had on May 24 stayed all further proceedings till June 7; CBSE took 13 days to file a counter affidavit to PILs. “The delay in declaring re sults due to the interim order is already beyond permissible limit,” the board said. “CBSE will require 15 days to declare the result if it is permitted to do so…CBSE has to complete the remaining steps for preparation of results -hosting of OMR [optical mark recognition] on the website and hosting of the answer key -which will require 15 days.”
Engineering colleges across the country have to complete counselling by July 30 and the deadline for medical collegesuniversities is September 30. With the delay, many aspiring MBBS students have sought admission to engineering courses. “We generally begin engineering counselling after the first round of MBBS admissions, to prevent engineering seats going waste,” said a Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission committee official. Many states will require at least six weeks to complete engineering admissions. For that, the counselling for single window admission of students into engineering courses should begin at least by the last week of this month, officials said. If NEET results are delayed, medical counselling ses sions, especially in states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra, which have more than 40 medical colleges each, would be packed. The MCI had ordered that admission to all medical colleges -government, self-financing and deemed universities -have to be conducted by a state authority. NEET examinations were held across the nation on May 7 in 10 different languages.Soon after the tests, PILs were filed in various courts, raising several issues. In the Madurai bench of the Madras high court, a batch of PILs were filed on the ground that NEET question papers were not uniform for different languages, and that it resulted in some vernacular languages having an easy set of questions.
On Tuesday, calling for lifting of the May 24 stay order, CBSE said: “If the stay is not vacated, the future of 11.38 lakh candidates who appeared for the NEET would be jeopardised. It would create unrest among the stakeholders. The procedures to complete the medical and dental admission as directed by the Supreme Court could not be complied. Besides, CBSE would face contempt of court.” Justifying NEET, CBSE regional officer Mahesh D Dharmadhikari denied the petitioners’ arguments that question papers were different in vernacular languages and that English question papers were tougher than Hindi and Gujarati papers (the PIL had also claimed that the Gujarati question paper was the easiest of all papers). CBSE said it had prepared 10 sets of question papers of “similar difficulty level”. Of the 10, four sets were randomly selected for translation into vernacular languages and the remaining six sets were used for English and Hindi. From four sets translated in vernacular languages, three sets were randomly picked for printing. On the day of examination, the competent authority decided on two sets of question papers. Of the 11.38 lakh students registered for NEET, only 47,853 opted for the examination in Gujarati; 34,417 chose Bengali, 15,206 wrote in Tamil, 3,810 in Assamese, 1,766 in Telugu, 978 in Marathi, 712 in Kannada and 452 in Oriya, the officer said. – Courtesy
New UTS:INSEARCH Aspire scholarship program for Indian high school students heading for Australia’s top young university
India Education Diary | May 18, 2017 |
New Delhi: Indian high school students, who aim to study at the University of Technology in Sydney, are now eligible to apply for an exciting scholarship program. The new UTS:INSEARCH Aspire Scholarship Program will offer a total of AUD3.5 million (INR 16.8 crores) to 700 students from India and the Subcontinent over the next four years. Each scholarship, worth AUD5,000, will be awarded to meritorious students, to be used in their second semester at UTS:INSEARCH. “We know that there are many students from India who are interested in the University of Technology Sydney’s innovative approach to learning. The university’s strong collaboration with employers and industry enhances the opportunities for interesting and rewarding careers,” said Belinda Howell, Chief Market Development Officer for UTS:INSEARCH. “We are pleased to launch the Aspire Scholarship program to encourage students from India, by supporting their career aspirations and helping them prepare to achieve success at university and beyond.”
“According to UNESCO’s 2017 Global Flow of Tertiary-Level Students figures, Australia has become the second most preferred destination for Indian students studying abroad, surpassing the UK,” said Ms Howell. The latest end-of-year international student enrolment data (2016) shows that more than 78,000 students from India are enrolled in education in Australia, representing 11% of all international student enrolments. Anil Gulati, a civil engineering student at the University of Technology Sydney from Panchkula, Haryana, shares his experience. “UTS:INSEARCH provided me with the opportunity to build a great foundation for my future study in the field of civil engineering,” said Mr Gulati. “I always thought of Australia as a great place to study engineering because of its rapid development. I chose the UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT for its amazing facilities, equipment and laboratories,” he said. Mr Gulati completed his Diploma of Engineering at UTS:INSEARCH in 2016, and is now pursuing his Bachelor in Engineering degree at the University of Technology Sydney.
ABOUT THE ASPIRE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
· The Aspire Scholarship Program is available for new students from India who commence their diploma studies at UTS:INSEARCH between 2017 and 2020
· Scholarships are valued at AUD$5,000 each, and are applied to the recipient’s tuition fees in their second semester at UTS:INSEARCH
· 700 scholarships are available between 2017-2020 for students from India and the Subcontinent
· Full terms and conditions are available at: insearch.edu.au/aspire
|Country of Nationality||Eligible Programs 2017-2020||Scholarship Requirements (5 marks above the minimum academic requirements)|
|India||DIPLOMA||Year 12 ISC/CBSE with academic subjects 65% or Year 12 Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and West Bengal State Boards 65% or Year 12. Other State Boards 70% (best 4 relevant academic subjects)|
The British Council is delighted to announce GREAT Education scholarships for the year 2017. The total worth of these scholarships is over 1 million pounds. With 198 scholarships on offer, it is a great opportunity for Indian students wishing to make the most of their UK education. Students may avail these scholarships for 29 undergraduate and 169 postgraduate courses. These include Engineering, Law, Business, Art & Design, Biosciences, IT and more; at 40 UK institutions across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. To explore a range of scholarship options download the guide today!
The Hindu Business Line | PTI | New Delhi | 20 April 2017 |
Over 36,000 engineering students from IT related branches of over 500 colleges took Automata test. Programming skills are five times poorer for tier III colleges as compared to tier 1 colleges, the survey noted.
“Lack of programming skills is adversely impacting the IT and data science ecosystem in India. The world is moving towards introducing programming to three-year-old! India needs to catch up,” Aspiring Minds CTO and co-founder Varun Aggarwal said. The employability gap can be attributed to rote learning based approaches rather than actually writing programmes on a computer for different problems. Also, there is a dearth of good teachers for programming, since most good programmers get jobs in industry at good salaries, the study said. Moreover, programming skills are five times poorer for tier III colleges as compared to tier 1 colleges. “Sixty nine per cent of candidates from top 100 colleges are able to write a compilable code versus rest of the colleges where only 31 per cent are able to write a compilable code,” the report said. – Courtesy / Read More… http://www.aspiringminds.com/technology/automata / http://www.aspiringminds.com/
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 | New Delhi | DNA |
Analysis of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) shows that chemical and textile engineering are not popular among students
In order to offer more market-friendly courses to engineering aspirants, the central government has asked technical institutions including the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) to shut courses that are not getting a good response. According to government’s own data, around 400 private technical institutions were shut down in the last three years because they were not getting sufficient number of students, and also, those who passed out from those institutions were not employable. Taking a review of the situation, the Ministry decided to overhaul the engineering education system. It has now on its own, appealed to centrally funded technical institutions to close down the branches and courses that have seen less admissions in the past three years. The Ministry has also said if the institutions want to introduce new courses and disciplines; they should do so after analysing market opportunity, employability and requirement of higher education.
“All Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs), which are participating in joint counseling sessions have been asked to review the position of vacant seats in the last three years and to revise the number of seats in each discipline after considering employment opportunities, national requirements, available infrastructure and scope for future,” Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of State for HRD, told Rajya Sabha in a written reply. “CFTIs may also consider closure of some disciplines or keep them in abeyance for a few years after following the due process,” he said. Various disciplines of engineering courses are available under Chemical, Software, Civil and Electronics engineering across various colleges in India. An analysis of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) shows that most number of students enrol for mechanical engineering, followed by computer science, electronics and civil engineering. Branches like chemical and textile engineering get few takers. The central government has taken a similar route with school education also. It recently asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to shut down vocational courses that have very few takers. The board has recently issued a circular with which they have discontinued 34 of its vocational courses.
MAKING THE CUT
Steps taken by government to overhaul engineering education
- Asking institutes to close down branches that are not getting many takers.
- Making internships mandatory for students to get their engineering degree.
- Introducing a single-window entrance system on the lines of NEET for all engineering colleges.
- Making sure that the new courses that are started in college are market-friendly. – Courtesy
Anne-Wil Harzing | Professor of International Management at Middlesex University | London | Opinion | LSE Impact Blog |
Many bibliometricians and university administrators remain wary of Google Scholar citation data, preferring “the gold standard” of Web of Science instead. Anne-Wil Harzing, who developed the Publish or Perish software that uses Google Scholar data, here sets out to challenge some of the misconceptions about this data source and explain why it offers a serious alternative to Web of Science. In addition to its flaws having been overstated, Google Scholar’s coverage of high-quality publications is more comprehensive in many areas, including in the social sciences and humanities, books and book chapters, conference proceedings and non-English language publications.
Publish or Perish uses Google Scholar as one of its data sources (the other being Microsoft Academic). Many bibliometricians and university administrators are fairly conservative in their approach to citation analysis. It is not unusual to see them prefer the Web of Science (ISI for short) as “the gold standard” and discard Google Scholar out of hand, simply because they have heard some wild-west stories about its “overly generous” coverage. These stories are typically based one or more of the following misconceptions, which I will dispute below.
- First, the impression that everything “on the web” citing an academic’s work counts as a citation.
- Second, the assumption that any publication that is not listed in the Web of Science is not worth considering at all.
- Third, a general impression that citation counts in Google Scholar are completely unreliable.
Not everything published on the internet counts in Google Scholar
Some academics are under the misplaced impression that anything posted on the internet that includes references will be counted in Google Scholar. This might also be the source behind the misconception that one can put simply put phantom papers online to improve one’s citation count. However, Google Scholar only indexes scholarly publications. As its website indicates: “we work with publishers of scholarly information to index peer-reviewed papers, theses, preprints, abstracts, and technical reports from all disciplines of research.” Some non-scholarly citations, such as student handbooks, library guides or editorial notes slip through. However, incidental problems in this regard are unlikely to distort citation metrics, especially robust ones such as the h-index. Hence, although there might be some overestimation of the number of non-scholarly citations in Google Scholar, for many disciplines this is preferable to the very significant and systematic underestimation of scholarly citations in ISI or Scopus. Moreover, as long as one compares like with like, i.e. compares citation records for the same data source, this should not be a problem at all.
Non-ISI listed publications can be high-quality publications
There is also a frequent assumption amongst research administrators that ISI listing is a stamp of quality and that hence one should ignore non-ISI listed publications and citations. There are two problems with this assumption. First, ISI has a bias towards science, English-language and North American journals. Second, ISI completely ignores a vast majority of publications in the social sciences and humanities.
- ISI journal listing is very incomplete in the social sciences and humanities: ISI’s listing of journals is much more comprehensive in the sciences than in the social sciences and humanities. Butler (2006) analysed the distribution of publication output by field for Australian universities between 1999 and 2001. She found that whereas for the chemical, biological, physical and medical/health sciences between 69.3% and 84.6% of the publications were published in ISI listed journals, this was the case for only 4.4%-18.7% of the publications in the social sciences such as management, history education and arts. Many high-quality journals in the field of economics and business are not ISI listed. Only 30%-40% of the journals in accounting, marketing and general management and strategy listed on my Journal Quality List (already a pretty selective list) are ISI listed. There is no doubt that – on average – journals that are ISI listed are perceived to be of higher quality. However, there is a very substantial number of non-ISI indexed journals that have a higher than average h-index.
- ISI has very limited coverage of non-journal publications: second, even in the cited reference search, ISI only includes citations in ISI listed journals. In the general search function it completely ignores any publications that are not in ISI-listed journals. As a result a vast majority of publications and citations in the social sciences and humanities, as well as in engineering and computer science, are ignored. In the social sciences and humanities this is mainly caused by a complete neglect of books, book chapters, publications in languages other than English, and publications in non-ISI listed journals. In engineering and computer science, this is mostly caused by a neglect of conference proceedings. ISI has recently introduced conference proceedings in its database. However, it does not provide any details of which conferences are covered beyond listing some disciplines that are covered. I was unable to find any of my own publications in conference proceedings. As a result ISI very seriously underestimates both the number of publications and the number of citations for academics in the social sciences and humanities and in engineering and computer science.
Google Scholar’s flaws have been played up far too much
Peter Jacsó, a prominent academic in information and library science, has published several rather critical articles about Google Scholar (e.g. Jacsó, 2006a and 2006b). When confronted with titles such as “Dubious hit counts and cuckoo’s eggs” and “Deflated, inflated and phantom citation counts”, Deans, academic administrators and tenure/promotion committees could be excused for assuming Google Scholar provides unreliable data. However, the bulk of Jacsó’s critique is levelled at Google Scholar’s inconsistent number of results for keyword searches, which are not at all relevant for the author and journal impact searches that most academics use Publish or Perish for. For these types of searches, the following caveats are important.
- Citation metrics are robust and insensitive to occasional errors: most of the metrics used in Publish or Perish are fairly robust and insensitive to occasional errors as they will not generally change the h-index or g-index and will only have a minor impact on the number of citations per paper. There is no doubt that Google Scholar’s automatic parsing occasionally provides us with nonsensical results. However, these errors do not appear to be as frequent or as important as implied by Jacsó’s articles. They also do not generally impact the results of author or journal queries much, if at all.
- Google Scholar parsing has improved significantly: Google Scholar has also significantly improved its parsing since the errors were pointed out to them. However, many academics are still referring to Jacsó’s 2006 articles as convincing arguments against any use of Google Scholar. I would argue this is inappropriate. As academics, we are only all too well aware that all of our research results include a certain error margin. We cannot expect citation data to be any different.
- Google Scholar errors are random rather than systematic: what is most important is that errors are random rather than systematic. I have no reason to believe that the Google Scholar errors identified in Jacsó’s articles are anything else than random. Hence they will not normally advantage or disadvantage individual academics or journals.
- ISI and Scopus have systematic errors of coverage: in contrast, commercial databases such as ISI and Scopus have systematic errors as they do not include many journals in the social sciences and humanities, nor have good coverage of conferences proceedings, books or book chapters. Therefore, although it is always a good idea to use multiple data sources, rejecting Google Scholar out of hand because of presumed parsing errors is not rational. Nor is presuming ISI is error-free simply because it charges high subscription fees.
As I have argued in the past, Google Scholar and Publish or Perish have democratised citation analysis. Rather than leaving it in the hands of those with access to commercial databases with high subscription fees, anyone with a computer and internet access can now run their own analyses. If you’d like to know more about this, have a look at this presentation.
This blog post originally appeared on the author’s personal website and is republished here with permission. Copyright © 2017 Anne-Wil Harzing. Featured image credit: Viele bunte Bälle by Maret Hosemann (licensed under a CC BY 2.0 license).
Note: This article gives the views of the author, and not the position of the LSE Impact Blog, nor of the London School of Economics. Please review our comments policy if you have any concerns on posting a comment below.
About the author
Anne-Wil Harzing is Professor of International Management at Middlesex University, London. In addition to her academic duties, she also maintains the Journal Quality List and is the driving force behind the popular Publish or Perish software program. – Courtesy