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College placements give IITs, IIMs run for their money

The Economic Times | Rica Bhattacharyya  |  Varuni Khosla  |  ET BureauDec 07, 2017  |

A final year student of economics at Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR) has bagged a salary offer of close to Rs 38 lakh a year in a robust placement season that has seen recruiters loosen their purse strings to scoop up some undergraduates at higher than average packages offered at some of the elite engineering or business schools.  The highest offer to the LSR student for an overseas role in the first round of placements this year, which tops last year’s best offer of Rs 34 lakh at the college, was made by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, people aware of the matter told ET on condition of anonymity. A spokesperson from the bank refused to comment.  At St Stephen’s College this year, the highest offer so far has been of Rs 20 lakh from Boston Consulting Group, which has offered a similar package to an SRCC student, both for domestic roles. Such offers are higher than the average salary offers of Rs 10-15 lakh per annum for fresh graduates at the premier IITs. Postgraduate MBA students at the likes of IIM Indore and IIM Kozhikode get average salary offers of Rs 16-17 lakh.

A student at Delhi’s St Stephen’s College had last year got an even higher top salary offer of Rs 40 lakh from management consultancy Arthur D Little Middle East, but this year average salaries have soared up to 50% in leading colleges, making this a significantly better placement season.  Average salaries have risen in colleges including Hindu College, Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), St Xavier’s College in Mumbai and Loyola College in Chennai, according to placement officials. The number of offers has risen as well this year in the season that began in August at some colleges and will run intermittently till the end of the session next year, they said. “This year the number of students every company is hiring is much more,” said Soni George, placement convener at St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, without disclosing exact numbers. Saurabh Chhabra, co-president of the placement cell at Hindu College, said the college has already met more than half its target for this year.

“Students of the current batch have been placed faster than ever in the history of our placement cell. Till date, we have striven hard to achieve 64% placements. But this year we are highly confident about achieving the target of 95% placement rate,” said Chhabra. The college has so far placed 47 students, up 33% from last year, he said. Professional services firm Deloitte, the top recruiter at SRCC with 39 offers for domestic roles, cited value in hiring fresh graduates as the reason for the high number of offers. “We see great value in hiring undergraduates. Globally, our model is to hire them as analysts and then based on merit and performance transition them into consultant role within a couple of years,” said Debabrat Mishra, partner consulting, Deloitte. “They are far more open to learning and working hard, and they do not see any work beneath them, unlike B-school grads. For us, this pool will expand.” According to placement officials, average salaries are lower at these colleges than engineering or business schools because humanities students included in the placements generally get lower offers. “The market this year is a little better despite the general muted economic sentiment,” said Soni George of St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. “When business is going through a crisis they need consulting companies and that might explain the spurt in demand for people from these firms.” At SRCC, 97 of the 450 students who registered for recruitments, received job offers in the first round that concluded recently. “Maximum number of students have shown a keen interest in consulting and investment banking profiles,” said Smita Sharma, associate professor and placement convener at SRCC. At LSR, 54 students have got offers so far, according to the people cited earlier, while 23 of the 90 interested students at St Stephen’s College have been placed. Loyola College is close to the half-way mark, having placed 74 out of 150 students who registered for placement. – Courtesy

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3rd Indian Engineering Olympiad, IEO 2018

Making it big for the future engineers of India

 

Hyderabad, 6th December 2017:  Indian Engineering Olympiad (IEO) is an initiative by Thinkcell learning solutions to offer a real test of engineering aptitude for the engineering students in their respective fields on a national platform. Over 1,80,000 students, including several from the best of the engineering colleges across the country are expected to take part in the third edition of Indian Engineering Olympiad to test their skills against each other. IEO is a 90 minutes paper based exam that will test students in the second, third & final year of engineering on aptitude and technical knowledge in their respective streams. TOPPER in each category will get a cash prize of Rs 15000/- and TOP 3 rankers from each stream will be rewarded with medals, scholarships and excellence certificates. TOP 100 rankers in each stream will get financial scholarships and merit certificates and all students who qualify in the exam will get a participation certificate. There are also awards for the colleges for best overall performance and best performance in each stream.

Registrations for IEO 2018 begin from 29th November 2017 and closes on 28th January 2018, the Exam is scheduled to be conducted on 25th February 2018. Students can register for IEO 2018 by filling an online form and paying a nominal registration fees of Rs 100/- The Second edition of IEO 2017 was conducted across 50+ centers in India. It was a grand success with more than 154,000 students registering for the exam from the 2nd, 3rd & 4th year of engineering across various streams. Student Contact: info@engieeringolympiad.in  All details pertaining to IEO can be obtained from   http://www.engineeringolympiad.in/

AICTE Approval Process Handbook 2018 – 2019

PUBLIC NOTICE
FOR APPROVAL PROCESS 2018 – 19
Approval Process Handbook 2018 -19 will be published in the first week of December 2017 ensuring timely processing of approvalsfor the Academic Year 2018-19for the existing Technical Institutions as well as new establishments. All applicants are requested to read the AICTE Approval Process Handbook 2018-19meticulously before submitting on line applications for the Academic Year 2018-19.  –    Prof. ALOK PRAKASH MITTAL, Member Secretary, AICTE —– Click here to View / Download the AICTE Circular, 1 page, pdf
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HRD ministry sets up committee to suggest ways to regulate deemed universities

Hindustan Times | Neelam Pandey |  New DelhiDec 05, 2017 |

The panel will suggest a regulatory road map for deemed universities and is expected to submit its report to the government within four months.

The Union human resource development (HRD) ministry on Monday set up a three-member committee in line with a Supreme Court order to examine the working of deemed universities and suggest an “oversight” and “regulatory mechanism” for these institutions within four months. The Supreme Court last month cancelled the degrees awarded by four of them as they were conducting distance education programmes in technical education without necessary approval. It asked the government to set up a panel of eminent persons who have held high positions in the field of education, investigation, administration or law at national level within one month, to examine issues related to distance education, deemed universities and suggest a regulatory mechanism for them. The committee is headed by former chief justice of Patna high court L Narasimhan Reddy. Sukhbir Singh Sandhu , additional secretary in the HRD Ministry and Anil Sahasrabuddhe , chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) are the other two members.

JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan, Advanced Studies in Education, Rajasthan (IASE), Allahabad Agricultural Institute, (AAI) and Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation, Tamil Nadu, (VMRF)— were conducting distance engineering programmes without necessary approvals, including that from the University Grants Commission (UGC) or the AICTE. The Supreme Court last month had suspended the degrees awarded by them between the period 2001 and 2005 and cancelled the degrees awarded to students admitted after 2005. Sources said apart from finding out how these four universities were given post facto approvals it will also look into the overall functioning of the deemed universities in the country. It is likely to submit its report within four months, officials said. “The committee is likely to examine the issues whether more institutes were given permission by UGC to conduct distance education programme in technical education. The committee will also suggest a road map for strengthening and setting up of oversight and regulatory mechanism in the field of higher education and allied issues. The HRD ministry will examine the report and action will be taken accordingly,” said a senior HRD official. The Supreme Court had also restrained “all deemed-to-be universities to carry on any courses in distance education mode from the academic session 2018-2019 onwards unless and until it is permissible to conduct such courses in distance education mode and specific permissions are granted by the concerned statutory/regulatory authorities in respect of each of those courses and unless the off-campus centres/study centres are individually inspected and found adequate by the concerned statutory authorities”. – Courtesy

IIT-Madras partners with European Union for novel technical education

The New Indian Express | Express News Service | 03rd December 2017 |

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CHENNAI: In a bid to expose students to real-time developments and technological needs of the industry, the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras has partnered with the European Union for a novel concept in technical education for developing countries called ‘Dual Education’. This concept merges classroom learning with industrial experience and allows students undergoing internships to spend considerable time in industries as full-time workers. Usually in internship, students tend to work in industries as part-time workers as part of their curriculum. TEEDE (Towards Excellence in Engineering Curricula in Dual Education) is a consortium, funded by the European Union and Erasmus+, of eminent universities in Europe and Asia. The consortium is working to take this novel model of technical education to the developing countries. It has selected Rajesh Nair, associate professor in Petroleum Engineering, Department of Ocean Engineering, to be the project coordinator at the IIT-Madras.

A three-day brainstorming was held at the institute from November 30 with delegates from India, Russia, Europe and Asia taking part in it. Professor R Nagarajan, Dean of International and Alumni Affairs, said internationalisation and industry relations are the two biggest priorities of the IIT- Madras and this initiative brings these two in the most effective way. “We are proud of partnering with EU in this pioneering effort,” he said. The partners of this TEEDE consortium are various eminent universities from Russia, Italy, Cambodia, Germany, India, China, Finland, Belgium and Spain. The expected outcome would be an upgraded curriculum in engineering education in developing countries based on the economic needs of respective countries. Professor Rajesh Nair said that ‘Dual Education’ narrows the gap between industry requirement and curriculum. “As an example for doctoral research programme, there will be two guides – one for industry and another for academia. The purpose of the TEEDE is to add industrial component to the curriculum, thereby upgrading it, improving employability, ensuing career enhancement and giving a professional edge,” he said.

Dual education

 This concept merges classroom learning with industrial experience and allows students undergoing internships to spend considerable time in industries as full-time workers. – Courtesy     /      Read More…TEEDE – An Erasmus+ EU grant —->  https://www.iitk.ac.in/oir/teede-an-erasmus-eu-grant

AICTE to conduct test for students whose distance engineering degrees were suspended by SC

Hindustan Times | Neelam Pandey | Dec 03, 2017 | New Delhi |

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has started the process of registration of such students who will get an opportunity to write a test following which their degrees will stand validated.

Days after the University Grants Commission (UGC) suspended the degrees awarded to students of four deemed universities, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has started the process of registration of such students who will get an opportunity to write a test following which their degrees will stand validated. The AICTE and UGC on Sunday started the registration of candidates enrolled in deemed-to-be universities from 2001 to 2005 and were awarded degrees/diplomas in engineering through distance mode. Candidates have been given time till January 15 to register for the test. The degrees will remain suspended till they clear it, officials said. Officials said that the entrance exam will be conducted in May or June. “All the degrees of the students remain suspended. The last date for registration is January 15 and students need to register online. A written as well as practical examination will be conducted for the students,” reads the public notice issued by AICTE.

 Four institutes — JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan, Advanced Studies in Education, Rajasthan (IASE), Allahabad Agricultural Institute, (AAI), and Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation, Tamil Nadu, (VMRF)— have been conducting distance engineering programmes without necessary approvals, including that from the UGC or AICTE. The Supreme Court last month had suspended the degrees awarded by them between 2001 and 2005 while the degrees awarded through distance learning by the deemed universities to students admitted after 2005 stand cancelled. The universities have been directed by the court to return the tuition fee and other expenditure incurred by the students. The Supreme Court had also restrained “all deemed-to-be universities to carry on any courses in distance education mode from the academic session 2018-2019 onwards unless and until it is permissible to conduct such courses in distance education mode and specific permissions are granted by the concerned statutory/regulatory authorities in respect of each of those courses and unless the off-campus centres/study centres are individually inspected and found adequate by the concerned statutory authorities”. AICTE rules mandate that engineering degrees cannot be offered through distance education mode. – Courtesy

AICTE approval must for deemed universities offering technical courses : Supreme Court order

One India . com | Saturday, December 2, 2017 |

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)’s approval has been made compulsory for deemed universities offering technical and engineering courses. Deemed universities earlier used to report to the University Grants Commission (UGC).  A recent Supreme Court direction says that deemed universities should abide by AICTE norms for technical and engineering education. The apex court’s direction came as it was felt that deemed universities used to take their own decision on matters like increasing seats or starting a new course as there was no regulating authority.  A New Indian Express Report quoted AICTE chairman Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe as saying that “UGC has issued fresh guidelines mandating AICTE approval from now on.” Earlier, the Supreme Court held that the engineering degrees obtained through correspondence courses from deemed universities in the past 16 years were invalid.  A bench of Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit noted that the UGC and the AICTE did not approve distance learning programmes in engineering studies and the approval granted by the Distance Education Council (DEC) for such courses was illegal. – Courtesy

AICTE approval must for deemed-to-be universities: Supreme Court order – India Today, New Delhi, December 3, 2017

The All India Council for Technical Education is the statutory body and a national-level council for technical education, under Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Following the recent direction of the Supreme Court, the UGC has issued fresh guidelines to all deemed-to-be universities asking them to abide by AICTE norms for technical and engineering education. It was felt that deemed universities used to take their own decision on matters like increasing seats or starting a new course as there was no regulating authority.  All these years, such universities had been reporting to the University Grants Commission (UGC). Earlier, the Supreme Court held that the engineering degrees obtained through correspondence courses from deemed universities in the past 16 years were invalid.

Here’s what the Chairman of AICTE said:

“It has been noted that some deemed-to-be universities, which are offering technical, engineering, architecture and pharmacy courses, are not following AICTE rules.” Dr Anil Sahasrabudhe told Indian Express.

What does the decision say?

  • Such universities have to apply to their regulatory body even for increasing seats or starting a new course or the degrees they offer will be suspended
  • Degrees offered by deemed to be universities for technical and engineering courses through distance mode stands suspended
  • Such universities are not allowed to offer technical or engineering course through distance mode according to AICTE and UGC norms

In Karnataka, there are over five deemed-to-be universities which are offering technical courses. They include Sri Siddartha Academy for Higher Education, Tumakuru; KLE Institute, Belagavi; JSS Institute, Mysuru and Manipal Institute, Manipal. –  Courtesy

AICTE to shut down 300 engineering colleges in India? Check if your institution is in danger too!

Financial Express | FE Online |  December 2, 2017 |

Meanwhile, another 500 engineering colleges are under the scanner for not being able to fill up seats according to a senior HRD official.

In a decision taken by the government, more than 300 private engineering colleges would be reportedly asked to stop functioning from the 2018-19 academic session. The institutions which have less than 30 percent enrolment for five consecutive years, would be asked not to undertake any admission process for any fresh batch, as per the report by the Times of India. With total intake capacity of 13.56 lakh, India has close to 3,000 private engineering colleges offering undergraduate courses, as per the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) website. The report adds that out of these, there are around 800 engineering colleges whose enrolment percentage is less than 50 percent. Not only this, as per the Human Resource Department (HRD) sources, over 150 out of 300 institutions which would be asked to close operations as engineering colleges, have less than 20% enrolment. So, if your college is also having the same problem, it might have to face the heat. Meanwhile, another 500 engineering colleges are under the scanner for not being able to fill up seats according to a senior HRD official. All such colleges have been asked by AICTE to consider alternate options like converting to science colleges or vocational education institutions, the report added. The matter will, however, be finalised by end of December 2017.

AICTE earlier in the month of September wanted to shut down about 800 engineering colleges across India as there are no takers for their seats, and the admissions are plunging in these institutions. AICTE has earlier given a nod to the closure of more than 410 colleges across India, from 2014-15 to 2017-18. Out of these 20 are in Karnataka. The maximum number of institutions was approved for closure in 2016-17. Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have the maximum number of institutions that were shut, the report added. A progressive closure means that the college can no more admit students to the new batch but the existing students will continue. AICTE had also introduced the plan for teachers training keeping in mind the quality of engineering education and their employability being a big challenge. – Courtesy

To check plagiarism, AICTE tells education institutions to adopt tech tool

The Times of India | Preeti Biswas | TNN | Dec 2, 2017 |

HYDERABAD: Soon, students and academicians may face penal action if found guilty of plagiarism as the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has instructed all technical institutions to install credible anti-plagiarism software for all academic and research and development (R&D) related activities.  As part of its effort to inculcate a zero tolerance approach towards plagiarism, the policy and academic planning bureau issued a circular to all the AICTE-approved institutions on Friday urging them to undertake strong measures to curb plagiarism. “To develop a robust innovation ecosystem in technical institutions and to prevent the menace of plagiarism, it is advised that all AICTE approved institutions should create awareness about academic integrity and use credible anti-plagiarism software for all their academic and R&D related activities such as MTech/BTech project reports, PhD thesis and research publications etc in this regard,” reads the circular.

Students submitting thesis, dissertation, term papers, reports or any other such documents often submit an undertaking indicating that the document has been prepared by him or her and that the document is his/her original work and free of plagiarism. Teachers, however, argue that despite signing an undertaking, many students resort to plagiarism due to lack of guidance as well as an attempt to take the easier path. “A majority of students simply copy statements from journals and try to reproduce them. Since there was no notice issued by the AICTE so far insisting on institutions having certain software, plagiarism often went unnoticed, especially at undergraduate level,” said Ramakrishna Reddy, president of Telangana Affiliated Engineering Colleges Teachers Association, adding how most colleges don’t even have an anti-plagiarism software. With lack of advanced plagiarism detection options available, college managements claim they have to use open source tools from the web. “Since the AICTE has not asked us to buy any proprietary software, we end up using open source tools which are not very advanced. With the circular coming into effect, we are hopeful that advanced softwarewill be available,” said Srini Bupalam, vice-president of All India Federation of Self Financing Technical Institutions.  AICTE has also instructed institutions to conduct workshops for promoting integrity and prevent plagiarism. “Institutes should warn the stakeholders about penal action in case of detection of plagiarism,” reads the circular.   Even University Grants Commission has drafted a new policy to curb the menace. As per the draft policy, three types of penalties would be imposed on those found guilty of lifting someone else’s work. While in case of ‘Level 1and 2’ offences, the researchers would get a chance to revise their work, ‘Level 3’ offence, which is ‘60% similarities’ would result in cancellation of the researcher’s registration. Whereas for plagiarism in core areas, there will be ‘zero tolerance’. – Courtesy     /    Click hereto view / download the AICTE Circular: 01/12/2017-1 page pdf:    Promotion of academic integrity and excellence and prevention of plagiarism. 

Faculty Development Programmes (FDPs) during November-December, 2017 through NKN

WINTER COURSES through NKN (November – December 2017)

  • Faculty Training
  • Training and Consultancy
  • Services for Industry
  • Technical Incubation and Entrepreneurship
  • Continuing Education for Students &  Professionals

India is fast emerging as a world power in Information, communications Technology and Electronics (ICTE) sectors. To complement its growth and further development, there is an ever-increasing need for trained professionals with specialization in this space. This includes training of professionals not only in existing  and changing technologies but also in the fields of R&D and electronics manufacturing. This will specifically be aimed at the ICTE sector to create a substantial resource pool of talent and generate ample opportunities for entrepreneurs. Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (Meity) has  approved a scheme and set up Electronics and ICT Academics at 07 (seven) institutions viz.IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, NIT Warangal, NIT Patna and IIITDM Jabalpur (all five under Category-A); and IIT Roorkee, MNIT Jaipur (both under Category B). The Ministry had earlier setup two ICT Academies at Tamil Nadu and Kerala respectively. Estimated cost and targets for the Electronics and ICT Academy in the two Categories for a period of four years are as under:

Category Total Outlay Internal Revenue

Generation

Grants-in-Aid from Central Government Training Target (Faculty members)
Category-A Rs. 25 crore Rs. 7.50 crore Rs. 17.50 crore 16,000
Category-B Rs. 10 crore Rs. 3.00 crore Rs. 7.00 crore 6,400

These Academies are aimed at faculty/mentor development and upgradation to improve the employability of the graduates, diploma holders in various streams, through collaboration of States/ Union Territories. Each Academy is being provided funding support for four years and is expected to generate revenue by charging fee and taking up other activities to meet the recurring cost in a gradual manner and become self- sustainable by the end of fourth year onwards. All these Academies will cater to the requirements of identified neighbouring States and UTs also.

Activities of the Academies

  • Faculty development for

–Specialized training with hands on on basis and advanced level topics for Engineering Streams and

–Domain based training on use of ICT tools and techniques for non-engineering streams

  • Training and consultancy services for industry
  • Curriculum development for Industry
  • Continuing Education programme for students/working professionals
  • Design,Develop and Deliver specialized modules for specific research areas
  • Providing advice and support for technical incubation and entrepreneurial activities

About Winter Courses

Faculty Development Programmes in core areas of Electronics and Information & Communication Technology (ICT) streams have been planned by academies for delivery during Winter(i.e., November – December 2017). All these winter courses will be offered through National Knowledge Network (NKN) by inviting experts from IITs, IIITs and other premier institutes/industries. In addition, local course coordinators at respective academies will take care of practicals and practice sessions. The following three courses would be taken up for delivery during forthcoming winter vacation .

(AICTE Circular ) : Click here to download / view :  Faculty Development Programmes (FDPs) during November-Decemner,2017 through NKN.  – 14 pages, pdf

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