Top Indian engineers who made us proud

The myriad engineering institutions spread across the country are not only the best engineering institutes of the country but also coveted institutes of learning which produce leaders of world class quality.

This Engineer’s Day, we are proud to present a list of these engineers who have made the country proud:

1. Sundar Pichai

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Pichai hardly needs an introduction. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of the world’s largest tech companies, Google, Pichai is an IIT Kharagpur product. Born in Chennai, he has a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and later went to Stanford University for MS and Wharton School of Pennsylvania University for MBA.

2. N R Narayan Murthy

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One of India’s most successful IT businessmen, Murthy is the founder of software company Infosys, a multi-national software company which enjoys a global repute. He graduated from University of Mysore in the electrical engineering stream and completed his M.Tech from IIT Kanpur.

3. Satya Nadella

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The current CEO of Microsoft, Nadella hails from Hyderabad. He graduated from the Manipal Institute of Technology in 1988. He later went on to complete MS Computer Science from Wisconsin University and an MBA from Chicago University.

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4. Sachin and Binny Bansal

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Sachin and Binny, the founders of e-commerce giant Flipkart, both are IIT Delhi pass-outs. Sachin was working with Amazon.in while Binny was employed with Sarnoff Corporation. They both quit their jobs in 2007 and co-founded the online shopping portal which brought about a revolution in e-commerce in India. The two hail from Chandigarh.

5. Vinod Khosla

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The co-founder of Sun Microsystems, Khosla is an IIT Delhi product. He founded Khosla Ventures in 2004, which is a venture capital firm handling about one billion dollars worth of investment capital. He honed his business acumen with an MBA from Stanford University.

University of Mysore to conduct KSET exam for next three years

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced that the Karnataka State Eligibility Test (KSET) will continue to be conducted by the University of Mysore for the next three years.

The varsity has been conducting the examination since the past three years. According to a report in The Times of India, the UGC finalised the matter about one week back.

“University of Mysore is doing well for higher education. Hundred years ago, the university was started with just four colleges. It has grown well over the years – now, it has over 200 colleges affiliated to it. The approval to conduct KSET examination for three more years will be sent to UoM at the earliest.” P Prakash, additional secretary at UGC, New Delhi, is reported to have said as part of the keynote address at the varsity during a workshop centred around the theme of the role of universities in higher education.

“UGC was started with just 25 universities having 500 colleges. But it has 802 universities with over 36,300 colleges today. The approval to conduct KSET examination for three more years will be sent to UoM at the earliest,” he added, as per The Times of India.

“By 2025, India will be the youngest country with youths in 25-30 age group. By then, India will be also be the largest demographically dividend nation in the world. There is a great demand for workforce.

“But the country lacks talent among technical and non-technical graduates – just 23% of technical graduates land jobs, while it is 15% among non-technical graduates There are 860 management institutions in the country. But only 7-8% of those graduating from them get employed. Every fourth graduate in the world is an Indian,” he said, according to The Times of India.

Promote Hindi in higher education: Subhash Chandra

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No language can replace Hindi as the “language of common man” while efforts should be taken to make Hindi the medium of instruction (MOI) in higher education, Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra said.

“English cannot replace Hindi as the language of communication in this country. The language of the common man is Hindi and will continue to remain so,” he said, while underlining the need to make Hindi as the medium of instruction in higher education.

The Rajya Sabha MP was participating in a discussion titled “Present Status of Hindi: Challenges and Solutions” organised by Sahitya Akademi on the occasion of ‘Hindi Divas’ in New Delhi last evening.

“For people who live in villages, Hindi serves as a major language of communication. For example, in a small town like Ludhiana, there are uneducated but skilled workers, who if provided with education, would do even better. It would be easy for young talent to come forward like that,” he said.

Chandra, who also released the Hindi version of his autobiography ‘The Z Factor’ on the occasion, said Hindi was irreplaceable as the “language of the common man” and that it was gradually becoming visible on an international platform.

Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and eminent Hindi poet Ashok Chakradhar were also present on the occasion.

 

While Satyarthi was appreciative of people’s growing interest in learning multiple languages, he said it was unfair to compare English and Hindi and that the ability to converse in one’s mother tongue must be viewed as a matter of pride and not looked down upon.

 

“The mother tongue of a person is the most respected and no other language can take it away. Hindi and English are separate languages which are not competing with each other,” he said.

HRD ministry to ask central varsities to admit more students

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Just weeks after the IITs were asked to increase their student strength, the HRD Ministry is set to make a similar proposal to the central universities at an upcoming meeting of all vice-chancellors (V-C) with minister Prakash Javadekar in Varanasi on October 6.

The agenda was circulated by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to all the central universities this week. Currently, there are about 40 central universities in the country of which almost half have been set up in the last decade. The government, sources said, will urge the institutions to optimise the use of their infrastructure and resources by admitting more students. Higher Education Secretary V S Oberoi had written to all 40 vice-chancellors on this issue about two months ago and matter will be raised again at the Varanasi meeting.

Oberoi’s letter, according to a V-C who did not wish to be identified, states that the per-student expenditure in central universities is extraordinarily high compared to the state universities and hence, the former can afford to increase seats. However, unlike the IITs, the central universities have not been given a specific target to achieve in terms of student enrollment.

This proposal, however, isn’t entirely new. The 12th Five Year Plan document, prepared by the UGC, has suggested that as many as 30 central universities can increase their intake by 100 per cent during the plan period. The document defined the student population a university should support in relation to its campus area. For instance, a central varsity with a campus space between 1,000 and 2,000 acre was expected to have 15,000 to 25,000 students. In this context, JNU, which has a campus area of approximately 1,100 acres and about 7,500 students, could have made room for more students, the document stated. But nothing of this sort has happened since then.

 Apart from this, the central universities, at the Varanasi meeting, will also be urged to improve their flailing performance in international rankings, expedite their NAAC accreditation, regularly update/revise their curriculum, set up equal opportunity cells headed by anti-discrimination officers and introduce vocational programmes.

HC orders setting up of special task force

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Delhi High Court Thursday took serious note of children dying in freak accidents in schools and directed setting up of zone-wise special task forces for their inspection to avoid such incidents which have claimed the lives of two students in the recent past.

Terming as “unfortunate” the two incidents in which two children died in their schools here, a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal directed all schools to carry out periodical inspection of their buildings and premises and submit a quarterly report to the Directorate of Education (DoE).

The bench also said executive engineers of municipal corporations should visit the schools under their areas on a monthly basis and immediately take steps to ensure that the defects, if found, are rectified.

The court order came on a plea seeking judicial inquiry into the deaths of two children in Ryan International School in Vasant Kunj and a municipal school in Kapashera area and for disaster management assessment of all the schools here.

“All schools in Delhi including MCD, NDMC, government schools, private schools, government aided schools shall carry out periodical inspection of school buildings and premises and submit a quarterly report to the office of DoE, caretaking branch, GNCTD,” the bench said in a bid to prevent any such incidents in future.

 

“DoE is directed to constitute a special task force, zone-wise, which will visit the schools under their respective zones on a monthly basis and submit their reports before DoE, caretaking branch, GNCTD,” the bench said while disposing of the plea.

The PIL filed by Col (Retd) Devinder Sehrawat, MLA from Bijwasan constituency, had sought to fix responsibility on the erring authorities or school management, payment of Rs 50 lakh compensation to the families of deceased boys and to ensure safety of students in the schools.

Divyansh Kakrora, a six-year-old Class I student of Ryan International School in Vasant Kunj in South Delhi was killed after falling into a tank in his school on January 30.

 

In a similar incident on January 27, five-year-old Ankit died after falling into an open septic tank in an primary municipal school in Kapashera area of south Delhi.

Now changes can be made in application even after submission

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Now candidates who have registered for CAT 2016, can rectify mistakes (if any) in the application form as for the first time, IIM Bangalore has given option to make corrections in details such as marks scored, work experience, et al, even after submission.

The facility is available from October 1 to 5.

IIM Bangalore has also announced initiatives for candidates applying under the persons with disability (PWD) category. For the first, they have introduced a dedicated help desk – catpwdsupport@iimb.ernet.in – to assist PWD candidates.

They can request for a wheelchair, scribe etc. On the exam day, the PWD candidates can enter the test venue 15 minutes before other candidates for test registration.

In every test centre, assigned to PWD candidates, there will be a PWD coordinator to assist them. The contact details will be provided to the candidates.

Prof Rajendra K. Bandi, convenor, CAT 2016 has advised candidates to register early and avoid inconvenience at the last days as every there there is a surge in registrations at the last minute. This could lead to a load on the servers that could impact the server response time.

 

The CAT 2016 registration will end on September 22 at 5 pm.

CAT 2016 will be conducted on December 4 in two slots across 138 cities. The candidates will be given an option of selecting upto four cities in order of preference for the location of their test center. However, candidates cannot select the test slot, which will be randomly assigned by the IIMs.

Begin MBBS admission process or face action, HP government warns private college

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Toughening its stance, Himachal Pardesh government Monday directed a Solan-based medical college, which had denied admissions to 150 MBBS aspirants, to immediately begin the process of admitting students under 50 per cent government quota.

Taking a stricter stand, the government also asked the college to comply with its directions to admit students under the government quota seats or face action. “The college management has been clearly told that non-compliance of government directions would attract strict action. Besides taking up the matter with Medical Council of India (MCI), action would also be taken under the laws enacted by the state government,” Secretary (Health), Onkar Chand Sharma said.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh also said the government was aware of the problem being faced by the candidates and their parents who had been denied admission by the college.

“The government will intervene and take appropriate action in the interest of the students,” he said, adding that the college would have to seek affiliation from Himachal Pradesh University as a provision has been made in this regard by amending the HP Regulation of admissions and fixation of fee for Private Medical colleges in the state.

Sharma said the college cannot deny admission to students under government and management quota selected under central counselling on the basis of NEET merit.

The new session of MBBS has started from September 13 in all colleges and the management cannot deny the admissions after the counseling has been done.

Many students who had preferred to pursue MBBS course in the state have been left in the lurch as admissions have closed and they have no place to go, he said.

Last minute preparation tips based on new pattern

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Amongst the most coveted exams conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is the Common Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) examination which was attempted by over 30 lakh students last year.

The pattern of the SSC CHSL exam changed last year after the government notified that there would be no interviews for clerical posts. The final format of the exam was released as late as August this year where it was clarified that there would be a descriptive paper (Tier II) after Tier I.

Over 60,000 students had qualified for the Tier II exam which is scheduled for September 18. This exam is one hour long where students will be evaluated on their writing ability.

The paper will consist of an essay of 200 – 250 words and a letter of 150 – 200 words. This is the first time that the SSC has introduced a descriptive test as a part of the selection procedure. The exam will take place in a written (pen-and-paper) format.

Test of students’ writing skills

The essay and the letter writing tests are designed to evaluate students at two levels – first, the examiner wants to understand how informed the student is about key events happening in her/his environment and what kind of opinion the student is able to form based on these events.

 

The second goal of the examiner is to judge the written communication skills of the students and ascertain whether she/he will be able to communicate effectively and carry her duties in an appropriate manner.

The SSC has not declared what type of topics will be asked for essay writing. It can be expected that topics around national interest, ecological issues, social issues etc are likely to be important.

Topics such as women empowerment, dowry system, environment, Indian economy, gender equality, farmer conditions in India, terrorism, GST bill, and so on may be important from that perspective as well. It would be beneficial to practice these topics and ensure that all key points are getting covered.

How to plan the write-ups:

The key to writing a good essay is to first get your thoughts about the topic in a structure. Once you jot down the key points you wish to convey, use them to build the body of the essay where your points and the arguments supporting them should be written. Once you have the core idea, write the introduction. Lastly, make the conclusion.

 

For the letter, the priority is to get the format right. Make sure that all aspects – to, from, subject, address, salutation – are in place before you start writing the body of the letter. Letter writing may consist of both formal and informal letters. Here are a few examples that may be important from the exam’s perspective.

Formal letters:

Writing a letter to the bank manager for account closing

Writing a letter to SSC Head office regarding exam date

Writing an application to your boss for leave

Informal letter:

Writing a letter to your friend thanking him for a gift

Writing a letter to your father about your result

As the exam gets closer, here are some additional points that one should keep in mind to be well prepared for the exam –

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Revision:

For each important topic, you should make a list of important points that you wish to include in the essay. You can revise these points before the exam.

Practice by writing down all the important formal letters including their formatting. Revise these before the exam.

Don’t bother with learning new words/vocabulary in last few days before the exam. Keep the essay and letter simple and don’t use too many new words.

Maintain confidence:

If you are confident about your success then you will surely achieve it.

Some anxiety is natural as this is a new section that the SSC has introduced this year but remember that this is new for all the candidates and hence nobody has any additional advantage.

 

To maintain your confidence level, do some light exercises or play any games that you like in the days before the exam. Games or any physical exercise is necessary to balance your physical and mental energy.

If the energy level is balanced then you feel highly confident and it will help you handle exam pressure better.

Time Management:

Time management is the key to success hence you must know how to plan and divide your time properly. The SSC CHSL Tier II is a short, one-hour exam. There are only two questions that you need to answer. Make sure you give adequate time to both the questions.

Divide your time between the two judiciously. Ideally, spend about 25 minutes writing the essay and 20 minutes writing the letter. Leave the last 15 minutes to revise both your answers. Focus on the language you have used and try to correct any grammatical errors first.

 

Always remember

Success is not an accident. It is the result of your attitude and your hard work. So choose your path and work towards your destination with full determination.

Japan government sponsors trip of five students of Super 30 to Japan

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Five meritorious students of the famed ‘Super 30’ academy of mathematician Anand Kumar have been selected for a tour of Japan to know more about science and technology.

“This academy for talented underprivileged students is well-known in Japan and this is the reason we have decided to fully sponsor the visit of the five meritorious students of Super 30,” Yoji Nishikawa, a senior official of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) said after handing over invitation letter to the five selected students.

The five students from the academy have been selected for a special one-week programme to be held in November this year during which they would visit some top educational institutions of Japan and also attend a lecture of Nobel Prize winner Shirakawa, Nishikawa said.

Elaborating further, the Japanese official said under the special programme from November 6-13, the shortlisted students would visit Tokyo University and also interact with students of Super Science High School of that country.

He said they would also be lectured by 2000 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, Shirakawa among others.

 

 Last year, Tokyo University had announced its decision to provide full scholarship to two students of Super 30 for higher studies in the famed university every year.

Mathematician Anand Kumar said that the five students have been selected through a screening test for the Japanese educational trip.

Super 30 academy run by Anand Kumar since 2002 in Patna has facilitated selection of more than 350 students hailing from underprivileged section of the society in IITs.

 

The five selected students Ujjwal Priyank, Aman Nasim, Subham Raj, Aditya Prakash and Sidhant Mohan expressed excitment going to Japan where they would learn more about science and technology.

New Bill to provide more autonomy for IIMs

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Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar told mediapersons here today that a Bill, which aims to provide IIMs more autonomy in their governance and allow them to offer degree courses, is currently at “proposal” stage. “The IIM Bill will provide more autonomy to the IIMs, and allow them to offer degree courses, which they cannot do now because of their status as a society. We will amend existing laws like we did for IITs and NITs to allow them to offer degree courses,” he said. “The new Bill is at proposal stage. It will be taken up by different ministries which will offer their recommendations. It will then go to the Cabinet, and then to Parliament,” the Minister said.

 

 

“What our government intends is to allow more autonomy to the IIMs and other higher educational institutes so that they grow on the basis of their quality,” he said. Javadekar said the Modi government is working in the direction of “improving the quality of education.

“Our aim is to promote education and make it accessible to all. From KG to PG, 27 crore students are taking education. Our aim is to improve the quality of education.” The government is in dialogue with stakeholders to frame an “effective (education) policy”, he said.