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ASE held it two day annual technical cum cultural festival last week

ASE held it two day annual technical cum cultural festival last week

The Amity School of Engineering (ASE) held it two-day annual technical-cum-cultural festival last week. The festival, organised entirely by the students, encompassed software design contests, quizzes covering all engineering fields, an automobile design contest, technical paper presentation, circuit design contests and a host of other informal competitions. Around 600 students from various universities of Delhi, such as Delhi College of Engineering (DCE), I IT, Air Force Academy, IP University etc, participated the festival.

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Six new IITs resolve vacant seats issue

Aug. 13: The six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) that have begun functioning from this academic year (2008-09) have finally been able to resolve the issue of “vacant” seats that were meant to be filled with SC/ST candidates. The matter was resolved after the Joint Admission Board (JAB) of JEE 2008 held an emergency meeting in the capital on Wednesday. Consequently, it was decided that the 66 vacant seats for SC/ST candidates at the new IITs will be “made available” during the 2009 admission exercise.

In its eagerness to launch no less than six IITs this year, the UPA government virtually chose to overlook the infrastructure and faculty constraints each of them would have to deal with. It were these constraints that had prompted the new IITs to expressd their inability to conduct the preparatory programme which is held for students belonging to the SC/ST category. For neither the required infrastructure nor faculty is presently in place. Instead, each of the six new IITs is functioning from the premises of its mentor IIT, ie one of the older IITs.

Sharing details of the meeting with reporters, JAB members said that the “issue of vaccancies of seats in the IIT system is a matter of concern and therefore a very comprehensive review is necessary”. In the case of the new IITs, 66 seats meant for SCs/STs out of the total of 740 seats available could not be filled. JAB members said that the “possibility of filling up these vacancies by initiating a preparatory programme in each of these six new IITs was examined”.

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Wait a minute does IIT have a Cycling team?

They bet we do! Illinois Tech Cycling IIT is the competitive position of the team races mountain bikes. Maybe you saw, in fact, we are around training in the MSV-Lounge, the group or outside the MSV at the beginning of our movement. We are an asset to the team over the past three years, competition in the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference. We race against teams throughout the Middle West of “Tour de France”, the style of racing bike racing known as sport, and our conference is comprised of 34 different teams, teams, whatever , such as northern Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the South from Kentucky, Missouri to the west of Ohio to the east. Race will be held the weekend of the season from mid-February, with the regional authorities and ending on April 19 at 20. And you thought, baseball was the only sport to go IIT, in early… HA!
There are 4 different categories of college-level qualification in cycling, D, C, B and A, D-Cat is the simplest and Class A, the most competitive. We are a small team, the driver of over 8 above. Anthony Lewis and William Carfang IIT represented in Cat B, Danny Beissinger race in category C, while Loren Bo, Grant Austin, Scott Larson, Jason Soo, and Nick Przybysz D Cat are all runners. With a higher level of competition, more mileage of the race more points for classification as a team.

As a team, we have already competed in 3 weekends of racing where the team has shown some initial strength at DePauw and Mizzou, with Tony trip to Pittsburgh, where the Midwest compete with the East Coast, but week – end dernier, Michigan really shows how the technology competitive cycling Illinois Maybe!

This past weekend, the team has continued in Michigan, where they compete with respect to three courses. Saturday from Michigan State “Git Tough” Road Race was mostly a flat 4.4 miles featured 5 runs, of course, with a 1.2 miles with dirt / mud. Anthony Lewis and William Carfang flew with a strong zone of 30 riders Class B, for a race of 30.8 miles. The race has become a mass market sprint, where Anthony had an impressive 2nd Place, and a remarkable 6th Lewis eventually take place, two points for IIT.
The Cat C course was 22 km long, and Danny Beissinger there are 30 other drivers as the only technology of Illinois in category C Racer’s. Danny has been able to take a second place after the sprint ended, whether points of the team.
The Cat D race was 16 km long, and Scott Larson, Jason Soo, Przybysz and Nick were far from alone, with a field of 51 other drivers to compete. Nick finished 24th, 45th Scott, Jason, and not by mechanical problems with the bike finish.

Sunday, the team from the University of Michigan Circuit Race, in the morning and one Individual Time Trial in the afternoon. A circuit race is a greater intensity, the shorter duration of the race, with shorter cycles for a period of study is a “race against the clock”.
For the dissemination of race, a large hill rising, what has changed, and it became clear in the results. Anthony Lewis and precipitated against B 9 in a round of 18 miles of the race. Anthony finished in the back of the main groups, but since most of the riders were in the group because of the high speed, he led until the end of the 7th Location, deeper in the points for IIT. Lewis suffered ill positioning, and was one of the drivers who withdrew from the organization, and, in the 16th. The Cat C race was a little shorter than 6 rounds with a total of 12 km. Danny is mounted in the first, but tries, a movement in the bad weather, and was also supported by the Group abandoned. He finished 18. D The race was even shorter, only 4 laps, and 8 miles. Souffla-nique on a tire early in the morning and forced the race, while lock Scott well, finishing high near 30.

During the trial period, riders have at intervals of 30 seconds, regardless of the category. Everyone climbed 3.5 miles of the race was very hilly and narrow complete corners and finishing techniques time in the field of 9:16 to 18:06 minutes. Out of a total of 102 runners to competition, facing 10:31 Anthony, 32, facing Danny 10:43, 40 Recipe; Nick ready to 11:03, 57 Recipe; 11:05 Lewis arrested, and 61, Scott ended 12:47, 93 th, and Jason 15:05 and finished in 100. In the official results insofar go, Danny and Anthony finished 6th or C. B deserve both points of the team.

Overall, it was a very good weekend for the team. With points that we have received, is the 4th IIT Place in the overall rankings compared to all schools in Division 2! It is the best of the cycling team has always done, and they are on the road to a solid regional and displays this year, in Wisconsin. Keep your eyes peeled for next week, if the update is awarded to the team from the University of Purdue, and Marian for the next race weekend!

Are you interested in learning more about the race or to a member of the team? Head on course for more detailed reports, as well as information about the team itself!

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Chromatin Leases at University Technology Park At IIT

Chromatin, Inc. has signed a lease to move its headquarters and its molecular biology research and development operations to the Technology Business Center (TBC) at University Technology Park At IIT (UTP), it was announced today.

Chromatin develops and markets novel proprietary technology that was first developed at the University of Chicago. The companys technology enables entire chromosomes to be designed and incorporated into plant cells. These mini-chromosomes can be used in any plant to simultaneously introduce multiple genes while maintaining precise control of gene expression. Chromatins mini-chromosome technology can be used to deliver genes that benefit the agricultural, nutritional, energy, pharmaceutical, and chemical sectors.
UTP is a great setting for our research and provides access to excellent facilities and connections to the City of Chicago and IIT, said Daphne Preuss, Chromatins CEO and co-founder. We are experiencing significant growth and UTP provides capacity for our current and future needs.

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An IIM shows the way

The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and of Technology (IITs) that constantly moan about government interference as a barrier to growth and development may have an indigenous “case study” to the contrary in the IIM at Kolkata. As reported in Business Standard on Sunday, the management committee of the 46-year-old B-school said it will invest Rs 100 crore over the next three years to expand and remodel the campus to accommodate 25 per cent more students. The plan is an elaborate one that includes hiring Christopher Charles Benninger Architects, the reputed American urban development planner who has worked in India for three decades. The two-phase plan includes initially restructuring the campus and expanding hostel and executive facilities to house 163 more students and 150 more executives (who attend the management development programmes). Later, a shopping centre, parking lot and entertainment zone are to be added.

The point about this energetic overhaul is that it seems to have maximised — as all good businesses should — the autonomy granted to the institute by the government. The IIM at Ahmedabad also responded to government pressure and expanded its facilities, using vast tracts of empty land that had been unused for decades. It is difficult to understand why other IIMs and IITs, with similarly large tracts of land and the ability to mobilise other resources, cant do the same. After all, the government is hardly likely to impede plans to expand student intake or protest against improved facilities. More so when the funding is being generated from internal resources and corporate and alumni sources rather than the exchequer. In this, the IIM at Kolkata is drawing on the best practices of US B-schools like Harvard, Stanford and Wharton that command huge sums of money, almost entirely from the private sector. This in turn creates a virtuous circle of quality enhancement since private investors constantly demand a tangible return on investment — either in terms of the research being conducted or the academic reputation of the institute.

Low student intake by the IIMs has been a legitimate and long-standing government complaint. So it is hard to believe that even Arjun Singh will complain if the IIMs leverage the fund-raising capabilities at their disposal to expand facilities and accommodate more students. This is surely a more cost-effective expansion programme than setting up newer IIMs of doubtful quality that dilute the brand equity of Indias premier B-schools. There is no doubt that despite their reputations for producing world-class graduates, the six IIMs could also do much more in terms of expanding the number of students they admit. In 2006, the IIMs collectively admitted just 1,200 students from 195,000 who took the Common Entrance Test, making it one of the worlds most competitive tests. In fact, with a “hit rate” of less than 1 per cent, it is not surprising that government demands for higher reservations for scheduled castes and tribes and other backward castes — currently 23 per cent — become a major pain point.

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Enabilon Learning Launches TestFunda – a Site for CAT and IIM Online Exam Preparation

With the CAT – MBA entrance exam for the IIMs slated to go online from 2009, promises to make the preparation for every CAT aspirant Easy, Effective and Personalised.

The newly launched site has managed to get over 15,000 registered users within a span of one month. Its fun interface with interactive content forms an instant connect with the CAT aspirants and takes the stress out of one of the most competitive and nerve-racking tests in the world. provides complete CAT preparation with 2000 pages of CAT based content covering every topic relevant to CAT. It provides 28 full length mock tests, detailed personalized reports and comprehensive feedback. Some of these tests are personalized tests which are specially designed for the test-takers to help them work on their weak areas. also provides an integrated Ask-a-Doubt facility to the CAT aspirants.

In addition to the paid content, a large amount of free content is available in the form of Interactive Learning Games, CAT question of the Day, Daily CAT word list, logical puzzles and many free Online Mock CATs. also provided detailed solutions to the previous three years’ CAT papers. CAT-2007 100-percentiler provides guidance with his expert tips and advice. CAT discussion forums help the students to solve their doubts, clear concepts and strengthen the test preparation. keeps the students updated with the latest news in the MBA entrance exam space.

About Enabilon Learning
The management team of comprises 4 IIT – IIM graduates. The advisory board comprises CEOs and MDs of MNCs and international educational companies. Enabilon Learning is a sister concern of Zeus learning, an experienced e-learning service provider for companies like Discovery Channel, Texas Instruments, Reader’s Digest, Pearson higher education among many others.

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Governance models for IIMs & IITs

The HRD minister must be congratulated — and thanked — for wholeheartedly accepting the propositions that educational institutions should be governed by their governing boards; and that there is nothing wrong with a plan that delivers self-sufficiency with social justice. We look forward to this being the direction in which he will encourage all educational “navaratnas” to move.

The purpose of this article is to provide facts and perspectives in order to frame the debate on governance of IIMs and IITs and the role of MHRD. It would be a waste of this space to further stir up the already muddied waters of the fee increase issue.

Suffice it to say that social justice is not served by subsidising people who have an average starting salary of around Rs 17 lakh and access to pre-approved loans with banks who deem them creditworthy based on where they are going, and irrespective of what their parental income is. In fact, such subsidy is a social injustice to the urban poor, who, data shows, are walking out of government schools into costlier private schools.

For the record, beyond loans, the IIMA financial aid scheme has graded tuition waivers linked to parental income, and concessions for those who wish to join NGOs, government, institutions of public good, etc., which pay much lower. Further, if there is a concern that such a high fee number would discourage children from the weaker sections of society from even thinking of such institutions, then the solution is not to subsidise fees but to say loudly and publicly through every communication channel available that no one who qualifies will ever be turned down for lack of funds, and that repayment of loans is easy and systematic given earning potential.

If MHRD wants to subsidise something in the name of social justice, they should pay for a continuing ad campaign on television saying this on behalf of all IITs and IIMs; and announce at least 1,000 merit-cum-means scholarships each for IIM and IIT potentials for education from class IX onwards, which will cover all expenses including coaching classes, to enable them to get into these institutions and be role models for others. At the minister’s behest, this can be put into place in the next one month, and we look forward to it.

Now let us move to governance. IIMA has a very visionary governance structure, and is an early example of a sophisticated public-private partnership in education. It is, in theory, supposed to be governed by a Memorandum of Association (MoA) between IIMA Society (a not for profit entity), the central government (CG) and the state government of Gujarat (SG). The MoA clearly lays out board seats’ composition and process for filling them and the powers each party has in running the institute. Just FYI, fee setting is listed in the MoA as within the powers of the society and hence the board (through which alone MHRD can influence). Equally, the MoA states that “all posts are in the cadre and scales of pay as approved by CG from time to time” and that the director’s appointment shall be made on “such terms and conditions” as may be decided by the CG in consultation with the SG.

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IIT Bombay to tie up with US university

In its efforts to collaborate with premier international universities for research and development, IIT Bombay is planning to associate with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US.

“IIT Bombay is looking at some kind of association with MIT. But talks are still at a nascent stage. However, what is encouraging is that the MIT alumni in India are very excited about the possible interaction of their institute with IIT Bombay,” said professor Pradipta Banerji, dean of alumni and international relations at IIT Bombay.

In recent times, IIT Bombay signed a number of memorandum of understandings (MoUs) with international universities for facilitating faculty and student exchange as well as joint research projects. The list includes Monash University, Rice University, University of Southampton and University of Cambridge, to name a few.

“For some time now, our focus has been to associate with top-level universities. We have been trying to leverage research work with some of them so that it helps our institute in achieving the goal of acquiring world class status,” said Banerji

Emphasising that signing MoUs or joint venture agreements was only the first step, Banerji said, “Currently, we are focusing to ensure that we are able to successfully operationalise the commitments we have made so far.”

For instance, he said, while work on the Institute of Science and Technology in Africa had begun three years ago, the classes at the institute started this year. “Three parallel programmes have started, which are relevant for that region, and include material sciences; petroleum engineering and water resources engineering,” he said.

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Want to crack JEE? Here’s the formula

For IIT aspirants, there’s a word of advice from the horse’s mouth: “Do not compromise on reasoning. For, relying on readymade formulas without knowing the reasons makes it more of a game of luck.”

IIT-Bombay’s Prof K D Joshi, who has been associated with setting of maths questions for JEE for the last twenty years, further wants the aspirants to know the subjects thoroughly instead of focussing on problems only.

The IIT don was in Patna on the invitation of maths wizard Anand Kumar of the Super 30 fame. Kumar is raising funds for flood relief by holding special classes on “Catching the mystery of probability” for IIT aspirants. “We are charging Rs 200 from each of the students attending the special classes and plan to donate the Rs four lakh thus collected for flood relief,” Kumar said and thanked Prof Joshi for helping the philanthropic endeavour by coming to deliver a lecture to the students.

“Now all the questions are objective. Also, we had two rounds till 2005 whereas it is just one round now. The question setter has a lot of constraints and a lot of good questions cannot be asked,” the professor said. For example, he said, he cannot ask examinees to draw a graph in the existing format. “At the most I can give several graphs under the multiple-choice system and ask them to select the right one,” he told TOI when asked about the change in pattern of questions.

Prof Joshi is aware that the increase in number of seats in IITs and opening of new IITs have caused problems. “We are finding it extremely difficult to get qualified teachers,” he said.

Commenting on suicides being committed by IITians, Joshi said there might be a few cases where students could not cope with the pressure. “But there are also personal reasons,” he said and pointed out in IIT-Mumbai, suicides have been committed by students who were among the best in the class and who got along well with their friends. “Nobody could have had even an inkling that they would resort to such a drastic step,” he said.

On the new IITs, including the one opened in Bihar, Prof Joshi said the new IITs have created opportunities. “A number of good students who might have not made it due to limited number of seats, will now be able to be enrolled in IITs,” he said.

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Pay better and learn better?

BANGALORE: Private schools in Bangalore are mushrooming every day, as running them has become a very profitable business. The schools charge fees depending on the kind of infrastructure they provide. The better the facility, the higher the fee structure.

The facilities include boarding, lodging, playground, laboratory, library, classrooms, computers and even courseware.

The fee structures also depend on the syllabus they follow __ State, ICSE, CBSE or any alternative curriculum.

In contrast to the ancient Gurukul system, which preferred austere living conditions for learning and acquiring knowledge, many residential schools now offer various comforts for their students and charge accordingly. For instance, a private residential school in Bangalore is charging Rs 1.8 lakh annually for an air-conditioned single room and has a reduced charge of Rs 1.4 lakh for an air-conditioned double room. The dormitory which is non-AC comes at Rs 1.2 lakh per year.

Schools even charge based on the syllabus. Treamis, which claims to offer international standard syllabus, at present charges Rs 98,000 for pre-school per year and Rs 1.15 lakh for kindergarten. For the higher classes, depending on students opting for residential, non-residential or semi-residential schools, the fee amount varies. For instance, the school charges Rs 1.98 lakh for nonresidential students in grade one to five and Rs 2.82 lakh for semi-residential and Rs 2.98 lakh for full-residential. But, there is discount for Indian citizens.

The fee amount excludes admission and registration charges.

For those who enrol their children for the next academic year before September 30, the school management offers the same fee as charged in this academic year. But those who enrol after that date will be charged as per next year’s prescribed fee.

The Amber Valley Residential School in Chikmagalur charges around Rs 1.7 lakh for first standard, which includes tuition, essential course material, boarding and lodging, computer, library, laboratory and other services. Of this Rs 1 lakh is charged as tuition fee.

Here, parents are allowed to pay in three instalments. The Dean Academy charges Rs 80,000 for first standard. This includes Rs 20,000 registration fee, which is not refundable and tuition fee Rs 60,000.

Even the montessoris charge hefty fees ranging between Rs 18,000 and Rs 25,000.

Smart Kids International charges Rs 18,000. The montessori works three hours a day for five days in a week. Podar Jumbo Kids is charging Rs 19,500 for montessori this year and will increase the amount further in the next year.

When contacted Vasudev Sharma, Director, Child Rights Trust, said when provided such high-end facilities, children may not know the ground reality. “We will end up producing children who will be unaware of the other side of the world,” he said.

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IIM students prefer micro-finance to investment banking

Ahmedabad: The collapse of investment banking giant on the Wall Street, Lehman and Brothers and status conversion of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley into independent banks have forced IIM students to give up on careers in Investment banking, which was once the most lucrative option for them.

IIM students are now nurturing a new love towards micro-finance, an elective subject dealing with providing financial options to country’s poor, says an Economic Times report. Micro-finance, which is estimated to be a Rs 60,000-crore market in India, is growing, with a number of private equities and venture capital firms having an eye on this, and a few top private banks taking special interest.

“The interest of PGP students in this elective subject is increasing. A large number of students in the micro-finance class this year were from PGP. Out of a total 37 students who took up micro-finance as an elective, 17 were PGP students, a significant increase for a subject which had very few takers earlier,” said professor of agri-business management at IIM-A, MS Sriram, who is also the chairperson of the new ICICI research chair for micro-finance set up at IIM-Ahmedabad.

Explaining about the ICICI research Chair, Sriram said that initially the chair will compile a capsule study done on micro-finance activities in states like Rajasthan , Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand , Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh that will be made into a book. The chair will also chart the history of self-help groups in India.

“There is still a big potential for micro-finance market in India, with almost all leading national and international banks ready to offer loans to the poor. While micro-finance is all about dealing with the masses, a bank requires critical top manpower for the crucial decision-making. And though this is not a rocket-science, one needs to have a good idea for the same,” said Sriram.

Banks are finding micro-financing a lucrative option, largely as the repayment rate is as high as 90-95 percent. While almost all public sector banks provide micro-finance options, now private sector banks, including ICICI and ABN Amro, have ventured into micro financing

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Sun and IIT establish e-governance centre

Sun Microsystems and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) have announced the establishment of an e-governance centre in Delhi.

The centre will conduct research on a variety of topics, such as the improvement of social infrastructure, security enhancement and a reduction of the government’s budget. The insititute is also slated to evaluate the impact of technology on society and formulate appropriate IT policy papers.

The e-governance facility has already organised various workshops to highlight technological advances, such as the national seminar on ODF, workshop on data centres and the IGNOU workshop.

“The role of technology in enabling e-governance is paramount,” said Jaijit Bhattacharya, a Sun India director. “Technology can connect the three participants in an e-governance structure, namely government, citizens and businesses, as well as support processes and activities. We have already received very positive feedback from several government agencies such as Ministry of IT and National Informatics Centre with some of them expressing a keen interest in sourcing out the strategic conceptualisation of projects from this Centre for E-governance.”

Professor MP Gupta of IIT explained that collaboration with Sun leveraged their technology to create a sound platform for e-governance projects.

“This centre is also an apt platform to further the cause of open source and open standards, both of which are extremely relevant for the government and Sun’s expertise and propagation of these two areas as well known,” he added.

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Rochester to hold police entrance exam

The Rochester Police Department, in conjunction with Law Enforcement Dimensions, will hold an entrance exam for the Rochester Police Department on Jan. 24, Chief Paul Magee said in a statement.

The department is looking to fill both full- and part-time positions.
The Rochester Police Department employs 10 full-time officers and five part-time officers to serve a population of approximately 5,400 residents.

Often, officers handle many of their own cases from start to finish, giving officers experience in participating in investigations, writing and serving warrants and making arrests.

Officers also have the opportunity to participate in specialized units, such as bike patrol, ATV patrol, dive team, rapid response team and search and rescue team.

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Amity Centre for Science Olympiads Workshop from October 14-21 in Noida

Olympiad workshop
Amity Centre for Science Olympiads and Amity Institute for Competitive Examinations in collaboration with Mumbais Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education conducted a day and night Science and Mathematics Olympiads Workshop from October 14-21 in Noida. Fifty students of Classes IX to XII from schools across NCR attended the workshop. Eminent faculty from all over India including IISc Bangalore, ISI Delhi, Fergusson College, Delhi College of Engineering, IIT Kanpur, IIT Roorkee, Miranda House, Gargi College and Khalsa College, conducted different sessions to ignite a passion for learning science in students.

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Quota will not affect the education quality, says IIT-Kanpur director

Kanpur, April 10 On a day when Supreme Court upheld the 27 per cent quota for Other Backward Castes’ (OBC) students in higher educational institutes, the director of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur, Professor Sanjay Govind Dhande, said that the increase in the number of students would not affect the standard of education.

Dhande said that the Rs 980 crore package for the seven IITs announced by the Centre would take care of the extra students who will be admitted as part of the quota.

“The time we get the sanctioned money, there will be no problems since we have already made necessary contingency plans to face the situation,” he said.

The institute has already carried out plans to increase the number of faculty members, classrooms and hostels.

“We had been working on the contingency plan for a long period of time and once the funds are handed over, the process will start,” he added.

The teacher-student ratio at IIT Kanpur is currently at 1: 12 (for 12 students there is one teacher). The institute has given extension to scores of professors who are set to retire so that there is no dearth of teachers.

“Around 35 to 40 teachers who were going to retire have got an extension. In this manner we can take their services for a longer period and provide quality education to students,” the director said.

Regarding the selection of new teachers the institute is planning to directly reach out to the best teachers.

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IIT uses nanotech for cheap textile wastewater cleanup

Indian Institute of Technology Madras said it has filed for two patents based on nanotechnology, including one for a nanocomposite adsorbent that could treat polluted wastewater from the textile and other industries.

S. Ramaprabhu, a professor at the school’s Alternative Energy and Nanotechnology Laboratory and department of physics, led the research on the extensive surface area of nanomaterials.

Ramaprabhu found that nanocomposite adsorbents would remove dye molecules and odors from factory wastewater, making it suitable for industrial or agricultural use. The dye molecules could also be collected for re-use, the researchers said.

The other patent covers nanomaterials enabling efficient drug delivery in cancer treatment.

The water-intensive textile industry uses a number of flushing steps that add fat, oil chemicals and dye to the wastewater emitted from factories. The fixation rate of dye on cotton is about 70 percent, leaving significant amounts of dye in factory wastewater.

Ramaprabhu says the nanocomposite adsorbents would be inexpensive because they are made up of 90 percent graphite. The remainder is made up of carbon nanotubes, which have smooth, water-repellent interiors. Only water molecules can pass along the interior of carbon nanotubes, while viruses, bacteria, toxic metal ions and other organic molecules are kept out, according to nanotech researchers.

Carbon nanotubes were the focus of water purification studies last year by the Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai, India. Researchers there were investigating how water filtration systems based on carbon nanotubes could be used to remove arsenic, fluoride, heavy metals and toxic organic chemicals

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IT JEE Indian Institute Of Technology Joint Entrance Exam

Indian institute of technology joint entrance exam (IIT-JEE) is an examination for the students who what to pursue engineering as their bachelor’s degree. Without even second thought IITs are the best engineering institutes of the country. The exam is conducted for the admission to undergraduate courses at IITs, IT-BHU, Dhanbad, Varanasi and ISMU

List of IITs of IT JEE

1. Bombay
2. Madras
3. Kanpur
4. Delhi
5. Kharagpur
6. Guwahati
7. Roorkee

Eligibility criteria of IT JEE
The candidate applying for JEE 2009 must be either passed in 2008 qualifying examinations of should be appearing in the 2009 qualifying examination. For the list of qualifying examinations and alternative qualifying examinations please refer the respective IIT sites.

The candidate can only give the JEE two times that too in two consecutive years.
Any candidate who has accepted admission in any of, IT-BHU, Dhanbad, Varanasi and ISMU is not liable to sit in the IIT-JEE examination.

The candidates will only be accepted only if they are considered physically fit for the course they want to pursue.

Important dates of IT JEE

1. 19-11-08 to 24-12-08 – sale of bulletin and forms.
2. 19-11-08 to 16-12-08 – request of application forms through post.
3. 24-12-08 – last date for receipt of application forms at IITs.

Exam pattern of IT JEE

The candidates will get two objective type question papers and each paper will be divided into 3 sections namely physics, chemistry and mathematics. The answers are to be given on an ORS sheet and negative marking also applies.

Exam schedule of IT JEE

The exam will be held on 12-04-09 which is Sunday. The duration of both exams is 3hrs and the first exam will begin at 9:00am in the morning and the second paper will start at 2:00pm.

Syllabus of IT JEE


1. General physics
2. Mechanics
3. Thermal Physics
4. Electricity and magnetism
5. Optics
6. Modern physics


1. General Topics
2. Gaseous and Liquid States
3. Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding
4. Energetics
5. Chemical equilibrium
6. Electrochemistry
7. Chemical kinetics
8. Solid state
9. Solutions
10. Surface chemistry
11. Nuclear chemistry
12. Isolation/preparation and properties of the following non-metals
13. Preparation and properties of the following compounds
14. Extractive metallurgy
15. Ores and minerals
16. Transition elements (3d series)
17. Preparation and properties of the following compounds
18. Preparation, properties and reactions of alkanes
19. Concepts
20. Principles of qualitative analysis
21. Phenols
22. Preparation, properties and reactions of alkenes and alkynes
23. Reactions of benzene
24. Carbohydrates
25. Amino acids and peptides
26. Properties and uses of some important polymers
27. Practical organic chemistry


1. Algebra
2. Trigonometry
3. Two dimensions geometry
4. Differential Calculus
5. Three dimensions geometry
6. Integral Calculus
7. Vectors

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Diabetes Issues to be Addressed at IIT Conference

NewswireToday – /newswire/ – Chicago, IL, United States, 03/21/2008 – “Diabetes: Solutions for the 21st century- Research, Economics, Policy and Ethics” the topic of conference at IIT Chicago-Kent School of Law, Friday, April 18.

Diabetes, a disease that has quickly taken center-stage in health policy throughout the world, will take center-stage at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams St., Chicago, when the university’s Center for Diabetes Research and Policy hosts “Diabetes: Solutions for the 21st century- Research, Economics, Policy and Ethics” from 9:30 am to 6 pm Friday, April 18.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), diabetes has been diagnosed in more than 245 million people worldwide and that number will reach 380 million by the year 2025. The disease is linked with a variety of issues including lifestyle approaches, social factors and minority incidence that present policymakers with daunting challenges when working to reduce its impact. The conference will draw on experts to discuss these issues and review the latest developments in research, clinical practice and public policy for diabetes.

Conference speakers include leaders from the Pan American Health Organization, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Public Health Economics Program and several other highly recognized organizations, as well as scientists from IIT and Northwestern University who will share cutting-edge research focusing on health economics approaches and ethical implications.

Speakers scheduled to appear at the conference includes:

• Alberto Barcelo, Regional Adviser on Noncommunicable Diseases, Pan American Health Organization/WHO:
The Global Challenge of Diabetes

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Orissa IIT to be set up at Banki in Cuttack Dist

Putting all speculation to rest about the place of IIT in Orissa, the Govt zeroed in Banki in cuittack district to set up IIT in the State.

The decision to this effect was taken in a high lavel meeting chaired by Industries Minister Biswabhusan Harichandan on Saturday.

Speaking to the media persons after the meeting Harichandan said IIT Orissa would be set up up in an area between Dampada and Talabasta road near Banki.

Government has also identified 1,200 acres of land near Banki for this purpose he further added.

Govt has also decided to provide the campus of College of Engineering and Technology (CET), Bhubaneswar, to start classes of IIT from the current academic year it self before shifting to its own building at Banki.

When asked about the availability of required number of faculties, the Industries Minister said guest lectures would be arranged from the Institute of Mathematics and NISER.

It may be noted that earlier Centre had ask Oriossa govt to find a place which should be located closer to the Airport, National Highways and Railway station.

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Texas Instruments, IIT Kharagpur Plan Medical Venture

KOLKATA – Texas Instruments has signed an agreement with the School of Medical Science and Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, to develop semiconductor technologies to improve quality and accessibility of health care.

It is the first time TI has partnered with an Indian IIT on research in the medical electronics field.

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