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IIT Kanpur organizes business and entrepreneurship festival ‘Megabucks’08’

The Entrepreneurship and Business festival of IIT Kanpur, ‘Megabucks’08’, with more than 20 events will be organized from February 28 – March 2, 2008. Over the last few years Megabucks has led to establishment of 12 companies.This year, over 150 business plans will compete in ‘iDeas’, the B-Plan contest, will receive more than four crores of seed funding from ATCC and Rs150 thousand as Seed Fund for the best business plans. Battlefield, the Case Study Competition will see participation in case studies acquired from a consulting agency Technopak. The winner will get Rs15, 000.

Megabucks will make each one of the participants a resident of a virtual world called Megaworld. Visiting the control desk will give a virtual currency called Megabucks which one can use to enjoy themselves by playing golf or by just gambling it at the casino. To earn more they will have to trade at the virtual stock market and get a feel of Derivatives and Bulls and Bears. After gaining a lot, they can buy real things like electronic gadgets or flowers, which will be put on auction.

There will be a video-conferencing session by Dr Myron Scholes, Noble Laureate for his work, Black Scholes Model. Following suit would be Mr Sanjeev Sinha, Director, UBS will share his experience about how he rose to the top of the financial world at such a young age. A close second will be a workshop on Bootstrapping, a startup being conducted by Rohit Nalwade, Alumni IIT Bombay who started a company when he was still in the third year of his college.

Megabucks’08 would play host to three conferences. In a conference titled, Dropper’s Enclave, one would get a chance to meet six people who dropped out of college to pursue their dreams and are currently bigwigs in their own right. Participants will know about how an IIMA dropout became a World Bank consultant, or how an Osmania University dropout now owns 15 companies. This conference would be covered on national television channel, NDTV. Second conference, Companies Build Nations, will see CEOs of companies and a Harvard Business School professor giving insights to the students as how companies are shaping the destiny of nations. Another conference on Legal Entrepreneurship by INSOL will tell students about the legal proceedings that go behind mergers and acquisitions, or even simple everyday business deals.

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DU college to organize workshop on open distance learning

New Delhi: Acharya Narendra Dev College, in collaboration with Gandhi Bhavan, Delhi University (DU) and with support from the Commonwealth of Learning (Vancouver), will conduct a workshop on “Open Educational Resources” on October 3, 4 and 6, 2008 (9:30 am to 4:30 pm) at its Web Facilitation Centre.

The workshop, named ‘WikiEd 2008’, is meant for faculty members and students of the varsity and anyone else who wants to learn.

Scheduled immediately after Gandhi Jayanti (October 2nd), the workshop is in consonance with Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals espousing learning for creation of free, open and universal access to educational resources.

An official from the varsity said, “Open Distance Learning (ODL) has become a way of expanding the outreach of educational institutions worldwide, and it has therefore become important to evaluate innovative modern technologies that support educators to develop online content. The content has to be available to the learners for use wherever they might be. Developing online learning content being a step in the right direction, it is equally important to have a backbone of an open platform where content can be peer-reviewed and refined by communities of experts.”

“Online content also has to be accessible enough to encourage one to collaborate and work together. WikiEducator is an ideal platform in line with the above and this workshop envisages imparting Wiki enabled skills to develop open educational content”, the official added.

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UP boy tops IIT-JEE, AIEEE & ICSCE Exams

Seventeen-year-old Piyush Srivastavas joy knows no bounds. The teenager from Allahabad completed a perfect triple by topping the IIT-Joint Entrance Examination (IITJEE) on Thursday, to add to the first positions he secured in the All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) and ISC examination of ICSCE this year.

Piyush also stood second in the UP State Engineering Examination conducted by UP Technical University.

Piyush, who earned heaps of accolades and adulation for topping the ISC-2005 with 98% on May 18 and AIEEE on June 3, added yet another feather to his cap by securing all-India first rank in the prestigious IIT-JEE. The examination was conducted by IIT, Kharagpur.

Piyush, in Mumbai for a 15-day training at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, ahead of the International Physics Olympiad to be held in Spain in July, called up his mother in the morning.

Piyushs father is an additional regional transport officer, posted in Bahraich.

His mother, Puneeta Srivastava, could not control her emotions when she came to know about Piyushs success. She said, Since his childhood, Piyush has an inquisitive brain. He always believes in learning by doing. For now, she is busy handling the unending stream of congratulatory phone calls.

IIT Delhi director D P Kothari said: Around 5,092 candidates are selected from the mains. Of these, 4,000 finally get into the IITs while others are taken in by institutes like BITS, Pilani, and BHU.

The screening test, held on April 10, saw nearly 2 lakh students appear. Incidentally, women constitute less than 20% in these elite institutes. Kothari said: The number has gone up steadily. Hopefully, the situation will improve soon.

P Arun from Hyderabad bagged the All-India second rank. The 5th, 8th, 16th and 17th ranks also went to students from the state. Arun, who comes from a family of doctors, is following into his elder brothers footsteps, who is already studying in IIT Mumbai. He is now on his way to represent India at the Chemistry Olympiad in Taiwan on July 16.

The third and fourth ranks were bagged by students from Kota, Rajasthan.

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Hughes to Operate Distance Learning Network for the Social Security Administration

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite network solutions and services, today announced it has been selected as prime contractor by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide operational support services for its distance learning network and has received an initial task order for $4M.

Under the agreement, issued through the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) SATCOM-II contract vehicle, SSA has outsourced the operation and support of its Interactive Video Tele-training (IVT) Network to Hughes. Hughes will provide total life cycle management of the IVT Network to include video and broadband satellite network solutions, including: satellite airtime (space segment); equipment; maintenance; integration; on-site staffing for the SSA’s IVT network; and hub operation and maintenance. In addition, Hughes will provide a two-way satellite data network application to support agency Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning requirements. The IVT Network reaches out to more than 1,650 SSA offices in the Continental United States, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The total award by SSA, which covers all elements of the program, is expected to be worth over $40M during the five-year performance period.

“We are delighted to have been selected by SSA to operate and support their mission critical IVT Network over the next five years,” said Tony Bardo, assistant vice president of Government Services at Hughes. “We are proud to assist SSA in broadening its IVT educational program reach to its civil servants throughout the nation with a solid and cost-effective platform. We are looking forward to implementing Hughes’ proven broadband satellite solutions to facilitate distance learning, provide network resilience, and create mission success across the SSA.”

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Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the global leader in providing broadband satellite networks and services for large enterprises, governments, small businesses, and consumers. HughesNet(R) encompasses all broadband solutions and managed services from Hughes, bridging the best of satellite and terrestrial technologies. Its broadband satellite products are based on global standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU standards organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A and GMR-1. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 1.5 million systems to customers in over 100 countries.

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Students protest against quota for OBCs

Students agitating against quota for OBCs in higher educational institutions on Friday staged a demonstration in the Supreme Court premises and clashed with police.

About 300 students from AIIMS, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi University, IIT-Delhi and government- run medical colleges gathered at the lawns of Supreme Court at around 11 am to stage a demonstration.

A clash ensued as police chased the students out of the court premises and around ten protesters suffered injuries in the process.

The injured students were taken to RML Hospital, police sources said.

A large number of students had gathered outside the Supreme Court and shouted slogans against the Government, which they alleged was trying to circumvent the Supreme Court ruling by planning to extend quota benefit to post graduate courses.

“We want the Supreme Court verdict to be implemented in its right spirit,” said Kaushal, a resident doctor at AIIMS who also suffered injuries in the clash with police.

The Supreme Court had on April ten upheld the controversial law providing 27 per cent quota for OBCs in IITs, IIMs and other Central educational institutions but excluded the “creamy layer” from its ambit.

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IIIT PGEE International Institute of Information Technology – Post Graduate Entrance Examinations

IIIT PGEE stands for International Institute of Information Technology – Post Graduate Entrance Examinations and the institute select the candidates for the admission to the post graduate courses on the basis of merit in the entrance test. The institute also provides admission to the undergraduate courses but the admission to UD courses depends upon the performance of the candidate in the AIEEE examination.

Important dates:
1. Dec 2008 – availability of application forms.
2. First week of jan 2009 – deadline for submission of application forms.
3. Mid feb 2009 – entrance examination.
4. June 2009 – interviews of the shortlisted candidates.
5. July 2009 – commencement of classes.

Eligibility criteria:

1. The candidate appearing for M.Tech programs must have BE/ B.Tech/B.Arch./ MCA or master degree in Science/ Maths/ Programming/ Computer Science.
2. The candidates appearing for MS must meet the requirements for M.Tech or he should have a M.Tech degree.
3. The candidate appearing for Post B.Sc. Dual Degree course must have B.Tech or B.Sc degree.
4. For admission to Computational Linguistics the candidate must have done either of M.Phil/ Ph.D or M.A.

Examination pattern and schedule:
1. The examination is conducted in two parts, each of 2 hours duration.
2. Paper 1 is general aptitude test and will have MCQs to test your aptitude, logical reasoning, basic computers and mathematics.
3. Paper 2 is subjective and the candidate can opt for any of the following subjects to be asked in the entrance examination:

Courses offered:

1. Computational Linguistics
2. Post B.Sc. Dual Degree
3. M.Tech in Computer Science, Computer Science & Information Security, VLSI and Embedded Systems, Bio-informatics, Computer Aided Structural Engineering, Computational Linguistics
4. MS/Ph.D in Electronics & Communication Engineering, Computational Natural Sciences, Power Systems, Building Science and all the above M.Tech courses.

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Electronics and Communication Engineering
Structural Engineering
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To reach out to engineering faculty across country, IIT-B ties up with Wipro

In an effort to reach out to the faculty staff in engineering colleges across the country to acquaint them with its high quality courses and innovative teaching skills, the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) has tied up with Mission 10x, an initiative launched by IT company Wipro.

This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will facilitate IIT-B and Mission 10x in mutually beneficial areas for a period of three years. Mission 10x will be involved in creating teaching methodology while IIT-B will deal with content delivery.

IIT-B’s Centre for Distance Engineering Education Programme (CDEEP) has been conducting live transmission of its engineering courses in India and abroad through various technologies including EDUSAT that enables web-based interaction between its participants and IIT-B faculty.

The CDEEP has also coordinated with IIT-B’s course creation efforts for the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) which has also been made available on the popular video sharing website YouTube. CDEEP started transmitting IIT-B’s courses free of cost to more than 50 colleges through Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) EDUSAT from January 2008 onwards.

Some of the activities to be carried out under this joint venture are creation of educational material, establishing a joint centre of excellence to carry out joint research activity in the field of education and transmission of educational material through EDUSAT.

Mission 10x was launched in September last year to ‘nurture talent pool’ across the engineering faculty in the country. It covers 17 engineering colleges in Maharashtra, apart from engineering colleges in four other states in the country.

Professor K Moudgalya, Head of CDEEP said, “The education system in India is in a terrible state. Education institutes, the government, private and public industry all have a stake in improving it in whatever way they can. It is an exciting opportunity for IIT-B to collaborate with Mission10x which is working towards enhancing engineering faculty capability across the country through innovative teaching and learning paradigms.”

The initiative aims to cover 10,000 faculty by 2010 and extend its services to other states as well. “We need to avail more of our distance learning programmes and tying up with Wipro help us achieve that,” said Professor Moudgalya.

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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Announces Speaker Line Up for Upcoming 2007 Global Alumni Conference

Adding to its roster of high caliber keynote speakers including Senator Hillary Clinton, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt and Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin, PanIIT, the global IIT alumni association, announced today its panelists for this years 2007 IIT Global Alumni conference. Speakers will include Nobel Laureate prize winner Arno Penzias, University of California President Rob Dynes, John Hopkins University President William Brody, Stanford President John Hennessy, Khosla Ventures GP Vinod Khosla, McKinsey Partner Rajat Gupta, Inventus Capital GP Kanwal Rekhi, Sycamore CEO Desh Deshpande, Carnegie Mellon University President Jared L. Cohon, Keynote CEO Umang Gupta, and iGate CEO Sunil Sadhwani. This distinguished group will explore new frontiers of thought and technology, identifying and examining the next trends that will have a broad global impact, such as Web 2.0 and Clean Tech.

This years conference is set to be the biggest in its history and we are extremely excited about the participating keynote speakers and panelists, said Dilip Venkatachari, PanIIT President. We have planned a comprehensive itinerary that provides far-reaching coverage of many current trends presented by prominent leaders and academics, most of whom have a rich heritage with IIT.

Now in its fifth year, the IIT 2007 Global Alumni conference continues to grow and deliver a diverse itinerary including tracks, sessions and panels on topics such as:

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IIT entrance topper flees Bihar

MUMBAI: For the painfully shy Shitikanth, topping the fiercely competitive IIT entrance exam has been akin to wearing a crown of thorns.

Ever since the results were declared, the bespectacled 18-year-old’s life has been turned upside down. So much so that he fled his house in Patna and arrived here on Monday a little past midnight to escape the line of politicians, touts, coaching class tutors

Unable to deal with the badgering and cajoling — “please endorse our class”, “please appear in this ad”, please be the chief guest” — the reticent teenager did the only thing he could think of to retain his sanity. He cut and ran.
Sitting in a faculty room on the TIFR campus in Mankhurd, Shitikanth refused to lift his eyes from the book in front of him.

“My house is no longer the normal place I lived in all these years,” he said helplessly.

After landing in the city, Shitikanth, who is preparing for the International Physics Olympiad in Vietnam, phoned his mentor Professor Vijay Singh, and asked if he could arrange some accommodation for him. Like the other four students

He put his “unscheduled” arrival in the city down to “too many disturbances” back home. “He’s keen on bringing back the gold medal for the country this year,” said Singh.

Shitikanth’s father told Prof Singh, the national co-ordinator for the Science Olympiad, that politicians had given them no peace, phoning and landing up at their house on Exhibition Road in Patna.

“A political party wants to give him an award, some other local politician wants to felicitate him,” his father told Singh, who taught at IIT-Kanpur before joining the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research’s Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education

Shitikanth said that representatives from two or three coaching classes even landed up on his doorstep. “They wanted me to allow them to use my name for their advertisements,” said the soft-spoken topper who has chosen to study and other opportunists who have given him no rest since the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) declared him the topper on May 30. who are representing India in the Olympiad, Shitikanth was scheduled to arrive in Mumbai only in the first week of July. , Mankhurd. at IIT-Kanpur. His endorsement was made even more desirable by the fact that he had topped all the exams conducted in the run-up to the IIT-JEE. Even before the results, several coaching classes had their eye on the boy, said a coaching class owner from Mumbai.

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Aakash launches IIT coaching

Aakash launches IIT coaching

Aakash Institute, a coaching centre, launched its IIT-JEE training wing recently The IIT-JEE wing was conceived in year 2005 and the study material prepared by their expert team will not only provide students with subject knowledge but will also make them ‘Think’. In 18 years of its existence, the institute has trained 6950 students in securing seats in various medical colleges.

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IIT tops minister wish list

State science and technology minister Aparna Sengupta wants a centre of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Jharkhand.

Sengupta said her aim was to bring the elite institute to the state during her tenure. “I will approach the Union science and technology minister in this regard,” she said. Currently, there are six IITs across the country. These are in Delhi, Kanpur, Mumbai, Chennai, Kharagpur and Guwahati. Two more are coming up in Bihar and Orissa.

The minister said every year a good number of students from the state crack the IIT joint entrance examination and have to go to other places to study. “It is so unfortunate that even eight years after the formation of this state students have to move out to pursue higher studies. I will ensure that during my tenure more institutes come up in the state, including the IIT. Developing the information technology sector will be my priority,” she said.

Sengupta, a Forward Bloc MLA from the Nirsa constituency, is the only new member in the Shibu Soren cabinet. After Madhu Koda resigned as the chief minister, his science and technology minister Chandra Prakash Chaudhary did not join the Soren team, leaving the post vacant. The JMM chief then inducted Sengupta.

Sengupta, also in charge of water and sanitation, said the erstwhile government’s campaign for better hygiene had failed. “So, I have told my officials that there must be no compromise on work,” she added.

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Can IITs Eliminate Coaching Industry

I hardly receive any letter these days. However, today I found someone has placed a nice envelope in my letterbox. Out of inquisitiveness, I opened it and glanced through the content. It was from some Concept Square- Total Commitment for IIT-JEE/PMTs coaching. After grand success of last year in Faridabad, Delhi, and Patna, Concept Square has opened its branch in Noida. Courses are of two years for students of Class XI (Rs 35,500), and one year for those in class XII or who have passed XII (Rs. 60,500). Service taxes are extra. One is to start by paying Rs 15,500 at the time of admission, and Rs 7,500 in subsequent months (till total fee is paid). Surprisingly, it claims to provide benefits from IIT faculties too. To authenticate its capability, it enclosed a list of 9 students ranking 52 to 3992.

Concept Square must be one of the thousands of coaching centers running in the country. Many of these must be running with very ordinary teachers. Many must be charging a fortune. I am sure there are not many Super-30 type institutes that take in only students of deprived class and bear all their expenditures for the coaching period. The government that is so much concerned about equity must understand that the capacity to pay for these coaching centres must be the first obstacle for the students from the deprived and poor class and cause of heartburning. Can the government pay for the expenditure in coaching for those students based on the recommendations of their schools? As I understand it will be impossible. How can the system of admission be changed so that the coaching is not needed?

How do the students come to know about the authenticity of a capable enough coaching center when the number is mushrooming so fast before joining one at huge cost to the parents? Can the IITs of the region or some other agencies rate them on basis of some measurable criteria and the fees be standardized instead of their charging any amount like specialized doctors based on demand and supply?

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Dhumal welcomes announcement of IIT and central university

Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister P K Dhumal today welcomed the Centre’s ecision to set up an IIT and a central university in the state and said these institutions should be set up either in Mandi, Una or Kangra.

Though the setting up of an IIT and central university in the state was welcome, but the announcement that the 63 km long Bhanupalli-Bilaspur Berri broad gauge railway line would be completed in two years was nothing more than a joke, he said in a release here.

He said the project, which was languishing for the last 25 years, was unlikely to be completed in two years from the day the work begins.

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MSU-IIT: Excellence at 40 and beyond

Everyone was nostalgic about his past with the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) in Iligan City. The longing to see again that familiar landscape of the school that gives no-nonsense training to its learners has become so intense in the heart of each alumnus.

For each graduate, studying at IIT is both an honor and privilege, as one alumnus aptly said: not everyone who wants to study at IIT can enter the school, and not all studying at this school can finish his/her course here.

Just very recently, IIT alumni here and abroad have trooped to Iligan to join the 40th charter anniversary of MSU-IIT. Filled with excitement, the alumni went straight to their respective colleges to see their former classmates and professors. Some could not immediately recall the names of their classmates, yet pretending they still remember for fear they might be tagged as “guwang” (elderly).

Another alumnus could not help but recall how he survived his biology class. There were 21 of them in that section and only 10 made it. Still fresh in his mind that only one got a grade of “2,” two got “2.5,” another two with “2.75” and five received “3.”

Other graduates have shared the same experience not only in their science and mathematics classes but in other subjects as well. “But everything was worth it,” one quipped adding that what he had gone through made him “more prepared for the challenges that came his way after graduation.”

Through the years, MSU-IIT has evolved into a vanguard learning institution not only here in Mindanao but in the entire country as well. Its science and mathematics courses have been recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as center of excellence.

During the fellowship night, thousands of alumni converged at the university gymnasium. There were those who looked as mature as their former professors. But a good number have remained in their good and sexy shape despite the years that passed.

Highlighting the fellowship night was the distribution of the 2008 Ten Outstanding MSU-IIT Alumni (TOMA) awards to graduates who have excelled in their respective field of endeavors. The awardees were graduates from the College of Science and Mathematics (CSC), College of Business Administration (CBA), School of Engineering Technology (SET), College of Education (CED) and College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS).

TOMA award in public service was given to Jose Lacio Zalsos, an accountancy graduate in 1977, who is now serving as city councilor of Iligan. He is the father of the long running KASADYA street dancing project, which is held annually during Iligan City fiesta.

Ryan B. Balili, a summa cum laude graduate of Bachelor of Science in Physics in 2001, was recognized in the field of condensed matter Physics. Balili was named the most outstanding DOST-SEI scholar in the whole Philippines in 2002. His most important achievement, which earned him his TOMA award was his Young Researcher Award from Physics Status Solids Group of the United of America in 2006. He is now pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy in Physics at the University of Pittsburg, USA.

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IIM-A fears hiring meltdown

AHMEDABAD: Already shaken by images of employees walking out jobless from the Lehman Brothers office and with the global and domestic markets in deep turmoil, the golden boys of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, are keeping their fingers tightly crossed as the placement season draws close.

Job markets are shrinking drastically, and placements across all B-schools in the country are expected to run into rough waters. The signs are not good at all — the number of pre-placement offers have come down, salaries offered are lower and there is a near absence of the erstwhile biggest recruiters – finance companies and investment banks — from the list of companies.

Pre-placement offers are usually made by companies that start head-hunting before the formal placement season begins in March 2009.

“Students are scared about placements. Financial markets are down, and there is no way our placements can stay unaffected. It will be a task to maintain last year’s average salaries, forget the 25% growth witnessed every year,” said a second year student at IIM-A requesting anonymity.

While the student admitted that everyone would certainly get a good job, record-breaking dollar-salaries would not be heard of this year. Nearly 46% of the 2008 batch took up jobs in the financial sector; 57% of the 2009 batch did their summer placements in the banking and finance sectors. The highest international salary at IIM-A was $360,000 and the highest domestic offer was Rs70 lakh.

Though placement officials at the IIM-A strictly maintain that recruitments have not been affected by the current recession, faculty members in the know have confided that a 10-15% fall is expected in the number of offers.

The bright side is that companies are coming from industries like marketing, research, event management, consulting firms, public policy agencies etc.

Faculty placement coordinator at IIM-A Prof Saral Mukherjee said, “Summer placements at IIM-A will start on November 13. I don’t want to comment right now.” IIM-A student placement coordinator Mihir Lal was not available.

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IITs oppose reservation in faculty recruitment

The IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) are opposed to reservation in the recruitment of faculty members and sought to be exempted as they were institutes of national importance.

IIT-Guwahati director Prof Gautam Barua told reporters here today that the IITs for the last 36 years had no reservation in recruitment of faculty members.

However, recently officials from the Centre had informed the IITs that reservation for teacher recruitment would have to be implemented as they were not included in the 1972 government order exempting reservation for scientists and researchers in nationally important institutions of the Department of Space, Atomic Energy and Defence, Barua said.

The IITs were de facto also included in the list of exempted institutes, he said.

Besides verbally opposing the reservation move, he said, the directors of all the IITs recently at a meeting decided to write to the government and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to include them in the 1972 order.

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Chamber welcomes FSU president as keynote speaker

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is honored to announce that David Eisler, President of Ferris State University, will be the keynote speaker for its upcoming annual meeting, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 9.

The chamber annual meeting of the membership will be at the Wolverine World Wide, Inc. conference center. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour followed by the Rockford High School Jazz Ensemble, dinner, election of board members, Antor Travel/Funjet vacation grand drawing and the business of distinction awards.

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will announce the winners for the Rockford Chamber of Commerce 2008 Business of Distinction Awards at the meeting.

For more information please contact the chamber office at (616) 866-2000 or visit the Web site

Eisler will bring vast experience to meeting
David L. Eisler has served as president of Ferris State University since July 2003. On campus Eisler has worked with faculty, staff and students to develop and articulate a vision that focuses Ferris State University as a Learning-Centered University. Under his leadership the University has embarked on an ambitious program of technology integration, classroom renovation, wireless networking, and cooperative programs with community colleges. These efforts have resulted in record enrollments for Ferris State University in Big Rapids and 25 locations throughout Michigan.

Within Michigan Eisler works actively on issues of higher education and economic development. He served on the Cherry Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth. Governor Jennifer Granholm has appointed him to the Council of Labor and Economic Growth and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, and he currently serves on the executive committee of both organizations. An advocate for the arts, he also serves on the Board of ArtServe Michigan.

Eisler has spoken widely and published papers on the integration of technology in higher education. As an academic leader, Eisler believes strongly in the value of excellence in undergraduate education. He is committed to ensuring the integrity of the college experience based upon an education that develops mature communication and quantitative skills, including a know-ledge core that has both breadth and depth, which creates a pattern of intellectual rigor and provides the foundation for lifelong learning.

Throughout his career, Eisler has been heavily involved in community service and he believes strongly that service is an important component of the educational experience. With the American Association of State College and Universities and the New York Times, he helped create the American Democracy Project. He currently serves on the Board of the ConnectMichigan Alliance, which brings together the efforts of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Community Service Commission, Volunteer Centers of Michigan, and the Michigan Campus Compact.

Eisler earned both bachelor and doctoral degrees in Clarinet Performance at the University of Michigan and his master’s degree from Yale University. He and his wife Patsy, a native of South Haven, Mich., have two daughters, Heather, a Ph.D. student in Molecular Biology at the University of Notre Dame, and Lindsay, a medical resident in otorhinolaryngology.
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IIT Bombay director Ashok Misra resigns to join Intellectual Ventures

Ashok Misra, director of Indian Institute Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) since 2000, has resigned to join Washington-based Intellectual Ventures that invests in inventions and aims to develop a patents portfolio.

He announced the acceptance of his resignation at the culmination of the IIT-Bangalore’s Golden Jubilee Conference in New York on Sunday, which was attended by a large number of people and addressed by Indian Ambassador to US Ronen Sen and eminent personalities from the field of technology and business.

A distinguished engineer and scientist, Misra has for more than three decades served in the field of education as a teacher and a researcher. Prof. Misra obtained his B.Tech. degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1968, M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University in 1969 and Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Engineering from University of Massachusetts in 1974.

He also completed the Executive Development Program in 1999 at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, Illinois.

During his tenure as director, IIT-B was made into a leading R&D institute while maintaining its leadership in quality engineering education in India.

He won the Prof. M. Santappa Silver Jubilee Award given by The Society for Polymer Science, India, in recognition of “Outstanding Research and Leadership in Polymer Science”, 1991. His research interests include engineering polymers, polymer blends/alloys, fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites, liquid crystal polymers & their blends, structure-property correlations, polymer rheology & processing and incremental drawing of synthetic fibres and polymer product design.

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IIT-Delhi launches distant mode course for technical training

To reach out to more students in imparting technical education, the IIT-Delhi has launched courses through distant mode.

The elite institute is imparting a course on pilot basis to a few employees of certain industries in Noida, its director Prof Surendra Prasad told PTI today.

“This is not any degree programme. It is a need-based programme of certain industries,” he said.

The courses are run through internet. The students get access to the theory classes sitting at their industrial units, he said.

The students can interact with the teachers on the internet and clarify their doubts, he said.

“This programme is being run on a pilot basis. If we succeed, we will set up a distant education council and start more courses,” he said.

The courses under distant mode will have less practical component and more theory. If there is requirement of practical classes, the students will have to come to the institute laboratory, Prasad said.

The industries will pay a nominal amount towards the courses.

“It is aimed at skill development of the employees of the industries in specific areas,” he said.

The course being imparted is an one-semester programme.

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Telecom school plans new courses

Started in 2000, the Bharti School of Telecommunication Technology and Management, a joint initiative of Bharti Foundation and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, is all set launch a host of new programmes like internship, distance-learning, executive and post-doctoral programmes. Most of these are likely to commence by the next academic session.

The school has already instituted 10 seats for Doctorate in philosophy (PhD) in Telecom Systems Management and a Master of science (MS) research programme in Telecom Technology and Management, this year.

The new programmes are under various stages of planning. They will have to be approved by several bodies before they are announced. We hope to introduce some of these programs by the academic year 2008-09, said Rakesh Mittal, vice-chairman, Bharti Enterprises.

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