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IITs, IIMs focus on IP education

As part of the Ministry of Human Resource Development’s (MHRD’s) focus on Intellectual Property (IP) education, the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have been working to promote awareness of the issue.

We had proposed intellectual property research (IPR) chairs for three IIMs — IIM, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta — and five IIT — Kanpur, Kharagpur, Delhi, Bombay and Madras. Currently, the grant released is Rs 20-25 lakh per year. Collaboration with the higher education institutes for IP will aid growth,” says G R Raghavender, registrar of copyrights and deputy secretary (book promotion and copyrights), department of higher education.

The IPR chair at IIM Bangalore (IIM-B) focuses on the economic and strategic aspects related to IPR. “Our fully-functional IPR chair has been working in diverse areas where IP can be implemented. Through courses and seminars, we plan to educate students about the importance of IP,” says Damodaran A, chairperson IPR and IIM-B faculty.

This December, IIM-B proposes to hold a joint conference with World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) on the theme of ‘Intellectual property Management, Education and Research’. Speakers from Kellogg School of Management and University of Cambridge will attend apart from faculty at leading management and technical institutes in India.

“The idea of the conference is to take stock of IP education, assess critical gaps and propose measures for overcoming them. The focus will be on IP education in India’s management and technology schools. We propose to develop a road map for intellectual property management and research in India,” adds Damodaran.

Although IIM Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has been organising short-term programmes and seminars on the theories and practices of IP regimes for understanding the strategic issues involved in protection of IP, it has so far refrained from putting up a chair. “We will have to revisit the plans of setting up an IPR chair as we have not been taking grants from the government for the last 4-5 years, in the hope for greater autonomy,” says Samir Barua, director, IIM-A.

The IPR chairs at IIMs have been designed to focus on intellectual property management, while those at IITs specialising in IPR aspects related to patents, trademarks, industrial design and geographical indicators.

“We have set up mechanisms in the IIT for faculty members to file patents. We also have some consultant lawyers on rolls. We have made an IPR policy document, which is disseminated among faculty members as well,” said Ashok Misra, director, IIT-B.

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AIEEE results out, city boy comes second

After a brilliant performance in Class XII exams and the prestigious IIT-JEE, city students have proved their mettle in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) 2008 as well. City boy Anupam Dev Goyal has got the All India Rank 2. The AIEEE result was declared today.

Among those who have done the city proud are Abhinav Garg ranked 4, Ish Dhand ranked 19, Saurabh Mahajan ranked 35, Anant Vidhur Puri ranked 95, Kanav Gupta ranked 66 and Archit Gupta ranked 1146. Archit was ranked fourth in IIT-JEE 2008.

City topper Anupam was in Mumbai preparing for the International Chemistry Olympiad which is to be held in Hungary. Ravi Khanna, who runs Khanna Coaching Centre, Sector 15 where Anupam was taking extra classes, describes him as a brilliant and hard-working student.

Abhinav Garg, who got the fourth rank in AIEEE had bagged the third position in IIT-JEE in the country. Abhinav said he was surprised that he had managed to score such a high rank as he said he hadn’t prepared much. A passout of St John’s School, Sector 26 and DAV School, Sector 8, Garg will now proceed to Spain for the Mathematics Olympiad. “Hard work and time management are the two things required for success. Consistency is very important. I want to joint the Indian Foreign Services,” he said.

Nitin Aggarwal, of Moti Ram Arya Schol, Sector 27, was ranked 25 in AIEEE and 46 in IIT. “I want to pursue Computer Sciences in IIT Delhi. I like reading fiction, especially Harry Potter and Sidney Sheldon,” said Nitin.

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Women attempt to bell the CAT

It took women 30 odd years to cross the 50,000 mark, in terms of participation in the Common Admission Test. This year, 54,569 women will attempt CAT on November 16. In comparison, the number of male candidates writing CAT crossed the one lakh mark in 2005 itself.

“Women comprise nearly 25 per cent of the students attempting CAT every year. However, the number of female students who make it to IIMs is dismal,” said an official at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. IIM-B has 47 women in the first year and 53 in the second year PGP course.

With more women entering the CAT race, competition levels are at a high. “The outlook of people towards women in the business sphere has changed drastically. Similarly, opportunities available to women in the corporate sector have gone up. So women are getting the required qualifications by attempting exams like CAT,” Mrinalini Chetty, a Mumbai-based student attempting CAT told DNA.

CAT coaching centres across India have seen a rise in enrolment of women. “There has been a 25 per cent rise in the number of women joining our centre since last year,” said Megha Shringari, senior student advisor at Career Launcher, a training centre in Delhi.

Girls face stiff competition from boys for the prized 1,500 IIM seats. This year 1,54,757 boys will attempt CAT. “Last year we saw 27 per cent enrolment among women. This year sees a rise of 29 per cent,” said Faiz Ahmed, general manager, IMS Learning Centre, a centre specialising in training for CAT.

“We are seeing more girls attending CAT classes now, but their numbers are less compared to boys,” said Anup Paul, marketing professional with Career Forum, a training centre for CAT applicants. The centre has 40 girls and 100 boys training for CAT.

This year 2,09,326 students will sit for the competitive exam conducted across 68 centres in 24 cities by the seven IIMs — Indore, Bangalore, Allahabad, Shillong, Kolkata, Lucknow and Kozhikode. CAT results will be out on January 9 and available on e-mail and SMS.

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IIMs relax cut-offs to admit OBC students

Unlike the IIT that admitted OBC students on merit , the IIM were forced to relax entry norms for OBC candidates . While the relaxation of cut-offs was insignificant in some cases, some other B-campuses had to compromise on merit to allow these students in.

For instance, if the cut-off for the general category students after the common admission test (CAT) stood at 38% at IIM-Calcutta , it stood at 35 for OBC students. This, despite the fact that the B-school , which has a total student intake of 318, merely admitted 3% OBC candidates (see box). Again scores dipped further for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, which stood at 21% and 19.32% respectively. Worse, despite these relaxed cut-offs , the institute could not fill all the seats reserved for SC and ST students. Reservation for SC candidates stands at 15% and 7.5% seats need to be filled with ST students.

At IIM-Indore , 1,700 candidates were interviewed for 307 seats on the campus. While a minuscule number of OBC students got in through the general category merit list, IIM-Indore admissions chairperson Neeraj Dwivedi said, “We needed to go a few steps below the last general category students to take in OBC candidates . However, the relaxation had to be provided only at the initial screening stage, ie, after the CAT.” The scene was similar at IIM-Lucknow that interviewed 100 OBC students following which it admitted 23 of them. “But we had to provide some relaxation in marks, by about 4-5 % points,” said director Devi Singh.

The OBC story has played out rather differently at the management campuses. All the OBC candidates figured in the general category merit list of the IITs. In fact, each of the old seven IITs implemented 7% reservation and the six new campuses rolled out 27% reservation for OBCs. Among the IIMs, Kozhikode is the only one that tried to do that. Admissions officials said that offer letters were handed out to 65 OBC students ; 55 of them decided to join. “We have lowered our entry criteria a little. Also, we have accommodated two students in a room instead of one. But we decided to implement the quota as much as possible because we have an unblemished placement record for SC/ ST students. So we are sure of handling the OBC quota students as well,” said a senior faculty member of the institute.

What worries most institute officials is that as the quota increases over the years, merit will be ignored. “Most IIMs are already finding it difficult to fill the reserved category seats. With OBC quota going up and general category seats remaining intact, intake for SC and ST will also have to correspondingly swell. How are we going to keep merit as our priority?” asked senior faculty at IIM-Bangalore .

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IIT-D and Bharti Airtel Limited, a telecommunications services provider recently

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The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) and Bharti Airtel Limited, a telecommunications services provider recently announced that they wilL establish the Bharti-IIT Delhi Telecom Centre of Excellence, which will be established at the Bharti School of Telecommunication Technology and Management, IIT Delhi. An expression of interest in this regard was signed between Bharti Airtel and MT-Delhi recently. The Bharti-IIT Delhi Telecom Centre of Excellence is being set up as a part of an initiative by the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India. The objective of the centre is to promote innovation in the telecom sector and capacity building through knowledge towards achieving Telecom Vision 2010 of the government.

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IIT Bombay Plans Virtual Classroom

Heres some good news for all those aspirants who could not make it to the IIT class room for one reason or the other.

Starting January 2008, IIT-B (Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay) is planning to launch a virtual classroom, where live lectures will be broadcast online through Edusat, the satellite service catering exclusively to the field of education.

The service will also enable engineering students from other colleges to access IIT-B lectures, plus interact with resident teachers at IIT-B.

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3.2 lakh to appear for IIT entrance

New Delhi, April 6: almost 3.2 lach seems students in the town of the examination (JEE), April 13 for inclusion in IITs across the country, representing an increase of nearly 70,000 candidates more than the previous year.

There will be no change in the model of this matter of time, “said the official, with the exams. “The format of the examination is the same as before. It is composed of two contributions of 200 marks each,” said the official.

Sept areas of the test. Students, for the entry in the promotion of inclusion in the IITs in Kharagpur, Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Kanpur, Guwahati and Roorkee. There are about 4000 places in elite institutions. Contestants are 53000 students from the only area of New Delhi, added the official. The test will take place in 600 centres throughout the country, including 117 centres area of New Delhi.

The IIT-JEE decided last year, model, the provision for the two exhibits. Each document is composed of questions in physics, chemistry and mathematics.

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Mumbai conflicts on posters Sena

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Mumbai, April 6: Le petit chose a poster, Shiv Sena a table with the name of a Muslim saint, whereby Flyover aa been designated, the police announced nights in Mumbai on Sunday.

When a word about the Muslim dominated Bhendi Bazaar that the Shiv Sena had desecrated the plate Mahimi Ali Baba Maqdoom saints of the Honourable Mahim dargah, Mobs took out for business in its own hands.

According to eyewitnesses, some members of the quantity pulled the Shiv Sena wants all posters Mumbai Kars Gudi Padwa – Maharashtrian New Year’s Day, which brought the crowd as well.

A throwing stones, on both sides, and soon in the revolt, police took positions in the transmission of densely maze of streets and alleys.

While the police claim that it would have to consider before the finger at any particular group, vehicles Sena office in the region said the violence was the work of the Samajwadi Party.

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Distance Learning Program Receives $11M to Reach Every High School

Money from a $1 billion bond issue will be used to expand a distance learning program to every high school in the state.

At a press conference today, Gov. Bob Riley and state Superintendent of Education Joseph Morton announced that $11 million from the bond issue that voters approved in 2007 will be used to expand the Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators and Students Statewide, or ACCESS distance learning program.

Riley said the bond money will allow the program to grow from 170 schools to 371 a full school year ahead of schedule. Riley’s initial goal when ACCESS was conceived in 2004 was to put an ACCESS lab in every high school by the 2010-2011 school year.

The distance learning program allows students to take elective courses such as Advanced Placement courses and foreign languages that might not be offered at their school. Through video conferencing and the Internet they can take the courses without leaving their campus.

Tri-county schools will receive $500,000 in money for upgrades to existing distance learning labs to bring them up to ACCESS standards.

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Increase in PhDs from IIT-Delhi

As per the last year records, 140 PhDs were awarded to engineering graduates by the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) highlighting the increasing trend of students opting for research.

To further encourage Research and Development, IIT-D has also come up with scholarships up to Rs.20,000/- per month for research students. Furthermore, accommodation and in-house facilities are also being provided to research scholars.

According to Mr. M. Balakrishnan, Dean, Post Graduate Studies and Research at IIT-Delhi, “Industrial Research and Development (R&D) in India, is getting bigger day by day. Today, the private sector employs PhDs in all disciplines- Automobiles, Energy, Environment, Materials.”

Mr. Balakrishnan, while disagreeing to the fact that salaries are a constraint for PhD-holders, pointed out, “A PhD done by a researcher in any of the engineering field today is paid anywhere between Rs.8 lakh to Rs.16 lakh per annum.”

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State grant improves distance learning at Bethel

A grant of nearly $15,000 from Kan-ed, a statewide information network administered by the Kansas Board of Regents, has enabled Bethel College to improve its ability to offer distance learning.

Earlier this school year, Kan-ed named 94 organizations, including Bethel, as recipients of Equipment and Technology Grants for 2008. Kan-ed members are K-12 public schools, higher education institutions, libraries and hospitals.

Bethel used a significant part of its grant to upgrade and improve the interactive TV (ITV) capabilities of the distance-learning classroom in Krehbiel Science Center, replacing the standard definition TV with a high-definition one.

According to Karl Friesen, Bethel assistant professor of computer science, “standard definition allows students remotely to see the professor and what he or she is writing on the whiteboard but not to read what’s on a computer screen,” used to show PowerPoint® slides, scanned documents and so on. In addition, a high-def ITV system “gets the whole board, whereas the old one would get only half of it,” Friesen said.

The math and computer science departments of Bethel and Tabor College in Hillsboro have been working together since 2007 to provide classes each would have trouble doing alone because of small numbers. Distance learning is easier on the students who would need to commute, given higher fuel prices and the amount of time they would spend driving relative to time in class.

Currently, Bethel and Tabor are sharing four classes. Lisa Thimm, assistant professor of mathematics at Bethel, teaches a math class and Friesen teaches two computer science classes. Glen Diener, Tabor associate professor of computer science, is also teaching a class in that discipline.

Friesen noted that there are actually more Tabor students than Bethel students in Thimm’s modern algebra class. “There are exciting possibilities for collaboration here,” he said.

Jeff Roberson, director of Information and Media Services at Bethel, wrote the grant to Kan-ed, which was awarded in the amount of $14,872.40. It purchased the piece of equipment that transmits the video feed from the originating classroom to the other side, along with two cameras, a plasma TV and supplementary equipment.

“The grant awards provide Kan-ed members with a tremendous opportunity to obtain the latest technology and equipment available in order to enhance video conferencing services,” said Kan-ed Executive Director Brad Williams. “Advanced video conferencing technology enables organizations to better serve their communities. The ability to identify critical member needs and offer opportunities to enhance access through technology contributes to the continued growth of Kan-ed.”

Kan-ed created the Equipment and Technology Grant Program in 2004, and in 2008 distributed $2.1 million through the program to its members for upgrades or enhancement of video conference equipment. Any connected Kan-ed member, or member that agreed to connect to the network, was eligible to apply. Currently, Kan-ed has 834 members, with 288 of them connected to the network for high-speed access to resources and programs. This program is funded by state appropriations, revenue generated through the E-rate program, and federal sources.

Kan-ed reviewed 139 proposals submitted and granted awards to 94 organizations. Priority consideration went to proposals that focused on meeting infrastructure development goals and objectives for the Kan-ed network and members. In Harvey County, in addition to Bethel College, Burrton USD 369 received a grant of about $14,500.

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India’s first women-IIT being set up in Maharashtra

NAGPUR: Even as there is talk about starting new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and increasing the number of seats in the existing ones, a move is afoot to open the country’s first all-women engineering and technology-oriented institute in Amravati, President Pratibha Patil’s hometown in Maharashtra.

Sources said the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has sent a proposal to this effect to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) via the planning commission and that the PMO, at whose behest the HRD ministry moved the matter, is all set to clear it once the plan panel grants its approval.

The suggestion to start India’s first all-women IIT at Amravati near Nagpur in Vidarbha had in fact been mooted by Saint Gadgebaba University vice-chancellor Kamal Singh. Patil followed it up when she became the country’s first woman president last July.

“A recommendatory note from the president’s office was attached to the reminder of the suggestion sent to the HRD (ministry) but we don’t know what happened after that,” Devi Singh Shekhawat, Pratibha Patil’s husband who heads an education society in Amravati, said.

“To my knowledge, the president’s office doesn’t keep prodding government departments about individual files but if this (women IIT) is happening without that, it is certainly gratifying”, Shekhawat said.

Sources said Patil, concerned about fewer girl students making it to the IITs, personally talked to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and HRD Minister Arjun Singh about the proposal, which apparently led to the speedy progress in the matter.

The ‘daughter-in-law’ of Vidarbha is also being credited for expeditious sanction of funds for up-gradation of Amravati airport and introduction of three trains in Vidarbha.

Kamal Singh confirmed that she had strongly recommended setting up of the IIT in Amravati though it would be completely outside the domain of her university or even the state government.

“I received a few queries then but was not aware what happened next”, she said expressing happiness about the expeditious progress in the matter.

A global research institute on traditional Indian wisdom in science, technology and community management was among several other innovative proposals sent by the vice-chancellor to the HRD ministry and the University Grants Commission, she said.

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1,415 IIT Delhi students awarded degrees

Over 1,400 students including 147 PhD scholars graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, which held its 39th convocation here Saturday.

Graduate, postgraduate, business administration and doctoral programme students received their degrees from R.K. Pachauri, chief of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

“They came as young children and are going as professionals. It’s a happy moment for us,” IIT director Surendra Prasad said.

“This year we have produced more PhD students – 147 this year against 140 last year,” he added.

Speaking about the increasing strength of students and available infrastructure, Prasad said IIT Delhi had “no problem with the infrastructure”.

“Several new buildings and hostels are on the drawing board and they will come into existence in due course.”

Speaking about the faculty shortage, Prasad said the IIT had instituted faculty fellowships to attract “young minds”. “We have already added 27 faculties through this scheme.”

Currently, the institute has 448 teachers for about 5,300 students.

Asked about the seats falling vacant due to the implementation of 27 percent quota for Other Backward Class (OBC) students, IIT authorities said that they have no seats vacant.

“We have already taken 21 students from our preparatory classes and there are no seats going empty due to the quota implementations,” said Sunil Kalra, dean of undergraduate studies.

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Education leaps higher in Karnataka

As far as Karnataka is concerned, 2008 has been on the whole, a year of more pluses than minuses in the higher education sector. On the plus side, we find the budgetary allocation for higher education in the state has significantly increased in line with the increase in the Central as well as of the several state budgets in the country for higher education.

This may be attributed to the higher rate of growth of our national economy during the last decade, primarily owing to the emergence of the knowledge society. We now find strong participation of the state government in setting up of government colleges in science, engineering, medicine, dental streams.

Being a young country, India may look forward to the institutes of higher education to transform our youth, as quality human capital for which there is great demand in every other country of the world.

The state government has taken up several initiatives during 2008, such as setting up of the State Knowledge Commission, committees to recommend amendments to the current Karnataka State Universities Act and is pursuing the recommendations of the task force for Higher Education in Karnataka for setting up of a State Council of Higher Education in Karnataka.

There has also been progress in the process of granting autonomy to identified colleges, particularly in the engineering colleges that are affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum.

The Central government has sanctioned a central university for Karnataka to be set up at Gulbarga and another central university of excellence to be set up at Mysore from the academic year of 2009-10.

On the negative side, we find the state government’s request for setting up an IIT in Bangalore has not received a positive response from the central government.

The plea put forward by the Government of India is that Bangalore already has an Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and hence it may not be possible to sanction an IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) (for Bangalore).

But the fact of the matter is that IISc has been set up nearly a century ago much before independence.

Further, after independence, Bangalore has grown by leaps and bounds, and has emerged as the “silicon valley of India” and “IT capital of India,” with the setting up of a large number of IT/BT industries, defence, CSIR labs etc.

Setting up an IIT in Bangalore will provide the quality human capital as well as a research base, which are critical for consolidation and further expansion of the industrial/research base of Bangalore.

The sanctioning of new universities for horticulture, law, Sanskrit and music by the state government is certainly indicative of the high priority being given to the higher education sector in the state.

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1000 IIT-Bombay alumni go on a Kal Aaj Kal trip

The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) Alumni Association hosted Kal Aaj aur Kal an event to mark the conclusion of the year-long Golden Jubilee celebrations of the institute in Bangalore on Saturday.

Speaking at the event IIT-B alumnus Nandan Nilekani co-founder and co-chairman Infosys Technologies said This is an opportune time for IITs. We need a clear world view and vision for these institutes.

The IIT-B alumni and officials were of the view that the institute could do with more autonomy funding and research-intensive focus. Financial limitations exist because we are controlled by the government but we need to promote research and closer ties with industry. In the next 50 years we want financial independence said Prof RK Shevgaonkar deputy director finance and external affairs IIT-B.

Experts identified research as being crucial to improving the institution’s rankings. Despite constraints we have done well in international rankings. Many of these rankings are dependent on research. About 200 PhD students graduated last year the highest number across any technical institution in India including the Indian Institute of Science. With OBC reservations the student strength will again increase by 54%. However our faculty has grown marginally from 350 to 450 now while other numbers increased five-fold said Prof Devang Khakhar director IIT-B.

According to Ganesh Natarajan chairman of Nasscom the trade body of the IT and BPO sector the focus of IITs should be on the areas of growth nation-building and research.

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Now, IIT-Roorkee to study Mullaperiyar Dam

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Minister for Water Resources, N.K. Premachandaran has said that the state has now asked the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT-R) to conduct a study on the ‘structural stability’ of the Mullaperiyar Dam in the event of possible earthquakes.

Premachandaran said the report of the study by the IIT experts is awaited.

“Both the reports by IIT Delhi and IIT Roorkee on the Mullaperiyar Dam would be placed before the Supreme Court”, Premachandaran added.

Kerala’s Mullaperiyar Dam dispute with Tamil Nadu took a new turn with the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) saying that the dam would be ‘Hydrologically Unsafe’ in the event of heavy rainfall and subsequent floods.

The Government of Kerala had also asked the apex institute to study the dam’s Probable Maximum Flood (PMF) water level.

The study by IIT Delhi said that, “The maximum probable rainfall in two days in the catchment area of the dam is about 65 cms, while the PMF recorded is 2,91,275 cusecs. If the catchment area receives heavy rainfall, the PMF level of water in the dam could go up to 158 feet which is more than the maximum level allowed. This would result into collapsing of its walls and consequent flooding.”

The 111-year old Mullaperiyar Dam, located in Kerala’s Idukki district, is operated by Tamil Nadu. The dispute between the two states arose after Tamil Nadu demanded the increasing of storage level of the dam to 152 feet.

Kerala, however, opposed that an increase in the storage level would risk the thickly-populated districts downstream. It then proposed the setting up a new dam on the site.

The team of experts from IIT Delhi comprised of Prof. A.K. Gosain, Prof. Subhash Chander and Prof. George Paul.

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IIT-Kharagpur Sudents organise the varsitys annual techno-management festival

IIT-Kharagpur Sudents organise the varsitys annual techno-management festival

The students of IIT-Kharagpur organise the varsitys annual techno-management festival, Kshitij. The event aims at bringing budding technocrats and managers in contact with the pioneers in their respective fields, and to provide them with sufficient exposure and a suitable platform in todays competitive world. Apart from various competitions this years event also included interactions with the likes of German Nobel Laureate Klaus von Klitzing, Indias principal scientific advisor R Chidambaram and Sushantha Kumar Bhatta-charya-director, Warwick Manufacturing Group. Kshitij 2007 will be held frorja February 1-4.

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IIT Bombay likely to double fees from next yr

As IIT-Delhi pulls the plug on the Internet for a few hours, students are unperturbed. Their point: they’ll find their way around the ban!

IIT-Delhi has finally found a way to get the students into the classrooms for the morning lectures: ban the Internet usage between 1 to 5 am in the IIT campus!

But does it bother the students? Not in the least. In fact, they are currently looking for means and ways to minimise this loss.

The reasons why IIT-Delhi decided to switch off the Net is to stop students from bunking morning lectures and also to check the number of downloads, which is sky high just now.

But students say ban or no ban, the situation is not going to change.

Says Harsha Vardhan, M-Tech final year student, “I admit that this piece of news is quite a shocker. However, it is not going to affect the way any of us functions.

Work happens at night and practically everyone’s awake. This ban won’t last and I am saying this based on experience. About a year ago, there were restrictions imposed on access to several sites that were considered objectionable.

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IITs are not in a position to fulfill the growing needs

India dominates the new world knowledge economy simply on the basis of the level of professional education and sheer numbers in engineering. The mushrooming of private engineering colleges across the country in the 80s acted as a harbinger for the stupendous growth of the IT and ITeS sectors in the 90s and beyond.

According to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), in 2004, there were 1,346 engineering colleges in the country, with an approved annual intake of 4,39,689 students. Of them, 703 institutions were located in the four southern states and the Union Territory of Pondicherry, accounting for an intake of 2,36,545 students.

Obviously, technical education seems to be more pronounced in the south, with many students from other states seeking admission to the colleges there. In comparison, there were 112 colleges in the central region, 114 in the east, 106 in the north, 153 in the northwest and 158 in the west.

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Haryana all set to play host to North’s first IIM

Haryana is all set to play host to northern region’s first Indian Institute of Management (IIM) which is proposed to be located in village Garnawati in Rohtak district. The project is likely to catalyse an investment of over Rs 200 crore and will be funded by the Central government. The country’s most reputed management education institution — IIM, once approved to be developed in Rohtak, will be amongst the first out of the seven new IIMs sanctioned by the Centre in the 11th Five Year Plan.

The decks have been cleared by the state government with the submission of proposal to the union ministry of human resources development for setting up of an IIM in Haryana. However, the Union ministry gave conditional approval to the project, subject to availability of suitable land for the purpose. Now the state is awaiting final approval from the ministry, which has constituted its own site selection committee. “The committee is expected to visit the site soon and will give its consent to the proposal,” Haryana financial commissioner-cum-principal secretary (technical education) Ajit Mohan Sharan said. He added the central government is seeking recommendations about the location and the feasibility of the project. Ajit said, “The state’s site selection committee has identified about 200 acres of land for the IIM which will be passed on to the government of India. The location has been selected after keeping in mind factors like easy accessibility, development of social and cultural infrastructure etc. The land belongs to the Gram Panchayat hence there is no problem of rehabilitation of people. Also there won’t be any diversion of agricultural land since there are sand dunes spread all over.”

“Since things will be clear by the end of this year, the batches for the new IIM might begin in any of the existing IIMs from the next session. It all depends upon the strategy of the HRD ministry,” said Ajit.

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Mumbai IIT Zone Tops in IIT Selection List

Indian Institute Technology (IITs) is considered world wide power house for global technologies development. It reputation forces world prime institutions to line up for its products.

Harder is the test tougher id the ways to get in these IITs.

In 2008 8,652 candidates were selected for 6,872 seats available in seven premier institutes of India.

Bombay zone stood first with 2,551students selection followed by Madras 2,237, Roorkee 828, Kharagpur 767, and Guwahati 193.

Know More about IITs

The birth of IIT was taken after Second World War in 1946 when Sir Jogendra Singh, member of Viceroy’s Executive Council constituted a committee to create Higher Technical Institutions in India for industrial development.

The first Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) was established at Kharagpur in May 1950 which was declared institute of national importance by Indian parliament in 1956.

Later in years six more institutes came up in 1958 second IIT in Mumbai, 1959 in Chennai, 1959 at Kanpur, 1961 in New Delhi ,1994 at Guwahati in Assam and finally in 2001 oldest engineering college at Roorkee of India got the status of IIT.

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