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Speed up process, IIMs, IITs told

The HRD ministry on Thursday asked the IITs and IIMs to expedite infrastructure upgradation to accommodate additional intake of students resulting from implementation of the 27 per cent OBC quota.

The IITs have decided to admit nine per cent students from the OBC sector in the coming academic year, whereas the IIMs have decided to admit six to nine per cent OBC students. The directors of the IITs and IIMs said due to financial reasons and time constraints, they may not be able to ensure adequate infrastructure from the next academic session. “We don’t know if the amount of money being provided would be enough for the infrastructure in less than three year’s period,” an IIT director said.

A senior ministry official said the meeting was held to discuss the preparedness and areas that require more attention. The government has asked them to speed up work but some of the directors expressed helplessness in accelerating the work at this stage.

“The government wanted certain level of acceleration in some of the areas, which is not possible now with so little time for the current academic year,” said an IIT director, requesting anonymity. The current academic year is starting from July 20.

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B.Tech Thapar University

Thapar University is situated in Patiala and is one of the most sought after university among the engineering students. The admission to Thapar University is however done on the basis of the performance of the candidate in AIEEE examination but Thapar University conducts its own examination for admission to programs in the Distance Education Mode.

Courses offered:
B.Tech in:
1. Computer Science & Engineering
2. Civil Engineering
3. Electrical Engineering
4. Mechanical Engineering
Eligibility criteria:
1. The candidate must have a diploma, B.Sc or BCA.
2. Minimum of 2 years of experience
Proposed important dates:
1. 3rd week of august – last date for submission of completed application forms.
2. End august – date of examination
Syllabus:
Mathematics:
1. Algebra
2. Differential Calculus
3. Integral Calculus
Computer Engineering:
1. Electronic Devices & Circuits
2. Bipolar Transistors
3. Digital Electronics
4. Number Systems
5. Displays & Counters
6. Semiconductor Memories
7. High Level Languages
8. System Software
9. Operating System
10. Computer Organisation & Programming
11. Computer Architecture
Civil Engineering:
1. Structural Engineering
2. Surveying
3. Transportation Engineering
Electrical Engineering:
1. Poly Phase System
2. Three Phase Induction Motor
3. Single Phase Induction Motor
4. AC Series Motor, Universal Motor
5. Measuring Instruments
6. Electronic Instruments
7. Transmission System
8. Switch gear system
Thermal Engineering:
1. Mechanics of Solids
2. Metrology
3. Materials and Metallurgy
4. Industrial Engineering and Management
5. Theory of Machines

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ISC students post impressive result

Students who appeared for the Council for Indian School Certificate exams have reason to rejoice. An impressive 98.04% of students cleared the class X paper, while 97.04% passed the class XII exam. For the board, which is celebrating its golden jubilee this year, it’s a pat on the back, signalling a marginal improvement from last year. For the north region though, there’s not much to celebrate.

Students from the north didn’t fair well compared to their counterparts from the rest of the country. In fact, Delhi and NCR failed to throw up a national level topper. That honour went to two girls from Mumbai and Varanasi — Janaki Kirit Sheth and Shruti Singh — for class X while in class XII, Gaurav Sood from Doon school in Dehradun walked away with the top score. With a pass percentage of 97.55% in class X and 96.76% in class XII, the north trailed behind all the regions.

Sadly, the city didn’t even manage the 100% result it got last year, with only 124 out of the 132 students passing in class XII. In class X, of the 581 students who appeared, only 567 cleared the exam. However, the city did do well individually.

In Shri Ram School, which recorded a pass percentage of 86.2% — its highest till date — the class XII topper was Reva Dutta, who scored 96.5%. Said Komal Sood, principal, Shri Ram, “The students have done very well. We have a number of 90 percenters in both class X and XII.”

The class X topper, Naresh Raghuraman , was equally excited. With a personal best of 96%, the boy had got cent per cent in computers, which he claimed was his future. “I want to crack the IIT-JEE and go on to study at MIT. I’ve already started preparing for it.”

The council also showed an upwards trend in the pass percentage of students in the special category. While both the ISC and ICSE saw SC, ST and OBC students doing better than last year, it also had interesting statistics for the girl students. Said G Arathoon, secretary, CISCE, ” The girls traditionally do better in exams.”

This year too, out of the 1,01,998 students who sat for the ICSE papers, an impressive 98.63% girls cleared the exam. Compare that to the boys, who had a pass percentage of 97.57% only. The story was repeated in class XII, where the girls again outshone the boys.

Interestingly, region-wise, the south showed the maximum percentage entry of girls at 47% at both the ISC and ICSE levels. It also had the highest pass percentage, with 99.22 students passing in class X and 99% in class XII. This was followed by the west and the east.

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Microsoft research arm develops landslide warning prototype

Microsoft research arm develops landslide warning prototype

Microsofts research arm, MSR India, in association with IIT, Mumbai, has developed a prototype for early warning systems for landslides, a top company official has said.

We have so far developed a lab level prototype for disaster management, which will provide early warnings for landslides, MicroSoft Research India Managing Director P Anandan said at a FICCI-CSIR function here last evening.

Besides, MSR India is also working with the Central Government for three more research projects, which include Virtual India, an online map search engine. With the help of this engine, the users would be able to find any demographic details about any part of the country on their computers.

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IIT Bombay students design micro satellite

A group of 30-40 students from the elite Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B) has designed a satellite that could be the first of its kind in the country to be launched into orbit.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has shown “its willingness” to launch the 10 kg satellite into low Earth orbit (low orbit is 800 km-1000 km above the Earths surface), IIT-B sources confirmed.

With ISRO supporting the project, the mood at the institute is upbeat. When approached in Bangalore, ISRO officials said they support student satellite projects as it encourages young blood to be a part of the space programme.

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NASA Invites Virginia Students to Become Aerospace Scholars

Calling Virginia high school juniors. NASA invites you to compete for a place on teams that will chart a mission to Mars next summer.
The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program, initiated last year by NASA Langley Research Center Director Lesa B. Roe in partnership with the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, is now taking applications for the Web-based course and all-expense-paid summer residential academy. The program is open to high school juniors and home schoolers across the Commonwealth. Deadline for application is Nov. 14.

“I firmly believe that last year’s pilot program identified and recognized Virginia super stars, challenged their fertile minds and opened up career paths perhaps they had not yet considered,” said Roe.

Offered via the Internet from December 2008 through May 2009, the program consists of 10 lessons and a final project that allow students to build their knowledge of NASA and get hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering and math. Based on course performance, scholars may be selected to participate in a seven-day academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., where they will team with NASA mentors and undertake an aerospace mission.

Last year’s inaugural experience brought together 43 students from across Virginia. This year at least 200 students will be selected to participate in the distance-learning course and to compete for the summer academy as part of the program’s expansion for 2009.
Student comments are the best testimonial for the program:

“It definitely ranks at the top of the experiences I’ve had during my high school career,” said Shawn Mittal from Chantilly High School in Fairfax, Va. “I learned a lot because I got to talk to NASA mentors and people who actually work with the stuff I want to do.”
“One of the best parts [of the program] was working together as a team, learning to cooperate with each other,” said Wen Chen from Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, Va.

“Working on the different units and finding solutions to the questions has improved my problem-solving skills,” said Christopher Lee from Mills E. Godwin High School in Richmond.

The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars program uses a NASA-developed curriculum with a space-based theme and is aligned with Virginia Standards of Learning. Master educators work with students online, providing guidance and feedback on assignments. At the summer academy, students will interact personally with NASA scientists, engineers and technologists.

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IIT(M) announces of launch of new academic initiatives

The Indian Institute of Technology-Mumbai, as part of golden jubilee national outreach programme has announced launch of new academic initiatives for its under-graduate (UG), post-graduate (PG) and Ph.D programs.

The new academic initiatives include innovative and flexible curricula for UG and Ph.D. students, new PG/Ph.D. programs in six fields, greater international exposure to Ph.D. students and increased industry interaction via enhanced research fellowships, IIT Mumbai, co-convener, golden jubilee committee, Prof U B Desai told reporters today.

The IIT (Mumbai) Director Ashok Misra, speaking on the said, IIT-Mumbais golden jubilee year is a landmark occasion to celebrate our heritage and embark on new academic initiatives that will aid our students, faculty and the institution to be a fountainhead of new ideas and innovation.

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IIIT-H New Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Get a Flying Start

The International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad’s center for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship get on to a good start. The center is part of IIIT-H initiatives to combine research and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship with highest quality education. The center was set up to imbibe creative, strategic, managerial and transformation thinking amongst students

SETU software systems became the first company to be incubated & housed inhouse in IIIT-H, with the base technology offered from the CEO, Prasad Pingali’s PhD work at the institute’s LTRC lab. The co-founder of this company is Prof. Vasudeva Varma, who is also the chief scientist in the company. SETU Software system is a product & services company operating in the area of Indian Language search & information extraction.

As part of their academic partnership within 2 months of setting up the innovation center, SUN Microsystems extended support to the Institute by giving servers and software platforms. The Institute received financial support to projects from Governmental scheme DSIR’s TePP and DIT’s initiates for entrepreneurship development.

IIIT-H celebrated its foundation day with a series of lectures and talks by leading academicians, business leaders in its campus. The programmes were held on September 1 and 2, 2008. During the 2 day program, Rajeeva Ratna Shah, Former Member-Secretary, Planning Commission, Govt. of India, Raj Reddy, Carnegie Mellon University, USA and Narendra Ahuja, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA. This was followed by a panel discussion by K C Reddy, Chairman, A P State Council of Higher Education and Gautam Barua, Director, IIT Guwahati spoke on academic and industry related subjects.

In his address commemorating 10 years of IIIT-H Rajeev Sangal, Director, IIIT-H said that it was the only institute which is uniquely structured, in the country allowing undergraduate students to participate in the ongoing research. The institute has been able to design special undergraduate programme structured along with a postgraduate programme that enable students have the flexibility in selecting courses and undertaking projects.

The afternoon session focused on the subject of “Transforming Apex Institutions to Meet New Challenges.” The Speakers were M Anandakrishnan, Chairman, BOG, IIT Kanpur & Former Vice-Chancellor, Anna University, M S Ananth, Director, IIT Madras. This was followed by a Panel Discussion by M S Ananth, Director, IIT Madras, S G Dhande, Director, IIT Kanpur, P Rama Rao, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad.

Today, the institute attracts top attention in campus recruitments by the corporate world. With the B.Tech (Hons) and MS students getting placed in all the top research companies with an average salary of Rs. 7.20 lakh per annum. IIIT-H good research environment for students, demonstrates such high level of placement opportunity. The highest salary offered was Rs. 12 lakh per annum.

The institute’s research exchange programme with leading research groups in the world helped students to gain deeper understanding of research initiatives and spend quality time at the participatory university abroad. The aim of the institute was to reach 100 Ph.D admissions per year by 2012 and thus placing it along with leading research institutes in the world. This year IIIT-H admitted around 125 research students taking the total number to 307 with 84 Ph.D students and 223 MS students.

To facilitate development of inter-disciplinary research as well as a seamless flow of knowledge, the Institute does not have departments. It has research centers instead. Faculty is attached to the centers and labs for conducting research. It participates in the conduct of academic programmes which belong to the whole Institute and are not owned by any department. Help in the form of tuning business plans, exposure to industry, networking by organizing bar camps and product development workshops, is also undertaken. A very proactive effort is on to identify socially relevant & high impact projects which require IT intervention.

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Engineering their future

HE algebra of complex numbers is challenging, while the deep analytical facet of geometry, differential calculus, electrochemistry and thermal physics, to name a few, are well worth fathoming. But only if you aspire to hit an ace with the top-notch engineering institutions in the country the seven IITs.

The race is hard, what with the preparation for the IIT entrance exams itself being a tough call. And with several coaching classes mushrooming in the city, churning out the best candidates has also become competitive. From the style of coaching to holding seminars to giving personal attention to all students, these classes are adopting different ways to generate more students.

Interestingly, a majority of these classes select students after conducting their own entrance tests on subjects like maths, science and logical reasoning. The test is given to gauge a students basic aptitude for the IIT course, says Prashant Agarwal, centre director of Career Point that charges a fee of around Rs 50,000 for two years. While M Prakash Academy that started its tutorials in early June, conducts its entrance test in mid-April. We have a four-hour test on maths and science and we choose the best 80 out of the lot, says director M Prakash.

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IIT-Kanpur to help Bhutan set up management school

A five-member delegation from Royal Bhutan University on Thursday reached IIT Kanpur to seek its help in establishing a world class management institute in capital Thimpu.

Besides developing the infrastructure of the institute and arranging for its faculty, IIT-K will also be designing the curriculum for its MBA course.

The delegation met with professors of different departments, management students and also collected detailed information about management courses, Assistant Registrar, IIT Kanpur, K V Satyamurthi told reporters.

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SAIL inks MoU with IIM Ahmedabad

NEW DELHI: The Management Training Institute (MTI) of Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) on Wednesday inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, to meet the challenges of human resource development in the wake of its ongoing modernisation and expansion programme. The MoU, according to a SAIL statement, was signed here by the steel major’s Executive Director (HRD) S. P. Patnaik and IIM Director S. K. Barua.

Under the MoU, the scope of collaborative efforts being addressed include mutual faculty support for the programmes of the two entities, joint research and development of case studies, special programmes for SAIL executives at IIM Ahmedabad and access to literature and library resources.

The MoU marked a significant step towards consolidation of an industry-academic interface that would enhance SAIL’s access to knowledge about the latest global management practices.

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IIT, IIM opening in Bihar may be delayed

Patna, (Bihar Times): The Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, is reported to have told the Union human resources development (HRD) ministry not to take any decision on the locations of proposed new Indian Institutes of Technology(IIT), Indian Institute of Management (IIM),Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Central Universities and other elite institutes in the country till a mechanism was evolved for the purpose of ensuring spread of higher education avenues in an even manner.

In a communication to the human resources ministry the Prime Minister Office (PMO)is reported to have asked it to wait till the finalization of 11th Plan. The PrimeMinsiters advise came in response to a letter of HRD minister, Arjun Singh, written in September last to Manmohan Singh regarding the establishment of these institutions.

It needs to be mentioned that the Centre has proposed to open an IIT, IIM and a Central University in Bihar.This decision would give a confusing signal to the state government which has activated its machinery for early establishment of these premier institutes for which the demand is coming from every quarter.

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IITs stare at ID change

A central panel tasked with reviewing higher education is considering converting the Indian Institutes of Technology into universities.

The IITs must be converted to help improve the standard of research that is far behind top institutes in the developed world, committee chairman Yash Pal has proposed.

“The IITs are today a little more than undergraduate factories. That needs to change. Transforming them into full- fledged universities is one possible solution, which we are considering,” the former University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman said.

Yash Pal, a physicist, said the proposal had been mooted by him.

The proposal is likely to ruffle feathers in the IITs. The tech schools have traditionally maintained a clear distinction from the country’s university system of education, which they consider inferior.

Two IIT directors said converting the institutes into universities would destroy them. “This proposal is shocking. The state of India’s university system is appalling. The IITs are better only because we are different,” a director said.

The Yash Pal committee was formed by the human resource development ministry in April to review the functioning of the UGC and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

Two years ago, the Prime Minister had expressed concern about the quantity and quality of research in the IITs. The concern stems from the inability of the IITs or other engineering colleges to encourage students to pursue research as a career.

Central universities have traditionally recorded a higher fraction of research scholars to undergraduate students than engineering colleges. The most qualified faculty members at these universities are required to guide research students and teach postgraduate students.

IIT officials privately conceded that the institutes focused almost all their efforts on undergraduate students. The IT boom in the late 1990s that led to a massive expansion in job offers to engineering graduates contributed to the drift away from research, government officials said.

In 2006, 2.3 lakh students graduated from engineering colleges across the country. The same year, just over 1,000 students received PhDs in engineering subjects — a fraction of less than one PhD for every 200 graduates.

The P. Rama Rao committee set up to review the IITs, in its 2004 report said: “Securing employment after a BTech has almost become a cultural feature. The troubling trend has been that a candidate takes to a PhD only when other professional career prospects have been denied to him.”

The proposal ironically comes at a time other engineering institutes and universities are queueing up to be upgraded into IITs.

The Yash Pal committee is expected to submit its final report in April 2009.

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On quota, IIT cutoffs may go negative

NEW DELHI: If subject-wise cutoff marks for general candidates in the just-held IIT-JEE are, as in last year’s examination, likely to be in single digits, how will the system have scope to relax the qualifying marks, as announced, by 10% for OBCs and 40% for SCs and STs?

Chairman of IIT-Jee 2008, Prof N M Bhandari, admitted to TOI that the subject-wise cutoffs for reserved candidates may turn out to be less than one mark which was the level to which the bar was lowered last year in one of the subjects for general candidates.

Speaking from IIT Roorkee, Bhandari hastened to clarify that since subject-wise cutoff marks for even general candidates have become so low, a further reduction for reserved candidates would be of ‘little significance’.

The ridiculous cut-offs are thanks to a rather liberal ranking procedure adopted last year by the IIT system, stung as it was by an RTI application seeking statistical basis for the cut-off marks of the 2006 examination.

In a blow to what is regarded as one of the toughest competitive examinations in the world, neither of the statistical formulae given by IIT Kharagpur to the Central Information Commission tallied with the stated cutoff marks for 2006 — 37 for mathematics, 48 for physics and 55 for chemistry.

The more transparent procedure adopted in 2007 reduced the corresponding cutoff marks to 1, 4 and 3, making a mockery of their purpose of ensuring that selected candidates displayed a certain minimum level of knowledge in every subject.

In the new procedure, the cutoff marks are pegged to the best marks obtained by the bottom 20% of the candidates in each subject.

As a result, 91% of the candidates cleared the cut-off marks, for instance, of chemistry in 2007 as compared to no more than 6% the previous year.

Since subject-wise cut-off marks have been rendered meaningless in the new procedure, the selection of the candidates, whether general or reserved, now depends entirely on their aggregate marks.

The number of candidates making it to the merit list will be 1.15 times the total number of seats available in each of the categories.

NEW DELHI: If subject-wise cutoff marks for general candidates in the just-held IIT-JEE are, as in last year’s examination, likely to be in single digits, how will the system have scope to relax the qualifying marks, as announced, by 10% for OBCs and 40% for SCs and STs?

Chairman of IIT-Jee 2008, Prof N M Bhandari, admitted to TOI that the subject-wise cutoffs for reserved candidates may turn out to be less than one mark which was the level to which the bar was lowered last year in one of the subjects for general candidates.

Speaking from IIT Roorkee, Bhandari hastened to clarify that since subject-wise cutoff marks for even general candidates have become so low, a further reduction for reserved candidates would be of ‘little significance’.

The ridiculous cut-offs are thanks to a rather liberal ranking procedure adopted last year by the IIT system, stung as it was by an RTI application seeking statistical basis for the cut-off marks of the 2006 examination.

In a blow to what is regarded as one of the toughest competitive examinations in the world, neither of the statistical formulae given by IIT Kharagpur to the Central Information Commission tallied with the stated cutoff marks for 2006 — 37 for mathematics, 48 for physics and 55 for chemistry.

The more transparent procedure adopted in 2007 reduced the corresponding cutoff marks to 1, 4 and 3, making a mockery of their purpose of ensuring that selected candidates displayed a certain minimum level of knowledge in every subject.

In the new procedure, the cutoff marks are pegged to the best marks obtained by the bottom 20% of the candidates in each subject.

As a result, 91% of the candidates cleared the cut-off marks, for instance, of chemistry in 2007 as compared to no more than 6% the previous year.

Since subject-wise cut-off marks have been rendered meaningless in the new procedure, the selection of the candidates, whether general or reserved, now depends entirely on their aggregate marks.

The number of candidates making it to the merit list will be 1.15 times the total number of seats available in each of the categories.

According to Bhandari, it is at this stage that the reserved candidates will get a more substantial benefit as the aggregate cut-off (the aggregate of the last general candidate to have been selected) will be relaxed by 10% for OBCs and 40% for SCs and STs.

Bhandari is at pains to explain that, though subject-wise cut-off marks are likely to in single digits for everybody, “the emphasis we place on the aggregate marks for ranking candidates ensures that we still get the best in the country”.

All the same, if they persist with the present policy of selecting candidates essentially on aggregate marks, IITs will sooner rather than later have to do away with subject-wise cutoff marks given the farce they have been reduced to.

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Starting trouble for new IITs

The government had announced that it would start six new IITs by July this year. But three of them at Rajasthan, Andhra and Bihar are facing starting trouble and three more are still on paper. With a tight deadline of less than two months, there is still nothing on-ground regarding the three new IITs in Gujarat, Orissa and Punjab.

Ashok Misra, Director, IIT Bombay which is mentoring the new IIT in Gujarat said, “With regard to the new IITs, no funds have been allocated so far. We will have to hire new faculty. It’s a greenfield project. Nothing really exists on ground there. So, we will have to see how we can attract new faculty to those areas, to that IIT.”

Arkss Srinivas, Director, Time Coaching classes said, “None of the three new IITs are ready to start off.”

Lack of infrastructure

That’s not all, IITs in Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar are facing hiccups as well. Despite support from exitsing IITs, there is still no independent infrastructure or lab facilities in these institutes.

Arkss Srinivas, Director, Time Coaching classes said, “The first batch guys are going to be taking a slight risk but in the long process it’s a fifty-fifty game. The fact that they are getting into IIT is always going to be overriding the fact that they don’t have a campus the first three years.”

Need for counselling

Students with ranks up to 8000 in the IIT JEE are currently waiting to be counselled. They will decide on which IITs and which engineering branch they can get into based on their ranks.

Mansi, student, IIT-JEE ranked 6178 in IIT-JEE said, “I’ll go for the older IITs as the brand of the institute matters more to me and the infrastructure and faculty is more established in the seven IITs.”

Ayush, student, IIT-JEE, ranked 3910 in IIT-JEE said, “I don’t mind opting for the new IITs as the branch is more important to me.”

There’s a huge demand for students of an IITians calibre in the Indian industry and the new IITs are a step to meet that need. But the biggest challenge for IITs would be to ensure that the quality is not compromised for quantity.

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A ground for budding sportspersons

Schools in urban areas are known for their excellence in academics, sports and other co-curricular activities. But Nanakana Sahib Public School, Gill Road, which caters to the rural students, has succeeded in breaking this monopoly by maintaining its excellence in sports. Since 2002, the school has produced over a dozen state-level as well as national-level volleyball and handball players. This will be for the first time that a school in the district will host the CBSE National Handball Championship from November 27 to November 30.

School Principal Harmeet Kaur said, “Being in the rural area, we get students with very good stamina and physical health. The sports staff works hard and polishes their talent.”

The school spends about Rs 50,000 per annum on sports. We give refreshment worth Rs 15 to 20 per player everyday.”

Suman Kant, a physical education teacher and coach of the school said, “We have won many championships. Two years ago, our girls in the Under-19 category had won a volleyball championship at the state level. And cluster (Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Chandigarh) level championship was also won by our girls two years ago. Last year, four players of Under-10 handball team were selected for state and one Navjot Kaur from our school was selected for a national championship. This year too, two girls from Under-14 and one from Under-19 have been selected in the state handball team.”

Apart from handball and volleyball, the school has also produced sportspersons in other areas. Suman Kant said, “This year we remained second place in cricket at the zonal level and one of our players has been selected for the state cricket team.” Many players from the school have represented at national championship in handball and volleyball. In weightlifting, Harjot Singh won a gold medal at the sports meet organised by the Punjab School Education Board.

Harmeet Kaur said, “This year Harjot participated in state-level meet and qualified for the national championship.”
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If not IIT aspire for a CBSE seat

It can be an alternate to appear for CBSE exam than IIT. The criteria made by the HRD ministry that minimum 60 percent result need in class XII to seat in an IIT test. So it is a good news for the below 60 percent scored students who can appear the CBSE conducts Pre-Medical/ Dental Tests (PMT) and ALL-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE).

CBSE is not going to implement any stringent policy in near future like what IIT has implemented. A qualified student of XII from any of the State Board of Secondary Education could appear in the CBSE test.

Before implementing any strict eligibility criteria for sitting in the entrance examinations, the board has to think about the future of the vast number of students who only sit for the CBSE-conducted entrance examinations. Moreover, we have to think of those aspirants who pass out of such State examination boards which are famous for unfair marking, a CBSE official, requesting anonymity, said.

To attract deserving candidates, changes were being made in recent years by the CBSE board like implementing two-tier examination in pre-medical tests in 2004 and also by including objective type questions in the engineering entrance examinations in 2002, but it`s too early for the board to make any further changes. Changes were introduced after in-depth analysis of the quality of students who sit for these entrance examinations. Quality analysis is again in process but we are not prepared to make any further changes in such a short span of time, the official added.

If the CBSE does not at all toe the line of IITs in the future too, it will be a big relief for the students who take State board examinations. Unlike the CBSE, it is difficult to secure 60 per cent marks in Class XII examination of the State boards. In CBSE examination, a student gets even 95 per cent marks in English or Humanities, which is not possible in the State examinations at all. Such students will unnecessarily suffer from IITs` recent decision. At the same time, marks cannot be a criterion to test one`s merit. Competition means competition. It should be open for all, a member of CBSE board said

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IIT Delhi revokes expulsion order of three students

The expulsion of three students, including two belonging to the Scheduled Caste community, by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi for under performance has been revoked.

The decision was taken on Thursday after a meeting of the IIT’s review committee which looked into a complaint with regard to the expulsion.

“The committee took a lenient view because of the special circumstances,” a senior IIT official said.

The premier institute had expelled 20 students, including 12 from SC and ST communities, citing unsatisfactory performance in June first week.

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IIT-D returns sponsorship of Dow for GLS-8 conference

In a strong message to the owner of Union Carbide, involved in the Bhopal Gas tragedy, the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi has joined ranks with other IITs in opposing Dow Chemical Company.

Following an urgent meeting on Saturday, IIT-D has decided to reject the sponsorship offered by Dow for an international conference — Gas Liquid Solid Symposium (GLS-8) — being organised in India for the first time.

The matter was put up before the institute after a section of its alumni and students submitted a petition opposing the sponsorship.

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IIM-L students wait for summer placements with fingers crossed

As the Indian Institute of Management-Lucknow (IIM-L) is all set to begin its summer placements from November 7, the possible impact of the global financial crisis looms large on the campus.

The 320 students who await summer placements are ready for fewer offers. Some think the institute will be lucky if half the usual crop of multinational companies come back. For others, it is a wait and watch situation. The IIM-L administration, however, is not sitting idle. According to sources, the institute will wait for a few more days to see if too many companies drop out of the placement game. In which case, the institute will open doors companies disallowed earlier.

“There are some companies, which only register their presence in the campus but do not make offers. We usually keep such companies out of the placement list. This time, we may allow them to take part in the placement procedure,” said a faculty member.

Last year, around 285 students had received 424 summer placement offers. There was also a sudden spurt in international offers — 28 in 2007 from a dismal six of 2006.

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