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Devalued Degree: 7 of 10 seats empty, in engineering graveyard, few lessons come to life

To listen to the death knell of an undergraduate engineering degree, come to the graveyard — Haryana which, at 74%, tops the vacant seat list in the country and its Sonepat district, home to the state’s private education hub. Launched in 2006 by then Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia, Shri Balwant Singh Institute of Technology (SBIT), spread over 10 acres, is a textbook example of what has gone wrong. Last August, when its second-year students returned from their vacation, they found that most of their teachers had left. “For almost two weeks, there was no one to take classes for four…

Impossible to run an institute without compromising on quality when there are so many unfilled seats: Anil Sahasrabudhe, AICTE Chairman

AICTE has already announced that institutions with 30 per cent or less admissions over the last five years to close down, said Anil Sahasrabudhe. In this interview to Ritika Chopra, AICTE Chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe talks about the measures taken to check vacant seats and says any moratorium on fresh approvals for colleges will be based on perspective plans from states. What is AICTE doing to check the large number of vacant seats? We had already announced that we want institutions with 30 per cent or less admissions over the last five years to close down… It’s difficult for a college…

Nation heading for start-up revolution, says AICTE chairman Anil D Sahasrabudhe

LUCKNOW: With young generation getting into entrepreneurial activities and startups emanating from educational institutes, a start-up revolution is in the making, said chairman, All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Prof Anil D Sahasrabudhe in his convocation address at APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, on Tuesday. “The role of mobile devices is going to be phenomenal, be it education, controlling home appliances, running machines in workshops, starting a pump in the agricultural field, connecting to a automobile, or shutting down an air-conditioner. With students developing mobile applications while in colleges, country’s economy is all set to change,” Sahasrabudhe told the graduates….

NITI AAYOG CRACKS WHIP ON TRIPADA HIGH SCHOOL OVER ‘ILLEGAL FEES’

The NITI Aayog in a letter to Tripada High School on Monday asked the administration to return Rs 84,000 collected from students as part of the first installment of fees for the Atal Tinkering Labs programme, which is free for students from Class 6 to 12. The school has assured that it will return the money it had sought from those who wanted ‘personal kits’ for their children. Mirror had on Saturday reported that the school had in a circular sought Rs 1,500 per quarter as fees for the programme conducted by Atal Innovation Mission under the aegis of NITI…

‘Young people may prefer driving a cab to pursuing engineering. This is a sectoral shift… need to track carefully’: Rajiv Kumar, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman

There is a lack of due diligence on the part of the relevant regulator. The licenses for private providers of education have been given without the due diligence required, said Rajiv Kumar. In this interview to Ritika Chopra, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar calls for an “agency or mechanism to better anticipate demand for different skills” and says the nature of engineering skills that a graduate needs “is going through a big change” Fifty per cent of BE/BTech seats are going empty and only 18% of those graduating are deemed employable. What do these numbers mean to you, as…

Biography of Wilhelm Konrad Roentgen (1845 – 1923)

Wilhelm Konrad Roentgen, the man who discovered X-rays, was born on March 27, 1845 in Lennep, in the state of Prussia. His father was a German farmer and his mother was Dutch. He took primary education in Holland and for university education he went to Zurich University, Switzerland. Here, he had the opportunity to work under the famous scientist, Rudolf Clausius. Roentgen’s favourite subjects were electricity, energy, light and elasticity. After receiving his doctorate in physics, he was appointed assistant professor at Wurzburg. He also taught at other universities in Germany and then returned to Wurzburg in 1885 as professor…

Biography of Wilbur – Orville Wright

Wilbur Wright (1867 -1912) and Orville Wright (1871 – 1948) were two Americans who are well known for his inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903. They are also known as the ‘Wright Brothers’, the world over. Wilbur, the elder of the two, was born on April 16, 1867 in Melville, Indiana, USA. Their father Milton Wright was an ordained minister of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. Their mother was Susan Catherine Koerner. Milton Wright met Susan Catherine Koerner when he…

Biography of Vikram A Sarabhai (1919-1971)

Vikram Sarabhai was the main personality behind the launching of India’s first satellite, ‘Aryabhatta’. He is considered as the ‘father of the Indian Space Programme’. Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai was among the few scientists who devoted their entire life to the progress of science in our country. Vikram Sarabhai was born on August 12, 1919 at Ahmedabad, Gujarat to Shri Ambalal Sarabhai and Smt. Sarladevi Sarabhai, in a family of Industrialists. His father Ambalal Sarabhai was an affluent industrialist and owned many mills in Gujarat. Vikram Sarabhai was one of the eight children of Ambalal and Sarla Devi. He had his…

Biography of Upendranath Brahmachari

Upendranath was a famous Indian scientist and a leading medical practitioner of his time. He was a remarkable personality. He worked from 1915 on a cure of Kala-azar, a dreaded killer in Bengal and Assam. The traditional treatment by antimony (stibium in Latin) was long, tedious and painful, and therefore impracticable. In 1920, Brahmachari discovered and organic compound of antimony, which he called Urea Stibamine. It had no painful effects and determined an effective substitute for the other antimony containing compounds in the treatment of Kala-azar (Visceral Leishmaniasis ), which is caused by a protozoon, leishmania donovani. It was used…

Biography of Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920 )

Srinivasa Ramanujan was one of the India’s greatest mathematical geniuses. He made substantial contributions to the analytical theory of numbers and worked on ‘elliptic functions’, ‘continued fractions’, and ‘infinite series’. Srinivasa Ramanujan was a great Mathematician, who became world famous at the age of twenty-six. He was born on December 22, 1887 in his grandmother’s house in Erode, a small village of Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. He was the son of K. Srinivasa Iyengar & Komalatammal. His father worked in Kumbakonam as a clerk in a cloth merchant’s shop and his mother was a housewife and also sang at local temple….

Biography of Sisir Kumar Mitra (1890 – 1963)

Sisir Kumar Mitra was an Indian physicist. He is the doyen of radio science in India. He is known for his seminal work on ionosphere. The ionosphere, which extends from about 60 km to several thousand kilometers high in the atmosphere, plays a major role in long distance radio communications. The air in the ionosphere is ionized. Sisir Kumar Mitra was born at Konnagar, a suburb of Calcutta, on 24 October 1890. He was the third son of Joy Krishna Mitra & Sarat Kumari. His father was a school teacher and mother was a doctor in Lady Dufferin Hospital at…

Biography of Sir M. Visvesvaraya (1888-1970)

Sir M. Visvesvaraya was an eminent engineer and statesman and played a key role in building of modern India. Architect of Krishnaraja Sagar Dam; devised steel doors to stop the wasteful flow of water in dams. Today perhaps many people know Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya as one of the ablest engineers of India and creator of the Vrindavan Garden but very few really know his role as one of the builders of modern India, his role in industrializing India, his views on education and planning and so on. He was a real Karmayogi. Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, popularly known as Sir M.V., was…

Biography of Sir J J Thomson (1856- 1940)

Sir Joseph John Thomson was a British physicist and Nobel laureate. He is well known for the discovery of the electron and of isotopes and also the invention of the mass spectrometer. He was awarded with Nobel Prize in Physics in 1906 for the discovery of the electron and for his work on the conduction of electricity in gases. Thomson was born on December 18, 1856 at Cheetham Hill near the industrial city of Manchester in England. His father sold rare books as a bookseller. This was their traditional family business. There was no scientific background at home, except his…

Biography of Sir James Chadwick (1891-1974)

James Chadwick, the discoverer of neutron, a constituent of the nucleus of an atom, was born in Manchester, England on October 20, 1891. He was the eldest son of J J Chadwick. After completing his schooling from the local school he joined the famed Victoria University in Manchester. He acquired his post-graduate degree in 1911. He received a scholarship and went to Charlotenberg, Germany for further study in 1913. Chadwick studied under Hans Geiger at the Technische Hochschule, Berlin. When the World War I broke out in 1914, the Germans captured him and sent him to a labour camp. There…

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