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Also, a minister of state (independent charge) at Modi government, Sinha presented the plan of putting India’s telecommunication on fast track. “India has lagged behind in implementation of 2G and 3G telecom technology, however, we will be among the foremost nations to adopt 5G technology in 2020,” he said.
The minister on the occasion informed the gathering on funds of ‘Rs 145 crore being allocated to IIT at Chennai for development of 5 generation technology’. In his plans for digital rise the minister ensured trust on the state promoted telecommunication company BSNL. He said that BSNL has proved its relevance by providing network support during crucial times of ‘demonitization’ and ‘GST implementation’ and expressed confidence of BSNL gaining furthermore popularity as mobile phone service provider with dedicated efforts of its employees.

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByAvanindra Mishra <!–end of artlbotbor–>Sunday 24 December 2017 4:31 ISTMust readAnti-Salman Khan protests hit Rajasthan over Valmiki remarkManoj Sinha rides bullet train at Digital speed to create New India<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Minister of state for Railways was quick to react when asked about the high-speed bullet train. Though he is the crucial man behind implementation of PM Modi’s flagship hi-speed Mumbai-Ahmedabad train project, he is still searching for an appropriate ‘Desi’ nomenclature for the ambitious project. “As of now it is known as hi-speed train and we are looking for an Indian name for the same,” he answered with pun when asked about ‘bullet train’ in India at ‘New India 2017’ Conclave of Zee Hindustan. It is, however, not just the name that the minister wishes to be indigenous about. The ambitious project is being developed with technical and financial help from Japan. “The loan from Japan is indeed a help considering the 0.01 per cent interest and payback period of 50 years. We are working in direction of developing the technology within the country,” said Sinha. The minister also stressed on the efforts of the present government in improving the existing train networks. Also, the local impact on Rajasthan stating that the railways have allocated projects of Rs 3400 crore for the state this year multiple times more than Rs 700-800 crores being allocated annually by previous government. On fast trackAlso, a minister of state (independent charge) at Modi government, Sinha presented the plan of putting India’s telecommunication on fast track. “India has lagged behind in implementation of 2G and 3G telecom technology, however, we will be among the foremost nations to adopt 5G technology in 2020,” he said. The minister on the occasion informed the gathering on funds of ‘Rs 145 crore being allocated to IIT at Chennai for development of 5 generation technology’. In his plans for digital rise the minister ensured trust on the state promoted telecommunication company BSNL. He said that BSNL has proved its relevance by providing network support during crucial times of ‘demonitization’ and ‘GST implementation’ and expressed confidence of BSNL gaining furthermore popularity as mobile phone service provider with dedicated efforts of its employees.

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Drug users can dance all night while alcohol consumers cannot, says Manohar Parrikar

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday urged the need to control rave parties in the state and bring down the use of drugs as those who use drugs can dance all night while the alcohol users can only dance for two to three hours.”Without drugs, you can’t dance until morning. With alcohol you can dance at the most two to three hours,” Parrikar said in the assembly while responding to a ‘calling attention’ moved on the crackdown of drug mafia in Goa. The calling attention was moved by Congress MLA Pratapsingh Rane.Parrikar also said that next year will be an anti-drug year and the state government will rigorously work to bring down the sale of drugs in the state. “Let us consider 2018 as anti-drug and anti-accident mission for Goa. We will make sure that we will deport those foreigners, who are overstaying in the state,” he said.Responding to the suggestions made by the Congress legislators, Parrikar said the total number of cases of sale of narcotics booked this year has increased by 2.6 times as compared to the annual average.To avoid the number of foreigners who overstay, the chief minister said from January onwards, a detention centre would be started in Mapusa.”The construction of the centre is completed. We will put the foreigners involved in such activity in the detenion centre and later deported,” he added.He claimed that many foreigners come down to Goa and burn their travel documents.”We cannot keep them in jail and hence will keep them in a detention centre,” he said.The chief minister also said that the state government will take on board experts with the knowledge about drugs, so that the state police know about the new kind of narcotics introduced in the market, which needs to be tracked.He also said that the state government is planning to launch an online portal, where people can file complaints about drugs and their name would be kept confidential.”The state government is also trying to set up or make active de-addiction centres,” he said.Parrikar said the number of officers in Anti Narcotic Cell (ANC) of Goa Police should be increased as currently the number os small.”We need to strengthen the ANC. The current strength of the cell is 30, which needs to be increased to 100,” he said.Responding to the statements made by the Congress legislators during the discussion today, Parrikar said, “while I appreciate why members have said that the impact of it is not as deep as you think.” The chief minister said that supply of drugs in the educational institutes is not a new thing.”The supply of drugs is not new to institutions, where there is high student percentage. I have seen drugs in 1973 in my college days at IIT,” he said.(With inputs from PTI)

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2 IIT-B students told to help out at animal NGO

In what might be the first-of-its-kind step taken by an educational institution in the city, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay asked two of its students to serve a total 72 hours of community service with animal welfare organisations after they were found guilty of being party to an animal cruelty case.As per sources in IIT-B, the incident took place on the campus last year and a disciplinary committee was set up immediately to investigate it. While the committee did not charge the main accused due to lack of evidence, two students, who were found guilty of abetting the crime were sentenced to carry out community service.Shakuntala Majumdar, President of Thane SPCA said, “They were given tasks from cleaning animal enclosures to cutting vegetables and even assisting in providing medical treatment for injured animals,” she said, adding that the person clearly seemed shocked to see and learn the animal suffering and even narrated how he developed a change of heart.Majumdar is also planning to write to the University and other major institutions to take strict action against students found involved in animal cruelty cases as well as those abetting or supporting it.

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BMC, Central Railway seek IIT aid to check track-flooding

After they failed to finalise an amicable solution to widen drains at six chronic waterlogging locations on the Central Railway, the BMC and the CR have now sought the help of the Indian Institute of Technology to address technical difficulties.BMC’s stormwater drain department and the CR were wary of the method to be used for widening the drains at Currey road, Chinchpokli, Mulund and three locations between Sion and Kurla. These areas see severe waterlogging every monsoon which affects CR services.While the CR wants the civic body to widen the drains only through micro-tunneling, two metres below the tracks so that rail traffic is not affected, BMC says the method is technically unfeasible.”We have decided to take help of IIT to help us to find an amicable solution. We have already written to IIT’s civil engineering department and will hold a joint meeting soon”, said SWD department’s Chief Engineer V Khandkar.

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PWD has only three machines to clean roads: Delhi government to Delhi High court

There are “only” three mechanised vacuum cleaning machines with the Delhi government’s Public Works Department (PWD) to sweep the roads. These submissions were made in the High Court in the wake of the failure of the Delhi government to curtail the increasing air pollution in the Capital. In an affidavit filed in the Delhi High court through its standing counsel Naushad Ahmed Khan, the AAP government informed the court that there are three vacuum cleaning machines which have been used to clean the roads of posh South Delhi. “Three numbers mechanised sweeping machines have been deployed on various roads of the PWD in South Delhi only. The PWD is making efforts to increase the number of machines, by re-tendering for procurement on hiring basis the mechanized sweeping machines,” the government said in the affidavit filed on November 29.The length of the PWD roads’ measures is 1,270 km and each machine can cover not more than five-six km of the road at a time. Sources said that the action would just end up cleaning 15 per cent of the roads while 85 per cent of the roads are yet to becovered. However, when asked about the machines, an official in the PWD stated that they do not own the machines and the same have been hired or procured from a third party.“We do not have a single vacuum cleaning machine to sweep the roads. The three machines have been hired. Also it is not our responsibility to procure the machines. It is the municipal bodies who are responsible to the get the machines. We are just entrusted with the construction and maintenance of the roads,” the official said on the condition of anonymity. According to an IIT Kanpur report, a big contributor to Delhi’s air pollution is road dust that accounts for about 35 per cent of tiny particles known as PM 2.5 in the air, followed by vehicles.The High Court has also noted that there should be appropriate cleaning and washing of roads so as to ensure that the dust settles down. In an order dated November 9, the court also directed water sprinkling on the roads to prevent dust contamination, which is the biggest reason for pollution in the city. However, the suggestions have not been properly complied with major roads of the Capital remaining uncovered. WHEN DUST MATTERSAccording to an IIT Kanpur report, road dust accounts for about 35 per cent of tiny particles known as PM 2.5 in the air, followed by vehicles. The length of the PWD roads’ measures is 1,270 km and each machine can cover not more than five-six km of the road at a time. In an order dated November 9, the court also directed water sprinkling on the roads to prevent dust contamination
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IIT-B students get Rs 1 cr offer

On its first day of placements on Friday, the high-profile Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) attracted a large numbers of companies — two of the biggest being Microsoft and Uber. Both the companies reportedly offered nearly Rs 1 crore annual packages, although the institute did not confirm the reports.However, even as the numbers on the package were lucrative, there were concerns over the issues surrounding international visas. Last year, several students who had managed to bag top international offers were later offered positions in the national branches of the companies due to visa issues.Some of the other prominent recruiters in the first slot, which ended on Friday evening, also included P&G, Goldman Sachs, BCG, Texas Instruments, GE and Schlumberger, amongst others. Renowned American private equity firm — Blackstone — reportedly made one of the best offers with an annual package of Rs 44 lakh.Day 1 was dominated by software, consultancy, and engineering firms; start-ups did not make an appearance on Friday. This year, around 1,700 students have registered for the campus placements and the institute expects more than 225 companies to participate. The institute has seen a rise in the number of PPOs as compared to the last few years, with 137 companies having made their offers before the placements kickstarted.For the first time, Public Service Undertakings (PSUs) also conducted interviews at the IIT-B campus before the beginning of the first phase of placements. Some of the prominent PSUs that conducted interviews in the campus include Indian Space Research organisation (ISRO) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL).”The overall selections on the first day have been great and we are hoping that the numbers will be better in the next few days” said a member of the placement committee.
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IIT-Vikhroli Metro stretch work to worsen traffic snarls

Expect more traffic snarls if you are driving via Powai lake, as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has initiated the bidding process for construction of the Metro corridor between IIT, Bombay and Vikhroli on behalf of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).The DMRC said on Wednesday that it floated a bid worth Rs 339.27 crore for the project on Tuesday, partially between IIT, Bombay and Vikhroli, and the rest of the project will be tendered separately. The development has come after a month of the Maharashtra cabinet approving the particular Metro line.”Work on the IIT, Bombay-Vikhroli line can start by April 2018 and the remaining corridor between Lokhandwala and IIT will be tendered separately as the Metro-6 designs will have to be planned considering the design of one of the flyover being constructed by the BMC. We are currently studying to accommodate both the designs,” said a DMRC official.The 14.47-km route will link Lokhandwala at Andheri in western suburbs with Vikhroli in the eastern suburbs along with major arterial roads like the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR), Western Express Highway (WEH), Powai Lake road, and the Eastern Express Highway (EEH).The Metro-6 project will connect commercial areas like SEEPZ, Powai through an elevated line. It will be also linked with the 18.6-km Metro 2-A route which is from Dahisar (East) to DN Nagar, Andheri.PROJECT DETAILSTotal project cost: 6,672 crore Total 13 Metro stations namely: Lokhandwala (Swami Samarth Nagar)), Adarsh Nagar, Momin Nagar, JVLR, Shyam Nagar, Maha Kali Caves, SEEPZ Village, Saki Vihar Road, Ram Baug, Powai Lake, IIT Bombay, Kanjurmarg (W), Vikhroli-EEH. Number of coaches: 6 Daily ridership: The expected daily ridership is anticipated to be 6.5 lakh in 2021 and 7.69 lakh in 2031.
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NDA topper Shivansh Joshi chooses country over comfort, doesn’t take IIT admission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a rare move, Shivansh Joshi a 17-year-old youngster from Uttarakhand chose to serve the country by choosing to join NDA over IIT, which would’ve allowed him to spend a lucrative life.Joshi from Uttarakhand topped the NDA entrance exam and told Hindustan Times: “Serving the country has been my objective since childhood. The love for the country runs in the blood of youngsters of Uttarakhand and I feel fortunate to be living my dream now.” From Ramnagar, the bright youngster scored 96.8% in his Class XII and ha also cracked the JEE advanced which all but guaranteed a place in a prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).However, Shivansh’s dream was to join the armed forces and on November 25 he realised that he had topped the UPSC.. Son of Sanjeev Joshi who works at LIC and Tanuja Joshi, a government primary school teacher, the prodigious youngster didn’t undergo any coaching. The schedule included studying, playing football, reading books and an overall well-balanced life.Showing pride in Uttarakhand he added: “I am extremely proud and fortunate to come from a state, which has given the nation people such as national security advisor Ajit Kumar Doval and General Bipin Rawat, the chief of Army staff. I too want to dedicate my life for the security and pride of the country.” His father now wants his younger son to join the defence services as well.

IIT-B students bag pre-placement jobs, software leads the numbers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B), are looking forward to having a great placement season this year with 137 pre-placement offers (PPOs) already in the institute’s kitty. The number has seen a good increase as compared to 2016 wherein the institute had got 119 offers.The IT or Software sector has attracted the most number of offers like the last few year with 37 offers followed by core engineering and technology companies with 32 offers. This is followed by the Finance Sector from which the institute has got 29 offers so far. Tom Mathews, professor in Charge of Placements, at the institute, said overall pre-placement scene at the institute is better as compared to that of last year. “We are getting more offers this year and are hoping to get a good number of companies during the placement season” added Mathews.So far, seven Fast Moving Consumers Goods (FMCG) firms have come up with PPOs at the institute. When asked about startups and Public Sector Undertakings, Mathews said many companies from both these sectors have shown interest but refused to share any further details. Mathews also confirmed that some offshore companies have shown interest this year. A member of the institute placement committee said that after the ban on startups was lifted, a good number of startups have shown interest in participating this year.

NTA to hold NEET, JEE from Dec 2018

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Testing Agency (NTA) — Centre’s one-point agency for conducting all entrance examinations — will conduct first tests from December 2018, for the academic year 2019. The task of setting up the agency has been assigned to Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur which has already begun work on hiring subject experts.To begin with, they will conduct NEET and JEE next year, the entrance exams that were so far conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). After the formation of NTA , JEE will be conducted twice a year.The Union Cabinet recently gave its nod to setting up of the agency which was announced in this year’s budget by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.”IIT Kanpur has already been assigned the task of setting up the agency and they have started with forming a team of subject experts in various fields and technical experts to design the question papers. The agency will be able to conduct first examination in December next year,” said a senior official.According to sources in the ministry, the agency will have people from the private sector as well including experts in particular subjects and IT experts to make sure that the tests are conducted online, in a hassle-free manner.Subject experts will create a question bank that will be used for the exam. “Creating a question bank, ideating and managing the online system are the key points that we are will be done by NTA,” the official added.

MMRDA blames MSRDC for not issuing NOC for construction of Thane Metro

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which is headed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, has put the blame on Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) for delaying the issuing of no objection certificate (NOC) for construction of Wadala-Thane Metro-4 corridor, despite applying for the same more than a year ago.MSRDC is headed by Shiv Sena Minister Eknath Shinde, and MMRDA needs NOC from MSRDC as the Metro-4 corridor will go close by the flyovers that are maintained by the MSRDC on Eastern Express Highway (EEH).Senior MMRDA officials have claimed that they will bring the delay on part of MSRDC to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in the war room meeting held to review infrastructure projects. However, MSRDC officials have claimed that MMRDA is not sharing the complete picture.”We were sent the alignment of Metro-4 after which we have replied back with our observations on the alignment way back in March 2017. We had observed that at several stretches the alignment was too near to our flyovers and we had expected them to reply us back on the safety concerns raised,” said a MSRDC official.MSRDC claims that it has asked the Information Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) to study the structural strength of flyovers on the Western and Eastern Express Highway. “We have faced several issues with MMRDA when it comes to ongoing construction of Dahisar East – Andheri East Metro-7 corridor. MMRDA has changed their alignment at several stretches resulting in they coming very near to the foundation of our flyovers, and this rakes up safety issues,” added the MSRDC official.MSRDC added that the officials from Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) are also in touch with us as their underground Metro corridor between Colaba-Seepz comes on WEH. “We have also asked the IIT-B to study that whether the vibrations caused due to underground Metro work would affect the structural strength of the existing flyovers,” the MSRDC official added.

First drainage master plan in 40 years ready

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi does not receive rainfall comparable to Mumbai or Chennai, but a heavy spell for an hour is enough to inundate major traffic junctions and residential areas. There are over 300 major waterlogging hotspots in the city.Delhi has 426.55 km of natural drainage and a cumulative length of 3,311.54 km of engineered stormwater drains. There are 201 natural drains in three major basins of NCT of Delhi. But most storm drains have turned into open sewers, choking the flow of water and resulting in waterlogging. Several natural drains are dotted with encroachments.The problem is, Delhi continues to rely on a nearly four-decade-old drainage master plan made in 1976. The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi’s (IIT-D) drainage master plan, prepared for the Delhi government, addresses all these issues and more.The IIT-D team carried out multiple simulations on effective management of drainage system after collecting data from 11 government agencies. “Using rainfall data, we conducted simulations to see the impact on flooding. The points and locations that get waterlogged were included. We quantified the volume of water that needs to be drained. If the capacity is not in place, they have to change that or they have to change the incoming volume,” says Professor IIT-D professor, AK Gosain”The current practice of puncturing sewer lines and draining sewage into storm drains to deal with blockages should be stopped. DJB should use latest mechanisms such as super suckers for de-clogging sewer lines,” the draft drainage master plan says.Gosain says part of the plan’s implementation will start soon.

IIT Kanpur suspends 22 students for ragging freshers in August

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ragging in educational institutes remain a troubling issue in India, despite several stringent measures.In yet another horrifying incident, about 30 freshers of IIT Kanpur were subjected to humiliating treatment in name of ragging.But what can be called as justice done, on Friday, the IIT authorities suspended 22 senior students for 15 days for the incident.Ironically, it took almost a month for the IIT administration to complete the probe and suspend the guilty.The incident of ragging took place in August and the Dean Students Welfare and Anti-Ragging Committee gave its verdict on Friday.About 30 juniors had lodged a complaint with the institute administration that a group of senior students of Hall 2 in the campus had forced them to do some objectionable and obscene acts during their ragging on August 19 and 20 night.Freshers who had refused to oblige were thrashed by their seniors.Junior students had lodged a complaint in this regard with the administration which handed over the case to the Dean Students Welfare and Anti-ragging Committee.The committee placed its report before the Senate which found seniors guilty of ragging and physical assault.“We discussed the report and recommendations of the committee during Senate meeting on Thursday and decided to suspend 22 senior students for 15 days,” said Neeraj Kumar, Dean Students’ Welfare, IIT Kanpur.Kumar said that the suspended students have been directed to file their submissions on charges against them within 15 days.“The final action against these students will be taken after their replies. If found guilty, they may be terminated from the institute,” said Kumar.The Dean said that the Institute administration was not taking any legal action or lodging FIRs against these students as it may ruin their careers as well as expose identity of the complainants.

Have filed returns on time, FCRA license cancellation due to procedural lapses: IIT Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) said on Thursday that there have been certain “procedural lapses” in cancellation of its FCRA license, preventing it from receiving foreign funds.The IIT Delhi is among several hundred organisations whose registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA) has been cancelled by the Home Ministry as they have failed to file their annual returns for five consecutive years.Senior officials at the institution said they were exempted from registration under the FCRA as it was set up through an Act of Parliament and is audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).”We have been filing our returns as per deadlines. There are certain procedural lapses in cancellation of the license and we will take up the issue with the Home Ministry,” IIT Delhi Director V Ramgopal Rao told PTI.Rao said the institute was receiving foreign funding through two mechanisms.”There are two accounts, one in which we receive donations form alumni and second in which we receive project funding. While we sort out the issue of the project funding license, we can continue receiving funds from alumni,” he added.”Under the FCRA norms, if an institute is set up through an Act of Parliament or a state legislature or if its accounts are audited by CAG it does not need to register under FCRA to accept foreign funding,” IIT Delhi Registrar Sandeep Chaterjee said.”Even after the exemption, we have been filing all our returns traditionally hence the question of being a defaulter on the list does not arise,” he said.

MMRDA to consult IIT-B for Dr Ambedkar memorial

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has decided to take the assistance of experts from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) for the construction of the 350-foot tall Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial at Indu Mill in Dadar. The MMRDA plans to consult experts from IIT-B on avoiding corrosion of steel that will be used for the memorial’s construction.Pravin Darade, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, said, “We are going to take opinion from IIT on using steel for the memorial. Since the memorial will be close to the sea, there are chances of corrosion. The opinion will be regarding which parts must be made of stainless steel to avoid corrosion.” The opinion from IIT will help MMRDA identify the spots where corrosion is possible and only those would be made of stainless steel.”When it comes to corrosion, it has to be studied in depth and it involves science. If the corrosion is not protected or prevented, it can lead to a major safety issue,” said an official from MMRDA.The MMRDA has also planned an auditorium, meditation area and a pond along with the memorial. The proposed pond will be a replica of Chavdar Tale, the main tank of Mahad where Dr Ambedkar hosted a satyagraha in 1927.So far, around five Indian companies have shown interest in the memorial’s construction for which the cost is estimated to be Rs 600 crore. The MMRDA plans to award the construction contract by this year’s end and have the memorial constructed within the next three years.MORE ATTRACTIONSThe MMRDA has also planned an auditorium with a seating capacity of about 800.
An assembly hall, museum, library, garden and parking space for visitors have also been proposed

World University Rankings 2018: IIT Delhi, Kanpur slip further on the list

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There has been a huge setback for the educational institutions in India post the release of World University Rankings 2018. Indian Institute of Science which is the highest ranked institute in the list, only saved the grace. IISc also saw a dip of bands from 201-250 to 251-300 bands. IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur were among the top best educational institutes in India last year. But this year, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur have toppled down from 401-500 club to 501-600 . IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee however retained the same position as of last year. Phil Baty, Editorial chief of the Times Higher Education Global Rankings said, “It is disappointing that India has declined in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings amid increasing global competition.”Baty further added that India’s flagship IISc is slipping downwards whereas on the other hand many leading universities in other Asian countries are rising. Rise of position is all the affect of high and sustained funding.Two UK institutions bagged the rankings of the best universities for the first time in its history. Oxford holds the number one position, for the second time in a row. While Cambridge rises to second position from fourth. India aced the list for a long time concerning the South Asia but now is visibly loosing its position.Experts have raise a voice of concern with the dipping global rankings of the educational institutes ideally because of drop in its research influence score and research income.

JNU reinstates whistleblower former IIT Kharagpur professor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNU has reinstated whistleblower former IIT Kharagpur professor Rajeev Kumar, whose penalty of compulsory retirement was quashed by Pranab Mukherjee days before he demitted office as President. “In continuation of Ministry of HRD Ministry’s letter and Delhi High Court’s order, Rajeev Kumar is requested to resume his duties in School of Computer and Systems Sciences immediately,” an official order issued by JNU said. IIT Kharagpur had suspended Kumar for “misconduct” in May 2011, the same year the Supreme Court had lauded him as an “unsung hero” for his efforts to reform the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) which has since been re-christened as JEE Advanced. The institute had set up a probe panel that found him guilty. Kumar was accused of “damaging the reputation of the institute” by levelling allegations on issues ranging from irregularities in the purchase of laptops to rampant copying by students during examinations. In 2014, the IIT decided to compulsorily retire him. Kumar, who alleged that the panel was biased, had moved the Delhi High Court and obtained a stay on the IIT’s decision. He had also appealed to the then president requesting that the order be quashed. Following the high court’s stay order, Kumar had taken lien for two years and joined Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2015. However, he was relieved from JNU in June to allow him to re-join IIT Kharagpur. The IIT had last week accepted his resignation following communication of the Presidential order, and the professor had appealed to the JNU vice chancellor to reinstate him. “Kumar will also be entitled to benefits from the date he was relieved from JNU,” the official order said. Days before he demitted office last month, Mukherjee had ordered setting aside of the penalty imposed on Kumar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IIT Kharagpur accepts resignation of whistle-blower prof

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>IIT Kharagpur has accepted the resignation of whistle-blower professor Rajeev Kumar, whose compulsory retirement order was quashed by President Pranab Mukherjee days before he demitted office.Kumar was suspended by IIT Kharagpur on charges of “misconduct” in 2011, which ironically was the same year he was lauded by the Supreme Court as the “unsung hero” for his efforts to reform the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).The institute had set up a probe panel that found him guilty of “damaging the reputation of the institute” by complaining on issues ranging from irregularities in the purchase of laptops to rampant copying by students during examinations.In 2014, after an IIT panel decided in favour of his compulsorily retirement, Kumar alleged that the panel was biased. He then moved the Delhi High Court and obtained a stay on the IIT’s order. He had also appealed to the then president, requesting that the order be quashed.While he had resigned in 2014, the institution had not accepted his resignation saying the matter was sub-judice. Following the high court’s stay order, Kumar had taken lien for two years and joined Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2015. However, he was relieved from JNU in June to allow him to re-join IIT Kharagpur.The professor has appealed to the JNU Vice-Chancellor to reinstate him as his penalty has been quashed and resignation accepted. Days before he demitted office last month, former president Pranab Mukherjee had ordered setting aside of the penalty imposed on Kumar.

IIT accepts resignation of whistle-blower prof

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>IIT Kharagpur has accepted the resignation of whistle-blower professor Rajeev Kumar, whose compulsory retirement order was quashed by president Pranab Mukherjee days before he demitted office. IIT Kharagpur had suspended Kumar for “misconduct” in May 2011, the same year the Supreme Court had lauded him as an “unsung hero” for his efforts to reform the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) which has since been re-christened as JEE Advanced. The institute set up a probe panel that found him guilty. Kumar was accused of “damaging the reputation of the institute” by levelling allegations on issues ranging from irregularities in the purchase of laptops to rampant copying by students during examinations. In 2014, the IIT decided to compulsorily retire him. Kumar, who alleged that the panel was biased, had moved the Delhi High Court and obtained a stay on the IIT’s order. He had also appealed to the then president requesting that the order be quashed. While he had resigned in 2014, the institution had not accepted his resignation saying the matter was sub-judice. “(Former) President and Visitor of IIT Kharagpur has set aside the penalty of compulsory retirement on professor Rajeev Kumar…The institute accepts his technical resignation in view of the HRD communication following the presidential order,” an official memorandum said. Following the high court’s stay order, Kumar had taken lien for two years and joined Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2015. However, he was relieved from JNU in June to allow him to re-join IIT Kharagpur. The professor has appealed to the JNU vice chancellor to reinstate him as his penalty has been quashed and resignation accepted. JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagdeesh Kumar, when contacted, did not comment on the issue. Days before he demitted office last month, Mukherjee had ordered setting aside of the penalty imposed on Kumar. The HRD ministry had last week an issued order to the IIT Kharagpur director to comply with the former president’s order.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IIT student hangs himself

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The body of a student was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his hostel room at IIT Roorkee today, a senior police official said. The body of Aman Chauhan, who hailed from Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh, was found hanging in his hostel room at Ganga Bhawan, SP (rural) Manikant Mishra said. A first year MSc student, Chauhan is said to have been suffering from depression for some time, Mishra said. No suicide note was found from the student’s room, he said. However, a diary has been recovered from the spot, he added. The matter came to light when Chauhan was not seen by his classmates for a long time in the afternoon. They reported the matter to the authorities who opened the room and found him hanging from the ceiling fan, the official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rajasthan holds IT fest to develop apps on state schemes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 800 experts and students are taking part in a two-day IT event here that aims to provide a platform for entrepreneurs and startups, and develop apps for state flagship schemes. The event, DIGIFEST 2017, organised by Rajasthan Information and Technology Department, was kicked off today with ‘Hackathon 2.0’ event where about 800 IT experts, coders and students displayed their innovations, according a release. The participants are set to develop applications on state government flagship schemes like Bhamasha Yojana, E-mitra, Internet offing, blog chain and artificial intelligence and make the presentation of the same within 24 hours. The developers of top three applications would be awarded with a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh, Rs 10 lakh and Rs 7.50 lakh besides several other consolation prizes for top performers. The participants are working on mobile applications like smart dustbin and parking solution. A team from IIT Roorkee is working on a mobile app that would enable the women to use their Bhamasha cards as debit cards, the release said. Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje is scheduled to address the participants in a session tomorrow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Parrikar advises IIT graduates not to crave for glamorous jobs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has advised IIT graduates not to crave for glamorous jobs. He made these remarks recently when he delivered the Convocation Address on the occasion of the 55th Convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. Parrikar asked the IIT graduates not to crave for glamorous jobs. ?Do not limit yourself to a career path that is obvious and glamorous. The challenges of the world are becoming more and more complex by the day, and the IITs have a moral responsibility to provide enterprise and intellectual firepower to solve them,? he said. Highlighting the modern day challenges the young graduates faced, Parrikar said, ?The world that I entered as a fresh IIT graduate is vastly different from the world that you are about to enter.? He further added: ?No one knows how the world will be in the next ten years; leave alone the next forty years. Because unlike in the past, it?s not just that things are changing but things are changing at an unprecedented pace. And since the world is changing at an unprecedented pace, what is required of professionals is also going to change at an unprecedented pace.? Suggesting that some IIT graduates even join politics, he said, ?I am often referred to as India?s first IIT educated Chief Minister. While it is a matter of personal pride, it is a cause for concern at an institutional level. How come IITs have not become the training ground for one of the most important jobs in our nation? This needs to change. And, if you think politics is too dirty for you to enter, I would say that this is precisely why you must enter politics.? Commenting on how India?s biggest strength was its democracy, the Chief Minister said that, ?People should never cede the central role in a democratic process to politicians, and expect miracles out of them. People should be constantly and meaningfully engaged in the governance process, and this engagement should be a very matured and a pragmatic one that demands accountability and transparency on one hand, while on the other hand provides opportunity, space and support to succeed.? He spoke of development saying that ?It is not the birth right of the urban elite alone. Equitable distribution of development is a pressing need of rural India where most of our people live?. But he warned of expecting instant results saying that such expectations often derail any reform, ?When it comes to long term changes, we shouldn?t expect instant results. And, we should never forget that what comes quickly also goes away quickly.? Parrikar also talked about the need to imbibe a sense of patriotism. ?For a nation to succeed there needs to be strong binding force. The more valuable the pearls are the more strong must the string be. Ours is a great nation with many things to be very proud of, including the opportunities that lie ahead of us. And, these pearls of the past, the present and the future can only be strung together by a strong sense of patriotism. Discuss, debate and disagree how much ever you may want, but when it comes to working on the field, fill your minds with the idea that our nation always comes first.? He emphasized on the importance of primary school education and said that gaps in learning at a primary level are very hard to fix as a child grows. ?And such poor learning outcomes plaguing our primary schooling system is in my view India?s biggest challenge. This weakens the very foundation of our nation.? The other challenges the Chief Minister spoke of was in health care sector, the state of our farmers, social inclusion of marginalised groups, integrating women into every sphere, skill development, unemployment and the environment. The Chief Minister spoke of the need to educate and inform people of the transformative power of technology. ?Resistance to change, due to the fear of the unknown, is quite natural,? he said citing the example of the solid waste management plant set up in Goa. ?While I was the CM of Goa in 2012, we set-up what is today one of India?s best solid waste management plant. In the place where we have the plant today, there was a huge garbage dump spreading foul odour and polluting the nearby areas for more than two decades. But when we decided to clear the dump, set up a plant and process the garbage, many people protested citing environmental concerns.? He added, ?Today you will not find foul odour even inside the garbage plant. And, every high level dignitary who visits Goa these days visits the plant. Everyday children from various schools in Goa visit the plant.? Speaking of the Government?s commitment towards building a clean environment and clean Goa, he spoke of a pilot project of India?s first bio-gas bus which would be fuelled by the garbage in Goa.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mukherjee quashed compulsory retirement of IIT prof

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>IIT-Kharagpur professor Rajeev Kumar, who was given compulsory retirement after he exposed flaws in the IIT entrance exam, can now heave a sigh of relief, courtesy former President Pranab Mukherjee. Days before he demitted office last month, Mukherjee had ordered setting aside of the penalty imposed on Kumar. The HRD Ministry had last week issued orders to the IIT- Kharagpur Director to comply with Mukherjee’s decision. “I am directed to refer to the appeal dated September 3, 2014 filed by professor Rajeev Kumar and to say that the President of India, in his capacity as the Visitor of IIT- Kharagpur,…has set aside the penalty of compulsory retirement imposed on him,” read the HRD Ministry order. Kumar, when contacted, refused to comment on the issue. IIT-Kharagpur had suspended Kumar for “misconduct” in May 2011 — the same year the Supreme Court had lauded him as a “unsung hero” for his efforts to reform the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), which has since been re-christened as JEE Advanced. He was accused of “damaging the reputation of the institute” by levelling allegations on issues ranging from irregularities in the purchase of laptops to rampant copying by students during examinations. The institute set up a probe panel that found him guilty. In 2014, the IIT decided to hand him compulsory retirement. Kumar, who alleged that the panel was biased, moved the Delhi High Court and obtained a stay on the IIT’s decision. He also appealed to the President requesting that the decision be quashed. The appeal against the retirement order has been pending in the Delhi High Court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

All IITs to follow IITGN model

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Foundation Programme of the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IITGN), seems to be going places. After a huge success of the programme that disconnects students from their studies at the beginning of the course, the IIT Council has asked other IITs across the country to follow suit.IITGN pioneered the Foundation Programme in 2011, and it has impacted students significantly. It aims at nurturing the all-round growth of students, away from academics, contributing to their creativity, physical wellbeing and extra-curricular passions.Talking about the programme, Dr Sudhir Jain, Director of IIT-GN, said, “The idea was to delay the study time of the new students and allow them to spend some time on various other activities. In 2013, NIT Trichy started a similar programme and in 2015, IIT-Kota adopted it. Recently, the IIT Council studied the programme, considered student feedback, and asked all the IITs to follow our Foundation Programme.”The five-week programme includes various activities ranging from field visits to village walks to sports. The authorities at IITGN, while designing the course, considered the fact that during JEE preparations, students dedicate nearly 10 hours to their books and do not partake in any physical activity. Hence, foundation programmes should be designed to boost both mental and physical well-being of students.Amit Prashant, dean, IIT-GN, said, “This year, we have included yoga in our physical activities. We designed a careful review system based on student feedback and perceptions about the end-of-day events in the programme.”DAY PLANA typical foundation programme day looks like this:Hour long physical exercise session at 6:30 am
After breakfast, couple of lectures and interactive sessions with experts from various fields
Post-lunch sessions on creative passions
Sports in the evening
In the evening, students are encouraged to pen down their thoughts and follow up on the things they discussed in the course of the day

IIT-Delhi gets 50 research proposals on benefits of cow urine

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, has received 50 proposals from different academic and research institutes to study the benefits of cow urine and milk under the SVAROP programme, the government said today.In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Y S Chowdary, the Minister of State in the Science and Technology Ministry, said that at a brainstorming-cum-consultative workshop held at the IIT, concept ideas/proposals related to the SVAROP programme, including the research and development (R&D) component on cow derivatives, were discussed.SVAROP is acronym for Scientific Validation And Research On ‘Panchgavya’ (concoction of cow dung, cow urine, milk, curd and ghee).”Consequently, about 50 Research and Development (R&D) proposals have been received by IIT-D from various academic and research institutes besides voluntary organisations,” the minister said.The government has constituted a national steering committee (NSC) to initiate the SVAROP programme.The committee comprises secretaries of scientific departments, senior scientists and three members linked to the RSS and VHP.Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan is the chairman of the NSC and Vijay Bhatkar is the co-chairman.Known as an architect of the Param supercomputer series, Bhatkar is also linked to the RSS-affiliated Vijyan Bharti.

CBSE selects DPS Bopal to conduct free coaching for girls under Udaan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) has selected city-based Delhi Public School – Bopal as the centre for Udaan, a CBSE-cum-ministry of human resource and development (MHRD) programme for girl students to compete for admissions in premier Indian engineering institutions like IITs.Classes under Udaan are conducted online and girl students can register with the board to join classes at DPS Bopal. Talking about the same, Surender Sachdeva, principal, DPS Bopal, said, “We are honoured to be selected as the centre for this initiative. The last date is August 7 and the centre will approve the applications by August 10. It is likely that the IIT faculty will conduct these classes online. It is an opportunity for girls to prepare for IIT exam free of cost.”Udaan is designed to provide a comprehensive platform to deserving girl students who aspire to pursue higher education in engineering and support them to prepare for the entrance examinations while they are still studying in classes XI and XII. The programme aims at providing mentorship to 1,000 girl students. Students will be provided tutorials, lectures and study material as well tablets or financial assistance to purchase one. RequisitesMinimum 70% marks in class X overall80% marks in science and mathematicsFor boards, which follow CGPA, a minimum CGPA of 8 and a GPA of 9 in science and mathematics The annual family income should be less than Rs6 lakh per annum

IITs take initiative to reduce suicide among students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twelve students have committed suicide and some attempted at suicide across various Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in the country in last three years.5 such cases were reported in 2015, 4 cases in 2014, and 3 in 2016. This information was revealed by minister of state, human resource development, Mahendra Nath Pandey, in response to a written question in Parliament on Thursday.According to the ministry, the reasons vary from academic stress to domestic and personal reasons. The institutions themselves, however realise that the problem is serious. Hence, the institutions have started taking various initiatives to make the students feel comfortable, specially freshers and those who have a problem with the medium of learning.”IITs have been taking various steps such as peer assisted learning, special languages classes for students who need help with studies, in order to ease the academic stress. In addition to this, IITs also conduct workshops/ seminars on wellness, regular sessions on Yoga, induction programmes, extracurricular activities, including sports and cultural activities, to create a friendly environment for students,” the minister added.IIT Delhi, which is one of the oldest IITs in the country and gets students from various parts of the country, is going to pay special attention to its first year students from this year. From their orientation session to extra-curricular activities, the institute is taking some new initiatives.”We have appointed senior students as guides for first year students. These students will go around at hostels in the night after 8 p.m. to help students with studies. Since the class size in IITs is big, its is difficult to give special attention to students, such efforts will help. This will also keep the stress off students,” a professor at IIT Delhi said.IIT Ropar, which is one of the new age IITs is also going to organise a two-week induction programme for freshers to introduce them to the institute, departments, facilities and life on campus. Other than these, one of the most important reasons for this special extended induction programme is to get the students engaged in extra-curricular activities like sports, yoga and to enhance their social & team skills.

Can IIT withhold result? SC on student charged with sexual

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court has said it will examine whether an IIT can withhold the results of a final-year student, who was terminated after being held guilty in a sexual harassment case. A bench of justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao issued notice to the Centre and IIT-Kanpur on the plea of the student, who challenged the Allahabad High Court order dismissing his plea. Advocate Manu Shanker Mishra, appearing for the petitioner, said the results of the final semester should be given to the student as the delay is jeopardising his career. The petitioner, before being terminated, was a final-year student of Department of Physics after being admitted to the institute in July 2012. He was expelled from the institute in April 2016 after he was found guilty of sexually harassing a girl student. The 23-year-old B.Sc Physics girl student had accused her senior of sexually harassing her for two years after which the college administration had forwarded the matter to the Women’s Cell. The cell found the accused guilty and he was expelled later. He claimed that the Women Cell never gave the copy of the complaint made by the girl to him and did not even consider his reply. “The charges levelled against the petitioner were absolutely vague and were incapable of being replied properly. However, the petitioner gave replies to all the charges and he also tried to support his defence by introducing a large number of documents and a list of students who would appear as witnesses in the inquiry in support of his defence,” he said. The student claimed that the findings of the Internal Complaint’s Committee were also not made available to him by the Women’s Cell. He said that the report of the Women’s Cell together with the minutes of the meeting of the Senate Students’ Affairs Committee of March 30, 2016 were placed before the Academic Senate for its consideration on April 5, 2016 and were ratified and he was terminated. “The Academic Senate did not give a copy of the report to the petitioner and it also did not give him any show-cause notice asking him to appear before the Senate for hearing. “No opportunity of hearing of any kind whatsoever was afforded to the petitioner either by the Senate Students’ Affairs Committee or by the Academic Senate before the aforesaid decision of terminating the academic programme of the petitioner was taken by them,” he said. The student claimed that his defence was not considered at all by the authorities at any stage of the proceedings and “there was sufficient material supplied by the petitioner so as to demonstrate that the complaint that was made against him by the female student was malicious”. He said that single judge bench of the Allahabad High Court had ordered that the petitioner will submit a written unconditional apology before the institution and had directed the IIT to declare the petitioner’s result, if he has passed the examination. IIT-Kanpur, however, challenged the order of the single- judge bench which the division bench on February 3, set aside.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi OYO room suicide: Family says they didn’t know couple were friends

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Family members of the two teenagers who allegedly committed suicide at an OYO room in South-West Delhi’s Dwarka claimed that they were unaware of their friendship. On the other hand, police maintained that they were known to each other though no suicide note has been recovered from the room.Family members of 19-year-old Shivam (name changed) were happy as their son had secured a rank of 28 in the IIT entrance examination. Little did they know that their joy would turn to grief.According to Shivam’s father, he left home on Thursday afternoon stating that he was going to attend a demonstration class in Computer Science for his admissions at IIT.”He (Shivam) seemed depressed for some days, something was troubling him. He spoke less and avoided us. Now i wish I had spoken to him,” said the father.He added that he received a call from his son around 6 pm who told him that he would spend the night at his friend’s as he was unwell.”I denied permission but he insisted and stayed back. On Friday evening the police called us to identify the body,” he added.The girl was a first-year student at Lady Hardinge Medical College. She was fond of writing poetry and her family members also claimed that they were unaware that the duo knew each other. However, their friends stated that the two studied in the same school and were friends for around two years.The two were found hanging from the ceiling fan at the OYO room in Dwarka sector-17 area”The hotel staff informed the police who arrived and broke open the door. The two were found hanging from the ceiling fan with the bedsheets inside room no-104. No suicide note has been recovered,” said Surender Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South-West. Investigations are on.

Teenagers’ families unaware about their friendship: police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The families of two teenagers, who allegedly committed suicide in a hotel room in southwest Delhi’s Dwarka, were not aware about the duo being friends, the police said today. During the probe, the police have found that they were known to each other for the last couple of years. They are also analysing phone records and their recent activities to find out what triggered them to take extreme step. No suicide note has been recovered from the room, which they have booked using a mobile app. The man’s family told police he had never mentioned about any woman to them. Even on Thursday, he had left his home saying that he was going to attend the demo class of Computer Science for his admissions at the IIT. He had told his parents that he would be staying at his friend’s place for studies but had checked into a hotel with the MBBS student. The woman’s family members are too, in state of shock. She never discussed anything related to friendship with any man. She was a first year student at Lady Hardinge medical college. Police said that they would be questioning their common friends to ascertain what led them to take the extreme step.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Benefits of scientific research should reach public: Vardhan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Environment minister Harsh Vardhan today asked researchers to solve basic problems, like of water shortage and sanitation, confronting the common man as the benefits of scientific research should reach the public. The Minister said that scientists should work at the grassroots level and emphasised on synergy and coordination between various scientific and technical institutions working for the common goal to combat the climate change. After launching the National Carbonaceous Aerosols Programme Project (NCAP) on Carbonaceous aerosol emissions, source apportionment and climate impacts (NCAP-COALESCE project) at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, he said that climate change and global warming were the talk of the world and this project will be a milestone in our history. Carbonaceous aerosols of great concern on the issue of climate change, he said. He also urged the students to set ambitious goals and work relentlessly to achieve them. The Minister expressed hope that the project will encourage scientists to address important questions, generate new and impactful knowledge and produce research outputs which are second to none in the world. Noting that organisations like ISRO are working in the field of carbon emissions, the Minister suggested that there should be a synergy between various organisations working in a particular field. Emphasising the need of having “environmental soldiers”, he said that a data bank of environment friendly practises is being prepared by his Ministry. “For this, joint secretaries from the Centre are being sent to various regions across the country,” he said, adding environmental protection is in the DNA of Indians. The NCAP-COALESCE project was launched as part of India’s National Climate Action Programme. Under IIT Bombay’s Interdisciplinary Programme in Climate Studies, this multi-institutional, coordinated project, would enable teamwork in cutting-edge fundamental research to understand the sources, fate and impacts of carbonaceous aerosols, on climate change in the Indian region. “The project would be a key step to build a strong knowledge base for India related to short lived climate pollutants, including carbonaceous aerosols, as part of India s broad commitment to climate action,” an official statement said. The project would also contribute towards building scientific capacity, through training of M.Sc., M.Tech. and Ph.D. students as well as the creation of infrastructure and systems at the participating institutions. The project would strengthen scientific networks and provide key new knowledge to underpin government decision making in regard to climate change, the statement added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IIT-B students go on relay hunger strike to oppose fee hike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) began a relay hunger strike on Monday morning to protest the fee hike imposed by the institute from the upcoming semesters. Nine postgraduate students started the hunger strike on Monday and called for the institute officials’ attention to speak regarding the imposition of the fee hike.The Institute recently declared a hike in its fee structure for both- undergraduate and postgraduate students—under several heads like hostel rent, gymkhana charges, medical expenses, and exam charges for the academic year 2017-18. The hike is for both undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at the Institute and ranges between 30-300 per cent and students have to pay the sum by July 11, 2017, with delayed payments permissible till July 19, against a fine of Rs 100 per day.Several students called the hike ‘unreasonable’ and ‘imposed without consultation’. Earlier this month, students had also submitted a representation with over 700 signatures opposing the hike.“We tried to speak to the institute authorities on several occasions regarding the abrupt fee hike. Despite our attempts, we did not get any positive response from the administration. Most of us are not in a position to pay such high fees as we are dependent on our stipends and also have to send some money home,” said a research scholar and one of the protestors from the institute.Students said that they would continue the relay hunger strike until the administration gives a satisfactory response to their questions and rolls back the hike. “Everyday a new set of students will continue the hunger strike in a relay manner. We will not stop until our demands are met,” said another research scholar.Soumyo Mukherjee, Dean, Student Affairs said that there is a committee in place to take a call about the fee hike which is yet to give its decision. “The committee, formed by the institute director will meet and discuss as to what can be done on the issue. However, students should understand that the hike is in lieu of the rising costs,” he added.

All AIIMS may have one governing council like IITs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government is mulling a common governing council for all AIIMS in the country, on the lines of that of the IITs, to simplify governance procedures and bring uniformity in the rules of these medical institutes. The move comes after a high-powered committee, constituted to look at the governance structure of all new AIIMS, recommended evolving an umbrella organisation for framing common policies in terms of HR, recruitment, equipment procurement guidelines and administration in all institutes. The committee was headed by M K Bhan, former secretary in the Department of Biotechnology. Currently six AIIMS — in Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Jodhpur, Raipur, Patna and Rishikesh — are functional, apart from AIIMS, New Delhi. Besides, the government recently announced setting up of 14 more AIIMS. Though the role of the health ministry should be one of policy making and extending budgetary and financial support, in reality, it is drawn into varied executive functions and day-to-day affairs to an undesirable level, with adverse consequences, both for the ministry’s own working as well as of the institutes, the committee observed. “As per norms, at least one or two institute body and two governing body meetings are to be held at each AIIMS, which means, the health minister being the president at every AIIMS will have to attend around 63 meetings in a year which is practically not possible. “Setting up a single common governing council will keep the minister away from day-to-day affairs of these medical institutes as he can be the chairperson of the council and take major decisions related to policies,” said a senior health ministry official. Further, to ensure the best faculty at all these new AIIMS, the committee suggested bringing in people from institutes of national importance on deputation at AIIMS, hiring retired doctors on contract and also employing NRI doctors at good salaries. Further, to provide experienced leadership and mentorship at every AIIMS, the committee suggested increasing the retirement age of the director and other faculty to 67 years. Referring to the IIT governance model, the committee said in its report that the IIT system has an IIT council which takes care of the system as a whole focusing on issues that cut across the entire network. “Individual IIT governing boards oversee the functioning of the respective institutes within the provision of the statute, ordinance, rules and regulations approved by the council,” the report said. For setting up the governing council, the committee also suggested draft amendments in the existing AIIMS Act, Rules and Regulations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC refuses to stay counseling for IIT Madras admissions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay counseling for admission to Indian Information Technology (IIT), Madras that is beginning from today. The apex court?s observation came during a hearing of a plea that challenged the Madras IIT’s decision to grant grace marks to all students for misprinted questions in the joint entrance examination. The court has sought a detailed reply from the Union of India and IIT Madras as to why seven additional grace marks were awarded even to those aspirants who did not attempt the questions. The apex court has fixed the date for further hearing to July 7.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man’s forearm ripped off by crocodile while saving dogs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A bid to save his dogs that had strayed into a lake in neighbouring Ramanagar district cost a city-based entrepreneur his arm, as a crocodile ripped off his left forearm when he entered the waters. The incident happened when 26-year-old Mudit Dandwate, co-founder of a healthcare startup, along with his friend and two dogs was on a leisure trip to a temple near Thatekere in a forest area yesterday. According to police, Dandwate, hailing from Nagpur and a graduate from IIT Bombay, had taken the dogs for a walk near the lake when they strayed into the waters. In his rush to pull the dogs out of the lake, the man is said to have not seen a warning board about presence of crocodiles, and was attacked by one which bit off his left forearm, police officials said today. Dandwate was rushed to a private hospital in the city, where he is undergoing treatment. Doctors treating Dandwate said a procedure called debridement has been performed on him to clean the dead tissues and avoid infection as crocodile bite can be toxic. After required medical procedures, he will be provided with a prosthetic arm in a few months time, they said. Officials said forest officials have take up the case for investigation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI books IIT-Goa director BK Mishra in disproportionate assets case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Director of the Indian Institute of Technology-Goa B K Mishra is under the CBI scanner for allegedly amassing assets worth Rs 1.14 crore more than his known sources of income.The agency has alleged that Mishra, who was the director at the Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology- Bhubaneswar before joining the top post at the newly set up IIT, had amassed assets to the tune of Rs 2.15 crore between 2006 and 2016. Assets worth Rs 1.14 crore were allegedly unaccounted for, a CBI FIR has claimed.The FIR has alleged that at the start of the check period — April 1, 2006 — he had movable and immovable assets amounting to Rs 3.79 lakh in his and his wife’s name. However, at the end of August 31, 2016, the assets shot up to Rs 2.19 crore, it has said.The CBI has alleged that during the period, Mishra had earned Rs 2.32 crore as income from various sources. This amount also included earnings by his wife. The agency, which registered the FIR based on “source information”, has claimed that during 2006-16, his expenses on repayments of loans, children’s education and household were over Rs 1.31 crore. Mishra’s likely savings during the period were little over Rs 1 crore, it has said.”Against this likely saving, Mishra has acquired assets (movable/immovable) to the tune of Rs 2.15 crore. “Hence, Mishra is in possession of disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 1.14 crore to his known sources of income during the aforesaid check period and the acquisition of the same is not likely to be accounted for satisfactorily by him,” the CBI has alleged. Emails sent to the director’s official ID and to the institute’s public relations officer seeking their response remained unanswered.

Palaniswami-on-cattle-trade @ 6/20/2017 6:26:25 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Tuesday said he would announce his stance on the Centre?s ban on cattle sale for slaughter at animal markets, once a verdict is decided by the apex court. Palaniswami informed the Assembly that the orders would be followed, and declined to accept the opposition?s demand to pass a resolution against the new rules. Soon after the session, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) raised the issue in the Assembly and asked Palaniswami to spell out the government’s stand on the cow slaughter issue since the new rule affects several farmers across the State. During intervention, Palaniswami pointed out that even the Centre is considering making several amendments to the new cattle rule following the request of the people across the country. The members of DMK and Congress said they were not satisfied with the Chief Minister’s reply. When they tried to raise the issue once again, the speaker denied permission. After Palaniswami?s remark, Stalin led a walkout of his party members, opposing the government?s stance. Meanwhile, members raised slogans in the lobby while walking out, drawing a warning from Speaker P. Dhanapal not to do so following which they dispersed. On June 15,the Supreme Court heard a petition challenging the Centre’s notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter, a move that received flak since its announcement. The petition was filed by a Hyderabad-based lawyer, Fahim Qureshi, stating that the order was discriminatory and unconstitutional, as it prevented cattle traders from earning their livelihood. On May 25, the Centre through an order imposed a ban on the sale of cattle, including cows, for slaughter and restricted cattle trade solely to farm owners. Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan had ordered that the ministry has notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 to ensure that the sale of cattle is not meant for slaughter purposes. Regulating animal trade is a state business but animal welfare is a central subject, thereby providing the window for the ministry to notify the rule. In lieu of this, there was widespread opposition of the order, with many states openly denying accepting the notification. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan last month said he would call for a meeting of all the Chief Ministers, asserting that the Union Government does not have the right to issue such an order on cattle slaughter ban. Vijayan further said that the Centre’s new rule is an impermissible encroachment into the domain of the State Legislatures which is a clear ‘violation of the spirit of federalism.’ On June 1, the students of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT- Madras) staged protest against the same. With the police deployed in front of the IIT campus, the students protested at the main gate and raised slogans against the Centre’s controversial notification.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jayant Sinha: Trying to change face of India’s aviation sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After demonstrating an outstanding performance in Finance, for months, an IIT graduate and Harvard MBA, Jayant Sinha, seems to be one of the most underutilised ministers in the Narendra Modi Cabinet, feel many.A former venture capitalist, Jayant has got the knowledge of the competitive corporate world’s experience to handle as diverse sectors as IT, finance, investment, commerce, energy, telecom and industries. He has not only studied the subjects, but has also led from the front, to guide his companies to good profit in the competitive US and Indian markets. He has the capacity to deliver through his astute planning and strategic execution, feel people who have seen him work. As the Minister of State for Civil Aviation he is currently involved in making his aviation ministry’s subsidy-based regional scheme — Ude Desh Ka Aaam Nagrik (UDAN) — a success. The idea is to connect smaller cities having small airports with the bigger cities. Jayant’s endeavour is to strengthen the airport infrastructure plan through the new aviation policy.Countrywide 72 airports will be utilised for a total of 108 new routes, creating about 13 lakh seats, for passengers. Sinha means business and with a subsidy of Rs 200 crore annually, he is aiming to transform the aviation scene in the country. His own constituency Hazaribagh in Jharkhand is among one of the centres where small airport will be developed.Jayant, who studied in the Harvard Business School after graduating from IIT Delhi, has a professional approach and rose to become a partner in Mckinsey and then floated his own companies travelling between US where he moved 25 years ago. Son of the former Union Finance minister Yashwant Sinha, Jayant had the privilege to observe his father first as a civil servant, then a parliamentarian, then as one of the brain trusts of the BJP and then as a finance minister. So, in those days, Jayant provided policy inputs to his father, on several initiatives. When he became the Union minister of state for finance, Jayant, launched the mortgage interest tax deduction scheme and Saral Form, to file income tax returns with ease and improve tax compliance.Jayant used to assist his father in Hazaribagh in Jharkhand during his election campaign and he toured every village and panchayat in this largely rural caste-ridden constituency.People who know Jayant well, say that he nurses his constituency well and as part of this, with the help of a scheme, the IIT alumni funded group helps provide skill training to people. This skill development centre will enable the youth of his constituency to attain expertise. He aims to develop —Make in Hazaribagh — to be backed by the youth who learn the skills and help make Hazaribagh an industrial investment destination with availability of trained skills.FOR HIS PEOPLEJayant has helped Tribals who were displaced from their land following setting up of NTPC Thermal Project in Barkana village.
The Barhi to Hazaribagh National Highway Project worth Rs 345 crore was largely his effort which would make rural connectivity easier and the 500-bed new hospital project will improve the health care facilities in the district.

SC to hear petition challenging Centre’s cattle ban today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Thursday will hear a petition challenging the Centre?s notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter, a move that received flak since its announcement. The petition was filed by a Hyderabad-based lawyer, Fahim Qureshi, stating that the order was discriminatory and unconstitutional, as it prevented cattle traders from earning their livelihood. On May 25, the Centre through an order imposed a ban on the sale of cattle, including cows, for slaughter and restricted cattle trade solely to farm owners. Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan had ordered that the ministry has notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 to ensure that the sale of cattle is not meant for slaughter purposes. Regulating animal trade is a state business but animal welfare is a central subject, thereby providing the window for the ministry to notify the rule. In lieu of this, there was widespread opposition of the order, with many states openly denying accepting the notification. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan last month said he would call for a meeting of all the Chief Ministers, asserting that the Union Government does not have the right to issue such an order on cattle slaughter ban. Vijayan further said that the Centre’s new rule is an impermissible encroachment into the domain of the State Legislatures which is a clear ‘violation of the spirit of federalism.’ On June 1, the students of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT- Madras) staged protest against the same. With the police deployed in front of the IIT campus, the students protested at the main gate and raised slogans against the Centre’s controversial notification.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

17-year-old with cerebral palsy takes exam with pen in his mouth, scores mind-boggling 88%

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tuhin Dey has always been a class topper. He showed it once again by scoring 88% in his CBSE Class X examinations. He hopes one day to be part of IIT Kharagpur one day.What sets the 17-year-old apart, however, is that he forges ahead in chasing his dreams despite being confined to a wheelchair, unable to move, write with a pen or type on a computer.Hailing from Medinipur in West Bengal, Tuhin was diagnosed at birth with cerebral palsy and arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a disorder that affects the joints and limits flexibility.But for the teen, who has undergone at least 20 surgeries, the condition was an obstacle like any other to be overcome.As extraordinary as it may seem, Tuhin taught himself to fix a pen between his jaws and now writes as efficiently as any other student in his class. When on the computer, he uses his lips to operate the keyboard.”I have been operating a computer for last seven years and I am now going to master programming in C, C++, Java, and HTML languages,” a proud Tuhin says.What is exceptional is that he has so far refrained from availing any additional facility granted to differently-abled students while taking exams.Like his classmates, he has chosen to write his answers on his own. “I can appoint a writer for myself but I dont,” he says.Tuhin studied at the Central School in the IIT-Kharagpur campus till class 9, after which his family moved here.The astronomy lover has enrolled in a private coaching institute here to crack the IIT entrance examination, a stepping stone for his dream of becoming the “next Stephen Hawking”.After pursuing B Tech in Computer Science from IIT Kharagpur, he wishes to go to Oxford University for research.Tuhin was awarded the Best Creative Child Award (2012) and Exceptional Achievement Award (2013) by Government of India. The awards were conferred by President Pranab Mukherjee. He has also received several accolades from the government of West Bengal and is a scholar of the National Council of Educational Research and Training.Meanwhile, his parents have left no stone unturned for their sons treatment.”He has undergone at least 20 surgeries in various hospitals of Kolkata and other cities,” says his father Sameran Dey who is a property dealer.

Pro-Left student bodies protest attack on IIT-M student

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pro-Left student bodies today staged a protest outside the IIT Madras here condemning the attack on a PhD scholar for taking part in a beef fest in the campus opposing the Centre’s ban on sale of cattle for slaughter. Expressing solidarity with R Sooraj, who was attacked yesterday, the slogan-raising activists of the Left leaning bodies demanded action against the assailants. Police said the activists were detained. Sooraj had participated in a beef fest held by some students on Sunday night. In a related development, some IIT-M students took out a procession, urging the institute management to take action against those involved in the attack on the scholar. A pro-Tamil fringe outfit also staged a protest outside the IIT campus over the assault. Sooraj, associated with the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle, was injured in his right eye in yesterday’s assault allegedly by some students claimed to be Sangh Parivar supporters.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IIT-Madras students protest against attack on PhD scholar over ‘beef fest’, dragged out by police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a PhD scholar of IIT Madras was beaten up allegedly over organising a ‘beef fest’, a large number of students on Wednesday protested at the Indian Institute of Technology or IIT Madras.However, police could be seen dragging and removing the protesters agitating in front of the IIT-Madras campus.R Sooraj, who is associated with the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle, was allegedly assaulted on Tuesday by some students who claimed to be Sangh Parivar supporters, according to the victim’s associates.The Revolutionary Students and Youth Front also protested against the attack on Sooraj.Sooraj has alleged that a group of students who owe allegiance to the “right wing ideology” surrounded him when he was having lunch in the mess and beat him up on Tuesday.A picture, purportedly that of Sooraj being wheeled into a hospital with a visible injury on his right eye, is doing the rounds on social media as well.The student also alleged that on the night of May 28 and the next day, two students – one after the other – who had taken part in the beef fest, were threatened by right wing elements and a complaint was made to the authorities.The IIT authorities said an inquiry will be conducted by the institute and appropriate action will be taken based on its outcome.A group of over 60 students had on Sunday evening organised a ‘beef fest’ held at IIT Madras campus in protest against the Centre’s notification banning the sale of cattle for slaughter. The attack on Sooraj follows threats to two other students for taking part in the beef fest.”Our Constitution has given us the freedom to consume the food of our choice and any act of intolerance is a violation of the basic rights enshrined in the Constitution,” the chief minister said in a statement. Vijayan said he would ask the Tamil Nadu chief minister to take necessary action against those responsible for the attack on R Sooraj.

Assault on IIT-Madras student: Chennai police book 9 for attacking beef festival organiser

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine students have been charged for allegedly assaulting up a PhD scholar from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, for organising a ‘Beef Fest’ in the campus.The charges under which the accused have been booked are: IPC 147- Punishment for rioting, 341-Punishment for wrongful restraint, 323- Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt and 506(1) – criminal intimidation.However, the victim R Sooraj has also been booked under two Sections – IPC 324 – Voluntarily causing hurt, 341-wrongful restraints , according to accused Manish Kumar’s complaint.On Tuesday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condemned the attack on the students and requested his Tamil Nadu counterpart Edappadi K Palaniswami to take necessary action.Sooraj was beaten up for conducting ‘ Beef Fest’ in IIT. He has been seriously injured in his right eye.
ALSO READ IIT Madras scholar beaten up, friend says beef fest was to create awarenessA group of 70 to 80 students held the beef festival on Sunday evening to demonstrate against the Centre’s notification.Earlier this week, expressing strong disapproval of the Centre’s move, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, by attacking the BJP-led government at the centre and the RSS, saying there was no need for the people of his state to draw lessons from New Delhi or Nagpur on their food habits.

‘Beef fest’- Nine booked for attacking IIT Madras scholar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Nine students have been charged for allegedly beating up a PhD scholar from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) ? Madras, for organising a ‘Beef Fest’ in the campus. The charges under which the accused have been booked are: IPC 147- Punishment for rioting, 341-Punishment for wrongful restraint ,323- Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt and 506(1) ? criminal intimidation . However, the victim R. Sooraj has also been booked under two Sections – IPC 324 – Voluntarily causing hurt, 341-wrongful restraints , according to accused Manish Kumar?s complaint. Yesterday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condemned the attack on the students and requested his Tamil Nadu counterpart Edappadi K. Palaniswami to take necessary action. Sooraj was beaten up for conducting ‘ Beef Fest’ in IIT. He has been seriously injured in his right eye. A group of 70 to 80 students held the beef festival on Sunday evening to demonstrate against the Centre’s notification. Earlier this week, expressing strong disapproval of the Centre’s move, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, by attacking the BJP-led government at the centre and the RSS, saying there was no need for the people of his state to draw lessons from New Delhi or Nagpur on their food habits.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

27-year-old woman Ph.D scholar found dead in IIT-Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 27-year-old Ph.D scholar allegedly committed suicide on Tuesday at the Nalanda apartment in IIT-Delhi.The body of the woman, Manjula Devak, was found hanging at her flat around 7.38 pm, police said.Her husband and in-laws stay in Bhopal.She got married in 2013 and an inquiry by a sub- divisional magistrate will be carried out, police said.Her friends were being questioned. No suicide note has been found.

‘Cattle ban’ akin to fascism- Organisers of IIT-Madras beef fest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras students, who organised a beef-festival to oppose the Centre?s indirect ban on beef, say they wanted to protest as the Narendra Modi government?s move is akin to fascism. Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan on Friday ordered that the ministry has notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 to ensure that the sale of cattle is not meant for slaughter purposes. He said the seller and buyer both have to ensure that the cattle is not being bought or sold in the market for slaughter purposes. Talking to ANI, Azhar, an IIT-Madras student, said lots of people from different political affiliations organised beef festival to discuss the Centre?s directive to prevent the sale of cattle for slaughter as ?it is a move towards fascism?. ?Apart from having good beef, around 70 to 80 people discussed the right to consume the food of choice. We also discussed the ruling?s effect on the livelihood of distraught farmers, especially Tamil farmers protesting in Delhi, as it is a de facto ban on their right to sell their cattle,? said Azhar. He further added that ?lower caste Dalits and Muslims will be affected by the Centre?s ruling?. While replying a question, he said that it might an intentional step of the Modi government to issue the ruling in the month of Ramadan. When asked about the IIT- Management?s reaction, he said till now the management has not objected to the fest. Another student said that not only IIM- Madras but many other institutes were opposing the Centre?s Cattle ruling, but the media was not highlighting it. The beef festival was organised on the IIT-Madras campus on Sunday night. Earlier on May 27, Students’ Federation of India (SFI) staged a similar protest in Kerala by eating beef outside University College, Trivandrum. However things got out of hand when members from the youth Congress slaughtered a calf in public, inviting the wrath of the party?s top brass and resulting in the suspension of three members. As per the Centre?s notification, ?cattle? is defined as “bulls, bullocks, cows, buffalos, steers, heifers and calves and camels”. The rules also state that the purchaser shall not sacrifice the animal for any religious purpose or sell it to a person outside the state without permission and must keep in with the state’s cattle protection laws.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IIT-KGP signs MoU with MP for measuring happiness index

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>IIT Kharagpur’s Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness has signed an MoU with Madhya Pradesh government to collaborate on the development of a Happiness Index for measuring the well-being of the people of the state. The MoU was signed with MP government’s ‘Rajya Anandam Sansthan’ (Department of Happiness) in the presence of MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and IIT-KGP Director Prof P P Chakrabarti at Bhopal recently, an IIT-KGP press statement said today. IIT-KGP will develop the index and analyse data collected by the state government to assess the level of happiness and chalk out recommendations that can be used to enhance happiness, the statement said. IIT-KGP will also develop an online screening and assessment system in order to screen and identify suitable volunteers from the database of more than 30,000 people who have offered to be part of the collaborative exercise. “Very good experience with the state and its leadership team, especially the volunteers who do this work without any payment in addition to their normal duties. Looking forward to some very interesting collaboration,” the release quoting Prof Chakrabarti said. Satinder Rekhi, the patron of Rekhi Centre of Happiness at IIT Kharagpur, who was present at the MoU sign, agreed to provide funding for a District Happiness Centre for Jabalpur, where he studied 50 years ago, it said. The institute will also develop online courses on happiness through the evaluation system available at the Centre for Educational Technology of IIT-KGP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IIT-B student has answer to CRPF’s water woes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When a few Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officials visited the Indian Institute of Technology- Bombay (IIT-B) last year, little did they know that a young student was going to change their lives. To be precise, their drinking water woesDuring her interaction with CRPF officials, Devanshi Saksena (25), a second-year Master of Design (MDes) student from the Industrial Design Centre (IDC) at IIT-B, learnt that potable water was a problem for the jawans, especially when on the move.A past student of NID, Ahmedabad, she has created several innovations in the last few years, which include a menstrual education kit, and a medicine dispenser for dogs. This time, the innovator in her threw up a lightweight bottle with a purifier inside. Not just that, she also made it sound-proof. This was just what the jawans needed.Ask Indranil Dutta, Deputy Commandant at the CRPF’s Operations Branch, New Delhi.1: The bottle is bean-shaped and can hold up to 1.5 litres of water; 2: It has a filter attached to the base which can be removed and let into the water body; 3: A pump then sucks in water, which goes through the purifier and onto the bottle; 4: After filling, the tube can be wound around the filter and the base can be re-attached—Gajanan Nirphale​”Our jawans often travel several miles at a stretch, and can, at the most, carry 4-5 litres of water. In most cases, they drink water available from the nearest water body, which might be contaminated. In naxal-affected areas, the fear of water contamination is extremely high. So, this bottle might help them get potable water at all times” he said.Saksena was lucky in getting the help of her professors BK Chakravarthy and Hemendra Arya. “We invited a few CRPF jawans from the Western Sector in Navi Mumbai to get their feedback about the model that Devanshi had designed initially. Some of the suggestions were that the bottle should be lightweight, durable and sound-proof. We helped her improvise on her earlier design and they were satisfied with the final product,” said BK Chakravarthy.The bottle is bean-shaped and can hold up to 1.5 litres of water. It has a filter attached to the base, which can be removed and let into the water body. A pump sucks in the water, which goes through the purifier and onto the bottle. After filling the bottle, the tube can be wound around the filter and the bottom base can be re-attached to the bottle. The bottle weighs 600 gm and costs Rs 1,200 – much cheaper and durable compared to other market variants.The bottles will now go for field-testing. Soon, for CRPF jawans, it’s going to be thirsty days are here again!

Say Cheese! Camera traps to track leopards at IIT

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over the new few months, a wildlife researcher will conduct the first-ever camera-trapping survey of the Indian Institute of Technology at Powai to capture images of leopards on campus.Nikit Surve of the Wildlife Conservation Society-India is currently carrying out a similar exercise at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) for monitoring the density of leopards. This is the second phase of the initial study conducted between December 2014 and April 2015 to estimate the density of the leopard population as well as its wild and domestic prey. and to determine the big cats’ food habits. The study will track the diet of leopards in the campus to check if it is the stray dogs that are attracting the big cats.The cameras will be set up on both sides of crossings, and the flank rosettes – as the leopard skin pattern is known – from the leopards spotted at IIT will be matched with those from SGNP to see if the cats are travelling between the two locations. It will also help identify individual leopards. SNGP had last year conducted a leopard survey, which will also be used to match the rosette patterns on the big cats caught on camera on the IIT-Powai campus.The study aims to understand the dispersal of leopards whose images are captured at IIT.”We have set up camera traps at SGNP and also have a data bank of images of leopards from previous study. Once we have images of leopards from IIT we will be able to pin point if the leopards from SGNP or Aarey are travelling all the way to IIT or these are big cats staying in and around the campus permanently,” Surve told DNA.”I had requested for permissions to set up camera traps at IIT-B and they have sanctioned the request. We are scouting for sites where the leopards movements are frequent and will be setting up two-camera traps,” he said.Surve is also seeking help from IIT-B students to set up the traps and to monitor the images as this will create more awareness about leopards and their habits.The research team will also hold awareness workshops at IIT for students as well as faculty, staff, and campus residents so that they understand leopard behaviour and can take measures to avoid man-leopard conflict.Leopard movement has been quite frequent on the IIT campus and students claim the big cats sneak in to feast on the dogs on campus. In fact, in July 2014, the IIT was almost taken over by the forest department for four days after a leopard was spotted in one of the labs….& analysisDespite regular sighting of leopards inside the campus, there has never been any specific study done to understand their dispersal in and around the campus. It is important for wildlife biologists to find out what was attracting the big cats to the campus.

Delhi: 5 years after Nirbhaya’s gangrape and muder, the Munirka bus stop still lies in gloom

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over five years since the fateful December 16 night, when a 23-year-old woman was brutally gangraped shocking the entire nation, not much has changed at the bus stop in South Delhi from where she and her male friend had boarded the bus.The brutal rape, which has made headlines since 2012, registering itself among those few cases where the accused have been convicted, had prompted people to take to the streets and the government to ponder upon the big question of women’s safety.However, much of the regained consciousness remains on paper, say the residents of South Delhi’s Munirka area.”I have to board a bus or an auto from the same bus stop daily. I heard during the MCD elections that all roads are being made smart roads and there will be smart bus stops. But is having smart buses enough,” said Sheenu Bahl, an IIT aspirant, who goes for coaching in Naraina.”The bus stop has lights, I agree to that. But it is of no use if there are no buses coming to the area after 9 PM and the roads remain dark. Either I have to wait for too long to catch a DTC bus or board an auto which of course is expensive and unsafe than taking a bus,” she added.Another girl, who got down from a feeder bus at the bus stop at 10.30 PM, says “travelling in these mini buses is chaotic and unsafe, but there aren’t much options. I prefer taking the metro rather than a bus but to travel from the metro station till Munirka is the issue as the road is deserted and dark.”Refusing to be named, she said “my relatives would not like me to get into all this. I am already crossing the line by travelling this late”.A similar scenario prevails near the flyover in Mahipalpur, where the duo were dumped after six men gangraped the girl and attacked the boy accompanying her on December 16, 2012.”Some lighting has been done but that is on the flyover. However, the roads below the flyover leading to the residential areas continue to be dark. Vehicular movement is also more on the flyovers, so the roads below are deserted as soon as it is dark,” said Chetan, who runs a paan and cigarette kiosk by the same road.Delhi government has identified around 7,400 dark spots across the city which are currently being illuminated.The Supreme Court had earlier this week upheld the death sentence awarded to the four convicts in the December 16, 2012 gangrape case.The 23-year-old physiotherapy intern was gangraped and brutally sexually assaulted by six men, including a juvenile, in a moving bus on December 16, 2012. The accused then threw her and her male companion out of the vehicle, to die by the roadside on the cold December night.The woman died of grave intestinal injuries on December 29, 2012 at a Singapore hospital, where she was airlifted for specialised treatment.

Prof flags ‘rampant cheating’ in IIT-B exams

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A senior professor from the Indian Institute of Bombay (IIT B) has expressed concerns over “the rampant cheating” allegedly going on in the examinations conducted at the country’s premiere institute.The letter is addressed to the institute’s director with copies marked to Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister and Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Bombay. It states: “As per my knowledge, there is rampant cheating going on in most of the examinations conducted at IIT Bombay. It is painful to learn from my colleagues that they have even searched the toilets and discovered some hidden material in the form of notes that some students planned to use on the pretext of using the toilets at the time of the exams.”IIT-B Director Devang Khakhar refused to comment on the issue.The professor has also stated in the letter that students are often found using mobile phones during exams despite guidelines against using them on the campus.”Besides secretively passing notes in the examination halls, several students are reading the files stored on their mobile phones carried surreptitiously into the examination halls.”It also goes on to say that on several occasions “impostors have appeared in the examination halls to help out their friends”.The letter goes on to suggest some measures to restore the credibility of the system. “There is not much that we the faculty have been able to do to prevent dishonest students from cheating in the exams, and it appears that a substantial part of the academic system at IIT Bombay now stands compromised. Drastic measures need to be adopted to restore the credibility of the system — perhaps by employing anti-cheating squads along the lines of anti-Romeo squads employed by Yogi Adityanath in UP,” says the letter.”The current situation as it prevails at IIT Bombay is a stigma on the reputation of this esteemed institute and makes many of us hang our heads in shame,” it adds.While the professor could not be reached for comment despite several calls, another senior faculty member from the institute said that the concerns raised in the letter are genuine. “Day after day, students are finding newer ways and means to cheat in exams. Such things at a prestigious institute like IIT-B where only the highly meritorious can get through is extremely sad,” said the professor, who did not wish to be named.

First-ever revenue survey in naxal affected Abujhmad launched

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Chhattisgarh government has started revenue survey exercise to compile record of land holdings in the worst naxal-affected Abujhmad region in Narayanpur district for the first time since Independence. The survey will benefit a population of atleast 35,000, mainly tribals, residing in around 237 villages of Abujhmad to get ‘patta’ (title deed) for the land they were possessing. “The state s revenue department in association with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee had last week started the ground survey of Abhujmad to ascertain land records,” Narayanpur Collector TS Sonwani told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IIT aspirant fails to qualify for JEE-Advanced, kills self

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kota (Raj), Apr 28: An IIT aspirant allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan of his hostel room here after failing to qualify for the JEE(Advanced) exam. The body of Arijeet (19), a resident of Nawabganj in West Bengal, was recovered late in this evening. He had been preparing for IIT (Mains) exam at a primer coaching institute here, a police official said. No note was recovered from the room but his friends in the hostel said that he was depressed over failing to qualify for JEE (Advanced), sub-inspector Ramswroop at Mahaveer Nagar Police Station said. The body is kept in the mortuary of MBS hospital and post-mortem will be conducted on Saturday after the arrival of his parents, the officer said Results of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Main, were announced yesterday. Out of the over 11.8 lakh students who appeared for the examination for admission to various IITs and engineering colleges, around 2.2 lakhs have qualified for the second and final round — the JEE (Advanced).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hackers break into at least two Central Universities; pro-Pak slogans displayed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The websites of three central universities – IIT Delhi, Aligarh Muslim University and Delhi University were hacked on Tuesday by a group that identified itself as PHC. DU officials, however, are saying that their server wasn’t hacked. They added that the ‘hacked’ page could be a fake website where traffic is being diverted.”Greetings Government of India, and the people of India. Do you know what your so-called heroes (soldiers) are doing in Kashmir? Do you know they are killing many innocent people in Kashmir?” the same message on both sites read.The message shared by the hacker group”Pakistan Zindabad,” it says in fluorescent green at the bottom, with the page displaying two videos of the army’s alleged brutalities in Kashmir and the protest of the people over it.”Do you know they have raped many girls? Do you know they still are raping girls in Kashmir? How would you feel if your brother, sister, father and mother gets killed? How would you feel if someone rapes your mother or sister? Won’t your life and your families be destroyed? (sic),” it added.”This hack is in response to Code-Man’s hack of railways.gov.pk (http://www.zone-h.org/mirror/id/29230257?zh=1) and in the solidarity of innocent Kashmiri people being killed by the Indian Army. Thank you, Regards – PHC (sic),” it says.DU authorities said that their site had not been hackedWhen DNA logged into IIT-Delhi’s page, the authorities were already busy fixing the damage

TVF CEO gets anticipatory bail in sexual harassment case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court here today granted anticipatory bail to Arunabh Kumar, founder and CEO of web entertainment firm TVF, in a sexual harassment case filed against him by a former employee of the company. Kumar was granted bail by the court in suburban Andheri on the condition that he would remain present whenever the police call him and cooperate with the investigation, a senior official said. Based on complaint filed by the former employee of the company, Mumbai police had registered a case against Kumar on March 29. He was booked under sections 354A (causing sexual harassment) and 509 (insult the modesty of a woman by indecent words, gesture or acts) of Indian Penal Code. A similar case was also registered against Kumar at the Versova police station. Kumar waded into controversy following an anonymous blog post by the former employee. The unknown women, in her blog, had accused the TVF founder of sexually harassing her when she was working at the organisation between 2014 and 2016. The post had gone viral on the social media and it was followed by similar allegations by some other women. Kumar, an IIT graduate, founded TVF in 2011.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Web firm’s founder faces case of sexual harassment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai police today booked web entertainment firm ‘The Viral Fever’s’ founder Arunabh Kumar for allegedly causing sexual harassment to unknown women. The suburban Andheri police registered a case against Kumar under sections 354 A (causing sexual harassment) and 509 (insult the modesty of a woman by indecent words, gesture or acts) of Indian Penal Code, said DCP Ashwini Sanap, police spokesperson. Kumar hadn’t been arrested, he said, without disclosing on whose complaint the FIR was registered. Earlier this month, an anonymous blog post by a woman alleging sexual harassment to her by Kumar when she worked at TVF between 2014 and 2016 had gone viral on the social media. It was followed by similar allegations by some other women. TVF had denied all the allegations and said it would “leave no stone unturned to find the author of the article and bring them to severe justice for making such false allegations.” Kumar, an IIT graduate, founded TVF in 2011.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi: IIT student attempts suicide

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 19-year-old Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) student from Ranchi attempted to commit suicide in wee hours of Wednesday morning by jumping from his hostel premises.Abhinandan, roommate of first year student Nitish Kumar Purthi, claimed that he committed suicide out of depression. Purthi has suffered fracture in his legs.He is currently admitted in AIIMS trauma center and is undergoing treatment.

IITs to recruit teachers through walk-in interviews

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Getting a teaching position in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and National Institute of Technology is going to get easier for aspiring and working teachers as the central government has made hiring in these institutions a continuous process.Aspirants would be able to walk-in for interviews now, as opposed to the earlier times when institutes used to advertise for vacancies only during a particular time.The Ministry of Human Resource and Development has instructed all IITs and NITs to adopt a rolling advertisement way of hiring. “The institutes will have a permanent advertisement showing the number of vacancies on their website. We call it the rolling advertisement method,” HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday.The minister was talking about the various steps that the government is taking to overhaul engineering education system in the country. Filling up of vacancies is also one of the ways.According to government’s own data, there is a shortage of over 2,000 faculty members in all the IITs combined and around 3,000 in various NITs across the country. The institutions have been asked to adopt various methods to fill up these vacancies. The other step that IITs have been asked to take is encouraging its own PhD students to later join as faculty and also encourage BTech students to take up masters studies and later PhD.Different IITs are taking different measures to increase the number of faculty members. IIT Delhi conducted roadshows in Ivy League universities early this year to recruit faculty from those universities. They are also looking at taking their PhD scholars as faculty members. IIT Roorkee, however, is not in favour of hiring the PhDs as faculty members as they feel that this would not bring in fresh ideas in the institute.”Hiring our own PhDs will not bring any fresh ideas in the campus, hence we are not in favour of this. We are trying to get in more faculty through rolling advertisement,” IIT Roorkee Director AK Chaturvedi had told DNA in a recent interaction.The Ministry has also issued directions to these institutions to recruit Indian students from foreign varsities. “We want to tackle brain drain by bringing back the best of students who have left the country. We have asked IITs to go to foreign universities and recruit Indian students from there,” Javadekar said in Lok Sabha.The Ministry has issued similar instructions to central universities as well. They have asked them to look for probable candidates who are either doing their research abroad or working there and would want to come back.

Here’s why IIT Roorkee will not hire its PhD students as faculty members

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee will not be hiring its own PhD students as faculty members on completion of their course despite their academic and research credentials.”We are not open to hiring our own PhD students as faculty members and would prefer to hire best faculty from across the country and the globe. Hiring your own students is like marrying in your own family,” IIT Roorkee Director Ajit Kumar Chaturvedi told PTI.”It is a very regressive practice as somebody who has studied here only will not get fresh ideas as their umbilical cord will never be broken. He or she will have seniors and teachers to support and guide so the person will never develop an individuality despite his academic and research credentials,” he added.
ALSO READ IIT Roorkee declares GATE 2017 results, check at iitr.ac.inThe premier institute, however, is welcoming its BTech students to pursue PhD on completion of their engineering degrees. It also plans to hire more foreign faculty members as the government has relaxed norms for hiring foreign faculty in IITs.”There are foreign faculty members in IITs right now as well, but they are just a handful because of stringent government norms. However, the norms are getting relaxed now to let us hire more foreign nationals,” Chaturvedi said.Foreign faculty in IITs can work as contractual employees for five years. The contract is renewable and though they are not offered permanent positions, they get paid at par with faculty members in India.After paving the way for direct admission of BTech students in PhD courses, the HRD Ministry has also come up with a Prime Minister’s Research fellowship under which Selected PhD fellows at receive Rs 75,000 per month but will have to return the entire amount if they leave the course midway. The scheme, however, is yet to get the Cabinet nod.

IIT Roorkee to crowdsource Rs 50 lakh to clean Ganga

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an attempt to clean river Ganga, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee will be crowdsourcing a fund of Rs 50 lakh within a span of one year.Mission ‘Save Ganga’ is one of the key projects taken up by the institute, which is situated close to the banks of Ganga. The students plan to utilise the funds collected on activities that will lead to the cleanup of the river.Students of the institute feel that not much has been done by the government to clean the river. No positive outcome of the government’s Clean Ganga Project is noticeable even around Haridwar, which is close to the institute, the student’s claim. Therefore, they want to do their bit to cleanup the river.By the end of this year, they plan to start the construction of bio-toilets along the bank of the river to prevent open defecation. This move will also help keep the river bank clean. The students also plan to conduct awareness drives around the area to sensitise people on the importance of keeping the river clean.The project is under the ‘Namami Gange’ flagship programme of the central government under which the Union Cabinet had approved the action plan proposed to spend Rs 20,000 crore on cleaning the river by 2019-20. The other IITs also have been helping the government in achieving their target. The institutions including IIT Delhi, Mumbai, Kharagpur, and Kanpur have submitted their plans on how they plan to implement the project, to the government.”We are collecting funds through crowdsourcing during our annual college fest Cognizance. Apart from this, our faculty has also agreed to collect Rs 10 lakh for the purpose. Our deadline for collecting the money is December 2017,” said Sarin Khan, one of the student coordinators.They are also conducting a robotics competition through which they will obtain a drone that might be used to map the pollution level at various places in the river.”The drone will help us find out the most polluted areas of the river so that we can focus on them,” Khan said.The administration of IIT has also been supporting the endeavour of the students. “Our students have been extremely involved with the Save Ganga project and we are fully supportive of them,” said AK Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee.

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