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Prakash Javadekar Launches Innovation Cell For Higher Education Institutions

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The Union minister said varsities are the main research centers of developed countries and because of their research they are at the top in global innovation ranking.

The HRD Ministry established an innovation cell at the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) with an aim to brainstorm new ideas about promoting innovation in all higher education institutions (HEIs) across the country. The innovation cell was launched at the AICTE headquarters by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar through video conferencing.

“This will be a significant step in institutionalizing innovation and developing a scientific temperament in the country. The purpose of formation of network of Institution’s Innovation Councils (IICs) is to encourage, inspire and nurture young students by exposing them to new ideas and processes resulting in innovative activities in their formative years,” Mr. Javadekar said.

“More than 1,000 HEIs have already formed IICs in their campuses and enrolled for the IIC network managed by MHRD’s innovation cell to promote innovation through multitudinous modes leading to an innovation promotion eco-system in their campuses,” he said.

The Union minister said varsities are the main research centers of developed countries and because of their research they are at the top in global innovation ranking.

“Now Indian universities are also setting up research centers through the IIC programme and we are expecting good rank in global innovation ranking in next two to three years through this initiative,” he added.

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TS Inter Result: High Court Orders Revaluation Of Answer Sheets Of 3 Lakh Failed Students

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The state government ordered an inquiry into the alleged lapses in the system deployed by Globarena Technologies, whose services were hired by TSBIE to conduct the exams.

The Telangana high court on Tuesday asked the TSBIE or Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education to conduct a revaluation of answer sheets of all the failed candidates whose first and second-year Intermediate examinations’ results released recently. The court, while hearing a petition filed by an NGO, gave time to the TSBIE board till April 29 (Monday) to disclose how much time it would take for completion of revaluation, reported Hindustan Times. 

The NGO has also sought a thorough probe into the lapses and compensation to the families of the students who ended their lives.

A total of 9 lakh students had appeared in the intermediate exams held in February-March. The results, announced last Thursday, led to utter chaos. Many bright students who did well in the first year failed in the second year. Most of them were shocked as they were awarded zero, one or two marks.

TBIE Secretary A. Ashok on Monday admitted that there were some lapses in declaring the results. He, however, assured students that the discrepancies would be rectified.

The state government on Monday ordered an inquiry into the alleged lapses in the system deployed by Globarena Technologies, whose services were hired by TSBIE to conduct the exams.

A three-member committee, headed by G. T. Venkateswar Rao, Managing Director, Telangana State Technological Service, will find out whether there were any errors in the publication of results on account of any systemic errors of the agency. 

The committee, which also has Professor A. Vassan of BITS Hyderabad and Professor Nishanth Dongari of IIT Hyderabad as its members, has been asked to submit the report in three days.

Telangana Government Junior College Lecturers Association president Madhusudhan Reddy said at least eight students allegedly committed suicide while several others attempted to end their lives after they failed to clear the exam.

The parents alleged “goof up” in the paper valuation and demanded a thorough re-verification of the papers of those who had failed. 

According to Reddy, eleven students who scored over 900 (out of total 1,000), 125 with scores between 850 and 900 and about 2,000 who scored over 750 were declared failed in one subject which varied among students.

(Source – NDTV)

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IIT Hyderabad Launches Master’s Program In Development Studies

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The course is being offered by the Liberal Arts Department of IIT Hyderabad and the applications will be available on the Institute website from May 4, 2019.

Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IIT Hyderabad) is launching a Master’s Program in Development Studies, which will adopt an interdisciplinary approach to study development. The course is being offered by the Liberal Arts Department and the applications will be available on the Institute website from May 4, 2019. Applications will close on June 4, 2019.

“The concern with development encompasses all aspects of human life – physical, psychological, cultural, political, economic and ecological. How can we address each of these while simultaneously appraising their interdependence? The challenge is to train and conceive of professionals and roles that can critically inform ways in which these different areas of life affect one another. The Development Studies program at the Department of Liberal Arts, IIT Hyderabad, does just that,” Dr. Haripriya Narasimhan, Head, Department of Liberal Arts, IIT Hyderabad, said while speaking about the importance of this new course.

Further, Dr. Haripriya added that through its interdisciplinary approach, the course will offer a plurality of ways in which the discourse of Development can be innovatively adapted to the ever-changing fabric of human life. 

A Master’s in Development Studies opens up several career paths such as development practice in grassroots organizations, employment in national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donor agencies and corporate sector (corporate social responsibility). It will also aid students interested in pursuing a career in Civil Services or academia, according to a statement from the Institute.

Faculty coordinating the different courses in this program come from disciplines of Anthropology, Development Studies, Economics, Psychology, and the Humanities. 

Students will do sixteen courses over three semesters, each course worth three credits. 

The Course has a total of 48 credits of taught courses and 12 credits for a dissertation which the students will focus exclusively on, in their final semester. 

The candidates will do an internship in the summer after one year of course work. 

In a bid to speed up the development of drones in India, Japan-based Terra Drone Corporation, Terra Drone India and IIT Hyderabad, on last Thursday announced that they have signed a pact to establish a first-of-its-kind Centre of Excellence for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in India.

(Source – NDTV)

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Jamia Faculty Gets Swiss Award For ‘Smart Solar Inverter’ Model

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The research group has won an award worth Rs. 20 lakh from Switzerland based world reputed company Typhoon HIL.

In-charge of the Advance Power Electronics Research Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), Dr. Ahteshamul Haque and his research group has won an award worth Rs. 20 Lakhs from Switzerland based world reputed company Typhoon HIL. 

The research group comprising of students from B.Tech, M.Tech and Ph.D. headed by Dr. Ahteshamul Haque has developed a model for Smart Solar Inverters with its control and submitted it for evaluation in a competition organized by Typhoon HIL. 

Teams from various continents participated in this world level competition named ’10 for 10 Programme’.

Prof. Z. A. Jeffery, Head of Department, Department of Electrical Engineering, JMI encouraged the research group to take part in this world level competition, said a statement from Jamia. 

In award, Dr. Haque and his research group got a powerful machine for research worth Rs.20 lakh. 

Name of the machine is HIL-402 real-time simulator, which is used in power electronics, microgrid, and renewable energy applications. 

Jamia Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Najma Akhtar, expressed her happiness on this achievement and congratulated Prof. Z. A. Jeffery, Dr. Haque and his team for taking the university to new heights in the field of research and recognition by world reputed organizations. 

Recently, Dr. Haque has also received an R&D project grant under the Ministry of Human Resource Development’s SPARC scheme.

(Source – NDTV)

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