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Bengaluru: One Researcher killed, Three Injured In Cylinder Blast At IISc Lab

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The blast occurred around 2.20 pm on the premises of the Hypersonic and Shockwave Research Centre at IISc.

A hydrogen cylinder blast at a laboratory at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Wednesday killed an engineer and injured three people working with a start-up, Super Wave Technology Pvt Ltd. The blast occurred around 2.20 pm on the premises of the Hypersonic and Shockwave Research Centre at IISc.

Manoj Kumar, 32, a resident of Mysuru who was working with Super Wave Technology Pvt Ltd, was killed in the explosion. Naresh Kumar, Atulya and S K Kartik, who work with the start-up, were injured in the incident.

The start-up was founded by a retired professor and a serving professor of the institute’s aerospace engineering department — K P J Reddy and G Jagadeesh.

“Due to a cylinder blast in the Hypersonic and Shock Wave Research Centre at IISc Bangalore, one person died and three were injured. All the victims are employees of Super Wave Technology Pvt Ltd and were at the lab for internships,’’ DCP (central) D Devaraj said.

“There was a sudden explosion around 2.20 pm at the Hypersonic and Shock Wave Research Centre while four engineers from a campus start-up Super Wave Technology were working in the lab. One of them died and three others are in hospital. There was no fire involved. It looks like a cylinder blast,’’ IISc chief security office M R Chandrashekhar said.

A forensic team that was called to the scene has said the explosion was caused by the accidental blast of a hydrogen gas cyclinder at the lab. “An initiator is not required for a hydrogen gas and palladium explosion. Moisture and air are enough to trigger an explosion,’’ sources said. The impact of the blast and the shrapnel from the cylinder are likely to be the causes of death, the sources said.

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Super Wave Technology Pvt Ltd functions from an incubation centre created under the aegis of the Society for Innovation and Development at IISc — a facility started over 10 years ago to help IISc professors and students take ideas and innovations from their research and spin it into enterprises and industries.

The incubation centre is located on a separate campus next to the IISc main campus and labs at the main campus are used by the start-ups to test products. Super Wave Technology works on innovations from the research work of Prof Reddy and Prof Jagadeesh in the field of shockwaves over the last two decades.

Small-scale hydrogen air detonations are used in the lab to create shockwaves during experiment and research work.

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Government Approaches IITs, IIMs For Accreditation Process

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The Central Government might rope in private agencies for accreditation of educational institutes.

The Central Government might rope in private agencies for accreditation of educational institutes. The Union Minister for HRD, Prakash Javadekar said on Friday that the government had approached IITs and IIMs too in this regard. The Union HRD Minister had earlier also announced that more agencies will be roped in to speed up the assessment and accreditation process for Higher Education Institutes.

“To improve the quality of education, we are making the accreditation process more scientific and tough. The government wants to increase the strength of the National Board of Accreditation and the National Assessment and Accreditation Council so that more number of institutions can be accredited,” Javadekar said during the national conference on “Positioning India on the Global Education Map”.

Citing that ranking and rating of educational institutes, increases competitiveness, Javadekar said that this inspires institutes to invent ways to improve overall performance of the institute.

“Today, because of the National Institutional Ranking Framework, every institute has constituted an internal committee to improve their ranking. Students also take into account the institution’s ranking before taking admission,” he added.

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He also said that graded autonomy will boost quality of education being imparted at Higher Education Institutes. With graded autonomy, institutes will remain under the aegis of UGC and still be free to design and offer new courses, off campus centers, skill development courses, research parks and any other new academic programmes.

“They will also have the freedom to hire foreign faculty, enroll foreign students, give incentive-based emoluments to the faculty, enter academic collaborations and run open distance learning programmes,” he added.

The bid to induct more accreditation agencies is not new. In August this year, UGC had notified University Grants Commission (Recognition and Monitoring of Assessment & Accreditation Agencies) Regulations, 2018 and had announced setting up of an Accreditation Advisory Council (AAC) for recognition of Assessment and Accrediting Agencies (AAAs).

(SOURCE NDTV)

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Government Open To ‘Outside’ Agencies Taking Up Accreditation Of Institutions: Javadekar

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The government is open to the idea of roping in “outside” agencies for accreditation of educational institutions, and IITs and IIMs have also been approached in this regard, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

The government is open to the idea of roping in “outside” agencies for accreditation of educational institutions, and IITs and IIMs have also been approached in this regard, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said here on Friday. “To improve the quality of education, we are making the accreditation process more scientific and tough.

The government wants to increase the strength of the National Board of Accreditation and the National Assessment and Accreditation Council so that more number of institutions can be accredited,” Javadekar said during the national conference on “Positioning India on the Global Education Map”.

“The government is open to other agencies taking the responsibility of accreditation, and IITs and IIMs have been asked about it … so that more and more institutions can be accredited,” he added.

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The Union minister said that ranking and rating of education institutions increase competitiveness among them for better performance.

“Today, because of the National Institutional Ranking Framework, every institute has constituted an internal committee to improve their ranking. Students also take into account the institution’s ranking before taking admission,” he said.

“Graded autonomy is another major step by the government to boost quality education in the country. Universities will remain within the ambit of the UGC but will have the freedom to start new courses, off campus centers, skill development courses, research parks and any other new academic programmes.

“They will also have the freedom to hire foreign faculty, enroll foreign students, give incentive-based emoluments to the faculty, enter academic collaborations and run open distance learning programmes,” he added.

(SOURCE NDTV)

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Centre Releases Rs. 260 Crore For Five New Medical Colleges In Jammu And Kashmir

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He said with the completion of the new medical colleges, 500 MBBS students would be annually added to the overall capacity of the course in the state.

The Centre Wednesday released Rs. 260 crore to the Jammu and Kashmir Health and Medical Education department for five new medical colleges being set up in as many districts of the state. With the latest release of funds by the Centre, the cumulative release of central share for these colleges at Anantnag, Baramulla, Doda, Kathua and Rajouri, till date has reached Rs. 765 crore, Principal Secretary, Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo said.

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He said the Union ministry of Health and Family Welfare has sanctioned five new medical colleges in the sate at a cost of Rs. 189 crore each — out of which Rs. 139 crore is for civil works and Rs. 50 crore for machinery and equipment. The civil works in all these medical colleges are at different levels of progress and have been expedited of late to put the requisite infrastructure in place at the earliest, he said.

Mr. Dulloo said the department has initiated steps to provide infrastructure, equipment and human resource in these colleges as per the Medical Council of India (MCI) guidelines to start the first batch of MBBS admissions next year.

He said with the completion of the new medical colleges, 500 MBBS students would be annually added to the overall capacity of the course in the state.

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