Monday, 30 March 2015

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JEE mains decoded

Cracking this engineering entrance exam is not unlike approaching an ODI cricket game.

Depending on whether the students have opted for the written mode or the online mode of the examination, hundreds of thousands of students will march towards their designated exam classrooms or exam terminals on April 4, 10 and 11 to appear for the JEE Mains examination.
This is the largest engineering entrance examination in the country, the gateway for admissions into the undergraduate programmes at Indian Institutes of Technology, NITs, IIITs, other centrally-funded institutions, participating institutions in several states and some deemed universities. Ever since the CBSE started this format in the early 2000s — then being known as the AIEEE — the examination has grown from strength to strength in terms of student participation and acceptance from institutions for granting admissions.


Objective type questions in physics, chemistry and mathematics is the format of this three-hour long examination. These three subjects have equal weightage for the examination and therefore students should avoid banking on their “perceived favourite subject” for scoring high marks.
Wide outlook
Keep in mind that this examination is truly a nationally competitive examination. What this means is that even though the students may be targeting a particular institute or group of institutes in their preferred geographical locations, the competition for getting into those very institutions will emerge from locations across India. You may have already taken preparatory steps for cracking this examination from the point of subject preparation and topic coverage within the subject etc, but the differentiator is really going to boil down to just two parameters: the number of questions you are able to attempt within the window of three hours and the number of correct answers you are able to manage within those you attempt. This second parameter is called the hit-ratio. As the cricket World Cup is on, we could analyse this from a cricket lens. While a player definitely needs to be technically sound to play cricket, the real payoff in the shorter version of the game is how well he/team utilises scarce resources such as wickets and number of overs remaining.
A team could technically play out the fifty overs without losing a wicket and post a modest score only to be brutally beaten by the team batting second with its aggressive batting display. At the end of the match the winner is decided by the number of runs scored within the stipulated overs. For translating this learning to academics, and, more specifically, cracking the JEE examination, you need to understand that the test performance depends on several factors.
Spot it
Your ability to spot relatively easy to do questions from all three subjects is crucial. Remember, there will be easy questions even from an area that you have considered as difficult.
Cutting free fast enough from questions that are absorbing your time and another skill. It takes wisdom and courage to skip a question and spend the time thus-freed on other more doable questions.
A general strategy is to come back to some questions you may have spent time on initially, but could not solve at first go. This stems from the logic that since you have invested a precious resource — time — on a question and marked it as doable, it makes sense to revisit this later as this would qualify as a “low-hanging fruit” and needs to be plucked.
To put the above into action, you will need special orientation during the days leading to the examination. Do sign up for a good test-based examination series that will expose you to different levels of the questions and give you enough exam practice.
The writer is the Course Director, IIT-JEE Training Programmes, T.I.M.E.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Carry prescribed documents for JEE Main exam

Students appearing for the Joint Engineering Entrance Examination (JEE) Main this year must bring with them a copy of separate document in addition to the Admit Card, according to a statement issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education and JEE office.
Candidates, who have passed their Intermediate or 12th class in 2013 or 2014 and have not opted for improvement of performance in 2015 have to bring copy of their final marks sheet of Intermediate or 12th class of 2013 or 2014.
Similarly, candidates, who have passed Intermediate in 2013 or 2014 and have opted for improvement of marks in 2015 in all subjects have to bring their hall-ticket of the improvement examination in 2015. Candidates appearing for second year Intermediate or 12th class this year have to bring a copy of the hall-ticket of this year. 
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The exam will be conducted in pen and paper mode on April 4 while in computer mode it will be conducted on April 10 and 11. On the day of test, no student will be allowed to enter into the exam hall after 9.30 a.m. while they will be allowed to enter the exam hall from 9 a.m. Candidates must check the exam centre location a day in advance to avoid last minute issues.
Different sets
The Joint Engineering Entrance Examination (JEE) Main will have different sets of question papers on the different dates of examination. A statement from the Executive Director (JAB) said that subject experts who have prepared the question papers have certified that the entire syllabus of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry has been covered in each question set by dividing the syllabus of each subject into appropriate number of units and choosing equal number of questions from each unit.
Further, in every set, each subject carries the same percentage of easy, medium and difficult questions. This ensures the same difficulty level of each set of question also, as per practice of the Board in the year 2013 and 2014, the statement added. The e-Admit Cards of candidates (who have paid the fees) have been uploaded on the JEE website . The candidates have to upload their Board particulars first and download the admit card. If the applicant is not able to download the card can contact the CBSE Helpline 7042399524/25/ 26/ 27/ 28 and 29 between 10 am and 5.30 pm on working days. The card will also be sent by the post to the candidates.

India's first National Skill Development University to open in Chhattisgarh

New Delhi: Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy has announced that India's first National Skill Development University will open in Raipur.
India's first National Skill Development University to open in Chhattisgarh

"The government is in the process of formulating a skill development policy under the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which would be finalized in the next three months," said Rudy.

Rudy asserted that the government's focus is more on skill development so as to generate more employable manpower.



5 Careers for Science Grads

Every year, fresh batches of science graduates enter the job market with the same question: `Where can I find the best opportunity?' The options are numerous, from which picks the latest five 

The careers predicted to be popular among science graduates are in nanotechnology, renewable energy, cyber security, signals processing, mobile technologies, aerospace engineering, biomedical and biological sciences, photonics, quantum physics and material sciences. Nuclear engineering, too, is considered a career of the future. As interests diversify, so do opportunities. Here is a list of five new careers for science graduates. 

1. Cyber security specialist 

The demand for cyber security specialists is growing due to greater use of technology in various aspects of life. With Smart City projects and the Inter net of Things in the pipeline, the demand will grow further in times ahead. 

The role typically demands leading and facilitating security certifications, co-ordinating with corporate teams in malware analysis and the testing and remediation process, identifying and developing cyber security solutions. From IT to hospitality and banking, the opportunities are immense for these professionals. 

Skills: Knowledge of network security, cyber forensics, cyber law, Linux and Unix Salary (entry level): Rs 4-6.5 lakh per annum 

2. Data analyst 

Though data analyst is not a new profile, its demand is growing.Surveys say 45-50% of the world's data analytics jobs will be in India, making it a popular career. The work requires a strong understanding of maths and statistics, which many science graduates are strong in. The job involves market research, collecting data from multiple sources and analysing it for business operations and decision-making. 

Skills: Good logical, analytical and communication skills. Market research expertise Salary (entry level): Rs 3.5-7 lakh per annum 

3. Mobile app developer 

If you are a computer science graduate, mobile app development is for you. Mobile devices have evolved to become highspeed computing devices. This has fuelled the demand for mobile app developers who are experts in building apps for Android, iOS or Symbian. According to data, employers require professionals with two-five years' experience. 

Skills: HTML5, Javascript and C# for Windows, Java or C++ for Android and Objective-C or Swift for iOS Salary (entry level): Rs 3-6.5 lakh per annum 

4. Meteorologist 

A meteorologist studies the atmosphere and climate, and analyses weather conditions. One can become a weather reporter or opt for a career as a government official with the Indian Meteorological Department. Though the meteorology course is considered a little demanding, this is a lucrative field globally. 

Skills: Good communication, logical and analytical skills Salary (entry-level): Rs 3-6.5 lakh per annum 

5. Forensic scientist 

There is a huge demand for forensic scientists in the biotechnology, healthcare and IT industries. The job involves searching for and examining contact trace materials that can be presented as scientific evidence in courts of law to support the prosecution or defence in criminal as well as civil cases. 

Skills: Strong analytical and logical skills, co-ordination, researching and developing new techniques procedures 

Salary (entry level): Rs 4-6.5 lakh per annum


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Yenepoya University launches PG diploma course in forensic anthropology

MANGALURU: Department of forensic medicine and Toxicology of Yenepoya University on Monday launched a PG diploma course in forensic anthropology. The course of one-year duration that started with an international continuing medical education programme - the Skeleton Speaks has already attracted 12 students and has been launched with assistance from the Equipo Argentino de Antropologia Forense (Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team).

Dr C V Raghuveer, registrar, Yenepoya University told reporters that forensic anthropology has been one of the specialties in the area of forensic science that has developed during the last three-decades. Role of Forensic Anthropology has been central specially in investigating cases of massive violence, exhuming complex mass graves, analyzing large number of commingle remains and leading the identification process and integrating the results with specialists.

Dr Louis Fondebrider, president, EAAF said the move to start PG diploma course at the university will pave the way for interchange of ideas with local professional experts in the field of forensic medicine and pave the way for development of forensic anthropology as an academic subject and an area of expertise. EAAF has projects in Mexico, US, Central America, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Cyprus, Thailand, Vietnam and Georgia at present. 

Ivana Wolff, member, EAAF said she and Dr Louis along with the other experts - Ruma Purkait, professor of anthropology, Allahabad University, B Ashoka, head of department of criminology, School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya during over the course of next four days will give people an overview of forensic anthropology. First module of the course will be held from March 23 to 27 and a part of the module will cover air crash management for two-days from March 24.  Click here to Read more.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Effective fundas of life from Swami Vivekananda which can make your life much better

Although, Swami Vivekananda holds a prominent place in the Indian history of religion and spirituality, numbers of people who bring his ideas into practice are very less still.

In the age of today when youth is undergoing various problems in life, fundas of life from Swami Vivekananda can come up as an effective solution. We are pointing towards issues of unemployment, corruption and immoral practices prevalent in the society.

Let’s study about those 
fundas of life suggested by Swami Vivekanand

1. Believe in yourself

As per Swami Vivekananda, an atheist is the one who doesn’t believe in himself and not someone who doesn’t keep his faith in the god. According to him, belief in oneself is a catalyst to success.
2. Be strong intellectually

Swami Vivekananda said that other than shaping your body to be stronger, building up inner-confidence is also necessary.  He said both walk together and one can’t be singled out. Only a sound mind residing inside a powerful body can comprehend Bhagwad Gita as per him.

3. Don’t consider yourself weak or sinner

One should not consider himself to be weak, immersed in sorrow and futile. You should not consider yourself incapable of doing something worthwhile. Vedanta accommodates mistakes but not sin. One should live like a lion not a sheep.

4. Patience

Humanity is the biggest religion in the world. In order to be humane it’s important one keeps patience. Such a person remains unaffected from worldly happenings. This quality breeds purity, peace, willingness to serve, control on senses and urge to work hard.  Following this mantra can lessen your stress and infuse feeling of love and respect. In order to rule others, one must learn how to remain in discipline first.

5. Don’t lose hope

One must not lose hope ever. One who keeps smiling under every kind of circumstances connects better to God than through worship. 

6. Bravery 

As per Swami Vivekananda, every person dies just one time. So, one should always keep in mind that he is born to accomplish something great. This will infuse the necessary motivation in you. One should not rely on fortune to become successful but hard work is the key.

7. Be ready to serve

Love is life. One who is just interested in serving self-ambition is nearing death soon. In the same way, one must take to sacrifice in order to serve others and for sacrifice, selfishness should be trashed.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Indian-American named dean of Penn Engineering college in US

New York: An Indian-American expert, known for his groundbreaking work on autonomous robots, has been named dean of a prestigious US university in Pennsylvania.

An IIT-Kanpur alumnus, Vijay Kumar, who has earlier served in the White House, will take over as the dean of University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science on July 1, Penn president Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price have announced.

Kumar is widely recognised for his groundbreaking work on the development of autonomous robots and on biologically inspired algorithms for collective behaviour.
He has served in the White House as assistant director for robotics and cyber physical systems in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, during a scholarly leave in 2012-14.

"I am honoured and excited to serve as the next dean of Penn Engineering. I look forward to partnering with Penn Engineering's incredible faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends to take our school to even greater heights," he said.

Kumar, an author of more than 400 refereed articles and papers and more than 20 books and book chapters, said that technology will play a key role in addressing global challenges in the coming decade, from health care to security to sustainability and beyond.

"Vijay's superb academic judgement, compelling vision for the future of engineering and applied science, and proven track record as a leader and administrator make him the perfect choice to lead Penn Engineering," Penn President Amy Gutmann said.

Kumar joined the Penn Engineering faculty in 1987 and currently serves as UPS Foundation Professor with appointments in the departments of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Computer and Information Science and Electrical and Systems Engineering.

Kumar is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Besides, he is also the recipient of numerous awards and honours.


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

IIT Delhi invites applications for Ph.D. programme 2015

Applications are invited by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi for admission to full time and part time Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) programme for the academic session 2015. IIT Delhi invites applications for Ph.D programme 
 IIT Delhi invites applications for Ph.D programme
Programmes are offered in: Chemistry, Humanities & Social Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Textile Technology, Atmospheric Sciences, Energy Studies, Rural Development and Technology, Biological Sciences 
Eligibility: Candidates should have CGPA of 6.75 for general/OBC (6.25 for SC/ST/PH) on a 10 point scale or equivalent or 60% marks (55% for SC/ST/ PH) in aggregate (of all the years/semesters of the qualifying exam). The GATE score of a candidate wherever required should not be lower than the minimum prescribed viz. 300 for general/OBC and 200 for SC/ST/ PH candidates. 
How to apply: Candidates can apply online. Candidates belonging to general/ OBC category are required to pay for each application form a fees of Rs. 200/- and the candidates belonging to SC/ST/PH categories are required to pay Rs.50/-. Selection Procedure: Candidates will be selected on the basis of test/ interviews conducted by the institute. Important Dates: Last date for submission of online application form: March 31, 2015 Range of dates for test/ interviews: May 12, 2015 to June 09, 2015 For further information, visit

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Sports Engineering ideal for those driven by passion for sports & technology

 Sports Engineering ideal for those driven by passion for sports & technologySanchayan Bhattacharjee
David James, Deputy Director, Centre for Sports Engineering Research, c University speaks to Sanchayan Bhattacharjee about opportunities, work portfolios and the market for a career in sports engineering.
Q: What is sports engineering?
A: Sports engineering involves anything that entails a combination between technology and sports. So the design of a running shoe, the traction, the interaction with the biomechanics of movement, how it helps minimise injury to the athlete etc. would just be one small part of sports engineering. Other domains could include the design of a tennis racquet, bike, developing goal line technology etc. It combines mechanical engineering, electronics, computer science, biomechanics, physiology and even aspects of psychology since you cannot ignore the human aspect in sport. Fundamentally, it is the interaction of humans, who look to perform at a certain level with technology. The aim is to help sport move forward with the help of different innovations.
Q: What qualifications are required to be a part of this industry? Is it necessary to have prior knowledge of sport?
Since people working in the industry deal with computer algorithms, Math and sports equipment material, we look for students with technical background. This knowledge coupled with a passion for sport is ideal. However, in-depth sports knowledge is not necessary, sometimes, it is good to be an outsider, and not have too many preconceived notions about a sport. It brings fresh, unbiased ideas to the table.

Q: Why must students opt for a course like sports engineering?
If you are passionate about sports and want to work in an intensely dynamic industry, sports engineering is ideal. While working on the goal line technology programme during the FIFA World Cup, I got a chance to visit all the football stadiums in Brazil, which was a dream come true. Also the technology component is interesting. In sport, you can bring new ideas and products into the market quickly. As compared to aerospace or medicine, sport is still quite unregulated, thus allowing much scope for innovation.

Q: What different courses in sports engineering are offered at your University?
A: We have a three year undergraduate course in sports technology which gives students a basic grounding of the science, engineering, design etc. used in this industry. We then have a year-long Masters course in sports engineering for people who have already done their engineering or are working as an engineer, but want to be involved in sport. We also have 20 full time salaried PhD students who are part of our research centre. These students work on different projects, often with actual clients.
Q: How does a career in the sports industry pan out in terms of opportunities and growth? What about the Indian scenario?
Globally, the sports industry is almost one trillion pounds a year, out of which apparels and sports equipment make up 200 billion pounds a year, which is massive. There are a number of opportunities like being part of the sports innovation team for leading brands or even governments. These opportunities are available all over the globe, given the popularity of sport. Blending science and sport was a relatively new idea in India until about 2009. Since then, a number of sporting events, technological developments in the country have contributed to a growth in sport innovation.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Maine teacher wins $1 million Global Teacher Prize in Dubai

Nancie Atwell
 plans to donate the full amount to the Center for Teaching and Learning
 which she founded in 1990 in Edgecomb, Maine as a nonprofit 
demonstration school created for the purpose of developing and 
disseminating teaching methods. 
DUBAI: An English teacher from rural Maine won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize on Sunday after 42 years of work as an innovator and pioneer in teaching literature.

Nancie Atwell plans to donate the full amount to the Center for Teaching and Learning which she founded in 1990 in Edgecomb, Maine as a nonprofit demonstration school created for the purpose of developing and disseminating teaching methods. The school says 97 percent of its graduates have gone on to university.

Atwell said that winning the award is a valedictory for her life's work, but that her true validation comes from the responses of students.

"I really find that I'm validated every day just by the experiences I have with children in the classroom," she told The Associated Press after receiving the award.

Atwell was selected from a pool of 1,300 applicants from 127 countries.

The top 10 finalists, which included two other teachers from the U.S. and others from Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Cambodia, Malaysia, Kenya, and the U.K., were flown to Dubai, United Arab Emirates for the ceremony. The winner was announced on stage by Sunny Varkey, founder of the non-profit Varkey Foundation that focuses on education issues and founder of the for-profit GEMS Education company that has more than 130 schools around the world.

The award was created to be the largest prize of its kind and to serve as a sort-of Nobel Prize for one exceptional teacher each year.


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