Saturday, October 11, 2014

Kota Shame: 7 Year Old Kota Boy Killed by Kidnappers

Body of a 7-year-old boy, who was kidnapped last evening, has been found today in a canal in Bundi district, police said.

Rudraskh, son of a bank manager Punit Handa, was abducted yesterday from a park here where he was playing with his friends, they said.

"The body was spotted in Nanta canal in Bundi's Talera police station area by a passerby in the morning following which the body was taken out and postmortem was conducted by a medical board," Additional SP, Kota, Rajan Dushyant told PTI.

Station House Officer (SHO) of Jhawar Nagar police station Haricharan Meena said the boy's hands were tied and there was no injury mark.

"Exact reason of the death will be clear once the postmortem report comes," he said.

According to police, the kidnapper had demanded a ransom of Rs 2 crore and threatened to kill the boy if his father informed police or did not arrange the money.

Following the report of abduction, an alert was sounded at all check points and footages from CCTV cameras installed at the private institutes around the park have been investigated to trace the abductors, Meena said.

"Other children who were playing in the park last evening said that an unknown man was trying to become their friend by offering them chocolates. However, this was ignored by the elders and the suspicious man abducted Rudraksh," he said.

A suspicious white-coloured car was spotted near the park last evening and efforts are on to trace it and nab the culprits, he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje condemned the incident saying it would not be tolerated at any level.

"Additional Director General of Police

Chief Minister has asked the state BJP President Ashok Parnami, PWD Minister Yunus Khan, and Kota MP Om Birla to rush to Kota to console the bereaved parents and supervise the incident.
(crime) has been deputed to camp in Kota immediately, probe the case at the earliest and arrest the culprits", quoting Raje a CMO spokesman said.

Question Still Remains: How much safe is KOTA ??

Friday, October 10, 2014

IIT JEE Girl Aspirants can now clear IIT-JEE with ‘Udaan'

cbseWith a goal of enabling more number of girls joining the engineering colleges, CBSE has now come forward to help 1,000 girl students per year to prepare for the IIT-JEE. Girls from all boards, and not just CBSE are to be benefited with this initiative of CBSE, which is known as Udaan. Girl students from various boards of class 11th and 12th shall be selected and shall be provided free guidance and assistance in preparing for IIT-JEE entrance examination.

 Criteria of CBSE for selecting the eligible students for free IIT-JEE preparation
 With this novel step taken by CBSE, to help more number of girls prepare for JEE, the criteria of selection shall be based on the weekly test scores of some of the selected girl students and their scored points shall be redeemed as fees in any of the IITs or NITs. CBSE Chairman, Vineet Joshi said, “Student scoring the highest can make maximum points and earn enough of money to pay about 100% of her fees if given admission into any IITs or NITs.

Benefits from the ‘Udaan’ initiative
Benefits from the ‘Udaan’ initiativeUnder this initiative called ‘Udaan’ CBSE shall be offering the girl students free of cost, online and offline assistance. Selected girl students shall also be given tablets with some of the vital contents preloaded in it along with several tutorials, study materials and assessments. The progress of the students shall also be recorded and the feedback shall also be given to their parents. There shall be several interactive session to be taken place with the parents and peers of these selected girl students. A helpline is also being initiated by CBSE to clear the doubts of these girl students which shall help them in a better IIT preparation.

Statistics of higher education in India
  • Number of Degree Granting Institutions: 800 plus
  • Number of affiliated colleges: 36,000 plus
  • Number of student enrolling every year for higher education: 22 million
Enrollment of Indian Students by fields of study
Enrollment of Indian Students by fields of study

“As per the statistics of number of students taking admissions in the engineering colleges, 77% are boys and mere 23% are girls. With this initiative of CBSE we expect more number of girls turning up for the entrance test.” said CBSE Chairman, Vineet Joshi.

Admissions in Engineering Colleges

Fees Structure of IITs and NITs
Fees Structure of IITs and NITs

Several principals and teachers are being appointed as coordinators in every state. “School principals and teachers are to be coordinated with for this initiative of CBSE, to ensure more number of girls coming up and the deserving students get an opportunity to get benefited” quoted by K Unnikrishnan, one such coordinators in the state of Kerala.
Under the program, Udaan, CBSE has appointed several principals and teachers as coordinators in each state. “We will be coordinating with school principals and ensure that deserving girls in Kerala benefit,” K Unnikrishnan, one of the three coordinators in Kerala.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Harshita Kejriwal enters politics in IIT DELHI

AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal’s daughter Harshita has decided to make her foray into politics by joining the party’s student wing the Chhaatra Yuva Sangharsha Samiti (CYSS), which was launched today.

The daughter of the former Delhi Chief Minister will launch and expand CYSS in IIT Delhi, where she is currently pursuing her graduation. The youth wing, which was launched today, will have its presence in 50 colleges in the national capital, apart from Delhi, Jamia Milia and Jawaharlal Nehru universities.

There were questions on whether Harshita would join the CYSS to which an announcement was made here at Ghalib auditorium that she would expand the student’s wing in IIT Delhi. Harshita scored 96 per cent in the board exams and cleared the JEE exam to get into IIT Delhi.

Arvind Kejriwal himself is an engineering graduate from IIT Kharagpur. Besides, he even cleared the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) Exam before leaving the civil services to join social service and later politics.

Monday, October 6, 2014

2 % IITians and NITians become Isro’s Engineers

Isro may be making great strides in space, but when it comes to attracting graduates from premier institutes like IIT, it has a long way to go. Details gathered through an RTI application show that only 2% employees of Indian Space Research Institute (Isro) are graduates from IITs or NITs.

With satellite launches and interplanetary exploration increasingly becoming as commercial as scientific, Isro will need products of premier institutes. "But this is not a trend that affects only Isro," says V Adimurthy, senior advisor of interplanetary mission at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram. Other sectors like roadways and railways too don't attract them," says the IIT-Kanpur alumnus.

Moreover, Isro's centralized recruitment system doesn't differentiate between an IIT graduate and one from another engineering college. "We look for strength in fundamentals, wherever the person is from. It is essential to have people from different institutions."

Isro chairman K Radhakrishnan sees a silver lining in Isro's Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IISST), Thiruvananthapuram. Since its inauguration in 2007, the institute has been getting toppers as applicants. "We have been getting some brilliant students who I am sure would go on to become big scientists in Isro," says Radhakrishnan.

But given the trickle of IITians and NITians, academics feel Isro should collaborate with educational institutions to initiate and attract the best of talent from other campuses.

"Collaborative research with colleges other than IITs and NITs have deepened engagement with students and made students aspire for a nationalist career at ISRO," says Vaidhyasubramaniam S, dean, planning and development, SASTRA University. Pramod Prasad, a 2008 electronics and communication graduate from SASTRA was a part of Mars Orbiter Mission.

Photo via Isro's Mars Orbiter Mission on Facebook

Academics agree that most of the IITians and NITians look for fat-paying jobs in software and technology companies. "Going abroad and earning high are the priorities," says a senior academician of a deemed university. But this could change, feels former Isro chairman U R Rao.

"Achievements like the Mars Orbiter Mission would attract graduates to Isro. You need passion to work in Isro. That's why people who join the organisation seldom leave it for another job.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

IITians Invents a Solar Powered Cold Storage at ZERO Cost !

IITians Invent Again! This time a Solar Powered Cold Storage at ZERO Cost!

When it comes to making news, IITians are always in the race. And needless to say that when it is about new inventions, they just steal the show away. This time the news is about young IIT engineers from IIT Kharagpur. They have come up with an affordable solution to the wastage of agricultural produce by developing a unique solar- powered cold storage system that works at almost zero running cost! Ain’t that a surprise!
Established at the STEP (Science and Technology entrepreneurship Park) of IIT Kharagpur by mechanical engineering student Vivek Pandey and his team, this micro cold storage system has been successfully tested in a Karnataka farmland already.
Pandey told the media, “It is a first of its kind product developed anywhere in the world as there are no running costs for the farmer. It works on clean and sustainable technology for all 12 months of the year. We have even applied for 4 patents for technologies used in the product.”
Underneath the banner of Ecofrost Technologies, these young graduates are now ready to move out of the campus and then get on with setting up a manufacturing and assembly unit in Pune next month.
By making use of a uniquely designed thermal storage methodology, which controls compartment cooling in tandem with regular cooling, the micro cold storage helps increase the shelf life of agricultural produce using solar panels of 2.5 KW – 3.5 KW.
The young innovator added, “The power generated is sent directly on to the compressor which can run at various speeds to adjust itself to the demand of the cooling. Instead of batteries, this system has a thermal storage unit which can store power for more than 36 hours to provide power in case there is no sun during cloudy or rainy weather.”
Existing solar- powered units run on batteries which need to be replaced after 2- 3 years making the running cost very high for farmers.
It is estimated that every year India loses around 30% of food production due to wastage and contamination.
Pandey said, “We want to provide farm- level solar cold storages in areas that lack access to grid connected electricity. So by increasing the shelf life of agriculture produce, it’ll improve farmers’ source of revenue by reducing losses and allowing better price realisation.”
Meant for horticulture produce, the micro cold storage system has a capacity of 5 metric tonnes and a price varying between Rs.5 – 6 lakh.
The IITian said, “We have started getting orders and will start a manufacturing and assembly unit in Pune next month. We’ve a target to manufacture 20, 000 such cold storage units in the next 5 years.” He further added that they are looking to raise around Rs.5 crore from venture capitalists.
Their promising innovation has won the 1st prize of Rs.10 lakh in the national university competition ‘DuPont: The Power of Shunya’.
Besides selling directly to farmers, they’re also trying to create village- level entrepreneurs who will act as nodal points for cold storage in mandis where any farmer can store his produce at a fixed cost.