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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

UPSEE 2014: Results to be declared on or before May 20

he Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Exam (UPSEE) is conducted by Uttar Pradesh Technical University (UPTU) for granting admissions to Engineering, Pharmacy and Architecture courses within the state in Government aided institutions, private unaided institutions affiliated to UPTU and other participating universities.
The exam for the UG courses was held on April 20 whereas; the exam for the PG courses will take place on April 27. According to the notification on the official website, the result for the same is expected to be declared on or before May 20. The exam had multiple choice questions and no negative marking is applicable during checking of the answer sheets. The exam was held in 25 centres across the state of Uttar Pradesh.
After the results come out, the merit position, score cards containing the total marks and subject wise marks will be made available on the official website. According to the UP State government order, the cut off percentage of marks for UPSEE merit list is supposed to be 25 per cent.
The UPSEE 2014 examination centers in Uttar Pradesh along with their centre codes are listed as follows:
Agra: 01
Aligarh: 02
Allahabad: 03
Bareilly: 04
Banda: 05
Barabanki: 06
Etawah: 07
Faizabad: 08
G.B.Nagar (Noida/Greater Noida): 09
Ghaziabad: 10
Ghazipur: 11
Gorakhpur: 12
Jaunpur: 13
Jhansi: 14
Kanpur: 15
Lucknow: 16
Mathura: 17
Meerut: 18
Moradabad: 19
Muzaffarnagar: 20
Rae Bareli: 21
Saharanpur: 22
Sitapur: 23
Sultanpur: 24
Varanasi: 25
UPSEE 2014 examination centers outside Uttar Pradesh are as follows:
Delhi: 26
Dehradun: 27

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Students engineer solar-powered robot

Mechanical engineering students from UH visited to Discovery Green on April 12 to share their innovative projects, including a remotely operated vehicle known as an “underwater robot,” while educating passers-by on how today’s technology plays a role in sustainability.
Among those students was senior design team AquaForce, which includes mechanical engineering and technology seniors Santos Ortiz, Christopher Munoz and Vicente Mora.
Team AquaForce designed and built a remotely operated underwater vehicle that it will enter in the Regional Marine Advanced Technology Education ROV Competition at the NASA Sonny Carter Training Facility.
“We’ve been working on it for two semesters,” Ortiz said. “The first semester, we designed it, we did all our research, and the second semester we actually fabricated it. We’ll be competing in the competition, which is our Underwater Robot Competition on April 26 at the NASA pool.”
An ROV is a tethered underwater robot made to perform specialized tasks in oil and gas, commercial shipping, salvage and ship industries, among others.  
Munoz said Team AquaForce designed its ROV to withstand 30 feet underwater and be able to visually inspect the water.
“It’s going to go 30 feet underwater, and it’s going to pick up debris, like assimilated debris from shipwreck,”  Munoz said. “We have two cameras placed on here so we can visually inspect the water. It can take pictures and video.”
The ROV is just a prototype for 30 feet, Munoz said.
“There are some advanced ROVs that are this size, but it would be more detailed and technical,” Munoz said. “It would take years to engineer.”
When asked whether AquaForce would be nervous about the upcoming MATE ROV competition, Mora said he feels confident.
“I’m pretty sure we can make a good tournament. We’re competing against A&M and San Jacinto College,” he said.
The MATE competition is judged upon the completion of the tasks — explore, document, and identify an unknown shipwreck, collect microbial samples, measure conductivity and remove trash and debris from the pool bottom.
Finance senior Dilip Gerba said he enjoyed conversing with the engineering students about solar energy and oil and gas.
“They know their stuff,” Gerba said. “I was impressed with their projects and the dedication they put into it. You wouldn’t naturally think of a connection between the engineering department and business, but they often interrelate. Solar PV is now cheaper than oil and gas, so it raises competition.”

Three mechanical engineering and technology seniors from design team AquaForce innovated a solar-powered underwater robot and toy crickets to promote the role of technology in sustainability

Monday, April 21, 2014

Minimum CAT percentile for ST candidates at IIM-A stands at 38.34%

In what may have impacted the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A)'s quality of students in admissions, the premier B-school is learnt to have admitted ST students at minimum percentile of as low as 38.34%.

In its recent response to an RTI application, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has reportedly stated that the minimum Common Admission Test (CAT) percentile at which Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates, both male and female, were admitted fell to 38.34% for the 2013-15 batch.

Apparently, out of the 172,000 CAT takers in 2013, roughly 95,000 scored zero due to either negative marking or by not attempting questions. This had led to a severe drop in high percentile scoring candidates, leaving the IIMs, especially IIM-A with lesser options to fill the quota reservation and still maintain their quality.

An emailed query to IIM-A remained unanswered till the time of this story going in print. However, a senior faculty member on condition of anonymity said, "As an institute we have to follow the quota implementation in admissions. And though some of the candidates may have scored low in CAT, they had proved themselves in the interview process as well as through their past records. Which is why the institute had decided at that time to admit them."

Rohit Kapoor, CAT 2013 Convenor could not be reached despite several attempts.

As per the RTI response, the minimum CAT percentile for ST students has fallen from 83% for 2010-12 batch to 80% (2011-13) and 60% (2012-14) and to finally 38.34% (2013-15).

"Implementation of OBC quota has created much higher variation in the level of prior preparedness in the batches for the PGP. This has created difficulty for faculty to manage the academic process. As a result, the quality of the programme is likely to decline over time. The ideal solution would be to offer the programme on the basis of required credits, to be completed by a student at a pace he/she is comfortable with and not on the basis of rigid time schedule as it is offered today," a senior faculty member at IIM-A had told Business Standard earlier.

It needs to be mentioned here that in 2008 the MHRD has mandated the IIMs to grant 15% of their seats to students of Scheduled Casts, 7.5% to Scheduled Tribes, and 27% to Other Backward Classes (OBC).

Best Tips to Crack BITSAT

So how are you dear aspiring BITSian? All prepared to take the exam? BITSAT exam 2014 is undoubtedly an extremely challenging exam which demands consistent hard work. Most of the engineering aspirants who wish to take the BITSAT try their level best by referring good quality study material, studying day and night; solving numerous bitsat previous year papers and the list is endless. But the sad part is that in spite of working so hard, majority of them fail to get through!
The only reason behind this is that they miss out some minute yet important points which determine the success or failure in the exam. it is important to accept the fact that nobody s perfect and there’s always some scope for improvement. Once you commit some mistake in say BITSAT (God forbid!) then whatever excuses you may make, your chance is gone and nobody can change this fact. Confidence is good but over confidence can be detrimental.
We discuss here some of the common mistakes committed by students in BITSAT 2014 which ultimately fetch them low scores. Just knowing the mistakes is useless until you know how to avoid them. Hence we shall go into the intricacies and examine how exactly they can be avoided:
1. Suppose you are taking BITSAT entrance exam 2014. You begin with the maths section and try to attempt the first question. You try to solve first 3 questions, but fail to solve any. You get anxious and jump off to the Physics section. A bit disheartened, feeling the same you jump off to chemistry, logical reasoning and finally English. History repeats itself and you come back to Maths again. You are flooded with random thoughts and don’t really know what to do!
Possible way out: You are sitting for a national level exam dude. You cannot expect it to be a cakewalk! If you started with math then go on trying the questions of the same section. Jumping from one section to another will only trigger anxiety and reduce self-confidence. In case, you are not able to attempt questions and get confused then the most appropriate option would be to switch to logical reasoning or English.
But remember, you cannot dare to waste time and if you lose hope the game is lost!
2. Suppose you are attempting a question of the form x2 + 5x +6 (x ≠ -2). You are in such a hurry that you miss out the part given in bracket and you mark the answer as x = -3,-2.
What to Do: This is the silliest mistake committed by students. It is vital to attempt the paper with a calm mind and to read the complete questions. Anxiety can only spoil the game. In fact, in such questions, students are advised to encircle or mark the conditions so that they are reminded of the condition.
The given question is quite simple and you cannot obviously expect such question in exam. The idea is to highlight the fact that the conditions given in the question are often ignored by students. 
3. You are attempting some numerical of chemistry. You write extremely small in order to save space for coming sections. And you get stuck in the middle of the question! Now the issue is that you are not able to trace back your solution.
Possible alternative: Learners are advised to begin with the numerical section so as to avoid space fight for other sections. Moreover, agreed that you need to save space but you must write your solutions clearly so that you figure out previous steps of the solution. This not only increases accuracy but also saves time.
4. I am sure most of you would have faced this issue. You attempt a question and solve it completely. You get an answer that doesn’t match any of the four given options. You get exasperated and start solving the next questions over the solution of the previous question.
Better way: Whenever you face such a situation, write the question number on the top of the solution and proceed further. Don’t write anything on the solution of the previous question so that you can come back to it again to check the solution.  
Some other suggestions include:
  • Whenever you try to imagine a compound for attempting questions of organic chemistry you must do it on a paper.
  • Problems based on Newton’s laws must be solved cautiously since a change in sign of single force can change the solution altogether.
  • If you don’t mark your answers side by side, then just be careful while marking them at the end. Students often commit mistakes in marking their answers as well.
These are some of the possible ways how you can avoid these general mistakes committed by students and improve your scores. All the best!

Free IIT JEE coaching for Haryana Board Students

IIT JEE coaching for Haryana Board Students

Haryana School Education Department has decided to impart coaching for IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) to students studying in government schools who are interested in appearing in the said competitive examination. The coaching would be imparted free of cost in Government Senior Secondary School, Jaicobpura and Chakkarpur, District Gurgaon.

A spokesman of the Department said the students who have appeared in matriculation examination in March 2014 would be eligible to appear for the admission test. It would be conducted on May 25 at 10.30 am at centres located in Ambala, Gurgaon, Rohtak and Hisar. He said only 50 students would be selected on merit basis.

He said Admission Test will be of three hours duration and would cover Mathematics of Class IX and X syllabus and basic English only. He also said there will be negative marking and one fourth marks would be deducted for each wrong answer. The students would have to apply on a prescribed format to Director, State Council of Education Research and Training, opposite Panchayat Bhawan, Sohna Road, Gurgaon, latest by May 17.

He said students could download the application format from the website of School Education Department 

The spokesman said the selected students would have to take admissions in 11th class in the designated Government Senior Secondary Schools located in Gurgaon City and would have to study in the same school during the period of coaching of two years that is academic session 2014-16. The classes would start from July, 2014. He said that boarding, lodging and travel arrangements during these two years, would have to be made by the students themselves, at their own level, and the Government will not be responsible for the same, he added.

How to study in IIT Delhi without cracking IIT JEE ADVANCED ??

There is good news for the students who wish to study at the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi but can't clear the tough Joint Entrance Exam (JEE)
The prestigious institute is planning to start nine short-term courses for the students who have cleared Class XII exams with above 75 percent merit
The admission to the courses will be based on an entrance test - separate from JEE, sources in the admission committee said.

Students who score above 75 per cent in Class XII exams are eligible to apply for the courses

The students will also have to clear an interview to get through.
Sources said that the courses will be of six months' duration and will be started in the coming academic session (2014-15). 
"The entrance for the short-term courses will be easier than JEE exams and the pattern will also be very different. Students who have scored above 75 percent in board exams can sit for the entrance. The admission will be done based on the entrance and an interview. The interview will hold 25 percent marks," said a source.
According to the sources the nine engineering courses will be offered in subjects like Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Textile technology.
On the completion of these courses, which will be foundation courses for B.Tech subjects, the students will be given certificates.
The course and fee structure are yet to be finalised. 
Sources said that each short-term course is expected to have 60 seats. 
The IIT administration, however, did not confirm the news.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Leak of 12th Phy Q papers restricted to Manipur: CBSE to HC

The CBSE today told the Delhi High Court that the alleged leak of Class 12th Physics question paper was restricted to Manipur only and it has already ordered a fresh examination in that zone. 

The bench, headed by acting Chief Justice B D Ahmed, also considered the submission of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) that it was conducting further inquiry into the matter and would take remedial actions if it comes across the fact that the leak was not restricted to Manipur alone. 

"The CBSE is a responsible organization. They investigated the case. The court cannot keep on monitoring such issues. Moreover, no student is before us," the bench said. 

Senior advocate N K Kaul, appearing for the CBSE, also said there were different sets of question papers for Delhi and offshore locations and hence the alleged leak of question paper in Manipur had "local effect". 

The court then disposed of the PIL filed by Rajiv Ranjan Dwivedi, a Delhi-based lawyer. 

The plea had sought fresh exam of Physics in the entire country on the ground that the leaked question papers were posted on several websites. 

On being asked to conduct an inquiry, the CBSE had told the court that over 1600 persons surfed the websites where the Class 12th Physics question papers, allegedly leaked in Manipur, were posted. 

The PIL had sought a direction to the CBSE and the Human Resources Development Ministry to conduct re-examination of Physics paper across the country. 

Dwivedi also alleged that despite admitting that the question papers were leaked, the CBSE "is conducting the re-examination of Physics paper in Manipur only, which is wholly unconstitutional and violative of equality before Law." 

The PIL said the CBSE has "admitted" that the question paper was leaked and even circulated on the internet and it was sold for a "very minor consideration" at Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000.

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