Bangalore Boy is Karnataka Topper in JEE

The news came as a huge surprise to a Bangalore boy when the results of ZEE were announced by the state official. According to reports from various sources, Vadiraja K, a student of National Public School, Rajajinagar, topped one of the prestigious exams in the state.

Vadiraja now hopes to get into National Institute of Technology, Suratkal, for computer engineering. “I have always been interested in programming. I like solving tough algorithmic problems,” he said. And not surprisingly, he loves Maths the most.

Vadiraja bagged 97.6% in his Class 12 exam and rank 53 in the Common Entrance test (CET). “Since they consider 60% marks from the entrance and the remaining 40% from the boards, it’s important to balance both. I think my high marks in boards also helped me in scoring well in this test,” he said.

“I used to study 3-4 hours a day, keeping a balance between school and entrance coaching. One need not spend time as much regularly on school.

A month or two before the boards was when I concentrated more on the test,” he added. Son of a software engineer and a homemaker, Vadiraja loves music and reading thrillers.

Chandigarh boy tops AIIMS Entrance Exam

Arnav Aggarwal a student from Chandigarh and a resident of Sector 37 here topped one of the most prestigious exams in Indian AIIMS PMT. It needs to be emphasized that Arnav was selected both for IIT ZEE and AIIMS however he chose to get into the field of medicine due to his inherent inclination towards the science of body and Nobel service. He sees there is a lot of work to be done in the field of medicine and physiology and it would be great if he could help the medical fraternity to eradicate some major prevalent diseases in Indian and the world.

Any regrets he may have had for not taking up an engineering course despite getting second rank in IIT-JEE disappeared as the result of AIIMS PMT was declared on Monday.

For Arnav, it was a dream comes true as he had longed to be associated with AIIMS.

Arnav had earlier topped the city in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for admission to all undergraduate medical colleges in the country. He, however, stood second nationally. Arnav had scored 95.4% marks in Class XII.

This is for the third time in last five years that a city lad has topped AIIMS PMT.

Another lad from the region, Nishant Aggarwal of Patiala, came out with flying colours in the AIIMS PMT exam as he secured the sixth all India rank. He was taking coaching for the exam in Chandigarh. Nishant had scored ninth position in the NEET.

Akshit Bhardwaj from the city secured the 44th position across the country and second in the Tricity. He had scored the 62 rank in NEET.

Others who made the city proud were Jaskaran Singh with all India rank of 65, Gurtej Saini (100), Siddharth Bajaj (113), Mudit Sharma (160), Shruti (491), Deepali (497), Lakshya Tuteja

Fewer toppers opt for IIT Bombay this year

The craze for admission in IITs is not a common thing these days however comparatively students are reluctant to take admission in IIT Bombay this year. According to reports from various sources even as the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) retains its pole position among the Joint Entrance Exam (Advanced) high scorers, the number of candidates from the Top 100 rankers who will join the Powai institute will be less than last year.

Only 67 aspirants from the elite club have been allotted seats at IIT-B, down from last year’s 77. IIT-Delhi (IIT-D) comes a distant second with 29 candidates compared to 19 last year. The remaining four candidates will head to IIT-Madras. Of the Top 10 rankers, eight have opted for IIT-B and the remaining two have signed up for IIT-D.

First ranker Pallerla Sai Sandeep Reddy and second ranker Addanki Ravichandra, both from Hyderabad, have opted for IIT-B. Leena Madhuri, the second highest ranker among girls, will also go to IIT-B. “We get really bright students. It does not matter how many from the Top 100 join us,” said Devang Khakhar, IIT-B director.

About a decade ago, IIT-Kanpur was the preferred choice for the Top 100 rankers in JEE. But since 2005, the trend has gradually changed in favour of IIT-B—this year none of the top candidates want to go to IIT-Kanpur.

“After four years of intensive preparations for the IIT entrance exam, students don’t join with a hunger in the belly to learn more. They look at the four years at IIT as a destressing period and hence, opt for IITs in metros, such as Bombay, Delhi and Madras,” said Sanjay Dhande, former director of IIT-Kanpur. “What also matters is job opportunities as companies are reluctant to travel to small towns to hire graduates.”

For the last few years, IIT-Kharagpur and IIT-Roorkee have not been able to attract any of the Top 100 rankers, while IIT-Madras has seen an increase in the inflow of top rankers. “Although four is a small number, we are not too concerned about the how many from the Top 100 join us because we get good students,” said Bhaskar Ramamurthy, director, IIT-Madras.

The IITs will put up the cut-offs of the top 20 percentile candidates from all state and central boards by Wednesday morning.

“There will not be many candidates who qualified in JEE (Advanced) but not in their boards. A couple of students, who got ranks in Advanced but were not eligible as they did not fall in the Top 20 percentile in their respective boards, did approach us. Such candidates will not get a seat at IIT,” said H C Gupta, JEE (Advanced) 2013 chairman.

JEE Ranking Shows Class XII results are important

The new selection procedure in IIT clearly indicates that there is no room for students to ignore their performance in the XII standard as the result of class XII may let you in or out in the race of IIT-JEE

According to reports from various sources this year IIT-JEE (main) rank list came as a surprise for the city, proving clearly how important Class XII result is and will be in future. Though it brought cheers to all as toppers remained the same, it has changed the order in which toppers were expected. Also, it failed to bring excitement to toppers, as they have already managed to crack IIT-JEE (advanced) that would get them admission to IITs.

Teachers who have been teaching these bright minds blamed the system of ranking. “The system by which the rank list is made is faulty. Whereas it considers 98% of CBSE as 100%, a child scoring 88% from a different board is also considered 100%. This is unfair. Also, there are many students who have filed for evaluation of marks in Class XII as they were not satisfied with them,” said Sangeeta Khanna, who has taught chemistry to all toppers.

As a result of Class XII weightage, Abhijit Lavania, who is considered a genius by friends, family and mainly teachers, was expected to be the topper in JEE (main) too, but he has been pushed to the second position just because he could not score too well in Class XII boards. “He scored 98 and 99% marks in all subjects, except physical education. That was surprising as he has never scored marks as low as 80,” said his father Chetak Arun, an IIT engineer. However, the family is not disappointed as Abhijit’s target is already set. “He wants to pursue engineering physics from Cornell University College of Engineering, USA, where he has already got admission,” said Chetak.

Also, the rank list did not have an impact on the highest scorers, as they have already cleared IIT-JEE advanced. Srishti Singla, who is third in Tricity, said: a??Since IIT-JEE result is already out and most of us have cracked it with good

According to experts the main aim of the ranking system is to ensure a healthy and holistic selection of candidates rather than relying on a single and one-time test. It will help selectors select those students who are performer throughout their education. With mixed opinion the move has gained acceptance as well as criticism from people from various sphere of Indian education fraternity.

Indian Govt. Gearing-up for Special Heritage Plan for Universities that have completed 100 years

The news could cherish those individuals who are keen on protecting the heritage of traditional Indian Education System. With the modernization of Indian Education system and adoption of Macaulay’s Modern Education System the traditional Indian education system has been neglected much however with this move Indian Government is again all set to rejuvenate the strength and capacity of traditional Indian education system.

Seeking to restore higher education institutions started by reformer-thinkers like Swami Vivekananda and Rabindranath Tagore to their lost glory the HRD ministry plans on granting universities who have completed 100 years or more with a “special heritage” status. The tag will come with a one-time grant of up to Rs 60 crore along with greater administrative and academic autonomy.

There is a growing concern that while there has been a quantitative increase in higher education, the quality of education has suffered. A view within the ministry is that private players with commercial and profit-making goals have proliferated and government institutions have developed a sort of “systemic allergy” to promotion of excellence. Through the special heritage tag the ministry hopes that universities that have been tested since pre-Independence era will have a chance to rejuvenate their academic environment.

According to the scheme, the ministry has created three categories for universities: 150 years or more, those that have completed 125 years but are less than 149 years and varsities that are between 100 and 124 years. The quantum of grant will be proportionate with older universities being given more. So those institutions that have completed over 150 years will get Rs 10 crore-Rs 12 crore a year, category two will get between Rs 8 crore and Rs 10 crore a year while those that have completed 100 years will get Rs 6 crore-Rs 8 crore a year. The budgetary provision is for a five-year period.

Among the state universities that are over 150 years old include universities of Calcutta, Bombay, Madras and Calcutta Presidency. The Aligarh Muslim University and Allahabad University are both between 125 and 149 years old and will be considered while deemed universities like the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Indian Agriculture Research Institute, Gurukul Kangri Viswavidyalaya and Jamia Hamdard could also be considered.

 Other criteria include institutions that were started with a philanthropic and non-profit motive or established with a national need in mind. Institutions started by epoch-making thinkers like Swami Vivekananda, Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Vidyasagar would also be included. As an exception those educational institutions that had started as trusts or colleges but graduated to universities will also be considered. According to news from sources such moves would strengthen the power of traditional Indian education system and a new move will be taken to restore the traditional heritage of India.

July 3 deadline to get photo copy of CBSE Std XII answer sheets

According to the latest news from the Indian Education Fraternity students of std X and XII in CBSE who wish to get a photocopy of their evaluated answer sheets can apply online till July 3. CBSE has also made it clear that the application for a copy can be made only online, through their official web site www.cbse.nic.in.

The central board will charge Rs500 per subject and the payment has to be made through a demand draft and has to be mailed to the concerned regional office, which in case of Nagpur students will be Chennai.

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For Std XII students, the online application can be made till July 3. For Std X students, the dates will be from June 29 till July 6. It is important to note that the application facility will remain open only till 5pm of the last day of application.

After students fill up the online application form, a confirmation page will be generated through the website. The confirmation page, along with the requisite enclosures and fee should reach the board’s regional office concerned on or before the date specified above. The confirmation page of the application form is to be submitted by the candidate, duly filled up with the required undertaking strictly in his/her own hand writing and under his/her own signature and not by anyone else. The signature should correspond with that on the admit card.

However, students cannot challenge the way their paper has been evaluated and will have to give a written undertaking to that effect in the confirmation page itself. Requests for re-total will be accepted and if the student finds any answer left unchecked, a request for evaluation of that particular answer will also be entertained. A photocopy of the student’s admit card will also need to be attached. The regional office will send a photocopy of the answer sheet within 30 days

Punjab Girl in Finals of Google Science Fair

The news could thrill and cherished those who are scared about the quality of education system in India as there is prevailing news that could help us understand that Indian education system is doing much better in recent times. The notion could be exemplified by the prevailing news according to which a student from Chandigarh Srishti Asthana is all set to make her way in the final round of Google Science Fair. The 15-year-old girl, who in class XI is a student of science Stream from Millenium School in Mohali. According to news from various sources Srishti will showcase her project at the Google headquarters in the US, which could be potential green method for treating waste water laced with detergents.

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Srishti will showcase her project at the Google headquarters in the US, which could be potential green method for treating waste water laced with detergents.  The idea for the project ticked her during a school field trip to a textile industry in Ludhiana when she noticed the terrible state of industry’s waste disposal causing water pollution.

While speaking about her invention to an English daily, Srishti said, “As a part of a field trip, I went to Ludhiana last year and was taken aback to see how the dyes from the textile industries got drained out in the water bodies, thus polluting it. On querying from an owner on how they treated the water before draining out, he counter questioned me on whether do we treat the detergent water before draining that out. The question triggered an idea in me of doing the same.”

“I created a method where the solar light and nano particles of zinc oxide are used to treat detergent water. It is purely a green technique and environment-friendly,” she added.

Srishti, who wishes to persuade a career in “pure sciences”, will be flown to Google’s Mountain View headquarters in the US on September 23 to present her project for the final round, which will be judged by an international panel of esteemed scientists. The grand prize will get a ten-day trip to the Galapagos Islands, $50,000 in scholarships, and more.

The Google Science Fair is an online competition. It was first started in 2011 and is open to students in the age groups of 13-18 to widen science projects and share their findings.

With this we can conclude there is no dearth of quality minds and ideas in India however there is an urgent need to channelize those talents in proper direction and nurture those talents with adequate resources and infrastructures.

 

Andhra Pradesh to Partner with MIT to Better its Education

According to the latest news from the Indian education sector Andhra Pradesh and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have entered into an agreement according to which the latter will be helping the former in imparting quality education to students across the state. With the move the main aim of the local Government is to tap the resources that are available in the United States. It is important to underline here that Andhra Pradesh has become an educational hub in India and there are more than 700 Engineering Colleges are present in this wonderful city of India. However, one of the major problems with these institutes is that the quality of education was compromised due to lack of infrastructure and resources.

Andhra Pradesh is set to sign an MOU with the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology to tap its vast resources to help give the state’s educational system a face lift, the state’s information technology and communications minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah said here today.

The minister said the finer details are being worked out and the memorandum of understanding (MOU) will be signed within a few months.

The MOU will help tap the edX platform and open courseware of the prestigious institute located in Boston, to develop alternative learning mechanisms in the wake of serious dearth of qualified teaching professionals, Lakshmaiah said.

The proposed partnership will help Andhra’s small and rural colleges to have access to the expensive labs using the iLabs technology of the MIT. The tie-up will also help in the development of utilisation of Open Software Interface Definitions.

“The MIT faculty was pleasantly surprised to learn that Andhra Pradesh has about 700 engineering colleges and assured their cooperation in skill development,” the minister said.

Lakshmaiah said the global potential of electronic hardware industry is estimated at USD 2.4 Trillion by 2020 and the demand for the Indian market that stood at USD 45 Billion is expected to touch USD 400 Billion by 2020.

To explore this market, India’s first electronic manufacturing cluster is to be set up in Hyderabad, the minister said.

There is no short cut to success: Chetan Bhagat

While addressing a group of youth in the Gaya District of Bihar, Chetan Bhagat one of the renowned names in the Indian business and entertainment fraternity told that there is no short-cuts for success and hard-working, dedication and commitment is required to excel in any sphere of life. No matter which area you are in people will have to put continuous effort to materialize their dreams in practice.

Bhagat was delivering a motivational talk to Gaya youth on Sunday. The event was jointly organized by Yuva Prayas, the activist group engaged in road safety awareness creation to save young lives and a Jaipur-based educational group. Explaining the adoption of road safety as its ‘theme song’, Yuva Prayas leaders told Bhagat that most of the road accident victims are youth and as such road safety was all the more important.

Exhorting the youth to be extremely careful in the selection of career options, celebrated writer Chetan Bhagat said there was no ‘rewind button’ in real life and as such, one mistake can derail the entire venture.

Giving tips to hundreds of youth, Bhagat asked his audience to be always positive and go ahead in the ‘I can do it’ spirit. Those with a humble background need not be unnecessarily bogged down by their ‘auqat’ (capacity) bogey as there are innumerable examples of people with humble background doing extremely well in life. Bhagat told his audience that he scored a moderate 76% marks in the Class X board examinations but did not allow the relatively low marks to haunt his future and made a place for himself by leaving behind the less memorable moments of life.

However, he also admitted that luck plays a role in the success of a person but each one of us has the capability to go against the script written on the hands of individuals. Only thing that is required is your zeal to work hard and endeavoring efforts.

He told his Hasrat Mohani auditorium audience there was ‘no short cut’ to success and one has to work very hard consistently to achieve the goal. “Do something that you love and do not go by other people’s career perceptions,” was Bhagat’s advice to the Gaya youth. Giving his own example, Bhagat said people discouraged him from quitting a lucrative job in search for ‘something different and satisfying’. He also revealed that his books were initially rejected by several publishers, but he did not give up rather his resolve to make it went up with each rejection.

“Institutions and the family can only give you facilities, the real work has to be done by you,” he said. Bhagat asked the young boys and girls to develop book reading habits as books develop imagination. “Well read men need not introduce themselves, their approach to life reveals the depth acquired through reading,” he said.

Reports Say Close to 55% New Entrants to IIM-Kozhikode are Women

Indian women have rocked every sphere of life and same goes for field of education and teaching where they are doing better than men. The notion becomes evident with the fact that recent induction of students in IIM-Kozhikode reveals a greater percentage of female candidates compared to male. Continuing with its impressive track record on bridging the gender divide, IIM-Kozhikode has inducted 54.29% women students for its postgraduate program for the 2013-15 batches.

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According to recent news from various sources the recent inducted batch of the institute consists of 361 students include 165 men and 196 women. The batch comprises of 84.21% of students with bachelor’s degree in engineering and technology, 11% from commerce and economics stream and 4% from medicine, pharmacy, science and agriculture background.

Induction of women in IIM-Kozhikode has been on the rise for the past few years. In 2010, 100 women students were taken in a batch of 371 which rose to 121 women in 2011 of a batch of 341. There has been a steady rise of this number from 31.5% in 2010 to 35.48% in 2011. In 2012, it fell to 27.52% as only 98 out of 356 students were women.

The new batch that has just got the admission consists of students with 0-24 months’ work experience. The batch consists of students from all corners of the country – Southern India (27%), Western India (26%), Northern India (19%), Eastern India (12%), Union Territories including Delhi (11%) and Central India (5%). IIM-Kozhikode said it did not alter its admission procedure to accommodate higher number of women students, but factored in the consistent academic performance. IIMK was also among the first to slash its tuition fee by Rs. 30,000 for its post graduate program making the two year fee Rs 9.7 lakh, lowest of all IIMs.

IIMK director Debashis Chatterjee said, “We at IIM-Kozhikode aspire to create a unique academic space that will challenge convention. This year we have not only led in ensuring gender diversity but have also admitted national talent from the field of sports, music, martial arts and the social sector. Our goal is to churn out not just a competent manager but a well-rounded and a compassionate human being. In this endeavor, the current batch of students will be our assets.