Thursday, January 20, 2011

Students learn tips to crack the job interview: How we crack interview

M.Tech in mobile system included in MTU


Fee structure will be disclosed before counseling; what is the fee of GBTU/UPTU/MTU

Quality bug bites budding engineers; How many students give GBTU/UPTU SEE Entrance exam this year

Jan 19, 2011 Times of India(Lucknow)
LUCKNOW: Once considered as a prestigious academic programme, which opened gateway to a bright future, engineering is witnessing a slump. Sample this: from 2,72,000 candidates, who appeared in the Uttar Pradesh Technical University (now called as Gautam Buddh Technical University)-State Entrance Exam (SEE) in 2009, the number came down rolling to 2,35,000 in 2010.

Is it due to the recession? Or is it a result of poor quality of engineering institutions, which is to be blamed for the dropping numbers? “It’s true that engineering doesn’t have the same attraction it had some years ago. There has been a gradual drift seen in the profession. A major reason for the decline is that engineering students want quality education followed by a placement than a mere degree,” said vice-chancellor, Gautam Buddh Technical University (GBTU), Prof Kripa Shanker .

GBTU registrar, US Tomer blames the sudden growth in BEd that has kept students away from engineering. “Seeing the increasing trend of students in engineering over the years, the expected number of students to enrol last year should have crossed the three lakh mark. The drop, I feel is not only due to the recession, but also the diversion of students towards BEd,” said Tomer.

However, Aditya Kumar who imparts technical education in the city said,”The numbers might be dropping in the colleges of UP, but at the same time the aspirants for AIEEE and IIT’s are rising. The change that is seen is that a lot of students choose to study in colleges in south India rather than in UP. The colleges here need to pay more emphasis on the placement and of course better management.”

Experts hope that the trend does not stay for a long. “The quality of technical education has gone for a toss. The colleges in the state really need to work upon the quality of teaching and infrastructure,” said Shanker. The colleges especially in eastern UP and Lucknow needs immediate attention.

Another reason, which accounts for the decline is the fee in the engineering institutions in UP, which is relatively higher than other states. The colleges in the state have hiked fee last year. For instance, from Rs 65,000-70,000 to around Rs 95,000. This certainly gives a chance for the other states to score over UP.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

GBTU stir: protestors detained, released

Jan 18, 2011 Times of India(Lucknow)
LUCKNOW: Sixty-two employees of Gautam Buddh Technical University (GBTU) who struck work since December 13 were detained by the district administration for disturbing the peaceful environment of the university premises on Monday.

These employees were demanding regularisation of services. Protesting teachers also alleged that the appointment of the university registrar, US Tomer, was unconstitutional and irregular. After being detained for a few hours, protesters were released.

Work has stopped after the workers boycotted work since December. “The university officials have been making false promises regarding our regularisation. This time, we will not abandon the strike till our demands are met,” said Virendra Dixit, media in-charge, GBTU Staff Association.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

GBTU employees write to Mayawati

LUCKNOW: The employees of the Gautam Buddh Technical University (GBTU) seem to be taking their demands to the end. On the occasion of chief minister Mayawati's birthday, on Saturday, the GBTU Staff Association has sent a letter demanding the regularisation of their services. They have alleged that the appointment of the university registrar US Tomer is unconstitutional and irregular.

Around 108 employees of the university have been on strike since December 13 and despite repeated warnings, they are adamant on getting their demands fulfilled. "We will continue our strike till our demands are met, and we hope that this letter will help us in it," said GBTUSA media in-charge, Virendra Dixit.

On the issue, GBTU registrar, US Tomer said, "The shifting of demands from regularisation to pointing fingers on me is self explanatory. At least, the appointments of these employees have not been done by me. Talks at all levels have been done and a proper procedure has to be undertaken for their appointment." Sources, however, revealed that the appointment of these employees do not exist on papers.

The employees have also requested the CM to constitute a committee to look into the eight points mentioned in their letter. On Saturday, they cut the cake to celebrate Mayawati's birthday and in the hope that their demands will be met. Meanwhile, GBTU pro V-C, VK Singh met the employees on Saturday afternoon, and asked them to resume the work at the earliest. He further promised that the employees will be given more privileges and benefits.

Earlier, Tomer and university's V-C have regularly been giving warnings to the employees and asked them to get back to the work.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

80% hike in Job offers


When UPTU Entrance will start; SEE 2010-11 examination will start on April 16

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UPTU entrance exam to have single paper

LUCKNOW: Lakhs of students, who would be appearing for the UPTU State Entrance Exam (SEE)-2011 will heave a sigh of relief. The entrance examination, which is likely to be scheduled during the third week of April, will now be a single paper.
Earlier, the exam was conducted in two shifts. In the first shift, the students attempted the questions of physics and chemistry, while the second paper was of mathematics. The two exams were of two and half hours each. This time, the duration of the exam will be three hours and will contain 150 questions from all the three subjects.
Confirming about the change, pro V-C, Gautam Buddh Technical University, VK Singh said, “This will help us in saving time. Also presenting all three subjects in one paper will help in speedy evaluation.”
The decision to go for a single paper entrance was taken in a recent meeting under the presence of Maha Maya Technical University V-C, Prof S Kak, and other GBTU officials involved in conducting the entrance exam.
Another change would be seen in the counselling process. There would be 100 verification centres all over the state, where the candidates can get their documents checked after paying the requisite fee. They will then be given a password with which they can fill the college option from anywhere they want. “They need not to come to the particular verification centre for filling up the choice. This will decrease the rush at the centres and make the process more transparent,” said Singh. Earlier, there were only 14 centres in UP that were known as counselling centres.

Two engineering students held for vehicle thefts

Noida, Jan 12 (IANS) Two engineering students have been arrested for stealing vehicles in Noida, police said Wednesday.
Mukul Mittal, a second year B.Tech student of RKGIT Engineering College on Meerut Road in Ghaziabad, and Sumit De, a second year B.Tech student of Skyline College in Meerut, were arrested Tuesday night.
The police also seized a car that belonged to Sumit's father.
Sumit failed in the second year of the course and talked to a middleman to procure fake mark sheets of B.Tech.
'Sumit stole his own father's Chevrolet car around three months back to arrange money for the middleman. His father Subroto De lodged a case of theft with Sector-20 police,' said the official.
The two students indulged in criminal activities and stole bikes and cars from various places. They then spent the money on their girlfriends and led a lavish lifestyle, said the official.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

No campus placements for 5th & 6th sem engineering students

Undergraduate engineering students in their fifth and sixth semesters will not be considered for campus recruitments, beginning from this year.

The Nasscom, the premier trade body that represents and sets the tone for the public policy of IT-BPO industries in India, has categorically instructed its members not to include fifth and sixth semester undergraduate engineering students in their mass recruitments.

Placements are a continuous process in engineering colleges and will happen throughout the year depending on the requirements of the market. One round of placements has just concluded in RV College of Engineering (RVCE) and PESIT.

However, a few colleges like University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) will conduct placements beginning from the third week of January.

Several city-based engineering colleges confirmed that companies were keeping fifth and sixth semester students out of their placement processes.

KR Venugopal, principal, UVCE, said, “There is a directive to the companies against considering students in placements till they complete sixth semester. In out last campus recruitment, the companies categorically said they would not consider students for placements till they completed their sixth semester.”

According to Venugopal, the placement curb would go a long way in checking students’ tendency to go on a bunking spree after getting placed. “Most students who get placements in their fifth and sixth semester will usually not attend classes, after they get a job in hand. That they have a job in hand clearly shows in their attitude,” he said.

NS Narahari, placement officer, RVCE, said, “We are starting another placement process from January 14. Nasscom has said that fifth and sixth semester students must be kept out of placement. We too never organised placements for non-final year students. We will follow the same procedure this time also.”

Final year (seventh and eighth semester) students would be more mature to deal with job offers than those in their third year, he felt.
Sources in Nasscom, New Delhi said, “This is not a new rule. It was there from many years. Now, we are only insisting that it be implemented effectively.”

MTU will organise workshop on MATLAB for student


Faculty Development Programme on Embedded Systems being organised at MTU, Noida


GBTU calls for the meeting to short-out the issues

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

GBTU Schedule for M.Tech(Modular) Examination 2010-2011

GBTU has announced the examination schedule of M.Tech(Modular) Courses. To see examination scheme click here

AICTE raises merit for engineering dream

AHMEDABAD: If you are a class XII (science) student, you will have to score at least 50 per cent marks to be eligible to apply to any engineering or pharmacy college.

The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) in its approval process handbook 2011-12 released online has said that minimum qualification for admission to engineering and pharmacy colleges will be 50 per cent marks.

This eligibility qualification is expected to have a huge bearing on students pursuing science stream in Gujarat who were so far eligible for admission in engineering and pharmacy courses at 35 per cent, the minimum pass percentage!

This also means that irrespective of the students’ score in Gujarat Common Entrance Test (Gujcet), the students in the state will have to score aggregate 50 per cent marks in Physics and Maths as compulsory subjects along with Chemistry and Biology.

The new eligibility criteria will also impact engineering and pharmacy colleges in the state considering that of the 39,000 existing seats, this year only 19,000 seats were filled by students who had scored 50 per cent and above marks.

The rest 20,000 who had secured admission in these professional courses had scored less than 50 per cent!
The situation would be more critical in pharmacy colleges where of the 7,500 seats, 2,500 seats had remained vacant despite the lowered 35 per cent admission criteria.

While the AICTE rules will mean that engineering and pharmacy aspirants will have to study harder this year, experts have welcomed the new eligibility criteria saying it will improve the overall standard of professional education.

“The quality of engineers coming out of colleges will improve following the 50 per cent minimum qualification criteria. Currently, a big number of engineering students are not able to clear the Gujarat Technical University examinations due to more average students getting into engineering,” said member secretary of the Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC), M N Patel. “It is a good move as it will lead to a higher standard of education in professional colleges,” director of technical education, IB Pirzada, said.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

AICTE proposed new standard for PGDM Courses, Colleges are in trouble

Career News

MTU website will launch today


Student caught cheating, jumps off third floor

An MBA final year student of BBS Institute of Management Studies jumped off a third floor window at Skyline Institute on Wednesday after she was allegedly caught cheating in an examination. She was rushed to Kailash Hospital, where she is admitted in the ICU and said to be critical. “Around
11.45am, Gunjan Kumari jumped off from the third floor examination room window. The university observer team had caught her cheating,” said Satish Kumar Singh, administrative officer, Skyline Institute of Management and Technology.

“She is a student of BBS College and had come to our institute as this was her examination centre,” added Singh.
“Gunjan (22) was admitted at the hospital around 12.10pm and has suffered multiple fractures,” said BK Sharma, senior manager, Kailash Hospital.
“She has facial fractures and her thigh bone has also broken. Her condition is critical. We are getting a CT scan done to rule out head injury. Once she is stable, we will operate upon her and fix the fractured bones,” said Dr Akhilesh Sharma, an orthopaedic surgeon.
BBS College director Sunil Kumar Singh said, “Gunjan is a resident of Bareilly. Her father is a bank manager in Uttarakhand. She was living at a private hostel.” The Mahamaya Technical University, meanwhile, has decided to issue directives to all affiliated colleges to be alert while dealing with a person caught cheating.
“I have ordered an inquiry into the incident. I am issuing circulars to invigilators to take such student(s) to another room and keep him or her under watch,” said SK Kak, vice-chancellor of the university

MTU will provide web based education through its website


Engineering colleges to have 2 lakh more seats

New Delhi: Too many students and too little seats – it’s the bane of Indian education right from nursery to graduation and beyond. Turn it around could take years, but the baby steps taken by Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal in technical education put out new norms for AICTE accredited institutes – the government-approved non-IIT and non-IIM institutes.These will see an increase in the number of engineering and management seats across the country.For starters this New Year, the number of seats in each class will increase from 40 to 60 – this will add upto 2 lakh seats in engineering colleges, 80,000 in management and 2200 in architecture.
Sibal has also relaxed norms to ensure more educational institutes get built. Land norms have been relaxed and just 10 lakh acres will be needed to set up a college in rural India and 2.5 acres in urban India.
Also two or more engineering or management institutes can be run from the same campus to maximise recourses. Indian institutes can also set up offshore campuses now.
“The pressure on the system will be much less. It will be easier for students not only to get admission – they won’t have to kind of charges they are currently required to pay,” said Sibal.
Moreover three seats in every class will be reserved for economically weaker students.
The idea of these reforms is to bring higher education to the doorstep of the millions of students who get left behind, as out of the 22 crore children in school right now, only 1.5 crore will have access to higher education.
Though it’s a good intention as the year ends, but the question remains – will these reforms compromise the quality of education they promise to deliver? And the immediate botheration is – where are the teachers?

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