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Programme on Counselling on Engineering Education for XIIth Students

A programme on Counselling on Engineering Education for Plus Two students, and parents was conducted at Knowledge Institute of Technology here.

Sujithkumar, location head ( HR ), Infosys Ltd, Chennai, emphasised the need for communication skills and creativity and also explained the opportunities available for budding engineers in information and communication technology sector.

Jayaprakash Gandhi, career consultant and analyst, said that the programme was organised to create awareness on choosing the right path for higher studies. He briefed about the various branches of engineering and job opportunities.

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Fillip to Higher Education 2013

Besides an allocation of ₹ 150 crore for building infrastructure for the regional centres of the Anna University, Chief Minister Jayalaithaa on 8th April, 2013 announced the creation of higher research and education centres in nine universities in the name of Swami Vivekananda.

Making a suo motu statement in the Assembly, she said four more arts and science colleges, two affiliated colleges and a polytechnic would be started in the State and one engineering college in her Srirangam Assembly constituency.

Ms. Jayalalithaa said ₹ 30 crore each would be spent on creating educational infrastructure for Madurai and Coimbatore regional centres. The government would also spend ₹ 10 crore each for constructing students’ hostels in Madurai, Coimbatore and Tirunelveli regional centres.

The constituent engineering colleges in Dindigul, Ramanathapuram, Tuticorin and Nagercoil would get students’ hostels at a cost of ₹ 10 crore each. Similarly the constituent colleges in Pattukottai and Panruti would get hostels at a cost of ₹ 5 crore each.

The Chief Minister said ₹ 10 crore would be spent on providing electricity, drinking water, sanitations and other facilities for all the 12 constituent colleges of the Anna University.

Ms. Jayalalitha said taking into consideration the relevance of the teachings of Swami Vivekananda, her government had decided to set up higher research and education centres in his name. These centres would come up in the Madras University, Madurai Kamaraj University, Bharathiyar University, Bharathidasan University, Mother Teresa University, Alagappa University, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Periyar University and Tiruvalluvar University. The allocation for each centre was ₹ 25 lakh.

Ms. Jayalalithaa said eight new arts and science colleges had been announced in the budget and, now, the government had decided to start four more colleges.

Eleven colleges would be set up in Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district, Kovilpatti in Tuticorin district, Kadaladi, Muthukalathur and Tiruvadanai in Ramanathapuram district, Karambakudi in Pudukottai district, Hosur in Krishnagiri district, Kumarapalayam in Namakkal district, Kangeyam in Tirupur district, Uthiramerur in Kacheepuram district and Peravurani in Thanjavur. One arts and science college for women would come up in Karimangalam in Dharmapuri district.

Moreover, the Chief Minister also announced two more constituent arts and science colleges. Veppur in Perambalur district would get a women’s college and Tittakudi in Cuddalore district would get one arts and science college.

She said since Tiruchi, the centre of the State, had no government engineering colleges, the government would start a college in Srirangam. Cheyyar in Tiruvannamalai district would get a polytechnic.

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Course for SC / ST, Minority Students

Centre for Electronics Test Engineering ( CETE ) is inviting applications for one-month skill development and job oriented course on ‘Industrial Automation’ form B. Tech Electronics, Electrical and Instrumentation students from Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and minority categories. For further details, contact : 040 – 2718 1180 or 2718 1170.

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Challenges Remain for Community Radio

Though community radios have largely worked out a model for sustainability, the movement is still weighed down by challenges such as finding trained broadcasters, say those involved in the field.

R. Sreedher, a pioneer of the community radio movement, who likes to call himself a ‘community radio practitioner’, said the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity ( DAVP ), by providing advertisements, helps new radio stations and eases out issues of sustainability.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the south zone meeting of the Community Radio Association on 18th March, 2013.

However, he said there were no real “community radio broadcasters” in the country. Comparing a community radio, which is run mostly by educational institutions and registered trusts, to a neighbourhood newspaper, he said community radios, apart from being for the community, must also be by the community.

S. Soundararajan, Secretary, Community Radio Association, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry chapters, pointed out that nearly a fifth of the stations were in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Though stations have largely worked out models for sustainability, many challenges remain.

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PSG Polytechnic inks MoU with Daimler India

PSG Polytechnic College inked a memorandum of understanding with Daimler India Commercial Vehicles ( DICV ) Private Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG.

The MoU paves way for co – operation between the industry and institution and also for enhancing opportunities for the company’s shop – floor employees, according to a release.

The tie – up will facilitate hands – on approach in providing technical training to the employees. The company hopes to lay strong emphasis on training to ensure that it delivered on its promise of quality and reliability.

It will take off with a two-year training programme in assembly techniques. As many as 60 employees have been selected for this.

The MoU was inked by Marc Llistosella, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, DICV, and R. Rudramoorthy, Principal of PSG Polytechnic College, in the presence of K. Visalakshi, State Co – ordinator, State Project Co – ordination Unit, Directorate of Technical Education.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Rudramoorthy said it was vital that the corporate and academia shared a symbiotic relationship.

“With these initiatives, we can create a large pool of skilled work force in the country. DICV employees will receive over 840 hours of combined practical and theory training. At the end of the course, they will be certified in ‘Assembly Techniques’.

The course has been approved by the Directorate of Technical Education of Tamil Nadu.

It includes behavioural training, English language training, and on – the – job training, apart from other technical subjects.

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CEO reviews Half Yearly Examination Results 2013

Chief Educational Officer A. Gnanagowri has begun a review of the half – yearly examination results for Standard X and Plus Two with a view to identify the schools in the district that had slow learners.

All the schools which had a pass percentage below 50 have been told to focus on slow learners and improve their performances. The schools have also been queried on whether they had any teacher vacancies or require any need additional resources.

The Education Department officials were also compiling a list of schools that had registered weak performances in last academic year. They have been told to focus on slow learners during the revision tests.

CEO Examination 2013 Results :

The public examination practicals were likely to be held in the first two to three weeks of February. The theory examinations would begin on 27th March, 2013 for Standard X and on 1st March, 2013 for Plus Two.

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Google expands Gmail attachment size to 10 GB

For some time now, the cap on the size of email attachments have been hugely outdated across email services. The more tech – savvy among us have already moved to cloud – based file hosting services such as Dropbox, Microsoft’s Skydrive and latest entrant Google Drive.

But this week, Google Inc announced in a blog post that it was upping its game. A new feature, which is being rolled out over this week, allows users to attach files up to 10 GB. Compared to the measly 25 MB that was being offered early, making it impossible to send anything but text files or resized pictures, the 10GB offer is something that will open up new possibilities in sharing content.

However, this new feature is available for those who have signed up for Gmail’s new ‘email compose experience’ ( that uses a floating screen giving email a messaging-like look and feel ), which was launched in October. This is still in its testing stages and offered only to a section of email users.

In essence, what you’re really sending is a link to a file hosted in Google Drive, much like what you would do when you use any of the cloud – based file sharing services. The only advantage here is that you don’t have to sign up for or move out into another service; you can do it from the comfort of your email inbox.

According to Google’s blogpost, now with Drive, a user can insert files up to 10GB that is 400 times larger than what you can send as a traditional attachment, from Drive directly into an email. An added advantage is that as the file you are sharing is stored in the cloud, recipients will have access to any changes that you may make in the file even after you have sent the file.

Given that the service is not yet accessible for all, there’s a lot of excitement and impatience on online forums to use this new service. But given bandwidth issues and poor network speeds that continue to dog our experience, there is room for a dash of scepticism. A small test attempt to attach a movie file ( around 4GB ) to email on a fairly basic Internet network ( which promises the usual 100 MBPS speed ) failed after 10 minutes.

Trilok Nathan, a software engineer who tried to use the service from the home network, says that while the move was indeed exciting, and opened up a world of opportunity, without high – speed networks, “it’s a bit of a waste.”

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