IIT-Madras campus to get bigger for added Japanese ventures
The research park of the premier Indian Institute of Technology-Madras ( IIT-Madras ) is expected to be expanded to pave the way for increased Japanese ventures. As per IIT-Madras officials, construction work for the 0.8 million square feet premises is slated to be completed by the later part of 2014.
The IIT-Madras Research Park is situated in the Chennai Information Technology (IT) corridor. It houses 55 companies along with their individual research as well as development verticals.
As per officials of IIT-Madras, the institute looks forward to organizations from Japan establishing Research and Development (R & D) units in the park. Such companies may also offer employment opportunities to graduates of the Post Graduate Program for Executives for Visionary Leadership in Manufacturing ( PGPEX-VLM ) program offered by the institute. Japanese firms open their branches in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu on a regular basis. The research park houses reputed Japanese firms including manufacturing company AMADA and auto major Nissan. Moreover, IIT-Madras has partnered with 10 Japanese universities through Memorandums of Understanding ( MoUs ), the officials added.
PGPEX-VLM is an executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. It was initiated by India as well as Japan in 2006, aided by Japan International Cooperation Agency ( JICA ) and National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council. All the batches of the program get the opportunity to visit Japan as part of the curriculum.
JICA is expected to conduct a “feasibility survey” on “Comprehensive Integrated Master Plan for Chennai-Bangalore industrial corridor”, starting December, 2013. As per JICA officials, the survey is expected to be completed within one and a half years.
JICA officials claimed that infrastructural facilities in Ennore and Chennai ports will be enhanced as the existing facilities are not adequate. There is a need for better facilities of water supply, roads and power connection at industrial zones, the officials added.
IITs will take nearly 10 years to get to ideal teacher-student ratio
Facing a faculty crunch, the Indian Institutes of Technology have projected that it will take the elite institutes close to a decade to get to the ideal teacher-student ratio. The government stipulates IITs must have a teacher-student ratio of 1:10, but at present, the ratio is an area of concern.
Of 6,522 sanctioned faculty positions nationwide, 2,618 are unfilled. Thus, across campuses, there is an approximately 40% shortage of teachers. While student intake has risen by 54% since 2006 in the wake of the 27% OBC quota and the expansion in the number of seats, the teacher-student ratio at campuses is around 1:15. It is the worst at IIT-Roorkee at 1:20 and the best at the newer institutes of IIT-Ropar and IIT-Mandi, where there is one teacher for every two students.
The all-India faculty strength is 3,904 at the moment. “Generally, the older IITs have been picking up about 35 to 40 new teachers annually,” said an IIT director. “But student strength has risen rapidly because of the OBC expansion and also as PhD numbers went up. It isn’t possible to take faculty numbers up so sharply so quickly. We are going to take five to ten years to reach the ideal teacher-student ratio,” he added.
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IIT-Bombay director Devang Khakhar said faculty quality has got better with time, with most recruits having an overseas PhD; almost all of them joining the old IITs have international teaching or working experience.
“We cannot and do not want to compromise on the quality of teaching faculty just because we are facing staff shortage. We acknowledge that our existing teachers have been taking the extra burden, but we are constantly looking for good people,” said IIT-Roorkee director Pradipto Banerjee.
Also, the HRD ministry has agreed to create a new cadre of technical staff to man and maintain laboratories at the tech schools. For long, the faculty and the staff shouldered the responsibility of running the labs. The new technical cadre staff will free faculty members from the responsibility of looking after the labs and the workshops and enable them to devote time to teaching and research, said an IIT director.
“The modern equipment and sophisticated labs need better-qualified people,” said an IIT head. Each IIT will have to submit their requirement and people will be recruited as per the need of an individual institute. Recruitment will start once the finance ministry gives its nod.
IIT to conduct Programme on Financial Analytics
The Department of Management studies, IIT Madras, will organise a training programme for corporate executives on financial modelling analytics from 15th February, 2013 to 16th February, 2013 and from 21st February, 2013 to 23rd February, 2013.
The first session will focus on time series analytics and the second session will focus on structural modelling analytics.
The programme will benefit those who are involved in decision making based on financial analytics such as risk managers, financial analysts, portfolio managers, finance managers and consultants and project managers.
Also those involved in doing financial analytics in corporate treasuries, banks and financial institutions, mutual funds, investment banking, commercial banking and other finance verticals in IT firms can attend the programme.
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IITs to enrol more PhD candidates
The IIT Council that decided to increase the tuition fee for undergraduate students also decided that the peer review of each institute would be carried out every five years.
The review committee would consist of five eminent academics from academia and industry.
The committee members would be selected by the Board of Governors of respective Institutes from a panel of 10 names. For the new IITs, a similar exercise would be based on well – established review systems in world – class institutions. Besides a periodic review of the institution, each IIT will similarly undertake an in-house, department-wise review before any external peer review is carried out.
With a view to increasing the number of PhDs from 3,000 at present to 10,000 by 2020, the Council of IITs also decided to relax the conditions for enrolment into Ph.D Programme in the IITs. The admission would be given without GATE ( Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering ) score to students with CGPA ( cumulative grade point average ) of more than 7.0 at the end of the 3rd year but GATE score would be required for scholarship.
However, students from Centrally Funded Technical Institutions with CGPA of less than 7.0 would be eligible for Ph.D programmes and fellowships without GATE scores.
The Council also approved the Trainee teacher Award National Institute of technology/ IIT Joint Scheme with an aim to enhance the teaching quality and to address the faculty shortage.
The scheme is open to all graduating candidates who are in the top 15 per cent in the Centrally Funded Technical Institutes. All other candidates who are in the top 15 per cent from other AICTE / UGC approved institutions and universities and having a valid GATE score would also be eligible.
HRD Minister Pallam Raju said they would be engaged as trainee teachers at NITs. While initially they would assist in teaching, they would simultaneously go through the part-time M.Tech and Ph.D programmes of the IITs to acquire higher academic qualification, which is a prerequisite for faculty at NITs.
IITs changes their Engineering Admission Procedure
The Introduction of the new common engineering entrance exam JEE, made the Indian Institutes of Technology to introduce new admission procedure for engineering courses form the academic year 2013. The country’s premier technical institutions have decided to drop the online counseling for admission to engineering courses, which was followed by the several years.
form the academic year 2013 all the IITs aspirants will have to go to the respective IITs in person for engineering courses admission. The decision was made after two candidates impersonated others in IIT – JEE 2012 to secure admission into IIT Bhubaneshwar and ISM Dhanbad this year.
A girl had sought admission to ISM Dhanbad by manipulating another candidate’s IIT – JEE 2012 score card. She had bought the other candidate’s score, and doctored the photographs, but the institute caught her out when they compared her likeness with photographs available with them, checked her thumbprints.
Even in ISM Dhanbad, Officials said, they could have been misled during the spot admission process. A boy who sought admission at IIT Bhubaneswar fled the scene when the institute called his bluff, JEE 2013 officials said. Every year more than five lakhs candidates take the test to qualify for around 10,000 seats in the 15 IITs, Banaras Hindu University and ISM Dhanbad, IIT administrators say that a few aspirants occasionally try fraudulent means.
H C Gupta, Organising Chairman of JEE (Advanced) 2013 said, “Online counseling is one of the factors facilitating such incidents. Students will only be allowed to fill the options online, and will have physical counseling at the seven IITs,” All the candidates will have to produce original certificates for verification during counseling, “Unless the candidate comes in person we cannot identify fake students,” he added.
After the fake students were identified, JEE 2013 officials sent a communication to all IITs to check whether any other students had manipulated the JEE 2012 admit cards. On Nov 20 when first semester students appear for the semester exams. IIT Madras faculty verified the identity of its first year students with photographs obtained during JEE 2012.
Academics Dean of IIT Madras K Ramamurthy said, “The institutes had come across instances of students trying to gain admission through fraudulent means in the past. IITs had pulled up such candidates before they gained admission by verifying their photographs when they came for the test. Efforts are also on to verify the students identities biometrically,”
IITs to drop Online Counselling soon
In addition to a new entry test, the Indian Institutes of Technology are set to introduce another change in the admission process from the next academic year. The country’s premier technical institutions have decided to do away with online counselling for admission, which was followed for several years. From 2013, all applicants will have to go to the respective IITs in person for admission.
The decision was made after two candidates impersonated others in JEE 2012 to secure admissions into IIT – Bhuvaneshwar and ISM – Dhanbad this year. A girl had sought admission to ISM – Dhanbad by manipulating another candidate’s IIT – JEE 2012 admit card. She had bought the other candidate’s scores, and doctored the photographs, but the institute caught her out when they compared her likeness with photographs available with them, and checked her thumbprints. Officials said ISM – Dhanbad could have been misled during the spot admission process. A boy who sought admission at IIT – Bhuvaneshwar fled the scene when the institute called his bluff, JEE 2013 officials said. Each year more than five lakh candidates take the test to qualify for around 10,000 seats in the 15 IITs, Banaras Hindu University and Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad. IIT administrators say that a few aspirants occasionally try fraudulent means.
“Online counselling is one of the factors facilitating such incidents. Students will only be allowed to fill the options online, and will have physical counselling at the seven IITs,” H C Gupta, organising chairman of 2013 JEE ( Advanced ), told TOI. All candidates will have to produce original certificates for verification during counselling. “Unless the candidate comes in person we cannot identify fake students,” he added.
After the fake students were identified, JEE 2013 officials sent a communication to all IITs to check whether any other students had manipulated the JEE 2012 admit cards. On November 20 when the first year students sat for their first semester exam, IIT – Madras faculty verified the identity of its first year students with photographs obtained during JEE 2012.
Academics dean of IIT – Madras K Ramamurthy said the institutes had come across instances of students trying to gain admission through fraudulent means in the past.
He said the IITs had pulled up such candidates before they gained admission by verifying their photographs when they came for the test. “Efforts are also on to verify the students’ identities biometrically,” Ramamurthy said.
IIT Change in Admission Formula
If everything thing goes as scheduled, admission to engineering and medical undergraduate courses from 2013 will be a much easier and hassle – free process. Instead of criss – crossing across the country to write scores of entrance tests conducted by various colleges, students will have to write only one test for medical and one for engineering. However, those aspiring to study in the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology ( IIT ) will have to sit for one extra exam to get access to these institutions.
The Indian Institutes of Technology ( IITs ) has earlier this year approved a formula for admission to undergraduate engineering programmes in centrally funded institutions which advocated the preparation of merit lists on the basis of the performance of the 20 percentile of successful board – exam candidates in the proposed advance test.
Maharashtra, Gujarat and Haryana have already announced their decision to adopt the government’s proposal for their State – run engineering colleges. States and private engineering colleges can also adopt the common entrance test but will have to give minimum 40 per cent weightage to Board results. Several deemed – to – be – universities have expressed their willingness to adopt the common national test.
After weeks and months of deliberations with the Indian Institutes of Technology, it was decided that the Joint Engineering Exam ( Main ), 2013 will be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Examination ( CBSE ). This will be for admission to undergraduate engineering and technology courses at National Institutes of Technology ( NIT ), Indian Institutes of Information Technology ( IIIT ), Delhi Technological University ( DTU ) and other Centrally – funded institutes.
The JEE ( Main ) ( Paper I of earlier AIEEE ) will be held on 7th April, 2013, both offline and online modes. For NITs, IIITs, DTU, Delhi and other CFTIs – merit list will consider 40 per cent weightage for Class XII Exam and 60 per cent to the performance in JEE ( Main ) Examination.
The admission to the undergraduate programmes at the Indian Institutes of Technology will be based on a two – tier test. The first test will be the JEE ( Main ) followed by the second test, called the JEE ( Advanced ) which will be held on 2nd June, 2013 ( only offline ). Only the top 1.5 lakh rankers of JEE ( Main ) will be eligible for JEE ( Advanced ).
Admissions to IITs will be based only on category wise All India Rank ( AIR ) in JEE ( Advanced ) subject to the condition that such candidates are in the top 20 percentile of successful candidates of their Boards in applicable categories.
NEET for Medical Courses
On the other hand, the National Eligibility Entrance Test ( NEET ) for undergraduate medical courses will also be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education ( CBSE ) on 5th May, 2012 next year.
The first ever National Eligibility – cum – Entrance Test ( NEET ) will cater to admissions in all the government and private medical and dental colleges in the country on the basis of its merit list. Over 10 lakh students are expected to take this examination next year. The NEET 2013 Scores Common merit will be used for admissions to a total of 355 medical colleges in the country.
The CBSE will be conducting the NEET in English, Hindi and those regional languages in which the tests were held earlier. Besides, the reservation of seats in medical and dental colleges in respective categories will be as per applicable laws prevailing in states / Union Territories.
The syllabus for this examination has already been notified by the Medical Council of India ( MCI ) earlier and all admissions to MBBS and BDS will be held on the basis of the common merit list of this NEET for under – graduate courses.
With this, the All – India PMT exam held earlier along with other state medical entrance exams would not be held now and this NEET – Under Graduate will substitute all previous tests.
There are a total of 355 recognised medical colleges in the country in which the admissions to MBBS courses will be held on the basis of the common merit list of NEET – UG.