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It’s raining jobs in IIT Kharagpur

IIT Kharagpur has set a record among all IITs with more than a thousand of its students securing cushy jobs in the first phase of campus placements, officials said on Wednesday. Around 1,010 students of the Kharagpur campus accepted job offers in the first round of placements which ended in December 2013.

At IIT Mumbai, there were 900 offers while IIT Delhi got about 750 offers and IIT Kanpur around 700 offers. IIT Kharagpur, officials said, has achieved a new record with the maximum number of students getting jobs in the IIT system in one phase.

In addition to big names like Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Shell, Deutsche Bank, etc., companies like Flipkart and Housing.com were the ones that made multiple offers in dual figures. — PTI



Techfest from January 3

IIT Bombay will be organising their annual science and technology fest, Techfest, from January 3 to 5, 2014.

The fest, with an expected footfall of one lakh, will see exhibits from U.S., Japan, Berlin and Switzerland.

Some of these exhibits include advanced human robot, BINA-48, humanoids and also those from Nuclear power Corproration of India limited (NPCIL) and Defense Research and development Organisation (DRDO). A super car exhibition will have car models like Ferrari F430, Porsche 911, Mercedes E cabriolet not just on display but also will be driven around. As part of this fest, two robots will fight it out in an arena in a competition called Robowars.

About 15 eminent personalities including Bharat Ratna C.N.R.Rao, former IPS officer and activist Kiran Bedi will deliver lectures during the course of this fest.

During the fest, IIT Bombay will host students from other IIT’s who are excelling in technology.

Apart from that there will be various entertaining shows like laser effects, 3d musical projection, light animation and others.



Workshop on robotics conducted

The two-day workshop on National Robotics Championship – 2014 hosted by Ameya World School saw 135 students from 10 schools participating enthusiastically.

The workshop which was followed by the preliminary round selected two groups from Ameya World School and one from Oakridge International School who will be heading to the final round to be held at Helios – IIT Mumbai next year. Under the wild card category, one group among ETASI Timpany School, Chaitanya, DAV Public School and the hosting school will also participate in the final round, according to a statement.



Nine APSWREI students make it to IIT

The Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Education Institutions (APSWREI) Society students continued their good academic performance with nine of them managing to get into Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) for the academic year 2013-14, a press release stated.

The nine students who made it to IITs this academic year include Cheekati Rakesh Babu (IIT Delhi), Sydhala Pavan (IIT Kanpur), Vangoori Prashanth (IIT Kanpur), Devathi Prashanth (IIT Kanpur), Panthagani Midhun Kumar (ISM Dhanbad), Vithulamudi Sanjeev Babu (IIT Kanpur), Ramtenki Sudhakar (IIT Kharagpur), Gaini Sailu (IIT Bombay) and Barmavath Prashanth (IIT Roorkee).

Laptops distributed

Minister of Social Welfare Pithani Satyanarayana met the nine students, who succeeded in cracking the IIT JEE entrance examination, and distributed laptops. So far, since 1998 when the society introduced IIT coaching to the talented but needy children, 87 students from APSREI have joined IIT and 121 students in National Institute of Technologies (NIT), Secretary, APSWREI, R. S. Praveen Kumar, said. The Minister congratulated the students and also interacted with the teachers.


Float like a butterfly

Hands onChildren working on a science project with kits from Butterfly Fields; Sharat showing one of the many kits with which children learnPhoto K. R. DEEPAK

  • Hands onChildren working on a science project with kits from Butterfly Fields; Sharat showing one of the many kits with which children learnPhoto K. R. DEEPAK


An initiative by an IIT-IIM Grad creates a world of hands-on learning experiences for children, writes PRABALIKA M. BORAH

11.59 pm was the cut off time for the IIT-Bombay students to dash off their resumes for placements. But after a chat with one of the professors, K. Sharat Chandra found himself at the crossroads. “I didn’t know what I should do. I was in a fix. The calculation which Handa sir — my professor who took classes in entrepreneurship at IIM-Ahmedabad — did convince me finally and I knew it is now or never,” he recollects.

That decision resulted in setting up of Butterfly Fields — a hands on learning approach system which comprises various kinds of activities, experiences in science and mathematics. The company provides low-cost models for application-oriented learning to children from eight to 16 years of age. They usually work with government and private schools and has developed models that integrate with the school curriculum, regardless of the Board the school is affiliated to.

“Initially, without any huge capital, I was able to make schools and parents agree with what I was looking to do,” says Sharat, who as an IIT student interned with a bank where he found he is doing nothing more than ‘better’ presentations and excel sheets. But the file load of mathematical analysis clicked. Even that was not enough to make K. Sharat Chandra accept a full time job in the bank. “Is that all I would do as an IITian? I questioned myself,” says Sharat.

During his IIM days, Sharat’s 24 classes with Handa which were 24 field trips had deeply sowed the roots of an entrepreneur. “But I kept wondering about the capital. Amidst this, my desire to visit a ‘foreign country’ was fulfilled through an exchange programme. I went to Germany and since it was all about gathering experience, I used to visit all places possible. This included the SME (small and medium enterprises) sector there,” he says.

What impressed him the most in Germany was the amount of innovation that was evident even at SME businesses, which he realised was because of an education system that encourages students to think out of the box, a complete contrast to the Indian system, where the application of what is learnt is completely ignored, with a greater focus on learning for exams.

“The kids in Germany knew little but it was in-depth knowledge unlike us where we are taught a lot but are flaky,” he adds.

Sharat and his team’s work began by demonstrating to students on subjects like motion, inertia, magnetic fields etc. “Children were seeing the practical explanation but even that wasn’t hands-on,” says Sharat.

Then one day, “Things just changed. After one such demonstration, the principal of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan asked me how I could make this into a hands-on activity. It was possible but I wasn’t ready with a kit each for the children from Std VI to X at that point of time. I took some time but met the deadline,” smiles Sharat. Now students across the state learn science and math with these kits.

Butterfly Fields isn’t just about science projects since it is designed by an IIT+IIM. There are fun games as well and “my favourite is the trump card game where I beat most of the challengers,” he says with pride. “That’s also because I have designed it,” he says cheekily.




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