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Kalpathy Sundaram Receives Dielectric Science and Technology Award

Kalpathy B. Sundaram  of the University of Central Florida will be awarded the 2015 Dielectric Science and Technology Division Thomas D. Callinan Award  at the  ECS 227th Meeting  in Chicago this May.

This prestigious award was established by ECS in 1967 to encourage excellence in dielectrics and insulation investigations, as well as recognize outstanding research contributions in the field.


Prof. Sundaram will receive this award for showing excellence in his field through his research in thin film technology for low dielectric constant and high-k dielectric materials. Both academic and industrial researchers and engineers cite Prof. Sundaram's contributions in solving fundamental problems with high-k materials.


Since joining ECS in 1994, Prof. Sundaram has served various leadership roles in the Dielectric Science Division of the Society, as well as receiving the ECS Fellow Award. His efforts in education have resulted in four "University for Excellence in Teaching Awards" given by the Board of Trustees.


Read full story here.

Dr. Biren Roy Space Award for DRDL's Eminent Scientist
By Express News Service 

HYDERABAD: Dr Prakash Chand Jain, an eminent scientist with the city-based Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), has won the prestigious Dr Biren Roy Space Science and Design award and was conferred the same by Vajubhai Vala, Governor of Karnataka in Bengaluru recently.


Dr Jain, while dedicating the award to his strong team, said that with persistent efforts, commitment to work, accountability for assigned tasks, quest for knowledge, drive for improvement and overall with passion for science, technology and dedication towards the task set forth, the Indian space science will ascend newer heights and the Make in India initiatives will flourish.


He expressed confidence that India will emerge as the technological leader at the global level.Dr Jain, an alumnus of IIT Roorkee, IIT Bombay and BOYSCAST (DST) Fellow from Pennsylvania State University, USA, is an internationally renowned expert in the field of structures technologies.  

Read full story at Indianexpress.



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10 Brilliant Innovations By IIT Students That Prove India Is A Pool Of Talent

Neha Borkar, July 15, 2015


From a scooter that charges faster than your phone to a technology that makes walking on water possible, the young minds at IIT have come up with some brilliant ideas that will convince you that our country is one powerhouse of talent! Take a look at 10 mind-blowing ideas that were a result of their hard work and patience.

2. Drones

8.   Hemometer

9. Guardian

10. 3D display and user interface


Read full article and details at Indiatimes.


9 IIT Delhi Jargons So Good You'll Regret Not Knowing Them Already

Anjali Bisaria, July 1, 2015


It's no news that engineering students swear by their 'revered' code of slang. Words such as ch**iya, mooh maya, maska, ghanta, and bhabhi have now become most commonplace. And now beating them at their own game is none other than the students of IIT-Delhi, whose database of slang is one you've never ever heard of before. From being plain humorous to lordly offensive, some of these words are so raw, you'd think not twice but THRICE before using them out loud. 

So brace yourselves because you're about to read into the 'brightest' minds of the country!

1. Because beating the AIR out of others is one mean task.

2. Because cracking Computer Science earns you a whole lot of respect.

3. Because what better way to describe them.

4. Because some 'accidents' are inevitable.

5. Because power is scandalous.

6. Because it's all about biology.

7. Because some pots are just made to handle 'stuff'.

8. Because what else can they be called. No, really!

9. Because it's the Indian Institute of (Infinite) Tension.

If on the off chance you're feeling offended, simply think about what the textile students are called. That will make you feel loads better.



Story adopted from Indiatimes.

PM to inaugurate Bihta IIT-P campus on July 25

Vithika Salomi, TNN | Jul 13, 2015, 10.51PM IST


Patna: Indian Institute of Technology-Patna (IIT-P), which came into existence in August 2008, is now ready to be shifted to its permanent campus scheduled to be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi at a function on July 25.

Talking to TOI, IIT-P director Pushpak Bhattacharyya said, "We have received a communication from the Union HRD ministry that PM Modi will inaugurate the new campus on July 25 and we are finalizing the details of the programme."

The construction of the 500-acre new campus at Bihta, about 35km west of Patna, started in December 2012 and the 18-month-long project (first phase) was scheduled to be complete by August last. However, the work got delayed due to various reasons, including agitation by farmers whose land had been acquired for the project.

Officials said space was a big constraint in starting new courses at IIT-P, which currently offers subjects such as Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemistry at BTech level. "Other phases of the construction work will also be expedited once the 1,000 odd students and faculty members of the institute move on to the permanent campus," an official said.


Read full story at Times of India.



Unbundled: Re-imagining higher education - by Anant Agarwal





When massive open online courses (MOOCs) first launched early last year, we had no idea what to expect. And even today-with dozens of global institutions and millions of learners participating-we, as an industry, have so much more to learn as we puzzle out online education. One thing that both supporters and critics of online education agree on is that the MOOC movement has ignited a spirited conversation about the future of higher education.


I am often asked where I see the greatest opportunities for residential campuses to improve and evolve for the benefit of future generations of students. And while I do not have the answers, I know that today's students want a broad education, taking courses in languages, engineering, history, literature, math and science. They also want to fold in industry experience and international travel. As a result, many educators are now asking probing questions about traditional degree pathways. Should we require university students to obtain a degree in a specialized field? Should we expect students to know at the age of 18 what they want to do for the rest of their lives? Should universities limit their degree programs to four-year spans? Should the concept of a degree as the defining credential itself be revisited? Shifting from this traditional approach may significantly affect the affordability, efficiency and quality of a college education. It might even change the very manner in which universities are structured, as Jeffrey Selingo describes in his book College UnBound. One key to this shift might be the concept of unbundling many of the components that make up the traditional approach to higher education: time, function and content.


First, what does it mean for higher education to unbundle time? While there are substantial benefits to students coming to campus to work closely together with faculty, we can re-examine why four years on campus is considered to be the magic number for a college degree program. My own degree at IIT Madras in the late 70's was a five-year program, and I still remember the raging debate when they shortened it to four years. Why not imagine an alternative path of life-long continuous education, where students come into college after having taken the first-year subjects through MOOCs or other AP courses, study for two years to experience what my MIT colleague Sanjay Sharma calls the "magic of campus" then enter the workforce to gain real-world skills, taking MOOCs, community college courses or other online courses as needed throughout their career, in place of the traditional final year? I do acknowledge that although two years might be more affordable, it is unlikely to provide the same rich campus experience as a four-year program.


Second, what might it mean for universities to unbundle function? Traditional, four-year higher education institutions do far more than provide an education.Universities are responsible for admissions, research, facilities management, housing, healthcare, credentialing, food service, athletic facilities, career guidance and placement and much more.Which of these items should be at the core of a university and add value to that experience? By partnering with other universities, or by enlisting third parties to manage some university functions, could schools liberate resources to focus on what they value most?

For instance, 2U and Academic Partnerships work with universities to provide certain functions such as admissions, recruitment and placement of students in addition to support services for professors to create online content. MOOC testing technology may help universities by supplying credentialing of skills learned on-the-job or in online courses. Such options unbundle the functions of competency testing and in-class seat time. With this approach, competency takes precedence over in-class seat time. Competency-based learning is a trend that is gaining steam in the nation's classrooms and is even finding bipartisan support from Congress.


Finally, there is the potential of unbundled content. This practice actually began with the textbook centuries ago when instructors started using course content written by other scholars. Instructors are generally comfortable using textbooks written by a publisher's team of authors, which they sometimes supplement with their own notes and handouts and those of their colleagues. Professors will have a choice to use multiple sources of content ¾ the key being "choice" ¾ in their lectures and classrooms that best fit the topic or their teaching style, and the learning styles of their students.


No one could have predicted the explosion of interest in MOOCs that has occurred in the past year.  Nor can we predict where MOOC technology and research will lead us. But we can examine these innovations and collaborate on how best to use them to transform and reimagine higher education.  Success will lie in experimenting with these new concepts, along with many more we can now only begin to imagine.


- Anant Agarwal is currently the President of EdX and also a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He is also a Distinguished Alumnus Awardee for 2014.


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US-based IIT alumni releases book of Hindi-English poems

By PTI | 14 Jun, 2015, 02.34PM IST

NEW DELHI: Aiming to fund his initiative of skill development among youth, a Silicon Valley-based IITian has come out with a collection of poems, which are a narrative of human emotions in the journey of life. 

Originally written in Hindi and translated into English the book "Your Shadow Wants to Walk Alone" published by Rupa is a collection of 36 poems by Sandeep Kishore speaks of emotions, the integral part of one's personality which influence the making of it. 

"The book is about sentiments, aspirations, desires, hope, changes, expectations, pain, growing up, dreams, failures, successes and much more. It is about all of us, as we go through different phases in life - some great, some good, some not so good," says Kishore, an IT-industry leader and also a motivational speaker. 

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