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Top 10 engineering colleges in Bhubaneswar, Orissa 2011

31 May

Top 10 Engineering Colleges in Orissa, 2011

1) University College of Engineering  – RANK 1
Burla, Orissa. Ph:                         +91- 663-2430211

UCE under Biju Patnaik University of technology is the top rated college in Orissa providing undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes in engineering. Teaching mode and handling practicals are of high standards in the college.
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2) Institute of Technical Education & Research – RANK 2
SOA University, Bhubaneswar. Ph:                         +91-674- 2350181
ITER is the part if Siksha O’ Anusandhan University approved by UGC. The institute is dedicated to provide high quality education and is also known for their management system.
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3) College of Engineering & Technology (CET) – RANK 3
Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Ph:                         +91-674-2384110

CET possesses well equipped laboratory facilities and campus for students to deliver maximum outcome. Training sessions within the course curriculum is the most notable advantage for the aspirants.
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4) Silicon Institute of Technology – RANK 4
Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Ph:                         + 91-674-2725448

This private institute is counted as top among private institutes in Orissa and one among the top list. They are destined to flourish this as centre for excellence in the field of engineering and technology.
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5) CV Raman College of Engineering – RANK 5
Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Ph:                         +91-674-2460693

The college offers undergraduate programmes in various branches of engineering and technology. The placement cell is highly effective in creating opportunities for students.
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6) National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) – RANK 6
Berhampur, Orissa. Ph:                         +91-680-2492421

This private institute provides best conditions for the growth of engineers and technologists. The industrial training and consultancy services help students to improve their future standards.
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7) Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology – RANK 7
Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Ph:                         + 91-674-2725113

Top quality infrastructure and lab facilities in KIIT made it one among the top colleges offering engineering and technology courses. Eminent professors and lecturers deliver informative sessions and ideas for healthy discussions among students.
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8 ) Aryan Institute of Engineering and Technology – RANK 8
BARAKUDA, PANCHAGAON, KHURDA, Orissa.      Phone:                        +91- 09776209535

The institute is affiliated to Biju Patnaik university of technology and B.Tech and lateral entry B.Tech courses. They are also conducting supplimentary coaching classes for better carrier options of students.
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9) Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT) – RANK 9
Sarang, Orissa. Ph:                         + 91-6760-240371

Eminent instructors and high tech lab facilities in IGIT made it as one of the prime choice among aspirants in engineering and technology field. They offers bachelor and degree courses in the subject.
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10) Orissa Engineering College (OEC) – RANK 10

Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Ph:                         +91-674-2541340

The college, affiliated to B.P. University, stands for quality education to nurture talents for the society. They hope to create professionals with responsibility and dedication.
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Indian street kids work at dawn, then dream of school

31 May

Fourteen-year-old Deepchand should be learning but instead he lies sprawled fast asleep on the floor of an Indian school — exhausted by his early morning labours finding rubbish to sell.

Abandoned by his mother, his father dead, he works as a trash collector on the streets of New Delhi, starting two hours before dawn collecting plastic bottles, drink cans and metal — anything that will earn him a little cash.

Deepchand, who like many street kids has only one name, uses the plastic bag in which he collects garbage as his sleeping bag when he beds down on the pavement at night.

But there is hope for Deepchand, and countless others like him, through the Aviva Street to School Centre, a programme run by Save the Children that targets street kids to try to prepare them for entry into mainstream schools.

“It’s hard to teach them at times — they’re so exhausted,” said Save the Children programme worker Pradeep Kumar, gazing down at the sleeping Deepchand, whose hands are calloused from work.

Getting India’s millions of street children into schools is just one of the big challenges facing the government as it seeks to implement its landmark Right to Education Act which is just over a year old.

That’s where transition institutions like Aviva come in — helping children learn the most basic social skills such as sharing, and allowing them to catch up on lost school years so that they can one day attend full-time classes.

But many impoverished parents, who rely on income from the children to support the family, see no point in education.

“My father says, ‘Do rag picking’ but I want to go to school,” says nine-year-old Suleiman in the brightly decorated classroom that lies up a flight of narrow stairs in a bustling market.

“The parents are so fixated on getting enough money to survive, the value of an education falls,” says teacher Nivedita Chopra.

“But if they see their child doing well and feel it could eventually translate into a better life for them, it can change their minds,” Chopra says, as she busily puts stars on drawings thrust at her by pupils.

A few of the children at the school, which is part of a global network funded by the Aviva insurance group, have had a bit of formal schooling, others none.

“Some of them we have to teach the very basics — like how to hold a pencil,” says another teacher, Rekha, who goes by one name.

Deepchand — by now awake — says he wishes for only one thing: to obtain training that would give him a skill and get him off the streets.

“These children are like any other children, they want to go to school, wear a school uniform, but most of the time they don’t get the chance,” says Kumar.

India’s education act means all states must now provide free schooling for every child between the age of six and 14 but its implementation is badly bogged down.

State governments, which are in charge of education, oppose any change that the federal government will not fund.

Just five of India’s 29 states — Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Orissa, Sikkim and Manipur — have taken preliminary steps to implement the law, which aims to get 10 million unschooled children into the education system.

“The education act so far has all been cosmetic. Nothing has really changed on the ground,” said child advocacy coordinator Umesh Kumar Gupta of the volunteer National Coalition for Education.

Even when children such as Deepchand and Suleiman do get into school, their chances of getting a proper education are bleak.

The shortage of teachers is estimated to be 1.4 million so classes are overcrowded. States like India’s most populous Uttar Pradesh have more than 200,000 teacher vacancies, according to the volunteer Right to Education Forum.

“Who will train that many teachers?” asks Krishna Kumar, professor of education at Delhi University, who adds many teachers are appointed without “any attention to basic qualifications.”

Teacher absenteeism is estimated at 25 percent and even when there are teachers in class, many children do not “learn anything substantial,” says Kumar.

“It matters to no-one whether they make tangible progress,” he says.

Critics also point to legislation banning child labour that is routinely flouted with millions of children regularly putting in 12 hour days as household help, in restaurants, factories, mines and other jobs.

“If a child is working how can they be in school?” says Bhuwan Ribhu, a New Delhi lawyer who works with Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or Save the Childhood Movement.

Experts say India’s “youth bulge” could drive economic development or be a demographic disaster, threatening social cohesion if the government fails to provide education for its brimming young population.

Already, over half of India’s population of 1.2 billion is below 25 and the country has a literacy rate of just 65 percent, lagging far behind many other developing countries. Neighbouring China’s literacy rate is 90.9 percent.

However, 13-year-old Deepak at the Aviva school, whose parents are rubbish pickers, says he is determined to make a better life for himself.

“I want to be a teacher,” he says, flashing a dimpled grin.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik favors development approach encourages less developed states to grow faster

31 May

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik favours a development approach encourages less developed states to grow faster than the national average over a long period of time in order to bridge the widening income gap between poor and rich states and to reduce poverty at a faster pace.

Read the full Text of Speech of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Regional Consultations for Finalizing Approach to the Twelfth Five Year Plan  at Patna on, 30th May, 2011
Hon’ble Deputy Chairman, esteemed Members of the Planning Commission, Hon’ble Chief Ministers of the eastern region, senior officers of the Planning Commission and State Governments.

2. Let me convey my appreciation to the Planning Commission for initiating the regional consultation process with State Governments and other stakeholders for finalizing the Approach to the 12th Five Year Plan.  The Planning Commission has identified twelve strategy challenges for the Twelfth Plan.  These strategy challenges need to be carefully analyzed at the State level.   While it may not be possible to discuss in detail all strategic issues, I would like to highlight a few major aspects concerning the development needs of States like Odisha.
3. The first challenge of the 12th Plan is to enhance the economy’s capacity for growth and to mobilize adequate resources from various sources.  It may be worth mentioning that the economy of Odisha has historically grown and diversified at a very slow pace except in the last decade when it has achieved a real average growth rate of more than 9 percent per annum at 1999-2000 prices.  The per capita income of Odisha is much lower than the national average and the poverty and other human development indicators for the State are very adverse.  The State has a limited capacity to raise its own resources.  Though the State has been making all possible efforts to raise resources needed for public investment to maintain the growth momentum, there would still be a substantial gap between investible funds that can be mobilized by the State and the level of investment required.  To meet this gap, there has to be a national framework by which larger resources can flow to Odisha and similarly placed states.  Any national growth strategy has to give special attention to states having special development needs.  Odisha, with about 40 percent population of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes, has a special need to accelerate their development and improve their human development indicators.
4. Odisha favours a development approach that encourages less developed states to grow faster than the national average over a long period of time in order to bridge the widening income gap between poor and rich states and to reduce poverty at a faster pace.   The development approach should also focus on: (a) scaling up investments in agriculture and allied sectors that need to perform above the national average over a long period of time, (b) mitigating adverse impacts of natural calamities and other shocks including climate change, (c) accelerating the development of depressed regions and marginalized classes including Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes and women to substantially reduce regional, social and gender disparities and ensuring inclusive growth, (d) building and substantially improving rural and urban productive infrastructure such as roads, bridges, irrigation projects and ports, (e) strengthening social security system by way of allocating higher resources to primary education, health services and nutrition programmes, (f) addressing the problem of unemployment and under-employment, particularly among young persons and improving their employable skills, education and soft skills to harness opportunities that the growing economy may create, (g) improving the delivery of public services for the poor, (h) increasing convergence of resources from various sources and development programmes for faster poverty reduction and (i) continuing vigorously Public Sector Reforms Programmes, enabling policy framework and improving investment climate.
5. In Odisha and other eastern states, large populations still live in villages and majority of them subsist on agriculture and allied sectors.   We, therefore, endorse the view of the Planning Commission that transforming rural areas and achieving high sustainable growth in agriculture and allied sectors is a crucial challenge for the 12th Plan.  There is an urgent need to take appropriate measures to raise productivity of the agriculture and allied sectors so that the income and employment opportunities in these sectors are enhanced in a sustained manner.  A vibrant rural economy is needed to ensure increased rural incomes and employment which would be a strong contributor for poverty reduction.  The strategy paper should focus on expansion of irrigation, watershed development and saturation of watersheds, diversification of crops, rural marketing, strengthening of agricultural extension and technology transfer, crop insurance and rural infrastructure.  The plan strategy should also look at ways in which farmers can get remunerative prices for their produce and ensure that the terms of trade do not move adversely against the farm sector.  Availability of credit is also critical for increasing farm output.  We, therefore, urge Government of India to put in place an appropriate macro policy framework to make the farm sector productive and profitable and to liberally fund development activities of agriculture and allied sectors, particularly in less developed states.
6. Increasing irrigation potential and drought proofing are critical pre-requisites to enhance agricultural productivity.  In Odisha, substantial areas need to be brought under assured irrigation.  Out of about 59 lakh hectare irrigable area, we have been able to tap the potential only of about 30 lakh hectare by now.  We, therefore, urge that the funding under AIBP be stepped up adequately.  I would like to add that there is a need to extend AIBP funding to lift irrigation projects and innovative community based irrigation programmes such as our Biju Krushak Vikas Yojana (BKVY).  It is worth mentioning that the BKVY has been lauded and promoted by NABARD.
7. A major concern, however, is that though the share of agriculture and allied sectors has been declining in Gross State Domestic Product, the proportion of people dependent on agriculture and allied sectors has not been declining in the same proportion.  Major benefits of the economic growth, which has occurred mainly in the service and industrial sectors, flow largely to educated and skilled manpower.  There is, therefore, an urgent need to raise the skill levels of large sections of the population, particularly youth, so that they may find remunerative employment and livelihood opportunities.  A growth strategy that promotes desired skills and skill-based employment opportunities to youth and others has to be given prominence in the approach paper for the 12th Plan.
8. Development of small scale industries in clusters, ancillarisation, linking industries to supply chains would have to be accorded due attention in the 12th plan strategy.  Employment potential, income generation and export potential of micro enterprises, handicrafts, handlooms and other traditional sectors have not been tapped fully.  Promotion of tourism and other service sector activities are to be given greater importance in the plan strategy.  The efforts of the States in these areas will have to be strengthened by appropriate resource flow and policy inputs by Government of India and this has to be emphasized.
9. For Odisha and other mineral bearing states, mining and related industrial activities are very important.  Achieving strong growth in these sectors is critical in increasing incomes and poverty reduction.  However, these activities impose significant economic, environmental and social costs in terms of displacement of people on account of land acquisition, loss of their livelihoods and mounting pollution problems.  There is a need for a national policy framework to address these problems in an efficient, equitable and sustainable manner.
10. We have taken several initiatives including the single window clearance mechanism, transparent procedures and well thought out R&R policy, which have been put in place for facilitating setting up of industries.  As a result, there has been a surge in the private sector investments in mining and related industries. We would like to consolidate and strengthen this with due regard to sustainable development and environmental protection as a part of the growth strategy for next plan.  However, in order to attract private sector investment, there is immediate need for high levels of investment in infrastructure like roads, ports, railways, power generation and power transmission and distribution.  My state has already initiated PPP mechanism for infrastructure development in the field of port and road development.  But PPP alone cannot be the answer to infrastructure development in most eastern states including Odisha.  In fact, poor states like Odisha need greater investments in the non-PPP mode than more advanced states where returns on investment in infrastructure will be much higher.  Mobilizing adequate resources for high quality infrastructure in poor states is a greater challenge and the 12th Plan should have appropriate central schemes for liberal funding of infrastructure projects in poor states.
11. Macro policy distortions are proving to be a hindrance to Odisha and possibly other States, which are rich in minerals, in proper husbanding of those resources.  Royalty structures are such that the States are losing out substantially in resource generation potential due to very low royalty rates and delayed revisions of royalties on coal, iron and other minerals.  We urge the Government of India to revise the rates of royalty on coal and other minerals in a timely manner and to compensate the mineral bearing states for revenue losses sustained by them due to late revision of mineral royalties and other causes, as recommended by the 13th Finance Commission.  We reiterate our earlier demand for increasing mineral royalties on ad valorem basis from 10 percent to 20 percent of market prices of coal and other minerals.
12. With a view to contributing to the national efforts for augmenting power production, the State has planned production of 50,000 MW of power.  The establishment of new power plants, however, imposes significant economic, environmental and social costs on Odisha and other mineral bearing states in terms of displacement of people on account of land acquisition and loss of their livelihoods and mounting pollution problems.  Whereas power and coal consuming states benefit because of low costs of coal and power, revenues from electricity duty on consumption and revenue from sales of surplus power, the host states like Odisha bear most of economic, environmental and social costs.  This scenario leads to an inequitable sharing of costs and benefits from the coal mining and thermal power generation.  We have been repeatedly requesting the Government of India to put in place, by way of suitable amendments to the Electricity Act 2003 and the National Thermal Power Policy, appropriate institutional arrangements which would result in fair sharing of costs and benefits of coal mining and thermal power generation.  It is our long standing demand that the host states should get 25% free power from Independent Power Producers and 33% free power from coal reject based power plants on the lines of the National Hydro Power Policy.  We also urge  Government of India that the funds collected under the National Clean Energy Fund should be given back to the States from where coal has been mined to help them take up environment remediation measures.
13. The 12th Plan should also focus on substantially improving human development indicators and stepping up investments in social sectors, particularly health, education, poverty eradication and other social safety nets.  There is also need to make adequate provisions for gender equality, child and women welfare and welfare of other disadvantaged sections.  Special efforts are needed to arrest fast declining sex ratio among children in 0-6 year age group and to improve the welfare of girl children.
14. Correction of intra-state imbalances has been receiving special attention in the plan strategy of my State.  Heavy incidence and persistence of poverty in KBK region of the State has been a cause of concern for the State Government.  Though the region has improved through implementation of the Revised Long Term Action Plan, it still lags behind many other regions of the State.  In order to bring this region at par with other areas, the RLTAP has to be extended for at least ten years beyond the 11th Plan with increased funding.  We would also suggest that backward district initiative may be extended to more districts of my State which are equally backward.
15. We have taken a number of steps to promote decentralized planning at district and sub-district level.  District Planning Committees have been constituted and are functional in all 30 districts in Odisha.  We have also constituted District Planning & Monitoring Units in all 30 districts to assist District Planning Committees for consolidating district plans and monitoring the implementation of various development programmes.  I may add that Odisha has been preparing annual district plans since 2008-09 in a consultative and participatory manner.  Summaries of district plans have been incorporated in the State Annual Plans since 2010-11.  Increasing efficiency and expenditure has been a thrust of our reform initiatives.  Outlays are being increasingly linked to outputs and outcomes both on Plan and Non-Plan side.
16. We support this consultative process for preparing the approach paper for the 12th Plan.  We may also like to add that a uniform policy and uniform programmes for the country as a whole have produced distorted growth, and created inequalities, within different parts of the country.  As a result, regional imbalances have cropped up.  The objective of the 12th Plan should be to correct these distortions by region-specific interventions.  I hope the regional consultations will prove the right beginning for such an approach for the 12th Plan.

Literacy programme remains on paper

31 May

The ambitious Saakshar Bharat Mission of the Centre has failed to take off in Kalahandi.

Aiming to promote literacy among women, the project was launched across the country on September 8, 2009. The two adult education programmes of the Centre – Total Literacy Mission and Continuing Education Mission – were scrapped and the Saakshar Bharat Mission was launched.� The Mission, which aims at making women literate by 2012, targets districts where the literacy level is less than 50 per cent.

In Orissa, the Mission was to be implemented in Kalahandi, Balangir and Sundargarh districts. However, in a delayed move Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the literacy project at Junagarh in Kalahandi district on February 28 this year.

Though the Mission is scheduled to end by March 2012, so far identification of target groups (learners) and volunteer teachers have not been completed. Besides, selection of two Shiksha Preraks for each of the 273 gram panchayats has not been done.

Under the project, funds are released in instalments to the district by the HRD Ministry and on submission of utilisation certificate, the amount for next phase work is disbursed.

During January this year, the first instalment of ` 1.47 crore was allotted by the Centre to the district for printing of reading materials, training and payment of salary of district, block and panchayat level coordinators for the first three months. However, due to non-submission of utilisation certificate the second instalment is yet to be released.

Sources said despite reminders to the Directorate of Mass Education, no step has been taken so far to implement the Mission in a proper manner.

DRDA project director Ashok Kumar Bag has been made the secretary of the Saakshar Bharat Mission and district inspector of schools is the drawing and disbursing officer of the Mission in Kalahandi.

Bag said that all works related to the programme are about to be completed and the teaching will begin from the last week of June.

However, with just 10 months to go for the Mission deadline, locals are apprehending that project might not see the light of the day.

State submits wishlist to plan panel

31 May

Bihar has pitched for the creation of anfrom Raxaul tothrough the upcoming bridge on the Ganga at Bakhtiarpur saying it will provide a big boost to the economy of not only Bihar, but also of Jharkhand and Orissa. Bihar’s demand note urges the Planning Commission to seriously consider this issue and said that the state requires a dedicated port for import, movement of coal and other material for its power plants.

“Bihar is ready to invest in building such a port in one of eastern coastal states,” it said. Briefing mediapersons about the deliberations at the first session of the Commission’s regional consultation with the state governments and other stakeholders on the approach paper to the 12th Five Year Plan on Monday, principal secretary, planning and development, government of Bihar, Vijoy Prakash said that representatives of all the five participating states stressed that Central schemes should be minimized and regional schemes be allowed in the social sector.

While demanding special category status, CM  said that the proliferation of Centrally-sponsored schemes, now over 147, is not rationale since these are resources which belong to the states and should devolve in them to select their most optimum use. “Many far reaching decisions are taken by the Central government, which impinge on the resources and autonomy of states. We need to build on best international practice for making our polity a truly working federalism,” said Nitish.

He also stressed on the need for a permanent  to define, update and adapt the approach on poverty amelioration and identify the persons living below the poverty line.

The CM pointed out that per capita power consumption in Bihar is only 100 units against national average of over 700 and demanded that 50 percent of the power allocated from existing Central investments in Bihar should be allocated to the state, all the thermal power plants be assured coal linkage and initiatives be made with  on hydel energy.

Bihar has demanded about Rs 43,000 crore for implementation of the Right to Education saying the share of Central and state should be 90:10 under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). A special package has been demanded to meet the additional requirement of about three lakh classrooms in the existing schools. It has been urged that the state government’s scheme of distributing bicycles to boys and girls studying in Class IX and uniforms to all boys and girls from Class III to XII be made part of the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan.

The CM suggested the Plan panel for entitlement-based and habitation-based planning and per capita expenditure brought on par with the national standard, a rainbow revolution for holistic development of the entire agrobased production system, direct cash transfer modalities to enable the poor people to purchase grains as per their requirements and Centre’s special plan for revival or merger of sick PSUs.

In his concluding remarks, Nitish said, “Achieving a 9.5 percent rate of growth cannot in itself be acceptable if income equalities and regional divides are not bridged. The slogan, `inclusive growth’, must be translated into a coherent action plan.”

Bihar demands land at Paradip to set up port

31 May

Emphasising that Bihar lacked a port for shipment of goods to and from the state, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said the state was interested in setting up a designated port at Paradip in Orissa.The state government was interested in buying land at Paradip to set up a port designated to cater to shipment of goods, he said in an address at the regional consultative meeting of the five states to discuss the approach paper for the 12th five-year plan.Kumar urged the Centre and Orissa governments to help Bihar in setting up a port at Paradip.The port will help fast-track economic activities in the eastern economic corridor from Raxaul, Bakhtiyarpur and Paradip, he said.On the Right to Education Act, Kumar urged the Centre to bear full expenditure of the expenses being incurred on the implementation of the compulsory education for the children or at least bear 90 per cent expenditure in view of scarcity of resources in the state.The Centre should also consideration universalization of secondary education to help students of poor socio-economic background complete their education, he said.

Patnaik demands special category status, region specific plan

31 May

“The 12th Plan should also focus on substantially improving human development indicators and stepping up investments in social sectors, particularly health, education, poverty eradication and other social safety nets,” Patnaik said. The chief minister pointed out that mineral bearing states like Orissa were losing out because of low royalty rates, delayed revision of rates of royalty and incorrect methods of calculation. “We urge upon the Centre to revise the royalty structure,” he said. Coal bearing states including Orissa must be suitably compensated for the associated economic, environmental and social cost of coal mining, Patnaik said. Patnaik also told the Planning Commission that there was a need to enhance funding for irrigation and agriculture for giving a boost to the rural economy.