Archive | August, 2011

Top 10 engineering colleges in Orissa 2011

30 Aug

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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Encroachment on Mangrove Forests

30 Aug

Under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme for Conservation and  Management of Mangroves, 100% central assistance is extended to Coastal States/UTs, who so request, for implementation of their approved Management Action Plans (MAPs). The latter comprise components such as Survey and Demarcation, Afforestation & Restoration of Mangroves, Alternate and Supplementary Livelihoods, Protection Measures, and Education & Awareness.


Under the Scheme, during last three years, a sum of approximately Rs.1272lakhs have been given to coastal states in the eastern coast for implementation of their approved MAPs for conservation and management of mangroves. No specific demand has been received from the State Government of Andhra Pradesh during the current financial year for conservation and management of mangroves.


The concerned State Governments and their forest departments in the eastern coast region are taking necessary precautions to avoid encroachments and destruction of the mangrove forests. Wildlife sanctuaries have been notified to conserve mangrove forests in Krishna and Godavari estuaries.


The State Governments of Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Orissa and TamilNadu have been contacted and according to them the concerned district level officers involving departments of forest, revenue and police are taking steps regularly to evict unauthorized land grabbers from mangrove forest areas. In Orissaupto 21.07.2010, 1322 ha. of mangrove area have been evicted from land grabbers in Rajnagar (Wildlife) Division and Balasore (Wildlife) Division and out of that 1286 ha. of area have been covered under mangrove plantation.

Also, according to Forest Survey of India, the mangrove area of the Eastern coast States during the previous three cycles of assessments as published in the recent India State of Forest Report (2009) is reproduced below:

               (Area in km2)




Assessment years




1. Andhra Pradesh




2. Orissa




3. Tamil Nadu




4. West Bengal





As would be noted, there has generally been a net increase in mangrove forest cover on the east coast of India.


This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests (independent charge) Shrimati Jayanthi Natarajan in a written reply to a question by Shrimati J. Shantha in Lok Sabha today.

Building Blocks

30 Aug

Sahadev Pradhan, 27, had a dream. He wanted to build a home, get married, and help his younger brother finish his education. But with a monthly salary of just Rs 3,500—which he earned as a draftsman in Rourkela, Orissa—his dreams remained unfulfilled. All that changed when he got in touch with Pipal Tree Ventures in 2009. The organisation got him a job as a steel fixer and bar bender. Today, Pradhan trains others in this construction process and earns a monthly salary of Rs 11,000. He has a guaranteed job in an industry where one usually has to scout for work at the end of every project.

Pipal Tree Ventures trains economically weaker sections from the hinterland in construction functions and helps them find jobs in the industry. The training curriculum covers areas like steel fixing, bar bending, surveying, toll collection and so on.

The venture was born when Santosh Parulekar, 42, a software engineer, visited Andhra Pradesh in 2006 to understand the microfinance system—his employer provided SKS Finance operational solutions. During his tour, Parulekar came across many out of work, uneducated young men. He and his classmate from college, Shailendra Ghaste, MD of IDFC Capital, realised they could transform the lives of these disadvantaged folks. They got together with another friend, Vikram Reddy, Director of KMC Construction, to convert this unskilled labour pool into a skilled workforce. The founders invested Rs 50 lakh each of their own money. Andhra Pradesh-based BSCPL Infrastructure and KMC Construction poured in another Rs 7 crore.

With their agricultural background, it was clear the underemployed youth could take on the strenuous physical work involved in construction—an industry that is short of skilled workers even on a good day. And, one that will need more workers in the years to come as the number of infrastructure projects increase.However, in the early days, Pipal faced a number of challenges, particularly in getting companies to hire its workers. “Because of the unorganised nature of the sector, we had trouble convincing companies about the accountability of the workers,” recalls Reddy of KMC. They solved the problem by putting in standards and processes. “We had to be accountable for the quality of people we provided.”


On the other side, it was equally hard to attract workers, particularly because of the MGNREGS. “When they can earn Rs 120 per day in their own backyard, why would they want to go elsewhere?” says a rueful Reddy.

Nevertheless, they stuck to the task and eventually began to taste some success. Parulekar says the emphasis on training has today made Pipal Tree a reliable and reputed name among construction companies and potential trainees. The organisation has nine such centres now, in AP, UP, Bihar, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. It plans to open four more this year.

Pipal trains people between the ages of 18 and 30 in the classroom and on site. Once employed, the cost of training (Rs 25,000) is recovered from them over 18 months. “We deduct anywhere between Rs 750 and Rs 2,000 a month, depending on how much they earn,” explains Parulekar, who is also Pipal’s Chief Operating Officer. Often, a worker gains enough experience to earn more. For instance, Anil Kumar from Rae Bareli saw his salary double to Rs 10,000 after two years of bar bending and steel fixing. “I have become so good at this job that I have time to supervise a team of 40,” he explains proudly. Thanks to the training, these workers earn about 30% more than their unskilled counterparts, says Sanjay Londhe, Director, Ashoka Buildcon. The standard wage for steel fixing and bar bending is Rs 3,000 whereas a Pipal Tree worker earns Rs 5,200.

High Attrition Rate

Despite the promise of better wages, Pipal Tree’s biggest problem is its dropout rate. Initially, it was as high as 80% but has since tapered to 30%, which is still a worry. The main causes for workers quitting are poor site conditions, remote locations and separation from family.

The company has brought down the attrition rate from its initial high level by improving conditions on site. Pipal provides food and accommodation and has tweaked its business model such that the workers are on its payroll. This gives a worker job security and assures him of steady pay despite working for different construction companies (the construction companies pay Pipal a lump sum). These measures have helped Pipal Tree recover its training costs to some extent.

In its efforts to improve retention, the company is also working to improve workers’ lifestyle by providing semi-permanent accommodation, school facilities for children, medical facilities and so on. Parulekar believes this will also bring profits. “Even if the cost per person increases, the dropout rate will reduce and cover those costs. Besides, the cost for all this is not too high,” he reveals.

Last year, Pipal Tree trained 3,500 people, of whom 2,500 are working now. This year, the plan is to train another 6,000 and achieve 90% retention. The company is also looking to increase the number of training centres to 13. These efforts got a shot in the arm last year when IDFC Foundation made an investment of Rs 2.25 crore in Pipal Tree, taking the total investment in the company to about Rs 11 crore.

With 10 large construction companies, including HCC, Ashoka Buildcon and KMC as customers, the venture can assure its trainees of jobs because of surplus orders. But the high level of demand for these skilled workers has meant that no project can get a large workforce from Pipal Tree.

For instance, only 5% of Ashoka Buildcon’s workforce is made up of Pipal’s students. Nevertheless, Satish Parakh, the company’s MD, says these workers have helped his company maintain project timelines. The company has donated space for Pipal Tree’s training centre in Nashik. Londhe explains that it isn’t a good idea to hire unskilled workers as they could compromise the quality of construction. “That is why we were enthusiastic to support a venture like Pipal Tree,” he declares.

It’s been four years and Pipal Tree is some way away from breaking even. However, the founders are bullish on its future prospects, given that India’s construction sector is estimated to require at least 33 million more skilled workers over the next 10 years, according to a projection by IDFC Foundation. “Pipal Tree aims to train and employ 100,000 rural youth over the next five years,” declares Reddy of KMC. Judging from the good work it has done so far, the company looks like it may well achieve that target.

Teachers, principals get training in sustainability development

30 Aug

A consortium of Indian institutes, that includes Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research (BVIEER),Centre for Environment Education (CEE), ministry of environment and forests, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and the Energy and Resources Institute ( TERI), have been identified to guide and coordinate the training programme ‘Education for sustainability training for trainers’ in the country.

The training, which is a four country programme (India, Mexico, South Africa and Germany), is funded by the Federal Republic of Germany. The first workshop was held at BVIEER, Pune, between August 23 and 27. The idea is to understand and introduce education for sustainability development into the education process.

Under this programme, school teachers, principals and NGOs in the field of environment will be trained to impart training on education for sustainability and to go beyond environment. Thirty-six trainers across the country underwenting the five-day training currently on in BVIEER


The trainers were from states such as

Maharashtra, Karnataka, Hyderabad, Chennai, Orissa, Kolkata, Delhi and Goa.

Kranti Yardi, faculty, BVIEER, told TOI that the United Nations has dedicated this decade to education for sustainability. Earlier, the stress was on environment education. But now it is on sustainability education.

“The pillars of education sustainability are based on environment, social equity and economics. Education sustainability goes beyond environment,” she said.

Citing an example, Yardi said “when we talk about water resources, it is also related with social and economic equity. In case of water issue, the usage is less for underprivileged and more among the higher class. The other issue is economic use. One should not use water resource in unsustainable ways


“This is the pilot project to understand not just environment but also sustainability. Country specific design training modules have been prepared,” Yardi added.

Erach Bharucha, director of BVIEER, and one of the members of the expert group formed for this training programme, said “As of today, our knowledge of environment education is based on the NCERT curriculum. Now, we want to introduce education sustainability in the education process.”

As part of the programme, young trainers will be sent to Germany for training. The five-day programme included understanding sustainable development, education for sustainable development using various activities and bring about whole school for education of sustainable development, among students, teachers, principals, staffs and parents. On the fifth day on August 27, it will look into how to evaluate and monitor this programme.

Bharucha said, “we wanted the whole school to participate and understand about sustainable development through this programme. There should be involvement from students to teachers, from stafff to parents. They will take up various activities such as rain water harvesting, vermi-composting, waste management, among others,” he added.BOX

Three components of the programme:

* Expert group as the guiding force

* Programme for young people

* Training of trainers.

Country invovled:

* India

* Mexico

* South Africa

* Germany

Fourty four trainers:

Are from states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir Hyderabad, Chennai, Orissa, Kolkata, Delhi and Goa, among others.

Art with a social cause

30 Aug

Forget for a flash all the brouhaha surrounding anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare’s fast in Delhi favouring the Jan Lokapal Bill.
For all, those who are in Bangalore and could not get a glimpse of such time changing and historical fast, they have a chance to witness the same.
And what could be a better day than Ganesha Chaturthi, when international sand artist from Orissa Sudarsan Pattnaik will be creating the same magic using his tool, tons and tons of sand.
On September 1, when the entire country will be immersed in worshipping Lord Ganesha in different means and ways, Orissa Puja Committee, Bangalore will host a unique Ganesha Puja on the occasion.
Sudarsan Pattnaik will be in the city on August 30 to make a sand replica of Gandhian Anna Hazare worshipping Lord Ganesha.
This will be inaugurated by Sudha Murthy, chairperson, Infosys Foundation at 6 pm on August 30.
Pattnaik, who is a maverick of sand art and known for coming up with new themes with his creation on each and every occasion is of the view that, nothing happens without the will of the almighty.
“No doubt, Anna Hazare is doing a great job to make this land free of corruption.
But, I personally believe that, the divine forces also do have a major role in initiating such movement,” Pattnaik said.
As per his theme, Hazare will worship Lord Ganesha to get the Jan Lokpal passed in the parliament as soon as possible.
“Corruption is eating into our system.
Though, Anna Hazare is steering the movement in his way, we thought of doing something different to add to the same social cause.
That is why, we have invited Pattnaik, who is also an Oriya to this function.
We aim to create awareness among people by this,” said Nihar Ranjan Samantara, founder member and Advisor of the Orissa Puja Committee.
Sudarsan has participated in more than 45 sand sculptor championships at international level and has brought glory to our country.
He is the first Indian to bag the world championship title in 2008 at Berlin.
Recently, he has won a gold medal at Moscow.
He always highlights some burning social issues pertaining to India and the world through his art.
The Orissa Puja Committee has been a dedicated body representing around six lakh Oriyas living in Bangalore.
It came into existence in 1994 to help the needy with basic necessities in the area of health, education, religion and culture.
Most of the members and office bearers are mainly software professionals.
The committee has been organizing Ganesha Puja since last 17 years with great pomp and energy.

JU, Besu edge in tech seat tussle

30 Aug

Jadavpur University and Bengal Engineering and Science University’s refusal to scrape the bottom of the merit list to fill their vacant engineering seats has forced the government to contemplate exempting the Big Two from its order.

Higher education department officials said the exemption could be announced by the end of the week, based on the two institutions’ response to some questions posed by the government regarding their refusal to lower the admission bar.

The breakthrough came about on Monday at a meeting between government officials and the registrars and deans of JU and Besu. “They have been asked to submit certain documents to justify their exclusion from the order to fill vacant seats in accordance with the procedure suggested by the government. We are ready to issue a fresh circular for the two institutions, provided we find merit in their arguments,” the principal secretary of higher education, Satish Tiwary, said.

Sources said the registrars and deans of the two universities put up a strong defence of their stand, basing their arguments on the policy of not compromising on classroom quality and the threat by a section of students to move court if the admission norms were eased for some candidates.

The government asked the university representatives to submit documents in support of their stand by Thursday.

According to a senior official of the higher education department, no exception would be made for private engineering institutes and state-run ones like Kalyani Government Engineering College and Jalpaiguri Government Engineering College, both affiliated to the West Bengal University of Technology.

In twin circulars last week, the government asked all engineering institutions to admit students who had secured a West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination rank but did not attend counselling.

If seats still remained vacant, colleges and universities were supposed to consider those who had cleared the All India Engineering Entrance Examination but did not attend counselling. Engineering aspirants with a minimum aggregate of 45 per cent in the Class XII board exams were to be the last in line for the vacancies, irrespective of whether they had written and cleared the entrance test.

Seats remain vacant in engineering institutions almost every year, prompting the authorities to fall back on repeat counselling and lateral admissions. What is different this year is the government’s attempt to fill all vacant seats by looking beyond the merit list, if need be.

“Around 30 engineering seats in JU and nearly half that number in Besu remained vacant last year. Admitted students quitting to pursue other options created some of these vacancies. But we would rather not have full classrooms than have undeserving candidates share the benches with meritorious students,” a member of the JU faculty said.

This year, 57 seats are vacant in JU and 28 in Besu.

Monday’s meeting apparently ended in a consensus on not lowering the admission bar to such a level that the reputation of the two institutions took a beating. The executive councils of JU and Besu are to meet on Tuesday to discuss the documentation required for the government to issue a notification exempting them from the order. “They will probably submit the papers by Thursday,” an official said.

“We are thankful to education minister Bratya Basu for considering our request,” Besu vice-chancellor Ajoy Roy said.

His JU counterpart P.N. Ghosh hoped the stalemate would end soon.

The topic was also raised in the Assembly by SUCI legislator Tarun Naskar, who teaches at JU’s mechanical engineering department. Naskar urged the education minister not to pressure the two premier engineering institutions into lowering their admission standards.

Panel sieve for varsity bill – Consider private party’s interest, say Manipur MLAs

30 Aug

A bill, seeking to allow a private party to set up a private financial management university in Manipur, was referred to a select committee of the Assembly today after members cutting across party line expressed doubts about the private party’s interest.

Education minister D.D. Thaisii moved the bill today, the concluding day of the monsoon session of the Assembly.

The bill sought to allow the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University, based in Hyderabad, to set up a private university for financial and business management courses in Manipur with all funds to be provided by the university itself.

Speaker I. Hemochandra Singh constituted a six-member committee of the House, headed by the education minister, to examine the bill. Chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh was not present when the House took up the matter.

Both the Opposition and some ruling members stood firm that the bill should be properly examined before it was passed, though education minister Thaisii and law minister Th. Devendra Singh insisted that it should be passed today itself.

However, after the objections, including from the ruling members, the House agreed that a select committee should be constituted, which should give its report to the Speaker. It was also agreed that the bill should be discussed again in the next Assembly session.

Moving the bill, the education minister said the Hyderabad-based university had sent a proposal to the Manipur government for setting up of one such university in the state two years back.

“There will not be any financial burden on the state government for running the university, which will provide courses like banking, public financing, financial management, project management, business management and research facilities,” Thaisii said.

He said the youths of the state could benefit from such a university, in which the state government would only have to provide around 20 to 30 acres land.

The education minister said one government representative and two imminent educationists from Manipur would be in the board of governor’s and the state government would be the visitor. The state had nothing to lose in setting up of this university, he said.

Opposition member Ng. Bijoy Singh, who is a former vice-chancellor of Manipur University and RIMS director, welcomed the bill saying the university would be a job-oriented one providing a lot of career options. However, he said the bill should be thoroughly discussed and the state’s burden should be deliberated upon.

Supporting Bijoy Singh’s view, a former chief minister and leader of the Opposition, Radhabinod Koijam, said a select committee should examine the interest of the private party.

Ruling member Nandakishore Singh also supported the idea of referring the bill to a select committee instead of rushing things.