Archive | October, 2011

Top 10 engineering colleges in Bhubaneswar, Orissa 2011

31 Oct

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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‘Orphan’ girls rescued from TN

31 Oct

For parents in Humla, a remote district in mid-western Nepal, Dala Bahadur Phadera was something of an angel. Worried about their children’s future during the civil war, they found Phadera’s proposal to send them to Kathmandu for safety and a good education a blessing in difficult

Hundreds of parents paid him to take away their boys and girls lest the Maoists enlist them. But Phadera dumped most boys in rundown orphanages in Nepal and sent the girls to Tamil Nadu.

These girls were taken to the Michael Job Centre in Coimbatore, run by PP Job, an evangelist from Kerala.

In a September 7 operation, the Esther Benjamins Trust (EBT), a UK-registered children’s charity, rescued 23 Nepali girls from the centre. Forty-six Indian girls, mostly from North India and Orissa, have also been rescued since then.

These girls were allegedly given Christian names and presented as “Christian orphans” to attract financial sponsors from around the world.

“They were certainly not Christian and for the most part their parents were alive and well,” said Philip Holmes of EBT, who was involved in the rescue.

Following the raid, the TN government has cancelled the orphanage’s licence. However, Job, the head of the centre, is unavailable for comment.

D Rajan, chairman, child welfare committee, Coimbatore and Nilgiris district, said Job had already explained in writing that the “girls were accepted by him into the orphanage without verifying the antecedents”.

Job, who lives in New Delhi, has also reportedly admitted that they were not orphans.

Most of the girls have been reunited with their families, while some remain under the care of EBT and other organisations. “Phadera told our parents that we were being taken to Kathmandu, but he took us to Coimbatore instead. We had no idea where we were going,” said one of the Nepali girls rescued from the centre.

Surprisingly, Nepal has not initiated any action against those involved in sending the girls to Coimbatore. In addition, a section of the Nepalese media has blamed EBT for curtailing the girls’ education.

Parents of some rescued girls have also asked Nepal’s ministry of women, children and social welfare to investigate the rescue operation. The whereabouts of Phadera, who brought the girls to India, are unknown.

Orissa: Koraput District Primary Teachers Union Are on Dharana

31 Oct

Koraput: Several members of the Koraput District Primary Teachers Union have come out in public in a rally to oppose various service related problems while requiring their solution. Now they are picketing in front of Sarba Shikhya Abhijan (DPEP-SSA) office for 12 hours. The material discrepancy and discrimination that has occurred in thetransfer of the teacher’s in koraput district have caused the uproar.

Except above the “misbehavior from the District Project Coordinator (DPC) office to the teachers is rampant” as informed by the District Primary Teachers Union.

It is to be noted that since the beginning of the educational year the teachers transfer matter has been the bone of the content in the teachers circle. Despite of repeated written objection/complaint there has been no reaction from the District Administration.  “unless the demand of the picketers are fulfill the strike shall continue” informed the Koraput District Primary Teachers Union. The union has assured that the strike would not impact the day to day education impart. At the moment negotiation continues between the District Primary Teachers Union and the District Administration.

Body count falls short for medical study

31 Oct

BERHAMPUR: Lack of availability of sufficient cadavers has hit the anatomy research and dissention of postgraduate and undergraduate students in all the three government-run medical colleges in the state.

The concept of voluntary body donation has not been popularized in the state, which is one of the reasons of the non-availability of dead bodies for study and research of medical students, anatomists said here on Sunday.

The problem was discussed in the two-day silver jubilee conference of the Orissa state chapter ofAnatomical Society of India (ASI) here. The conference was concluded on Sunday.

“We have suggested to the government to amend the Orissa Anatomy Act 1975 to legalize voluntary body donation for study of students,” said ASI president, B K Dutta.

“We get only very few unclaimed bodies for study,” he said. As against the requirement of 20 bodies, the availability of cadavers is less than 10 in MKCG Medical College here at present, while the number is much less in two other medical colleges at Cuttack and Burla. Most of these bodies are also of inferior quality, hindering studies, the ASI president said.

“Once the Act is amended, one can pledge to donate one’s body after taking one’s relatives into confidence. A register would be maintained in medical colleges, listing the donors. After the death of the person, the body can be brought to the colleges for study and research,” Dutta said.

Even though anatomists of all three medical colleges of the state have given their suggestions to the director of Medical Education and Training (DMET) for the amendment of the Anatomy Act and to popularize the body donation concept last year, no action has been taken so far, said a senior anatomist.

The state chapter of ASI also urged the government to declare medical colleges in the state as embalming centres to preserve bodies for a short period.

Orissa: Rebuild cyclone shelters and school buildings seek maintenance, after 12 years of super cyclone

31 Oct

Jagatsinghpur: On October 29, Orissa observed 12th anniversary of the 1999 Super Cyclone, arguably the biggest tragedy in the history of the state as well as the country, perhaps as one of the most ravaging natural disaster that mankind has experienced in modern times.

As the state hosted  the anniversary certain realties stare us in the face, there is no denying fact that thanks to official apathy and irregularities, several victims of the tragedy are yet to get compensation similarly the reconstruction work in several areas has also been less than satisfactory, government has unable to handle relief distribution, implement housing scheme, restructuring communication system, providing basic necessities to victims in past twelve years an old finger pointing.

Eventually governments lacks post restoration follow up measures as consequence few projects completed successfully have come to dire state draws criticism from public domain, glaring instance any one can find looking cyclone shelter and school buildings constructed aftermath super cyclone 1999 in Jagatsinghpur.

Report said that about all schools in the Jagatsinghpur district were either damaged or razed to the ground in the past devastating super cyclone 1999 most of them have reached rebuilt and repaired. Government agencies, several NGOs and many public undertaking companies had undertaken such new construction and repair works as result thousands of schools were received new faces but situation has arisen due to lack yearly maintenance most of buildings have come dilapidated conditions and unsafe for use ironically government  unheeded over the incident in spite of public complaints.

Government authorities are unable to provide adequate funds over the yearly maintenance works, meanwhile the donor NGOs, public companies after completing the construction have been escaped from liability handing over the buildings to the school authorities and pleading bear no risk to provide yearly maintenance cost for future.

Official reports indicate that nearly 801 OBB school buildings have been constructed in Jagatsinghpur district by spending about Rs 16 crore, followed by as many as 972 primary schools, 192 high schools have been constructed and repaired after super cyclone. Besides under cyclone shelter cum school building scheme Paradeep Port trust and Paradeep phosphates limited had undertaken to build 181 school buildings from the Prime minister Relief funds [PMRF] each costing Rs 3.50 Lakh including 30 buildings had built in 4 blocks by National project Construction Corporation under PMRF.

Under chief minister relief fund nearly 8 school buildings and cyclone shelters had constructed at cost Rs 10 Lakh each. Moreover Maharastra government who adopted Jagatsinghpur district after super cyclone has constructed about 52 schools cum cyclone shelters by cost Rs 18 Lakh to 20 Lakh each.

However those public undertaking companies and NGOs had ventured to rebuild school buildings reported as Indian overseas Bank3, TATA Relief 2, CASA 4, Reserve Bank of India 1, RK Mission 1, CMRF phase two 7, LOS 6, HUDCO 10, CYSD 3, RD department 7, Karnatak Govt 1, IRCS 2 and each buildings had cost Rs 15 Lakh to 20 Lakh. Furthermore 17 school buildings had newly constructed under member of parliament local area development funds including all the primary school buildings affected in super cyclone had constructed under Sarva Sikhya Abhuyan [ SSA] scheme.

Official records show that after completion of theses school buildings immediately handed over to the school authorities. Orissa State Disaster Management Authority [OSDMA] had deployed to supervise the work and monitor the quality of construction when school authority and local Panchayat representative had ignored to look after the construction.

But after passing of year’s trouble arises to carry smooth maintenance of these school buildings and yearly repairing cost, state government paid no heed to bear the yearly maintenance cost and donors refused to take any further risk towards maintenance and provide any fund. As consequence most of the buildings have affected and few of them have come under unused and unsafe for use.

According to sources in many school cum cyclone shelters even in a light drizzle leads to seepage from the ceiling in some cyclone shelters poor quality of bricks, little cement had used led to substandard construction in some areas.

Two years ago district administration faced an awkward situation when a parliamentary committee visited Jagatsinghpur district to look after the cyclone shelters funded under MP local area development funds after super cyclone, civil officials put in trouble how to show the visiting dignitaries as many of these buildings have come either damage or unsafe for use so collector called an urgent meeting and instructed SSA authority to repair theses buildings forthwith, unfortunately the parliamentary committee visited  only 3 cyclone shelters two in Biridi block and one in Jagatsinghpur and returned back Delhi  following urgent engagement and sources informed that the visiting committee members had expressed displeasure after looking these buildings and instructed civil administration taking care of these buildings before their next visit likely in December 2011.

According one Sandeep Panda a civil engineer says that each building needs some yearly maintenance expenditure for its smooth longevity and it is described during the project estimate is being made , at least 2 percent can be allotted apart from the project cost for this purpose, in absence of yearly maintenance a building loses its durability, he informs.

On the other hand district school authorities expressed yearly maintenance of school buildings have curtailed by education department after SSA projects launched however SSA funds cannot be diverted for this purpose, informed Nirmal Das , District project coordinator , SSA.

However OSDMA sources said for multi purpose cyclone shelters annually Rs50,000 each have been provided to the registered cyclone shelter management and maintenance committee [ CSMMC] exists in village level  as corpus fund for management and maintenance of these buildings but it is not possible to provide yearly funds to each cyclone shelter built after super cyclone towards its yearly maintenance while we are taking care those buildings require urgent renovation and repair.

Examination fees hiked after flood waiver

31 Oct

BHUBANESWAR: Days after the state government announced to waive examination and tuition fees of students in flood-affected districts, the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), Orissa, announced on Saturday to hike Plus II examination fees by Rs 15 per student. The move sparked wide resentment from students.

On October 2, the government had decided to waive examination fees of Class X and XII students in all the 21 flood-hit districts and not to collect tuition fees of students who were yet to pay. However, the CHSE has decided to increase the examination fees from Rs 150 to Rs 165 for all Class XII students in the state now.

“We are yet to receive any communique from the government about the fee waiver,” said CHSE controller of examination Jasobanta Behera, when asked about the hike. He said the council increased the fees “nominally” to meet the differential charges in bringing more transparency in the examination system.

Contrary to the prevalent practice of sending answer sheets from examination centres to evaluation centres, CHSE would henceforth send answer sheets to four identified receiving zones of Sambalpur, Balasore, Berhampur and Bhubaneswar. The receiving zones would send the papers to the evaluation centres through a random pick and choose process. This would mean principals would not be able to figure out the evaluation centres of their colleges. “Earlier, we have instances of principals trying to influence the evaluation centres. The new step will eliminate that chance,” Behera said. The process of sending answer sheets via receiving zones would mean an extra cost of around Rs 40 lakh in transit, warranting the fee hike, he said.

On an average, about 2.5 lakh students appear for the Plus II examination in science, arts, commerce and vocational streams in regular and ex-regular categories annually. Going by this data, at the rate of Rs 165 per student, the examination fee is expected to generate a revenue of about Rs 4 crore. The council spends around Rs 2 crore in conducting the examinations.

Student organizations have slammed the fee hike. “It has exposed the double standards in the functioning of the government. The fee hike decision came as a rude shock for students, especially in flood-affected areas. We will protest the move,” said Ashok Mishra, president of All India Democratic Students Organisation (AIDSO), Orissa. AIDSO had recently staged a demonstration, seeking complete fee waiver for Class X, XII and Plus III students in flood-affected districts, besides a financial package for the students.

North Carolina varsity to open India office

31 Oct

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill plans to open an office in India, following in the footsteps of Harvard Business School andUniversity of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, as it seeks to increase its engagement with Asia’s third largest economy.

The North Carolina university’s Kenan-Flagler Business School will open an office in India within six months, said James Dean, dean of the 92-year-old business school.

“The emerging economies are vital for us; and when we talk of this, we mean India, China and Brazil,” Dean said during a recent visit to Delhi.

“We will open our India office in one of the big cities of India,” he said, hinting that the office could be in Mumbai or New Delhi. The office will increase the university’s interaction with local companies, help it conduct research, carry out case studies and facilitate faculty and student exchanges. The university does not plan a campus in India immediately.

“At least 10% of our classrooms in the US are filled by Indians; hence, we understand the country and its growing stature,” Dean said in a telephone interview.

Kenan-Flagler admits 300 students every year. The institute has devised an elective on India and its economy as part of its on-campus full-time MBA course. “For the last few years, nearly 50-60 students including some Indians are coming here for exposure trips. They interact with business houses for few weeks. We want to expand this engagement for sure,” Dean said.

Some students also come to India on student exchange programmes with institutes such as the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, for a term that typically stretches for around three months.

Some weeks earlier, Wharton announced it would open an India office in 2012 and engage in executive education, a revenue churner for business schools worldwide. These programmes target professionals and are delivered as either part-time or full-time courses.

Harvard opened its India Research Center (IRC) five years earlier in Mumbai, from where it drives its executive education agenda as well as its research and case study programmes. The Harvard Business Review, the management magazine it publishes, has tied up with the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, to promote its case studies.

Bharat Gulia, senior manager at consulting firm Ernst and Young, said such moves by leading foreign business schools are only logical as India’s economy continues to grow even in the face of a global economic slowdown. “The practical question is where is the opportunity to grow? Professors need consulting and students need exposure. Here, India is a great place,” he said.