My First ‘Bablecious’ Party!


    It was that time of Holi again when the world, which more or less remains greyscale to me, considering the most ‘exciting’ schedule you can have here in NITR, springs into a rainbow reel. This was my third Holi here but never has been God so kind (or should I say cruel?) that the holidays were scheduled as such that you could go and play a full test match back home. (The 4-0 drubbing is truly rubbing on me!) So as expected, most of my friends were heading towards their home, thinking that they were so lucky to celebrate this festival of colors with their family. But I and few of my friends had already filled our ‘Paap ka Ghada’. It was like we were being punished for not being serious during the semester. Our quota of free attendance (or absence) was already over long back and the sword of grade back was looming over our heads. The place where I am from compels me to not even dare to think to leave the institute unless there is a full ten day vacation.

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Synergy Inductions: Freshers find their dancing space

Dance, a series of movements and steps that match the speed and rhythm of music, is an inseparable part of NITR culture. The freshers were provided their first platform to perform and display their potential by Synergy, the Dance Club of NIT Rourkela, who held their first inductions for this academic year. 

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Summer On!

We’ve finally arrived at the last issue of the year. That time of the year with empty hostels and barren roads, not to forget scorching heat of otherwise ‘green-city’ Rourkela. While most students are home, enjoying the vacation in glory; only a handful of the Ph.D. and M.Tech students remain in campus, and of course the chosen doing a summer course in our Institute. Many of us are doing internships/courses, all across the country, some abroad too! On the other hand some prefer loafing around, savoring the freedom of summer and the recipes prepared by mothers. The final year students enjoying their last moments in this place they called and truly believed to be their home for past four years. Taking with them their memories, of the corridors they used to roam. NITR is phasing into hibernation for the next 2 and half months, and so is Monday Morning. Till then, we hope you have an exciting summer vacation, for we shall return in the next semester, with a whole new avatar. Happy Vacations!

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ANOTHER SMILE FADES AWAY

 

Tragedy hit NIT Rourkela yet again when one of the present B.Tech second year girls, Ms.Swarupa Rani Behera, passed away last Wednesday i.e. on 2nd of May. She was suffering from a severe form of throat cancer which was detected in the 3rd semester after which her life was never the same. She finally breathed her last in Kolkata where she was undergoing her treatment. The institute was quick to respond this time and organised a proper condolence meeting on 4th evening in the BBA. She was a student of Chemical Engineering Department. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family members. May her soul rest in peace.

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Success Personified: Kreeti Das

 

 

“Life is always full of surprises. The best way to handle these surprises is to take life as it comes!”

This motto has helped Kreeti Das evolve as a person and become what she is today! A final year student of Chemical Engineering, she has displayed her mettle in turning every setback into an opportunity.

Kreeti was initially placed in Hindalco, amongst the first in the branch to grab a core job, and the super dream company Engineers India Limited (EIL) added a feather to her cap. After having scored 328/340 in GRE and 116/120 in TOEFL, she has made her way into National University of Singapore (ranked 10th in the world) and University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Kreeti was delighted to share her experiences when Monday Morning approached her for an interview. Here are the excerpts:

MM: Congratulations on EIL and the admits from the foreign universitites! Firstly, how did EIL happen?

Kreeti: Getting placed in EIL was pure luck! Since my 2nd year, I had completely focussed on higher studies and accordingly appeared for GRE, TOEFL and applied to universities. As MS students do not usually receive financial support, I had applied for PhD which is really tough to get. By March, I had got rejections from most of the universities I had applied to. EIL was originally scheduled to recruit around that time. My chances of getting an admit were diminishing fast and at that point of time a job as lucrative as EIL seemed hard to ignore.

MM: It must be tough choosing between EIL and higher studies. Which career option are you going to take up?

Kreeti: I haven’t made a decision as of now. Both the universities have offered me admission for Master’s, not Ph.D. Admit from University of Cincinnati is for a non-thesis course, which is out of question. The one from NUS is for MS with thesis, but I have not been provided any financial support. Moreover, Singapore, being a small country, does not have many job prospects and it may be tough to repay an educational loan. Hence I am having second thoughts about taking up the offer from NUS. To add to that, pressure is building up from family members and friends to join EIL for now, work for a few years and then go for higher studies.

MM: You have been into a lot of extracurricular activities. How much priority do you think a student should give for these activities?

Kreeti: Engineering life is very different from school life. Our performance in high school already made us realise the academic potential within us. In college life you get a platform for holistic development. Ample participation in activities helps to develop your communication skills, time management skills and aids in building confidence. Most importantly, you make new friends; in fact I have met some of my very good friends by being involved in clubs. I was part of Leo Club, Pantomime: The drama group, Rechargers: The FP group and our official literary magazine, D361. After four years, you should not end up with the feeling that all you have done is being a book worm, or as we call it here, a GMAT!

MM: Who have been the people behind your success?

Kreeti: First of all, my parents, as they have always given me the freedom to choose my own career path and have been supportive in every way possible. And then there was my maths teacher in school, Mrs Basabi Sengupta who had this amazing quality to bring out the best in her students. Her all-time advice was never to be satisfied with the level of education you have and always to aspire for more; complacency is never the way to success. I always knew that I would go for engineering as I loved Maths and Science, and it was after studying under Mrs Sengupta that I realised that I would go beyond a normal Bachelor degree. After coming to NITR, I found a perfect mentor in Dr. Madhusree Kundu. She has guided me at every step ranging from what projects to take up to which universities to apply to.

MM: How has your life at NITR been? Are there any special memories that you will be carrying back?

Kreeti: Life at NITR has been a roller coaster ride. Being away from home for the first time in my life and sharing every emotion with friends has been a very special experience. I have lots and lots of memories that I am going to carry back from here. Like having a fracture in my 2nd semester; getting debarred for the exams; night outs in the institute during the fests; Leo Club projects; street plays and mime acts as a member of Pantomime; trip to Puri with Leo friends… the list is endless. I have been fortunate to meet some very wonderful people who have made this journey better than I could have ever imagined.

 

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Heroic Harry: Sourav Pattanayak

Quintessentially quiet and sincerely studious is what your first impression would be about Sourav Pattanayak, final year B. Tech, from the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. Yet, our ex-Chief Coordinator, current Chief Mentor and ‘Once a Hall 7ite, always a Hall7ite’ is everything but that. Popularly known as Harry among his friends for his Harry Potter fanaticism and nicknamed Garam Bhediya by a chosen few(for reasons best known to them), he has played a pioneering role in changing the Monday mornings for most of us here at NITR. The final interview in our series of ex-MM coordinator interviews sees Harry open up like the Golden Snitch, before taking the Hogwarts Express back home, one last time.

MM: Describe your journey with MM thus far. How and when did you first get to know about MM and what made you go for the inductions?

SP: The first I learned of MM was through notices put up on the GD Birla Notice Board. Even then, I had a pretty obscure idea about MM. I guess I must have ventured just once or twice into the then Monday Morning Beta page before I appeared for the induction. The decision was pretty straight forward – other than degree361, MM had something to do with writing which I felt comfortable with, so I wanted to be a part of it. Also, Anubhav (Chief-Coordinator to our batch), who had been my friend since my +2 days, had asked me to come for the induction.

My second year in the institute, as an MM reporter was filled with activity, what with handling TNP, SAC, Metallurgy department and sometime chipping in with Campus articles. Around the end of the year, Bala, who became the next Technical Coordinator, introduced a fresh new MM site with many additional features like commenting on articles, social networking plug in, flash on top, etc. When we i.e. Amitpal Singh Bhatia, Aradhana Nayak and me became the CC, with an improved site, and a wonderfully hardworking team in hand, we had a wild year, where MM readership rose by leaps and bounds. In the summer of 2011, Prateek '.' worked to get the latest website rolling, and since then we have had an average of five thousand visits a week.

Now after three years, I can proudly say that Monday Morning is the best thing that happened to me after Harry Potter. There’s just so much I have learned in life from my association with MM. The value of time, the value of team-work, the need to know your members personally, the idea of being selfless and as Hermione Granger puts it- ‘doing something good in the world’.

MM: Compared to when you got inducted and now, when the first years are getting inducted, how has MM evolved?

SP: Earlier, Monday Morning was more of a notice board kind of newsletter. "Monday Morning has less number of readers than editors" - that's what people used to say back then. Over the years, we have given it a completely fresh face – in looks as well as in content. The popularity has soared hundreds of times. Nowadays, we raise issues through articles, enlighten students on onging research work as well as opportuinities in the placement sector, try finding solutions to problems, more than once through poll of the week, get student opinion on anything and everything; and not just student, we have now a readership that boasts of student, professors and alumni alike. We get readers not only from India, but so many other cities around the world, that shows NIT Rourkela's alumni base. Monday Morning is all set to move on, and take NITR along with it. The time has come; it’s growing into a phenomenon.

MM: How has life at NITR been in these last 4 years?

SP: I never had the best of school days. Come to college life, and well, those were spent pretty much out-of-college. Then came NITR; came ‘insti life’. And I have bloody loved this campus, more than even my home town. I love the mountains, the greenary, the long and lonely roads, and the hostel life, to which there can be no substitute. Yeah, I wanted to be a perfect 10 pointer in the first month of my first semester here. :D But, after four years of fun and toil, from hating Electronics in first sem to hating Metallurgy in most other sems, and now with a decent CGPA, I can only say this, life here has been worth it.

MM: Today, when you look back at the last four years, do you have any particular regrets with regards to MM?

SP:Just one, a certain Prof. K. K. Mohapatra article shouldn’t have been published as it was. We should have been more careful rather than truthful about it.

Other than that, these were the best years MM had. And anything that chanced, be it good or ugly, was all part of the greater success that MM is at present. So, no regretting; but rejoicing.

MM: Share with us some of your most cherished moments in these past few years and some bad memories.

SP: Talk of cherished moments, and these four years have had numerous such occasions, with friends, seniors, juniors and my batch mates, which I’ll cherish all my life. Other than that, the first time I saw my poem getting published in degree autumn issue, back in my first year, was one memorable day. Winning the HB Hall Super Six towards the fag end of my eighth semester was another such moment.

The rest half (or rather major share) of moments come from my days with MM; one Confluence article of piabu memories when MM hits soared the highest ever in a single day, the first time I interviewed the director, the dozen odd MM meetings at SAC, the day I was made the Chief Coordinator, first issue as CC, the first two months when we struck a chord with the NITR crowd, the day we hit 2000 likes on the MM fb page, when careers360 featured MM in an article, the night-outs on Sunday, fighting for the first vote on the latest poll, a hundred refreshes to note the slightest rise in number of votes for the week… in a nutshell… everything.

No bad memories as such.

MM: You have been placed in 3DPLM, an IT company. What are your plans for now? Higher studies or a job? If you go for the job, what are your expectations from 3D PLM?

SP: What if 3D PLM people are reading this? Well, I will go for the job right now. Two years hence, I go for MBA. Then I might take up another job. Somewhere in between, I marry, and then I move around the world and do everything that I have always dreamt of doing. I visit Kings Cross, Orlando, Spain, Italy; learn some musical instrument, learn how to sketch and paint, especially beauty and the female face (always end up drawing faces that remsemble a boy no matter what!). And then I take to writing stories for my son and daughter, in between teaching them to play cricket and football and every other thing they want to learn. I go on long walks with them and teach them everything they should learn from nature. There’s just so much more to add.

Last part of the question is pretty boring, I am not answering that.

MM: What other activities did you indulge in, these past 4 years?

SP: Other than MM which comprised the bulk of my extra-curricular activities, I have been a part of the Degree 361 Team during my second year. I have contributed articles for every single degree issue that came out during my stay here, something which I feel good about. I had been part of the Media and Publicity Team as well as Website Content Writing Team of Confluence and Exordium.

I had briefly been part of the Alumni Relations and Resource Generation(ARRG) Cell, but decided to leave owing to the some pointless manual work being assigned to us. It was like wasting my good time on empty purposes. That is one thing students should be really wary of i.e. avoiding manual work after a certain stage, especially the workaholics, who bog themselves down with lots of activities instead of focusing on the ones that fit their skills and allows them to employ creativity.

Other than these, I played a lot! I played cricket, then tennis, then moved on to table tennis, and Counter-Strike, of which I’m a great fan. In my final year I started playing football and cards. And yes, I got into our branch cricket team for the Champions Trophy. Hopefully we can win it! :)

MM: How do you think your juniors in MM have performed and what are your expectations from the forthcoming batch?

SP:An organization is only as good as its people. If there’s a fall, every member has a contribution in it; if there’s a rise, again does everyone have a contribution in it. Something that’s expected of every new team – first to maintain the present standard, next to take MM to newer heights. Speaking of that, the past two batches have done exceedingly well in bringing MM to the position it is today. The amount of work load has increased manifold times over the past couple of years, and to maintain that alongside continuing with academics is no mean feat.The present coordinating team comprising of SekharBarpanda, SamikGhosal, Mahesh Goenka and Prateek '.' have worked relentlessly hard for two semesters straight to take MM into such heights that I’m in awe of them. Sometimes we feared they were being over-worked. But well, all’s well that ends well.

The freshly inducted first years are a talented and humble lot. They need to carry forward the good work done by the past and present batches.

MM: Everyone knows about your Harry Potter craze and you have been nicknamed ‘Harry’ as well. Take us through your journey with HP and how has it changed your life.

SP: I took to reading Harry Potter on the first day of September, 2005. And since then, happiness has never left me. I have read each of the books numerous times, and even recited the whole series one-by-one to my +2 time hostel mates to create fans out of faces. I absolutely love that exercise; gives me the whole first time reading experience all over again. Maybe I won’t do that with my kids. I’ll gift them one book each starting from their eleventh birthday.

The Harry Potter books have had a significant effect on me. You can relate to characters, events from the books with certain stages of your life and then you  “What would Fred Weasley have done in such a situation?” or “What would Dumbledore have advised in face of such adversity?” That simplifies the matter. The Greater Good idea by Dumbledore, I have strongly believed in that. And it has in many situations helped me reach at the right decision. I have a dying wish, to die with the words “Harry Potter” on my lips.

MM: Say you were made the Director of this institute for a day, or a week. What would you have done?

SP: (Chuckles)That reminds me of Anil Kapoor’s Nayak. Forget the attendance, jogging, hostel issues, examination issues; I would have first wanted to bring changes on the academic side. I believe all practical courses should be made into 3 credit courses, resulting in an imminent demotion of 4 credit theory courses into 3 credit papers. Most practical courses are wasted in here; I am speaking for and of a greater majority of the students. There’s a fixed set of experiments which have been kept repeating for the past few years, the students aren’t allowed to handle or deal with most instruments, half the times the labs are taken by assistants who have little knowledge to share on the subject, and of course, there’s an inadvertent focus on completing lab records and getting it signed in time, that’s all there is. Experimentation is shunned in our lab courses, especially for B. Tech students. Supposed to be continually evaluated, most lab courses are graded with an end-of-year test/viva.

Now coming to the examination system, clearly, the semester system fails in its attempt to gauge the students’ knowledge gain. With very few professors able to set thinking and challenging questions so as to tickle the grey cells, it’s better to scrap the mid sems for a full fledged viva in every course. That’s a far better way of professor’s gauging how much the student has learnt.

Coming to the students concern of teaching, if we can have so many conferences, seminars, guest lectures organized throughout the year, we can surely have some seminar/lecture for the teachers, guiding them on “how to teach”.It’s a completely  ridiculousnotion that once past the school stage the role of the teacher in a student’s life is minimized. No matter at which stage in life, they are the ones who can best encourage us, bring the students back to the classroom, and so they must.

Faculty Advisors in NITR Rourkela exist for namesake only. That idea behind the post is good, but if the system has to work, the faculty advisors must get to some business. They are the ones who should have the biggest effect on the future of the students. A faculty advisor should make it a point to know the students under him/her, advise them right from their first year, meet up with them once in a while and not just on the registration days.

MM: Any final message for the juniors?

SP:Whatever you do, enjoy your time in the institute. Study to get knowledge, not to vomit EX and A’s over your grade sheet. And do study. Always keep the smileys on and lead a good man’s life.

As for MM juniors, I’ll tell you what your CCs keep shouting at you in the team meetings: feel for Monday Morning, feel for the work you do.Once you become a member of Monday Morning, you have a responsibility towards this institute, its students and everyone alike. And that responsibility is of doing them good, leading them in the right path. As MM members, you must see yourself as setting examples for the rest of them to follow. Throw dirt in the dustbins, switch off lights and fans before leaving the room, participate in the hall elections, fight when you see some wrongdoing, lead the mob in a right path, make the world a better place to live in.

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Placements: The Year that Was

Someone last year said, “We might not see this kind of placement statistics again, for a long time at NIT, Rourkela.”  Whoever it was, he was highly mistaken. The placement season 2011-12 at NIT Rourkela, living upto the ‘Great Expectations’ of  everyone concerned, has seen the best placements in it’s history. The Placement Committee, with meticulous planning and tremendous dedication, took the placement graph to an altogether different level, with 87 companies having visited the campus till date, with a few more slated to drop by in the coming weeks. Monday Morning presents it’s own placement analysis, what happened and what can we look forward to.

The number of job offers this year has crossed the magical figure of 713 which the Placement Committee 2011-12 achieved, reaching a figure of 726 according to the current records:

Number of Dream Companies visited: 28

Number of Super Dream Companies visited: 16

The PPO count has also increased this year, with 8 PPOs, all being offers from Super Dream companies Microsoft, Goldman Sachs and TATA Steel. The average placement package for the current season stands at 4.79lpa.

Highest Domestic Salary Offered: 10.40lpa

Highest International Salary Offered: 30.65lpa

However, analysis of the statistics shows that the number of offers in the 1st semester of the placement season were more than 650, while the second semester has hardly seen around 70 odd job offers. An approximate placement percentage for the B. Tech students stands at 90% placed, which is also a worrying sign. Yet, the current season has painted a rosy picture for the future and Team MM salutes the current members of the Placement Committee and thanks them for taking up this ‘thankless’ job and executing it to perfection.

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So You Remember!

This last Director's Desk of the academic year, we take the Director down memory lane about a few commitments made, in the hope that their fulfilment will come to sight.

MM: Students going out of station for placement interviews are granted official leaves while the students opting for higher studies and appearing any admission interview are denied such leaves. What are the reasons behind this kind of disparity?

D: It can be said that the only reason behind this is that nobody has come up with a system till now where decision making is easy. We try to be as just with the students as possible but dealing with these matters is not that easy. Had it been the GATE or CAT exam, I would have been happy to sanction leave on working days as these are the general growth routes for our students but accommodating every such exam or interview is not possible for us.

Say, for example, IISc Bangalore. IISc holds its admission interviews on working days almost every year. In fact, most of the times the dates clash with the exam date of other reputed Institutes. What can you do in such a situation? This is one more reason why IISc Bangalore is one of the most sought after institutes today. IISc never bows down in front of anybody and holds their exams and interviews according to their convenience. This is what we too try to follow here. If we start bending to each and every student’s call, we may not have a favourable image in the market.

However, we try and accommodate as many such exceptions as possible but still faults remain. I don’t have the brain power to work out an implementable consistent model for these situations on my own. I agree all such demands are legitimate but it depends on the angle at which you look at the situation.

Also, I have seen students often come saying that they would get a grade back or subject debar if their leave is not sanctioned. I question why? We have kept a mechanism in our institute in which you are allowed a specific number of absents. These absents are meant exactly for these kind of situations. I would like to know why the students always exhaust these absents and then keep running. Classes are meant to be attended. Missing them for no reason and then blaming the system does not show you in good light.

MM: Moving on to a long time pending issue: What about the Student Body you promised? In fact, you were even about to circulate a mail regarding this issue a long time ago but no such development has been seen till now. Would you please shed some light on it?

D: Yes, I agree it has been totally my fault. Just give me some more time and I assure you it will be done. In fact, you should get the mail within the next 2-3 days.

Actually, what happened is I don’t have a working model of any such student body in my mind. Although, I have been planning about this since an astronomical large time frame, I haven’t been able to capitalise on it. However, I have almost come up with an idea of a selected students’ body which would directly report to the Director. This body would assist the Director in multiple functions and you would be able to see it operational next semester for sure.

MM: One more problem is the Institute lift. Would we ever be able to see it work?

D: What can I say? The lift has been a very big mistake for me and once you commit a mistake, it haunts you for a very long time thereafter. We have been cheated regarding this lift. We were about to buy a lift of OTIS, which has the biggest market share in our country. But OTIS demanded an advance payment. Since we were getting the money from the World Bank, it did not allow us any advance payment.

The local contractor gave us the idea of ThyssenKrupp, which is also a very big company. We agreed to the offer and got the lift installed. But it started troubling within the first week itself. They had a person stationed at Bhubaneswar. We contacted him and he sent us some people to get it fixed. However, the problems continued. The lift would often stop and they would come and repair it. This continued only until the warranty lasted. As soon as it was over we were helpless.

This created some doubt in my mind. In my personal opinion, this ThyssenKrupp guy fooled us and gave us something duplicate as I myself have seen the panels and they don’t seem to be original at all. But there was no evidence and we could do nothing.

We contacted some people in Rourkela who maintain and repair the lifts in RSP using some simple and old technology but they have not been available till now. So, we have decided that all the other new lifts that we plan to have in our Institute would be of OTIS only. The new lifts would come up in the BT/BM building, the Electrical and Electronics twin towers and the Lecture Gallery.

MM: What about the V.S. Hall phone network problem? You said that something would be done but no change has been seen till now.

D: The construction of V.S. Hall is such that the network signals are being blocked. There is very little that we can do in such situations. Agencies have been approaching us for setting up towers but in this case it is me who has been a bit reluctant. Now, I can allow BSNL here giving an excuse that it is a government party. But what about the other networks then? Everyone would come to set up a tower of their own and we don’t want to allow this as far as possible.

However, if the problem is so prevalent, then something has to be done soon. What I think is that the problem is mainly because of the High Tension lines running nearby the V.S. Hall. I guess we have to contact our Electrical guys here to look into this matter.

MM: One more complaint that has been received a lot recently is that of the stray dogs. How do you plan to get rid of this problem?

D: I know the dogs have been creating a tyranny recently. We are trying our best to solve this issue. I went to the municipality to complain about the dogs but they re-directed me to the Veterinary Department. The Veterinary people sent me back to the municipality saying it was not a problem to be solved by the Veterinary Department.

Killing the dogs cannot be an option and relocating them would mean shifting the problem to someone else’s head and also it would take a long time. The immediate step that can be taken is to stop their food supply. Their food mainly comes from the mess wastage and the food in the hostel dustbins. We have decided to choke their food supply in mainly two ways. The first is that we have already given the contract to some private party to build two dog-proof dumping grounds near the institute boundary. The dumping grounds would have tall walls on the sides to prevent the dogs from entering. The other method thought of, is to replace all the dustbins in the hostels with some trash cans which can’t be tripped off by the dogs. However, this is only an experiment and I can’t assure you that it is 100% foolproof but I can definitely assure you that this problem would be uprooted very soon.

MM: Finally, this is the last issue of Monday Morning for this academic year. How much change have you seen in MM in the past one year? Do you have any suggestions?

D: Monday Morning has always been close to my heart. It has grown steadily and in the past one year it has transformed itself into something which none of us ever imagined while conceiving it. Actually, while conceiving Monday Morning, it was intended to carry official news only but now it has become an entity which is run totally by the students and for the students and the fact that it uses electronic media has made it even more acceptable.

However, there have been instances when I have been disappointed and those instances somewhat reflect irresponsible journalism from your side. I want you to always take the views regarding any instance from all the parties involved and then report what happened in a manner which won’t hurt the reputation of either of the sides. Remember, I am criticising here not to defame Monday Morning but to see you grow even more. I always have a busy schedule, but, no matter what, I always take out time for you people and this wouldn’t have been the case had you people not been close to my heart.

I wish Monday Morning best of luck for the future and hope that it always keeps on improving like this.

 

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‘Ungenerating’ Generator

It’s been over two weeks now since the Webmail informing us that the installation of the two new diesel generators is finally complete, reached us. Students just simmered with hope as they were about to realise their dream of not having a power cut again in the campus, only to see their hopes getting dashed the very next day. Power cuts are prevalent even now and the situation seems to be getting worse. Although the generators had been installed, they were not working because of some unknown reason. This is when Monday Morning decided to intervene and get to the root cause of the problem. On enquiry it was found that the problem was nothing but a mere communication gap between the authorities and the ones maintaining the generator.

What happened was that the people assigned for maintain the generators were awaiting an official letter from the Director giving them the authority to buy the diesel. However, the authorities did not know about this and had not assigned anyone to buy diesel. This lead to a complete chaos and everyone had to suffer, especially the students with their end-term exams knocking on the door. However, when the Director was contacted regarding this issue, he assured that everything has been sorted out and there would be no such happenings in the future. We sincerely hope he keeps his words and we never have to face the sweltering heat without a fan again!!

 

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Mini Book Fair: Mini Discount

The mini text book exhibition for the B. Tech, Dual Degree and Integrated MSc Students was organized on the first floor of SAC from 9th to 13th April 2012. The book fair continued from 4PM to 8PM and students were allowed to order books with the usual amount of Rs.1000 which is assigned to them every semester.

The four book depots which are affiliated to the institute i.e. The Student Book Depot, Knowledge Book Store, The Best and Punam Book Store participated in the mini text book fair. Quite a huge amount of partaking was seen from the students as the SAC was the center of hustle bustle during these five days.

But unfortunately, this time around, the 20% discount which is normally allowed on all the books purchased by the Students, Faculty and Staffs was reduced to 15%. On questioning Mr. Y. S. Rao, Assistant Librarian, replied that although they tried to negotiate but the book depots did not agreed to a 20% discount in a mini textbook exhibition. The reason being the book fair which is organised annually during November is large enough for a 20% discount but the same isn’t workable for the book fair in April since the crowd is too small. Mr. Rao has assured that from next time, a proposal will be sent to all book depots for a mandatory 20% discount in both the book fairs for the students, faculty and staffs alike.

The students though, not much concerned about the decrease in discount, came in huge numbers for their next semester purchases.

 

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Desire and Destiny: Prof. Supratim Giri

When Professor Supratim Giri of the Chemistry department walks into the Open Elective classroom of Spectroscopy or Chemical Kinetics, students perceive a difference. May it be his accent, the green folder in his hands or the mid-semester histogram, curiosity arouses in the minds of his students with respect to his distinction. Monday Morning makes a sneak peek into the cause of difference!

Born in north Bengal, Prof. Supratim Giri was brought up in proper Kolkata, the heart of Bengal. He spent 22 years of his life in West Bengal. Having completed B.Sc. from the renowned Presidency College of Kolkata he moved out of Kolkata, and till date could not find the opportunity to return. Young Supratim had been playful and led a common urban kid’s life. He recollects being more playful than studious. Having spent childhood amidst green fields, he regrets that today’s youth is deprived of plentiful freedom under open sky and free air, courtesy to the competitively towering apartments. Chemistry came in his life by chance not by choice. His story is quite synonymous to the life of many among us. He desired to be a doctor. When the Joint exam scores didn’t open up a path to medical college, he decided not to waste a year, rather, out of the other subjects he chose botany and chemistry to fill his form for, at Presidency College of Kolkata, but could only turn up for Chemistry exam. He was one among 40 students chosen out of around 1000 appearing. After completing his B.Sc. from Kolkata, with an average percentage, he appeared the entrance exam at IIT Kanpur and made his place among 14 odd students selected from the diverse nation.

After being selected into a solid platform, seriousness dawned on him. Nevertheless, chemistry was always by destiny not by desire. He was quite determined that after 2 years at IIT; he would put an end to Chemistry’s association with his life and take up a job. But IIT Kanpur, having one of the best curriculum in masters, had a culture of channelizing the students for higher education abroad, thus the M.Sc. department did not even sign a job letter for him. Thus he was literally forced to clear GRE and move to Iowa State University at USA. Then there was no looking back. He was so tired of chemistry at IIT, that at Iowa he chose materials’ science under the broad category of chemistry, instead of sub divisions of chemistry, thus his degree reads Doctorate of Philosophy in Chemistry. During his graduate studies in Iowa State University, he received a University Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of his teaching efficiency in undergraduate courses. After PhD, he again started the search for a job, but fate brought in Post Doctorate studies. He got an offer from the University of Toronto at Canada. A person of varied interests and a believer of the fact that there is much more to be done in life than one can realise; this time he chose Biomedical engineering as his specialization for Post Doctorate. After Post Doctorate, when he started looking for jobs, he found himself to be over-educated for industries to hire him. It was nine years now that he was away from India, and home sickness brought him back to India. Upon his father’s compulsion he came reluctantly to NIT Rourkela and was selected as a faculty.

During his one year stay, he is satisfied with the work atmosphere. Familiar to many institutions in and out of India, he grades NIT Rourkela to be a very potent brimming institute with regard to students and their challenging minds. He has no intention of moving out from this institute. He is happy about the fact that faculties are given sufficient freedom of work, may it be as a teacher or as a researcher. At last, he is doing something which he likes and not something he is forced to. He is appreciative about the B.Tech students he has taught. Their inquisitiveness has brought in him more dedication and enthusiasm. Now he realises that destiny’s placement for him as a professor is the best, and he really does enjoy teaching.  He feels that among changes that can be brought, the curriculum of his courses could be modified. Around 40% of the present curriculum needs redesigning for various students who do not hail from chemistry background but have opted for the Open Elective. He is of the view that “One studies not just to get educated, but to earn bread” and that “Life is meant to be enjoyed in every form it is presented”. He takes time out of his job; once his duty is done he recreates himself through movies, chatting and outing during the weekends. His unique student-friendly attitude and capability to ease situations with a smile, comes partially from foreign grooming as a professor and partially by gift of his nature by birth. During his Post Doctorate he had to spent 20hrs a week in teaching students, which was quite a training.

He believes that it is very important to have useful experiences in life. To the students he says that these 2-4 years of life are very valuable, when it comes to shaping character. One has to be responsible. With sense of responsibility one can have fun, make relations, learn and live life to fullest. Either good or bad may happen to you, we learn the first lesson only after committing a mistake. “Both nature and life are great teachers”, he says.

After having a glimpse of Prof. Giri’s life and principles, a thought arises: Do we always get what we like? Or sometimes it is best to like what we get!

 

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NITR: The Foreigners’ Base

A foreigner in NITR is quite an unusual sight, especially if it is not during the International Students’ Meet. But during the past few days a few students and professors have come from foreign countries to our institute under the following projects.

DAAD Project: “A new passage to India”

The department of civil engineering, NITR is having this project with RWTH Aachen University, Germany. This is an exchange program, under this project two German students are carrying out Ph.D. work under Dr. R. Jha. In the past weekend, Dr. Klaus Baier, faculty of RWTH Aachen University and five students from Germany have come to NITR to carry out their research work. They will stay back in India for a month & collect information from BBSR, Varanasi & Hyderabad on various aspects of “urban water management”.

CEOP-AEGIS Project: “Hydrology &climatology of the Tibetan Plateau”

From April 16th to 20th, the Department of Civil Engineering is organising a “stakeholder meeting & advanced training course” under this project. Experts working under the project are coming from France, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and China to deliver talk. The advanced training program would help delegates from different govt organisations, NGOs, Teaching & research institutes in India & related fields to widen & strengthen their knowledge. It will serve as a platform for Europe & Asia to mutually learn from each other; thus enhancing their knowledge in the area of water resources, remote sensing &GIS (satellite) based hydrological analysis with field based information & climate change impact analysis. About 40 participants including research scholars from IITs, NITs and officers from various govt departments/NGOs are attending the workshop. It is expected that about 10 research scholars from China would also attend the workshop.

 

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League Of Champions

League of Champions, the annual cricket tournament of the Institute, was held from 19th March to 12th April this year. This unique tournament, organized by the students in the even semester, is conducted similar to the IPL format. Each of the four teams is given a virtual amount of five crore rupees. The players are then auctioned into the different teams with their base price fixed.

Matches were held at the Sachin Tendulkar Sports Complex under floodlight. At the end of the 13 matches planned for the tournament, ‘Samurai Blues’, captained by Soumya Ranjan Sahoo, emerged as the winner of the tournament with ‘Zombies’ as the runners-up. The matches were thoroughly enjoyed by the students and the following awards were declared:

Best Batsman : M.S.Srikanth
Man of the Series : M.S.Srikanth
Best Bowler : Nikhil Singh
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Anwesha Sahoo: Perseverance Illustrated


“Nobody's a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It's hard to stay on top.”

These words of Anwesha Sahoo, final year undergraduate of the Department of Civil Engineering, who recently bagged a job in Engineers’ India Limited, speak volumes about her. Her interview reveals how she defines a new yardstick of determination. Here are excerpts:

MM: How did the whole process of selection into EIL take place?

AS: I was very excited about the fact that EIL would recruit students from core branches and got pretty anxious when they postponed their schedule. But then, everything happens for a good reason. I was diagnosed with jaundice during that period and was on medical leave for a fortnight. Finally, I recovered in time and appeared the interview.

As for the selection process, PSUs shortlist students on the basis of CGPA and we had a direct interview. Nine students of Civil Engineering had been shortlisted. The interview was an immensely interactive session which lasted for an hour. I was asked questions primarily about my final year project and rest were targeted at my fundamental knowledge of civil engineering. Anyone with a strong foundation in the core subjects could answer them.

MM: Tell us about your four years at NITR? And how did it help you achieve your goal?

AS: Life at NITR has been really great! I have tried participating in everything I could. I am a member of the Synergy dance club and have bagged gold in the Inter-NIT Chess Tournament in my pre-final year.

I was admitted in the Department of Biotechnology but I honestly wanted a core department and worked hard for it. I slogged day and night and finally topped my branch, which gave me an opportunity to opt for civil. From there, I never looked back and continued my perseverance for topping my new discipline. I always wanted to make it to the top position even though I knew the competition was very tough. This headstrong attitude which I inherited from my first year helped me in my long run for success.

Prof. R. Jha has been a really good mentor and guide to me. My final year project on ‘rain water harvesting’ is under him. I learned a lot from him. The Paper on my final year project was also selected for presentation in the Indian Bureau of Science, for which our team had visited New Delhi.

MM: What are your future plans?

AS: As I said, my goal was crystal clear. I knew from the beginning that I wanted a job in a consultancy and core company in the field of designing at the end of these four years. I am pretty happy with the job that I have bagged.

I hadn’t appeared GATE/GRE or TOEFL. Five or ten years down the line, I see myself working in this company and I would surely give it my best as this was indeed my dream. I am thankful that all along the journey of these four years, I had the support of my parents and my friends. I feel proud to say that I have lived up to my parents’ expectation.

MM: What would be your advice to your juniors?

AS: My advice to juniors of the branch, who are hoping to get into EIL or any other core company, would be to concentrate on the basic courses of the department and be thorough with your final year B. Tech project as most of the questions are generally related to them.

To everybody else, would be to try living a balanced life which involves everything and not just studies because, at the end of the day, you should be satisfied with your college life. There should be nothing that you have to regret.

 

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The NIT Rourkela Summer Internship Programme

The institute has initiated a Summer Internship Programme with an objective to encourage ambitious and bright B.Tech, B.Sc and M.Sc students from different institutes/universities across India who has completed 2 to 3 years of studiestoward Engineering or Science degree. Ignited young minds from institutes (excluding NIT Rourkela) have been granted an opportunity to pursue an innovative research and development project under the guidance of NIT faculties.

The summer fellows shall register at NIT, Rourkela for whom there will be no institute registration fees. The Institute shall provide summer fellowships to 50 students. The fellowship shall encompass:

(a) A gross fellowship of Rs.3500/-, for a period of two months to meet travel and other expenses. The fellowship will be provided to those, who stay in the halls of residence.

(b) Free Accommodation in the NIT Halls of Residences.

(c) Laboratory and Computing Facilities.

The fellowship work can be done in a period of two months between 10th of May to 16th of July, 2012. Even as the time of completion of the project may be extended; the duration of stay at the hostels may not. The fellowships have been made available in all the engineering departments, pure-science departments, the Humanities department and the School of Management.

The list of selected fellows and their supervisors shall be put up in the website http://sip.nitrkl.ac.in/ by 16th April 2012.

 

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Workshops: Linux & LaTex

IIT Bombay has initiated the program “Spoken English Workshop” under National Mission on Education through Information and Communicaton Technology (NME-ICT), a project of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The project develops tutorials for different open source softwares like Linux, LaTex, Pspice, etc. in different Indian languages.

A total of two workshops were held at NIT Rourkela under the same project. The first workshop was on Linux operating system. More than 150 students attended the workshop. The second workshop was on LaTex, where the participation was close to 100. A test was held on Saturday, 14th March, to assess the knowledge attained by the students during the workshops. Participants will be issued certificates by IIT Bombay.

 

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SPSS Workshop

The Computer Centre of the Institute organized a workshop on IBM SPSS on Wednesday, 11th March, 2012. SPSS, recently licensed by the Institute, is a computer program used for statistical analysis. Trainers from SPSS conducted the workshop which was attended by five students. The registration was free of charge. This is the third workshop in the series.

SPSS is now available to students and faculty in the Software Vault of the Institute.

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Indonesia Earthquake: Why No Tsunami This Time?

A powerful earthquake and aftershock struck the Indian Ocean off of northern Indonesia Wednesday, triggering tsunami watches and evacuations throughout the Indian Ocean basin, from Australia to Kenya.

The first temblor, a magnitude 8.6 quake, struck at 2:38 p.m. local time, along a segment of a fault on the sea floor some 269 miles southwest of the coastal city of Banda Aceh, capital of Aceh province. A second, 8.2 magnitude quake struck two hours later roughly 120 miles south of the first quake's epicenter.

Both quakes occurred at relatively shallow depths – 14 miles and 10 miles – beneath the sea floor, according to data gathered by the US Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.

So far, the quakes appear to have done little damage and caused no fatalities, although people felt the shaking as far away as the east coast of India. In Banda Aceh, many residents streamed into the streets when the shaking began, according to press reports from the city.

Though both of Wednesday's large quakes join the magnitude 9.1 event in 2004 event as “great” earthquakes – the strongest of six categories – the initial temblor Wednesday reportedly pushed only a 30-inch-high surge of water onto Indonesia's west coast.

In addition, the 2004 event released nearly six times as much energy as the first quake that struck on Wednesday and some 22 times more energy than the second.

The difference? Location, suggests Amy Vaughan, a geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center.The 2004 rupture occurred along the northern reaches of a subduction zone that hugs the west coast of Indonesia and defines the arc of Indonesia's islands.

The quake occurred in a section of the zone where a vast patch of crust known as the Indian plate is sliding beneath the much smaller Burma plate. Quakes along such subduction zones tend to generate the planet's most violent temblors because the surface areas sliding past each other are large.

Researchers estimate that the patch of the subduction zone affected in the 2004 quake covered an area roughly the size of California. The amount of slip along the length of this patch was 50 feet.

Along the deep-sea trench that marks the subduction zone, the quake lifted the overlying crust several yards. The sudden upward shove along the length of the rupture zone generated the enormous tsunamis the region experienced.

The faults involved Wednesday are so-called strike-slip faults that sit squarely on the Australian plate, another of the plates forming the subduction zone off Indonesia. Strike-slip faults tend to be vertical cracks in the crust. This means that the plates usually slide by each other without radically altering the height of the sea floor.

By contrast, the thrust faults along a subduction zone run diagonally downward from the sea floor as one plate slips under the other. This increases the possibility of disturbing the height of the sea floor. It also means the area of the surfaces sliding past each other is much greater than during a strike-slip rupture.

The faults involved in Wednesday's quakes are oriented in the same direction as the general direction of travel the Australian plate itself is following, suggesting that the ruptures are tied to the plate's movement, although to some degree the event also may represent the crust's continued adjustment to the major change the 2004 event brought to the region, Vaughan says.

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Facebook Buying Photo-Share App Instagram For $1B

 

In Facebook's largest acquisition to date, the social media giant says it will spend $1 billion to buy the photo-sharing software company Instagram.

Instagram lets people apply filters to photos they snap with their mobile devices and share them with friends and strangers. Some of the filters make the photos look as if they've been taken in the 1970s or on Polaroid cameras.

"This is an important milestone for Facebook because it's the first time we've ever acquired a product and company with so many users," CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page. "We don't plan on doing many more of these, if any at all."

Facebook said it plans to keep Instagram running independently. That's a departure from its tendency to buy small startups and integrate the technology - or shut them down altogether just so it can hire talented engineers and developers.

"We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience," Zuckerberg wrote. "We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook."

Facebook is paying cash and stock for San Francisco-based Instagram and hiring its roughly 10 employees. The deal is expected to close by the end of June.

Instagram was only available Apple devices until recently. An app for Android devices was released last week.

 

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Three Indians Among 50 New Gates Cambridge Scholars

Three Indian students are among 50 from around the world chosen for this year's prestigious Gates Cambridge scholarship established by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 and awarded annually to the “world's most brilliant” scholars.

They are Siddhartha Kar, SuhasiniSen and AnandShrivastava. They will begin their courses at Cambridge University in October.

The university said that the competition this year was “intense” and the 50 successful candidates from 23 countries were chosen on the strength of their “potential to improve the lives of others in a multitude of important ways.”

Mr. Kar, who has an MBBS degree from the B. J. Medical College, Pune, will study for a PhD in public health and primary care with focus on the genetic epidemiology of cancer.

Ms. Sen, a graduate of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, and a practicing lawyer from Delhi, will study for LLM. Her area of interest, she says, is the balance that needs to be struck between compulsions of national security and curtailment of civil liberties.

Mr. Shrivastava, a product of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, will do an MPhil in economics.

“I am particularly interested in the assessment of the costs and benefits of forest land, the variation in these costs and benefits across the population and the political economics of the conversion of forest land for industrial use,” he says.

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AICTE Adopts Cloud-Based Solution

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Microsoft Corporation announced that the AICTE will deploy Microsoft Live@edu, a cloud-based solution over the next three months to more than 10,000 technical colleges and institutes throughout India. The cloud deployment will expand students’ access to high-quality technical education and collaboration.

Live@edu is a hosted communication and collaboration service that offers email, Microsoft Office Web Apps, instant messaging and storage to over seven million students and nearly 500,000 faculty members under the AICTE, with a total reach of seven.5 million users — roughly double the size of the Los Angeles population. AICTE is Microsoft’s largest cloud customer.

According to the AICTE, technology and higher education are becoming increasingly vital to the Indian economy. To carry out its charge of evaluating the curriculum and quality of education for all technical institutes across the country, AICTE needed to have consistent and timely communication with these colleges, some of which are located in the remote districts of the country. AICTE and the ministry of human resource development wanted to deploy a technology that would provide an efficient platform for students and the institutional framework and would foster efficiency and support broader educational reforms.

AICTE also plans to deploy Microsoft Office 365 for education when it becomes available later this year, providing access to Microsoft Exchange Online email and calendar, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Lync Online and Microsoft Office Professional as the technical infrastructure to support member colleges and institutes.

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IIM Lucknow Joins GMAC

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the owner and administrator of the GMAT exam, announced the induction of IIM Lucknow as its seventh member school in India. The other member schools include ISB Hyderabad, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, SPJMIR Mumbai, SOM NMIMS University, Mumbai and Great Lakes Chennai.

“Our association with GMAC would give us access to a larger student base and the latest market research in management education. Our membership would also help in increasing our reach among international participants across the world. We hope this association would go a long way in creating a truly global centre of excellence in management education”, said Devi Singh, director, IIM Lucknow.

"It is a privilege to welcome IIM Lucknow as a member school and we look forward to working together in advancing our shared objective of quality management education”, said AshishBhardwaj, regional director - South Asia, GMAC.

In India, GMAT is accepted for admissions at over 150 programmes offered at 74 business schools and is available in 17 test centres in India.

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NPL: NIT Premier League

 

12th April, was the last day of NIT Premier League football tournament which started on 26th March. After a few action packed matches, which saw some top-class ‘footwork’, the last match was played between G.D. Birla Hall and Dhirubhai Ambani Hall of Residence. The tournament was played on a league basis and at the end of it all, Vikram Sarabhai Hall of Residence emerged the champions without having lost a single match. After the end of the match, prize distribution was held Prof. D.R.K. Parhi (President, S.A.C), Prof. R. Mazumdar (VP, Games and Sports Society) and Mr.T.R. Pattanik (SAS officer) were present to give away the prizes. Vikram Sarabhai Hall and Dhirubhai Ambani Hall became the Champion and runners -up of NIT Premier League respectively. The top goal scorer award was given to Murtaza of Dhirubahi Ambani Hall who scored 4 goals throughout the tournament and the best goalkeeper prize was given to Soumya Ranjan Moharana of Vikram Sarabhai Hall.

Sl No. Name of Team Points Games W L Draw Goals Scored Goal Against
1. V. Sarabhai Hall 15 5 5 0 0 10 0
2 D.B. Ambani Hall 8 5 2 1 2 8 3
3 M. Visveswaraya Hall 7 5 2 2 1 5 3
4 G.D. Birla Hall 6 5 2 3 0 6 9
5 Homi Bhabha Hall 6 5 2 3 0 6 11
6 M.S. Swaminathan Hall 1 5 0 4 1 3 13
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An Apology

We, the Monday Morning Team, hereby apologize for grave factual errors in an article named "Over the Ages: Evolution of Music at NITR" published on 9th April, 2012. People, NITR band members from the alumni, and whosoever has been hurt by this article may kindly excuse us. We have unpublished the article for the time being. We're looking into correcting the said errors, and if possible, re-publish the article, come next issue. We look forward not to commit such mistakes again.

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Over The Ages: Evolution Of Music At NITR

 


I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.

– Billy Joel

As Billy Joel aptly put it, music is indeed an emotion. And one that strikes a chord with your very soul. Transient and diverse, music has been ever evolving and capricious. One can hardly differ from the fact that it is the audience a particular genre of music reaches out to which determines its fate. Probably it is this very evolution of mindsets which has brought about such a multitude of genres. Akin to the global scenario, the institute has witnessed a transition as well. Chronologically unfolding the saga, we start from where one ought to;from the very beginning.

As legend has it, the institute witnessed a band of music loversculminate to form “Euphony” in 1999. It remained inactive over 4 successive years and in 2003, the band resurfaced. Playing the Indi-pop/ Fusion Rock genre, Euphony won the Eastern band competitions at the IIT KharagpurSpringfest in years ’03, ’04 and ’05. The band however, rose to prominence under the frontman-ship of ZuneidAlam, who was responsible for its meteoric rise in fame. The advent of drummer UtkarshSrivastava and Liju Robin George propelled Euphony to heights unseen hitherto. The current Euphony band lineup includes Sukalyan Das, Anil Kumar, SambitGhadai, SaritParida, YashaswiAgarawal and Vishnu Kunchur.

In the year 2005, Euphony; owing to a tiff between its band members split up, creating “Infinity” in 2006. Aniket Das and AnkurmanSreshta, the then frontmen played under the garb of Infinity covering Paki/Indi-rock tracks. With Sreshta bailing out of Infinity, the band eventually met an early demise in 2009. All this while though, a new ilk of music fanatics were breeding. A breed which preferred headbanging to a Deep Purple track rather than swaying their bodies to “mundane” music.

In 2006, Lalthang Liana Ralte and a bunch of other metalheads decided to take their love for the genre to the next level. The band they formed was supposedly the best metal act NIT Rourkela had ever seen, or would see in the coming years for that matter - Roxygen.With Anshuman on vocals, Liana on guitars and Maddy on drums, Roxygen revolutionized the rock scene at NIT Rourkela. As AbhijeetBarua, guitarist at Roxygen said, “The metalhead community was way larger back then. People could connect themselves to the genre and the crowd support the band received was massive. It was the spirit of the NITRklean crowd that gave us the audacity to perform at Wildfire 2010”. Eventually, after Liju Robin George was inducted into Roxygen, AnkurmanSrestha, AbhijeetBarua and Mark Tsuki joined Roxygen where the band rose to the pinnacle of fame. Covering mainstream bands such as Rammstein, Metallica, Deep Purple and Iron Maiden, Roxygen enthralled the NIT Rourkelan crowd for over 4 years.

The multifaceted nature of music found utterance once again with a Classical Fusion band being formed in 2008. VarunSreenivas, Praloy Kumar Ghosh, RajuBalan, Umesh Suresh were the original lineup of “Heartbeats”, contemporary to Euphony in the Eastern genre. The current lineup of Heartbeats includes SaiRaghuveer, Monika D, ApurvKeshavKedia, Justine Raju Thomas, Ravi Kumar, SwetapadmaMohapatra, PremDepon and AnkeshAnand. Heartbeats won the Eastern band competition at the IIT KharagurSpringfest in 2009 and were also recently covered by the Indian Express.

The past couple of years have seen a continuum in the functioning of Euphony and Heartbeats, which stand to be the only bands having survived the test of time.Roxygen almost simultaneously evolved into Holocaust, which continued with the metal legacy of Roxygen post 2010. With Rituraj Borah, a current second year spearheading Holocaust; the band boasts of talent aplenty in the name of Bijai Shankar (lead guitar), RenoyCherian (drums) and BuddhimanTamang (bass). The band stood second, tied with Holic (an NIT Rourkela final year band featuring Mark Tsuki, RishabhKashyap, AsishKhandeparkar and YashveerRana) in Nitrutsav 2k12. Psychedelic Pilferage is yet another upcoming band in the institute.

Of late, the institute has witnessed quality gigs in the form of band competitions during the ISM and Nitrutsav from reputed bands across the country such as Srote, 97West, 4 Degrees of Freedom, Vikrit and Turnkey. Apparently, the hike in the prize-money motive paid off.

Inspite of all the talent, lamentable indeed is the lack of quality equipment made available to the musicians.The quality of the sound-system being provided for band competitions has changed drastically for the better this year; however there has been no visible change in the institute sound-system.The HB Hall music room is the mecca for all band trysts with music, be it jamming or music-recording. The pitiable condition of the age-old BASIX drum kit apart, the music room has but a weathered bass guitar, an amplifier, a keyboard and a tabla to offer. A decent quality brand-new drum kit, keyboard and bass guitar do exist in the SAC, but the music room timings are utterly inconvenient to band members.Matters like these when looked into can make an ocean of a difference in boosting the morale (and skill)of the musically talented.


 

 

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Placement Committee 2012 - 13

The training & Placement Cell of the Institute has completed the formation of the Placement Committee for the academic year 2012-13. The following is its composition:

Sl No. Department Roll No. Name Course
List of Coordinators for U.G. 2012-13
1 BT/BM 109BT0683 Shammy Raj B. Tech.
2 CH 109CH0093 Suprabhat Seal B. Tech.
3 CE 109CE0054 Nishant Nayak B. Tech.
4 CS 109CS0130 Prateek B. Tech.
5 CR 109CR0110 Samik Ghosal B. Tech.
6 EC 109EC0219 Abhishek Halder B. Tech.
7 EI 109EI0326 Sk Farhan Jibrail B. Tech.
8 EE 109EE0281 Tejas Mayor B. Tech.
9 ME 109ME0413 Santanu Kumar Sahoo B. Tech.
10 MM 109MM0440 Mahesh Goenka B. Tech.
11 MN 109MN0106 Raj Chakraborty B. Tech.
List of Coordinators for P.G. 2012-13
1 EC 211EC4102 Ishita Gupta M. Tech.
2 ME 211ME1162 Ishan Ravindra M. Tech.
3 MM 211MM1359 Manish Bagwan M. Tech.
4 HS 411HS1006 Saswat Kumar Pradhan M. A.
5 MBA 311SM1015 Sobhijit Naik MBA

 

The selection process started in mid-January when each department was asked to nominate two candidates from their pre-final year batch. The students chose their coordinator by ballot in most cases. These candidates then worked under the present Placement Committee, assisting it, in turns, during various company visits and recruitment programmes. They were also assigned numerous tasks such as preparation of student database and list of prospective recruiters. This was followed by a short interview conducted by Prof. B. B. Biswal, Head, T & P Cell. The final members of the committee were chosen on the basis of their performance in the tasks allotted and the interview.

The new committee has now started functioning under the guidance of the present committee. To start with, the Placement Brochure is being designed. The present committee is in constant interaction with their successors to ensure all relative information and requisite training is imparted.

Monday Morning wishes the new committee all success in their endeavour and hopes to see the placement graph continue its climb, a trend set by the perseverance of committees year after year.

 

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Classes For ‘Weak’ Students

 

As per the guidelines of NPIU, there is a provision in TEQIP-II for improving the skills of weak students by providing academic support to them. For this, NITR has started special classes for improving their skills by experts from inside & outside of the Institute, in the subject areas as well as in fundamental subjects such as English, Mathematics and Communication skills. These classes are being held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm everyday.

All the B.Tech 1st year students those who have ‘F’ grade in Mathematics (1st sem) or SGPA below 6.00 and the 2nd year B.Tech students having CGPA (3rd Sem) below 6.00 are advised to register their names in their respective departments. The classes have already started from 26th March at 5:30pm in Computer Centre (Ground Floor). For more information, one may check webmail.

It may be noted that this is a good initiative by the Institute on the lines of the preparatory courses which are organized by the IITs, though this is something completely different. The number of failures in Mathematics is indeed worrying and to make the basic concepts clear, these classes are being organized. These classes will help clear the concepts of those whose fundamentals are weak in Mathematics and the students who don’t have a strong English background. Bagging a good placement has everything to do with English and communication skills and this step, if successful, would go a long way in ensuring better placements in future. Though it is also to be seen how successful these classes actually are, with our current professors being unable to make the kind of impact these students need.

 

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Beating Hearts: The ‘National’ Band!

The band which has held on to it’s roots in this generation of hard-core metal and western musical influences and taken classical and fusion music to another level altogether, was featured in the national newspaper, The Indian Express, last month doing the entire NITR community, proud.

Founded in 2008, Heartbeats had always been a dream for its founder members, VarunSreenivas, Praloy Kumar Ghosh, RajuBalan and Asish Kumar Sahoo who felt that music around the campus was mainly driven by public response. All being classically trained musicians, Varun spearheading the group, set off on a journey to create music that would not only incorporate elements of the rich Indian Classical Music but also move the public by working ways to connect to them. As Raju, the man who plays magic with his mridangam, puts it in his words, “Bear in mind, there is a solid wall between artistic presentation and love of music. One could live on either side of the wall without sensing the existence of the other. Only when you have torn down that wall will you have experienced sanctity”. Since then, the band has meticulously organized itself holding annual inductions, planning performances well before time and jamming regularly. Within a very short span since its inception, the band has carved a niche for itself in and around the campus, having performed at important occasions such as the Convocation ceremony, National Conferences, and at various band competitions.  Slokarth, an alumnus who plays the tabla, says, “The band has a very special place in my heart as its members let me pursue my passion as a Tablist and that is the band's best feature. All its members have always been able to pursue their passion, be it Raju'sMridangam or Siva's Violin - a band which has always valued its members’ opinions equally. I feel lucky to have been a part of a group of talented students who share so much passion and love for music, people who have inspired me to perform better and amazed me with their talents.”

The last of the founding members of Heartbeats, Monika and Raghuveer, are about to graduate but it is heartening to see that the newer members are all set to lead. As they put, “There is a string that holds us all together. Sharing a common interest does half the job and that is exactly why we hold our inductions carefully. We shall always be obliged to Asha Ma’am. Had it not been for her indelible support and encouragement, the Band would not have seen such heights. We hope Heartbeats continues to resonate with the rhythm of NITR”.

The band has very recently performed in City Mall, Raipur. Heartbeats was the only band performing that evening; anon stop performance of around two and a half hours mesmerizing the crowds of Raipur and taking them to the World of Peace. The performers of the evening were :Raghuveer, Siva Prasad, Justine, Apurv, Ankesh and Prem. This can be touted as being the band’s first Live mini-concert. We wish the band and all of it’s members, past and present, a lot of success in the years to come.

 

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Metallurgical Magic!

After the recent performaces by NITR students in various technical conferences and cultural fests in outside institutes, we yet again have a stupendous achievement to be proud of. Young engineers from across the country met for two days in Jamshedpur to take part in the second edition of 'Behind the Teachers Desk' (BTTD-2012) event which was held at the National metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur in collaboration with TATA STEEL, Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) and NIT Jamshedpur from the 30th-31st March, 2012, a student’s seminar. Two students from the Department of Metallurgical and Materials’ Engineering, Sujasha Gupta and Raj Shekar had presented their paper. Out of around 40 papers which were presented, NIT Rourkela was given the grand prize and best paper award among all the papers. There was some tough competition with representatives from IIT-Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur, IITE Ahmedabad, BESU Shibpur, Jadavpur University, NIT Durgapur, NIT Raipur, ITER Bhubaneswar, VNIT Nagpur, MNIT Jaipur, CSIR-IMMT Bhubaneswar, DMRL, DRDO Hydrabad and PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore and many other institutes participating in the event.

“Metallurgical Engineering and its applications contribute immensely to the structural framework behind the progress of our nation. With an increase in industrial and corporate outlook, a huge responsibility falls on metallurgy and material science professionals to implement all that the academic and research community puts forth in journals, slides and books. Metallurgical Engineering and its applications has influenced greatly the emergence of advanced technological endeavor in various engineering sectors like Energy, Steel, Non-ferrous metals, Railways, Transport, Space, Medical appliances, Infrastructure, etc. To emphasize the need for the study of metals, minerals and metallurgy and to ignite the young minds, the idea of organizing BTTD was conceived” says the official website for the Indian Institute of Metals, Jamshedpur chapter.

To nurture budding metallurgists and encourage them grow into dedicated professionals, the Indian Institute of Metals (IIM), Jamshedpur Chapter, Tata Steel, National Institute of Technology (NIT, Jamshedpur) and CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory (CSIR-NML) have come together to create an ambiance so as to infuse a scientific temperament in students through the organization of the Students’ Seminar named “Behind The Teacher’s Desk” (BTTD).

The first BTTD seminar was held at the CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory in March 2011. There was an overwhelming participation from undergraduate and post graduate students from all over India. They shared their ideas through technical presentations and had an opportunity to interact with scientists and engineers during the seminar. To bring out the best amongst the students and to encourage their scientific bent of mind, prizes and certificates were presented.

 

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Créateur: Workshop on COMSOL Multiphysics

 

The club Créateur, under the guidance of Prof. S. Chatterjee, Department of Mining Engineering, is organizing a workshop on COMSOL multi-physics software in the Institute.

The COMSOL is finite element method based software. It has multi-disciplinary applicability, including Civil, Mining, Material Science, Mechanical, Bio-technology and Chemical engineering.

COMSOL Multiphysics is a solver used to better understand complex physical phenomena by modelling those using partial differential equations (PDEs). COMSOL's unique GUI enables the solution of arbitrarily coupled PDEs which lets users model varied physical phenomena such as fluid flow, reactions, heat flow, electromagnetics, structural mechanics etc. as well as coupling between any of the above mentioned phenomena. To know more about the software please visit http://www.comsol.co.in/.

This workshop will focus on introducing users to the applicability of COMSOL for Research and Teaching as well as an introduction to the COMSOL graphical user interface. Case studies from different physics backgrounds shall be discussed. The attendees will also get a trial version of COMSOL 4.2A, which will be active for 14 days, to try out the software during the workshop. Equation-based Modelling will be discussed, followed by a hands-on demonstration of the software and a question-answer session. The workshop is expected to last for three hours, with a tea-break in between. The attendees should preferably carry their laptops.

The schedule for the workshop is:

Date : 13th April, 2012 , Friday

Time : 4 PM to 7 PM

Venue: P. Parija Auditorium

To register for the workshop, please visit: http://www.comsol.co.in/events/events/20261

For any further queries, one may contact Ashwin Prabhu on 9178381952.

 

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Engineering India: Another PSU

Setting all rumours to rest, yet another Public Sector Undertaking, Engineers India Limted visits the campus and picks up three of the brightest, paying a staggering figure of 9.9lpa.

Engineers India Ltd


 

Category : Super Dream

Students Recruited : 3

CTC : 9.9 LPA

B. Tech

Civil Engg.

1. Anwesha Sahoo

 

Chemical Engg.

1. Kreeti Das

 

Mechanical Engg.

1. Vishwajeet Kushwaha

 

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The Engineering CAT

The world’s largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, Caterpillar Inc, visited NITR a few days back for on-campus recruitments. Nishan Das, final year student of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is one of the four students who bagged this super dream job. MM met up with Nishan to find out how one bells the engineering cat. The following are excerpts:

MM: This must have been a ‘super’ dream come true! How did you achieve it?

ND: Caterpillar came to Rourkela to recruit engineers for only one wing of their R & D division, ‘Modelling & Simulation’. We had a written test, after which a group discussion was conducted and finally students were selected after an Interview. They did not emphasize on the CGPA of a student. In fact, in the final round, there were 7, 8 as well as 9 pointers who had cleared the GD. They just asked a few questions relevant to our stream.

MM: How was your life in NITR? How did it help you achieve this goal?

ND: Life in NITR is good! I have made a lot of friends and enjoyed a lot. I am a member of SAE, NITR Chapter and was its Chairman last year. I have worked on the BAJA ATV for two years. SAE felt as my second family. There, I got to know many other people who were doing work related to what we were doing.

Most join clubs to spend their free time, and it helps a lot, being in a technical club as you learn a lot of stuff. You learn to meet deadlines and also learn to work in a team. These qualities are highly regarded by the companies during placements. During my Caterpillar interview, they had specifically asked me what project I had undertaken, being in a student organization.

I also used to play tennis, and was selected in the institute team in my 2nd year. We went to participate in the inter-NIT competition but were defeated very badly. I wasn’t a part of UDAAN, but I did a bit of aero modelling and we won the 3rd prize in IIT Kharagpur. I was also interested in robotics but somehow didn’t devote enough time so I couldn’t join CYBORG.

MM: What would you like to advise your juniors, especially the ones from your branch?

ND: As far as placements are concerned, you need to just prepare a couple of topics thoroughly. It is not a grand VIVA that takes place during interviews. You are not expected to know everything that you have studied during your four years of engineering. You need to go prepared; they want to know if you are really serious about the job and have come prepared for the interview or not.

I sat in the Rio Tinto interview too and even though they were offering a very high package of about 30 lpa they did not ask me many technical questions. For example, if a mining company recruits a B.Tech. student, they don’t  expect him/her to invent new technology for the company. The student’s job will be to supervise others, for which he/she needs to be sociable and not necessarily be extremely knowledgeable technically. Apart from that, mechanical is cool and the professors are great! Just enjoy your life over here while also gaining knowledge.

MM: What are your future plans? Higher studies or MBA?

ND: I plan to do my masters in future. I had given the GRE, but unfortunately couldn’t give the TOEFL on time due to which I couldn’t apply this year. I don’t want to do my masters from India, so I am not paying much attention to GATE.

For all those who are planning to do an MBA: I had also given the CAT exam just to see where I stand, and got a call from XIMB. During my P.I., I asked the interviewer why they prefer candidates with work experience over fresh graduates. The answer was,“In an MBA, you learn about management. How can you know anything about management if you haven’t been managed before?” Thus, I would advise all aspiring students to get some work experience before an MBA. That’s when you will be able to really take full advantage of the course.

B.Tech is like a long holiday. You can choose to do something useful during that time. Even after sleeping and partying around, you still will have a lot of free time. Just try to do at least one useful thing during your B.Tech life, like maybe publishing a journal paper. It will set you apart from other B.Tech aspirants who have also applied for the job.

Monday Morning wishes Nishan the best in life!

 

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TEDx: Ideas Worth Spreading

 

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to ‘Ideas worth Spreading’. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to now become an international organization which supports world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized, independent events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Basically people with a unique idea which has the potential to change the world get a platform to share their idea with others.

Such a TEDx conference was held in the Institute on 7th August last year. This event was organised by Ajit Kumar Satpathy, who despite all odds, organised the first such event in NITR. He was unable to get sponsors for the event, but still spent more than Rs. 80,000 from his own pocket so that the event could be held. The theme of the conference was “Energise your thoughts”. Tanul Thakur, the founder of dowrycalculator.com, Shashank Khanna, Senior Interaction Designer, Yahoo! and Ramendra Kumar, Writer were the speakers at the event. Anwesha Mahanta, classical dancer performed at the event. Even Kiran Bedi would have graced the occasion if not for the Jan Lokpal bill in which she was actively involved. Plans for other eminent personalities did not materialise due to remoteness of Rourkela, which yet, does not have a commercial airport. But the event witnessed very low participation and only 53 students attended the conference. Unfortunately, the videos of the event could not be uploaded as they were of very low quality.

Ajit’s efforts have been recognised and he has received an invitation to attend the TEDx Summit in Qatar, hosted by the Doha Film Institute (DFI), from April 16th to 20th,  2012, with all expenses borne by the organizers.

The event wasn’t a huge success, but it was a start. It is hoped that the Institute witnesses more editions of the event with active participation from the students and faculty alike.

 

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NITR Chemists Shined @ The Golden State

Sparkling seas and California’s famed sunshine—along with thousands of research presentations and a bustling exposition—drew chemists from around the world for the 243rd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition held between 25th - 29th March at the spectacular San Diego Convention Center situated by San Diego bay, California. This happens to be the biggest gathering of Chemists on the planet and all the chemical scientists, technologists and engineers around the globe felt proud to be a part of this assembly.

ACS Meetings organizes two of the most respected scientific meetings in the world. National Meetings offer scientific professionals a legitimate platform to present, publish, discuss and exhibit the most exciting research discoveries and technologies in chemistry and its related disciplines. Furthermore, national meetings facilitate networking opportunities, career development and placement, and provide companies an opportunity to exhibit products and services to a targeted audience. Expositions at the national meetings give attendees the chance to meet more than 1000 exhibitors, many of whom showcase new technological developments. A number of exhibitors also offer free workshops during the meeting so attendees can learn more about these state-of-the-art technologies.

Almost 17,000 chemists and visitors attended the 243rd national meeting, including more than 5,700 students and 1,000 exposition exhibitors. The on-site ACS Career Fair hosted more than 30 employers and 900 job seekers, who had access to more than 80 available positions; while the Virtual Career Fair attracted more than a dozen employers and nearly 2,700 job seekers.

Chemists presented more than 11,700 papers, many related to the theme “Chemistry of Life”. It was a proud moment not only for the Department of Chemical Engineering but also for NIT Rourkela that three professors from Chemical Engineering, Prof. Santanu Paria, Prof. Sujit Sen and Prof. Hara Mohan Jena, presented some of their research work at the convention.

Highlights included plenary lectures as well as The Kavli Foundation Innovations in Chemistry Lecture, which was presented by University of California, Berkeley, chemist and molecular and cell biologist Carolyn R. Bertozzi. On the lighter side, Jorge Cham, creator of “PHD Comics” (“Piled Higher and Deeper”), shared his perspective on the tribulations of student life. Other activities included the ACS Board of Directors’ open meeting, which featured a discussion of the future of graduate education and research, and the ACS Council meeting, at which candidates were chosen for various offices in the society.

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Rotaract: Birsa Munda School project

The Rotaract club of the Institute visited the Birsa Munda School, located near CWS Hospital, on 7th April, Saturday, to organize a drawing competition for students of the school. The project was aimed at initiating a culture of extra-curricular activities in the school.54 students from classes I to V participated in the competition. The winners were:

1st Prize: Minati Lakra

2nd Prize: Rita Mandal

3rd Prize: Soumya

The principal of the school, Mr.B. B. Panda, who is also in-charge of the Dhirubhai Ambani Hall of Residence of the Institute, appreciated the effort and expressed his desire that the club continue to hold such activities in the future.

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Facebook Plans Google-like Search Engine

Social networking giant Facebook is reportedly planning to create a new search engine which would help people to navigate on the website better.

A Bloomberg Businessweek report said the firm has deployed two-dozen Facebook engineers onto the ambitious project, which aims to improve the search engine currently available on the social network.

According to the report, the project is led by former Google engineer Lars Rasmussen.

The magazine’s unnamed sources said that the project is “to help users better sift through the volume of content that members create on the site, such as status updates, and the articles, videos, and other information across the Web that people “like” using Facebook’s omnipresent thumbs-up button”.

Facebook has done very little to improve its search engine, which currently lets people find other users, brands, status updates and some wider web results, through a long-standing partnership with Microsoft’s search engine, Bing.

It has yet to properly focus its attention on the small search engine box situated at the top of each user’s page.

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Apple Set To Be The First $1 Trillion Firm

Apple will become the world's first trillion-dollar company when its shares top $1,000 each, Wall Street analysts have predicted.

The technology giant's shares were worth $633.38 last week as its stock price rose above Google's for the first time, the Daily Mail reported on Friday.

Brian White, of Topeka Capital Markets, then claimed Apple's sky-high share price will hit four figures within 12 months - making the company worth $1 trillion.

The company, based in Cupertino, California, is already the most valuable company in the world currently valued at $590.82 billion, according to the newspaper.

Just a year ago the shares were changing hands at $341. In January, Apple revealed it had more than doubled its profits to $13.06 billion, compared with $6 billion for the same quarter in 2010.

Apple's growth is expected to be driven by sales in China, where January's launch of the iPhone 4S triggered a near riot in Beijing, the Mail said.

Earlier this year Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty predicted Apple could sell 40 million iPhones in China this year. Apple is also expected to move into the TV market after the launch of its set-top box Apple TV.

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Encyclopaedia Britannica Ends 244 Years Of Print

ENCYCLOPAEDIA Britannica is to stop publishing print editions of its flagship encyclopaedia for the first time since the sets were originally published more than 200 years ago.

The book-form of Encyclopaedia Britannica has been in print since it was first published in Edinburgh in 1768. It will stop being available when the current stock runs out, the company says.

The Chicago-based company will continue to offer digital versions of the encyclopaedia.It said the end of the printed, 32-volume set had been foreseen for some time.

"This has nothing to do with Wikipedia or Google," Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc president Jorge Cauz said. "This has to do with the fact that now Britannica sells its digital products to a large number of people."The top year for the printed encyclopaedia was 1990, when 120,000 sets were sold, MrCauz said. That number fell to 40,000 just six years later in 1996.

The company started exploring digital publishing the 1970s. The first CD-ROM version was published in 1989 and a version went online in 1994.The final hardcover encyclopaedia set is available for sale at Britannica's website for 1,395 dollars (£894).

The company plans to mark the end of the print version by making the contents of its website available free for one week starting on Tuesday.Online versions of the encyclopaedia now serve more than 100 million people around the world, the company says, and are available on mobile devices.

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3 IIT-B Students In MIT’s India TR35 2012 List

IIT-Bombay has reason to rejoice. The institute is clearly the hub of innovation in the country with three of its alumni, VSK Murthy Balijepalli, Nitin Joshi and VanteruMahendra Reddy making it to the MIT's India TR35 2012 list of young technology innovators.

This list contains 20 young innovators, all under-35 years, from the fields of bio-medicine, communications, computing, energy, materials, transportation and web. It was announced by the Indian edition of the MIT Technology Review in Mumbai on March 10, 2012.

VSK Murthy Balijepalli made it to the list for developing a method to forecast electricity price, grid frequency and load that can help make smarter power grids. NitinJoshi developed dual-nano structures to deliver a combination of two anti-cancer drugs while VanteruReddy was chosen for developing a lab-scale flameless combustion process with liquid fuels.

The innovators will present their innovations at the Emerging Technologies conference, EmTech India 2012 at Bangalore later this month. The conference will be addressed by a team of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The programme was started in 2010 and has identified 37 young innovators till date. “It is heartening to see IITs solving unique Indian problems. This culture of innovation in public institutions will enthuse thousands of bright students pursuing technical programmes," said Pradeep Gupta, publisher of Technology Review India and an alumnus of IIT Delhi.

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IIT-D Bans Surfing Internet Post-Midnight

IIT-Delhi has recently taken a decision to prohibit its students from using the internet in the hostel premises between 1am and 6am. The institute, during these five hours, disconnects the internet facility available to students in their hostel rooms.

The reason, according to ShashiMathur, dean, students, IIT-D, is to ensure that the academic performance of students does not suffer. He says, “The internet connection, which was available to students during the midnight hours earlier, would disrupt their studies. Students would watch videos or be busy on social networking sites; download movies or play games till late in the morning. Hence, waking up late and getting delayed for classes.”

However, the internet facility will still be available to students 24x7 in libraries, labs and research rooms on campus. Students, who need to use the internet for their studies or project work, etc, can use these facilities. Also, we have not restricted students from using their own wireless internet connections in their rooms during the night, adds Mathur.

Students, however, are not convinced. We already have a restriction on the amount of data that we can download using the internet connection in the hostel. With the new restriction, we can’t use the internet late at night. There are many students in the hostels who use the internet to study at night. Moreover, the research rooms are located about 1.5 km from our hostels and are generally occupied by seniors, so it is inconvenient.

Students of IIT-Madras are not allowed to use internet in the hostel from 1am to 5am. IIT-Bombay, too, will soon follow suit.

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A. Mrudula: B. Tech-ed and Master-ed

 

The world is full of good, successful people. Meet, Mrudula Annavajhala, final year student of Chemical Engineering at NITR, who very recently received admits from two world-famed universities for Masters Education, namely - Rutgers University, New Jersey and University of Florida. A very dynamic and happy-go-lucky girl, Mrudula cracked GRE with a score of 315 on 340, and TOEFL with a score of 109 on 120. For someone who believes in destiny and is always fully energised to take on new challenges that come her way, she’s the latest success story in the list of NITR final year grads getting calls from reputed foreign varsities. Her area of interest and research is “Process Control and Modelling”. University of Florida has also offered her a scholarship of 40% fee waiver on tuition fee. Monday Morning met up with her for a candid chat on the long walk of life. Here are the excerpts:

MM: How did it feel, when you first heard the big news?

Mrudula: It did come as a big surprise! March and April is when the admits usually come in, but usually we receive the mails late in the night. But mine came in at an unusual timing, in the evening. Since I was not expecting it then, it did turn out to be a very pleasant surprise!  Many of my friends had received their admits by then, so I was getting pretty anxious. I would check my mail every morning to see if there was a reply from a university but there never was anything! But finally, there it was! A huge relief it turned out to be! 

MM: What is your area of interest? Any projects that you undertook in this field?

Mrudula: Process control is an engineering discipline that deals with mechanisms and algorithms for maintaining the output of a specific process within a desired range. In my pre-final year I was taught a course on it and I also did a project related to control, at IICT Hyderabad which further stirred my interest in the field. Apart from the other subjects that I came across in chemical engineering, this was one of the subjects which involved more programming. Also, in my second year I did a project in the area of computational fluid dynamics under Prof. S.K Dash at IIT Kharagpur and this was because I was a member of the Vortex Club.

MM:  Keeping apart the academics, in what all extra-curriculars did you dabble?

Mrudula: I have been a part of Vortex, Rotaract, adding to being a member of Monday Morning. I was also a part of the cultural core team in my second year and the mini tech-fest that was held in the same year. I ain’t much into singing, dancing or any kind of sport. In Monday morning I covered the section Director’s Desk on a fortnightly basis and it gives me immense pleasure to say that the Director still remembers my name, which I realised when I recently went to him regarding some work.

MM: Going down the memory lane, what would be the things that you would miss most about NITR?

Mrudula: The place which I would miss the most would be SAC – the place where I spent most of my second year evenings attending meetings of the various clubs. Hostel life was just incredible with so many get-together’s and parties. It was a great experience altogether, something from which I’ve learnt a lot and would certainly help me in life ahead. I would miss my friends, my department a lot.

MM: Did you ever think of pursuing an MBA instead of going for research?

Mrudula: Yes, at one point of time, I gave it a thought, but it really did not appeal to me. I thought I would be doing injustice to my subject i.e. chemical engineering, if I did not pursue my Master’s in it. From what I have seen, in India, the job prospective in Chemical after doing masters or Ph.D. from a foreign university is pretty good and flourishing.

MM: So what would you suggest to students planning for higher studies?

Mrudula: The most important thing is - plan early. One mistake I had made was that I had applied very late, in the months of December and January. But I got to know later that applications start pouring in to the universities right from September! So my chances of funding were reduced. Do not repeat this, apply early! Finish your GRE and TOEFL exams by your 3rd year summer vacation, max by August. Once you have your GRE score, you know where you stand. Make a list of universities according to your interest and your score, work on your Statement of Purpose (SOP) and you will be done with the majority of the work.

There’s a general perception that only students with very good CGs have better chances of getting through. I would say that a good CG does help but that’s not a major factor in your application process. Your research experience and your SOP are the things which hold high importance. So try getting good internships. Recommendations from IIT profs do help a lot in this regard.

MM: What would you advise your juniors, or in particular your department juniors?

Mrudula: How you interact with people in these four years is very important because this will guide you in your entire life. You have to expose yourself to developments taking place outside your department or institute. Leading a life balanced with clubs, studies and extracurricular activities will help you in the long run and it is very important that you do not neglect your CGPA.

MM: We hear that you have a job offer too. Tell us about it.

Mrudula: Well, yes I have a job offer from JSPL but yet to make up my mind on which option to choose because there are many factors that have to be considered before finally taking a decision. As of now, I am sure that I do not want to pursue something like PhD, but am surely looking forward to doing Masters in a good university. I am also waiting for responses from other universities that I had applied for.

 

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SAC Certificate Competition

 

The Student Activity Centre is a complex body which has a complex structure and a much more complicated system. Some of it’s rules are well implemented and well-known, properly put-down; the SAC elections being a prime example. But, for many other aspects, the laws governing the ‘centre’ are blurred across official lines. From statements like “SAC never issues any official certificate to any club or satellite society and no one from the authority will ever sign it”, to practices like holding events under the banner of a society and giving no recognition for it, the system has seen it all. On one hand, the convenors and secretaries get duly rewarded for their hard work while on the other hand clubs rarely get any recognition. The Sports Society, again, has the proper system in place, being an exception under SAC with almost no flaws, when it comes to recognizing merit and contribution.

Barring Leo, Rotaract, SAE and a few others who get their certificates from their parent bodies, the current practice by clubs involves printing certificates for their members and getting random signatories like the faculty advisor and club president. But, lo and behold! A proper SAC constitution exists and of course, barring a few elected representatives and members of SAC, no one seems to have a clue about it. With well-defined guidelines on the hows and whos of clubs and their functioning, certificate issuing and everything else, the constitution is indeed a solid framework documenting all activities under SAC. Yet, sadly, many of them do not find their way into proper hands, through proper channels.

Monday Morning, agonized over the non-issuance of certificates to satellite societies approached the Director for a concrete solution to all such problems. He wasn’t too happy knowing the sorry state of affairs in SAC and decided to do something about the certificate issue. “Launch a competition for designing SAC certificates and bring me the designs. I will then make adequate arrangements for the printing of them and will make sure a system is put in place.”

Certificate Design Competition

Prize:  1st – Rs. 10000, consolation – Rs. 5000

Objective: Design a set of certificates for sac

Design Specifications:

1. All certificates should bear a commonality in design so they may be associated with NITRKL.

2. Yet there must elements in each design which may leave some scope for customization.

3. The customization would be done depending upon the issuing body i.e SAC, Society, Clubs or Halls.

4.  There should be different levels of certificates under each level. For example, for a certificate issued by tech society, a participation certificate must be a little different in design from an excellence certificate.

5. There should be a provision to add a SAC reference number at a suitable position

6.  Signatories would vary depending upon the body issuing the certificate. For the  purpose of design, one may use any set of signatories. Exact details would be provided later-on.

Deadline: 8th April

Submit your entries to morning.monday@gmail.com with a subject: Certificate Design Competition - Your Name

 

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Club Vortex: A Review

 

A relatively new venture in the comity of clubs registered under the SAC, the Vortex club of NIT Rourkela saw its light of the day on March 2010 under the able leadership of Rahul Goyal, Susheel Kumar Singh and YatinChhabra; its founder members. It remained inactive though, in the academic years 2010-2011 and was re-registered under the SAC in September 2011.Prof. RamakarJha (Dept. of Civil Engg.), the faculty advisor has extended great support in the development of the club and has been responsible for the club growing from strength to strength.

The Vortex club, akin to its name is a club which deals with the science of Computational Fluid Dynamics. Computational fluid dynamics, usually abbreviated as CFD, is a branch of fluid mechanics that uses numerical methods and algorithms to solve and analyze problems that involve fluid flows. Disciplines which can relate (and have good prospects) to CFD include Mechanical, Chemical, Civil, Biotechnology and Biomedical engineering.

The analysis and simulation of CFD is performed using software such as GAMBIT, FLUENT, ANSYS CFX, FLOW 3D, COMSOL, KIVA, VECTIS and MAYA Simulation among many others.Vortex conducts weekend classes throughout the year wherein club members are trained in the concepts of CFD and software applications. Over the past couple of weekends, seminars and guest lectures were conducted by prolific personalities in the field, such as Prof. MadhusudhanRao from the Mechanical Dept.

The on-going research has yielded software that has improved the accuracy and speed of complex simulation scenarios such as transonic or turbulent flows. With the advent of technically advanced supercomputers, better accuracy in results has been obtained. Undoubtedly, CFD is slowly emerging as a prominent research area and is the proving to be the perfect hotspot for aspiring engineer-researchers.

 

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Souvenir Shoot

A souvenir is an object a person acquires for the memories the owner associates with it. NIT Rourkela gifts its students a booklet as a souvenir which contains all final year students’ photo and details of what their friends have to speak about them. The work for the souvenir started way back with every department having 2-3 members to take care of the collection and editing of the write-ups of their branch. The souvenir team has completed all the editing work with the next step being the photo-shoot.

The photo-shoot session, spread over a three day period from the 30th of March to the 1st of April commenced with two professional photographers from Cuttack, Mr. SmikashMohapatra and Mr. Pratik Prasenjit coming down to our institute and taking snaps for students of all departments. The souvenir shoot had all the final years looking their best in formals and the Student Activity Centre was the epicenter of all activity during the last three days.

Now that the photo-shoot is over the soft copy of the souvenir will be completed within a week and before being finally dispatched for printing and are expected to be ready for distribution by the last week of April. The net budget for the souvenirs  is expected to be more than Rs. 2 lakh with one volume consisting of close to 200 pages!

 

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Director’s Democracy

“When in doubt, go to the library”, is what Ronald Weasley said about Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter books. One can safely assume that the Director is NITR’s library; the one-stop solution to all problems, the ultimate answer to all queries and the Wikipedia for Team MM. This week, we focused on a few controversial issues, which haven’t exactly been well-explained in the domain of modern-day matters that matter.

MM: Sir, many students do not see any point in the Open Elective system. For example, an Electrical Engineering student studying a Materials' Science subject thinks it has no relevance to his engineering education. Many others see it only as a subject to score some easy marks. What are your views on that?

D: If all the hours of study are loaded with branch courses, then for a good student nothing is a problem. Problem begins with an average student. There are two types of curriculum that can be provided to average students, one way is to have low credit load with a lot of vacant space; as it is in America. Their social system is such that they need lot of free time for making a living, apart from studies. But in our system that doesn’t work, students cannot be left to self-supplement themselves, rather a work schedule is defined to them. Thus we adopt the second model in which the duration of work is packed.

But a real packed system would burden students, thus Open Elective is an escape route. It is also a forum for students of different departments and different batches to come together. Let us distinguish between what we intend to achieve and what we really achieve. What we intend to achieve is a good number of open elective options with each having a class size of 40 to 50. But what we end up achieving is around 30 open electives, with around 2400 students to take them up, thus putting about 70 to 80 students in each class. There are compulsions of not having enough faculties. It is not that government has not provided with enough faculties, but it is the society which is not producing enough faculty grade material because of the social system of rewarding. South Korean government invests 18% of their money in education. There, the lowest paid faculty earns more than an MNC job holder. The higher management is hopeful that someday the government will see the light and create a system where the faculty grade people will be put in upper grade of job thus facilitating better recourses in the faculty genre,thusgiving the job to people with reasonable IQ to deal with the demanding generation. Thinks are improving. If I have 60 Open Electives, then people would have a choice and there would be lot of variety and freedom of taking up a subject. But this is not effective due to circumstances mentioned. I am also painfully aware that both students and faculty are not serious of the subjects. But the other aspect is, we inherited a system which was and is, batch wise stratified. There was virtually no communication between batches. Thus this is a means to curb those social barriers. As goes a well-known saying, “Education is that which one remembers after he has forgotten that entire he studied in books”.

MM: Please throw some light on the back post issue about which you wanted MM to do a survey.

D:One painful aspect of my chair is that, if a student cannot make a 6 pointer for 4 semesters in consecution, then I have to throw him/her out of the institute. Usually, these are not the weak students but the top one-third students who had an excellent career in 10th and 12thand can articulate well.  They do not score well because they miss classes, get grade backs and all of the cause is more psychological, not a matter of IQ. They need psychological help. Enough high IQ people are not available to reform other people, along with growth in terms of science, technology and inventions. So is the case in the institute, where I am not in a position to provide my best of professors to reform these students, when I am already at crisis with teaching resources. While helping in reforming a chunk of students, may lead to academic loss of thousands.

For a complete solution to these students, we need to hit at the root, but we are not equipped to do so, thus we take an easy way by dismissing them from the institute. This may seem a harsh way to deal with a few, but this is a human way to save the rest from being spoilt. Thus we and most of the universities adopt this kind of a system. But within my institute, if I try to trace the cause; in the very early first year there are some indicators. After enquiring from a few 1st year students I was informed that alcohol, cigarettes and Facebook are cause to many students who are sinking. Back post is providing alcoholic beverage and drugs and also the night canteens at times. Now we had a deal with the back post people that we will keep the back post gate open for their business, only if they do not sell any alcohol or drugs. I can certainly close the gate, that is not my worry, but what bothers me is the destiny of those few students who are spoiling their career, and the causes contributing are these as well. We intend to provide a fee environment. The boundary is to stop others from coming in, but not to stop our students to go out. I want my students to grow by providing them a free environment, as this is the age of transition, when they grow from being someone’s responsibility to someone who will take up responsibility. But I do not have a way to protect those students who are suffering some kind of psychological trauma. Thus I depend upon certain solutions which are in the hands of administration, one of which may be shut down of internet facility at night, mostly in the 1st year hostels.

MM: Could you please throw some light on the dividing of the present pre-final year batch of girls into half and sending each of the halves to KMS and CVR once they enter their final year?

D: Yes there was a representation from the Pre-final year girls, who stated that they would not like to be split because in their final year they would require to do projects together, and among other reasons were training and placements. But it is not logical to have all 66 girls doing project together or sitting for placement in the same company. I will accept a better reason that the girls have shown very strong social responsible by accepting social adversities and staying in hard conditions for three years. Also they are strongly bonded in such a way that, if one is close to five, then these five are attached to another five each, and there is no weak bond or bonds through which the splitting can be done. There is no convenient way of breaking them into two halves. Now that the reasons are done, please inform them that all 66 of them will be shifted to CVR. They have a reason to be happy.

MM: This will lead to a demand from the “to be pre-final” girls to be shifted together as well.

D: By July, more rooms will be available in CVR. I cannot keep them locked while KMS remains overcrowded. Also renovation of KMS will permit me to have around 250 girls there, when one block will be vacated for renovation at a time. Now that there are around 400 girls in KMS, I’ll have to displace another 150 girls. Also for the heterogeneity of hostel, which is my primary target, I will have to place one- third of the girls coming next year, in KMS. Now arithmetic is a stronger enemy. So even if the Pre-final girls would not have come to me, I would have shifted them. I appreciate their management and adjustment during the last three years. For the other batches, it will be one-third to two third in KMS and CVR respectively.

MM: Sir, what about the TIIR building? The area has again been recovered by forestation and the foundation stone has seen no progress at all.

D: The tender for the building has been done. The project is of about INR 30 crores. This tender business will take around 1 month. We have to face a lot of problem in construction work these days. But still we hope that the work will start in 2 months.

MM: If a group of people comprising of students of all years plan to go out to celebrate something, is it permissible?

D:We can only see 10% of an iceberg, the remaining being under the sea, hence not visible. I got a phone call from a student and he said, “Sir, I am a first year student from MP. Seniors are pressurizing me for Rs.1400 contribution for a farewell party. My father’s salary is not sufficient and so I am not in a position to pay such amount. What should I do?” The student said that the seniors have paid the amount in their first years, so now they want us to pay. There is a model in which the first year students have to pay and then after that it is free for the senior years. I exactly don’t know how it works? He didn’t give the names of the seniors when asked.

So, I called the chief warden and my security officer to discuss the matter. See, we don’t want to stop people from interacting with people of their region. We take it for granted and want it to happen. So that apart from the all-India personality you also have a home-state personality. Everybody is a world citizen but that doesn’t mean we should forget that we are Indians as well. Similarly, we can’t forget the state or town we are from. So we have a personality in which we are a member of every community. So every community has a right to give itself an identity. Recently Pati sir informed me that students from Andhra Pradesh wanted to celebrate Ugaadi. Sometimes students from Punjab come to seek permission to celebrate Lohri in the campus. We do not have a problem with that. As long as it is legitimate, safe and properly informed to the authorities we do not have a problem. Our only request to the students residing in the hostels is that go wherever you want but do leave information on the record in the hostels so that if there is a problem or any unwanted situation we will be able to trace you. That co-operation we don’t get.

What happens is people doing illegal things or something in which there is some amount of coercion involved of its own members don’t want to leave their identity. If a student wants to take a group of people to Mayfair and every member is willingly paying up money then he wouldn’t have a problem in informing authorities about it. But, if there is some amount of coercion involved then definitely the student would want to keep his identity a secret. Extortion of money from first years in any form is not allowed. Another case regarding this was involving T-shirts. There was a boy named Harsh Mishra. He was caught for selling T-shirts to the first year. Extorting money from the first years is very easy. Why can’t it be that the final years are paying more amount for a celebration than the first years.

MM: So sir, it is not wrong to go out with people from your region to celebrate something?

D: No, it is not. Let us put it this way. The idea that is in the student community, it has not come out of a void. There is a genuine reason behind it. People have confused issues. The confused issues are we inherited a system where a Tamil student will rag a Tamil student. A Brahmapur student would not rag a Tamil student. The Tamil student has some used books to offer then it will go to Tamil students. This isolation and identity of not doing anything for others just says that they don’t intermix with people from other regions. This regional isolation for a negative cause is not something I would like to advocate. The other side of the coin is suppose we want to have a cultural programme to showcase the culture of various regions. It can happen only if people come together with people from their regions and help each other out. So why is not there a system in which people club together for something meaningful. This is not happening. What is happening is that people are ready to harass students of their region. The idea that it is wrong to do anything regional is wrong. Let us put it this way. Our country is a secular country. Our constitution says that all religions exist and all religions are equally encouraged.

We are saying that it is good to show unity in diversity. But don’t harass your fellow people. One good thing about us is that when we from state A get together we don’t work against state B. we are not guilty of that. That is the positive side. But apart from extorting money and intimidating the first years what good is the state identity doing? That is the part we have to focus and improve.

I also want Monday Morning to conduct a poll. I would like to know if the idea of voting for SAC secretaries and convenors from your own constituency will go down well with the students. What we do not want is voting under pressure and regional subjugation. What we do want is for people to vote for someone they know and thus, ensure the election of able candidates and not just candidates from one region by simply forming an alliance. A fresher would not necessarily know the senior he is voting for and similarly you can’t expect every batch to know people from other batches. But, a second year student for example would know a fellow second year and would vote for the right candidate.

 

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Futsal: A new dimension of football @ NITR

For all those football fans out there who burned with jealousy during the super six tournaments, don’t worry, from now on there is “FUTSAL”!!!! Futsal, is a portmanteau of Spanish words for soccer, “FUTbol” and indoor, “SALon”, so it can be roughly translated as “indoor football”. This new trend has been started in NITR by final year guys--Debayan Chakraborty & Ajit Kindo. With a few rods welded together in the mechanical dept. and unused mosquito nets to make the goalposts, this new form of football, unheard of in NITR has fascinated the players and the audiences alike, leading to an active participation by the students.

The game is similar to Futsal tournaments organised on an international level by FIFA. From a layman’s viewpoint, it is a four-a-side football played on a smaller scale, in a smaller field with miniature goalposts where there is a wall instead of a boundary to the field. Thus it is a fast paced game lasting only 15 min with the ball barely going out of play during the game. This has turned out to be a big hit among the students who are unable to play football as only the top 11 players get to play.

Similar to super six tournaments, teams consisting of 5 members needed to register themselves paying a minor fee of Rs 30/- to participate in the tournament held in M.V. hall during the weekend. The event was a huge success with almost 30 teams participating, including the first years. Many talented players who lay dormant till date had also captivated the audience with their skills. Matches were held after dinner and continued well past midnight providing a very festive environment in the hall late at night. The winners of the Futsal Tournament were Khushagra Pandey, Mihir Birua, Ritiritao Bramha, Ranjit Biraji and Ali Suzain. Hopefully other students will take up the initiative to organise this tournament next time onwards so that this become an annual tournament just like super six is for cricket.

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Awards, accolades and more: Prof. S C Mishra

The Indo-UK symposium on Biocomposites for Various Engineering Applications held on 27th -28th March witnessed Prof. S C Mishra deliver the key-note lecture. The main motive of the symposium organized by the Centre for Product Design, conducted at the IISC, Bangalore was to promote collaborative research work between Indian and British scientists. The symposium was sponsored by The Royal Society, UK and the DST. The British keynote speakers hailed from prolific universities such as the University of Leeds, University of Bolton and the University of Oxford among many others.

Among the most experienced professors of the department, Prof. Mishra has also composed a chapter in a highly acclaimed book in scientific circles: "Advanced Plasma Spray Applications" titled "Analysis of experimental results of plasma spray coatings using statistical techniques". The book was published recently.

In addition to all the awards and recognition, The International Biographic Centre of Cambridge, England has nominated the professor for the "Olympian Achiever" award. As Nathan S Law, the Director General of the IBC quotes in his letter to Prof. Mishra, "you, Professor Mishra are a biographee of enviable importance to this (IBC) institution. Your standing within the international community has earned you the respect and admiration of your coequals and I have, after very careful scrutiny of your credentials, put your name forward for a new and exciting honour from the IBC, because we believe you are an Olympian achiever!" The award is a highly coveted and prestigious honour which is bagged by no more than 200 individuals worldwide.

We at MM salute Prof. Mishra for his extraordinary achievements and are honoured to have such an exemplary teacher and researcher in our midst. We wish him the best for his future endeavours.

 

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Sher-e-NITR: Amitpal Singh Bhatia

Amitpal Iqbal Singh Bhatia - a long name it is; the list of achievements tends to be much longer. This final year Electrical Engg student hails from Gondia, Maharashtra and happens to be the Class Representative of his branch, EE 2008-12. Placed in the first company that visited NIT-Rkl - Mahindra & Mahindra, he is someone who says “Success isn’t about money, fame or power for me, rather it is about being such a nice person that when you die not a single person who knew you at any point of time, manages not to miss you!”

Being one of the four Chief-Coordinators of MM his contribution, among many includes the super-popular Placement Live.

This week, Monday Morning presents a candid chat with this suave leader who has a pretty charismatic personality.

MM: What made you join MM? How has your journey with MM been?

ASB: Well I kinda got a “wild-card entry” into MM. While I was in first year, my roommate - Maharshi Bhaduri told me about Monday Morning. At that time, I wouldn’t have visited the site for more than an issue or two and didn’t even go for the inductions. The reason being, neither am I so good at writing and all nor was I technically strong. But, during the beginning of second year, the guy who was actually inducted for the Technical team got a Year-Back and needed to be replaced. As I had just completed a course on web-designing, the senior coordinators offered me to be a part of MM and I gave my consent.

Being a part of MM and later its Chief-Coordinator has been one of the best things that has happened to me at NITRkl. It gives you a good image and you hold a reputation in the institute. I also made a lot of contacts through MM.

MM: Your batch has witnessed the transition of MM from a newsletter with under-hundred views per week to more than 5000 peaks in a week. Comment.

ASB: First of all, when anything new begins, it takes time to establish itself and spread among people. When it comes to something like a newsletter, for it to grow, you have to be consistent with your news and attract readers. That can be done only when the entire team works with dedication and proper planning with responsible leaders to guide them. That’s exactly the reason why MM has become so popular. It’s not just the involvement of a particular batch rather the cumulative effort of all MM members; past and present that has made MM scale new heights.

MM: Besides MM, how has your four-year B. Tech career been?

ASB: Frankly speaking, my schooling days were quite ruinous. I’m from a small town school which didn’t even have a proper library, labs or playground and still it was the best school in the town. I have never been a bookworm and believe in learning things practically. So, when I joined NIT-Rkl, I had a lot of expectations that it will have sophisticated labs, etc. and that I will get to learn things practically as it is expected from engineers. But, again I was disappointed when I found that here more emphasis is given to writing lab records, drawing margins, underlining important phrases, etc. which are expected from kids. That’s when I decided to indulge in other extra-curricular activities. And at the end of 1st year, I was into SAE, IEEE, Udaan and then Monday Morning at the beginning of 2nd year. Also I became a member of the cultural core team in the same year. I was one of the five first year SAE members who went on the industrial tour organized by SAE to Pune in January 2009. I also became the Class Representative (CR) of Class of EE-2012, which helped me in a lot of ways.

Besides, I always took interest in organizing programs in whatever way possible be it the club events, the fests, the Dept Teachers’ day-cum-freshers’ welcome program, the Dept farewell, zone farewell, the MM farewell or even the picnics! I was also one of the volunteers in the Annual Athletic meet in my 1st year.

MM: Share some of yours’ good and bad memories.

ASB: I have lots of good memories. I always see people miss their school days but since I didn’t have a memorable one, I see these four years as the most cherished ones. As such I can’t list specific good memories but all the time that I spent with my friends have been gratifying and I’m lucky enough that even after coming into final year, I’m still in regular touch with my first year roommates too. What I generally observe is, whether willing or unwillingly, people tend to change their friend circles every year. Even I developed new friend circles almost every year but have been lucky enough to be in equal touch with all of them. And so I have tons of good memories with my tons of friends!

Coming to my personal memories, getting placed in the first company that visited the institute is a memorable feeling. Also, it gives me immense pleasure when I recall the day I was declared the Chief Coordinator of MM. Since I was in the technical team of MM and Bala (Guru Balakrishna) was the obvious choice for technical coordinator, I had no hope that I would be working for MM in my 3rd year of studies. But, the senior coordinators felt that I deserved to be a part of MM and I was made the Content Coordinator which came off as a big surprise to me. They told me that my dedication and my leadership qualities were the reasons that they chose me to be one of the Chief-Coordinators over several others. That made me real proud.

Bad Memories: Well, at the beginning of 2nd year, I felt that I was into a lot of things and couldn’t manage time. I was an active member of all the clubs I was into. So, I decided to give up one of the clubs. Unfortunately, it was SAE. That decision of mine is what I regret all the time because it is one of the few clubs that actually works in a way I love to work.

MM: Only a month is left before you leave this institute. How does it feel? What are your plans for the future?

ASB: Obviously, it feels bad to realize that what has been the most remarkable phase of my life is nearing its end. I made a hell of a lot of friends here and parting with them will be a difficult thing.

Coming to future plans, I’ll be definitely getting into a job. To be frank, I’m fed up of attending classes and studying and I can’t go through this again. But that doesn’t mean that I am tired of gaining knowledge. As I have already said, I believe in learning things practically so, I prefer going into an industry rather than higher studies. Although, some of my family members and even friends advised me to go for higher studies that will help me earn more. But, I’m someone who holds lots of other virtues of life over money!

MM: Any message you want to convey to MM team, in particular and other students in general?

ASB: As it has already been observed, MM is on the rising side and it is up to the team to keep the trend going. I expect the coming teams will work with a lot more dedication and come up with more ideas to see the success of MM. One thing I want to tell the members: Sometimes, you might find the work boring but don’t see it as a compulsion rather develop a feeling for MM and no matter how tough it gets, you will surely start enjoying the work.

As for students in general, personally I’ve never been a preacher of stuff like study hard and improve your CGPA. Rather, I would say utilize these four years to develop your all-round personality and please do keep reading MM!;)

 

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Jihaad 5.1: A tribute to the final years

 

Last weekend, we witnessed all the gamers battling it out till late night in the common room of M.V. hall to be the champions of the world’s most famous computer game, counter strike. This special edition of “Jihaad”, the inter-clan counter strike tournament was held as a tribute to the current final year students who are considered as the final batch of serious gamers.

Normally Jihaad is held annually, but this was the second one held this year. Due to non-cooperation of the CCL, all the equipments like laptops, hubs etc had to be arranged by the organizers. Due to which the fees was increased this time to Rs 150/- per clan. Moreover, teams from outside had also come to participate, but there was poor participation by the first years.

The event was organised smoothly with the final match held at 4am on Sunday morning! The finals was held between the favorites of the insti, dA NooBs and En[4]$er$ in which the latter emerged as the winner.

 

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‘COOL’GATE: Ranjan Rath


“I never felt the heat of preparations for my exams.” These are the words of Mr. Ranjan Kumar Rath, a to be Electronics and Communication Engineer who scored a GATE rank of AIR 34 this year and has many other achievements added to his laurel list, something which remains a dream for many, if not every NITian.

Being a student from Khallikote college, Berhampur, Ranjanconsiders  his friends to be his most prized possession that he has earned in his four years in NIT. He gives the credit for his achievements mostly to his teachers from whom he admires Dr. SaratKumar Patra the most. “The qualities that I like in him is his focus, dedication and his soothing nature and his emphasis on practical oriented teaching.” says Ranjan who himself aspires to be a Professor in future. Commenting on the curriculum that we follow in our institute and the GATE syllabus, he said “The GATE syllabus and the curriculum that we follow here are perfectly balanced. If a student consistently puts in efforts with the classroom teaching, there are 90-95% chances of him clearing the GATE. The syllabus is completely focused on the branch topics, and that is just what we require for gate, though I personally feel we should also be taught some topics of Computer Science.” When asked about the mode of preparation that he adopted he said that there is no such specific mode of preparation and he never felt burdened with any pressure. He just followed his classroom teaching and used to practice some objectives required for GATE. Apart from being a consistent 9 pointer he has also been the chess captain of his hall team for the past three years. He has a keen interest in cricket too. He hasn’t been a part of any club other than Microsoft for some period of time.

Discussing his future plans, he mentions “At present I am quite confused since I am having plenty of alternatives in hand. Having bagged a placement in C- Dot through campus placements, I also have the BHEL and NTPC gates open for me via GATE rank. I also have cleared the Texas Instruments off campus written exam and have my interview lined up shortly. Though I have some other research alternatives like IISc  Bangalore, I prefer gaining job experience this year and joining research next year since my GATE score will be valid for two years.

Sending a message to his juniors, he added, “It’s quite a common scenario amongst students that many of them develop a habit of blaming the teachers and the system instead of studying themselves. According to me a student blames his teachers only when he/she quits trying himself. That mentality proves to be detrimental for their career. My sincere advice to my juniors is neither develop nor encourage such mentality. All you have to do is be patient, try, try and try till the tables turn in your favour . Your ultimate aim should be to derive the best out of the system rather than finding out flaws in the system.” He considers teaching as a passion and aimsultimately to become a professor. He considers his days at NIT very precious and adds that his friends, the time spent with them and his whole way of life here are things that he would miss after he passes out of the institute.

 

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Facebook APP Lets You Name Enemies

Facebook is not just about reaching out to friends but also foes as a new application allows you to add enemies to your profile.

EnemyGraph is a new application, available for free to all Facebook users, which lets you add enemies to your Facebook profile, including real victims from your friends list, or from other users of the application.

You can also declare ‘war’ on any product, person or company that has a presence on Facebook.

As soon as one has declared someone or something an Enemy, they appear on one’s profile on the Enemies list, visible to other users of the application.

Its creator, Dean Terry of the University of Texas at Dallas, describes the application as ‘social media blasphemy’ and predicted that Facebook would remove the application.

A petition signed by three million people had called for an ‘Unlike’ button on Facebook, but so far the social network is yet to offer such a facility.

EnemyGraph is an attempt to further define relationships between users and other entities across Facebook’s social graph.

“Most social networks attempt to connect people based on affinities: you like a certain band or film or sports team, I like them, therefore we should be friends. But people are also connected and motivated by things they dislike,” Terry said.

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Lights Go Out For Earth Hour

People across the world observed Earth Hour by switching off lights on Saturday, 31st April. Earth Hour is an initiative by the international wildlife and environmental body WWF where citizens and organisations around the globe show their support for action on climate change by turning off lights for one hour from 8:30 pm.

Organised by World Wide Fund for Nature, the 'Earth Hour' is celebrated across major cities of the world annually by turning off non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour. With almost 50 million supporters across the globe and a network in over 100 countries, the annual 'Earth Hour' initiative has emerged as one of the largest global campaigns to combat climate change.

Started in Sydney in Australia in 2007, the 'Earth Hour' had become a global event in 2008 with participation of 35 countries. India joined the Earth Hour campaign in 2009.

Candlelight dinners were organised in the restaurants and 'Earth cocktail' served at bars to create a buzz and to excite the guests towards the cause.

Meanwhile, the United Nations also observed Earth Hour by turning off the lights for one hour at its facilities around the world. The world body, headquartered in New York, joined scores of other landmarks around the globe that are participating in the Earth Hour event.

Last year, Earth Hour reached out to over a billion people with a little over 6 million Indians participating in this global show of support.

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IRA: Tablet That Supports 23 Indian Languages

Wishtel, a Mumbai-based company, last week launched two tablet PCs, Ira and Ira Thing, which support 23 Indian languages.

The seven-inch portable devices run on Taiwanese chipmaker VIA Technology's 800 MHz processor and operate on the Google Android ecosystem. While Ira sports a TFT LCD resistive touch screen, 256 MB RAM and 2GB of storage, the top-of-line Ira Thing features a capacitive touch screen, 215 MB RAM with 4 GB of storage. They are priced at Rs. 4,000 and Rs.5,500 respectively.

Wishtel CEO Milind Shah told that the company engineers had included in the Linux kernel of the gadget the Indian language packs available for the ecosystem. Users will not only be able to see the menu option in their regional language, they will also be able to type and view regional language content. Native Apps also includes an eBook reader that will allow users to read content in Hindi and other languages.

Wishtel plans to sell its tablets through its nationwide network of 350 distributors. First preference will be given to educational institutions. The company is running trials on a proprietary content delivery network, through which it hopes to deliver educational content, including digital textbooks and multimedia.

The low-price tablet segment is booming in India ever since the Union government announced ‘Aakash Tablet' in October 2011. Ira was designed as per the specifications of the Indian Institute of Technology Rajasthan, as part of the low-cost computing devices project under the National Mission of Education through the ICT and sponsored by the Ministry of Human Resources. They are made in factories in Maharashtra and Gujarat.

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Indian Student Wins YouTube Space Lab Contest

Sachin S. Kukke is the Asia-Pacific region winner and one of the six global winners of the YouTube Space Lab 2012 contest for young people to design experiments that can be performed in outer space.

The winners of the contest by YouTube and Lenovo, in cooperation with Space Adventures, NASA, European Space Agency(ESA), and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) were announced at a ceremony at the Newseum recently.

Kukke's experiment explores transfer of heat in ferrofluid — a special liquid that gets magnetized when subjected to a magnetic field. The study can benefit development of advanced cooling and heat transfer systems.

A student of mechanical engineering at the BMS College for Engineering in Bangalore, Kukke called on Indian Ambassador to the US NirupamaRao and shared his experience of conceptualising and carrying out innovative scientific experiments, an Indian Embassy release said.

Warmly congratulating Kukke on his achievement, Rao said that in India, a country engaged in rapid economic development, "students like Sachinsymbolise the hopes and the potential of a dynamic, resurgent India and its young population".

Nearly 40 percent of the total number of entries for the contest came from India alone, an indicator of the skills and level of interest in the field of exploration of outer space among the youth in India.

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Facebook Hires MNIT Student For Annual Pack Of Rs 1.34 Crore

Facebook has hired an engineering student for an annual package for Rs 1.34 Crore, making it as one of the biggest offers given to any alumnus of technical institution of the country.

The lucky man is a B.Tech student from Allahabad-based Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT). Hiring for a high amount, in 2010, a student from IIT Madras was appointed for an annual sum of Rs 1.7 crore.

Feeling proud on his students, P Chakravarti, Director, MNIT said that, many students have bagged lucrative jobs and around 30 alumni have been hired for more than Rs 10 lakh package from companies namely Microsoft, Amzon, Adobe and others.

"This is the highest in the recent past. We have approached Facebook in the past also, but this time the student could clear the nine rounds of interviews over the phone," said Chakrabarti. Chakrabarti refused to divulge details of the student citing privacy reasons. The student, said the director, would join Facebook in June after his final examination.

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Bala’s Way: Live Life, King Size

"Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius. It is better to be absolutely ridiculous than be absolutely boring."

Going by the adage, a campus-literate NIT-Rourkelite could easily relate it to a very conspicuous, cherubic personality in the institute; probably simply because this person needs no introduction. And as Monday Morning presents the second tete-a-tete in its series of final year ex-Coordinator interviews, we get upfront and candid with the Technical Coordinator, the Technical ‘Guru’ of Team MM 2K10-11; Guru Balakrishna, affectionately known as Bala among his friends.

In his early years he served as an active member in clubs such as SAE, the official magazine D361 and CEC in addition to MM. However it was only D361 and MM, he says which grabbed his attention. Also an avid quizzer, he fumes over the dwindling number of decent quizzers in the institute. Guru built the ARRG website and was also the co-chief editor of the institute magazine, Degree361. He is also a huge automobile junkie and emerged as a zonal finalist in the Mahindra Auto-Quotient 2k11 teaming up with Susruta Chakraborty. Not only this, he was also part of the team which was the second runner’s up in the national finals of Mahindra Auto Quotient 2009 along with Mrutyunjaya Sandhibigraha.

MM: When did you get to hear about Monday Morning for the first time?

Guru: I saw a Monday Morning poster almost a month after joining the institute. I was oblivious to the fact that the institute even had an e-newsletter back then. The very first thing I did that evening was to visit the website. Back then, not many people knew about the existence of a student organization named Monday Morning. Now however, it would be pretty lame for an inmate of the institute to say he hasn’t heard of MM.

MM: What made you join MM? How was the experience of working with the team and being a part of the media body of the institute?

Guru: I felt MM was something I wanted to do. I wanted to come along and revamp the site, add to the design and technicality of the newsletter. Back then, if there were; say 10 articles of which 5 were interesting, the readership would amount to 3 articles. Now it has increased by a great measure. The new site saw the advent of 2-way communication, comments etc. Honestly, I wasn’t a very diligent member and would pass the buck to Amitpal quite often. The experience with the team was great though, since we could see the site grow over time in terms of quality in content.

MM: What technical improvements did the site witness during your tenure as the Tech. Coordinator?

Guru: The original MM site was developed by Subodh Iyengar in the ASP.NET framework. Neither me nor Amit (Amitpal Singh Bhatia) knew much about ASP.NET and it was a bane to upload articles in the archaic framework. All we did was upload articles on Sunday night. I then decided to give a shot at trying to remodel the site, making it more user-friendly. In the December of 2010, I went home and worked on building a new site. The CCs were mighty pleased with the framework I had come up with and by February 2011, Monday Morning was functional on the Joomla platform. The site saw a 300% increase in readership after it's framework was remodelled. The Comments section, Gallery and "Most-read articles" list was added. The website looked fresher, had a new logo and presented content in a much better, catchier manner.

MM: How do you think Team MM 2K11-12 has functioned over the year?

Guru: I like the way the team has been working, MM has set foot forth all guns-a-blazing. The addition of the Placement-Live section has been a great improvement. It has also surfaced as an interface between the authorities and students. Many decisions are being taken on the basis of polls, and the authorities get a decent feedback as well. The CCs have been proactive as well and have improved over the format and content. Whenever a batch passes on a club to its successive batch the only fear is whether it can uphold the standards set by the previous one. There have been no qualms whatsoever along those lines; the body has risen from strength to strength. There always is good coverage and even if people were present at an event, they'd look forward to reading MM's version of it.

MM: Any suggestions for improving the newsletter?

Guru: I had wanted to build a mobile application for MM, but back then not many people owned a smartphone. Smartphones now though, have become commonplace. I hope an MM mobile application comes up in at least two or three platforms. Also, news can be made more regularised i.e., be updated more frequently than once in a week.

MM: About a month left before your final semester here at NITRkl ends; how does it feel? What’s the road ahead?

Guru: NIT Rourkela has been a really good experience, I tested my boundaries and learnt my strengths. The times I had with Anurag (Mohapatra), Susruta (Chakraborty) and Gaurav (Ray) were easily the best I ever had. It doesn’t feel nostalgic yet though.

Mu-sigma was the only company I decided to sit for. I did not see myself as a coder down the line, since plain coding is terrifyingly monotonous. Mu-sigma, I thought was a very good career avenue for me. I eagerly await my job as a business analyst in Bengaluru.

 

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PAN NIT Meet

 

PAN-NIT is an online community whose purpose is to connect all NITians across the country to increase the brand development of NIT, nationally and globally.

An official meeting of PAN-NIT was organized in NIT Warangal by the students during the ISM, in which the student representatives of each NIT were invited. NIT Rourkela was represented by two 2nd year B. Tech Students - Balaji Chikkam and Amlan Abhinav. Student representatives from different NITs like NIT Delhi, NIT Jamshedpur, NIT Allahabaad, NIT Trichy, NIT Puducherry and NIT Warangal also attended the meeting.

Topics of discussion were:

1) Academics - Grading, Expulsion, Labs

2) Council of students - Fests, Clubs

3) Alumni affairs

4) Research and Innovation

5) Hostel - Mess, Room accommodation

6) ISM

The final day was addressed by the director of NITW where he told the students that the points discussed will be mentioned in the next directors meet for the implementation to improve the standard of NITs and make it an internationally sought after institutes of higher learning.

Highlights of the meeting:

- NIT-Rourkela has the best Alumni relations.

- Other than NITR, no other NIT expels students on academic grounds before they complete their B. Tech.

- In NIT-Allahabad, softwares like the webmail software and the dispensary software or any other accounting softwares along with design and maintenance of websites are done by students and they get a stipend for it.

- NIT-Warangal has a relative grading system.

- In NIT-Trichy, during voting of student bodies, only the students of the respective year vote (i.e.  4th year students will not vote for a 1st year candidate in a post reserved for 1st years)

- Minimum attendance required for appearing in the end-term examination is between 70-75% in all other NITs.

 

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Desi Marathon’12

In the beginning of the year, our honorable Director had put forth the proposition of working on the institute’s intellectual property, as one of the resolutions for the year. The last two days of this past week, had events conducted, which were very much in sync with the envisaged plan of action. While 24th March saw a seminar dedicated to discussions on filing of a patent, the following day, saw the institute’s first ever Marathon run, organized by one of the most active clubs of our institute. This event, which is the brainchild of Young Indians chapter of the institute, has an interesting story behind its nomenclature.

The track length was one tenth of that of a standard Marathon track, hence the name “Deci Marathon” and to give it a hindi touch, the event name was finalized as “Desi Marathon”. In a remarkable display of team spirit and coordination, Young Indians (YI) club, under Literary and Cultural Society, made sure that the marathon theme; I work for a patent was voiced to each and every corner of the institute. The whole silhouette was very well structured and saw a huge participation of the student community from B.Tech, M.Tech, Ph.D Scholars and professors too! With hefty cash prizes and T-shirts on stake, students turned out in numbers for the event to try their luck and became a part of the run with full enthusiasm and joy. There were some 200+ participants who were part of the run.

Registrations started as early as 5:30AM, with students giving a fight for the limited number of T- Shirts, which was only to be made available to the first 100 participants on a first come, first serve basis. The chief guest for the event was an Arjuna award winner Mrs. Minati Mohapatra, AGM (Sports) Rourkela Steel Plant. Prof. S.K. Sarangi (Director), Prof. R. Jha (Mentor-Yi Net, NIT Rourkela), Prof. D.R.K Parhi (President SAC), Prof. R Mazumdar(V.P G&S society), Mr. R.K Sinha(Public Relation) , Dr.P .K .Rout and Dr. S.K Patel were also present on the occasion. Sunil Oram, Ajeet Singh and Rajesh Kumar secured first, second and third positions respectively. The Director was in all praise for the organizing team for their relentless effort. Ankur Agrawal, the Chairman of the club in his statement said that he was ecstatic to hear the director declare this event as the first patent of its kind and that this event would henceforth feature on the official calendar of the Student Activity Centre, NIT Rourkela as “Young Indians’ Marathon Day”. He thanked the Yi Net, Bhubaneswar Chapter for sponsoring the event, his team members for their support and the student community as a whole for their overwhelming response. Hope such an endeavor meant to have an impact on the society, is practised even more in the coming days.

 

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IEEE Success

Students of NIT RKL have displayed an excellent performance in two IEEE Conferences held at MNNIT, Allahabad and MANIT, Bhopal. Ten students from the final & 3rd year belonging to EE & ECE department presented their research papers in both the conference. Not seen often; those B.Tech students devoted quite a time to prepare for the Conference.

The students who went for IEEE Sponsored Students' Conference on Engineering and Systems (SCES-2012), at MNNIT, Allahabad are

Anup Anurag, Satarupa Bal, Shiban Kanti Bala from 6th sem, from the Department of Electrical Engg.

Suraj Dash, Abhishek Dash from 8th sem Electronics and Communication Department.

Dushyant Sharma, Binita Sen from 8th sem, from the Department of Electrical Engg.

The participants said that the MNNIT Conference was very informative, encouraging and most eminent personalities (IEEE Members) from all over the globe exchanged their ideas & views. It was a 3 day seminar starting from the 16th -18th March. Prof. S N Singh from IIT Kanpur & Prof. R Dahia, Centre for Material & Microsystems, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy were the keynote speakers. The participants were provided accommodation as well.

They also said that, research work helps in developing the spirit required for R&D industries and higher education. Along with the GRE, TOEFL scores, the research work one carries out during graduation also counts. “A college is defined by the research of its students”.

“Your potential decreases as you grow older. As a B. Tech student, you can scale new heights with proper guidance.”- said Dushyant Sharma, final year student.

Tontepu Naga Soumya, Debati Marandi, Smruti Ranjan Panda from 6th sem EE Dept presented their paper in IEEE STUDENTS' CONFERENCE ON ELECTRICAL, ELECTRONICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCES (SCEECS 2012)  held at MANIT Bhopal during 1st -2nd March. The keynote speakers were Prof. Ram murthy of IIIT HYD and Prof. Jawar Singh, IIITDM, Bilaspur. The whole conference was motivating.

A total of 8 papers were presented in both the conferences. Tontepu Naga Sowmya and Debati Marandi were presented the best paper award.

Prof. B. Chitti Babu guided as well as provided motivation in their research work. The students said, “We would like to thank the department & Prof. B. Chitti Babu for the tremendous help they provided”. Prof. ChittiBabu talked to us for a brief while about the students and how he guided them.

MM: How did you guide the students in their paper?

Prof. Chitti Babu: As the B. Tech students are very good in English, Good analytical skills & critical thinking; so in that respect I gave the problem relevant to modern power system. During December, the whole month they were working with me and on some days work used to stretch till 1am. Because of their hard work, involvement & sincerity towards their work, I got work done from them. I felt so happy to be with them in their quest for research.

MM: What is the advantage of Research at the B. Tech Level?

Prof. ChittiBabu: If B. Tech level students are publishing the research papers in reputed conferences or in journals, it can give great elevation to carry out their higher studies like M.S. & PhD in abroad. As evidence, one of my B. Tech project students is pursuing his M.S. in a Canadian University. He got an admission with good scholarship because of research paper published in one reputed conference at IIT Kanpur although the students’ was having less GRE & TOEFL score. Further they can get very good opportunities in R&D Organizations.

MM: what are your views on the IEEE Conference you chaired at MANIT, Bhopal?

Prof. Chitti Babu: I felt happy as the organizers of MANIT: Bhopal Conference made me a key note speaker cum session chair for power electronics & machines area. Everybody has appreciated our students & me for their paper presented at the B. Tech level. Also they got Best Paper Award in Oral. By this conference all of my students got the grip in research. Further I hope they will do work for publishing the Papers in reputed journals.

MM: Plans for Future & about the opening of IEEE student Chapter of NIT RKL?

Prof. ChittiBabu: Not Only current B. Tech (3rd& final years) students are doing Projects under me for research publication, last year my B. Tech. students research paper has been accepted for Journal of Low Power Electronics published by American Scientific Publishers (Scopus cited Journal). In that respect, I am motivating my students to do the very good research work for their better career. Till my stay at NIT RKL obviously I can devote my time to students to elevate their career.

Regarding IEEE NIT RKL student chapter, which was functioning nicely up to 2009, during 2010 due to some technical problems it has been withdrawn. I have a plan to talk to our Hon’ble Director to operate the IEEE Student Chapter successfully at our NIT and accordingly we can make our IEEE student branch active with various technical activities.

 

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Alternatives Without Ultimatums

A notice on the boards of all hostels and the webmail at 4.40 pm on Wednesday, 21st March spread a wave of panic and chaos among students who had missed their mid-semester exams and were supposed to appear for the alternative mid-semesters. It said that the exams were supposed to begin the day after at 5:30 PM. Students were highly unprepared and a lot of complaints were voiced against the administration.

When the Dean of Academics, Prof. Santanu Bhattacharya and the Assistant Registrar, Mr. BamadevAcharya were approached for explanation, they stated that students already knew that they had to give mid semesters in any case, so if it was a sincere student in question, he or she would definitely have been prepared but if it was a careless student, they would anyway have studied just the day prior to the exam so it made little difference. Students should have already been prepared during the normal mid-semesters itself as it was only due to emergency reasons that they could not give their exams when they were scheduled. However, this can hardly be a proper explanation for the sudden timetable. Prof. Bhattacharya insisted that a notice was sent to all the halls of residence on 19th of March with the names of students who had applied for alternate mid-semesters, asking them to bring along with them copies of leave application and medical certificate so that they would be considered eligible to give exams after document verification. But hardly 5-6 students actually turned up that day. He emphasized that academic procedures are usually long, so if students would have cooperated with them, a good amount of time could have been provided for preparation. But students kept turning up day after day. They even had to go into a lot of inconvenience as few students had not even applied at all. All of this led to so much delay that they had to schedule the exams so suddenly. But inspite of this, he confessed that he was sorry for the trouble the students had to go through and he would ensure that there would be no such problems in future.

This is one side of the story. When students were asked about this, they complained that the notice dated 19th March was not even put on webmail and few noticed it on the notice boards. They even said that few of them were regularly visiting the academic office for the past few days, asking for the dates but none of them got definite answers. Most of them were informed that it may be on Monday, 26th of March. Also the academic procedures were long enough to rattle their minds. They felt that they should have been given atleast one full day for preparation so that they could have revised thoroughly. In short, in this case, there has been a communication problem between the students and the faculty which lead to the chaos. We hope that, in future, such mistakes do not repeat so that students have their required amount of preparation time.

 

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New Project Under DST

The department bagged a new project under the funding of DST (Department of Science and Technology), GoI. The project, one of the biggest in the department, will receive a support of Rs. 1.01 crore. TRL Krosaki Refractories Ltd. would be a partner in the project. The project, to be spearheaded by Prof. Debashish Sarkar, is titled ‘Development of Low-Carbon Steel Plant Refractories with Non –Oxide Ceramic Additivities’. The project is expected to be completed in three years. The project was also a result of the significant efforts put in by Prof. H.S. Maity, who incidentally happens to be the Chairman of the DST.

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Belgium Beckons: Anjul Khadria

 

Sunday afternoon; for most NITians this is the time to ease bloated stomachs with a quick siesta! After a heavy Sunday feast, with the raging heat outside, most students can think of nothing but sleeping in front of a cooler, savoring the break from daily classes.But not AnjulKhadria, a final year student of the department of biotechnology who was busy in a department lab when MM approached him for an interview. This busy student has proved to all the other biotech students that jobs are not the only way to be successful by bagging a prestigious scholarship in Belgium.

MM:With not too great placements in the BM/BT department, this is quite a surprise, tell us more about it.

AK: Under the Erasmus Mundus project, I have been selected to do masters in nano-science and nano-technology, co-ordinated by IMEC which is the world’s largest nanoelectronics research center. I have got a scholarship of 15,000 euros in a consortium of countries, i.e in the first year I will be in the KatholiekeUniversiteitLeuven , Belgium which is the best institute in Belgium and is ranked as the one of the top 100 in the world. After this I can continue my masters either in Sweden, France, Germany or Belgium.

MM:Were you always interested in this field? If not, how did you get attracted to this field?

AK: From class 11 onwards I had decided that I want to do research, not a job. If you want to do research abroad, extracurricular activities are very important because the competition is very tough. So, I gave importance to extracurricular activities, during my school days, I was a state level volleyball player. I was also interested in social service and was associated with Helpage India & Young Indians. I had also got the RajyaPuraskar from the governor of Assam in scouts and guides. Here in NIT, I was a very active member of the Maths club in the 2nd yr. I am also the founder and President of the Pantomine club and the graffiti wall.

In my 2nd year I had applied for an internship in Tezpur University, Assam. I had applied for Biotech, but the administrators sent my application to the Physics department by mistake! Thus I got a 4 week internship on nano technology. For the first 2 weeks, I didn’t understand anything at all, but after that I started putting in some effort. When I got back to NIT, I took up subjects related to nano-tech and got good grades in them. In the 3rd year I did a project on gold nanoparticles under Dr. Subhankar Paul on gold nanoparticles. Through this project I got through in Surge, IIT Kanpur. In IIT Kanpur I did well,I worked on gold nanoparticles, determining it’s surface characteristics which is a novel type of work.

I wasn’t always studious since childhood; till 11th I was not at all serious. I never used to get good grades, in fact I failed in class 1 and class 6, in 10th I had got 79% and in 12th I had got 69%. A friend of mine challenged me that I could never crack the JEE exam, so I worked hard for that. Even though I couldn’t get into an IIT I got admission in NITR. Here in NITR I started getting decent grades which motivated me to study. So it is not impossible, everything is possible if you put in hard work.

MM: What were the requirements for the scholarship that you got?

AK: I gave the GRE in which I scored 312 out of 340, the TOEFL in which I scored 102 out of 120. The basic requirement was that the student must have a CGPA of more than 8, and the GRE score wasn’t given much importance. This course is an interdisciplinary course, i.e students of all branches can apply for this, so my CGPA was not good enough to get a scholarship, but I have done a total of 5 projects so I have a lot of research exposure which gives me an edge over the other applicants. The recommendation from IIT Kanpur & Dr. Subhankar Paul is also substantial, which helped.

MM: So what do you suggest for the juniors of your branch, MBA or further studies in the field of research?

AK: Many people suggested that I should do an MBA because I was handling 2 clubs in NIT and was good at managing people. But I have never been interested in that field, I find research much more interesting and challenging, MBA is all about money. My parents have supported me in this decision of mine which motivated me to get into research. In India, the prospects of research is very limited, the competition is low and it is relatively easier to make a mark. Abroad, Biotech is one of the most sought after branches, at par with aeronautical engineering.R&D in companies has a lot of scope for research students. In our institute, these core companies do not come for placements because students here are job oriented and not research oriented, moreover this branch is relatively new in our institute so it will take some time for such companies to come.

For those who are not interested in this branch, you can always switch over, do your higher studies in some other subject, I know many people who have done that successfully. One friend of mine did his B. Tech in mining from IIT Kgp , then worked in a bank for 6 years he joined the Imperial College , London after which he did his Phd from Oxford. Even if you are interested in switching over to another branch, it is important that you have good grades because that will show that you are a hardworking student.

MM: So what message would you like to give to your juniors?

AK: I would say that it’s a very competitive world, and a lot of hard work is required. But just hard work is not enough, what is important is working intelligently. A good leader never does all the work himself, he effectively manages and motivates his workforce to get the maximum out of them. And you must also use Facebook effectively, most students waste a lot of time on FB, where as you can use it for effective networking. Many professors abroad have FB accounts, if you send emails to them they rarely reply because they get hundreds of emails, but if you get in touch with them on FB they will usually help you.Whatever you do, do with full dedication, give more than your 100% , even if the whole world opposes you.

 

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PhD Scholar Receives Budget Worth 17lacs!

 

PhD research scholar Mrs. HunnyMehrotra of Computer Science department, gets her project entitled “Multidimensional indexing of very large iris biometric databases”, technically recommended by Ministry of Science and Technology,  Government of  India. The funding is under the Women Scientists(WOS) Scheme for Research in Basic/Applied Sciences. The three year financial support budget is as follows:

Fellowship to PI: Rs 12, 60,000

Consumables: Rs 1, 50,000

Equipments: Rs 3, 00,000

Team Monday Morning congratulates her on behalf of the institute, for having made remarkable achievement and hopes that her excellent contribution to society keeps bring laurels to the Institute.

 

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The Inside Story: Convenor Speaks

Monday morning got in touch with the student convenor of the recently concluded International Students’ Meet (ISM), Mr.Asit Kumar Parida, a pre-final year student of Electronics & Communication Engineering to understandthe secret behind the much successful version of the festival.

MM: The academic year 2011-12 will be remembered as the year of successful fests. ISM was the surprise punch and a commendable conclusion to the fiesta. How does it feel to be the leader behind making the ISM successful?

ASIT: See, it’s not just the leader who makes anything prosperous; it is the team he leads. The final decision that I will be the student convenor for ISM came this year in January. So with so less time in hand I couldn’t go for any formal interviews for the team. I had to go with the best possible team available with me and I am glad that it paid off. All I need to do was just support them with their ideas and the result as you all know turn out to be splendid. If you start controlling people the output won’t ever be efficient and that is what I kept in mind.

But of course co-ordination was difficult. We had to form a team on a logical basis. For a good participation we send invitations to students belonging to all parts of India. Dr.RamakarJha, the professor in charge of ISM helped a lot and together we succeeded in forming a good team. We used to set timelines for getting our work done. At first it was on a monthly basis, then weekly and finally in March we went for daily timelines. The organized approach helped a lot in accomplishing everything in time.

MM: ISM attracted a decent turnout from the international community which was clearly not expected by the NIT junta. A pleasant surprise, how was it made possible?

ASIT: In my opinion when I actually look back at the international participation; I don’t know if it can be called a decent turnout but yes, if we look at last year’s participation then certainly it was huge jump. Last year, it was only 25 whereas this time we had 145 international students. To attract participation from abroad you have to have that sort of hype and to encourage participation in specific events you have to streamline your procedures. Everything has to be decided and finalized beforehand. You can make some changes in the scheduling of the events but you cannot change the details of the events.

Apart from that, our professor Dr.RamakarJha has gained quite a lot of attention in the international arena. He is handling projects from countries like Spain, Germany and other places. So his efforts proved to be a big factor. We, students don’t personally have that much contact in the international community. So we just focussed on the basics. We tried to motivate students who participated last time to come again. Then there was a person named Mr.Sanjeev Dahal from Thames International College, Nepal. We contacted him and it was a huge triumphfor us as he came here with a team of 40. Their team also performed very well and won many prizes. They gave us a good feedback and they have promised us that they will visit our institute again the next time also. Then we also focussed on institutes of India which hosts festivals with international students like BHU, Ravenshaw University, etc. We got many contacts from them too which helped us a lot.

MM: Due to Holi, local participation suffered a setback. Wasn’t it given a thought while setting the dates? Your comments.

ASIT: As far as dates are concerned, it was decided by the authorities solely. When we got to know that Holi is there on 9th March we went to discuss the issue with Director Sir. Initially there was a lot of confusion regarding the actual date of Holi too. We first thought that it would be on 8th and as such won’t be a problem. But, when the NIT calendar came up Holi was specified on 9th March. After a lot of discussion we came to a conclusion that the dates cannot be changed. We also contacted the international students and they expressed their concern that any change of dates will make them lose money on their air tickets. So finally we went on with the pre-decided dates.

MM: A good leadership is always important for a cause, but the existence of an efficient team is also indispensable. Tell us about your team.

ASIT: I had to form the team very logically. I took help from the SAC representatives because they already have experience in leading the events. As ISM is an amalgamation of cultural, technical and sports events it would be very difficult if you try to manage everything single-handedly. So I got in touch with previous convenors and secretaries and it proved to be of much help.

There is a general notion that people who are too much into studies can’t manage things well. But this was proved wrong by many of my 9 pointer friends. For example in the reimbursement committee the work was supposed to be done by Sunday evening. But the members did a wonderful job and completed everything by Saturday evening itself. The key factor lies in trusting your team. You have to win their trust and you have to have trust. That’s the mantra.

MM: How was the co-operation of the authorities? In our NIT, it is always difficult to get permission for trying out something new. Did you face any problem with the authorities?

ASIT: There were many bottle-necks in the build-up of the events. Like for example there was a notion among the faculties that the Sound & Light arrangement that is done for our events is sufficient. But we knew very well that it wouldn’t be up to the mark of ISM standards. We had in our hand just a week to finalize these events. So, we along with the faculty concerned went straightaway to our Director Sir and within a short period of time a long official process was finished to acquire the best Sound & Light arrangement in the whole of Odisha. Our faculty co-ordinators did very well. All the committees, the finance department, the food committee headed by Prof. Sameer Acharya did an efficient job. You can expect a lot of help from the faculties but at the same time you have to reasonably co-ordinate with them.

MM: You must have come in contact with a diversified group of people during your stint as the convenor. How was the experience?

ASIT: I have worked under SAC under different positions earlier but for the first time I was inthe role of a convenor in a festival of such large magnitude. Being the student convenor of ISM really helped me lot. I learnt many things from the international community. I got to know what they feel about India. It was really nice to see their interest in Indian culture.

ISM also has imbibed in me a sense of self-introspection. Earlier I didn’t use to think much about what I did. But, due to this kind of exposure, I used to question myself at every step. How my decisions will affect others? Will it be beneficial for the events or not?

My father, a civil engineer is also a pass-out of this institute. Somewhere down the line I had a feeling that I have to give something back to this institute and myinvolvement as the convenor of ISM was the best opportunity that I could have ever got.

MM: The SAC members of the year 2011-12 have set a benchmark for the coming years. Tell us about your expectations in the coming future. Any word of advice?

ASIT: Advising anyone is the most difficult job. That is why, we must be grateful to our teachers who advises us on every step. Their experience counts. The events that happened in this year have carved a niche for itself in the history of NIT Rourkela. Slowly the level of the events is rising here. This year showed us everything in a different fashion and I hope that it will continue in the coming years. The sponsorship, the participation, everything is improving. So, naturally next year you will see better events, better co-ordination, better teams and in nutshell a successful student activity year.

As far as the representatives are concerned I only have one piece of advice for them and it is to have a good team to back you up. Until and unless you have an efficient team which can co-ordinate things well nothing can be done.

 

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NIT PREMIER LEAGUE

Nowadays, every sporting event ending with the letters PL, promises a lot of excitement, coupled with a refreshing fast-paced format.

Sl. No. Matches Date Time
1. M. VISWESARAYA HALL VS G.D. BIRLA HALL 26.03.2012 6 pm
2. D.B.AMBANI HALL VS M.S.SWAMINATHAN HALL 27.03.2012 6 pm
3. HOMI BHABA HALL VS VIKRAM SARABHAI HALL 28.03.2012 6 pm
4. M. VISWESARAYA HALL VS D. B. AMBANI HALL 29.03.2012 6 pm
5. G.D. BIRLA HALL VS M.S.SWAMINATHAN HALL 30.03.2012 6 pm
6. M. VISWESARAYA HALL VS VIKRAM SARABHAI HALL 31.03.2012 6 pm
7. D.B.AMBANI HALL VS HOMI BHABHA HALL 01.04.2012 6 pm
8. M.S.SWAMINATHAN VS VIKRAM SARABHAI 02.04.2012 6 pm
9. M. VISWESARAYA HALL VS HOMI BHABA HALL 03.04.2012 6 pm
10. G.D. BIRLA HALL VS D. B. AMBANI HALL 04.04.2012 6 pm
11. M. VISWESARAYA HALL VS M.S.SWAMINATHAN HALL 05.04.2012 6 pm
12. G.D. BIRLA HALL VS VIKRAM SARABHAI HALL 07.04.2012 6 pm
13. M.S.SWAMINATHAN HALL VS HOMI BHABA HALL 09.04.2012 6 pm
14. D.B.AMBANI HALL VS VIKRAM SARABHAI HALL 10.04.2012 6 pm
15. G.D. BIRLA HALL VS HOMI BHABA HALL 11.04.2012 6 pm

Inspired from events like the IPL, NHL and different cricket, football and hockey leagues around the globe; the Football Club of NIT Rourkela presents our very own Desi league, the NITR Premier League. Six hall teams will be participating in this event (1) M. V. Hall, (2) G.D. Birla Hall, (3) Dhirubhai Ambani Hall, (4) M.S. Swaminathan Hall, (5) Homi Bhabha Hall, (6) Vikram Sarabhai Hall. This tournament will be played purely on a league basis where every team will have to play against each of the rest of the teams. Each team will consist of 16 players representing their halls.

 

VENUE:-  DILIP TIRKEY STADIUM

THE CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON 11.04.2012 AFTER THE END OF THE MATCH.

Note: - 1) Total number of matches is 15.

2) There are 6 teams. Each Team consists of 16 players.

3) The tournament will be played in league format.

 

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New ATM up and running

 

The new AXIS Bank ATM, about which talks had been going on since quite a while now, has finally started functioning. It was opened for the general mass after a brief inauguration function on Friday evening. This new ATM, which has been setup at the cycle stand adjacent to the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engg. near the Institute Telephone Exchange is the first one to have come up inside the Academic area and is sure to save a lot of trouble for the students and staff who are often in need of quick money and have to go back to the hostel area or near the campus main gate to withdraw money. The ATM was inaugurated by our Director sir on Friday at 4PM. Conveniently though, it has been set up right next to the Nescafe outlet, giving you that perfect dose of coffee when you need one and your pockets say no.

 

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Yahoo Sues Facebook Over Patents

Almost everything Facebook does, Yahoo contends in a just filed patent suit, is based on something that Yahoo did first.

“Facebook’s entire social network model, which allows users to create profile for and connect with, among other things, persons and businesses, is based on Yahoo’s patented social networking technology,” the suit said. Yahoo also lay claim to Facebook’s core competency of targeting ads to users based on their interest in specific topics.

Yahoo is seeking triple damages and an injunction against the patents in question.

Facebook’s public response was a mix of hurt feelings–Yahoo and the social media site have partnered many times in the past–a vow to go fight and the fierce denial that Yahoo has a case at all.  Puzzled, too, was mentioned.

Behind the scenes though, Facebook was probably expecting something along these lines. In its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission in February, the company noted that “we are currently, and expect to be in the future, party to patent lawsuits and other intellectual property rights claims that are expensive and time-consuming, and, if resolved adversely, could have a significant impact on our business, financial condition, or results of operations,” it said.

It is a dispassionate take on the competitive landscape, one that is probably a more accurate reflection of how Facebook’s inner sanctum views the lawsuit.

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Endre Szemeredi Wins Abel Prize In Mathematics

 

Hungarian-born EndreSzemeredi has won the 6 million kroner ($1 million) Abel Prize for his studies in mathematics and contribution to computer sciences.

The mathematics award committee says Szemeredi's efforts have provided "fundamental contributions to discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science."

Szemerédi has also done a similar astonishing work of discovering an eponymous theorem, which helped in establishing the epitome of orderliness and the presence of arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions. Also, he was mainly involved in combinatorics, which is the study of arrangements of finite systems, and number theory.

Szemeredi, who is a professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey and the Alfred Renyi Institute of Mathematics in Budapest, Hungary, is the 10th recipient of the prize.

The Abel Prize, founded in 2003 and funded by the Norwegian government, is awarded annually for contributions to mathematical sciences. The award is organized in the name of NielsHenrik Abel, who was the early 19th century Norwegian mathematician. He had died of tuberculosis at a mere age of 27 years, but had done an outstanding job in algebra and analysis at such a young age before his death.

Szemeredi will receive the prize at an awards ceremony in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, in May.

 

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Passwords Could Soon Be Obsolete

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is investigating the feasibility of developing software that can identify a user based purely on the style and speed of his or her typing.

“What I’d like to do,” explained Richard Guidorizzi, DARPA product manager, in a talk last year, “is move to a world where you sit down at a console, you identify yourself, and you just start working, and the authentication happens in the background, invisible to you, while you continue to do your work without interruptions.”

The problem with traditional passwords, explained Mr. Guidorizzi, is that we tend to prefer patterns that make remembering passwords more manageable. These passwords are good for humans, but bad for security. It’s hard to strike a balance between memorable and secure.

By studying a user’s unique keystroke dynamics—the length of time a key is pressed, for example, or the speed with which a user types—Professor Maxion, a research professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University has had considerable success identifying test subjects based purely on the way they type.

In fact, similar software being developed at Pace University can apparently identify a user based on keyboard pressure with 99.5 percent accuracy.

The downside, of course, is that unlike traditional password-based logins which only require initial authentication, a behavioral system based on typing style would require constant monitoring. Otherwise, there would be no way to verify that the same user remained in control of a given machine, DARPA says.

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The Net Is Your College Lab

It seems like everything is going online, even education. The Union Minister for Human Resource Development has launched Virtual Labs — a collection of ninety-one virtual laboratories containing hundreds of experiments. The experiments span nine disciplines in Science &Engineering; Virtual Labs is part of a comprehensive undertaking to provide easily accessible and high quality education throughout India.

Virtual Labs, a project initiated by the Ministry under the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT), was released earlier this year with the objective of using the Internet to make up for the inadequate laboratory infrastructure in colleges in the State, with particular focus on rural colleges.

The 91 lab experiments, covering nine broad areas, have been developed by 12 institutes from across the country. Apart from seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Delhi, Bombay, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Roorkee and Guwahati), International Institute for Information Technology-Hyderabad, Amrita University, Dayalbagh University, National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK), and College of Engineering, Pune, developed the experiments that were subsequently uploaded on the website: www.vlab.co.in.

Two types of virtual labs have been developed under this project. In the Simulation Based Virtual Labs the experiments are modeled using mathematical equations. The simulations are carried out remotely at a high-end server, and the results are communicated to the student over the internet. Simulation based Virtual Labs are scalable and can cater to a large number of simultaneous users.

Using the Remote Triggered Virtual Labs the actual experiments are triggered remotely. The output of the experiment (being conducted remotely) is communicated back to the student over the internet. This class of Virtual Labs gives the student the output of real-time experiments. Typically, time-slots are booked before conducting such experiments.

At the user end, a PC and broadband connectivity enables the user to access Virtual Labs.

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Oxford University Opens Gate To CBSE, ISC students

CBSE and ISC students scoring 90% and above can now seek admission in undergraduate courses at Oxford University. The students will, however, have to appear for admission tests and interviews for securing a seat in this highly prestigious academic institution.

This is the first time in the university’s 915-year history that it will recognise at least two of India’s boards.

Students can start applying for admission from October 2012. The course fee for undergraduates will be approximately £15,000 a year.

Earlier, Indian students needed to appear for their A-levels, SATs or the International Baccalaureate as the criteria for getting admitted in the undergraduate courses at Oxford.

Candidates who opt for Oxford’s science courses at undergraduate level may also need to take the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) entrance examination. These requirements will be reviewed after three years to see if any adjustments are needed.

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New M.Tech Course to be Introduced

A new M.Tech course by the name ‘Industrial Ceramics’ is to be introduced in the department. This course has already been approved by the Board of Governors, NITRKL and passed by the Senate. Currently, the department is in the process of formulating the complete syllabus of this course under active consultation with different ceramic industries. The first department syllabus committee meeting was held on 17th March, Saturday from 10am to 4pm. This meeting was attended by all the faculty as well as representatives from IFGL Refractories Ltd., TRL Krosaki Refractories Ltd., OCL India Ltd., Rourkela Steel Plant and a few other industries. Further meetings will be held in quick succession so that the course classes start by next semester.

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HoD Attends Seminar in Singapore

The Head of the department, Prof. Japes Bera has recently attended the  2012 2nd International Conference on Key Engineering Materials (ICKEM 2012) which was held in Singapore from 26th to 28th February. This Conference was organized by the International Association for Computer Science and Information Technology (IACSIT). Among noteworthy speakers was Prof. K.M.Gupta from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, Prof. Kun-Li-Wang from National Taipei University of Technologies, Taiwan, Prof. Maria Mucha from Technical University of Lodz, Poland. The seminar consisted on talks about various materials like ceramics, polymers, composites and biomaterials. Prof. Bera also gave a talk on the ‘Bioactive Porous Silica Ceramics using Rice Husk Ash by Gel Casting Method’ on 28th February. Later during his visit, he also went to The School of Materials Science and Engineering (Nanyang Technological University) and had a presentation meeting with Professor Raju V.Ramanujan. Prof. Bera conveyed that the university is 30th in world ranking and has the best facilities available to them. All in all, it was a nice experience for him.

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Chief Warden Speaks

As the session is nearing an end with less than a month left for the end semester exams, the MM team approached Prof. K. C. Pati in his house for the Chief Warden’s Column with some complaints from students and some questions from the curious. A patient chief warden with an ever smiling face patiently heard us out  and promised to do his best to solve the issues.

MM: Summer is upon us and in some halls the water coolers are either not properly installed or are not working. When will it be in proper working condition again?

CW: The water coolers are in good condition and maintained properly in most of the halls. However 2 water coolers in the MV hall are out of order and the caretaker has taken permission to take it for repairing. It will be again installed back within 2 days. The water coolers in the VS Hall are also not working this is due to the change in MCB fuse switch. The switching on of the water cooler is resulting in the tripping of the fuses. We have already talked to the electricians and they are working on it. The coolers will be given a separate connection and their MCBs will be of a higher current withstanding nature. This problem also will be soon solved and very soon all the water coolers will be in good working condition.

MM: There was again a major water problem in the VS Hall recently. There was no water most of the time. What was the reason and has it been solved?

CW: There was this water problem in VS Hall for the last few days. VS Hall has witnessed water problems earlier also and they have been solved. The recent problem had no connection with the previous problems and it was temporary. This was due to some electrical problem and a shortage of water. However this problem has been solved now. There will be the usual water supply from now.

MM: The night canteens have been again instructed to close shop before midnight. Most of the students have their dinner between 9-10PM and normally would not feel hungry before midnight. Thus, the night canteen remaining open for such a short period serves no purpose. Can you throw some light on the reasons behind this decision?

CW: The night canteens have been instructed to close before midnight. The main reason is that we do not want the students to stay awake till late night as they have class early morning. To discourage the students from staying awake till late the night canteens have been instructed to close early. During the mid-semester exams we had told them to remain open for a longer period as most students study late. However I see your point and we will consider extending the time till 1 am. We will hold a meeting and discuss it with Director Sir.

We are also planning on imposing the hygiene restrictions which we have on our hostel mess. The night canteens will have to use the specified oils and other ingredients. They cannot use the ingredients of brands of their choice. They will soon be circulated with the allowed brands for the commodities and will have to abide by the notice.

MM: There was a previous complaint about the dogs. They are roaming everywhere. Till now no solid action has been taken.

CW: The issue had previously come up and was brought to the notice of the Director. However it seems that the problem has not been solved permanently. I will again remind the director and necessary actions will be soon taken and the problem will be solved.

 

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NITians@IIM Bangalore

IIM-Bangalore and United world School of Business joined hands to create a National Platform to create awareness about India’s impending demographic dividend, and to identify ignited minds across the country that shows potential to lead Young India to its growth in the form of “United Minds” challenge. The challenge was mostly in the form of General awareness, team dynamics and Business Simulation.

In the city round 8 teams were selected from NIT Rourkela to compete in the zonal rounds in Kolkata. The zonal round witnessed nail biting competition with 3 teams from NIT Rourkela making it into the national finals along with 2 other teams from the zonal round to have qualified. The team The Encashers, comprising of Nitish Varma, Shaikh Tariq Mobin and Prakash Sarangi from NIT Rourkela’s E-Cell bagged the 1st position. The team Akatsuki comprising of Bibekanand Minz, Keshav Agarwal and Yogesh Kumar Jain from the final year of Computer Science department were placed 3rd and the team Mind Trip of Swarup Sahoo and Abhijeet Dash were placed 5th.

In the national finals in IIM Bangalore, our teams found themselves amidst commerce and management students with a handful of technical students. But our teams did neither lose their hope nor their mettle, and surprised everyone out there. In the competition between 100 teams who were among the best in their zones, the team Encashers were placed 4th and the team Akatsuki were placed 8th in the finals bringing glory to themselves as well as NIT Rourkela.

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Team MM: Be a part

Campus Journalism and News Reporting define what we do at Monday Morning, the official weekly e-newsletter of National Institute of Technology, Rourkela. But what makes us stand out is what we deliver. Into its sixth year now, Monday Morning has been known for its growth and superior performance year after year. It is here that they all come into play: quality, dedication and hard-work. Monday Morning is a commitment and we proudly say that we devotedly fulfil it every week.

That’s what we are and what we do. And if it has interested you, you would be delighted to know that your chance to be a part of Team MM is here. Below are the details:

Team MM comprises of a Content Team and a Techinical Team.

 

  • Anyone and everyone with a flair for writing along with dedication and sincerity with just that right mix of journalistic aptitude can come join the Content Team. The content team can also consist of photographers and cartoonists or any kind of talent which you might possess, leading to a valuable contribution to Monday Morning.
  • The Technical Team comprises of ones who will be in-charge of handling, maintenance and upkeep of the website. This work also involves the weely uploading of articles, videos and pictures along with updating the existing modules. A keen sense of design will also be highly appreciated. Prior knowledge of Photoshop and web-designing is not necessary, but is definitely a bonus for you.

Eligibility : 1st year students of B. Tech, M. Tech, MBA, M. Sc & M.A. courses.

 

Place : Institute Main Building, Rooms 104, 105

Time : Thursday, 22nd March, 2012 at 5:15 p.m.

In case you wish to get in contact, call 9438233990/9778446684/9776145832 or mail to morning.monday@gmail.com

And yeah, don’t blow your opportunity before you can even take it. Carry a pen!

 

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FMS: Celebrity Convenors

 

Celebrities have always been the major attraction for any fest in any campus. This year’s celebrity night during the International Students’ Meet 2012 was a hit and among others, the Film and Music Society delivered a hit. Monday Morning decided to approach the FMS convenors for some ‘scoop’, some ‘dope’ and a lot of hope for celebrity nights to come.

MM: First of all, a very hearty congratulations for organising such a successful celeb night. To begin with, describe your FMS journey. How hard or pleasant was it?

Shubham: Our FMS journey has been a very good one from the very beginning. It looks like just yesterday when we had our 1st meeting with Hon. Director Sir. He is the one person who has always supported us, helping us when and where needed. From the very beginning this time, he encouraged us to be more active. He wanted us to host a series of smaller events along with the regular ones rather than concentrating on one or two big events alone.

Sahil: Actually, we wanted to do something very different this year. Since the last three years I have not seen the FMS doing anything significant other than putting up movies and hosting the celeb night. So we wanted to do something new. Our journey, considering how far the FMS has come from where it was, has not been without thorns, but I must say it has been a damn pleasant one.

MM: So how was the working environment different this year?

Sahil: The whole scenario has changed. The team has changed completely. We have a new dean and a bigger and more efficient working team this year. Besides this, this time Director Sir was more supportive in bringing in sponsors and even allowed putting up stalls inside the campus.

Shubham: The whole setup was much more co-operative this year. We had a hard time in convincing the authorities regarding some of the things but eventually we came out with good results. Furthermore, Soumya who is one of the FMS secretaries also added up to our strength. Our VP and SAC President all were very cooperative which boosted us always.

MM: The second stunt show, which was supposed to be the extravaganza, did not happen. Can you tell us the reasons?

Shubham: Actually, the management was not quite happy with the entire idea of bringing in bikes and cars inside the campus and performing stunts. Even though the students enjoyed, we did not want to raise a controversy. There was one more reason and that was the space crunch inside the campus. We do not have ample space here to bring in more bikes and cars, which was the main agenda of the second stunt show.

MM: Tell us about the ISM. Last year it was not so appreciated but this year it was a great hit. What brought about such a vast change?

Shubham: This year our approach was totally different. We tried to focus more on students from abroad this time. We knew that the USP of the ISM was the foreign gathering and since Holi was at the same time as ISM, we knew bringing in more students from outside was the only way to stop the local students from going back home. Also, we had a much more organised team this year, thanks to Asit Parida the chief co-ordinator, and as previously said the management was of great help this time.

Sahil: Last year it was only the first ISM. They had a very good plan last year too but implementing it properly was difficult. But, this year this was not the case. Secondly, this time the publicity started from a very long time back, again thanks to Asit Parida and his team. So, it was easier to bring in more people from outside. Thirdly, the involvement from our very own students was pretty noticeable this time. Last year they hardly knew what ISM was, but this time they were well prepared.

MM: Coming on to the Celebrity night. Neeraj Shridhar and Kumar Vishwas, two entirely different genres of entertainment, how did the idea of such a combo come to you?

Shubham: Dr. Kumar Vishwas has always been a popular choice. We had been trying to bring him here on many occasions but due to some reason or the other we failed. Even I was jumping with joy when I came to know that he has confirmed and Neeraj Sreedhar because in our budget he is perfect. He is a popular playback singer, has given a number of hits and is very sought after. Moreover, Kunal Ganjawala, KK, Kailash Kher, Pritam have already performed here, so he was perfect for our budget.

MM: So were there any difficulties in getting a hold on these celebrities?

Sahil: As such no. You know there is always paper work involved and minor hiccups are bound to come up but there was nothing serious. Moreover, this time we had some decent sponsors so money was not an issue either. All in all we are very satisfied.

MM: Looking at the success this year, what are your expectations from the subsequent years?

Sahil: Yes, the expectations are sky high now. We hope to see more sponsors in future. The institute’s fests now have to be taken to a higher level. Our guys are putting in a hell of a lot of efforts but from next year onwards we need to work even harder.

Shubham: Newer innovative ideas and more hard work are the need of the hour. The decorations, this year, during the celebrity night were probably the best ever and we hope it gets better every year. This year the students were guided very well and were encouraged to actively take part in making the fests a success. Same thing needs to be done in future too.

MM: Were there any ideas which could not be implemented this year and you would like to see in future?

Sahil: Ya we had some ideas about decoration and stuff like we wanted to start the decorations from the Ceramic Department itself but failed due to budget shortage. There were a few more of such ideas but gladly we came out good finally.

Shubham: The dates were a problem this time. The ISM and the celeb night clashed with Holi season. Obviously, during such festivals you would like to go home. Even I myself was absent last year. To stop such happenings in future we need to have more flexible dates. Hopefully this is sorted out next year because to make any fest successful we need the maximum participation from within our institute.

MM: Finally one quick personal question. How did your tenure as conveners help you in your personal lives?

Shubham: Well we thoroughly enjoyed handling our jobs. Moreover, we generated many contacts with the celebrities all around and even with those who could not come for the celeb night. This, always, would be something amazing.

Sahil: Being a final year student, you can’t expect something better than meeting celebrities and having contacts with them. Later joining a company, and then the life goes on.

 

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Monday Morning in Print

Seldom does it happen that a form of print media appears in another form in an altogether different print medium. Careers360, the first and flagship magazine of Pathfinder Publishing Pvt. Limited and under the Outlook group, in it’s March issue published a featured article on Campus Journalism in India. Monday Morning, the official weekly e-newsletter of NITR was featured and covered along with other newsletters from leading college campuses across our country. With the help of this article, MM from NITR rubbed shoulders with some big newsletters which get published from IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee, Delhi University and VJTI Mumbai. On the same pedestal and getting the maximum coverage, Team MM feels proud that we have been able to hold NITR’s name, image and prestige in high esteem. We take this opportunity to thank all of our readers, alumni, faculty and each and every member of MM, past and present, who have been instrumental in bringing MM to the fore and taking us to a level, which extra-curricular activities at NITR have rarely seen. We also take this opportunity to utilize the bragging rights which we have, a little bit and expect to be excused, just this once. Team MM also realizes and understands the expectations of our readers and we hope to deliver year after year, week after week, Monday after Monday. Because with Great Power come Great Expectations and with Great Expectations come Great Responsiblities.

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Entrepreneurship Cell: Spring Meridian

The Entrepreneurship Cell of the Institute held a two-day summit, Spring Meridian, this past weekend. Four competitions and two Guest Lectures comprised Spring Meridian. The results of the events are:

1. Start From Sratch: This Business Design Competition was most extensive. Teams of two participated in the event held on Saturday at 3 p.m. The winners were:

1st: Guru Gaurav Ray & Sumeet Dandapat

2nd: Mahesh Goenka & Shivam Mittal

2. Biz Query: A business quiz with four rounds and a surprise element that did its job. It was conducted on Saturday at 6 p.m. The winners were:

1st: Partha Pratim Panda & Satyaki Mascharak

2nd: Guru Gaurav Ray & Sumeet Dandapat

3. Seal the Deal: Held at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning,the event asked of the participants’ knowledge of product pricing and inflation. The winners were:

1st: Anup Agarwal & Mukund Agarwal

2nd: Abhishek Aggrawalla

4. Ad Lord: Advertising and marketing skills of the participants was put to test here. The event was scheduled at 4p.m. on Sunday. The winners were:

1st: Parinita Agarwal, Sagar Udaseen & Karan Bhatt

The summit ended with speeches by two invited dignitaries. Mr. R. P. Gupta, CMD of Shiva Cements Limited and alumnus, Batch of 1971 Electrical Engineering, is amongst the most well-known entrepreneurs in the region. He spoke about the practicality of entrepreneurship.

Mr. A. Gayen, Manager of Rourkela Branch of National Small Industries Corporation Limited then shared with the audience how the Government, through means of such enterprises as the NSIC, is fostering entrepreneurship. Also to speak at the event was Dr. Sarangi, Hon’ble Director of the Institute. He put entrepreneurship in the context of technology and engineering. He also explained how the Institute intends to move in the direction of product development and creation of intellectual property. Mr. R. K. Sinha, Mentor, Entrepreneurship Cell was also present at the event. A T-shirt for E-Cell members was also unveiled on the occasion.

Finally, Mr. Gupta and Mr. Gayen presented prizes worth Rs. 6000 to the winners of the various competitions. Appreciation of their kindness to be present at the event was expressed by Dr. Sarangi with the presentation of mementos. Dr. Sarangi & Mr. R. K. Sinha were also presented with mementos.

In all, Spring Meridian was a successful venture.

 

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Fitting Remembrance

 

Pantomime, the official drama club of NITR, gave a fitting farewell to Late Kumar Gaurav, who was an active member of the club, by visiting the OSAP Leprosy colony on the 16th of March. They donated one black board, one book shelf for the library and one carrom board and distributed a few snacks for the inhabitants of the colony in loving memory of Late Kumar. He was an active member of the Aasra, the club dedicated to social service and OSAP was his work place, hence the decision to donate there. The total expenditure was Rs. 4500, but more than the amount of money spent, it’s the thought that counts. Just goes to show there are many different ways of showing your respect to the departed, implementing and executing with the best at heart is the order of the day. Team MM salutes Pantomime and encourages every other individual, club or group at NITR to donate a little bit of time and belongings to the poor, in remembrance or not, because it pays to share.

 

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Aradhana Nayak: The Journey Thus Far

 


This week, we start off with our traditional series on our beloved Monday Morning final year ex-coordinators and current mentors, who will be passing out in a couple of months’ time. Aradhana Nayak, presently an outgoing Final year, was one of the Chief Coordinators of Monday Morning. Head of content, man management, work distribution and everything else which comes with the work, she was part of the trio responsible for taking Monday Morning to greater heights during the academic session 2010-11.

Sharing her experience about the four years she spent at NIT Rourkela, she starts off by saying that since she is from Rourkela, college life was not as ceremonious for her as it was for others but she moved to the hostel in her first year only to experience hostel life. Her first year was all about club inductions, knowing people around the institute and making new friends. She is proud that she has made a lot of friends who will stay with her for life. As a student, she was sincere, always taking down notes and starting her preparations a month before the examinations. She joined Monday Morning at the end of her first year and Cyborg in her second year. In her pre-final year, she mostly kept to her room applying for internships or studying. She got her internship in Germany and had a great time visiting Paris, Swiss, Berlin, Munich and Magdeburg (where she was stationed during her stay). “I got to know many wonderful people from India and Germany and formed my own ideas about people around the world and my place in it”, she asserted.

Her journey with MM started when in her first year, while going through the NITR site like a sincere student, the name Monday Morning caught her attention. She liked all the sections, went through department news, campus buzz and the others. So when a notice came up about inductions, she quickly jumped in. Her inductions were great and SubodhIyengar, the then CC explained their roles as editors which motivated and mesmerised her. Slowly, she came to know that the job in MM was that of professional journalism or virtually as close as you can get to it, fixing meetings,taking notes and editing for the article to get published.She went for the occasional Director’s Desk which was a wonderful experience for her. “I was fortunate to have lovely people as Chiefs who advised me well and took MM readership to a whole new level with regular status checks, timely updates and lot more articles ”, she said gratefully.

As for the developments in Monday Morning, she said that since they wanted to convert the newsletter to a wholesome magazine for students, they decided to implement new elements and thanks to Guru BalaKrishna, the Technical Coordinator, they got the comments section, more articles and pictures which increased the readership to new levels and gave a huge boost to the identity of Monday Morning. They took up issues in hostels, voiced opinions about matters in the campus, concerning students directly and regularly updated the placement news. They started the CGPA and it was a great hit among the students, comments flowed in and everyone enjoyed reading. “Monday Morning became an interface between the students and faculty”, she says.When asked about the ups and downs they had faced, she admitted that there were unfortunate incidents,with filtering of comments, but they maintained that comments were the free and frank opinions of an individual and it cannot be categorized as intellectual property of MM. Due to this, they had to come off rail for a while and lay low till matters calmed down. Their viewpoint was eventually considered and things got back to normal. In her time as CC, however as Dr.S.K.Sarangi was away, Director’s desk had to be stopped for a while. On the ups, she said that they were lucky to have a dedicated brigade of writers and journalists and hence they made a clear distinction in categories while assigning jobs. Her fellow CCs, Sourav Pattanayak and Amitpal Singh Bhatia took care of the majority of the content and it was well liked by all readers.

“All in all it was a great year and the “rising phase” as you call it was a great learning phase for all of us. MM is a part of my life and it is a constant habit now to login to our page every Monday, look at what’s new, what people around think of the changes or situations in the campus and enjoy a proud moment that you were once a part of this body, alive and kicking!”,she concluded proudly.

Placed in Jindal Steel Works, Aradhana has also been admitted to the Masters Program at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, United States but is yet to make up her mind. Team MM wishes her all the best for her future.

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Clarion: Events For Freshers

Clarion, the Literary and Debating club of the Institute, held two back-to-back events last week for the first year students.

‘Raconteur’ was held in B. B. Auditorium on Tuesday, 13th March, commencing at 5:30 pm. 53 participants turned up. The winner of this event was Subhankar Ghosh.

The second event, ‘Ad Lib’ was held on Thursday, 15th March in B. B. Auditorium. It was an extempore speaking competition where individual participants had 4 minutes to speak on their allotted topics. There were a total of 29 participants for the event. Akshay Joshi was declared as the winner.

These events are aimed at identifying potential recruits for the club.

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MATHEMATICS CLUB: PI DAY CELEBRATION

 

14th March, known as Pi Day among mathematicians, is also the birthday of Albert Einstein, one of the greatest geniuses the world has ever seen. Mathematics Club, NIT Rourkela celebrated Pi Day on 14th March, 2012 in the lawn near B. B. Auditorium. The program commenced at 5:30 pm with a cake, Pi-shaped, being cut. To follow were various events related to Pi and Einstein, which included a quiz, treasure hunt and other fun games. Interestingly, all the prizes were in some way or the other related to Pi, for example, Choco Pie, Pineapple biscuits, etc. The events, being held outside B. B. Auditorium, continued till 8:30 pm. An enthusiastic crowd was present to enjoy the celebration.

 

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SAE: BAJA classes to start soon

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), NIT RKL Chapter will be conducting classes on different aspects of Vehicle Mechanics & Automobile components. The topics of discussions will be Engine and transmission, Suspension and steering, Aerodynamics in automobiles, Braking system, Wheels and tires, Marketing, Chassis design. The classes will be taken by Members of the Society who are already involved in different projects like BAJA & FORMULA SAE.

These classes will be necessary to build a strong foundation in Automobile Engineering & Design for the interested students. More over students will get enough knowledge that will help them to design & fabricate a vehicle as in BAJA. The classes are to be held in Institute Main Building Room no. 103 starting from 20th march – 26th march. Time: 6-7 pm.

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Recent Updates: Department Of Mining Engineering


Lab Upgradation

The department of Mining Engineering is now equipped with latest Softwares like VENTSIM & PETRASIM installed in the Environment Lab & Mine Planning Lab respectively. A Demonstration Model on “MECHANISED COLLIERY SURFACED LAYOUT” is also placed inside the Department periphery.

The Mining Geology Lab has procured many sophisticated devices such UV Visible Spectrophotometer, Centrifuge, Nitride Electrode.

Executive training

After the successful completion of an Executive Development Program of officials of Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Limited (BCMCL) in Feb-March 2012, Mining Department along with the collaboration of BCMCL, Bangladesh has proposed to conduct the same program for another batch of trainees.

Thanks to the cooperation of Faculties & the course Coordinator, HOD Mining Engineering, Prof. D. P. Tripathy, now an international technology exchange could be realized.

Seminars & Talks

Prof. H. B.Sahu is invited to deliver a talk on “Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification” conducted by Centre of Environmental Studies (CES) at Bhubaneswar during 23rd -24th March, 2012.

Prof. SnehamoyChatterjee presented a seminar on “Pattern-based Simulation using Self Organized Maps” on Friday, 16th March 2012.

Prof Dr. D. P.Tripathy had delivered a talk on “Global Warming: Problem & Challenges” conducted by Centre of Environmental Studies (CES) at NIT Rourkela during 11th -12th March, 2012. Prof Tripathyhas been selected as a Member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Earth Engineering (IJEE).

Prof. Manoj Kumar Mishra will be presenting a paper at the 5th International Conference on Computer and Electrical Engineering (ICCEE-2012)to be held at DUBAI, UAE during 24rd -25th March, 2012.

 

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BRFST Project Gets Extension

The Board of Research in Fusion Science and Technology (BRFST) has granted an extension of 6 months to a project that was sanctioned a year ago by the same organization. This decision was taken in the recently concluded ‘Annual BRFST Project Review Meet.

The meeting was held at the Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar and was attended by Prof.Ranabrata Mazumder, who is the professor In-charge of the project.

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Ph.D Scholars Shine In ICS-2011

Two very proud achievements that have gone almost unnoticed for over 3 months now are the honors brought to home by two Ph.D students, Ganesh Kumar Sahu and AbhishekChaudhury, of the department of Ceramic Engineering.

The former won the second prize in the ‘Poster Presentation’ event of the International Conference of the Indian Ceramic Society (ICS). His topic was ‘Dielectric and Piezoelectric properties of lead free ceramics’.

On the other hand, the latter got a chance to present a paper in Platinum Jubilee Session of the ICS held at Agra on 20-22nd December, 2011. His topic was ‘Synthesis of Lithium Silicate Solution by Solution Combustion Method for test blanket module application’.

Incidentally, both the students are pursuing their Ph.Ds under Prof.RanabrataMazumder. We wish both of them a very hearty congratulation and hope to see more such feathers in their caps.

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Featured Project: Metallurgists’ Blast Furnace Op!


In the wake of the Rs. 1.5 Crore grant the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department received from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), a project pertaining to blast furnace slag chemistry is underway. The project, spearheaded by Prof. Upendra Kumar Mohanty is also being handled by Prof. Samarjit Sarkar. The net amount of Rs. 1,51,99,800 encompasses equipment cost to the tune of Rs. 1.1 Crore and remuneration of research staff including 1 senior research fellow, 1 junior research fellow and 4 project assistants. A part of the project is being carried out by collaboration with Dalmia Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (DISIR), Rajgangpur, whose share in the project amounts to Rs. 24,36,000. The project commenced on 1st January, 2012 and is slated to be carried out over a period of 36 months.

The project, as Prof. U. K. Mohanty says deals with the “flow characteristics measurements of various industrial and synthetic slags”. The chief area of focus is the cohesive zone in the blast furnace. The cohesive zone is bound by the softening of iron bearing material at its top and flowing of the same at the bottom. If the cohesive zone could be formed lower down in the furnace and narrowed down, it would ensure lower coke consumption, better metal quality and more regular furnace operation.

A High Temperature Viscometer (cost: Rs. 1 Crore) is being employed in the project. An additional 10 lacs is being used for the renovation of existing equipment. The project has a direct bearing with blast furnaces and the results of the project shall be tested at a blast furnace situated in Rajgangpur. The major milestone the project hopes to achieve is zeroing in on the best possible slag chemistry and mineralogy which would influence the position and extent of cohesive zone in the blast furnace.

The other reason as to why Prof. U. K. Mohanty took up the project was because of its relevance to the topic of his PhD thesis: “Thermo-physical properties of some metallothermic slags”. “I dared to take up a daunting project such as this only due to the research experience in the field I possess”, he said. The project has been quite successful this far and a paper has been commuted on iron and steel making to a reputed journal.

 

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CARRG: Alumni Induction Ceremony

Centre for Alumni Relations & Resource Generation (CARRG), NIT Rourkela held Alumni Induction Ceremony on 13th March, 2012 in the lawn in front of B. B. Auditorium. It was a get-together among outgoing students and faculties over evening snacks and cold drinks. As Prof. K. K. Mohapatra, Dean (Alumni Relations) put it, “It’s the first proper step on behalf of the institute towards staying connected with the pass out students.” It will help in maintaining a proper database of alumni; also the alumni will feel the bonding that the institute shares with him/her. Our honorable Director explains this gathering to be a platform where the students will feel the transition from being a full time student to an alumnus. He also points out that such gatherings will make the Alumni Centre more active. This gathering, and many such to come, aim to create a concrete network among students and institute. He agrees that there were some flaws in the arrangement, which is obvious in any field when the first step is taken. He admitted that there were less number of food counters and an absence of faculties in the gathering. But he promised that these issues will be taken care of.

Leo Kurian Paulose, a final year student describes it to be a nice get- together, providing the students a feel of being alumni. He also said that the gathering would make students realize the value of being an alumni and the bonding he/she shares with the institute and batch mates.

On the other hand, Guru Gaurav Ray, another final year student expressed his dissatisfaction with the arrangement. He was also expecting proper interaction with the professors which he thinks never happened.

MM team appreciates this effort made by the institute and hopes CARRG carries on with its efforts to build a stronger bond with the students.

 

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Rendezvous With Prof. S. K.Behera

 

The department of Mechanical Engineering has been cherished with the addition of a new, enthusiastic faculty. Prof. Suraj Kumar Behera joined the institute in January 2012. He is currently pursuing his PhD here at NIT Rourkela. In addition to that he is currently assigned to Machine Design Lab of 4th Semester & Machine Drawing Lab of 2nd Semester students. Quite popular among the students, Monday morning welcomes Prof. Suraj Kumar Behera to NIT-RKL family. Excerpts from the conversation that MM had with Prof. Suraj Kumar Behera:

MM: Sir, Tell us how do you like here at NIT Rkl?

SKB: I have always liked the atmosphere of this institute& Rourkela since my graduation days in REC & now as a Faculty of NIT. I feel good here.

MM: Sir, Please throw some light on your Educational Qualifications and previous experiences.

SKB: I did my schooling at Sainik School, BBSR (6th -12th). Then I got selected in NIT Rourkela (then REC) for under-graduation (1999 Batch) in Mechanical Engineering.

Later on, I joined TATA Steel as a senior technical Officer to understand the know-how of a major industrial company. After a few years of job experience, Idecided to followmy passion--that is research.So I joined IIT- Kanpur in M. Tech curriculum in Solid Mechanics and Design. There I was motivated to pursue a career in research. Since then, I have published 4 patented journals.

After graduating from IIT-Kanpur,I joined the joint venture of TCS & GE in engineering & research division. There, I served for 6 years with most of time doing research. After that, while I was doing PhD in IIT KGP, I came to NIT RKL. Now I am working along with the Director, Prof. Sarangi, on Cryogenics & Rotor Dynamics.

MM: What differences have you observed in the Institute in the last 13 years?

SKB: I see a lot of difference in the institute. Not only in terms of infrastructure but teacher-student interaction.  In our time just a few students asked doubts &most of them stayed away from the teachers. But now I see students are dedicated to their study which is good for both sides. Moreover people around here are friendlier& the campus has been vividlyadorned with gardens.

MM: Presently, what courses you have been assigned to?

SKB: Currently I am taking two lab sessions. One is “Machine Design Lab” for 4th semester Mechanical engineering students & “Machine Drawing & Solid Modeling” lab for a batch of 2nd semester students.

MM: What improvement do you think the institute needs?

SKB: Our Institute has developed by leaps & bounds but still many improvements could be done.  Collaboration with industries for under taking research as well as training of students would be a nice option.Motivating students in the field of research and career guidance for future can be done. Students should look for higher studies & the career options they like. Students should be strong in communication skills (both in business & interpersonal). It is a must whichever field one chooses in future.

MM: Sir, Would you like to share your hobbies & interests?

SKB: (Laughs) why not. Back from my school days I was good at athletics and also in my 1st year of under-graduation. Later on I moved on to gym, shot-put & javelin-throw type of games. In my final year, I won the first prize in pole vault although being little chubby; thanks to my school days training. After graduation, my interest changed from sports to research & industry. I like to read books, magazines stuffs & love to watch movies. Entertainment is also a part of life too.

MM: Concluding our talk, what message do you want to give to the students?

SKB: Once my teacher Prof. A K Satpathy said, “When Milkha Singh won gold in 1958 Cardiff Commonwealth Games; he was asked the secret of his success. He replied “Practice, Practice & Practice”. Well only practice alone may not be sufficient. “One needs both hard work & strategy for success”. Not just for students, this applies for all. One needs a strategy to direct the hard work towards the goal and also for solving a problem.

 

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CY‘ROBO’RG


One of the few elements of the four year B. Tech life at NITR which make us feel the essence of becoming an engineer and getting some bragging rights is the Robotics Club of the Institute, CYBORG. The club organized a Robo Show on the 10th March, 2012 during the International Students’ Meet 2012. The show was named “CYBORG JUDGING”. The motive of the show was creating technical awareness among Students regarding Robotics & Automation. The technology what we are relying upon is vastly automated and a foundation of Automation is essential in every aspect of modern education.

The members of the club displayed their projects & robots to the visiting students as well as explained how they work. About 15 interesting projects were presented. Some of the mind-boggling projects on display were:

• AUTOMATED GROUND VEHICLE,
• GAME DEVELOPMENT,
• IMAGE PROCESSING PROJECTS (VIRTUAL PIANO, SMART VACUUM CLEANER, FACE DETECTION ),
• GSM CONTROLLED ROBOT,
DTMF,
DRIVE SIMULATOR,
PERSISTENCE OF VISION,
TEMPRATURE CONTROLLED FAN
were some of the projects.
The teams were evaluated by judges in terms of working, technology used and description of the project.
The results were:
1st- Amit Arup Nayak, final year –GAME & APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

2nd – Debasish Shanti &Navin Kumar, 2nd year – Drive Simulator for NFS

3rd – SabyasachiMohanty, ChiranjibiSahoo, ParthaSarathiOjha -2nd year – POV

The show was well organized and would go a long way in boosting the interest of an already big Cyborg fan base at NITR.

 

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Wire Fault Caused 'Faster-Than-Light' Particle Error

Physicists who shocked the scientific world by claiming to have shown particles could move faster than the speed of light have admitted it was a mistake due to a faulty wire connection.

Einstein’s theory of special relativity, proposed in 1905, states that nothing in the universe can travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum.

But researchers at the CERN lab near Geneva claimed they had recorded neutrinos, a type of tiny particle, travelling faster than the barrier of 186,282 miles (299,792 kilometers) per second.

Now it seems Einstein's reputation has been restored after a source close to the experiment told that "A bad connection between a GPS unit and a computer may be to blame."

Rather than measuring the time it took the neutrinos to travel from CERN to Gran Sasso the second experiment, known as ICARUS, monitored how much energy they had when they arrived.

TomassoDorigo, a CERN physicist, wrote on the Scientific Blogging website that the ICARUS paper was "very simple and definitive."

He said it showed "that the difference between the speed of neutrinos and the speed of light cannot be as large as that seen by OPERA, and is certainly smaller than that by three orders of magnitude, and compatible with zero."

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Scientists Reveal Most Accurate Ion Clock

A proposed new time-keeping system tied to the orbiting of a neutron around an atomic nucleus could have such unprecedented accuracy that it neither gains nor loses 1/20th of a second in 14 billion years - the age of the Universe.

“This is nearly 100 times more accurate than the best atomic clocks we have now,” says one of the researchers, Scientia Professor Victor Flambaum, who is Head of Theoretical Physics in the University Of New South Wales School Of Physics.

In a paper to be published in the journal Physical Review Letters - with US researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Nevada - Flambaum and UNSW colleague Dr Vladimir Dzuba report that their proposed single-ion clock would be accurate to 19 decimal places.

The exquisite accuracy of atomic clocks is widely used in applications ranging from GPS navigation systems and high-bandwidth data transfer to tests of fundamental physics and system synchronisation in particle accelerators.

“With these clocks currently pushing up against significant accuracy limitations, a next-generation system is desired to explore the realms of extreme measurement precision and further diversified applications unreachable by atomic clocks,” says Professor Flambaum.

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Minorities To Have 4.5% Reservation In IITs From This Year

The Admission Committee of IITJEE has decided to grant 4.5% reservation to minorities within the 27% seats reserved for the OBCs (Other Backward Classes) from this academic year.

Those minority candidates who had submitted the application forms online and have not mentioned their status can do so on the IIT-JEE website — http://jee.iitd.ac.in/obcminority.php — by giving an undertaking that they have a minority status and would submit the certificate before the exam on April 8.

The undertaking has to be given to the respective zonal offices before March 20.

Following the reservation, around 430 minority candidates are likely to get admission in the 17 IITs across the country going by last year's figure of total 9,500 odd seats.

So far 5,07,607 applications have been received by the IITs, slight increase from last year's figure. But the final number may change as some candidates have applied in two zones, while some others have failed to provide the necessary documents.Kanpur zone saw maximum applicants this year. Madras zone received about 78,000 applications. Last year, Bombay zone received the maximum applications.

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Facebook? Twitter? YouTube? The Prime Minister's There!

The Prime Minister's Office has taken a big leap in the Web world, looking to engage all forms of social media to reach the plugged-in GenNext.

Armed already with a facebook account, a Twitter handle, the PMO debuted on the popular video forum YouTube, putting up footage of two speeches made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

“PMOIndia is now also on YouTube at pmofficeindia. We will be communicating more with you through videos,” PMO sources said.

The PMO has started foraying into the new media after TV journalist PankajPachauri took over as Communications Adviser to the Prime Minister.

The first video uploaded on Saturday was about Prime Minister’s speech at a conference related to UPA’s flagship programme Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA).

This was followed by one about Dr. Singh’s visit to Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial Rajghat on his birthday on October 2 last year.

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India To Launch Mars Mission Next Year

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s prestigious mission to Mars has received a boost with the Budget presented in Parliament on Friday making an allocation of Rs. 125 crore during the coming financial year.

The overall budget for ISRO has gone up from Rs 4,432 crore to Rs 6,715 crore with several other planned projects at a hike of Rs 2283 crore.

The Mars mission, which comprises putting a spacecraft in the Red Planet’s orbit to study its atmosphere, could be launched in November 2013 by ISRO’s warhorse rocket — the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.

Top space scientists mostly from the Ahmedabad-based Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), an ISRO-affiliate, have suggested nine experiments that can be a part of the mission. Most of them related to the study of the Martian atmosphere.

Earlier, ISRO had been aiming at launching the mission either in 2016 and 2018. Mars orbiter will be placed in an orbit of 500 x 80,000 km around Mars and will have a provision to carry nearly 25 kg of scientific payload on- board”.

Also fund allocation for the Chandrayaan-II mission, planned for launch in 2014-15, has been Rs82.50 crore. This amount also includes some allocation for Chandrayaan-I mission. The total plan expenditure towards rocket technology is Rs.1,969.52crore and towards satellite technology is Rs.1,038.56 crore.

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Inter-NIT: Serial Winners

After the tremendous show in Kabaddi and Football last week on our home turf, NITR performed reasonably well and gave all other NIT teams a run for their money in the Chess and Cricket events. NITR secured the bronze medal in Chess at NITK Surathkal. The team was led by captain Sharath Santosh who also happens to be the Institute Chess Team captain, along with the other team members comprising of Subhransu Satpathy, Surya Sreevathsanath, Durga Deepak and Swayangsiddha Susmitha.
In cricket, NIT Rourkela reached the semi-finals but couldn’t qualify for the finals. But, our very own Institute Cricket team put up a solid display of cricketing skill in reaching the semi-finals. Sources in the team have revealed though, that the home team manipulated the rules in order to qualify for the finals even when the head to head win-loss ratio was equal and the net run rate of NITR was better. However, kudos to the boys for having brought at least some sort of cricketing cheer when even the national team is performing miserably. This year’s performance has been in stark contrast to last year when NIT Rourkela had lost all of it’s matches and finished with the wooden spoon. Monday Morning congratulates all the sporting teams for their splendid performance in the Inter-NIT events.

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From Rourkela to Caterpillar

Brushing up old memories he, along with a few of the organizing team of the seminar conducted by SAE, went to grab a bite in backpost where he used to spend a lot of time during his graduating days in this institute. It is there that our team caught up with him, Dr. Prashant Ravi, another successful alumni, 1998 batch. Relishing his favourite noodles, he spoke to us remembering his days in this institute and also talked a lot on his life and his journey till now.

MM: Any particular incident from your childhood which made you to take up engineering?

Dr Ravi: No, nothing in particular. Since childhood I was always interested in pursuing engineering as my career. Since my 4th grade I always wanted to be an engineer. I gave the necessary exam which was different from what the students appear now and got into this institution, which was then known as REC Rourkela instead of NIT Rourkela, in the year 1994.

MM: Why did you choose mechanical engineering?

Dr Ravi: in those days mechanical engineering was not that sought for as was other branches like computer engineering and electrical engineering. However I had set my mind to be a mechanical engineer. Karnataka had 3-4 seats in the state quota category here and I was one of them to be selected to study here. The rest of the students from my state took other branches however two of us opted for mechanical engineering.

MM: How do you describe your 4 years of engineering? How was it academically?

Dr Ravi: Academically, my 1st year was very interesting. I did really well in my 1st semester and reasonably performed in my second. However, academically 3rd semester was very difficult. By then I knew about this place and was pretty comfortable here and took things including studies very lightly. Again by the 4th semester, as my branch related topics came up I got back on track and started taking interest and did well. Once the core engineering classes came I did well. We had very good professors then in mechanical engineering who were very well to do with the subjects. Teachers like Prof. S.K. Nanda and Prof. P.K. Kar were very good and very enthusiastic about what they were doing so it made it easy for us.

MM: Coming back to the 1st year here, any incident of ragging memorable or worth mentioning?

Dr Ravi: No, nothing memorable. But yes, ragging was a face here during my time. There were incidents of ragging but it was not that strict in those times. The students felt it was a necessary to maintain some kind of hierarchy among the students who were placed together in one hall (around 400 students were accommodated). However some people took it out of control but by large my 1st year went without any bitter incident of ragging.

MM: Would you agree that if ragging done in a controlled manner, helps you to actually settle down in this place?

Dr Ravi: No, definitely not. There are many ways of doing it. I would never ever think that physical violence is the way of controlling anything or anybody. Inherently, there are different ways of making friends, different ways of adjusting to a place. Driving a sense of order and making juniors adjust to the surroundings of a hostel in a graduate college does not require ragging at all.

MM: Coming back to your academic performance, how did you stand in your class?

Dr Ravi: I was definitely not the first in class nor was I the fifth in class. I stood somewhere between 6 and 10 in a class of around 70 students. I was what you call an above average student but definitely not the topper. What I found was the economic structure in the college was based on memorizing a lot of things and I was never good in that I could never remember all the things to be a topper like I could never remember the T-T-T diagrams and other things of my syllabus. So I never did well in the classes where I had to remember. I made up for it by attending and giving seminars and presenting papers. I had 3-4 projects in industries. I also had 3-4 conference papers in other institutes like in Roorkee and Jalandhar. I think that’s what made my career not my holding a rank academically in class. I had missed my honours by just about 1 percent or so. It was basically based on my 3rd semester performance which I spoiled enjoying my new found freedom here.

MM: If you were to weigh in your percentage and the extra academic work you carried out, in what proportion or what ratio you would put them in? How important is the extra academics like the seminars the conference papers towards making a better career?

Dr Ravi: I think they are equally important- both the percentage and the extra academics you do. My view is if somebody has got 98 and the neighbour has got 99 they are the same. So my getting a 75 satisfied me. A lot of students worked hard and got 78 even a couple of students touched 81-82 which was unheard of during that time. But for me they were all the same. I know, they worked really hard to get that extra 5 percentage say, in a semester they spent 40 hours toiling to get that extra marks and I cud get a 75 with just 30 hours or so. I would rather utilize the time making a paper and go and present that somewhere. I always believe that we should make sure that we should never be the average. Your resume should be very different from others no matter what you do. You should be unique in some way. If all 65 or 100 people in the class have same resume there is no point. People having 75 or 78 or 77 are the same what separates them is what they do in addition to it.

MM: Apart from academics how do you describe your personal life here, like your personal relationships with professors, your friends, your seniors?

Dr Ravi: Some professors were very friendly and approachable, especially two professors were my favourites- Prof. S.K. Nanda and Prof. P.K. Kar. They both were very good professors who actually liked teaching. I am in search of Prof. Nanda, who has actually retired from this institute long back. I also knew a lot of seniors and became friends with them. But what I am finding nowadays is unless you are from the same locality or geography you don’t mix well. That was not there during my time. I didn’t even change my roommates during the 4 years. In my time also this was there; students of different regions rarely mixed up. But I think it depends on which part of the country you belong to. I am from Bangalore which is very cosmopolite and I got along well with everybody. Once you were open about yourself you would get along well with all. It was a very pleasant experience here I also got to learn Hindi during my days here. Prior to coming here I did not even know Hindi.

MM: Where did your career head after you passed out from this Institute?

Dr Ravi: Through campus recruitments, I got into L&T and one of my project work I was executing in Mahindra in Hosur. I used to follow the book on engines by R.P. Sharma who used to head the engine department back then in Ashok Leyland. I saw his name and wrote to him that I wanted to do internship under him. Fortunately for me, he replied and I did 2 months internship under him. So when he moved to Mahindra he offered me a job there. Then I stuck to Mahindra for 2 years and was based in Nasik. I had taken up the job as I was aware that I needed money for my Masters. I did not buy a bike and used public modes of transport in order to save money for my Masters. Then I moved to the University of Wisconsin, Madison for my masters. It is one of the best universities for machines. They also have a machine research centre there. I also completed my PhD. there. It was an integrated PhD. for 5 years. In the year 2005 I completed my doctorate and moved to Caterpillar Inc.

MM: Since then you have stuck to caterpillars. You must have played various roles in the company. How is your life in caterpillar?

Dr Ravi: Caterpillar is a very large company and it is very easy to get lost in large companies. The situation is similar to getting lost in a school. Everybody works hard in such companies but unless you put in some extra amount of work you cannot stand out from the rest of employees. I was pretty successful in that respect. I was always able to do something different. I was there senior engineer and used to work on diesel engines. Then I moved on to be an engineering specialist where I used to lead a small team. As caterpillar began expanding in Asia, I moved back to India and am now settled in Chennai. I have a short term assignment here.

MM: Coming back to the college after around 13 years, what changes do you notice here?

Dr Ravi: First of all, the entrance I used to take is now closed. So I was pretty lost in that. Normally we used the side entrance. Then there have been tremendous change in the infrastructure. In our time, we didn’t have so many buildings and places. Next thing I noticed is there are security guards everywhere. The rules are pretty strict. You have to sign and follow a procedure before entering. In our time we didn’t have such rules. One used to come and go anytime. They weren’t that strictly scrutinized.

Next, the bathrooms are a lot cleaner. I was surprised to find geysers in the bathrooms, which was a dream during our time. The back-post has also changed substantially. A lot of new shops have come up. Another surprise is the girls’ hostel built in front of the boy’s hostel, which would never have happened in our time. Again I noticed a lot of hostels which were not there in our time.

No change, no life. Things always change. So yes, there have been a lot of changes. But life has to move on. There has to be change, otherwise you’ll get bored.

MM: Do you think the administration or the alumni body is not putting in enough effort to collaborate for the betterment of students like by helping them in internships and careers etc.? We have seen the alumni body very active in most institutes like the IITs and most other NITs.

Dr Ravi: I have heard this talk for almost a decade now. Nothing substantial has taken place. I personally feel that it is not that useful. It will only confuse the students when you have 30 different people guiding them in 30 different ways. Students should fix and know what they are passionate about. Like I am passionate about teaching but you don’t need to be a teacher to teach. Even in companies I teach a lot to other people. I enjoy doing that. The amount of effort you have to put in, in this kind of a program where you have an alumnus guiding you is very much. So it becomes very difficult and is a matter whether you are willing to work hard, whether your guide is willing to work hard. There should be a lot of dedication. The mentor should be patient enough to understand what is happening here and the student should be equally patient enough to understand the mentor’s schedule. You have to be truly passionate and in today’s world it is not practically possible.

MM: Finally any message for the student community here?

Dr Ravi: Do not ever stop learning. If you stop learning there is nothing left in life. Life is one long journey where every day you learn something. If you stop doing that life becomes worthless.

After an encouraging talk with Dr Prashant Ravi, which also gave us a peep into his times in this institute, we asked a few questions to Mrs Ravi which helped us in knowing our successful alumnus a lot better.

MM: You being a Gujarati, as sir said, and sir being from Bangalore how did you both meet and how did it end in a marriage?

Mrs Ravi: We met when I was in +1 and he was in +2. We started off as friends. He was passionate about what he did and I was passionate about what I did. So we had a lot in common in that way. Eventually we realized it made more sense to convert our friendship into marriage.

MM: During those days when sir was in Rourkela, internet or mobiles were not regular how did you guys stay in touch?

Mrs Ravi: We didn’t. We were more of friends then. So we weren’t in constant contact. However he used to come home during holidays and all. We had a common group of friends and we used to meet. After 4 years in Rourkela, he went to Nasik and then to US for his Masters and PhD. So it wasn’t really 4 years, it was much more than that. During his days in the US what kept us in touch was the Hotmail, which was in very much use those days. Moreover you don’t have to be in the same place to really like each other or to be in touch or to be good friends. So finally in the year 2003 we married and I moved to Madison to join him. He was still doing his PhD. he completed his PhD. in 2005 and then moved on to caterpillar.

MM: What do you do by profession and where do you work?

Mrs Ravi: I am an accountant and I used to work. I worked in Caterpillar for some time. Then I worked for another company. When he decided to come to India I left my job. Before that I did my masters in the US in accountancy. I too had a small career. However, I did not have any idea about engineering. All I knew was a table, chair, computer and accounting. Eventually I got to know something about it when I used to help him with his stuff sometimes. We even did some nut-bolt tightening together.

MM: One final question for you. How is it to be with an engineer? You come from an accountancy background. You have known sir before he was an engineer you must have noticed his transition to an engineer.

Mrs Ravi: The first time I realized I was with an engineer was when he was trying to explain heat transfer to me when I was cooking. It was then I realized that I am married to an engineer. Eventually I took interest in his work as it made sense in a practical way. I realized engineering is not just numbers and is a lot more than that. I can’t share my accounting problems with him; he can’t share his engineering problems with me. But it was a good mix and was a lot fun.

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V. S. Hall: Nearing the Finish Line

The Vikram Sarabhai Hall of Residence has been a victim of postponed deadlines, dishonest contractors and whatnot. The hall was an on-going project since long and the construction seems to be never-ending. It started accommodating students in one of the blocks two years back. However, according to the current status, the present contractor has handed over 4 blocks out of 8, which already house students.
A word with the contractor confirmed that 7 out of 8 blocks will be handed over, fully furnished, to the hall management body by the end of this session. Apart from the 4 blocks where students already stay, the construction of another two blocks is also over. But basic needs, such as water supply, are yet to be provided before accommodating students there. The painting of the walls of a block which was incomplete has also been done.
The main entrance block is also nearing its completion. A simultaneous work is going on in the construction of the mess. The present mess is situated temporarily in the basement hall which is made for the purpose of keeping cycles. The hall management expects a shift in the location of the mess to its permanent location within two months.

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Hotel California: Sumeet Kumar Dandapat

CAT scores topped gossip charts for a while and now many anxiously await interviews. But amidst all the MBA buzz, tidings from Uncle Sam confirmed that someone from this final year batch shall pursue an M. S. Sumeet Kumar Dandapat, final year student, Electronics and Communication Engineering, has received an acceptance letter from University of Southern California and come August, he will be turning over to a new phase of his life @ California.
To get admission into a University of this repute is no cakewalk. The application is processed on the basis of many parameters, major among them being the GRE score. There has been a change in the pattern of GRE, the newer one being a bit tougher than the previous version. Sumeet scored 303 out of 340 while his TOEFL score was 101 out of 120. He appeared for the examination in August, 2011. After that he started with the application procedure and sent his resume to the universities he wanted to get admission in. Sumeet specifically preferred California as his destination for it is the hub of Electronics & Communication engineers. He will pursue his M. S. in “Telecommunication and Networking” under Electrical Engineering department. He takes this achievement very complacently saying there is much more to come.
From his childhood, Sumeet has been brought up in an academic environment, much of which he credits to his father, a professor of Computer Science Engineering in U.S. He looks up to his father who has always been a source of inspiration to him. Born in New Jersey, he shifted to India in his 6th standard as his father was keen on him being attached to his roots. The transition was not easy and initially he faced difficulty as the academic pattern that is followed here is very different than that in the U.S. But this hard working lad didn’t give up and within no time he scaled it up to 90% marks in his scorecard.
When asked about his journey here at NIT Rourkela, he chips in, “When we join the institute we always tend to find the difficulties we have to face here and rue about it. There is a sense of dissatisfaction prevalent everywhere whether it is concerning the mess food, hostels, academics and what not. But with time you realize how to make the best out of things, to be optimistic and most importantly, to have fun.” He is grateful to the institute for having taught him the ‘art of being happy’ and he mentions that being a part of this institute has helped transform his personality to its optimum level. About his professors he mentioned that not everybody is prefect but if that was the case it wouldn’t have been so much fun. A few names like Prof. Anil Kumar, Prof. AV Asha and Prof. Patra stand out for him and he is thankful to them for teaching him a lot. He says, “In an institute like NIT Rourkela one gets to interact with a diversified community and that helped me. The opportunity to share life with so many different people is what we should appreciate and cultivate”.

In order to achieve what one desires for, one has to set out one’s goals clearly. “You can’t plan it all for your future and yes, you should at least know what you want to achieve in 5 years or so. You should not give in to too much of lateral thinking because then you would end up getting nothing”, said Sumeet. When asked about why he didn’t prefer an MBA over MS, he clearly mentions that the idea of fresh B.Tech students opting for MBA degrees never excited him. After completing his MS he plans to go for a core job and have a good work experience. After that he will pursue a MBA degree and that is his ultimate goal. He says, “The journey doesn’t end here. Doing an MS won’t be easy as it involves a lot of research work. I’ll have to work hard to raise myself to that platform where I can do my job well”.

Many people don’t opt for MS because it is expensive and they don’t get a scholarship. While his application for scholarship is still in process, Sumeet emphasizes not to give up as there are a lot of other opportunities like being a TA (Teacher’s assistant) which can help him out. He says, “Yes, you have to invest a lot, but the return you get for whole of your life is worth it”. He mentions out that it is important to keep an open mind and to explore one’s horizons.
Sumeet is also involved in extra-curricular activities. He plays tennis and cricket. He was part of the Institute’s tennis team in his second year. He is also a member of Leo. He has been a loyal member of Rechargers, one of the fashion teams of the Institute. He delightfully mentions about the good times he had here, hanging around with friends and at the same time, how he prefers to sometimes spend time alone, reading a good book, going through the news. He says, “Have fun and do keep in mind what you need to do in order to achieve your goals. If you are focused, you will certainly achieve it”.

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The International Students Meet

 

Around a month after the successful cultural fiesta NITRUTSAV drew to a close, the much awaited International Students Meet (ISM) finally came to the fore. The event had long since been publicized as a mega-event encompassing literary, sport and technical genres and saw the influx of close to 130 participants from abroad. Students from the USA, Germany, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Madagascar, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka conglomerated at the ISM, making it one of the most extravagant events witnessed by the institute in recent times. The participation from abroad this year was much higher as when compared to the 25-30 foreign students the ISM saw in its maiden year.

The ISM began on a colourful note with the Holi celebrations afoot at the Dilip Tirkey Stadium (DTS). Indian and foreign students alike celebrated the festival of colours amid much pomp and gusto; what with "matka-phod" contests, lassi and jalebis being the order of the day. Towards the evening, the ISM Inauguration ceremony was underway at the BBA, with the event being presided over by Prof. Eiel Dujohny and Prof. Connie Etters. The event was kept to a formal minimum, with the Lamp-Lighting ceremony being followed by speeches from Prof. K. K. Mohapatra (Chairman, Golden Jubilee Committee), Prof. K C Biswal, Prof. Eiel, Dr. Sunil Sarangi (Hon. Director, NIT Rourkela) and Prof. Connie Etters. The Vote-of-Thanks was delivered by Prof. Ramakant Jha. The Inaugration ceremony was soon followed by the first competition - Raaga at the BBA. Sajal Neupane from Nepal and Ipsita Panda from NITRkl were declared winners of Raaga. Soon afterwards, at the NCC Grounds; the Fashion Parade event commenced. There were noteworthy performances by popular institute fashion groups - Fusion, LA and Rechargers; however, it was Quintessence, the final-year group which emerged victorious. The Viewer’s Choice Award went to the Thames International College, Nepal.

On the technical front, a Roboshow competition was held, with participants from the 2nd, 3rd, 4th years and from abroad. A Paper Presentation competition was also conducted. InfiZeal Technologies held a 2-day workshop on Surface Computing which saw a decent response in the form of students from VSSUT-Burla, Sambalpur University and even some students from Nepal. However, it was Apocalypso-2k12; the rock-band competition which hogged much of the limelight on Day 2.

Apocalypso 2k12 started off with institute bands Heartbeats and Holic performing onstage at the NCC Grounds. With the event being judged by famous Classical-Fusion band 97-West, Apocalypso witnessed several prolific bands from Kolkata and Ranchi compete. Turnkey, an RnP (Rap n Metal) band from Kolkata stood first amid tough competition from 4 Degrees Of Freedom and Vikrit (both bands from Ranchi). To say that Apocalypso-2k12 was entertaining would be a gross understatement; the event has also been regarded by many as being largely responsible for providing an impetus to the rock-scene at NIT Rourkela. Quizzard was yet another star-marked event in the ISM. A General Quiz by nature, Quizzard witnessed tough participation from both Indian and international students. The event was hosted by Mr.Kamal Rathi from the Odisha Quiz Association and Jugaad, the final year team comprising of Anurag Mohapatra, Susruta Chakraborty and Guru Gaurav Ray was numero uno.

Cricket, Basketball, Table-Tennis, Volleyball, Badminton and Swimming headlined the course of the sporting events. The Super-8 format was incorporated in cricket, where "Ternado", an NIT Rourkela team were declared winners. Thames International College from Nepal accounted for heavy foreign participation on the sports front. The prelims for Techno-Roadies and Code-X, an overnight coding event were held on Day 2. Expressions, a Photography competition and Bizmantra, an online stock-market simulation game were conducted throughout the 3-day period.

College Gearz, a dance competition kickstarted Day 3. Again, Thames International College from Nepal won the contest. Clarion, the literary club of NIT Rourkela conducted the Grand Debate; a team event witnessing participation from 16 teams including foreign teams battling it out in the American Parliamentary Style format. Three rounds of top-class debating and the team of Samik Ghosal and Shakti Prasad Badajena were declared winners. The 3rd day culminated with the Celebrity Nite, where close to 3000 students and faculty members thronged to the Dilip Tirkey Stadium to witness Dr.Kumar Vishwas (renowned poet) and Neeraj Shridhar (Bombay Vikings fame) perform live. The magnificent fireworks-display marked the end of the International Students Meet - 2012.

The ISM raked in greater moolah in the form of sponsors this year, with companies such as Adhunik Metallics, Moksha and The Musician providing decent sponsorship. In tune with all the other fests conducted in the academic year, the ISM could definitely be regarded as a fitting swansong to an eventful year.

 

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Convenient Condolence


An NITian is a gifted child.

Do not think of adopting unfair means, you are an NITian.

Through the above few lines, we are constantly reminded of the fact that we are NITians, a class and breed apart. An NITian is not an ordinary individual. He is exceptionally gifted and talented with tremendous responsibility towards the society; or so it is said. That very same NITian, apparently does not deserve suspension of classes for a single day, even when he tragically passes away.

As the news of Kumar Gaurav’s being missing spread across NITR last Sunday, everyone was fervently praying and hoping that there would be a miracle, somehow. The official statement, very rightly stated ‘missing’. But, the very next day, his body was recovered after a search operation. At the very least, one expects the Institute to declare classes suspended for the second half of the day, as a mark of respect being paid to the departed soul. But, that was not to be. Tuesday, the 6th was also not declared a day of mourning for reasons best known to the decision-making authorities.

History repeats itself and it repeated itself in the grandest manner possible. A webmail landed up in our Inbox at 10AM on Tuesday, notifying us of a condolence meeting scheduled that very day at 5PM in BBA. When Monday Morning had last approached Registrar Sir to quiz him about the logic in sending a mail at 10AM, when no one has any access to the internet, he had very reassuringly told us, “Next time, we will send it early.”How much time does it take to deliberate on the scheduling of a condolence meeting and send a webmail the night before, is a question left unanswered. The logic behind sending the mail, when one can access the internet only after 5:15PM in the Halls of Residence, can at best be termed, baffling. Secondly, the 5PM scheduling of the condolence meeting is in itself, a blunder. How can students attend the program, when they are busy attending classes? The convenient time for everyone would have been 5:30PM, as it does take some time to reach the venue after classes.

If that wasn’t enough, the condolence meeting didn’t even extend beyond 5:05PM. The meeting was attended by a lot of students, who had come to pay their respects to the much-loved Kumar, but, a couple of minutes of silence and a few broken words were all the meeting comprised of. Inviting a close friend of his to speak about him, or maybe a few teachers who knew him well, for a few good words about him is what is expected of a condolence meeting. It didn’t even reach 5:15PM, forget about stretching beyond it, which would’ve enabled many other students to attend the meeting. Condolences, of the best form, were to be seen across Facebook and the internet. From blogs to paintings to poems to dedications, the students, very fittingly, paid their final respects.

If one day of classes is so important, that it cannot be missed at any cost, let there be compensation of classes which is an oft seen phenomenon here at NITR. But, at the very least, let us show some solidarity and some mark of respect for the departed soul. It is the norm across Universities and Institutes across the country, of suspending classes in mourning for the one who has left us. A non-working day could have been declared for the Sophomores, who were extremely close to him. The mental state of his branch-mates, the students who had attended the picnic along with him and his close friends would definitely not have been of attending classes. If not anything else, at least the Mechanical Department should have declared a day of mourning for Kumar Gaurav. As for us, we can simply put forth our point and hope that in future, such things are not repeated. Kumar Gaurav, you will be dearly missed.

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MIT Rolls-Out Prototype e-learning Course

Lending a new dimension to online learning, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has launched MITx, under which selection of its courses will be offered through an online interactive learning platform.

MITx course materials are meant to foster learning at an individual pace. It features interactivity, online laboratories and student-to-student communication. MIT officials believe this will help to enhance the learning of their on-campus students as well, supplementing their classroom experience.

The first course on ‘Circuits and Electronics' is already online. Interested learners may start signing up (http://mitx.mit.edu/).

Starting March 5, the course will run through June 8. Modelled on the MIT's 6.002 — an introductory course for undergraduate students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), 6.002x will introduce engineering in the context of lumped circuit abstraction, helping students make the transition from physics to electrical engineering and computer science. It will be taught by AnantAgarwal, EECS professor and director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), and Chris Terman, CSAIL co-director, with other experts.

MIT learning materials are already available for free in the public domain in the form of OpenCourseWare. But this course is audited, with a certificate to be issued from the MIT on successful completion.

And MITx open learning software will be made available free of cost, the institution has said. This is to encourage other universities or educational institutions to boost their online education offerings.

“Creating an open learning infrastructure will enable other communities of developers to contribute to it, thereby making it self-sustaining,” says MrAgarwal, who is leading the development of the open platform.

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Moon Deserves Blame In Sinking Of Titanic

A century after the Titanic disaster, scientists have found an unexpected culprit for the sinking: the moon.

The Titanic collided with an iceberg the night of April 14, 1912 and sank within hours, with the loss of around 1,500 lives. And according to a team at Texas State University, an unusually close approach of the moon three months earlier could have raised water levels, refloating hundreds of beached icebergs.

On January 4 that year, the moon and sun had lined up in such a way their gravitational pulls enhanced each other - an effect well-known as a spring tide.

But, on top of this, the moon’s perigee — its closest approach to Earth — was the nearest in 1,400 years, and came within six minutes of a full moon. Enhancing the effect, the Earth’s perihelion — its closest approach to the sun — took place the day before.

"It was the closest approach of the moon to the Earth in more than 1,400 years, and this configuration maximized the moon’s tide-raising forces on Earth’s oceans. That’s remarkable," says physicist Donald Olson.

The north Atlantic was full of icebergs that spring - indeed, shipping lanes were moved many miles to the south for the whole of the 1912 season.

The team's suggesting that the answer lies in grounded and stranded icebergs. As Greenland icebergs travel southward, many become stuck in the shallow waters off the coasts of Labrador and Newfoundland. Normally, they stay there until they’ve melted enough to refloat, or a high enough tide frees them.

But the unusually high tide that January, they say, would have freed many more than usual, and would have moved them back into the southbound ocean currents just in time to rendezvous with the Titanic.

"That could explain the abundant icebergs in the spring of 1912. We don’t claim to know exactly where the Titanic iceberg was in January 1912 — nobody can know that - but this is a plausible scenario intended to be scientifically reasonable."

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Joseph Kony: Brutal Warlord Who Shocked World

We have all been living with KONY 2012 phenomenon since Tuesday, 6th March, 2012, when the video was released on YouTube.

In the past week, a documentary detailing accusations of vile acts committed by the Ugandan warlord has spread like wildfire on social media, prompting international outrage and a groundswell of support for his capture.

In the documentary, "Kony 2012," which was posted online by the U.S.-based group Invisible Children, the tales of atrocities are horrifying: armed supporters force abducted children to kill their own parents, brutal mutilations include the hacking off of lips and limbs, and the sexual slavery of young girls stolen from their families. The group says its aim is to raise awareness and bring Kony to justice.

The film about the abuse of children in Africa has been watched more than 50 million times on the internet in four days and almost six million people have tweeted about the campaign using #StopKony.

While some critics question whether the film captures the full scope of the conflict, one matter is without debate: Kony now ranks as one of the International Criminal Court's most wanted men, facing arrest on charges of crimes against humanity after a 26-year campaign of brutality in his failed bid to overthrow the Ugandan government.

If Joseph Kony wasn't the most wanted man in the world, he may be now.

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Pune Institute's Team Wins Robocon 2012

Pune students have once again taken the lead in a national-level competition and proved why the city is known as the Oxford of the East.

Students from MAEER’s Maharashtra Institute of Technology beat Ahmedabad’s Nirma Institute of Technology to emerge victorious in robotics competition ‘Robocon 2012’. The winning team from the engineering college would now represent India at the International Robocon 2012 to be held in Hong Kong this year.

This is the second time that MIT Pune has won the prestigious event being organised jointly by PrasarBharati and MAEER’s Maharashtra Academy of Engineering which is being organised since 2002.

“The theme for this year’s event was ‘PengOn Dai Gat’ which means in pursuit of peace and prosperity. The theme is based on the Cheung Chau Bun Festival, one of the traditional and most famous festivals of Hong Kong,’’ said DrMilindPande, convenor of Robocon India.

More than 70 engineering institutes including all IITs took part in Robocon 2012, a competition which brings engineers from different streams together towards a common game.

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DataWind: World’s Most Innovative Company

British-Indian firm DataWind has won the Smart UK Project award from UK government for nation's 'Most Innovative Mobile Company', beating competition from the other three finalists blippar, P2i and QRpedia. The competition run by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), began its search for UK's most innovative mobile company in November 2011.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is a government department that helps UK-based companies succeeds in the global economy.

DataWind has developed and manufactured the $35 Android powered Aakash Tablet.

Montreal based Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of DataWind said, "We are honoured to be recognised; it is a great validation of our vision and I hope this will help create greater impetus for UK innovation."

Aakash which is an Android device with a 7-inch touchscreen, 3-hour battery life, and 32 GB of storage is available starting at $35 for students.

The Indian government plans to purchase and give away 100,000 units in the first run to schoolchildren and hopes to purchase 50 lakh tablets this year.

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Tragedy hits NITR

Tragic incidents have dogged NITR students for the past couple of months or so. In yet another, heart-wrenching and sadly unfortunate incident, we break to you the demise of Kumar Gaurav, B. Tech, second year from the Deparment of Mechanical Engineering, who had been missing since Sunday morning, while on a picnic trip to Darjing. The funeral would be taking place Vedvyas this evening at 6 pm.

"I got a call from Anjul Khadria at 11:30am on Sunday intimating me about the event. It seems that by pure accident, the boy, who was trying to recover his fallen sunglasses was pulled in by the currents of the river. The area is very deep and the local villagers also tried to rescue him. The local police and DSP of the area were intimated who immediately rushed to the spot. The search went on for 3-4 hours but he could not be found" said Prof. K. C. Pati last night.

A renowned international diver, Sabeer Bux had been called in to assist in the search this morning. His family has been intimated last night itself and his brother and uncle were on their way to NITR. Monday Morning stands by Kumar's family, friends and relatives at this utmost tragic moment. May he rest in peace.

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Sessions By TCS, Panasonic

 

Four representatives from Tata Consultancy Services were on campus on Thursday, 1st March 2012 to introduce students to their new online portal http://nextstep.tcs.com/. This session was part of the drive ‘Campus Commune’, which visits students of institutes and colleges from which TCS recruits. The portal allows potential recruits of TCS to interact with each other. The website has a social-networking approach, evident from features such as user profiles and ‘follow user’. Mr. Debi Prasad Swain, alumnus of the Institute, was part of the TCS delegation. He made a presentation on the work culture of TCS and shared his experiences of working on various projects during his past sixteen years at the company. TCS also presented the Student of the Year Award to Achin Mishra, Final Year Student, Department of Computer Science & Engineering. He received a medal, a certificate and a cash award of Rs. Ten Thousand only. Pre-final year students of B. Tech, M. Tech, M. Sc. and M. A. attended the event. They were later demonstrated the registration process in the Computer Centre Lab, while the rest of the session was held at Bhubaneswar Behera Auditorium.

Mr. Mandal, an alumnus and now working with Panasonic was here on Friday, 2nd March, 2012 to brief pre-final and final year B. Tech students on the Scholarship programme of the company, which provides an opportunity to pursue higher studies in Japan. All details concerning the scholarship as well as information on the business of Panasonic were shared. The session took place in B. B. Auditorium from 11 a.m. onwards. Mr. Mandal also answered queries regarding the scholarship.

Both the events were largely managed by the nominated placement coordinators of the pre-final year in the presence and supervision of the present members of the Placement Committee.

 

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NITR @ BAJA SAEINDIA 2012

A team of twenty-three students of various streams, accompanied by Prof. S. Murugan, faculty in department of Mechanical Engineering and faculty advisor of SAE – NITR Chapter, participated in BAJA SAEINDIA 2012 held from February 17th to 19th at Pithampur, Indore. The 5th edition of the event witnessed participation of over hundred teams from the top Engineering colleges of India.

The teams had to design, fabricate and validate a single-seater, four-wheeler, off the road All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) to take part in a series of events spread over a course of three days. The vehicles were tested for sound engineering, speed, acceleration, maneuverability and finally back breaking durability. The NITR ATV successfully survived all the tests except the three hours Endurance Test held on the third day of the event, during which the half shaft ball bearing came off.

The team was headed by Anshu Behra, with Anshuman Mishra as its vice-captain. Both are final year students. The team comprised of twelve final year, seven third year and six second year students.

“Our performance was not too good but still we learned a lot. It was an enriching experience. We learnt from our mistakes.  And worked together as a team”, said Swayam Prakash Sahoo, President of the SAE Chapter and part of the team. He admitted that some of the techniques that they used were obsolete.

He also stated that the project got lot of support and encouragement from Director Sir and Prof. S. Murugan & Prof. Alok Sathapathy of Mechanical Engineering Department. Mr. Rajesh Kanungo, Mr. Sashwath Rath and Mr. Sarthak Nayak, alumni of the Institute, contributed significantly. SAC allotted Rupees Fifty Thousand while the rest of the budget of Rs. Two lacs was sponsored by the SAE alumni. The final rankings of the participants of the contest are yet to be announced.

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New Telephone Exchange

A new telephonic exchange project is under way in the Institute. Monday Morning met Dr. Santanu Behera, Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering, who is the Professor-in-charge of the Telephone Exchange.

The present telephone exchange is of Semens, Hicon-301, its capacity being 1200 lines. When asked about the need for a new telephone exchange, Prof. Behera said that the huge increase in strength of faculty and non teaching staff as well as the rapid growth of infrastructure has led to stress on the old telephone exchange. A 10,000-capacity exchange shall replace the one currently in use. Also, the maximum service life of the present exchange is ten years and it has already been functional for eight years now, which, sooner or later, demands a replacement. However, the same infrastructure beside the Nescafe will be maintained for the new exchange.

The new exchange is a ‘Voice over Internet Protocol’ based Electronic Private Automatic Branch Exchange manufactured by AASTRA MX-ONE. At the time of installation, 2500 lines will be functional in the Institute. This figure will rise soon.

The new exchange brings in additional facilities, some of which are:

•    International calls will be possible, which will enhance collaboration with foreign universities as well as contact with students going abroad through M. S., Ph. D. programs and internships.

•    Five-party conference systems, voice announcement facility and caller Ids will be made available.

•    About 500 IP phones (both analog and digital) will be provided to the faculty in their offices and in around 84 faculty residence quarters.

•    Since these phones are connected to the internet, calls from personal computers (PCs) are also possible.

•    Analog phones will be provided to F and G quarters. Internet facilities for children of faculty will also be ensured.

The installation of IP phones is expected to be completed by the end of April while the new telephone exchange may be totally and wholly functional by July this year.

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Alcohol, Air-Conditioning And Adjustments

The verdict is in. Students want a change in the convocation gown. A whopping 479 out of the 582 voters have voted for a full body black coat and cape while just 3 voters have voted to retain the gown. Monday Morning decided to show the poll results to Director Sir, along with a few pressing issues from the past and a few firsts in the future.

MM: Computer centre has recently mandated the use of Kaspersky in all systems in the hostels. This has led to a lot of technical problems for many students and according to our poll 64% of the voters want to have the liberty to use an antivirus?

D: Computer centre has mandated it for all the time. Earlier it was etrust, but now it is Kaspersky. The commercial terms of etrust were not favourable to us. There was a high level commercial change in the company and because of that its service became weak and then Kaspersky came in the picture as the solution. An anti-virus has always been mandated. When I re-joined the institute we inherited a computer system that was blacklisted in international networking. There are international agencies which keep checks on the virus content of the mails which originate from places like an institute. These agencies put you in a blacklist if the virus content exceed a certain threshold value. As a result our mails couldn’t be delivered to places like US or an organization which has a robust firewall. Your question should be how many people would like our site to be labelled as an unsafe site.

No inoculation in this world, no anti-virus measure is done by choice. It is the management’s decision and it is done because it is required. And that is the reason now it is compulsory for you to put Kaspersky. I would also like my computer science students to make a survey and quantitatively demonstrate the negative impact of using Kaspersky. Information Technology is a dominant sector employing lakhs of people having high IQ. The amount of wealth generated in this sector is also phenomenal and security of the information system is a bonafide branch of computer science. We have in our institute a good number of computer science B.Tech, M.Tech and Ph.D. There are journals which are reviewed and which will give a lot of credit to the student once it gets published. So, I would call upon my students to generate a well-researched article on how to ensure security, of what degree of security and what is the negative impact of this specific anti-virus using NIT Rourkela as a case study.

We have a massive amount of computing power. We are using Kaspersky to avoid slowness. In spite of having such computing power there are many a times when the traffic becomes very slow. It is not because of the genuine traffic. We get loaded with spurious traffic because of malicious software. And hence to stop this we are using the antivirus. I still feel that the slowness caused by Kaspersky cannot be perceived by humans. But I have an open mind and I would like to see from any student using NIT Rourkela as a case study to demonstrate its negative impact on a law abiding system i.e free from pirated softwares. And unless everybody is inoculated we face the danger of getting blacklisted again. So, every machine has to have a Kaspersky. Some people may be using licensed version of other anti-viruses but we don’t have a technology for checking that you have a license and that it is new and adequate. Kaspersky has provided us a tool to check it but we can’t find out about the authenticity of a personal anti-virus which you may be using. So we can’t leave it to the discretion of the students.

I would also like to make an appeal to the students to please check the software vault before downloading the pirated version of technical software. We are paying huge sums of money to organizations like Microsoft, Matlab and others and we have an adequate number of license softwares to support our students.

MM: There was some police activity at the previously closed gate. What is NIT’s stand? Will the Nit market be demolished?

DD: The entire NIT boundary has 4 designated openings, the 5th; a 22m gap has to be closed. Due to vested interests to not to have it closed, we could not have the construction. There were threats and stone pelting, thus we approached the police and 3rd March was the day decided under the protection of police that the wall is built. After the wall is built, there will be an electricity substation at the location, which will help us to bring in 33kV supply from a distance of 10 km. The present 11kV supply of the whole campus is being converted into a bigger and reliable 33kV network. I have no idea about the market, we only secured our boundary. The Institute wants in its proximity a well developed legally constructed series of shops. We are uncomfortable having unauthorised illegal shops in the vicinity because, having Coca-Cola bottles in front, they are selling alcohol behind. Selling alcohol is no crime unless you don’t hold licence, but in the proximity of an institute, it is not permitted. I don’t do tremendous monitoring over alcohol consumption of reasonably grown up people, but we cannot entertain sale of alcohol at an illegal joint. Huge fractions of my students are below the legal drinking age of 21. Drinking in the room is not allowed, but I do not deploy police to find out if you are drinking in your room because it will scare students and harm the good corporate growing environment of the institute. Providing security is my responsibility and security comes at a certain sacrifice of freedom, but if I overdo to an extent that students get suffocated under control, then their personality will not grow and they won’t get employment. If at the age of 22, you are protected every moment, then how will you protect other people! One bottle of whisky doesn’t bother me, but a crate of such bottles does, as it may increase the probability of major issues. Thus the security at main gate is enhanced and the practice discouraged. This is one of the primary reasons why the gate was desired open, by vested interests of outsiders. Also my security, under their pressure and fear, was reporting to them, not to me. If the market outside the old gate fears loss of business, then we could preferentially buy a lot of mess demands from them, provided they give us at market rates. Every student and faculty wanted the gate to be open, but I was the only person not in favour, because security of the campus is not the responsibility of individuals, but the management.

MM: We hear that there are prospects of a supermarket inside the campus.

DD: Yes there is a proposal. But having a market inside the campus, which exceeds the potential to support the internal population, attracts undesired population from outside. Any internal facility should be below the requirement; it should trail the demand, not lead.

MM: Polling on convocation gown design reads 82.3 %( 479 out of 582) of students in favour of black long coat with hat, while just 0.5% people want to retain the old design.

DD: The decision will be taken in favour of the people who want the change. We will expose the possibility of either procuring or renting, which is difficult. I have taken it seriously, we are examining, but presently I assure nothing.

MM: Can you throw some light on the air-conditioning project going on in campus? What is the construction going on behind PPA?

DD: Imported centrifugal compressors have reached Kolkata port. I’m hopeful that by August, BBA will be completely air-conditioned, but rest of the campus will take up to next March. During renovation of the AV hall we did the low side, that is, internal structure of air-conditioning; in anticipation, even before we conceived the idea of central air-conditioning .The high side being the provision of chilled water that will cause the cooling effect. Behind PPA is the central AC Plant coming up, whose completion is a 10 year plan. Refrigeration is measured in tonnes of refrigeration (TR) according to which 3.5kW of heat liberation consumes approximately 1.4 units of electricity. Pumps, compressors and chillers will be required to circulate water at 6 degree, which will return at 11degree, after being circulated through big pipelines, around the campus. Chilled water will enter into rooms, and heat exchangers will take away the room’s heat. So this is the plan for ground floor, and 1st floor will be a large hall for student’s activity and upon that will be the cooling tower. But according to proposal, one third of the project will be done now; another one third will take a year or two, while the last third will be accomplished in 5 or 7 years.

MM: Students are expecting CCD outlet inside campus, according to your prior information of their opening by December.

DD: But CCD is not expecting the students! We wrote to them, their requirements are made available, but they are not responding. Previously they showed interest, but due to some internal politics of CCD they are reluctant to start up in campus. Now we are thinking of another proposal given by the present Rengcol proprietor, to convert the 1st floor into a restaurant. There is another proposal from a local hotel management graduate, who will be giving the idea in written to Prof. Ray and his committee, and they will decide on a new provision at the Calorie.

MM: School of management takes in only B.Tech students. Why is that a necessary criterion for our Institute’s MBA admission procedure?

DD: It is a negative criterion. It should not happen, but is happening because we have faculty with less experience of dealing with students from vivid background, thus we limit the entry to a narrow zone of people from past background. It’s not intended to be the permanent criterion; it was a necessity of starting of the department. Homogeneous background makes selection of electives and other subjects easier. But it is not intended to be the character of the course.

MM: Students are supposed to receive a mail regarding the student’s body formation.

DD: It is half written, when the rest half will be drafted by me, I will put it up on webmail. The details of selection of members and their job functions will be defined in it.

MM: Shifting of girls from KMS to CVR is proposed to be done on an approximate ratio of 50% from each batch to each of the two hostels, but girls are interested in shifting in batches as a whole.

DD: When not segregated you learn how to live with your batch mates effectively, but you will be misfit to companies which have employees from all batch and ages. It is my duty to teach you how to live in communities of variety. I’m having a prejudice supported by experience and others viewpoints that this is the kind of experience I should give you, else I fail in keeping the promise given to your parents. Education is that which remains after we forget everything learnt in our classroom. Personality comprises of scientific and social parts, more the heterogeneity better the individual. Our ordinary sense of insecurity makes us heard in terms of former school mates, home state, batch or department. It is in the students benefit, an engineer from IIT is doing far better than his counterpart from Padmanava, is partly because in his four years he got exposed to a far better heterogeneous environment. After living together for 3 years, we won’t traumatise them; shifting in a group of up to 5 people will be honoured, but 1st year students will have to go, segregated in a way the boys are done in second and following years. It cannot be a batch wise shifting, as it will not be good for you. As it will be done for the 1st time for girls, we will see to some methods in their interest.

MM: If the present prefinal year girls are split then the living conditions of single seated rooms of KMS will not be comparable to rooms of CVR.

DD: But then they won’t have an identity crisis of which hall they belonged to. Those who will take a little hardship and stay in KMS will be better off. But I want students to go to CVR, as there are surplus rooms there and KMS is over populated. Comfort is good .Pride is better!

MM: The BBA west wall painting competition and hall poster painting competition results were supposed to be out by 22nd of February, any updates regarding that?

DD: For BBA, I haven’t found anything up to my satisfaction, on my view point. In the halls there are good designs. Prof. K. C. Pati will be giving the decision soon. I’ll employ some other trick to get some design for BBA wall. The worst thing to do is to buy the design; a little better option is to get it from any faculty of Art University, but best would have been to receive some design from our students.

 

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7 Bangladesh Executives train@NITR

Department of Mining Engineering hosted an Executive Development Program on Coal Mining for Officials of Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Limited (BCMCL), Bangladesh from 21st February to 5th March, 2012. It was a 15 days program for a Batch of 7 executives on Special Courses on Coal Mining.

Dr. S. K. Sarangi, Honorable Director, NIT ROURKELA inaugurated the program. This program was coordinated by Dr. D P Tripathy, HOD Mining Engineering. It comprised of Classes taken by faculties of the Department covering varied subjects like Mine Environment, Strata Control, Mining Methods & Machinery, Mine Planning, Mine Ventilation, Geology, and Surveying & Fires in Coal Mine.

Besides these essential theory, a 3 days Coal Mine Visit was organized at MCL during 1st -3rd march at Sambalpur. Different Aspect of Mining such as Open cast mining, Underground Coal Mining with rescue station. Prof. Tripathy also accompanied the executives in the visit to MCL.

The course was successfully coordinated. Prof. M Panda, Dean SRICCE, who presided the validity function on 5th March. During this program the Executives were accommodated at Institute’s South Block Guest House. Another Program, on the same lines is expected to be organized in coming April.

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A Trip to Khandadhar: An Ode

This winter, the post graduate students along with the faculty members of the department of Chemical Engineering organized a “picnic”. The location was idyllic “Khandadhar” (somewhere between 100~110 kms from Rourkela city). A simple Google search might give enough hits, detailing the geography and demography of the location but no information is truly sufficient to fathom its natural grandeur. Khandadhar is bestowed upon all the elements that can make it a tourist citadel. The wilderness of the place, combining the presence of a majestic “waterfall” creates a discernible illusion in the hearts and minds.

The journey began on a chilly morning from NIT campus. The students and faculties braved the dipping mercury and assembled on time, facilitating a smooth start. Although, during the initial part of the trip the students were a bit numb and circumspect but sooner they found their rhythm, making their boisterous presence felt which continued till the end. They reached the spot at around 10:30 in the morning. There is a 10 km dirt-road diversion from the main highway, leading to the destination point. The enduring scenic beauty of the surroundings during the road-trip set a good tone for the occasion. The place was already bustling with life as many picnickers had already gathered and many were following. After putting a lot of thoughts into consideration a strategic (sic) spot was chosen as the base-camp. Since a heavy breakfast was served during the journey, a larger section of the crowd wasted little time and dispersed in small groups for their voyage. A smaller section of students although stayed back for a brief period and helped in sprucing-up the place for cooking and dining arrangements.

The rocky terrain of Khandadhar is besieged with small hillocks with plenty of greenery around. The freshness of air, chirping of birds, chiming of bells from distant places, percolation of moving water stream revitalizes one’s senses and enchants. The serpentine strip leading to the “waterfall” was treacherous (at times) but it was a great fun. Although the sun was beating down but it couldn’t dent the enthusiasm of students as they swam, trekked, photographed around the crystal clear lagoon. A few of us though preferred to pass the time in silent observation, mesmerized, perhaps admiring the magnificent landscape. Many of us would have loved to stay back a little longer but things were running behind schedule and had to retreat back to the base-camp.
The chef and his assistant found it extremely tough to arrange the long list of items in the menu within the stipulated time but timely intervention from student volunteers helped in expediting the process. All the items were nicely prepared and delicious. All picnickers relished every bite of it. Albeit there was fun and amusement in the fag-end of the trip but still they could feel certain degree of restlessness within the team management as they were behind schedule; probably, sporadic incidences of aggression from fringe elements (of the surrounding area) influencing their thoughts.

Overall, the experience was very satisfying to all. A few although wished to explore a bit more, for example, Prof. Santanu Paria thought to trek to the source of the waterfall but couldn’t attain the feat because of time constraint. Prof. Arvind Kumar, a strong advocate of environmental issues, appalled on seeing the littered places, created by all picnickers and advised to take conscious efforts in improving the attitudes towards environment.

The picnic turn out to be a successful social gathering and everybody returned gaily and safely.

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Inter-NIT: Conquered

The inter NIT competitions organized by O-INSA (organization of inter NIT student activities), normally held during the winter break was held during the February-March period this year. This year, NIT Rourkela was the host institute for the Football & Kabaddi matches. In both the sports, NITR won the gold medal, by thrashing the opponents with undefeated streaks. This kind of unprecedented success in Inter-NIT events has been unheard of in the recent past.

The inauguration ceremony was held on the 4th(Saturday) , inaugurated by our director, Prof S.K. Sarangi . Members present on the dais were our Director, Prof K.C. Biswal (Dean,SW) and Prof D.R. Parhi (President, SAC). Unfortunately during the ceremony the flag was hoisted in reverse which was quickly rectified by the authorities.

Due to the matches being held in the middle of the semester there were only 3 teams participating in both the sports. In football, teams form NIT Trichy and NIT Allahabad participated in the tournament. NIT Trichy lost the first two matches, leading to its subsequent elimination. The final match was held between NITR & NITA which was won by our institute. In Kabaddi, NIT Surathkal and NIT Trichy participated. NIT Surathkal was knocked out in the first round by virtue of losing the first two matches. Thus the finals were held between NITR & NITT which was won by NITR.

This was a splendid performance by the players of our institute who made us proud. The new coaches who were appointed for each sport definitely played a role in the marked improvement of our performance. Hopefully the gold medals will convince the authorities to make these coaches permanent, so that we can improve the skills of the talented players of our institute and win many more medals in subsequent competitions. It would have been celebration time in NITR if not for the unfortunate circumstances surrounding a B. Tech 2nd Year student Kumar Gourav being missing from a routine picnic spot. A one-minute silence was maintained showing solidarity with him and his family.

 

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Seminar-Talk

A seminar on “Seismic Evaluation of RC Stepped Building Frames” was held on 17th February i.e., Wednesday in seminar hall of civil department. Prof. Pradip Sarkar, Associate professor of the department of Civil Engineering was the presenter.

Prof. S. P. Singh was the professor-in-charge of the above mentioned seminar which focused mainly on stepped building frames, with vertical geometric irregularity. This paper proposed a new method of quantifying irregularity in building frames, accounting for dynamic characteristics (mass and stiffness) and also proposed modification of the code specified empirical formula for estimating fundamental period for regular frames, to estimate the fundamental time period of stepped building frame.

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Naval Research Board: Sponsored Project

 

The Institute has received and successfully completed many a projects in the past and most of them have contributed significantly to the scientific world and have often lead to path-breaking findings, which has lead to the scientific fraternity often getting back to their think-tanks. One such project was received by the Department of Ceramic Engineering in early 2007 but has been almost unnoticed till now. The project was headed by Prof. Swadesh Kumar Pratihar who was more than happy to share the details with Monday Morning.
The Department of Ceramic Engineering received the project from the Naval Research Board (NRB) in early 2007; to be precise it was sanctioned on 1st May, 2007. The title was “Development of Strontium/Cobalt Substituted Barium-Ferrite Materials for intermediate temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC)”. A grant of Rs.15, 12, 000 was issued for the project, the amount clearly reflecting the magnitude of the project! The target for completion was 3 years and the project successfully stuck to its deadline and was over by mid 2010.
On being asked about the technical details, Prof. Pratihar replied, “The project was basically related to fuel cells and how we can use different ceramic materials for building the fuel cells. One must have a clear idea of what a conventional fuel cell is and how it works to understand the working of a ceramic fuel cell. What we did in this project was that we tried to reduce the polarisation resistance of the cell and make the cell cost effective by decreasing the working temperature. We used Perovskite structured materials to do this. We used Zirconia (YSZ) as electrolyte, LSM as cathode and Ni-YSZ as anode. The Perovskite structure because of its unique multivalency property, could significantly reduce the polarisation resistance and reduce the working temperature to about 650°C from 1000°C. This kind of cell is not only cost effective but is also environment friendly.”
The findings of the project surely stirred up the understanding of the fuel cell technology and opened up new avenues for the scientific fraternity to carry out their research. The project also helped the institute by bringing it to the fore and providing many new opportunities for future.

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NITRians everywhere!

NIT Rourkela students seem to shining everywhere, leaving their mark on some tough competitions not just in India but across the world. After the tremendous show at IIT Kharagpur, where NITR bagged numerous awards, it was time to show their mettle at the Indian School of Mines’ annual cultural festival Srijan 2k12 at Dhanbad.  In a week when the different sporting teams of our college were creating a buzz with their splendid performances, the newest dancing sensation of our institute, The Mavericks, was busy in showcasing what they are best at in SRIJAN 2k12. The winners of the group dance competition in NITRUTSAV-2K12, the Mavericks, bagged the 3rd Prize in SRIJAN and with it a cash prize of Rs.5000. Apart from this, Gaurav Katendra, a 1st year M.Tech student bagged the 3rd prize in the solo event. Not only this, but Dikshya Rautray, a B. Tech fresher, won the High Commission recognition as the delegate of Libya in the General Assembly of the Mock United Nations event in SRIJAN.

On the academic front, Debati Marandi and Naga Sowmya Tontepu, B. Tech pre-final year students from the Department of Electrical Engineering won the first prize in a paper presentation contest conducted by IEEE.

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, organized a “Reach for the stars challenge”. Two hundred entries were first selected and were challenged to come up with a new business idea (related to the Space Industry) and to undertake a 3 minute presentation which had to be posted within 24 hours of the challenge being released. The teams were judged on Creativity & Innovation, Costing, Marketing, and Communication. Five finalists were selected for the interview (by video telephone from Strathclyde) on Monday, 13th February 2012.
NIT Rourkela’s team Mind Trip consisting of two mechanical engineering students, Swarup Sahoo and Prakash Sarangi of 4th semester, with the help and able guidance of Prof. Subrat K. Panda of the Department of Mechanical Engineering,  got very close to the bounty of a fully funded trip to The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow as they concluded with the runners up prize.

Their video has now been made public by The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXcaYPhawzM

Monday Morning congratulates all the winners and we sincerely hope that the saga of NITians bagging laurels nationally and internationally keeps continuing.

 

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Head Count: 700!

 

This past week, the Training and Placement Cell achieved a new high, crossing the magical figure of 700 offers in record time with many more companies lined up and a few of them yet to declare their results. Kudos to the Placement Committee 2011-2012 for a splendid performance and we hope that last year’s figure of 713 will be crossed very soon and the current B. Tech batch will reach the ‘100% placed’ mark.

Meanwhile, two more companies came to the campus this past week to recruit with yet another PSU MECON and ThyssenKrupp head-hunting. MECON declared their results while the Thyssen results are yet to be declared.

MECON


 

Category : Super Dream

Students Recruited : 6

CTC : 7.12 LPA

Civil Engg.

B. Tech
1. Maithili Mohanty
2. Balabhadra Marndi
3. Falguni Krishna Prasad Mishra

Mechanical Engg.

B. Tech
1. Ojaswi Panda
2. Umakanta Behera
3. N. Sudhir

 

 

The School of Management opened its account with a healthy number of offers from the Public Sector giant Coal India Limited who took away seven from the current MBA batch. The eligibility criteria was a B. Tech in Electrical Engineering followed by an MBA. With Midhani(PSU) making the MBA students eligible for placements in the pre-midsem week, one hopes that a few more will bag an offer, leading to hopefully what might become a splendid finish to a rather sluggish start.

Coal India Limited


 

Category: Super Dream

CTC: 6.9lpa (Training period)

8.6lpa(After training period)

School of Management

1. Debasish Nayak

2. Harish Kandula

3. Ajit Kumar Seth

4. Amita Khuntia

5. Priyanka Parida

6. Upali Ipsita Das

7. Nivedita Biswal

The pre-midsem week also saw a surge in placements with the Department of Ceramic Engineering and the department of chemical engineering finally making a move.

 

Hindware


 

Category : Normal

Students Recruited : 4

CTC : 3.2 LPA

 

Ceramic Engg.

B. Tech

1. Rahul Mallik

2. Haraprasad Raut

3. Aashish Panda

4. Sushree Sangita

 

*Recruitment process held at Kolkata

 

Haldia Petrochemicals Limited(HPL)


 

Category : Dream

Students Recruited : 5

CTC : 5.0 LPA

 

Chemical Engineering

B. Tech

1. Jitendra Patro

2. Chittaranjan Panda

3. Sagar Sourav

4. Rahul Sinha

Electrical Engineering

B. Tech

1. Biswadarshi Naik

 

 

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ISEET To Replace AIEEE And IIT-JEE From 2013!

 

Some of India’s oldest and most prestigious entrance exams are soon to going to give way to a new entity – a consolidated entrance exam that will change the way students enter the hallowed IITs and equally renowned NITs, along with a host of other institutes.

 

The HRD Ministry has come with a revolutionary proposal that has a solitary, national level entrance test - Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET) - replacing engineering entrance exams such as IIT-JEE and AIEEE from 2013 onwards. Though the papers will be set by the IITs, the exam will be conducted by the CBSE Board.

A meeting was held by the Joint Admission Board of IITs on February 18, 2012 to take a final decision on conducting the national level common entrance test for admissions to various science and engineering programs in India. The IIT heads participated in the meeting to discuss the single entrance test and the terms and conditions for the same. The test has already been approved by the IIT Council.

The details of the ISEET examination (available so far) are as follows:

 

Date/Month of Exam: April or May 2013

Structure: ISEET Main + ISEET Advanced

Duration: 3 hours each between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the same day.

 

Coverage: ISEET Main (Objective Test) – Logical Reasoning, Critical Thinking and Comprehension

 

ISEET Adavnced – Problem Solving Skills in Basic Science Subjects

Weightage: At least 40% to Class XII Board Exams (Can go up to 100%)

Maximum of 60% to ISEET scores

 

However, the specific weightage within these limits will be decided by each academic institution/state government separately.

The schedule of declaring ISEET results is yet to be decided so as to co-ordinate with the Board Results and provide a consolidated scorecard with all 3 scores.

 

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AICTE: No New Engineering/Management Institutes From 2014

The rise in the number of vacant engineering and management seats may result in stopping new professional institutes from coming up from 2014. This decision has been taken by the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in accordance to the requests by various states to stop permissions to new institutes.

States such as Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Chhattisgarh had asked AICTE to act against the applications for upcoming engineering and management institutes immediately. But AICTE has decided to wait untill 2014 for the institutes that are already in the developing process.

According to AICTE’s estimation, nearly three lac engineering and management seats were left empty in 2011. As this number is rising drastically, many states, despite AICTE’s decision, have concluded not to allow colleges to start this year.

Maharashtra has the highest number of new applicants, shows AICTE report. However, the report also shows a decline in the number of applicants which may drop to zero in the next two years.

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Bangalore City Station Boasts Of BluFi

The Bangalore City Railway Station on Friday became the first in the railway network to offer BluFi, a combination of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi that will provide passengers with a wealth of information.

The facility was launched by Railtel Corporation of India in collaboration with TeleBrahma, a mobile advertising solutions provider.

Launching the facility, South Western Railway's Bangalore Divisional Railway Manager Sudhanshu Mani termed it another step to enhance passenger comfort. Bangalore being India's IT capital, it deserved to be the first in the country to offer the facility.

While Telebrahma provides the Bluetooth solution, Railtel offers free Wi-Fi facility. Railtel General Manager K. Manohar Raja said: “RailWire is a pilot retail broadband initiative by Railtel to provide affordable, high-quality internet connectivity to the masses.”

To get Internet access, passengers should send their mobile numbers through the Wi-Fi registration portal. The passwords would be sent through SMS. A passenger could use Internet for 45 minutes; if he wished to continue, he had to start a fresh session.

B.R. Ravi, Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of TeleBrahma, said that while Bluetooth worked on all Bluetooth-enabled mobiles, Wi-Fi worked on Wi-Fi-enabled handsets and laptops.

Senior Divisional Commercial Manager Y.N. Babu and Divisional Commercial Manager N. Raghuraman, who piloted the initiative, were present.

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Now, A Computer Which Responds To Students' Emotions!

Scientists in the US say they have developed a computer which can respond to students' emotions and boredom.

A team from University of Notre Dame, the University of Memphis and Massachusetts Institute of Technology has in fact come up with what they claim is the "emotion-sensing" computer software that models and responds to students' cognitive and emotional states, including frustration and boredom.

The new technology, that matches the interaction of human tutors, not only offers tremendous learning possibilities for students, but also redefines human-computer interaction, the scientists say in a release.

Known as "AutoTutor" and "Affective AutoTutor", the programme can gauge the student's level of knowledge by asking probing questions; analysing the student's responses to those questions; proactively correcting misconceptions; responding to the student's own questions.

The programme can even sense a student's frustration or boredom via facial expression and body posture and dynamically changing its strategies to help the student conquer those negative emotions, say the scientists.

"Most of the 20th century systems required humans to communicate with computers through windows, icons, menus and pointing devices. But humans have always communicated with each other through speech and a host of nonverbal cues such as facial expressions, eye contact, posture and gesture.

"In addition to enhancing the content of the message, the new technology provides information regarding the cognitive states, motivation levels and social dynamics of the students," team leader Sidney D'Mello said.

D'Mello added: "Much like a gifted human tutor, AutoTutor and Affective AutoTutor attempt to keep the student balanced between the extremes of boredom and bewilderment by subtly modulating the pace, direction and complexity of the learning task."

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Microsoft Unveils Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Software giant Microsoft has unveiled a beta version of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system (OS) for consumers to install and try out.

The new software is designed to work on tablets and on traditional computers, and will replace Microsoft Windows 7.

The look and the feel of the Windows 8 operating system have been making the rounds on online technology forums for some months now. The ‘tiles' start-up screen, which has already been seen on Windows Mobile 7.5 OS phones and has won kudos, returns on the Windows 8.0. Apart from that, other improvements in design border on the minimalistic trend that has become the industry watchword for interface design over the past decade.

It also features an entirely new interface, called Metro, which borrows heavily from Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, as well as a slightly updated version of the conventional Windows 7 desktop version that runs in a separate mode.The firm has replaced the iconic button with a much more angular design that changes colour depending on which theme a user chooses. The new Metro interface features 'Live tiles' which update users on their contacts social media feeds and show pictures from the device or photo galleries online. It also features a unique 'semantic zoom' technology which means that, say, a list of search results changes to give more detailed information as a user zooms in to show a selection of results.

The basic system requirements to run Windows 8 consumer preview are: 1 GHz or faster processor, 1 GB RAM (for the 32 bit version)/ 2 GB RAM (64 bit), 16 GB hard-disk space (32 bit) or 20 GB (64 bit), DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1 or higher driver and a minimum screen resolution of 1024 X 768 pixels.

The free preview will be available soon to "early adopters" so Microsoft can test features and fix problems. The preview can be downloaded at http://preview.windows.com

 

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Even We Study!

 

It's that time of the year again when we student journalists feel like throwing the pen away. Literally! The mid semester exams are upon us and for a change, we are studying instead of scouting for news. Monday Morning wishes all it's student readers All the Very Best for the ongoing mid-semester exams. We will be back very soon with news, views, reviews and more!

 

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The K Files

 

After collecting views and suggestions from quite a few concerned members of the student community and doing our own bit of research, Monday Morning met Prof. Sarat Kumar Patra, Head, Computer Centre.  The biggest question that was puzzling the students was that what prompted such an urgent enforcement of Kaspersky throughout the institute.

Prof. Patra told us that Kaspersky was purchased by the institute last year only and initially it was being deployed on the department computers and now its being deployed in the hostels too. On being questioned on the issue of compulsion, he explained the extent to which malwares have infested the network causing a lot of trouble, apparently to both the users and the administrators.  Apart from eating up resources on the users' systems and performing malicious activities there, these malwares are generating a lot of illegitimate network traffic.  The speed of our campus LAN is quite high so it doesn't cause a lot of problem to the internal network but the situation changes completely when it reaches the perimeter of our internal network, i.e Cyberoam.

On an abstract level, we may say that  Cyberoam stands between us and the outside world. Whenever our browser requests a web-page or any other resource from the internet, it first goes through Cyberoam and then to the internet. Similarly whatever data comes from the internet, it also passes through it and only then reaches us. A normal question arises, why all this trouble? Well  apart from performing the much hated content blocking and web-filtering, Cyberoam is entrusted with the job of securing our network form the outside world. The Cyberoam UTM incorporates Firewall, Intrusion Prevention System, Anti-Virus & Anti-Spyware , Anti-Spam and Bandwidth Management facilities too.

 

Now, when our computers are malware free and send only legitimate requests to Cyberoam and Cyberoam gets only legitimate data from internet, everything works like a charm. Situation changes when malware comes into play. Apart from consuming their own share of bandwidth, they also engage Cyberoam. As mentioned earlier, Cyberoam has to perform the function of a server level Anti-Virus too, it gets busy dealing with the malware and for that fraction of a second, however small it might be, it is unable to cater to legitimate user requests. The fraction of time spent on a single malware request might be insignificant, but when there are multiple cases of malware, constantly flooding the network, it causes severe problems to the users. The intermittent internet blackouts occur whenever Cyberoam is not able to handle the load properly. Thought not being the sole reason for it, it contributes to the slowing down of the internet too.

"Cyberoam will be updated soon" , he says. " I have been forced to delay it's upgrade because of a different issue. National Information Commission (NIC) has provided us a with a new router to enhance our bandwidth but the government is asking us that once the router is functional, we must have BSNL as our sole ISP. Right now apart from BSNL we have three other  ISPs ,  Reliance, Ortel and Software Technology Park of India (STPI)." He said that they are in negotiations with the government and once a final decision is made and the new router is made functional, only then the Cyberoam upgrade can follow.

Apart from causing trouble internally, the malware poses another threat. If there is a lot of illegitimate traffic emanating from our networks, it would lead to our mail servers, our web servers and even our IPS being blacklisted globally. Though we believe there isn't an immediate threat of it happening, yet the concern is not far fetched.

Here comes "Kaspersky Antivirus for Windows Workstation 6.04" into the picture. Contrary to the general perception of it being outdated and obsolete, it’s next in line to "Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Windows", the latest offering by Kaspersky Labs in their workstation and server products segment. Comparing Products such as Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 or other offerings in the home or small business segment with Kaspersky Antivirus for Windows Workstation 6.04 is not the correct thing to do. Upon Googling for reviews on antivirus solutions, one would find that Kaspersky has consistently been ranked among the top choices by various reputed sources such as Pc World, Ars Technica etc.

Prof Patra is of the view that once the installation of the anti virus is complete, the internet speed should improve and the intermittent Cyberoam blackout would also come down. He told us that initially  the plan was to proceed serially, i.e after SS Bhatnagar Hall and MV Hall, Kaspersky was to be deployed in the GD Birla Hall and Dhirubhai Ambani.  They were forced to change the order of installation because Cyberoam crashed multiple times during a night because of flooding by malware in systems residing in  MS Swaminathan Hall and Homi Bhabha Hall.

So now the question arises, are the students crying for no reason at all? Are all their objections and problems a figment of their imaginations? We quizzed Prof. Patra on some of the student concerns.

MM: To being with, the biggest problem that the students are complaining about is that Kaspersky has considerably slowed down their systems. What are your views on that?

SKP: Whenever a disease spreads and inoculation is carried out, it generally has a few adverse effects on a few individuals. Any antivirus solution would be computationally extensive and resource hungry and it’s a side effect that we would have to live with. If there is a severe problem with an individual, the administrators would have to  provide him with some solution. A vaccination drive will definitely have a few people allergic to the vaccine or showing some kind of a reaction, but it's for the general good of the public so that the diseases does not spread. Bring your systems to Computer Centre and we will provide a solution.

MM: Then there are students who might have purchased other Antivirus Solutions. What have you got to say about that?

SKP: Well, the institute is providing a high-end software for free. If you have already spent money on a different anti-virus then there's no point worrying about money which has already been spent.

MM: Since no antivirus is perfect and there would always be a few malwares that any antivirus would miss, won't depending solely on Kaspersky pose a threat to the entire network? Won’t it be better to have some variety?

SKP: The need for a centralized solution was felt and it would be very difficult to centrally  manage a variety of antivirus solutions.

MM: Instead of disconnecting  all non-Kaspersky systems from the network, don't you think only the rogue systems should be disconnected?

SKP: Doing that, would again put a lot of load on Cyberoam as scanning for rouge systems on the network is again a computationally heavy activity. We cannot scan the entire network all the time for rogue systems and it is especially during the night that problems arise, when everyone has left the institute.

Upon being asked that instead of making it compulsory, won't it be better to make the anti virus available in the software vault and then let the users make their own decisions. He argued that inspite of licensed Microsoft being available in the software vault, there are still a large number of students who are not using them.

MM: The present settings of Kaspersky are quite intrusive. Users can't uninstall it completely, the antivirus process can't even be killed and the settings of the software can't also be customized as per the user requirements.  Kaspersky has blocked quite a few essential and legitimate software such as Matlab, Oxford Dictionary etc, identifying them as potential threats.

SKP: I agree that these issues are valid and I have even received a few mails from the students in this regard. The solution lies in tackling these issues and not in bypassing them. In simpler words, Kaspersky would stay but the problems users are facing would also be dealt with. For example putting software such as Matlab in a list of exceptions would solve the problem. Look, there might be 50 other such softwares and they would all need to be added to the whitelist and it would require extensive collaboration with the students.

On approaching a CC personnel, he also said that they need a list of software to be put into the whitelist.

 

Internet is one of the most essential services provided here in the institute and just like the mess and hostel maintenance, students must have a say in how internet and other network services are managed. One year ago, when a similar uproar on Cyberoam had erupted, there were suggestions of a student committee collaborating with the computer center and interfacing between the computer center and the student community. Prof. Patra was more than welcome to this idea and he said that he had such a committee when he was the Head of computer center few years back. He said that students are smarter than them and the collective wisdom of hundreds of students would really be good for everyone. "Ethical Hackers are always welcome", he quipped.

We believe such a committee would be the way forward. To start with, it could make the Kaspersky palatable for the users, by dealing with the specific problems. Additionally, it could also provide its input on other related issues.  Spreading awareness among the users regarding Security and use of Licensed software purchased by the institute could also be in its set of  objectives. We have requested  Prof. Patra to send out a formal notice or mail in this regard so that such a committee could be constituted on an immediate basis.

 

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All Odisha Leo Meet

The Lions International hold a Lions meet every year to educate various other lions as well as leos (the student wing of lions) about the various aspects of social service as well as share ideas. This year however, NIT Rourkela, being the best Leo club of Odisha got the opportunity to host the grand event from Lions International. The event took place on the 11th and 12th of February. 39 leo members from outside NIT Rourkela, mainly Chhend, Rajgangpur, Balasore, Jeypore had participated in this meet as well as 23 lion members who were supervising the 2-day meet.

The inauguration ceremony started at the BBA hall on Saturday at about 10 a.m. The Leo pledge was sung followed by a speech by a motivational speaker, Mr. Tapan Mishra on Self Development. Lunch was provided soon after. Then there was a presentation by the Leos of NIT Rourkela on the their workplaces and their mode of functioning. Soon after followed a visit to their workplace, the orphanage at Basanti Colony by all the participants of the meet. The commendable work done by Leo Club here was appreciated by one and all present there. A group discussion on various current topics and social service was then conducted after which fun events followed. The evening was brought to a beautiful end with a decent dinner and bonfire. Sunday morning started with a trip to the famed Vaishno Devi temple in Rourkela as a part of social bonding between various Leo groups. After returning there was a presentation cum discussion on how to undertake or start social service projects and how to work as a team. Then there were presentations by various Leo clubs introducing themselves and their projects. A Present Your Idea competition was held and the most unique idea of social service was acknowledged and given a prize. A cloth collection competition within NIT Campus was then held and the winners were given prizes. The closing cum prize distribution ceremony was held at 5.30 pm on Sunday. With this, the meet concluded on a high.

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Surprises Galore In Store

It was a cool Saturday evening when the MM team approached Prof.K.C.Pati,the chief warden of the halls of residence in NIT Rourkela to know about the upcoming surprises in the scholar’s avenue. Sir as usual was busy in devising and implementing plans for improving the condition of halls and everything associated with it.He was in a meeting discussing the setting up of a new gymnasium in the Dhirubhai Ambani hall of Residence. The first year halls were already under renovation making every room double sitter and now to add to the excitement of the students gymnasium will be set up in the first year halls, starting with the DBA Hall.

MM: Starting with the first question, which is a common one and anticipated      by all, we would like to know the status of the CV Raman hall of residence and how are the girls of KMS going to be shifted to there?

CW: Initially the CV Raman hall had mostly post-graduate students. But this year we allotted around 80 B. Tech students there. As all of you know the CV Raman hall is under construction. A new extension is being built and we have given an open invitation to all the B. Tech students who are interested in shifting can apply and we will assist them in shifting to CVR hall. However to maintain uniformity in the CVR hall the invitation is open to B. Tech students only. A number of students have applied and already moved; other applications are under process and they will soon be shifted. We can only shift a limited number of students which depends on the number of rooms delivered to us by the contractor.  The basic amnesties like aquaguards have been provided for the 84 rooms which are handed over to us recently. Another 84 rooms are expected to be furnishedsoon by the end of this month. There is also another constraint in the number of students shifted, which is due to the dining hall. The present dining hall was built in view of the old plan of CVR. However now viewing the increase number of boarders a new dining hall is built. So until that is over we cannot shift many students from KMS to CVR. All the rooms in CVR are single rooms.

MM: Now Sir, can you give the details of the renovation work that is about to take place in KMS Hall?

CW: The work in the KMS hall is most probably going to start by the next session. The rooms will be renovated in a similar fashion as in DBA and GDB halls. There will be a partition making all the rooms into single or double rooms. The work will be done block wise keeping in view the number of girls. It won’t be possible for us to shift the entire KMS to CVR during renovation. So we will shift them block by block. The work in KMS will start probably from the next session as soon as the CVR construction work is over.

MM: Now shifting focus to the boys’ hostel, please tell us something about the VS hall geyser problem. There is no geyser in the E and F blocks of the hall. When are they going to be installed?

CW: While installing geysers in the other halls we had ordered them in bulk the left overs were installed in VS hall. However the geysers are just temporary. There is a different plan for VS hall. We will have a central tank which will contain heated water. A central tank will be provided for each block. Then the geysers will be removed. I have discussed regarding thiswith the Director and soon it will be implemented.

MM: When is the VS hall construction going to be completed?

CW: The VS hall has taken a more than sufficient time for completion and now work is in full swing. By the end of this session we are expecting the contractor to hand over all the blocks but one. The hall is designed in a floral shape and right now students are living in 4 blocks out of 8 blocks. By the end of this session we will have 7 blocks and the entrance block which has guest rooms, staff rooms, library and other common rooms. A proper road and other basic things will also be provided. The mess will be shifted up to where it was originally planned and the present mess will be converted into the cycle stand.

MM: A very common problem is the water problem in the extensions of DBA and GDB and the A and B blocks of VS Hall which have a common water supply. During the spring fest the boarders of these hostels had to face a lot of problems which was frequent in these places.

CW: The VS hall is under construction so there is always some mishap going on with the pipe. The same thing happened during the cultural fest. Fortunately, this problem has now been solved and water scarcity problem has stopped in these hostels.

MM: The dog menace has been very prevalent nowadays.We had also come up with articles in MM about the problem. What steps are been taken?

CW: Yes, the dog problem has actually been very prevalent and dangerous. A meeting has been held with director sir and very soon the problem will be resolved.

MM: We heard there was a new website coming up for all the halls. What is the progress in the plan?

CW: There has been a proposal of setting up links in the NIT site which will open to websites of every hall which will be started from next session most probably. We are in talks with the general secretaries and wardens of the different halls and also with the computer centre as in how to update the site and what to put in it. The meeting have so far been quite fruitful and by next session we will have the websites ready. We would also require MM to help us. There will be e-news of different halls as well as photos and details of all the events that take place there.

MM: Sir, is there any other plans that has been taken in the halls front?

CW: Yes, therehas been another decision taken to organize a cultural night in every hall which will be another fun night along with the hall days and the garden fests. So in hall there will be 3 fun nights. In the cultural night there will be different cultural events that will take place and prizes will be given. Along with the events there will also be a special dinner which will be Rs. 50 more than the usual price. This extra money will not be taken from the students and will be directly paid from the Chief Wardens Fund. After the GDB hall, the DBA hall is having its cultural evening on 13th of this month. Director Sir is also going to come to the event. Depending on the success of the event other hall will also celebrate this cultural night.

 

 

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Rest in Peace: Prasanjeet

Thursday, the 9th of February 2012, was a black day for our Institute as one of our beloved seniors, Prasanjeet Pattnaik passed away under tragic circumstances. Monday Morning chooses to remember one of our nearest and dearest alumni and highlight his eventful life, which should serve as a source of inspiration for all of us.

Prasanjeet Pattnaik was born on 23rd February, 1989. Hailing from Belpahar, Jharsuguda, Prasanjeet completed his schooling from Belpahar and Rourkela. As his name suggests, Prasanjeet was a topper right from the beginning. He topped his school, DAV Public School, Rourkela in +2 board exams securing 87.2% in the year 2006.

After preparing rigorously for a year, he cracked the AIEEE and got a seat in the newly started Department of Biotechnology here at NIT Rourkela.  And the success story had just begun. After joining NIT Rourkela, he maintained his position as a topper and graduated with an Honours degree with a CGPA of 8.77 and ranked second in his department.

He not only excelled in studies but was also quite active in extra-curricular activities. In the freshmen year of his B. Tech career, he took up NCC and got B and C level certificates. Apart from that, he was a Gaming enthusiast and played DOTA on a regular basis. He emerged victorius in the DoTA gaming event during Confluence 2kX.

But we, his juniors, fondly remember him for being the President of Cyborg, the robotics and automation club of NIT Rourkela for the session 2010-11. While in his pre-final year, he taught electronics and it’s robotics applications to the first year students who had joined Cyborg. He was a wonderful teacher and was quite an observant. While taking Cyborg Classes, he was famed as ‘the strict, bald, genius’.

At the end of his 3rd year studies, he worked as a Summer Research Fellow for 8 weeks in May-July 2010 on a project that was sponsored by the prestigious Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS), Bangalore. He was one of the few from his batch to have been selected as part of the annual programme which IAS conducts.

During his final year of studies, he got placed in Polaris Software Labs Ltd and joined its Mumbai branch in August 2011.

Apart from his passion for robotics and computer games, his hobbies included reading novels, watching movies and documentaries.

Prasanjeet is survived by his parents Mr. Prabir Chandra Pattnaik & Mrs. Anjali Prava Pattnaik and a younger brother.

His seniors trusted him, his batch-mates adored him and his juniors respected him. Such was his persona that made everyone love him more. Cheerful and happy-go-lucky all the time, for once, we stop and ask why was his life cut short so brutally, so soon? Rest in Peace, Prasanjeet.

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BPCL: Rendezvous with Y.S.Rao

The Biju Patnaik Central Library has been catering to the inquisitive minds of students and teachers of NIT ROURKELA ever since it was built in 1965. It has more than 65000 books & 18000 periodicals. The Library also manages   Institutional Repository (IR), Electronic Thesis and Dissertations (ETD), Blogs, and Open Access to Oriya Books (OAOB). The library also has access to many journals & popular research websites like IEEE, Engineering Village and many more.
The library is undergoing ample renovation, with a soaring collection of books & research papers. Monday Morning had a conversation with Dr. Y S RAO, Assistant Librarian BPCL regarding the upcoming new version of the library.
MM: What are the renovations undertaken in the Central library & how far has it proceeded?
Dr. Rao:
The interior decoration and structural work of the library has been completed. The ground floor has been cleared & cleaned up for more space for study. It is almost completed and will be finished in a week or two. Unlike the previous commitment of ACs in the library, it is going to be conditioned with the central Air-conditioning of the Institute pretty soon. It is the top priority since summer is on its way.
And we are going to create a Text Book Library in the ground floor of the library dedicated to the text book requirement in the library. It would have a minimum of 3-5 copies of books that are required in the academia. We are seeking the required no. of books from the departments.
MM: Would the library be open for students who want to donate books for the library?
Dr. Rao:
It is a good suggestion but it takes a lot more than just accepting the books. Since every book is accountable so it has to go through data entry & tagging procedures which may take months to complete for large quantity of books. Again the condition of books needs to be good. Mr. Agarwal, PhD student of Metallurgy & Materials engineering donated about ten books which of course are in very good condition. But I seriously recommend students donate books to the younger batches of their respective departments which would be much more beneficial.
MM: how many new books have been bought this semester?
Dr. Rao: This semester about 2500 titles were bought and are under processing & data entry.
Those were bought from the book dealers & organizations, some from the Book fair in last November. Many other would be bought in upcoming months. Students can suggest the required books through their guides or faculty in case of need in emergency. The delivery can take about 10-15 days in case of local availability or 1 month for abroad purchase.
MM: Some students are facing problems while issuing books. The cause is prior reservation. What is the procedure of reservation of a book in the library?
Dr. Rao: The reservation for a book can be done either online (http://libcat.nitrkl.ac.in) with proper ISBN, name or one can reserve it in the library.
Reservation can be done by anyone without any priority. Library is for everyone & a student has the right to get it. If a book is reserved, then it can only be issued by the person who has reserved it.
MM: A Library should have books to provide knowledge as well as refresh the minds of readers. Can the library have some books for entertainment, newspaper, novel collection?
Dr. Rao: Fiction, newspapers, magazines are available in the halls of residences. The library can have books essential for competitive exams like GRE, TOEFL, personality & communication books. These books can be acuired by prior approval. 
MM: Many reputed educational institutes in India have an electronic library. How about one in our library?
Dr. Rao:
Well, we had considered about the idea of e-library. Present library has Internet ports having connection all the time. But we are planning to go for one in the second floor where a space is reserved for this purpose. E-library would be having a system dedicated to 24x7 internet, research websites, e-journals along with the web services provided by our library. Once the inner decoration is over, the e-library will be under move.
MM: Could you throw some light on the web services provided by library?
Dr. Rao:
The library hosts many web services like
Thesis repository-( http://ethesis.nitrkl.ac.in)
The repository containing the thesis, research works, and electronic theses submitted to National Institute of Technology Rourkela.  It is mandatory for students of all courses (B. Tech, M. Tech, and M. Tech Research, MSc and PhD) and from all disciplines to upload the final version of the theses submitted as partial fulfillment of degree. This repository is an Open Access repository and available over internet.
Open Access to Oriya Books (OAOB)-(http://oaob.nitrkl.ac.in)
OAOB is a project, initiated by the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela and Srujanika, Bhubaneswar and Pragati Utkal Sangh, Rourkela. It disseminates the available information in Oriya language treasured in our local libraries and individual collections. The project is made available online to millions of readers worldwide. An open access repository containing resources pertaining to Oriya literature and culture, OAOB provides free access to researchers, scholars, historians, librarians, and the general public at all point in time.
Electronic Resources Information Service (ERIS) – (http://192.168.1.126/blog/index.php/eris)
Dspace-(http://dspace.nitrkl.ac.in)
Blog-( http://192.168.1.126/blog)


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Polls, Re-Polls & Goals

 

The last Student Pulse on Monday Morning put forth a question to the NITR junta asking their judgement on whether to change the present convocation gown or not. An overwhelming majority voted in favour of this and we decided to take up this issue with the Director, who is laden with issues as of now. Come this Tuesday and many questions will be answered, while answering quite a few of ours'.

MM: Recently, we had conducted a poll on MM asking for views of the students on the present convocation gown. An overwhelming 89.5% i.e. 615 votes, voted for a change. What are your views?

D: We actually lifted it from IIT Kharagpur. Regarding this present convocation gown, we have one appreciation, and that is from Dr. Kalam. He had told us that he was very happy that we had got rid of the black coat and cap. Previously there were few suppliers. There was one company at Kolkata that used to supply black coat and cap. But now that most universities have stopped using it, it’s difficult to procure those. The break from tradition was actually started by IIT Kanpur, with Kharagpur soon following suit. Some people appreciated the change, and so we took to it as well. The stitching of the gowns was arranged for by us and the same will continue if we go for dark, if not necessarily black, gowns with a cap.

Recently Tripura University had their convocation where the Chief Minister refused to wear the full body coat/cap combo because he was of the opinion that it was a foreign tradition.

Now that you speak of your poll results, and if the present gown is not in demand, then may be we can change it. There are three things we can do. One, we can have an all black coat and cap. Two, We can have the same design as present, but with different colours. The last option is, we still retain the present gown.

If 90% people want it, certainly we can have a change. We can go back to the black robe. The present one is there because, I liked the bright colours. So did Dr. Kalam. We were appreciated of having “a buoyant environment” as reflected in the yellow-purple gown. If you notice clearly, the Ph. D and B. Tech gowns are negative of one another i.e. the colours are alternate.

The question is, what do we change it into. You can very well run a poll, asking the students whether they would like an all black affair – coat and cap, or the same kind of short gown with some other colour.

MM: In that context, students wished they had a say on who would be invited for the Convocation. Your thoughts on this.

D: The market runs in a reverse way. The willingness of people to come here is less. If student give me names, there is still very less probability of succeeding. Let’s say you give me ten names. Now I’ll have to proceed in series, not parallel. Because there cannot arise a situation where two persons have agreed to come for the Convocation and I have to say no to someone. As such, this will take time. Pragmatism is not the virtue of the youth; ambition is not the virtue of the old. Take this years’ case. The SAIL Chairman would be interested to come to Rourkela. He also has a private plane. Most of our guests are not willing to come, ‘cause it takes a few days off from their schedule. This is something that ends up getting finalized in the last month. And with Rourkela devoid of air service, people find it difficult to travel back and forth.

Dr. Kalam’s case was different. Right now, he has taken it upon himself to travel all around the country and inspire the youth. Now if I ask somebody six months in advance, the secretary says it’s too early. In the case of C.S.Verma, initially he said yes. And then, he cancelled it, because he had to travel somewhere with the Steel minister. But then again, in the last few days, the Steel Minister’s visit was cancelled.

It’s not as if we are limited to India; we can have dignitaries from outside as well, say nobel laureates. It’s only that time needs to click. This time we presented honorary doctorates to E. Sreedharan and Madam K. M. Shaw. Also the Best Alumnus award was given to S. Mohapatra. But they could not attend the function. Big people have big commitments.

MM: Would you throw some light on the CVR and KMS issue?

D: Contracts have been awarded. Now that renovation will be undertaken, we propose to shift an entire block from KMS to CVR and plan to carry the renovation. The quarter D-65, which had originally been planned for Warden’s room, has remained cut off from the Hall. The plan is to merge is with the hostel. The wall in-between will be removed.

The present dining hall-cum-kitchen will be expanded. A 2-storeyed building will also come up, which will house the office, a gym and a common room. The idea is to remove the main gate to near the D-65 quarter.

Also, every girls' hostel requires a visitors area. Right now, it’s the road outside the main gate, where people meet and talk. Now the area ahead of the D-65, will be made into a visitors area. They will also be allowed to keep vehicles in there. The present entrance to KMS Hall will be shut, and they’ll have a new main gate. All these is being planned by architect Nivedita Mishra from Cuttack.

First of all, we’ll start with the dining hall renovation. There are some 700 rooms in CVR, those will take 2-3 years to fill up. The renovation is all set to start in about  a month.

Sooner or later, there would be demand for another guest house, we can use the space behind KMS for that.

MM: NITRUTSAV 2K12 has been a real success. There has been extensive participation, both from inside as well as outside, and this without the help of ‘restrictions on the internet hours’ the likes of which were seen during the NSC. What are your thoughts on this?

D: In the context of NITRUTSAV, I would like to mention the case of eve teasing of a few CET, Bbsr girls, as it came to my notice. I must remind everyone that this is a very shameful act on the part of an NITian. There must be restraint exercised by every individual.

Coming back to the fest being a success, the large prize money awarded, and no registration fees for NITR students had a big role to play. As for the internet cuts, if your student representatives think that this is the best way to bring students to the fest, then so be it. You have elected them, the ideas of the fest are yours’ and if you still don’t come to attend the fest and would rather stay in your rooms, then what can be done? The internet cuts were not done by my choice. I am not qualified to comment on it, since I wasn’t personally involved with it. Whatever the student secretaries told, I gave my consent to it. I agree this is not the best method to pull the crowd.

Regarding the Technical Festival, what depresses me is that there is no stimulus for building a robot. Rather, people are more busy in assembling kits, for similar kind of events, year after year. You distinguish it from people who invent robots from whatever stuff is available to them. The idea of a tech fest should to be to nationally stimulate technical innovation. There should be a special award for new innovations. There must be a section for display or exhibition of new inventories by students from all around the country.

MM: What happened to the results and implementation of the poster making competition for the West Wall of BBA Hall and the respective Halls of Residence?

Ans: The entries are few, and the quality is not as good as I expected. We have formed a committee. It constitutes Prof. K. C. Pati, Prof. Seemita Mohanty, Prof. Alok Satpathy, Prof Anindya Basu, Prof. Sourav Chatterjee and two student representatives(which are being decided upon) who haven’t participated in this poster making competition. This committee will choose the best entry, hopefully by the 22nd of this month. A single poster will be chosen, and posters of the same design will be prepared for the rest of the halls.

We have left the West Wall blank for far too long. I wanted to ask a thing, the emergency poster in the Halls, is it clearly visible? As for the posters to be put up in the hostel premises, we would put it somewhere in the immediate environment as we enter a hall. For the wall, my idea was of someone coming up with putting square ceramic tiles. But since we have to paint it now, we’ll need some commercial artists. By the first week of March, we should be able to start the work. But I do not know where to find the commercial artists. Maybe we can get them from Bhubaneswar.

MM: Students wish they could take their books to the library and study. This is not serving the purpose of the library where reference books are limited in number and sometimes not what the students want or in requisite numbers. Can’t we have a separate reading room?

Ans: You wouldn’t have noticed it, but there are supposed to be two gates to the library, one on each side of the Biju Patnaik figure. Right now only one is in operation, that is the main entrance to the library. But once the other door comes up, the present ground floor will become a non-secure zone, where students can come and read their own books. This will be blocked from the rest of the library which will be a secure zone.

Library sometimes organizes short courses, sometimes for the institute people, sometimes for outside guests. This will be done within the non-secure zone. We’ll have this fully operational library with reading room by coming July.

MM: So when will we see the main building lift start working again?

Ans: The earlier lift belonged to OTIS. After its failure, we went for a ThyssenKrupp one – the great German company. I am convinced that the Bbsr office of ThyssenKrupp did some hocus pocus and supplied us with something that was not ThyssenKrupp material. And so the lift went down again.

Now we have come back to OTIS and have ordered several lifts from them, mainly for the Lecture Gallery, library, Electrical-Electronics twin towers and BM/BT building. One good thing about OTIS is that, service is easy to get. We have sought the help of a Mumbai based corporation in servicing the present main building lift.

MM: Fuelled by recent events, we would like to bring up an old issue again.  What has become of your promise of a student body?

Ans: I personally don’t believe in a student body. That’s my experience. If somebody has a problem, they’re free to approach me any time they wish. I have no problem with fifty people entering my chamber at once. If there is a student body, it must have a way of communicating, they would have their own agendas, and specific functions as well. Let me think on it and I’ll send a mail regarding this.

 

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GRAPEVINE: UPCOMING EVENTS

GrapeVine, the AdMaking club, is organizing the following three events as per the schedule mentioned alongside:
1.    Extempore Competition: 15th February, ‘12
2.    Creative Writing Competition: 15th February, ‘12
3.    Ad making Competition: 17th February, ‘12
The competitions shall be held at the ‘School of Management’ (BM/BT Building) at 5 p.m. on the dates specified above.
Those interested to know more details may contact Karim on +91-8895617468.

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Cyborg: Induction For Sophomores

 

Cyborg, the robotics club, conducted inductions for second year students on Thursday, 9th February, ’12. The following were selected:

1. Barada Prasanna Acharya

2. Subhajit Sahoo

3. Amlan Jyoti Babu

4. Samiksha Ray

5. Shyamsundar Ray

6. Prayasee Pradhan

7. Partha Sarathi Ojha

8. Itishree Mandal

9. A. Ramyatanuja

10. Samresh Satapathy

11. Ajit Kumar Sahu

12. Sudarshan Nayak

13. Kumar Siddhant

Congratulations to the new inductees!

 

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ISM 2012 – A Round Up

The second edition of the International Students’ Meet is scheduled from 9th - 12th March, 2012 and with counted days left, it is reported that preparations are going on in full swing to make this fest a success. The first edition was one of the many events held as part of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Institute. It has now been adopted as an annual event at the Institute.

The objective is to make the ISM a recognized event on the International platform and the team undertaking the job of its organization is faced with a herculean task.

This was acknowledged by Asit Kumar Parida, Chief Coordinator, ISM 2012. He clearly states that ISM is still in its building stage and that it will take time for the meet to make its presence felt on the international stage. The team is working under the guidance of Prof. Ramakar Jha who is the Convenor for ISM 2012. With a step by step approach, the core committee, formed in the early weeks of January, has planned to focus on the success of the event regionally, nationally and then internationally.

The publicity team is working with the target of covering as many colleges as possible. Members of the Committee have visited reputed colleges of Odisha last weekend to publicize the Meet. In as early as the first week of January, invitations were dispatched to about 216 colleges, which covered most of the IITs, NITs, IIMs, IIITs and many medical colleges. For the international community, publicity is being done by personal contacts and online platforms. Many professors who have a good base with universities abroad are helping the committee in this regard. To encourage participation, national candidates outside Odisha will get their two way train tickets’ expenses reimbursed. International students will also get reimbursement of a one way flight tickets and two way train tickets. Many colleges from neighbouring countries have already confirmed their participation. In order to facilitate participation, ISM has collaborated with kyazoonga.com for online payment of registration fees. Sponsors are being contacted and many are in the final stage of finalizing the deals.

ISM is a combination of sports, technical and cultural events. Hence, a lot of attention is being paid to properly schedule the events, thus ensuring that every event draws decent participation. The major attraction this time would be the Celebrity Night by the Film & Music Society, SAC. Neeraj Shridhar, the lead vocalist of pop and rock group Bombay Vikings, has been confirmed for the show. The icing on the cake would be a Laughter Show by none other than the ‘King of Comedy’, Shri Kumar Bishwas. Apart from that, the committee, with the help of different clubs, will co-ordinate the events.

The organizers are working on all fronts of the Meet. One sincerely hopes the Meet is a success and NIT Rourkela finds itself a place on the international arena.

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CHAMPION’S TROPHY

 

Champion’s Trophy, the annual inter-department cricket tournament, began at the Sachin Tendulkar Sports Complex of the Institute on 3rd February, 2012. The tournament is a competition between teams from each batch of all the departments. But, due to inadequate number of players, some of the departments have been combined in the following manner:
B. Tech: BM + BT + MN, CS + ID, MM + CR, EI + EC, CE + CH, ME & EE.
With different teams for each batch, a total of 28 teams from B.Tech, one team each from M. Sc. and Integrated M. Sc. and ten teams from M. Tech are participating in the tournament.
Initially, a controversy erupted as only two M. Tech teams had been allotted. This figure was later increased to ten teams. But again, due to the controversy itself, and then the GATE exam scheduled for 12th February, 2012, few of the M. Tech teams’ matches were cancelled.
At the end of the first round, 32 teams proceeded to the next. Matches of the tournament are held at night under floodlights. On weekends, up to five matches are held per day. The pre-finals have put in a lot of effort to organize this tournament under the guidance of the final years. The tournament will be end in March.

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SUPRA SAE INDIA ’12: NIT–R Qualifies

This year, the Formula SAE team of the Institute, ‘Roadrunner’, has cleared the virtual round of SUPRA SAE INDIA 2012 held at Pune. It is the only team from the state of Odisha to qualify to the next round, which is ‘Manufacturing & Fabrication’ of Formula Car. Out of the 120 teams which participated from colleges across India, only 65 made it to the second level. Pradeepta Kumar Sahoo, Divyendu Mohanta, Devasis Dani, Mayank Joshi and Vinay V. were the five members who represented the 25 – member strong team at the event. The judges were quite impressed with the presentation of the ‘Design Report’.

Materials and equipments for building the car will be ordered soon and fabrication work will start in the Central Workshop of the Institute after mid-semester examinations. “This year, we have a good team and we hope to secure a place within the top ten colleges”, said the team captain Pradeepta Kumar Sahoo. The final event is scheduled to be at the MMSC Circuit in Chennai from 6th to 8th July, 2012.

Monday Morning congratulates the team for achieving this milestone and wishes them success in the finals.

 

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SAE: CATIA Workshop

SAE NIT Rourkela Chapter organized a workshop on 3D Designing & Solid Modeling on 11th – 12th February, 2012. It was attended by more than 40 first & second year students, who were familiarized with 3D designing.  Suryakant Sahoo & Shatabdi Biswal, pre-final year members of SAE, demonstrated and explained the methods of working on CATIA (V5R17) Environment.

An introduction to CATIA and its use, along with basic drafting & modeling tutorials, was presented to the students on the first day. On the second day of the workshop, students were taught about 3D modeling & its application in complex designing. More sessions will be held as part of this workshop, notices for which will be put up well in advance.

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Department Tidbits

 

•    Two new faculties joined the department of industrial design- Prof. Dhananjay Singh Bisht & Prof. B. B. V. L. Deepak. Both the faculty joined as Assistant Professor.
•    Prof. Mohammed Rajik Khan attended the International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Technology (ICMST) 2011 held at Singapore during 16-18 September 2011. There he presented a paper on “Kinematic Modeling & Analysis of a Multi fingered Robotic hand”. This paper was authored by Prof. P K Parida, Prof. B. B. Biswal & Prof. M. R. Khan.
•    An M. Tech(R) REGISTRATION SEMINAR was presented on the paper with title “Design, Fabrication and Kinematic Analysis of a Mobile Five Axis Articulated Robotic Manipulator” on 24th January, 2012. This seminar was presented by Elias Eliot (610ID302) at Seminar Room, Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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Addition of New Labs in the Department


A new and advanced CAD Lab will be functioning under Department of INDUSTRIAL DESIGN by the end of this month of February. The lab will be equipped with six workstations (super performance) & 40 high end desktop computers.
This lab will be essential for the current B. Tech batch of 2014 (4th Semester students) for their next semester studies. This lab was supposed to be built within December 2011 for 4th semester students of the dept. but could not be fully operational for technical difficulties. This very modern and well-equipped lab will be dedicated to research & practice in Designing, Drafting, and Simulation & Product Development.
The specifications of system are Intel quad core i7, 3.4 GHz, 8GB Ram. Our Institute has already purchased the license for CATIA V6 for this CAD Lab. Many more analysis software like ADAMS, ABACUS is going to be purchased by the Department.
Furthermore, work is in progress to develop a Product Design & Development (PDD) lab in the current Semester only.

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RSP’s AGM held a Seminar-Talk

 

 

 

On Friday 10th February, a seminar-talk was delivered by Mr. Rakesh Kumar Shah, AGM, power distribution department, Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), organised by the department of electrical engineering, NIT Rourkela. The Seminar was held at Seminar Room, Electrical Engineering Department, and began at 10:30 AM and continued till 12:30 PM.
It was attended by Prof. Bidyadhar Subudhi, HOD, Electrical Engineering department and Prof. Subrata Karmakar along with around 50 students from the department, majority of them were Pre-final year B. Tech students.
In the 2 hour long conference, Mr. Shah, a 1987 B. Tech Electrical Engineering graduate from IT-BHU spoke in length on the application of SCADA in RSP, the concept of Islanding System in Power sector units, etc. He also discussed in detail about the Quality Circle Project under “Vidyut Cirlce” in RSP-the problems that they were facing and how they solved it.
Overall, the conference was quite informative and was successful in enlightening the undergraduate students about the working of a large-scale power-based industry.

 

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Seminar-Talk @ Civil Engineering Department

 

 

A seminar on “Parametric instability of beams with transverse cracks subjected to harmonic in plane loading” was held on 8th February i.e., Wednesday in seminar hall of Civil Department. Uttam Kumar Mishra, Assistant Professor of the department was the speaker. Prof. S. P. Singh was the professor-in-charge of the above-mentioned seminar which focused mainly on the influence of cracks in structural members on dynamic characteristics like free vibrations, buckling and parametric resonance characteristics using finite element method. The vibration and instability results can be used as a technique for structural health monitoring or testing of structural integrity, performance and safety.

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Kisme Kitna Hai Daam!

The Annual power-lifting and body building competition was held in the gymnasium on the 10th of February. There were only about 15 students who participated in the event including a first year. Along with the SAS officers and the Vice Presidents of the Sports Society, Dean of Student Welfare Prof K.C. Biswal and President SAC, Prof D.R.K. Parhi attended the event. Due to the few number of participants in this event, all participants were entitled to dinner in the guest house sponsored by the institute. This ought to be an incentive to promote greater participation in future events. The best bodies from across the Institute came together to put up a mind-boggling show of raw physique and sheer awe-inspiring power. In the end, the title of NIT SHREE very deservingly went to Udipto Thakur from the Department of Ceramic Engg.

Weight Lifting:

 

Consisted of two sub events

i) Clean & Jerk    ii) Snatch

Winners:

First: Vijay Kumar

Second: Udipto Thakur

Third: Rajat Sahoo

Power Lifting:

Consisted of three sub events
i) Squat
ii) Bench Press
iii) Dead Lift
Winners:

First: Rajat Sahu
Second: Debesh Kumar
Third: Satyajit Rout
Best Physique:

This was judged by an eminent personality in the field of weight lifting from Rourkela.

Winners:
First: Udipto Thakur
Second: Alok Mallick
Third: Prithvi Kumar

 

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Best employer’s employee: G. Bhargavi

Every batch has a student or two who are known by every other student. The current batch of final years as well as quite a few of their juniors know G. Bhargavi, one such student from the Department of Electrical Engineering, who has achieved the near-impossible SGPA of 10. Twice. Not only that, she has scored a perfect 10 for her career as well by grabbing a super dream placement at Hindustan Uniliver Limited.

If dreams and realities were different, then this confident lady made her dreams into realities. In her words, she let go a number of companies which include L&T and NTPC. She risked as much as not turning up for the interview of NTPC even after being shortlisted, awaiting her most desired Hindustan Uniliver Limited. The fact that she appeared at HUL and left other big names is because she was never motivated by the monotonicity of PSUs. She mentions about her father, who has reached great heights of prosperity in his sector – SAIL, again a PSU which has promising promotions on the basis of dedication, yet she does not desire such stereotypes. She did not desire remaining stagnant at an 8 to 5 job. HUL being a manufacturing company has the benefits of employing one’s expertise and at the same time it has the work culture of a corporate business entity. Besides, if one is in a company like HUL, unlike any PSU, whatever contribution one makes, always comes to limelight. Her parents have always been supportive for all her decisions. “A Company like HUL is a dream for people pursuing MBA”, she says “and getting it at this stage is like a dream come true taking me to top of my world.” MBA is not her cup of tea, neither is pursuing MS out of India, due to family obligations; she wanted to do M. Tech initially and having prepared for three and a half months, it was just a week before GATE that destiny gifted her HUL, after a purely HR interview at the Mumbai office of the company. Unlike last year, this time only three talented girls namely – Aradhana Nayak, Huma Khan and G. Bhargavi were shortlisted from our institute for the GD and PI rounds of HUL at Mumbai. She appreciates the work culture and atmosphere, which is both attractive and interactive. She talks of Shubashree Pradhan who was recruited last year at HUL; how she has changed for the better and how one doesn’t lose their identity at the organisation. HUL presently being the best employer, she predicts it’s the best place for all round development and joining HUL is indeed the best option for her.

Her success has sincerity and devotion playing a key role. Recollecting her first year she says she had vowed not to join any clubs or take part in any extra-curriculars. Then her mind changed and she became one of the founder members of the fashion parade group-Fusion and continued as an active member for two more years. In her second year she initiated a band along with a few friends. She was a part of the Golden-Jubilee core committee which consisted of 5-6 dedicated student members. Also a nominated member of ISDC (Institute’s Standing Disciplinary Committee) in her third year, she realised how hard it was to decide a student’s destiny. One should not always try finding faults in the system. Once in a managerial position, one might have to take much worse decisions than they take.

She has been a teacher’s pet, and has maintained her punctuality to class till date. Amidst all the responsibilities of the ISM (International Student’s Meet) she scored a perfect 10 in her 5th semester, and again another 10 in the 6th semester. She went to Germany for her summer internship, one of the few selected from India as part of DAAD in 2011. Recently she joined the dance group Synergy in her final year, taking everyone by surprise. She was selected through the procedural induction process in Synergy and she performed in NSC (National Student’s Meet) and Convocation 2012, thus exploring all the exciting genres she ever desired. She reflects “since the first semester to eighth there has been a huge transition, I have grown as an individual, fulfilling my mother’s desires to grow socially and enhanced my extracurricular skills as well.” Her mother, her ideal has inspired her the most and always desired her overall development rather than just academic excellence. One of her weaknessess, she says, is that she being a perfectionist, when she puts in efforts, she gets stressed out and frustrated if she doesn’t get the same amount of response from others involved in the same endeavour.

HUL recruited an electrical engineer only because the boundary of the branch and specialization is very blurred in this organization. When questioned if she was taking a right decision by being a part of HUL, as it has very less to do with technology while her grades reflect her proficiency at it, she answered that it is not the money but the exposure she was looking for. It is important how you present yourself, the eagerness to learn and humility, all counts. Her brother having done MBA in HR was a great help in performing her homework on the company, the one who was most desirous for her selection. Prof. Ramakar Jha has been her mentor since 1st yr and he was among the first to know about her achievement. While her family, friends and mentor were all confident that she would make it to HUL, her confidence was on a softer ground and she was irritated when her interview was scheduled a week before GATE. Now that she has proven her capability to herself, more than anyone else, she doesn't mind the GATE results not being upto her expectations. By her experience at HUL, she says it is always better to admit if you do not know something, rather than beating round the bush.

She mentions about people who have touched her life significantly: Dushyant Sharma, who never let her feel the absence of her brother; Varuneet who is her best friend and her group of friends including six boys and girls. She is especially happy about her department, their unity and the tremendous growth in the placement status. Prof. Chitti Babu, his punctuality and dedication has been her significant inspiration. She believes in living for the present because it hurts if the future doesn’t turn out according to plans. If HUL has any programme for funding higher studies then she will avail it, but presently she is all excited to start her career there.

She says, “Enjoy life, party, socialise; but at the same time stay focused in life and believe in yourself. No matter how much you succeed, be humble, never forget your roots”. She wants her juniors to realise that there is no substitute for parents. The first thing to do after every achievement is to thank your parents. Have patience and opportunity will definitely knock at your door. “Do not go by the crowd, listen to your instincts”, she quipped.

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Android For Engineers

Workshops have been a rarity in recent fests at NITR. Not this time though, as NITRUTSAV witnessed an Android workshop being organised in the institute. The workshop was organized by FadooEngineers.com. Sixty-Eight  students registered for the workshop with many participating from places like Kolkata and Bhubaneswar as opposed to the scanty turnouts at workshops in general. The major participation from our institute was from the Department of Electronics. A few students from other departments also managed to show up. The workshop was stretched across two days and the basics of android covered.

The trainer Vikas Kumar Verma has a vast experience in android application development which was thoroughly used by the participating students. The Director and co-founder of FadooEngineers.com, Mr. Aditya Kumar also visited our campus and was all praise for the beautiful campus and well planned infrastructure. The participating candidates received a certificate of participation while a few of them received certificates of excellence for their performance during the workshop. FadooEngineers was delighted to have found so many 'fadoo' engineers and plans to conduct many such workshops in future in association with NITR.

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Meet Kasper-the-ghost-Sky

A couple of weeks back we found official notices regarding the installation of the Kaspersky antivirus in our systems by 31st January, following which all the systems without the said antivirus would get disconnected from the system. Many of us attempted to use the link to complete the said installation, but the link wasn't functional. This, coupled with the fact that we continued to receive uninterrupted internet, albeit slower than usual, made us sit back and forget all about Kasper, the ghost of an antivirus. But, a webmail on Saturday from Head, Computer Centre regarding the installation of the antivirus jolted us from our senses.

Saturday the 11th was Internet-disconnectivity day. The internet connection was slower than usual, with frequent disconnections and even the LAN not working. To the frustration of boarders, Dead LAN Walking affected DC++ and downloads in a big way. Towards the evening we received a mail from Head CC stating that systems in MV Hall without Kaspersky were removed from the institute LAN but following several requests boarders in MV Hall have been given access till the morning of the 13th of February. Following that, all systems without Kaspersky would be removed from the institute LAN.

Webmails, notices, circulars, disconnections and reconnections but still no one has any clue about the Hows and most importantly the Whys of installing Kaspersky. The software vault was of no help either, with most of the links showing the 'Under Construction' sign and the Licensed Software section not having any antivirus. Monday Morning approached Prof. S. K. Patra, Head, CC for at least some clarification on the matter. He had this to say, "I will send a webmail regarding how to install the antivirus and the deadline will get extended but not by much."

The installation of the said software has led to a lot of debate in the student community with most of us feeling that it is unnecessarily being thrust upon us. The installation drive with the subsequent disconnections so very close to the mid-semester exams is a bane for the student community who rely on DC++ and the internet in general for all the notes, e-books and recreation, so very needed during the crucial last-minute preparations.

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Facebook Can FIRE Founder-CEO Zuckerberg ‘At Will’

Facebook can terminate services of its chief Mark Zuckerberg at any time for any reason, or even without a reason.

As per Facebook’s employment agreement with Zuckerberg, his tenure at the social networking giant would be on an “at will” basis, meaning his job can be terminated “at any time for any reason or no reason”, either by him or by the company.

The global leader in social networking space is planning for a $5 billion dollar IPO (Initial Public Offer), which could push Zuckerberg and a few others into the league of billionaires, based on the valuation of their shareholding in the company.

One of the clauses also bars Zuckerberg from creating a rival to Facebook.As per the agreement, Zuckerberg cannot “assist any person or entity in competing with the company, in preparing to compete with the company or in hiring any employees or consultants of the company.”

Similar clauses apply to Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) David Ebersman and Vice President (Engineering) Mike Schroepfer, for the period these people are rendering their services to Facebook.

The company said that Zuckerberg, as President and CEO, would get $500,000 of base salary and up to 45 percent of this amount as bonus every year.

Sandberg and Ebersman would get an annual base salary of $300,000 each, while the same for Schroepfer would be $275,000. All the three executives would be entitled for a bonus payment of up to 45 percent of their base earnings.

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Flipkart Acquires ‘Letsbuy’ To Increase India Market Share

In a big consolidation move for the burgeoning Indian e-commerce market, the poster boy of Indian online retail - Flipkart.com - has bought out electronics retailer Letsbuy.com to help increase share in an online market that's expected to grow to $70 billion by the end of this decade. Both sites are backed by common investors - Tiger Global Management and Accel Partners.

Flipkart did not disclose the value of the deal, but well-placed sources said it was "somewhere in the range" of $20 million to $25 million.

The acquisition involves a combination of cash and equity, Flipkart said. Letsbuy, which has 350 employees, will continue to operate independently under current management, it said.

"This acquisition fits into our strategy of building dominant shares in all categories we operate in," Flipkart's Co-Founder and CEO SachinBansal said.Flipkart.com went live in 2007 with the objective of making books available to anyone who had internet access. But since then, the e-commerce retailer has diversified into various products.

Letsbuy is India's second largest retailer in electronics. Flipkartis seeking to shore up its position in the world's second most-populous country as Amazon.com, the world's largest online retailer, prepares to open its first distribution centre in India.

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Cheapest Indian Android ICS Tablet Coming In March

 

Chennai based iBerry India, a brand associated with the manufacture of low cost Android tablets in the country, will launch its first Android 4.0 (Google Ice Cream Sandwich) tablet for the Indian audience in  March 2012.

The tab priced at around Rs. 10,000 will make it the cheapest ICS supported tablet available in the market at present.It carries a 1GHz processor with 1GB of DDR2 RAM, and even offers an HDMI out. The 7″ will have an 800×480 resolution. The microSD slot is capable of expanding your storage by up to 32GB, and has a miniUSB output. It will not only charge the device, but also support external flash storage.

The Auxus will hit stores in India next month – both online and at retail outlets across the country. iBerry is further providing 1 year warranty for the product that will be taken care of by their service department. They have also given a toll free contact number through which customers can clear all of their queries.

 

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Final Year Projects Optional for IIT-Madras Students

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras has made final year projects for B. Tech students optional and replaced it with three theory papers from this academic year as most of the students were not taking the projects seriously.

“Unless there is tremendous motivation, it will be very difficult for every student to do something significant in the project. Not every student is motivated. We can’t force motivation,” Said Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director of IIT-M.

According to the director, the change was made based on feedback received from the faculty.

“It can be from any of the electives. Be it theory papers or simulation-based work. The students will have to consult their faculty advisors and take up courses which make some coherent sense to their area of study and specialisation,” he said. “However, students of M.Tech and Dual Degree programmes will have to do projects as part of their course,” the IIT-M director said.

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One time too many

In two separate incidents but connected by one common Professor, two students were manhandled, leading to physical injury and in one case wounding the student involved, mentally. In the first case, a certain Sophomore student was asked to get out of class by Prof. Akrur Behera from the Mathematics department, for apparently no fault of his, while he was sitting in the first row. While he was moving out, Professor Behera held him by the collar and dragged him out, while throwing his bag and notebook into the quadrangle in a fit of rage. It did not stop here with him abusing him physically, causing him facial injury and verbally, along with abusing his parents in the most explicit of language; language which is beyond the scope of this newsletter. Striking off his name from the attendance register, he also announced to the entire class that the said student was a disgrace.

In the second case, another student was asked to leave the class. This time though, he was smiling in class and anger got the better of the Professor. While the student was moving out of the class, he was pushed and shoved, which led to him hitting the table and sustaining a few bruises.

Both the students decided to approach Director Sir on this issue along with a few final years who decided to support them. After listening patiently to what these boys had to say, Director Sir had this to say, "I understand what happened to you is wrong. I completely understand the pain and humiliation which you had to go through and I'm quite sure you won't be able to erase it from your minds now. You won't be able to enjoy the fest and you won't be able to find mental peace. I'm not asking you to become normal or not feel the pain. I'm simply asking you to give me some time and I will look into the matter seriously. Such things should not happen and I will make sure something is done. Please do not fear anyone or anything because in cases of indiscipline a student can get a grade back or 9th semester, but a Professor runs the risk of losing his job and not finding a job anywhere else. So, please do not fear anything happening to you and give me some time to fix this issue."

To add insult to injury, the student's worst fears came true when the Professor didn't allow him inside class on Monday and said he would give him attendance but he should get out of the class.

The final years also said that this is not the first time incidents such as these have happened. In the past as well, they have had first-hand experiences such as getting locked in the Mathematics Department toilet for 10 minutes because a student used the staff toilet. It is true that there is no point discussing past incidents, but the line has to be drawn somewhere. Students cannot tolerate such events happening time and again with them and there has to be a solution. This is one event which has led us to say 'Enough is enough' and demand some stringent action.

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Reverse Biased?

 

An evening which seeks the largest NIT-R crowd, including the laziest, the studious, the interested and the not-so-interested is the event FASHIONISTA, more affectionately known as the FP. This year it was the 4th of February, an evening adorned with fashion and style. Among the significant performance, were the three institute teams- La Resistance, Rechargers and Fusion and the team from KIIT, Bhubaneshwar. There were quite a few other teams from outside colleges as well.

Rechargers, the winning team had worked on the theme of “la dolce vita”- the luxuries of life, making use of vibrant coloured fabrics, satin and net. Their head gear and framed veils were a feature of their performance. La Resistance made use of diverse materials ranging from wood, leaves, aluminium foil, coffee cups, ice-cream spoons and even electrical pipes representing “the walks of life”. Their male attire was distinctly different, while girls depicted serene wildlife and greenery through flowers and birds. Fusion brought to us, the journey of humans over a dynamic timeline  “despicable science vs. struggling humanity”. Portrayal of the theme was through commercialization, modernisation and corruption; stark contrast to aesthetic values of love, peace and self realisation. The need to reuse, recycle and renew was vividly depicted too.

“Bloody Valentine” the theme chosen by KIIT, Bhubaneswar featured “devils in love”. Their theme depicted the different shades of love and relationships, signifying the dark side of love. They had a variety in attire, composed in black and red, with a contemporary touch to their gesture and gait. Their choreography and well co-ordinated presence on stage with appropriate back ground music made an impression on everyone present.

NITRUTSAV also observed the evening of the 4th of February as the traditional night, with the girls wearing sarees and the boys, as is the usual case, were not to be seen in traditional attire. Rechargers won the event, with Fusion finishing as Runner's Up and La Resistance finishing a distant 3rd. But, the general consensus among the NITR junta was that the team from KIIT Bhubaneswar were the deserving winners. Many were found complaining at the end of the event that the results of the event were biased. We always keep grumbling about the lack of external participation, but when we do have deserving participants from outside colleges, biased judgement is not the order of the day. Two fashion technology colleges coming for FASHIONISTA shows on what scale the event succeeded. But, the final judgement also shows on how grand a scale did the event finally succeed in disappointing everyone. Taking nothing away from the eventual winners, we can safely assume a lesser participation from outside colleges in our annual fashion parade, next year.

 

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Hovercraft Workshop: A Successful Course

On 21st January 2012, students of NIT Rourkela finally got the chance to take part in the much awaited hovercraft workshop conducted by SAE, NITR chapter. The viral publicity of the workshop had kept all the participants eager for the grand event. Three trainers from Aerotrix came all the way to Rourkela from Kanpur to conduct the hovercraft workshop. AerotriX is the brainchild of IIT Kanpur alumni formed with the intention of improving awareness about aerospace and automobile engineering and to bridge the gap between industry requirements and what academia offers.

11 teams from NIT Rourkela had participated with full zeal & enthusiasm. The workshop started at 8 AM and continued till 11 hours at a stretch. So, the supposed two day workshop was over in the first day itself. The day concluded with workshop-participants trying out their day’s hard work, seeing their hovercraft work, as it did fly in front of the entrance of the main building.

Although the event was successfully organized and well-managed by the SAE team, there was a sense of dissatisfaction among the participants as they feel cheated regarding the value for money and the kit provided. Swayam Prakash, a Pre-final year SAE member said in the SAE Facebook page “A lot has been said about hovercraft workshop. I too personally felt that it was not worth the amount you all paid to attend it. The purpose behind organizing the workshop was simply 2 makes u learn and enjoy the process. So we tried 2 bring the best people available in affordable prices.”

It is also true that the SAE members had to pay a significant amount of money out of their pockets for the workshop to run smoothly. Overall, the workshop was successful in training the students to make their own hovercraft which was quite evident from the flying jet engines and satisfied students’ faces in front of Main Building.

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NITRUTSAV 2k12: Childhood Revisited

 

That dedication, determination and a minuscule stroke of luck are the quintessential ingredients for brewing a successful college festival was proven yet again, when the 2012 edition of NITRUTSAV left no stone unturned to enthral and enrapture its widespread turnout of over 1500 participants from both within and outside the institute. The core team, spearheaded by conveners Ravi Raj and Satish Kumar Ray along with the ilk of secretaries comprising of Prannay Roy, Siddharth Mishra, Gaurav Agarwal, Ashesh Raghav and scores of other co-ordinators, event managers and volunteers put in gargantuan efforts to render a magnificent panorama of a magnitude probably unseen hitherto in recent times.


The cog-wheels of the annual cultural fiesta, scheduled over a period of 3 and a half days; sprang into action when NITRUTSAV 2k12 was declared open by Smt. Pravati Sarangi and Shri. Sunil Sarangi (Hon. Director, NIT Rourkela) at 6.30 pm on the 2nd of February. A brief cultural program ensued, with notable performances by the Synergy dance group, The Mavericks troupe and a few other individual dance performances by children on campus. A classical Odissi dance performance by Guru Gajendra Kumar Panda, Chisato Miura (Japan) and the team of Tridhara from Bhubaneswar was performed as a tribute to Guru Debaprasad Das; a pioneer of the Odissi dance form.

Day 1 started off on a musical note with the flagship event – Rockmantics. Around 12 bands encompassing various genres of music competed for glory in the Eastern and Western categories. The distorted guitars, crash cymbals, subtle basses and high pitched vocals renting the air; NCC Grounds proved to be a die-hard rock-music lover’s paradise. The Eastern band competition conducted in the first phase saw Shabd, a CET Bhubaneswar band emerge victorious. The competition in the Western category was intense with Antim Sanskar, a thrash/death metal band from Jamshedpur stealing the show and being declared champions. There were praiseworthy performances by the institute bands – Euphony (in the Eastern Category) and Holocaust and Holic (in the Western Category who were jointly declared runners up). Parallel to Rockmantics, the event Roadies was in progress, with the preliminary round being conducted. Out of a multitude of applicants, 26 were shortlisted for the main sub-events. Literary events by Clarion, the Literary Club of NIT Rourkela were conducted close to the afternoon. The prelims of the NU Journalist event and Lit-A-Lympics took place. Bolero, the duet dance competition saw the Synergy dance group clinch all top three spots. Several other minor events apart, the day drew to a close with the ProNite featuring the runners-up of MTV RockOn – Srote. The 6-piece band belted out soulful yet peppy tracks (Hindi and English alike) much to the delight of the crowd. The band ended on a high note with Bryan Adams’ Summer of ’69.


The first ever Parliamentary Debate was conducted at NIT Rourkela during NITRUTSAV. The event saw 8 teams battle it out for debating supremacy contesting against each other in a three-on-three Asian Parliamentary Style format. Three of the most reputed adjudicators served as the Core Adjudicators for this one-of-kind event held at NITR.

Raising the level of participation by another notch, Day 2 saw a larger influx of participants from outside the institute. Quixotic, the quiz fest began with Quizmaster Arnav Sinha from MnA Quizmasters conducted the India Quiz while his partner Vijay Menon conducted the Sports Quiz. Teams from XIMB, BJB College and DAV School of Business Management participated in the quiz events. All quizzes had a preliminary round, followed up by a mains round – the teams from outside the institute gave the local home-grown NIT teams a run for their money. 6 teams were shortlisted from the prelims every single time. The Roadies event entered the mains-phase with events such as mini-rugby, blind football and slow race being conducted. The NU Idol and stage/street play competitions were also conducted. The team from Pantomime, the dramatics club of the institute relished a stupendous victory in both the street and stage play genres. Adventurous, enthusiastic students took part in Phachak, a speculated rip-off of La Tomatina; the tomato-fight festival of Spain. A long and eventful day drew to a close with the fashion parade contest. In addition to institute fashion groups- Fusion, La Resistance and Rechargers; there were around 4 groups from outside the institute to compete on one of the largest fashion platforms in Eastern India – Fashionista. Rechargers, the fashion group from NIT Rourkela were declared winners.

The 3rd and final day of NITRUTSAV started with Mr. and Miss NU, which counts as among the more popular events conducted in almost every edition of NITRUTSAV. A first year pair from NIT Rourkela was given the title. The finale of Roadies 7.0 saw a rickshaw-pulling race, which resulted in Ombeni Kanze Kennedy; a second year BTech student from NIT Rourkela being crowned the winner. Quixotic saw the Entertainment Quiz and the General Quiz being organized by quizmasters Arnav Sinha and Vijay Menon respectively. Rhapsody, an instrumental event was conducted. Hands Close, the Group Dance competition resulted in The Mavericks, a relatively new dance group of the institute surfacing numero uno. The Synergy dance group secured 3rd place. Synergy won a total of 5 prizes in all dance categories. NITRUTSAV 2k12’s swansong was the DJ Nite, held at the NCC Grounds with hordes of students grooving to the beats in the electrifying atmosphere.

To say that NITRUTSAV 2k12 has been a manifold improvement over the previous editions would be an understatement. The copious amounts of work which had gone into organizing the fest was clearly apparent from the props used, the ornate decorations bejewelling the campus and the sponsor boards at every few feet. Noteworthy indeed was Convener Satish Ray’s dedication, wherein he managed to remain ubiquitous during the fest despite having met with an accident which left him seriously injured, only a couple of days prior to the cult-fest. For having raised the bar of the annual cultural extravaganza forevermore and for having kept the 2011-2012 dream-run going, kudos, Team NU. Kudos.

 

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NSS Presence Illuminated Spring Fest

The recently concluded cultural festival NITRUTSAV was by far one of the most successful festivals organised in our institute. And that’s largely attributed to the participation of many satellite clubs and organizations of NIT Rourkela. One such organization whose contribution cannot be ignored is National Service Scheme (NSS).

NSS has organized two events for the spring fest. The first one was a hand-made poster show which was in collaboration with VEC club demonstrating social awareness such as stopping child labour, female foeticide, global warming and encouraging blood donation, saving water, etc. The posters made by students, majority of them being from first year, were displayed in front of Bhubaneswar Behera Auditorium for the entire duration of the 4-day festival.

The second was a street play conducted by NSS students which aimed at creating awareness among the masses by showcasing some common problems which are experienced in society.

Both activities were successful in spreading consciousness and was very well-received by the attendants.

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Supers and Dreams

This past week we witnessed another PSU coming to the campus, blowing away all talk of PSUs stopping campus visits. Nine from amongst the finest landed their dream job. While HAL, Bangalore added a few more to that growing tally of offers, replacing one letter made for an additional 3 lakhs and another addition to the placement tally. HUL, the hallowed company for MBAs shortlisted candidates from NITR and called them for a final round interview round in Mumbai. The next week though, is a dampener, with no company slated to visit the campus, the first time this placement season.
5th Feb, 2012


Hindustan Unilever Limited(HUL)
Category : Super Dream
Students Recruited : 1
CTC : 8.5 LPA
Electrical Engineering
B. Tech
1. Bhargavi G Rajan

31st Jan, 2012


Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
Category : Dream
Students Recruited : 9
CTC : 5.3 - 5.7 LPA
Electronics and Communication Engineering
B. Tech
1. Sidharth Das
2. Sumeet Dandapat
3. Priyaranjan Swain
4. Sabyasachi Sethi
5. Amit Arup Nayak
6. G J K Chaitanya
Mechanical Engineering
B.Tech
1. N Sudhir
2. Shashank Deorah
3. NIkhil Chinthapatla

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Sa Re Ga Ma: Music Fest@NITRUTSAV


Hell is full of musical amateurs, said George Bernard Shaw. But, if the competition at this year's Central Musical Event Sa Re Ga Ma is anything to go by, NITRUTSAV certainly didn't have amateurs. Instead, some brilliant talent was on display in all the musical events. The grand musical fest of NITRUTSAV kicked-off with the event “RAGA” which saw the participation of musical maestros of our institute and colleges from other parts of the country. The event “RAGA” was held at 11am in BBA on the second day of the fest, where participants had to sing along with their musical instrument. Participants came in plenty with their own musical instruments and kept the three judges interested as a virtual war of scales was waged on stage.

The event on the third day was “NU IDOL” inspired by the original American Idol and it's various versions, the hunt for nitrutsav’s best singing voice, where the participants had to sing along the instrumental track of their song, this event had two rounds. The winner of this event was Sweta Padma Mahapatra from our institute. But, due to the delayed availablity of the venue on time, the event ended quite late, which led to the next event “Antakshari” being cancelled due to lack of availability of the venue.

The last event of the was “RHAPSODY” which was organised on the fourth day of the fest. This event was the search for the best musical maestro of NITRUTSAV as the participant had to showcase his talent through his musical instrument. This solo-instrumental event witnessed some mindblowing performances from students of our institute as well as participants from outside colleges. Individual tabla performances along with the omnipresent guitar solos, coupled with a drumathon and laced with the sweet sound of the violin made this final event a huge success.

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Cryogenics Lab Procures Liquid Nitrogen Plant

The cryogenics lab of mechanical engineering department is now facilitated with a decent high performance liquid nitrogen plant. The machine was installed in the lab on 12th November, 2011. It was purchased from LINDE CRYOPLANTS LTD, UK.

The machine specification is – Turbo expander base with 25 lit/hour efficiency. The estimated cost of the machine is about 2 Crores.

This liquid nitrogen plant is one of the few in India, especially quite rare in educational institutions. It is very essential for undergoing research (low temperature) & labs in different departments like Mechanical, Biotechnology, Ceramic, Chemistry, and Physics.

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Proposal for FIST Program

The department of Chemical Engineering has submitted a proposal for support under the Fund for Improvement of S&T infrastructure in higher educational institutions (FIST) program of Department of Science and Technology (DST). Some Departments like ceramic, civil, chemistry and physics already have projects running under FIST program.

The proposal of the Chemical Department has been identified as support in level-1 category by the DST based on the recommendations of the FIST advisory board (FISTAB). The details of the recommendations for 5 years duration of the project are – to strengthen the post-graduate teaching and research facilities in the department; for procuring instruments like spinning drop Tensionmeter, Rheometer with interfacial rheology, inverted microscope and for renovation of the lab.

Prof. Santanu Paria, Associate Professor is now at Indian academy of Science, Bangalore to present the project on behalf of our Institute’s Chemical Engineering Department. If the project gets approved by the FISTAB, then the Department will form a ‘Project Implementation Group’ which will be responsible and accountable for its implementation during the project duration of five years. The HOD of chemical Department, Prof. R. K. Singh will most probably head this ‘Project Implementation Group.’

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Taking the bull by the horns

 

Rowdy students and rowdy behaviour is commonplace in this Institute. Most of the times, tolerance is the only reaction other students or the faculty show towards immoral behaviour. But this last Wednesday night, a certain professsor from the Maths Department, Prof. Bikash Sahoo, decided to teach immorality a lesson.

It so happened that the three boys, who belong to Section G which is taught by Prof. Sahoo himself, were on their bike when they suddenly stopped in front of Prof. Sahoo’s quarter and started pointing towards him. Fun took an abusive form when the boys started using swear words, without having the knowledge that he was present in the balcony all this time. Prof. Sahoo then grabbed hold of his car keys and chased down the boys to the hostel area. On being caught, the boys lied to him at first and that is when anger overcame him and he slapped one of the boys.The boys then confessed and finally apologised and things calmed down.

On being asked about the incident, Prof.Sahoo replied, “It was not the first time this has happened. They did this for the 3rd time. I was very angry and since usually I don’t get very angry, I couldn’t control my anger that day. When they lied to me I had to use my own methods to get to the truth. I know I shouldn’t have hit them but I couldn’t help it that day.” The students were unavailable and couldn’t be reached for comments. 
It's quite true that anger brings out the worst in us and sometimes makes us do and say things which we don't necessarily mean to do or say. But, in this case the natural reaction by the professor was quite understandable. Especially, after tolerating indecent behaviour for many times in a row, something is bound to snap. Our professors deserve respect and we should give it to them. Slapping may not seem the perfect solution then,especially when we have an Institute Student Disciplinary Committee, fondly known as DISCO in the student community, constituted for this purpose, i.e. disciplining the students. It's quite possible that the students repeat their behaviour again in future, inspite of the slap. May be an ISDC hearing and the threat of 9th semesters and expulsion ought to be a better tool for disciplining the indisciplined.

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Inter-NIT Chronicles

The inter NIT Sports Meet, normally scheduled for the winter break were rescheduled this time around. The cause for the rescheduling was that, their would be a larger audience to witness the different sports events lined up in their institute, support and cheer the home team. The schedule for the events this time around is:

Volleyball NIT Warangal 27th to 29th Jan
Basketball, Tennis NIT Trichy 3rd to 5th Feb
Cricket, Hockey NITK Surathkal 9th to 11th Mar
Football, Kabbadi NIT Rourkela 2nd to 4th Mar
Badminton, T.T NIT Allahabad 17th to 19th Feb

The eagerly awaited results though, have been, as usual, quite unsatisfactory. Our very own NIT teams put up a spirited show but were denied podium finishes in both the Volleyball and tennis. With the mid-sems starting from the 22nd of this month, Cricket, Hockey, Football and Kabbadi, which were earlier scheduled in the week of February have now been postponed for the benefit of the students. But, the Badminton and Table Tennis events haven't yet been rescheduled. In the case of the events not being rescheduled, the students and the authorities will have to make a decision whether to send the respective teams a few days before the mid-semester exams. We sincerely hope though, that unsporting dates notwithstanding, NITR teams exceed expectations in all of them.

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Google, Privacy And You

The search-engine provider, Google battling Facebook for supremacy of user engagement and advertising on the Web, said it planned to introduce changes to its privacy policies. These changes include consolidating 60 Web services, such as Gmail, YouTube and Google+ products under one blanket policy.

When the new policy comes into effect on March 1, information from most Google products will be treated as a single trove of data, which the company could use for targeted advertising.

By consolidating numerous product-specific privacy policies into one comprehensive policy, "we're explaining our privacy commitments to users of those products in 85 percent fewer words," said Pablo Chavez, Google's director of public policy, on the company's public policy blog.

This privacy change has led some U.S. lawmakers questioned whether the new policy would allow Internet users to opt-out of data-sharing systems and expressed concern about the safety of customer data to which Google replied that it  will not change the way it provides "transparency, control, and security to its users."

Moreover, Google users who choose not to enable this sharing simply can use Search, Maps and YouTube without signing into their Google accounts.

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Twitter Hired Google MD Shailesh Rao

 

Shailesh Rao, managing director (Media & Platforms) at Google's Asia-Pacific operations, has left the world's biggest Internet search company and will join Twitter as vice-president for its international operations.

Rao had joined Google California headquarters in March 2005 as director, local search where he was responsible for worldwide Google Local services and channel program.

He also helped lead launch of Google Maps and Earth across Western Europe and parts of Asia and Latin America. Rao moved to India in 2007 to head the Google's India operations.

Shailesh has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania with Honors, a BS from the Wharton School with a concentration in finance, and an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management in 1999 and eventually joined Google in 2005. Prior to enrolling at Wharton, he worked for a firm named Strategic Planning Associates for four years.

 

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Intel Talent Search: 7 Indian-Americans Named Finalists

Seven Indian American high school students have been named among the 40 finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search.  They will compete March 8-13 in Washington, D.C., for $630,000 in total awards. The first place winner will receive $100,000 from the Intel Foundation.

The finalists are:

1. SaurabhSharan of Bellarmine College Preparatory School in San Jose, California and his project was "Parameter-Free Graph-Based Nuclear Segmentation in Cellular Images Using Morphological Cues."

2. SayoniSaha of Gretchen Whitney High School in Cerritos, California for her project "A Doll That Looks Likes Me: A Study of Self-Concept in Children with Down syndrome."

3. Siddhartha Gautama Jena of International Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan for his project "Elevated Cholesterol Impairs Water and Gas Transport in Red Blood Cells."

4. Nithin Reddy Tumma of Port Huron Northern High School, Port Huron, Michigan whose project was "Elucidating Pathways in Cancer Pathogenesis: Establishment of Interaction between TGF-ß/Ras Pathways and Identification of gC1qR as an Oncoprotein."

5. Neel S. Patel of Oviedo High School in Oviedo, Florida for "A Four-Year Analysis of Sonifications for Use in Innovative Human-Computer Interfaces."

6. AnirudhPrabhu of West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School in West Lafayette, Indiana who choose a mathematical challenge "Lower Bounds for Odd Perfect Numbers."

7. Neil Kamlesh Mehta of Jericho Senior High School in Jericho, New York for "Co-restoration of Type III Nrg1 back signaling through depolarization: Implications for schizophrenia."

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Vivekananda Chair At Chicago Varsity

India will provide a grant of $1.5 million to the University of Chicago to establish a Vivekananda Chair for Indian studies, as part of the initiatives to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the 19th century luminary, Swami Vivekananda, and polymath Rabindranath Tagore.

Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on 29th January made the announcement at the Fullerton Hall of the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), where Vivekananda had delivered his famous speech 119 years ago.

According to a University of Chicago release, “The one-quarter visiting professorship will be given to distinguished scholars from a variety of disciplines with an interest in the fields of study most relevant to the teachings and philosophies of the Swami, such as Indian philosophy, politics and social movements.”

This will be New Delhi’s second chair at an American university after the BhimRaoAmbedkar chair at Columbia University.

 

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New JEE: 40% Weightage To Class XII Results

Performing well in school will become more important for IIT aspirants from 2013. It’s decided now that at least 40% weightage will be given to class XII marks for admission to the 15 IITs as well as other engineering institutes in the country.

A common aptitude-cum-advanced knowledge test, Joint Admission Board (JAB) will replace the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) in 2013. Test scores will have 60 per cent weight in deciding admissions; school board marks will have 40 per cent. Test and board scores will determine admissions to all centrally funded engineering institutions.

The common entrance exam will have two elements — simple aptitude testing to assess scholastic levels and an advanced section which a student can choose to either continue with or skip.

This test will essentially produce only scorecards for each student, and the concerned institute will then decide how it will use the 60 per cent weight — say, an IIT can rely more on scores achieved on the advanced level section than on aptitude. It could be a 30-30 aptitude-advanced knowledge format for IITs and 40-20 for NITs.

“While AIEEE and JEE will go, the JAB and the Central Counselling Board (CCB) will stay to work on these finer points and modalities of admission.”

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Desi Boyz

When Monday Morning visited the NU Yoke: Satish Ray & Ravi Raj, the Convenors of the Literary & Cultural Society, it was visibly another sleepless night for them, along with the organizing committee. All in order to ensure that this academic year is remembered for trend-setting fests in the Institute. Innovision 2011 surely made an impression and we decided to gauge whether NU 2012 would match up.

MM: With the annual cultural fest NITRUTSAV’12 only a week away, what is the current progress regarding the preparations?

Convenors:
The preparations are in the final stage. We are working day and night to finalize everything. All the events have been drawn up and event co-ordinators have been given the command of their events. They are preparing for their events accordingly. A decoration team has been formed to decorate the institute streets. Event wise registration has also started and till now we have received about 200 registrations.


MM: Every year our fest doesn’t attract a healthy participation from other colleges. As such proper publicity of the fest assumes great importance. Was adequate attention given to this aspect for the upcoming fest?

Convenors:
A separate team for publicity was formed last semester itself. We didn’t want lack of publicity to be a cause of low participation. Members of the cultural team visited many colleges during December. We covered almost all the colleges in Odisha. Some members also visited Raipur, Jamshedpur and Ranchi for the publicity.
We also made deals with websites like markmyfest.com, fadooengineers.com for the online publicity. NITRUTSAV’12 has about 4000 members on facebook. The number of hits on the official website of NITRUTSAV has already crossed the 7000 mark. Moreover, official invitations were sent to reputed colleges across the country which included all the IITs and NITs.


MM: With so much done for the publicity, how many participants do you expect from outside the institute?
Convenors: We expect participation to cross the 500 mark. Proper arrangements for their accommodation are being done.
Holidays and exams in BPUT may play spoilsport as majority of the students come from these colleges. But, considering the plethora of competitions and the importance of our fest across Odisha, we expect a healthy participation.


MM: Recently, it was reported that this time the cultural fest will be held for three days starting from 3rd February till 5th February. As such when will the inauguration takes place and will there be compensatory classes for Friday?
Convenors: The inauguration will take place on the evening of 2nd February itself. A cultural night is scheduled for that evening. After a lot of discussions we finalized that the fest should continue for three days as is done in most of the reputed colleges. This will allow an increased number of events and, more importantly, clashes between major events can be avoided, enabling proper participation in all of them. There has been no news regarding any compensatory class from the administration till now.


MM: What is the total budget of NITRUTSAV’12? How much of it was sponsored?
Convenors:  Rs. 7 lacs was allotted by SAC while we have managed to rake in Rs. 3.09 lacs from the sponsors, the major ones being Vodafone, Blackberry and Amul.


MM: What is the total prize money? What are the major attractions in the events this time?
Convenors: We have enormous prize money to be won this time. Major events like Fashionista and Rockmantics has total prize money of INR 35,000. ‘Roadies’ has prize money of INR 10,000. This has been done to attract more participants in the events and it seems to be working well. We have already received registration of 7 bands, from colleges outside, for the event ‘Rockmantics’ while 4 teams have registered for the event ‘Fashionista’. The institute teams are going to face a tough competition .
We are also organizing the 1st NITR Parliamentary Debate which has a whopping amount of INR 50,000 to be won. Quizzing shall be at its best as Arnav Sinha and Vijay Anand Menon, more popularly known as Menongitis, of ‘MnA Quizmasters’ have been roped in to conduct four quizzes.
Also, events will be spectacular with competitors fighting it out for a handsome amount of money. In total about 2 lakhs will be spent on prize money itself.


MM: What about ProNites?? Is there any celebrity who will perform during the fest? Any other events to which the students can look forward to?
Convenors: Yes, we are in the final stage of negotiations with an alternative rock/rap rock band ‘Underground Authority’. They are expected to perform in our institute on one of the nights. The final schedule will be out soon. We will have a DJ night as well.
Apart from the Pronite and competitions, a number of fun events have also been planned. An event named Live CS(paint ball) shall be organized. Mud kabbadi will be held near the old basketball court. We are also getting an enthusiastic response for the event ‘The Tomato Fight’. So, in this edition, we have a lot to offer and we expect everyone to come forward and take part.

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Performance Perfect: SF IITKgp

While many of us grumble about the lack of extra-curricular activity at NITR along with no proper encouragement and support from the administration, talent still seems to find a way to bloom in the desert. Going one step better than our last year's performance, NITR has managed to grab the Runner's Up spot, losing the race to the soon-to-be MBAs from XLRI Jamshedpur, at the Annual Spring Fest Championship at IIT Kharagpur this year.

As is the custom, every year, interested participants travel to IIT Kgp during the 3rd weekend of every January to participate in a plethora of events organised during their annual Spring Fest. The Institute, for a change, sponsors all the participants selected through an open competition to represent the Institute in various events. This time, NITR sent teams for the various dance, drama, music, quizzing, arts and debate events. Synergy, once again, proved their mettle with it's members bagging the One-Two in the Two for a Tango Duet Dance event blowing away all the competition from the other colleges. Other commendable performances include that of Pantomime progressing to the Mains round of Nukkad (the street play) in which the top six groups were selected, Heartbeats putting up a brilliant show and winning many hearts in the Eastern Band competition, Sargam and the quizzing team from Inquizzitive progressing to the on-stage Mains of the hotly contested Sports Quiz Olympiq.

NITians once again proved how adept they are when it comes to art, bagging the 1st and 3rd prize in Panache, the Fashion Outfit Designing event and the 3rd prize in Ice-Cream sticks event. The debate team wasn't to be left behind with NITR bagging the runner's up position in the National Level Debate-The Presidential Debate in association with the British Council, beating stiff competition from XLRI Jamshedpur and the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. All in all, it was a pretty satisfying performance from the teams from NITR, who now look forward to getting the requisite leave of absence from classes. Keeping fingers crossed, we hope the attendance requirements are fulfilled in time, before someone has to pay the price of extra-academic credit with a Grade Back.

 

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Desi Boyz

When Monday Morning visited the NU Yoke: Satish Ray & Ravi Raj, the Convenors of the Literary & Cultural Society, it was visibly another sleepless night for them, along with the organizing committee. All in order to ensure that this academic year is remembered for trend-setting fests in the Institute. Innovision 2011 surely made an impression and we decided to gauge whether NU 2012 would match up.

MM: With the annual cultural fest NITRUTSAV’12 only a week away, what is the current progress regarding the preparations?

Convenors:
The preparations are in the final stage. We are working day and night to finalize everything. All the events have been drawn up and event co-ordinators have been given the command of their events. They are preparing for their events accordingly. A decoration team has been formed to decorate the institute streets. Event wise registration has also started and till now we have received about 200 registrations.


MM: Every year our fest doesn’t attract a healthy participation from other colleges. As such proper publicity of the fest assumes great importance. Was adequate attention given to this aspect for the upcoming fest?

Convenors:
A separate team for publicity was formed last semester itself. We didn’t want lack of publicity to be a cause of low participation. Members of the cultural team visited many colleges during December. We covered almost all the colleges in Odisha. Some members also visited Raipur, Jamshedpur and Ranchi for the publicity.
We also made deals with websites like markmyfest.com, fadooengineers.com for the online publicity. NITRUTSAV’12 has about 4000 members on facebook. The number of hits on the official website of NITRUTSAV has already crossed the 7000 mark. Moreover, official invitations were sent to reputed colleges across the country which included all the IITs and NITs.


MM: With so much done for the publicity, how many participants do you expect from outside the institute?
Convenors: We expect participation to cross the 500 mark. Proper arrangements for their accommodation are being done.
Holidays and exams in BPUT may play spoilsport as majority of the students come from these colleges. But, considering the plethora of competitions and the importance of our fest across Odisha, we expect a healthy participation.


MM: Recently, it was reported that this time the cultural fest will be held for three days starting from 3rd February till 5th February. As such when will the inauguration takes place and will there be compensatory classes for Friday?
Convenors: The inauguration will take place on the evening of 2nd February itself. A cultural night is scheduled for that evening. After a lot of discussions we finalized that the fest should continue for three days as is done in most of the reputed colleges. This will allow an increased number of events and, more importantly, clashes between major events can be avoided, enabling proper participation in all of them. There has been no news regarding any compensatory class from the administration till now.


MM: What is the total budget of NITRUTSAV’12? How much of it was sponsored?
Convenors:  Rs. 7 lacs was allotted by SAC while we have managed to rake in Rs. 3.09 lacs from the sponsors, the major ones being Vodafone, Blackberry and Amul.


MM: What is the total prize money? What are the major attractions in the events this time?
Convenors: We have enormous prize money to be won this time. Major events like Fashionista and Rockmantics has total prize money of INR 35,000. ‘Roadies’ has prize money of INR 10,000. This has been done to attract more participants in the events and it seems to be working well. We have already received registration of 7 bands, from colleges outside, for the event ‘Rockmantics’ while 4 teams have registered for the event ‘Fashionista’. The institute teams are going to face a tough competition .
We are also organizing the 1st NITR Parliamentary Debate which has a whopping amount of INR 50,000 to be won. Quizzing shall be at its best as Arnav Sinha and Vijay Anand Menon, more popularly known as Menongitis, of ‘MnA Quizmasters’ have been roped in to conduct four quizzes.
Also, events will be spectacular with competitors fighting it out for a handsome amount of money. In total about 2 lakhs will be spent on prize money itself.


MM: What about ProNites?? Is there any celebrity who will perform during the fest? Any other events to which the students can look forward to?
Convenors: Yes, we are in the final stage of negotiations with an alternative rock/rap rock band ‘Underground Authority’. They are expected to perform in our institute on one of the nights. The final schedule will be out soon. We will have a DJ night as well.
Apart from the Pronite and competitions, a number of fun events have also been planned. An event named Live CS(paint ball) shall be organized. Mud kabbadi will be held near the old basketball court. We are also getting an enthusiastic response for the event ‘The Tomato Fight’. So, in this edition, we have a lot to offer and we expect everyone to come forward and take part.

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Raghuveer: Future's First Choice


“I scarcely imagined that a finance & marketing company such as Futures First would ever visit NIT Rourkela. I think the PCs have done a wonderful job and I would like to attribute my success to them”

On Monday, 23rd January, ‘12, MSSA Raghuveer, final year student of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, aced through the campus interview of Futures First, a one-of-a-kind trading company, bagging a pay package of 7.2 lpa. “Out of the 6 candidates who were shortlisted for the PI round, I felt mine (Personal Interview) was the worst and was indeed pleasantly surprised when I was informed by Monday Morning that I had been recruited by Futures First. It was surprising but absolutely amazing.”
The lead vocalist of the college fusion band, “Heartbeats”, Raghuveer’s prime interest is music. He is also a member of his Hall’s chess team and enjoys playing outdoor sports.
Futures First deals with stocks and derivatives in the share market, and one needs to be adept at predicting the fluctuating trends in the share market. In a layman’s language, Futures First may be thought of as a stockbroker company. The chief working agenda is reliance on one’s instincts – poor judgement may spell doom, however the vice-versa could also make you a millionaire.
Not surprisingly, in Futures First, the concept of teamwork seldom plays a vital role. ‘Every man for himself’ is the adage which does the rounds around the company. “When in Kolkata (where I faced my PI), there were around 70 people working in the firm. They hadn’t stirred from their positions for over 4 hours at a stretch – and did not as much use their cell phones for even a minute. Hence when the HR questioned me about my team-management skills, I forced myself to question its relevance in a place such as Futures First. The HR replied saying that in the company, a mixture of both team-work and singular work is quintessential. However, the perfect balance is struck when there is a maximum of a 5-minute interaction between employees every day.”
Once training commences, Raghuveer shall work at Gurgaon for a period of time. Hailing from an engineering background, one will have very little knowledge of markets owing to lack of exposure. Hence a lot needs to be learned to gain a sound backing while working in a finance company.
Over the recent years, the company has gained a bad reputation in the market due to its notorious methodology of dealing with employees. Futures First has huge demands from its employees, failing to meet which the employees are callously handed out pink slips. Raghuveer plans to work for 2 to 3 years in the firm and take up an MBA or a similar course since the work experience gained from the company would prove to be very useful in the scenario.
A message for the juniors? “Be flexible in your path; do not be overly rigid in career choices. Keep your options open.”

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AASRA Foundation Day

AASRA is a club completely devoted to the cause of the society. The foundation day of AASRA club was celebrated on 26th January. It is one of the most genuinely dedicated clubs towards the welfare of the less-privileged. A club which has no induction process, thus making it possible for anyone to contribute towards the betterment of the society. The venue of the foundation day was the Bhubaneswar Behera Auditorium which was literally full of ingenuous and cheerful children from the different workplaces of the AASRA club.

The club has four workplaces, namely OSAP(leprosy colony), Chhend(orphanage run by the govt.), Sector 21(leprosy colony) and Basanti colony(orphanage). Children from all these workplaces were brought together to interact with each other and with the members of the AASRA family working in different work zones. The hon’ble chief guest of the foundation day ceremony was the director, Prof. Sunil Kumar Sarangi and other eminent professors who joined the celebration include  Prof. S. Bhatacharyya (Ceramic), Prof. Ramakar Jha (Civil), Mr. K.C Patra (Civil)  and Mr. M.V Ramarao, ex-chairman of  RKL club.

The program of the foundation day started with a song sung by Sector-21 children followed by dance and drama, and performances by children from other workplaces followed suit. Throughout the program refreshments were provided to the children by the AASRA club.

The program started at 9.30 in the morning and continued till 12.45 after which lunch was arranged in the community centre. Other than song, dance and drama performances by children, members of the AASRA club gave presentations of their workplaces which gave an overview of all the marvelous things done by people at the OSAP leprosy colony.

After lunch, members of the AASRA club spent quality time with the children. All in all it was a fulfilling day for the AASRA club members and the children from the different workplaces.

 

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Why This 'SLOW'averi Di?

The routine gmail checks, the regular Facebook log-ins and the recent NU page visits all have one thing in common. The 'Loading' sign followed by the oh-so-slow percentage bar testing our patience much more than the Indian Cricket Team does nowadays. NITR has been facing a chronic 'snailment' in the internet speeds, at least the halls of residence now. Coupled with the Kaspersky order which is bound to make our laps and desks slower, Monday Morning decided to approach Mr. Snehasish Parhi, Computer Centre, for some 'netlighetenment'.
MM: Sir, what is the reason for the net speed to be dissatisfactorily slow these days?
SP: We have provided you the access to most of the sites these days. With increase in usage and download from various and different sort of sites, there is a high probability of viruses entering your system. This must be the probable reason why the speed has decreased nowadays.

MM: Taking into consideration the situation, has the institute taken any steps?
SP: Yes, the National Knowledge Network has given the institute a 1 GB per Second line. Also, BSNL is expected to provide us with a gateway. These measures are expected to eradicate the present problems.But its really in the students' hands to maintain your net speed.

MM: Sir, there has been a mail recieved in Webmail about compulsary usage of the Kaspersky Anti-virus. Why so?

SP: Its for the students' benefit. As I have mentioned, with your freedom to access most of the sites, your system will get prone to various viruses and unwanted materials. It is to filter them that we have passed on this notice.

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NITR Celebrates R-Day

Republic Day for some of us, another routine holiday for most of us. While most of us were sleeping, India woke up to it's 63rd year as the largest democracy in the world. Parallely in Planet NITR, the sleepy NCC ground woke up to a flurry of activity to mark a quiet celebration. While the Thailand Prime Minister, the gorgeous Yingluck Shinawatra was the Chief Guest for the day at Rajpath, our very own Director Sir was the Chief Guest for the event. Scanty student participation coupled with almost the entire faculty strength being present marked a unique event which sees more participation from the faculty than the students. The NCC students were present in their uniform to ensure the smooth conduction of the programme. Director Sir arrived sharp at 8: 30am, following which he hoisted the tricolour and the national anthem was played immediately thereafter, adhering to tradition. This was followed by a parade by the NCC students in accordance with their properly practised kadam-taal and their routine march-past.This was followed by an uncharacteristically short but interesting speech by Director Sir. The function concluded on a high note with the National Service Scheme volunteers who had donated blood receiving certificates of appreciation as part of the programme followed by the national anthem.

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Young Indians: Say Cheese

 

It’s a natural instinct to capture on camera anything that appeals to the eyes. Camera in the cell phone is a must and digicams are more common now than ever before. And not to forget, the heaps of photos on everyone’s fb profile.

But the disconcerting fact that many others may not even have a photograph of themselves, to look at a few years from now and reminisce their happy past, gave the Young Indians their new project. Shishu Bhawan was just the place to get started. More than 30 kids were part of the project, undertaken on Saturday, 14th January, 2012. Beginning with a get-to-know session, the kids were made comfortable first! The members then distributed crayons, drawing sheets and glitter pens to the kids, who then turned artists to make a sketch on their sheets. To the card was pasted a photograph of the kid, clicked and printed by YI earlier. The kids then wrote their name and other personal information on the card. All done and the kids had a card, self-made, with their pic in it, to treasure and to cherish. Sweets and cakes were distributed to the kids before the Young Indians waved good-bye to them.

Young Indians intends to repeat the project at various other places.

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RACEE-2012

The Department of Chemical Engineering successfully organized the National Conference on “Recent Advances in Chemical and Environmental Engineering (RACEE-2012) on the 20th and 21st of January. The two day mega event highlighted many challenging issues in the realm of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. Scores of decorated scholars, renowned researchers and students from various technical institutes of high repute graced the occasion and addressed a jam-packed erudite audience on their research exploits.
The presence and keynote address by the recipient of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in engineering discipline for the year 2011; Prof. Sirshendu De (IIT Kharagpur) was awe inspiring. His speech and skillful depiction of his research area (Membrane science and Technology) is surely going to imbibe into the minds of young researchers and stimulate them to opt for a career in research and academics. Prof. I.M Mishra (IIT Roorkee) & Dr. Rabibrata Mukherjee (IIT Kharagpur) were some of the other luminaries present during the occasion.
Seven technical sessions were held in areas relating to wider spectrum of Chemical and Environmental engineering at different venues. Each session was engrossing where participants deliberated and debated on chosen topics and the level of competition was quite standard for the coveted “Best Paper” award. Apart from rigorous technical sessions, the mouth-watering gala dinner was refreshing as well where most of the participants got a chance to interact with their illustrious guests in lighter-vein. The feedback from the various cross sections of the guests was encouraging and they all commended the efforts put-in by the organising body.
Starting from the conceptualization to the final implementation, the whole hearted efforts put-in by the post graduate and doctoral students were praise worthy whereas apart from a few, the conspicuous absence of undergraduates showed a sign of apathy. The successful organization of the event RACEE-2012, added another jewel to the crown of the Department of Chemical Engineering in its long and illustrious existence. With the department’s “Golden Jubilee” year ahead in 2013, it surely is the high time to spruce things up, free from any inhibition and take the challenges head on for the greater good of the Society.

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IIT Faculty Seminar Talk

A seminar was conducted in the Ceramic Engineering department Seminar Room on 27th of January commencing at 3.00pm. Prof B. B. Nayak of the Ceramic department was the program in-charge of the event.

The seminar was an invited talk by Prof. C. Jacob, Material Science Centre, IIT Kharagpur. Prof. Jacob, a prolific and entertaining speaker that he is, enthralled the audience with his speech and presentation. He spoke on Carbon Based Nanomaterials – the role of the catalyst. The recent discovery of fullerenes, CNTs, and now graphene and their applications in flexible electronics, ultra high sound composites and nanofluids was highlighted by him.

The talk aimed at understanding the synthesis by chemical vapour decomposition of carbon nanotubes, carbon nanofibres, and silicon carbide nanostructures.

The seminar was a huge success and was attended by professors and research scholars and students of ceramic department, chemistry department, material science department and various other departments also.

 

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9 Indian Students Reach ‘Space Lab’ Contest Finals

Nine Indian students are among the 60 finalists in a global science competition, 'YouTube Space Lab', and if they win, experiments they have designed will be conducted in space with the help of NASA, ESA and JAXA.

The competition that was conducted by YouTube, Lenovo and Space Adventures, in association with The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), gave budding scientists a platform to showcase their talent. Grouped in two age categories, 14-16 years and 17-18 years, either alone or in groups of up to three, participants had to design and submit a video describing a science experiment that can be performed in space. Thousands of youngsters from more than 80 countries participated of which 60 were shortlisted to the finals. While US led with 10 finalists, India followed with nine.

The maximum numbers of entries, about 40 per cent, were received from India followed by the US with 15 per cent.

Participants were required to describe their science experiment ideas via video as well as demonstrate and animate the procedures they were submitting.

The winners will be decided on the basis of the judgement of the YouTube community alongside a prestigious panel of judges, including renowned scientist, Professor Stephen Hawking.

Six regional winners (two teams from each of the three regions- The Americas, Europe, Middle-East and Africa and Asia-Pacific) will be announced in February and will gather in Washington, DC, in March to experience a ZERO-G flight and receive a Lenovo IdeaPad laptop.  From them, two global winners, one from each age group, will be announced and later have their experiments performed 250 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and live streamed on YouTube from a ThinkPad laptop as part of a global event celebrating science and space.

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NASA Finds 60 Planets And 11 New Solar Systems

The US space agency said on 26th January its Kepler space telescope mission has confirmed 26 new planets outside our solar system, all of them orbiting too close to their host stars to sustain life.

The discoveries boost the list of confirmed extra-solar planets to 729, including 60 credited to the Kepler team.

The telescope, launched in space in March 2009, can detect slight but regular dips in the amount of light coming from stars. Scientists can then determine if the changes are caused by orbiting planets passing by, relative to Kepler's view.

None of the newly-discovered planetary systems are like our solar system, though Kepler-33, a star that is older and bigger than the Sun, comes close in terms of sheer numbers. It has five planets, compared to our solar system's eight, but the quintet all fly closer to their parent star than Mercury orbits the Sun.

The planets range in size from about 1.5 times the diameter of Earth to five times Earth's diameter. Scientists have not yet determined if any are solid rocky bodies like Earth, Venus, Mars and Mercury or if they are filled with gas like Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Nine of the new systems contain two planets and one has three, bringing the total number of newly discovered planets to 26. All are closer to their host stars than Venus is to the Sun.

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Twitter Will 'Censor' Tweets By Country

Twitter now has the ability to remove a tweet from its users' feeds in a particular country, according to the companyblog post on 19th January. Twitter said it hasn't done so yet but might act on a government's request.

Previously, Twitter could only block a message all over the world. After years of promoting itself as a champion of free expression on the internet, Twitter will now be able to withhold content from users in a specific country while keeping it available to the rest of the world.

However, Twitter also said it will notify users when a tweet or account has been blocked and will disclose the source and details of the request on the website of Chilling Effects, a project that tracks constraints on online content.

The proposed move came amid reports of a legal clash between India and global Internet giants, including Google, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook, over pre-screening user contents and removal of offensive materials from their websites. For websites like Twitter as well as social-networking site Facebook, this has meant being blocked in countries like China where controls are more aggressive.

Twitter’s announcement came a day after the first anniversary of the Tahrir Square protests in Egypt, in which the micro blogging site played a major role in drawing particular criticism from Middle Eastern users.

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Super Dream Week

The last week turned out to be a week of the Superdreams and brought laurels to eight of the brightest of the institute. After a long-drawn process, Futures First finally got its first recruit from the institute whereas C- Dot instantly selected 7 of them. Here are the details:

1. C-DOT


 

Date: - 24th January

Category : Super Dream

Students Recruited : 7

CTC : 7.5 LPA

 

Electronics and Communication Engineering

B. Tech

1. Ranjan Kumar Rath

2. Abhishek Das

3. Abhishek Sahoo

 

M. Tech

 

1. Kondabathini Sridhar

 

Computer Science and Engineering

B.Tech

1. Nithin Ranabothu Reddy

2. Md. Raiyan Alam

M. Tech

1. Harsh Vardhan Sharma

 

2. Futures First


 

Date:- 23rd January

Category : Super Dream

Students Recruited : 1

CTC: 7.6 LPA

 

Computer Science and Engineering

B. Tech

1. MSSA Raghuveer

 

 

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Bureaucatz presents The Time Traveler’s Pen

Ever wondered how the happiest Indian smiled when the British left? Ever thought what an average Indian felt when the draft of our constitution became public?

This Republic Day, Bureacratz Club brings to us a unique event. Here comes the deal! Think about a moment either from the freedom struggle prior to independence or the incidents before we became a republic; feel the surroundings, inhale the passion of revolution, let the joy of freedom flow through your heart. Now jot down your thoughts, narrate the moment as you would have lived it, in at least a paragraph and mail it to bureaucats10@gmail.com by 26th January. Cash prizes are to be won with first prize worth 1500/- and the runners up worth 1000/-.

Make a rhapsody out of your own words; whatever be, this republic day, just let yourselves be that Indian, who actually relished the moment!

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Alumni Quiz

Avid quizzers and veteran quizmasters of yesteryear R.Raghuraman and Shishir Joshi conducted an Alumni quiz on 21st Friday, 2011, on the eve of the Convocation ceremony. Around 40 participants from all 5 years (including the 2011 pass-out batch) took part in the quiz. Time being a crucial factor; the quizmasters were forced to skip the prelims part of the quiz, resulting in all participants playing the finals. The quality of the questions was commendable, with the concept of a “Long-Connect” round being introduced for the first time in NITRkl quizzing. The final year team comprising of Guru Balakrishna, Anurag Mohapatra, Susruta Chakraborty and Guru Gaurav Ray emerged victorious.

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Annual Athletics Meet: An Old, Lamentable Tale

Athletics were definitely a part of more students’ lives in school and high school. Enter NIT-R and interest in such activities seems to mysteriously disappear into thin air. The Athletics Meet is an annual event and a part of SAC’s major activities, besides the tech- and the cult-fest. But sadly, students don’t seem to care much about it. Participation is bleak. Even if one assumes that a lot of erstwhile athletes don’t remain in touch because of various reasons, the dim audience at the events is left unexplained. Thanks to the Physical Education course in the first year undergraduate curriculum, the annual meet can manage volunteers and a crowd in the gallery of the Dilip Tirkey Stadium which would pass as spectators.

Taking note of the grim response of the student community to the Institute’s Annual Athletics Meet, Monday Morning conducted a poll in its previous issue, which read:

Do you think the Annual Athletic Meet was well-organized and a success?

Just 24% of the voters agreed that this edition had new and innovative ideas, and coupled with prize money, was a hit!

Surely, a few ideas were brought in and at the right time. On the occasion of the 50th Annual Athletics Meet, the administration decided the following:

T-shirts will be provided to top 6 participants of each event of the meet, if attendance in the gallery during the event exceeds 200.

Every individual champion will be awarded a cash prize of Rs. 2000/-

Every record breaker to be awarded with a cash prize of Rs 1000/-

The Champion Hall will be given Rs. 15,000/- as a token money towards their grand dinner, if attendance exceeds 100 during every survey for the hall.

This was an unprecedented and, as felt by many, much required move to attract participants and spectators alike. But alas, these changes for good could not alter attendance in either case.

Also, these changes did not carry enough weight for 17.3% of the voters, who believed that the Meet was just like last year and witnessed no change. On the contrary, these changes seem to be perfect for a start. Hopefully, many more will follow in the coming years.

What shames in the stats is a whopping 58.7% of the voters saying they never knew it happened and didn’t participate. Organizational shortcomings are clichéd reasons cited by students for not turning up at fests. Now, they seek shelter under this for any and every event, regardless of reality. This is awful and better is expected of the student community.

Such indifference to an event of this magnitude is disheartening, for the organisers, the rare breed of participants, who seem to be on the path to extinction, and the stray spectator who, somehow, ends up at the Meet.

Probably the option “I don’t care to even vote on the Annual Athletics Meet” would had won majority.

 

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An Athletic Shame

Athletics were definitely a part of more students’ lives in school and high school. Enter NIT-R and interest in such activities seems to mysteriously disappear into thin air. The Athletics Meet is an annual event and a part of SAC’s major activities, besides the tech- and the cult-fest. But sadly, students don’t seem to care much about it. Participation is bleak. Even if one assumes that a lot of erstwhile athletes don’t remain in touch because of various reasons, the dim audience at the events is left unexplained. Thanks to the Physical Education course in the first year undergraduate curriculum, the annual meet can manage volunteers and a crowd in the gallery of the Dilip Tirkey Stadium which would pass as spectators.

Taking note of the grim response of the student community to the Institute’s Annual Athletics Meet, Monday Morning conducted a poll in its previous issue, which read:

Do you think the Annual Athletic Meet was well-organized and a success?

Just 24% of the voters agreed that this edition had new and innovative ideas, and coupled with prize money, was a hit!

Surely, a few ideas were brought in and at the right time. On the occasion of the 50th Annual Athletics Meet, the administration decided the following:

T-shirts will be provided to top 6 participants of each event of the meet, if attendance in the gallery during the event exceeds 200.

Every individual champion will be awarded a cash prize of Rs. 2000/-

Every record breaker to be awarded with a cash prize of Rs 1000/-

The Champion Hall will be given Rs. 15,000/- as a token money towards their grand dinner, if attendance exceeds 100 during every survey for the hall.

This was an unprecedented and, as felt by many, much required move to attract participants and spectators alike. But alas, these changes for good could not alter attendance in either case.

Also, these changes did not carry enough weight for 17.3% of the voters, who believed that the Meet was just like last year and witnessed no change. On the contrary, these changes seem to be perfect for a start. Hopefully, many more will follow in the coming years.

What shames in the stats is a whopping 58.7% of the voters saying they never knew it happened and didn’t participate. Organizational shortcomings are clichéd reasons cited by students for not turning up at fests. Now, they seek shelter under this for any and every event, regardless of reality. This is awful and better is expected of the student community.

Such indifference to an event of this magnitude is disheartening, for the organisers, the rare breed of participants, who seem to be on the path to extinction, and the stray spectator who, somehow, ends up at the Meet.

 

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IXth CONVOCATION: NITR CELEBRATES

There was joy, there was sorrow, there were reunions, there were good byes, there was celebration, and yes, lots of overflowing emotion – this was exactly how the mood was in the institute, this past week, as our beloved ‘seniors’ were back to their alma mater for the IXth annual convocation which ended last Saturday. It was a proud moment for the 720 students as they received their respective degrees at the NCC Ground Venue, an aberrant from the usual tradition of BBA Hall hosting the convocation. The event went through smoothly without any hiccups and was completely in sync with the institute traditions.

Mr. C. S. Verma, Chairman, Steel Authority Of India Ltd. (SAIL) was the Chief Guest for the event while it was chaired by Prof. Rintu Banerjee, Member of BOG of NIT Rourkela and eminent faculty of IIT, Kharagpur. The event kicked off at around 9:30 pm in the morning at the NCC ground with the ‘Academic Procession’ coming in. The members of the procession consisted of the Director, the Chief Guest, the Chairperson of the event, the HODs, the senate members and the members of the Board of Governors (BOG). The director addressed the gathering present and brought to notice all the major developments made throughout the last session.

The distribution of the degrees was next, with the order being Ph. D holders, M. Tech and B. Tech. Degrees were awarded to around 600 students with the rest of them receiving in absentia. Anup Kawtia (M. Tech Computer Science) and Deepali Rath (B. Tech Mechanical) were awarded best post-graduate and under-graduate medals respectively. Apart from them, 12 B. Tech students, 4 M. Sc students and 16 M. Tech students received the silver medals for topping their respective departments of study. Deepali Rath was also given the award for ‘Best B. Tech project’.

The event drew towards conclusion with the speeches from the chief guest and the chairperson. Mr. Verma’s speech was especially distinguished as the crowd present there seemed quite amused by his oratory skills. The event finally concluded with the Chairperson declaring it closed. Students were seen throwing their gowns in the air and posing for photographs. The ceremony was followed by a lunch arranged for the degree recipients and their families.

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Fire Extinguished!

 

Last Thursday, i.e on the 19th of January, a major disaster was averted when a fire broke out in the Department of Ceramic Engg. but was controlled and put out just in time before any serious damage was done. The fire broke out in Prof. Ranabrata Mazumdar’s office at around 8PM. He had already left his office by the time and the department was almost empty except for a few research scholars, who were working in their respective laboratories, along with Prof. Arun Chowdhury, who was in his office, which is close to Prof. Mazumdar’s office.

The fire, reportedly, broke out because of a faulty wiring which led to sparks. It was first noticed by Prof. Chowdhury who immediately informed the others present in the department. The research scholars than quickly turned off the main power supply and put off the fire using sand and water buckets. Their prompt thinking not only put off the fire but also saved the fire from spreading and turning into a major one to affect the entire department. The rest of the staff and professors reached the site soon and the necessary authorities were informed too. The damage, although not extensive, was critical. The chairs and tables in the office were totally burnt to ashes along with many important documents, the most important among which was a file related to the recently concluded Annual Athletics Meet. Fortunately, no one was physically hurt and all the affairs resumed normally the next day.

 

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NITRUTSAV Returns

 

The much-awaited cultural extravaganza NITRUTSAV’12 is around the corner and the student community is waiting with bated breath for the sequel to a blockbuster Innovision. NITRUTSAV’12, the annual cultural festival of NITR is scheduled to be held from the 3rd-5th of February and this time it comes back with an interesting theme; a theme which promises us to make us revisit our childhood.

The preparations are going on in full swing and the SAC members are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the fest is a big success and remembered for quite a long time to come. The campus seems abuzz with different dance groups practicing hard, the different bands jamming passionately and other students who will be participating in events like Fashionista(a contest between different fashion groups) and Rockmantic(a war of bands). This time the major attraction comes in the form of an exciting total prize money being announced by the cultural society,  notably INR 35,000 for Fashionista, INR 35,000 for Rockmantics and INR 15,000 for NITR Roadies. A decoration committee comprising of 28 first year students, 3 second year students and 5 from the third year has been formed which is working on how to give the campus a festive look during the fest. SAC has encouraged the participation of students in this sort of activity. Moreover, invitations have been sent to a number of colleges for participation and the response has been quite positive. Much of the publicity was done during the December holidays when the members of the cultural society visited various colleges across Odisha and adjoining states.

Holidays being declared in BPUT colleges and their exams approaching will definitely have its impact on the number of participations but still the cultural society is anticipating a healthy participation from outside colleges. The Literary and Cultural Society has tentatively scheduled the inauguration on the eve of 2nd February as the permission for the fest to be held throughout the 3 days has been given by our Director. This seems to be a welcome initiative as the outside students who participated in the technical fest had a common complaint that they have nothing to do for the first day i.e on Friday. With more time in hand we can look forward to lesser events clashing and all events being comfortably accommodated in all the three days. Apart from that, the rescheduling of the annual cultural fest in February will also augment more participation during the day time as the weather will be favourable.

 

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D361 Recruitments

 

Shortly after the Autumn-2011 edition of D361 was distributed among the freshmen; D361 (or “Degree” as it is commonly referred to as by the NITReople) conducted its inductions in a two-phase process. The chief agenda being to recruit creative writers and technical assistants from the 1st and 2nd years alike, the first stage of the inductions was a written round conducted on the 10th of January, 2012. The PI round was subsequently held on Saturday the 14th, where 10 of the 20 odd shortlisted candidates were chosen to become a part of Team D361. The following is a list of the inducted candidates:

1) Sankalp Awasthi

2) Prayas Rath

3) M.V.Sandeep

4) Diksha Routray

5) Kushal Tibrewal

6) Sunil Manohar

7) Manoj Rupangudi

8) Vaibhav Gupta

9) Pratyusha Amanchi

10)   Shantanu Kumar

Hearty congratulations to the new inductees! Monday Morning wishes them the very best of luck.

 

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Up Candid and Personal with Mr. M. Madhan

MM caught up with Mr. Muthu Madhan, the ex-assistant librarian of NIT Rourkela who had visited the institute in lieu of attending the workshop on “Use of e-books and its future” conducted between the 13th and 14th of January, 2012.

MM: Greetings, sir; and welcome back to the institute. How does it feel?

Madhan: I am here (in NITR) to deliver a talk on “Books and E-Books” in the workshop organized by the library. I shall speak about the history of books and the challenges posed by them. It has been more than eight months since I’ve visited Rourkela. It’s been a pleasure visiting the campus. Winter and rains in Rourkela are very beautiful. I’ve met many of my friends and am indeed delighted to know that they’re doing very well in their professional and personal lives.

I had an opportunity to accompany our director during his morning walk. I was jealous of his ever-intact sprit and determination.  I have a very clear difference of opinion on many of his policies and ideas, however; I regard him as one of the greatest modern day academic administrators of this country. In my perspective, he never believes in radical changes, but has always tried to activate the natural process of change. He has a very beautiful mind.

MM: What changes have you observed in the institute?

Madhan: Except the new entrance, a new but yet-to-open ATM and the re-modeled canteens, I did not notice any big changes in infrastructure during my absence of about eight months. Yes, it is 50 years old now.  Perhaps, I failed to notice if anything else changed.

If you ask me about changes between 2004 - the year I joined, and the institute now in 2012; I would say the institute has witnessed more growth in the past eight years than its existence of the previous 42 years put together. It is a quantum jump. Of course, there have been many factors responsible for this growth.

The present ambience is very conducive to research. Good research facilities - Laboratory, Information and Freedom- have been ensured for all researchers.  The institute has guaranteed reasonably safe and tidy residences among other amenities for teaching staff. I daresay there is no promotion-due for any professor. The academic ambience this institute offers is probably the best among institutes across the country. The director treats the teaching community in an enviably dignified manner. Now, the faculty contribution is due and that only can sustain the growth of the academy in this institute.

MM: What is your opinion on the student community of NIT Rourkela? Is there a conspicuous change in the quality of students?

Madhan: The present studentship is much better than it was earlier. Now, you have many student clubs.  You run a magazine to reflect student views.  You have networked hostels and superb play grounds. Aesthetics of the hostel surroundings have been tremendously improved.  The once gloomy burial grounds are unbelievably beautiful spots now. Food courts are coming up.  The students may have some grievances regarding the academic system and its workflow, but these problems are not specific to NITR, they are national problems. Students may have read about the senior science leaders of our country lamenting on the dearth of skilled teachers.  Students have a great role to play in shaping the academic future of the institute by making themselves present in the classrooms and encourage the faculty irrespective of their teaching style. Students’ presence in classrooms only can make a teacher - a learner.

MM: How do you think the BPCL (Biju Pattnaik Central Library) has developed over time? Could you provide any suggestions for improvement?

Madhan: The library, where I served for about seven years has tried to maintain an upward growth curve for the past few years. The library budget has increased manifold in recent years. In 2004, the library had taken subscription to access less than 50 journals.  Now, the library has taken license to access more than 2000 journals in all subject areas.  The library has access to many secondary databases. Through conscious efforts and with policy support, the library has added a huge number of research quality books. The Mathematics collection of NITR library is said to be one of the very best in India.  It has recently purchased many high quality reference books. Very few libraries in India possess a functional RFID based automation system- the BPCL is one of these. The library runs two full open access repositories – one for theses and the other for research papers http://dspace.nitrkl.ac.in/dspace. The library has initiated a project as a result of which rare Odiya books have been digitized and made available in the public domain http://oaob.nitrkl.ac.in. Nevertheless, it all boils down to how effectively the library is utilized by its patrons.  I believe students can prepare better assignments and do a better project if the available information resources are exploited properly. The library awaits big challenges posed by IT innovations and e-book gadgets. It needs to properly plan and work really hard to continue providing and enriching the library experience to its patrons in future. 
National Institute of Technology Rourkela is definitely on the path of development. The growth has to be sustained.

MM: Where are you based currently? Do you have any plans of returning to NIT Rourkela in the future?

Madhan: At present, I am working for the library of International Crops Research for Semi-Arid Tropics www.icrisat.org, Hyderabad.  The scientists of ICRISAT work in India and Africa.  It is a highly disciplined institute. Initially, I happened to put more effort to fit in. My team is working on open access to agriculture information. I have created an institutional open access research output repository for ICRISAT (http://50.19.248.237).  I also maintain a blog (http://blog.icrisat.org). We are populating an information system called infoSAT (http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in). All the services are hosed in cloud servers.

I am enjoying my assignment here – and am also getting to learn a lot! It is very difficult to predict the future. I don’t think I will be able to come back to NITR. Let’s see! I really miss the academic environment though.

MM: Lastly, what are your views on the functioning of Monday Morning? In what ways can we improve?

Madhan: I have been a regular reader of Monday Morning ever since its larval stage.  I rarely miss the Director’s Desk column. Over the past one year Monday Morning has grown in many ways.  There is a tremendous change in its outlook and content. It now has a wide area of coverage.

All the technical and content enhancements notwithstanding, I feel it remains a magazine of “one way” thoughts.  Not many alternative views on institutional policies are reported. It can cover issues which are a bit more in-depth with multiple perspectives. Sports, literature, music and cinema reviews may be added on the consensus of editorial board.  If you want me to be more critical, I would say that Monday Morning may be careful in using “adjectives” in titles and text. I see that Monday Morning is fast emerging as a powerful medium of NITR. Monday Morning can also run a radio station. Congratulations Team Monday Morning!

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More answers, a few Shockers


MM: The 9th annual convocation had its venue shifted from AV Hall to NCC Ground. What was the reason behind such a decision?

DD: AV Hall is logically a far better choice than the NCC Ground. But AV Hall’s capacity is 694, but last year here were around 400 degree holders and this year the number was around 500 plus. Parents are also coming. The 1st year of convocation saw around 100 degree holders, when no parents came. But these days many parents are coming in such that it is becoming unmanageable. So we tried to project a screen outside, and make the live video available, but parents coming from far off places wanted to watch it by straight line eye contact. Thus we decided to experiment this time at the NCC Ground. I was shaken when the previous day it became cloudy. If it would rain then we had a contingency plan, which was not needed to be implemented. If it would have rained, we could have shifted.

As for a larger auditorium, I feel 1500 would be a sufficiently large capacity, while suggestions are of making 2000. Our institute can have a maximum strength of 8000 at a time, by then it would saturate. An audience more than this is more unlikely in a large institute where there is diversity of people and they are more work cantered. Thus we have proposal for a larger auditorium, we haven’t decided over the location. South of the Naga pond can be a location. The idea is to convert that area into a student’s adda, with a complex and a new auditorium.

MM: Students desire one more hour of internet connection for tatkal booking at IRCTC site, which opens at 8am. Can the internet availability be extended up to 9am?

DD: It is possible. Let me talk to the in charge. But there is a negative side as well. In consent with the decision of some elite institutes, we are also thinking of switching off the internet facility from 12 midnight to 5am in the morning, because at least 6-7 hours of sleep is necessary for a healthy mind and body, if you are doing something calculative, procedural or analytical, which the students are expected to do at the institute. Any infringement on personal decision making by another authority is grossly looked down upon as anti democratic, I agree. But government institutions have this dilemma of how much to cut off at.

The problem is with students not attending classes. From a legal and punitive angle, one doesn’t attend class gets punishment. But a sociologist would say it’s a mental condition that would require a treatment rather than punishment. As an institution we are not really equipped to spot such people. Things are being done. Hence, the computer will give, on query, all those who have a grade back. If your SGPA is 10% below your CGPA or you are debarred or having a grade back, then you are in problem. It is a timely warning to us. We will first communicate to your faculty advisor and warden, and then, if necessary to your parents. We will then probably have to probe into your private life.

It is a virtue to honour ones privacy, but it’s a greater virtue to break ones privacy to help someone. Counselor, as faculty counselors will be provided. Worse case will be referred to the psychiatrist. A bigger problem is that the patient doesn’t take the medicines because he doesn’t accept the fact that he is sick. So with all there issues, there are certain issues which trigger these acts, such as playing games all night, and the tendency to practice them all the time. Parents will also be properly briefed about their ward’s state.

Taking all these steps will surely bring in some benefit. Considering the weight age of credits and academic pressure, with lab courses, open electives, summer internships, projects, etc. it is a compensate combination of a variety of experience in life such that a student should feel motivated to attend classes. If this doesn’t happen, then at the back of it there is a mental disease which is continuously augmented by certain circumstances. Circumstances could be –

•    A fellow not having friends or neighbouring rooms with fellows too respectful of privacy.

•    The fellow got into a company of network who also have a lack of interest for classes.

And they get support by availability of internet. If somebody doesn’t sleep at night, psychologically his brain gets affected and his time becomes useless. Then he starts missing classes, which turns into a habit.

MM: But do you think this imposition will be optimistically accepted?  If you are trying to curb one cause of sleepless nights, students will find out many other ways. There is cell phone with texting provision, there are download provision where one can download games and movies and keep it in store for nights. That is, if the action is not accepted with a positive attitude then they will find out ways to keep themselves awake whole night, then don’t you think this act will create a rebel and stronger determination for night outs, in accordance with student’s psychology?

DD: Then something will have to be done, some provision that will flash a warning to student to go to sleep in every 2 minutes! I’ll see to it that 8-9am internet facility is provided, but then if the first hour attendance goes down by this change, then the facility will be reversed to original. M. Tech and final year students are around some or other lab in the morning hours. For the rest, we will think of providing some facility at the library for tatkal booking at the morning hours.

MM: Boarders residing in halls like Vikram Sarabhai Hall of Residence and Homi Bhabha Hall of Residence face a lot of problem regarding mobile networks. Can’t we get a tower installed inside our campus so that this problem is attended to?

DD: We don’t have a problem in allowing a tower inside our campus, it is just that it creates a visual pollution. We have a BSNL tower near CWS. It should work in those halls. The institute has no principle against permitting the installation of the tower but if we can manage it without using our land it would be better. After all we are surrounded either by government or Rourkela Steel Plant and they have surplus land. They do permit the installation of towers. Otherwise, we can have one behind VS hall near the hills.

The problem also lies in the way the signals propagate. If you get tower on the top floor, may be you won’t get it in the ground floor. Roofs hinder the propagation badly as they have layers of metals and concrete. We will look what we can do in this matter.

MM: Can you give us details about the Akash tablet and when will it be available for our institute students?

DD: One of the students showed me the device. We received a letter from the government and some of the students of Prof. Sathya Babu went to attend a seminar where they received the gadgets. You can get the details from him because personally I am not much aware of it.

MM: Few students are complaining that since the contract with the medical store within CWS has been terminated, those admitted there have to face a lot of hassle. Every time a doctor writes a prescription, they have to run back to the institute dispensary to get the medicines. What can be done to take care of it?

DD: This situation arose because we were dealing with a thief. The thief is Prakash Medical store and the protecting police is the CWS hospital. We received two complaints against them which were proven to be outright theft. One was from a student named Gaurav Gupta, M.TECH Biomedical. He probably graduated in the year 2009. What he showed was that the Prakash Medical would bill with an extra zero right in front his eyes. They made two slips and the student was given the correct one while the one with an extra zero was kept.

The other complaint was received from a faculty of computer department. He went to return some medicines which were not used and when he asked for a receipt saying that the medicines were returned, he was refused. Then we got to know that the medical store was doing it for every customer who paid it through insurance or any kind of bills covered by an organization and thus pocketing the extra money. The medical store when contacted came out with an explanation that the hospital charges them such a hefty rent that unless they cheat they can’t meet the obligation.

Then what is my escape route, I will tell you what it is. First, if there is a life-saving medicine, what is the guarantee that the Prakash medical will have it in its store and for a private citizen what is the guarantee that he is carrying the money to buy such medicine? Life-saving medicines are always kept in a hospital and CWS has it. Only when it comes to non life-saving or medicines like pain killers, the doctors will ask you to get it from Prakash medical. So if you are buying one tablet, two tablets it won’t cost much. If you are not having the money you can get it from your friend or another NIT fellow admitted there. Even the doctor so concerned can ask the store to give the students medicine and we can be billed for that. As long as you bill to us we have no difficulty. If the doctor has prescribed 20 pills then bill us for 20 pills, we have no problem. But we cannot buy from someone who is telling us that they are consistently cheating because the hospital is charging them more money. That can’t happen.

The situations of emergency that you are talking about don’t happen because it would be against medical ethics. They can’t allow a person to die even if he comes with no money. CWS and IGH has letters from me telling the following that whenever anyone comes in telling that he is a NIT student, admit him and start the treatment. He may or may not be a NIT student. Within 24 hours he has to produce a document proving that he is a NITian. If he is not able to do so then we are ready to reimburse the hospital. As long he says that he is our child we are willing to pay for him.

We can have a service to solve this problem. We can get a telephone number for the institute dispensary and the person admitted in the hospital can give that a call and the medicine will be delivered to him. This will be a good remedy to the problem.

 

MM:  There is a case where a student got 7 back papers in his 1st and 2nd semester. In the summer he cleared 5 of them, 3 by summer course and another 2 by supplementary. In his 3rd semester he got just one back paper. His SG being below 6 for three consecutive semesters, he signed a promising performance agreement with the institute as well. He had already registered for his 4th semester, when he got a notice for repetition of 2nd semester, putting him to slow paced 10th semester course.

DD: Try to understand the implementation process. After all any organisation or institute is made for customers benefit. But things do go wrong. Our idea is to give our student the best of future and our standard should not be so tough that most students fail neither so low that employers get a notion that they do not produce quality students. The employer must get an idea that if a student has got a CGPA of say 7.2, then he/she is a reliable product, and if it is say 9.6, then a superior product.

The institute is here for the public to provide an essential degree, as an undergraduate degree is a basic requirement to earn a livelihood. I cannot create a system where large number of students has to go without a degree. So we do everything possible to motivate, de-motivate, pressurise and all that is such a manner that you are going to pass if and only if you study and not by forcing me to pass you. If all my students determine not to touch books, still I can guarantee that 90% of them will pass.

The system is made in such a way. This is because we cannot have a human recourse factory, not producing an output. The purpose is to maximise the stack. But in maximising our output if everyone passes, then our standard goes further down and the best ones will be less valued. Thus instead of 99% less picked, we will always opt for 1 or 2% slow paced students. This percentage can be a matter of debate, but if it is a failure less system with 8th semester graduation guaranteed, then all 100% would be losers and that would not be optimal fairness to all. Even if all students become bright, still some people will be send to slow pace, for the sole reason that my reputation will go up.

So our purpose is to keep some people in slow pace and some to be thrown out and keep the number acceptable. This principle if I publish is grossly inhuman. But every institute, whether it is Cambridge or Padmanava College is doing it. Nobody has been candid to articulate voluntarily, and nobody has been put a question in public. Now going to the case you mention, summer is meant for the weak students and a weak student is not supposed to register for more than 3 subjects. Summer is hardly a month where as the course is of four months. The time available is less and the contact hours are more per subject. Thus if he takes more than 3 subjects then he fails.

Thus summer is an indicator of slow pace and itself a slow pace programme, which cannot be loaded with 5 subjects. Thus supplementary are forbidden in summer except to a topper student who was admitted to hospital on examination day. The intention is not to give supplementary to weak students at all. Supplementary is an undesirable escape for subjects to which summer is not available. It is not beneficial to the student but any other alternative will be probably worse. In his case, there is a mistake, due to unavailability of staff at out academic section.

When IIT Kharagpur was our size, it had 3 academic registrars; we have one, courtesy of the government. He got supplementary due to administrative bungling and looking at the other side, every student has the rule book as well and it is his responsibility to remain within the rules. We could not declare the supplementary as illegal, because it was a mutual bungling. People would say that I want to take risk, from my side I cannot allow, it’s not possible. I have social responsibilities. In any institution regulations must be such that they don’t induce people to dangerous consequences.

MM: But this student is promising, he is improving each semester, then why such a decision?

DD: That’s true, but there are two problems:

He is still a weak student. Even after improvement his grades are not good.

I will have to rewrite the law. When people come asking for it, I tell them, I cannot make an exception for you, but I can change the law. You write the law and come to me. If I find a flaw, then the rule remains else I change it.

By no means is the existing rule book optimal. A few brains came together to write it. Circumstances change and new brains can think of new ways of combining information into regulations. Come with a replacement, we will see the pros and cons and make a decision.

 

MM: Students are noticing a ‘change of guard’ in the institute. Have the security personnel been changed or is there some kind of change in the entire security system?

DD: We are bound by certain government norms. Our country runs on mistrust rather than trust. Government is the custodian of the money we spend. So, I cannot do as per my wish. We have two security agencies working for us. One is called SIS which is a Patna headquartered organization with agencies all over the country. It is working in many educational and industrial firms. They are a truly national body and they have a good training programme. Their guards have certain minimum qualifications. So these fellows are actually well trained. But we can’t have them alone. We have to hire local people too to handle the local thugs because out of state people can’t handle the local thugs as boldly as a local person will do. So we have two agencies.

The other security agency is SSS which looks after hiring local people for the job. They are not as well trained but they are needed to defend against the local people who try to create nuisance. But we have to come out with new tenders after a stipulated time because of government norms. So after the new tenders were out SSS came back because they quoted a very low price. But for the second agency it went to CISS because they were the lowest in their group. We checked it credentials too. We got to know that it was working in NIT Trichy. I contacted the Director there and he informed us that they are working properly. So we hired them. But then we came to know that CISS is a national organization but it has its franchisee in Bhubaneswar. It has no training programme for its recruits or qualification. That is why we have decided not to continue with them and we have contacted SIS again. They have assured us that by the end of January they will be able to mobilize people again.

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NTPC Takes 8, Futures First Awaited

The eagerly awaited PSU, NTPC finally visited the campus this past week and declared its results within a very short time span. Contrary to last year’s 18, this time the head count of finally placed students has come down to 8. The interview for Futures First is still under process in Kolkata. The following students have been selected:-

1. NTPC


Electrical Engineering (B.Tech)

1.Aradhana Pradhan

2.Dinesh Karanki

3.Himanshu Maharana

Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering (B.Tech)

1. Omkar Prasad Mishra

2. Parul Pradhan

Mechanical Engineering (B.Tech)

1. Rohan Kumar Sabat

2. Pradyumna Kumar Gidhi

3. Pradeepta Kumar Sahoo

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Rushdie Steals Oprah Thunder

 

Even in absence, author Salman Rushdie continued to cast his shadow on the Jaipur Literature Festival despite the presence of crowdpuller TV mogul Oprah Winfrey.

While Winfrey was addressing a session, high drama was witnessed in a separate wing as Publisher S Anand clashed with organisers of the festival for distancing themselves from the controversial author and those who supported him.

As Anand, who was moderating a session on the "Literature of Protest", lashed out, festival organiser Namita Gokhale walk in with an immediate clarification.

Four authors - Hari Kunzru, Amitava Kumar, Jeet Thayil and Ruchir Joshi- had created a ripple at the festival by reading out from Rusdhie's "Satanic Verses", after the India-born author announced cancellation of his visit citing death threats.

Festival organisers had issued a strong statement dissociating themselves from the actions of the four authors, against whom a case was registered for the act of reading from a banned book at a public platform.

 

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Kodak’s Demise

The bankruptcy of Eastman Kodak after 131 years is a sad moment, and may trigger nostalgia for the days of Instamatic cameras and rolls of Kodachrome. But it carries a deeper lesson for American business: Kodak fell victim to digital-photography technology that it pioneered.

It was Kodak engineers who introduced the first 0.01 megapixel digital camera in 1975. Yet the company failed to capitalize on its own creation; its profits from film were so vast it saw little need to stay ahead of the curve. (Former Kodak CEO Kay Whitmore reportedly once fell asleep during a meeting with Bill Gates.)

In recent months, Kodak has gone down in a blaze of lawsuits, accusing Apple, Fujifilm, Samsung, and other companies of patent infringement - all in an attempt to reassert control over the technology that long ago slipped out of its grasp.

If Kodak can somehow reorganize, it would preserve an iconic American brand, but it seems unlikely the company will ever regain its top-dog status. Its fate is proof of the truism that first place is the most dangerous - and a reminder that even the most technologically innovative companies need to have far-sighted management.

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SOPA Blackout

Wednesday 18 January marked the largest online protest in the history of the internet. Websites from large to small "went dark" in protest of proposed legislation before the US House and Senate that could profoundly change the internet. The two bills, Sopa in the House and Pipa in the Senate, ostensibly aim to stop the piracy of copyrighted material over the internet on websites based outside the US. Critics – among them, the founders of Google, Wikipedia, the Internet Archive, Tumblr and Twitter – counter that the laws will stifle innovation and investment, hallmarks of the free, open internet. The Obama administration has offered muted criticism of the legislation, but, as many of his supporters have painfully learned, what President Barack Obama questions one day, he signs into law the next.

Sopa stands for the Stop Online Piracy Act, while Pipa is the Protect IP Act. The two bills are very similar. Sopa would allow copyright holders to complain to the US attorney general about a foreign website they allege is "committing or facilitating the commission of criminal violations" of copyright law. This relates mostly to pirated movies and music. Sopa would allow the movie industry, through the courts and the US attorney general, to send a slew of demands that internet service providers (ISPs) and search engine companies shut down access to those alleged violators, and even to prevent linking to those sites, thus making them "unfindable". It would also bar internet advertising providers from making payments to websites accused of copyright violations.

Sopa could, then, shut down a community-based site like YouTube if just one of its millions of users was accused of violating one US copyright. As David Drummond, Google's chief legal officer and an opponent of the legislation, blogged:

"Last year alone, we acted on copyright takedown notices for more than 5 million webpages. Pipa and Sopa will censor the web, will risk our industry's track record of innovation and job creation, and will not stop piracy."

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Tangled Web

Journalist-turned-activist Vinay Rai has succeeded where Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal failed—putting the fear of law in the minds of India's bloating community of bloggers, surfers, plain e-wayfarers and inter(net)lopers.

Blogs haven't yet been blocked, but a Delhi High Court bench asked 21 internet firms, including Google, Facebook and YouTube, to look at China and have stringent checks on their content on January 19. It was enough to set the net on fire. Compulsive tweeter Shashi Tharoor, who lost his ministerial berth for over-tweeting, wondered whether phone companies could “be sued if someone sends a defamatory, obscene SMS”. Said IT expert Niyam Bhushan: “If you fall on the ground and hurt your nose, you can't sue gravity. At a time when people in autocratic countries are using social media to bring in democracy, a democratic country like India is trying to restrict it!”

When the summons for the case was first sent to the companies in December, a number of respondents who were based outside India failed to answer. Said cyber crime expert Pavan Duggal: “Companies are observing the IT Act more in breach than in observance.”

The debate was originally kick-started by Sibal last December when he summoned the chiefs of social networking sites and showed them offensive material from their sites. However, they pleaded helplessness. Sibal's subsequent press conference drew more flak, and he retreated saying, “The government does not believe in interfering in the freedom of the press, but we have to take care of the sensibilities of our people.”

It was then that Rai petitioned a Delhi criminal court, accusing 21 social networking sites of hosting objectionable and inflammatory content which would create enmity and violence among religious communities. In a sealed envelope, he presented 62 items downloaded from different web sites and got three witnesses.

Though the companies were ordered to appear before court on January 13, they challenged the order in the Delhi High Court, saying that curbing the content is technically impossible. “Human interference is not possible, and it is not feasible to check such incidents given that billions of people across the globe are posting articles and other material on their web sites,” argued Mukul Rohatgi, former additional solicitor general, representing Google India. “Certain keywords can be blocked or not allowed,” said Yogesh Bansal, founder and CEO of ApnaCircle.com. “However, filtering or having 100 per cent control over the content posted is technically not possible.”

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Boosting Solar Cell Efficiency

Researchers have devised a new technology, which can dramatically increase the amount of sunlight that solar cells convert into electricity up to 45 percent.

With military colleagues, the University at Buffalo engineers have shown that embedding charged quantum dots into photovoltaic cells can improve electrical output by enabling the cells to harvest infrared light, and by increasing the lifetime of photoelectrons.

Researchers Vladimir Mitin, Andrei Sergeev and Nizami Vagidov have founded a company, OPtoElectronic Nanodevices LLC. (OPEN LLC.), to bring the innovation to the market.

The idea of embedding quantum dots into solar panels is not new as according to Vladimir Mitin, a SUNY Distinguished Professor, scientists had proposed about a decade ago that this technique could improve efficiency by allowing panels to harvest invisible, infrared light in addition to visible light.

However, intensive efforts in this direction have previously met with limited success.

The UB researchers and their colleagues have not only successfully used embedded quantum dots to harvest infrared light; they have taken the technology a step further, employing selective doping so that quantum dots within the solar cell have a significant built-in charge.

This built-in charge is beneficial because it repels electrons, forcing them to travel around the quantum dots. Otherwise, the quantum dots create a channel of recombination for electrons, inessence "capturing" moving electrons and preventing them from contributing to electric current.

Through UB's Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR), Mitin and his colleagues have filed provisional patent applications to protect their technology.

"Clean technology will really benefit the region, the state, the country," Mitin said.

"With high-efficiency solar cells, consumers can save money and providers can have a smaller solar field that produces more energy," Mitin added.

Mitin and his colleagues have already invested significant amounts of time in developing the quantum dots with a built-in-charge, dubbed "Q-BICs."

To further enhance the technology and bring it to the market, OPEN LLC is now seeking funding from private investors and federal programs.

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(A)PATHETIC

It had been a day like any other, last Friday. After attending classes all day, students returned to their rooms and did what they always do first: login to their mails and FB accounts. And that’s when the expressions on their faces changed. Here was a mail lying unread in their inbox. And how could have they read it? It was sent at 11 a.m. that morning, when everyone was busy attending a lecture. And even if not, there was no net connectivity then so that anyone might have read it. The mail notified of a condolence meeting, just six hours later, to mourn the sad demise of late Mohammed Ehtesham Khan. Monday Morning is yet to locate someone who attended that meeting.
Monday Morning gave Mr. Upadhyay, Registrar, NIT Rourkela, who had circulated the mail, a call to find out why the information was not provided in advance. The reply was only more disturbing, “Next time anything like this happens, we will inform in advance.
We do not wish to analyze any further.

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...SO YOU SLAPPED?

The 50th Annual Athletics Meet ended on a note that can only be described as ‘sorry’. Stress your memories and still you would not recall an incident where the Secretary of a Society was slapped by the Dean (ironically, of Student Welfare) and the Sports-in-charge of the Institute, in agony, pushed the Convenor and the Secretary... All this, in front of all spectators in the gallery, participants on the ground and dignitaries on the dais. The Closing Ceremony of the Annual Athletics Meet left everyone present at the Dilip Tirkey Stadium shocked. And two students in tears! These events were the result of a miscommunication between one of the student representatives of the Games & Sports Society and the person who was to fire the crackers at the end of the Meet. The crackers were to be burst just after the National Anthem had been sung. So just when the Anthem was about to begin, this student representative waved at that person, standing at the other end of the field, to gesture him to come to the dais and take instructions for firing crackers. The gesture was misinterpreted for orders to fire the crackers. And this angered many. But in particular, two people seemed to have been taken over by their anger. The student representatives rushed to the person to stop the firecrackers. But he had already lighted all of them. When these representatives ran back to the dais to inform that it would continue for only the next five minutes or so, they were victims of vented anger. One was slapped and pushed while the other pushed and scolded. And tears rolled out.
Such behaviour on part of the top officials in the Institute is appalling. These students had worked equally hard, if not more, than anyone else present in the Stadium at that time, to ensure the Meet is a success. The National Anthem could have been sung five minutes later than scheduled. But the reaction is sad.
Who is to be blamed: the student or the faculties?

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Campus Placement Awareness Program

The last day of the past weekend saw the beginning of a series of arguably the most important interactive 'Get Serious' sessions of a B. Tech student's career. All thanks to the Training and Placement cell, Prof. B.B Biswal and the present placement coordinators who organized a ‘Campus Placement Awareness Programme’ at the A.V hall inviting all pre final year B. Tech, M.Tech, M. Sc and MBA students to portray a real picture of the placement scenario and process of the institute, thereby reminding them that their final days are not too far. The programme is expected to be completed in two more sessions, one on Monday and another on Tuesday. As a part of the programme the students were basically made aware of factors affecting campus placements. Some of them were dress codes and etiquettes for interviews and about improvising their soft skills. They more importantly stressed on the importance of internships in placement drives since now-a-days companies focus on how effectively a student has utilised his or her summer after the 6th semester, interning at some company or research institute. Then followed the question hour in which they answered queries about training and placement. They also said that it is not possible for the institute to arrange internships for a batch of 600 students. Very few companies like Microsoft have provided campus internships with a couple more in contention. But everyone has to apply and search for an internship to get one. There was yet another surprising announcement regarding the selection of the future placement coordinators wherein every department chooses 2 PCs instead of 1 who are supposed to work with the present PCs for about a month and based on their performance, the final PCs are to be selected by the training and placement cell. “Nothing official has been chalked out as of now. It’s still under planning .When decided finally the students will be notified about the same through notice. The factor that encouraged us to think over this new criteria is probably we wanted to make the selection criteria a more effective one, wherein the to-be PCs shall be enriched with lots of experience from us and the T n P cell.”, says the chief student coordinator Ankit Gupta when queried about the change in the selection criteria of the placement coordinators. The meetings for ME, MN,CS and EC are expected on Monday and Masters degree aspirants are scheduled to have their meetings on Tuesday.

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FLY-ASH MANAGEMENT- A Miner’s Measures

 

 

Prof. Manoj Kumar Mishra of the Department of Mining Engineering has been working on the project ‘Bulk use of fly ash composite materials in the sub-base of surface coal mine haul roads to reduce strain’. The project is under the financial aid of Department of Science and Technology and was due in November 2011. Monday Morning paid Prof. Mishra a visit to know more about his project.

MM: What is the project all about? What is its requirement?
MKM: The project addresses two issues .First, 30-40% of operating cost in open cast mining is because of break down, which is a result of poor haul road. A haul road is a term used specifically for the roads in open cast mining areas where the trucks and dumpers ply. The second issue is the generation of fly-ash in power plants.
The project aims at creating materials using fly-ash, primarily to build haul roads.
Different parameters like CBR, mechanical strength and durability of the material are to be evaluated.

MM: How does DST assist the project? What amount was sanctioned for the project?
MKM: DST periodically monitors and modifies the project according to its needs. Monitoring is done by the Project Monitoring Committee. Rs16,00,000 was sanctioned for the project.

MM: What new technology is being developed? What equipments have been purchased or being used?
MKM: We are not creating any new technology, but we are trying to use conventionally established technologies to work with different compositions to evolve a suitable type of material from fly-ash.
We have purchased Lateral Extensometer and Settle (a 3D software).The total cost      of the equipment is around Rs. 4,00,000. The equipments from TEQIP are also being used.

MM: Who are the people assisting you in the project?
MKM: Prof. C.R.Patra from the Department of Civil Engineering is the co-principle investigator. Miss Banita Behera (Ph.D. student) and Mr. S. R. Mallick (senior research fellow and M.tech (R) student) are also assisting me in the project.

MM: How far has the project reached? Has it been completed or extended?
MKM: The project was due in November 2011 but it has been extended till March 2012. Funds have been sanctioned from the DST which will be received shortly.
Some more samples from open cast mining areas were added to the list of materials to be investigated.
DGMS, Ash Utilization Department, NTPC (Noida) has also shown interest in the project.
This study has been included as one of the avenues for fly-ash utilization in the baseline document prepared by the Government of India.

MM: Are similar types of project being done in other institutes?
MKM: There are projects related to fly-ash being done in Indian School of Mines.  But use of fly-ash specifically for haul roads has been taken up only in our Institute.

 

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Leo Roars ‘RHAPSODY’

 

Rhapsody, the annual inter-school talent hunt competition organised by the Leo club in the autumn semester, is among the top projects of the club. The co-ordinators of this year’s edition were Saurav Pandey and Jasmine Sahoo of the pre-final year. The club visits campuses to select students for representing their school in the finale of Rhapsody, held on 19th November, 2011. This year, among others, Delhi Public School, Deepika English Medium School, Chinmaya Vidyalaya, MGM School participated in the annual event.

Hundreds of students registered for the various events that took place simultaneously at different venues throughout the day. The judges for the events included professors and final year students of the institute. School students were also provided with refreshments. The dancing and instrumental competitions were held in Bhubaneswar Behera Auditorium, painting in SAC and quiz, elocution, and singing competition in the main building. The members of the Leo club, in their official blue T-shirts, were always around to help the students with registration and venues. The final competition that took place in the evening was the group dance competition in the A.V. Hall where the faculty advisor of the club, Professor Chitti Babu was also present.

After the final event, results were announced and prizes were distributed. D.P.S. Rourkela was declared the best school and awarded the rolling trophy of Rhapsody. The best school is the one with the highest number of points which are awarded on the basis of the number of prizes the students of a respective school win. Students and parents were all happy and satisfied with the organization of Rhapsody.

 

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Rendezvous with Prof. Munshi Nurul Islam

 

 

A great man had once said “The old has to leave, to make way for the new”. And in accordance to the quote, in one hand as many of our old, experienced faculties are retiring; on the other hand, many new young, qualified faculties are joining the institute.
One of many such new Profs, who joined the Institute this year, is Prof. Munshi Nurul Islam. Here, we present to you a candid chit-chat with the new face in the department of Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE).

MM: Welcome to Electronics Department sir, how do you feel about NIT Rourkela?
MN: It is a bit late to comment on that subject. I teach because I like to teach. NIT Rourkela seems to be a fine place to me with good talents.

MM: Sir, Can you please give us an insight about your qualifications?
MN: I have completed my B. Tech in Electronics & Communication Engineering from NIT Silchar and M. Tech in Electronic Systems and Circuit Designing from Aligarh Muslim University. After that, I joined IIT Kharagpur to complete my Ph. D in the field of “Organic Thin Film Transistors”. I started teaching since a year before joining here.

MM: Is there any particular reason you chose this profession?
MN: Yes. I feel that teaching is one of the best ways to serve the society and the Nation. I developed a lot of interest in teaching from since I was a student.

MM: Please tell us something about your favourite past time activities?
MN: I read a lot of books. I read and follow up with news every single day.

MM: Sir, What are the courses you are taking up here at NIT Rourkela?
MN: I am assigned a total of four courses this semester, two theory subjects and two lab courses. The two theory subjects are Semiconductor Devices and Low Power VLSI.

MM: What is your message to the students?
MN: I request every student to be sincere and committed to their studies. This is a very important phase of their life. You all should take your studies seriously. And I also observe that most of the students are motivated to get jobs, they should also consider their further options of research and higher studies

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Scanty Yet Sumptuous!

The last week placement count was a bit low as compared to the sumptuous ones that the institute has seen so far. Only a single company has declared its preliminary test results which has left the selected ones with their fingers crossed for the big finals. The applications of others are under scrutiny and results are yet to be declared.The details of the company which has declared its results of the prelims are as follows:-

1. Futures First


 

So far, 9 students have been selected after two rounds of written test.The final interview will be held in Kolkata, dates of which are yet to be announced.

 

 

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Canteens: A Round Up

 

The canteens have been in news recently. We have seen changes, looked forward to something new and, it would not be wrong to say, have been disappointed too at times. But this time around, the administration doesn’t seem to be in the mood to make concessions. The new semester has seen yet another change in the owners of Rengcol. The previous owner, Rice n Spice, has been replaced by R. P. Enterprises to run the canteen.
Prof. B. C. Ray, Professor-in-charge of canteens, asserted that the increasing resentment of the students as well as faculty for Rice n Spice led to the abrupt termination of the tender. “We were getting more than 100 complaints every day. When we investigated, we found that they were unable to handle the crowd well. As a result, there was a long waiting line at every point of time; stale food was served while the owners were too incompetent to expand the menu. So we had to take a drastic decision to meet the needs of students,” he said. He elaborated that the new owners were agents of IRCTC, the chain of railway canteens. So they can be expected to handle the canteen well and also expand their menu shortly.
Addressing the growing dissatisfaction over Calorie, the other canteen, he informed that the tender of the present owners of Calorie had expired but they had not moved out as new owners were still not engaged. Prof. Ray has contacted Café Coffee Day, Parle, 7 AM, Nottee, Monginis and Haldirams. He asked students to bear with him as he is trying to bring in trusted brands with good ambience and hygiene. He shared that it is very difficult to get a big brand into a small city and, moreover, the terms and conditions in many cases are difficult for the Institute to fulfill. Also a cost-friendly brand is desired for the students. CCD had visited the campus once and will visit again.
Regarding the Hexagon, there were complaints against the new owners, N. B. Enterprises regarding high prices and limited items. Prices were revised after this. A second revised version has been sent to the Hexagon by a committee, further decreasing the prices. If the current contractors agree to it, they may continue. Otherwise their tender might be cancelled.
Prof. Ray also confirmed that a new Nescafe and a Max outlet shall open outside the BM/BT department. They will be put into action as soon as possible.

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SEMINAR: HIGHER STUDIES

 

Mr. Debashish Das, alumnus of the 2007 batch, B. Tech, Mechanical Engineering, was on campus on Tuesday, 11th January, 2012. Presently pursuing M.S. at University of Illinois, Chicago, USA, Mr. Das presented a seminar on “Research and Higher Studies”. Around 80students and a few faculty members attended the talk.
He informed the students about the requirements for admission to graduate courses and the procedure of application. He also shared useful tips on preparing for examinations like GRE and TOEFL. Highlighting the lessons he learnt at Illinois, he pointed out many irrelevant myths that are prevalent among students regarding M.S. and Ph.D. Overall, the seminar gave an insight on studies after graduation and proved helpful to those aspiring to continue with academia.
This was the second seminar from an alumnus in a week, after Dr. Sandip DasVerma (Mechanical Engineering, batch of 1965) gave a seminar on Webinars, two days before this. Professor In-Charge for Institute Seminars, Dr. Shishir Kumar Sahu informed Monday Morning that many more such seminars could be expected in the near future.

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50th Annual Athletic Meet

This year the students of our institute witnessed the Golden Jubilee of the annual athletic meet, held on the 14th and 15th of January. The event began at 9 am on Saturday with the opening ceremony held at the scheduled time. This year’s meet was organized well with most of the events being held at the scheduled time, without much delay. As noted by the Director, there was heavy participation from the first years and even the girls. Teachers from various schools and colleges of Rourkela were the officials of the event, similar to previous years. This year, to celebrate the golden jubilee, the top six participants of each event were given T-Shirts to encourage participation. Dirubhai Ambani Hall was declared the overall champion among the halls. They won the Behera Cup which entitles them to a grand dinner for which Rs 15000 has been sponsored by the Games and Sports society. With the renovation of the gallery, better decoration and oranges given to the participants, this sports meet was a grand success. To add icing on the cake, this year we also witnessed a fresher, Abhishek Dash breaking an Institute record in discuss throw who was awarded Rs 1000/- for his achievement. Sunil Oram and Monalisha Topno were declared the individual champions and were awarded Rs 2000/- each. The closing ceremony was held on Sunday, in the presence of our Director, Dean (SW), President(SAC) and Shri Narayan Pati, the G.M. Rourkela Steel Plant(RSP), SAIL who honoured the occasion as the Chief Guest. In his speech during the closing ceremony the director also mentioned his plans for a sports week instead of an athletic meet which would include other sports and games as well. Though it was a big improvement this year, the sports meet still lacks active participation. Hopefully, with the changes brought in this year, many more will be encouraged to participate in the annual athletic meet in the coming years.

 

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ROTARACT ASKS TO ENACT

 

All our movie gyaan, thanks to DC++, was put to test by Rotaract this past week. They had organized a Dumb Charades competition on Wednesday, 12th January, 2012 at 5:30 pm in the B. B. Auditorium. The participants were invited in groups of three. Close to twenty teams participated in the event.
The competition consisted of two rounds. In the first round, one of the participants had to enact two movies –one each from Hollywood and Bollywood while the other team members had to guess the name of the movie. Based on the best timings, five teams were shortlisted. In the second round, the teams had to guess Hindi phrases enacted by their team mates. The winners were:
1st:    Team of Chinmoy Dey, Tanaya Roy & Samujjwal Bhowmick
2nd:    Team of Anubhav Panigrahi, Aaftab Ali & Chinmay kumar Behera
They were awarded cash prizes of Rs 500 and Rs 300 respectively.

 

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List Of convenors-SAC Election 2011-2012

The following students have been declared elected as convenors of various societies of the Student Activity Centre through the election process held between respective representatives of various societies held on 26.11.2011.

Technical Society:

1.Kranthi Kumar Pamarthi

2.Atheequr Rehaman Mohamad

Literary and Cultural Society:

1.Chinmaya Prasad Dakua (General Convenor)

2.Sidhanta Satyabrata Nayak (Jt. General Convenor)

Film and Music Society:

1.Kumar Rohit

2.Ajay Gantayet

Sports and Games Society:

1.Amlan Abhinav

2.Anshuman Maharana

Director Nominated Posts:

1.Shalini Patra

2.Susnata Roy

Dean(SW) Nominated Posts:

1.Chikkam Ramakrishna Balaji                      Technical Society

2.Swadhinata Das                                     Literary and Cultural Society

3.Manas Ranjan Das                                   Sports and Games Society

4.Sharad Agarwal                                      Film and Music Society.

 

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IRE Project: Department Profs Approached


Prof. Pradip Sarkar and Prof. Shishir Kumar Sahu were approached by Indian Rare Earth (IRE) Ltd., Manavalakurichi for a consulting project for structural design and detailing of self-supporting Mild Steel chimney including its Reinforced Concrete Cement (RCC) foundation for 22 TPH FBD exhaust chimney at mineral separation plant. The project is worth Rs. 7, 22, 630. The professors are designing the chimney keeping in mind the environmental factors and they hope to complete it in 2 months. Few years back, they had designed a chimney for IRE, Odisha.

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Young And Dynamic: Dr. P.K Bhuyan

Dr.Prasanta Kumar Bhuyan joined NIT Rourkela in the last semester as an assistant professor in Civil Engineering Department. He warmly welcomes us in his office and shares with us the vast and interesting experiences he has had throughout his career.

Prof.Bhuyan has done his B.Tech from CET Bhubaneswar. Afterwards he went on to pursue his M. Tech from IIT Roorkee and then joined IIT Bombay for his Ph.D. But, he didn’t stop there. He then applied for a post doctorate degree which he completed in Georgia, USA. Quite a lot of degrees he has under his cap! And along with these degrees he also has a vast amount of knowledge about the recent technologies involved with civil engineering especially Transportation Engineering in which he takes keen interest.

He starts the conversation straightaway with a discussion of his stint as a post doctorate fellow. He explains the difference in teaching methods there (at US) and what we follow here, in India. He admires the inquisitiveness of the students he taught for the semesters while he was at USA and he encourages the students to keep on bugging their teachers until they are satisfied with their queries. When asked about the impression he got from the students here, he replies satisfactorily that the response is good.

He was motivated to join UPSC while he was doing B.Tech but when he joined M.Tech programme he was greatly influenced by his professors there. Dr.Satish Chandra, proved to be his mentor and the academic environment he got used to, inspired him to take up teaching as a profession. And he wishes his students to explore their options thoroughly. “NITs shouldn’t be treated as a platform to industries, rather a student should juggle his options well and higher studies should be given as equal priority”. He is happy that with time the perceptions are slowly seeing a change regarding research field. The need of the hour is a good exposure of the research field to the students. He points out that the lack of interest in higher studies and research related work in B.Tech students can be related to the lack of motivation that is sadly present in our academic system. For NIT Rourkela to competein a global stage, it is utmost important to not to treat getting a degree as the end of the learning process, which is quite frequent in this institute.

Prof.Bhuyan also emphasized the need for proper laboratories in our institute. He certainly seems to have a vision about the development of our institute. He spoke at lengths about his favourite subject i.e. Transportation Engineering and the infrastructure we need for a good academic environment in this field. He says he would put forward these suggestions to the administration soon and He explained to us how important it is to enhance particularly the research funding so as to provide a good platform for the students.

Prof.Bhuyanhas a 2-year experience working in industries and as a result he has many valuable tips for his students in field work too. Seeing both sides of the coin, industry and research he preferred the latter one and so he ultimately applied for a position of professor in our institute. “Finally, I think I am at the right place and I plan to continue in this field for the rest of my life. I get immense pleasure when I satisfy a student who comes to me with his queries and I have realized that this is my passion. In this field along with the students a teacher grows as well”.

Terming the four years of our lives here as students as the most important transition period where you have the potential to enhance you personality to its zenith he advises his students to make optimal use of the time and the resources they have at their disposal. He vouches for an all-round development while paying adequate attention to the academics. With this piece of advice he humbly poses for a snap and we come to an end of an eye-opener chit-chat.

 

 

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Indian-born Nobel Laureate Honoured With Knighthood

VenkatramanRamakrishnan, India-born US citizen, whose pioneering work in molecular biology won him the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry, has been honoured with a knighthood by the royal establishment in a rare recognition of achievements by foreigners based in Britain.

58-year-old Ramakrishnan, known to most as Venky, is based at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. He has been conferred knighthood "for services to molecular biology" in the New Year Honours List 2012, according to an official announcement.

With the conferring of the knighthood, he will be known as 'Sir VenkatramanRamakrishnan'. The ceremony will be held at the Buckingham Palace later in the New Year, when Queen Elizabeth will confer the knighthood on him. Two other Nobel laureates - Professors Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, from the University of Manchester – involved in the creation of graphene, a sheet of carbon just one atom thick, have also received knighthoods. They won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010.

Born in 1952 in the temple town of Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu, Ramakrishnan earned his B.Sc. in Physics from MS University in Baroda, Gujarat and later migrated to the US to continue his studies. He earned his Ph.D in Physics from Ohio University. Ramakrishnan was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2010.

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Comic Book Immortalises Steve Jobs

Apparently there is no limit to the number of Steve Jobs tributes that continue to pour forth. Publisher Bluewater Productions on 11th January announced the release of a Jobs-themed comic book.

Dubbed "Steve Jobs: Founder of Apple," the 32-page comic chronicles the entirety of Jobs' career. Bluewater first announced its plans for the issue in June, so it doesn't cover Jobs' untimely death in October.

The comic was illustrated by Chris Smith and the cover art was done by DC artist Joe Phillips, Bluewater said. Bluewater is also behind the 48-page Mark Zuckerberg comic book, and it plans to release a comic about Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in March.

CW Cooke, who wrote the Jobs comic, is quoted as saying: “There are definitely some similarities between Zuckerberg, Jobs and Gates. It takes a certain kind of drive and a certain kind of genius to move society the way they have. The idea behind both efforts is to show the person behind the personality and that it is never what you’d expect.”

Last month, Forbes released "The Zen of Steve Jobs," a graphic novel detailing Jobs' friendship with Zen priest Kobun Chino Otogawa and the influence he had on the tech icon's life and career. This comic, however, is a fictional interpretation, rather than a biography.

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CAT-2011: Results Declared, 9 Scored Centum

The much-awaited results of the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2011 for admissions in Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) were declared on 11th January. Nine MBA aspirants have secured 100 percentile. Around 1,800 students have secured beyond 99.9 percentile. As per reports, there are in all 3,241 seats in the 13 IIMs.

Around 1.85 lakh candidates appeared for the Common Admission Test. The admission test was held in October-November over a 20-day testing window across 36 cities.

The top scorer in CAT-2011 from NIT Rourkela is Ms. Monika Dubasi, a final-year Electrical Engineering student with 99.71 Percentile.

The successful candidates now would be called for the next stage of the admission process. For successful candidates, IIMs have done away with group discussion and replaced it with a written essay test; followed by personal interview round.

The CAT scores are accepted for the management programmes of all 13 IIMs, the Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs), the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) apart from a 150 management institutions.

Importantly, the CAT scores are being given lesser importance as the focus has shifted to non-engineers and work experience.

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Smallest Ever Computer Memory, Developed By IBM

Currently it takes about a million atoms to store a bit on a modern hard-disk, the researchers from IBM says who believed that they have prepare the world's smallest magnetic memory bit.

Researchers at IBM have stored and retrieved digital 1s and 0s from an array of just 12 atoms, pushing the boundaries of the magnetic storage of information to the edge of what is possible.Below 12 atoms the researchers found that the bits randomly lost information, owing to quantum effects.

The findings, reported on 12th January in the journal Science, could help lead to a new class of nanomaterials for a generation of memory chips and disk drives that will not only have greater capabilities than the current silicon-based computers but will also consume significantly less power. And it may offer a new direction for research in quantum computing.

The new achievement is the product of a heated international race between two elite physics laboratories to explore the properties of magnetic materials at a far smaller scale.

Last May a group at the Institute of Applied Physics at the University of Hamburg in Germany reported on the ability to perform computer logic operations on an atomic level.The group at IBM's Almaden Research Centre in San Jose, California, led by Andreas Heinrich, has now created the smallest possible unit of magnetic storage by painstakingly arranging two rows of six iron atoms on a surface of copper nitrite atoms.

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Bird Flu Scare In Odisha, 31,175 Fowls Killed

Bird flu was detected for the first time in Odisha as the central laboratory confirmed the virus in two dead fowls in Khurda district on 9th January. Following the detection of bird flu virus (H5N1) in Keranga in Khurda district, the State Government on Monday alerted the Collectors of all 30 districts to take precautionary measures.

The three-day culling operation in a three kilometer radius of Keranga area of Khurda district in Odisha, where bird-flu had been detected, started on January 12 as per the direction of the Centre after detection of avian influenza. The culling operation ended 14th January with at least 31,175 poultry exterminated and 16,551 eggs and 197 kg of poultry feed have been destroyed during the exercise.

Of the 31,175 fowls culled, about 28,000 birds were from a private firm. Death of about 1263 crows was received from 12 districts.

The culling process was being carried in 19 villages including Keranga with adequate compensation for affected poultry farmers. According to officials, Restrictions have been imposed on the import of chicken from coastal Odisha as a precautionary measure.

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Reminders For Remainders

 

 

The New Year has ringed in. So has a new semester. But a lot occurred on campus during vacation. And of course, we had carry-overs too. All was bundled together and MM’s Santa slung his bag to pay a visit to Prof. Sarangi.

Q: Mr. Mukherjee laid the foundation stone of a proposed building. Can you update us about the status of the other infrastructure projects too?

A: You can see that the Electrical and Electronics twin towers are almost complete. Lawns are being made around the BT/BM building to make the area look neat and clean. The lecture complex too is close to finish. Roads in that area are also being laid. Also the Faculty Recreation Centre, now known as the Technology Club is complete. There are many other smaller works too which are being done.

 

Q: Last semester, you had said that many other specialised doctors would join the dispensary this year, but nothing positive has been seen till now. Tell us something about it?

A: It is true that we wanted to bring in fulltime specialists in the dispensary and we invited applications too. Based on these applications, we shortlisted some of the doctors and invited them over but the reality check is that this did not go down well with the doctors themselves. In a 2 or 3 doctor setup, these doctors won’t be able to sharpen their skills. Any doctor seeking a bright career would not be ready to work in such an environment where he has no competition. I agree these doctors were bright, but keeping them bright enough wouldn’t have been possible for us.

We finally changed our policy. We had a meeting and decided that instead of having fulltime doctors, we could have visiting specialists. These doctors could visit say 2 or 3 hours in a week. This would spare the students from going to IGH again and again. Talks are going on and we are surely hoping for some positive outcome. But, for the time being, we need 2 fulltime doctors at the earliest and we have invited applications for that. Let’s see where this goes.

Q: MM has reports that a new bank was going to open inside the campus. Can you confirm this news?

A: The news is actually both true and false: True in the sense that we are making a proposal to open a new bank inside the campus which would offer evening services. We are in the process of short listing at least three banks which can meet our requirements. Our requirements are that the bank should be willing to operate evening services, it should provide loans to the students without asking for any parental collateral and at a justified rate and that the branch should be heavily computerised so that the students don’t suffer. But, the underlying thing is that this is only a proposal till now and nothing has been finalised. The process is a long one and if everything goes well, then hopefully by summer we can start this new bank.

Q: Evening services are already quite important, especially for students, who have classes till 5:30 in the evening. Don’t you think the existing SBI should be asked to start the same?

A: Yes, I agree that it should be done but the SBI has declined our proposals and you can say that this is one more reason why we are opening a new bank inside the campus. This would lead to competition among the two of them which in fact is good for us.

Q: New ATMs are coming up too?

A: Yes, currently there are plans for two new ATMs. One is near the main gate and the other one is supposed to come up within a few weeks near the Nescafe in the academic area. The latter would be opened by AXIS bank in 6 weeks’ time.

Q: A tender for the renovation of KMS Hall has appeared on the website. Can you tell us what is the plan and how will the renovation be carried out in the middle of the academic year?

A: Yes, there are plans to renovate the KMS Hall. The tender process is almost complete and work will start shortly. The main construction would take place in the dining area and common room. The rooms would also be renovated. There are some more plans too. The renovation would be done block by block.

Since the KMS Hall is already overcrowded, it is not possible to work there. Moreover, in boys’ halls, the workers can mingle with the boys. But this is not possible for the girls. So, shifting them to the CVR Hall is a must. CVR has all single rooms and has enough space for the girls. So it has been decided that girls from one block, say A block, would be shifted and when the renovation is completed, they would be given a chance to come back to their old hostel if they want to.

Q: Won’t the girls face a problem in shifting during the middle of the semester?

A:  I know the girls will face a problem but you can never make an omelette without breaking some eggs! You have to lose something to get something better. Moreover, shifting takes only a day. I think the girls can manage it well. Also, if our construction work is tallied with the vacations then they would take a very long time. This can lead to many problems and the biggest one is price rise.

Q: Coming on to the power issue, you had said last semester that new generators would be installed. Has that project seen any progress?

A: Yes, there are two generators that are supposed to come up. The first one is already being installed and will come up in 10 days. It will cover the main academic building and the CVR and also cater to the needs of the NCC ground if anything happens there.

Now for the other one, it was originally decided that it would be installed near the computer science department. But now the plans have changed. Its delivery has been stopped temporarily. Initially it was decided that this generator would be connected to the hostel area via cables as during the day time load requirement is in the academic area and the hostel area needs the load only in the evening, but now it has been seen that the cable cost would be very high and so the second one would be installed near the Ambani Hall extension instead.  Hopefully, by the time of your mid-semester exams, the hostel area generator would start running.

Q: A very old question now. What happened to the CCD issue?

A: Yes, that has been a long standing issue!! See, the Calorie canteen’s contract ended on 15th December and looking at the students’ response, there were no plans of renewing it. But, the canteen owners have claimed that there has been bias in judging them. They have claimed that there are only a few students who have actually complained against them. They have come up with a list of students who are satisfied with their services. It has been decided to sort out the issue by forming a students’ committee. It is not only important to be fair but it is equally important to look fair. If you ask me, I would love to hand over the space to CCD, who has agreed to all our terms and conditions, but we also have to give them a fair chance. So, the committee will do a survey and we will come to a decision soon.

On the other hand, for the time being, a new Nescafe is coming up near the Lecture Hall Complex, along with a MAX outlet. Also, the Rice N Spice contract has been terminated as it was found to be grossly inadequate in its services.

Q: Coming on to something different, you must be aware that recently there has been an untoward incident in the 3rd year where a boy attempted suicide. How do you think the institute can stop any such incidents in the future?

A: First of all, it has been very sad for us to hear about such an incident. There can be nothing worse than this. But, coming to the ground realities, he attempted such a thing after getting an SGPA of below 6 for the fourth consecutive semester. See, till now no way has been devised where failures can be prevented. Also, if we stop failing the weak students then our market reputation would go down. So, we can’t compromise 99 students’ future for the benefit of that 1 weak student.

So, the question that arises is: why these failures? The reasons can be many. The student may be very bright but he may not be suited for engineering. Often they succumb to peer pressure. The student may be good in other things but he may not be good at solving equations. He starts hating the setup so much that he starts rebelling within himself. He stops going to class and stops studying and once you start doing so, it gets difficult to recover.

Steps have been taken to curb this kind of behaviour. Previously, you had to leave the institute on getting a SGPA below 6 in three consecutive semesters. But now, you are allowed to stay for one more semester, provided you sign an undertaking to bring your CGPA above 6 within that sem.

Also, we are trying hard to identify such weak students who are also weak in maintaining social relations. These students need counselling and we are willing to provide them so but the parents too should be aware of their wards as the best help always comes from within your home.

Q: You said the students start hating the setup. As there are many such cases of students not attending classes, don’t you think there must be some folly in the teaching system itself?

A: Under the current circumstances we must utilise our existing resources to the fullest. Although they are limited in nature and not perfect, we really don’t have a recipe right now to correct our resources. Our resources are obviously providing a better exposure to the students and they must realise this. See, students come to our institute to essentially become more employable. If they work hard, they get well-paying jobs and if they don’t, then it is the other way round.

In schools, they used to impart a hand-held education and here the transition is to self-reliant education. In field work, there would be no one spoon feed you. You must learn to adapt and change. I agree that the teacher should also be able to express his thoughts clearly and should be sincere with his duties. In schools, even if a teacher went wrong, there could be someone with a higher calibre, appointed to guide him, say, a university teacher, who can always be there over a school teacher. But the question is who guides the university teacher. In an institute like NIT or its equivalent, whom we are talking of are the leaders in their fields. At least our society does not have people in greater ranks and thus are bound to follow the leaders and not question them.

So, the only model available to us is that we boost the self esteem of the faculty itself, irrespective of how he teaches. Monitoring is not absent but if it is substantial then the self-esteem and the pride of the teachers won’t grow and if it has to grow, the faculty must be trusted. I agree that times are changing and newer technologies need to be incorporated but it is a gradual transition and not a haphazard one.

An institute of higher learning such as ours should be seen as a place where the government picks up highly trained people with a brilliant academic record who are here to pursue their work interest and aim for higher excellence and also help in creating future leaders. This is the reason I call this as an Institute and not a College. In a college, a student comes to become employable and a teacher comes to make him employable but not in an institute. In an institute, a teacher comes first. He comes here to learn more and become a bigger asset to the society and students are the apprentices who learn how to do that. So, creating the high school environment in a university is neither feasible nor desirable.

Q: Why is it always that theory courses are put ahead of lab courses? We can increase the importance of the lab courses, say by increasing the credits. After all, lab courses are always more fun and enjoyable and students love going to labs rather than attending theory classes.

A: It is correct that labs are always less taxing than theory classes but labs without theory is incomplete and insufficient. Let me give you an example. Once, a man’s car broke down in the middle of nowhere. He was far off from the city and desperately wanted a mechanic. From sources, he came to know of a mechanic living nearby. The mechanic, when approached, agreed to help and demanded 402 rupees. Although it was a bit high, the man still agreed. The mechanic looked at the car for some time and then hammered at a spot. The car’s engine started running. When he demanded the money promised, the man said that it was unjust for him to demand 402 rupees for simply hammering. Then, the mechanic explained that he had charged only 2 rupees for hammering but 400 rupees for knowing how, where and when to hammer. So, this is what theory does.

Theory is like algebra. It generalises the problems. You just need to change the variables. In labs, you perform only certain experiments. To deal with real life situations, you must know something which is more general. You people are engineers, not masons. Even if you do not do the work yourself, you must know how the work has to be done and must be able to instruct others.

The simple reason why credits for lab courses can’t be higher is because theory covers more about the subject than labs. For example, how many experiments of optics would you perform in your physics lab in one session? 2 or 3 or may be a bit more. But in theory you cover a wide range of topics. So, increasing credits is not possible but yes I agree that practical content and field study could be increased so as to make the classes more exciting.

Q: Finally, a quick word from you.

A: A very happy new year to all of you and hope this year goes even better than the last one.

 

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Good Bye, Ehtesham...

A boy who came back to his country to attend university went home for vacations, only to never return. NIT Rourkela grieves the loss of Mohammed Ehtesham Khan, second year student of Department of Mechanical Engineering, who died in a road accident on 22nd December, 2011, Thursday. He was 19 years old.

The road accident occurred when the Toyota Fortuner in which Ehtesham was travelling with his parents, sister and uncle, skidded off the highway. They were travelling to Makkah. Ehtesham and his parents died on the spot. His sister and uncle survived the accident and are hospitalised now.

Ehtesham’s death, however, doesn’t seem to have moved many hearts. We did not hear from the administration or faculty even a single word of grief. Ideally, the Institute should have remained closed for a day as a mark of respect and observance of grief in memory of Ehtesham. Even a condolence meeting has not been scheduled yet. It’s been seventeen days and counting.

Ehtesham, you will be missed.

 

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Alumnus Unplugged: Mr. Sandip Dasverma

Warmly ushering Monday Morning members into his suite in the South Block guest house, Mr Sandip Kumar Dasverma ; one of the most distinguished and prolific alumni of the institute and an active member of the alumni association looks upon us with a keen gaze of intent and talks to us about his early years.

Mr Dasverma had always been a resident of Cuttack and underwent much of his schooling there. After studying at the Marwari High School, he went on to study at the Ravenshaw College, which back then was over a hundred years old and was considered to be among the most prestigious colleges in the country. The best students from every district were invited for admission and thus Ravenshaw boasted of some of the brightest pupils of Orissa.

After passing out with Mathematics Honours in 1961, Mr Dasverma joined the Mechanical Engineering branch of the first ever batch of REC, Rourkela. Ask him why he chose Mechanical Engineering as a career and he is quick to reply with a chuckle, “Biju Pattnaik’s bluffs!” Partly misinformed, and with some amount of career counselling, he made his decision. The erstwhile marking scheme of the Orissa board being very strict, universities of repute such as the IIT’s and BHU were difficult to gain admission in. Most people back then were vying for jobs in Germany since they had an “earn-while-you-learn” policy.

At REC Rourkela, Mr Dasverma recalls being an avid sports lover. He was rather serious, loved playing cricket and was the Athletic Secretary of the college in 1963-1964. He was however, a student of very high values. He strongly criticized examination malpractice, unlike most of his friends and was hence chided among his peers as being a “moralist”. One anecdote, which he shared with us, was that of a protest (against the poor quality of hostel food) the students carried out by walking one night all the way from Panposh to the lecturers’ residence bearing bags of rotten fish. The meal he had in Hall 8 during his visit to the institute this time around bore testimony to the fact that the quality of mess food hasn’t changed since.

The 1962 Indo-Chinese war and the emergency in ’65 saw institutes accelerating courses and offering degrees in a relatively quicker span of time. The economic slump which ensued resulted in unemployment for many. He then appeared for an interview in Kalinga Tubes (owned by Biju Pattnaik), where he was pitted against 5 of his own classmates. Though he aced the interview, he wasn’t offered the job immediately owing to the influential status of his fellow competitors. He then approached Biju Pattnaik himself who brought about transparency in his case and got him his job. He later went abroad to the United States and completed his MBA in 1976. Mr. Dasverma has a professional membership in the World Future Society, Institution of Engineers (India), Professional Mechanical Engineers (California) among many others. He has an expertise in Consulting, Design and Energy.

The institute-alumni relationship has strengthened manifold over the years. Members of the alumni association throughout the world, parts of various Chapters regularly have get-togethers and stay united under the NITRklean roof. “Both sides should extend their hand a little and work for the cause”, he said. The chief interest of the alumni lies in the students of the institute, since they are the harbingers of glory to the institute. “It gives us immense happiness to know that the institute has achieved better rankings over the past few years”.

The alumnus urges the students of the institute to work hard. “When we get some of the best students to be a part of the institute, I don’t really see the point in scoring 6.0 or 7.0; one must definitely try and score above 8. It doesn’t matter if you’re an average student, since with hard work & determination one can achieve great heights. NIT should live upto its potential. Around 50-60% of the students must go abroad to pursue higher education. Dream high.”

 

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Blood Donation Camp

Voice Club, in association with National Service Scheme(NSS) students, conducted and coordinated a blood donation camp on the 13th of December, 2011. The event was well coordinated by all the NSS volunteers. The event saw a healthy participation from about 50 blood donors who donated their valuable blood. Prof. K. K. Khatua from the Dept. of Civil Engg., Prof. D. P. Acharya from the Dept. of Electronics and Communication and Prof. M. Khillar from the Dept. of Computer Science were present and mentored the entire event. Prof. Khillar himself donated blood for the first time. The event was also graced by our Director Sir’s presence who took a keen interest in the proceedings of the event. All in all it was a successful event with enthusiastic participation from students, faculty and staff.

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Students Confused, Dean Answers

With students highly confused about the new academic regulations governing the institute and the recent uproar among students regarding ninth semesters or year backs, Monday Morning decided to present to the student community a clear picture regarding these regulations. The Dean of Academic Affairs, Prof. Santanu Bhatacharyya agreed to answer the questions which had been left suspended in the air.


MM: About the NSS/PE/NCC registration, students are still not sure whether they will get a ninth semester or a tenth semester. What will happen to all those students?


Dean:
There had been a Deans and HoD Committee meeting this week and it was decided that since these sessionals do not take place in the normal academic time table slots, students will be allowed to register over and above the normal semester academic load. This is the last chance which has been given and if they do not make it through, then they will get unregistered. We are preparing a consolidated list of those students who had to drop one sessional in order to get registered in Extra Academic Activity course, and they will be notified shortly (within this week) for modification in their registration status.

MM: What about students who have failed in other sessionals?

Dean: First of all, I do not understand how students fail in sessionals. We do not even count the attendance in sessionals except when the person is debarred. I am afraid students have to repeat the other sessionals since they cannot be adjusted within the academic schedule.

MM: What do you think about the recent example of the suicidal stress created among students due to the new academic regulations?

Dean: I think it is very unfortunate and undesirable. But students themselves bring about these situations. It is due to continuous failure that such a situation happened. If a student scores less than 6.00 CGPA in 4 successive semesters, then as per regulation he has leave the Institute to look for other avenues of study which may be more suitable to him. However, it is also seen that in many such situations, the failure results due to grade back for not attending classes. These students are de-motivated to attend classes but attending classes is an essential and integral part of our teaching-learning process. Such students should be identified from the beginning and be given proper counselling so that they are motivated to do well or go into slow pace at an early stage. It is our collective responsibility to identify these students at an early stage (preferably by second semester) and try to counsel them for better academic performance. Many students are also shy to approach their faculty advisors, course teachers, Head of the Departments with their problems. The faculty advisors and Head of the Department also play an important role to identify these weak students, counsel them and keep a watch and inform the parents that their child is not getting motivated to perform well academically. Parents also should be active in keeping a watch over their wards as to what they are doing and they should also be in touch with the departments and faculty advisors.

MM: There was a rule that in case of a backlog there would be a grade back but no grade back from P to F. But last semester students got grade backs which failed them?

Dean: Those who secured F grade in regular examination due to grade backs for attendance will also carry it over to the backlog paper. Till now, a student securing F grade in a course as a result of grade back due to attendance used to have two grade backs (first due to writing the supplementary examination and second due to attendance shortage). As a result student securing D grade in backlog/supplementary finally again gets F grade.  This was affecting the academically weak students. The Senate has discussed this and amended the rule for the advantage of the students. Now also, there will be two grade backs but the grade back due to attendance will be considered first followed by grade back due to supplementary. Therefore, if a student secures D grade in backlog he remains at P grade because as per regulation in a supplementary examination P grade remains as P grade. However, if a student scores P grade in the backlog due attendance shortage it will become F grade.

MM: There has still been some problems regarding allotment of open electives?

Dean: Yes, I admit that there were some problems in some of the open electives. The allotted Open Electives is different from that listed during pre-registration and that has caused some disappointment among students. This slip was completely unintentional and happened partly due to the fact we are yet to completely automate the course allotment system. I regret the mistake but at the same time, I would like to appeal to the students that Open Electives are made to learn about subjects outside their parent department and therefore it will not make much of difference if a student learns about subject B instead of Subject A. Secondly, due to some unavoidable circumstances one open elective has been dropped and the allotted students have been relocated to different open electives based on the suitability and seat availability. I am sure that students will understand the practical difficulties and will attend the allotted open electives.

MM: Any new academic regulations you would want to convey?

Dean: Sessional Examinations at the end of the semester have been strongly discouraged. It is a sessional which means marks are based on how one performs throughout the session. So evaluation at the end with the end semester examinations very near has been discouraged. Therefore, students are advised to attend all the Laboratory classes regularly during the semester. Further, till last semester, we were not considering the attendance records in the sessionals, but from this semester, we will be considering the sessional attendance also. As per regulation, if a student misses more than 2 sessional classes he will get a grade back and will be debarred if he misses more than four sessional classes.

MM: Any message to the student community?

Dean: Students should become serious as attending the classes and examinations is essential part of our teaching learning process. I would not say attendance is strict in our institute. Every renowned institute has a strict attendance policy. So ruining one’s own career due to attendance is not good. I would further like to say that academically weak students should realize their limitations and weaknesses and should consider about going into slow pace. Taking up less credits per semester and increasing the number of semesters for a clean degree without backs is better than one full with backs. Placement is also not affected much as most students think it to be. Rather a clean degree gives a good impression to the employer and a better job prospect.

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When Santa Sent For Mr. Mukherjee

 

Even the Parliament’s extended session and the anticipation of the Lokpal Bill in the House could not HOLD Mr. Pranab Mukherjee back. Afterall, Santa Claus had himself sent for him... and so he came.

Rourkela last month hosted the annual congregation of the ‘Nikhil Bharatiya Banga Sahitya Sanmelan’ or the ‘All India Bengali Literature Congress’, which is a literary organization founded by Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore in Banaras 84 years ago. Incidentally, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Finance Minister, GoI, is the incumbent President of the organization. He gladly obliged to grace the event and decided to also include a visit to our campus in his itinerary.

Originally, his stay in the campus was supposed to be of 36 hours but, later on, he curtailed his programme to 24 hours. After getting all the necessary security clearances, he was finally stationed at the guest house of the Institute on his arrival on 24th December, 2011. Prof. Sarangi informed Monday Morning that the Finance Minister was extremely happy with the hospitality provided.

He was also supposed to address the students and faculty the next day along with the inauguration ceremony of a proposed building site behind Central Workshop. But, since the Panchayat elections had been declared in the state, he was not supposed to speak to gatherings under the code of conduct of the CEC. So he only laid the foundation stone of the new 12 storey building on Christmas.

This new building is an 11+1 setup. It will extend from the area behind the workshop and cover the area behind the Mechanical P.G. building, 35 metres away from it. It would have entrance from two sides, the north side and the south side. Since south side is at a lower height, 12 floors would be seen from there, while 11 floors would be seen from the north side. The construction would take 2-3 years.

Mr. Mukherjee finally decided to address some of the faculty members in the board room. Although he did not talk of anything that could cause any political stirring, he gave a lecture on ‘How global economic crisis affects India’. He was then shown around the campus and was extremely happy to see how well the institute is shaping up.

 

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Next: NITRUTSAV ‘12

With Innovision being a tremendous success, the onus is now upon the Literary and Cultural Society to make the upcoming NITRUTSAV ‘12 one of the best ever. Going by the current progress, the fest does seem to be shaping up well. First came the good news of the fest being scheduled for a full three and a half days! Yes, you read that right. This time NITRUTSAV will kick off on the 2nd of February, Thursday at 3 PM and will continue well into the night on Sunday. With the NU team joining hands with Fadoo Engineers and Teach for India, the fest is sure getting it’s share of proper publicity. The hush-hush budget of course is quite high for the fest and sponsors are indeed coming forward as opposed to previous years. The website getting launched nearly a month in advance of the fest has been unheard of in recent times at NITR. The website has all the proper write-ups for the plethora of events scheduled with very few sections having the dreaded ‘under construction’ or ‘the details will be uploaded soon’ message. Let’s hope the fest is a grand success and here’s wishing the organisers all the very best!

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Conferences/Seminars Conducted In The Department

 

Over the past one month, the department has seen couple of seminars being conducted, with many eminent speakers delivering talks. Between the 2nd and 6th of December, a National Conference on Processing and Characterization of Materials (NCPCM-2011) was conducted.During the inaugural ceremony held at Bhubaneswar Behera Auditorium at 9.30 am, Shri G. S. Prasad, Chief Executive Officer of Rourkela Steel Plant graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The event was presided over by our honourable Director, Prof. S. K. Sarangi.

On the 19th of December, two PhD scholars, namely P. Sahani and A. Das spoke on the topics of “Microwave Assisted Sintering of Some Copper Based Nano-Composites and its Evaluation” and “Magnetic characterization of Ni-Cu alloy thin film by Magnetic force microscope (MFM)” respectively at the Seminar Hall of the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering department.

 

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Prof. S.C. Mishra Joins Advisory Board Of STM Journals

 


STM (Science, Technical & Medical) Journals is an international electronic journal - an ambitious initiative of the Consortium e-Learning Network Private Ltd., (CELNET, Noida). It is meant to facilitate a cost effective access to the quality research findings through the publication of online quality scholarly journals.

Prof. Subash Chandra Mishra, one of the senior-most professors in the Department has now been requested to become a member of the advisory board of the STM Journals. Prof. Mishra has been an editor of the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering section over the past 3 years. A mere 7 members all over the world are chosen to become a part of the advisory board.

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Mechanical Engineering Seminars

 

Prof. Samir Kumar Acharya, Mechanical Engineering Department presented a seminar on the topic “Friction and Wear Behavior Of Silicon Carbide – Alumina Nano Composites” on 4th January 2012,10.00 AM at Seminar Hall of the Mechanical Engineering Dept.

On the same day, another seminar was presented by Prof. AlokSatapathy, Mechanical Engineering Dept. on the topic “Solid Particle Erosion Response Simulation of Aluminum Reinforced ZA-27 Metal Matrix composites” at the same venue.

The seminar well served its purpose. Several faculties & research scholars attended the talks.

 

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International Workshop Concluded Successfully

 

Department of Applied Mathematics and Department of Mechanical Engineering, NIT Rourkela jointly organized a workshop on “MODELING AND ANALYSIS OF DYNAMIC SYSTEMS” on 5th – 7th December, 2011 coordinated by Prof. S. Chakraverty, Professor, Mathematics Department and Prof. J. Srinivas, Associate Prof., Mechanical Engg. Department.

Eminent faculties from NIT Rourkela and IITs along with Prof. R.B. Bhat from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada delivered lectures in the workshop. The workshop was attended by around 80 students which included international participation.

The course included Modeling of Physical Systems, Preliminary vibrational Theory, Torsional Vibrations in Shafts and Rotating Machinery, Bending of Rotors, Balancing of Rotors, Approximate and Numerical Techniques, Experimental Analysis Approaches, Artificial Intelligence Techniques Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis.

 

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Profs. Presented Papers @ International Conference

 


Dr. (Ms) Bhaswati Patnaik and Dr. R. K. Biswal from the department of Humanities and Social Sciences presented their papers in 21st Annual Convention of the National Academy of  Psychology (NAOP) and International Conference on “Human Development and Poverty: Alternative Conceptualization and Measurement” held during 12th-14th December, 2011 at IMRA, Anand, Gujarat.

Dr. Patnaik presented a paper on “perception on Organizational Learning: A Study in Indian Technological Institutes” and Dr. Biswal’s paper was titled “Development of Children’s Perception on emotions in Emoticons, Self and Significant Others”.

 

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New Faculty Joined The Department

 

Dr. Ngamjahao Kipgen has joined the Department of Humanities, NIT Rourkela as an Assistant Professor from 1st December, 2011. He pursued his Bachelor’s Degree from Manipur University and his Master’s from JNU. Thereafter, he completed his Ph.D. from IIT Delhi. He will be taking two courses on “Environment and Development” and “Urban Governance and development”.

When asked about his experiences in the institute, he says that he found his students very disciplined. MM wishes a very warm welcome to Dr. Kipgenin the institute and wishes good luck.

 

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Ph. D. Degree Awarded To 2 Research Scholars

 


Ms. Sucheta Panda and Mr. Swapnajit Pattnaik have been awarded PhD degrees in the month of November, 2011.

Ms. Sucheta Panda is an Assistant Prof. at Padmanava College of Engineering, Rourkela and a research scholar of department of electrical engineering since 2004. She was awarded PhD degree for image processing under the supervision of Dr. P. K. Nanda and Mr. Swapnajit Pattnaik was awarded PhD degree for his thesis in Development of Improved Performance Switchmode Converters for Critical Load Applications.

 

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New Semester, New Facilities, New Faculties

 

The department of Electrical Engineering has planned to procure the following equipment for its laboratories:-

1) Three Phase Rectifier.

2) Solar Array Simulator.

The budget allocated for the above machines is around sixteen lakhs of rupees with the three phase rectifiers costing the department a sum of ten lakhs of rupees and the rest 6 lakhs for the solar array simulator. The above machines are said to be made available in the Electrical Machines lab and Control lab of the department respectively, within this month only.

On a rather different note, two new faculties are expected to join the department shortly namely Dr. Pravat Kumar Ray and Ms. Monalisa Pattnaik. Dr. Ray has specialization in Power Systems while Ms. Pattnaik has Power Electronics as her research interest.

 

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M. Tech(R) Student Bags Second Prize By ISTE And L&T

 

An M. Tech (Research) Control and Automation student from the Electrical Engineering Department, Srinibas Bhuyan has been awarded with the Second prize by Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) and L&T for his thesis –Development and control of networked servo system. The project was done by Mr. Bhuyan under the supervision of Prof. B. Subudhi and Prof. Sandip Ghosh.

The thesis aimed at developing a real-time control system of quantor manufactured DC servo motor and implementation of time-delay compensation algorithm. This project is said to be of good industry relevance in context of recent industrial control due to insertion of communication system into the control loops.

 

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Faculty And PhD Scholar Attends International Conference Held @ Singapore

 


Prof. Suchismita Chinara, assistant professor of CSE Department and Hunny Mehrotra, a PhD scholar, presented their paper during the Eighth International Conference on Information, Communications, and Signal Processing (ICICS 2011) held at Singapore from 13th to 16th December, 2011.

The theme for the conference was Sustainable Infocomm Systems. This theme was addressed in the keynote speeches by two world-renowned researchers and inventors, Rajiv Laroia (Sonus Networks), co-inventor of orthogonal frequency division multiplexing and Steve Elliot (University of Southampton), inventor of minimum power personal audio.

Prof SuchismitaChinara presented her paper titled ‘CPN Validation for Never Detection Protocol’ on 14th December, 2011.She also chaired a technical session on 16th December, 2011.

Another paper titled ‘Unconstrained Iris Recognition using F-shift’ was presented by Hunny Mehrotra on 15th December; 2011. She prepared this paper under the guidance of Prof. Banshidhar Majhi and Prof. Pankaj K. Sa. Both the paper-presenters received financial assistance from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.

 

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National Workshop On Software Engineering Application For Computer Networks

 

The department of Computer Science and Engineering organized a workshop on “Software Engineering Application for Computer Networks (SEA-CN’11)” from 8th to 10th December, 2011.

The workshop served as a platform to bring together more than eighty researchers, practitioners and students belonging to various states of India to exchange their recent research results on the topic as well as to stimulate discussion about the core open problems and to define a shared research agenda. The convener and chairman of the workshop were Dr. Suchismita Chinara and Dr. Santanu Kumar Rath respectively. The list of invited speakers that attended the workshop is as follows:

•  Prof. Anirudh Sahoo, IIT Mumbai
•  Prof. Swapan Bhhattacharya, JU Kolkata
•  Prof Sudipta Mahapatra, IIT Kharagpur

 

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Winter School On Digital Image Processing

 

Computer Science and Engineering Department organized a short term course named Winter School on Digital Image Processing (WiSDIP 2011) from 13th to 18th December; 2011.The course was co-ordinated by Prof. Pankaj K. Sa and Prof. Banshidhar Majhi.

WiSDIP-2011 consisted of lectures for forty-eight hours duration lasting for six days. Each day consisted of lectures for eight hours comprising four hours theory followed by four hours lab exercises. The course offered practice of digital image processing using MATLAB and OpenCV. The course also gave an insight of some major research problems on image processing and computer vision.

The response for WiSDIP 2011 was overwhelming. A total of one-twenty-one applications were received from all over the country out of which fifty were shortlisted for the school.


 

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Chemistry Department Held A Successful Seminar

Department of Chemistry organized a seminar on “ROLE OF SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY IN POLLUTION PREVENTION” on 2nd Decemberalong with Youth Movement Federation of India (YMFI) 2011 in collaboration with State Pollution Control Board (SPCB), Odisha.

The seminar committee included Prof. Sunil Kr. Sarangi, Director, NIT Rourkela, as Patron, Prof. B. G. Mishra, HOD, Department of Chemistry, as Chairman, Prof. G Hota, Department of Chemistry, Mr. Niranjan Mallick, R.O., SPCB, Rourkela, Kshama Sarangi, ACF, Rourkela, as Tech Committee members, Prof. R. K. Patel, Department of Chemistry, NIT Rourkela, as Convener and Bibekananda Das, General Secretary, YMFI, as Co-convener.

The seminar saw a participation of around 80 members from the institute as well as from other institutes. The conference was successful with many participants presenting papers and seminar talks.

 

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Seminar Talk By M. Tech (Res) Student

 

NagaChaitanya Kavuri, an M. Tech (Res) studentof the department of Chemical Engineering presented a seminar talk based on his thesis which has been invited by IIT Kharagpur for presentation. He is currently doing research under Professor Madhushree Kundu, Associate Prof.; Chemical Engineering Department.

The thesis explores “the application of different data based modeling techniques in identification, product quality monitoring and fault detection of a process.”

 

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Profs From The Dept. Bring Laurels To The Institute

 

The year 2011 ended on a successful note for the department of ceramic engineering as Prof. Ranabrata Mazumdar and Prof. Swadesh Kumar Pratihar got selected for representing the country at the ‘International Conference on Electro-ceramics’ or the ICE-2011.

The ICE is a biennial event and this year it was hosted by the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia from 12th to 16th December. The topics presented by both Professors were: ‘Dielectric and Piezoelectric properties of lead free ceramics prepared by solution based auto-combustion method’ and ‘Preparation and characterization of cathode material for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells’.

The visit has surely worked wonders for the institute as already Board of Research in Fusion Science and Technology (BRFST) has rewarded a new project to the department. There are also plans to bring in two new equipments: microwave heating furnace and thin film deposition unit soon.

 

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Never Say Sayonara!!

The golden days of 2011 are no doubt bygone but the ever lustrous placement saga of the institute continues at an even increased rate with 3 companies already having recruited 15 students within a week’s time of the graceful new year. The last one and a half months of 2011 have rained placement offers for the students with about a hundred of them having been knighted with the golden crown by over a dozen companies . There have been a plethora of new companies this season which is quite commendable. The following are the names and details of the recruiters and the students recruited.

1. Rancore Technologies


 

Date:- 8th Jan, 2012

Category : Dream

CTC : 4.8 LPA

Students Recruited : 2

Computer Science and Engineering

B. Tech

1. Sanjeeb Kumar Pradhan

 

Electronics and Communication Engineering

B. Tech

1. Kaveesh Sharma

 

2. JSPL



 

Date:- 7th January 2012

Category : Normal

CTC : 4.4 LPA

Students Recruited : 10

Chemical Engineering

B. Tech

1. Mrudula Annavajhala

2. Kumar Vikash

Electrical Engineering

B. Tech

1. Nupur Jha

2. Huma Khan

Mechanical Engineering

B. Tech

1. Aman Kumar

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

B. Tech

1. Chirag Ranjan Nath

2. Sanup Kumar Panda

Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering

B. Tech

1. Neeharika Das

2. Omkar Prasad Mishra

Civil Engineering

B. Tech

1. Randheer Singh

 

 

3. CEAT



 

Date:- 5th January, 2012

Category : Dream

CTC :  5.2 LPA

Students Recruited : 3

Electrical Engineering

B. Tech

1. Dushyant Sharma

Mechanical Engineering.

B. Tech

1. Irshant Sriramka

2. Sitesh Kumar Goel

4. Ericsson



Date:- 23rd December 2011
Category : Normal
CTC :  3.6 LPA
Students Recruited : 15
Electronics and Instrumentation Engg
B. Tech
1. Arghyapriya Choudhury
2. Gigyanshu Pradhan
3. Chinmayee Das
4. Nirupa Majhi
Electronics and Communication Engg.
B. Tech
1. Manas Ranjan Das
2. Amrit Arup Nayak
3. Arup Abhisek
4. Sabyasachi Sethi
5. Chaitanya J.K. Gouda
M. Tech
1. Abhisek Patra
2. Rupal Agarwal
3. Prashant Kumar Mohanty
4. Vijay Kumar Reddy
5. Tushar Swain
Computer Science and Engg.
1. Govind Upman
5. Zeus Numerix



Date:- 17th December 2011
Category : Normal
CTC :  4.0 LPA
Students Recruited : 1
Mechanical Engineering
M. Tech
1. Warade Vivek Prahlad

6. SAP LABS


 

Date:- 16th Dec, 2011

Category : Super Dream

CTC :  6.5 LPA

Students Recruited : 8

Computer Science & Engineering

B. Tech

1. Ankit Gupta

2. Priyaranjan Behera

3. Vivekananda Panigrahy

4. Yogesh Jain

5. Nitish Kumar Panigrahy

6. Biswa Bhushan Biswal

7. Ankit Saxena

8. Manabesh Mandal

 

7. HCL



 

Date:- 6th Dec, 2011

Category : Normal

CTC : 3.25 LPA

Students Recruited :11

Computer Science & Engineering

B. Tech

1. Ankit Saxena

2. Toketo Shoe

3. Nitesh Kumar

4. Bijendra Behera

5. Sanjeeb Kumar Pradhan

M.Tech

1. Madhu Rakesh Yenugudhati

2. Sunita Kumari

Electronics and Communication Engg.

B. Tech

1. Sabyasachi Sethi

2. Sunil Barla

3. Kundan Kumar Das

Electronics and Instrumentation Engg.

B. Tech

1. Jablun Kerketta

 

 

8. ENZEN Global



 

Date:- 6th Dec, 2011

Category : Dream

Students Recruited : 5

B. Tech

Electrical Engineering

1. Suneet Nayak

2. Binita Sen

3. Saurav Satpathy

Electronics and Instrumentation Engg.

1. Sahil Pahuja

2. Abinash Das

 

9. IBM



 

Date:- 2nd Dec, 2011

Category: Normal

CTC: 3.4 lpa (B. TECH)

3.75 lpa(M. TECH)

Students Recruited: 41

Ceramic Engg.

B. Tech

1. Anupam Mishra

2. Udipta Thakur

3. Ankita Bilung

4. Philomena Ekka

Metallurgical and Material Engg.

B.Tech

1. Sanup Kumar Panda

2. Hitendra Pradhan

3. Sibabrat Mohanty

Electronics and Instrumentation Engg.

B.Tech

1. Manish Kumar

Electrical Engg.

1. Suneet Nayak

2. Binita Sen

3.Anupama Deo

M.Tech

1. Minakhi Behera

2. Ravikant Bolirade

Chemical Engg.

B.Tech

1. Bijayni Biswal

2. Jitendra Kumar Patra

M.Tech

1. G. Vamsi

2. Sreerupa Sarkar

3. Stutee Bhoi

4. H. Sankar Narayanan

Biomedical Engg.

B.Tech

1. Raunaq Pradhan

2. Sushma Bhandari

M.Tech

1. Tulasi Pratheyusha

2. Deblina Biswas

3. Pinki Dey

Biotech Engg.

1. Ganesh Kumar

2. Priyanka

3. Nikhil

4. Jyotirmoy Sethy

Computer Science and Engg.

B.Tech

1. Abhishek Singh

M. Tech

1. Tarun Sarangi

2. Smriti Gupta

3. P. Rajesh

4. Brajesh Kashyap

5. Suraj Shankar Roy

Electronics and Comm. Engg.

B.Tech

1. Sushanta Kumar Swain

2. Sumit Kumar Sao

3. Anil Chacko

Industrial Design

M.Tech

1. Supriya Mahapatra

Mechanical Engg.

1. Suman Kumar

2. Manoj Kumar Muni

3. Ankita Singh

 

 

10. INDIAN ARMY



 

Date:- 29th Nov, 2011

B. Tech

Biomedical Engg.

1. Sonali Nanda

Biotechnology

1. Nikhil Singh

Computer Science and Engg.

1. Mukesh Mishra

Electronics and Instrumentation Engg.

1. Abhipsa Panda

2. Niharika Das

They shall have to appear before the Service Selection Board (SSB) in April.

11. ACC


 

Date:- 17th Nov, 2011

Category: Normal Company

CTC: 4.00 Lpa

Students Recruited : 4

B. Tech

Chemical Engineering

1. Ankit Agarwal

2. Rashmi Prava Mohanty

3. Chittaranjan Panda

Electronics and Instrumentation Engg.

1. Prashanth Behera

Waiting List

Chemical Engineering

1. Partha Pratim Panda

Electrical Engineering

1. Kundan Kumar

12. Honda SIEL


Date:- 16th Nov, 2011

Category: Dream Company

Students Recruited : 4

B. Tech

Metallurgical and Materials Engg.

1. Anshika Srivastava

2. Chandni

Mechanical Engineering

1. Praveen Kumar

Electronics and Communication Engg.

1. Darshani Rautray

Waiting List

Metallurgical and Materials Engg.

1. Priya Singh

2. Sudhir Saha

Mechanical Engineering

1. Asish Padhi

Electronics and Communication Engg.

1. G J K Chaitanya

Their recruitment will be confirmed only after the company concludes its recruitment in Eastern India.

 

13. Sony (Consumer Electronics)



Date:- 15th Nov, 2011

Category: Dream Company

Students Recruited : 10

CTC: 4.25 Lpa

B. Tech

Biotechnology & Medical Engineering

1. Sonali Nanda (BT)

2. Rajlaxmi Choudhury (BM)

3. P Sashikala(BM)

Computer Science & Engineering

1. Vivekanand Minz

Electrical  Engineering

1. Anuja Singh

2. Siddhahast Mohapatra

Electronics & Communication Engineering

1. Priyadarshini Mullick

Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering

1. Suman Sourav Dikshit

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

1. Rajesh Goel

2. Sabyasachi Panda


 

 

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TEACHFORINDIA Offers Internship

 


Teach for India is a nationwide movement of outstanding college graduates and young professionals who will commit two-years to teach full-time in under-resourced schools and who will become lifelong leaders working from within various sectors toward the pursuit of equity in education. Teach for India was on campus last semester for recruitment of final year undergraduates. Teach for India is also to sign a MoU with NITRUTSAV, as the official cause partner.

Teach for India has announced an Internship programme for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students for a period of two months. The selection will be on a first-come first-serve basis. It will be a paid internship with stipend of Rs. 4000/- p.m. and locations at Pune, Mumbai and Delhi. On successful completion of the programme, certificate of appreciation will be awarded.  Stipend is Rs 4000/- per month. Go on to experience the environment of a start - up and be a part of the education inequity.

All those interested to apply to the programme may mail their updated resume along with a letter of intent to internship@teachforindia.org. If shortlisted, it will be followed by a telephonic interview.

For more details, visit: Teach for India – NIT Rourkela chapter on Facebook.

To know about the roles of interns, visit http://www.teachforindia.org/careers.php

 

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Golden Athletic Meet

The annual athletic meet is all set to be held this year on the 14th and 15th of January after a prolonged delay and the Senate decision to push it to the second weekend of the new year. Effectively denying students an athletic opportunity to show their sporting prowess for one whole year, this one promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The dull Jacks are all set to get transformed into Jack the Rippers, as they go in for the kill in every competitive event, releasing their pent-up frustration. The Convenor and Secretaries of the Sports and Games Society are putting in a well-coordinated effort to put up a better show than previous years. The look and feel of the entire event will get a makeover according to sources. The event will get inaugurated by our very own Director, Dr. Sunil Kumar Sarangi on the 14th of January at 9am. The closing ceremony for the event will be held on the 15th of January at 3pm. All students, faculty and staff are cordially invited for the event and make it a huge success. One hopes for a far better audience this year to cheer for their fellow-mates as they compete in the battle for supremacy. Here’s wishing all the organisers and participants of the 50th Annual Athletic Meet, all the very best.

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Convenor Speak: Games And Sports


This week, the beginning of a new semester, Monday Morning approached one of the two Sports and Games convenors of our institute, Ram Prateek to answer all the elusive questions regarding sports and the general pressing problems faced by the students as well as thrown light on an action packed sports scenario in the immediate future.

MM: What would you like to comment on the cricket fiasco, why were the equipment not bought and who is to blame?

RP: We have two Vice Presidents, Prof. Dinda and Prof. Mazumder, and two SAS officers Mr. Rout and Dr. Pattnaik. For the inter-hall matches, to buy equipment, the SAS officers need to form a budget of the cost from different sources. These quotations after consulting the VPs need to be approved by the president and then submitted to the director. The SAS officers did not consult Prof. Dinda while forming the budget, allegedly they quoted prices from only one particular shop and got it approved by the president. The equipment was bought but Prof. Dinda complained to the director and the whole consignment was blocked until further enquiry. Thus the students were not able to get their sports equipment which was already bought for them. Cricket was badly affected by this misfortune because that sport had the highest budget requirements. In such short notice anything costing more than Rs 15000 could not be bought because it required approval from the higher authority. Thus, cricket bats could not be bought due to which the cricket tournament was forced to be delayed. Before the season for the inter-hall matches itself I had asked the SAS officers whether they have enough equipment for the tournament, even after that such a sad event occurred.

MM: What is your opinion on the coaches hired for different sports?

RP: Now we have coaches for Hockey, Volleyball, football, Cricket and Basketball in the institute. Only Table tennis, Lawn Tennis and Badminton lack a coach. For Lawn Tennis a coach was proposed by us but our director proposed a different coach , talks are still going on but we have not made a decision regarding that. The captains of Table Tennis and Badminton did not find a coach themselves, they did not follow it up , this slowed down the process and we have not appointed a coach for those two sports as well. Students of all the sports seem quite satisfied with the coaches provided.

MM: The annual athletic meet is round the corner, do you have anything special planned out for it this year?

RP: Yes, this year’s the athletic meet is going to be the 50th athletic meet of the institute. We have not yet decided what we are going to do for it, but definitely it will be a little different this year.

MM: What happened to the inter-NIT events this year, why haven’t they been held during the winter break? Have they been postponed?

RP: Yes, this year the inter-NIT events have been postponed, they were not held during the winter break due to various reasons. The organizing committee, NIT Suratkal and even NIT Warangal was facing problems due to which the event was delayed. The official dates of most of the sports are not yet known, but most probably they will be held in late January or early February. Students will be provided leave for the classes they are unable to attend.

MM: How do you think our institute will perform during the inter-NIT sports meet this year?

RP: With the help of the new coaches appointed I definitely feel that this year we will perform much better in all sports unlike previous years. Students have benefited from the coaching camps held during the past few months, which helped them to get some professional guidance to improve their skills.

MM: What are the new developments this year regarding sports?

RP: This year a new gym is going to be set up in the swimming pool complex. New equipment has already been purchased and will be soon installed. The authorities plan to convert the old gym into an indoor badminton court which is lacking in our institute. This will avoid entry of seniors into junior hostel where the only badminton court in the institute is located.

 

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Apple Working On Facial Recognition For Mobiles

The United States Patent and Trademark Office on 29th December published a patent application from Apple related to face and presence detection for iOS devices, which is expected to be one of the next chapters for mobile security.  Apple has a track record of taking products that work but haven't yet caught on, then redesigning them with the appeal that makes them catch fire with the general buying public.

Apple didn't invented facial recognition technology (it was patented in June 2009 and is credited to Robert Mikio Free), its unique take on it have to do with managing power supply and reducing the impact of lighting and biometric distortions.

Tech rival Google introduced facial recognition technology for its Android OS earlier last month with the release of the Galaxy Nexus phone. It uses the front-facing camera on the device to scan a user's face and cross reference it with what it has on file, unlocking the device for use when it finds a match.

Prior patents dealt with presence detection on MacBooks and with advanced recognition systems for use in processor-heavy home and business applications. Apple's new method would use shortcuts to accurately determine who is using a device without requiring the heavy computational costs normally involved in such a process. It achieves this by ignoring facial biometrics and assessing the position of personal features to compensate for changes in subject orientation.

Other advantages include a built-in feature that would evaluate a person's level of attentiveness when using the system, which could help the system avoid being duped by still photographs. The new patent also describes such other neat tricks as recognizing faces among family members, friends, and co-workers, then delivering different screen savers or non-secured information to those individuals.

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“Don't search, Just Flip Through The Web”: Indian Entrepreneurs

 

Sometimes when we are using internet at the comforts of our home or office, we found it tough to keep going back and forth to the Web, trying to remember the one great article or web page we saw. The same thought occurred to Jonathan Siddharth and Vijay Krishnan in 2007, during their academic rigours of their Masters at the Stanford University in the United States. Their solution was Infoaxe (www.infoaxe.com), an add-on to web browsers such as the Internet Explorer and the Mozilla Firefox (an extension of Google Chrome is in the works). In simple terms, it plays the role of a ‘memory' by keeping a record of a user's complete browsing history. So no need to bookmark, tag or try to think hard about that one great website you saw a week ago. Users can download the Infoaxe extension for their browsers and forget about having to remember urls and websites.

Studies states that nearly 40 per cent of all search queries are re-finding queries. By banking on the entire web history to help one's search, the relevance of the results improves dramatically, the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs’ reason. Infoaxe already has more than seven million unique users. It is currently growing at the rate of a million users every two months.

Jonathan Siddharth is a graduate of Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering and belongs to Chennai. Vijay Krishnan, though an alumnus of IIT Bombay, has also stayed some years in the city and has roots here. The duos were room-mates during their Stanford University Masters programme. Siddharth graduated with distinction in Masters in Research, bagging the Christopher Stephenson Memorial Award for graduate research for best master thesis at Stanford. His research areas included information retrieval, web search and search personalisation. Vijay received his Masters in Computer Science and his research focussed on data/text/web mining.

Siddharth and Vijay are taking the service to the next level — a Web discovery engine called Flipora that will, in addition to tracking and storing one's web history, make recommendations based on the interests not just of the user but also a community of similar-minded users.

 

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Soon, Mobile Connectivity All Along Highways

The highways ministry has initiated the process to provide Seamless cellphone connectivity along the entire stretch of 72000 kms long National Highways and emergency help, even in black-out zones by dialing a 3-digit emergency number.

Senior highways ministry officials said that a policy ought to be introduced to allow construction of mobile towers in different zones by the telecom infrastructure providers on build operate and transfer (BOT) mode so that multiple service providers can avail of the facility across the country.

Along with this, the government will make it a pre-condition that all the mobile phone service providers must extend the facility to their users to call a three-digit singular number across the country for emergencies on the lines of 911 in the USA.

Stakeholders, including TRAI and government-owned mobile phone service providers and NHAI have supported the move. Sources said BSNL representatives have claimed that their network covers almost 58,000km of NH stretches.

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“Metro Man” E. Sreedharan Retires As DMRC Chief

79-year-old E Sreedharan, credited with creating the Delhi Metro network that has changed the way Delhiites travel, retired on 31st December as head of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). He retired after having worked in government service for over 58 years of which 16 years he spent in Delhi Metro.

Sreedharan was scheduled to retire in 2000, but was requested repeatedly by the Delhi government to continue as DMRC chief. He was given five extensions so that work on Delhi Metro's Phase I and II was not hindered.

Mangu Singh, 56 and the Metro's Director (Works) who oversaw the construction of the showcase Airport Express Metro, will be Sreedharan's successor.

After his retirement, Sreedharan plans to spend his post-retirement days in his native village in the Thrissur district of Kerala.

Under Sreedharan’s leadership, the Delhi Metro grew leaps and bounds since it began operations in 2002 with its network now spreading across the National Capital Region. After its launch in 2002, Delhi Metro slowly added several corridors to its network over the years thus bringing satellite cities of Noida, Gurgaon and Ghaziabad closer to the national capital and is now catering to 20 lakh passengers a day.

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99th ISC Concluded @ BBSR, University Of Calcutta To Host Centenary ISC

 

The 99th Indian Science Congress concluded at Bhubaneshwar on 7th January with Children’s Science Congress and Women’s Science Congress. Shri B Hari Gopal, Adviser, Science and Technology to the Prime Minister took charge from Smt Geetha Bali, outgoing President of 99th Indian Science Congress. The Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh will be the President of the 100th Indian Science Congress which will be held at Kolkata next year.

The 99th edition of ISC was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday. More than 15,000 delegates, including scientists and students participated in the January 3-7 event held at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT University). The theme of the conference was "Science and Technology for Inclusive Innovation - Role of Women". Along with the event Women’s Science Congress and Children’s Science Congress were also organised.

The five-day event witnessed 35 special lectures and 30 plenary sessions and panel discussions, a 'Pride of India' expo and other programmes. Experts from various science and technology related fields took part in the event which saw a huge attendance of school children from across the country. Around 250 delegates from abroad including NRIs and several noble laureates participated in the ISC.

 

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Gone Skiing!

Winter is here, the vacations are dear, Christmas and the New Year are near! With the end-semester exams having just concluded and the month-long vacation just begun, the Monday Morning team wishes all it's readers a very fruitful time during the vacations. We also take this opportunity to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year in advance! We will start afresh with news, views and lots more from the world of NITR when we return next semester with brand new issues of Monday Morning. In the meantime, we will continue to give LIVE placement updates during the month of December.

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Monday Morning turns 5!


Actions speak louder than words, they say and say it aptly too. Ironically though, ‘actions and words’ is what defines Monday Morning in the true sense. We, at Monday Morning truly believe that our work, a big chunk of which is playing with ‘words’ should speak for us, while we quietly go about our business of giving you the very best at NITR, week after week, year after year. But this one time, we make a slight exception. Monday Morning has completed five years of existence and we wish that, for a change, we celebrate and celebrate with you, our esteemed readers.
As with everything else on this campus, Monday Morning too has an interesting history. Innovative ideas give rise to revolution and revolution brings about change. Envisioning a student newsletter is no mean feat and reporters to the core, we decided to do some digging to search for, what arguably are, pages from the lost diary of Monday Morning. Buried underneath a number of contacts, we found a few proud alumni, who had given birth to this fledgling idea.
“Saurabh Sinha, Akhil KR and few other seniors from the 2006 batch had this idea initially but failed to bring it to reality in their 2nd year. So, the next year when I and Chinmoy Mohapatra from the 2007 batch were in our 2nd year they gave us this idea and it stuck. We had to try really hard and negotiate with Prof. BD Sahoo and other faculty to buy into this idea and get it started by the following year.”- says Srinivas Ron, one of the founders of Monday Morning, humbly giving credit to his seniors. True, we are all deeply indebted to Saurabh Sinha, Akhil KR and those few eminent alumni for having this idea in the first place. Without them, we would never have come into existence in the first place. Chinmoy Mohapatra and Srinivas Ron were the pioneering founders of this official student newsletter in the year 2006. The first issue of Monday Morning was published in September, 2006, though we are unsure of the exact date. You might ask, why celebrate a birthday now when you started off in September. The honest answer from the present team is that we didn’t wake up before September ended. But, what better way to celebrate, than with the final issue of the semester, after a good hard semester’s fairly successful work.
“We took the help of Ashok S.O from the 2008 batch to design the first layout and Chinmoy had some HTML knowledge as well so we pieced it together and got it done in collaboration.” Thus kicked off Monday Morning, a basic HTML online newsletter, becoming the first official student body of this Institute, not to mention, for the students, of the students and by the students. But, not before it met some stiff resistance from the administration and the powers that be. Initially there was a lot of opposition from faculty members on this as they thought one more newsletter is no good. Many of them felt that giving permission to host a website to students is irresponsible and will result in inappropriate material to get uploaded. So there were a lot of concerns. “But Prof. Sarangi, our Director believed in us and stood by us through out. Also later, Prof Ipsita Das from the humanities and social sciences department was instrumental in streamlining the news collection and publishing process. We also received a lot of technical inputs from Prof SK Patra of ECE department.” We take this opportunity to thank Prof. Ipsita Das, Prof. S.K. Patra and the omnipresent Prof. Sarangi, our Director.
The idea of a weekly newsletter was very new back then and our seniors had to struggle a lot to make it see the light of day. Yet, they were afraid that Monday Morning would not survive, because of the sheer amount of hard work and dedication required to be put. But, call it our good fortune or simply the hard work of the next few batches, Monday Morning grew from a basic HTML newsletter, both in content and features. The readership increased with each passing issue, as did the popularity. The website has seen a lot of changes, from the new look in 2009 to the blue themed, ‘new logoed’ site in 2010 to the Joomla templated professional look in 2011, MM has seen it all. This has been the result of coordinated efforts and innovative idea from numberous collaborative brainstorming sessions. Of course, it has helped tremendously to have had a glorious technical team, with an illustrious line of Technical Coordinators who have given life to every idea the Chief Coordinators have suggested and along with their own technical expertise, balanced and maintained the design of the website in style.
Today, the Monday Morning team is a dedicated bunch of NITRians, composed of roughly 20 sophomore members, three Chief-Coordinators from the pre-final year and one Technical Coordinator striving to achieve professionalism. But, the true Monday Morning team is a family consisting of everyone past and present who have contributed in taking this newsletter to where it is today. Every year, a dedicated batch passes out, an emotional batch hands over the mantle to the sophomores and an excited batch gets ready to be welcomed into the family. And every year, we strive to go one step better than where we were at the end of last year. With Birthday wishes from Director Sir and Chief Warden Prof. K. C. Pati, we only wish all NITRians celebrate this momentous occasion with us. We welcome any feedback and suggestions, which you might be having and we promise to give you nothing but the very best. New sections, new features and new news, we still have miles to go, but unlike Robert Frost, Monday Morning will never sleep.

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Eve Teasing

Some shocking incidents have occurred in the premises of our institute. They are shocking because nothing of this sort was ever expected to happen in an esteemed institute like NIT. Girls are being harassed on their way back to the hostel during the twilight hours. The roads which were assumed to be safe because they have faculty quarters lined up on both sides have become preferred areas for eve-teasing.
Many incidents have come into light: maniacs cropping out of the bushes along the roads and blocking the path of the girls, trying to hurt them by hitting on the face and head. Men on bikes have tried harassing the girls returning on cycles. Girls allege that they have screamed out aloud when such incidents take place but hardly any security guard is seen anywhere and neither do people walking on roads come and help them.  Roads near Ladies Hostel are also not safe as girls have complained that bikers hit them hard on their back and speed away. The road joining the newly built main gate and front post is also one of the dreaded areas for girls as it has no street lights.
The peak hour of all these activities is the time when load shedding occurs and darkness envelopes the whole campus,
leaving the girls as vulnerable preys to the anti-socials. The General Secretary of the KMS Hall of Residence was approached regarding this issue. She explained that this was brought to the notice of the warden, who had suggested approaching the Director. The Director has promised that the security would be made tighter. The Security Officer was called in and given instructions. As some consolation, the General Secretary of C.V Raman Hall told Monday Morning that no such incident had happened to any of the girls there.
This incident has certainly forced the girls’ community to the height that now; they dread to step out of their hostels after sunset as if NIT campus is hit by curfew!

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Of Feedback, Fests and Eve-Teasing

 

 

With some serious issues and seeking some serious answers Monday Morning approached the Director for one last Director’s Desk this semester.
MM: Monday Morning heard that Prof. B. B. Biswal, Head of TnP is coming to the end of his term and will be succeeded by someone else. Is it true? If yes, then who shall be succeeding him and with effect from when?
DD: It’s true but not in that language. A placement professor is not assigned temporarily. He was a full time placement professor. We advertised for a professor for training and placement; he was a mechanical engineer at the then University College of Engineering, Burla, looking after training and placement there. On the strength of his experience and qualification of mechanical engineer of repute, he was selected as professor in charge of training and placement here. Then he got bored with the job and we opened a new department – Industrial Design and he has now joined the department as the Head of the Department, as well as looking after placement as a second responsibility. Now we will advertise for a full time placement professor and hopefully we will get an equally good replacement.


MM: How does the feedback that we fill in, help in improving academics? What is the mechanism of processing it and how is it incorporated?
DD: Feedback is always necessary and the several queries in the feedback form help in correction. There is an erroneous impression that it is the evaluation of the teacher by students. It is not true. It is a process of providing better input to the students. It is also known that the student is not necessarily the best judge of what is required for him, but this is an important element of decision making. After all these are grown up and responsible students, who may not visualise everything, but they visualise a lot of things; and when it is the feedback of say 100 students, it definitely means something. There are many points a teacher may correct next time or this time. In certain issues, the department should make changes, like maintenance of lab etc. There are several inputs available to the management through feedback. Previously it was taken almost at the end of the semester, but now it is a definite practice just after the mid-sem, so that it will be beneficial to the students as well. The feedback is made online and students are pressurised to fill it so that it could be published and it could help the students to decide for open elective courses. Nobody wants unhappy students, and if a teacher finds too many students unhappy, he may make mid- course correction strategy. There is a general apprehension that a strict teacher will get a poor rating from the students, while one who is liberal in correction will get good ratings. But experience shows that a large group of students behave very responsibly in every organisation. A teacher, who listens to students, gives time, is compassionate and explains patiently, overall gets good rating of students. And that’s the virtue we want, we want them to be responsive. Better marks do not necessarily buy better ratings, and even when they buy they could be detected by other indications. We have been doing it for years, but now it will be done more seriously and the average scores will be counted by experts and considered for promotion of professors. So, students should do their job seriously and it has absolutely confidentiality. When published, the numerical data of the feedback will be kept intact whereas the textual information will be processed, in the sense that repeat comments or ill-mannered comments will be removed. There will be a central committee that will be looking after it, but the computer will have no memory of students from whom the feedback came as there is no mechanism to store the information, maintaining the confidentiality.


MM: The International Students’ Meet has become a part of our annual calendar. Is there a proper body that has been set-up for deciding the organization of this international event? And if there is plan for any such body, will it come under SAC? Who will be the members?
DD:
I’m not the competent authority to answer that. I don’t think any such body has been formed. It was done first time last year and it is a part of SAC. I don’t believe that appropriate homework has been done. A system has to be created. All societies have a role to play, so they have to be put together. A multi-societal committee will come up. The elected members and some other members will be the members of this committee. Actually some changes are supposed to take place in the SAC society. We are trying to give a more homogeneous look to the societies. For purely historic reasons, we have a Film and Music Society and a Literary and Cultural Society, such that music is part of FMS and dance is part of the Cultural Society. To me it appears a poor split of two related entities. Now this is going to be redefined. Dance and its organization take a big chunk of effort, therefore the split in history. But I’m sad to know that the student activity conveners of all the societies except sports are taking it as a student entertainment society rather than a student activity society. They are putting much more effort in organising a good show of celebrity, may it be a music, stunt or technical celebrity, for the students to sit down and watch in the auditorium, than organising something to do by themselves. I’m not saying that students shouldn’t get entertained, but to watch a cricket match is entertaining while to play cricket is far more exciting. The same could be said for singing, dancing and other extra- curriculars. The co-operation from students in doing things is far less than in organising and watching things. I would prefer a place where “doing” is dominant. I’m unhappy about it but the sports society isn’t guilty of this, they have intra NIT events.


MM: Presently eve-teasing and harassment to girls has become an issue of concern and tension among the girls. There is a request from the girls that can the timings of power cut be shifted to durations when there is total daylight, that is before 5pm?
DD:
We are taking 2 steps. Firstly, we are working with the electricity department to obtain a 10 km, 33kV power line from Chhend to NIT. We are facing a problem regarding that. One line exists, through which power is presently supplied and we are talking to WESCO such that we spend money and make it to a big tower, with two circuits on a single tower. These two functions may take another 1 year. Two 0.5 megawatts generators are already in the campus and hopefully by January one will be functional; due to technical constraints it is taking time. They are supposed to take care of the academic area, and we are trying to connect one to the hostel area and the other to the street lights. For the short run we have technically examined the generator in the guest house, to connect it to the street lights from Mangala Mandir gate up to the Ladies Hostel- KMS and also to CVR. Security has been increased near the girls’ hostel. There is one thing which is actually bothering me; we had a tradition of servant quarters behind the professor’s house. As the ground disparities are subsiding, servant quarters are not being populated by servants actually working in the families. They are somehow populated with people who have nothing to do with this work. In today’s economy an honest serious person who is having enough work has enough income not to live in those extremely tiny houses. It’s only the drunk people, who waste most of their money and cannot even afford a place to stay, will reside in our immensely small servant quarters. They don’t have a socio-moral sense. They pose a danger, a threat to us. Gradually these will be done away with, but this will take some time.


MM: Why does our technical and cultural fest continue only for a couple of days? Our technical fest, Innovision was very successful. Many students came from far off colleges and by Friday morning there were about 400 students who had reached from other technical colleges who found the day to be a complete waste. According to a poll in Monday Morning, 84% students want the fest to be a three day event without compensation class for the fourth day. Also, clashing of events was also a common complaint.
DD:
I don’t decide these issues. The co-ordinators didn’t have an apprehension in the beginning and they were not as confident about the success as it came out to be. People come from far-off places and they need feasible amount of time and I personally think that a 3 day event is perfectly doable. I feel that the fest could be a 3 day event and we can do away with the off day, which isn’t a practise in any other institution, because it is not so tiring that you require an off day. We shouldn’t squander away our time and unnecessarily suffer on a Saturday. So if there is a popular awareness that we should have a three day event, we can surely have it, and classes on the next day, as for the young people, they could have worked very hard but one night’s sleep is sufficient for class on the following morning.


MM: Why wasn’t Guru Nanak Jayanti, which was on the 10th of November, declared a holiday for this academic year? It is a gazetted holiday and the most auspicious festival for Sikhs, also celebrated in many other states.
DD:
This is because you didn’t question me why there is a 5 days holiday during Durga Puja! Government says that 19 days have to be allotted as holiday and during Durga Puja generally students go home and there is a natural tendency to bunk classes. So we give 5 days off then. Beyond a few compulsory holidays, we have the option to choose from others. Last year we had omitted Janmashtami as a holiday. I got a phone call from a Sikh student regarding this. A day holiday was granted to the student on demand. But things are not desired to happen this way. We have a committee who decides about the academic holiday list every year. Till date students were not a part of it, but from this year students have been included. V. K. Rohit and Chanchal Chandra are nominated this year. Henceforth “Nuakhai” which is a festival of west Odisha will also be observed as a holiday, to express that we are a part of the community where we exist.


MM: The doctors in the Dispensary (for instance Dr. Pradhan) generally don’t entertain patients if they come at say, 11:45am because the closing time is Noon. If the doctors continue with such an attitude where will the sick students go in case of an emergency?
DD:
If it has happened it is unfortunate, but don’t be parochial. Dr. Pradhan can say this to anyone, it is not a matter of students only. Doctors are supposed to visit you at home also. If he is expected to and willing to see you at home, then he is definitely going to see you there. But if Dr. Pradhan is not there, go to Dr. Nayak, he is the head of the dispensary. Actually our situation is little undesirable at the moment. This is because 2 of the 3 doctors are in contract and another is leaving this March. But we have put up advertisements for new doctors. They will be selected in January, interview calls have already been made. There are also a few more things coming up. The space in the dispensary has been increased and additional rooms have been added. We will be having four doctors and that includes an eye doctor, a dentist, one gynaecologist and one medicine doctor. So it will look after the needs of the student community in a much better way.

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Washed away by freshers!

The freshers have completely dominated the Inter-Hall swimming competitions this year! Sweeping every other event other than the 200m freestyle where G.D.B. Hall bagged the bronze, they have emerged as the winners of every other individual event of the tournament. In some events like the 50 m breast stroke and 50 m back stroke, they finished the race in less than half the time it took their seniors to finish! Considering the fact that last year during the inter-NIT competitions, the only event in which our institute was able to put up a fight was swimming. Last year, we were the runners up in the swimming competition; hopefully this year along with the skilful swimmers amongst the first years we may snatch a historic win for the institute.

100m Free Style

S.No.    Name                           Position   Hall     Timing
1.         Dibyojyoti Baruah        1st            GDB    01:17:00
2.         Budhi Man Shingda     2nd          HBH    01:19:00
3.         Abhishek Sahoo           3rd           HBH    01:33:00


100m Back Stroke
S.No.   Name                          Position    Hall      Timing
1.        Tejavathu Ramesh    1st             GDB      01:59:00
2.        Y. S. Rajath                  2nd            DBA      02:30:00
3.        Govind Upman           3rd             HBH      03:11:00

100m Breast Stroke
S.No.    Name                              Position    Hall      Timing
1.         Sahil Suhag                    1st             GDB      01:48:00
2.         Ashish Khandeparker   2nd            HBH      01:54:00
3.         Pankaj Rathi                   3rd             VS          02:03:00

50m Back Stroke
S.No.    Name                                Position    Hall      Timing
1.         Tejavathu Ramesh          1st              GDB     00:49:26
2.         Pankaj Rathi                      2nd            VS        00:60:00
3.         Deependra Kumar Ban   3rd             MV        01:29:00

200m Breast Stroke
S.No.     Name                                Position    Hall       Timing
1.          Sahil Suhag                      1st              GDB       04:13:00
2.          Ashish Khandeparker     2nd             HBH      04:40:00
3.          Pankaj Rathi                     3rd              VS          05:03:00

50m Free Style
S.No.     Name                           Position   Hall      Timing
1.          Dibyojyoti Baruah        1st            GDB     00:33:55
2.          Abhishek Sahoo          2nd           HBH     00:36:00
3.          Hemendra Patel          3rd            MV        00:41:00


50m Breast Stroke
S.No.      Name                          Position      Hall       Timing
1.           Dibyojyoti Baruah       1st                GDB      00:43:18
2.           Sahil Suhag                 2nd              GDB      00:50:55
3.           Govind Upman            3rd               HBH      01:17:00

50m Butterfly
S.No.      Name                            Position   Hall        Timing
1.           Ajeet Bahadur Singh   1st             GDB       00:45:50
2.           Budhi Man Shingda     2nd            HBH       00:45:62
3.           Govind Upman             3rd             HBH       00:53:78

200m Free Style
S.No.      Name                            Position    Hall        Timing
1.           Budhi Man Shingda     1st             HBH       03:24:00
2.           Abhishek Sahoo           2nd            HBH       04:07:00
3.           Tejavathu Ramesh       3rd            GDB       04:37:00

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NMD-2011: Duo from Final Year to Present Paper

National Metallurgists’ Day is celebrated every year on the 14th of November coinciding with the birthdate of Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of the nation; and a great visionary and statesman par excellence. The 49th National Metallurgists’ Day (NMD) and the 65th Annual Technical Meeting (ATM) of the Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) will be held from 13th to 16th November 2011 at the sprawling Leonia International Centre for Exhibitions and Conventions Shameerpet, Hyderabad.
This year’s NMD-ATM composite event is being organised by the Hyderabad Chapter of the IIM in association with the students’ chapters of NIT Warangal, MGIT Hyderabad and JNTU Hyderabad.

Two students from the final year of the Metallurgical and Materials Department – Anup Agarwal and Sudhir Saha had their paper selected for an oral presentation in the NMD-ATM 2011 event titled “Is fractal dimension a true quantifier of microstructure?” The students had earlier done their summer training in National Metallurgical Laboratory on the same topic. Fractal dimension is a whole new concept which is still under research and scientists are working on this area so that fractal analysis can be used in future for quantification of microstructures.

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Ph. D. degree Awarded to 2 Scholars

This past week, two students from the department were awarded Ph. D. degrees. The final viva-voce was concluded successfully on 8th and 9th November. The 2 scholars were Yougotjoti Nayak and Jyoti Prakash Nayak.
Yougotjoti was working on the topic: “Hydroxy apatite-TZP composites: Processing, Mechanical Properties, Microstructure and in-vitro Bioactivity” under the guidance of Prof. S. Bhattacharya. While, Jyoti Prakash Nayak who was working on the topic: “Preparation and Characterisation of Bioactive silica based ceramics derived from Rice Husk Ash” completed his thesis under Prof. J.Bera.

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Superb Super Dream!

The campus is still abuzz. CIL sent out waves by recruiting 90 from 4 departments. Details of that, and others:
12th November 2011

HONDA SIEL

Category: Dream Company
Students Shortlisted: 9
B. Tech
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

1. Chandni
2. Priya Singh
3. Gayatri Yadav
4. Anshika Srivastav
5. Sudhir Saha
Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering
1. Darshani Rautray
2. GJK Chaitanya
Mechanical Engineering
1. Praveen Kumar
2. Ashish Padhi
Final round interview is in Kolkata on Wednesday, 16th November, 2011.

 


12th November 2011
COAL INDIA LIMITED

Category: Super Dream
CTC: 6.9 Lpa
Students Recruited: 90
B. Tech
Civil Engineering

1. Sudhir Kumar Jena
2. Niladri Bihari Mahanty
3. R. Surendra Dikshith
4. Ankush Bansal
5. Dipayan Choudhary
6. Ankur Agarwal
7. Arpan Sen
8. Praval Priyaranjan
9. Rishabh Kashyap
10. Debasis Basa
11. Somya Ranjan Nayak
12. Abhisek Agarwal
13. Saujanya Kumar Sahu

Mechanical Engineering
1. Tanmaya Kumar Nayak
2. Rahul Chanap
3. Mohan Charan Sethi
4. Deepak Behera
5. Manoj kumar Beidar
6. Ajay Shankar Suman
7. Rohit Kumar Gautam
8. Ashutosh Sharan
9. Satya Prakash Pradhan
10. Ayush Poddar
11. Ankit Singh
12. Kushagra Nigam
13. Prashant Singh
14. Sudhir Kumar Panigrahi
15. Pratik Mishra
16. Rahul Ranjan

Electrical Engineering
1. Biswajeet Panda
2. Prakash Mallick
3. Bibek Mishra
4. Deepak Kumar Singh
5. Satyajeet Nayak
6. Abhijeet Haldar
7. Bedaprakash Ratha
8. Bibhu Prasanna Kar
9. Tushar Mishra
10. Ayenampudi Praveen Varma
11. Vishwarath Bhadauria
12. Alok Kumar Tulsian
13. Sarthak Patnaik
14. Shiladitya Saha
15. Gaurav Agarwal
16. Janmejaya Hota
17. Debayan Chakraborty
18. Arya Kumar Swagat Ranjan Swain
19. Ashit Kumar Swain
20. Ajit Kumar Satpathy
21. Deepakraj Sahu
22. Sourabh Kumar
23. Vinit Kumar Gupta
24. Rosan Maria
25. Jyoti Ranjan Behera
26. Rajesh Kumar Barik
27. Regan Kumar Sethi
28. Sourav Anand Sethi
29. Manjeet Vashistha Kanojiya
30. Samrat Suna
31. Bijoyprakash MaJhi
32. Chaitanya Prasad Murmu
33. Banoth Madhu
34. Kanhu Charan Patra

Mining Engineering

1. C V Krishna Prasad
2. Sabyasachi Prakash
3. Goutam Chandra Saha
4. Rajat Kumar Sahu
5. Hitesh Mishra
6. Samay Rashmi Nanda
7. Balaji Vemana
8. Ashesh Raghav
9. Maharshi Bhaduri
10. Saswat Satchidananda
11. Debasis Rath
12. Samrat Dutta
13. Sourav Choudhury
14. Sukalyan Das
15. Bitanshu Das
16. Satyajit Rout
17. Harshit Agarwal
18. Anshuman Das
19. Arya Pragyan
20. Prakash Prabhakar
21. Manas Ranjan Sethi
22. Manas Ranjan Bhoi
23. Santosh Kumar Mirdha
24. Sunil Kumar Singh
25. Bhanja Kishore Sa
26. Pitoshe Sumi
27. Sobhagya Sahoo

 


11th November 2011
ESSEL MINING

Category: Dream
CTC: 4.6 Lpa
Students Recruited: 8
B. Tech
Mining Engineering

1. Maharshi Bhaduri
2. Ashesh Raghav
3. Satyajit Rout
4. Sukalyan Das
Mechanical Engineering
1. Tapan Kumar Haldigundi
Electrical Engineering
1. Mahesh Prasad Mishra
2. Sarthak Patnaik
Civil Engineering
1. Sudhir Kumar Jena

 



5th November 2011
HINDALCO

 

Category: Normal
CTC: 4.2 Lpa (After training)
Students Recruited: 12
B. Tech
Metallurgical and Materials Engg.

1. Priya Singh
Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering
1. Suman Saurav Dikshit
2. Asutosh Mishra
3. Parul Pradhan
Mining Engineering
1. Saurav Choudhary
2. Hitesh Mishra
3. Satyajit Rout
Mechanical Engineering
1. Ajay Suman
2. Sanjog Barik
Electrical Engineering
1. Pallavi Behera
Ceramic Engineering
1. Abinash Lenka
Chemical Engineering
1. Kreeti Das

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Interhall Tennis: disappointing show

 

The interhall tennis tournament ended last Tuesday, the 8th. The final was played between M. S. S Hall and V. S. Hall and the ties were dominated by V. S. Hall who emerged champions. The fresher talent pool in tennis was disappointing with just one noticeable player. The winning V. S. Hall team members are Ram Prateek, Saswat Sambit, Harshdeep Singh and Aamir Shams.    Overall it was a disappointing show with not enough participation. M. V. Hall was unable to even form a team to represent the hall due to lack of players. Some other halls had what are informally called “dummy players” who barely knew how to play the game but were selected just to fulfil the minimum criteria of forming a team of at least 3 players to represent a hall. Unfortunately, tennis is not a very popular sport among the students because most of them have never played the game before, some try to learn the game during their college life but the dilapidated conditions of the tennis courts along with the lack of a coach or other students for guidance shatters the motivation of most students. With only three cement courts in the institute with one of the court’s net in a bad condition, there are only two courts to play in, currently.  These two courts have developed large cracks, which ruin the whole fun of the game; the ball bounces unevenly in the court and when it hits a crack, it becomes totally unpredictable. Just like the basketball courts the tennis courts were also expected to be refurbished for the interhall matches but it was neglected. Now, it seems the students will have to manage with the present courts until the interhall competitions next year.

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DST Meeting@Cera Dept

An important summit held last week that went fairly unnoticed was the half yearly review meeting of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. Of India which was hosted by our institute this time. It was a 2 day affair, i.e. 8th and 9th November, and was organised by the Ceramic Engineering department as an initiative taken by Prof. H. S. Maity, Ceramic Dept., who also happens to be the chairman of the DST.
The meeting primarily discussed some new and innovative projects in the field of ceramic engineering, taken up by researchers and scientists from across the country and also reviewed the progress of some of the on-going projects. The meeting saw footfalls from experts across the country. 15 new projects, with funds spanning over a range of 10 lacs to nearly 4 Crores of rupees, were sanctioned. Incidentally 2 projects from NIT-Rourkela were passed as well. Also, 10 other on-going projects were reviewed during the conference.

On being enquired about the reviews, the participating experts and faculties from outside seemed quite happy and satisfied. The meeting, held for the first time in our institute, is surely seen as a step forward in the direction of providing global exposure to our Institute.

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Prof. S. Mohanty Bags Homi Bhabha Junior Fellowship


Prof. Seemita Mohanty, Department of Humanities has received HOMI BHABHA Junior Fellowship-2011. The fellowship provides a 2 year project, supported by TATA TRUST COLLABORATION with FORD FOUNDATION. She will be working on “Tribal Folk Culture and Literature of Western Orissa”.
This esteemed foundation provides 6 annual fellowships, which includes varied fields. Prof. Mohanty submitted her report early in the year, and was then selected to attend the interview held in Bombay House, Mumbai.
The project will commence on December, 2011 and will continue till 2013. She will continue with her professorship in NIT ROURKELA, and will be simultaneously working on her project.
On a differnt note, Prof. A.K. Rath, Department of Humanities has received his PhD degree from Central University, Hyderabad, on “Indian English Literature”.

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WAR OF BANDS

 

 

Film and Music Society, NIT Rourkela, organized ‘WAR OF BANDS’ on Friday, 11th November, 2011 in B. B. Auditorium. Three bands from the Institute performed at the event. The show saw the debut of ‘Satanic Insanity’, a new band at NITR. The other two bands which participated were Heartbeats and Euphony. The show commenced at 7:30 pm amidst a decent turnout.
Euphony performed Aahatien from Agnee and songs from the movie Rockstar. Heartbeats performed a breathtaking fusion and a medley. Satanic Insanity covered ‘My heart will go on…’ by Celine Dion and ‘Zombie’ from Cranberries, which brought back memories of the Roxygen, NITR’s metal band erst!
But due to technical problems, the bands as well as the audience could not thoroughly enjoy the performances. Film & Music Society assured that the sound systems will be taken care of in the future, which caused a problem due to lack of proper technicians during the show. Also, Garden Feasts in four Halls played spoilsport and it wouldn’t be wrong to say the event could have been more appropriately scheduled.

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Professor Attended International Conference in France

Prof. Samir Kumar Patra, H.O.D of life science Department attended the prestigious EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) conference on “Histone variants and genome organization”.
The conference was held on 12th -14th October, 2011 in Strasbourg, France. The workshop covered broad aspects of the biology and structural variations of histones and their impact in cellular processes.

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Interhall Volleyball

The Inter-Hall matches for volleyball were conducted successfully in the institute. M.V. Hall emerged as the winner of the tournament defeating V. S. Hall. The final was an interesting match with M.V. hall losing the first set. Blaming failure on lack of co-ordination, they regrouped and managed to win the next 3 consecutive sets to gain victory with a final score of 3-1. Just like the other sports, a new coach has been appointed for volleyball too. Players are not entirely satisfied with the coach who lacks the physical fitness to demonstrate the proper techniques while playing the game, but he compensates for that weakness with his experience in the sport. A few promising players from amongst the first years also played in the tournament. Hopefully along with the new coach appointed for volleyball we can have a better team representing our institute during the upcoming inter-NIT tournament.

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Another Rio Tinto: Bikash Mohanty


“Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility, and commitment.” - Henry Ross Perot.

Inspired by these very words, Bikash Mohanty, one of the two who brought laurels to the institute by making it to the most awaited company for placements this year, Rio Tinto, talked about just that; success, balance, humility and commitment.

Brought up amidst the serene peace of Sunabeda, Odisha, motivated and guided by parents, Bikash grew up to be self-dependent. While his parents shaped his character, he did his best at academics, obtained above average results and participated in a panorama of extracurricular activities. His schooling is from VSV (Vyomyana Samastha Vidyalaya) Sunabeda and he completed his twelfth from DAV Public School Jeypore, Odisha.

Fickle and stubborn young boy Bikash, grew to an angry young teenager and is now a health conscious, calm and composed disciplinarian. A routine swimmer, the institute’s tennis captain, an orator par excellence, a guitarist in the institute band Euphony, nominated general convener for SAC, and a member of Institute Student Disciplinary Committee; Bikash also represents NIT Rourkela in inter NIT badminton tournaments. An unrelenting jogger, he also plays table tennis and is passionate about cliff jumping and rafting. This adventure lover has a keen interest in a rare sport – Parkour, which has been aptly portrayed by Akshay Kumar in one of the earlier Thumbs’ Up ads.

For having achieved a fantasy dream job in Rio Tinto, this humble young man says, “Sometimes to get success in small events it takes a lot of struggle; but sometimes to get success in bigger ones is just a cake walk”. Second ranker in the Mechanical batch of 2008-12, he firmly believes in consistent effort and best performance in every sphere of life. “Rio Tinto was not the fruit of a month’s efforts”, he says. He developed his fluency in English from debating, practical knowledge from SAE, and his confidence from a week long selection procedure, by SSB (Service Selection Board) of the National Defence Academy. Every aspect summed up- the output is what he has achieved today. Away from NIT Rourkela, he was either interning at some company, or at some other NIT, playing badminton or tennis tournaments. He had attended an international confer