Engineering students file online petition against JNTU Hyderabad over 'faulty' evaluation
Engineering students in Telangana are agitated over ‘faulty’ evaluation by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad as an online petition filed by the students has gathered over 6,900 supporters in a period of three days.
The university declared the first semester examination results on February 7, following which thousands of students have raised objections over the way the answer sheets have been corrected.
Many students claim that they failed the examination despite attempting several questions in detail. “I am an above average student as I secured aggregate of 86 percent in diploma. However, corrections made by JNTU reveals that I have failed in all subjects apart from two laboratory examinations,” said Venkat, an engineering student who started a debate on social media platform, gathering immense support from fellow students. Many students have also changed their profile pictures stating ‘I am against JNTU correction’.
Even in the online petition, addressed to the Vice-Chancellor of JNTU Hyderabad, Venugopal Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister of Telangana, Kadiyam Srihari, and Minister of Information Technology, KT Rama Rao, an ‘anonymous JNTUH victim’, has explained how he got only 16 marks despite attempting questions of 60 marks.
Students also claim that the university makes a lot of money through re-evaluation and hence gives less marks to students. “The university doesn’t care about our marks. It mints money in the name of re-evaluation and supplementary examination fee,” said Venkatesh Gotte, a Computer Science student of the Sri Chaitanya College of Engineering.
Agitated students of the Keshav Memorial Institute of Technology (KMIT) and the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology, (MGIT) Hyderabad held protests on February 10, in their college premises demanding efficiency in the evaluation process.More than 500 students gathered at KMIT's football ground and raised slogans of ‘we want justice’. Taking the protest forward, few students are also planning to hold a massive rally in the next few days in Hyderabad to make their voices heard.
When contacted N Yadaiah, RRegistrar of JNTU, Hyderabad, he said – “The percentage of such students complaining about the evaluation process is meager. We have taken every step to make the evaluation process efficient. Even the faculty members are chosen by the college managements themselves.
However, if we get official complaints from students, we will look into the same.”Link to the online petition: https://www.change.org/p/students-jntuh-exam-papers-evaluation-faulty-system?
British Council announces Rs 8.38 cr scholarships for Indian students
With an aim to attract more Indian students to pursue higher education in the United Kingdom, the British Council announced Great Scholarships 2017 worth Rs 8.38 crore in Hyderabad on Monday. As part of the ‘Great Britain’ campaign, the council has come up with a new proposition ‘Study UK: Discover You’ wherein students can avail of 198 Great Scholarships in subject areas ranging from art and design to engineering, to law and management. A total pf 29 under-graduate and 169 post-graduate scholarships will be provided in various fields.
Telangana EAMCET to be held on May 12, PGECET on May 30
The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad (JNTU-H) will hold the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) on May 12, Post-Graduate Common Entrance Test (PGECET) on May 30 and Engineering Common Entrance Test (ECET) on May 6, declared the Telangana State Council of Higher Education on Thursday.
For more information, read here: https://www.pagalguy.com/news/telangana-eamcet-to-be-held-on-may-12-pgecet-on-may-30-5916329200582656
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Indian students encouraged to avail of EU's Erasmus+ scholarships for short-term / Masters' programmes
European universities have opened fresh opportunities for Indian students as a delegation of the European Union (EU) to India held a workshop in Hyderabad yesterday (November 28) to woo more students for the Eamrus+ scholarships.
Eamrus+ is the main programme of EU supporting education, training, youth and sport. It offers scholarships to Indian students to pursue short-term / Masters’ programme in any of the European universities.
Read more about it here: https://www.pagalguy.com/news/eu-universities-offer-scholarships-to-indian-students-5737304389844992
Fee to four top engineering colleges in Telangana subject to HC outcome
The four top engineering colleges in Telangana have moved the Hyderabad High Court against the fee structure fixed by the Telangana Admission Fee Regulatory Committee (TAFRC) for the block period 2016 to 2019. The list includes: Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology (CBIT), Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology, Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology and Vasavi College of Engineering and Technology.
The Telangana government earlier this month declared the fee structure for all engineering colleges. While a majority of colleges agreed upon the fee structure fixed by the government, the top engineering colleges were irked by the decision. While the CBIT is the only engineering college from Telangana to have made it to the list of top 100 colleges in the National Institutional Ranking Framework, the management expressed its discontent on the fee structure fixed by the state government. "The TAFRC increased the fees by only Rs 200 for the three year block period. While the fee structure was Rs 1,13,300 last year, the government has increased it up to Rs 1,13,500 this year. It is unfair as we are in no position to pay our teachers as per the 7th pay commission," said Malakonda Reddy, president of CBIT Society.
Similar reasons were given by other engineering colleges as they claimed how the government has failed to consider additional expenses that the management incurs.
With the colleges moving court, the fee to these four colleges is now subjected to the outcome of the HC. In a notification issued by the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad (JNTU-H), the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) convenor NV Ramana Rao has clarified that students will have to pay the differential amount depending on the outcome of the writ petitions filed by the colleges. "There shall be an interim direction to the convenor that, while giving admissions, shall notify students about their impending liability to pay the differential amount, if any, depending on the result of the writ petitions. In addition, the petitioner-managements are entitled to obtain an undertaking from each of the students to the same effect," reads the HC order.
The JNTU-H has extended the date for exercising web options for engineering seats to July 28. As per the official data provided by the Eamcet convenor, there are total 25,862 seats vacant in the final phase of counselling out of which 23,418 are engineering seats. Seats for the final phase will be allotted on Friday (July 29) and students have to report at respective colleges on July 31. Classes for engineering courses are scheduled to begin from August 1.
IIT-Hyderabad gears up for orientation programme from July 27-31
The Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad is geared up for the orientation programme to be held on July 27 and July 31 as a fresh batch of engineering students report to the institute on Tuesday. The orientation programme is aimed to introduce freshers' to the campus by getting them acquainted to the various facilities available, before their classes commence on August 1.
There will be an informal and cultural orientation programme on the first day at the upper deck dining hall between 5 pm to 10 pm where students can interact with each-other. On July 28, the institute has organised an institute orientation, departmental orientation during the day followed by sport activities and bonfire in the evening. In the departmental orientation, students will be given information about each department. They will be introduced to the labs, libraries, research centres etc. in each department. As far as the orientation programme goes, students will be told about the institute, academics, examination and evaluation pattern, etc.
On July 29, the institute will orient students on the National Sports Organisation (NSO) and National Service Scheme (NSS). During their first year of BTech/Integrated MSc programme, students are required to register themselves with extra-curricular activities such as NSO or NSS from 10 am to 12:30 pm. The NSS programme is aimed to inculcate social welfare among students by training them into being active volunteers in various events organised by the NSS every week. One of the major events organised by IIT-H is Vidya Daan, where first year students share their knowledge in nearby government schools. In NSO, students have to participate in sports and fitness related activities conducted throughout the year. There are inter-departmental tournaments held on campus. Apart from that, the best students in each sport are chosen to represent the college at the Inter IIT Sports Meet.
In the evening, students will have a one and a half hour interactive session with IIT-H alumni where they can clear all their doubts about the institution. The second day will conclude with Tedex and Elan orientation where students will be told about the two annual programmes that the IIT-H conducts.
On July 30, students will be informed about the E-cell, counselling cell, green office, women's cell, SPIC MACAY, Swachch Bharat etc. In the counselling cell, students will not only provided with professional counselling but also peer counselling called 'Sunshine'. The women's cell will ensure safety of women in the institute. Similarly, the E-cell is a group of entrepreneurs that helps students innovate, design and resolve entrepreneurial issues. The day will conclude with introduction of n-Vision which is a techno-management fest held by the institute in November every year.
On 31 July, students will have various sports activities followed by Sci-tech orientation on campus. There are six Sci-tech clubs related to cyber security and hack, astronomy, automobile, electronics, programming and logical reasoning and robotics.
Engineering students in Telangana to have semester system from this year
Students seeking admissions in engineering colleges affiliated with the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTU-H) will have a range of subjects from this academic year as the university has revamped the syllabus and the examination system as per the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) guidelines.
After decades of annual examination system, engineering students in Telangana will have semester system in place according to which, they will have to appear for examinations twice a year. Officials believe that the semester system will make engineering students in Telangana more serious about the course.
The university is also introducing a Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) from this year onward under which students will have a range of core and elective subjects that they can choose from. "Under CBCS, students have the freedom to choose a few subjects as electives apart from the core subjects in their particular field of specialisation. This means a student studying mechanical engineering can choose any subject from computer science or aeronautical engineering under CBCS," said BN Bhandari, director of academic planning in JNTU-H.
While the credit system will be the same, the university has fixed 90 instructional days for each semester. A total of 24 credits will be allocated for every semester. Even the evaluation system will have certain changes as per the credit system. "Until last year, the performance of students was accessed based on the credits they got. This year, the university will be grading students on the credits that they get in their exams," said Bhandari.
New syllabus has also been designed to match the changing system. The university has made a few subjects such as gender sensitisation, environmental studies and associate analytics and security analysts. The university is also planning to have subjects on industrial patents and copyrights. "In the new syllabus, few changes are being made as per the latest technology available in the market. Students will also be trained separately for the electives they choose as per the new syllabus," said Bhandari.
While classes for all the engineering students in Telangana will begin from August 2, the university is yet to finalise on the syllabus. The designed syllabus has to be approved by the executive senate after which it will be pushed for publication.
IIT-Guwahati's Technothlon to offer winners free tour to NASA
Dream of visiting the NASA in the USA? Participate in Technothlon - the nation-wide school championship which will be held by students of IIT-Guwahati across the country for students of class 9 to 12 on July 17 from 10:30 am to 1 pm.
Recognising the dire need of technical exposure for school-going students, the student fraternity of IIT-Guwahati organises Technothlon as part of their annual techno-management festival Techniche. This is the 13th edition of the tech fest which has become an event that serves as a platform for many aspiring students to expose themselves to innovation and creativity.
The championship will be held in two phases - Prelims and Mains, where the prelims phase would be conducted over 350 centres all over the nation. In Hyderabad, FIITJEE Narayanaguda, DAV Safilguda, Little Flower Junior College, Uppal and Indus Universal School, Yapral have been designated as exam centres. Those winning the championship will be offered a free guided tour to NASA in the US. "Until last year, we used to offer a cash prize to the winners of the championship, but this year, we are offering a free guided tour of NASA to the winners so as to give them better exposure," said AG Goutham, south zone chief organiser.
The students are divided into Junior squad (classes 9-10) and the Hauts squad (classes 11-12). The paper is different from that of any other competitive exams. It is based on logic, analytical ability and practical observations. Thus, the prelims require no initial preparation but spontaneity and out-of-the-box thinking capabilities. Students can participate in the prelims in a team of two from their own school / college. The top 50 teams from each squad will then be invited for the next round - Mains held during Techniche at IIT-Guwahati between September 1 and 4, where the students will be tested on more challenging grounds to bag the championship. Winners from the two squads will visit NASA.
To provide a thorough analysis on the strengths and weaknesses of the student with respect to the topics, Technothlon introduced a new initiative this year called 'TechAnalysis Report' which will help students know about their potential and will enable them to do better in future endeavours.
Interested students can register by paying Rs 100 for each team for the examination on technothlon.techniche.org. After the offline registration, participants can access Technopedia - the online module of Technothlon. These are a monthly set of questions which will help students get an idea of the papers of the championship.
Government to regulate fees for management quota seats in Telangana
There is good news for engineering aspirants in Telangana planning to get a seat under the management quota as the government has put an end to heavy tuition fee charged by private unaided colleges by issuing fresh set of guidelines this year.
For years now, private unaided colleges in Telangana have been charging as high as Rs 3 to 10 lakh for BTech seats under the management quota, which also comprises of 15% of NRI quota. However this year, the state government has barred unaided colleges from charging any excessive fee other than the one prescribed by the Telangana Admissions and Fee Regulatory Committee (TAFRC). "From this year onwards, colleges will have to collect the same amount for the management quota seats as prescribed for the convenor quota. Colleges can no longer take donations or charge any additional fee apart from the one prescribed by the government," said Rama Rao, consultant of TAFRC.
This decision comes days after the Telangana government announced the fee structure for all the engineering colleges in the state.
As per the new guidelines, parents can lodge an official complaint with the Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE), which is the competent body to regulate all private unaided colleges in the state. Colleges violating the fee structure are liable for action under AP Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admissions and Prohibition of Capitation fee) Act, 1983, (adopted by the Government of Telangana).
This is a huge relief for many students, who score low or fail to clear the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET), to gain entry into top private colleges through the management quota. While in 2014, there were nearly 12,000 students who sought admissions through the management quota, in 2015, this number went up to nearly 15,000 students. Although there are 89,055 seats in private colleges, there are high chances that many low-scorers may go for the management quota seats after final seat allotments by the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad concludes.
As per the fresh guidelines issued by the TSCHE, college managements have to facilitate a web portal for filling up of B category seats. Colleges have to notify the details of courses offered with intake, schedule of admissions (date wise), and registration fee for the application, minority or non-minority status etc. Admissions under the management quota have to be made on merit-basis and details of selected students have to upload on the web portal. Colleges have to submit the detailed list of admitted candidates to the TSCHE, who is authorised to reject the list if applications of candidates are not fulfilling the required conditions as per the selection process.