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Leveraging Engineering Education with Technology

Technology is changing at fast pace and is finding its place in daily lives, be it using GPS to reach destination, searching of a recipe, uploading your experiences of a tour, watching a movie, sharing photograph or viewing and trusting other’s experiences whom you do not know before buying a product. Education is also not untouched. Blended learning includes combining face-to-face instruction deliveries with computer-mediated teaching and learning. Question arises to what extent Technology can support engineering education in today’s scenario. Gone are the days when usage of technology in education meant usages of slides with bulleted points typed in them.

There are varieties of ways to embrace it in education. Avenues of collaborations are opened up at a wide scale with the advent of technologies. With technology, faculties and students have a variety of learning tools at their smart tops, be it laptop or smart phones. Abundant credible literature is available online in video as well as text format that can be utilized by both teachers and students. Faculties along with delivering content face to face also apprises of students about relevant resources on internet, video lectures of distinguished faculties and eminent scientists. In best universities in Jaipur, Quality presentations prepared by faculties with appropriate animations can make their job easier in explaining concepts. Learning Management Systems facilitates topic wise uploading of Lecture Materials, Detailed Tutorials, Practice Exercises and Supplements to understand the topic. Students after attending face-to-face class can browse the content multiple times at own pace and need. Students can also submit solutions to assignments online, where in faculties can keep track of dates of submission, put their comments and also demand revised submission, maintaining the track of revisions of assignment. Continue reading

Making the “Digital India Project” Successful! Right Answers!

Are we living in a “Connected World”? Yes, to some extent! One should not wonder after hearing such conversations. The technological advancements in recent times has made it possible that in today’s world wherever we go, whatever we do…we are connected! How has it become possible? With the advancement in the design and development of Information Technology (IT) content, Internet Protocol, Computing Hardware, Communication Devices (wired / wireless) etc. it has become possible to remain connected to our near and dear ones either being at home, in an office, in a supermarket, while traveling etc. Of course there is much to be done! The technology has become an integral part of our day-to-day life without which we would feel isolated. Recent progress in the Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology, whereby one can control certain devices even from remote locations could make our lives even more comfortable and improve the quality of life. But, there are numerous challenges associated with the companies operating in these sectors in terms of recruiting quality manpower (researchers, scientists, application developers, skilled technicians etc.).

Even though some declining trend has been noticed in the Information Technology sector (IT party is over. Now’s the time to reinvent or die, by Ravi Venkatesan, 31st May, Sunday Times, Times of India) a bright future looks still ahead for those who are mobile and web application developers, data scientists and engineers and not to be forgotten the cyber security experts. Furthermore, in the context of India, the Government of India’s (GOI) flagship program like “Digital India Project” would create over five crore jobs according to the Telecom Minister Ravishankar Prasad (12th June, 2015 address to students at Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi). This indicates that we need to create manpower in the above mentioned areas to meet the challenges of future. Continue reading

Skill Development and Industry Orientation for Enhancing Employability of Engineering Graduates

What makes Engineering Institute as ‘Best Engineering Institute’? Is it only excellent placement data or only passing percentage of Engineering graduates? In previous years, most of the Engineering aspirants used to judge the Engineering Institute based on its placement history. Now days, the focus is shifted from placements to sustainable placements or recruiters’ feedback. In this way, alumni are playing a very important role at this stage. The question arise that Why? and How? Alumni are the brand ambassadors of any educational Institute and if excellent feedback by corporate world creates a sustainable industry interface with such Institution. Those successful alumni also share very positive feedback of an Institute. Alumni performance at the company is affected by several factors in which the major factor is the skills that they had adapted during their studies.

As per an article published in Business Today recently and as per reports published in various newspapers reveal that only about 30 per cent graduates in India are job worthy. In case of Engineering graduates it is reported that their employability worth lies somewhere between 20 to 25 per cent. Many academicians feel it could be still lower. It is therefore important to dwell upon the possible reasons which cause low employability of Indian graduates in general and Engineering graduates in particular. The international ranking of higher education Institutions in India and their failure to enter the list of top 200 Institutions of the world, and the low employability of Indian graduates has started all across the country. This is due to the theoretical nature of course curriculum at B. Tech level. The Institutes claims about most updated curricula, excellent laboratories, etc. but as per the reports, the focus on providing quality education is lost and the need has been realized to look into this issue seriously.

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Technical Education in India: Role of Private Institutions

Higher Education sector has witnessed a tremendous increase in the number of Universities/University level Institutions & Colleges since Independence. The number of Universities has increased 34 times from 20 in 1950 to 677 in 2014. More specifically if we talk about technical institutions, their number has gone up from 1,511 colleges in 2006-07 to an astoundingly high 3,345 in 2014-15.

India now ranks second after China in terms of enrolment of students. The government has set a target to achieve a Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) of 30% by 2020. But, the question arises, that is it sufficient to increase the number only?

It is true, that given with scale and complexity of the higher education challenges, the government on its own cannot single-handedly tackle all the issues but at the same time we all have to accept that majority of private technical institutions in India are Lacking in infrastructure, sufficient laboratory equipment, trained faculty, Research & Development, industry oriented curricula and theory- practical balance. They are producing large number of graduates with technical degrees but with no technical skills and who is not industry deployable. Continue reading

How to Choose the Best Engineering & Technology College in Rajasthan?

Mr Manish Gupta* from Pratap Nagar Jaipur wanted to get her daughter admitted in an undergraduate program in one of the best Engineering Colleges in Jaipur. Ms Shreya Gupta* studied in one of the best CBSE schools in the Mansarovar area in Jaipur city and achieved A1 grade in recently concluded 10+2 exams. Although Jaipur is emerging as the top choice for engineering aspirants due to existence of prestigious institutions such as MNIT Jaipur, LNM-IIT Jaipur, and JK Lakshmipat University Jaipur, in addition to several other Universities. As Rajasthan Pre-Engineering Test (RPET) will not be held this year, it is becoming even more challenging to choose right engineering college. Like Mr Manish Gupta, there are several parents and students seeking possibility of admission for their wards. Are you interested to study engineering and technology program in Jaipur? Or are you looking for a value based engineering college in Rajasthan? If yes then, how to choose a best engineering college in Rajasthan or best engineering college in Jaipur? It has been observed that our choices are often based on what others are choosing and not what we like? Or what we wish to become in future? Or what excites us as an individual? Or where I want to reach professionally in industry after 10-years or 20-years?

So the question remains, how to choose the best institute of engineering and technology (IET)? Actually, one may consider the ranking of an IET or University given by an independent agency. However, the anonymousness, exhaustiveness, and transparency of these accreditation agencies remains questionable.

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Electrical Engineering?

Inception, expansion and change of universe is effect of conversion of energy between different forms. We are surrounded with energy waves and processes. Types of energy can be classified in many forms viz. electrical energy flowing in electrical appliances and overhead lines, mechanical energy in all moving objects and machines, potential energy in falling water, heat energy in sun rays, sound energy during speech, wind energy in flowing wind, tidal energy in sea and many more. In all type of energy forms, electrical energy is most feasible and easily convertible in other forms of energy.

Now a days we generally hear through television, newspaper, magazines and other media sources, words like electric vehicles, renewable energy, intelligent control, robust control, smart grid, solar energy, electrical locomotives, electric trains etc. What are these all about? How these things originated? Why we need these? How these things are going to change our life? All of these questions generally hit our mind. Continue reading

Electronics & Communication in our lives

Can we imagine our daily life without mobile phone, laptop (computer), television, tablets, digital watch, internet banking, ATM cards, Headphones, Wi-Fi, internet connection, microwave Owen and many more gadgets and communication systems. No, we cannot. All these are possible due to Electronics & Communication Engineering (ECE). As we look into future, robots will also be part of our lives very soon and embedded electronics which is a sub branch of electronics play an important role in this. All of this makes ECE an interesting field to study and work.

Most of the times, interest is not sufficient to attract us towards a field to make a career. We look for other criteria’s also for our career path. Some of the important measures are such as current demand in the market, future of the career, stability and education opportunity at one of the best universities in Jaipur such as JKLU. B.Tech in ECE at JKLU fulfill all these criteria’s for our career path.

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JKLU: Empowering Students for Curricular, Co-curricular Activities

JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur; among the best private universities in India has been activity driven university since its inception. Here at JK Lakshmipat University, students are always encouraged to organize and participate in various curricular and co-curricular activities such as conferences, India Intelligence Quiz Contest, Verbal Duel – a debate competition, Sabrang – a techno management and cultural annual fest, Spardha -a mega sports event etc.

Curricular activities develop the critical thinking, improve learning capability, and blossom intellectual acumen within. JK Lakshmipat University has so far organized several expert mural lectures in which eminent speakers from academia and industry have been invited to keep students abreast of latest trend and patterns in the professional world.

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Effective Communication Skills in Engineers and Managers

“Speech is Silver but Silence is Golden,” so says an admirable and profound adage of the past, the type of which we would like to preserve and follow till eternity. However, given the demanding exigencies of the professional world such as JK tyre & Industries, JK Lakshmi Cement following an adage such as this will only spell doom for a professional. It is so because most of the time spent by a professional today is devoted to the task of reading, writing, speaking and listening. In fact, the recent researches suggest that about 70 to 80% time of a professional is spent in attending and conducting meetings, making presentations, writing professional reports, writing official emails, interacting with other officials, addressing fellow professionals in public speaking situations, and so on an so forth.

Despite its crucial inevitability in professional world, thousands of Indian students studying in Top Universities, Best Engineering Colleges and Institutes of higher Learning in India find themselves ill equipped when it comes to carrying out communication related tasks effectively in their day-to-day professional world. It is ironical to observe that in spite of the staggering proliferation of ‘English medium schools’ all over the country, the fear of English continues to haunt thousands of students pursuing their UG and PG programs in Engineering and Management. Some of the best India students in Engineering develop cold feet when it comes to making a presentation, participating in a group discussion, making an impromptu speech, or appearing at a job interview. What adds to the tragedy is the lack of attention that best academic institutes of higher education pay in providing adequate training in developing and improving the English communication skills of their students?

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Role of Modern Curriculum, Teaching, & Fair Assessment in Quality Education

Education leads from darkness of illiteracy to brightness of intellect. Education is the right of a human being in the world which is required to develop all of their attributes and skills to achieve their potential as human beings and members of society. In all aspects of the surrounding education community, the focus is on learning which strengthens the capabilities of human being to act progressively on their own behalf through the acquisition of relevant knowledge, useful skills and appropriate attitudes; and which creates emotions of safety, security and healthy interaction in the human. Best universities in Rajasthan like JK Lakshmipat University help learners develop creatively and emotionally and acquire the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes necessary for responsible, active and productive citizenship. How well education achieves these outcomes is important to those who use it. Modern curriculum, teaching, and fair assessment have an important role to inculcate the quality education in learners.

Curriculum is a systematic and intended packaging of competencies (i.e. knowledge, skills and attitudes that are underpinned by values) that learners should acquire through organized learning experiences both in formal and non-formal settings. A noble curriculum plays an important role to the development of thinking skills and the acquisition of relevant knowledge that learners need to apply in the context of their studies, daily life and careers. The curriculum which is to be offered to the students has to be developed by a team consisting renowned academicians and industry inputs so that curriculum can be prepared based on latest requirement of the industries/market. The curriculum should comprise three major components in a justified proportion i.e. theory, practical and projects for acquiring conceptual knowledge & understanding, practice and development the skills in students. Seeing the various contemporary issues and challenges emerging in the field of modern education, interdisciplinary courses should be incorporated in the curriculum for the overall development of the student.

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