Career in Army attracts engineers, scientists

Chandigarh government college, Chandigarh government college job fair, Chandigarh government college jobs, job fair, chandigarh job fest, chandigarh news, India newsBidding adieu to jobs in other fields, especially in the well paying software industry, many youngsters are choosing a life in the army, fuelled by their passion to serve the nation. Several of the gentlemen and lady cadets who have passed out of the Officers Training Academy here were software and engineering professionals before opting for the Army.

V Saranya left a lucrative career with software giant Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to join the army. A Commissioned Officer now, she says she is extremely happy about her choice.

“I always had a passion for the Armed forces and it was nurtured further during my NCC days,” she said. Asked how she would adapt to a comparatively more demanding job in the Army, she said her training in OTA had prepared her for it. “The Army shapes you. It makes you mentally strong. I am very confident. I will be able to do everything that is assigned to me,” she said.

Her elated father S Venkateswaran says she had an outstanding track record in academics and graduated in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Sastra University.

Similar is the tale of R Satish Kumar, a mechanical engineer who chose the Army. “All of us are very happy. He wanted to be an army officer always,” his father S Ravi said, adding his son quit his private sector job to join the Army.

When asked for his reaction on more engineering professionals joining the army, Commandant OTA, Lt Gen Bobby Mathews said, such graduates “will be a value addition as the army moves ahead on a hi-tech road map.”

In fact, the Army has attracted young men from several other streams, including journalists and scientists. Jackson Jose, who worked as a reporter for a leading English daily here after doing a course in journalism from the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) is an officer now. Asked how he felt, he said “I am thrilled.”

“A life in the Army is adventurous. I chose journalism as it was adventurous too, though not like the army,” he said. Another journalist who worked for an English daily, Prashanth Vijaykumar, has also opted for the olive green.

Akshay Patil, a junior scientist in the Defence Research Development Organisation left his job to join the Army.

Interestingly, there are also young men and women from families of serving defence personnel like that of Lt Colonel Rajendra Yadav.


Uma Yadav, his daughter who passed out of OTA is his “latest family member” to become a commissioned officer. “My daughter completed her BA LLB (Honours) from Indraprastha University, Delhi and I am very happy that she chose the Army. You will not be able to get anywhere else, the satisfaction you get when you serve the Army,” Lt Col Rajendra Yadav said with joy writ large on his face.

The graduates were among the 269 Officer Cadets, including 217 gentleman cadets and 32 lady cadets, besides 19 gentleman cadets and one lady cadet from friendly nations including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Lesotho and Fiji, who were commissioned as officers, following completion of a vigorous training course at the OTA.

India’s ed-techology market to touch $2.5 billion by year-end

online education, education, edu-tech, RedSeer, india education market, indian education, education news, indian expressA large percentage of these students hail from Tier II and III cities and are paying for standard offline tuitions

The country’s online supplemental education opportunity is likely to be worth $2.5 billion by the end of this year and poised to grow at 15 per cent over the next three years, a report by RedSeer Consulting said today.

“The major drivers for the growth of Indian online supplemental education will be engaging course material, inventive pedagogy and reaching out to the distant locations of the country which have minimal supplemental education infrastructure,” RedSeer Consulting Associate Consultant Mukesh Kumar said.

According to the report, the current addressable demographic with online supplemental education is 20 million students (in classes 6-12), who would be willing to go online for accessing supplemental education.

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A large percentage of these students hail from Tier II and III cities and are paying for standard offline tuitions. Such students are an important market for online supplemental education in India, the report said.

The business opportunities in smaller cities is large, but there are multiple hindrances to the adoption of online supplementary education platforms.

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These include poor Internet connectivity in smaller cities, reluctance to pay for online education and lack of awareness on online supplemental education.

The report said steps like combining free trial periods and paid/premium versions in innovative ways, optimising service for low Internet speeds, aggressive local marketing events and tie up with government schools can help in tapping the opportunity in the segment.

Delhi government to install CCTV cameras in schools?

Delhi government to install CCTV cameras in schools?

Delhi: The Delhi government is planning to install CCTV cameras in schools for security purposes and to keep tabs on students and teachers’ activities inside the classrooms, an official said here on Monday.

“We are bringing in CCTVs not just for the purpose of security but as tool which will help us to do a time on task study of how the teaching is going on in our class because we have to optimise and ensure that we don’t waste too much resources,” Delhi’s Education Secretary Punya Salila Shrivastava said at an event.

Srivastava was speaking at a conference on “Quality Education for All-Role of Affordable and Accessible Technology” organised by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).

“Delhi government has identified three aspects-providing infrastructure and adequate facilities, to ensure capable and dynamic teachers and the third and improvement of curriculum and teaching practice,” she said.

A book titled “Bridging the 100-Year Gap” sighting the unique challenges of education in India and how to achieve the development goals was also released.

India’s first Central Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology to come up in Mumbai?

India's first Central Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology to come up in Mumbai?

Mumbai: India’s first Central Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology is being planned to be set up in the country’s commercial capital here, Chemicals and Fertilizer Minister Ananth Kumar said on Thursday.

“The government is planning to set up Central Institutes of Chemical Engineering and Technology at different locations where the chemical industry has significant presence. The first such institute will come up in Mumbai,” Ananth Kumar said at the inauguration of the three-day India Chem 2016 expo here being organised by his ministry jointly with industry chamber FICCI.

Noting that the Indian chemical industry, which employs nearly 2 million people, requires 8.5 lakh skilled technicians, the minister said that current infrastructure to impart skill training is inadequate.

“The Indian chemical industry is expected to grow at 9 per cent per annum to become a $226 billion sector driven by growth in end-use industries and government initiatives,” he said.

“India’s long coastline, large refining capacity and a satisfactory R&D capacity are the strengths for the growth of the chemical industry, but ease of doing business needs to improve further,” he said.

Ananth Kumar also said imports from China and Southeast Asia continue to dominate, as raw material cost and availability pose challenges for domestic businesses.

Iran is the partner country at this ninth edition of what is billed as India’s largest chemicals and petrochemicals event.

A host of other countries such as China, Japan, Turkey, Singapore, Vietnam, Britain, South Korea, Belgium and Taiwan are participating in India Chem 2016.

Gujarat, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh are taking part as partner states in the event, which is “expected to attract big ticket investments from foreign shores to boost India’s chemical industry”, the government said.

Iran’s participation here assumes significance following the signing earlier this year between India, Iran and Afghanistan of the Chabahar trilateral transit and trade corridor deal that will ensure easy movement of goods between the three countries, bypassing Pakistan.

Javdekar inaugurates ‘Sarthi’ at three Rajasthan centers via video-conferencing

Image result for Javdekar inaugurates 'Sarthi' at three Rajasthan centers via video-conferencingChuru: There was great enthusiasm among students of this small town, some 200 kms from Rajasthan capital Jaipur, as they got an opportunity on Thursday to directly interact with Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javdekar and pepper him with questions on a variety of issues.

The interaction, under an initiative called “Sarthi”, was officially launched on International Literacy Day at three centers — Churu, Chaksu and Udaipur.

In Churu, about 500 students directly communicated with the minister as well as counsellors present at the three locations.

One student wanted the minister’s views on the “controversy related to high scoring by some state boards… like Tamil Nadu”, referring to students from the state getting admissions to prestigious Delhi University colleges because of their high grades.

“Don’t you think CBSE and state boards need a uniform syllabus,” asked the student.

The minister said the government is looking at instances such as these and was hoping to bring about some form of uniformity.

There was a question that since education is generally regarded as a slow-moving sphere of social policy, why has the ministry not been more pro-active?

“We are working towards bringing both qualitative and quantitative changes in education system,” the minister said.

This Sarthi initiative is expected to enable the youth gain the latest information on career opportunities and courses across the country to enable them exercise their options.

In a first-of-its-kind initiative, Javadekar was also joined by eminent educational and career counsellors who tried to answer the queries of young students both on higher education and career opportunities.

This one-to-one engagement was a rare opportunity for many young people of Churu, a town known for its extreme temperatures in both summer and winter. It was especially a boon for those who cannot afford to travel on their own to cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Jaipur.

They could not have dreamt of such an exposure to eminent educationists and counsellors as was provided to them on this year’s International Literacy Day through the joint efforts made by the Future Society, an NGO active in Churu since the last 8 years and the Vipra Foundation.

“This initiative will help rural youth to join universities and will provide them a platform and a proper path to build carrier,” Future Society vice president Sushil Sharma told IANS.

The initiative will help and guide students from Churu and other remote parts of Rajasthan to make informed choices about their future — be it higher studies or job opportunities, he said, adding: “Our effort will be to replicate this experiment on a larger scale both at the state and the national level.”

“Employment is a big problem for both rural and urban youth in the country. The reason for this is not only lack of opportunities but also lack of proper information.
Sarthi hopes to bridge that gap,” a statement said.

Rajasthan Labour and Employment Minister Surender Pal Singh said this project will certainly help in promoting the Make in India and Skill India initiatives.