Kaziranga University conducts TechBlitz 2018, a 3-day Technological Extravaganza for Higher Secondary Students

 

Organized with the aim of helping young students from across the region understand the needs of the industry today, Kaziranga University conducted the second edition of TechBlitz, the 3-day on-campus Technological Extravaganza for Higher Secondary Students, on the 29th, 30th and 31st of October 2018.

Mainly for the students of Class 12 (Science), the objective of the TechBlitz 2018 was to orient students on the latest developments in the Engineering and Technological world through multiple hands-on experiences, thereby inculcating a spirit of inquisitiveness amongst the students. The workshop witnessed 841 students, accompanied by 68 faculty members, from 23 institutes, hailing from various states of the North East, and provided a valuable opportunity for students to meet and interact with similarly aged but culturally diverse students from the same class and stream. It aimed at empowering them to choose their field of passion as they stand on the brink of choosing their future careers.

The 2018 edition of TechBlitz focused on robotics, internet of things, cloud computing, hydraulic propulsion and artificial intelligence amongst others. Students of Kaziranga University exhibited and presented various projects undertaken by them that included Line Following Robots, a Smart Dustbin, street light monitoring system based on LDR sensors and a Magical Mirror amongst others. Patent applications have been filed by the students for a number of these projects. It is noteworthy that all projects presented over the course of the workshop had multiple commercial applications, as well as were socially beneficial. These projects were also created with minimal resources and sought to seek a way to reduce the costs involved in building similar robots.

All projects were mentored and led by the faculty members of the School of Engineering and Technology (SET), which includes illustrious names like Dr. P. G. Ramesh, former Deputy Director of the Indian Naval Command Headquarters, the Dean of SET, Dr. Ashwini Kumar Sharma, Dr. Sajal Saha, Prof. Priyakshi Bharali among other distinguished names.

The participating students were provided the opportunity to physically and practically operate live robots, and the other projects, enabling them to understand the various nuances involved in such technologies. In the opening ceremony, the Vice – Chancellor of Kaziranga University, Dr. P.K Mishra, emphasised on the need to keep ourselves updated with the recent trends in technology and on the need to acquire practical education in this regard. Other speakers included the Dean of Admissions at Kaziranga University, who provided an insight into what the future will be like and the nature of education that students require to stay abreast with the times.

The workshop also had the honour of hosting Mr. Hari R., the GMU Lead, STG Tech University Business Development & Ecosystem at IBM India Private Limited. Mr. Hari spoke about the collaboration between IBM and Kaziranga University in delivering the Bachelors of Technology programmes. He focused on the relevancy of maintaining a contemporary syllabus that is industry relevant.

This event is a clear reflection of Kaziranga University’s commitment to developing quality individuals from the North-East, who will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required for the growth of the nation. All participants highly appreciated the efforts taken to make TechBlitz 2018 an extremely engaging and interesting workshop, and this completely student-driven event undertaken by the students of Kaziranga University successfully created an interface between industry and classroom learning. Shaping young minds has always been a priority for the University, and with events like TechBlitz, the University will continue working towards that goal.

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National Seminar on Tribes in Transition in India Organized by Kaziranga University

 

A National Seminar on the theme ‘Tribes in Transition in India: Highlighting India’s North East’, was organized by the School of Social Sciences of the Assam Kaziranga University on 12th-13th October 2018. The event was held in association with, and sponsored by the Anthropological Survey of India, Government of India.

The inaugural session of the Seminar was held on 12th October 2018, in which the Inaugural Address was delivered by Professor of Eminence, Tezpur University, Prof. Virginius Xaxa. Other distinguished guests and dignitaries present were Prof. Sekh Rahim Mondal, Prof. of Anthropology and Sociology, North Bengal University, Prof. Jyoti Prasad Saikia, Prof. and Head of Sociology, Dibrugarh University, Prof. B.N Borthakur, Dean School of Social Sciences, Kaziranga University, and Maj. General Sukesh Rakshit, Dean of Outreach and Projects, Kaziranga Universities. The Inaugural programme came to an end with a colourful cultural programme put forward by the students of Kaziranga University.

The two-day programme had three Technical Sessions, in which more than 15 papers were presented by students, research scholars, academicians and faculty from all over the country. The Keynote Address on the second day was delivered by Prof. Sekh Rahim Mondal, Prof. of Anthropology and Sociology, North Bengal University. The seminar saw a lot of enlightening discussion and presentations on tribes in India, focusing on their identities, transformations, transitions and policies, among many other aspects.

Attended by more than 100 students, delegates and guests, the Seminar was the second of such a pan-Indian event to be organized by the School of Social Sciences, Kaziranga University. The Valedictory session of the seminar saw the presentation of the Rapporteurs for each technical session, in which the papers presented by participants were summarized and highlighted. This was followed by the Valedictory Address by Prof. Jyoti Prasad Saikia of Dibrugarh University.

Kaziranga University’s commitment to promoting engaging academic research is vastly reflected in the organization of this National-level seminar by the School of Social Sciences. The theme of the seminar, focusing on the North East, also emphasizes on the University’s dedicated work towards the upliftment and development of North East as a region, promoting research, discussion and discourses.

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Professional English Communication Skills Workshop Conducted at Kaziranga University

 

The KU School of Engineering & Technology (SET) organized a two-day “Professional English Communication Skills” Workshop on 5th-6th October 2018, in association with Oxford University Press. The inaugural function of the “Professional English Communication Skills” workshop was held in the SOB Seminar Hall in the afternoon of 5th October 2018.

The inaugural function of the workshop was held in the SOB Seminar Hall in the afternoon of 5th October 2018, beginning with the lighting of the lamp by Chief Guest Dorothy Momin – a well-known faculty from the Department of English, from Devi Charan Barua Girls’ College, Jorhat. She was accompanied by distinguished guest, Dr Hory Sankar Mukerjee, Principal - Education & Research, Infosys Limited, Hyderabad; Dr. P.K Mishra, Vice Chancellor, KU; Prof. Tarun Kumar, Registrar, KU and Dr. Ashwini Kumar Sharma, Dean –SET.

It was followed by the highlighting of the aim of the workshop, delivered by Mr. Bishnu Gogoi, Co-ordinator of the programme. He stressed that the initiative would definitely nurture highly required skills with regard to communication for the students. It should be an outstanding chapter for the students in the accumulation and development of Professional English Communication Skills. The workshop aimed to offer to the participants a top quality grade workshop to enrich their ideas about the possible communication and language inputs.

The Chief Guest Dorothy Momin, was felicitated by Mr. Bishnu Gogoi with a traditional Gamusa, KU memento and a special gift. The chief guest thanked KU for inviting her to the programme, and mentioned her she gratefulness at the University’s gesture of calling her as the Chief Guest. She began her brief speech by a reference to a biblical story about the Tower of Babel. She said that when God created and the population multiplied, there was only one language. Eventually, this language became many.

The Chief Guest then talked about how communication in native tongue is very comfortable, but with English it is not as easy to master. But with thorough practice and patience, WE CAN. Communication is a soft-skill and CV is the selling document, and the communication process is the requirement for a good career. About the workshop, she mentioned, that it would help to praise people effectively and criticize constructively.

Mr. Rajib Saha felicitated the Distinguished Speaker Dr. Hory Sankar Mukerjee, Principal - Education & Research, Infosys Limited, Hyderabad and introduced the salient features of his towering profile to the gathering. The Dean SET, Prof (Dr.) Ashwini Kumar Sharma concisely pointed out his pleasure in organizing such an event for the students. He remarked that the workshop aimed to constructively help the students to develop their professional communication skills and show them the path to be industry-ready. Thereafter he declared the workshop open.

The workshop was segregated into 3 groups - 5th & 7th semester students, 3rd semester and 1st semester B.Tech. students. Dr. Hory Sankar Mukerjee stressed the process and values of LSRW – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. This process, when incorporated correctly, would lead to successful placements. The key point that was focused on is the adage “well begun is half-done”. The placement objectives should be set.

Placement is a hiring process followed by companies in the corporate sector. But the candidates should think carefully as to why the companies would hire them. The candidate has to find out at least five reasons behind it, before preparing for placement interviews. In order to get ready, one has to attend GDs/mock-interviews seriously. One has to be ready with the updates on political, economic, social environment and the latest in engineering fields. Also important are aptitudes and logical reasoning. Students should consult teachers about the areas of improvement to plug the gaps. One should be dynamic in communication skills, presentation skills, negotiating skills and writing skills. Dressing should be kept in mind, and should be ready and in order. Sufficient proof ready copies (without any mistakes) of their resumes should be ready along with the testimonials.

Apart from this, the company profile should be googled and the description be well-read and understood. The job-description should be understood. Students should not sit for a job-profile that he/she does not like. And they should prepare the questions they would like to ask the interviewer.

In a GD session of the interview, one should not fight. One should maintain logical and clear flow of thoughts; avoid being pushy or domineering and build reasonable arguments with valid examples. Teamwork and synergy should be emphasized. Dr. Mukherjee enumerated the Dos and Don’ts of GDs. He explained the right body language and emphasised the avoidance of asking negative questions during the interviews. Students should groom oneself to treat interviews like a conversation and not lie or be dishonest. He enumerated the behaviour in the interview reception area, and emphasized the need to reach the venue on or before time. A few interesting activities were also carried on by Dr. Mukherjee to energize the students and to teach them about practical facts of job-life. He also dealt with project-selling aptitude of the students and advised students that it bodes well to remember that the companies hire to get business out of them.

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Kaziranga University selected as Participating Institute for Unnat Bharat Abhiyan

 

Kaziranga University has been selected by the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development as one of the Participating Institutes (PI) to implement various activities under the Flagship Program Unnat Bharat Abhiyan.

As per the requirement, Kaziranga University has proposed to adopt five villages from the Jorhat district to carry out different activities under the mission.

List of Villages Proposed to adopt under the Mission:

  1. Karai Khowa,
  2.  No.1 Mohbondha Grant,
  3.  No.2 Mohbondha Grant,
  4.  No.179 Mohbondha,
  5.  Bhakat Pamua.

 

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Kaziranga University Commemorates Surgical Strike Day 2018

PARAKRAM PARVA: A Tribute to the Indian Soldier

 

On the second anniversary of the Surgical Strike by the Indian Army, a commemoration ceremony was held in the KU Auditorium from 11:30 am onwards, on 29th September 2018. A talk was delivered by Maj. Gen (Retd) Sukesh Rakshit to students and faculty members including our NCC cadets. The event was organized to showcase the valour and professionalism of the Indian Armed Forces against out adversary Pakistan. The Surgical Strike was an unparalleled success, having been carried out with utmost secrecy, surprise and stealth. The Special Forces were able to decimate five to six terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control in Jammy & Kashmir.

Parakram Parva was a strategic statement to our adversaries and the international community that India is capable of carrying out such surgical strikes at a time and place of our choosing. The event paid tribute to the superlative professionalism of the Indian Soldier.

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National Workshop on Advances in Civil Engineering 2018 Conducted on September 26-27th 2018

The national workshop on ‘Advances in Civil Engineering’ (ACE 2018) was conducted successfully by the Department of Civil Engineering, Kaziranga University on 26th-27th of September. The workshop commenced with the inaugural speeches from Dr Sudip Basack, HOD CE, Dr P K Mishra, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, KU, and Dr P K Khound, HOD CE JEC. In the technical sessions of this workshop, there were eminent speakers like Dr. Atanu Dutta, Er. J.N. Khatanair, Dr. Sudip Basack, Mr. Baharul Hussain and Dr. Arup Bhattacharjee. Dr. Atanu Dutta spoke about rapid visual screening of buildings in Gujarat after the 2001 Bhuj Earth Quake. Next speech was given by Er. J.N. Khatanair, he spoke about national building code and construction bye laws, followed by a video presentation on earthquake preparedness and then on Subansari river dam. On the second day First half, a local site visit was arranged for the final year students, who were taken to selected construction sites of Er. J.N. Khatnair.  In the second half of the workshop, Mr. Baharul Hussain spoke about modern structural engineering software. Finally we had Dr. Arup Bhattachrjee’s speech on soil liquefaction. With this, the Workshop concluded.

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World Tourism Day Celebrated in Kaziranga University on September 27th 2018

World Tourism Day celebrations at Kaziranga University began with much enthusiasm on September 27th 2018. An initiative taken by the Tourism and Hospitality Management students, this event's three jam-packed hours were made special by the warm and gracious presence of students and faculties of KV NEIST, Government Girls High School, the former Assam Tourism Director Mr. Deepak K. Goswami himself, Mr. Umesh Chetri, the General manager of Hotel Prism, Jorhat and several other distinguished guests.

The programme unfolded with speeches, skits and dance dramas on Tourism, it's impact, sustainability and cultural preservation followed by songs, dance performances and a closing ramp walk to celebrate the spirit of the North East and India.

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Kaziranga University Students launch first student-led Start-Up 'Eko Delivery'

Kaziranga University's FIRST START-UP was launched on the occasion of World Tourism Day on September 27th 2018. The start-up, titled as “EKO Delivery”, is a delivery system to cater the needs of the KU community, as well as the outside population. The name came into existence from the Indonesian word "EKO” which means first child, an apt name for the first start-up of KU.

Mentored by Preeti Adhikari, In-charge of the Kaziranga University Centre of Excellence in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, the team includes students Mrinmoy Nath, (Mechanical Engineering, 7th Semester), Partha Pratim Bora, (Civil Engineering, 7th Semester), Parishmita Hazarika, (Mechanical Engineering, 7th Semester), Antonu Dutta, (Mechanical Engineering, 7th Semester), Pragyan Kashyap, (BCom, 3rd Semester) and Jiju Dutta (BCom, 3rd Semester).

The delivery service covers all types of products of customer need. The main motto of the start-up is to fulfill customer satisfaction by earning profit. The team is likely to introduce their app based service by the month of October where every customer will be able to place their order online.

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Induction Programme for New Students held at Kaziranga University on 20th-21st August 2018

Kaziranga University welcomed freshers with a 2-day induction programme, attended by students of all five schools (SET, SOB, SSS, SCS and SBS). This two-day programme was held on the 20th and 21st of August, 2018. On Day One, the induction was held for the students of the School of Social Sciences (SSS) and the School of Engineering and Technology (SET), while on Day Two, it was held for the School of Business (SOB), the School of Basic Sciences (SBS) and the School of Computing Sciences (SCS).

On both the days, the programme began with introductory speeches for the benefit of the new students, familiarizing them with Kaziranga University’s rules and regulations as well as highlighting the opportunities KU has to offer to the students and how they can make the most out of their time at Kaziranga University. Dr. P.K Mishra, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of Kaziranga University addressed the gathering, welcoming the new students to an undeniably exciting part of their lives. The Chief Guest for Day One was Mr. Deb Kumar Majumdar, Partner and Executive director, IBM India, whose talk largely focused on the interconnectedness and interdependency between the worlds of technology and human society.

The second day saw as Chief Guest Professor (Dr.) J.S.Patil, Vice-Chancellor of National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam, whose talk centered around the questions of intellectual property rights and how these may be relevant to forming and forging newer discourses on the questions of identities and nationalism. Tutorial lectures were delivered on both days by the University Authorities including the Registrar Prof. Tarun Kumar, Dean of Student Affairs Maj. Gen (Retd.) Sukesh Rakshit, Head of Career Development and Placement Centre Prof. Puranjoy Das and the Head of Admissions, Mr. Bobby Roy.

The Induction programme also comprised of an engaging life skills workshop, facilitated by the renowned motivational speaker and soft skills facilitator, Mr. Vikramaditya Chaudhury. Calling himself a ‘dream merchant’, Mr. Chaudhuri’s workshop session focused on how best the students are to prepare themselves mentally, physically and socially to deal with the harsh realities of competitions, by having self-belief, self-control and self-motivation and inculcating these virtues habitually and without any compromises. Through real life examples and narratives, humour and impersonations, and audio-visual engagement, his talk brought out the mundane possibilities through which society conditions, controls and manages people’s lives, which could be averted and overcome, with the undying spirit of having an optimistic and goal-centric self-conviction.

With the plethora of do’s and don’ts, the breadth and scope of avenues to take up, the thought provoking speeches and the motivational sessions, the new students were certainly equipped with the necessary gear that would enable them to make the most out of the Kaziranga University experience.

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CSE Students file Patent on an 'Intelligent Dustbin'

 

V Semester Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) Department students Manoj Mahanta, Twinkle Kaur, Gyanangkush Borgohain and Jyotishman Gogoi under the supervision of Dr. Sajal Saha, developed and subsequently filed a patent for “An Intelligent Dustbin”.

The product is filed and published in the Patent Office Journal No.29/2018. The project consisted of a intelligent dustbin controlled either through a mobile app or using voice commands through an AI based voice response system like Amazon echo, Google Home, Apple Home Pod. It also consists of a sensor which helps it to smartly dodge obstacles in its path during solid waste transport. The main objective of this product is to automate the solid waste management system.

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