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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KU SSS Students Excel at Ekayan 2018, Dibrugarh University

 

MSW Students from the KU School of Social Sciences, accompanied by Assistant Professors Baiarbha Massar and Farhana Yashmin Hazarika were delegates to 'Ekayan 2018', the Social Work Students' Meet organized by Dibrugarh University on the 21st - 23rd of September 2018.

Kaziranga University is proud of Abhilasha Saikia MSW I Sem who won the first Prize in the Debate Competition at the event. In the Project Designing Competition, the KU team, consisting of Abhilasha Saikia, Debesmita Borah and Geetanjali Singh, won third place as well.

Congratulations to the KU delegation!  

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CALL FOR PAPERS: National Seminar organized by KU School of Social Sciences

 

A National Seminar on the theme 'Tribes in Transition in India: Highlighting India's Northeast' will be organized by the Kaziranga University School of Social Sciences (SSS) in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India, on October 12th - 13th 2018. Original and Unpublished research papers are invited from Academicians, Research Scholars and Students across India on the theme and sub-themes of the seminar.

For more details about the theme/registration/paper submission process and other information, please click on this link.

Last date for submission: 22nd August 2018.

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Seminar on Data Analysis and Cognitive Cloud Computing conducted by SET

A seminar on latest technologies in the area of Computer Science and Engineering, was organized by Mr. Bikram Pratim Bhuyan in the Department of CSE in Kaziranga University on 26th July 2018.

Mr. Vansh Soni, Expert Trainer from IBM highlighted the excellent career opportunities available for the V Semester students (CSE, EE, and ECE). He explained the pathways to careers as Data Analysts and Cognitive Cloud Computing. The use of IOT was also discussed, which could be used for many agribusiness based projects. Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining Algorithms - when deployed on the cloud - are the next booming field, as explained by the Expert.

After the session, the students interacted with Mr. Soni, and were able to clarify their doubts ranging from Website Hosting, Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, Data Analysis and Chat Bot development. The expert also provided learning road maps to the students, who were motivated and inspired by the session.

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Prof. Dr. M.K Loganathan, HOD, ME, represented Kaziranga University at ESREL 2018, held in Trondheim, Norway, on 17-21st June 2018.

Paper Presentation, ESREL 2018, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

Professor, Dr. M. K. Loganathan, HOD & Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Associate Dean (PG studies) has represented Kaziranga University, and presented a research paper entitled on “Criticality analysis of wind turbine energy system using fuzzy digraph model and matrix method” in ESREL 2018, an European Safety and Reliability Conference, held at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway, during 17 -21 June 2018. This is one of the reputed conferences where industries, universities, and consulting companies take part in addressing key issues of safety and reliability in modern industrial environment.

The professor had also interacted with the eminent persons from many leading universities / industries in the field of Risk, Safety, and Reliability. Among them are; Prof. Ali Mosleh (University of California, Los Angeles), Prof. Enrico Zio (Politecnico di Milano), Prof. Sam Mannan (Texas A&M University), Prof. Terje Aven (University of Stavanger), Prof. Hiba Baroud (Vanderbilt University), Prof. Uday Kumar (Lulea University), Dr. Andreas Joanni (Siemens AG), Dr. Peter Burgherr (Paul Scherrer Institut), just to name a few.

The paper was co-authored by Ms. Indrani Bezbaruah (M.Tech student - KU), Prof. O. P. Gandhi (IIT Delhi), Prof. R. C. Borah (Professor - KU). It is to be noted that this was the one of two selected presentations from India besides the one, which was from IIT, Kharagpur.

The paper has been published in the conference proceeding by CRC press, Taylor and Francis group as “Safety and Reliability – Safe Societies in a Changing World: Proceedings of ESREL 2018, June 17-21, 2018, Trondheim, Norway Editors: Stein Haugen, Anne Barros, Coen van Gulijk, Trond Kongsvik, Jan Erik Vinnem

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A lecture on “English Speaking Skills for Engineering Students” was organized on 15th May 2018 by Bishnu Gogoi

A lecture on “English Speaking Skills for Engineering Students” was organized on 15th May 2018 in the SET Seminar Hall from 3:00 to 4:30 pm by Bishnu Gogoi, Assistant Professor of English-SET & Rajib Saha, Language Lab Supervisor-SET in collaboration with Dr. Ashwini Kumar Sharma, the Dean of SET, KU.

The prime speaker for the event was Dr. Sanjib Sahoo, Associate Professor from the Department of English and Foreign Languages, Tezpur University. He stressed upon the English Speaking Skills for Engineering students more so in the rapidly shifting panorama of verbal and written communication and the developing technologies in this field. He specially highlighted on the need to keep upbeat about the complexities and usages of rapidly changing features and usages of English communicative grammar and spoken skills which would be a real necessity for the students to face the tough job-market and also for aspiring entrepreneurs.

The occasion was graced by the presence of Mr Tarun Kumar, the Registrar; Dr Ashwini Kr Sharma, Dean-SET; Dr Sudip Basack, HoD-Civil Engineering; Dr Jyoti Prasad Gogoi, Assistant Professor-Physics; Mr Pranabjyoti Lahon, HoD (i/c)- Electrical Engineering and a cluster of 60 plus B.Tech 2nd semester students.

It is a matter of significance and pride for us that the speaker expressed his happiness with the various queries from the students and towards the session as a whole. We thank the congregation for the zeal shown.

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Kaziranga University jointly with CSIR-NISTADS organized the National Summit on Sustainable and Inclusive Development in the Northeast region

With the intention of driving policy with regard to sustainable and inclusive development in the Northeast region,Kaziranga University, in association with CSIR-NISTADS, one of the renowned policy research institutes of India, organized a three-day National Summit, with the theme, “Northeast Sustainable and Inclusive Development”.

The summit highlighted Northeast India as a critical hotspot for the convergence of sustainable development, leading to the overall holistic growth and progress of the region. During the course of the three-day summit, a platform was provided to expertsto discuss, deliberate and arrive at a policy roadmap for sustainable and inclusive development of Northeast. The sub themes of the summit included Energy, Environment and Economy, Women Empowerment, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Policy Intervention, Food Agronomy and Skill Development.

The inaugural session of the summit was held on 26th April, 2018 where Hon’ble Minister of Education, Govt of Manipur, Shri T. Radheshyam Singhattended the summit as the Chief Guest and theFormer Special Secretary(Education), Prof. Ashok Chandra delivered the keynote address. The session saw other dignitaries such as Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Shri Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, Director NISTADS, Dr. Prashant Goswami, Vice Chancellor, Utkal University, Dr. S.M.Patnaik, Chief Managing Director, HHMM Group of Companies, Mr. Habib Mohammad Chaudhary, Hon’ble Pro Chancellor, Kaziranga University, Shri Basant Khetan, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Kaziranga University, Dr. P.K. Mishra along with delegates from across the country who came to participate in the summit.

Distinguished speakers from different sectors of premier organizations from across the country attended the summit and presented their research interests and findings which will aid towards forming holistic policies for the development and sustainability of the region. Some of the eminent speakers include Dr. Tabassum Jamal, Chief Scientist, NISTADS, Dr. Uddhab Kumar Bharali, Innovator, Dr. Ashmita Chitnis, Director, Symbiosis Institute of International Business, Mr. Anal Jain, CEO Bodhi Technologies, Dr. Ravikumar Chitnis, Principal, MIT School of Management, Mr. Rupam Goswami, Chairman, Chamber of Commerce, Assam and Dr. N. Gopalkrishnan, Director, CSIR-CBRI, Roorkee. Other luminaries included Prof. Charulata Mahanta Dean SoE, Tezpur University, Dr. S. Venugopal, Director, NIT Nagaland, Dr. A.K. Barooah, Director, Tea Research Association, Toklai Tea Research Institute and Mr. Vivek Pandit, Head, Retail Business IL & FS Skill.

A panel discussion was held at the end of the summit with an aim to summarize the discussions during the summit and to arrive at suggestions for specific and actionable policy interventions with regard to sustainable and inclusive development in North-East India. In the specific context of Northeast India the panel highlighted the importance of skill development, renewable energy, preservation of biodiversity and inclusive development policies with special attention to resolving gender disparities.

This summit brought together a plethora of intellectual minds from diverse academic as well as non-academic niches from all over India. The multi-disciplinary deliberations along with inputs from dignitaries contributing in the practical arena brought about a number of novel and significant observations during the course of the summit. Kaziranga University is committed to contribute towards the society by organizing more such events along with tangible efforts with the intention to create immediate and positive changes in the region.

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KU delegates participate in the Outstation Technical Workshop conducted at NEIST-CSR on 9th April 2018

A workshop on Recent Developments in Civil and Earthquake Engineering (RDCEE-18) was conducted on 9th April 2018 at NEIST-CSIR (Formerly RRL) in Jorhat, Assam. The Organisers were Dr.Leon Raj, Scientist, NEIST-CSIR, Dr. Debasis Mohanty, Scientist, NEIST-CSIR and Dr. Sudip Basack, Professor of Head of Civil Engineering, Kaziranga University.

The workshop commenced from 9 am and ended at 5.30 pm. There were outstanding participation of KU Faculty Members and pre-final year’s B.Tech and M.Tech.students of Civil Engineering. About 100 participants from KU attended the workshop as registered delegates. There were also other participants from Jorhat Engineering College and other technical institutions of the North East region. The technical presentations were well appreciated by the participants. There were also one research exhibition session where the recent research projects were demonstrated to the participants. Lastly, in the concluding session, certificates from CSIR were distributed to the participants.

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