.Oceansat-2 beams three images

Oceansat-2 and nano satellites inside the heat-shield of the PSLV-C 14. Photo: ISRO
Oceansat-2 and nano satellites inside the heat-shield of the PSLV-C 14. Photo: ISRO
Oceansat-2 beamed three images capturing a large swathe of land and water bodies from Kashmir to Maldives Island, including Arabian Sea on Thursday.

They were received at National Remote Sensing Centre’s(NRSC) Earth Station at Shadnagar at 12.40 p.m. The images showing ocean features and cloud formation were “very good.” The data were processed at the Earth Station and the product was later made available to the users, according to NRSC sources.

.BITS Pilani Spearheading Industry university Collaborations in India




BITS Pilani Spearheading Industry university Collaborations in India

Effective Work Integrated Learning partnerships apart from delivering personal and career benefits to the individual student, also contributes to learning and teaching excellence by developing skills that make students more attractive to employers.

Bond with the Best – BITS Pilani Industry Partnerships

The Scientific Manpower Committee (1947), Engineering Personnel Committe(1956)

, AICTE (1958, 1966, 1969, 1971), Thacker Committee (1961), Kothari Education Commission (1966), National Policy on Education (1968), Ministry of Education, Government of India (1978), Draft National Policy on Education (1979), AIEI (1980), Nayudamma Review Committee (1980), Challenge of Education – a policy perspective, Ministry of Education, GOI (1985), IIT Review Report (1986), …… many more committees, commissions, seminars, symposiums……have repeatedly advocated and emphasized on the need for strong university industry linkages in India.

The Birla Institute of Technology and Science – BITS Pilani for the year 2009 has been ranked among the top ranking universities along with IITs in various Magazine surveys such as India Today, Outlook, LiveMint etc. BITS offers degrees in various disciplines presently at Pilani, Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad campuses and recently the NAAC – National Assessment and Accreditation Council reaccredited BITS with 3.71 CGPA out of 4 and awarded “A” grade “Very Good” status.

BITS Pilani since 1973 has made a pioneering contribution for the development of institutionalized linkages between university and industry by launching Practice School which takes all its students to the industry for seven and half months as an integral component of the academic curriculum like the medical internship. The early start evidently helped, for the Institute today, has tie-ups with a large number of companies across the country. Organizations interested in hosting Practice School for students of BITS may contact Dr G Sundar Dean for Practice School Program at BITS Pilani Rajasthan 333031 India. Email gisundar@gmail.com Website http://www.bits-pilani.ac.in:12355/

Since 1979, BITS Pilani has been participating in the HRD activities of the industries through several degree programmes by integrating the working environment of the employees with the learning environment required by the Institute. The enrollment for the work integrated learning programmes has grown from 30 students in 1979 to over 19,000 students in 2008.

Considering that present day information technologies can allow a rich interactive learning experience that may surpass the interactivity of a traditional classroom, the BITS model of work integrated learning emphasizes on acquisition of knowledge and skills through mediated information and deploys synchronous instruction through Internet based desktop video conferencing as well as asynchronous instruction through on-demand lectures. While conventional Distance Learning does not insist on being employed as a requirement, Work Integrated Learning – WIL requires the same mandatorily.

For the work Integrated Learning Programmes, in the IT area BITS has tie up with Wipro, CTS, HP, Persistent, Patni, TechMahindra, SAP, Yahoo!, Sabre Travel etc. Wipro had showcased the WASE program conducted in collaboration with BITS Pilani for the Corporate University Xchange (CUX) USA awards and bagged the Best Practice Award for Corporate College partnership for the year 2007.

In the Engineering area BITS has tie up with Bharat Forge, Technip, Ashok Leyland, L&T etc. In the Power sector BITS has tieup with NTPC, NDPL (Tata Power), Essar Power, Renusagar Power, Tehri Hydro etc. In the Process area BITS had tieup with Chambal Fertilizers, Tata Chemicals, Hindustan Zinc (HZL), Hindalco etc.

In the Pharma sector BITS has tieup with Dr Reddy’s Labs, Matrix Labs, Strides Arco Labs and Dabur Pharma (Fresenius Kabi Oncology Ltd.). In the healthcare sector BITS has tieup with CMC Hospital Vellore and Bombay Hospital Mumbai / Indore.

BITS Pilani has collaborated with and also presently collaborating with various CSIR Labs (CLRI Chennai, IICB Kolkata NPL Delhi etc), Consultancy Development Centre (CDC) New Delhi under GOI Ministry of Science and Technology, National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) Kolkata under GOI Ministry of Culture, Indian Institute of Quality Management (IIQM) Jaipur under GOI Ministry of Communication and IT, Bharat Dynamics under GOI Ministry of Defence, Atomic Energy Education Society under GOI Department of Atomic Energy, Indian Railways RDSO Lucknow, IRCAMTECH Gwalior etc.

Organizations which may be interested in Work Integrated Learning Programmes of BITS may contact Dr BR Natarajan Dean WILP Division BITS Pilani Rajasthan 333031 India. Email: brnatarajanbits@gmail.com Website http://www.bits-pilani.ac.in/dlp-home/

Work integrated learning and e-Learning at BITS Pilani are not just treated as philosophies and technologies but also as pedagogical drivers.

About BITS Pilani: The Birla Institute of Technology and Science – BITS Pilani is a Deemed to be University established vide Sec.3 of the UGC Act,1956 under notification No. F.12-23/63.U-2 of June 18, 1964.

.Tata Motors ties up with State Bank of Hyderabad for financing its CVs



Tata Motors has entered into an understanding with the State Bank of Hyderabad for financing its range of commercial vehicles to provide an added facility of finance to its customers.

It is to be mentioned that SBH will offer loans for Tata Motors’ commercial vehicles up to 85 per cent of the on-road cost (including vehicle cost, necessary accessories, road tax and insurance), for a tenure ranging up to 5 years, at a very competitive rate of 12.5 per cent.

State Bank of Hyderabad is one of the largest Public Sector Undertakings in the country catering to the financial needs of industry as well as retail segment. The bank has pan India presence with about 1,035 branches. This facility will be available at all the 1,035 branches of the bank and commercial vehicle dealerships of Tata Motors.

.Hyderabad to host ‘Healthcare and Pharma Conclave’


Hyderabad to host ‘Healthcare and Pharma Conclave’

The Healthcare Club at the Indian School of Business (ISB) is organising ‘ISB Healthcare and Pharma Conclave: Destinational India – Challenges and Opportunities’, which will be held on September 26, 2009 at ISB campus, Hyderabad. This year’s Healthcare and Pharma Conclave aims to bring together pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare companies on a single platform to discuss the challenges of doing business in India and the opportunities that India offers for partnerships, outsourcing, R&D, innovation, healthcare services, drug development, and manufacturing. The conclave will provide a platform through a series of insightful talks and discussions involving Industry leaders to discuss the state of affairs in the above areas.

Anandh Balasundaram, MD, AstraZeneca Pharma; Raj Airey, GM, Baxter India Pvt Ltd
Ranga Iyer, MD, Wyeth Ltd; Sandeep Sahney, MD, Genzyme India Pvt Ltd; Dr Swaminathan Subramaniam, director-External Research and Licensing, Merck & Co; Daljit Singh, president – Strategy and Organizational Development, Fortis Healthcare; Dr Hari Prasad, CEO, Apollo Hospitals Krishnan Naganathan, CEO, Valcon India; Ratan Jalan, founder and CEO, Medium Healthcare Consulting Pvt Ltd; Vaidheesh A, MD, Johnson & Johnson Medical; Dr Lloyd Nazareth, MD, Wockhardt Hospitals; Dr V Biju Mohandas, Acumen Fund; and professor M Rammohan Rao, dean Emeritus, ISB will share their view during the occasion.

.Hyderabad army major martyred in Kashmir


Hyderabad army major martyred in Kashmir

HYDERABAD: Major J Suresh Suri, a braveheart from Hyderabad, laid down his life fighting terrorists in a fierce encounter at Baniyari- Sumbal village, 30 km from Bandipora, in North Kashmir on Tuesday.A resident of Vani Nagar in Malkajgiri, the 30-year-old Major is survived by his wife Pallavi. They were married in August last year. Pallavi, who is studying in Mumbai, has gone to Kashmir a few days ago.Acting on a tip off that terrorists were taking shelter at a house near Ajas in the region, 13 Rashtriya Rifles and police had cordoned off the area last evening, IGP (Kashmir) Farooq Ahmed told Express.Defence spokesman Lt Colonel JS Brar said Suri led a team of the Rashtriya Rifles to the house. ‘‘It is a very congested area and our teams took a boat and crossed the Jhelum to reach the militants’ hideout which is in a bylane,’’ he explained.’’Suri was the first officer to storm into the house. In the battle that followed, Major Suri killed an ultra. He was a brave officer. He died in a hand-to-hand combat. A jawan, Lance Naik Kushal Singh, also died,” Farooq Ahmed said.Three other Army officers were injured in the gunbattle which ended on Wednesday evening with the death of two terrorists, including Hizbul Mujahideen commander Pasha and Lashkar-e-Toiba member Moosa. Both were from Pakistan. Pasha carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head. Meanwhile, another encounter in a forest in Baramulla left two Armymen and two terrorists dead.