Coming up -2(Careers/Jobs/Oppurtunities)

Apply for Common Law Admission Test (CLAT- 2010) to be held on May 9 across the country for admission to eleven National-level Law Universities including National Law School of India University, Bangalore, and National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi. Detailed notification will be published during first week of January 2010. Forms will be issued from January 11, 2010. Last date: April 2, 2010. www.clat.ac.in .

Apply online for all India Online Entrance Test (ENAT 2010) to be conducted from February 17 to February 26, 2010 for admission to postgraduate programmes in medicine and dentistry conducted at the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal and Mangalore, and Manipal College of Dental Sciences at Manipal and Mangalore . Last date: January 31, 2010. www.manipal.edu .

AIMS test for Management Admission (ATMA- 2010) will be held on February 14 from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. across the country. Register online before January 25, 2010. www.atma-aims.org .

AIMA will conduct its next Management Aptitude Test (MAT) during February. Candidates can take MAT as a paper-based test on February 7 or computer-based test from February 13 onwards. Graduates in any discipline and final degree student are eligible to apply. Register online before January 24, 2010. www.aima-ind.org .

DOEACC Centre, Calicut, conducts online course in NET Technologies for software professionals. Course will start from February 1, 2010. Duration: 3 months. Website: www.doeacccalicut.ac.in

JSS University, Mysore, has invited applications for admission to its various postgraduate degrees and diploma courses. Last date: march 10, 2010. Website: www.jssuni.edu.in .

The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, has invited applications for admission to its Ph.D. programme starting from February 2010 in the areas of aerospace engineering, avionics, chemistry, Earth and space sciences, mathematics and physics . Last date: December 31, 2009. Website: www.iist.ac.in .

Bharath University has invited applications for admission to its MD/ MS / MDS programmes. Last date: January 5, 2010. Website: www.bharathuniv.ac.in .

Apply now for Kerala Medical/ agriculture/ veterinary/ engineering/ architecture degree entrance examination. Last date: January 6, 2010. Website: www.cee-kerala.org .

VIT University has invited application for its engineering entrance exam (VITEEE- 2010) to be held on April 17, 2010 for admission to B.Tech. programme in various disciplines. Last date: February 20, 2010. Website: www.vit.ac.in

SRM University has invited applications for admission to its various courses such as MDS, MPT, MOT, M.Sc. Nursing, M.Pharm., M.Public Health. Last date: January 15, 2010. Entrance test will be held on January 31, 2010. Website: www.srmuniv.ac.in .

Coming Up–1 (Careers/Jobs/Oppurtunities)

Apply online for ISAT-2010 (IIST admission test) to be held on April 16, 2010 for admission to the B.Tech programmes in aerospace engineering, avionics and physical sciences. www.iist.ac.in/IIST/ISAT2010 , www.isac.gov.in/iist . Last date: January 31, 2010.

The Commissioner for Entrance Examinations, Thiruvananthapuram, has invited applications for entrance examination for admission to Lateral Entry B.Pharm. course. Last date: January 9, 2010. Website: www.cee-kerala.org .

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode has invited applications for admission to its fellow programme in management (FPM). The areas of specialisation includes finance accounting and control, IT and systems, marketing, organizational behaviour and human resources, quantitative methods and operations management. Last date: January 31, 2010. Website: www.iimk.ac.in/fpm.fpm.php

The National Board of Examinations has invited applications for DNB-CET (superspeciality) examination and fellowship entrance test. Last date: January 7, 2010. Website: www.natboard.edu.in

The School of Management under the Pondicherry University has invited applications for admission to two-year fulltime MBA programme. Selection is based on CAT 2009 score, group discussion and personal interview. Website: www.pondiuni.edu .

The University of Delhi has invited applications for admission to the M.Tech. programmes in nuclear science and technology, nano science and nano technology, chemical synthesis and process technologies and MCA. Selection is based on JAM test score and interview. Website: www.du.ac.in .

The DOEACC Centre, Calicut, has invited applications for admission to its postgraduate diploma in embedded system design, wireless and mobile applications from February 17, 2010. Website: www.doeacccalicut.ac.in  (: 0495-2287266, 2287268)

The National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad, has invited online registration from January 1, 2010 for admission to its two-year postgraduate diploma in management (agriculture) and one-year postgraduate diploma in intellectual property and technology management in agriculture. Last date: January 31, 2010. Website: www.naarm.ernet.in , www.specialtestnaarm.ernet.in

The School of Management Studies under the National Institute of Technology, Calicut, has invited application from engineering/ technology/ architecture graduates for admission to its two-year fulltime MBA. Selection is based on IIM-CAT score. Last date: February 5, 2010. Website: www.naarm.ernet.in , www.specialtestnaarm.ernet.in

The Veterinary Council of India has invited applications for all India level Entrance Examinations to be held on May 8, 2010 for admission to 15 per cent seats in B.V.Sc and AH course conducted at veterinary colleges across the country. Application forms will be distributed from January 4 to February 15. Last date: February 22, 2010. Website: www.vci-india.in

The Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, has invited applications for admission to medical postgraduate (MD/ MS/ MDS) and PG diploma in various disciplines. Last date: 29 {+t} {+h} January 2010. Admission test will be held on February 21, 2010. www.cmcludhiana.org .

The MG University, Kottayam, has invited applications for admission to M.Ed. courses conducted at its affiliated training colleges. Last date: January 20, 2010.

Test tracker

  BHU entrance

 The Institute of Medical Sciences, Varanasi, under the Banaras Hindu University has invited applications for its all-India level entrance examination (PMT 2010 screening and main) for admission to MBBS/ BDS/ BAMS/ B.Pharm. courses.

The PMT 2010 screening shall be held on May 12, 2010 at Varanasi, Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad centres to screen candidates eligible to appear for the PMT 2010 main examination for MBBS course.

The main exam will be held on June 13, 2010 at Varanasi only. For BDS/ BAMS/ B.Pharm. courses, candidates will be selected on the basis of their merit in the PMT 2010 screening test.

Eligibility

A pass in Plus Two or equivalent examination with 50 per cent marks in English, physics, chemistry and biology taken together for admission to MBBS. BDS/ BAMS programmes. For B.Pharm. course a minimum of 60 per cent marks in the qualifying exam is needed.

Candidates should have completed 17 years of age. Their age should not exceed 25 years as on December 31, 2010.

How to apply

Application forms and information brochure can be obtained by post on sending a requisition letter along with a demand draft of Rs.1,200 drawn from a nationalised bank in favour of the Director, Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU, payable at Varanasi before February 19, 2010.

Candidates must include two self-addressed envelopes (10 X6 cm) also with the request. Address:

The Director (PMT cell), Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221005. The last date for receipt of filled-in applications is March 9, 2010.

Website: www.bhu.ac.in ; www.imsbhu.nic.in .

MD/MS course

The BHU has invited applications for its postgraduate medical entrance examination to be held on February 21, 2010 at Varanasi for admission to MD/ MS courses.

Those who have passed MBBS degree recognised by the Medical Council of India and completed one-year compulsory internship on or before April 30, 2010 can apply.

Application forms and other details can be downloaded from the websites www.bhu.ac.in , www.imsbhu.nic.in .

The filled-in application along with all required documents should be sent to the Director, Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU, Varanasi-221005 so as to reach the addressee on or before January 9, 2010.

A demand draft of Rs.1,600 drawn on a nationalised bank and payable at Varanasi in favour of Director IMS, BHU should be enclosed along with the application.

Amrita Engineering Entrance Exam 2010

Amrita Vishwa Vidya Peetham has invited applications for engineering entrance examination to be held on May 2, 2010 across the country for admission to B.Tech. programmes being offered at the Amrita School of Engineering in Amritapuri (Kollam), Bangalore and Coimbatore. Disciplines available for engineering courses are aerospace, civil, chemical, computer science, electronics and communication, electrical and electronics, electronics and instrumentation and mechanical engineering.

Eligibility

A pass in Plus Two/ equivalent examination with 60 per cent marks separately in mathematics, physics and chemistry or a three-year diploma in engineering with a minimum 60 per cent marks is needed.

Those who are appearing for the final year qualifying exam in April/ May 2010 are also eligible to apply.

Application form and prospectus can be obtained from December 21 onwards from any of the Amrita School of Engineering colleges at Amritapuri, Bangalore, Coimbatore on payment of Rs.850 by demand draft drawn in favour of Amrita School of Engineering payable at Coimbatore or from the selected branches of Axis Bank, Dhnalakshmi Bank and State Bank of Hyderabad functioning at Kerala.

To receive application by post, write to the admission coordinator in any of the campuses mentioned below with a demand draft for Rs.850 drawn in favour of Amrita School of Engineering payable at Coimbatore.

For getting application by post, write to the Admission Co-ordinator in any of the campuses mentioned below with a demand draft for Rs. 850 frawn in favour of Amrita School of Engineering payable at Coimbatore.

Amrita School of Engineering, Ettimadai. P.O, Coimbatire – 641105 Phone : 0422- 2656422.

Amrita School of Engineering, Kasavanahalli, Carmelaram. P.O, Bangalore – 560035, Phone : 080- 28439565/ 66.

Amrita School of Engineering, Amritapuri, Clappana. P.O, Kollam – 690525, Phone: 0476- 2809400/ 02.

Online application facilities will be made available from December 21, onwards through www.amrita.edu . Sale of application form closes on March 27, 2010.

Completed applications should be sent only to Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore before March 30, 2010.

For more details, visit www.amrita.edu .

CMAT to be held on Feb. 28 in 44 cities

Calibre Management Aptitude Test (CMAT), a national-level management aptitude test held for admission into over 50 business schools in the country will be held on February 28, 2010. Forms would be available till February 6 and the last date for submitting the forms in February 10.

The test will be held at select centres in 44 different cities in India.

This high quality test, the scores of which will be used in the admission process, is a reliable analytic of the scholastic aptitude of post-graduate management programmes. The two-hour examination has four sections of total 100 questions.

Sample test

The entrance test will fully assess the students’ ability for business studies and apart from individualised score card given to students the scores will be provided to participating B-Schools selectively in respect of those candidates who apply to a particular B-school.

The test paper pattern and sample test is available on www.c-mat.com .

Reality show for budding entrepreneurs

The Entrepreneurship Cell [E-Cell] of IIT-Bombay is conducting a reality show for budding entrepreneurs who have established their start-up and is giving them a unique opportunity to pitch their ideas to investors to receive funding from them.

This dynamic version of the conventional investor’s pitch, called the Vulture’s Nest, is a competition whose finals are to be hosted in the first week of February during E-Summit 2010, which is the networking event held by E-Cell, IIT-Bombay.

The finals will have investors as well as the general public as the audience which will make the event much more happening as against a routine pitch.

These entrepreneurs will get a chance to showcase their ideas to a panel of investors in 15 minutes.

This is an excellent opportunity for start-ups who do not have access to large venture capitalists and private equity firms to gain capital and visibility. The contest will go on air on some television channels in January.

Schedule

IIT-B is inviting submissions in the form of presentations till January 4. Those selected will pitch their ideas at auditions in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai on January 16 and 17.

The final round will have 10 candidates wooing four investors, one of whom is U.S.-based venture capitalist Taj Haslani.

All 10 participants might get funding if the panellists like their presentations.

Details can be had from Pragya Maheshwari, Coordinator, The Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT-Bombay, on 097692 53090 or by email: pragyamaheshwari90@gmail.com .

GATE: get set for the toughest test

 

GATE-qualified candidates are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories and CSIR-sponsored projects.

 One of the toughest examinations with intense competition but rarely in the news is the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), administered by the IITs and IISc for admission to all the post-graduate courses in engineering in the country.

These courses are offered as M.E., M.Tech. and M.S. courses depending on the university and the institutions that design the courses.

Entrance

Though in some States, including Andhra Pradesh, a separate entrance is held for M.Tech and ME courses and those qualifying in that are given a seat after the GATE qualifiers are exhausted.

Some institutions specify GATE qualification as mandatory even for admission of self-financing students to postgraduate programmes.

The GATE-qualified candidates are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories and CSIR-sponsored projects.

Top rank holders in some GATE papers are entitled to apply for ‘Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship’, which is awarded by the CSIR.

Also some government organisations prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the post of Scientist or Engineer.

Before applying, candidates must ensure that they have chosen the right paper, which qualifies them to become eligible to seek admission to the specific programmes they are interested in.

Offline test

The test will be held in the normal mode for all the streams except Textile Engineering and Mining Engineering for which an online test is held. The offline test will be held on February 14 and the online test on February 7, 2010. The results would be announced on March 15.

There are 21 different papers (one for each stream) in GATE including engineering streams such as ECE, CSE, EE and pure sciences such as Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry

Career in engineering physics

 


 

Have a strong interest in physics and an aptitude for science and engineering? A primer on the courses available in engineering physics 


Only a few institutions offer B.Tech-level programme in engineering physics. Four-year-long B.Tech course, five-year integrated M.Tech course and five-year dual degree M.Tech programmes are being offered by institutes like the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Institute of Technology of the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. Selection to these institutes is through a national-level IIT joint entrance examination conducted annually. 

Meritorious students who have passed Plus Two or equivalent examination in the regular stream with 60 per cent marks in aggregate in physics, chemistry and mathematics are eligible to apply for IIT-JEE. Final year Plus Two students are also eligible to appear for the exam. 

Study facilities 

IIT-Madras, Bombay and Delhi offer B. Tech programmes in engineering physics. Institute of Technology at Varanasi under the Banaras Hindu University offers five-year integrated M.Tech course in engineering physics. IIT-Bombay offers five-year dual degree M.Tech programme in engineering physics with specialisation in nanoscience. The Department of Physics of IIT Bombay offers both B.Tech and dual degree M.Tech in engineering physics. The B.Tech programme is the oldest of its kind in the country. The curriculum lays stress on the basic physics that underlies new technological developments. The engineering physics students are also offered electives in several applied areas such as VLSI technology, electronics instrumentation and fibre optic communication. A dual degree programme in engineering physics was started in 2005-06. After the five-year-long programme students are awarded a dual degree B.Tech and M.Tech in engineering physics with specialisation in nanoscience. 

At IT-BHU 

The Institute of Technology (IT) of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi offers a five-year M.Tech integrated course in engineering physics which trains young students in the area of space physics, plasma physics and fibre optics. Courses in solid state physics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamic, statistical mechanics, materials physics, applied nuclear science and remote sensing are also included. For more details visit www.itbhu.ac.in . Admission is based on IIT-JEE that covers three separate sections on chemistry, mathematics and physics. For more details visit http://jee.iitm.ac.in 

Career prospects 

Those who successfully complete the above courses will have employment opportunities with government organisations such as Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), and National Physical Laboratory apart from teaching profession. Campus placement facilities are also available in IITs. 

Higher study options 

Those who successfully complete B.Tech. in engineering physics can utilise the following higher education facilities. GATE qualified candidates are eligible to get scholarship/fellowship. 

Indian Institute of Technology, Roorke–247667 conducts M.Tech. in solid state electronic materials. It is a suitable higher study option for meritorious B.Tech. degree holders in engineering physics. The institute also offers M.Tech. in computer science and engineering and M.Tech. in information technology. Entry qualification is BE/B.Tech. degree in any branch. (www.iitr.ernet.in ). 

Amrita School of Engineering, Ettimadai, Coimbatore-641105 under the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham conducts M.Tech. in remote sensing and wireless sensor networks. Entry qualification is BE /B.Tech in any branch or M.Sc. Maths/physics/computer science with minimum 70 per cent marks (www.amrita.edu ). 

International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore–560100 offers M.Tech. programme. A first class BE / B.Tech. is the minimum qualification for admission. Selection is based on an online admission test and interview (www.iiitb.ac.in

Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata- 700108 offers M.Tech. programme in computer science; M.Tech. in quality, reliability and operations research. Meritorious engineering/ technology graduates are also eligible for admission (www.isical.ac.in/deanweb ). 

Amrita Centre for Nanoscience under the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi – 682041, conducts M.Tech. course in nanomedical science courses. B.Tech. holders are also eligible for admission (www.amrita.edu

National Institute of Industrial Engineering, NITIE, Vihar Lake. P.O, NITIE, Mumbai – 400087 offers PG diploma in industrial engineering. GATE qualified first class engineering/ rechnology graduates in any branch are eligible for admission www.nitie.edu

BU-DRDO Centre for Life Sciences under Bharathiar University Campus, Coimbatore- 641046 conducts M.Tech. in remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Any graduate in engineering are eligible for admission. Selection is based on an entrance test and interview (www.b-u.ac.in

Rajiv Gandhi Poudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, Gandhi Nagar, Bhopal – 462036 offers M.Tech. in energy technology and environment management. BE/ B.Tech. holders with 55 per cent marks and above are eligible for admission (www.rgtu.net ).

Online help for Inter students

Intermediate students suffering with frequent bandhs and academics getting disturbed have a solution. They can learn the subjects through a virtual classroom sitting at home.

With each concept of every chapter explained in audio and video format supported by animations, one cannot miss the class despite these disturbances. A portal dedicated to Intermediate education,  ‘ www.leacenter.com  ‘, has put over 4,500 plus audio-visual explanation of fundamental concepts and examples covering IPE topics in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry with simple to understand animations and tips.

Virtual laboratories

Ram Kadiyala, CEO of the company, says virtual laboratories have been created where students can watch animated videos of conducting experiments. “We show a student how to perform an experiment including instruments required, precautions to be taken while performing the experiment, how to record and tabulate the results, probable viva questions etc. Best part is that they can review many times so that it will register in there mind how to perform a particular experiment,” says Mr. Ram.

The advantage is that the videos can be repeated by the students number of times till they get clarity. “It is like a teacher coming to your home and explaining the concepts,” says Mr. Ram, who ventured into this model leaving a comfortable career in the US.

Explanations are also available in e-book format.

The portal also contains multiple online mock test interfaces so that the student can get familiarised with online examination process and time management. Instant similar practice questions are also available where solutions are reviewed for incorrectly answered questions. The inputs and the facilities would be of immense help for candidates preparing for Intermediate examinations as well as tests like IIT-JEE, AIEEE, BIT-SAT, and EAMCET.

Bridging gaps

Apart from reaching out to students who are academically lagging behind, the portal will also bridges the gap in the learning process of weak and intelligent students. Mr. Ram says the second package is available at Rs. 3,000 while the two-year package is available at Rs. 4,999 including laboratories and 12 mock tests. He says several colleges have already registered and are using the facility for their students in the libraries and during examinations.

“Even the government has evinced keen interest in the software to use it in the rural areas,” he says.

Practice makes it perfect

 

Tips on how to prepare for the personal interview at CAT

Never try to bluff your way through an interview


Watching the beautiful IIM-Bangalore campus in the Aamir Khan-starrer “3 Idiots” might have renewed the enthusiasm among CAT aspirants to enter the portals of IIMs.

Most students tend to relax once the written part of the examination is over and assume that they can prepare for the next round (Group Discussion/Personal Interview) after the results are out. But, this strategy could be fraught with danger.

The time between the announcement of the results and the commencement of the interviews — less than a month — is too little to make a significant impact on the preparation.

Preparing for the personal interview involves a lot of introspection and requires time. Although it does not require the 10-hour-a-day preparation like the CAT, you should aim to spend at least two to three hours a day for the next two months. There are two aspects to preparing for the personal interview: learning how to behave and preparing for the content of the interview.

Behaviour

You should train yourself to behave in a formal manner throughout the interview. This training can be obtained by participating in mock interviews conducted by professionals. You can also practice by requesting your friends, family or other aspirants to conduct mock interviews.

Although most interviews tend to be stressful, some of them (called ‘stress interviews’) dial up the stress and aim at getting the candidate as flustered as possible. The focus should be on remaining calm through the most stressful of situations.

Personal questions

You should prepare a long list of potential questions that can be asked on your background and write down the answers for them. Why did you make the career choices you did, why do you want to do an MBA, why do you prefer the particular college for which you are being interviewed, what do you intend to do with the MBA degree are questions that will almost certainly be asked.

Another very common question is: tell us about yourself. Answers to this question should focus on talking about yourself (at least for a minute) highlighting aspects of your career, education, interests or extra/co-curricular activities which might not have been highlighted in the application form. If any hobbies or interests were mentioned in the application form, you should be prepared to answer a lot of question on that area.

Other questions

You should be prepared to answer questions on any aspect of your education and work (if applicable). As it is not possible to revise what was learnt in the last three or four years you should focus on revising basic concepts and brushing up on courses in which you performed well. In case the interviewer asks questions on subjects you are not confident about, you can always steer the questions to the area you prepared well on.

Preparation for the general questions can be covered by reading magazines and newspapers regularly. One thing that you should remember though is that it is always better to tell the interviewer that you do not know the answer rather than try to bluff your way through it. The interviewer almost certainly will know more than you, whatever the question may be.

(The author is an alumnus of IIM-B and is a freelance writer)

Shining in the business of cinema

  The interest that students of management have in the film industry, particularly in its business aspects, seems to be growing, if the trend at the Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad is any indication. When the institute introduced an elective on ‘Contemporary film industry – a business perspective’ in 2008, about 80 students enrolled for it. However, over 150 students have registered this year for the same elective, classes for which began recently.

The main faculty member for the elective, Kandaswamy Bharathan, executive director of the Chennai-based Kavithalayaa Productions, says there is a great demand for professionally qualified management graduates in the film industry and this course seeks to train interested candidates to play an active role in the business side of the entertainment industry.

“Today the world of entertainment is highly corporatised and that has created a need for professionals who understand how the industry works and can possibly make a difference with their expertise,” says Mr. Bharathan, who is also an alumnus of IIM-A. Besides taking the course, a few students opted for taking up internships in the entertainment industry. “In fact, Kavithalayaa recruited two students who are doing very well now,” he adds.

Aspects such as production management, technological environment of cinema, budgeting and financial control, marketing and branding in film industry and possible de-risking models are being covered in the elective. This year, more attention would be paid to case studies of promoting Indian films abroad. “I would share my experiences of promoting actor Rajinikanth-starrer Muthu abroad.”

In addition to that, the institute plans to invite renowned actors and producers in the industry who could share their perspectives with students. In a field as dynamic as the film industry, different perspectives and experiences are likely to give students a feel of how the industry works and what kind of skills would be required for a professional who aims to be part of it.

Mr. Bharathan says he is also trying to include experiences from other States and film industries to give students a comprehensive picture.

NITC students get excellent offers

  National Institute of Technology Calicut (NITC) recorded its highest salary for placement for year 2009. Amazon.com recruited two of its computer science students offering an annual pay of Rs.16 lakh. “This is the highest for a student to get in the history of NITC,” said Prof. T.K. Suresh Babu, Head of the Department of Training and Placement, NITC.

In 2008-2009, the highest salary bagged by an NITC student was Rs.12 lakh. In 2007-08, it was Rs.11.5 lakh. It was Rs.9 lakh in 2006-07, Rs.6 lakh in 2005-06 and 2004-05. While computer science students bagged an average annual pay of Rs. 6.1 lakh in the current year, the electrical students got Rs.6.6 lakh, mechanical students Rs.5.8 lakh, chemical engineering student Rs.5.95 lakh, production engineering students Rs.4.4 lakh, civil engineering students Rs.4.1 lakh and electronics students Rs.4.5 lakh. More than 90 per cent of the computer science students at NITC have already been placed this year. This shows that the demand in IT core sector is steady and high.

Interestingly, high rank students have been preferring electronics and communication at NITC. But higher salary is taken by the students of computer science. One reason for this backwardness of the electronics and communication students is that the semiconductor industry is yet to pick up in the country. “It is expected to pick up in another six to eight months,” said Prof. Babu.

This paradox is apparent in all other NITs as well. The highest pay taken by an electronics and communication student may be Rs. 8 to 9 lakh a year. But a computer science student may take an annual pay up to Rs.20 lakh.

“This is because of a notion among a large section of students that computer science stream may be affected by market fluctuations. It may be this perception that prompt students to prefer electronics and communication to computer science,” said Prof. Babu.

2010 technology not as advanced as hoped

Despite iPods, genetic sequencing, the Internet and Twitter, nearly a third of Americans said they thought there would be more technological advances by the year 2010.

Not everyone expected to be living like The Jetsons, the space age television cartoon series of the early 1960s, but the Zogby International survey of more than 3,000 adults in the United States showed many were less than enthusiastic about how far we have come by the dawn of a new decade.

“The age group most likely to be disappointed with the current level of technological advancement are 35 to 54-year-olds (36 percent),” Zogby, which conducted the survey commissioned by the website ScoopDaily, said in a statement.

About 21 percent of people believe we are more technologically advanced than they thought we would be by 2010, while 37 percent believed we are on target for their expectations.

About a third of people 70 years and older said they thought current technology was more advanced than they thought it would be.

“First Globals, those age 18-30, are much less likely than older generations to say the technological advancements up until now have exceeded their expectations,” Zogby added.

Not surprisingly, men were more likely than women to say they thought there would have been greater advances by 2010 to the Jetson lifestyle with its flying saucer-like cars and robotic servants.

2010’s most awaited Tollywood films

LEADER

The most awaited film of the year, Leader marks Rana’s Tollywood debut as an actor. The film directed by Shekhar Kammula has been in the making for over two years. Leader, which has a political backdrop is slated for a January release.

ADURS

Scheduled to hit theatres by Sankranthi, Adurs is Junior NTR’s first release in over a year. The film which also stars Nayanatara and Sheela, was delayed due to Jr NTR’s election campaign followed by his accident.

KEDI

After a year’s sabbatical, Nagarjuna is finally going to come back with his film Kedi. In his 25-year career, 2009 was the first time Nag didn’t have a release. The film, which has Mamta Mohandas playing the female lead, is slated for a Sankranthi release.

NAMO VENKATESHA’

Their last hit together was Adavari Matalaku Ardhale Verule two years ago, and now Venkatesh and Trisha are all set to wow the Telugu audience with their next film Namo Venkatesha. A family entertainer, the film is scheduled to release early this year.

SAMBHO SIVA SAMBHO

Sambho Siva Sambho is one of the most awaited multi-starrers of 2010. With Ravi Teja, Allari Naresh and Priyamani in the lead, this remake of the Tamil blockbuster Nadodigal is directed by Samuthirakani.

VEDAM

Directed by Krish Radhakrish-na, of Gamyam fame, Vedam is one of the several multistarrers slated to release this year. With big names like Anuskha Shetty, Allu Arjun, Manchu Manoj, Seiya and Manoj Bajpai, the film promises to be a compelte entertainer.

KOMARAM PULI

After the 2008 superhit Jalsa, Pavan Kalyan is all set to return with Komaram Puli, which is slated for a summer release. Directed by S.J. Surya, the film will have Pavan romancing debutant Nikesha Patel. The movie which draws its name from Komaram Bheem, who fought for the liberation of Hyderabad state, is expected to have political anecdotes.

Mahesh Babu-Anushka’s untitled next

After a two-year hibernation, Mahesh Babu is finally ready to make a comeback with an untitled film opposite Anushka Shetty. Directed by Trivikram Srinivas, the film is expected to release in summer.

Brindavanam

After staying out of the limelight for so long, NTR Junior seems to be on a roll. After Adurs, NTR’s next release this year will be Brindavanam, where he will be sporting a completely different look. The movie which is being produced by Dil Raju will have him romancing Kajal Agarwal.

Orange

Movie buffs have reason to cheer. Director Bhaskar of Bommarillu fame is bringing together two popular stars in his next film — Ram Charan Teja and Genelia. The shooting of this movie is on and it’s expected to release by the end of 2010.

Twitter bans 370 ‘obvious’ words as passwords

Social networking site ‘Twitter’ has banned 370 words it considers “too obvious” to be used as passwords.

Twitter rejects certain words like “123456” and “password” to be used as passwords because it thinks they are too easy to guess and put users data at risk, The Telegraph reported.

Along with, names of famous cars such as “porsche” and “ferrari”, and football teams like “Chelsea” and “Arsenal” have also been banned.

A few science fiction words are also a part of the banned word list of the website.

“THX1138” – title of the first film by Star Wars fame director George Lucas, is banned. So is “NCC1701” – the registry number of Star Trek’s starship Enterprise – and “trustno1”, Fox Mulder’s password in The X-Files, the report said.

A recent research by insurer CPP has shown that people are often too predictable when it comes to choosing passwords.

Security experts advise that a strong password should consist of letters, numbers and even punctuation symbols. They should be changed regularly and one should not use the same password for their online services.

A website to save you from traffic blues

Irritated with the everyday struggle with the capital’s unending traffic jams and unexpected processions? A newly launched website – www.thetrafficpeople.net  – is worth checking out before you take to the roads.

Shailesh Sinha, the brain behind the website, said: “We give updated traffic information from time to time. My team members go out on the roads to calculate the actual time lag because of any traffic diversion like a procession or jam.”

The information is regularly updated during the peak traffic hours, between the morning office hours and again from 5 p.m. to about 9.30 p.m.

Mr. Sinha said the idea to start a website struck him after his experience of driving to work everyday through patience-testing traffic.

“My team constitutes all young guns. Some have four years of driving experience, some have six, some are fairly new and others who are as old as 10-year roadsters. We are all united with one aim – to do something about the traffic scenario of the city,” he says on his website.

The website gives driving tips too. It also gives one the option to get SMS alerts on traffic information.

Tobacco could be biofuel of future vehicles

AWAY FROM YOUR LUNGS: A worker carries freshly picked tobacco leaves. Scientists have discovered a way to generate biofuel out of these leaves, which naturally produce more oil. File photo

Researchers have identified a way of increasing oil content in tobacco leaves as a prelude to using these for biofuel.

In some instances, the modified tobacco plants produced 20-fold more oil in their leaves, said Vyacheslav Andrianov, assistant professor of cancer biology at Jefferson Medical College.

Tobacco can generate biofuel more efficiently than other agricultural crops. However, most of the oil is typically found in the seeds – tobacco seeds are composed of about 40 percent oil per dry weight, adds Mr. Andrianov.

Although seed oil has been tested for use as fuel in diesel engines, tobacco plants yield a modest quantity of seeds, or about 600 kg per acre.

Mr. Andrianov and his colleagues sought to find ways to engineer tobacco plants to have a higher oil content.

“Tobacco is very attractive as a biofuel because the idea is to use plants that aren’t used in food production,” he said. “We have found ways to genetically engineer the plants so that their leaves express more oil. In some instances, the modified plants produced 20-fold more oil in the leaves.”

“Based on these data, tobacco represents an attractive and promising ‘energy plant’ platform, and could also serve as a model for the utilisation of other high-biomass plants for biofuel production,” concludes Mr. Andrianov.

These findings were published online in Plant Biotechnology Journal.

Facebook reunites Indonesian siblings after 35 years

An Indonesian woman found a brother who had been missing for more than three decades through the popular social networking site Facebook, according to a media report.

Nurlianti Dehi was separated from her elder brother Anton in 1974 when he left their hometown in Central Sulawesi province for neighbouring North Sulawesi, according to the online edition of the Media Indonesia daily.

Anton maintained contact with his family for the first two years but later cut off communication completely, she told the newspaper.

“We were separated for 35 years and now I found him through Facebook,” Nurlianti was quoted as saying.

Nurlianti had virtually given up hope of finding her brother when Anton’s daughter found her on Facebook and contacted her.

She said she initially doubted if the person who spoke on the phone was her brother, but became convinced after they shared some stories of childhood.

Apple blocking Dalai Lama applications

Apple appears to be blocking iPhone applications related to the Dalai Lama and the exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer from its China App Store, IDG News Service reported.

 IDG, publisher of Macworld, Computerworld, PC World and other magazines, said the move would make Apple the latest US technology company to censor its services in China.

 It said five iPhone applications related to the Tibetan spiritual leader were unavailable in the China store, as was one related to Kadeer, the US-based leader of China’s largely Muslim Uighur community.

 China labels both the Dalai Lama and Kadeer as “separatists.”

 In a statement to IDG, Trudy Miller, an Apple spokeswoman, said: “We continue to comply with local laws. Not all apps are available in every country.”

 There was no immediate reply from Apple on Thursday to an inquiry.

 Chinese telecom carrier China Unicom began selling the iPhone in China two months ago.

 Some of the paid and free applications which IDG said were unavailable provide inspirational quotes from the Dalai Lama or information about Nobel peace prize winners including the Tibetan spiritual leader, the 1989 laureate

Google reportedly planning to launch its own mobile

Google reportedly hopes to strengthen its presence in the world of mobile telephony with plans to introduce its own high-tech phone sometime in 2010, according to press reports.

Reports by the Wall Street Journal and other outlets cite sources close to Google stating that the company, known primarily for its online search functions, is expected to release a phone dubbed Nexus One that runs Google’s Android operating system.

However, the company hopes to sell the phone directly to consumers, skipping mobile service providers, which often package their services with hardware from other companies. That means customers will either have to use their existing mobile phone contract with the Nexus or arrange for a new one.

The new phones will reportedly be manufactured by Taiwanese phone maker HTC, reported TechCrunch, a technology blog. HTC already produces several phones that use Android.

With Google in the lead, the two companies developed Android, which relies primarily on Google’s online services for mobile internet functions. However, until now, Google has always relied on other companies, like HTC, Samsung or Motorola, to provide network support and hardware.

Google recently reported in a blog entry that it was letting some of its employees test a new mobile device, but provided no further details. The company is seen by many to be one of the up-and-coming players in the mobile phone market. Google believes it can leverage its strong position in online advertising to similar strengths within the mobile market.