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Promising avenues in Nanotechnology

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What is nanotechnology and why so much buzz about it

Nanotechnology is about dealing with materials and technology at microscopic levels. Nanotechnology is a new inter-disciplinary field and is gradually gaining focus. It does hold a lot of potential as it is expected to be able to come up with innovative solutions which will be useful in multiple domains/industries like :

- Environment management

- Medicine and healthcare

- Renewable energy resources

- New materials for space application, food packaging, sustainable building materials

- Auto and sporting goods

- Forensics

For example, a team from IIT Madras has used nanotechnology for arsenic decontamination of water. Another team from IIT Delhi has come up with a water based self cleaning technology for use in textile industry.

Being an inter-disciplinary field, it has the potential to impact practically every aspect of our life !

What is being done to promote this field

As stated earlier, it may be noted that this is a rather new area. Some leading institutes, like IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, Cochin University of Science & Technology are getting into this by having established nanotechnology schools where PG and research programmes are being undertaken. Worth noting that these are PG courses and high level research programmes, not UG courses yet.

- Inter University Centre for Nanomaterials and Devices (IUCND) at Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) is an inter-university research centre formed by the government of Kerala. The centre is established with a view to provide state of the art infrastructure to support research and development in the domain of nanotechnology and also provide a platform for collaborative research involving academia and industry. It is expected to promote research towards scalable technologies in the emerging areas of (a) Energy (b) Communication (c) Environment and (d) Medicine.

- IIT Kharagpur focuses on (a) Nanofabrication / Nanoelectronic & Photonic Devices / NEMS / Nanosensors; (b) Bulk nanostructured materials for structural applications, (c) Novel nanomaterials : Synthesis, self-assembly and applications; (d) Nanostructured coatings for energy conversion/storage and surface engineering, (d) Nano-biotechnology, (e) Computational nanostructures etc. The school has recently established two new facilities, viz. Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) of nanopowders for fabrication of compacts and electron Beam Lithography (EBL) System for fabricating Nanoelectronic devices. In addition, the existing facilities in different laboratories of the institute are currently being utilized by the faculty members for the research in the broad area of nanomaterials and devices. The school currently has nine enrolled Ph.D. students and offers an elective subject on "Introduction to Nano-Science and Technology".

- IIT Kanpur is undertaking projects in (a) Multiscale Scaffolds as Fabrication Platform for Screening, Analysis and Development of in vitro 3D platform for Tuberculosis (b) Development of MEMS Microcantilever Sensors for Detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) (c) Polymeric composite grafted with Cu-nanoparticle-dispersed carbon nanofibers: An efficient electrode of the electrochemical immunosensor for the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (d) Ready to use Mycobacterial culture growth media nanofiber mats (e) Paper Based Microfluidic Biosensors for Early Detection of Oral Cancer from Salivary Biomarkers

Govt initiatives

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has taken several major initiatives for the promotion of Nanoelectronics research and innovation in the country. Major Nanoelectronics Centres of international standards have been established at premier institutes in the country. The state-of-the-art nanofabrication facilities at these Centres have become very popular both in India and abroad. Also, the Indian Nanoelectronics Users Programme (INUP) initiated by MeitY is being implemented at Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics (CEN) at IISc and IIT Bombay and has provided a great opportunity for R&D community all over the country for accessing state of the art nanofabrication facilities for undertaking research and skill development in Nanoelectronics. About 400 researchers are being imparted hands-on training in Nanofabrication at these centres every year. The research activities have so far resulted in a large number of research publications and significant number of innovations for which patents have been filed.

So what course should one take up at UG level

As one can infer, to make a career in this field, one needs to take up a specialized PG level course. However, at UG level, courses like Ploymer Engg, Electronics Engg, Material Science, Biotechnology, Biomedical, Biosciences, Microbiology, Mechanical Engg, Environmental Science could be a good way to go.

UG Courses

For UG admissions, you may check entrance exams for EngineeringBiotechnology and Maths & Science streams

 

Part 2 : No Physics Required for these 10 Fantastic Options

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This is the second part of the blog No Physics Required for these 10 Fantastic Options published earlier.  In the first part, we shared how meritorious students are slowly opting for programs that are focussing on programs that are data oriented and analytical (click HERE to go through the first part). Many of these specialized programs do not require Physics / Science as mandatory subjects.  In the second part of the blog, we shall explore five more options that students (Science, Commerce or Humanities) could consider.  

5. B.Sc. (H) Mathematics and Computer Science in Chennai Mathematical Institute

Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI), a Deemed University under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956, is recognized both within the country and abroad as one of the important centres in India for research and teaching in mathematical sciences. Founded in 1989 as part of the SPIC Science Foundation, it has been an autonomous institute since 1996. The research groups in Mathematics and Computer Science at CMI are among the best known in the country. The Institute receives substantial support for its activities from the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

The Admissions to the B.Sc (H) program is via an Entrance Test. Students with exceptionally good performance in National Science Olympiads may be exempted from writing the entrance examination at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

The teaching programmes at CMI are run in cooperation with the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc), Chennai. The courses are taught by the faculty of CMI and IMSc well as distinguished visiting scientists from other academic institutions such as the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), IGCAR, Kalpakkam, IIT Madras, Chennai, the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune and the Eole Normale Superieure (ENS), Paris.

► Check details @ CMI-Maths-BSc

 

6. BSc (H) Mathematics and Computing in IOMA Bhubaneswar

Institute of Mathematics and Applications (IOMA) was established by the Government of Odisha in 1999, vide the Resolution of the Government of Odisha, Science and Technology Department with wide ranging aims and objectives. Since its inception, consistent with its aims and objectives, it has been active in searching and nurturing talents in mathematics by organizing training and interactive camps for successful students in various mathematical Olympiads.

To be eligible for admission (through an entrance exam), candidates should have passed Higher Secondary or equivalent examination with Mathematics and English as a subject.

Students finishing B.Sc. (Hons.) in Mathematics and Computing from this Institute have joined in Masters Degree courses and integrated Ph.D. programmes in IISc, IITs, IMSc, ISI, CMI, TIFR, IISERs, NITs, ISM, Central / State and reputed foreign Universities.

► Check details IOMA-Maths-BSc

 

7. Integrated 5 Year MSc in (a) Mathematical Sciences (b) Chemical Sciences (c) Systems Biology (d) Health Psychology in University of Hyderabad

The University of Hyderabad, ranked 5 by NIRF in 2018, is a premier institution of postgraduate teaching and research in the country, established in 1974 as a Central University, wholly funded by the University Grants Commission. Spread over 2000 acre, it runs 12 schools of study. The Schools of Mathematics and Statistics, Computer and Information Sciences, Chemistry, Economics, Management Studies, and Engineering Sciences & Technology are single discipline schools and the others are multi-department schools.

To be eligible for admission, students should have passed 10+2 (or equivalent) with science subjects (Arts and Sciences for Health Psychology).

► Check details UOH-Spl-Sciences

 

8. Integ 5 Yrear M.Sc in Software Systems / Data Science / Decision and Computing Science in Coimbatore Institute of Technology

Coimbatore Institute of Technology (CIT), Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, was established in 1956. CIT is affiliated to the Anna University, Chennai, India. CIT offers 9 Under Graduate Academic Programmes and 12 Post Graduate Academic Programmes in addition to M.S. and Ph.D. Research Programmes. It is one of the very few institutes offering these nice courses.

It is important to note that for Decision & Computing Sciences course, students from Commerce stream are also eligible. The eligibility criteria for this is a Pass in HSC or Equivalent exam with one subject from each of the following categories A and B as two of the four subjects of study  (a) Mathematics/Business Mathematics / Statistics (b) Physics / Commerce / Economics / Accountacy / Computer Science.

► Check details CIT-MSc(Integrated)

 

9. B.Sc (Hons) Maths at Banaras Hindu University  

Ranked 3 by NIRF in 2018, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is an internationally reputed temple of learning, situated in the holy city of Varanasi and was founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, in 1916 with cooperation of great personalities like Dr Annie Besant, who viewed it as the University of India. Banaras Hindu University is a Central University and was created under the Parliamentary legislation - B.H.U. Act 1915.  It has a phenomenal range of teaching disciplines incorporating almost all conceivable subjects of Science, Engineering & Technology, Humanities, Social Sciences, Commerce, Law, Education, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Sanskrit Vidya Dharm Vigyan, Architecture, Library Science, Journalism and a large number of Indian and Foreign Languages. It is the largest residential University in Asia, with over 30,000 students from India and 46 foreign countries. It has 64 hostels with nearly 11,000 inmates.

► Check details BHU-UET-BSc-Maths

 

10. B.Sc. at Azim Premji University 

Azim Premji University offers 3  year Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degrees in Economics, Humanities, Biology or Physics.

Azim Premji University is a Private university located in Bengaluru.  The university has 5 schools and centres : School of Education, School of Development, School of Policy & Governance, School of Liberal Studies, School of Continuing Education & Univ Resource Centre.

Like in western universities, Azim Premji University, follows the credit score approach, wherein specializations are offered through a combination of Majors and Minors to build disciplinary knowledge and appreciate the subject.  
1. Course Strcuture: 84 credits  (96 credits for Honours program)
2. All students will be required to complete a total of 36 credits as part of the common curriculum which includes Foundation, Understanding India, and Creative Expressions.
3. Specialization credits required: 48
- Students studying Physics or Biology as a major, will take up 8 core courses and 3 electives. (33 credits)
- Students studying Physics or Biology as a minor, will take up 4 core courses and 1 elective course. (15 credits)

► Check details APU-B.Sc-Phy-Bio

No Physics Required for these 10 Fantastic Options

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Are you a

  • Science student but don’t particularly like Physics? or
  • Commerce / Humanities student with an analytical mind? or
  • Have Mathematics in Class 11 or 12?

With the growing influence of internet , the demand for people with a combination of skills in Mathematics, Commercial data analytics and Humanities is on the rise. More and more students are riding this wave and opting for niche courses in these areas. In fact, many top rankers in JEE are now opting for UG & Integrated programs in pure sciences  or maths.  Interestingly, admission to some of these courses does not require Physics as a mandatory subject – a subject that some find pretty dry.  Last but not the least, for admission to some of these programmes, one doesn’t need to have studied science subjects in 10+2 !

In the first part of this blog, we will explore five such programs.  

Happy reading ... !

1. B.Tech (IT & Mathematical Innovations) in University of Delhi

A fantastic one of its kind B.Tech program where students of any stream can apply as long as the candidate has studies Mathematics in 10+2 (qualifying exam).

The B.Tech in IT & Mathematical Innovation is offered at the Cluster Innovation Centre of the Delhi University. Building strong analytical skills through Mathematics and application skills of Information Technology (IT), this course encourages students to recognize the connectedness of various disciplines. The course aims to produce adequately skilled graduates with a creative mindset who can provide new solutions to industry in particular and to society in general.

The course offers three specialization streams – Management, Electronics & Embedded System and Systems Biology – important fields of education with significant interface with Mathematics and IT.

► Check details @ DU-BTech(IT-Maths)

 

2. B.Stat (H) and B.Math (H) in Indian Statistical Institute (ISI)

Indian Statistical Institute offers B.Stat (H) at Kolkata and B.Math (H) at Bengaluru. Both of these are vary coveted programmes and are highly accepted by the industry as well as academia.

Indian Statistical Institute, known widely as ISI, was founded in 1931. Headquartered in Kolkata, it is an Institution of National Importance. Centres of the Institute have come up over the years in other major cities. Most of the research and teaching activities of the Institute take place in its headquarters in Kolkata and the four centres.

Students get a stipend of Rs.3,000 per month plus another Rs.3,000 per year contingency / books grant.

To apply for these courses, students should have successfully completed 10+2 (or its equivalent) with Mathematics and English as subjects of study.

Eligible Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO) Awardees of any year are exempted from appearing in the written entrance test. 

► Check details @ ISI-Stat-Math

 

3. Integrated MSc in NISER Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE-CEBS Mumbai

NISER - National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar and theUniversity of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy, Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS) Mumbai conduct the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) for candidates for admission in 5 year Integrated MSc (Maths / Bio / Chem / Phy).A must attempt for any student interested in cutting edge science and research.
The 5 year integrated MSc programme at NISER and CEBS offers a limited number of merit based INSPIRE (by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India) scholarships of Rs.5,000/– per month and an additional ₹20,000/– per year for carrying out summer projects. 

Besides, top performers at NISER and CEBS, securing overall grades above certain threshold at the end of the programme, are eligible to appear directly for the interview for admission to Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) training school.

► Check details @ NEST

 

4. Actuary from Institute of Actuaries in India

An actuary is a business professional who deals with the measurement and management of risk and uncertainty. An extremely lucrative career which is in very high demand can be a great career path for the number crunchers.While candidates strong in Mathematics and Statistics would have a better chance to succeed, the mandatory subject to apply for the ACET entrance test is only English.
What sets Actuaries apart from their counterparts in other professions is the natural mathematical, economic and statistical aptitude, awareness and the ability to apply these to situations in the real financial world.

► Check details @ ACET-16

 

5. B.Sc. (H) Mathematics and Computer Science in Chennai Mathematical Institute

Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI), a Deemed University under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956, is recognized both within the country and abroad as one of the important centres in India for research and teaching in mathematical sciences. Founded in 1989 as part of the SPIC Science Foundation, it has been an autonomous institute since 1996. The research groups in Mathematics and Computer Science at CMI are among the best known in the country. The Institute receives substantial support for its activities from the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

The Admissions to the B.Sc (H) program is via an Entrance Test. Students with exceptionally good performance in National Science Olympiads may be exempted from writing the entrance examination at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

The teaching programmes at CMI are run in cooperation with the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc), Chennai. The courses are taught by the faculty of CMI and IMSc well as distinguished visiting scientists from other academic institutions such as the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), IGCAR, Kalpakkam, IIT Madras, Chennai, the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune and the Eole Normale Superieure (ENS), Paris.

► Check details @ CMI-Maths-BSc

                                                                                                                 Coming soon ... Part 2 ... watch out ...

 

10 Key Points You Did Not Know about JEE(Main)-2019

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The JEE(Main) – 2019 Information Brochure is now released.  Reading through such a lengthy document is no fun and many times we skim through the content.  However,  thats when we miss out on some really juicy stuff.   We thought we could highlight some interesting points for all of you.  Happy reading.

1. Eligibility:

Chemistry is not a compulsory subject for any candidate to be eligible to apply for the JEE(Main) 2019. However,  the entrance exam will have questions from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.  Technically, a student with Maths, Physics and Biology is eligible to apply for JEE(Main)-2019 but would have to clear the Chemistry questions of the test.  Weird, but true.

2. Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination (QE)

A candidate who has completed class XII in 2017 can apply for JEE(Main) 2019 and is eligible to get into IIITs, NITs, CFTIs, but that candidate is not eligible to apply for JEE(Advanced). Strange, but true.

3. Age Limit            

For appearing in the JEE(Main) 2019 examination there is no age limit for the candidates. They must, however, satisfy the Eligibility and Year of Appearance in the Qualifying Examination.

4. Challenging the Response or answer keys:

It is going to cost you ₹1000 per question if you either would like to challenge the recorded response or if you would like to challenge the answer keys.  Would deserving, but economically weaker, candidates be disadvantaged if they would like to challenge?

5. In case of a tie

Older candidates would get higher rank if NTA score of their individual subjects are same as that of a younger candidate.  This time, experience wins!

6. Only Maths required for B.Arch Eligibility 

NTA says that candidates should have passed 10+2 exams with Mathematics (no mention of Physics & Chemistry) to qualify for B.Arch (Paper 2).  This means, candidates in Commerce with Maths can apply for Paper-2 of JEE(Main)-2019 and apply to the B.Arch programs offered at NITs and CFTIs.  Contrast this with NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture, the testing body under the Council of Architecture) which has made Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics mandatory from 2019 for Admissions to B.Arch programs.  Read our blog B.Arch Eligibility 2019 Confusion : NTA vs NATA for more on this.   

7. AADHAAR is alive and kicking

Even though Supreme Court has reserved the judgement on the constitutional validity of AADHAAR, candidates who want to apply for JEE(Main) 2019 would need one.  Either an AADHAAR number or an AADHAAR Enrolment ID is mandatory.

8. Language of JEE(Main)-2019

Interesting to note that Gujarati is one of the languages in which JEE(Main) 2019 shall be administered in.  This facility has been provided since at least the last four years. However, Gujarati language option will be available only in test centres cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadar& Nagar Haveli.  It is fascinating to note that nearly 15 out of top 200 ranks in JEE(Main)-2018 were from Gujarat. Coincidence?

9. Recognized board for Qualifying Examination:

Candidates from NIOS (Open school)  are eligible to apply besides CBSE, ICSE and State Board candidates.
In addition, NDA Year 2 candidates and any Public School/ Board/ University examination in India or in any foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) are also eligible.

10. Here are the States/Institutes that used JEE (MAIN) -2018 ranks to fill seats through their own Seat Allocation Process last year:

Institutes and States that are not admitting students via JoSAA/CSAB (Centralized counselling) but use the  JEE(Main) 2019 rank as one of the criteria could add other criteria while granting admissions.  For instance, IIIT-Delhi could arguable use a combination of JEE(Main)-2019 rank of a candidate and her Class XII marks in some proportion to create its own admission rank list. 

  • Haryana
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Nagaland
  • Odisha
  • Uttarakhand
  • Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar
  • Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh
  • Indian Institute of Science, Banglore
  • Indian Institute of Space Technology, Thiruvanathapuram
  • Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology,
  • Delhi Technological University, New Delhi.
  • Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University
  • Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology
  • JamiaMilliaIslamia, New Delhi

B.Arch Eligibility 2019 Confusion : NTA vs NATA (Council of Architecture)

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Eligibility criteria for admission in B.Arch has been causing a lot of confusion and it seems like the matter is still not fully resolved, given the seemingly contradictory provisions between what is stated by NTA (National Testing Agency) vis-a-vis Council of Architecture (CoA).

Here’s a quick summary of eligibility by three prominent entities for B.Arch Admissions:

     1. NATA :  50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics

     2. NTA :  Passed 10+2 exams with Mathematics (no mention of Physics & Chemistry)

     3. IIT :  Qualify in JEE-Main Paper 1 + Qualify in JEE-Adv (Paper 1 & Paper 2) + Pass in Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT)

 

The devil is in the details.  Let’s analyze what the NTA & NATA say regarding Eligibility -

 

As per NTA : As per information provided by National Testing Agency (NTA) for JEE Mains 2019, the subjects combinations required for admission in B.Arch / B.Planning in NITs, IIITs, and other CFTIs is

 - Passed 10+2 examination with Mathematics

It further states the following :

- The above mentioned policy could also be adopted by other Technical Institutions participating in counselling through JoSAA/CSAB. In case a State opts to admit students in the engineering Colleges affiliated to State Universities, the State may prepare separate rank list based on criteria decided by them.

 

As per CoA : As per the notification dated 7th Aug 2018 release by of Council of Architecture (CoA) and its Gazette  notification dated 29 May 2017, “No candidate shall be admitted to architecture course unless she/ he has passed an examination at the end of the 10+2 scheme of examination with 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and also 50% marks in aggregate of the 10+2 level examination”.

CoA notice dated 7 Aug 2018 : Download

CoA Gazette notification dated 29 May 2017 : Download

 

Clarification obtained from CoA : On enquiring through a telephonic call to the Academic Cell of CoA on 28 Aug 2018, it was advised that starting with the current 10+2 batch (Class 12 students of 2018-19), it is mandatory to study Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in 10+2 in order to take admission in B.Arch.

 

Students’ dilemma : Besides the above, some institutes / universities accept NATA while many others (eg. IITs, UPSEE, AMU) conduct their own separate Architecture Aptitude Test. This has been causing a lot of confusion amongst students aspiring to get into B.Arch. In fact our interactions with scores of students in recent years also brought forth the fact that many students having aptitude for B.Arch did not even know that they could have got admission in B.Arch without having studied Science subjects in 10+2.

 

Expectation from NTA, CoA and concerned Ministry : It is urgently required on part of the governing bodies to bring in the required clarity and disseminate the information to all stake holders.

 

Read our earlier blog 6 Little Known Facts about B.Arch Eligibility.

 

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JEE-Advanced 2019 Date Announced

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IIT-Roorkee has announced that the JEE-Advanced 2019 would be held on 19th May, 2019 (Sunday).  All other details pertaining to JEE-Advanced 2019 are yet to ba announced. JEE-Advanced is the entrance exam to gain admissions into the 23 IITs.   The exam would be only held in online mode (computer based test).

Besides admissions to IITs, JEE-Advanced scores were also used last year for admissions to 5 IISERs, IISc, Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE), IIST and the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT).  

Last year, the following criteria was applicable for applying to JEE-Advanced:
- Candidates had to be among the top 2,24,000 (including all categories) by scoring positive marks in Paper-1 of JEE (Main) 2018. No. of candidates may be slightly more than 2,24,000 owing to “tied” ranks / score in any category.
- A candidate can attempt JEE-Advanced a maximum of two times in consecutive years. 
- Must have secured at least 75% aggregate marks in the Class XII (or equivalent) Board examination. The aggregate marks for SC, ST and PwD candidates should be at least 65%. 

Lovely Professional Univ starts LPUNEST 2019 applications

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Lovely Professional University,  Punjab, has started accepting applications for its National Eligibility and Scholarship test (LPUNEST) for admission as well as for grant of scholarships in its B.Tech / Integrated programs.

Courses offered : B.Tech, B.Tech (Hons), 5 year integrated B.Tech + M.Tech / B.Tech + MBA, 6 year Dual Degree B.Tech + M.Tech / B.Tech + MBA

Streams / Majors offered

Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE)

Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)

Information Technology (IT)

Mechanical Engineering (ME)

ME - Mechatronics

Automobile Engineering (AE)

Aerospace Engineering

Civil Engineering (CE)

Electrical Engineering (EE)

Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE)

Biotechnology (BT)

Food Technology

Biomedical Engineering

Chemical Engineering (CHE)

CHE - Petroleum

Note : LPUNEST is conducted in 2 Schedules (Rounds). Please check the “KEY DATES” for details. The applicants, after Schedule I, who wants to improve the result may also appear for the second time in Schedule II. The application fee for such candidates will be Rs. 300. The better score will be considered for the final calculation of the cut-offs/ ranks.

Exam dates

Start of NEST Round 1 : 21 Jan 2019

Start of NEST Round 2 : 5 April 2019

For full details, check LPUNEST

IIT Hyderabad and Nirma Univ BDesign admissions through UCEED 2019

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Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad shall be a “Participating Institute” in UCEED-2019 for admissions to B.Design course. The details of the course, specific eligibility conditions and other details, however, have not yet been published. The details are expected to be released soon on IITH website soon.

Additionally, Nirma University Ahmedabad will allot some seats in their B.Des programme for admission through UCEED for the coming academic year 2019-2020. The Institute will however be NOT part of the Joint Admissions Exercise conducted by IIT Bombay. UCEED qualified candidates should apply directly to the institute. For more details on the number of seats, application process, admissions and B.Des course, refer to their website. If you have further queries, contact the institute.

UCEED & other B.Design entrance exams : For detailed information about various Design related courses including UCEED, exam pattern, test centres, key dates and getting alerts, check here.

CBSE decides to extend diluted pass criteria for Class X

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CBSE, vide it circular CBSE/Coord/DS/EC/2018 dated  11 Oct 2018 has decided to extend the diluted pass marks criteria for Class X students for 2019 and thereafter. As per the criteria, students are required to obtain 33% percent marks overall – not separately in internal assessment and the term end board exam. The old criteria which was applicable in 2018 and has now been extended further reads as below :

1. All candidates who had appeared in the exam as per the scheme of studies were exempted from separate pass criteria in internal assessment board examination. The result was computed in each subject taking into account combined marks obtained in internal assessment and board exam and those who secured 33% marks were declared as pass in that subject.

2. In case of a candidate being absent in practical / internal assessment, the marks were treated as zero and result was computed accordingly.

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Azim Premji University Early Admission Cycle Ongoing

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Bangalore based Azim Premji University, a Private university, has started its Early admission process for 2019.  The University offers well structured and contemporary Science, Humanities and Economics programs.  Azim Premji University, follows the credit score approach wherein specializations are offered through a combination of Majors and Minors to build disciplinary knowledge and appreciate the subject.  The University is part of the Azim Premji Foundation, a not-for profit organisation that has been working since 2000 with the elementary education system in rural government schools.  Azim Hashim Premji, the chancellor of the University is an Indian business tycoon, investor, and philanthropist, who is the chairman of Wipro Limited. He is informally known as the Czar of the Indian IT Industry.

The Undergraduate degrees offered at Azim Premji University are:
- B.A. (Economics or Humanities)
- B.Sc. (Biology or Physics or Mathematics)
Each of the above are 3 year programs consisting of 84 credits. The students can take up additional research work and earn 12 more credits and get an Honours degree.
- 4 year B.Sc. B.Ed. (Biology or Physics or Mathematics) . This is a 4 year, full time, dual degree programme consisting of 120 credits in Science and Education that award a B.Sc. B.Ed. degree. The dual degree programme consist of Common Curriculum, Disciplinary courses (Life sciences, Physical Sciences or Mathematics) and Courses in Education.

Salient aspects of the programs on offer:
- The programme is unique in offering both breadth of engagement through the Common Curriculum and disciplinary depth through the Specializations.
- The programme combines conceptual knowledge with practical engagement and understanding that has relevant real world application. We do this through practical lab work, field work, workshops, student research, projects and portfolio.
- It is a fully residential program
- Students from any stream may choose to apply for the programs

The applications for the early admission process have commenced.  The last date to apply is 5th December, 2018 and the National Entrance Test for the early cycle is on 16th December, 2018. The admissions offers would be made by the early February, 2019.

For details, check
B.A. in Humanities  
B.A. in Economics
B.Sc. in Physics, Biology & Mathematics

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