Monday, February 27, 2023

Donating the books on the Eve of Internation book giving day

 Giving someone a book—whether you were the one who wrote it or read and loved it—can be a thoughtful gesture for any occasion.


AICTE Launches QIP Portal to Empower Stakeholders

 Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Prof. T.G. Sitharam launched AICTE Quality Improvement Programme (QIP) Admission Portal, on 22nd February 2023.

The QIP Admission Portal can be accessed through login at The last date for the submission of online application for QIP 2023 admission is 25th March 2023. This will provide opportunity to the serving faculty members of AICTE approved institutions to pursue Masters, PhD programmes from renowned institutions like IITs, NITs etc. This will be the first ever scheme to provide the faculties of management institutions to pursue PhD in IIMs in the country. In the year 2023, 86 institutions across India are participating in the QIP admission process for the PhD and M Tech/ME courses.

S. No.ParticularsNumbers
 IIT/IISC18    (17 IIT + 1 IISC)
 Central University4
 Deemed to be University2
 State University13
Grant Total86 QIP Centres

Course wise number of departments for QIP 2023 are as follows

S. No.ParticularsNumber of Departments
 PhD. Course on offers in IIT’s283
 M.Tech/M.E. Courses on offers in IIT’s81
 PhD Courses on offer in NIT’s183
 M.Tech Courses on offer in NIT’s101
 Ph.D Courses on offer in IIM’s31
 Ph.D courses on offer in all QIP Center782
 M.Tech/M.E. Courses on offer in all QIP Center322

The Government of India launched the Quality improvement Programme in the year 1970. In “Quality Improvement Programme”, only sponsored teachers are eligible for admission to both Master’s & Doctoral Degree Programmes with the aim to enable the teachers to acquire Master’s & Doctoral degrees and imbibe in them a culture of research and better teaching educational capabilities by exposing them to the environment of the institutes of study.

Dr. Abhay Jere, Vice Chairman, AICTE, joined the event online while, Prof. Rajive Kumar, Member Secretary (AICTE), Dr. Ravindra Kumar Soni, Advisor II, AICTE, Dr. Neeraj Saxena, Advisor I, AICTE also attended the programme at AICTE HQ, New Delhi. Many institutions and QIP alumni who have been benefited by QIP scheme from across the country joined this event online.

Prof. T.G. Sitharam, Chairman, AICTE said, ” I am very happy to launch AICTE Quality Improvement Programme Admission Portal for QIP admission 2023. This portal will help thousands of faculty from AICTE approved institutions to pursue PhD / MTech/ME from IISc/IITs/NITs leading to enrichment of the teaching learning across different institutions in India.” He added “In the commerce and management industry, employees have benefited from Executive MBA, hence AICTE strived to achieve easy dissemination of such a service in Education field so as to enable the concerned professionals to avail similar benefits in practice.”

Prof. Rajive Kumar, Member Secretary, AICTE, addressed the gathering and said,  “This QIP scheme is the oldest scheme of Government of India. Since 1984 through AICTE many faculty members are being benefited with this scheme. This portal will help to keep all the information/ history very easily accessible to all.”

From IIT Kharagpur, Prof. Debjani Chakraborty, the Principal co-ordinator of National QIP coordination Committee (NQCC) attended the programme at AICTE HQ. She thanked AICTE for this great initiative to monitor everything in a very simple and impressive way and for including AICTE approved Institution’s faculty members in this programme. She said that the main objective of this programme is ” to add value for the faculties of the engineering colleges and now they can enhance their capabilities, knowledge & can improve their teaching skills.”


Tuesday, February 21, 2023

PCI extends time limit for existing institutions to submit online application for various approvals for 2023-24


The Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) has extended the time limit for the existing pharmacy institutions to submit online applications for continuation of approval, introduction of new courses, and raise in admission in the pharmacy courses along with various other services in the academic session 2023-24.

While in its initial notification the PCI mandated the institutions which are looking for these approvals may have to apply within a time limit till February 20, 2023, it has now extended the time limit to February 27, 2023.

“All the institutions are requested not to wait for the last date as crowding may slow down the server, hence application be submitted at the earliest within the stipulated date,” said the Council. “The consequences of failure to apply will rest on the institutions as no further extension will be given by the Council,” it added.

The PCI has initiated the approval process by opening its portal on February 3, to apply for continuation of approval, introduction of new courses, raise in admission in the pharmacy courses along with various other services.

It added that for those who are looking for approval for new institutions, the Council may come up with an announcement separately.

The portal has facilities for the institutions to submit applications for the Diploma in Pharmacy (D Pharm) course, Bachelor of Pharmacy (B Pharm) course, and the Master of Pharmacy (M Pharm) course, under the Schemes framed under the relevant Acts.

The institutions who want to change the name of institution or trust, change the address or location of the institution, change the examining authority, hospital, or close down the course of the institution, have to apply within the format during the timeframe.

During approval process for the academic year 2023-24, for introduction of new pharmacy courses by existing institutions, the institution will have to apply on the portal along with requisite Pharmacy Education Regulatory Charges (non-refundable) along with Goods and Services Tax (GST) and submit certain documents mandatorily at the time of application for consideration of the application. The PCI has later decided not to charge the security deposit from the pharmacy institutions for the academic year 2023-24 and to revise the Pharmacy Education Regulatory Charges (PERC) for pharmacy courses for new and existing instructions with significant reduction in various charges.

All institutions that are already approved by the PCI for conduct of course and approved under Section 12 for registration as a pharmacist for the pharmacy courses, have to mandatorily apply on the PCI portal, submitting all the requisite information and Pharmacy Education Regulatory Charges for consideration of approval.

Institutions already having approval for 2023-24 or beyond 2023-24 academic sessions shall also mandatorily apply in Standard Inspection Format (SIF) and pay the mandatory charges for retention of already granted approval, it added.

“Applying for approval is entirely the responsibility of the institutions and failure to apply will result in not being reflected in the approved list of Institutions on the Council’s website leading to ‘No Admission Year’,” said the statutory body.



Essay Competition for International Mother language and Marathi language Day

 Dear AIKTC’ians,

In order to honor both International Mother Language Day (21st Feb.) and Marathi Language Day (27th Feb.), the AIKTC-KRRC (Central Library) organized an "Essay Competition."
Essay Theme:
⭕ View on ‘multilingual education - a necessity to transform education’
⭕ What kinds of efforts are expected to be made by the youth to increase the use of Mother language?

Essay Language: English, Hindi, Marathi
Word Limit: Max. 3000
Event Date: 21st Feb. to 27th Feb.
Last Date of Essay Submission: 27th Feb.
Essay Presentation: 3rd March

Prizes: 1st Prize Rs.1000/-, 2nd Prize Rs.750/- and 3rd Prize Rs.500/-

☎️For any query, kindly contact:
Mrs. Shaheen Momin
(Librarian, AIKTC),
Mob.: 9819060407 [WhatsApp Only]

Book Display @ KRRC on International Mother Language & Marathi Language Day


Anjuman Foundation Day

 On AI's Foundation Day, Central Library organized the following activities:

1) Thematic Display: Anjuman-I-Islam Foundation Day from 21st to 28th Feb. till 5pm.  Books are available if you want to know more about its founder.

2) Wakelet (Online)-


Monday, February 20, 2023

Kya hai Hukumat Maharashtra ki Wazir-e-aala ( Chief Minister) Fellowship 2023 ?

                                              Source: URDU TIMES - 20th February'2023


Book Display @ KRRC

 Louis Isador Kahn - An Architect

GATE Answer Key 2023 to be out at, Check steps to download answer key PDF


Primary Source:

GATE Answer Key 2023: IIT Kanpur has announced the date for the release of provisional answer key GATE 2023. Once released, candidates can download the GATE answer key pdf at Know when and where to download 

GATE Answer Key 2023: IIT Kanpur will be releasing the provisional answer key of GATE tomorrow on February 21 in online mode. The official GATE  answer key 2023 pdf will be released in the form of pdf for all papers. The direct link to download the official GATE answer key 2023 will be provided at the GOPAS 2023 website Candidates will also be allowed to raise objections in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) answer key 2023 from February 21 to 25. Those who wish to challenge GATE 2023 answer key have to login on the GOAPS portal and submit their challenges online. 

Updated as on February 20, 2023 at 10.22 AM

GATE Answer Key 2023: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur will release the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2023 provisional answer key on - February 21 (Tuesday). Candidates can check the official GATE answer key 2023 at They will be able to download the provisional GATE answer key without using any login credentials.

The provisional GATE 2023 answer key will include the correct answers to the questions that were asked in the entrance exam. With the help of GATE answer key 2023, candidates can analyse their overall performance and calculate the probable scores. Also, candidates will be given the provision to raise objections against the GATE answer key 2023. 

GATE 2023 Dates 



Provisional GATE answer key

February 21, 2023

Challenging of GATE answer key

February 22 to 25, 2023

Final GATE Answer Key

To be notified

GATE Result 

March 16, 2023

Where To Download GATE Answer Key 2023? 

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur will release the provisional answer key of GATE in online mode. Candidates can get the GATE answer key 2023 only at the official website - Also, the official GATE 2023 answer key will be available in the form of pdf. Candidates are not required to use any login credentials to download the GATE answer key. 

How To Download GATE Answer Key 2023? 

IIT Kanpur will release the GATE 2023 answer key on February 21. Candidates can follow the below-mentioned steps to know how to download official GATE answer key 2023 - 

  • 1st Step - Go to the official website of GATE 2023 IIT Kanpur -
  • 2nd Step - On the homepage, scroll down and look for provisional GATE answer key link.
  • 3rd Step - Now, click on the respective subject link to download GATE answer key. 
  • 4th Step - The subject-wise GATE answer key will be displayed on the screen.
  • 5th Step - Download GATE answer key and calculate the probable scores.

Will IIT Kanpur Provide the Provision To Raise Objections Against GATE Answer Key 2023? 

Yes. As per the dates mentioned on the official website, IIT Kanpur will give the opportunity to raise objections against provisional GATE 2023 answer key. The objection window will be available from February 22 to 25, 2023. To raise objections against the provisional GATE answer key, candidates have to use their login credentials - enrollment id and password. 

The authorities will consider the challenge raised by candidates and later release the final GATE answer key 2023. However, the date for the release of GATE final answer key 2023 has not been announced yet. Based on that, GATE result 2023 will be declared. 


AICTE launches new courses in semiconductor design




The future of education in India: Predictions and trends for 2023


While edtech as a sector has grown tremendously in the past decade, the true impact of its effective application is only now becoming clear. From e-learning platforms, student engagement tools in the classroom, to skill development and continuous learning opportunities for higher education, EdTech has played a significant role in transforming the way knowledge is accessed. In addition to this, the positive government policies and the tech innovations brought about by wide spread internet penetration and the advent of 5G, have further accelerated the transformation of the sector.

There is no doubt that there will be significant educational reforms in 2023 as a result of the new National Education Policy (NEP). STEM-based learning will experience a big push during the next few years as skill-based education picks up speed. In terms of school education, there have been a lot of focused policy developments that have been designed keeping tech enabled solutions in mind, with the objective of driving digital literacy and inclusiveness in terms of access to quality learning methods. As NEP embarks on its voyage, all school curriculum will experience considerable changes as experiential learning gains popularity. Schools will soon start implementing programs with the primary goal of making learning pleasurable.

We’ve put together a list of 2023 educational trends that will make learning more flexible, available, and engaging for both students and instructors. The top five trends that will have a big impact on education in 2023 and beyond are listed below:

1. Augmented reality and virtual reality

Technology is developing, and we have reached a brand-new era when augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are quickly gaining traction. Because of virtual reality and augmented reality technologies, children now have a space where they can understand complicated ideas and gain practical learning experiences in low-risk virtual environments. STEM-related classes, simulations of medical procedures, resources in the arts and humanities, technical education, AR, and VR all have the potential to improve it. The capacity to communicate knowledge in novel and more interesting ways online is the second reason why virtual reality and augmented reality technologies are on their way to becoming one of the most promising additions to the “Edtech” field.

2. Rise of Real and AI together

Artificial intelligence, also known as AI, can communicate with humans and provide assistance. It has the potential to alter a wide number of sectors, including education, and to solve some of the most pressing challenges facing education today by introducing novel approaches to teaching and learning. The use of AI tools and technology may provide benefits such as faster paper grading, tailored training, intelligent material delivery, and student access to tutoring programs or AI-based intelligent tutoring systems (ITS). Realizing that AI should be centered on people is vital. Giving students a sustainable and high-quality education in the future will be made possible by a mix of teachers’ involvement and AI.

3. Personalized Education

Personalizing learning for each student’s strengths, needs, talents, and interests is yet another straightforward yet very successful and novel approach to the learning process. This aids in creating a learning plan specifically for the learner. The fundamental idea behind introducing customized learning is that every kid learns in a unique way and at a unique speed. Each student in customized learning receives a ‘learning plan’ based on their learning style, prior knowledge, abilities, and interests. It goes against the ‘one size fits all’ philosophy that is prevalent in most schools. In order to ensure that the student obtains hands-on learning on the selected topics and that they’re expected to learn as they move through their education, the developed plan is kept project-based.

4. Holistic learning will be the focus

The emphasis now is on supporting a child’s whole and holistic development so they may grow up to be responsible adults with the right skill sets, thanks to shifting educational environments. Educators are increasingly emphasizing the holistic learning approach to education, which emphasizes a child’s academic success while also preparing them to confront life’s obstacles. There are several advantages to holistic education. Students are given the tools they need to improve their academic achievement as well as develop the soft skills required for a successful professional career. The fact that holistic learning enhances academic achievement, mental and emotional health, and problem-solving skills is only one of its many advantages.

5. Education with the Entrepreneurial Mindset

In recent years, there has been a lot of excitement about incorporating entrepreneurship into schooling. Teachers design their lectures and classes to help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset and perspective from an early age. If entrepreneurial ideals are entrenched in the educational process, students will be better equipped to be obedient members of society. Students who are taught such a mindset are better able to acquire the skills and information needed to achieve their own unique goals. As a result, the curriculum designed here aims to build entrepreneurial knowledge, skills, attitudes, behavior, and drive in a way that assures entrepreneurial success while also making the student more employable in the future workforce.

The covid-pandemic has been a learning experience for educators and policymakers, and it has established a standard for the foreseeable future. The effective measures and techniques implemented now will establish the foundation for the Indian educational system’s ability to handle crises in the future without suffering significant interruption. It’s also helped us recognise that learning doesn’t have to be a strict, one-way process. EdTech will play a vital role in society and serve as a solid pillar for the next generation despite the huge shift brought about by technology and new policy reforms like the NEP. It’s time to welcome the innovative advances that technology is bringing to education and to look ahead to a successful and forward-thinking future.



How BTech students can be future-ready in the age of AI? Ex-IIT director explains


“Not only does one need to be competent in a major but also learn new topics quickly and deeply, while innovating constantly,” writes former IIT Kharagpur Director Partha P Chakrabarti

 Intelligent Machines are revealing glimpses of a future envisaged long ago in science fiction as they steadily morph from human-assist systems to systems-as-human. The currently indispensable face obsolescence. The question in the minds of students entering college is this: How to be future-ready?

 Now, one not only needs to be competent in a major area but also learn new topics quickly and deeply and be able to work at the edges of disciplines, while innovating constantly. Capability is judged not only by grades, but also by skills demonstrated in complex situations.

Worth will also be measured vis-a-vis Artificial Intelligence. Critical and original thinking, quality communication, IQ-EQ balance, and ethics will remain important strengths for swimming through these rapidly evolving times.

Change is already in the air. Students and institutions are evolving, the former much faster, to assimilate advancements and prepare for the times ahead. Good colleges enable students to follow flexible pathways where learning happens through four channels – core academics, external experiences, student-driven activities and hostel life. Students are no longer strictly bound to the department where they enrolled in first year and can find their passion in due course. There are options for dual degrees, minors, specialisations across disciplines in their home institutions as well as certifications from worldwide venues. External experiences like internships in industry, academia, research institutions and start-ups add value to a candidate’s capability repertoire.

Student driven activities form some of the most exciting things they take up nowadays. These include several dozens of focussed groups like Aerial Robotics, Green Technologies to name a few, covering a broad range of areas. Students form multi-department teams from first year to final year and participate in various roles from trainee to developer to mentor during their college tenure. They compete for prestigious awards in national and international arenas. Often such outcomes surpass their core academic performance. I can vouch for the energy, enthusiasm and commitment of the students, who find these activities among their most enriching learning experiences. Many participate in sports, cultural, literary, fine arts related areas where they are able to flower their talent and hone their communication and networking abilities. Some take up important social causes, mostly related to education of the underprivileged. Personality development happens in the hostels, where they find avenues to imbibe life skills like independent living, participatory self-governance, democratic processes, financial management and leadership.

Pieces of what is needed to prepare for entering the world are available in quality institutions. It is up to the student to avail these for attaining proficiency in handling an increasingly dynamic future. Inappropriate choices and lack of effort can be more disastrous than it was earlier.

Here are some suggestions on how to fruitfully utilise these formative years.

1. Move across disciplines

A combination of core and transdisciplinary professional competence is the need of the hour. To be prepared for the future, one needs to learn new things quickly and thoroughly, constantly sharpening one’s cutting edge. This attitude needs to be ingrained at this stage.

It is also necessary to demonstrate personal excellence in a few relevant areas. Completing tasks well is really important. Average performance and shallow knowledge are a recipe for disaster. This happens due to low effort or spreading yourself too thin by randomly meandering through easy-looking avenues.

2. Learn to add value to machine intelligence

Automation is not only relieving us of mundane work but slowly and steadily encroaching upon tasks meant for so-called intelligent humans and doing them better. One must effectively grasp and utilise it rather than fear and shy away. Many students are building amazingly smart systems using open source platforms and off-the-shelf components with ambitions to take on giants. New vistas are opening up on understanding the nature of intelligence, both human and machine. Therefore, learning to add value to machine intelligence for solving complex problems better is the mantra here. For this, one needs to understand how it works, what are its current limitations and pitfalls, develop deeper insights and innovate. Blind usage of Artificial Intelligence could be dangerous. The tiger that can devour you has to be skilfully ridden and student life is the time to grasp such competency.

3. Learn to collaborate

The next proficiency to develop is to be able to work both alone as well as in a group, to creatively ideate, lead and collaborate towards success. Often, people who work alone find it difficult working in a team and vice versa. Now both aptitudes are required. One needs to spend short periods on solving many things quickly, as well as devote long hours on one thing in a single-minded fashion to take it to perfection. This requires a special bonding of steadiness with speed, constant ideation with dogged persistence. Such an entrepreneurial spirit of sprinting a long-distance race steadily, sometimes in a team, sometimes alone will be needed at every stage of a career, whether at the peak of success or in the trenches of failure.

4. Remain human

Technology has an interesting way of transforming human beings into automatons without the victim being aware. With extensive usage, people begin to think and behave the way machines work. Therefore, a critical aspect to nurture is to remain human.

Human beings are often unaware of the potential and power of the heart, head and inner spirit. This needs constant cultivation in a fast-paced programmed world. Nourishing the left and right halves of the brain are essential for intellectual-emotional balance and for replenishing the mind’s fertility. It is vital to nourish a soulful side through sports, arts, culture, philosophy and humanitarian work, not just as part of a curriculum, but as a passion where one can be blissfully immersed, forgetting everything else for some time.

Making sure that one remains human is a critical trait that needs serious attention throughout. It is a foundation without which wrong choices may be made in life. The future of society is not as much dependent on whether machines will become human-like but more on whether humans will become machines.



Friday, February 17, 2023

PCI to introduce medical devices manufacturing in revised Pharmacy curriculum


The new curriculum aims to introduce industry-relevant courses 

The Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) is working to modify the existing curriculum of Pharmacy education to make it more focused towards modernizing the Pharma industry.

PCI will introduce full-time degree programmes in the manufacturing of medical devices and students will get internship opportunities in hospitals for hands-on training.

The revised curriculum would be implemented once PCI gets full control over Pharmacy education from the AICTE, which is in the final stages. PCI will get complete control over the curriculum in a year once the formality and other processes are completed. PCI introduced attractive scholarships to meritorious Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) qualifiers, which currently are available only to students from AICTE-approved Pharma colleges.

Speaking to Education Times, a source in PCI on the condition of anonymity says, “As soon as we get the entire control of Pharmacy education, we would work on changing the curriculum to make it in consonance with the demands of the industry.”

“The main thrust would be to introduce full-time degree courses in the manufacturing of medical instruments the provision for which is not there in the existing curricula. “There would also be some aspects related to engineering that the students would need to study while pursuing these full-time degree courses as there are plans to increase the number of pharmacy colleges. Besides, teachers would be updated about the industrial manufacturing process of medical devices,” adds the source.

There are discussions to introduce Pharmaceutical ethics, vaccination training similar to that offered to nurses and increasing awareness of social pharmacy in the new curriculum. 


AICTE Announces Virtual Internship in Machine Learning for Engineers & Graduates


AICTE has announced a virtual internship where interested candidates will get access to IBM SkillsBuild. Read on to know the duration, number of seats and last date to apply.

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has announced a free virtual internship opportunity in machine learning for engineers and graduates.

Interested students have been invited to apply for the IBM SkillsBuild Internship Camp in machine learning and artificial intelligence. Apart from mentoring sessions, the internship includes structured self and project-based learning.

Things to know

  • It is an eight-week-long virtual internship.
  • Participants will have to attend virtual mentoring sessions for 2 to 3 hours every week.
  • There are 1,000 openings for the virtual internship.
  • No stipend will be given.
  • Candidates pursuing technical education — BE/BTech (II, III, IV years), BCA (II, III years), MCA (I, II years) — in disciplines such as computer science, civil, mechanical, electrical, and electronics are eligible to apply.
  • The candidates should have a valid Gmail account to submit applications.
  • The applications require a recommendation from a competent authority of the academic institution from where the candidate pursued their studies.
  • Upon successful completion of the internship, the participants will be provided with a digitally signed internship certificate.

How to apply

The candidates can apply for the internship on

Important dates

The last date to apply is 31 March 2023.

For more information, check the Official Notification



AICTE and BPRD Jointly Launch KAVACH-2023, a National Level Hackathon to tackle cyber threats and provide effective solutions


Advancing India’s cyber-preparedness, KAVACH-2023, a national level hackathon was launched today to identify innovative ideas and technological solutions for addressing the cyber security and cybercrime challenges of the 21st century. 

While addressing media, Dr. T G Sitharam, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), said that KAVACH-2023 is a unique kind of national hackathon jointly conducted by MoE’s Innovation Cell, AICTE, Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D, MHA) and Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C, MHA) to identify innovative ideas and technological solutions for addressing the cyber security and cybercrime challenges of the 21st century faced by our Law Enforcement Agencies and common citizens.

Speaking the occasion Shri Balaji Srivastava, IPS, Director General, Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), said that it will be a 36-hours long event, during which youth from educational institutions across the country and registered start-ups will participate to find robust, secure and effective technological solutions for cyber security by using their technical expertise & innovative skills. It will advance the blockage of cyber security crimes with a robust system monitoring and safety provisions, he added.

Shri Abhay Jere, Vice Chairman, AICTE, informed that KAVACH-2023 will be conducted in two phases. In the first phase, the problem statements, grouped into various buckets such as Fake News/social media, Dark web, Women safety, Phishing Detection, Video analytics/CCTV, Obscene Content Detection, Spam Alert, and Malware Analysis/Digital Forensics shall be posed to the public. Willing participants are expected to develop digital solutions for the statements using robust technologies like Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality, etc. and submit their concepts on the portal of Kavach-2023, he added.

Shri Rajesh Kumar, IPS, CEO, Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) during the launch of this Hackathon stated the importance of this Hackathon given the age of digital crimes. He said that the Grand finale of KAVACH-2023 will be a 36-hours long mega event, during which selected youths from educational institutions across the country and registered start-ups will participate to find robust, secure and effective technological solutions using their knowledge, technical expertise and innovative skills. Total prize money worth Rs. 20 Lakh will be awarded to the winning teams, he added.

Smt. Rekha Lohani, IPS, Director, MoD informed that the concepts so submitted by participants will be evaluated by a group of domain experts and the most innovative ideas will be selected during the second phase which shall culminate with Grand Finale, selected participants will be expected to demonstrate their solutions for ascertaining technical feasibility and implementability of their solutions. Best ideas will be declared winners by the jury.




Thursday, February 16, 2023


 Source: THE HINDU - 13th February'2023

डॉ.जहीर काझी महाराष्ट्र गौरव पुरस्काराने सन्मानित


Dr. Zahir Kazi aur Mudassar Patel Maharashtra Gaurav Award se sarfaraz

                                                Source: URDU TIMES - 13th February'2023




AICTE set to ease norms to boost admissions in core engg courses


To boost admissions in core engineering courses, including civil, mechanical and electronics, the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) will now allow students pursuing these programmes flexibility to also pursue a minor degree in any emerging area, council chairperson TG Sitharam said.

“India cannot become the viswa guru, or a global leader in technology without core engineering courses. Therefore, we have come up with some schemes this time,” he said on Friday during a virtual interaction with stakeholders before finalizing the approval process for the 2023-24 academic session.

“We want to provide greater flexibility to students by throwing open all minor courses for all engineering disciplines, so that a civil engineering student can minor in information and technology and become job ready,” Sitharam said. “Otherwise, what is happening today, even including in IITs, all these people are trying in the industry for the emerging areas. Instead of that, we thought they can earn 18 to 20 credits by pursuing a minor degree in emerging areas while pursuing their programme.”

The minor degree concept was introduced by the regulator of technical education in 2020-21 to make students ready to work in industry. However, not all minor courses are open for core engineering students.

The new rules will be reflected in the AICTE’s approval process handbook that is likely to be released by the end of this month.

There have been concerns that popularity of core engineering courses have been decreasing in the past few years. The AICTE in the past had asked all affiliated engineering colleges to promote these courses by interacting with industry experts, introducing compulsory internships, and providing hands-on experience.

The council will also have hold discussions with industry experts regarding the changes, the AICTE chairperson said.

“Every year, the percentage of admissions in core engineering branches were going down. But last year, the graph moved upward. We will soon put the data in the public domain,” AICTE member secretary Rajive Kumar said. “This year, we are going to give more emphasis on minor degrees while giving approvals. We request colleges to start minors to give an opportunity to students to pursue one or two minors in their fields of interest and become more employable.”

The council will also allow teachers of core engineering courses to take a10-credit online course on emerging areas for the upcoming academic session and get certified. “This will allow these teachers to teach these minor courses in emerging areas within their department rather than depending on new faculty,” Sitharam said.





As the country's pharmaceutical trade started gradually moving from offline to online on the turn of last decade, a large number of big corporate entities started entering the pharmacy market across the country, especially in the urban areas. As the potential of the sector is gradually but steadily unfolding in the country in the wake of people’s preference for doorstep delivery of medicines, big players are now vying with each other to get a substantial part of the e-pharmacy pie. Close on the heels of the US-based e-commerce behemoth Amazon’s entry into the sector almost three years ago, Indian retail giant Reliance Retail has also thrown its hat in the ring. Hoping to exploit a fast-growing market fuelled by a large base of Smartphone users, Reliance has acquired a majority equity stake in Chennai-based online pharmacy company Netmeds for around Rs. 620 crore. Earlier, another online pharmacy player PharmEasy had agreed to merge with its smaller rival Medlife. Walmart-owned Flipkart has also forayed into the e-pharmacy space which has over 50 platforms providing services to nearly 22,000 pin codes across the country. It is apparent that from Amazon to Reliance, major players have entered the pharmacy race to scale up, consolidate and corner a share of the pharmacy market.

While the nation’s pharmacy market is brimming with activity with the entry of billionaires like Jeff Bezos and Mukesh Ambani in the fledgling sector, the cut-throat competition among the peers has brought in its wake several unethical trade practices like predatory pricing and indiscriminate discounts. There are allegations that while the government licensed brick and mortar retailers are getting 16% margin on scheduled drugs and 20% on non-scheduled drugs, the e-pharmacies and corporate retail chains are offering 30 to 40% discounts by advertising, in contravention to the provisions of drug norms. In the absence of clear-cut provisions in the D&C Act regarding the sale of drugs through e-pharmacies, utter confusion prevails in the country's pharmaceutical market at present. The situation has now reached such a pass that the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD), which claims to have more than 10 lakh members in its fold, is literally on warpath and it is planning a country-wide agitation against the lackadaisical attitude of the Central and State governments in restraining the unethical trade practices being followed by the corporate entities and chain pharmacies. Of course, the scope for e-commerce in the pharmaceutical sector is immense and if properly regulated, online pharmacies in India could prove beneficial to various stakeholders.  However, there is urgent need for framing the laws to govern e-pharmacies, as the online pharmacy laws in India are still in nascent stage and in fact there are no dedicated online pharmacy laws in the country. In the absence of regulatory guidelines, there is always a threat and possibility for supplying illegal or unethical medicines or outdated, substituted, or counterfeit medications to the persons who order the drug, instead of the real medication. Other concerns due to the lack of dedicated laws include potential lack of confidentiality, improper packaging, and intake of harmful drug interactions among several other issues. In the absence of exclusive and stringent laws, there is always the possibility of misuse of online platforms for distribution of spurious, sub-standard or counterfeit medications. In view of the potential harm it can cause to the public health, the government should shed its lethargy and frame stringent regulations for the emerging e-pharmacy sector. As the situation is getting murkier, urgent government intervention is the need of the hour.



GPAT 2023: Pharmacy entrance test registration begins at


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GPAT 2023 application forms are available on

 National Testing Agency (NTA) has started registrations for the Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test or GPAT 2023. The last date to apply is March 6 (5 pm) and the exam fee can be paid till 11:50 pm. GPAT 2023 application forms are available on 

Once the application window is over, NTA will allow candidates to make corrections to their application forms between March 7 and 9.

Admit card download date and exam date will be announced later. The duration of the test is 3 hours and language is English.

For detailed information on GPAT 2023, candidates can download and check the information bulletin from the exam website. 

For any queries/clarifications, candidates can call NTA Help Desk at 011 4075 9000 or write to NTA at

Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) is held for admission to M.Pharma Programme offered by participating institutions. It is a Computer Based Online Test. A few scholarships and other financial assistance in the field of Pharmacy are also given on the basis of GPAT Scores. 

GPAT Score is accepted by all AICTE/Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) approved/ affiliated University Departments and Constituent/Affiliated Colleges/Institutions.




3 scholarship programmes you can apply to by February-end 2023


A scholarship, fellowship or internship programme which is the right fit for a student can be an absolute boon that steadies their future career path, especially if they are from an underprivileged background. These can give access to great faculty, competitive and challenging peers, and mentors with industry connections who can prepare you to become a skilled employee.

Scholarships may be generic or open to all, or they could be specific to a particular economic background, gender or geographic location. They can also reduce the financial burden to a great extent for those planning to study abroad.


LSCL Horticulture Internship 2023 is an opportunity offered by Ludhiana Smart City Limited via the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) internship portal to BSc degree holders.

Eligibility: Open for BSc degree holders who are specialised in Horticulture with relevant skills and interests. The internship will be available for a duration of 12 months.

Prizes and rewards: INR 12,000 per month

Last date to apply: 28-02-2023

Application mode: Online applications only



OakNorth STEM Scholarship Programme 2022 aims to provide financial support to meritorious and underprivileged girl students pursuing graduation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects from government colleges/universities.


  • Girl students from Haryana who have passed Class 12 and are currently pursuing graduation (any year) in STEM-related subjects from government universities/colleges are eligible
  • The annual family income of the applicants must be less than INR 6 lakh from all sources
  • Applicants must have scored an aggregate of 60% marks or above in Class 12 (or equivalent) examination
  • Students studying in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of STEM courses must score at least 60% in the previous class/semester

Prizes and rewards: INR 30,000

Last date to apply: 28-02-2023

Application mode: OakNorth STEM Scholarship Programme 2022



DBS Bank invites applications from students who are currently enrolled in Class 9 or 10 to support them in continuing their education. The scholarship is meant for children of police personnel (Sub-Inspector and below ranks).


Open for children of police personnel (Sub-Inspector and below ranks) residing in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, or Puducherry. Applicants must be currently enrolled in Class 9 or 10.

Prizes and rewards: INR 20,000 per year (for up to 3 years)

Last date to apply: 20-02-2023

Application mode: Online applications only




Friday, February 10, 2023

AICTE Invites Application to Translate SWAYAM Online Courses into Regional Languages


The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has released a notice inviting applications from postgraduate (PG) students and teachers to translate SWAYAM online courses into 12 regional languages. The AICTE has also fixed an amount of Rs 3,500 per hour for the translation work as an honorarium.

“All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and IIT, Madras, (NPTEL) have been mandated to translate 80 SWAYAM online courses of engineering into Twelve (12) different Indian Regional Languages,” the official notice read.

The languages include Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, Assamese, Odia, Bangla, Marathi, Tamil, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu. Out of these 80 online programmes, the AICTE has been allocated exclusively 19 SWAYAM online courses for translation into different Indian languages.

Those who help in the translation would also be awarded a “certification of appreciation” on completion of the translation of a course in a specific language of their choice. Once the translation is done, AICTE would also need the services of validators for validation of these translated online programmes into different Indian Regional Languages. The validators would be paid Rs 2,500 per hour, per course for one language.

AICTE has made an earnest appeal to all faculty members and postgraduate students to help in the translation of all SWAYAM online courses as it needs to be done on priority.

Earlier, AICTE had released a notice during May 2020 and October 2020 inviting all teachers, senior students, individuals, and professionals of all engineering institutions seeking their willingness to translate SWAYAM online courses into 8 Indian languages, to which AICTE got an encouraging response from faculty, professionals, postgraduate students, and others.

Owing to the overwhelming support, AICTE has been able to complete the translation of 3 online courses of first-year engineering and 3 other SWAYAM online courses into 8 Indian languages. AICTE will have to complete the translation of 13 SWAYAM online courses into 12 different Indian regional languages— Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Assamese, Odia, Punjabi, and Urdu.




Anjuman-I-Islam prepares to celebrate progressive thought and the spirit of giving with alumni

                                        Source: HINDUSTAN TIMES - 9th February'2023

Now, as it prepares to step into its 150th year on February 21, grand celebrations have been planned -- apart from the mandatory inaugural and valedictory ceremonies, over one lakh alumni are expected to arrive from across the world for separate get-togethers

 MUMBAI Over 149 years ago, a few progressive Muslim intellectuals in Mumbai decided to establish the first Urdu medium school for boys -- Anjuman-I-Islam -- on February 21, 1874, a year before Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) was set up, with the view that it was time to impart modern education in Muslim society. The high school was started in a small structure at Babula Tank, near Umerkhadi, in the then Bombay province. At the time 120 students were enrolled to be educated under three teachers. 

Now, as it prepares to step into its 150th year on February 21, grand celebrations have been planned -- apart from the mandatory inaugural and valedictory ceremonies, over one lakh alumni are expected to arrive from across the world for separate get-togethers. “We are hoping to book a stadium -- either Wankhede or Brabourne – to hold this get together,” said Dr Zahir Kazi, president, Anjuman-I-Islam and a senior radiologist. Plans are also afoot to invite prime minister Narendra Modi to grace the inaugural ceremony, while president Droupadi Murmu will be requested to preside over the valedictory ceremony, he said.

With the exception of marking a landmark year, equally noteworthy is acknowledging the institution’s growth and contribution to the community. 

A little over two decades since it was instituted the school was shifted to the iconic structure built opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, previously known as Victoria Terminus, as the first full-fledged school of Anjuman-I-Islam in 1893. Today, it is a conglomerate of 97 institutions imparting education in all streams, from kindergarten to PhD to 1.10 lakh students every year at various campuses.

How it began

Badrudding Tyabji, the first Indian barrister in the Bombay high court, also the third president of Indian National Congress, along with Qamruddin Tyabji, his elder brother and first Indian solicitor, Nakhuda Mohammad Ali Rogay, businessman and a philanthropist, and Ghulam Mohammad Munshi, a social worker, decided to start the high school, said Dr Kazi. He has been at the helm of affairs for the past 14 years and played a significant role in its exponential growth. 

A hostel was constructed for scholars who came here to read from afar. A first in the country, in the 1890s midday meal was started -- boiled eggs, bread and bananas were served to impoverished students who could not afford a breakfast before coming to school. Next, in an effort to propagate equality among genders, a dedicated girl’s school, Saif Tyabji Girls High School at Bellasis Road, opened in 1936.

“There are no degree or courses in the country that we are not teaching. Most importantly, 70% students in elementary education are first generation learners,” said Dr Kazi.

The place where the institution grew holds the central administrative office today. In the rest of the three-acre campus five colleges — two catering colleges, a college of business management, college of home science and a law college – were set up. Additionally, there is a polytechnic for women, a junior college and two schools both in English and Urdu mediums. It also has a library and a research centre, jointly boasting a collection of 50,000 books. 

Setting fresh milestones

Looking forward, its goal now is to add new campuses that will increase the intake by over 10,000-12,000 students.

“We will lay the foundation stone for a state of art building at Saboo Siddik college campus, in Byculla, which will have postgraduate and PhD courses along with an incubation centre. Also on the anvil is an integrated health education campus either in the Kalyan-Bhiwandi belt or Panchgani, that will impart MBBS courses, a dental college, nursing, physiotherapy and a homeopathic college,” Dr Kazi, who has been instrumental in the expansion and consolidation of the institution, said.

A new campus in Solapur will house a college of pharmacy, law, a degree college for girls and a high school. The management is also in the final stages of acquiring space in Panaji, Goa, with an intent to start a college of catering, pharmacy and a high school. 

Setting fresh milestones

Looking forward, its goal now is to add new campuses that will increase the intake by over 10,000-12,000 students.

“We will lay the foundation stone for a state of art building at Saboo Siddik college campus, in Byculla, which will have postgraduate and PhD courses along with an incubation centre. Also on the anvil is an integrated health education campus either in the Kalyan-Bhiwandi belt or Panchgani, that will impart MBBS courses, a dental college, nursing, physiotherapy and a homeopathic college,” Dr Kazi, who has been instrumental in the expansion and consolidation of the institution, said.

A new campus in Solapur will house a college of pharmacy, law, a degree college for girls and a high school. The management is also in the final stages of acquiring space in Panaji, Goa, with an intent to start a college of catering, pharmacy and a high school. 

A unit for rehabilitation and counselling – Sahara – provides free and subsidised education to needy students, by collecting donations. It has two branches, in Mahim and Mumbra.

Students from impoverished backgrounds get 50 to 100 per cent concessions in their fees. “We manage this with the help of Zakat money and in-house donation fund,” Dr Kazi said. Zakat is an Islamic finance term referring to the obligation that individuals have to donate a certain proportion of their wealth each year to charitable causes. 








Thursday, February 09, 2023

Library Top Readers 2022-23 Felicitation

 As a reward for being a frequent user of the library, top readers today received a copy of "The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine & the New Human" by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee from our delegate Dr. Nazir Bhagat (USA). Others are urged to use the library and other resources to their utmost potential for the best outcomes.