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IIT-M shuts Facebook to free up bandwidth
The Indian Institute of Technology Madras has blocked access to Facebook on campus so as to free bandwidth for better purposes.

IIT-M dean of students L S Ganesh said, “It’s been blocked for some time. The network was getting clogged badly because of too much traffic.” With increase in the number of seats, the institute is trying to make optimal use of the resources available. Freshers are asked to not get a personal computer or laptop in the first semester, so they can get to know the campus facilities and enjoy its beauty. In the second semester most get a laptop and usage crosses the internal bandwidth limit of the institution.

“You can build a six-way highway, but too many cars can make going slow even there. Then we are left with only two options – expand the highway or think about changing the traffic pattern. Usually the first option is not open. Our networks team is working diligently to see that the campus network works more efficiently,” professor Ganesh said.

But, you can’t keep students tied down for long. The tech-savvy students have found a way to bypass the block. “We can access it using a proxy website or by making a small change to the URL. The usage is not too excessive, so nobody seems to be experiencing withdrawal symptoms because the site has been blocked,” said a student.

With the institute’s annual cultural festival Saarang scheduled to begin on January 18 many students admitted to not being able to promote events on the social networking website, where it could get ‘Liked’ by many more people and catch more eyeballs in the target group than no advertisement can.



 TechSpardha 2015 at NIT Kurukshetra  

KURUKSHETRA : Catching the phrase “Make in India” the National Institute of Technology here showcased a vast stock of talents from March 12 to 15 in which an array of exhibits were displayed.

The 4-day technical festival, TechSpardha, presented a host of events,An exhibit at TechSpardha, on the NIT Kurukshetra campus. exhibitions, lectures and presentations – a live show of technical skills – at the NIT Library.

According to a press note issued by the NIT BrahMos put up a striking exhibition of their latest cruise missile. Boasting an error probability of about 3 meters and a range of nearly 300 km BrahMos is a force to reckon with. It can be operated in all environments, namely land air and under water.

Another eye catching exhibition was put up by A-SET.  The company develops and manufactures robots with minimal designs and realistic features. MANAV-the humanoid was the star of the show. It’s a 3-D printed robot that works on a learning algorithm. Its claim to fame is its near human intelligence. It can dance, interact, take commands and most importantly, it learns. The brain sensing robot was an eye catching display. The writing hand robot, the shape changing robot and the football playing robot were the other highlights.

Improving the efficiency, the Computer Numeric Controller came to the fore. It accepted simple JPG images as input and could produce identical copies with an accuracy of 100%. The JPG file further converted to a .tap file. This gadget could detect even the slightest of taps. 

Amity University came up with an indigenous and creative idea, christened TRIKE. It was built for the physically challenged. It was easier to handle, lighter to drive and more stable at off road conditions. This was a completely mechanical project in which the power was transmitted directly to the front wheel using cyclic chains and cassette gears.

The range of exhibits were vast and versatile. AVANTEC ENGINEERING CONSOTIUM provided various test systems for concrete structures, soil, rock and geo technology. The Human Glove presented a humane idea to help people who have trouble speaking. It detected hand gestures and presented the expressions on an LCD display. Picking up the concept of Best out of Waste, the Scrap Copter innovated the traditional Quad Copter.   

Atech Labs showed out of the box solutions using embedded designs, robotics and mechatronics. Bridging the gap between concept and reality the exhibition provideed on hand solutions to the new world problems.

29th Convocation at IIM Lucknow

LUCKNOW : The 29th Convocation of Indian Institute of Management held here on March 14, saw 616 students being awarded diploma by Prof. Rajiv K. Srivastava, the officiating director and Mrs Usha Ananthasubramanian, Chairman & Managing Director of Bharatiya Mahila Bank Ltd. -- the Chief Guest. 

In all 413 students from the 29th batch of PG Programme in Management, 43 from the 10th batch of PG Programme in Agri-business Management, 8 from the Doctoral programme along with 85 from PG Programme in Management for Working Executives (WMP) and 67 students from International Programme in Management for Executives (IPMX) batches, from the Noida campus received their diploma. 

The following is the list of Medal winner for the Post Graduate Programme in Management &  Post Graduate Programme in Agri-business Management are as follows: 



Naveen Bansal (PGP)

Chairman’s Gold Medal

Inderjot Kaur Brar (PGP)

Director’s Medal

Prashant Nagpal (PGP)

PGP Chairman’s Medal

Inderjot Kaur Brar (PGP)

Reshma Sareen Memorial medal for Best Girl Student

Aksharee Goyel (PGP)

H S Singhania Medal for Best All-Rounder

Chinmaya Pankaj Golecha (PGP)

Budhiraja Medal for Best All Rounder

From the PG Programme in Management for working executives, the following were the award winners :Chairman’s Gold Medal– Gunjan Rautela and Director’s Medal– Ketan Balani. 

From the International Programme in Management for Executives (IPMX), the Chairman’s Gold Medal went to Gaurav Srivastava while Director’s Medal went to Saunak Saha. 

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Rajiv K. Srivastava, highlighted the accomplishments of the institute in the academic year 2014-2015.  

The Institute's academic year 2014-15, saw an all-round growth and it  undertook some significant initiatives.


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