Computer hardware training

The Multi-Disciplinary Training Center, Khadi and Village Industries Commission under Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India, proposes to organize a training programme in Computer Hardware and Servicing Mobile Phone  from 27 May - 26 July, 2013 for a period of two months each at Multi Disciplinary Training Center, Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Near FCI godown, Vijinapura, Doorvaninagar, Bangalore - 560016, for educated unemployed youth, home makers and for NGO’s sponsored candidates having minimum qualification of SSLC and aged between 16 to 48 years. The training centre will guide the trainees to obtain financial assistance with subsidy under PMEGP scheme of KVIC to start their own units. Contact: 9449354126 / 080 25650285

Child rights research fellowship

Child Rights and You (CRY), an NGO dedicated to changing children’s lives, has invited applications from Research fellows exploring the various dimensions of Child Rights, within the broad understanding of Justice for Children. Upto five fellowships ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh will be awarded.

The fellowship will seek a combination of formal and informal approaches to explore and discover simple and complex truths about the interplay of culture ethics and policies determining childhood. The duration of the fellowship will be one year and the research findings will be made available to activists, academicians, development practitioners and general public though multiple for a to influence the course of debates on Child Rights. The applicants must be Indian residents above the age of 18. Deadline: June 21, 2013.
Website: www.cry.org

DSIC grand prize for Indian students

Dell has announced that a team of students from India received the $60,000 grand prize at the Dell Social Innovation Challenge (DSIC 2013) for its project Solar Conduction Dryer. Shortlisted from more than 2,600 projects ideas that addressed issues impacting more than 110 countries, five finalists convened in Austin to compete for the cash prize. The winning team, comprising two Indian students, Shital Somani and Vaibhav Tidke from Mumbai, was adjudged the grand prize winner for the Solar Conduction Dryer project. The project aims at addressing the 20 to 30 percent food spoilage rate for poor rural Indian farmers via cost-effective dehydrators powered by solar conduction. The innovation will enable farmers to keep more of their crops and sell dehydrated fruits and vegetables as another income source.

Foreign students’ prize

The Kanthula Foundation has called for applications from foreign students in Karnataka for the award of the KANTHULA PRIZE for 2012 -13. Go to the website www.ishoinka.org and access the section on the kanthula prize for details. The last date to apply is July 31, 2013.

Lecture on stars

Bangalore Association for Science Education (BASE) has announced a special demonstration lecture entitled “Know your stars” on June 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium. Further details can be obtained from www.taralaya.org

Energy conservation programme

The School of Civil and Building Engineering at UK based Loughborough University is inviting applications for MSc courses in Low Carbon Building Design & Modelling as well as Low Energy Building Services Engineering.

The one year MSc Low Carbon Building Design & Modelling course equips students with the skills necessary to apply themselves beyond the business-as-usual building services design toward innovative, low-energy design solutions. Some of the modules of the programme include Building Energy Consumption, Renewable Energy and Low Carbon Technologies, Concept Design and Building Control and Commissioning among others.

The MSc in Low Energy Building Services Engineering is a one year course aimed at graduates of building services engineering and other science and engineering disciplines.
The distinctive features of the course include low energy building design, designing for suitable indoor air quality and thermal comfort, state-of-the-art control systems, and the design of building heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems.

Eligibility: 60% in engineering, science, mathematics and discipline related to building services engineering is required to apply. Other qualifications supplemented with relevant industrial experience will also be considered. For the MSc course in Low Carbon Building Design and Modelling, graduates in architecture with good mathematical skills are eligible. Apply on: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/postgraduate/ Deadline: 31 May, 2013. Email: S.K.Firth@lboro.ac.uk

Indian students excel        

Aishwarya Ashok, Nayana Koravatti, Khanak Bhargava, Ishani Goomer and Akshat Boobna represented India with award-winning projects in the high school science research competition at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public.

Aishwarya Ashok and Nayana Koravatti from Amrita Vidyalayam, Davangere were winners of the fourth award in the mathematical sciences’ geometry category and were awarded $500.00 for their project entitled “dissection of square into 'N' congruent squares”.

Khanak Bhargava and Ishani Goomer from Amity International School were winners of the third award in the biochemistry category and were awarded $1,000.00 for their project entitled “testing kit to distinguish between artificially and naturally ripened fruits”. Akshat Boobna from Amity International School, Saket, received an honourable mention from the Acoustical Society of America in the computer science’s materials and bioengineering category for his project entitled “finding best speaker position using new algorithms to determine acoustic properties of a room”.

This year, approximately 1,600 young scientists were chosen to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, who were selected from 433 affiliate fairs in more than 70 countries, regions and territories. More than 500 finalists received awards and prizes for their innovative research. Awards included 17 "Best of Category" winners who received a $5,000 prize.

The Intel Foundation also awarded a $1,000 grant to each winner’s school and the affiliated fair they represented.

Online health courses

The UK-based University of Sheffield’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) is launching the University’s first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for people of all age groups, giving them an opportunity to take part in a unique, high quality, flexible and innovative learning experience. ScHARR is offering three courses in 2013.

The first course, ‘Healthy Sustainable Diets’ is scheduled from 17 June - 21 July, followed by the ‘Health Inequalities’ from 15 July - 18 August and ‘Health Technology Assessment’ from 28 October - 1 December.

The courses will run for four weeks and learners would be required to dedicate nearly four to five hours every week. Registering for the courses will require no prerequisites in terms of education or academic background. They will receive a digital certificate (PDF file) upon the completion of each course.

There is no deadline to appear for the courses - one simply needs to sign up before each course begins. Digital world is the future and MOOCs are just one way that the University of Sheffield is pushing digital boundaries.

 Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University has launched a virtual open day for students to learn more about courses, facilities, and campus life from their own home: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/virtual-open-day-department-physics-a...

Website: http://www.shef.ac.uk/scharr/prospective_students/moocs/moocs

IAS training

Kerala Samajam IAS Academy is launching the free IAS guidance programme for 2013 main examination and 2014 examination on 23rd June 2013. The candidates will be selected based on an entrance test to be conducted on 2nd June and an interview thereafter.

The selection is open for all. The optional subjects offered for Main examination are History, Geography and Public Administration.
The classes will be conducted at Hindustan Aviation Academy on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Expert Civil servants and academicians will impart the training.  Register at: keralasamajambangalore@gmail.com  Deadline: 31May

Research partnership

EMC India Center of Excellence (COE) has announced its research partnership with the Center for Cloud Computing and Big Data at the Department of Computer Science of the PES Institute of Technology (PESIT), Bangalore that will focus on developing new Hybrid cloud solutions for emerging business challenges.

 The research engagement comes under EMC’s global research program – the EMC Innovation Network – and is the third research partnership EMC has undertaken in India.
Hybrid clouds are on the verge of becoming the de facto enterprise model over time.

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