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CII Southern Region Education Quarterly, July-September 2014

Education is critical for the economic growth of the country, and various Education Initiatives from CII has been aimed at working towards bridging the gap between academia and industry through various workshops, training programmes, webinars, etc.
The Theme of CII-SR for the year 2014 – 2015 is “Inclusiveness – Competitiveness & Entrepreneurship for Growth & Employment”. To share the initiatives pertaining to the Educational sector, and for a robust Academia-Industry connect we are proudly presenting this newsletter. This edition focuses on TEQIP Launches, Innovator 2013 Finals and various other activities of CII Education Initiatives team. This publication also throws light on the scenario of education and pursuing studies in France.

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CII Southern Region Education Quarterly, July-September 2014

  1. 1. CCOONNFFEEDDEERRAATTIIOONN OOFF IINNDDIIAANN IINNDDUUSSTTRRYY EEDDUUCCAATTIIOONN QQUUAARRTTEERRLLYY VOLUME:2 ISSUE: 2 JULY - SEP 2014 BRIDGING INDUSTRY AND THE ACADEMIA CII INNOVATOR-2013 RECEIVED AN OVERWHELMING RESPONSE IN THIS ISSUE Ÿ Message from CII Ÿ Academia membership in CII Ÿ CII SR Education Initiatives Ÿ CII Activities and initiatives in the recent past Ÿ Forthcoming Activities & Initiatives from CII Ÿ Excerpts from India Skills Report 2014 Ÿ Case Study on Academia Industry Collaboration - IIT Kanpur- Boeing Success Story Ÿ Global Education Spotlight- France Ÿ Bulletin Board- Grants & Fellowship Opportunities Ÿ Education Infographic Ÿ Book on Education CII SOUTHERN REGION
  2. 2. Message from Mr C R Swaminathan Chairman, Education Sub-Committee (2014-15) - CII Southern Region Dear Members, Warm Greetings from CII. I am very happy to interact with you all through this newsletter which serves as a great platform to share information on our activities and issues pertaining to the education sector. Education is a very important lever for social, economic and political transformation. Our government is looking at Education and skill-building as the most potent tool for socio-economic mobility and key instrument for building an equitable and just society. Education would also strengthen democracy by imparting to citizens the tools needed to fully participate in the governance process. While the government is bringing out various schemes to increase the literacy rate, GER and bridge gender gaps, from CII, we are taking concerted efforts from the industry perspective. To accelerate these schemes and deal with the priorities, CII- Southern Region has come-up with various initiatives to facilitate the education system towards excellence in consultation with other stakeholders like Industry and the Government, by bringing them in a single platform. We have structured plans to serve the academia members with objective interventions to benefit the students, faculty and the industry. At this juncture I would also like to inform that you would be hearing from us on those interventions regularly and we welcome you to send us your valuable feedback and suggestions to make this journey effective. CII is also happy to contribute in several pan-India initiatives like the QEEE programme of MHRD , India Skills Report etc. You will find more information on these initiatives in this issue. We also plan an International Education Leadership Mission to Singapore in November 2014. With that happy note, I wish you a successful year ahead with new possibilities and growth. 2 Message from Mr. B Venkat Subramaniam Co-Chairman, Education Sub-Committee (2014-15), CII Southern Region Dear Members, Warm Greetings from CII. We are very happy to present you the second issue of the Education Newsletter from CII southern Region. It is a good time to reflect over the past and plan ahead for the future. The past year was very exciting in terms of both opportunities and challenges and a new academic year promises many more opportunities. At this juncture, It is critical for us to make higher education much more innovation & research focused and job-relevant through industry-oriented interventions, Skills training and employability assessment and guidance. To make this happen, there is a dire need for continuous interaction between industry and the academia. Our soon to-be-launched website shall provide a forum for interaction between students, faculty and industry professionals on various learning issues. I welcome all the members to get back to us with your feedback and ideas and also to participate in all our initiatives towards strengthening education and the industry connect. With various training workshops, interventions and sessions planned for these purposes, I am sure the CII initiatives to support the academia shall go a long way in making the education system industry-oriented and innovation focussed. I wish you all a happy reading.
  4. 4. CII- SR EDUCATION INITIATIVES Education Excellence Forum There is a need for holistic intervention by the industry to address the issue of industry orientation of pedagogy, faculty development and also student learning To address this: CII initiated Education Excellence Forum (EEF) in 2012. Finding a way to engage and benefit the membership, CII proposed this forum with various initiatives towards industry- institute interface across the region like Faculty development programme, facilitation of Curriculum Development, industry visits, CEO sessions and student development programmes. HAVING SUCCESSFULLY PIONEERED THE CONCEPT IN TAMILNADU, CII WILL SOON BE ACTIVATING THE FORUM IN ALL THE SOUTHERN STATES. NNuurrttuurriinngg IInndduussttrryy OOrriieenntteedd HHiigghheerr EEdduuccaattiioonn Apart from the above mentioned services, CII would be very happy to work close with the individual member colleges and provide individual facilitation in the following areas: Ÿ Arranging faculty industry visits with orientation Ÿ Faculty orientation programmes in industry sessions consulting and research Ÿ Faculty development programmes in industry Ÿ Developing innovation cells in the college & applications Sensitation Workshops Ÿ Assisting institution in bringing industry- Ÿ Employability and career guidance sessions orientation in curriculum and academic practice Ÿ Special virtual classes on specific topics
  5. 5. CII-SR EDUCATION INITIATIVES & ACTIVITIES IN THE RECENT PAST LAUNCH OF CII INTERVENTIONS IN TEQIP-II SCHEME IN TAMILNADU CII is extending industry-institute interaction activities to 5 institutions in Tamilnadu, under TEQIP-II project. Various interventions in this project would include functional webinars for students, faculty development webinars, faculty industry visits, CXO sessions, career guidance session etc. The initiative was launched with an orientation session at DOTE office which was inaugurated by Shri Kumar Jayant IAS, Commissioner, DOTE, Tamilnadu. Launch & Orientation Session with Participation from Principals, TEQIP Co-ordinators and Industry Leaders 7
  6. 6. CII-SR EDUCATION INITIATIVES & ACTIVITIES IN THE RECENT PAST GRAND-FINALE OF INNOVATOR-2013 7 he Grand-Finale of the 5th Edition of CII-Innovator was held in July 2014 at KCG College of Technology Campus in Chennai. A Tconsortium of institutions (St Joseph’s College of Engineering, SRM University, Rajalakshmi Engineering College and Sri Sai Ram Engineering College) bagged the First Place in the Technical Stream along with a cash award of Rs 50,000 for their innovative idea, the “Hands Free Bike”. Hindustan University won the second place for their project “Synthesis of Artificial Aggregate” and the third prize was awarded to Veltech Multitech Engineering College for the “Versatile Bicycle”. The First Three Places in the Social Stream went to Manakula Vinayagar Institute of Technology, Puducherry for their project, ‘Unmanned ATM Security’; Erode Sengunthar Engineering College – ‘Production of Electric using MFC’ and Vellore Institute of Technology – ‘Improving Efficiency of Public Distribution System’ respectively. Mr Kumar Jayant, IAS, Commissioner of Technical Education, Government of Tamil Nadu, who was the Chief Guest at the session advised the students to think differently and innovate. Even if they may confront with failures initially, he asked them not to get bogged down as failures which are smart, are the next step to innovation. Lauding the CII Innovator initiative, Mr Jayant said that students should also articulate their ideas well to get attracted by the industry and the venture capitalists. Mr Stuart Sender, Academy Award nominated filmmaker & President of Balcony Films, Inc. USA spoke on the topic - ‘Inspiring Creativity’. He said that in the last two decades lot of changes has happened in India in the fields of innovation and technology which had attracted the attention of rest of the world. He urged students to work on shaping up the technology for the benefit of people. In his opening remarks Mr. C R Swaminathan, Chairman, Education Sub-Committee, CII-SR informed the audience that Innovator is a unique academia-industry connect and innovation initiative by CII which aims at identifying and showcasing the innovative ideas of graduate & post graduate students from engineering, arts, science and management streams in Southern Region. The event saw as many as 763 ideas from over 1060 students spread across 100 colleges. Top-3 Winners in Social Stream Top-3 Winners in Technical Stream
  8. 8. CII-SR EDUCATION INITIATIVES & ACTIVITIES IN THE RECENT PAST QEEE-CII INDUSTRYBRIDGE INITIATIVE 7 QEducation. uality Enhancement in Engineering Education (QEEE) - Is a MHRD Programme to enhance quality in Engineering It is Spearheaded by MHRD's QEEE Committee with a grand objective to cover for 500 engineering colleges other than IITs and NITs under the Chairmanship of Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala. In the Pilot phase, 140 colleges are included and the programme includes Live Classes, Tutorials, Virtual Labs and MOOCs using technology. Live Classes are delivered through online medium by highly rated IIT professors. The CII Industry Bridge is planned for providing practical & application oriented Engineering inputs by the experts from different sectors of the industry. CII will work as an industry partner with the QEEE team in IIT, Madras by getting the experts from the industry. The QEEE-CII Industry bridge session will have an industry expert from the CII membership talking to the students with a focus on Technology Trends in the Industry. Initially, industry sectors like IT, software, Electronic products, Telecommunications, Automotive, Chemicals, Specialty Materials, Aerospace & Defense, Electrical equipments, Energy - Oil and Gas, Utilities - Electricity, Gas and water, Consumer durables & FMCG would be selected. Already member companies like Saint Gobain, Bluestar, Brakes India, Flextronics, Murugappa have confirmed their participation and contribution in this initiative. The Industry Expert speaker will focus on a particular engineering application area and cover: « The engineering involved in that industrial application « Engineering challenges one might face in practical situations « Practical explanation of the engineering application « Motivational aspects on why students should choose the sector for a career « As an industry, what is expected from the students in terms of functional and soft-skills The industry expert shall use a combination of videos, presentations and panel discussions based on the requirement. Each two hour session will have 70 minutes of knowledge inputs and 40 minutes of a Question and Answers session. A course pack will be created with all the materials of the session, videos and self-assessment quiz and it will be made available in the national knowledge network and the MyCII knowledge portal for future reference. While IIT is focusing on ensuring the conceptual skills with the best of the academic experts, CII is very happy to partner in this mission to provide industry orientation with an emphasis on practical applications with the help of industry experts who have volunteered to contribute towards this important facet of nation-building. The Programme was launched recently in IIT Madras by Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthy, Director - IIT Madras , Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala and Mr B Santhanam, Immediate Past Chairman, CII Southern Region. The launch session was handled by the experts from Saint Gobain.
  10. 10. CII-SR EDUCATION INITIATIVES & ACTIVITIES IN THE RECENT PAST CII MEETING WITH VICE-CHANCELLOR’S DELEGATION FROM UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 7 ast year CII undertook an International Education mission to Australia. The Indian delegation comprising senior Lacademicians and Education leaders visited several reputed institutes of higher learning including the University of Western Sydney. This mission was successful in enabling an institution to institution dialogue exploring collaboration opportunities in research, teaching, faculty and student exchanges. Subsequent to this, a Vice-Chancellor’s delegation of Senior academicians from UWS visited Chennai this August under the leadership of Prof Barney Glover. The delegation also included Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Development)– Professor Scott Holmes, Pro Vice-Chancellor International – Professor Linda Taylor , Dean School of Business – Professor Clive Smallman, Dean School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics – Professor Simeon Simoff , Dean School of Social Sciences and Psychology – Professor Kevin Dunn and Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) and Director, UWS International – Associate Professor Yi-Chen Lan. A special breakfast meeting of CII and the Vice-chancellor’s delegation was arranged on August 6, 2014 which was guided by Mr N K Ranganath, Chairman, CSR Sub Committee- CII SR & Managing Director, Grundfos Pumps India Pvt Ltd. and Mr S Eisenhower, Co-Chairman, CII Tamilnadu & Director Saint-Gobain Glass Ltd. The delegation was briefed in detail about: © Goals of the CII- Southern Region © Development initiatives such as social development, education, © The training demands of the Indian workforce in the future women empowerment & affirmative action © Key issues in the development of the human potential of © Issues regarding improvement in education and employability India, especially the youth of India Ms Madhu Vasanthy, Director & Head of Indian Women Network (IWN) explained about IWN and its activities and Mr R Sathyanarayanan, Head - Education Initiatives, CII-SR spoke about the Education scenario and the CII interventions. UWS signed an MoU with SRM University, Chennai during this visit. SRM University was a part of CII’s mission to Australia last year which facilitated the meeting with the University of Western Sydney
  11. 11. FORTHCOMING INITIATIVES CII WILLBE SOON ACTIVATING EDUCATION EXCELLENCE FORUM IN ANDHRA AND KERALA CII has strengthened and well-structured this successful industry-academia intervention exclusively made available for CII member colleges and Universities. The year-long activities shall include: Interested member institutions from the southern states can contact us for further information. Madhu Vasanthy Director Confederation of Indian Industry 98/1 Velachery Main Road, Guindy, Chennai 600 032. Ph: 044-42444508 Email: 10 Ÿ Webinars on special industry topics Ÿ Industry-oriented FDP on specific topics for faculty Ÿ CxO Sessions focusing on specific sectors Ÿ Career Guidance Session for the students Ÿ Session On Innovation to drive the eco-system Ÿ MyCII – Course Integration Guidance Ÿ Faculty Industry Visit with learning sessions Ÿ Faculty Forum Interaction V I R T U A L S E S S I O N S
  14. 14. Population of 1.3 billion, of which about 0.8 billion in the working age - India in 2020 is surely something the world can look forward to. According to economic predictions, that time would be the golden 'Growth' era in the demographic dividend. We would not only have enough manpower to meet our needs but we can help the rest of the world as well. In the glitz and glamour of these numbers, one often chooses to ignore that in today's era of knowledge based economy, quality of workforce is more important than quantity. Infact having a lower head count of skilled manpower is much better than a manpower whose larger portion is unemployable. Considering the present situation, this is the future India is rushing towards. And this is one of the biggest challenges thatwe as a nation are ever going to face. Researches show that if we continue in the current pace, we would have a skill gap of 75-80% across Industry sectors. There will be people but with skills that corporate do not require, and jobs for which the right fit is not available. The economic impact of this vicious cycle is something one can estimate, but the social impact of having a powerhouse of educated yet frustrated youth who are directionless with no jobs in hand is unimaginable. Rigorous steps to tackle this challenge are thus the need of the hour. This requires combined efforts from several stakeholders. Considering the gravity of this situation Government is coming up with various initiatives. A National Skill Development Coordination Board (NSDCB), coordinated by the Planning Commission was established by the Prime Minister in 2008 with a target of skilling 700 million people by 2022. Individual states are also coming up with programs and policies to face this problem. However, the success of these efforts without active involvement of 'Actors' of this process is doubtful. Thus sincere efforts to ensure partnership between the source of skills (colleges, students etc.), and their destination (the corporate) are a must. It is imperative to educate them about each other's expectations so that informed plans for future can be prepared. This report is an effort towards this goal. It captures the skill levels of the supply side and needs of the demand side of Talent Supply Chain. With separate studies conducted to understand each side, this report tries to bring in a more realistic, holistic view of skill and talent landscape in India. WEST, an employability skill assessment test launched on in 28 States, 7 Union Territories and 1800 Educational Campuses across India captures the current skill levels of the country. About 100000 students spread across these campuses were assessed on 260 domain areas and skill gaps that are scientific in nature were validated using reliable talent assessment tools. The result was an overall picture depicting how the students rank in terms of skills that would be imperative to judge the employability in the coming times. 11 INDIA SKILLS REPORT 2014
  15. 15. Through Employer Job Survey more than 100 employers spread across 10 major sectors like Manufacturing, Retail, Infrastructure, ITES/IT, BFSI etc. were approached to get an idea of job demand and potential hiring forecasts of these employers for the coming year. Result was an industry wise hiring estimate for the coming year for different profiles. Combining these two aspects, this report is an effort to form the basis of effective collaboration between the two ends of Talent Supply Chain. On one hand it aims to equip the students with information to access to the job pool in the market, on the other to provide the employers an access to skill reservoir of the country. Considering the enormity of the impact, the skill – job gap is going to have in the socio-economic environment of the country, platforms such as India Skills Report have a vital role to play. With the first edition of the report being presented to the people of this country, the team hopes to bring in more value in the coming years and contribute towards taking the country . Full report is available in ISR 2015- NOW, YOUR COLLEGE CAN ALSO PARTICIPATE We are pleased to inform you that Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) had partnered with Wheebox & Peoplestrong to publish the first scientifically validated “India Skills Report 2014” on 28 November 2013. The Team of CII, Wheebox & Peoplestrong is committed towards creating a robust environment where supply will meet demand & benefit each other by harmonizing the employment opportunity in the country and scale the employment. To make sure that we create a better pool and large sample size in comparison to last year’s effort, hence we have decided to scale the reach to 5 lakh students and 300 organisations. The “Wheebox Employability Skills Test” is offered to all institutions and its participants at no cost. The outcome of the test will help the candidates to identify the core strength’s and improvement areas. All final years students will be eligible to take the assessment. To make it successful, you are requested to facilitate the cause and ensure participation of all final year students from each stream of your University / College / Institution’s. The “ISR 2015” report will be published in the month of November 2014. All Participating campuses will be mentioned in India Skills Report which will be WEST Advantage to Campus: shared with 1500 Industry Leaders and all Central and State Government Agencies. Top participating campuses will be recognized for their participation In case of any query, please feel free to contact – Mr Nirmal Singh (99997 99975; & Mr Praveen Dwivedi (99589 93339; 11 INDIA SKILLS REPORT 2014
  16. 16. CASE STUDY ACADEMIA - INDUSTRY COLLABORATION IIT-KANPUR-BOEING SUCCESS STORY 13 Why did industry partner with the Institute? Boeing identified IIT-Kanpur (among other universities) to participate in the Boeing-University Relations Program and the Boeing Technical Externship program. IIT-Kanpur was selected due its ability to provide expert technological research support in the form of operating models (simulation or prototypes), designs and analytics. What value did the institute add to industry? For Boeing, this collaboration helps assimilate new ideas and innovative processes not only to meet the emerging needs in the country but also to meet the requirements of the global aerospace industry. IIT-Kanpur also provides Boeing with the human capital to carry out projects and a platform for intellectual discourse. What did the institute gain from working with industry? This collaboration with Boeing provides IIT-Kanpur with an opportunity to contribute to industry research and gain hands-on real time experience from the best in the business. Over the past 5 years, Boeing has funded several projects at IIT-Kanpur in the four departments of Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Wind-Tunnel Engineering. Though IIT-Kanpur is one of the 8 institutions signed-up with Boeing, IIT-Kanpur is able to derive higher returns in this collaboration than others. What does it take to keep this phenomenon successful? To maintain this successful collaboration and to continue creating value and driving growth, IIT –Kanpur has remained open to inputs from Boeing and continues to maintain its commitment to technological research support. What can other institutes learn from this case study? Similar to Boeing there are a wide range of speciality industries requiring multi-disciplinary research support. Developing a concept similar to the Boeing collaboration and distinctive contributions like that of IIT-Kanpur, other Institutions could venture on specialised fields of study, and also establish industry-supported externship. Overview of Industry Collaborations at IIT-Kanpur IIT-Kanpur has industry and institutional collaboration arrangements with a wide range public and private owned entities of research excellence. The institute currently has over 60 ongoing research engagements with the private sector, where the institute's faculty provide expert technical and technological research support in the form of operating models (simulation or prototypes), designs and analytics. Some of the notable industry partners include Moser Baer India Limited, Boeing, Chevron Corporation (USA), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Qualcomm Incorporated, Intel etc. The institution also covers a number of sponsored research, consultancy engagements, conferences and courses through its R&D establishment.
  17. 17. CASE STUDY IIT-KANPUR-BOEING SUCCESS STORY 13 Funding for sponsored research includes funding from research promoting departments, ministries and establishments of the Government of India and public institutions of excellence, which include the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and ISRO among others. As a result of industry collaboration and active research, IIT-Kanpur was able to increase the number of patent filing in India by over 4 folds in the past 5 years. In addition to Indian Patents, the institute has also filed for 4 international patents and has contributed to 24 technology transfers after 2009 worth approximately INR 67 lakh. A majority of the patents proposed by the faculty and students have been procured by Intellectual Ventures (IV) Ltd., a- Bangalore-based multinational company. In 2010, IIT Kanpur was the top source of inventions for IV India, both on invention volumes and filed patents. Introduction: Collaboration with Boeing In 2008, Boeing identified four IITs, namely Bombay, Madras, Kanpur and Kharagpur and launched the Boeing-University Relations Program to promote 'aerospace engineering' as a career alternative among students. The aim of this program are: To provide scholarships to undergraduate and master students in Aerospace related engineering disciplines to encourage the uptake of aerospace engineering. To support design competitions that encourage students to innovate and think outside the box To produce working prototypes of autonomous vehicles. In addition to providing an opportunity for innovation, these competitions also help students gain hands-on exposure. To provide students with an opportunity to interact directly with aerospace experts, practitioners and executives from Boeing. to extend funding to undertake industry-relevant research in areas of mutual interest. In addition to the student driven research, Boeing started a Boeing Technical Externship program in 2009 in IIT-Kanpur among other universities. The Externship is a 'student-oriented experiential learning opportunity' designed to expose a select group of third year undergraduate engineering students to the aerospace industry. The externship aims to provide students with a better understanding and opportunity for practical application of engineering and technology skills in aerospace.
  18. 18. CASE STUDY Key Stakeholders The main stakeholders in this collaboration are (a) the Boeing Company, (b) Boeing Commercial Airplanes; and (c) the faculty and students of IIT-Kanpur. Over the past 5 years, Boeing has funded several projects at IIT-Kanpur in the four departments of Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Wind-Tunnel Engineering. The projects are assigned to professors within these departments. Students are invited to enrol into the projects on nomination basis. Projects generally allow 4-5 students to participate and collaborate on a project. While Boeing provides the funding and allows for interaction with the Boeing experts, the University provides the human capital and a platform for intellectual discourse. In addition to the key stakeholders specified above, companies such as Infotech Enterprises Limited and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), are engaged through appropriate partnership arrangements to support the Boeing Technical Externship program. The Institution A Master Project Agreement is signed between 'Boeing' and 'IIT-Kanpur' that lays out all program guidelines for each of the project. As per the terms of the Externship, the Project report that results from the externship will be publishable in the public domain. A faculty member is appointed as the focal contact and as a guide for each project and he/she will also act as a liaison between Boeing and the project team at the University. Furthermore, 2 confidentiality agreements are signed- One, with the students that are participating the project and the other, with the faculty that will be guiding and coordinating the project. The confidentiality agreement serves to protect the company's proprietary information that the student/ faculty may gain access to while working on the project. Funding & Financial Management As per the agreement with IIT-Kanpur, Boeing provides project-wise funding. This funding is renewed annually and has to be used specifically for the project that it is designated for. Detailed project-wise account is required to be presented at the end of each year. The Technical Externship Program, scheduled for an on-site duration of 9-weeks is sponsored by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Thus far, Boeing has provided a total funding of approximately US$ 12.5 lakh over the past 5 years. Resources The students and faculties enrolled on these projects are required to utilise the existing research facilities, laboratories, libraries and other resources (incl. support infrastructure) available at the University. However, for the Externship Program, Boeing has tied up with other industry partners/ specialists such as the Infotech and the Tata Consultancy Services that provide the students with the required physical infrastructure and other support facilities. Additionally, Boeing allows students to interact with experts and practitioners at Boeing so that they get a complete understanding of the aeronautical industry and project-specific details. 15 CASE STUDY
  19. 19. CASE CASE STUDY STUDY Operational Model Boeing, together with (key designated staff at) IIT Kanpur, identify research topics in areas of mutual interest. Boeing researchers work hand in hand with faculty members and students to further develop these ideas into working and commercially viable prototypes. 10- 12 students are involved in this project. IIT-Kanpur and Boeing have several ongoing and completed projects. The duration of these projects vary from a year to 2-6 years depending on the complexities involved. Currently, Boeing is working on developing an 'autonomous navigation vehicle'. Topics for the projects that can be undertaken as part of the externship are identified by Boeing, and students may choose to contribute to any project of their interest. The Externship is open to any IIT-Kanpur third year (going into fourth year) bachelors engineering students (over 18 years of age) from any branch of engineering who have an interest in aerospace engineering. Students are selected by Boeing based on their academic performance and are provided with a stipend of INR 45,000 per month, which covers travel and other incidental expenses during the externship period. Every year, 6 students from the university are selected for this externship. So far, 30 students have benefitted from this program. Intellectual property of any kind created as a result of any of these projects will be jointly owned by IIT-Kanpur and Boeing, as the intellectual property was created with the significant use of funds provided by Boeing. Thus far, this collaboration has resulted in 1 IPR however the patent is still pending. Experience Sharing One of the noteworthy projects that have resulted from this collaboration is the integration of passive and active radio frequency identification (RFID). The aim of this project is to integrate Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and sensor systems into a computer network which can be used to achieve awareness about objects such as tools and consumable supplies in the manufacturing environment. Boeing has extended immense support for this project and has been well pleased with the research output in the area of RFID and Condition Based Monitoring (CBM). This has resulted in Boeing continuing their support for the fifth consecutive year. This collaboration with Boeing, provides IIT-Kanpur with an opportunity to contribute to industry research and gain hands-on real time experience from the best in the business. The university showcased its contributions to the industry at the Annual Network Enabled Manufactures Technology Roadshow at the Boring Headquarters in Seattle, USA. Through these channels, the collaboration between Boeing and IITKanpur helps mobilise capability, harness creativity, access market expertise, create value and drive growth. It also ensures that there is long term, on-going and mutually beneficial interaction between University and industry. For Boeing, this investment helps assimilate new ideas and innovative processes not only to meet the emerging needs in the country but also to meet the requirements of the global aerospace industry. For other such case studies, access and download CII-MHRD Case Studies on Academia- Industry collaboration through MYCII Portal MYCII Portal CII launched to help users multiply their business prospects; update themselves with latest industry trends; seek guidance from experts on variety of issues; enrich themselves with a trove of knowledge and interact with peers from industry at the click of a mouse. . It is updated with over 5000+ reports, research papers, publications, webinars, powerpoints,event videos, articles & more. Free Access is given to all the member institutions from academia to this wealth of knowledge. 15
  20. 20. SPOTLIGHT- GLOBAL EDUCATION COUNTRY FOCUS : FRANCE The French Higher Education : The quality of French higher education is widely recognized throughout the world. French institutions figure prominently in the Shanghai Classification of Universities, in the rankings of the Financial Times and Times Higher, and in the European Report on Science and Technologies published by the European Commission. Each year, France makes massive investments in education and research. In fact, education is the largest category of government spending, accounting for more than 20% of the budget. Last year, more than 3000 Indian students opted to pursue their higher education in France, a jump of 50% over the past five years. The vast majority of these students attend the 800-odd courses taught in English in France, the number of which is increasing year by year. There are programs in all fields: 16 France has 83 universities, 205 engineering schools and 220 Business Schools, 120 art schools and 20 schools of architecture. Its academic system is the seventh largest in the world, ranked by the Times Higher Education.
  21. 21. SPOTLIGHT- GLOBAL EDUCATION French “Grandes Ecoles” in management, engineering, art& design, are very similar to the Indian networks of Institututions of National Importance. Like the IITS, IIMS, or NIFTS, you enter these schools after passing a tough competitive exam. Limited seats, a world class quality of education : the only difference is that the French institutes are very keen to attract international students. Special entrance tests are organized for them, to allow for their different training and background. Living in France Students on an average require 600-800 euros/month for living, mobility and other expenses. They have the option of working part time in France while studying. Housing assistance from the French government is provided to help with house rents. A high quality social security scheme (French healthcare coverage) id provided by the French government in which Indians benefit the same as the French. French cities provide a safe and secure environment to pursue a smooth study and have an enjoyable time. Learning the French language is not mandatory, but would come easy to Indian students, with their natural linguistic aptitude. It would help students to get the most out of their French surroundings :bistros and movies, magazines and boulangeries,trains and sites etc. France is home to 35 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Paris is the world's top destination. The Eiffel Tower is one of the world's most-visited paid-admission sites. Disneyland Paris is Europe's most-popular theme park. Sharing borders with nine countries, France is truly the crossroads of the continent. Paris's Charles-de- Gaulle airport is the second-busiest in Europe and the sixth-busiest in the world. France has the world's densest road network. High-speed trains connect major cities in France and elsewhere in Europe (including London, Amsterdam, and Geneva). From the heart of Europe one can travel to the 22 countries of the Schengen Area with a single visa. The euro is used in France and 15 other countries. Since 2010 UNESCO has classed France's cuisine and extraordinary culinary richness among the world's leading examples of intangible heritage. The country produces 350 types of cheese. Fine wines flow from the vineyards of Bordeaux, Burgundy, and many other distinctive areas. The highly flavored cooking of the Antilles thrives alongside the masterpieces of celebrity chefs. In cities and on seashores, in mountains and meadows, one finds an endless array of recreational activities—all in close proximity to expressions of culture and the arts. Scholarships The Embassy of France in India runs several scholarship programmes at the Bachelor's, Master's and PhD levels for Indian students in France. Under its flagship programme, the Charpakscholarships, more than 300 Indian students will get substantial financial assistance to study in France in 2014 as research interns, exchange students, or full-time degree students. The funding of the yearly scholarship programmes is on the rise (1.2 million Euros in 2014) and reflects the sharp increase of the Indian student population in France. More than 2800 young Indians chose France as a destination for their higher education in 2013. The Embassy of France is proud to join efforts with corporate partners to encourage Indian students to enrol in the country's best institutes. 10 major reasons to choose France 1. Economy: France is the world's 5th largest economy, thanks to its educational system and its national capacity for R&D and innovation 2. A strategic partnership with India: France is ranked 5th in the list of India's trading partners among EU countries 17
  22. 22. 3. French Investments in India: There are 800 French companies in India, employing some 150,000 skilled people. (Schneider Electric, BNP Paribas, Sanofi, Alcatel Lucent, Steria, Renault Nissan, Alstom, Atos, Lafarge, Saint Gobain, Accor, Essilor, Technic, Michelin, Safran, L'Oréal, Dassault, Veolia, Air Liquide…) 4. The French language: French is the only other language spoken on the 5 continents and an official language in 32 countries. 5. Quality of living: with one of the highest standards of living in the world, France is also one of the most popular tourist destinations 6. Moderate tuition fees: French university tuition fees are close to nil. Most national institutions ask for very reasonable fees. 7. For a great quality of education: class sizes are small, teachers accessible, and practice is highly valued. 8. An international study environment: France has the 3rd largest international student population in the world (2013 UNESCO survey). 9. Visas: Indian students in France can work during their stay, and extend their stay for up to 1 year to look for a permanent job 10. Alumni:5 year Schengen Visas (multiple entry, short stay circulation visa)are granted to all Indian alumni holding a French Master's degree or PhD Please Visit for more information 17 SPOTLIGHT- GLOBAL EDUCATION Contact Campus France Campus France is the governmental agency promoting French higher education, functioning under the aegis of the Embassy of France in India. It currently has offices in nine Indian cities: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Any Indian student can schedule a meeting with a Campus France counsellor, who provides all documentation and advice on studies in France. The Campus France counsellor also contacts the French institutions the student is interested in, to offer their application, unless the student is already in contact with a French School. Campus France organizes direct meetings between French Schools and Indian students in various Indian cities on a biannual basis. A powerful search engine managed by Campus France provides information on more than 30,000 higher education courses. This user-friendly online catalog is continually updated and is available in English.
  24. 24. BULLETIN BOARD - GRANTS & OPPORTUNITIES Indo-Norwegian Cooperation Programme in Higher Education and Research (INCP) The Indo-Norwegian Cooperation Programme in Higher Education and Research (INCP) is a new initiative that aims at enhancing higher education links between India and Norway, and includes the establishment and administration of a portfolio of new projects from 2015 to 2017. Application Under the auspices of the Indo-Norwegian Cooperation Programme in Higher Education and Research (INCP), UGC and SIU invite joint project proposals from Indian and Norwegian higher education institutions. Application deadline: 16.09.2014 Announcement date: 26.05.2014 Support may be given to joint activities, such as: Ÿ· Faculty exchange Ÿ· Mobility of postgraduate students Ÿ· Intensive courses such as summer schools Ÿ· Short-term visits for students, academic and administrative staff, such as research and field activities for professors Ÿ· Long-term exchange of professors including adjunct professorship Ÿ· Seminars/workshops/conferences and events promoting research, education, leadership, capacity building, mobility and innovation Ÿ· Exchange of literature/ course materials/ publications/ curriculum development, etc. The maximum allocation per project is INR 4.4 million / NOK 400 000, including funding from both the Indian and the Norwegian side (INR 2.2 million / NOK 200 00 per year) For further information, CLICK here: Call for proposals Eligible Indian institutions are public institutions which are fit to receive development grants under Section 2f and 12b of the UGC Act, 1956 and institutions of national importance funded by M/HRD. Fully accredited Norwegian institutions of higher education are eligible as main partner institutions in Norway. Grant to Indian Academics for Short Research and Professional Visits to the United Kingdom The Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT) invites Indian academics who have completed 4 or more years of research or experience in their specialization, or those in the final stages of their doctorate to apply for short research and professional visit to the United Kingdom. The visit can be of 3 weeks duration. The fellowship amount is up to £1400 towards the in UK costs. Fields of Study: 1. History 2. Literature 3. Archaeology 4. History of Art 5. Philosophy 6. Performing and Creative Arts Applicants must clearly and exactly state what they want to do in the UK and which archival material they wish to consult. They should also mention whether they have contacted academic or professional contacts who have agreed to meet them (where relevant). The applicants should state how they plan to use the experience on their return to India. Eligibility Criteria: Ÿ Applicant must be an Indian Citizen living in India between 25-45 years of age. Ÿ Applicant must have good knowledge of English. Ÿ Applicant must have completed her/his studies and 4 or more years of research or experience in their specialization, or be in the final stages of their doctorate. Ÿ Applicant should not have received a CWIT grant within the previous 5 years. For more information, please visit . Short research and professional visits Deadline: 31 December 2014 18
  25. 25. BULLETIN BOARD - GRANTS & OPPORTUNITIES UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) is now accepting proposals for the following strand activities, To support research, faculty exchange and knowledge transfer Innovation Partnerships: across all subject areas. The call is open for all public HE This strand focuses on enhancing the institutionsin UK. In India all those public institutions which innovation capacity between universities and higher are fit to receive development grants from University Grants education institutions in India and the UK by promoting Commission are eligible to apply. partnerships. The strand is aimed at strengthening engagement and encouraging potential collaborations For more information on the call, please visit: between the Indian and UK Higher Education systems by promoting and assisting registered PhD students and post-docs in India and the UK to collaborate through Thematic Partnerships. These partnerships are jointly funded and supported by University Grants Commission and Department. To support research and knowledge transfer partnerships in specific subject areas. The areas include: 1. Climate Change 2. Computer Science 3. Public Health and Well being 4. Food Water Energy 5. Sustainable cities 6. Big Data 7. High Value manufacturing UGC UKIERI Thematic Partnerships DST UKIERI Thematic Partnerships 2014 Last date of Submission -15 Sept 2014 ALSO OPEN Chevening TCS Cyber Security Programme The objective of the Chevening TCS Cyber Security Programme is to enhance participants' ability to contribute to public policy on cyber security, by providing an understanding of the implications of alternative policy and legislative approaches (for national security, commercial opportunity, crime prevention, and freedom of expression and the right to privacy). Last date for applications: 14 September 2014. To know more about the scholarship and to apply, please visit - s_cyber_programme/chevening_tcs_cyber_programme 18 Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Programme Applications are invited for the Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Programme to be held at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. The Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Programme (CRISP) is a Fellowship programme funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Rolls-Royce for 12 mid-career top level people in the field of science and innovation - with links to public policy - in India. It provides funding for 3 months study on a tailor-made course in the UK. Last date for applications: 5 October 2014 To know more about the scholarship and to apply, please visit - Or alternatively, please contact Sam Prasanth Kumar, Commercial Diplomacy Officer, British Deputy High Commission, Chennai (or) Tel: +91 44 4219 2151
  26. 26. BOOKS ON EDUCATION Opening up the gates for access to higher education through Open Education Resources is the need of education reforms today across the world. Information and Communication Technology(ICT) promises to be a possible silver bullet, if harnessed judiciously, to address the triple problem of access, achievement and equity in Higher education. One such effort is the National Program of Technology Enhanced Learning, NPTEL, implemented by seven Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. A critical study has been carried out on NPTEL and other e-content along with perceptions, aspirations and needs of students and faculty members. Based on this study, a model of a 'Multiversity' has been evolved using principles of 'Service Oriented Architecture'(SOA). Most importantly, the model addresses the need for honing the various dimensions of life in the form of integral education. These include the physical, ethical, intellectual, aesthetic and spiritual dimensions. This is to create and sculpt excellent and humane professionals to inhabit the knowledge societies that the world is moving towards. The Author Jayanti Srinivasan Ravi, Education administrator, belongs to the IAS has studied at the Kennedy School, Harvard & (Indian Administrative Service). She the London School of Economics. She has a PhD in E-Governance from MS University, Gujarat. A Nuclear Physicist by education. She is a column writer, speaker & visiting faculty at Harvard University. 20 EDUCATION INFOGRAPHIC
  27. 27. With strong membership from the academia, CII southern region has initiated a dedicated education practice to serve as a bridge between industry and the academia. For more information about our initiatives and projects, please contact: R. Sathyanarayanan Head- Education Initiatives Confederation Of Indian Industry Southern Region Headquarters Prof C K Prahalad Centre 98/1, Velachery Main Road, Guindy, Chennai 600 032. Ph: +91-44-42444555 Email: DISCLAIMER All rights reserved. The data and news used here are from various published and electronically available sources. We have taken care to verify and crosscheck the accuracy of these reports and data. However, despite due diligence, the source may contain occasional errors. In such instances, CII is not responsible for such errors. Published by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Southern Region Headquarters, Prof C K Prahalad Centre, 98/1, Velachery Main Road, Guindy, Chennai 600 032. Ph: +91-44-42444555 Web: For sponsorship / advertisement and any further queries please write to us at 21
  28. 28. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes. CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India's development process. Founded in 1895, India's premier business association has over 7200 members, from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 100,000 enterprises from around 242 national and regional sectoral industry bodies. CII charts change by working closely with Government on policy issues, interfacing with thought leaders, and enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and business opportunities for industry through a range of specialized services and strategic global linkages. It also provides a platform for consensus-building and networking on key issues. Extending its agenda beyond business, CII assists industry to identify and execute corporate citizenship programmes. Partnerships with civil society organizations carry forward corporate initiatives for integrated and inclusive development across diverse domains including affirmative action, healthcare, education, livelihood, diversity management, skill development, empowerment of women, and water, to name a few. The CII theme of 'Accelerating Growth, Creating Employment' for 2014-15 aims to strengthen a growth process that meets the aspirations of today's India. During the year, CII will specially focus on economic growth, education, skill development, manufacturing, investments, ease of doing business, export competitiveness, legal and regulatory architecture, labour law reforms and entrepreneurship as growth enablers. With 64 offices, including 9 Centres of Excellence, in India, and 7 overseas offices in Australia, China, Egypt, France, Singapore, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with 312 counterpart organizations in 106 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community. Confederation of Indian Industry The Mantosh Sondhi Centre 23, Institutional Area, Lodi Road, New Delhi – 110 003 (India) T: 91 11 45771000 / 24629994-7 F: 91 11 24626149 E: W: Follow us on : 22

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Education is critical for the economic growth of the country, and various Education Initiatives from CII has been aimed at working towards bridging the gap between academia and industry through various workshops, training programmes, webinars, etc. The Theme of CII-SR for the year 2014 – 2015 is “Inclusiveness – Competitiveness & Entrepreneurship for Growth & Employment”. To share the initiatives pertaining to the Educational sector, and for a robust Academia-Industry connect we are proudly presenting this newsletter. This edition focuses on TEQIP Launches, Innovator 2013 Finals and various other activities of CII Education Initiatives team. This publication also throws light on the scenario of education and pursuing studies in France.


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