IITB Central Library 2.0 Service

Source: Times of India Date:01 july 2014
MUMBAI: IIT-Bombay continues to be the top choice for the best of the young brains in the country. The institute has retained its position as the most sought-after IIT in the country, with Delhi and Chennai coming a distant second and third.

A number of factors have been responsible for this, ranging from importance given to streams over geography, from placement records to newer short-term courses on offer, tell students. Of the top 100 rankers in JEE-Advanced 2014, almost all have opted for IIT-B computer science as their first choice. But 58 were allotted seats at IIT-B in computer science in the first round, followed by Delhi, where 36 of the top 100 have been admitted
(see box).

While 58 of the top 100 rankers joined IIT-B, the number has fallen a bit, compared to 67 in 2013. Thirty-six students were allotted seats at IIT-D, as opposed to last year’s 29. IIT-B director Devang Khakhar said he was happy that 44 of the top 50 rankers have opted for the Powai institute. “Students may have placed more importance to the stream over the location and once seats in computer science were filled up, they looked at the other IITs,” he said. IIT-B has 44 seats for computer science and engineering in the open category.

Source:Saturday, 24 May 2014 – 7:20am IST | Agency: DNA
The free online Spoken Tutorials (www.spoken-tutorial.org) of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, is set to take another leap, with the institute offering a spoken guide for advanced computer courses soon.

The online IT literacy project, which was launched in January 2010 with funding from National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology of the HRD ministry, will now provide a spoken guide for advanced courses, such as Linux, C and Bash.

Professor Kannan Moudgalya, a faculty member in the chemical engineering department of IIT-B and in-charge of the Spoken Tutorial project, said, “The tutorial is an ever-evolving open source platform through which students in far-flung areas can learn to develop a wide range of software, secure good marks and, eventually, bag jobs in prestigious companies on the strength of training. We are in the process of launching advanced courses.”

The Spoken Tutorial currently has courses in C, C++, Java, Python, MySQL, PHP, Linux and Netbeans. It also has courses in LibreOffice (for office work), SciLab for scientific calculations, GIMP (for graphical design) and Oscad (for electronic circuit design). Over 3.87 students from across India have benefitted from it in the past four years.

The audio-video tutorial aims to bring a revolution in education through technology by teaching programming languages, office tools, graphic and circuit design tools in a simple and interesting manner.

The audio content is available in most Indian languages — Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Telugu, Assamese, Bengali and even Sanskrit — for which students and teachers from across Mumbai have lent their voices. Soon, all courses will be available in 23 Indian languages.

With the help of the online tool, students can code, compile, execute and test programmes, simultaneously, thus providing a practical complement to theoretical training. The content can be downloaded from the website for free and one can learn on his/her own. Students are allowed to ask questions, which will be answered by experts.

IIT-B Best All-Rounder With 4 On List

Source: Times of India Dated:26.02.2014

Mumbai: Four Indian universities, including the IITs at Delhi and Mumbai, are among the global top 50 in at least one of the 30 disciplines covered under the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
IIT-Delhi achieved the country’s highest position, ranking 42nd in electrical engineering. IIT-Bombay was 49th in electrical engineering and 50th in civil engineering, IIT-Madras 49th in civil engineering and the Indian Institute of Science 46th in materials science.
No course from Indian universities figure in areas such as arts, humanities and social sciences. IIT-Bombay is the only one in the top 200 in any of the five arts and humanities disciplines, ranking in the 151-200 grouping for linguistics (see box).
The five life sciences disciplines feature only two Indian institutions, while India draws a blank in six of the eight social sciences disciplines. The exceptions are statistics, in which five Indian entities — IIT-D, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Kanpur, Indian Statistical Institute and IIT-B — feature, and politics, in which Jawaharlal Nehru University appears in the 101-150 grouping.
All round, IIT-B emerges as the top institution with four of its courses making it to the rankings.
“The IITs continue to perform well in their specialist areas and the inclusion of three of them in the global top 50 in the engineering disciplines shows they are starting to achieve genuine international renown,” said QS head of research Ben Sowter.
On the other hand, the lack of world-renowned Indian programmes in arts, humanities and social sciences continues to be a concern, Sowter said. “The absence of Indian universities from the top 200 in subjects such as medicine, law, accounting and finance underlines the difficulty India faces in reversing the tide of talented students leaving the country to study abroad,” he added.
“The latest QS rankings highlight the excellence of the specialist Indian institutions in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) area and identifies the need to improve the global competitiveness of our universities, in particular the large and comprehensive institutions,” said Mohandas Pai, chairman, ICAA — Indian Centre for Assessment & Accreditation.

Central Library has a facility to issue books from Technology Lending Library (Book Bank) to the economically weaker section students viz. whose parents income is below the taxable limit or those who are eligible to get MCM scholarship. All Under graduate students* are eligible to borrow 5 books by paying Rs. 51/- The remaining books will be issued to the general category students on payment of Rs. 91/-

Course,Date and Time
First Year, B. Tech.
20th Jan. 2014
9.30 A.M to 5.30 P.M
(Excluding Lunch Time 1-2 P.M)

Second Year, B. Tech.
21st Jan, 2014
9.30 A.M to 5.30 P.M
(Excluding Lunch Time 1-2 P.M)

3rd & 4th Year B. Tech.
22nd Jan. 2014
9.30 A.M to 5.30 P.M
(Excluding Lunch Time 1-2 P.M)

General Category
23rd Jan. 2014
9.30 A.M to 5.30 P.M
(Excluding Lunch Time 1-2 P.M)

Under Graduate Programs ( B. Tech / Dual Degree / 5 year Integrated M.Sc. )

* BOOKS WILL BE ISSUED FROM FIRST FLOOR ( JOURNAL SECTION )

Librarian

Central Library has a facility to issue books from Book Bank to students belonging to SC/ST communities who can borrow 5 text books for 2nd semester. These books have to be returned before the end of the semester. Students whose names appear in the list of SC/ST students, received from the Academic Office are eligible to borrow these books. The programme for issuing books for this semester is as follows:-

Course, Date, Time
First Year B. Tech.
15th Jan. 2014
9.30 A.M to 5.30 P.M
(Excluding Lunch Time 1-2 P.M)

Second Year B. Tech.
16th Jan. 2014
9.30 A.M to 5.30 P.M
(Excluding Lunch Time 1-2 P.M)

Third Year B. Tech.
&
Forth Year B. Tech.
17th Jan. 2014
9.30 A.M to 5.30 P.M
(Excluding Lunch Time 1-2 P.M)

* BOOKS WILL BE ISSUED FROM FIRST FLOOR (JOURNAL SECTION)

Librarian

Dear AlL,
We take great pleasure in informing you that Prof. Devang Khakhar has been selected by MHRD to continue as the Director of IIT Bombay for another term.

We congratulate him on behalf of all of us at the Institute and we look forward to his vision and continued leadership in taking IIT Bombay to greater heights.

With warm regards and the best wishes for a happy new year.

Hari Pandalai and Subhasis Chaudhuri
DD (FEA) DD (AIA)

Source: Mumbai Mirror

No show by many companies as 888 placements offered after 1,600 students were interviewed.

The first round of placements this academic year at IITBombay left the the institute’s students in no doubt about the disappointing reality of the economic slowdown in the country.

Companies made proportionately few job offers: 888 placements were offered after 1,600 students were interviewed this year. Last year, 881 offers had been made, while only 1400 students had been interviewed.

To be sure, there were more companies that sought to hire from the campus this year—253 against 241. But the placements that were conducted between December 1 and December 18, saw a no-show by 30 companies.

Twenty others, who did campus interviews, did not hire at all.

“I have appeared for about six interviews in the first phase but did not get a job. Many of us felt the interviews went well; none of us are able to understand what went wrong.

“I don’t know how to prepare better for phase II,” said a final year student who is now tense about his prospects in the second phase of campus hiring.

The second round will be of a very long duration, starting in January 2014 and going on up to end of June.

Another final year student, Aditya Kulkarni, was initially placed and then later dropped.

“I appeared for two interviews. In one of them I was wait-listed. When the first person dropped out I should have got that offer.

But the company changed its mind. I’m now hoping to get something in the second phase now,” he said.

Placements coordinators have followed up with a few companies that did not turn up. “They have rescheduled dates for next year. We will try to get the other companies to reschedule as well,” said Ravi Teja, one of the coordinators.

There was a lot of crowding of interviews too that led to confusion, said students.

“Four other classmates and I had to appear for 15 interviews one after the other on the first day. I also had to appear for two group discussions. I did not get any chance to re-orient myself better for the subsequent interviews.

“As a result, I did not land a single offer until the ninth day,” said Deepak Sharma, a final year student.

He felt he could have done better if the interviews with the good companies had been spaced out over a couple of days.

But placement coordinator Avijit Chatterjee is of the opinion that the hiring round went off well.

“The companies are more competitive than the students. They all want the first slots, otherwise they will skip IIT Bombay.

“Though phase II is usually slow, we will have a different campaign and focus on the departments which need more jobs,” he said.

I appeared for two interviews. In one of them I was waitlisted. When the first person dropped out I should have got that offer. But the company changed its mind. I hope to get something in the second phase Aditya Kulkarni IIT student

Companies are more competitive than students. They all want the first slots, otherwise they will skip IIT Bombay. We will have a different campaign and focus on the departments which need jobs Avijit Chatterjee Placement coordinator, IIT

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