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    Panditrao Dharennavar conducting classes for Sikh children of Gurunanak Nagar in Indi taluk of Vijayapura district. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

    Panditrao Dharennavar conducting classes for Sikh children of Gurunanak Nagar in Indi taluk of Vijayapura district. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

    Dharennavar, a Kannadiga, has been teaching Punjabi to the community in Vijayapura

    Back in 2012, Panditrao Dharennavar was in the news for translating Kannada literature into Punjabi. Now, the professor is bringing Punjabi back to the Sikhs in his hometown Indi at Vijayapura district.

    Mr. Dharennavar, who teaches sociology at the government degree college in Chandigarh, has turned into an ambassador of the two languages. He teaches Punjabi to Sikh children of Gurunanak Nagar in the taluk, while also translating Kannada works into Punjabi.

    Based in Chandigarh for the last decade, Mr. Dharennavar has mastered enough Punjabi to be able to write it. He has translated Vachanas of Veerashaiva saints and social reformers Basaveshwara and Akka Mahadevi into Punjabi.

    “When I came here on vacation, I came to know about the colony of Sikhs who have been dwelling here for over 70 years. After being disconnected from Punjab for decades, these people have forgotten Punjabi and speak Hindi and Kannada. They also speak Sikhali, their own language which is similar to Punjabi but has no script,” Mr. Dharennavar said.

    That is when he decided to teach Punjabi to the community, mainly the children.

    He is happy with the interest shown by the children. “Perhaps it their instinct that makes them learn the language so quickly,” he said.

    Ujwal Singh, one of the residents, said that he is grateful to Mr. Dharennavar for having so much concern for the community to teach the language. “We wanted someone to teach us Punjabi so that we could read our religious books. The language also connects us to our roots,” he said.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Firoz Rozindar / Vijayapura – July 12th, 2017

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    July 11th, 2017adminEducation, Science & Technology
    Students taking part in the Young Innovator Hunt will be asked to devise innovative missile solutions to keep at bay the British forces surrounding Srirangapatna.

    Students taking part in the Young Innovator Hunt will be asked to devise innovative missile solutions to keep at bay the British forces surrounding Srirangapatna.

    Students of Class V to X in Mysuru and Bengaluru are being given an opportunity to come up with missile technology solutions as part an education startup’s Young Innovator Hunt.

    Those who register for the hunt, are expected to imagine themselves fighting against the British forces from the island town of Srirangapatna on behalf of the 18th Century warrior king Tipu Sultan, who pioneered missile technology.

    The participating students will be asked to devise an innovative missile solution to keep at bay the British forces surrounding Srirangapatna, an island town surrounded by two branches of the Cauvery.

    Anglo-Mysore War

    “We will narrate the story of the second Anglo-Mysore War in which Tipu Sultan scored a historic victory against the British with the help of missile technology, said Dhruva V. Rao, founder, Science Ashram, a science education centre, which believes in teaching concepts of science through experiments. Also, a painting of the battle scenario will be provided to the students.

    “The primary reason for Tipu’s victory in the battle was the scientific approach towards problem-solving and high order thinking skills. Students are also expected to think out of the box and provide missile solutions to prevent the British forces from crossing the Cauvery and entering Srirangapatnam,” Mr. Rao added.

    Necessary material

    Science Ashram will provide a set of tools and necessary materials for students to come up with missile solutions. “The solution can range from a catapult to a ballista to a trebuchet. The missile solution should be around 20 ft,” Mr. Rao added.

    Pointing out that the missile technology was born out of such high order reasoning skills displayed by Tipu Sultan, Mr. Rao said NASA had displayed a painting of this battle scene at its centre in USA. “This was recognised by the late President Dr. Abdul Kalam at Wallops Flight Facility, the base for NASA’s Sounding Rocket Programme,” Mr. Rao said.

    Students, who register for the programme, will be allotted a day on which they have to visit the Science Ashram either in Bengaluru or Mysuru to develop their missile solution. “We can accommodate about 30 students per day at each centre”, he said.

    Last year

    Mr Rao is hopeful of young minds coming up with innovative solutions during the exercise. During its first Young Innovator Hunt last year, hundreds of students participated in a contest to come up with a solution to propel a car without fossil fuel. “Participants came up with interesting solutions that included the use of solar energy and electric energy to propel the cars,” he said.

    Interested schools may contact Science Ashram at 9980878105 or While each participant, as a token of appreciation, is given a fidget spinner from the Science Ashram, the winners are given an opportunity to visit ISRO and HAL along with the Science Ashram team, Mr. Rao added.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Laiqh A. Khan / July 11th, 2017

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    July 11th, 2017adminEducation, Science & Technology


    • Suraj has converted Coke, Red Bull and beer cans into mini-satellites to create an open-source database on several city parameters.
    • The CanSat project was launched in 2014 to provide students an experience of smallscale space missions through several workshops .
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    Bengaluru :

    You don’t have to be a space scientist to launch a satellite. All you have to do is stock up some empty beverage cans and turn them into mini satellites .

    The satellite collects data on temperature and pollution levels

    The satellite collects data on temperature and pollution levels

    That’s exactly what a city based computer engineer has been doing for the past two years. He has converted Coke,  Red Bull and beer cans into mini-satellites to create an open-source database on several city parameters, including temperature and pollution levels. Suraj Kumar Jana, 22, founder of  Opencube Labs, is the mastermind behind the project monikered as CanSat Development Programme. CanSat is a sounding rocket balloon payload built of open hardware (Arduino, RaspberryPi) with the entire satellite components assembled inside a 350ml soda can.

    The mini-satellite, which is launched from the Air Force base at Yelahanka, does a controlled descent with the help of a parachute and transmits captured data to the ground station. “The data collected by these mini-satellites include temperature and pollution levels, quality of air and water, ultra-violet penetration and traffic congestion levels in the city. These data can help in research purposes and our civic bodies can even use them to implement better policies,” said Suraj, who is a computer engineer from BMS Institute of Technology .

    The CanSat project was aunched in 2014 to provide students an experience of smallscale space missions through several workshops conducted across the city.

    Suraj said: “Receiving a real-time experience of smallscale space missions isn’t that reasonable and goes beyond affordability of Indian, middleclass students. Through our workshops, we provide students a first-hand knowledge on making, operating and launching of satellites.”

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News> Schools & Colleges / by Sreemoyee Chatterjee / July 10th, 2017

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    June 16th, 2017adminAmazing Feats, Education, Records, All


    IIM-Bangalore attracts several students living with disabilities

    The vast campus of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) is set to welcome a fresh batch of 400 Postgraduate Programme (PGP) students on Thursday. But a few students have arrived early for voluntary preparatory classes.

    Two of them chat as if they are old friends, although they met only weeks ago.

    What’s special about the duo? Bengalurean Kunal Mehta, 24, is visually impaired. After initial schooling in an institution for the visually impaired, his parents shifted him to a regular school in Class 8. His father is in the automobile spare parts business and his mother, a home maker. He shifted to management studies for undergraduate education after taking up arts in pre-university

    Mr. Mehta was then recruited to a top multinational finance company. Two years down the line his thirst to learn more caught up with him. “I started preparing for competitive exams such as the Common Admission Test (CAT),” he says. He managed to clear it in his second attempt with an impressive 97.7 percentile.

    Awareness challenge

    For Himanshu Mittal, 23, who has spent all his life in Faridabad and is wheelchair-bound after an accident at home, IIMB is a dream. Mr. Mittal attended a regular school. “There is very little awareness about the needs of persons with disabilities,” he says on his experience.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by K.C.Deepika / Bengaluru – June 14th, 2017

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    Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar with Shrishti Kulkarni (third from the left in front row, wearing a brown shirt and trousers), Joel Tony (in blue jeans and white shirt, next to the minister) and other winners of a national-level science contest in New Delhi. PIB

    Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar with Shrishti Kulkarni (third from the left in front row, wearing a brown shirt and trousers), Joel Tony (in blue jeans and white shirt, next to the minister) and other winners of a national-level science contest in New Delhi. PIB

    Two students from Bengaluru have won a national-level science contest organised by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-backed outfit Vijnana Bharati in association with Central government institutions.

    Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar felicitated the winners — Shrishti Kulkarni, a student of Gear Innovative International School, Koramangala, and Joel Tony, a student of Inventure Academy, Whitefield – at a function here.

    The minister also felicitated 12 other winners of the ‘Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan’ awards for 2016-17. Each of the winners of the contest was awarded a medal and certificate of merit.

    “Physics is my favourite subject. It just fascinates me because I feel Physics has answers to every problem,” Tony, who will now be a student of Class IX, told Javadekar, when the minister asked him about his academic interests.

    Tony, however, kept his cards close to his chest about future plans. “I wouldn’t mind,” he said, when Javadekar asked him if he wanted to become a physicist.

    Shrishti, who has been promoted to class VIII, told the minister she aspired to become a scientist. “I have interest in Mathematics and Science,” she said.

    Vigyan Bharati organised the nationwide contest in three stages in collaboration with the National Council of Educational Research and Training and Vigyan Prasar, an autonomous institution under the Centre’s department of science and technology.

    A total of 1.4 lakh students from 1,472 schools, including 264 Kendriya Vidyalayas, participated in the contest. Out of them, 14 students were declared winners. The contest was held for students of Classes VI to XI.

    source: / Deccan Herald / Home> City / DH News Service / New Delhi / June 15th, 2017

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    Bengaluru :

    The scientific landscape in India must move in an organic way towards an environment that encourages multi-disciplinary research so as to address the challenges that the country and the world face, scientists say.

    G Mugesh from the department of inorganic and physical chemistry, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), said: “There is no doubt that people working with different interfaces need to be encouraged. The challenges before us have shown that just one discipline is not enough, for example, to tackle several diseases that the world at large and India face.”

    Mugesh was conferred the National Prizes for Interfaces between Chemistry and Biology (2017), instituted by the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bengaluru, in collaboration with CNR Rao Education Foundation. The award is donated by AVRA Laboratories, Hyderabad.

    This year’s award is also being conferred on Sandeep Verma of Indian Institute of Technology – Kanpur.

    “Compared to 20 years ago, when I joined IIT-Kanpur after my PhD and postdoctoral research in the US, there is a lot of change. All my training in the US was on how to do multi-disciplinary research and when I returned I found that the scientific landscape in India was still very puritan. Researchers like working in their respective areas and seldom interacted with other disciplines.”

    source: / The Times of India / Home> City News> Bangalore News / TNN / June 06th, 2017

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    Mangaluru :

    Dr Shashi Kant Tiwari, director, Dr Tiwari Homeo Clinic , Bejai will present a scientific paper in the largest homeopathic conference scheduled to be held in Leipzig, Germany on June 14 and 15. The conference is being organized by world’s largest organisation of Homoeopaths, Liga Medicorum Homeopathica Internationalis (lmhi).

    Dr Tiwari will deliver his lecture on strategies of prescription, wherein he will discuss the methodology of treating acute, chronic and pathological problems affecting different age group and demonstrate genuineness and efficacy of his methodology through treated cases in his own clinic at Mangalore.

    He is the only person from Karnataka to get this opportunity to present and discuss his views in world homoeopathic conference wherein the dais will be shared by other two well-known authors on this special topic (prescription strategies). Dr Tiwari is well known in homoeopathic circle of Germany because of his famous book on prescribing and a book on child care.

    Former principal of Fr Muller Homoeopathic Medical College, Dr Tiwari is also the former director of National Institute of Homoeopathy, Kolkata.

    source: / The Times of India / News > City News> Mangalore News / by Jaideep Shenoy, TNN / June 03rd, 2017

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    June 3rd, 2017adminEducation, Records, All
    Dhyanachandra HM.

    Dhyanachandra HM.

    There was a festive atmosphere at the residence of Dhyanachandra H M at Vinobnagar in the city on Wednesday evening as he bagged the 47th rank in UPSC examinations of 2016.

    He is the son of S L Haleshappa, an engineer with Karnataka Housing Board and Mamata K, a teacher at a government school in Shivamogga. Speaking to DH over the phone, Dhyanachandra said that though he was hopeful of bagging a good rank in the exam, he had not anticipated the 47th rank as it is a competition among ‘intelligent people.’

    “I know that I have to work with politicians in our democratic set up. I am prepared for it. I am committed to working within the framework of law.”
    Dhaynachandra who is currently working as an assistant engineer with Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department in Bengaluru, said that Insight Institute based in Bengaluru helped him do well in the UPSC exam.
    He took personal guidance from Vinay, who runs the institute. His father motivated him to become an IAS officer. He had selected Kannada as an optional for the exam. He couldn’t clear the preliminary exam in his first attempt. Having studied the pattern of the exam thoroughly, he came out with flying colours in his second attempt.
    A gold medallist
    He studied at Swamy Vivekananda School at Ravindranagar in Shivamogga and PUC at Expert PU College in Mangaluru. He had bagged a gold medal in BE Civilfrom Manipal Institute of Technology.
    source: / Deccan Herald / Home> State / DH News Service , Shivamogga / June 01st, 2017
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    Vineet Alva, managing trustee, AEF (right) hands over report of asset mapping of 55 GPs of Mangaluru taluk carried out by AIET staff/students to M R Ravi, CEO, DK ZP in Mangaluru on Saturday / Pic: Jaideep Shenoy

    Vineet Alva, managing trustee, AEF (right) hands over report of asset mapping of 55 GPs of Mangaluru taluk carried out by AIET staff/students to M R Ravi, CEO, DK ZP in Mangaluru on Saturday / Pic: Jaideep Shenoy

    Mangaluru :

    A tripartite agreement involving NRSC-Isro, Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat and Alva’s Institute of Engineering and Technology (AIET) has seen students of AIET carry out asset mapping of 5,000 assets in Mangaluru taluk. The effort saw 55 faculty and 330 students undertake the mapping work in 25 days after AIET team trained gram panchayat members in 55 GPs in the taluk and panchayat development officers (PDOs) helped them in the endeavour.

    With M R Ravi, chief executive officer of DK ZP, responding positively to the proposal from AIET, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) and AIET team, trained PDOs of Mangaluru taluk about Bhuvan Panchayat android application at an orientation programme. The 55 GPs were divided in 11 clusters. Each cluster comprised 5 GPs, ans was allotted five faculty and 30 students from AIET. The cluster-level training was held on May 3 and 4.

    Vivek Alva, managing trustee, Alva’s Education Foundation , who handed over the asset mapping report of the taluk to Ravi on Saturday, said that the work was an excellent learning process for both students and faculty of AIET. “This not only gave much needed rural exposure to students of AIET, but also encouraged them to carry out projects for villages,” he said, adding that the project has effectively used the application created by NRSC-Isro.

    Ravi said such projects expose students to rural India and problems people face in urban areas. Noting that he had personally visited some of the gram panchayats where the asset mapping was going on, Ravi said that the report will help planners like him refix their priorities and work towards filling the critical gaps in local infrastructure. “The report helps the administrators draw critical inferences which can help people at large,” he claimed.

    Referring to one such inference, he said that the mapping has identified presence of 34 churches, 131 mosques and 374 temples in the taluk. “This is an indicator of the religious harmony and peaceful coexistence of people,” he said. The presence of 111 bank branches gives one the inference that the taluk is commercially urban oriented society. It also throws light on shortcomings in administrative initiatives such as failure to promote rainwater harvesting and surfeit of borewells.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Mangalore News / TNN / May 28th, 2017

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    May 31st, 2017adminEducation, Records, All


    Bengaluru :

    Saumya Ahuja of  WeSchool, Bengaluru, has been conferred with the Global Swede award by the Swedish government.  She will be the ambassador for Sweden, Malardalen University and higher education, in India.

    Saumya is now studying about Sweden as a cashless nation and demonetization in comparison to India on a oneyear exchange programme at Malardalen University (MDH) under the LinnaeusPalme scholarship.

    Sweden is the first European nation to issue bank notes and 80% of the transactions are done by cards. “It’s important to give people a choice and allow them to switch to living cash free gradually. Parallelism between cash and digital money is probably impossible to achieve, yet strategic moves like making cash more expensive and better enforcement may result in a positive outcome to get closer to being cashless,” Saumya said.

    The study involves inter actions with executives and common people of Sweden.Linnaeus-Palme, a Swedish exchange programme, offers students an opportunity to showcase talent through innovation and design thinking in keeping with global trends. Saumya was presented the award by minister for EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde and general director of Swedish Institute Annika Rembe.

    “Acting as a link between India and Sweden, I’m expected to strengthen the relationship India and Sweden share not only in education field but also to be able to contribute to a culturally better world,” she said.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / TNN / May 31st, 2017

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