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Kolkata: To design, plan, develop sustainable habitats and implement smart technologies for India’s smart city growth, The Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur signed a deal with Japan’s Nikken Sekkei Research institute (NSRI).

IIT-Kharagpur’s Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management (RCGSIDM), in association with the department of architecture and regional planning (ARP), has picked up the challenge to re-address the dimensions of smart city growth based on twin concerns: sustainable infrastructure and liveable habitat, officials said.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed on Friday, collaborative projects such bullet train, other smart transportation technologies and smart agriculture will be brought in.

“This MoU targets design, planning and implementation of such projects and technologies for sustainable cities. Japan has the expertise in smart technologies and we are banking on our cultural history to take the relationship forward,” said IIT-Kgp director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti.

Metros like Kolkata and peri-urban cities such as Asansol and many others in West Bengal and other states will be part of the plan, he said, during the international symposium on ‘Liveable habitat and sustainable infrastructure: a key to smart city growth’.

Shigehisa Matsumura, principal consultant for NSRI said the deal would be a “good starting point” for the fruitful execution of the smart city programme.

Projects under IIT-Kgp’s Sandhi initiative such as the Varanasi-Kyoto programme have been brought under the ambit of the agreement.

“This envisages recovery of Varanasi’s greenery, creating heritage trails and tourism in the city. For Kyoto, the vision is to recover cultural ethos through the revival of hand-tools, vocational education,” said IIT-Kgp’s professor Joy Sen, in-charge of the work.(IANS)

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JNU was awarded ‘Best University’ for its good works, not for Hostage Drama, says HRD Minister

"Recently JNU was given best university award. This was not given for making the Vice Chancellor hostage but for the good works done by the university. These good works don't come into the limelight"

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New Delhi, March 28, 2017: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) got the best university award for its good work and not for the controversy last year during which the Vice Chancellor was taken hostage’. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar remarked this statement while discussing a bill in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

“Recently JNU was given best university award. This was not given for making the Vice Chancellor hostage but for the good works done by the university. These good works don’t come into the limelight,” Javadekar said in the Lok Sabha while concluding the debate on the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016.

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Javadekar’s comments came after Congress pioneer Mallikarjun Kharge questioned the Minister’s reference of vacancies in JNU.

Pointing out to the vacancies of professors in JNU, Javadekar said: “There are over 100 vacancies for SCs/STs in JNU while around 25 posts of disabled professors are vacant since long ago.”

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Karge objected to it by stating that it’s not only in the JNU, but in many central universities, teaching posts are lying vacant for many years. It’s the duty of the minister to respond to such obligations.

“I know why you are raking up JNU only,” Kharge said.

Last year in October, Students of JNU had staged protests outside the administrative Block, forcing the Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar and Rectors to remain confined inside the building, over the disappearance of student Najeeb Ahmed.

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Earlier, three of its students were arrested on sedition charges in connection with an event on the campus during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

Responding to members’ queries, Javadekar said that vacancies in universities are a serious issue and there are many reasons for it.

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“There are vacancies in central universities, state universities and also in private universities. We are trying to constitute a dynamic platform where all vacancies will be exhibited on our website,” he said.

The Minister said that for filling up the vacancies the government needs to create an atmosphere where students prefer to be teachers and professors.

”We need to create interest among students so they could prefer this profession,” he said.

Javadekar said that whenever he visited any university, he always asked students: “Who wants to be a teacher? Who wants to be a professor?”

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“Recently I visited an IIT where I asked the same question to students. I was very happy when majority of students said they want to join the teaching line,” he said.

He also expressed concern over the cases of suicides on campuses.

“Even a single case of suicide in campuses is unfortunate,” the minister said.

-prepared by Ashish Srivastava of NewsGram Twitter @PhulRetard

 

 

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Smart City Kochi will be ready in three years, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan

In February,2016, the first phase was opened which has an area of 6.5 lakh sq feet and several companies have started operations

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Kochi Smart City project spread across 246 acres, was announced as an IT Special Economic Zone. Image source: The News Minute
  • The Smart City Kochi project is being jointly developed by Dubai Smart City and the Kerala government
  • The chief minister also said that it will be completed in three years
  • In November 2005, the MoU of this project was inked under the then Chandy government

Kochi, June 23– Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday, said the Kochi Smart City project will be fully ready in three years. Vijayan’s party had boycotted the function when Kochi Smart City’s first phase was inaugurated in February this year, in 2016, after eleven years.

Then leader of opposition V.S. Achuthanandan, who was one of the high profile invitees, did not turn up. The CPI-M organised a protest meet and said that there has been a deviation from the original Kochi Smart City agreement.

Logo of Smart City Kochi. Image source: englishmatrubhumi.com
Logo of Smart City Kochi. Image source: englishmatrubhumi.com

However, on Thursday Vijayan, after meeting top officials of the project, which is being jointly developed by Dubai Smart City and the Kerala government, issued a statement that the project will be going forward as per the agreement.

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The chief minister also said that it will be completed in three years — the agreement that was inked with the previous Chandy government. “When completed, there will be one lakh jobs in the Kochi Smart City and the total area earmarked for IT operations will be 67 lakh sq ft and 21 lakh sq ft for non-IT needs,” said Vijayan.

Representational Image. Smart City Kochi. Image source: www.folomojo.com
Representational Image. Smart City Kochi. Image source: www.folomojo.com

In February,2016, the first phase was opened which has an area of 6.5 lakh sq feet and several companies have started operations. The CPI-M had ridiculed the then Chandy government that there is not a single IT company of repute that has opened.

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In November 2005, the MoU of this project was inked under the then Chandy government. And following the change in government, the framework agreement was signed in 2007 by the Achuthanandan government and it was taken forward again only in 2011 after the Chandy government assumed office. -IANS

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An IITian from Kharagpur, Mainak Sarkar also linked to another killing in Brooklyn Park

According to a marriage license application Sarkar, hails from Durgapur in West Bengal and got married to Ashley Erin Hasti in 2011

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UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles). Image source: WikiMedia
  • Mainak Sarkar had shifted to the US only in 2000s after a successful stint as a software developer in South India
  • The killings are believed to have been provoked by Sarkar’s anger on Klug for stealing his computer code
  • A body of a woman was found in 2400 block of Pearson Parkway in Brooklyn, which was later identified as one in the killer’s ‘kill list’

The gunman identified as “Mainak Sarkar” in connection with the killing of the UCLA engineering professor, William Klug has in a shocking disclosure been linked to another killing in Brooklyn Park, north of Minneapolis.

A body of a woman was found in 2400 block of Pearson Parkway in Brooklyn, which was later identified as one in the killer’s ‘kill list’. The 38-year-old Mainak Sarkar, before travelling 2000 miles to kill Klug, had shot dead the woman in Minnesota, according to the Los Angeles Police. Officials haven’t disclosed the name of the woman yet.

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“In the residence in Minnesota, we found multiple items, including extra ammunition and also a note with names on it indicating a kill list,” Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck told Los Angeles television station. The list had the wording “kill list” on it, says Beck. The list also had the name of another professor, who is unharmed.

Police on UCLA campus after the shooting. Image source: bbc.com
Police on UCLA campus after the shooting. Image source: bbc.com

“Your enemy is my enemy. But your friend can do a lot more harm. Be careful about whom you trust,” says a blog post by Sarkar, dated March.

The killings are believed to have been provoked by Sarkar’s anger on Klug for stealing his computer code. While this appears to be the cause as of now, UCLA denies such claims.

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Sarkar was armed with two 9mm pistols and multiple ammunition clips, said Police. As further investigation continues in the case, it became known that he had shifted to the US only in 2000s after a successful stint as a software developer in South India.

Sarkar, hailing from Durgapur in West Bengal got married to Ashley Erin Hasti in 2011, according to a marriage license application obtained by Reuters. He is described as “brilliant”, “able” and “trustworthy” by friends and colleagues.

-by Maariyah, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @MaariyahSid

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