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Schools shut for 10 days, residents queuing up to collect water from tankers and tourism stalled. Shimla, designated as the queen of hills is crippled by the acute water scarcity. It echoes the “Day-Zero” horror of Cape Town, South Africa, the date when taps were declared to run dry earlier this year. The crisis in Shimla and Cape Town is symptomatic of a wider problem staring the world today. If water management and conservation is not pursued vigorously, the day is not too far in the future when there will be no usable water left. Not a drop to drink?…
How secure are we from the peril of hacking? Newton’s third law holds that every action induces an equal and opposite reaction. Every possibility manifests within itself a counter possibility as death is ever present over life. The Internet has opened up a host of possibilities unheard of and unthought of, yet it contains within itself the germ of its own vulnerability, most notable among them being hacking. Interestingly, long before the term hacking came to be associated with fraudulent acts like stealing personal and corporate data from computer networks, it was used for fun and constructive learning activities and…
Can technology be a solution to climate change?- An opinion “Winter is coming” the popular refrain from the series Game of Thrones warns of an impending winter. Whether or not the deadly winter strikes Westeros remains to be seen. But the inhabitants of Earth may safely say that the “Summer is coming” and a fatal one at that. That the Earth is bracing for an eternal summer is evident from the melting snow in Antartica, rising sea levels and soaring temperatures across the globe. Can technology, largely responsible for climate change, be a solution and to what extent? The opinion…
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is said to be more revolutionary as an invention over discovery of electricity and the invention of the Internet. The buzz is that the manifestation of this technology is going to transform our lives in more ways than one. As artificial intelligence is making inroads into various domains of human life there is a lot of speculation about the future of humans on earth, the nature of new jobs and the imminent loss of existing jobs. The application of artificial intelligence from health care to education, banking to transport, retail to entertainment is advancing at a fast…
In the wake of digitalisation and democratization of information, the world is a transformed place. New technologies have led to the proliferation of handheld devices and computers that enable connectivity and allow access to information without traditional dependency on infrastructure of roads. Diffusion of Technology We are in the fourth industrial revolution and new technology has blurred the boundaries between physical, digital and biological spaces. Unbelievable as it may sound, it is now possible for machines to manufacture organs/ biological matter. Machines now possess the intelligence based on the digital capability and enormous cognitive ability. The definition of automobiles has…
Thursday, 22 February 2018 05:56

Is Engineering Education in Crisis ?

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The aim of education is to equip us with the ability to analyze any situation logically, systematically and gracefully. Once the objective of education is clear, we can develop ways to inculcate it in students through their area of interest. One’s passion, priority and property -aptitude/inclination (3 Ps) should decide what one chooses to study. Engineering as a knowledge field is valid only when it is supported by application. It calls for passion and a knack for lateral thinking. Engineering is the sum total of techniques, logic, design, analysis, statistic, probability, etc. The coordination between all these aspects result in…
  Last week, the Builders Association of India (BAI) Pune Chapter started its 11th cycle of hiring interns. BAI has been taking interns for the last 6+ years and has been very successful in growing and sustaining this activity. This year itself, more than 150 students from various engineering institutes of Pune have been selected for the one-month internship at various sites of the members of BAI. 45 students out of these are from Vishwakarma Institute of Information Technology (VIIT). As I was addressing the students, memories of my internship with Tata Motors which was for a period of one…
How does technology impact the ability of education to build effective skills in students in the always connected world of today?Wireless, mobile and other digital technologies are shaping new patterns of delivering education. In India alone, the market of e-learning is predicted to cross 1.29 $ billion by the end of 2018. The combined ease of portable mobile devices, and fast internet speeds have created a massive scope for students to benefit from digital learning by creating smart classrooms anywhere, anytime. Futuristic technologies like cloud computing, and Internet of things will accelerate the development of artificial intelligence.   Following trends…

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