Live Webinar by HRD Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on May 28, 2020

A live webinar was conducted by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore to all the Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) of the country on the topic “Turn the Challenges to Opportunities: COVID-19 Pandemics and Measures to Combat in Higher Education of India” on 28th May 2020. The webinar was addressed by Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Hon’ble Minister, Human Resource Development. The same was attended by more than 70,000 participants which includes Vice Chancellors, Directors, Deans, Faculty members, Registrars and other Academicians across the country.

The webinar was quite invigorating. Dr. Pokhriyal addressed various key issues during his address. He recognized the efforts of the NAAC and all the teachers, students of the country in turning this COVID pandemic into an opportunity. He said that in these trying times, our fellow citizens, especially people from all the academic institutions have ensured that no child is deprived of education even in the remotest areas. He also talked about the ways in which the government has also made efforts to ensure the same.

Important highlights of the discussion:

The importance of e-learning platforms in India:
Dr. Pokhriyal pointed out the fact that in a country like India, there are more no. of students than the entire population of America and it was just a matter of time before new techniques in education and teaching were introduced in the country. At present more than 33 to 35 crore children are utilizing various e-learning platforms for their studies. More than a million different courses are being offered on thousands of e-learning platforms and this is the opportunity for the young minds in our country to make use of this precious time and find new and interesting things to learn and do.

Information about the exams of colleges and other entrance exams:
The honorable minister established that the safety of their students and teachers is of the utmost importance and it’s the first priority of the ministry. As far as exams are concerned, if the lockdown restrictions ease in the month of July then the exams might take place but if not the students will be passed onto the next semester on the basis of the 50-50 aggregation of the previous semester’s result and this semester’s internal exams and assessments. The exams for the students of final year will be conducted one way or the other. If not offline then online. The schedule for the entrance exams like JEE and NEET will soon be announced.

Regarding making education accessible to children:
Dr. Pokhriyal told us about the government’s efforts in ensuring the accessibility of education to the child even in the remotest part of the country. He told us about the platforms introduced by the government like, National Testing Agency (NTA) app which currently has more than 75000 active subscribers and has more than 4.7 lakh downloads, the DIKSHA portal, collaboration with the National Digital library which has more than 4.5 crore online e-libraries, the GIAN portal and also new introductions by the UGC. He also congratulated the teachers who were part of the SPARC program through which the teachers have collaborated with 127 foreign universities by which they are teaching foreign students as well. If a child doesn’t have an active internet connection with him/her then the government is planning to increase the no. of lectures on their 32 channels of SWAYAM PRABHA which are free to air channels available on all DTH and cable tv connections. He also mentioned GIAN+, STRIDE, IMPRINT schemes during his address. He showed the people that the government is leaving no stone unturned as far as education is concerned in these trying times.

The future of education in India: 
India is now seen in a new light. We were pioneers of modern education. The first universities were established in India like Nalanda and Takshila in which scholars and students from all over the world came and studied. Now India has a chance to do it once again. Right now India’s GR is 25%, the government aims to bring it to 50% soon. Our honorable Prime Minister’s efforts towards making India a science and education leader includes the promotion of our Indian universities which would lead to an increase in the enrollment of non-Indian students in them and also the increase in our teachers teaching in other countries’ universities.

India-a leader in education:
The HRD minister also pointed out the efforts in promoting new and innovative teaching and learning ideas in various states and also at the centre. In the recent 20 lakh crore economic stimulus package introduced by the government of India, there are also 3-4 provisions for the education sector. Under that, UGC is planning to integrate 100 universities of India via an e-learning platform for smooth teaching and learning.

A healthy mind leads to healthy education:
The government is planning to introduce a scheme ‘MANODARPAN’- Psychosocial support for mental health & well being of students during the COVID outbreak and beyond. It will ensure that a student’s morale is not affected by COVID and he/she is in the right frame of mind to learn.

New researches in making equipments/devices to battle COVID-19:
At present many universities are working on developing new models and devices to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in India and the PM is also backing each and every one of them. He talked about a web-portal YUKTI (Young India Combating COVID with Knowledge, Technology and Innovation). It’s a unique portal and dashboard to monitor and record the efforts and initiatives of MHRD. The portal intends to cover the different dimensions of COVID-19 challenges in a very holistic and comprehensive way.

India is a country in which education is valued the most. We have ample talent to reach to new and greater heights and this time not just alone but taking the world as a whole with us forward in our mission in making India a symbol of growth and prosperity. The goal of making our country a 5 trillion dollars economy in the coming years will not be difficult if the country prospers on the backbone of talented students and experienced teachers. The efforts by our PM like Make in India, Skill India, developing a Start-up culture and Stand-Up culture in all sectors of business and education have sparked a fire in the country’s young minds and it will continue to be lit if we keep working hard towards a common goal of making India great Again. Dr. Pokhriyal sees a new India and believes that this century is India’s century and our academicians will play a key part in making that dream a reality. In the end Dr. D.P. Singh from the UGC commented that how UGC is working even in this global pandemic situation that how they keep motivating students and with a quote of Dr. S. Radhakrishnan which is “teaching is not a profession it is a mission”. He also appreciated various schemes. With his closure remarks, he thanked Dr. Pokhriyal and more than 45000 participating institutions. Director, Dean, HoDs and senior faculty members of Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology, Delhi also attended the same.

Live Webinar by HRD Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on May 05, 2020

A live webinar was conducted by Honourable Human Resource Development Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Tuesday, May 05, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 pm at Twitter and Facebook live platforms. He is also the Education Minister of India. Dr. Pokhriyal addressed the several exams and education related queries of the students across the globe. Several parents and teachers across the country joined the webinar.

The HRD minister thanked the whole countrymen for keeping themselves safe against COVID-19 under lockdown on the request of hon’ble prime minister Sh. Narender Modi ji. The health and cleanliness related workers were welcomed for they fought like warriors as a unit at the time global calamity. Sooner or later, the present crisis will be over and then the nation will progress on the path of growth. Dr. R.P.Nishank requested the parents not to get stressed / tensed and assured them about the online availability of the study material.

Some of the excerpts/ highlights from the webinar of Dr. Pokhriyal are:

On Education loss during lockdown:
It was informed by the HRD and Education minister that through CBSE it has been decided that students of 1-8 classes will be promoted to next classes without any exams or internal assessment. Students of 9-11 classes will be promoted on the basis of internal assessment. For the 12th class, the left over papers will be taken. As and when the situation improves, the exams will be held followed by their checking. The checking for already held papers will start soon.
For class XII board exams, 83 papers are left, out of hich 29 are main papers for which the exams will be conducted by CBSE. The rest 54 subjects are optional, for which internal assessment and evaluation will be done. The final decision will be taken by CBSE board and will be informed as soon as possible.

On How to prepare for entrance exams when coaching centres are closed and no study material is available:
Dr. Nishank emphasised that on several educational self e-learning online portals, enough study material is available in many Indian languages. Around 80000 similar questions are available which were asked in previous entrance exams. Besides several teachers and instructors have put/uploaded their own educational study material on youtube like chammels. On e-pathshala around 6000+ videos, 1500+ audios. 8000+ e-books, 2500+ picture books, 14000+ files/documents are available online in many languages. Students were advised to make efficient use of these study materials.

On when will the colleges be opened and studies will resume:
The HRD minister informed that the exams process will start after 1st July 2020, when the final exams will be conducted. In july special arrangements for semester system will be made whereby students will be promoted to the next semester on the basis of 50% internal assessment and average basis marking. The new session begins from 1st August onwards. The UGC COVID-19 task force has been formed for every university to take care and rectify the specific students related problems.
In colleges 50-60% syllabus is already done. The remaining one is being taught now a days. If internet is not available, 32 TV channels are available 24 hours for self-study and e-learning.

On network non-availability problem especially in rural areas during lockdown and closed coaching centres:
The honourable minister explained that shops are now opened, and course materials are available on school education portals, swayam & swayam prabha portals. For rural area network problem Dr. Nishank told that syllabus and course material is abundantly available on Doordarchan, Dish TV, Tata sky, Airtel TV. So, TV is the right mode for studies and e-learning when internet is not available.
The coaching centres were closed as otherwise the situation would have worsened. Many students have not gone to coaching centres and they study at home. So, students were advised by Dr. Pokhriyal, not to depend on these centres.

On Parents stressing on reading a subject repeatedly whose paper has not been held:
Dr. Pokhriyal requested the parents not to stress the students for studying a subject again and again. 3-4 times revesion is good enough for a subject. The emphasis should be more on studying other subjects and course materials. Their mental strength should be increased, and studies should be made more enjoyable. He told that the current year syllabus has already been reduced/curtailed.

On Fees hike by some schools during lockdown:
It was informed by the education minister that the GOI has instructed all schools and colleges that fees will not be increased.
On being asked by a XII class UAE based student about difficulty in completing CBSE syllabus due to complete lockdown till September 2020:
The HRD minister explained that CBSE board has presence in about 25 countries, where the syllabus is being taught regularly by the teachers and the remaining one will also be covered. However, the situation is different in different countries including UAE. All the possible online help will be provided.

On non-availability of NCERT books:
Dr. Nishank assured the availability of the books everywhere. The Home Ministry has instructed all book shops to be opened. The distributors in all districts will be advised accordingly. Besides the NCERT books are available on websites also.

On future of education after lockdown:
Special guidelines will be made for schools, engineering institutions, management and technical educational institutes, competitive examinations etc. Materials are available on the portals. The year of the students will not be wasted in any case. Around 2000 course material is available on swayam portal. Besides huge study material is also available on National Digital Library (NDL).

On dates of various competitive exams:
The education minister stated that the JEE exams will be held from 19th July 2020 to 23rd July 2020. JEE Advanced will be held in August 2020 and the dates will be informed later. Around 16-17 lakh applications were received for NEET exams, which is scheduled to be held on on 20th July 2020. The dates for other competitive exams will be intimated after June 2020. In May 2020, no exam will be held.

Finally Dr. R.P.Nishank emphasised everyone to fight fiercely with the current COVID-19 crisis situation to come out healthy and safely. He reiterated on the use of Arogaya Setu App for guidance. The parents and students were advised by him to work hard properly and use the available time wisely. He ended with the congratulations and blessings.
Near about 21800 persons across the globe including 50 faculty members and around 300 students from Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology, Sec-22, Rohini, Delhi-110086 were immensely benefited from today’s Twitter and Facebook live platform. Their queries regarding conduct of exams, course material availability and promotion to next class/semester were brilliantly answered and handled satisfactorily by the Education Minister of India.

India Mobile Congress 2019

Bang in the middle of TechTober, MAIT Students and Faculty organized a day long excursion to *India Mobile Congress 2019* , the flagship tech expo of South East Asia Organized by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and Cellular Operator Association of India (COAI) held at *Aerocity, Delhi from the 14th to 16th October. *5G* was unquestionably the epicenter of the industry's adulation, owing to the next generation of telecom being at the helm of commercial rollout in India.

Delegates were elated to explore stands by the likes of Ericsson and Huawei. *The Telecom Trifecta: Vodafone-Idea, Airtel and Reliance Jio* made their presence felt by showcasing their innovations and know-how of 5G, ahead of the trials and spectrum auctions. Nonetheless, *IoT, AR and VR* also shared the spotlight, with established conglomerates and ambitious startups demonstrating their attractions and concepts under one roof.

The participation of students in the event was organized by Mr. Gopal Mittal, Sr. Director – Commercial and Finance and co-ordinated by Prof. Neelam Sharma, Director MAIT. The three day event was co-ordinated by MAIT faculty members Dr.Nitin Sharma, Dr. Monika Gupta. Around 455 students and 50 faculty members of four department of MAIT visited the different start ups based on 5G technology and also attended the seminars in main hall.Students gained their fair share of field experience by acquainting themselves to *VR Soccer, Connected Mobility from the likes of MG and Kia*, and the emerging concept of *Smart Cities* to transform the way of living in the urban jungle.The festivities only escalated with the convergence of the entire IT industry, as stalwarts like *Mr. KM Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group and Manu Kumar Jain, CEO, Xiaomi India* spoke on the use cases and untapped potential of all these breakthrough technologies.Furthermore, *Hon'ble Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad* also graced the event with his presence.

*Telecom Secretary Mr Anshu Prakash, IAS*, in a proud moment for the IT fraternity, listed Indias monumental achievements in the digital sector, while equally highlighting the tantalizing oppprtunities offered in the future. India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2019 saw a slew of launches with real use cases in the telecom sector, where the companies collaborated with each other to bring out the future innovations. Reliance Jio and Samsung presented new business opportunities using 5G NSA mode, with advanced 4G LTE and 5G technology used in combination as a dual-connected mode network.Reliance Jio and Samsung showcase 5G technology use cases at India Mobile Congress 2019. These will demonstrate how innovations from the latest technology can benefit consumers, enterprises and the society. Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies also completed the first ever live 5G video call in India using 28 GHz spectrum. The demonstration was done using a smartphone based on the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform with Snapdragon X50 5G Modem-RF System and Ericsson’s 5G platform including 5G NR radio, RAN Compute products and 5G Evolved Packet Core, set up at the IMC venue.

The MillimeterWave (mmWave) 5G networks are commercial in the US and being rolled out in many advanced countries including Japan and Korea, where 28 GHz and 39 GHz spectrum bands are being considered for 5G deployments. For mobile networks, mmWave spectrum will be an important capacity layer for both 4G and 5G, the companies said.

To demonstrate, Nunzio Mirtillo Head of Ericsson South East Asia, Oceania and India, made a video call to Rajen Vagadia, Vice President, Qualcomm India at the venue. The companies have already worked closely to create several 5G technology.

“Ericsson was the first telecom vendor to demonstrate 5G technology in India in 2017. Over the past few years we have been working with several stakeholders to build the 5G ecosystem in the country. Today marks an important step in India’s journey towards 5G. This 5G video call and our longstanding collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies is a testament of how the real benefits of 5G can be achieved through partnerships and collaborations,” Mirtillo said.

Similarly, Nokia and Vodafone-Idea Business Services rolled out software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) services for start-ups and enterprises in India. SD-WAN simplifies the management and operation of the enterprise’s network. While the SD-WAN market is still at a nascent stage, it is expected to become a $10 billion opportunity globally by 2023 as per industry reports.


Industrial Visit To Semiconductor Laboratory (SCL), Mohali

An Industrial visit was organised for the students of Electronics and Communication Department on 16th October, 2019 to Semiconductor Laboratory, Mohali.

The visit was organised under the able guidance of Prof. Neelam Sharma- Direcctor MAIT, Prof Sunil Kumar - HOD ECE and the faculty Mr. S.K.Kundu, Dr. Nitin Sharma, Dr. Praween Kumar, Dr. Divya Goyal and Ms. Anamika Jain. It was an intensely informative and enriching educational visit to the Semi-conductor Laboratory at the Space Centre, ISRO at Mohali. At SCL, everyone was guided to a seminar hall wherein an enthralling interactive session with a senior scientist was conducted. The session turned out to be absolutely fun as well as a journey through the field of semiconductor devices -their importance in modern day scenario, their fabrication, their packaging their role in space explorations etc. The session was followed by a brisk question answer round.

Post lunch, everyone was again guided to the seminar hall for an in depth presentation on VLSI Designing, packaging etc. The technical officers explained the entire process from RTL to wafer fabrication, from photolithography to implantation and finally from testing to packaging. After this mind-boggling session, everyone was taken for a visit to the laboratories, under the guidance of Mr. Abhishek Madan (Alumni -MAIT).

Class 1000 purity of environment was maintained in and around the laboratories. After stringent checks, all were guided to the labs and were shown the working of devices, taking care so as not to disturb the ongoing processes. The group was shown the ionisation lab and diffusion/growth lab of 6 inch wafer. Some students also got the opportunity of visiting the furnace labs, chip layout lab etc., wearing proper protective and contamination-free white suits, gloves, head-covers etc.

This visit was immediately followed by a tea break and a brainstorming session. Following this, the lab visit was resumed again, but this time it was a visit to the packaging department. Everyone was spellbound to see the ICs being packaged and tested in reality. Senior officials from the department helped the students to understand the entire process and showed them ceramic ICs of various sizes, shapes and functionalities. With this, the visit to the Semi-conductor Laboratory (SCL) concluded. It was an educative and fruitful visit, with immense exposure to the real world techniques and ongoing industrial research work benefitting the students of ECE Department.


Team FALCON7 led by ECE students won First Prize in SMART INDIA HACKATHON 2019

MHRD along with AICTE organised SMART INDIA HACKATHON 2019, as a 5 days hardware hackathon from 8th july to 12th july, conducted in 19 nodal centre across India. Team FALCON7 from MAIT participated in the theme “Drone and Robotics” , where they developed a prototype for the problem statement 30 KG PAYLOAD CARRYING MULTIROTOR WITH A FLIGHT TIME OF 40-50 MINUTES, this problem statement was proposed by BHARAT FORGE LTD.

The team’s idea was shortlisted from over 150 proposal and they won first prize at the grand finale, winning a cash prize of 1lakh rupees. Team members:

1. Jaideep kala ,ECE (Team Leader)
2. Sonalika Bhandari, ECE
3. Praanshu Srijan Shandilya, EEE
4. Shivani, EEE
5. Priyanjali Prata Singh, EEE
6. Subramanya Bhat, MAE

About the Project

Team falcon 7 prototype was a multipurpose quadcopter named VIDYUT which can lift a payload of 1 kg with a flight time of 25-30 minute autonomously with the help of GPS. Vidyut is equipped with highly sensitive air quality and gas leakage monitoring system. It can detect the level of particulate matter PM2.5 which will tell the quality of air in that particular area. The data collected can be recorded and transmitted wirelessly over a network and monitored from a distance. It can also detect the amount of particular gases like Petroleum and natural gas. The quad can hover near the gas pipelines continuously measure the amount of gas and transmit it to monitoring station. If the value of gas exceeds from a safe amount it will immediately report it to the station and will tell the exact location of leakage using a GPS. Thus, preventing any major disaster.

For the finals, the team developed an octacopter capable of carrying a heavy payload of 30kg with a high endurance of 50minute. The octacopter has a unique design and revolutionary battery system which is one of a kind.


MAIT ECE Students Won First Prize in Hackathon at ADGITM / NIEC


IEEE ADGITM, the official technical society of ADGITM organised a 24 hr hackathon : T- HACKS 2.0 in collaboration with the CSE department.  This year “Intelligent Greenhouse System” developed by the students of the ECE Department, Muskaan Kapahi, Sarthak Chhabra, Simran Munjal and Tushar Paul, under the guidance of Mr. Hemant Tulsiani secured first position in the competition.

The competition was hosted by Akhilesh Das Gupta Institute of Technology and Management, Delhi on 9th - 10th October 2019 and more than 35 teams from different colleges participated in this competition.

Intelligent Greenhouse System

It will monitor the temperature, moisture, humidity and sunlight received by the plant and turn on fan, motor pump and light bulb accordingly to keep the plant in an optimal condition.

We have recorded the data provided by the sensors and prepared a dataset which is used to predict future values of environmental variables using linear regression algorithms.

So with a large enough dataset we can predict the nature of the plant’s requirements without the use of any sensors. 

The data acquired is used in real time to improve the accuracy of the sensors as well as to expand the dataset.

When applied on a large scale the number of sensors deployed will reduce significantly as compared to a standard smart green house as the algorithm used would predict characteristics of the whole greenhouse by taking minimal input from the sensors.

This would help in reducing the amount of water consumed, electicity used as well as man-power required.


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