Special Guest Lecture: Revisiting Human Origin, Studying Archaeological Evidences for Extreme Human Antiquity

A special seminar was organized in the afternoon of 17 February 2017 (at Maharaja Agrasen Auditorium) by BACE society in collaboration with ECE Dept. on the topic, “Revisiting Human Origin, Studying Archaeological Evidences for Extreme Human Antiquity”. The seminar was specifically conducted for first year students of all branches and the event concluded with an interactive question answer session with the students. The speaker for this seminar were Dr. Michael Cremo, famous American Scientist in the field of Archeology. Dr. Michael Cremo is a member of the World Archeological Congress and the European Association of Archaeologists as well as an associate member of the Bhaktivedanta Institute specializing in history and philosophy of science.

Dr. Cremo’s ideas on this topic are inspired by his studies in the ancient Sanskrit writings of India, especially the Puranas, which deal with cosmology and history. Some extraterrestrial researchers believe that life evolved on earth as most scientists now say it happened. They say the first single celled organisms self-organized from chemicals a couple of billion years ago. Then came multicellular organisms, first in the ocean, then on land. Gradually the first apes came into existence, then, a few million years ago, the first apemen (hominins). Around 400,000 years ago, there was the apeman, Homo erectus. Some ET researchers believe that at this point, some extraterrestrials came and manipulated the genes of Homo erectus, thus forming humans like us, Homo sapiens. Dr. Cremo disagrees with this. Archeological evidence, as documented in his book “Forbidden Archeology”, shows that humans like us have been present on earth for tens of millions, even hundreds of millions of years, going all the way back to the very beginning of life on this planet. It is crucial to understand that a human being, or any other living thing, is not just a machine made of molecules. The human body, or any other body, is a vehicle for a conscious self, a soul. This conscious self is not produced by molecules in the brain. It exists independently from matter. It is never created, never destroyed. The conscious self comes from a higher, timeless level of reality. So, in that sense, as conscious selves, we are all extraterrestrials. We are not from this planet. We are from a higher level or reality, to which we should strive to return. As conscious beings, we have not evolved up from matter, but have devolved, or come down from a higher realm. Dr. Cremo has explained this in more detail in his book Human Devolution: A Vedic Alternative to Darwin's Theory.

Over the past two centuries researchers have found bones and artifacts showing that people like ourselves existed on earth millions of years ago. But the scientific establishment has ignored these remarkable facts because they contradict the dominant views of human origins and antiquity. The research being done by Dr. Michael A. Cremo challenges us to rethink our understanding of human origins, identity, and destiny. It takes on one of the most fundamental components of the modern scientific world view, and invites us to take a courageous first step towards a new perspective.

A special seminar was organized by BACE society in collaboration with ECE Dept. in the main auditorium at 2pm on the topic, “Revisiting Human Origin, Studying Archaeological Evidences for Extreme Human Antiquity”. The seminar was specifically conducted for first year students of all branches and the event concluded with an interactive question answer session with the students. The speaker for this seminar were Dr. Michael Cremo, famous American Scientist in the field of Archeology. Dr. Michael Cremo is a member of the World Archeological Congress and the European Association of Archaeologists as well as an associate member of the Bhaktivedanta Institute specializing in history and philosophy of science.

IETE Workshop on PSpice

To start the proceedings of IETE STUDENT FORUM MAIT, first workshop on PSpice was held on 14 Feb 2017 from 11am to 1pm in the college premises. The workshop was inaugurated by Prof. (Dr.) Neelam Sharma(HOD ECE Dept.). She briefed the students upon IETE and its benefits. Her enlightening words encouraged   students to explore the world of electronics. Then, the proceedings were handed over to Mr. Amit Saxena (Asst. Professor ECE). He discussed various topics starting with basic electronics and then progressed into advanced topics such as ADC, digital image processing and simulations in PSpice. The workshop was attended by 53 students of ECE first year. Mr.Vaibhav Nijhawan (Asst. Professor ECE) and Mr. Naveen Kumar (Asst. Professor ECE), coordinated the workshop. 

Software Training under Spoken Tutorial Project, IIT Bombay


The Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering at Maharaja Agrasen institute of Technology, Delhi, successfully organized a training programme for popular software used by ECE department students like Scilab, C language and OSCAD for IVth and VIth semester students. The event was an initiative by the Spoken Tutorial project, IIT Bombay.

The Spoken Tutorial project is the initiative of the "Talk to a Teacher" project of the National Mission on Education through Information Communication through Technology, launched by MHRD, Govt of India to promote IT literacy through open source software. 114 students have been already awarded certificates. This initiative will enhance the programming skills of the students enabling them to become sound technocrats. Spoken Tutorials project aims to create spoken tutorials which teach free and open source software (FOSS) in many Indian languages. The idea is to teach software(s) in a language that the learner is comfortable in. Our goal is that the spoken tutorial learning object be used to teach any software in any language and any difficulty level learner - Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced.

This project is for the community and by the community. Project aims to get like-minded individuals to collaborate with each other to create spoken tutorials dubbed into as many Indian languages as possible. Primary aims of the project include: Reach out to as many people as possible to spread the awareness of the portal so that people can learn and contribute; Build up the community so that the portal will be self-sustaining; Channelize a way through your contacts to reach out to the people who could learn and contribute.

2nd Computer Hardware & Networking Certification Program under SKILL INDIA Mission


Maharaja Agrasen Technical Education Society (MATES) in collaboration with National Institute for Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development (NIESBUD) under Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship organised a second 40 Hours free certificate program on Computer Hardware & Networking from 6th to 23rd December 2016 at Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology (MAIT) campus. The program was conceptualized under the guidance of Dr. Nand Kishore Garg, Founder & Chief Advisor of MATES and coordinated by Prof. R. S Gupta with the support from Mr. Ravi Gupta, consultant – Innovation & Entrepreneurship Development Cell (MATES). 20 Youth from the underprivileged category families were the participants. Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering (ECE) of Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology (MAIT) supervised this course under the monitoring of Prof. (Dr.) Neelam Sharma, Director MAIT. Mr. Manoj Kumar & Mr. Praveen Saini was the course trainer who devotedly trained the students. On completion, all the successful participants got NIESBUD certificate in a small ceremony in the auspicious presence of MATES board of trustees, Director General & Director MAIT & MAIMS and other senior people by the Dr. Nand Kishore Garg, Founder & Chief Advisor – MATES.




Industrial Visit to NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance (NETRA)


An industrial visit was organized for the students of IVth and VIth semester, Electronics and Communication Department on 17th October 2016. The trip comprised of thirty-seven students and faculty members lead by our Director and Head of the Department, Electronics and Communication, Professor (Dr.) Neelam Sharma.

NTPC Limited (previously known as National Thermal Power Corporation Limited) is a Public Sector Undertaking, engaged in the business of generation of electricity and allied activities. NTPC's core business is generation and sale of electricity to state-owned power distribution companies and State Electricity Boards in India. The company also undertakes consultancy and turnkey project contracts that involve engineering, project management, construction management and operation and management of power plants. NETRA is the Research and Development laboratory of NTPC. Research is on to make the day-to-day operations of the Power Plants smoother with focus on renewable Technologies.

The students were first shown the Solar Thermal HVAC system. This system is used to generate AC cooling from solar energy. It consists of two pre-programmed solar dishes that heat up the coil in the centre of the dish using reflectors. This heated coil is used to boil the water. Then this water and steam combination is sent to the steam separator which gives out pure steam. This steam is passed through a Vapour Absorber Machine (VAM).This produces chilled water which is used to cool air. The Second project shown was the Na-S batteries. These batteries were made by NGK Insulators Limited. They are Grid level batteries and their possible applications are stabilizing the Grid due to varying frequency of electricity produced using non-renewable sources. They have power up to 12,000 KWh.

Students were then shown the Advanced Computing Laboratory which engages in application development for the NTPC. They have developed software like NePPS, NRES and software for CFD. Thereafter, the students were introduced to the various projects/experiments/studies being undertaken either in house or with collaboration with academic institutions like IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, CSIR, IISc, NIT Warangal etc. The presentation highlighted various upcoming technologies such as nanofluids, nano coatings, Robotics, Automation, Electrical, CO2 capture, Waste water treatment, Fly ash treatment, Earthing etc.

The industrial visit was very informative and helped the students get up-to-date with the latest technologies and trends in the industry. It inspired the students to work hard and pursue research as an option.


Smart India Hackathon 2017

AICTE has started a campaign for upgrading the standards of technical education in India and formulate multiple schemes for welfare of students, faculties and institutions like creating the Startup Policy, Smart India Hackathon 2017 and Project Swayam. In the series, campaign of Smart India Hackathon 2017 started with the first LEADERSHIP TALK by Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, Organizing Committee, Smart India Hackathon 2017 and Chairman, AICTE on Dec 16, 2016 at 2.00 PM via Facebook Live also available at https://www.facebook.com/InclusiveInnovations/.  About 90 faculty and staff members at MAIT attended the live session in Room no 114 of CSE department. The agenda of the session included an address by Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe for 45 minutes followed by an open forum session during which students and staff members were free to pose their questions through facebook and get clarity on Smart India Hackathon 2017.

For the enhancement of the quality of technical education, Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology registered for Smart India Hackathon 2017 contest for students under the guidance of Prof  M L Goyal (Director General). Dr Namita Gupta, HOD (CSE) has been appointed as ACITE -College SPOC  (AICTE-College Single Point Of Contact) to share AICTE related various schemes with Institute students and faculty members.

Students of all B.Tech disciplines are motivated to participate in the contest. For students guidance, coordinators from each department are nominated: Dr Bhoomi Gupta (IT), Mr  Ashish Khanna (CSE), Mr  Hemant Tulsani (ECE), Mr Sheersh Garg (EEE) and Mr R.C.  Saini (MAE). 

Workshop by DKOP Labs

DKOP labs organised a session on Challenges and Employability in Semiconductor Industry for the students of 5th Semester ECE, on 24th of Aug. 2016. About 70 students attended the session and the event was co-ordinated by Mr. Nitin Sharma (Asst. Prof., ECE, Deptt.) and Ms. Sonia Jain (Asst. Prof. ECE Deptt.). The session comprised of an interaction with students that included their queries and concerns about the industrial scenario and career opportunities prevailing in India and worldwide in the field of ECE. The students were enlightened by the session and indeed it provided the students with the thought process of how and in what direction they should move to choose the best career option. With the dedicated efforts and initiatives by Prof. (Dr.) Neelam Sharma (Director and HOD, ECE Deptt.) and Dr. Sunil Mathur (Associate Prof., ECE Deptt.) the event certainly turned out to be fruitful to the students.
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