HOW SHOULD A NATIONAL HOLIDAY BE CELEBRATED?

Witnessing those rigorous period of extreme bloodshed and humiliation under the British rule, We Indians have recovered so fast that it has become a topic to research on for those foreigners. Today not only those cruel Britishers but the entire world salutes us for re-establishing our lost glory.

Not only our growth rate and GDP, there are many other sectors too which itself fills the spectator all around the world with awe. Also we Indians feel proud to showcase our culture and strength in various sectors (such as spiritual, economical, defense, technical, space, etc) on certain special days such as Republic Day (26 January) and Independence Day (15 August).

Both 15th of August and 26th of January is celebrated as a national holiday throughout India.

INDEPENDENCE DAY

15th of August, 1948, the day when we were officially declared as a citizen of an independent nation. From then onwards, this day is celebrated every year as an independence day. The day when we Indians recall upon the bravery of our great ancestors and freedom fighters. This day is observed in all Indian states and union territories. On the eve of Independence day, the president of India delivers the “Address to the Nation”. On 15 August, the Prime Minister hoists the Indian flag on the ramparts of the historical site of  Red Fort in Delhi. Twenty-one gun shots are fired in honour of the solemn occasion. In his speech, the Prime Minister highlights the past year’s achievements, raises important issues and call for further development. He pays tribute to the leaders of the Indian Independence Movement. The Indian national anthem,  “Jana Gana Mana”, is sung. The speech is followed by march past of divisions of the Indian Armed forces and paramilitary forces. Parades and pageants showcase scenes from the independence struggle and India’s diverse cultural traditions. Similar events take place in state capitals where the Chief Ministers of individual states unfurl the national flag, followed by parades and pageants.

How Independence Day looks like?

  • Flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programmes take place in governmental and non-governmental institutions throughout the country.
  • Schools and colleges conduct flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural events.
  • Major government buildings are often adorned with strings of light.
  • Even most of the houses are adorned with the mighty tricolor flag – Our Pride.
  • In Delhi and some other cities, kite flying adds to the occasion.
  • Citizens adorn their clothing, wristbands, cars, household accessories with replica of the tri-colour.
  • The Indian Diaspora celebrates Independence Day around the world with parades and pageants, particularly in regions with higher concentrations of Indian immigrants.
  • Many inspiring movies are released on Independence Day depicting the bravery of Indian freedom fighters.

Independence Day Celebration at AIET, Jaipur

A Huge 25-Acre campus of Arya Institute of Engineering and Technology with a well-equipped studious atmosphere plays an important role in maintaining a positive aura around the campus. Each and Every festivals are celebrated with an extra-ordinary sense of vigour.

If we talk of Independence day celebration at AIET ,than it’s really very well-organized with a flair of spirituality. Each and Every student at arya are heartily involved in the celebration. The celebration is so lavish that every year the owner of the college invites certain volunteer as a Chief Guest for the event.

“No matter whatever the place be, whatever the country be, but the love for one’s

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True yardstick to measure the success of any Technical Colleges is its ability to place its students. Arguably education is not only the means to acquiring knowledge in a desired field but also, a vehicle to an appropriate job offer.

There are about 10,300 AICTE approved Engineering colleges in India. On the brighter side, The private colleges keep the dream of gaining a respectable technical degree alive in the students who are unable to secure a seat in the Tier one institutes like IITs and NIITs.

But on the other hand the count of engineering colleges has been springing up like mushrooms in India in the last few years. Some of these colleges exist, solely with the intention of making profit at the cost of careers of their students, without a thought to their future.

The rapid growth in the number of engineering colleges can be credited to nothing more than an ecosystem built around providing talent for the $110 billion outsourcing market and the gigantic Indian Market . Once sees nothing wrong in the growing number of Engineering colleges , as they seem to fill the gap left wide open by the dearth of Technical premium colleges and the aspiration of minds which are technically bent.

But, is it not the responsibility of these colleges which dole out Technical degrees to the aspirant that they give assistance and leave no stone unturned when it comes to providing ‘decent’ openings as the student gets into the final year at college.

My fist hand experience of working Private Engineering colleges have helped me break down the requirements of a recruiter. Essentially a combination of decent hard and soft skills is the need of the hour. Arya College is one such college which has been able to cater to the requirement of the recruiters. Churning out decent talent, which is employable and at par with the best in the Industry. The approach of Arya College is quite simple; make soft skills a part of regular day to day learning and the essence of their teaching methodology is ‘learning by doing’.

Arya College brings to life the most celebrated words of Benjamin Franklin: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” The mentors at Arya lay emphasis on learning, experimentation, entrepreneurship and a progressive value system, and that the degree is not the only priority for growth and a good future.

To implement this methodology the management together with their faculty works tirelessly. Their desire to evolve and establish a college which could overcome the challenges of the times and come out a winner definitely praiseworthy.

Arya College has been able to get upto 70% of its students placed. Arya College’s Training and placement cell stays connected with the industry and actively seeks their requirement, so that the in house training is stitched according to requirements of the Industry. The labs and Infrastructure are modernized to live up to the industries ever changing needs.

Not Surprisingly, Arya College has paved the path for others to follow and dreams of its student is still its priority.

Solar Energy

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India is the world’s third largest producer and third largest consumer of electricity. Electric energy consumption in agriculture was recorded highest (17.89%) in 2015-16 among all countries.  Though at present, the per capita electricity consumption is low compared to many countries despite cheaper electricity tariff in India. We still have villages, which are in engulfed in darkness despite the potential of our landscape. However, with the growing population, urbanization, and industrialization the consumption is likely to grow. We need to be prepared to meet the requirements and be future ready.

Owing to it’s diverse landscape, India has surplus power generation capacity but lacks adequate infrastructure for supplying electricity to all. With its growing positioning as one of the world’s fastest growing economies, India can’t afford to stay in dark and electricity is one of the most fundamental needs of its people.

In order to cope with the lack of adequate electricity supply to all the people in the country by March 2019, the Government of India has launched a scheme called “Power for all”. This scheme aims to ensure continuous and uninterrupted electricity supply to all its villages, towns and cities and of course the industries and commercial establishments. The Indian government is rigorously creating and improving necessary infrastructure to buttress its goal.

Thus, Apart from the conventional source of energy that is dominantly fossil fuel, India is looking at unconventional sources such as hydro, solar, wind power etc. India’s renewable energy sector is amongst the world’s most active players in renewable energy utilization, especially solar and wind electricity generation.Fortunately, India is endowed with ample amount of Solar Energy and generation potential. And making use of its assets wisely is the way forward.

Rooftop solar power is a revolution that is widespread across the country and the world. Backed by favorable government policies, India is all set to be one of the largest generators of solar power in the world.

The fresh uprising in this sector has noteworthy socio-economic effects for India. Be it job creation or empowerment of people in energy-deprived regions of the country. both to regions that have little to no conventional source of power, and Distributed construction – primarily rooftop solar PV power plants – will take part in a major job in bringing solar power to developed urban centers that have grid power but not enough to hold their rapid extension.

All hands and minds need to come together as a single force to participate in the revolution to make it a success. The pledge to make India ‘darkness- free’ can sustain only if all the stakeholders participate wholeheartedly. Colleges and other educational institutions will play a significant role in this transformation, not only in creating awareness about solar energy amongst their students but also by utilizing rooftop solar power to demonstrate that they are already part of the future. The benefits to the institution, its faculty, students, and to society at large are massive which is why many of India’s most famous educational institutions have already installed large rooftop solar power plants on their rooftops.

The use of solar power has grown both in residential and commercial use. Educational institutions have caught up on solar plants as it’s an excellent investment as well as an opportunity to make its contribution towards the country. As a social responsibility project at Arya College, to has adopted solar power for their campuses and facilities, it is developing solar capacities of 1 MW or higher.

With solar power on campus and in facilities, the college is leading it’s way to renewable energy. It is setting a trend for other institutions to follow, and it is taking advantage of its vast solar resources to educate students on renewable energy.

Renewable energy is energy from sources that are naturally replenishing but flow-limited. They are virtually inexhaustible in duration but limited in the amount of energy that is available per unit of time. Given the aggravating condition of the resource, It is the call of the hour and a matter of utmost importance. It is commendable that Arya College has chosen to pay heed and responded with a solution to address the issue.

Arya College has installed solar panels on its rooftop to not only satisfy its in-house needs. Most noteworthy is that the project thus installed, is the one lead by its own Alumni and its existing students of the Electrical branch.

Not only does Arya College plan to fulfill the in-house needs but the remaining will be injected to the main Grid. Arya’s approach is futuristic and progressive.

 

 

 

 

Why Soft Skills are more important than you think

 

Securing a seat in a good Engineering college is an uphill task in itself. Once a student has put his foot into the gateway, his focus is to learn the nuances of Engineering. And he lays impetus on gaining the hard skills which could land him to his dream job. When a student of Engineering reaches the third year he realizes that his knowledge, projects and assignments and test scores would not really suffice. He should be able to make an impression during the interview process, to walk through the golden gates of his Dream Company. Other students with the same hard skills are a stiff competition. Now what is the differentiator and how do they make an impact??

A survey of 303 employers across the country by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) in 2010 found a majority of graduates lacked adequate “soft skills” to be employed in the industry. As per the report, 75 per cent of technical graduates and more than 85 per cent of general students are unemployable.” Not taking soft skills as an essential skill is like asking for irreparable damage. Not only does an engineering student need these skills to make a head start in the job market   but they are needed to sustain the job as well.

Soft Skills are harder to learn since they involve unlearning your instinctive reactions (which were never questioned during your entire life) and replacing them with a more deliberate approach to win in every situation. Having said that, I would like to assure each and every reader that, it is not that a student can’t be brought to pace and taught this subtle art. Yes art!  Now that explains why it is so evasive!!

Colleges know that they are answerable and their success not only depends on giving the working knowledge of engineering to its students but also, the Return on investment of the money time and energy can only sustain their position as leaders.

Every college worth it’s salt is working on making students future ready, they are not only restructuring the existing learning system , working on acquiring unprecedented industry patronage and striking strategic international alliances for a holistic development but have included applicative soft skills program in their agenda.

Being a Communications Trainer, I have been working with various corporate and colleges and

One such college I have had the pleasure to work with is Arya College, Kukas Jaipur.

Arya College realized it in time that, Automation and Artificial Intelligence will result in a great proportion of jobs relying on Soft Skills. Thanks to the cutting – edge technology, task that require hard skills are continuing to decline making Soft Skills as the key differentiator in the work place. Their determination to adapt and fit into the ever changing industrial environment is extremely practical and a need of the hour.

Arya has formed a cell, called Student Development Cell (SDC) to adapt their services to the ever changing environment. Without wasting time, Arya has overhauled the entire approach towards student development. It has a very process driven SDC, which consists of extremely experienced trainers and their method of training is experiential. Which means no soft skills can be effectively taught to a student without involving his mind and it should call for an action at his end too. Just like one can’t be taught to cycle without practically getting on a cycle. Similarly one can’t be taught the Art of communication and presentation or attending an interview successfully without practically going through that process. SDC makes sure that they simulate the entire process of interview, so that it doesn’t come as a surprise to its students.

The SDC at Arya College takes its students though the four layer of simulation, to do away with the fear of English Language, basics of the language are taught to the students in the first year. Then comes, the preparation for Verbal and Aptitude tests in the second year. The third year is dedicated to technical trainings related to the concern branch, professionals and trainers are invited from the industry for a meaningful learning of the student. While the fourth year is the year of mock group discussions, debates, interviews skills, body language.

Arya calls industry specialist for the simulation of the interview environment to give its students a flavor of variety.

No wonder their industry alliances for on campus placements are swelling by the year. The robust placement is a result of a very systematic approach towards meeting the industry need and fulfilling the commitment Arya makes to its student. Fine tuning the student’s skills for a rewarding career has adequately paid off Arya turn into an industry leader!

This is that time of the year when students are in the most confused state of being

Where to be where not to be is the biggest question. And no one who has crossed the bridge can say that the bridge was not a very unnerving expedition. Study hard. Win the 12th  with your strongest strike and you will hit the jackpot. Students strive hard to strike hard so that they can knock at the doors of adulthood with all the confidence they can humanly muster. Thus they aim with the best arrow from their arsenal. Once spent, they feel cheated, as that’s not where the struggle stops…it has just begun.

The frown deepens and student is most nervous and vulnerable at this juncture. Even someone who has chosen his dream field and discovered his passion and is all set to take the world now doesn’t know, how?

Whom to trust?

Where is it that he will get the best guidance and avenue where his energies will be best channelized?

I, Being associated with various Engineering and Management colleges as a Soft Skills Trainer get to work with students. I experience their most defenceless   facet and trust me when I say that, it makes me extremely jittery and guilt ridden. As a senior I want to be able to do my bit to address their alarm.

For a recent assignment, I visited an Engineering College located at Kukas, Jaipur, called Arya College. Truthfully, I thought it would be yet another run of the mill College offering Engineering course to unsuspecting students. Selling them a dream which may or may not be realised. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised.

What I saw, was the main campus of Arya College spread in a welcoming 21 acres of lush green surroundings, and it’s extremely student centric management. The management with their ears to the ground, so that the student is not left in a lurch once they pass out.

I visited their Advanced Labs and the State of the Art infrastructure of the Labs they have established to implement the theoretical learning. Faculty encourage each student to ‘learn by doing’. The method of teaching being participative and progressive. Strong research orientation is their strength benefitting the student in understanding and implementing the Art of Engineering on the ground.

Speaking with the students gave me, an insight into their work, on a bouquet of technologies, a few left indelible impressions like a Moving Humanoid, which works on Artificial Intelligence and is super compliant.

A Robotic Arm which can prove to be a boon to a person with no arm. The Robotic Arm takes its instructions from the owner of the arm and moves like a regular arm and is wonderfully amenable!! Arya has decided to patent it.

According to the latest news reports the Air Drone Craze is in full swing in most countries and consumer DRONE MAKERS are flooding the market with new 2018 Quad copter models all the time. Interestingly, Arya Group of Colleges is in tandem with world of Electric Aviation and its students have engineered a Quad copter model- Drone.

MSME Labs , Linux Labs and Foss Labs by IIT Mumbai , C-DAC oriented Java Labs and Artificial Intelligence Labs are a few other building blocks of the Edifice called Arya. I’m impressed because I had not expected such mindfulness from a private college of Jaipur. While speaking to the Faculty my understanding was that, Arya’s aim is to impart education of the highest quality to the young minds, instil them with specialized training, provide opportunities for innovation and research, and inspire them to be knowledgeable, professional, and competent individuals.

The faculty is among the best in the world in their areas of interest. They impart education for exceptional careers in Engineering and related fields.

My interaction with Arya’ Student Development Cell was equally revealing, the cell is organised to work on the development of the student’s personality right from the moment he sets his foot in the College Campus to the day he moves to the world of corporate. With high hopes and higher confidence. One gets to read more than enough data and articles which say that more than 80% of Engineering students are not employable, indicating a significant skill gap.

Arya happens to leverage upon the Corporate initiatives and they have evolved a lot many Student Development Programs right from training on the basic language  (since engineering students are rarely conversant in English) to advanced Interview skills. Arya College has partnered with Infosys for their Corporate Connect program. They have hired SCOUT a Pune based top notch company to work upon the soft skills and personality development of their students.

With every passing year the gap between the industry’s technical growth and subsequent requirements have changed 100 folds while the Engineering syllabus never seem to budge at all. Arya has bridged the gap by building quality work experience, opportunities more widespread. They have invited the industry heavy weights like BOSCH and GOOGLE to impart the updated courses to students and stitched various Faculty Development Programs to make sure that the lecturers at Arya are well versed with what is new technical know-how in the industry. The uncertainty around skills is absolutely lethal and I see this being the foremost mission of the Cell to remove the ignorance.

To make students work ready, it was heartening to see that Arya is looking for the right solutions like Apprenticeship and Students exchange program at a phenomenal level.

A College with a soul is how I would describe the Arya College. The College Management has put to good use its huge experience and vintage.