1.8 Lakh Seats Vacant in Engg Colleges

1.8 lakh engineering seats are lying vacant in colleges in Kerala, according to a New Indian Express report. Despite the fact that colleges have made admission procedures more lenient, there don’t seem to be any takers for these seats. This recent development has them concerned considering courses are set to start now, with admission process coming to a close soon.

The demand for engineering seats seems to have gone down as compared to seats in arts and science colleges. Many of these engineering colleges are self-financed whose management has spent crores putting up the infrastructure.

The office-bearers of the Kerala Self Financing Engineering College Managements Association(KSFEMCA) told The New Indian Express that electrical engineering, electrical and electronics engineering are the courses in which most seats are available. Computer science, mechanical engineering and civil engineering are still in demand. Authorities state that the fall in demand of these seats is due to the poor job market.

Free laptops for Kerala professional colleges girls

On Sunday the Finance Minister of Kerala announced that a total 1,500 girl students in Kerala from poor families or with small land holdings who are admitted in professional colleges will be given a laptop for free.

This was a part of the first phase of a state government programme, the announcement of which was made in the 2014-15 budget. Mani said in a press statement here.

The programme would be implemented this fiscal itself, he said.

Admissions to professional colleges take place generally in the third quarter of the fiscal. Hence girl students who were admitted in 2014 will get a laptop. However, the only conditions are that they should hail from families living below poverty line, or are children of farmers who own less than a hectare of farm land or own less than 2.5 hectares of paddy fields, the statement said.

Mani also said that the authorities have been asked to identify the beneficiaries and the laptops would be given in this fiscal itself.

Kerala schools:- ‘Learn to code’ project for Students

In a pioneering project designed to create a resource pool of skilled future IT professionals and entrepreneurs, around 2,500 school children across Kerala will be given computer programming kits and taught to code.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will launch the pilot phase of the state government’s ‘Learn to Code’ project here on Saturday. Under this programme 2,500 selected students will be given Raspberry Pi computer programming kits and trained by IT experts to write code.

The Raspberry Pi distribution is the first such project in India and currently the only state-sponsored programme of its kind in the world.

It is being implemented by the Techno park Technology Business Incubator (TTBI) in association with Kerala‘s IT@School project and Kochi-based mobile internet technology incubator Start-up Village.

Computers will also be distributed to the selected students in all districts of the state and the inaugural will be followed by a training session handled by the faculty of IT@School.

It will be telecast live to all district venues of IT@School through the Victors educational channel.

The government under the scheme will distribute 10,000 kits annually to students, primarily in eighth standard, and follow it up with focussed training and mentoring sessions and competitions.

Industries and IT Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty said that “Information Technology, is one of the growth engines of Kerala’s economy and the project has been launched with the long-term goal of making our state a global technology hub in coming years”.

Kerala govt. has increased reservation quota for NCC cadets

A good news for NCC Cadets Kerala, the state government has increased the reservation quota seats for Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) courses falling in the National Cadet Corps (NCC) category.

According to the government, the reservation quota has been increased for National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets for MBBS and BDS courses to three to two seats respectively.
Minister for Education, Kerala, P K Abdu Rabb was quoted by ‘CareerIndia’ saying, “The government is also considering increasing the quota for NCC candidates in polytechnic colleges from 30 to 50 and for B.Sc Nursing from one to five.”

Education Minister’s banner for the best NCC group of 2014-15 was handed over to Captain Simon Xavier, Commander of the NCC group in Ernakulam, The NCC group, Kozhikode, was declared the second best group and they received the banner for the achievement.

First and Final Year BFA Degree Examinations, March 2015

University of Kerala, Office of the Controller of Examination announced the dates of First and Final Year BFA Degree Examination.

Detail Time table will be published in the University Office,Information Centres, Examination Centres and in the University Web site.

The last date for submitting application for the First and Final Year BFA Degree Examinations,March 2015 is as detailed below.