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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Famed IIT Madras Has Opened up Its Labs for Students and Visitors. Go Check Them Out!

With an annual footfall of more than 40,000 visitors and participants, Shaastra is one of the biggest inter-college fests in Asia. It is the only student-managed event in the world and the first ever festival to be ISO certified.

In a first, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras has opened its doors for the public.
Established in 1959, the institution is known for the cutting-edge research that students conduct. In an attempt to expand and engage with more researchers, the institute has decided to make the laboratories open to visitors on Saturdays.
The current opening of doors is part of the ongoing Shaastra 2018 tech fest.
From a hand-held device to detect adulteration in milk to testing of the aerodynamics of projectiles and studying the reaction of the human body to Ayurvedic therapies, PhD scholars working on a host of projects welcomed students from other colleges to their labs to showcase their work, as reported in Times of India.

This is a great opportunity for students from other colleges and institutions. Almost 500 students were allowed to access the laboratories after going through an online registration process.

“Institute open house is a window to the world of research and development at the level of nuts and bolts that happens in laboratories of IIT Madras, be it at the hardcore scientific, or engineering level, or engineering level, or at the abstract and theoretical level,” said MS Sivakumar, Dean (students), and IIT Madras.

With an annual footfall of more than 40,000 visitors and participants, Shaastra is one of the biggest inter-college fests in Asia. It is the only student-managed event in the world and the first ever festival to be ISO certified.


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National Scholarships Portal

National Scholarships Portal is one-stop solution through which various services starting from student application, application receipt, processing, sanction and disbursal of various scholarships to Students are enabled. National Scholarships Portal is taken as Mission Mode Project under National e-Governance Plan (NeGP)

Vision
National Scholarships Portal is one-stop solution through which various services starting from student application, application receipt, processing, sanction and disbursal of various scholarships to Students are enabled.
This initiative aims at providing a Simplified, Mission-oriented, Accountable, Responsive & Transparent 'SMART' System for faster & effective disposal of Scholarships applications and delivery of funds directly into beneficiaries account without any leakages.

Mission
The Mission Mode Project (MMP) of National Scholarships Portal under the National e-Governance Plan aims at providing common electronic portal for implementing various Scholarships schemes launched by Union Government, State Government and Union Territories across the country.

Objectives
• Ensure timely disbursement of Scholarships to students
• Provide a common portal for various Scholarships schemes of Central and State • • Governments
• Create a transparent database of scholars
• Avoid duplication in processing
• Harmonisation of different Scholarships schemes & norms
• Application of Direct Benefit Transfer
Benefits
• Simplified process for the students
All scholarships information available under one umbrella
Single integrated application for all scholarships
• Improved transparency
    System suggests the schemes for which a student is eligible
    Duplicates can be reduced to the maximum extent
• Helps in standardisation
    Master data for Institutions and courses at all India level
• Scholarships processing
• Serves as a decision support system (DSS) for Ministries and departments as up-   
    to date information will be available on demand.
• Comprehensive MIS System to facilitate monitoring every stage of Scholarships
    distribution i.e. from student registration to delivery of funds


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