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Monday, 7 September 2020

CU earns Diamond Rating from QS I-Gauge

 Article by @Harkamal Bajwa, Content Writer, Chandigarh University

First University to receive Diamond Rating in all Primary Categories.

 The New Academic Session of 2020-21 has just begun and Chandigarh University has kept up its tradition of justifying the titles bestowed upon the university and earning new accolades and achievements. After having performed significantly well in the Best College/University Rankings by esteemed organizations such as The Week, India today, Chandigarh University has now received ‘Diamond’ Rating from QS I-Guage Ratings. The ratings have been based on globally recognized QS World Rankings and Chandigarh University has performed exceptionally.

A unique rating system, QS I-GAUGE brings together the global expertise, experience and reputation of UK based QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) and captures the essence of the dynamic Indian higher education system and conforms to international standards and best practices. Also, it further inculcates deep local knowledge of luminaries from higher education in India. The QS-IGAUGE evaluates a higher educational institution on seven parameters. The parameters deal with Teaching and Learning, Faculty Quality, Facilities, Employability, Social Responsibility, Student Diversity, and Innovation.  Chandigarh University in 2020 has been bestowed upon with the ‘Diamond’ Rating in all these categories by the QS I·GAUGE.

The university’s achievement is commendable and unique in more than one ways as Chandigarh University has become the first university to earn Diamond Rating in all the Primary Categories. Apart from it, Chandigarh University has been performing significantly well in the region as well. While being the first to receive the Diamond rating in all the primary categories, Chandigarh University has also become the first university in Punjab to receive the honor.

Furthermore, Chandigarh University has again made its mark in the field of innovation in higher education. In this year’s QS-IGAUGE Ratings, CU is the one of the only two universities to receive Diamond rating in Innovation. Riding on the back of their consistency in keeping up the educational standards, CU has been ranked amongst the Top 20 Universities in India to receive an Overall Diamond Rating.

After having been ranked amongst top higher educational institutions under national surveys or by higher educational bodies, Chandigarh University has earned another major ratings and recognition within a month of the commencement of the new academic session.  

Thursday, 3 September 2020

An Ordinary Journey to ExtraOrdinary Achievements! Meet CU's Budding Technocrat & International Achiever, Mohit Kumar

 Article by @Harkamal Bajwa, Content Writer, Chandigarh University

They say, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Our circumstances, our observations and daily encounters with people or things generally shape us into who we become. Sometimes, there are incidents that leave an everlasting impact on your mind; something you can’t always put into words yet you keep thinking about it. Hoping or imagining if you could’ve done something back then or figuring out ways to avoid or overcome their possibilities in future.

Having witnessed a tragic road accident, Chandigarh University Student Mr. Mohit Kumar silently took it upon himself to find solutions to the major and prevalent problem of road accidents. The incident Mohit came across turned to be fatal, where the person driving had lost his life and was not wearing a seat belt. A standard and necessary safety equipment made available in every 4-wheeler vehicle, the seat belt is in place for a specific purpose. Yet, there are a large number of people who wouldn’t use it and the reasons are numerous. However, it is also undeniable that road accidents can happen with anyone. One can control their own driving but can never say the same about all the other motorists on the road.

There’s no denying that commuting is very important for almost each one of us. There are various means of transport. Considering the environment, intensity of pollution, traffic and road accidents, it is preferable to use public transport yet most people prefer to transport as per their own convenience via their own private vehicles. One is free to use their vehicle but there are many things we often disregard, such as safety regulations and sometimes the traffic rules even. It may work out for us most of the times but there’s always a certainty of life teaching us about the importance of the rules and safety, disregarding which many a times lead to fatality and serious injuries that haunt the victim for life.

A road accident compelled the 2nd year B.Tech. Student to design a software that would help people prevent major road incidents that usually happen because of ignorance and recklessness of the user. Listing down five major reasons for these accidents, namely, not using seat belts, drunk driving, not turning on the indicator, traffic jam and fog, Mohit put his knowledge of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to use and embarked on his process to creating the software to overcome the above causes for major road accidents.

Before we move forward on to the extraordinary achievements of this young techie, let us tell you a bit about Mr. Mohit’s Software. Among many features, this software has a unique feature where it wouldn’t let you start the car without putting on the seat belt. The 3 sensors placed on the seat belt will make sure of that as only by buckling up the seat belt, a person will be able to drive their car. Plus, to control the serious offence of ‘Drink and Drive’, the Software would ensure if a driver is drunk beyond the permitted rate of 0.08% and wouldn’t allow him to start the car. The sensors placed on the steering wheel would catch the moisture in the driver’s hand and would also be triggered by his breath, which in turn would again not allow the car to start.

Mohit claims that with the help of this software, there would be no more accidents due to the reckless overtaking of vehicles without using indicators as this software would automatically turn on indicators as soon as the driver’s about to switch a lane. This happens with the pre-installed google maps in the software. Another major reason for accidents is fog. As we know that fog can really blind the vision of people driving a vehicle. However, with an inbuilt Ultrasonic Radar System in the software, you will know if there’s anything blocking your way within a radius of 50m. Cool, isn’t it?

 Having followed all the rules and regulations laid down by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways while developing this software, Mohit hopes that it would get recognized by the Government of India and would turn out to be a game-changer in the world of automobile industry. After developing this innovative software, Mohit hasn’t slowed down. Pursuing the second year of Computer Science Engineering at Chandigarh University, Mohit is the CEO of the fastest growing start-up of CU in North India, MK App Creatives Pvt.Ltd and has been recognized among ‘Top 100 Tech Innovators and Influencers by a US-based organization, Intercon.

It might surprise you that within the time span of just a year, Mohit has extraordinarily contributed towards technology with having 6 start-ups and 24 patents granted already. On the other hand, his MK App Creatives Pvt. Ltd provides all possible Information and Technology (IT) Solutions like Game development, Mobile App development, Web Development, Software Development, Cyber Security Services, IoT, Logo Design etc. Apart from this, Mohit has attained granting for some very innovative patents.

To begin with the patents, one of the patents introduced is named ‘HeadACHE’, a VR-device that works on the Virtual Retinal Display technology, or a device without a physical display. It would allow you to view "first day, first shows" directly from your desk and festivals like Tomorrowland and Sunburn live from your home at a very affordable price. Secondly, the patent ‘IMAGE ROOF’, is being developed as a 3D viewable interior design app with customization features allowing you to edit a virtual model of your home and add products like Samsung TVs, Home theater system and much more. Fun Fact: You can change color of walls in the house in real time.

Furthermore, the patent ‘PARCARE’ would be a community based app that will redefine the concept of security and parking of your vehicle while giving you a chance to earn easy money. Users can list their personal parking spot while it is not in use, which would help in increasing the parking spots in the city. Also, it would reduce the stress of finding a safe and secure place to park your vehicle. Along with this, Mohit is building another startup named ‘VIKALP’, which would focus on connecting juniors and seniors of a college for proper guidance, support and aims to nurture unexplored talents to produce maximum efficiency.

It is amazing to see your counterpart contributing towards greater things, isn’t it? Chandigarh University has been producing hardworking and dedicated professionals who have always been showcasing their potential to the world. Mohit is one of the many examples of how your creativity and dedication help you achieve wonders in your life. CEO of the fastest growing start-up of CU in North India, one of Top 100 Tech Innovators and Influencers, Mr. Kumar owns 6 start-ups already in different fields including Sports and Information Technology with 24 patents granted and it is just his second year. Imagine what all you can achieve by bringing your creativity and innovation into application. Stay focused, keep working hard and don’t allow failures to demoralize or distract you, for failures are a part of everyone’s life. Get back stronger and keep striving for excellence!



Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Why is Industrial Training indispensable in the modern day professional world?


Article by @HarkamalBajwa, Content Writer, Chandigarh University

Almost each one of us have across a moment where we learn about the terms ‘internship’ or ‘industrial training’. What is Industrial Training? Why is it so important? There’s an old joke about the professional world where fresh graduates exclaim how employers want a fresher to have years of experience already when they join. It might have turned into a joke but it still doesn’t overlook the fact that every employer needs an employee with experience, who can get into the swing of things and ensure smooth functioning.

Moreover, an employer would always emphasize on recruiting an experienced worker with the knowledge of practical application rather than the one who would have to be regularly guided and instructed. This is where Industrial Training comes to the rescue. A gateway for aspirants to meet their career objectives, Industrial Training helps one gain in-depth knowledge of their theoretical curriculum while also giving them an opportunity to observe and gain firsthand experience of the industry, job execution and work environment. Thus, it ensures that you’re job ready when you graduate and wouldn’t require to be instructed at each step. However, Industrial Training has much more significance in the modern day education than ensuring career readiness.

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First of all, when we step into higher education from the senior secondary, there’s a shift in the curriculum. We are introduced to many new topics, specializations, theories or formulas we only heard about in School. Higher Education is our way to the professional world and on that way, we have a lot to learn and achieve before we make it. The curriculum incorporates the necessary knowledge which includes a lot of theoretical knowledge as well. However, you cannot put your theoretical knowledge into practice without having the skills to do so, which is why Industrial Training is again necessary. Not only does it help in practical work situations but also in developing skills and techniques directly applicable to your respective careers.

To continue with, there are numerous aspects of Industrial Training aiming to develop the skills of the students and prepare a more trained and advanced workforce for the contemporary world and the future. Apart from embedding students with essential skills sets, experiences and knowledge, it also enhances their ability to improve their creativity skills and shape their ideas. An aspiring professional learns to build good communication skills with his coworkers and behavior of corporate life in industrial sector, which makes it significantly easier for a student when they enter the industry. Having been acquainted and exposed to the real work environment during the course, one finds themselves already accustomed to it.

In addition, industrial training is also a testing opportunity for a youngster to decide and pursue their particular area of interest. Along with learning more with hands-on experience, the Internship students also do well in their academics. The hands-on experience takes them into crux of the particular area, which helps one to have a better perspective and understanding of the topic ultimately leading to better academic performance. Moreover, it increases the earning potential of a student upon their graduation and has been made compulsory in specific educational trades since quite some time, owing to the importance of practical application.

Both theoretical and practical knowledge are an important part of learning, which go hand in hand. While theory teaches about the skills; practical application helps us perform them. Besides, it helps a student build a sense of responsibility, self-confidence, good work habits and the capabilities to work with a team and reach the desired objective. The rapidly evolving professional and competitive world demands for job-ready professionals and thus industrial trainings and internships are prioritized by the educational institutions to acquaint their students with the industry before they graduate.

At the end of it, Industrial Training is important not only for students but also for professionals already working in the industry. It does not only help you acquaint with the industry but also helps you upgrade your skills as per the present requirements. An Industrial Training experience is an asset and experience that stays with you forever. As we inch closer to the world of working professionals, we must ensure that we learn as much as we can. We must always look out for internship and training opportunities.

With some educational institutions even offering international Industrial Training, the scope of learning has widely increased. Additionally, even the industry has been enhancing their industrial training programs by collaborating with higher educational institutions and by establishing their advanced study centers at the university or college campuses. Thereby, taking opportunities closer to the students. Industrial Training is the need of time and must always be undertaken by a student, who wishes to amplify his own skills, practical knowledge, increase the probability of employability and stay competitive in the modern-day professional world.

Saturday, 8 August 2020

Virtual Meet with Chief Minister Punjab

 The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected most economies of the world. The Indian market is no exception. Hence the most important priority for the government is now to revive the hard-hit economy. Considering the same, Honourable Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh will be having a direct interaction with some of the top industry leaders of the country to take their suggestions and recommendations to revive the industry in the post COVID-19 scenario.

Punjab under the able leadership of CM Capt. Amarinder Singh has always provided a business friendly environment to its investors. It is one of the strongest economies in the country with the lowest level of hunger and is known for its best infrastructure, power surplus and entrepreneurial skills of its people. Hence Honourable CM would want to engage directly with the major stakeholders from diversified fields who will lead the revival and will also share his vision with them.

Chandigarh University in association with Government of Punjab is organizing this industry-academia virtual meet with Honourable CM of Punjab to discuss the ways & measures needed to boost the economy. The meet will be conducted in two sessions. The first session will see brainstorming among the top industry leaders from the country. The second session will start with an overview presentation of the first session to the Honourable CM by Industry representative - followed by an address and discussion with the CM. The industry leaders will get a chance to put forth their ideas to uplift the economy.

Date: Tuesday, 11 August 2020
Session 1: 11:30 to 1:00 pm (Industry brainstorming)
Session 2: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Presentation by Industry & discussion with
Honourable CM)

We cordially invite you to be a part of this crucial meet and share your recommendations directly with the Honourable Chief Minister. We look forward to a positive reply for your presence in the virtual meet.

Thursday, 23 July 2020

Chandigarh University registers record number of multinationals conducting virtual recruitment drives during lockdown phase

Chandigarh University registers record number of multinationals conducting virtual recruitment drives during lockdown phase

After completing campus placements for 2020 batch; University kick-starts recruitments for batch 2021 
Engineering students of Chandigarh University bags record 35 LPA package during campus placements 2020 

The placements of passing-out batch 2020 have bucked the fears of a slowdown in campus recruitments due to the global pandemic and lockdown situation prevailing in the country. Continuing its success story in Campus Placements, Chandigarh University saw 119 MNCs conducting virtual recruitment drives during lockdown phase which has turned out to be a national record. This was informed by Chancellor, Chandigarh University, Satnam Singh Sandhu, and Vice-President, Corporate Relations, Prof. Himani Sood during a media interaction at University Campus.

While giving details about the Campus Placements for its students during lockdown, Satnam Sandhu said, “With 119 Multinationals which includes 57 new recruiters conducting Virtual Placement Drives during lockdown phase, the total number of recruiters for 2020 batch has touched 691 companies which is 30% more than last year while the number of offers has registered a growth of 40% and touched a whopping figure of 6617”. Chandigarh University has become the only university of the country to have kick-started placement process for 2021 batch as more than 25 companies have already conducted their placement drives till date. “Fortune 500 Companies of the World and India’s top 100 Companies which includes Microsoft, Google, IBM, Amazon, Deloitte, Walmart, Boeing, American Express, Qualcomm, National Instruments, Saint Gobain, TCS, Infosys, Dell, Cisco, Oracle, SAP Labs, Wipro, Cognizant, Capgemini have been some of the major recruiters for 2020 batch”. The total number of offers bagged by the students during lockdown touched 362. The highest package offered in 2020 batch campus placements has been Rs. 35 LPA 

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

CU Student develops an app based battery operated cycle

Jai Chachra - A Neoteric Generation Entrepreneur
& his innovation ‘Just Charge’-an app based  battery operated cycle

Entrepreneurship is essentially the philosophy of an innovating mind, a nouveau culture and  a creative mindset.  It is the ability to create an impact in whatever one does in an enterprise in the face of constraints, risks and ambiguity. And this is precisely how the journey of Jai Chachra started.  He joined Chandigarh University as a student of graduation in Computer Science Engineering (with specialisation in Cloud Computing). As a freshman in the very first year, he was pulled up by one of the faculty members for not carrying any register or pen to write notes.  To admonish him, the teacher went on to hand him the cap of a pen to write with. This instead, sparked the thinking terrain of his mind and Jai came up with a unique innovation of a 2cms pen that could be worn on a finger.  This wearable pen is shaped like a ring and can write 500 pages in one cartridge. All because he does not wish to carry a pen around – so just wear it!  It would take 2 to 3 days to train a person to practice writing with it. This innovative product is today a boon for the differently abled persons who may have lost a finger or a hand or is using his feet for writing! Jai’s patented ‘Finger Wearable Pen’ takes the pain out of writing for those who may not have the essential appendages for writing. 

With this start, Jai went on to innovate an ‘Accidental Survival Kit - Rakshak’. This idea came up because way back in 2017 only cars costing upwards of 18 lakhs had airbags safety option. So, using an enhanced version of micro control units, he designed a system whereby a cars driver seat area was sensitised to alcohol vapors. Thus, when a driver who has consumed alcohol wishes to drive a car, this device would apply an AI based system and the car would be restricted to travel upto 18kms per hour only! Of course he is the patent holder for this product too!

By the time he completes 3nd year of graduation, Jai already has 5 patents in his pocket - all thanks to his mentor and life coach Dr Sanjeet Singh who has been handholding him, egging him on and ensuring he does not buckle under challenges.   His dream project “Pet-It” was literally evolved in his dream where he visualised himself being recognised as one of the Fortune 500 qualifiers for a ‘Pet Tracking solution’. To follow this dream he actually evolved, patented and popularised “Pet-It” – a smart pet ecosystem that can be attached to a  pets collar. This helps for scheduling vet visits, food timing, and any other activities that need to be followed for the pet. All pet lovers find this a unique and pet care friendly product. With several companies in the US chasing this product, Jai is completely grounded in the knowledge that all entrepreneurship is not always about running a business.

Jai strongly believes that every problem has a solution and applies this philosophy to evolve products as a solution to existing problems. Thus, Jai was never inclined for a ‘placement drive’ nor did he join the CSE programme with Chandigarh University to be placed with a corporate big-wig. As a self-motivated innovator, he feels that today, no one accepts you because of your visiting card.  You have to build your reputation and its public acceptance step by step.  Infact, no entrepreneur starts with infinite resources. They are just persistent in their resolve.

This resolve led him to innovate ‘Just Charge’ – an app based battery operated cycle. This was aimed as a solution for hostel students on the campus who have to walk extensive distances during a day, from their hostel to their department - to the administration block and to the dispensary and back to hostel. All this walking in the Indian summers was very disconcerting  for Jai and he researched alternatives like ordinary bicycles, electric skate boards (as seen in the popular movie ‘Koi Mil Gaya’) with a handle and hover boards from the perspective of affordability, usage over uneven terrain, the weight it may be able to transport and battery life.

As a sophomore at the university, he reached out to the seniors and peers in the department of mechanical engineering to help him shape his innovation. The entire journey was  replete with changing, making adjustments, accepting errors and modifying by the minute.

The entrepreneur in Jai accepted that he will not get it right always so he reset his course correction to bounce back higher. He manufactured 10 units of his ‘Just Charge’ and started talking to resorts if they wished to offer independence to their guests instead of golf carts and the idea clicked!  He has currently offered to manufacture initial stock for the hostel students of his alma mater. He will further take this up with universities spread over sprawling vast spaces.

Jai keeps re-imagining  possibilities. He is not waiting for a public tag or an honorary badge -  he just keeps persisting in his efforts with the larger purpose of solution finding.

Saturday, 9 May 2020

Inspiring Story of CU Alumni

As a troubled teenager, I had to undergo various stigmas and struggles to live up to the hopes and expectations of my parents and myself. Like every aspiring young guy, oblivious of realities, I worked hard in hope of making to the IIT’s and securing my future. It wasn’t until I graduated from my senior secondary education that the realities came crashing down upon me. Unaware of the rush to grab the handful of opportunities on avail, I stepped out of school. It was then that the harsh reality kept weighing me down and considering the race for IIT’s, it seemed a distant and an unreal dream.    

My father used to say,”ਪੁੱਤ ਸਾਡੀਆਂ ਉਮੀਦਾਂ ਤੇਰੇ ਤੋਂ ਹੀ ਨੇ, ਆਈ.ਆਈ.ਟੀ ਦੇ ਚੱਕਰ 'ਚ ਹੱਥੋਂ ਸਮਾਂ ਨਾ ਗਵਾ ਲਈਂ|” Initially, I used to ignore him but couldn’t deny the fact that time is the most important aspect of life and I was running out of it. Also, it is said that we may not realize it in the present but with time we surely learn and realize how important that guidance was and how lucky we were to have made that decision during those times.
The Pandemic, COVID-19 has been the 21st century’s biggest challenge to our world and threatened whole of the humanity but on the other hand it has also made us realize the value of what we have and has reminded us about our ignorance and negligence as well. Wishing to make it to the IIT’s, I listened to my parents’ advise and started looking for better and broader options for my higher studies and got enrolled into Chandigarh University. Everything was going well. The mentorship is great; I have made friends and moments for life, my educational aspirations were all being fulfilled with regular workshops, study tours, seminars, and what not.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 happened and our country went into complete lockdown for what seemed to be an indefinite period. Being in the last year of my graduation, my dreams again came crashing down as just before the final term everything was halted. I wondered how would I complete my syllabus, attend all those workshops, seminars and graduate with flying colours. I wondered if even exams were possible and if I would graduate in this year itself.
These factors had a deep impact on my mind but there’s someone always looking after you. In my case, while I was staying home being cautious of the disease and worried about my future on the same time, it was my University who didn’t let me down. I have never made better use of Internet than with Chandigarh University, who has been holding online lectures, webinars, assignments, discussions in the most emphatic manner. Battered by the pandemic, I can now truly look at life in altogether a distinct and an inspiring way.