Monday, April 16, 2012

Soon, AICTE to launch job portal, academic website

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will soon launch a first of its kind academic networking site, along with an in-house job portal and a repository of doctorate papers to check duplication and cheating. The academic networking site proposes to interconnect 7.5 million students enrolled across AICTE-approved institutions linked through email IDs. The yet to be christened networking site proposes to rope in faculty and industry stakeholders on to its database.

“The idea is to encourage academic networking and facilitate peer learning. That faculty will be accessible on this network, and help with course material, share charts, diagrams, data and projects that can aid learning, will make this an altogether knowledge building mechanism,” said the Chairman of AICTE, S S Mantha.

The AICTE is also readying Project Factory, a repository aimed at capturing abstracts of all post graduate projects in an online bank. These abstracts of research work will be available to industry stakeholders and research labs so that those interested can easily contact the student concerned and take it forward. “It will also help us check large-scale cheating and cut-copy-paste jobs that are seen in a number of research papers. A search engine on Project Factory will be able to quickly throw up abstracts of research works of interest to anyone,” Mantha added.

The AICTE e-governance project envisages an employment portal that proposes to store every student’s semester-wise results online and link it with his CV. This CV will automatically be forwarded to industry HRD heads whenever there is a vacancy suited to the student. This central database will link up with an industry database of 8,000 stakeholders and help facilitate the placement process.

On Thursday, the AICTE launched Live@edu — a hosted communication and collaboration service based on cloud computing — with Microsoft. Live@edu is a cloud suite that will offer email with a 10GB inbox, Microsoft Office Web applications, 25 GB of additional file storage, document sharing, video chat, mobile email and instant messaging to AICTE’s over seven million students and 500,000 faculty members.

Source: The Indian Express, April 16, 2012

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