India’s greatest innovation talent hunt is back! – (ELECRAMA-2014)

India’s greatest innovation talent hunt is back! Seeking the next-gen innovators, the mad scientists, unbridled magicians who can provide smart, simple solutions to complex problems of today!

Calling out to all ELECTROTECH Engineers from the following disciplines; Electrical, Electronics, Instrumentation, Mechanical, Power, Production, Industrial Engineering and Computer Science/ Information Technology!!

Unleash your full creative potential to design a working model/ proof of concept of a path breaking, environmentally forward idea, which will revolutionize the power/electrical energy sector as we know it. You can team up with other co-innovators and present as a team. Winning entries will win a handsome cash prize, citation and the unenviable chance to display their concept to the heavy hitters of the electrical world at the world’s largest power transmission and distribution exhibition.

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GATE 2014 (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 2014) Notification Released

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India examination administered and conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology that are listed below on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.

The GATE committee, which comprises of representatives from the administering institutes, is the sole authority for regulating the examination and declaring the results.

GATE is conducted through the constitution of eight zones. The zones and the corresponding administrative institutes are:

The overall coordination and responsibility of conducting GATE 2014 lies with Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, designated as the Organizing Institute for GATE 2014.Image

Start with an idea. Make it a reality. Enter the Intel App Innovation Contest 2013 Now!

Intel® App Innovation Contest 2013
Idea Submission – Start Date: 24th July, 2013, End Date: 04th September, 2013
Translating Ideas into Great Apps!
200 All-in-One PCs & 300 Tablets, $100,000 in Prizes … Come Get Yours
What is this contest about ?
Digit and Devworx together with Intel have just announced the Intel App Innovation Contest 2013. The contest is aimed at skilled developers looking to get exposure with the possibility of winning some really great prizes, 500 Dev systems and $100k. If you’re eager to win one of those hefty cash prizes, then you should submit your idea right now!The Intel App Innovation Contest 2013 is a developer focused contest where the goal is to bring coders together to create new and innovative applications for the Windows 8 platform.
What is the Process of the Contest?
The contest will be conducted in 2 phases. The phase 1 app idea must be submitted in the language natively used on the community developer site in which you entered the contest, Devworx in this case. Intel and Devworx will select the top 125 ideas that will move on to phase 2.The phase 2 demo app, may be submitted in either English or the language natively used on the community developer site at which you entered the contest. The developers with the top 30 demo apps from phase 2 (5 from each category) will be asked to submit a demo video in English. This is to make sure that the judges, who are from and in different parts of the world, can have access to the nitty gritties of your app.

IET Advantage Job Fair 2013

Sound natural when you chat with someone

It is our wish to sound natural when we talk to someone. Spoken grammar is different from written grammar. We don’t speak the way we write. If we speak the way we write we will sound like a book or a dictionary. It is true many learners speak like a book when they are engaged in an informal chat with their friends.

Here is an example. A person phoned his colleague and conveyed this message: “As I have been suffering from fever since Friday evening, I request you to inform the Head of the Department that I will not be able to come to college today. Could you please inform the personnel manager too about my indisposition and tell him that I will contact him over the phone this afternoon…” The colleague replied to the caller, “Hello, please speak and don’t read…”

The person has conveyed the message in a pedantic manner.  He was not conversational. The message has long sentences and very formal words. In a telephonic chat with friends, we use very informal expressions, sentences should be short and not more than eight words. Most of the words used in informal conversations don’t have more than three syllables. The above telephonic message can be simplified as below: “I’m not well. I have a fever. Please inform the HoD that I’m on leave today. Please inform the personnel manager too.” All these sentences are not uttered one by one in a real conversation. In a typical conversation there are many surprises, questions and responses.

Native speakers of English use many set expressions in their conversations. Some of the expressions may sound ungrammatical. Here is a list:

• Poor you!

• Poor thing.

• You doing OK?

• What’s up?

• Oh, what a shame!

• What a pity!

• Long time no see.

• See you around.

• Have you been keeping busy?

• I’d better be going…

• Say hello to…

We say ‘poor you’ when we pity someone. The context below will help you understand the meaning of this phrase. Here is an email from one Peter and a reply from Rex:

• Dear Rex, Just to say sorry for the delay in sending out the newsletter. I have been recovering from a sudden operation…. I haven’t been quite well for some time. Now I’m back in shape and will catch up with the work soon. Yours, Peter

• Oh Dear Peter, poor you. Get well soon and don’t worry…. Look after yourself! Best wishes, Rex

‘Poor thing’ is another informal expression. We use the expression to express sympathy to someone, usually when a person is sick or upset. Assume that a person failed in an examination.  You would say: “Oh you poor thing, you’ll surely do well next time. Don’t worry…”

The expression “Oh, what a shame!” is used for expressing sympathy or disappointment in an unlucky situation as in the following examples:

• Is Sheela going to divorce her husband? Oh, what a shame!

• I couldn’t reach the examination hall in time and so I was not allowed to take the exam. What a shame!

(Dr Albert P’ Rayan is an ELT resource person and associate professor at KCG College of Technology, Chennai.)

Source: Edex – The New Indian Express 04.08.2013