Post by: Vidhi shah
When doctors or nurses use their knowledge of anatomy in order to torture or conduct medical experiments on helpless subjects, we are rightly outraged. Health is unambigiously positive good social good that gives the medical profession a strong moral purpose. The same applies with lawyers. A lawyers defends a criminal, too detached to have anything with morals, people are enraged. These were just a couple of examples of how the society expects all the professions to function by some codes of ethics.
Why doesn't society seem to apply the same standards to engineers? The similar questions could be asked to all the engineers who build technologies of violence under the pretence of defense. Engineers who see themselves as builders of the shelter and infrastructure for human needs can also use thier expertise to destroy more efficiently. The two World Wars, the gas chambers, the atom bombs, all were more or less "powered" by engineers.
Technology is arguably the common social good that engineers pursue. Though the engineers work to make the world a better place to live, a better lifestyle, there are always ways to use the technology in a way not desired, or not even thought of in that matter! As each show should have a disclaimer, each doctor should take the oath, each agent should live by secrecy, similarly, engineers are required to follow some code of ethics to ensure that none of their good can be misused.
#1 Social Responsibility:
Of the utmost importance, at the foremost is ensuring the safety, welfare and health of the public in the performance of their duties. It is their responsibility to disclose all the concerning factors. They should abide by the laws of the place they are working at and be accepting of the
customs, uphold human rights, and abjure acts of violence. Engineers should strive to protect and safeguard the environment, aid to make a
sustainable environment while providing a better lifestyle and comply with the statutory
Post by: Vidhi Shah
The most crucial part of an engineer's graduation years is the final year project. After all the mini-projects and assignments and what not, done through the previous years, the final project is a way to showcase your knowledge and apply whatever you have learnt into a physical thing. The portrayal of your knowledge and ability to think and work through this project not only can get you a well-deserved placement, but also does wonders to your achievements list! Ideas, creativity, interests, hard-work, all put together in a picture lead to the marvellous outcome. Here are some such ideas which made their way to reality in the form of BE projects:
1. Braille Reader
This mechanical/computing project was made by a group of three highly talented students of the PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore. An innovative and feasible portable device for the visually challenged, the project is an e-book reader that overcomes the problems posed by existing products. The electronic files are physically rendered into Braille characters, thus enabling the visually challenged to read books as normal people would.
2. Standing Wheelchair
This project, the result of the brains of one single student, was made at IIT - M, Chennai. The BE student worked individually on this project, which required the knowledge of numerous other fields combined with mechanical majorly, under the guidance of a professor. This wheelchair, which offers three positions - standing, sitting and seeping was cited for being an innovative, well-engineered and beneficial to a large section of the society. Though these kind of wheelchairs are available in various parts of the world, the main aim of it was to make it cheaper and
easily available in India.
3. Noah - The Robotic Pet
Made by two final year students, this project was a part of the exhibition at Harvard in 2016. Noah, a rolling robotic “pet,” incorporates distance sensors that send out high-frequency pings to measure the space between the robot and nearby objects. The robot drives toward objects that are farther away and backs away from objects that get too close. The most difficult portion of this project, as told by the makers, was programming multiple micro-controllers all together!
Another project that made its way to Harvard 2016 exhibition, this project was developed by three students, merely teenagers! Retrofitted a pair of gloves with pressure sensors, which are connected to a micro-controller that can play musical notes at three different frequencies. Applying different pressures and the varied movement of the fingers produce respective sounds. The gloves also enable users to play along with a previously recorded song, hence helping in learning too. These were some of the projects that made big in the commercial world.
So, hoping this have been an inspiration, here's welcoming the project season and wishing all the students best of luck !
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Stepping into the last year of engineering, the main potion of concentration becomes the final year project. The choice of domain for the final project reflects many aspects of your knowledge and what you have learnt in the graduation years. Often, colleges advise the students to choose a topic in the third year itself and start learning into it. You should select a domain which is best suited to your interests, experience and knowledge in that area. Relating your subject of interest to real world scenarios helps in making your project according to the present technical needs.
Domains differ as per each department of engineering. Some such domains (Mostly accepted and trending since last few years) with respect to each department have been described below:
#1 CS and IT:
Computer Science typically refers to the field of inquiry in which various aspects of computers and computer technology is explored. IT is more or less similar to CS. Just that IT concentrates more on the software aspects rather than the combination of hardware and software. Based on the current era of technologies in the world, the rapidly rising domains are:
The ever flourishing sphere of these ensures that there are new upcoming domains every once in a while!
#2 Electronics and EXTC:
Being a core filed, both these departments gives the engineers a scope to specialize in technical sales, product representation, systems management, design and manufacture of electronic devices and systems, etc. Such a huge scope provides the technicians with many pacing domains like systems,
#3 Mechanical and Civil:
Mechanical engineering and civil engineering are a discipline of engineering that apply the principles of physics and material sciences for analysis, design, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems. This field requires an understanding of basic concepts like mechanics, kinetics, thermodynamics,material sciences, etc. Based on different combinations of these varied topics, there are numerous widespread domains for this core-field. Some of them are:
Chemical engineer is an extremely old core-branch of engineering which influences numerous areas of technology. Chemical engineers concieve and design processes to produce and transform materials. They experiment to make most of all the world gives to us. This interesting field has many equally interesting domains for the final year project.
Some of the recently upcoming domains include:
The final year project is a crucial component of engineering undergraduate education which documents your approach towards your career in general. Hence, it is imperative to make a strong choice as it goes a long way in shaping your career. Though this blog might have helped you become more informed, but it is necessary to keep on surfing and getting to know new interests and domains, technologies.
So, Stay tuned and realize your interest!
Post by: Vidhi shah
Doing engineering might narrow down your scope to get across books that help you get through the semester. But, contemplating on what we learned, chasing the important milestones, reflecting on these is also important. Reading is a miracle, passing on knowledge seamlessly from one generation to the next, one part of the world to the another!
So, here I have compiled a list of some non-academic books all the aspiring engineers should read:
#1 Zero To One
Authored by Peter Theils, a Pay-Pal co-founder along with Blake Masters, it is a condensed and updated version of a class on start-ups taught at Stanford University. This is the more important book on start-ups, economics, business-design and the future of tech that has ever been written. This isn't to say that you shouldn't read the books(an enormity of them!) on entrepreneurship available out there. But, from productions to sales, to answers to frequent questions, this is the one book every aspiring entrepreneur should read.
#2 The Magic Of Thinking Big
This self-help book is written by David Schwartz. According to Schwartz, the thing that holds back people is the smallness of their thoughts, hence, he focuses on explaining the importance of 'Thinking Positively Towards Oneself'. It is a classic motivational book which informs about three kinds of failures diseases. The book builds an individual's confidence, mentality, and ultimately the ability of a person to think big introspectively and extrospectively, in short helping one making better decisions and avoiding negative things.
Post by: Vidhi Shah
Stepping head-first into a new year? A fresh year brings with itself various new experiences, successes. A change of academics, faculty, social environment! Academics- we'll wade through that. Faculty- can handle that too! Social Environment- that's where the hesitation sets in. Getting adapted into a new, socially averse environment takes more than just time. The key is not to fit in. It's rather to stand out and get accepted as you are!
So, welcoming the new academic year, here are some tips (as I like to call them) that aim to help you get settled just a bit better!
Don't be afraid to go to them first and initiate a conversation. Make small talk, even just a simple greeting can be a great start. Give a small smile to that person you see in the lift everyday. Make small talk in the long canteen line! Taking the first step might put you up as a kind and confident person. This will make you stand out and believe me, it'll encourage them to come talk to you the next time. So, take the first step and get going!!!
#2 Be Yourself:
Don't try to be someone you're not just to fit in. Be yourself, try to make yourself better, no doubt, but don't cross over the line to pretense. Be you!
As essential as it is to be yourself, the way you present yourself can go a long way too. No, I am not talking about looking beautiful or handsome (all the pure Bollywood definitions!!). Look the bets you can. That will give you confidence, and confidence may well be your best point!
Post by: Vidhi Shah | Team Brainheaters
The journey of our education system from Gurukul to the English education system has been a long one. The education in India has essentially become a factory mass producing machines on the conveyer belt- The Education System! What is the real purpose of education? Getting a job, living a sedentary lifestyle, securing your future? These can be considered as an implication, but them being the sole purpose of educating yourself?
Intelligence plus character- that is the true goal of education.
The outcome of years of education is not to be well-trained, but to be well-educated. India has not generated a single noble laureate for science since 1947, while the USA has over a 100! So, here's a question:
What is lacking in the system of education today that is hindering the use of the capability of the great minds? The answer seems too far away. Trying to get closer to the answer, here are the three myths I have tried to debunk.
1. Learning for the sake of learning, or for a purpose?
Education nowadays basically tests the retention capacity and obedience of an individual. Better the compliance, better the marks. How many institutes encourage their students to know why they are learning what they are? Children must be taught how to think rather than what to think. Education is not the leaning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. The general education system is focused on examinations, following a global pattern. The focus is not on training students for future by evaluating their knowledge and understanding of the subject. The result is that students are forced to take tests that show only their retention powers. It fails to inculcate the moral values and ethics that could evolve them into responsible beings of the future.
Engineers that are not able to do technical work,doctors who use the internet for basic prognosis, being a graduate with no meaning whatsoever of the degree-These show the inadequacies of our system.
2. Arts? Why arts?!!
Has there ever been a case when an Arts student hasn't had to justify his/her choice? The mindset of the people compels them to picture the worst case scenario- must've scored poorly, maybe he's not interested in studying. Education, here, is considered as a ladder to climb the socioeconomic norms. And, somehow, arts seems to be way down there! Not trying to pull down science, or commerce for that matter, but arts is as vital to maintain the balance as any of the former too.
Arts is not the backup option, rather a choice. It carries the aesthetics of our culture, preserving the real gems of the past. Does not mean it that it's not up-to-date. Apart from the cultural aspects, it also teaches politics, history, architecture, all necessary in the former world! Trying to fit in, there are countless number of graduates from science and commerce who end up getting into fields of arts(all of us know some!). Why then not respect the field, and treat arts more than just a hobby! Keeping aside the common notions and norms, the new era, accept arts as equivalent to the others and not just a bypass-option!
3. Punishment makes better!
Negative reinforcement and punishment. There's a thin line between the too! Unfortunately, the system has somehow overstepped this line into reinforcement. In fact, they are so over, the line's just a dot to them(couldn't miss the opportunity!!)! The education system fails to grasp that negative reinforcement might make the student pass that particular phase. But what after that, the work done for just the sake of it never benefits in the long run. Punishing a child may frighten him/her into completing the work, but the possibility of the student achieving the aim of that is almost zero!
Instead, positively trying to gain the attention and making the subject interesting, interacting with the student at least increases the chances of the student to do so willingly!
The elaboration of these myths may not have given you the answer to the fallacies in the system, but it sure will help to broaden your path towards the answers! The only thing we wish from the Indian Education System is to regain its ways, its efficiency, what it was famous for! Being the foundation, help create greater minds, not just machines!
Post by: Vidhi Shah
Let's get one fact straight! Throughout your life as a college student, the most difficult part is utilizing the apparently sparse time (just 24 hrs!!) to the fullest, time management! There's so much to do in those short little 24 hrs! Attending college, fulfilling social commitments, spending time with your family, work out, SLEEP: the list is endless! Seems impossible, keeping all the three vertices of the triangle : Study, Sleep and Social equal-weighted. Trying to manage all these at the same time can leave you mixed up between stuff, feeling aimless!
Do not try to manage time, instead, try to manage all your activities within time. Once you realize the art of time management, you will eventually be able to fulfill all your activities and hence, manage yourself. Here are some ways in which you can make most of the time at your disposal.
Guidelines by: Team Brainheaters | Post by: Vidhi Shah.
Completing your entrance exams and finally getting a vacation (a much-needed one at that!) must've felt like a finally seeing water after going through Sahara desert! The vacation must've flown by seemingly quickly. Having enjoyed a small break, now you face the most important task of correctly utilizing your score to get admission in the best college you can get into. The admission process is the final step in all the hardships and the amount of work you've done to get a start on your dream career. And, it is also the first step towards kick-starting your aspirations, Though the admission process may seem like a mayhem, once understood, you will realize that it is a full-proof method to ensure the provision of the best college each aspirant can get into. Here, we have tried to un-complicate the DTE admission process to aide you in the process.
DTE, Directorate of Technical Education Maharashtra is the compenent authority that is responsible for admission into various engineering colleges. Maharashtra being the third largest state, has a huge amount of engineering institutes available. The DTE invites the students who have successfully qualified the CET 2017 exams for the admissions. The eligible candidates who have qualified the CET exam securing the required marks are invited to apply online to the DTE by going through the official website. Those who have qualified the JEE 2017 examination are required to pay a minimal registration fee for DTE online admission procedure.
All the required information regarding the online form to be filled is available on the official DTE website: www.dtemaharashtra.gov.in . After filling up the form, you are required to submit the documents mentioned in the site along with the a printout of the online filled form. After the online registrations, the DTE organizes Centralized Admission Process(CAP) rounds. In this rounds, the eligible candidates are required to fill separate online option forms for respective rounds. This year, the DTE shall conduct 3 such rounds. The 4th CAP round shall be conducted by way of counseling only for the eligible Maharashtra State Candidates. Below, all the CAP rounds have been explained.
In order to participate for the CAP round, it is mandatory to fill the online option form. Candidates can fill this form using their login. The candidate is advised to take a print of the form for personal and future reference. Before getting information about the individual CAP rounds, it is extremely imperative to know to important terms: Freeze and Float.
Freeze: Candidates accept the offered seat and they do not want to participate in any further rounds of seat allocation. Such Candidates will not be considered in subsequent rounds of admission.
Float: Candidates accept the offered seat and indicate that, if admission to an academic program of higher preference in any Institution is offered,they will accept it. Else, they will continue with the currently accepted academic program. Such Candidates will be considered in subsequent rounds of admission.