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The SVES News Magazine

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HISTORY WRITTEN BVRIT Students make history as they enter the Guinness Book of World Records. READ THE FULL STORY ON PAGE 16

INSIDE HIGHLIGHTS FACE TO FACE WITH A VISIONARY Dr. G. TulasiRam Das, THE VICE CHANCELLOR, JNTU KAKINADA

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EDITORIALLY SPEAKING

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IN PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE

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CONNECTING THOUGHT

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

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FAST FORWARD

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THE COLONEL’S COLUMN

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VOX POPULI

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CAREER PATH

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STUDENT’S TAKE

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BRIDGING THE GAP

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10 COMM. TIPS

THE SIKKIM SOJOURN

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ABODE OF HAPPINESS

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TRAIN THE TRAINER

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TOMORROW’S WORLD

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TAKE IT EASY

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EXPRESS YOURSELF

Making a Difference An Interviewwith PROF. ALAN RUX

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FACE ECAF TO

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Dr. G. TULASI RAM DAS Vice Chancellor, JNTU Kakinada

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Interaction with Dr V. Ramadevi, Professor and Head of the Basic Sciences Department, Ch. Maheshwar Rao, Asst. Prof in English and Mr Sai Teja, IV Year CSE at Vishnu Institute of Technology, Bhimavaram.

Dr G. Tulasi Ram Das, the dynamic Vice Chancellor of JNTU Kakinada, is an Academician par excellence with more than 26 years of experience as a Researcher and as an Administrator in key positions at the University. He is a person with extraordinary vision, possessing both technical and administrative acumen. He obtained his B.Tech degree (EEE) from JNTU and his Masters (M.E.) from OU (IDC). He received his Ph.D degree from IIT Madras. He has specialized in Power Electronics & Drives, FACTS and Power Quality. He has lectured extensively as a Guest Faculty at the BHEL - R & D Division, Anna University, Chennai and IEEE, Hyderabad Chapter. One of his key focus areas is improving the quality of higher education in Engineering Colleges/Institutions and he has, in this context, interacted with key functionaries of various educational Institutions. Prof Tulasi Ram Das has 115 publications to his credit and has guided as many as 13 Ph.D students and is currently guiding 6 Ph.D students. He is widely travelled having visited countries such as USA, Singapore, Malaysia, UK and UAE. Over the years he has received many prestigious awards such as the "Jewel of India award 2005", "Eminent Citizen of India Award 2006", "Education Acumen Award 2007"and “STATE BEST TEACHER AWARD FOR THE YEAR 2009” from the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. The Vice Chancellor's profound interest in new and renewable forms of energy is well known.

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Ed: We are indeed fortunate to have you at the helm, Sir, as the Vice Chancellor of JNTU Kakinada with your vast experience as an Academician, Administrator and Researcher. What are the priorities you have laid down for all the Colleges affiliated to JNTUK and the University College to improve the Quality of Education? VC: We have given top priority to provide excellent teaching resources. We have created a Directorate for Faculty development. I believe that teacher training must be done continuously and time to time to update the technical knowledge and also the pedagogical activities. Students come from various domains and various backgrounds, and require effective teaching methodologies, not just a single workshop, but multiple options. That is when I expedited Mission Ten X programme. Through this we trained teachers with more than 5 years of experience. Up to now 704 teachers were trained. Then we aimed at training fresh graduates for teaching which is initially in house and later online. Another concept is to provide training with financial support from the management. There is also a proposal to get the support from APSCHE.’ Then we are conducting subject training to the teachers. Experts from the industry and good academicians teach these subjects. More emphasis is given on how to teach the subjects, on pedagogy rather. Similarly support was also given by providing training in Communication Skills.

Ed: You would be happy to learn the SVES (Sri Vishnu Educational Society) was the Winner of the IMC Ramakrishna Bajaj National Quality Award Trophy -2011 (in

the Education Category). The IMC RBNQ Trophy award and the Global Performance Excellence Awards are modeled after U.S. Malcom Balridge Performance Excellence Award. SVES is also the Winner of the Best in Class Global Performance Excellence Award in the Education Category from the Asia Pacific Quality Organization. We will be receiving the award shortly at Sri Lanka. We continue to make every endeavor to promote creativity, innovation and thinking out-of-the- box among students. We are keen to have collaborative arrangements/alliances with Universities abroad for undertaking joint projects, student exchange programs and integrated post graduate programs – one model could be 3 years study in India (say at SVECW, Shri Vishnu Engineering College for Women) and 2 yrs at a reputed foreign University. The undergraduate program would extend to four years (the fourth year being at the foreign University ) with JNTUK giving the degree while the PG degree would be given by the foreign university. How will JNTUK view such a tie-up? VC: We would be happy to support such an exchange since the best of ideas can be shared and students will be getting a larger exposure. In addition they would be saving a lot of time and money. Because of the employment opportunities, many people are going with undergraduate degrees. In the lifetime, they don't get time to do the whole graduation, so if it is integrated program, UG and PG, they are getting the PG program, they are getting collaboration with a foreign university, and they get concession of one year. In addition they directly get into the foreign university. But we don't tie up with any private universities, we tie up only with government universities.


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3 So that can be done, even in private environment, you can start doing that, but you should make the university also a party of it, a tri-partite understanding, because we have to give the degree of under graduation.

not included in the curriculum, it cannot be included in the curriculum. But if they do SAP or .NET they can fetch a job, so we will arrange training by experts, SAP for example by those who developed SAP.

Ed: Despite our best efforts to make students industry-ready to increase their chances for employability, there still exists a wide gap between what the Industry requires and what the Educational Institutions can offer. How, in your opinion, can we address this hiatus considering that there are more than 700 Higher Education Institutions across the State

Ed: There is a growing feeling that Syllabus Review must be done more frequently to keep in synch with technology growth. A higher degree of flexibility ought to be built into the system. What are your views on that, Sir?

VC: Employability skills are not being imparted to the students, they cannot come inherently. The students are trained by the colleges but only those who can afford will be trained. So to help those who cannot afford we identified Globarena who will train the students for a duration of one year without charging the student and college. From the university side we are ready to take up. Now the TPOs are being trained in how to handle the software to train the students, Every student is given an ID, every student is tracked, on 6-7 verticals, such as reasoning, attitude, aptitude, vocabulary, the parameters the HR managers are interested in. The students performance will be evaluated and the score will be put in the portal, college wise and the company can directly pick the eligible candidates. Then in the second stage, we want to visit the final year as you said, the value addition courses for example SAP is important, but it is

VC: In our structure of Syllabus revision, we have a board comprising members from the IIT, NIT, from our university and other state universities, from R&D, industry, alumni, and private environment. We plan syllabus revision once in three years. In the syllabus the fundamentals are incorporated. Then we prepare the students to prepare the algorithm for an industry related project, the projects have to be so planned that they give an opportunity to train the students in industry related technologies. That means the student will have set foot in the industry already. We do not consider three year revision to be long gap because though technology changes rapidly, for under graduate it will not change with R&D. It takes time for technology to percolate from R&D to B Tech level. Technology always starts at the top and percolates to PG level for instructions, and later to UG for basics.

Ed: Sir, English Language lab has been removed from the syllabus for III year students. It would be a problem for the rural students.

VC: Until II B Tech English is prescribed. By then even Telugu medium students should be able to communicate in English. All the instruction should be in English and within two years the student will be very familiar with the language. Similarly the students also should be motivated to communicate in English. The language should not be taught ; it should be learnt.

Ed: Recruitment of Good Faculty and retaining them for a longer time seem difficult today even in good Institutions. How do you think this trend can be arrested? VC: The practices that I told you earlier go a long way in providing good teachers.

Ed: Renewable energy is assuming considerable significance today with the fast depletion of conventional sources of energy and growing levels of pollution. You yourself, Sir, are an ardent advocate of new and renewable energy to mitigate climate change and reduce the carbon footprint. Universities, the world over, are offering courses at the PG level in Solar Engineering, Solar Photovoltaic power, renewable energy systems and so on. Is JNTUK contemplating the introduction of such specialized programs at the PG level and increasing the level of exposure of students even at the UG level to alternative sources of energy in terms of projects, industry visits, case studies, seminars etc.? VC: Energy systems can be started. It can be inter--disciplinary where ECE, Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical can come in. But not will not be exclusively solar energy. Solar energy is small part of the energy system where you can have solar, thermal, geothermal, wind all different sources of energies. You can't focus on solar only.

There is certainly a lack of good teachers with most of the students joining software jobs. We also plan to train the M Tech students by experts. They know the subject. We will get experts from EFLU, HCU and other good institutions to train them in teaching pedagogy. They will also be trained in practicals. Another idea in the pipeline is to increase the hands on experience of the teachers. We also have a proposal to establish 33 UGC centres for teaching.

Already you have the assistive technology labs. Students are working on various projects. Make them devise equipment using solar energy.

Ed: Almost all the students suffer from the 'All-inOne' guide syndrome, which negates the quintessence of (higher) education. What do you think can be done to discourage this rampant practice?

Moreover we are starting innovation labs first at the University which will incorporate research labs and also the projects being done at your colleges like ATL.

V C : : I m p le m e n t i n g le a r n e r ce n t re d methodologies and implementing task based learning.as I said earlier.

speaking e d i t o r i a l ly

COL Dr. T. S. Surendra, BVRIT

We are certainly encouraged by the positive feedback received from our readers apropos the inaugural issue of VISHNU ERA, our quarterly News Magazine. Sure there were inadvertent chinks in our armour, that need to be addressed, the most pronounced perhaps being the lack of students' contribution in terms of articles and anecdotes. This issue includes articles authored by or about students – present and past. Rohin Raj of VIT (III ECE A) talks about the “Quest for the God Particle” while the students of Smt B. Seetha Polytechnic, Vishnupur, Bhimavaram, have covered the entire spectrum of articles, jokes, poetry etc. The October issue of this Society News Magazine is also about our alumni. We focus on five of our alumni from BVRIT, all of them having one thread in common – the steely resolve to excel apart from their idolizing our Chairman, Sri K.V. Vishnu Raju, the dynamic harbinger of a new-found ethos of innovation. To quote W. Somerset Maugham - “It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it”. A 2006-10 batch student of ours from the ECE Department, Karthik Puvvada, displayed exceptional drive in whatever he did and accomplished for himself and for the College such as a paid internship at Halliburton Logging Services Asia, or HLS Asia Ltd., Gujarat, launching of the “Let's Unite for a Greener Tomorrow” (LUGT) initiative, making of a short but futuristic film relating to Virtual Reality and a brief stint at TCS, Chennai, before moving on to the Vanderbilt University, USA, on full scholarship for a Masters Program. Another 2006-10 batch student of BVRIT and from the ECE Dept, Nagasrikanth Kalluri, is also living his dream as he travels from BVRIT to Pittsburgh (Carnegie Melon University, for a Masters Program) and then on to Kyoto, rather to the centre of Osaka, Kyoto and Nara (as a Research Engineer at the Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratory).

“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him” said Aldous Huxley. We have recapitulated a recent interaction with him and also with Karthik. We also feature the third Persona of this vibrant triumvirate who exude high octane energy – Aravind Reddy (2006-10 batch EEE), multi-faceted and pragmatic. He is the one who subscribes to what Sir Winston Churchill had once said - “It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required”. We pick up the threads from KTH, Sweden, where Swetha Ravi Kumar (2005-09 batch EEE) had gone to do a Masters program in Sustainable Energy Engineering. She has recently submitted her Masters Thesis titled “A techno-socio-economic analysis of the various polices being used to promote and deploy renewable energy technologies (particularly solar PV) today in the USA and Germany”. As part of her thesis she had the privilege of interacting with policymakers at DOE USA, Germany and India (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy). She had worked on her thesis at the Fraunhofer ISE, Germany, where she has now been retained as India Contact for six months initially. We reproduce excerpts of a mail addressed to us by Swetha. Did Henry David Thoreau not say “ Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler”. What would you call a person who is a danseuse par excellence, also a sportsperson in a different (exalted) league and a brilliant academician with an innovative bent of mind? No prizes for guessing. She is Spoorthi Rao, a 2008 – 12 batch BVRIT IT student of ours, who is undergoing a Masters Program in engineering at the Penn State University, USA. We feature an interview with her. In the next issue we will feature a detailed 'treatise' on the alumni of Bhimavaram Colleges.

“Mission R & D” has taken the educational citadels of SVES by storm – engineering and MCA streams. Sir Winston Churchill often used to say “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results”. The Mission R & D strategy was well conceptualized and has also produced good results with 7 students of BVRIT (2009-13 batch) breaking into the Big League with fat salary packages – Microsoft, CISCO, Setu and Pramati. There are three selects from BVRICE, SVECW and VIT, too. Congratulations! BVRIT Hyderabad College of Engineering is now up and about, after a brief interregnum of hectic activity for refurbishment of the existing infrastructure including additional civil works. It is already brimming with activity under the stewardship of Dr K.V.N. Sunitha Principal BVRITH, a senior but young Professor with vast experience in academics and administration. Dr T.Suneeti, Prof of English, BS & H Department, BVRIT, Associate Editor of the 'VISHNU ERA' recently interviewed Dr Sunitha. We present the interview in this imprint. Dr Ramadevi, Professor and Head of the Department of English, VIT and our second Associate Editor of Vishnu Era, captured the thoughts and moods of Dr. G. Tulasi Ram Das, Vice Chancellor of JNTUK and has featured the same under the caption “Face to Face with a Visionary – Dr G. Tulasi Ram Das, VC JNTUK”. It is often said that any Institution (read News Magazine) is only as good as its students and staff. Going by this rationale, this second issue of VISHNU ERA should augur well for the aficionados of good reading. We thank Sri Ravichandran Rajagopal, our Vice Chairman for his 24 x 7 guidance and patronage.


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In pursuit of excellence HISTORY repeats ITSELF IBM'S The Great Mind Challenge 2012 Champion Stuff from BVRITIANS The This time, a team of IT final year students has figured in the list of TOP 15 TEAMS in ALL OF INDIA in the TGMC 2011 project competition conducted by IBM (an award recognized by the Limca Book of Records for the last three years as one with highest participation). The staff and the students are obviously elated. After all, it is the result of a tremendous amount of hard work over the last 7-8 months that is now bearing fruit.

This year, a total of MORE THAN 1000 COLLEGES from all over INDIA participated in the competition, with more than 2 lakh students vying for the top awards. These colleges submitted more than 4500 PROJECTS, out of which about 450 were selected for the final round of the competition. Needless to say, our project had to face stiff competition all the way to the top.

BVRIT DOES IT AGAIN

BVRIT is ONE of the only TWO colleges in AP that made it to the list. SIX projects from South India were featured in the final selections. All the 15 teams were awarded in Bangalore on 24th of July, 2012.

BVRICE

YOU ARE OUR LIFE, MY DEAR STUDENT! found it a great privilege to speak to every individual by taking them into confidence. I noticed the change that I expected in their eyes and looks that motivated me to reach their hearts.

It was my first experience as a Principal. Those were the days I was adjusting myself with the new assignment of heading an institution. There were a lot of expectations from all around and from within as well! I was new to the college both as a teacher and as an administrator. Many staff members might have known me as the coordinator for many inspections in SVECW. But I know little about the college and its human resources. I told myself to believe me as well as other fellow employees of BVRICE. I was trying everything to reach every heart of the college only to fill in confidence there. I know that they don't care how much I know until they know how much I care. I

I slowly got accustomed to the new environment and new people. I put a sign board at the entrance of my room that reads “Please Disturb Me�, the intention of it is to encourage everybody to call me at any time. It started working well and staff and students started visiting me without any fear or tension. Days were passing smoothly. One day there was a conflict among the students. Students split into two groups and decided to clash by earmarking a place for exchange. The news came to me and my rescue team immediately brought the situation under control. Parents of the students were informed the same and were asked to report to the committee in the next one hour. Fortunately, all parents attended the counseling meet. The team members handled the situation by taking care of the students and their parents individually and took undertaking from them. While this exercise was going on, suddenly one student barged into my room screaming and questioning why his father was summoned. But we managed the situation and settled the matter with all patience. It's all our team effort. This is one side of the coin.

CONNECTING

THOUGHT On the other side, with all optimistic approach, I started my course of action by way of interaction with the students. Through motivational dialogues and lectures our team started cultivating competitive spirit among the students and prepared them to face challenges. In this process we hopefully introduced the Integrated Training Program (ITP) for final year students through which every eligible student got a job. The confidence of those benefitted students made every other student to realize the real value and strength of our team. Our patience brought us accolades from the student community. The student who intruded into my cabin the other day was left with no other option except to join the other students. In fact, he became instrumental in honoring me and other faculty members on their farewell day. My eyes shed tears with happiness by look ing at our students' transformation into matured citizens. Though those students left the college, they still call me whenever they are in town. Stones are not stones forever. Stones become sculptures through chiseling. You are our life my dear student! Dr. Ch. V. Srinivas, BVRICE


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Swetha Ravi Kumar is the proud alumnae of BVRIT who graduated in EEE in 2010. Ms Swetha has finished her Masters In Sustainable Energy Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. She worked on her Master Thesis for six months at Fraunhofer ISE , which was a techno-socio-economic analysis of the various polices being used to promote and deploy renewable energy technologies (particularly solar PV) today in the USA and Germany. She took part in the UNFCCC Climate Change Convention this year, where she got the opportunity to interact with the Indian Delegation and also delegates from all over the world. Here are the views that she expressed in a mail to Vishnu Era Team:

Swetha Ravi Kumar CURRENT POSITION Project Manager Technology & Market Analytics Market Intelligence Team Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems Freiburg, Germany

“I have been appointed by Fraunohofer ISE as the contact point for India. I will be handling the Project Development and Management for the Indian projects. There is a lot of scope for technology transfer in many technologies and undoubtedly Fraunhofer ISE is one of the worlds best research centers to provide it. So my aim in the next few months is to strengthen the bond between developing and developed countries and mutually help each other in combating climate change.

at Qatar and further work on bilateral and multilateral collaborations in the field of energy and environment. I hope to work along with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to come up with new policy designs to promote and facilitate solar PV in specific sectors (like agriculture) of India.”

“I think BVRIT should be a part of such innovative technologies and help facilitate technology transfer via R&D especially in the field of energy. I have already mentioned about our institution to the management here at ISE and they are happy to hear that BVRIT is proactive in nature. ” “I will personally and professionally be able to help in facilitating this collaboration & further we could discuss about how to go ahead with such initiatives based on the interest areas of BVRIT. As always, I take pride in being a BVRITian and I wish to see BVRIT grow to become one of the country's best institutes in the coming years.”

“I shall also be representing Fraunhofer ISE at the COP 18 this year

CURRENT PROJECTS

look alike androids, that can talk, move and show emotions on face. Also the Ubiquitous Network Robot frame work designed by this company is known to one of the best frame works for network robots. Creating auditory maps of environments with mobile microphone arrays While I gathered this information about ATR last year, I had not a Mapping and Autonomous Navigation single clue that I will be here right after one year. Autonomous wheelchair navigation in a Brain controlled house

Excerpts of the Interaction with Col. Dr. T.S.Surendra | Principal, BVRIT

1. From Narsapur to Pittsburgh to Kyoto has been an exciting journey for you, hasn't it? How did all this happen?

Naga Srikanth CURRENT POSITION Research Engineer, Network Robots Department, Intelligent Robotics and Communications Laboratory,

Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International. ( www.atr.jp), JAPAN -----------------------------Masters at Carnegie Mellon University in 'Electrical and Computer Engineering' (2011) At CMU, worked mainly on SLAM based robots, Machine perception for Lunar lander (as a part of the CMU's quest for the moon - www.astrobotictech.com)

It's a 7 year long story, but I will try to cut it short and tell you. Most important things in life happen quite unexpectedly. It all started on a rainy day 4 years back around the same time of the year. That day we had a meeting with Vishnu sir in which we were shown 'The Last Lecture' by Randy Pausch followed by 'For the Love of Physics' by Walter Lewin. These videos clearly had a great impact on my thoughts about further studies after bachelors. Then later visit by Mr. Alan Rux, from UMass, Lowell reinforced the will to pursue higher studies in USA. Once I decided about doing masters, everything happened very quickly and I ended up with admissions in CMU and Cornell among other universities and finally landed in CMU. Vishnu sir has been a key person directly or indirectly at every stage in this journey, starting from showing 'The Last Lecture'. I had a great time during my masters at CMU. The university was overwhelming with knowledge and energy. Once, when I was searching for the latest trends in Robotics for an academic presentation, I came across ATR. Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro's research, here at ATR, is on making

2. You have been the driving force behind the establishment of the Randy Pausch Robotics Center at BVRIT. Students are doing application-oriented projects under your watchful eye? A Center of Excellence for Robotics at BVRIT. How soon do you think this can happen? I am very glad that the very experiment - 'Randy Pausch Robotics Engineering Center' is on the right track and the first batch students are expected to exhibit their projects in October. It was a collective effort of enthusiastic volunteers for different parts of the world. Sasidhar of Vanderbilt University, Sirisha of Tennessee state University and Nishant Kelkar from Carnegie Mellon have been on this mission along with me. Each one of us are advising two projects in the lab. Not to forget, faculty at BVRIT have been extending their support by doing things which can't be done by virtual presence. These 8 months have been a wonderful learning experience for all of us. Some of the projects taken up by the students include - RGBD Slam based virtual presence - users can navigate through any real world environment mapped with RGBD Slam, being anywhere in the world just by wearing a head mounted display , Teleoperation by gestures users can control a robot at any part of the world simply by standing in front of the Kinect camera and showing gestures, 4 DOF robotic arm, Gesture analysis using Image Processing etc...


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6 tech buses, what will define BVRIT is the spirit of the students. Most of these projects have quite a good scope for future extension and research. We are just completing our first batch of students in the lab, so I think it might take sometime before this small lab becomes a Center of Excellence in Robotics. But the day is in sight.

You don't go to Olympics to see the parks, the tracks, the poles, the pools or the hockey pads. You go to Olympics to see the athletes. The incredible spirit and undying attitude of the athletes. That's where we need to march ahead at BVRIT. And that change can happen only from the students. Even during my time at BVRIT, I saw so many lazybones, retractors, cynics and faultfinders who could see nothing positive and nothing hopeful to do in the college. They are mired into hatred and probably will hate their college life forever. You shouldn't be one of them tomorrow. Be positive. Think what best you can do with whatever little you have.

3. What are the latest trends in Robotics? We understand that Japan is expected to achieve full scale commercialization of service robots by 2025. Great advancements, taking place in the fields of Machine Learning, Computer Vision are aiding in the development of high technology robots. I would say Google's Autonomous cars moving in the streets of Nevada without a driver, is an important milestone in the field of Robotics. Speech recognition and robotic perception are also forwarding in full pace with great research going on in these areas. Brain Machine Interaction too is evolving quite fast. The first thing you get in mind when you think about commercialization of robots is that there is a lot of difference between making robots work in the lab and making robots work in the field. But now, I think the time has come for the robots to step out of the labs. Japan has been investing a lot in Robotics research. To give an example of the current scenario of robotics research in Japan I would like to explain one of the projects in our company. We are working on a project for an elderly care center here in Osaka, to develop autonomous wheelchairs and robotic arms. We are expected to deliver our autonomous wheelchairs for field trial in the hospital by the end of 2013. There are already some shopping assistant robots, which will hold the cart for you while you shop, in some super markets. So we can expect at least some, if not many, robots in daily lives by 2025. 4. Once we establish a Center of Excellence for Robotics at BVRIT, don't you think we can take up projects from the Armed Forces – Use of robots for military combat with autonomous functions That's a great idea. That's actually one of the goals on which RPREC was established, to be able to get projects from Defence forces. In recent times the definition of war has been completely changed. Risking human lives is considered to be the last rescue in fight with enemy. Use of robots for defense is one thing that is inevitable in the coming years. Teleoperation of robots, autonomous tanks, surveillance robots etc can be very useful in defense applications. RPREC will definitely in the coming days try to attract some projects from the Armed forces. 5. What is your advice to the students of BVRIT? If you aim high and put your efforts in it with confidence, and start to live the change you want to see, situations change dramatically to push you towards the goal. This is something I realized in my own life. In simple words, "Dream...! They do come true"

KARTHIK PUVVADA BVRIT (2006-10) M.S., Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

TETE-A-TETE WITH KARTHIK PUVVADA AN OPTIMIST WHO IS LIVING HIS DREAM

There is a Buddhist saying that goes deep, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Similarly, when your mindset is ready, everything in BVRIT looks wonderful and hopeful. It's a magic that I always experience with our college and its lovely people. And my advice to the lecturers/mentors/heads: Your prime challenge is to inspire the students. What you teach is secondary. Students take professors and their character very seriously. So you are their hero. [although they won't admit it now]Can you pick one student out of the entire lot and tell yourself, you changed his/her life? Remember, a Steve Jobs is not born. He is made. And I have great confidence in all of you that you CAN turn your students into not just walking engineering degrees but the bold leaders of the future. All it takes is a little bit of inspiration. 3. What are your future plans?

1. Which is the domain you are working in now and what is the promise, in your view, it holds for Science and technology? I'm currently pursuing Masters in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Robotics. To be more precise, I am researching on a fascinating concept called SLAM that has been the core of autonomous robotics for the last 10 years. Remember Google's Self-driving car? Or the Stanford's Stanley? Supervised by my professor, I'm currently exploring the ways in which we can bring the same concept of SLAM that has worked miraculously well in navigation into medicine. It will be a game-changer in the health care industry as we are marrying one of the most innovative technologies, robotics to one of the most important sciences, medicine. Looks like a crazy idea? I bet. But that's the beauty of engineering where impossible is merely a word in dictionary. 2. You have gone to one of the reputed (highly ranked) Schools in the USA – a School known for its best practices. You are also aware of the fact that BVRIT is gearing up to become a University in the next couple of years. We are on the threshold of attaining autonomous status. What, in your opinion, is good about BVRIT and what do you think should change?

I started my journey as a lower middle-class student fumbling with his half-killed dreams of childhood. After entering BVRIT, I saw a phenomenal change in myself. My fears of failure were thrashed when I met Chairman sir and listened to him speak everytime about legendary figures. My fears of rejection were shattered as he looked into students' eyes and said “dream big”. In all honesty and humility, I shall say, he has been my biggest role model so far and I owe him a lot. Academically, I did well owing greatly to a good company of friends. Mainly, Srikanth and Swetha Ravi Kumar kept me pushing along with their energy levels.After a brief stint at TCS, I chose to follow my dream of robotics and came to the US. And that has changed everything again. I find myself doing amazing things that weren't possible earlier. I started a blog on “being remarkable” and kept writing for 141 days and counting. I learnt screen-writing online and I'm about to finish my first screenplay. I'm taking an advertising course under Dr Bob Isherwood, an ex World Creative Director from Saatchi & Saatchi. Now I see myself again at a new crossroads of dreams. Between technology, advertising, writing and film-making. I will choose one of them now but will eventually chase every one of them. I'm NOT really afraid of failing, thanks to some inspiring people I met. All that matters to me is doing something remarkable every now and then. 4. What is your message to the students of BVRIT?

BVRIT for me was a perfect launch pad. As I'm surrounded by new classmates here from various IITs and NITs, I keep asking myself a question. What has BVRIT done differently to bring me here though it's not an IIT? The answer is simple. It has done nothing like an IIT. Infact, it never wanted to be an IIT. BVRIT as I recognize, wanted to be more than just a college/university. It always wanted to be an opportunity. To transform yourself into something bigger than what you thought. To ignite your mind strong enough that you can ignite a hundred.To give hope to your otherwise hesitant dreams and help you chase them. To shape your character and make you a dynamo of power so that when you are ready, you can do anything and everything. Knowledge is on Wikipedia. What's not is the courage to apply it. That is exactly what we have here at BVRIT. BVRIT doesn't want to compete. Right from Day1. Leaders don't compete. They lead. During my 3rd year, I was inspired by a book suggested by Chairman sir, called “The Last Lecture”and along with Srikanth Kallakuri, I started taking part in Assistive Technology Lab, [ATL] quite enthusiastically. I still remember those nights when we had to work until 3AM on a circuit design and yet had a great match of badminton with our Colonel Sir after that. It is moments like these that make our college life special and thankfully BVRIT has given me plenty of them. What I think should change? Not the faculty, not the infrastructure, not the lab equipment, not the number of latest computers, not the number of high-

My only message for the students of BVRIT is: What makes BVRIT special is the attitude. The enthusiasm and energy that's in the air. If you haven't found it yet, I suggest you look for it keenly. Not within your classrooms or your labs or your regular gossip hubs. Look for it in the legacy of BV Raju garu. Look for it in the indomitable spirit of Chairman Sir. Look for it in the dynamic leadership of the Vice Chairman Sir. Look for it in every lecturer who's striving hard to make an impact. Look for it in every corner of the college that's being made into an innovation hub. Look for it in every inspiring story your seniors/faculty/friends are sharing with you. At BVRIT, opportunity is cemented strongly in every wall of the classroom. All it takes is a brave heart to believe and grab it with both hands. It sounds cheesy but it's true. What we want from BVRIT is not rankings or placements or attendance sheets, we want a Steve Jobs, a Narayana Murthy, a Christopher Nolan, a Stephen King, a Helen Keller, a Mark Zuckerberg, and may be even an Aamir Khan. I want to end this by saying what the legendary Beatles singer John Lennon wrote in his masterpiece “Imagine”, 'You may say I am a dreamer but I'm not the only one.’ I wish to see many more dreamers from BVRIT following their dreams. Wish you God-speed.


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B.Tech EEE student of BVRIT M.S. in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems) San Jose State University San Jose, California, USA

Besides these tasks, he also has a few projects to his credit. They include: • Testing of WLED Kit equipped with Solar Panels • Automation of Homes and Industries over Internet • REFLEX for Spinal Cord Injury Patients • SMART Power Billing

Col: A BVRITian has joined the big league. PSU is one of the top rated Universities in the World. How do you find the transition from BVRIT to PSU?

Spoorthi: In the hindsight, it was a good decision to undertake those extra courses. I wish I should have done this little earlier and pursued some advanced courses.

Spoorthi: This is really a great opportunity. It's entirely a new world and the microcosm at Penn State is quite inspiring and academically very challenging.

Col: We are aware of the harmonious or holistic development of your faculties - you are a trained classical dancer, you have distinguished yourself in outdoor games particularly volleyball, basketball and cricket and you are tech savvy too. Will your present environment offer you the opportunity to pursue these activities?

Col: Our alumni often say “BVRIT offers its students a platform for promoting creativity and thinking differently”. How would you relate to this? How has your four-year stint at BVRIT impacted your life?

Spoorthi Rao N B.Tech. (IT, BVRIT, Narsapur ) M.S. in Computer Science & Engineering The Pennsylvania State University, USA Awarded the 'Best Student Innovation Award' during the 2nd annual IT Summit Andhra Pradesh (State award) for a mobile application to the Health Industry: Patient Care. Doing an internship at CISCO

Excerpts of the Interaction with Col. Dr. T.S.Surendra | Principal, BVRIT

Col: Hello Spoorthi. Wonderful to reconnect with you after a while. Have you settled down in your new environs? Spoorthi: Hello Sir. Glad to hear from one of my mentors back home. Yes. Slowly getting into the groove…

G A M E

N. Aravind Reddy

He was a Research Associate in Technology Business Incubation Centre, BVRIT (SVES) Sponsored by the Ministry of Industries, Government of India, New Delhi during July 2011-June 2012. He was responsible for the research of compatible communications for Automatic Meter Reading in Indian scenario and development of Smart Energy Meters with the reviewed communications. He was responsible for the development of software UI for centralized Power Monitoring. He was also a Research Guide for Assist+ app at Assistive Technology Centre, BVRIT (SVES) during February 2012May 2012. He was awarded Best Industry Innovation Award at ITsAP 2012, HiTex-Hyderabad. Assist+ app is an Augmentative & Alternative Communication mobile application designed exclusively for people with speech and hearing impairments.

BVRIT

He successfully completed certain constructive tasks and is flying high in his field. He was an Associate Programming Engineer at CONVERGYS IMG Ltd., Hyderabad during June 2010 - June 2011. There, as a Configurations Engineer he worked on C, C++, UNIX, PL/SQL to customize features for Rating & Billing Products used in Telecom Industry.

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Spoorthi: BVRIT laid the needed foundation for my future academics. The encouragement and motivation I got from my teachers, professors and well-wishers was critical in my academic growth. Whether it was being involved in an ATL project or it was certification course from the IBM-COE , every activity that I had taken part during my undergrad has played a pivotal role in getting me started on the journey I dreamt of as a child. The motivation I got from Chairman, Vice-chairman and you as the pivot had immensely helped me to take this challenging decision, though, I was initially hesitant because of certain degree of skepticism from certain quarters.. about me getting this far..

Spoorthi: At present, I am trying to get into the skin of the work on hand. Penn State is known for the sports facilities it has, it couldn't have got better for me. I would definitely try my hand at cricket, if the time permits. In fact the captain of the league teams is already having plans of including me in the playing 11 in the spring version of the local tournament. Col: Congratulations on earning an internship with the Multi-National giant CISCO? Give us a lowdown on this opportunity. Spoorthi: Again this is like trying to go little extra distance. May be at right place, at right time with certain relevant past work. I was lucky that I was the one, among the three Computer Science grads short-listed for this, to get through. Col: What is your message to your juniors at BVRIT?

Col: Tell us something more about your present work and future plans? Spoorthi: Currently, I have undertaken necessary academic courses which include Operating Systems, Databases and FPGA in the first Semester. I was also lucky to be straight away assigned to the Lab for carrying out one of the projects under implementation. Soon I would be involved in developing an interface which communicates with the hardware and establishes a link with the cloud on a Smart Cart Application. I am planning on thesis on the subject related to the same. Col: You have an IT background. But you took a course relating to Digital Design using FPGA. How is this helping you in your present curriculum?

Spoorthi: I am still at the beginning. I do not know what message I could get across to my juniors. Still, what I feel or the suggestion from my side could be … Just concentrate on work / studies on hand. Be consciously involved in the activities conducted in the college. Get the help from teachers / professors, who would be too glad to help serious and sincere students. Do not listen to the noise of the outside world. Listen to your heart and rest will be taken care by Him. Thank you very much Sir. And my regards to all my teachers and every one out @ BVRIT.as done nothing like an IIT. Infact, it never wanted


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making

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difference Interview with Prof Alan Rux

At a time when engineering in India is more of theory, Prof Alan Rux, from the UMass, Lowell, has introduced the concept of reaching out to the disabled through his innovative projects. He is a name to reckon with in Assistive Technology, and plays a crucial role in bringing a change in the lives of the disabled. Under his guidance, engineering graduates work on different projects and design and develop gadgets for the differently enabled.

Impressed with his work, our Chairman, Sri K.V. Vishnu Raju invited him to India and he has been associated with our Society for four years. A voice operated wheel chair, sensor based walking stick, interface with the computers are a few projects successfully accomplished under his supervision.

THIS IS AN EXCERPT OF AN INTERVIEW GIVEN BY PROF. ALAN RUX TO MS. V. SURYA MOUNIKA OF III ECE, BVIT.

Q: How did you become a part of ATL in UMASS ? A: Before coming into ATL, I worked in an industry named Aerospace as a Design Engineer. After that I quit that company to start a new company. I was one of the founders of AOI which made Printed Circuit board inspection machines. But we ran short of money and had to close it. Then in 1988, I joined UMASS as a lab technician, in-charge of all labs. That's how I started ATL and you and I became a part of it. Q: Could you tell us what inspired you to start ATL? A:Once, in a magazine, I read an article about an engineer who met with an accident and lost control over his body. Then his friends, fellow engineers made a house such that he can operate everything with his voice and gifted him. Then I got an idea that, as I'm making the senior engineers do projects why can't I make for the “Differently able people”. I decided to serve community by making 150-200 projects a year and in that way I started ATL. Q : W h at a re t h e s i m i l a r it i e s a n d dissimilarities that you have observed

in the ATL in India and in US ? A: In India, the students hands on work is not so good. But in US, every boy can repair his own car, take out all the parts, engines etc and can fix them back. But here boys and girls don't have experience. Here you are given the stuff in your lab and they say just to do it which means no creation. But there everything is done by the students including components to schematic arrangement and that is what we are trying to implement here. Q: What are your achievements in your student and professional life? A: Achievements…I was a student of UMASS and worked there as a professor, technician and head of industrial dept. and I'm here to share with you some ideas in electronics. Q: Can you tell us a memorable incident in your professional life? A:I worked along with my team and designed with my own hands for a spacecraft that was to be launched on moon and it is SURVEYOR during 1965-66. Q:What is Analog discovery kit ?

A:Analog discovery kit is a granule which consists of the entire electronics lab and you can carry it anywhere and can do your projects just by connecting it to your laptop. We just built 4 of them and we will start their production and sales from next month in US. Q: How does the US government support ATL? A:We have been receiving funding from National conference organization for 14 years now and we complete the projects and give them to the clients free of cost. Thank you sir for spending your time with us.


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FAST FORWARD FORWARD A DIALOGUE

WITH

DR. KVN SUNITHA

PRINCIPAL, BVRIT HYDERABAD

She has been recognized by AICTE as an NBA expert evaluator. Her autobiography was included in “Marquis Who is Who in the World”, 28th edition 2011.

Dr K.V.N.Sunitha obtained B.Tech degree in ECE from NagarjunaUniversity and M.Tech Computer Science from REC Warangal. She completed her Ph.D from JNTUH in 2006. She has 21 years of teaching experience in various reputed engineering colleges. She received “Academic Excellence Award” from the Management of G.Narayanamma Institute of Technology & Science in 2005. She also received “Best Computer Science Engineering Teacher Award for the year 2007” by ISTE.

She authored 3 text books - “Programming in UNIX and Compiler design”, “Formal Languages and Automata Theory” and "Theory of Computation”. She developed web content for compiler design subject for gradience portal in collaboration with Aho Ull Man, Professor,

DR.SUNEETI: I wish to congratulate you on the new and your first assignment as the Principal, BVRIT, Hyd.

and help them build good attitude. Ultimately, a student who has positive attitude and human values will fare well in all the tasks in the society.

Dr.Sunitha: Thank you.

DR.SUNEETI:What difference do you see in girls of your generation and the present generation?

DR.SUNEETI:You come from G.Narayanamma College of Engineering for Women which belongs to an equally renowned group as SVES. Could you tell us what prompted you to opt SVES? Dr.Sunitha: I joined G.Narayanamma college in 2001 and worked there for 11 years as HoD from the inception of CSE Dept. I could successfully complete all the tasks that were assigned to me. I helped in the establishment of all the labs, created good learning environment both for students and faculty, did research work and guided students in their project work. The Management recognized my efforts and honored me with the Academic Excellence Award. Having worked as HoD for more than a decade, and implemented my ideas and proved myself, I thought it is high time that I should take up new challenges and move to a higher position. I got many offers as Principal. But I declined all those offers as G.Narayanamma college is one of the best colleges and I have a respectful attachment with it. I should say that after visiting Narsapur campus of BVRIT, I was impressed with the various activities of the college, especially Assistive Technology Lab, and Knowledge Centre. I was really impressed with the execution of social responsibility of the BVRIT Management. Finally, what matters at the end of the day, is not the financial benefit but satisfaction. Hence, I chose SVES. DR.SUNEETI: It's good to know that the differentiators of BVRIT really made the difference for you. We understand that our Chairman's vision is to make BVRIT, Hyd one of the top colleges in Hyderabad. How do you realize his dream and what is your plan of action in that direction? Dr.Sunitha: In my first meeting with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman which was through Skype, I understood their vision. We shall certainly strive towards realizing his dream. Our motto is to build a temple of learning for women at BVRIT, Hyd. We will implement certain procedures and practices to achieve our target. In the first year, besides academics, our focus would be to bring the students out of the corporate college environment. To achieve this, we will concentrate on personality development programs. We are also planning to organize seminars, and hire professionals in that field to tutor our students. We will provide a good library, encourage them in sports, develop a sense of time management

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Dr.Sunitha: I think, there is a drastic change in the attitude of girls. Previously, girls were simple, calm, obedient and had immense respect for teachers. They had complete faith in their parents and teachers. So, they followed the instructions of the teachers without any argument. They believed that teachers always guide them in the right direction. But nowa-days, the girls, are not just confident, they are overconfident. Most of them lack respect for others and seriousness of work. They have attitudinal problems. This may be due to too many distractions, exposure to media or the current corporate culture prevailing in schools and colleges. Teaching is a noble profession and at least they need to respect the profession. I personally believe in the saying “Shradhavan Labhathe Gnanam”. I think without minimum manners, merely getting degrees will not stand them in good stead. Nevertheless, I feel that it is not the mistake of the students alone. The school system itself is at fault. Then, the most unfortunate thing in the intermediate level, is that the corporate culture prevails, wherein the teachers pamper the students for the sake of ranks. They do not give as much importance to manners and values as they give to academics. As our students come from such corporate environment, we are facing a lot of problems. Hence, in our first year, we will be concentrating on bringing them out of the corporate world. DR.SUNEETI: How, in your opinion, can the teacher hold the student in the class, thereby improving their attendance and results? Dr.Sunitha: One of the challenges a teacher faces in the classroom is catering to the academic needs of all the students who belong to multilevels. We find a 4000 ranker and also a 15,000 ranker in the same class. A teacher has to facilitate all the students irrespective of their rank. The teacher should guide them in planning, studying and brief them about their responsibilities as a student. So that, the academically poor students can cope up with their studies and be on par with the bright students. Teacher should involve them in the subject through interactive lectures. This not only makes the concepts clear but also creates an interest in attending the classes. Till intermediate, the students are used to spoon feeding. But in professional colleges, we should inculcate the habit of self-study. We have to make them understand the importance of

AN INTERVIEW BY

Dr. T. Suneeti, BVRIT, Narsapur

Stanford University (USA). She is a research supervisor, an academic advisory member and Board of Studies member for some reputed institutions. She published more than 65 papers in national & international journals and conferences. She is a fellow in the Institute of Engineers, Sr member in IEEE, CSIT and life member in CSI and ACM..

availing library resources. In B.Tech 1st year, they have to concentrate on academics and should get adjusted to professional environment. From 2nd year onwards, we should guide them to participate in paper presentations and various technical workshops . Another important thing to be focused is on mini projects. When the students work on mini projects, they have to develop applications which will reflect their ideas and skills. The mini projects also carry weightage during placements. The quality of the student's mini projects and presentations will help the HR person assess the candidate's knowledge and skills. This will differentiate them and make them stand apart from rest of the students. DR.SUNEETI: Over the period of time, as a teacher in the field of Computer Science, what changes do you think should be done in the area of study in JNTUH syllabus? Dr.Sunitha: I think, though the current syllabus is apt, a few minor changes need to be done. For example, in the existing syllabus many labs are offered together as a single lab like OS & CD lab. Here students may not be able to implement both in one semester as a single lab. Instead of this, in each semester, it may be accommodated by offering 5 theory & 3 labs instead of 6 theory & 2 labs. DR.SUNEETI: I see that you are also an NBA expert evaluator. Would you like to say a few words in this regard? Dr.Sunitha: The unprecedented expansion of the technical education sector in India in recent years has brought in its wake questions about the quality of education imparted, the competence of the graduates and their relevance to the current technical manpower needs of our country. NBA mainly focuses on quality assessment of an institution, especially in terms of their role as the main suppliers of technically qualified human resource. Innovative practices, going beyond curriculum, mentoring and research are highly encouraged though this NBA Process. DR.SUNEETI: Last but not the least, 5 years down the line, where do you see BVRIT, Hyd? Dr.Sunitha: We will be within the top 10 colleges of JNTUH. Thank you madam for taking the time out for us and my best wishes to you in your future endeavor.


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Somewhere time had stopped

THE COLONEL’S

The Journey to the NDA (National Defence Academy), Khadakwasla COLUMN

The Colonel recounts his recent trip to his Alma Mater - the NATIONAL DEFENCE ACADEMY, PUNE – where he was trained as a cadet for three years in the early sixties. The occasion happened to be the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of his batch in June 2012. It was the thirteenth of June in the year of the Lord 2012 and the eventide was placidly evanescing with the azure sky gradually being transmuted into a crimson hue. A gentle breeze caressed our foreheads and the flowers in the pathway gleefully genuflected as we (my course mates living in Secunderabad) set out on our trip down memory lane. It was to be a grand occasion at the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla – the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the 28th course alumni. Fifty years had elapsed since our entry into the portals of the NDA. It was time to reminisce and celebrate. The rendezvous of Team Hyderabad took place at the over-crowded Nampally railway station. The Pune bound train left on the dot and there was an air of delectable expectancy as all of us settled down in our respective berths. The Hyderabad-Mumbai Express arrived at the Pune Junction on schedule to break the Indian Railways jinx of rarely keeping time on any of the long distance routes! A bus from the NDA picked us up at the Pune Railway Station along with some of our other coursemates from Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi. There was hugging, handshakes, screams and bonhomie everywhere. The bus slowly ploughed through the dense traffic that characterizes all cities, without exception, before negotiating the road to NDA to cruise at an acceptable speed. We were headed to our Alma mater, after about forty-seven years in most cases, along a familiar route with its usual bumps and terra firma. DAY – 1 at NDA Our course-mates travelling from across the Globe – Gurgaon, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore , Pune, Middle East, Malaysia, Nigeria and so on converged at the India Squadron on the morning of 14th June. Some of our course mates had gone that extra mile to plan and implement multifarious activities with panache and aplomb – reception, information folder, Photograph CD, the Golden Jubilee T-Shirt for Gents and Reunion mugs for the ladies, NDA Darshan, Golf/tennis/swimming/riding, museum visit, boating etc. There were many children (and grand children), too, to lend youthful exuberance and vigour to the proceedings. Lunch was served at the Cadets Mess resplendent with its antique chandeliers and stuccoed walls. The interiors were a marvel of architectural elegance. More than two thousand cadets are served meals at any one time thanks to the automated kitchen. There was a sense of déjà vu as we chatted incessantly exercising our vocal chords to near deafening decibel levels at times, pausing in between to click photographs with mobiles, high resolution cameras, a

far cry from the box cameras ('Sureshot' I think was a popular and cheap brand then) that the privileged ones used half a century ago. We did not fail to take cognizance of the 'Hat and rain cape' stands where many belts and berets invariably got 'exchanged' (euphemistically speaking!). As we emerged from the front entrance of the Cadets' Mess, one could not miss noticing a very tall pole anchoring the National Flag that fluttered aloft majestically. This was a recent addition. We walked down towards the Delta Squadron (the erstwhile Bravo Squadron) to visit the Tiger Hill Memorial that was dedicated to our alma mater by our 28th NDA Course in 2006 on the occasion of our fortieth anniversary of commissioning as officers in the Indian Armed Forces. This Monument - "Capture Of Tiger Hill" - depicts the capture of this strategic feature by the Indian Army during Op Vijay of the Kargil War. As we walked back to India Squadron via a circuitous route viz along the erstwhile Golf and Hunter Squadrons (now Foxtrot and Golf Squadrons), a sense of nostalgia engulfed us – the same fall-in area, where our Squadron Drill was also practised, the same markings on the tarmac, the same aroma that wafted through the air around us and the same course-mates walking with us ! Somewhere time had stopped. NDA Darshan was organized in buses during the post lunch session on the first day: Gole Market – Equitation Lines – Peacock Bay – Swimming Pool – Interim Officers Mess – India Squadron. That was an occasion to showcase the NDA ambience to our ladies and describe what their husbands had purportedly gone through. After a quick shower (no longer uninhibited!) and change, we drove to the Habibullah Hall to take active part in a special entertainment program organized by one of our course-mates. Musicians Vishal and Shekhar had the audience, the younger generation in particular, vibrating with vivacity and gyrating with gaiety as their troupe belted out high decibel but popular Hindi movie hits under dazzling strobe lamps (the psychedelic lighting didn't entirely find favour with some of ourgeneration populace!). After the musical extravaganza, dance and dinner followed at the Interim Officers mess. “If music be the food of love, play on” was the refrain as we led our partners (in life) to the dance floor to prove that we were still in step with times. After drinks ('Sprite' for sprightly people like me!), dance and dinner (not necessarily in that sequence), it was time for a post-prandial session with our course-mates and their ladies were on the lush green lawns of the Officers Mess. It was also an occasion to catch up after eons and recount certain unforgettable moments of the past. The lawns overlooked the swimming pool which was witness to our mandatory 10 metre jump from the diving board in one of our terms (was it the fourth?) at the NDA. I was no great swimmer and I recall the ascent to the diving board for the 10-metre jump with trepidation and with butterflies in my stomach! The jump seemed to have a “high degree of difficulty” that is actually quantified for diving! 'It is only a jump and no acrobatic manoeuvres are involved” I kept telling myself as I executed the jump - Splash followed by plummeting vertically down the pool , resurfacing, swimming ashore and feeling like a hero. That was in 1964. We

narrated this to the unsuspecting ladies and also about how we were the targets of the “Treat them rough and make them tough” philosophy, endemic to the NDA ethos, and how we had donned the 'riding rig and chindit order' with a bi-cycle lifted aloft for balance! More anecdotes and tales bordering on razor sharp adventure kept the ladies and children engrossed for a while but later translated to the involuntary expulsion of air from the lungs (Yawn! Pardon the circumlocution). The excavation of reminiscences ceased, good-byes and Thank-Yous were exchanged and the buses hurtled towards 'I' squadron. It was the end of an exciting day – rebonding with friends and comrades-in-arms. DAY – 2 at NDA Day One helped us reconnect with friends including their families to pick up the threads from where we had left off in the mid-sixties. Day Two bolstered consolidation and leveraging of this rapport. Day Two also saw us split into different groups early in the morning, which made sense as there were different activities planned – Some were looking twenty years younger in their riding breeches as they headed to the Equitation lines for an hour of riding while others, aficionados of Golf in the Tiger Woods genre, were promenading in front of I Squadron carrying their Golf Sets and waited for their four ball partners. Some of the ladies were reclining on the sofas in the groundfloor-lobby browsing through the news dailies and sipping tea. The Bravo Squadron guys including me decided to go on a Wild Life tour. That was the intent. We got into a SUV to go on that memorable drive – Pashan Gate – Water Point – Gole Market and back. We climbed to the top of the Water Point to get a panoramic and breathtaking view of the NDA. As we drove back, we paused to take pictures of peacocks, deer and a Fox (to qualify for the Wild Life appellation!). After a sumptuous breakfast at the Cadets' Mess, we proceeded to the Hut of Remembrance, built by NDA cadets in 1956-57, to pay homage to those alumni who had laid down their lives in the service of our Country. It was an occasion marked by solemnity and sobriety as the 28th course officers and their ladies marched in slow procession to the sanctum. Wreathes were placed earlier in the Hut. The next destination was the Habibullah Hall again, this time for the address of Commandant NDA, after a brilliantly articulated preamble by one of our course-mates. The Commandant made no secret of his admiration for our course-spirit and camaraderie. He mentioned that the 128th NDA would be joining soon! A NDA film “Standard Bearers” was then screened to showcase the ecosystem obtaining at one of the best military Institutions in the World in terms of the infrastructure, sports facilities, the training regimen and, last but not least, the bonding and teamwork that are nurtured. A photo slide-show titled “Blast from the past” took us fifty years back in time to our SSB days and connected the dots, spanning half a century, and highlighting sporadic activities and events. The venue shifted to the Peacock Bay next where boating trips were arranged for some of us while others guzzled you know what on the banks of the

Peacock Bay. These activities, whatever the nature, whetted our appetite. Squadron Photographs and Corps/Regiment photographs with the ladies were clicked followed by a lavishly laid out lunch. The Regimental dinner at the Cadets Mess was the high point of the day's activities. The evening program was anchored by one of our course-mates with his customary joie de vivre. Most of us danced with abandon to the strains of the NDA Band, while others were seen to be engaged in animated conversation seated outside the Mess on the lawns. “Music when soft voices die vibrates in the memory”. Adieu We salute the organizers (my course-mates mainly) for their planning, co-ordination, implementation and their eye for detail to make the Golden Jubilee Celebrations a grand success. The two plus days spent at the NDA will find a special niche in our hearts and will be emblazoned in the annals of the twenty eighth course history. 2016 will be another watershed for us. The nostalgic trip over, I was back to Ground Zero at Narsapur – equally exciting and buoyant!!!


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career path BVRIT PLACEMENTS

2012

TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SUCCESSFUL BVRITIANS

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Smt. B. SEETHA POLYTECHNIC PLACEMENTS

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Events during the previous Quarter

Mr. A. Vamsi

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MAHINDRA SATYAM

CSE CSE CSE CSE CSE CSE CSE Chem BME BME BME

POSTGRADUATES

Club In'QUIZ'itive COMPUTER 2.10 LACS SCIENCE PER ANNUM CORPORATION

Supraja Ayyamgari Jagadishwara Ponnada Somnath Gajula Bollampalli Sowmya Nethi Potu Tejaswi Dodda Alakananda Yanna Nagavelli Wood Pranitha Radhika Shiradkar

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BRIDGING THE GAP

2012

IN VARIOUS COMPANIES

NETENRICH 0.84 LACS

Charishma Allada Anupama Chintakindi Sreedhar Shambuni Kavya Kamidi Sravani Nanabala Vasanth Kalikaya Srikanth Mandala Krishna Prathapaneni Thumpuru Varada Trilok Koppella Vamsi Bharath Vadlamudi Deepak Sethunath Gopal Vuppala Ashish Veeranki Manoj Barthipudi Santosh Nakirikanti Nithya Alle Prasanthi Malladi Supriya Munagala Sindhura Varanasi

A.L.KISHORE, Associate Prof, BVRIT

1.44 LACS PER ANNUM

Mr. M. Sai Kumar

Mr. A. Sravan Kumar

Mr. S. Rafi

Mr. M.V.D.Nageswara Rao

Mr. P. Swamy

Ms. G.L.N.V.S.Ratnamala

Ms. U. Lakshmi Naina

Mr. V. L. Subrahmanyam

Ms. Sk. Parveena

Ms. Sk. Parveena

Mr. T. Siva Prasad

Ms. U. Lakshmi Naina

Ms. TRND Chandini

Mr. T .Brahma

Ms. M. Lakshmi

Mr. V. Pardha Sai

Mr. T. Vishnu

Ms. M. Usha

Mr. R. Chiranjeevi

Mr. T. Mahesh

Mr. K. Shiva Dheeraj

Mr. V. Pardha Sai

VMC

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V. INFOTECH 0.96 LACS PER ANNUM

Ms. M. Usha Ms. K .Madhuri Ms. M. Lakshmi

Ms. Ch. B. Vardhini Ms. M. Sai Madhuri

Mr. G. Jaya Prakash

Ms. P. Srujaneswari

Mr. R. Bhaskara Kiran

Mr. E. Sai Babu Mr. K. Ravi Raja Mr. N. RamaSatyanarayan

Mr. G. Vivekananda

College level Quiz Competition (for Hostellers): More than 60 teams participated in the event. The First Prize was Rs. 1000/- and the second prize was Rs. 600/-. The entire event was made of three rounds – A screening test, Visual Round and the FINALS. A special CASE STUDY Training was conducted in three sessions for all the Hostellers who reached the final round of DELOITTE. Campus Recruitment.

Training for the HR round of TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES were given for about 30 Hostel students

The final BVRIT students got themselves ready for Campus Recruitment with training from Eliphose and Productivity Reach. Hope this training will improve their performance during their selection process.


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NATIONAL INTEGRATION CAMP

Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure & Eco Tourism

I'm eager to share my life-time experience at the Sikkim Adventure Camp – A camp the only one of its kind aimed at developing skills & promoting self confidence in each one of the volunteers. Our 10-day camp included 4 types of adventures – Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Obstacle Course and Trekking. The Training is offered by Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure & Eco Tourism positioned at 4000ft above sea level, and founded by Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs: Government of India.

Our third adventure was high altitude trekking. We started with Rock Climbing. A 65 foot vertical Rock Our trek path is from Damthang to Tendong Monastery. was our target to climb with just a Rope & of course a Trekking to Tendong hill takes about 3 hours on a foot path climbing kit. Before climbing we were already taught to through the thick forest. The trek offers singular trace the pits and lands of the Rock. Owing to the rains, the experience of varied vegetation & exclusive fauna. But the rock became so slippery that all the pits & pinch holes only disadvantage is, it being a leech infested forest, were enclosed with mud and moss, making it all the almost everyone had leeches crawling over our skins. On difficult to reach the top. So my climbing over the rock was the first day of trekking we reached the Tendong not easy & I had to endure slipping twice, at last I reached Monastery which was at an altitude of 8530 ft high & we the top. stayed there that night. The very next day, we altered the path & reached Samdruptse Hill & from there to Our second adventure was Rappelling. Damthang. Rappelling is a controlled descent down a rock face using a rope. Our task was to rappel down from a 165 foot high altitude rock. To rappel down we had to reach the top of the rock. But reaching the top proved to be more difficult than rappelling, & took us over 2 hours. By using a climbing kit we reached the top & rappelled down achieving the dual task of Climbing & Rappelling.

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Our fourth adventure was obstacle course. An obstacle course has a series of challenging physical obstacles. This course takes us through running, climbing, jumping, crawling & balancing elements with the aim of testing speed & endurance. A setting similar to those erected at defence forces training centre was set up at the base camp, 'The Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure & Eco Tourism'. The flexibility of our muscles was put to test, and though we were exhausted, the sense of achievement was quite refreshing.

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The camp ended with an outing & closing ceremony. We went to visit the Rock Garden, Coffee Garden & Siddheswara Dham. The Coffee Garden was quite enchanting, where we collected some coffee seeds & made Black Coffee. Of all the scenic beauties, the Siddheswara Dham was the most amazing. It is a temple of Lord Shiva, with a large statue of Meditating Shiva. We were spell bound at the enormity of the statue, which is one of the largest statues of Lord Shiva in India

Rappelling down from 165 foot high altitude rock

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obstacle course at Base Camp

At the closing ceremony, we had the opportunity to meet an Everester, Mr. Quasi Sherpa who delivered a scintillating message about a “Sound Mind is a Sound Body� & shared his own experience of hardships & endurance.

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Closing Ceremony The camp is sure to have a long-lasting impression on me and my friends. It boosted my confidence and taught me to endure and overcome hardships. The experience we gained there is treasured.

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TRAIN THE TRAINER @ BVRIT, Narsapur Confederation of Indian Industry, Andhra Pradesh in association with TMI e2E Academy organized 6 Day Intensive Faculty Development Program on Andragogy, Pedagogy and facilitating skills between 1015, September 2012 at Padmasri Dr. B V Raju Institute of Technology (BVRIT), Hyderabad. The objective of this workshop was to train the faculties on learning principles, domains of learning, Blooms Taxonomy, process of implementation & facilitation, Learning & instruction styles and Learner evaluation, floor management and Pedagogy techniques. About thirty faculties from prominent colleges across the state have participated in the Workshop. This programme was aimed at training candidates for the role of “Trainer (Generic Facilitating Skills / Pedagogy)”, and by the end of the program developed the key competencies that are mandatory for effective teaching.

Mr. Govindarajan S.M, Course Director, TMI e2E Academy Pvt Ltd. and Mr. Brijendranath Singh, National Head Training, TMI e2E Academy facilitated the sessions.

Anjani Group and Dr. T S Surendra, Principal, BVRIT. Mr. Rajanna & Mr. Muralidharan handed over the certificates to the participants. The participants highly appreciated the program and mentioned that the program is extremely useful and would help them excel in their role as a faculty.

The Valedictory session was addressed by Mr. V Rajanna, Convener, and Education & Skills Panel, CII AP & Vice President & Regional Head, TCS – Hyderabad, Mr. T Muralidharan, Chairman, TMI Group, Dr. M Radha Krishna, Director, SVES & CIO,

About MICROSOFT INNOVATION CENTRE Madhuri says,”it provides us a good opportunity to learn various new technologies and to know the real corporate world. It gives us an insight of being in a team working with people from varied backgrounds with similar focus”.

Anusha says, “For us, MICROSOFT provides a wide range of opportunities to work with upcoming tools and latest technologies. It has improved our knowledge in all aspects and helped us to work on projects that deal with problems related to real world scenarios”. Aishwarya says “As a student I am very passionate about technology & BVRIT MICROSOFT alliance provides a great opportunity in that. An amazing team, an energetic environment and passionate staff who help us in every aspect of our development. Definitely a great place to work in!!! “

YESTERDAY TODAY & TOMMORROW Contributed by Spurthi ( BME) and Vivek (ECE)

Evolution is the essence of mankind. Life has evolved from a single cell to the numerous organisms that we see around us today. It is a never ending process, making microscopic progress everyday.The theory of evolution can be applied to every facet of our lives- the most remarkable of all being the evolution that technology has brought with it.


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express yourself Encouraging Creativity A.L.Kishore, , Associate Professor, BVRIT

New ideas are the lifeblood not only in our business but also in our active life. Creativity is one of the factors that distinguish a smart student from a good student. it is important to be creative and to be truly innovative. But creativity and innovation are not the same. Creativity is all about new ideas, whereas innovation is putting those new ideas into practice. Here are some ways to help generate new ideas:

About Padmabhushan Dr. B V Raju Knowledge Centre

Fantastic Initiative, Great Service to Community. Keep it up. V Rajanna, Vice President, Tata Consultancy Services

Encourage your TEAM Encourage your team members to come up with new ideas and let them suggest a better / smarter ways to be innovative. You need to be open-minded and encourage their input.

A Wonderful Programme.

Brain Storm Brainstorming is one of the best ways to tap new ideas. This could involve family, friends and other team members. The purpose of a brainstorming session is to produce a bunch of ideas. It is quantity, not quality that is important during Brainstorming. Ideas could be refined later.

Ask For Opinions We can hire experts or you could simply seek opinions from someone who knows absolutely nothing about your business. We get so involved in what we are doing, that often we can't see another way of doing things. There are times when we need to step outside our own environment because sometimes ideas used in one trade can be adapted to another.

Re-educate The Mind Unlearning is all about relegating old ideas and being open to and exploring something that lies underneath the judgment, underneath the right and the wrong. If you are willing to make a personal commitment to perpetual re-education, you'll reap the rewards.

Googling There is a wealth of information on the Internet and most of it is free. Search other areas of business rather than just your own as you might be able to adapt a totally unrelated idea.

Linda Fellag lfellag@ccp.edu

Excellent source of learning science and computer subjects. The initiative is service oriented and very useful to near by schools. Dr. B. Chenna kesava Rao, PRINCIPAL, CBIT, Gandipet, HYDERABAD

An excellent idea . Girija Nagaswami (USA)

You can often find ideas in the most unlikely places.

What we are today comes from the thoughts and actions of YESTERDAY. India has an amazing history and culture that the whole world looks up to. In the past, the great scriptures, puranas and epics like Mahabharatha, Ramayana were written on the Thala pathralu and Thaati aakulu. They are the irreplaceable jewels in our culture. Messages were conveyed on these leaves through a personal messenger of the king in the olden times, sometimes even with the help of the pigeons. Yesterday is the past, tomorrow is the future, but TODAY is a gift. That's why it is called THE PRESENT.

Everything today is written and printed in books. Apart from books, we also have the option of sharing content and information online. This is the drastic transformation that computers have brought with them. The world today is a small place to live in. The social networking websites and Internet have further added up to this revolution. Communication has never been easier, networking has never been cooler. Today's generation can be re-iterated as the I-Generation. The advent of Apple and the success of I- Gadgets like i phones, i pods, i pads et al is seen exclusively in the western countries like the United States of America. This mania is slowly seeping into Indian market as well.

Yesterday is but today's memory, and TOMORROW is today's dream. In future, we should not be surprised if I pads are used even to teach the Kindergarten students. It would be a contemporary event if a kid would forget to do maths on his i pad just because he kept it for updating the software to a better version! Technology would hopefully enable us to break the barriers and seep in through the rural areas too where it is utmost required. Great people like Steve Jobs had the vision of seeing what the future would look like. They dreamt of the future and made it happen by giving in the best to each and every moment of the present.


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BVRIT Students make history as they enter the Guinness Book of World Records. COVER STORY It was indeed an experience of a life-time for the 148 strong BVRIT Game-changers – the estudiantecontingent - from Hyderabad who kept their tryst with destiny on 21st and 22nd Sep to embark on their eighteen-hour marathon of coding at Bengaluru. The BVRITians had earlier breezed into the Coding arena with their trademark panache and aplomb, on 21st Sep forenoon, to participate in the epic mission conducted as part of the Microsoft's Windows-8 App. Fest. Ours was the largest contingent from A.P. and the second largest among the twenty Colleges from across India. Over 2000 developers – professionals, freelance developers, students and just about anyone with a passion for Microsoft technologies- converged at the venue to kick-start the greatest show on earth in the coding 'firmament'. And true to the hype generated, as many as 2567 applications were created by the 2K protagonists. Out of these, the judges, after hectic validation, verification and parleys, picked out eight winners! And two of them were from

BVRIT, II year CSE (A)- Jadhav Amarnath for his 'Sketch 2 ink' and Ms Anusha T. Rao for her app. titled “Blush”. We salute these two myriad minded geniuses who have done BVRIT proud. We also commend the efforts of all the students who took part in the App. Fest and found their niche in the Guinness Book of World Records. That was not all. Four of our III year IT students – Aishwarya, Anusha, Madhuri and Manogna – set the venue on fire when they were selected as Microsoft Student Rockstars and given trophies. The movers and shakers of BVRIT were privileged to rub shoulders with the Who's Who of Microsoft - Mr. Jon DeVaan ,Corporate Vice President ,Microsoft and Mr.Bhaskar Pramanik ,Chairman ,Microsoft India. It was a rewarding and one-of-a-kind experience for all as they returned to their Base with trophies and Guinness-Book-of-Record Certificates.

Vice Chairman at the MIC Summit in Spain

The BVRIT show stoppers came, saw and conquered to set the World on fire!

STUDENT’S TAKE STUDENT’S ARTICLE SECTION

IMPORTANCE OF POLYTECHNIC EDUCATION India is a growing economy and many new job avenues have emerged in the recent past like tourism, electronic media, sports, fashion design, hotel management etc. However, when we talk about professional courses, medical sciences and engineering courses dominate as the most secured career options. Now- a-days there are a few career options available directly after SSC, particularly in professional courses like diploma in engineering offered by Polytechnics. More than 40 percent of our population is young. There is no shortage of man power in India, but definitely there is dearth of SKILLED man power. Government of India has taken some positive steps like increasing the budget allocation

to education sector, to set up 1000 new polytechnics across the country to develop technically skilled manpower.

What is Diploma in Engineering? Diploma in any branch of engineering/technology is usually a three year program and it covers the subjects like Basic Sciences/ Applied Sciences, Applied Technology, Soft Skills, and some interdisciplinary courses along with 2-3 specialized courses in a particular branch. At present the polytechnic education in the state has semester pattern that splits the number of subjects in a year into two examinations per year thus reducing the burden of studying more syllabus .


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WHY POLYTECHNIC? As far as the post SSC technical courses are concerned three popular options are available: 1. ITI 2. IVC 3. DIPLOMA IN ENGINEERING

Therefore, for a student who wants to make his/her career in engineering, the polytechnic education is the best and an early option. It not only offers better job opportunities at the age of just 18 years, but also gives opportunity for higher studies in a cost-effective manner.

However, a candidate doing diploma in engineering from a polytechnic has a greater advantage of vertical mobility in his/her career. There are number of jobs available at supervisory level for such candidates in Government and Private Sector. Supervisory jobs come in the mid-range between executives and workers. Working standards stipulate the ratio of engineer to supervisor as 1:6.

HOW TO GET THERE? The admissions to the first year of diploma courses in polytechnics of our state are made by Commissioner of Technical Education, Andhra Pradesh. CTE conducts CEEP (COMMON ENTRANCE EXAM INTO POLYTECHNICS) Entrance Test in the month of April/May every Year. After securing Rank in CEEP, the students join polytechnic through Web based Counseling. Opportunities are plenty, paths are many, and those who opts high really reach higher planes . So best wishes to all aspirants for a prosperous career

Smt B. Seetha Polytechnic, Vishnupur, Bhimavaram

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Ten Communication Tips to Help in Your Personal and Professional Lives.

COMMUNICATION

TIPS

LISTEN

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Listening is the most powerful communication tool. Really listen. More often than not you're waiting for your turn to talk and you're not really listening. Active listening means to lean forward, acknowledging the person through body language – nodding and smiling – and repeating what you think you heard.

How often do you hear or say, “S/he just doesn't communicate”? Or, “We have a communication problem in the department”? Communication – both written and spoken – is where the world revolves and we're number one in that revolution. When we communicate openly and fully – defining our wants and needs in simple and concrete language – we accomplish more, make more money, avoid misunderstandings – we hope – get jobs done faster, and avoid myriad mistakes at home, in the community and at the office. These Ten Tips will prove helpful when you're talking to people on the phone, in a meeting, at your desk and over the counter.

ASK

OPEN ENDED QUESTIONS

Chaos reigns in many offices: a few people doing too many tasks. When you prioritize your projects you are able to focus on your results. Get the most important task completed early in the day if possible; then cross it off in your list. Then go to the next important one.

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Too often people speak in generalities that leave the interpretation of the message up in the air. Eliminate vague and general terms like “soon,” “later,” “always,” and “never.” Be specific: “In two hours,” or “by the end of the working day tomorrow,” or “on the 15th by noon.” “Always” or “never” are seldom just that. Instead of, “You always do ,” say, “I've noticed you have come in late the last three days in a row.” Instead of, “You never get y,” say, “you need to submit your projects on time from now onwards.”

Instead of a question that requires a “yes” or “no,” ask, “How can I explain the process better?” “What questions still remain that need to be addressed before we leave?”

TIME ”NO”

PRIORITIZE YOUR AND PROJECTS

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WHEN ITS APPROPRIATE

You're working on a project that your boss says needs to be done by the end of the day. Someone in the department needs your help on his/her task. What do you do? You say “no” to that someone; tell them you have to complete one project by the end of the day, and when time permits or opens up, you will help. If not, recommend some options: another person, a temp agency, or a later completion time.

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When you get feedback that will help you the next time, be open to those comments. Most recommendations from others will bring you greater success in the future.

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“I” twice as often as “you”

When you put yourself into the equation as to your interpretation, your intention, your understanding, and not the other person's, then you take out their defensiveness. Instead of, “Your behavior needs to be improved.” (Whatever “improved” means. ) Say, “I recommend you brush up on your time management skills: Get your projects completed early in order to help your team and yourself.”

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GO

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You're in a hurry, your team mates are in a hurry, your manager is in hurry, someone's in a bad mood or you've had a wretched day. When a slight comment comes your way, let it go. Most of us don't intend to hurt people's feelings. There will be times when you say something that is taken wrong: apologize and move on. If it happens to you, do the same. You live with your co-workers 40+ hours a week; you need them and they need you.

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UP IN

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MEETINGS

People can't read your mind. Show your team that you have valuable input and that you are a valued participant.

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STICK TO YOUR

Your value system is vital to your well being. Stay true to yourself in every situation at work, home and in the community; Your self confidence and your soul depend on it. The truth wins out. Be good to yourself: you matter the most .


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ABODE of HAPPINESS THE GREEN MEADOWS “How does it feel to own a house?” The answer differs from person to person. Though I don't ever remember staying in a rented house, I cannot claim living in my own one too, because I inherited it from my father & grandfather. But for the first time I'm going to live in my own-earned domicile! Well believe it or not, every time this idea flashes through my mind I get goose bumps. So it's easy to i m a g i n e h ow s o m e o f my colleagues, who have often been bullied by their house owners, feel, when they are becoming owners themselves for the first time. The feeling goes somewhat like this - A sense of achievement mingled with the flavor of freedom, tinged with seducing thrill and excitement, and finally topped with slight nervousness. Well I shall explain the nervousness a minute from now. I have elucidated how t he f irs t-timers and t he

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second-timers feel. The third group comprises the many-timers for whom owning another house is an added asset to the existing ones. So, the thrill-graph is slight. This may be the situation at any place – other than THE GREEN MEADOWS. Here the exhilaration is always at its peak - whatever t y p e o f ow n e r yo u a re a n d whichever type of house you own, from Type I to IV. Of all the campuses coming under SVES & BVRF, Bhimavaram campus is known for its scenic enchantment. And, THE GREEN MEADOWS is the crowning glory of Bhimavaram campus. To put it straight, I shall use old “Onida's” tag line – “Owner's Pride Neighbor's Envy”. The Green Meadows comprise a single junction with paired houses standing back-to-back on all the four sides. The simplicity of the plan is so awe-striking that it's hard to believe the structure houses 80

residences. The water bodies flanking the front and back of the colony not only contribute a periodic gushing of cool breeze, but also adds to t he scenic classiness of the meadows. And as customary to Bhimavaram campus, the beautification program is already underway. It's easy to fall in love with the white, pink and yellow flowered plants in front of each residence and the sapling of a tree planted in the façade of each villa. The entrance, broad roads, trendy streetlights, s p l e n d i d e l ev a t i o n o f e a c h dwelling, the colony as a whole – are convincingly a privy catch in a sub-urban town like Bhimavaram. And getting back to that nervousness part-as the saying goes – building a house and marrying a daughter is never easy (Illu katti chudu-pelli chesi chudu). The want is ever growing and you can never satisfy either com pletely. But t he sight of children playing on the roof, the

The Question English prove that (2/10) = 2 1. The art Student : “This is out of Syllabus” 2. The Commerce student “this is wrong” 3. The medical Student “It is wrong how it is possible” 4. The engineering student 'It is so easy” (2/10) = Two/Ten

T is Common, Hence w o/en Now “w” is the 23rd letter and “O” is 15th similarly “E” is 5th and “N” is 14th Hence w o/en =(23+15)/(5+14) =(38/19) =2 Engineers are never worried about the answer, they will only ask which answer you want.

compiled by M.V. Satish Raju II B Tech (Mech) VIT

IEEE & ISTE Member, BVRICE

Alphabet English was introduced in England in the fifth century AD. The teutonic tribes introduced the Anglo-Saxon futhorc runic alphabet when they settled in England. Later the Christian missionaries introduced the Roman alphabet. In course of time, the Roman alphabet replaced the Old English alphabet with the exception of a few letters. In the year 1011, a writer named Byrhtferð revived the Old English alphabet for numerological purposes. He listed the 24 letters of the Latin alphabet. The letters u and j, as distinct from v and i, were introduced in the 16th century, and in this way , originated 26 letters of the alphabet.

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view of the whole campus in the lighting, the cool zephyr from the lakes, the very idea that both your families (Good guess – your college) are always within your sight, drive away all the hassles bothering you. THE GREEN MEADOWS has strengthened the bond between the foundation and me. I'm looking forward to when the colony will be bustling with people and my c o l l e a g u e s l i ve by m e a s neighbors, and my family GROWS. And for now I take a deep breath and a smile leaves a crevice on my lips, which deepens with a p r o f o u n d s e n s e o f SATISFACTION!

S. Ramya I EC B

BY STUDENTS

D. J. Nagendra Kumar

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PADMABHUSHAN Dr. B.V. RAJU KNOWLEDGE CENTRE

TOMORROWʼS

BVRIT Campus, NARSAPUR, Medak PADMABHUSHAN Dr. B.V. RAJU KNOWLEDGE CENTRE is successfully completing the second year of its presence. This would not have been possible without the cooperation between our Management and all the schools. The forthcoming events that are planned by PDBVRKC for the schools for this academic year are given below.

WORLD

MATHS LAB As part of its brand new initiative, it is proposed to introduce a “MATHS LAB” for the academic year 2013. It is in the final stages of its completion.

QUIZ COMPETITION

COUNSELING

ELOCUTION

Screening test - Eligibility to enter into preliminary rounds Last week of September 2012

COUNSELING SESSION for class X students on February 2013.

ESSAY WRITING & PAINTING /DRAWING Competitions on February 2013.

Preliminary rounds- October 2012, Semi finals: November 2012 & Finals: December 2012

VISHNU PUBLIC SCHOOL MATHS LAB The independence Day was celebrated on a grand scale at Vishnu Public School, BVRIT campus, Narsapur. Mr. C.R.Reddy, Director of Reddys Labs was the Chief Guest. He applauded the students for displaying their skills in an impressive manner.

As a part of conservation and protection of the environment program, the students of VPS took to tree plantation in the school campus.

Bhanu Prakash, ECE, BVRIT

The High School students took part in the Science exhibition at Sangareddy in August, 2012 and got greatly inspired.

A Gourmet's delight @ Bhimavaram

LAUGHING IS NO CRIME…..

FRESH CHOICE Absent Minded Professor: One of the world greatest scientists was also recognized as the original absentminded professor. One day, on board a train, he was unable to find his ticket. The conductor said, Take it easy. You'll find it. When the conductor returned, the professor still couldn't find the ticket. The conductor, recognizing the famous scientist, said, I'm sure you bought a ticket. Forget about it.

You're very kind, he said, but I must find it, otherwise I won't know where to get off.

Blonde calls Air India. "How long does it take to fly to Amritsar?" "Just a sec," says the operator. "Thank you." says the Blonde and hangs up.

Do you know what Blonde will do after taking Xerox? He will compare it with the original for spelling mistakes!!


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Quest GOD for particle Rohit Raj III ECE A -VIT

Snap shot of the collision

The Camera at LHC, CERN, Switzerland

For the past so many centuries, scientists have been in the hunt for the nature of reality. We learnt, over the period of time, that the substances are made up of atoms which in turn is made up of smaller particles called Quarks and Leptons, which are now considered as the fundamental particles of the universe. But all this while, we didn't know the fundamental reason for the existence of the fundamental quantity, “Mass”. So WHAT IS MASS? A 6th class student will tell us that mass is the quantity of stuff in a substance. But what if we plunge further in the quest i.e. ask ourselves what creates the mass? This was one of the challenging questions for which the scientists were breaking their heads. In 1964, Peter Higgs and Satyendra Nath Bose filled the missing block in the puzzle with their theory. We all know from the big bang theory that the universe evolved from a state called “Singularity”. For those who just stepped into the land of physics here is what singularity means. Singularity is a state where all of the stuff in the universe is constrained in a single point which is smaller than an atom. Let's come back to our Mass topic. In order to explain mass, Peter Higgs predicted that during the formation of the universe a field called Higgs field evolved. EDITORIAL CREDITS

It's the interaction of the particles with this Higgs field that led to the creation of mass.

What took so long or why is the Higgs particle so hard to find?

Let me explain with an example. Suppose you plant a bomb on a boat which is on an ocean, and when this bomb explodes, fragments of the bomb are thrown away randomly in all the directions, some towards the sky and some into the ocean. The fragments that penetrate the ocean layer finds it slow when compared to the particles that are thrown into the air, this is due to the interaction of the particles with the ocean water.

It's due to its unstable mass. This particle splits itself into smaller particles in a fraction of time soon after it is formed, which makes it hard for the LHC to catch a glimpse of this God Particle. So they tried this first by the increased high energy collisions of the combinations of Proton-Proton and Anti-proton –Proton . The 60 mega pixel camera of LHC which takes about 40 million photos per second enables the scientists to predict the mass of the particles from the trajectories of the particles, which is released after the collision.

Similarly, when the big bang occurred some fundamental particles interacted with the Higgs field while some particles as Photons didn't. Just like the fragment from the bomb which got slower, the interaction of the particles of the Big Bang with the Higgs field led to creation of an effect called Mass. The more these interact with the Higgs field the more is its mass. But until July, this was a theory that the scientists believed in but it was still hypothetical. During the 1920s and 30s began the age of particle smashers, highly accelerated photons are collided in the quest for the understanding the nature of reality. But the race for the Higgs particle was won by the Geneva's LHC( Large Hadron Collider). This particular majestic machine can take us back about 10^-12 to 10^-14 seconds after the Big Bang.

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Mr P. Srihari Raju, SVECW

LHC organized two groups of scientists to analyze the data from the two detectors of the 27km circle. Surprisingly both the teams found particles that had mass which are exactly equal to the mass predicted by Peter Higgs and Satyendra Nath Bose for the Higgs- Boson particle. And thus the party began and the news spread like wild fire all over the world. I remember the question posed by my sister to me “How does this Higgs –Boson help common man?”. Well, what do you think? Its what we are, the evolution of the man from apes to Rocket scientists happened only due to the three letter word that we think again and again.”WHY?”

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