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Course in `Road Technology'


HUGE INVESTMENTS in various road infrastructure development projects have triggered a big demand for civil engineers with adequate knowledge and experience in the areas of Highway Engineering and Road Technology.

Civil engineering graduates without appropriate experience or training find it difficult to get jobs in these organisations. This has resulted in large number of unemployed or underemployed fresh civil engineering graduates. To bridge this gap, the Visveswaraiah Technological University (VTU) has stepped in with a new postgraduate certificate course on "Road Technology."

The job-oriented course is of six months duration and will be conducted by the university at the Road Institute, IR Rasta in the city from August 16. Students will be selected on the basis of the marks scored in the Civil Engineering degree examination or equivalent (such as Section B - examination of the Institution of Engineers, India) and an entrance test to be conducted by the university on July 11.

According to VTU registrar, M.S. Shivakumar, the thrust of the PG course will be "to impart knowledge through a well planned curriculum, teaching and examinations and also intensive practical training with the help of excellent infrastructure facilities and competent teachers and professionals as guest faculty at the Road Institute."

The students will be required to carry out a project for six weeks in actual road project work. "The VTU and the Institute will provide necessary guidance and help to the students to get suitable employment, on successful completion of the course," he said.

The prospectus and prescribed application forms can be obtained from the VTU Regional Office at R.V. Teachers' College building, 2nd Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore - 560011 (by enclosing a bank draft for Rs. 100, payable to finance officer, VTU, Belgaum). The last date for submitting completed application forms is June 30. For more details, call 226563266.

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E-PULSE, THE course initiated at the city's R.V. College of Engineering by Oracle India Development Centre, has completed its fourth year at the institution. Several students were trained in the latest technologies through this industry-academia partnership.

According to Oracle officials, the accent of the course is on the practical use of new technologies. Using the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) framework, the course is designed to include presentations with a balanced mix of theory and practice. The course is meant for sixth semester electrical science branch students and fourth semester MCA students.

The selection procedure involves an entrance test on C and Data structures. About 150 students wrote the entrance this year and the top 40 students were selected. Among the technologies covered by the course are: Oracle tools and techniques, database primer, SQL, Java / J Developer, JDBC, Servlets, JSP, XML and XSL, EJB, web services and UDDI. The duration of the course is about 50 hours of theory and practical classes after college hours, three days a week.

Rasheed Kappan

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