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Engineers told to explore the world of science


YOUNG ENGINEERS must explore the world of Science and Technology and continue to educate themselves throughout life, said Balakrishna, associate director, IISc, after inaugurating the academic programmes of the city-based C.M.R. Institute of Technology.

He stressed that budding engineers should pursue higher education and contribute to the development of knowledge base. By 2019, he said the capabilities of the computer will multiply immensely.

Earlier, he felicitated the CMRIT team "Team Overcast" for emerging as the runners up in a global-level competition conducted by Microsoft.

Releasing the newsletter, "Jnanadhara," Indian Semiconductor Association president Poornima Shenoy said there were ample opportunities for young engineers to excel in the semiconductor industry.

IIM's going global

The Indian Institutes of Management are truly going global. IIM Bangalore's annual management fest, Vista 2005, being held from October 28 to 30 will have international events like Foursight — the case competition, Bzzwings, the B-Plan competition, Manifestations — the research paper competition and Forex-the online trading game.

Participants will include international B-schools such as Dartmouth, UCLA, London School of Business and institutions from Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

Prakash Apte, Director, IIM-Bangalore, says: "The event has been a regular feature since 1998 and the theme for Vista 2005 is `India Inc: Dream, Explore, Discover''.

It will seek to analyse the performance of Indian industry and create a road map for future. The theme will act as the anchor holding the verticals together in reaching the final answer."

The theme summit will be inaugurated on October 28 evening by Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Ltd. followed by a talk by ISRO Chairman Madhavan Nair.

The keynote addresses on October 29 will be in the form of panel discussions between NASSCOM President Kiran Karnik, ABB Managing Director and Vice-Chairman Ravi Uppal and Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon Kiran Majumdar Shaw.

The student organisers of Vista said over 400 students from 70 B-schools and 200 from various undergraduate colleges across the country will participate in the competitive events.

The corporates, who have agreed to participate include American Express, Hindustan Lever Ltd, Tata, ICICI Ventures, Ramco Systems, Freescale, Mckinsey, CavinKare, Cognizant Technologies, CII , Taj Group and Blue Dart.

Bal-net for BU

The Bangalore University's initiative to develop a "Bangalore University Academic Library Network" switched to top gear with the launch of a training programme on Library Automation and Networking.

University Registrar R.M.N. Sahai, who inaugurated the programme here, said "BAL-NET" should emerge as a "virtual library" which could be accessed anywhere in the world by Bangaloreans in particular.

He called for the full support and cooperation from the principals of all affiliated colleges.

Mr. Meher Siddhartha, main architect of the New GenLib library software, said Indian libraries required a software of international standards at affordable rates.

RASHEED KAPPAN

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