This 21-year-old Delhi boy got a Rs 1.25 crore placement offer from Uber

21-year-old Sidharth, a computer science engineering student has been offered the job of a software engineer at the Uber’s San Francisco office. He will get an annual package of Rs 1.25 crore with other benefits.

In picture, 21-year-old Sidharth ( Image source- HT)

In picture, 21-year-old Sidharth ( Image source- HT)

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A student of Delhi Technology University (DTU) has received a placement offer of Rs 1.25 crore from Uber.

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21-year-old Sidharth, a computer science engineering student has been offered the job of a software engineer at the Uber’s San Francisco office. He will get an annual package of Rs 1.25 crore with other benefits.

“It was a delight to have received the job offer and I am now looking forward to move to San Francisco,” Sidharth.

“I had actually done a seven-week internship with Uber earlier. So this is a pre-placement offer that I have received. Along with me, I think there is someone from one of the IITs,” he said.

Sidharth is an alumnus of Delhi Public School and had cleared the class 12 examinations with a glaring marks of 95.4 per cent. After clearing theJoint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main, he took admission into Delhi College of Engineering.

Sidharth told HT, “From the beginning, I wanted to do computer science engineering and with my score I was not getting the subject at any of the IITs. Moreover, I love Delhi and did not want to move from here,” he said.

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The best cybersecurity advice from experts at RSA

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Come to the RSA show, and you’ll find plenty of cybersecurity technology. The top vendors from across the industry are here, showing products for fighting ransomware, preventing data breaches and more.

But even the best security software is useless if users and businesses aren’t taking the right steps to protect themselves. So we asked experts at the show for their best cybersecurity tips.

Joe Stewart, director of malware research at Dell SecureWorks 

He advises everyone to set up two-factor authentication to protect their internet accounts, especially email. It can be particularly useful when stopping hackers who are trying to steal login passwords from users, whether through malware or email phishing schemes.

Even if the hacker manages to loot your passwords, two-factor authentication ensures you’re still protected from all but the most sophisticated attacks. Access to your account will require another form of authentication, such as your fingerprint or a text message from your mobile phone.

“This would stop most of these fraudsters cold,” Stewart said. “Because they are not operating on that level, with things like banking malware that can manage to bypass two-factor authentication.”

“This would cut out most of the business email compromise right there,” he said.

Mike Sentonas, vice president of technology strategy at CrowdStrike

Businesses need to first think about what assets they’re trying to protect from cyber threats, as opposed to blindly buying the latest security products, Sentonas said.

Those assets might be your staff, your intellectual property, your customer database, or something else. “Everybody has something of value,” he said. “Understand what you have that’s valuable. And then understand where it is, and who has access to it.”

“That’s going to generate conversations around: ‘Do we need education? Do we need people to come in to help us build a stronger architecture?” Sentonas said. “It’s not always about buying the latest and greatest widget. Sometimes, it ends up there. But it shouldn’t be the starting point.”

Mike Buratowski, vice president of cybersecurity services at Fidelis Cybersecurity

Many people still think hackers will never target them. But that assumption is wrong, Buratowski said. “Everybody’s information is valuable,” he said.

Although people don’t need to be paranoid, they do need a healthy sense of awareness that cyberattacks are real and often involve hackers trying to exploit gullible victims, he said. For example, employees are often quick to respond to email phishing schemes, thinking the message came from a legitimate source.

“The person on the other end may not be who they say they are,” he said.

Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer at Veracode

Don’t completely trust the technology. That includes the software and internet services you use or buy. For all you know, none of it is secure, and it may be easy to breach, Wysopal said.

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Puducherry seeks exemption from NEET: CM Narayanasamy

“We will not be able to accept NEET based selection as schools in the Union Territory are not fully equipped to adopt the CBSE syllabus, which is the criterion for NEET based selection for medical courses”, Narayanasamy said.

In picture, Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy (File photo)

In picture, Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy (File photo)

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Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Wednesday pleaded to centre to exempt Puducherry from NEET based selection for admission to medical colleges during the 2017-2018 academic year. “I have written a letter to the Centre, making this plea,” he said.

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Presently, admissions to medical colleges, including privately managed institutions in the Union territory, are carried out through the Centralised Admission Committee on the basis of marks scored in the plus two public examinations. Besides a state government run medical college, there are seven private institutions in the union territory.

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Narayanasamy recalled that a resolution tabled by him on the floor of the assembly on January 24 on the matter had been adopted unanimously and it had since been sent to the Health Ministry to exempt Puducherry from the NEET purview.

“We will not be able to accept NEET based selection as schools in the Union Territory are not fully equipped to adopt the CBSE syllabus, which is the criterion for NEET based selection for medical courses”, Narayanasamy said. He said he would reiterate the plea during his coming visit to Delhi and meeting with the Union Health Minister.

Narayanasamy said air service from Puducherry would be revived soon and Air India had come forward to operate the service from Puducherry to Bangalore via Tiruchirapalli. The expansion of the runway would be taken up once land needed for the purpose and which was in the territorial limits of Tamil Nadu (the airport is close to Tamil Nadu border) was available from the neighbouring state.

“We will work out necessary modalities and logistics to operate the service between Puducherry and Bangalore through negotiations with Air India in New Delhi shortly” the Chief Minister said.

Read: NAAC to provide 2-year extension to higher education institutes with good grades

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Tokyo wants to make Olympic medals from old smartphones

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Japan will kick off a drive this week to collect old smartphones and other portable gadgets so that they can be turned into medals for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

The project will be launched on Thursday by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government with a goal of collecting up to 2 million used devices to recycle.

Gadgets like smartphones contain small amounts of precious metals in their chips and circuit boards. The quantities are tiny but they’re valuable enough to make recovery worth the expense.

In the case of a smartphone, there’s about 0.048 grams of gold, 0.26 grams of silver, and 12.7 grams of bronze. To make the roughly 5,000 medals that will be awarded in 2020, organizers will need 10 kilograms of gold, 1,230kg of silver, and 736kg of bronze. (The amount of gold is much less because those medals are plated and not solid gold).

The campaign is asking citizens to turn in used smartphones, digital cameras, video cameras, audio players, portable game devices, remote controls, electronic calculators, GPS units, and AC power adapters.

While the project will begin small with a single collection point at a convenience store in the Metropolitan Government building, it will go national in April when consumers will be able to donate used gadgets at 2,400 shops of mobile phone carrier NTT DoCoMo

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IITs to come under Single Engineering Entrance Exam from 2018

The ministry has decided to conduct single engineering entrance test every year and it will be designed in a way that the linguistic diversity of the country is taken into consideration

IITs to come under Single Engineering Entrance Exam

IITs to come under Single Engineering Entrance Exam

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On the lines of NEET-examination, a single engineering entrance examinations will be conducted for admission into engineering colleges from the academic year 2018-19.

It is learnt that the coveted IITs, for which a nationwide competitive examinations are held, may also be brought in under the ambit of the new test.

HRD sets stage for one engineering entrance exam:

The HRD ministry has recently asked the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to explain and mention suitable norms for holding such an exercise.

The HRD ministry has told the AICTE that the proposal is in line with the government’s policy and it could incorporate suitable regulations to enable the holding of such a test, sources said.

The AICTE, oversees the aspects related to technical education in the country, had discussed at a recent meeting proposal for having a single entrance test for engineering colleges for undergraduate courses

Single Engineering Entrance Exam to be conducted multiple times every year:

The ministry has taken this decision to bring in greater transparency, maintain higher standards and also try to ensure that students are saved from the burden of taking too many tests, the sources said. The ministry is also in favour of seeking constructive suggestions from states and Deemed Universities for the successful holding of such a test, they added.

It has also been decided that the single entrance test would be conducted multiple times every year and it will be designed in a way that the linguistic diversity of the country is taken into consideration, the sources said.

A common NEET exam for admission to medical colleges already exists, but there are a number of exams for entrance into engineering colleges.

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IITs to come under Single Engineering Entrance Exam from 2018

The ministry has decided to conduct single engineering entrance test every year and it will be designed in a way that the linguistic diversity of the country is taken into consideration

IITs to come under Single Engineering Entrance Exam

IITs to come under Single Engineering Entrance Exam

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On the lines of NEET-examination, a single engineering entrance examinations will be conducted for admission into engineering colleges from the academic year 2018-19.

It is learnt that the coveted IITs, for which a nationwide competitive examinations are held, may also be brought in under the ambit of the new test.

HRD sets stage for one engineering entrance exam:

The HRD ministry has recently asked the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to explain and mention suitable norms for holding such an exercise.

The HRD ministry has told the AICTE that the proposal is in line with the government’s policy and it could incorporate suitable regulations to enable the holding of such a test, sources said.

The AICTE, oversees the aspects related to technical education in the country, had discussed at a recent meeting proposal for having a single entrance test for engineering colleges for undergraduate courses

Single Engineering Entrance Exam to be conducted multiple times every year:

The ministry has taken this decision to bring in greater transparency, maintain higher standards and also try to ensure that students are saved from the burden of taking too many tests, the sources said. The ministry is also in favour of seeking constructive suggestions from states and Deemed Universities for the successful holding of such a test, they added.

It has also been decided that the single entrance test would be conducted multiple times every year and it will be designed in a way that the linguistic diversity of the country is taken into consideration, the sources said.

A common NEET exam for admission to medical colleges already exists, but there are a number of exams for entrance into engineering colleges.

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School under serious allegations, Delhi High Court seeks response from government

Apart from receiving donation from the stake holders for admission, the school is also facing allegations on ground of fraudulent activities in connection with the scholarship amount given to poor students.

Delhi High Court

Delhi High Court

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Following the various irregularities and the alleged collection of donation from parents by the staff of certain government schools for smooth admission, the Delhi High Court has sought a response from the government on whether it has made any inquiry on the matter or not.

The lawyer representing Delhi government was asked by Justice Manmohan of Delhi High Court to take instructions on why the Directorate of Education (DoE) has not till date complied with the high court’s direction of August 24, 2016.

The High Court in August last year issued a direction to inquire into the allegations against a government-aided school and listed the matter for hearing on March 1.

More on the news:

  • The court was hearing a plea filed by advocate Anup Kumar Das, seeking contempt action against the DoE official concerned and the chief secretary of Delhi government for not carrying out the inquiry and taking a decision within three months as was ordered by the high court in August last year
  • According to the petitioners, Arun Kashyap and M R Mahapatra, even the office of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had written to DoE in January last year to conduct an inquiry into the allegations and give a report within 15 days, but nothing was done
  • Thereafter, they had moved a plea in the high court for directions to DoE to take action against the school and its staff and it was on this petition that the August 24, 2016 order was passed.

More allegations

Apart from the aforementioned malpractices, the school is also facing allegations on ground of fraudulent activities in connection with the scholarship amount given for uniform and stationery to poor students.

The school administration was also accused by the petitioners of continuing to claim from DoE the salary of a head clerk who had gone on medical leave and subsequently joined a private firm.

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BEd degree holders from J&K institutions will now be able to teach in Bihar

On Friday, the Bihar cabinet gave a nod to an education department’ proposal of making some necessary amendment in the Secondary and Higher Secondary Teachers  Rules. The proposal was to facilitate the validity of the BEd degrees obtained from the educational institutions under University of Jammu and the University of Kashmir.

BEd degree from J&K institutions now valid in Bihar

BEd degree from J&K institutions now valid in Bihar

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On Friday, the Bihar cabinet gave a nod to a proposal of the education department regarding making some necessary amendments in the Secondary and Higher Secondary Teachers (Recruitment and Service Conditions) Rules. The proposal was to facilitate the validity of the BEd degrees obtained from the educational institutions under the University of Jammu and the University of Kashmir.

According to a TOI report, after the approval, the Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree from the aforementioned universities will now be valid in Bihar for appointment of teachers in secondary and higher secondary schools. The cabinet meeting was presided over by CM Nitish Kumar.

The Bihar government had earlier refused to recognise the BEd degree from any institutions of Jammu & Kashmir on the plea that northern state does not come under the purview of the National Council for Teachers’ Education (NCTE) that regulates teacher training in the rest of the country.

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Road Development Vision 2020

The Bihar cabinet also approved a ‘Road Development Vision-2020’ for the expansion of road infrastructure across the state.

“Under the Road Development Vision-2020, all state highways would be widened to minimum of two lanes, while all long-distance district roads would have a minimum width of 5.5 metres,” Principal Secretary (cabinet secretariat) Brajesh Mehrotra told reporters after the cabinet meeting.

He said that renovation will be done for all the dilapidated and narrow bridges/culverts on the roads and RCC bridges would be built for all state roads and major districts roads with regular traffic density.

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76 per cent students from this university suffer in basic English language skills

A survey conducted by a group of students came across that 76 per cent of students from Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) suffer problems in English language skills.

76% students from this University suffer problems in basic English language skills

76% students from this University suffer problems in basic English language skills

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A survey conducted by a group of students came across the fact that 76 per cent of students from Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) suffer problems in basic English language skills i.e. lack of vocabulary, grammatical problems, and problems in sentence formation.

Details of the report:

  • The survey was conducted by the Progressive and Democratic Student Community (PDSC) between October and November 2016
  • A total of 410 students were surveyed
  • The students were from BA, MA, MPhil and PhD batch
  • “A total of 76 per cent students from government schools face problems related to basic English language skills i.e. lack of vocabulary, grammatical problems, and problems in sentence formation and so on. On the other hand, students from private schools face problems with academic jargon, complexity of ideas and lack of confidence among others,” the group noted according to an Indian Express report
  • As per the reports, “The purpose of such a survey is to remind students, professors, and the administration that the question of language is extremely sensitive, pervasive and complex.”

Students who are affected by this problem include:

  • Women and those from ‘lower’ castes, in particular the poor, Dalit, Bahujan, Adivasi
  • “This creates a sense of deficiency and inferiority amongst them within the campus. Thus, it is evident that the question of language is a question of social justice,” the group included.
  • 70 percent of men are affected, while the count rate for women is 82.3 per cent
  • source”cnbc”

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What startup sector expects from the Union Budget 2017

TNN | Updated: Jan 30, 2017, 10.25 PM IST

With the Union Budget 2017 scheduled to be presented in two days, every sector is busy preparing a wish list. While, the NDA government has often displayed its focus on developing the startup sector, the entrepreneurs still believe that they face few roadblocks which should be removed in this Budget.

Last year, even the CEO of Niti Aayog Amitabh Kant had emphasized on the need for the government to recognize the true potential of startups and create a conducive environment for them to grow.

The Budget, which will be presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 1, has sent the startups into a tizzy.

Here are some of the key expectations that industry stakeholders have from Budget 2017:

Arun Bhati, COO and Founder, Orahi

“Incentives for Digital payments is very critical for the growth of cashless transactions. Existing surcharges in uploading money in wallets or paid to credit card and debit card companies only discourage people. Expecting this budget to provide all incentives to go cashless

2015-16 has seen thousands of startups, Startup India is an excellent initiative that has helped startup, however 3 years of tax rebate does not help much as at takes at least three years for a startup to get to a viable level. Govt, should increase tax rebates to 5 years for startups, so that they can re-invest savings into the company”

Rashi Menda, CEO and Founder, Zapyle

“The Indian economy was growing at a rapid pace registering GDP growth of around 7.6% and then the brakes came on as a result of the unexpected demonetisation announcement. The decision though commendable from the combating black money aspect, has caused significant liquidity issues in the economy. Government is making conscious efforts to become cashless economy – this will be very beneficial for ecommerce businesses. Also, to reduce the imported products they might increase the IT, but GST will help luxury business survive it gets passed this year.”

Himanshu Bindal, CEO & Founder, One Internet:

“We expect this years budget to be start up friendly specially because of demonetization. Tax exemptions through online payments such as net banking, UPI, credit and debit cards are likely. A large percentage of Start-ups & SMEs in India are still facing funding shortage thus they are not able to scale up. An efficient policy framework is required to support this sector that will create swift, easy and efficient loan options for SMEs and Start-ups.”

Sandeep Aggarwal, Founder, ShopClues and Droom

“In the coming years, internet can become a $3 trillion industry as it was designed to be autonomous and free by nature. We should be restricting rules, policies, and definition that restrict the natural growth of industry.

India must enhance various policies to ensure that capital in easily accessible to entrepreneurs. Having said that, government should not intervene when it comes to funds or bank loans. Rather, entrepreneurs should be provided easy access to seed funding, VC funding and angel funding.

 source”cnbc”