Techfest to work with IRCC to transfer IIT-B tech to industries

IIT-B will be working closely with its Industrial Research Consultancy Centre during the annual tech festival starting from Friday

A unique initiative to transfer technologies developed at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) to the industries, Techfest-2010, will be working closely with the institute's Industrial Research Consultancy Centre during the festival starting from Friday.

Techfest-2010 will include several activities including lectures by eminent scientists worldwide, exhibitions, and some other features like techno-entertainment 'Technoholix' and interactive installations from around the world, called 'scintillations'.

The exhibitions, which will be held at Powai (Mumbai), would include some of the best global exhibits including those from the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition-UK, ETH Zurich-Switzerland, Indian Navy, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) who would be giving demonstrations on some disaster management techniques.

"With over 25 exhibits from over 15 countries, exhibitions at Techfest will be bigger than ever," said Nikhil Kashid, one of the student organisers.

The biggest draw at Techfest for students this year will feature a multitude of competitions with international participants, ranging from the best in robotics to ones with social objectives like developing devices that run on renewable sources of energy.

Technoholix will showcase the best in techno-entertainment at the end of every day and will include a breathtaking performance by 'Mountain Bike stunt group-M.A.D' from UK, display of urban acrobatics and extreme martial arts by Nexus Europe and a unique fire and pyrotechnics display by dynamic fire troupe, Pa-li-Tchi from the Czech Republic.

Scintillations will be a brand new segment of Techfest 2010 and will consist of interactive installations from around the world. Scintillations will consist of The Sunlight Eiffel, FlickrGettr, Light Ripples and Discovery Dome.

Techfest will also have lectures by experts from Google, the Large Hadron collider and developers of Wi-Fi, Mr Kashid said.


AI-IA merger done in haste, says Parliamentary panel

The decision to merge national carriers Air India and Indian Airlines was taken in haste, without required consultation and homework, says the Parliamentary panel headed by Sitaram Yechury

A Parliamentary Committee on Thursday said that the decision to merge national carriers Air India and Indian Airlines was taken in haste, without required consultation and homework, reports PTI.

"As a result, the entire process has, in fact, been unduly delayed, if not derailed," the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture has noted. The Committee looked into the merger of the two airlines and its impact on the domestic aviation industry.

"In the process, it has given rise to so many problems concerning financial, administrative and operational (issues), which could not be foreseen by the people who took this decision," the Committee said.

The Committee, headed by senior politician Sitaram Yechury, felt that these inherent contradictions of human resources and aircraft type existing within the National Aviation Company of India Ltd (NACIL), the entity formed after the merger, have become a major stumbling block in achieving the required economies of scale and increased leverage.

While Air India has a Boeing-based fleet, Indian Airlines primarily has Airbus jets and the engineers and operating crew of the two carriers are not equipped to service both aircraft types.

Both Air India and Indian Airlines had drawn up their own aircraft acquisition plans before the decision on the merger was taken, further impeding the process, the Committee noted.



Shadi Katyal

7 years ago

It was well known that Indian Airline was loosing its shirt to Jet airways and Air India was already being rejected even by educed Indians. 70% of foreign traffic was in hands of all foreign carriers.
The service and rudeness abound as both lines are PSU and India never utilized all the positions given to them as they lack new planes.
Most of the experienced pilots left for either foreign airlines or Jet airlines.
The commitee who promoted this joint venture has no experience and doubt if they can even read a business report or would know losses witten under different names.
We have to face that India must get rid of these lines otherwise these elephants and Unions will continue to run it into losses.
Air India has to rebuild it reputation and train staff to learn behavior. One is surprised that these people living in foreign9 countries are still very rude .


7 years ago

It was not only a hasty but ill advsd one. It was trying to mix water n oil to produce milk. The bashing it is (Air India) is receiving from Print n is hurting us -all oldtimers of AI. Has these guardians of National Interest ever checked how much money has gone down the drain in other PSUs. e.g take ITI how much financial support has been provided in the last 5 years to this PSU. I am not complaing about it. But then why hammer Air India? There is a lot that can be said and written. Just see what ex MD mr. Thulasidas is now saying in his publicopen n restricted communications.

NHAI to open bidding for road projects worth Rs25,000 crore in Feb

NHAI’s 15 road projects worth Rs25,000 crore will come up for financial bidding this February

National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is expected to open road projects worth Rs25,000 crore for financial bidding in February.

According to industry sources, NHAI will open financial bidding for around 15 road projects, worth Rs25,000 crore, in the second week of February. These 15 projects include a good mix of both annuity-based as well as toll-based projects. The value of the annuity-based projects could be as high as Rs2,000 crore each. Similarly, each toll-based project value would be about Rs1,000 crore.

All these projects are being planned across the country with no specific concentration in any particular state or region. Many of these projects would involve conversion work of two lanes to four lanes and six lanes. Some of them are also likely to be four-lane roads being converted to six lanes. The qualification procedure has already been completed for these projects.

With just two months left for the end of FY10, more road projects are likely to come up for financial bidding. Major road development companies expect a large number of projects to be awarded before March this year.

Kamal Nath, Union minister for road and transport, plans to achieve a target of 20 km of road development per day by April 2010. The minister has set a target of 7,000 km of road development per year for the road ministry. Moneylife had earlier reported on the minister’s plans to invite bids for road projects worth $20 billion to meet this ambitious road development target.




7 years ago

It seems more than 6 months will be reqd. for award

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