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Course cursor: Why India needs skilled Geodesy experts



Geodesy, a part of metrology is the science of measurement of earth. The subject helps us to understand the shape and size of the earth.

“From designing a town to constructing the roads, the application of Geodesy is needed everywhere,” says Balaji Devaraju, assistant professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Kanpur. The course, recently introduced at IIT Kanpur will create a skilled workforce to serve the growing geospatial sector in India, which is estimated to grow 13.8% and is worth US $1.1 billion.

The Civil Engineering Department of IIT Kanpur has launched a one-year diploma in Geodesy. The course will have three major areas – Geodesy, Navigation and Mapping, and Remote Sensing and geographic information system (GIS). The diploma programme is aimed to serve working professionals.

Currently, more than 150 geospatial-related projects are being run by the Indian government. The geospatial technologies are being used for projects including Ganga cleaning, mapping health and education schemes in the country and more.

“India would need more trained workforce in this sector to serve the ongoing and upcoming infrastructure and telecommunication sectors, online maps for directions, and mapping of natural resources,” he adds.

“In view of the estimated growth rate in the next 3-4 years, close to 12 lakh skilled professional would be needed to serve the sector. They will be doing jobs related to data capture, data processing, data modelling & analysis, and application development,” says Agendra Kumar, president, Esri India, an end-to-end Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) solutions provider.

Absence of professional courses

There are close to 25 colleges providing formal education in this subject. Highlighting the need for strengthening the overall learning, Kumar says that the gap will be bridged by increasing the number of colleges offering the course and introducing specialisations in the existing departments.

As per the current strength, educational institutions can produce only 1000 professionals every year and there is a need to have more skilled graduates, adds Kumar.


One can seek a job in this field by pursuing either diploma, degree, or postgraduate courses. “After the course completion, candidates can get a job in various fields including highway authority, road and dam construction companies etc,” says Kumar.

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Assam Special TET notification 2021 released, apply here




NEW DELHI: AXOM Sarba Siksha Abhiyan Mission, Assam has released the notification for Special Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) Exam for Lower Primary Teachers.

The Special TET (Lower Primary Level) will be conducted for all contractual employees engaged from time to time/presently working under various interventions of SSA, Assam (except TET qualified teachers both SSA Contractual and State pool) having requisite eligibility & qualifications as per NCTE norms and who were issued Unique ID from the concerned district.

Eligibility Criteria for appearing in the Special TET

1) Candidate must be permanent resident of Assam.
2) Candidates who has worked/are presently working under various interventions of SSA, Assam and who were issued Unique ID from the districts and having minimum academic & professional qualification.
Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education OR
Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and 4-year Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed) OR
Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and 2-year Diploma in Education (Special Education) OR
Graduation and two year Diploma in Elementary Education (by whatever name known).

Structure and content of Special TET, Assam (Lower Primary Level)

S. No. Subject No. of questions Marks
1 Child Development & Pedagogy 30 MCQs 30
2 Language I – Assamese, Bengali, Hindi,
Bodo, Manipuri, Garo, Nepali, Karbi, Hmar
30 MCQs 30
3 Language II – English 30 MCQs 30
4 Mathematics 30 MCQs 30
5 Environmental Studies 30 MCQs 30

* All (150) questions will be MCQs type; each question will carry 1 mark.

Duration of Examination: 150 minutes for Paper – I, Additional 20 minutes’ time will be there for visually impaired candidates.

Minimum Marks for Qualifying in TET: A candidate is required to score at least 60% i.e. 90 marks out of 150 to qualify the Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET). However, for SC/ST (Hills)/ST (plain)/ OBC/MOBC/PWD (PH), there will be relaxation of 5%. Thus, for these candidates, qualifying score will be 55% i.e., 83 out of 150.

Examination Fee will be

S. No. Category Fees
1 General Category Rs 500/-
2 SC/ST(P)/ST(H)/OBC/MOBC/PWD(PH) Rs 300/-

Steps of submission of online Application Form and examination fee are

1) Visit the official website or for online application.

2) Click the link “online application for Special TET”.

3) Download Instruction Manual.

4) Read carefully the Instruction Manual on how to submit the online application form.

5) Fill up Online application form Upload Passport size colour Photo, Signature, Professional Qualification mark sheet etc.

6) The candidate has to pay the fee through online banking/ credit card/ debit card etc. He/she can take print out of the online application form.

Here’s the direct link to apply online

Assam Special TET

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Centre approves financial package for Aligarh Muslim University




ALIGARH: The Union government has sanctioned a financial package for the Aligarh Muslim University to take care of its pressing monetary needs, an AMU official said on Thursday. The University authorities, however, did not give the exact quantum of the package approved by the Centre for the varsity, saying the same is being calculated.

The Centre has also decided to pay a sum of over Rs 14 crore of the varsity’s House Tax to the Aligarh Municipal Corporation, which had got the AMU’s SBI bank account seized due to the default in its payment, AMU Registrar Abdul Hamid said.

“The university received an official communication from the Ministry of Education and the University Grants Commission on Wednesday,” said Hamid.

“The communication informed the varsity that all its requirements pertaining to the retirement funds and allowances of its teaching and non-teaching staff have been fully restored,” he added.

The university’s academic programmes have been facing a major threat due to the financial cuts as funds meant for salaries for junior and senior resident doctors of its hospital too had been blocked for several months, the varsity registrar said.

These funds too now have been sanctioned in the present relief plan, he added.

The registrar expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Education Minister for conceding this long-standing demand of the university.

Prime Minister Modi had last month attended the AMU’s virtual centenary celebrations. He is the first prime minister in 56 years to attend an AMU event and address the varsity.

When contacted, AMU spokesman Prof Shafay Kidwai told that the issue pertaining to arrears in different retirement benefits to employees had been in the limbo for about three years and the university had been urging the government to release these funds.

“The letter received by the AMU yesterday has mentioned that the ministry had in principle agreed to the demand pertaining to arrears of teaching and non-teaching staff besides those pertaining to the junior and senior residents employed in medical faculty,” he said.

“The exact amount of the financial package is being worked out and the university will immediately release these arrears funds as soon as it is received by it,” he added.

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ICFAI to organize 11th Foundation Day lecture




HYDERABAD: The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (IFHE) will be organizing the 11th Foundation Day Lecture virtually on the topic “Living in the World of Exponential Technology and Diigitalization” on January 22.

The lecture will be delivered by Venu Srinivasan, Chairman, Sundaram-Clayton Group, which includes TVS Motor Company, one of the largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India, and also among companies that manufacture automotive components in India. He was the President, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) for the year 2009-10.

Srinivasan has an engineering degree from the College of Engineering, Chennai and a Master’s Degree in Management from the Purdue University, USA. In recognition of his contribution to management, he was conferred with “Doctor of Management” by his alma-mater, Purdue University in 2014. Srinivasan had also received Doctor of Science honors from the University of Warwick in 2004 for his contribution to manufacturing, R&D, technology and quality excellence. IIT Kharagupr conferred him ‘Doctor of Science’ in 2009.

The event will be presided by C Rangarajan, Chancellor, IFHE, and Former Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India.

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