Archive - December 2017

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The advantages of strong industrial collaborations
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The rapid transformation of the Indian agriculture industry
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Cracking the code to GATE 2018

The advantages of strong industrial collaborations

Companies and educational institutions are involved in some way or the other since long. Industrial collaborations are incredibly important for the holistic development of students in any college or University. From getting practical experience to gaining mentors to getting useful insights into one’s chosen industry, industrial collaboration is extremely helpful for students. A good, reputed university must tie up with well-known local companies to help students get internships and full-time job offers.

The advantages of strong industrial collaborations

Practical experience

Practical experience is extremely important to help students bridge the gap between theory and practice. No matter what the field, is; Engineering, PR, marketing, publishing, Computer Science, or finance, each require students to an idea about what the real world looks like. Students with practical experience have an advantage over their peers from the same field.

Build confidence

Working in a real company as full-time or a part-time job is a great way to build confidence. Students are often scared or apprehensive about their first full-time job. An industrial collaboration allows students from a university to get their first real job experience. This helps them gain confidence and realize that they have chosen the right career path.

Foot in the door

Students with an opportunity to learn about their chosen field first-hand have a foot in the door when it comes to future employment opportunities. They come to know and understand the requirements of a potential employer. It’s a much bigger advantage than many students and colleges realize.

Mentoring opportunities

An industrial mentor can be very helpful in teaching a student the ropes of a business. A software engineer who is just starting out in the field can benefit greatly from a mentor who can teach him about the kind of projects that the company works on, the skills required, and so much more. First-timers in the PR industry can benefit from learning how to deal with clients, respond to requests from news reporters or deal with social media issues.

Gain invaluable experience

For a student, the experience is worth more than money. It opens up many doors for him. Students join a good university for a better future. And if the school ties up with well-known industries, the n students can take its advantage with placements, short-term as well as long-term internships. A school can offer more exposure and experience to its students by having solid industrial tie-ups.

Networking opportunity

Networking is an essential skill that each student must develop at some point in his or her career s. Therefore, the earlier they learn how to network, the better it is. Industrial collaborations can teach students how to network while offering them great networking opportunities. No matter what the size of the company is, or which it operates in, there is always an opportunity for a student to network and learn something new.

Experience on resume

Industrial collaborations are essential for students to gain experience because this makes it easy to get placement opportunities. Internship opportunities mean that students have something to put on their resume once they apply for a full-time job. A resume needs much more than just volunteering experience and extracurricular activities. Experience on the resume can make a student stand out from the crowd.

The rapid transformation of the Indian agriculture industry

Agriculture is the backbone of our nation. Since years, the farming community and agriculture have contributed majorly to the Indian economy. Majority of rural India is engaged in agriculture and farming. From cash crops to food crops, the Indian farmer is knowledgeable in all types of crops.

The technological advances in the recent years have also impacted agriculture positively. These technologies have benefitted farmers immensely by revolutinising the way they produce and sell their agricultural products. Let us look at how technology and research and development are helping farmers throughout the country.

transformation of the Indian agriculture industry

Economic support to farmers

Farmers are reeling under crippling debt. Recognizing their problem, the government has taken various initiatives to reduce their debt. This helps farmers focus on their primary activity, agriculture. From debt forgiveness to loan schemes and tax-free agriculture income, there are various benefits that farmers can get. Not just that, government officials are actively trying to inform the agriculture community of about various schemes.

Use of technology

The farming community is slowly becoming tech-savvy. Smartphone usage has increased considerably among the rural communities. It has enabled farmers to be more aware of how to use technology for better farming practices and  helped them get in touch with various supporting organizations across the country. From opening a bank account to checking the weather, farmers have become more efficient in sowing, ploughing, planting and harvesting crops.

Better platform for selling agriculture products

India is a country of 1.2 billion. The population will continue to increase and so will the demand for food. Keeping an entire country fed is no small task. Farmers are increasingly becoming more aware of the current market trends and price their products accordingly. Whether it is fruits, vegetables or grains, farmers are now equipped with enough knowledge to price their products fairly.

Improved agriculture methods

With global warming affecting every industry, agriculture and farming have not been spared. Drought is a common problem for Indian farmers. However, farmers are increasingly adopting new methods of irrigation, such as drip irrigation and rainwater harvesting. They are using new techniques to ensure higher crop yields. Farmers are also decreasing the use of pesticides and insecticides, and increasing the use of organic manure to fertilise the soil. The end result is an abundant crop, which is free of chemicals and the farmers are economically better.

Looking at the agriculture industry in India, it is easy to say that there is a lot of scope for the younger generation. Agriculture is not just about farming anymore. It is about researching new ways to help farmers get a better yield from their crops. It is about research and development of new crop varieties to ensure that the end product is high in quality and safe for the population to consume.

Cracking the code to GATE 2018

The top engineering institutions in India conduct the GATE or the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. Institutions conduct this exam on a rotating basis. Admission into a post-graduate program, including a Master’s or a Ph.D. program requires a good score on the GATE exam. It is essential to give yourself enough time to prepare for the exam. The ideal preparation time is anywhere from three to six months. However, it depends entirely on how well prepared you are.

Unraveling the mystery of GATE 2018 prepBefore you start studying, you should know what topics you need to focus on. The first step, after registering for the exam is to read the syllabus. Then figure out the topics you find easy and those you find difficult. See which topics have more weight on the exam and prepare accordingly. Also, find out which topics have the maximum questions in the exam so you can focus more on them.

Fundamentals are key

If your fundamentals are clear, then preparing for the exam will be much easier. Thousands of students appear for the GATE each year. Proper preparation is the key to ensure that you score in the top percentile. With clear fundamental concepts, you will be able to study better for the exam. With a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, most students appearing for the GATE will have a rock solid foundation.

Previous exam papers

GATE question papers from the previous exams are available online. The wise thing to do is to gather question papers relevant to your niche. While preparing, or once you’re over with all the topics, go through the previous year’s exam papers. These exam papers are as close as you can get to the actual exam.

Timed practice

Time management is incredibly important in the GATE exam because the test is taken under timed conditions. If you cannot solve a problem within a given timeframe, you may miss out certain questions. Learn to answer questions under timed conditions while you are studying for the exam. This will make s time management easier during the actual exam.

Follow a timetable

A timetable is essential while preparing for the GATE. Once you have read the syllabus and gone through the topics, make a timetable which you can use to study for the next four to six months. This timetable will be your guiding light. It will make sure that you study each topic thoroughly and do justice to it. While studying, highlight important notes and concepts so you can review them later. You can also create reference notes. This will make it easier to review or revise any topic right before the exam.

Preparing for the GATE requires a lot of focus and attention. There are thousands of students preparing for the exam in any given year. You are competing with the best of the best in the country.

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