Explore further More information: www.festo.com/cms/en_corp/9617.htm Festo, based in Denkendorf in Germany, worked with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation in Stuttgart to design the robotic arm, known as the “Bionic Handling Assistant,” as a project of Festo’s Bionic Learning Network. The arm was designed specifically to be safe when interacting with humans, which the company believes will make it useful in locations such as medical centers, manufacturing plants, mechanical repair workshops, schools, and in the home. The bionic arm is the future of prosthetics, and it’s here today © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Robotic arm shaped like an elephant’s trunk (w/ Video) (2010, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-robotic-arm-elephant-trunk-video.html The gripper at the end of the arm has a novel shape consisting of three fin-shaped fingers constructed from compartments that collapse when the fingers enclose an object, trapping it. The FinGripper design means very little force is required to grasp objects, again reducing any risk of injury. The FinGripper is already being tested on production lines, and three different sizes are being developed, to handle objects from a grapefruit size down to hazelnut size.The Bionic Handling Assistant has been nominated for an award in the Deutscher Zukunftspreis (German Future Award). Previous robots designed by the Bionic Learning Network include other examples of biomimicry such as penguins, jellyfish, aquatic rays and flying fins. Inspired by the elephant’s trunk — a high-tech helper for industry and the homeTeam from Festo and Fraunhofer IPA nominated for “Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2010” The trunk-like arm is made of soft, compliant segments that were created from a polyamide using 3D printing technology, and is driven by a pneumatic system of tiny air chambers lining the interior of the arm. The air chambers are arranged in two rows and are inflated sequentially to provide the required movements. The arm is arranged in three segments to provide S-curve dexterity, and because the air chambers in the segments can be inflated separately, sections of the arm can be made to bend in opposite directions. The gripper is moved by means of air chambers in a fourth segment of the arm, known as the hand axis.The arm has numerous resistance sensors that detect collisions and limit its movements when it senses contact, and this should make it safe for human interaction. Image credit: Festo. (PhysOrg.com) — A German automation company has come up with a new design for a flexible robotic arm, taking inspiration from the trunk of an elephant. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
(PhysOrg.com) — Many 40-something surfers become six year olds when seeing spiders, snakes, and insects in machine form. They either think the machines are scary but funny or at the least entertaining. A group of artists are giving them plenty to screech and talk about this month. The Mondo Crew is part of eatART of Vancouver, British Columbia, the collective of artists, designers and builders who make large- kinetic, robotic, and mechanized sculptures. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The fitting name for this project, and the snake, is Titanoboa. Artist Charlie Brinson thought of the idea of building Titanoboa after learning about the discovery of fossilized remains of the actual Titanoboa. This was an enormous prehistoric snake that lived 60 million years ago. He assembled a team and they began building a replica of Titanoboa this summer. The machine continues to be developed. The Titanoboa project seeks to reincarnate the beast as an amphibious, electromechanical serpent machine designed to provoke discussions of our changing climate and energy use in a historical context. This giant reincarnation, so the project vision goes, will roam the earth terrifying and enlightening those who dare to ride the snake and fear and contemplate the future of our planet. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: Snake-alike Titanoboa robot is beyond eek (w/ video) (2011, November 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-snake-alike-titanoboa-robot-eek-video.html Largest prehistoric snake on record discovered in Colombia (Video) As a work in progress, the team mates working on the snake have numerous items on their agenda. Titanoboa’s design specifications include five different modes of motion, dynamic internal lighting, a scalable Lithium polymer battery system, multiple Arduino Mega micro controllers, controllable by rider or remotely, and automated eyes and jaws.The group will make the “snake” more lifelike by working on a more polished-looking skin. Scale design and manufacturing will get under way next year. In future builds, the Titanoboa will feature a saddle mounted on top of the machine. The machine, with its hundreds of individual parts, will require skilled rider control. Another goal is to make the mechanical snake able to glide under water.The project goal in a broader sense, according to the site, is to create something that ignites technical learning on relevant technologies. Brinson, project lead, has had support on the project from students as well as a diverse team of professionals spanning disciplines.Brinson successfully launched this as a Kickstarter project in the summer and raised over $10,000 for his sculpture project. He explained at the time that the Titanoboa project seeks to reincarnate this beast as an electromechanical serpent meant to provoke discussions on our changing climate in a historical context. With the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign, he had said, the Titanoboa team can build elaborate scales to protect the snake’s electronic insides and purchase control components to help her slither more gracefully. Explore further They are working on their project for a formidable 50-foot electromechanical snake that weighs over 2,000 pounds and will slither on land and glide under water. Photo by Michael J.P. Hall More information: www.titanoboa.ca/
(Phys.org)—Hey, kid, want a tablet that’s capable of Linux and Android dual booting for one hundred bucks? The smart kid will answer, ok what’s the catch? The catch is that, even if things go very well, it won’t be on the shelves before next year and that, to reserve this open source rendering you have to go through the crowdfunding site, indiegogo. The tablets are called PengPods. The goal is to eventually bring forth a line of both Linux/Android tablets and also mini PCs. All devices are designed with an Allwinner A10 or A13 processor. For delivering the best of both worlds, Android and Linux, they run Android and boot Linux from an SD card. The advantage is said to be that the Linux enthusiast does not need to jump through hoops to have Linux. More information: pengpod.com/pengwiki/index.php?title=Main_Pagewww.indiegogo.com/pengpod Citation: Fund-seeking PengPod wants to inspire Truly Linux tablet movement (2012, November 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-fund-seeking-pengpod-linux-tablet-movement.html The PengPod tablets will offer simple dual-booting by having one of the two operating systems installed in the device’s internal memory and the other on the SD card. An active community, according to the PengPod creator, is working to make the devices better and better.Say hello, for example to the PengPod 700, a seven-inch capacitive touchscreen tablet, with bootable Linux SD Card, built in camera, one USB port, headphones, and built in speakers. The seven-incher was placed as an earlybird special for 99 dollars but it has now sold out. The estimated delivery is presented as January 2013 The PengPod 700 is now listed at $120. Wistron NeWeb Introduces GW4: Linux Loaded & Android Capable Mobile Device © 2012 Phys.org The PengPod 1000 is a ten-inch capacitive touch screen Android tablet, which will also run with Linux from an SD Card and is listed at $185. Every PengPod device is capable of running from internal flash or booting from an SD Card. PengPods use a Linaro root file system and have access to most standard Linux packages available for ARM, with software including LibreOffice, XBMC, VLC, LXDE, KDE, and Gnome. The KDE Plasma Active interface is used to make the Linux version touch-friendly and the Android version uses Android 4.0. The effort continues to raise cash at the time of this writing via indiegogo. When we last checked, the project had raised $11,313 with 20 days left to reach a $49,000 goal. Neal Peacock, the software engineer behind the tablets, is on a mission to satisfy Linux users who would prefer a tablet running “real” Linux, which is the idea behind the PengPod tablets. “Our goal is to build a powerful, True Linux Tablet, one free of Google and Android’s restrictions, at a reasonable price,” according to Peacock.Peacock has discussed what he wants to do with the money raised. “We intend to fix up the tablet related features, offer a central repository of A10 specific packages and create images and guides to make these devices even better. All these efforts will take time and we plan to use the proceeds from indiegogo to fund the remainder of the software work and maintenance. “Based on how much is brought in, he is also considering offering prizes for developer teams “implementing community goals, adding more devices and maybe even other processor lines to our support list.” He said that many of the tablet-related packages created “will hopefully help create a true Linux based tablet movement.” Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
In the study of ways to determine the position of and manipulate magnetic nanoparticles – a capability that would benefit a wide range of applications – there’s good news and bad: While a magnetic gradient force field (a magnetic field that varies with respect to position) can accomplish this, it is limited in its ability to affect most paramagnetic materials – that is, materials that respond to magnetic fields, but do not retain magnetic properties when those fields are removed – the exception being sufficiently small magnetic nanoparticles, which can behave like paramagnets at room temperature due to thermal agitation (an effect known as superparamagnetism). Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Magnetic gradient force density field for nanoscale Ni electrodes. (Upper) Diagrams sketch the relaxed magnetization orientation in the electrodes, with a related broken or straight line symbolizing an open and closed electric contact. The electrodes are made of rectangular bars 300 nm long, 30 nm wide, and 16 nm high, with slightly rounded corners. (Lower Left) The external field of 0.8-T magnitude is applied along the longitudinal direction x. (Lower Right) The field is applied along the transversal direction y. The vector field reveals the direction of the forces. The color code indicates the amplitude of the forces, attractive (blue) in the longitudinal case and repulsive (red) in the transverse case. The maximum color intensity corresponds to a magnitude of 109 N/m3. More quantitative details can be found in SI Text. Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1322828111 That being said, the ability to use a magnetic gradient force field to precisely control paramagnetic molecules in solutions has remained elusive. Recently, however, scientists at University of Strasbourg, France have proposed that this limitation can be addressed by using miniaturized ferromagnetic electrodes to create powerful localized force fields that can be tuned by an external magnetic field. The researchers then illustrated this concept by immersing a metallic nickel (Ni) nanobridge electrode in a solution containing paramagnetic molecules and controlling the electrode’s magnetization direction with an external magnetic field. In so doing, the scientists created a conductive molecular-sized switching system that they say is the chemical equivalent of a spintronics (that is, spin transport electronics) solid-state spin valve two-terminal device. Prof. Bernard Doudin discussed the paper that he, Researcher Petru Lunca Popa and their co-authors published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Our concept of extending the spintronics spin valve to magnetic electrodes in solution using magnetic control of their chemical environment totally novel, and essentially results from an unexpected discovery,” Doudin tells Phys.org. “We were looking for spin valve effects in a metallic contriction,” a type of nanowire, “and found that changing the chemistry was producing a large change of resistance associated with a change of applied magnetic field.” The challenge, Doudin says, was to devise an experimental controlled microfluidic setup that allowed a continuous and reversible change of the sample’s chemical environment. Doudin points out that conducting micromagnetic simulations was essential to confirming the creation of a chemical equivalent of a solid-state spin valve device. “This provided confidence in a model of magnetic forces, backed by several reported experiments in the field of electrochemistry,” he explains, adding that an unexpected result of these simulations was the occurrence in transverse magnetic fields of repulsive forces. “From a micromagnetic point of view this was a bit counterintuitive, and reinforced our gradient force field concept.” The paper suggests that the magnetic field gradient can become a dominant influencing factor on chemical reactions at the nanoscale. “We devised a system where any equilibrium change can result in a large change in a physical property, such as conduction of the nickel nanobridge,” Doudin explains, “and designed a magnetic circuit where this force is maximal. ” That said, Doudin points out that while their experiment was originally designed with nickel as part of their evaluation of spin valve effects in metals. “However, our paper adopted a more expansive approach based on our goal of asserting that what is observed with nickel can be more generally applied.”Their findings also suggest that the reaction yields or the chemical equilibrium can also be influenced by the gradient of the magnetic field. Specifically, the single reversible reaction step, yield is either metallic (Ni) or ionic (Ni++). “We use the phrasing of yield for comparison with the literature on chemical equilibrium modified by magnetic fields rather than gradients, where the equilibrium changes are small, and relate to intermediate products,” Doudin says. “The largest impact, in these cases, is usually the reactions yields of some final product.”Regarding the implications of extending magnetophoresis to magnetic forces on paramagnetic molecules in solution, Doudin tells Phys.org that performing magnetophoresis on single molecules will always be limited by the dominant Brownian motion of molecules. “We can, however, significantly modify the average residency time of molecular species at a given position,” he adds, “and thereby impact chemistry.” This, in turn, may lead to the creation of new types of spin-sensitive devices. “These might include single-spin detection by electrical means, or realize stable chemical structures of highly sensitive to local magnetic fields,” Doudin illustrates. “As mentioned in our conclusions, supramolecular architectures can be sensitive to the magnetic forces effects, and their role in a chemical reaction, or as intermediate bridging element in a biochemistry reaction process, could be modified under local magnetic forces.”Another possibility is the development of a metallic nanobridge exhibiting electrical properties tunable through a change of magnetic orientations of the electrodes. “In our paper, a change of electrode magnetization is induced by an external field,” Doudin explains. “One can imagine other ways to control the magnetization, such as an electric current or a substrate deformation.” (The latter is a current trend in spintronics, he notes, where spin-dependent devices should be controlled by means other than an external magnetic field.) “As the conductance is highly sensitive to paramagnetic ions, one can imagine detecting ions by electrical means.”In their paper, the scientist also proposed a tabletop tool and methodology for influencing chemical reactions. “We can search for other reactions implying paramagnetic species – for example, radical polymerization – and test this happening or not between magnetic electrodes,” Doudin points out. “One can also imagine creating patterned magnetic substrates, where surface chemical reactions will be controlled by their magnetic orientation, thereby realizing tunable chemically-active substrates.” He adds that their tabletop tool refers to the laboratory equipment required by their approach relative to that used in spin chemistry, where usually very large magnetic fields are needed to impact significantly the chemistry. “With the magnetic field values we use, a simple tabletop device is enough to create such fields.”Moving forward, says Doudin, the scientists plan to investigate single-spin detection using similar metallic nanobridges, and to search for other chemical reactions that can be modified by our magnetic circuit – in particular, control of supramolecular architectures. “Most molecular architectures seen in nature are based on rather weak and dynamic chemical bonds. Therefore,” he concludes, “the study of the equilibrium and stability of supramolecular architectures under magnetic field gradients, which can have important implications in biochemistry processes, might benefit from our research.” © 2014 Phys.org Horizontal levitation: The ultimate solution to particle separation Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Doudin notes that there were a range of techniques critical to addressing these challenges:Microfluidic control A dedicated setup with controllable applied magnetic fields in which amplitude and direction could be rapidly changed was needed due to metallic constrictions having very brief lifetimes A well-controlled experimental procedure for electrochemically stabilizing a metallic nanobridgeData showing an inverse relationship between switching magnitude and Ni ion concentration that allowed the scientists to reconcile several reports with highly variable outcomes by showing that they used very different solution concentrations”A key innovation is our model of the influence of magnetic forces on chemistry, since it goes against the general belief that magnetic gradient force should not have any noticeable effect,” Doudin adds. “In fact, work by J. Michael D. Coey1 – our paper’s editor – is among a small number of published papers showing such effects.” Ni nanocontact construction, with ON/OFF switching of its conductance when varying the direction of the external magnetic field. (A) Sketch of the microfluidic cell, with electron microscopy zoom of the nanoelectrodes used as working electrodes W1, W2 in an electrochemical cell including a reference R and a counter C electrode. (B) Time evolution of the conductance under oscillating (0.5 Hz) rotation of the applied magnetic field of constant 0.8-T amplitude. The top line represents the time oscillation of the magnetic field orientation, with an opening of the contact when the field is along the direction of the electrodes (zero angle) and closure at angles in the vicinity of ± π/2. The diagrams on the right present schematics of the related open (OFF) and closed (ON) nanocontacts. Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1322828111 More information: The magnetoelectrochemical switch, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Published online before print on July 9, 2014, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1322828111Related1Magnetic stabilization and vorticity in submillimeter paramagnetic liquid tubes, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, June 2, 2009 vol. 106 no. 22 8811-8817, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0900561106 Citation: Tiny magnets, huge fields: Nanoscale ferromagnetic electrodes create chemical equivalent of solid-state spin valve (2014, July 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-tiny-magnets-huge-fields-nanoscale.html
Credit: University of Birmingham It is believed that the Koran was written by people close to Mohammad after Caliph Abu Bakr ordered collections of Koranic material be put into book form. The words are believed to have come to Mohammad through the angel Gabriel—he passed them on to associates who originally wrote them down on stone tablets, leaves, even the shoulder blades of camels. Mohammad is believed to have lived from 570 to 632 A.D., with his associations with the angel occurring over the last decade of his life.Fedeli has told the press that she was studying Koranic material in the Mingana Collection when she came across the early Koran and noticed that a couple of pages appeared to have been written by a different person. After reporting what she had found to officials at the University, the parchment was carbon dated and was found to have been made sometime between 568 and 645 A.D., making the discovery the oldest Koran fragment ever found. So old in fact, that it appears the pages were created very nearly around the time when Mohammad was still alive, or very shortly after his death, which means it is possible it was written by someone that actually knew him. The team still has to test the ink however, because it is possible the text was not put onto the parchment until a much later date.The fragments, and the older Koran text in which they were found are part of a collection amassed in the 1920’s by Alphonse Mingana, an Iraqi Chaldean priest—they have been part of the Birmingham library collection (which consists of over 3,000 documents purchased in the Middle East) and housed for nearly a hundred years in Britain, which means the newly found text has been hiding in plain sight for nearly a century. © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Oldest known Koran text fragments discovered (2015, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-oldest-koran-text-fragments.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. 21st century technology deciphers ancient Hebrew scroll Explore further Two pages of text written on parchment that are believed to be sections of the Koran (Chapters 18 and 20) have been discovered by a PhD student in a British university library and are believed to be the oldest ever found. The two pages, written in Hijazi, were discovered by Alba Fedeli bound in a newer version of the Koran in the Cadbury Research Library at the University of Birmingham in the U.K.
Complement your sun-kissed look with berry lips. Singer Beyonce Knowles, who has bronzed skin, was recently spotted wearing this dark hue. You can carry this bold look as well. Femalefirst.co.uk explains step-by-step how to create it:Start with a lip liner to define lines. Apply the liner to the whole lip so that the colour sticks for long. Use your finger to apply one coat, then dab the colour on your lips to create a stain. Then add another using a brush. Blot with a tissue and then apply last layer to complete the bold look.Once your lips are done, use a bronzer on your face. To give depth to your eyes, use bronze eye shadow.
Kolkata: The Howrah City Police is organising a workshop on traffic safety for drivers and helpers of commercial vehicles.The workshop is going to be held at Sarat Sadan where drivers and helpers of buses, taxis and even totos will be involved.They will be going through different video footages and they would pick up lessons on road safety. A senior police officer said drivers and helpers are considered to be first respondents when an accident takes place. So, during the workshop they would also learn what to do on an immediate basis to rescue people.
Kolkata’s love affair with literature is intense. And the city’s signature Book Fair is a symbol of that relationship. The world’s largest book fair, The Kolkata Book Fair (KBF), is a phenomenon. Large, crowded, noisy, intellectual, musical, artistic, controversial, chaotic, in its own way, it encapsulates the character of the city and brings out its most visible tribe: The literary Bengali. Each year since 1976, it takes over the city for 12 days. Sure, the Frankfurt Book Fair displays more books and arguably wheels more deals than any other. London has one too, and then there’s Book Expo America, and so many others. But these are regulated, staid, predictable and very different from the Kolkata Book Fair. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’These are trade fairs, meant for negotiations and transactions among those who run the commerce of reading. KBF is for the reader, the retail buyer, for those who revel in the proximity of books.The Book Fair started on March 9, 1976. Not the best season in Kolkata, with the mercury mounting and the threat of nor’westers. It was not till the 4th year of the fair that the Guild resolved to hold it at the same time every year: starting on the last Wednesday in January and running till the second Sunday of February, a total of 12 days, a schedule that has been maintained, for the most part of 38 years. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe 39th edition of the 12-day event will begin on January 28, which will be held till February, at Kolkata’s Milan Mela ground. The focal theme of this year is Great Britain. The fair was inaugurated on January 27 at 4.30 p.m. in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Organised by the Publishers and Booksellers Guild, the fair claimed to have received a footfall of over 1.8 million in 2014 and sold books worth 200 million. A similar feat is expected this year as well. This time, the fair will be divided into five halls marking the anniversaries of important authors and playwrights. There will be halls dedicated to William Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas (Welsh poet), Suniti Kumar Chattopadhyay (linguist and educationalist) and Sombhu Mitra (legendary actor, director and playwright). The 5th hall will have an exact replica of the British National History Museum and is named after Charlie Chaplin on the occasion of his 125th birth anniversary.Star authors at the fair will include British author of Bangladeshi origin Zia Haider Rahman, whose 2014 debut novel In The Light of What We Know was short-listed for the Goldsmiths Prize and the Guardian First Book Award; and radio and television journalist Anita Anand, whose book Sophia, gave a detailed biography of princess-in-exile Sophia Duleep Singh, which talks about her struggle for Independence, female suffrage and for the welfare of Indian soldiers in the First World War.UK authors at the fair will include Shereen El Feki of the Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World fame and Naomi Alderman, who was named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2013. Professional storyteller Sarah Rundell will perform at the fair, while Tracy Irish, the Education Programme Developer for the World Shakespeare Festival will also be present.The fair will have separate art/culture book pavilion, apart from a math delegation and Ghazalaw – the music note, initiated to celebrate the affinity between Indian ghazals and the Welsh folk tradition. “Ghazal singer Tauseef Akhtar and Welsh singer-songwriter Gwyneth Glyn will weave love poetry from their own ancient lineages with harp, tabla, guitar and harmonium,” said general secretary of the Publishers and Booksellers Guild, Tridib Chatterjee.This year participating nations would include Bangladesh, the US, France, Germany, Japan, among others. As the fair goes tech-friendly for the first time, the organisers have developed an Android mobile application to help book lovers locate book stalls in the fairground. British Council’s Director (east India) Sujata Sen said their theme for the book fair is ‘Knowledge is Great’ and would focus on ideas, culture and writing. “It is the 100th birth anniversary of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. We did an event on Walking Cities by bringing two exciting Welsh writers to Kolkata to understand the city. Along with two Indian writers they went around Kolkata, before the book fair. They will present something inspired by how they understood, absorbed and responded to the city through their writings,” she said. To mark Shakespeare’s 451st birth anniversary, an event is planned to track how his works have been interpreted differently over time from country to country. UK will be showcasing the best of what it has to offer in arts and culture, education and research through the UK government’s Great Britain campaign, which includes information on a huge range of scholarships available for studying in the UK. There will be a range of activities at the fair including sessions with contemporary authors and artistes. English language experts and top speakers from the UK’s Higher Education sector will also be at the fair. Workshops, seminars and panel discussions will be held around English language and higher education.Books and online resources from the UK will be displayed at the British Council pavilion. The collection will help visitors to access information about professional opportunities through English teaching and learning, enriching professional life in the Arts, developing new understanding and partnerships related to UK education, and engage with contemporary UK.The 39th Kolkata Book Fair, this year, is set green with National Jute Board and the Publishers and Booksellers Guild entering in a tie-up to promote jute and jute products at the venue. “This is to restrict use of plastic bags. We want to make people aware of the benefits of using jute products because they are biodegradable and eco-friendly. Such initiatives help in creating a greener and cleaner world and a book fair is the biggest platform that can be used for the promotion of jute products,” said Tridib Chatterjee.Street theatre, poetry readings, artists’ corner and musical performances are also a part of the event. It may seem quite surprising today but the first Kolkata Book Fair materialised within a year of ideation, with 34 publishers setting up 56 stalls in the heart of the city, on a patch of land between the Victoria Memorial and the Academy of Fine Arts. There are many such stories attached to the Kolkata Book Fair, it has history, tradition and as one may see, a big future too. So if you are a die-hard bookworm, make sure you pack your bags and head to Kolkata.
Kolkata: Azar Zia, an alumnus of Heritage Institute of Technology has cracked the Civil Services examination securing the 97th position in all Indian ranking.He is the third Muslim candidate from Bengal since Independence and the first in the past 36 years to become an IAS officer.He is a BTech in Electronics & Communication Engineering in 2010 from Heritage Institute of Technology. He quit his job to sit for the Civil Services examination.A past pupil of St James’ School, Zia was a bright student right from school. After Graduation from Heritage Institute of Technology Kolkata, he went on to do his MBA at Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi. The 31-year-old resident of Tantibagan in Beniapukur, Zia said after completing the MBA course he got a job in Asian Paints as a brand manager. But the job did not attract him and he resigned in 2015. Zia joined the Hamdard Study Circle in Delhi to prepare for the UPSC exams. He cleared the exam in the third attempt. He had cleared the prelims in 2016 but fell ill with Chikungunya. “I took the exam again in 2017 and was confident of clearing it but never thought I would be in the top 100,” said Zia, who thinks his experience in engineering and business management helped him.”We are proud that Azar Zia has made our State proud in the Nation and we will be inviting him for an interaction in the inaugural ceremony of the induction programme of our new batch of engineering students so that he can share his experience with them, which will really be a source of inspiration for the prospective engineers,” said Pradip Agarwal, CEO, Heritage Group of Institutions Kolkata. In May, Azar was felicitated at Rehnuwa-E-Niswan organised at Aliah University in the presence of Janab Jawaid Akhtar labour commissioner and former managing director at the West Bengal Minorities Development and Finance Corporation.
Kolkata: Webel Informatics Limited (WIL), the Education & Training arm of West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation (WBEIDC) Limited has taken an ambitious growth target to cross turnover of Rs 100 crore by the end of this fiscal. WIL is projected to wipe out all its accumulated losses by the end of this financial year.In the financial year 2016-17, WIL had paid back Rs 1 crore to WBEIDC that comes under the aegis of state Information Technology & Electronics department towards refund of the unsecured loan. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedWIL is buoyed with its turnover exceeding Rs 52 crore in financial year 2016-17 from a meager turnover of Rs 50,000 in the year 1984-85, a growth more than ten thousand times. The education and training activities in the state is poised to grow further. Hence, we are hopeful of meeting our target,” a senior WIL official said. It may be mentioned that in 2017-18 fiscal, WIL turnover exceeded Rs 350 crore with profit more than Rs 15 crore. This is the best ever performance by any company under Webel fold. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPWIL that primarily focuses on Education and Training related activities/domains, also renders S/W (software) development & ITeS project related services to various state government departments.WIL presently has around 140 training centres spread across the state. It imparts training to more than 20,000 candidates each year on various basic and advanced courses on IT H/W (hardware) & Networking, S/W Programs and Multimedia & Animation. Specialized project training is given to the engineering students to make them ready for professional placements on completion of graduation.WIL has so far imparted training to more than 8,000 participants from around 35 state government departments and PSUs.It is also imparting training on Entrepreneurship Development sponsored by state IT & E department for 20,000 candidates across the state.