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NCC cadet Pragyanparimita Panda has won a gold medal

NCC Cadet Pragyanparimita Panda NCC cadet Pragyanparimita Panda has won a gold medal in snap shooting which was held from September 24, 2012 to October 8, 2012 in Delhi Army Camp.  All together 1300 cadeds were participated from 17 directorates. 

There were 102 students participated  in the same event of  Pragyan.   Now because of Pragyan’s gold medal Odisha is moved to 6th from 8th position. 

 

Pragyan is a 9th standard student at Vikash School.    Today the organizations’s chairman and school director Sisir Prasad Rahul praised Pragyan and her father Prashan Panda in an event organized   at Vikash School premises.

Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) on Feb 17

Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) for admission to Ph.D / Integrated Ph.D Programme in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science in one of the 23 Participating Institutes, as per the list given below, will be held on 17th February 2013 will be held at Agartala (to be confirmed), Ahmedabad, Aligar, Bangalore, Bardhaman, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwhati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nainital, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Roorkee, Sambalpur, Silchar, Siliguri, Srinagar, Trivandrum, Udaipur, Varanasi and Vishakhapatnam with multiple test centers at Kolkata and Delhi.

Those seeking admission for a Ph.D / Integrated Ph.D Programme in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science in the Participating Institutes have to appear for the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST).

The Participating Institutes and the areas of specialization are as follows.

(i) ARIES: Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital: Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Atmospheric Physics
(ii) HBNI: Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai
(iii) HRI: Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad: Theoretical Physics, Astrophysics
(iv) IGCAR: Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam: Solid State Phase transformations, Superconductivity, Structure and dynamics of soft condensed matter, Band structure studies, Accelerators based Irradiation induced phenomena, Low-dimensional systems, Physics of interfaces, Nano-materials, Thin films technology and Theoretical physics
(v) IIA: Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Astronomical Instrumentation, Optics, and Atomic Physics
(vi) IISc: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore: Condensed Matter Physics (Experiments and Theory), Astronomy and Astrophysics (Theoretical), Atomic and Optical Physics (Experimental), Biocrystallography and Bio-informatics, and High Energy Physics (Theoretical)
(vii) IISER MOHALI: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali: Quantum Theory, Quantum Information Processing, NMR-Methodology, Optics, Statistical Mechanics, Quantum Thermodynamics, Non-linear Dynamics, String Theory, Ultrafast Physics, and Low Temperature Mesoscopic Physics
(viii) IISER PUNE: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune: Field Theory, Theoretical Particle Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Non-linear Dynamics, Complex Systems and Networks, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Quantum Information Processing, Radio Astrophysics, Atomic Physics and Quantum Optics, Energy Studies, Solar and Plasma Physics, Nanosciences, Scanning Probe Techniques, and Semiconductor Physics and Devices
(ix) IISER THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram:Experimental Condensed Matter: Magnetic and Superconducting materials, Nanoscience and Energy materials, Photonics, Soft Condensed Matter, Semiconductor Physics and Devices, Surface Sciences and Nano-scale Plasmonics, Terahertz and Ultrafast Spectroscopy; Theory: Cosmology, Classical and Quantum Gravity, Gravitational Wave Physics, Quantum Information Theory, Quantum Field Theory, and Statistical Physics
(x) IMSc: The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai: Theoretical Physics, and Theoretical Computer Science
(xi) IOP: Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar: Physics (Condensed Matter, Nuclear and High Energy Physics) and Accelerator-based Research
(xii) IPR: Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar: Physics (Experimental and Theoretical)
(xiii) IUCAA: Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune: Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics
(xiv) JNCASR: Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore: Experimental and Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Statistical Mechanics, and Materials Science
(xv) NCRA-TIFR: National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR, Pune: Astronomy and Astrophysics
(xvi) NISER: National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar: Theoretical High Energy Physics and Lattice QCD, Experimental High Energy Physics, Condensed Matter Physics (Theory and Experiment), Optics and Metamaterials
(xvii) PRL: Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad: Theoretical Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Solar Physics, Space and Atmospheric Sciences, Planetary Science and Geo-Sciences
(xviii) RRCAT: Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore: Lasers and their Applications, Laser Plasma Interaction, Cold Atom Physics, Condensed Matter Physics (Superconductivity and Magnetism, Crystals and Thin Films), Nanomaterials and Applications, Non-linear and Ultrafast Optical Studies, Beam Physics, and Free Electron Laser
(xix) RRI: Raman Research Institute, Bangalore: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Light and Matter Physics, Soft Condensed Matter Physics (Liquid Crystals, Physics in Biology), and Theoretical Physics
(xx) SINP: Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata: Condensed Matter Physics (Theory and Experiments), Nuclear Physics (Theory and Experiments), High Energy Physics (Theory and Experiments), Astroparticle Physics, Quantum Gravity, String Theory, Mathematical Physics, and Materials Science (Surface Science and Plasma Physics)
(xxi) SNBNCBS: Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata: Astrophysics and Cosmology, Chemical and Biological Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Material Science, High Energy Physics and Quantum Field Theory, Mathematical Physics, Nanosciences, Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Statistical Physics, and Complex Systems
(xxii) UGC-DAE CSR: UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore: Surfaces, Interfaces, Thin Films and Nanomaterials, Physics at Low Temperatures and High Magnetic Fields, X-ray, Optical and Electron Spectroscopic Studies Using Synchrotron and Laboratory Sources; Electrical, Magnetic and Thermal Properties of Condensed Matter; Condensed Matter studies using Magnetic Neutron Diffraction, Nuclear Technique Based Condensed Matter Physics-Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy, Mossbauer Spectroscopy, Experimental Nuclear Physics, Gamma Ray Spectroscopy of Nuclear High Spin States, and Nuclear Reactions.

(xxiii) VECC: Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata: Accelerator Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science, Nuclear Physics (Experiments and Theory), Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions (Experiments, Theory, QCD and QGP), and Physics of Neutrinos (Experiments)

Those interested in seeking admission to an institute through JEST should visit the website of the individual institute to get details of the Programmes and subject areas being offered. Each participating Institutes has its own eligibility criteria. Applicants who are expected to complete their final examinations by August of each year are also eligible to appear for the JEST exam of that year.

One can appear for the JEST exam in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science, but not for both. The questions are based on the general syllabus of Graduation and Post-graduation level courses offered by various Indian Universities and Institutions.

See www.jest.org.in/?q=frequently_asked_questions_jest. for JEST question papers.  Normally question papers are not made available. However, some questions from previous year’s examinations are available as  sample question papers.

Eligibility: Ph.D. Programme in Physics: M.Sc. in Physics or M.Sc. / M.E. / M.Tech in related disciplines.

M.Sc. in Mathematics / Applied Physics / Applied Mathematics / Optics and Photonics / Instrumentation / Electronics will also be considered at IIA.

B.E or B.Tech will also be considered at IISc, IMSc, IUCAA, JNCASR, NCRA-TIFR RRI, IISER Mohali, IISER Pune, IISER Thiruvananthapuram and SNBNCBS.Talented final year B.Sc and first year M.Sc in Physics / Electronics / Astronomy / Applied Mathematics students may also apply to be pre-selected for research scholarship at IUCAA. MSc in Physics, Engineering Physics or Applied Physics will also be considered at IPR.

Theoretical Computer Science: M.Sc/ M.E/ M.Tech/ M.C.A in Computer Science and related disciplines, and should be interested in the mathematical aspects of computer science. Visit website of IMSc for further details.

Integrated M.Sc / M.Tech – Ph.D Programme: At HRI, IISER-Pune, SNBNCBS, and NCRA-TIFR candidates with a Bachelor’s degree will also be considered for the Integrated M.Sc., Ph.D. programme in Physics.

At IMSc, graduates with Bachelor’s Degree in Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics / Computer Science/ Information Technology/Engineering will also be considered for admission in Physics and in Theoretical Computer Science, as part of an integrated Ph.D. programme. All candidates successful in the course work of this programme shall be awarded a M.Sc. degree.

At SNBNCBS, graduates with B.Sc (Physics) / B.E / B.Tech Degree will be considered for the Integrated Post-B.Sc.-Ph.D. programme in subject areas mentioned above.

At IIA, graduates with B.Sc. (Physics / Mathematics) / B.E. / B.Tech. in Electrical / Instrumentation / Engineering Physics / Electronics and Communications / Computer Science and Engineering / Optics and Photonics will be considered.

Integrated M.Tech – Ph.D. Programme at IIA: Graduates with M.Sc. (Physics / Applied Physics) / Post-B.Sc. (Hons) in Optics and Optoelectronics / Radio Physics and Electronics / B.E. / B.Tech. degree in subjects mentioned above will be considered. Visit IIA website for details.

Integrated Ph.D. Programme at IISER, Thiruvananthapuram: Graduates with Bachelor’s degree in Physics/Technology/Engineering will be considered for the Int. Ph.D. programme in Physics.

Applications for the JEST exam can be made online or by ordinary post during November-December 2012.

To apply by post, applicant should write to JEST 2013, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics. To apply online, applicants must create an account using a valid e-mail ID. This account will remain valid from the time of account creation till one month after the date of declaration of results, for that year. Email ids are locked to the created account and to the application, and will be used for all communications with the applicants. Therefore, the email id should be active and must not be changed during this period.

To submit online application, applicants must login to the created account and complete the application form. After submission, a unique submission number will be issued. This number must be quoted by the applicant for any communication with the JEST authorities.

An Application Fee of Rs. 100 (Rs 50 for SC/ST applicants) is required to be paid into the Bank Account details that will be provided while submitting the application online.

It is possible to fill-up the form in fragments. Even one can save the form after filling the Mandatory fields in the first page and enter other data in next login. It is advised to do it in one go whenever one is ready with the details. Modification is not possible after final submission.

The fee can be paid either before or after the online submission. The payment receipt/counterfoil/challan, including the applicants name and unique submission number, must be returned to the JEST authorities, before the date to be announced soon, either as a scanned copy of counterfoil/challan/receipt, with name and unique submission number, emailed to the address to be provided soon or as a hard copy of counterfoil/challan/receipt, with name and unique submission number, sent by post to the address that will be given soon.

Online applications will be available during November – December 2012. Results will be announced in March 2013. Interviews will start from the last week of April 2013.

Road proposal for four-laning of Sambalpur-Jharsuguda has been approved

The Odisha government is poised to ink a pact with International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private arm of World Bank, to avail IFC’s technical expertise for projects to be implemented on the public private partnership (PPP) mode.

“We are going to sign a technical cooperation agreement with IFC for PPP projects. The state government is keen to gain from IFC’s technical expertise which we feel will be useful for implementing PPP projects. Tourism, agri-business and solar power have been identified as the key areas where IFC is expected to provide its technical knowhow”, said a highly placed official source.

During his visit to Odisha in March this year, World Bank Group president, Robert B Zoellick pointed out that IFC was keen on adding agro business to its portfolio of cooperation with the state. The World Bank had identified environment, social sustainability, mining and natural resources as the future areas of focus in Odisha.

The World Bank was financing projects worth over Rs 3000 crore in the state.

Meanwhile, the state government is in the process of reviewing its PPP projects.

“There are some PPP projects which have not made headway due to problems like lack of viability, pending land acquisition and environment as well as forestry clearances. Some of these projects facing an inordinate delay may also have to be dropped. But nothing can be disclosed now as all PPP projects are set to reassessed”, said a senior official of Planning & Coordination department.

The state government has approved 37 projects on the public private partnership (PPP) mode between April 2009 and March 2012.

The approved projects are in sectors like ports, real estate, food processing and tourism.

In the ports sector, the state government has approved the establishment of a minor port at Astaranga in Puri district by Hyderabad-based Navyug Engineering Ltd. The initial port capacity is pegged at 25 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) with the port taken up a cost of Rs 7417 crore. The port capacity will be eventually scaled up to 70 mtpa.

In the real estate sector, the state government has approved six integrated residential cum commercial complexes to be developed in the outskirts of the city with cost of all projects totaling to Rs 1400 crore. Project developers include Vipul Ltd, Z Engineers Ltd, Tata Housing, Utkal Builders, Delhi-based Amrapali Ltd and Visakhapatnam-based Skyland Construction Ltd.

A mega food park project proposed at Rayagada at a cost of Rs 80.17 crore has also been approved by the state government. A special purpose vehicle has been formed between Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco) and MITS Mega Food Park Ltd.

On the PPP mode, the four-laning of Sambalpur-Jharsuguda road, entailing a cost of Rs 1292.56 crore has been approved. Bidding process for this project would be initiated after obtaining in-principle approval from the Government of India for Viability Gap Funding (VGF).

Residential apartments gained pace in small towns

Residential apartmentsConstruction of multi-storied residential apartments has gained pace in small towns, which boasted only of standalone houses built by individual owners till recently.

Contrary to real estate development centered around the Cuttack-Puri-Bhubaneswar triangle alone earlier, several residential projects are coming up in Angul, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Balasore, Bhadrak, and Berhampur, among other towns. Apart from individual merits of certain towns because of industrial activities around them and their strategic locations, apartment culture is picking up across Odisha towns, industry insiders said.

Around 50 apartments with a total of 10,000 dwelling units are under different stages of construction in Berhampur alone. “People prefer apartments and planned constructions to buying land these days. Salaried employees have disposable money but don’t have time to construct a house by employing a contractor on their own. They are the large clientele here,” said P K Rajeev, a developer in the south Odisha town.

Berhampur with its good road and rail connectivity is a gateway to south Odisha, making it a preferred destination for people from neighbouring districts to invest and own a house here. The real estate price here is now as high as Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,000 per sq ft, only a little less than the price in Bhubaneswar.

Jharsuguda, an emerging industrial town, where the government is planning the state’s second airport, is coming up as another real estate hub. “Besides apartments, simplex and duplex houses, there are huge takers for plot schemes here,” said Sajid Hussain, a developer there. With per sq ft price of Rs 1,350 to Rs 2,500, buyers are finding two bedroom houses below Rs 20,000, which is very cheap for them, he added.

Sambalpur is witnessing similar vertical and horizontal expansion with multiple developers undertaking huge projects. “Local residents staying outside the city for their jobs are the largest section of buyers in Sambalpur. This may be their post-retirement settlement plans,” said Sambalpur Development Authority (SDA) chairman Bijay Mohanty.

In Bargarh, rice millers who had to down their shutters after the government decided to shift them outside the town some years ago, are using the available land to develop residential projects. Besides, apartments are also coming up on virgin land close to the upcoming bypass road of the NH. “Because of affordable land cost, our pricing is far lower compared to cities like Bhubaneswar, giving a chance to the low middle income groups to own a house here,” said Jay Prakash Agarwal, a developer in Bargarh. The per square feet price of house starts from Rs 1,300 here with two bedroom flat available at Rs 13 lakh to Rs 15 lakh.

Developers said with land price skyrocketing in Bhubaneswar, housing cost in the city is exceptionally high. “This is ruling out a substantial section of low middle class families from buying a house in Bhubaneswar. These people can easily afford houses in the district towns. Many others who have money tend to own houses both in the state capital and in their native towns,” said Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India state president D S Tripathy. Development of ports and industrialization in coastal districts has helped real estate activities in towns like Bhadrak and Balasore, he said.

Coal ministry asks Odisha to expedite action taken report on illegal mining

At a time when controversy surrounding block allocations has caught different coal bearing states in a bind, the Ministry of Coal has urged the Odisha government to submit its action taken report at the earliest in connection with illegal coal mining activities.

In the light of observations made by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on coal & steel, Coal secretary S K Srivastava has asked Odisha chief secretary B K Patnaik to expedite the action taken reports so that they can be compiled and sent to the Lok Sabha secretariat.

Though the Coal ministry had written to the state chief secretary earlier on the matter in December 2011, the state government was yet to apprise the ministry on action taken in respect of illegal coal mining.

Waking up rather belatedly to the directive of the Coal ministry, the Odisha steel & mines department has now urged Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) and collectors of four districts- Angul, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Sundergarh to comply with the recommendations of the Parliamentary panel. The department has also suggested that the recommendations be discussed in the meeting of the district level task force.

The Parliamentary Standing committee had observed that the natural resources of the country are being plundered at the cost of national economy and destruction of environment. The panel was of the opinion that officials responsible to curb illegal mining are either indifferent or too scared to stop the menace.

“Officers of personnel and legal departments of coal companies should make all endeavours to ensure that the criminal trials pending for legal and unauthorized coal mining are ended with conviction. Unfortunately, the coal companies could not produce any facts and data, establishing the appropriate steps taken in this regard. The committee deprecates such a lackadaisical attitude of coal companies. It is unfortunate that in cases of such huge illegal coal mining, there is not a single conviction made by appropriate court by reason of non-persuasion of such case either by the appropriate government or by the coal companies”, the committee stated in its report.

Moreover, there is utter lack of coordination between the Central and concerned state governments and among various coal companies. While the Centre has exclusive powers to make laws with respect to regulation of mines and major mineral development, the state governments are mainly responsible for implementing such laws. The committee recommended that the coal producing states should frame rules and set up an inter-state joint intelligence and action force to combat the problem of illegal mining.

It had called for better monitoring, policing and creating job opportunities for the poor in areas where the problem of illegal mining is prevalent. The panel also observed that except for Jharkhand, no major study has been undertaken by any coal producing state or coal companies to ascertain the extent of loss of money due
to illegal coal mining.