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Staring at the possibility of thousands of seats going vacant and facing imminent closure under AllIndiaCTE norms, private engineering colleges are now offering all kinds of lures to attract students. From fees as low as Rs 2,500 per year to free laptops and two-wheelers, colleges are now adopting new marketing strategies to woo students…

Desperate to get admissions, an institute in Gujarat is offering fee as low as Rs 2,500 per year, while another college has hired commission agents to bring students. According to Mirror report, the college is paying agents a commission of Rs 10,000 for every student they bring in for admission. ..

Industry veterans have also warned about unskilled Indian youth. Recently, CP Gurnani, CEO & MD of Tech Mahindra said that 94 per cent of engineering graduated were not fit for hiring, while chairman of Manipal Global Education, TV Mohandas Pai claimed that the country has 10 crore people in the 21-35 age-group with bad skills, who are unsuited for the economy.


Weeding out these second-and-third-rate colleges with matching faculty and equipment, many belonging to politicians especially in the South, is inevitable. 

 

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Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/64957549.cms

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A 70 meter tunnel under a highway in one weekend!

At least I didn’t. Some engineering.

 

 

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A question I always wanted to ask:

Why have they not used non-stick coating on bed-pans? Or they have?

K Raghunathan

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Last week, we had been away to a resort off Lonavala for a short break of four days, taking along a reluctant 85+ year old lady – my mom – kicking and screaming. Every morning and evening, I took her out in a wheel-chair thankfully made available by the resort to give her a much needed outing. The wheel-chair ride was the first for both of us.

I am not aware if there are norms for the ramps meant for steering wheel-chairs up or down. In this instance, the wheel-chair often dashed down the ramp almost uncontrollably pulled by her weight and the steepness of the slope. At least on a couple of occasions she came close to being thrown out of her seat. Clearly the need was for seat belts to secure the occupant safely. Also brakes would have helped start/stop the wheel-chair when needed, just like the brakes on the baggage trolleys at the airport.

The wheel-chair had a pair of foot-rests that swung into place from the sides for use. These all-metal foot-rests had sharp edges that caused abrasions on the feet when the old lady struggled to get her feet into position.

A convenience feature I would have liked to see is a pair of height-adjustable handles to push the chair instead of me half-bending down.

It is quite possible the wheel-chair I used was old and primitive and the newer models provide these safety and engineering features.

Incidentally I’m not ashamed to confess: Only after messing it up a couple of times, I found out it was much easier to seat her in by positioning the wheel-chair to where she was standing rather than other way around. Did you say common-sense? Well…

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Credits: openclipart (Rfc1394_Wheelchair)

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Deciding to take up jogging, the middle-aged man was astounded by the wide selection of jogging shoes available at the local sports shoe store.

While trying on a basic pair of jogging shoe, he noticed a minor feature and asked the clerk about it.

“What’s this little pocket thing here on the side for?”

“Oh, that’s to carry spare change so you can call your wife to come pick you up when you’ve jogged too far.”

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Credits: arcamax.com

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Customer Service and rightly so has been and continues to be the mantra for organizations. ‘Customer’ for most implies an individual (or an entity) buying products or services and paying for them. What about those ‘pests’ who demand a lot of attention, but never ‘pay’ for what they get? I mean the poor internal customers.

At many places, it is not strongly perceived serving internal customers is a prerequisite for efficiency in their jobs and hence profitable for the organization.

Let me cut the chase and get to an incident shining light on an important aspect of serving internal customers.

This was a periodic review of operations of an organization’s Information Infrastructure Department (IID) providing computing equipment and services to its internal users of an organization. IID had ready data to show its performance with regard to service tickets was well in excess of the promise held out in the SLA’s for internal customers. As it usually happens the internal customers on the other hand did not appear to be a particularly delighted lot. There were no satisfaction surveys in place to get a user perspective on services rendered.

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The review did not focus on this aspect as there were other pressing matters…until a project manager brought up his problem.

The project was executed ‘offshore’ for a downtown client. It required the team to log onto client’s system and application to do the job. And the problem was the remote access was not working consistently. The frequent dropping of the VPN connection was hampering team’s productivity and annoying the customer.

The team promptly logged the problem into the Service Tickets System. The IID too promptly attended to these tickets – they tested out, found the link okay and closed the tickets. Their conclusion being ‘no problem with our links, you please check with your customer.’ The naïve project manager took it up only to be pushed back by the customer claiming all was well at his end.

This has been happening for some time. The routine reviews were time-limited and summary based and did not uncover the problem since the tickets were all closed. Finally the project manager could take no more. In sheer exasperation, he brought it up for help.

In the review IID maintained its stand there was no problem at this end.

It took quite an effort to impress on IID the problem needs to be resolved end-to-end for the project manager to execute his project smoothly and there were no other stops on the way.

In such cases it is usually best for IID guy at this end to talk to his counterpart in the customer’s organization and jointly fix the problem. He cannot leave the matter to the poor project manager to resolve.

In this incident however, the problem was resolved finally without involving the customer – it was traced to excessive use of bandwidth during certain times of the day causing the drop outs.

Closing the ticket is not the same as solving the problem.

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Credits: openclipart (gsagri04 and rewarriner).

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It is no longer User Experience and Design, but User Experience is Design – a view gaining currency.

I give my 80+ old mom Abott Laboratories’ Duphalac for smooth bowel movement. Happy to say it gives her relief.

It comes in an amber colored bottle with a label posted on it almost completely wrapping around the on the outside.

How does one know how close is one to running out on the liquid?

Yes, by the heft of the bottle? By the flow of the liquid when one pours out?

No need to depend on such indirect cues.

A long vertical slit is thoughtfully provided on the side to show the level of the liquid inside.

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Even with the problem is not easily solved. The trick is to hold it in front with the slit facing the light behind you and shaking the bottle gently to detect the level in the motion of the liquid. Note these days in homes light is not a focused beam, but diffused.

It would be a lot easier to hold it against the light and see the level if only, instead of one, a pair of diametrically opposite slits is provided for light to pass thru.

Simple isn’t it?

Incidentally there is good reason why the tops of bottles, tubes, etc. are conical in section.

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We’re very likely to drop them on the floor while uncapping or screwing them back. When a conically sectioned cap falls on the floor, it stays close to the point where it landed. A cylindrical cap will roll off according to Murphy’s law to some inaccessible corner or under the sofa.

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