Saturday, 26 May 2018

Best B.Tech Projects Awarded at The NorthCap University

To encourage young minds to strive for excellence and recognize the innovative application of technical ideas by the BTech Final-year students, the Best BTech Project Award Committee at The NorthCap University declared the Best BTech Projects on 24 May 2018. The projects by BTech students are evaluated by the Committee keeping in mind ‘FOCUSS’, an acronym of Financial viability of the project, Originality-Innovativeness, Customer-end applicability/takers, Usefulness to society, Sustainability of the environment and Structured approach. 

The best three projects are awarded with cash prizes of Rs. 1 Lakh, Rs. 75,000 and Rs. 50,000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively and certificates. 

The Best B.Tech Projects for 2018 are:

1st Prize: ‘Page Turner using Eye Tracking’ developed by Hardik Munjal and Karan Arora, Dept of CSE&IT and guided by  Ms Neeti Kashyap, Ms Hitesh Yadav and Dr Kavita Khanna

2nd Prize:   (i) ‘Automated Self-Checkout Machine for Indian Retail Sector’ developed by Tanyam Popli, Shivam Nautiyal & Vibhor Mittal, Dept of  Mechanical Engineering and guided by Mr Abhishek P Singh & Dr Charu Rana

(ii) ‘Design & Manufacturing of Electric Solar Vehicle’ developed by Iahan Dhingra, Jitender Verma, Naveen Chauhan & Lavish Kataria, Dept of Mechanical Engineering and guided by Mr Praveen Singh and Dr K Mathiyazhagan

3rd Prize: ‘Elevate’ developed by Aashish Sharma and Aanand Vardhan, Dept of CSE&IT guided by Ms Anuradha Dhull 
Speaking on the occasion the Pro-Chancellor, Prof. Vrat observed, ‘There has been significant improvement in the projects of this year’. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. H B Raghavendra said, “The wining projects should go through our Incubation Centre”. 

The external expert, Mr Marathe after interacting with the students and their mentors remarked, “It was a learning experience interacting with budding engineers and their project guides”. Commenting on the Best BTech Projects on display, a visibly satisfied DSOET, Prof. Ravindra Ojha said, “The process of Best BTech Project evaluation has matured over time.”

Friday, 4 May 2018

Awareness Campaign on Women’s Safety and Empowerment at NCU

In light of increasing crime against girls/women, an awareness campaign on women safety and empowerment was conducted at the University on 26 April 2018. The purpose of this campaign was to make everyone think about the recent scenario of crimes against women and to make them responsible for their actions. The Oath “I stand for the cause of women safety and empowerment. I take the responsibility of not doing any act that causes disrespect to any person around me and stand here with the spirit of honesty, respect and integrity. I will make sure that I will stop my friends from eve teasing or disrespecting any female walking down the street and hence try to bring change in mentality”, was taken by the students and members of the faculty and staff on 26 April 2018 and on 1 May 2018.                                                                                 

 Speaking at the occasion the Pro-Chancellor, Prof. Prem Vrat said, “This awareness campaign on women’s safety and empowerment is a very good initiative taken by the faculty and students of NCU. Everyone in the country should take this initiative forward and make the environment safe for girls/ladies.” The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. HB Raghavendra said, “The University maintains high standards of discipline on its campus and hostels and I am happy to say that NCU is safe for girls and there has never been any untoward incident of this nature here. The University provides a healthy learning environment particularly for its female students.”

'The event was coordinated by Dr Jyotsna Singh, Ms Jyotika Pruthi and Ms Archna Sarma.


Friday, 27 April 2018

NCU Law Students Visit Juvenile Home

The alarming increase in the number of crimes involving juveniles as perpetrators as well as victims has compelled the legal fraternity to revisit the system in place for juvenile justice.. On one hand there is a need for effective handling of delinquent juveniles involved in heinous crimes, on the other hand, giving them an opportunity to reform and for their rehabilitation is the focus of the juvenile justice system. To understand the juvenile justice system and rehabilitation at juvenile homes the School of Law, The NorthCap University organized a visit to the Prayas Observation Home for boys as well as the Juvenile Justice Board II in Delhi on 23 April 2018. 

Under the MOU signed with the Department of Women & Child Development, New Delhi 72 students visited the home run by the Prayas Institute of Juvenile Justice. It is a short-stay home for juveniles in conflict with law. They are custodial children and their inquiry is conducted by the Juvenile Justice Board located on the same premises. Students got an opportunity to interact with the Supervisor, Probation Officer, inmates and the instructors providing training to the children of various age groups. NCU students were accompanied by faculty members Ms Archana Sarma and Ms Deborisha Dutta.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Career Counselling Session for Gurugram School Students at NCU

NCU conducted a Career Counselling session for about 400 school students from various schools of Gurugram at the University on 23 April 2018. Students were informed about various options for higher education available to them after Class XII. Students listened attentively to the speaker Mr B K Gupta, Director, SPA, whose talk impressed upon the students the ‘need to understand yourself in order to align yourself with your own goal in life’. 

They were briefed about the about the University and study options offered by NCU which was followed by an interactive session wherein their doubts were clarified by career counsellors Dr Latika Singh, Ms Kiran Mrig and Mr Deepak Satyarthi.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

NCU Alumnus Pursuing LLM at the University of London

Puranjay Bhatt BBA-LLB (H)
Class of 2017
Coming from a developing city like Raipur, NCU has played a really important role in my overall grooming. Since the inception of my law school days I was encouraged by the Head, School of Law and teachers to participate in events which were of my interest such as quizzes, moots and theatres. It was the result of constant guidance by my supervisors like Prof. Pushpesh Pant, Dr Kanu Priya and other teachers that I by the end of my undergraduate course had a portfolio which would help me get admission at the University of London for my LLM.

I can't thank my alma mater enough as it has helped me in tailoring my career according to the demands of the current global legal field. Recently I got the opportunity to execute the London Coverage of the visit of Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi live from Westminster which was broadcast live on Republic TV Channel.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

NCU Takes a Lead by Helping Students to Manage Stress by Setting up a ‘Thought Lab’

The NorthCap University inaugurated a ‘Thought Lab’ a pilot project of the University in collaboration with the Education Wing of RERF (a sister organization of Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalay) on 20 April 2018. NCU is the first university in Northern India to set up a ‘Thought Lab’ a novel concept for creating pure, positive and creative thoughts in individuals. It is a unique project aimed to harness the hidden and still untapped inner power of extra-ordinary resource i.e. the Mind of an individual. The NorthCap University takes pride in being one of the pioneer institutions in Delhi/NCR to offer this new concept for the benefit of its students. This facility is bound to act as catalyst for development of a robust mind to enable students sustain through difficult times.

The Thought Lab was inaugurated by Sister BK Asha, Director OmShanti Retreat Centre, Shri BK Mrutyunjaya, President Value Education Programs Brahma Kumaris, RERF and Prof. Prem Vrat, Pro-Chancellor, Prof. HB Raghavendra, Vice-Chancellor, NCU. The Thought Lab comprises of meditation, audio-visual aids, photo gallery, counselling, activities corner, research and spiritual library. 

The inaugural programme started with a beautiful solo dance performance by a young Brahma Kumari follower. Dr Aditi Singhal, Memory Trainer and Guinness World Record Holder in Maths, delivered a talk on ‘Enlightening Mind and Enhancing Memory Power’. By involving the audience she showed that concentration is most important to memorize anything. Law of Association, Law of Imagination and Law of Ridiculous enhance memory and recall. Sister BK Sudesh, National Promotional Coordinator in Value Education and Spirituality explained types of thoughts, the thought process and how Rajyoga meditation heals mentally, socially, spiritually and physically. 

Sister Supriya read out Dadiji’s message about the importance of the Thought Lab for self-empowerment and creative thinking. Sister BK Asha pointed out that meditation is a gift of India to the rest of the world. She motivated the youth to learn and experience the magic of meditation at the Thought Lab. This would lead to a positive attitude for learning, innovative thinking and elevated thinking which is ‘forgive and forget’. Shri BK Mrutyunjaya said that the Thought Lab would treat the pollution of the mind, help overcome various kinds of fears, give clarity of mind and lead to an anger free society.

Speaking at the occasion Prof. Prem Vrat said that attitude is the critical factor for enhancing employability.  A positive attitude shows you're willing to put effort into your work, and will bring a positive presence to your workplace and ‘learning to learn’ is the main attitude for success. Prof.  HB Raghavendra said that the Thought Lab had added one more dimension to the University and hoped everyone would utilize the facilities offered at the Thought Lab to develop their personality and change their lifetime perspective. 

The audience participated in a meditation session led by Sister Urmil to experience ‘inner calm’. NCU choir rendered a motivational song followed by a vote of thanks by Maj Gen Om Prakash (Retd), a Brahma Kumari follower. Student Akanksha Tikoo, Final-year CSE and Dr Payal Khurana, Head, CLL, coordinated the event.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Vth NCU National Moot Court Competition 14-15 April 2018

The School of Law (SOL) organised its Vth NCU National Moot Court Competition (NMCC) from 14-15 April 2018. It is one of the rare competitions in India which is being held on a pressing issue of environmental law with changing theme every year for which it has also been conferred the title of “Indian Stetson”. The event was inaugurated by Hon’ble Mr Justice Rajesh Kumar Agarwal, Judge, Supreme Court of India, Mr SB Mitra, Executive Director (Law & HR), GAIL (India) Ltd, Prof. Pushpesh Pant (Professor Emeritus) NCU. Justice Agarwal appreciated the efforts of SOL for highlighting such a critical and important issue of present day relevance, namely the Shale Gas as an alternative source of energy. The Moot Court Competition witnessed participation from Central and State Universities, National and Private Law Schools from all across the country. 

SOL NCU has carved a niche for itself, as a leader in Environment Law Moot Court Competition. The Moot Proposition for the Vth Edition highlighted the contemporary issues related to exploration and production of Shale Gas, with special emphasis on unavailability of land, displacement of local communities and mineral rights and ownership. The moot proposition was closely related to use of Shale Gas as an energy resource and the problems that are a part of production and consumption of Shale Gas. The moot court competition vexed to tackle the big picture question that whether it is necessary to have development to feed the energy needs at the price of creating a water problem. 

Eminent dignitaries from the legal domain, Supreme Court lawyers, corporate officers and academicians were invited to judge the various rounds that took place over the two days. Out of the 20 teams, eight teams qualified for the quarter-finals on the first day of the Competition, and four teams qualified for the semi-final round and battled on the second day to reach the finals.

The Final Round of the Competition was chaired by a bench comprising of Hon’ble Justice M Karpaga Vinayagam, Former Chief Justice, Jharkhand High Court, Prof. Dr Paramjit S Jaswal, Vice-Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law and Prof. Anatole Boute, Associate Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong, specialising in Energy, Environment and Investment Law. The final round witnessed exhaustive and enlightening questioning by the Bench. They asked several questions pertaining to challenges of Shale Gas fracking process and Centre-State relationship with respect to mineral ownership. The competing teams answered the questions in a commendable manner. The students received a lot of appreciation and sound advice from the judges regarding how to answer the questions in a Court of Law. 

NUSRL, Ranchi emerged as the Winner of the competition and awarded a trophy, certificate and a cash prize of Rs 40,000 and SASTRA University, Chennai were the Runners-up and awarded a cash prize of Rs 20,000. Award for the Best Memorial of Rs 10,000 was bagged by RGNUL, Patiala; Award for Best Female Advocate of Rs 10,000 was won by Aiman Hashmi, Law Centre-I, University of Delhi  and Award for Best Male Advocate of Rs 10,000 was won by Mayank Jain, School of Law, Ansal University.

Quoting Sir Albert Einstein – “Try not to become a man of only success, rather to become a man of value”-  this lesson of values and ethics is what the School of Law, The North Cap University strives to bring across to its students. Similar lessons have always been brought up in the series of Environmental Law Moot Competitions, conducted by the School of Law and it continues to look forward to hosting further series of enlightening events and also to come up with the VIth Edition of National Moot Court Competition with another important and concerning topic.