Thursday, August 26, 2021

Three-Year B.Sc. Data Science Trumps Four-Year Engineering!

 Education is one of the most expensive yet crucial investments a student makes in their lifetime. The majority of bachelor’s degree programs in engineering require 175 credit hours and are completed over four years. However, some universities in India are offering a three-year "B Sc(H)" program in data science, which includes summer studies, internships, and real-world work experience. A three-year Data Science program not only reduces the course duration, provides real-world experience and internships, but also reduces the course fee significantly. Unfortunately, students and parents continue to believe that job opportunities through a BSc degree are limited in comparison to a B. Tech degree. Hence, both students and parents must understand the pros of choosing a 3-year B.Sc. Data Science degree over a four-year engineering course.

A major advantage BSc courses have over B Tech courses is the reduced financial burden on a student and parent. B Tech courses continue to be more expensive than BSc courses. Hence, students coming from an economically weak background may not be able to afford a B. Tech Course and should rather opt for a BSc Degree. Apart from reduced fees, BSc also offers a wide range of career options nowadays. With the data science market booming, it is a lucrative career option for many young professionals today. A 2018 report by LinkedIn reported a shortage of 1,50,000 people with data scientist skills in the USA. While in India, around 93,000 data scientist jobs were left vacant. This proves that there is a demand for data scientists worldwide, provided they have the right skills and knowledge of data science courses. Indeed records a 29% increase in data scientist job postings every year, reporting data science courses as one of the highest demand skills. Furthermore, the duration of a BSc program is three years, while that of the B Tech program is four years. In 5 years, one can earn both their Bachelor's and Master's if they want to do an MSc or an MBA.

BSc in Data Science program provides an in-depth understanding of data science and the techniques of analysing quantitative and qualitative data to arrive at solutions. More and more businesses in India are focusing their attention and resources on big data and digital products. As a future Data Scientist, Data Engineer, or Business Analyst, a BSc in Data Science program aids students to develop necessary skills by inculcating them with the required skills. After graduation, graduates will have the opportunity to work in Machine Learning, Application Development Analyst, Back End Developer, Full Stack Engineer, Data Scientist, Customer Success Manager, Digital Marketing Specialist, Big Data Developer, and Sales Recruiter.

Dr. Hukum Singh

Head, Dept of Applied Sciences & Associate Professor

The NorthCap University, Gurugram Haryana

Dr. Sanjay Yadav

Dept of Applied Sciences & Associate Professor

The NorthCap University, Gurugram Haryana

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

How to make Friends in College

 It is not susceptible to speculate in anyone so handily, particularly when you have a terrible possibility in the past. But even if you had the nicest choice in the province of friends at your school time then don’t be much overconfident about college. Formerly I was in college my life guru told me it is not simple to cope up with pals in your college. She confided me school was just an aquarium where only specified fishes were held but college is a whole exotic ocean where you’ll meet all species of fish. She also spoke of that if I weren’t careful enough then it will not take me a minute to get relinquished in that ocean and will end up next to a shark. I thought about it a lot for several days. I am one of those individuals who had one of the best friends a girl can have in her school and tuitions. I was fortunate to have them but that doesn’t mean I’ll get those sorts of friends so effortlessly in college too. I would say, the best way to make a good friend is that always believe in your instincts. Every time I make friends I first believe in my intuitions and didn’t reckon them on their past blunders, indeed. It is not accurate that online friends are not substantial or close friends. Actually, in my case, I found my best of friends online-only, due to the virtual classes. And somehow it’s easy to find friends in NCU as in NCU you come across every manner of the student. There are students whose vibes are as equivalent as yours and many are there whose vibes are just antagonistic as yours. There are numerous ways to meet friends in a college. And one of the best ways to meet them is through college societies. When it arrives at making friends through society you both have miscellaneous topics in common to talk about while debating matters of any kind. And somehow it’s not crucial to have friends in your class. And frankly saying canteen is the promising location on the entire campus to meet your pals and enjoy the chitchat with them. Even I meet most of my companions in the canteen as most of my friends are from B.Sc, BBA and CSE department and I am in the ECE department. And I met most of these dumb heads through society and others online. It is easy to make friends but what is extensively tough is to conclude whether they are good to you or not. According to my, decent friends are those who assist me in most of my decisions but also correct me in my wrongdoings. If you do not feel very much affluent with any of your friends then it’s okay as not everyone can be adequately for you. For me making friends has never been a massive chore as I am an extrovert but for wallflowers, it’s a very great deal. But when you make one pal you are in a chain to make more of them as you get to meet some other friends of theirs.

Best mantras for making promising friends are:- always be yourself, be interesting while doing extracurricular, try to know a little about everything, ask questions and invite them to some of your activities and be nice. A handful of these mantras constantly help you to make friends and interacting with others. Invariably being yourself brings about the other individual curious to learn about you as they could have shared some mutual interests with you. Always engage yourself in varied extracurricular as it gives rise to you look fascinating and unique. One should know at least a little about everything as if you start talking about a particular topic you know what to say and what not to, you won’t felt left behind. Asking questions from others gives a good impression of you on them. They start to think that you are curious to know about them and after that even they start to get curious to know about you. Yes, it is important to be yourself while you talk to someone or spend time with them, but no matter what kind of person you are your should be polite to them, as it gives a good impression of you and your personality. Inviting others to some of your activities helps them to know about you and your interests. They feel special and honored when you spend your time with them.

Riya Jain

School: School of Engineering

Program: ECE

Batch: 2020-2024

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Online Classes and their impact on higher education

 It’s been almost two years since a man woke up one fine day and decided to treat himself with a bat as a delicacy for his breakfast and just like that the months that followed started to take the world apart piece by piece. Economies crashed, hospital beds overflowed, exuberance died and in some parts of the world anarchy took over. 

In order to keep the education going all the universities and schools transitioned to an online mode of teaching. Blackboards got replaced by MS paint and classrooms got overtaken by video conferencing platforms like zoom and teams. Now if this were to be written in a history book I would go on to explain the ways in which humanity as a whole came together on its path to survival but I’ll leave that for another day. Today I wish to talk about online classes and their impact on higher education.

Now given the circumstances switching to an online mode of teaching seemed to be the only logical choice but, and I want you to pay attention to what I’m about to say, just like this very pandemic, just like all the measures we took to fight through it, just like every solution humanity has come up with since March 2020, online classes are “temporary”. 

They have gone on for much longer than they should have, students are forced to miss out on their college life. Online teaching has been going on for 3 semesters now which has made the students miss out on various character-building experiences that they would have undergone in these crucial years of their lives.

A major problem that still remains is faulty internet connections which still haunts us when it comes to online classes. Fun fact, the most used sentence by both the teachers and the students has been “Am I audible”. There have been genuine cases where students have missed out on important lectures due to connection problems. And then there are the over smart ones among the lot who use this internet connectivity excuse to get a few extra hours of sleep. Which brings me to my next point.

In order to attend a class in your room, with all the comforts one can imagine, a need for immense self-discipline arises which let’s face it is the last thing students at this age want to inculcate. This may sound harsh but this has been the reality of online classes, students log in to get attendance and then go on with their day while “Database management systems: Lecture 1” plays in the background. (I don’t do that. Ok maybe once or twice :p )

When you as an educator want to teach a class full of students, you need to establish a connection with the class in order to get through to them. Eye contact often helps a teacher to make sure that the students are still with them and not day dreaming about a boy/girl next door. Online teaching completely obsoletes the idea of reaching through to the class and making sure that whatever is being taught is reaching the students. Barring a few percentage of learners, most of them feel a disconnect with the teacher and have a hard time concentrating thereby missing out on all the important topics, only to google “How to learn Java” a day before the exam. 

(A note for the reader: I know I am making bold statements but trust me all this is true and exists on a much larger scale expanding to all colleges and universities)

To sum up the whole debate I would like to conclude by saying that online teaching is a mere consolation which exists for the sole reason of saving the education system from sudden death. The only difference between netflix and an online class is that people pay attention to netlfix when it’s playing. No matter how insufficient this online mode of teaching maybe it was the only option we had when a deadly virus was plaguing humanity but it is high time that we transition back to old school offline teaching mechanisms because there’s a pretty high chance that a future prime ministerial candidate is going on with his/her day while “Database management systems: Lecture 1” plays in the background.

Sidhant Gumber

Roll No: 19CSU308

School: School of Engineering

Program: B.Tech CSE with Specialization in Game Development

Batch: 2019-2023 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

After Covid: Phoenix like Rise for India- A Mission

India is in turmoil. Despair all around. Snake-like rise in Covid cases during April'21 has caught everyone by surprise. Medical infrastructure is under immense stress. The current surge in cases has happened due to new variant of corona virus, which is highly infectious, and has seen hospitals run out of beds and oxygen and families of patients for medicines. According to WHO, India now accounts for 46% of world's new cases and a quarter of deaths due to virus. From being a vaccine and medicines/PPE kits provider till March end, our country has turned into receiver of international aid within one month.

Situation Analysis: India and the world is caught with surprise

A report in Indian Express dated 18th March had stated that temporary hospitals built during 2021 to tackle the corona crisis were being dismantled and ventilator manufacturers facing closure. And see how the situation turned drastically in April (golden line in the graph shows the intensity of the second wave and the black the first wave), proving all forecasts and predictions wrong.

Source: Prof. ShamikaRavi@ShamikaRavi

Many lives have been lost due to the fury caused by double mutant. Infrastructure is under immense pressure and the times of lockdown are back. Again we have the migrants' problem to deal with. Students also are experiencing stress. Number of active cases are expected to peak, but not before mid-May. Immense loss to economy, which was expected to grow (as reported in last week of March) by about 11.5-12% in 21-22.

The NorthCap University Initiatives: Presently, the university is closed. Like during the first wave, the institution is engaging with the students in online mode, using technological tools. Minor exams have been conducted in online mode only. Necessary support is being provided to students and faculty during this period. Verified addresses are also being provided for sourcing essentials like oxygen, beds, medicines, Plasma etc.

Future Direction for the Country: Faced with faith-accompli, our country has to cope with all determination and collective efforts. We have to face today's uncertainty with all our strength. Masking, sanitising, vaccinating have to be our weapons. We have to respect the law and continue with Covid-appropriate behaviour. Most important, young have to stay safe, lest they infect the elderly at home. Today, not only our immunity but also spiritual strength is under test. Many organizations and individuals are helping the hapless during this crisis. This gives courage to one and all. There are so many stories of help emerging, almost regularly. Now, as a country, we have to not only recover as fast as possible and prevent any fresh wave of infections, but also rise like Phoenix and become a giver to the world community in the next three years. That should be the mission!

Prof S.K.Breja

Distinguished Professor
(Strategy and SCM)

School of Management

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Outcome Oriented Curriculum for Employable Commerce Graduates

The NorthCap University has taken several initiatives to make the commerce undergraduates experience worthwhile. While keeping in consideration the recently introduced Learning Outcome Based Curriculum Framework (LOCF) for commerce education, the curriculum is designed to equip students with expertise, values, and attitude. As the millennials require practical knowledge and hands-on learning for better employability, a mandatory internship has been a part of the syllabus to expose students to the varied requirement of industries and start-ups. The students are motivated to opt for different projects and data collection surveys to develop their research acumen. The syllabus of subjects for instance Accountancy, Taxation, Entrepreneurship is developed to inculcate interdisciplinary approach among the students. Introduction of General Electives, Skill Enhancement Courses and Discipline Specific Elective courses under Choice Based Credit System(CBCS) would enhance the scope of their careers. The curriculum is revised by domain-specific faculties in consultation with industry experts to keep students abreast of the latest changes in business environment and to attain skills following the current demands of the industry. The inclusion of case studies and simulation activities adds value to the conventional mode of studies. Frequent guest lectures from corporates and alumni gives an insightful experience to the undergraduates. Moreover, recent initiative of blended learning through MOOC courses offered by reputed national and international universities enrich the cognitive abilities of students and make them ready for campus placements. The endeavours of the university have made commerce education the first choice among various undergraduate courses.

Dr. Deergha Sharma is working as Assistant Professor in The NorthCap University. Her area of interest are Banking, Financial management and Stock market Operations.

Dr. Deergha Sharma
Assistant Professor 
Banking, Financial management 
and Stock market Operations
The NorthCap University Gurugram

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Why Spring is a popular Java Framework?

The NorthCap University is highly focused on career based specialization for its students and one of such specialization is Java Full-stack where one handles both back-end development tasks such as database, frameworks, servers and also front-end development. In this blog we will talk about Java Spring framework which is a back end framework but before we get into the popularity of the Spring framework in particular, let us first understand why we need to use any framework at all.

As we all know, Java is a secure and robust language for developing web applications, and there are numerous open source and proprietary libraries and APIs to support .in this regard. So why do we need a framework after all?

  • Helps us focus on the core task only.
  • Brings together years of wisdom in the form of design patterns
  • Helps us adhere to the industry and regulatory standards
  • Brings down the total cost of ownership for the application
  • Binds to a specific version of language and libraries
  • Forces us to write an application in a specific manner

Frankly, there are no silver bullets in software development and frameworks are certainly no exception to that. As a result, the context should be used to determine which framework to use for application development.

Popular Java Frameworks Available in Market

Brief Overview of Spring Ecosystem

Spring is not a new framework. In fact, Rod Johnson released the first iteration of Spring in 2002. Subsequently, the framework grew in popularity due to its intuitive handling of common application architecture issues. Specifically, Spring’s greatest strength is as a container for the application. When you create your application within Spring, Spring will manage all of the challenges of maintaining references between objects. Significantly, Spring injects dependencies before the creation of new objects. Moreover, it gives developers greater control over the application’s control flow, all while managing that flow for developers.

Spring is not only a web framework

Mistakenly, developers often refer to Spring as a web framework. However, Spring can work in any Java application, no matter the context. While Spring does provide a module and extensions for building web applications, it’s not limited to the web. Because Spring Framework could handle what J2EE couldn't in a more straightforward and lightweight manner (nowadays is called JEE).

Furthermore, Spring is well-known for being a lightweight framework. It can also be considered a framework of frameworks because it supports a variety of frameworks such as Struts, Hibernate, Tapestry, EJB, JSF, and others. In a broader sense, the framework can be defined as a structure in which we find solutions to various technical problems.

In earlier days, J2EE was intended to create Enterprise Business Components like EJBs that could be easily distributed; however, the level of difficulty required to build and maintain J2EE applications resulted in the creation of the Spring framework; since then, Spring has grown tremendously. Also, in order to deploy a J2EE application, you need a J2EE Container (back then, there weren't many options: Bea WebLogic, IBM WebSphere.). As a result, Spring Applications can be deployed in Tomcat or other Servlet containers.

Comparison table between Spring and other Java based frameworks

Advantages of Spring Framework

There are many advantages of Spring Framework. They are as follows:

1) Predefined Templates

Spring framework provides templates for JDBC, Hibernate, JPA etc. technologies. So there is no need to write too much code. It hides the basic steps of these technologies.

2) Loose Coupling

The Spring applications are loosely coupled because of dependency injection.

3) Easy to test

The Dependency Injection makes easier to test the application. The EJB or Struts application require server to run the application but Spring framework doesn't require server.

4) Lightweight

Spring framework is lightweight because of its POJO implementation. The Spring Framework doesn't force the programmer to inherit any class or implement any interface. That is why it is said non-invasive.

5) Fast Development

The Dependency Injection feature of Spring Framework and it support to various frameworks makes the easy development of Java EE application.

6) Powerful abstraction

It provides powerful abstraction to Java EE specifications such as JMS, JDBC, JPA and JTA.

7) Declarative support

It provides declarative support for caching, validation, transactions and formatting. Spring framework is an open source Java platform that provides comprehensive infrastructure support for developing robust Java applications very easily and very rapidly.

Ms. Vaishali Kalra
Assistant Professor
Computer Science Department (Full-Stack Specialization)

The NorthCap University,Gurugram

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

My journey with The NorthCap University

Since a very young age, I felt remarkably inspired by law. Witnessing my father dealing with law and order state of affairs, and serve the society every day, evoked a sense of awe and respect for the field. Raised in an environment where law was central to most consultations, the development of a legal aptitude was perhaps in-the-making long before I consciously pursued legal education. The key reasons that crystallised my plan to study law included: the incalculability of the law and its applicability in our day-to-day lives, along with the constant learning prospects. These aspects continue to motivate me in my legal field till date.

My journey with The NorthCap University (NCU) began back in 2016, and there’s been no looking back. During my graduation period which was from 2016 - 2021 , I’ve been handling litigation matters and currently specialising in technology laws at Tygar Law Corporate. The interest to learn about a assortment of laws has taken me from running across various court rooms in India to gaining international court exposure, assisting law firms, and finally, finding an exciting job placement at Kher & Kher Law Offices , all credit goes to SPA Team of the University.

Through five years of studying law at NCU, I observed a mini revolution in the development of effective pedagogy. Today, because of the vision of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. H.B Raghavendra, together with the hard work put in by the faculty, students and administration, NCU has achieved some incredible milestones for such a young university. I am honored to call this University my alma mater.

I hold great respect for all the faculty members who made conscious efforts to transition from conventional ways of teaching to encouraging students to develop higher order thinking. Be it core arts and law subjects or the wide range of electives that were offered to us, we were constantly moving ahead on the learning curve. The cooperative learning environment extended by Prof. Archana Sarma (Criminal Law), Prof. Pallavi Bajpai (International Commercial Arbitration), Prof. Vaiji Raghunathan (Advance Contract Drafting), Prof. Priyanki Gupta (IBC Law), and Prof. Pushpesh Pant (Media & Sports Law) amongst many other brilliant faculty members instilled in me a deep and lifelong appreciation. During my time at NCU, I received a gamut of unique academic exposures including being a part of research centres at University, attending various Legal Aid Camps, Moot Court Competitions and National Client Consultation Competitions, a member of the Editorial Board of NCU Law Journal and various other National Conferences.

As our faculties encouraged us to intern from the very first year of law school, it gave us a prospect as students of law to a get an acumen into what it truly feels like to be a lawyer. I usually opted for non-normative internship opportunities that I am convinced helped me in bringing a transformational change and opened my mind to explore different legal fields. Although my role as an intern with respect to handling matters was narrow, the experiences were helpful in ratifying my interest in law.

An exciting opportunity came my way when NCU School of Law collaborated with the District Legal Services Authority for a Cyber Security Week and I considered myself really lucky to be selected. It was one of the most enriching experiences to represent NCU/India and to work with outstanding members of the DLSA Authority including Shri. Pardeep Chaudhary, who continues to be my mentor and source of inspiration.

NCU introduced me to some of the best peers possible, in the most conducive culture. A big thanks to each and every student of the Class of 2016 for being truly remarkable! I think the culture amongst students at NCU is very positive and the value of “we” is commendable.

It was the little things as much as the big moments that made memories of law school utterly unforgettable. I remember one night before exams, some really talented students took night sessions to revise the courses for the benefit of all. Absolutely everyone from the batch used to be there. It reflected an empowering culture amongst students that prevails across NCU. Another cherished memory is from a time when I was elected as the President of Legal Aid Society and the society planned to organise ‘Legal Aid Camp’ for the first time outside Campus. We sent out a mail requesting for volunteers and around 150 students from across all the batches and schools of NCU came together and helped the society organise the event. These incidents continue to have a deep impact in my life. So, to ambitious young budding lawyers, I would say: all of us have a surreptitious superpower—our mindset. An individual with a growth mindset can principally have the power to stretch and stick to a situation even when it’s challenging, which I feel is extremely important and valuable for a lawyer.

During graduation, I started working with some of the most hardworking litigators in Delhi. It was a noteworthy learning experience working alongside Mr. Narinder Hooda. I was also retained by Y.P Associates, which provided a very valuable organisational experience. Consequently, I switched to independent practice where I was empanelled with innumerable real estate and tech companies. Working as a part of litigation and corporate teams and then an attempt at independent practice has cumulatively helped me in identifying, analysing, drafting and challenging key legal issues in a thorough manner.

The decision to work as an in-house counsel came in furtherance of my interest to explore a variety of laws. I didn’t want to resist myself to one certain field of law and was convinced that an in-house role is more suitable for me. After several months of looking for opportunities and applying at various organisations, my job application was acknowledged by Kher & Kher Associates.

I am elatedly looking forward to this new voyage!

Amardeep Chahal
16llb007, Batch (2016 – 2021)
The NorthCap University Gurugram