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Horticulture Will Be The Key Development Factor For Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh

In India, horticulture is growing very fast and contributing to the Indian economy with increasing exports of agriculture commodities. Horticulture is not only needed in the world but it is also a better career option for youth. Recently, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has extended PM’s development package (PMDP) for horticulture development in India’s new Union Territories of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh. Under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture, the committee has approved the extension of PMDP by three years up to March 31, 2022. The PMDP was approved in the year 2016 and its timeline ended on 31st March 2019. The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare considered horticulture as a key factor that can contribute to the development of newly formed UTs. When we talk about Kashmir, the very first things that come to our mind are‘apple’ and ‘saffron’. The project will mainly focus on these signature crops including procurement of quality planting materials, improved rootstocks, and rejuvenation of old orchards. The extension of the package will help to generate employment opportunities for approximately 44 lakhs man-days. The horticulture growth will promote the establishment of grading, sorting, packaging units, cold storages, and fruit processing industries in the target area. The scheme is set to promote the latest technology for increasing per plant produce (PPP) by the adoption of a high-density planting system, improved plant training systems (espalier training system) and integrated nutrient management system. The government has allotted Rs. 500 crores under the scheme to these UTs for the establishment of horticulture driven development which also has approval for the establishment of solar or hybrid (electric & solar) operated cold storage facilities in Ladakh and Jammu. With the increase in crop production, the project will also increase tourism and transport development in these areas. The horticultural production surpassed total food grain production in 2015, since then it is achieving newer highs every year contributing to the nutritional and financial security of farmers and rural areas. India has unlimited capabilities in terms of Agri-climatic zones and crop biodiversity, the only step needed is to explore the opportunities and Indian government under the supervision of PM Narender Modi Ji, which has opened a new route in Ladakh, Kashmir, and Jammu.

Dr. Vinita Rajput

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Agricultural Sciences

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Civil Engineering: Features and Contribution to Society

Civil engineering is perhaps the oldest form of engineering and has been existing since the beginning of civilization. Civil engineering not only helps boost your resume and provides good job prospects, but the person gets to work for the wellbeing and well fare of the society as a whole. Society ceases to exist without civil engineering.

Specializations and career options

Civil engineering offers a variety of specializations and projects. Some of the specializations are construction engineer, structural engineer, geotechnical engineer, and transportation engineer.  Environmental engineering is another discipline of engineering in its own rights.

Civil engineering is an interesting subject for the students pursuing it. They can contribute immensely by getting involved in every stage of an engineering project. Different calculations can be used by them in planning, designing and testing stages. They maintain, repair and upgrade infrastructure, so they are involved in engineering projects in a unique way.

Some of the best universities in Delhi NCR offer these engineering courses. Aspirants can look through them for a lucrative career as engineers.

Salary and job prospects

The salary of a civil engineer varies from company to company. The highest-paid civil engineers work with the federal government. Those working for state governments get a lower salary. The non-residential building construction pays the lowest wages.

Civil engineering is the principal engineering occupation.  It’s the fastest-growing stream of engineering. Opportunities are plentiful such as renewable energy and development of waste management systems. They are involved in construction and up-gradation of airports, roads, buildings, bridges, etc.

Here are some pointers on its advantages:

  1. One can work in govt. or private sector or can start his/her own consultancy.
  2. The houses constructed by civil engineers become a status of their good and honest work.
  3. One gets to interact with a lot of people and this gives them good exposure.
  4. The earning increases with experience.
  5. There is a scope of a lot of creativity.

Civil engineering, the aforesaid paragraph makes it clear is a great stream for those who have a knack of creativity, want to meet new people, enhance their knowledge, get a good job and most of all, contribute to the betterment of the society.

If one wants to pursue the best university for B. Tech in Gurgaon, then one can easily look out for SGT University. SGT University’s Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering offers great scope to aspiring engineers. It boasts of expert faculty, state of the art infrastructure and research-oriented pedagogy. It offers a great opportunity for admission seekers.

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Synergy 2019 – Amalgamation of Ideas

Synergy, as the name suggests, is an amalgamation of ideas. It is a platform for grassroots innovations and a common meeting ground of multidisciplinary ideas. Here, innovative projects are guided by the common factor of reaching out for the greater common good of the society. 

Synergy festival is where students use their creative ideas to find unconventional solutions to conventional woes that plague us. The projects showcased are feasible and research-oriented. They are an effort to bring into life the innovative thinking of the students in front of the world. The subjects dealt with in these projects cover science, law, environment, and various other contemporary topics.

 The seeds of Synergy 2019 were sown back in the year 2017. Since then, this event has grown up by many folds.  Synergy 2019 is a grand fest where more than 300 schools and colleges will participate. Over 20,000 students from different schools and colleges will visit the campus. It’s nothing sort of a carnival of ideas where innovative projects are showcased on a common platform. 

The synergy tech fest has a cultural aspect. Cultural exhibitions like nukkad nataks, project innovations, robotics, and drone competitions are held. These cultural activities engage the interests of the masses and cast an impression on the audience. The nukkad Natak deals with real-life problems like saving the girl child while project innovation tries to find scientific solutions to real-life situations. Explore the technological world through robotics or get enchanted through the war of wings in the drone competition.

The bottom line is Synergy is more than just a fest, it’s a revolution of ideas. Its endeavors to boost innovation and encourage young minds. SGT University looks forward to this grand fest where students from Delhi NCR accumulate to work in harmony and bring together their efforts to create a better and new world.

Hurry! Register today here

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SGTU and Weather Company Announce ‘Open Data Weather Lab’, for Joint Academic Research and Communications on Weather

Weather impacts every person on the planet and is one of the largest external factors impacting businesses.  Yet many communities, businesses, and research institutions don’t have the tools they need to help prepare and respond to weather events.  As part of the collaboration, SGT University aims to leverage valuable insights from weather data provided by The Weather Company, an IBM Business, and drive research on the impact of weather on streams such as agriculture, engineering, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and others, in addition to facilitating student & faculty learning and providing an incubation platform for startups and corporate.

There is currently an urgent need for inter-disciplinary engagement on issues pertaining to weather and climate change. With the ‘Open Data Weather Lab’, we aim to address these issues through academia-driven efforts by opening up the enterprise-grade weather data from The Weather Company’s Solutions and Data APIs and making it accessible for our research projects. We also intend to invite data scientists to facilitate industry-oriented research work for businesses in private and public sectors under added guidance of IBM.

We at SGT University also believe that the policy support for improving the ability to store and share data on Agriculture is growing. Open data will mean different things to different organizations in the development sector. Some may use it as a resource, contribute to it, or both.

The idea of providing agricultural information freely is not entirely new. Data has been made available in the past by various agencies and research organizations, but the amount of data being generated now is increasing, as is our ability to share it effectively. This is leading to a growing interest in making good use of it.

There’s a global refocusing on agriculture, which is positive and necessary. Open access to data in agriculture is one of the key issues that we consider important if we wish to combat hunger and poverty.

Traditionally, we all tended to do our own work in our own regions and countries and keep our data to ourselves, which has limited us in what we can achieve as a community. The Weather Lab at SGTU aims to significantly change the way we store data and is made available to anyone. Having said that, simply making data available is one dimension of open access; the other is interoperability. This essentially means making data readable by other machines, so that datasets can be aggregated and compared.

As different types of agricultural information become inter operable, insights may follow which could improve yields, climate change resistance, nutritional quality and more.

Within the development sector, involvement in open data may mean different things to different organizations. Some may use it as a resource, contribute to it, or both. There’s also a need for advocacy to keep the momentum up and create more sources of open data.

By Rajneesh Wadhwa
Dean – Faculty of Engineering & Technology
SGT University

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