Summer vacations: Reasons to do internships and how they help your career

Thoughts of summer bring forth images of lazy days indoors, getting glued to television, food, holiday and keeping a distance from studies. However, there are plenty of ways that one can have fun, relax and still be productive. After all, summer vacations are about taking the time to travel, explore, acquire and learn new things, augment skills and experience. I believe the best way to gain experience is to start turning your thoughts into actions.

This year my school gave all the students of my grade the opportunity to intern at many different companies. For 10 days in this summer break, I had the privilege to work and understand the cogs and wheels of the technology and engineering industry with my classmates.

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I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience which gave me an opportunity to explore my strengths and weaknesses and test my logical ability.

In my opinion, activities, like taking on internships, improving your skills, travelling, volunteering and taking part in small projects, are great ways to spend the summer holidays productively. The vacations are an opportunity to explore, experience and learn and I intend to make the most of this time.

DU admission 2017: Sharp drop in cut-offs at off campus colleges

Off-campus colleges in DU saw a significant drop in cut-off percentages in the second list released by the university on Friday night. PGDAV College, which had set the highest cut-off of 98% for Computer Science in the first list, saw a drop of 5% for the course in the second list. Several colleges such as Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Bhagini Nivedita College, BR Ambedkar College, Motilal Nehru College and PGDAV college saw cut-off percentages fall by a minimum 2% and, for some courses, even as high as 9%. Usually, due to the large number of applications that the university receives, the difference in cut-off percentages between the first and second list is not more than 1.5%.

In fact, many sought after courses and colleges closed applications after filling up the seats with the first cut-off itself — as is the case in Hindu College and LSR College this year. The drastic drop in off-campus college cut-offs may be attributed the fact that many of them are on the outskirts of Delhi and not well-connected to the Metro — making them relatively less popular among applicants. However, in some cases, the drop also has to do with the popularity of a certain course.

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At Bhagini Nivedita College, situated in Kair village near Najafgarh, cut-off for courses such as Political Science and History reduced by 4% and 3% respectively.

Science courses, too, saw the same trend. Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences in Dwarka saw cut-offs reduce by an average of 3%. Less common courses like Instrumentation (87%) and Polymer Science (87%) saw a drop of 5% each. Swami Shraddhanand College in Alipur saw a drop of 6% and 5% in Applied Life Sciences and Botany. Cut-offs for languages, especially Hindi, saw a drastic drop in many colleges.

Row over making Dyal Singh day college intensifies: Morning college principal claims he didn’t sign proposal

The faculty at Delhi University’s Dyal Singh morning and evening colleges have once again locked horns over the conversion of the evening college into a morning one. With DU’s executive council set to meet Monday, the principal of the morning college, I S Bakshi, has denied signing the agreement proposing and accepting the conversion.

delhi University quota, Delhi University news, National news, education news, latest news, delhi Univeristy news,In a staff council meeting on June 30, the morning college passed a resolution to “prevent the bifurcation of the colleges into two morning college, on the same premises”. They also alleged that the agreement, signed by the two principals on January 24, and sent to the academic council (AC) on June 20, was fraudulent.

“The principal of the day college has categorically denied of having signed any such document. This is a serious… attempt to fraudulently mislead the AC,” the resolution said. The staff council has requested the VC to not take cognizance of the January 24 document and conduct an enquiry. However, the evening college has asked Bakshi to lodge an FIR if the documents are false. “It is appalling that the principal is implying that his signature was forged. If so, we request them to approach police,” Bhawana Pandey, spokes- person, evening college, said.

Delhi University: 200 B.Com Programme students fail final-yr exam

In an apparent case of mass failure, around 200 students of B.Com Programme across various colleges of Delhi University (DU) have not cleared the final year exams. Students alleged that they had been “failed for not getting 40% marks in the practical exam of Computer Applications”. The students, led by the DU Students’ Union, also met the Dean of Students’ Welfare and wrote a letter on the issue. Deputy Dean of Students’ Welfare Gurpreet Tuteja said the letter had been forwarded to the Dean of Examinations Vinay Gupta for deliberation. Gupta did not respond to calls by The Sunday Express.

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“I scored 68%. As I did not get 16 out of 40 in my practical in fifth semester, they have failed me,” he added. Chawaria said he will miss out on an entire year and will be unable to sit for competitive exams or apply for postgraduate courses as a result.

SBI PO Main result 2017 declared at sbi.co.in, check here

The State Bank Of India (SBI) has announced the result of probationary officers recruitment exam 2017 at sbi.co.in. The main exam was held on June 4 and the prelims were held in April and May 2017. After qualifying the SBI PO preliminary and main exam, the final scores will be calculated on the basis of marks secured by the candidates in the mains exam and the interview round.

Marks secured by the candidates in the written test (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in group exercises and the interview (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating converted marks of written test and group exercises and the interview out of 100 for each category.

sbi po mains result 2017, sbi.co.in, sbi, sbi poThe selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.

SBI PO 2017 result, know how to check result
Step 1: Go to the official website for SBI – sbi.co.in
Step 2: On the homepage, click on career tab
Step 3: Then click on SBI PO main result
Step 4: A pdf file will open displaying selected candidates roll numbers
Step 5: Download and take a print out of the same for further reference.
The application process for SBI PO 2017 was started from February 7 and continued till March 6, 2017.
Eligibility: The candidate should be a graduate in any discipline from a recognised university or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by the Central Government.

IIT Kanpur’s HC Verma retires, students pour adoration on Twitter

To every student who has studied physics in high school or while pursuing higher education India, the name of HC Verma is well known and respected. The IIT Kanpur professor who has written a number of helpful volumes on the subject has announced on Twitter that he has retired.

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The tweet brought on a lot of responses of adoration and best wishes for the professor who has authored books on Quantum Physics, taught doctorate students and contributed to science with research on Nuclear Physics. He is best known for his two volumes on “Concepts of Physics”.

Transgenders can now study all IGNOU courses for free

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has decided to give full fee waiver to transgender candidates — provided they produce an identity proof — on all programmes offered by the university. “The competent authority is pleased to approve fee exemption in all programmes for transgender candidates. Any certificate issued by the central/state government/medical officer/any other competent authority/ Aadhaar card, etc may be sought for the purpose,” the university said in a notification on June 29, signed by the Registrar of the Student Registration Division.

The university holds admissions twice a year for most of its degree, diploma and certificate courses. For its July session, admissions will close on July 31. IGNOU vice-chancellor Ravindra Kumar said he hoped the move would encourage more transgender students to apply for their programmes. Kumar, who made the announcement regarding the fee waiver during a lecture on Sunday, said the university had already received applications from around 100 transgenders.

transgenders, ignou course transgenders, trasngender rights, transgender free education, education news, indian express news“An NGO approached our Regional Director in Delhi last year for enrolling transgenders into our programmes, to give them some sense of respect. Once they take to some course in IGNOU, they feel elevated and slightly better because of their social status. If they take to education, their lot will improve substantially. So once the officials approached us, we welcomed (the idea). We had anyway opened these gates for them fairly early,” he said.

The university had introduced the ‘other’ gender category in their admission forms in 2012 — before transgenders were officially recognised as the third gender by the Supreme Court in 2014. Kumar said the decision was also taken because there was a demand from other regional centres such as Varanasi and Chennai for fee concession for transgender students. The university’s regional centre at Kochi had recently conducted a special orientation programme for transgender students.

Kumar said the document proof was being asked for only to keep away impostors. “There is a possibility that after hearing of the fee waiver, some people will declare themselves transgender. What mechanism will we have to check this? That’s why we’re asking for some proof to ascertain their gender,” he said. IGNOU is the largest open university in the country, and currently has over three million students enrolled in its 200-odd programmes.

DU’s online glitches unresolved, some prefer to turn up in person

From struggling to pay fees online to not being able to generate admission slips — students applying for courses at Delhi University have been facing a fair share of difficulties this season. To make their voices heard, aspirants and their parents Monday queued up outside the admission help desk office at the conference centre in north campus, asking the university to solve their problems.

Monday was the second day of admissions under the second cut-off list. “I do not know what the problem is but I could not find the college I wanted to take admission in. Not knowing what to do, I had to come here all the way. I have been told to submit an application, but I am worried now as Tuesday is the last day for admission under the second list,” said Abhinandan Shah, who wanted to take admission in Vivekananda College.

delhi university admissions, du online admission, du admissions, delhi univeristy, delhi university admission website, delhi news, indian express newsThe other common complaint was that students are not being able to log in to make online fee payment. Those who have paid have a different problem — not being able to generate the receipt. Students have to carry the fee receipt to get entry to the college on the first day. According to DU officials, of the 22,847 admissions approved, payment has been made for 19,000 seats. With 22,847 seats having been taken up, there are still 33,153 seats left in 61 colleges. However, colleges will be able to talk about the third cut-off once the admission is completed under the second list on Tuesday.

“Today (Monday), there were fewer students who came for admission. Just seeing the data till today, I think there will be no third list for BCom (Hons) general seats,” said Mallika Kumar, head of the commerce department at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC). In other colleges, such as Ramjas, seats are filling up fast. Of the total 1,334 seats, 1,000 have already been filled.

At Gargi College, 1,100 out of 1,400 seats have been filled. “There will certainly be a third list, with some courses closed for the general category students. As there is still a day left for admission, and with students withdrawing to move to other colleges, a clear picture will emerge on Tuesday,” said an admission committee member of Ramjas College. The third cut-off list will be released on July 7.

Is Peter Thiel the Most Powerful Person in Tech?

There are generally two paths for dealing with someone in power when disagreements arise. One is to confront, and the other is to understand and influence. What is interesting is the most common path taken is the former while the most successful is the latter. I think the reason is that the former path is both the natural path for disagreement and the most visible. Confrontation is always more newsworthy than influence.

When done right, exerting influence has the odd result of not conveying credit while actually making far more progress. This suggests that one of the ways to determine whether someone is doing something because they believe in the outcome vs. doing it for fame and status is whether they move to influence or to confront.

The vast majority of tech executives and politicians confronted Trump, which had little impact on him, while Peter Thiel moved to influence. As a result, he now may be the most powerful person in tech, even though that didn’t appear to be his goal.

I’ll share some thoughts about that this week and close with my last product of the week, which has to be Varonis. It is the one product that could have prevented virtually all of the high-profile breaches that crippled both Yahoo and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

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Confrontation and Backstabbing

One of the most common ways decisions are made in the tech industry is that the most outspoken and disagreeable person at the table wins, and the person who is better founded but isn’t as focused on the status of winning often loses. I call this the “biggest assh*le at the table method,” but there is a more technical term for this: argumentative theory. I’ve reviewed a lot of failed companies, and at the heart of most failures seems to be this process.

There is a second process that is equally common, in tech firms in particular, and it has a common name that I’ll paraphrase because I can’t use the actual name in mixed company. It is “kiss you screw you.” This occurs after everyone at the table agrees, and then a bunch go out and do everything they can to cause the idea to fail in order to screw the poor person who is trying to execute.

If you’ve ever wondered why a lot of good ideas fail, it is largely because some group of folks inside companies secretly move to cause them to fail. Personally, I think people should be fired for doing that, but they often are rewarded instead, which suggests there are a lot of managers on the wrong side of this practice.

I personally think the Obama administration was defined by both practices. The Republicans largely practiced the “biggest assh*le at the table” method and were obstructionist, while the Democrats seemed to agree but acted against the president behind the scenes, which is why efforts like Obamacare were such a train wreck.

Collaboration and Influence

Compare the way much of the tech industry supported Clinton vs. how Peter Thiel supported Trump. Clinton got money and vocal support, and Thiel provided technical advice and focus. He advised and kept tightly to tech topics like cybersecurity, which are critical to the well being of the country. Clinton’s massive support from the industry largely consisted of money, because most thought she was an idiot. That was thanks largely to the email thing, but I’ve seen notes going back years, suggesting that was hardly a new perception.

The right path for Clinton’s supporters would have been to fix the “idiot” thing. Yet there is no evidence it was even attempted. Thiel, in contrast, worked to make Trump smarter, and the result was not only better execution in the final days of the campaign, but also last week’s tech meeting, which focused on making tech companies more profitable.

Contrast this with Eric Schmidt’s relationship with President Obama, which became an embarrassment for the president and didn’t seem to result in anything but an unusual protection against antitrust charges for Google. As a result, it’s arguable that tech actually appears weaker at the end of Obama’s term than it did at the beginning. If the current trend holds, that shouldn’t be the case with Trump, but that outcome will depend largely on Thiel’s relationship with Trump.

Thiel vs. Gawker

Peter Thiel spent $10M taking out Gawker, which scared a lot of folks because it silenced a voice in media. Personally, I thought Gawker was an abomination — largely because it focused on disclosing personal information about powerful people or celebrities, doing them harm for money.

Gawker had its roots in tech, and a tech service that monetizes hurting people tarnishes the entire industry and is counter to efforts that are working to eliminate bad behavior, like bullying, by making it appear like you can bully anyone. By the way, this doesn’t mean that I agree with some of the behavior that Gawker called out — I just don’t think it is in the tech industry’s best interest to validate the hostile use of personal information, given the critical need to protect everyone’s individual privacy.

I’m kind of surprised more tech CEOs haven’t backed Thiel’s efforts, largely because having a “secret mistress” is an extremely common perk of the job. My guess is that most believe they are careful and that their clandestine relationships won’t be reported. Sadly, many aren’t as good at keeping this stuff secret as they think. Had Gawker not been killed, many of those delusional executives likely would have had some explaining to do to their wives, kids, employees, stockholders and boards. Such things rarely go well, so Thiel did them one hell of a favor that most may never appreciate fully.

Wrapping Up: Thiel vs. Whitman

Perhaps the biggest contrast was between Thiel and Whitman. Thiel focused on collaboration, while Whitman took the confrontational path to extremes, seemingly switching parties. Thiel will have a great deal of influence on the Trump administration, while Whitman will have zero influence on it and may find that HPE is blacklisted both by Trump’s companies and the federal government — or worse, be prioritized for contract audits.

One final thought: Because Thiel focused on talking about technology, he could have made the cut to influence Clinton. He didn’t make the conflict personal, and he clearly had a strong grasp of what needed to be done by either administration. Whitman could have influenced only Clinton, because her contribution was personal and political.

Even with Clinton, her influence likely would have been insignificant, perhaps limited to getting a largely ceremonial cabinet post. Here is the important part: Given that she is the CEO of HPE, neither outcome would have benefited HPE significantly, and the Trump outcome may have hurt it materially.

I think this showcases a best practice that the tech industry should adapt broadly: Collaboration and focusing on what the industry knows — tech — is a far better way both to influence an administration and to make a real difference.

I think it also showcases a far better personal practice as well, because constant confrontation, particularly when it is only to appear superior, or backstabbing for any reason is counterproductive to the overall effort and makes a firm less successful.

So, for those of you who have made being an assh*le or backstabbing a defining skill, if you care about making a difference, then you should change your behavior. For those of you who like being assh*les and backstabbing, be aware that the identification and elimination of folks like you has become a major feature of the coming artificial intelligence-based human resources systems, so eventually you’ll be fired. All I can say is, it will be about fricking time.

My last thought is this: Thiel suddenly has become the most powerful person in tech, not through the more typical process of backstabbing and self-aggrandizement, but because he focused like a laser on how to use tech to help the nation and Trump. I should point out something about Jobs, who clearly was the most powerful person in tech last decade. While certainly an assh*le interpersonally, he focused on making Apple great. He became famous not because he focused on gaining fame but largely because of Apple’s success. In both cases, it is that focus we should remember as a best practice.

Yahoo last week disclosed that it had experienced a breach that occurred prior to its previously disclosed mega breach and that it was much bigger, impacting 1 billion people — that is billion with a B. It means that the odds favor the fact that you have been compromised and harmed, and that it clearly wasn’t reported in a timely way so you could have protected yourself.

This is on top of indications that both the Democrats and Republicans were hacked, and that those hacks likely did have a material impact on the election, even if it was just the uneven release of compromising emails.

In virtually all cases, the hacks were not discovered until well after they had occurred, and many only when what was stolen was disclosed. Claims that emails were not hacked — like Clinton’s emails or the RNC’s emails — largely coincide with no tracking in place. That is like saying no trees fall in areas where there are no people to observe them falling. Just because you didn’t see something doesn’t mean it didn’t occur.

What makes products like Varonis different is that they monitor behavior and activity. If someone either inside the company or outside has gained access to something they either don’t have rights to or that they’ve never been interested in before, then Varonis sends an alert. These hacks can range from people pulling information to share illicitly to hacking individuals to get access in order to misuse it to download sensitive information.

What concerns me is that this class of solution seems to be avoided, because people would rather not know they have been hacked so they can claim they are secure. For some, that’s preferable to finding out they aren’t — and let’s be clear, no one is absolutely secure. Pretending otherwise is just stupid.

Some nimrod earlier this month boasted on Twitter of having my personal information, along with a password I was using back in 2013, suggesting I’m one of the folks who was hacked. Because Varonis could have prevented this, it is my product of the week, and it is a contender for my product of the year, which I’ll announce next week.

Master’s Degrees Unlock Career Options

A bachelor’s degree doesn’t mean as much as it did 30, 40, even 50 years ago and in today’s job market, a master’s degree is the new bachelor’s degree. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, a federal government agency, the number of people with master’s degrees today is roughly equal to the number of those with bachelor’s degrees in the late 1960s.

Master’s degrees are offered in a wider variety of fields than ever before and make you a valuable to any organization. Earning this degree speaks to your commitment, a deeper understanding of your field of study, and advanced skills. Here are some careers you can enter with an advanced degree.

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Civil Engineering

If you admire architectural design or enjoy the challenge of building things, consider civil engineering. You’ll be involved with design, construction, and maintenance of important public works such as bridges, roads, and water systems. Rail lines, ports, and airports are additional projects you may work on.

Health Care

Occupations in the health-care industry will always be in demand, and with the retirement of aging baby boomers, this varied career field offers a broad range of career possibilities, including:

Occupational Therapist: You will help people engage in the therapeutic practice of everyday motions and mental exercises so they can participate in activities they enjoy and meet the demands of daily life.
Nurse Anesthesia: These nurses administer anesthesia and associated care both before and after medical procedures. They are the only anesthesia providers in rural hospitals and the main providers of anesthesia to members of the military, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
Physician Assistant Studies: A physician assistant (PA) must be nationally certified and licensed by the state. PAs work beside physicians and other providers in a team setting and are able to perform medical procedures and prescribe medication.

International Relations

In this wide-ranging field, you can work in politics, cultural programs, or economic relations with world communities. You can choose a position with the U.S. government, worldwide non-profits and international organizations in myriad fields.

Information Systems

These professionals oversee computer information and systems in the workplace. They manage and implement systems, resolve technical issues and protect huge amounts of data.

Global cyber security: Increasing information hacks make this a growing problem for businesses worldwide, who lack the skills to combat the problem. Learn more about cyber security at MVU Online. Library Science: In this position, you can help build and manage efficient databases that are user-friendly, highly functional and available to all users. Learn more about USC’s masters in library science program.

Finance

This field offers many career opportunities in addressing issues related to money and Wall Street. An advanced finance degree can be applied to many areas, including financial management for corporate and international organizations, investment fields and working with private clients for financial planning.

Master’s degrees may take from one to three years to complete and offer you advanced skills that you can use in a variety of careers. In a struggling economy, a master’s degree may give you an edge in the employment race.