Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Inspiring Games

An Exercise of the Brain

The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT),WB has organized a Chess Tournament for Selection of Boys & Girls to constitute Boys/Girls Chess Team to represent the University in different Chess Tournaments. Different Engineering and Management Colleges had sent nominees from their students both Boys & Girls and the Selection Tournament for constitution of the Chess Team was held on 23rd April, 2019 in the Haringhata Campus of the University. 

104 boys and 20 girls from different colleges participated in the Chess Tournament, which was organized in the Swiss League system in five rounds. The first four competitors were selected in two divisions to represent the University. Sourav Mondal stood first among the Boys and Susmita Goswami among the Girls.The competition was conducted by the Arbiters of Bengal Chess Association. The prizes were distributed on behalf of the University by the Hon'able Registrar Dr. Partha Pratim Lahiri, the Finance Officer Dr. Atri Bhowmik and other respected professors and officials of MAKAUT.
University Professors and officials at the Haringhata campus

The players at the competition in the Haringhata campus 

The University is also inspiring chess, which is an exercise of the brain, among the prisoners. Recently a competition was organized in 13th April at the Presidency Correctional Home, Kolkata.

The Hon'able Vice-Chancellor of MAKAUT Prof. Dr. Saikat Maitra in the
programme at Presidency Correctional Home, Kolkata 
The First Prize winning inmate of the Correctional Home with the
DG Mr. Arun Kumar Gupta..

 It was organized in the Swiss League system in five rounds. The winners were given prizes on the Bengali New Years' Day.

In this occasion was present the Hon'able Vice-Chancellor of MAKAUT, Proif. Dr. Saikat Maitra and the Director General of Correctional Services, Government of West Bengal Sri Arun Kumar Gupta, IPS. Prof. Maitra explained the importance of chess before the prisoners. He said, "The game of chess is a mental exercise. Yoga exercises are essential for the fitness of the body. Similarly, games like chess are useful for the brain. It helps to calm your mind and increase the power of concentration. While playing chess, one has to bear tremendous pressure and then find avenues to come out of it and make proper use of the opportunities. Similar is the case in our life. During any bad phase of our life, we have to keep coolness of the mind and march forward." Prof. Maitra is of the opinion that a reformatory should be renamed as Development Centre. The Director General said, 'This is the first time that this type of chess tournament is being organized in a reformatory. Prof. Maitra and Mr. Gupta formally inaugurated the programme by playing the game.

Prof. Maitra giving out prizes. Mr. Atin Sengupta of Bengal Chess Association is also there.

The winners were selected for a training camp in chess. The organizers were Kolkata District Chess Organization and the Department of Reformatories, West Bengal. 26 prisoners are selected for the camp and will undergo training upto 31st March, 2020. 

The participants waiting at the Correctional Home.

A cultural programme performed by the inmates of Presidency
Correctional Home, organized on the occasion of Chess Competition.
Experts are of opinion that these types of training programmes will go a long way in improving the mindsets of the inmates of a Correctional Home. The exercise of the brain involved in the game of chess will help them regain their confidence level and pave the way towards bringing them back to normal life.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Eye Mitra Optician Certification Course

The Journey Begins

The 'Eye Mitra' Optician Certificate course of one year affiliated by the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT), West Bengal is a skill development training programme launched in joint collaboration with Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre, Kolkata. The students can be admitted in this certification programme after they complete at least their Madhyamik course. The objective is to address the growing need of skilled human resource in the eye care sector. MAKAUT hopes that this demand for opticians will help to create employment. The programme will develop an individual into a skilled 'Eye Mitra' Optician and creates a pathway for sustainable livelihood.

The Certificate course has been launched with 37 students from the 24th of April and is being conducted at Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre’s Salt Lake (Kolkata) campus. It will also be conducted at Susrut's Berhampore (Murshidabad) campus in future.  Within the one year course, 6 months are alloted for theory and practical classes and the rest 6 months consist of field training. The course has the provision to admit new batch of students after six months. 
In this course candidates are trained in community–based activities like screening the eyes of the local people, dispensing spectacles and also educating the people on various aspects of eye care. They are capable of performing certain administrative tasks and duties which include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records and clinical duties, recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination and dispensing ophthalmic prescriptions. In brief  Eye Mitra Opticians are well trained to establish optical start-ups of their own as well as work under ophthalmologists in any hospital, clinic or optical shop.
Eye Mitra Opticians will have analytical skill and they will develop mechanical aptitude also. Understanding the work ethics characterized by dedication and persistence and the ability to deal tactfully with patients are some essential qualities to become a successful Eye Mitra Optician.

Attentive first batch of students at Susrut Eye Foundation's Salt Lake Centre.

Student-teacher interaction at Susrut.

If one is looking for a short-term training programme that will lead to an entry level job, this course will not disappoint the candidate who wants to build a career in Eye Health Care sector.  
The Hon'able Vice-Chancellor of the University Prof. Dr. Saikat Maitra is hopeful that Eye Mitra Opticians will be able to get wide opportunities to establish their own business of Optical Shops and become self-reliant. They can also assist and work under qualified ophthalmologists and optometrists in any eye clinic, hospital, eye-care center, nursing home or NGO. They can also participate in population screening programmes.
This career has long-term prospect and one can attain higher levels of salary and responsibility. MAKAUT wants to guide the aspirants of this profession to help them take off into a bright future. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

MAKAUT Invites Foreign Students

The Door Opens

The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Technology (MAKAUT), West Bengal has decided to open its door to foreign students, with regard to non-engineering professional courses offered by its affiliated colleges, which are not under the purview of AICTE.

It has announced about this initiative at a programme held recently, on the occasion of Bengali New Year's (1426) Day, where the consuls from 20 countries, including France, Germany, China, Nigeria, Nepal were present. In this occasion, the Hon'able Vice-Chancellor of the University Prof. Dr. Saikat Maitra said, "We are approaching the consuls to spread the message about the various courses of the University on offer. Over the past few years we have upgraded our curriculum of professional courses to international standards in consultation with industry experts. We want to attract foreign students to these courses."
The Hon'able Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Saikat Maitra with the consuls.

Prof. Maitra wants to uphold the image of the University not only within India, but also abroad. The engineering courses are conducted under the apex regulatory body AICTE. So, to attract foreign students in full fledged B.Tech courses, the colleges will have to follow AICTE rules. However, in the case of non-AICTE courses, the colleges affiliated with the University can approach foreign students directly. This will brighten the image of the University, hopes Prof. Maitra. 

The Hon'able Vice-Chancellor expects that 'reverse swing' can result in a 'brain gain' for West Bengal as a whole, if students from foreign countries come to the state and in future contribute to its development. Normally people complain about brain drain from West Bengal in particular and India as a whole. MAKAUT wants to prove that it is not always true, as West Bengal has adequate infrastructure for it.

The foreign consuls were informed about different certification courses of the University and how these are helpful for entering into the job market. Prof. Maitra said that such courses will also help the students move forward towards establishing their own start-up initiatives. With the entry of foreign students, these courses will also be able to create a global platform and in the process MAKAUT can develop its new repository of courses, which will be popular worldwide.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

New Job Orientation in Medical Treatment


The first and the most precious wealth is health and to protect that wealth digital techniques are supplementary to the traditional methods of medical treatment. The three verticals for the future will be based on automation, digitization and analytics. This implies there must be trained personnel, who can handle the modern digital weapons of health protection, mitigation and detection.
The Vice-Chancellor of MAKAUT, Prof. Dr. Saikat Maitra
at the programme on Digital Health
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT), West Bengal is dedicated to this skill development and is introducing a new course on digital health. This was announced recently at a workshop organised by the University at its Salt Lake Campus. At the outset, certification and PG diploma courses will be introduced and after that full fledged three year course will be started in a modular manner, as pointed out by the Hon'able Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Dr. Saikat Maitra. He said, "We have introduced Digital Pedagogy in the teaching-learning process. The latest addition is digital health, a course on which is not available in this part of India."

Prof. Maitra firmly believes that a digitized healthcare system can specially take care of the ageing population in India. Digitized Healthcare system always has innovative ways for monitoring personal data for self-management.
The objectives  of digitization of health services have also been outlined by Prof. Maitra. These are as follows:
1) Reducing inequality among various sections of the society with regard to healthcare
2) Increasing access to healthcare
3) Reducing cost
4) Enhancing the quality of care
5) Customizing healthcare
6) Personalizing medical requirements
7) Making arrangements for smart-care in a homely environment

There are actually different sub-sectors of Digital Health:
a) Mobile Health, which aims to reduce cost and increase efficiency through large scale use of mobile phones in healthcare
b) Health Information Technology, to secure exchange of information between patients and doctors
c) Wearable Devices, which are mainly activity trackers for personalized treatments
d) Telehealth, which allows long distance patient-doctor contact, care and advice
e) Telemedicine, which is remote caring of the patients, to break the distance obstacle
f) Personalized Medicine. One size fits all-- this idea is no longer valid. In the field of healthcare this is also true because the genetic structure of everybody is different

Prof. Maitra pointed out, MAKAUT is very happy that entrepreneurs in the field of Digital Health are coming into partnership with the University for Certification and PG Diploma Courses. In his words, "We also want to introduce full-fledged three-year programme in this area in a modular manner."

Professor of MAKAUT Dr. Indranil Mukherjee has rightly pointed out,"Good health is an important leverage of the nation. That is the objective behind all these initiatives of the University.

The Registrar of MAKAUT, Prof. Dr. Partha Pratim Lahiri commented that hospital is now a digital world. Prof. Sibamoy Dasgupta also stressed the importance of Digital; Health.

On behalf of Peerless Hospital, Dr. Subhrojyoti Bhowmick mentioned that the hospital is looking forward to an academic and research collaboration with MAKAUT in the field of Digital Health.

The workshop was organized by MAKAUT, WB in collaboration TRINNECT Ltd. Finland. The Managing Director of Trinnect Ltd, Dr. Shyam Chakraborty and Dr. Supten Sarbadhikari, an expert in the field of Digital Health graced the occasion. Both of them emphasized on the growing importance of digital techniques in healthcare. Dr. Sarbadhikari observed that India csn be a leader in Digital Health.

Thus MAKAUT's initiative in incorporating courses in Digital Health is definitely a right step forward.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

New Vocational Courses of MAKAUT

The Right Path to New Opportunities 

The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.--Rabinbdranath Tagore

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT), West Bengal is a renowned doorway to guide the students towards acquiring the right knowledge suitable for choosing the right career. This choice is naturally different for students coming from different strata of society. MAKAUT has its solution ready for every category of student due to a varied number of courses available in its basket. The University has also launched its new Three Years' Vocational Courses (B-Voc), designed to expand the career options for the students, so that they can understand and magnify their strengths in building their future.

The new vocational courses (Affiliated to MAKAUT and approved by UGC/AICTE) open up different bachelor degree domains which include Travel and Tourism, Medical Lab Technology, Medical Imaging Technology, Banking-Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI), Hardware Networking, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Interior Design, Automotive Manufacturing Technology, Retail Management, Industrial Tool Manufacturing, Renewable Energy, Electronic Manufacturing Services, Animation, Beauty and Aesthetics, Theatre Studies, Fashion Designing, Catering Technology and Hotel Management etc.  Eligibility criteria for admission to these subjects are 10+2 or equivalent. It is also important to note that there are provisions for exit from a course at the end of completion of first and second year of their studies with diploma and advanced diploma respectively.

The new vocational courses are outlined below

(Duration: 3 Years):

Travel and Tourism
Travel and Tourism management professionals manage the accommodation, travel modes, tour programme and overall stay of tourists in India and abroad. By studying this course, students can enter the Hospitality Industry, Transport and Cargo Companies, Forts/Resorts based tourism industry. They can work with Tour Operators, Immigration, and Customs Services, Ticketing Agencies, Hotels and Allied Service Industries, Travel Agencies and different Tourism Departments of the Government and Private Companies, Airlines, Food Industry, Transport Corporations etc.

Medical Laboratory Technology: A medical laboratory scientist (MLS), also traditionally referred to as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), is a healthcare professional who performs chemical, haematological, immunologic techniques, histopathology, cytopathology, microscopic and bacteriological diagnostic analyses. Students pursuing this course will find employment opportunity in hospitals, medical pathology labs, research labs, private laboratories. Moreover, they can also find jobs in research institutes, forensic laboratories, pharmaceutical companies and similar organizations.

Medical Imaging Technology: Students opting for this course have a wide prospect in future, since it is associated with medical treatments with the help of X-Rays, Radiography, Endoscopy, Ultrasonography etc. Graduates in Medical Imaging Technology can pursue their careers as Radiographers, Ultra-sound Technicians, Medical Image Analysis Scientist in hospitals and so on.

Automobile Servicing Technology: India is expected to emerge as the world's third-largest passenger vehicle market by 2021 and a leader in two-wheeler and four wheeler market by 2020. A career in Automobile Servicing Technology will allow students to find opportunites as Automobile Technicians, Warehouse Manager, Automobile Sales Manager and so on.

Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI): Banking Finance Services and Insurance sector in India is valued at Rs. 81 trillion and is likely to become the fifth largest in the world by the year 2020 and the third largest by the year 2025. Students proceeding with this course can accomplish as skilled professionals in Retail Banking, Private Banking, Corporate banking, Investment Banking and similar sectors. They can also act as sales executives or agents in the insurance sector, stockbrokers etc.

Hardware Networking: Computer Hardware is the combination of physical components or parts that make the computer system. Students exploring this subject can find jobs as systems engineer, design engineer, systems administrator etc. including private and public sector banks, financial institutions, educational institutions etc.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning: This is the subject which deals with the techniques to control the environment and thus provide comforts to individuals as well as help in the maintenance of machines to enable them to perform better and have longer lives. The course provides the students an opportunity to work in reputed Refrigeration, Automobile Companies, Cold Storages etc, as well as choose self-employment as a career.

Interior designing: Interior designing nowadays is no longer a luxury, but has evolved to become a necessary amenity in modern days. The course includes Elements of designing, Orthographic Projection, Construction Techniques etc. Students can seek job opportunities in various architectural and real estate firms, event management companies, healthcare and retail industry, hospitality, furniture companies etc.

Automotive Manufacturing Technology: The future of automotive manufacturing is likely to focus on key terms such as Produce on demand, Process Standardization & Integration and Integrated Logistics. Employment opportunities exist in private national and multinational automobile companies, service stations, private transport companies, defence services, and the scope of self-employment by setting up a maintenance workshop is also open to the students.

 Retail Management: Retail Management is one of the fastest growing careers in India. This sector is providing 2 million job opportunities across the globe. The course aims to explain the effective methods and strategies required for retail management, understand how to utilize resources and techniques used in retail management, understand the analysis of store location, merchandising, products and pricing etc. This course will help the students seek employment opportunities as a Retail Manager, Store Manager, Merchandiser, Marketing Executive, Department Manager, Warehouse Managers etc. in retail firms.

Industrial Tool Manufacturing: Industrial Tool Manufacturing offers different prospects across the globe. The course gives an overview of engineering drawing, different manufacturing processes, the concepts and principles used in machine tool designing, testing the performance of industrial tools etc. Every industry needs tools manufacturers, therefore, students pursuing this course can avail employment opportunities in a wider field in India and abroad.

Renewable Energy Management (REM): Renewable Energy Management course covers numerous areas like Solar Radiation and Energy Conversion, Fundamentals in Technology, Thermodynamics, and Turbo Machinery, Bio Energy and Geothermal Energy etc. A student of REM can become an Energy Analyst, Area Inspector, Device Manager or work in Analytics Technology and Energy Management etc.

Electronic Manufacturing Services: The course includes various concepts and principles of working of basic electronic devices and circuits, the concepts and principles used in radio/audio/video systems and communication devices and its maintenance etc. The Indian electronics industry is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the world. Hence this course will enhance job opportunities as a Manager, Sales and Marketing Manager, Service Manager in Electronics, Production Supervisor Electronics, Quality Control Head, Electronics Service Engineer, etc.

Animation: The syllabus educates the students in animation, Visual Effects (VFX) and post-production in film processing to foster creativity, skills mastery, professionalism etc. In this field there is no dearth of talent in our country, but due to lack of proper course curriculum, we have not been able to compete with the western world. The primary aim of MAKAUT is to bring the level of animation at par with the best available technology. Students can find employment opportunities as animation artists, graphic designers, freelancers, etc.

Beauty and Aesthetics: This course caters to the needs of beauty care domain. It will train the students in non-clinical aspects of cosmetology. Beauty professional courses are in very high demand nowadays and students pursuing this course can explore job opportunities in a salon or spa, as a beauty and skin specialist.

Theatre Studies & Acting: The B voc course in Theatre Study and Acting includes topics like Theatre Techniques and Designing, Study of Theatrical Script and Play. The objective of the course is the development of the intangible concept of creative imagination and its expression within the collective framework of a group. The students will get an opportunity in the Film and TV Media in addition to the Group Theatre activities.

Fashion Technology and Apparel Designing: The students gain insight into the broad spectrum that Indian fashion industry comprises of, with a view to improve their knowledge and overcome the practical challenges therein. Relevant human resource will be necessary for the upcoming high rise in the fashion industry segment.

Catering Technology and Hotel Management: This programme helps students to meet the industry’s need for competent hospitality professionals. It creates opportunities for students to improve their technical and management skills to develop and create a sound basis to build career in the field of catering and hotel management. Students seeking this course can find employment opportunities in Travel & Tour Companies, Academic Institutions, Transportation, Airlines, Healthcare Industry, Hotels & Holiday Parks etc.

List of Colleges and its B.Voc Courses affiliated by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology
Sl No.
Name of the Program
Code No
College Name
Medical Lab Technology(B.Voc)
George College

Animation (B.Voc)

Theatre Studies(B.Voc)

Fashion Design(B.Voc)

Beauty & Aesthetics(B.Voc)
George College


Automobile Servicing Technology(B.Voc)
George College

Hardware Networking(B.Voc)
George College

Interior Design(B.Voc)
George College


Renewable Energy(B.Voc)

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning (B.VOC)

Swami Vivekananda Institute of Sc. & Technology

Regent Education. & Research Foundation Group of Institutions

Automotive Manufacturing Technology (B.VOC)
Swami Vivekananda Institute of Sc. & Technology

George College


Swami Vivekananda Institute of Management & Computer Science


NSHM Knowledge Campus, Durgapur – Group of Institutions

NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata – Group of Institutions

Travel & Tourism (B.VOC)

Swami Vivekananda Institute of Management & Computer Science

NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata – Group of Institutions

Electronic Manufacturing Services (B.VOC)
George College

Dr. Sudhir Ch. Sur Degree Engg.College

Regent Edu. & Research Foundation Group of Institutions

Industrial Tool Manufacturing (ITM) (B.VOC)
Regent  Education & Research
Foundation Group of Institutions


Medical Imaging Technology (B.VOC)

Gurunanak Inst. Of Pharmaceutical Sc. & Tech.

NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata – Group of Institutions

The Hon'able Vice-Chancellor of MAKAUT is of the opinion that, these vocational courses will equip the students to prosper in their future career in varied fields. Again, if somebody wants to pursue higher studies and even research in these areas, they are most welcome. The University is always ready to guide the young generation in their path to career development and that will in turn help MAKAUIT realize truly its objective, 'In Pursuit of Knowledge and Excellence'.