Seven ways UPES is raising the benchmark for engineering education

If you are an engineering enthusiast or already pursing a B.Tech/M.Tech degree from UPES, here is how UPES School of Engineering and School of Computer Science provides you a winning edge:

1. Industry relevance: Every course holds industry relevance and UPES works closely with leading organizations to ensure this. For instance, all computer science programs are offered in collaboration with IBM and Xebia. Similarly, civil engineering programs are offered in partnership with L&T. Industry engagement is involved right from conceptualizing programs to designing the content and curriculum. Faculty is also trained on practical aspects, engaging students in live projects wherein industry experts interact with students.

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Leadership teams from UPES and Xebia during MoU signing ceremony

2. Global Exposure: At UPES, engineering students get brilliant opportunities to participate in international competitions, events, internships and student exchange programs. For almost five years, UPES students have been participating in CanSat – a prestigious aerospace event that attracts representation from more than 50 universities across the globe. This year, Team Astral of UPES ranked no. 1 at this competition. UPES engineering students have received a grant of Rs. 20 lakhs after reaching the finals of India Innovation Growth Programme 2.0 which is also known as IIGP 2.0. They will now be working on prototypes of innovative technologies. 

Team Astral UPES at CanSat 2017
Team Astral at CanSat 2017 after winning no. 1 rank

3. Personality Enhancement Program (PEP): The 3-day program acts as an icebreaker, helping students from diverse backgrounds to overcome inhibitions. Besides this, there is continuous focus on developing soft skills, lack of which can hamper professional growth. Students also participate in academic fests like IGNITE and RISE that facilitates the learning process outside of classrooms. This hones their leadership abilities, team spirit and other soft skills.

 

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A prototype developed by a UPES engineering student being exhibited at RISE

4. Promoting innovation: Great ideas need financial support for execution and success. UPES has, therefore, launched a program, RISE – Research Initiative for Students of Engineering – wherein INR 15-20 lakhs is provided annually to convert ideas into reality.

5. Faculty Internship: A four to six weeks of learning process in a business environment provides opportunities for the faculty to correlate theory with practical application, in turn making teaching relevant to the industry and augmenting the realism of the classroom course.

6. Consultancy projects: Students are generally involved with faculty members in research and consultancy projects, which give them additional practical exposure. For example, there are on-going projects of renewable energy, which involve the designing of solar power plants.

7. Exceptional infrastructure: UPES provides right infrastructure in terms of research labs, equipment, software, library, wi-fi classrooms, latest teaching technologies etc. to facilitate holistic learning and growth. A beautiful campus at foothills of the Himalayas is always an added advantage 🙂

Aerospace lab at UPES
One of the many labs at UPES campus for students to gain practical knowledge

"Vice Chancellor, UPES will be interviewed on Lok Sabha TV"

Dr. Parag Diwan, Vice Chancellor, UPES can be seen on Lok Sabha TV speaking on the topic “Careers in Energy Sector” from 5:30 PM to 6:00 pm on 22nd January 2013.Vice Chancellor, UPES

He would be interviewed by Ms Pervin Malhotra (Career Counselor, Career Guide and Columnist ) in her live chat show called ‘Career Café’ on Lok Sabha TV’s Parliament House studio, New Delhi.

Do not miss to see him on Lok Sabha TV!

“Control Oil – Rule the World”

A research paper titled  “Control Oil – Rule the World” analyzes the factors that make and break international relations between countries with regard to oil supply and to analyze the position of India vis-à-vis the changing scenario in the geopolitics of the world. This paper was co-authored by Ms Surbhi Arora, Asst. Professor, UPES  and Dr. Anshuman Gupta at XIV Annual International Seminar – Economics, Politics, and Civil Society as presented on January 2-3, 2013. The Seminar was organized by Delhi School of Professional Studies and Research & Divine Group held at India Habitat Centre.

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Abstract: ‘If you want to rule the world you need to control the oil. All the oil. Anywhere.’
-M
ichel Collon, Monopoly
Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia have more proven oil reserves than the rest of the world combined. This Black diamond (Crude Oil) is the world’s most important commodity due to the development and dependence on energy of all humans in the world. The importance of Crude Oil to modern industrial society grew rapidly with the proliferation of automobiles in the early 1900s. But the turning point for Oil’s importance was the First World War. By switching the British navy from coal to oil, British Secretary of the Navy Winston Churchill gave Britain and its allies a crucial advantage over their enemies. After the Allied victory, British foreign secretary Lord Curzon stated, “The Allies floated to victory on a wave of oil”.[1]
After the war, oil production shifted from Texas, USA & the Caribbean basin to the Middle East, where vast oil reserves were discovered. The once allies – France, Britain, and the U.S. became competitors to have the greatest prize of the century. Britain emerged initially as the best-placed contender as it already had control of all of Iran’s oil. The U.S. government worked hard to gain a foothold for U.S. oil companies in the region. The Second World War tipped the balance in the race for oil completely in the favor of the U.S. Europe was devastated and Germany was destroyed. France and Great Britain, the major imperial powers, emerged much weaker from the war, while the U.S. emerged relatively unscathed and controlling over half the world’s industrial output. This helped the US claim the status of the dominant power in the West, while France and Britain became its junior partners in the past.
Currently it is a fact that many of the world’s leading oil producing countries are either politically unstable or are at serious odds with the U.S.A. In the past, a country’s military was the sole arbiter of her strength, but today it is the economy that has become nearly as important and all industrial economies and militaries both run on oil and gas. The current world financial turmoil has created more insecurities than ever before. This paper focuses on the current geopolitical issues underlying the oil supply in the world. The US and China desire those resources to fuel their power plants, factories, automobiles, aircraft, and armored vehicles. Iran and Russia want the pipelines to go through their territory in order to claim transit fees and use the resources as political tools. The recent political development in Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Yemen and other small Arab nations has given another twist to the old geo-politics in the region. This paper would analyze the factors that make and break international relations between countries with regard to oil supply. In this context, the focus of this paper would be to analyze the position of India vis-à-vis the changing scenario in the geopolitics of the world.
Purpose –
To analyze the factors that makes and break international relations between countries with regard to oil supply.
Design/methodology/approach
Secondary data in the form of Literature review is to be studied.

Stately Ceremony to award Convocation Degrees to Graduating Students

Over a decade, UPES students have been privileged to receive their degrees in presence of none other than the crowning dignitaries of the Country. In the stately processions held during the 9th & 10th Convocations at Energy Acres in UPES Campus, 1102 graduating students of three constituent colleges of UPES were conferred with the convocation degrees for completing the programs in various disciplines.

The Governor Uttarakhand & Visitor to the University, H. E. Dr. Aziz Qureshi awarded medals to meritorious students. Guests of Honor India’s Maha Navratana and Fortune 500 Company IOCL’s Chairman Shri R S Butola and Shri Sudhir Vasudeva, Chairman & Managing Director, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation; & Hon’ble Justice P.V. Reddi, Chairman, Law Commission of India gave away the awards to the merit holders.

Prof. Surbhi Arora, Faculty UPES

Prof. Surbhi Arora chaired a session in World Renewable Summit on 19th November, 2011 held by ICare in Tulas Institute ( Dehradun).
The gist of the summit is captured here about Uttarakhand’s First Renewable Energy Summit. This summit was the first of its kind organized in the state of Uttarakhand which provided unrivalled platform for all the important stakeholders in the bid to create a beautiful and sustainable tomorrow. This Summit was committed to advancing future energy, energy efficiency and clean technologies by engaging political, business, finance, academic & industry leaders to drive innovation, business and investment opportunities in response to the growing need for sustainable energy.