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August 8, 2017

UPES Students Win Global Aerospace Competition-CanSat 2017

A team of students from the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) India took home the highly coveted top prize in the CanSat 2017international engineering competition. CanSat is a prestigious annual satellite design-build-fly competition organized by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Forty teams from across the world competed in the finals held in Texas, USA recently.


As the name suggests, CanSat or Canister Satellite involves building of a “satellite in a can.” During CanSat, teams have to design and build a device following the mission statement provided by the organizing committee and finally, launch it at the competition site. The UPES team developed a solar powered science glider that traveled through the planetary atmosphere, sampled atmospheric pressure, temperature, speed etc. and sent the readings of the gathered data wirelessly to the ground station. Team Astral’s overall score was 96.32 percent. Their project was evaluated in five areas: preliminary design review, critical design review, pre-flight readiness, launch operations and post flight review.

Team Astral of UPES consisted of 23 students of aerospace engineering, electronics engineering, computer science engineering, material science engineering, instrumentation, and control engineering and design studies. UPES has participated in this international competition since 2013. This year’s winning team was mentored by UPES faculty members Dr. Ugur Guven and Prof. Zozimus Labana.

Source: UPES Students Win Global Aerospace Competition-CanSat 2017

July 17, 2017

5 fun ways to get your kids in action during the summer holidays!

Summer is that time of the year that every kid looks forward to. It’s the perfect time to plan activities that cannot be undertaken with regular school chores. Even for parents, summers are a great opportunity to strengthen the bond with their kids by spending more time with them. Here’s a look at 5 activities that can catapult your kids into action:

Gardening: Gardening is essentially a way of connecting with nature and one of its biggest benefits is that it enhances your child’s immune system. Besides, gardening is fun, both for adults and kids. There are so many gardening projects for kids over the internet that are sure to excite the young ones, like an inexpensive terrarium or a hanging planter with plastic bottles.

Camping: Camping offers kids a joy like nothing else. Take your kids for camping, where you can teach them how to set up a tent, light a bonfire, scout and much more. After exhausting the energy, you can relax in the best possible environment i.e. amidst nature.

Cooking: Another great activity to bring out your kid’s creative side is cooking. Kids love taking a swing at cooking every once in awhile and the joy of doing something with your kids is unparalleled. So go ahead, start with a sandwich and end with a delicious delicacy.

Theatre: Theatre has rapidly gained popularity as an extracurricular activity for kids. Much of its popularity is credited to its benefits, as theatre helps foster a sense of confidence and boosts creativity. There are several institutions that organise special activities for kids in the summers, such as mycity4kids, where you can find a plethora of activities for kids including theatre.

Treasure Hunt: The excitement of finding something unexpected is a sweet feeling. Plan an adventurous treasure hunt and encourage your kids to partake in it. Use the entire house to extend the excitement and fun. Your kids can also invite their friends to partake in the activity to make them even more exciting.

With a plethora of options available to have fun, you should definitely encourage your kids to explore the opportunities. Such activities are great for enhancing the skills of your kids such as communication, teamwork and creativity, to name a few.

July 20, 2011

Girls sweep top 3 ranks in CA exam, make history

NEW DELHI: Yet another male bastion has been decisively breached. It’s a long-held myth that girls struggle with numbers and finance. Well, try telling that to Maitreyee Narayansing Rajaput, Arti Jain and Charmy Suresh Sheth. The three young women have made history by sweeping the top three all-India positions in this year’s chartered accountancy exam, considered one of the most difficult to clear.

What’s more, the pass percentage of girls surpassed that of the boys. While 2,368 (21.9%) of the 10,816 girls who appeared for the CA finals this year cleared the last hurdle, the pass percentage was 19.8% for the boys, with 4,277 successful aspirants out of the 21,603 who took the exam.

The top rank has been bagged by 21-year-old Maitreyee Narayansing Rajaput of Pune. Speaking to TOI, Rajaput, the daughter of a retired high-school teacher — said she was excited that the top rankers were girls. However, she refused to read too much into the ‘girls versus boys’ debate and said it could be pure coincidence that the top three rankers were females.

Rajaput said she was surprised at her achievement, but had always been good with numbers. “I hope more and more girls will be drawn towards accountancy as a profession,” she said.

The second rank went to Arti Jain of Bikaner, while Charmy Suresh Sheth from Mumbai stood third.

Industry observers said the result reflected a growing trend of young women doing well in the financial sector. “We are really proud of the fact that girls have bagged the top three positions in the CA final exam. While intellectually they are second to none, there is also a sense of comfort that corporates draw while hiring them, though there is no bias,” G Ramaswamy, president of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), said.

Sanjhi Agrawal, who topped the CA exams in 2010, said she was not surprised with this year’s results. “Please remember that this is not a one-off and is now a trend. Girls have been regularly topping the CA exams and it was just a matter of time before all the three ranks were bagged by females.”

She added that girls are increasingly opting for a shot at the CA profession. “I passed out from Shri Ram College of Commerce in 2008 and around 50-60% of the students were female,” said Agrawal. A veteran CA, who passed out of SRCC in 1976, pointed out that during his time, only 20 of the 300-odd commerce students were girls.

Agrawal said a large number of girls were getting inclined to chartered accountancy as it was considered a reliable career option. “It offers a very safe and secure position and one is certain to find a good placement and job. Also, the number of girls doing well acts as an inspiration for others.”

Sunil Talati, former ICAI president, said there were a couple of reasons for the higher success of girls in CA exams. “Girls are by and large more sincere, studious and devoted to what they do. This has seen them pick up very well in the CA exams.”