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Know about a Career in Building Services Engineering

When it comes to energy, everyone is talking about it. When it is a matter of either corporate or social agenda, the discussion about energy is right at the top. Initially it was the climatic threat that first pushed the debate on energy into the public forum. Eventually the stories about the looming energy gap came into force. The problem is there isn’t any way of alternative nuclear and renewable power to make up for this gap.However, there is one profession that is becoming increasingly recognised as a high-profile as the government has identified its role in delivering crucial solutions. Building service engineers install low energy systems across the entire residential and commercial building stocks. The focus of their work has significantly changed in recent times towards retrofitting and revamping the existing buildings. Without the work of the building services specialists a building is nothing more than a lifeless skeleton. They are hugely responsible for making the building sustained and everything they do has an impact on the energy consumption of the building.The technologies make the engineers learn as how to make low carbon technologies work and assimilate them into buildings and already installed systems. They are primarily responsible for designing, installing, operating and monitoring the mechanical and electrical systems required for a safe and environmentally-friendly operation of contemporary buildings. With the new buildings reaching great heights and with the rising standards of construction projects, the demand for building services has considerably grown to a different level. It is now considered as the fastest growing fields of engineering today.
English: UT Dallas' 74,000-square-foot (6,900 ...

English: UT Dallas’ 74,000-square-foot (6,900 m2) Student Services Building – A Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum Building, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Their core career sectors include:

Design:

Designing the basic layout and additional requirement needed for building services both for the commercial and residential buildings

Environment:

Designing improved energy system required for buildings and developing new energy saving methods for construction

Electrical Technology:

Designing and developing electrical systems needed for safe and energy sustaining operations of the building

Construction:

Supervising the construction of the building services and looking after the ongoing maintenance and operation of services

HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning):

Building services engineers specialise in designing, development, construction and operation of HVAC systems.

The following are the best career options for a building services engineer:

Design engineer:

Design engineer design systems and ensure that it meets the requirements of the building dwellers. The work can vary from designing an air-conditioning system in an office, the ductwork ventilation system in a factory or heating for a hospital.

Service and maintenance engineer:

Proper maintenance and servicing is imperative for all equipment within the refrigeration, ventilation, air-conditioning and heating industry to ensure that all equipment’s are working properly as well as is using minimal energy.

Industrial and commercial plumber:

Engineers are involved in designing, fitting and maintaining complex sanitation systems. They are also responsible for providing cold and hot water services to large buildings such as schools, hospitals and offices.

Site supervisor:

Engineer supervisors supervise the day to day activities of a project. They are mainly concerned with resource planning, quality and approval of the parts of the project as and when they are completed and the overall safety and health of the buildings and their inhabitants.

Domestic plumber:

A qualified plumber is responsible for installing and maintaining building sanitation, fuel system, hot and cold water and heating.

Project manager:

A project manager manages the installation of a system and ensures that such installation proceeds with the building construction.

Air-conditioning engineer:

Building services engineers install, control and maintain the temperature, humidity of air and quality within a building.

Heating and ventilation engineer:

Engineers are responsible for installing and commissioning complex heating and ventilation systems to make sure that large buildings benefit from low energy bills.

The growth of international schools in India

English: School buldingsInternational Schools, offering instruction in English in nearly every country in the world, are experiencing a huge boost in numbers. According to recent research from  International School Consultancy (ISC) Research Ltd.  there are now more 6,500 English-medium international schools worldwide. The growth rate for 2011-2012 was about 7% and an astonishing 153% over the last twelve years. While most of this growth is due to the establishment of new international schools, many existing schools are adapting English as the language of instruction, inflating these numbers.More than half of these schools are in Asia, with United Arab Emirates leading the pack with 391, followed by Pakistan (346), China (342) and China (342). Fifth on the list is India (320), which has seen a boom in international schools in recent years.English: International School Dhaka

Unlike other countries with long-standing international schools, most of the best international schools in India have been founded since the year 2000. The Indus International School in Bangalore for example, opened in 2003 and is viewed as the most prestigious international school in India. Other schools with great reputations are the Woodstock School, Mussoorie, Pathways World School in Aravali, the Mahindra United World College in Pune and the Mercedes-Benz International School in Pune. Mumbai has also added some high-quality schools in recent years. The Dhirubhai Ambani International School, funded by Reliance Industries, has established itself as a leading school in India. Their state-of-the-art facilities and quality of instruction are beacons, while their social initiatives like the Village Project has allowed the school to address UN Millennium Development Objectives and IB Mission goals. A more recent newcomer causing a splash on the Mumbai scene is the Oberoi International School. Opened in 2008, Oberoi places an emphasis on sparking creativity amongst students while holding true to their challenging IB and IGSCE curricula. Their 400,000 square foot campus presents a dynamic learning environment and their faculty are always seeking ways to instill their mission statement: “Freedom to think. Empower to be.” The teacher to student ratio is 1:14 which allows students with the individual attention they need to succeed.

The growth of international schools in India is expected to grow, due mainly to the growing demand from wealthy families looking to guarantee their children with the  global awareness and academic expertise they need to gain admission to prestigious universities in India and abroad.

 

India Education Technology Trends

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Education technology has been one of the biggest developments of the recent times. It has actually transformed the way education is delivered across a whole spectrum of audience. The future also promises to be equally enthralling. Here are some of the trends that will feature prominently on the Indian education scene. The term Education technology, when it was coined, referred to the application of various audio visual aids for teaching. As the technology changed so did the meanings and definition associated with ET. During its evolution, ET borrowed terms like systems approach from management studies and corrective feedback from cybernetic along the way. The technologies being implemented in service of education kept on changing but the basic tenet of education technology, i.e application of all available resources in order to find solutions to various educational problems, remained same and continues to remain so. Since the introduction of computers in education, the pace of the changes has increased considerably as we all know that computer technology outdates quickly. In India, the education industry is yet to tap the full potential of the technological explosion.

Here are some of the current trends in education technology in India:

M-Learning

Smartphones and tablets are swarming all over the place. As per a study by Nielsen India, there are more than 50 million smartphone users only in urban India, which is an increment of 89 percent over the figures of 2012. The highest growth was in the age group of 16 to 18 years. The findings of this study present us with the huge potential that M-learning holds in the Indian context. Since most of the users are youth, it also shows that targeting mobile market for education will have the best result as it will be able to deliver education to the most important population segment, the future of India. Therefore, developing educational applications for mobiles and tabletswill be an important part of implementing ET in India.

E-Learning

As per the report titled “India E-learning Market Outlook to FY’2018-Increasing Technology Adoption to Drive Future Growth,” the Indian E-learning market has increased from USD 88.4 million in 2008 to USD  173.4 million in 2013 at a CAGR of 14.4%.  The coming years are also going to show similar positive growth for the industry. The same report predicts that Indian e-learning content market is going to grow at a CAGR of 18.4% from FY2014 to FY2018. This is one area where the government is taking strong initiatives and a positive intent which is propelling the student enrollments in online courses to a greater level. The various technologies that form the part of this e-learning revolution include learning management systems, e-learning software, hardware such as laptops, and different connectivity solutions.

Social and Game based learning

Gamification of education is another trend that has been knocking on the door for quite some time now. Educational gaming applications will be developed in future and distributed either though internet or as a part of various software. Using social and goal oriented games help develop very niche skills of the students like teamwork, goal setting and concentration. The Bill & Melinda Gates organization acknowledges the role of game-based learning in a big way and therefore has helped launch of GLASS labs in various schools. The coming year is going to usher new gaming tools with an aim to make the teaching process more effective.

By implementing social networks for the benefit of education one can initiate social learning. There are few examples in which social networks like Facebook are being harnessed in a systematic way for educational purposes by schools and institutes of higher education. Educational groups and events are created on this social networks which deal with various subjects.

Moving to cloud

As educational resources are taking the internet route and with schools trying to push their IT infrastructure cost low, cloud has emerged as an appropriate solution in such a situation. More and more institutions are moving towards cloud-computing to meet their needs. Such cloud-based solutions have given rise to collaborative environments where the students can work on the same dataset at the same time while being physically far away from each other. Besides, with cloud storage the amount of data that can be stored and used by an individual school can help grow an individualized learning environment.

Adaptive learning

Basically a sub domain of E-learning, adaptive learning is making its way to individual students in a more widespread fashion than before. By adaptive learning we refer to the usage of computers as interactive teaching device to offer a student a more personalized learning experience. In this form of learning, the course content is tailored as per the needs and aptitude of every student individually. There are many tools out there in the market which offer excellent adaptive learning platform. Indian schools and higher educational institutions are adopting such tools like Knewton which act as an aid to teachers in their education delivery.

Five Central University in India

A Central University or a Union University in India is established by Act of Parliament and are under the purview of the Department of Higher Education in the Union Human Resource Development Ministry. Universities in India are recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The list of central universities published by the UGC includes 42 central universities.

Banaras Hindu University: it is a most popular central university located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. It was established by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya in 1916.  BHU is one of the largest residential universities in India, with over 20,000 students.  It is organized into 4 institutes and 14 faculties (streams) and more than 140 departments.Total student enrolment at the university exceeds 20,000, and includes students from over 34 nations.

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Allahabad University

Allahabad University: The University of Allahabad, it is known as Allahabad University. It is a central university situated in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was established at 23 September 1887. Academic departments in Allahabad university are Faculty of Arts,Faculty of Science,Independent centre Institute of Professional Studies, Arts Faculty Courses,Institute of Inter-disciplinary Studies,Purely Project Funded Centre.

Aligarh Muslim University:  It was established in 1875-78 by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. The Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College became Aligarh Muslim University in 1920. AMU academic staff is 2,000 and student above 30,000.  AMU is located in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India.

India Today survey in 2012, the AMU was ranked 5th and Times Higher Education World University survey in 2013 the AMU ranked 9th in the top 10 higher education institutions in India by Rankings.

Aligarh Muslim University

Jawaharlal Nehru University:   it is also known as JNU, is a public central university located in India’s capital city, Delhi. In 2012, The National Assessment and Accreditation Council gave the university a grade of 3.9 out of 4, the highest grade awarded to any educational institution in the country.

Nehru

Visva Bharati University: it is India’s most popular major Central Govt. funded autonomous university situated in Santiniketan, West Bengal. It was founded by Rabindranath Tagore who called it Visva Bharati, which means the communion of the world with India.

Visva Bharati University

University is organized into ten schools; those are School of Arts and Aesthetics, School of Biotechnology, School of Computer and Systems Sciences, School of Environmental Sciences, School of International Studies, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, School of Life Sciences, School of Physical Sciences, School of Social Sciences and Special centers.