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Showing the world the ‘good' side of hacking

With 15 books on cyber security, a novel on cyber warfare in the pipeline, and a stream of ethical hacking workshops across the country, Ankit Fadia cannot be associated with anything but securing all things online. Bringing to the city its first workshop on the topic, the 27 year old hoped to show students the other ways in which they could use their knowledge of programming languages and networks.

Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of his workshop, Ankit touched upon the huge demand that there is for ethical hackers in India, the need for securing online interactions, his efforts to spread the right word about ethical hacking and his plans going forward.

“Your network may be 100 per cent secure this minute, but one hour later you cannot be so sure,” says Ankit, “and that is the kind of demand for computer security these days.” With India producing less than 50 per cent of its present requirement of ethical hackers, Ankit says the market is ripe for anyone looking to build a career out of it. “Cyber security is generally perceived as something that is illegal and done for the thrill of it, but never as a career opportunity,” says Ankit. Dispelling this misconception forms the basic premise of his workshops: “The idea behind all my workshops is to raise awareness of the pressing need for online security, especially since India's ecommerce boom.”

About his workshop in Tiruchi, he said while it was usual for the general public to enquire what the term ethical hacking meant he was dismayed to find that even lecturers teaching computer-related engineering disciplines were mostly unaware of the term here.

Ankit hopes to come out with the second edition of his latest book, ‘How to unblock everything on the Internet', in about a month's time. According to him, the new edition will include nearly 10-15 reader suggestions apart from his own kitty of newly found tricks.

And on his yet-to-surface attempt at fiction writing, he is willing to reveal that it would revolve around a possible third world war that is fought on the cyber space. “Imagine the kind of damage it could cause India, if our stock market was hacked,” he says for example.

Besides the courses on cyber security that he has already introduced, Ankit says he is presently working on creating the coursework for a full-fledged masters programme.


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NIIT signs MoU with varsity

TRICHY: Bharathidasan University on Saturday, signed a MoU with NIIT GIS Limited (ESRI-India) and Centre for Remote Sensing. The ceremony was presided over by Dr T S Sridhar, additional chief secretary in the higher education department who also released the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) newsletter of the University and a book titled, 'Gateway for Competitive Examinations'.

The University's vice chancellor K Meena delivered the keynote address and said the Environmental Systems Research Institute, India would provide quality facilities for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing for Environmental Applications. Registrar Dr T Ramasamy said the MoU was basically for sharing of resources.

Another important event was the launching of a digital manuscript gallery that officially includes the 235-page Tholkappiam, now made available for download on the internet. The book had been compiled by Mazhaivai Mahalinga Iyer, 165 years ago, who had translated the epic Tholkappiam from the original palm leaf writings into the modern-day Tamil language. Though the University's Centre for Periyar Studies has been involved in the collection and upload of research materials on the internet, this was the first time the Tholkappiam's first edition, believed to have been written in 1847, was officially made available on the University's digital gallery. The Periyar Studies started in 1999 and has a collection of 2,651 books.


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Youth apprised of career options in ethical hacking

In a one-room apartment in Mumbai, a woman remained blissfully unaware while a Trojan installed on her computer by a criminal hacker (she was chatting with online) switched on her webcam and broadcasted on the internet all her activities within the room. The internet as seen through the eyes of a criminal hacker was how noted computer security expert Ankit Fadia chose to open his two-day workshop on ethical hacking.

Organised by 7Square Techno Soft, the workshop hopes to expose the vulnerabilities of our online presence, while providing the technical know-how to secure our personal data and privacy from prying eyes. Speaking at the inauguration of the workshop on Saturday, K.Balamurugan, Regional Passport Officer, Tiruchi said, “Since we can no longer insulate ourselves from digital knowledge, we must at least know how to protect ourselves in the sixth dimension-the cyber space.”

Seconding his opinion, M.A.Maluk Mohamed, chairman, M.A.M. Group of Institutions, said that technological advances have made our lives more convenient and vulnerable. “Ethical hackers are cyber security professionals who are hired by organisations to play around with their security networks to expose and fix vulnerabilities,” he explained.

The first of its kind in Tiruchi, the workshop was meant to introduce nearly 135 youngsters to the prospects of ethical hacking as a career option.

“According to the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), India needs at least 77,000 ethical hackers to secure its computer networks,” said Ankit, who added the present number of ethical hackers in the country was less than half of that requirement. “The huge gap between demand and supply has meant professionals in this field get paid at least Rs.25,000 to Rs.30,000 right when they start their careers.”

Armed with power point slides, live demonstrations and over a decade's experience in computer security, Ankit progressed from pointing out glaring and not so obvious online privacy violations, to providing technical solutions to those problems.

Some of the main focus points of the two-day workshop would be: Finding IP addresses, RATS or Trojans, phishing attacks leading to credit card frauds, offline hacking, mobile, ATM, wifi, server hacking, unblocking websites, premium downloads and security audits or pentests among others.


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23 new schools sanctioned

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Twenty three government high schools in the central districts of Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Pudukottai, Karur, Perambalur, Ariyalur, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam have been accorded higher secondary status by the State Government this year.

These institutions are among 100 upgraded government high schools for 2012-13. Tiruchi has been sanctioned the highest number of eight higher secondary schools (double the number last year), followed by five in Pudukottai, three each in Thanjavur and Karur, and one each in Ariyalur, Perambalur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts, according to education department sources.

Government high schools in Inammathur, Kannudayanpatti, Oothukuli, Tirupanjali, Kattuputhur, Paithamparai, T. Murungapatti and Aamur have been upgraded in Tiruchi district. In Pudukkottai district, the five upgraded government high schools are at Puliyur, Odukampatti, Mandaiyur, Gopalapattinam, and Sevalpatti. In Karur district, the upgraded high schools are at Manmangalam, G. Udayapatti and Jagathabi while the high schools at Tirukarugavur, Alakudi, Municipal High School have been chosen in Thanjavur district. The rest of the upgraded schools are at J. Suthamalli in Ariyalur district, Kaikalathur in Perambalur district, Eravanjeri in Tiruvarur district, and Muttam in Nagapattinam district.

For each of the schools, the State Government has sanctioned nine PG teacher posts to handle Tamil, English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Commerce, and History, apart from the post of HM. The number of teaching posts was increased from five to nine last year. Till then, teacher posts were sanctioned only for Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English. The additional sanction of teachers for Tamil, History, Economics and Commerce for the last two years has widen the opportunities and options for the rural students to pursue higher secondary education.

According to official sources, buildings will be constructed with NABARD funding for laboratories, classrooms, and administration block within this year.


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National College faculty attract Rs.58-lakh worth research projects from DST, UGC

Faculty of National College have received major funding for projects worth Rs. 58 lakh – Rs. 25 lakh from Department of Science and Technology under Fast Track Scheme for Young Scientists, and Rs. 33 lakh from University Grants Commission.

The DST funding for Senthil Kumar Sadasivam, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biotechnology, is for arriving at environment-friendly treatment of textile dye effluent, as an alternative to costlier processes presently adopted by industries: Reverse Osmosis or precipitation of toxic by-products leading to accumulation of solid waste in open land rendering them into waste land.

According to Dr.Senthil Kumar, whose investigation of eco-friendly processes was published as a book titled ‘Bioremediation of Textile Dyes and Effluent:

Evaluation in Crop Plants' by Germany-based Lambert Academic Publishing Company, the promising results that his recent trials on the two-stage treatment involving bacteria-mediated biological method and chemical oxidation process have shown promising results, attracting the funding.

More @ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 530900.ece


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University, college teachers receive motivation to inspire students

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The fact that teachers themselves require motivation to inspire students was realised in ample measure by participants of the orientation programmes conducted by the Academic Staff College of Bharathidasan University recently.

At the end of the 28-day programme, sixty participants from all over the State could unravel what developing a zeal for teaching with dedication was all about after listening to lectures on various topics including sociology, culture, politics, economics, higher education, social dynamics, environment, classroom management, examination, lecture methods, extracurricular activities, personality development and utility of statistics in research.

Chidambaram, a teacher trainer, explained the methodology involved in acquiring knowledge and transferring conceptual, human resource and technical skills to students, advocating their learning of as many languages as possible.

Handling a session on ‘Education and Education Technology', Balasubramaniam, Principal, School of Education, SASTRA University, dwelt on the correlation between education and improvement of personality while S.Iyyampillai, Professor of Economics, Bharathidasan University, focussed on the social issues that are central to any transformation facilitated by technology.

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M.Ravichandran, Professor and Head, School of Environmental Management, Bharathidasan University, spoke on environmental issues; B.Bennet, Associate Professor in English, National College, Trichy, on Teacher Excellence and Time Management; A.M.Mohamed Sindhasha, Associate Professor in Commerce, Jamal Mohammed College, on Success Motivation; Mohan Gnanan Olivu, Retd. Professor, Jamal Mohamed College, on education leading to permanent behavioural change and teachers as transformational leaders; and D.A.Jayakar, Retired Principal, Bishop Heber College, on creation of intellectually mature students.

Likewise, Chellam Balasundaram, dwelt on Stress Management and Yoga; Lazarus Samiraj, Professor of Pondicherry University, on teachers as nation builders; Joseph Arul Jayaraj of Department of English, St.Joseph's College on ‘teaching English in English'; K.T.Tamilmani of Department of English, Nehru Memorial College, on Memory Manipulation; and R. Shankar, Director, Career Development Counselling, Bharathidasan University, on exposing students to academic, social, cultural and political dimensions along with their subjects. There were also sessions on political activeness, human rights, youth development, vocabulary development, globalisation and Indian education, self-improvement and openness to constructive criticism, teaching through dramatisation technique, examination reforms, constitutional rights, writing skills, and illustrative teaching.

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Tiruchi Corporation keen to focus on school-level education

The City Corporation may soon take over administration of primary and upper primary schools in its ambit.

Unlike in the case of schools in Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai corporations, the role of civic body in school education Tiruchi has been confined only to maintenance of buildings. The schools here are administered by the Education department.

Barring one high school at Sempattu, where, incidentally, the SSLC result was the poorest this year in the district, the Tiruchi Corporation only has primary and upper primary schools where children of labourers from below poverty line families study. They get stranded as they pass out, since the parents cannot afford to pay exorbitant fee for their secondary and higher secondary education in private or even government-aided schools.

Corporation Commissioner V.P. Dhandapani told ‘The Hindu' that the Corporation will explore scope to construct schools and rope in private agencies to run them. There were unutilised funds for education, he said.Support of district administration

The civic body will take the support of the district administration and the education department for putting in place a plan of action for starting higher secondary schools in the corporation to cater to the educational requirements of children from below poverty line families.

Wherever possible, the central schemes focussing on poverty alleviation will be dovetailed, Mr. Dhandapani said.

Teachers' organisations welcome move

According representatives of teachers' organisations, the City Corporation's line of thought was most welcome, albeit late.

Citing the sterling performance of schools in other corporations, they felt that once the schools are started and secure recognition of the education department, experienced teachers of government schools will be able to secure posting to the newly created vacancies, in the process of transfer counselling.


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IWS plans to offer welding consultancy

Indian Welding Society (IWS) is planning to put in place an action plan in the coming years to provide welding consultancy to small and medium sector industries. A roadmap is also being prepared to see through the IWS' contribution to the country's development through utilisation of expertise in the areas of automation, skill development of welders, and networking of institutions, according to A.V. Krishnan, IWS president and Executive Director of BHEL, Tiruchi.

Through collaborative arrangements, the society, in its decade-long existence, has trained and certified more than 1,000 welders by providing training to rural youths, Mr. Krishnan said on Saturday after inaugurating the redesigned website of IWS: www.iws.org.in, to mark the society's 10{+t}{+h}anniversary celebrations. The IWS has been rendering service through collaborations with several organisations, Mr. Krishnan said, adding that through job-oriented diploma in fabrication engineering offered through a tie-up with National College, the society could train over 600 fresh engineers in welding technology.


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