Lake Parashar Tranquility at its peak

Started from Delhi at 5.15 p. m. by Kalka Shatabdi to chandigarh.  I missed work on this day i. e.  17th April 2015 on pretext of a medical. Got some home work done.  Train journey was pleasant,  had mediocre snacks,  varun Srivastava was expecting dinner but it wasn’t served. Chatted amongst us,  meetha was her usual silent self. Reached the hustle bustle of chandigarh railway station at 8.40 p. m.  absolutely correct time. Stated looking for an auto,  saw a big fat dog sitting cooly in one auto’s driver’s seat.  Found an auto to sector 45B,  located our hotel golden plaza 2 which i booked on prior.  Hotel was a budget one, lacked ventilation. After freshening up we left for having dinner,  varun’s idea at sector 35 market. It was 9.50 p.m. then and most shops were closed except few eateries and people were scant, rarely any female was in view. We chose Pashtun,  an indo-afghani restaurant. Ambience and decoration  was eastern medieval. Meetha ordered one rumali roti and chana Masala,  me ordered amritsari kulchha and murg wajid ali,  varun shared my chicken dish with chur chur naan. Food was sumptuous and tasty. Meetha couldn’t finish her chana masala and another amritsari naan which we got packed for ourselves. We went back to the hotel via auto which overcharged us. We slept and woke up at 5.30 a.m. but couldn’t start from the hotel before 6.30 a. m. because of varun’s delayed bowel movements. He got tea and a very bad crunchie called fan from just outside our motel which was awful. We went to sector 43 bus terminal to catch a bus to mandi in himachal pradesh. Most ticket enclosures were empty except ours.  Varun wrestle through the crowd to buy tickets for us. We boarded a haryana roadways bus at 7.20 a. m. This bus halted 3 times in its 7 hours long journey to Mandi. One stop was a very nice gurudwara at Hasthal in punjab beside the IGI Canal. We clicked pictures there,  ate bananas,  we also ate r left over dinner. Unlike me varun and meetha are very tiny eaters. We also had a mini lunch at a dhaba at the 2nd stop. We reached mandi at 3 p. m.  We got to know there that a lone bus which goes to lake parashar once a day has left for it at 9.a.m.  So we decided to hire a car, a Swift Desire charged us Rs. 1800 and took is to lake parashar in around 4 hours, just 50 kms but roads are very bad and narrow,  but the scenery is unmatched,  at one point i felt where the hell are we going! But as we reached our destination Lake Parashar was worth every penny we own. There are no commercial hotels there,  only 3 himachal pradesh forest tourism guest houses. One guest house denied us vacant room,  another allowed us thanks to varun’s dramatics,  he made us into hapless females. But this guest house said we have to manage in the drawing room,  we were okay with anything because we were tired. We reached there,  drawing room was huge,  we could have easily slept on the sofas. An old couple who had trekked all the way to lake parashar valley had a booked room there,  they joked seeing our tired self that we should be given a room as we need it more than them. After some time the care taker shifted us to a vacant room.  We used the washroom which was huge,  freshen up and started walking towards lake parashar. The surroundings were breathtaking and peaceful and virgin.  The lake itself in its cup shaped valley looked small but was beautiful.  There was a pagoda style temple beside it dedicated to Sage Parashar. We took a round of the lake and had refreshment in the only tea shop there, it gets chilling after sun set.  We met a group of campers from Rover’s Camp,  they were camping in open.  They gave us a show of fireworks at night too. Tea and Maggi tasted heavenly to our taste buds sitting in that heavenly place. We walked back to our guest house in the moonlight.  I entered a wrong guest house where a group of guys were drinking.  We were shown our way to our guest house by our care taker. We came back had a tasty simple dinner of Rice,  Daal,  Rajma,  Roti and salad. I loved it. After that we stood outside our guest house for quite some time enjoying the serenity and the extreme quietness of the place,  we made our constellations in the clear sky. We also saw fireworks. At night the weather turned chilling cold we needed 2 quilts,  3 blankets one of which we used as a bed sheet.  At night we were the only people in that guest house along with the care taker and a guard,  the old couple left in the late evening. Varun and meetha slept quite well, i woke up twice in the night,  the extreme quietness of the valley was bothering me, my ears wwre ringing because of the height and cold. But astonishing i got too warm at night and had to throw away my covers.  Next morning we again did a nice trek of the whole valley.  At every point of time during the day the valley was beautiful. We boarded the tiny himachal pradesh transport corporation bus at 1 pm.  which reached mandi at around 5 pm. Our volvo to delhi was at 8.50 pm.  We killed time at mandi by having dinner at a beas side restaurant. Our volvo arrived at 9. The volvo driver drove very periliously in the mandi valley,  i was not puckish but most of the people at the back were.  Then after a bit of cajoling the driver started driving strainght.  We reached kashmere gate bus terminal at 7 am. Me and meetha took an auto rickshaw to her home in paschim vihar.  I got ready and went to work from there.

 

Best time to go to lake parashar : April to June.

Altitude : 8234 feet from sea level

Reach there : From mandi via bus or car

Distance : 60 kms from Mandi.

Timings of bus : 9am leaves for parashar and 1.15 pm leaves from parashar,  only one bus. Fare is about Rs. 100.

Timings of car : At all times during the day till 4, fare is Rs. 1800,  they charge both ways.

RECENT TRENDS IN ELECTRONICS AND TELE-COMMUNICATION DESIGN-2014

For effective industrialization in the under developed countries and their economic growth, continuous developments with modern techniques in all possible areas are essentially required. As a result of innovative activities of our Scientists, Academicians and Technocrats, India is emerging as a leader in the developing world for rapid industrial growth. The developments of Electronics and Communication Technology and its application in all fields of engineering is assisting many industries to grow further.

Various technical reports indicate that continuous developments in the areas of VLSI, Satellite Communication, Antennae Design, Cloud Computing, Wireless Technology, Mobile Communication and Devices, Embedded System, Image and Video Processing, Application of Electronics in Bio-Medical Instrumentation, Interfacing of Electronic Devices with Mechanical and Electrical Machines & Equipments, Nanotechnology and Consumer Electronics Products, are bringing technological revolutions ensuring better quality of human life with enhanced efficiency and further industrial growth with sophistication and modern techniques.

Various developments in Electronics Engineering and its application have very high potential for technological revolution in Bio-Medical Engineering. Today, Bio-Medical Engineering and its course contents are limited mostly to Bio-Medical Instrumentation. With continuous improvements in Biosensors and Electronic Biochips, days are not very far when Medical Doctors will be converted to Bio-Medical Technocrats. Future Bio-Medical Technology will allow detection of various electrical, mechanical, electro-magnetic and other forms of micro signals by Biosensors and Bio-chips. Integration of Biochips with Biosensors and Computers will allow automatic diagnosis of human diseases. Once a disease is identified, automatic printing of medical prescription can be possible from a computer with medicines selected from medicine databases, through an appropriate computer software developed for the purpose.

India has very high population and without any population stabilization success, there is a report that India’s population may cross the population of China by 2030. We all know that majority of Indians are staying in rural areas. One of the major components and driving force of rural development is communication. Conventionally, communication includes electronic media, mobile communication devices, human communication and information technology (IT). All forms of communications have dominated the development scene in which its persuasive role has been most dominant within the democratic framework of the country. Communications with more improved satellite technology and radio broadcast have high potential for knowledge gain in rural areas. More low-cost “Communication and Networking Solutions” are required for rural developments. We have to accept these challenges for further innovations in this regard.

Prof (Dr). N. K. Kole, India

DATA ACQUISITION, TRANSFER, PROCESSING AND MANAGEMENT- 2014

Computer Technology and IT Devices are developing at such a rapid speed that technological revolution will go to unpredictable stage. The Computer Technology has passed through several generations of developments starting from 1st generation with Vacuum Tubes and Magnetic Drums, up to 5th generation with Artificial Intelligence. Another generation of development known as 6th generation is also becoming a practical reality.

Data Acquisition is a technical terminology. It is a high technological process, which is growing very rapidly with reliable Data Acquisition Systems consisting of sophisticated hardwares and high quality softwares. Sensors which convert physical parameters to electrical and other signals, are helping various improvements in Data Acquisition Systems in a big way with development of sensor technology and nano-sensors. With high quality softwares, Data Acquisition is now effectively controlled by software programmes. Good interfacing techniques among various hardware devices with improved Device Drivers, are also ensuring further improvements in Data Acquisition Systems.

Some business houses are making continuous efforts to explore the collection of huge data for IT professionals and utilize the same for much stronger business. The data comes from everywhere, both in structured and unstructured forms. The handling of huge data through Analysis, Storage, Processing and Management, will not only increase the business, but also will ensure corporate growth for all fields of Engineering, especially in IT sectors. It is important to know who owns the data and how data quality is maintained.

Computerized storage of data and proper utilization will require further development of new softwares keeping economic application in mind, so that more commercial application will take place. Software based storage management will be hardware dependent and further developments in hardware technology will be beneficial.

Various ideas, concepts, and applications of scientific theories for improving the Computer and IT Technology are coming up from all directions. We all know that great Scientist Albert Einsten gave the concept of Relativity Theory and Quantum Mechanics, whose applications are now taking place in many new areas. Very recently there was a news item, based on idea and research from China, which indicates that Einstein’s concept on Quantum Mechanics may lead to ultra secure internet. The concept says that Internet System may provide unprecedented security for Internet Messages through a future “Quantum Internet” and related developments may assist the growth in the area of Data Transfer.

The Researchers, Students, Scientists, Industrialists, Entrepreneurs are all required to realize the high potential of Data Acquisition, Storage, Processing and Management. They should take up more research and development activities in this regard.

Prof. (Dr.) N. K. Kole, India

Recent Trends in Civil Engineering-2014

Civil Engineering is one of the oldest engineering disciplines and has over 5000 years’ of glorious history.  Various technical reports indicate that continuous developments at International Level in the areas of Structural Analysis and Design, Earthquake Engineering, Water Treatment Technologies, Soil Mechanics, Pavement Design, Construction Management, Urban and Regional Planning, are bringing technological revolutions ensuring better design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment with enhanced efficiency.

Rapid industrialization, population growth, mobility of people from rural to urban areas and growing urbanization in India are creating a huge demand for more infrastructural facilities.  The Civil Engineers and Scientists of the relevant fields, have a great challenge ahead for developing sustainable low cost technologies applicable to India, to meet the huge demand for infrastructure in recent future.

To fulfill challenging needs of the Indians, a good Civil Engineer must have vast knowledge in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Materials, Mechanics, Design, Computer Technology and Environment. A Civil Engineer should also have enough knowledge on Risk & Uncertainty, Sustainability, Public Policy & Administration, Business Basics and Social Sciences. Civil Engineers must be highly skillful to apply Basic Engineering Tools, learn New Technology, make Useful Communication to all concerned, collaborate and manage the projects. Civil Engineers also must have leadership quality, good attitudes to exhibit creativity, entrepreneurship, commitment, curiosity, honesty, integrity and self discipline.

For providing adequate water to all in India, Water Resource Engineering, Water Conservation Engineering, Water Purification Methods, Desalination Technologies need to be further upgraded along with more developed technology with energy saving techniques for Water Treatment.

A high awareness campaign in India is required to adopt “Global Life Cycle Design Philosophies for Waste Disposal” and global standards for Sustainable Design in Civil Engineering.

Civil Engineers and the Scientists in the relevant field, are aware that Transportation Engineering has a very great role to play for all round economic development of the country and for further industrial and other growth in future.  The quality consciousness of all concerned for construction of roads in our country is not very appreciable and the constructed roads get damaged very soon.  We all know that in the Rail Transportation System, the technology itself is such, that the contractors, engineers and administrators have no scope to lay bad quality rails. The technology itself ensures that laying of rails has to be with minimum standards, otherwise the train will either not move or not move properly. Similarity, for road construction, the road construction materials and the road construction technology should be developed in such a way that the technology will present the contractors, engineers and administrators to avoid any negligence for quality.  In this regard, the challenges ahead should be accepted.

 Prof. (Dr.) N.K.Kole, India

INNOVATIVE PRACTICES IN MANAGEMENT-2014

Innovations for products and services in Industrial Organizations, Innovative Teaching Learning Process in Education Sectors and Innovative Practices in every sphere of human life, have so much of importance to-day that Govt. of India has set up a National Innovation Council (India), to discuss, analyze and implement strategies for innovations. It has also the role to suggest a road map for innovation 2010-2020.

To encourage, Intellectual Property (IP) orientated technology development through R&D output in terms of innovations, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India is encouraging the Universities and University Level Institutions to set up “Innovation Facilitation Centers” under a Funding Scheme, through National Research Development Corporation. This initiative of the Govt. of India will create a better environment for Innovation spirit among the faculties, students and researchers.

Introduction of new or significantly improved goods and services, or a new marketing method or a process, or a new system in business practice in Industrial and commercial organizations and innovative techniques for teaching-learning in educational institutions with the aid of modern Information and Educational Technology, are so much necessary in present day competitions that every organization is required to adopt good innovation management.

The success of any organization including educational institutions depends on good management, excellent management models and scientific management practices. Innovation in general, brings developments in any organization and, therefore, Innovative Practices in Management are essential for improvements and survival.

When we talk about Innovative Practices in Management we should be able to discuss “Innovative Teaching Practices in Management Education” and further development needed in this regard. Moderator Supported Learning Approaches (MSLA) having Learning Appraisal Seminars, Case Debates, Computer Simulations and other techniques as Learning Tools have been suggested by some educationists. They also suggested to encourage Poster Sessions, Break ’n’ Build and Free Fall Learning Technique as very effective “Self Learning Tools”. Evaluation of Learning Assignment for Moderator Supported Learning Approaches and Self Learning Tools based on several variables and proportionate score by the students, to measure abilities for concept development, information search, information utilization, problem solving, creative thinking and logical presentation of ideas are good Suggestions.

Prof (Dr) N.K. Kole, India

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