A rare celestial event occurred on 6th June 2012. Astronomers around the world must have observed this event, which will be the last of our life time. Venus transit, which occurs when Venus passes directly between earth and the sun, we see the distant planet as a dot gliding slowly across the surface of Sun. This is a big opportunity to make observation and we decided to observe this event through our telescopes.
For those who woke up late, or missed to witness the event, you will have to wait for only 105 more years, as the next transit is estimated in the year 2117. 😉 The transit was observed at 3:39 a.m. but could be viewed from sunrise to 10:22 a.m.
We photographed the event with our specialized setups attached to our telescopes at the College of Technology and Engineering (CTAE) premises. As the event falls in the beginning of the monsoon, there was high probability of overcast in southern and coastal parts of India. Also observation spot should not have hilly area on east side as hills will block the sun for more time in the morning. Based on our survey about different location in India, Udaipur was to be having very less probability of clouds on that particular day; hence the location was best for observation.
What exactly we did: We used 6 inch Newtonian fully automated telescope attached with AV live streaming on laptop for live monitoring of progress of the event. The telescope is fully automated with help of three DC stepper motors. Furthermore to take photographs CCD based camera was also attached. This Canon Powershot A540 camera was having modified firmware with CHDK. CHDK gives SLR functionalities to control aperture and shutter speed. Another 4 inch Newtonian telescope was using similar camera to get pictures. This was 100% manual operation. The laptop controlled Nikon D3000 with specialized solar filter was taking an automated set of photographs.
Finally, who we are: We are the special interest group of young amateur astronomers. Our team consisted of Mr. Rahul Ramtekkar (Mumbai), Mr. Anirudhha Khadakkar (Pune), Ms. Deepankshi Chittora (Udaipur) and Mr. Indrapal Singh Jhala (Udaipur). We practiced a lot to achieve perfecting in capturing the event in camera. The team took approximately 800 photographs few of them are displayed below.
The 27th National Convention of Electronics and Communication Engineers and National Seminar on IP Multimedia Communications (NC-IPMC) 2011 began yesterday at the Institution of Engineers (India) centre at Sec. 11, Udaipur. This is being organized by the Institution of Engineers (India), under the aegis of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Division Board in association with College of Technology and Engineering (CTAE), Techno India NJR Institute of Technology, Special Interest Groups-Wireless Networks (SIG-WN) and e-Agriculture, Computer Society of India (CSI), and with academic collaboration with the International Journal of Computer Applications (IJCA), Foundation of Computer Science, New York (USA) from 14th-16th Oct 2011.
In the inaugural ceremony of the conference, the welcome address was given by Dr. Y.C. Bhatt, where he welcomed all the eminent guests for their gracious presence at the IPMC-2011. Then, Dr. Dharm Singh informed about the National Convention. He told that in total 91 papers were received for consideration and after reviews, 35 papers have been selected for the presentation in the conference. The presented papers will also be published with ICJA, USA.
Next to it, the guests of honor, as well as presiding chairman gave their thoughts about the importance of the conference, and role of student phase throughout one’s life. Later, Mr. P.N. Goswami gave a motivational speech, sharing his life experiences. After that, Prof. S.K. Mitra Memorial Lecture was given by Prof O.P.N. Calla. He emphasized on the use of microwaves, and explained its wide applications in many fields such as communication, industrial, medical, remote sensing, etc. Vote of thanks was given by Er. Syed Irshad Ali, later followed by sessions of paper presentations.
Given below is a glimpse of the event that took place yesterday. the conference will be continuing for 15th as well as 16th of October too.
The Technical sessions were held on schedule from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. where the invited speaker Dr. Sunil Joshi from MPUAT, Udaipur discussed about the future research issues and challenges in the field of wireless broadband. He said that there is a great gap between the broadband standards of USA, Japan, and the standards of India. In India the speed above 256 Kbps is treated as broadband whereas in USA 100Mbps standard is treated as the broadband. The reason being that we are highly dependent on the wired technologies and networks.
He discussed various wired to wireless issues, and alternatives for the present scenario, and presented designs to expect a bandwidth of 1Gbps.
The valedictory session was held from 1:00 p.m. in the AVP Hall. The closing ceremony witnessed the presence of Chief Guest Prof. S.S. Chahal (Vice Chancellor MPUAT), Presiding Guest Prof. Sorel Reisman (President IEEE Computer Society USA), Guest of honor Mr. Sanjay Singhal (Group CEO, Secure Meters), Dr. Dharm Singh (Organizing Secretary and HOD Computer Science, CTAE), Er. R.S. Vyas (Director, Techno India NJR Institute of Technology), Dr. R.C. Purohit (Dean, CTAE), Dr. S.S. Rathore (Chairman, Udaipur local centre, IE (I)), Dr. Y.C. Bhatt (honorary secretary, IE(I)).
The welcome address was given by Dr. S.S. Rathore where he welcomed all the delegates and praised the spirit of organizing committee for organizing such a great event. Dr. DharmSingh gave the report and recommendation of the international conference. He told that during the 3 days and 17 technical sessions of the conference, about 517 entries were received, out of which 157 research papers were presented, and about 135 papers were accepted and sent to the IEEE digital library.
Er. Rakesh Sehgal, the director of department of Cyber Security from CDAC, Mohali expressed his kind gratitude and presented a few words of appreciation for the ETNCC. Er. R.S. Vyas expressed his dream of establishing Udaipur as the leading quality education hub. He said that the IEEE-CS students’ chapter was inaugurated in Techno India NJR on 22nd April at Udaipur, with registration of 80+ members. He re-declared his commitment to keep running more such programs and events in the near future.
Dr. R.C. Purohit welcomed all the delegates and participants. He said that taking MPUAT to the international scenario was not at all possible without the eminent guidance of Dr. Chahal. He also praised Er. R.S. Vyas, saying that his 3 years of efforts in Udaipur was greatly comparable to over 25 years of Mr. Purohit’s works.
Mr. Sanjay Singhal presented his views about the role of engineers as the key element in every society. He said that people have huge misconceptions about risks from any cause. Only an engineer is taught to and knows about all risks in his sphere of works. It is thus, an engineer’s duty to engage himself in analyzing the risks and conveying it to the society. He also said that the media is an important platform, and must not put all sort of nonsense to misguide people.
Prof. Sorel Reisman appreciated the conference, saying that the selection of more than 100 papers for the IEEE library shows that quality of the papers presented here were unquestionable. He said that India is a leading software producer in the world, and will soon come up as a leading technology exporter in the world. He was greatly impressed by the rich culture of Udaipur, the traditional food, visit to lakes and the Ranakpur temple. He said that this is not the end. Soon he will be holding online webinars with IEEE Udaipur students in the coming times.
Dr. S.S. Chahal said that computers in all forms have become an indispensable part of life. He also said that 70-75% of the population in India comes from villages. Therefore the modern technologies must also penetrate to the rural masses. Vote of thanks was given by Dr. Y.C. Bhatt.
Few glimpses of such a great brainstorming event are given below.
The International Conference on emerging trends in networks and computer communications (ETNCC-2011) started on 22nd April 2011. The chief guest Prof. Sorel Reisman, President IEEE (USA) inaugurated the conference and in his keynote speech he emphasized on commercial usability of modern communication systems, discussed the establishment and needs for setting up of cloud computing standards. He also discussed the role and the activities of the IEEE Computer Society USA., and wished for connecting more and more emerging scientists and students with this network so that the public can be more and more benefited from it.
Er. G. Prabhakar, President, Institution of Engineers (India) (IEI) Kolkata discussed about the development made by the communication and mobile networks in past few decades. He said that to benefit the tribal section of south Rajasthan area, AMIE examination will soon be started in Udaipur.
Dr. V.R. Singh discussed the importance of such conferences and meetings, and encouraged the establishment of industries, and hence entrepreneurship instead of finding jobs, but to provide jobs to the young engineers. On the first day of conference, about 36 research papers were presented on various topics such as VLSI technology, Security Systems, wireless transmission media, etc. The conference will continue on 23rd and 24th April 2011 too.
Here are a few glimpses of the event that happened today. For the entire time table, click here
ETNCC-2011 will target a wide spectrum of the state-of-the-art as well as emerging topics pertaining to wired and wireless networks, communications and computing.
The Organizing secretary Mr. Dharm Singh informed that the conference is anticipated to attract a large number of high quality submissions and stimulate the cutting edge research discussions among many academic pioneering researchers, scientists, industrial engineers, students from all around the world and provide a forum to researchers on the above mentioned topics. The conference will include as many as about 300 national and about 50 international participants from countries like USA, Canada, UK, Taiwan, Tokyo (Japan), Austrailia, etc. Few of the honourable delegates joining this event are Prof. Sorel Reisman, 2011 President- IEEE Computer Society USA, Prof. MNS Swamy, Concordia University, Canada, Dr. V R Singh, Chairman, IEEE Delhi Section, etc
For a Time Schedule of the events to happen during the conference, Click Here