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UGC/NQFB / Workshop on National Qualification Framework held at UGC
« on: April 18, 2019, 02:54:25 PM »
Workshop on National Qualification Framework held at UGC

Quality Assurance Unit (QAU), University Grants Commission of Bangladesh organized a daylong workshop on National Qualification Framework, Dhaka Region at UGC auditorium on 20 September 2018. UGC Chairman Professor Abdul Mannan graced the workshop as the Chief Guest. UGC Member Professor Dr. Md. Akhtar Hossain was Special Guest. Professor Dr. Sanjoy Kumar Adhikary, Head of Quality Assurance Unit presided over the workshop. Ajit Kumar Debnath, Acting Project Director (Joint Secretary), Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) delivered the address of welcome. International QA Expert and Professor of Nottingham University Malaysia Campus Rozilini Fernandez Chung facilitated the workshop.

UGC Chairman observed that National Qualification Framework is highly needed for ensuring quality education at tertiary level to compete with others in national and international arena in today’s competitive world.

Terming education as service not business, he urged the university authority to provide quality education to make the students competent for global employment market. He called upon all concerned with education, especially in higher education sector to work together for building Bangladesh as prosperous and a developed country.

It may be mentioned here that Institutional Quality Assurance Cells have been set up in sixty nine public and private universities of the country for quality assurance of higher education.

Vice-Chancellors from different public and private universities in Dhaka region, Dr. Md. Khaled, Secretary, UGC, Directors of Institutional Quality Assurance Cell of different public and private universities in Dhaka region, high officials from UGC, HEQEP and QAU were present on the occasion.



Workshop on "Building Awareness on Orientation of SA Process Flow among 9 new SACs of IQAC of DIU"
A workshop on "Building Awareness on Orientation of SA Process Flow among 9 new SACs of IQAC of DIU" was held on March 27, 2019 at Conference Room, DT-4, Daffodil International University (DIU). The programme was organized by Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of DIU. The event aims to provide orientation and proper guideline on Self-Assessment Process Flow for 9 (nine) SA Departments, which are as: Department of: Architecture, Civil Engineering, Multimedia & Creative Technology, Environmental Science and Disaster Management, Tourism & Hospitality Management, Public Health, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Development Studies, Information Science and Library Management. Conveners and members of 9 SA Committee were present.

 Professor Dr. A.K.M. Fazlul Haque, Director, IQAC, Daffodil International University has conducted the program and presented the key note, based on the theme: ‘Building Awareness on Orientation of SA Process Flow among 9 new SACs, IQAC, DIU’. At the beginning, he has introduced the incumbent Additional Director of IQAC, DIU, Dr. Md. Jashim Uddin, Associate Professor, Department of GED, DIU with the distinguished participants, attended the event. At his presentation, he has explained the importance of quality education for Higher Education Institute and depicted the necessity and importance of introducing QA system for all departments. Citing the example, he has also focused comparative analysis of national and international QA systems. While rendering his presentation, Director, IQAC showed the graphical presentation of structural framework of overall IQAC and SAC activities and the Self-Assessment Process Flow of 5 years cycle. He has talked on several vital issues of Self-Assessment and other related areas like: SA Criteria and SA Standards, Stakeholders representation, Objectives and Outcomes of SA Exercise, Strategic Approach (PDCA Approach) of IQAC, DIU, Responsibilities of SAC and IQAC. In addition to the process flow, he also shared the experiences with EPR Team. To stress on second agenda, Director, IQAC, DIU also talked on ‘Methodology to Establish a Monitoring System for Assessment of Standard of the Question Papers of All Departments of DIU’ and explained the general objectives and Terms of References (ToRs) of the committee. He has also requested Sac members to visit IQAC website where they can get all updated information regarding QA domain. Professor. Dr. Haque also shared the functions of IQAC with National Quality Framework of Bangladesh (NQFB).

After summing up of his presentation, he has invited the floor for discussion. Convenors and SA Members took participation at the discussion and they have talked on various issues on QA activities and other areas like evaluation of teacher by the student etc,
Professor Dr. A.K.M. Fazlul Haque, Director, IQAC, DIU has also requested the SA-C of 9 SA departments, to start their survey questionnaire related tasks from 01 April, 2019 and cover their activities like arranging workshops/seminars through PR section of DIU.
Director, IQAC wrapped-up the programme by extending his thanks to all of them for attending the event, in a befitting manner.


IQAC@Social Media / Twitter account of IQAC, DIU
« on: April 18, 2019, 02:33:04 PM »
On the verge of Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0), connecting individual and organizations through electronic communication becomes vital. Based on the notion, IQAC, DIU feels to disseminate its horizon with globally connected people through different social media tools. As part of this, we have opened a twitter account to connect with you at this platform.

Link of Twitter account of iQAC, DIU:

To embrace the fourth industrial revolution (IR 4.0), we need to welcome these technologies. You may see, how, even, India and Pakistan are also focusing their concentration at these domains....Please see the below links for references:


The downloadable link of 'Survey on ICT Job Market in Bangladesh 2018' is as:

IT Forum / Survey on ICT Job Market in Bangladesh 2018
« on: April 06, 2019, 01:00:09 PM »
The downloadable link of 'Survey on ICT Job Market in Bangladesh 2018' is as:

Resources / Self-Assessment Manual (Second Edition, 2016)
« on: April 06, 2019, 12:50:36 PM »
Self-Assessment Manual (Second Edition, 2016)

You may kindly visit the following link to download the Self-Assessment Manual from the below mentioned web link and also found at the attachment:

Self-assessment Process Flow / Self-Assessment Process Flow
« on: April 06, 2019, 12:41:22 PM »
Self-Assessment Process Flow:

Self-Assessment is a systematic process of evaluating the various aspects of institution or academic programs whether quality standards are being met. For the purpose of further improvement SA collects information and evidences from the stakeholders, reviews those and identify the weaknesses and areas need further improvement to enhance quality of teaching learning and education.

Nutrition and Food Engineering / Our nutrition profile
« on: April 05, 2019, 12:48:35 PM »
Our nutrition profile

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty: AI will change 100 percent of jobs over the next decade

IBM’s Chair, CEO and President Ginni Rometty has a powerful message for workers and employers in all strata of society: The Fourth Industrial Revolution is underway and it is shaping up to be one of the most significant challenges and opportunities of our lifetime. We are already seeing jobs, policies, industries and entire economies shifting as our digital and physical worlds merge.

According to the World Economic Forum, the value of digital transformations in the Fourth Industrial Revolution is estimated at $100 trillion in the next 10 years alone, across all sectors, industries and geographies.

“As a result, we face an imminent and profound transformation of the workforce over the next five to 10 years as analytics and artificial intelligence change job roles at companies in all industries,” Rometty said while giving a keynote address at the CNBC’s At Work Talent & HR: Building the Workforce of the Future Conference in New York on Tuesday, April 2. In February, the executive was appointed to Trump’s American Workforce Policy Advisory Board along with 24 other leaders.

While only a minority of jobs will disappear, the majority of roles that remain will require people to work with the aid of analytics and some form of AI and this will require skills training on a large scale, Rometty said.

“I expect AI to change 100 percent of jobs within the next five to 10 years,” the IBM CEO said.

Rometty’s call to action comes at a time when the AI skills gap and the future of work exhibit a growing sense of urgency. The technology sector accounts for 10 percent of U.S. GDP and is the fastest part of the American economy but there are not enough skilled workers to fill the 500,000 open high-tech jobs in the U.S., according to the Consumer Technology Association’s Future of Work survey. Yet the tech industry is concerned that school systems and universities have not moved fast enough to adjust their curriculum to delve more into data science and machine learning. As a result, companies will struggle to fill jobs in software development, data analytics and engineering.

“To get ready for this paradigm shift companies have to focus on three things: retraining, hiring workers that don’t necessarily have a four-year college degree and rethinking how their pool of recruits may fit new job roles,” Rometty said.

To address the issue IBM is investing $1 billion in initiatives like apprenticeships to train workers for what it calls “new collar” jobs – a phrase Rometty has coined for workers who have technology skills but not a four-year college degree. She noted the company is crafting 500 apprenticeships with the goal of making this “an inclusive era for employees.”

The “new collar” jobs could range from working at a call center to developing apps or becoming a cyber-analyst at IBM after going through a P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) program, which takes six years starting with high school and an associate’s degree.

IBM is also helping to catalyze a national movement to close the skills gap. IBM and the Consumer Technology Association announced the launch of the CTA Apprenticeship Coalition, to create thousands of new apprenticeships in 20 states in January.

It provides frameworks for more than 15 different apprenticeship roles in fast-growing fields, including software engineering, data science and analytics, cybersecurity, mainframe system administration, creative design and program management. New apprenticeships will be modeled in large part on IBM’s successful apprenticeship program, which launched in 2017, is registered with the United States Department of Labor and has grown nearly twice as fast as expected.

The apprenticeships created by this Coalition provide pathways to tech jobs in all parts of the country — from Kansas to Minnesota to Louisiana — not just in traditional tech hubs on the coasts. Its goal is to widen the aperture when it comes to hiring by placing the focus on skills rather than specific degrees. From early-career professionals to mid-career transitions and everything in between, these apprenticeships represent a new pathway to success in 21st century careers, including the growing number of new collar roles where a traditional bachelor’s degree is not always required. They also offer an opportunity to build in-demand skills without taking on student debt.

Besides IBM, coalition members include Canon, Ford, Sprint, Toyota and Walmart.

In this tight job market, where the talent chase has become so intense, Rometty has some advice for employers at businesses of all sizes. It’s a shift in thinking she has adopted at IBM. “Bring consumerism into the HR model. Get rid of self service, and using AI and data analytics personalize ways to retrain, promote and engage employees. Also move away from centers of excellence to solution centers.”

As she sums it up: “In today’s world company’s need to be agile and realize their workforce is a strategic renewable asset. ”


Bill Gates says robots that take your job should pay taxes

Just because a worker isn't technically "alive" doesn't mean it can make money for nothing, according to Bill Gates.
In a recent interview with Quartz editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney, the billionaire philanthropist explained that robot labor should get taxed just like human labor — primarily as a way to maintain funding for society's many social services.

"You can't just give up that income tax," Gates said.

Economists and future-minded techies alike, Gates included, have been discussing the looming threat of robotic automation for several years now. An Oxford report from 2013 found robots could displace up to 50% of jobs between 2023 and 2033. And a 2015 McKinsey report concluded that today's technology could replace 45% of jobs right now.

The bulk of those lost jobs will likely come, at least initially, in telemarketing, tax preparation, and many retail service jobs. In 2016, a PwC report found drones could replace $126 billion worth of labor in infrastructure and agriculture.

If and when that happens, Gates doesn't believe the manufacturers of those robots should be able to reap the profits generated by the automated labor without paying some sort of tax. The system would be similar to how the government takes a portion of people's wages to support social programs, such as healthcare, infrastructure, and law enforcement.

Gates sees a robot tax as contributing to a portion of those programs whose workforces are in short supply. He points to the examples of teaching, elder care, and helping kids with special needs. With the proper training and fulfillment, people who lose their jobs to robots could fill those kinds of roles and have their salaries paid for by the tax.

At which point, Gates says, "you're net ahead."

More extreme solutions to robot automation include negative income tax — a system in which the government pays citizens based on their income, not the other way around — and universal basic income, where people receive a set amount of money each month just for being alive.

Gates has criticized simply giving people money based on the idea that one-time transfers are fleeting; however, he has not addressed the premise of guaranteed recurring payments over long periods of time.


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What it’s like to paint in space—according to a NASA astronaut

For many decades, a medical myth persisted that people were either “right brained” or “left brained.” The theory went that we are naturally predisposed to either being more creative (right-hemisphere dominant) or more mathematical (left-hemisphere dominant). But that phenomenon has now been thoroughly debunked, and its stereotypes along with it.

I and so many of my NASA colleagues are examples of how there is no reason to believe that scientists can’t be artists—or vice versa. Photography and music have always been a part of human spaceflight, and in early missions, cosmonaut Alexey Leonov did colored pencil sketches of orbital sunrise and charcoal portraits of his Apollo-Soyuz crew mates. As we’ve spent more time as humans not just working but living in space, the number of astronauts creating something artistic during their missions has continued to grow. Just recently, my friend Cady brought her flute and played it in space, and my friend Don created some really beautiful star trail photos using time-lapse photography.

My first spaceflight was in late 2009. I traveled to the International Space Station (ISS) on the Space Shuttle Discovery, and spent a little over three months living and working on the ISS. Every day in space was surprising—a different mix of science and maintenance and outreach activities. Some of the more exciting days might have included a spacewalk or flying the robotic arm to grab a cargo vehicle as it approached; other days included everything from fixing the toilet to testing our water to harvesting plants and mixing fuels in the combustion chamber.

As everything outside was moving too fast to paint, I printed a picture (yes, we have printers on board the ISS) of one of the most beautiful sights I’d ever seen: this little tiny chain of islands on the northern coast of Venezuela called Los Roques. I remember seeing them through the window of the space station, taking a photo, and thinking that someone had already taken a brush and painted the shape of a wave on the ocean. It was just gorgeous.

Every night just before going to bed, I would paint a little bit of those islands. I took up a watercolor paint set because I needed my paint to be non-toxic and in a solid form. But unlike normal watercolors, you can’t dip your brush in a cup of water—because there are no cups of water! The water would just float right out of the cup. Instead, you have drink bags—which are like big CapriSun bags—with a straw on the top.

Without a cup of water for my watercolors, painting was therefore a real process. To start, I would squirt out a tiny little ball of water from the drink bag and watch it float in front of me in zero gravity. Then I would put the brush toward it to touch it. What was extra cool was that even before I got the brush to the water, right before it made contact, the bubble of water seemed to move over to the brush, like it was attracted to the bristles in some way. I’m still not really sure what caused this—maybe something to do with surface tension or some weak static charge on the water or brush—but this vacuum effect was really interesting to watch.


What Are The Top 5 Major Robotics Trends To Watch In 2019?

Robots have revolutionized the manufacturing and industrial world in recent decades, and are starting to make their move into the wider world of business as well as our homes, too.

While robotic workers are now commonplace in sectors such as automobile and electronics manufacturing, 2019 should see increasingly widespread adoption across food production, retail, healthcare, and distribution operations.

So here's my rundown of some of the top predictions of where automation and robotics are set to make waves in 2019.

Robots becoming increasingly commonplace in our homes

Besides robotic vacuum cleaners, the idea of home assistance robots has been slow to take off so far. Could that change in 2019? Indeed a whole breed of startups and established companies are betting that it will. From robotic companions for the elderly to robots designed to feed, play with and care for pets while their owners are out, the apparent applications are plentiful.

The breakthrough will come when companies have gathered and analyzed real-world data on what people do, and don’t, want from robots. Robotic vacuum cleaners took off because they filled a real need, and were able to affordably carry out the duty they were designed for. Other robotic assistants – such as mobile virtual assistants – have not been so warmly received.

Promising projects which will hopefully leave the starting blocks this year include Nvidia’s collaboration with Ikea, which aims to develop the first commercially successful robotic kitchen assistant. Could 2019 be the year that tech companies finally get the recipe for domestic robots right?

Delivery robots become a reality

Robotic delivery devices are hotly tipped to solve the “last mile” problem inherent to delivery operations – the most expensive stage of the delivery process where many small, individually packaged products must be precisely targeted to reach their final destinations on time and intact.

Some of these robots are designed to work in large indoor environments – such as Segway’s Loomo robot, which carries out the delivery of internal mail in workplace settings such as office blocks and shop floors.

Others, such as Nuro, designed by a team of Google engineers, will take to the streets to deliver fresh groceries as well as hot food, thanks to its separate heated and chilled cargo bays. Nuro is already carrying out deliveries in parts of Phoenix, Arizona – a hotbed of robotic activity thanks to its grid-like streets, which are also hosting the world’s first autonomous taxis, thanks to another Google spin-off, Waymo.

Of course, there is also the delivery of parcels via airborne drone delivery – which Amazon is working on, and has already put into practice for the past year. 

More of us will work alongside robots

Collaborative robots – or cobots – are the friendly face of workplace automation – not here to steal away our jobs, but to work alongside us, providing timely advice or simply mechanical muscle at times we need it.

As robotic technology becomes more widespread and deployment costs fall, businesses will realize that they can drive efficiency by deploying robots in environments which are unsafe or inhospitable to humans. Amazon's warehouse robots are a good example – as they bring items to human workers for packaging, only comparatively small areas of their vast real estate portfolios need to be heated and made comfortable for the humans who work alongside the machines.

Collaborative robots may also provide an avenue for companies to avoid the wrathful eye of the regulators, as they look to impose punitive measures on businesses which replace humans with automation. Politicians have already proposed “robot taxes” to cover these eventualities – fostering harmonious working relationships between humans and machines could be a trend which will set people’s minds at ease in 2019.

Robots on the Edge

Robots made ideal platforms for edge computing – building sensors into the extremities of automated systems, where machines meet the real-world environments they are built to influence.

During 2019 we can expect to see advances in smart sensors – sensors with inbuilt artificial intelligence – reducing the need for information to be sent to the cloud or centralized servers for processing, before it can be acted on.

Those leading the charge include Baidu – which has just unveiled China’s first open source edge computing platform, OpenEdge, which will allow developers of robots to empower their creations with AI, reducing CPU and bandwidth overheads used by cloud infrastructure. This should enable smarter, more autonomous robots to begin to appear in homes and industrial settings throughout 2019.

The Emergence of Open Standards for Robotics

Speaking of open source – 2019 should see a consolidation of the standardization needed for AI enabled robots to achieve mass market penetration. Regulators will have a part to play here, as frameworks are put in place to govern the ways that personal data can be collected and used by autonomous machines, including self-driving cars but also autonomous home and industrial assistants.

With the legal framework offering reassurance and trust, real innovation is likely to emerge from the open source community itself – already a hotbed of robotic development and activity. Amazon recently announced the launch of its AWS Robot Maker platform, built on the open source Robotic Operating System (ROS) standards. This lowering of the entry barrier towards involvement in the development and deployment of robots should mean more organizations of all shapes and sizes stand to benefit from the robot revolution over the coming 12 months.

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