Muslims, Settlers To Play Key Role In Polls In Hyderabad Region: Experts

Muslims, Settlers To Play Key Role In Polls In Hyderabad Region: Experts

Muslims and the “settlers” from the coastal and Rayalaseema regions of Andhra Pradesh are likely to play a crucial role in the electoral fortunes of the candidates in 24 constituencies falling under the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

In the 2014 Andhra Pradesh Assembly polls, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had won nine seats, Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) seven, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) five and Telangana’s ruling party Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had won three seats.

The TDP and the BJP were in an alliance in 2014. For the upcoming Telangana Assembly polls, the N Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP has struck an electoral pact with the Congress.

In the December 7 election, all the nine MLAs of the TDP, who had left the party subsequently, are contesting on TRS tickets.

Mr Naidu has been campaigning vigorously in the region for the candidates of the Congress-led “Praja Kutami” or the grand alliance, also comprising the TDP, the Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) and the Communist Party of India (CPI).

Mr Naidu has also addressed poll meetings along with Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the GHMC areas, which have over 40 lakh voters.

The AIMIM, which counts the old city as its stronghold, has fielded eight candidates in the region and is supporting the TRS in the remaining seats.

The K Chandrasekhar Rao-led TRS has described the AIMIM as a “friendly party” and said it would have “friendly contests” in the seats where the Owaisi-led party has fielded its nominees.

AIMIM MLC Syed Aminul Hasan Jafri said Muslims constituted 12.7 per cent of Telangana’s population and in the 24 constituencies in the GHMC areas, it was 30 per cent.

“The Congress’s tie-up with the TDP, which was a BJP ally until recently, may not gel well with the Muslim voters. Not only that, since the beginning, not many members of the minority community have voted for the TDP.

“Constituencies like Rajendranagar, Maheswaram, Serilingampalli, Kukatpally, Kutbullapur, Malkajgiri, Uppal and LB Nagar have large numbers of minority voters who certainly have a say,” he told PTI.

Most of the constituencies located in the GHMC area have a large number of people from Andhra Pradesh, also called the “settlers”, accounting for about 20 per cent of the total votes.

The TDP, which is being projected by the TRS as an “Andhra party”, is contesting in some of the key constituencies in the area such as Serilingampalli, Kukatpally and Uppal.

Mr Naidu’s party, which largely banks on the votes of the “settlers”, has fielded party founder NT Rama Rao’s granddaughter Nandamuri Suhasini from Kukatpally.

Political analyst and former MLC Nageswar said the “settlers” would certainly play a decisive role in the electoral outcome in these seats, but they might not vote en masse for any particular party, given the “diverse social structure”.

He pointed out that the TRS had won 100 seats in the GHMC polls largely due to the votes of the “settlers”.

“They (settlers) may not vote for the TRS now, unlike the way they had done in the GHMC polls. At the same time, they may also not vote for the TDP en masse. A particular community, which has got the backing of the TDP, may vote for it, but there are other influential communities which may desist it,” Mr Nageswar said.


10 golden rules to follow for success in your career

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Successful professional traits

There are hundreds of skills available and many alternate paths to success depending on the career you choose and the approach that works best for you. However, there is a common trait that defines successful professionals.

Irrespective of backgrounds, domains or circumstances they cultivated a few good habits that they followed daily. This defined their personality and created their success. Simple routines repeated daily have a compounding effect over time and get you results you desire.

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Limited willpower

You do not have infinite will power or unlimited mental energy. Too many decisions in a short time can reduce your decision-making ability. Consider Steve Jobs who would wear a black turtleneck and blue jeans daily, thus freeing up cognitive energy for important stuff.

Make small positive choices and continue for a month to have them show up in your behaviour and become habits. Multiple successful habits contribute more to success than accomplishing any single big task.

accomplishing any single big task.

​Be coachable

​Be coachable

Knowledge and skills are tools that earn you an income and help you achieve career goals. Hence make it a priority to constantly expand your knowledge. To do so, first become coachable. Train yourself to not react in the face of criticism and to learn from every person you meet.

Develop the habit of daily reading. Get yourself a mentor. Seize every opportunity to train on new skills. Benchmark every day against your previous self and aim to be slightly better each time.

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​Increase your energy

​Increase your energy

Any student of physics will tell you that energy gets work done. Hence the more energy you have, the more you get done. Increase energy levels by eating right and exercising regularly.

Maximise your emotional energy by investing in family, friends and a hobby or two. Meanwhile your coachability takes care of learning and mental energy levels.

​Acquire this insurance policy

​Acquire this insurance policy

Attitude is the insurance policy that gets you promoted and retained. Know that if you are a star sales person you can afford to throw a few tantrums, treat others poorly and get away with it for some time till the company has a critical need for you.

You will be cast aside when the tide turns and someone else with a fantastic attitude will continue to rise.

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​Find purpose in a marshmallow

​Find purpose in a marshmallow

Seeking happiness or joy is overrated. The Stanford Marshmallow experiment proved that people who delay gratification—let go of an immediate joy or small rewards in favour of a larger reward in the future—achieve better life outcomes.

It is possible to choose delayed gratification without much effort only when you have a larger purpose or meaning in your career. Create a purpose bigger than your income and it will give you the sense of urgency to progress faster.

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Work on your communication with others. It doesn’t matter if you are an introvert or an extrovert. Ask questions when you do not understand something.

Thank your manager for his guidance. Sell your output and yourself to your employer. Listen without judgment when someone is trying to communicate. Stay silent when you need to absorb.

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​Keep your buckets separate

​Keep your buckets separate

Your life is multi-dimensional but to succeed you need to live in the moment. Keep family and work buckets separate. Don’t carry your frustrations from one to another. Similarly, distinguish between friends and colleagues and treat them differently.

Do not do personal work during office time. Take ownership of your role without confusing it with individual tasks. Buckets that leak into each other lead to poor choices and outcomes.

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​Work right

​Work right

So you have decided to work hard. Have you thought about when and where you will work hard?

Look for the right openings for constant learning and growth and put your efforts to work in the right place and time when the opportunity arises.

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​Reach 15 min early

​Reach 15 min early

Practice reaching work or a meeting 15 minutes early.

Not only does the extra time come handy in contingencies but also the magical 15 minutes before a commitment gets you in the right frame of mind, conveys a fabulous impression and multiplies the possibilities of chance encounters and openings that are not available to others.

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​Fulfil your first responsibility

​Fulfil your first responsibility

You are your first responsibility. Hence prioritise your needs of visualising your future, choosing values and principles that align to that future and figuring out who you need to be to get there.

Now define the actions you are going to take and convert them into habits. Once you take responsibility for helping yourself first, you are available for your own success and for others.


How internships can help you make a career change without any doubts

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An internship can help you ease your worries about a career change!

A career switch can be a scary prospect – what if you cannot do well in your new job role? In such cases, an internship can come to your rescue!

Shubham had been passionate about teaching since childhood but could never muster the courage to follow it, due to his lack of confidence in public speaking. Soon, he completed his engineering degree and was placed as an analyst in a multinational company.

His job provided him with various good opportunities of getting industry exposure but he still had a persistent curiosity and interest in teaching and contemplated switching his career.

However, he wanted to take an informed decision before doing anything about it. So, he decided to explore teaching through virtual internships along with his job.

After sending in a few internship applications online, he was finally selected for a content development internship where he had to prepare video lectures based on programming concepts and other computer science subjects like theory of computation and graph theory.

By the end of the second month of his internship, he became quite popular among students and gained confidence in his teaching abilities. Now, he knew for sure that teaching was his true calling and decided to quit his job to pursue a full-time career in teaching.

Read: 10 reasons why you need an industry based internship for a successful career

A misguided career change can be an expensive mistake

Many students like Shubham, when taking the decision regarding the career path to pursue, either can’t follow their true passion due to lack of guidance or aren’t even aware of their real interests at such an early stage of their lives.

This is the reason why many of them decide to switch their careers after graduation or after a few years of doing a job. Not happy with what they are currently doing and looking for a change in their professional lives, many of them simply go for MBAs.

However, this could prove to be an expensive mistake if you do not have a perspective beforehand and later, realise that management is not your calling.

Read: 4 ways internships can help women restart their career

2 ways an internship can help you make a career switch decision easier

So, what should you do instead? Well, the answer is simple — do an internship! Why? When you decide to make a career shift, there could be two possible scenarios:

1. You have a certain career path in mind to go for but you are not really aware of what it truly holds for you.

2. You are not happy with your present line of profession but you also don’t know what profession will be most suitable for you.

In both the cases, internships can prove to be extremely helpful in making an informed career switch decision.

Career change can be a tricky business, but internships can help sort your mind!

Scenario 1

Talking about scenario one first, let’s say, you are currently working as a software developer but graphic designing fascinates you.

You quit your job and take up a graphic design position but later on find out that you don’t have the right aptitude for it and the profession isn’t congruent to your expectations. You’ll feel stuck again, right?

Here, taking up an internship would have been a wise choice because they require short-term commitment usually ranging from 1 to 6 months.

Internships let you test the waters before you take a deep dive into an entirely new professional channel. This statement stays true for both the cases.

Read: 3 reasons you should grab a summer internship at a startup

Scenario 2

Now, let’s talk about scenario two. Suppose you are doing a well-paying 9 to 5 job but your heart is not into it. You don’t enjoy your work and want to shift your career to some other profession but don’t have any direction to proceed in.

Here, internships provide you with the opportunity to explore different professions for a small period of 1-3 months. You could pursue multiple internships in various fields to get a perspective on diverse professions and experiment your way to find your true calling.

So, if you are not happy with your current line of work and wish to switch your career, do not take a rash decision and change your job or do an MBA.

Think through it, research well, and explore your options with internships as they’ll let you test your abilities and check if the new profession fulfils your expectations or not.


Leverage The Tight Job Market To Benefit You And Your Career

Related imageThe August 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs’ report tells us a lot of things about the economy. It shows that unemployment remained low at 3.9%, and – this time – we learned that, in addition to the 201,000 jobs which were added, year-over-year wage growth rose slightly from 2.7% to 2.9%. The average worker finally saw a pay increase, albeit a rather small one, of 10 cents on the hour.

As small as this wage increase is, it does matter. It shows that the job market has tightened significantly, and a tight job market tends to motivate employers to pay workers more. They won’t do this out of the goodness of their hearts. They will do this to compete for top talent, and they will do this to retain their best workers who have become dissatisfied after earning less than they feel they deserve for far too long.

Low unemployment combined with the newly reported wage growth indicates that the tide is turning to your benefit. The stage is set for you to experience a big win in a market where job openings outnumber job seekers as reported in The Wall Street Journal. Dissatisfied workers can win, and astute job seekers (those who know how best to leverage this market) can win most of all.

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You have more power in this tight job market; use it to job hop your way to a raise or negotiate your way into a promotion.

Job Hop Your Way to a Raise

Even though unemployment has been decreasing since the years of the Great Recession, wages weren’t increasing, and low wages have been a leading factor for ongoing dissatisfaction in the workplace. The October 2017 Mind The Workplace report found that a whopping 71% of employees were actively looking for new work or thinking about leaving their jobs. The study surveyed more than 17,000 employees across 19 different industries in the United States and concluded that the number one reason stated for workplace dissatisfaction was low wages.

Recent data indicates that many of you can give yourself a raise by simply switching jobs – by voluntarily hopping from one job to another.

Do the following to set yourself up for success:

  1. If you like your current job and have data to support your belief that you are being paid less than the market rate for the work you deliver, first ask your current employer for a raise, and be sure to take your data with you.
  2. Be prepared to substantiate your good performance and present how you are meeting or exceeding current performance expectations and goals. You may need to communicate this information to your current employer or to a new one if you are unsuccessful at getting the raise you ask for with your current employer.
  3. Prepare yourself for rejection and remember it’s not personal. Get mentally prepared to resign your position if you have to. Understand that you are in the driver’s seat, but you have to be willing to search out new or alternate opportunities, and you need to show how you are uniquely skilled to deliver on organizational goals. In a tight job market, job seekers have more power because there are fewer skilled workers searching than there are available jobs.
  4. Read this article which details the risks involved with staying in the same job for too long and provides more understanding for how leaving your company can lead to higher pay and increase your long-term professional prospects.
  5. Get your resume, CV and/or portfolio updated and ensure all material presents you in the best way possible.

Negotiate Your Way to a Promotion

Often times you may want to compete for a new position or promotion but fear you won’t be competitive or even considered because you may not have some seemingly important aspect of the position specifications such as a college degree, a certification or enough experience. You come to believe that certain positions are out of reach for you due to lacking these qualifications. The tight job market is changing the landscape, and you should look again at any new or promotional positions of interest to you.

In a tight job market, employers become more willing to modify or adjust the qualifications for positions and even consider fewer years of work experience and reduced educational requirements to get you in the door and fill their jobs. To demonstrate this point, some employers have announced they are waiving college-degree requirements so they can expand the candidate pool and encourage more applications. On-the-job training is increasingly being viewed as a more timely way to achieve immediate workforce goals in this tight job market. Take advantage of this!

Do the following to set yourself up for success:

  1. Figure out where the demand is in the market and within your region. The latest job report shows that business and professional services and healthcare industries topped the list, among others.
  2. Build your brand and get professional exposure when and where you can. Seek out opportunities to volunteer, to speak, to write and to network.
  3. Take note of your transferable skills. Outline what you have done that you can transfer into a new job to help achieve organizational goals. Even if you don’t have a particular credential or degree, you do have transferable skills of value. You need to be able to identify what these are and why they should matter to the employer.
  4. Build up your confidence and submit your resume, CV and/or application for every position that interests you and you believe you can do; then develop your argument/proposal for why you are the one to do it regardless of how many years of experience you have or whether you have a degree at all. Remember, in this market, employers have fewer and fewer skilled and “qualified” people to choose from, and this is precisely why you have more room to negotiate your way in to a better job.
  5. Look at the position, the company and the culture and do what you can to establish a contact there. Use LinkedIn, Twitter, a recruiter, a friend and/or a letter.
  6. Find out what it really takes to be successful in the role and then leverage what you have going for yourself to negotiate the offer even when you don’t necessarily meet all the qualifications. Employers are not being as picky today. Use this to your benefit.

The iron is hot, and this tight job market should provide you all the courage you need to strike now.

If you want to leverage the tight job market, strike now and strike fast. This means you don’t want to wait to get started on the action items I have provided for you. David Payne with Kiplinger forecasts that job creation is likely hitting its peak and will soon decrease below 200,000 per month due to a scarcity of workers. This might mean that you likely have the most power that you will have for a long time right now.

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Internshala Launches Career (Re)Launch Campaign For Women To Re-Start Their Career

Internshala Launches Career (Re)Launch Campaign For Women To Re-Start Their Career

Internshala has launched a campaign, ‘Career (Re)Launch: Internship Fair for Women’, specifically for women who want to re-start their career. As part of this campaign, 12 companies including Godrej Consumer Products, Airtel, Shoppers Stop, and Uber are offering internships in the fields of Content Writing, Business Development, HR, etc. Women can apply to these internships till December 10, and selected women candidates can earn a stipend of INR 5,000 to INR 50,000 per month while doing these internships.

This campaign is a part of Internshala’s initiative ‘Internships for Women’ which brings internships for women who have been out of the workforce to help them (re)start their career.

Currently, only 27% of Indian women are a part of the workforce, and to bridge this gender gap at work, organisations across the country are taking various steps such as introducing work from home, flexible work hours, and maternity leaves.

Internship programs for women is one such popular step which companies have taken up. Internships are of short-term duration and provide flexible working options to women. Further, many companies even offer jobs to women after the successful completion of their internships. On Internshala, more than 3,500 women have found internships and have (re)started their career in the last one year.

“As an internship platform when we realised that internships can be a powerful medium for women to (re)start their career, we were enthused to encourage more and more women to opt for them. But what also lifted our enthusiasm was seeing that companies were very willing to come forward and hire women as interns. Career (Re)Launch is an exciting opportunity for women to (re)start their career with renowned brands and exciting stipend”, says Sarvesh Agrawal, CEO, Internshala.


UPTET 2018 Result Next Week

UPTET 2018 Result Next Week


Final result for Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test or UPTET will be released next week. As per the official statement from the school education department in October 2018, the UPTET 2018 result will be released on December 10, 2018. However, certain media reports suggest that the, UPTET result can be expected tomorrow (December 5) or December 6. Candidates can check their result on the official website of the UP Basic Education Board at Candidates need to keep their registration number and/ or date of birth details for accessing the UPTET result login.

The final answer key of the teacher eligibility test was released last week.

After the result is declared, candidates who appeared for the exam can check their result by following the steps given below:

Step 1 : Visit the official website:

Step 2 : Click on the UPTET 2018 Result link for Upper Primary and Primary teachers respectively.

Step 3 : Enter your registration number, date of birth and security code correctly.

Step 4 : Submit your credentials. The result will be displayed onscreen. Take a printout.


UP BTC result is also expected on December 10, the exam was held on November 1 and 3.

Online registration for recruitment to 68,000 teacher posts in Uttar Pradesh is likely to begin on December 11, 2018. The exam for Teachers Bharti Pariksha will be held on January 6, 2019.


ICSE Timetable 2019 Released, Exams From February

ICSE Timetable 2019 Released, Exams From February

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE), which conducts the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education or ICSE examination has released the time table for the class 10 annual exams for year 2019. The examinations will start from February 22 and will conclude on March 25, 2019, as per the ICSE time table. This year, the class 10 exams under CISCE are starting four days earlier than last year. In 2018, the ICSE final examination began on February 26 and the ISC examinations started from February 7.

The exam for ISC or class 12 students will begin on February 4, 2019 and conclude on March 25, 2019.

The ICSE exam will start from Friday February 22, 2018 with English Language paper 1 and will be concluded on Monday, March 25, 2019 with Bilogy Science paper 3.

The exams are set to start in two different timings, i.e. from 9.00 am and 11.00 am while they will be held in three different durations, 2 hours, 2 and half hours and 3 hours.

According to ICSI timetable, in addition to the time indicated on the date sheet for writing the paper, 15 minutes time is given for reading the question paper. The question paper may be distributed to candidates at 10:45 a.m. to enable them to start writing at 11:00 a.m.

The CISCE recently announced that it will give unsuccessful candidates a second chance to pass the examination in the same year, from 2019.

CISCE secretary Gerry Arathoon said compartmental exams will be held for ISC candidates having failed in the fourth subject and ICSE candidates in the fifth subject, in the same year, shortly after publication of the respective board results.

ISC Timetable 2019: Check Here 

ICSE 2019 Timetable: Class 10 Date Sheet Released @

ICSE 2019 Timetable: Class 10 Date Sheet Released @

Students of Class 12, having passed in English and two other subjects but not in the fourth subject and Class 10candidates, making it in English and three other subjects, but failing in the fifth subject, won’t have to waste one year under the new system, he said.

Those candidates can sit for the supplementary (compartmental) test in June-July, Mr Arathoon said.

The results of the compartmental exam can then be published by August to enable successful students to enrol for higher studies, Mr Arathoon, also the Chief Executive of CISCE, said.


CISCE Releases ISC/Class 12 Board Exam 2019 Date Sheet

CISCE Releases ISC/Class 12 Board Exam 2019 Date Sheet

Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) has released the date sheet for ISC (Class 12) and ICSE  (Class 10) board exam 2019. The exam for ISC or class 12 students will begin on February 4, 2019 and conclude on March 25, 2019. The exams will begin with practical exams which are scheduled from February 4 to February 14, 2019. The Theory component will begin with Economics paper exam on February 15, 2019. The date sheet is also available on the official website. Students can check the detailed exam schedule below.

ISC (Class 12) Board Exam 2019 Schedule

February 04, 2019 (9.00 AM): Art Paper 3 (Drawing or Painting of a Living Person)
February 05, 2019 (9.00 AM): Physics – Paper 2 (Practical)
February 06, 2019 (9.00 AM):  Indian Music – Hindustani Paper 2 (Practical)/ Indian Music – Carnatic Paper 2 (Practical)/ Western Music – Paper 2 (Practical)/ Home Science – Paper 2 (Practical) – Planning Session
February 07, 2019 (9.00 AM):  Chemistry – Paper 2 (Practical)
February 08, 2019 (9.00 AM): Biotechnology – Paper 2 (Practical)
February 11, 2019 (9.00 AM):  Biology – Paper 2 (Practical)
February 12, 2019 (9.00 AM): Home Science – Paper 2 (Practical)
February 13, 2019 (9.00 AM): Computer Science – Paper 2 (Practical)
February 14, 2019 (9.00 AM): Fashion Designing – Paper 2 (Practical)
February 15, 2019 (2.00 PM): Economics
February 16, 2019 (9.00 AM): Art Paper 2 (Drawing & Painting from Nature)
February 18, 2019 (2.00 PM): Computer Science – Paper 1 (Theory)
February 20, 2019 (2.00 PM): Accounts
February 21, 2019, 2019 (2.00 PM):  English – Paper 1 (English Language)
February 22, 2019 (2.00PM): Physical Education – Paper 1 (Theory)
February 23, 2019 (9.00 AM): Art Paper 1 (Drawing or Painting from Still Life)
February 25, 2019 (2.00 PM): English – Paper 2 (Literature in English)
February 26, 2019 (2.00 PM):  Indian Music – Hindustani – Paper 1 (Theory)/ Indian Music – Carnatic – Paper 1 (Theory)/ Western Music – Paper 1 (Theory)/ Fashion Designing – Paper 1 (Theory)
February 27, 2019 (2.00 PM): Indian Languages / Modern Foreign Languages/ Classical Languages
February 28, 2019 (9.00 AM):  Art Paper 4 (Original Imaginative Composition in Colour)
March 01, 2019 (2.00 PM): Chemistry – Paper 1 (Theory)
March 02, 2019 ((.00 AM):  Art Paper 5 (Crafts ‘A’) 3 hrs.
March 05, 2019 (2.00 PM): Mathematics
March 06, 2019 (2.00 PM):  Elective English
March 07, 2019 (2.00 PM):  Business Studies
March 08, 2019 (2.00 PM): Psychology
March 11, 2019 (2.00 PM): Physics – Paper 1 (Theory)
March 12, 2019 (2.00 PM): Environmental Science – Paper 1(Theory)
March 13, 2019 (2.00 PM):  Sociology
March 14, 2019 (2.00 PM) Biology – Paper 1 (Theory)
March 15, 2019 (2.00 PM):History
March 18, 2019 (2.00 PM): Commerce/ Electricity and Electronics
March 19, 2019 (2.00 PM):  Political Science/ Biotechnology – Paper 1 (Theory)
March 22, 2019 (2.00 PM): Geography – Paper 1 (Theory)
March 25, 2019 (2.00 PM): Home Science – Paper 1 (Theory)/ Geometrical & Mechanical Drawing/ Geometrical & Building Drawing


Himachal-Based University Files 105 Patents This Year

Himachal Pradesh-based Shoolini University near Solan town has emerged as one of the top patent filers in the country which include the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the university said on Monday. The nine-year old private university, which is managed by a trust, has filed 105 patents this year and planning to file at least 10 more before the end of the year.

As per data available on central institutions with the Ministry of Human Resources, only three other institutions have filed over 100 patents so far this year.

These are IIT Madras (132), IIT Bombay (104) and Indian Institute of Sciences, Bengaluru (101). IIT Delhi has filed 96 patents to date.

Shoolini University Vice Chancellor P.K. Khosla said in a statement: “We have crossed the milestone of filing over 200 patents and aims at filing 100 patents every year. Our thrust is also on converting research into technology with its refinement for commercialisation.”

“For pharmaceutical-based patents, the focus shall be on clinical trials. The facilities for this are created in-house and also in partnership with industry,” he added.

Most of the patents relate to drug discovery, enzymes and peptides, disaster management and designing of agro-based tools particularly for application in hill farming.

“We have already generated a revenue of Rs. 12 lakh from patents,” he said.

The university has in all filed 207 patents.