Monthly Archives: March 2013

My Alma Mater – I am so proud of ‼

After India got Independence in 1947 and cauldron of social unrest (Religious tensions ) got diminished , the next challenging task for this newly born campestral was to bring social and economic stability. Jawaharlal Nehru , the then Prime minister realized that the only way Indian Republic can re-establish its presence in the world stage and establish stability is only through the intellectual power of its citizens & Education. Keeping that in view, Nehru took the initiative and the first ‘Indian Institute of Technology’ came to existence in 18th Aug, 1951 in Kharagpur inaugurated by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

Time kept on passing and within seven years of the inaugural of the first technical institute of National Importance, Nehru understood that just one Institute is not going to feed the hunger of 370 million people. That’s why Pundit Nehru had to Travel all way long to a small place named “Warangal” in the newly formed state “Andhra Pradesh” (Merging “Telangana” with the “Andhra” On 1 November 1956). He laid the foundation stone for a new institute there named “NIT Warangal” ( Then “Regional Engineering College, Warangal”) on October 10, 1959, the first in the chain of 30 NITs (formerly known as RECs) in the country. The perception of Nehru was to provide meaningful education, to conduct original research of the highest standard and to provide leadership in technological innovation for the industrial growth of the country. And that was just an another beginning of a golden era for the Indian Education System. In a very short span, NIT Warangal could be able to attain recognition as a major centre of learning in Engineering, Science and several Inter-disciplinary Areas with the help of UNESCO and UK assistance . Not only, has the Institute acted as the breeding ground for ideas and talent, it also has recognized and honoured scholars of distinction. Later Educational progammes here extend beyond the physical sciences and engineering and extended it’s service towards humanities and social sciences such as Economics, English and into management studies. Read the rest of this entry

Study Hints at How Acupuncture Works to Relieve Stress by Alice Park

Needles may not seem like the best tool for treating stress, but acupuncture could be tapping into basic biological systems that keep stress under control.

Reporting in the Journal of Endocrinology, researchers led by Ladan Eshkevari, assistant program director of the nurse anesthesia program at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, mimicked chronic stress in a rat model and documented how stimulating certain body points with acupuncture can alter stress hormones.

The body’s stress response is triggered by two main pathways, one of which involves the HPA axis, or hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis, in which these areas of the brain are activated to release peptides and proteins such as corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH). They, in turn, launch the production of other hormones such as cortisol and norepinephrine that rev up the anxiety meter. Once activated, the system causes the heart to beat faster and the senses to go on alert. It also diverts the body’s energy away from background operations such as digestion to prime and fuel the muscles into a state of readiness. Read the rest of this entry

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