Archive for May, 2011

Russia could do for high-tech engineering what India did for IT.

American companies are showing they believe Russia’s human resources can soon do for high-tech engineering what India did to the IT sector two decades ago.

Executives at some of North America’s biggest companies are taking on a vision of a 24-hour production cycle in which Russian engineers zip their drafts to board room executives in Europe and the United States.

The US aerospace and defense giant Boeing now has a US$27-billion plan in place to purchase Russian parts and R and D services -with much of the focus placed on the latter.

“Russia has the opportunity no smaller than India had 25 years ago to help the world develop engineering,” said Boeing Russia President Sergei Kravchenko.

“We know this can be done because India did it with IT,” he told a Moscow investment forum in which US Vice President Biden delivered the closing address.

Boeing’s plans nicely complement President Dmitry Medvedev‘s ambition of powering Russian growth through research and innovation.

Russia’s current engineering advantage is twofold: its massive pool of workers was not only trained by some of the world’s most qualified Soviet-era professors but also costs employers a fraction of their Western counterparts.

“Closer cooperation will allow American companies to benefit from greater access to Russia’s deep pool of talent of engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists,” said Biden.

Russian companies are experienced in building such high-tech equipment as unconventional pipes and advanced military hardware.  “This is the story of world engineering and Russia can play a big role,” the Boeing Russia president said. — AFP

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Education in Russia

“One’s wise, the others a fool.
One goes for books, the other goes into a saloon”.

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Study from new books but from old teachers”.

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“Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn, to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.”

Albert Einstein (German born American theoretical Physicist ,  developed the theory of general relativity, effecting a revolution in physics. Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921)

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Russian literature is, has and always will be one of the most influential and heartwarming forces in the world. Realism originated in Russia, perhaps, as early as Pushkin (1798-1837). Russian philosophy has always been an integral part of the literature.   The seed of existentialism is found in Dostoevsky and passive resistance, used so effectively by Gandhi and Martin Luther King, originated in the works of Tolstoy.

One of the last messages which Turgenev [1] addressed to Russian writers from his death-bed was to implore them to keep in its purity “that precious inheritance of ours – the Russian Language.” He who knew in perfection most of the languages spoken in Western Europe had the highest opinion of Russian as an instrument for the expression of all possible shades of thought and feeling, and he had shown in his writings what depth and force of expression, and what melodiousness of prose, could be obtained in his native tongue. In his high appreciation of Russian, Turguéneff – as will often be seen in these pages – was perfectly right. The richness of the Russian language in words is astounding: many a word which stands alone for the expression of a given idea in the languages of Western Europe has in Russian three or our equivalents for the rendering of the various shades of the same idea. It is especially rich for rendering various shades of human feeling,–tenderness and love, sadness and merriment–as also various degrees of the same action. Its pliability for translation is such that in no other language do we find an equal number of most beautiful, correct, and truly poetical renderings of foreign authors. Poets of the most diverse character, such as Heine and Béranger, Longfellow and Schiller, Shelley and Goethe – to say nothing of that favorite with Russian translators, Shakespeare – are equally well turned into Russian. The sarcasm of Voltaire, the rollicking humor of Dickens, the good-natured laughter of Cervantes are rendered with equal ease. Moreover, owing to the musical character of the Russian tongue, it is wonderfully adapted for rendering poetry in the same metres as those of the original. Longfellow’s “Hiawatha” (in two different translations, both admirable), Heine’s capricious lyrics, Schindler’s ballads, the melodious folk-songs of different nationalities, and Béranger’s playful chansonnettes, read in Russian with exactly the same rhythms as in the originals. The desperate vagueness of German metaphysics is quite as much at home in Russian as the matter-of-fact style of the eighteenth century philosophers; and the short, concrete and expressive, terse sentences of the best English writers offer no difficulty for the Russian translator.

Together with Czech and Polish, Moravian, Serbian and Bulgarian, as also several minor tongues, Russian belongs to the great Slavonian family of languages which, in its turn – together with the Scandinavo – Saxon and the Latin families, as also the Lithuanian, the Persian, the Armenian, the Georgian – belongs to the great Indo-European, or Aryan branch.

Like all other languages, the Russian has adopted many foreign words Scandinavian, Turkish, Mongolian and lately, Greek and Latin. But notwithstanding the assimilation of many nations and stems of the Ural-Altayan or Turanian stock which has been accomplished in the course of ages by the Russian nation, her language has remained remarkably pure. It is striking indeed to see how the translation of the bible which was made in the ninth century into the Ianguage currently spoken by the Moravians and the South Slavonians remains comprehensible, down to the present time, to the average Russian. Grammatical forms and the construction of sentences are indeed quite different now. But the roots, as well as a very considerable number of words remain the same as those which were used in current talk a thousand years ago.


1 – Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (Russian: Иван Сергеевич Тургенев) was a Russian novelist, short story writer, and playwright. His first major publication, a short story collection entitled A Sportsman’s Sketches, is a milestone of Russian Realism, and his novel Fathers and Sons is regarded as one of the major works of 19th-century fiction. Henry James who wrote no fewer than five critical essays on Turgenev’s work, claimed that “his merit of form is of the first order” (1873) and praised his “exquisite delicacy”.

Henry James was an American-born writer, regarded as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism. He was the son of Henry James, Sr., a clergyman, and the brother of philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James.

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Russian engineering aptitude in aviation, are you paying attention students?

Airbus created an Airbus engineering centre in Russia in 2002, which started with 30 engineers and has since emerged as a model of success for Airbus’ globalization strategy. It was the first Airbus engineering facility to open in Europe outside the company’s home countries. And we all know how Franco-German-Spanish Company prides itself in being European!

Equipped with state-of-the-art communication equipment and linked with Airbus engineering sites in France and Germany, the centre performs extensive work in disciplines such as fuselage structure, stress, systems installation and design. Airbus does its sub-contracting work in Russia. IRKUT is part of Airbus’ industrial co-operation program with Russia. In placing more work shares, Airbus plans to increase the share of Russian components exponentially.  Airbus has also recently increased its investment in research and technology performed in Russia and signed a $1.5 million long-term contract with TsAGI for research in aerodynamics.

All these activities reflect the continuous implementation of the extensive co-operation program between Airbus and the Russian aviation industry as defined in the agreement between EADS and Rosaviakosmos, signed in July 2001. This program aims to bring about Airbus co-operation with Russian industry worth some $ 800 million within ten years.

IRKUT Corporation is a vertically integrated holding company uniting Irkutsk Aviation Plant, Beriev Design Bureau and Yakovlev Design Bureau. IRKUT provides a full cycle of development, manufacture, sales and after-sale support of military and civil aviation products. IRKYT’s main products are the Su-27 and Su-30MK type fighters, the Be-200 amphibian and the Yak-130 training and light strike aircraft. Current order book of IRKUT Corporation makes out around 4.5 billion US$. In July 2004, IRKUT and EADS established a joint-venture to promote the Be-200 in the international market and certify it according to JAR and FAR.

Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive family of airliners on the market. They range in capacity from 100 to more than 550 seats and incorporate the latest state-of-the-art technologies. Airbus has delivered over 3,700 aircraft to some 200 customers world-wide.

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Why Russia? Why is it affordable than UK, US, AUS or Switzerland? Why is it the best choice for aspiring students from middle class families from Asia and Africa?

  • No donation, no bribery or capitation costs.
  • Foreigners do not need to pass Entrance Exams.
  • Easy Admission Process.
  • Russian degrees are recognized by WHO, UNESCO, Council of Europe, etc.
  • Extensive range of possibilities and big exposure through practicals arranged by the Universities;

–           with multi-functioning hospitals for Medicine and Dentistry,

–          with companies and factories like Siemens, Unilever,  etc. for engineering and Management studies,

–          with Publishing companies having newspaper and magazines for students from Psychology and Philology ,

–           with Government owned Techno parks, Scientific installation, Venture capital firms etc. for students from IT and management faculties etc.

  • Low fees
  • The living expenses for students are less compared to the Western world.
  • Russian curriculum is wider and gives the student a broader base of knowledge.
  • Professors with long and international experience
  • Multilingual professors
  • Subsidized transport cards for students for Underground Railway (Subway / Metro), Buses, Trolley buses and Trams (Electric / cable cars)
  • Private Tutors available.
  • Russian IT, Engineering and mathematical degrees are highly prized in the Western world.  Steve Ballmer the current CEO of Microsoft has said that they give mass work to India, the hard ones they keep in the US and the impossible ones they assign to the Russians.
  • Airbus, the giant aircraft manufacturing subsidiary of EADS, a European aerospace company has its only foreign facility in Russia which does only high end work.
  • Educates highly skilled professionals for its science-intensive hi-tech sectors like Ship building, aircraft building, defense industries, electronics, telecommunication, IT, Nanotechnology, space technology etc.

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“I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come.”

–          Abraham Lincoln (16th  US President (1861-65), who brought about the emancipation of the slaves. 1809-1865)

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Russian prowess in education and technical field is as constant as ever. Russia is highly developed in pure science and innovation. Biology, Medicine, chemistry, material science, space technology & aeronautics, mathematics, electrical & automation engineering, and physics are fields in which Russians excel. Science is emphasized at all levels of education, and very large numbers of engineers graduate every year.

The following might be interesting for our young Indian friends who are looking to pursue higher education:

Perhaps no other Chemical Engineering department that existed in India at 1950s had such a unique structure. IIT Bombay Chemical Engineering was perhaps the only department which had identified Automation as a specialization in an era when Automation was considered to be the rightful domain of Electrical Engineers. The structure had the unmistakable influence of Russian academics who were deeply involved in developing the academic fabric of IIT Bombay.

The early Russian Influence:
UNESCO had identified USSR as the major donor nation for IIT Bombay. The assistance was in terms of experts from USSR guiding the development of IITB and technical equipment needed for teaching and research. The first team of experts was an illustrious list consisting of Prof. Frumkin, Prof. I.V. Anismov and Prof.  Drobynin ,  Prof. Frumkin was an academic of great repute in the field of Electrochemistry… Prof. Anismov was an expert in Automatic Control and Prof.  Drobynin in Chemical Engineering operations. Their main focus was on the structure and content of Post Graduate program. Prof. Anisimov, besides planning the Postgraduate program, found time to conduct distillation dynamics experiments at UDCT, Matunga where some of the faculty members were temporarily located. Prof. Frumkin and Prof. Anisimov had left in 1960. In 1961, three more USSR experts joined the institute. They were Prof. L.P.Anoschenko (Electrochemistry), Prof. A.N.Chistyakov (Fuel Technology) and Prof. L.A. Ivanov (Auotmation). During the period 1962-63, Prof. S. D. Antonovsky (Wood and Cellulse Chemistry) and Prof. S.A. Bagagturov (Fuel Technology) joined the department.

Russian Experts had helped the faculty to float PhD topics.

Taken from the website: http://www.che.iitb.ac.in/online/about/history/department-history-draft-copy/greenfield-era

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“Study abroad is not merely a life-changing experience for those who pursue it; as the world becomes smaller, it is imperative that citizens of a country understand other nations. Any country wishing to ascend or maintain its global leadership, must give their students greater international educational opportunities.”

 – Paraphrased from the speech of Joe Biden,
Vice President of United States of America

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