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Some Recommendations for Postgraduate Students Thinking of a PhD

Many postgraduate students will think of their future in terms of industry or a PhD. Especially in the competitive world of the 21st century, doing a PhD can be very helpful in establishing yourself as an expert in a field of your choice. Scholar Journal is a blog which has been stared by me for young scholars and researchers to get guidance on their future opportunities. It will also be developed more in time so that the Scholar Journal will also serve as aan academic portal for young scientists ands

Student Exchange Blog for Students Looking for International Student Exchange

I recommend the following blog for general questions about student exchange and student mobility and international internship applications. Student Mobility can be a great opportunity for students to have international exposure and to strengthen their CVs


New Book by Dr Guven – Reflections of the Millennium: Return of the Builders

New Book by Dr Guven – Reflections of the Millennium: Return of the Builders has just been recently published. This is the first science fiction novel by Dr Ugur GUVEN to examine the scenario of humanity meeting a very advanced extra terrestrial race.

Dr. Ugur GUVEN, Amazon Publications, USA, 2020,                ISBN: 979-8601839471


Kindle Editionhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B0842BGDG6

Print Edition:   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083XVH922?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860

New Book By Dr Guven – The Future of Humanity

New book by Dr Ugur GUVEN has just been recently published.

The Future of Humanity: Do Cosmos and Chance Really Affect our Fate?

The non fiction book deals with the forces that has effected the development of humanity and civilizations and how these forces such as entropy and time and gravity will continue to effect the future development of humanity.  The book also examines futuristic trends and changes such as interstellar travel and quantum computing and tries to show what humanity is going to become. You can buy the hard copy of the book or buy the Kindle Editions in below links:

• US Kindle Store, Amazon.com: United States

• UK Kindle Store, Amazon.co.uk: United Kingdom (including Guernsey, Isle of Man, Ireland, Gibraltar, and Jersey)

• DE Kindle Store, Amazon.de: Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, and Switzerland

• FR Kindle Store, Amazon.fr: France, Monaco, Belgium, Switzerland, and Luxembourg

• ES Kindle Store, Amazon.es: Andorra, Spain

• IT Kindle Store, Amazon.it: Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, and Switzerland

• NL Kindle Store, Amazon.nl: Netherlands

• JP Kindle Store, Amazon.co.jp: Japan

• BR Kindle Store, Amazon.com.br: Brazil

• CA Kindle Store, Amazon.ca: Canada

• MX Kindle Store, Amazon.com.mx: Mexico

• AU Kindle Store, Amazon.com.au: Australia

• IN Kindle Store, Amazon.in: India

Dr Guven Becomes the Executive Coordinator of Indo-French Academic Alliance

Indo-French Academic Alliance was formed in front of French and Indian Government officials as an international entity. Dr Ugur GUVEN as one of the initiators of the Alliance (IFA) has become its honorary Executive Coordinator.


Nice Article about Young Indian Space Entrepreneurs who I also Mentored


The offices of Bellatrix Aerospace in Bengaluru may seem unassuming, especially when you are told that six young engineers here developed a water-powered, electric propulsion system for satellites. Indian Space Research Organisation has given the company a developmental order for this system. Bellatrix is also working with Hindusthan Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, to develop a micro-satellite that will be in orbit in the near future.

CEO Rohan Ganapathy, 25, says it all began the day he met Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, in the US in 2011: “I was still in college in Coimbatore, when I got an opportunity to attend a seminar organised by NASA. Aldrin told me that that there is huge scope in space exploration and technology, as a large part of space is still unexplored. Though I was always interested in space sciences, that day fixed my goal. I knew I had to do something unique in this field.”

Ganapathy says his second wave of inspiration also came from the US. When private firm SpaceX built its own rockets, he felt it could be done in India, too. “I knew that space projects are long term, require immense dedication, patience and, more than anything else, huge funds,” he said. Among his earliest mentors he counts Sajjan Jindal, chairman, JSW Group, Dr P.S. Goel, former director, ISRO Satellite Centre, Bengaluru, and Dr Ugur Guven, a renowned aerospace and nuclear engineer.

Dr Guven Article on ‘Why future engineers must have global competencies?” is published online

Advances in information technology, robotics and artificial intelligence are disrupting business models worldwide and triggering macro-economic shifts. As certain technologies mature and automation helps innovation flourish to bring cost savings, engineering talent needs to be trained and exposed to international experiences.

 The profession has become global in nature over the years with major companies having presence in various countries to reach more markets and leverage local workforce for operational efficiencies. New-age skills also make a person receptive to world-class standards of safety and quality.

Coming years will see a core need for engineers who are able to work in a diverse, multi-national, multi-disciplinary environment that sparks innovation and creative thinking. It is a universally accepted fact that engineers with a multi-cultural exposure are able to overcome challenges with greater ease than those with just classical training. Indian students studying various streams of engineering should bear this in mind for career advancement.

Future engineers will need to have an open mindset and be prepared for the global job market. Knowing about different work cultures gives them an opportunity to learn how their peers in other countries perform and provides a competitive edge. A well-rounded and effective engineer is the one who complements core technical knowledge with cross-cultural competence.

Communicating, networking

While studying abroad, a student is exposed to new conversations and learnings. This improves communication skills and enhances capability to use different techniques for solving technical problems. Engineering breakthroughs are a result of hard work, dedication and exchange of ideas, much of which happens in various geographies.

At the same time, networking is of utmost importance. Studying abroad expands the professional and personal network of these young engineers and helps them bag jobs in multi-national corporations.

Employers generally look for sociable employees who can solve problems effectively beyond crunching numbers and filing reports. Students must learn to work with others through language barriers and cultural etiquette obstacles. Leveraging these skills can set you apart from others. Employers are rarely satisfied with engineers having classical backgrounds.

Cross-cultural experiences through an exchange programme during education can brighten career prospects substantially. In some countries like France, it is mandatory for all students to spend at least four months abroad either for internship or for taking courses in an educational institution before they are allowed to graduate with the title of an engineer.

Employers prefer those applicants who are willing to travel, have experience of doing so and can represent their brand in a positive manner. Learning a new language can also prove to be an asset. An engineer is someone who looks at problems, considers the risk and plots the best course of action. One should be open to learning new things, taking on new challenges, and solving problems in new and informative ways. The risks are low, but rewards are limitless.

 Global opportunities

The benefits of global cooperation in education, science and trade are too powerful to ignore. Many institutions are working to define and develop engineering-focused learning opportunities. Engineering programmes are raising the bar of quality education and placing more emphasis on critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills than ever before.

Due to global challenges and competition, job markets, companies and supply chains have become complex. Engineering services are often outsourced to countries that can provide the best value or the lowest cost. Thus companies require engineers with analytic skills, passion and inclination to understand the business context and adapt to changing conditions.

Future engineers should have inter-disciplinary skills, leadership skills and an eagerness for life-long learning. Due to these new requirements, the engineering education system too needs changes. Competent universities regularly upgrade syllabuses after getting feedback from students who go abroad on exchange programmes.

Multi-disciplinary skills

The new model must include science and engineering fundamentals, technical skills and specialisation, professional practice, humanities, soft skills and social sciences. Besides industry-academia linkages, institutions should impart outcome-based education in simple, flexible and effective way.

With scholarships and grants, the government too can encourage students to visit engineering institutes overseas and bring back key learnings to work on national priorities like sustainable energy solutions, low-cost but high-quality manufacturing, mass transit transportation, smart cities, water management, universal healthcare, mitigating natural calamities and waste disposable systems. This can lead to immense socio-economic benefits.

Practicing engineers and educators in India must proactively revamp engineering education to address socio-technological challenges. They should revisit engineering curriculum and related educational courses for rapid pace of change in an unpredictable world. The curriculum should be responsive to disparate learning styles to accommodate young students who are creative and productive.

As digitisation and automation increasingly take over the role of humans in repetitive, time-consuming functions across various industries, it is imperative to structurally reorient the engineering education paradigm.

The writer is Advisory Council Member at UN Centre for Space Science and Space Technology Education in Asia and Pacific (CSSTEAP).



Dr Guven Books on Amazon

nuclear-propulsion-guvenNuclear Propulsion Techniques for Spacecraft: Utilization of Nuclear Reactors in Spacecraft for Space Propulsion and Space Power in a Microgravity Environment”, Dr. Ugur Guven, Lambert Publications, Germany, 2012, ISBN: 978-3-8473-2269-6, 2011, https://www.amazon.com/Nuclear-Propulsion-Techniques-Spacecraft-Microgravity/dp/3847322699


solid-rockets-guvenSolid Rocket Propulsion for Space Exploration”, Dr. Ugur Guven and Gurunadh Velidi, Lambert Publications, Germany, 2012, ISBN: 978-3-659-30636-5,



nuclear-aircraft-guvenA Foray into Advanced Nuclear Turbine Propulsion System for Aircrafts: Development of Remotely Controlled Nuclear Powered Flying Devices”,
Rohan Ganapathy and Dr Ugur Guven, Lambert Publications, Germany 2013, ISBN: 978-3-659-33383-5,



“Introduction to Nanosatellite Technology and Components”, Lakshya V. Datta and Dr. Ugur Guven (Editor), Lambert Publications, Germany, 2013, ISBN: 978-3-8473-1419-6,



Introduction to Space Debris: Challenges and Removal Techniques: Fundamentals of Space Debris Removal from Low Earth Orbit and Middle Earth Orbit”, ”, Lakshya V. Datta and Dr. Ugur Guven (Editor), Lambert Publications, Germany, 2012, ISBN: 978-3-8473-1419-6, https://www.amazon.de/Introduction-Space-Debris-Challenges-Fundamentals/dp/3659363405


Nuclear Power Plant Design Using Gas Cooled Reactors”

by G. Velidi and Dr. Ugur Guven

Lambert Publications, Germany, 2012, ISBN: 978-3-8484-2176-3, https://www.amazon.de/Nuclear-Power-Design-Cooled-Reactors/dp/3848421763


Exergy Analysis on a Natural Gas Based Combined Cycle Power Plant” by Gurunadh Velidi, Sharma and Dr. Ugur Guven, Lambert Publications, Germany, 2012, ISBN: 978-3-659-16833-8,


Dr Guven Interview on CANSAT Competition

Cureo Nanosatellite Project