Saturday, November 06, 2010

Knol Textbook on Industrial Engineering by Narayana Rao

Started the project of a textbook on Knol on Industrial engineering. It will take around two years to complete the book. Initially, existing articles are being assembled in collections. But these will be rewritten in the days to come and fresh articles will be added to assemble the textbook.

Introduction to Industrial Engineering - Online Textbook on Knol

Friday, November 05, 2010

Faculty members can write Textbooks on Knol

Knol is a wiki-based predominantly academic article writing platform promoted by Google. The platform has promoted writing textbooks on it. Textbooks can be written in various models on it. One model is to write it as one knol or one web page for each section of a chapter. That way a book can be written in around 300 pages and an automatic navigation is provided by the Knol collection feature.

There is convenience and reward for writing a textbook on Knol. The expected revenue earned can be same as print publication as there is global audience on Knol.

See the article on Knol for more details

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Industrial Engineering also got Total Tag - Total Industrial Engineering

H. Yamashina of Japan developed World Class Manufacturing approach and he included Total Industrial Engineering along with Total Quality Management, Total productive Maintenance and Cost Deployment.

According to him TQM is the brain, TPM is the muscle and TIE is the humanware.

I am trying to find out the details of the concept. So far I could only access three or four slides on the concept. Covered in a post on Knol.

Total Industrial Engineering - H. Yamashina

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Knol is A Unique ICT Resource for Faculty Members

What are the unique features of Knol?

1. Wiki technology.

Wiki technology makes collaboration possible and also makes it easy. Groups of authors can come together and write articles or prepare lists.

2. Author identification

Very essential for identification of course plans and course materials by individual faculty members. Also when students post their assignments, author identify is very essential. Author identity on a popular wiki platform is a unique feature of Knol. Google's ownership makes it a popular platform. Authors join it without hesitation once they appreciate its utility.

3. Scope for diverse articles on the same topic.

Different faculty members from different institutions have to post their materials and course plans. Hence the platform must have the willingness to support many different knols/articles/essays on the platform. Another distinct feature of the knol that makes it ideal for use by faculty members.


Facilitates interaction among learners, subject faculty, other faculty of the same institute, other faculty of different institutes, alumni, and practitioners. Provides evaluation of learning of any institute by global a community

5. Knol Collection Facility

Provides an ability to assemble Globally best study material support for any course.


Knol - A Unique ICT Resource for Faculty Members

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Knol is Thriving

Knol, Google's article writing platform is thriving.

Many authors are writing articles every day and many are reading. There are popular authors whose articles have page views of thousands and they are still updating their pages and writing new knols.

Knol thus proved its utility to both authors and visitors.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

7th July 2010 knol-day-of-industrial-engineering

Birth Day of Frank Gilbreth 7th July is celebrated as the Knol Day of Industrial Engineering for the year 2010. Many articles on Industrial Engineering are being written for the occasion.

Students of NITIE are posting number of articles which are summaries of various articles published in Industrial Engineer magazine

Index of articles written by IE students of NITIE, Mumbai, India on the occasion of Knol Day of Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineer Magazine Article Summaries by 2010 IE Students NITIE, Mumbai, India

All visitors are requested to write comments on various issues related to industrial engineering in comments blocks.

Knol Day of ...

Friday, April 16, 2010

Million page views for knol portfolio

My knol portfolio completed million page views according to knol counter on 15.4.2010. That makes me the first English language individual knol author to cross million page views.

Knols of Narayana Rao K.V.S.S.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Not Able to Access Knol for Reading or Posting

Right from the morning 6.30 am (IST) on 21.2.2010 to till now 1.25 pm (IST - Ind. Std. Time) I am not able to access knol.

Wanted to post a new knol on productivity Improvement Principles

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Operations Research - System Efficiency Tools

Operations Research - An Efficiency Improvement Tool for Industrial Engineers

Operations research is a system efficiency improvement tool in the hands of industrial engineers. I expanded this thought into an article on google knol platform

Knol Handbook of Industrial Engineering (Year 2010 Version)

A knol is developed as a handbook of industrial engineering. It is developed on the lines of an engineering management handbook assembled on ASEM website. I my self prepared 50 articles on Industrial Engineering. I am also assembling various web pages and articles that complement the articles that I prepared. Thus the handbook contains my online articles as well as online articles by others.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sharing a Current Concern with Amitabh bachchan - Memory Problems in Old Age

"As one grows older one notices many such incidents creeping in. The need to go into another room to fetch an object required for work or for use, will indeed take you to the other room, but as you get there you discover that the reason to be there has disappeared from your mind. You may be wearing your spectacles on top of your head for easy access later on, but when the time comes to use it you look for it through hill and dale, until someone pulls it off your head and thrusts it in front of you !!"

"In the privacy of your room or home this would not be given much attention, but when it appears in public, the repercussions could be quite severe."

Well there is a price becoming big and old with age.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

National Youth Day of India - 12 January

It is Swami Vivekananda's Birth day.

Let us do something to improve some tangible things in the society and do something to improve intangible things - our behaviour and behavior of our community members.

Some details of the days celebrations are being collected in an article