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The digital stethoscope is being commercialised by the startup Ayu Devices, with over 60 orders for the device, the startup is also focusing on bringing it to rural India.

At the 2015 Medical Device Innovation Conclave (MEDIC) organised by IIT Bombay, two engineers and a doctor came together to solve a conventional problem in the medical device field. The problem of the stethoscope.

The stethoscope is the most commonly used medical device in the healthcare industry. Although a simple device, its efficiency is determined by the person who uses it. Further, it can only pick up faint sounds, making a diagnosis quite difficult.

With this in mind, Adarsha K and Tapas Pandey teamed up with Dr Nambiraj Konar to develop a digital stethoscope for the MEDIC showcase in 2015.

Their prototype could amplify heartbeats and lung sounds, record the audio, and convert it into an audio file which could then be shared over different platforms. “So, an Asha worker in a remote village can capture a patient’s stats and share them with a doctor located elsewhere,” Adarsha explained to Forbes India.

(An Asha worker or an Accredited Social Health Activists is a community health worker instituted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. As part of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), every village in India is to have an Asha worker.)

This prototype won the showcase that year, and the trio was offered a fellowship at the Biomedical Engineering and Technology Centre (incubation), or BETiC, at IIT-Bombay, where they could refine their device, undertake clinical trials and take it to the market.

Fast forward to 2018 when the digital stethoscope is being commercialised by the startup Ayu Devices. With over 60 orders for the device, the startup is also focusing on bringing it to rural India.

Ayu Devices have now made the ‘digital’ part available to any stethoscope. With the AyuLynk, doctors can turn any conventional stethoscope into an advanced one by the small addition of the unit. This can also share the information via Bluetooth technology.

The startup is also working on a ‘smarter’ device that will use Artificial Intelligence to read patient data and collate necessary information for better diagnosis.

The startup and the innovation is an example of how incubation centres like BETiC can help bring out such technologies, refine them and make them commercially available for people.

Source : https://www.thebetterindia.com/141488/engineers-invent-low-cost-digital-stethoscope-better-village-healthcare/

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THE INDIAN Institute of Technology, Bombay, is the 26th best university among the universities in the BRICS region and emerging economies, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings released Thursday.

THE INDIAN Institute of Technology, Bombay, is the 26th best university among the universities in the BRICS region and emerging economies, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings released Thursday. The premiere technology institute secured the 44th rank among universities in Asia.

Among universities in countries classified by the FTSE as “advanced emerging”, “secondary emerging” or “frontier”, IIT-B ranked 26th on the list retaining its last year’s ranking. In India, the institute only ranks second to the Institute of Science, Bangalore, which is the 13th best institute in the emerging economies.

Among the key statistics measured by the Times Higher Education, a global data provider and an analytics organisation that measures the quality of higher education, was the observation that the institute has a poor male to female ratio. For every 83 male students and faculty members on campus, there are only 17 women. Besides, for every 18 students, the institute has only one teacher. The release also highlighted that only 1 per cent of the institute’s student population is from other countries.

The rankings released by THE is used a benchmark by several universities and IIT-B has fared poorly in the World University Rankings. The institute makes an appearance in the 351 to 400 slab in the World University Rankings.

Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/education/times-list-iit-bombay-ranks-26th-among-varsities-in-brics-emerging-nations-5172078/

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: May 11, 2018 3:08:08 am

On the eve of End-semester examination period Central Library hours have been extended till 1.00 A.M. with effect from 21st April 2018 to 6th May 2018. Library circulation hours will be 09.00 AM to 08.00 PM, and 24/7 Reading Hall will remain open as usual.

MUMBAI: Researchers at IIT-Bombay have suggested that global warming could be good news after all, for generating power using off-shore wind energy (from the sea bed). Debunking fears that the changing climate could have an adverse impact on power generation from offshore wind, researchers have concluded that Indian government should aggressively install their plants.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has identified three locations – Kanyakumari, Rameshwaram and Jakhau – along the Indian coastline for their offshore wind farms. In a study published in the Royal Meteorological Society and Journal of Meteorological Applications, researchers at the Powai institute, have claimed that the rising sea temperatures will benefit the off-shore wind farms at these locations.

In fact, they conclude that the annual “average wind potential obtained at these sites might undergo a substantial increase over the next three decades as compared to the past three. It is expected to significantly rise to about 25%”. However, this will be subjected to variations in the average wind potential over the monsoon and non-monsoon months. The study predicts that different sites are differently impacted by climate change; some show an increase in the power potential while it may drop at other places.

Professors Sumeet Kulkarni, M C Deo and Subimal Ghosh from the institute, who co-authored the paper ‘Framework for assessment of climate change impact on offshore wind energy’ have made use of the General Circulation Model (GCM) to study the impact of climate change in the specified locations.
“An earlier study by India’s National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai has found that moving from onshore to offshore platforms results in increasing the capital cost by 111 %, but this is more than compensated by the rise in power production by 184%”, added professor Deo.
Wind energy contributes to 12% of installed power in India. At present, most of this comes from the wind farms located on land. The IIT-B research approves the feasibility of government’s ambitious plans of expanding energy generation from off-shore wind farms in the next five years.

 

Source: Yogita Rao | TNN | Apr 10, 2018, 11:26 IST

URL : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/climate-change-could-help-harness-power-using-off-shore-wind-energy-iit-b-researchers/articleshow/63693122.cms

Researchers stated that the annual average wind potential at three sites — Kanyakumari, Rameshwaram and Jakhau — is expected to rise by 25 per cent over the next 27 years.

RESEARCHERS FROM the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, have found three locations along the Indian coastline where the wind potential is expected to increase as a result of climate change. This potential, the study revealed, can be used to generate electricity.

Researchers stated that the annual average wind potential at three sites — Kanyakumari, Rameshwaram and Jakhau — is expected to rise by 25 per cent over the next 27 years. The three areas, where the annual average wind potential is higher than 200 watt per square metre, were identified by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). “This means that global warming has thrown open a potential source for renewable energy,” said Subimal Ghosh, co-author of the study and professor at the Civil Engineering Department of the IIT-B.

Increasing temperatures on the sea are expected to increase the wind speed, which will be in the range required to generate electricity. The rise in wind potential could be tapped to produce offshore wind energy by setting up wind farms on the seabed. “Turbines can only operate at a certain wind speed. We have found that such speeds have already been attained and will increase. We will now analyse many more possible scenarios of global warming and look for other similar spots along the coastline that hold potential,” said M C Deo, co-author and professor at IIT-B.

Deo added that the team will now lay down guidelines for prospective planners from the wind energy industry who might be interested in setting up offshore wind farms.

He said the study predicted the impact of climate change on different sites. “While some show an increase in the power potential, some may experience a dip… The analysis presented in the study shows that the power potential may increase at the three identified Indian offshore locations. The wind industry, thus, need not have any concern regarding the impact of climate change and should go ahead and install their plants aggressively,” said Deo.

“The impact of climate change on coast and ocean has attracted attention of researchers from all over the world who have been trying to develop reliable atmospheric models. This study was aimed at bridging this gap,” he added.

 

Source: Written by Priyanka Sahoo | Mumbai | Published: April 10, 2018 1:51:32 am

URL : http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/iit-bombay-study-on-climate-change-impact-wind-can-be-harnessed-at-three-sites-to-generate-power-5130924/

MUMBAI: IIT-Bombay has managed to retain its position as the country’s third best institute. The Powai institute is also ranked as the second best engineering institute and fifth in the management category in India after institutes such as NMIMS and SP Jain. In the overall institutions’ category, only six from the city make it to the top 200. St Xavier‘s is the only one from the city to figure in the country’s top 100 colleges. However, its rank has dropped from 40 to 74.

Unsurprisingly, Mumbai University did not figure in the top 100 universities in the country. In fact, the university’s position dropped from the 101-150 band down to 151-200.

While an official statement released by deputy registrar Leeladhar Bansod said that they would work towards improving its performance under the NIRF parameters for the next ranking cycle, academicians attribute the poor performance to lack of research, patents, consultancy and even poor placements.

A professor said that the university is only focussed on conducting exams and announcing results for the last few years. “Teachers do not have enough time for research. In the semester pattern, exams have to be conducted every six months. Most time is consumed in teaching and assessing papers,” said the professor.

Principal Agnelo Menezes from St Xavier’s said that he is not very disappointed with the drop. “We have not fared well in research and in government scholarships, so we were expecting a drop in our rank. Ours is an undergraduate college and the focus is more on conducting lectures and exams, which is time consuming. We will work on setting up more endowment scholarships in the years to come,” said the principal. Though more colleges have participated in the process this year from Mumbai, the numbers have not exceeded 15. In the state, Pune’s Fergusson College is ranked the best with a 19th rank.

A professor pointed out that many colleges from Delhi have participated in the process for the first time and have taken over the top ranks. Fifty-four of the top 100 colleges in the country are from Delhi, said the professor, which pushed other institutions too.

Medical colleges were ranked for the first time by NIRF. However, not many from Mumbai or Maharashtra participated in the process. Pravin Shingare, director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), “We were not informed about the medical category this year. But we will definitely participate in the process next year.”

Educationists continue to allege that the process is riddled with discrepancies every year. “The committee does not consider the data provided by the institutes in its entirety. No scientific process is used to compare an engineering institution with a university. The data is handled in an amateurish manner. How can institutions which are specialising in management such as NMIMS and SP Jain or even some of the IIMs perform worse than an IIT, which is primarily an engineering school?” asked a professor. A director of a leading institute pointed out that the ranking agencies are independent bodies world over, unlike NIRF which is launched by the MHRD. “Government institutions are bound to get preferential treatment in such a model,” he added.
Source : Yogita Rao | TNN | Updated: Apr 4, 2018, 05:23 IST

 

Mumbai, March 21, 2018: e-Yantra is a Robotics outreach project that emerged out of the Embedded Systems course at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay. This year’s e-Yantra Symposium achieves a six-year track record of running a massive (MHRD-funded) National Robotics outreach program. On display are the finals of two of its major student-facing initiatives: the e-Yantra Robotics Competition (eYRC-2017) and e-Yantra Ideas Competition (eYIC-2018).
One of MHRD’s flagship projects, e-Yantra has established 280 e-Yantra labs throughout the country over the past three years. It has now been given a three-year extension with a challenge to increase the number to 1,000 labs. e-Yantra Robotics Competition (eYRC) presents a real-world problem in the form of a game with a rulebook and scoring criteria. What makes this competition unique is that selected candidates are given all the material to compete along with guidance, supervision and an all-expense paid visit to IIT Bombay for the finals to be held on March 22-23, 2018.
Every year, e-Yantra strives to increase the number of teams selected for participation in the competition. The organizers have introduced three ‘tracks’ with one or more themes in each track. All three tracks are conducted in parallel and differ slightly in the format, subject matter and platforms used. This year, e-Yantra introduces seven exciting themes in agriculture. Automation of various processes in a farm – from sowing a seedling to harvesting the crops and transporting the produce to the market – are abstracted into themes.
This year’s competition features five finalist teams for each of the seven themes. Whereas every year there are some themes for first-time participants, there are also more difficult themes for students who have participated before. For instance, the “Spotter Snake” theme in which over a period of three months, the teams have to design and build a robotic snake using 3-D printed parts designed and simulated using open-source software. e-Yantra arranges to have the teams 3D print the final versions of the snake which is then made to catch “rodents” in an arena designed by e-Yantra. Similarly this year there is a drone-based theme where a drone acts as a warden to catch an animal that has strayed into a field by landing a small palm-sized drone on the animal modeled by another robot.
e-Yantra Ideas Competition (eYIC) is different in that it seeks to identify and nurture potential entrepreneurs in the e-Yantra Labs that the project has set up throughout the country. Students are invited to submit a proposal to solve a local problem using their e-Yantra lab and after an intense process of selection and vetting, are permitted to build the proposed system using their e-Yantra labs. Following a pre-selection in regional finals this year in Coimbatore, Ernakulum, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Noida, the 18 finalists will present their implemented ideas in IIT Bombay on March 23-24, 2018.
For the past 6 years, e-Yantra’s National Robotics Competition has been growing exponentially from 4,500 registrations in 2012 to 23,500 registrations (5,932 teams) last year despite falling engineering college seats (30% YoY). This competition teaches hardcore engineering skills through a scalable competition paradigm. Most importantly, it needs no expense on the part of selected participants – e-Yantra provides the kit, training and guidance and even a travel allowance and boarding/ lodging at IIT Bombay for the duration of the finals at IIT Bombay.
Whereas the competition engages annually with students, e-Yantra has extended its contact with students and teachers by setting up robotics lab in colleges throughout the country. A college invests Rs. 2 lakh in basic equipment and nominates four teachers who are trained by e-Yantra over a period of 6 months. Training involves a two-day face-to-face workshop followed by a online Task Based Training (TBT).
Now that this IIT-based project has reached critical mass, it seeks to make a major difference to the ‘Make in India’ initiatives in the country by directing the activities in e-Yantra labs towards local industry. The e-Yantra Symposium is an attempt to reach out to industry, where the team will present a ‘report card’ of the project and their model for academia-industry engagement. This will be followed by a panel discussion on how this potent model may best be used for academia-industry engagement.
Following the panel discussion, there will be talks in an inspirational vein for the finalists and teachers being hosted at IIT Bombay. The speakers include Prof. Dinesh Singh (ex-VC, Delhi University), PV Subramanyam (financial consultant) and Rashmi Bansal (author).
Visitors also have a chance to browse the finalists of the e-Yantra Ideas Competition exhibits where students from regional e-Yantra labs have turned problems into opportunities to solve local problems using the resources of the e-Yantra lab in their college. Prof. Kavi Arya (Principal Investigator, e-Yantra) believes this to be an important beginning to the startup model being proposed.
Almost 40+ IIT Bombay faculty across departments have volunteered to help evaluate the finalists of the two competitions. Says Dr. Krishna Lala, Sr. Project manager of e-Yantra, “This just shows that technology is a passion all around for IIT teachers”. Dr. Saraswathi Krithivasan, Sr. Project Manager suggests, “The students who have worked hard to reach the finals have the envied privilege of being grilled in depth about their work by IIT faculty”.
The goal is the much-coveted prize of a six-week paid summer internship with the e-Yantra team where they get the opportunity to work 24×7 on ambitious technical projects under the guidance of e-Yantra mentors and exposure to a host of training in soft skills, theatre workshops, meditation sessions, lectures on history and so on.
This year, Prof. Arya plans to travel around the country helping connect these labs to industry. e-Yantra has a working platform and he has tasked himself to get the word out to industry to engage with its labs. “We owe it to the young talent who have been failed by our education system but have so much to contribute to society. e-Yantra wishes to inspire the new generation to think of itself differently: not just as knowledge consumers but also as knowledge creators,” he said. e-Yantra is definitely showing the way.
A detailed schedule is at:
http://elsi.e-yantra.org/eyantra/schedule

Source: http://indiaeducationdiary.in/e-yantra-national-finals-includes-e-yantra-robotics-competition-eyrc-2017-e-yantra-ideas-competition-eyic-2018-e-yantra-symposium-eys-2018/

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