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कौन दिशा में लेके चला रे बटोहिया

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Dr. R.K. Singh

आज विविध भारती पर एक पुराना गाना आ रहा था जिसके बोल कुछ इस प्रकार थे:
“कौन दिशा में लेके चला रे बटोहिया…..” इससे लेखक को यानि मुझे वह ऐतिहासिक घटना याद आ रही है जब सन् 1982 में राजश्री वाले सूरज बड़जात्या के कहने पर गुंजा को लेकर चन्दन जौनपुर के केराकत गाँव से ‘नदिया के पार’ अपने गाँव जा रहा था। तब गुंजा ने पूछा था कि “कौन दिशा में लेके चला रे बटोहिया”।

मुझे आज तक समझ नहीं आया कि गुंजा के बार-बार पूछने पर भी चन्दन ने दिशा क्यूँ नहीं बताई? यहाँ तक कि अंत में निराश होकर गुंजा ने यह भी कहा कि “कितनी दूर अभी कितनी दूर है, ऐ चंदन तोरा गाँव हो”, मगर चन्दन बाबू ने आज तक कोई जवाब क्यूँ नहीं दिया यह समझ से परे है? अब इसका जवाब आदरणीय रविन्द्र जैन साब ही दे सकते हैं!
फिलहाल ‘बटोहिया’ की बात करें तो यूपी में हर हाईवे पर बटोही रेस्त्रां बाट जोहते मिल जाएँगे। अब कोई-कोई तो वास्तव में दिन भर बाट ही जोहते रह जाते हैं।

अब ये ‘रेस्त्रां’ शब्द भी गज़ब है लिखो रेस्टोरेंट और पढ़ो रेस्त्रां। हम हिंदी वालों को तो इतना पता है कि जो लिखो सो बोलो और जो बोलो वही लिख मारो। कौनौ लाग-लपेट नहीं। और यह फ्रेंच तो अपने आधे शब्दों को मूक कर देती है। लंबे-लंबे शब्द और आधे को पढ़ना ही नहीं। बेचारे दिशा विहिन सोचते होंगे कि, जब हमें पढ़ना ही नहीं तो हमें यहाँ बैठाया क्यूँ? अब ‘फ्रेंच’ यानी फ्रांसीसियों को दुनिया के कुछ सबसे अंधविश्वासी लोगों के रूप में जाना जाता है। अंधविश्वास फ्रांसीसी संस्कृति में निहित हैं, दिशा तो छोडिये वे तो लेफ्ट, राइट, ऊपर, नीचे को लेकर भी दिशा भ्रमित रहते हैं। फ्रांसीसी मानते हैं कि शैतान आपके बाएं कंधे पर रहता है, इसलिए उस दिशा में नमक फेंकने से आपके आस-पास की कोई भी बुरी ऊर्जा दूर हो जाएगी। भूल कर भी अगर कभी किसी फ्रांसीसी को उलटी रोटी दे दी तो समझ लीजिये संबंधों का कबाड़ा हो गया। यह तो एक फ्रांसीसी के लिए बहुत बड़े दुर्भाग्य का सूचक माना जाता है।

दुनिया का सबसे पुराना परफ्यूम भी फ्रांस में ही बनता है। और वह 1889 से अब तक लगातार बनता आ रहा है उस ब्रांड का नाम ‘जिकी’ है। और यह काफी पहले ही उजागर हो चुका है कि इसको बनाने के लिए भारतीय चन्दन का ही प्रयोग होता है।
और एक ये चन्दन है कि आज चालीस साल बाद भी गुंजा को ये नहीं बता पा रहा है कि “कौन दिशा में लेके चला रे बटोहिया…।”

डॉ आर के सिंह, वन्य जीव विशेषज्ञ, स्तम्भकार एवं कवि

CHEETAH- REINTRODUCTION OF ‘THE APEX PREDATOR’ IN INDIA’

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Dr. R.K. Singh

When the word “cheetah” falls in our ears, the image of a wild animal that is known for its amazing agility and speed automatically emerges in the mind.

Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) are big cat according to their size but they are quite different from other big cats like Lion, Tiger, jaguar and Leopard which roar and have retractable claws however cheetahs never roar but purr like small cats and possess semi retractable claws to maintain traction on the ground i.e. offer extra grip in its high-speed pursuits. They are placed in subfamily felinae of family felidae with small cats. While all big cats are kept in subfamily pantherinae of the same family felidae. 

At present there are only four cheetahs left in the whole of India and that too in the zoological parks of Hyderabad and Mysore. About seven decades i.e. 70 years ago this beautiful wild animal had become extinct from the forests of India.

It is said that in the year 1948 there were only three cheetahs left in country. It was a matter of misfortune that these three were also killed by the a Maharaja of Madhya Pradesh in his hunt. After that an attempt was made to find this beautiful beast for about four years but it all went into vain and finally in the year 1952 this beautiful big cat was declared extinct from the forests of India by the government. Main reason for extinction of cheetahs from indian forests was sport hunting and were also tamed and used to hunt antelopes and deer by the aristocracy.

Now cheetahs, around only 7000 in numbers, occupy only nine percent of its global habitat in 16 countries of Africa apart from Iran in Asia.

Studies also suggest that the word cheetah is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘chitrakaya’, which means ‘multi-colored or the spotted one’ and this proves that there must have been a time when the number of cheetahs on the soil of India was abundant. Cheetahs have mention in vedas especially Rigveda and Atharvaveda and are also seen in cave paintings of neolithic period in central India.

With about 90 cm in height, 130 cm in length and an average weight of 50 to 65 kg, and its long legs, small head, slender body and small dark spots on skin and black tear line on face give him very beautiful and attractive look. 

The black tear marks on its face reduces the strong sunlight, making it easier to hunt even in harsh sunlight.

The long tail and special body structure earn the cheetah the title of the “fastest running land creature” on the earth. Cheetah can accelerate up to a speed of about 95 kilometers per hour in just three seconds, which is much more than today’s modern sports car. Not only this, Cheetah is adept at running up to a speed of about 113 kilometers per hour for few moments.

It is said that the main diet of cheetahs in the forests of India used to be black buck, chinkara, and cheetal deer, but there is some evidence that cheetahs had also made other animals including sheep, goat, dog and nilgai their prey.

The extinction of such important large cat from the forests of India became a matter of concern for the government, and in 1970 the then government started trying to reintroduce cheetahs from Iran to the forests of India. After decades long talks between Iran and India, the talks were stalled as india underwent emergency and Shah of Iran fell from power. Later on Iran demanded Asiatic lions from India in exchange for cheetahs, but as the number of Asiatic lions was already low in India, so government of India rejected Iran’s offer. And as a result of which the ongoing talks with Iran regarding cheetahs were completely stopped. 

But the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Wildlife Institute of India were firmly committed to bring cheetahs to the country and in 2009 it was decided to reintroduced them from Africa.

In this regard, a meeting was organized by the Wildlife Institute of India in Gajner, Rajasthan on the instructions of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, in which the wildlife Institute of India WTI, IUCN, Cheetah Conservation Fund and other NGOs including high officials of most of the states of the country participated and a strategy was chalked out to select the place where the cheetahs brought from Africa would be rehabilitated. After a long study, in January 2022 it was decided to reintroduce the cheetahs brought from Africa in ‘Kuno-Palpur National Park’ in the state of Madhya Pradesh. In this regard an agreement between India and Namibia was signed on 20th July 2022.

It is a matter of great pride for all the countrymen that on 17th September 2022, a total of eight cheetahs brought from Africa, that is four males and four females are being reintroduced to 344.6 sq km ‘Kuno-Palpur National Park’ in Madhya Pradesh. Later on Nauradehi in Madhya Pradesh and border area of Shahgarh in Rajasthan will also become cheetah’s new destination.

If all these efforts become successful, then in the coming days all of us will again be able to see this beautiful wildlife roaming, running and hunting in the forests of India.

=> Dr RK SINGH, WILDLIFE EXPERT, COLUMNIST & POET

Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre (SIIC), IIT Kanpur partners with Exotel

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G P VARMA

Kanpur, August 30, 2022: Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre (SIIC), the technology business incubator at IIT Kanpur has partnered with Exotel. Exotel is a full-stack customer engagement platform and virtual telecom operator that offers secure and reliable communications on the cloud.
Powering 70 million+ daily conversations, Exotel’s unified stack enables 7000 global businesses to deliver unified CX with omnichannel capabilities and rich automation through AI voice and chatbots.
In its partnership with SIIC IIT Kanpur, Exotel is extending its startup pack to the SIIC Startup community, which would enable the incubated startups to access their flagship products – Voice, SMS, Authentication, Smart IVR, SMS routing, call tracking, CRM & Helpdesk integration, SMS authentication, and other services, free of cost.
To kickstart this partnership, a webinar was conducted by Mr Rajat Mittal, the Startups Partnership Manager at Exotel. The event received participation from 50 startup co-founders across different domains, i.e. healthcare, cybersecurity, AI/ML, robotics, etc.
The partnership with Exotel has received requests from many companies incubated at SIIC, IIT Kanpur, expressing their interest to subscribe to Exotel’s trial in order to understand the exact benefits their services will bring to their respective platforms.
Exotel has been trusted and used by renowned brands such as OLA, RedBus, Quicker, Flipkart, etc.
Exotel’s platform is offering the following services to Startups at SIIC:

  1. Credits worth INR 6,000 with a validity of 6 months that can be used for all three products – Voice, SMS and Authentication.
  2. 1 Exophone (virtual number) with 2 user logins and unlimited departments.
  3. Zero software rental for the first 6 months with enterprise-grade customizations and a dedicated account manager.

Christ Church College celebrated Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav

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G P VARMA

Kanpur August 15, The Independence Day at the Christ Church College this year created a spirit of pride among students. Nationalistic fervor and limitless enthusiasm was visible among the college fraternity and the students on the completion of uhSeventy-five years journey of Indian Independence.

The College has been celebrating the national festival by organizing a weeklong activity by college students. Various events included a Selfie with Tiranga contest, Essay writing, Rangoli competition, Quiz, and a cultural gala on 15th August. All these events were planned and organized by the college co-curricular committee. 

The event in the college started with the Tiranga flag hoisting by alumna chief guest Jayshree Tiwari Former Justice, Allahabad High Court and Principal and Secretary Prof. Joseph Daniel. The national anthem was sung.

Independence Day celebrations at Christ Church College

Dr. Mahalwal, Secretary College Alumni Association, conducted the flag hoisting program. College teachers and staff members including
Dr. Sabina Bodra (Vice-Principal) and Profs. D.C. Srivastav, Shipra Srivastav, Sujata Chaturvedi, Meetkamal, Ashutosh Saxena, Shalini Kapur, and others were present on the occasion.

A colorful cultural program by students followed the flag hoisting ceremony. Swikriti performed Bharatnatyam on Vande Mataram, Shrajal and Vedant recited their self-written poems, and Vivek Paul gave a tribute to the Indian Army through his western dance. Humdah, Naba, Kashish, and Sharon filled the atmosphere with their mesmerizing singing of songs such as Jai ho, Watan mere abaad rahe tu, and Aie mere watan ke logon. The college band of Utkarsh, Ruhanika, Honey and Udit performed on Sandese aate hain and Vande Mataram.  It felt like everyone was swept off into the sea of melody and nationalistic spirit.

Students performed a short play on “Bantwaare ki Traasdi” based on famous writer Manto’s story “Tuba Tek Singh ” a very emotional and tear-jerking portrayal of the horrors of partition.

Cultural Committee Convener Dr. Vibha Dikshit planned and directed the short play with her team. Artists included Vedant, Dev, Nagendra, Utkarsh, Harshit, Abhishek, Priti, Gauravi, Vivek, Sahil,  Priti, Rama, Sahil, Swapnil, and others.

The cultural gala concluded with a highly charged group dance on “Rang De Basanti.” It filled the atmosphere with a high nationalistic zeal. Vivek, Swikriti, and Maanvi choreographed the group dance, and the dancers included Swapnil, Sahil, Dev, Kashish, Anjana, Nikita, and Sneha.

Everyone was enthralled by the students’ performances of the college cultural committee.Dr Vibha Dixit the convenor of the cultural event organized the events with her team members including Hina, Archana, Sakshi, and student representatives Vedant, Maanvi, Abhishek, Udit, Naba, Nagendra, Esha, and others. 

The event enthralled everyone with immense joy and evoked love for the country. Audience greeted Tiranga over the song Ghar Ghar Tiranga.

IIT Kanpur launches GATE 2023 official website

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Director IITK Dr Abhay Karandikar at the launching ceremony (right)
Director IITK Dr Abhay Karandikar at the launching ceremony (right)
G P VARMA

Kanpur, July 28, 2022: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, has launched the official website for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering – GATE 2023.

The website was launched by Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur ,which is the organizing institute for the upcoming GATE 2023.

The examination will be jointly conducted by IIT Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Roorkee and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. It will be organized on behalf of the National Coordination Board-GATE (NCB) and the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India.

The Online Application process will start from August 30, 2022, and the aspirants will be able to fill out regular applications till September 30, 2022. Subsequently, the Admit Cards will be available for download by January 3 ,2023.

GATE 2023 is a computer-based test (CBT) and will be conducted in twenty-nine subject areas with the choice of selecting two papers in some subjects. The examination will test the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering, sciences, humanities and social sciences. Prospective candidates studying in the 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program or those who have completed any government degree in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Sciences / Commerce / Arts shall be eligible. GATE is diversified to include students from Arts and Commerce streams as well, for them to achieve better opportunities for higher studies.
The Official website has all the important dates for the exam, along with key details. The Information Brochure is also launched within the website and it stores all the necessary information regarding the exam pattern, zones, syllabi, and so on. Prospective candidates will be able to access question papers from previous years as well, for help in preparation.
GATE holds tremendous potential for students aspiring for higher studies. It helps in getting admission to and/or getting financial assistance to: (i) Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Science / Commerce / Arts and (ii) Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Arts and Science, in the institutions supported by the MoE and other Government agencies. Further, many Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have been using the GATE score in their recruitment processes.

The examination will be held on 4, 5, 11 and 12 February 2023 across eight zones. GATE 2023 Official website: https://gate.iitk.ac.in shall act as the official source of all information pertaining to the exam.

IIT Kanpur’s Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre launches the NIRMAN Accelerator Program with Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India

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G P VARMA

Kanpur, July 23, 2022: Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre, the technology business incubator at IIT Kanpur, is launching the NIRMAN Accelerator Program, supported by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The program will focus on the manufacturing startups engaged in healthcare and agriculture domains, to help them overcome the challenges from their prototype to market journey.

A total of 15 startups will be selected under the program, where they will be granted the opportunity to accelerate their product journey from lab to market. The best performing startups among the cohort of 15 startups will receive a cash award of up to INR 10 Lakhs.

Commenting on the launch of the NIRMAN Accelerator program, Prof. Amitabha Bandyopadhyay, Professor-in-charge, Innovation and Incubation, IIT Kanpur, said, “Our country has been facing tremendous challenges in the domain of manufacturing. We are in urgent need of innovators and startups working in the healthcare and agriculture domain to cater to some of the pertinent developmental challenges to uplift the status of manufacturing in India. I believe the NIRMAN Accelerator program comes with massive potential to harness and capitalize on startups working in the field. We welcome innovators and startups to apply.”

Dr. Nikhil Agarwal, CEO FIRST IIT Kanpur & AIIDE said, “SIIC comes with a vast experience of working with promising innovators and startups that can leverage optimum social impact. This collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology aims to revive the manufacturing domain in the country. I am certain the program will induce motivation among innovators to pursue manufacturing with the same passion and enthusiasm as SaaS, AI/ML. I urge more startups to apply.”

The 6-month-long program will be devised into four segments, namely – (i) Principles of Product Growth, (ii) Engineering Acceleration, (iii) Navigating the Compliance Puzzle, and (iv) Leading to next-stage growth. The program will offer Knowledge Workshops, One-on-one mentoring support, Diving deep for customized support for clinical validation, and Business and investor connect.

The program is accepting applications from 21st July 2022 to 5th August 2022.

● The program invites applications from manufacturing startups and innovators engaged in healthcare and agriculture domains from 21st July’22.
● A total of 15 startups will be selected under the program, where they will be granted the opportunity to accelerate their product journey from lab to market.

C3iHub, IIT Kanpur launches the second cohort of startups to foster the next generation of cybersecurity entrepreneurs

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Dr Ajay Kumar Sood addressing the dinitaries
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Kanpur, 18 July, 2022: C3iHub, the Technology Innovation Hub on Cyber Security of Cyber Physical Systems Program on Innovation Ecosystem Building at IIT Kanpur, has launched the Second Cohort of 16 startups under the Startup Incubation Program at an event held on 16 July, 2022.

The event was graced by Prof. Ajay K. Sood, Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India as the Chief Guest. Other dignitaries included Dr. Srivari Chandrasekhar, DST Secretary; Dr. Rajesh Pant, National Cyber Security Co-ordinator; Naveen Singh, Director General, NCIIPC; Dr. Ekta Kapoor, Mission Director, NMICPS, DST; Prof. Manindra Agrawal, Project Director, C3iHub, IIT Kanpur and Prof. Sandeep Shukla, Co-Project Director, C3iHub, IIT Kanpur.

The dignitaries at the launch of cohort

The panellists charted a way forward for the selected cohort aiming to redefine cybersecurity in India with a holistic approach.

The mission of C3iHub is to address cybersecurity issues in cyber-physical systems like critical infrastructures, automotives, and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). In cyber-physical system, cybersecurity is eventually linked with general areas of cybersecurity, including network security, cryptography, intrusion detection, and deception technology. So, the startups were chosen from all domains of cybersecurity including UAV Security, Blockchain, Intrusion Detection, and Cyber Physical System. The main objectives of C3iHub include developing critical infrastructure security products and services and fostering the next generation of cybersecurity entrepreneurs.

Addressing the cohort, Prof. Ajay Kumar Sood, said, “Skilled cyber-attackers from many countries are targeting India since it has grown rapidly in the past few years. To safeguard India’s cyberspace, we need more security solutions or products and that too in a timely manner since the trend of cyber-attacks is changing day by day”.

He also added, “PSA’s office is actively working towards giving big push to India’s startup ecosystem to make them sustainable with more funding and by roping in the industries.”

Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur, said, “Cybersecurity is a very crucial field for National security. At IIT Kanpur, we are relentlessly working towards developing critical cyber security solutions. I am glad to see that several startups incubated with C3iHub from the first cohort have already developed deployable security solutions and products that are making significant impact. I am confident that the second cohort will also bring in significant change in cyber security in India and will make India self-reliant in near future.”

As part of India’s growing cybersecurity system, C3iHub was founded under the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) in 2020. The rigorous selection process for the first cohort of startups and the official launch of the first cohort happened in 2021, when the entire nation was battling the COVID-19 crisis.

Prof. Manindra Agrawal, Project Director, C3iHub said, “C3iHub has taken up the challenge to launch 125 startups in 5 years in critical cybersecurity areas associated with cyber physical systems. So far, 30 startups have been launched in the 1st and 2nd cohort, and invitation for 3rd cohort application has already been floated.”
C3iHub offers a seed grant of Rs 10 lakhs to incubated startups, and Rs 50000/month salary for one founder for two years, resulting in an initial investment of Rs 22 lakhs.

Highlights
● Principal Scientific Advisor, GoI, Prof. Ajay Kumar Sood, attended the event as Chief Guest in New Delhi.
● The cohort would be working across domains of Cyber Security, like Application Security Management, UAV Security, Privacy preserving security tool, Security through AI-enabled SAAS, Integrated SOC solution, Honeypot, Blockchain & Deception technologies.
● The Cohort launch event was followed by a startup pitch event organized by C3iHub.

Union Education Minister laid the Foundation Stone of Gangwal School of Medical Sciences and Technology and Yadupati Singhania Super Specialty Hospital at IIT Kanpur

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Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan unveiled the prototype design of medical school
Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan unveiled the prototype design of medical school
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Kanpur, 16 July 2022: Union Minister of Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan laid the foundation stone of the Gangwal School of Medical Sciences and Technology and Yadupati Singhania Super Speciality Hospital at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur campus on Saturday.

On the occasion Dr K Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Kanpur,Dr K Radhakrishnan , major donors, alumni, and several others were present.

IIT Kanpur, with its expertise in research and innovation and technological prominence, is establishing one-of-its-kind medical school on its campus.

The School is envisioned in line with IIT Kanpur’s endeavor to bring about a paradigm shift by merging medical research and technological innovations. The school is now being named ‘The Gangwal School of Medical Sciences and Technology’ to honor the generous contribution of a distinguished alumnus Mr. Rakesh Gangwal, Co-Founder, Indigo Airlines.

The Minister said, “I congratulate IIT Kanpur family on this momentous occasion. The establishment of this one-of-a-kind GSMST will strengthen the healthcare ecosystem and delivery in the country and also establish Kanpur as an epicenter of affordable and futuristic solutions for emerging economies. Philanthropic efforts, like these at IIT Kanpur will bridge the gap between healthcare and engineering disciplines, provide affordable technological solutions and also inspire other philanthropists and academic institutes to develop similar institutions for the welfare of society. IIT Kanpur today must endeavour to find efficient and cost-effective solutions for fighting climate change, waste-to-wealth creation, alternative green energy and also for developing new business models for circular economy. IIT Kanpur has been a pioneer in the field of engineering education in the last six decades. IIT Kanpur has been sensitive to the emerging needs of society and has been actively contributing to supporting national missions and building an Aatmanirbhar Bharat. In the Amrit Kaal, we have to build a generation that keeps societal and national interests at the forefront. With research, innovation & entrepreneurship as a bedrock, IIT Kanpur family should aim to further ease-of-living and develop viable solutions for humanity’s welfare.”

Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur said, “We are extremely grateful to the minister for laying the Foundation Stone of our ambitious project – The Gangwal School of Medical Sciences and Technology. We all had a dream to set up a Medical School on IIT Kanpur campus, for the benefit of people, and the nation, at large. Today, we’re glad to be at the threshold of this project. IIT Kanpur is resolute to provide critical healthcare needs and to accelerate research and innovation in the MedTech domain for ensuring all-round development in the medical sector of the country. The Gangwal School and Yadupati Singhania Super Speciality Hospital are envisaged to bridge the gap between medical and technology disciplines, and we believe we’d achieve the Atmanirbhar Bharat vision of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prof. Subramaniam Ganesh, Deputy Director, IIT Kanpur, who also heads the Task Force for establishing the school said, “Today is a very special day for IIT Kanpur as Union Minister of Education, and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan ji laid the Foundation Stone of our Medical School.

IIT Kanpur uses talent and technology to create a model of online rural education, starts Smart Classes

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G P VARMA

Kanpur, 13 July, 2022: Prof Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur and Kanpur Divisional Commissioner Dr. Raj Shekhar inaugurated a Smart Class at Shri Ram Janki Inter-College Bithoor on Tuesday Set up with the help of IIT Kanpur, it is a novel experiment, where IITians have come together to offer live online classes for rural school children. The classes are held after school hours, to augment what the children are learning in their classes. The advantage of this Smart Class is that volunteers teaching from IIT Kanpur and children sitting together are able to have continuous interaction with each other. The classroom is set with such a technique that it enables the children to see the teacher(s) and the board through a projector, and vice versa; thus, technology simulates a real class experience for both parties.

Rita Singh, who is coordinating the classes, told that in this hybrid mode of teaching, occasionally volunteers who teach also meet the school children, and conduct science activity sessions. Volunteers develop content under the guidance of experienced resource persons. To standardize the system, an educational app by Schooglink Pvt Ltd has also been developed. Blackboard notes and lectures are recorded, and made available to students for revising. In this unique model, technology is leveraged to channelize the energy of student volunteers to provide quality education in rural areas. Himanshu Agrawal, Founder and Director of Schooglink Pvt Ltd demonstrated the recorded videos in the app, available for all levels and all boards, in Hindi.

Prof Sandeep Sangal, from the Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Department, IIT Kanpur, told that in pre-Covid times, there were student groups from IIT Kanpur that visited nearby villages to hold tutorial classes. Hundreds of children of Pratappur Hari, Dallapurwa and Ishwariganj studied in these centres. Post-Covid, the project re-invented a method to enhance its reach and effectiveness.

The Ranjit Singh Rozi Shiksha Kendra (RSK), under the aegis of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, has been built with the generous donation from late Dr Ranjit Singh, alumnus from the pioneer batch of IIT Kanpur, and his wife, Ms Martha Carreno. This centre was his dream to bring “Prosperity for All” through a socio-economic transformation in India. The aim of the RSK centre is to upskill youth, facilitate employment, develop an ecosystem of social enterprises, and provide quality education for rural school children.

Professor Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur said that the institute was committed to make technologies relevant to the society. RSK IITK has already been doing skill development training for rural youth. He told students that hard work can pave the way to a good future, and Late Ranjit Singh is an apt example in this regard, as he rose from poverty to achieve big success.

Dr Raj Shekhar said the that he had officially requested IIT Kanpur to take up 10 smart classes set up by the Office of DIOS and run classes there. He lauded the efforts of IIT in bringing out the technology that can prove to be revolutionary in rural areas.

Prof Sandeep Sangal, PI of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan at IIT Kanpur, told that through this initiative, many prominent teachers are getting to teach rural kids, who, otherwise, would not have been able to reach them.

Prof V Vijay, National Coordinator of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan connected from Delhi and told the possibilities of using this model by all institutions. This way, the model can be scaled up to cover all rural schools in future. Principal Dr Sarvesh Singh welcomed the guests and Capt Sudhir Subhedar (Manager) gave vote of thanks.

The programme was graced by Joint Director (Education) and DIOS. From IIT Kanpur, Prof Sudhanshu Shekhar Singh who is the co-coordinator of the programme was present, along with Rita Singh (Coordinator), Himanshu Agarwal (Schooglink), Prof Siddhartha Panda (Dean)

IIT Kanpur and KGMU Lucknow jointly launched SHInE fellowship program

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Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director IIT Kanpur
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Kanpur, 8 July 2022: Taking another leap towards making India self-reliant in health-tech innovations, IIT Kanpur and KGMU Lucknow have jointly launched a School of International Biodesign – Synergizing Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIB-SHInE) program.

It is an exciting year-long full time dedicated residential fellowship program aimed at creating the next generation of biomedical entrepreneurs. The Program also envisages making an impact in the global medical device market by promoting development of India-specific, globally relevant medical devices.

The program is sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India. IIT Kanpur and KGMU are the second set of institutes after IIT Delhi and AIIMS Delhi to launch this program.
Stalwarts in biodesign and clinical innovation, medical technology development, entrepreneurship and finance management make up the leadership of the SIB SHInE program and the SIB-SHInE fellows will receive curated instructions and mentorship from these experts throughout the program.

Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur said, “At IIT Kanpur, there has been a significant acceleration in research and innovation in the MedTech domain. Our aim is to enrich the health ecosystem of our nation with indigenous and low-cost MedTech devices and services. This SIB SHInE fellowship sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), is essential in this regard. The fellowship will not only further research and innovation in the MedTech domain, but most importantly will pave the way ahead in realizing our vision of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat by supporting indigenous talent with critical R&D and entrepreneurial support.”

Prof. Amitabha Bandyopadhyay, Professor, Biological Sciences & Bioengineering Department, IIT Kanpur, and Faculty-in-charge, SIB SHInE, said, “The healthcare workers use a wide array of engineered products. They know what to use but they may not know how to build those. The engineers on the other hand, knows how to build engineered products but don’t necessarily know what to build. The SIB-SHInE program of IIT Kanpur and KGMU will bridge this gap and can potentially change the way how medical devices enter our hospitals.”

The program is based on the philosophy of 4Cs, that is – Clinical Immersion, Conception, Creation and Corroborations. The program will commence with the deployment of a multi-disciplinary team of SIB SHInE fellows, selected through rigorous screening, who will undergo clinical immersion at KGMU Lucknow. During clinical immersion, the fellows will shadow doctors and identify various unmet clinical needs. Upon completing their clinical immersion, fellows will move to IIT Kanpur to begin the prototype development for the identified biomedical problems.

The program offers one-of-its-kind opportunities to young minds to become biomedical entrepreneurs and launch one’s own venture, with highly rewarding living allowance, and access to global MedTech industry mentors. A monthly stipend of Rs 60000 will be given to all the selected fellows.

The program is currently accepting applications for the 2022-23 cohort until 20th July 2022. For more details – www.sibshine.com

● The fellowship is inviting applications from passionate and innovation driven minds for developing next-generation biomedical technologies at par with global standard.
● IIT Kanpur and KGMU have drawn experts from their academic departments, Technology Business Incubator SIIC IITK, leading hospitals and MedTech industry to mentor SIB-SHInE Fellows.
● The project is being sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India

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