Kanpur, July 01, 2022: In a great honor for the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, Prof. Yogesh M Joshi from the Department of Chemical Engineering has been elected as one of the Fellows of the Society of Rheology, 2022. He is the first Indian to be selected for this prestigious honor. The Society of Rheology Fellowship is a prestigious status that “status recognizes a history of distinguished scientific achievement, a significant technological accomplishment, and/or outstanding scholarship in the field of Rheology.” (The Society of Rheology). They also take into account ‘service to society’ as an important component and a minimum period of 8 years as member of the Society of Rheology. Annually, only 0.5% of the membership are eligible for the Fellowship. Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur said, “Congratulations to Prof. Yogesh Joshi for being elected as one of the Fellows of the Society of Rheology for the year 2022. This is indeed a matter of great pride for the institution. This adds more value to the research and innovation ecosystem of IIT Kanpur, and would boost the spirit of everyone at the institute to continue striving for excellence in any science and technology field.” Professor Yogesh M Joshi received his Bachelor of Engineering in Polymer Engineering from Pune University in 1996 and did his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 2001. After his doctoral and postdoctoral studies at National Chemical Laboratory, and the Benjamin Levich Institute, City College of New York, CUNY, respectively, he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 2004. He is currently the Pandit Girish & Sushma Rani Pathak Chair at IIT Kanpur. Dr. Joshi’s primary rheological work encompasses soft glassy materials, the sol-gel transition, and the phase behavior of colloidal dispersions. Sol-gel process is a method for producing solid materials from small molecules. He is a senior editor of Langmuir, a peer-reviewed scientific journal that was established in 1985 and is published by the American Chemical Society, and also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Rheology, Rheologica Acta, and Physics of Fluids. Prof. Joshi has been awarded several key scientific awards. In 2015, he was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in Engineering Sciences by the Government of India, and Academy excellence award of the Defense Research and Development Organization 2019. In 2016, he was elected as a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and in 2017, as the Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, India. He actively consults with industry, including UPL Ltd. and Unilever Inc., regarding improving the flow behavior and rheological stability of their products.
• The Society of Rheology Fellowship “recognizes a history of distinguished scientific achievement, a significant technological accomplishment, and/or outstanding scholarship in the field of Rheology.” • Prof. Joshi was also awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in Engineering Sciences by the Government of India in 2015.
Kanpur, 28June, 2022: Founder and Chairperson of Narayana Health Dr Devi Prasad Shetty will address the fifty fifth Convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology ( IIT )on Wednesday.
Dr Radhakrishnan K Koppillil, Chairman, Board of Governors (BoG), IIT Kanpur will preside over the convocation.
On the ocassion of fifty fourth convocation last year, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was the Chief Guest, along with the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath.
In a Convocation held in hybrid mode, Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the students, reflected upon the institute’s works, and shared ideas.
This year a renowned cardiac surgeon, successful entrepreneur and a philanthropist, Dr. Shetty revered for his ingenious ideas and reforms in the health sector will deliver the convocation address.
Dr shetty is known for the scheme Yeshaswini – an inexpensive micro health insurance that has benefited more than 3.4 million rural poor in Karnataka.
For his efforts, he has been recognized with several prestigious awards, including Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, The Economist Innovation Award, and the Nikkei Asia Prize for Economic and Business Innovation.
This year, a total of 1360 students will degrees, out of which, 116 are from PhD, 10 are from MTech-PhD (Joint Degree), 144 are from MTech, 556 are from BTech, 53 are from MBA, 14 are from MDes, 25 are from MS (by Research), 40 are from PGPEX-VLFM, 144 are from MSc (2 year course), 24 are from Double Major, 108 are from Dual Degree, 21 are from MS-PD (MS part of the Dual Degree), and 105 are from BS.
Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the first-of-its-kind blockchain degree initiative at IIT Kanpur. This is a unique in-house technology developed by CRUBN, an IIT Kanpur-incubated company, under the National Blockchain Project. The technology is Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI)-enabled and can be verified globally
The same technology has recently been used by the Ministry of Women and Child Development for issuing certificates to the awardees of the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2022. It is also being used to implement land records in some states. The distribution of the degrees in physical hard copy form will be done by the respective departments later in the day in separate sessions. The students will be able to access the digital degrees through an app named Indisi Wallet.
In addition to the degrees, 51 categories of prizes and medals will be given, while a total of 21 students will be awarded the Outstanding PhD Thesis Award.
The IIT Kanpur administration has also given a dress code for this year’s convocation. For the male students, Nehru-style cream-color Kurta, and white pyjamas are proposed, while for the female students, Nehru-style cream-color Kurta, and white churidar or leggings are proposed, along with formal footwear. After last few years’ disruptions due to COVID, this time, the convocation will be held physically by adhering to prevalent COVID protocols.
Kanpur, June 27, 2022: A team of scientists and researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, has developed a solar energy-based Root Zone Heating system and Vermi-Bed method for plants in high altitude areas.
The novel technology has been developed keeping in view the scarcity of fresh vegetables or agricultural produce and the lack of effective organic waste management in high altitude areas like the Leh-Ladakh region.
A team comprising M.Tech student Anshul Rawat, and Prof. Mukesh Sharma, and Prof. Anubha Goel from the Department of Civil Engineering has been granted patent for this technology.
At the root of this development was the scarcity of fresh vegetables faced by our defence forces deployed in high altitude areas like the Leh-Ladakh region, especially during winters because of the extreme climatic conditions which make agriculture difficult. This issue is further compounded due to increased tourism in those areas as the demand for vegetables increases. The region faces a severe scarcity of fresh vegetables leading to increased food miles of fresh food supply, adverse impact on the environment and economic losses due to the perishable nature of vegetables.
Another major challenge faced in high altitude areas is organic waste management. Organic waste generation is a continuous process, and its disposal is a critical issue in the regions of subzero temperatures. If organic wastes like food waste is disposed of in a landfill, it rots and becomes a significant source of methane, a greenhouse gas. Poor waste management – ranging from non-existing collection system to ineffective disposal – cause air pollution, water and soil contamination. This waste can be extremely beneficial when converted into compost and can be used for growing healthier plants, but that is not feasible under extremely low temperature. It is to address these two issues that the IIT Kanpur team has come up with this unique technology.
Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur said, “The high altitude areas pose some crucial problems when it comes to availability of fresh produce and organic waste management, especially for our defence forces that require a good amount of fresh produce in their daily diet. Due to the climate and weather conditions, it is difficult to avail fresh produce year-long. Hence, this novel technology of Root Zone Heating system and Vermi-Bed method developed by the team at our institute is a significant step towards helping especially our defence forces deployed there with fresh vegetable supply and a solution to effectively mitigate organic waste. I congratulate the whole team for this innovative invention and for taking a step further in sustainable research and development practised at IIT Kanpur.”
The basic premise of the technology is a greenhouse (polyhouse) plantation of vegetables and a provision of the heating root zone of the plants. The root zone heating is scientifically studied and modelled by laying a network of GI (Galvanised Iron) pipes below the ground carrying solar-heated water and by integrating aluminium sheet fins with the buried GI pipes, to enhance the heat transfer.
A significant temperature increase (7oC to 18oC) in soil was achieved during the trial, depending upon the temperature of hot water being flown inside the GI pipes. This raised temperature helped plants grow in a faster and healthier way than the plants grown outside at relatively low temperatures. Such a system in high altitude areas can better the cropping cycle to produce fresh vegetables even in winter conditions. This technology was field-tested that provided efficient solution producing good quality of vegetables in a protected environment and results were projected for high altitude areas where the temperature goes to – 150C and below.
To resolve the issue of waste management, on-site treatment of organic waste by vermicomposting was also carried out inside the polyhouse in a pit, wherein additional heat was provided to the vermi-bed by running hot water through buried rubber pipes. Hence, this technology developed a symbiotic system that not only enhances the fresh food supply in high altitude areas during winters but also provides solutions for producing nearly zero waste.
This technology has unified organic waste management practice with agriculture. The technology can assist our troops deployed in high altitude areas by making them self-reliant to a large extent in terms of the fresh food supply by growing desired vegetables in a protected environment like a greenhouse with solar-operated root zone heating and at the same time, it will assist in managing the organic waste generated by maintaining high-temperature vermicomposting. Thus we have a system where vegetables can be grown, and waste generated can be converted into compost, and further utilized at the same green/polyhouse to grow vegetables. This signifies a symbiotic system with inbuilt circular economy.
Kanpur, June 26, 2022: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur will work to help Angul district of Odisha in developing a land and water restoration plan.
An MoU in this regard was signed recently between IIT Kanpur and the District Mineral Foundation Trust (DMFT) Angul to initiate a large project to develop land and water restoration plan for Angul, Odisha. The MOU signing was a part of a larger event on Circular Economy that was attended by a number of industry representatives and state officials.
Under the MoU, IIT Kanpur will leverage the institute’s infrastructure and technology expertise to assist the Angul district in restoring the land and water resources affected by mining.
The Angul district is enriched with several valuable minerals including coal, Kyanite, graphite, fireclay, china clay, and precious and semi-precious stones and is known as ‘Black Diamond of Odisha State’.
However, a rapid expansion of the mining operations in the region has led to loss of rich biodiversity and soil fertility, degradation of water bodies – quantity as well as quality and piling up of hazardous waste and drainage issues.
The project, led by Professor Rajiv Sinha from the Department of Earth Sciences, will use all modern technologies to develop solutions for land and water resource restoration for sustainable development of the district, primarily in the context of circular economy.
Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director IIT Kanpur said, “The Angul District in Odisha is a very resource-rich region which needs some assistance in restoration of its land and water resources. We are delighted to be leading the efforts in developing a land and water restoration plan for the region. The team led by Prof. Rajiv Sinha will leverage our institute’s resources and expertise to achieve the stated goals of the project. This project is expected to contribute significantly towards the development of a policy document for land use, water budget and utilization plan for the Angul district based on demand and supply management, and also to contribute towards the circular economy of the region.”
The object of the project is to support the DMF for eco-restoration of the areas impacted by mining activities, particularly in terms of assessment of land and water system degradation due to human activities and their restoration.
The project will use a ‘landscape approach’ to determine the baseline conditions before the mining activities started, assess the overall degradation of the area in terms of land-use changes, impact on water bodies, and landform dynamics to map the hotspots, assessment of restoration potential of each of the hotspots, and then to develop the management plan for eco-restoration.
Major government departments supporting the implementation of the program included Water Resource Department, Pollution Control Board and Irrigation Department of Angul District.
A major highlight of this project would be the use of modern technologies such as high resolution satellite remote sensing data and drone-based investigations to determine the baseline conditions and then perform the change detection analysis to assess the degradation and to identify the hotspots.
For developing the restoration plan, the project will use the ‘landscape approach’ which seeks to provide tools and concepts for allocating and managing land to achieve social, economic, and environmental objectives in areas where agriculture, mining, and other productive land uses compete with environmental and biodiversity goals.
“Landscape approaches” have gained prominence globally in the search for solutions to reconcile conservation and development trade-offs and they focus on management of landscape resources for multi-functional uses, consider landscape diversity, and are inclusive of socio-economic perspectives.
The project will also deliver a comprehensive water governance platform which will aim to integrate near real-time observation using IoT sensors and field-based observation. The platform will be cloud-based, allowing input data from various sources, process it using a well-trained algorithm, predict possible near-future scenarios, and visualize through the analytical dashboard.
The platform would be accessible through web (WebGIS) wherein mobile devices (with desired functionalities) will be one of the sub-components to collect data from the field and visualise certain information.
The project will be hosted at the newly created Centre for Sustainable Technology, IIT Kanpur and will also have a strong training component that is aimed towards building capacities and technical knowledge of key stakeholders on landscape and water body restoration. This will also focus on building capacities on allied aspects including livelihood, natural resource management, project design and knowledge dissemination. The project will be completed in a period of about 2 years with a total cost of about 10 crores to be provided by DMFT Angul under Circular Economy initiatives of Angul District and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
Under this MoU, IIT Kanpur will leverage the institute’s infrastructure and technology expertise to assist the Angul district in restoring the land and water resources affected by mining
The project will use a ‘landscape approach’ to achieve the stated goals
The project will also deliver a comprehensive water governance platform which will aim to integrate near real-time observation using IoT sensors and field-based observation
Some sweet memories, some golden moments and those old friends suddenly emerged on the memory board when I entered into that sprawling campus of my alma mater IVRI. As soon as I stepped in, those two banyan trees were still standing in the same place as if they were waiting for me, carrying old memories. The value of the moments spent with friends under these banyan trees was truly felt that day.
That day with a pleasant gust of wind, I was so lost in the memorable moments spent at IVRI that I did not even know when I reached the guest house on foot. Earlier, I told the taxi driver outside the campus that I wanted to walk from here to the guest house inside as I wanted to live those golden moments of my youth to the fullest today. More than 24 years had passed since I first stepped in IVRI in Feb 1996 but it seemed that it was only yesterday.
Few days before I received information that a tigress had strayed into the rubber factory near Bareilly city and I had to immediately rush to Bareilly to tranquilize the same, so I got a chance to stay at the guest house of IVRI after a long period. The moments spent here started rolling like a movie in front of my eyes.
The graduation degree of our batch got delayed due to a student agitation at Pantnagar Veterinary College. Because of this we got delayed by one year in getting admission in IVRI. That was 29th February 1996, When I first stepped into IVRI, it felt like a celestial dream of a Veterinary student being fulfilled.
I had heard about IVRI many times in student life and from my father’s mouth. When I really stepped inside, I realized it was a wonderful institution indeed. I was allotted hostel number four. That time it was a new hostel. But staying in a hostel where students from all corners of India and with different languages and religions resided, was an exciting experience. And this was such a golden opportunity where knowledge was scattered all around, it just needed to be absorbed. It was unforgettable to meet students not only from Kanyakumari in the far south, but from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to India’s head Kashmir and from the Thar desert to Arunachal Pradesh, the land of the rising sun. Overall a small India was settling in IVRI.
Yes, there was a new thing in IVRI that student’s mess also varied according to the catering of different regions. Such a unique arrangement is rarely seen. But due to this, the students had many options to eat, whenever they wanted to eat the cuisine of the different region. Some of the students had made friends with all the mess students and so was mine. Although I had joined North Indian mess, I was often seen in South Indian mess. Because I loved south Indian dishes especially idli. Apart from this there was a very nicely managed Maharashtra mess and my friends from Maharashtra very often invited me there when they came to know that I was fond of Shrikhand.
At that time the circulation of letters had not ended. Everyone at IVRI used to wait so eagerly for the letters from home that every day someone or the other student used to reach the nearby Izatnagar post office to bring his own and everyone’s letters. Such frequent was this practice that even the postman used to bring letters in IVRI only when no one had reached the post office to collect them.
Those days basic phones were available in homes, but we had to stand in long queues at PCOs to talk to our families, especially after 9 pm when the call rate was reduced to half. That time those queues always reminded me the time of the nineteen eighties decade, when people used to break the ticket windows of the cinema halls to buy tickets for the first show of new films of superstar Amitabh Bachchan.
Izatnagar railway station and post office were nearby. Izatnagar railway station was having meter gauge railway line at that time. I would like to share a very interesting and memorable incident connected with Izatnagar Railway Station. That is, I and an immediate senior had to appear in an interview of assistant professor/subject matter specialist in Pantnagar University. But due to the closure of the railway level crossing, (That time there was no under pass or over bridge) we started going towards the ticket window from the side of the railway line. But before we could reach there the train started moving. Both of us started running and caught the train without taking tickets and reached Pantnagar. See how the wheel of time turned. That ticketless journey later made me a wildlife expert because I didn’t get selected but I later unknowingly got what I was fond of since childhood. And the senior accompanying me is now dean of a reputed college, because he was selected.
Let’s go back to IVRI campus again, there was a very nice centrally air conditioned library with computer and internet facility, that time having an internet connection was nothing less than a luxury. But in the scorching heat of Bareilly, the library was a quiet, cool and relaxing place. There we all used to go but less to read and more to enjoy the cool air of AC.
Now let me take you to the Y-shape building. This building, visible from afar, is also a unique specimen of architecture. Seeing this reminded me of the Cellular Jail of Andaman. The only difference was that it had three wings instead of six. But it is a very beautiful looking building which has given many eminent scientists to the country. I also had a desire that I too should do something in the field of research. But may be something different was written in fate and also something according to my interest. During school days, There was a zoo near our school in Bikaner and it is from here that my love for wildlife was born. And coincidentally, Destiny automatically took me to the Wildlife Field.
Whenever I used to look at hostel number two, the balcony of its rooms looked very attractive. Because the double road, library and a long chain of trees were visible from these balconies. And yes, many of my new friends also lived in this hostel. Even my course mate in bacteriology was here. Thinking of this, I shifted to this hostel. Another thing that prompted me to shift here was that my father spent his IVRI days in this hostel in the early nineteen sixties. I also wanted to live those moments of my father virtually.
We used to do classes throughout the day and at dusk, we used to go out on foot among the dry leaves falling on the double road in the quiet and picturesque surroundings of a long chain of tall trees. Standing at Sharmaji’s shop outside the campus, while talking and having a light breakfast, it seemed as if we were having gossips in the famous coffee house.
Life was progressing like this gracefully. But ups and downs are an aspect of life. Someone had knocked in the heart of my one of the dear friend. He was very good singer and kind hearted guy. One day he hesitatingly told me everything about her. Indeed they were a very beautiful couple. But suddenly there was an upheaval in their lives. But somehow I and some other friends and seniors handled the situation. We are glad that both of them are living a happy life today.
One strange thing used to happen during night. A shadow was often seen from my balcony in the dark of night. It was as if a figure were floating on the roof. It happened almost every day. He looked like a shadow and seemed as if someone on the roof was looking down while smoking a cigarette. My curiosity was growing day by day. One night I dared to unveil this secret. I shared this with a close friend. And as soon as that shadow appeared, we too, with a stick in one hand, slowly reached the hostel roof. We peeked through the roof door and saw that he was perhaps a PhD senior who was very reserved natured man. He rarely talked to anyone. I often wondered why he was so missing and introvert. That night he was writing something and at the same time he was blowing smoke rings. Some papers were torn and thrown on the roof. When we came back to our rooms, we were confused as to what he was writing in the dim light of the lamp post at night.
Just before sunrise we reached the roof again. We picked up the pieces of paper lying there. We placed the pieces of paper together, but those pieces were telling the story of the broken life of that senior. It is not appropriate to write more about this here. It’s just that on these papers there was a story of one sided love. We could not understand who she was, but we did understand why he stood there at night and looked in one direction. After few days he left IVRI without completing thesis work. Why do people sometimes get so attracted to someone? and ruin their own life in one sided love.
I was in contact with several south Indian boys especially from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra. One of my friend was from Karnataka. From his home town, home-made ready-to-eat items packed in cardboard packets with pleasant flavours used to come by train as parcel. I used to wait for a long time for these homemade eatables from his family. Really he was very generous and used to invite every friend to enjoy those mother-made delicacies. He also had Yamaha RX 100 bike. The joy of roaming the streets of Bareilly at that young age on a bike was something exciting.
No one knew multiplex that time but yes, There were also some good theatres in Bareilly, and really it was a great fun to go on a bicycle with a friend sitting in front rod of cycle to watch movies in those cinema halls. The two films of that time, ‘Saja-e-Kalapani’ and Kamal Hasan’s ‘Hindustani’ were truly memorable films. Once I and my two friends from Maharashtra and Karnataka were going to cinema hall and when we became thirsty while riding a bicycle in the scorching sun we went to a bike showroom. In the showroom, We were behaving as if we had plans to buy a bike soon. We asked for water, but salesman offered chilled cold drinks. It was like icing on the cake. In student life, these small things gave so much happiness that they cannot be put into words. For now, we just wanted to drink water, and that work was done.
Some of my close friends were also from Northeast, Maharashtra, Goa and Andhra Pradesh. The one who is very dear in Telugu is called ‘Mama’. We also call them mama even today. One of them was of very jolly nature. Who used to be always smiling himself and used to make everyone laugh. I used to spend a lot of my free time with him too. He is still young with same smile.
There were many boys from West Bengal. Many of my friends from Bengal are still in contact even today and are holding eminent posts. They were very fond of football and music especially Kishore Kumar. Some were all-rounders in every field.
Some days of my childhood were also spent in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu. So it was natural to have an inclination towards both Tamil Nadu and Tamil. The two juniors from Tamil Nadu were very dear and near to me. One of them was very good singer and the other, now in administrative services, was fond of guitar.
Now let’s go to northern and western part of India. Few students of these states were very jolly and lively. With a friend from Jammu, who as far as I remember was graduated from Punjab or Haryana, I often used to talk about the beautiful valleys of J&K and Himachal. He used to explain everything especially natural beauty very well. But after IVRI, no one could tell about him as that time mobile phones were not in trend. There was a junior from Gujarat, he used to bring very tasty Gujarati dishes while returning from vacations and used to invite me to his room and offer it with great love. Though I tried my best to know his whereabouts but He too is no longer in touch.
Some seniors, batch mates and juniors were preparing for administrative services. And seeing their preparation, I was also inspired for this, but I did not have the courage to read so much diversified. It is a matter of happiness that many of them are in administrative or police services today and despite being on these busy and responsible posts, many of them are still in touch with me.
During those days, I used to write some light humorous poetries, so I also got a chance to share the stage with national level poets at IVRI. From here all the friends started calling me to write the compulsory Hindi summary of their thesis. I also did this job with pleasure.
During thesis work, we used to go to the lab at night to note down the results of our experiments. Sometimes even the whole night was spent in the lab. But this too had a joy of its own.
In the same way, time was passing with great fun. Two years had passed and now everyone was trying to complete his thesis. The marriage of some friends was fixed by their family members. Most of us had received letters to join jobs. Some friends wanted to go abroad. All in all, everyone was in a hurry. But as the thesis writing was reaching the final stage, the atmosphere was getting depressed. It seemed that now all this will be gone in a few months. May be some friends will never be able to meet again. Therefore in the evening we all started trying to meet more and more in our free time. Everyone’s heart was saying that time should stop here but time started flying. And every week some friend’s thesis was being submitted and we used to go to the Bareilly or Izatnagar railway station with our moist eyes to send them off in the hope that we might meet somewhere in future from now.
In this connection, Finally the night also came when it was my turn to leave the IVRI and bid farewell to student life forever. In the evening of the next day my train was scheduled. The wheel of the time never stops. That Y-shape building, library, hostel, that double road and both the banyan trees in whose shade I had spent so many memorable moments with friends and yes that quiet and secluded temple in which there was a feeling of unprecedented peace, everything was about to go out of my life now. I was thinking to spend few more days there but I too had received the letter to join the job.
That evening with a heavy heart I Picked up luggage and went to meet remaining friends who were in final stage of their thesis submission. Everyone’s eyes were moist. But one of my friend did not even open the door of his room, when I wanted to meet him finally. I knew he could not bear the pain of our separation. Finally, as the scheduled train time was nearing, I had to get into the rickshaw to go Bareilly railway station. Then suddenly he came running from his room and hugged me. And of course, I knew he would surely come. This was his love. I greeted everyone by waving hands and with moist eyes till they were out of sight.
The voice of famous singer Kishore Kumar was echoing from someone’s room while passing the next family hostel………
“Ham laut aayenge, tum yun hi bulate rahna, Kabhi alvida na kahna”. (I will certainly come back, you keep calling like this by heart. But never say goodbye………)
-Dr RAKESH KUMAR SINGH, Wildlife Expert, Columnist and Poet
A B. Tech student of Civil Engineering Department Chanchal Kumar at Ganga Barrage here on Sunday morning. According to the official spokesperson of Indian Institute of Technology (IITK) “Today morning, a group of students from the Institute went to the Atal Ghat at the Ganga Barrage. A few students took a bath in the Ganga river. “Chanchal Kumar, a Civil Engineering BTech student, drowned in the river at around 7 a.m. The city police immediately dispatched a group of professional divers and took charge of the search and rescue operation. “Chanchal Kumar’s body was pulled out from the river at about 11:30 a.m. and was taken to Hallet Hospital. Chanchal Kumar has been pronounced deceased by the hospital staff.
“Chanchal Kumar’s parents and relatives have been informed of the tragedy and are on their way to Kanpur.
“The Institute mourns the untimely loss of a bright young mind and prays that God gives his family and friends the strength to bear this loss.”
तीन मार्च 2022 की सुबह एक युवा तेंदुआ, जो कि सम्भवतः अपना नया क्षेत्र या यूं कहें कि साम्राज्य स्थापित करने निकला था, भटक कर मेरठ शहर के घनी आबादी वाले क्षेत्र पल्लवपुरम में पहुंच गया। प्रारंभ में वह एक घर के बरामदे में देखा गया परन्तु कुछ देर पश्चात ही भागता हुआ ओझल हो गया। तमाम कोशिशों के बाद भी इतनी घनी आबादी में उसे ढूंढ पाना सम्भव नहीं हो पा रहा था। मगर हमारी रेस्क्यू टीम के अनुभव के अनुसार वह अवश्य कहीं आसपास ही था। तभी नज़दीक के एक खाली प्लॉट, जिसमें की तमाम अनचाही वनस्पतियां उग आई थीं, पर टीम की नज़र पढ़ी। टीम ने उसी प्लाट पर ध्यान केंद्रित किया व उसमें एक झाड़ी के नीचे तेंदुए के खाल के कुछ धब्बे नज़र आये। इसीके साथ रेस्क्यू टीम का “ऑपरेशन पल्लव” प्रारंभ हो गया था, पल्लवपुरम से रेस्क्यू करने के कारण इस तेंदुए को प्रभागीय वनाधिकारी द्वारा “पल्लव” नाम दिया गया था।
तय हुआ कि उक्त प्लॉट को चारों ओर से ऊंचे जालों से घेर कर तेंदुए को रोक दिया जाए। उक्त कार्य हेतु स्थानीय पार्षद, जिला प्रशासन तथा प्रभागीय वन अधिकारी के नेतृत्व में वन विभाग ने ततपरता से सभी इंतज़ाम पूर्ण कर प्लॉट को चारों ओर से वन विभाग के जालों तथा निर्माणाधीन आरआरटीएस (रैपिड रेल ट्रांसपोर्ट सिस्टम) के जालों से घेर कर तेंदुए को ट्रांक्विलाइज़ (वन्यजीवों को गन से बेहोश करने की प्रक्रिया) करने का कार्य प्रारंभ किया। यह कार्य अत्यंत ही कठिन व जोखिम भरा था क्योंकि घनी झाड़ियों में तेंदुए को देख पाना सम्भव नहीं था। अतः प्लाट के दोनों ओर से दो टीमों ने जेसीबी मशीन की बकेट पर चढ़ कर तेंदुए को ट्रांक्विलाइज़ करने का निर्णय लिया। जेसीबी मशीन की बकेट को नीचे करने से तेंदुए ने भागने की कोशिश ज़रूर करी लेकिन घनी झाड़ियों के कारण भागते हुए तेन्दुए पर निशाना लगाना सम्भव नहीं ही पा रहा था। उधर बढ़ती भीड़ व ढलती शाम भी संकेत दे रही थी कि इस कार्य को तत्काल अंजाम तक पहुंचाना ही होगा अन्यथा हल्का अंधेरा होने के बाद चंद जालों से तेंदुए को रोक पाना असम्भव हो जाने वाला था। अतः यह निर्णय लिया गया कि एक टीम लंबे बांस से तेंदुए को हल्के से छेड़ेगी और दूसरी टीम दूसरे छोर पर पहले से ही उचित दूरी बनाए रखेगी ताकि तेंदुए को सफलता पूर्वक ट्रांक्विलाइज़ कर सके।यह तरकीब काम आयी और तेंदुए के झाड़ी से निकलने पर रेस्क्यू टीम ने उसे सफलतापूर्वक ट्रांक्विलाइज़ कर दिया। बेहोश तेंदुए को बमुश्किल कंटीली झाड़ियों में से निकाला जा सका।
गाहेबगाहे भले ही यह वन्यजीव भटक कर मानव बस्तियों का रुख कर लेते हों। और मनुष्यों द्वारा इन्हें हिंसक जानवर जैसे शब्दों से नवाजा जाता हो पर यह कटु सत्य है कि वन्यजीवों का अपना अनोखा, अद्भुत और एक रोमांचक संसार होता है। यह अनावश्यक मनुष्यों पर आक्रमण भी नहीं करते। इस सफल रेस्क्यू ऑपरेशन के बाद अविलंब रात के अंधेरे में ही अपने नए दोस्त पल्लव को उसके नए घर में छोड़ने के लिए हमारी टीम शिवालिक के जंगलों की ओर बढ़ रही थी। अगली सुबह पल्लव को खुशी से पिंजरे से आज़ाद होते हुए देखना एक कभी न भूलने वाला सुखद अनुभव था।
डॉ राकेश कुमार सिंह, वन्यजीव विशेषज्ञ, कवि एवम स्तम्भकार
Kanpur, June 11, 2022: IIT Kanpur Research and Technology Park Foundation ([email protected]) on Tuesday signed an MoU with the UP Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) to accelerate R&D activities under the UP Defence Industrial Corridor (UPDIC) and attract defence companies to Uttar Pradesh. The MoU was signed during an event held in Lucknow at UPEIDA office by Mr. Awanish K Awasthi, CEO, UPEIDA and Dr. Gopalakrishna M Kamath, Professor-in-charge, [email protected] UPEIDA inviting defence industry to set up their production and manufacturing units in the state and [email protected] reaching out to companies to set up their R&D units in its premises, this partnership will strengthen the ecosystem for the defence industry in the state.
Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur, said, “The UP Defence Industrial Corridor is a very crucial development for the state. IIT Kanpur is delighted to be associated with it in various capacities. As a proponent of multi-stakeholder collaboration, we will leverage our institute’s R&D, and technological resources to work towards making not only the state but also India atmanirbhar in defence. I hope that this partnership will attract more participation from various stakeholders associated with the defence sector, as well as will enrich the Aerospace and Defence sector, in which IIT Kanpur will be a key contributor.” Dr. Gopalakrishna M Kamath, Professor-in-charge, [email protected], said, “The vision of ‘self-reliant India’ is possible only if industry works closely with academia for indigenizing technologies and solutions. We, at [email protected], work very closely with industry to address their R&D and technology development requirements. With Defence and Aerospace as one of the key research areas at IIT Kanpur, [email protected] wants to actively work with UPEIDA to address the growing R&D requirements of Aerospace & Defence (A&D) industry and establish long-term strategic collaborations with it.”
In the coming months, [email protected] and UPEIDA teams will plan to develop and implement a framework of cooperation and undertake activities that would help realize the common vision of ‘Make in India’ in Defence and boost the ecosystem in the state for the defence industry. Both the teams will work in great synergy to achieve the stated goals in making the state self-reliant in the defence sector.
Kanpur, May 31, 2022: One of IIT Kanpur’s path-breaking inventions, Bhu-Parikshak rapid soil-testing device that came out last year has been launched as a product in the market. The device developed by a team led by Prof. Jayant Kumar Singh from the Department of Chemical Engineering, and consisting Mr. Pallav Prince, Mr. Ashar Ahmad, Mr. Yashasvi Khemani and Mohd. Aamir Khan, is licensed to an agritech company, AgroNxt Services. With a short span of time, the product has now been made ready for use by people and has been launched in the market at a launch event at the auditorium of IIT Kanpur’s Start-up Innovation and Incubation Centre (SIIC) in Noida.
This first-of-its-kind novel device is capable of detecting soil health in just 90 seconds through an embedded mobile application. It would assist individual farmers in obtaining soil health parameters of agricultural fields with recommended dose of fertilizers without having to go to a laboratory. The device is based on Near Infrared Spectroscopy technology that provides real-time soil analysis reports on smartphones with an embedded mobile application named Bhu-Parikshak available on Google Play Store.
Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director IIT Kanpur, said, “Our primary objective with the Bhu-Parikshak device is to offer our farmers relief in terms of testing the health of their soil. This is a task that is usually very tedious for them as they have to rely on laboratories far away from home. We’re proud to share that now that the device is launched as a product, it’ll be a great boon for our farmers in lessening the hassle of testing their soil. I congratulate again the team led by Prof. Jayant Kumar Singh and the AgroNxt team for making the device ready for the market in a short period of time.”
The product launch ceremony commenced with first showcasing the Bhu- Parikshak device, followed by an open round of discussion with the panelists, moderated by Mr. Hemendra Mathur, Chairman – FICCI Taskforces on Agri Start-Ups. The panelists comprised IIT Kanpur Prof. Jayant K. Singh, Inventor and Supervisor, Bhu-Parikshak; Dr. Javed Rizvi, Director, CIFOR-ICRAF Asia Continental Program; and Mr. Jitendra Saklani, Head Marketing Strategy and Innovation, Chambal Fertilisers and Chemicals Limited, wherein they opined on the milestones and potential of different tech-driven products to address the shortcomings in Indian agriculture ecosystem.
The event’s chief guest Prof. Ankush Sharma, Co-PIC, SIIC IIT Kanpur, termed the soil testing device a game-changer in the market, as the existing solutions for soil testing are manual and time-consuming, whereas the current product provides real-time information about the soil health in just 90 seconds. The event was also joined by Dr. Nikhil Agarwal, CEO-FIRST; Mr. Piyush Mishra, COO-FIRST; and Mr. Ravi Pandey, REO, IPR Cell at IIT Kanpur.
Live demonstration of the soil testing device was done during the event, by instantly detecting six important soil parameters namely – Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Organic Carbon, Clay contents and cation ion exchange capacity, with the use of only 5 grams of dry soil sample. Soil health report was also generated, which can be easily accessed on the Bhu Parikshak mobile application with unique ID.
To enhance the availability of Bhu-Parikshak to wider markets, AgroNxt signed MOU with Nova Agritech Limited and Nutrikosh India Private Limited. Mr. Rajat Vardhan, Director and Founder of AgroNxt, added that he is eagerly looking forward to the expansion of its reach across the country.
* The Bhu-Parikshak rapid soil-testing device that came out last year has now been launched in the market at a launch event on 26th May, 2022
* The device is licensed to AgroNxt Services, a SIIC-IIT Kanpur-incubated company to take care of distribution in the market
* This first-of-its-kind novel device is capable of detecting soil health in just 90 seconds through an embedded mobile application