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IUST students innovate prototype of low-cost ventilator for COVID19 patients

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Awantipora, April 22: A group of engineering students and innovators from Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) have developed a prototype of a low-cost ventilator.

Amid the COVID19 outbreak, Kashmir is facing a shortage of healthcare equipment, particularly ventilators which are considered very critical for treating the severely ill coronavirus positive patients.  

 The USP of this innovation is the cost factor as this ventilator would be way cheaper as compared to the ones imported from outside, said one of the group members who made the prototype. 

The prototype named ‘Ruhdaar’ is expected to be handed over to the medical experts in the SKIMS for evaluation purpose once the innovators are satisfied with its functioning in the laboratory. The raw materials for the frugal ventilator are easily available within J&K, said the group member. 

Team members who designed and developed the prototype were headed by Coordinator of IUST’s Design and Innovation Centre, Shahkar Nehvi, Majid Hamid Koul, ex faculty IUST, Peerzada Shoaib, Asif Shah, Zulquarnain, Jawad Ahmad from IUST, Saad Parvaiz from NIT Srinagar, Shabir Hassan from Harvard University as an overseas mentor and Abdul Hamid from Rahim Greens. 

Some of the team members working on the prototype in a lab at IUST

While the prototype, is working successfully in the laboratory, it eventually will be assessed by the medical experts who will have to use it. Once the prototype is approved by medical experts, there is 
the possibility of manufacturing it for commercial use, they said. 

Vice-Chancellor of IUST, Prof Mushtaq A Siddiqi, himself an eminent immunologist, according to a statement, has congratulated the entire team for this achievement.

“I am thrilled because our team members have achieved it in a very short span of time. It is our own design and its components are mostly local,” he said. “Once approved, the university will patent it and handover the technology to a startup or a couple of startups so that the ventilator is produced on a large scale.” 

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Kashmir-based ‘SmartFish’ bags national ‘Big Fish Pool’ startup grant

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Srinagar, Aug 29: A Kashmir-based startup idea ‘SmartFish’ which aims to automate aquaculture with the help of IoT, has been declared the winner at the national level ‘Big Fish Pool’ startup event and has been awarded Rs3.5 lakh grant.

Falak Jan and Naveed Hamid from Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir have not only successfully defended their idea but have received an open offer grant extendable upto Rs 15 lakh for its expansion.

The Big Fish Pool’, a significant national startup event, was organised by CT University (CTU) and associated partners in an effort to bring together young entrepreneurs from various across the country. It assisted prospective young entrepreneurs in pitching their ideas to venture capitalists and investors, who evaluated them and provided the young business owners with financial support.

SmartFish bags startup grant

Falak Jan and Naveed Hamid’s, ‘SmartFish’ successfully defended the Investors Meet to Secure  Rs3.50 lakh for their idea during “The Grand Big Fish Pool” by Startup Punjab, CT University, and several other investors. The AI-driven, BlackEye Technology acknowledged the concept behind ‘SmartFish’ and immediately pledged financial support of Rs3.50 lakh and more in the future.

A SmartFish: What Is It?

The concept behind SmartFish is to revolutionise aquaculture by using IoT (internet of things) sensors to automate every aspect of a fishpond. Remote control will be used to control everything.

The device will assist the fishermen in a number of ways, including controlling fish feeding and monitoring temperature and oxygen levels. Additionally, it can aid in monitoring outdoor activities involving ponds. Fishermen will have total control over every aspect of fish. The shelves will be created to look towards any untoward happing in the water.

SmartFish bags startup grantThe SmartFish team will receive mentoring support from The Big Fish Pool as well. The team first requested a Rs3 lakh investment, but more was given as a result of the presentation of the original idea. Additionally, if the team needs more funding to scale out the technology, they will be provided with any amount up to Rs15 lakh.

It’s a necessary practice for the fisheries sector in the modern day; this model is needed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, etc. for the development of the sector.

The team is also working on their next models that will focus on agriculturally related activities, particularly on unexplored concepts, giving fisherman AI-based devices that will do the work in a matter of seconds and separate the waste in the boxes. This is known as the idea of “Waste Wealth” where technology is utilised to extract valuable resources, recycle waste, and generate electricity

The J&K UT, the customer, and the vendor will all profit from this. The idea is that this device will be 1 foot tall, lightweight, and powered by DC (Direct Current) and sensors. “We are looking forward to making it possible here, it is already available in some areas outside India,” Naveed said

Naveed Bhat and Falak Jan expressed their gratitude to the SKUAST-K authorities, in particular Vice Chancellor Nazir Ahmad Ganai, for their guidance, inspiration, and support.

Among the 300+ national teams that were selected for investment, Team SmartFish was chosen by eminent investors from across the country. Of the 40 teams that made the shortlist, only three received funding for the investment, including SmartFish. In May 2022, the registration process was completed. Additionally, SmartFish won ‘Skils Panacea’,  where they gave the winning team a startup foundation course worth  Rs85,000.

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SKUAST-K to hold international conference on regenerative medicine 

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International conference on regenerative medicine 

2-day event to be held jointly with KU, IIT Kanpur 

Srinagar, April 26: Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir in association with the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and the University of Kashmir is organising a two-day international conference on ‘Recent Advances in Biomedical Sciences and Regenerative Medicine (RABSRM 2022) on May 6&7.

The conference is being organised as part of the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) programme, Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India, that aims at improving the research ecosystem of India’s higher educational institutions. Department of Science and Technology, GoI & World Bank-ICAR funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project for the institutional development of SKUAST-K are also supporting the event.

Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, IIT Kanpur; Division of Animal Biotechnology, SKUAST-K; and Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Innovations, KU are jointly organising the event to be held at SKUAST-K, Shalimar campus and KU campus, Hazratbal on May 6&7 respectively.

To review the preparations for the international conference, a meeting was held at SKUAST-K under the chairmanship of Director Research, Sarfaraz Ahmad Wani and Dean Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, MT Banday in which scientists, faculty members and organisers of the conference participated. 

The mega-conference is being held under the patronage of VC KU Prof Talat Ahmad and VC SKUAST-K Prof Nazir Ahamd Ganai. Prof Ganai, in his message, highlighted the importance of the conference in the present scientific era and hoped that it will provide an opportunity to discuss and deliberate on the issues shared across related fields concerning the improvement in life and working of mankind.

The RABSRM 2022 conference aims to bring together experts, researchers, young scientists and academicians from around the world to disseminate knowledge from interdisciplinary backgrounds. The knowledge provided by the eminent speakers and researchers will help to foster the research culture in the area of biomedical sciences and regenerative medicine at the universities of Jammu and Kashmir and around the country. The conference will provide an opportunity to discuss recent developments in biomedical research in health and diseases and foster future directions in drug discovery and therapeutic interventions. The themes of the conference include Bioengineering, Regenerative Medicine, Cancer Biology, Drug Design and Delivery, Vaccine Biology, Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials, Molecular Therapeutics, Animal Biotechnology, Stem Cell Gene Therapy & Biomarkers.

The conference solicits contributions of abstracts for oral/poster presentations that address themes and topics of the conference. Participants are required to submit their research abstracts online. Students/Postdocs/Faculties can submit abstracts describing original and unpublished results in all the areas of Biomedical Science and Medicine and are invited for the presentation at the conference after the acceptance. The template of the abstract can be found on the website: www.rabsrm.org. Among the leading National and International scientists participating in the two days event include the names of Jukka Seppälä from Aalto University, Finland, Andreas Nüssler from Univesity of Tuebingen, Germany, Jouni Partenan Aalto University, Finland and Hanna Isaksson from Lund University, Sweden as Key International Invited Speakers for the event. 

The event will be one of its rear kind in this part of the world where the professionals across diverse disciplines will be deliberating on the theme interrelated across all the steams of concern. The event is expected to host renowned professionals from various national and international organisations for the two days here at Srinagar. 

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4-week machine learning training begins at SKUAST-K

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Srinagar, Jan 27: Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Kashmir commenced a four-week national online training on ‘Computer Vision in Agriculture using Machine Learning’.

More than 50 agriculture students, scholars and teachers from various parts of the country are participating in the online training organised by the team IDP under the World Bank-ICAR funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) for the institutional development of SKUAST-K. The training is being conducted in collaboration with Noida-based Emerging India Analytics, one of India’s fastest growing Analytics/ IT consulting and training companies offering services in both consulting and training domains including NASSCOM certified professional programs. 

The training programme aims to bridge the gap between academics and Industry and produce human resources with qualities for creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship skills. In order to compete and be at par with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, SKUAST-K under ambit of IDP-NAHEP is in the continuous process of imparting education and training about disruptive technologies and their application and impact on the agri-economy and how to improve the quality of life. 

The training will provide insights into the use and application of Computer Vision, and how Machine Learning and computer is helping in solving real-world problems in general and agriculture in particular. 

Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-K, Prof Nazir Ahmad Ganai, who was the chief guest at the occasion, said such programs will pave way for the implementation of the 4th industrial revolution in the university, which is presently unfolding and is largely driven by disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and drones. He also said that SKUAST-Kashmir is the torchbearer by being bold and disruptive in venturing first in AI&ML in the state to permeate higher-order skills of AI & ML in students, researchers and faculty members. While addressing the audience, he stressed the output-based training and workshops that are being conducted in the university. He further added that such programs will create awareness and interest among students and help them to develop critical thinking to innovate and be self-reliant. 

Team IDP-NAHEP, organizers of this training program, in the inaugural session, deliberated about the need and importance of Computer Vision and Machine Learning in Agriculture and allied sectors. Prof Rohitashw Kumar, Associate Dean, CoAE&T, SKUAST-K, provided a detailed overview of the training programs and encouraged participants to take full benefit of this training program. Prof Azmat Alam Khan, Co-PI NAHEP said that such training programs are the need of the hour and also said that such programs will help students to equip themselves with the latest technologies and help them in future to fetch a better job. 

Dr Showkat Rosool, Assistant Professor, CoAE&T, SKUAST-K presented the vote of thanks to all the dignitaries that were present at the inaugural function. 

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