Srinagar, Oct 22: Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir held a month-long certificate course on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI&ML) programming and Microsoft Azure for the students of the university.
The online industrial training programme on Python, R and MS Azure was organised under the World Bank and Indian Council of Agricultural Research-funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) for the institutional development of the SKUAST-K in collaboration with 360DigiTMG, a Hyderabad-based career skills training institute for AI&ML technologies, and renowned IT MNC, IBM.
Students and scholars from various faculties and divisions of the university participated in 45-hour intensive hands-on training that extended up to one month. The students for the training were selected based on their aptitude for AI&ML in agriculture and allied fields.
Three renowned experts– Sharat Chandra, Principal Data Scientist; Mourya Prasad, Certified Cloud Solutions Architect; and Sowjanya V, ML&AI Expert – conducted the training. Participants were trained on cloud computing, Microsoft Azure, R and Python Languages, and use of AI & ML in the agriculture sector. Students, who completed the programme, awarded the certificates.
Each session consisted of lectures followed by doubt clearing sessions where the queries posed by the students were answered that made the programme interesting for participants. Hand-outs and notes for the topics covered each session were also shared with the students by providing them access to the LMS of 360DigiTMG training portal on their official website for downloading study material as well as for uploading various assignments.
Director Planning, SKUAST-K, Prof Nazir Ahmad Ganai, who is the PI of NAHEP, said such programmes will make SKUAST-K students industry ready and will help them to compete in the job market and enable them to update themselves and keep pace with the advancements in innovative technologies of AI&ML in agriculture. The certificate course was coordinated by the university’s NAHEP team.
Impact of COVID19 on Telecom Sector
Mohmad Iqbal Marazi
The COVID19 pandemic – perhaps more than any other event in human history – has demonstrated the critical importance that telecommunications infrastructure plays in keeping businesses, governments and societies connected and running. Due to the economic and social disruption caused by the pandemic, people across the globe rely on technology for information, for social distancing and working from home.
The telecommunications sector has seen tremendous importance and technological advances over the past few decades, with mobility, broadband and internet services growing in capability and reach across the globe. The International Communication Union (ITU) estimates that there were over 4 billion internet users at the end of 2019. The telecommunications industry consists of digital infrastructure such as fibre, towers, active networks, telephony, video and e-commerce services, etc. The sector has remained ‘mission-critical’ to keep economies moving under the lockdown in at least three different ways:
1) Providing critical connectivity to businesses
2) Facilitating work-from-home arrangements
3) Keeping individuals and societies connected and informed with access to medical, financial, commercial, and other essential services during isolation
COVID19’s IMPACT ON SECTOR
Many telecom players – from broadband to mobile to data centre operators – have benefitted from a surge in the traffic of data and voice, as a result, the telecommunications sector performed well compared to other sectors during the COVID19 pandemic. In sharp contrast to many other industries, the telecommunications sector was exempted from main Covid19-related restrictions such as stay-at-home, quarantine requirements and so on and was recognised as an essential service. Some telecommunication companies have been strengthened by the short-term spike in data traffic and increased use of broadband and internet services, as more people were working from home and relied on video meetings. As a result, the telecom sector remained acyclic throughout the crisis.
COVID19’s PANDEMIC CHALLENGES
The long-drawn pandemic has taken its toll on telecom sales and distribution networks, especially considering that the footfall of customers at direct franchises has been a major revenue source for the longest time. In many regions, the telecom sector is still reeling from the social distancing measures which has caused an abrupt disconnect between the retail Point of Sale (POS) and subscribers.
As the pandemic restrictions loom over telecom operators, they experience a growing need to develop a robust digital ecosystem, the vulnerability in their existing systems. In an effort to stay resilient in the face of future inevitable events, like the COVID19 pandemic, it is pivotal for telecom companies to increase investment in digital transformation solutions for S&D. Even though many telecom companies are moving towards digitization to bounce back post- COVID19, the inconsistency and lack of synergy in overall sales and distribution (especially across direct and indirect channels) has impeded their growth.
The author is a PG student of economics at HNB Garhwal Central University Uttrakhand. He can be reached at [email protected]
Kashmir-based ‘SmartFish’ bags national ‘Big Fish Pool’ startup grant
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.
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.
The 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.
SKUAST-K to hold 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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