IIT BHU built 'cheapest Metro' long ago
Feb 27, 2015, 01.41 AM IST
Varanasi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, while presenting Railway Budget 2015-16 on Thursday, has proposed to set up 'Malaviya Chair' for Railway Technology at IIT (BHU), however the research on railway technologies have already been taken up at BHU in 1977.
The BHU had developed Linear Induction Motor (LIM) rail metro system, and claimed that it would be 30 to 40 per cent cheaper than the Delhi metro.
"The technology was ready for use in 1999 and had been displayed at several national and international exhibitions successfully, but the government agencies working on different metro projects in the country overlooked this cheapest metro technology, though the then minister of railway late Digvijay Singh also had a ride on prototype rail at BHU in 2001," said Prof. SN Mahendra of electrical engineering department of IT-BHU who led the project at the Malviya Center for Development of Low Cost Linear Metro System at BHU.
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IIT-Kharagpur launches research project for urban areas
IANS | Mar 3, 2015, 06.19 PM IST
KOLKATA: Experts at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, have launched a Rs. 25 crore project aimed at transforming and enhancing living conditions in cities through inter-disciplinary research and new technologies.
Christened 'Future Of Cities', the mammoth project, supported by the ministry of human resource development, involves 59 key researchers and 32 research modules.
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IIT-G talks sustainable design in tech conference
TNN | Dec 18, 2014, 06.00 AM IST
Guwahati: Over 400 delegates from academia and industry attended the 5th International and 26th All India Manufacturing, Technology, Design and Research (AIMTDR) conference here recently.
The conference was organized by the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT-G).
Speaking at the inaugural function, held in IIT-G's Bhupen Hazarika auditorium, Amitabha Ghosh, former director of IIT Kharagpur, stressed on the need for interdisciplinary research and modification of manufacturing curricula in academic institutions.
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Noted cancer specialist to enter into collaborative research with IIT-K
Abhinav Malhotra,TNN | Feb 25, 2015, 01.27 PM IST
KANPUR: Celebrated tumour biologist, Prof Rakesh Jain of Harvard Medicine School, USA, during his visit to IIT-Kanpur on Monday said that he had held deliberations with department of science and technology (DST) and department of biotechnology (DBT) in Delhi on Saturday last to initiate research work on cancer in India, especially with IIT-Kanpur, which is also his alma mater. Prof Jain during the convocation ceremony of the premier institute on Monday was awarded the honorary degree 'honoris causa'. He had come with his spouse and two daughters to receive the degree.
Director of IIT-K Prof Indranil Manna said, "Prof Jain spoke to me on collaborative cancer research and if DST or DBT proposes some research work on cancer, then it could be taken up". Prof Jain had told TOI that he would like to enter into collaborative research with IIT-Kanpur.
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HAL Chair at IIT-M in 3 months
Rozelle Laha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Updated: Feb 25, 2015 17:08 IST
An exclusive chair for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), to be set up within three months in IIT Madras, will be responsible for carrying out research in various areas related to aerospace technologies, providing technical consultancy, facilitating training programmes and addressing any other mutually agreed activities relevant to HAL.
"Through the chair, MTech and PhD programmes may be organised through external registration and all subjects taught through online method. HAL officers deputed for these courses are required to come to IIT Madras only for laboratory classes. Final examinations may also be conducted at HAL under the supervision of an authorised officer of HAL," says Professor R Nagarajan, dean (international and alumni relations), IIT Madras. Similarly, specialised short-term courses may also be conducted for HAL officers through the chair, he added.
HAL and IITM signed a MoU last week to create a HAL chair at IIT campus with the aim of setting a ground for academic and research-based interactions. HAL will make a onetime payment of Rs. 1.5 crore for funding the chair to the corpus of the institute. Other expenses will be covered from the interest earned on this endowment.
HAL has identical tie-ups with IITs Roorkee, Kanpur, Mumbai and Kharagpur. "We expect the difference to be in the intensity of execution," adds Prof Nagarajan.
Richa Verma becomes first woman to head NCC unit in Madhya Pradesh
Rageshri Ganguly,TNN | Mar 8, 2015, 07.35 PM IST
BHOPAL: From building warships, Lt Commander Richa Verma has now donned a new avatar - training naval cadets. It is probably the first time the state NCC unit has a woman commanding officer in a contingent. Lt Cmdr Verma, who is a week old in her new role, is more than ready to take her responsibilities head on.
A post-graduate diploma holder in naval architecture (DIIT-NC) from IIT Delhi, Verma is one of the few technical officers who made it to the rank of commanding officer (CO). "Now I feel more like a naval officer," says Verma, CO of 1 MP naval unit.
Having served in Naval HQ, Delhi, Naval Dockyard, Mumbai and Western Naval Command, Mumbai, Verma has also been part of the team that built INS Vikrant - India's first indigenous aircraft carrier.
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From reducing 'killer' platform gap to stench-free toilets, some IIT-B solutions
Yogita Rao,TNN | Feb 21, 2015, 12.59 AM IST
MUMBAI: IIT-Bombay students have teamed up to find solutions to everyday problems. The team of students along with their professors has come up with designs under the banner of 'Mumbai Transformation Project'. The project, which began six months ago, promises to solve Mumbaikars' infrastructure, transportation and sanitation woes.
Students have designed various solutions from reducing the gap between trains and platforms to better bus stops and Teflon-coated commodes for stink-free toilets on railway stations. The team, which is working on this ministry of human resource development (MHRD)-supported project, is also collaborating with government agencies to turn their ideas into reality.
Professor B K Chakravarthy, who is heading the Industrial Design Centre and spearheading the project, said, "Most of the ideas are at the design stage. Some of them have already being implemented. Most designs are workable solutions and can be easily implemented. But the major challenge for our centre is to get government agencies or industries to take these forward and implement them."
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