Gitam students develop wireless gadget to test, replenish farm soil
VISAKHAPATNAM: At a time when the Narendra Modi government has been pitching for ‘Make in India’ and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu for a smarter state, a group of students from Gitam University in the city, which calls itself the ‘Think Tank’, has smartly combined technology with agriculture to design a gadget that can help boost agricultural production.
The gadget utilises wireless networks to not just identify moisture and nutrient content in the soil but also helps pump in adequate water and nutrients into the soil if necessary. The prototype was tested at the Regional Agricultural Research Station at Anakapalle.
While the group spent around Rs 25,000 on building the prototype, they feel it can be sold for Rs 15,000 if mass produced. They have already presented the prototype to the Electronics Corporation of India Limited so that they can develop it into a workable commercial model.
The breakthrough product also bagged the best technical paper award at the international conference on ‘Operations management and industrial research’ at Dubai. The paper titled ‘Optimising irrigation systems by using wireless network arch to increase crop yield’ was presented by Shyam Tenali, a third-year industrial engineering student from Gitam, and his classmate Ganti Subhash. The other members of the group are S Sree Moudgalya, a third-year ECE student, and K Bhaskar, S Vishnu Vardhan and Subhratyo Jyothi Maitra from other streams of engineering.
Explaining the manner in which the prototype functions, Shyam said, “The agricultural field is first mapped into grids and the sensor electrode is installed in the soil to check the moisture and nutrient content. The data is then relayed to the main motor by the field sensor, after which it is analysed. Depending on the analysis, if there is a dearth of moisture or nutrients, the requisite amount of moisture (water) mixed with the requisite quantity of nutrients is pumped back into the soil.”
The group members pointed out that the idea behind the project, which uses drip irrigation methods, is to make sure that water and nutrients are not wasted as they are when regular flood irrigation methods are used.
The project was taken up by the group over a year ago and since then they have made several technical paper presentations over the last six months, after which they were selected to represent India at the international conference in Dubai.
‘Innovation is key for prosperity’
Innovation is the key for prosperity of India, said Ajay Jain, Commissioner of Technical Education and exhorted students to engage themselves to come out with innovative ideas. He was speaking after inaugurating a National Conclave on “Igniting Spirit of Innovation in Faculty and students of Engineering Colleges”, organised by Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology (SNIST).
Reminding Steve Jobs, who said that it was not the capital that makes an enterprise successful but the ideas that count, Mr. Jain said that students should strive to create rather than running after the exam scores. At the same time institutions must concentrate in research and consultancy and should not use their resources only for teaching.
He said the Central government was encouraging innovation and the National Innovation Council being established with fund of Rs.500 crore as seed money would encourage entrepreneurship. Prof. P.R. Naga Srinivasa of SNIST; Dr. P.Narasimha Reddy, Executive Director; Dr.V.Vasudeva Rao, Principal and Prof. G.Surender Reddy also spoke.
AWARD FOR GITAM STUDENT
G. Manikanta Aravind of GITAM University, Hyderabad campus, has received the Instrument Society of India’s (ISOI) DVS Raju Endowment Medal and C.Sitapathi Rao Endowment Award-2013.
He is pursuing B.Tech final year in Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering Department of GITAM University. C.Sitapathi Rao Endowment Award-2013 was also presented to Anusha Cherala of Bhoj Reddy Engineering College for Women.
SEMINAR ON COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
The Jagruti Institute of Engineering and Technology (JIET) organised a seminar COMSYS- 2013 recently. The seminar was organised by the ECE department in which scientists from defence organisations and engineering students participated.The seminar was inaugurated by JIET Principal Prof. V. Surender Rao. Topics on Communication Systems namely Digital Modulation Techniques, Sensitivity Analysis Methods, Noise Models etc were presented by scientists. Students also presented papers on Satellite Communications.
AUTONOMOUS STATUS FOR BVRIT
B.V. Raju Institute of Technology (BVRIT), Narsapur has been granted autonomous status for a period of six years from the Academic year 2014-15 by University Grants Commission, New Delhi.
The autonomy status of the college would have more academic independence, more financial aid with timely funds from UGC and more freedom in framing new syllabi and conduct of examination.
KV STUDENTS SHINE
Three student of Kendriya Vidyalaya SVP National Police Academy won accolades at different competitions recently. Akash Yadav of class X participated in the Hindi Debate Competition in the Social Science Exhibition at the national level at Gwalior after bagging the first position at the regional level. Another student Neeraj Bisht of class XI bagged 5 gold, 9 silver and 3 bronze medals in the event of freestyle swimming at KVS Regional Sports Meet and other open competitions. He won a silver medal in 100 meter freestyle at KVS National Sports Meet 2013, held at Chennai .He participated in SGFI, 2013 School Games Federation Of India) in Pune .
A class IX student Nishant secured the third position in All India National Children Science Congress (Junior Level) competition, conducted by NCERT at KV 2 Bhopal. His project was on ‘vehicular pollution’. He was one among the 42 students selected from KVS to attend the International level NCSC Workshop presided by Padmabhibushan Prof. Yashpal at Madhya Pradesh Council of Science and Technology, Bhopal.
Five students from the Sagar Institute of Technology were selected in the campus recruitment drive held at the college by Genpact. A statement said that three students from B.Tech and two from MBA stream were selected as Process Associates.
The students selected are Ajay, Shilpa, S.Padmini, Ms. Aneesha and C.Bharath. Dr. Ramesh, Vice Principal, Sagar Institute of Technology along with the Shanti Bhaskar Manager, Recruitment from Genpact issued the offer letters to the students.
LECTURE ON SPACE PROGRAMME
The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology (MGIT) in association with Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), Hyderabad Chapter, organised a lecture on ‘Indian Space Program: Past, Present, and Future – An Overview’, on January 21. The lecture was delivered by Satish Dhawan Chair Professor- Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Tiruvananthapuram and Senior Advisor (Interplanetary Missions) – Indian Space Research Organisation, V. Adimurthy
Dr. Adimurthy spoke about the successful journey of Indian space program and covered important milestones achieved in the field. The programme was presided by CBES secretary and correspondent D. Kamalakar Reddy. MGIT Principal G. Chandramohan Reddy. MGIT professor J. Viplava Kumar, INAE president K.K. Sinha, and CBES Advisor V. Malakonda Reddy also spoke.
ANNUAL DAY CELEBRATED
The Vignana Jyothi Institute of Arts and Sciences (VJIAS) celebrated its annual day presenting a variety of programmes. The Osmania University Registrar K. Pratap Reddy stressed on the importance of inculcating the habit of reading books. To excel in life, students should practice four mantras —Academic Excellence, Soft Skills, Attitude, and Ethics and Values, he said. Director D. Vijaya Prasad; general secretary D.N. Rao; VJIAS Chairman Narne Prabhakar and other spoke. Later, Prof. Reddy gave away mementos and certificates to the students who excelled in curricular and extra-curricular activities at the university level. Students also presented cultural programmes to mark the day.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMPUTING
GITAM University, Hyderabad campus, is organising a two day National Conference on “Innovations and Advancements in Computing” (IAC-2014) from March 28 to 29 to discuss and exchange new ideas of technological advancements and to present theoretical, experimental and visionary research result of all disciplines in Information Technology, said Ch.Sanjay, Director, Hyderabad Campus.
Details can be had from Sudarson Jena, Convener-IAC on 96181 72201 orwww.gitam.edu/
CENTRE FOR WOMEN DEVELOPMENT
With an intention to bring about the advancement of women in three communities – rural, student and the employed the ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education inaugurated “The Centre for Women Development (CWD)” at its campus.
C. Suvarna, Special Commissioner (Watersheds), Government of Andhra Pradesh, who inaugurated the centre said that policies have their own limitations and beyond that it is the initiatives by institutions like ICFAI that can educate, create awareness and empower women across all strata of the society.
Guests of honour Vanitha Datla, Managing Director at Elico Healthcare Services and Sanjay Ram, Project Coordinator of Indian Development Foundation, enlightened the audience J. Mahender Reddy, Vice-Chancellor of IFHE spoke.
Hyderabad campus of GITAM University will organise a mini workshop on aero modelling, automation and robotics on Saturday. Contact Prof. Y. D. Dwivedi at 9705598279 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for registration.
GITAM School of International Business is organising a business quiz for college students of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, and Guntur districts, between January 6 and 31.
The quiz is meant to promote awareness among undergraduate students about business in general and international business in particular, according to a press release from the GISB.
The quiz will be conducted in two rounds. The first round will be held at various colleges and institutions to select five winners. The second round is the grand finale to be held on GITAM campus on February 7.
The first, second, and third prize winners of the final will be presented with cash awards, merit certificates, and citations. The first round winners will receive participation certificates.
The quiz programmes at the college level and the grand finale level will be organised by personality trainer and business consultant Winny Patro.
Students of engineering, pharmacy, business, and degree colleges in the seven districts are eligible to participate.
A faculty member of GITAM University developed a low power VLSI chip which extends the life of mobile phone battery at a lower cost.
An assistant professor of Electronics and Communication Engineering Department of GITAM University I. Sreenivasa Rao who developed the chip, said that power consumption in the VLSI circuits could be reduced and the charging capacity of the mobile battery could be extended up to 13 hours. It will also increase the number of applications in smart phones.
Dr. Sreenivasa Rao received the best research paper award in IEEE International conference held at Chennai.
Dr. Sreenivasa Rao can be contacted on 98492 45649.
Gitam Institute of Management is organising its 15th Gitam Excellence Meet on December 6 and 7. Over 2,000 participants have already registered to participate in the array of competitions being organised.
Over 300 students from colleges outside the city will also be attending the meet. The entire event is being organised by the students under the guidance of their mentors so that they can learn how to conduct large events. Each of the 850 students of the institute will be given individual responsibilities to ensure the smooth running of the event.
Chief Mentor K. Manjusree Naidu said that the students are handling all aspects of the meet right from finance, marketing to hospitality and they will gain immense exposure from the practical experience.
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The GITAM School of International Business (GSIB) in GITAM University is offering MBA programs in International Business, International Banking and Finance and Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management. The admission notification for the academic year 2014-2016 has been released and GSIB is conducting an All India level Entrance Test (GET) on January 19. According to GSIB Chairperson-Admission M.Subramanyam the candidates who have completed their graduation with about 50 per cent marks and also those who are preparing for final year of their graduation can apply for the admission test.
He further informed that the candidates who clear the CAT, IIFT, MAT, GMAT, XAT, CMAT and other national level entrance examinations are exempted from appearing for the test.
The admissions will be given based on IQ test, group discussion and personal interviews. The last date for submission of the filled-in admission forms is January 14. Those who seek admission with CMAT test score and MAT-Sep’13 Test score can submit their application by November 8. For application and other details interested candidate can visit the website http://www.gsib.org.
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