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Indian Universities & Colleges Round-Up | August 2022 | Chandigarh University Centre For Research & Development (UCRD) Bio-Insecticide to revolutionise India's fruit production

30 August, 2022

To benefit our students’ community and other stakeholders, the following write-up attempts to bring striking happenings across Indian Universities and Colleges lately. This article serves as a primer for the news articles published in the print/digital media (Sources to these news articles are linked below).

SRM University and Gut Microbiota and Probiotic Science Foundation (India) organise "Probiotics Awareness Day" in Sonipat for school students

Sonipat: SRM University, in association with the Gut Microbiota and Probiotic Science Foundation (India), the Apex body on Probiotics in India organised its first-ever “Probiotics Awareness Day” in Sonipat lately.

Students from 15 leading schools participated in this unique competition by sharing interesting presentations on the health benefits of Probiotics. The initiative is primarily driven to engage students who can showcase the link between globally well-known probiotic science and its role in health keeping in view the alarming rate of low immunity amongst Indians.

Speaking on its first-ever school initiative, Prof N K Ganguly, President of the Gut Microbiota and Probiotic Science Foundation (India) remarked, “We are happy to partner with SRM University to host “Probiotic Awareness Day” where we focus on engaging with and educating young children on creating awareness about Functional Foods like Probiotics which is already an evolved and recognised science worldwide. However, in India, it has now started assuming relevance. We want the students to act like a harbinger of this change.

Hailing this initiative Prof Samuel Raj, Dean of Academics and Registrar of SRM University, Sonipat said, The School Programme is our first milestone, and we hope to conduct many such activities with schools in time to come as we feel “Catching them Young” and their participation in such activities will help us raise the health barometer in some way”.

Chandigarh University Centre For Research & Development (UCRD) Bio-Insecticide to revolutionise India's fruit production

Chandigarh: There is no doubt that horticulture is considered a good option as compared to food crops, but the infestation of insects and bees on fruits has affected horticulture badly. For example, Guava is cultivated in an area of 8,000 hectares in Punjab alone, but the horticulture sector has been severely affected by the attack of fruit bees (Bactrocera dorsalis) in the past few decades. Most guava growers face low yields during the rainy season due to infestations of fruit flies and insects.

Given this problem, Dr Seema Ramnivas and Dr Divya Singh of the Department for Research and Development, Chandigarh University have developed a bio-insecticide spray, which will be effective in preventing the rotting of fruits. While giving information about Bio Insecticides, Dr Divya said that the use of chemicals to control fruit flies is harmful to the consumers, as it leaves a toxic residue on the fruits. In such a situation, this bio-pesticide developed by the university will prove to be a boon for consumers and gardeners, because it will not cause any harm to health due to its biological nature, while it will be effective in preventing the outbreak of fruit flies.

Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University said, "The bio-pesticide spray developed by the faculty of the university would prove to be effective in tackling the challenges faced by the fruit growers." He further said that a budget provision of Rs 12 crore has been made by Chandigarh University to encourage its students towards research and as an institution. "We also have a responsibility towards the society and various projects have been started at the social level by the faculty and students of the university."

Goa Police, BITS Pilani To Find AI Solutions To Cyber Crimes

Panaji: The Goa Police recently entered into an MoU with BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus to collaborate on innovative solutions to strengthen policing in Goa. “The MoU will enable joint exploration of research and development projects involving artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other technologies to enable predictive policing and anticipate the demands of the future,” the Goa Police said in a statement. Director general of police Jaspal Singh and director of BITS Pilani Goa Campus Suman Kundu signed the MoU.

Other areas of collaboration will be innovative solutions in cybersecurity and creating large-scale awareness among citizens on the prevention of cyber crimes. “Both the institutions plan to share of expertise, technical know-how and resources for the stated goals. Possibilities of conducting specialised courses for training of police officers and students in subjects related to technology and crime were also discussed,” Goa Police statement states.

Prof Suman Kundu said, “academic institutes have the potential to help in providing scientific insights to investigators on a practical level. Modern digital tools coupled with out-of-the-box thinking can extend the realm of possibilities in areas of digital forensics and cybercrime. This initiative will enable us to contribute to Goa Police as well as to the country through student internship, hackathons, etc,”

Jamia Millia Islamia Students Conduct Study To Revive Water Bodies In Delhi

New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) students have conducted a "successful" study on rejuvenating and preserving traditional local water bodies to ensure water security and community development. Three teams from the Department of Civil Engineering, each headed by a professor of the department as an institute nodal officer along with 15 students as interns in each team, carried out the study.

The three teams did historical and Spatio-temporal analyses, hydrological studies, conservation of catchment areas, preparing maps of the water bodies and their surroundings, taking photographs that capture the essence of the water bodies, reimagining the areas as a vibrant public space and preparing an action plan for rejuvenation of the water body as part of the study, the university said.

"Limited information was available about these water bodies. Due to modern practices of the water supply system, the relevance of these traditional water bodies in the societal context was somehow ignored. As a result, these historical heritages didn't get the due attention and are in pathetic condition," the university said in a statement. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had assigned the task to the varsity's Dept of Civil Engineering under 'Mission Amrit Sarovar - Jal Dharohar Sanrakshan'.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has identified over 300 such culturally and historically significant water bodies across the country as part of the programme. Each intern will get a stipend of Rs 10,000 and a certificate from the ministry.

Haryana State University, RailTel Signs Agreement To Provide Information Communication Technology Services

Sonipat / New Delhi: Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology has signed an agreement with RailTel to provide various information and communications technology (ICT) services, the Rail PSU said in a statement lately. The agreement was signed with Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, located in Murthal, Sonipat, the statement said. Under the agreement, there will be a long-term collaboration between the two parties to provide various ICT services like campus management, national knowledge network connectivity, creation of Wi-Fi hotspots, HD CCTV surveillance, Aadhaar-based identity services, data centre, and supply and management of ICT equipment, among others.

RailTel will also help with e-office managed services, digital signature, and online counselling management for admissions. “These ICT services will enable university students and teachers to connect with the external world in the area of education and research and will facilitate the creation of state-of-the-art ICT infrastructure in the university, imparting quality education and promotion of technology-enabled learning,” RailTel said.

Talking about it, Aruna Singh, Chairman and Managing Director of RailTel, said, “Education sector has been a focus area for RailTel as the educational institutions can play a vital role in the digital transformation of the country. Many private, state and Central Government universities and colleges/institutions across the country are already on our client list and this MoU with Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology is another giant step toward the digital revolution in India.”


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