Blazing BME : First Prize in BioAsia 2015 Healthcare Devthon

BioAsia2015-Award lrCh Sharath Chandra, H V Mani Kanta Swamy, G Vijaya Bhaskar B.Tech III year students of Biomedical Engineering, B. V. Raju Institute of Technology, Narsapur won First Prize in BioAsia 2015 Healthcare Devthon. The team was given Rs. 1 lakh grant for further development of the product and the team will be working with Technology Business Incubation Center, BITS Pilani (Hyderabad Campus).

    BioAsia  2015 was an initiative to spur innovations in healthcare & life sciences through co-creation. Healthcare Devthon brought together healthcare experts, doctors, designers, engineers, technologists and developers together onto one platform to discover, design and rapidly prototype technologies and solutions relevant to the life sciences and healthcare fields. The goal is to facilitate the development of products and services that address unmet needs and are positioned to be rapidly adopted by end-users.

The students developed Self Feeding Utensil for Disabled People. It is an Electro Mechanical Assistive Device, which is foot operated and helps the disabled to feed themselves. It eliminates the need of caregiver. This is a low cost device which is affordable even by rural India.

Primary users of this device are people with following disabilitiesbioasia-2015 1 lr

  • who have difficulty moving their upper limbs
  • high-level spinal cord injuries
  • cerebral palsy
  • Muscular diseases (weak muscle movement)
  • hand paralysis
  • senior citizens who have difficulties with the motor functions of their upper limbs

The team will take this device forward to make it fully automated. 

 

Good Show by BVRIT ATL @ Anveshana 2015

Two teams namely “Smart Stick” and “Automatic Wireless Water Tank Control” won the 1st and 2nd Consolation Prizes at Anveshana 2015 and prize money of INR 5000 each.

GSS 0145 lrK. Sai Kiran (ECE-III), Y. Sanjana (CSE-II), Krishna Goud (IX Standard-Telangana Model School), Jahnavi (VIII Standard-Telangana Model School) Receiving the prize from Mr. Uno V. Nellore, Manager-Technical Support and Traning, Synopsis

 

 

 

GSS 0140 lrMohammad Anwar Khan (ECE-II), Bhanu Pratap Reddy (CIV-II), R. Parashuram Shourya (CSE-II), Ch. Swathi (EEE-II), Vijay (IX Standard-Telangana Model School), Pavitra (VIII Standard-Telangana Model School) Receiving the prize from Dr. R.S Praveen Kumar, IG of Police and Secretary, TSWREIS

 

TRULY TRADITIONAL @ BVRIT Narsapur

trad 1B.V. Raju Institute of Technology (BVRIT),  Narsapur  celebrated Traditional Day on the 7th of January, 2015. The program was organized on the occasion of  Sankranthi.  The Chief Guest for the occasion was Sri T Harish Rao garu, Minister for Major Irrigation & Rural Development. The Guests of honor include Sri Madan Reddy, MLA-Narsapur, Kotha Prabhakar Reddy, MP, Medak, Sri Murali Yadav garu, et al.  It started off with a short talk by the Chairman sir on the Telangana tradition and culture.  It was a colorful day in the campus. The girls and boys looked their best in traditional attire. Rangoli, Kite Making, Kite flying, Traditional walk, Nail art, Mehendi, Utti, Tug of War were some of the interesting events.  Students synchronised their movements to the traditional music of dandia and later enjoyed the pot breaking (Utti) event. The excitement of the day was held high by a flash mob at the end. Fun, frolic and loads of laughter filled the day in the campus. It was a refreshing and rejuvenating experience for the students. 

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Seed Funding for Two BVRIT - ATL projects @ Bio Asia Healthcare Devthon

Two of BVRIT ATL's projects - Feeding Device for the Elderly and Peak Flow Meter - have won the seed funding to commercialize the prototypes at the Bio Asia Healthcare Devthon held at Hitex, Hyderabad. Feeding Device for the Elderly initiated during Prof. Therese Willkom's Assistive Technology Workshop won the first prize, worth INR 1 Lakh. Third year BME students have done the project.

Another project consisting of mixed team Mr. Guruswamy (faculty, BVRITH) and Pratima Kumari (BVRIT Narsapur, ECE-III) have bagged the third prize at the Bio Asia Healthcare Devthon and won the seed funding of INR 40,000 to commercialize the product. Semifinals were conducted on Jan 24-25 where three of BVRIT (Narsapur and Hyderabad teams) got into the finals (out of 6 finalists). We could win two of the top three prizes in the finals held yesterday and today. The event was organized by Apollo Hospitals (Research), Kamineni Hospitals, LVPEI, Ministry of Health Telangana, BITS Hyderabad etc. These projects will be incubated at BITS Hyderabad.

Also glad that Dr. Vipin was one of the curators of the event and he informed us about the event and invited us to participate so we could send the teams. One more finalist team is consisting of Manasa (BVRITH) with the project called TAPPP - the app for patients, physicians and pharmacists which unfortunately could not be in top three.

Two day International workshop on “Science, Technology and Society”

navya 1A Two day International Workshop on “Towards Innovating Engineering for Society Curriculum” was held at B. V. Raju Institute of Technology (BVRIT), Narsapur during 21-22 November, 2014 and was convened by Prof. Laxminarsaiah, Dean Academics, BVRIT. It is a kick start initiative under “NAVYA (Narsapur Abhivruddi Vikas Yojana)” a BVRIT community outreach program. 

The workshop essentially brought a diverse set of philosophers, researchers and “social scientists” from around the world to one platform that put various thoughts into one perspective “Science, Technology & Society (STS)”. The objective of the workshop was to outline the need of shaping an engineer to be able to empathize with basic societal problems and provide a simple and tangible solution through the application of their knowledge.
The participants included the team from Maastricht University, Netherlands, patrons of Knowledge in Civil Society (KICS) and senior faculty from Sri Vishnu Educational Institutions (SVES) in Hyderabad and Bhimavaram. The chief facilitators of the workshop were Prof. Dr. IR. W.E. Bijker, Professor of Technology & Society, Maastricht University, Netherlands, Sri Ravichandran Rajagopal, Vice Chairman, SVES and Mr. Kantha Reddy, Director, Operation-India. Speakers in the workshop comprised Dr. Julia Quartz, lecturer Maastricht University Science, Technology and Society studies (MUSTS) program, Mrs. Annapurna Mamidipudi, doctorate student, MUSTS program, members of Knowledge in Civil Society including Prof. Prajit K Basu, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hyderabad, Prof. C Shambu Prasad, Professor in the Rural Management and Development and Strategic Management at the Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar, Mr. N Sreekumar, eminent member PRAYAS and Mr. Joseph, Research Associate, KICS. Dr. Guntuku Dileep Kumar, Global Leader, Knowledge Sharing and Innovation and Director, Center of Excellence in ICT Innovations for Agriculture, Dr.A.R. Phani, Managing Director, Nano-RAM Technologies, Mr. Srikanth Thirumalasetti, NPDP (New Product Development Professional) were the special invitees of the workshop.

navya 2Dr. Wiebe Bijker emphasized on understanding a social problem from the user’s perspective and building a solution around it otherwise an engineer becomes a mere technician, Dr. Julia quoted “looking through different lenses”, while empathizing with a situation or a problem. Mrs. Annapurna gave an example of the design of a beautiful bottle opener with intricate art work on it but of no use, as it was not serving the purpose of opening a bottle, indicating the importance of the involvement of the end user in designing a solution. Mr. Sreekumar spoke about capacity building of local groups to enhance the efficient usage of energy for sustainable development. Dr. Shambhu Prasad quoted his classmate from IIT Madras who showed no interest in class room learning but succeeded as a real engineer by building a rural ATM that caters to the masses hinting at following one’s passion will lead to triumph. Mr. Joseph Satish put forth the thought process of a student in different situations and the risks involved in STS.

The Workshop encompassed illustrative brainstorming sessions on how an engineering student should/can approach a social problem, risks involved in trying to solve a societal problem, open panel discussions on the outcomes of including STS as a part of the curriculum, type of pedagogy, training a teacher on STS courses and the impact that it can bring to the society.

The spirit exhibited during the workshop was extremely inspirational, thought provoking and definitely stands as a beacon to guide upcoming engineers to build a saner society. The two day workshop showcasing exemplary team effort concluded on a positive note of sketching out STS curriculum for SVES institutions and implementing it from the academic year 2015-16.