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    Six years spent toiling in laboratories and classrooms can make the best of friends out of anyone, and this was evident as 250 proud doctors received their degrees on the graduation day of batch 2011 of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, which was held at Koramangala Indoor Stadium here on Thursday.

    The students had written one liners to describe each of their batchmates, which were read out as they walked up to the dais to receive their degrees. “None of us knew what the others had written for us until we heard it announced,” said Dr. Prerna, a graduating student.

    Minister for Medical Education Sharanprakash Patil, who was the chief guest, declared the graduation day open. Guests of honour Vijaya Laxmi Deshmane, president of Karnataka Cancer Society and C.N. Manjunath, director of Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research; advised the students on how to carry forward the lessons learnt in the classroom. Dr. Manjunath urged students to treat their patients with compassion irrespective of the circumstances. “One should have tremendous patience when dealing with patients and should allow them to express their problems and symptoms freely,” he told the graduating students.

    Dr. Vijaya Lakshmi said that just having a degree did not make someone a doctor, “you have to earn respect through your work.” Balaji Pai, special officer, Trauma and Emergency Care Centre, BMCRI, urged students to work with passion and to keep a work-life balance. “In medicine, you never cease to learn. Always be a student,” he said.

    Topper Divya C. Ragate, who also came second in her university, comes from a family of doctors – her father, brother and sister-in-law are all doctors and her younger brother is also studying MBBS at BMRCI. The Bidar lass said she was keen to pursue her MD in Neurology at NIMHANS. “I find neurology fascinating. People say it is a difficult subject, I want to see what’s difficult in it,” she said with a grin. Dr. Ragate topped in several courses and her family members who had come down from Bidar beamed as she received one accolade after the other.

    Javagal Amith Thejas, Chirag Jain, Devamsh G N, Priyanka KP, Prashanth V, Megha P., and Kavyashree K won awards for topping individual courses.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Staff Reporter – Cynthia Anand  / March 16th, 2017

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    Bengaluru :

    When Leo Mavely was in college, he saw a man bleeding profusely after a bike accident. People rushed in to help but there was no way to stem the loss of blood immediately.

    This left a lasting impression on his mind and led him to invent a product, Axiostat – the smart band, which is a hemostatic. Today, the band is being used by the general public and the Indian Armed Forces and the paramilitary. In 2014, the Axiostat band was used in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

    Its website features varied testimonials on its use — from dentists for tooth extraction and senior cardiologists for stopping arterial bleeding to a medical officers with Border Security Force for treating victims of IED blasts and gunshot wounds.
    Axiostat is a sponge-like biomaterial dressing that stops moderate to severe bleeding within minutes. This product is manufactured by the Bengaluru-based startup Axio Biosolutions, which is Leo’s brainchild and was established in 2008.
    The band is made using chitosan, a natural biomaterial. Biomaterials are engineered substances that interact with human systems to achieve a medical end. Chitosan, which is extracted from shellfish, is highly purified and processed to make this device.
    The band carries positively charged components, which when comes in contact with the negatively charged blood cells, form a binding seal.
    “The moment Axiostat is applied to an open wound, it reacts with the blood and becomes a very sticky substance that clots blood and stops the bleeding,” says Leo. “The band can be left on the wound for 48 hours. Once the patient has been taken to the Hospital and given medical attention, Axiotat can be removed by applying water on it. It absorbs the water to become a gel-like substance that can be peeled off.”
    Hospitals that use the band include Fortis, AIIMS, Manipal, Breach Candy and Columbia Asia.
    The smart band received European Union – CE approval in 2013 and Axiostat Biosolutions was named the best emerging startup by BioAsia in 2016. Axiostat, which opened in India, is now also in Middle East, Africa and Europe.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bengaluru / by Brinda Das / Express News Service / March 02nd, 2017

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    Mowgli’s jungle, where his friends and enemies walked and prowled, was largely created on a few computer screens in Bengaluru.

    Mowgli’s jungle, where his friends and enemies walked and prowled, was largely created on a few computer screens in Bengaluru.

    It was on a few computer screens in Bengaluru that a blue screen at Hollywood was transformed into a rich canvas of dense forests that hosted the tense drama of Disney’s The Jungle Book.

    A significant part of the film, which took home the award for Best Visual Effects during the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night, was done in Bengaluru, where nearly 300 engineers — out of nearly 800 spread across LA and London — built and provided the finishing touches to a jungle world where Mowgli, his friends and enemies walked and prowled.

    “The film was extremely challenging and would be a huge benchmark for visual effects. We had childhood attachments too, for ‘Jungle Book’ is an Indian story. We always hope for the best, but an Oscar is the icing on the cake,” says Amit Sharma, head of compositing at MPC Studio Bengaluru, which was the lead VFX studio for the film.

    The mandate given to them was to render a photo-real world, where 224 unique animals would be “captured in their surroundings” as if they were roped in for the film.

    Two teams scoured through six forests of south and central India, through three seasons, covering nearly 18,000 km. The result was 20 TB of information and four lakh photographs rendering a landscape, from the rocks to the waterfalls, ferns to pebbles.

    “The ‘man-village’ inspiration came from rural Rajasthan, the wolf caves from Badami caves, Banyan trees from Goa, and elephants from those seen at Periyar… these were the references, but everything was created from scratch,” said Mr. Sharma.

    From LA to Bengaluru

    From Los Angeles, the Oscar statue is expected to come straight to Bengaluru, where the engineers will be given a chance to party with it, said Biren Ghose, executive director of MPC Bengaluru. Engineers in the city had previously played a role in the Oscar-winning Life of Pi in 2012, apart from rendering the graphics for at least six other films nominated for the Academy Awards over the years.

    “The complexity, technology and technique used was far beyond Life of Pi because of the scale we were looking at — an entire world that was a crossover of animation and visual effects. All of which was created to an extent that the line between reality and computer-generated characters became blurred… at one point, even Mowgli was computer-generated, and the audience did not know it,” said Mr. Ghose.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Staff Reporter / Bengaluru – February 28th, 2017

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    February 27th, 2017adminEducation, Science & Technology, Sports
    Students of RV College of Engineering with their car

    Students of RV College of Engineering with their car

    Bengaluru :

    The RV College of Engineering’s student racing team, Ashwa Racing will unveil two cars – one hybrid and another combustion-based that have been developed and designed by its students, today. The team will also be participating at two international student competitions in USA and Italy to be held in a few months.

    The combustion vehicle will take part in the ‘Formula SAE Italy’ that will take place in July that will see participation from around 80 teams from across the world. The hybrid vehicle will take part at the ‘Formula Hybrid’  competition to take place in May. Both the events have been organised by the Society of Automotive Engineers or SAE.

    Dr Ravi Kulkarni, professor and mentor of the student team say that there have been a few tweaks and changes this year in the vehicles. For example in the combustion car they have reduced the weight by as much as 40 kgs compared to previous vehicle. There are also very improvements in the combustion vehicle. “We have been taking part in these competitions for quite now and I can tell you that we do pretty well. For example in the Hybrid category we came fourth last year. This year we want to finish in the top three.”

    Kulkarni further says that the team has been improving over the years. “People think that these are primarily racing events however more then racing these test the engineering capabilities of a team. The races test parameters such a drivability and maneuverability, endurance and other factors.”

    Rounak Maru, a fourth year instrumentation student and a team member highlighted that there are as many as 110 students from across all years and various branches who are part of the team.

    He also highlighted that for the combustion based vehicle, a few teams from India may also be participating. “For the hybrid event however our team is probably the only one from the country,” he adds
    Rounak Maru, a fourth year instrumentation student and a team member highlighted that there are as many as 110 students from across all years and various branches who are part of the team. He also highlighted that for the combustion based vehicle, a few teams from India may also be participating.

    “For the hybrid event however our team is probably the only one from the country,” he adds.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bengaluru / by Express News Service / February 25th, 2017

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    February 26th, 2017adminAmazing Feats, Records, All, Science & Technology

    Belagavi :

    Safe drinking water is a mirage for most people in the country. While some urban areas may still have access to potable water, it’s not so in the hinterlands. Despite scientists trying to develop new technologies to provide clean water, they are yet to reach rural areas.

    But an engineering student has designed and developed a cost-effective, eco-friendly solution to make safe drinking water available to everyone.

    Niranjan Karagi, a final-year student of Angadi Institute of Technology and Management in Belagavi, has come up with a portable water purifier called ‘Nirnal’ that costs just Rs 20.

    Ask him how he came up with the idea and the 22-year-old explains, “There is a playground near my house where schoolchildren play daily. I often see them filling up their empty plastic bottles with dirty water from a tank nearby. The sight of children drinking unclean water motivated me to design the purifier.”

    He added, “After a few days of working on the product, I filtered some water and sent the sample to the Chief Food Divisional Office in Bengaluru and the results were good.”

    And then, there was no looking back for the young engineer. He decided to take the project to the next level and approached Leaders Accelerating Development (LEAD) programme of Deshpande Foundation in Hubballi and Sandbox Startup. Both the organisations partially funded the project and guided Niranjan on developing the filter unit. In July 2016, the product was launched.

    “As of now I have sold more than 8,000 units to schoolchildren, farmers and daily wage labourers,” says Niranjan. He also supplied the units to Army commandos who came for training at the base camp in Belagavi in January.

    He has also received bulk orders from countries in Africa, and Qatar. At present, he is working on a prototype of the purifier that can be fit into a bottle of any dimension, not just pet bottles. The newly-designed product will be launched in March.

    “It is in the final stages of completion. I am also planning to tie up with the Karnataka government so that I can reach more children across the state and distribute the purifier free of cost,” he says.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Karnataka / by Payal Gangishetty / Express News Service / February 19th, 2017

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    February 26th, 2017adminRecords, All, Science & Technology

    Udupi :

    This is no run-of-the-mill ordinary oven. It is an eco-friendly oven that saves up to 60 percent of gas, and what’s more, it can help restaurants and hotels save lacs of rupees.

    Vijay Kumar Hegde, director of Susi Global Research is the inventor of this energy saving oven. Normally, when the flame touches the utensil, 35 to 40% of energy is used and the rest goes out in the air as waste. This oven, however, converts the wasted flame into steam out of which food items like rice, sambar, idli etc and non-veg can be prepared at no extra cost.

    Speaking about the oven, Hegde says, “There are 25 to 30 lac hotels operating in the country. If only 7.5 lac hotels use this oven, they can easily save at least Rs 600 per day. And if the whole nation uses this, we would save of Rs 16,000 crore per day.”

    Rajya Sabha member Oscar Fernandes launched this unique oven and observed its functioning.

    Oscar wished Vijay Hegde on the occasion and said that people would support his project because the country will gain by this invention.

    “It is very difficult getting patent for an innovative product. If he succeeds in proving his invention, he will definitely get patent right. Not may are doing research on energy saving methods and subjects.

    “If Vijay demonstrates his project successfully, the parliament will recognize his work and government will provide support. There is surplus energy, but it is not permanent. Wave energy is an unlimited source so we should make use of it.

    “I am working on fuel saving methods myself. When time comes for joining hands, I will work with Hegde,” Oscar said.

    The advantages of the oven are many. The use of this oven will maximize the utility of fuel by 60%. It reduces carbon emission by 60% and power consumed by chimney can be cut down. It is kitchen-friendly and hygienic as well.

    The oven costs about Rs 75,000. Hegde has already installed this oven in hotels at Kota wedding hall and Manipal. He has been receiving good response from his clients.

    Vijay Kumar Hegde is the patent holder of tidal power generator unit in Udupi.

    Hegde says, “I have spent crores of rupees on my research. But I did not get any support from the government for this project. Without the support of government, it would be difficult to complete my dream projects.”

    His next projects are battery-powered automobile with self-charging feature, battery-powered self-charging system for railway, tidal drive in cooler for fish transport in vehicles, sky jet bus, folding car and many others using renewable energy sources.

    Narayan Shanbhag, retired principal, Canara College helped Hegde in this project.

    Gurme Suresh Shetty, Baikady Suprasad Shetty, Mattar Ratnakar Shetty, Sudhakar Shetty, Nagesh Hegde and others were present.

    source: / / Home> Top Stories / Sunday – February 19th, 2017

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    February 26th, 2017adminAmazing Feats, Records, All, Science & Technology
    The heart of a 45-year-old woman in Apollo Hospital, Bannerghatta Road was flown into MS Ramaiah Narayana Heart Centre

    The heart of a 45-year-old woman in Apollo Hospital, Bannerghatta Road was flown into MS Ramaiah Narayana Heart Centre


    • An air ambulance was used for the first time in Bengaluru for an intra-city organ transplant.
    • The heart of a 45-year-old woman in Apollo Hospital was flown into MS Ramaiah Narayana Heart Centre in Mattikere in just seven minutes
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    Bengaluru :

    An air ambulance was used for the first time in Bengaluru for an intra-city organ transplant on Thursday. The heart of a 45-year-old woman in Apollo Hospital on Bannerghatta Road , was flown into MS Ramaiah Narayana Heart Centre in Mattikere in just seven minutes. Even with a green corridor, transporting the heart by road would have taken at least 30 minutes.

    The recipient of the heart was a 51-year-old woman patient from Andhra Pradesh, in the city for treatment. Doctors advised the heart transplant for her as a last resort.

    The donor, a native of Ramanagara district, had been on ventilator at another private hospital since February 19, before she was admitted to Apollo on Wednesday. After doctors at Apollo declared her brain dead on Thursday, her husband and her son, agreed to donate her organs.

    While the other organs – kidney, liver, pancreas and cornea – were donated to patients at Apollo Hospitals, it was only the heart that was given to a recipient at another healthcare institute.

    “Normally, when the transplant is done within an hour of harvesting the organ, the outcome is expected to be better,” said Dr Nagamalesh UM, senior cardiologist, MS Ramaiah Narayana Health Centre.

    “I think this is the first time an organ has been airlifted and transported from one hospital to another in the same city,” said Captain Arun Sharma, managing director, Aviators Air Rescue, which provided the helicopter for the transport. A source from Aviators Air Rescue said that the cost of transporting the organ within the city came up to around Rs 85,000.

    The company has deployed three helicopters for the southern region, which have flown more than 150 hours till date.

    Patient transferred from Hubballi to Bengaluru in 100 minutes

    Sumit (name changed), 51, suddenly collapsed when he was at a function in Hubballi on Tuesday, and was rushed to a hospital. Diagnosed with triple coronary artery blockage, the cardiologist recommended that he be operated on immediately. A resident of Bengaluru, Sumit’s family was keen to have the operation in the city.

    To avoid further delays, the family decided to shift him using an Air Ambulance to the Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Bengaluru. The Aviators Air Rescue Ambulance team, which comprised a doctor and paramedic from Apollo Hospital, managed to move him from Hubballi to Bengaluru in 1 hour and 40 minutes.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / by Niharika Alva / TNN / February 24th, 2017

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    Bengaluru :

    Staqu is a brainchild of all tech-oriented co-founders. Since the beginning, we had all been super excited about Artificial Intelligence and the unique capabilities it possesses to solve the present-day conundrums. We had believed that the ground-breaking technology would be able to sell itself. Six months into the business, when we had hardly closed any sale, we realised it was time for some introspection and policy overhauls.

    Instead of trying to sell the technology now, we disrupted that tunnelled vision of our own and started creating products instead, which explored the different facets of AI. The same led to the creation of our VGREP API, an AI empowered solution OEMs and e-commerce players could utilise to deliver a more intuitive and smart search experience to their users. Our first key collaboration with an OEM brand followed right after and that alone was the sign we needed to know we were on the right path.

    These days, while unveiling the new features of this potent technology, we try to wrap it around a product and promote that solution, instead of the technology.

    Atul Rai

    Atul Rai

    (The author is the CEO and co-founder of  Staqu, an Artificial Intelligence startup that allows users to search something by uploading its images)

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bengaluru / by Atul Rai / Express News Service / February 23rd, 2017

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    Rural entrepreneur Keshava A. runs a factory in Puttur taluk of Dakshina Kannada that employs 50 people.

    Rural entrepreneur Keshava A. runs a factory in Puttur taluk of Dakshina Kannada that employs 50 people.

    Keshava, who is visually challenged, has sold one lakh ladders

    Keshava A., 41, is popular as ‘ladder man’ in rural areas of Dakshina Kannada district. Lightweight foldable aluminium ladders designed by him help even women and children climb the tall areca palms or harvest pepper from climbers on tall trees. Not many know that he is visually challenged.

    Mr. Keshava was the star attraction for scientists from different parts of the country at the ongoing Agricultural Science Congress here, where he has set up a stall.

    “I dropped out of college while doing PU as my vision was affected owing to glaucoma. Now, 90 per cent of my vision is affected and I cannot see anything clearly even if it is very near to me,” said Mr. Keshava.

    Pursuing his dream

    The vision problem, however, did not come in his way of pursuing his dream of helping farmers climb tall areca palms. “As a person from the farming family, I was witness to the problems of farmers because of lack of skilled labourers who can climb areca trees. Hence I designed a lightweight ladder which can not only stretch for 40 to 50 feet, but also have a firm grip on the ground,” he said. He has so far sold over one lakh ladders.

    About his vision problem, he said, “When I started my enterprise, I was able to see the objects if they were very close to me, but my vision deteriorated in the course of time. It is not an obstacle as I have continued to innovate and also improvised the ladder models.”

    He has a full-fledged factory in Puttur taluk of Dakshina Kannada which manufactures a range of farm equipment, including ladders, mango/coconut harvesters, sprayer extensions, and arecanut huskers. He has employed 50 people and registers a turnover of about ₹3 crore a year. “According to me, disability is actually a psychological issue and not a physical barrier,” said Mr. Keshava. He is now trying to motivate his 10-year-old son who too is affected by vision problem.

    The head of the Agricultural Engineering Department of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru, said, “He is the real hero as he has been successfully operating his enterprise despite being visually challenged.”

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by B S Satish Kumar / February 23rd, 2017

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    Bengaluru :

    Bengaluru has emerged as the biotech startup capital of India -it’s home to 190 ventures out of the 1,022 set up in the past five years, according to a study by the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE).

    The National Capital Region (NCR) comes second with 164, followed by Mumbai and Hyderabad with 163 and 160, respectively. The study finds that $2.6 billion of private equity investments went into these companies, with $851 million coming in 2015 -the highest in a year so far. The segment also received government grants and funds from HNIs.

    “This is good news and we are aiming to double this number with the ABLE Startups 2020 initiative to take the count to 2020 companies by the year 2020 and $5 bil lion of investments,” ABLE president PM Murali said.The study observed that 3,000 new entrepreneurs emerged between 2012 and 2016 in the biotech sector and at least a third of them were women. The bio-pharma sec tor continues to dominate the indus try, accounting for 57% share of the companies formed, followed by bioresearch (16%), bio-agri (10%), and bio-industrial (9%). Of the total, about 40% of the companies were involved in manufacture of products and ingredients, and 16% were into research and experimental development.

    The study observed that the government’s startup policy, funds allocated for the sector, and presence of bio-incubators such as C-Camp and Bangalore Bioinnovation Centre were helping the sector to grow.

    Of the 1,022 new startups, 104 were formed in 2016, 367 during 2014 and 2015. Another 551 companies were established between 2012 and 2014.

    Biocon chairman and MD, Kiran MazumdarShaw, also ABLE honorary chairman, said ABLE is initiating a mentoring cell of senior industry leaders to guide the next generation of biotech entrepreneurs.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / TNN / February 2017

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