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    November 17th, 2017adminRecords, All, Science & Technology, World Opinion

    Triumphed over 300 other teams from around the world

    With a new device to measure the growth of microbes as well as a novel method to purify proteins, a team of undergraduates from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) took home the gold medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition held in Boston, U.S.A. from November 9-13.

    The team triumphed over 300 others from around the world who participated in the competition, which encourages students to build genetically-engineered biological systems.

    The six-member core team from IISc. developed a new method to purify recombinant proteins — that is, a protein enclosed in a gene — by using naturally-occurring gas vesicles isolated from Halobacterial species of bacteria, which thrives in salt-rich environments. In liquids, gas vesicles help bacteria float to the surface, and using biotechnology and gene cloning, the team was able to purify protein by tagging them to these vesicles.

    Similarly, the team designed a device, Growth Curve and Optical Density Device (GCODe), to ascertain microbial growth through real-time optical density measurements that can even be read through a smartphone. The device, said IISc., is less than a fourth of the price of a commercially-available spectrophotometer.

    The team — comprising Raj Magesh, Sai Padma Priya, Kunal Helambe, Rajas Poorna, Sharath K. Menon and Rohith K.M.S. — worked on the projects for over six months. They were mentored by Dipshikha Chakravortty, Utpal Nath from Department of Microbiology & Cell Biology, and Akshay Datey from Biosystems Science & Engineering at IISc.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Staff Reporter / November 16th, 2017

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    November 12th, 2017adminEducation, Records, All, Science & Technology
    Students Dhruv Suri, Rahil Nayak and Priyanshi Somani have developed the billboard

    Students Dhruv Suri, Rahil Nayak and Priyanshi Somani have developed the billboard

    Mangaluru :

    The air quality in India is deteriorating by the day and to tackle this problem, a group of students from the Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal University, have devised a green billboard. Conceived by a budding aeronautical engineering student and his team, GreenBoard incorporates an air purifier into an ordinary billboard and purifies the air flowing through it.

    The team obtained the Intellectual Property Right for it on Thursday. Dhruv Suri and Rahil Nayak, both aeronautical engineering students, and Priyanshi Somani, a computer science engineering student developed the billboard. Dhruv said carbon is one of the most important building blocks of life. Industries, automobiles, power houses, exhaust vents — all produce carbon dioxide and increase its concentration in the air.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Mangalore News / by Kevin Mendonsa / TNN / November 12th, 2017

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    • Bengaluru has been ranked first, ahead of San Francisco, for the confidence of businesses in their ability to do digital transformations.
    • Business leaders in Bengaluru expressed the highest confidence in their digital environment based on innovation and entrepreneurship.


    Bengaluru :

    India’s Silicon Valley – Bengaluru -has been ranked first, ahead of San Francisco, for the confidence of businesses in their ability to do digital transformations based on the skills and infrastructure  available in their immediate environment.

    According to a study by The Economist Intelligence Unit, three Indian cities bagged top 4 ranks. San Francisco is ranked at No. 2, followed by Mumbai and New Delhi. Business leaders in Bengaluru expressed the highest confidence in their digital environment based on innovation and entrepreneurship, people and skills, development of new technologies, financial environment, and ICT infrastructure. In each of these categories, the city ranked No. 1.

    “Indian cities may suffer more from infrastructure deficits, pollution, poverty and other ills, but when it comes to the environment for digital transformation, their executives are remarkably optimistic. This is particularly true of Bengaluru, where business leaders express the highest levels of confidence in their digital environment than in any other city in the study,” the report authored by Denis McCauley says.


    It goes on to say: “Their compatriots in Mumbai and New Delhi are only slightly less bullish, and they are not alone in the emerging world: seven of the 10 highest confidence levels in the survey are recorded in emerging Asian cities. Among rich-world cities, only San Francisco (2nd) registers in the top five and two others (London, 9th, and Madrid, 10th) made it to top 10. By contrast, developed cities account for eight of the 10 lowest readings in the barometer, with executives in Berlin, Yokohama, Tokyo and Taipei the least confident of all.”

    The report notes that across geographies and industries, businesses are embarking on, or preparing for, a mission to put digital technology at the heart of everything they do, an exercise that has come to be known as digital transformation. It can be an enormously difficult and complex un dertaking, requiring not just the deployment of advanced technologies but also the overhauling of business processes and a large degree of cultural change.In most cases, firms’ existing internal resources will not be enough to pull transformation off, and they need to look outside their own four walls for additional support,” the report says.

    For this reason, EIU decided to check which cities provide the best environment for their businesses.The analysis in the report is based on a survey of 2,620 executives in 45 cities conducted in June and July this year.

    Almost half of surveyed executives (48%) say their firm has considered relocating operations to a city with a more favourable external environment.

    Alpesh Shah, senior partner in Boston Consulting Group India, is quoted as saying he is only slightly surprised at the bullishness that executives in Bengaluru, Mumbai and New Delhi display toward their local digital environments.

    He notes that these cities’ educational institutions consistently churn out large numbers of quality technology graduates. The report says the three cities also boast a multitude of formal and informal networks, forums and communities where digital entrepreneurs, technology managers and others come together almost daily.

    Shah, the report says, reserves particular enthusiasm for Bengaluru’s digital entrepreneurship environment. It is the “closest thing to Silicon Valley” in Asia, he is quoted as saying.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / TNN / November 09th, 2017

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    November 8th, 2017adminBusiness & Economy, Science & Technology
    Prabhu Patil, CEO of Prolim Global Corporation, addressing a gathering after being felicitated by Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hubballi on Tuesday.

    Prabhu Patil, CEO of Prolim Global Corporation, addressing a gathering after being felicitated by Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hubballi on Tuesday.

    He recalls how an article in The Hindu opened avenues for his growth

    A native of Haveri and now CEO of a global company, Prabhu Patil, plans to create job opportunities for another 100 professionals from the region in the next two years for his unit in Hubballi.

    Speaking to presspersons after a being felicitated by the Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) here on Tuesday, Mr. Pabhu Patil, who is now CEO and president of Prolim Global Corporation, said that they have hired 70 persons for his Hubballi unit and have now drawn up plans to add another 100 in two years.

    Mr. Prabhu Patil said that Hubballi had a lot of talent and they want to not only train and recruit young graduates but also guide them to become entrepreneurs.


    He said that to begin with, they would like to take engineering graduates for internship and train them and for the purpose, they want to have a tie-up with the KLE Institute of Technology in Hubballi. Prolim Global Corporation now has offices in the U.S., Canada, Bengaluru and Hubballi and it recently acquired Ally PM Solutions Inc. of North America.

    Mr. Prabhu Patil said that on the social front, they would like to adopt more children under Akshaya Patra midday meal programme and also associate with the Deshpande Foundation in taking up social initiatives.

    Earlier, narrating his life story, he recalled how an article in The Hindu took him to Coimbatore for pursuing a research with the Defence Research and Development Organsiation (DRDO) and subsequently, to the U.S. and other nations to work with various companies.

    “Now, I have started working for my organisation and also want to contribute a little bit to my region,” he said.

    KCCI president Ramesh Patil, secretary Siddeshwar Kammar and other office-bearers felicitated him.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Hubballi – November 08th, 2017

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    November 7th, 2017adminRecords, All, Science & Technology
    The awards were in recognition of MESCOM’s strides in power supply.

    The awards were in recognition of MESCOM’s strides in power supply.

    Mangalore Electricity Supply Company (MESCOM) bagged 27 awards in the recently held Power Awards 2017 organised by the State Energy Department.

    A release from MESCOM said the awards were in recognition of the company’s strides in power supply and various innovations. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Energy Minister D.K. Shivakumar presented the awards.

    MESCOM Managing Director bagged first place in minimum commercial loss and third places in effective implementation of Hosa Belaku programme, reduction in failure of transformers and uniform rating of ESCOMs conducted by the Central government.

    Kadur, Puttur and Kundapura divisions of MESCOM bagged the first three awards in effective implementation of Ganga Kalyana project in rural areas. Similarly, Udupi, Sagara and Kadur Divisions bagged three awards in rural drinking water projects.

    Kavoor, Kundapura and Udupi divisions stood in first three places in handling minimum revenue backlog in rural areas.

    While Shree Jayadeva Electrical, Udupi repair centre, was judged the best transformer repair centre, Mangaluru Division I was declared the best transformer bank. Bantwal Division was judged the best in augmenting basic infrastructure for Akrama-Sakrama programme. Thomas Gomes, Malpe branch and M. Nagesh, Kulashekara branch, were judged best linesmen.

    Customers felicitated

    As many as 10 MESCOM customers were felicitated in the solar roof top electricity project under renewable energy sector. They were M. Balakrishna Nayak, Bannanjep; Raghu Hegde, Mavinakoodlu; Chandramathi Shetty, Koni; John D’Silva, Kuntalpady, Karkala; Harishchandra, Gandhi Hospital, Udupi; Ananth Nayak, Lakshmi Textiles, Thekkatte; Veerendra Nayak, VKR Hollow Blocks, Thirthahalli; Ryako Industries, Bhadravati, and Ganapathi Hegde, Padutirupathi Petrol Pump, Sanur.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Mangaluru – November 06th, 2017

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    November 6th, 2017adminEducation, Science & Technology

    ‘The centre will bring together like-minded individuals in academic knowledge and research’

    The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) opened its campus to an Israel Centre on Sunday which is aimed at becoming a “bridge of academic collaboration” between India and Israel. The centre will be largely based on research by faculty and will also include faculty and student exchange programmes.

    The Consul General of Israel to Bengaluru, Dana Kursh, during the inauguration of the centre, said the initiative was spearheaded by the heads of IIMB and Coller School of Management. “Both our countries have a similar ecosystem in terms of business, academia supported by the government, and research. Previously, the Karnataka Israel Research and Development agreement facilitated research with state-funding from both Israel and Karnataka. For any economy, startups are very important,” she said.

    Speaking about the Israeli startup ecosystem, which is based on three factors — government, industry and academia — Ambassador of Israel to India Daniel Carmon said the collaboration will strengthen the ecosystem of both the countries. “Bengaluru is an ideal centre for startups, and this collaboration is an excellent idea. This is further highlighted by the fact that currently, a Bengaluru startup is representing India in Start Jerusalem programme back in our country. This centre will bring together like-minded individuals in academic knowledge and research.”

    G. Raghuram, Director, IIMB, said the centre will act as a hub for research, technological innovations, business strategy, government policies, and culture. “Through this centre, we will also support exchange programmes, host seminars, discussions, and nurture entrepreneurial spirit,” he said.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Staff Reporter / Bengaluru – November 06th, 2017

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    November 4th, 2017adminEducation, Records, All, Science & Technology

    Third-year computer science and engineering students of JSS Science and Technology University (Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering) have won the first prize in a hackathon titled #Hackabout 2017, conducted by Royal Philips, Bengaluru.

    The winners — Shashank R., Ashwin B.S. and Ajay B. and Amogha Subramanya D.A. — were mentored by Anil Kumar K.M.

    Philips, which provides technology for health services and has an innovation campus in Bengaluru, conducted the hackathon based on its data science platform (DSP). Participants were given an opportunity to experience the Philips DSP to create solutions to real-world problems. The two-month-long competition concluded only recently.

    #Hackabout 2017 had multiple rounds and the finale was conducted at the Philips Innovation Campus. Seventy teams, with around 300 students from colleges across India, participated.

    According to a release from the college, in round one, a problem related to semantic similarities was issued. Based on the solutions, the top 20 teams were selected for the next round. In round two, the teams were given access to the Philips DSP to propose a way to predict the length of a patient’s stay in ICU.

    Based on this round, the top 10 teams were selected. They included teams from IIT Madras and Manipal Institute of Technology. The final 10 were invited to the innovation campus for the final presentation.

    In the final round, each team made their presentation and answered questions posed by the jury and the audience. The jury comprised Srinivas Prasad, CEO of Philips Innovation Campus, Vijayananda J., senior director, Philips Healthcare, and John Huffman, business lead, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Philips.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Mysuru – October 31st, 2017

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    San Francisco :

    Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur Jyoti Bansal, an IIT-Delhi graduate who sold his company AppDynamics to Cisco for $3.7 billion earlier this year has floated a startup incubator BIG Labs which will research ideas and spin off a select few into full fledged companies. Bansal is committing $50 million to his new venture and is also setting up an R&D centre for BIG Labs in Bengaluru, he told TOI in an exclusive interaction.

    The first company to come out of BIG Labs is Harness, a delivery-as-a-service platform leveraging artificial intelligence which has received $20 million in Series A funding led by Menlo Ventures and BIG Labs. Bansal, will head the company as its CEO along with co-founder Rishi Singh, a former DevOps platform architect at Apple, who is the CTO.

    “After selling AppDynamics I could have opted to be a passive investor in companies but that didn’t appeal to me. I like to build companies. With BIG Labs, the aim is to build multiple billion dollar companies along with co-founders, what you call parallel entrepreneurship,” Bansal, 38, told TOI at the BIG Labs office situated in San Francisco’s Financial District.
    While Bansal himself pocketed about $500 million from the sale of AppDynamics, he said as many as 350 employees (out of the 1100 workforce) at his nine-year-old firm scooped up $1 million and more emphasizing the role played by ESOPs in distributing wealth. Building startups is very hard, you have to let employees reap the rewards when liquidity events happen. If you want to build a successful and sustainable company, as founders one has to make all of the employees, shareholders and draw up a mission together, he said.

    Having already invested in two Indian startups Leadsquared and Funds Tiger, Bansal said he will look to back more local founders in his personal capacity going forward, along with holding mentoring sessions with the local community there on his forthcoming India trip. As for Indian startups, Bansal said he wants to get more involved with them but has found it difficult to get the real picture of the ecosystem being in the Valley.

    “There is still a lot of noise in India. Some companies don’t seem like they are real businesses and may not have a path to getting there,” he said.

    Bansal wants to help bring about the natural convergence between India and Silicon Valley especially in B2B businesses where his expertise lie. “I would love to share my experiences on how to build a sales force. Selling products globally is a hard skill but as important, if not more, than just building a product,” Bansal said. Because of companies like Flipkart, Indian talent has been able to gain experience around product development but that’s not the case when it comes to selling products in global markets. This is where I can help along with talking about how to build your startup’s culture, which is another important issue.

    AppDynamics, which develops application performance management solutions, had raised $250 million from the likes of Lightspeed Venture Partners, Goldman Sachs, Kleiner Perkins, among others, and was slated to go public before the last minute decision to sell to Cisco was finalised. “I’m a big believer in IPOs as it brings transparency and the right business rigour despite having to produce quarterly results and targets publicly. We decided to accept Cisco’s acquisition call as it was better for all shareholders coming at a higher price compared to what the company was being valued in its IPO. This was a far better outcome for everyone including the employees,” he said.

    source: / The Times of India / News> Startups> People / by Samidha Sharma / TNN / October 25th, 2017

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    October 23rd, 2017adminEducation, Science & Technology

    Mangaluru: Alva’s Education Foundation, Moodbidri, has been working with Planet Aerospace, a group of retired ISRO scientists, to manufacture a nano satellite.

    Dattatreya, dean and senior professor (planning), department of electronics and communication, Alva’s Engineering College, told TOI that the main intention of creating the nano satellite is to find a solution to the core issues concerning the district.

    “We are mainly focussing on soil fertility and what crops could be grown here and the availability of groundwater. Usually, farmers here try to cultivate crops without knowing about the quality of the soil and other aspects and burn their hands. We are coming up with a solution to such issues through the proposed satellite. We also intend to study the Western Ghats and the amount of deforestation,” he said.

    According to Dattatreya, plans are afoot to learn about atmospheric pressure, humidity, wind direction, duration of sunshine and rainfall among others with the help of the satellite.

    Vivek Alva, trustee of the institute, said a cursory session had recently been held where experts from Planet Aerospace gave a fair idea to about 350 students from the institute on creating a satellite and the working of its various components.

    A team of 30-40 students will be formed to create the nano satellite. A few senior faculty members, too, will join these batches.

    “There are as many as 10 components such as payload, camera, power required, communication and ground handling among others, we need to work on. We will assign the programming part to select students from computer science, power system analysis to electronics students and structural aspects to mechanical engineering students among others,” Dattatreya added. The intention is also to give students hands-on experience in research as many students of late are resorting to readymade research materials, he added.

    Once the nano satellite is ready and approved by ISRO, the space organisation will provide the institute a bus for the launch, Dattatreya said.

    Rajangam, former deputy director, ISRO Satellite Centre, Bengaluru, who is now a part of Planet Aerospace, said his team will provide technical guidance to Alva’s institute throughout the process and will keep visiting the facility in Moodbidri as and when required. The project is expected to be completed in three-four years.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Mangalore News / TNN / October 16th, 2017

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    Mangaluru :

    K Byrappa, Vice-Chancellor, Mangalore University has been elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), London, UK. This is a prestigious fellowship awarded through election in recognition of academic contribution to the field of Chemistry.

    Byrappa is the first academician from Mangalore University to receive this honour from the Royal Society of Chemistry, London.

    A renowned researcher and academician, Byrappa has been honoured with many fellowships. Earlier in April, Byrappa was elected as the Fellow of the Asia Pacific Academy of Materials, in the annual meeting held in Japan. In the same meeting he was also elected as the Secretary General of Asia Pacific Academy of Materials.

    Byrappa is the first Indian to become the Secretary General of the Asia Pacific Academy of Materials.

    During January, Prime Minister honoured Byrappa with Sir C V Raman birth centenary Gold Medal in recognition of his contribution to science and technology in India. He is the second Kannadiga to get this honour after C N R Rao.

    In 2010, Byrappa was elected as a Fellow of the World Academy of Ceramics, in the biennial convention held in Italy. He was the 4th Indian to get that honour.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Mangalore News / by Jaideep Shenoy / TNN / September 28th, 2017

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