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India provides youngest engineering talent in the world: NXP

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In an exclusive interaction with ETAuto, Lars Reger, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology officer – NXP Automotive said, “India will be a huge R&D site for us, though we have not yet decided on manufacturing here.”

NEW DELHI: At a time when there is a lot of hue and cry over H1B visas and Indian talent eating the jobs abroad, the $10 billion Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors sees Indian engineers as the largest asset for the company when it comes to R&D and developing complex technology to support autonomous vehicle.  In an exclusive interaction with ETAuto, Lars Reger, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology officer – NXP Automotive said, “India will be a huge R&D site for us, though we have not yet decided on manufacturing here.” In total, NXP has 15 big R&D centres across the globe out of which three such centres are in India; the biggest one in Noida followed by Bangalore and Hyderabad.  Lars Reger emphasises on the fact that, for the company, the average age of engineers in India is lowest among all other centres which allow them to get the fresh talent and design new things.  “We need people who have fresh knowledge from universities as the technology is getting complex and changing rapidly,” he said. To keep the momentum going the company further plans to hire more than 100 engineers this year in India.

While Indian R&D centres are working closely with the global team, yet it has become a hub for developing complex micro controller used in autonomous and electric cars.  According to Lars Reger, “NXP India is growing at a rate of 11 percent which is much faster than the standard industry growth rate of 6-8 percent globally.” This is because the need to bring electronics for functionality is also increasing at a faster pace here. Lot of regulations like safety and emission norms, demand for infotainment and telematics are also increasing which is further triggering the growth. The company is also working very closely with tier-1 suppliers on radios and immobilizers.  With electrification and autonomous vehicles coming in, the electronic content per car is expected to grow manifold. Currently, in the developed markets like Europe and US, on an average every car has electronic content worth $400 which is expected to double to $800 per cars as the volume of electric cars grows in the next 4-5 years. India still has minimal electronic content per car compared to these nations but expected to grow fastest with changing policy in safety and emission.  The value of electronic content per car will further rise with additional $400 to $1200 of electronic content when self-driving cars become reality in the next 10 years. Thus, NXP which has developed India as its R&D hub will have a massive contribution.  However, as the technology gears up for the next leap the danger of hacking and misuse increases. In such a scenario companies like NXP has big focus towards creating safe and secure environment. “We spend one-third of the expenditure on making the chip and software hackproof,” Lars Reger said. – Courtesy

Bengaluru engineering student Antony Jenitter develops an intelligent watering system for urban gardeners

Economic Times | Technology | |

Antony Jenitter has sold 27 indoor gardening devices which are priced Rs 299 and is working with prospective clients such as SAP Labs for the outdoor solution.

Many Bengalureans have been witness to those glory days when they could endlessly water their gardens and still have water left to wash their porches and cars.  Some still continue to spend huge volumes of water on their greenery at a time when water is a scarce commodity. Now, an engineering student has come up with an innovation that allows the garden city to hold onto its gardens but water it sustainably.  Antony Jenitter a sixth semester student of telecommunication engineering at CMR Institute of Technology, has built the system keeping farmers in mind but quickly adapted it to cater to urban needs, sensing an opportunity.  “Many people and places in the city are interested in or have greenery. However, they end up wasting a lot of water trying to maintain it,“ Jennitter said, giving the example of his college which has limited or no water supply on two days of the week and yet does not fail to generously water its plants with a hose on days there is water supply.
Several soil-moisture and temperature sensors are placed at predefined spots and are connected to a controller. A tablet, in which green patches of the campus are mapped, uses the sensor data to graphically display the water levels. Connected to this are sprinklers which automatically turn on and off based on moisture requirements.  The system is customised to water with precision. “For instance, if there is a circular patch of greenery, the sprinkler will be modified to water only in that radius. This way, not an extra drop of water is wasted,“ Jenitter said.  Another problem he found was that individuals who grow plants on their balconies or indoors often let them dry when they travel or forget to water. To address this, he has built a compact indoor garden watering device which is the size of an average smartphone. “When attached to a pot, the device will ensure that it is watered optimally ,“ he said.

After his idea was incubated at CMRIT, Jenitter decided to commercialise it. He registered it as the proprietor under the name Irrrigatronics in January this year. He has since sold 27 indoor gardening devices which are priced Rs 299 and is working with prospective clients such as SAP Labs for the outdoor solution, which is priced based on the area and other requirements.  Professor Kalaga Madhav, of the Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering at CMRIT, said Jenitter’s system has also helped the college optimise its water usage in the gardens.  “When you ask a gardener to use less water, it means nothing to him. However, a machine actually ensures you are neither over-watering nor underwatering,“ he said.  CMR Group of Institutions chairman and Rajya Sabha member KC Ramamurthy said that with the current unpredictable weather conditions, and failing monsoons, such innovations are crucial. “The government must take notice of such small-level frugal innovations and develop them to implement on a large-scale.“ –  Courtesy

Stroke of luck turns Pune engineering student Shraddha Mengshette into a crorepati

The Times of India | Kardhra Nair | TNN |  Apr 21, 2017  |  Stroke of luck turns Pune engineering student into a crorepati  |

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi feliciated 20 year-old Shradha Mengshette

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi feliciated 20 year-old Shradha Mengshette

PUNE: In January, when Shraddha Mengshette was browsing the Internet for smartphones, she was acutely aware that her father wasn’t keen on the purchase. Even so, she bought the device on a monthly EMI of Rs1,590. A few days later, the same transaction brought a windfall of Rs1 crore for the 20-year-old when she was chosen as the first prize winner of Niti Aayog’s Lucky Grahak Yojana.  On April 14, PM Narendra Modi handed the prize to Shraddha at a function held in Nagpur.  The big win has turned Shraddha into a celebrity of sorts at AISSMS College of Engineering, Pune, where she is a student, as well as at her hometown in Latur. “I have been invited to many felicitation functions. Even so, the win is yet to sink in,” she said.

For now, Shraddha’s parents, homemaker Meera and grocery store-owner Mohan, have deposited the amount in their savings account.  While the youngster may still be struck by the win, she clearly recalls how much she had to convince her parents to let her make the purchase. “I wanted to get a smartphone. The moment I told my parents, they said no but, after several conversations that see-sawed between scolding and pleading, they agreed,” Shraddha smiled.  The total cost of the smartphone was Rs7500. “It was a big amount for us and my father asked me to get another phone but I went online and bought it on EMI,” she shared.  On April 11, the Central Bank manager reached the Mengshette’s residence to inform the family about the win. “He also told us that the PM would give us the prize money. Even then, we were not told about the amount until we were in the bus to Nagpur,” Shraddha recalled.  The prize money, however, hasn’t helped Shraddha get away from her parents’ chiding. “They still think the smartphone is a nuisance and keep reminding me that I should concentrate on studying,” she said. – Courtesy

NIT Jamshedpur students develop solar powered hybrid vehicle, win accolades

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Jamshedpur : Budding technocrats of the Adityapur-based NIT Jamshedpur have developed a solar powered hybrid vehicle that has won accolades at a recent national level competition. Team Revanta, a 25-member team from NIT Jamshedpur in Adityapur won four awards and was been ranked in the top five institutes across the country at the Imperial Society for Innovative Engineers (ISIE) organised Electric Solar Vehicle Championship. The event held between March 28 and April 2 was hosted by Vishnu College of Engineering at Bhimawaram, Andhra Pradesh. According to information, Team Revanta won the Light weight Award, runners up award for endurance and also received the green mobility award and an appreciation award for E’lan–the electric and solar driven hybrid car. The team also won Rs 20,000 as a cash reward. Each team had to design and manufacture a single seated solar racing car under ISIE Design Restriction so as to compete with other teams all over the country. This helps the students to face real-world engineering design projects and other related challenges.

‘ELAN’-is the name of the car they built. It stands for energy, style, and enthusiasm, the perfect name for the perfect car. The whole build took up to three months and cost a total of 1.5 lakh INR. Building an electric car is no walk in the park, months of dedication and hard work had to be put in.  The main focus of the team was to make the car as light as possible, they used materials that were light but strong at the same time. Getting the parts delivered was another herculean task, the motors were ordered from Mumbai, the solar panels from China, the pipes from Kolkata and only high-quality parts was used for the build of Elan.  The team members that contributed to this effort are Gaurav Kumar Singh,Vikrant Amrit,Indrajeet Kumar,Roshan Ramkrishnan,Sourabh Kumar,Ankesh Gupta,Aman Gupta from 3rd years n selective 10 students from 2nd year. NIT spokesperson, Deepak Chourasia said that each team has to design and manufacture a single seated solar racing car under the ISIE design restriction so as to compete with other teams all over the country.  These events and competitions help students to face real-world engineering design projects and other related challenges. –  Courtesy  / Read More…   https://imperialsociety.in/

IIT-Delhi engineer Ashish Kumar developing hybrid regional plane in US

The Times of India | Saurabh Sinha | TNN | Apr 6, 2017  |

Zunum Aero, backed by Boeing and JetBlue Technology Ventures, is developing hybrid-electric aircraft for fast and affordable travel up to 1,000 miles (Photo: Business Wire)

Zunum Aero, backed by Boeing and JetBlue Technology Ventures, is developing hybrid-electric aircraft for fast and affordable travel up to 1,000 miles (Photo: Business Wire)

NEW DELHI: A mechanical engineer from IIT Delhi is on his way to develop hybrid planes in the US and hopes to sell the same in India for about 1,100-km-long regional flights by early 2020s. Ashish Kumar, CEO and founder of Kirkland (Washington)-based Zunum Aero, is developing regional hybrid-electric aircraft whose range will go up to 1,600 km by 2030.  “Boeing and JetBlue (via JetBlue Technology Ventures subsidiary) are backing us. We will first come out with a sub-20 seater hybrid aircraft. We hope to have the first prototype flying in two years and begin commercial production in early 2020s,” Kumar, a PhD in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Cornell University, told TOI.

“Our planes will be way cheaper for airlines to operate. They will not go as high as commercial aircraft due to the distances they will be covering. While they will be slower than other planes, their ability to land at airstrips closer to final destination will significantly reduce door-to-door time for flyers,” said Kumar.  Founded in 2013, Zunum Aero is building a family of commercial hybrid-to-electric aircraft designed for regional transit, and powered by quiet range-optimized powertrain and propulsion technologies. The company’s vision is to develop 1,000-mile electric air networks to bring fast and affordable travel to every community.  “The shift of the industry to large aircraft and long ranges driven by gas turbines has concentrated almost all air traffic to just one percent of our airports, creating a massive transport gap over regional distances where there is no high-speed alternative. Hybrid propulsion is an industry-changing solution, enabling mid-sized aircraft on regional routes to have better cost efficiencies than airliners,” he said.  The hybrid planes, Zunum claims, will have 80% lower emissions. The low operating cost of these planes, Kumar says, will allow airlines to offer cheap fares. “We are looking at India in a big way,” he said.  –  Courtesy   /    Read more…    /    http://zunum.aero/

CISCO and RV College of Engineering launch Centre of Excellence in IoT

IT VOIR.COM |  By ITvoir News Desk  |   04

Global networking giant Cisco and RV College of Engineering (RVCE) on Monday announced the launch of a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Internet of Things (IoT) for digital skills and training.  The centre is located at the RVCE campus in Bengaluru. “With the Centre of Excellence here, we are giving students and working professionals across the state access to the skills and training to help them create startups and build successful technology careers,” said Gopalratnam SVP-IT and CIO-International, Cisco.

In the next five years, the centre aims to provide a specialized program that would prepare up to 10,000 students from 50 colleges across Karnataka to develop their careers in the digital world.  “We are honoured to work with Cisco in establishing the Centre of Excellence in Internet of Things. The Centre will shape the careers of thousands of students through our stellar faculty, specialised curriculum and quality infrastructure,” added RVCE Principal K.N. Subramanya. The specialized program will also include live and video-based learning .Apart from this it would also encapsulate the application of technologies to real issues in collaboration with local industry and government bodies. –  Courtesy

Top 25 engineering colleges in India : NIRF ranking 2017

The Indian Express | April 3, 2017  |

Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday announced the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) rankings for the top universities in India. Among the engineering institutions, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras has bagged the top position.  IIT Madras took the top position among engineering institutes even in the 2016 NIRF ranking. Among the top 10 this year, there are eight IITs including IIT Bombay, Kharagpur, Delhi and Roorkee. The other non-IIT institutes among the top 10 are Anna University, Chennai and Jadavpur University Kolkata.

Top 25 Engineering institutes  –    https://www.nirfindia.org/EngineeringRanking.html

1. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
2. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
3. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
4. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
5. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
6. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
7. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
8. Anna University, Chennai
9. Jadavpur University, Kolkata
10. Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
11. National Institute of Technology, Titruchirapalli
12. National Insititute of Technology, Rourkela
13. Vellore Institute of Technology
14. Institute of Chemical Technology
15. Indian Institute of Technology, Indore
16. Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
17. Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur
18. Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneshwar
19. Indian Institute of Technology, Patna
20. Jamia Millia Islamia
21. Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar
22. National Insititute of Technology, Surathkal
23. Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines)
24. College of Engineering, Pune
25. Shanmugha Arts Science and Technology and Research Academy –   Courtesy

Now, Mumbai University students and alumni can store documents in e-lockers

The Times of India | TNN |  Apr 2, 2017 |

MUMBAI: The University of Mumbai has thrown open its digital locker facility for students and alumni after a year-long pilot project. The first alumni digital locker was created for the university’s old boy Mukesh Ambani. The locker holds documents safe and in digital format, relinquishing the need for physical papers.  The Digital Locker system, developed by an IIT, Madras-incubated company, was handed over to the university as part of the R&D and technology transfer plan for powering universities to go digital.   The technology will support requirements of the government’s digital locker programme, academic repository, embassy/foreign qualification recognition plans and private digital locker service providers, said vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh. Using the digital locker facility, students and alumni can send digital credentials for job applications or higher studies requirements. The facility will also comply with the UGC’s new requirements of adding Aadhaar number, photographs and other details of the student on certificates and marksheets.

As part of the programme, verification of degrees, marksheets and other documents will go digital. The online process aims to reduce processing time by more than 80%, added Deshmukh. The university’s verification staff has been provided with a secure and dedicated login ID. Higher officials will review reports of turnaround time, cases of fake degrees and long pending cases.  Details of fake degrees detected will be uploaded on the university’s website automatically as required by the state information commissioner, said a university official. The programme is in line with the government’s efforts to set up a National Academic Repository and Digital Locker Service. The university is taking up key initiatives to turn itself into a centre of excellence with a focus on digital initiatives, added Deshmukh. –  Courtesy

Ericsson partners IIT Delhi for 5G technology in India

Economic Times | By PTI |  Mar 30, 2017  |

Representational Image – Courtesy:Dataquest

NEW DELHI: Telecom gear maker Ericsson has signed an agreement with IIT Delhi to jointly work on a programme for 5G technology development in India.  “Ericsson and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly roll out a ‘5G for India’ programme,” Ericsson said in a statement.  Under the agreement, Ericsson will set up a Centre of Excellence with a 5G test bed and incubation centre at IIT Delhi and use this facility to drive the development of the country’s 5G ecosystem.  The first series of tests under this programme are due to begin in the second half of 2017 and will place India on par with other developed countries in terms of 5G network and application deployment. Globally, limited deployment and 5G trials are expected to start by mid-2018 while commercial availability is slated for 2020.

“The 5G for India programme is a major step towards understanding the power of 5G technology and how it can help aid Digital India initiatives, including the development of smart cities. The programme will focus on delivering research, innovation and industrial pilots that use next-generation 5G networks as an enabler,” Ericsson’s Head of Region India Paolo Colella said.  This programme has been conceptualised to fast-track realisation of Digital India initiatives and aid application development for Indian start-ups and industries, the statement said. In addition to hosting the Center of Excellence, IIT Delhi will conduct research and development to explore how some of the country’s challenges can be addressed with mobile technologies, it added.  “IIT Delhi has been committed to developing the latest technologies in close collaboration with industry. We are glad to be hosting the Ericsson Centre of Excellence and Incubation Centre, providing a big leap forward for 5G technologies ecosystem development in the country,” IIT Delhi Director Ramgopal Rao said. –  Courtesy

Social changes brought girls in engineering: Sudha Murthy

The Financial Express | PTI | Kolkata |  March 25, 2017 | Opinion |

Philanthropist and author Sudha Murthy today wondered how social changes in the past 50 years has brought a large number of women in engineering and other fields.

Philanthropist and author Sudha Murthy today wondered how social changes in the past 50 years has brought a large number of women in engineering and other fields. At present, 35-40 per cent of IT sector employees are women while she had been the only girl student doing Electrical Engineering in Karnataka decades ago. “There have been lot of social changes in engineering sector as well as in other fields including IT since my day as the only engineering student in university,” Murthy, chairperson of the Infosys Foundation, told PTI.  “And now when I visited the same place after over five decades, what a change it was! 75 cent girls in instrumentation, 75 per cent in electronics, almost 70 per cent in computer science,” she said after being conferred the ICC Lifetime Achievement Award here. Recalling her days in the university, she said there was not a single girls’ toilet in the institution and when she had approached the authorities on this, they refused to build the facility on the ground that there was no guarantee a woman would pursue her studies in engineering stream.

Philanthropist and author Sudha Murthy today wondered how social changes in the past 50 years has brought a large number of women in engineering and other fields. At present, 35-40 per cent of IT sector employees are women while she had been the only girl student doing Electrical Engineering in Karnataka decades ago. “There have been lot of social changes in engineering sector as well as in other fields including IT since my day as the only engineering student in university,” Murthy, chairperson of the Infosys Foundation, told PTI.  “And now when I visited the same place after over five decades, what a change it was! 75 cent girls in instrumentation, 75 per cent in electronics, almost 70 per cent in computer science,” she said after being conferred the ICC Lifetime Achievement Award here. Recalling her days in the university, she said there was not a single girls’ toilet in the institution and when she had approached the authorities on this, they refused to build the facility on the ground that there was no guarantee a woman would pursue her studies in engineering stream. “Today’s women are more assertive, have lot more economic power and more vocal,” she said. “When I had opted for engineering, I was told by my family that no man will marry you if you go for the stream. Now can anyone say that?,” she asked.  Murthy, whose Infosys Foundation is involved in philanthropic work, said her dream remained to provide three-time meal to every child in rural area, four dresses and help to study and pursue vocation. She said that the Infosys Foundation has set up 14,000 toilets in South India and set target for 60,000 libraries. To a question about her icon in life, Murthy, the wife of Infosys co-founder N R Narayanmurthy, said, “I never believed in icons. I always believed (that) correcting yourself is most important.” The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) said it was a great privilege to bestow lifetime honour on Murthy whose Infosys Foundation has made India proud at home and abroad. –  Courtesy