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Kharagpur/Ahmedabad: The human resource development (HRD) ministry on Monday launched the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) scheme to boost the quality of the country’s higher education through international collaboration.

The human resource development (HRD) ministry’s initiative GIAN was launched at the Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar by HRD Minister Smriti Irani and was flagged off parallelly at IIT Kharagpur in the presence of R Subrahmanyam, additional secretary for technical education in the ministry.

GIAN is not limited to only those from the IITs and national institutes, but will also be available for government institutes who not usually expect an opportunity to meet, interact and learn from international faculty,

Subrahmanyam said GIAN aims at bringing high-quality academicians to participate in delivering courses in Indian institutions.

It is interconnected with the ‘Make in India’ campaign and the IMPRINT program.

The inaugural courses are 10-day courses — ‘3D Digitization for Cultural Heritage’ at IIT Gandhinagar and ‘Orthopedic Bio-mechanics: Implants and Biomaterials’ at IIT Kharagpur.

They are among 201 courses approved to be conducted under GIAN so far from among 495 courses proposed by various higher education institutes in India.

IIT Kharagpur is the nodal institution and national coordinator for this flagship program.

Irani said the courses will have a credit-based approach.

The Orthopedic Biomechanics course will be taught by professor Nico Verdonschot from the Netherlands who is a leading international figure in the field of computer modeling of Orthopedic Biomechanics.

More than 350 academicians from 38 countries are participating in this program in 13 broad disciplines. It currently includes 68 national institutes.

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IIT devises health monitoring venture for elderly

The venture has been co-founded by Narayan Chandra Nayak from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and Chandrashekhar Sakpal, a Mumbai-based entrepreneur.

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IIT Kharagpur's venture OASIS will bring the elderly population closer to the people who are willing to help them

IIT Kharagpur has come up with a social entrepreneurial venture OASIS (Old Age Support Integrated Services) to bridge the gap between the elderly population and caregivers, a statement said on Wednesday.

OASIS is a comprehensive structure that juxtaposes an information system with health monitoring.

It aims to provide 360 degree solutions to old age health monitoring through fall sensors, heart rate sensors, infrared sensors, motion sensor, radar sensor and pressure sensor integrated to a Complete Sleep Monitoring System with Android App which can be monitored remotely.

“The two-pronged strategy is designed to address both the services as well as the product aspects. The existing players are presently catering to a single aspect thus leaving behind a vacuum on the other side,” said Aurobinda Routray, lead researcher and founder of OASIS.

“Our aim is to position OASIS in such a way so as to bridge the existing gap and touch all the aspects via a single integrated system.”

The healthcare monitoring devices are available in wearable forms like pedometer or fall sensor, in thermal sensory equipment or radar equipment or an attendance system.

“These devices will be monitoring the elderly 24×7 and send health information in real-time through a cloud information system to the caregiver or family member connected for the person under monitoring,” said Anushree Basu, a research scholar at IIT Kharagpur and co-founder of OASIS.

“It will also assess the risk factor and recommend next course of action based on collected data for each individual.”

The venture has been co-founded by Narayan Chandra Nayak from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and Chandrashekhar Sakpal, a Mumbai-based entrepreneur.

The information system would be linked with databases of hospitals as well as doctors.

For old age homes, the system would provide access to donors and stakeholders who would be linked to the individual beneficiary so that they get regular updates on the beneficiary’s health, activities and expenses.

The products are being tested in some old age homes and hospices in Varanasi. IANS

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