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New Delhi: The union cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved setting up and operationalization of six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Jammu, Kerala, and Karnataka.
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“The cabinet also gave its approval for operationalization of these IITs initially by forming of Societies under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 to give a legal status to them till the amendment for their incorporation in The Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 is enacted,” an official statement said.

Each new IIT will have an initial intake of 180 students in its first year, which would increase to 450 in the second year and to 928 (840 undergraduates, 80 post-graduates and 8 Ph.D.) in the third year of their operation,

The total cost for running these IITs is Rs.1,411.80 crore and will be incurred between 2015-16 and 2018-19.

The statement also added “The new IITs will be operated from their temporary campuses for the initial period of three years before shifting into their permanent campuses in the 4th year. Each IIT will have a sanctioned strength of faculty members, with a faculty-student ratio of 1:10,”.

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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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