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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Due to a significant number of seats reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST) students going empty, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have decided to bring their cut-off scores down. On Friday, IITs revised the qualifying marks for ST category in the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE). This exam is conducted every year for admissions into the tech colleges.

Earlier, the aggregate marks for ST students was 177 (35%) out of 504 which has been reportedly brought down. Now, with the qualifying marks being reduced, students belonging to the ST category are required to score 124 (24.5%) out of 504 to qualify for admission to the IITs. Subsequently, the cut-off percentage for each subject has also been reduced to 7% from the earlier 10%.

In addition, the IITs have reduced the qualifying marks for all the categories. The minimum percentage of marks required for students in the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category is 6.30%, and for SC and ST candidates it is just 3.5%.

“There weren’t enough ST students who had qualified. Although we now have more ST students than seats, not everyone may take admission. They may not be happy with the IIT or the stream,” an official source told The Economic Times.

Since the time that the Joint Entrance Exam was made as a “two-tier” qualifying test, it is the first time that the cutoff score has been revised down to 30%. Also, students who attain the minimum qualifying marks in the aggregate cut-off list as well as the subject-wise cut-off will appear in the rank list.

“We have revised the marks based on the performance of all those who took the JEE (advanced),” said the organizing chairman of JEE 2015. The engineering colleges had announced a “higher cut-off” on June 3. The IITs will announce the rank list on June 25.

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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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