11, Jan 2024
IIT Roorkee Hosts International Workshop on Social Determinants of Lifestyle Related Chronic and Non-Communicable Diseases

· Unraveling the Complexities of Non-Communicable Diseases in Adult Women

· IIT Roorkee’s Endeavor in Tackling Lifestyle-Related Diseases

· Unveiling Health Realities: Women’s Chronic Challenges

11, 01, 2024: The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee) organized an enlightening workshop titled “Social Determinants of Lifestyle Related Chronic and Non-Communicable Diseases among Adult Women in India.” The event took place on the 10th of January 2024 at the Dept. of HSS Auditorium, IIT Roorkee.

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The workshop commenced with an Inaugural Session featuring esteemed guests and experts in the field.

The Director of IIT Roorkee, Prof. K. K. Pant, expressed his enthusiasm for the workshop, stating, “Guided by a legacy of 176 years, IIT Roorkee stands as a beacon of excellence, continually striving to illuminate the path of knowledge and societal progress. In hosting events like the International Workshop on Social Determinants of Lifestyle-Related Diseases, we not only bridge academia with real-world challenges but also reaffirm our commitment to shaping a healthier and more enlightened society. Focused on addressing the escalating burden of chronic diseases, especially among vulnerable populations, this initiative aims to bridge research gaps and deliver evidence-based solutions. By concentrating on women of reproductive age in northern states, the project seeks to disseminate vital health knowledge and make a lasting impact on individuals, communities, and states. This workshop underscores IIT Roorkee’s commitment to societal well-being and the pursuit of knowledge that transcends boundaries.”

The Chief Guest, Dr. Sanjeeb Kumar Patjoshi, IPS, Government of Kerala, delivered an insightful address, emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary collaborations to address the complex issue of lifestyle-related diseases. He remarked, “IIT Roorkee’s initiative to delve into the social determinants of health is commendable. Such collaborations between academia and industry are pivotal for developing effective strategies to tackle health challenges in our society. He also emphasised pivotal role of rural Panchayats and almost 14 lakh women elected representatives in these local self governments in awareness campaign, aggregating data, secondly focusing on nursing staff mostly women in India for their hands on experience insights in this research.”

The Inaugural Session was marked by the presence of key figures, including Prof. Anindya J. Mishra, the Convener, extending a warm welcome to guests, and Prof. S. P Singh, Head of Humanities & Social Sciences, offering insights into the department’s significance. Prof. Sabu S. Padmadas, the International Principal Investigator from the University of Southampton, provided a comprehensive overview of the project, while Co-Principal Investigator Prof. Tapas Mishra outlined impactful pathways. Notably, the session also highlighted the crucial roles of Co-Convenors Prof. Pooja Garg and Prof. Falguni Pattanaik, emphasizing their pivotal contributions to the organization of the workshop. This collaborative effort of distinguished individuals exemplifies the workshop’s commitment to excellence and the seamless coordination essential for its success.

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The workshop, graced by esteemed resource persons like Dr. Yutaro Setoya of WHO, Prof. Pradyot Ranjan Jena from NIT Surathkal, and Dr. Swati Sharma from VIT Chennai Campus, showcases a convergence of global perspectives on NCDs and co-morbidities. Their valuable insights contribute to a nuanced understanding of lifestyle-related chronic diseases among adult women in India. This event not only underscores IIT Roorkee’s commitment to academic excellence but also emphasizes its dedication to societal contributions. The inclusion of international perspectives, represented by Prof. Sabu S. Padmadas and Prof. Tapas Mishra from the University of Southampton, highlights the institution’s global outreach and collaborative ethos. The workshop’s sessions, led by eminent speakers like Prof. Anand Krishnan and Mrs. Kusum Ghildiyal, delve into critical aspects of gender and non-communicable diseases, utilizing population-level datasets and addressing intricate social determinants, reflecting the workshop’s diverse expertise.

The workshop concluded with valuable insights during the Deliberations and Way Forward session, led by Dr. Tulika Bhattacharyya from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) India Office.

Prof. Anindya J. Mishra, the Convener of the workshop, expressed his gratitude, stating, “This workshop has provided a platform for rich discussions and collaborative efforts to address the social determinants of lifestyle-related diseases among women. I am thankful to all the participants for their valuable contributions.”

The event concluded with a Vote of Thanks by Prof. Anindya J. Mishra, and participants left with a sense of collective commitment towards addressing the challenges highlighted during the workshop.

The International Workshop not only demonstrated IIT Roorkee’s commitment to addressing societal challenges but also highlighted its excellence in fostering interdisciplinary collaboration. The event served as a beacon of the institution’s legacy and its ongoing contribution to the betterment of society for over 176 years. IIT Roorkee continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the future, not just through technological advancements but also by addressing critical social issues that impact lives.

10, Jan 2024
IIT Roorkee organized an Awareness Programme on ‘MSME Innovative (Design) Scheme: Industry-Academia Interface’

· IIT Roorkee Leads the Charge in MSME Innovation

· Design Solutions for Global Competitiveness”

10, 01, 2024: Department of Design, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee) organized an Awareness Programme on ‘MSME Innovative (Design) Scheme: Industry-Academia Interface’ in collaboration with Design Innovation Center, IIT Roorkee, Bhagwanpur Industries Association (BIA), Haridwar and DFO, MSME Haldwani. An MoU was signed between the Ministry of MSME, GOI and IIT Roorkee on June 07, 2022. As per the MoU, the ministry has nominated IIT Roorkee as the Implementing Agency for the promotion of the MSME Innovative (Design) Scheme.

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The core objective of this scheme is to bring the Indian manufacturing sector and Design expertise/ Design fraternity onto a common platform. It aims to provide expert advice and cost-effective solutions to real-time design problems, new product development, and continuous improvement and value addition in existing/new products. The expert advice will be provided by experienced designers for new product development as well as enhancing the existing product portfolio.

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Mr. Jeetendra Kumar, SDM, Bhagwanpur, was the Chief Guest at the event. Other guests of honor including Prof. Apurbba Kumar Sharma, Dean of Academic Affairs, IIT Roorkee; Mr. Rajat Bhalotia, Managing Director, Pritam International Pvt. Ltd., Bhagwanpur, Uttarakhand; Mr. Gautam Kapoor, General Secretary, BIA, Bhagwanpur; Prof. Inderdeep Singh, Head, Department of Design and Coordinator, Design Innovation Center, IIT Roorkee; Dr. Ajay Digamber Jain, Senior Vice-Chairman, SMAU, Haridwar, Uttarakhand; Mr. Shivam Goyal, Secretary, BIA, Bhagwanpur; Prof. Sonal Atreya, Assistant Professor, Department of Design, IIT Roorkee; Prof. Bibhuti Ranjan Bhattacharjya, Assistant Professor, Department of Design, IIT Roorkee; Mr. A.K. Singh, Amardeep Designs India Pvt. Ltd., Bhagwanpur; Dr. Sumitra Pandey, Pritam International Pvt. Ltd., Bhagwanpur, Uttarakhand; and representatives from the various regional industries and MSME units were present during the programme.

Mr. Jeetendra Kumar, SDM, Bhagwanpur, highlighted, “The Design scheme will facilitate MSMEs to collaborate on all aspects of’ design with IIT Roorkee, Department of Design and Design Innovation Centre. This will help MSMEs realize and achieve their design-related objectives.”

Prof. Apurbba Kumar Sharma, Dean of Academic Affairs, IIT Roorkee, said, “We are thankful to the Ministry of MSME for empanelling IIT Roorkee for a long-term collaboration by providing an enabling platform, whereby MSMEs of the country can approach IIT Roorkee through a structured process for enhancing their product portfolio.”

Mr. Gautam Kapoor, General Secretary, BIA, Bhagwanpur, Uttarakhand, pointed out that “BIA is collaborating with IIT Roorkee with a common objective of assisting MSMEs in product design and development in order to achieve greater competitiveness.”

Prof. Inderdeep Singh, Head, Department of Design and Coordinator, Design, Innovation Center, IIT Roorkee, said, “IIT Roorkee is playing a key role in bridging the gap between Industry and Academia. ‘MSME Innovative (Design) Scheme’ of the Ministry of MSME will provide technical and financial assistance to the MSMEs in improving the design of products and processes.”

The collaborative efforts between IIT Roorkee, the Ministry of MSME, and industry stakeholders showcased in the ‘MSME Innovative (Design) Scheme’ awareness program signify a transformative alliance. IIT Roorkee’s pivotal role as the Implementing Agency underscores its commitment to fostering an impactful Industry-Academia Interface. The institute’s expertise, exemplified by the Department of Design and the Design Innovation Center, promises to provide valuable solutions to real-time design challenges, propelling the Indian manufacturing sector towards innovation, growth, and global competitiveness. IIT Roorkee stands as a beacon, illuminating the path towards a dynamic and collaborative future for MSMEs in the realm of design and innovation.

“We are honored to spearhead the ‘MSME Innovative (Design) Scheme’ in collaboration with the Ministry of MSME and industry partners. IIT Roorkee is committed to fostering a transformative bridge between academia and industry, propelling MSMEs towards innovative design solutions and heightened competitiveness in the ever-evolving landscape of manufacturing.” – commented Prof. K.K. Pant, Director, IIT Roorkee

12, Dec 2023
Simplilearn and iHUB DivyaSampark, IIT Roorkee, Partner for a Professional Certificate Program in Generative AI and Machine Learning

● Learners will be able to attend a 2-day campus immersion program at the IIT Roorkee campus organized by iHUB DivyaSampark
● Learners will gain exposure to the latest AI trends by attending live online classes on generative AI, prompt engineering, explainable AI, ChatGPT, and more
● The professional certificate program is best suited for candidates holding a bachelor’s degree along with 2+ years of formal work experience

 Bengaluru, December 12, 2023

 The AI and ML industry has a promising future, with a projected global market value of $267 billion by 2027. AI is anticipated to contribute a substantial $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030. According to the latest Randstad survey data, over 50 percent of talent believe that AI will future-proof careers.

 This new program provides learners with a unique opportunity to explore the latest advancements in the AI and machine learning space, including generative AI, prompt engineering, and ChatGPT, while engaging in over 25 hands-on, industry-relevant projects and capstones. It features live virtual sessions led by industry experts, self-paced video lessons, and masterclasses conducted by esteemed instructors from premier institutes like IITs and NITs. Learners will also have access to exclusive hackathons and Ask Me Anything sessions by IBM.

 Participants can gain proficiency in more than 20 essential tools and techniques, along with access to integrated labs and exclusive masterclasses. Moreover, participants will get an opportunity to attend a two-day on-campus immersion program organized by iHUB DivyaSampark at the IIT Roorkee campus.Upon successful program completion, learners will also benefit from Simplilearn’s Job Assistance services and receive a certificate of accomplishment, and IBM certificates for IBM-specific courses.

 Speaking about the program, Mr. Anand Narayanan, Chief Product Officer, of Simplilearn, said, “Amidst the ongoing tech revolution, the demand for Generative AI has witnessed an unprecedented surge. As businesses embrace automation and data-driven decision-making, harnessing the power of this new-age technology has become a prerequisite to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape. With cognizance of this skill demand and the industry requirement, we have partnered with iHUB DivyaSampark, IIT Roorkee to offer this professional certificate program in Generative AI & Machine Learning. The program will equip professionals with the required skills to excel in the digital economy.”

 Speaking about the partnership with Simplilearn, Mr. Manish Anand, Chief Executive Officer, iHUB DivyaSampark, IIT Roorkee, said, “The AI revolution has reshaped numerous industries, and we still see a growing desire among young professionals to enhance their skills in this domain. Their career aspirations align perfectly with the rising demand in this field. We recognize that specialized training, such as including Generative AI, Prompt Engineering, and ChatGPT modules in AI upskilling, adds significant value and has intensified learners’ enthusiasm to delve into the intricacies of this subject. We are delighted to collaborate with Simplilearn to provide the Generative AI & Machine Learning program, ensuring that professionals stay at the forefront of this ever-evolving landscape.”

30, Nov 2023
IIT Roorkee Leads Comprehensive Study on Advanced Grid-Scale Energy Storage Technologies, Unveiled by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

New Delhi, November 30, 2023 – Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Shri BS Bhalla released a comprehensive study titled “Advanced Grid-Scale Energy Storage Technologies,” conducted by IIT Roorkee under the leadership of Prof Arun Kumar in the august presence of Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, International Solar Alliance and Prof KK Pant Director, IIT Roorkee, at Atal Akshaya Urja Bhawan, MNRE, New Delhi on Nov. 29, 2023. This innovative initiative explores diverse energy storage solutions vital for India’s sustainable energy future.

This study explores diverse grid-scale energy storage solutions crucial for India’s sustainable energy future and addresses critical aspects of the power sector, emphasizing the need for a resilient and sustainable energy landscape in India. It puts forth actionable recommendations to enhance renewable energy integration and improve grid-scale energy storage efficiency, marking a significant step towards achieving India’s renewable energy goals.

Policy Recommendations for Power Sector Vision: The National Tariff Policy and the National Electricity Policy are urged to explicitly outline a vision for the power sector, encompassing energy storage. Specific directives are proposed to amplify the role of energy storage targets for each licensee. Attractive tariffs are recommended to incentivize ancillary services and frequency regulation. Additionally, the study proposes the introduction of a storage purchase obligation for relevant utilities to bolster energy storage adoption further.

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Regulatory Framework for Enhanced Flexibility: Regulators are advised to review and revise Grid Codes to promote greater flexibility in power generation, accommodating the evolving landscape of energy storage technologies. Clear and distinct energy storage ownership remuneration rules are recommended by regulators, aligning with existing frameworks for transmission, generation, and distribution companies. These rules are envisaged to address diverse purposes and ensure a level playing field.

Techno-Economic Analysis of Grid-Scale Storage Technologies: Five prospective grid-scale storage technologies—pumped storage, Li-ion batteries, vanadium redox flow batteries, compressed air energy storage, and thermal energy storage—have undergone comprehensive life cycle techno-economic analysis. The analysis reveals that pumped storage stands out as the most cost-effective option, with a levelized cost of storage at INR 3.91/kWh without the cost of pumping power and a global warming potential of 0.12 kg CO2 eq /kWh.

Comparative Advantage of Pumped Storage: The levelized cost of storage for pumped storage is 40% of the cost to lithium-ion batteries. The CO2 emissions associated with pumped storage have been estimated to be 25% lesser as compared to lithium-ion batteries.

Import Dependency and Made-in-India Content: Presently, none of the energy storage technologies exhibit 100% made-in-India content, with significant variations in import percentages. Pumped storage (PSP) leads in terms of domestic content with over 90% while acknowledging some equipment imports. Other technologies, especially batteries, necessitate raw material imports, highlighting the need for strategic considerations in the pursuit of self-reliance.

These findings underscore the need for proactive policy measures, regulatory frameworks, and strategic investments to propel the adoption of advanced grid-scale energy storage technologies. The study, a collaborative effort between MNRE and IIT Roorkee, sets the stage for informed decision-making and transformative initiatives in India’s renewable energy landscape.

Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, International Solar Alliance also an Alumnus of IIT Roorkee, acknowledged India’s global leadership in renewable energy adoption and emphasized the critical role of energy storage in grid stability and RE deployment. He commended the report, stating, “India has emerged as a global leader in adopting renewable energy technologies at scale. With the rapid adoption of these technologies, energy storage becomes critical for grid stability. This report is a welcome and apt effort in that context, offering valuable insights for the sustainable advancement of our energy landscape.”

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Shri BS Bhalla, Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), stated, “I acknowledge the efforts of the IIT Roorkee team, under the leadership of Prof. Arun Kumar, for their comprehensive study focused on India. The report is anticipated to play a pivotal role in empowering stakeholders in the energy sector, particularly in advancing the deployment of clean energy and energy storage solutions in the country. Aligned with the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative, the report carries significance in fostering self-reliance, specifically in the sustainable grid-scale energy storage domain. I look forward to gaining insights on energy storage, indigenous manufacturing, and the deployment of renewable energy, which I believe will make a significant contribution to our national goals.”

Prof. KK Pant, Director, IIT Roorkee, expressed gratitude to the ministries for their support, emphasizing the report’s role in shaping policies for the accelerated adoption of clean energy technologies in India. He reaffirmed IIT Roorkee’s commitment to nation-building through focused, India-centric research and technical education and said, “This study reinforces our commitment at IIT Roorkee towards nation-building through focused India-centric research and technical education. The report is poised to play a crucial role in shaping policies for the accelerated adoption of clean energy technologies at scale in India, offering a strategic roadmap for a sustainable and resilient energy future.”

The unveiling of the Advanced Grid-Scale Energy Storage Technologies study represents a significant stride in India’s commitment to fostering innovative and sustainable energy practices. Distinguished dignitaries, including Shri BS Bhalla, Secretary to the Government of India, MNRE; Dr. Ajay Mathur, DG, International Solar Alliance; and Prof. KK Pant, Director, IIT Roorkee, graced the event. This gathering serves as a pivotal platform for discussions on the technical, economic, and policy aspects of grid-scale energy storage technologies.

The release event also welcomed key figures like Shri MAKP Singh, Member Hydro Central Electricity Authority, Shri Rajnath Ram, Advisor Energy Niti Aayog, and Shri SR Narashimhan, CMD, India Grid Controller, alongside senior officials from the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) and renewable energy developers.

This comprehensive study positions IIT Roorkee at the forefront of cutting-edge research, showcasing its dedication to providing India-centric solutions for a sustainable and resilient energy future. The “Advanced Grid-Scale Energy Storage Technologies” report not only reflects India’s commitment to innovation but also serves as a strategic guide for policymakers, industry players, and stakeholders navigating the dynamic energy landscape.

19, Oct 2023
Servotech Power Systems Ltd. inks MoU with IIT Roorkee to Develop Rectifier Units of CCS2 Chargers and Onboard Chargers for Electric Vehicles

New Delhi 19 October 2023: Servotech Power Systems Ltd. (SPSL), India’s leading EV charger manufacturer has recently signed two MOUs with IIT Roorkee to develop state-of-the-art rectifier units for CCS2 chargers and Onboard EV chargers for 2, 3 and 4 Wheelers.

The rectifier unit is an integral component of the CCS2 charger that is currently imported. This collaboration will boost domestic manufacturing capabilities and promote the growth of the domestic EV industry. The onboard charger for electric vehicles is a compact and lightweight charger designed to be mounted directly on two-, three—, and four-wheelers, eliminating the need for a separate charger and enhancing the convenience and user-friendliness of electric vehicles. The onboard charger developed through this collaboration will pave the way for Servotech to expand as a leading OEM supplier for the two-, three– and four-wheeler charger market.

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On this Occasion Raman Bhatia, MD of Servotech Power Systems said, “The two, three and four wheelers charger market of India unfolds as a significant yet untapped territory. With an influx of Chinese components dominating the current scenario, Servotech has expanded itself as the leading OEM supplier of onboard chargers specifically designed for Indian electric vehicles.

The Company will now be manufacturing high-quality onboard chargers. This development strengthens our commitment to making the Make in India concept a reality in the true sense for the adoption of sustainable technologies in the EV ecosystem. Furthermore, our collaboration with an esteemed organization like IIT Roorkee is instrumental in reinforcing our goal of making India self-reliant as well as making Servotech a leading global leader of EV Industry”.

Prof. Mukesh Pathak, Principal Investigator in the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Roorkee expresses his views on this partnership, “We are delighted to partner with Servotech Power Systems to design and develop EV charging technology. These collaboration are a testament to our commitment to developing innovative and indigenous solutions for the Indian EV industry. We believe that the EV charging technology developed through these collaborations will play a key role in accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles as well as will be pivotal in transforming the way we think about transportation and energy consumption in India.”