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Wednesday, 14 August 2019 | PNS

Solutions for Traffic Crisis

The IIT Madras Alumni Association (IITMAA) has announced the top 50 teams in its Machine Learning Hackathon Contest as part of its annual flagship event — Sangam which will deliver a strategy document for Reimagining India in 2030 to the Prime Minister’s Office.

As many as 3,266 teams participated in the Phase 1 online hackathon.

In Phase 2, IITMAA will conduct a hackathon onsite at the IIT Madras campus on August 24-25. 2019.

The hackathon will provide the short-listed teams time series data on air quality and pollution recorded by Internet of Things devices from Project Kaatru (Air), a research project of Professor Raghunathan Rengaswamy, IIT Madras and supported by Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, IIT Madras.

Tara Ali Baig Memorial Lecture

The SOS Children’s Villages of India organised the 30th edition of — Tara Ali Baig Memorial Lecture at Vishwa Yuvak Kendra. The theme of the lecture was Digital Shift & future of Children, Youth & Society and Developing the Social skills in Children. The occasion marked the birth anniversary of Tara Ali Baig, (Ex president SOS India)

Sumanta Kar, deputy national director, Integrated Child Care, SOS Children’s Villages of India said: “SOS India strives to align its children in the mainstream society right from day one. The family-like environment contributes towards their holistic development including social and educational needs.

Fertility Education Campaign Launched

On International Youth Day a campaign — Fertility Education — has been initiated by Dr Jyoti Bali, Medical Director, Babysoon Fertility & IVF Centre and Secretary, Delhi Gynaecology Forum, Joint Secretary, Doctors Women Wing, Indian Medical Association. This campaign aims to prevent infertility in youth by running an educational program on fertility.

She will be organising special workshops on fertility awareness in schools and institutes. Dr Bali said: “Just like sex and relationship education is important, fertility education is essential for their future. It needs to be at the top of the agenda if we want to make a major impact in preventing infertility. The ability to procreate is a fundamental human right that knowledge about factors affecting a boy and girl’s future fertility must be a basic tenet of their education.”

E-AUCTION workshop

The Indian Institute of Technology (Roorkee)-MM Section Implemented E-Procurement and conducted a two-day workshop on E-auction with National Informatics Centre (NIC), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. The goal of the workshop was to provide training for the E-auction system.

The process involvese-business between auctioneers and bidders, which takes place on an electronic marketplace.

Professor. Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director IIT-Roorkee said: “There are several benefits of E-procurement like better transparency and a level playing field among bidders. It also promotes competition for a better price for the customers. E-procurement along with E-auction shall change the face of the current market place.”


Flintobox has rolled out a social initiative — Flinto Change-Makers. The initiative is built with a strong intent to raise a generation of kids that is empathetic, socially responsible and work towards creating a sustainable world for everyone to live in.

Amidst rising concerns towards climate change and water crisis, this initiative is aimed to save up to 90 billion litres of water in a year, if every child from six lakh-plus Flinto family uses it. Vijaybabu Gandhi, Co-founder, Flinto Learning Solutions, said: “Water crisis is an erupting issue and we as organisations need to awaken the next generations towards creating sustainable solutions.”


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