Webinars Conducted

National Intellectual Property Awareness Mission Webinar

Date : 2022-05-12

As a part of national intellectual property awareness mission webinar series, “IPR and its protection in India” was organised by DST TEC in collaboration with IP India, NIPAM and NUCSER on 12 May 2022. Keynote speakers of the webinar were Dr Sharana Gouda, Assistant Controller of Patents and Designs, Patent office, Chennai and Shri Abhishek Singh, Examiner of patents and designs, Patent office, Chennai. Dr Anirban Chakraborty welcomed the resource persons and explained the importance of the webinar as India is rapidly moving in patenting inventions to establish her supremacy globally in startups and entrepreneurship. Shri Abhishek Singh discussed on patent rights, copyrights, trademark, design, ideation expression, economic rights and moral rights with interesting examples. He explained the entire process of application filing, including examination, the legal process and the fee involved at every stage until granting of patent. Dr Sharan Gouda spoke on patentability criteria under various sections with appropriate examples. Dr Iddya Karunasagar, as the research and patent advisor of the university moderated the entire session and provided inputs.

Last updated 2022-06-14 04:24:07

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National Technology Day Lecture

Date : 2022-05-11

It was fortuitous for the TEC at Nitte (DU) to have Prof B Gurumoorthy, TEC-EAG member and an acclaimed technologist, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru as the resource person on the occasion of National Technology Day on 11 May 2022. A webinar themed “Innovation by design” was addressed by Prof Gurumoorthy on this day which is celebrated to mark the entry of India as a member of the elite nuclear technology group of countries. Dr Indrani Karunasagar, in her opening remarks introduced the resource speaker of eminence for the occasion and explained the theme of the day i.e. 'Integrated Approach in Science & Technology for Sustainable Future’. She detailed the efforts of the university towards generating skilled manpower with potential to face the scientific and social challenges in this competitive world with a high degree of credibility, integrity and ethics. The prime responsibility of TEC is to address social causes through relevant research, take it to the masses and provide solution to problems. Prof Gurumoorthy enlightened the audience with his humour and lucid style on the process of innovation, technology readiness level (TRL), issues in translating output from academia to products in market place with focus on “Design”. The Q and A session following the presentation was highly interactive and productive as it provided the much needed understanding and reality check in taking research through the various TRL’s.

Last updated 2022-06-14 04:20:14

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Panel discussion on Technology Commercialization

Date : 2022-02-08

8. DST TEC along with Institutional Innovation Council (IIC), Nitte DU organized a Panel discussion on Technology Commercialization on Feb 08, 2022. Dr. K. Sankaran from Anna University, Chennai was the resource person. Main topics discussed were (a) reaching out to Startups and Entrepreneurs (b) negotiating with clients (c) Licencing options (d) revenue sharing options. Dr. Satheesh Kumar Bhandary Vice Chancelor, Nitte DU delivered the opening address, Dr. Sreeniketan (President, IIC); Dr. Indrani Karunasagar, (Director Projects and DST TEC) and Dr. Iddya Karunasagar, Advisor (Research and Patents) participated as Panelists and raised discussion points.

Last updated 2022-04-04 06:57:57

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Guidance Session for potential applicants of BIRAC BIG (Biotechnology Ignition Grant)

Date : 2022-01-24

1. Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT Mumbai in collaboration with DST TEC, Nitte and other ecosystem partners organized a guidance session for potential applicants of BIRAC BIG (Biotechnology Ignition Grant) 20th cycle on 24 January 2022. Dr Iddya Karunasagar was a panelist and the presentation was made by Dr Bratati, Program Manager, SINE IIT-B. A large number of prospective grantees attended the event and had their doubts on the application cleared.

Last updated 2022-10-11 10:50:05

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Date : 2021-12-13

Nitte (DU) and University of Maryland, USA, jointly conducted an ASM (American Society for Microbiology) – IUSSTF (Indo – US Science and Technology Forum) virtual course on ‘Microbiological Risk Assessment in Food Safety’. ASM - IUSSTF Professorship was awarded to Dr Abani Pradhan of University of Maryland to deliver this course in collaboration with Dr Iddya Karunasagar, former Senior Food Safety Officer, FAO and Advisor, Nitte (DU) and Dr Indrani Karunasagar, Director, DST Technology Enabling Center, Nitte (DU). Food is a highly traded commodity internationally and as per World Trade Organisation (WTO) Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreement, food safety standards should be based on risk assessment carried out according to protocols established by the Joint FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission. Food safety risk assessment involves use of various statistical tools to obtain probabilistic assessment of the risk and to assess the impact of risk management measures. The ASM-IUSSF sponsored course comprised lectures on risk assessment models, Monte Carlo simulations and development of risk estimates. Dr Abani Pradhan delivered lectures on these aspects and Dr Iddya Karunasagar spoke with suitable examples on how risk assessments have been used by the Codex Alimentarius Commission to develop international food safety standards. The course was highly appreciated as it was important for faculty and students in the area of food technology, microbiology, public health and food safety. It attracted 324 registered participants and included faculty and students from Nitte (DU), Pondicherry University, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, State Fisheries Universities in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA), Sri Lanka, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India and number of other academic institutions. Daily attendance exceeded 180 participants and in some institutions, the course was screened in a class room with 50 students watching on one large screen. Before the start of the course, a pre-assessment was carried out. On completion of the course, the participants were provided with feedback form and post-assessment survey done. Over 200 participants returned the forms and obtained e-certificates. Overall the participants graded the course from ‘very good’ to ‘excellent’.

Last updated 2022-02-26 05:38:37

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Mitigating Antimicrobial Resistance in One health

Date : 2021-11-26

A webinar on “Mitigating Antimicrobial Resistance in One Health” was organized under DST TEC platform on 18 October 2021. The resource persons were Dr Patrick Sorgeloos, University of Ghent, Belgium and Dr Mathias Middleboe, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr Indrani Karunasagar, in her opening remarks explained the concept of one health and the increasing antimicrobial resistance in all the sectors. Prof. Dr Alka Kulkarni, Registrar Nitte (DU) explained the theme of the webinar and the need for organizing this important event with international experts. Dr Iddya Karunasagar introduced the speakers and described their immense contributions. Dr Mathias Middleboe spoke about mitigating AMR in European aquaculture. His experimental evidence involving phage coated surfaces that could prevent biofilm formation and the use of live feed to reduce the pathogen load is a major translation of research for field application of phages. Dr Patrick Sorgeloos spoke on microbial management as an alternative to antibiotics in aquaculture. He enlightened the audience about traditional and business aquaculture and summarized various phases in aquaculture using green technology. He also elaborated on how antibiotics usage was started in aquaculture, cautioned about the repercussions and explained the difference between R and K strategist.

Last updated 2022-02-26 06:50:38

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Date : 2021-10-18

DST Technology Enabling Centre in collaboration with Nitte University Centre for Science Education and Research organized a webinar on the occasion of World Food day 2021. The international event was a clarion call for collective efforts towards combating issues of hunger, food insecurity and food wastage. The theme for World Food day 2021 was ‘Our actions are our future’. The key note speakers for the webinar were Padmashri Dr S Ayyappan, Former Director General ICAR & Chairman of Karnataka Science and Technology Academy, Shri Tarun Shridhar, Former secretary, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, GOI and Dr Iddya Karunasagar, Advisor (Research & Patents). Dr Indrani Karunasagar accorded welcome and introduced the speakers to the audience. Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Nitte (DU) Prof. Dr Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, in his opening remarks highlighted the requirement for collective and comprehensive work to eradicate hunger and nutritional deficiencies. Sustainable system is a requirement to tackle the global hunger index as well as other health related burden, said Dr S Ayyappan. He spoke on aspects of better production, nutrition, better environment for a better life. He discussed the facts and presented statistics on Indian farming including strategies to improve it. This could result in enhancing farmers income through integrated farming by clustering of land, climate smart farming, agripreneurship, water footprint, innovation in water management, use of low cost technologies, use of nano fertilizers, production of high value crops, urban agriculture, cultivation floating horticulture, vertical farming, aquaponics, organic farming, biofortification, agritourism etc. Dr Iddya Karunasagar former senior Food Safety Officer, FAO explained about technical resources and standards available from FAO, their roles and responsibilities. He highlighted the various flagship publications of FAO that covers global data on food sector, process of scientific risk assessment to set the food standards, International agreements and guidelines regarding various aspects of food sector. Shri Tarun Shridhar reiterated the theme of the world food day and wanted concerted action to protect the livestock industry. He opined that livestock play a major role in the economic prosperity. To add on, he said livestock sector runs throughout the year and provides nutritional security and can also generate value added products. Yet its role is not recognised sufficiently.

Last updated 2022-02-26 06:48:43

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Date : 2021-10-06

A talk on ‘IPR in Biotechnology Area’ was organized by DST NU-TEC platform on 6 October, 2021. The speaker of the session, Ms Mahuva Shetty, is a Trade Mark Attorney at Mangaluru. The session was moderated by Dr Iddya Karunasagar. Speaker Ms Mahuva Shetty introduced the topic to the participants by emphasizing on the importance of IPR in recognition, financial incentives of the creator, ensuring originality of the product and promotion of R&D. She briefed on how intellectual property rights can be protected under various categories namely, patents, trademarks, copyrights, geographical indicators, semiconductor integrated circuit layout- Design, plant variety protection and how biodiversity protection and implementation policies work. She further updated the audience on how copyright and trademark is gaining popularity in recent years with relevant day to day examples that participants could connect to, like pirated drugs during Covid-19 pandemic and many household cleansing products. Ms Mahuva Shetty detailed the importance of trademark and the need to make it unique, necessitating prior-art-search before applying for the same. Another major category of IPR-Copyrights was also addressed by the speaker. She enlightened the audience on how copyrights can protect literary works, artistry, musical and dramatic works, giving the individual right over the expression and not the ideas. She highlighted on the bundle of rights under copyright with two distinct categories - the economic and moral rights and presented several examples. Factors affecting ownership as well as exceptions to copyright were the other topics covered. The final important concept covered in the talk was on patents. Criteria for patentability and the NUNS rule that states the patent should be novel, should have industrial application, should have non-obvious inventive step and should not attract the provisions of section 3 and 4 of patent act 1970 was introduced to the audience. The talk ended with an interactive question and answer session and various doubts of the participants were addressed.

Last updated 2022-02-26 05:41:48

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Ethics in Biomedical and Health Research: Perception and Practice

Date : 2021-07-05

Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2J9JJCmozs&t=5728s

DST NU-TEC & NUCSER hosted a National training workshop on Ethics in Biomedical and Health Research: Perception and Practice from 5 - 8 July 2021 with a record registration of >1000 candidates from all over India including few members from outside the country reflecting the utility of knowledge expected to be accrued through this programme. Responsible conduct of research is the need of the hour. Dissemination of vital information on all aspects of research is of paramount importance and this workshop is aimed at being an eyeopener to beginners and others involved in biomedical, pharmaceutical and clinical research including trials, each of which is guided by ethical principles. Prof Dr Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, Vice-Chancellor, Nitte (DU) threw open the workshop with his ingenuity and remarks on the rapid advances in the field of medicine and biomedical sciences. All of this, he said opens a plethora of ethical questions on why, when, how, where and what of research adding newer dimensions of responsibility and complex dilemmas for both medical practitioners and researchers. The key speakers of the webinar were Dr Nandini Kumar, Former DDG Sr Grade (ICMR), Vice President FERCI, Dr Animesh Jain, Professor of Community Medicine, KMC Mangalore, Dr Ashok Shenoy Professor of Pharmacology, KMC Mangalore, Dr. Chakrapani M, Professor of Medicine, KMC Mangalore, Dr Ramachandra S.G, Director ICMR- National Animal Resource facility for Biomedical research, DHR Hyderabad, Dr Subhrojyoti Bhowmick, Clinical Director, Peerless hospital & B K Roy Research Center, West Bengal, Dr Iddya Karunasagar, Advisor (Research and Patents), Nitte (DU), Dr Indrani Karunasagar Director, DST NU-TEC and Dr Anirban Chakraborty Director, NUCSER.

Last updated 2021-12-29 07:33:47

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Webinar on “Preparedness for the third wave of Covid-19 and prioritisation of children”

Date : 2021-06-25

Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7cdZz33Y9I

Webinar on “Preparedness for the third wave of Covid-19 and prioritisation of children” was organized under DST NU-TEC platform and Dept of Paediatrics, KSHEMA on June 25, 2021. Prof Dr Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, Vice-Chancellor, Nitte (DU) in his opening remarks stated that vaccination drive and guidelines from the government to manage the pandemic are being updated and parallelly preparing ourselves for the Covid-19 third wave is of utmost importance to prevent the morbidity and mortality. Speakers of the webinar were Dr Swathi Sunil Rao, Associate Professor, Dept of Paediatrics, KSHEMA Mangalore, Dr Rohit Baradwaj consultant paediatrician Chennai and Dr Santhosh Soans, Past National President, Indian Academy of Paediatrics, and HOD of Pediatrics, A.J. Medical College, Mangalore. Dr Swathi Sunil Rao highlighted that as per the survey on first and second wave of Covid-19, children forms a small group (3-4%) of the total Covid-19 cases among which 60-70% cases are asymptomatic which were comparable with the global situation. The reason for this could be due to decreased viral copies they are exposed to, different expression of ACE2 receptor than the adults. She further explained the pathogenesis of the disease and past case reports with associated medical conditions. Dr Rohit Baradwaj spoke on office practice and vaccine strategies. His lecture covered several of the core topics like IAP (Indian Academy of Pediatrics) Covid 19 management plan, when to test children for Covid-19, outputs from systematic reviews about Covid-19 in children. He stressed that the children need to be tested to lessen the spread and it is important to bring the child to medical attention if there are any suspicion. He indicated that asthmatic children may not be prone to Covid-19 infection because of the various reasons like steroid treatment, lower IFN production and inverse relation of the allergic sensitization with ACE2 receptor. He elaborated on factors that might protect the children from infection and various vaccines that are underway covering various age groups. Dr Santhosh Soans, spoke about herd immunity in connection with speculation of different waves of Covid-19. He emphasised that continuing Covid reinforcing behaviour, isolating the children from infected individuals, vaccination, uplifting the resources, recruitment and training of health care workers are the main strategies to tackle the third wave. The webinar was coordinated by Prof. Dr. Indrani Karunasagar, Director, DST NU-TEC and moderated by Dr Rathika Shenoy, HOD Paediatrics, KSHEMA

Last updated 2021-07-13 10:35:22

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Strengthening National Food Safety System- Challenges in the era of Covid19

Date : 2021-06-07

Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1RAhI-sKak&t=4s

An oration on “Strengthening National Food Safety Systems - Challenges in the era of Covid19” was organized by DST NU-TEC on 07 June 2021 commemorating the World Food Safety Day. Dr Alan Reilly, Advisor, WHO and Adjunct Professor at University of Dublin, graced the occasion by an oration appropriate for the event. Dr Indrani Karunasagar, Director Projects and DST NU-TEC accorded a cordial welcome to the speaker and introduced the theme of the webinar to the participants. Dr Iddya Karunasagar, Advisor, Research and Patents Nitte (DU) introduced the speaker, Dr Alan Reilly, who has been a professional and personal friend for over three decades. In his opening remarks, the Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Nitte (DU) Dr. Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, exalted the role of the United Nations in ensuring food and nutritional security for all the developing and underdeveloped nations of the world. He complimented the TEC for bringing a world class eminent scientist cum bureaucrat to deliver an oration at Nitte (DU). The event was attended by faculty, students, food industry representatives and scientists from across the country.

Last updated 2021-12-29 07:36:46

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Webinar on "Strengthening National Food Safety Systems Challenges in the era of Covid19"

Date : 2021-06-07

Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1RAhI-sKak

An oration on “Strengthening National Food Safety Systems Challenges in the era of Covid19” was organized at the DST NU-TEC platform on June 7, 2021 on the occasion of World Food Safety Day. Dr. Indrani Karunasagar, Director Projects and DST NU-TEC accorded a cordial welcome to the speaker and the participants. She introduced the aims and objectives of the DST NU-TEC and its benefits to young researchers of the country. In her welcome address she stressed on the theme of world food safety day “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow” as well as on the concept of one health. Dr Iddya Karunasagar, Advisor, Research and Patents Nitte (DU) introduced Dr Allen Reilly recalling his early work in Asia on seafood safety and his stint at Natural Resources Institute, UK; as head of Food Safety Group at WHO, Geneva and his role in setting up and heading the Food Safety Authority of Ireland as its Chief Executive Officer. Currently, he is Advisor, WHO and Adjunct Professor at University of Dublin. The opening remarks was given by Dr. Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, Vice-Chancellor, Nitte (DU) wherein he mentioned India is self-sufficient as a producer and exporter of food grains and sea food to the whole world and which is a 10 billion US dollar business. Recalling that India is diabetes capital, he noted that consumers need healthy and safe food. He highlighted the measures being taken by the University to ensure and students and staff in the University campus get a safe and healthy food. The orator Dr. Allen Reilly spoke about the challenges posed by COVID-19 outbreak on the National food safety systems and how the pandemic is impacting the private and government food sectors. Developing new food strategies is the need of the hour and mentioned the Global strategy for food safety (2022-2030) being developed by the WHO and FAO and brought to the attention of the participants on the importance of occupational health and safety measures that are essential for ensuring COVID-19 free food processing. He explained the possible sources of SARS-Cov-2 exposures in processing environment and strategies to reduce the risk of transmission in working environment. He suggested that the national authorities need to identify and prioritize critical areas of work in food sector and establish Food Safety Emergency Response Plans. He emphasized on the requirement of a robust contingency plan for communication (having dedicated websites and food industry liaisons) on food related risks as the integrity of food supply chain is vulnerable to food frauds during pandemic. He highlighted the need to have farm to fork strategy to endure food safety in the entire food supply chain. In view of the emergence of zoonotic diseases and antimicrobial resistance as a major public health issue, he emphasised the need to have a one health approach for a better alignment in areas of food, human health, animal health, and environment. Such an approach is key to managing risks at the human-animal-environment interface and could help tackle this pandemic as well as predict and halt the emergence of similar or worse challenges in the future. The oration was attended by faculty, students, food industry representatives and scientists from other disciplines from across the country.

Last updated 2022-10-11 10:50:56

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Webinar on "Biological Diversity Act -2002"

Date : 2021-06-05

Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1lsHYdH9sE

On the occasion of World environment day an oration on Biological Diversity Act -2002 (BDA) was organized by DST NU-TEC. Opening remarks was delivered by Dr Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, Vice Chancellor, Nitte (DU). He proudly explained how Nitte University has been constantly striving towards achieving carbon neutral campus and explained how the new campus is designed to have 60% of the area representing bioconservation island that will harbor natural habitats. He appreciated the efforts of the university green brigade team in striving to initiate and implement alternative source of energy to reduce pollution. He highlighted the importance of handling biomedical waste wisely in the context of increase in the use of PPE and mask during this unprecedented challenging time. The orator Dr B Meenakumari, Former chairperson, National Biodiversity Authority, Govt of India spoke about Biodiversity with a focus on laws applicable to various issues of interest to biomedical scientists such as Intelectual Property Rights (IPR), international collaboration and transfer of Clinical and Biomedical samples. Dr B Meenakumari, enlightened the students and academicians on the importance of abiding by the act and how it can help in ecosystem restoration which is the focus of this environment day with the theme ‘Reimagine. Recreate. Restore'. She asserted that India is a mega biodiversity country and one of the oldest and biggest repositories of biological and genetic resources as well as associated traditional knowledge. Today, biodiversity degradation is a global challenge and is an irreversible damage. She enunciated the aim of Biodiversity Act – conservation, sustainable use of country’s biological sources and promotion of equity in benefit sharing from their use. Along with expressing that the biodiversity is fundamental to technological innovations, she stated that the scope of biodiversity act includes biosurvey, research, and commercial utilization, IPRs and transfer of research results and knowledge. She briefed the audience on various provisions of the Biodiversity Act under the article 48A and 51 A, and process of application by the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA). The oration also gave a glimpse of modern threats to biodiversity and how human actions pose a threat to various species and ecosystem that was never witnessed in the history of mankind. She also highlighted how we can respond to crisis through scientific analysis and communication about the drivers of change in biodiversity and human welfare, technological developments. Academicians could play a role involving citizens by making them aware of various environmental acts, disseminating information on legal and institutional instruments, economic incentives and plans by the government.. She expressed that lack of awareness, sectorial issues, lack of cooperation from stakeholders and lack of enforcement mechanisms undermines the act's intent and spirit. Concluding the oration, Dr B Meenakumari, gave an update and a checklist to researchers about how to go about with research that involves various biological resources from nature and various sector specific training and awareness programmes that the government offers. The virtual session was moderated by Dr Indrani Karunasagar, Director Projects and DST NU-TEC and Dr Smitha Coordinator DST NU-TEC.

Last updated 2021-06-14 06:22:20

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Webinar on “Lessons from Covid-19 second wave”

Date : 2021-05-21

Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th_KncSBrSI

Webinar on “Lessons from Covid-19 second wave” was organized under DST NU-TEC platform on May 21, 2021. Prof. Dr. Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, Vice-Chancellor, Nitte DU in his opening remarks highlighted the importance of the webinar. He noted that as India reels under a massive second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with an alarming rise in positive cases and deaths, it is important for us to be well prepared to face the unprecedented challenge of third wave ahead. The webinar focused on core topics that included whether the second wave of Covid-19 could have been prevented, impact of genomic variants in India, vaccination drive and its constraints and public response and preparedness for the third wave. The speaker of the webinar Prof Dr V Ravi, Nodal officer for SARS CoV2, Genome Sequencing, Government of Karnataka, summarised lessons from the first and second wave of Covid-19. He asserted that the first wave predominately affected the elderly, people with comorbidites and that the transmission was related to travel history or contact with symptomatic individuals. He further explained that the mortality is linked with aggressive immune response and not the attribute of the virus. However, some of the new variants of virus can be more transmissible than the parent virus. New variations in the virus could be due to the poor proofreading activity of RNA dependent RNA polymerase resulting in the change of amino acid which may happen when virus replicates in a host consequent to the immunological pressure. Implications of the new variant could be in transmission, replication and vaccine escape. Currently there are 5 variants which are of concern. B.1.617.2 is the most predominant circulating strain in Karnataka. To sum up treatment strategy Prof Dr Ravi said that the spectrum of illness was vast affecting multiple systems. Covid-19 related symptoms worsen after 5 days which requires critical monitoring and this fact correlates with the relevance of monitoring inflammatory response and stress markers at this period. Remdesivir, an antiviral drug shows effective results and steroids help to reduce the mortality associated with the disease. Further, he emphasised that vaccines do not prevent the infection rather it reduces the course and severity of illness. There are no significant differences reported in terms of neutralization of Covid-19 variants by various vaccines currently available. In conclusion he noted that emergence of second wave was majorly due to superspreading events like crowding and rise of new virus variants and to tackle the third wave it demands vaccination coverage and Covid appropriate behaviour. The webinar was coordinated by Prof. Dr. Iddya Karunasagar, Senior Director (International Relations) Nitte DU and moderated by Prof Dr. Indrani Karunasagar, Director, DST NU-TEC. YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW2MEfy2CrY

Last updated 2021-06-14 06:19:07

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Webinar on “Entrepreneurship and startup ecosystem in campuses”

Date : 2021-03-22

Link : YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKtH0-IyYao

Webinar on “Entrepreneurship and startup ecosystem in campuses” was organized under DST-NUTEC platform on March 22, 2020. Dr Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Nitte DU in his opening remarks highlighted that innovation is the key for economic prosperity of the country. Dr Indrani karunasagar in her remarks highlighted and explained the purpose of setting technology enabling centre and gave a glimpse of various activities conducted at the centre towards bridging the gap between industry and academia. Keynote speaker of the webinar Prof S. Ganga, Mentor-in-Residence, Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, IIT Mumbai, explained about CAWACH (Centre for Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health crisis) rapid response system model in connection with the start-ups that was created at the time COVID-19 crisis. Prof S Ganga gave updates on various policies available for the start-ups, challenges faced by start-ups, steps involved in technology transfer from lab to market. She also briefed upon various aspects of ecosystems, role of academia and organizations to reach out to students and entrepreneurs and how alumni network can strengthen the start-up ecosystem. She emphasised that institutional policies should be aligned with host incubators to create the best ecosystem. The webinar was moderated by Prof. Dr Iddya Karunasagar and went on for a duration of 1 h 47 min. YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKtH0-IyYao

Last updated 2021-06-16 05:07:48

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World Food Day

Date : 2020-10-16

Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0cTg9zKxbE

Webinar on “World Food Day” was organized under DST NU-TEC platform on October 16, 2020. The objective of the webinar was to discuss on food safety and innovative food processing technologies to accelerate the growth of the food processing sector in India. Prof. Dr Iddya Karunasagar gave the introductory remarks, wherein, he highlighted the theme for world food day 2020- “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together. He also gave a bird’s eye view on role of FAO and WHO on food safety and food security as well as guidelines set by these bodies towards food regulation. Dr S. Dave is a Former Advisor in FSSAI and has been the Chairman of Codex Alimentarius Commission (2011-2014). Dr Dave spoke on the topic ‘The national context of food safety’. In his talk, he emphasized on how food safety is everyone’s responsibility. He stated that widespread collaboration and contribution of all actors (farmers, food processors, industrialists, food scientists, consumers and retailers), across the food supply chain underpinned by robust governance, agreed international standards and harmonized regulations are essential to food safety. Dr Eram S. Rao is the Vice Principal and Head of Department of Food Technology of Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences, University of Delhi. Dr Rao delivered a lecture entitled ‘Innovative Food Processing Technologies to accelerate the growth of the food processing sector in India’. Through her presentation Dr Rao explained how innovative technologies are the key to building more robust food processing system. Prof. Dr Indrani Karunasagar, Director DST NU-TEC, spoke on water quality and public health and highlighted that water quality is deteriorating and today we have to depend on various kinds water purifiers. The quality of water is important for growth of crops, fishes and keeping a check on water pollution is important. The Webinar was moderated By Dr Mamata Bangera and Dr Feby Lukose.

Last updated 2021-02-13 04:46:42

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Interferon’s and cytokines in viral diseases and implications for COVID-19

Date : 2020-09-22

Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqumLNTWCS4

The emergence and the spread of Covid-19 has led to an unprecedented situation around the world. Research on strategies to accelerate diagnosis, vaccines and therapeutics for this novel coronavirus is the need of the hour. In this context a webinar on “Interferon’s and cytokines in viral diseases and implications for COVID-19” was conducted on September 22, 2020, to understand the challenges associated with research on this novel virus and to get an insight on the latest developments related to Covid-19 research. The webinar was moderated by Dr Iddya Karunasagar, Senior Director (International Relations), Nitte (Deemed to be University) and Dr Indrani Karunasagar, Director (R & D), Nitte (Deemed to be University). Dr Indrani Karunasagar explained the relevance of the present webinar topic. The opening remarks were delivered by Dr Harsha Halahalli, Curriculum Director & Professor of physiology, Nitte (Deemed to be University) wherein he described the research activities of the University and gave a glimpse of the complex response of cytokine in viral infections, being an astute researcher himself. The invited speaker, Dr Ram Savan, Associate Professor, Department of Immunology, University of Washington, gave a preview of basic immunology and its evolution over the period of time followed by detailed lecture on the implications of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in response to viral infection. He revealed the research data findings that showed the SNP located in interferon in case of Hepatitis C virus, and how they affected the disease outcome. The webinar concluded with the remarks that DNA is constantly evolving along with the pathogens and any nucleotide change in the DNA can affect the outcome of a particular disease.

Last updated 2021-02-13 04:30:44

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Medical device requirements for clinicians

Date : 2020-08-20

The Atmanirbhar scheme of the government prompted the DST NU-TEC to organize a webinar on “Medical device requirements for clinicians” on August 20, 2020. The objective of the webinar was to have first-hand knowledge of the requirement of medical devices for further development and commercialization of technologies. As a first step the DST NU-TEC brought together academicians and clinicians on a single platform to have the needs spelt out. Medical professionals from various institutions invited for the webinar included Dr B Sanjeev Rai, Father Muller’s Medical College, Dr M Chakrapani, Kasturba Medical College, Mangaluru, Dr Meghna Mukund, Yenepoya Medical College, Dr Anil Bhat, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Dr M.D Jaidev, Father Muller Medical College, Dr Ramaprakash, Kanachur Medical College and Dr Sripada Mehandale, K S Hegde Medical Academy. The need for this webinar was explained by Dr Iddya Karunasagar, Advisor, who stressed the importance of research in developing medical devices for improved health care delivery that would become affordable without the quality being compromised. “There is a need for the development of paper strip for urine analysis, assessing liver function, spot test for analysing nasal swab to detect covid-19, microfluidic devices for the infectious disease, chip based microfluidic device for the detection of lithium, wristband for real time detection of glucose, sodium, chloride etc. Sweat monitoring patch for sweat rate, chloride and temperature, handheld optical tomography (OCT), LED based fluorescence microscope, innovation in the field of nano-materials, nano-medicine, nano-fibers theranostics, micro-nano electronic devices, biosensors, micro-needles and smart phone assisted device prediction model with artificial intelligence for a rapid progress in the field of medicine” - Dr B Sanjeev Rai Father Muller Medical College “There should be a collaboration between the health care officials and the technical stream for the identification of various health care needs. A fusion of e-stethoscope, pulse-oximeter, BP, ECG, Infrared thermometer, glucometer would be a great all-in-one doctors instrument. Non-invasive glucose measurement system, thermal mapping and correlation with diseases, artificial intelligence and body signals to develop instruments in context with disease identification such as JVP, PFT and phonocardiogram, slide scanners with digital scanning, simple continuous EEG monitoring, mobile device including infrared thermometer, logistics in the area of patient transport, patient management system tablet identification, remote monitoring patient safety issues, imaging through Ryles tube, lensless microscope, quick digital scanning sharper ECG using fine small needle electrode, nano-drop sampling are few areas that requires research attention” - Dr M Chakrapani Kasturba Medical College “There is a need for cost effective nasal prongs and tubing’s for heated humidified high flow, adrenaline auto injectors, development of model to accurately predict acute attack of asthma using analytical/physiological factors integrated with machine learning algorithms.” - Dr M D Jaidev Father Muller Medical College “Medical innovation is required in the field of tissue culture, plastic surgery, 3D bio-printing, 3D organ development, microfluidics, nano biotechnology, recombinant therapeutics, API formulations, fabrication devices, low cost glucose monitoring and GI cancer detection system, precision medicine, medical robotics, advances in sensors, orthopedic devices such as 3D printed implants/prosthesis, low cost phono-cardiograph, tracheostomy tubes, affordable smart walker, body scanner, gait analysis lab, industrial machining tools, polymer casting, vacuum molding” - Dr Anil Bhat Kasturba Medical College “There is a need for having simplified yet protective PPE to prevent fogging and heat generation in PPE, assistance to cannulate the vein in infants, automation in patient transfer facility, device to monitor the oxygen delivery, diaper to recognize wetting and bedsore, device to diagnose sleep apnea, device for chest physiotherapy, distance sensor to increase the accuracy of thermo-scanners, digital radiograpghy, no contact stethoscope, positioning device in OT to perform oro-nasal surgery and a cost effective micro-debrider” - Dr Sripada Mehandale K S Hegde Medical Academy “There is a requirement of wheel chair with voice enabled RFID device for opening locked doors, osteoporotic assisted device, C arm capable of taking views of both antero-posterior and lateral shots without having to move C arm position. Devices such as spectacle with coring gorilla glass, sensors on the spectacles which will prompt the patient about topography of the surrounding, slit lamp supported on drone for the ophthalmological examination, user friendly affordable light weight digital device to monitor eye pressure, simulation device with good haptic feedback for cataract surgery, use of artificial intelligence to examine retina, wireless hassle free multi parameter monitor for operation theatres and ICUs, robotic assisted physiotherapy, swivel chair and accessories in ambulance to transport the patients with breathlessness, caulking gun with autologous for fat transplantation and bar code with audio prompt on medicine vials to minimize human errors are few requirements the clinicians are looking forward to.” - Dr Meghna Mukund Yenepoya Medical College “Making technology available to rural area in low resource setting and having tele ICU facility and smart clinics is as important as developing new techniques. Few basic mandatory devices required are wireless vital sign patch monitors, wearable electrocardiogram patches, AED, pulse-oximeter, oxygen concentrator, home BIPAP, dialysis machines, CT scan, self-testing (GRBS), ECG/USG machine, plates and screws, bone wires, orthopedic implants in the remote areas at low cost. There is also a need for having artificial intelligence medical device to screen diabetic retinopathy, ambulatory glucose profile, triage tool for the radiology image, human-AI interaction in robotic surgery, health information registry and trauma registry” - Dr Ramaprakash Kanachur Medical College

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Research requirements of Food Industry

Date : 2020-07-24

Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRHsYiR13zA

A webinar on “Research requirements of Food Industry” was organized by DST NU-TEC on July 24, 2020. The mandate of the webinar was to understand the R&D needs of the industry and how academic institutions could rise and contribute to address their issues. Key speakers from the food industry were Shri Giridhar Prabhu, Director, Achal Cashew Industries Pvt Ltd, Mr Sanath Kumar, Quality assurance incharge, Unibic Foods Pvt Ltd, Dr Pradeep Kenjilage, Director R&D, Cafe Coffee Day, Dr Harish Kinilakodi, General Manager, Ace Foods Pvt Ltd, and Dr U. V. Babu, Head R & D, Himalaya Drug Co. Prof. Dr. Iddya Karunasagar, Member scientific committee and chair scientific panel on antibiotic residues, FSSAI, GoI, emphasized the importance of food industry for the Indian economy and the changing landscape of consumer requirements for processed, ready to cook and ready to eat foods. Opening remarks was delivered by the Pro-chancellor, Mr. Vishal Hegde, who introduced the participants to Nitte group of institutions, Atal Incubation Canter, New Age Incubation Center located at Nitte Mahalinga Adyanthaya Memorial Institute of Technology (NMAMIT). He invited the industry to make use of every facility available at Nitte for the larger good of food technology. He assured that all help will be provided by the DST NU-TEC to solve their problems using the research facilities created at Nitte university and the expertise available. Dr Indrani Karunasagar highlighted the importance of research and innovation in the food industry for ensuring food security and nutritional requirements at global level as well as for domestic market. The key speakers elaborated on the research requirements in their respective industries and invited the scientists at TEC to help address their problems. Highlights of industry opinion “Simple innovation techniques bring a drastic change in the economy and such ideas should be driven by passion and commitment and can be based on need. The insect beetle, Tribolium castaneum, a common menace in cashew plantation, requires research attention to help the industry solve the issue” - Shri Giridhar Prabhu Director Achal Industries Pvt Ltd "Detection of foreign bodies in products that specially arise from fragile packaging materials like plastics and threads is very much needed. The detection technique currently available focuses on metal detection” - Mr Sanath Kumar Incharge of quality assurance Unibic Foods Pvt Ltd "Lack of certified or accredited lab in Dakshina Kannada to obtain report in real-time basis is a major issue. An NABL accredited lab could help obtain the much-needed certification documents for the industry. There is need for internship training for students to enable them to have hands-on exposure and be industry-fit. Research focus could be on nutritional value in packaged food to fall in line with the changing trends in lifestyle and food choice” - Dr Harish Kinilakodi General Manager of Ace Foods Pvt Ltd “There is a need for the development of rapid detection kit for analysis of pesticides, heavy metals, and other such contaminants. The development of digital sensors for sensory evaluation like consistency, aroma and taste, chicory percentage in coffee is urgently required. Production of biodegradable, eco-friendly packaging materials that can withstand various levels of processing is need of the hour” - Dr Pradeep Kenjilage Director R & D, Cafe Coffee Day “Change in curriculum is necessary to bridge the gap between resource available in academic institutions and industrial expectations. Involvement of industrialist as visiting professors as well as involving industry to identify research problems and work on them could help in converting lab research into commercially viable product” - Dr U. V. Babu Head R & D, Himalya Drug Co

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Research and development and IPR during COVID-19

Date : 2020-05-26

Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKMai5-DVZg

Webinar on “Research and development and IPR during COVID-19” was organized under DST NU-TEC platform on May 26, 2020. Dr Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, in highlighting the need for this important webinar, stated that change in strategy in research is required during unprecedented time like the Covid-19 pandemic. This is a highly challenging situation with a large number of potential solutions. Dr T.S Rao, Rtd Senior Advisor, Department of Biotechnology informed all that government funding bodies and researchers should coordinate with each other for the effective translation of research. Research proposal made in the area of Covid-19 or any other research should be a result of critical thinking, should be well structured and should have a translational research outcome. There should be a collaboration between basic scientists and clinicians for the effective implementation of research. Dr Iddya Karunasagar spoke on strategies for promoting research in Nitte University through various intra and extramural research grants, energizing the faculty by organizing meeting with external experts, conduct of project writing workshops, student participation in Anveshan etc. Dr Sharana, Gauda Asst Comptroller, Patents and Designs, GoI, Chennai stated that there is a rise in the research leading to development of diagnostic kits and antiretroviral formulations. To continue the process of patent filing, e-filing facility and postal services were created. Timeline for the Indian Patent act and rule are expedited in view of pandemic. Webinar was moderated by Dr Indrani Karunasagar who introduced the theme and the speakers.

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A functional genomics approach to dissect heterogeneity in COVID-19 outcome

Date : 2020-05-22

Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW2MEfy2CrY

Webinar on “A functional genomics approach to dissect heterogeneity in COVID-19 outcome” was organized under DST-NUTEC platform on May 22, 2020. Dr Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Nitte DU in his opening remarks highlighted the diversity of the SARS CoV2 virus and its association with varying severity of infection in different parts of the world. The keynote speaker of the webinar was Dr Vinod Kumar MG, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal medicine, Radboud University, Nijmegen Medical Center, The Netherlands. He spoke on various factors connected to the global crisis caused due to of COVID-19 focusing on the host genetic factors. Since COVID-19 is a complex disease, genetic approach together with role of environmental factors are to be considered to get a holistic picture. His original research on COVID19 explained about organ-on-chip methods and proteomics to elucidate the severity of the disease. The webinar was moderated by Dr Iddya Karunasagar, Senior Director (International Relations) Nitte DU and Prof Dr Indrani Karunasagar, Director R&D who were proud to present their former student and his research areas to the audience.

Last updated 2021-02-13 04:27:08

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Technological Challenges during Covid Pandemic

Date : 2020-05-22

Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLzjChs7wcc

Webinar on “Technological Challenges during Covid Pandemic” was organized by DST NU-TEC on May 22, 2020. The purpose of the webinar that included global experts was to discuss challenges in diagnosis, immunity, vaccine development and technological innovations in India. Resource persons for the webinar included Dr Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Nitte DU; Dr V. Ravi, Head, Neurovirology NIMHANS, Dr Bellur Prabhakar, Dean (Research), Univ, Illinois, Chicago, Dr K.V. Gangadharan, Professor, NITK, Surathkal. Dr Iddya Karunasagar and Dr Indrani Karunasagar, moderators of the webinar explained the need to listen to experts’ opinion about the pandemic and urged all to participate in discussions on SarsCoV2 virus. They introduced the speakers and their expertise relevant to the pandemic. Dr Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, delivered the opening remarks. He stated that the country should develop a robust strategy to prevent, contain and treat infections using modern technology. Dr V. Ravi spoke on challenges and limitations in diagnostics as this holds importance and relevance in the present context. Dr Bellur Prabhakar, threw light upon currently approved therapeutics and the need to discuss repurposing of drugs. Dr K.V. Gangadharan, shared his experience of developing circuit split ventilators. Dr Satheesh Kumar Bhandary suggested interactive session with such renowned experts and urged all those who could not attend the webinar to listen to the experts as their expert opinion on this important topic would be made available through Nitte Youtube platform.

Last updated 2022-10-12 04:33:55

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