Workshops Conducted



NITTE UNIVERSITY ORGANISES INTERACTION WITH FOOD INDUSTRY ON THE OCCASION OF WORLD FOOD DAY 2022

Date : 2022-10-18


World Food Day 2022 was organized by the Nitte University Technology Enabling Center (NUTEC) at Paneer campus with an interactive discussion session with food industry representatives and other stakeholders on 18 October, 2022. World Food Day marks the foundation of Food and Agriculture Organisation of United nations and the theme of 2022 World Food Day was “Leave no one behind” in the march towards better food production, better nutrition, better environment and better life. The event was organized in partnership with Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), FSSAI, MSME Development and Facilitation Office (DFO), South Regional Office of International Federation of Inventor’s Association (IFIA) and partner institutions. The discussion was around four major themes (a) Technological needs of food industries (b) Food processing machineries (c) food safety and quality (d) regulation and compliance. Dr. Iddya Karunasagar, Advisor Nitte University and Member, Scientific Committee, FSSAI coordinated the meeting. He explained about the food technology focus of the Nitte Technology Enabling Center funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. He presented case studies of Nitte faculty developing few food related technologies, two of which have already been taken up by entrepreneurs for commercialization. He further informed the participants, the role NUTEC could play in meeting the technological and service needs of the food industry in the Region. Mr. Ananthesh Prabhu, Vice President of KCCI pointed out the need to develop eco-friendly packaging materials required by the food industry and the need for technologies to recycle plastic waste generated by the industry. Mr. Ahmed Mudasser, Director, KCCI highlighted the need for developing indigenous food processing machineries. Mr. Devaraj, Joint Director MSME DFO explained about various schemes available for partial reimbursement of costs incurred by MSMEs towards patents both national as well as international and trademark protection. Food industry representatives sought clarifications from FSSAI regarding State and Central licensing and labeling issues, particularly organic labeling. Dr. Divya and Dr. Preethy from FSSAI provided the clarifications to the industries. Representatives from seafood industry pointed out the need for food testing laboratory and KCCI representatives also supported this request. Dr. Iddya Karunasagar explained about schemes under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana to support setting up of food testing laboratories that can be availed by private sector. He assured technical support from NUTEC for setting up food testing laboratories. NUTEC partner institutions, Canara Engineering College and St Joseph Engineering College spoke about the capabilities of their institutions to contribute towards development of food processing machineries. Mr. Jeevan Saldana, past president, CII spoke about his experience with food processing machinery indigenization and developing high quality equipment that are currently being exported to several countries. Mrs Preethy Nayak spoke about her experience as a Startup to bring the product of cold pressed fruit juices to the market and the challenges she had to face. Mr Vishwas from IFIA offered to work with NUTEC to support academia and industry in the development of innovative products in food sector. All the participants and stakeholders appreciated the efforts of NUTEC to bring industry and academia together and hoped that this would help making progress in innovation and commercialization of novel products.

Last updated 2022-10-22 06:44:58

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The World food safety day celebration

Date : 2022-06-07


Training of food handlers is a pre-requisite for ensuring food safety. With this mandate, an interactive session was organized for the Nitte University canteen and hostel mess workers to create awareness on hygienic practices to ensure food safety. The event was part of the ‘World food safety day’ celebration organized at the Technology Enabling Centre, Nitte (DU), on June 07, 2022. Dr Praveen Kumar, FSSAI designated district food safety officer, D.K., was the chief guest of the day. People involved in various food sector areas, including food system policy makers, processors and investors from in and around Mangaluru were invited to the celebration to create awareness about food safety and its importance. The session, on the whole, provided the audience with knowledge about the need for producing safe food for consumption by outlining necessary guidelines for the validation of food safety control measures. On this occasion, DST TEC Nitte (DU) organized a series of events for students and research scholars to create awareness among youngsters. The food safety celebration ended with the prize distribution to the awardees.

Last updated 2022-10-12 05:35:02

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Research Scholars visit TEC

Date : 2022-05-18


The research directorate in collaboration with IIC arranged a visit on 18 May 2022 to the DST Technology Enabling Centre followed by an interactive session. The purpose of the visit was to introduce the TEC that has been set up for the state of Karnataka, to the research scholars. During the interactive session, Prof Dr Iddya Karunasagar advisor Research and Patents explained the philosophy of setting up such centres in the country and its vision and mission. He enlightened the research scholars on how TEC could facilitate translational research by connecting the results of research to industry. It could network candidates with industry for professional support and play a role in improving the outcome of the research leading to technology transfer, help with startups or patenting. About 30 PhD scholars from the constituent institutes of Nitte (DU) participated in the session in two batches. A glimpse of ongoing activities at TEC and the efforts at bringing together academia and industry were briefly explained. Various products & technologies available at the centre were showcased to motivate them

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

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World IPR Day Theme Lecture

Date : 2022-04-27


DST -Technology Enabling Centre, Nitte DU has been in the forefront of networking for inter and multi-disciplinary translational research. Social relevance has become the theme of every initiative that the government supports. In this regard, TEC and the Institute Innovation Council, Nitte DU organized World IPR Day Theme Lecture on 27 April 2022. Dr Vishal Rao, Director, Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, HCG Cancer Centre Bengaluru was the chief guest for the occasion. The programme began with the inspiring video covering the journey of Dr Vishal Rao in developing an indigenous cost-effective voice prosthesis that has helped throat and larynx cancer patients regain their speech post-surgery. The programme was presided by the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Sathish Kumar Bhandary in the august presence of Dr Alka Kulkarni Registrar, Dr Sriniketan President IIC, Dr Iddya Karunasagar, Advisor Research and Patents, and Dr Indrani Karunasagar Director Projects and TEC. Dr Indrani Karunasagar welcomed the chief guest Dr Vishal Rao and the gathering followed by Dr Iddya Karunasagar who enlightened the audience on the theme of IPR day and explained the significance of bringing a celebrated clinician scientist for the event. Dr Satheesh Kumar Bhandary in his presidential address, emphasized on developing innovative technologies to help humankind. In the medical field, developing devices would be possible only through recognising problems of patients by clinicians just the way the affordable voice prosthesis was a result of Dr Vishal Rao’s inner call to help the needy who lost their voice during larynx surgery following cancer . In his talk titled “Possibility to Actuality”, Dr Vishal detailed his motivational journey and urged the audience to think differently on solving problems and not shy away from confronting issues with “out of the box” approach to solve problems. His inspirational talk left the audience spell bound and was a huge success that was followed by an interactive session with the active participation of faculty and students from various institutes of the district.

Last updated 2022-10-12 05:00:49

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Interactive session with Agrinnovate CEO, Dr Sudha Mysore

Date : 2022-03-18


Nitte University DST Technology Enabling Centre in collaboration with Agrinnovate, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India organized an interactive session with Agro-industry representatives on 18 March 2022. Dr Sudha Mysore, Chief Executive Officer, Agrinnovate was the Chief Guest and resource person. Dr M.N. Moodithaya, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Nitte University, and president of the event highlighted the importance of bringing together research and innovation and the need to focus on novel technologies as the global trend is moving towards knowledge economy. Dr Indrani Karunasagar explained the genesis of DST Technology Enabling Centres across the entire country with one in each state. The TEC at Nitte University is handholding academic institutions and entrepreneurs and bringing about the much needed academia-industry collaboration. Dr Iddya Karunasagar explained the need for multidisciplinary approach for technology development to solve problems and how the DST TEC is contributing to achieve this goal. Dr Sudha Mysore presented examples of agri-technologies that have been commercialized through Agrinnovate. These include biofertilisers and technologies for crop enhancement for agriculture, technologies for application to dairy and food industry, disease diagnostics and vaccines for veterinary and fisheries sector. Agrinnovate has also created incubation facilities where companies wanting to scale up or field test technologies could do this in collaboration with ICAR institutions or Agricultural Universities. She explained the process of technology development that would benefit farmers, processors and agro-industries, validation of technologies and commercialization. Dr Mamatha from Nitte University Centre for Science Education and Research proposed the vote of thanks. Ms Akshatha from DST TEC compered the programme.

Last updated 2022-10-12 04:49:23

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IDEATION DRIVE – 2021 Health and Allied Sciences

Date : 2021-11-15


DST Technology Enabling Centre in association with the Institution Innovation Council, Nitte (DU) initiated an ideation drive to translate the ideas to technology through innovation. Best selected ideas will get a prize, mentoring support, boot camp training, start up grant support, and business development support Process Phase 1: Identification of the problem Phase 2: Discussion of the selected problems with peers from the domain to develop possible solutions Phase 3: Development of teams for addressing the problems and possible solution Phase 4: Review by the experts Target Domains Healthcare: Medical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, nutrition, drug discovery, development of vaccines, maternal & child health, infectious diseases, Covid-19, rare and neglected diseases, patient care and safety, water & sanitation, solid waste & bio waste management Digital Health : Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, imaging, wearables, IT in healthcare and other related sub-domains

Last updated 2022-10-12 05:08:19

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Medical Hackathon

Date : 2021-03-26


Hackathon 2021 was organized by Nitte Atal Incubation Centre in association with the Institute Innovation Council (IIC) of Nitte (DU). The event was coordinated by NU-TEC at the NIA-NICO auditorium premises followed by an interactive meeting and discussion with Prof Dr Iddya Karunasagar at DST NU-TEC centre. The theme of the Hackathon centred around solving the most impactful problems in healthcare which was relevant to the prevailing pandemic situation. Solutions to various health related problems require a multidisciplinary approach for a healthy society and a thriving economy. A galaxy of healthcare experts from various departments of KSHEMA that included ENT, OBG, Nephrology, Endocrinology, Anaesthesiology, Psychiatry, Internal medicine and Cardiology addressed the budding, enthusiastic technocrats. Prof Dr Satheesh Kumar Bhandary Hon’ble Vice Chancellor enlightened the audience on the need for this hackathon. The event was presided over by Prof Dr Shantharam Shetty. Prof Dr Indrani Karunasagar in her welcome address highlighted the objective of DST TEC as one of nurturing the innovator. Young research enthusiasts and entrepreneurs participated and interacted with Dr Iddya Karunasagar who explained the role of DST TEC in mentoring.

Last updated 2021-12-30 07:15:40

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Workshop on patent process

Date : 2020-08-19


DST NU-TEC organized a guest lecture as a part of staff development activity on “Understanding patenting in India" on August 19, 2020 at NUCSER. Dr Iddya Karunasagar, emphasised the need to file patent application related to any novel product or process before submitting the manuscript for publication. He explained the Nitte (DU) policy on patenting and the steps involved in filing the patent. He also suggested that a provisional patent application be submitted early in the process of applying for patent which should be confirmed within a year with additional data as proof of the process/product. All the faculty of NUCSER actively participated and discussed several patent related queries after the lecture.

Last updated 2021-05-05 10:37:10

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