Higher Education News of the Day (IIT Jodhpur & IIT Hyderabad)

IIT Jodhpur collaborates with NHAI to improve highway’s infrastructure


New Delhi :
Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur (IIT Jodhpur) have joined hands with National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to improve highway’s infrastructure. Both have signed MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) at IIT Campus on Friday to work for the better of infrastructure of the National Highways. The signing ceremony took place in the presence of IIT Jodhpur Director Santanu Chaudhury and Ajay Bishnoi, GM (Tech) and Project Director, NHAI, Project Implementation United (PIU) Jodhpur.

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Internships in various domains –
This collaboration will allow IITJodhpur students to undertake paid internships in various domains including transportation engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, etc.

Make way for economic development in the state –
Earlier this month, Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs V Muraleedharan appreciated the digital foundation laying ceremony of the NHAI’s projects. He said that these are the standing example of the commitment of PM Modi-led government towards Kerela’s development. While speaking to ANI, Muraleedharan said that such projects will make way for economic development in the state.

IIT Hyderabad develops Nanofibrous bags for seed storage


New Delhi :
Researchers of Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT Hyderabad) has developed nanofibrous bags for seed storage. Prof Chandra Shekhar Sharma from IIT Hyderabad has developed encapsulated electrospun polyurethane (PU) nanofibrous bags to prevent seed storage losses faced by farmers.

The indigenous seed storage practices utilise –
Post harvesting, proper storage of seeds is necessary to preserve the active germplasm of crops for longer period without compromising their viability and germination ability. The indigenous seed storage practices utilise various kinds of structures to store grains such as ropes and bamboo baskets, mud and earthen pots, wooden structures, brick structures, underground pits, gunny bags, polypropylene bags etc.

Additionally, various natural pest control measures, including dressing the seeds with oils, cow dung, wood ash etc., are practiced by farmers. Despite all these measures, significant seed storage losses are registered.

The real time storage experiment carried out –
These bags show a great potential for achieving food security and is a significant step towards sustainable agriculture. Prof Chandra Shekhar Sharma of the chemical engineering department at IIT-H demonstrated the suitability of neem oil (NO) encapsulated electro spun polyurethane (PU) Nanofibrous bags as an ideal storage system. The real time storage experiment carried out for 75 days proved that 90% seeds stored in Nano fibrous bags were uninfected, whereas 70% seeds in commercial bags were found to be infected with storage fungi.

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