The second episode of the lecture series organised by the Department of Economics, SRM University-AP, will be held on September 07, 2021, at 04.00 pm. The lecture titled “Secession with natural resources” will be delivered by Prof Pramila Krishnan from the Oxford Department of International Development.

The lecture will look at the formation of new Indian states in 2001 to uncover the effects of political secession on the comparative economic performance of natural resource-rich and natural resource-poor areas. Resource-rich constituencies fared comparatively worse within new states that inherited a relatively larger proportion of natural resources. The study argues that these patterns reflect how political reorganization affected the quality of state governance of natural resources. Results describe a model of collusion between state politicians and resource rent recipients that can account for the relationships we see in the data between natural resource abundance and post-break-up local outcomes.

About the Speaker:
Pramila Krishnan is a Professor of Development Economics at Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford and a Fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford. She began her academic life as an econometrician working on models of self-selection before seeing the light and moving on to work in development economics.
Her research has concentrated on applied microeconomics and she has worked on topics ranging from household portfolios of poor households to risk-sharing, intra-household allocation and informal insurance, social networks, non-cognitive skills and whether migrants might be both rich and happy. Pramila Krishnan teaches on the MSc in Economics for Development, offering a module on education.

Join this intriguing online lecture on September 07, 2021, at 04.00 pm and enrich your knowledge through the scholarly voice of Prof Pramila Krishnan!

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Dr Ghanshyam Pandey, Assistant Professor of Economics, SRM University – AP has been appointed as an expert for agriculture, rural development, livelihood issues, and climate change and agriculture by The Centre of Integrated Rural Development for Asia and Pacific (CRIDAP). CRIDAP is an intergovernmental and autonomous organization and has 15 member countries. The member countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. His tenure of appointment will be up to 2024.

Dr Ghanshyam Pandey’s role in the organisation:

  • CIRDAP resource person to participate in project proposal development and consultancy.
  • CIRDAP resource person for flagship training courses.
  • Reviewer of Asia-Pacific Journal on Rural Development (APJORD).
  • Part of CIRDAP Think Tank for knowledge sharing and solutions to IRD and PA.
  • To expand CIRDAP Think Tank Networks.
  • To advise on refining CIRDAP Strategic Plan 2020-2024.

About the organisation:
The Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) is a regional, intergovernmental and autonomous organisation. It was established on 6 July 1979 at the initiative of the countries of the Asia-Pacific region and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations with support from several other UN bodies and donors. The Centre came into being to meet the felt needs of the developing countries at that time as an institution for promoting integrated rural development in the region. From the original six members, CIRDAP has now grown up as a Centre of 15 member countries. The member countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh (Host State), Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. Operating through designated contact ministries and link institutions in member countries, CIRDAP promotes regional cooperation. It plays a supplementary and reinforcing role in supporting and furthering the effectiveness of integrated rural development programmes in Asia and the Pacific.

Yuvraj Tankala and Joseph K Paul from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, SRM University-AP has successfully bagged a cash prize of $1750 at the Datastax Hackathon held from Dec 2020 to Feb 2021. The duo formed the “Team Hexagon” and demonstrated their full-stack AI monitored online classroom and examination portal project at the international competition conducted by Datastax. It powered the innovative data apps to the Home Depot, T-Mobile, Intuit, and half of the Fortune 100 companies.

Rakuten India Enterprise Private Limited conducted this 24-hour challenge competition amongst 7000+ participants. Based on three rounds- 1) Ideation Phase 2) Build Phase 3) Finals-winners were decided. Each team comprised of one to four members and they were allotted various themes such as Mobile and Web Development, Web Analytics, Platform Development and Backend Engineering, Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

While briefing on the project, Team Hexagon elucidated, “We were excited to participate in the competition and immediately started working on the project. After outlining the base of the project, we were assured that it could create a positive impact during this unprecedented time of Covid-19 outbreak. The education system is facing tough times while managing online assessments. We introduced an AI model-based monitoring system for examiners and examinees involved in the evaluation process. The application follows the head and lip movements of the examinee by considering the various parameters. It tracks the head movement in two axes (up-down and right-left) and warns the examinee to concentrate on the screen. In a similar way, it follows the lip movement and alerts the examiner when found any abnormal movements in between assessment”.

Yuvraj and Joseph presented their project before Technology Business Incubator’s panel, which was shortlisted from 34 other proposals. Under this programme, they went under rigorous training for 12 months and received the felicitation of industry support, seed funding, innovation fund support, industry connectivity with the key players in the market. Winning over the competitive challenges has given the duo high confidence to work on multiple projects and plan to lead off a venture after the completion of academic years.

School of Entrepreneurship and Management Studies, SRM University-AP is organising an interactive session by the faculty with prospective students of the MBA program. Prof R S Desikan and Dr A V S Kamesh will elaborate on the latest trends in management education on September 08, 2021, at 04.00 pm.

The Department of Management has a team of outstanding faculty with extensive experience in their respective fields of expertise. General MBA, MBA (Data Science) Business Analytics, and MBA in Banking and Financial Services courses provide outcome-based education with contemporary curricula designed by reputed academicians and industry experts. The department aims to nurture entrepreneurs and game-changers who create a competitive advantage for new-age businesses and governance. Graduates from the department are placed in top companies throughout India.

The speakers will enlighten the audience in detail about the MBA Programs offered by the university and focus on potential career opportunities for the graduates who study the MBA (General/BFS/Data Science) specialisations at SRM University-AP.

Join this engaging webinar on September 08, 2021, at 04.00 pm to know how MBA at SRM University-AP can shape your career in the ever-changing business environment.

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First patent granted to SRM University-AP

Title of the Patent: A Process for Preparing Magnesium Foams

Patent applicant: SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh

Patent Application number: 202041001715

Date of Filing: 14/01/2020

Date of Publication: 24/01/2020

Date of Grant: 16/08/2021

Prof GS Vinod KumarProf G S Vinod Kumar and his PhD Scholar Mr Dipak Nandkumar Bhosale from the Department of Mechanical Engineering has brought the first granted patent to SRM University-AP. The patent titled “A Process for Preparing Magnesium Foams” is on the novel processing of Magnesium alloy foams via molten metal route. Metal foams are the class of novel ultra-lightweight and high strength materials used for engineering structures. Under the light-alloy category, Magnesium alloys possess greater challenges to foam and the inventors Mr Dipak Bhosale, PhD scholar and Prof Vinod Kumar (PhD supervisor) of Dept. of Mechanical Engineering have come up with a novel process to foam Magnesium alloy effectively. The patent was filed on January 14, 2020, and granted on August 16, 2021. It is indeed commendable that the patent grant is obtained in just 16 months from the date of application.

Metal foam is a cellular structure consists of solid metal with gas-filled pores. The pores can be sealed (closed-cell foam) or interconnected (open-cell foam). The present patent relates to a process for the preparation of closed-cell Magnesium foams using dolomite [CaMg (CO3)2] as a blowing agent (gas source), through a liquid metal route. The inventors have demonstrated economical and naturally occurring mineral dolomite to be an effective blowing agent for preparing magnesium foams and in-situ formed MgAl2O4 (spinel) particles as the stabilizing agent during stabilization of foams. The Magnesium foams produced by the process of the present disclosure have a good expansion, lower density, uniform pore size distribution and polyhedral pore structure. Through the present process Magnesium foams with 88% porosity 0.20 g/cm3 foam density was obtained. Magnesium foam is an attractive material that exhibits a unique combination of mechanical, physical, thermal, electrical and acoustic properties. It has high strength to weight ratio, good compressive strength and high energy/shock/vibration/sound absorption efficiency. Owing to these properties the magnesium foam finds potential in lightweight structural applications, sound-absorbing, energy and vibration and shock damping application.

SRM University-AP is one of the University partners in organising The First International Conference on Technologies for Smart Green Connected Society (ICTSGS-1), 29-30 November 2021, in virtual mode along with The Electrochemical Society, USA; United Nations FAO, Italy and Yamagata University, Japan.

The conference Chairs will be Professors Hidemitsu Furukawa and Ajit Khosla from Yamagata University. Dr Sujith Kalluri, Assistant Professor in Electronics and Communication Engineering and Coordinator of SRM – Amara Raja Center for Energy Storage Devices, SRM University-AP will be the Conference Co-chair.

The meeting agenda is dedicated to the cause of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is committed to taking the bold and transformative changes that are required to move the world toward a more sustainable and resilient future. The purpose of this transdisciplinary/interdisciplinary conference is to engage and bring awareness at the grassroots level such as students, scientists, academia and industry. Therefore, engaging the community to develop technologies to achieve and accelerate Ecosystem restoration and SDGs.

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The second talk in the distinguished lecture series organised by the Department of Civil Engineering will be held on September 04, 2021, at 9.30 am. Dr G Bharat, Scientist, Flexible Pavement Division, CSIR-CRRI will deliver an engaging lecture on the topic Advanced Strategies for Sustainable Pavements. The lecture aims to cover topics like asphalt concrete recycling, composite pavements and utilisation of waste materials in pavements.

About the Speaker:

Dr Bharath is currently working as a scientist at CSIR-Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), New Delhi, in the flexible pavement division. He successfully completed more than 60 R&D, sponsored and consultancy projects in pavement engineering. He is also working as an assistant professor in Engineering sciences at CSIR-Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR).

Dr Bharath has diverse expertise in pavement engineering, covering pavement design, materials, and field investigation. He published more than 25 National and International Journals and Conference articles. He has made remarkable contributions towards drafting Indian pavement design guides such as IRC:37-2012 and IRC:58-2011. Currently, Dr Bharath is actively involved in an externally funded project, “Sustainable Road Pavements in High Altitude Regions Using Geosynthetics”, worth 109 lakhs, funded by G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment, MoEF, Under Scheme: National Mission on Himalayan Studies.

All are invited to this educative session on September 04, 2021, at 9.30 am.

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Despite the variety of traditional and IT-based agricultural information delivery approaches, the majority of Indian farmers are not acquiring or provided with actionable agricultural information in a timely and regular manner. A lecture titled “Crop Darpan: Towards building a smartphone-based system for improving the efficiency of every farm in India” will be organised by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering on September 08, 2021, at 11.00 am to address the issue of the lab to the land gap in agriculture. Prof P Krishna Reddy, from IIIT Hyderabad, will talk about the eSagu system, an IT-based farm-specific agro-advisory system field-tested on about 50 field and horticultural crops in hundreds of villages.

Since 2004, research efforts are being made at IIIT Hyderabad to investigate the building of IT-based agro-advisory systems to deliver actionable agro-advice to every farm field of India in a timely manner. In this connection, they have built the eSagu system and village-level eSagu system. They are also currently investigating the building of the Crop Darpan system. The Crop Darpan App is available for cotton and rice crops at Google Play Store and Apple App Store. In this talk, Prof P Krishna Reddy will share the experiences of building these systems and the future plans.

Biography of the speaker:
Prof P Krishna Reddy is the head of the Agricultural Research Center and a member of the Data Sciences and Analytics Center research team at IIIT Hyderabad, India. From 2013 to 2015, he has served as a Program Director, ITRA-Agriculture & Food, Information Technology Research Academy (ITRA), Government of India. His research areas include data mining, database systems and IT for agriculture. He has published about 189 refereed research papers which include 30 journal papers, four book chapters, and eight edited books. He is a steering committee member of the Pacific-Asia knowledge discovery and data mining (PAKDD) conference series and the Database Systems for Advanced Applications (DASFAA) conference series. He has delivered several invited/panel talks at reputed conferences and workshops in India and abroad. Since 2004, he has been investigating the building efficient knowledge agricultural knowledge transfer systems by extending developments in IT. He has conceptualized the notion of Virtual Crop Labs to improve applied skills for extension professionals. Currently, he is investigating the building of the Crop Darpan system, which is a crop diagnostic tool for farmers, with funding support from the India-Japan Joint Research Laboratory Program. The eSagu system, an IT-based farm-specific agro-advisory system, has got several recognitions including CSI-Nihilent e-Governance Project Award in 2006, Manthan Award in 2008 and has been a finalist in the Stockholm Challenge Award in 2008 and received PAKDD Distinguished Service Award in 2021.

Join this illuminating lecture on September 08, 2021, at 11:00 am and gain valuable insights into building a smartphone-based system for improving the efficiency of every farm in India.

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The third edition of the Eminent Guest Lecture Series: An Odyssey of Physics organised by the Department of Physics at SRM University-AP will be held on September 04, 2021, Saturday at 3.00 pm. The session will be engaged by Prof D Narayana Rao from the University of Hyderabad on the topic “1D and 3D Photonic Crystals and their Applications”.

Abstract of the event:

There will be a brief introduction to the Photonic crystals, followed by our laboratory results. Our work mainly concentrated on optical field enhancement in both the 1D and 3D photonic crystals. Such strong local field enhancement is essential for reducing the high power laser requirements in nonlinear optics experiments. These photonic crystals have been prepared through various techniques like sol-gel, slow evaporation method and RF sputtering technique. Prof D Narayana Rao will show some results on surface-enhanced Raman studies and optical limiting and white light generation.

All are invited to join this lecture on September 04, 2021, at 3.00 pm to gain an insightful overview of 1D and 3D photonic crystals and their applications.

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Dr Hirenkumar Thakkar from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering has published a research paper titled “RENDA: Resource and Network-aware Data Placement Algorithm for Periodic Workloads in Cloud” in the journal IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems Vol. 32, No. 12, pp. 2906-2920.

Each year, tech giants are spending millions of dollars to purchase the resources to store the data. However, efficient data placement is a critical issue for companies that experience several terabytes of data generation on daily basis. With such speed of data generation, it is the need of the hour to come up with a strategy for an efficient storage mechanism. This research investigates the data placement problems in cloud data centres and assists several tech giants such as Google, Facebook etc., to manage the cloud resource properly.

This research benefits society with a lower cost of cloud subscriptions, as tech giants are able to save several thousands of dollars by means of an efficient storage mechanism. This ultimately enables the tech giants to offer cloud service subscriptions at a reasonable cost.

The study was carried out in collaborations with Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Computing Lab (ABC Lab), Chang Gung University, Taiwan with Prof. Prasan Kumar Sahoo and in collaboration with Prof. Bharadwaj Veeravalli from the National University of Singapore. In addition to the current collaboration, there are several collaborations with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-BHU) as well as the University of Tartu, Estonia.

In future, Dr Thakkar is planning to come up with a book on cloud resource management using Nature-inspired learning. In addition to that, there are few projects such as filing two separate patents on Healthcare data analysis and opinion feature mining in collaboration with Chang Gung University, Taiwan, the National University of Singapore, and the University of Tartu, Estonia.

Read the full paper here: