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Award from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr. Srikanth Mutnuri, an Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, BITS Pilani, KK Birla Goa Campus is one of the six selected innovators for the award under Grand Challenges India - Re-invent the Toilet Challenge -India. The Department of Biotechnology (BIRAC), Government of India and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded grants to six teams of Scientists and entrepreneurs to build a next-generation toilet.
Dr. Srikant’s project entitled 'Empowered septic tank as decentralized wastewater treatment system' (EST) is based on Bioelectrolysis of wastewater which will exhibit an activated biogas ( H2+ CH4) production combined with a higher retention of ammonium which could be potential fertilizer . The effluent of the EST thus will have a lower load in COD and a lower odor and in turn the treated water coming out can be flocculated by physico chemical methods. The primary sludge that gets accumulated will be processed by Terra Preta composting. The Terra Preta (TP) is a special form of soil with very high nutrition storage characteristics. It was found in the Brazilian forests in the Amazon area. This system is a very promising option for new sanitation approaches, solving the problem of the fecal waste disposal by creating multiple products.
The project is in collaboration with Ghent University and Sustainable Biosolutions LLP. The award was formally announced on 22nd March 2014 at the Re-invent the Toilet Fair, New Delhi.
Professor Walter Lewin’s talk at BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus
Dr. Gaurav Dar, Professor and Head, Department of Physics introduced Prof. Lewin, calling him 'one of the most famous professors in the world.' Lewin is popular for his video lecture series on Physics and massive online courses taught on MIT OCW (Open Course Ware). In 2012, Princeton Review named him among 'The Best 300 Professors in the US.'
A member of Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow at American Physical Society, Prof. Walter Lewin started the lecture by explaining the birth of stars by the gravitational collapse of a gaseous nebula of material composed primarily of hydrogen and helium. He discussed the nuclear fusion of hydrogen into helium in the stars' core, which releases massive amounts of energy. Then he enlightened the audience on the death of stars where the core becomes a stellar remnant: a white dwarf, a neutron star or a black hole depending on the star's mass; the Sun, being fairly light in mass, will turn into a white dwarf in around 5 billion years.
Recipient of various awards including the NASA Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement (1978) and NASA Group Achievement Award for the Discovery of the Bursting Pulsar (1997), Prof. Lewin is renowned for his propensity for teaching concepts of Physics using practical examples in a dynamic style. After he explained the Doppler Shift using two lucid examples that of a tuning fork and a rotating frequency emitter, it was apparent as to why his video lecture series is a sensation on the internet. He explained, "Doppler Shift of spectral lines in binary systems played a key role in the discovery of stellar mass black holes."
After explaining about the X-ray binaries, a class of binary stars which produce X-rays when matter falls from donor star to accretor star (a white dwarf, neutron star, or black hole), Prof. Lewin concluded the lecture by commenting, "For stars, there is really life after death, provided they find the right companion and it is my wish that all of you during life-not after death-find the right companion, radiate and be happy." He also offered to sign souvenirs for anyone interested in meeting him after the lecture. The auditorium was packed to capacity by students from various colleges of Goa.
Rise, Run, Reach: Spree 2014 Sporting Extravaganza
Rise, Run, Reach: Spree 2014 Sporting Extravaganza
Matthew Foschini, the 23 year old Australian footballer currently playing in the I-league for Salgaonkar Football Club urged the students to be passionate about what they would like to do in their lives and wished them good luck at the opening ceremony of Spree 2014. This sporting extravaganza, the annual national sports festival of BITS Goa, and one of the largest sports festivals in our country kicked off at the campus cricket grounds on 6th March. The Opening ceremony was marked by the lighting of Spree torch , fantastic display of fire crackers and an amazing laser show.
With its inspiring theme Rise, Run and Reach, the festival include events from all the major sports such as Cricket, Football, Basketball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Volleyball, Chess and Carom. With state of the art badminton and tennis courts, a BCCI maintained cricket ground and a football pitch maintained by Salgaocar FC, BITS Goa has all the necessary facilities to hold a sports festival of the magnitude of Spree. Apart from these conventional competitions, Spree also boasts of a wide variety of offbeat and special events such as Tug of War, 3v3 (volleyball), 3BA (basketball), Anti-Chess as well as Body Building. The theme for Spree 2014 is ‘Rise. Run. Reach’, something which truly captures the motto and goal of every sportsperson.
Spree 2014 has recorded more than 18000 registrations from colleges all over India. 70 different colleges are set to take the field at Spree. These include VIT, MNIT Jaipur, MIT Manipal, IIM Indore, Motilal Nehru College Delhi, IIIT Gwalior and NMIMS Mumbai, to name just a few.
A number of exciting events and special nights have been lined up as a part of Spree. These include an LED Laser and light show, a freestyle football performance as well as a workshop organized by footballers from the Freestlye Football Federation (F3), a stunt biking performance by a team from Throttlerz, and finally, a DJ Night with Goa’s leading Club DJ – DJ Claudio.
Over the years, Spree has supported numerous social causes and initiatives. This year, through Act to Inspire, Spree 2014 is associating with a number of notable NGOs such as CRY, PETA as well as YSF (Yuvraj Singh Foundation). CRY will be setting up a World Kiosk on campus to gain support for their social cause – ‘Vote for Child Rights’. A variety of other campaigns have also been initiated as a part of Act to Inspire such as a Beach Cleanup Drive, a Tree Plantation Drive, Goa half marathon as well as a Cancer Awareness Campaign. By having such a wide variety of events and initiatives, Spree hopes to make its humble contributions to uplifting society in a number of different ways.
Spree 2014 is more than just an ordinary sports festival. With such a wide set of events and initiatives, Spree 2014 is sure to keep everyone involved and entertained, and live up to its reputation of being one of India’s leading sports festivals.
INDO- UK INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON ADVANCED MATERIALS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS IN NANOTECHNOLOGY
Applications are invited from suitable candidates for the position of a Project Fellow to work on the following project under the supervision of Dr. Basavadatta Mitra, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, BITS-Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus.
Title of the project: Cross Cultural Communication –An Empirical Analysis in Indian Industries and Academia.
Duration of the project: Two years
Project position and number: Project Fellow, One
Fellowship amount: Rs 14,000 per month (As per UGC norms)
Eligibility requirements: MBA / M Phil in Social Sciences, Cultural Studies, Communication Studies with a good academic record. Knowledge of statistical/ analytical tools is a must. Should be willing to travel across the country.
Should also have knowledge in any or all of the following:
1. Knowledge of basic data-structures and algorithms.
3. Should be able to provide examples of sample web-development projects.
4. Should be good at Photoshop and be familiar with rapid designing and prototyping tools.
How to apply: Application along with brief CV (with a recent passport-size photo) with full name, contact details, educational qualifications in tabular form (mention distinction if any), experience in project work and research interests along with relevant attested documents must be sent to the undersigned by post/e-mail latest by 30th April 2014.
Note: Only qualified and suitable candidates will be called for interview to be held at BITS-Pilani, Goa Campus and no TA/DA will be paid for the interview. Selected candidate may be permitted to register for Ph.D program of BITS, Pilani, subject to the fulfillment of the requirements.
Dr. Basavadatta Mitra (Principal Investigator)
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
BITS PILANI, K K Birla Goa Campus
Goa – 403726
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