Category: Student Projects
Each year thousands of students in India learn making android apps. Many of them choose making apps as a project. If each of these android app could solve a small little problem of society or common man, their aggregate effort in societal progress will be enormous.
Many of the readers may have often travelled by public transport including auto rickshaws. And there surely must have been times when you felt that the money charged by the vendor was inappropriate or above the stipulated norms. Many cities have fixed tariffs based on the distance one travels and during the time when the journey is made. Yet at times purely due to lack of information, many users of auto rickshaws pay more than they are supposed to.
Here is an example of an student, Neel Kadia who is a student of Government Engineering College, Gandhinagar has made an app that solves this problem for the unsuspecting customer. He also has a nice youtube video that makes shows how the app works.
Neel is still working on the app and continues to improve it. The app can give user the fare is he is supposed to pay based on kilometres and time of day travelled. He also has a facebook page for the app, where you can find more abou tthe project. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2841982149308
While the problem may not be the most pertinent ones our society faces but then its is one small step towards solving some problem.
The project has designed a novel drug formulation that inhibits breast cancer causing agent using carbonitrile group.
Inhibition of aromatase, a cytochrome P-450 enzyme responsible for biosynthesis of estrogens, is an effective approach for the prevention and treatment of estrogen-dependent breast cancer. Carbonitrile containing compound shows enhancement in aromatase inhibiting activity. The present work aims to introduce carbinitrile group in ring-D and to observe its impact on the aromatase inhibiting activity of the molecule. A novel A- and D-ring substituted steroid 16β-cyano-17β-hydroxy-4-phenylthia-4-androsten-3-one (7) has been synthesized and evaluated for its potential as aromatase inhibitor using human placental microsomal preparation as the enzyme source and [1β-3H]androstenedione as substrate.
Dr. Prafulla M. Sabale
Parul Institute of Pharmacy, Vadodara
The project comprises of a new technique for providing tsunami forecasting. Accurate forecasting of Tsunami can be very vital in issuing warnings and evacuating the people from regions with the possibility of being hit by tsunami.
The cost of this tsunami warning system may be a hundred times cheaper than the existing systems due to the very low cost of obtaining TEC data from satellite pratham.
The project uses a novel technique for ionospheric tomography using the TEC data. The TEC data for this system is obtained from Pratham, a satellite developed by IIT Bombay. The TEC data is being generated using ten ground stations in India and one in France. The algorithm reconstructs the distribution of electron density across various layers of the ionosphere with more than 85% accuracy. This allows forecasting tsunami with a good deal of accuracy.
The project team received appreciation award underthe category ‘Technological Edge’ at the Gandhian Young Technology Award.
Jhonny Jha, Sanyam Mulay, Deepika Thakur, Husain Manasawala, Tushar Jadhav,IIT Bombay
Project Guide: Prof. K. Sudhakar
It uses an embedded system to classify tiles in different grades using digital image processing and measure the thickness of tiles using ultrasonic waves. The ceramic tile industry is almost completely automated with the exception of the last step of visual inspection, which is undertaken for the classification of tiles into different grades. In this system designed by the innovators, images of tiles are captured, digitized and an algorithm used to compare it against a standard tile image and accordingly the tiles are classified.
To measure the thickness of a tile, ultrasonic waves involving pulse echo method are used. The measurement unit uses a continuous signal in the transmission frequency range of ultrasonic transducers. The team designed the systems for a Tile manufacturer based in Morbi, Gujarat. The students had identified this problem as ‘industry defined problem’ while on an industrial shodhyatra at the local unit of tile manufacturer. The automation of the tile grade classification may reduce the time and improve the reliability of tile grade classification.
Dulari Kothari, Khyati Kotecha, Deep Bhimani, Jasmin Nandaniya, Chirag Patel
Government Engineering College, Rajkot
This prototype combines a water heater along with refrigerator. This modified Domestic refrigerator has two interesting novel functions. The waste heat of compressor is used to heat water, through a heat exchanger and in the process of removing heat, the life of compressor is extended and its efficiency goes up. Thus the power consumption also goes down because compressor has to work less.
The lukewarm water thus generated can be used cleaning kitchen utensils, washing clothes, bathing etc. Through this modified design daily 100 liters of lukewarm hot water can be produced while the cooling capacity of the refrigerator is increased by about 20 per cent . This may also reduce the consumption of electricity.
The project received appreciation under the Gandhian young Technology- ‘More from less’ category.
Prof. Anil Gupta had the following comment on the project technology in his DNA column:
“Every fridge manufacturer must be obliged to attach a heat harnesser to the compressor so that energy consumption in the fridge goes down and user can harness extra heat for casserole or heating water. In fact, if pulses are kept in hot water for a while, they cook faster and save further energy. Some of the vegetables need not be cooked at all and they may become palatable merely by keeping in hot water, saving all the nutrients as well.”
Dhruv Patel, Gandhinagar Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
Gujarat Technological University
Project Guide: Dr Nilesh M Bhatt