In a push towards technology, the Department of Science and Technology of the Uttar Pradesh government has approved more than 100 research studies on the use of technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain in sectors such as healthcare and renewable energy , conducted by leading educational institutes including IIT-Kanpur, MNNIT and KGMU. officials said.
These government-funded research studies aim to develop applications and systems for early detection of throat cancer in tobacco users, correct sitting posture among desk workers, assist disabled people with special wheelchairs, etc
A meeting in this regard was held in Lucknow on October 5 under the chairmanship of Narendra Bhooshan, principal secretary of the Department of Science and Technology and director general of the Council of Science and Technology, a senior official said.
A total of 109 research proposals were approved in the meeting, which is the highest number of such approvals, said Anil Yadav, director, Uttar Pradesh Science and Technology Council. These studies would cost $14 crore, he said.
The council noted that desk workers continue to work for several hours while sitting in the same seat for prolonged periods, leading to back pain and spondylitis, among other health problems.
“To overcome this problem, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT), Prayagraj, will develop the help of artificial intelligence, machine learning and an IoT-based real-time posture correction system. The research work for this has been approved and the system would help desk workers get a warning whenever they have incorrect posture,” Yadav said.
“The department noted that cancer diagnosis is often delayed in cases where consumers consume ‘paan’ and tobacco. IIT-Kanpur will develop a healthcare application using artificial intelligence and advanced endoscopic imaging that will help in early detection of this serious disease so that early diagnosis and treatment of patients can be done to avoid loss of lives,” he said.
King George Medical University in Lucknow will develop a machine learning-based multiparametric MRI model that will help in identification, classification and diagnosis of kidney tumors, he said.
Among the proposals that have received the Council’s nod is a helmet-controlled electronic vehicle chair to be developed by the Ambedkar Institute of Technology for the Disabled, Kanpur, he said, adding: “This wheelchair will use artificial intelligence and will work according to IoT principles.”
The department has also approved research studies to promote the renewable energy sector in the state.
For this, the department has approved a research by JSS Academy in Noida to develop a system using blockchain microcontroller and IoT that will allow anyone in a locality to use the surplus solar energy generated by any other resident of the locality. he said.
Bareilly’s Rohilkhand University will develop resources using artificial intelligence and drone technology for asset inspection of solar energy industries in the state, he said.
Rani Lakshmibai Central University, Jhansi will work to promote cultivation of ‘Plas’ in the tribal areas of Bundelkhand and make available its improved varieties. ‘Plas’ is used to make colors, ‘Dona’ sheets, medicines, plywood boards, etc.
“This project will help generate employment and increase the income of farmers,” Yadav said.
The Uttar Pradesh Department of Science and Technology has also announced an increase in scholarships for research staff in projects funded by the Science and Technology Council.
The scholarship for research assistants has been increased by $20,000 to $25,000, while that of senior research assistants has increased by $22,000 to $28,000, Yadav said.
During the meeting, the Executive Committee of the Council also proposed to carry out research work in all the districts of the state, especially in the aspirational districts, backward districts of Bundelkhand and Purvanchal, he added.