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7 In 1 Foldable, Portable and Multipurpose Device...

Pankit Gami & Ekta Patel, a young Indian Inventor whose invention has recognized at national and international level.He with her classmate Ekta Patel,  innovate 7 in 1 Foldable, Portable and multipurpose device, which can be convert into Trolley, Chair, Bed, Ladder, Hammock, Table and Stool , got many national and international recognitions. He has been appreciated by former President of India H.E.  Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam via NIF at IIM Ahmadabad in 2011 for the best innovation among 5000 ...

(Saturday, 29 June 2013 18:21)
Solar powered i-slate for Indian students...

An iPad might be a fashion statement for some while a necessity for others. But unlike the i-slate, it is definitely not a life changing possession for anyone. I-Slate is a cheap, solar-powered computer tablet that has transformed the lives of the children of Mohamed Hussainpally Village School in Andhra Pradesh. Developed through a partnership of Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Houston’s Rice University  these tablets are designed to help children in developing countries ...

(Wednesday, 26 June 2013 15:24)
India’s representatives for the Henkel Innovation Challenge 2013...

 

 

 

Aditya Yadav and Harshvardhan Pande are winners of the National Henkel Innovation Challenge 6...

 

They will represent India in the global finals, which will be held in Shanghai and will see participation of students from 27 countries.

 

The competition, themed ‘Triple the value you create. Create a sustainable world’ saw 800 registrations which were narrowed down to 10 for the finals. College students were asked to develop a concept for a product or technology for the year 2050.

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(Wednesday, 26 June 2013 15:23)
Classical Indian dancer wins $30K Walter Carsen Prize...

Classical Indian dancer and choreographer Menaka Thakkar has won the 2012 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts...

 

Menaka was born in 1942 in Bombay. She is a master of three classical Indian dance styles: bharatanatyam, odissi and kuchipudi. She began studying bharatanatyam at the age of four and, by her mid-twenties, she was also proficient in odissi and kuchipudi.

 

Audiences received Thakkar’s 1972 Canadian tour with great enthusiasm, which encouraged Thakkar to ...

(Wednesday, 26 June 2013 15:22)
Coimbatore team wins ‘Freescale Cup 2013′ intelligent car race...

Electronic Systems Engineering (DESE) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and is part of Freescale’s initiative to promote innovation and creative thinking in engineering students across the world.

 

The 3rd edition of the Freescale Cup drew 225 teams from 70 colleges, of which 50 teams faced off in the grand finale. Freescale provided model car kits, development tools based on Freescale microcontroller technology, and technical support for the students, who had to develop a prototype ...

(Wednesday, 26 June 2013 15:21)
Upliftment of Burmese Refugees by students from IIT Delhi...

 

 

 

While few Indians are busy ingraining feelings of regionalism,  a larger number are devoting themselves towards fostering a harmonious world. These students of SIFE-IIT Delhi give us a glimpse of the power of  brotherhood that is keeping humanity alive.

 

SIFE (Student In Free Enterprise) - is an international non-profit organization that aims to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities and become socially responsible business leaders.

 

SIFE IIT Delhi ...

(Wednesday, 26 June 2013 15:19)
Vellore Institute of Technology University breaks Guinness world record with its giant hand...

 

 

 

India’s premier engineering college, Vellore Institute of Technology has set a new world record.

 

In a first of its kind record in India, 3,005 people formed a giant human hand in the open ground near the silver jubilee tower at Vellore Institute of Technology University campus in Vellore, Chennai, India,setting the new world record for the Largest human hand, according to the World Record Academy.

 

The world record attempt was done under the banner Pragathi to beat the previous ...

(Wednesday, 26 June 2013 15:08)
Indian teenager invents self defence device for women...

Delhi teenager, Manu Chopra,  has designed a device which can be worn like a wrist watch that delivers an electric shock once it touches the attacker’s skin...

 

The average speed of nerve impulses transmitted from the brain to other parts of the body is 60 metre per second. In case of any attempt of molestation, the speed of the nerve impulses increase to 119 metre per second. It is then that this device detects the increased nerve impulse and stings the attacker with a small electric shock ...

(Wednesday, 26 June 2013 15:02)
India committed Rs 10,000 crore (2.5 B$) to indigenously develop the world’s fastest supercomputer by 2017...

India committed Rs 10,000 crore ( 2.5 Billion$ ) to indigenously develop the world’s fastest supercomputer by 2017. The Planning Commission agreed in principle to provide the funds to the Indian Space Research Organsiation (ISRO) and Indian Institute of Science (IIS), Bangalore to develop a supercomputer with a performance of 132.8 exaflops (132 quintillion floating operations per second). A quintillion has 18 zeros (a million has six)...

 

The world’s fastest supercomputer right now is a ...

(Wednesday, 26 June 2013 14:47)

Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany (Father of Fiber Optics)

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The Father of Fiber Optics, Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany...

Among the modern-age inventions which have reshaped and revolutionized the world we live in today, fiber-optic communication holds a special place. In this small, fast and globalized world the ability to transfer information freely and to have instant access to knowledge, that would have been difficult or almost impossible to obtain previously, has largely been facilitated and ushered in by fiber-optic communication working in tandem with the all-pervading digital revolution. Information holds the key today and there has been a radical shift from traditional industry to an economy controlled, created and driven by an information-empowered society termed information society.

The man behind this ground-breaking technology Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany is an Indian born American physicist whose invention of fiber optics made more than half a century ago revolutionized the way information is transmitted and communicated today. It is because of his pioneering work that the world today enjoys high speed communication and medical procedures such as endoscopy and laser surgeries.

 

Early Life

Born in Moga in Punjab on 12 October, 1926, Kapany was a precocious child. The seeds of his future work in fiber optics were sown in a physics lecture in which his teacher taught that light always travels in a straight line. This prompted the young boy to wonder why couldn’t light travel along a bent path and spurred him to think over it and prove his teacher wrong.

Kapany graduated from Agra University and then went to Imperial College London for advanced studies in optics where he earned a Ph.D. degree in physics from the renowned college in 1955. He subsequently moved to the University of Rochester and then to the Illinois Institute of Technology to continue his research and inventions in the areas of fiber-optics communication, lasers, biomedical instrumentation, solar energy and pollution monitoring.

 

Pioneering Work

An optical fiber is a slender glass fiber that is thinner than a human hair but flexible and transparent. It can carry signals over long distances at higher bandwidths (data rates) with much less loss in intensity of the transmitted signal compared to the loss in the same in metal wires. It also makes the signal immune to electromagnetic interference and increases transmission rate to nearly the speed of light. Quoting Joseph Kahn, a Stanford professor and a leading specialist in optical fiber communication, fiber optics is a miraculous technology, and the internet couldn’t exist in its present form without it.

 

Kapany commenced his pioneering research in fiber optics at the Imperial College London while working with Harold Hopkins, an English physicist. He demonstrated for the first time in 1954 at its Department of Physics that light can travel in bent glass fibers. His research paper entitled ‘A Flexible Fiberscope Using Static Scanning’ appeared in the seminal scientific journal Nature in the January issue of the same year. He published over 100 scientific papers in various international science journals and established the term fiber optics. His work led to the development of such medical devices as gastroscope, endoscope and bronchoscope. For this critical and early work in fiber optics and communication, Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany is widely credited as the Father of Fiber Optics.

Dr. Kapany has been honored with many awards for his path-breaking work. He received the Excellence 2000 Award from the USA Pan-Asian American Chamber of Commerce. He is a fellow of the British Royal Academy of Engineering, the Optical Society of America, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was awarded with the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman by the Indian Govt.

 


Other Interests

Dr. Kapany is not only a physicist but a businessman, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist and a sculptor all rolled into one. He founded Optics Technology Inc., Kaptron Inc., and K2 Optronics undertaking research and innovation in the field of fiber optics. He specialized in the process of management of technology and technology transfer through his entrepreneurial ventures.

Kapani has been an active philanthropist in education and the arts. He was instrumental in the founding of the Sikh Foundation and donated 5 million dollars to the Asian Arts Museum of San Francisco.

 

Nobel buzz

The year 2009 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to Charles Kao for his breakthrough work in fiber optics. This surprised Nobel watchers and created a buzz in the scientific circles at Dr. Kapany’s omission from the coveted list. It is well known that it was Dr. Kapany who pioneered the early works in fiber optics and demonstrated how it heralded a new technology era. His work was crucial to further research into the field and was done way before Kao started his own work on transmission of light over long distances via optical glass fibers and yet Nobel Committee chose to ignore him.

An unsung hero, Dr. Kapany is not alone as others before him have been ignored by the Nobel Committee as well, a classic example being that of Mahatma Gandhi. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that it was the Nobel Committee which missed out on the father of the nation. Today even at the age of 85, Dr. Kapany continues to work in his quest for invention of a better technology and inspire us with his achievements in the field of science...

 

 

 

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