Welingkar, in partnership with Camera Culture Group and MIT Media Lab (USA) organized a prototype exhibition and open house of redefining diagnostics at WeSchool campus.
The exhibition brought together nearly hundred students, clinicians, entrepreneurs, and investors to address healthcare issues in India. Most promising projects were selected for further development at WeSchool campus.
Innovators will work on development of prototypes for different healthcare solutions with the guidance from researchers.
Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director of WeSchool, congratulated the team and said, “ReDx 2016 is another milestone in our collaborative journey towards creating innovations that aim to provide healthcare solutions for people across the globe. This convergence of design thinking, technology and empathy has created a wonderful platform for stakeholders from diverse streams to get together to design the much needed healthcare diagnostic devices which will have immense social value and impact in the times to come.
During ReDx, Welingkar students have helped transform potentially high impact ideas sourced from health researchers and doctors and transformed them into working prototypes and executable business solutions and we are looking forward to taking them ahead.”
Prof. Dr Ramesh Raskar of MIT Media labs described ReDx as a joint venture between USA and India in a bid to solve healthcare challenges. The collaboration works with number of stakeholders to enable young minds in finding innovative solutions by rethinking, engineering and designing towards executable business solutions.
Some of the prototypes displayed at the open-house were, Apnea Rest Analysis Mask (ARAM), Cardio24, SkinSpect, LightEar, SenseCam, Anterior segment imaging device, Portable pupilometer, EpiMetrics.
The ‘India-Swedish Collaborations for Innovative Energy Solutions’ which successfully concluded in the second quarter of 2014, was an initiative is led by India-Sweden Innovations´ Accelerator (ISIA). The Accelerator is backed by the Swedish Energy Agency, Business Sweden and the Confederation of Indian Industries – Green Business Centre are programme partners, while Welingkar Institute Of Management Development And Research (WeSchool) and Mälardalen University (MDH) are academic partners.
ENERGETICA INDIA: Please share some details and background on “Indo Sweden Innovations’ Accelerator Programme”
UDAY SALUNKHE: India and Sweden share a common objective on the need for innovation, to build domestic competitiveness and to respond to the growing demands in an energy-constrained world. This provides the India-Sweden Innovation platform a strong facilitating environment for bringing together partnerships in technology, process and business models to leapfrog traditional growth pathways.
ENERGETICA INDIA: What is the role of WeSchool students in this programme?
Dr. UDAY SALUNKHE: Our young MBA students are helping the Swedish companies in the space of clean energy generation ﬁnd business partners in India so that they may make their innovative technologies available to the masses in India. This kind of a hand-shake therefore, is a win-win for all.
ENERGETICA INDIA: Why there has been a focus on power sector?
UDAY SALUNKHE: With depleting sources of energy generation across the globe, the demand for some form of energy has been growing exponentially across societies with adoption of modern lifestyles leaning on high energy usage. Very soon there will be acute short- age of power in the world. Hence the focus on energy/power sector.
ENERGETICA INDIA: How much of importance is given on rural India business understanding in this programme?
Dr. UDAY SALUNKHE: The concern for depleting sources of energy concerns all. A well-educated manager with rural insights, who will seize this opportunity “now”, will certainly grow rapidly as the rural sector swells up with growth. Our students with their mentors will be made to connect the dots, see the patterns emerge and see to it that change happens for the beneﬁt of rural masses.
Agriculture is predicted to have started over 4500 years ago. With a history of over 11,000 years, agriculture is undoubtedly the world’s most vital and oldest occupation. Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director of WeSchool mentions that one third of earth’s surface is today used for agriculture. “This provides employment to nearly 50% of workforce of entire mankind and 62% to Indian workforce in the agricultural sector.”
According to a report by Ernst & Young, India will be amongst the youngest nations in the world by 2030. Naturally, the already existing challenges for Indian Higher Education – Access, Equity and Quality – will only grow with time. In the wake of this situation, how can we significantly transform our education model? asks Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, Welingkar.
WeSchool students recently visited Sweden to understand the innovation systems under India-Sweden Innovation Accelerator (ISIA) programme. Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director of Welingkar Institute stated, “Our students have gotten exposed to the latest international developments in the fields of renewable energy and a detailed picture of the green energy space in India. Such projects will open new career opportunities for them.”
Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director of Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, shared his views on India’s green-energy sector and its development with The National Business.
‘To boost renewable energy in India, newer technologies, research and international cooperation will have to be roped in,’ Dr. Uday Salunkhe said. He also added that the country will have to put an emphasis on skilled labor, effective project management and environmental clearances to ensure success in newer technology.
The state government should encourage the growth in infrastructure. Hydro power in the north-east, solar in the west and wind in the south can be utilized for effective development in the inaccessible regions.
Uday Salunkhe also touched upon the challenges in green-sector industry. India is not self-sufficient as we still import solar panels. Cost is another factor,” he said. He also insists that the technology used in panels can be improvised for cost cutting. Moreover, added ambiguity in tariff policies is another issue he pointed out. “In order to curb these challenges, the presence of a central authority is important,” he suggested.
Uday Salunkhe goes on to predict that the costs involved in conventional power will soon rise. This will work as an added advantage for renewable energy. The wind and solar sectors have immense potential to generate substantial overseas investments for the future.
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WeSchool Bangalore in association with Academy of Indian Marketing (AIM) organized an international conference on Social Media Marketing in Emerging Markets. The participants comprised of marketing professionals, academicians, researchers and political strategists. Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director of Welingkar said during the inauguration, “Social media has become an essential ingredient of a holistic marketing strategy. It has proved to be hugely beneficial for businesses for reducing costs, improving customer services, creating an online personality.”