This page attempts to documents some of the Initiatives in S&T and management that have been shared by readers & some by the Arise Bharat team.
- Meeting Project Deadlines Differently
An inspiring experience by a Chief Project Manager of IOCL. http://arisebharat.blogspot.in/2012/02/meeting-project-objectives-differently.html
- Anti-Collison Systems for Heavy Vehicles
Meet Shri.Nitin Shrikrishnarao Deshpande, resident of Beed district in Maharashtra state, Bharat. He is a scientist. He has designed an electronic gadget by name Anti Collision System For Heavy Vehicles. When installed, it automatically switches the headlights of the vehicle from upper to dipper mode the moment it spotsÂ another vehicle in the opposite direction at night. This yields a two-fold benefit: spotting approaching vehicle without any difficulty; better visibility of the road ahead, since the original brightness of the vehicle is automatically restored once the two vehicles cross. This gadget was one of the exhibits at the Children’s Science Congress Fair held in Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) recently. The Indian Science Congress has selected this invention for practical application. Yes, Nitin is a schoolboy. Source: VICHAR SAMACHAR (Vishwa Samvad Kendra, Mumbai) of February 10, 2003
- Venkatesh Ketakar Discovers New Plantary Body
If you look up the pages of the Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of France published in May 1911, you’d come across a paper by Venkatesh Ketakar on an as-yet unknown planetary body that was exerting a gravitational pull on the neighbouring planet Neptune. Ketakar’s paper featured orbital and other key calculations of this strange new planet. He named it Brahma. Almost 20 years later, in 1930, American scientist Clyde Tombaugh discovered it and called it Pluto. As textbooks around the world change with the recent demotion of Pluto from a planet to a `Pluton’ or a `dwarf planet’, perhaps Ketakar’s name could be added as well along with Tombaugh. A leading American college textbook Universe by Roger Freedman and William J Kaufmann III did that in 1968. The Indian Journal of History of Science recognised him in 1984. Based on a report in DNA.com by Shri. Sachin Kalbag on August 25, 2006
- Innoculation against Small Pox by Dhanwantari
Dr. Edward Jenner (1749-1823) invented vaccine for smallpox in 1798. But physicians in ancient India used inoculation as a protection against small pox. His Excellency Lord Ampthill, Governor of Madras, whileopening the King’s Institute For Preventive Medicine in February 1905, said,”It is also very probable, as Colonel King assures me, that the ancient Hindusused animal vaccination secured by transmission of the small pox virus throughthe cow. He bases this interesting theory on a quotation from a text ( SaakteyaGrantah) by Dhanwantari, the greatest of the ancient Hindu physicians.It would seem from it that Jenner’s great invention was actually forestalled by the ancient Hindus”. Based on an entry INOCULATION, on page 309 of BHARATIYA VIGYAN MANJUSHA, an encyclopedia (Price: Rs. 600) by Shri.M.S. Sreedharan and published by the Publications Division, I& B Ministry,Government of India.
- Paanini Methodology
The ministry of defence is working towards developing secret codes using Sanskrit (of late, spelt as Samskritam). The ‘Panini methodology’ of the language is to be applied in keeping the information under wrap. In his work Ashtaadhyayi, we find Panini’s method of coding in which maximum could be said in a little space. This involves two steps comprising a combination of 4000 sutras. First, a sutra once used in his work is never repeated, and is replaced by a code, says Dr. Prakash Pandey, assistant director for research and development, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan. Second, Panini created situation-based principles, termed adhikar sutras, wherein you find a change in code once in a few hundred words making it impossible for an intruder to comprehend anything. At this rate, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and all the hacks in Muslim countries may hasten to learn Sanskrit even before the Hindus do, to break the codes, that is! Even if a terrorist breaks a code using Panini methodology, he will not be able to decode, as he will not be in a position to decipher which code had been used for what purpose. This can really solve many problems that the ministry of defence faces for lack of a reliable coding system. Union home secretary N. Gopalaswami had announced that a software firm in Bangalore he had asked to develop a coding system after studying the methodology used by Panini, informed Dr. Pandey (Item sent in by Arun Venkataraman to Panchamritam)