IIT Kharagpur Announces 8-Week Free Online Course on 5G Technology; Apply Now
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by Shivani Gupta
16h ago
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur has invited applications for a free online course on 5G technology. The eight-week course titled Evolution of Air Interface Towards 5G will educate students on air interface — one of the most important elements that differentiate between 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G. Although the course is open to any interested professional or student, it would be most beneficial for students interested in telecommunications engineering, senior undergraduate students, graduate-level students, MS and PhD students, and practising engineers in wireless communications. So ..read more
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Inspired by Kalam, MBA Grad Helps Corporate Giants Adopt Biofuels; Earns Rs 25 Cr/Year
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by Rinchen Norbu Wangchuk
18h ago
In 2008, entrepreneur Kishan Karunakaran established a biodiesel manufacturing unit, where he commercialised one of the earliest second-generation biodiesel production technologies in the world, based on specific organic wastes. “Back then, people had no knowledge of and were suspicious of biofuels. Used cooking oils (UCOs) were employed as the basic material for biodiesel. However, UCOs were entirely left open to adulteration. From 2010 to 2011, I used to visit several hotels and restaurants to spread awareness and collect UCOs for my own plant. Despite all these efforts, I was not able to ge ..read more
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Techie Turns Son’s School Project Into Startup, Builds Affordable Electric Bikes
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by Krystelle Dsouza
1d ago
It all started when Abyudh Mamidala, a Class 8 student from Hyderabad, returned home from school one day with the news of his school’s upcoming science fair. He needed a novel project idea for the fair. On hearing this, his father Prashanth Mamidala suddenly grew excited, because he had an idea that he had been mulling over for quite some time.  Speaking to The Better India, the software engineer says, “I travel 30 to 40 km to and from my office every day. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this. Electric vehicles are a boon for commuters to have to deal with increasing fuel costs ..read more
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‘Family Was Against It but We’re Happy’: MSc Grad Quits MNC Job To Sell 50 Types of Tea
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by Shivani Gupta
1d ago
When Serena, an MSc graduate, opened a tea shop, her family opposed the decision. She used to work at a multinational company but later decided to run a tea shop in Kochi. “My husband was an underwater scuba diver in the Gulf. But he lost his job because of the [COVID-19] pandemic. That’s when we decided to start this venture together,” recalls Serena. Along with her husband, she set up her tea shop at Willingdon Island in Kerala and named it ‘Dining Island’. From strawberry tea, hibiscus tea, cinnamon tea, pepper tea, and English breakfast tea to al-kubus and chamomile, they serve 50 varietie ..read more
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MBA Grad Turns Banana Waste Into Ecofriendly Handicrafts, Earns Rs 30 Lakh/Year
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by Tina Freese
1d ago
MBA graduate Mehul Shroff from Madhya Pradesh has found a way to build a viable business out of turning waste from banana farms into useful items. Today, his company – Shroff Industries – turns five tonnes of banana waste into eco-friendly items per month, earning a turnover of around Rs 30 lakh annually. “From childhood, I have noticed farmers in our area dumping waste from banana farms after the harvest. I, too, wasn’t aware of its huge potential until I did some research,” Mehul tells The Better India. After completing his MBA, Mehul joined his family business, but he always dreamed of laun ..read more
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How To Start an Organic Baby Food Brand? Mom Entrepreneur Earning Rs 10 Lakh/Month Explains
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by Shivani Gupta
2d ago
Along with her husband, newly-wed Sridevi Ashala used to explore new eateries across Bengaluru city and make the most of the city’s nightlife. She developed unhealthy food eating habits and then one day, an incident shook the couple out of their reverie. Sridevi had a miscarriage. “My doctor told me that one of the reasons for this could be my unhealthy lifestyle. It was really a wake-up call for me and my husband,” the 39-year-old software engineer tells The Better India. Therefore, the couple started to lead a healthier lifestyle with the help of nutritious food and yoga. They also began res ..read more
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‘My Struggles Inspired Me’: IAS Officer Opens Libraries in Remote Villages of His State
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by Tina Freese
2d ago
Picture this. It’s a pleasant morning in the quaint little village of Tusrar in Uttarakhand. The year is 2004, and a teenager is readying for a long school day ahead. His mother has packed a warm lunch for him. But then, ahead of him is a 4 km trek along the mountainous paths to reach school. For Himanshu Kafaltia, the standing joke of a lot of urban Indians on how their parents had to walk miles to reach school was his reality, even in 2004. But even during those days, Himanshu would dream of becoming an IAS officer one day. And for that, he knew he would have to move to a city, owing to the ..read more
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How a Royal Sister Duo Restored Their 200-YO Palace to a Sustainable Boutique Hotel
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by Krystelle Dsouza
2d ago
‘A Palace of Heritage Beauty’ — reads the website of The Belgadia Palace, an 18th-century Victorian brick-built double-storey structure in Baripada town of Odisha. To passersby, the palace holds a different allure altogether. Perched atop a hill with its intricately designed porch, its gardens sprawl for miles around and the rooms breathe royalty. But for the Bhanj Deo sisters, Akshita and Mrinalika, who belong to the 48th generation of the Bhanja dynasty, the place will always be what they call “home” — a space that resounds with the chatter and laughter of their growing up years. “This is ou ..read more
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Who Are the 6 Indian Children Selected For NASA’s Rover Challenge
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by Rinchen Norbu Wangchuk
2d ago
Akankashya Dash was just five years old when her father passed away. Following his sudden demise, Akankashya’s mother didn’t have the means to raise her daughter. “Due to financial difficulties, my mother admitted me to the Adruta Children’s Home in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, [which rehabilitates deserted children and orphans in Odisha]. Since then, I’ve been residing at the children’s home. But living here didn’t stop me from what I wanted to achieve,” says Akankashya. Following her matriculation, she is currently enrolled in a program at the government-funded Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in ..read more
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Startup’s Award-Winning Solution Uses Farm Waste to Make ‘Cleaner’ EV Batteries
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by Rinchen Norbu Wangchuk
2d ago
This article has been sponsored by Wingify Earth. IIT-Roorkee incubated venture Indi Energy won the ‘best startup’ in the ‘Energy Storage’ category at the National Startup Awards 2022 organised by the Government of India earlier this month.  The startup makes sodium-ion batteries a viable alternative to lithium-ion batteries. The significance of their work stems from indigenously developing low-cost, safe and high-performance sodium-ion batteries made from agricultural waste like paddy straw, sugarcane bagasse, coconut shells or cattle manure and earth-abundant materials like sodium.  ..read more
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