IIT Kanpur Current Affairs - 2019

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PM confers Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prizes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conferred Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prizes for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018 in New Delhi. Addressing the gathering the Prime Minister asked the scientific community to take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and develop technologies that will make India a global hub for manufacturing, knowledge and technology-based industries.

Eleven scientists including Dr Rishikesh Narayan of Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and Dr Amalendu Krishna of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai were awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for 2016.

Ten scientists including Dr Deepak Gaur of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and Dr S Suresh Babu of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre were given the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for 2017.

thirteen scientists including Dr Amit Kumar of IIT, Delhi and Dr Nitin Saxena, IIT, Kanpur were awarded Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for 2018.

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology was instituted in the year 1957, in the memory of late Dr (Sir) Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, the founder director of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR). It is the most coveted national recognition bestowed upon young scientists and engineers to honour their research and developmental work in India.

The prize is awarded each year on the National Science Day by the by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for conspicuously important and outstanding contributions to human knowledge and progress, made through work done primarily in India during the five years.

Prize comprising of a citation, a cash award of Five Lakh rupees and a plaque is given to the research in the following disciplines viz. Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Engineering Sciences and Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Science.

Any citizen of India engaged in research in any field of science and technology up to the age of 45 years is eligible to be nominated.

Month: Categories: Awards & HonoursUPSC


TreadWill: IIT Kanpur develops online tool to help people deal with mental health issues

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has developed TreadWill, an online tool to help people cope with issues related to mental health. The tool was developed by team with collaborative support from Computer Science and Engineering and Humanities and Social Sciences, HSS (Psychology) departments.


It is website designed to help people deal with stress, low mood, lethargy and other depressive symptoms through different online exercises, questionnaires and games. It will help in overcoming depressive symptoms and becoming more resilient against stressful events in the future.

It is based proven methodology of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) that helps people with depressive symptoms. It uses simple language to help users to identify involuntary negative thoughts and behavior. It teaches techniques to users to work on modifying their thoughts and actions.

It uses simple forms (thought record worksheet, core belief worksheet) and games to practice techniques of CBT in engaging manner. It offers free and easy accessible alternative for those who are wary of attending in-person sessions at clinics. It further provides users by sending personalised SMS alerts to help them stick to programme till end.

Month: Categories: Science & Technology