IIT-Kharagpur Current Affairs - 2020

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HRD Ministry launches National Digital Library of India

Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has launched National Digital Library of India project under its National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT). The project seeks to develop framework of virtual repository of learning resources with a single-window search facility.

About National Digital Library of India project

Objective: To make quality digital educational resources available to all citizens of the country to empower, inspire and encourage learning.

Implementing agency: It has been developed by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur.


It is a single window platform that collects and collates metadata from premier learning institutions in India and abroad, as well as other relevant sources. It is digital repository containing textbooks, articles, videos, audio books, lectures, simulations, fiction and all other kinds of learning media. It is a 24×7 knowledge resource platform that is accessible to anyone with internet access.

It can hold content of any language and provides learning and research interface support for leading Indian languages. As of now, it has more than 3 crore digital resources available in over 200 languages. Its contents cover almost all major domains of education and all major levels of learners.

It has more than 50 lakh registered students and about 20 lakh active users. It allows users to access digital library anytime and anywhere absolutely free of cost. It has been integrated with UMANG App and users can register through http://www.ndl.gov.in or through the mobile app.

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CARE4U app:  for elderly people developed by IIT Kharagpur team

To help geriatric care, students of IIT Kharagpur have developed an application called CARE4U that connect the caregiver to the elderly person. It will inform the caregiver when elderly person falls down with exact location.

About CARE4U

It is an android-based app that will connect caregiver to elderly person. By using the network-based fall detection algorithm in CARE4U app installed on phone of elderly can detect whether elderly has fallen down.

If there is a fall, app automatically calls caregiver and emergency services along with providing exact location of elderly person.

Features of CARE4U App

Mood Index: App can also detect emotions as whenever elderly opens the app the phone takes his picture and a mood index is calculated. This index detects whether person is sad or not and automatically updates caregiver with time stamp. Thus caregiver can check what mood senior citizen has been through in day.

Cognitive Intelligent Chatbot: To make mood index feature more effective IIT team has developed a cognitive intelligent chatbot for elderly person to engage with. For instance chatbot can recommend a motivational quote or an old song when the person is sad.

No cloud service: Best thing about app is that except for chatbot, all other machine learning models run on mobile itself i.e. no cloud service is needed. This implies that even if there is no internet connection, all other features such as fall detection, emotion detection will work.

Medicine Reminder: It also has a record of medical histories, allergies’ account, an SOS (emergency) button, real time location tracking and also has Medicine Reminder feature to remind both elderly as well as caregiver that it is time for former to take medicine.

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