Monday, 29 April 2013

SRM University E&I student Innovation-dosa machine makes 1,200 dosas per hour

For 21-year-old K Mohan, innovation has always been

a part of life. A final year electronics and instrumentation engineering student from SRM University, Chennai, Mohan is the recipient of six national awards and seven state awards for pioneering innovation in various fields. This time Mohan has come up with an automatic dosa-making machine that can make as many as 1,200 dosas in an hour! “Most students who live in hostels suffer as the quality of food is sub-standard. As a result, I came up with the idea of building a automatic dosa-making machine. I should thank my hostel mess for inspiring me as necessity has definitely been the mother of my invention!”

The machine weighs 40kg and can dish out five dosas every 30 seconds. Explaining the mechanism of his invention, Mohan says, “First, you need to fill the container in the dosa-making machine with 30 litres of dosa batter and 10 litres of oil. Then, you need to swipe an ATM card and enter the number of dosas you require. Once the machine verifies the transaction, it gears into action and starts pouring the batter on the tawa, which is an attachable component of the dosa-making machine. Once the dosa is cooked, the machine would place it on a plate, serving it to the customer. There are also sambar and chutney containers. It will automatically pour sambhar and chutney into bowls,” says the student.

Mohan had incurred an expenditure of Rs 1.5 lakh for building the machine, out of which Rs 88,000 was sponsored by the research wing of his university.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

MBBS -Study in Russia, practice in India

“In most cases, studying MBBS in Russia works out cheaper than paying donation and studying in India. Since each class has a maximum of 11 students, the students will be able to get personalised attention as well,” a counsellor explained at an awareness session conducted by the Russian Cultural Centre in Puducherry.

Session at Russian Cultural Centre points out advantages of doing MBBS in Russia
There are some fears about studying in Russia, but overall the education in the country is very good.
 Once students finish they will be able to take a screening test and complete one year’s internship and become regular doctors in India, the counsellor said. The cost of studying MBBS in Russia is approximately $ 4000 per year and the course will last for five years and eight months.

 For students who score between 65 per cent and 95 per cent, Russia is a good option since the medical field is fairly advanced and the colleges in Russia consider all students who score over 65 per cent to be in the same category. Students who study in Russia need to apply for an eligibility certificate in order to appear for MCI’s screening test.
 In the last academic year, 120 students from India went to study MBBS in Russia. For further details, students can contact the Russian Centre of Science and Culture on 044-2498 6860.

AC double decker train to Bangalore from Tomorrow (Thursday)


The much-anticipated AC Double Decker daily express train to Bangalore will commence operations on Thursday, bringing to fruition a proposal announced in the 2012-13 Railway Budget.

 Advance reservation for the Chennai-Bangalore and the Bangalore-Chennai services will commence on Tuesday.
 A formal launch date for the service had been pending for weeks even after the Railway Ministry’s Research Design and Standards Organisation had given clearance in March after conducting two sets of trials. The RDSO had fixed a speed cap of 110 kph.
 As the train will consist of 10 AC Chair Car coaches, the Chennai-Bangalore fare has been pegged at Rs. 470. This is the same as the AC chair car fares for other trains such as the Brindavan, Lal Bagh or Bangalore express trains.
 The Double Decker takes about six hours to cover the 362-km distance between the two metro cities which makes it about ten minutes quicker than the other morning train the Brindavan Express which leaves at 7.50 a.m. and reaches Bangalore at 2 p.m. The quickest mode of travel is the Shatabdi Express which covers the distance in five hours though those with a need for speed will have to fork out a fare of Rs. 595.
 The Train No.22625 Chennai Central – Bangalore City Double Decker Express will leave Chennai Central at 7.25 a.m. and reach Bangalore City at 1.30 p.m.
 The return service, Train No.22626 Bangalore City - Chennai Central Express will leave Bangalore City at 2.40 p.m. and arrive at Chennai Central at 8.45 p.m.
 The stoppages for the train are at Arakkonam, Katpadi, Ambur, Jolarpettai, Bangarapet, Krishnarajapuram and Bangalore Cantonment.  The Bangalore-Chennai train will also have a stop at Perambur.
 With each two-tiered chair car coach housing 120 seats — much more than other trains on this route such as the Shatabdi (78) or the Brindavan Express (72) — the Double Decker can peddle many more seats.
 The larger pool of 1,200 reservation seats on a morning train can be a boon for passengers on the heavily congested Chennai-Bangalore route.
 The Double Decker trains with trademark red-and-yellow stainless steel LHB chassis also boast several technological features. The coaches were built by the Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala on an anti-climbing template that is a guarantee against a pile-up of coaches in the case of a mishap. Some of the other features include a GPS-based Passenger Information System that scrolls real-time running position, train speed and distance to the next station, quickly operable emergency windows, air suspension system and multiple shock absorbers for a smooth ride and fire extinguishers in all coaches.
 The primary maintenance of the Double Decker train, which has coaches with a height of 4,366 mm and width of 3,050 mm as against the conventional specs of 4,025 mm and 3,240 mm, will be carried out at the Basin Bridge train care depot.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Power-starved TN loses 700MW as two plants trip

CHENNAI: Two thermal power plants in Tamil Nadu have tripped, leading to a shortfall of around 700MW for the last two days. With the state reeling under an acute power shortage and with demand on the rise due to the soaring heat, thermal plants across the state, both new and old, have been tripping frequently due to technical faults. The latest to trip is the Ennore plant and the newly-commissioned north Chennai thermal plant.


 The Ennore plant has been down for the past two days. "But, there is not much loss from it as its capacity is low and it has been a problematic plant, tripping on and off. The North Chennai plant, which was commissioned recently, has tripped due to a technical fault and we are hopeful of setting it right by Wednesday," said a TNEB official.

On April 15, two units of the Tuticorin Thermal Plant tripped, leading to a loss of 450MW. On the same day, unit 2 of the Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS) in Kalpakkam, with a capacity to produce 110MW, had to be shut down due to a problem in the generator. "The two units of the Tuticorin plant have been set right and it is operational now. But MAPS is not under our control and we came to know that it will take at least a month for the atomic unit to become operational," the official said.
Many thermal plants in the state are aging and need a regular overhaul. "We need to go in for a major overhaul of all the thermal plants. But, we cannot do it during the summer months as it will curtail power production," the official said. Frequent technical problems plagued the five units of the Ennore thermal power plant, with a total capacity to produce 450MW. It was commissioned in the 1970s. The total production on Tuesday was around 10,000MW with wind power erratic between 75MW and 600MW. The demand is around 12,500MW.