From alleviating back pain woes to cancer detection, CST U.P. to take 14.09 cr AI Leap

Oct 05, 2023 09:37 PM IST

The approved projects cover a broad spectrum of scientific domains. The move aligns with CST U.P.’s vision to stimulate research in emerging fields.

LUCKNOW Visionary Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven initiatives designed to reshape the work environment for professionals enduring long hours on the desk and a transformative approach to early throat cancer identification are among the few research projects that has been given a greenlight by the Council of Science and Technology, Uttar Pradesh (CST U.P.). To this end, the research body has sanctioned a staggering 14.09 crore in funding.

Council of Science and Technology, Uttar Pradesh (HT Photo)
Council of Science and Technology, Uttar Pradesh (HT Photo)

Anil Yadav, the director of CST U.P., expressed his excitement about this historic development. “Our council’s dedication to fostering cutting-edge research and innovation is reflected in the approval of 109 research proposals during this meeting,” he said.

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The decision was made during the 115th Executive Committee meeting of CST U.P., led by Narendra Bhushan, Principal Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of Uttar Pradesh, and Director General of CST U.P.

Diverse Research Domains and Collaborations

The approved projects span a wide range of scientific domains. Notable examples include research aimed at popularising and adding value to Palash (Butea monosperma) to support livelihood generation in tribal areas of the Bundelkhand region, led by Rani Laxmi Bai Central University, Jhansi. KGMU will lead a study involving a machine learning-based multiparametric MRI model to aid in the identification and diagnosis of renal tumors, while IIT Kanpur will investigate the side effects of paan consumption.

Enhancing Scientific Awareness

CST U.P. is also taking steps to enhance research staff fellowship and increase awareness through workshops and exhibitions in collaboration with ISRO. These initiatives aim to inspire students, teachers, and grassroots innovators across 50 districts of Uttar Pradesh.

Futuristic Endeavours

This move aligns with CST U.P.’s vision to stimulate research in emerging fields, including blockchain, 3D printing, quantum computing, IoT, augmented and virtual reality, 5G and 6G technologies, artificial intelligence, drone technology, machine learning, environmental and pollution control, agricultural technologies, non-conventional energy, and space science.

Diverse Funding Allocation

The executive committee has allocated funding for 15 projects in agricultural and allied sectors, 11 in chemical sciences, 9 in environmental sciences, 13 in medical sciences, 6 in pharmaceutical sciences, 12 in physical sciences, 10 in information technology, 15 in engineering and technology, and 18 in biotechnology.

Notably, the CST U.P. meeting saw the participation of representatives from the Finance Department, Planning Department, DST, Agriculture Department, as well as key figures including the Vice-Chancellor of AKTU, Lucknow, and Directors of SGPGI, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences, CIMAP, NBRI, and the Director & Secretary of the Council of Science & Technology, U.P.

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