Students of GMRIT come up with low cost sugar cane harvesting machine

The students from mechanical stream at GMRIT have developed a low cost sugarcane harvesting machine.

The machine is designed to give high harvesting rate, ensure quality cutting, will effectively replace manpower and comes at a low cost. The machine is designed by final year students K. Praveen, A. Srinivas, Y. Tarun and S. Parvathi.

“Right now sugar harvesting machines are being imported and they are not within the affordable range of small and medium sized farmers. This machine is affordable. It is a prototype and can be manufactured locally,” said the principal of the college C. L.V. R. S. V. Prasad.

Giving further details on the economics of the machine the principal said, “At present if five workers are engaged for four days, the cost of manual harvesting will be Rs. 4,000 per acre.

By using this portable machine, the harvesting can be done by two workers and the cost can be scaled down to Rs. 1,200 per acre, and the harvesting can be completed in one day.

The approximate cost of the machine would be about Rs. 30,000.”

The project will be submitted for funding by the MSME incubation centre in the college.

SVIMS Physiotherapy College

The College of Physiotherapy attached to Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS) returned home with medals and trophies by participating in scores of events.

The team led by the principal K.Madhavi took part in the 50th National conference of Indian Association of Physiotherapists at New Delhi last month, where the SVIMS contingent came home with handful of medals.

While Dr.Madhavi received the ‘Significant achievement award', assistant professor V.Srikumari won the first prize for paper presentation on ‘Effect of repetitive trans-cranial magnetic stimulation on cortico-motor excitability and motor function of the hand in subjects with stroke”. B.Chandana, a first year M.P.T. (Ortho) student bagged the first prize for her poster on ‘Efficacy of cyriax technique combined with exercise programme versus exercise programme alone on subjects with lateral epicondyalitis', while M.Jyotsna won the second prize for ‘Effectiveness of integrated neuromuscular inhibitory techniques on cervical pain, range of motion and functional impairments in subjects with mechanical neck pain'.

At the national seminar organised by SV University's Department of Psychology, M.Harini, a second year M.P.T. (Neuro) student received the prize for best poster presentation.

Similarly, at the national conference held at VEL's University, Chennai on April 12, A.Deepa, a second year M.P.T. (Ortho) student won the second prize for her work ‘effectiveness of muscle energy technique on pain – and ROM in osteoarthrosis knee' and also won prizes for the crossword and quiz competitions along with co-participants Rajesh and P.Charitha.

SVIMS Director B.Vengamma congratulated the principal, faculty and students.