GIAN: Reflecting Newfangled Ideas

GIAN: Reflecting Newfangled Ideas

Manisha Rath | Jan 08, 2018

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Recently during the winter vacation, NIT Rourkela hosted three GIAN programmes which were organized by three departments. Global Initiative Of Academic Networks (GIAN) introduced by Government Of India in higher education is aimed at tapping the talent pool of scientists and entrepreneurs, internationally to encourage their engagement with the institutes of higher education in India so as to augment the country's existing academic resources, accelerate the pace of quality reform and elevate India's scientific and technological capacity to global excellence.


A fascinating seminar on Innovative Food Processing and Packaging Technologies under GIAN was recently organized by the Department of Food Processing Engineering. It was 6 days long seminar which started on the 04th of December. The programme was well-coordinated by Dr P.P. Sutar and Dr Preetam Sarkar.The seminar was inaugurated on 04th of December and Dr Shyam S. Sablani from Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University WA, USA was the International Faculty for the seminar. The seminar was attended by 40 students which included 26 students from institutes all over India.

During the last twenty years in the field of food process engineering and food materials science, Dr Sablani has published more than 135 refereed journal articles, 25 book chapters, and co-edited the Handbook of Food and Bioprocessing Modelling Techniques.Till date, he has received more than US$ 4 millions funding for his research. He has guided several masters and PhD students in Food Process Engineering. Dr Sablani has received numerous honours and awards: Walter Hitschfeld Award from McGill University, George F. Steward Research Paper Award from the IFT, and Student Manuscript Award from the IFTPS. He serves as the Scientific Editor of the Food Engineering and Materials Science, and Nanoscale Food Science Engineering and Technology sections of the Journal of Food Science (Official Journal of American Association of Food Technologists). He has conducted workshops, short courses, and training programs for the participants from India, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Latin America.

The seminar highlighted various aspects related to:

  • Science that forms the basis for the development and application of novel thermal and non-thermal food processes for manufacturing of high-quality shelf-stable foods.
  • The significant developments in innovative food processing technologies that can produce foods with improved nutritional value, flavour, aroma, and texture.
  • The latest developments in the packaging materials instrumental in the commercialization of new food processing technologies.
  • Review food safety and regulatory compliance issues associated with the thermal and non-thermal processed food. 


A thought provocating seminar on Sparse Signal Processing and Random Sampling under GIAN was organized by the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering from the 11th of December and continued until 15th of December. The programme was efficiently coordinated by Dr.Poonam Singh.The seminar was inaugurated on 11th of December in the presence of Prof K.K. Mohapatra, Dean (Academics), Prof. F. Marvasti, the International Faculty, the course coordinator Dr Poonam Singh and other notable personalities on the dais. The seminar witnessed a crowd of 27 participants.

Prof. F. Marvasti received his B.S. (Magna Cum Laude), MS and PhD Degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Electrical Engineering and Communication Systems. He is a Professor at Sharif University of Tech since 2000 and has had been Associate Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology during (1987-1991), Consultant in Video Compression in (1991-1992), AT&T Bell Labs., USA., Member of Technical Staff on ATM, 4ESS, 5ESS Switching Systems and Operator Systems (OSPS) (1985-1987). His research area is Non-uniform Sampling in Signal Processing, Telecommunications, Speech, Image and Video Processing

The seminar aimed at:

  • Exposing participants to the fundamentals of sparse signal processing and random sampling
  • Building in confidence and capability amongst the participants in the theory of compressed sensing
  • Using MATLAB and Mathcad simulations to get practical experience about the theory

Team Monday Morning caught up with Prof.Poonam Singh the course coordinator. On being asked about the seminar she said,

Interaction with the International Faculties and various students from all around India on the latest technological advancements is very beneficial in honing one’s skills. It is a matter of great grief that the students of NITR are not turning up for such informative and interactive seminars which would be propitious for them.


An enthralling seminar on Innovative Principles of Gait Training: Neuroplasticity Principles, Biomechanics, and Computational Methods under GIAN were recently organized by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. It was 5 days long seminar which started on 26th of December. The programme was competently coordinated by Dr Anup Nandy. The seminar was inaugurated on 26th of December in the presence of Dr Animesh Biswas, Director NIT Rourkela, Dr Ratnakar Dash( HOD in charge of CSE Department), Dr Trisha Kesar, the International Faculty, the course coordinator Dr Anup Nandy and other notable personalities on the dais. There were 37 participants which included 7 faculties from other institutes of India and the rest were MTECH and PhD students. The faculties were from North Eastern Hill University, Amity University, CIT Kokrajhar and CSIR Chandigarh.

Dr Trisha Kesar is a faculty in Rehabilitation medicine at Emory University School of medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Dr Kesar is the Director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Emory Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr Kesar completed a Bachelors of Physiotherapy degree from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), India. She earned her Master’s and PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Sciences from University of Delaware, USA. She completed post-doctoral research in post-stroke gait rehabilitation at the University of Delaware, and a visiting postdoctoral fellowship in neurophysiological evaluation using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) at University of Maryland Baltimore, USA.

The seminar focused on the following aspects:

  • Basic Concepts and Techniques for Measurement of gait function
  • Advanced Topics and Evaluation of gait
  • Innovative treatment interventions for gait

Team Monday Morning caught up with Prof.Anup Nandy the course coordinator. On being asked about the seminar he said,

My main purpose was to convene the highly educated people on one platform to have a fruitful discussion on GAIT, neuroplasticity principles, biomechanics, computational methods and its various aspects that would help to enlighten the young minds and promote an intellectual thinking into its broader aspects.

Team Monday Morning congratulates all the course coordinators on the successful completion of the GIAN courses and hopes that such educational interactive sessions are carried out in the future as well.


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