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IIT Guwahati, NRL, Vigitrics tie up to support students’ start-ups

GUWAHATI: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL), a public sector undertaking, and Vigitrics Private Limited on March 17 signed a tripartite incubation support agreement to help students with their start- ups.

The agreement was signed by Dean (Industrial Interactions & Special Initiatives) IIT Guwahati, Prof. G. Krishnamoorthy, senior chief general manager (Corporate affairs) NRL, Mr Nikunja Borthakur, and director, Vigitrics , Mr. Pharvesh Salman Choudhary in presence of director, IIT Guwahati Dr. T.G. Sitharam, other officials of NRL, IIT Guwahati and Vigitrics Private Ltd at IIT Guwahati.

Vigitrics Private Limited, a start-up company established by two students from Assam’s IIT Guwahati and one from Tezpur University, aimed in developing an Intelligent Drowsiness Detection System, will be incubated at the Technology Incubation Centre of IIT Guwahati (IITG-TIC).

The start-up entity is financed by NRL’s iDEATION Start-ups Funding Program.

Pharvesh Salman Choudhary, Director, Mousumi Das, Director, and Satyabrat Malla Bujarbaruah, Director are the co-founders of Vigitrics Private Limited.

It aims to build a low-cost system to detect drowsiness of the driver with a multimodal approach.

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The proposed system is a non-intrusive system that determines the driver’s drowsiness and alerts him or her if it is detected. To determine the level of drowsiness, the system will continually analyse the driver’s physiological and behavioral parameters.

IITG-TIC incubates such innovative activities and offers technical mentorship in collaboration with IIT Guwahati’s research experts in the field.

professor Sitharam during signing the agreement said that in May 2020, IIT Guwahati launched an office of Dean for Industrial Interactions and Special Initiatives (II&SI) to improve institute-industry partnerships, technologies, and entrepreneurship.

He further appritiated their efforts and innovative idea in establishing the company and welcomed NRL to fund more start-ups from IIT Guwahati.

Both NRL and IIT Guwahati expect a substantial increase in high-quality products as a result of this collaboration, which will lay the groundwork for future collaborations that will result in self-sustaining innovations in a variety of fields of mutual interest.”

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