SpectroProcessor team of Centre for Microsystem, Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering, Nagpur have secured 4th position and won a prize of Rs. 20 Lakh in the ‘Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge - Innovate Solutions for #AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ an initiative by MeitY, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology during Azadi Ka Digital Mahotsav celebrations.
Following Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of AatmaNirbhar Bharat, Shri Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on 3rd December felicitated the SpectroProcessor team and team has been awarded with Twenty Lakh rupees and 12 month incubation support. The team consists of Ms. Sangeeta Palekar Sammanwar, Research Scholar, Electronics Engineering Department, faculty mentors Dr. (Mrs.) Jayu Kalambe (RCOEM, Nagpur) and Dr. Rajendra Patrikar (VNIT, Nagpur). The research interns team consisting of Rashmi Rathor, Rishabh Sharma, Ravish Dhawan, Huzefa Essaji of Centre for Microsystem worked hard for the development of the POC. The team is working on the project titled “Design and Development of SpectroProcessor for Biomedical Applications”, This project focuses on the development of a fully indigenous blood analysis platform around swadeshi Shakti processor and overcomes the hardware dependency of existing instruments by providing software-based solutions. The team has presented the startup innovation idea at Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi from 1st - 3rd December, 2021. Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State, Ministry of Electronics & IT and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Rajendra Kumar, Additional Secretary, MeitY, and Shri Abhishek Singh President and CEO, NeGD, and MyGov also graced the occasion.
On August 18, 2020, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) had launched the "Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge - Innovate Solutions for #Aatmanirbhar Bharat" to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country by taking up complex designs and innovate frugal solutions around home-grown processor ecosystem (viz SHAKTI and VEGA Microprocessor). A total of 6,170 teams participated in the quarterfinals of the challenge. These teams were provided with mentorship, financial assistance and Swadeshi Processors (viz. SHAKI and VEGA) ported on Xilinx FPGA Boards to develop innovative Hardware Prototype solutions.
For the semifinals, only 100 teams got shortlisted and all of them received Rs 1 Lakh each and access to SHAKTI and VEGA Processor ecosystem. For the finals, 30 teams were shortlisted and each team was awarded Rs 4 lakh. Out of the 30 teams, 10 most innovative teams won the challenge with their strategic solutions to various problems. Management, Principal RCOEM and the staff congratulated the team and gave best wishes.