First runner up in Microsoft Imagine Cup 2016


62 million tones of garbage is generated everyday by the 377 million people living in urban India, now the world’s third-largest garbage generator. India’s 4378 municipalities spend a lot of money handling waste. Between 10 to 50% of the municipal budget is allocated for solid waste management (SWM). An average class I city spends 330 Cr annually on SWM. Of this, up to 70% of the funds are spent on collection, 20% on transportation and only 5% on disposal. Not only this, but between 30-50% of the total staff are typically engaged in SWM.Despite investing all these resources, Garbage Pollution is still a problem fast becoming a threat.

With urbanization and increasing population it is predicted to double within the next 10 years. At this rate, if not managed well, it will not be nuclear war or global warming, but the garbage we generate everyday that will threaten our sustenance.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way.

We can change it.

We are entering an era of IoT. 4 years from now about 20 billion objects will be connected to the internet ranging from the shoes we wear to the appliances we use. This will unleash a level of connectivity which will enhance our decision making abilities and make our lives easier and more efficient. This powerful technology has opened up a way to solutions that were not possible before. Smartbin is one solution.

The current practice of garbage collection is for the garbage van to visit all bins in an area periodically once in 2-3 days, for collecting. But since bins fill up at different rates, bins that fill before period overflow and those that take longer don’t need to be emptied yet. Evidently this method of collection based on time crevices is an ineffective and a very wasteful one. We need smarter criteria, based on definite information, not just wild guesses.

Smartbins are a network of dustbins equipped with sensors that analyze the fill-level data of bins in real-time so that pick-up schedules can be generated based on location, filled levels, or time remaining till overflow. It shows optimum routes to only filled bins. It allows the admin to monitor collection process and provides users the shortest path to the nearest empty bin for use. It also provides a mechanism for prompt feedback and redressal complaints are received by admin in an order of priority.

Lets talk about what makes smarbins awesome.

Smartbins will increase the efficiency of garbage collection and eventually lead to cleaner communities. Collecting the most amount of materials in the least amount of time to reduce costs and emissions along the way. It can save up to 50% in collection costs for its municipal, commercial and industrial customers. It will also lead to reduction in air pollutants from fuel emissions and fumes from overflowing garbage that sometimes locals burn, to get rid of it.

The network technology we used is LoRa WAN. It is a wireless technology developed for the low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs) used in machine-to-machine (M2M) and LoRa is a wireless technology popular with Internet of Things (IoT) applications.It offers a very compelling mix of long-range, low-power consumption, and secure data transmission. A network based on LoRa wireless technology . Many mobile network operators have chosen to complement their existing cellular/wireless networks with a LPWAN based on LoRa technology because it is easy to plug into their existing infrastructure and allows them to offer their customers a solution to serve more IoT battery-operated applications. It is key to smart cities because this network is capable of running several other IoT applications on it simultaneously, on top of SmartBins.

To conclude, I’d say SmartBins can prove to be pivotal in the realization of a Swchh Bharat and the Smart City Vision.

A post by the team members-

Akshay Agarwal, B.Tech(CSE) III Year

Kanika Agarwal, B.Tech(CSE) III Year

Manash Deka, B.Tech(ECE) III Year

Rahul Agarwal, B.Tech(CSE) III Year

Outstanding paper award at ‘International conference on Research in Business’ at India International Center(IIC), Delhi

The Inception
We have centre for Excellence in banking and finance at NU. We thought why can’t it be a “Think tank” that can comment on policies? or better still, that can suggest new policies and can give solutions for the economic issues in the field of banking and finance !
That was the vision we had when we started working on this project.
Secondly, today, the Banking sector in India is facing 2 prime issues :
1. The ever increasing NPA
2. Implementation of BASEL III norms
Especially, the state of the public sector banks (>51% govt. share) is alarming. We have more than 5 lakh crores of stressed assets (Restructured assets and NPA’s) and we have to infuse 2.5 lakh crores under BASEL III.
These were the two prime reasons we led to the vision and motivation for this work.
Prof. Arun Kumar is the brain child of this whole idea. He has motivated us and given us a direction. He is a seasoned banker with more than 30 years of experience and his role was instrumental.
Our Story and Experiences:
When I came up with this idea, I was looking for a partner. A co-author is important, because your partner and you, together, can act as a self help group and the engine keeps moving. So I contacted Ganesh.
We started gathering data. Our university has access to Capitaline that proved to be very useful for this task of ours. We also read a lot of papers that became the backbone of the basic framework and finally, we focussed on quantitative tools like regression on SPSS for analysis.
Initially it was difficult to pacify people, even in the faculty review because “Research in banking”  was a new concept for many. But when our paper got accepted in a few journals, it boosted our morale and we could instill the confidence and faith that we had in our project, in others too.
We submitted the article for consideration in 3 journals and luckily all of them accepted to publish it. We finally chose the ‘International conference for Research in Business’.
We prepared well for our presentation which was to be held on 17th April and were determined to get the  prize for the best paper. There were 14 teams from Delhi university (Delhi School of Economics), one from the Orissa University , there was one from New Zealand, and one more from IIM Ahmedabad. The topics ranged from surrogate advertisements, to BRICS and FDI/FII, among the many others.
We would like to thank NIIT University for its support. We would also like to give special mention to Dr. Sunil Khanna, Shivender Mathur sir and especially our mentor, Arun Kumar sir for all their guidance and support.
A post by-
Anoop Kumar Sharma and Ganesh Komma
MBA (F&B) Batch VIII

Life Queen Size!

A reason to travel India…

In a country where culture meets heritage with an integrity that itself defines the soul, Indian peninsula stands alone as the most colorful and vivid land within all the continents and oceans. From the depths of the Indian Ocean to the zenith of the Himalayas, the stretch of three thousand and two hundred kilometers amounts for life in all hues and styles.







The country is not only engraved with some of the oldest populations and architecture, its temples and forts date back to the earliest of centuries.

Indian heritage has always attracted intelligentsia and tourists from all over the world. One of the most important reasons behind this pertains to the sanctity with which Indians treat their guests. Be it the spices of our curries or the odour of our sweets, the melting of butter on paranthas or the grandeur of our thalis, any guest is offered all of this with a purity comparable to prayers. That is where “Atithi Devo Bhavah” originates from. From the high-end resorts to the smallest street shops, one can achieve and realize the aesthetic beauty and magnificence, specific only to a land which is embellished with the values of humility to the core.







The rivers that flow through the land carry the tradition of a thousand of years old civilizations and that can be felt like a heartbeat with every tiny flower petal that floats along in them. The sparkling zeal of tiny diyas, the fragrance of our gulaals, the breeze that flows through our farms, and the brightness of our festivities, all are wholehearted messengers of goodwill to every single individual that experiences them. No other place in the world can constitute the innumerable languages and races that India suffices for and there still rings the voice of love and brotherhood above all.

Travelling from one place to another in our country is itself a saga of merriment. No matter how fully loaded the buses are, or how stuffed are the train compartments, there are always titsy-bitsy conversations about anything and everything and folklores to watch out for. Wherever you go, dangling of bangles and cacophony of infants will follow you around like a background score. Once you reach to the insides of our temples, the rituals and artifacts are nothing less than legends. You can get lost forever amidst the glory of the forts and palaces that are woven throughout the peninsula.







Then there’s the nightlife of our beaches and hill stations which is incomparable in its own accord. When the sun rises in the country, the mountain peaks and forestry embrace it with open arms till it vanishes into the calmness of our seas. Ask for anything ranging from western style glitterati to typical native customs, and India has just the perfect places for you all served on a velvet platter of its soils.

Now if it’s still a moot point as to why India is one of the most loved tourist attraction and why should it remain so, I guess one should tighten a knapsack and start on a voyage throughout the ancient land where nature and purity resonate together with a harmony of resplendence.   







A post by-

Jharna  Shrivastava

B.Tech II Year


Clean and Green Awards 2016

We are humbled by the recognition bestowed upon us by Franchise India at Clean and Green Awards 2016 for Clean, Green and Sustainability Education and Training.

So this is an interview with Retired Major General A.K. Singh, Dean, Student Affairs, NIIT University who tells us that nearly 30 universities nominated themselves. Despite being a new university and that too, in an arid region, we are glad that the people could see the efforts that we’ve made and bestowed us with this honour.

Question: Sir, first of all, congratulations. We would like to hear from you first that how does it feel to win this award?

Answer: It was surprising, at first. Winning the prize wasn’t the intention. I thought going there will be an opportunity to meet new people with innovative and sustainable technology and equipments that can be used here. But it felt like a good idea and we feel confident about the work that we do here. The other day, few people from the World Bank Council for Sustainable Development [WBCSD] were here and they were surprised to see the greenery of our campus despite the soil not being so fertile. After winning such an award, one feels connected. The feeling that your work, that you are so serious about and into which, you put your heart and soul, is recognised, is definitely amazing.

Question: Some students are reluctant to come here initially due to non-availability of certain facilities, like A.C., how do you react to such a situation?

Answer: Not all institutions have A.C. We wanted to do better than the fans and come up with an alternative for the A.C. Since we are a non-profit organisation, we had to do something environment friendly in an economic way because it’s easy to provide those facilities. All you have to do is, increase the fee amount but we did not want that. So we saw this technology used only in Europe as an experiment, the E.A.T [Earth Air Tunnel], so we thought of implementing it here. This is a geo-thermal coupling cooling system where no green house gases are emitted. The message that we convey is, today every knowledgeable, educated and sensible person cares about the sustainability of the environment and we are one organisation who cares about all this and it became a positive for us rather than a negative. The matter of the fact remains that parents generally decide for their children and they understand that a university which is so mindful about the environment will definitely be mindful about inculcating the right values in their students and will help shape a better future.

Question: What difference does this award make to the people who did not believe in our institution? Do you think they will support us in future, after this recognition?

Answer: This award recognises and establishes, that here is an institution which deeply cares about the environment and sustainable development and the fact that we are the award winner goes on to say that we are excellent at it. A benchmark has been set by our university and we mean business and we do not do any of this to prove anything or gain favours. An award at the national level goes out to prove our seriousness towards it. We insist on propagating this feeling, so that everyone works with us.

Question: Everything comes at a cost sir, so I’d like to know what have we sacrificed to achieve this feat?

Answer: Cost has to be measured in terms of inputs v/s output. Initially, of course, more investment had to be made but look at the payoffs, which are huge and the payoff period, which is so little. An analysis was done, we save 1.2 crore rupees every year and not just that, health is sounder here. A.C. recycles the same air but here, there is always a flow of fresh air. So there is power saving, along with improved health conditions for all and I think cumulative effect is what matters.

But there were other costs too. Initially the local community were not so supportive. And we strongly believe that starting a project starts with connecting with the local community, which in our case, is deeply connected with the environment. But we resolved this with our goodwill. We are working on a stretch of 10 km along the Sabi River to solve the water shortage problem of the area, and bringing the river back to life.  I talked to nearly 24 people from 4-5 villages here, especially the oldest generation who have seen a greener land here and deliberated on bringing back the ‘green-old days’. I explained to them that this is possible only if we work together. Everyone wanted the greenery in our university to extend to the surrounding areas too and so now, they support us.

We explained to them that the water table is going down, it has already gone down from 50 to 400 feet in 10 years, so what will happen in the next 10 years?, so here’s where the trees and plantation drives come in.

Opposition will always be there, but we think we can always overcome it if we are truly passionate and dedicated towards our task. We understand the fact that we need to mobilise the community for the common good.


This interview ended with some words of wisdom by sir on how he tries to lead by example. He said, “Whenever I go back to my village, I drive my own tractor, till my own farm and look after my fields, and try to stay connected with mother earth. And as far as this place goes, I have done only 10 percent of the things I intend to do here and I am yet to do what I came here for”.

He brightened this interview with his military life examples and told us about certain principles that he still swears by. The most important ones being the 3 ‘C’harlies – Character, Competence and Courage and the 3 ‘F’ox dots– Fairness, Firmness and Friendliness. And he feels that all of these are important from his position as everyone should have the courage to go to him when in need or distress.

Inter caste Marriages

A country of diversity, a country which is the largest democracy, with second largest population and one of the fastest growing economies, a country which leads a group of countries where I believe, the highest number of marriages take place every year.

Yeah, I am talking about India.

Human being is a social animal. We live together. Sorry, I mean, we used to…

We used to care genuinely, love and respect. But, today we have worn masks, fake ones; we PRETEND to be what we are not. Our values (so called) which were made for our convenience are in the way of our development and money is becoming more important than our happiness.

Inter caste Marriages, what’s that?

A marriage between people of different castes. Let me be clear, castes were created for our interest by our ancestors and marriage is the union of two people who want to grow, prosper, love and move progressively together in same direction.

Now what has ‘love and growing old together happily’ has to do with CASTE, I  just can’t help but wonder. To add to it further, do we have  the time to think about all this and fight in the name of caste and religion?

Life is a gift, and everyone has the right to live happily in each and every moment one has.

In this civilized and educated era, I cringe when I hear  “What will people say, if our son marries a girl of some other caste?”

In today’s world, people forget a thousand crore rupees scam when its memory in their heads gets overlapped by new layers each passing day. Do you think they really bother?

While these love marriages, mostly inter caste, not only unite two people, it also waves off the customs of dowry and violence as these marriages are based on mutual love and respect and often face a high opposition by the so-called society or the stigma of  the society created by us.

Let’s face the harsh reality, we have turned our back on the real problems, one being the deterioration of our MORAL VALUES resulting in rapes, thefts, murder and what not. Have we done anything on that front or are we just focusing our attention on issues like inter caste marriages?

We are taking a step further, everyday, to cross from the civilized lane to  the uncivilized one. The time has come, to recall that it is an individual who is more important and not the so called customs. With time, we have to evolve for development and prosperity.

Everyone should think about it so as to avoid the unrest in the young world raised by the same.

Post by-

Anoop Kumar Sharma

MBA(F&B), Batch VIII