HYDERABAD: Four students of the Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering (MCEME) in Secunderabad developed vehicle-mounted wind turbines which can be set up on Army trucks.
Adjudged as best project of the batch of graduating students, the turbines make use of wind to generate power and charges the equipment used by armed forces. Mounted on Army trucks which are used in remote places, these turbines work perfectly. A group of four students — Lt. Gaurav Chaudhary, Lt. Nitin Dabas, Lt. Bhupendra Singh Rathore and Lt. JP Saraswat — built the model as part of a course exercise to find solutions to real-time technical problems faced by armed forces.
“The weaponry and technology being used by a modern army today are becoming sophisticated and it is a challenge to charge the equipment in remote locations. This turbine charges equipment and weaponry while the truck moves,” explained Lt. Dabas.
Currently, a battery works for two or three hours at most, after which personnel have to go back to base and depend on the primary source of electricity to recharge it. The turbine helps them charge on the go. Some other innovations of students were mobile phone-controlled street lights, an all-terrain wheelchair.
Government calls for ways to combat cyber-war
Hyderabad: “Today, countries are no longer fighting with weapons to capture territories but are waging cyberwars to cripple enemies. We are all connected today through technology and everything is wired, even in the armed forces.
Sitting miles away, one can cripple a nation. Are we equipped to fight this?” governor ESL Narasimhan said while addressing students at the graduation ceremony of the 29th Technical Entry Scheme (TES) course of MCEME on Thursday. Noting that there is no control overflow of information on social media, he warned that scraps of information available online can enable a fraudster to clear out bank accounts of individuals and entities, and called for an effective mechanism to check this menace.