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Wipro GE Healthcare Boosts Local Manufacturing, New Factory Under PLI Goes Live

Wipro GE Healthcare Boosts Local Manufacturing, New Factory Under PLI Goes Live

• With an investment of over INR 100 crores, this greenfield facility is one of 15 medical device manufacturers approved under the government’s PLI Scheme towards Atmanirbhar Bharat.

• As a key enabler in driving Karnataka’s commitment to underpin the growth of the ESDM industry, Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM) welcomes Wipro GE Healthcare’s new manufacturing facility in Bengaluru, India.

Bengaluru, India – March 31st, 2022 – Wipro GE Healthcare, a leading global medical technology and digital solutions innovator, today announced the launch of its new manufacturing facility in Bengaluru, India, under the Indian government’s Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme. The new plant, Wipro GE Medical Device Manufacturing factory (MDM), is aligned to the National Agenda of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and will further boost local manufacturing of medical devices in India. The Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM) is at the forefront of enabling a global ESDM ecosystem in Karnataka and has welcomed the first association of its Partner in Progress for Electronics, System, Design, and Manufacturing (ESDM) Program through the inauguration of Wipro GE Healthcare’s medical devices manufacturing plant. The plant is a 100% subsidiary of Wipro GE Healthcare and has been setup as a green field legal entity. The company has invested a little over INR100 crore in this facility.

A 35000 sq ft facility, the MDM factory is set up for 24/7 operations for manufacturing CT machines, cathlab equipment, ultrasound scanners, patient monitoring solutions, ECG machines and ventilators. It is equipped with automated testers to assess performance of the medical devices. This facility currently has 35 employees in its shopfloor which is expected to increase to 100 in next 2 to 3 years.

Azim Premji, Chairman, Wipro GE Healthcare and Chairman, Wipro Enterprises, said “India is on an accelerated growth path in gaining global prominence for medical devices manufacturing. Wipro GE Healthcare’s new factory, with support from the government’s Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme, will aid the health ecosystem in India to realize its true potential in addressing local and global challenges for healthcare providers.”

Commenting on the launch, Dr. Shravan Subramanyam, Managing Director, Wipro GE Healthcare, said, “The new facility is a testament to our continued commitment to an Atmanirbhar Bharat and is a step forward in elevating India’s capability as a global manufacturing hub. We applaud the government’s initiatives towards making India self-reliant. The new draft of the National Medical Devices Policy 2022 provides further impetus towards empowering India’s healthcare ecosystem, and we at Wipro GE Healthcare are very optimistic about the future of MedTech in India.

“We congratulate Wipro GE Healthcare for its contribution towards boosting local manufacturing and generating employment in the local communities. Through our Karnataka Digital Economy Mission, we will provide continued support to the company’s efforts towards augmenting the ESDM sector and providing fillip to the region’s digital economy,” said C N Ashwath Narayan, Minister of Information Technology – Biotechnology, Higher Education, Science and Technology of Karnataka in his virtual address.

Mahesh Kapri, Managing Director, GE BEL & General Manager – ISC, South Asia, GE Healthcare, said, “The country’s import dependency for medical devices stands at 75-80%* and for India to rise the ranks as the leading MedTech devices market, local innovation & production is pivotal. We are confident that our new factory will contribute meaningfully to India’s self-reliance goal and will accelerate India’s profile on the global product development map”.

Addressing those gathered at the inauguration, Dr E V Ramana Reddy, ACS, Dept of Electronics, IT BT S&T said, “Karnataka has always led the country’s technological progress. Policy initiatives at the central and state level have additionally encouraged the growth of the ESDM sector along with the growing demand for superior technology products. Industry 4.0 and the medical devices sector is heavily dependent on India’s electronics and manufacturing capabilities and creating a suitable ecosystem to foster this growth will take the nation far ahead. Initiatives such as these by Wipro GE Healthcare reflect their commitment towards making the state a pivot for innovation and growth. The industry’s acceptance of KDEM’s ESDM-led programs is a positive sign towards building the state’s IT and ESDM sector and taking it to a global platform.”

Sharing his thoughts on the inauguration of the unit, Shri B V Naidu, Chairman, Karnataka Digital Economy Mission said, “The KDEM has always strived to focus on innovation, skill development, identify and nurture talent in the start-up and ESDM space in clusters of Karnataka. We believe that the state has immense drive and hunger to learn, innovate and contribute significantly to the nation’s growth. When we launched our Partner in Progress program, the overwhelming response received by industry leaders was a reassurance to our commitment of building a strong ESDM ecosystem in Karnataka. Today’s inauguration of the new manufacturing unit of Wipro GE Healthcare, our first partner in the program is a step towards enhancing this ecosystem while building a nurturing platform for our very able capable and diverse workforce.”

Speaking on KDEM’s contribution to nurturing a strong talent pool in the ESDM space, Shri Sanjeev Gupta, CEO, KDEM said, “KDEM’s Partner in Progress for ESDM was an important step in pledging our commitment to making Karnataka a global hub for ESDM and Wipro GE Healthcare was one of the first partners in leading the charge for this. With its landmark project of a manufacturing plant for medical devices with a focus on diversity, is an important milestone in recognising the nation’s diverse talent force and their exceptional capabilities. We at KDEM are extremely happy to partner with the industry think tank to take the Beyond Bengaluru vision to the next level that will impact and ignite the next wave of development in India.”

The Karnataka Digital Economy Mission is a special entity set up to strengthen the digital economy in Karnataka. It is a first-of-its-kind organization designed to function as the knowledge bridge between the Government of Karnataka and industry with a view of accelerating the growth and investments of the ESDM, IT, BT, and S&T sectors in the state. KDEM’s efforts to scale the growth of the electronics, system, design and manufacturing (ESDM) industry has received wide acceptance from the industry. 18 large corporations have given their Letter of Intent (LoI) so far to set up operations in the state. This comes at a time when the Government of India recently announced its semiconductor policy to promote the manufacturing of semiconductor chips in the country.

The Government of Karnataka projects the Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM)sector to yield more than 20% of regional GDP by 2025. The state government has been shaping its digital economy with new policies in the IT, ER&D, ESDM, and Skill Development sectors. Wipro GE Healthcare’s new facility promotes the ESDM sector in Karnataka and is in sync with the state government’s goal to build up the digital economy for the world through state-of-the-art medical devices made in India.

CMR University confers degrees on 1,400 students at its Sixth Annual Convocation

CMR University confers degrees on 1,400 students at its Sixth Annual Convocation

Y-O-Y girls have performed better and bagged more gold medals than boys

Bengaluru, 28th March 2022: CMR University, one of the leading and top-ranked private universities in Bengaluru, held its 6th Annual Convocation today at CMRIT Campus (AECS Layout, ITPL Main Road).

Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka and the visitor at CMR University presided over the event. and Prof. Govindan Rangarajan, Director of Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, was the Chief Guest at the event. The ceremony was also graced by Shri. K.C. Ramamurthy, IPS (Retd.), Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) & Chairman, CMR Group of Institutions who was the Guest of Honor and awarded the medals to the students and Dr. Sabitha Ramamurthy, Chancellor, CMR University awarded the degrees. Shri K.R. Jayadeep, Pro Chancellor, Dr. Tristha Ramamurthy, Provost, Dr. Sanjay Jain, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dr. Praveen R, Registrar were also present during the occasion.

The convocation ceremony of CMR University witnessed the graduation of 1400 students across all seven schools. There were 1400 who received degrees and 26 received doctoral degrees. Twenty-eight students were the rank holders for the year 2021-2022. Among the 28 Gold medalists, 16 were awarded to girls and 12 to boys. Year on year girls have performed better and bagged more gold medals than boys across all disciplines.

Honoris Causa was conferred on Ar. Dinesh Verma, Past President – Designers Guild of India & Practicing Architects Association, Immediate Past Chairperson – Indian Institute of Interior Designers, B’lore, Principal Architect and Managing Director, ACE Group Architects.

Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka and the visitor at CMR University, in his speech acknowledged that “India has always been a global knowledge house and now we are moving towards becoming the ‘Vishwaguru’. Indian universities are playing a significant role in achieving this larger vision. As the nation prepares itself to be atma nirbhar, the onus will be on the next generation to fulfill the vision. It is heartening to see CMR University’s contribution towards creating globally responsible citizens and nation building as a whole.”

Further, the Honorable Governor stressed on the importance of building environmentally friendly and sustainable nations and addressed the societal problems faced by the country.

Delivering the convocation address, Prof. Govindan Rangarajan, Director of Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru said, “While the pandemic brought the world to stand still, it also opened up avenues for research and advancement. It has exposed the immense need for collaboration and robust research faculties. To tackle global challenges, it is vital for people working in diverse areas to come together and pool in their expertise to address the global challenges. The looming threat of future pandemics and the growing devastation have highlighted the need for collaborations rather than working in silos.”

Adding further he mentioned, “Today, across the world, innovations are happening at an unprecedented pace. Researchers in India are making great strides in quantum technologies, machine learning, neuromorphic computing & cyber-physical systems. Exciting career opportunities await graduates in many of these emerging areas. There is especially a growing need for young students and researchers trained in India to develop indigenous solutions that can help address problems specific to our country, like malnutrition, water scarcity, and infectious diseases like TB & malaria”

Dr. Tristha Ramamurthy, Provost and Vice Chancellor, CMR University, further deliberated, “In 2021-2022, CMR University achieved some significant milestones in the research and innovation arena:

● Dr. Girish Kumar of School of Engineering and Technology ranked again as the top 2% of researchers globally for the second year by the survey conducted by Stanford University (USA) in association with Research Intelligence team, Elsevier (Netherlands)

● The student-led entrepreneurship with five of the startups under the mentorship of CMR University faculty received funding from the Government of Karnataka’s elevate grant

● Students from School of Engineering and Technology Venkat Bharat, Syed Afshana, Jhanavi K Rao – research work on “Covid-19 prediction using ARIMA model” was recognized and published by “WHO” under “Covid-19 Global literature on coronavirus disease”

Adding further, she mentioned, “Students of the University also achieved significant laurels in extra co-curricular activities besides the academic:

● Anand R of Sound Engineering participated in the 50 Hour Music Challenge Competition hosted by MTV and was the runner up Pan Asia. He was also involved in Planning and Designing an online MOOC Course for Music Production.

● Students of the University have been selected in the regional/zonal rounds for the National Environment Youth Parliament 2022 to be held in the Parliament House New Delhi in the month of April. One student was adjudged as the Best Speaker at the Zonal level NEYP.”

CMRU is regarded as one of the progressive and proactive young universities in the state and country for its unparalleled infrastructure, dynamic pedagogy, and assessment techniques. The curriculum is the USP of the university, along with its research strengths. CMRU has reimagined its curriculum and aligned it perfectly with NEP. It aims to prepare students to survive and succeed in a VUCA world, and also nurture creative thinkers who can drive positive global change and be leaders of the world.

Fujifilm India Unveils new range of CT, MRI and Ultrasound Machines at the 74th Annual Conference of IRIA 2022

Fujifilm India Unveils new range of CT, MRI and Ultrasound Machines at the 74th Annual Conference of IRIA 2022

● The enhanced portfolio includes the Scenaria View, Supria series, The Echelon Smart and Arietta series.

● Offering a diverse portfolio, the new range will include solutions pertaining to CT, MRI, Digital Radiography, AI, PACS, endoscopy, IVD and ultrasound systems.

● Keeping the patient and their comfort at the core, Fujifilm’s new portfolio to benefit millions of Indians.

March 25, 2022, Bengaluru: Fujifilm India Pvt Ltd, a leader in diagnostic imaging and medical system technology, today unveiled a new range of products at the 74th National Annual Conference of IRIA 2022. The latest portfolio includes a plethora of products offering complete and integrated solutions for diagnostic purposes including CT, MRI, X-ray, AI, PACS, endoscopy and ultrasound systems through the Scenaria View, Supria series, The Echelon Smart and Arietta series.

In order to strengthen its market position further and provide a wide variety of diagnostic services, Fujifilm completed the acquisition and takeover of Hitachi’s Diagnostic Imaging on 31 March last year. With the acquisition, Fujifilm offers a comprehensive solution spectrum that caters to a broad range of clinical needs.

Highlights of Fujifilm’s enhanced portfolio include:
● Scenaria View (128 slice CT Solution) is a powerful premium performance CT solution that provides dependable routine application capabilities with available advanced clinical modules for Interventional CT, extended coverage Shuttle Scanning (for Perfusion Exams), Cardiac CTA and Dual Energy examinations. The View employs 64 discrete detector and electronics channels over a 40mm detector coverage and reconstructs up to 128-slices per scan rotation.

● Supria (32/128 CT Solution) is an evolved CT device, employing latest technologies such as whole-body sub-millimeter imaging and dose reduction technologies. It provides lower dose and high-quality images and is capable of imaging in various patient positions reducing the overall scanning burden on patients.

● The Echelon Smart (1.5T Superconductive MRI) is based on Fujifilm’s proprietary technology, and opened the potential for 1.5T systems, providing superb image quality and superior install flexibility, inherited from permanent-magnet MRI systems. It comes with noise reduction technology for a patient-friendly examination.

● The ARIETTA (Series of Ultrasound) is designed to provide high quality imaging across a broad clinical range that includes abdominal, cardiac, and vascular applications. It has been developed with cutting edge technology for enhanced accuracy and safety to transform ultrasound diagnosis.

Managing Director of Fujifilm India, Mr. Koji Wada said, “Fujifilm has demonstrated the ability to be a leader in technical advancement and scientific innovation through its newest products and services lineup. Now, millions of individuals will have access to the most precise and accurate medical imaging and screening. This is a significant milestone for Fujifilm and its future growth. Today, we are stronger as a team, and our goal is to maximise the patients’ benefits with these new portfolio synergies. In the realm of prevention and diagnostics, our goal is to become a market leader and the number one comprehensive partner for the Indian healthcare community.”

Mr. Chander Shekhar Sibal, Senior Vice President, Medical Division, Fujifilm India said, “As a leader in imaging technologies, we strive to ‘Never Stop’ providing the most cutting-edge technologies and solutions that not only improve image quality and workflow, but also focus on the patient’s overall well-being. Through our new launches, we aim to boost the diagnostic market and empower medical imaging information across the entire healthcare industry, keeping in mind the obstacles that a hospital experiences every day in diagnostics and imaging services.”

Fujifilm India has always worked towards spreading maximum awareness regarding early detection of critical ailments which can otherwise be treated if diagnosed on time. As a conscious effort, the brand has consistently pushed forward to improve healthcare diagnostic standards, helping to make the world better and fitter. Fujifilm India is continually working to innovate and introduce advanced technologies to produce forward-thinking medical equipment. The brand’s efforts have been centered at building a line of medical care that will offer easy access to healthcare solutions to millions of people and in turn strengthen the country’s medical infrastructure. Fujifilm is committed to providing Indians with the most effective diagnostic technologies available. The superior technical and innovative prowess is a testimony to the same, and with each passing year, the brand is striving to further fortify its position as the industry pioneer in medical imaging while still being committed to diagnostic services.

About Fujifilm India:
Fujifilm established in 1934 has believed in Innovation and creation of new values through leading edge and proprietary technologies. Fujifilm, as a firm believer in innovation, continues to work hard to provide consumers with the best products and services. Beginning as Japan’s pioneering photographic film maker, Fujifilm has leveraged its imaging and information technology to become a global presence known for innovation in healthcare, graphic arts, optical devices, highly functional materials and other high-tech areas. Fujifilm is continuously working towards early detection of disease and generating awareness among the general public by conducting awareness programs, for promoting TB and Cancer screening.

RVU Launches Centre for Visual and Performing Arts

RVU Launches Centre for Visual and Performing Arts

Bengaluru, 20th March 2022: The RV University has launched the Centre for Visual and Performing Arts to bridge the gap in conservation, performing arts and art education.

It was launched at a glittering event last evening in Bengaluru which was attended by celebrities like the Founder of Ranga Shankara, Mrs Arundhati Nag, former MP, Rajya Sabha, Mrs B Jayashree and renowned Kannada author Mr Jayant Kaikini.

In his Presidential Address, Dr M.K. Panduranga Setty, Chancellor, RV University and President Rashtreeya Sikshana Samithi Trust said, “The future workplaces of the world are looking at creativity, collaboration and communication. These are skills of artistic training. A solid foundation of knowledge and the ability to think innovatively and creatively is the aspiration of every Liberal Arts School and global economy. At RV University, we want to promote that. We remain committed not merely to academic excellence, but academic excellence with the ability to creatively solve problems, to be able to work with society and make it a more livable place”.

Outlining the plans of the Centre for Visual and Performing Arts, Dr. YSR Murthy, Vice-Chancellor, RV University said, “We have received a philanthropic grant from C. Krishniah Chetty Group of Jewelers to organise an Annual Music Festival in Bengaluru in November 2022. Subsequently, we have plans to start an annual theatre and annual dance festival. We will forge collaborations with the top cultural institutions, art and theatre schools, music sabhas, major national and international festivals, museums, and art galleries.”
Highlighting the RV University’s commitment to make this Centre a vibrant entity and organise year round activities, Vice Chancellor, RVU, Dr. Murthy said, “The Centre will host workshops, conferences, lecture demonstrations by leading performing artistes and artist-in-residence programmes. The Centre will offer a range of certificate courses, short term courses, and weekend programmes that will provide great learning opportunities to students and the community.”
Addressing the audience at the event, Arundhati Nag, said, “It is an important day for all of us as RV University has launched the Centre for Visual and Performing Arts. I hope that not only the students from the University learn the importance of art and culture in our lives, but others across the country get an opportunity to use the impressive infrastructure of RVU, and benefit from that.”

B Jayashree highlighted the importance of the Centre in bringing in connection with culture across the country and the world. She said, “The RV Group of Educational Institutions have contributed immensely to the education system in India, by offering high quality education at an affordable cost. By opening this new Centre for Visual and Performing Arts, it has opened new doors and opportunities for students and others to pursue their passion”.

Jayant Kaikini set the tone for the final act of the evening, a tribute to the Nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar by the highly popular singer Sangeeta Katti. Reminiscing about how the world of music and performing arts have undergone a massive change over the last few decades, he said “Today’s generation of youth are very fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue their passion and dreams, thanks to entities like the Centre for Visual and Performing Arts, and I hope that they will make full use of this.”

The launch event was held at RV Dental College auditorium in JP Nagar, Bangalore. The evening included performances by RV University students showing their newly acquired skills through the energetic Kamsale dance, a scintillating display of Yakshagana by students of Yaksha Degula and a tribute to Lata Mangeshkar by Sangeeta Katti, who sang evergreen melodies.

Professor Deepa Ganesh, Executive Director, Centre for Visual and Performing Arts said, “Art was never insular, it was always profoundly impacted by the socio-political happenings of the society. To study art, therefore, not only holds clues to the past but has keys to handle the future.”

Adding further, she mentioned, “The Centre for Visual and Performing Arts wants to somewhat think like a disrupter. The Centre, unlike conventional departments, wants to be a space for dialogue. It is open to both traditions and to the innovation of contemporary times. It is not interested in a hybrid model but in a conversation, debate and collaboration of cultures. It is interested in the knowledge systems, documented and oral. It aspires to focus on socially relevant and participatory practices and encourages projects that investigate the nature of art and society.”

The courses taught at the Centre will have their linkage with the liberal arts courses that the University offers. This combination will allow students to study a broader range of subjects. It will help in developing well-rounded individuals having adequate knowledge and skills in multiple fields. The students will be taught to think critically and be problem-solvers, which will be an incredibly valuable skill in any career.

There will be interdisciplinary courses provided to students through the Liberal Arts programme of RV University, which is already offering courses such as Introduction to Performing Arts, Creative Writing, and Great Films of the World, which prepares the student to think in a creative way.

The Centre will provide ample opportunities for students to groom themselves to be career-ready and provide accessibility to art education for all people.

The advisory board members of the Centre include experts from various fields of music, dance and fine arts like Arundhati Nag, Girish Kasaravalli, Sukanya Ramgopal and H.K. Venkataram among others. With such luminaries on board, this Centre aims to become a landmark institution in arts education in the cultural hub of Bengaluru.

India’s most significant contribution to its rich legacy and history is art and culture. They are its soft power. But over the years, the structure of society has changed, and opened up opportunities to students to pursue careers in art and culture. This has raised many questions of how one can preserve the rich tradition of performing arts, while integrating it into current cultural practices. We, as a society, need to collectively preserve high standards in art education and bring in more innovative delivery forms. There is a vital need to educate the current and future generation of the less heard or seen forms of arts and the emergence of new ones.

About RV University: RV Educational Institutions (RVEI), governed by Rashtreeya Sikshana Samithi Trust (RSST), is recognized among the few value-based and quality-oriented educational groups in the country. The Trust endeavours to impart quality education to all strata of society. RV University is a State Private University that has been established in Karnataka State with RSST as the sponsoring body through Act No.34 of 2019, passed by the Karnataka Legislature. The Mission of RSST and RV University is “Excellence in Education with Societal Commitment.”