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Students showcase their inventions at AIOU

April 09, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The National Conference on Physics and Emerging Sciences gave students a platform to showcase their talents in the field of science and technology.

The participating students had displayed their own inventions, at the conference organised by the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), which were appreciated by the visitors.

Syed Mumtaz Hussain, a student of Master of Science, while talking to Dawn, said he had invented a snake detection kit, with the help of his peers; Mohammad Akmal, Qari Ataul Mustafa and Mohammad Tanveer.

“The kit can detect snakes in a 100 feet radius. A buzzer starts buzzing after a snake is detected,” Syed Mumtaz said, adding that this kit will help prevent loss of lives in deserts, where the risk of snake bites is high.

At another stall, Hammad Ullah Jan said that he, along with four other students, had invented a belt for visually impaired persons.

“The belt can detect any object in the way of a blind person. The range of the belt can be adjusted between two to 10 feet. Similar belts can be produced on commercial basis,” he said.

A student, Malik Zeb, said he had invented a global system for mobiles (GSM) based home security system, which can be very useful to curb crime.

“The security system contains different sensors, which can detect any trespasser or window breakage. Then, it sends an SMS to the owner of the house,” he said.

A microcontroller based patient monitoring system was also displayed in the conference. The group leader, Usman Adil, said that the system is based on a chip which will be placed on the arm of the patient.

“Because of the sensors in the chip, the doctors will be able to check temperature, blood pressure and the pulse rate of the patients at any time, with their cellphones. Moreover, using this information, the doctors can suggest or change the medicine at anytime,” he said.

Another student, Mohammad Irfan Bashir had invented a GSM-based home appliance control system.

“It will work as a smart grid system and the owner of the house or the building can switch the power of the lights and other electric appliances, remotely, due to which energy can be saved,” he said.

A Sui gas leakage detector was also displayed at the exhibition.

Mohammad Ijaz and Mohammad Razzaq, who have invented the device, said as soon as the detector will detect a leakage, it will alert the occupants of the building.

A visitor, Imdad Hussain, said that he was impressed with the work of the students.

The dean of physics at AIOU, Dr Syed Zafar Ilyas, while talking to Dawn, said: “There should be a research and development grant in every university. Educational institution should give funds for the inventions; only then research work will increase.”

“Being an organiser of the conference, I have been trying to contact different industries and the chamber of commerce, to start the production of these devices at commercial level,” he said.