AICTE ATAL Academy Sponsored one-week FDP (Online) On “Internet of Things (IoT) for Agriculture” July 19-23, 2021

A one-week online Faculty Development Programme on “Internet of Things for Agriculture “was organised during July 19-23, 2021 through the WebEx platform. Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering received the fund of INR 93,000/- from AICTE -ATAL for organizing this FDP. Renowned experts from Industry and Academic Institutes conducted all the sessions. The registration of the webinar was open for faculty members of all the Universities across the nation and 200 participants from different states of the country participated successfully. This FDP was coordinated by Dr N P Gajjar and Dr Manisha Upadhyay from Electronics and Communication Engineering Department. The inaugural session at the Institute was chaired by the Director, Institute of Technology and HoD, Electronics, and Communication Engineering Department, IT-NU. Common inauguration session of 24 ATAL-FDP was organised by the ATAL academy and was chaired by Dr T G Sitharam, Director-IIT Guwahati. Prof Ashutosh Dutta, Johns Hopkins University, USA delivered the keynote address on 5G Networks for IoT and Security: Opportunities and Challenges. The demonstrations of various projects based on the Internet of Things in Agriculture were also presented.

The schedule of the programme with the name and affiliation of the experts is as shown below:

Session No Time Topic Name of Speaker with affiliation
19/7/2021    Monday
1 10:00 to 11:00am About the Nirma University, Institute of Technology, EC Department, About FDP

Keynote Address:  5G Networks and Security: Opportunities and Challenges

Director-IT,NU & HoD (EC)

Prof. Ashutosh Dutta,

Johns Hopkins University, USA

11:00 to 11:30 am Inauguration

Prof. T.G. Sitharam

Director, IIT Guwahati

2 11:30 to 1:15pm Digital Agriculture Dr. Nabarun Bhattacharyya,

Director, CDAC, Kolkata

3 2:00 to 3:00 pm Agritech: Emerging Trends in India Prof. N. P. Gajjar, EC, IT NU
4 3:15 to 5:15 pm System design of IoT platform Shri Bhavesh Shroff,

Director, INTEL India

20/7/2021 Tuesday
1 10:00 am to 12:00 IoT Architecture for Agricultural Application Dr. Rahul Dubey

Consultant, California, US

2 12:15 to 1:15 pm IoT Communication Standards Prof. Manisha Upadhyay, EC, ITNU
3 2:00 to 3:00 pm Inside the Mind of  Students in New Normal Dr Parth Vaishnav

Co-director, Samvedna  Happiness Hospital, Ahmedabad

4 3:15 to 5:15pm IoT hardware platform Mr. Pranav Purohit,  eInfochips

(An Arrow Electronics Company)

21/7/2021 Wednesday
1 10:00 am to 12:00 Sensing for IoT in Agriculture Applications Prof. Jose Antonio Gutierrez

Instituto Tecnologico de Morelia, Mexico

2 12:15 to 1:15 pm

2:00 to 3:00 pm

IoT data collection, logging, and visualization with open source tools

IoT software /cloud

Prof. Gaurang Raval, CSE, ITNU
3 3:15 to 4:15 pm System-level Design, simulation & implementation of IoT Mr. Dhiraj Jagtap

MATHWORKS, Bengaluru

4 4:15 to 5:15 pm Integrated Design and deployment of IoT Application Mr Jayesh Gandhi

Director, HK Automation


22/7/2021 Thursday
1 10:00 am to 11:00 Research and Spirituality Sadhu Vivekjivan Dasji,

BAPS, Ahmedabad

2 11:00 to 12:00 IoT Case study in Smart Irrigation Prof. Sachin Gajjar, EC, ITNU
3 12:15 to 1:15 pm Reliability analysis of IoT Communication protocols Dr. Lalit Singh


Department of Atomic Energy

4 2:00 to 3:00 pm IoT security issues in Agriculture Prof. N. P. Gajjar, EC, ITNU
5 3:15 to 4:15 pm IoT for supply/chain management Prof. Debjit Roy,

IIM Ahmedabad

6 4:15 to 5:15 pm IoT enabled Green House Prof. Nikhil Marriwala,

University Institute of Engineering and Technology,

Kurukshetra University

23/7/2021 Friday
1 10:00 am to 12:00 IoT and Space Technology for Precision and Smart Agriculture Dr  Bimal Bhattacharya,

SAC, ISRO, Ahmedabad

2A 12:15 to 1:15 pm IoT & Artificial Intelligence Shri Manoj Parmar

Robert Bosch, Bangaluru

2B 2:00 to 3:00 pm IoT & Artificial Intelligence Dr. A S Guru Prasad
Robert Bosch, Bangaluru
3 3:15 to 4:15 pm Case Study/ Demonstrations Prof. Ruchi Gajjar/

Prof. Akash Mecwan, EC, ITNU

4 4:15 to 5:15 pm Exam, Feedback & Valedictory Prof. N.P.Gajjar /

Prof. Manisha Upadhyay


Minimum 80% of the attendance was mandatory for successful completion of the course. At the end of the programme, as per the directive of ATAL academy, the performance of the participants was evaluated by an online MCQ-based test and assignment.