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Technology Initiative for Disabled and Elderly (TIDE)

The growing number of older persons places increasing demands on the public health system and on medical and social services. The needs of the elderly are distinctive and mostly relate to their health, comfortable and dignified living, psychological well being (including recreation and social networking), meaningful occupation (with or without economic gains) and security aspects. Older persons, therefore, need much more than just medical care, which needs an inter-disciplinary approach integrating medicine with the other functions.

Keeping in view the National Policy on Older People (NPOP), DST under its Science and Society Programme has recently launched a new programme on "Technology Initiative for Disabled and Elderly (TIDE)" to create an enabling environment for the elderly. The TIDE programme has evolved through a series of consultations involving various stakeholders (geriatric specialists, designers, architects, social scientists, senior citizens, etc.). Five thematic workshops were also organized to deliberate on specific themes. Under this innovative programme, project proposals are supported on conceptualization, research and development for finding technological solutions to address the problems faced by the elderly population and to improve their quality of life. Prestigious academic and research institutions (AIIMS, IITs, IISc, SPA, AIIPMR, National Institute of Social Defence) and NGOs (HelpAge India) are actively associated with the TIDE programme.

The possible interventions under TIDE include design and development of enabling devices, designs of homes, use of ICT in networking, recreation and entertainment, and health and nutritious food. Academic/R&D institutions in collaboration with NGOs or industry can undertake projects under this programme. The initial focus of the programme will be through projects covering areas such as:

a. S&T interventions on short term and long term needs of elderly population.
b. Development of assistive/enabling devices, good designs and systems for elderly persons.
c. Formulation of bench marks/standards and Package of Practice (POP)/Best Management Practices (BMP) for effective realization of the technology applications for elderly.

SN PROJECT ORGANIZATION &PI PROJECT DATE
1 Nutrition for older adults: Bridging the knowledge gap Dr Seema Puri, Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, New Delhi 20.12.07
2 Development of a wireless sensor network based gait assessment system for fall prediction in elderly patients Prof. Subrat Kar, Bharti School of Telecommunication Technology and Management, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-16. 31.01.08
3 Development of a web-portal directed at welfare of older people Prof. A.B. Dey, Department of Geriatrics, AIIMS, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi. 31.03.08
4 Design for the Elderly: “Development of Residential Standards for the Elderly Prof. G.G.Ray, Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 30.07.08
5 Creating awareness among the students and Their strategic involvement in product concept development [Design-degree Fellowship under “TIE” programme] Prof. G.G. Ray, Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 02.05.08
6 Audio-visual Infotainment Package Shri Ravindra Surve, International Longevity Center, Pune 23.05.08
7 Status Paper on Technology-integrated Elder Helplines based on a review of existing Elder Helplines in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai Dr. Sugan Bhatia, President, Indian University Association for Continuing Education (IUACE), New Delhi 12.05.08
8 A study of the Technological Interventions in relation to the Health and Psycho-Social Well Being of the Elderly in NCR Prof. N.K. Chadha, Department of Psychology Arts Faculty Extension Building, University of Delhi, Delhi 23.09.08
9 Establishing a technology-based model for recreation and dignified living of elderly people in rural areas of district Rudraprayag Uttarakhand Shri Bhagat Singh Negi, Himalayan Jan Kalyan Avam Bal Vikas Samittee (HIMJAKAS), Distt. Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand 19.03.2009
10 A status paper on technology-integrated old age homes in some metropolitan and tier-two cities in India Prof. Sugan Bhatia, President, Indian University Association for Continuing Education (IUACE), New Delhi 26.03.2009
11 Technology model for mobile elderly care unit (MEU)-Pilot scale trial in Shimla district in Himanchal Pradesh Shri Mathew Cherian, Chief Executive Officer HelpAge India, C-14, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi-16 30.03.2009
12 Creating an Online Database for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT) Resources for the Senior Citizens Ms. Swati Chaktaborty, Co-ordinator, Training, Research, Educational, and Disability Consultancy Services, Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, P35/1, Taratolla Road, Kolkatta-700088 18.06.2009
13 A review of the designs of housing and how they match with the needs of the elderly Shri Ravindra Surve,International Longevity Center-India, Pune 29.06.09

List of Approved Projects under TIE Programme for the Financial Year 2009-2010


Title PI Name & Organisation
A review of the designs for housing and how they match with the needs of the elderly Shri Ravindra Surve, Community Aid & Sponsorship Programme - International Longevity Center-India, Pune.
Creating an online database for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT) resources for the senior citizens Ms. Swati Chakraborty, Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, Kolkata.
Mobility enhancement for the elderly Prof. (Dr.) D.T. Shahani, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.
Development of a New Health Care Monitoring system for Elderly Using Emerging Communication Technologies Prof. Richa Pandey, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi.
Development of elderly people friendly web technology Shri Dhrubajyoti Baruah, Jorhat Engineering College, Jorat, Assam.
Nutri ball supplementation and its impact on nutritional affective and health among south Indian senior citizens. Dr. (Mrs.) P. Nazni, Periyar University, Salem.
Integrated services for the welfare of senior citizens. Dr. Prema B. Patil, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharward.
Creating Awareness about lifestyle modification and prevention/management of chronic degenerative diseases among elderly: use of radio messages Dr. Seema Puri, Institute of Home Economics (University of Delhi), New Delhi.
Architectural Design and planning guidelines for old age homes. Shri Jatinder Pal Singh, Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh.
Development and evaluation of finger millet based bioactive peptide enriched functional food for enhancement of nutrition in elderly Dr. Pratima Khandelwal, Brindavan College, Bangalore.
Quality care audit of old age homes of Chandigarh prevention and management of bedridden elderly. Dr. Sukhpal Kaur, PGIMER, Chandigarh.

LIST OF PROJECTS UNDER - TECHNOLOGY INTERVENTIONS FOR ELDERLY (TIE) PROGRAMME

SN. PROJECT ORGANIZATION &PI PROJECT DATE
1 Nutrition for older adults: Bridging the knowledge gap Dr Seema Puri, Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, New Delhi 20.12.07
2 Development of a wireless sensor network based gait assessment system for fall prediction in elderly patients Prof. Subrat Kar, Bharti School of Telecommunication Technology and Management, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-16. 31.01.08
3 Development of a web-portal directed at welfare of older people Prof. A.B. Dey, Department of Geriatrics, AIIMS, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi. 31.03.08
4 Design for the Elderly: “Development of Residential Standards for the Elderly Prof. G.G.Ray, Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 30.07.08
5 Creating awareness among the students and Their strategic involvement in product concept development [Design-degree Fellowship under “TIE” programme] Prof. G.G. Ray, Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 02.05.08
6 Audio-visual Infotainment Package Shri Ravindra Surve, International Longevity Center, Pune 23.05.08
7 Status Paper on Technology-integrated Elder Helplines based on a review of existing Elder Helplines in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai Dr. Sugan Bhatia, President, Indian University Association for Continuing Education (IUACE), New Delhi 12.05.08
8 A study of the Technological Interventions in relation to the Health and Psycho-Social Well Being of the Elderly in NCR Prof. N.K. Chadha, Department of Psychology Arts Faculty Extension Building, University of Delhi, Delhi 23.09.08
9 Establishing a technology-based model for recreation and dignified living of elderly people in rural areas of district Rudraprayag Uttarakhand Shri Bhagat Singh Negi, Himalayan Jan Kalyan Avam Bal Vikas Samittee (HIMJAKAS), Distt. Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand 19.03.2009
10 A status paper on technology-integrated old age homes in some metropolitan and tier-two cities in India Prof. Sugan Bhatia, President, Indian University Association for Continuing Education (IUACE), New Delhi 26.03.2009
11 Technology model for mobile elderly care unit (MEU)-Pilot scale trial in Shimla district in Himanchal Pradesh Shri Mathew Cherian, Chief Executive Officer HelpAge India, C-14, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi-16 30.03.2009
12 Creating an Online Database for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT) Resources for the Senior Citizens Ms. Swati Chaktaborty, Co-ordinator, Training, Research, Educational, and Disability Consultancy Services, Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, P35/1, Taratolla Road, Kolkatta-700088 18.06.2009
13 A review of the designs of housing and how they match with the needs of the elderly Shri Ravindra Surve,International Longevity Center-India, Pune 29.06.09

PROJECTS SANCTIONED DURING 2011-2012 UNDER TIE PROGRAMME

SN. NAME OF THE PROJECT
& FILE No.
NAME OF THE PI & ORGANIZATION AMOUNT (IN RS.) DURATION
1 To develop nutritional package elderly people based upon traditional food practices using post harvest technology (fruit and vegetables as supplement) in the Nagwain area of Distt. Mandi, HP (SSD/TISN/008/2011-TIE) Dr. J.R. Thakur, Society for Technology & Development, Mandi, HP 16,22,300/- 3 years
2 Kitchen garden & herbal remedies for the old rural women in Orissa (SSD/TISN/013/2011-TIE) Dr. Utkarsh Ghate, Covenant Centre for Development (CCD),Durg, Chattisgarh . 14,59,000/- 3 years
3 Development of Locator and Communicative device for Dementia Patients (SSD/TISN/014/2011-TIE) Dr. P. Rani, Dept. of Biotechnology, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore (TN) . 19,37,000/- 2 years
4 Development of health food for enhancement of immunity in geriatrics (SSD/TISN/015/2011-TIE) Dr. D.B. Puranik, Dept. of Dairy Technology, Karnataka Veterinary, Animal & Fisheries Sciences University, Bangalore 19,45,100/- 3 years
5 Designing safe!and ergo friendly kitchen for elderly (SSD/TISN/016/2011-TIE) Dr. P. Parimalam, Home"Science College ' Research Institute, Agricultural Universit{, Madurai, T N 13,39,800/= 2 years
6 Development of Guifeline for preventing elderly users injuries at intersection (SSD/TISN/017/2011-TIE) Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Dept. og Civil Engineering, S.V. National Institute of Technolog, Ichachhanath, Surat 38,62,305/- 3 years
7 Design and Deveìïpment of Dynamically Controlled Walker System (SSD/TISN/018/2011-TIE) Dr. Shrish Verma, IT Department, National Institute of Technology, Raipur, Chattisgarh 23,12,460/- 2 years
8 Assessment of maxillary & mandibular alveolar ridge resorption in implant supported overdenture with different attachments systems (SSD/TISN/020/2011-TIE) Dr. Veena Jain, Department of Prosthodontics, Centre for Dental Education & Research, AIIMS, New Delhi 70,90,200/- 3 years
9 Development of wearable transmission pulse oximeter (SSD/TISN/021/2011-TIE) Dr. Amrit Dixit, Disha Institute of Management & Technology, Raipur 13,17,600/- 2 years
10 To develop a specially designed directed IR heating clothing and pad for elderly people (SSD/TISN/023/2010-TIE) Mr. Prafulla Kr Manoharan, Birla Institute of Technology, Deoghar, Jharkhand 15,85,862/- 2 years
11 Design and development of affordable bed for preventing the Decubitus ulcer for immobile patients and elderly persons (SSD/TISN/024/2011-TIE) Dr. TN Srikantha Datta, Dept. of Mechanical Engg., R.M.K. Engineering College, Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu 7,40,000/- 2 years
12 Profiling Selected Speech characteristics in Geriatrics (SSD/TISN/025/2011-TIE) Dr. Jayashree S. Bhats, Dept. of Audiology & SLP, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore 16,34,506/- 2 years
13 Technology & design model for establishment of standards and protocols for elder friendly homes for Aged (SSD/TISN/043/2011-TIE) Shri Mathew Cheian, HelpAge India, New Delhi 3,89,000/- 7 months
14 Adaptation of the Cotton Knitwear Waste Technology for the Development of Adult Diapers for Urinary Incontinence (SSD/TISN/051/2011-TIE) Dr. Bhawana Chanana, Lady Irwin College, Sikandra Road, New Delhi- 01 13,60,000/- 2 years

Some projects already supported by DST under this programme are:

  • Development of devices (gait assessment system for fall prediction)
  • Compilation of a guidebook on nutritious recipes for healthy eating in old age
  • Development of guidelines on residential standards for elderly
  • Development of audio-visual infotainment package
  • Assessment of technology status of elder helplines in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Pune
  • Mobile multipurpose elderly care unit
  • Instituting fellowships at master’s level to attract young minds to work on special designs for elderly
  • Development of a web portal capturing technologies for elders and related matters
  • Tech interventions for health and psycho-social well being of elderly in NCR

Further information or assistance may be obtained from Dr. Konga Gopikrishna, Scientist C SEED Division,Department of Science &Technology,Technology Bhawan,New Mehrauli Road ,New Delhi- 110016 at kongagopikrishna@yahoo.com , Phone: 011-26590322.