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The PG department of Information Technology conducted a webinar on June 17, 2020, on the topic “Digital Technologies in Current Health Programmes: Avenues for Public Health Strengthening”. The resource person was Dr Sudhir Prabhu H, associate professor, department of Community Medicine, Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore.

Doctors, health professionals, faculty members and research scholars working in the domain of Information Technology from across India attended this session. Dr. Prabhu spoke about the various digital technologies available in the health sector and the impact of digital technologies while facing the challenges of public health. He also elaborated on the existence of the connectivity between the IT and the public-health domain and the need to take it forward.
The webinar was followed by an interaction session in which the participants clarified their doubts.All 260 participants were given a participation certificate.
The department also conducted a second webinar in the series on June 18, 2020, on the topic “Artificial Intelligence and its application in Public Health”. The resource person was D. Balu P.S, Professor and Head, Department of Community Medicine, JJM Medical College, Davangere.
In his insightful talk that covered various aspects of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the domain of public-health, he explored the opportunities that lay ahead as also the challenges and issues pertaining to ethical aspects of implementing AI in the health sector. Dr Balu spoke about the various studies he had led in his institution and mentioned various AI tools that are being developed to help people around the world currently. This webinar received 478 registrations from across India.

The third webinar was on topic “Future of Computing – Cloud and Fog Computing” held on June 19th, 2020. Dr A ShajinNargunam, director- academic affairs, Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education, Kumaracoil, Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu was the resource person. His expertise over the domain of Cloud and Fog computing made this webinar a very interesting one, and provided a conducive learning environment for all the participants.
Dr Nargunam in his presentation explained the different practical concepts related to cloud computing, Big Data and Fog computing. He elaborated on various aspects of these technologies that are at the forefront right now. Various research areas in these domains were also brought out in this talk. The webinar was followed by an interactive discussion where few queries related to the practical implications of these technologies were addressed.
St Aloysius College (Deemed to be University), Mangalore and Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education, Kumaracoil share a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in research and technical initiatives. A total of 210 participants participated in this webinar. This session was also streamed live on YouTube.

The webinars can be accessed on the following links: