Our Nation’s economic growth depends on our capacity to educate, innovate, and build. Long-term national investments in basic and applied research and development (R&D) play an important role in the flow of market-based innovations through a complex system that leverages the combined talents of scientists and engineers, entrepreneurs, business managers and industrialists.
These funds have led to everything from small entrepreneurial initiatives to growth in high technology industries with the concomitant employment of millions of workers. The large impact on employment results from innovation impacts not only in high tech enterprises but also in other industries that benefit from increased capabilities and productivity.
Development is the only way ahead said honorable PM Narendra Modi and on the same message today here I present all readers with full of Research and Innovations in this magazine.
Vanora: UV Sanitising Robot
The robotic platform, Vanora Robot was designed as a support system for the frontline fighters of the Covid-19. It is a fully functional unmanned robotic platform to disperse high doses of Type C Ultra Violet rays to destroy the structure of all Bacteria, Fungal Spores, and many types of Virus including various strains of Corona Virus.
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IIT Kanpur Incubated Start-ups i.e. Earthface Analytics Pvt. Ltd. & Kritsnam Technologies Pvt. Ltd. have developed a device, for analysing and monitoring water quality through easy to use colorimetric test-strip, based on smart-phone technology.
Imagineering Laboratory, IIT Kanpur has developed an Ultraviolet (UV) sanitizing product named SHUDH (Smartphone operated Handy Ultraviolet Disinfection Helper). The on/off, speed, and location of the product can be controlled remotely using your available smartphone while installing an android application. SHUDH has six UV lights of 15 Watts each that can be individually monitored from a distance. Initial testing has proved that the device at its full operation can disinfect a 10×10 squared feet room in about 15 minutes. The product innovators, Prof. J. Ramkumar, Dr. Amandeep Singh, Mr. Shivam Sachan believe that SHUDH can assist in killing the spread of coronavirus at the highly prone places such as hospitals, hotels, malls, offices, schools, etc.
Imagineering Lab IIT Kanpur in collaboration with Agnys Waste Management Private Limited (start-up at IIT Kanpur) has developed indigenous seed balls named BEEG (Biocompost Enriched Ecofriendly Globule). The initiative guided by Prof. J. Ramkumar has developed the seed balls comprising of an indigenous variety of seeds, compost, and clay.
Fabricating Microporous Elastomer Thin Films
With patented process, it is possible to fabricate microporous elastomer thin films (thicknesses between 0.150 to1 mm) especially made of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) with controlled monomodal pore size distributions (pore diameter=2-5µm) wherein ethyl acetate is used as the diluent and water as the porogen. This innovative process is a simple, scalable and low-cost technique having high reproducibility where small pores in the thin films allow air and water to be circulated; can block bacteria and viruses and have many advantages over existing techniques.
Noccarc V310 Nocca Robotics, an incubatee company of SIIC IIT Kanpur took up the challenge to design and develop a fully functional indigenous ICU ventilator in collaboration with SIIC. Noccarc V310, an advanced ICU Ventilator with top of the line specifications was developed and
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A team of engineering students from IIT Bombay, NIT Srinagar, and Islamic University of Science & Technology (IUST), Awantipora, Pulwama, Jammu, and Kashmir has come up together and developed a low-cost ventilator named ‘Ruhdaar’ using locally available material to fight against COVID19. Project head Zulqarnain, a first-year student of Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay who teamed up with his friends P. S Shoib, Asif Shah, and Shakar Nehvi from IUST, Awantipora, and Majid Koul from NIT Srinagar designed the ventilator. Further, he took assistance from the Design Innovation Centre (DIC) at IUST to design the low-cost ventilator using locally available materials.Initially, the team aimed to replicate a tried and tested design, but they ended was developing their own design of the ventilator.