Report by India Education bureau, New Delhi: The Union Minister of State (Independent charge) for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Statistics & Programme Implementation Shri Srikant Kumar Jena gave away the 3rd National Awards for Technology Innovation in Petrochemical and Downstream, Plastic Processing Industry here today.
He presented the awards to the winners for their outstanding contribution in the fields of Polymeric Material, Polymeric Products, Polymer Processing Machinery & Equipment, Polymer Waste Management & Recycling Technology, Polymeric Materials & Products, Polymers in Agriculture and Water Conservation, Green Polymers in Public Health care and Research in the field of Polymer Science & Technology.The award consists of a Shield, a Citation and a cash prize of Rs. 2.00 lakhs for the Winners. The award for the Runners up consists of a Shield and a Citation.
On the occasion Shri Srikant Kumar Jena said that the downstream petrochemical products permeate our daily lives in almost every aspect. He said that the value additions in the petrochemicals chain offer immense possibilities and cater to the need of textiles and clothing, agriculture, packaging, infrastructure, healthcare, furniture, automobiles, information technology, power, electronics and telecommunications, irrigation, drinking water, infrastructure, construction and a host of other articles of daily and specialized usage amidst other emerging areas. Plastics have inspired and continue to drive innovations that help to solve society’s greatest challenges – from lifesaving technologies to more sustainable living.
Expressing the confidence, Shri Jena said that the recognition of innovations in niche areas of petrochemicals and plastics processing will continue to encourage the Indian Plastics Industries to focus more and more on evolving cost effective systems & solutions and to develop environment friendly new generation polymers, process technologies, which will ensure sustained growth with competitive edge in the Petrochemicals & plastics Processing Downstream Industry in the years to come.
The Secretary, department of chemicals and petrochemicals Shri Indrajit Pal, senior officials of Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, representatives of industry, academia and R&D institutions, apart from the awardees, were also present on the occasion.
The National Policy on Petrochemicals was approved by Government in April 2007. The policy aimed at increasing investment, competitiveness, Research & Development efforts in thrust areas of polymeric materials. To achieve the objectives of this policy, the Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals (DCPC), Government of India set up an Award Scheme to incentivize meritorious innovations and inventions in various fields of Polymer Science and Technology, by Individual/Team, Industry, Academic and R&D Institutions. The purpose of this Award scheme is to develop the petrochemical industry as a globally competitive industry using eco-friendly processes and technologies.
The Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET), an autonomous institute under DCPC, has been entrusted with the responsibility of implementing the scheme of the National Award for Technology Innovation in Petrochemicals & Downstream Plastic Processing Industry.CIPET has made special efforts for sensitizing the industry and academic institutes about the new initiative of the Government. In the 3rd National Awards, 306 nominations were received which were scrutinized and evaluated by a committee of experts consisting of academicians, members from the Industry, experts from R&D institutions.
Finally, 11 nominations were selected as Winners, 8 nominations as Runners-up and 6 nominations were recommended for Commendation Certificate for Technology Innovation in Petrochemicals and Downstream Plastic Processing Industries in the third year of its operation in 2012-13.
Following is the list of the winners and their innovations:
· M/s Gharda Chemicals Ltd., for “An Economical Process to Manufacture ABPBI (2.5 Polybenzimidazole) parts” in the Industry category of Innovation in Polymeric Materials.
· Prof. Anindya Deb, Centre for Product Design And Manufacturing, Indian Institute of Science for “Nanoclay -Polypropylene Based Enhanced Automotive Upper Interior Head Impact Safety Protection” in the Individual / Team category of Innovation in Polymeric Products.
· M/s Shriji Polymers (India) Pvt. Ltd., for their innovation of “Child Resistant Cap” in the Industry category of Innovation in Polymeric Products.
· Mr. M. J. Giridharan, C. G. Enterprises, for “Multiport HDPE Saddle Welding Machine” in the Individual / Team category of Innovation of Polymer Processing Machinery & Equipments.
· CSIR- Indian Institute of Petroleum for “Technology to Convert Waste Plastics (Polyolefins) to Automotive Grade Fuel and Petrochemicals” in the Academics and R&D Institution category of Innovation In Polymer Waste Management & Recycling Technology.
· Team comprising Dr. S.T. Mhaske, Mr. Vilas S. Karande & Mr. Niranjan R. Savadekar from Institute of Chemical Technology for their innovation “Synthesis of Nanocellulose (Nanowhiskers and Nanofibers) and its Applications in Biopolymers to Enhance their Performance Properties” in the Academics and R&D Institution category of Innovation In Green Polymeric Materials & Products.
· M/s Reliance Industries Ltd. for “Polymeric Packaging for Extending Shelf Life of Agriculture, Floriculture and Horticulture Produce” in the Industry category of Polymers In Agriculture And Water Conservation.
· Team comprising Mr. Jandas P. J., Dr. Smita Mohanty & Prof. (Dr.) S. K. Nayak from Laboratory for Advanced Research in Polymeric Materials (LARPM)-CIPET for their innovation – “Polyimide Based Piezoelectric-Induced Pressure Pulse (PIPP) Films for MEMS Applications” in the Academics and R&D Institution category of Innovation in Polymeric Materials.
· M/s Mohana Orthotics and Prosthetics Center for “Plastics in the field of Physically Handicapped” in the Industry category of Polymers in Public Health Care.
· Dr. Niranjan Karak, Tezpur University for “Biodegradable Tough Transparent Novel Hyperbranched Polyurethanes from Vegetable Oils” in the Individual / Team category of Research in the Field of Polymer Science & Technology.
· Prof. (Dr.) Mangala Joshi from Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi & Dr. Amitava Bhattacharyya, PSG Institute of Advanced Studies for “Polyurethane / Nanographite based Multifunctional Coatings for Defense Applications” in the Academics and R&D Institution category of Research in the Field of Polymer Science & Technology.
The Runners – Up and their innovations are:
Dr. S Anitha & Dr. T. S. Natarajan from Indian Institute of Technology – Madras for “Development of Electrospun Nanocomposite Smart Material” in the Academics and R&D Institution category of Innovation In Polymeric Materials.
· Mr. Sachin Joshi, Mr. Mohit Mehta & Ms. Sarojini Swain of M/s Crompton Greaves Limited for the innovation of “Mild Steel Based Storage Water Heater Tank, Inside Coated with Specially Developed Nano Based Liquid Polymer Applied by 2 Axis Synchronized Robotic Painting System” in the Industry category of Innovation in Polymeric Products.
· Mr. Manoharmayum Manihar Sharma for the innovation of “Solar Multi Silk and Mugha Reeling cum Spinning Machine” in the Individual / Team category of Innovation Of Polymer Processing Machinery & Equipments.
· CSIR-Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute for “On-line Sorting of Consumer Plastic Groups through Near Infrared Spectroscopy” in the Academics and R&D Institution category of Innovation In Polymer Waste Management & Recycling Technology.
· Ms. Sridevi Avancha, Mr. Ajaya Kumar Behera, Mr. Ramkrishna Sen & Dr. Basudam Adhikari of IIT-Kharagpur for the innovation of “Biodegradable and Eco-friendly Jute Soy Composite and Sapling pot” in the Academics and R&D Institution category of Innovation In Green Polymeric Materials & Products.
· M/s Godavari Polymers Pvt. Ltd. for “Break Through Techniques in Drip in Line Lateral Design” in the Industry category of Polymers in Agriculture and Water Conservation.
· Dr. K. P. Chellamani, D. Veerasubramanian & R. S. Vignesh Balaji from The South India Textile Research Association for the innovation of “Barbed Bi-directional Surgical Sutures” in the Industry category of Polymers In Public Health Care.
· Prof. (Dr. ) Pralay Maiti, Prof. Nira Misra & Mr. Govinda Kapusetti from IIT (BHU) for the innovation of “Polymer Based Nanobiocomposites for Faster Bone Healing” in the Academics and R&D Institution category of Research In The Field Of Polymer Science & Technology.