Pioneering Marvels: National Innovation Program 2k17

Pioneering Marvels: National Innovation Program 2k17

Mar 27, 2017 | Dibya

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The Festival of Innovation, an initiative by the Government of India and the Office of the President to bring out innovative projects, reward grass root innovations, and foster a supportive ecosystem was held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi from March 4-10, 2k17. This was the third edition of FOIN and saw a wider participation, both nationally and globally. This event was also attended by several top innovation leaders. Rohit Suri, a third year computer science and engineering student, and an innovative nerd got selected to attend this program at New Delhi.

When asked about the selection procedure, Rohit Suri said,

All the centrally funded institutes were asked to send in one member from their innovation clubs be it either professor or student. We received a mail from the VP, technical society asking us to come up with a report of all the innovative activities and projects that we were a part of along with our CV. A total of 10 students had submitted their reports after which the short listing was done by the HoD, SAC and the VPs of the technical society and finally I got selected.

There was a total of 80 participating colleges which had come to be a part of this program. Most of the colleges had sent in professors. There were around 20 to 25 students and the rest being professors.

Last year, Prof Rajeev Kumar Panda from the School of Management had attended this event. Despite being selected this year too, he wanted a student to be a part of this event which is why Rohit Suri got the opportunity to represent NITR at the national forum.

He was invited to the program on 8th March. Since there were so many colleges, they were divided into groups of 8. NIT Rourkela was grouped along with Central University of Jammu(Leader); NIT Uttarakhand; NIT Warangal; Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Rae, Bareli; School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal; School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi; Sikkim University and the whole group had to give one presentation. There were a total of 10 groups. On behalf of NITR, Rohit Suri presented all the ongoing projects that are currently been undertaken here along with his own project. There were mainly 5 projects which he focussed on. They are:

  • Autonomous Underwater vehicle or AUVs used for underwater surveying missions which includes mapping the ocean floor, finding previous minerals and submerged ships/submarines and finding obstructions that can be hazardous to commercial or recreational vehicles.
  • Brainwave Controlled Wheelchair which uses a head gear which can sense EEG signals from the user’s brain and transmit them to the onboard computer which then takes decisions based on the signals thus enabling a physically impaired person to carry out their daily activities smoothly.
  • Smart Pesticide Sprinkler UAV, a replacement over the traditional spraying method, this drone aims at sprinkling pesticides over crops in a pre-specified region, thus varying the amount of pesticides according to the requirement of the crops.
  • Smart Air Quality Monitor, a framework for measuring atmospheric and air parameters like temperature, humidity, pressure, light intensity, wind speed and its direction, rainfall, particulate matter and the amount of various gaseous contents of the air like Carbon Dioxide, Nitrogen Dioxide and Sulphur Dioxide etc.
  • Lightweight Concrete using Vermiculite focuses on the development of light weight concrete for construction purposes by using mineral called vermiculite, thus reducing the cost of construction.

Apart from this there were two extremely innovative case studies. The first one was from IIT Kanpur. They have come up with a better composition of horse shoes. Unlike the traditional horse shoes which last only for a period of 7 days along with the painful process wherein they hammer it with nails onto the horse’s feet, the newer version lasts for 21 days and ensures greater comfort. The second one was from NIF, SRISTI. It was a modified walker used by the elderly people. It had been modified in such a way which can be used in plain road as well as stairs. School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi is also looking forward to building transportable shelters which can be made on the spot for constructional workers owing to the unhygienic conditions they live in.

After all the presentations were over, the students along with the professors and guests from various institutes had their lunch in Rashtrapati Bhavan which was then followed by a tour of the exhibition organised by National Innovation Foundation (NIF) where numerous innovative projects were displayed including the horse shoe and the walker. There were also students from the under graduate level and primary school students displaying their projects.

When asked about his experience, Rohit said,

 The entire event was really knowledgeable and it was an enriching experience getting to know about such innovative projects. I also made a few contacts which I think is necessary since it helps you to prosper even more in your field since you can always share your ideas with them. I also realised that we should come up with grass root level innovations i.e. projects which can directly benefit the common people like the horse shoe and the modified walker.

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