A Mammoth Accomplishment: IMPRINT

A Mammoth Accomplishment: IMPRINT

Oct 09, 2017 | Saumya Agarwal Manisha Rath

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Adopting engineering and technology as the vehicle for addressing the societal needs and achieving national prosperity, The Minsitry of Human Resources and Development had launched a new and catalytic scheme called IMPacting Research INnovation and Technology or IMPRINT in the year 2015. IMPRINT is a first-of-its-kind Pan-IIT and IISc joint initiative to develop a New Education Policy and  Roadmap for Research to solve major engineering and technology challenges in selected domains needed by the country.

The ten domains represent the most important areas relevant to our country in order to enable, empower and embolden the nation for inclusive growth and self-reliance. The following are the IMPRINT domains:

  • Healthcare
  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Energy
  • Sustainable Habitat
  • Nano-Technology Hardware
  • Water Resources and River Systems
  • Advanced Materials
  • Manufacturing
  • Security and Defence
  • Environmental Science & Climate Change

The first phase of IMPRINT is dedicated to creating a policy document defining the scope, strategy, and mandate for pursuing engineering challenges in the country and not developing a specific technological product or process. The real engineering pursuit ensued in the second phase.The project proposals were selected on the basis of following criteria:

  • Level of promise,
  • Potential and evidence of new technology and its delivery for commercialization
  • Pilot plant demonstration
  • Field trial/ development within a reasonable period of time (3Years)  
  • Collaboration with industry and related establishment.

NIT Rourkela became the recipients of 4 projects from the honourable Prime Minister’s Office .These proposals are one of the 259 proposals selected from 2612 project proposals received under IMPRINT Call for Proposals. The approximate 10% of submitted proposals were selected after the 2612 proposals were reviewed by more than 500 reviewers, in three stages, over the last six months. These four proposals have been approved for financial support by the Apex Committee of IMPRINT in its meeting held on 28 September 2016. The negotiations are being made with the ministries who have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the MHRD for sharing the budget of selected projects. Though, it may take some more time for the final sanction of the project, till all the formalities are completed and all funds are allocated.

The MHRD now desires that all IMPRINT projects upload their progress (technical results and financial update) for regular monitoring by the Ministry and Apex Committee. Therefore, IMPRINT Cell at IIT Kanpur has created a dedicated web portal through IMPRINT website where the financial status of each project will have to be updated by 5th of every month, starting from November, 2017.

Four proposals from the professors from NIT Rourkela belonging to various departments has been selected by the national level reviewing committe. The details of the projects are furnished below:

Project No.1

Design And Development Of Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer

Funding Agency: Science and Engineering Research Board(SERB), DST and MHRD

Grant Sanctioned: 360.19 Lac

Grant Received: INR 175 Lac (for the first year)

Project In Charge: Prof. Tarapada Roy (Deparment of Mechanical Engineering)

 Abstract of the Project:

Dynamic mechanical analyser(DMA) is a versatile equipment used to quantify a variety of fundamental material properties including dynamic storage and loss moduli, damping, complex and dynamic viscosity, storage and loss compliance, transition temperatures, creep, and stress relaxation, as well as related performance attributes such as rate and degree of cure, sound absorption and impact resistance, and morphology. The proposal aims to design and develop a state-of-the-art DMA and reveal the relevant technologies to the academic and Research and Development(R&D) institutions of the country. The proposed product would not only cater to the needs of the larger population of users in India due to low-cost option, it is also expected to be highly competitive in the global market. The development of such an instrument will also promote an interdisciplinary knowledge and human resource development, and technology integration which can lead to building similar equipment in the area with larger or reduced features.

Project No.2

Intelligent Surveillance Data Retriever (ISDR) For Smart City Applications

Funding Agency: The MHRD and The Urban Ministry, Government of India.

Grant Sanctioned: INR 3.86 Crores

Grant received: 1.8 crores ( for the first year)

Project in Charge: Prof. Santosh Kumar Das (Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering)

Abstract of the Project:

The massive data coming out of different security cameras is difficult to analyze and it needs a specific approach to be quantified. Smart cities also generate additional data that are collected via various sensors deployed in the environment. Hence, the above project is proposing a state-of-the-art solution, where the officials can quantify the acquired video as well as different sensor data in real time, which can be used for smart city applications such as efficient traffic management, accident detection, object tracking, suspicious activity detection, environmental hazards, effects of pollution, etc. The project is also adding intelligence to the CCTV system by changing its embedded systems architecture and making it ready for further inclusion of various sensors in order to provide a flexible and robust platform for future smart city infrastructure.

Project No.3

New Generation MgO-C Refractories With Improved Oxidation And Hot Strength For Ferrous Metallurgy

Funding Agency: Ministry of Steel, Government of India and the MHRD

Grant Sanctioned: INR 120 Lakhs

Project in Charge: Prof. Dr. Shantanu K Behera ( Dept. of Ceramic Engineering)

Abstract of the Project:

The project is concerned with the work on a material that has immense industrial significance. The proposed plan is to develop a new series of MgO-C refractories with optimum and economically viable use of nanostructured carbon materials to impart improved thermomechanical properties. While the proof of concept has been established, the project envisages the development of the same in pilot plant scale leading up to industrial production.

Project No.4

Development Of Clinical Grade Tissue Grafts For Treatment Of Bone And Cartilage Defects And Diseases

Funding Agency: The MHRD and ICMR(Indian Council of Medical Research)

Grant Sanctioned: Approximately INR 394 Lakhs.

Project In Charge: Prof.Krishna Pramanik ( Department of Biotechnology & Medical  Engineering )

Abstract of the Project:

The proposed project focuses on the development of bone and cartilage tissue grafts for the regeneration of damaged and/or diseased articular cartilage and subchondral bone in knee joints clinically. In this project, efforts will be given towards translational research that involves the fabrication of scaffold with appropriate 3D architecture and properties specific to articular cartilage injury and osteoarthritis in knee joints by3D printing technique in-vitro generation of bone and tissue grafts by growing mesenchymal stem cell on the scaffolds in the bioreactor.  More specifically, tissue grafts shall be produced by targeting the treatment of patients with knee joint problems that resulted from articular cartilage injury and diseased subchondral tissue leading to osteoarthritis.

Team MM extends its heartiest congratulations to all the project in charge of the shortlisted projects and hopes these project bring about the significant changes they are destined for !

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