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Shri Ananthkumar presents 7th National Awards for Technology Innovation in Petrochemicals and Downstream Plastics Processing Industry (2016-17)

Shri Ananthkumar presents 7th National Awards for Technology Innovation in Petrochemicals and Downstream Plastics Processing Industry (2016-17)

The Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Ananth Kumar addressing at the presentation ceremony of the 7th National Awards for Technology Innovation in Petrochemicals & Downstream Plastic Processing Industries, organised by the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering & Technology (CIPET), in New Delhi on March 01, 2017.

Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Ananthkumar presented the 7th National Awards for Technology Innovation in Petrochemicals and Downstream Plastics Processing Industry (2016-17), here today. Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Shri Mansukh Lal Mandaviya graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour.Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET), an autonomous organization under Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals (DCPC), has been entrusted with the responsibility of implementing the scheme of the National Awards for Technology Innovation in Petrochemical sector and Downstream Plastics Processing Industry. For the 7th National Awards, 415 nominations were received and finally, 16 nominations have been selected as Winners and 7 nominations as Runnersup for 201617.Addressing the gathering, Shri Ananthkumar said that the Chemicals & Petrochemicals and Plastics industry has grown around 12% this year, defying all claims of a slowdown in the economy post the demonetization drive.  Further, he expressed optimism while saying that in the next three years, this sector would achieve 15% growth.Recognizing the achievements of CIPET, the Minister said that the institution is playing a pioneering role in skilling the youth of India, who in the times to come, would be the torch bearers of the Skill India, Start-up India and Make in India missions of the Government in this sector. The Minister noted that the Government has already increased the number of CIPETs from 23 to 39 in two and half years and is determined to take this number to 100 as per Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision. He also mentioned that due to the efforts of CIPET, for the first time in elections, the containers for Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were made of plastic instead of metals, which made them light, durable and easy to carry to far flung areas.Talking about the challenge of plastic waste management, Shri Kumar noted that Plastic is both an opportunity as well as a challenge, which needs a special strategy and a behavioral change in the common man to sustainably use it for the advantage of the masses. He said that Biodegradable plastic is the answer to this challenge, and announced from the podium the constitution of a task force headed by the Secretary, Chemicals & Petrochemicals which would design a national policy to deal with the issue of sustainable plastic waste management, after consultation with experts and public at large.In his address, Shri Mandaviya talked about Government of India’s Policy which envisions the development of value added, quality petrochemical products at globally competitive prices using eco-friendly processes and technologies as well as Innovation of newer application and products with focus on sustainable development. Shri Mandaviya noted that the Award Scheme incentivizes meritorious innovations and inventions in the field of polymeric materials, products, processes and other areas of national and social importance. This innovation award scheme motivates the inventors to carry out innovative Research & Development in the areas of petrochemicals industry, which in turn helps in improving the performance/quality of the existing products. The National awards are given for outstanding contribution to R&D leading to less energy consumption, better plastic waste management, increase in product life cycle, development of innovative new products, quality standards, recycling and other emerging areas.   These awards are also intended to enhance innovative capacities to the level of international recognition. The ultimate objective is to develop and maintain the petrochemical industry as a globally competitive industry using eco-friendly processes & technologies. Shri Anuj Kumar Bishnoi, Secretary, Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ms. Ranjana Kale, Economic Adviser and Dr. S.K. Nayak, DG, CIPET were also present on the occasion along with awardees, senior government officials, representatives of industries, academia and R&D institutions.

The details of Winners are  : Dr. Balasubramanian. K, Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DU), Pune for “Carbon Based Nanostructured Environmentally Benign Superhydrophobic Composite Surface” under the Individual Category of “Innovation in Polymeric Materials”. M/s. Reliance Industries Limited, Mumbai for “Novel Polyethylene Material and its High Thermally Conductive Product for Electronic Applications” under the Industry category of “Innovation in Polymeric Materials” M/s. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati for “Production and Characterization of Biopolymer Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) from Terrestrial Invasive Weeds” under the Academic and R&D Institution category of “Innovation in Polymeric Materials” Dr. Debdatta Ratna and Team, Naval Materials Research Laboratory, Ambernath for “Development of Toughened and Nanoreinforced Epoxy based Coating and FRP Composites for Naval Application” under the Team category of “Innovation in Polymeric Products” Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), Hyderabad; Defence Laboratory Jodhpur (DLJ), Jodhpur; Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad and Brahmos Aerospace, Hyderabad for “Rubber Composites for Microwave Isolation in Radio Altimeter Instruments” under the Academic and R&D Institution category of “Innovation in Polymeric Products”. Dr. S.Sridhar and Team, CSIR – Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad for “Design of a Novel Inexpensive Spinneret for Production of Ultrafine Hollow Fibers for Hemodialysis/Water Treatment Applications” under the Team category of “Innovation of Polymer Processing Machinery & Equipment”. M/s. Windsor Machines Limited, Kalol, Gujarat for “Innovative Two Platen Machine” under the Industry category of “Innovation of Polymer Processing Machinery & Equipment” M/s. E-Parisaraa Private Limited, Bengaluru for “Recycling of Electronic Waste Plastics” under the Industry category of “Innovation in Polymer Waste Management & Recycling Technology and Green Polymeric Materials & Products” Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur for “Production of Liquid Hydrocarbons, Carbon Nanotubes and Hydrogen Rich Gases from Waste Plastic in a Multi-Core Reactor” under the Academic and R&D Institution category of “Innovation in Polymer Waste Management & Recycling Technology and Green Polymeric Materials & Products”. Ms. John Deere India Pvt. Ltd., Pune for “PDCPD Multi Material Tractor Fenders” under the Industry category of “Polymers in Agriculture and Water Conservation” Junagadh Agricultural University, Junagadh for “Design and Development of a Foldable Packaging Container for Transportation and Storage of Horticulture Produce” under the Academic and R&D Institution category of “Polymers in Agriculture and Water Conservation” Dr. Lizymol P.P. from Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology, Thiruvananthapuram for “Development of Ormocer based Bioactive Polymer Composite for Biomedical Applications” under the Individual category of “Polymers in Public Health Care”. M/s. HLL Lifecare Limited, Thiruvananthapuram & Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram for “Cervical Spacer for Reducing Radiation Dosage on Critical Organs during the Brachytherapy Treatment” under the Industry category of “Polymers in Public Health Care” Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) Delhi & Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi for “Injection Molded Microcellular Thermoplastic HIP Protection Device” under the Academic and R&D Institution category of “Polymers in Public Health Care” Joint Winner – Dr. S. Reshmi and Team, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Indian Space Research Organisation, Thiruvananthapuram for “Energetic Triazole Binders for Defect Free Green Composite Solid Propellants” under the Team category of “Research in the field of Polymer Science and Technology”. Joint Winner – Shri Raja Shunmugam, IISER Kolkata for “Polynorbornene Derived 8- Hydroxyquinoline paper Strips for Ultrasensitive Chemical Nerve Agent Surrogate Sensing” under the Team category of “Research in the field of Polymer Science and Technology”. CSIR – National Aerospace Laboratories, Bengaluru for “Development of Coinfused and Cocured Fully Integral Wing Interspar Box using Verity Process” under the Academic and R&D Institution category of “Research in the field of Polymer Science & Technology”.

The details of Runners-up are : Dr. S.Sridhar and Team, CSIR – Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad for “Highly Compact Cascaded Polymer Membrane System as a Low Cost Replacement for imported DM Water Production Units” under the Team Category of “Innovation in Polymeric Materials”. M/s. Tezpur University, Assam for “Development of High Performance Self- Healable Epoxy Composites by ATRP and Click-Chemistry” under the Academic and R&D Institution category of “Innovation in Polymeric Materials”. Dr. Balasubramanian. K, Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DU), Pune for “Design of Extruder/Compounder for Exfoliation and Dispersion of Nanoadditives in Polymer Matrix” under the Individual category of “Innovation of Polymer Processing Machinery & Equipment”. M/s. Rajoo Engineers Ltd., Rajkot for “Woodplex – WPC Profile & Board Line” under the Industry category of “Innovation of Polymer Processing Machinery & Equipment” Shri Digvijay Dhabriya, Dhabriya Polywood Ltd., Jaipur for “Use of Marble Mining Waste for Manufacturing of Engineered Marble Mouldings and Sheets” under the Individual category of “Innovation in Polymer Waste Management & Recycling Technology and Green Polymeric Materials & Products” Dr. Tarun K. Maji and Ms. Chinmayee Saikia, Tezpur University, Assam for “Development of Polymer Coated Iron Oxide Magnetic Nanoparticles for Targeted Delivery of Anticancer Agent” under the Team category of “Research in the field of Polymer Science & Technology” Trimoorty Auto Deco Components Private Limited, Pune and Sree Trio Poly Tech, Hyderabad for “New Polymer Application and Indeginisation” under the Industry category of “Innovation in Petrochemicals and Newer Polymer Applications”.

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