National Technology Day is celebrated on 11th May every year to commemorate the nuclear tests done at Pokharan on 11th May 1998.
On this occasion The President gave away the National Technology Awards to individuals and companies for their contribution to science and technology in India. A number of Innovative Products were also launched. These include a 12K tablet PC developed by an IITian duo and a Handheld battery operated microPCR that can detect TB, Malaria, Dengue etc.
The National Award for 2013 was given to Biovet Private Ltd, Karnataka for successful commercial production of Bluetongue pentavalent vaccine and Johne’s disease vaccine for the first time in India. The technology was provided by Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) Izatnagar, Uttar Pradesh. Instituted by the Technology Development Board (TDB) in 1999 the Award carries an amount of Rs.10Lakh and a trophy each to the Industrial Concern and the technology provider.
The Award to encourage Small Scale Industries (SSI units) for 2013 and also to successfully commercialize product based on indigenous technologies, developed by SSI Unit for the year 2013 was given to PYRODYNAMICS, Bengaluru for development and commercialization of a digital Strain Measurement System. The award carries an amount of Rs. 5 Lakhs and a trophy.
The Second award in this category went to Accurate Gauging & instruments Pvt. Ltd, Pune for development and commercialization of a Coordinate Measuring Machine in 3D device for Measuring the Physical Geometrical Characteristics of an Object. Shri VikramSalunkhe, Shri S. Diveker received the award.
To promote development & commercialization of Biotechnology Products, Department of Biotechnology instituted Biotech Product & Process Development and Commercialisation Awards. The award carries cash prize of Rs. 2.00 lakhs, citation & a trophy to each awardee. There are Four Awards in this category
This year’s Biotech Product & Process Development and Commercialisation Awards for 2013 were awarded to Dr.Samit Kumar Nandi from West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences for his pioneering work in developing of methods of using biomaterials in treatment of orthopaedic surgical challenges.
Dr. K.M. Shankar (Kalkuli MariappaHegde Shankar) from Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, Bidar, were awarded for development of Farmer level Monoclonal antibody based Diagnostics Kits for white spot virus of shrimp and other four aquatic pathogens in India.
Dr. R K Vijh and his team from National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources, Karnal got the award for development parentage verification kits of Buffalo, cattle, sheep, goat, camel, Yak and Mithun.
Dr. Daman Saluja from University of Delhi was awarded for his pioneering work for developing the PCR BASED DIAGNOSTIC KIT FOR NEISSERIA & CHLAMYDIA
This year’s National Award for Technology Business Incubator went to Kongu Engineering College, Perundurai, Erode, Tamil Nadu.
Department of Science & Technology instituted Technology Business Incubators (TBIs) in academic institutions to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. The National Award for best TBI is given to an incubator that has shown outstanding performance in creation of technology based new enterprises. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 3.00 lakh, Certificate and a trophy.
On this occasion following Innovative Products supported by Technology Development Board and CSIR were also launched:
The First product which is Blood Chemistry Analyser & Compact Portable Mobile Lab developed by Sh. Amit Bhatnagar, an IITian with the assistance of TDB. This Analyser supports the analysis of 23 parameters which includes Haemoglobin count, Blood Glucose, Urea, Uric Acid, Creatinine, Total Protein, Bilirubin, Cholesterol, Triglycerides, SGPT, Calcium, Magnesium, and Phosphorous. Cost of testing all 23 parameters on this device is less than Rs. 120 per person. The analyser is capable of analyzing 4000 samples during a day. The Blood chemistry analyzer costs around Rs. 80,000/-.
The Second product that is Handheldintegrated battery operated microPCR(Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Device with real-time detection. This device has been developed by Bigtec, Bangalore with support from CSIR-NMITLI. This PCR can detect Tuberculosis, Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya, Hepatitis B and H1N1, ailments that contribute significantly to the disease burden in India. The device is expected to cost a tenth of a conventional real-time PCR.
As a Third item the Science & Technology Report titled “India: Science and Technology”capturing India’s S&T progress over the years was released. The report has been published by CSIR and covers subjectson S&T and Human Resources; Innovation Support System; S&T and Industry; S&T Outputs and Patents; and Rural Development and S&T Strategies.
The fourth item launched is a modular Tablet PC designed, developed and manufactured by two young IITians- Sh. Rohan Pandey and Sh. Rohit Rathi. Their Tablet PC is differentiated from other similar product in the market as it integrates ZigBee along with WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G. Its design is inspired from the look of a book and it has 2 displays, one in front like a Magazine and another on the spine to show secondary information. This advanced version is intended to be marketed at a price of Rs. 12,000/- per unit in the Indian market.