On February 23, 2021, Union Minister Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers (MoC&F) presented the 10th National Awards for Technology Innovation in Petrochemicals and Downstream Plastics Processing Industry for FY 2019-20 at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.
- Out of 273 nominations 4 nominations have been selected as Winners and 09 nominations as Runners-up.
- The award is aimed at felicitating and recognizing the innovative efforts of renowned scientists, researchers and industrialists in the broad areas of Polymer Science and Technologies.
Following is the list of awards:
Category- Innovation in Polymeric Materials
Winners: Dr. Samir H. Chikkali and Shri Ravindra P. Gote Dr. Dipa Mandal, Dr. KetanPatel Shri Krishnaroop Chaudhuri, Dr. C. P. Vinod, Dr. Ashish K. Lele – CSIR- National Chemical Laboratory, Pune
Awarded for: Preparation and scale-up of Disentangled Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene: A material 11 times stronger than steel.
Category- Innovation in Polymeric Products
Winners: Dr. Smita Mohanty and Dr. Akshya Kumar Palai, Shri Sagar Kumar Nayak, Shri Smruti RanjanMohanty, CIPET:SARP, LARPM, Bhubaneswar
Awarded for: Indigenous development of polymer – ceramic based porous bed for separation of mixed ion-exchange resins
Category- Innovation in Polymer Processing Machinery, Equipments, Robotics & Automation
Winners: M/s Shibaura Machine India Private Limited, Chennai, for “Multi Colour / Material Injection Moulding Machine
Awarded for: Anti-Counterfeit article production
Category- Polymers in Medical and Pharmaceutical Applications
Winners: Dr. Lizymol Philipose Pampadykandathil, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Awarded for: Development of bio-active, radiopaque, non-cytotoxic, bone cement based on a novel in-situ polymerizable oligomer for orthopedic applications
The awards were initiated on the lines of the National Policy on Petrochemicals of 2007 by the Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals (DCPC) to incentivize meritorious innovations and inventions in the field of polymeric materials, products, process areas of national and social importance. The ultimate objective is to develop and maintain the petrochemical industry as a globally competitive industry using eco-friendly processes & technologies.
- Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering and Technology (CIPET), an autonomous organization under DCPC is the nodal agency for implementing the awards.
Point to be Noted
–DCPC has been taking several facilitation measures to attract investment in the petrochemicals sector such as supporting setting up of six plastic parks in coordination of State Governments in Assam, Madhya Pradesh (two parks), Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand.
Other Participants: Yogendra Tripathi, Secretary (C&PC- Chemicals and Petrochemicals), Senior Government officials, representatives of industries, academia and R&D institutions.
About Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers (MoC&F):
DV Sadananda Gowda Constituency– Bangalore North, Karnataka
Minister of State (I/C)– Mansukh Laxmanbhai Mandaviya