IIT, ISB students work on solutions to make life easier

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After noticing elders suffer from back pain for long, Maumita Bhattacharjee from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi bumped into an idea that could make severe back pain easier and pocket friendly to deal with. That too using silk fibre. Believing in innovation, students from various B-schools got together to bring about solutions to day-to-day challenges, arranged by the DuPont Innovation Challenge in science and technology.

Maumita along with Sannidhi Jhala from Indian School of Business have found way to market an easy and cheaper alternative to the metallic disks used as implants in lower back pain surgeries. Using silk to mime the structure, the cell regeneration can happen around the silk implant, bringing the cost down from Rs 4-5 lakh to Rs 30,000. “The metal disks have a life span of 10-12 years, but when silk replacements are used, the silk wears off after the cell regeneration happens. This technique could benefit people in the rural areas like laborers who strike down disk replacements for the costs involved,” said Maumita.

Tapping the rural workforce is yet another innovation that looks to produce alternative fuel sources , by way of involving farmers in ‘algiculture’. Abitha from Indian Institute of Science, and Vikas Gujral from Indian School of Business, developed a sustainable method of algae cultivation in the standing water of paddy fields without any additional requirement of land, water or nutrients, eventually benefiting the farmer at no extra cost.

“The trials were successfully run at Bidadi and Tumkur. With an initial investment of Rs 15 crore, the cropping at paddy fields and the simultaneous generation of algal biofuel that will provide green energy,” said Abitha. But for Vaibhav Tidke from Indian Institute of Technology and Ankit Singh from Faculty of Management Science, the zeal to help farmers tap an alternative revenue source, lead him to develop a ‘solar conduction dryer’ a food dehydrator that would help farmers reduce food spoilage and generate additional income through preserved food. Infact they have already sold 100 units and have orders from Kenya and Brazil.

trushnaudgirkar@mydigitalfc.com

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