Three students and faculty teams from state are in the fray for the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) awards at the seven-day “Festival of Innovation”, hosted by Ahmedabad-based National Innovation Foundation (NIF) at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, which began on Saturday.
Around 43 finalists have been shortlisted, from which 17 will bag the awards. While 26 will get appreciation awards, around five may even get government sponsorships of Rs 15 lakh each for scaling up their innovations, say sources. From Gujarat, students and faculty members’ teams from Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat (SVNIT), B. V. Patel Pharmaceutical Education & Research Development (PERD) centre at Ahmedabad and the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IIT-GN) are among the finalists shortlisted for the GYTI awards.
A mechanical Parkinson’s spoon ideated by final year mechanical engineering students from IIT-GN Dhyey Shah, Eepsit Tiwari and Rajesh Patidar is one of the nominees in the running for the award. “To help the patients of the Parkinson’s disease, we have come up with the mechanical version of an ‘electrical spoon’, a popular innovation acquired by Google. Our innovation has a slider, whereby when the user applies a slight pressure, it holds food in the spoon and slides open when the user puts it in the mouth, thereby ensuring minimum spillage. While the electrical spoon costs more than Rs 18,000, our innovation, if put into mass production, will cost only Rs 350 as per our estimates,” said Dhyey Shah.
“We have come up with a delivery system or a formulation by way of which an anti-HIV drug can reach the lymphatic system effectively where the HIV virus is harboured in the human body,” said Amita Joshi, a faculty mentor from the department of Pharmaceutics at PERD.
The festival witnessed President Pranab Mukherjee giving away awards to the best grassroots innovators of the country identified by NIF.