IIT Bhubaneswar Wins Budding Innovators Award for Second Time in Row

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Three students of the institute have developed IOT sensory attachment to gas cylinder which can intimate about the gas status in a cylinder online

Prof. R.V. Raja Kumar, Director, IIT Bhubaneswar with team Prajjawala

A team of students from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhubaneswar, has won the NRDC National Budding Innovators Award 2018.

Dubbed Prajjawala, the team is led by Rahul Kumar (CSE, 3rd year), Rahul Mahanot (ECE, 3rd year), Rishwanth K (ME, 3rd year) and Deepak K (ME, 3rd year). They won the award for their invention “Internet of things and data analytics-based price fragmentation, pay-as-you-use and supply chain automation and optimisation in LPG distribution system.”

This is the second consecutive time IIT Bhubaneswar has won this award under the guidance of Prof. R.V. Raja Kumar, Director, IIT Bhubaneswar.

Under this project, the students have developed IOT sensory attachment to gas cylinder which can intimate about the gas status in a cylinder online so that the gas filling can be made well organized.

Prof Kumar said that this attachment can be used to make ambitious govt. schemes, like Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, more effective especially in rural areas.

“The impact of this solution on the energy and utilities sector will be significant since this is a new realm of data that gives flexibility and transparency to measure their usage and plan their consumption,” he said.

Winners to be felicitated on National Technology Day

The award would be presented on May 11 by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on the occasion of the National Technology Day at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.

Commenting on the achievement, Prof Kumar said, “I would take the opportunity specially to congratulate the budding technocrats of tomorrow for the incredible feat, I am sure this is just the beginning and there is more to follow.”

The team Prajjawala and the project have already been registered as Project Prajjawala under the Design Innovation Centre (DIC), IIT BBS and continuously supported with facilities to develop the Proof of Concept (PoC) along with mentoring and guidance as and when required.

Previous year, Nitheesh Kumar P (B.Tech, ME, Final Year) and Vikas Sharma (M. Tech, ME (MSD), and Alumni) had won the prestigious NRDC National Budding Innovators Award – 2017 for their invention “Development of FRP Repair Methodologies for rehabilitation of Corroded and Leaking Oil and Gas Pipelines”.