IIT-Delhi shows cheap can be wonderful

Posted on Apr 12 2014 - 7:06pm by admin

Manash Pratim Gohain

Source  Times of India

NEW DELHI: Be it the urinal which saves 1,51,000 litres of water every year and draws out of the excrement phosphorus — a mineral which India imports — or the Rs 120 cholesterol test which otherwise costs Rs 5,800, or even the low-cost cellphone-size hemoglobin meter that must surely be a boon to a country in which an overwhelming proportion of maternal deaths result from malnutrition-triggered anemia, for every social problem, IIT-Delhi seems to have a technical solution.

Such was the impression of TOI when it looked at the five high social impact products patented and already in use, and part of the Open House show next week. Known as one of the biggest tech shows at the institutional level, it will showcase about 200 innovative projects put together by its faculty and students this year.

The Open House will be organized on April 19, said member of faculty of electrical engineering in IIT Delhi Turbo Majumder. “Of these, there will be five high social impact projects, all of them already working and some patented. A few of them are also in production, like the ‘Waterless Urinals Technology-Zerodor’ which is an IIT startup. It’s being used in the campus successfully,” he said.

Scarcity, misuse, pollution of water and lack of sanitation facilities have been the driving force behind development of Zerodor, patented by IIT-Delhi. Speaking about the product, associate professor of rural development and technology, Vijayaraghavan M Chariar, said, “We were concerned about misuse of water, scarcity and absence of sanitation in cities like Delhi. This device came out of collaborative effort with Unicef to improve sanitation.”


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