IIT Kharagpur awards Nina Saxena Excellence in Technology 2008 award to NEERI-ZAR

Written by Businesswire India | New Delhi, August 19: | Updated: Aug 19 2008, 17:54pm hrs
The Nina Saxena Excellence in Technology Award a first of its kind India -Wide technical innovation award instituted by IIT Kharagpur in 2006, this year was presented to Dr. Subhash P. Andey, Dr. Prakesh S. Kelkar Dr. Madan V.Nanoti, Scientists, Geo-Environment Management Division, NEERI, Nagpur. Commemorating the spirit of its illustrious alumna Dr. Nina Saxena, the award encourages and promotes technical innovation with a social development focus in India.

An international jury of experts chaired by the Director of IIT Kharagpur adjudged the nominations on the basis of innovativeness, applicability, benefit to the nation, and most importantly the potential of the application for social development with specific reference to backward areas in India.

Speaking on the occasion Professor Amit Patra, Dean, Alumni Affairs IIT Kharagpur expressed Dr. Nina Saxena was a brilliant alumna of the Institute who along with a successful career had the vision of alleviating poverty and boosting overall economic growth in India. This Award has kept her vision and philosophy of life intact by aptly recognizing the innovation of the scientists of the Geo-Environment Management Division, NEERI.

NEERI-ZAR is the water purification system suitable for potable water supply particularly under emergency situation with a wide range of flood water quality. The NEERI-ZAR meets drinking and cooking water requirements particularly on emergency basis and serve as a disaster management tool for drinking water supply under flood affected situations. NEERI-ZAR produces filtered water with turbidity in the range of 1.1 to 3.8 NTU and 90-99% reduction in bacterial load from the raw water with the turbidity in the range 10 300 NTU and total coli form and E.coil counts in the range 6800-78300 CFU/100 ml and 100-7900 CFU/100 ml respectively. The invented NEERI-ZAR provides the onsite treatment to available flood water under emergency situations to remove the organic contamination, suspended solids and bacterial load to produce the water suitable for potable purposes within few hours using the locally available material and without using electric power supply. A Patent has been filed titled Portable Instant Water Filter Filing Date: Jan 29, 07; Ref. No. 0268NF2006/IN. State Minister, Urban Development and Housing, Govt. of Rajasthan and local MLAs expressed their gratitude for timely help provided by NEERI team for the supply of potable water at the time when all their water sources were either destroyed or contaminated due to flood. Public Dedication Function for LOKARPAN OF NEERI-ZAR was organized in Baitu Block of Barmer District on 17 October, 2006.

Presenting the award to the winner, Chief Guest Prof. Lord Sushantha Kumar Bhattacharyya expressed The award-winning NEERI ZAR water purification system not only reduces the expenditure on providing safe drinking water during emergency situation but also reduces the expenditure on medical treatment of water borne diseases due to drinking of water from the contaminated sources. By reducing the epidemic, morbidity and mortality rate, the water purification system leads to an overall improvement in the quality of life. I am proud to present the Nina Saxena Excellence in Technology Award to Dr. Subhash P. Andey, Dr. Prakesh S. Kelkar Dr. Madan V.Nanoti, Scientists, Geo-Environment Management Division, NEERI for their contribution in the field of healthcare.