Grass Root Innovators


Tripura University believes in supporting grassroots innovations which would work with the community and for the community to generate bottom-up solutions for sustainable developments; novel solutions that respond to the local situation and the interests and values of the communities involved. The decade long history of modern environmentalism and development shows that there has always existed an undercurrent of grassroots activists working directly on sustainable local solutions. Whether in the global north or south, in urban or rural settings, and across all sorts of domains, such as food, energy, housing, manufacturing, leisure, health, communications, education, and more. Tripura University had developed some innovations which have either helped or have the potential to help people as illustrated below


Innovation Name: Suitcase Water Purifier (Indian Patent App. No. 201931051943 A)
Innovator: Er. Harjeet Nath, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemical & Polymer Engineering (Ph: +91-9954246498, Email: harjeetnath@tripurauniv.ac.in)
Major highlights:
1) Clean WHO grade drinking water using any form of feed water
2) Portable and easy to carry case
3) Works on solar, domestic AC supply
4) Water delivery range 280-350 lit per day at less than Rs.0.37 per lit
5) Ideal for Military, Flood situations, Hilly unclean water locations etc.
Media Coverages: https://www.telegraphindia.com/north-east/tripura-university-professor-develops-water-purifier-for-flood-affected/cid/1728658
Funding received for developing this idea further:


"COVID19 WARBOT" an indigenously developed Robot made for helping healthcare workers working in Covid Care Centres in Tripura (Implemented at Hapania Covid Care Centre, Agartala w.e.f. July 23rd '2020).
Innovation Name: COVID19 WARBOT
Innovator: Er. Harjeet Nath, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemical & Polymer Engineering (Ph: +91-9954246498, Email: harjeetnath@tripurauniv.ac.in)
Major highlights:
1) Easy to operate robot using joystick from a distance of 20 m
2) Can supply foods, water bottles, medicines to Covid positive patients from a safe distance
3) Live video communication with doctors and patients

Media Coverages:
1) Facebook post by NITI Ayog dated 22/05/2020 for development of COVID19 WARBOT mentioning #AtmaNirbharBharat. Link: https://www.facebook.com/NITIAayog/photos/a.892531720780329/3369462303087246/?type=3&theater
2) https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/tripura-professor-builds-robot-to-help-covid-19-frontline-warriors/story-Ky0pZwtn0hVOc65iTYJm8M.html
3) https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/tripura-professor-designs-covid-19-robot-to-limit-contact-between-corona-warriors-and-patients/594850
4) https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agartala/tripura-university-professor-designs-robot-to-protect-doctors/articleshow/75824878.cms?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TOIMobil
5) https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/science-tech/tripura-scientist-makes-robot-to-take-care-of-corona-patients?fbclid=IwAR1hytbwynDo_yMty7igf-2DBJyBJ34GNO9osBKRHg6ukl6pEGnSUJgqmrQ

Innovation Name: Contactless hand washing come water recovery system
Innovator: Er. Harjeet Nath, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemical & Polymer Engineering (Ph: +91-9954246498, Email: harjeetnath@tripurauniv.ac.in)
Major highlights:
1) Easy to operate contactless water dispensing setup
2) Spent water gets treated in the same setup and recycled back for next washing
3) Approx. 30-40 Lit of water can be saved on using 100 litres feed.
Media Coverages:
1) https://twitter.com/drrpnishank/status/1279365546308337667
2) http://www.tripuraindia.in/update/index/tu-scientist-makes-technology-wash-your-hands?fbclid=IwAR0ZOm_EnzRMM3Y5MgrZfT92s8svIifHikxNn1C6pem4f25B-ovy7aZ59s0

 
 

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