The Executive Committee members and reviewers conducted an exhaustive set of reviews for all 45 active projects that the Centre has supported. Several project teams had news to offer about ready prototypes for field testing, team members from translational projects initiating startups and some more patent applications. A few were also recommended closure based on their lack of progress. The number of active research projects at TCTD now stands at around 35.
PI awarded national fellowship forTCTD-supported solution
TCTD-supported solution Prof Preeti Rao, from the Dept of Electrical Engineering, has been selected to receive the prestigious Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship for three years from October 2020. She has credited this to the work in her TCTD project Spoken language assessment on mobile devices in the Education domain.
A healthcare innovation by a TCTD, IIT Bombay funded project to help reduce the cost of a type of immunotherapy used to treat blood cancer to a tenth of that in the US. healthcare headed by Prof Rahul Purwar, Dept of Bioengineering and Biosciences – Developing CAR-T cell technology for cancer immunotherapy – was reported about in The Times of India in February 2018.
TCTD is happy to update that the patent application of its project Translation to pre-clinical and clinical trials of low-cost bone and near net shape graft for dental and orthopedic bone reconstruction has been granted and recorded in the Register of Patents, in midOctober. This project has been helmed by Prof. Jayesh Bellare along with Dr Kunal Khanna and Deepak Gupta, from the Dept of Chemical Engineering. For the Centre, this adds to the list of innovations that have been granted patent status and will now move closer to the communities, in the end to end innovation cycle.
IIT Bombay organised an online one day workshop on effective and efficient online teaching in the times of the pandemic in May 2020. ‘BodhiTree’, a TCTD project was one of the new technologies taught.
Appointment of Tata Chair Professor
Prof Maryam Shojaei from the Dept of Electrical Engineering has been nominated for The Tata Chair Professorship in Frugal Engineering. She has been working on the Heathcare project titled Affordable tinnitus detection device and affordable tinnitus treatment E medicine, supported by the Centre. This role would involve initiating new academic programmes and consolidating existing programmes, providing expert guidance in R&D programmes, giving academic and technical leadership in the broad areas of frugal technology, and improving interaction with industry through consultancy work and continuing education programmes.
A collaboration for a Water project
The project – Heavy metal sensing in water using optical fibres – headed by Prof Soumyo Mukherji, from Dept of Biosciences and Bioengineering, has entered into a collaboration with a non-profit Section 8 company to test the developed technology solution in the field. Based on the validation exercise, the team will plan to license the innovation thereafter.
A waste management project that reclaims green waste sand in a cost-effective method using a scalable approach, headed by Prof Sanjay Mahajani, Dept of Chemical Engineering, has been updated by the print media in September 2018.
A Centre-supported electrical impedance spectroscopy platform for bacteriological monitoring of water has lent itself to an offshoot application in detecting a heart attack, and this had found electronic and print outreach in the media in June 2018.
Hum Chitra Banate Hain
The National Award-winning animation film ‘Hum Chitra Banate Hain’ or ‘We Make Images’ found its way to the Tata Sky platform and attracted viewers’ subscriptions since early 2018, after being reported in several magazines and dailies earlier.
Mobile jaggery plant
An agreement was signed between MAVIM and IIT, Bombay in 2019 for mobile jaggery plant for CMRC in Kolhapur district, Maharashtra.