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New Delhi : Digantika Bose studies in Class XII at Memari V M Institution Unit II, Burdwan, West Bengal, and is quite influenced by the principle of Thomas Alva Edison that ‘To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk’. And as the proverb goes, Necessity is the mother of invention, Digantika has felt the utter helplessness of common people in the wake of Covid 19 pandemic to survive and has come up with Air Providing and Virus Destroying Mask which has received the acclaim from Science and Technology Ministry, Government of India.
Likewise, IIT Kharagpur has deviced e-classroom low bandwidth software ‘Deekshak’ for educational institutions, by which a teacher can concentrate on the screen with the teaching materials while being able to view queries on a live chat box where each student can send in their queries. Students also have access to a doubt box where they can click to “raise their hands” and wait for the teacher to address it, as is done in a physical classroom. Teachers can also share documents with the students through the platform and even update notes on the documents in real-time.
All these were discussed on September 13, 2020, at a webinar organised jointly by the Press Information Bureau and Regional Outreach Bureau, Chuchura, as a part of PM Narendra modi’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat. The panellists included Professor V K Tewari, Director, IIT Kharagpur, Professor (Dr) Harish Hirani, Director, CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur, V S Ramachandran, Director, Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, Dr Biswarup Neogi, Associate Professor and Head, ECE Department, JIS College of Engineering, Kalyani, and last but not the least Digantika Bose.
Professor Tewari also delineated the institution’s invention of a novel portable rapid diagnostic device to detect Covid-19 infection at an affordable cost for the marginal people of this country, according to a PIB release.
According to Professor Dr Hirani, CSIR-CMERI Durgapur has not only come up with low-cost but high efficiency three-layered facemask, but also road sanitising tractor, mechanical ventilator, soap, sanitiser and dispenser, hospital assistive robot, solar-based IntelliMAST, 360 degree car flusher and dry fogging shoe disinfector, but of late it has developed mechanised sewage cleaning system for mechanical scavenging instead of the manual one to maintain the optimum high standards as well as to help contain the contamination chain through waste water.
Ramachandran presented technological interventions and contributions relating to the online ticketing and entry system, alcohol-free and Ayurvedic entry tunnel, touchfree operation of exhibits, UV based product sanitiser, virtual tour and classes, image processing for crowd control, human motion-based sanitizer dispenser and the like.
Digantika Bose, apart from face mask-cum virus destroyer, showcased her innovations like homemade transparent faceshields, distance arrester for police, ear pressure reduction tool due to the use of masks and many others.
Dr Neogi, made his presentation relating his innovations developed by his team to deal with the pandemic like Corona evading gloves capable of automatic sanitisation with alcohol, currency and coin disinfector, raincoat turned PPE kit and his idea on waste to mask.