The Former President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam gave away National Awards on Technology to the industrial/individual concern for developing indigenous technology here today. The Awards are instituted by Department of Science & Technology and Department of Bio-Technology to the successful commercialization of indigenous technology by an industrial/individual concern.
The National Awards have two components: (i) to the industrial concern, which has successfully commercialized indigenous technology and (ii) to the developer / provider of such technology. Each component carries a cash Award of Rs. 10.00 lakhs along with the Trophy. In addition to this Technology Development Board (TDB) has introduced cash Award of Rs. 5.00 lakhs to be given to maximum three SSI units which have successfully commercialized a technology based product.
The National Awards of Rs. 10.00 lakhs for the year 2011 was awarded to Reliance Industries Limited, Hazira manufacturing Unit, Surat, Gujrat for indigenous development and commercialization of Advanced Donor RELD1000 Technology for High Performance Raffia Grade Polypropylene Production.
Award to SSI units 2011 of Rs. 5.00 lakhs each was awarded to two companies, Top Gear Transmission, Addl. MIDC, Satara, Maharashtra and NUMAC, MIDC, Hingna, Nagpur, Maharashtra for developing and commercialization of product. Apart from these awards DST, DSIR and DBT awards were also presented. The award for the best technology business Incubator was given to Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, IIM, Ahmedabad. Dr. Kalam also e-launched the product of the companies.
On the occasion, The Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal said that Technology Development Board has developed fruitful partnerships with the private sector. This needs to be further strengthened. He said, greater participation of Indian industry in R&D and development of new technologies is a must. The Government would encourage public-private partnerships as a catalyst for achieving this objective.
Shri Bansal emphasized that there is a need to motivate and incentivize our youth to focus on research activities. The development of advanced technology is not a one-off event, nor can it be achieved in a day. An integrated approach to building a broad base of scientific talent, production capacities and a long-term vision are key elements to success, the minister said.
The Minister said, we are gaining self reliance in technologies in certain areas such as information Technologies, Pharma, Automobile, Power, Agriculture etc. through innovative technologies and believe that the continuous innovative thought process is the only key to make India a developed Nation by 2020- a goal repeatedly emphasized by Dr. Kalam.
The following is the list of the companies/products which received the awards.
(i) (a) Company Profile - Kritikal Secure Scan Pvt. Ltd., Noida (U.P.) – Kritikal Secure Scan a technology product development company which provides high security and surveillance based product in critical areas like Airport, VIP Zone, and Hotels through computer vision and image processing.
(b) Product Profile – Zen Scan® hold the distinction of being completely developed in-house and is an under vehicle scanner system that incorporate the latest security and scanning technology complemented by the largest installation base in India.
(ii) (a) Company Profile - Neurosynaptic Communication Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore - The company got “Technology Pioneer - 2008” Award in the healthcare area for ReMeDi by the World Economic Forum. It is the only Indian company to receive this recognition in 2008 at World Economic Forum.
(b) Product Profile – The company has a indigenously developed a tele-medicine solution called ReMeDi, in collaboration with T-Net Group of IIT, Madras and has developed medical equipment that can record physical and clinical parameter for the diagnosis of a patient remotely by a Doctor. This helps a rural population gain access to quality health care.
(iii) (a) Company Profile - Aurora Integrated Systems Private Limited, Bangalore, incorporated in 2006, is promoted by a team of young entrepreneurs graduated from IIT with an objective to develop and manufacture small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) primarily for civil and defence markets. The team has expertise in embedded systems, computer vision solutions, aircraft design, network solutions and guidance & control systems.
(b) Product Profile – Unmanned Arial Vehicle (UAV) is designed for over-the-hill reconnaissance to provide image intelligence in real time. It is hand launched with very long capability that is ideal for providing increased situational awareness. UAV is equipped with payloads, including front and side locked electric optic camera(s) with zoom and forward looking infrared. The UAV weigh upto 2 kg with endurance of 1 hour, flying range of 10 km and cruise speed of 55 kmphr. The product is ready for commercialization.
(iv) (a) Company Profile – M/s Veejay Lakshmi Engineering Works Limited, Coimbatore, incorporated in 1974, is in the business of manufacturing textile machineries. The main products being manufactured, with significant market stake, are Two-for-One (TFO) twisting machine and Automatic Cone Winding machine (ACW). The company is presently the only manufacturer of the ACW machine in the country.
(b) Product Profile – The company has indigenously developed a new generation Automatic Cone Winding Machine incorporating latest technology in mechatronics and information technology. The Automatic Cone Winder is used in Textile Spinning Mills for post spinning operation for winding yarn from bobbins to cones and the yarn faults are also identified and eliminated by both Electronic Yarn Clearer and Splicer. All the new Electronic Yarn Clearers can be integrated with the new machine.
The Minister of State for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Ministry of Planning & Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Ashwani Kumar and the Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Shri T. Ramasami also addressed the function.
Earlier in the day, a Symposium on “Changing India” was held in which the following Padma Shri Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Shri Suhas Gopinath and Ms. Chhavi Rajawat, were the speakers.