TEZPUR, July 9 - Tezpur University has accomplished a rare hat-trick of a different sort by bagging the prestigious Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Awards for the third consecutive year.
The Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu presented the student trio of Saurav Jyoti Sarma, Abhijit Nath and Chandeep S Gogoi of Tezpur University the award for the year 2019 at a function organised by the Department of Biotechnology in New Delhi yesterday, Dr Rajeev K Doley, Chairperson, Media Cell, Tezpur University informed the media in a press release today.
�GYTI awards are presented to innovative student projects in engineering, biotechnology, agriculture, pharmacy, material science and other applied technological domains every year. The award was presented to the three recently passed-out students of Department of Mechanical Engineering for developing a �Panipuri Vending Machine� that produces panipuri faster and in a hygienic manner. The students initiated this work as part of their BTech project.
The idea behind this invention was to prepare hygienic panipuri quickly and make it available to the consumers, as per their choice 24/7. This paanipuri vending machine works as a single unit but has various sub-units for storing items like hollow bread, different types of stuffings, various types of flavoured water and sauces. An interface unit (OLED screen) allows customers to choose the appropriate option with guided instructions for transaction. Lesser space requirement makes it an easy choice for installation in places like malls, restaurants, luxury hotels, airports etc. This machine will promote acceptability and ensure availability of this Indian snack across the world.
The students, with the help of Tezpur University Intellectual Property Rights Cell (TUIPR), have also applied for a patent of the product. The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Dr RA Mashelkar, Chairman of BIRAC SITARE, Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) programme, Dr Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Prof Anil K Gupta, CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow and founder, Honey Bee Network were also present on the occasion.