Chemical Engineering , IIT Madras students bag the three prizes in waste management innovation challenge


Publication: NDTV online


 

The UK India Social Innovation Challenge aims to find, fund and support innovative and sustainable solutions to the global problem of waste management.  Chemical Engineering, IIT-Madras students clinched the third position prizes at the competition.



Students from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras have made the country proud by bagging the third positions in the UK India Social Innovation Challenge.

The competition aims to find, fund and support innovative and sustainable solutions to the global problem of waste management.

More about the UK India Social Innovation Challenge

  1. The competition waslaunched by the UK India Social Entrepreneurship Education Network (UKISEEN)and this year saw its second edition.
  2. The social innovation competition is carried out as acollaboration betweenthe Social Impact Lab, University of Southampton, Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, IIT Madras, the open innovation platform ‘Babele’, and British Council.
  3. Competitors taking part in the challenge had to submit a business model for a social enterprisewhich tackles the issues of waste management.
  4. Twelve projectsmade it to the final round this year.
  5. The top three winners will receive cash prizes of £1,400, £1,000 and £500 for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placesrespectively.
  6. The evaluation was done by ajury of faculty and industry practitioners.
  7. The projects werejudged based on the following criteria:understanding of the problem area, the innovativeness of the solution, and the sustainability of the business model.

Why is this social innovation challenge so important?

“Waste management is a more practical solution than waste elimination, given that every process generates waste as by-product,” said Prof R Nagarajan, Head, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras, and Faculty Coordinator, CSIE (Centre for Social innovation & Entrepreneurship).

“This competition tests not only the innovative abilities of students, but also their business acumen. The latter is an aspect that many technologists tend to ignore until too late,” he added.

Winners of the UK India Social Innovation Challenge

 

3rd Place: Catalytic Degradation of kraft lignin by Ultraviolet Light and Ultrasound – IIT Madras

These videos will be made available on the UKISEEN website.


Third place: Catalytic Degradation of kraft lignin by Ultraviolet Light and Ultrasound


“It has been a great experience participating in the UKISIC 2018 where we got a chance to come across many impactful social innovations that can make a difference and work towards a viable business model for our project,” said Akhil T, a fifth-year student from the IIT Madras Chemical Engineering Department which won the third place.

Akhil T (L) and Aneesh J (R) from Chemical Engineering IIT Madras who placed third in the UK India Social Innovation Challenge.

“We are planning to spend a major portion of this prize money on building our first industrial prototype to be piloted in industry,” he said.

“We would also like congratulate all other winners and extend our heartfelt thanks to people who have made this innovation challenge possible,” added Akhil.