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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.


Md Ayub Shareef–PhD student of Chemical Engineering Department (External)
Roll number -CH18D414
IIT Guide-Dr. Raghunathan Rengaswami
ARCI Guide Dr.N. Rajalakshmi (Team Leader) & Dr. R Gopal Associate Director)
It give me immense pleasure to share that I have cleared the UPSC exams (3rd highest rank ) and will be Joining as Scientific Officer ,in National Test House ,DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, MINISTRY OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION.
My association with IIT officially may be less than a month but for past 4 years I am working in IITM Reasearch park in DST lab ,ARCI-CFCT ,the Research environment and scenic beauty of IIT Madras motivated me to crack UPSC EXAMS in 1st attempt !!!


Dr. Rajnish Kumar  has been listed as a ‘Highly Cited Researcher for the year 2018 by Web of Science.  He is one among eight to be so recognized from India this year.

“Highly Cited Researcher” is an annual list which recognizes world-class researchers selected for their exceptional research performance, demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science.  This list focuses on contemporary research achievement through science and social sciences journals indexed in web of science core collection during last 11 year period (2006 – 2016) for any researcher.

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(DATE OF ADMISSION : 2nd January, 2019)

selected list

The date of admission is fixed on Wednesday, Jan-2, 2019.

Hearty Congratulations…!!!!


Prof. R. Nagarajan,
has taken over the Headship in Chemical Engineering Department
on 29th October, 2018 Forenoon.

We are hosting a reception at the annual AIChE meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. The reception will be held as per details below:

Date: Monday, October 29th

Time: 7:15 pm to 9:30 pm.

Location: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, DLCC #327

The reception is an important part of our outreach efforts to connect with our alumni and well-wishers. It provides a platform for the department to connect with the alumni, showcase its activities and present exciting new developments in the institute.

We also hope this meeting will help in interacting with prospective faculty/postdocs  to the Chemical Engineering department at IITM. Please email the head at for more information.

The reception is open to all alumni, well-wishers and prospective faculty/post-docs of the Chemical Engineering department at IIT-Madras. We look forward to meeting you at the conference and/or the reception.

The department brochure can be downloaded here

 Summer Fellowship Programme 2019

Selected list of candidates

S. No.App.No.NameUG College
1CH19SFP0001GOWRIDHARINI SUNDARAMAlagappa College of technology, Anna University, Guindy
2CH19SFP0069Koushik SampathNational Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli
3CH19SFP0134JOEL JACOB THOMASNational Institute Of Technology,Rourkela
4CH19SFP0074Ashmita DasVellore Institute of Technology,Vellore
D SASI KIRANNational Institute of technology Warangal
7CH19SFP0066Madhangi RSASTRA Deemed to be University
8CH19SFP0102Sahir SarwarZakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology
9CH19SFP0131Swetha VSri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering Kalavakkam
10CH19SFP0022Pl.AlagammaiCSIR-Central electrochemical research institute
11CH19SFP0072Sayani KarmakarJadavpur University
13CH19SFP0039UDAY MADHUKAR RADEMaulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal
14CH19SFP0196Abhishek AnandSardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat

Period of the Project: Duration of the programme may commence from 20th May 2019 to 19th July 2019.

Stipend: A sum of Rs.6000/- per month will be given as a stipend for a maximum period of 2 months.

Offer letter will be sent shortly (check Email)

Selection of MS/PhD candidates will be held on 30th November and 1st December 2017. For the list of shortlisted candidates and other relevant information, visit

The Department received the first installment of the FIST grant to help capacity and human resource improvement on August 1 2017


Dr. S. Pushpavanam of our Department Selected as Institute Chair

Institute Chair Professor, has been set up by Board of Governors to recognize professors “who have distinguished themselves and been recognized by their peers for their research and/or technology development, and who have excelled in teaching and service to the Institute/nation/profession.


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