Warangal: Director of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal, Prof NV Ramana Rao said the premier institute had not only secured patents from India but also from the US, besides some prestigious research projects including some on Covid-19.
In a chat with Telangana Today, Prof Rao said that Dr P Suresh, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and his team were granted US patent for their invention titled “Ultrasonic waveguide technique for distributed sensing and measurements of physical and chemical properties of surrounding media.”
Rao said that Dr D Jaya Krishna, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and his under-graduate student Prashanth Kumar Singh, B.Tech (Mechanical) 2011-15 were granted an Indian patent for their invention ‘A Novel bi-axial solar tracker using one motor.”
Dr P Suresh, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and his team were granted a US patent for an invention titled, “Waveguide Technique for the Simultaneous Measurement of Temperatures Dependent Properties of Materials,” while Prof Shirish H Sonawane and his team were granted an Indian patent for their invention titled “Process for production of nano size iron oxide pigment.” Prof A Venu Gopal and his MTech student Joby Yeldo were granted an Indian patent for an invention entitled “Hovomarine.”
According to Prof A Venu Gopal, the Hovomarine is an amphibious vehicle that combines the functions of both hovercraft and submarine. Combining the operating principle makes it capable to move over land, water surface and underwater conditions. The vehicle works as a hovercraft on land and water surface and converts into a submarine when it needs to maneuver underwater.
Meanwhile Dr Soumya Lipsa Rath of the Department of Biotechnology and Dr Kishant Kumar of the Department of Chemical Engineering, working in collaboration, were awarded a project “To study the effect of atmospheric condition on the structure of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome causing Coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) that originated in 2019.”
The proposal was accepted on April 11, 2020, by the Covid-19 High Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium that was formed by an amalgam of White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the US Department of Energy, MIT, NASA and other prestigious Institutions.
Moreover, Dr Perugu Shyam, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biotechnology, in collaboration with a team at the National Institute of Animal Biotechnology (NIAB), Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI) were sanctioned a project entitled “Hunt for Pan-CoV for the Coronaviruses of the past, present and future” by DBT-BIRAC COVID-19 Research Consortium with an estimated budget of Rs 2.3 crore.
Dr Thyageshwar Chandran, Assistant Professor of Department of Biotechnology and Dr Surya Kanta Ghosh Assistant Professor, Department of Physics were sanctioned a project titled “Computational structure-based drug design: Identifying antivirals from natural products targeting SARS-CoV-2” in collaboration with M/s XSEDE and Microsoft Azure, USA and Fluid Numerics, USA.
Dr B Spoorthi, Assistant professor, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences was sanctioned a Major Project Grant titled ‘Building an Artificially Intelligent Virtual Laboratory to develop Employability Skills of Engineering students ‘AIVLES’ to bridge the gap between College and the Corporate’ from the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).
Dr B K N Srinivasa Rao Assistant Professor Department of Electronics and communications engineering has developed “Programmable Electronic Jacquard Machine for complex designs in Handloom sector” for handloom sarees. Efforts are being made to improve it further and commercialise it. Centres of Excellence: The SIEMENS Centre of Excellence in “Digital Manufacturing & Industry 4.0” in collaboration with SIEMENS, with an investment of Rs.174 crore (88% by Siemens) being established in the campus, is a perfect example of Industry-Academia Partnership.
A Centre of Excellence in “Drone Technology” is being established in association with the University of Ukraine, the Telangana state government and the Government of India. And three more such Centres of Excellence are in the pipeline. Meanwhile, Prof Ramana Rao himself was awarded the prestigious Bharat Ratna Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya award-2020 by the Telangana government.
Vadapalli Durga Rama Pavan, a research scholar under the guidance of Dr Sourabh Roy in the Department of Physics, was awarded the Young Achiever Award 2020 by the Institute of Scholars (InSc), Bengaluru.
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