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7th National Awards for Technology Innovation 2016-2017 awarded to BrahMos Aerospace

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Shri G. Rajesh from Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), Hyderabad; Dr. Manoj Kumar Patra from Defence Laboratory Jodhpur (DLJ), Jodhpur; Shri P.S. Methia from Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad and Shri Mohit Mohan Patra from BrahMos Aerospace, Hyderabad were jointly honoured with the Technology Innovation 2016-17 award.

NEW DELHI: The Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Ananth Kumar presented the 7th National Awards for Technology Innovation in Petrochemicals and Downstream Plastics Processing Industry (2016-17) on 01 March 2017, in New Delhi. Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Shri Mansukh Lal Mandaviya graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour.

Shri Mohit Mohan Patra, Systems Engineer from BrahMos Aerospace, Hyderabad received the prestigious award, for Technology Innovation in Petrochemicals and Downstream Plastics Processing Industry 2016-2017 from Shri Ananth Kumar, Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, Govt. of India, in New Delhi.

Shri G. Rajesh from Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), Hyderabad; Dr. Manoj Kumar Patra from Defence Laboratory Jodhpur (DLJ), Jodhpur; Shri P.S. Methia from Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad and Shri Mohit Mohan Patra from BrahMos Aerospace, Hyderabad were honoured with the Technology Innovation 2017 award for "Rubber Composites for Microwave Isolation in Radio Altimeter Instruments" under the Academic and R&D Institution category of "Innovation in Polymeric Products".

Complementing the awardees, Shri Ananth Kumar said that the Chemicals & Petrochemicals and Plastics industry has grown around 12% this year, defying all claims of a slowdown in the economy post the demonetization drive.  Further, he expressed optimism while saying that in the next three years, this sector would achieve 15% growth.

Shri Mandaviya noted that the Award Scheme incentivizes meritorious innovations and inventions in the field of polymeric materials, products, processes and other areas of national and social importance. This innovation award scheme motivates the inventors to carry out innovative Research & Development in the areas of petrochemicals industry, which in turn helps in improving the performance/quality of the existing products.

Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET), an autonomous organization under Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals (DCPC), has been entrusted with the responsibility of implementing the scheme of the National Awards for Technology Innovation in Petrochemical sector and Downstream Plastics Processing Industry. For the 7th National Awards, 415 nominations were received and finally, 16 nominations have been selected as Winners and 7 nominations as Runners-up for 2016-17.

The National awards are given for outstanding contribution to R&D leading to less energy consumption, better plastic waste management, increase in product life cycle, development of innovative new products, quality standards, recycling and other emerging areas. These awards are also intended to enhance innovative capacities to the level of international recognition. The ultimate objective is to develop and maintain the petrochemical industry as a globally competitive industry using eco-friendly processes & technologies.
 
Shri Anuj Kumar Bishnoi, Secretary, Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ms. Ranjana Kale, Economic Adviser and Dr. S.K. Nayak, DG, CIPET were also present on the occasion along with awardees, senior government officials, representatives of industries, academia and R&D institutions.

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