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Polymer Innovation Scripts Success

New Delhi: Smita Mohanty, Akshya Kumar Palai, Sagar Kumar Nayak, and Smruti Ranjan Mohanty, CIPET:SARP, LARPM, Bhubaneswar have been honored by Government of India.

All of them from Odisha were honored for “Indigenous development of polymer – ceramic based porous bed for separation of mixed ion-exchange resins” under the category of “Innovation in Polymeric Products”.

Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers, D V Sadananda Gowda, presented the 10th National Awards for Technology Innovation in Petrochemicals & Downstream Plastics Processing Industry to the Awardees at a function held today at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.

 Yogendra Tripathi, Secretary (C&PC) also graced the occasion. Apart from the awardees, Senior Government officials, representatives of industries, academia and R&D institutions were present on the occasion.

In line with the National Policy on Petrochemicals announced in April 2007, the Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals (DCPC), Government of India has set up an Award Scheme to incentivize meritorious innovations and inventions in the field of polymeric materials, products, process areas of national and social importance.

The ultimate objective is to develop and maintain the petrochemical industry as a globally competitive industry using eco-friendly processes & technologies. Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering and Technology (CIPET), an autonomous organization under DCPC has been entrusted with the responsibility of implementing the scheme of the National Awards for Technology Innovation.

Speaking on the occasion the Union Minister said that India has potential to become global petrochemicals hub. He said that the thrust of Government of India to promote key end-use sectors, through PLI schemes under AtmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan, such as pharmaceuticals, telecommunication & networking equipments, automobiles, electronics, mobiles, medical devices, textiles etc. will drive the demand for chemicals and petrochemicals in the country further.

Mr.Gowda said that the Chemicals & Petrochemicals sector could emerge as leading sector in fulfilling vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in reaching $ 5 trillion economy at the earliest. He informed that Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals has been taking several facilitation measures to attract investment in the sector such as supporting setting up of six plastic parks in coordination of State Governments in Assam, Madhya Pradesh (two parks), Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand. This will allow downstream plastic processing industry, most of which are in MSME sector, to emerge stronger, and competitive enough to become part of global value chain in future.

Mr.Gowda highlighted that to achieve the Prime Minister’s Vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat in the Petrochemical sector, the Ministry is implementing the National Awards, the Centre of Excellence & Plastic Parks schemes & encouraging the Indian Innovators & Research organizations. Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering & Technology (CIPET) has been successfully implementing the scheme over these years. The scheme has not only boosted the morale of passionate researchers but has also encouraged the young minds to pursue research as a career option, he said.