IITians make it to MIT's TR35 Technology Review list of young Technology Innovators

 | March 12,2012 03:21 pm IST

Bangalore has emerged as Indias hottest technology innovation city with five innovators from the Silicon Valley of India (Bangalore) making it to the India TR35 2012 list of young technology innovators.


The India TR35 members fromB angalore include Shirish Goyal, 27, of LinkSmart Technologies for creating fool-proof security to prevent data theft; Sumeet Yamdagni, 29, of Instrumentation Scientific Technologies for inventing Optical instruments for Fiber Bragg Grating sensors and Vikas Malpani, 28, of MaxHeap Technologies for bringing communities on a common floor.


Bangalores Anirudh Sharma, 24, of Ducere Technologies was named the Innovator of the Year for creating Haptic shoe for the visually impaired. Animesh Nandi, 33, of Bell Labs India, Alcatel-Lucent for devising personalized privacy frameworks. Nandi was the only India TR35 member from a Bangalore based multi-national while the rest were from local enterprises.


The list of 20 innovators from Biomedicine (2), Communications (2), Computing (4), Energy (2), Materials (3), Transportation (2) and Web (5) under the age of 35 for 2012 was announced by the India edition of MIT Technology Review, the worlds oldest technology publication, in Bangalore Sunday.


The Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, has emerged as Indias hottest technology innovation center with three of its researchers VSK Murthy Balijepalli, 26; Nitin Joshi, 28; and Vanteru Mahendra Reddy, 30, making it to the India TR35 2012 list of young technology innovators.


While VSK Murthy Balijepalli of IIT Mumbai was chosen to be part of the India TR35 list for developing a novel method to forecast electricity price, grid frequency and load which can assist in making power grids smarter, Nitin Joshi (also of IIT Mumbai) made to the list for developing dual compartment nanostructures which can encapsulate two anticancer drugs, paclitaxel and curcumin, and deliver them in combination to lung cancer patients. Conventional chemotherapy is limited due to its non specificity, poor pharmacokinetics and multi-drug resistance.


Thirty-year-old Mahendra Reddy was chosen for his work on the development of a laboratory scale flameless combustion with liquid fuels by design at IIT Mumbai. The burning of liquid fuels in flameless combustion mode is more difficult as compared to gaseous fuels.


Abhijit Majumder, 33, from IIT, Kanpur, is another notable winner for his highly innovative chemical adhesives that mimic some natural principles.


The only woman innovator in this years list is Priyanka Sharma, 28, from CSIR-run Institute of Microbial Technology in Chandigarh. She developed a plastic chip which uses simple assay techniques to detect toxic materials in the environment quickly and cost effectively.


Abhijeet Joshi, 28, from the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Ahmedabad, is the sixth public institute winner. Using nanotechnologies, Joshi has developed a multifunctional implantable platform to aid disease diagnosis and drug delivery simultaneously.


Two decades of economic liberalization unleashed the innovative energies of Indians with the private sector firms in the technology sector garnering mind space in the innovation arena in recent years. Seeing the presence of technology innovators from countrys public institutions on the 2012 edition of Technology Review Indias TR35 list of young innovators is a matter of pride. says Mr Narayanan Suresh, Group Editor of Technology ReviewIndia.


These 20 technologists would present their innovations at the Emerging Technologies conference EmTech India 2012 at Bangalore later this month. The conference will be addressed by a team of eminent scientists fromCambridge,USA based Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


The India TR 35 program started in 2010 and in the last two years, Technology Review India has identified 37 young innovators. India lists have so far been dominated by innovators from small and medium size private research institutions.


Selection of six innovators from IITs and CSIR funded labs proved that the Indian technology innovation scene is also expanding its footprint into more sectors. For most part of their existence, IITs were known mainly for their excellent faculty who trained the innovators for the global industry.


It is heartening to see IITs solving unique Indian problems. This culture of innovation in public institutions will enthuse thousands of bright students pursuing technical programs, said Mr Pradeep Gupta, Publisher of Technology Review India and a distinguished alumnus of IIT Delhi.


Indian youth will be attracted to this innovation ecosystem and India will benefit from their work in the near future, Mr Gupta added.


Another remarkable feature of this years India TR 35 list is the dominance of innovators from two hot segments, computing and web applications. Indias software services sector had so far been looked down upon on the innovation quotient. Nine of the 20 winners this year are from these two segments, indicating that product innovation is permeating the corridors of the nations software service companies.


This year Technology Review India received over 250 nominations from all over India. Over a period of three months, a panel of 23 expert judges identified 20 individuals who have developed technologies that are likely to benefit the society at large.


Social Innovator of the year Venkatesan Oosur Vinayagam, 28, developed a multilingual speech recognition technology enabled mobile music service that is based on the classic Indian musical game of antakshari. The innovation in Mobile Antakshari lies in adding the right usability and technology elements.


The Innovator of the Year Aniruddha Sharma, 24, created a haptic shoe for the visually impaired. The haptic feedback guides the user to the destination by vibrating in front, back, or on either side of the shoe, indicating that the user needs to turn.