New Delhi: Waterless urinals and fibre hinge
joints for polio patients are among a number of innovation
projects developed by the IIT Delhi which has filed for
patents for 40 scientific inventions in the past one year,
showcasing high standards in research.
The elite institute will exhibit the innovative projects
on Saturday at its sixth annual open house -- I2Tech 2010.
"So far, IIT-Delhi has been granted with 61 patents of
scientific inventions, while over 205 more applications have
been filed. About 40 applications have been filed in the past
one year only," its Director Prof Surendra Prasad told
The annual open house is an attempt by the premier
institution to demonstrate some of the most innovative and
path-breaking projects to the public.
"Waterless urinals is a water conserving invention which
can save between 50,000 to 1,00,000 litre of water per year. A
polymeric coating to be applied on pans to prevent odour,
microbial and fungal growth has been developed also," said
Prof V M Acharya, under whose name the invention has been
"What is most special about the technique is that it is
reusable, can be retrofitted to any urinals, and also comes
very cheap," Acharya said.
The other highlights of the event will include the
display of the latest research projects like fibre hinge
joints for polio patients, Gramin Radio Inter Networking
System and Machine readable systems.
"The basic idea of the one-stop show is to create an
interactive platform for the IIT-D fraternity, giving them an
opportunity to showcase the best of their work to technology
enthusiasts, students and colleagues from other technical
institutes, industries and general public," Prasad said.
"Entering into the sixth year, I2Tech still promises to
be a real treat to the eyes of the connoisseurs by presenting
finest of the projects," he said.
The premier institute has also created a special centre
-- Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT) --
for marketing these innovations.
"Our students and faculty members themselves also contact
with industries for the transfer of technology. We have
launched FITT to sell the inventions by our staff and
students," he said.