Science research institute’s effort to bring industry and academia closer

Report by: 
Debanjan Mujherjee
8 Oct 2018

S N Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata organised a seminar recently where academicians and industry people shared their views and scope at large about things they are working one and issues that are needed to be addressed.
Titled ‘Industry-Academia Meet’, the seminar was inaugurated by Samit Ray, director of the institute. Prof Sirshendu De from IIT Kharagpur, through a powerpoint presentation, highlighted the utility of its water filter that is powered by Laterite-based Arsenic Removal technology, an invention of the institute. Prof De said the technology has been transferred to Mandal Precession of West Bengal and Vas Bros Pvt Ltd of Ranchi and already 48 filters powered by the IIT’s technology have been installed in West Bengal and 16 in Assam. Partha Pratim Dasmahapatra, CEO of EZERX Health Tech Private Ltd, a start-up demonstrated a product of his company, which can detect various diseases simply by sending a light through the conjunctiva of a patient, making medical treatment easier.
Dr Asim Mallick from Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College Hospital shared his views on how industry can come forward to help reduce the mortality rate of children below the age of five years. Professor Shiv Brat Singh of IIT Kharagpur spoke at large about his research work, which has resulted in invention of an alloy which can make steel, used for making body parts of aircrafts and cars stronger. Dr Hanumanthu Purushottam from National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) put emphasis on registration of Intellectual Property to safeguard technology from getting copied by others and commercialisation of technologies.