Prez Kovind to present young women scientists award for excellence in social tech on Feb 28

Pune: President Ram Nath Kovind will confer the National Award for Young Woman Showing Excellence Through Application of Technology for Societal Benefits on women scientists for their research achievements and for application of technology for the societal benefits at the National Science Day (NSD) function at Vigyan Bhawan on 28 February. 

The National Award for Young Woman Showing Excellence Through Application of Technology for Societal Benefits will be given to Dr Shweta Rawat, DRDO DIPAS, Delhi & Dr Shalini Gupta, IIT Delhi.

Rawat from Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), DRDO, Timarpur, Delhi and her team developed a female-specific full-body protector (Prabala) to safeguard the Female troops deployed in riot control actions for the first time. This gear has been developed in collaboration with the Rapid Action Force using the ergonomic design principle based on anthropometric dimensions specific for female troops. The full-body protector has unique properties of anti-stab, anti-puncture, flame retardant and acid resistance. It is designed to assure greater comfort and flexibility to the women forces while deployed in law and order maintenance duties.

Gupta from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, has successfully led the development of a technology SeptifloTM, which offers fast and affordable assay for point-of-care diagnosis and treatment of bacterial septicaemia. Bacterial septicaemia is one of the biggest in-hospital killers worldwide. This has led to the incubation of the start-up, Nano DX Healthcare Pvt Ltd. She is pursuing unconventional approaches to design novel bio-systems for medical diagnosis, drug delivery and biomaterials fabrication on a chip. A prototype diagnostic kit, using naturally amplified pathogen-derived endotoxins for early bedside diagnosis of bacteremia has been developed, which is currently undergoing clinical trial. In drug delivery systems, cancer and bacterial therapies have been combined into a single delivery platform in order to co-eliminate cancer and bacterial infections residing inside cancer.

The Department of Science & Technology (DST) has been celebrating 28 February as National Science Day (NSD) each year. It is the day Raman Effect, a landmark in scientific discoveries, was announced by Dr CV Raman. The celebration consists of lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions, quiz programmes, awards and other activities for students and the masses. This year, President Kovind will be awarding science communicators and women scientists on the occasion.


This information was provided by the Communications Team at the Dept. of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology.


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