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In order to encourage innovation the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India had invited student-projects that were innovative and to be conducted by the students over a year, under the guidance of a faculty member. We had submitted four such projects and all four were approved. We have received funding for the projects and the students working on these projects will receive a small stipend.The four innovative student projects that have been approved and sponsored by DST are as follows:
Development of Low Cost Glucometer : Dr. Amit Garg
The prices for various commercially available glucometers is in the range of Rs.2000/- to Rs.5000/-. The recurring costs are also high. This makes the set up expensive for regular checkups for lower middle and poor people. Therefore, there is a need for a low cost glucometer of affordable price of approximately Rs.1000. Under this project, student team consisting of two students from B.Sc. (H) Electronics and one from B.Sc. (H) Biomedical Science will work under the mentor.
The members of the team will be initially trained to understand electronics and principles involved behind the working of the glucometer or similar equipments and afterwards on developing their own technology to reduce the cost which may be adopted commercially at a later stage. The project has provisions of providing financial assistance to the working students. The future effort will be to develop a non- invasive and pain free glucometer.
Identification and formulation of products from weed extracts exhibiting anti-mosquito potential : Dr Sarita Kumar
The failure of various measures for the mosquito control and the resurgence of mosquito-borne diseases have forced us to explore alternate, simple and sustainable ways of mosquito control which are safe and inexpensive. Botanical insecticides having advantage of being effective, economical, environmental friendly, safe to the natural enemies and low toxicity to non-target organisms are in much demand now-a-days.
The study intended to be undertaken in the present research project is an attempt to overcome the problems associated with the mosquito control evaluating the beneficial aspects of the harmful weeds by understanding the possible role of their extracts as anti-mosquito agents. In the present project the extracts prepared from various weeds commonly available in New Delhi, such as Lantana camara and Parthenium, etc. will be assessed to control mosquito larvae.
Thereafter the toxic component in the extracts will be identified and the component will be formulated in the form of tablets.The product to be developed in the present proposal has a huge market and the growth potential as the mosquitoes are agents of dreadful diseases not only in India but throughout the world.
Further, the product to be formed may have certain advantages over other products available in the market. This will not only help in formulating an appropriate strategy to management of the mosquito larvae but will also explore the use of weeds as the possible alternative to synthetic larval insecticides decreasing the over-reliance on synthetic insecticides especially in view of the growing awareness for environmental contaminants.