Tezpur University professor Niranjan Karak has won the prestigious annual Visitor’s Award for ‘research’.

Karak, from the Department of Chemical Sciences at Tezpur University, won the award for development of renewable resource based bio-degradable hyper-branched polymer nano-composites as self-cleaning, self-healing and bio-compatible smart sustainable futuristic material.

Jawaharlal Nehru University won the annual Visitor’s Award for the ‘best university’.  Deepak Pant from Central University of Himachal Pradesh won the Visitor’s Award for ‘innovation’ while the Visitor’s Award for ‘research’ was jointly shared by Shyam Sunder from Banaras Hindu University and Niranjan Karak from Tezpur University.

President Pranab Mukherjee will present the Visitor’s Awards for the year 2017 at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 6 as part of the ‘Festival of Innovations’.

Mukherjee had announced institution of these awards in 2014 with the aim of promoting healthy competition amongst Central Universities and motivating them to adopt best practices from around the world in the pursuit of excellence.

The Visitor’s Award for ‘innovation’ will be given to Deepak Pant, Department of Environmental Science, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Central University of Himachal Pradesh for development of a reactor for direct conversion of waste plastic to LPG in small scale.

The Visitor’s Award for ‘research’ will be presented jointly to Shyam Sunder, Department of Medicine, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University for his work in the area of diagnosis and treatment of Indian Kala-azar.

The ‘best university’ will receive a citation and trophy while winners of Visitor’s Award for ‘innovation’ and ‘research’ will receive a citation and cash award of Rs 1 lakh.

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