Mangaluru, Nov 28, 2017: A PU student of Puttur is all set to become the innovation mascot at PlastIndia 2018, world’s third largest plastic fair to be held at Ahmedabad on February 7.
Buoyed by Swasthik Padma’s feat that saw him receive the national child awards for exceptional achievement from President Ram Nath Kovind on Children’s Day, the national promotion committee (South Region - Karnataka) will now showcase his talent at the six-day global event.
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It was Swasthik’s corrosion resistant composite material made from low density polythene waste plastic and ground granulated blast furnace slag which was presented at the International Science and Engineering Fair 2017 at Los Angeles that caught the eye of Vijay Kumar V, member of the committee. The silver medal Swasthik received from the President only hardened Vijay’s resolve to showcase this lad’s achievement at the innovation pavilion of PlastIndia.
Vijay said that with USA’s interest in Swasthik’s achievement has expedited the need for India to patent this technology that has myriad uses and one which could revolutionise construction industry locally, especially in coastal areas. "It is rather sad that the skill development ministry is still oblivious to Swasthik’s achievement and no effort has been made by the state government to cash in on this home grown talent whose innovation hold immense potential.
The promotion committee will also showcase Swasthik at the final promotion event of PlastIndia 2018 for Karnataka at Bengaluru on December 16 where D V Prasad, additional chief secretary, department of commerce and industry and senior bureaucrats will be present, Vijay said. "We want bureaucracy to take note of such innovations done by bright minds in the state and promote them in all possible manner and thereby give true wings to concept of innovation," he noted.
An elated Swasthik, a first PU student of Vivekananda College, Puttur, said that it is a honour that organisers of PlastIndia have deemed it fit to showcase his innovative discouvery at the event. "My product has the potential to be made into even nuts and bolts apart from its use as a composite building material, especially in coastal ares with high corrosive marine action. I am looking to improve its thermal properties," he said. Vijay Kumar even wants to seek an audience with PM Modiji and get a patent as well.