New Delhi: IIT-Bombay
has emerged as the hottest centre for innovation in the country
with three of its alumni - V.S.K. Murthy Balijepalli, Nitin Joshi
and Vanteru Mahendra Reddy - making it to MIT's India TR35 2012
list of young technology innovators, along with Abhijit Majumder
The list of 20 young innovators, all under 35 years, in
biomedicine, communications, computing, energy, materials,
transportation and the web for 2012 was announced by the Indian
edition of the MIT Technology Review in Mumbai on Saturday.
Balijepalli, 26, made it to the list for developing a method to
forecast electricity price, grid frequency and load that can help
make power grids smarter.
Joshi, 28 developed dual nanostructures to deliver a combination
of two anti-cancer drugs - paclitaxel and curcumin - found in
tumeric, to lung cancer patients, overcoming the limitations of
Thirty-year-old Mahendra Reddy was chosen for his work on the
development of a lab-scale flameless combustion with liquid fuels.
The burning of liquid fuels in flameless combustion mode is more
difficult as compared to gaseous fuels
Majumder, 33, developed a highly innovative chemical adhesive that
mimics some natural principles, according to a press release
issued by the Indian edition of MIT Technology Review, now in its
fourth year of publication.
The only woman in this year's list is Priyanka Sharma, 28, from
CSIR-run Institute of Microbial Technology in Chandigarh. She
developed a plastic chip which uses simple techniques to detect
toxic materials in the environment quickly and cost effectively.
Abhijeet Joshi, 28, from Ahmedabad's National Institute of
Pharmaceutical Education and Research, has developed an
implantable platform to simultaneously diagnosis diseases and
"Two decades of economic liberalisation unleashed the innovative
energies of Indians with the private sector firms in the
technology sector garnering mind space in the innovation arena in
recent years, " said Narayanan Suresh, group editor of Technology
The 20 technologists would present their innovations at the
Emerging Technologies conference EmTech India 2012 at Bangalore
later this month. The conference will be addressed by a team of
eminent scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The India TR 35 programme started in 2010 and in the last two
years, has identified 37 young innovators, the majority of them
from small and medium-sized private research institutions.
"It is heartening to see IITs solving unique Indian problems. This
culture of innovation in public institutions will enthuse
thousands of bright students pursuing technical programs," said
Pradeep Gupta, publisher of Technology Review India and an alumnus
of IIT Delhi.
This year Technology Review India received over 250 nominations
from all over the country. Over a period of three months, a panel
of 23 expert judges identified 20 individuals who have developed
technologies that are likely to benefit the society at large.