8th November, 2019, Bengaluru
Shri Ravi Prakash, Ph.D. Scholar in Dairy Engineering Section of Southern Regional Station, ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Bengaluru was selected as a member of the Indian Delegation sent by the Department of Science and Technology for the 4th BRICS-Young Scientist Forum (YSF) - 2019 held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 6th to 8th November, 2019.
Shri Prakash presented his research work on an indigenously designed milk cooling pail which accolade India the First Place in the BRICS Young Innovator Prize carrying USD 25,000. He has been carrying out his research at the Southern Regional Station of ICAR-NDRI, Bengaluru under the guidance of Dr. Menon Rekha Ravindra, Principal Scientist (Dairy Engineering).
The concept is designed for cooling the milk at the field level from its drawing temperature of 37o C to 7o C within 30 minutes using the nano-fluid based phase change materials. The innovation is of great socio-economic importance to the small to marginal rural dairy farmers of developing countries by preserving the quality and safety of milk just after production.
Ravi Prakash was awarded the BIRAC-SRISTI-Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award - 2018 for his concept. He is also supported by the India Innovation Growth Programme - University Challenge - 2019 for scaling-up the innovation and testing the same at the field level.
Around 100 Delegates from 5 countries participated in the conclave.
(Source: ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Bengaluru)