Tezpur University has been awarded the prestigious Visitor’s Award for Technology Development for the year 2020.
The award was adjusted in recognition of the significant contribution in innovation and technology development by Professor Pritam Deb, Department of Physics and Department, Tezpur University.
Prof. Pritam bagged the award for developing two-dimensional heterostructure based biodegradable film for food packaging.
Speaking to the media, Prof. Deb explained:
“Presently, the consumer demands food with assured safety, quality and extended shelf life perception. This invention of a new form of food packaging is to replace the unsustainable plastic, upon which modern life seems to depend, has shown functional efficacy in terms of biodegradability and mechanical, barrier, antimicrobial properties including shelf life.”
Visitor’s Award is one of the most prestigious awards in India conferred annually to promote healthy competition amongst central universities and motivate them to adopt best practices from around the world in pursuit of excellence.
At present, there are three categories in the Visitor’s Awards –
1. Visitor’s Award for Innovation,
2. Visitor’s Award for Research and
3. Visitor’s Award for Technology Development.
The TU professor received the award for Technology Development.
Prof. Deb’s patented inventions on enhanced oil recovery, intelligent MRI contrast agent, and efficient production of bio-oil through use of nanocatalyst stand testimony to his expertise in producing extremely original application-oriented innovations.
It is worth mentioning that for his significant research contribution, Prof. Deb has also been conferred with several prestigious awards and held many distinguished Honorary/ Visiting positions in reputed international institutes. His overall research contribution exemplifies innovativeness and originality in applications of fundamental principles of science to solve present critical issues in society and the country, overcoming the limitations of contemporary approaches. Professor Deb has provided effective and inspiring leadership in science and technology for almost two decades.
It also needs mentioning that including Prof. Deb, the University has received a total of three Visitor’s Awards.