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24 November 2015

IIT Kharagpur students develop kit to detect arsenic in groundwater

Quodsi everti ancillae vim qui lorem persius petentium IIT Kharagpur students develop kit to detect arsenic in groundwater

Kharagpur, Nov 24 (ENA) A team of IIT Kharagpur students participated in an entrepreneurship competition at Bengaluru and won the second prize of Rs 3 lakhs.  They had developed a kit to detect toxic arsenic in groundwater.

The event was organized jointly by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science of Technology, and Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE, India), as per a press release of November-9.

According to official data, the students were mentored by Dr. Pinaki Sar, Department of Biotechnology. The team of students comprised of: Balaram Mohapatra (Ph. D scholar), Jugal Mohapatra, Adarsh Mukesh, Pruthvi Patel and Rusikesh Pahdke (3rd yr B.Tech).

The competition aimed at encouraging young students in developing biotechnology entrepreneurship and exposing them to issues involved in commercialization of bio-science in the area of environmental sustainability (water contaminant/quality issues, food borne pathogens, waste management).

Under the guidance of Dr Pinaki Sar, a novel idea on use of non GMO (genetically modified organism) based kit (Arseno-Vista) for detecting toxic arsenic (As) species in groundwater has been proposed, which is easy to use, affordable, biodegradable and sensitive for rural households of India. (ENA Bureau)

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