India’s Ravi Prakash wins BRICS-Young Innovator Prize

India’s Ravi Prakash has won the BRICS-Young Innovator Prize at 4th BRICS -Young Scientist Forum’s Conclave held during 6-8 November2019 in Brazil. He won the first first prize carrying $25,000 for inventing an affordable indigenous milk chilling unit for smaller and marginal rural dairy farmers.

Key Highlights

Ravi Prakash He is a PhD scholar of ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Bangalore. He was a part of 21-member delegation sent to Brazil by Department of Science and Technology (DST) for the 4th BRICS-Young Scientist Forum (YSF), 2019.

Technology: It can be used for chilling milk from point of production by bringing down the temperature of raw milk from 37C to 7C within half an hour (30 minutes) using nano-fluid based phase change materials.

This innovation of affordable indigenous milk chilling unit is of great socio-economic importance for all the developing countries by preserving the quality and safety of milk just after production. It will add value in farmer’s kitty.

About BRICS Young Innovator Prize

Background: On July 2014, during the 6th BRICS Summit held in Fortaleza, Brazil, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi mooted the idea of youth engagement and desired to develop an innovative mechanism to engage, network and connect BRICS youth. Eventually, India’s proposal for creating a BRICS-Young Scientist Forum received unanimous support and was endorsed by BRICS Science, Technology and Innovation Ministers at 2nd Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Ministerial Meeting held in Brasilia on March 2015.

Objective: To recognise and reward best results related to innovation, research and development projects representing technological innovation and a potential contribution to science and technology sector of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries.

The prize specially recognizes young talented researchers and entrepreneurs, whose outstanding innovations make a profound impact on socio-economic environment as well as life conditions in societies of BRICS nations.

UNDP Green Climate Fund: India gets 43 million USD to boost climate in 3 coastal states

With the help pf 43 million USD from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), India has begun the project that will positively impact over 10 million people living on the coastline. The funds are to be obtained from the Green Climate Fund that was established under United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The objective of the fund is to assist developing countries.

Highlights

  • The 6-year project will help to build climate resilient livelihoods of 1.7 million people
  • The coastal states that are to benefit from the fund are Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
  • Under the project, the plan is to sequester minimum of 3.5 million tons of carbon dioxide in the next 30 years.
  • The project will also restore 15,000 hectares of coral reefs, mangroves, salt marshes and sea marshes

Significance

  • The funds will help in improving shoreline protection
  • It aligns well with the NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions) of India under Paris Agreement and National Action Plan on Climate Change.
  • The project will help the shoreline communities to restore eco system and promote climate resilient livelihood like sustainable farming of mud crabs.
  • The initiative will also help to provide benefits for female-headed households, vulnerable communities, young people and elderly.