Chandigarh, 24 June 2020-An apparatus for ultraviolet sterilization of surfaces has been developed by Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar. Fitted with ultraviolet radiation source, it can kill microorganisms of the likes of Corona Virus and other bacteria. As against the conventional sanitization processes, where it is a difficult task to disinfect train wagon surfaces and seats as well as aircrafts, this wheel-based manually operated apparatus is adjustable and compact in size and can be used in narrow passages also. This way, it also saves time while disinfecting keeping in view the heavy load of boarding passengers. This can be used to disinfect trains, railway stations, airports, shopping malls, offices, isolation wards of hospitals etc.

NIT Director Dr Lalit Kumar Awasthi (Center) along with Dr KS Nagla, Associate Prof. ICE and Prof. SK Sinha, Dean (R&C) with the sterilization apparatus. (NIT Director Dr Lalit Kumar Awasthi along with Dr KS Nagla, Associate Prof. ICE and Prof. SK Sinha, Dean (R&C) talking about the benefits of the device)

The device is jointly invented by the Director of the Institute, Prof. Lalit Kumar Awasthi and his colleague Dr Kuldeep Singh Nagla, Associate Professor, Department of Instrumentation & Control Engineering (ICE). Dr Awasthi said, “the apparatus is very effective to disinfect the porous surfaces where the ordinary chemical-based disinfecting systems are ineffective”. He also said that the technology, which has been patented, has recently been transferred to UCOMAX, a Vadodara based company. On the basis of which, the company is preparing to launch two models – one is battery operated and another wire operated, soon. The product will also be available online.

Dr BR Ambedkar NIT, Jalandhar is relentlessly working to develop, patent and transfer new technologies. It has already patented couple of sanitizers and disinfectants. This way the institute is also giving ample opportunities to increase academia-industry partnership.