TSCOST participated in the Theme Meeting on Outreach of DAE’s Technologies in Agriculture, Food Technology and Health Care sectors for Societal Applications through State S&T Councils scheduled during 5-7, April, 2017 organised by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Govt. of India, Mumbai. The program was coordinated by Vijnana Bharti (VIBHA), New Delhi. Visits to DHRUVA Reactor and other departments of BARC have been arranged as a part of the meeting. As a follow-up of the Workshop held by BARC ( Bhabha Atomic Research Centre) at Mumbai on the subject, TSCOST organized a Theme Meeting on Outreach of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) Technologies for Societal Applications in the fields of Agriculture, Food Preservation, Water, Waste Management and Health Care etc during 13-14 July 2017, for transfer of technologies in consultation with the concerned line departments / Universities and Research Institutions. Senior Scientists of various divisions of DAE, GoI made presentations and interacted with the Line departments, Universities and Research Institutions for exploring possible avenues of application of these technologies in relevant sectors. Officials, Scientists and Academicians from Agriculture, Horticulture, Medical & Health, Municipal Administration, Forests, Rural Water Supply, Ground Water, TSIIC, EPTRI, Bio-diversity Board, TSPCB, IIT, JNTU, NIMS, MNJ Institute of Oncology & Research Centre, KIMS Research Centre and several R&D Institutions attended the program. TSCOST has requested all the participants to submit a list of technologies relevant to their department for replication / implementation. In accordance with the directions of the Hon’ble Minister, FE & BCW, Govt. of Telangana and Chairman, Executive Committee and the Special Chief Secretary to Govt., EFS&T Dept., Govt. of Telangana, the Member Secretary, TSCOST along with TSCOST Officers and BARC Scientists visited Karimnagar & Warangal (Urban) districts and held discussions with the District Collectors and the Municipal Commissioners and the concerned stakeholders during 17th and 18th May, 2018 for implementation of DAE / BARC technologies. TSCOST also conducted a meeting for interaction of BARC Scientists and Officials from Line Departments at Telangana Secretariat on 19-5-2018, with the approval of the Special Chief Secretary to Govt., EFS&T Department, Govt. of Telangana, to prepare the Action Plan for implementation of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) / Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Technologies in Telangana State. Sri Ajay Misra, IAS, Special Chief Secretary (FAC) to Govt., EFS&T Department presided over the Meeting. Member Secretary - TSCOST, Outstanding Scientists from BARC and Officials from departments of Municipal Administration, Agriculture, Horticulture, Marketing, GHMC, HMWS&SB, PJTS Agrl.. University, Sri KLTS Horticultural University, Collector – Warangal (Urban), Municipal Commissioners – Warangal (Urban) and Karimnagar etc. have participated and discussed about the S&T interventions that can be implemented through BARC in the areas of Agriculture, Food Preservation, Water, Waste Management and Health Care etc.
TSCOST has been requesting the Department of Science & Technology (DST), GoI for providing budgetary allocations to undertake Locations Specific Research and Application of S&T Interventions in the State. The DST released exclusive budget to TSCOST as Project Related Grant (PRG) towards projects formulated on the location specific challenges of that state and providing S&T intervention through technology development and demonstration.
Accordingly, as per the guidelines of DST, an Expert Committee has been constituted with the Subjects Experts from various disciplines. TSCOST addressed letters to Universities, Institutions, R&D laboratories of Telangana state with a request to submit project proposals having state specific problems & need based programs with remedial measures/ solutions duly establishing linkages / involving the concerned line departments, National laboratories, Universities, Institutions, R&D laboratories etc.
Out of the 64 proposals received, the Expert Committee has shortlisted 21 projects. Depending upon the budget and upon the approval of DST, the following 10 projects were finally considered under the DST – PRG grants.
Sl.No Name & Address of PI and Title of the Project
1 Prof. V Raghavendra Rao, Research Professor, Genome Foundation, Flat No. 402, Apoorva Towers, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. Project: ?– Thalassemia Disease burden and mutation , micro profiling in populations of Telangana
2 Dr.Sripadi Prabhakar, Principal Scientist, Analytical Chemistry, CSIR- IICT, Uppal Road, Tarnaka, Hyd. Project: Assessment of Plasma Metabolites in Patients on Maintenance Hemodialysis
3 Dr. Raghuram Rao Akkinepally, Professor, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Kakatiya University, Warangal. Project: Synthesis of some novel quinolone derivatives as aromatase inhibitors in breast cancer therapy
4 Dr. Syed Sultan Beevi, Scientist, Cancer Biology, KIMS Foundation and Research Center, Hyderabad. Project: Characterization of Circulating Cancer Cells (CCCs) from Clinical Blood Samples of Ovarian Cancer for the Development of Prognostic Biomarkers
5 Dr. MVSS Giridhar, Center for Water Resources, Institute of Science and Technology, JNTU, Hyderabad. Project: A novel approach for reduction of fluoride concentration in Fluoride affected village with Geo-Textile as filter and direct recharge of surplus runoff into aquifers
6 Dr. B. Linga Reddy, Professor, Dept. of Physics, Chaintanya Bharathi Institute of Technology Gandipet, Hyd. Project: Studies on environmental radiation level in the dwellings constructed under double bedroom scheme at Erravalli and Narasannapet model villages of Telangana
7 Dr Suresh Bhandari, Professor and Principal, St. Peters Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Warangal. Project: A cost effectiveness analysis of Rosuvastatin against Atorvastatin in primary & secondary prevention of CVD & stroke
8 Dr.K.M.Lakshmana Rao, Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, JNTU, Hyderabad. Project: e-Measurement book for road accident analytics in Differential GIS architectures
9 M. Srujan Kumar, Associate Professor, Samskruti College Pharmacy, Kodapur, Ghatkesar Mandal, Ranga Reddy District Project: Design and Fabrication of Lipo-Drug-in-Adhesive patch for transdermal delivery of sumatriptan succinate in the pain management of migraine.
10 Dr.T.Saritha Jyostna, Professor, Sarojini Naidu Vanita Pharmacy Mahavidyala , Tarnaka, Hyderabad. Project: Design, Synthesis and evaluation of novel dithiocarbamate analogues as potent anticancer agents
TSCOST organized a review meeting during the visit of Er. Ravinder Gaur, Scientist and Member Secretary, DST, GoI on 25-3-2019 in which the Project Investigators (PIs) of the SSTP, DST, Govt. of India funded Location Specific Research Projects participated and presented the progress achieved on their respective projects.
i) Introduction and Background :
Waste disposal is a rapidly growing problem due to population growth, consumption pattern and rapid economic development. The rising quantities and poor management of organic waste and waste water leads to environmental and social issues among the households, communities and Institutions like hostels, hospitals and old age-homes. The advanced bio digester technology can use organic waste & waste water from kitchen & other sources to generate biogas and suitable for institutional & household level deployment. TSCOST is encouraging innovative adaptation and mitigation technologies by concerned agencies to conserve energy and for propagation of non-conventional energy technologies in the state.
ii) Objectives : To reduce carbon emissions into the environment by promoting non- conventional/ renewable energy technologies To generate energy from kitchen and organic waste, thereby increasing the scope for conservation of precious natural resources.
iii) Studies / R&D work : In tune with the above, TSCOST is promoting innovative biogas technology at household, community and institutional level to promote organic waste management for generating cooking gas and lighting from kitchen waste/ other organic waste. The main component of the gas produced is methane which is proven and effective alternative to Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
iv) Outcome / demonstration / promotion:
• TSCOST is implementing the Project “Kitchen Waste Operated Biodigester Plants ( a safe, clean and wealth generation & Swatch Bharat initiative ) costing Rs. 1.60 crore sanctioned by Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India for establishment of 20 Bio-digestor plants in the state of Telangana over a period of 2 years.
• TSCOST established 15 cu. mt capacity Bio-digestor plants ( technology which is eco-friendly and provides scope for generation of wealth from waste ) for conversion of kitchen waste into combustible gas at Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad and at National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayat Raj.
• TSCOST initiated steps to establish such plants in National Institute of Technology, Warangal and in the Residential Educational Institutions of Telangana State. TSCOST received consent for 17 Plants so far.
• The salient features of the Plant are indicated below :
Feature / Specification Quantification of benefit / Details Plant Size 15 cu.mts. Input Raw Material 80 - 90 kgs ( per day) of kitchen-waste, organic matter such as lawn cuttings, green leafy material of which kitchen waste should be more than 70%. Model Geo Membrane Balloon with Anaerobic Digestion LPG Savings per month 7-8 LPG cylinders per month ( approx. 100 kgs of LPG) Firewood savings per month (in case, firewood is used as fuel) 2000 kgs. (approx) per month Reduction in CO2 emissions in to atmosphere 100 cubic metres ( approx.) per month Organic Slurry ( bio-fertiliser) generated per month 3600 lts. Per month ( approx.) Return of Investment (RoI) period 3.5 years ( approx.)
TSCOST is coordinating the project “Proactive mitigation of gray mold (Botryotinia ricini) disease of castor (Ricinus communis L.) crop in Telangana State using dynamical disease forecast” costing Rs. 1.04 crore sanctioned by Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India in association with Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research (IIOR), Govt. of India and Agro-Climatic Research Centre, PJTS Agricultural University, Govt. of Telangana. Considerable Progress has been achieved through the project. Field trials for disease identification, expert advises to farmers for control of the disease, development of decision support system are some of the project milestones achieved so far. Testing and deployment of the system in villages in the project area and at Hyderabad for effecting on-line support was completed.
TSCOST arranged the demonstration of basic concepts of science and its applications to the students and general public through operations of science exhibits installed at Regional Science Centre, Warangal and benefited around 71,941 students, teachers and general public till 31-3-2020 since inception. TSCOST organized several scientific programs such as World Environment Day Celebrations, International Yoga Day, Total Lunar Eclipse, Workshop on Teaching Methodologies in Mathematics, National Science Day Celebrations, Programs on Telangana State Formation Day, Lecture on "Goal setting and getting out of Exam Phobia and Science Popularisation Programs at RSC, Warangal and benefited around 5300 students and teachers. TSCOST prepared and submitted a proposal for establishment of Innovation Hub at a cost of Rs. 1.80 crores at Regional Science Centre, Warangal for the consideration of the State Government and the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Ministry of Culture, GoI. The NCSM has conveyed the consent for entering into an MoU with TSCOST for establishment of Innovation Hub. Decision of State Government is awaited. TSCOST prepared and submitted a proposal to the Govt. of Telangana for Modernisation/ Upgradation of Regional Science Centre, Warangal with budget estimates of Rs. 2.50 crores to be shared equally between Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India and Govt. of Telangana. RSC, Warangal Committee meetings are being held under the chairmanship of the Collector & District Magistrate, Warangal (Urban). TSCOST submitted necessary proposals to the Government for restoration of budget of RSC, Warangal to the previous level of Rs. 60.50 lakhs as approved by the previous meeting of EC.