Srikant Kumar JenaINVC,
Delhi,
The Union Minister of State (Independent charge) for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Statistics & Programme Implementation Shri Srikant Kumar Jena gave away the 3rd National Awards for Technology Innovation in Petrochemical and Downstream, Plastic Processing Industry here today. He presented the awards to the winners for their outstanding contribution in the fields of Polymeric Material, Polymeric Products, Polymer Processing Machinery & Equipment, Polymer Waste Management & Recycling Technology, Polymeric Materials & Products, Polymers in Agriculture and Water Conservation, Green Polymers in Public Health care and Research in the field of Polymer Science & Technology.  The award consists of a Shield, a Citation and a cash prize of Rs. 2.00 lakhs for the Winners. The award for the Runners up consists of a Shield and a Citation.  On the occasion Shri Srikant Kumar Jena said that the downstream petrochemical products permeate our daily lives in almost every aspect. He said that the value additions in the petrochemicals chain offer immense possibilities and cater to the need of textiles and clothing, agriculture, packaging, infrastructure, healthcare, furniture, automobiles, information technology, power, electronics and telecommunications, irrigation, drinking water, infrastructure, construction and a host of other articles of daily and specialized usage amidst other emerging areas. Plastics have inspired and continue to drive innovations that help to solve society’s greatest challenges – from lifesaving technologies to more sustainable living. Expressing the confidence, Shri Jena said that the recognition of innovations in niche areas of petrochemicals and plastics processing will continue to encourage the Indian Plastics Industries to focus more and more on evolving cost effective systems & solutions and to develop environment friendly new generation polymers, process technologies, which will ensure sustained growth with competitive edge in the Petrochemicals & plastics Processing Downstream Industry in the years to come.  The Secretary, department of chemicals and petrochemicals Shri Indrajit Pal, senior officials of Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, representatives of industry, academia and R&D institutions, apart from the awardees, were also present on the occasion.  The National Policy on Petrochemicals was approved by Government in April 2007. The policy aimed at increasing investment, competitiveness, Research & Development efforts in thrust areas of polymeric materials. To achieve the objectives of this policy, the Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals (DCPC), Government of India set up an Award Scheme to incentivize meritorious innovations and inventions in various fields of Polymer Science and Technology, by Individual/Team, Industry, Academic and R&D Institutions. The purpose of this Award scheme is to develop the petrochemical industry as a globally competitive industry using eco-friendly processes and technologies. The Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET), an autonomous institute under DCPC, has been entrusted with the responsibility of implementing the scheme of the National Award for Technology Innovation in Petrochemicals & Downstream Plastic Processing Industry.  CIPET has made special efforts for sensitizing the industry and academic institutes about the new initiative of the Government. In the 3rd National Awards, 306 nominations were received which were scrutinized and evaluated by a committee of experts consisting of academicians, members from the Industry, experts from R&D institutions. Finally, 11 nominations were selected as Winners, 8 nominations as Runners-up and 6 nominations were recommended for Commendation Certificate for Technology Innovation in Petrochemicals and Downstream Plastic Processing Industries in the third year of its operation in 2012-13.

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