COVID 19 related Frugal Innovations



Repurposing of Indoor Air Purifier to Reduce Airborne Corona Virus and other harmful pathogens indoors (Made use of information published by Nature couple of years back)



ANTI-VIRUS 1 (Affordable Non-hazardous Technique from India-Vacuum for Indoor Removal of Unwanted Species)

One of the accessories in this ANTI-VIRUS 1 technique also helps to sanitize currency notes. Currency notes also contribute to spread of COVID-19 as per the recent news reported in Tribune 



ANTI-VIRUS 2 (Affordable Non-hazardous Technique from India-Ventilation for Indoor Removal of Unwanted Species)

IISER Mohali Scientist Designed Indoor Ventilation System-Kanak News

IISER: Scientist ने बनायी खास Machine, दावा- कम कर सकती है Corona का लोड।



Developed a new ergonomic ear free straps for the existing N95 or non-N95 face masks for wearing for prolonged period as the discomfort to ear is reduced



Efficient rack for UVC sanitization of items



Improvised electronic Mosquito swatter racket for reducing Airborne Corona virus load indoors (Air Borne Corona Deactivator)



During the Corona pandemic lockdown, there was threat of Locust invasion for which I suggested the following strategy to address both the locust and the job generation issues 


Ministry of Defence-Innovation Media Links


All-Weather, Smoke-free, Debris-less, Safe & Affordable Firecracker


IISER Mohali's "Smokeless Firecracker" was covered by Hindustan Times on their first page on 12th Feb 2018. Here is the link and they also have an embedded video.

Media reports regarding All-weather, Smoke & Pollution-Free, Debris-less, Affordable & Safe Firecracker:

Sunday Tribune reported IISER Mohali's "Smokeless Firecracker" on 18th February.

Interview given to BBC Channel.

Interview given to Fever 104 FM radio

The Super Hero Show - audio1, audio2, audio3, audio4

Prototype of eco-friendly, smokeless fire crackers developed at IISER Mohali, The Times of India news youtube channel dated April 29, 2018.

Eco friendly prototype smoke-free firecrackers developed to hit the market this diwali - ANI News dated April 29,  2018.

Business Standard Magazine: This Diwali go for this pollution-free firecracker; dated April 29, 2018.

Deccan Chronicle e-Paper: Eco friendly prototype smoke-free firecrackers developed to hit the market this diwali; dated April 29, 2018.

I will briefly describe why our IISERM firecracker developed has the potential to replace some types of polluting firecrackers recently banned by Honorable Supreme Court during Diwali last year in the NCR region. The same polluting firecrackers are also used during ceremonies, anniversaries, sporting events etc.

Ours is an eco & environment-friendly, all-weather, debis-less, safe, fuse-free, instant trigger-responsive firecracker for indoor-outdoor use which does not generate any soot, obnoxious fumes or smoke. It can be operated either by hand held or ground-based launcher.

Since the fire emanating from our firecracker is of very short duration, so the danger of any collateral damage is very limited compared to conventional commercially available polluting firecrackers. Our firecracker system has special proprietary shields to prevent any debris from flying around and hitting someone. This feature makes it very unique vis-à-vis commercially available firecrackers which generate lot of debris and makes it difficult to clean the place and more difficult if these accumulate on grassy surface.

Presently commercially available sugar-nitrate /chlorate based firecrackers which require dry weather conditions are manufactured only in few places in India which limits employment opportunities.

Since our product can be made under any weather conditions, manufacturing units based on our design can be set up anywhere in India. This will benefit rural economy by generating employment for semi-skilled labour across the nation that will be able to use our method to manufacture on a large scale eco- & environment-friendly firecracker with a scope for further improvisation as rural people are generally grass root level innovators.

Besides entertainment and amusement, the product we have developed also has tremendous scope of finding application in airports (both civilian and military) to scare away birds and bats from causing serious damages to air-crafts during landing and take-off. Ground-staff use expensive pyrotechnics day and night to realize the objective.

Another application of our product could be in safeguarding agricultural lands and fruit orchards from birds and animals. In USA and other countries, many farmers deploy expensive sonic canons which generate a sound to scare away the birds and animals. Such sonic canons available commercially abroad will be out of reach for our poor farmers. Our prototype will be a cheaper alternative with similar sonic effect.

Our concept links Swaach-Bharat Abhiyaan initiative as discarded plastic bottles play a big role which could benefit rag-pickers and waste dealers if the ‘green’ process we have developed is scaled up. Besides, our firecracker system has special proprietary traps designed to prevent any debris from flying around and littering the surroundings. This feature makes it very unique vis-à-vis commercially available firecrackers which generate lot of trash and makes it difficult to clean the place and more difficult if these accumulate on grassy surface.

The product based on our innovation can be used as an educational kit in the tinkering labs initiated by the present government to experiment various parameters to get more insight which could aid in developing a better prototype. Our prototype was showcased in “Advitiya 2017” tech-fest at IIT Ropar on 23rd March 2017 where it won second prize with Rs. 7000 as prize money.

In this contemporary digital-age society, the community get-together or participation which used to be the essence of the Indian society is decreasing. The All-weather, Smoke-free, Debris-less firecracker system I have developed will contribute in some way in reversing the negative social trend. We have developed a unique community-based very popular game "Intruder-Interceptor Combat" for all age groups for the first time in India (and maybe in the world) using our smoke-free aerial firecrackers. It is this mass enthusiastic participation in bursting our smoke-free firecrackers that is expected to impart a beautiful colour to the whole show.                     

Work is in progress to develop a system which will be in accordance with Prime Minister Modi ji’s slogan “Zero Defect Zero Effect” for enhanced production with more safety features for the manufacturing unit.



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