These two students are presently pursuing a course in fashion technology at Kumaraguru College of Technology.
Sanitary waste is posing a big roadblock to our achieving the Swachh Bharat Mission’s goal to create a clean India amidst concerns of menstrual hygiene in rural India.
Two students—Niveda R and Gowtham S recently has come up with an eco-friendly sanitary napkin option using Kenaf fibre that will not have environmental drawbacks. Further, the napkin has good absorbing tendency, natural anti-microbial properties and resistance to mildew and rot
These two students are presently pursuing a course in fashion technology at Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT) here have bagged the Chhatra Vishwakarma Award and India Innovation Initiative (i3) 2017 for this innovation.
The plant, which is grown in 12 States across the country, was raised in an area of 11 cents at KCT campus as well.
According to a release by KCT, “It was first done for a trial purpose as we learnt that the plant helps reduce greenhouse gas.In the process, we found that the plant requires very little water and fertilizers for cultivation..”
To improve the application of Kenaf fibre, the duo extracted it from the plant and produced sanitary napkins that are completely biodegradable and eco-friendly.
The Chhatra Vishwakarma Awards’ by the ‘AICTE-ECI are inspired by the spirit of engineering and creation patronized by Lord Vishwakarma, the ruling deity of construction practices in India. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India & Engineering Council of India (ECI)), the apex Engineering Body of India are jointly holding a competition “AICTE-ECI Chhatra Vishwakarma Awards” for the students of AICTE approved technical institutions.
India Innovation Initiative (i3) is one of India’s most prestigious and most-awaited national innovation challenges promoted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) that aims to encourage, enable and provide support to the development of home-grown, high-impact science & technology-based innovations and their transformation into viable and scalable commercial and social ventures.
The student innovators walked away with a cash prize of Rs 75000, i3–Icreate Award and i3-SIDBI Start-UP Mitra award.
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