IIT Kanpur bags STEM Impact Awards 2022 for “Impactful Technology Transfer activities”


  • The institute has been recognized for its impactful technology transfer of the Bhu-Parikshak soil-testing device.

  • This is the second time IIT Kanpur has been awarded this prestigious award.

Kanpur, November 30, 2022: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has been recognized for its relentless efforts in developing and transferring technologies that may impact the lives of many. The institute has been awarded the prestigious STEM Impact Awards 2022 for engaging in impactful technology transfer activities at an award ceremony held at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi during the annual summit of STEM (Society for Technology Management).

The STEM Impact Award is a first-of-its-kind initiative in India that celebrates the impact of technology transfer activities in Indian academic & research institutions. IIT Kanpur has been awarded this year for the socio-economic impact the institute created with the impactful technology transfer of the invention - Portable Soil Testing Device, named ‘Bhu-Parikshak’. On behalf of IIT Kanpur, Mr. Ravi Pandey, Research Establishment Officer (Innovation and Incubation), IPR Cell, IIT Kanpur, received the award from Nis Kjaer Weibel, Head Business Development, Technology Transfer Office, Aarhus University. This is the second time the institute has been awarded this prestigious award.

Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director IIT Kanpur said, “As a multi-disciplinary institute, our efforts are rooted in developing innovations that can have a lasting impact on the masses. Our continued work on key areas of national interest and grassroots utility have broadened our scope of reach and impact in recent years. This award bears testimony to the growing R&D ecosystem at IIT Kanpur. We’re delighted to have received this recognition and I congratulate all associated with the revolutionary invention of the Bhu-Parikshak soil-testing device.”

The Bhu-Parikshak soil-testing device was developed last year and was launched in market in May this year. The device is a revolutionary hand-held invention that can detect soil health in just 90 seconds. It can detect six important soil parameters namely - Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Organic Carbon, Clay contents and cation ion exchange capacity, with the use of only 5 grams of dry soil sample. Soil health report is also generated, which can be easily accessed on the Bhu Parikshak mobile application with unique ID. This not only cuts down time and hassle for the farmers but also offers them more accurate information at the tip of their hand.

The award recognized this revolutionary effort by Prof. Jayant Kumar Singh & his team from the Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, and complemented the major lag in agriculture activities the device addresses. The invention was also lauded for its potential to bring a revolutionary change in the Indian Agriculture ecosystem.

The Technology Transfer Cell is headed by Prof. Ankush Sharma under the Start-up Incubation & Innovation Centre at IIT Kanpur. It is a major accomplishment for the IP & Technology Transfer Team for the successful technology transfer wherein the technology has been one among the few to be launched as a product for large scale commercialization within such a short span.

IIT Kanpur has been actively engaged in reaching out to the potential industry partners to make a significant impact on the society by disseminating innovative technical solutions to promote social and economic growth of the nation.

About IIT Kanpur:

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur was established on 2nd November 1959 by an Act of Parliament. The institute has a sprawling campus spread over 1055 acres with large pool of academic and research resources spanning across 19 departments, 22 centres, and 3 Interdisciplinary programs in engineering, science, design, humanities, and management disciplines with 527 full-time faculty members and approximately 9000 students. In addition to formal undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the institute has been active in research and development in areas of value to both industry and government.

For more information, visit https://www.iitk.ac.in.



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