It is not only Trent Boult and Mohammed Shami who has scored a hat-trick this year. Tezpur University accomplished a rare hat-trick of different sorts by bagging the prestigious Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Awards for the third consecutive year. The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu presented the student’s trio of Saurav Jyoti Sarma, Abhijit Nath and Chandeep S. Gogoi of Tezpur University the Award for the year 2019 at a function organised by the Department of Biotechnology in New Delhi
GYTI awards are presented to the innovative student projects in engineering, biotechnology, agriculture, pharmacy, material science and other applied technological domains every year. The award was presented to the three recently passed out students of Department of Mechanical Engineering for developing a Panipuri Vending Machine that produces panipuri faster and hygienic manner.The students initiated this work as part of their B. Tech project. The idea behind this invention was to prepare hygienic panipuri quickly and make it available to the consumers, as per their choice 24/7. This paanipuri vending machine works as a single unit but has various sub units for storing items like hollow bread, different types of stuffings, various types of flavoured water and sauces. An interface unit (OLED screen) allows customers to choose appropriate option with guided instruction for transaction.
Lesser space requirement makes it easy choice for installation in places like malls, restaurants, luxury hotels, airports etc. This machine is believed to promote acceptability and ensure availability of this Indian Snack across the world. The students, with the help of Tezpur University Intellectual Property Rights Cell (TUIPR), have also applied for Patent of the product.