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Achievements In The Year 2018-19

Make in India Body Armour:

Roadmap for “Make in India” Body Armour was prepared in consultation with all the stakeholders and a presentation made to the PMO, in the meeting chaired by Principal Secretary to PM. Based on the recommendation of the PMO, an empowered committee under chairmanship of Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Member NITI Aayog was constituted to oversee the implementation of the roadmap. The empowered committee met two times during the year and reviewed the status of implementation of these recommendations.  With NITI Aayog’s interventions, initiatives to set up of raw material plant for body armour in the country have already been taken. White paper on Indian standards for the Body Armour has been prepared; R&D work on Carbon Nano Tube at NPL, NAL, DRDO and industry partners has been initiated; assessment has been done on the total requirement of Body Armour by Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in the next three years; and simplified and fast track procurement process of body armour and testing facilities at TBRL to private sector have also been opened.


Methanol Economy:

The roadmap on Methanol Economy was submitted to the PMO and presented to the Cabinet Secretary. As per the recommendations of the meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary, an apex committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog to oversee the implementation of Methanol Economy in the Country.  


Task Forces constituted:

  1. Task force on Production of Methanol/DME using High Ash Coal,
  2. Taskforce on Utilisation of Methanol/DME,
  3. Task Force on Production of Methanol using Biomass / Municipal Solid Waste / Sources other than Coal
  4. Task Force for Conversion/design of Methanol/DME based Engines, and
  5. Task Force on Dissemination of Information and Creating Awareness about Methanol/DME


Activities of all five Task Forces is being monitored by NITI Aayog. Below is a status report.

  • R&D work on developing indigenous technology for production of methanol using high ash coal is in full swing. By Mid-2019, 1 tpd pilot plant will be demonstrable.  After successful demonstration of 1 tpd, the Task Force will start work towards scaling up to 100 tpd and to commercial plant of 1500 tpd.
  • Modality of blending of methanol in gasoline has been worked out.  Two-wheelers, three-wheelers and gensets run on methanol have been demonstrated.
  • Work on methanol based locomotive engines for railways and marine applications is in progress.
  • Optimization studies with different co-solvents & additives to finalize a stable M-15 blend have been completed. BIS will shortly notify the BIS standard for M15 Blending.
    • Studies on material compatibility, performance and durability test protocols for validation of engines / vehicles to run on methanol is being carried out.
  • In order to create awareness among the people about the methanol/DME, a website or dedicated portal on methanol economy is being created and FAQs on methanol prepared.
  • R&D work on conversion of MSW to methane to methanol via Syngas Route, Development of Novel Technology for Direct Oxidation of Methane to Methanol, Development of Technology for Production of Methanol from CO2 and Inexpensive H2 is in progress.
  • Production of Methanol using Biomass will be demonstrated by end of March, 2019.
  • With the efforts of NITI Aayog, Methanol Cooking stoves have been demonstrated by Assam Government.
  • Dialogues for G to G engagement with Israel is going on for setting of Methanol plant in Israel for immediate requirement of methanol in the country.


Ranking and ratings of public funded national R&D labs:

Dr VK Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog chaired meetings with scientific ministries/ departments and discussed various modalities for developing framework for ranking and rating of national laboratories/institutions. A Task Force under the chairmanship of Prof. Goverdhan Mehta Chairman, National Accreditation Board of Education & Training, Quality Council of India (QCI) has been constituted. The Task Force deliberated in detail, the possible parameters for ranking and rating of labs and designed a draft framework. The framework for rating/ranking of public funded national R&D labs has been finalised and a formal report has been submitted to the PMO.


Preferential Market Access (PMS) to indigenously developed products & technologies:

Two meetings with the stakeholders were organised and deliberated in detail on the various issues related to PMA. Based on the discussion, the recommendations of NITI Aayog on PMA to indigenously developed products and technologies has been submitted to PMO.


Breaking silos between academia and national R&D labs & effective commercialization of technologies:

The vertical has been facilitating discussions on various issues such as breaking silos between academia and national R&D labs; effective commercialization of technologies and came out with recommendations which have been forwarded to all concerned S&T departments for implementation.