Uddhab Bharali

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Uddhab Kumar Bharali
Born (1962-04-07) 7 April 1962 (age 57)
ResidenceNorth Lakhimpur, Assam, India
NationalityIndian
Alma materJorhat Engineering College
Known forLow Cost, eco-friendly Innovations (eg.- pomegranate deseeder)s[1]
AwardsPresident’s Grassroots Innovation Award
Shristi Samman Award
NASA Tech Create the Future Design Contest (2012, 2013)
Rashtriya Ekta Samman
Padmashree (2019)
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics

Uddhab Bharali, (born 7 April 1962) is an Indian inventor from the Lakhimpur district of Assam.[2][3] Bharali is credited with about 118 innovations, starting from the late 1980s.[4]

Life[edit]

Early life[edit]

Bharali was born on 7 April 1962 in the Lakhimpur district of Assam. His father was a businessman. [2]

Student life[edit]

He studied in the Government Higher Secondary School of North Lakhimpur. He was often punished to stand outside the classroom because of asking difficult questions to his mathematics teacher. He was awarded double promoted twice, first from Class I to III, and then again from Class VI to VIII. While he was studying in Class VIII, he was able to solve some of the toughest sums of Class XI and XII. He then went on to study Mechanical Engineering in Jorhat Engineering College, Institute of Engineers Madras Chapter in Chennai. However, he was only able to complete AMIE sec 1, due to the prevalent financial burden on his family.[5]

Career[edit]

In 1988, when his family was in debt, he decided to start a Polythene cover making business catering to Tea Estates in Assam. Instead of spending about 5,70,000(US$8,318.63) on buying a machine, he designed his own machine[2] for about 67,000 (US$970). Bharali was then determined to continue building machines, rather than buying them.[6]

Bharali's family was under heavy-debts and Uddhab was always under pressure from Banks for repayment. His brother died in 1995, after which he was the sole earning member in his family, and he started earning money by his innovations, focused to solve issues around Lakhimpur district with Agriculture and small-scale industries being his targets.[4] Focusing on agricultural output, Bharali went on to build a variety of peeler machines to peel Betel Nut, Cassava, Garlic, Jatropha, Coconut and Safed Musli, and also re-designed Assamese paddy grinder, that could be operated by only turning a wheel. He also invented Bamboo Processing Machine to cut-polish-surface finish long Bamboos, cutters for and green tea leaves, etc. The best part of all these are being they were indigenous, low-cost and could be operated by single-person.He gather the raw materials for his inventions from scraps. His last facet is expected to be life-saver in coming years for disabled people around Lakhimpur.

Helping differently-skilled people[edit]

With his machines being used around locality, Bharali was approached by needy, if he could help them. Bharali started offering support both in form of monthly-monetary support and Calipers and others to better their lot. Machines to feed the disabled, Slippers for Knees, Cleaners and De-weeders for amputees, the list of his inventions kept growing. Bharali makes it a point to avoid publicity and shuns marketing budget to sell his wares.

Commercial establishment[edit]

Under his own firm, U.K.B Agrotech at Lakhimpur, Bharali works on assignments he receives from various establishments.

Recognition[edit]

Facilitated by National Innovation Foundation - India (NIF), Bharali was offered fiscal support under the Technopreneur Promotion Programme (TePP) Scheme at the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India. Bharali started getting covered in Assamese Press for his variety of machines. Discovery Channel and other global media. On 5 July 2012, Bharali was entered into an online voting competition for the NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal for his design of a bench-top pomegranate de-seeder.[7]

He is a recipient of National Innovation Foundation- India's National Grassroots Innovation Award, 2009. In 2007, he got ‘SRISTI Samman'. He is also the recipient of ‘Rashtriya Ekta Samman, in 2013. He was one of the speakers in TEDx at ISM Dhanbad held in October 2014. In 2019, Government of India conferred on him Padmashree, the 4th highest civilian award of the country.

Awards[edit]

Uddhab Bharali was awarded honorary Doctorate from Assam Agricultural University (AAU) in 2014 and Honorary PhD from Assam Kaziranga University. Few others are,[8]

  1. Meritorious Invention Award 2010, NRDC
  2. Certificate of Merit, NRDC,2010 Govt. Of India
  3. Prayukty Ratna Title -2010, Asom Sahitya Seva.
  4. Shilpa Ratna Title –2012 by Asom Satra Mahasava
  5. Rashtriya Ekta Samman-2013.
  6. NICT Perfect -10 Award, ABP Media Group and The Telegraph
  7. Chief Minister Best Awardee, 2013, Govt. of Assam.
  8. ERDF excellence award-2014
  9. Pratidin Time Media achiever award-2015
  10. Kamala Kanta Saikia National award-2016
  11. Asom Gourav award-2016
  12. Romoni Gabhoru award -2016- By ATASU –Assam
  13. Swayamsiddh- Shri Rashtriya Swayamsiddh Samman-2017 by JSPL
  14. Winner Of Engineering Design Contest Organized By NASA Tech Briefs Media Called "Create The Future Design Contest- 2012" for Bench-top Pomegranate De-Seeder. It was placed 2nd in the Top Ten Most Popular Invention.
  15. Winner NASA tech brief "Create the Future Design contest—2013", for invention of -Detention Chair for mentally challenged Person.
  16. Qualified for NASA tech brief "Create the Future Design contest—2014" for invention of feeding device for person without hand.
  17. Qualifier –World Tech Award—2012 –For invention of Mini Tea plant.
  18. Pioneer Award-2017.
  19. Excellence Award2018-Mahatma Gandhi University, Meghalaya.
  20. Padma Shri Award - 2019

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Uddhab Bharali, the man from Assam with 118 incredible inventions".
  2. ^ a b c "AMAZING: Meet the Indian engineer with 98 INNOVATIONS!". Rediff India. 16 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Assam innovator in Nasa prize shortlist". Seven Sister's Post India. 5 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b Chopra, Akshat (1 August 2012). "His experiments with life". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Sanki". Sanki. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  6. ^ "This College Dropout from Assam Has over 140 Agricultural Innovations to His Credit". Better India. 2 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Innovator selected for Nasa award". The Telegraph India. 13 July 2012.
  8. ^ "AAU honour for innovator". The Telegraph India. 16 March 2014.