After six months of passionate work, our team comprising Vinit Kumar, Mehreen Khaleel, Nitish Tayal and Abhilasha Joshi mentored by Dr. Manash Kumar Paul made it to the finals of the Tech-fest of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB). Our experience at IITB will always remain a memorable one. It was a pleasure to see thousands of confident students from different institutes of Asia coming to present their research. The competition we participated in was ELIXIR 2.0 was a competition aimed at obtaining solutions to existing problems in biomedicine from the innovative young minds of the world. The road to the finals was not a simple one. We had to submit an abstract of our idea in Round 0 and then on getting selected had to submit a technical report of the same to the organisers. Clearing one more round we were one of the twenty-four finalists selected throughout Asia. Our research idea was to develop a ‘Non invasive method for the determination of blood glucose concentration’. We won the best technical report award and a cash prize of Rs. 5000/-. Our presentation was acknowledged as ‘benchmark’ and the group was applauded for being the youngest yet with the most scientifically sound idea. We would like to thank Manash Sir and Dr. Bharti Bisht for their brilliant guidance throughout and for making us realize the importance of pursuing our own interest apart from the usual academic curriculum. In all it was a very enriching experience and we hope to have many more opportunities to explore fields of scientfic research in future.
IISER Mohali at IIT Mumbai Techfest – 2009