MUMBAI, India – Corning’s Advanced-Flow™ Reactor (AFR) team was recently recognized at the annual Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) Chemicals & Petrochemicals awards ceremony with the ‘Best Contribution to Academia’ award at the India Chem tradeshow. This is the first time Corning’s AFR technology was recognized by this organization.
According to the FICCI website, the awards “recognize companies with commendable achievements in the field of chemicals and petrochemicals.” Awards were distributed in twelve different categories during the ceremony.
India’s AFR team members Praveen Gosain, Regional Director for India, Southeast Asia and Australia, Dr. Makarand Pimplapure, Application Development Manager and Chandrakant Sethia, Sales Manager accepted the award on behalf of Corning during the FICCI event on September 1.
“Corning has been working in the Indian pharmaceutical and chemical processing market for the last six years and this recognition showcases the great work that has been done by this team in partnership with a variety of colleges and universities,” said Amit Bansal, President of Corning India.
The team’s submission outlined some of the following efforts from the Corning AFR team in India:
- Donated one Advanced-Flow Reactor and established a Corning lab at both the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Warangal and the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi.
- Continuing to work with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras as part of the Uchhatar Avishkar Yojana (UAY) project from the Ministry of Human Resource Development within the government of India. The UAY promotes innovation of a higher order that directly impacts the needs of industries and helps offer Indian manufacturing a competitive edge.
- Provided lab training and internship opportunities for the last four summers to around 20 students at Corning’s Research Lab in India.
- Conducted industry–student interaction program at NIT-Warangal and the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) Hyderabad where more than 200 chemical engineering students participated.
- Co-hosted chemical processing workshops, information sessions and seminars with various colleges and universities throughout India.
“The Corning AFR team is honored by this recognition and looks forward to continuing its work with academic institutions in the coming years,” Dr. Yi Jiang, global business director for Corning Reactor Technologies.