Dr Anil Kakodkar, Chairman, Rajiv Gandhi Science & Technology Commission, Government of Maharashtra (virtually) launched the mobile jaggery plant developed by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay at 11 am on Monday, February 22, 2021 in the presence of Director of IIT Bombay Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Dean (Alumni and Corporate Relations) Prof. Suhas Joshi and Dean (Research and Development) Prof. Milind Atrey. A large number of faculty, staff and students attended the event online.
With people becoming increasingly health conscious, the demand for chemical-free and natural foods is significantly rising. Jaggery, a traditional sweetener, is a healthy replacement to the white refined sugar. The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay has developed a mobile jaggery plant that produces consistent quality of jaggery in a hygienic, energy-efficient, economical method with minimal human intervention during the process. The jaggery manufacturing unit can easily be mounted on tractor trolleys and carried to sugarcane fields, thus saving time and effort. This project is sponsored partly by Rajiv Gandhi Science and Technology, Mumbai and partly by Tata Centre for Technology and Design, IIT Bombay.
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