RANGIA: A young scholar from Assam has received the FAST-Summer Fellowship -2023 from the prestigious three Indian science academies with the research support of NIPER Guwahati. NIPER Guwahati provided research support to a Guwahati-based young scholar who received the Focus Area Science Technology Summer Fellowship (FAST-SF-2023) from the prestigious Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc), Bengaluru; National Academy of Sciences (NASI), Prayagraj; and Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi.
Ankur Jyoti Thakuria, a student of Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from Pandu College, Maligaon, Assam was selected by a selection panel for the Focus Area Science Technology Summer Fellowship (FAST-SF) for 2023. Under this two-month summer fellowship, Thakuria conducted his research work in the laboratory of the Department of Pharmaceutics at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) Guwahati under the guidance of Associate Professor Dr Subham Banerjee (who is an associate fellow of IASc and an active member of NASI).
“I’m truly delighted to supervise Ankur Thakuria under this competitive Summer Fellowship Programme supported by the academies. I urge all the young and dynamic students of Assam to apply for this prestigious programme to boost the innovation and translational ecosystem of the state,” said Dr Banerjee, who was assigned as a guide by the Indian Academy of Sciences.
During the fellowship period, Thakuria worked in the field of pharmaceutical waste management through the use of 3D-printed cartridges. His research topic titled ‘3D printed cartridge for the removal of pharmaceuticals from water and its futuristic application in pharmaceutical waste management’ focussed primarily on the removal of pharmaceutical wastes from water through the use of indigenous fabricated filaments integrated into 3D printed cartridges.
“The infiltration of drugs into the water is a crucial global issue which needs urgent attention. I thank my guide Dr Banerjee for helping me to work in the field and bring out these important findings as part of the study, which I feel will be helpful to other researchers and the private and government bodies to mitigate the problem,” said Thakuria. He also added, “Purushottam Suryavanshi, Ph.D. research scholar under Dr Banerjee also supported me a lot to make the prototype.”