Name Uddhab Bharali
|Residence North Lakhimpur|
|Born 7 April 1962 (age 53)North Lakhimpur (1962-04-07) |
Known for Many innovations (eg.- pomegranate deseeder),Total of 118 innovations
Notable awards President’s Grassroots Innovation AwardShristi Samman AwardNASA Tech Create the Future Design Contest (2012, 2013)Rashtriya Ekta Samman
Alma mater Jorhat Engineering College
Innovations for humanity uddhab bharali at tedxsitm
- Innovations for humanity uddhab bharali at tedxsitm
- Cement brick making machine by uddhab bharali
- Student life
Cement brick making machine by uddhab bharali
Bharali was born to a business man in Lakhimpur district of Assam, India. He studied in government higher secondary school, North Lakhimpur. He was always made to stand out of the class for asking difficult questions to the teacher in Mathematics. He was double promoted twice, from class I to III, and again class VI to VIII. He states that in class VIII, he was able to solve some of the toughest sums of class XI and XII. He studied engineering in Jorhat Engineering College, Institute of Engineers Madras Chapter in Chennai. However, he was able to complete AMIE sec 1 only, due to various problems.
In 1988, his family was in debt. So he decided to start a polyethene making business. However, instead of spending about a lakh (hundred thousand) rupees on buying a machine, he designed his own for about 67,000 rupees. This was the start, after that the list of his innovations increased.
His brother died in 1995, after which he was the only earning member in his family, and he started earning money by his innovations, which were very helpful in agriculture and small industries.
His talent and innovations had been brought to the public knowledge for the very first time in 1995, when famous story-writer, novelist, river engineer and eco-technocrat Arnab Jan Deka wrote an extensive article about him and his innovations with illustrative photographs in the oldest and most prestigious Assamese daily newspaper in Assam, India, Dainik Assam in its Sunday issue dated 7 May 1995. Within a few months, Arnab Jan Deka wrote the first ever English article on Uddhab Bharali in another English daily The Assam Express. Both these articles by the famous author-technocrat made Bharali a household name in Assam, and paved the way for wider appreciation and recognition of his talent in the next two decades, even drawing the attention of Discovery Channel and other global media. On July 5, 2012, Bharali was entered into an online voting competition for the NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal for his design of a benchtop pomegranate de-seeder.
He is a recipient of ‘President’s Grassroots Innovation Award’, 2009. In 2007, he got ‘Shristi Samman Award’. He is the winner of engineering design contest organized by NASA Tech ‘Create the Future Design Contest’ for the year 2012 and 2013. He is also the recipient of ‘Rashtriya Ekta Samman, in 2013. He was one of the speakers in TEDxISMDhanbad held in October 2014.