IIT Roorkee academic gets counter terrorism innovator award for blast-resistant helmet design

By India Today

Aprofessor from IIT Roorkee, Prof. Shailesh Ganpule, has received the ‘NSG Counter-IED & Counter-Terrorism Innovator Award 2021′ for his design of a blast-resistant helmet. The award was conferred to the professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department (MIED) in a ceremony held at NSG Campus, Manesar, Haryana.

“I convey my profound gratitude for honouring me with this award. Although I am not the one among the privileged countrymen who guard our country on the frontline, I feel proud to have made my contribution to protect many precious lives of our security forces who face continuous threats and do perilous jobs while handling explosives and IEDs,” said Prof. Shailesh Ganpule, MIED, IIT Roorkee.

“Prof. Shailesh Ganpule’s invention is an important step towards strengthening India’s defence and bolstering counter-terrorism efforts. I am happy that IIT Roorkee is taking up research problems which address the needs of the country” said Prof. Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee.

Why is a blast-resistant helmet so important?
Blast-induced traumatic brain injury has been identified as a signature wound in recent asymmetric conflicts. Military helmets are classically designed for protection against ballistic impact, with little to no attention for protection against blast.

The ‘Blast-Resistant Helmet’ designed by Prof. Shailesh Ganpule is an advanced version of conventional helmets to protect military personnel from IED-induced blast waves with a technology readiness of 4.

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