New Delhi, March 23, 2022.

Golden Jubilee celebrations of Indian oil R&D. Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas & Housing and Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep S Puri was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The event was also graced by Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas & Labour and Employment, Shri Rameshwar Teli, Padma Vibhushan Dr. R.A Mashelkar, Padma Vibhushan Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Secretary, MoPNG Shri Pankaj Jain, IndianOil Chairman Shri S.M.Vaidya, IndianOil’s Director (R&D) Dr. SSV Ramakumar, Ms Manju Kumar, CPMG, and captains of Indian industry.

On the occasion, a special commemorative postal MyStamp was released. An innovative solar cooktop – Surya Nutan – was also launched on the occasion. Citation of 1501 patents of IOC R&D, was unveiled. The Minister also spoke to the beneficiaries of solar cooktop about their experiences of the new product. The Minister gave away prizes to the winners of Indianoil R&D Golden Jubilee National Essay Competition in which over 1500 entries were received.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Hardeep S Puri said that 50 years of pioneering research to make energy secure and accessible in India is truly an enormous achievement. He said that recognised as the apex organisation for research and innovation in the sector, IOC R&D has transcended to the gold standard for industry innovation.

The Minister said that IOCL R&D has had glittering success in developing consumer-focused products such as high-performance fuel, mini-LPG cylinders, world-class automobile lubricants, automation of retail outlets, and LPG distributorships. It is also developing innovative technologies for the mass rollout of Biofuels, EVs, FCEVs and Green Hydrogen – the future of India’s energy security paradigm.