Jil Sheth, a final year student of Faculty of Technology, won commendation and special mention by the jury in a National design competition titled ‘Value of Money’ organized by Royal Dutch Kusters Engineering (RDKE) in association with NID, Ahmedabad. She was mentored by Prof. Parth Thaker during the competition.
The participants had to transform briquettes of shredded unfit banknotes into something with sustainable value. Jil explored more than 20 mix designs to derive a mix containing 85% of recycled material replacement. This included 60% of paper waste and 25% of foundry waste. She designed an interlocking brick, which can aid to low cost housing and help achieve housing for all. Essentially, her design is modular, which can be used anywhere, from park benches to furniture which gives it higher applicability.
Shri Vijay Rupani, Honorable Chief Minister of Gujarat, launched the competition in the presence RBI officials on 18th May 2017. A total of 184 design students from 49 top-tier design institutes in the country registered to take part in the competition. After the primary screening, thirty students were shortlisted who were provided with the shredded currency for designing the prototypes.