The ‘S.P. Dutt Award for Innovation and Impact’ has been instituted as a prestigious award for excellence for first year B.Tech students of Plaksha University. The award will recognise leading teams every year with the best Innovation projects.
The award celebrates S.P. Dutt, a former Air India official, whose real passion lay in tech, invention and innovation. He was a progressive thinker who completed an MS in applied science from New York University, and was a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He also ran a dedicated YouTube Channel showcasing original meccano marvels- operational trains, ships, planes, robots- crafted by him. From the time he was awarded as a student for a rocket he made in school, through his adult life, Dutt was constantly inventing things- shoe shine machines, roti makers, robots and remotely-controlled toys. Dutt was also instrumental in organizing “Know India” seminars in many parts of the world to promote India abroad along with the Department of Tourism and other tourism and travel stakeholders. Speedy Dutt, as he was known to friends and family, died from COVID in 2021.