Pani Puri Dispenser: A Unique Innovation by Manipal University Students
Manipal, September 12: The students from Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) of Manipal University in Karnataka have come up with a pani puri dispenser. These students who came up with this unique innovation are Sahas Gembali, Sunanda Somu, Neha Srivastava and Karishma Agrawal. This pani puri dispenser helped them win the first prize at the National Finale of Ink Makers held at T-Hub in Hyderabad. These students worked on building this machine for six months.
The students came up with this idea when they saw there was not enough manpower at their favourite local chaat wala – Tiwari Chaat. With just a press of a button, the pani puri dispenser will release puris, make holes on it, fill the puris stuffing and water. For now, the pani puri dispenser can serve only one flavour of pani.
Sahas Gembali, one of the students, said that they knew serving panipuri is quite repetitive and a tedious task. Hence, they wanted to make something that will automatically sell pani puri anytime and anywhere, and also take care of the hygiene. One of the students stated that this prototype will also help people to enjoy ‘pani puri challenge’ with friends with its multiplayer mode. With this mode, friends can challenge each other while eating pani puri as it counts the scores on who has eaten how many pani puris.
The students told Bangalore Mirror that pani puri is not recognised enough in the global market. This machine will not help selling pani puri only in India but also in the global market. The students received mixed responses for their pani puri dispenser in the beginning. But having won the competition, they believe it will help them bring the machine to the markets.