Originally from Pune, Dr. Botre is currently working as a Principal Scientist at Siri (Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute) under Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Pilani, Rajasthan.
Bhausaheb spent his childhood in Ramwadi Colony in Pune. When he was only one year old, he developed a fever and contracted polio in both legs. Even after that, his mother sent him to school. Studied from Lokmanya Tilak Primary School of Pune Municipal Corporation to 7th standard and from Subhedar Ramji Maloji Ambedkar Vidyalaya till 10th standard. He had secured 82 percent marks in class 10th.
When he was in primary school, he used to follow the children to school. However, when he grew up, he could not walk on stilts. So they used to walk on both hands. After class 10, he did his graduation from Wadia College. He came first in the subject of electronics in the then Pune University. He completed his Master’s degree (MSc) from the university itself. Interestingly, he was not even in a position to pay the university fee of Rs 10,000 for this education.
The help from the society did not hinder his education. After that, he did Dr. in the Faculty of Electronics of the University. Also edited ‘Ph.D’ under the guidance of Damayanti Gharpure. Bhausaheb tried to develop a technique for checking the freshness and quality of food by creating an ‘Electronic Nose’ based on ‘Artificial Neural Network and Gas Sensor Array’. Through this research, he researched that the computer will be able to identify the odor or smell of any food item.
Known on national and international platforms
Bhausaheb presented his research at an international conference held in Boston (USA) in 2005. Bhausaheb also delivered dissertations in workshops held at IITs in Kharagpur and Bangalore. He received the Senior Research Fellowship of the Central Science Research Centre. His presentation at the 10th National Conference on ‘Physics and Technology of Sensors’ won first prize and his paper on Artificial Odor Sensing Method won second prize at the Bangalore competition. His research reached an international level after his participation in the Boston Conference.
President’s Award for Research
The National Disability Award for the year 2021-22 was conferred by President Draupadi Murmu a few months ago for the outstanding achievements of persons with disabilities through government and non-government organizations. In this Dr. Bhausaheb Botre was honored with Disability Empowerment Award in the field of research. His nomination was sent by the state government. Dr. Botre has developed an electric as well as a hand pedal machine to move the disabled across ramps, flyovers, hilly areas. Along with this a prototype of ‘E-Assist Tricycle’ has been developed.
Friends and relatives have a great contribution in my progress. Even from paying tuition fees to going to a conference at Boston University, many times along with Pune, Nashik, the Marathi people in America provided inspiration, great support and financial help. That is why I was able to complete the research. Now, it is expected that the disabled people who want to pursue a career in this field will get inspiration and encouragement.
– Dr. Bhausaheb Botre, Chief Scientist, Siri, Rajasthan