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ISP Delhi Bureau 

Something innovative is happening in Haryana which connects the humble cow to the robust and evolving Indian economy. Vedic Plaster, a major breakthrough achieved by Dr. Shiv Darshan Malik, a social entrepreneur from Haryana has given a hope to conserve nature as well as to make the best use of the by-products from cows. 

Vedic Plaster is an organisation which makes plaster for walls and floors without using the conventional method and components. It replaces cement with Indian breed cow dung. Dr. Malik’s formula for mixing cow dung and gypsum along with other natural ingredients proved beneficial for the production of plaster. 

Unlike cement plaster which makes homes warmer in summers and cooler in winters, the thermal insulating properties of cow dung plaster have a cooling effect in summers and keep houses warm in winters. It also acts as an air purifier and releases positive energy in the house, claims the innovator. The radiation shielding properties make it favourable for the users by protecting them from harmful rays and the basic requirements of applying plaster on walls are minimal without over usage of water as required in another case. 

Dr. Malik, a resident of Madina village of Rohtak district, registered Vedic Plaster as an organisation under MSME sector in 2018 after experimenting and evolving the technology for almost a decade. The plaster is cost-effective and way cheaper than the cement plaster.

The innovator believes that in response to global problems like global warming, food security issues, unemployment, population and many more, the only option left is to go for sustainable natural resources.

A doctorate in Chemistry, Dr. Malik studied all practices prevalent all over the country until cement plaster came into use in India. His passion for profoundly studying the chemical properties of natural resources like Dakar sand, cow dung, the composition of spices used in the kitchen, traditional ancient products used by Indian saints, etc. enhanced further his curiosity level and helped him evolve the Vedic Plaster.

He took the career of teaching in Murthal and assisted a lot of IITs in their breakthrough projects as a consultant. The projects by the World Bank gave him more extensive exposure and opportunity to travel worldwide. During this period he observed mud houses and the usage of rice straws in making homes in European villages. Back home, he started experimenting with his ideas and it helped him to build ecologically sustainable products. His company now also makes bricks, colours, paints and other building material out of cow dung.

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