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About DIY UVC Light Sterilization Box

Aditya Pachpande was a student of Grade 9 when he presented a super easy solution for a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) UVC Light Sterilization Box to decontaminate and sterilize vegetables, groceries, and other essential items at a very economical price!!!!

The global pandemic of COVID-19 brought in a lot of hardships for human lives and definitely disrupted the day-to-day lives of the entire population. One such hardship was ‘How to sterilize the vegetables, groceries, and parcels purchased from outside?’

Well, our household warriors had been using various methods to sterilize the veggies and groceries, such as exposing them to sunlight, washing them with soap/baking soda/potassium permanganate, or using sanitizers; however, these methods were not completely hygienic and had their own drawbacks. They were very tedious and time-consuming, and there was a lot of wastage of water and other chemicals.

As a responsible citizen and a young innovator, I, Aditya Pachpande, a Grade 9 student at Indus International School, Pune, designed a well-thought-out solution to be utilized by household members to sterilize any items bought from outside. Extreme times have always led human beings to be creative and innovative and come out with unique solutions. Here I presented a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) UVC Light Sterilization Box; an easy sterilization method developed from regular materials that you could build at home during the lockdown at a very economical price! This was inspired by using nature’s natural disinfectant: ultraviolet light.

UVC light is commonly used for sterilization in various water filters, hospitals, and factories.

In the video, I demonstrated how I built a sterilization box with UVC light inserted in it, the basic household materials required to build it, and what the benefits of using it were. All you had to do was place the items in the box and switch on the UVC light for 4 to 5 minutes. It was used on wallets, currency, mobiles, masks, newspapers, gloves, etc.

Precaution/Warning/Disclaimer: Don’t expose your skin or eyes to a lit-up UVC Light; please cover the box completely before switching on the light. UVC has a shorter wavelength of 200 to 280 nm and has a strong germicidal effect.


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How to use box

To use the box, all you have to do is place the items that you want to sterilize inside the box. You can decontaminate and disinfect items like vegetables, groceries, wallets, currency, mobiles, newspapers, parcels, letters, pens, watches, etc. Don't stack the items to make it more effective and keep items apart from each other. Then close the box and turn it on. We recommend you keep it on for 4 to 5 minutes (depending on the size of the box, wattage and number of UVC tubes). For better performance, you can turn over the items and repeat the process.

Key Highlights of UVC Light Sterilization Box- SURKSHA BOX

Kill Virus / Bacteria

Saves Time

Un-harmful way of sterilizing

Keep your family safe


360-degree civilization

Government approved

CSIR government of India Approved

What All Can Be Sterilised?

Paper: Notes,
currency notes,
newspapers, books, cheques, letters

Small items: Masks
Gloves, cheques, letters

Groceries: Fruits and Vegetables and Packed Food

Electronics: Phones

Delivery services: Cargo Boxes

Public areas: Offices

Everyday items: Keys
belts, Googles, Watches
Wallets, Water Bottles



About Aditya Pachpande

Aditya Pachpande is a child prodigy, an entrepreneur and an innovator, who while still a student in grade 9, is a force to reckon with in the field of education and innovation. His invention “Suraksha Box”- a DIY UVC Sanitiser Box that disinfects everyday items without using chemicals and detergents - is getting rave reviews from the scientific community, including getting a Govt of India MC&I) Patent Published. His social venture NextGeninnov8 Foundation is distributing these kits to the poor and needy and is helping not only protect people but also preventing the spread of viruses.

A winner of multiple awards and the youngest ever student to complete three summer academies at Harvard and an entrepreneurship course at Babson, Aditya has an MOU with Harvard for bringing the Summer Business Academy Program to India. He has appeared as a young international keynote speaker at several international education and innovation summits. Aditya was the youngest speaker at IYLIF Singapore 2018, BECon IIT Delhi 2019, WIEF, DialogueIndia Dubai, ASSOCHAM, AWS IMAGINE 2019 at Seattle, 5th ET Global Business Summit, and FOL 2020 at IIM Banglore.

The mission of his startup NextGeninnov8 is to set up innovation clubs in every possible school in the world and their vision is to promote and teach creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to children all around the world to prepare them for a secure and bright future.