Article in Chitralekha on Neha Kumar Director of Nesa Radiation Solutions Pvt. Ltd on 9th May 2013 in Chitralekha Magazine (Gujarati)
[English translation below]
Name: Neha Kumar
Occupation: Director, Nesa Radiation Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
1. Your background
Ø Born & brought up whr?
> I was born in USA and have been brought up in Mumbai.
Ø Parents names
> Father – Prof. Girish Kumar, IIT Bombay,
Mother – Mrs. Neerja Kumar
Ø Any siblings
> Younger Brother - Saagar Kumar
Ø School & college names
> School – K.V, IIT Bombay
College – Anna University, Chennai (B.Tech, Industrial Biotechnology)
2. Any childhood memories where you can recollect with your at present work
Right from school I wanted to have a business venture of my own in the field of Biotechnology. When I was in Chennai for my bachelors programme, many of my classmates felt going to the US was the only way to excel in life. It was at that time that I had decided to be in India and do something different from the rest while staying in India. I wanted to prove that if one has the determination to do something, with perseverance and dedication, you can achieve what you want regardless of the place and circumstances.
3. Qualification - B.Tech, Industrial Biotechnology from Anna University, Chennai
Ø Any extra curricular activities during those days
> I used to practice dance, painting, karate, singing, yoga when I was in school and have participated in various activities however in college I decided to stay more focused on academics. On every vacation, I used to come to Mumbai and take up laboratory projects and attend Entrepreneurship events at IIT Bombay.
Ø If Any major Turning point
> My father Girish Kumar is a Professor in the Electrical Engg. Department at IIT Bombay and has been in the field of Antennas and Microwaves for about 30+ years. In 2001 when he was writing his book, he started developing health problems like swelling in fingers and legs, sudden anger which was contradictory to the cool headed person personality he is. He visited several doctors and after a month found out that he was sensitive to Electromagnetic Radiation from antennas that he was surrounded with all the time at work. He started researching on this and in 2009 after completing my graduation he asked me to research on Biological effects of Electromagnetic Radiation. After going through hundreds of research papers and interacting with several researchers, doctors, patients in India and abroad I found that there were significant health problems from high cell tower radiation on health.
Ø Job experience
>After graduation I joined my father’s IIT Bombay incubated company – Wilcom Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
4. NESA–When & how Its started (Process)
> I had shared several articles and papers on biological effects of Cell Tower Radiation online and made them avaible for readers. People having health problems and living close to mobile towers read them and started contacting us for details and wanted us to measure the radiation levels in their house/office. On measuring the radiation levels, we found a strong correlation between high radiation levels with health problems ranging from mild to severe problems like headache, sleep disturbance, concentration problems to cases of miscarriage, infertility and cancer at levels much below the government guidelines.
People started asking us to develop a solution to the problem and we started working on that front. We also developed a simple, effective and low-cost radiation monitor which we named DETEX 189 to enable people to check levels from health point of view. With more awareness we could motivate the Government of India to bring down the radiation level to 450 from 4500 milliWatt (mW) per square meter. However, this is still way above the safe level of 0.1 milliWatt (mW) per square meter.
Ø What are the different types of issues you come across?
Initially people were not aware of the harmful effects of cell tower radiation and it was difficult to convince people as there were fewer cases in 2009-10. We gave several talks in schools, hospitals, Rotary clubs etc to create awareness about the hazards.
In the past few years there have been several cases of severe health problems among people living close to mobile phone towers and people are more convinced after going through several studies that are available from India and abroad.
Telecom companies however continue to deny the fact that excess cell tower radiation can effect health of humans, birds and animals significantly over a period of few years which confuses common people.
Ø How many products you have? You yourself designs?
Cell Tower Radiation Detector – DETEX 189 – For quick and easy measurement of radiation from cell phone towers, Wi-Fi, cordless etc.
Shielding Solution - Areas where radiation levels are high, one or more of the following solutions can be used to reduce levels:
• Shielding Window Film,
• Shielding Curtains
• Shielding Wall Paper
• Shielding Pregnancy apron and several other products are in R&D phase
Ø What kind of team size you have?
> We have about 25+ people in our company.
Ø Clients so far? Bldgs or individuals more?
> We have carried out radiation measurement and shielding solution for several people in India. Some of the known people are:
CELEBRITIES - Juhi Chawla, Ekta Kapoor, Natasha Poonawalla, Kunal Ganjawalla, Minister Praful Patil, Ajit Kumar Barjatya, Babita Kapoor, Kumar Mangalam Birla etc.
COMPANIES - Aamir Khan Productions Pvt. Ltd., All Cargo Logistics Limited., Cipla Ltd., Hindustan Times Media Ltd., Piramal Enterprises, Raheja Universal, Viacom 18 etc.
Ø People around you – People are very happy with our innovative radiation measurement and shielding products. Our Cell Tower Radiation Detector – Detex 189 which costs Rs 4950 is efficient, easy to use and economical and has made it easy for even common people to carry out cell tower radiation in their house and office themselves. Several people who have used our products have felt an improvement in their health after implementing the solutions.
Ø Family – My family has been very cooperative and encourage me work for the welfare of people.
6. What is the USP of NESA?
Nesa Radiation Solutios Pvt. Ltd. USP – Live Radiation Free
7. Any competitions? new challenges ?
There are a few companies abroad which have developed shielding solution which are based on reflective technology. We have an advantage over it as we use absorptive technology which minimizes risk of resonance. Our products can cut down radiation by 95-99% and the same can be easily demonstrated after installation.
8. Future plans
> We have our branch in Mumbai currently and have got enquires from several other cities and states throughout India. Our team from Mumbai has been visiting few cities for solution however a physical distribution chain is to be established and we are working on the same.
> To become a leading entrepreneur and motivate/inspire other women and youngsters to take up entrepreneurship.
10. Your personal life (likes/dislikes/hobbies etc.)
> I am a trained classical Kathak dancer for 8 years and I enjoy dancing and going for long brisk walks. Along with that, I enjoy watching movies and practice yoga. Occasionally I like to paint also.
Company Corporate Address:
Nesa Radiation Solutions Pvt. Ltd., 2nd Floor, Plot No. 31, Sector 19C, Vashi, Navi Mumbai 400 705, Tel: (022) 41241800 / +91 9619378318, Website - www.nesa.co.in