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Far-flung, neglected for decades, Gurez Valley longs for attention

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Walking down from Chakwali, the last village of our country on the northern tip in this region in Jammu and Kashmir, a common sight was women bringing 50-60 kg of wood on their back in baskets

Should we suffer because we are peaceful, love the country and wish to contribute more for its development?”Asked an elderly villager while discussing Gurez Valley’s slow pace of development during the 40th Shodhyatra last month.

Walking down from Chakwali, the last village of our country on the northern tip in this region in Jammu and Kashmir, a common sight was women bringing 50-60 kg of wood on their back in baskets. The protrusions on the baskets hurt their backs. They needed new designs. If we cannot remove their burden, can we at least make it bearable? A room requires wood for warming when the night temperatures drop to minus 6-7 degree. After a week or two, the area will witness 20-30 feet snowfall and be cut off with defense transport being an exception.

Up in Kashmir's hills people seem to have found some great solutions to make lives easier

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Life in the mountains is very tough. The rough terrain and extreme weather conditions test human endurance to the limits. But there are very few initiatives aimed at making it simpler because the population in these areas is sparse and scattered.

It was with the motive to understand the daily challenges faced by these people and how they tackle them with the help of traditional wisdom, knowledge and local innovations, that a team from Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI), led by Professor Anil Kumar Gupta of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, recently undertook a journey to Kashmir.

BIIS: Invitation for technology students to work on grassroots innovations

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SRISTI in collaboration with BIRAC (Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India) is organizing two three-week BIIS (Biotech Ignition Innovation School) for validating, value adding and product development around grassroots innovations. The BIIS will also take up a few cases of developing solutions for grassroots applications for human, animals, and agricultural applications including herbal technologies, medical devices and microbial solutions. First BIIS will be held in Ahmedabad, December, 9-29, 2017 and second in Feb, 2018. Currently, we are in the process of talks with the universities in the region for further collaboration in this event.

Master Akash Manoj, age 16 receiver of the BIRAC-SRISTI grant, received the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement 2017 for inventing a devi

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Age 16, Akash received this award for inventing a device to detect silent heart attacks six hours prior to attack, that has the potential to save many lives.

 

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Sattvik 2017 - 15th Traditional Food Festival 23rd to 25th December, 2017

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SRISTI invites you and your family to…

The 15th Traditional Food Festival

Sattvik - 2017

A cultural milieu to revive the forgotten tastes and hence the forgotten ties!

Date: 23-24-25 December, 2017 (Saturday-Sunday-Monday)

Venue: AES Ground, Behind TV Tower, Bodakdev Rd, Sunrise Park,
Bodakdev, Ahmedabad, Gujarat- 380052

Time: 11.00 am to 10.00 pm

The 40th Shodh Yatra from Chakwali to Dawar, Bandipora district of Jammu & Kashmir from 27th October to 2nd November, 2017

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Shodh Yatra 40th at Jammu & Kashmir (Gurez Valley)

27th October to 2nd November, 2017

The 40th Shodh Yatra from Chakwali to Dawar, Bandipora district of Jammu & Kashmir from 27th October to 2nd November, 2017

Those who wish to participate in the Shodh Yatra, are requested to register with SRISTI (email: shodhyatra@sristi.org) as soon as possible, and no later than 30th September 2017.

All those people who are willing to join the Shodh Yatra are requested to reach Srinagar on or before 27th October, 2017 latest by morning 06:00 am. Those who are reaching Jammu Tawi can directly reach to Bandipora. Shodh Yatra will be ending on 2nd November 2017 afternoon.

Summer School 2017

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Every summer when there are holidays, parents are concerned about their children, particularly those who are not yet trapped in exam fever. The college students look for internship, summer school or other activities to build their skills. SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions) has been organizing Summer Schools for last several years to develop devices/solutions for economically poor people through inclusive and open innovation. This year the Summer School is being organized by SRISTI and Grassroots Innovation Augmentation Network [GIAN] in collaboration with UNICEF and FAB LAB of National Innovation Foundation [NIF] at the Grambharti campus, Amrapur, from 24 May to 12 June 2017.

Tezpur University wins laurels in festival of Innovations

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GUWAHATI: After winning the award for the 'Visitor's Best University' last year, Tezpur University (TU) has won laurels at the Festival of Innovations held in the Rashtrapati Bhavan recently.Niranjan Karak of the university's department of chemical sciences and Shyam Sundar from Banaras Hindu University jointly received the Visitor's Award for research.RA Mashelkar, chairperson of the Research Advisory Committee, SRISTI, and NIF, honoured Iftak Hussain, a research scholar at TU's physics department, with the prestigious BIRAC-SRISTI Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award 2017. Another member of the university team to be felicitated was Kamal Uddin Ahamad from the department of civil engineering.The Festival of Innovations was initiated by the office of the President to recognize, respect and reward grassroots innovations, foster a supportive ecosystem, and honour researchers.

14th Sattvik food festival organised in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Dec 25 (ANI): The 14th Sattvik food festival was organized in Ahmedabad on Saturday. The festival which is organized by (SRISTI) Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions puts the lesser known but nutrient-rich food from various areas on the plate of urban communities helping them to adopt healthier food habits and lifestyle. Sattvik, a festival started 14 years ago at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad is held every year to display traditional nutritious food at stalls and associated knowledge systems, to provide market based incentives for conserving agro-biodiversity. Around 50 food stalls from different parts of the country were set up at the festival which was held at the Ahmedabad Education Society ground in the city.

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