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SRISTI honours young inventors from across India

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AHMEDABAD: From refrigerators that can warm water to wheel chairs that can climb stairs, innovative ideas from across the country were displayed at the campus of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) on Thursday. The event was a part of handing out awards to best innovative ideas by Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI).
The competition called 'Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards', launched by SRISTI this year, received over 5,000 entries from students of 45 universities across the country. Out of these entries, 14 best ideas were awarded in three categories - Socially Relevant Technological Innovation Award, More-for-Less-for-Many Award and Technological Edge Award.

Grassroots Innovation - An interview with Anil Gupta

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Publish in sgiquarterly.org on 2nd Jan, 2012

Working with the poor of India, Professor Anil Gupta was struck by the creativity
and innovativeness that he saw. In 1988, he started the Honey Bee Network to
discover, share and promote grassroots innovation to the benefit of both innovators
and the global public.


Anil Gupta, front, with members of the Honey Bee Network on a shodh yatra trek [Sristi.org]

NGO to reward tech innovations

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Publish in Timesofindia.com on 23  Dec, 2011

AHMEDABAD: In a bid to promote innovation among young minds, city-based NGO, Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (Sristi), has established three national awards for innovative projects by students and faculties in the areas of engineering, pharmacy, science and applied technologies.

The awards, which will be given through Sristi's Techpedia, will be available in three different categories including Gandhian Innovations Award, Sristi Socially Relevant Technological Innovation Award and Strategic Innovation/Technological Edge Award. The online registration for the awards have begun on Ttechpedia's website.

While the registrations will continue till February 10, 2012, the awardees will be facilitated at IIM-Ahmedabad on March 1, 2012.

Gandhian Innovations Award will be awarded to student projects addressing an important social, environmental or technological problem faced by the public or people who face certain disadvantages or micro and small enterprises. Sristi Socially Relevant Technological Innovation Award will be given to the best student projects which have significant amount of novelty and social applications. The Strategic Innovation/Technological Edge Award will be handed to students who have made a breakthrough in any field of engineering, pharmacy, medical, agricultural, or any other technological field.

Amdavadis throng food festival at IIMA's new campus

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Publish in : daily.bhaskar.com on 17th Dec, 2011

Ahmedabad: How about having halasan made from ragi and date, handai made from juvar and makai flour, rabdi from millett and almonds? While majority of people would find it difficult even to imagine cooking such items, delicacies from traditional and almost extinct items were commonplce at Sattvik-2011 which started on Friday.

As Amdavadis, known for their fondness for food, thronged the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A)'s new campus, organizers SRISTI feted winners of a competition of traditional food organized on Thursday. The five women participants were Usha Jain, Heena Raval, Pravina Mehta, Bharti Soni and Jyoti Dholakia.

They made three-dhaan laddu, soup made from 7 bhaji, halvasan ade from raagi and date, khandvi from juvar and makai, millette, almond rabdi etc. Other participants were given certificates. In the food festival, children were given special areas to present their skills and citizen to share different recipes.

Sattvik-2011 has been organized by SRISTI and IIM-A. This is the 9th year of the food festival. This year, apart from traditional variety of food, different Indian states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan also have become part of the most anticipated food festival in Ahmedabad. Sattvik, which started on Friday, will continue till Sunday.

Visitors throng Sattvik-2011, explore organic food

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Publish in : timesofindia.com, on 17th Dec, 2011

AHMEDABAD: It was a confluence of hundreds of traditional food lovers at the new campus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad ( IIM-A) on Friday at the annual traditional food festival called Sattvik-2011. Organized by city based NGO, Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI) the event just got bigger with more participants and visitors this year.

Shirin Patel, a businessman from the city who was checking out the varieties of traditional and organic food presented by the various participants in the festival said, "Not only the quality of urban life is degrading but the quality of food is also going down along with it. Traditional and organic food is essential to stay healthy."

Patel who is also an organic food enthusiast said, "There is a great requirement for awareness about organic food and this event makes a big contribution towards it. I make sure that my family consumes only organic food and I come here every year to check new varieties of food."

Among the visitors to the fair were also housewives who were looking for new recipes. Alka Shah who was visiting the fair with her family and friends said, "I come to the festival to explore new varieties of food that I have never seen or eaten before. It is a very nice opportunity to learn cooking in traditional ways, and also, new recipes."

Nov 11: Dr APJ Abdul Kalam awards the IGNITE winners!

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Our former President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, gave away the awards to IGNITE 2011 competition awardees at IIM Ahmedabad on November 1, 2011. 25 children were selected from a total of 5000 entries for the competition from across the country!

"THERE IS A NATURE WITHIN" - PROF. ANIL GUPTA

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"Anil Gupta ist Dozent an der angesehensten Wirtschaftsuniversität Indiens. Sein Spezialgebiet: technische Innovationen. Die sucht er ausgerechnet dort, wo seine Kollegen nur Rückständigkeit und Hilflosigkeit vermuten - in den entlegensten Dörfern des Landes."

 

Awards await bright young innovators

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Publish in : DNA India on 16 Oct, 2011

An anti-molestation device for women to be worn on the wrist, a tool to help people with low vision and a helmet which doubles up as an ignition to start two-wheelers, are some of the many creative ideas that were short-listed for IGNITE 2011 awards. This contest, a brainchild of National Innovation Foundation (NIF), awards ideas and innovations put forth by school children. The contest was open from October 16, 2010 to September 10, 2011, and was warmly welcomed as the organisers received 4104 submissions from across the country.

The prizes to the winners will be awarded on November 11, at an event at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, to be attended by former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The award winning entries will also be exhibited here. The awarded ideas and innovations will be provided incubation support, including prototyping and patenting in the students’ names.

From Ahmedabad, students from FD High School for girls received consolation prize for designing a jacket that senses body temperature and blood pressure. Some other ideas that were conceived include healthy air machine and a medicine box with a reminder.

This contest is organised in association with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Society for Research and Initiatives in Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI), various State Education Boards and other partners.

SRISTI launches tech award for students

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Publish in : Times of india on 17 Oct, 2011

AHMEDABAD: After unearthing innovations from the remote nooks and corners of the country, Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI) will now recognize students for their outstanding project works aimed at bringing social change in the area of technology like engineering and pharmacy.

The city-based NGO, led by Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) professor Anil Gupta, has instituted an award titled 'SRISTI YUVA Yantriki Award' for technology students in the country this year. The selected students will get the awards at the hands of former president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam.

Awards await bright young innovators

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An anti-molestation device for women to be worn on the wrist, a tool to help people with low vision and a helmet which doubles up as an ignition to start two-wheelers, are some of the many creative ideas that were short-listed for IGNITE 2011 awards. This contest, a brainchild of National Innovation Foundation (NIF), awards ideas and innovations put forth by school children. The contest was open from October 16, 2010 to September 10, 2011, and was warmly welcomed as the organisers received 4104 submissions from across the country.

The prizes to the winners will be awarded on November 11, at an event at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, to be attended by former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The award winning entries will also be exhibited here. The awarded ideas and innovations will be provided incubation support, including prototyping and patenting in the students’ names.

From Ahmedabad, students from FD High School for girls received consolation prize for designing a jacket that senses body temperature and blood pressure. Some other ideas that were conceived include healthy air machine and a medicine box with a reminder.

This contest is organised in association with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Society for Research and Initiatives in Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI), various State Education Boards and other partners.

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