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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.

Sattvik food festival set to celebrate ethnic food

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AHMEDABAD: As 2016 draws to a close, the city braces itself for a healthy-yet-sumptuous treat for its taste buds at the 'Sattvik Food Festival'.

SRISTI has been organizing the festival for the past fourteen years; striving to make food healthier with every passing year. Among a host of delicacies on offer from all the states, Jammu and Kashmir is expected to lead the show with six stalls on the state's delectable food items like the 'Kashmiri Walnut', Kesar (Saffron) and the famous 'Kahwah' (Kashmiri green tea).

Sattvik food fest moves from under IIMA's shadow

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Annual food festival that begins on Dec 24 grows larger with 200 stalls, organiser SRISTI shifts venue to `spacious' AES ground on Bodakdev; move will de-link it from IIMA, where it was traditionally hosted, and let it flourish on its own merit

It's December and Amdavadis are eagerly awaiting the annual Sattvik food festi val. The three-day festival begins on December 24 but this time, it has a new venue. The traditional food fest, which used to be held on the grounds of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad till last year, will be held at AES Ground in Bodakdev.

Class 6 boy takes on EVM looting, wins Abdul Kalam Ignite Award

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Roshan Sori came up an idea for a software to instantaneously register a vote given through an electronic voting machine with the authorities.

A 13-year-old boy from a Maoist violence-affected district of Chhattisgarh has won the prestigious APJ Abdul Kalam Ignite Award for suggesting an idea for a software to instantaneously register a vote given through an electronic voting machine with the authorities.

Roshan Sori, a Class 6th student of Sukma district, came upon the idea after reading in the newspapers that Maoist rebels often loot EVMs on the way to counting centres, causing long delays and spiraling costs in the poll process. His parents are small farmers.

GTU tops list of Gandhian Young Technology Innovation awards

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Summary: AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat Technological University (GTU) has received around 15 Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award. The efforts and processes developed at GTU Innovation Council have inspired many universities, states and national policy makers to try similar efforts. The GTU, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur teams have bagged the highest 15 GYTI awards each and has topped the list of Universities.The GYTI awards are given away by the Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI) every year to foster youth-driven innovations. GYTI is a pan India competition which receives more than 2000 innovation entries every year from Universities and Institutes. GTU is planning to start India's largest start up Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to foster innovation.

Entries invited for competition for young innovators

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School or college students who have made technological innovations to solve any social or industrial problem now have a chance to win an award for their achievements.

Entries are invited for Gandhian Young Technological Innovations awards from current or former students for providing innovative technological solutions in the field of engineering, science, biotechnology or medical sciences.

The awards will be presented by President Pranab Mukherjee in March 2017 on the occasion of 'Festival of Innovations (FOIN)' at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Students can apply at gyti.Techpedia.In and the last date of application is November 30. Applicants should be under 35 years of age.

PRESIDENT OF INDIA RELEASES BOOK ABOUT INNOVATION WRITTEN BY IIM-A PROFESSOR

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New Delhi: The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received a copy of book ‘Grassroots Innovation’ authored by Prof. Anil K. Gupta of IIM Ahmedabad who is also the Vice Chairman, National Innovation Foundation at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (August 2, 2016).

Speaking on the occasion, the President congratulated Prof. Anil K. Gupta said that he was deeply appreciative of his efforts and painstaking work about the innate creativity and innovative potential of our people. He stated that Dr. Gupta’s book was about stories of extraordinary men and women who are silently contributing in the innovation movement for the economic development and advancement of society.

Dissemination of frugal methods needed for innovative India

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farmer-epaFarmers in Jalgaon district of Maharashtra grow okra as border plantation to their cotton crops and have successfully managed to control the pest menace by using the traditional practise of burying the okra in the ground, says Prof Anil K Gupta.

Gupta, who teaches at the IIM-Ahmedabad and the founder of the National Innovation Foundation details such grassroot innovations in his new book 'Grassroots Innovation: Minds on the Margin are not Marginal Minds.' (Penguin Random House India)

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