NEAR THE VILLAGE OF GADHA in northwestern India, the fields are full of cotton and corn. Sheep share the road with the occasional camel pulling a cart of produce, all moving slowly in the hot, dry air. In Gadha, however, Khimjibhai Kannadia is cultivating a unique crop: ideas that make people's lives better. And thanks to a nonprofit organization called the Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Innovations, or Sristi, the benefits will spread far beyond his village. Read More.....
GIAN received the National Award for Technology Business Incubation for the year 2003. It shares this honour with Dr Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Telecommunications and Computer Networks (TeNet) Group, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.
"Mansukhbhai Jagani is not your typical inventor. He dropped out of school at the age of 10 due to financial hardship. After working at the family farm in India's western state of Gujarat, he moved to Surat to work in the diamond-cutting industry there. At 18, Mr Jagani returned to his village without much hope for the future. But in the 22 years since, he has chalked up three inventions - a motorcycle-driven field cultivator, a seed-cum-fertiliser dispenser and a bicycle-mounted sprayer. The appeal of the products lies in their simplicity."