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Rich in Ideas - Grassroots Creativity - International Herald Tribune

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Why are many approaches to social and economic development proving inadequate in developing countries? The elite in these countries often fail to recognize and build upon one important resource the knowledge of the poor. In India, the Honey Bee network, run by the Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI),champions a new paradigm for development that combines the

Padma Shri award conferred

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Prof. Anil K. Gupta was awarded the Padma Shri, a national civilian award, by the Hon'ble President of India during a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan on June30, 2004 for distinguished achievements in the field of management education....More Details

GIAN bags prestigious National Award for Technology Business Incubation

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Mahesh Patel, manager-projects, GIAN (right) and Chintan Shiban Bakshi, chief innovation manager, GIAN, receiving the award from the president

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.

GRASSROOTS INNOVATIONS FOR SURVIVAL

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"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."

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