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When T Chris Ananth, a Class I student of Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu, came up with the idea of a vacuum cleaner-like device in a shoe that could suck dust as the person wearing them walked, his idea wasn’t laughed off as baby talk. Instead, it was complemented for ingenuity. “We gave Ananth the IGNITE award in 2010 for this conceptual leap, got the shoe fabricated, a crude prototype, and also filed a patent in his name,” informs Anil Gupta, executive vice-chairman of National Innovation Foundation (NIF), a government-funded yet autonomous scientific society that reaches out to innovators.

Technology transfer for Sugarcane Juice Extractor by Bachubhai Thesia

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Mr Kirankumar Mohanlal Panchal , entrepreneur from Ahmedabad, bought the non exclusive manufacturing and marketing rights @ Rs.21000/- + 3% royalty for Bachubhai Thesia’s innovation, the Sugarcane Juice Extractor. Bachubhai from Jamnagar, Gujarat, also agreed and in his presence, NIF executed the agreement today on 30th October 2012.

Bachu Bhai, an inventor as well as innovator has many innovations – agricultural and electronics product – in his kitty. His reputation as a serial innovator has spread far and wide and it holds true for fact that hard work always pays off. Inventing, for him, is the necessity to keep him going and has become a way of life. We can call him a second-generation innovator, who heard the need of the market and started experimentation. His efforts have successfully treaded the path for a new machine, the Sugarcane Juice Extractor.

Innovation foundation honours bright minds at SRISTI awards

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Chairperson of the National Innovation Foundation (NIF), India, RA Mashelkar on Thursday presented the 'Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award' at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA).

"Vaishnav jan to tene re kahiye je, peed parayi jane re," is the opening line of Mahatma Gandhi's favourite song. On similar lines, the Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI) awarded bright minds who have solved people's problems through their innovations.

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 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 []

NGO to reward tech innovations

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Publish in 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 : 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 :, 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!


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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."


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