BIIS: Invitation for technology students to work on grassroots innovations


SRISTI in collaboration with BIRAC (Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India) is organizing two three-week BIIS (Biotech Innovation Ignition School) for validating, value adding and product development around grassroots innovations. The BIIS will also take up a few cases of developing solutions for grassroots applications for human, animals, and agricultural applications including herbal technologies, medical devices and microbial solutions. First BIIS will be held in Ahmedabad, December, 9-29, 2017 and second in Feb, 2018. Currently, we are in the process of talks with the universities in the region for further collaboration in this event.

During BIIS, the selected students will be assigned individual projects in primarily three action-research areas drawing upon mainly Honey Bee Network Database :-

  1. Pharmacognosy /Phytochemistry - SRISTI’s Grassroots database contains many traditional knowledge practices as well contemporary innovations from across the country. These projects would involve validation/value addition to these practices. A few of these practices are presented here-
  2. Microbiology-SRISTI has a Microbial Bank containing 8000+ organisms (bacteria, fungi, and actinomycetes) isolated from the soil samples collected in Shodh Yatras from different parts of the country ( An extensive study of screening these isolated microbes for novelty and their potential human, animal, and agricultural benefits would be conducted.
  3. Medical devices- Value addition/product development of any of the open source projects listed on our summer school website ( ) regarding medical devices for human and animal health care.

The abstracts along with the objective of the projects will be shared with the selected students one week before the start of the BIIS. The participants would be expected to develop a project proposal and associated work plan. These students would receive an expert feedback on their proposals from the reviewers on the first day of the workshop. These students will also receive hands-on training in various techniques of microbiology, extraction procedures, and using various lab equipment (AAS, HPTLC, HPLC etc.) as per the need of the project in the first week of the event. The Faculty from the institutions of participants can also be associated with their projects as external supervisors. At least ten of the outstanding selected projects from BIIS would further receive a research grant of Rs.1 lac to take their projects into subsequent stages of product development.

Students are invited to participate in this initiative of SRISTI-BIRAC by sending their resumes at The BIIS will cover boarding and lodging cost. Most of all, students would get an invaluable opportunity to interact with both national and international experts as well as grassroots practioners/innovators in their respective fields.

Last date to send your resumes for BIIS is 4th December, 2017.

Kindly email at or call at 922 776 1140 for further queries.

Grassroots practices for BIIS for human and animal applications

SN Innovation ID Innovator name Address Diseases Plant Part Practice Detail Expectation
1 SY_Goa Narayan Ganesh Gaonkar Village Bonomal , Molem, South Goa, Goa Dysentery in humans Leaves Use  tendre leaves of ‘X’, ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ in  equal amount and pounded together  for dysentery.  The paste is taken twice a day till cure

Practice validation

Honey Bee, 17(3):15, 2006

Nachi Muthu Gounder
Diarrhea in animal
Nachi Muthu Gounder has developed a new practice to treat animals suffering from diarrhea. He prepares a mixture of a handful of plant ‘X’, ‘Y’and two ‘Z’. He puts the mixture in hot water and later boils it. Giving this decoction (orally) only once to the affected animal cures diarrhea. 

Practice validation
3 DTP0010000008059 Virjibhai Rathod Pall, Megharj, Sabarkatha Dysentery in animals
Use of plant ‘X’ and 'Y’ to cure dysentery in sheep and goat Practice validation

NIF0050000003271 Champabhai Damor Vejma, Po. Matariya, Dysentery in animals Bark Use bark of ‘X’, ‘Y’,’Z’, ‘A’ and ‘B’ to cure diarrhea in animals

Practice validation
5 SS/16/262 Nathupuri H Gauswami Village: Mumanvas, Taluka: Satlasan, District: Mahesana Eczema Leaves Take Juice of 2 leaves of ‘X’ and mixed with ash of UTENSIL. Prepare paste and appliesy on effected area up to 5 to 7 days.
Practice validation

Sixth Competition , J&K
Firdousa Bahsir J&K Ring worm Stem Extract the juice of plant ‘X’ from stem and filtrate it and then use it for ring worm diseases

Practice validation
7 NIF0050000003943 Labhubhai Laljibhai Ramani

Village: Vanda,


Eczema Leaves , latex Fresh leaves of ‘X’ are collected and crushed for extraction of leaf juice and latex of ‘Y’. Take both of equal volume and mixture of this stored in a separated container. It applied on the skin for three to four days

Practice validation
8 NIF0050000008219 Chothabhai Bijalbhai Patel Village: Po. Motizari, near bus stop, Taluka: Devgadh baria, District: Dahod Eczema/skin disease Seed

Collection of a palm of ‘X’ seeds, pounded and a handful of ‘Y’ flower chopped into small pieces boil into one cup of buttermilk. Cool it and applied on affected area.

Practice validation
9 Sixth Competition

Ghulam Ahmad Mir

J&K Pyorrhea

Stem Plant ‘X’ stem is used as toothbrush to cure

Practice validation
10 Latest HBN SEVA D. Chandrakasan S/o Duraikannu,
Pillayarkoil near,
Kurungudi East steet,
Kattumannar koil
Mastitis Leaves Leaves of Plant ‘X’ 100gm are to be grand well and applied both externally and also small bolus is administered orally.

Practice validation
11 Tenth Competition Kejinba;
Sezi stm
Nagaland gastric complaints Flower The flower juice of Plant ‘X’ is taken for gastric complaints

Product development
12 SS/16/275; NIF0050000003360,NIF0050000009581, NIF0050000008933, NIF0050000009163, Prajapati Motibhai Gokabhai; Rajabhai Rajnabhai Patel;Madhabhai Rudabhai Chauhan;
Lakhmanbhai Ramjibhai Parmar;Dahyabhai Charubhai Katara
Village:Mumanvas Mahesana(8140867229),
Village: Matoda, Taluka Khedbrhma, Sabarkatha
Village: Mavasri, Vav, Banaskatha; Village:Munsivada, Megharaj, Sabarkatha; Village: Simbalwada, Dungarpur

Plant “X” used for eczema cure

Product development
13 NIF0050000004438; NIF0050000007812; NIF0050000006578;   NIF0050000009938;   Anandbhai Bhindia;Vaghabhai Damor; Ahmedabapu;Rameshbhai Thakor Village: Sagarpara,Bhavnagar; Village: Bhesola, Dungarpur; Village: Chandrapur, Rajkot;Village: Samoda, Patan Eczema Creeper Plant “X” used for eczema cure

Product development
14 NIF0050000006393;  NIF0050000004912

Vishnubhai Patel; Parvatiben Patel, Village: Harkhjinamuvad, Gandhinagar; Village: Malanpur, Bharuch; Eczema Fruit skin, Plant “X” used for eczema cure

Product development
15 NIF0050000006578;
Ahmedabapu; Ramajibhemaji Parmar Village: Chandrapur, Rajkot; Village: Munsivada, Sabarkatha Eczema Leaves,
Plant “X” used for eczema cure

Product development
16 NIF0050000004581;   Kheda-15/29 Lakhamanbhai Ninama; Budhabhai Chauhan Village: Ramad, Sabarkatha; Village: Soneri, Kheda Eczema Fruit,
Fruit Ash
Plant “X” used for eczema cure

Product development

Grassroots Practices for BIIS for agricultural applications

SN Innovation ID Innovator name Address Diseases Plant Part Practice Detail Expectation
1 NIF004000000890 Ramajibhai  Harjibhai  Desai Village:  Devmogra, Taluka: Sagbara, District:  Narmada Caterpillar control Seed Use of ‘X’ flour for control of caterpillar in castor(10 days, 20 days, 30 days) .

Validation/product development  
2 Honey Bee:10(1) 14, 1999; SY-5(Gujarat-Rajasthan)

Ramesh Taviyal; Ramanbhai Saburbhai Pandor

Leaf curl
Certain vegetables like chilli (Capsicum annuum), brinjal (Solanum melongena) and spices like black pepper (Piper nigrum) experience fruit and flower abscission and leaf curling. This disease occurs due to extreme cold and particularly so in the months of November and December. To control this phenomenon, ‘X’ is sprinkled on the plant using a pump sprayer. The results are visible in a week’s time.

Validation/ Product development
3 SS16/360 Shankarbhai K Chauhan Village: Rohitvas,chotia, Taluka: Kheralu, District: Mahesana

Pest control Leaves Shankarbhai K Chauhan, prepares a herbal formulation for pest that acttack cotton. He use 2kg of 2kg of ‘X’ leaves and 2kg of   ‘ Y’leaves. The ingredients are mixed and put in pot. Five liter of water is added and the pot is buried. After somedays of fermentation, 500ml of this extract is mixed with 15 liters of water and sprayed over the cotton crop, twice in 15 days.

Validation/Product devlopment
5 Honey Bee, 5(4):16, 1994 Bavubhai Aapabhai Vaghoshi Bhavnagar Pest control Leaves Certain larvae attack the cotton during monsoon when crop is around 30 to 40 days old. To prevent it, local farmers use a decoction of a plant locally known as ‘X’. The leaves are crushed, boiled in water and the decoction is filtered. Approximately 200 ml filtrate is added in 15 litres water and sprayed over the crop. About five pumps of spray are needed for one vigha (0.16 ha) of land each time. Since he was trying out the method for the first time, Buvabhai tested it on a few plants in a small portion of the field and studied its effect on the crop as well as its effectivity over the pest. After verifying its effects, he continued spraying the same over the entire field at intervals of one week till larva was eliminated.

Validation/Product devlopment
6 500 practices Kantibhai Nathabhai Vanakar Village: Dhamaniya, Post: Hathivan, Taluka:Lunavada, District: Panchmahal Heliothis control Fruit,  rhizome Take 1 kg of juice of ‘X’ fruit and 100gm of ‘Y’ rhizome. This extract is mixed in 15 litres of water and the solution is sprinkled over crops.

Validation/Product devlopment
7 Tenth Competition, Nagaland

Community Knowledge Holongaba, Longkhim, Tuensang Pest control Leaves The leaves of dukha ‘X’ pounded and crushed and juice is mixed in water and spray on the crop to control the pests.

Validation/Product devlopment
8 Honey Bee: 11(3)10, 2000; Sy-8th Bhikampura to Nilkanth Gadh (Rajasthan); Honey bee 23(4) & 24(1) 30, 2013 Kantibhai Nathabhai Vankar,; Mulchand Meena, Shri Janakkumar Vrajlal Chauhan

Community knowledge
Shri Banidan Mavjibhai Gadhvi
Shri Arkhiben Mithabhai Vanakar
Shri Ranabhai Gigabhai Kamaliya
Shri Rajanikant Keshabhai Patel
Shri Ahemadbhai Daudbhai
Shri Gemalsingh Rana
Shri Karshanbhai Manajibhai
Dhamniya, Lunavada Taluka, Panchmahal; Alwar Heliothis; Sucking pest control; Leaf curl

Seed Plant ‘X’ seeds are soaked in water one day, two day and three days. Next day crush it and mix with 1 litre milk and water, sprinkled over the crops in one bigha. Its mix with ‘Y’ and ‘Z’

Validation/Product devlopment
9 Nif0050000004854, Jaivik 5th addition/page no. 40 Surmaji Ditaji Damor, Mu Navada Taluka- Bhiloda, Dist.- Sabarkantha

Community knowledge,Shri Muljibhai Patel Shri K. Chellamuthu
Shri Sankara lingam
Shri R Venkatasubbu
Shri P. Muthusamy
Aphids/ white fly - Leaves Crush 2 kg leaves of white PLANT ‘X’ and add 5 liter of water. Put this mixture inside pot and allow it to settle. After some time, remove mixture and filter it. Then fill this solution with ‘Y’ inside pump and spray it. Apply once at 15th day’s interval.

Validation/Product devlopment
10 RAJNIKANT Rajnikant Vadodara Aphids, White Fly & Heliothis Leaves Take 3 kg tender leaves of PLANT
‘X’ ;, add 20 litre water. Boil it for three to four hours till the water remains 5
litre. Let it be cool then filter and use 75 to 80 ml extract in a pump (15 L) to overcome Aphids, Jassid and White fly.
PLANT ‘X’;extract should not be more
than 80 ml otherwise flower shedding may occur. Plant ‘X’ mixed with ‘Y’.

Validation/Product devlopment
11 SY-6th Mohandari
to Dhulda
Sucking Pest Fruit About 2 kg leaves of PLANT ‘X' are crushed and boiled in 5 litres water till half the volume is vaporised. Resulted suspension is filtered through cotton cloth/funnel. About 500 ml. of extract is mixed with 10 litres water and sprinkled over the crops. Repeat after 2-3 days. Plant ‘X’ mixed with ‘Y’.

Validation/Product devlopment
12 SY-6th Mohandari to Dhulda (Gujarat-Maharashtra) December,2000 Pandarnath Laxmanbhai Pawar, Chankapur, Kalvan, Nasik Leaf curl Leaves About 2 kg leaves of PLANT ‘X’ are crushed and boiled in 5 litres water till half the volume is vaporised. Resulted suspension is filtered through cotton cloth/funnel. About 500 ml. of extract is mixed with 10 litres water and sprinkled over the crops. Repeat after 2-3 days. Plant ‘X’ mixed with ‘Y’

Validation/Product devlopment
13 SY-5, Gujarat-Rajasthan, 2000 Shankarbhai Kasana To Koba Leaf curl Leaves Take 4kg of plant ‘X’ tender leaves are crushed. About 1kg extracts spray over the crop.  Plant ‘X’ mixed with ‘Y’

Validation/Product devlopment

BIIS Participant List

SN Name Institution/University State
1 Akshay Parmar Gujarat University Gujarat
2 Ms. Bhagwati Moglappa Gauni Gujarat Vidyapith, Sadra Gujarat
3 Mohamed Imdhiyas A Anna University Tamil Nadu
4 REYAZ HASSAN MIR NIPER, Rae Bareli, U.P Uttar Pradesh
5 Weekar Younus Raja University of Kashmir Jammu Kashmir
6 SOLANKI JEEGNA PRAVINBHAI Sardar Patel University Gujarat
7 Mohammad Asif Sheikh Damhal Kashmir university Jammu Kashmir
8 Savaliya komal kantibhai Sardar Patel University Gujarat

10 Bijal Chauhan Gujarat Vidyapeeth Gujarat
11 SAURAV ROY KiiT School of biotechnology,KiiT

12 KHURSHEED AHMAD SHEIKH University of Kashmir Jammu Kashmir
13 Divya Gupta Shri A. N. Patel PG & Research Institute,Anand Gujarat
14 POOJA SUNIL PATEL Shri A. N. Patel PG & Research Institute,Anand Gujarat
15 Pandey Priti Shri A. N. Patel PG & Research Institute,Anand Gujarat
16 DIVYA Y. KYADA Shri A. N. Patel PG & Research Institute,Anand Gujarat
17 Ishfaq Ahmad Thoker University of Kashmir , Srinagar Jammu Kashmir
18 Mr. Mahavirsinh jadeja kachh, gujarat Gujarat
19 Vijay Vardhan Pandey Forest Research Institute, Dehradun Uttarakhand
20 janani palanisamy PSG College Of Pharmacy, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu
21 SHAGUN SHUKLA Jaypee Institute of Information &

Uttar Pradesh
22 ELDHOSE JOSE PSG College of Pharmacy , Coimbatore Tamil Nadu
23 Ivy Bhattacharya Department of Bio-Sciences and

Bio-Engineering (BSBE), Indian

Institute of Technology Bombay
24 SONAM GUPTA Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, Uttarakhand
25 SHILPA SONI  Academy for Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, Chandigarh. Chhattisgarh
26 POOJA PACHUREKAR                                                                     Pharmacognosy and Bionanotechnology, Gurughasidas Central University, Bilaspur (CG). Chhattisgarh
27 KIRAN KUMAR GALI Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati Assam
28 Tamajit Datta                                   Sathyabama university, Tami nadu Tamil Nadu
29 KOUSHANI DAS Indian Institute Of Technology, Kanpur Uttar Pradesh
30 HARYANTH VAMAN.R Anna University Tamil Nadu
31 Shipra Pandey CSIR-NBRI, Lucknow  Uttar Pradesh
32 POONKUNDRAN S Indian Institute of Technology - Kanpur Uttar Pradesh
33 Raval Vishakha Shri A. N. Patel PG & Research Institute,Anand Gujarat
34 MARGIE NILESHBHAI PATEL Shri A. N. Patel PG & Research Institute,Anand Gujarat
36 MADHAVAN YASASVE Sree Sastha Institute of Biotechnology Engineering and Technology, Anna University Tamil Nadu
37 MIHIKAA JAIN Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur Uttar Pradesh
38 TINKU  Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi. Haryana
39 KHALID NABI University of Kashmir, Srinagar Jammu Kashmir
40 Sneha Shah Ahmedabad University Gujarat
41 baljit singh Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), Chennai Chandigarh
42 Pramathadhip Calcutta University West Bengal
43 Rashmi Dehariya Gurughasidas central university Chhattisgarh
44 Rushvi shah L.J. Institute Of Science And Technology Gujarat
45 Ahsan Ullaha Bhat University of Kashmir, Srinagar Jammu Kashmir
46 Bhatt Saumil R. L.J. Institute Of Science And Technology Gujarat
47 YADAV VIJENDRA M. L.J. Institute Of Science And Technology Gujarat

BIIS (Biotech Innovation Ignition School)

09th-29th December,2017

Venue- L.J Group of Institutes LJ Campus, Between Kataria Motors & Sanand-Sarkhej Circle, S.G. Road, Ahmedabad - 382210

December 9, 2017 Saturday
10:00-10:20 Welcome speech by Dr. Vipin Kumar, Director, National Innovation Foundation (NIF), Ahmedabad, India
10:20-10:30 Inauguration by successful grassroots innovator Shri. Ramaji Bhimaji Parmar
10:30-11:00 Introduction session by Prof Anil K Gupta, Founder-Honey Bee Network, Coordinator-SRISTI, GIAN, & EVC, NIF
Visiting faculty-IIMA
11:00-11:15 Dr. Manish Shah, Vice President, L.J group of Colleges, Ahmedabad, India
11:15-11:30 Dr. Vivek Tanavde, Associate Professor,Ahmedabad University,Ahmedabad, India.
11:30-11:45 Dr. C. J Shishoo, Professor, B V Patel PERD Centre, Ahmedabad, India
11:45-12:00 Dr. Mamta Shah, LM College of Pharmacy, Ahmedabad, India
12:00-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-14:30 Prof Anil K Gupta, Honeybee Overview
14:30-15:15 Dr. S.R Dave Gujarat University, Ahmedabad
15:15-16:00 Dr. Viral Shukla, H.O.D, Microbiology, L.J Group of Institutes, Ahmedabad
16:00-16:20 High Tea
16:20-18:00 Introduction of students and interaction with faculty Queries regarding proposals