Understanding the tremendous potentiality of information and communication technology in furthering the cause of traditional knowledge and grassroots innovations, SRISTI has initiated a number of activities to network innovators, investors and entrepreneurs and facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and information pertaining to grassroots creativity. 


Grassroots innovations are innovations that emerge from local traditional and informal knowledge systems, with or without blending with formal knowledge. Grassroots innovation has yet to be fully understood or exploited in China and India. This grant will support a detailed study of grassroots innovation in the context of national innovation systems in the two countries.


Sristi and ILO have taken series of joint initiatives to find alternative solutions for eliminating child labour. Bringing technology interventions for cracking this persistent challenge has been first of its kind by now. Techpedia.in teams and other stakeholders have arranged different methodologies including a summer school program involving technical students for designing innovative solutions for eliminating child labour or increasing the productivity of adult labour.


The Pune International Centre (PIC) organises a National Conference on Social Innovation (NCSI) every year on the 17th of November at the Yashwantrao Chavan Academy for Development Administration (YASHADA), Baner.


The salient features of this agreement are to expand the funnel for early stage student led ideas and innovations,  sometimes only at proof of concept level, for recognition and further development in the field of medical devices, diagnostics and biotech applications for meeting unmet social needs in extremely frugal and potentially sustainable manner. 

BIRAC-SRISTI GYTI Awards and BIRAC-SRISTI Appreciation Awards were instituted under this Agreement.

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In 2013, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with SRISTI initiated a program aimed at replicating the Indian success in the adoption of frugal grassroots innovations for farm mechanization in Kenya. 

Under this program, three types of low-cost mechanization and processing equipment to Kenya viz the Bullet Santi, Multipurpose Food Processing Machine and the Seed and Fertilizer Dibbler were selected for technology transfer to Kenya.

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Cooperation between SRISTI and ZEF (Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung/ Center for Development Research) was signed in 2017 under the  project “Program of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation (PARI)”, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Under this project SRISTI was tasked with carrying  out the following  tasks