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Stolen Childhood: greatest robbery of this century

  There couldn’t be a more opportune moment for remembering millions of children who toil in cotton fields, brick making Bhatta, construction industry, roadside dhabas and restaurants and above all, houses of the the elites. Restoring Childhood ought to be the first priority of any civilised nation. Nobel peace prize to Mallala and Kailash satyarthi … Continue reading

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Stolen Childhood: greatest robbery of this century

There couldn’t be a more opportune moment for remembering millions of children who toil in cotton fields, brick making Bhatta, construction industry, roadside dhabas and restaurants and above all, houses of the the elites. Restoring Childhood ought to be the first priority of any civilized nation. Nobel peace prize to Mallala and Kailash satyarthi is … Continue reading

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MOM to Mars: will mangalayan make life of ‘mangli’ girl better?

The entire country celebrated the unique achievement of Indian space scientists when in the first attempt, the Mangalayan reached the orbit of Mars. Naturally, the celebration was much deserved. However, every time our public sector scientists achieve extraordinary results without any extra bonus, monetary incentives, or accelerated promotions, a question arises as to how much … Continue reading

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Why Indo-China cooperation is a historical necessity for the Global Good?

Why is China so keen to build durable, economic and political relations with India and vice versa is a question everybody is asking in both the countries. Unfortunately, most people tend to see Indo-China relationship through simplistic lens of friends and foes, East and West and big and small. There is a very large constituency … Continue reading

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Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: building upon past mistakes

An extremely appreciable focus on providing toilet in every school can be a game changing intervention for improving public sanitation and in directly for educational enrollment and retention, particularly of girls. I also admire the impatience with which central government has started action already through MHRD. However, it will do no harm if the planners will read a report on … Continue reading

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Macrophage-specific Targeting Of Mannose-functionalized Biodegradable Polymeric Nanoparticles Of Some Anti-leishmanial Drugs- Development Optimization And Efficacy Evaluation

Pramila Chaubey Supervisor: Prof. Brahmeshwar Mishra Indian Institute Of Technology (bhu), Varanasi Macrophage targeted mannosylated chitosan nanoparticles (mCNPs) of two Anti-leishmanial drugs (ALDs) Rifampicin (RIF) and Curcumin (CUR) using circumscribed central composite factorial design (CCD) were developed. Antileishmanial activity was assessed in vitro using a macrophage (J774A.1 cell line) model of Leishmania donovani infection and … Continue reading

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A tribute to inspired teachers

Every year India honors school teachers for their outstanding contribution based on their applications. Should any teacher really be applying for such honors? Shouldn’t it be the responsibility of parents, fellow teachers, educational administrators and others to nominate such outstanding teachers who go beyond the call of duty and nurture the curiosity of the children … Continue reading

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Sustaining Frugal green innovations: a new paradigm of empathetic and evocative ecosystem

Frugality is not just about affordability. Even i had not stressed enough about circularity ( that is, cradle to cradle approach of not developing a waste oriented economy) in my earlier talks and writings. Though it has been a core issue in the Honey Bee Network philosophy for the last twenty five years through a … Continue reading

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Theory of green grassroots frugal innovations

  There has been a considerable confusion created by many scholars who have not used the terms carefully and therefore, have made the task of cumulation of knowledge difficult. Honey Bee Network has used the term grassroots innovations for last 25 years in a particular context of informal sector. For the growth of knowledge, comparative … Continue reading

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How to learn from creative communities and innovators

    welcome beginning, I only wish that this quest will build upon 25 year old quest #honey #bee #network pioneered through #shodhyatras, shodh sankals, survey of innovations through summer search through young students, patent reviews etc., Later National innovation Foundation Chaired by Dr R A Mashelkar has given a much wider platform to such … Continue reading

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BRICS by Bricks: need for new values and ethos for BRICS development bank

Recent agreement, among BRICS nations [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] to develop a new development finance institution is a highly welcome step. A unipolar world needed very badly a new pole. India has the opportunity as the head of the new institution to create new standards of transparency, accountability, participation, democracy and empathy. … Continue reading

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Scaling up grassroots innovation to millions: China Innovation Network, partner of HBN at TUFE shows the way

Just returned from china, met some very interesting example of partnership between informal sector grassroots innovator like liu (who failed three times in scaling up his innovations, or maturing them) and then got in touch through local administration with Zhu, an entrepreneur. Now this briquette stove will be scaled up to 20k per month and … Continue reading

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Sustaining Frugal green innovations: a new paradigm of empathetic and evocative ecosystem

Frugality is not just about affordability. Even I had not stressed enough about circularity (that is, cradle to cradle approach of not developing a waste oriented economy) in my earlier talks and writings. It has of course been a core issue in the Honey Bee Network philosophy for the last twenty five years through a … Continue reading

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BRICKS by brick: an emerging new pole in the unipolar world

Recent agreement, among BRICS nations [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] to develop a new development finance institution is a highly welcome step. A unipolar world needed very badly a new pole. India has the opportunity as the head of the new institution to create new standards of transparency, accountability, participation, democracy and empathy. … Continue reading

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Making budget more responsive to the aspirations of the youth

There have been several welcome announcements in the budget that deserve appreciation, even if some of them are symbolic and segmented. For instance, the venture capital fund for MSME, district level incubation and accelerator program, start up village entrepreneurship program for rural youth, technology research center network to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and agro industry, national … Continue reading

Redirecting development: Some Lessons from 33rd Shodhyatra
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Redirecting development: Some Lessons from 33rd Shodhyatra

Walking through the villages in Mahendragadh district, Haryana was very reassuring in certain aspects and bewildering in other. We did not come across even a single malnourished child in the villages during the walk. How could it happen when many other states and regions of Haryana itself have rampant malnutrition? The credit goes to the … Continue reading

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Ahmedabad Declaration issued on the concluding day of ICCIG 2, IIMA dec 2012: a plea for giving voice, visibility and value-add to the creativity and innovation at grassroots

Grassroots innovations evolve in response to local problems but not always the ones faced by the innovators themselves. Many times, third party problems inspire the innovators to attempt solutions. Thus, these unaided, self-triggered and self-inspired solutions underlie the pursuit of inclusive development by the Honey Bee Network during the last twenty-four years. The International Conference … Continue reading

Fabrication Of Stable Liquid Crystal Based Biosensor
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Fabrication Of Stable Liquid Crystal Based Biosensor

Arun Prakash Upadhyay, Prasenjit Sadhukhan Supervisor: Dr. Sri Sivakumar Indian Institute Of Technology, Kanpur High sensitivity of Liquid Crystalline (LC) materials make them important constituent in bio/chemical sensors, micro fluidics chips, interfacial and optoelectronics applications. The performance and efficiency of LCs based devices relies mainly on sensitivity of LCs to molecular events, orientation of LCs, … Continue reading

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Third International Conference on Creativity and Innovations at Grassroots [ICCIG], January 15-19, 2015 Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

The last date for submission of abstracts and final proposals is September 30, 2014; Full paper/posters/plan for a performance expected by Nov 30, 2014. Please share this announcement with others in your professional and social network… Continue reading

Dr RA Mashelkar’s address to students at the GYTI 2014 Awards
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Dr RA Mashelkar’s address to students at the GYTI 2014 Awards

Look at Yerwada jail in Pune, which has about 3600 inmates. They have to make around 10000 chapathis or rotis for lunch and the same number for dinner. They apparently had a dough-making machine. A convicted inmate was very innovative, saw the process in practice then and he was not happy: Machine wasn’t working well, it was not mixing dough well and quality of rotis was not good. With his innovation, the quality and speed improved. You know, I used to talk so much about the importance of Indians patenting their inventions, that people used to refer to me as ‘patentkar’, rather than as ‘Mashelkar’. This had been known to these inmates also. So they went to the Superintendent and said some Mashelkar talks about patenting, whenever we have a new idea. So we wnt to patent this. Can we take a patent on this?’ I am told that a pune patent attorney Mr Ponkshe, who is no more, helped them! A jail inmate innovating, can one imagine! Continue reading

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Discourse, democracy and debate: Are we getting what we deserve?

The popular adage is that people get the government they deserve. I am not sure that the current tenor of the electoral discourse is either dignified or graceful. We surely deserve better. If there was a debate on the quality of education in government and municipal schools, poor people could then choose whose prescription would … Continue reading

Endeavor of Honey Bee Network
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Endeavor of Honey Bee Network

Honey Bee Network, a new social movement pioneered open innovation culture much before the term became popular. For the last twenty five years, it has been at vanguard of protecting the knowledge, and resources rights of knowledge rich-economically poor people. It aims at i) cross-pollination of ideas, promoting lateral learning among creative individuals and communities, ii) … Continue reading

Workshop with Grassroots Innovators at IIMA
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Workshop with Grassroots Innovators at IIMA

A workshop on Grassroots Innovation was held at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) on March 15, 2013, where Riya Sinha Chokkakula, a senior member of the Honey Bee Network and a doctoral student, presented her findings to the innovators from whom she had collected data for her doctoral research. Innovators and derivative innovators of … Continue reading

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Will new budget support creative communities and young inventors?

The entrepreneurship and people’s knowledge are two themes, which recur repeatedly in the manifesto of the ruling party. And yet, there has not been any declaration in this regard so far. May be, a considered view is being taken to tap the enormous creative and innovative potential of Indian society at different levels in formal … Continue reading