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Dissemination of frugal methods needed for innovative India
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Dissemination of frugal methods needed for innovative India

Farmers in Jalgaon district of Maharashtra grow okra as border plantation to their cotton crops and have successfully managed to control the pest menace by using the traditional practise of burying the okra in the ground, says Prof Anil K Gupta. Gupta, who teaches at the IIM-Ahmedabad and the founder of the National Innovation Foundation … Continue reading

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Scaling up social innovations/technologies: cook in cast iron vessel to overcome anemia

The desire for  reforms and policy redesign at much faster pace than is the case just now is growing in society. The impatience with inertia is a good sign and public policy makers must take that as a positive sign. Without a set of demanding clients, no institution can pursue continuous innovation. How to institutionalise … Continue reading

frugal innovations / ISRO

Twenty satellites in one launch: how does India make breakthroughs in space

I am just returning from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota from where India injected twenty satellites in a single launch at an extremely low cost. While interacting with scientists, visitors from IITs and other top institutions,   and young engineers, I tried to understand their motivation for persistent excellence. I also wanted understand the roots of … Continue reading

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Grassroots Innovation: Minds On the Margin Are Not Marginal Minds

A moral dilemma gripped Professor Gupta when he was invited by the Bangladeshi government to help restructure their agricultural sector in 1985. He noticed how the marginalized farmers were being paid poorly for their otherwise unmatched knowledge. The gross injustice of this constant imbalance led Professor Gupta to found what would turn into a resounding … Continue reading