Awards / Creativity / Innovation / social innovation / Start-ups / Uncategorized

Devesh Patel for outstanding grassroots innovation- Ginger and Turmeric processing machine that delivers value-addition, reduction of drudgery and cost effectiveness for consumers.

Educated in Bachelor of Computer Application (B.C.A.), Devesh Rameshbhai Patel left his profession to become a full-time farmer growing Ginger, Turmeric, Potato, chips potato Yam, Elephant Foot yam, (suran) sorghum, wheat, maze(popcorn verity) and adding value to them by processing it before exporting them to international markets. Instead of traditional farming, he chose innovative farming … Continue reading

Art Culture Society / Creativity / policy / social innovation / Start-ups / technology

Menstruation: a curiosity gone astray

Conversation about menstruation, despite  very ably made film, Padman has not yet started in the right earnest. I am not sure how many parents have talked to their children around the dining table (if they have one) or in the chuaka, the cooking place about why biological processes are dirty or polluting per se. We … Continue reading

Entrepreneurship / Inclusive innovation / policy / social innovation / Start-ups / technology

Big mandates: Bigger Vision and Even Higher Compassion

When society gives big mandates to parties and social standpoints, it also expects  magnanimity and inclusiveness in the same measure. I want to list some of  the reforms that are crying for implementation in the larger institutional interest of an inclusive society.  For a long time, we have been trying to universalise the benefits of food security, … Continue reading

Awards / Creativity / Inclusive innovation / policy / Research / social innovation / Start-ups

celebrating inclusive grassroots innovations: Third festival of innovation

The Festival of Innovation (FOIN) is a unique initiative of the Office of the President of India to recognise, respect and reward grassroots innovations and foster a supportive ecosystem.  President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the FOIN at Rashtrapati Bhavan today lauding the contributions of the grassroots innovators. Thanks to the support of his office, the  FOIN … Continue reading

Awards / Children / Creativity / frugal innovations / Inclusive innovation / Innovation / policy / Start-ups / technology / Uncategorized / women

a legacy of inclusive grassroots innovation

What is common among Santosh Pachar, a lady farmer from Rajasthan, Paresh Panchal, a mechanic from Gujarat, Akash a tenth class student from Tamil Nadu, Shalini, a student from Patna and six other innovators from around the country?Hosted by The President of India as innovation scholar in residence along with two artists and writers at … Continue reading

Innovation / policy / Start-ups

Rural start-ups: making a policy and institutional highway

I inaugurated the GIC unit set up by  Subhash ola, a Presidential  Grassroots Innovation Award winner of NIF at Behror, midway, Delhi-Jaipur highway. He invented a very cost and energy efficient way of recycling steam to generate power, and/or improving efficiency in textile, food, pharma, plywood industry etc. Sixty per cent saving in water and … Continue reading

Entrepreneurship / Innovation / Start-ups

Will 2016 be different for innovation-based startups?

When the whole world looking at Indian renaissance as a sign of hope for pulling the global economy out of recession, the policy ambivalence is difficult to understand.  In the year about to pass, several initiatives took shape.  But a very few could get concretized.  One good example is that of BIRAC [Biotechnology Industry Research … Continue reading