frugal innovations / Innovation / technology

Why is hunger for innovation so low in Indian polity?

While reflecting on innovation ecosystem for national transformation a few days ago at an apex industrial association forum, I had to ask the industry representatives as to why were they so complacent in seeking ideas from outside? Many MNCs with even  a very large  market share and no imminent threat to their dominance seem more … Continue reading

Pebble indicating system for cooking vessel- Wings to imaginative children:Indian children refuse to live with problems unsolved indefinitely
Awards / Children / IGNITE / Innovation

Pebble indicating system for cooking vessel- Wings to imaginative children:Indian children refuse to live with problems unsolved indefinitely

Mohammad Tawseef from Jammu & Kashmir could not attend school regularly during the last academic session due to the 15 surgeries that he had to undergo. His pain did not deter him from thinking about how he could change the lives of people and to begin with he chose the problem his mother faced persistently. … Continue reading

Summer School on GRI and Inclusive Innovations 2015

Reflections: Day 2-July 26, 2015 Summer School on GRI and Inclusive Innovations

Session Details: Understanding GRI (at/with/for/from) Cases of GRI in India and Issues/tensions in-Scouting, Documentation, Validation, Value Addition, Business Development, IPR and Policy Impact Reflections, readings and discussions from Day 1 Interaction with Grassroots Innovators Problem Sensed, Motivation, challenges, support, contribution towards GRI, etc Reflections by Sharmistha Banerjee, IIT Guwahati   It was an interesting experience to … Continue reading

Illiterate, is he unskilled too? A promising street singer
Children

Illiterate, is he unskilled too? A promising street singer

Then, we met Salim, a young boy, cheery-eyed, spontaneous, bright and with an amazing voice. About four years ago, his mother broke her leg and had to go under the knife. They had to arrange for more than twenty five thousand rupees. He dropped out of school to help his family. He can paint, make patterns in radium stickers but when you hear him sing, you are spellbound. He learnt it from his elder brother who used to go with the band of Qawwals. When we asked him how did he learn to sing so well? Salim said, “Mir hoon to aayega na”. Continue reading

Awards / Innovation

INNOVATION SCHOLARS CALL ON THE PRESIDENT

It was a historic day today when The President of India interacted with five innovation scholars in residence at The presidents house. The President Pranab Mukherjee is the first head of the state in the world to host grassroots innovators ( nifindia.org) college students (see techpedia.in/award)m children (nifindia.org/ignite) at The President of house for three weeks till July 20. Continue reading