High yielding varieties of crops and vegetables, an anti-molestation device worn on wrist; alert switch in bus/auto rickshaw for the safety of women; posture correcting chair; rain water syringe for water conservation; simple flushing mechanism for public urinals; foot operated page turning device for differently abled; height adjustable wash basin; a wrapper picker etc will be some of the highlights of an exhibition of grassroots innovations to be inaugurated in Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 12, 2016 by President Pranab Mukherjee.
A statement from Rashtrapathi Bhawan said that a total of 65 grassroots innovations will be part of this Exhibition which will kick-off the week-long Festival of Innovations in Rashtrapati Bhavan from March 12-19, 2016.
The Festival is being organised by Rashtrapati Bhavan in collaboration with the National Innovation Foundation. President Mukherjee has extended tremendous support to the innovation movement in the country ever since assumption of office, especially by encouraging setting up of innovation clubs in all institutions of higher learning and introducing annual residency programmes for grassroots innovators in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The week-long festival will witness a number of exhibitions; roundtable discussions on different topics related to innovations with national and international participation; a talk by Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi; an award for Gandhian Young Technological Innovation; Visitor’s Awards to Central Universities, including in the field of innovation; a meeting of Innovation Clubs set up in institutions of higher education across the country; a workshop for children and a hackathon to develop applications useful to society etc.
The Exhibition will remain open between 1000 to 1700 hrs from March 12-19, 2016 for the public. All visitors to the Mughal Gardens will be able to visit the Exhibition.
Some prominent rural innovators who would exhibit their products include Subhash Ola, Alwar, Rajasthan(Modified boiler), Sanjay Kumar Tilwa, Rajkot, Gujarat(Groundnut digger), Pandharinath Sarjerao More, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra(Tractor driven onion transplanter), Madan Lal Kumawat,Sikar, Rajasthan(Multi-crop thresher), Amrutlal Agrawat, Junagadh, Gujarat (Aaruni tilting bullock cart, Innovative Pulley and other agricultural equipment), Lalbiakzuala Ralte & Lalpiangliana Sailo, Aizawl, Mizoram(Bamboo Splint Making machine), Swapnanil Talukdarm, Kamrup, Assam (Foot operated page turning device for differently abled), C Mallesham, Nalgonda, Andhra Pradesh(Asu Making Machine for Pochampally Sarees), Mushtaq Ahmed Dar, Anantnag, Jammu & Kashmir(Pole Pro – Pole climbing device), Mushtaq Ahmed Dar, Anantnag, Jammu & Kashmir(Walnut Processing machines), GK Rathnakar, Chikmagalur, Karnataka (“TURBO” - Modified Hydro Electricity Turbine), Anuradha Pal and team BITS, Pilani Hyderabad (Right Biotic-The Fast Antibiotic Finder), DN Venkat Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu(Multi tree climber), KJ Antoji, Cochin, Kerala, N Akthimainthan, Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu (Hand operated water lifting pump), Arvindbhai Patel, Ahmedabad, Gujarat (Natural water cooler), Vinod Mahadeviah,Bangalore, Karnataka(Tender coconut breaker and instant cooler),Arrowroot grinding machine AT Thomas,Kottayam, Kerala (Arrowroot grinding machine), Mohan Sharma, Birbhum, West Bengal(Grain sorting Machine), Milonjyoti Das, Kamrup, Assam(Egg incubator), Mohd. Rafiq Ahangar,Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir(An ergonomic spade), Mohd. Rafiq Ahangar,Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir(A multipurpose axe), Mohd. Sajid Ansari, Ranchi, Jharkhand(Rice grain sorting/cleaning machine), Gopani Rajan R,Morbi, Gujarat (Solar lathe), Vaishanvi Nalvade, Satara, Maharashtra(Improved bullock cart for transportation of sugarcane), Vidushi Sharma, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh(Modified multipurpose chulha), Aagya Ram Verma, Basti, Uttar Pradesh (Captan Basti - improved sugarcane variety), Hariman Sharma,Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh(HRMN 99 - apple variety for plain areas), Jitabhai Kodarbhai Patel,Sabarkantha, Gujarat(JK-1 – Improved Hyacinth Bean variety),Kashinath N. Lokhande , Betul, Madhya Pradesh(Pandrinath-1: Improved variety of soybean), Leela Ram Sahu,Dhamtari, Chhattisgarh(Niranjan Bhata: Improved brinjal variety), Madan Lal Devada, Jodhpur, Rajasthan(Durga- 4: Improved carrot variety), Prakash Singh Raghuvanshi,Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh(Kudrat Geeta: Improved mustard variety, Kudrat-5: Improved high yielding paddy variety,Kudrat-3: Improved pigeon pea variety, Kudrat-9: Improved and high yielding wheat variety), Sapam Lukhoi Singh, Thoubal, Manipur (Makhayat Mubi Selection: Improved pea variety, Aber Chaibi Selection: Improved potato variety), Shankara Guru, Mysore, Karnataka(NMS-2: Improved paddy variety), Keisham Thoibi Devi, Bishnupur, Manipur (Animakhai Chabi Selection: Improved cauliflower variety), Sundaram Verma, Sikar, Rajasthan(SR-1: Improved and high yielding chickpea variety,SR-23: Improved and high yielding cluster bean),Tom C Antony,Kottayam, Kerala, Tom C Antony Kottayam, Kerala(Improved Nutmeg Variety) and D Vasini Bai Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala (Improved Anthurium varieties).