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Sunday, September 30, 2007

conferenec on Leveraging innovations & inventions

NRDC is organising Innovate India 2007 Conference on "Leveraging Innovations & Inventions" on 15-16 October, 2007 at The Stein Auditorium India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi,The conference will provide an international platform to entrepreneurs, research scientists, angel & venture capitalists and evangelists to exchange ideas, and explore emerging directions both in innovation and R&D management. It also aims at highlighting new emerging technologies.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Industrial Liasioning Workshop on IT-Technopreneurship on 5th October 2007, CDAC, Noida

CDAC, Noida is organizing a ¡§Industrial Liasioning Workshop On I.T.-Technopreneurship¡¨ on October 5, 2007 at CDAC Auditorium, B-30, Sector ¡V 62, Noida - 201307. The objectives of the workshop are:-
Identifying and developing Entrepreneurial partners for outsourcing the products and services developed by C-DAC Noida. To display inbuilt software solutions of C-DAC Noida.To promote IT advisory services of IT-CC.
The workshop will highlight following IT Solutions designed, developed and deployed by CDAC, Noida and are currently available at CDAC , Noida for national roll-out.
Hospital Management Information System
Decision Support System for District Offices
Document Scanning Jobs for our Digital Library Projects
Maintenance of MIS System deployed
Support services for proliferation of BoSS LINUX

Contact person:Dr. George Varkey,

AVENUES-07- Udgam

" Udgam-The Consulting Challenge" in association
with Confederation of Indian Industry-Young Indians (CII-Yi)
Udgam is a competition where you have an opportunity to act as a business
consultant & suggest a business development strategy for innovative, real
& uncommercialized products with social relevance.Three Product case studies have been launched together. Participants have to choose any one of them & send an executive summary of the business strategy by October 10th,2007

National Award for Excellence in Water Management

CII – Godrej GBC is organizing the “National Award for Excellence in Water Management” on 29 & 30 November 2007 at Chennai.The objective of the Award Scheme is to recognize and Award “Excellence” in Water Management in industries ‘within the fence and beyond fence’ and facilitate sharing of information by excellent water efficient companies.

Confederation of Indian Industry
CII- Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre
Survey No 64, Kothaguda Cross Roads R R Dist, Hyderabad-500032,
Ph: 040-23112971-73 Extn 226 Fax: 040-23112837

Theodore Von Karman award

The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) has selected Rajya Sabha member and former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Kasturirangan for the prestigious Theodore Von Karman award for this year.The award will be presented to Kasturirangan, one of the country's top scientists, here Monday on the first-day of the 58th International Astronautical Congress.The Theodore Von Karman award is the highest distinction of the IAA given annually to recognise outstanding lifetime achievements in any branch of science.The award, instituted in 1987 in the memory of the legendary Theodore Von Karman, aerospace scientist and founder-president of IAA, is being given to Kasturirangan for his contribution to the Indian space programme, including the development of launch vehicles and satellite technology, applications in remote-sensing, communications and education that have benefited the society.


Bhatnagar prize 2007

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Wednesday announced the winners of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar prizes for outstanding contributions in various disciplines of science. The 11 scientists selected are : Narayanaswamy Srinivasan and Pundi Narasimhan Rangarajan of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; Rama Govindarajan of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore; B.V. Rajarama Bhat of Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore; Budaraju Srinivasa Murthy of IIT, Chennai; A. Ajayaghosh of National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram; Anil Bhardwaj of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram; Upinder Singh Bhalla of National Centre for Biological Sciences, Kanpur; Amalendu Chandra of IIT, Kanpur; Yashwant Gupta of National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune; and Pinaki Majumdar of Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad.

Friday, September 21, 2007

4th International Conference on Environmental Education

The Fourth International Conference (Tbilsiplus30) on Environmental Education co-sponsored by UNESCO and UNEP is being organized by the Government of India. Centre for Environment Education is the nodal agency for the conference and is going to be held from 26th to 28th November, 2007. There will be around 30 working sessions in this conference and 2 of them i.e. “Innovations and Technology” and “Sustainable Waste Management” will be organized by Waste & Resource Management Group of CEE. The details of the conference could be found at

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Avesthagen's horde of agri-biotech patents

Avestha Gengraine Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (Avesthagen), one of India’s leading biotechnology companies based in Bangalore, announced that the Australian Patent Office has granted a patent to the company on "A process for generating cytoplasmic male sterile line in rice and other crops by RNA editing'. This patent will revolutionize the agricultural industry and bring succor to the sector. This invention promises to open up opportunities in developing hybrids in crops where conventional male sterility is not available or feasible. This technology would allow hybrid seed programs to be developed without narrowing the diversity of germplasm. Avesthagen assists farmers by creating innovative solutions that will benefit their production.Over the years Avesthagen has made numerous inventions and now it has a significant portfolio of 137 patent applications of which 61 relate to Agri-Biotech domain.

6th Gradere student Arjun Mehta's Game Startup Gets Venture Backing

Santa Clara-based Playspan has raised venture funding even thought its founder, Arjun Mehta, is in the 6th grade.

PlaySpan works with games publishers to integrate eCommerce functionality so that they can sell merchandise as well as provide financial rewards for game play. It has also built community features. The company claims to have won 7 licensing deals with large game publishers in the MMOG category.

PlaySpan started in Arjun's garage San Jose in 2006. Seed funding came from Arjun's game challenge winnings at the 5th grade at Challenger School in San Jose. Today Arjun's company announced that it has raised $6.5M in Series A funding led by Easton Capital land was joined by Menlo Ventures, STIC International out of South Korea and Novel TMT Ventures in Hong Kong.

Source: Alarmclock

Monday, September 17, 2007

Eureka 2007

Eureka 2007 is organised by E Cell of IIT Mumbai.
The Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Bombay is a student body that seeks to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst the student community. They have been conducting Business Plan Competition called Eureka!, now in its ninth edition, which is Business Plan Competition in India and one of the Top Five inthe Asia-Oceanic region in terms of participation, prizes and resources. Registration open till end of September.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Google offers $10 million for best ideas launched its RechargeIT Initiative to accelerate the adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and vehicle-to-grid technology through technical demonstrations, grant-making, advocacy and investments. As part of this initiative, we are issuing a $10 million request for investment proposals (RFP). We plan to invest amounts ranging from $500,000 to $2,000,000 in selected for-profit companies whose innovative approach, team and technologies will enable widespread commercialization of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, electric vehicles and/or vehicle-to-grid solutions. This RFP is global in scope, and we encourage responses from companies anywhere in the world. is seeking companies with technologies, products and services that will accelerate widespread commercialization in the following fields:

  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)
  • Electric vehicles (EVs)
  • Vehicle-to-grid solutions (V2G)
Proposals should be submitted to no later than October 22, 2007.

Create the Future design contest

Create the Future design contest rewards the best ideas for new products, and celebrates breakthrough thinking about problems of all kinds, large and small.

Contest deadline: 15 October 2007. Open for entries now!

Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Program 2008

FICCI, jointly with the Lockheed Martin Corporation and IC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin, USA announces the Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Program 2008, which is in continuum with the Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Program 2007. The aim of this program is to accelerate innovative new Indian technologies into global markets. The India Innovation Growth Program is the only program of its kind, because of its focus on teaching and using world-class commercialization strategies. The Program is wholly funded by Lockheed Martin Corporation, and developed with the assistance of the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin and FICCI. Best of all, there is no cost to participate.

Program is open to technologies from a wide range of fields including Aeronautics, Agriculture, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Communications, Computing, Defense, Electronics, Environmental, IT, Manufacturing, Marine, Materials, Medical / Life Sciences, Nanotech, Petrochemical, Semiconductors and Transportation. Applicants who are selected to participate in the program can look forward to the following benefits:

Training in technology commercialization strategies and entrepreneurship
Analysis of commercial potential of their technology
Participation in a technology competition judged by an international panel of experts
Program finalists will receive these additional benefits:
Professional business development assistance
Access to US and global markets

Other details are mentioned on the program website For any further information, please contact my colleague Ms. Eittee Gupta, Research Analyst, Ph: 011-23325158, email:,

Kavli Prizes for scientists

The Kavli Prize is a partnership between the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and the Kavli Foundation. The Kavli Prizes will be presented in 2008 for "outstanding contributions" to the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. Mr Kavli was born in Norway but later moved to the US to set up the Kavlico Corporation, which became one of the world's biggest suppliers of sensors for the aeronautic and automotive industries.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

the necklace with fishes

Innovator Arshad Mohsin claims that aquatic necklace shown on star news( 10 to 11 PMon 4-9-2007) ( the necklace with fishes ) is actually his invention and had been applied for patent in the year 1996. See picture on left.

Biopesticide for cotton bullworm

They are caterpillars that devour crop plants and cause extensive loss to farmers. Helicoverpa armigera, also known as the cotton bollworm or legume pod borer, has been estimated to cause annual crop damage of up to US$ 2 billion globally with an additional cost of US$ 500 million on insecticides for its management.Farmers in villages in India and Nepal have been traditionally shaking crop plants to dislodge Helicoverpa larvae. Using these larvae for the multiplication of the Nucleo Polyhedrosis Virus (NPV), a biopesticide that kills Helicoverpa , is the modern twist that ICRISAT provided.
For details contact:Dr GV Ranga Rao at

Workshop on Special Economic Zones (SEZ)

Princeton Academy, Mumbai is organising 2 workshops on SEZ at Chennai (13/9/07) and Mumbai(28/9/07/.Sudhakar Kasture, well known consultant and visiting faculty at SPJIMR is the resource person.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Meningitis vaccine from Bharat Biotech

Vaccination against Meningitis, commonly called brain fever is now more affordable with one more Indian firm Bharat Biotech lanching BioHib.

Bajaj-TVS patent battle

Pharmacy & Drugs people are long in the know on patents and patent infringements. Now this dispute between Bajaj and TVS will bring it home for engineering community. Some basics on patenting- there can be no patent on any product like Motorbike, there can be no patent on any technology like DTS-i or CC-VTi. Patents are given for innovation and monopoly rights (for a limited period) are valid in the nation in which the patent rights are granted for the claims of the accepted patent. What is protected from infringement are only the claims. See Bajaj claims as given in the PCT application.What if Bajaj loses patent as disputed by TVS that it is part of prior- art, i.e, known to the public by the time Bajaj first applied for protection India. If there is no patent infringement Bajaj can continue to manufacture and sell the product. What if Bajaj wins the case-TVS will be forced to discontinue production/ marketing or take license from Bajaj. Important lesson is-patenting is not an end of pipeline activity. NPD (New Product Development) begins with identification of patent spaces. Interested -read Capturing value with IPR (free) from