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Friday, July 31, 2009

Technology offer for Infant warmer

Villgro in partnership with Dr. Sathya Jeganathan (Neo Natal Specialist at Chengalpetu Medical College Hospital) has developed a Low Cost, Low Maintenance Infant Warmer targeted at the Rural Healthcare System

They are interested in transferring the Technology and related Know How to an Entrepreneur for commercialisation of the Infant Warmer.


Rajeev Surana (Senior Associate – Technology Transfer)

Villgro (formerly Rural Innovation Network)

20/6, Lakshmipuram, 2nd Street, Lloyds Road,

Royapettah, CHENNAI 600014 (India)

t: 91-44-28112108 Ext.32

m: 91-9381755790

Miner Tracking system from CIMFR

Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR), Dhanbad, India with funding from Department of Information Technology (DIT), developed following wireless technologies first time in India:
(i) Miners’ tracking system,
(ii) Proximity warning system,
(iii) System for preventing vehicle collisions,
(iv) Route tracing system for opencast transport vehicles,
(v) System for providing warning signals when miner entering the unsafe area,
(vi) Underground gas monitoring system, and
(v) Message communication system
The core system component is ZigBee-compliant active
Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) device.
Contact for details and technology transfer:

Dr. L.K. Bandyopadhyay,

Scientist G,

Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research,

Barwa Road, Dhanbad – 826015, Jharkhand, India,

Telefax: +91-326-2296045,

Mob.: 09431145241


Sunday, July 19, 2009

New model of M tech and PhD programs from CSIR

To meet the shortage of researchers , primarily in engineering, CSIR has taken an initiative to start its own training program. The 2 year post graduate program with 8 capsules has been announced. More are on the cards. The rational for CSIR getting into this space is that very few bright engineering students enroll for M Tech and PhD programs those few would either leave country or join MNC R&D centers. Very few IITians joined CSIR in the last decade. The pacakge offered by CSIR is attractive- they get paid during training and absorbed in CSIR after training. Scientists of CSIR labs like CEERI have been very active in supporting academeic activity and will now take additional responsibility. The pilot run attracted good response from students. Details:

Saturday, July 11, 2009

India leading Japanese in Automobile design!!!

Mahindra introduced Fuel smart system in October 2008. The press release states "The system is based on the simple principle of not burning fuel when it is not required. It automatically detects moments, during the drive, when the vehicle is idle and stops the engine. This conserves fuel, leading to reduced running costs, and also leads to reduced emissions. FuelSmart technology, thus, marks another innovative first by one of India’s leading auto companies". Much later Mazda introduced new generation car, which has iStop engine system described as "As a driver comes up to a stoplight, heavy traffic or anything that will halt forward progress, the clutch it depressed and the engine is then allowed to enter the paused mode.When it pauses, the combustion mixture is already in place and ready for ignition, so little or no help from the starter is needed. When the clutch is engaged again, the engine will automatically start in less than .35 seconds and be ready to provide power to get you moving again. While in the pause mode, a green indicator light will illuminate on the dash".

Infection fighting hospital designs

For long, hospital is known as main source of infection and Brits have taken lead to find solution. British NHS invited proposals from designers and the response was designs for several equipment that were easy to clean. Details at :

Subtractive Rapid Prototyping (SRP)

Giving `'form' to a new ` idea' is a critical phase in product concept generation and rapid prototyping is becoming less expensive with new generation printers leading the desk top digital fabrication trend. MDX 40A Milling machine is one such a new tool. Details at

Digital Open competition for youth

Digital Open is an online community and competition for global youth below 17 years. Submit proposal at

Thursday, July 09, 2009

India Innovation Pioneers Challenge 2009 (IIPC)

IIPC , a collaborative work of Indo US Science & Technology Forum, INTEL and DST was launched in 2007. This years competition in Scholar Sparks category attracted 122 entries and 18 teams were shortlisted for presentation on 14th July in Bangalore. Champion of Champion category attracted 15 entries and 8 teams were selected for presentation on 15th July in Bangalore.

Marico `Innovation for India 2010 awards'

For this year’s awards, Marico invites innovations from across India in Business, Business leveraging social, Social and Governance sectors. Within the Business category, innovations can be in the form of Product, Process, Service and Business Model. The Social domain would include innovations impacting health, education and poverty. The Public Service Category includes all innovations where the Central or State government or any wing of the government including public-private partnership has innovated.

All those who have successfully innovated in any of the above domains over the last 5 years and would like to apply for the awards, may please complete the attached application form or visit You may also send it to

For any clarification you may call Chhavi Goyal on tel on 080- 40535000 or cell no +91 9740258132. Last date for sending in entries is 30 September 2009.

Fab5 Digital Fabrication symposium in Pune

The Fifth International Fab Lab Forum and Symposium on Digital Fabrication will be be held in Pune from 16th to 21st August 2009. See
details at:

Venue: College of Engineering, Pune

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Innovator Michael Jackson

MJ is known for many things- also as innovator, who invented and patented "system for allowing a shoe wearer to lean forwardly beyond his center of gravity by virtue of wearing a specially designed pair of shoes" (US patent5,255,452). A heel slot in the shoes gets hitched to retractable pegs in a stage floor. Wearing the shoes, Jackson (or anyone) could seem to lean past his center of gravity without toppling. The effect would be most striking in live performances, during which harnesses and wires would be too cumbersome or impossible to disguise.
Source: USA Today

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Global Security Challenge Competition 2009

GSC is now accepting applications in `Most promising security idea'.
The award is designed to support and promote researchers, infant companies (with no revenue), and any other inventors who just have an idea for a security solution.The winners of this category will receive: $10,000 cash grant, sponsored by Accenture.

The awarding ceremony for the Most Promising Security Idea will take place at the Security Summit of the Global Security Challenge held at London Business School on November 13, 2009. Eligible entrants must be a company, or one or more individuals, whose idea did not generate revenue in 2008. Deadline for Submissions: September 1, 2009 at 11.59 GMT.

Enter by using online submission system

Saturday, July 04, 2009

`Public' funds for `Private' R&D

Providing grants / soft loans/ risk capital to `for profit' organisations by government agencies is based more on personal conviction than consensus or empirical data. Read this analysis ` What difference do IWT R&D grants make for their clients'. This study is path breaking, it moves away from out put/ out come to behavior additionality. They rightly pointed that evaluation of R&D projects with focus only on output will induce government agencies to select low risk, short term projects. More important from national perspective are the behavioural changes, the spin offs that linger on after completion of funded project. Also read my paper at SSRN on the same topic.