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Friday, August 31, 2012

Six million electric and hybrid vehicles by 2020???

Yet another big vision of government is unfolded with announcement of $4.1 billion plan. Reminds me of the Hybrid Electric bus developed by Ashok Leyland with technical support from ERDC(T) and funding support by DSIR and DIT. The prototype was demonstrated in Auto expo 2002. 
Hope the problems faced by Ashok Leyland in 2002 in bulk commercial sale no longer exist and Indian manufacturers would supply significant part of 6 million electric and hybrid 4/2 wheeler by 2020.

Compilation of Indian Standards

Public.Resource.Org has published 701 technical standards for the Republic of India. These government-produced documents cover everything cover a vast array of topics important to the people of India, including fascinating topics such as specifications for spices and condiments (tamarind pulp,clovesfenugreekcurry powder). You'll also find safety specifications for bicycles, codes of practice for fire brigades, water testing methods, and codes of hygiene for food hawkers. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Brussels Innova Fair,15 to 17 November 2012

Brussels Innova, an international exhibition promoting innovation, research and new technologies, will take place on the Brussels Expo site from 15 to 17 November 2012. Members of Indian Innovators Association get opportunity to participate free of charge in one of two key areas: ‘The Innovation Avenue’ or ‘The Starters Avenue’. The first will be devoted to ingenious and playful inventions, while the second is geared more to innovative start-ups. Participation in one of these areas will be decided on a selective basis. Contact:

Global Innovation Forum, 28-29 September 2012,Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Call for papers of the Global Innovation Forum scheduled for the 28th and 29th of September,2012 at Tata Institute of social Sciences,Mumbai. Tata Institute of social Sciences, ( The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), ( USA,Forum for Emotional Intelligence and Learning (FEIL), ( are the major collaborators of this event. 
In 2008,2009 and 2010 TISS collaborated with FEIL and organised the Global Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Forum at TISS. All these conferences were attended by 300+ participants.
Confirmed speakers of this event include Dr Dan Buchner, Director, Innovation Incubator, Center for Creative Leadership,USA; Mr Aditya Roy, Director ,People Operations, Asia Pacific Region,Google; Prof Marcel Bogers,Associate professor at University of Southern Denmark, Dr Raj Minhas,Asso. Director,Xerox International research Center;T Koshy,Executive Director,Ernst and Young Pvt Ltd; Mr Matthew Tice, Pallium Consulting, Singapore; Mr Ravindran, MD,SHRM India; Dr Stephanie Sturges, Sheffield Business School,UK., Dr Resool Pookutty, Oscar award winning Sound Designer and Mr Stephen khan, Hon. Minister for Higher Education and enterprise, Govt of Alberta, Canada.

Contact: P Vijayakumar PhD, Center for Human Resources Management,
Tata Institute of Social Sciences(TISS), Deonar, Mumbai-400088.
Tel +91-22-25525831,

Monday, August 27, 2012

Engineering Innovation for a better world- NASSCOM summit meet at Pune

As per Booz report of 2010, Indian Engineering and Design industry is estimated to reach export revenue of USD 45 Bn by 2020 and thus maintain the current pole position. 
Engineering Forum of NASSCOM has scheduled its annual Engineering summit 2012 on September 27th and 28th,2012 at Pune. The theme for the summit is “Engineering Innovation for a better world”. The event will provide special interest group sessions in the segments of Automobile, Telecom and Industrial Machinery and will also provide ample opportunities for Networking.

For more details : .
Contact person: K S Viswanathan, Vice President (Engineering Forum)
NASSCOM, Bangalore, Ph : 98450-31364

Sunday, August 19, 2012

BICSI Cabling Challenge Competition 2012

The first event I have come across targeting skills in physical world an welcome it.

COMPETE for the title of BICSI INDIA Installer of the Year. All ITS Installation professionals and current BICSI members and certification holders are eligible to enter. Imagine winning and bagging rights as 2012 BICSI INDIA Installer of the Year and a cash prize of Rs 10000. Apply today—the deadline is August 18th, 2012. The 2012 BICSI INDIA Cabling Skills Challenge will include the following three events:
  • Event A: Copper Cable Termination
  • Event B: Fiber Termination
  • Event C: Competency Exam
The 2012 BICSI INDIA Cabling Skills Challenge will take place on August 23rd at the 2012 BICSI INDIA Conference & Exhibition at NIMHANS convention center in Bengaluru - INDIA. Competitors will be selected based on qualifying criteria such as professionalism, quality of resume and work experience. An attempt will be made to equally represent all areas.
In order to participate, the participant must secure approval and sponsorship from their employer. The employer will be responsible for all travel costs, including transportation to and from the competition, meals and accommodations. All competitors will receive a full complimentary conference registration, sponsored by BICSI INDIA. Judges, Steering Committee members, Associate Team Volunteers are not eligible to participate. Companies are encouraged to submit multiple applications. No more than two applications will be selected per company.
Each applicant must have at least 5 years experience in the field of ITS installation at the time of application and, if selected as a competitor, at the time of the competition.
Rules, regulations and event schedules are subject to change by BICSI INDIA at any time.
2012 Event Schedule
Thursday, Aug 23, 3-4:00 p.m.
  • Event A
Thursday, Aug 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Event B
  • Event C
Event Details
Time to complete
Event A
Copper Cable termination
15 min
Install one category 6 cable as a permanent link and perform testing.
Event B
Fiber Terminations
15 min
Field terminations and splicing of MM connectors
Event C
Competency Exam
15 min
Written exam
Professionalism / Orientation
Score based on resume, orientation (attendance and promptness), attitude, safety, use of tools and equipment, attention to detail and aesthetics; Safety orientation
Attractive prizes for the Winners
  • 1st Prize – Rs.10,000/- + One Free BICSI Downloadable Manual of Your Choice
  • 2nd Prize – Rs.5,000/- + One Free BICSI Downloadable Manual of Your Choice
For more details/participation please contact:
Mr Ninad Desai, RCDD
Secretary - BICSI INDIA
Tel: +91-22-27902441
Mobile :+91-9821134063


Friday, August 17, 2012

Indian Innovators Association (IIA) endorses Innovation and New Product Development: 5-7 September 2012 Conference

Indian Innovators Association (IIA) endorses Innovation and New Product Development: 5-7 September 2012 Conference

Innovation and New Product Development
Launching winning products and services through quick, efficient and profitable innovation to increase market share, create impressive business growth and foster continuous improvement
(Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach, India | 5th- 7th September 2012)

Distinguished chairperson:

Daniel Alenquer Associate Design Director, Asus, Singapore

ASUS Design Center has been known for its reputable innovation and design and has received numerous prestigious awards for over a decade including a total of 10 prestigious design awards 2012 by IDSA, iF, G-Mark and reddot
Featuring key international presentations and case studies by:

Zia Zaman, Founder and CEO, Beaver Lake Capital, Singapore
Daniel Alenquer, Associate Design Director, Asus, Singapore
Bert Grobben, Section Head R&D PR Personal Health Care Asia, Procter & Gamble, Singapore

Attend this premier conference and gain practical insights into:
Capitalising on innovation opportunities from consumer insights
Optimising your innovation portfolio for sustainable growth
• Enhancing your innovation capability through open innovation
Strategising the innovation process and pipeline for sustainable growth and value
• Creating a culture that fosters innovation for long term competitive advantage
• Speeding up your ongoing innovation with limited time and resources
• Satisfying customer needs through new product development
• Identifying need for risk reduction in innovation to ensure higher success of product launch and acceptance

Dr Anurag Srivastava, Chief Technology Officer and Senior, Vice President, Wipro Global IT Business
Dr Murali Sastry, Director, DSM India Innovation Centre, Former Chief Innovation Officer, Tata Chemicals
G. SundararamanExecutive Vice President,Corporate Development,Godrej & Boyce
P.V Sankar DassVice President Strategic Marketing,Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
Rishikesha T. Krishnan,Professor of Corporate Strategy,Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
K. Ramakrishnan,President Marketing,Café Coffee Day
Malladi Chandra Mohan, Head Delivery and Operations for Financial Inclusion and Rural Transformation Business Unit, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
Dr Raja Krishnamurthy,Vice President – R&D,3M India and Sri Lanka
Meera Harish,Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing,Tata Coffee, India,Former Innovation Lead,Titan Industries, India
Dr Sudhakar Mhaskar,Executive Vice President and Head Technology,– Consumer Products Business, Marico
Tarun MalikCountry Head and Director – Online Business and Competitive Strategy, Microsoft Corporation
Shailesh Naik, Head e-Choupal, ITC
Anupam VargheseVice President R&D, Eko India Financial Services

Enjoy special savings if you are a member of IIA when you register with Catherine Foo at or call +91-22 4231 7750 to enquire on the exclusive discounts.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

12th Anniversary British Design, Innovation & Technology Show and Awards British Invention Show - London 24th - 27th October 2012

Indian inventors are invited to participate in the forthcoming international bis exhibition & awards in London 2012. During the exhibition 25 Judges will award Gold Silver & Bronze medals which will be presented during the auspicious World Invention Awards dinner.
Booking is now open to exhibitors for 24th – 27th October 2012 \
Contact: Mary Stoppard, bis Team Member, British Inventors Society,

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

CTI PFAN - Asia Forum for Clean Energy Financing / Call for Project Proposals

Asia Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFCEF-3) is being sponsored by the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) and its Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI PFAN), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Center for Environmental Technology Transfer (ICETT), and will be organized in cooperation with Dawn Consulting, CleanEnergy Solutions International (CSI), PPL International, the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS) and ReEx Capital Asia.

AFCEF-3 seeks to nurture entrepreneurs, start-up and growth companies, project teams and consortia with environmentally beneficial business proposals with the aim of linking them with investment and finance and making them happen. Once you have qualified for the 2nd stage of AFCEF3, you will receive coaching from professional experts, who will help you refine your business plan and prepare it for presentation to investors at the AFCEF3 investor forum in Singapore in February 2013.

Project Proposals to participate in the business plan competition and the investor forum are now being accepted at Applications must be received by midnight (Japan Time) on Monday, 24th September 2012. 

Monday, August 06, 2012

Technologies available for licensing from IIPRD

IIPRD, a leading Indian Consulting Firm focusing on Licensing and Commercialization Firm, has shared technologies, details of which are mentioned below, which are available for Out-Licensing in India and outside. Interested parties may write to or for further details. Please find below the initial level details, which are more comprehensively explained on the links given below:

Arch Pharma, Mumbai based pharmaceutical company has developed and patented various technologies relating to API and its intermediates preparation methods.

  • ·      Preparation of anhydrous rare earth metal halides from their hydrates, anhydrous cerium chloride prepared by this process has wide range of applications in electrochemical reduction process for production of metal and as catalyst in the addition of organometallic to carbonyl group to form corresponding alcohols.
  • ·       Impurity free preparation process of an intermediate(4-fluoro-alpha-[2-methyl-1-oxopropyl]-y-oxo-n-beta-diphenylbenzenebutanamide) used in synthesis of Atorvastatin. Atorvastatin a drug useful for lowering blood cholestrol, stabilizing plaque and preventing stroke through anti-inflammatory and other mechanisms.
  • ·        Preparation Process of racemic 6, 6-dimethyl-3-azabicyclo-[3.1.0]-hexane, a key raw material for the preparation of key intermediate (1R, 2S, 5S) - methyl 6,6-dimethyl -3-azabicyclo [3.1.0] hexane-2 carboxylic acid for the class of inhibitors of Protease such as Boceprevir.
  • ·       Efficient, economical and industrially viable preparation process for 2-amino-4-(4-fluorobenzylamino)-1-ethoxycarbonylaminobenzene (Retigabine) and also preparation process of retigabine intermediates.
  • ·        Process for preparing optically pure milnacipran and their pharmaceutically acceptable salts using simple and low cost commercially available resolving agents  with high yield and optical purity.

For more details click here.

CarePro Bio, Indian company expert in the field of agriculture and bio technology has developed various technologies relating to
·       Microbial formulation for promoting plant growth.
·       Soil health rejuvenator
·       Microbial  method for reclamation of sodic alkali soils.
·       Ready to use viable product of the bio-decomposer agent for applications in stubble management.
·       Formulation of stress tolerant liquid biofertilizer of phosphate solubilizing bacteria.
·       Liquid biofertizer of Azospirillum brasilense.
·       Ecofriendly plant growth enhancing composition for controlling phytopathogenic fungi, solubilizing phosphate under abiotic stress conditions.
·       Process for the development of liquid formulation of bioinoculant of Rhizobium sp.
·       Process for biodegradation of petroleum waste products and petroleum sludge.
For more details about the technologies click here.

JNCASR, a Research Institute has developed and patented various technologies

·       High Throughput Screening method for identifying small molecule inhibitors for HIV-1 TAT, relating to a TAT-inducible GFP anti RFP shRNA vector. This method can effectively distinguish between a genuine anti-viral inhibitor and a cytotoxic molecule and thus, decreases number of false hits.
·       Preparation of cyclic dipeptide 3,6-diphenylpiperazine-2,5-dione and its nano, meso, and micro structures . The prepared dipeptides has various applications such as for inhibiting fibrillization in neurodegenerative diseases, Radiography, as a optoelectronic component Imaging and as a biomaterial.
·       Single step process for the preparation of template and polymer free metal nanosponges with high surface area, high gas permeability and thermal conductivity. The prepared metal nanosponges are used in catalysis, fuel cells, and as substrate for surface enhanced raman spectroscopy.
For more details click here.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Defence off set contract condition Vs Phased Manufacturing Programme

New set of conditions for defence procurement  stipulate foreign firms to support development of Indian capabilities by way of technology transfer and local procurement. In this context, lessons learned in implementing Phased Manufacturing Programme by DGTD prior to liberalisation could still be relevant:

  • Technology transfer is a commercial decision involving two private firms and for government wishes/ contracts to be enforced, liberal funding support need to be provided simultaneously to Indian firms to take up R&D projects to develop technology absorption capacity.  
  • Innovation is driven by demand and defence needs to give a fair opportunity to Indian firms by giving out long term (10-15 years) development  contracts.
  • Do away with pre-approved (budget) funds for DRDO, let all funds flow thru developmental contracts from Defence.

Cyber International Genius Inventor Fair , Korea 2012 (CIGIF 2012)

Cyber International Genius Inventor Fair is held to recognize the significance of worldwide intellectual properties in compliance with today's digital cyber generation. The CIGIF serves as a convenient platform for all inventors in all age group and in all categories, accommodating the interested participants with 'easy' steps to submit registration. CIGIF was established for the first time in 2010 to allow inventors to be recognized with their inventions on the international level as well to provide an opportunity to self-approve their talent and ability within their novel ideas and as inventors through an economic and simpler method, dedicated to all those inventors with small identity and millions of passion.
Brief Outline:
Organized by: Korea Invention News (KINEWS)
Co-Organized by: CIGIF 2012 International Organizing Committee (Commission of 20 delegations worldwide)
Application Registration Deadline: October 30th, 2012
CIGIF 2012 Award Ceremony: November 24th, 2012 (Venue: Convention Center - Chungmu Art Hall, Seoul, Korea)
For more information: , contact: 


This Symposium by IIPRD features presentation of all important patent and copyright issues such as identification of potential inventions, Copyright international legislation, preparation of claim sets, prosecution and examination practices, drafting of responses of Office Actions, and recent case law updates. The speakers are a unique gathering of Patent Attorneys, Counsel from the Industry, who have extensive years of experience in their professional fields, and will put across to the delegates the real insight of Patent and Copyright Laws and Practices as prevalent and practiced in India, United States and Europe, in most coordinated manner. The Symposium will provide an opportunity to receive firsthand information including recent Judgment on various issues from the experts in the fields. The knowledge gained from the Symposium will go a long way in formulating the right patent and copyright strategy and building a strong and enforceable Patent Portfolio.
Dates: 4th October, 2012, Mumbai & 5th October, 2012, New Delhi
ContactMs. Meenakshi 0-9910307992, E: ,
Ph : +91-120-2342010/, Fax: 2342011

International Symposium on `Patent Life cycle Management, Strategies for Generics as Innovators, Biosimilar Legislation, FDA's Current Position & Patent Disputes, Latest Pharma Prosecution Practices & ANDA Litigation' Sept 2012, Mumbai

This Symposium by IIPRD features presentation of all important patent issues such as identification of potential inventions, types of claims allowed in each geography and their relevance to the broadness of claims, preparation of set of claims, prosecution and examination practices, drafting of responses of Office Actions, ANDA Litigation and issues related to biosimilars legislation and understanding the FDA's current position on the implementation of a biosimilar pathway. The speakers are a unique gathering of Patent Attorneys from USA& Europe who have extensive years of experience in their professional fields, and will provide the delegates the real insight of Patent Laws and Practices as prevalent and practiced in USAand in Europe. The Workshop will provide an opportunity to receive first-hand information including recent Judgment on various issues from the experts in the fields.
Dates: 16-18th September 2012.
Venue: Hotel Hilton, Andheri East, Mumbai,
Contact: Ms. Meenakshi Khurana, (M)91-9910307992, 91-9810281321
Ph: +91-120-2342010, Fax: +91-120-2342011

INFUSE Venture Accelerator (IVA) lunched by CIIE at IIM Ahmedabad

INFUSEVentures is a cleantech focused early stage venture capital fund managed by CIIE at IIM Ahmedabad.  IVA aims to compress 24 months of progress in 6months by providing access to seed capital and the best cleantech ecosystem in India. CIIE will work together with early stage startups and help them identify gaps, define a roadmap andfacilitate their work in every functional segment to achieve their milestonesmuch faster than if done alone.
What do you gain from the INFUSE VentureAccelerator?
Unlimited access to a huge ecosystem of cleantech experts in technology and policy, distribution networks, potential customers, suppliers, designers, collaborators etc.  
Mentoring by the best in the field.
Brainstorming sessions with relevant functional and domain experts.
Customized program for each startup.
Huge endorsement of potential.
Seed funding upto $50,000 (Rs. 25 lacs) against equity, per venture.
Access to subsequent rounds of funding from INFUSE Ventures of up to $2 million (Rs. 10cr).
Key activities are stated below:

·       Acceptance of online applications at 2nd to 31st Aug
·       Announcement of finalists for the boot camp at IIM Ahmedabad: 7th Aug
·       8-day start-up bootcamp at IIM Ahmedabad:27th Oct to 3rd Nov
·       Nov 3rd – Final selection of start-ups for incubation and seed investment
·       November 2012 to May 2013 – Incubation period
·       May 2013 – Re-evaluation of start-ups for follow-on funding.