Encouraging rural innovations

LiveMint ran this piece today – this will hopefully give a boost to the painstaking work by Dr. Gupta and his team over the last two decades. Bollywood can help make anything popular! The following post may sound like an advertisement – it is one and deserves all the appreciation possible. And, help with spreading the word.

The network of the National Innovation Foundation, Sristi, Honey Bee Network and GIAN have been engaged in unearthing innovations from remote parts of the country and link these innovators with companies/organisations willing to commercialise their technologies. The range of innovations featured in these websites are a testimony to the wealth of talent rural India possesses.

The group is obviously clear that rural innovations cannot be unearthed by merely organising an online contest, a university-level competition and the like. So every year, they set off to a different part of the country, spending a week on foot – on a journey called Shodh Yatra. This year’s walk is currently underway in Assam, in the north-eastern part of India. I really want to make it to the next one.

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