The Paperfuge: A 20-Cent Device That Could Transform Health Care

An article in the Wired, brings into focus a paper and string arrangement which does not look like anything of value. However, the article calls this innovation by Manu Prakash , a bio-engineer from Stanford University,  a minor miracle. Prakash’s innovation is an inexpensive centrifuge, aptly called “Paperfuge”. Paperfuge is made of  paper, string and plastic and does not use electricity. It achieves 125000 rpm, enough to separate plasma from blood  an important step in many critical diagnosis tests. It does all this weighing 2 grams and costing less than 20 rupees.


Manu Prakash demonstrates how to use a Paperfuge, an ultra-affordable, hand-powered centrifuge made of paper and string.

Video: Manu Prakash demonstrates how to use a Paperfuge, an ultra-affordable, hand-powered centrifuge made of paper and string.PRAKASH ET AL.

A serial innovator, Prakash made believes in frugal science. He developed a folding paper microscope using origami in 2012.

This innovation has made available centrifuges, which can fit into pockets, to remote villages where power is uncertain.  For more details refer to the Wired article. (wired | 2017_10th_Jan)

Milk adulteration detection kit

Avisek Barla from Indian Insitute of Technology, Madras with the help of his team member Sameer Sharma, Srikiran Chandrasekaran, Junaid Babu, Aparajitha K and guide Dr Ashwin Mahalingam developed a Milk adulteration detection kit.

A paper strip through which tests for five adulterants (glucose, urea, detergent, starch and fat) can be done simultaneously has been developed. Ayan has been designed keeping the end user in mind. The unique selling proposition is the number of tests it can perform at a very low production cost of Rs 1.60.

milk-adulteration-detection-kitThe user needs to dip one end of the test strip in the milk and, through the natural capillary action, the milk reacts with the reagents in their respective reaction zones. The results can be seen through the change in colour that occurs. This is a capillary-type microfluidic device. The chemicals are printed on the paper using a normal inkjet printer. Paper as a
medium and chemicals in small quantity bring down the costs. Ayan pro is an industrial grade device which will sport a microfluidic chip, image processing unit and a spectrophotometer.scaled up prototype for testing has been developed.

For this invention, They received appreciation award in Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award 2016 organized by SRISTI at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.

Application of nanomaterial to analyse strength of concrete

Ms Dhafani Ishita & Mr Sadariya Gautam from Vyavasayi Vidya Pratishthan’s Sanch College of Engineering, Rajkot developed an Application of nanomaterial to analyse strength of concrete with the help of their guides Mr Hitesh Ashani & Dr Davit Dhruv.

Cement-based materials have poor mechanical properties and are highly permeable to water and other aggressive chemicals. This reduces their durability and strength. Nanotechnology is applied in understanding of the hydration of cement particles. There are various ways to incorporate nanotechnology into concrete that will greatly improve its desirable properties like durability, strength, ductility, cleanliness, etc. Fineness test, consistency test, initial and final setting time, and soundness test are done after the addition of these nanoparticles in cement and its properties are studied.application-of-nanomaterial-to-analyse-strength-of-concreteA substantial improvement in the mechanical properties and durability of cementation materials is observed with assimilation of nanomaterials such as nano-Al2O3, carbon nanotubes, etc. If the performance of the basic civil engineering raw materials is enhanced, the productivity will increase.

For this innovation an Application of nanomaterial to analyse strength of concrete, They received appreciation award in Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award 2016 organized by SRISTI at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.

Low-cost sanitary napkin disposal machine

Aiswarya Paramadathil from AdiShankara Institute of Engineering and Technology, Kerala developed a Low-cost sanitary napkin disposal machine.

The issue of sanitary waste is a major problem. So, a technology is developed for the disposal of sanitary napkins using lowcost chemicals. The napkin-dissolving solution collects in a septic tank and thereby does not pave way for any kind of pollution. The device works under the principle that cotton gets dissolved in a chemical named Cuprammonium Hydroxide [Cu(NH3)4(OH)2] and its non-woven part can be recycled and used for making bags and covers. The cottondissolving chemical solution is passed to the septic tank while the undissolved nonwoven cotton is collected in a waste tray. The used napkin is put through the inlet of the machine, where it is shred to pieces by the AC single-phase induction motor. The shred napkin pieces go to the reaction chamber, where the reaction between the napkin and Cu(NH3)4(OH)2 takes place.low-cost-sanitary-napkin-disposal-machine The required amount of both chemicals needed for destroying one napkin is delivered into the reaction chamber through a tube, controlled by a solenoid valve. The approximate amount of the final chemical required to destroy one napkin is about 150 ml. 150 ml of dissolving solution contains 87 ml NH4OH and 8 gm of Cu(OH)2. Thus, the sanitary napkins are completely destroyed. The innovator has filed a patent for his work on internet for low-cost sanitary napkin disposal machine.

For this innovation a low-cost sanitary napkin disposal machine she received appreciation award in Gandhian Young Technology Innovation Award 2016 organized by SRISTI at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi

Call for Proposals/Invitation SRISTI-BIRAC

Greeting from SRISTI, Ahmedabad.

We are happy to inform you that SRISTI has signed an agreement with BIRAC-DBT to facilitate grassroots innovations. Under the agreement BIRAC will support 100 grassroots and students (children’s) innovations. A grant of Rs. 1.0 lakh each will be given to reveal the science and develop product/prototype. 

The innovations supported under the scheme will be drawn only from the Grassroots database of SRISTI. Students are invited to participate in this initiative of SRISTI-BIRAC by going through the details as Announced on our websites .

SRISTI is having a Microbial Bank containing 8000+ organisms (Bacteria, Fungi and Actinomycetes) isolated form the soils samples of Shodhyatra (, from different parts of the country. Many of the Actinomycetes is identified as novel from antimicrobial perspective in collaboration with IMTech Chandigarh, CDRI Lucknow, NIF Ahmedabad and Karnataka Antibiotics Bangalore with support from DST New Delhi. 

The students who are interested to reveal the science of Grassroots Innovations, Children’s idea and Bio-prospecting of SRISTI’s Microbial resources are requested to submit their proposal in prescribed format of Application The students from the subject area of Life science, Microbiology, Botany, Zoology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Pharmacy, etc. can participate in this initiative. Mentoring Faculty of respective students can also be associated with project as supervisor.

mSleep: Measure your sleep

Shuchita Gupta & Yashovardhan Sharma from Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi developed a mSleep: Measure your sleep with the help of their guide Dr Vinayak Naik.

The amount of sleep affects an individual’s health. The gold standard of measuring sleep and diagnosing sleep disorders like sleep apnoea is polysomnography which, though accurate, is expensive and lacks portability. A number of wearable devices with embedded sensors have emerged in the recent past as an alternative for regular sleep monitoring directly by the user. These devices, however, are intrusive and cause discomfort besides being expensive. msleepThis work presents an algorithm to detect sleep by using a smartphone, with the help of its inbuilt accelerometer sensor. The device consists of airflow (for rate of respiration), pulse oximeter (for heart rate and oxygen saturation), accelerometer (PLM) and EEG (brain waves) sensors.

The data is stored on cloud; results are summarised and seen on phone by the doctors and patients. The accuracy of sleep detection was compared with that of Zeo sensor, based on electroencephalogram (EEG) sensor to detect sleep. In order to concisely represent the sleep quality of people, the sleep data was modeled using Hidden Markov Model (HMM). The innovation allows people to easily and seamlessly measure their sleep, without requiring a lot of technical know-how, while helping to diagnose a very commonly occurring disease (>10% of the population), sleep apnoea. This also aids the doctors in tracking and studying the sleeping habits of patients remotely.

For this innovation mSleep: Measure your sleep, they received appreciation award in Gandhian Young Technology Innovation Award 2016 organized by SRISTI at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi

Straut AERO: Solar industrial hot-air generator

Sharad Parekh from University college of engineering & Technology, Ahmedabad developed a Straut AERO: Solar industrial hot-air generator with the help of his guide Dr Nilesh Bhatt.

The hot air is a preferred choice of the industry as a source of process heat fluid when compared with other sources like thermal fluid or water. The industries currently use natural gas, coal or biomass as a fuel to heat air. A typical small industry consumes about 20-30 one million British Thermal Units (MMBTU) per day for hot air. However, the increasing cost of fossil fuels and emissions are a continuous concern.


The consumption of coal and natural gas for heating of air leads to carbon emissions. More efficient or greener sources of process heat/hot air is required to avoid these carbon emissions. To address this problem, the innovator developed a product called STRAUT Aero.

It uses solar energy to generate hot air which is ready to be deployed for industrial purposes. The prototype of solar air heater generator uses a heat collector. It consists of three major elements: heat collection element, reflector and header. Heat collection element receives the reflected energy available from the reflector. Reflector increases the aperture area and reflects the energy on the heat collection element while the header is used to provide for inflow and outflow of the energy. In AERO, this heat collection element is having a special design that makes it very efficient with air as a fluid. The reflector is also used to increase the aperture area. The concentration ratio of reflector and receiver depends on the temperature and mass flow rate. The successful working prototype is already operational. The maximum temperature of 300 deg.C can be achieved by this solution, which covers all major process air heat application of industries.

For this innovation called Straut AERO: Solar industrial hot-air generator, He received appreciation award in Gandhian Young Technology Innovation Award 2016 organized by SRISTI at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi

Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Awards 2017

Giving visibility and voice to the projects of your students at national and international level through GYTI awards at Third Festival of Innovation (FOIN), Rashtrapati Bhavan, Newe Delhi, March 5, 2017
GYTI Awards

Greetings from Team Techpedia at SRISTI

SRISTI celebrates the creativity and innovation of young technological students by recognising their outstanding projects with Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Awards. These awards are given every year during the Festival of Innovation (FOIN) at Rashtrapati Bhawan in the month of March. Next year, these awards are due tentatively on March 5, 2017 at FOIN. It is hoped that such recognition will enthuse young innovators to pursue even more outstanding research addressing unmet social needs and set up entrepreneurial ventures in consonance with Start-Up movement gaining strength currently in India.

The categories of the GYTI awards are:

Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards, 2017

· MLM (More from less for many), Frugal Innovation award- ideas that econmise on the use of material, extremely affordable, sustainable

· SRISTI socially relevant technological innovation award-ideas that address unmet social needs or improve the functioning of existing solution, increase affordability and/or improve circularity i.e. ecologcial compatability

· Technological-edge award-ideas that push the frontiers in any technolgical domain

· BIRAC-SRISTI award for biotechnological/medical/healthcare innovation

· Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr. Amulya K.N. Reddy GYTI Award

Financial support is also given to some of the awardees as per following windows of opportunity:

· BIRAC-SRISTI GYTI Awards – Rs 15, 00,000 grants will be given for further research / prototype development work to each 15 awardees of medical and biotech arena

· BIRAC-SRISTI GYTI Appreciation Awards – Rs 1, 00,000 will be given to 100 Grassroots and student innovations / ideas (School/UG/PG) for value addition at different labs including SRISTI Sadbhav Sanshodhan Lab

· Hariom Ashram prerit, Dr. Amulaya K. N. Reddy GYTI Award – Rs 50,000 each to Five GYTI awardees.

Any student project that has been completed during 2014-15 to 2016-17 is eligible for consideration of awards. The faculty members can encourage their students to submit the projects at following URL: or submit it themselves under the names of the students. We acknowledge that much of the good work students do is done under the guidance of their teachers/mentors; however, we aim to encourage creativity of students and thus request teachers to support them in the Honey Bee Network movement’s effort to promote young innovators.

Last date for submission of entries is December 30, 2016

For any queries, please email us at , Call us at 9099258492 We look forward to your cooperation in making India innovative and spread the spirit of the Honey Bee Network.

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P.S.  GYTI 2017 Award function will be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

E-Droid Meter

Bitu C Ghoniya from Sarvajanik College of Engineering & Technology, Gujrat with the help of her team Shruti B Patel, Jigisha M Karangiya, Jinal N Modi and Guide Urmi Desai she developed an E-Droid Meter. e-droid-2

Problems with electricity bill have always been there, for example one cannot ensure that how accurate his/her bill is, one cannot predict the bill and cannot find out how much one pays per unit. So, a project which can help in solving these problems is built. The consumption of individual appliances is analysed. A device is made which will continuously measure consumption of every appliances and these data e-droid-1will be transferred to the server so that one can check and see the usage of appliances graphically. The biggest advantage of this system is that one can turn on/off the power of appliances remotely. One can get notifications when any appliance exceeds its threshold value and that particular appliance will be turned off automatically. The device can be used in residential and commercial areas, for analysing power consumption of appliances and to save energy.

For this innovation called E-Droid Meter, they received appreciation award in Gandhian Young Technology Innovation Award 2016 organized by SRISTI at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi


Cost-effective mechanical testing equipment for characterising creep behaviour of materials under combined tension-torsion loading

A young engineering student from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur Vineesh K P developed a Cost-effective mechanical testing equipment for characterising creep behaviour of materials under combined tension-torsion loading with the help of his guide Prof. Vikranth Racherla.

1Components in several engineering applications like gas turbines, nuclear power plants, boilers etc., experience stress at relatively high temperatures, causing them to undergo time-dependent permanent deformation (referred to as creep deformation). It is important to characterise the creep behaviour of materials for various loading and temperature histories, to be able to predict shape changes and component life in such applications. The team has designed, fabricated and tested a mechanical-cum-creep testing machine that can measure elongation and twist, with high resolution in samples, subjected to tension and torsion loadings at given temperatures. The fabricated prototype of our machine is different from other commercially available ones in the following regard: (i) Ability to apply combined tension-torsion loads, (ii) Measurement of creep behaviour under time-varying temperature/loads, (iii) High measurement resolution (length changes of the order of 100 nm), (iv) Horizontal machine layout, simplifying reconfiguration, maintenance and assembly, (v) Lower cost, and (vi) Modular nature of machine, allowing easy reconfigurability. 

Martensitic stainless steel ss410 is used for all parts except for linear guide way, rail blocks, ball screw, and bearings which are purchased directly. ss410 offers a unique combination of corrosion resistance, excellent strength on heat treatment and magnetic property (which is useful e.g. for holding work pieces on magnetic chucks during grinding operations on parts) at a price that is considerably less than the austenitic grade stainless steel such as ss304. while in annealed condition, at which it is procured and machined, it has an yield strength of around 275 mpa its yield strength increases to around 1000 mpa by heating it to temperatures of 925-1010°c, oil quenching it, and finally tempering it at 200°c for around 2 hours.

For this Cost-effective mechanical testing equipment, they received appreciation award in Gandhian Young Technology Innovation Award 2016 organized by SRISTI at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi

Design and development of multipurpose electric cycle

Four Young engineering students Patel Krunal Solankimultipurpose-electric-cycle1 Prashant, Brijesh Patel, Jigar Parmar from Shri Satsangi Saketdham Ram Ashram Group of Institutions, Vadasma, have made a Design and developed Multipurpose electric cycle with the help of their guide Mr. Sandip Godse.

Imagine you are cycling on the road and meet an accident or suffer injuries by falling down. This project presents an electric motorised bicycle which can easily convert into a wheelchair and transport you (the injured) to the nearest hospital. multipurpose-electri-cycle-2This cycle is designed to run on electric power, with two electric motors fixed to wheels. However, it could be manually-run when the battery is down. Once the purpose is served, it can be folded to a compact size within a minute, without needing any tools.

For this innovation Multipurpose electric cycle, they received appreciation award in Gandhian Young Technology Innovation Award 2016 organized by SRISTI at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi

Automatic sugarcane juicer

Five young engineering students Nilkantha Gadakh, Nilkantha Dashrath Gaikwad Ganesh Balasaheb, Jondhale Shailesh Bhausaheb, Anarase Ganesh Raosaheb from K K Wagh Institute of Engineering Education and Research, Nashik developed Automatic sugarcane juicer​ with the help of their guide Prof M R Pardeshi. 

 The conventional sugarcane juice machines normally have two powered crushing rollers which do not crush the cane in a single crush, hence providing low juice extraction efficiency. The operators have to continuously handle the susugarcane-juicer1garcane which carries the risk of hand injury. Also, it makes the juice unhygienic Some sugarcane juice extractors allow extracting the juice in a single pass, but the feeding of sugarcane into the machine is again with manual help. In these crushers, the openings provided for the entry and exit of sugarcane. Thes openings remain open when idle. The presented machine provides 20 per cent increase in juice extraction efficiency as compared to the existing machines. The selected methodology and design are very effective in reducing the fiber content in juice, with very little fiber deposition on juice extracting rollers. Cleaning system contributes to improved juice sugarcane-juicer2quality by quick removal of juice from crusher components. Crusher inlet and outlet closures help prevent the introduction of foreign matter while machine is in working state. Manual work is limited to storing of clean sugarcane in the storage box and giving instructions to the machine by operating switches, completely isolating the operator from any injury or accidents.

We have not found any patent or published article in searchable database on automatic sugarcane juicer (both patent and non-patent database). This innovation presents an automatic and compact sugarcane juicer with higher juice extraction efficiency, lesser power consumption and effective isolation to prevent injury to the operator, also producing clean and hygienic juice.

For this innovation Automatic sugarcane juicer, they received appreciation award in Gandhian Young Technology Innovation Award 2016 organized by SRISTI at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi

CHEC Kit: A low-cost mobile OMR system

Two Engineering students Shahwat Sanghavi and Rahul Patel from Institute of Engineering & Technology, Ahmedabad developed A low cost mobile OMR system called CHEC Kit with the help of their guides Dr Mehul Raval Mr Dhruv Gupta. checkit1

In the current exam assessment system, students suffer heavily due to half-cooked evaluation schemes with irregular evaluation. Optical mark recognition (OMR) response sheets are checked manually because of resource limitations and results in infeasibility of an institute to deliver results accurately and quickly. For this, CHEC Kit, a mobile phonebased OMR system is used for automatic checking of the users’ response sheets. CHEC Kit exploits prior information about the OMR sheet layout, which helps in achieving high speed and accuracy. The system incorporates computer vision and image processing, computer communication and networking, and database user interface. The backend is developed in Python and OpenCV library while the front end is done using HTML and Android. The overall system cost is low as software is developed using open-source technology and does not necessitate scanning hardware. The desirability and viability aspect of the system development is done based on extensive market survey and after interviewing several stakeholders.

For this innovation "A low cost mobile OMR system" called CHEC Kit, they received appreciation award in Gandhian Young Technology Innovation Award 2016 organized by SRISTI at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi

Green flexible conducting paper from edible bacteria-derived 3D nanocellulose matrix and polyaniline

A young girl from Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad Ms. Divya Anand developed a Greendivya-anand-1 flexible conducting paper from edible bacteria-derived 3D nanocellulose matrix and polyaniline with the help of her guide Dr Mudrika Khandelwal.

A new, greener material for conducting paper is sought for applications such as security paper, actuators and anti-static packaging. It is required that the material for these applications possess low density and a good mechanicdivya-anand-2al integrity. Thus, a way to produce bacterial nanocellulose (BC) polyaniline (PANI) nanocomposites by in situ polymerisation in suspension of cellulose nanowhiskers has been shown here. The advantages of using BC are its ultranetwork structure, sufficient porosity, high purity and crystallinity, good mechanical properties, great water holding capability and low environmental impact. The BC/PANI composites formed by optimised synthesis of PANI within cellulose nanowhiskers possess good electrical conductivity in addition to its excellent mechanical properties and flexibility.











For this Green flexible conducting paper from edible bacteria-derived 3D nanocellulose matrix and polyaniline, she received appreciation award in Gandhian Young Technology Innovation Award 2016 organized by BIRAC-SRISTI at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi

she is pursuing PhD in Japan through JICA scholarship from the university of Tokyo so on her behalf her parents received her award. divya-anand-5

Design of an innovative retrofitted tricycle for a disabled person

Four young engineers of Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune,  Ajit A Mohekar Tanmay N Shah, Ramkrishna N Patil and Nikhil S Pawar developed a design of an innovative retrofitted tricycle for a disabled person with the help of their guides Prof Pushkaraj D Sonawane & Prof Dr Sandip T Chavan.

The various means of mobility like hand driven tricycles,retrofitted-tricycle1 wheelchairs, retrofitted vehicles etc. assist in the basic functional moving of the disabled people, without considering many important aspects of safety, ergonomics and aesthetics. There has been a focus on improving the mobility of the wheelchair with customized motorized vehicles such as buses, vans, cars and motorcycles.

The existing customizedretrofitted-tricycle2 tricycles used by a disabled person, however, require him to dismount from the wheelchair and be seated on the tricycle – very inconvenient and challenging task for a disabled person. Addressing this challenge, a motorized retrofitted tricycle has been designed and fabricated which allows the disabled person to drive the tricycle without dismounting from the wheelchair. The tricycle is designed to accommodate a disabled person along with the wheelchair with ease and convenience. This was achieved by providing a specifically designed platform and automated ramp, which allowed the wheelchair to beretrofitted-tricycle3 wheeled up or down. The prototype was designed using Computeraided design (CAD) which helps to increase productivity by allowing the visualization of the desired component through the use of a large array of tools for analysis and design. Prototype testing including bump testing and steering testing has been carried out and the results obtained were quite satisfactory. The finalization of the design of the tricycle has been done by performing safety tests as per ARAI scheme. This work targets a unique, cost effective and convenient mechanism in providing smooth transfer and mobility for the people who have disabilities.

For this innovative retrofitted tricycle, they received Gandhian Young Technology Innovation Award 2016 organized by BIRAC-SRISTI at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.

A Cart for physically-challenged

Four young engineers of L J Polytechnic, Gujarat Vishrut Bhatt SumanthMudaliar, Joshi Ashay, Dave Kaushal developed a Cart for physically-challenged with the help of their guide Harshul Bhrahmbhatt.

The physically-challenged people having problem in their legs use patla currently, on which they move forward by pushing the ground backwards. Because of using patla, they face probleMs One, they get blisters on hands; two, the hands become unhygienic for eating off them or using them in sanitary purposes.

















Therefore, a vehicle is designed which can be propelled by wiggling the front steering wheel, attached to two pivoting wheels touching the ground. It harnesses natural forces of inertia, centrifugal force, gravity, and friction in order to drive the car forward and backward. It does not require a power source such as battery, fuel, pedal or gears. Instead, it simply runs on the person’s ability to wiggle the steering wheel. It can be operated indoors and/or outdoors, though it works best on a smooth, flat surface. The aerodynamic shape gives better speed and more comfort to the user as it has less ground clearance. Children can also ride on it for fun. Sunmica on plywood is provided for sitting. This device is also comparatively cheaper and durable than other vehicles and wheelchair available for the handicapped.


For this Cart, they received Gandhian Young Technology Innovation Award 2016 organized by SRISTI at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.

And after that they felicitated by Shree Kapadvanj Modh Brahman Bandhu Samaj at PolioFoundation.



India-EU research cooperation – Joint calls for proposals under H2020


Dear all,


We are pleased to share with you new opportunities for research collaboration between India and the European Union, with funding being available from DST and DBT for Indian participants.

1-   DST-EU Calls for Proposals: out of three calls, two are open now:   

Call name / topic

(click topic name to follow link)



NMBP-04-2017 – Architectured /Advanced material concepts for intelligent bulk material structures

27 October 2016

NMBP-06-2017 – Improved material durability in buildings and infrastructures, including offshore

27 October 2016

NMBP-13-2017 – Cross-cutting KETs for diagnostics at the point-of-care

19 January 2017


For detailed information and guidelines please visit .


2-   DBT-EU Calls for Proposals: out of 18 calls for proposals, five are open now:

 Call name / topic

(click topic name to follow link)



NMBP-15-2017: Nanotechnologies for imaging cellular transplants and regenerative processes in vivo



BIOTEC-07-2017: New Plant Breeding Techniques (NPBT) in molecular farming: Multipurpose crops for industrial bioproducts



SC1-PM-07–2017: Promoting mental health and well-being in the young



SC1-PM-08–2017: New therapies for rare diseases



SC1-PM-10–2017: Comparing the effectiveness of existing healthcare interventions in the adult population




Another 13 calls will open soon.  For detailed information and guidelines please visit .


3-   Do you want to be an EVALUATOR for the European Commission?

Experienced Indian researchers should seriously consider applying as expert evaluators, i.e. to be part of panels for the evaluation of proposals for research projects submitted under Horizon 2020.  Acting as an evaluator (with EC remuneration) will allow you better understand which criteria characterise a "good" proposal and, during your evaluation meetings in Brussels, will also allow you to network with other high-level researchers in the same field, potentially paving the way for future collaboration. For more information and to apply for such a registration, please visit .

4-   Apply now for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship

Experienced / post-doctoral researchers (PhD or at least 4 years of full-time research experience) from India are eligible for 'Individual Fellowship- European Fellowships' (MSCA-IF-EF-ST-Standard). Last date for submission of application- 14 September 2016 @17h00:00 (Brussels time). For more information

5-   Registration to the EU-India STI Cooperation Days 2016 –  Bioeconomy – 21-22 September 2016, CSIR-NIO, Goa

This event is jointly organised by the National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO), the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India and the European Commission (EC), the EU-India STI Cooperation days bring together researchers, SMEs and policy makers to discuss the latest policy, research and innovation developments in the field of bioeconomy and offer extended networking opportunities. For more information, please visit us at  and register at


We would be glad if you could disseminate this information to researchers and organisations in your constituency / network.  Please feel free to contact us at for any additional information.


Wish you all the best!

Globalink Research Internships is OPEN!!!

The student call for applications for Globalink Research Internships is now open. The deadline to apply is September 20, 2016, at 4:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).


The Globalink Research Internship offers a 12-week research project at Canadian universities for high-achieving senior undergraduates from Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia. Starting May 2017, approved students travel to Canada, where they work with a faculty supervisor and other researchers at their host universities.


Interns receive:

  • Stipend for living expenses
  • Professional development workshops
  • Local Globalink Mentors


For more information visit the Globalink Research Internships web page.

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Subsidiarity & public policy

There are goals which we wish to pursue faster in public interest but often lose track of certain values of subsidiarity in design, action, review and redesign. What does subsidiarity imply in the context of public policy?

For instance, the long overdue goal of removing open defecation through building toilets. I was talking to one of the district level officers recently. I asked whether the design of the toilet pot has been made variable in respect to the water available for cleaning per use in different pockets of the district. It had not been done.

We know the situation about drinking water availability in the country. Situation for sanitation may not be that bad but availability is constrained in many places. If many of these toilets get choked after some time and girls continue to suffer in schools and other places, where these much needed toilets are non-functional, we will have to blame ourselves. Why did not we use public policy space for enough decentralisation, reflection on the design suitable for given water constrained situation, and what remedies are available for mid-course correction. Won’t it be embarrassing if a large number of toilets are found to be not used well because of improper design to begin with?

Can we not combine speed, scale and successful implementation through efficient adaptation of location specific design? What is remarkable is that national policy does take note of this problem very graphically.


How do we ensure that we reward innovations in design, delivery, and disposal and reuse of waste material if old design has to be scrapped and replaced by new design? Similarly government issues guidelines to banks to give loans to start-ups recently. Two loans to SC/ST and other disadvantaged clients per branch. Under Start-up India, Stand-up India, massive facilities have been offered by the government.


But when one visits the portal ( and looks at the responsiveness, earlier for first few months, at least reply were being given. Of late, the comments are not being responded. Obviously, no senior officer may be monitoring such responses or lack of them to make this well intentioned programme more effective.


We surely can make changes in our portal so that if some comment is not responded in reasonable time, the unanswered question or comment is escalated to a higher officer. This will ensure that at least in two weeks, all concerns are responded. When I reviewed the links at and checked a few schemes of banks, I found that their guidelines still stress on mortgage of immovable assets and other assets, as required earlier for small business loans.


The impact of various concessions announced by the government is not visible in these schemes. If this factor, so vital for customer service and success of the start-up movement is supported by user satisfaction surveys and monitoring of changes in these schemes, the results would have been better.


We have knowledge. We also have some feeling, but when it comes to translating our feelings into action, we sometimes falter, as I have argued in my recent book: Grassroots Innovation: Minds on the margin are not marginal minds (2016).

I hope we will avoid making a trade-off between values of serving society and velocity with which this service is provided with desirable consequences. This is a movement.


Corridor of creativity: Medical innovations by patients, doctors and nurses

No matter how empathetic a delivery system, there is always a scope to do more, to do better and to think farther.  During my recent visit to Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh for a foundation day lecture on Doctors as Designers of an inclusive healthcare system, I learnt so much about the innovations involving patients, their wards, nurses and other staff as co-creators.  Somehow, the intellectuals tend to take over far too much responsibility of thinking and doing.  We ignore the contribution grassroots workers within and outside an organisation can make towards a very creative and innovative ecosystem. 

PGI Infusion

During the informal interaction with the Director, Dr. Yogesh Chawla, Dean, Dr. Arunaloke Chakraborti, innovative students and faculty, it was learnt that despite being a premier institute of tertiary research and practice of medical science, PGIMER received about 10000 patients every day.  The more caring they were, more demands were made on them from the entire region.  I was keen to know whether doctors and patients together had developed some innovative solutions.


What Dr.G.D.Puri shared is not only an inspiring one but also very relevant for all other hospitals which would wish to learn from their patients and the wards.  Dr. Puri explained that while giving infusion to the patients, sometimes he needed to know when a specific  volume had been delivered, say 200 ml out of 500 ml saline.  The wards keep an eye and then communicate the information to the nurse and the doctor to do the needful.  Dr. Puri being a surgeon had to focus on surgery rather than keeping track of every infusion to critical patients.  He discussed this problem with the wards of the patients and discovered a very innovative possibility.  Mr. Kalia, a technical assistant was attending on his relative who needed such monitoring.  They both discussed the idea and realised that a weight based alarm system would be easiest to design and solve the problem.  Dr.Kalia was working with a company, Clarity which helped him to design a small device with a hook on which bottle could be hung.  At the predetermined level, the alarm would indicate the need for stopping the flow or taking the next step.  When I asked this question in my SMIPR class yesterday, students came out with several ideas such as flow meter, timer and several other possibilities till one student thought about a balance to weigh and signal an alarm.  Mr. Kalia was no less talented than my class at IIMA and that too with far less qualification.  An invention was born [see fig]. 


Imagine similar opportunities for redesigning a whole range of devices, delivery systems and other patient monitoring systems in which the patients, their wards and nurses who face the constraint can contribute positively to solving the problem.  These solutions when designed by materially constrained people invariably turnout to be a frugal innovation.  Given the empathetic context in which such a dialogue takes place, the samvedana is inherent in the srijansheelta.   Let me give you another example of Dr. Kusum Sharma who wanted to develop a quick system for identifying TB.  With the help of similar discussion with affected people, staff and students, she has designed a very low cost solution.  Dr. Reddy regretted that many of the terminally ill patients with a need to use feeding tubes could not taste the food.  He wanted the evening of the life of such patients to be more meaningful.  He designed a tubing with corrugated filter inserted in the oesophagus so that food after being tasted went to the inserted tube. 


There was another interesting example for monitoring children who sometimes feel uncomfortable and squirm in the cradle.  Generally, we take note only when the child cries.  Some doctors thought about an image processing device on the top of the cradle to indicate the discomfort of the child.  How nice of the doctors and the nurses to be so sensitive to the child’s needs.  There were many other innovations being done at this and many other institutions.  As Dr. Chawla mentioned, they were so occupied with day to day care of the patients that innovations even when tried did not often get catalogued, shared and celebrated.  I requested him to start a corridor of creativity in which such innovations and even the challenges could be displayed.  When patients, wards and the staff walk through the corridor, they feel envious, inspired or provoked to do something different themselves.  Once the seeds of impatience with inertia are sown, the sprout of an innovative idea become inevitable.  The student innovators may note that under BIRAC-SRISTI partnership, SRISTI provides fifteen fellowships of  Rs 15 lac each and 100 fellowships of one lac each for grassroots innovations validated or value added by students,  Apply For any query regarding sign up email us at .