Summer School 2014

SRISTI organized Summer School 2014 on how to improvise the current Agricultural tool Bullet Santi according to Kenyan Terrain and to cater some of the local need too. This Summer School was organized from 2nd June 2014 to 26th June 2014. The summer school comprised of students across the country from states such as Gujarat, Rajasthan, Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh.

The Orientation session was conducted by Prof. Anil K Gupta at IIM-A. The orientation session was attended by students and various faculties of local engineering colleges and other experts. Prof. Gupta talked about the Objective of Summer School and also told about optimizing the Current version of innovation according to the Kenyan terrain. He explained about various factors which would  play crucial role in rejuvenating the product for different context. A detailed case study about Bullet Santi was presented by Chintan Shinde which helped students and other guests to co-relate it with the task.

This Summer School was divided into three phases. The first phase was about the introduction of Bullet Santi and getting acquainted to it in technical point of view and getting to know about various challenges faced by various stake holders of Bullet Santi. Second Phase was  about the Field Trips done by students in order to get to know the ground reality faced by the consumers and the fabricators of Bullet Santi. And the third phase was about  the Hands On mode, which comprise of student working in workshop to change the concluded design of Bullet Santi.

During the First Phase, the students were briefed by Chetan Patel who is a Research Associate at SRISTI and who has work on field about the Bullet Santi. Mr. Chetan explained about the Diffusion of Bullet Santi with other factor associating with it. To make students able to get to the Problem faced by Farmers who use Bullet Santi, a workshop on Design Thinking Approach was organized for experts and mentors. Students were taught basic Design Thinking principles which would help them to get to the Problems faced by Farmers using Bullet Santi in their fields. Motivated by this workshop, students got an approach on how to solve the pertaining issues faced by farmers regarding Bullet Santi.


The Second phase of the Summer School comprised of Field Trips to engage with the local farmers who use Bullet Santi and also to meet different fabricators who make them. The first trip was organized to Grambharti, Amrapur where the students got in Hands-On mode with Bullet Santi. Students on inquiring got insights from the farmer who used Bullet Santi. Also to understand the problems themselves as taught them during the Design Thinking workshop, they themselves drove the tool and noted down all the challenges they faced while driving this Agricultural tool on Field. For deeper understanding of the problem, next field trip was arranged for them to Amreli which is the Heart of Bullet Santi Fabricators and its Consumers. At Amreli, students got to meet different fabricators along with the Consumers of Bullet Santi, students got a detailed exposure about the problems which still persists in Bullet Santi. Students got to know the Specific usage of Bullet Santi for what all-purpose it is used so they can tweak it accordingly. Filled with curiosity students asked various questions pertaining to Bullet Santi and got their queries resolved by the Farmers and the Fabricators. At the End of the second phase students came up with few challenges such as Handling, Suspension problem, Vibrations persisting in Bullet Santi due to its stationary engine, design of plough, depth control for sowing, Draft control and Dematerialization of Bullet Santi.

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The third phase of this Summer School comprise of the Hands On workshop in which students applied their expertise on solving the pertaining issues faced by farmers. The students after quantifying all the problems lead to a conclusion that the most important problem faced by any fledgling user is the handling of Bullet Santi. Also to adjust according to the Kenyan terrain, the Handling of the Bullet Santi should be optimized. To solve this issue and on how to implement it, an expert and a faculty from an Engineering college was invited to interact with students. The experts suggested on using a three gear system for handling or use an Atul Shakti Auto’s Handling System and embed it into Bullet Santi. Students got into Hands On mode and got an ATUL Shakti Auto’s handling system from Scrap and they worked for days in the workshop to get it done. Finally they were able to inculcate the ATUL Shakti’s handling into bullet santi and it was somewhat successful. Students were able to drive it through the non-agricultural land. But they weren’t able to test it on agricultural field due to time constraints.


The Summer School was an enriching experience for students and it helped creating  an Open Innovation Platform for Bullet Santi where students were able to post challenges and invite solutions on how to Solve or Improvise certain aspects of Bullet Santi.

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Team techpedia shared the efforts of SIF (Social Innovation Fund) progress to Dr. Mashelkar during his visit to Sristi Lab on 23rd July 2014

Team techpedia shared the efforts of SIF (Social Innovation Fund ) progress to Dr. Mashelkar during his visit to Sristi Lab on 23rd July 2014 . Dr Mashelkar Visited Sristi Lab and interacted with stakeholders there to understand the progress across various domain. During this occasion team Techpedia presented him the progress of some of the latest efforts involving volunteers of HBN and techpedia. They shared the progress in supporting some of the very early stage innovations at their very nascent stage.  detail about this initiative can be seen at . The team shared some of the success stories like Broom making machine which was initially developed by students during summer school in summer of 2013. The early innovation was modified by another innovator in different version at different time and it was tested by various users. Dr. Anil Gupta , EVC NIF who was present during the meeting shared that bringing in co-creation, collaboration and crowd funding together is the next target for Techpedia. The team shared the experince of summer school 2014 and the approach to involve students across fields and colleges to work on common challenges. Summer school 2014 ,  . Dr. Mashelkar appreciated the efforts and shared that the approach of "Nation as a laboratory "  than " national laboratory " will bring in more inclusive growth . Mr. HIranmay Mahanta presented him the progress of Techpedia along with Mr. Adhish Patel and Mr. Suraj Kakkar.

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Team Techpedia at Sristi helped 3M (formerly known as the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company) for CII Student Innovation Challenge Award 2014 as a knowledge partner

Team Techpedia at Sristi  helped 3M ( formerly known as the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company) for CII Student Innovation Challenge Award 2014  as a knowledge partner. Team Techpedia help pulling projects across the nation and best 100 projects were nominated to 3M for preliminary filtering.  Techpedia developed an online review system to facilitate the process . The Team of experts filtered a set of dozen Innovations across fields in the sector of Energy, Infrastructure  , clean tech and others. The best 10 teams were invited to the 3M R&D center at Bangalore for physical presentation. Team Techpedia coordinated this entire effort of mobilizing the innovators from across the nation. Experts from 3M selected final 3 Teams  and they were recommended for  CII Student Innovation Challenge Award 2014. Techpedia will help mentoring and distribution of resources later on and experts from 3M and others will help in mentoring. Sristi helped this process as a knowledge partner and put some resources from itself to cater the need.


Two GYTI winners are among the Innovation Scholars-in-Residence scheme of Rashtrapati Bhavan


National Innovation Foundation’s (NIF) national award winners and grassroots innovators, Shri Gurmail Singh Dhonsi (Ganganagar, Rajasthan; innovator of the rapid compost making machine and tree pruner), Shri Dharamveer Kamboj (Yamunanagar, Haryana; innovator of the multi-purpose processing machine) and Shri Tenith Adithyaa (IGNITE Awardee from Virudunagar, Tamil Nadu; innovator of adjustable electricity extension board and banana leaf technology), who were selected as Innovation Scholars under the Innovation Scholars-in residence scheme of Rashtrapati Bhavan will stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan for a period of twenty days starting from today (July 1 to July 20, 2014). SRISTI Techpedia’s Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award winners Ms. Manisha Mohan who developed Society Harnessing Equipment (SHE) and Shri M.B. Avinash who developed Self-cleaning functional molecular material will also join the other three at the Rashtrapati Bhavan as Innovation Scholars-in-residence.

During this period, these innovators will interact with concerned ministries, research institutions, etc for possible support for further research and development work and/or diffusion of their innovations.

Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble President of India had launched the Innovation Scholars In-Residence Scheme on December 11, 2013 with a view to give impetus to the grassroots innovation promotion activities. The main objective of the Scheme is to provide an environment to grassroots innovators in Rashtrapati Bhavan to work on a project in hand and take their innovative ideas forward. It also aims to provide them with linkages to technical institutions to strengthen their capacity to innovate and to provide mentoring and support so that the innovations can be used for the progress and welfare of society.

National Innovation Foundation – India, an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, has been providing support to this scheme. NIF provides institutional support to grassroots innovators to take forward their innovations.

Information about innovators and their innovations

Shri Gurmail Singh Dhonsi


Shri Dharamveer Kamboj


Shri Tenith Adithyaa


Ms. Manisha Mohan


Shri M.B. Avinash

Techpedia extended support to ET NOW Power of Shunya-Challenge for Zero Series -2014 as Knowledge partner

DuPont, in collaboration with Times Television Network, presents The Power of Shunya™, an exploration of the companies, the minds and the innovations working together to ensure that India can achieve maximum progress with zero negative impact on its people and its environment. “Shunya,” the Hindi word for “zero,” is an ancient idea that once stood for “nothing. During the 1st edition of this program , Techpedia helped as a knowledge partner and mobilized innovations from across the country. During the 1st edition of the program one of GYTI 2013 winner Maumita Bhattacharjee from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi won the coveted award. To take the cooperation ahead Techpedia extended cooperation to ET Now to interact with GYTI 2014 winners during GYTI 2014 award function at IIM-Ahmadabad. During the 2nd edition of this series again Techpedia extended help as an knowledge partner and mobilized innovations from  across the country. Techpedia mobilized more than 300 innovations across sectors for the purpose. Total sixteen team were selected for presenting in the show. The  Curtain Raiser Link can be seen at :  . Honey bee network and Techpedia contributed this program as knowledge partner in taking it to new heights. 


16 teams to present during second edition of the program Power of Shunya-Challenge for Zero Series -2014 :-


1.       Rapid monitoring of surface sterility and food hygiene

2.       SmartCane for the Visually Impaired

3.       Injectable silk fibroin hydro gel for tissue engineering and drug delivery

4.       Flexible Electronic Devices and Displays (ICFEDD) for bio-medical purposes

5.       Preservative to increase shelf-life of milk; useful for diabetics

6.       Biomimicked High Aspect Ratio Hierarchical Superhydrophobic and Antireflective Surfaces

7.       2-D X-ray model to prevent cancerous effect CT scans

8.       Agricultural Paddy Transplanter for Manual Linear Transplantation of Paddy Crops

9.       Ultra Low Cost Tunable Nano Scale Patterns

10.     A paper-pencil based self-pumping and self-breathing fuel cell

11.     A technology for remediation of textile waste waters

12.     Nano Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Within 1000 Rupees (A PAPER PLANE UAV)

13.     Microfluidic Immunosensor

14.     Wireless communication, Monitoring and security system Embedded Safety Helmet

15.     Micro Cold Storage

16.     Paddy Grader and Disease Finder Using Image

Please Click here for detailed video -> Power of Shunya