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.
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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