Sunday, December 31, 2006


Bharatiya Yuva Trust (BYST) has been providing loans to young entrepreneurs of rural India. They signed a VC agreement with IFC for a fund of 5 million US dollars to help one lakh entrepreneurs. TePP innovators can take their assistance to start their enterprises. Contact :
Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust
C/o, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
23, Institutional Area, Lodi Road
New Delhi - 110 003
Tel: (011) 24629994 - 7.
Telefax: (011) 24693079.
Contact Person: Ms. Jyoti Chaudhary

Friday, December 29, 2006

Financial assistance from Coconut development board

Coconut development board under technology mission offers financial assistance for technology development, demonstration and adoption. Support is offered for programs like `Management of Insect Pests & Diseases affected Coconut Gardens' and `Processing and Product Diversification'. TePP innovators in related areas are advised to avail the benefits.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

94th Indian Science Congress

Indian Science congress will be meeting at Chidambaram from 3rd to 7th Jauary 2007. Several TePP innovators will be partipitaing in the exhibition organised during the congress. List of innovators invited:

1.Shri M.S. Raju, Vision-Aid Charitable Services Society, Visakhapatnam, 2. Shri A.N. Shukla, New Delhi, 3. Shri I. Panneerselvam, PARAMAKUDI, 4. Shri V.K Ajikumar, Tiruchirappalli
5. Dr. B. Ramesh, Ernakulam, Kerala, 6. Shri T. Sriramkumar, Coimbatore, 7. Shri Balaji Sowmyanarayanan, Chennai, 8. Dr. A. Jagadeesh, RMK Engg. College, Kavaraipettai (Chennai)
9. Prof.(Ms) Vimala Devi, Pondicherry, 10.Shri G. Gnanamani, Perambur, 11.Dr. Sanjay S. Lakade, Aurangabad, 12.Shri R.A. Yadav, Former Scientific Adviser to CNS, M/o Defence, Delhi
13.Shri KVKL Narasimha Rao, Hyderabad, 14. Shri Deepak Raj Rao, Chennai, 15. Shri K. Nagarajan, Dindigul, 16. Shri N. Rajendran, Erode, 17. Dr. Vijayan Ravi Kumar, Trithala (Kerala)

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Taking innovations to market

Taking innovations to market is often more challenging than cretaing an innovation. During my visit to PDMA international conference held at R.M.K.Engineering College (near Chennai) on 20th December 2006, I came across two organisations succeful in this task. SELCO ,based in Bangalore takes solar appliances to masses with an innovative fiancial package. They can be contacted at SELCO, #313, 12th Main, 15th Cross , 5th Phase, J P Nagar, Bangalore - 560078, India. International Development Enterprises (India) based in Delhi has successful track record of taking farmer friendly technologies to market in a sustainable way. They can be contacted atINTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ENTERPRISES (INDIA), C 5/43, Safdurjang Development Area (1st & 2nd Floor), New Delhi 110016. The orgnaisation received Ashden award 2006 for diffusion of `treadle plump'. Other notable Indian awardee is Appropriate Technology Institute (ARTI) for compact biogas system and Vivekananda Kendra - NARDEP (VK-Nardep) for a series of advances to biogas designs.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Patent for Dr Ravikumar

Dr V. Ravi Kumar, well known dentist from Palakkad developed `Endodontic Instrument For Root Canal Sterilization' with support under TePP. His innovation has now received Indian patent (No:202137).

Congratulations to Dr Ravi Kumar for bringing root canal treatment real and affordable.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Inventions from SN Mathur

Sri SN Mathur is a serial innovator and has developed Energy Efficient Geyser with TePP support. One can set temp at comfortable level and take direct shower using this Geyser. He also patented Punchureless tyre, Energy efficient Dessert cooler, Mosquito trap, Air conditioner and econoiser for cooking stove. All those innovations are licensed/ marketed by Mars International, located at Ghaziabad. Contact person, SN Mathur,

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Triple helix model

The interaction meeting held on 28th & 29th Novemeber 2006 at IIT Kharagpur, with TePP network partners has been a stimulating experience. Some information on Triple Helix model is shared here.

University based incubation , assisting the growth of spin-off firms through a dedicated facility providing subsidized space, consultation and other help to encourage entrepreneurship is a world wide phenomenon. This originated in the USA at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) two decades ago as an explicit organizational format and since had spread all over the globe. Incubator development varies according to academic and regional conditions, the focus was on spin-offs from faculty in USA, reverse engineering adaptation in catching- up economies and an emphasis on student organized firms in Sweden etc. Triple Helix model of university-industry-government has at its core a university as a source of new technologies and had its origins at MIT and Stanford in the early 20th century. At MIT incubation was needed to revive a declining industrial region and at Stanford the need was to develop a green field site in a region largely lacking in industry.
The triple helix comprises universities and other knowledge producing institutions, industry including high tech start-ups, MNCs and government at various levels.The incubator format is reinterpreted and re-invented to respond to local conditions, opportunities and problems. The flexibility of the incubator model has allowed its adaptation to the problems of low-tech as well as high tech firms, the formation of cooperatives as well as corporations, linear extension of academic research and reverse linear importation of industrial problems and business concepts into academia. The principles of incubation in a triple helix of university-industry relationships can be expressed in the following propositions ( Henry Etzkowitz):

-The development of science and technology is increasingly embedded in the triadic relationship of university, industry and government.
-Institutions in each sector play hybridised roles that move them away from classical understanding of the sector, for instance, entrepreneurial academics, academic industrialists and business strategy in government.
-Incubators are organisations that internalise the triadic relationship and encourage and provide home for these hybridised roles.
-Networks at various levels, among incubator firms, incubators and institutional spheres have the potential to enhance the rate of innovation and inventive activity, both technological and organisational.
-High-tech innovation is universalised as developing countries with the ability to develop human capital in niche areas are able to translate these competencies into internationally competitive technologies and firms.
-Incubation exemplifies the emergence of a triple helix science, technology and innovative policy.

RMP Jawahar-International Champion of Business Incubation for the year 2006

TePP network partner, RMP Jawahar- Executive Director of TREC-STEP has been awarded International Champion of Business Incubation for the year 2006 by UKBI during UKBI's Annual Conference Sustainable Features at Birmingham on 20th Nov 2006. It is an honour he richly deserves for his untiring efforts in promoting entrepreneuship in the country.