Sunday, December 28, 2008

Revival of Kinnal art

Kinnal Art was found and encouraged during the regime of King Krishnadevaraya, Vijayanagar empire in the year 1336. Since from those days, even today this traditional art is being carrying out. But one finds this art only in few families of Kinnal as many others have migrated. The old traditional art is protected by few people . The specialty of this art rest in painting, which is called LAJAWAR painting This paint is prepared by hammering tin 4 to 5 hours, till it gets molten form. After getting this liquid they add colors to paint it. It will not vanish or lasts its glamour, which we can see on the wood, steel and even on the marble and stones especially on the walls and sealing of olden temples and palaces. Usually two 15kg hammers are used for this purpose.

For the few that are carrying out this heritage art till now, the main problem is hammering of tin. Because it takes more time to melt and people who are engaged in this hammering work, they are charging more and availability of man power is less. Because of this reason artisans using artificial paints which will lade very early and genuine artists are concerned of loosing importance of Kinnal Art. Since this pounding of tin is tedious process people engaged in this pounding will get chest pain more offeten. Due to above all factors Kinnal art has lost its luster due to migration to commonly available led based chemical paints.

The whole village celebrated when Anjaneya Chitragar found a new echnique by using Tin pounding (Grinding) machine to get tin in a liquid form.

(as told by Hemanna Chitragar)

Photopgraph shows inventor Anjeneya Chitragar in white shirt. The innovation is funded under TePP by SSIT,Tumkur

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Envision 2008-The National Innovation Contest

Envision 2008 is a product design competition organized by the Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur. The winners stand good chance of receiving TePP grants upto Rs 60 lakhs in phases. Last year's runner up received TePP grant. Finals are scheduled on 10th January 2009.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Innovators camp at Pune

TePP will be meeting innovators in Pune on 23rd December. Event is facilitated by IITians of Bombay.
Venue: Hall 2 at MCCIA on Senapati Bapat road
Time: 3-4PM
Contact person: Ajay Pathak, 9822099058

Innovation Camps in Ambala

TePP is organising innovators meet at Ambala on 22nd & 23rd December.
Contact person:
Shri D S Kajal,
ERDC Campus
G.T.Road, Near IOC Depot,
Ambala Cantt.-133001, Haryana
0171 2610418
+91 9416322143

Updated list of TePP Out Reach Centres

Updated list of 28 TePP out Reach Centres (TUC) is posted on DSIR web page
In unrepresented areas, counseling centres attached to TUCs will be opened in near future.
TUC Monitoring Committee is empowered to screen, evaluate & recommend suport to innovations under Micro Technopreneurship Support category and several of them have been sanction till now.

Technology Delivery Centre at Audishankara College of Technology and engineering , Gudur

Audishankara College of Technology and engineering , Gudur with support from TePP organised a innovation exhibition on 19-20th December. Innovators got an opportunity to showcase their products and got accolades form the society.
Display of rural innovations in large number is an essential part of TePP strategy to take innovations to market. The college has come forward to organise this event , first of its kind in country, with large participation by students and public. TePP plans to organise such innovation mela in all parts of country where farmers will get an oportunity to see working models of rural innovations presented by innovators.

PM urges scientists to fight against terror

News papers carried Prime Minister's speech at Shati Swarup Bhatnagar awards on 20th December, where few priority areas were identified for scientists to fight terror- Surveillance systems, cryptography, near real time search and identification from distributed large data bases and computer simulation exercises. While most activities needed heavy resaerch, there are also opportunities for independent innovators and start-ups eligible for TePP support. TePP funded 4 innovators working on innovations of releance to security. There are also cases, where applications in cryptography etc could not be supported as testing at end of the project is not clear. In the coming years , we can expect to suport more security related innovations coming from garage scientists.

Shodh Yatra in Bihar

The Shodh Yatra is organized by SRISTI twice a year. Primarily, the Shodh Yatris, walk around a distance of roughly 250 k.m or so in a span of seven to eight days.

The 22nd SY is being organised from December 29, 2008 to January 3, 2009 , will start from Motihari and conclude in Betiah. , Dr. Ambedkar Sansthan (AWCCDS), Siwan will be the hosts and local organizers.

Contact person:

S.Nadeem (Researcher). (09906595175)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Innovation Camps in North East

TePP will be participating in the exhibition organised during Indian Science Congress at Shillong from 3rd January to 7th January 2009. During this period innovation camps will be organised for interaction with innovators of the region.

For details Innovators may contact:
Prof Fazal A Talukdar, National Institute of Technology, Silchar-788010 (Assam),, 038422-242911, 241313

The proposals will be screened on the spot by TePP officials and TUC cordinators.

SKG Sangha

SKG Sangha headed by Dr Vidya Sagar implements projects in sustainable living. Activities include: Integrated vermicompost bioreactor systems, improved cook stoves, solar lanterns/geysers, large scale organic fertiser production etc. They received several awards like Ashden award, Tech Museum.
SKG Sangha
#532, 2nd main road
Gandhi Nagar
Kolar 563101

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Innovators camp at Hyderabad

Innovators camp scheduled on 13th December 2008 at 9.30 AM in TUC, ICRISAT campus. Interested innovators can contact:

SM Karuppanchetty,Deputy COO,ASP-ICRISAT & Manager,ABI-ICRISAT ,ICRISAT,Patancheru,AP-INDIA

Ph +040 30713414/Mob 09866396443

I will be present to discuss with innovators.

It is part of intensive drive to meet innovators across the country. I had an opportunity to meet several innovators at Chennai on 2-4th December and again at FMS, Delhi on 6th December. After Hyderabad meet, I will be meeting innovators at Bangalore on 15th and at Pune on 23rd.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Asu machine by Mallesham

Mallesham is a grass root innovator, whose machine was exhibited at Inventors of India workshop, CIIE, Ahmedabad. Normally, a weaver has to move his or her hand almost 18,000 times to prepare the yarn. As a result they are prone to get arthritis in seven to eight years. He got the inspiration to develop this machine to relieve her mother of pain and he did it with his own money.
story: TOI

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Temperature Indicating Crayons

Innovator Sreedhar G Patil of Bangalore was supported under TePP for development of this product. More than 60 formulations of High Temperature Indicating Crayons (ranging from 400 deg C to 1200 Deg C) were developed.

Usage of Tempindic is simple - mark on the surface of the metal /sheet with the required Tempindic, once the surface reaches the rated temperature of the crayon, the mark would melt and show liquid smear. These crayons are free from lead, sulfur, mercury, cadmium, poly-brominated biphenyls (PPB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), hexavalent chromium (European RoHS banned substances).Each Tempindic formulation is designed to melt within the accuracy +/-1% of the rated temperature. The Crayons length would be 125 mm having dia of 8.1 mm (arch dia 9.5 mm). A few sample Tempindic Crayons are shown in the picture.

New TUC opened at Tirupati

TePP Outreach Centre was inauguration on 22nd Novemeber 2008 at Sri Padmavati Mahila Visva Vidyalayam, Tirupti. This is expected to make TePP more accessible to women innovators. Prof GSarojamma, Vice Chancellor presided over the function.
For more details : Hindu

Monday, November 17, 2008

Lunar Baby Thermometer

An illustration of creativity is `Lunar Baby Thermometer' by designer Duck Yong Kong.
source: idea connection

Friday, November 14, 2008

support to unattached researchers

TePP has no provision to support research work. The primary support is for entrepreneurs taking their innovation to market. Researchers working in universities, IITs etc get research grants from UGC,AICTE,DST,DBT,CSIR,DIT,DRDO etc. Who supports researchers not working in any research institute? Probably none. TePP recieves requests from many such unattached researchers and they are generally advised to publish their research work in peer reviewed journals as there is a possibility institute researchers may show interest in tie-upwith them .
One such researcher is Muraleekrishnan from kerala, not supported under TePP or any other govt program- working on a novel cryptography tool . His paper has now appeared in 'AmericanInstitute of Physics' and NASA digital library.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Padmavati Women University joins TePP Network

Very few women innovators could be supported under TePP. A major initiative to redress this imbalance is taken with Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam joining TePP Network as TePP Out rech Centre.
The university with a mission
Emanicipation Of Women Through Aquisition Of Knowledge
is led by Vice Chancellor Prof G Sarojamma.

ICRISAT Agro Business Incubator joins TePP Network

Agriculture innovations get a boost with ICRISAT Agro Business incubator joining TePP Network as TePP Out reach center.
For range of service offered by ICRISAT :

CSIR engineering Labs join TePP Network

TePP Network is strengthened with several engineering labs of CSIR joining TePP Network as TePP Outreach Centers. They are:
Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute, Pilani
Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur
Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, Chandigarh
Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur
National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur
North - East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat
Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata

The networking with CSIR labs adds to the techological depth and innovators needing support from any these labs can contact TePP.


We receive many queries from students about some basics on science and engineering. This reflects on the poor quality of teaching science & engineering and probably inaccessibility of teachers. But this is a gap TePP cannot substitute. One useful resource is Sciforum, where students post their queries. Link:

Friday, October 31, 2008

Arvind Narayan bags Best Success Story award

TePP Innovator Arvind A Narayan has been selected as one of the Best Success Stories promoted by Trec Step, Trichy by Euro Office Services, a business network of Business incubators across Europe. He collected the award from them on 23 October in Lyon, France.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Rural technologies from Bhinge Brothers

Bhinge Brothers offers a complete irrigation package to farmers.This package consist of simple and low cost pond liners for collection and storage of water during rains , low cost flexi storage tanks with simple gravity microirrigation kits of various types and Ecoflo Pump.
This Ecoflo Pump weighs just 12 kgs such that even a child can carry it to any place and by simple stepping action can pump upto 5000ltrs of water from a depth of upto 7mtrs to a height of upto 15 mtrs. The Ecoflo pump's piston cylinder and manifold assembly is made in reinforced plastic which makes it very smooth to operate and also gives very long operating life. The use of special microirrigation kits for vegetable and horticulture plants further ensures the best yield with minimum water.
The products include:
  • Plastic sheets -pond liners for rain water harvesting
  • Ecoflo Treadle pump
  • Micro irrigation kits for growing vegetables, horticulture crops
Naren Bhinge
Bhinge Brothers,
Nasik, India
Mobile- +919823067081

Sunday, October 05, 2008

solar-powered refrigeration system

Promethean Power Systems is developing a solar-powered refrigeration system for commercial cold-storage applications in off-grid and partially electrified areas of developing countries. Their refrigeration technology will enable food suppliers to store and preserve perishable food items—such as milk, fruits and vegetables—without the need for expensive diesel-powered generators. The refrigeration technology is works with thermoelectric cooling based on the Peltier effect discovered by Jean Peltier in 1834. When a current is passed through a circuit of two dissimilar conductors, there will be a rise or fall in temperature at the junction depending on the direction of the current flow.

Will thermoelectric cooling emerge as a disruptive technology that will some day displace conventional, vapor-compressor refrigeration in consumer and commercial applications throughout the world.

Friday, October 03, 2008

13th International Human Genome Meeting

TePP Innovators Dr Arup Dutta and Dr G.Prakash participated in the Exhibition held during HUGO's 13th International Human Genome Meeting, September 27th - 30th, 2008 at Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad. TePP participation is coordinated by TUC, ANU, Guntur.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

"Solekshaw”, the solar-electric rickshaw

The Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dikshit, launched “Solekshaw”, the solar-electric rickshaw for eco-friendly urban transport, at a function organized on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti near the Chandni Chowk Metro Station on 2nd October in the august presence of Shri Kapil Sibal, the Vice-President, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, CSIR and Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences. Prof. Samir K. Brahmachari, the Director General, CSIR was among the other dignitaries who were present on the occasion. This innovation has come from CMERI, Durgapur, the lab that has given indegeneous tractors.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

2008 Global Development Marketplace: Sustainable Agriculture for Development Competition

TREC-STEP has been awarded a prestigious World Bank grant at the 2008 Global Development Marketplace: Sustainable Agriculture for Development Competition, at Washington DC on the 26th September 2008. Mr. R.M.P. Jawahar, received the Award. The Project titled, ‘Mini Cold Storage Ventures’, aims to establish a cold chain of PPP enterprises among our trained youth (from SKILLS), using the latest technology in refrigeration, adapted to the needs of small farmers.They are ranked 4th among the 22 winners, from out of 1800 applicants.

Monday, September 29, 2008

award for Navaraj Yadav

The tamilnadu government awarded the Best scholor award to Dr.P.S.Navaraj, Reader in Zoology , Yadava college, Madurai for his outstanding contribution to teaching and research.He is TePP innovator too.

TePP in Biotech news

Biotech news of August 2008 carried an article on TePP. Download from

Saturday, September 27, 2008

CSIR Award for S&T Innovations for Rural Development (CAIRD) - 2008

Prof. Samir K. Brahmachari, DG, CSIR on the occasion of CSIR Foundation day, announced bestowing of CSIR Award for S&T Innovations for Rural Development (CAIRD) - 2008 jointly upon Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow for “Biovillage strategy for agri-business of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants” and Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI), Bhavnagar for “Innovations in the area of salt for rural development”.

Providing details on the innovations made by both the institutions, Prof. Brahmachari mentioned that shrinking land holdings, decreasing productivity of Indian soils and increasing input costs to agriculture are resulting into diminished returns from conventionally grown crops. The backbone of Indian economy, the traditional agriculture is gradually proving to be uneconomical. There is a felt need thus to improve strategically the agri-economics for rural farmer. This is possible only by augmenting and introducing some economically viable specialty crops along with the traditional agricultural crops. CIMAP has gainfully utilized Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) for this purpose by conceptualizing “Biovillage Mechanism” and operationalizing it strategically. Varieties and agrotechnologies of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) have been developed and disseminated, aiming at sustainable production and commercialization of these plants in rural areas. This has helped in economic upliftment of farmers in a big way.

CIMAP has backed the concept of Biovillages by developing several new cultivars of mint, artemisia, geranium, patchouli and khus suiting to diverse agro-climates. Linkages with industry have also been established for necessary buy back of the produce from farm itself thus benefiting farmers directly. A dependable complete package for managing distillation waste, farm waste, weed waste etc. has also been developed and integrated to generate biofertilizer. CIMAP’s Biovillage Concept has inputs of end-to-end innovation for benefit of rural farmers.

Explaining CSMCRI innovation, Prof. Brahmachari further added that out of the total 20 million tons salt produced in the country annually, about 6 million tons is produced in the rural sector by the marginal salt producers. The salt produced by marginal salt manufacturers is of inferior quality due to the presence of higher amounts of certain ionic impurities and other insolubles. The rural manufacturers also lack scientific knowledge of salt manufacturing. Thus, this type of salt fetches very low price.

CSMCRI has developed various processes for the recovery of high purity salt by rural salt producers addressing the problems faced by the rural salt manufacturers. Processes for removal of impurities through heap washing and desulphatation, utilizing distiller waste liquor of soda ash plants which otherwise poses the problem of disposal and creates environmental pollution have been developed. CSMCRI has specifically seen that no additional time or infrastructure is required to implement the processes developed and significant improvements in salt purity and whiteness are brought about. With CSMCRI’s innovation, even rural salt producers are producing salt of purity >99.5% and whiteness index of 87–91. Rural salt producers of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Orissa have greatly benefited from these efforts. Further, CSMCRI innovations have enabled the rural salt producers to enhance their income by many folds. Being easy to adopt, eco friendly and cost effective, these innovations can be implemented without any risk in any rural salt works irrespective of the source of brine and the type of salt works.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Smokeless Chula

The challenge of improving chula (stove) attracted many designers. Karma Lendup Bhutia is designer from Philips team that came out with `Sampoorna' and `Saral'. A new concept was also born `Philionthrophy by Design'. Indeed, MNCs like Philips can contribute more to society by improving common designs rather than any amount of charity under CSR.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

TePP innovator becomes IIPC Champion of Champion

TePP innovator Kranti Kiran Vistakula, promoter of start-up Dhama Apparel Innovations was declared IIPC (India Innovation Pioneers Challenge 2008) Champion of Champion. Also in India Innovation Pioneers Challenge 2008 scholar sparks , TePP innovator Hamsa Nandini bagged 2nd prize where as another TePP innovator Tapendu Mandal received 3rd prize. The prizes were distributed on 18th by Hon.Minister Kapil Sibal.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

TePP innovators at IIT Mumbai

Innovator Murugan of Banana Fiber machine sent me this photo taken in IIT, Mumbai. All the 40 participants of TePP Training program stayed in IIT guest house from 2nd to 6th Sept. This was possible courtesy, Prof Amarnath. He also organised lectures by SINE incubatees and faculty.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Laser basics

TePP receives many proposals on Laser applications. DRDO scientists are maintaining a web site , a rich resource in Laser. Visit:

Turn ideas into products

A tool for all creative people. Ponoko provides you tools to create designs and sell them too on internet. See:

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Enviro energy systems

Enviro Energy Systems is a specialist Process & Environmental Consulting organization started 18 years ago by Dr.V.Ravichandran Ph.D.(USA). Dr.V.Ravichandran was associated with Ford Motor Co.USA, Univ. of Notre Dame USA, IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras. Has 8 inventions in the area of pollution control and process engineering to his credit.. The main purpose of this organization is design, operations and management of technologically challenging chemical and environmental projects. Automatic Effluent Dispenser system is one of their R&D product. Dr Ravichandran authored `Compost Technology' a practical guide on Compost- yard design,operation and marketing.

Training program at SPJIMR

The 5 day training program from 2nd to 6th Sept was attended by TePP innovators , Network partners and innovation managers, numbering about 40. The senior faculty had prepared their lectures keeping in mind the background of the participtants. The take home for innovators was - taking innovation to market requires a combination of Technology potency and Business advantage.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Biocontrol Strategies for Eco-Friendly Pest Management

Department of Biotechnology in association with the National Informatics Centre has now designed and developed a comprehensive web site on Biocontrol Strategies for Eco-Friendly Pest Management ( The site was inaugurated by the Secretary, Department of Biotechnology on 23rd June, 2008.

The site provides the information on :

Biocontrol Agents

Botanical and Novel Biopesticides

Research Achievements

Upcoming events

Resource Directory of Scientists, Manufactures, Company List

Ongoing and completed projects so far

Referral Laboratories

Guidelines for Registering Biopesticides

Friday, August 29, 2008

Meetings at BHU

Please follow the link given below for downloding event photographs of 88th TSC meet at IT,BHU, Varanasi:

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Integrated use of Neem and Sea Algae in eco-freindly management of crop pests

TePP innovator, R.Augustine successfully developed and demonstrated `SEAMIC' which is a combination of Neem kernel extract, Seaweed extract and Potassium Humate. The product was successfully tested on Brinjal, Grape,paddy,groundnut,onion crops.

Training TePP innovators at SPJIMR, Mumbai

TePP, SPJIMR and SINE are organising a 5 day training program to TePP innovators and TUC coordinators from 2nd Sept 2008 to 6th Sept 2008. This is a free service provided by faculty of SPJIMR to TePP. There will also be a trading platform bringing together innovators and family business managers.

TUC coordinators meet on 22nd August 2008

All TePP officials, TePP Screening Committee members and TePP outreach center coordinators meet periodically to share experiences and learning. Next meeting in this series is scheduled on 22nd August at BHU, Varanasi.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Apurv Mishra- young innovator from Orissa

Here is an interesting blog on innovator Apurv Mishra. He is pioneering open innovation movement in his own way and is backed by Intel among others.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Software Institute for Rural Development

Social entrepreneur Bhushan Ambadkar developed software for watershed planning & estimation, which was released by NIRD in Hyderabad. With active support from NABARD, he also developed software for project reports for agribusiness units in Maharashtra . Using this software entrepreneurs can decide on the nature of agri project in their location and submit project reports to banks.
Organisations interested in adopting this software for other states can contact Bhushan:

Friday, July 11, 2008

Brick Making Machine

Grass root innovator J. Meghanathan of Pinayur village in Kancheepauram district developed a brick making machine with support from L-Ramp. Read story in Hindu Business line by Anand Krishnaswamy.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

energy from waves

Many innovators show interest in harnessing energy from sea waves. Though the concept is appealing, the engineering challenges are many. See this post on bulge wave anaconda and video.

Areca nut Cleaner Cum Polisher

Peeling of areca nut is one of the labour intensive process. This task is mainly carried out by ladies in the village. Areca nuts are harvested in different methods as well as different ripped conditions of the nut. Green areca nut is harvested after 80 to 90 days of maturity. In one bunch there will be several nuts some are more matured, few are under matured. Usually 10 to 15 % of the harvest will be over matured. Peeling of the over matured is very difficult by hand. Instead of peeling they scrap the outer skin by using sharp knife. This scraped one is usually called as ketta gotu. These scrapped ones are boiled and then dried. After drying these are once again scrapped by using knife and then sorted according to the quality. Market rate for this variety is always 40 to 30 % of the finest variety of the areca nut. Rains during the harvest season will enhance the quantity of the ketta gotu as the processing of the areca nut will be stopped and it will be allowed to over mature and then dried. When these nuts are peeled they will have white coat on the surface and more often outer skin can not be cleaned completely. They need further processing before sending it to the market.
In addition to peeling of the green areca nut peeling of red areca nut also carried out. This task of peeling of red areca nut is very tedious one and complete removal of shell is impossible one. This semi peeled one is further processed in traditional manner and dried. This product is generally called as kettagotu /Gorubulu and goes to the market at nearly ¼ to 1/6th rate of the normal areca nut. This is mainly due to shape and also adherence of the parts of outer shell.
These kettagotu / gorubulu is further processed at market by scrapping individual nut by using knife. This is mainly done by ladies and children. They are paid at Rs. 3.00 per 5 kg and normally one will do about 20 kg in a day.
This problem has been observed by Shylaja Vittala and found that there is need a for mechanization in this part of the process so that value can be added to the areca nut. Developing machine was very difficult one as machine should address following points:
1. Areca nut is delicate one in its dried state and will brakes in to pieces after processed in
2. Only outer parts of shell should be removed.
3. weight loss should be minimum
4. Machine applications should be easy so that even it can be handled by the ladies.
Keeping above requirement of the market Dharma Polisher has been developed over a period of three years of R&D. Dharma polisher is addressed all the above requirements and also handling capacities. Product has been test marketed and found good response from the users. The product has been sold in may parts of the chitradurga, shivamoga, arasikere.
For orders contact:
Dharma Technologies, 1st Cross, 60 ft Road, Sapthagiri Extn. (West). Upparahalli main Road, Tumkur, Karnataka- 572 102
: Ph: 0816-2292159, M: +919886737260, E-mail:

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Agriculture information is an online community comprising of buyers, sellers and technical experts in agriculture.
Free membership is also availble.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

power to the pedal winners

Design 21: Social Design Network announced the top three winners of the Power to the Pedal online design competition this week from 222 entries worldwide. Most popular is the music making bike by Joseph Kim and Jinwook Hwang from Seoul, South Korea.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Prakruti power pedal station

The Energy Conservation Mission Hydeabad was trying to develop a Sustainable Pedal/Solar Model for Rural Lighting, integrating the current day needs of Mobile charging, PDA Maybe a Lap Top, a Fan and Colur TV

The product is now ready. Price-about Rs5,000/-

Interested paries may contcat
C V Rao
Energy Conservation Mission
99490 11955
98480 11955

Monday, May 12, 2008

Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana

An opportunity for students planning to become researchers. Apply for KVPY grants. You can get monthly stipend upto PhD level.Students who represent India in the International Olympiads Physics/Chemistry/Biology /Mathematics/Informatics and Astronomy in 2008 will automatically qualify for KVPY Fellowship provided they complete X/XII Standard Board Examination by 2008 and continue studying in science subjects.

TePP will also encourage such student researchers.

Detailse see;

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Solar Home Energy pack

Mr. Syed Zahed, an entrepreneur in Renewable Energy Technologies, secretary, I.C.W.A (NGO) created a package with the combination of MAGH-I woodgas stove designed by GEO, solar lamps and torch lights with rechargeable batteries and a solar panel called “Solar Home Energy (SHE)” pack. see details at :

Good stove

Dr. N. Sai Bhaskar Reddy, Founder and CEO of Geoecology Energy Organisation (GEO) developed a series of low cost, efficient stoves for people using biomass as fuel. See details at :

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

workshop at PSG STEP

TePP Workshop at TUC, PSG-STEP, Coimbatore was organised on 28th March 2008. View of participants can be seen in the picture.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Innovative machine to make surgical bandage

It is payback time to DRDO scientist RA Yadav, who was determined to use his vast knowledge of machines to improve obsolete designs of small sector. Initially he took on the challenge of improving surgical bandage machine with telling affect. The new machine , facilitated under TePP, is now a reality. Take a look at

Monday, February 11, 2008

TePP meeting at Technopark

The first time, TePP officials from DSIR & TIFAC, TePP Screening Committee members and TePP outreach center partners had all met together for a two day event. The meetings were held at Technopark, Trivendrum on 5th and 6th February 2008.There was sharing of learning and re dedication to share the dreams of independent innovators of India.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Wind Turbines on roof top

Marquiss Wind Power, based in Folsom, CA, manufactures a unique and patented Ducted Wind Turbine (U. S. Patent Number 7256512) for use in the commercial and industrial building Designed for optimal performance on rooftops.

Another unique design is that of Indian Innovator SasiNarayan, who developed a patented winged vertical axis wind mill.

Composting Toilet kit

Green trust developed a complete composting Kitchen and Toilet system for anyone wanting to reduce their water requirements, eliminate sewage, and build soil quality for gardening. Consists of a manual on worm composting, a collection device (toilet), cover & bedding material (coconut fiber), a worm bin and worms.
Build your own from the descriptions and parts list, or drop us a line at

Free Book on Electricity and Electronics

For all innovators working on electricity and electronics, this free book is a boon. Do not miss,learn fundamentals , they convert yr dream into a reality.
Download from :

Charge mobile with peepal leave

Dilip Prakash carried this interesting post in his blog.

Step by Step guide to charge your mobile battery using peepal leaf

1- Open your mobile cover

2- Take out your battery

3- Take two to three fresh leaves of peepal/pipal/ashwattha tree

4- Touch the stub of these leaves on your mobile battery terminal for a minute

5- Clean the mobile battery terminal with the soft cloth

6- Put your battery again in your mobile and switch it on

7- Now you can see the result

8- If required repeat the process with fresh leaves Regards

Thursday, January 24, 2008

SME Toolkit

SME Toolkit is a project of IFC, a member of the World Bank Group. In India ICICI Bank has tied up with IFC to offer free business management information and training for small businesses / small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on accounting and finance, business planning, human resources (HR), marketing and sales, operations, Tenders information, Business News, Draft Agreements, Legal Notifications and information technology (IT). The SME Toolkit India offers a wide range of how-to articles, business forms, free business software, online training, self-assessment exercises, quizzes, and resources to help entrepreneurs, business owners, and managers in India to start, finance, formalize, and grow their on


Students club for augmenting innovation

"Students' Club for Augmenting Innovations (SCAI) at grassroots" is a body of students from India's management and technological institutes. National Innovation Foundation (NIF) is encouraging students to set up SCAI chapters at various schools, colleges and universities in order to provide Product Development, Business Development (setting up of ventures), Mentoring and Monitoring support to entrepreneurs/innovators/traditional knowledge holders at grassroots level in the country.

Each educational institution shall have a student coordinator and a faculty coordinator to start with. The student coordinator shall be given the right to select his/her core committee and build up a SCAI chapter for his/her institution. The members may be from the first year or the second year. The student coordinator upon his/her selection/election/nomination will be required to submit a detailed Statement of Purpose (SoP) enlisting his vision for SCAI, expected areas of activities/involvement, learning involved, expectations from NIF, succession plans, skills of entrepreneurship exhibited in past, etc. on

Friday, January 18, 2008

Water filtering tricycle

Google (GOOG), the search giant turned green energy disruptor, has announced the winner in their fatalistically named “Innovate or Die Pedal-Powered Machine Challenge,” . Co-sponsored with bicycle-maker Specialized, the contest asked cycling grease monkeys to make “clean” pedal power work in new and innovative ways.

The winner is Team Aquaduct for their water-filtering tricycle that could help solve water quality issues in the developing world. Designed to hold enough water for a family of four, the Aquaduct filters water while the rider pedals. Using a clutch attached to an idler pulley, the rear wheels can be disengaged so that water can be filtered while the bike is stationary. The team of five engineers who designed and built it will be taking home $5,000 and a couple of Specialized bikes as their prize.