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: