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Exhibition of Grassroots innovations to kick off week long festival of innovations at Rashtrapati Bhavan



Exhibition of Grassroots innovations to kick off week long festival of innovations at Rashtrapati Bhavan 


An anti-molestation device worn on wrist; alert switch in bus/auto rickshaw for the safety of women; posture correcting chair; rain water syringe for water conservation; simple flushing mechanism for public urinals; foot operated page turning device for differently abled; height adjustable wash basin; a wrapper picker etc will be some of the highlights of an exhibition of grassroots innovations to be inaugurated in Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 12, 2016 by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. 

A total of 65 grassroots innovations will be part of this Exhibition which will kick-off the week-long Festival of Innovations in Rashtrapati Bhavan from March 12-19, 2016. The Festival is being organised by Rashtrapati Bhavan in collaboration with the National Innovation Foundation. President Mukherjee has extended tremendous support to the innovation movement in the country ever since assumption of office, especially by encouraging setting up of innovation clubs in all institutions of higher learning and introducing annual residency programmes for grassroots innovators in Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

The week-long ‘Festival of Innovations’ will witness a number of exhibitions; roundtable discussions on different topics related to innovations with national and international participation; a talk by Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi; an award for Gandhian Young Technological Innovation; Visitor’s Awards to Central Universities, including in the field of innovation; a meeting of Innovation Clubs set up in institutions of higher education across the country; a workshop for children and a hackathon to develop applications useful to society etc. 

The Exhibition of Innovations will remain open between 1000 to 1700 hrs from March 12-19, 2016 for the public. All visitors to the Mughal Gardens will be able to visit the Exhibition. 

Background information on the innovations and innovators whose exhibits will be displayed in the Exhibition is attached. 

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Tezpur University and JNU win the annual visitor’s awards for Central Universities 

Tezpur University has won the annual Visitor’s Award for the ‘Best University’ and Prof. Rakesh Bhatnagar as well as the Molecular Parasitology Group of JNU have won the Visitor’s Awards for ‘Research’ and ‘Innovation’ respectively. 

President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will present Visitor’s Awards for the year 2016 at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 14, 2016, as part of the ‘Festival of Innovations’. President Pranab Mukherjee had announced institution of these awards at the Vice Chancellors’ Conference, 2014 with the aim of promoting healthy competition amongst Central Universities and motivating them to adopt best practices from across the world. 

The Visitor’s Award for ‘Innovation’ will be given to Prof. Rakesh Bhatnagar of Jawaharlal Nehru University for development of a genetically engineered vaccine and a therapeutic antibody against anthrax. 

The Visitor’s Award for ‘Research’ will be presented to the Molecular Parasitology Group of Jawaharlal Nehru University of pioneering work in the area of molecular parasitology, especially anti-malaria, leishmaniasis and amoebiasis. 

The ‘Best University’ will receive a Citation and Trophy while winners of Visitor’s Award for ‘Innovation’ and ‘Research’ will receive a Citation and cash award of Rs. one lakh. 

For selecting the winners, online applications were invited from all Central Universities for each category. A Selection Committee headed by Smt. Omita Paul, Secretary to the President and with Secretaries of Department of Higher Education and Department of Science & Technology as well as Chairman, UGC; DG, CSIR etc as members chose the winners of the Awards. 

A week-long ‘Festival of Innovations’ is being held in Rashtrapati Bhavan from March 12 to 19, 2016. It will commence with the inauguration of an exhibition of grassroot innovations on March 12, 2016 by President Pranab Mukherjee. The Festival will witness a number of exhibitions; roundtable discussions on different topics related to innovations; group discussions; an award for Gandhian Young Technological Innovation; a meeting of Innovation Clubs set up in institutions of higher education; a workshop for children and a hackathon etc. 

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