Third batch of innovation scholars to commence in-residence programme in Rashtrapati Bhavan from March 12, 2016

Third batch of innovation scholars to commence in-residence programme in Rashtrapati Bhavan from March 12, 2016 

Seven Innovation Scholars selected under the Innovation Scholars-In-Residence programme of Rashtrapati Bhavan will commence their In-Residence Programme in Rashtrapati Bhavan for a period of two weeks from March 12, 2016.
Innovators who will stay at the Rashtrapati Bhavan are Shri G.K. Ratnakar from Karnataka (innovation: Mini Hydro Turbines), Shri Mushtaq Ahmed Dar from Jammu & Kashmir (innovation: Walnut  Cracker), Shri Lal Biakzuala Ralte from Mizoram(innovation:  Bamboo Splint Making Machine), Shri Mallesham Laxminarayana Chinthakindi from Andhra Pradesh (innovation: ‘Laxmi’ Asu making machine), Shri Amrut Lal Bawandas Agrawat from Gujarat (innovation: Aaruni Bullock Cart and Innovative Pulley), Ms. Anuradha Pal from Andhra Pradesh (innovation: ‘Right biotic’ an Anti-biotic finder) and Shri Swapnanil Debajit Talukdar from Assam (innovation: Foot operated manual page-turning machine). (Brief details are attached)

The Innovation Scholars In-Residence Scheme was launched by the President of India on December 11, 2013 with a view to promoting the spirit of innovation and giving further impetus to grassroots innovation activities. The main objective of the Scheme is to provide an environment to grassroots innovators in Rashtrapati Bhavan to work on a project in hand and take their innovative ideas forward. It also aims to provide linkages with technical institutions to the selected innovators to strengthen their capacity to innovate and to provide mentoring and support so that the innovations can be used for the progress and welfare of society. The first batch of 5 innovators and second batch of 10 innovators have stayed at Rashtrapati Bhavan as part of the Innovation Scholars In-Residence Programme from July 1 to 20, 2014 and March 7 to 20, 2015 respectively.

In-Residence Programme at Rashtrapati Bhavan : 12 – 26 March, 2016
No. Name of Innovation Scholar Innovation Title & Summary

1 Shri Amrutlal Agrawat (from Gujarat) (71 yrs)

Aaruni Tilting Bullock Cart, Innovative Pulley and other agricultural equipment The non-hydraulic tilting and dumping mechanism of cart helps in improving efficiency, saves labor
cost and provides high maneuverability in operating. 

The innovative pulley with stopper ensures safe method of drawing water from open well, reducing injury and stress on the womenfolk.


2. Shri G.K. Ratnakar (from Karnataka) ( 57 yrs )

‘Turbo’ – Modified Hydro Electricity Turbine The modified hydroelectric turbine is a customized innovation which can be used for producing shaft power through flowing water. It is primarily designed for remote, hilly and forest areas where it is not possible to supply electricity through conventional transmission lines.
It is pollution-free and cost effective. Due to use of renewable source of energy, it has the
potential to contribute to the objective of providing 24X7 power across the country.


3.Shri Mushtaq Ahmed Dar (from Jammu & Kashmir) ( 34 yrs )

Walnut Cracker and Walnut Peeler 

The Walnut Cracker machine cracks the dry walnuts of various sizes, shapes and hardness
automatically. The nuts and shells are separated easily and without damaging the nuts.
Walnut Peeler is a unique motor operated machine which mechanically peels green walnuts
in a faster and efficient manner. It also separates peeled skins and walnut from each other.
Both walnut peeler and crackar are very efficient, affordable and useful machine for farmers and dry fruits processing units. It helps in saving labour, improves the productivity and quality.


4. Shri Lal Biakzuala Ralte (from Mizoram) ( 49 yrs ) 

Bamboo Splint Making Machine The innovator has developed a manually operated machine which can slice bamboo strips and converts the strips into sticks. It is useful for making incense sticks, tooth-picks and ice-cream-sticks. It has as advantage over conventional method of using knives which is tedious and risky. Useful for rural individuals who cannot afford and use electricity operated machines. It has the potential to generate employment in rural areas.


5. Shri Swapnanil Talukdar (from Assam) (19 yrs) 

Foot-operated page-turning device for differently-abled The innovator has developed a foot-operated page turning machine for those people for whom it is difficult to use hands for reading books, either due to disability or injury. It is a lower limb operated device, designed to assist those who are upper-limb impaired or have injuries in hands.


6. Shri C. Mallesham (from Telangana) ( 43 yrs )

‘Laxmi’ Asu Making Machine The innovation is specifically targeted to alleviate the difficulties of tedious and cumbersome weaving and hand winding process of yarn (locally termed as Asu) for Pochampally Sarees. The automatic machine completes the Asu making process in 1.5 hrs compared to 1 to 1 ½ days in manual method which improves the productivity of weavers and increases their income level.


7. Ms. Anuradha Pal ( 32 yrs )

‘Right Biotic’ : The fastest anti- biotic finder ‘Right Biotic’ is an ultra-rapid test for determining antibiotic sensitivity of bacterial pathogens found in human urine in case of Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). While the present days tests take between 24-72 hours, ‘Right Biotic’ provides the sensitivity report in approx. 4 hrs. The new technology comprises of a lightweight, portable, user friendly, battery backed field device and needs neither any other equipment nor trained personnel. The technology leads to specific and most appropriate treatment at the earliest.

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