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President Patil presents 6th National Grassroots Innovations Awards

New Delhi, Fri, 09 Mar 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Mar 9 (ANI): President Pratibha Devisingh Patil presented the 6th National Grassroots Innovations Awards, and also inaugurated the Exhibition of Innovations at the President's Estate here on Friday.


The award function was organized by the National Innovation Foundation-India (NIF) to give acknowledgement to grassroots innovators and outstanding traditional knowledge holders.


The award winning innovators were identified for recognition by NIF during its 6th National Biennial Competition, which ran from 2007 to 2009 and saw over 36,000 submissions.


The President gave away 15 National and one lifetime achievement award. The awards have been given in seven categories: - life time achievement, national, state, consolation, diffusion, idea, appreciation, and special student awards.


A tractor mounted machine for aerating and mixing bio-wastes, a tree pruner, an electric painting brush, improved plant varieties, a weaving machine and threshing machine for paddy were some of the selected innovations.


Along with the grassroots innovators, awards were also given to journalists for their support to the grassroots innovations movement, design, research and engineering institutes for adding value to the innovations and a law firm for facilitating Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection for these innovators.


All the entries were subjected to technical and patent, prior art search, to ascertain the novelty/distinction and/or cost effectiveness.


The Research Advisory Committee comprising Heads of the top R and D institutions, experts from engineering, agricultural and veterinary colleges, Vice Chancellors of various universities from all parts of India had screened the short-list of potential awardees.


The NIF, an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, has been actively engaged in promoting creativity and innovation in our society through volunteers of the Honey Bee Network.


Its primary aim is to recognize, respect and reward grassroots technological innovators and traditional knowledge experts, through which it endeavors to build a National Register of green Grassroots Technological Innovations and Traditional Knowledge practices. (ANI)


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