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Special Article The Honey Bee Network, a social movement human survival without any help from formal sector. to uncover the hidden innovative talent, started 25 NIF helps grassroots innovators and outstanding years ago and has made a contribution towards traditional knowledge holders get due recognition, recognition, respect and reward for the unsung respect and reward for their innovations. It also heroes of our society. tries to ensure that such innovations diffuse widely through commercial and/or non-commercial The event focused the attention of the nation channels, generating material or non-material towards the untapped potential of knowledge-rich, incentives for them and others involved in the economically poor people. value chain. An exhibition—FOIN 2016- of grassroots With major contribution from the Honey Bee innovations was also organized. The President was Network volunteers, NIF has pooled a database of accompanied by Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union minister over 225,000 technological ideas, innovations and for science & technology and earth sciences; Dr traditional knowledge practices (not all unique, not Najma A Heptulla, Union minister for minority all distinct) from over 585 districts of the country. affairs; Dr R A Mashelkar, chairperson, National Innovation Foundation (NIF); Prof Ashutosh NIF has till date recognised 816 grassroots Sharma, secretary, Department of Science & innovators and school students at the national Technology (DST), and Prof Anil K Gupta, executive level in its various National Biennial Grassroots vice-chairperson, NIF. Innovation Award Functions and annual Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Ignite Children Award functions. A total of 65 grassroots innovations were exhibited as part of the event. The event had global In collaboration with various research & roundtable conferences, spread over a period of six development (R&D) and academic institutions, days, and a meeting of national innovation clubs agricultural & veterinary universities and others to deliberate on the progress and future plans of institutions, NIF has helped in getting several innovation projects in India. Nobel Laureate Shri hundred grassroots technologies validated and/or Kailash Satyarthi and other distinguished thinkers, value added. policymakers, academicians and entrepreneurs, NIF has also set up an augmented Fabrication national and international, attended the conference. Laboratory (Fab Lab) with the help of Massachusetts Informatively, The first edition of FOIN was held Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, for product from March 7-13, 2015. development and strengthening in-house research. Likewise, for initial validation of herbal (The National Innovation Foundation (NIF) - India was set up in March 2000 with the assistance technologies, laboratory facilities at Society for of Department of Science and Technology, Research and Initiatives for Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI) have been augmented. Government of India. It is India's national initiative to strengthen the grassroots technological innovations Pro bono arrangement with patent firms has and outstanding traditional knowledge. Its mission, helped NIF file over 743 patents, including eight The NIF official websiate says, is to help India filed in the USA and 27 Patent Cooperation Treaty become a creative and knowledge-based society (PCT) applications, on behalf of the innovators by expanding policy and institutional space for and outstanding traditional knowledge holders. Of grassroots technological innovators. these, 39 patents have been granted in India and five in the USA in collaboration with the HBN. NIF scouts, supports and spawns grassroots innovations developed by individuals and local NIF has also filed applications for 38 plant communities in any technological field, helping in varieties developed by farmers at the Protection August, 2016 7
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