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national innovation foundation

National Innovation Foundation

Bungalow No.1, Satellite Complex, Premchand Nagar Road, Ahmedabad-15


An autonomous scientific society set up in March 2000, by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India with Dr R A Mashelkar,FormerSecretary, DSIR as chairperson and Prof. Anil K Gupta as vice-chairperson

  • NIF is committed to make India innovative by
        • Documenting,
        • Adding value,
        • Protecting intellectual property rights,
        • Dissemination & Commercialization of technological innovations & TK from Unaided grassroots individual from unorganized sector


To make India innovative and a global leader in sustainable technologies by building upon the genius of green grassroots technological innovators and outstanding traditional knowledge experts, protecting their intellectual property rights and converting innovations into enterprises, be they in commercial or social spheres.




Value Addition

& Product




Dissemination &







& Business


scouting documentation of grassroots innovations tk practices

Scouting & Documentation of Grassroots Innovations &TK practices

  • Through ……..
  • HoneyBee Collaborators in different region of countries
  • National campaign
  • “Sodhyatra” – a journey of exploration in villages
  • Sodh Sankal – an informal meeting of innovative farmers
  • Media
  • SATVIK - Traditional Food festival
  • Network members / Students / SHG’s/ NGO’s etc
fourth campaign

Scouted 4325 entries and 14667 innovations

  • Awarded 69 innovations and outstanding traditional knowledge at IARI, Pusa Campus, New Delhi on February 11-12, 2007
  • President Total number of awardees were 83 along with two community awards

Fourth Campaign

At Exhibition IARI Auditorium


Grassroots Innovations Augmentation Network




Facilitate the conversion of grassroots innovations into products and sustainable enterprises.


GIAN North

GIAN North East



Activities of GIAN

Incubation & Prototype Development

Intellectual Property Right Protection

Business Devp. & Venture assistance

development of new paddy variety
Development of new paddy variety

Plant Variety

Plant Variety

  • Shri Dadaji Ramaji Khobragade selected and bred a

new variety of rice called HMT from Patel 3 variety.

  • Painstakingly developed this variety over a period

of 5 years by experimenting and cultivating it on his

own land.

  • The average yield of the variety is 40 - 45

quintals/hectare Short grains, high rice recovery

(80 %) Better smell and good cooking quality.

Dadaji Ramaji Khobragade


  • 62 year old and a farmer by profession.
  • He studied up to 3rd std.
  • He born in 1942, Native of
  • Chandrapur, Maharashtra
indrasan a new rice variety
Indrasan-a new rice variety

Plant Variety

Plant Variety

  • Developed a variety and named it “Indrasan”.
  • The major distinguishing characters of this variety are:
  • It is a high yielding variety with spikes of equal
  • length.
  • Flower is reddish in color.
  • Suitable for the Tarsi region.
  • Least breakage during processing reported by
  • millers even today.

Indrasan Singh


  • 94 year old and a farmer by profession. Educated till Class V
  • Indrashan Singh hails from village

Inderpur, Uddham Singh Nagar,


  • He was born in 1910 at Kushinagar in the village of Durboli.
  • He has a joint family of 6 sons. His family is also primarily into farming and has his own arable lands.


Innovator : Mr. K.J. Baby

: Idukki, Kerala

Scout :Direct

Novel features:

Pure white flowers (labellum is without purple colour markings) and

dark green bold capsules with sturdy, robust tillering, higher and deep

root biomass

Comparative features:

More number of seeds per capsule, oil percentage and higher yield per


Special features:Traits appreciated & implications:

1) White coloured flowers: may reduce the insect-pest infestation

2) Dark green bold capsules with 18 or more no. of seeds per capsule -

which leads to higher and profuse yield and fetch higher market


3) High and deep root biomass – which is a desirable trait for drought

endurance. - IISR, Calicut.



Innovator: Mr. Sabu Varghese

: Idukki, Kerala

Scout :PDS

Novel features:

Branching of panicles, longer seeds, more tillers / clump, high

adaptability in on-traditional cardamom belts where altitude and rainfall

is lower.

Comparative features:

High recovery percentage (dry cardamom from fresh) and higher yield

under varied growth conditions.

Special features:Traits appreciated & implications:

1) Branched panicles: longer and more number of tillers

2) Higher adaptability: location specific selection suitable for lower elevations.

3) Recovery percentage is high (3.8 kg green cardamom after drying gives one kg) whereas in other varieties 5 kg or more gives 1 kg.

4) Yield per plant is 3.0 to 4.0 kg of dry cardamom compared to 2.5-3.0 kg in Njallani- the most popular variety of the region.

5) More tillers per clump (30-50) compared to 25-40 in Njallani.




Innovator: Mr. K T Varghese

: Idukki, Kerala

Scout :PDS

Novel features:

Resistance against quick wilt, high pungency and higher oil


Comparative features:

Higher yield and high pungency

Special features:

Traits appreciated and implications:

1) High pungency and higher oil recovery: Leads to high demand

and market acceptability

2) Resistant to quick wilt: Robust growth of plant prevents loses

due to quick wilt




Innovator: Shri Balasaheb Appasaheb Patil

: Kolhapur, Maharashtra

Scout :Mr. Ramesh Mahajan

Novel features:

Higher forage yield and stability of yield performance under

irrigated as well as un-irrigated conditions.

Comparative features:

Twin podedness, bold grain size, grain colour and diffusion variety.

Special features:Traits appreciated and implications:

1) Twin pods: Higher yield and productivity

2) Stability of performance in diverse ecological conditions: The diffusion and popularity of the variety in the states of Maharastra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka makes wider adaptability and stability of the variety.


potato cultivation in hay made packets with no land and less water from orissa
Potato cultivation in hay made packets (with No land and less water) from Orissa


Farm Practice

  • An innovative method of cultivating potato in sacks made from the ropes of paddy hay.
  • No land is required. A poor farmer can also do it on commercial basis.
  • No extra water is required. While washing hand and face, the water can be poured into
  • the packet
  • Full fertiliser utilisation, due absence of weed
  • 10-15 kg of potato from one packet.
paddy seeds embedded in clay balls
Paddy seeds embedded in clay balls


Farm Practice

  • An innovative method of sowing the paddy by
  • making earthen pellets containing the seeds
  • Saves time, money and fertilizer (15 days
  • advantage.)
  • Low water consumption
  • Pellets (mixture of pond soil and paddy seeds)
  • are prepared and after drying these pellets are
  • ready for sowing.
  • Pellets can be sowed manually or with help of a
  • seed drill.

Ram Abhilas

Uttar Pradesh

  • Ram Abhilash Patel is a resident of
  • Jasra, Allahabad born on the 25th of
  • June, 1956
  • He was born and brought up in Kanti,
  • Allahabad, He has done his intermediate
  • and has only farming experience.
  • He spent all his childhood in the village
  • involved in agriculture that is his family
  • occupation.
Mulching of Salvadora persica with FYM – A Community wide practice of the villages Lapkaman and Augnoj

Farmers of Augnoj and Lapkaman villages of Ahmedabad district are using Salvadora persica with FYM for raising seedlings of paddy seeds. They also put branches of Salvadora in paddy field to restrict weed population and better growth


1) The seedlings are ready for transplantation in 22 days. This process otherwise requires about a month’s time.

2) As this practice involves lesser time, it helps the farmers in dealing better with monsoons, especially if they are irregular.

3) The practice helps attain 100 per cent germination of the seeds thereby reducing the seed requirement per hectare from 12 kg to 8 kg.

seeking collaboration
Seeking Collaboration
  • Scouting & Documentation of Farmers innovations and TK practices
  • Dissemination of innovations scouted & documented by NIF
  • Validation through on farm trials
  • Certification from agricultural officers / local authority
  • Experts opinion & recommendations
  • Support for local level diffusion & organizing various events like Sodhyatra’s , traditional food festivals etc

Contact DetailsNational Innovation FoundationTel:079-26732456Fax:079-26731903Toll Free:1800 233

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Prior Informed Consent Form (PIC)
  • Source of Knowledge
  • Sharing of address with third party
  • Sharing of knowledge on the website, publication or through other media
  • Nature of disclosure
  • Condition of disclosure
  • Value addition
organization framework

Green grassroots Innovators


Honey Bee NetworkState/Regional Collaborators, Nodal Officers, Volunteers from Educational, R&D Institutions, NGO, Students, Innovators Associations, GIAN

IPRs Management

Incubator, Business Development and Micro Venture

Value Addition and Product Development

Scouting and Documentation

Dissemination and Information Technology

Advisery Committee of expert grassroots innovators from informal sectors

Advisery Committee of Science and Technology experts

National Co-ordinator

Chief Innovation Officer

Executive Chairperson


Governing Board