National Innovation Foundation pavilion @ SATTVIK 2011

We visited Sattvik2011, 9th Traditional Food Festival, organized by SRISTI  – Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions – at I I M, Ahmedabad campus.

Apart from well-managed food show, the samples of ‘small’ innovations on display at NIF pavilion were simply unimaginable. It was heartening to not that NIF, under the stewardship of Prof. Anil Gupta,  I I M A , have undertaken a mammoth task of discovering such innovations, promoting them for full-scale commercialization and documenting the whole process.

In a country like India, such initiatives themselves require huge scale up to be more visible to all stakeholders. This should be of great help in tackling the major potential problem of providing livelihood opportunities to burgeoning youth constituency of future India.

In fact,  the model of capital-intensive, rather than labor intensive ,automation has come up with major structural flaws, as succinctly analyzed in the article
When Your Replacement’s Name Is HAL on http://thedx.druckerinstitute.com/.
Prof. Anil Gupta and his team deserve tonnes of congratulations for their work, which best can be done by done by helping out, directly or indirectly, to the best of each of the professional  citizens of India to the best of their capabilities.

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Author: ASHOK M VAISHNAV

In July 2011, I opted to retire from my active career as a practicing management professional. In the 38 years that I pursued this career, I had opportunity to work in diverse capacities, in small-to-medium-to-large engineering companies. Whether I was setting up Greenfield projects or Brownfield projects, nurturing the new start-ups or accelerating the stabilized unit to a next phase growth, I had many more occasions to take the paths uncharted. The life then was so challenging! One of the biggest casualty in that phase was my disregards towards my hobbies - Be with The Family, Enjoy Music form Films of 1940s to mid-1970s period, write on whatever I liked to read, pursue amateur photography and indulge in solving the chess problems. So I commenced my Second Innings to focus on this area of my life as the primary occupation. At the end of four years, I am now quite a regular blogger. I have been able to build a few very strong pen-relationships. I maintain contact with 38-years of my First Innings as freelance trainer and process facilitator. And yet, The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.

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