At National Innovation Foundation (NIF), we believe in the power of transparency and openness in the decision-making process. Hence, the provisions of the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005 have been implemented in its full spirit. In our best efforts to disseminate information to the applicants of RTI, following officers have been designated as Public Information Officer (PIO) and Assistant Public Information Officer (APIO) under Section 5 of the RTI Act.

If you require any information, please write to us with the details sought, along with a prescribed fee of ₹ 10 by way of an Indian Postal Order/Banker's Cheque/Demand Draft in favour of National Innovation Foundation. You also have the option of depositing this amount in cash in the Account's Office of NIF at Ahmedabad

Public Information Officer: Er Rakesh Maheshwari
Assistant Public Information Officer: Mr Tushar Garg
Address: National Innovation Foundation (NIF), India
Grambharti, Amrapur,
Gandhinagar - Mahudi Road,
Gandhinagar, Gujarat
Pin: 382650
Tel: 02764261131/ 32/ 38/ 39
Email: rti@nifindia.org

The Appellate Authority to deal with appeals preferred under Section 19 of the RTI Act 2005 is

Chief Innovation Officer
Address: National Innovation Foundation (NIF), India
Grambharti, Amrapur,
Gandhinagar - Mahudi Road,
Gandhinagar, Gujarat
Pin: 382650
Tel: 02764261131/ 32/ 38/ 39
Email: cio@nifindia.org

Information under RTI Act 2005


    Particulars of its organization, functions and duties, Administrative Setup, Organizational and Functional Structure

    Comprehensive details about National Innovation Foundation can be found at the following links:

    Organisational Structure

    Rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records, held by it or under its control or used by its employees for discharging its functions
    Names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information Officers, Assistant Public Information Officer, Appellate Authority, Nodal Officer

    Same as above mentioned

    Powers and duties of its officers and employees
    Technical staff

    To do elaborate technical, marketing and patent prior art search to ascertain the novelty of claims as mentioned by the innovator/herbal healer/farmer
    To coordinate with different stake holders to scout, document, add value, validate, and protect IPR
    To facilitate diffusion and dissemination of grassroots technologies through commercial/non-commercial means.

    National Innovation Coordinators

    To plan and execute various research and development projects
    To guide various sections to undertake activities related to their domain

    Chief Innovation Officer

    To work as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Organisation and supervise the administrative as well as scientific work undertaken by the organization.
    To carry out financial and administration tasks as per the rules of the organization.
    To undertake and implement the instructions/decisions of the Executive Vice Chairperson, Chairperson and the Governing Board.

    Procedure followed in the decision making process, including channels of supervision and accountability

    As per the organizational chart given above

    Norms set by it for the discharge of its functions

    The NIF follows the rules/guidelines as approved by the Governing Board in consultation with DST.

    Statement of the categories of documents that are held by it or under its control

    a) Ideas/Innovations/Traditional knowledge practices documented from different parts of the country, these cannot be shared with a third party without informed consent of the knowledge provider unless the same is already in public domain.
    b) Annual reports
    c) Budget documents
    d) Scientific Papers/articles relevant to grassroots innovations and their valorization
    e) Publications- books, compendiums, manuals, etc.
    f) Technology transfer agreements (confidential), Memorandum of Understandings
    g) Project reports

    Statement of the boards, councils, committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted as its part or for the purpose of its advice, and as to whether meetings of those boards, councils, committees and other bodies are open to the public, or the minutes of such meetings are accessible for public

    Governing Board
    Finance Committee
    Research Advisory Committee of Formal experts constituting eminent scientists, researchers to advice on grassroots technologies
    Research Advisory Committee of Informal experts constituting seasoned innovators, farmer breeders, traditional knowledge holders to advice on grassroots technologies
    Project Review Committee to assess, recommend and/or evaluate projects in different departments.

    The meetings of these Committees/Board are not open to public and minutes of the meetings are not accessible to the public.

    Directory of its officers and employees
    S. No. Name Email Designation
    1 Dr Vipin Kumar vipin@nifindia.org Director & Chief Innovation Officer
    2 Mr. Mahesh Patel mahesh@nifindia.org National Innovation Coordinator
    3 Dr Vivek Kumar vivekkumar@nifindia.org Senior Innovation Officer
    4 Dr Ravikumar R. K. ravikumar@nifindia.org Senior Innovation Officer
    5 Dr. Pawan Kumar Singh pawan@nifindia.org Innovation Officer
    6 Dr Nitin Maurya nitin@nifindia.org Innovation Officer
    7 Er. Rakesh Maheshwari rakesh@nifindia.org Innovation Officer
    8 Mr. Hardev Choudhary hardev@nifindia.org Innovation Officer
    Monthly remuneration received by each of its officers and employees, including the system of compensation as provided in its regulations

    S. No.



    Level of Pay

    Gross Salary (Rs.)


    Dr. Vipin Kumar

    Director & Chief Innovation Officer




    Mr. Mahesh Patel

    National Innovation Coordinator




    Dr. Vivek Kumar

    Senior Innovation Officer




    Dr. Ravikumar R. K.

    Senior Innovation Officer




    Dr. Pawan Kumar Singh

    Innovation Officer




    Dr. Nitin Maurya

    Innovation Officer




    Er. Rakesh Maheshwari

    Innovation Officer




    Mr. Hardev Choudhary

    Innovation Officer



    Budget allocated to each of its agency, indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditures and reports on disbursements made

    The details are available under specific functional heads at the following link:

    Details in respect of the information, available to or held by it, reduced in an electronic form

    Along with all its publications/reports mentioned NIF maintains databases of ideas/innovations and traditional knowledge electronically. The information in these databases, unless common knowledge and widely known to public, is not accessible to general public because of intellectual property reasons. Also before sharing any information (idea/innovation/traditional knowledge) to any third party, explicit written consent of the knowledge provider (innovator/traditional knowledge provider) as mentioned by him in the Prior Informed Consent form is considered.

    Particulars of facilities available to citizens for obtaining information, including the working hours of a library or reading room, if maintained for public use

    Citizens can visit National Innovation Foundation - India from 10 am to 6 pm on working days of the week and can meet Public Information Officer, Assistant Public Information Officer or National Innovation Coordinators/ Chief Innovation Officer.

    Other information as may be prescribed and thereafter update these publications every year
    • Guidelines for eligibility/other information for the Biennial National Competition of Unaided Green Grassroots Innovations and Outstanding Traditional Knowledge are available here : announcement

    • Guidelines for eligibility/other information for the IGNITE - the annual national competition for students ideas/innovations are available here :ignite_announcement

    • Details about Awardees of NIF's different National Competition are available here : innovation_db

    • Other documents like PIC forms, IPR related forms, Annual reports, Award Books, State Innovation Books etc., are available for download from the following locations : download and publications