Value Addition Research & Development(VARD)

Most of the innovators and/or traditional knowledge experts need optimization in design process or product formulation by merging with modern science and technology inputs. Market prospects for many innovators will be very low without proper value addition. Creating technology networks can make efficiency gains. Value addition through research and development is a key focus of NIF and it provides a platform for the synergy between formal and informal science and technology, institutions and knowledge system.

As per the prioritization advised by Scouting and Documentation section, VARD section technically scrutinizes innovations (exploratory and accepted category) to ascertain the novelty in each innovation. VARD section conducts a brainstorming session with the internal value chain members from IPR and BD division. Members from GIANs are also involved during technical assessment. Innovations that are potential for improvement and value addition are identified. A prior art search is conducted followed by market analysis through field visits, focus group discussions and consultation with market leaders, entrepreneurs in industrial clusters etc. Some innovations are also either tested in leading laboratories or their efficacy is tested through on-farm trials or in field-testing. On completion of the primary assessment, the innovation is placed before the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) for their expert advice. Prototyping support is given in many cases where prima facie case appears to be strong even before these technologies are put up to RAC.

Key tasks performed by the Value Addition Research and Development team with the ultimate objective of commercialization through new business models are:

a) Coordination with public and private sector R & D institutions, academic institutions, private associations, industry clusters and innovation intermediaries.

b) Formulation of strategies, undertaking detailed product planning and prototype development while maintaining a WBS (work breakdown structure).

c) Mobilization of support for product development proposals through the DST's TePP fund and other similar programs / projects either at local or international level.

d) Creation of a contractual value chain through either benefit sharing or through an up-front fee as suitable in the specific context.

e) Establishment of grassroots incubation centers like GIANs or GIAN cells to coordinate regional product development activities jointly with local advisory committees.

f) Recommendation of domain expert members for Research Advisory Committee (RAC) to scrutinize the innovations for their novelty value, cost effectiveness, social impact etc. Further the process of incubation is tracked through an Incubation Advisory Committee (this process needs considerable strengthening) so as to increase the probability of commercial success of the innovations or traditional knowledge.

 

NIF has established community workshops in different rural areas of the country at the premises of seasoned innovators so that other grassroots innovators of the region can have access to fabrication facilities and also learn from the experiences of such innovators. 37 such workshops have been established in 19 states of the country (list below).

Many times some ideas which need trial and error, could not be developed due to lack of dimensional drawings, required for communication with the fabricators. Also many times the innovators don't get it fabricated due to fear of copying by the other fabricators; the community workshop would facilitate the conversion of ideas/dreams into reality. The type of facility provided varies as per innovator's skills and experience, and facilities already available with him.

All the innovators are willing to help other innovators of the region. Meeting cum workshop of regional innovators are organized from time to time so that the innovators can share their experience, learn the tricks of precise and economic fabrication with minimal wastage.

 

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S. No.
Innovator Address Preferred language for communication
1
Mushtaq Ahmed Dar R/o Kreri, Teh. Doru, Dist:   Anantnag, Jammu & Kashmir - 192211; Phone no. 08803034868, 09858357847 Hindi
2
Dharamveer Kamboj Village Damla, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana, Phone no.: 09896233637 Hindi
3
Gurmail Singh Dhonshi Dhonsi Mechanization, Padampur, Dist: Shri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, Phone no. 09414631570 Hindi
4
Madan Lal Kumawat Village Danta, Dist Sikar, Rajasthan, Phone no.09413162395 Hindi
5
Mohammad Yusuf Khan Yussuf krishi yantra udyog
Fatehpur road, In-front of hotel paradise, Sikar, Rajasthan - 312001, Phone no. 09413856786
Hindi
6
Mehtar Hussain and Mustak Ahmed Muslim Ghopha, Teh:    Darang, Via: Sipajhar, Dist: Dibrugarh, Assam - 784 145; Phone No. 08011750515, 09678115456 Assamese
7
Uddhab Bharali U K B Agro Tech
K B Road North Lakhimpur, District: Lakhimpur, Assam 787001, Phone no. 09435189642
English
8
Kanak Das Ward No 3, Mori HiraGaon, Dist: Marigaon, Assam 782105 , Phone no. 09435651701 Assamese, Hindi
9
Karunakanta Nath Nadatari, Hengalpara, Darrang, Assam -784148, Phone: 9954287077 Assamese
10
H.V. Lalzuimawia C/o Dr P.C. Biaksiama,
House No 37/A, P.O. Vaivakawn, Aizawl, Mizoram, Phone no. 09436361723
Mizo
11
L. Ralte and L. Sailo P&B Machinery
Y 143 A/1, Ramhlun, South Aizwal, Mizoram -796001, Phone no. 09436197191
English and Mizo
12
Imlitoshi Namo H No 19 A, Arkong Ward, 1st floor, Above Eagle Printing Press, Opp New Market, Mokochung Nagaland 798 601, Phone no. 09774047485, 9856447485 English
13
Birendra Sinha Muhalla: Belwanwa, Post- Motihari, Distt: Purvi Champaran(Bihar)
Phone No. 09835007123
Hindi
14
Amrutbhai Agrawat Vill-Pikhor, Post-Maliya, Dist: Junagadh, Gujarat, Phone 09429581351 Gujarati
15
Mansukhbhai Jagani Mota Devaliya, Dist. Amreli, Gujarat, Phone no. 09925447400 Gujarati
16
Gopalbhai Surtia At. Katholi, Taluka. Sankheda, Dist. Baroda, Gujarat - 391145 Gujarati
17
Paresh Panchal 302, Kalptaru Complex, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380054, Phone no. 09429389162 Gujarati, Hindi
18
Arvindbhai Patel 92, Pragatinagar Society, Maninagar, Ahmedabad, Phone no. 09824623397 Gujarati, Hindi
19
Mansukh Prajapati Ramkrishnanagar , Panchasar Road
Village: Wankaner, Taluka: Morbi, District: Rajkot, Gujarat
Telephone: 02828-221156/ 9825177249
Hindi, Gujarati
20
Nattubhai Wadher Village Erwada Patadi, Dist: Surendranagar, Gujarat- 382750, Ph. No.: 09924055012 Gujarati, Hindi
21

Gopal Malhari Bhise

Shendurni, Taluka: Jamner, Dist: Jalgaon, Maharashtra -424204

Marathi, Hindi

22
Shaikh Jahangir Supreme Colony
Opp. Dutta Dairy, Nr. Dr. Pramod Chaudhary's Clinic
Jalgaon, Maharashtra - 425002, Phone no. 9422282938
Hindi, Marathi
23
Roshanlal Vishwakarma At. & Po. Mekh, Tehsil: Gotegaon, Dist: Narsimhapur, Madhya Pradesh, Phone no. 09300724167 Hindi
24
M. Abdul Razzak 149, Nabigal Nayagam Street, Beebikulam, Madurai - 625 002, Tamil Nadu098949052682 Tamil
25
N. Sakthimainthan 13, Sakkaraikulam Street, Nannilam, Dist.: Thiruvarur (Tamil Nadu) - 610 105, Phone no. 09345042176, 09159409292 Tamil
26
Annasaheb Udgavi Pattanmoduthotta, Post: Sadhalga
Taluka: Chikkodi, Dist: Belgaum, Karnataka, Phone no. 09342212732
Kannada, Marathi
27
V. Jayaprakash 'Kavyatheertham' (Neelikhandi), Komathukara, Koilandy Calicut, Kerala - 673305,Phone no. 09847547486 Malayalam
28
Abdul Kaleem S/o Md Aziz Mansuri(Arfi), Deoria Khas, Bhujauli road, Arfi Manjil, Deoria, Uttar Pradesh- 274001 Hindi
29
Sukhram Mistry Doda Toly, Power Ganj,
PO: Power Ganj, Lohardaga, Jharkhand - 835302
Hindi
30
Ranjeet Mirig Post: Gadamunda, Via : Remad, Block: Dhankauda, Dist: Sambalpur, Orissa -768004 Oriya
31
Usman Shekhani P.O. Bhanupratappur  Dist: Kanker, Chhatisgarah494669 Hindi
32
Raisingh Dahiya F937, Mahadev Industries, Nr Bharat Gas Go-down, VKI Road No. 14, Jaipur, Rajasthan- 302013 Hindi
33
G. K. Rathnakar Turbo Turbine Lights
Jayapura, Koppataluk, Chickmagalur district, Karnataka - 577123
Phone no. 09448407703
English, Kannada
34
Kshetrimayum Nicholson Singh Wangkhei Koijam Leikai, Post. Poromat, Nr. Wangkhei Meihouban Leikai, Dist: Imphal East, Manipur 795001
Phone no. 09774263190
Hindi, English, Manipuri
35
Indrajit Balvirsingh Khas Gurunanak Engineering Works, A/P Soygaon, Tal: Soygaon, Dist: Aurangabad,Maharashtra - 431120, Phone no. 09158917636 Hindi, Marathi
36
Jeetender Mallik Village : Seenkh, Tehsil: Israna, District : Panipat, Haryana, Phone no. 09813718528 Hindi
37
Sukhranjan Mistry Village: Dev Nagar (Shakti Farm No. 3),Post: Shakti Farm, Tehsil: Sitar Ganj, Dist: Udham Singh Nagar, Uttaranchal 263151, Phone no. 09917352427 Hindi, Bengali

NIF set up a ‘FAB LAB’ in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA in 2009. FAB LAB of NIF is part of the FAB LAB Network for taking advice of the network in the course of design and development. The FAB LAB includes the following machines

  1. ShopBot: It is a CNC router for precision cutting in 3 Axis of large sheets of material like plywood, light metals, composites, etc. Apart from making parts of products, we can also make templates of value added products, which can improve fabrication quality in actual material.
  2. Epilog laser: It is a machine for engraving/printing on wood, acrylic, plastic (non-metallic) and can remove the anodized layer from the metallic components.
  3. MDX-20 milling machine: The machine is capable of scanning and milling. A useful machine for variety of product design tasks, including reverse modeling, rapid prototyping, model making, and small lot production. The machine can also be used for engraving PCBs.
  4. Vinyl cutter: It is useful for making flexible circuits. In addition to vinyl signs and graphics it can cut adhesive backed copper foil for PCBs and stencils for sandblasting painting or etching.
  5. Variable speed scroll saw: The machine is useful for cutting range of soft materials by varying speed or the tool.

In addition to the above machines, basic mechanical fabrication machines (including lathe, drill, milling machine, arc welding machine, metal cutter, gas welding, wood planner, sheet bending machine, etc) were also included in the FAB LAB to strengthen the fabrication activities in 2012.

In 2014, a 3D printer (size 0.75 x 0.5 x 1.0m, having accuracy of 100 micron and suitable for HIPS, ABS, PLA), TIG welding machine, vacuum forming machine, spot welding machine, etc., were installed in the FAB LAB.

The FAB LAB is dedicated to design and develop proof of concept, prototypes and products based on the ideas and innovations of grassroots innovators and school students.
Some prototypes developed in the FAB LAB are as below