Er. Rakesh Maheshwari

Designation : Scientist E , Head-VARD Engineering

Qualification : M.Tech Farm Machinery and Power, IIT Kharagpur

Department/Project : VARD Engineering

Location : Gandhinagar, Gujarat

Email : rakesh@nifindia.org

Rakesh holds a master's degree in Farm Machinery and Power from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, completed his bachelor's in Agricultural Engineering at CTAE, MPUAT Udaipur, and is currently pursuing Ph.D. With over eighteen years of experience, he is dedicated to supporting grassroots innovators, encouraging young students, and fostering entrepreneurship. He is engaged in incubating technological innovations, including documentation, evaluation, validation, value addition and protecting intellectual property rights. Additionally, he actively contributes to various administrative committees within the organization. Rakesh also serves as the coordinator of the Technology Business Incubator (TBI) and holds the position of Executive Director at the NIF Incubation and Entrepreneurship Council (NIFientreC).


Patel, K., Nayaka, M., Maheshwari, R., & Chauhan, D. (2023). Design and Development of Ragi (Finger Millet) Thresher. In International Conference on Research into Design (pp. 173-177). Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore.

Pawar, P., Gardia, S., Gupta, A., Jakasania, R., Maheshwari, R. (2023). Design and Development of an Ergonomic Rag Picking Kit for Rag Pickers. Design in the Era of Industry

Verma, A., Maheshwari R., et al. (2023). Natural water cooler: An innovative, energy-efficient and low-cost solution for cooling water. In Proceedings of the 9 th International Conference on Advances in Energy Research at IIT Bombay, Springer, Singapore.

Sharma, A., & Maheshwari, R. (2022). Novel Fall Prevention Technique in Staircase Using Microsoft Kinect. Sustainable Advanced Computing. Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering, 840. Springer, Singapore.

Mihir, L., Kadam, R., Maheshwari, R., Upadhyaya, D., Dahiya, R., and Patel, R. (2019), Performance Evaluation of Downdraft Gasifier for ‘Refuse Derived Fuel’.  In Technologies for sustainable development Talyor & Francis Group, London

Maheshwari, R.K. and Thomas, E.V. (2018). Development of a double caged (active-passive) puddler.  Indian Journal of Hill Farming. 31 (2): 281-289.

Patel, H., Prajapati, A. and Maheshwari, R. (2018). Design and implementation of solar weeding robot for cotton field. International Research Journal of Engineering and Technology. 5 (4): 3295-3298.

Chhajed, K., Maheshwari, R., Lohar, R. and Kanadiya, K. (2016). Assistive Aid for Women Workers Carrying Load on Their Head: A Case Study. International Journal of Innovative Research in Science, Engineering and Technology. 5 (2): 2159-2168.

Solanki, V., Vyas, D., Patel, M., Patil, S., Pathan, J., Sheikh, N., Maheshwari, R. and  Garg, T. (2016). Cotton Wick Making Machine - a case study of in situ incubation. Technomic Review.

Mahipalchary, K., Maheswari, R., Ravikumar, R.K., Chauhan, M., Kinhekar, A., Kumar, V. and Kumar, V. (2015). Integrated approach for Engaging Farming Community- Opportunities and Challenges for Low Cost Inputs. International Journal of Agriculture Innovations and Research. 3 (6): 1691-1695.

Maheshwari, R., Vishpute, V. and Kumar, V. (2014). Grassroots innovations in farm machinery sector: Scope and challenges; Proceedings in National Meet of Tractor and Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers (TAMM 2014), 10-19

Kumar, V., Maurya, N., Maheshwari, R., Patel, R. and Gupta, A. (2011). Erfindungen von der basis: Innovationen aus Indien sind einfach gut. Indien Contact 5, 22-23

Maheshwari, R. K., Kurchania, A. K. and Ali, Nafisa M. (2006). Dry fermentation technology of cattle dung through modified biogas plant. Environment and Ecology. 24(1), 103-06.