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.

  • Projects support under VARD - Engineering during FY 2018-19 & 2019-20
  • Projects support under VARD - Veterinary Sciences during FY 2018-19 & 2019-20
  • Projects support under VARD - Agriculture 1 during FY 2018-19 & 2019-20
  • Projects support under VARD - Agriculture 2 during FY 2018-19 & 2019-20
  • Projects support under VARD - Human Health during FY 2018-19 & 2019-20
  • 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. 64 such workshops have been established in 23 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
    Mushtaq Ahmed Dar R/o Kreri, Teh. Doru, Dist:   Anantnag, Jammu & Kashmir - 192211; Phone no. 08803034868, 09858357847 Hindi
    Dharamveer Kamboj Village Damla, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana, Phone no.: 09896233637 Hindi
    Gurmail Singh Dhonshi Dhonsi Mechanization, Padampur, Dist: Shri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, Phone no. 09414631570 Hindi
    Madan Lal Kumawat Village Danta, Dist Sikar, Rajasthan, Phone no.09413162395 Hindi
    Mohammad Yusuf Khan Yussuf krishi yantra udyog
    Fatehpur road, In-front of hotel paradise, Sikar, Rajasthan - 312001, Phone no. 09413856786
    Mehtar Hussain and Mustak Ahmed Muslim Ghopha, Teh:    Darang, Via: Sipajhar, Dist: Dibrugarh, Assam - 784 145; Phone No. 08011750515, 09678115456 Assamese
    Uddhab Bharali U K B Agro Tech
    K B Road North Lakhimpur, District: Lakhimpur, Assam 787001, Phone no. 09435189642
    Kanak Das Ward No 3, Mori HiraGaon, Dist: Marigaon, Assam 782105 , Phone no. 09435651701 Assamese, Hindi
    Karunakanta Nath Nadatari, Hengalpara, Darrang, Assam -784148, Phone: 9954287077 Assamese
    H.V. Lalzuimawia C/o Dr P.C. Biaksiama,
    House No 37/A, P.O. Vaivakawn, Aizawl, Mizoram, Phone no. 09436361723
    L. Ralte and L. Sailo P&B Machinery
    Y 143 A/1, Ramhlun, South Aizwal, Mizoram -796001, Phone no. 09436197191
    English and Mizo
    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
    Birendra Sinha Muhalla: Belwanwa, Post- Motihari, Distt: Purvi Champaran(Bihar)
    Phone No. 09835007123
    Amrutbhai Agrawat Vill-Pikhor, Post-Maliya, Dist: Junagadh, Gujarat, Phone 09429581351 Gujarati
    Mansukhbhai Jagani Mota Devaliya, Dist. Amreli, Gujarat, Phone no. 09925447400 Gujarati
    Gopalbhai Surtia At. Katholi, Taluka. Sankheda, Dist. Baroda, Gujarat - 391145 Gujarati
    Paresh Panchal 302, Kalptaru Complex, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380054, Phone no. 09429389162 Gujarati, Hindi
    Arvindbhai Patel 92, Pragatinagar Society, Maninagar, Ahmedabad, Phone no. 09824623397 Gujarati, Hindi
    Mansukh Prajapati Ramkrishnanagar , Panchasar Road
    Village: Wankaner, Taluka: Morbi, District: Rajkot, Gujarat
    Telephone: 02828-221156/ 9825177249
    Hindi, Gujarati
    Nattubhai Wadher Village Erwada Patadi, Dist: Surendranagar, Gujarat- 382750, Ph. No.: 09924055012 Gujarati, Hindi

    Gopal Malhari Bhise

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

    Marathi, Hindi

    Shaikh Jahangir Supreme Colony
    Opp. Dutta Dairy, Nr. Dr. Pramod Chaudhary's Clinic
    Jalgaon, Maharashtra - 425002, Phone no. 9422282938
    Hindi, Marathi
    Roshanlal Vishwakarma At. & Po. Mekh, Tehsil: Gotegaon, Dist: Narsimhapur, Madhya Pradesh, Phone no. 09300724167 Hindi
    M. Abdul Razzak 149, Nabigal Nayagam Street, Beebikulam, Madurai - 625 002, Tamil Nadu098949052682 Tamil
    Annasaheb Udgavi Pattanmoduthotta, Post: Sadhalga
    Taluka: Chikkodi, Dist: Belgaum, Karnataka, Phone no. 09342212732
    Kannada, Marathi
    V. Jayaprakash 'Kavyatheertham' (Neelikhandi), Komathukara, Koilandy Calicut, Kerala - 673305,Phone no. 09847547486 Malayalam
    Abdul Kaleem S/o Md Aziz Mansuri(Arfi), Deoria Khas, Bhujauli road, Arfi Manjil, Deoria, Uttar Pradesh- 274001 Hindi
    Sukhram Mistry Doda Toly, Power Ganj,
    PO: Power Ganj, Lohardaga, Jharkhand - 835302
    Ranjeet Mirig Post: Gadamunda, Via : Remad, Block: Dhankauda, Dist: Sambalpur, Orissa -768004 Oriya
    Usman Shekhani P.O. Bhanupratappur  Dist: Kanker, Chhatisgarah494669 Hindi
    Raisingh Dahiya F937, Mahadev Industries, Nr Bharat Gas Go-down, VKI Road No. 14, Jaipur, Rajasthan- 302013 Hindi
    G. K. Rathnakar Turbo Turbine Lights
    Jayapura, Koppataluk, Chickmagalur district, Karnataka - 577123
    Phone no. 09448407703
    English, Kannada
    Kshetrimayum Nicholson Singh Wangkhei Koijam Leikai, Post. Poromat, Nr. Wangkhei Meihouban Leikai, Dist: Imphal East, Manipur 795001
    Phone no. 09774263190
    Hindi, English, Manipuri
    Indrajit Balvirsingh Khas Gurunanak Engineering Works, A/P Soygaon, Tal: Soygaon, Dist: Aurangabad,Maharashtra - 431120, Phone no. 09158917636 Hindi, Marathi
    Jeetender Mallik Village : Seenkh, Tehsil: Israna, District : Panipat, Haryana, Phone no. 09813718528 Hindi
    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
    Mohd RafiqAhnager Village : Adlash-MagamSirguffara, Near Masjid Sharif Post Sirguffara, Dist: Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir- 192401 Hindi
    Md. Aminuddin Ahmed North East Refrigirator & Electricals, Darbar Road, Village: Arjunguri District - Sibasagar, Assam 785640 Assamese, Hindi
    Sadhu Patel Village- Salepali, Post: Paikmal, District- Bargarh, Odisha 768039 Hindi, Odiya
    Nabajit Bharali C/o Mr. RudraBharali, Michamari Gaon, P/O: Michamari, District: Dhemaji, Assam -787026 Assamese, Hindi
    Milan Jyoti Das Village and Post: Soneswar, Via: Kamalpur, District Kamrup, Assam -781382 Assamese, Hindi


    D. N. Venkat

    #3/940, Vetrivelava Nagar, Poochiyur, Narasimhanaicken Palayam, Coimbatore - 641 031, Tamil Nadu



    A. K. Mawlong

    'ELHANAN', Langkyrding Mihngi, Block IV, Shillong - 793001



    Maibam Deben Singh

    Singjameri chingamakha, Imphal west Imphal west, Imphal - 795008, Manipur



    Imna Meren

    Suhoi Village, Dimapur District, Nagaland 797112



    M. Manihar Sharma

    Nongmeibung Wangkheirakpam Leikai (Pung Makhong), P.O. Porompat, District: Imphal East, Manipur -795005

    Hindi, Manipuri


    Mihin Yalio Pussang

    Limpia, Upper Tajang, Ziro, Lower Subansiri, Arunachal Pradesh



    Lakhan Lal Patel

    Village- Budeli, PO- Malda, Tahsil- Sarangarh, Dist- Raigarh, Chhattisgarh- 496001



    Kapil Dev Thakur

    Vill & Po-Bariyarpur, Dist : Sitamadhi, Bihar 843302



    Dipak Sardar

    Sri Krishna Nagar, Sardar Para, Joy Nagar, S 24 Parganas, West Bengal 743372



    Bakul Chandra Das

    Village- Basanta, PO- Trimohini, Dist- Dakshin Dinajpur, West Bengal- 733126



    C V Raju

    Hasthakala Nilayam, etikopakka, Yelalamachili Mandal, Vizag, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh - 531082

    English, Telgu


    Suren Barua

    Tea Engineering Works, A.T. Road, Panitola, Tinisukia , Assam, 786183



    Durlov Gogoi

    M./s Gogoi Innovations , Dhaman Nalani Kapouhuam P/O: Dhaman, P/s Tingkhang, District: Dibrugarh, Assam; 786610



    Madhab Behera

    Phuka, Post: Rudayagiri, Dist: Gajapati, Odisha 761016



    Gopabandhu Patel

    Kegaon, Block Golanunda, Dist: Kalahandi, Odisha 766036



    Jogendra Patra

    Srabana, Post Agria, Block: Betanati, Dist: Mayurbhanj, Odisha 757025



    Pramod Kumar Pradhan

    R Padikia, Post : Rattinga, Block G Udaygiri, Dist: Kalahandi, Odisha 762100



    Saruj Chetia

    Aichang Innovation and Research, Village: Naojan Gaon; PO: Nitai pukhuri, Dimou, District: Sivasagar, Assam,785671



    Lanu Jamir

    Zip Engg and Innovation Centre, 138, Sector A, Lane 7, Aoyimti Village, Dimapur, Nagaland-797112



    Bijoy Tisso

    Ram Sing Tisso Gaon, PO: Baghpani, PS: Dokmoka, Dist. Karbi Anglong, Assam 782441



    Mohan Sharma

    Kabilpur, Angargoria , Dist : Birbhum, West Bengal -731132



    Maharaj Singh Lodhi

    Nayarkheda, Richhavar, Udaypura, District: Raisen
    Madhya Pradesh - 464774



    Sadasibo Majhi

    PWD colony (Dhepasahi), Post Jeypore, Dist- Koraput, Odisha 764001


    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.

    In 2016 the FAB LAB was further strengthened by including CNC Vertical Machining Center, CNC wire cut EDM Machine, Laser cutter for cutting metallic and non-metallic sheets, Mechanical Shearing Machine, Plate bending machine, pipe bender, Power press, Horizontal metal cutting bandsaw, Wood Band Saw and Fly press machine, Conventional plasma cutting machine, All gear head lathe (small size and larger sizes), etc.