Shifting to environmental friendly methods to save the earth is the need of the hour. Developing eco-friendly methods, conserving bio-diversity are some of the things which should be started now or it will be too late. SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions) is one such organization that has been set up with the motive to strengthen the creativity of grassroots inventors, innovators and ecopreneurs engaged in conserving biodiversity and developing eco-friendly solutions to local problems. This organization is mainly set up in Gujarat.
It was set up with the objective of: systematic documentation, dissemination of, and value addition in grassroots green innovations, providing them intellectual property rights protection and risk capital support besides helping in the in-situ and ex-situ conservation of local biodiversity and associated knowledge system. But, they have now shifted their main focus to the matters that have been lying neglected like women’s knowledge systems, value addition through a Sadbhav-Sristi-Sanshodhan, a natural product laboratory, and innovations in education, culture and institutions.
SRISTI, a non- government organization set up in 1993 also aims at putting the problems of micro, small and medium enterprises, informal sector, grassroots innovators and other social sectors on the agenda of the young technology students across the country. SRISTI is providing a platform for the industry and academic institutions to collaborate , co-create and foster distributed innovations and promote horizontal learning and sharing. To promote a culture of innovation among the young minds of the country, SRISTI has established three categories of national awards for innovative student/ faculty projects in engineering, pharmacy, biotechnology, basic science and other applied technologies in the form of Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award (GYTI) since 2012.
Story By : Aakriti Saxena
Researched by- Shreeya Bhutani