3rd ASEAN India Grassroots Innovation Forum : An Innovator from India make the country proud by winning a competition (21 December, 2022)

3rd ASEAN India Grassroots Innovation Forum : An Innovator from India make the country proud by winning a competition (21 December, 2022)

3rd ASEAN India Grassroots Innovation Forum : An Innovator from India make the country proud by winning a competition (21 December, 2022)

The three-day 3rd ASEAN India Grassroots Innovation forum concluded at Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 21 December, 2022 in the presence of H.E. Kitti Settha Pandita Cham Prasidh, Hon’ble Minister of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation, Kingdom of Cambodia. The forum consisted of Grassroots Innovation Competition, Student Innovation Competition, Panel discussions, Keynote speeches and an exhibition of innovations consisting of participants from India and the ASEAN Member States (AMS). Speaking on the occasion, the Hon’ble Minister from Cambodia expressed his optimism that the participants would have learnt from experiences of each other. He congratulated the organizing teams from the ASEAN Secretariat and the participating countries and his team at the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation (MISTI), Kingdom of Cambodia for a successful execution of the forum this year. About 100 technologies from 9 countries were on display during the three-day exhibition.

The first prize in the Grassroots Innovation Competition at the 3rd ASEAN India Grassroots Innovation forum has been conferred to Ms Shalini Kumari from India by H.E Dr. Hul Seingheng, Cambodia COSTI Chairman and Director General, General Department of Science, Technology & Innovation under the Ministry of Industry Science, Technology & Innovation (MISTI), Kingdom of Cambodia. She has won the cash prize of USD 1,500 by virtue of being the winner of first prize. The 2nd and 3rd prize has been won by grassroots innovators from Philippines and Myanmar respectively who have won USD 1000 and USD 500 respectively. Altogether, a total of 45 grassroots innovators have participated and represented 9 nationalities in this competition.

The first and second prize in the Student Innovation competition has been won by participants from Thailand whereas the third prize has been won by the student from Lao PDR. A total of 37 participants have participated, representing 9 countries.

Grassroots Innovation Competition

1st Prize

India - Ms Shalini Kumari

Modified walker with adjustable legs

2nd Prize

Philippines - Mrs Meriam Bouquia

Multi purpose Fiber Stripper

3rd Prize

Myanmar - Mr. Myo Thaw

GreenToddy’s Plamyra palm coconut

Student Innovation Competition

1st Prize

Thailand - Ms. Napaschol Inthapan

ORA (Osteoarthritis Rehabilitation Assistant)

2nd Prize

Thailand - Mr. Tanapat Charunworaphan

The HealthTech that keeps your heart in checked

3rd Prize

Lao PDR - Mr. Phonsena Chanthavong

Intelligent boat for a cleaner river

While an international recognition has arrived on 21 December, 2022 for Ms Shalini Kumari from Patna, Bihar; she was first recognized by the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) – India, an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India through IGNITE Competition in the year 2011 for the aforementioned technology “Modified walker with adjustable legs”. Later, the technology was transferred to the industry i.e. Vissco Rehabilitation Aids Pvt. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of orthopaedic products in the country, have acquired the rights to manufacture and distribute the innovative technology & during August 2022 the patent was also granted (Patent No. 1434/KOL/2011). The technology is already available for purchase through Brick and Mortar stores and also through Marketplaces in India for purchase by common people of the country.

The ASEAN India Grassroots Innovation forum is organized annually by the ASEAN Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) – India. The 1st two forums were organized in Indonesia (2018) and Philippines (2019) respectively while there was a brief pause of two years owing to the pandemic. On the side-lines of 3rd ASEAN India Grassroots Innovation forum, a Government 2 Government meeting was also held in Cambodia which included representation from ASEAN Member States, India and ASEAN Secretariat.

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