Biotechnology Innovation Augmentation School for Grassroots -2020


Biotechnology Innovation Augmentation School for grassroots -2020

BIAS for grassroots: Opportunity for technology students to work on grassroots innovations

SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions) is organizing a three-week BIAS (Biotechnology Innovation Augmentation School-2020) for validating, value adding and product development around grassroots innovations. The BIAS will develop solutions for grassroots applications forhuman, animals, and agricultural applications including herbal technologies, medical devices and microbial application. The BIAS will be held at SRISTI, Grambharti, Gandhinagar from January 4thto 24th, 2020.

The selected students will be assigned individual projects in primarily five action-research areas drawing upon the Honey Bee Network Database:-

1. Pharmacognosy/Phytochemistry - SRISTI’s Grassroots database contains many traditional knowledge practices as well contemporary innovations from across the country.These projects would involve validation/ value addition to these practices. A few of these practices are presented here-

 2. SoilMicrobiology-SRISTI has a Microbial diversity bank containing 8000+ organisms (bacteria, fungi, and actinomycetes) isolated from the soil samples collected during  Shodhyatras in different parts of the country ( An extensive study of screening these isolated microbes for novel human, animal and agricultural application would be conducted. 

3. Veterinary Medicine- Validation of traditional practices for the improvementof livestock health and care.

4. Agriculture- Validation of grassroots practices by conducting field trials for the purpose of product development/improvement by lab screening 

5. Medical devices- Value addition/product development of any of the open source projects listed on our summer school website ( ) regarding medical devices for human and animal health care or other medical devices for meeting unmet social need

One of the current challenges is to find out alternative for burning of the waste. We are one of the major pollution producers in the past caused by the burning of the residues.

The abstracts along with the objective of the projects will be shared with the selected students three days before the start of the BIAS or students can be asked to write a short proposal on the given topic.  These students will also receive hands-on training in various techniques of microbiology, phytochemical extraction procedures, and using various lab equipment(AAS, HPTLC, HPLC, ELISA, PCR, BSL-I & II etc.) as per the need of the project in the first week of the event.

It is hoped that each participant becomes a volunteer of the Honey Bee Network which has helped in scouting and disseminating rural creativityand innovation over the last three decades.

All the output will be credited to the knowledge providers and can be published thereafter with prior written concurrence of the BIAS team and knowledge providers.

Highest ethical code of Biotech research is expected to be followed. Team spirit and willingness to develop open source solutions will be highly encouraged. Peer learning will be strongly encouraged.The findings will be shared with knowledge providers in local language with the help of SRISTI and Honey Bee Network team.

Participants are invited to apply by filling the  Google Form:  

Participants with a background in biotechnology, agriculture, microbiology, bioengineering, phytochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacognosy, veterinary etc., are specially invited to apply.

Above all, students would get an invaluable opportunity to interact with both national and international experts as well as grassroots practitioners/innovators in their respective fields.
Registration fees for students (Ongoing/ pass out in the year 2019)-Rs.7500/-. In deserving cases concession can be given.

Kindly email at or call at 9426140041(Dr. MeghaBarot) for further queries.

Last date for submission of application is December 31st, 2019 on or before 12:00 p.m.

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