Romance of Innovation

Romance of Innovation

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This digital book presents a brief history of renewable energy work carried out since 1981 at Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI). Too often the record of research and development (RaD) is written up as articles in journals and books. The human interest story of the way the research was done, interactions with the stakeholders and the pushes and pulls in doing it are left out of the record. This book is an attempt to record these details. It also shows how RaD can be done in a small rural institute and should provide inspiration to other NGOs who want to do a similar type of work. The aim of the book is to inspire youngsters to enter the field of rural innovations and to provide challenging ideas for research and development to those who already are converts. Dr. Rajvanshi has written in an engaging style about the romance of doing research in rural setting and has shown that with meager resources and few members of staff, very meaningful and satisfying RaD work can be done. It is often said that good RaD requires lot of equipment, money and manpower. Work on renewable energy at NARI has shown that it is possible to do good work in little money and resourcesa¬Ä¬Ě, said Dr. Rajvanshi. There are six chapters in the book, out of which five describe the hardware development work carried out in household energy (cooking and lighting); gasification; electric cycle rickshaws and water-related problems among others. The last chapter deals with the philosophical issues and hence gives a roadmap for the future development of rural India. The book is a very interesting read as it emphasizes the human interest aspect of problem solving for rural India. The future research areas described at the end of each chapter will certainly be very useful for persons who are planning to develop a career in research and development for rural areas. The book is available free of cost and is available on NARI website This book has been written in the hope that it may inspire bright engineers to be engaged in rural RaD and thus making the book available free may help in this effort.In 2001 I also suggested that our electric cycle rickshaws be used in the Taj Mahal area in Agra. All the 5 star hotels ... However the unavailability of a low- cost hub motor, good controller, and low-cost high density battery hampered our efforts.

Title:Romance of Innovation
Author:Anil K Rajvanshi
Publisher:Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) - 2014-07-01


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