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IIT Gandhinagar

IIT Gandhinagar is committed to a holistic and modern approach to education in engineering disciplines and beyond; cutting-edge research addressing global challenges; and outreach that enables us to give back. IIT Gandhinagar offers a unique undergraduate and graduate education experience in India with unmatched innovations in curriculum. It takes pride in its student-centric philosophy resulting in a safe, nurturing, and empowering environment for students. The institute promotes critical thinking and an appreciation of the interdisciplinary character of knowledge, with an emphasis on the liberal arts, project oriented learning, compulsory courses in design and the life sciences, diversity and globalization. IIT Gandhinagar encourages interdisciplinarity in its research activities. Its multiple interdisciplinary centres where bring people from all disciplines together to produce research and solve real-world problems with high impact on society. Its researchers include faculty members, visiting scholars, post doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students. They collaborate with colleagues across the Institute, at affiliated institutions, and at other research institutions. It aims to bring IIT Gandhinagar, as an institution for higher learning in science, technology, and Humanities, which aspires to develop top-notch scientists, engineers, leaders, and entrepreneurs to meet the needs of the society.

For more details, visit IITGN website

WHEELS Global Foundation, USA and WHEELS Charitable Foundation, India

In 2013, WGF was founded by several leading alumni from IIT’s, as an independent not for profit organization to provide innovative technology driven solutions to the challenges that affect the global rural population in six areas i.e. Water, Healthcare, Energy, Education, Livelihood and Sustainability. The organization collaborates with other national and international NGOs and non-profit organizations, working to assist a larger rural population globally. The main goal of WGF is to increase access, communication, and funding for technologies and/or charitable missions aimed at improving the living conditions of citizens across the globe through the implementation of sustainable programs.

For more details, Visit WGF website

VIKSAT, NEHRU FOUNDATION

VIKSAT was set up in the year 1977 as an activity of the Nehru Foundation for Development (NFD) to take proactive steps to conserve the environment and to promote sustainable development through promoting sustainable institutions and interaction among them. The Nehru Foundation for Development (NFD) runs large number of projects and programmes in the fields of Science, Mathematics, Environment, Health and Nutrition. Its programmes reflect the development priorities of the country.

For more details, visit VIKSAT website

ARID COMMUNITIES TECHNOLOGIES (ACT)

ACT strives to strengthen livelihoods in arid and semi-arid regions by improving access to technological and institutional solutions for resolving ecological constraint in collaboration with communities.

ACT is a professional voluntary organization based at Bhuj, Kachchh district in Gujarat, India. Registered under Societies Act, 1860 and Charitable Trust Act, 1950, ACT is founded by a group of like-minded young professionals interested in improving the quality of development delivery by Government and Non-government agencies. ACT stands by the following values in pursuing its mission:(a) professionalism, excellence, quality working conditions;(b) transparency and participatory nature of approach; (c)relevance to context and tangible impact on the ground.

For more details, visit ACT website

Indian Institute of Technology BOMBAY

Established in 1958, the second of its kind, IIT Bombay was the first to be set up with foreign assistance. The funds from UNESCO came as Roubles from the then Soviet Union. In 1961 Parliament decreed the IITs as ‘Institutes of National Importance’ Since then, IITB has grown from strength to strength to emerge as one of the top technical universities in the world.

The institute is recognised worldwide as a leader in the field of engineering education and research. Reputed for the outstanding calibre of students graduating from its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the institute attracts the best students from the country for its bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programmes. Research and academic programmes at IIT Bombay are driven by an outstanding faculty, many of whom are reputed for their research contributions internationally.

IIT Bombay has several interdisciplinary centres including Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas, Tata Centre for Technology and Design among several others, which carry out projects to provide solutions to challenges faced by Indian societies and communities. It also has Entrepreneurship Centre, Research Park and the Leading startup incubator SINE, to promote technology oriented entrepreneurship.

For more details, visit the IITB website

Indian Institute of Technology KHARAGPUR

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, fondly referred to as IITKGP by its kin, right from its inception formed the bridge between India’s ancient wisdom and modern technology. From the inspiration of the tree of knowledge to the motto of yoga results in perfect action, IITKGP echoes Indian ethos of enlightenment. On the other hand, the inspiration was the model of education imparted at institutions like MIT with eminent faculty from Europe who joined the Institute in its formative years.

IIT Kharagpur started its journey in the old Hijli Detention Camp in Eastern India, where some of the country’s great freedom fighters toiled and sacrificed their lives for India’s independence. This is possibly one of the very few Institutions of the world that started life in a prison house. This Phoenix that rose from the struggles of a colonized nation, IITKGP today is a confluence of world class multidisciplinary courses, a cauldron of academic and corporate research, a thriving hub of entrepreneurship and an enabler of best-in-class placement. IITKGP is not just the place to study technology, it is the place where students are taught to dream about the future of technology and beam across disciplines, making differences enough to change the world.

For more details, visit IIT Kharagpur website

NISWARTH CHILDREN FOUNDATION

Niswarth believes that in order for a child to reach their full potential they must have access to the most basic necessities; all of these are critical for a child’s overall development. Their objective is to help children reach their fullest potential.

Niswarth means “selfless” and that is organization’s core philosophy. Niswarth want to create a world where children have the opportunity to feed their minds while nourishing their souls. All school children need to have the building blocks they need to improve their lives and ultimately pursue their dreams.

For more details, visit the NCF website

SAATH LIVELIHOODS

Saath Livelihoods was promoted in 2007 as a not for profit company registered under Section 25 of The Companies Act, 1956. It was established to focus on Livelihood Promotion/ opportunities for vulnerable sections of society (specifically youth, women, people with disabilities and artisan groups) by developing innovative and sustainable business models.

The goal of Saath Livelihoods is to improve quality of life of vulnerable urban and rural populations through enhanced livelihood options.

Since then, Saath Livelihoods has been working towards scaling-up its efforts both as an organization as well as its programs. While the number of programs is the same, Saath Livelihoods is working towards strengthening its functioning and governance.

For more details, visit the SAATH website

SEVAK

Sevak Foundation has pioneered a model of village level empowered youth Sevaks to implement village development initiatives. 33 Sevaks cover 80 villages spread across 33 districts in the state. Each sevak is trained in healthcare, disease prevention, sanitation, water purification and lifestyle modification education. It is now expanding its wings to Orissa and Tamil Nadu.

Sevak Foundation has targeted several critical challenge areas, including (i) chronic disease prevention and management, (ii) sanitation and health education, (iii) toilet fabrication including getting government support, (iv) Sanitary napkins manufacturing facility operated by local women at Mota Kalavad village and (v) H1B screening, using the non-invasive touchB systems, with support of WIN Foundation, for anemia detection and cure.

This unique and pathbreaking process is the brain child of Dr. Thakor Patel, Chairman. Dr. Patel served as a Doctor for US Navy with distinction for 23 years. On retirement from the Navy, Dr. Patel joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC as the Program Director for Renal Diseases, Diabetes and Oncology where he was instrumental in the development and implementation of critical policies on cancer, vascular access for hemodialysis, and hemoglobin A1C standardization. He retired from federal service in March 2016 to devote more time to public health projects in rural India.

For more details, visit the SEVAK website.

The Breakfast Revolution Inc., USA and Decimal Foundation, India:

The Breakfast Revolution (TBR) is a program under Decimal Foundation, a registered trust in Mumbai, with support from The Breakfast Revolution Inc, USA. Our snacks are revolutionizing the traditional approach to fighting malnutrition. The snacks are affordable, tasty and nutritious. Through an innovative program based on nutrition science and behavior change communication, we are able to make a significant impact on the health & well being of malnourished individuals.

For more details, visit the TBR website

Shrimati Malati Dahanukar Trust (SMDT)

Shrimati Malati Dahanukar Trust (SMDT) was established in 1960 to address the community educational needs in Shrirampur, Maharashtra. While continuing to address education, SMDT widened its scope to include women and child welfare and environment & sustainability since 2012.

SMDT has been helping children get their rights to a healthy childhood and access to quality education. By empowering the women and self-help groups it is achieving financial parity among villagers to avail healthcare, education and nutrition. Through its various sustainable initiatives, SMDT is ensuring that we inhabit a healthier environment where animals are treated with as much care and concern as we enjoy.

Positive social change which is scalable and replicable is something that we NGO’s always strive towards. Sometimes, the passion alone is not sufficient, but what is needed is a structured method to address the issue at hand. After all, while dealing with communities one has to factor in a multitude of interlinked factors and understand what influences behavioral change.

For more details, visit SMDT website

Centre for Cellular And Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP)

Centre for Cellular And Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP) is an initiative of Dept of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, with a mandate to be an enabler of cutting edge Life Science Research and Innovation. C-CAMP is also a member of the Bangalore Life Sciences Cluster (BLiSC). We facilitate Bioscience Research and Entrepreneurship by providing Research, Development, Training and Services in state-of-the-art Technology Platforms.

As a part C-CAMP’s mandate of promoting entrepreneurship and innovation, C-CAMP has created and fostered an entrepreneur friendly culture in and around Academic/Research environment through its involvement in Seed Funding Schemes for Startups, Entrepreneur Mentorship program and Bio-Incubation facility.

At C-CAMP, they have established State-Of-The-Art Platform Technologies which are essential requirements for success and leadership in the field of Life Sciences. C-CAMP allows Investigators to use Techniques as tools and not be limited by Technological barriers while pursuing challenging scientific questions.

For more details, visit C-CAMP website

CGPL ( Tata Power)

CGPL ( Tata Power), always believe in cooperation, coexistence and cocreation in delivering the best  for the community which can  enhance the community satisfaction. Their delivery mechanism is based on esteemed partnership with likeminded stakeholders so jointly , all can address and plan for a long term sustainable methodologies which can become benchmark in the Social Development Domain. The strategic intent of CGPL which signifies the intervention in a very planned way to address the regional issues in a very systematic manner where partnership is important aspect.

For more details, visit CGPL website

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Mahila Housing Trust (MHT):

Mahila Housing Trust (MHT)’s was founded in 1994 with a mission to organize and empower women in poor communities to improve their habitat. A quality habitat is a home with all basic services such as clean water, toilets, electricity, and adequate light and ventilation. It is a key financial asset that supports livelihoods, and makes the poor more resilient to heat stress, disease, and other hazards of climate change. Women understand that a strong neighbourhood is essential to upgrading individual homes. They know how to work together to bring much needed services in their under-served communities. Through its grassroots programs in habitat development, climate change resilience, and participatory governance, MHT empowers women to exercise their rights and uplift living conditions for their families and neighbours. Today, MHT is working in 34 cities across 8 states in India and collaborating with partners in Bangladesh and Nepal. It the last 25 years, MHT has created social capital in the form of 15,000+ community women leaders spread across 1000+ settlements.

For more details, visit MHT website

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Rural Entrepreneurship and Livelihood Foundation (REAL)

Rural Entrepreneurship and Livelihood Foundation (REAL) focuses on identifying and nurturing rural entrepreneurs and building business models for the economically poor. At REAL, we believe that by promoting entrepreneurship we can tackle ’REAL’ problems in a country like India with diverse developmental need. Identifying and working with passionate individuals/institutions to accelerate entrepreneurship is the first step towards it. The bigger objective REAL is working towards is to build an eco-system that will democratise entrepreneurship, especially for economically weaker strata of society. We are sector agnostic and bring to our partners a tailored support on entrepreneurship related activities. We are happy to have partnered with WIN on an innovative project and look forward to many more collaborations to empower people.

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SoilSens provides state-of-the-art tools (sensors and IoT platforms) to farmers and helps them make agriculture profitable and sustainable at extremely affordable prices. We have been indigenously developing sensors and systems for precision agriculture. SoilSens systems can help agriculture by generating the farm-specific field and weather data required for optimum irrigation, optimum fertigation and disease prediction. Soilsens is also looking at upskilling the people who have gone back to villages because of COVID to help them become the ambassadors of technology.

SoilSens is currently developing a lab-on-a-farm. Various parameters like primary nutrients, secondary nutrients, pH, EC (Electrical conductivity) and OC (Organic Carbon) are the parameters required by the farmers to get proper recommendations and amendments required for the field. Current methods are time-consuming and are available every three years by the Government of India. With the introduction of lab-on-a-farm, the soil analysis for these parameters can be carried out instantly and accurately at the farm/village level.

For more details, visit soilsens website

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ffem, or Foundation for Environmental Monitoring, is a Bengaluru-based non-profit with focus on innovative, accessible solutions in the area of environmental testing. ‘Accessible solutions’ translates as appropriately priced, and open source. Our current products are portable, app-based water and soil testing kits. Clean water is a scarce resource, globally. We believe our testing kits could encourage awareness and informed decision-making for sustainable/ responsible water use and soil health. ffem looks for partnerships that need scientific and environmentally-aware decision-making in the areas of health and livelihoods. We encourage partners to post test results as open data, so as to better inform research and policy in soil and water quality management.

For more details, visit ffem website

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Connected Farms’ (cFar)  mission is to provide scalable, low cost , end-to-end water monitoring and management solutions. We’re excited to partner with WIN Foundation on our first product, a robust groundwater level sensor for monitoring of dugwells and borewells. Water monitoring, we believe is key to sustainable community management of groundwater.

For more details, visit cFar website

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Oston Technology is an Industrial design firm based out of Jaipur, which develops innovative products and provides R&D solution to manufacturing industries.

They have developed a Smart Retrofit Toilet Kit that transforms existing toilet into an accessible toilet friendly for Divyangjan (Physically Challenged). It is a wall-mounted foldable commode, that could be attached to any Indian style toilet to make it accessible. It is designed with an adjustable commode mechanism to facilitate the user with customized convenience seating position as per their medical condition. The motorized model of the toilet kit has a lifting mechanism that helps Divyangjan and Osteoarthritis patient in sitting and standing to use the toilet without any external assistance.

For more details, visit Oston Technology website

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Improving maternal and child health through training of public health workers, mothers and other stakeholders is crucial given that more than 5 million children globally still die before reaching their 5th birthday. Relevance of health education efforts aimed at promoting behaviours like breastfeeding and Kangaroo mother care lie at the heart of many successful efforts to reduce malnutrition rates and child mortality. However, accessibility and dissemination of such health education material remains challenging due to factors such as i) health education content is presented at a higher level than general information ii) not amenable for low literate and illiterate population iii) unavailability of content in local languages and iv) not being culturally relevant. Thus there is an urgent need to enhance individual understanding of health information for bringing about health behaviour change.

Spoken Tutorial health and nutrition project at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) is an initiative that has evolved itself from the need for quality health education material which can be accessed by health care workers i.e ASHA, ANMs, medical officers. The project creates audio-video tutorials for self-learning in various domains of health. These tutorials are dubbed into 22 Indian languages for ease of adoption. Currently, this project is working on breastfeeding and nutrition series, where 38 English tutorials are already published on Spoken Tutorial website. These tutorials are also used for training 12,000 health workers in rural areas who do not have access to quality health education material and training. The project has also enabled a toll free Mother and Child Nutrition helpline number 1800 267 7782 for mothers to reach out for queries and advice on maternal nutrition, lactation and child nutrition. This project’s main aim is to reach the unreached, enabling health education and awareness for a healthy future.  

For more details, visit Spoken Tutorial website

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Samerth is a non-profit organization, founded in 1992, that works towards development of a humane, sustainable and equitable society. The focus is on improving the conditions of marginalized communities and to that extent Samerth helps vulnerable communities to gain access to their social and economic rights and their programs are developed as per the requirement of the respective communities.

 

A safe and sustainable water supply, basic sanitation, and good hygiene are fundamental for a healthy, productive, and dignified life. And yet, many of India’s poor rural people lack access to an improved water supply and improved sanitation facilities. Samerth Charitable Trust, has been working on these issues in the Kutch District of Gujarat and Kabirdham District of Chhattisgarh, which are characterized as most arid and drought-prone regions of India.

To know more visit  Samerth