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The Rickshaw gets a makeover & so does the Rickshaw puller – A classic case study of Social Entrepreneurship in Assam

September 7, 2010 Leave a comment

For many of us rickshaws are a thing of the past, while for many others they continue to be an indispensable part of daily existence. We do not have them in Hyderabad and this piece of news at Outlook Business about Dr Pradip Kumar Sarmah, Founder, Deep Bahan, left me both proud and nostalgic. Proud because the success story of this innovation dispels many myths about the fate of Social Entrepreneurship in the so-called “difficult terrains” of Assam and the NE.  And nostalgic remembering few rickshaw pullers of our tiniali I once knew by their names and wondering if they also have been benefitted by this…

By a rule, I will quickly summarize the article, but I insist you remember to read it at leisure, if not now. Those who have read it and know about it already might want to share it with others…

Dr Pradip Kumar Sarmah, has come up with this new model of light weight rickshaws called Deep Bahan. It is a comprehensive package that includes:

  • Rickshaws with a specially-designed canopy that protects even the puller from sun and rain.
  • The vehicle weighs about 18 kg less than the conventional rickshaw, which weighs about 100 kg.
  • The space on the back of each vehicle serves as an advertising billboard.
  • Each puller gets two uniforms and a pair of slippers when he joins the Deep Bahan brigade. A comprehensive insurance cover—covering the rickshaw, the puller and the passenger—is also part of the package.

His mission is to make every rickshaw driver an owner, customise the vehicle for other  vendors, such as vegetable and fish sellers. Due to his efforts, today more than 1,500 rickshaw pullers in Guwahati own their vehicles. His project has been appreciated well by internationally technology community and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) D-LAB Cycles Venture is out to give the Deep Bahan rickshaw a design makeover. Spending around $46,000 over a two-year period, MIT’s instructors and students are looking at ways to make the rickshaws cheaper, easier to pedal and more attractive to customers.

READ the whole article from Outlook Business here.

Times of India also presented it pretty well:

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Tata Innovation Fellowship for Researchers

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Applications are invited for “Tata Innovation Fellowship”, a highly competitive scheme of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India.

The fellowship is open to Indian Nationals residing in India who are below the age of 60 years. The amount of the fellowship will be Rs 20,000/- per month in addition to regular salary from the host institute.

In addition, each fellow will receive a contingency grant of Rs 5,00,000/- per annum for meeting the expenses incurred in connection with the implementation of research project under the fellowship.

Application procedure:

“How to apply” Application (one copy) may be sent as per proforma downloadable from DBT website ( and duly forwarded by the competent authority to:

Dr. Meenakshi Munshi,

Joint Director, Department of Biotechnology,

Block-2, 7th Floor, CGO Complex,

Lodhi Road, New Delhi -110 003,

Email :-

Deadline: Sep 30, 2010.

Log on to or for more details.

(Source: A mail from Dr. Arindam Adhikari to the FASS DL)

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Research fellowship / Deadline: Sep 10, 2010 / HURRY!!!

August 31, 2010 Leave a comment

The "Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana" is an ongoing program started by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to encourage students of Basic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to take up research careers in these areas. This program strives to assist the students to realise their potential and to ensure that the best scientific talent is tapped for research and development in the country.

Generous scholarships will be provided (up to the pre-Ph.D. level) to the selected students. In addition, summer programs for the KVPY Fellows are organised in prestigious research and educational institutions in the country.


Request for Application Form

a. Each Stream has its own application form. Students who wish to apply for more than one Stream should submit separate applications.

b. Applicants may apply either by Hard copy or Online.

c. Online application forms may be submitted at Those who are unable to do so, may request for a Hard Copy.

d. Hard copy of the application form can be obtained from KVPY on request by sending a processing fee*, ** of Rs. 200/- (Rs. 100/- for SC/ST) by means of remitting Rs. 200 (Rs. 100/- for SC/ST) “to any core banking branches of STATE BANK OF INDIA, payable at all branches in India. Paid into the credit of Administrative Executive, KVPY A/c. No. 10270577392” and send the "Pay-In-Slip" along with the request, clearly indicating the stream (i.e. SA, SB, SP etc.) on the envelope

*Girl students are exempted from payment of processing fee.

**Physically challenged candidates are also exempted from payment of the fee and should provide the certificate issued by the competent authority.

e. The SC/ST – candidates should provide a copy of the caste certificate issued by a competent authority in the prescribed proforma.

f. The completed application form along with the

1. Caste certificate in the case of SC/ST candidate

2. Project report in the case of SP/Basic Sciences/Medicine.

3. copy of the marks statement of the qualifying examination (s), in the case of Stream SP.

4. The original copy of the challan of processing fee of Rs. 200/- (Rs. 100/- for SC/ST)

should reach KVPY on or before 10.9.2010 (Friday).

g. KVPY will not be responsible for postal delays in receiving completed application.

h. Last date for receipt of the request for application form.

1. By post : 01 September 2010

2. In person at IISc : 09 September 2010

3. Last date for closing of Online application 09 September 2010

4. Last date for receipt of the completed application (both Online/Hard Copy along with cast certificate, project report and processing fee) : 10 September 2010

All correspondence should be addressed to:

The Convener

Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY)

Indian Institute of Science

Bangalore 560 012.


The KVPY is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. The selection of students from those who are studying +1, +2, any U.G. Program including First/Second year Engineering/Medicine are carried out by IISc (Bangalore), IIT-Bombay (Mumbai), and ICMR (New Delhi), respectively, in association with two zonal Centres – at Kolkata (Indian Institute of Science Education Research, Kolkata) and another at Mumbai (HBCSE, TIFR).

The Department of Science and Technology – the nodal agency of the Government has entrusted the overall responsibility for organising the scheme to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and set up a National Advisory Committee (NAC) for overseeing its implementation. A Basic Committee and a National Scientific Committee has been set up to monitor various aspects, both administrative and academic, of the KVPY Program.

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