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Event: R&D in Publicly-Funded Labs In India -by Sourav Pal, Directory NCL

National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, is one of the top R&D institutions in the country. With approximately 200 scientific staff working here, it is an interdisciplinary research center with wide research scope and specializes in polymer science, organic chemistry, catalysis, materials chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemical sciences and process development. It houses good infrastructure for measurement science and chemical information.

There are about 400 graduate students pursuing research towards doctoral degree; about 50 students are awarded Ph.D. degree every year. NCL publishes over 400 research papers annually in the field of chemical sciences and over 60 patents worldwide. It is a unique source of research education producing the largest number of PhDs in chemical sciences within India.

InnoVidya and IUCAA present a talk by Dr. Sourav Pal, the current Director of NCL, on Research and Development in Publicly Funded Laboratories in India, on Saturday, 23 Aug, 2014, at Bhaskara 3 Hall, IUCAA. This is the next talk in the InnoVidya/IUCAA SPARK lecture series.

Abstract of the talk:

Publicly funded Research and development laboratories play a major role in promoting scientific research and development of technology in India. In this presentation, Dr Pal will relate his experiences of working in such laboratories and presently as Director, NCL. He will highlight the role of these institutions in leading scientific research. He will bring out the expectations that the Government has from such publicly funded institutions.

About the Speaker – Dr. Sourav Pal

Dr Sourav Pal is the Director, of National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune, and Director, Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI), Bhavnagar. He holds an integrated Masters degree in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and a Ph.D. from Calcutta University. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Heidelberg, Germany . He was a visiting Professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA and at the Institute for Molecular Sciences, Okazaki, Japan. Dr. Pal has been recognized by several awards and honours for his contribution to science and technology including the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in Chemical Sciences, the SASTRA-CNR Rao Award in Chemistry & Materials Science. He is a Fellow of all the three National Academies of Science in India and the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK. He has published over 215 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, guided over 25 Ph D thesis, delivered more than 100 lectures in important conferences and is serving on the editorial boards of international journals.

About the InnoVidya IUCAA Spark Program

The SPARK program is a series of events jointly conducted by InnoVidya and IUCAA. These are special events that <spark> imagination & curiosity of our young, build bonds between participants of different disciplines, catalyze interactivity & promote peer links

About InnoVidya

InnoVidya is a group of educators and industry professionals who want to reach out to students, teachers, trainers and working professionals and catalyze significant improvements in their learning ecosystems. In addition to the InnoVidya website and the InnoVidya mailing list, we also hold public lectures on the 4th Saturday of every month. Lectures usually involve talks by senior educators, industry visionaries, or social and/or for-profit entrepreneurs working in the space of higher education.

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Event Details

The event is on Saturday, Aug 23, 2014, at 11am, at the Bhaskara 3 Hall, IUCAA, at University of Pune campus.

Fees and Registration

This event is free and open for anybody to attend. Register here. There is ample parking at the venue.

Pune’s CSIR-URDIP Starts India’s first ever course on PatInformatics (Patent Informatics)

CSIR-URDIP, which is CSIR‘s Pune based Unit for Research and Development of Information Products. has launched India’s first ever Post Graduate Diploma Course on PatInformatics (i.e. Patent Informatics).

What is PatInformatics?

The participants will be introduced to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and the importance of patent information in research and business. The course will basically focus on Patinformatics and its applications which will enable the participants undertake  technology scenario analysis, white space mapping, competitive intelligence study, new product development, patentability, infringement analysis, freedom to operate study, citation analysis, patent valuation etc. This course will thus help participants develop their skills in patent searching and analysis and use this information for research and business planning. Thus the participants, after successful completion of the course will be capable of handling all the IPR related issues independently.


Details about the course:

The course will begin from August 4, 2014. The course will be of one year duration and will be full time. The lectures will be delivered by Scientists at CSIR-URDIP having minimum ten years of experience in the area for Patinformatics. It will consist of four quarters with 12 modules of theory classes and hands-on practical sessions working on databases and analytical tools including daily assignments and projects.

See full course details

Who can apply?

Basically, it is open for Engineering, Science, or Law graduates. The precise requirements are:

Minimum qualification required is a Post Graduate Degree from recognized universities. The candidate should have any one of the following:

  • Masters degree with minimum of 60% marks in any of the life sciences, chemical sciences and physical sciences..
  • M. Pharm. with minimum of 60% marks and GATE qualified
  • B.E ( Min. 60% marks) and GATE qualified
  • L.L.B with Science background ( Min. 60% marks at B.Sc. and L.L.B )
  • M.Lib Sci. with graduation in science ( Min.60% at each degree)


  • Application Fees: Rs 1000/ – to be paid in the SBI Power Jyoti account. 50% concession will be provided for SC/ST candidates.
  • Course Fees: Rs. 50,000/- to be paid at the beginning of the course.
  • Number of Seats: 30

For more details, see the PatInformatics Website

Venture Center Event – Technology opportunities in the Water Industry

Venture Center and NCL Innovations invite you to an informative and interactive discussion on the Water industry – specifically the opportunities available for impact in India.
Date: Saturday, November 13, 2010
Venue: Training Room, Venture Center, NCL Innovation Park, Pune (Address/directions: http://www.venturecenter.co.in/contact_mailinglists.php)

Time: 11am – 12.30pm
Registration: The event is free and does not require RSVP, however seating will be on first-come, first-serve basis.
Background: Venture Center's flagship program – Lab2Mkt (http://www.venturecenter.co.in/lab2mkt.php) – seeks to nucleate technology ventures around competencies developed at R&D institutions in India (eg. NCL, Pune). To develop a pipeline of potential spinoffs, Venture Center has raised a Proof of Concept (PoC) fund (http://www.venturecenter.co.in/poc.php) – this enables us to run PoC projects – each of which involves development of prototypes, creation of business models, building the entrepreneurial team, etc. NCL Innovations (http://www.nclinnovations.org/) aims to facilitate the creation of more technology enterprises using NCL know- how, expertise or involvement of NCL staff, students and alumni.
Water: One of the areas of interest for PoC/Lab2Mkt projects is Water – a $500B global industry that offers a variety of challenges & opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs in India. We have spent the past several months researching global & Indian water markets, with the intent of identifying specific market opportunities for new technology ventures.
We would like to share our findings with scientists, entrepreneurs, investors, industry professionals, etc. This is likely to be the first in a series of such water-related talks – we will begin with a high-level overview this time around – and in the future, focus on specific aspects of water (eg. VC-funded tech startups, Indian water treatment markets, etc.).

Anil Paranjape points out why this is important:

This is indeed a great opportunity to learn about opportunities in the water sector.  It's one of the most under-rated, under-funded and under-innovated fields in cleantech.  But it's also one of the most critically endangered resource. Investors and researcher the world over are rapidly waking up to the challenges and potential in it.

Anyone with an entrepreneurial bent and ambition should definitely learn to see how they can participate in this opportunity.  Huge opportunities in water will be created in the next few years/decades.  Water is at a stage today that the Internet was in early 1990s: it's absolutely a huge ground-floor opportunity now!

Technology Development Opportunities in Orthopedic Products in Indian Market – NCL talk – 4 Aug

What: NCL & Venture Center Presentation on Technology Development Opportunities for Orthopedic Products in the Indian Market, by Dr. Vijay Panchanadikar, Orthopedic Surgeon.
When: Wednesday, 4th August, 3:30pm-5pm
Where: Chemical Engineering Hall, NCL, Pashan Road. Map (CE is Hall #10)
Registration and Fees: This event is free for all to attend. No registration required

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The NCL Innovation IDEA Catalyst Workshop Series

This talk is a part of a workshop series (The NCL Innovation IDEA Catalyst Workshop Series), that focuses on exploring technology development and commercialization opportunities by connecting scientists/technologists with people who understand market and industry needs. This talk is the first in this series and features an orthopedic surgeon pointing out opportunities in his area in the Indian market, if only some technologist would develop the technologies needed.

Tech Opportunities for Orthopedic Products

Polymers, ceramics and specialty alloys are increasingly used as bearing and/or volume-filling materials in orthopedic implants such as hips and knees. However, there are several issues with existing products, such as the need for highly skilled surgeons, limited bio-compatibility of implant materials, inappropriate pricing for Indian markets, etc. In this talk, Dr. Panchanadikar will show real life examples of implants used for a variety of orthopedic surgeries, and highlight the problems faced by orthopedic surgeons during the use of implants. He will describe a âwish listâ of products for the orthopedic implant market as well as the need for software solutions to improve the accuracy of guide wire positioning as well as imaging & simulation tools for skills development of young surgeons. This talk is a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between scientists with competencies in biomaterials and surgeons with awareness of market needs and product opportunities.

About the speaker – Dr. Vijay Panchanadikar

Dr. Panchanadikar is an orthopedic surgeon from Pune, who has over two decades of experience in this field, and performs over 100 major orthopedic surgeries each year. His areas of interest include trauma surgery, joint replacement and computer imaging in orthopedics. He has published several papers and has delivered lectures and presentations at several conferences across India. He also teaches DNB students at Sanjeevan Hospital and holds a keen interest in developing interactive learning aids for orthopedics. He holds copyrights in India for imaging software used for accurate positioning of guide wire in surgeries for fractures of various bones.

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Innovation Flow – The Science of Flowing Ideas and Inventions into Innovation – 27th Aug

NCL, India, is a research, development and consulting organisation with a focus on chemistry and chemical engineering. It has a successful record of research partnership with industry. It has over 200 scientists at its campus in Pune.
NCL, India, is a research, development and consulting organisation with a focus on chemistry and chemical engineering. It has a successful record of research partnership with industry. It has over 200 scientists at its campus in Pune.

What: Innovation Flow – the science of flowing Ideas and Inventions into Innovation by M.V. Shankar, Principal Scientist, Dow Chemical International Pvt Ltd, Pune. This is the 6th talk in the NCL Innovations Seminar Series.
When: Thursday, 27th August, 4:00pm
Where: Second Floor Lecture Hall, Main Building, National Chemical Laboratory, Pashan Road
Registration and fees: This event is free for all to attend. No registration required.
Details: Event Page

Abstract of the talk – Innovation Flow

Most of us make our daily living by generating creative ideas, solving tough technical problems and translating our ideas into inventions. Now what would give us greater satisfaction? – Innovation, i.e taking our insightful ideas and breakthrough inventions successfully to the market. How good are we at Innovation? – the present statistics are quite discouraging – typically, for every hundred good ideas, ten may lead to breakthrough inventions and one to an innovative product that meets a critical need of the customer. To accelerate the Innovation process and to maximize the Return on Innovation, we need a systematic Innovation process that will (a) focus and structure our ideation efforts (b) align our ideas to solve a critical need and ensure that the Customer sees added value and most importantly (c) give us the satisfaction of seeing our idea through the end of the Innovation Funnel.

As an inventor, I have often wondered how to bridge the gap between invention and innovation. When I got into managing technology programs, I struggled to defend and nurture those promising out-of-the box ideas that tend to get killed in conventional stage-gate processes. To create an effective Innovation strategy, I wondered how I can balance the capabilities of emerging technologies and the needs of emerging markets. I studied many Innovation processes, creativity tools, consulted with Innovation experts, researched many Innovative organizations (Google, 3M, Apple, Toyota, P & G etc) and also learnt from facilitating Innovation in R&D organizations (GE, Tata and Dow). I found that the secret to successful innovation lies in systematically growing the innovation potential of ideas.

I evolved my Innovation approach based on TRIZ – Theory of Inventive Problem Solving – to address primary concerns like:

  • How do we make sure that we are solving the right Problem?
  • How to balance Imagination Vs Knowledge and come up with creative, yet technically feasible, solutions?
  • How to learn from creative ideas and smart solutions that have solved similar problems in other domains? How to integrate this knowledge into our solution?
  • If our technical expertise / domain knowledge alone is not sufficient for Innovative Problem Solving – then what other new skills do we need to learn?
  • Is there a systematic approach to sail the Idea through various barriers and translate it in to an innovative product?

The discussion will address these prominent questions that come to our mind whenever we hear the word Innovation. I will introduce creative thinking tools like 5 Whys, 9 Windows, Reversal of Assumption, 4-Quadrants etc. We will also discuss TRIZ-based Innovation tools like Ideal Final Result (IFR), Function Maps, Contradictions, 40 Inventive Principles, Technology Evolution Trends and Evolution Potential.

About the speaker – M.V. Shankar

Shankar MV is a Physicist turned Materials Scientist. He is Principal Scientist at Dow R&D Centre, Pune. Prior to joining Dow, he has been a lead scientist at GE R&D, Bangalore for eight years. He has ten patented inventions and an award winning new solid state illumination product based on his invention. His expertise is in electronic and optical materials. He has designed and developed novel luminescent materials for application in White LEDs. He has been actively learning, practicing and teaching systematic innovation methods and TRIZ-based innovative problem solving tools. He facilitates cross-pollination of ideas, innovative problem solving and the creation of strategic intellectual property across technology domains.

His interests include physics, philosophy, psychology, creativity and technology entrepreneurship.

Contact info: Dr. Shankar MV, Email: Shankar.Venugopal07@gmail.com

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