techpedia builds linkages among students but also with industry, innovators and society at large


 a) key linkages are:

—student to student
-we want to increase what i call as innovation quotient of the country, so that no student just duplicates what has been done already, every young person odes some thing new,
-kho kho, that i san idea germinated in one eng college may be taken up to next stage at another college and in a few Kho kho–relay rounds, it might become product. out of six lacs projects, we should get at least 6k products which msme may use for enterprise development if students themselves don’t want to become entrepreneurs, though we want to encourage that.
-collaborative projects among students from different institutions may also start emerging harnessing real power of
–student -msme
-problems of msme to be put on students’ table so that they may take projects on real-life problems–on this goal we have not yet started achieving much, is it not?

-students projects may be useful to msme even if they were not based on the problems of msme

student–grassroots innovators and larger society 
-student take up project based on the proof of concept of  technologies developed by the innovators, add value and improve their efficiency, we move towards frugal engineering and also what Dr Mashelkar calls as Gandhian engg

-there are many unsolved problems with which many poor people have lived for centuries. we have to encourage young tech students to address these
faculty as mentor of students not just in their own colleges but also elsewhere
-faculty learns about real life problems brought by students
-faculty gives feedbacks on the best projects and  also suggests ways o take these forward, even if original student has lost interest in it and has moved on with his life goals
Faculty-MSME and grassroots innovators 
-msme and gri deserve support from faculty but cant desire it. through student projects, faculty and industry come closer
-many bigger industries cn also pose challenges to students, same problem can be given to 50-500 students and hopefully dozens of new ways of solving the same problem will emerge out of  such an effort

Anil K Gupta