Internship, Innovation and the Tradition of Knowledge

Internship, Innovation and the Tradition of Knowledge

Aug 22, 2016 | Dibya

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The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences has been evolving and escalating the stairs of innovation and knowledge over the years. With every passing year, this department is sending even more and more students to different places for internships. This year too, an appreciable number of students went for internships and through these internships they have contributed for the cause of nation building. They went to rural villages and towns, did a lot of research work, did a survey and documented splendid innovations that took place in some of the rural areas by its residents who had no technical knowledge, whatsoever.

The Government of India is also emphasizing on skill, knowledge and innovation in order to develop the efforts of rural people through the promotion of various programs such as Skill India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Children’s Awards, National Biennial Grassroots Award and many more through a government organization called National Innovation Foundation (NIF).

Nine out of ten students got an opportunity to undertake their internship at National Innovation Foundation, India, which documents, adds worth, safeguards the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of the surviving unaided technical innovators as well as the exceptional traditional knowledge-holders and finally disseminates their novel innovations in marketable and non-commercial sources by taking their prior consent.

All the students for a period of 60 days were deployed in the Scouting, Documentation and Database Management Department (SDDM) of NIF at Amrapur, Grambharati, Gujarat. They were particularly assigned with the task of Scouting and Documenting the grassroots innovations and traditional knowledge so as to mobilize the activities of NIF in as many States as possible. All the innovations recorded by the students were categorized into traditional knowledge, engineering innovations, plant variety, veterinary practices and plant protection.

Work done by the students during their internship, include:

  • Pritam Biswal and Pallavi Kanungo were assigned to work in the western districts of Odisha. They covered six districts namely, Sundargarh, Jharsugda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Debgarh and Mayurbhanj. During their field visit they used various types of methodologies to make their report clear, adequate and effective. Pallavi covered 108 villages and recorded 50 innovations whereas Pritam covered 112 villages and recorded 53 innovations
  • Subhashree Dash during her tenure mapped two major districts of Odisha, namely, Keonjohar and Khordha. She visited a number of remote locations in these districts and documented grass root level innovations by the economically poor people. She interacted and developed friendly contacts with various stakeholder and government authorities in order to establish connections and record innovations by the poor people.


  • Alok Ranjan Mohanty covered three districts, namely, Dhenkanal, Balasore and Bhadrak. He covered 40 villages and found 130 innovations. He educated the farmers about innovation, motivated the SHG women to spread awareness on innovation and interacted with a few agricultural scientists.
  • Pappu Kumar, Vivek Kumar, Dharmendra Kumar and Varsha Sinha were assigned the state of Bihar. Pappu covered four districts namely, Jehanabad, Vaishali, and Paschim Champaran. He recorded 43 innovations and mapped traditional knowledge from those areas. Vivek on the other hand covered three districts, namely, Aurangabad, Arwal and Bhojpur where he recorded 40 innovations. Dharmendra Kumar and Varsha Sinha together covered 4 districts, namely, Begusarai, Khagaria, Munger and Bhagalpur. Within the four districts they covered several blocks, individually. They interacted and collected information from Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Agriculture Department, village Sarpanchs and block level officers. They also organized an IGNITE competition in DAV Munger where approximately 200 students participated. Dharmendra covered 50 villages and recorded 150 innovations whereas Varsha covered 40 villages and recorded 150 innovations in total.

Though 90% of the students opted for NIF, one of the students, Soumya Sucheta Das moved to the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru. She worked there as a research intern for a period of two months. She wrote a dissertation on “Disability and Dependency among the Elderly in the state of Odisha”. Her dissertation was evaluated and appreciated by the Department of Population Research Centre.

All the reports were submitted to Dr. Vivek Kumar, Sr. Innovation Officer/Scientist and Head of NIF Bhubaneswar. The quality of reports, style of documentation and the number of innovations that were collected were highly appreciated.

Team MM wishes them the very best and hopes that even more students will go for these internships in the upcoming years and will bring out these innovations to everyone’s notice and will bring glory to our institute.


Department Of Humanities


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