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Title Ideas flow on Children’s Creativity Day Celebrations
Details Dr A P J Abdul Kalam’s 76th birthday on 15th October, 2007 was celebrated as Children’s Creativity Day by launching the children’s section on the NIF website and organizing an idea competition in NIF. The first prize was bagged by Yogarishi Vyas (14) for his idea about educational multimedia kiosks, powered with internet connections in villages to enable illeterate people to learn illiterate people to learn reading and writing. The second prize winner Lipi Thakkar(13) gave an idea to use match-sticks for Braille writing for the blind. Shehazan Tavadia (14) gave an idea of having mobile kitchen in deserts, that uses same fuel for cooking and transport, thus eliminating the need to have dual fuel. Vaidyas - Verbal for herbal A one day workshop on ' Sharing knowledge in herbal medicines by Vaidyas' to document the long unrecorded knowledge of herbal treatment with traditional knowledge holders was organized by Sri Gajanan Yuvak Mandala on 27th Oct, 2007 at Sampkhand, Karnataka. The Vaidyas were very happy to share their knowledge and appreciated the efforts of the organisers in bringing NIF to their village and providing an opportunity to share their knowledge . ' It is very that some Government organization (NIF) has recognized us. Though we never look for recognition or money while treating patients but it's great to be felicitated by NIF in my hometown' said Mr Ramaiah Hegde Arasapura. At the same time, they also expressed concern about the decline in the use of Ayurvedic medicines and Traditional knowledge . Mr Eashwara Shukru Bhatta Gowda said, 'the present generation is moving away from Ayurveda and home medicines . I am afraid this culture may end with our generation.' Community capacity building Honey Bee Network was represented at World Intellectual Property Organization(WIPO) Roundtable entitled Building Community Capacity: Practical Initiatives on Intellectual Property and Traditional Cultural Expressions, Traditional Know-ledge and Genetic Resources, held from December 10-12, 2007 at WIPO Headquarters, Geneva. The participants from across the world, representing different organi-zations working in this area shared their experiences in the practical initiatives on intellectual property and traditional cultural expressions, traditional knowledge and genetic resources. APCTT workshop An International Workshop on Grassroots Innovation for Partner Institutions in Selected Asia-Pacific Countries for Building Capacity for Scouting, Documentation, Database Development and Dissemination of Grassroots Innovation was organized by Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), New Delhi, India between 16-18 August 2007 at IIM Ahmedabad with SRISTI and IIM as the knowledge partners. The workshop was supported by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. The workshop had participants from Philippines, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, China and India who were given orientation on the mechanisms of scouting, documentation, incubation and dissemination of grassroots innovations. Also, demonstration and hands-on training on documentation of these and prior-art search, design, use and management of multilingual databases was provided to them, which was followed by the field visits.
Volume No. Honey Bee, 18(3) & 18(4):39, 2007