May 26, 2016

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Benchmarking and contextual understanding by Dr. Amol Mahulkar and inputs by Mr. Chetan Patel

Instead of introducing honeybee network to the participants himself  Dr. Mahulkar insisted Mr. Chetan, who has a considerable experience working with the same,  to introduce honeybee database. Mr. Chetan introduced honeybee database and said that all honeybee publications are available here. He used a term ‘practice’ on which Dr. Mahulkar asked him to explain participants what practices mean, which Mr. Chetan explained with an example of different uses of buttermilk.
He also brought to notice that the publication of Honeybee is never in its name but in the name of knowledge provider. He also stressed that all information uploaded is scientifically verified. He also showed that database is available in different languages.
After this he talked about CPRI database which contains various forms of informal social control for sustainable development and environment protection. He also talked about plant database. On insistence of Dr. Maholkar he also talked about Shoadyatra database and he also explained how useful it is for designers, architects and even science students.
After which Mr. Amol began by introducing techpedia. He asked how many of them had heard of techpedia. Very few people raised hands and so he asked how many people have already made projects. On seeing substantial hands being raised he asked those who had raised hands whether they have done anything on their projects after submitting it, only one girl said that her junior was working on it.
From this he said that even Prof. Gupta realised that in India many students make their projects every year but no work is done on them. So techpedia was created for:
– Checking plagiarism
– Work done by one student can be carried forward by another student
– Selection for GYTI awards, Dr. Mahulkar also elaborated on the concept of GYTI awards.
– No two students work on the same project

He then talked about the importance of literature survey which according to him is to get more knowledge of the subject, understand other people’s work, get more ideas and try preventing plagiarism. Literature survey can also be called state of art.
For practically showing how to do literature survey, prior art search etc. a case for replacing plastic bottles was selected. Dr. Mahulkar taught the use of google filters, advanced google search and other research tools on the same. He also taught using mind maps while researching.

On the problem of creating manual paddy transplanter he taught prior art searching and ‘landscaping of literature.’ He also asked participants to always remember making a scheme to summarise their readings. After this he asked Sagar to create a mind map on how to purchase a phone online and analogised it with making a mind map for market research. He also talked about importance of gathering consumer’s insight and elaborated on parameters to look into while on field visit to gather consumer’s insight.

The session ended with the following Q&As:
Q- What if we do not do a prior art search and develop a product?
Prior art search done for learning; if a product is made without prior art search and if it has characteristics similar to a patented product the firm with patent can file a suit for injunction and damages on the person selling.
Q- What if a not for profit organisation tries to sell a product for public welfare which has already been patented by a firm?
It would still be an infringement of patent right since selling such a commodity is at the cost of probable profits that could have been made by the patent holder.



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