They say knowledge knows no bounds. Many famous scientists, inventors and creators were school drop outs but experts in their field. In many countries, such experts find multiple platforms to showcase their talent but in our case getting access to such platforms is not so easy. Jigyasa Research Centre (JRC), a society established in Nagpur in 2015, aspires to change this scenario and bring all useful research to mainstream irrespective of educational qualification of the inventor or creator. A brainchild of Manish Karandikar, JRC already boasts of completion of several research assignments and the honour of winning Best Smart Technology Award at a recently held tech expo in Nagpur.
Manish Karandikar is Founder of Embedded Creation, a company focused on product development, consulting and training services in Embedded Systems domain since last 15 years. In his professional career, he came across many industrialists and individuals who either developed their own innovative products or implemented innovative ideas to solve business problems but their innovation remained confined to their own businesses. He realized there was no channel where the technical innovations of supervisors and workers could be recognized. He wanted to change the scenario and build a parallel system for those who are working on their own without funds or guidance from any industry expert. The vision was clear but the path wasn’t.
An individual had developed a paper collecting self adjusting tray for a heavy duty Epson printer to handle big volume of papers. Now this innovation should have reached to masses, but he never thought of publishing it. When asked, the reply was very simple, I am not research scholar of any university and I don’t know a platform either where I can showcase my creativity.
The seeds were sown in 2010. Some students and individuals started supporting Manish’s idea which then transformed into a vision of a group. One young student Deni Kumar Bobade joined him and decided to work as Centre Manager for the same cause. By the end of the year, it was a group of around 20+ students and individuals working for a cause informally. Everyone from the group had his / her own setup or job but still stretched and contributed to keep the vision alive and going. The group got involved in publishing intellectual property and published 30 odd research papers, undertook more than 30 PG projects and 5 Doctorate projects.
We always felt the need for a well equipped lab and money for the same. We had approached more than 25 different institutions for their support but none of them extended a helping hand. On the contrary every one expected results without investing money and manpower.
The work of the group was getting appreciated by many and soon new members started getting associated bringing with them diversity in creative thinking. At the same time, the idea to register the platform and giving it a formal face and identity also gained momentum. A formal body and constitution was registered and Jigyasa Research and Development Society came into existence as a charitable society on Jun 1, 2015. Neha Kawadkar took over as secretary with Sachin Pimpalapure and Richik Ganguly as other office bearers. In the past 18 months, JRC has completed around 10 prestigious assignments involving students (polytechnic and engineering streams) and professionals from various disciplines where research work has directly benefited the society.
We want to highlight the efforts taken by a researcher or an inventor so that he can serve as a mentor in that field.We think that every effort in field of research and innovation should reach to the society and to its end user and the idea should not die down in the form of thesis only. We are working on a concept that one invention of Edison gave job to all those working in lighting industry. Every small idea can potentially bring happiness in lives of millions.