Celebrating an innovative India

Written by ARJUN JASSAL | Amitabh Sinha | New Delhi, Dec 16 | Updated: Dec 17 2007, 07:02am hrs
From little known government departments to some of the most celebrated corporate brands, the EMPI-Indian Express Indian Innovation Awards have picked up a wide range of winners for this years edition. There were 20 organisations in the final shortlist, from which 14 winners were selected. The selection panel was headed by eminent scientist MGK Menon and included academics, technologists, consultants and administrators.

Gold Awards: Tata Consultancy Services; TCS started an adult literacy programme around 2000, using an in-house developed software. The programme can make the people literate in just about 35-40 hours training without any instructor.

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC); After the implementation of AWATAR (Any Where Any Time Advanced Reservation), a web enabled ticketing application, the KSRTC transformed into a profit making Rs 1000-crore turnover company. Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Government of Maharashtra; The department started a cleanliness competition at the taluka, tehsil and district levels with the winners getting lots of prizes and publicity. This resulted 7,000 villages in Maharashtra free from open defecation.

Multi-Commodity Exchange of India; The contribution of MCX on the Indian commodities market has been innovative application of technology through IT, speed of implementation, and domain knowledge in the commodity segment.

Keggfarms; Set up a new distribution model that raised chickens in independent nurseries, and developed Kurolier, a coloured bird, which provides more meat and eggs, as a substitute for chicken in regular diet. Midas Communications; Its wireless product corDECT and DSL flagship DIAS, today connect over three million members of the rural community.

Tata Motors; A true achievement of the company in recent time was to produce Tata Ace. With a capacity of around 0.75 tonne, this pick-up truck has achieved last mile connectivity and more than a lakh of these vehicles transverse roads of rural India today. Genpact was awarded for Education@Work programme and LV Prasad Eye Institute for its highly-effective eyecare model.