Monthly Archives: August 2016

In an exclusive feature, (30th July) Mumbai Mirror featured our recent Projects— as well as our team. Read the article here: it succinctly captures our key projects: the Vein detector, Drumstick Harvester, Collapsible Helmet, Temple Lighting and Solar Cooker.mm1


Seat Prop for Police Stick

Our Redesigned Police lathis are ready to report for duty!. The  Design Innovation Centre has taken forward this seed of an idea for supporting a policeman’s various postures during long hours of duty- all the way to production stage. The design was a simple rubber moulded attachment that can provide a soft “seating” for the policemen to rest their elbows or lean upon. Led by Prof. Chakravarthy, this has meant the project has been though many levels of prototyping, user survey, improvement and refinement.

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After the success and positive feedback for our 200 piece pilot production— we are ready, quite literally, to extend our support to our city’s hardworking police force.


Implementation was done on 200 police sticks delivered from Naigon Police Headquarter,
Mumbai. Tools used in implementation:



Design and Development by Prof. B.K. Chakravarthy


Smokeless Biomass Cooking Stove – Srot

Shrot (श्रोत ):

  • Over 4,000,000 people die prematurely from illness attributable to the household air pollution caused by cooking with solid fuels.
  • More than 50% of premature deaths due to pneumonia among children under 5 are caused by the particulate matter (soot) inhaled from household air pollution.
  • Black carbon (sooty particles) and methane emitted by inefficient stove combustion are powerful climate change pollutant

A statistic is not required to understand the discomfort of thick sooty smoke stinging your eyes and invading your lungs every single time you need to cook a meal. Yet people who depend on these chulhas have shown a historic reluctance to adopt other methods of cooking.

The Shrot, is a cost effective solution. It allows users to continue with their traditional fuel sources —wood, cow dung, discarded coconut shells, agricultural waste—while cutting down the toxic gases and soot produced. And with every cooking cycle it converts the solid fuels to saleable high calorific values charcoal—giving a profit incentive to the BPL and low income homes that typically use the traditional Chulha.

Design and Development by Chitranshu Kumar, IIT Gandhinagar
Guided by Prof. Dinesh Korjan, Consultant of DIC

Palkhi for Vaishnodevi

The Vaishno Devi Palkhi has been redesigned for improving the conditions in which Palkhi bearers make a livelihood. The heavy Palkhi rest upon their shoulders causing injury and long term muscle damage to the Palkhi bearers. After studying these conditions and also understanding the Palkhi bearers’ requirements (they didn’t wish for a design that would demand too many changes in their ways), the Palkhi was redesigned in stainless steel to be 30 kgs lighter than the current Palkhi. Ergonomic experts in the field made small changes in the seating angles. And, the Palkhi was designed for easy replication by local vendors thus addressing local livelihood and sustainability issues.

Design and  Development by Prof. B.K. Chakravarthy





Ajanta Palkhi

The Ajanta caves are a complex of 30 rock–cut Buddhist Caves containing paintings and sculptures from Indian and Buddhist religious art. Thousands of pilgrims, including the elderly and physically challenged, visit this site every year. The rough terrain, steep inclinations and large number of steps are arduous to walk through, thus making a palanquin system the only other feasible option. The existing design, made from wood or bamboo, carried by four male porters—is not comfortable for the user or the bearer. The Palki Design of this project focuses on these ergonomic issues while ensuring safe navigation through the narrow, winding passageways.

Designed by Nikhil Das, IDC student
Design & Development by Aniket Bhagat
Guided by Prof. B.K. Chakravarthy





Selective Drumstick Cutter

Drumsticks, may occupy a place on in Indian meals but are unlikely to be found in design thinking process. Incidentally, India is the largest producer of drumstick. The harvesting of drumsticks is a very delicate process and a huge percentage of food waste can be eliminated if the tools used for harvesting are better designed.

This drumstick plucker carefully picks the ripe drumsticks while leaving the immature pods on the tree. The plucker has been designed considering ergonomics and affordability.

Designed by Akshay Hargude, IDC student
Design & Development by Aniket Bhagat
Guided by Prof. B.K. Chakravarthy



Temple Light

Lighting—that can enhance Heritage temples and forts by night – is currently done in a fairly insensitive manner. Nails are driven into century old stone walls, irreparably damaging the sculptures, murals and inscriptions inside the temples. The conventional lighting systems used are tube lights and bulbs which are unsuitable for the ambience. The wires gape through the pillars in an unsightly fashion.

Solving these problems, this lighting project creates ambient lighting that merges into and enhances the look of the building. A series of lights are neatly hidden behind laser cut steel panels that stick to the temple walls using specially designed adhesives. The adhesives are customized for the temple walls based on their material. Ornamentation replicating the temple’s surface designs are carefully selected and laser cut onto the panel.

Designed by Shashank Sawant, IDC student
Design & Development by Aniket Bhagat
Guided by Prof. B.K. Chakravarthy