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• Crop Improvement using Traditional Methods and          Ph.D. students have become Tata Fellows and assigned to
                               Molecular Biology Approaches                            work on various ongoing projects at the Centre.
                               In the wake of India relaxing its regulatory policies
                               around gene editing, especially to develop crops with
                               traits  that  enhance  disease  resistance  and  drought   KEY ACHIEVEMENTS
                               tolerance, TIGS has established a rigorous programme
                               to make use of cutting-edge science, such as gene       • A spoken language assessment tool has been developed
                               editing and traditional methods of mutation breeding     to provide an accessible and scalable technological
                               to develop high yielding, nutrient rich food crop        solution that can provide students with rapid feedback
                               varieties, including rice and pulses. This programme     on their pronunciation and fluency of speech. A speech
                               aims to cater to the climate adaptive needs of today’s   recognition algorithm running on a mobile device
                               society, as well as reduce hunger through better yields   analyses the recording of a child reading out passages of
                               and high nutrient content.                               text and estimates metrics of accuracy and fluency. The
                                                                                        analytical engine has been tested by partners, including
                                                                                        Pratham and WPP, who have been using it to evaluate
                             TATA CENTRE FOR                                            speech proficiency in over 1,500 children.

                             TECHNOLOGY AND                                            • Over 1,000 cottage industries manufacturing artisanal

                             DESIGN (TCTD)                                                  jaggery have shut down in the Kolhapur region in the
                                                                                                 last decade due to the non-availability of

                             OVERVIEW                                                                  technology and skilled manpower, and an
                                                                                                                                        for
                                                                                                         unorganised
                                                                                                                       supply
                                                                                                                                chain
                                                                                                           sugarcane. To address the situation, a
                             The Tata Centre for Technology and
                                                                                                                  project team has developed
                             Design  (TCTD)  at  IIT  Bombay  (IITB)
                                                                                                                   a mobile unit that ensures
                             was established in 2014 to address the
                                                                                                                   continuous manufacturing
                             unmet needs of resource constrained
                                                                                                                   of jaggery. The unit is easy
                             communities in India and those
                                                                                                                   to use, energy e cient, and
                             around the world. With a focus on
                                                                                                                   produces a product of
                             end-to-end innovation, TCTD serves as
                                                                                                                   consistent quality. The team
                             a virtual hub for research and
                                                                                                                   has   now    created  a
                             academics and attracts graduate
                                                                                                                 start-up—Revotech Industries
                             students and faculty members from across
                                                                                                             Pvt. Ltd.—to market innovative
                             IITB, assisting them in their e orts to create
                                                                                                          processes followed in the various
                             and translate suitable solutions.
                                                                                                                  sugarcane cultivating regions
                             TCTD has funded 110 projects, of                                                     of the country.
                             which 21 have received translational-level funding. Seven
                             start-ups and six technology transfers have been achieved   • A translation project to create low-cost bone and
                             so far, with 12 projects receiving large external grants. Out   near-net-shape grafts for dental and orthopaedic bone
                             of the 36 patents applied for, eight have been granted so   reconstruction resulted in a start-up called E ectmed
                             far and the remainder are under review. 120 master’s and   Pvt. Ltd. To solve the issue of bone tissue degradation,




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