National Award: Media Lab Asia has received the National Award from Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India under the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities - 2007 for the project Sanyog - an augmentative and alternative multilingual communication system for the children affected with cerebral palsy and speech impairment.
Nasscom Innovation Awards 2007: Media Lab Asia has recieved the Nasscom Innovation Award 2007 for Sanyog, a Multilingual (English, Hindi and Bengali) augmentative communication system for the empowerment of persons with disabilities.
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Manthan Award: Media Lab Asia has received Manthan Award along with its project partner IIIT Hyderabad for MLASia project "e-Sagu: An IT-based Personalized Agro-advisory System". e-Sagu is recognized as a pathbreaking initiative in India for grassroots empowerment and development and is one of the innovative e-Content practices using cross media.
UNESCO Award: Media Lab Asia has received the UNESCO Award under the project “Innovative use of ICT for Educating Children of Nomadic Tribes in Maharashtra”.
Citation from Manthan Award Website : Imaginative use of ICT is endless to catalyze rural India and those dependent on agriculture. The digital flow of information helps a farmer take critical decisions faster drawing from the expertise the country has invested enormously in agricultural colleges and research institutes. The eSagu system enables farmers, even those who are marginal and poor, to cultivate with the knowledge on par with that of an agricultural expert. It demonstrates that even the illiterate farmer could be helped to raise his income and standard of living through delivery of appropriate information at the right time. The system also aids in successful implementation of crop insurance scheme by making farm as a unit of insurance.
The eSagu is a scalable system. It is a cost-effective system and can be made self-sustainable. The expert advice given through eSagu has helped the farmers to improve input efficiency by encouraging integrated pest management methods, judicious use of pesticides and fertilizers by avoiding their indiscriminate usage. The impact study shows that the farmers have realized considerable additional monetary benefits equivalent to Rs 3,820 per acre by reducing the fertilizers and pesticide sprays, and getting the additional yield. The agriculture scientist can deliver about 150 expert advices per day. This is possible by reusing the already delivered advices and following a clustered-based approach. For Cetificate of Appreciation click here and for Manthan Book Release click here
DA Vinci Award: A multilingual communication system, Sanyog with particular application to needs of the children with neuro-motor disorders has been acclaimed by the Engineering Society of Detroit, Michigan and The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter, USA by DA Vinci Award.
The research towards Sanyog was funded by Media Lab Asia. Sanyog will be available in both desktop version and embedded version. Media Lab Asia and IIT Kharagpur (Samit Bhattacharya and Anupam Basu) own the joint patent right for Sanyog.
Intel, in collaboration with the Indo-Us Science and Technology Forum and the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, organized an innovative technology business plan competition for students from all educational institutions in India, known as the DST-Intel India Innovation Pioneers Challenge 2006-07. The Award Ceremony for the contest was held in New Delhi on July 20, 2007, with the Team Sparsha Systems from IIT Kharagpur, consisting of Rohit Singhal and Soumyajit Dey, winning the first prize for being the best business proposal. Click here
Gold Award: aAQUA has received the Gold Award in the Innovative e-content (e-Inclusion) category at 2005’s Manthan Awards. The Manthan Award is an initiative by Digital Empowerment Foundation, India and PlaNet Finance India to select and promote the best practices in e-content and creativity in India.
e-Governance Project Award : The e-Sagu project has been conferred with the best e-Governance Project Award for being overall winner by the CSI-Nihilent e-Governance Awards 2005-06.CSI and Nihilent forged an alliance in September 2002 to institute the ‘CSI-Nihilent e-Governance Awards 2002’.
“e-Sagu” features as a select entry among worldwide latest novel Internet applications in the book “Innovative Application Case Study 2006” published by Institute for Information Industry, a not for profit Think tank for the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan.
Grampatra: World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR) 2005, held at Gaborone, Botswana identified the Grampatra technology as implementable project for building ICT infrastructure, where online connectivity is not available. The WITFOR 2005 was hosted by the Government of Botswana in collaboration with the International Federation for Information Technology Processing (IFIP) under the auspices of UNESCO.
Ashwini: Hon’ble President of India visited the “Ashwini” project and appreciated. The project has been included in the website of President of India. In the website it was described that the project has provided electronic connectivity through wireless (512 kbps to 2 mbps), knowledge connectivity in co-operation with the domain experts thereby creating economic connectivity in the villages covered by Ashwini project. The president designated it as Byrraju PURA, one of the two PURAs functioning. The other PURA being Periyar PURA in Tamil Nadu.
Golden Icon Award: Project Shruti Drishti, a computer aided text to speech and text to Braille system for the visually impaired, sponsored by Media Lab Asia and jointly developed by Webel Mediatronics Limited, Kolkata/CDAC, Pune received GOLDEN ICON Award in February 2005 under the category of Trail Blazing Application of the Year - New - Entrant, awarded by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Government of India.
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Balshiksha received the mBillionth South Asia Award as a finalist. The award was presented by Dr. Peter Rebuk