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Dutch team in Chennai with innovative venture

Special Correspondent

Scouting for students who can take up ‘IndiaMoves’ project


IndiaMoves can be used to sell snacks, pan, tea

60 students from different countries taking part in the initiatives


CHENNAI: Representatives of Delft Centre for Entrepreneurship (DCE) of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Netherlands, are in the city scouting for students who can come out with a project on the lines of GhanaMoves.

GhanaMoves, a project designed in 2006 by four industrial design students, is a hand-driven tricycle that enables persons with disabilities to make a living selling ice-cream on the streets. It had an impact on the lives of persons with disabilities in Ghana.

“Currently, we are exploring whether a project such as GhanaMoves could be implemented in India as well. ‘IndiaMoves’ could be used to sell purified drinking water, snacks, pan and tea, among other things. This can be taken up with the involvement of corporates and universities. A leading multinational firm had evinced interest. But it did not come through due to a change in their policy,” Esther Blom, project manager, Sustainable Entrepreneurship, TU Delft, told The Hindu on Wednesday.

In the last few days, Ms. Blom and her colleagues visited three cities in Andhra Pradesh. They will interact with students in the city for the next three days.

Hybrid Tuktuk is one such project developed by seven students of TU Delft to reduce carbon dioxide emission of autorickshaws in Indian cities. Plakkies are slippers made from recycled materials in South Africa.

“We are looking for students who are strong and willing to negotiate. These students can set up the projects within the scope of their internships, practical assignments, graduation projects or extracurricular activities,” she said.

Addressing a seminar on Indo-Dutch partnership in education and research, Boukje Vastbinder, Project Manager, Sustainable Enterpreneurship, TU Delft, said that DCE offers several education programmes aimed at introducing students to sustainable entrepreneurship — minor international entrepreneurship and development and sustainable business game.

Theo Hofman, Technical University, Eindhoven, said: “Currently 60 students from different countries are taking part in different initiatives. We are also designing a new race car that includes powertrain, chassis and suspension. During 2009, we will develop two cars — electric and hybrid.”

P. Mannar Jawahar, Vice-Chancellor, Anna University inaugurated the Association of Manufacturing Engineers 2009.

“The association was established with a view to improve the personality, develop leadership and train the students for placement. Over the years it had been transformed into a vibrant body,” he said.

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