Uddhab Bharali, the master innovator with 147 innovations and counting to his credit, was at Royal Global University for an interactive session with the students on April 10.
Bharali, who belongs to North Lakhimpur in Assam, started the interactive session by speaking about his life in the late 80’s. “In 1988, my family was in debt. During this time, I decided to start a polythene-making business. However, instead of spending about a lakh rupees on buying a machine, I designed my own machine which cost me around Rs 67,000. This was the start,” Bharali said.
As his list of his innovations increased, Bharali started earning money from his innovations, which were very helpful in agriculture and small industries.
Today, Bharali firmly believes that theory follows innovation, knowledge and practical application should go hand in hand. He is fascinated by the beauty of innovation for they should be affordable and applicable for the end user. He believes in keen observation of manual work and applies it through machines. He asked the students to look for the unusual in the most common things of life. “Through innovations, new areas for employment should be generated and respect for one’s brain must be there,” Bharali added.
Learning and performing go hand-in-hand. His inventions of cassava peeling machine, pomegranate de-seeding machine and others have generated enough money for him to take care of orphans, senior citizens, widows and differently-abled people. Bharali’s motto is to invent and support instead of asking for donations. His sense of humour and humbleness belied the innovative genius that he was.