The Art and Science of Frugal Innovation comes at a time when the world is grappling with unprecedented issues, including the Covid-19 pandemic that has left all humanity in the eye of the storm. In this book, Malavika Dadlani, Anil Wali and Kaushik Mukerjee deftly explore the scientific underpinnings and social gains of frugal innovations. They also explain how these frugal innovations can help the world overcome a variety of obstacles. While differentiating between frugal and low-cost innovations, this straightforward book also picks the common thread between the two and demonstrates how durable solutions to problems can be found through scientific planning and systematic testing. All in all, The Art and Science of Frugal Innovation is about breaking boundaries and sharing knowledge, expertise and ideas that can lead to sustainable development for all.
Malavika Dadlani is a scientist, research manager, teacher and mentor to a large number of science professionals and innovators. Dadlani was educated at some of the best institutions in the country, including Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi; Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi; Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur; and University of Calcutta. As the first woman joint director, research, IARI, Dadlani mentored over 400 scientists before retiring in 2013. She continues to provide technical advice to various national and international projects.