What are some significant good things that happened in India in 2012 that didn’t get much media attention?

Answer by Megha Ghosh:

Here are 15 good things that happened in India in 2012 but didn't receive much attention:

1. On January 4th 2012, India's first online Braille library was launched by the National Institute of the Visually Handicapped.
India’s first online Braille library launched

2. The researchers from IISC demonstrated a complete cure for Alzheimer’s in mice using a  plant extract used in Ayurvedic system of medicine
IISc scientists claim breakthrough in Alzheimer’s drug

3. Sachin Kukke of Bangalore won the global YouTube Space Lab science competition
Bangalore kid wins YouTube science contest

4.Eight young scientists won the  Scopus award instituted by the National Academy of Sciences and Elsevier, a leading  provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and  services.
Awards for eight young scientists

5. A rocket designed by the students of ISRO’s Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) was launched in May.
First student-designed rocket launched by ISRO

6. A paper on space debris published by  Sourabh Kaushal and Nishant Arora, engineering students from Kurukshetra University, got international recognition. They received the Dr. Kalpana Chawla Young Scientist Award 2012
Haryana duo's paper selected in 11 international conferences!

7. 11-year-old skater Rohan Ajit Kokane  broke a world record by flattening  himself enough to skim under poles just 6.75 inches from the ground.

11-year-old Indian roller skater breaks world record

8. A team of 5 from BIT Mesra, Patna Campus won the People’s Choice Award at the Imagine Cup 2012.       
Indian team wins at Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012

9. Anna University scientists H Abdul Shabeer, RSD Wahidabnu and H Abdul  Zubarto developed Cellphone Accident Preventer (CAP) to combat fatal road accidents caused by drivers’ mobile phone use.        
Indian scientists develop device to prevent mobile phone distraction

10. Ramesh Gorakh Gholap, a physically handicapped candidate,topped the  Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) Main exam 2011.
Physically challenged man tops 2011 Maharashtra Public Service Commission exam

11. Dr. Aditi Mukherji won the “Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, Endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation.”

Indian scientist wins International award for Field Research

12. Ashoke Sen, a professor at the Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad, won the first Fundamental Physics Prize
Indian scientist wins world’s biggest prize in Physics

13. India won the men's and women's Kabaddi World Cup
India retain men’s and women’s Kabaddi World Cup title

14. Harine Ravichandran, a 16 year old girl from a small town in South India designed a regulator to stabilize voltage. Her project got special mention in Google Science Fair 2012.
Indian Student’s Socially Innovative Project Inspires Google

15. Chintan, an Indian NGO, was chosen for America’s first Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.
Indian NGO Chintan chosen for first US Innovation Award

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