Vishwas Chitale on the dairy of the future

The first time I heard of Chitale Dairy was about eight years ago when an executive at one of the top Indian retailers asked me to check out how a dairy in Maharashtra’s Sangli village was using radio frequency tags to track cattle. Back then, most RFID deployments at retailers were bleeding and not delivering on early promises.

The dairy, I was told, was using intelligent tracking among other technologies to ensure its annual milk productivity was double the national average. This is the story I wrote for The Economic Times in April 2010 after spending a day at Sangli.

Earlier this month, I traveled again to Sangli to see how far has Chitale Dairy has progressed with technology. From advances in cattle genomics to use of simple, user friendly software as an underlying glue across different processes, director Vishwas Chitale continues to harness technology with precision effect in his dairy business.

Listen to this podcast to learn how a 70-year-old milk dairy in Sangli keeps at the cutting edge of technology and, as importantly, steers clear of technology hype cycles.

Why R A Mashelkar remains “dangerously optimistic”

At 74, Raghunath Anant Mashelkar has spent decades in setting India’s innovation agenda across organizations including the National Innovation Foundation and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Now, he’s the chairman of Reliance Industries’ innovation council.

As I sat down with Mashelkar for this week’s Outliers Podcast, I was fresh from the last episode about how India failed its homegrown hardware innovation such as Simputer. Mashelkar responded by saying that getting the government to become a customer for their products is indeed a challenge for smaller, disruptive startups.

“It’s interesting because exactly 48 hours ago I sent a paper to the policymakers, recommending to change the government procurement policies,” he tells me. “If only the government had ordered Simputer(s) as a buyer, things could be different.”

He is, in his own words, “dangerously optimistic”. So despite all the skepticism about whether Indian government will actually accept the mistakes and change, you feel inclined to believe him.

In this around 40-minutes-long podcast, we discuss everything from how Mashelkar manages critics and controversies to why he remains optimistic.

Devi Shetty on why he’s obsessed with affordable healthcare

Dr Devi Shetty of Narayana Health is more a pioneer and a disrupter than an Outlier. Shetty, who is widely credited with disrupting India’s healthcare scene with affordable surgeries, is shaping the future of healthcare in the country, too.

And while he’s doing all that, he is relentlessly exploring new technologies from 3D printing to artificial intelligence and intelligent software algorithms for delivering more efficient and intelligent healthcare services. At the core of his hospital business is an assembly line approach he has adopted across his hospitals,

“In 5-10 years from now, it will become legally mandatory for doctors to get approvals from a software program before they even start a treatment,” he tells me.

Few days before I sat down with him for this podcast he made this statement in an interview with The Hindu, underscoring his bold vision for the future of healthcare and the professionals of tomorrow.
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This episode of Outliers podcast lasts only around 13 minutes, unlike the past ones that are over 40 minutes and so on. Much like an espresso shot – short, intense and sharp.

Happy listening.

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