Innovation Challenge

The first challenge launched by the National Innovation Council was a call for proposals launched in October 2011 to reduce the drudgery of the working class population. It was an acknowledgement of the collective failure to use our scientific and technological manpower to address problems of the average working class citizen. The challenge was to provide decent conditions of work to labour including ideas that would improve the design of work implements, processes, and models that improve work conditions. This went with the caveat that proposals should not be labour displacing.

468 proposals were received in a period of four months and finally six proposals were shortlisted after several rounds of screening. These six proposals, as detailed below, were awarded by Shri Sam Pitroda, Adviser to PM and Chairman, National Innovation Council along with Shri Jairam Ramesh, Hon’ble Minister for Rural Development and Kumari Selja, Hon’ble Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation at a function on 4th April 2012 at PIB Conference Hall, Shastri Bhavan.

The following brief presentation gives more details on the above, including the advertisement issued by the NInC, a snapshot of the process followed by NInC and a preview into the six selected innovations.

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  • Press Information Bureau: The country needs an Indian model of inclusive innovation that focuses on the poor. The National Innovation Council’s primary focus is to drive innovation that benefits the common citizen. Read More.
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