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Second Meeting of the National Innovation Council

The second meeting of the National Innovation Council (NInC) was held on the 12th of January 2011 at the Planning Commission to finalise the action plan for key initiatives identified at the first meeting.

Second Meeting of the National Innovation Council
Committee Room 122, Planning Commission
12th January 2011

The second meeting of the National Innovation Council (NInC) was held on the 12th of January 2011 at the Planning Commission to finalise the action plan for key initiatives identified at the first meeting.

I. Tasks Identified for Action:

1. There was a general consensus that each member would lead a particular initiative and drive NInC’s agenda on the issue. The Office of the Adviser to the PM on PIII would provide all required support. It was also decided that NInC would publish an annual report highlighting its activities and initiatives.

2. The members discussed the possibility of developing a metrics for measuring Innovation at the ‘end user’ level, at the level of industry and government, as well as a metrics for a yearly self-assessment of NInC’s performance. It was also agreed that NInC could look at developing both short term and long term measurement metrics for evaluating its outcomes. (Mr. Kiran Karnik)

3. To foster Innovation at the grassroots level the members agreed to identify ways to leverage the vast network of the railways and the post office system. Student ideas would also need to be harvested to ensure wide participation. A list of 10 grassroots innovation challenges would also be identified and a plan for implementation outlined for the same. (Dr Anil Gupta)

4. A presentation was made by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) on the IPR framework in the country. Several policy and operational issues such as patent harmonization, patent linkage, pendency in the system, enforcement etc. were highlighted. It was decided that a separate session on innovations in IP would be scheduled with DIPP and members of NInC to discuss key issues. The Chairman NInC offered to support DIPP’s efforts at various levels.

5. Dr. Sridhar Murthy apprised the Council of the work being done under Dr. Kasturirangan’s leadership on Innovations in the three strategic departments of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Department of Space (DoS) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). (Dr. Kasturirangan/ Dr. Sridhar Murthy)

6. On scalability of Innovations in the country it was agreed that successful role models would be shared with NInC members. (Dr Brahmachari)

7. The Council identified 40 industry clusters with CII and FICCI where innovation eco-systems will be created to improve productivity and competitive advantage. To capture the importance of media as an emerging sector, it was decided that Media clusters would be added to the list of identified sectors. (Members would take the lead on their sector of interest. Mr Shekhar Kapur to provide inputs on Media cluster)

8. The members agreed that University Innovation Clusters would also be developed in areas where Industry clusters have been identified, to achieve maximum synergy. In that context it was decided that 40 potential University Innovation clusters may be identified. A meeting of Vice Chancellors from all identified Universities is proposed in March. NInC members were also requested to identify key individuals as champions who will drive the process of creating Innovation clusters in Universities. (Dr Sanjay Dhande, Ms Kiran Mazumdar Shaw)

9. It was understood that there are a limited number of ‘Innovation’ teachers in the country and there is a need to augment this number. A meeting of existing Innovation teachers in the country would be organized by NInC to discuss the Innovation agenda and curriculum for Universities.

10. An outline for developing the Innovation Toolkit was shared with the members. The Innovation Toolkit would be created as an evolving online repository and would be specific to Universities and Industries. While a basic structure would be developed initially it is expected to grow over a period of time. The Toolkit would function as a resource for systematizing, strengthening and seeding innovation in specific environments.(Mr Sam Pitroda)

11. The concept of a Television Reality Show on Innovation was discussed with the NInC members. It was agreed that a detailed proposal with specifics on feasibility and format would be done by Big Synergy, in the next 2 months. Based on this NInC would move forward with the production. (Mr Shekhar Kapur)

12. A brief update on State/ Sectoral Councils was given to the members. Many State Governments have responded positively on setting up State Innovation Councils. It was suggested that members of NInC could take the lead in driving this effort with individual State Governments. (Mr Sam Pitroda, All members)

13. The members were also apprised of the positive response from several key Central Government Ministries on setting up Sectoral Innovation Councils. The Councils would prepare Roadmaps for innovation for the decade in specific sectors, with a focus on competitive advantage and growth. It was agreed that NInC would work with the Ministries to operationalise this effort. In this context a meeting of several Secretaries of GoI is proposed and proceedings will be shared with the members. (Mr Sam Pitroda, Members to take the lead in Sectors of their interest)

14. The preliminary structure of the Inclusive Innovation Fund was finalised and it was decided to move this activity into the next phase of implementation. (Dr. Saurabh Srivastava)

15. The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, is undertaking several initiatives to promote Innovation in the country. The DST will make a presentation on its efforts in this direction at the next NInC meeting.

16. 24th of July was suggested as a possible date to celebrate the National Innovation Day. The Office of the Adviser to the PM on PIII would initiate the process to get the necessary approvals for this purpose. (Mr R Gopalakrishnan, PMO)

17. On Innovation awards, it was agreed that only the ‘One MP, One Idea’ award will be taken up by the NInC, given that there is a proliferation of awards for Innovation. The Office of the Adviser to the PM on PIII would initiate the process to get the necessary approvals for this purpose. (Dr. Mashelkar)

II. Members
(A) The following members attended the meeting:
1. Shri. Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the PM (PIII) (Chairman)
2. Shri. Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission
3. Dr. K. Kasturirangan, Member, Planning Commission
4. Dr. Ramesh Mashelkar, Chairman, National Innovation Foundation
5. Shri. Shekhar Kapur, Film Director and Producer
6. Shri. Kiran Karnik, Former President, NASSCOM
7. Dr. Anil K Gupta, Executive Vice Chair, National Innovation Foundation
8. Dr. Saurabh Srivastava, Chairman, CA Technologies
9. Dr. Samir Brahmachari, Director General, CSIR
10. Dr. Sanjay Dhande, Director, IIT Kanpur
11. Dr. Sujatha Ramdorai, Professor, TIFR
12. Dr. Amit Mitra, Secretary General, FICCI
(B) The following members could not attend
1. Dr. Devi Shetty, Founder, Narayana Hrudayalaya
2. Shri. R. Gopalakrishnan, Executive Director, Tata Sons
3. Ms. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairman and MD, Biocon
4. Shri. Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII
5. Shri. R. Gopalakrishnan, Additional secretary, PMO (Member Secretary)
(C) Other Participants:
1. Smt Kalpana Awasthi, OSD to Adviser to PM
2. Ms Sukhman Randhawa, Office of Adviser to PM
3. Ms Mitakshara Kumari, Office of Adviser to PM
4. Mr Vikas Bagri, Office of Adviser to PM
5. Mr Rahul Nayar, Office of Adviser to PM
6. Mr Keerthi Laal Kala, Office of Adviser to PM
7. Mr Subrata Kundu, Office of Adviser to PM
8. Ms Aashima Seth, Office of Adviser to PM
9. Ms Deepti Ayyanki, Office of Adviser to PM

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