Source: Assam Tribune, Feb 4 2014
The country’s fourth Innovation Hub was today formally inaugurated at the Regional Science Centre (RSC) here.
The Innovation Hub in Guwahati is part of the ambitious plan of National Council of Science Museums, Kolkota, and the Central Government's National Innovation Council (NIC) to have one innovation centre in each district with the target group being schools, colleges and engineering students.
“New ideas and innovations will come only if there are trained minds. Innovation cannot come on its own. Building of centres like this are the right way to allow students and young innovators to take risk and face failures as both risk taking and facing failure are critical,” Sindhushree Khullar, Secretary at the Planning Commission said, after inaugurating the Innovation Hub this afternoon.
RSC Guwahati is the site for one of the five Innovation Hubs announced by the Centre last year and the fourth one to become operational.
The hubs at New Delhi, Kolkata and Bengaluru are already in operation and the one in Mumbai will come on stream soon.
The concept of Innovation Hub is to provide a platform for students to convert their ideas into tangible form for application in daily life.
The five centres are being set up as prototypes which will draw up a standard list of activities. Later, they will act as coordination centres in each zone with the Guwahati centre being the coordinating centre for the North Eastern region.
The Innovation Hub has been equipped with a Hall of Fame with stories of inventions and inventors, multimedia kiosks to explore major inventions, an Innovation Resource Centre with online access to innovation-centric resources, e-journals, books and grass-root innovation portals, a laboratory to carry out experiments and projects, a tech lab for Robotics and Microprocessor Programming, among other facilities.
“Students will also be encouraged to develop things from scrap and low-cost materials and an Idea Box for children to propose ideas and create an idea bank,” said S Chaudhuri, Director of Central Research and Training Laboratory (National Council of Science Museums).
The inaugural function was also attended by Gauhati University Vice Chancellor Dr Mridul Hazarika, Project Coordinator of RSC Guwahati P Grover and eminent innovator Uddhab Kumar Bharali, among others.