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National Innovation Council, CSIR to jointly promote innovation clusters

The National Innovation Council (NInC) and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) today announced a partnership to jointly promote cluster innovation centres across the country.

Source:, 01 June, 2011

The National Innovation Council (NInC) and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) today announced a partnership to jointly promote cluster innovation centres across the country.

The partnership will combine of NInC's industry and university innovation cluster initiative and the CSIR-800 initiative of CSIR with the technopreneur promotion programme (TePP) of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR).

NInC chairman and adviser to the prime minister on public information infrastructure and innovations Sam Pitroda and Prof Samir Brahmachari, chairman of CSIR and secretary to the DSIR, ministry of science and technology, signed the partnership agreement.

NInC has been set up to prepare a roadmap for innovations in the 2010-2020 period, which has been declared as the `Decade of Innovation', with a focus on inclusive growth.

The roadmap will outline interventions, policies, recommendations and methodologies to implement and foster innovation, especially in the 26 million-strong micro, small and medium (MSMEs) sector.

The NInC strategy focuses on five key parameters of creating a platform, inclusion of all sectors, creating an eco-system, creating or finding drivers and continuing the open discourse on innovation.

"The aim is to re-define innovations and to offer novel solutions that lead to inclusive growth and create innovation eco-systems connecting industry, universities, research institutes, professional associations, financial institutions and government," an official release said.

NInC proposes to facilitate, promote, stimulate and strengthen innovation eco-systems across the country by creation of local Industry and university innovation clusters.

The cluster, which is a geographic grouping of institutions/firms in one industry, will galvanise and strengthen the competitive advantage of that industry. The innovation activities in the clusters identified by NInC will be galvanised around cluster innovation centres (CICs).

CSIR, with its 37 laboratories, 3 units, 39 extension centres and over 4,500 scientists, will provide human capital and know-how to CICs. CSIR's involvement will also involve sharing their knowledge base and programmes to boost the CICs, while CSIR will get new opportunities for enhanced MSME interaction to develop new research and innovations and fulfill the CSIR-800 mission.

The CICs would be based on a public-private partnership (PPP) model and would act as hubs for connecting various local and national stakeholders. These CICs would then facilitate and drive innovation by connecting cluster needs to ideas, knowledge, technologies, labs and people.

Some of the CICs may be located in the CSIR-innovation complexes.

The eventual aim of the NInC and CSIR partnership would be to identify local clusters across industries to drive innovation through the CIC model. However, in the first phase, pilot clusters would be identified to create model CICs and to refine how specific interventions stimulate innovation for enhancing growth and competitiveness. This would provide a blueprint to be replicated across industry and universities.

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