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Fourth Meeting of the National Innovation Council

The fourth meeting of the National Innovation Council (NInC) was held on 12th July 2011 at the Planning Commission, to review the progress of various initiatives since the last meeting and outline the agenda for action for the future.

Fourth Meeting of the National Innovation Council
Committee Room 122, Planning Commission
12th of July 2011

The fourth meeting of the National Innovation Council (NInC) was held on 12th July 2011 at the Planning Commission, to review the progress of various initiatives since the last meeting and outline the agenda for action for the future.
I. Tasks Identified for Action:

1. Shri. Pitroda conveyed to the Council members that NInC will compile an annual ‘Report to the Nation’ by October-November 2011 which will provide an overview of all the initiatives of the Council as well as a progress report on the activities.

2. An update on the State and Sectoral Innovation Councils was presented. So far 13 State Innovation Councils and 15 Sectoral Innovation Councils in 13 ministries have been set up. Shri. Pitroda emphasised the need for creating a comprehensive brief on the process of setting up Sectoral Innovation Councils, on the lines of the State Innovation Council brief. He also stressed the need for identifying more sectors for the Sectoral Councils, as well as involving professional societies in this effort. He urged the NInC members to provide their leadership and involvement in driving the effort for both State and Sectoral Innovation Councils.

3. Shri. Arun Maira expressed the need for coordinating the Sectoral Innovation Council effort with the Twelfth Plan exercise for more synergy and also highlighted the need for sensitising ministries for using innovation to achieve their goals.
4. Dr. Saurabh Srivastava briefed the members on the progress of the India Inclusive Innovation Fund. He highlighted that a draft Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) has been prepared with inputs from a legal team. He also stressed that certain structural, governance and regulatory issues related to the Fund are still being worked out. It was decided that the draft PPM would be circulated to the Council members for comments, and it would also be shared with key finance people for their inputs. As a next step, potential investors from the Government would also be approached.

5. An update on the Innovation Clusters was provided. Of the initial 150 clusters, 8 Clusters (7 Industry Clusters and 1 University) have been selected as pilots for driving innovation interventions. The pilots will be spread over a period of 6-9 months. The selected pilots include:

  • Agartala, Tripura – Bamboo Cluster
  • Ahemadabad, Gujarat – Pharma & Biotech Cluster
  • Ernakulam, Kerala – Furniture Cluster
  • Krishnagiri, Tamilnadu – Food Processing Cluster
  • Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh – Brassware Cluster
  • Rajkot, Gujarat – Diesel Pumps & Engines Cluster
  • Thrissur, Kerala – Ayurveda Cluster
  • New Delhi – Delhi University

Various partnerships have been established and more are being sought to provide comprehensive support to the pilot programme. Ministry of MSME, CSIR, CII, FICCI, Foundation for MSME Clusters, IL&FS are the current working partners.It was discussed that NInC members could act as mentors for the selected pilots to further augment this effort.

6. Dr. Samir Brahmachari announced that CSIR could provide funding of upto Rs 40 lakhs for each Innovation Cluster, which could act as seed capital for technology interventions in the clusters.

7. Dr. Samir Brahmachari made a presentation on CSIR’s Innovation Complexes which undertake translational research in partnership with industry/research institutions and academia with a focus on a challenge driven innovation strategy. He also briefed the Council on CSIR’s 3-tier IP strategy of patented, non-patented and open-innovation models.

8. A live demo of the India Innovation Portal was given to the Council by the knowledge partner Infosys. They requested the feedback of the Council. The Council suggested a soft launch of the portal on 15th August 2011. The portal would be officially launched by mid-September 2011.

9. An update on the Reality Show on Innovations was provided by Shri. Shekhar Kapur. NInC could explore supporting media organisations interested in taking this idea forward.

10. Shri. Pitroda informed the Council that CNBC has started a series on Innovation. Members suggested that a good time for outreach on innovation would be when Lok Sabha is in session, through the Lok Sabha Channel. The NInC secretariat would coordinate this.

11. An update was provided on the ‘One MP One Idea’ award. It was informed that the Rajya Sabha Parliamentary Sub-Committee’s response is awaited. Dr. Dhande emphasised the need for simplifying the guidelines for financial help so that the money under the MPLAD scheme could be utilised more effectively for promoting innovations.

12. Shri. Arun Maira made a presentation on learnings from the Swedish innovation eco-system after his recent visit, along with Shri. Pitroda and Dr. Brahmachari, to Sweden. He outlined the steps Sweden has taken for creating an innovation eco-system and the challenges that it is facing in terms of innovation outcomes. He also briefed the Council on Sweden’s National Strategy for Innovation which is focused on addressing global challenges for society, creating competitiveness and delivering public services with quality and efficiency, and the process of stakeholder consultation involved. He also underlined the synergies with NInC and the potential for collaboration on innovation efforts.

13. Shri. R. Gopalakrishnan (PMO) updated the members on the following five proposals from NInC to promote innovations in the education system:

  • Creation of a separate stream for National Innovation Scholarships analogous to the National Talent Search Scheme ( at School Level)
  • Setting up an Innovation Centre in each DIET-District Institute of Education and Training (at School level)
  • Mapping of Local History, Ecology and Cultural Heritage by each High School in the country
  • Creation of a National Innovation Promotion Service to replace/add to National Service Scheme in Colleges (Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports /HRD)
  • Setting up a Meta-University as a Global First to promote collaborative and multi-disciplinary learning using the National Knowledge Network ( MHRD)
These proposals were shared by the Chairman and Shri. Gopalakrishnan with the Minister HRD and it was agreed that they would be taken up for implementation. NInC will now work closely with the Ministry on implementation.

14. Dr Sujatha Ramdorai shared a proposal on promoting development of quality e-content for Math and Science subjects in Indian languages (School Level). It was decided that at this point NInC would not undertake this initiative. However, it could be taken up on an experimental basis in the Office of Adviser.

15. Dr. Devi Shetty made a presentation on using software to improve health care and diagnosis in India. However, Mr Pitroda highlighted that there was a need for a comprehensive proposal for improving health care in India which could be taken to the Ministry. It was decided that Dr. Shetty would work on preparing this proposal.

16. Dr. Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology made a comprehensive presentation on the innovation activities undertaken by DST to the Council.

17. Shri. Pitroda highlighted the need for a National Innovation Policy for the country to provide a framework for key policy interventions for spurring innovation. It was decided that member Shri. Arun Maira would work on preparing a draft policy to be discussed at the Council.

18. Shri. Shekhar Kapur made a presentation on the use of New Media for spurring innovation in India. He suggested the formation of a Media Innovation Committee under NInC, which would be chaired by him, to outline interventions in this area.

19. Dr. Samir Brahmachari made a presentation on CSIR’s Micro Primary Health Centres which would ensure affordable primary health care for 800 million Indians. It was suggested that the proposal could be forwarded to the Ministry of Health and family Welfare for consideration.

20. Shri. Pitroda suggested that at the next meeting members could discuss specific initiatives on creating an innovation eco-system in the country.

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. Shri. Shekhar Kapur, Film Director and Producer
  4. Shri. Kiran Karnik, Former President, NASSCOM
  5. Dr. Saurabh Srivastava, Chairman, CA Technologies
  6. Dr. Samir Brahmachari, Director General, CSIR
  7. Dr. Sanjay Dhande, Director, IIT Kanpur
  8. Dr. Devi Shetty, Founder, Narayana Hrudayalaya
  9. Shri. R. Gopalakrishnan, Executive Director, Tata Sons
  10. Shri. Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII
  11. Shri. R. Gopalakrishnan, Additional secretary, PMO (Member Secretary)

(B) The following members could not attend:

  1. Dr. Ramesh Mashelkar, Chairman, National Innovation Foundation
  2. Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Secretary General, FICCI
  3. Dr. K. Kasturirangan, Member, Planning Commission
  4. Dr. Sujatha Ramdorai, Professor, TIFR
  5. Ms. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairman and MD, Biocon
  6. Dr. Anil K Gupta, Executive Vice Chair, National Innovation Foundation

(C) Other Participants:

  1. Mr. Anjan Das, CII
  2. Ms. Seema Gupta, CII
  3. Mr. Jibak Dasgupta, CII
  4. Ms. Rashmi Sarita, FICCI
  5. Mr. Dipanjan Bannerjee, FICCI
  6. Ms. Kalpana Awasthi, OSD to Adviser to PM
  7. Shri. Samir Mitra, Office of Adviser to PM
  8. Shri. Subrata Kundu, Office of Adviser to PM
  9. Ms. Sukhman Randhawa, Office of Adviser to PM
  10. Ms. Mitakshara Kumari, Office of Adviser to PM
  11. Shri. Vikas Bagri, Office of Adviser to PM
  12. Shri. Rahul Nayar, Office of Adviser to PM
  13. Shri. Keerthi Laal Kala, Office of Adviser to PM
  14. Ms. Bindeshwary Rai, Office of Adviser to PM
  15. Ms. Deepti Ayyanki, Office of Adviser to PM
  16. Ms. Aashima Seth, Office of Adviser to PM



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