Sectoral Innovation Councils Meeting on 13th March 2014

Sectoral Innovation Council have been driving the innovation agenda in the country across various sectors and harnessing the core competencies, local talent, resources and capabilities to create new opportunities. As a continued program, the National Innovation council is organizing a meeting with the Sectoral Innovation Councils on 13th March 2014, Hall No. 6, Vigyan Bhawan from 9:30 AM till 1:30 PM

This meeting will review the work of the Councils as an ongoing activity, which have been engaged in developing and supporting an ecosystem for inclusive innovation in the country. The meeting shall serve as an interactive platform for key stakeholders engaged in driving the innovation agenda. The meeting will also provide the Sectoral Innovation Councils a platform for sharing their respective roadmaps, ideas of innovation in various sectors and discuss the way forward. 

The latest agenda of the meeting is available here.

Download the presentations of the Meeting.

For further information on Sectoral Innovation Councils and their report, visit here.


Release of the Report to the People 2013

In keeping with the Government’s commitment of turning the next decade into a ‘Decade of Innovation’, the Council is presenting its third  annual ‘Report to the People’ 2013 to the Hon’ble President Shri Pranab Mukherjee which highlights the activities and initiatives undertaken by NInC to strengthen the innovation eco system in the country. The Report builds on the Council’s previous work and details the new initiatives in the past year.

Watch the live webcast of the National Innovation Council’s third annual “Report to the People 2013’ presentation to the Hon'ble President on 19th November, 2013, Rashtrapati Bhavan at http://webcast.gov.in/president/

Download Report to the People 2013, here.


National Seminar on “Unleashing Innovation” - Patna, Sept 20-21, 2013

Bihar State Innovation Council




Day 1

10.00-10.30 am


10.30- 11.30 am

Inaugural Session

Lighting of Lamp

Welcome and Presentation on State Innovation Council

Shri Vijoy Prakash, IAS

Principal Secretary

Department of  Planning and Development cum Secretary State Innovation Council (SInC)

Perspective of Developing Innovation Ecosystem in India

Ms. Veena Upadhyaya, IAS (retd), Expert, National Innovation Council

Inaugural Speech

Shri. A.K Sinha, Chief Secretary, Government of Bihar

Key note address by the Chief Guest

Shri Narendra Narayan Yadav

Minister, Department of Planning and Development

Vote of Thanks

Dr. Arvind Kumar, Joint Director, Department of Planning and Development

11.30- 11.45 am


Session I

Understanding and Showcasing Innovation

Chair: Shri Janak Pandey, VC, Central University of Bihar

11.45-12.00 noon

Presentation on Technological Innovation

Prof. Prabhat Ranjan, Executive Director, TIFAC

12.00-12.15 pm

Design Innovation

Shri Mihir Bholey, Associate Senior Faculty, NID Ahmedabad

12.15-12.30 pm

Lessons from NInC Initiatives: Industry Innovation Clusters

Mr. Keerthi Laal Kala, Lead, Industry Cluster Initiative, Office of Adviser to PM

12.30-12.45 pm

Implementation Strategy: Innovation Agenda of Bihar

Shri Anjan Das, CII, New Delhi

12.45-01.00 pm


01.00-02.00  pm


Session II

Identification of Real Life Challenges of Innovators in Bihar

Chair: Shri Arun Kumar Sinha, VC Patna University

02.00-02.15 pm

Pain  of Patenting: Experience Sharing

Shri Lal Ratnakar

02.15-03.15 pm

Experience of Innovation in Farm Sector/Non Farm Sectors

Md. Saidullah

Shri Kumar Ankit, Green Leaf Energy Pvt. Ltd.

Shri Sanjeev Srivastav

Shri Shashank,

Shri Rakesh

03.15-03.30 pm


Session III

Role of Institutions in Unleashing Innovation

Chair: Prof. S. N Guha, VC, Aryabhatta Knowledge University

03.30-03.45 pm

Presentation on Bihar Innovation Forum

Shri Arvind Kumar Choudhary, IAS

CEO JeeVika

03.45-04.00 pm

Presentation by Bihar Administrative Reform Mission

Ms. Ashwini Dattatraya

Joint Secretary

General Administrative Department

Government of Bihar

04.00-04.15 pm

Presentation by Bihar Council of Science and Technology

Shri Sudhir Kumar, IAS

Principal Secretary, Science & Technology, Govt. of Bihar

04.15-04.30 pm

Presentation on TIFAC Innovation Programme SRIJAN

Shri P.R Basak, Scientist, TIFAC

04.30-4.45 pm

Presentation on Research Incubation Centre under ACNN

Dr. Anal Kant Jha, Establishment cum Scientific Officer

Aryabhatta Knowledge University

04.45-05.00 pm


Day 2

Session IV

Developing Ecosystem for Sustained Innovation

Chair: Shri Amarjeet Sinha, IAS

Principal Secretary, Department of Education

10.30-10.45 am

Innovation Engineering in Education and Innovation Belt

Prof. Prabhat Ranjan, ED TIFAC

10.45-11.00 am

Biotechnological Innovation for Progress of Bihar

Dr. Sujoy Guha, School of Medical Science and Technology, IIT Kharagpur

11.00-11.15 am

Role of Technology, Innovation and MSMEs in Inclusive Growth

Shri Sanjay Singh, TIFAC

11.15-11.30 am


11.30-11.45 am


Session V


Role of Voluntary Sector in Promotion of Innovation

Chair: Shri Shailesh Singh, Aga Khan Foundation


11.45-12.00 noon

SRI & Rural Innovation

Shri Anil Kumar Verma, PRADAN


Panel Discussion with representatives from voluntary sector

Shri Vinoy Ohdar, Action Aid

Shri Sujeet Ranjan, CARE Shri Pravind Praveen, OXFAM

Shri Tushar Kanti Das Plan India

01.00-01.15 pm


01.15-02.15 pm



02.15- 03.15 pm

Presentation on Discussions and Recommendations of the Technical Sessions

All Rapporteurs

03.15-03.30 pm

Valedictory  Session

Shri Alok Kumar Sinha, IAS

Development Commissioner

03.30-03.45 pm

Vote of Thanks


RGNIYD 5th Foundation Day Celebrations

The RGNIYD celebrated its Foundation Day on 20th August 2013 at its campus to commemorate the 70th Birth Anniversary of the Late Visionary Leader and Former Prime Minister of India, Shri. Rajiv Gandhi which is also observed as "Sadbhavana Diwas" to promote national integration and communal harmony among the people of all religions and languages nation-wide. After the conversion of the RGNIYD into an Institution of National Importance by an Act of Parliament in August 2012 this was the first Foundation Lecture which was webcast live and also broadcast on RGNIYD’s Community Radio Station.

The 5th RGNIYD Foundation lecture delivered by Dr. Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations and Chairman, National Innovation Council who also administered the Sadbhavana Day Pledge to the participating youth.

Shri. Pitroda had pioneered the telecom revolution under Shri. Rajiv Gandhi’s leadership. He recalled his association with the late Prime Minister of India, Shri. Rajiv Gandhi and the initiatives they jointly undertook to usher in the telecom & IT and the digital revolution in the 1980’s besides their contribution towards improvising facilities such as rural drinking water, immunization, edible oil, milk production etc. He exhorted the youth by narrating how he conquered his poverty through education and acquisition of information power. He spoke on the current initiatives such as creating knowledge network to connect all the educational and research institutions and the endeavor to connect 250,000 Panchayats across the country through optical fibre. He called for generational change and not incremental change besides evolving strategies for reforms and means for simplifying the government. He underpinned the need for innovations in technology modernization and development for achieving excellence, attaining equity and providing access to all. He emphasized the need for instilling the Gandhian ideas and for localization in the backdrop of globalization. He reiterated that the Government and Technology are only enablers but the Youth should redefine their developmental outlook and change their mindset and should undertake initiatives on their own without undermining their capacities.

Shri. C. R. Kesavan, Vice President, RGNIYD delivering the special address underlined that it was Rajiv Gandhi who had first talked about India in the 21st century and the important role the youth would play in nation building. He recalled that in order to empower the youth to do so he had reduced the voting age from 21 to 18 and also laid the foundation for the Panchayati Raj revolution because of which we currently have about 12 lakh young women representatives, the highest in the world. He emphasized that India’s front ranking position among countries today was because Rajiv Gandhi had effectively utilized technology for the transformation and uplift of rural India.

Shri. Sudhir Kumar IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India, welcomed the august gathering. Dr. D. Jayalakshmi, Registrar i/c proposed the vote of thanks.

About 800 persons consisting of a galaxy of youth from various colleges and young achievers participated in the function.

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Global Innovation Roundtable 2013 - November 18-19, 2013

The National Innovation Council (NInC), Government of India launched the Global Innovation Roundtable (GIR) as a policy dialogue to outline a new paradigm of inclusive innovation. NInC has hosted two such Roundtables in 2011 and 2012 in New Delhi, India which saw participation from heads of Innovation policy from Governments across the world, as well as, leading global Innovation experts. Through institutionalising the Roundtables the aim was to create a global platform for sharing experiences, best practices and enabling collaborations around the theme of inclusive innovation for addressing the challenges of access, equity, excellence and inclusion.

The discussions in the previous Roundtables focused on stimulating greater global cooperation across countries, formation of networks, sharing experiences to make innovations a prime driver for collective solution building, and discussing innovations that have addressed the needs of the Base of the Pyramid (BOP) population. The discussions also echoed the need to have a long-term approach to fostering innovation as well as increased collaboration among the public sector, private enterprises, social sector and the venture capital industry to support programmes and policies that enhance the national innovative capacity.

The National Innovation Council is now preparing to host the Third edition of the Global Innovation Roundtable on November 18-19, 2013. More details will be provided as the programme develops.

Please read here about the summary of the discussions in GIR 2011 and GIR 2012.

For more details and to follow updates on the event, visit www.globalinnovationroundtable.gov.in

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