Interaction session held to discuss innovation road map
Source: Early Times, 26th July, 2013
SRINAGAR: Terming setting up of the J&K State Innovation Council as an important step towards encouraging new ideas and innovations among the talented youth in the State, Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday Friday said that Jammu and Kashmir Government has already set out on the path to scout for innovation in the State. The Chief Secretary was speaking during the interaction session to discuss and exchange ideas for the formulation of State’s Innovation Road Map for creating an innovation eco-system and its effective implementation. Experts from National Innovation Council and Confederation of Indian industries, NIF, CSIR, and members of J&K State innovation Council participated in the interaction session.
The Chief Secretary said that the State Innovation Council is keeping constant touch with the National Innovation Council to make use of its experience at the National Level to enable the State to crystalize the programme in an effective manner. He said that the State Innovation Council has already taken steps to put in place an effective institutional mechanism to identify and support innovation in local Universities, Colleges, Schools, MSME and R&D institutes adding that directions have already been issued to the Science and Technology Department along with School and Higher Education Department to give orientation to the Education System towards innovations.
Chief Secretary also expressed gratitude to Ms Veena Upadhyay an expert from the National Innovation Council and her team of experts for their presentations and sharing valuable experiences to support the State carry forward the work of encouraging and supporting innovations in various fields and to prepare an effective road map for future.
Earlier, Ms Veena Upadhyay, while expressing her gratitude to the State Government for holding the interaction session said that the innovation road map should be inclusive covering high level to lower level technologies with maximum social benefit at minimum cost. Ms. Upadhyay gave a detailed presentation touching various aspects of innovation and its significance, highlighting the need for multipronged, cross-sectoral and mutually benefitting strategy and setting achievable goals. She said that domain experts working in the area of innovation will be collaborating with the State in coming days and sharing their valuable experiences for successful implementation of the road map.
She said Universities and Technology Institutes can develop Technology Incubation Centers to help and nurture talented students to realise their potential for innovation. She said J&K State innovation council can create a separate fund to finance innovation projects which are identified and assessed as having considerable social benefit and impact. She said steps should also be taken towards fostering creativity in education, industries and other sectors, moreover, She suggested that the State Innovation Council can also include members of National Level bodies to facilitate greater exchange and benefits.
Representatives of Confederation of Indian industries, NIF, CSIR, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and others gave brief presentations on innovation and gave their valuable inputs.
Principal Secretary Planning and Development, Principal Secretary Higher Education, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, , Director Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Vice Chancellors of Kashmir University, Jammu University, SKUAST-K, SKUAST-J, SMVDU-Katra, Director NIT Srinagar, Executive Director J&kEDI, and other senior officers took part in the interaction session.
New Delhi, 02 July, 2013: The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with the authors, presented the findings of the Global Innovation Index 2013 Report at an event in Geneva on the 01st of July. This year’s report emphasizes local dynamics of innovation, which have remained under-measured globally. The report shows the emergence of local innovation ecosystems as key and signals a needed shift from the tendency to duplicate previously successful models without a focus on localized context.
One chapter in the Global Innovation Index 2013 Report is dedicated to the Innovation Clusters initiative of the National Innovation Council (NInC), chaired by Sam Pitroda, Adviser to PM. This initiative was launched in 2011 by NInC to create a model of local innovation ecosystems at Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) clusters, with a vision to transform India’s industry clusters for inclusive growth and global competition. Talking about the initiative, Sam Pitroda said “While being primary engines of inclusive growth and creators of new employment, MSMEs are finding it increasingly difficult to compete in a globalized world due to lack of technology, talent, resources, financing and capabilities needed for innovation”.
To overcome these challenges, NInC spearheaded a unique collaborative approach by establishing a Cluster Innovation Center (CIC) anchored in the local industry association, to facilitate the creation of a local innovation ecosystem. Acting as representative of the cluster, the CIC seeks collaborations with stakeholders to address the needs of the cluster, with NInC playing the facilitator in the process.
As part of the initiative, NInC is conducting a pilot of this approach in 7 MSME clusters in the country viz. Auto Components Cluster – Faridabad, Haryana, Ayurveda Cluster – Thrissur, Kerala, Bamboo Cluster – Agartala, Tripura, Biotech & Pharma Cluster – Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Brassware Cluster – Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, Food Processing Cluster – Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu and Furniture Cluster – Ernakulam, Kerala. NInC has been able to establish partnerships among 39 different institutions and these clusters, which have resulted in strengthening the innovation capabilities, productivity and growth prospects of the MSMEs. Collectively, the local ecosystems have demonstrated 10 new products, 12 process improvements and 2 new entrepreneur facilitation centers.
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is one of the primary partners in this effort and has provided extensive support to the MSME clusters through its nation-wide network of labs. “CSIR under its CSIR-800 program is willing to open doors to all the technologies they have developed till now for the benefit of MSME clusters. We are keen to provide technology solutions to MSMEs for their growth” said Samir Brahmachari, Director-General, CSIR, speaking of this initiative.
Excited by the success of this initiative, NInC is now seeking more partners from both within public and private institutions to replicate this model in more MSME clusters and to scale it across the country.
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