2016/03/08

«Rashtrapati Bhavan to host Festival of Innovations from March»



NetIndian News Network



«Rashtrapati Bhavan will host a week-long Festival of Innovations from March 12 to 19 in collaboration with the National Innovation Fund (NIF).

»The festival will open with the inauguration of an Exhibition of Innovations on March 12 by President Pranab Mukherjee.

»The exhibition will remain open between 1000 and 1700 hrs for the public including all visitors to the Mughal Gardens during the festival, an official press release said here today.

»The festival will include three other exhibitions, two workshops, four group discussions, two award presentation ceremonies and a roundtable on different topics.

»Nobel Peace Prize winner and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi will deliver the keynote address at the festival on March 13.

»Also on the same day, the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award will be presented. The Visitor's Award in the categories of ‘Best University’, ‘Innovation’ and ‘Research’ will be presented to Tezpur University and Prof. Rakesh Bhatnagar of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Molecular Parasitology Group of JNU, respectively on the following day.

There will be a workshop of innovative and creative children on March 14 and a workshop with farmer innovators and Community Workshop Coordinators on March 18.

»There will be an exhibition of posters on outstanding achievements by National Innovation Clubs and outstanding Technology Business Incubators (TBIs); an exhibition of outstanding innovations in medical science and bio-technology; and an exhibition of outstanding innovations related to Swachh Bharat on March 15, 16 and 18, respectively.

»There will be roundtable sessions on topics such as (a) Inclusive Innovation; (b) Leveraging Science, Technology and Innovation; (c) Education for inclusive innovation development; (d) Inclusive Innovation Incubation & Acceleration Models for Innovative Start-ups; (e) Innovation and Skill Development; (f) Incentives for Innovation in Public Policy & Programmes; (g) Social Innovations for large scale change; (h) Public Service delivery; (i) innovations in medical science and bio-technology; and (j) Financing options for funding innovations. The key recommendations of the roundtable discussions will be presented to the President.

»Expected panelists in these sessions include Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology (DST); Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog; Dr. Girish Sahni, Director General, CSIR; Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Director General, ICMR; Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Director General, ICAR and representatives from SIDBI, NABARD, Dena Bank, ICICI Bank, Bandhan Bank as well as foreign participants from countries such as France, USA, UK, Singapore, Australia, Finland, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Malaysia, South Africa, Cuba, Canada, China.

»The festival will also have a Group Discussion on Incubation and Acceleration Models for innovative start-ups; Innovation and Skill Development; Incentives for Innovation in Public Policy & Programmes; and Social Innovations for large scale change.

»A session has been scheduled with Academicians, Technology Business Incubators and senior officers of India and abroad on Inspiring Innovations on March 15.

»There will be an interaction of scientists with grassroots innovators on March 16. Representatives from National Innovation Clubs of Central Institutes of higher learning from across the country will meet on March 15.

»A coding competition will be held on March 19 to develop web and mobile applications in hackathon style (non-stop rapid development) on subjects such as student attendance, authentication of examinees during examinations, monitoring of entry into public monuments and monitoring of public toilets.

»There will be a workshop of innovative and creative children on March 14 and a workshop with farmer innovators and Community Workshop Coordinators on March 18, the release added.»





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