‘India needs innovation’

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 30 September 2018

Vijay Kumar Saraswat said, “Government of India has declared 2010-2020 as innovation decade and there were many policies that required changes and these changes were made. If we trace the history of innovation, then society has evolved because of innovation, only names were different at that time.”

PUNE: “It’s time that we Indians change our mindset and be more innovative and positive in our approach towards any problem solving,” said NITI Ayog member Vijay Kumar Saraswat while delivering the CSIR Foundation lecture at National Chemical Laboratory here on Friday. 

Saraswat stressed upon the need to embed innovation in our day-to-day process and adopt innovation as a way of life.

He said, “Government of India has declared 2010-2020 as innovation decade and there were many policies that required changes and these changes were made. If we trace the history of innovation, then society has evolved because of innovation, only names were different at that time.”

Saraswat spoke on ‘Strategy for Transforming India Into an Innovation Society’. He started his lecture with’ Science and Society’. “Not many know that science is a tool for solving the problems of society. Science and technology are needed to improve the lives of the people. There are two types of research - basic research and applied research. But whatever you call it, until and unless we direct our research towards society needs, it becomes irrelevant,” he said.

We all know that innovation can be disruptive for example internet, which is a disruptive innovation. We have product innovation for example an electric bulb. But today, it (bulb) has become disruptive innovations but back then nobody knew about it,” he said.

Government should invest in basic research, then only we can reach to the disruptive innovations, as private sector will underplay the basic research. Similarly, government must invest in the research and development in certain core areas.

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