In his inaugural speech at the National Science Congress in 2010, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared the decade 2010-2020 as the Indian Decade of Innovation. And this was followed by the formation of the National Innovation Council under the leadership of Sam Pitroda.
The decade is running fast and while India recognizes the need to institutionalize an Innovation framework for the nation, clearly a long road must be traversed from Intent to Implementation. We clearly need to adopt a strong innovation mindset that is impact oriented, and, more importantly, build knowledge of HOW to implement and create this impact.
Dr. R A Mashelkar, Former Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research and Member of the National Innovation Council, shares his personal experiences on India’s Innovation Journey in his new book ‘Reinventing India’. The book includes a compilation of talks and articles delivered by him over many years of what he calls Dreaming India. Bringing it together with his ideas of ‘More from less for more‘ and the need for an inclusive innovation strategy for India – this is a very interesting read.
Watch Dr. Mashelkar read an excerpt from a section on the ‘Pleasure and Pain of his Innovation Journey in India‘, sharing examples that have demonstrated impact and those that have indicated the long road ahead: