TODAYs ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM GS-II
Q1. What do you understand by the term “Innovation”? Discuss the need for launching a national innovation policy in India. [25marks/2012/GS-2] 250 words.
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1. Innovation is the development of new values through solutions that meet new requirements, inarticulate needs, or old customer and market needs in value adding new ways.
2. This is accomplished through more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas that are readily available to markets, governments, and society.
3. India has a long tradition of innovation and a significant pool of qualified people, both within country as well as the diaspora, presently engaged in innovative activities. This talent pool has to be leveraged to drive the innovation agenda.
4. Further, there is also a need to capture the multiple innovations happening in various domains such as government, R&D labs, universities and across sectors, to give an impetus to the innovation process in the country.
5. NIC (National Innovation Council) will act as a platform to facilitate this engagement and collaboration with domain experts, stakeholders and key participants to create an innovation movement in India The aim is to herald a mindset change and create a push at the grassroots level so that more anci more people in education, business, government, NGOs, urban and rural development engaged in innovative activities are co-opted and are part of shaping the national level innovation strategy.
6. Realising that innovation is the engine for the growth of prosperity and national competitiveness in the 21st century, the President of India has declared 2010 as the Decade of Innovation’.
7. Towards this end, the Prime Minister has approved the setting up of a National Innovation Council (NIC) under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the PM on PITI to discuss, analyse and help implement strategies for inclusive innovation in India and prepare a Roadmap-for Innovation 2010-2020.
8. NIC would be the first step in creating a cross cutting system which will provide mutually reinforcing policies, recommendations and methodologies to implement and boost innovation performance in the country.