Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Sunday called for providing pedagogic platform for ‘frugal innovation’ so that students develop skills, expertise and mindset to innovate differently from those in industrialised nations, “who are accustomed to an era of profligate excesses”.
Delivering the first convocation address of Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences (BITS), Pilani’s Hyderabad campus, he pointed out that a growing number of universities abroad, including those in the USA, UK and elsewhere, were taking the frugal innovation message seriously and initiating programmes/centres for it. “Will BITS pioneer this field in India?” he asked.
He said such frugal innovation ideas were now spreading worldwide as it minimises costs by creating frugal solutions to deliver improved products, processes and even public services.
Observing that frugal innovation was not new to India, he said, these innovative capabilities might not be that abundant in the formal sector, but abound in the informal sector and exemplified by a myriad of ‘jugaad’ alternatives, improvisations and make-dos to overcome and solve seemingly insoluble problems.
This has been captured by the mammoth repository of the non-formal innovations documented by the National Innovation Foundation.
Stating that the pioneering examples in the formal sector of such innovations were CDAC’s Super Computer, Param and low cost tablet, Aakash’, Mr. Sibal said its second version would be launched soon.
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