President Pranab Mukherjee visits IIM A; Talks about linking higher education, innovation and industry
Updated on Dec 1, 2015 - 7:13 p.m. IST by Sreetama Datta
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The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee visited the IIM Ahmedabad campus on November 30, 2015 and addressed the students and faculty on how to improve Higher Education in India, and on nurturing the innovation ecosystem in the country. The President presented the ‘Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE competition awards 2015’ constituted by the National Innovation Foundation – India (NIF) to 41 students from 18 states across India for their 31 creative ideas.

 

The Governor of Gujarat, Shri OP Kohli; the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Smt. Anandiben Patel; Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India; Prof. Ashish Nanda, Director, IIM Ahmedabad; Dr. RA Mashelkar, Chairperson, NIF; and Prof. Anil Gupta, Executive Vice Chairperson, NIF were also present.

 

The President urged the faculty, students, and alumni of IIM Ahmedabad to continue to engage with creative minds from industry, business, entrepreneurs, society leaders, and those who work at the grassroots. “It must strive to be a beacon of knowledge, nurture other institutions with generous mentorship, and maintain a culture that blends the drive for excellence, and performance with the spirit of collaboration and compassion…NIF and IIMA has given a global identity to the Indian model of social innovation,” he added.

 

In his address, Pranab Mukherjee talked about linking higher education, innovation and industry and briefed some of the innovation promotion activities being carried out by his office such as the ‘Innovation-in-Scholar Residence programme, where select innovators are provided residency for a couple of weeks at the President House. He also mentioned about the Festival of Innovation organised at the President House with support of NIF to link grassroots innovators with the innovative minds at different levels in diverse fields.

 

Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel said, “This year’s IGNITE is a befitting tribute to Dr. Kalam’s legacy. There is no dearth of talent among the youth of this country. When I saw the list of award winners, I observed that a majority are from the rural areas.” The Chief Minister particularly mentioned two innovative ideas viz. solar farming machine and foldable hand cart, which have the potential to help a lot of farmers in Gujarat. 

 

Dr. RA Mashelkar talked about reinventing and reimagining India through inclusive innovations. Prof Ashutosh Sharma talked about various initiatives that the Department of Science and technology has undertaken to promote the culture of inclusive innovations in the country. He informed the audience about two new initiatives, where NIF would play an important role— the INSPIRE scheme for school children and a competition to harness the creativity of ITI students. 

 

Prof. Ashish Nanda mentioned three projects. 

  1. Restoration and expansion of IIM A campus. 
  2. Expansion of doctoral programme to nurture research at the institution and provide much-needed high-quality faculty for management institutions in the country. 
  3. Focused research that crosscuts traditional management disciplines on topics of deep import to the nation such as - data analytics, social enterprise, and grassroots. 

He urged for government support on all three projects as they require significant financial outlays and their benefits redound not only to the institute but to the nation.

 

IGNITE is a national competition of school students’ technological ideas and innovations conducted by NIF in association with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Society for Research and Initiatives in Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI), various State Education Boards and other partners.

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First published on December 1, 2015.

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2

>60 and <=70

3

>70  and <=80

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Percentage in the 12th science

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>55 and <=60

2

>60 and <=70

3

>70  and <=80

5

>80  and <=90

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>90

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Percentage in the 12th Commerce

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<=50

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>50 and <=55

2

>55 and <=65

3

>65  and <=75

5

>75  and <=90

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>90

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Percentage in the 12th Arts/humanities

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<=45

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>45 and <=50

2

>50 and <=60

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>60  and <=70

5

>70  and <=85

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>85

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>62  and <=65

5

>65  and <=70

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>70

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