“The Department of Science and Technology has established a National Innovation Foundation. We are happy to list 1,75,000 innovation practises over the last couple of years....very massive innovation system,” he said at the conference organised by Ministry of Science and Technology, Technology Development Board and CII. Ramasami said the government is also looking to address innovations at five different levels- grassroot, individual, institutional, industrial and investment.
Noting that innovation is a “individual centric process”, he said the government should not “drive”, but “foster innovation”.
“We need some values to adopt and adapt in our system. Its a platform for SMEs, industry, academicians not only cooperate nationally, but internationally,” Mitra said. Representatives including companies from nine countries-US, Canada Israel, France, UK, Japan, Finland, Sweden and Spain- participated in the two-day conference.
In October, a similar such event was organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology and CII in collaboration with France. (PTI)