Global Sankalp Sum­mit 2015 & So­cial In­no­va­tion Expo

Global Sankalp Sum­mit 2015 & So­cial In­no­va­tion Expo

FICCI Business Digest - - Special Features -

Nitin Gad­kari, Union Min­is­ter of Road Trans­port & High­ways, has urged FICCI to start a bank of ideas and in­no­va­tion on the lines of the Bank of Ideas and In­no­va­tions, launched by the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia last year, to bring to­gether, eval­u­ate and pro­mote in­no­va­tions to im­prove the qual­ity of life of the ru­ral poor.

Gad­kari was speak­ing at the 'Global Sankalp Sum­mit 2015' and 'So­cial In­no­va­tion Expo' or­gan­ised by FICCI in as­so­ci­a­tion with In­tel­le­cap and part­ners in New Delhi on April 9, 2015. The prime fo­cus of the sum­mit this year was on en­gag­ing with the gov­ern­ment to dis­cuss its role vis-a-vis that of cor­po­rates and small busi­nesses as part­ners through Pub­lic Pri­vate Partnerships, as financiers of busi­ness and in­no­va­tion and as pol­icy driv­ers to pro­mote in­clu­sion.

He said that In­dia was a rich home to in­no­va­tions and the Na­tional In­no­va­tion Fund in Ahmedabad with its 20000 in­no­va­tions from ru­ral In­dia speaks vol­ume about it. How­ever, the need was to bring aware­ness about th­ese in­no­va­tions so that they could be scaled up and ben­e­fit ru­ral In­dia.

He said that the root of all is­sues in In­dia was poverty and so­cial in­clu­sion was its so­lu­tion. The need was for so­cial

con­scious­ness. Cit­ing the ex­am­ple of agri­cul­ture, Gad­kari said that In­dia had the ca­pa­bil­ity to pro­duce high qual­ity valu­able or­ganic crops and food for the ex­port mar­ket. The need was to have ac­cess to right tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tions to con­vert this knowl­edge into wealth, which in turn would lead to em­ploy­ment and erad­i­ca­tion of poverty.

In his spe­cial ad­dress, Dr. Harsh Vard­han, Union Min­is­ter of Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy & Earth Sciences, said that un­der the lead­er­ship of the Prime Min­is­ter, in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment, skill upgra­da­tion, pro­mo­tion of so­cial en­trepreneurs and en­cour­age­ment to in­no­va­tors had come into sharp fo­cus. The gov­ern­ment just like 'Sankalp' was aim­ing to reach out to the down­trod­den and de­prived peo­ple who did not get a fair share in the coun­try's de­vel­op­ment. Ef­forts were now be­ing made to en­sure that sci­en­tific in­no­va­tions were able to pro­vide so­lu­tion to their is­sues by pro­vid­ing them with em­ploy­ment.

High­light­ing some of the ini­tia­tives of the min­istry that have helped in in­clu­sive growth, Dr. Harsh Vard­han said that the Na­tional In­no­va­tion Fund in Ahmedabad has emerged as a gold­mine of in­no­va­tive ideas, which pro­vides in­sti­tu­tional sup­port to grass­roots in­no­va­tors and out­stand­ing tra­di­tional knowl­edge hold­ers from the un­or­gan­ised sec­tor of the so­ci­ety. Sim­i­larly, the Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Board was pro­vid­ing soft fi­nanc­ing to In­dian com­pa­nies en­abling com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of their in­no­va­tions and PRISM (Pro­mot­ing In­no­va­tions in In­di­vid­u­als, Start-ups and MSMEs) scheme aims to sup­port in­di­vid­ual in­no­va­tors to achieve the agenda of in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment.

To de­pict the long as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween In­dia and the US, Richard R. Verma, US Am­bas­sador to In­dia, played a video, which clearly em­pha­sised the two na­tions' com­mit­ment to­wards so­cial in­clu­sion and pro­mo­tion of in­no­va­tion. He said that the re­la­tion be­tween In­dia and the US have evolved from strate­gic to one of in­no­va­tion and knowl­edge shar­ing and now was the time for partnerships to be forged not just be­tween gov­ern­ments but be­tween gov­ern­ments and so­cial in­no­va­tors who could pro­vide so­lu­tions to is­sues such as health­care and food se­cu­rity.

Verma said that the US gov­ern­ment was keen to part­ner with In­dia in its 'Clean In­dia'

“It was nec­es­sary to test in­no­va­tions lo­cally then scale them up and adapt them ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal needs to re­solve is­sues of un­em­ploy­ment and poverty”.

ini­tia­tive. It was nec­es­sary to test in­no­va­tions lo­cally then scale them up and adapt them ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal needs to re­solve is­sues of un­em­ploy­ment and poverty.

Swami Chi­danand Saraswatiji, Pres­i­dent & Spir­i­tual Head, Par­marth Nike­tan Ashram, said that there was a great need to in­no­vate in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy to up­lift the poor and down­trod­den. How­ever, he added that be­sides build­ing in­fras­truc­ture and cre­at­ing wealth, it was nec­es­sary to in­ter­nally struc­ture our­selves for at­tain­ing true pros­per­ity. In the process of learn­ing and earn­ing, Swami Chi­danand said that one must also think of in­vest­ing in self-de­vel­op­ment and giv­ing back to the so­ci­ety for a holis­tic de­vel­op­ment.

Vi­neet Rai, Chair­man, In­tel­le­cap, said that Sankalp Fo­rum's fo­cus over the years has been its work with im­pact in­vestors and so­cial busi­nesses. In­no­va­tion in­spires dis­rup­tion in the nat­u­ral evo­lu­tion and hence was a crit­i­cal com­po­nent in mak­ing the world more eq­ui­table. Hav­ing ac­knowl­edged the power of in­no­va­tions in mak­ing coun­tries and so­ci­eties in­clu­sive, it was time to ex­plore the in­ter­play of in­no­va­tion with cap­i­tal, so­cial busi­ness and cor­po­rates in defin­ing the fu­ture for a more in­clu­sive world. Rai added that at the sum­mit stake­hold­ers could col­lec­tively pon­der over who will fi­nance the ecosys­tem around in­no­va­tion and dis­cuss what could truly in­spire scal­ing up of in­no­va­tion.

Dr. Jy­ot­sna Suri, Pres­i­dent, FICCI, said that the fo­rum would give an op­por­tu­nity to ex­am­ine the prob­lems of In­di­ans at the bot­tom of the pyra­mid and iden­tify in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to re­solve those is­sues. She added that In­dia was the home to fru­gal, distribu­tive and af­ford­able in­no­va­tion and it was time to scale up th­ese in­no­va­tions. Re­fer­ring to the expo, Dr. Suri said that over 100 in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions were on dis­play which proves that In­dia has the ca­pa­bil­ity and the coun­try just needed a con­ducive ecosys­tem to pro­mote so­cial en­trepreneurs.

In his con­clud­ing re­marks Dr. A Di­dar Singh, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, FICCI, said that industry will stand by the ini­tia­tive and en­sure that so­cial in­no­va­tion be­comes the or­der of the day.

L to R: Vi­neet Rai, Chair­man, In­tel­le­cap; Dr. Harsh Vard­han, Union Min­is­ter of Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy & Earth Sciences; Dr. Jy­ot­sna Suri, Pres­i­dent, FICCI; Nitin Gad­kari, Union Min­is­ter of Road Trans­port & High­ways; Richard R. Verma, US Am­bas­sador to In­dia and Swami Chi­danand Saraswatiji, Pres­i­dent & Spir­i­tual Head, Par­marth Nike­tan Ashram.

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