I am extremely happy to see an initiative of SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions) which has led to mapping of the mind of engineering youth of our country in an unprecedented manner. When I visualized the concept of India as a knowledge society, my dream was that people in different disciplines and walks of life would be able to coordinate their pursuits to make India a developed country. There are more than six lacs technology students in the country, each one of whom does a project in the final year. We seldom are able to know who all are working on similar problems so that they can network with each other. Sometimes, we rediscover the wheel. Unless a society puts premium on originality, creativity, innovation and competitiveness, it may not be able to develop an inclusive growth and developmental model. Techpedia.in provides a basis for integrating disciplines across sectors and spaces over time. Large number of micro, small and medium enterprises face technological problems which affect their competitiveness. Since they provide jobs to the largest number of people, their ability to employ more people also suffers. If problems of MSME can become the basis for the projects of engineering students, we could improve productivity on one hand and help engineers become better professionals on the other. I notice that Honey Bee Network is also trying to link the problems of informal sector and the grassroots innovations pooled at NIF (National Innovation Foundation) with the student projects. That will help generate better markets for the innovators whose technologies may need lot of value addition to compete with the products of large companies. It is essential, every year minimum ten grass root innovators transform his products into commercially available products for societal needs.
I compliment the team led by a young engineer, who with his friends could mobilize more than 100,000 projects by 350,000 students from 500 colleges in such a little time. I wish SRISTI’s techpedia team a great success in the future so that the technological edge of our society at all levels, in all sectors and in different regions of the country gets sharpened to make India an innovative and a developed society. The Decade of Innovation could not have begun better. I am particularly pleased to know that several of the innovations by the school children are also being valorized by engineering college students.
I wish all the energy to the team and hope that they will continue to link academia, industry, informal sector and the creative youth of the country.