Monday, August 16, 2010

Nod for National Innovation Council

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday gave the green signal for the setting up of a National Innovation Council headed by Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations, to give shape to the Government's decision to observe the current decade (2010-2020) as the Decade of Innovation.

The Council will have a mandate to evolve an Indian model of innovation that focuses on inclusive growth and creating an appropriate eco-system conducive to fostering inclusive innovation.

The 17-member panel would include Planning Commission members K. Kasturirangan and Arun Maira, former Director General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) R.A. Mashelkar, former President of the National Association of Software and Services Companies Kiran Karnik, Executive Director of Tata Sons R. Gopalakrishnan, and Biocon Chairman Kiran Mazumdar Shaw.

The present CSIR Director General Samir Brahmachari, Director General of the Confederation of Indian Industry Chandrajit Banerjee, Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Amit Mitra, IIT Kanpur Director Sanjay Dhande, would also be members.

Further, the Council would have Devi Prasad Shetty of Narayana Hrudalaya, film director Shekhar Kapur, Chairman of C.A. Technologies Saurabh Srivastava, Anil K. Gupta of IIM Ahmedabad, and Sujatha Ramadorai of The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, as members. R. Gopalakrishnan, Additional Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, would be the Member Secretary.

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