The National Innovation Foundation (NIF)-India has started a campaign to involve students of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) to make India a global leader in sustainable development.
“The industrial infrastructure in our country runs on the shoulders of students who graduate from ITIs. For some reason, ITI students had not received much attention in the national innovation ecosystem. These young people are the ones who run the wheels of not only progress in our country but also create products, which will make the ‘Make in India’ viable, successful and sustainable. Therefore, we have decided to harness the innovation from ITI students and develop them through Micro Venture and Innovation Fund (MVIF) and other mechanisms that NIF has for leveraging these ideas,” said Prof Anil Gupta, Executive Vice Chair of NIF, founder of Honey Bee Network and faculty, IIM Ahmedabad.
On the 67th Republic Day, NIF, Honey Bee Network and all its constituent institutions — Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI), Grassroots Innovation Augmentation Network (GIAN) and other volunteers re-dedicated themselves to make India a global leader in sustainable technology. Teams from these organisations also pledged to make India clean.
“This was a promise that the then Finance Minister made in the Parliament in 1999 Budget speech. At that time, NIF was mandated to build a national register of the outstanding innovation and traditional knowledge to link formal informal science and make India a global leader. Through various efforts we have made this year, we are confident that we are marching towards those goals. We invite entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, teachers and social workers to join hands to make India a global leader in sustainable development,” Prof Gupta added.
The Honey Bee Network recently concluded the 36th Shodhyatra organised by SRISTI, NIF and GIAN volunteers in Arunachal Pradesh. On lessons from the Shodhyatra, Prof Gupta said, “We were deeply inspired by the creativity that we saw among children and the conservation efforts of the communities for keeping the environment clean and sustainable. The biodiversity management committees were also very outstanding. We believe that with the knowledge of men and women that we have harnessed during this walk, the regions of North East will also flourish and progress at an unprecedented rate because of the blending of formal-informal science that NIF is committed to achieve.”