The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate a week long ‘Festival of Innovations’ on March 7, 2015 at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The festival is being organised by the President’s Secretariat in collaboration with the National Innovation Foundation.
On the first day of the Festival, the President will give away National Biennial Awards for Grassroots Innovations. The President will also interact with a new batch of Innovation Scholars In-Residence and Writers In-Residence.
To coincide with the Festival of Innovations, and thereby create synergy between the events, In-Residence Programmes for Innovation Scholars and Writers are also being organised from March 7-21, 2015 at the same venue.
Meanwhile, during the festival, a Global Roundtable on Inclusive Innovation will be held on March 8, 2015 which aims at developing a universal, open, reciprocal and responsive innovation platform through sharing of strategies used by different countries. The participants of the conference will include Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and other distinguished thinkers, policy makers, academicians and entrepreneurs.
The Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award will also be presented on the day.
On March 9, 2015, a workshop of innovative children would be organised for harnessing their creativity in order to overcome the difficulties of economically disadvantaged children. The parallel events will continue during the entire exhibition period. On March 10, 2015, a meeting of National Innovation Clubs and interaction between grassroots innovators and entrepreneurs; sharing of experiences between Innovation Clubs and a Poster exhibition on outstanding achievements by National Clubs and Best Technology Business Incubators will be held.
The annual innovation exhibition will remain open for the public including visitors to the Mughal Gardens.