Indian diversity has been a fertile ground for Innovations with a long tradition of innovation- Invention of Zero and Decimal system, Home to one of the three ancient civilisations (Indus Valley Civilisation), Place of origin of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, Pioneering Universities like Nalanda and Takshshila, Architectural and Engineering Marvels such the Iron Pillar in Delhi, rock cut Temples, Taj Mahal, Qutab Minar, works such as Arthshastra, Rigveda, Upanishads, Traditional Knowledge Systems in Medicine, Mathematics, Astronomy, Dance, Music, etc. After independence in 1947, Indian innovations have facilitated Agriculture Revolution, Milk Revolution, Telecom growth, ICT Export, Space exploration, Atomic Energy, Defense, Pharma, Biotech, etc. Indian Government has invested a great deal in building institutions & Infrastructures to facilitate innovations. Simultaneously appropriate policies & programmes have been introduced to help foster innovations. India has a significant pool of qualified people, both within country as well as the diaspora, presently engaged in innovative activities. This talent pool has to be leveraged to drive the innovation agenda. There is also a need to capture the multiple innovations happening in various domains such as government, R&D labs and universities to give an impetus to the innovation process in the country.
The National Knowledge Commission is a high-level advisory body to the Prime Minister of India, with the objective of transforming India into a knowledge society. For more information
National Innovation Foundation India is an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, based on the Honey Bee Network philosophy, which provides institutional support to grassroots innovators and outstanding traditional knowledge holders from the unorganized sector of the society. For more information.
India Innovation Fund has been promoted by NASSCOM and IKP Knowledge Park. For more information
Innovation of Science Pursuit for Inspire Research (INSPIRE) is a program by the Department of Science & Technology for attraction of talent to science. For more information.
INSPIRE Awards- In order to seed and experience the joy of innovation, every year 200,000 school children in the age group of 10 to 15 years are being identified for the INSPIRE Award. For more information.