Pune: Finally, the State Innovation Council (SInC) has been set up to encourage and showcase the innovations from various domains like science and technology, governance, markets, education, health care, information technology and environment in the state.
The first meeting of newly formed SInC recently took place in which the action plan for the next six months has been chalked out. It has been decided to first create a digital database of innovations across the sectors and at the grassroot level in the state. Apart from this, the council will also set up sectoral and district innovation councils to tap untapped innovations in the state.
Speaking about the objective of the SInC, the co-chairman of the council for the state, Dr Raghunath Mashelkar said, “Council will drive the growth of the state in its every sphere of development and would play a pivotal role in boosting innovations by way of advising various state departments, encouraging and rewarding the youth, academics, R & D centres, MSMEs, industries and agriculture.
He said that the council will act as an umbrella advisory board to boost the performance and efficiency in every sector.
One of the members of the council said that in the next six months, database of the innovations across the state will be generated. “Large number of innovations have happened in government sectors but they are not documented and disseminated. The innovation database would help us to take advantage of such Innovations on state wide,” he said.
SInC would aggressively create support mechanism to cover maximum number of technology trained youth in the state and turn them into technopreneurs.
The council will help establishment of business incubators in potential universities, agriculture universities, potential affiliated institutions, and organically link them with industries and R&D institutions.
Business incubation centres will be set up in all major cities as generic facility for youth. In the meeting it has also been decided to hold series of stakeholder meetings to understand how innovation can play role in resolving issues like affordable health, improve hygiene and sanitation, efficient smoke free cooking energy, increase in agri productivity, food processing, better nutrition at affordable cost, efficient use of biomass and affordable and quality of education in rural areas, etc.
There are 27 states in the country that have already set up their own innovative council and now Maharashtra too have joined the league. The responsibility to create a road map for the SInC in the state has been given to Dr Mashelkar, who is already a member of National Innovation Council (NIC) at the center.
As far as the structure of the council is concerned, the chief secretary of the state will be the chairman of the state and there will be a co-chairman. There will be 15 members in the council from various institutions like IIT Powai, IISER, Science and Technology Park, Pune apart from other stake holders institutions.