Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India, is a firm believer that creativity and innovation are essential both for human happiness and development. Qualities of contemplation; introspection and reflection are a must for healthy growth of body and mind. In pursuance of this thinking and to encourage the creative and innovative potential of the people, especially the youth of this country, an ‘In-Residence’ Programme at the Rashtrapati Bhavan was initiated.
2. The President of India has always held that the Rashtrapati Bhavan belongs to the nation and the people at large. He has taken several initiatives to open the Rashtrapati Bhavan for greater participation and involvement of the common man in its activities. The ‘In-Residence’ Programme will take the continuing engagement of Rashtrapati Bhavan with the people to the next level.
3. As part of the ‘In-Residence’ Programme envisaged to encourage the creative and innovative potential of people and open up Rashtrapati Bhavan for greater participation and involvement of common man in its activities, two schemes were launched by the President on 11 December, 2013 to welcome creative persons – writers, artists and innovation scholars to stay in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
With a view to promote the spirit of innovation and give further impetus to the grassroots innovation activities, the Innovation Scholars In-Residence Scheme was launched. The objectives of the Scheme are –
(i) To provide an environment to grassroots innovators in Rashtrapati Bhavan to work on a project in hand and take their innovative ideas forward;
(ii) To provide linkages with technical institutions to the selected innovators to strengthen their capacity to innovate; and
(iii) To provide mentoring and support so that the innovations can be used for the progress and welfare of the society.
A Committee with the following Composition was constituted to implement the project.
(i) Secretary to the President (Chairperson)
(ii) Prof. Anil K. Gupta, Professor, IIM-A and Executive Vice Chair, National Innovation Foundation
(iii) Dr. A.K. Wali, Coordinator, FIIT, IIT-Delhi
(iv) Dr. H.K. Mittal, Secretary, Technology Development Board
(v) Dr. ShashiBala, Director, DIPAS, DRDO, New Delhi
(vi) Dr. GirishSahani, Director, CSIR-IMTECH, Chandigarh
(vii) Officer on Special Duty to the President (Member-Secretary)
The terms of reference of the Committee are as follows –
(1) The Committee will scrutinize all applications received for the ‘Innovation Scholars in-Residence’ scheme.
(2) The Committee will design the framework for selection of innovation scholars for this ‘In-Residence’ scheme keeping in mind the overall objectives of the scheme. It will give preference to young innovators. It will also endeavor to give a wide geographic representation.
(3) The Committee will shortlist a panel of eight innovation scholars for a year, out of which four scholars will be invited to stay in Rashtrapati Bhavan as an ‘Innovation Scholar in-Residence’. The duration of stay in Rashtrapati Bhavan under this scheme will be one month. However, the Committee shall have the discretion to extend the stay for one more month. The time of stay will be decided after consultation with the selected scholars.
(4) The Committee will receive feedback from the selected scholars at the end of their stay, and on the basis of such feedback, will modify / improve the programme as required.
Details of first batch of Innovation Scholars In-Residence Programme
The details of the Scheme were placed on the website of the President of India, wherein online application forms were made available. The last date for receipt of applications was 15 January, 2014.
Pursuant to above, a meeting of the Committee, chaired by Smt. Omita Paul, Secretary to the President, was held on 8th March, 2014 at 1230 hrs at Rashtrapati Bhavan. During the meeting, the entries shortlisted by the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) were presented to the committee members.
After due deliberations by the committee members, eight Innovation Scholars were selected out of which five Innovation Scholars were invited to join the Programme. Accordingly, five innovators stayed at Rashtrapati Bhavan for a period of 20 days from 01 July – 20 July, 2014. They were – Shri Gurmail Singh Dhonsi who invented Rapid Compost Aerator and Tree Pruner, Shri Dharamveer Kamboj who invented Multipurpose processing machine, Ms. Manisha Mohan who invented Society Harnessing Equipment (SHE), Shri M.B. Avinash who invented Self-cleaning functional molecular material and Shri Tenith Adithyaa who invented Banana Leaf Technology and Adjustable Electricity Extension Board.
Applications for second batch of Innovation Scholars In-Residence Programme
The second batch of Innovation Scholars In-Residence Programme will commence from 7th March, 2015. The duration of stay in Rashtrapati Bhavan will be for a period of two weeks.
Applications are invited from interested applicants through the website of the President of India: http://www.presidentofindia.nic.in. All Indian nationals who have a track record of innovation and implementation of innovative ideas may apply. A Committee will screen the applications and shortlist names for selection as an “Innovation Scholar in-Residence”. The decision of the Committee in all matters relating to selection will be final.
Those interested for the ‘In Residence’ Programme at Rashtrapati Bhavan may apply in the prescribed format available on the website of the President of India: http://www.presidentofindia.nic.in. The filled up application along with attachments and a photograph may be submitted on line by clicking the link given below :
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