Tuesday, September 28, 2010

India's First Android Device, Adam

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Here's another product from India for Global and Indian consumption - in the category of what I call innovation and entrepreneurial attempts to spruce up the national GDP through global competitiveness. 
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

India: Lacking incentives for opportunity-led entrepreneurship

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India's homegrown entrepreneurs feeding domestic demand may help India cross over to double digit growth territory in the next 4 - 5 years. But the real question is whether Indian entrepreneurs are encouraged and incented enough to create new markets as opposed to serving existing markets and natural domestic demand.
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Monday, September 20, 2010

India's Performance appraisal

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Don't you think India needs a report card of some sort to measures its national performance year on year. My attempt is not to create a scorecard for the lack of one, but specifically to identify gaps, and highlight areas of improvement when it comes to global competitiveness.
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Saturday, September 18, 2010

National Innovation Council: Its Purpose

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It took 3 years between declaration and formalisation – that’s fine. The National Innovation Agenda needs to be in place before the decade is over. At the beginning of the 11th five year plan in 2007, India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared the decade beyond as the decade of innovation and infrastructure.
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National Innovation System: Definition

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What India needs is a national innovation system (NIS) that operates like a national grid in which innovation change agents and operators can be plugged in, and where common issues can be abstracted and dealt with separately. By harnessing all the nodes of positive influences for scale, the NIS functions like a dynamic web of public–private partnerships that broker transactions between grassroots innovators, entrepreneurs and large corporations. The role of the NIC as apex body is to serve as a policy-orientated intellectual property think-tank that enables the functioning and harnessing of the actors.

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National Innovation System: Apex Role

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The National Innovation System should be governed by an apex body such as the National Innovation Council, that serves as a policy-orientated intellectual property think-tank. It is at this level that the government and an innovation policy can help steer the agenda: first, to ascertain that there is a portfolio of national interest; second, to ensure that there is adequate funding and incentives for the actors at the various tiers to function independently; and third to ensure that there is sufficient collaboration and integration amongst the various actors in such a way that better results are achieved faster. Although the NIC is best served by a government given that currently
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National Innovation System: Policies

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From a study of the national innovation systems of the world’s most competitive nations it becomes clearer that India needs at least three layers of policies:

1) Input-focused policies. These are policies for ensuring there is a sufficient supply of talent and funding, and a mechanism that provides the ability to identify a portfolio and balance a portfolio keeping the national interests in mind.

2. Ecosystem-focused policies covering intellectual property management, creation of standards, innovation infrastructure and partnerships. 

3. Policies for maintaining the currency, dynamism and improving collaboration of the NIS that highlight anticipating the needs and consequences, involvement of the general public, the broad working models for coordination within the innovation actors and entities, internationalisation of innovation activity, and measuring the performance of R&D.
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Friday, September 10, 2010

Khan Academy: Academy without a curriculum

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For anyone who hasn't been taught basic maths and concepts properly this is god send. For others who thought formal learning and teaching can happen only in a class room, this is radical. For those who believe for education there needs to be a curriculum, this is blasphemy. As for me, I wonder if I should travel back in time and re-do my math lessons, this way!

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

India's Hidden hotbeds of Innovation

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There is a popular notion that physicial poverty translates into lack of genius and intellectual depravity. Watch Anil Gupta as he dispels these myths and notions while presenting examples of grassroots innovation.

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