Jaipur: Padma Vibhushan Prof. R.A. Mashelkar, Former Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) on Saturday while asking the officials in Rajasthan to understand the link between progress and innovation urged them to realise the fact that innovation is the only key to achieve the dreams.
Pointing out that waterless toilets can be a game changer for the states like Rajasthan where water scarcity is problem, the renowned scientist highlighted how India is producing low cost products for the people in some area by using innovating technology.
"Pre-fabricated toilets costing only Rs.10,000 each and more such products need to be produced on commercial basis for benefits of all class. While water scarcity is worry for the world and so is also for the Rajasthan, waterless toilets or toilets using less water can be the biggest innovation that can bring huge benefits to the state specifically in rural dry belts", he said while addressing a meeting of Rajasthan Government Secretaries on the role of innovation in technology.
The meeting was focused on Central Government’s initiative of IMPRINT India – an acronym for IMpacting Research INnovation and Technology to kick start original research in areas where the country is independent on foreign technology. IMPRINT is aimed at developing a roadmap for research to solve major engineering and technology challenges.
"We need to achieve not only inclusive growth but accelerated growth by integrating science and technology. Innovation has not to be just technological but also in policy, business and multi-sectoral. India has always been innovating and now there is a big movement in the country for innovating and accepting change", Prof. Mashelkar asserted.
“Our emphasis has to be on making high technology work for the poor of the country, i.e. affordable innovation. At the state level 2% of the annual budget should be spent for technological innovation keeping in mind speed and scale", he added.
While talking of the use of technology, Prof. Mashelkar suggested that at the state level Government of Rajasthan can use the huge knowledge base and resources available in Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur (MNIT) - one of the best centers of excellence for technological research and innovation, comparable to any IIT.
"Using this world class institution as resource, state government can explore IMPRINT India initiative at state level", he said.