Jorhat, Sept. 24: Alak Kumar Buragohain, vice-chancellor of Dibrugah University, today called for a mechanism to be put in place to make innovations people-friendly and to find a good market. He also called for reforms in the education sector.
Delivering the 71st foundation day lecture of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) at the North East Institute of Science and Technology here, Buragohain said the presumption that Indians were not innovative was creating a bad image of the country.
Enumerating a list of innovations credited to Indians like the computer microprocessor and two critical mission designs in Boeing 747, Buragohain said Indians could were as innovative or in some cases more innovative than people in the West.
“Our innovativeness has become the biggest challenge and threat for the West. We should recognise our own potential and promote it by encouraging more innovators. Since most Indian innovators work in multinational companies, their contribution does not come into focus. Like we recognise the tagline ‘Intel Inside’ for the microprocessors inside computers, we can also say there is India Inside,” he added.
He said innovativeness should not be de-linked from traditional knowledge, which is a storehouse of many scientific truths.
He said the education system was slightly flawed since it was not able to discern between those who have the innovation potential and those who do not.
“It cannot be said that any university has a system to equip students with required skills and also filter the persons who have the aptitude and inclination for innovation. The institutions should identify, promote and carry forward the innovative minds,” he said.
Buragohain praised the CSIR for being one of the institutes which enabled innovations created in its laboratories to reach society.