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Now India Must Start Owning Innovations, Says Javadekar | India News


BENGALURU: Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday that the biggest challenge for India is to start owning innovations rather than just being contributors.
At the three-day Engenius Conclave webinar organized by Unacademy, in association with The Times of India, Javadekar said that all big tech companies have always had Indian brains at their disposal and a significant market share in India or elsewhere.
“When we look at big names like Google, Facebook or Microsoft, they all have Indian brains behind them. We are the main contributors to any innovation in technology, ”he said.
In an encouraging talk to students preparing to enter GATE and the Engineering Services Exam (ESE), Javadekar said students should seek wealth creation as they realize their potential by taking bold steps to invest in technology.
Responding to a question on whether the Center is making progress in providing employment to engineers graduating in large numbers, he said that one avenue is providing an opportunity to bring independent technology to the forefront of the nation’s policies.
“When we launched hackathons, our intention was to develop the ability of our students to innovate and brainstorm to develop technology for solutions that do not exist in our country. Divided into teams of six and asked to work together for three months, the students have been coming up with solutions. This will sharpen their minds and make them think big. Instead of looking for work, they can become job creators, ”he said.
Javadekar said that 5 lakh of engineering students have participated in hackathons organized by the central government. Javadekar admitted that it takes a lot of work to change mindsets and cited a student from Bengaluru who had innovated 5-D printing technology. Along with the presentation, this boy gave me a brochure with 63 rejections from Indian industries and universities. Today, the same boy collaborates with 15 foreign companies and 16 universities abroad. We need to identify these hidden gems, ”he said.
On the new National Education Policy, Javadekar said the Center had conducted a long-term exercise to formulate the policy with prominent scientist K Kasturirangan and Princeton mathematician Manjul Bharghav being the brains behind it.
“The policy is already being implemented throughout the country and based on the efficiency of the state governments, the NEP will be fully implemented in the next two years,” said the minister.
Carbon emissions
Despite accusations against India by the international community of being a major contributor to rapid climate change, Javadekar said that we are within the parameters of ensuring a temperature change of less than 2 degrees under the Paris Agreement.
He said that the government is currently in a carbon emission contribution of 7% in the world, with 25% of the land mass and 4% of rainwater. “All this with the task of feeding 16% of the world’s population,” he said.

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