Punjab Innovation & Technology Summit 2019

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The Government of Punjab organized ‘Punjab INNOVATION and TECHNOLOGY Summit 2019’ on 05.11.2019 at The Lalit Hotel, Chandigarh.  The Summit was inaugurated by S. Manpreet Singh Badal, Finance Minister, Punjab amidst high-profile dignitaries and National & International experts from Government, Academia, Industry and Innovation and Research Organizations.

The Summit was organized under the Mission Innovate Punjab. Sh. R.K. Verma, Principal Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Punjab informed that the Mission has been launched with an aim to build a robust ecosystem for research and innovation in the State by synergising relationships among Academia, including universities & research institutions, Industries including start-ups and established businesses, Government departments which includes facilitating departments and Funding agencies. He emphasised that the Mission will strive to enhance competitiveness, boost growth and create quality jobs by bringing together all stakeholders to uplift the States Innovation Scenario.

Sh. Verma reminded that the State of Punjab is known for all round growth, prosperity, enterprising people and ability to transform potential opportunities into success. The new Punjab with state-of-the-art research institutions, high quality infrastructure, seamless connectivity and highly trained human resource is emerging as Knowledge hub having tremendous capacity for Research and Innovations that needs to be tapped. This summit is a step to carry forward the agenda of Mission Innovate Punjab launched by State Government to steer creation of robust infrastructure for cutting edge research with an aim address state challenges and achieving sustainable goals.

 A galaxy of expert panellists of national and international repute deliberated during 8 sessions in the Summit viz:

  • Innovation and Academia: Boosting Research & its Commercialization,
  • Inaugural: Leveraging Punjab as Land of Opportunities for Innovations,
  • Exploring Global opportunities for collaboration and Convergence,
  • Disruptive Technologies- New Paradigm of Development,
  • Social Innovations and Enterprises,
  • Funding Opportunities,
  • Young Innovators & Start-ups and
  • Technology Transformation of Punjab MSMEs.

In addition, an exhibition of start-ups and innovations, powered by the Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (TIET) was organized for universities, research institutions and industries to showcase the strength of Punjab’s innovation ecosystem.

More than 50 eminent speakers from across the globe assembled for the Summit and shared their views and experiences in the field of research & innovation. Some of these personalities included Dr. Ron Malka, Ambassador of Israel to India, Dr. M.P. Poonia, Vice Chairman, AICTE, Dr. Abhay Jere, Chief Innovation Officer, MHRD, Govt. of India, Dr. Girish Sahni, Former Director General, CSIR; Prof. Youngjin Yoo, Department of Design & Innovation, Case Western Reserve University, USA; Ms Ratika Jain, CEO, Global Innovation & Technology Alliance; Prof. (Dr.) Henry H. Chen, Director, S&T Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre in India, Embassy of Taiwan; Dr. Anil Wali from IIT Delhi, Mr. Karan Bajwa, MD, IBM India Ltd. and Mr. S. Balasubramanian, Managing Director, Accenture.

Dr. Ron Malka, Ambassador of Israel to India expressed that he is extremely enthused with the state initiative and indicated that Israel, the land considered to be synonym with innovation, would wholeheartedly join hands with the Govt of Punjab to together take steps for promotion of research & innovation. Dr. M.P. Poonia highlighted the need making the Technical Education Stronger to strengthen the Nation’s Economy. Girish Sahni emphasised for building value chain from Lab to Market and develop credibility of academia for strong partnership with Industry. Expert from Waterloo University mentioned four important parameters to inculcate success in academia are Knowledge, Solution Oriented Skill Set, Set of Strong Characters (ability to deal with Ambiguity & failure) and Innovation Oriented Ecosystem. He strongly favoured the state initiative for developing a robust Research and Innovation ecosystem. Dr. Anil Wali highlighted the need for orientation of academia to address the needs of entire visual space present outside the Campus by developing proper delivery channels to effectively translate huge volumes of research generated by Academia Nationwide.

Among the more than 500 participants were Vice Chancellors, Directors, senior faculty from almost all institutions of Higher Education in the state, Industrial Leaders, young innovators, Researchers, Entrepreneurs, Students, Tech-led start-ups. All expressed that this is first of its kind initiative of the state government to bring together three different cultures i.e. academia, industry and government departments and appreciated this step. They also expressed deep feeling and sincere hope that Punjab will emerge as innovation hub in no time with such cohesive and consolidated efforts of the Department of Science, Technology and Environment.

On this occasion, three documents were unveiled viz Mission Innovate Punjab, Global Innovation Hub and State Action Plan on Climate Change and MoUs were signed with Institutions and industry for strengthening partnership to achieve Mission goals.