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Innovation and Technology summit to be held on November 5 under Mission Innovate Punjab

September 11, 2019 10:08 PM

CHANDIGARH: With a view to giving further push to its ‘Mission Innovate Punjab’, the State Government has decided to organise an ‘Innovation and Technology Summit-2019’ on November 5 with an objective to promote Punjab as the Global destination for Innovations & Research.

Disclosing this here today, Principal Secretary Science Technology and Environment Rakesh Verma said that the Department would hold this summit in collaboration with Punjab Chambers of Commerce and Industries. He said that under ‘Mission Innovate Punjab’ the State was drawing up an ambitious roadmap for developing a robust ecosystem for research & innovation to enhance competitiveness, boost economic growth and create employment.

While holding a pre-summit meeting here at Punjab State Council for Science and Technology with the heads of academic and research institutions to work out the modalities, Rakesh Verma said that steps had already been initiated to consolidate the facilitating environment through active involvement and networking of institutions having state-of-the-art research & innovation infrastructure. A Council for Punjab Research & Innovation under the aegis of Department of Science Technology and Environment has already been established in this regard, he added.

Various key issues included partnering organizations, dignitaries to be invited for inaugural programme, details of technical sessions, funding possibilities, felicitation of institutions/start-ups were discussed in the meeting to make this summit a grand success.

The Principal Secretary further pointed out that the inaugural session on ‘Leveraging Punjab as Land of Opportunities for Innovations’ would include launch of ‘Mission Innovate Punjab’ by the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, where the National & International elite speakers from Government, Academia, Industry, Innovation and Research Organizations would highlight the available opportunities and strengths for positioning Punjab as an emerging destination for research & innovation. He said that the Chief Minister would also release Roadmap for Mission Innovate Punjab to promote Research & Innovation in the State, Draft State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) for consultation in Summit and Partnership of DSTE, GoP with R&I Institutions (signing of MoUs).

It was also decided in the meeting to hold a session on Innovation and Academia: Boosting Research & its commercialization to throw a light on the significance of the innovation driven research undertaken by key institutions and its profound possibilities for applications in various Industrial sectors including commercialization. The session will also explore work on creating Local to Global, Global to Local network of researchers and Innovators.

With a view to encouraging international collaborations in the critical fields like aerospace, robotics, critical infrastructure and disruptive technologies and utilization of Punjab research capabilities for fulfilling its innovative needs, a session in the theme of Cross-Cultural Innovations: Exploring Global opportunities for collaboration and Convergence would also be held.

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