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DST-Lockheed Martin Innovation awards given to 30 innovators
Union Minister of Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan gave away the DST-Lockheed Martin Innovation Awards to 30 innovators. The winning innovations of IIGP 2015 provide technologies that can facilitate the promising missions of the Government of India viz., Swachch Bharat - Clean India, Green India, Make in India, Digital India and the recently adopted Healthy India.

The DST-Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Programme entered its ninth year with a record 1300 applications for innovative ideas across industries ranging from agriculture and textiles to defense and healthcare. Industry body FICCI jointly with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Indo-US Science and Technology Forum; Stanford Graduate School of Business; Indo-US S&T Forum; IC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin and The Indus Entrepreneurs organized the DST-Lockheed Martin Innovators' Award Function.

Minister Harsh Vardhan said that there was no dearth of intelligent and innovative minds in India. The need was to convert innovations for society's benefit with the help of the government and industry. He added that innovations become meaningful when it is for the benefit of mankind.

Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, said that innovation was the key for wealth creation and nation building. Technology Development Board, Global Innovation and Technology Alliance and National Innovation Foundation, were some of the initiatives of the government which were driving innovation in the country.

He added that people from diverse sectors were participating in IIGP and were providing solutions in the field of healthcare, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, defence, forestry and renewable energy.

Jyotsna Suri, President, FICCI, said that 300 agreements had been signed under the programme connecting the selected innovators to potential industry partners, venture capitalists, angel investors and other funding organizations. As per an impact analysis report by Ernst & Young, the programme has been able to create an economic value of over Rs. 1500 crore during the 2002-12 period. She added that the aim is to create an ecosystem through IIGP wherein there are higher synergies between innovation and the marketplace.

Dr. Dana (Keoki) Jackson, Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation, said that through IIGP, we challenge innovators to bring forth ideas and innovations that will shape the future of industries across the country. He added this is a tremendous partnership between government, academia and industry.

List of awardees:

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