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Equality and freedom needed to be accompanied with opportunity and enjoyment: President Mukherjee
Speaking at the Global Roundtable on Inclusive Innovations in New Delhi, President Pranab Mukherjee said that equality and freedom needed to be accompanied with opportunity and enjoyment; development needed to be made real through inclusion.

He added that inclusion stood for creating a situation 'when the last person feels being a part of the narrative of progress'.

During his address President Mukherjee highlighted the role of education in encouraging innovative spirit and culture. "The quality of education in our schools, colleges and universities has scope for improvement. Education is the seed of a nation's destiny. Without a strong foundation of education, ability of communities to benefit from other infrastructural resources for development remains limited," he stated.

He stressed the need of science and technology in leveraging inclusive innovations since it had been seen that early investment in science and technology had given us rich dividends, "We need to continue providing impetus to science education and research in our institutions," he said.

Some of the punch lines on 'innovation' from the President address are as follows

  • Innovation has a strong linkage with development.

  • A healthy eco-system can harness the innovative potential of the population.

  • Invite innovators to classrooms or labs to understand their motivation, and identify unmet needs of society and try to address them through their projects.

  • We need to bring an empathetic stress on inclusive innovation in our learning modules in education.

  • To make grassroots innovations more inclusive, we need a strong mechanism for dispersal and quick adoption of ideas.

  • The benefit of innovation will accrue when an idea gets converted into a useful product

"Spread the spirit of 'Vasudev kutumbakam' - 'the whole world is a family', in your social and policy networks. Remember that no country can embark upon its own developmental path without including the development of the less privileged," he urged the participants while concluding his address.

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