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President Pranab Mukherjee urges youth to make innovation their way of life
"In the networked environment of today, we need the power of youth to realise the full potential of an aspirational India. For this, creative thinking and a desire for innovation must become a part of our day-to-day lives. So, I have chosen to speak to you on 'Innovation: A Way of Life', today'," said President Pranab Mukherjee while addressing students and faculty of Higher Educational and Research Institutions and Officer Trainees at Civil Service Academies on August 10.
In his address, the President proposed nine sutras (cardinal principles) to invigorate India's march towards a more inclusive, diverse, sustainable and innovative society which include, stated a press release.

He urged educationists, corporate leaders and community leaders to think of extending encouragement and recognition to creative and innovative people of the country.

The ten cardinal principle spelled out by President Mukherjee were related to: not snubbing children when they ask questions to which we have no answer; promoting scientific temper by questioning the beliefs which are not compatible with scientific way of thinking; forming innovation clubs and tinkering labs; building viable and sustainable bridges between formal and informal knowledge systems; recognizing cultural, technological and traditional skills under skill development programmes; bringing educational system in line with contemporary societal expectations; imbibing problem solving skill and striving; developing a sense of immediacy; and not tolerating inefficiency, shabbiness and poor quality work.

The President said that India was the world's largest youth-populated nation. Over 600 million people in India out of a total population of 1.28 billion are below the age of 25 years. We have an abundance of creative, restless and inquisitive minds which could be tapped by making creative thinking and a desire for innovation a part of our day-to-day lives, the President added. 

He stated that the Rashtrapati Bhavan has been hosting innovative scholars as guests for the last three years under its 'In-Residence' programme where innovative minds come together to "recharge their creative batteries".

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