President Mukherjee bats for innovation clubs and webs in higher education institutes
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 30 Jun 2014

President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, stressed the need for higher education institutions to create inquisitiveness and promote scientific temper amongst their students at Convocation Ceremony of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidayalaya on June 28. He added, wings should be given to the ingenuous ideas of students and grassroots innovators, reported a PIB release.

According Mukherjee, the nation invests in its universities because students are its future and they have an important responsibility to fulfill in terms of paying back to nation.

He stressed that novel ideas that can be nurtured into viable products through mentoring by universities by setting up "Innovation Clubs" whose activities can be dovetailed with activities at IITs and NITs in the region as an "Innovation Web". He urged Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya to take the lead in creating such an "innovation club" in Indore.

My over-view of researches and studies on educational innovations inform that an innovation consist of new creative or refined ideas, applications, solutions, methods, products, technologies, services, and practices which are intended to be more effective, convenient and useful. For an innovation in education, one needs to do a need analysis, risk-analysis, designing, detailed planning, trialing and systematic undertaking.

In education, generally, four kinds of innovations have been seen, namely, structural innovation ( the ways in which institution and classrooms are organized and equipped), content-innovation (reviewing, redesigning, adapting, supplementing and contextualizing content), process-innovation (learning environment, methods, transaction of curriculum, human interaction, etc.) and resource-innovation (development of teaching-learning material, balancing the use of learning aids, optimizing the use of existing resources, use of community resources, etc.).

It has been often seen that teachers in the government sector have failed innovations when ever attempted. Teachers are central to an educational innovation and their prepration and development has to ve innovative and effective to begin with.