To bring all the people involved in the Innovations on Rural Development and to put them together.
To work out a strategy/workable way forward to bring innovations/technologies to the reach of the common man.
To associate the students community and elicit their bright ideas and provide an interaction among the Innovators and students
Innovations are happening across the country irrespective of the educational qualification of the innovators, mainly ignited by an urge to solve a local problem or improve the efficiency of a service/operation using locally available tools and resources. Such innovations are not dependent on huge research and development investments, but on frugal resources and support mechanisms. Such frugal innovations are catching up with large corporates so as to create an inclusive innovation eco-system.
Frugal Innovations can play an important role in rural transformation for sustainable development. However, most of such frugal innovations, due to lack of scaling up capabilities and support remain as prototype or idea. Many a times such innovations fail to take off due to adequate design improvement and material efficiency. There is an urgent need to create organized platform to support such frugal innovations. There is also a need to rope in voluntary effort in terms of technical /mentoring support for taking such innovative ideas/prototypes into a final usable product/service that is technically feasible, economically viable and socially acceptable.
For such an effort, there is a need for large number of technical hands who are willing to work on voluntary basis to support such innovators. As part of this effort, National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayti Raj (NIRDPR) has conducted “Rural Innovators Start-up Conclave” in March 2017. This has set in a momentum to connect with the innovators and the investment hands and mentors. However, there is a need for large partnership and roping in large number of willing experts for creating impact and enable rural transformation.
It is in the above background, NIRDPR is partnering with Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), Vijnana Bharati to encourage and support the rural innovators and create greater awareness for such innovations and organizing the workshop on “FRUGAL Innovations” to provide an inclusive platform for ideas, innovations for facilitating new business models and workout the way forward with possible mentoring support by the expert members of INAE.
1. Taking lessons from the success stories from the innovators and publicizing them for the benefit of the others.
2. Creation of greater awareness for the “FRUGAL Innovations”.
3. Critically examine the reasons for the failure of the Innovators and trying to find a solution.
4. Taking the views of the students community and putting across for discussion among the participants for applicability etc.
5. Working out a way forward for transfer of the technologies to the rural areas for the benefit of the common man.
6. Create market connect for the products.
The NIRDPR, an autonomous organisation under the Union Ministry of Rural Development, is a premier national centre of excellence in rural development and Panchayati Raj. Recognized internationally as one of the UN-ESCAP Centres of Excellence, it builds capacities of rural development functionaries, elected representatives of PRIs, bankers, NGOs and other stakeholders through inter-related activities of training, research and consultancy.