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
Indeed, the rate of creativity and technological innovations in the past fifty years has been breathtaking. Great transformations in human history have often been brought about by new ideas, viz. by new ways of seeing the world, and shattering the old certainties. Agreeably, a premise that remains absolutely valid is ‘we create the worlds we live in, and the human world is created out of our minds as much as from the natural environment’. We respond to the demands of massive shifts in population by discovering new ways of caring for natural resources; and innovating technologies for generating green energy; and sustainable methods of food production and so on. However, crucial issues such as shortfall of houses for the rural poor, inadequate drinking water / sanitation facilities, and indiscriminate waste disposal practices untiringly drive our creative mental facilities to innovate relentlessly.
No doubt it is quite visible that necessity driven innovations have been taking place and continue to take place but greater awareness about the same among the end users and the encouragement for such FRUGAL Innovations which are simple, affordable, qualitative and sustainable are found to be not to the extent which it ought to be. There is a need to create greater awareness for such “FRUGAL Innovations” and Innovators besides to elicit the problems/issues being faced by such innovators and facilitate exchange of ideas among all the concerned to the subject, it is felt that an organized platform need to be created.
It is in the above background, NIRDPR, INAE, Vijnana Bharati who have been working for the rural development/transformation recognizing the need to encourage and support the rural innovators and create greater awareness for such innovations, have come together for organizing the workshop on “FRUGAL Innovations” to provide an inclusive platform for ideas, innovations for facilitating new business models and workout the way forward.NIRD&PR
The National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR), 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.
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 student’s 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.