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Govt to throw up 'grand' challenges before innovators of

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Ayog today said the government would throw up 'grand' challenges before innovators in as well as theworld to find solutions to the problems of the country.

He said the has the greatest number of innovators trying to find solutions to the least number of problems, whereas has all the challenges of the world.

"That's why we need most of the innovators in India," he said, throwing up challenge before technological companies and tech related start-ups while speaking on 'Start-up Sarkar: Making Bharat go digital' at Kalaari Capital Summit-2018 here.

Elaborating, he said the greatest innovators at Silicon Valley were trying to create driverless cars and making rockets. However, these were not the solutions the world was looking at.

The challenges important for humanity was how to provide arsenic andfluoride free water,seedand fertilizers to enable farmers enhanceproductivity, make flyovers in 40 days instead of 4and half years, make blackout free, he said.

"How do weleapfrog in a manner that polluted cities can be cleanedup?," he asked.

In this context, said, the country would throw-up challenges to find solution to the problems of India.

The Ayog CEO said finding solutions to the problems of India will help not just the 1.35 billion people, butseven billion people across the globe.

He said the was going to support 30,000 tinkering labs and schools across India under the 'Atal Innovation Mission' in the next three years.

These Atal tinkering centres will 'disrupt' India like never before, he said.

"We have grown up in an Anglo-Saxon system of where book learning, examination, passing out and all that is very critical... but one of the things we are trying to do is disrupt this," said

He said in the last two-and-half years,the government had opened 2,500 tinkering labs in schools under the 'Atal Innovation Mission' where robots, 3D printers and internet of things are provided from class six onwards.

"Our object is that in the next three years we will be supporting 30,000 tinkering labs and schools across India so that students move away (from conventional education) and start innovating and we are able to develop that innovative mindset from class six onwards till class 12," Kant said.

On another major initiative, he said thegovernment supported incubation centres linked to educationinstitutes.

"Our objective is that we should allow a lot of students in our system,in our IITs and IIMs to play around in these incubation centres and come up with innovative products.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 21:05 IST