Indias, adversities offer fodder for innovations

Bangalore, Jan 18 | Updated: Jan 19 2007, 05:30am hrs
Innovators in the country should focus on addressing problems of the poor, and disruptive innovations that offer paradigm changes in existing systems, according to National Knowledge Commission chairman Sam Pitroda. Addressing a session on The innovation imperative: new models, new ideas, at the CII Partnership Summit 2007, Pitroda urged that there was a need to question the tools of the 20th century, as the world moved into the next century.

We need to question the fundamentals that we take for granted as God given gifts, he said adding, (one should ask questions like) is the UN, World Bank etc relevant today Terms like GDP, GNP are terms of the past century. He said India's unique capabilities and adversities offered fodder for innovations. Special advisor to Deloitte/Barclays Capital Digby Jones said unless developing countries like India and China addressed issues on intellectual property rights, innovations would become a passing phase and would not take root in these countries.

Secretary general of European industry body UNICE Philippe de Buck said the development of the Doha round was imperative not just for the developing world, but also for the entire world economy.