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Innovation by India for India

“By innovation, I mean serious applied research and commercialization of such research resulting in new products and services that India can own and market globally, as well as all types of innovation that creates and transforms businesses in the country and provides yet another internationally marketable product which would enable India to increase its global capital base and capabilities. It is in this focus that this book mainly differs from many of its peers.”

“A society may be strong scientifically, but if it does not complete the cycle of the knowledge quest by bringing science to the development of products and services, it stands to lose in the long run.  No one can champion a theory or concept into a product better than those who created it, for their passions are not easily transferable even if their knowledge is.“

“Without significant innovation in India, Indians will be exposed to a new type of economic colonialism. They shall continue to remain at the lower ends of the food chain, their hard work enriching other nations even more while bringing but a semblance of relative improvement in their own plight.”

“It may also be argued that much of India’s investment in higher science and technical education has contributed more to certain developed countries than to India. Changing this sordid narrative should assume a high priority for the nation.”

“India is seen increasingly as a potential savior of many rich exporting nations whose populations are now ageing and economies beginning to totter. They vie with each other for India’s market. One would assume that India will use that as a leverage to get greater cooperation from them in matters of great importance and lock them out of trade, at least of discretionary items, if they do not cooperate.”

“The deficiencies, however, do not make me despondent. I can assert without any reservation that despite some (correctible) lapses in the area of hands on practice, there is no dearth of highly knowledgeable or inspired and inspiring academics in India. Finally, as a researcher who has straddled both theory and practice, I aver that without the backing of a good theoretical foundation – the forte of Indian higher education – it is hard for one to pick anything but low hanging fruits. “