MeltingPot2020 Ropes In Corporates And Academia To Transform India Into One Of The Top 10 Innovative Countries
CL Educate and Kestone, India's leading integrated marketing services organised India's first innovation summit MeltingPot2020
On November 28, CL Educate and Kestone, India's leading integrated marketing services organised India's first innovation summit MeltingPot2020.
The summit witnessed a confluence of innovative ideas from like-minded visionaries from the corporate and academia worlds who identified and discussed the challenges of key drivers such as EdTech, Auto Tech, Internet of Things, Data Science and Analytics, Energy Efficiency and provided game-changing solutions.
This symposium has paved the roadmap to create an innovation-fuelled global economy powered by breakthrough research at the institutional and corporate level. It aims to be the much needed catalyst for India’s transformation that will catapult it among the Top 10 Innovative countries globally.
About 60 per cent of India’s 1.2 billion population is working and its estimated that by 2020, 90 per cent contribution to India’s GDP will come from the age group 25 years and below. For a developing economy like India, a bold and visionary partnership needs to be developed between the academia and the industry to accelerate innovation in technology and propel national growth. The quality of training provided to students will provide an outlet for various research projects and innovations taking place at the university level. The corporates can also support in the form of endowments, sponsored research, and creation of joint research facilities.
Dr Saraswat, Member, Niti Aayog & former secretary defence R&D, in his summit address said: “India is leapfrogging its way to a more digital economy where traditional and conventional approaches to problems will not give us the desired solutions. Students today have a high appetite for technology and creativity. According to a recent Assocham study, a whopping 93 per cent of B-school graduates are unemployable. The global demand for new-age skill sets in digital and big data analytics are largely unmet by traditional B-schools, which leaves students in a perennial fix. The urgent need of the hour is to realise the potential of the youth and help equip young minds to cope with the challenges of the real world through innovation. MeltingPot is an excellent platform to translate this into reality.”
Piyush Gupta, President, Kestone Integrated Marketing Services said: “With over 315 million students in schools, India has the largest number of school children in the world. It indicates the huge potential that needs to be streamlined and nurtured for global leadership. There is a dire need of for industry-academia collaborations and MeltingPot2020 was designed to facilitate relevant discussions between leaders from the corporate, R&D world, government bodies and the education sector to enable innovation. This unique platform has brought together more than 1,000 innovators from institutes and universities under one roof to provide them an opportunity to present their innovative ideas in front of the corporate leaders and academic professionals.”
This first-of-its-kind, initiative witnessed the congregation of about 150 educational institutions including IITs, IIMs, private and noted government universities from India as well as from the APAC region. Over 100 entrepreneurs, CXOs/CEOs and top leadership of many respected innovation driven companies including Dell, Microsoft, KPMG, Tech Mahindra Limited, Symantec graced the occasion.
This first of its kind, initiative has seen the congregation of about 150 educational institutions including IITs, IIMs, private and noted government universities from India as well as from the APAC region. Over 100 entrepreneurs, CXOs/CEOs and top leadersh
Harish Hande, Co-founder of SELCO and Magsaysay Award winner, Jay Krishnan, CEO, T-Hub, Punya Srivastava, Secretary Higher Education Delhi NCT, Rama Vedashree, Director of DSCI and ex- Nasscom, Vinnie Jauhari, Director Education Advocacy, Microsoft, Prof Rishikesha Krishnan, Director, IIM Indore, IV Rao, Executive Advisor Maruti Suzuki India Ltd and VP, Chair Engineering Education Board, SAE, India , Ravinder Pal Singh, Director Strategic/ Mega Projects, Public Sector, Dell, Prof Anindya, IIT Kanpur are some of the luminaries that were present during the two-day event.