Second Innovation Festival started today in the premises of Science City, Kolkata. 34 Innovators from different parts of the country are showcasing their innovations which have helped mankind. The festival was inaugurated today by Prof. Ajoy Kumar Ray, Director, IIEST, Shibpur, in presence of Shri A. S. Manekar, Director General, National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Shri A.D. Choudhury, Director, Science City, other dignitaries and Innovators from across India.
Shri A. S. Manekar said that ‘Innovation is the key to the growth of a nation. NCSM is setting up a network of 55 Innovation Hubs in the country to inculcate the culture of innovation in the society. Thirteen such hubs have already been functioning in Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Guwahati, Bardhaman, Calicut, Lucknow, Dehradun, Trivandrum, Kuppam, Chennai and Patna and six hubs at Tirupati, Gangtok, Bhopal, Nagpur, Dimapur and Kalimpong are ready for inauguration. Innovation Festival provides a platform to showcase innovations from these hubs and from society. I am happy that this recent initiative of NCSM is widely recognised by the people’.
Shri Arijit Dutta Choudhury, Director, Science City said that ‘This is the second Innovation Festival organised by Science City after the success of 1st Innovation Festival last year. Number of Innovators have increased this year and we invite visitors from different parts of Bengal to interact with these innovators, listen to their stories which led to the innovation. Visitors may get inspired for out of the box thinking.’
The participating institute includes Innovation Hub of Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, Kolkata, Central Research and Training Laboratory, Kolkata, IIEST, Shibpur, MCKV Institute, University of Calcutta and individual grass root innovators are from West Bengal, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. ‘Bike Cannot start without wearing helmet’, Border Security System, Comfortable chappati maker, multipurpose crutch for the physically challenged, Aerobic respiration by coal to generate electricity, Disc-co-drum, Guava bending technology, wastage fish skin transfer into wealth, natural water cooler, automatic street light device, milking machine, waste segregation bin, smart glass are some of the innovations on display. The innovators also shared how they overcame the odds and created something beneficial for the society troubleshooting the basic problems.
Interactive displays from Central Research and Training Laboratory (CRTL), Science City and Birla Industrial and Technological Museum (BITM) are sure to grab the visitor’s attention.
The festival will remain open for the visitors from 10.30 AM to 6.00 PM until January 29, 2017 near Maritime Centre in the Science City premises.