India’s innovation ecosystem including its startup culture is being given a big push, the Secretary of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) said on Wednesday in New Delhi.
“Besides focus on improving country’s Ease of Doing Business, the Government of India’s Startup India campaign has bolstered the image of the country as the next innovation hotspot. This is evident from the fact that there are 20 Indian States that now have a dedicated startup State policy,” said Ramesh Abhishek, the Secretary, DIPP, while speaking at ‘Data Innovation Bazaar’ event held for young innovators of India.
“States are learning from each other and effectively reaping the benefits of sharing best practices. Many innovative solutions in health, education, agriculture and urban infrastructure are being explored,” he added.
Organised to serve both as a unique platform for young innovators to collaborate with leading Industry experts and to showcase ideas that can advance India’s data needs, ‘Data Innovation Bazaar’ event aimed to encourage creation of solutions that use power of data to address issues on themes such as education, renewable energy, transportation and mobility, healthcare and clean tech.
Also present on the occasion was Supria Dhanda, Vice President, Western Digital, who lauded India’s prowess as a globally renowned R&D hub, and stressed upon the need for more effective Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to boost innovation landscape, while saying: “Recent times have witnessed increased focus on simplifying procedures by the Central Government.”
Stating that the data needs of the country call for cost-effective and scalable solutions, she said, “with a focus on innovation, Western Digital is partnering with both Government agencies such as NITI Aayog, DIPP etc, and other state-level stakeholders to best cater to huge data requirement of the country”.