‘Innovation can be taught’

BANGALORE: “Many of the research projects currently going on in universities in the country do not deal with the requirements of 60 per cent of the population. These are people who live in rur

Published: 17th April 2012 03:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:34 PM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: “Many of the research projects currently going on in universities in the country do not deal with the requirements of 60 per cent of the population. These are people who live in rural areas and need specialised solutions,” said Jay Ambali, Principal Engineer with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of the Australian Government.

Jay, who was in the  city to deliver a one-day workshop titled ‘Innovations for India’, is also a part of The Innovation Promotion Society (TIPS), which is a non-profit organisation that has its roots in the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Calicut. The workshop was organised by TIPS in association with the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum in the city on Monday.

“We want to promote inclusive innovation, I firmly believe innovation is a process that can be studied and thus taught,” said Ambali. Ambali also discussed various models of innovation adoption amongst businesses and stated that the orientation of innovation must be changed with less focus on patenting.  “It is just a way of looking at the world around you,” said Ambali.

The workshop also looked at other methods of understanding innovation like the ‘innovation tree analysis’ which seeks to create a flowchart of the problem and work towards a solution.

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