The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee took first place in the category of "most creative research institutions." The Confederation of Indian Industry bestowed the honour on the institute (CII). Visco-elastic Energy Dissipating Link Elements for Earthquake Resistant Housing Construction, Nitrogen-Doped Reduced Graphene Oxide (N-rGO) for High-Performance Supercapacitor, Nitrogen-Doped Reduced Graphene Oxide (N-rGO) for High-Performance Supercapacitor, and Nitrogen-Doped Reduced Graphene Oxide (N-rGO) for High-Performance IIT Madras and the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, Hyderabad (INCOIS) took second and third place, respectively.
"We are delighted to be recognised by CII's Industrial Innovation Award for two years in a row. IIT Roorkee provides an ambience and ecosystem which inspires its students and faculty to focus on industrial innovation, in addition to academic research. The mindset of the Institute and the facilities available in the campus provide a smooth ride from ideation to creation. This award reinforces our belief that we are on the right path, and we need to continue to nurture the best practices we have in this space," said Ajit K Chaturvedi, director, IIT Roorkee.
Srivari Chandrashekhar, Secretary, DST, Government of India said that India is still is an agriculture country and 65 per cent of total Indian population depend upon agriculture sector, hence the country need to bring innovative solutions to uplift the sector for better life and health of the people. "For innovations to be successful, industry has to handhold and nurture innovation so that innovations become translatable," he added.
Srivari Chandrashekhar, Secretary, DST, Government of India, said that India being an agricultural country with 65% of the total Indian population depending upon this sector, the country needs to bring innovative solutions to improve the sector for better life and health of the people. He further added that industry must nurture innovations for them to be become viable.
The awards were announced in the presence of Srivari Chandrashekhar and Kris Gopalakrishnan, past president, CII and Chairman, CII Industrial Innovation Awards. The awards are given on the basis of both the institute's innovation ecosystem and actual innovations at the institute.