Tharoor celebrates desi jugaad in Teenovators talk3 min read
Manipal: Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs and Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, emphasised on innovation and the Indian ability to do ‘jugaad’ while speaking at the keynote address of the Teenovators competition at the MIT Quadrangle on January 20.
Teenovators is a national level innovation competition for students of 9th-12th grade, conducted by Manipal University (MU) in association with INK. The programme was started with the aim of nurturing and recognising research and innovation skills among young minds. Students from various parts of the country were present at MU for the final level of the challenge, where they will have to present their project.
“What is important for a university like Manipal is to nurture talent and innovation. Every year we reach 450 schools, about one lakh students and over 1000 projects. We take these projects, analyse their innovation and encourage it by giving the students prizes. We are very happy to partner with MU for the same,” said Lakshmi Praturi, Founder and CEO of INK.
Emphasising on innovation as the need of the hour in India, Tharoor provided several examples such as the Dabbawalas in Mumbai, the Sulabh Shaunchalays and Laloo Prasad Yadav’s reforms which have become management case studies. He also spoke about how the policies of liberalisation, globalisation and privatisation since 1991 have transformed the Indian economy.
“There is so much interest in innovation, there is no surprise India is increasingly looking forward to innovation as the pathway to the future. When we hear frugal innovation, India has it (the ability to innovate). We have sent the cheapest mars mission and succeeded at the very first attempt. Even the US has not done that,” said Dr. Tharoor. He also encouraged students to harness the energy of young India and continuously innovate in order to create solutions to problems like unemployment, which has now become a threat to the society. “Aside from celebrating our growth, what really matters is the bottom percentage of our society,” added Dr. Tharoor.
Following the speech, he engaged with Lakshmi Praturi in a Q&A session where he delved into several aspects of his life such as his decision to join politics as well as his inspirations. He also discussed his recently published book, An Era of Darkness and his ideas pertaining to the British colonisation of India.
“It was a great experience listening to Shashi Tharoor. He had very good insights and I think he is an extremely powerful orator. We are looking forward to our presentation tomorrow,” said Tanish Vashisth, a student of Navyug School, Delhi.
The event concluded with a felicitation programme, where the projects of the Teenovators competition were briefly introduced and participants were provided with certificates by Dr. Tharoor.
Photographs courtesy: Shitiz Goel
Edited by Prajwal Bhat