New Delhi: Research, development and the
exchange of experience to harmonise the development process
will be on the priority agenda of the National Innovation
Council (NIC) when it meets for the first time tomorrow.
Set up by the Prime Minister under the chairmanship of
Sam Pitroda, the council will energise innovation initiatives
so as to make them a part of the national effort aimed at
reducing poverty, improving governance and making development
more inclusive, an official source said.
The urgency of the effort is reflected in the fact that
in its very first meeting, the council is planning to launch
its portal, where a compilation of scientific achievements
that can be used to improve the quality of life will be
The portal will also have a facility to highlight ideas
that any citizen thinks would be useful to the society on the
The NAC also comprises Planning Commission members Arun
Maira and K Kasturirangan, former Nasscom chief Kiran Karnik
and Tata Sons Executive Director R Gopalakrishnan.
Among others, the industry representatives of Ficci and
CII, Amit Mitra and Chandrajit Banerjee, would also be on the
The council`s mandate includes formulating a roadmap on
Innovation for the 2010 to 2020 period, creating a framework
for evolving an Indian model of innovation with focus on
inclusive growth and encouraging central and state governments