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Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India, is a firm believer that creativity and innovation are essential both for human happiness and development. Qualities of contemplation; introspection and reflection are a must for healthy growth of body and mind. In pursuance of this thinking and to encourage the creative and innovative potential of the people, especially the youth of this country, an ‘In-Residence’ Programme at the Rashtrapati Bhavan was initiated.
The President of India has always held that the Rashtrapati Bhavan belongs to the nation and the people at large. He has taken several initiatives to open the Rashtrapati Bhavan for greater participation and involvement of the common man in its activities. The ‘In-Residence’ Programme will take the continuing engagement of Rashtrapati Bhavan with the people to the next level.
As part of the 'In-Residence' Programme envisaged to encourage the creative and innovative potential of people and open up Rashtrapati Bhavan for greater participation and involvement of common man in its activities, two schemes were launched by the President on 11 December, 2013 to welcome creative persons - writers, artists and innovation scholars to stay in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
With a view to promote the spirit of innovation and give further impetus to the grassroots innovation activities, the Innovation Scholars In-Residence Scheme was launched. The objectives of the Scheme are –
A Committee with the following Composition was constituted to implement the project.
The terms of reference of the Committee are as follows –
The Committee will receive feedback from the selected scholars at the end of their stay, and on the basis of such feedback, will modify / improve the programme as required.
The details of the Scheme were placed on the website of the President of India, wherein online application forms were made available. The last date for receipt of applications was 15 January, 2014.
Pursuant to above, a meeting of the Committee, chaired by Smt. Omita Paul, Secretary to the President, was held on 8th March, 2014 at 1230 hrs at Rashtrapati Bhavan. During the meeting, the entries shortlisted by the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) were presented to the committee members.
After due deliberations by the committee members, eight Innovation Scholars were selected out of which five Innovation Scholars were invited to join the Programme. Accordingly, five innovators stayed at Rashtrapati Bhavan for a period of 20 days from 01 July – 20 July, 2014. They were - Shri Gurmail Singh Dhonsi who invented Rapid Compost Aerator and Tree Pruner, Shri Dharamveer Kamboj who invented Multipurpose processing machine, Ms. Manisha Mohan
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