The Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on March 12, 2016, inaugurated the Second Edition of the week-long ‘Festival of Innovation’ at the Rastrapati Bhavan (Presidential Residence). The main objective to hold the week-long event is to boost the grassroots-level innovations across the country. It is being celebrated from March 12-19, 2016, and was organized by the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) in collaboration with the Indian President’s Office.
The festival commenced with the inauguration of the “Exhibition of Innovations” at the Sports Grounds of the Presidential Estate. The inauguration was an invite only closed door event where S.S. Rana & Co. representatives were also in audience. Subsequent events that will go on till the 19th of March are open to the General Public.
At the event, among a host of other things, the Hon’ble President also released a book titled “Festival of Innovation – 2015” authored by Dr. Harshvardhan, Indian Minister of Science and Technology. The exhibition also showcases several innovations including a tractor-driven onion transplanter, multi-crop thresher, foot operated page-turning device for differently-abled and posture correcting chair, among others.
Besides these, the festival will have three exhibitions, two workshops, four group discussions, two award presentation ceremonies and round-tables on different topics during the week. Some highlights of the festival were a keynote address by Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi on March 13 and presentation of Visitor's Award on the March 14.