Exhibition of ‘Innovations in Medical Science and Biotechnology” at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 9th March’ 2017

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An Exhibition on ‘Innovations in Medical Science and Biotechnology’ has been organized for one day during the Festival of Innovations (FOIN) since 2015. The first two editions were organized jointly by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and National Innovation foundation (NIF) on 11th March 2015 and 16th March 2016. The third edition of this Exhibition and a round table on: ‘A Sustainable, Multi-Stakeholder Approach from Research to Technology [SMART] – Increasing Healthcare Reach’ was organized jointly by ICMR, NIF and DBT-BIRAC (Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council) on 9th March 2017. Secretary, Health, Secretary, Department of Health Research and DG, ICMR, Secretary, DBT, Scientific Secretary, Office of Principle Scientific Adviser to Govt. of India, higher officials from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, DBT, BIRAC, DST, Med Tech Zone, investors like Tata Innovation Fund, Venture Capitalists and Angel networks. industrial bodies like FICCI, CII and innovators participated in this round table.

Bringing affordable healthcare to the doorstep of our population especially in rural areas is a big challenge. We may need to reboot our health system adding/deleting channels to give us the capacity to meet the pressures of changing needs of our population. In this scenario, technology is going to play a vital role in increasing healthcare’s reach. The country needs to improve its innovation performance and create its own innovation metrics to understand the gaps and provide accelerators for innovations through reforms in policy wherever needed. However, innovation requires continuous investment. This investment in improving quality of innovation is critical for providing health to our citizens and long term economic growth. Innovative linkages between academia and industry are a win-win proposition for finding solutions to our local problems and having an impact at global level. The round-table discussion with multiple stakeholders will aim at finding solutions for the last mile coverage.

This year ICMR received Four Hundred and Seventy Three technologies from various sectors (engineering colleges like IITs, universities, medical colleges/institutes and Government Departments (ICMR, DBT, DST, DRDO, CSIR, Deity, ISRO, Ministry of Textiles, and Agriculture), startups, incubators and individuals). The exhibited technologies are selected through an extremely rigorous process under the chairmanship of Prof KS Reddy, President, PHFI. Forty four technologies  displayed at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The display of technologies at Rashtrapati Bhavan is now a coveted event and has created bonds between technology developers, medical research institutes, startups, individuals, regulators, National Programs and investors. The vision of this event is to showcase disruptive technologies of public health importance developed indigenously under “Make in India’ effort and help them to reach the end user.

The technologies received by ICMR are at various stages of development and include import substitutes, those that have already been commercialized by startups, those ready for commercialization, those undergoing clinical validation or animal studies and prototypes. Domains include maternal and health, infectious diseases including tuberculosis and mosquito borne diseases, non communicable diseases, disability and safe water and sanitation. The uptake of these technologies clinical validation will have long lasting impact on the health of our population.
Further, the focus of  FOIN is on recognizing grass innovators and promoting and encouraging their uptake. Small innovation made by health workers could improve the quality of care resulting in better health outcomes. Through this exhibition and panel discussion ICMR hopes to ignite young minds as well as encourage those who are thinking out of box. We are also trying to link formal and informal sector so as to use the best of our brains to solve problems and have a mark on global scenario.
Festival of Innovation (FOIN) is a unique initiative of the Office of the President of India to recognise, respect and reward grassroots innovations and foster a supportive ecosystem. Hosted in the month of March at The President’s House, the FOIN has become a national celebration of creativity and innovation at and for grassroots. Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India has exhorted all segments of the Indian society to converge their efforts to make India inclusive, innovative and responsive to the aspirations of common people. While addressing the Global Roundtable on Inclusive Innovation attended by top innovation leaders of the world and several noble laurates during last two years, he has stressed the need for learning and sharing the global experience in designing, developing and delivering empathetic and inclusive innovations for the common good. He believes that while India has to learn a lot of lessons from the countries that rank on the top in the global innovation index, India has also a lot to share in terms of frugal and grassroots innovations. That is the only way Indian innovation quotient will go up.
It is imperative that India becomes a growth engine for the world and provides a new model of inclusive development by providing a large number of open technological and other solutions for the developing and developed world. In sync with the policies of the government of India, FOIN will provide a window to the creative and innovative solutions for social development through grassroots innovations, student ideas and other technologies for agriculture, rural development, sanitation, health, women and child development, biotechnology and medical innovation for grassroots.
The Decade of Innovation (2011-20) is characterised by various initiatives taken by the Government of India and the President’s House to promote innovation, particularly grassroots innovation, in the country and forge its linkages with higher education system. The National Innovation Foundation (NIF), India has been organising an exhibition of grassroots innovation every year since 2010, in collaboration with the Honey Bee Network institutions, volunteers and the Department of Science and Technology [DST] at the President’s House. The purpose is to expose the visitors to the pervasive culture of creativity and innovation in India. Since 2015, these exhibitions have become a part of the Festival of Innovation. Many central universities and NITs have organised exhibitions of grassroots innovators during the visits of the Hon’ble President there and have already set up National Innovation Clubs in their campuses. Perhaps India is the only country where grassroots innovators are hosted at the President’s House to convey a message that the country cares for the creativity of the common people. With support from NIF, the President’s Secretariat has successfully organised three editions of the Innovation Scholars In-Residence Programme, during 2014 – 2016. The fourth edition of the programme will begin on March 4, 2017 involving more than a week-long stay of 10 innovators at the President’s House. These innovators, including school children, grassroots innovators and college students, are mentored during their stay. The policy and institutional linkages are forged to scale up their ideas.
Last year, in 2016, the second edition of FOIN saw a wider participation, both nationally and globally. More than 70 grassroots innovations, including newly-developed crop varieties developed by farmers, were exhibited. Ninety innovation clubs participated from various universities across the country. The in-residence programme was expanded to include innovation scholars, writers and artists from across the country. Seven innovation scholars, two artists and two writers were hosted for two weeks, as part of the Festival.
To leverage on the uniquely frugal and empathetic model of grassroots innovations developed in India, the President’s Office has decided to organise the third Festival of Innovation (FOIN) at the President’s House, New Delhi during March 4-10, 2017 with the help of NIF. Following activities will be taken up during the FOIN.
Festival of Innovations 2017

Sachin Tendulkar Appointed UNICEF and Cricket for Good ambassador for the ICC Women’s World Cup.

NEW DELHI, 8 March 2017 – On International Women’s Day, The International Cricket Council (ICC) has reaffirmed its commitment to the Spirit of Cricket in bringing about a positive social change through the sport, by appointing Sachin Tendulkar as the UNICEF Cricket For Good ambassador for the Women’s World Cup 2017, to be hosted in the UK in June and July.

This collaboration between UNICEF and the ICC under the aegis of Cricket for Good aims to leverage the vast reach and power of cricket and communicate the importance of sport for girls and women. This visionary partnership will support in building a discourse around gender equality and the importance of empowering girls through sports.

The five-year global partnership was announced in October 2015 in New York and will be used as the ICC’s platform to advocate for children across the world and especially in countries where cricket is a popular sport.

UNICEF and ICC, together will engage the broader cricketing community to empower adolescent girls in particular, during the many ICC events over the next five years, develop and implement various community outreach programs and initiatives in collaboration with coaches, cricketers and cricketing personalities.

Sachin’s engagement to promote the Women’s World Cup will use innovative cricket-based messages to engage with girls and their families encouraging them to be part of the sport.

During the events, there will be coaching clinics with participating teams.

Sports has long been recognized as a human right by the United Nations. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (which governs UNICEF) noted in 1989 that “the education of the child shall be directed to the development of the child’s personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential. None of these differentiate on gender. None of these say boys only or men only. And yet, across all sports, men are much more visible than women.
The ICC Women’s World Cup and other sports platforms will become catalysts in providing spaces for girls to engage meaningfully with sports.
Sachin Tendulkar UNICEF Ambassador says “The ICC Women’s World Cup is not just a regular tournament. It is much more… It is a catalytic platform that helps promote the participation of girls and women in world class sports championships. I am proud to be  the UNICEF and Cricket For Good ambassador for the ICC Women’s World Cup, and believe that this tournament will encourage millions of girls across the world to play & aspire to become tomorrow’s stars. Thereby empowering them and giving them hope. See https://www.icc-cricket.com/video/344447.

Jean Gough UNICEF South Asia Regional Director, says “At UNICEF we are thrilled that our Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar, is going to support the ICC Women’s World Cup.Harnessing the power and reach of one of the world’s most popular sports to create positive impact in the lives of children is truly commendable. Millions of adolescent girls in South Asia can benefit tremendously by playing a sport. It can not only empower them but inspire them to become the next generation of change makers, world leaders, and sports champions.

Heather Knight, England Women’s Cricket Team Captain, says “It is a huge summer for the women’s game, and we cannot wait to play in the pinnacle event for our sport in front of passionate home crowds.  We have a big opportunity throughout the tournament to inspire the next generation of players, and encourage women and girls across the country to pick up a bat and ball and play the game we love.  Alongside this it is brilliant news that Sachin Tendulkar will be an official UNICEF and Cricket for Good ambassador for the competition, and I am sure that with his support, we can all make this the biggest and best ICC Women’s World Cup that there has ever been.  I can’t wait!”

David Richardson, CEO of the International Cricket Council says “We are delighted that Sachin has taken on an ambassadorial role for the ICC Women’s World Cup. He is passionate about using sport, and particularly cricket, to empower young girls and having him on board will help build an even bigger audience for the women’s game and inspire more young girls to pick up a bat or ball.

For Copyright free video of Sachin Tendulkar’s video supporting the ICC World Cup 2017 please  visit : https://www.icc-cricket.com/video/344447.

On ‘International Women’s Day’: Sachin Tendulkar, UNICEF South Asia Goodwill Ambassador, who was recently in London to support ICC’s Women’s World Cup 2017, has tweeted (@sachin_rt)
on the need to empower girls through sports: https://twitter.com/ICC/status/839418827179974656


About Cricket For Good

Cricket For Good is the International Cricket Council global community outreach programme that addresses a range of social issues and supports initiatives that strive to positively impact children and families worldwide.

For more information on ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 visit www.icc-cricket.com and follow us on #WWC17

‘Charpak Master Scholarships 2017’ are now open


 The Embassy of France in India launches
Charpak Master Scholarship for Indian students
Friday 10th March 2017 on Campus France India website
New Delhi, 9th March 2017
The Embassy of France in India has announced that applications to the ‘Charpak Master Scholarships 2017’ are now open at http://www.inde.campusfrance.org/en/page/charpak-masters-program. Named after French physicist and Nobel Prize winner Georges Charpak, the scholarship supports students from India pursue one-year or two-year Master’s degrees in France in a variety of fields: from law and management,science, engineering, to art and design.
In 2017, the Embassy of France will offer 500 scholarships to Indian students. Last year 370 Indian students received scholarships, the increase in the number of scholarships is a part of the ambitious program that the Embassy of France through Institut français en Inde has developed to welcome 10 000 Indian students by 2020
In 2016 France welcomed more than 4,200 Indian students in French institutions, out of the 370 scholarship owners, 120 students received Charpak Master Scholarships. Selection to Charpak is based on a student’s academic excellence (no CGPA/percentage cut-off required) and the consistency and quality of their statement of purpose. Knowledge of French is considered an asset however it is not mandatory.
As French Government Scholarship Awardees or ‘Boursiers du Gouvernement Français’, scholarship winners receive added advantages, such as medical insurance and social security coverage, visa fee waivers, living allowance, tuition fee waivers.affordable housing solutions in France.
Application is now even simpler through the online platform launched this year. Besides the Charpak Master scholarship, students can also apply for Exchange Programme or a Research Internship as per their eligibility. The scholarship portal maintains a transparent database of scholars, avoids duplicate applications, uploads relevant documents and allows students to view status of their application.
The Embassy will soon call for applications to ‘Charpak Exchange Autumn 2017 – Autumn Session’. This scholarship is open to exchange students from all fields enrolled in an Indian institution, and supports study in France at the Bachelor’s or Master’s degree level for a period of one to four months (one academic semester).
More info on Charpak Master Scholarship & online application form:

Charpak scholarships: The Charpak scholarship programme, run by the Embassy of France in India, is named after French physicist and Nobel Prize winner Georges Charpak (1924-2010). He served in the French Resistance during World War II and was deported to the Dachau Nazi concentration camp when he was 20 years old. Charpak survived and, at age 30, received a PhD in Nuclear Physics. His later findings significantly advanced civil nuclear engineering and biomedicine. After receiving his Nobel Prize in Physics in 1992, Charpak became a tireless advocate of the hands-on approach in science in elementary schools. His work lives on in tens of thousands of classrooms in France today.

The Charpak programme offers three types of scholarship at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels:
  • Research Internship Programme
This scholarship programme is offered to students of economics, engineering and science background at the Bachelor’s or Master’s levels who plan to undertake an internship at a French laboratory during their academic break (May to July).

  • Exchange Programme(Jan-Jun or Sept-Dec)
This scholarship supports exchange students for a period of one to four months (duration of an academic semester) at the Bachelor’s or Master’s degree levels.

  • Master’s Programme
This scholarship supports one to two years of study in France at Master’s level.

Campus France is a governmental agency promoting French higher education, functions under the Embassy of France in India.  The centers are established in twelve major Indian cities: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Lucknow and Jaipur.

Any Indian student can schedule a meeting with a Campus France counsellor, who provides all documentation and advice on studies in France, and, if requested, contacts the student’s target French institutions with their application. Campus France organizes direct meetings between French academies and Indian students in various Indian cities on a biannual basis.

Press Contact: Danial Nathan. Press Liaison Officer
dna@ifindia.in +91-9205-352-456 +91 9911382365 . www.ifindia.in
Institut Français India. 2, Dr. A.P.J Kalam Road (formerly Aurangzeb Road), New Delhi 110011
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