Odisha Drafts Innovation Policy ,To Set Up IPMU , 5 Incubation Centers

10 April, Bhubaneswar

Odisha government has decided to constitute an Innovation Project Monitoring Unit (IPMU) under State Innovation Council to foster innovation culture, harness creative potential and promote conducive conditions for innovation in various sectors.

The state Innovation Council proposed to set up five Incubation Centers for developing innovative schemes. The proposed incubation centers would come up at IIT, Bhubaneswar,VSSUT, Burla, CET,Bhubaneswar, Berhampur university, Vanjavihar and NIT,Rourkela.

Presiding over a high level meeting on Innovations in Public Systemshere Thursday . Chief Secretary G C Pati today directed General Administration Secretary Niten Chandra to formulate proposals for innovation and incubation centers.

Pati also directed the officials to constitute four sub-committees for formulating innovative proposals to cover areas like water, sanitation, energy and e-governance. The sub-committee on Agriculture and Food Processing, Education would be headed by their respective Secretaries, the Sub Committee on Health would be led by Director AIIMS.

Secretary Housing and Urban Development would head the Social Sector Sub-committee Official sources here said the members of Council were asked to send their inputs to Planning and Coordination Department within April 30.

Pati asked the Sub-Committees to come up with specific innovative projects on how to apply available research results in improving good governance and delivery of services.

Pati said that State Innovation Council has also formulated the draft innovation Policy for Odisha. The members of the Council have been asked to send their inputs to Planning & Coordination Department within 30th April.

Among others, D Chakrapani from Center for Innovations in Public Systems, Hyderabad, Director General Gopabandhu Academy of Administration, Bhubaneswar A K Tripathy were present. Experts present in the meeting discussed and presented innovative practices regarding disposal of bio-waste, eco-san toilets (preparation of fertiliser from bio-waste), rural medical practices, eye care, urban governance, quality assurance in school education, innovative practices from different states in field of primary education, higher education, health services, urban waste management and bio-waste management.

Experience of Odisha in some of these areas were also shared with the experts.The Chief Secretary directed Various departments to strengthen the technological drives, ensure maintenance of equipments and fix responsibility for non-maintenance. He also advised various Public Authorities to develop and hoist their own websites with citizens interface and crowd sourcing systems to catch good practices

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