November 30, 2017 08:23 PM

Kapurthala (Face2News)

Innovation has become a crucial source of a nation’s sustainable growth and competitiveness amidst globalization. In modern era, innovative and creative minds dominate since they bring desired results to make complex processes simple, easy and economical. Only innovative ideas can lead to new products, technologies, opportunities and ensure sustainable growth. People of Punjab especially in rural areas are well known for their Jugads which reflects their creativity and innovativeness.

It is imperative to provide solutions to their raw ideas which are more systematic and technically firm. A dire need had been felt to offer a platform to channelize the potential of Punjabi Youth to nurture the talent. PGSC initiative to setup an innovation Hub in collaboration with National Council of Science Museum- an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India will prove to be a boon to the society. These were the views expressed by Dr. Roshan Sunkaria, Principal Secretary, Science, Technology and Environment while speaking on the occasion of opening ceremony of innovation Hub at Science City Kapurthala.

Speaking on this occasion, Mohamond Tayyab IAS, Director General PGSC said that Science City has received overwhelming response throughout the region. The objective of Innovation Hub is to promote innovativeness and engage youth towards creativity in the region especially those having potential ideas. This hub will provide facilities to nurture new ideas and help develop inquisitiveness amongst the younger generation. The students in groups or in their individual capacity keen to avail the facilities of innovation hub will be enrolled as members. Annual membership of innovation hub will be available to group of students on nominal payment of membership fee Rs. 500 per student.

Further he said that, Innovation Hub would serve as springboard for new ideas and thus help the society and economy to face future challenges and meet rising aspirations of the growing population. Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director Science City was also Present on this occasion.

He further gave details of various components of the innovation hub

Discovery Hall :This hall has 10 to 15 interactive science exhibits/experiments to create excitement about science through exploration and discovery of underlying principles.

Innovation Resource Centre : The Resource Centre showcases innovative ideas/products/implements that have transformed the world. Besides these, implements/ samples of appropriate technology and traditional knowledge systems, art and craft and other areas of importance in public life in the respective regions shall be exhibited. The section will also serve as a resource centre, duly provided with broad band connectivity, for accessing information on inventions/inventors/patents and multimedia/films on innovations.

Idea Lab :This lab is a full of necessary basic facilities for children to pursue creative and innovative hobbies/activities that involve model making ,basic science experimentation, design & fabrication of useful gadgets of practical use, teaching/learning kits or aids for better class room transactions.

Thod Phod Jod (Break & Remake) corner: Students will assemble and disassemble various unused electronic/mechanical gadgets/items thus learn the engineering of products. Kabad Se Jugad (Build from scraps) Here students will learn more by doing things practically using day to day scrap.

Idea Box : Students own innovative ideas will help to create an idea bank.

Design Studio : This area will offer creative environment to design of various objects/ products etc to solve design challenges .

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