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Yesterday, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said at the Intel DST Innovate for Digital India Challenge that the Government will set up a dedicated website for innovators in India seeking government help to transform their ideas into reality.

“I have decided that there will be a separate, dedicated portal of my ministry dedicated to the innovators of India,” IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said at the Intel DST Innovate for Digital India Challenge event in Delhi.

Hailing “jugaad”, or the frugal innovation India has come to be known for in the course of its development, Prasad said the government plans to double the number of Common Service Centres (CSC) or information and communication technology (ICT) access points created under the National e-Governance Project.

Notably, under government’s India Innovation Growth Programme there’s already a website (since 2014) called IndiaInnovates.in which is a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI); Stanford Graduate School of Business and the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas.

The website (IndiaInnovates.in) allows innovators in India to submit their innovations and expression of interest. The aim of India Innovation Growth Programme is to accelerate innovative Indian technologies into the global markets.

The minister, this time, however announced a different website from this one and it would be interesting to how the newly announced website and government’s plan is different from what is already existing one and all it requires is little push and efficacy.

“We propose to double the number of Common Service Centres that number 126,000,” the minister said in yesterday’s

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“There is a plan to convert the existing 125,000 post offices across the country into common service centres,” he said.

“Frugal innovation along with government support will result in the turning of India,” he added.

The purpose of the CSC project is to provide much-needed information and services to under served Indians in rural areas.

Speaking earlier at the event, senior vice-president of Intel Corporation Gregory R. Pearson said: “The Intel mission is to use the power of Moore’s Law to bring smart connected devices to every person on earth.”

“Besides the democratisation brought on by digital, now it has also become affordable,” he added.

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