Friday, March 30, 2012
Surat (Gujarat), brassware cluster in Moradabad (UP) and textile cluster at Tirupur (Tamil Nadu)
The National Innovation Council aims to have around 50 innovation clusters covering the entire country by the end of 2012 to help out the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, chairman Sam Pitroda said on Wednesday. "We plan to finish pilot, learn from it and then take this project to 50 clusters. I would like to see 40-50 clusters doing such innovations by the end of 2012. Ideally, we would want 150 clusters in India to have innovation centre by the end of next year," Pitroda said, giving an update on the Innovation Cluster initiative launched in November 2011. The Indian government has declared 2010-2020 as the "Decade of Innovation". The cluster initiative aims to facilitate creation of ecosystems that will enable generation of new products, services, processes and business models, spurring job creation and inclusive growth. In both developed and developing countries, MSMEs and start-ups are viewed as major engines of growth and employment. In 2010-11, Indian MSMEs represented 45 per cent of manufactured output and 40 per cent of exports. India is estimated to have 5,000 regional MSME clusters that include the gems cluster in Surat (Gujarat), brassware cluster in Moradabad (UP) and textile cluster at Tirupur (Tamil Nadu).
But most Micro Small and Medium Enterprises clusters in India suffer from lack of access to technology, research and development, financing and skills which in turn impact their growth and productivity. National Innovation Council aims to create models for transforming regional MSME clusters into innovation ecosystems with collaborative partnerships among stakeholders. Mr.Samir Mitra, a senior expert at National Innovation Council, said the Cluster Innovation Centers (CICs) acting as networking hubs for innovation ecosystems are being created in eight clusters. In many instances, interactions between industry, research and development, academia and others had happened for the first time within the cluster. The National Innovation Council has partnered with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Ltd (ILFS), Foundation of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Clusters (FMC), Tata Management Training Center (TMTC) and industry lobbies CII and FICCI for the 6-month pilot phase of this initiative which started in November 2011.
Source: CIOL Bureau