Innovation drives technology and technology in turn drives a nation. With innovation in technology a nation can grow and prosper. This is true when we look at most of the powerful, technological advanced countries like America, Japan, and Germany. For any nation to become a global superpower, scientific knowledge and innovative capacity is of the utmost importance.
If a nation wants to become an economic global superpower it must enrich itself with scientific knowledge and innovative capacity. Only when a nation exudes scientific knowledge and innovative capacity has it truly fulfilled the goal of entering the ranks of those elite, powerful and technologically advanced countries.
When we say Germany, we think of cars; when we say America, we think of computing; and when we hear Japan, we think of speedy trains. Each technologically advanced nation has over the years has excelled in one or more specific areas of scientific research and endeavored, which allows for the full exploitation its R&D potential.
India as a nation has a history of a glorious and innovative past. In our mythology, we have a knowledge bank of scientific thoughts related to flying machines, medicinal science and even genetic advancements. However, the current state of scientific and technological affairs is quite grim in India. India has failed to exploit its historical and scientific know-how to its fullest, and that has hampered the growth of the country in terms of its technological advancements.
With the Make in India campaign, the Indian government accelerated an initiative to encourage global industries to use national resources and develop their manufacturing units in India. This has been aided with assurances of quick environmental and legislative clearances, and the availability of abundant skilled labor in India.
It is beyond doubt that Make in India will open up various employment avenues and lead to financial growth, but the question arises whether this will result in India becoming a global power?
Currently, in the global economy, 80% of the value of any organization lies in its Intellectual Property assets. The debate now beginning in India is whether with the “Make in India” program the country is focusing only on the remaining 20% (i.e., product manufacturing and related assets)?
Make in India suggests that India is not empowering the nation to invent more or further but only to serve as a third wheel for other technological giants. We should also empower our nation to inculcate a vivid imagination, which will let people think out of the box and subsequently work on creating awareness on how to commercialize such ideas.
Our leaders interacted with top global companies and discussed their vision regarding the Make in India campaign of giving invitation to make in India; however, no efforts were targeted to develop innovative power houses in India through tie-ups with world’s best universities.
India is presently spending less than one percent of its GDP on R&D. Industrial development comes at the cost of environmental and health hazards, which is evident from the fact that many industrial countries have the most polluted air quality in the world.
India is a country where most of the geniuses look for administrative jobs, but we should be channeling genius towards the R&D sector, which is only possible with an Invent in India campaign.
The challenges that India faces in terms of energy needs, agriculture and health sector can be addressed and solved more efficiently, if we encourage a scientific approach to education, electricity and power generation. Developing new technologies can lead to a more holistic socio-economic growth with a worldwide presence and technological demand, where we can even license our technologies to the world.
Why a message like Invent in India is really needed can also be sensed by analyzing the intellectual property position of India. Intellectual property assets of a country are a reliable indicator of the global position of the nation on the technological front. If we look at the total patents being published in different countries in 2016, it is clear that China leads with more than 2.1 million patent publications, followed by the US (see below map). India is still way behind with only 29 thousand patent publications in 2016. This clearly shows a lack on inventive approach in India.
With Invent in India we could have launched a new flight towards a scientific society. The grass-root intelligence of India would have got an opportunity to shine and also the elite mind could foresee a future as scientists, physicists, Intellectual Property heads etc.
Though Make in India provides the clauses for the upliftment of intellectual property, however the tag-line does not reflect that thought of IP empowerment explicitly. We should also contemplate on the fact that in India, where no strict patent infringement and litigation scenario is followed, most of the industries thrive on selling duplicated products in the market, which lends a serious setback to IP upliftment.
The Parliament of India is yet to set a benchmark where stringent IP laws are enacted and followed. Such cases will suffuse the IP assets of an organization with more value and help in the overall IP development of India.
The major advantages of choosing Invent in India as a branding line would be the following:
- Positioning India globally in the revered Intellectual Property world.
- Awareness in India about the benefits associated financially, socially and individually by inventing new technologies.
- Paving way for new avenues of educational system encouraging open thinking.
- Attracting the enthusiastic youth of India to bring a change with their skills for the nation.
- A scientific future for the country ultimately resulting in coherent development.