Pragyan aims to provide clarity to the youth populace by providing a platform for discussion through the Pragyan Youth Summit. And this year will be different with things becoming bigger and better, with the theme of this edition of the summit showcasing ‘India’s Innovation Imperative’.

Pragyan 2017 invites you to join us in this one-of-its-kind student endeavor to take stock of this radical change around us in terms of innovation and provide solutions to accelerate innovative Indian technologies into the global markets.

Panel Discussion 1 - Marching towards the Innovation Economy

India boasts the fastest growing economy in the world achieving a rate of nearly 7.6% and it is only set to hold onto that tag according to projections till 2020. The Government of India declared its vision for 2010-2020 to be the Decade of Innovation and rightly so, notable decisions and efforts have been made to achieve this vision. Even as incredible efforts to sustain innovation are implemented, India continues to lag behind regional countries like China and Singapore when it comes to innovation. Recent developments have helped businesses hit targets in developing innovative products but still are at the receiving end of unhelpful regulation and fragmented policies. Weak linkages between stakeholders coupled with poor infrastructure make the journey towards an innovation driven economy a bumpy one.

Can we still go forward and use terms like ‘future global innovation hub’ and ‘next Silicon Valley’? Or is the portrayed reality skewed and needs heavy tinkering?

Panel Discussion 2 - Inclusive Innovation

Inclusive innovation is defined as any innovation that leads to affordable access of quality goods and services creating livelihood opportunities for the excluded population, primarily at the base of the pyramid, and on a long term sustainable basis with a significant outreach.

A commendable example of inclusive innovation is the recent push towards integrating information technology services with agriculture in remote areas.

Inclusive innovation however, isn’t a perfect process; at least at this point of time. There are a plethora of issues which need to be addressed before its large scale implementation. Policy changes have to be made on a drastic scale to incentivize inclusive innovation. Furthermore, an efficient metric has to be constructed to quantify inclusive innovation.

Is India ready to move forward in the path of Inclusive Innovation? What are the biggest challenges we face for the same?

Speaker - Padma Shri Anil Kumar Gupta

Dr. Anil K Gupta is a professor at the Center for Management in Agriculture, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He is the founder of Honey Bee Network and the president of SRISTI, working with a mission to expand the global as well as local space for innovations at grassroots and college level and ensure recognition of such innovators. Dr. Gupta has been a professor in Center for Management in Agriculture, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad since 1981. He holds the Executive Vice Chair of the National Innovation Foundation. He is also a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. He was awarded Padma Shri in the year 2004 for his contributions to Management education.

Speaker - Shri TSR Subramanian (IAS)

Mr. TSR Subramanian (IAS) is a retired bureaucrat who served as the Cabinet Secretary in the Government of India. As Cabinet Secretary, he took a number of initiatives to modernise and develop the Infrastructure Sector in India, especially in the Power, Telecom and Surface Transport industries. He recently headed a high-powered committee instituted by the Government of India in 2015 to formulate a new National Education Policy. Shri Subramanian studied at Imperial College, London where he obtained his diploma and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. He is also a Director at HCL Enterprise Solutions Ltd. and has been a Senior Advisor in the International Trade Centre in Geneva, a United Nations organization.

Speaker - Dr. Aloknath De

Dr. Aloknath De is Corporate Vice President of Samsung Electronics, S.Korea and Chief Technology Officer of Samsung R and D Institute India (SRI-B). Dr. De has over thirty years of industrial and research experiences including BEL, Nortel (Montreal), Hughes and with ST-Ericsson where he was R and D Director and Country Manager. During 2005-11, he has served as Visiting/Adjunct Professorship with IIT-Roorkee and IIT-Delhi. He holds B.Tech. from IIT, Kharagpur; M.E. from IISc, Bangalore; and Ph.D. from McGill University, Montreal. He is a recipient of ‘Alexander Graham Bell Prize’ in Canada. He has received ‘IETE Memorial Awards’ for distinguished contributions in Electronics and Communications. He also received IDC Insights Award for Innovation in Telecom (2015), Zinnov ‘Intrapreneurship of the Year’ award (2016) and has been considered as one of ‘Most Influential CIO/CTOs of India’.

Our Speakers

Dr Prashant Salwan


Dr Prashant Salwan is permanent faculty of Strategy and International Business at Indian Institute of Management Indore India. He is also Chair Executive Program in Management EPGP. He is an alumnus of London School of Economics ...

Dr. Manish Gupta


Manish Gupta is Vice President at Xerox Corporation and Director of Xerox Research Centre in India. Previously, Manish has served as Managing Director, Technology Division at Goldman Sachs India, and has held various leadership positions with IBM ...

Dr. MJ Khan


MJ Khan is the Chairman of Indian Council of Food and Agriculture(ICFA), a national level platform working on policy and research related to the agriculture sector. Dr. Khan has served in various capacities with the Government of Uttar Pradesh ...

Kartik Desai


Kartik is Principal at Asha Impact, an impact investing and public policy organisation, and VSG Capital Advisors, an advisory firm focused on bringing institutional, HNI and development capital to India. He is also the founder of What’s up Bharat ...

Srikanth Gopalakrishnan


Srikanth Gopalakrishnan is the Vice President for IoT Digital Enterprise Assets. He has worked in multiple domains in the past ranging from Human Capital Management to Banking. He is also a member of the SAP Labs India Managing Board ...

Ajaita Shah


Ajaita Shah is the CEO of Frontier Markets and the President of Frontier Innovations Foundation. Frontier Markets is a rural marketing, sales, and service distribution company providing access to affordable and quality consumer durables ...

Dhimant Parekh


Dhimant Parekh is the founder of TheBetterIndia.com - India's largest impact platform - which uses the power of media to drive large-scale impact. Prior to this, he led two successful startups in the areas of mobile commerce ...

Ajay Shankar


Ajay Shankar has been a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and is a former Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion in the Government of India. He played a crucial role in putting together the stimulus packages at the time ...


 28th Jan 2017