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 - 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. Anil Wali


An IIT Delhi Doctorate who has years of experience in specialty chemicals and clean processes. He has several proprietary reports, patents and publications to his credit. Anil Wali has worked in chemical industry for 19 years ...

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. Sumanth C Raman


Dr.Sumanth Raman is a Medical Professional who has been active in the field of Healthcare IT for over 20 years. He currently serves as a domain consultant with a leading IT company. He has earlier been head of healthcare Innovation...

Chandan Potukuchi


Chandan has over 15 years of experience in building enterprise cloud products and services. During these years he has assumed various roles and functions across Product Development, Custom Development, Software Delivery Services, Process Engineering...

Cmde. R B Verma(Retd)


Cmde. R B Verma(Retd)  is a graduate from IIT, Kharagpur.  He joined Indian Navy on completion of degree.  He did his Post Graduation from University College, London.  During his thirty one years tenure in the Navy, he was head of Submarine Design for...

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 ...

Kartik Desai


Kartik is Executive Director 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 ...

Dr. Priyanka Sarkar


Dr. Priyanka Sarkar (Vice President(Programs and Policy affairs), ICFA) is a Doctorate in Bio Sciences in fromLaboratory of Algal Biotechnology, Department of Bioscience, Barkatullah University, Bhopal. ...

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 ...

Arun Venkatesan


Arun Venkatesan(CTO, Villgro) has over 15 years of experience in materials R&D, device development and forward integration of technology into tangible, marketable entities.He has worked for various small-scale and start-up...

Breaking Barriers

Zubin Sharma

Speaker on 'Breaking Barriers'

Founder and CEO, Project Potential
Zubin Sharma is a graduate of political economy from the University of Pennsylvania. He has spent most of his time learning about social entrepreneurship and building community development activities in rural India. In 2012, ...

Mr. Amol Arora

Speaker on 'Breaking Barriers'

Vice Chairman – SHEMROCK Preschools
Managing Director – SHEMFORD Futuristic Schools
(BE (Delhi University), MBA (University of California), PG Researcher at University of Nottingham, UK) A visionary with a multi-dimensional personality, he has strengthened the SHEMROCK brand...


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