President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the “Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE) 2019” and presented the 10th Biennial National Grassroots Innovation Awards in Gandhinagar on Friday.

The President said one has to draw upon the power of innovation to find solutions to India’s concerns in health, education, food security, energy access, environmental protection, and national security. “We have to make all efforts to promote an innovation culture and become an innovation society. This will provide us the best possibility of ensuring that every young Indian will have an opportunity to realise his or her true potential,” he said.

The President pointed out that till 2018, the awards function had been hosted at Rashtrapati Bhavan. “This year it was decided to organise it outside. Earlier people used to come to the Festival, this year the Festival has come to the people,” he said.

“The festival is being organised here for two reasons. Firstly, Gujarat is known as a land of innovation and entrepreneurship. And secondly, this is the year of celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of perhaps the greatest Gujarati of all times, the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi,” Kovind said.

The National Innovation Foundation (NIF), which was established in 2000, with the assistance of Government of India has created a huge database of ideas, innovations and traditional knowledge practices from all over the country. “A reflection of the good work is seen in the fact that three innovators who were incubated by NIF have been selected for the Padma Shri this year.”, Kovind said.

He congratulated all the innovators, scientists, students, teachers, mentors,
policy makers, government officials and members of the public.

This year, NIF had received about 12500 ideas, innovations and traditional Knowledge practices from 428 districts of 34 States and Union Territories. Altogether 59 awards were given away to 64 innovators at 10th National Biennial Award function, including a Lifetime Achievement Award.