06 Dec 2019 21:51 IST

FORE School to host international meet on frugal innovation

Conference will be a platform for practitioners, policy-makers and academics to engage in dialogue

The Centre for Research and Innovation in Frugal Technology Management (CRIFT) at FORE School of Management, New Delhi is gearing up to host an international conference on December 13 and 14. The two day FORE International Conference on Frugal Approach to Innovation will bring together thought leaders and pioneers in the field from all over the world. It is a first-of-its-kind conference that will showcase India’s strength in the frugal approach to innovation, which is the need of times to come.

Suresh Prabhu, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, will be the Chief Guest at the conference. RC Sharma, President, FORE School of Management, New Delhi is Patron of the conference while Dr Jitendra K. Das, Director, FORE School of Management, is Conference Chair. For this eighth conference in its annual International conference series, the B-school has aligned with several strategic partners, who bring varied strengths to the conference.

CRIFT, the newest Centre of Excellence at FORE School of Management, was set up with the aim of bringing technology institutes in India and abroad closer to industry in a bid to share ideas on frugal innovations. The conference will be another step in that direction as it will create the platform for practitioners, policymakers and academics to engage in a dialogue. Besides the panel discussions, the conference will have two separate tracks for academics and practitioners, which will result in industry applications weighing in on theoretical concepts and ideas.

Dr V Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi; Dr Prashant Jha, Head, Affordable Medical Technologies, School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences, King's College London; Prof. M Balakrishnan, Deputy Director (Strategy & Planning), IIT Delhi; Dr Sumon Kumar Sinha, Founder and President, Sinhatech, US; and Ms Orly Goldschmidt, Head of Public Diplomacy, Embassy of Israel in India, are some of the leading speakers who will share their thoughts and experience at the conference.

Dr Rajnish Tiwari, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Technology and Innovation Management (W-7), Hamburg University of Technology (TU Hamburg), will address the delegates via video-conferencing. The Centre for Frugal Innovation at the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management at his University is the support partner for the conference, along with YuKTI - Yogya Kalakriti ki Taknike at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Srijan Sanchar is the Innovation Partner.

The FICFAI 2019 conference also has renowned academic, knowledge, and industry partners, such as the Centre for Frugal Innovation at Institute for Technology and Innovation Management, Hamburg University of Technology (TU Hamburg), Germany; Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA); The Centre for Research and Interdisciplinary (CRI) Paris, France; The Australasian Frugal Innovation Network (AFIN) Melbourne; Smart Village Movement, Sanshodhan and SunMoksha.

The conference has invited research papers from academics, practitioners, research scholars and students. The selected papers along with posters will put frugal innovation in the spotlight and offer food for thought for all participants. Overall, the conference is expected to promote lively and engaging discussions on the topic of frugal innovation.