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A very well written article on innovation as the need of the hour in the Indian manufacturing sector and how we can commercialize on an innovation. Any economist would agree that without the growth of the manufacturing sector, an economy cannot flourish, and it is doomed to collapse. In the past decade, the Indian economy has witnessed a great boom and mostly due to the IT sector and a strengthening dollar which was a blessing in disguise, due to the high volumes of IT exports by the country. This has led to a booming economic bubble waiting to burst. To correct the course, India needs to do away with bureaucracy and the mystifying red tapism, in order to boost growth in the manufacturing sector. I agree to the statement that the government should act as a facilitator. The steps by the government such as “Make in India” and GST will definitely help to bring in FDIs in the manufacturing sector, by increasing the “ease of doing business” in the country. However, one must keep in mind that the goal should not be to bring in foreign money, but, to encourage domestic manufacturing, in order to increase exports and generate more revenues for the national exchequer. I would like to contradict your point that “jugaad culture” has inhibited the growth and application of engineering, in fact, I believe, it should be the starting point of innovation. If we take a deeper look, a jugaad is nothing but a proof of concept. The next step is the onus of the engineers, to polish the idea and perfect it to be marketable and eventually capitalize on the creation. In fact, most of the products in the market started as jugaad, until someone down the line realized its potential and marketed it. A stumbling block for the Indian manufacturing sector is the Indian mindset which is more of a servicing nature than that of a creating or producing nature. One of the first thoughts that comes to mind of an Indian is “Someone must have already done this” or “This is not my job.”. I believe, that Indians have a great potential of innovation. One of the examples, is the 6-sigma certified process of “Mumbai Dabbawalas” which was developed by need and perfected over years, making it one of the most efficient manual systems ever conceived. The problem does not lie with the lack of innovation, but in the mindset, which I feel, must be changed in the formative years of children, by proper coaching and expanding their horizons. The boost should be at the root and not at the shoot. And finally, I believe no model can be effective for innovation. Innovation needs to be free and modeling tends to bind. So, if you want a creeper to grow in a specified direction - model it, but if you want a plant to find its own path and innovate, then just let it grow. I agree, that innovation is the growing need of the hour for the manufacturing sector and the way to do it is not only with models but by instilling a progressive mindset and just letting the kids (“our future innovators”) and surely our current investors, fly without chains.

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