President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday inaugurated the Festival of Innovations at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The week-long festival is being organised by Rashtrapati Bhavanin collaboration with the National Innovation Foundation. A total of 65 grassroots innovations will be part of the festival.
The highlights of the this year's festival are anti-molestation device worn on wrist, alert switch in bus and auto rickshaw for the safety of women, posture correcting chair, rain water syringe for water conservation, simple flushing mechanism for public urinals, foot operated page turning device for differently abled, height adjustable wash basin, portable antibiotic finder that helps determine sensitivity to bacterial pathogens in cases of urinary tract infections among others.
The festival will witness a number of exhibitions, roundtable discussions on different topics related to innovations with national and international participation, a talk by Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, an award for Gandhian Young Technological Innovation, Visitor's Awards to Central Universities, including in the field of innovation, a meeting of Innovation Clubs set up in institutions of higher education across the country, a workshop for children and a hackathon to develop applications useful to society among others.