Noted innovator of Assam, Uddhab Bharali emphasised on the need of an institutional setup to carry out innovations while speaking on the occasion of the National Science Day 2018 on Tuesday.
The two-day event is being organized by the Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST), Guwahati in the city.
Addressing young innovators and students of Assam, Bharali said, “One thing that I have noticed among the new generation is their dependence on YouTube, Google. The educators have to trust the students’ brains. For innovation, we need virgin thinking.”
“There is a problem in the education system because there is a huge gap between academics and the everyday dynamics. Also, innovation needs not to be limited to science and engineering. One should have an innovative mind and zeal,” he added.
Bharali noted, “Innovation is the application of common sense of common people. Learning is not the ultimate stage – one has to learn and perform. Without service, learning will be wasted.”
Regarding the goal of science, Bharali said, “Science should be used for the common people.”
Till date, Bharali has innovated over 140 devices which are energy-efficient and low-cost. These devices have created a revolution in the field of agriculture.
Recently, Bharali has undertaken a new mission to help the differently-abled persons by designing different devices that could help them increase their mobility and make day-to-day life easier.
“In the future, I will open up the patents so that it can benefit more people,” he added.
“Although there are so many agencies which could encourage the development of a scientific temperament, we also need a conducive environment for it. For this, the head of the agency should also be motivated towards it,” Bharali told Northeast Now.
Bharali added that despite a number of research institutes and scientists in the region there is a dearth of people-friendly formulas.