European Institute for Asian Studies
India: The Innovation Republic
  • Start04:00 PM - Feb 26 2018
  • End06:00 PM - Feb 26 2018
  • Asia Platform, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th floor, 1040 Brussels
  • 02 230 81 22
  • eias@eias.org

 

Programme

 

15:30-16:00

16:00-16:10

Registration

Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

Dr Alexander Spachis, Member of the Advisory Board, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

16:10-16:20

Keynote Remarks

 

H.E. Ms Gaitri Issar Kumar, Ambassador of India to the EU, Belgium and Luxembourg

16:20-17:00

Book Presentation: “The Innovation Republic: Governance Innovations in India Under Narendra Modi”

 

H.E. Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Vice-President, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP); President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

17:00-17:30

 

17:30-18:00

18:00

Discussion

Mr Geoffrey van Orden, Chair, Delegation for Relations with India, European Parliament

Mr. Axel Goethals, CEO, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

Q&A

Networking reception

India: The Innovation Republic

Innovation is the main driver of transformation in the 21st century. Governments, though, are not commonly associated with the creativity, nimbleness and risk-taking ability required to innovate. However, since assuming the office of prime minister of India in May 2014, Narendra Modi has strived hard to introduce the culture of innovation and creativity in governance. This book tells the stories of seventeen important innovations in the systems of governance, some of which make use of breakthrough technology, others involve the creation of new institutions, some involve a restructuring of processes, but all of which bring greater efficiency and effectiveness to the business of government.

The ‘governnovations’ have helped the cause of transparency and accountability, like Government’s e-Market platform; they have enabled smart communication in the form of Mann ki Baat; there are institutional innovations like NITI Aayog and Invest India; an innovation like the Dalit VC fund is about social responsibility; some celebrate Indian culture while projecting Indian soft power, like the International Yoga Day; most of all, there are several which have contributed to easing the life of the average Indian—whether BHIM or Unnat Jyoti or Railway Twitter Sewa—which ought to be the aspiration and goal of every government.

Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe is the Vice-President of the BJP, the ruling party in the Indian Government. He is a member of the upper house of parliament and recently appointed the President of The Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Additionally, he heads the Public Policy Research Center and the Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini, Asia’s only training and research academy working for the capacity enhancement of elected representatives, their support staff, voluntary social workers and non-teaching staff of educational institutions.


In his latest book “The Innovation Republic: Governance Innovations in India under Narendra Modi”, BJP Vice-President Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe argues that, since assuming the office of Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has strived hard to introduce the culture of innovation and creativity in governance.

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