19 — 21 March 2013 the PAST Centre has conducted the «Indian Culture and Science Days»: lectures, seminars and open discussions about technological developments in India.

Workshop ‘Innovation Development: India’s Experience’. India is a country blessed with a stable growing economy, immense domestic market and skilled workforce. Also, advances were made in information technology, biotechnology, space industry and power industry. These achievements bode well for cooperation in business, science and education. How can Russia and India forge new relationships and enhance existing ones? What innovation processes may underlie further cooperation? What programs and agreements lay the groundwork for the efforts? The workshop addressed these and many other issues.

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Rama Swami Bansal, Counselor (Science and Technology), Embassy of India in the Russian Federation;
  • Prof. Anil Gupta, Indian Institute of Management, founder of Honey Bee Network, (a grassroot network), co-chair of the National Innovation Foundation;
  • Prof. Malyarov, Chief Scientific Officer, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences;

Roundtable discussions ‘Student Organizations in International Innovations. India and Russia’. Honey Bee Network is a volunteer network spread across many countries which engages students who wish to help search, document and promote innovations in addition to their academic studies. How do Indian students participate in the national innovation process? How is the international cooperation between students and student organizations organized? How can Tomsk students, who wish to get internationally recognized skills in addition to their degrees, get involved in the efforts? The roundtable discussion addressed these and many other issues.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Prof. Anil Gupta, Indian Institute of Management, founder of a grassroot network Honey Bee Network, co-chair of the National Innovation Foundation.

Roundtable discussions ‘Cooperation Between Russian and Indian Businesses in Innovations’. How do we enter Indian markets? How do we find partners and make deals with Indian businesses? What are export and import rules for technology-based products? Are there any structures and international programs facilitating the process? The roundtable discussion ‘Possible Cooperation between Russian and Indian Businesses in Innovations’ addressed these and many other issues.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Dr. Sunder, CEO, Bangalore Integrated System Solutions (P) Ltd;
  • Dr. Kornaukhova, Deputy Director, Russian-Indian Science and Technology Centre

Public lecture ‘Grassroot Innovation: India’s Experience’. Innovations in everyday life or innovations in gadget industry – which can do more to pursue sustainable development in the world where millions suffer from limited access to health services, safe drinking water, malnutrition and energy deficit? How do we recognize, encourage and reward grassroot innovations at the global, national and local levels? How can we combine the cutting-edge advances in formal and informal sciences? What is the impact on modern science and education? What role do universities play in the inclusive economy? Prof. Anil Gupta, grassroot innovation enthusiast, founder of the international grassroot innovation network Honey Bee Network, addresses these and many other issues in his lecture.