Pointing to the example of Japan which had created a big industry out of translating technical literature into Japanese, the Vice-Chancellor called for a similar exercise to make available scientific knowledge in Tamil. He sought support from organisations such as the MMA for translation projects on these lines for the benefit of Tamil students.
In his key-note address, L. R. Natarajan, vice-president Titan Industries (Jewellery), said innovation was not a one-off process but a culture inculcated within an organisation. For innovation to become organisational culture, innovation had to be top-driven, based on trust and transparency, fear of failure had to be removed and a rewards and recognition system put in place for employees, he said.
R. Raghuttama Rao, MMA president, said innovation was not always driven by profit or technology; it was also about challenging convention, achieving scale at frugal cost and inducing behavioural change in people.
G. Gangi Reddy, managing director, TBI, University of Madras and R. Vijayakumar, MMA executive director spoke.
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