The latest Current Science editorial focuses on the innovation challenge in India: What has the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) or the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) done in terms of innovation to benefit the Society? There may not be many examples of an Ashok Jhunjhunwala (IIT, Madras) who wants to take telephony to every village, a tablet computer to every student in a village, take technology to benefit rural India or a KPJ Reddy (IISc) whose shock wave tube (Reddy Tube) seems to have a million applications: artificial insemination gun, tissue softening in tumours, growth of stem cells, dispersal of quantum dots, dust from moon surface for spectral analysis and many more. But, space, defense, transportation, power sector and almost every technology initiative of the government has involved experts from these institutions. Besides, their contribution to human resource development in the country is incredible. This editorial is not about defending institutions of higher learning in India, but the innovation challenge required to take this country forward.
Innovation, which way?