Dreams to reality - the million rupee question Lack of innovation is not limited to the field of engineering alone. A few years back, we all saw the great Indian epic, “Ramayana” being shown in cartoon network – Indian story, animation engineers from India (Toonz Animation, Technopark, Trivandrum), Indian audience, but Japanese Credits!!! Similarly, it took a British to make a film on Gandhi.
Our younger generation is fed on pokemon, and other cartoon characters, when, in our own mythology we have heroes with same powers of flying, stunt, and penchant for justice enforcement, but nobody to produce them in quality. There is so much risk involved in coming out with something new, they say, but is India not a country with supercharged emotions, where you can find a market for anything irrespective of quality?
During my interactions with many seniors in IT industry, all of them said that Indian companies are far too small to take the risk of making new products. Is that really so? Why can’t Indian MNCs like Infosys and other big shots dedicate, say, 10% of their profits to R & D and research to bring out own products?
We the youth of India should heed the call by the most charismatic of the presidents we ever had, Dr Abdul Kalam, to dream. Because only with dreams we can think of new ideas, many of which may be unrealistic and rebutted initially, but with some effort can be materialized. The Wright brothers were initially ridiculed when they spoke of flying – and remember they started from bicycle workshops.
In my college days we had a marketing competition – where we were to “sell” imaginary products of the future. Such activity should be encouraged, and it is possible to strike really great ideas in such sessions. For projects in the curriculum, engineering students should resolve to implement new ideas rather than copy existing technology. Look around us; think how we can make something new but simple to change/improve the present set up. [I’ve always wished we had a camera that could photograph full 360 degrees, and had even thought out a rough design. ;-)]
Another approach is to look at present technologies and find out cheaper alternatives so as to uplift rural India. The soul of India still lies in its villages, and if we are to become developed, we have to deliver technology to them, at Indian prices affordable to them.
The media, for its part, ought to be more positive in reporting. I am not saying that we ignore the bad things here – we should address them, but it is high time we shake off this tag of ‘land of magicians, beggars and snake charmers’.
Also, instead on being frustrated on being unemployed, one can think about ways to be self-employed. Of course, it does involve a lot of risk and money.
This is an ambitious journey, of which the destination is well defined, but neither the road nor the vehicle is not clear to me at this stage. Maybe we’ve got to build both the road and the vehicle ourselves. I too suffer from the lack of focus common to many of us, have ideas but don’t exactly know how to go about implementing them. Let us KVians brainstorm and redeem our pledge to the nation