Vadodara Innovation Council

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Type: Extension of National Innovation Council, Govt. of India
Established: May-2011
Address: Vadodara, Gujarat, India
Chairman Emeritus: Dr Madhu Mehta [1]
President: Jagdish Shukla
Vice President: Dr Chaitanya S Buch
Vice President: Paresh Parekh
Secretary: Vikas Chawda
Treasurer: Kalpesh G Shah
NInC Website:
VIC Website:

Vadodara Innovation Council (VIC) is the first city-based Innovation Council in India, associated with National Innovation Council. National Innovation Council was founded by internationally respected development thinker and policy maker Sam Pitroda.[2] He had also served an Adviser to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations and Chairman of National Knowledge Commission. Vadodara Innovation Council started functioning in May-2011 under the leadership of technocrat Dr. Madhu Mehta.[3] VIC is aimed “To build Innovative, Curious and Questioning Society in Vadodara region”.

Because of conducting innovation workshop of 10,000 school students in a short span of 8 months, it got commendable recognition at national level. The model is to be replicated in 1,000 cities of India.[4][5] In its first phase 31 schools including 11 municipal (government) schools were covered. The theme was 'Promoting Innovation Consciousness', conducted in English as well as in Gujarati.[6]

Vadodara as an Innovative city[edit]

On June 16, 2013, Sam Pitroda has launched the vision and initiative to make 'Vadodara as an Innovative city', the first-of-its-kind in India.[7]

Tod Fod Jod Centre[edit]

It has started 'Tod Fod Jod Centre' (TFJC) for school students, being the second such initiative in India after Delhi. It's very unique initiative, where students Open the device, understand the different parts, its working principles, scientific & engineering concepts behind it and then assemble it. In its first phase, the students experimented with Ceiling fan, Computer, Clock, Bicycle and Telephone.[8][9][10]

Promoting Innovative Projects in Colleges[edit]

It has also taken a new initiative to promote Engineering, MBA, Science, Pharmacy students to opt for Innovative projects as a part of their curriculum instead of conventional projects.

Schedule of VIC[edit]

The group of coordinators with volunteers have review meeting at 10.00 am on preferably 2nd Sundays of a month at Baroda High School, Alkapuri, Vadodara. They do have regular group level and committee level gatherings to execute the road map.

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