Pandit Deendayal Memorial Lecture

Pandit Deendayal Memorial Lecture 2016

26th September 2016


Dr. Anil. K. Gupta

Founder, Honey Bee Network & Professor-IIM Ahmedabad


Connecting Communities & Corporations: Can We Learn from Grassroots Innovators?

On 26th September 2016, on the occasion of Pandit Deendayal Memorial Lecture 2016, PDPU welcomed Padma Shri Dr. Anil Kumar Gupta; Renowned expert in grassroots innovation; Founder of Honey Bee Network and Professor at IIM Ahemdabad. Dr. Gupta recently released his new book " Grassroots innovation: Minds on the margin are not marginal minds". Through his book he portrays the importance of grassroots innovators and need for such innovation to solve small problems leading to solution for much larger ones.

PDPU was named in remembrance of Pandit Deendayal Upadhayay who was a beacon of selfless service and an excellent organiser. From his life, everyone could learn how an individual completely devoted himself to the well-being of the nation and the service of the poor. He shed light on various aspects of philosophy of life including sensitivity towards human beings and society. He welcomed modern technology but wanted it to be adapted to suit Indian requirements. He believed in a constructive approach and spoke of a "national sector", a sort of public-private partnership that would facilitate self-employment and individual entrepreneurship. Many distinguished guests with similar philosophies of life have come to PDPU to share their ideas and believes; Inspiring children of the 21st century to aim higher and work even harder to achieve their goals.

Dr. Gupta continuing on the same ground of the previous many speakers shared his knowledge and experience and talking about the sequence in which people should look at each other where Vyakti and Vichar are followed by Vyavhar and Sanskar. Looking back at the lecture, he rightly points that the final year students doing their projects around the nation are the ones to be looked out for original ideas and are important for innovation. He asked the students to not adjust to the problems of their day to day life but to fight it in a manner that the solution found by them can be used by many others who are becoming, by accepting their problems a part of the same problem which in turn makes it difficult to solve.

He quoted examples such as DBDB (Dil Bada Dimag Bada) and Tesla Motors for sharing its intellectual property rights and patents with competitors and the world, so that people come forward with new innovative products helping all of us solve the inherent threat that the burning of fossil fuel based mode of transportation presents, as Global Warming. He believes that such sharing of knowledge and acceptance of knowledge from other industries will help cross functional industries to find innovative solutions for grassroots problems.

He conveyed that, leaders are born when people follow the ideas, knowledge and philosophy of someone who they think is right and could lead them to a prosperous future, but then if ideas are not shared, knowledge is not spread, it will not be possible for someone to become a leader and finally he wanted everyone to know that feedback is critical and should be used in a constructive way; essential to collective growth of human beings as a race.

He has inspired numerous students in the past through his teachings in classroom with late Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, former president of India and workshops on grassroots innovation and through his memorial lecture also he has inspired many students towards putting their mind in creating frugal solutions which are not only affordable by the masses but also which does not harm the mother earth.

He closed the session by asking the students showing his willingness to co-operate on providing a stage for students with PDPU who can think in a way that he has described and find the grassroots innovators that India and the world needs by challenging everyone and assuring rewards for the same.