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Kolkata: The Ramon Magsaysay recipient and social entrepreneur Harish Hande on Saturday emphasized on the need to conduct on-field researches instead of publishing them on papers. Hande believes that India’s ability to prove development and sustainable energy solutions can go hand in hand.

“We need to come up with a research culture where research is linked to the field. Today research is linked to paper. Professors are into publishing more papers. How many of your innovations have actually happened on the field? We should be benchmarked on that,” Hande said in an interaction with media persons here.

Recognised for his efforts to put solar power technology in the hands of the poor, Hande, an IIT-Kharagpur alumnus, lamented the gap in tapping into the regional rural banking sector.

“What India has which many developing countries do not have is the fantastic infrastructure of financial institutions in the rural area. Somewhere it will be efficient, somewhere not,” he said on the sidelines of the Innovation 2016 conference here organised by business chamber CII.

Hande highlighted the need to “piggyback” on the RRBs and ITIs (Industrial Training Institutes) to trigger an energy revolution.

About energy, finance and market linkage, the founder of Solar Electric Light Company (SELCO) India stressed on the need for the country to adopt an aggressive stance in international negotiations.

“It is the only country which can create innovations where it can prove development and sustainable energy can go hand in hand without sacrificing each other. India should (rather than being defensive saying the West has been polluting) be aggressive and say we are innovative, we can show how poverty can be removed in a sustainable way,” Hande added. (IANS)

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The NITI Aayog on Wednesday entered into a three-year partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to develop vision and action agenda for the industry to contribute towards sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy Raj Kumar Singh said that business and government must partner for sustainable development of India.

He said that energy, water and a green industry mattered the most to achieve SDGs and expressed confidence that India will achieve its clean energy goals even earlier than 2022.

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During the event, CII launched a report “Indian Solutions for the World to Achieve SDGs”.

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said that given India’s population, the only way to grow and develop sustainably was to use technology to leapfrog.

He said it was crucial to use renewable energy, push for innovation and research and development to find local solutions for seven million-strong population around the world.

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During the event, CII launched a report “Indian Solutions for the World to Achieve SDGs”, which deep-dives into each of the sustainable development goals, targets and business implications, a statement said. (IANS)