Innovation Hub

Innovation Hub

What is an Innovation Hub?

An Innovation Hub is place which provides facilities to nurture new ideas and help develop inquisitive perspective in youths of today. The Innovation hubs created by National Council of Science Museums engage youth in innovative and creative activities. These hubs serve as springboards for new ideas and innovation and thus helping the society and economy to face future challenges and meet rising aspirations of the growing population. Specifically, embedding such creative pedagogies in science education through Innovation ‘Hubs’ would have potential to retain talent in modern science.

Facilities at the Innovation Hubs:

  1. Discovery Hall:This area will have 10 to 15 interactive science exhibits/experiments to create excitement about science through exploration and discovery of underlying principles. This will help promote logical thinking.
  2. Innovation Resource Centre and Hall of Fame: This space will be used to showcase innovative ideas/products/implements that have transformed our world or have made significant impact on the way we conduct our lives along with respective inventors & innovators. Stories or inspirations behind such innovations/inventions will also be mentioned through appropriate modes. Besides these, implements/ samples of appropriate technology and traditional knowledge systems, art and craft and other areas of importance in public life in the respective regions shall be exhibited.
  3. Idea Lab: This lab will have necessary basic facilities to pursue creative and innovative hobbies/activities that involve model making, basic science experimentation, design & fabrication of useful gadgets of practical use, teaching/learning kits or aids for better classroom transactions, testing of samples like soil, water, food items etc.
    1. Thod Phod Jod (Break & Remake) Corner: Students learn to do things with their own hands, dismantle, reassemble and remake devices/gadgets.
    2. Kabad Se Jugad (Build from scraps): Students learn more by doing things practically using day to day scrap.
    3. Idea Box:Students generate their own innovative ideas and create an idea bank. The best ideas are chosen for experimentation/model making/project work.
  4. Design Studio: This area will offer creative environment to design of various objects products etc.


List of Innovation Hubs:

  1. Innovation Hub at Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, Kolkata

    Birla Industrial & Technological Museum under National Council of Science Museums, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India inaugurated the innovation centric science laboratory ‘Innovation Hub’ on Friday, August 23, 2013. The ‘Innovation Hub’ is a 2000 sq.ft. Science laboratory for high school (classes VI to XII) and College students where they are engaged in creative and innovative activities. The underlying ides is to promote critical thinking and problem solving ability through hands on activity. The broad sections of Innovation Hub are ‘Hall of Fame: Innovators and Inventors’, ‘Innovative Resource Centre’, ‘Innovation Laboratory’ and ‘Tech Lab: Robotics and Microprocessor Programming Facility’. Read More

  2. Innovation Hub at Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum, Bengaluru

    ‘Innovation Hub’- A new Resource Centre and Innovation Hub to encourage innovative activities among students was inaugurated on 5th December 2013 by Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairman & Managing Director, Biocon Limited, Bangalore in the presence of Shri. Ramji Raghavan, Chairman, Agastya International Foundation. The Resource Centre is equipped with multimedia on various topics and the Innovation Hub provides opportunity for students to experiment and develop their ideas in to applications on aspects of science. The Centre is attracting large number of students who are working on different projects in science. 300 students, teachers and general public attended the inaugural programme. Read More

  3. Innovation Hub at National Science Centre, Delhi

    The Innovation hub was inaugurated by Shri Sam Pitroda, Chairman, National Innovation Council in the presence of Shri K K Mittal, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India along with distinguished members of the National Innovation Council on Thursday, the 23rd January, 2014. While delivering the keynote address, Shri Sam Pitroda announced that the National Innovation Council along with the Ministry of Culture and the Planning Commission is working on a scheme to launch 100 such innovation hubs across the country. He suggested that all Science Centres must engage with the local community and must create local ecosystems to own, support and nurture these innovation hubs. Shri Sam Pitroda interacted with students/teachers in the auditorium of the Centre. This facility will provide a unique opportunity for children of various age groups to work at the Centre during the week-ends to develop their ideas on various aspects of Science & Technology. Read More

  4. Innovation Hub at Regional Science Centre, Guwahati

    Regional Science Centre, Guwahati is the fourth Unit in the country under the National Council of Science Museums, to launch an Innovation Hub at the Centre’s premises. This new facility was inaugurated by Ms Sindhushree Khullar, Secretary, Planning Commission, Govt. of India in the presence of Dr. Mridul Hazarika, Vice Chancellor, Gauhati University, Dr. Anil Kr. Goswami, Former Principal Cotton College and Prof. Uddhab Kr. Bharali, Eminent Scientist on 4th February, 2014. Read More

  5. Innovation Hub at the Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai

    Innovation Hub, a new facility, the first-of-its-kind in the western part of India, aimed at supplementing formal school education and seeking new ways to bring innovative science teaching and experiences to students, was inaugurated at the Nehru Science Centre on February 24 by R Gopalakrishnan, member, National Innovation Council and director, Tata Sons. Read More