of the National Dairy Research Institute (1981) and
the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad(1984),
Shri Harkesh Mittal has been instrumental in giving
a new vibrancy to promoting the innovation and entrepreneurial
acumen among a wide section of Indian entrepreneurs
ranging from simple rural industries to high end technological
decades long association with the Government has coincided
with the beginning of India's economic liberalization
initiatives. With his untiring efforts and personal
initiative, Shri Mittal has made the innovation and
entrepreneurship programme of Department of Science
& Technology a much sought after programme by the
individual entrepreneurs as well as by the industry
and technological circles - not only in India but among
the industrially advanced countries of the world.
has been instrumental in involving the private sector
- both national and international- in the task of innovation
and entrepreneurship development in India. Companies
like Intel, TCS, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, P&G, The
Economic Times, etc. have now been involved in this
task and quite many of them are making matching contribution
and are bringing world class technology commercialization
knowledge to India.
He was also
the National Programme Director of the UNDP project
on SKILLS which aimed to demonstrate that sustainable
jobs can be created in innovative vocations through
appropriate location specific, need based; competency
linked training interventions using the conventional
as well as on-line systems.
He has been
responsible for establishing networks with international
development institutions like the World Bank and EU
for bringing the global incubation knowledge to the
Indian business incubators. He has worked with UNIDO
for Cluster Development as a National Expert. He has
helped many Governments to set up incubation facilities
and advises them on building up a incubation system.
He was an international expert for UNDP on business
incubation. He has represented India at various international
forums on innovation, entrepreneurship, incubation etc.