Innovation Cell

  • Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India has established an ‘Innovation cell’ with a purpose of developing the culture of Innovation in all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across the country.
  • It has been established at AICTE premises.
  • The primary mandate of Innovation Cell is to encourage young students by exposing them to new ideas and processes resulting in innovative activities in their formative years fostered through Network of Innovation clubs in Higher Educational Institutions.
  • While launching the Innovation Cell the minister of MHRD said : 21st century is century of Innovation, and the Prime Minister of India has called the decade 2010-20 as the ‘Decade of Innovation’.
  • India has already been improving on global stage in terms of Innovation ranking from 86th place, 5 years ago, to 57th place this year.
·         As per Global Innovation Index (GII) of 2018, India has been placed at 57th Rank. ·         GII is an index released by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). ·         The index was started in 2007. ·         GII compare a total of 126 countries in its annual publication.
Four programs to be conducted through MHRD innovation Cell (MIC).
  1. Network of Innovation Clubs (NIC).
  • All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), has mandated all its affiliate institutions to set up innovation clubs to foster ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking in a bid to boost the Make in India initiative,
  • MIC will prescribe basic framework for the structure, formation, structure and smooth running of NICs and will soon share list of different activities which NICs need to undertake for the entire academic year.
  1. Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA).
  • All Higher Education Institutions should have a mechanism to convert research into innovations.
  • In order to boost the Innovation sprits in Higher education Institutions, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India introduced ‘Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA)’ to rank education institutions and universities primarily on innovation related indicators.
  • ARIIA considers all major indicators which are commonly used globally to rank most innovative education institutions/ universities in the world.
  • More than quantity, ARIIA will focus on quality of innovations and will try to measure the real impact created by these innovations nationally and internationally.
  • ARIIA will primarily focus on 5 main parameters Indicators
  • Budget Expenses and Revenue generated through Innovation and entrepreneurship development
  • Facilitating access to advance centers / facilities and entrepreneurial support system.
  • Idea to Entrepreneurship (highest weightage).
  • Development of Innovation Ecosystems Supported through Teaching & Learning.
  • Best innovative solutions Developed In-house for Improving Governance of Your Institution.
  1. Smart India Hackathon (SIH) 2019.
  • Smart India Hackathon 2019 is a platform, provided to students, to solve some of pressing problems we face in our daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem solving.
  • In this new edition, students would have the opportunity to work on challenges faced within the public and private sector organizations, and NGOs in addition to government problems pooled from various union ministries.
  • Smart India Hackathon 2019 would also have 2 sub- component – Software edition (a 36-hour software product development competition) and Hardware edition (a 5 days long hardware product development competition).
  1. National Student Startup Policy (NSSP).
  • This policy is designed for the AICTE approved Institutions in accordance with Govt of India’s “Start-up India” Action plan, that was launched on 16th January 2016.
  • AICTE’s Student Start up policy intends to guide AICTE approved institutions to promote student driven innovations and start-ups.
  • The policy aims at identifying the innovative and entrepreneurial potential of students and transforming them into start-up entrepreneurs.
  • This can be done by developing an ideal entrepreneurial ecosystem and promoting strong inter-institutional partnerships among technical institutions, other ecosystem enablers, different stakeholders, programs, market and society.

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