New Delhi, Sept 11: Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Wednesday said that youngsters need to be in the forefront of innovative movement and country's higher education institutes need to play a key role and emerge as centers of excellence in producing global quality research and innovation.
The HRD Minister added that as India aspires to be 5 trillion-dollar economy by 2024, the country needs to emerge as global innovation, entrepreneurship and startup hub.
The Minister said this while attending the first annual Innovation Festival of the MHRD’s Innovation Cell (MIC). MIC organised the first Annual Innovation Festival in coordination with AICTE.
During this festival, Innovation cell showcased more than 70 top students’ innovations from across the nation.
HRD MoS Sanjay Dhotre was also present on the occasion.
The HRD Minister also launched the Smart India Hackathon 2020, Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) 2020, and Institution’s Innovation Council 2.0.
The event also witnessed the release of the Start-Up Policy Document and SIH Report, launch of Technical Teachers’ Training Module, ATAL Academies, Protsahan Mudra Scheme, Vishwakarma Award and the Vice Chancellor’s Meet on the Student Induction Programme, which has bridged the gap between students and teachers through creatively designed programs that have unveiled the best potential of a student outside of the book curriculum.
Mr Pokhriyal said that the MHRD, last year initiated the separate Innovation cell with support from AICTE to foster a culture of innovation in all educational institutions of India.
Mr Pokhriyal further said that MHRD’s Innovation Cell with the support of AICTE has undertaken multiple initiatives to ensure that innovation becomes the primary fulcrum of our technical education.
He added that AICTE in its endeavor to bring quality revolution in the standard of technical education of India has undertaken a plethora of activities which includes various schemes, policies, programs and regulations that have evolved to shape the educational domain of India as the ultimate in every sphere and has come forward as emerging giants of global technological warriors.
Mr Dhotre said that MHRD has also come up with National Start-up policy framework for students and faculty members who are keen to become entrepreneurs.
He appealed to MIC and AICTE to work actively with education departments of all state governments to ensure that this Start-up policy is implemented in all major educational institutions and a regular feedback mechanism should be established to understand emerging challenges and steps should be taken to ensure that a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem is developed in educational institutions.
Higher Education Secretary R Subrahmanyam, Madhu Rajan Kumar, Joint Secretary, AICTE Chairman Anil Sahsrabuddhe, UGC Chairman Professor DP Singh addressed the gathering with their valuable inputs on enhancing the quality of education in India.
The event saw the participation of the Vice Chancellors of Central, State and Private Universities, Directors and Faculty of Institutions and research organisations. (UNI)