Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, launched YUKTI 2.0 (Young India Combating COVID with Knowledge, Technology and Innovation, 2.0) to support ed-tech start-ups revamping higher education using virtual learning. It has been proclaimed as an extension of YUKTI, launched in April 2020 – an MHRD initiative to tally and distinguish ideas relevant in COVID pandemic. Through the initiative, the Ministry will provide the best possible resources and support to help innovations flourish in the higher education sector.
The Ministry is hoping for a thorough revival of innovation and entrepreneurship culture in the country’s higher education system thereby incorporating youth in the nation’s building. The YUKTI portal will cater to students, teachers are researchers belonging to higher education combating the multifaceted challenges posed by COVID-19 in a holistic and comprehensive manner.
Equipped with YUKTI 2.0, the government will be able to look into ideas and formulate new policies conducive to building an innovative ecosystem in the country.
Minister of State of HRD, Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Additional Secretary (Higher Education), Rakesh Ranjan and Chairperson, Anil Sahasrabudhe were also present on the occasion, virtually.
“The database will provide clear picture of the state of the innovation ecosystem of our higher educational institutions. This will also help the government to identify bottlenecks and formulate appropriate policies to strengthen the innovation ecosystem in the country,” commented Pokhriyal.
The Minister hopes YUKTI 2.0 to be a milestone in promoting quality education, including medical and other fields, and encouraging technical solutions amid COVID-19.