Prakash Javadekar, through video conferencing, launched the Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC) programme under Innovation cell of the Ministry of HRD. This cell has been established at AICTE to systematically promote the culture of Innovation in all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in India.
He mentioned that it is an important step in institutionalising innovation and developing higher order thinking skills among students in the country. This will also develop a scientific temperament among them.
Objective of the Cell: “to encourage, inspire and nurture young students by exposing them to new ideas and processes resulting in innovative activities in their formative years.”
- Already more than 1000 Higher Education Institutions have formed IICs in their campuses. They have also enrolled for MHRD’s IIC network that will help them promote innovation through multitudinous ways.
- Universities are the main research centres in most developed countries. Their research takes the nation to top ranks in the global innovation ranking.
- Through the help of the centre’s IIC programme, many Indian Universities have set up research centres.
- The government hopes to get India a good position in the global ranking in the next 2-3 years.
Several other initiatives like the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievement (ARIIA) and Smart India Hackathon (SIH)- 2019 have also been undertaken by the MHRD to pave a path for India in innovation and advance research.