INDIA: Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad under the support of the Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell, Govt. Of India and AICTE recently hosted the 14th Regional Meet at the EDII campus. The objective of the meeting was to foster an entrepreneurship ecosystem and innovations among students.
The Chief Guest at the event was Dr. Kuberbhai M Dindor, Minister of State, Higher & Technical Education, Govt. of Gujarat and the Guest of Honour was Shri M Nagarajan IAS, Commissioner, Higher Education Department, Govt. of Gujarat.
The other esteemed guests at the event were Mr. Dipan Sahu, Asst. Innovation Director, MoE’s Innovation Cell & AICTE, Govt. of India; Dr. C.S. Verma, CRO, AICTE, Bhopal; Shri Hiranmay Mahanta, CEO, iHub; Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director General, EDII and Dr. Satya Ranjan Acharya, Director, Dept. of Entrepreneurship Education, EDII.
The one-day event saw the participation of more than 400 people from 185 institutions across and around Gujarat and more than 75 startup stalls showcased their innovative startup ideas.
The Meet focused on discussions around the impact of quality HEI participation on the IIC model, policy awareness, and advocacy for the I&E initiatives of MIC and AICTE. Participants were exposed to the YUKTI-National Innovation Repository (NIR), which is a process of innovation repository creation in institutes by identifying, and scouting ideas, innovations, and start-ups from among students, alumni/recent graduates, faculty members, staff, entrepreneurs incubated at the institute.
Greeting the esteemed dignitaries and guests at the event, Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director General, EDII said,
I am glad that we, as a society, have started directing focused efforts toward placing entrepreneurship on the same pedestal as other career options. Today, entrepreneurship is getting its due as a natural career option and students are stepping forth with the choice of opting for entrepreneurship as a career. I am happy that focused efforts are going into strengthening entrepreneurship in Higher Learning Institutions. Their role is critical in deep rooting entrepreneurship, especially among the younger generation.
Chief Guest, Dr. Kuberbhai M Dindor, Minister of State, Higher & Technical Education, Govt. of Gujarat said,
Stating his opinion, Guest of Honour, Shri M Nagarajan IAS, Commissioner, Higher Education Department, Govt. of Gujarat said,
Mr. Dipan Sahu, Asst. Innovation Director, MoE’s Innovation Cell & AICTE, Govt. of India said,
Shri Hiranmay Mahanta, CEO, iHub said, “I witnessed the Policy formulation of Innovations and startups which began in Gujarat and so, standing on this soil, today, gives me great pleasure. The developments in the last 6- 7 years have been phenomenal, and I can say with conviction that Gujarat is leading the startup ecosystem with the best measures and practices in place. While I feel happy at the developments around, I look forward to seeing innovation getting amalgamated into the mainstream education for more creativity and better results”
Dr. C.S. Verma, CRO, AICTE, Bhopal said, “IICs help in linking institutions, academicians, entrepreneurs, and society in a thread so as to bolster the entrepreneurial ecosystem. We, as an enabler, along with executive bodies, try and place focus on innovation and creativity at the grassroots level. A higher incidence of innovation will lead to employment generation which is the need of the hour. “
A roundtable meeting was also organized as a part of the Regional Meet, engaging regional ecosystem enablers. Alongside four technical interaction sessions were organized on topics including, Creating and Sustaining I&E Ecosystem; Visualizing and Developing action plans for I&E Ecosystem in HEIs; Benchmarking, Measuring I&E Ecosystem in HEIs & Impact creation, and IP & Technology Transfer.
Awards were presented to 5 Best Innovation Stalls and Creative Posters.