Ministry of Education (MoE), Govt. of India has established 'MoE's Innovation Cell (MIC)' to systematically foster the culture of Innovation among all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The primary mandate of MIC is to encourage, inspire and nurture young students by supporting them to work with new ideas and transform them into prototypes while they are informative years
MIC has envisioned encouraging creation of 'Institution's Innovation Council (IICs) across selected HEIs. A network of IICs are established to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the Institution through multitudinous modes leading to an innovation promotion ecosystem in the campuses. MIC has established Institution's Innovation Council in more than 2200 Instiutions till November 2020
To create a vibrant local innovation ecosystem
Start-up supporting mechanism in HEIs
Prepare institute for Atal Ranking of institutions on innovation achievements framework
Establish function ecosystem for scouting ideas and pre-incubation of ideas
Develop better cognitive ability among students
To conduct various Innovation, IPR and entrepreneurship-related activities prescribed by MIC in time bound fashion
Identify and reward innovations and share success stories
Organize periodic workshops / seminars / interactions with entrepreneurs, investors, professionals and create a mentor pool for student innovators
Network with peers and national entrepreneurship development organizations
Create an Institution's Innovation portal to highlight innovative projects carried out by institution's faculty and students
Organize Hackathons, idea competition, mini-challenges etc. with the involvement of industries
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Institution Innovation councils at institutes are envisioned an instrumental role to drive innovation and startup ecosystem at campus while connecting with ecosystem enablers at the regional and national levels. For this, the role of faculty being a member of IIC is very important. They play the role of a mentor or guide for young minds in their pursuit of innovation and entrepreneurship and It is equally crucial for mentors to have the adequate and right set of mentoring skills. Considering the fact that Indian HEIs are lacking in innovation and start-up mentor capacity to guide students on IPR, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, Institutions Innovation council of MHRD's Innovation Cell aims to build mentorship capacity of IIC members through a series of training programs exclusively for faculty members and the trained IIC members are designated as "IIC - Innovation Ambassador". IIC-MHRD's Innovation Cell has taken a target to train more than 5000 faculties to develop mentoring skills on the above four themes by end of June 2020, end of IIC Calendar.
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