Our Higher Educational institutions have enormous potential to serve as enablers in the Indian innovation and start-up ecosystem said Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, Minister of State for Education while addressing E- Symposium On ‘Building Innovation Ecosystem In Educational Institutes’ organized by the Ministry of Education, DPIIT, AICTE, and Innovation Cell of the Ministry of Education.
The Minister also launched a movie on Smart India Hackathon.
Singh said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shared his vision of building a new and Aatmanirbhar Bharat. “This could be achieved by supportive ecosystem and dedication and efforts of our innovators and entrepreneurs,” he added. He stressed that the India of tomorrow should merge the best of our tradition with the best of the modern global outlook.
Our country has one of the largest higher education systems and the third-largest start-up ecosystem in the world. We strive to be a knowledge-based economy and this is not possible without innovative spirit and entrepreneurship within our educational institutions.Singh further.
The Minister urged the educational institutions in India to shift their mindset and create an environment that supports high-quality research, innovation, and entrepreneurship leading to commercialization and technology transfer.
Rajkumar Ranjan Singh also congratulated the 75 start-ups who were identified by the Ministry of Education as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebration. These 75 start-ups of students and faculty have developed innovative technologies and have huge potential. The start-ups received funding to support up to Rs 10 lakhs each and moreover mentoring and incubation support will also be provided in collaboration with partner agencies.
K Sanjay Murthy, Secretary, Department of Higher Education said, “In India currently we have 2500 Innovation Cell and an additional 5000 cells will be added in the future.” He informed that 50,000 teachers under the ambassador program are being trained which will bring a huge transformation in the education sector. “This is a culture of innovation and these types of events motivate the youth to come forward and showcase new ideas and capabilities,He added.
Anita Karwal, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy talked about how India’s young minds are focusing more on developing problem-solving skills. She appreciated the huge participation of young girls in such nation and character-building events indicating the success of New Education Policy (NEP) 2020’s vision of equitable education.
Karwal also highlighted the value of innovation and risk-taking skills among young children in order to make them future-ready. Addressing the importance of such initiatives, she stated that, “Our focus must be on developing scientific temperament and logical and critical thinking among children to make them responsible citizens.“
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