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MoS of Education, Rajkumar Ranjan Singh. (Photo/ANI)
MoS of Education, Rajkumar Ranjan Singh. (Photo/ANI)

Higher educational institutions will serve as enablers in Indian innovation, start-up ecosystem: MoS Education Ministry

ANI | Updated: Jan 11, 2022 20:02 IST

New Delhi [India], January 11 (ANI): 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' organised by 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.
Singh further said, "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 sprit and entrepreneurship within our educational institutions."
The Minister urged the educational institutions in India to shift their mind-set and create 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 support upto Rs 10 lakhs each and moreover mentoring and incubation support will also be provided in collaboration with partnering 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 huge transformation in education sector. "This is a culture of innovation and these type 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 & critical thinking among children to make them responsible citizens." (ANI)