Higher education institutions will act as facilitators in Indian innovation, start-up ecosystem: MoS Ministry of Education – Times of India

NEW DELHI: State Minister for Education Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, speaking at the e-Symposium on ‘Building Innovative Ecosystems in Educational Institutions’ organized by the Ministry of Education, DPIIT and AICE Innovation Cell of the Ministry of Education.

The Minister also launched a movie about Smart India Hackathon.

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Singh said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared his vision of building a new and self-reliant India. “This can be achieved through the supportive ecosystem and the dedication and efforts of our inventors and entrepreneurs,” he added. He emphasized that tomorrow’s India should be integrated with the best modern worldview of our heritage.

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“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 in our educational institutions,” Singh said.

The Minister called upon the educational institutions of India to change their mindset and create an environment conducive to high quality research, innovation and entrepreneurship which leads to commercialization and technology transfer.

Prince Ranjan Singh also congratulated 75 start-ups who were identified by the Ministry of Education as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations. Students and teachers have created these 75 start-up innovative technologies and have huge potential. Start-ups have received funding support of up to Rs 10 lakh each and will also provide consulting and incubation support in collaboration with partner organizations.

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“We currently have 2,500 innovation cells in India and will add another 5,000 in the future,” said K Sanjay Murthy, Secretary, Department of Higher Education.

He said 50,000 teachers are being trained under the ambassador program which will bring a huge change in the field of education. “It’s a culture of innovation and such events inspire young people to come forward and showcase new ideas and abilities,” he added.

Anita Karwal, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, talks about how India’s young minds are focusing more on developing problem-solving skills.

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She lauded the huge participation of young girls in such nation-building and character-building events, indicating the success of the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020’s dream of equitable education.

Carvalho also highlights the value of innovation and risk-taking skills in preparing young children for the future. Addressing the importance of such initiatives, he said, “Our focus must be on developing a scientific temperament in children and developing them as responsible citizens on the development of logical and critical thinking.”

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