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Ministry of Human Resource Development
28-December, 2017 15:59 IST

Assessment of Innovation Programmes

In order to make India an innovation driven economy, NITI Aayog, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) together launched a mega initiative “India Innovation Index” that will rank States on Innovations through country’s first online innovation index portal that will capture date on innovation from all Indian States on innovation and regularly update it in real time. Improvement in the quality, research and innovation in educational institutions is an on-going endeavour and the Central Government has been making a constant effort in this direction.

The Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) inter alia provides support to State Governments for enhancing research quality, incubation centers, innovation hubs, etc. Till date, an amount of Rs. 12.03 crore has been released to 3 States namely Maharashtra, Nagaland and Tamil Nadu.

Further, the Smart India Hackathon and Smart India Hardware Hackathon have been launched to improve the innovative abilities of the students in the Higher Education Institutions. The Smart India Hackathon has received huge response when it was launched in 2017 and this would be continued as annual event. The projects for promoting research and innovation like the IMPRINT and Uchhatar Avishkar Yojana (UAY) have brought focused attention of the scientific community on the need for promoting innovation. The Start up India initiative of the Government has also put in place a mechanism for identifying and incubating the innovative ideas.

The Government is also promoting research parks (RPs) and technology business incubators (TBIs) which would nurture and promote the innovative ideas till they become commercial ventures. To complement the renewed focus of the Government on developing indigenous Research and Development capabilities, boosting manufacturing and creating a successful startup culture in the country, five new Research Parks at IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Hyderabad, and IISc Bangalore at a total cost of Rs.75.00 crore each have been approved by the Government. Approval has also been accorded for continued financial support for two already approved Research Parks at IIT Bombay and IIT Kharagpur at a cost of Rs.100 crore each. The Research Park at IIT Gandhinagar at a total cost of Rs.90 crore is being funded by the Department of Science & Technology. In addition to this, the Research Park at IIT Madras is fully functional.

This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Satyapal Singh today in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question.



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NITI Aayog
24-May, 2018 12:10 IST
Sushant Singh Rajput to promote two major initiatives of NITI Aayog

NITI Aayog and Sushant Singh Rajput have decided to collaborate towards promoting two major initiatives of NITI Aayog, promotion of BHIM and the Women Entrepreneurship Platform.

As part of its larger mandate to promote digital payments across the country, the NITI Aayog has been successfully driving the digital payments campaign in India, wherein it collaborates with youth leaders and public figures to promote the cashless payment systems across the country.

NITI Aayog continues to bring disruption within the industrial space with the establishment of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP), which was launched earlier this year with a mission to establish a vibrant, enabling ecosystem for women entrepreneurs across India.

It is to promote these efforts that Shri Rajput would be entering into an agreement with NITI Aayog.

The agreement would be signed by Shri Rajput with Ms Anna Roy, Adviser, NITI Aayog in the presence of Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog.





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25-May, 2018 14:39 IST
NITI Aayog signs on Sushant Singh Rajput to promote the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP)

Actor turned entrepreneur to support NITI’s initiative for women entrepreneurs, to fund women-led startups; encourage use of BHIM
NITI Aayog today announced the signing of a Statement of Intent (SoI) with noted media personality and entrepreneur Shri Sushant Singh Rajput, to collaborate and support NITI’s flagship initiative, the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP).

The agreement was signed in the presence of Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog by Ms Anna Roy, Adviser (Industry), NITI Aayog and Shri Sushant Singh Rajput.

“NITI Aayog has always emphasised the importance of reaching out to the youth and inviting them to engage with the various policies of the government. Sushant Singh Rajput, through his work and as a youth icon, embodies the energetic and spirited masses shaping the country’s growth narrative today. As brand ambassador of WEP, which already includes over a 1,000 women entrepreneurs, this partnership will further drive our mission to establish a vibrant, enabling entrepreneurial ecosystem for the women of the country”, said Shri Amitabh Kant, highlighting the importance of including young role-models in popularizing government initiatives.

Commenting on his association with NITI Aayog, Shri Sushant Singh Rajput said, “I am honored to be associated with NITI Aayog and be a part of India’s transformative journey. NITI Aayog is doing incredible work by empowering thousands of women in our country through the Women Entrepreneurship Platform and revolutionizing the cashless economy by introducing a simple digital payments app - BHIM. As a brand ambassador, it gives me an opportunity to drive the Digital India movement and support women entrepreneurs in India.”

Shri Rajput will also be promoting NITI Aayog’s digital payments campaign which looks towards transforming India into a less-cash economy. The actor will endorse the Women Entrepreneurship Platform and encourage use of Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) application by appearing in various video, print and social media campaigns of NITI Aayog.

He would also be supporting NITI Aayog in promoting the Women Transforming India Awards 2018, the theme for which is ‘Women and Entrepreneurship’ and whose nominations are currently ongoing.

With a collective vision of empowering people and communities, this partnership will see NITI Aayog and Sushant Singh Rajput work together to emphasize the Government’s commitment towards building an inclusive, digitally-empowered, entrepreneurial India.

Shri Sushant Singh Rajput and Shri Varun Mathur, through their recently launched company Innsaei Ventures, shall be setting aside a corpus of Rs. 20 crore, which shall be invested in start-ups established by women entrepreneurs.

NITI Aayog’s Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) was launched on March 8, 2018 on the occasion of the International Women’s Day. The initiative is aimed at building an ecosystem for women across India to realize their entrepreneurial aspirations, scale-up innovative initiatives and chalk-out sustainable, long-term strategies for their businesses. It aims to power a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem through an enabling network of industry collaborations, partnerships, mentors and peer-to-peer connect.

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