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Launches 54 College Institutional Innovation Councils, with J&K being the first to implement all components of NEP-2020

JAMMU: Principal Secretary, Higher Education and Information, Rohit Kansal, today chaired the inaugural event for the launch of Institutional Innovation Councils (IICs) in 54 J&K degree government colleges at Padma Shri Padma Sachdev, Government College PG for women, Gandhi Nagar. The event, organized by the Department of Higher Education in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE), aimed to establish an ecosystem of innovations and start-ups in line with the orientations of the National Policy of education 2020.

Addressing the inaugural function, Kansal said it is a matter of pride that J&K is among the first in the country to implement all components of the National Education Policy 2020. “We are probably the first in the country to implement not one but all of the components of NEP 2020. All of our GDCs have now established Institutional Innovation Centers (IICs) – 54 accredited GDCs have implemented IICs in their colleges, the remaining 88 colleges will act as the spokes of these IICs and will benefit from all the activities carried out in these 54 colleges,” affirmed the principal secretary. He said the 142 GDCs are now the beneficiaries of an innovation ecosystem and will benefit from and be supported by the Ministry of National Education’s innovation ecosystem. “As an innovation ecosystem, we are now connected to the GoI innovation ecosystem,” he added.

He added that the newly launched IICs would help promote creativity and innovations and support the incubation of new ideas. “They will also serve as a catalyst for students to innovate and refine the ideas they already have,” he said.

Kansal also pointed to improving the quality of education offered in colleges and the need for accountability among faculty. He also stressed that the focus should be on integrated skills programs that were relevant, job-oriented and affordable to create adequate employment opportunities for graduate students. He also announced that as part of the quality improvement initiative, a new faculty development policy has been formulated. Faculty members of government university colleges would not only benefit from capacity building opportunities in various institutions in India but also abroad

The Vice Chancellor, Cluster University of Jammu, Dr. Bechan Lal, HED Special Secretary, Rakesh Badyal, Principal of J&K Colleges, Dr. Yasmeen Ashai and other officers were also present on the occasion.

The Vice Chancellor of Cluster University of Jammu, Prof. Bechan Lal, who was the guest of honor on the occasion, underscored the need to foster innovation which will be instrumental in building and streamlining the startup ecosystem at the institutional level. The Special Secretary of the Department of Higher Education spoke about the Institutional Innovation Council and JKHED’s innovation initiatives. He said that CIIs will foster innovation in institutions through innumerable modes leading to an ecosystem of innovation in educational institutions. It has emphasized periodic workshops, seminars, trainings, interactions with entrepreneurs, investors, professionals and guides and accompanies budding entrepreneurs.

Earlier, Principal Padma Shri Padma Sachdev, Government PG College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, Professor Minu Mahajan pointed out that initiatives like these will encourage, inspire and nurture young minds and help turn their ideas into prototypes.

Deputy Director of Innovation, Ministry of Education, Government of India, Dipan Sahu, who joined via virtual mode, said the innovation initiatives will help create a vibrant innovation ecosystem and lead to support mechanisms for entrepreneurship in higher education institutions which, in turn, will help in the search for ideas. and pre-incubation.

The inaugural session was followed by a detailed technical session. The technical session was led by Prof. Manish Arora, BHU, Prof. Rohit Sharma, Punjab University, Prof. Lalit Kumar, Hindu College, University of Delhi, Salva Rani, Innovation Officer, Ministry of Education, Innovation Cell. The session was chaired by Dr. Yasmeen Ashai, Director of Colleges, Department of Higher Education, UT of J&K. Closing remarks were delivered by Dr. Sarabjeet Singh, Department of Higher Education. The program ended with a vote of thanks from Dr SP Saraswat, Nodal Principal, Jammu division.

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