|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Jan 16: Higher Education Department and G.C.W. Parade Ground, in collaboration with Gujarat Grassroots Innovation and Augmentation Network (GIAN) launched a three-month long programme on "Innovation, Incubation and Training" - IIT 2021(Shaping the young minds).
GIAN is India's sustainable first technology incubator focused on incubating andcommercializing grassroots innovations, and innovations for grassroots. The objective of this programme is to involve the youth in contributing towards scientific advancement through innovative ideas. The shortlisted innovative ideas/ innovations/ proof of concepts will get opportunity to receive intensive mentoring sessions by GIAN.
The inaugural function of the programme, followed by a day long orientation workshop was held at Convention Centre, Canal Road, Jammu. Talat Parvez Rohella, Commissioner Secretary, Higher Education Department, Government of Jammu and Kashmir was the chief guest on the occasion. Special invitees included Prof. Anil K. Gupta, Founder of Honey Bee Network, SRISTI, NIF & GIAN; Prof. Ashok Aima, Vice Chancellor, Central University of Jammu; Dr. R. Ramanthan, Mission Director, Atal Innovation mission; Dr. Abhay Jere, CIO, MHRD Innovation Cell; Bishwajit Kumar Singh, Administrative Secretary to Government, School Education Department; Patron, Sanjeev Rana, Additional Secretary, HED; Prof. M.Y Peerzada, Director Colleges; Patron, Prof.(Dr.) S.P.Sarswat, Principal, G.C.W. Parade Ground, Jammu; Mr. Dev Kumar, Manager, SIDBI; Dr. Anamika Dey, CEO, GIAN India; Vikrant Rana, Managing Partner, IPP; The national & state awardee Grassroots Innovators & Entrepreneurs-Dharambir Kamboj, ushtaq Ahmad Dar, Rafiq Ahmad, Towseef Ahmad Malik, & student innovators- Juspreet Kour, Lata Motan, & internationally acclaimed child prodigy Onkar Singh.
Principals of various degree colleges of J&K, Innovation Ambassadors, Coordinators, and students from J&K participated in the workshop. Prof. (Dr.) S.P. Sarswat presented the welcome address. Thereafter, Prof. M.Y. Peerzada read out the vision document of Higher Education Department, Government of Jammu and Kashmir. This was then followed by special talks first by Prof. Ashok Aima, Vice Chancellor, Cluster University of Jammu and then by Dr. R. Ramanathan, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission wherein they spoke about the need of engaging young minds for developing entrepreneurial skills. Many of the speakers joined through virtual mode. All the innovators were felicitated by the commissioner secretary HED, and principal GCW, Parade Ground, Jammu. The innovators shared their inspiring journey of the course of their ideation & subsequent creations.