Under the leadership of Governor of J&K, all Vice Chancellors of state and central run universities in Jammu and Kashmir on May 21, 2018 came together at Raj Bhawan, Srinagar to brainstorm and come up with an action oriented plan to trigger student innovation & Start-upmovement in academia in J&K. All India Council for Technical Education(AICTE) has facilitated to conduct this state level policy consultative workshop under the guidance of Governor of J&K.
AICTE has taken lead on Policy Dialogue Series with Governors of Indian States and concern ministries of state governmentsto trigger Student Start-up Movements in academia. So far, positive responses from 13 states have been ascertained and one-to one meetings with governors of eight states already been completed. Among the states, Governors of following states:
- Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra
- Jammu & Kashmir, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh
- Goa, Sikkim, Hiamachal Pradesh
- Tripura, Haryana, Mizoram
Governor N.N. Vohra inaugurated the Policy Consultative Workshop. This Workshop, part of the “National Students Start-Up Policy”, was organized to promote and integrate the efforts being made by various institutions and at various levels in the State to support the Start-Up movements in the State of Jammu & Kashmir.
Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Prof. Sanjay Inamdar, Chairman, AICTE Start-up Policy Implementation Committee, Dr. R K Soni, Hiranmay Mahant, Dipan Sahu from AICTE Student Startup Policy Implementation Unit, Dr. Unnat Pandit, Head, Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, Dr. H.K. Mittal, Member Secretary, National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB),Dr. Ashish Kumar and Divya Shrinivasan as representatives of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion , Union Ministry of Commerce and Industries gave presentations on the Start-Up scenario in the country and a road-map to develop innovation and entrepreneurship culture across the Universities and educational institutions in J&K. Parvez Ahmed, Chairman, J&K Bank Ltd. ,who also participated, presented his suggestions on the role of financial institutions in promoting Start-Ups in the State.
Vice-Chancellors and representatives of 15 institutions including:
- State Higher Education Department
- University of Kashmir, University of Jammu
- SKUAST-K, Central University of Kashmir
- Central University of Jammu
- Cluster University of Jammu
- Cluster University of Srinagar
- Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI)
- Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University
- Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, SKUAST-J, National Institute of Technology Srinagar
- Department of Industry and Commerce
- J&K Bank
Addressing the Workshop, Governor Vohra highlighted the importance of institutions of higher learning to institutionalizing the Start-Up movement in order to harness the creative potential of youth.
Prof. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman AICTE, appreciated the initiative taken by Governor Vohra and shared that this unique leadership effort can bring about a transformative impact in J&K in the foreseeable future. He assured all possible support for the student innovation and entrepreneurship movement in the State taken under the guidance of Governor J&K. Each participating institution committed to various action points which they would pursue to create a culture of student innovation and entrepreneurship in the State.