SRINAGAR: EDC/NIF Kashmir University and JKEDI jointly organised a ‘One day workshop-cum-boot camp’ for idea pitching at Gandhi Bhawan, University of Kashmir on Monday in which large number of students, entrepreneurs and innovators from valley participated.
An official statement issued here said the objective of the workshop-cum-boot camp was to scout innovative business ideas from students, innovators and entrepreneurs so that the ideas could be incubated as startups and awarded under Startup Initiative of the State of J&K.
The workshop was attended by faculty members, students and officers of the university as well as innovators, entrepreneurs and faculty members of other valley-based institutions and organisations.
VC, KU Prof Talat Ahmad presided over the inaugural function of the workshop while Prof M A Sahaf was the guest of honour.
While delivering presidential address on the occasion, Prof Talat said there is scope to empower local youth through innovative efforts like Startup India. He said Kashmiri youth are highly innovative and very receptive to new initiatives. He assured the organisers of his support for all efforts leading to IPR generation and entrepreneurship growth.
Prof M A Sahaf provided an intuitive lecture of various facets of startup policy. He said that government should tailor the existing policy to suit the local entrepreneurs. He said a startup is based on an innovation and leads to problem solving in the society.
While presenting the introductory remarks at the occasion, Prof G Mohiuddin Bhat, Director Institute of Technology and Advisor EDC signified the importance of technology innovation and IPR with regard to startup initiative.
He said that with the support of National Innovation Foundation, the NIF Cell at University of Kashmir has filed 65 patents in favour of Kashmiri innovators. “The Government of J&K should strengthen the platform of technology innovation and IPR at University of Kashmir,” Prof. Bhat said. He however was critical of the lack of support from the state government for innovation eco-system and IPR facilitation in the state.
An Innovation Exhibition organised in the lawns of Gandhi Bhawan was a special event at the occasion. The Vice Chancellor, other dignitaries later visited the exhibition which was a great source of inspiration for the students and entrepreneurs.
Prof Iqbal Ahmad Hakeem of Business School, University of Kashmir, provided the vote of thanks.