Awantipora: The Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) launched in-house perfumes under the brand name “Sehr” here on Tuesday.
According to the statement, the perfumes have been manufactured by the Department of Chemistry students under the project – extraction of essential oils from wild aromatic plants. The funds of Rs. 4 lakh were provided by Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC), IUST for this project.
The exhibition was inaugurated by the Vice-Chancellor Mushtaq A Siddiqi here, it said.
Siddiqi lauded the Department of Chemistry for taking up this initiative and said it will help change the mindset of people from seeking to become an employee to become an employer.
“When an academic entity moves to business, he should be guided by more experienced people so as to set an example for aspiring entrepreneurs as well as earn profits,” he said.
He added that in addition to research and knowledge dissemination, University has a role in entrepreneurship and innovation, for which there is EDC, MHRD project and Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP). “These programmes have created an eco-system in the university, which would shape the young minds towards entrepreneurship in addition to the studies,” he said.
Project Head and Assistant Professor, Manzoor Ahmad Rather, said the idea behind the project was to come up with products that would be affordable to all.