‘We need more such flagship programs to reach out to people: Director NIT
Srinagar: The Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship Development (IIED) centre of National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar in collaboration with Grassroots Innovations Augmentation Network (GIAN) J&K Thursday held a daylong program at Government Degree College and Government Higher Secondary, Dooru Anantnag.
V2V recently started by NIT Srinagar aiming to connect innovators in remote villages with institutes providing facilitation, mentorship, and exposure. It aims to foster and nurture the culture of innovations.
In his message, Director NIT Srinagar, Prof. Rakesh Sehgal said the unique program was undertaken by the IIED Centre of NIT Srinagar with an objective to find in-situ creative and innovative solutions by involving the local communities, local students, teachers, and traditional knowledge holders.
“The program is aimed at innovative and creative solutions to mitigate and solve ecological, social, and economic problems faced by people at the margins,” he said.
Registrar NIT Srinagar, Prof. Kaiser Bukhari appreciated the initiative taken by IIED Centre. “Hopefully a lot of new such initiatives will be taken for promoting innovations in rural areas by involving local committees,” he said.
Head, Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship Development Centre (IIED), Professor Saad Parvez thanked the participants, especially the local students, innovators, TIED and MBA students, GDC Dooru, faculty members especially Mr. Tawseef Ahmad, faculty of GDC Dooru & Government Higher Secondary School Dooru for their interest in promoting innovation culture in the society.
He said the event is the first organized effort in the direction of sensitization of people to encouraging grass root innovations. Prof. Saad also announced a decision to set up an innovation, incubation center at GDC Dooru that will mentor local innovators and extend their support.
Syed Nadeem and Sabzar Wani of GIAN, J&K highlighted that initiatives like V2V & Shodyatra provides a platform for creative innovations.
They talked about many success stories which have emerged in the region and asked the participants present to be innovative and come forward to do bigger things in life. Both of them gave a detailed account of how GIAN J&K is always ready to encourage young innovators and entrepreneurs in every possible way.
Dr. Sheikh Fayaz Innovation researcher in his special address highlighted the role of IIED Centre NIT Srinagar, GIAN J&K in promoting the talent of the young innovators and said that this has set an atmosphere of creativity in motion among young students.
Budding innovator, Naik Qayoom & other young local innovators, Er. Shahrukh Mushtaq, Incubation Manager IIEDC apart from TIED, MBA students of NIT Srinagar and other scholars of various institutions participated in the daylong activity.