The Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar launched the Innovation Cell and Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) in New Delhi. The development aims to promote a culture of innovation and research in higher education.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that India lacks innovation, it is a challenge for India to innovate, and innovation will make it prosper. He further said that new thinking must be encouraged and every college must have an innovation cell.
The main objective of the cell would be to encourage, inspire and nurture young students by exposing them to new ideas and processes resulting in innovative activities in their formative years, which will be fostered through a network of innovation clubs in higher educational institutions.
The ARIIA will primarily focus on 5 main parameters :
• Budget expenses and revenue generated through innovation and entrepreneurship development
• Facilitating access to advance centres/ facilities and entrepreneurial support system
• Idea to Entrepreneurship
• Development of Innovation Ecosystems supported through teaching and learning
• Best innovative solutions developed in-house for improving governance of your institution
• ARIIA ranking will help inspire Indian institutions to reorient their mindset and build ecosystems to encourage high-quality research, innovation and entrepreneurship.
• More than quantity, ARIIA will focus on the quality of innovations and will try to measure the real impact created by these innovations nationally and internationally.