MHRD inaugurates innovation cell for higher education institutes

NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 22: With a goal to come up with new ideas concerning the promotion of innovation in all higher education institutions (HEIs) across India, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has set up an innovation cell at the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). The Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar launched the innovation cell at the AICTE headquarters via video conferencing.

“This will be a significant step in institutionalising innovation and developing a scientific temperament in the country. The purpose of formation of the network of Institution’s Innovation Councils (IICs) is to encourage, inspire and nurture young students by exposing them to new ideas and processes resulting in innovative activities in their formative years,” Javadekar was quoted saying to a national daily.

“More than 1,000 HEIs have already formed IICs in their campuses and enrolled for the IIC network managed by MHRD’s innovation cell to promote innovation through multitudinous modes leading to an innovation promotion eco-system in their campuses,” the minister added.

Varsities key research centres of developed nations

Javadekar said that the main research centres of the developed countries are varsities and due to their advanced and deep research, they are able to rank high in the global innovation ranking.

“Now Indian universities are also setting up research centers through the IIC programme and we are expecting good rank in global innovation ranking in next two to three years through this initiative,” the HRD Minister told a news daily.

About Ministry of Human Resource Development

With education as its essence, the ministry was set up on September 26, 1985 via the 174th amendment to the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961. At present, the MHRD functions through two departments- Department of School Education & Literacy and Department of Higher Education. The Department of School Education & Literacy aims to develop the school education and literacy in India. The Department of Higher Education is responsible for bringing top-class opportunities of higher education and research to the country.

The Ministry of HRD formulates the National Policy on Education and ensures its implementation as well. It works on improving the quality of educational institutes across the country along with expanding its access. Disadvantaged groups including the poor, females and the minorities are given extra attention.