An entrepreneur is tirelessly working to build innovation and incubation culture in schools. His initiative has already set up labs in schools which will shortly churn out brilliant entrepreneurs who would play a major role in nation building. Just spare a few minute to appreciate his initiative…
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A vision rising
A Vision Rising, City of Joy based, first generation entrepreneur, Dr N Chatterjee is attempting to transform the Indian education approach through their company, Rabvik Innovations.
Launched in 2016 in Kolkata, the company has been working to create young entrepreneurs starting at the young, school going age by imparting them knowledge based on suitable adoption of latest technologies in the education domain.
Students should have freedom to choose their careers
Rabvik Innovations wants to focus on chartering a course of education where students are allowed to think about an alternative career from a young age itself and to make a respectable living not only by converting their ideas to business propositions and building new industries but adopt the innovative and risk taking spirit as a way of life.
Dr Chatterjee believes that a breed of entrepreneurs and innovators (InnoPreneurs) from schools need to be created in India to value add to the country’s economy and stand out as a benchmark for the next generation of students who can then foray into innovation and entrepreneurship in a big way.
“This eco-system is now feasible to build because students have become tech savvy, the parents are ready to experiment and developed countries are already that way, in the form of Young Scientist award. We want top companies should invest in school innovation set up courses in schools for incubation,” Chatterjee said while interacting with chalgenius on the subject.
Chatterjee told Chalgenius after returning from abroad as a Lecturer and an educationist; he teamed up with a few friends from Jadavpur University in Kolkata and IITs to initiate teaching coding in some schools viz. Heritage, CIS, Lakshmipat Singhania and Sri Sri Academy School (SSA).
He further expounded, that a novel journey in Technology & Innovation in schools was started when the duo did a pilot project in Sri Sri Academy with the Principal giving them an opportunity to mentor students in her Atal Tinkering Lab from Classes 6 to 11.” We have now been a part of the lab since inception and built a comprehensive curriculum,” he told Chalgenius.
The model primarily stresses on innovation in schools and not merely on robotics and use of lego. In line with the National Education Policy, the company’s model helps build an innovation ecosystem and a start-up culture in schools by developing skills in Electronics, Robotics, Mechatronics, IOT and AI and develop entrepreneurship skills.
Why Rabvik Innovations
“We offer hands on skills to build prototypes of their innovations e.g. in Electronics, Robotics, Drone Technology, IOT, AI etc. Students would also learn to ideate and translate innovative ideas into patents and prototypes. They would learn entrepreneurial skills, and covert ideas to start-ups and get funding,” added Chatterjee.
Approved Curriculum & Upcoming Incubations Centre
The curriculum which has been developed by scientists is approved by the All India Council for Robotics and Automation. An unique, state of the art Innovation and Incubation centre where students can build prototypes, is under construction at Lake Town (Kolkata) which will give an exclusive opportunity to apply for patents and source funding for the students startups. The incubation centre will have the support of Technology experts, Mentors, Trainers and support of Financial Institutions & Angel Investors etc.
Backed by a formidable team of Engineers, Professors, Technocrats, Retired bureaucrats, Management Professionals and Staff adept at handling administrative requirements of Educational Institutions in the next five years, the duo have a target of at least 50 good ideas/innovation/entrepreneurs with a minimum of five start-ups having a funding of Rs 1 crore each.
It’s also their avowed intention to see 50 students in next five years becoming millionaires, employing a workforce of 1,000 and inspiring another 1,00,000 students to take up innovation and entrepreneurship as a way of life
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