To promote entrepreneurial talent and provide students with a startup ecosystem, the UP government has decided to set up incubators in all 15 government engineering colleges.
Technical and vocation education secretary
A sum of Rs 22.6 crore has been sanctioned for this. The institutes will recruit incubation managers to lead the centres’ activities. An innovation hub will also be established at Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University.
According to technical and vocation education secretary Alok Kumar, the state government’s startup policy emphasises the setting up of innovation hubs and incubators along with centres of excellence to promote startup culture in the state and create an ecosystem for innovation.
Under the policy, the target is to establish 20 incubators under the technical education department. All incubators will be linked with the innovation hub coming up at AKTU on the spoke-hub model. The amount of Rs 22.6 crore, sanctioned from the State Entrance Examination Fund, is for the establishment, basic infrastructure, and operation of the 15 incubation centres in government engineering colleges and innovation hub at AKTU, Kumar said.
Indian Institute of Technology
He added that the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, has agreed to partner with the technical education department towards the orientation of the faculty in charge of these institutes.
“The programme begins this month itself,” said Kumar. The 15 government engineering colleges where incubation centres will be set up include those in Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Bijnor, Kannauj, Mainpuri, Sonbhadra and Banda. The list also includes IET Lucknow, BIET Jhansi, UPTTI Kanpur, faculty of architecture at AKTU, Center for Advanced Studies at AKTU, UID Noida, AITH Kanpur and KNIT Sultanpur.
The colleges will get assistance for the initial five years for employing necessary human resources for the execution of the work of incubators/innovation hubs and seminars, workshops, training and awareness activities, and operating machinery, hardware. One-time assistance will be available for the purchase of software and others.
These centres, said Kumar, will provide complete ecosystem support to technology-based startups, where innovative ideas are generated, nurtured, and positioned for the development of sustainable enterprises. This, in turn, will offer employment opportunities to the youth.
“Entrepreneurship has been one of the key focus areas of the UP government. The government is setting up incubation centres to facilitate startups in a majority of universities and colleges,” Kumar concluded.
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