NIT Andhra Pradesh Encourages Researchers Towards Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Hyderabad: National Institute of Technology Andhra Pradesh is encouraging its faculty, UG/PG students & PhD research scholars towards innovation and entrepreneurship skills.

Towards this, the Centre for Research Innovation Incubation and Consultancy (CRIIC) and the Department of Biotechnology of NIT Andhra Pradesh are organizing a five-day online workshop on ‘Scope for Technopreneurs in Academic Institutions’ from 4th to 8th October 2021.

The workshop will enable students, researchers and faculty members to get sensitized in incubation, innovation and entrepreneurial activities, thus creating a robust start-Up ecosystem in the academic Institutions.

Addressing the inaugural event, Prof. C.S.P. Rao, Director, NIT Andhra Pradesh, said, “The main objective of Centre for Research incubation and Innovation (CRIIC), NIT –Andhra Pradesh, is to nurture the ideas of students into the entrepreneurial way. Developing an action plan in an organized manner, seeking all advice from mentors, learning from mistakes; understanding what it takes to succeed are some of the thoughtful inputs to be considered before starting a business.


The key topics covered by the expert speakers during this workshop include:

Ø Inculcate the skill of innovation among students

Ø Government schemes available for academic institutions

Ø Development of entrepreneur competences siting case studies

Ø Birds eye view of make in India, start-up schemes

Ø Road maps for successful start-ups by students

Further, Prof. C.S.P. Rao said, “Teaching-learning process should be oriented in the direction such that societal problems can be addressed through various solutions given by students so that they become technopreneurs. As a part of National Education Policy, it is the duty of the teachers to discuss subjects pertaining to problem solving skills to inculcate the technopreneur abilities in their minds.”


Delivering the Inaugural lecture, Dr. T. Jagan Mohan Rao, Head, Department of Biotechnology, NIT Andhra Pradesh, said, “Some of the key areas which academic Institutes should focus on includes imparting the students with cutting edge technologies, software developing tools and involving them or making them part of industry-centric projects. Academic Institutes can produce successful entrepreneurs by integrating the best teaching practices with innovation and entrepreneurship skills into the curriculum and strengthening the cooperation with the government and various funding organizations to nurture the creative ideas and innovations of young minds to lead them as a successful entrepreneur. This workshop aims to highlight the role of academic Institutes in developing and establishing tech start-ups and also emphasize on the various pedagogical approaches, to be followed to foster the creative thinking, innovation, and team-working skills of students.”

The Top Outcomes from this five-day Online Training include:

Ø Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Ø Entrepreneurial competencies

Ø Glimpses of Make in India/Start Up India

Ø Bioentreprenurship

Ø Success/Failure roadmaps for Start Ups

Delivering a lecture on Innovation and Entrepreneurship Mr. Surya Prakash Goud, Faculty member from National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NI – MSME), Hyderabad, “Students should be made industry ready by inculcating required skills and knowledge so that industries can provide employment opportunities. Many programs should be organized by science and technology Institutions to create awareness in students or faculties. Industry and Institute interaction paves way for students to come up with solutions for industry-defined problems. An opportunity to work in the industry in terms of internship or project which would be an added advantage.”


Delivering the vote of thanks, Dr. A. Seenivasan, Workshop coordinator, Department of Biotechnology, NIT Andhra Pradesh, expressed his gratitude to all the participants from various academic Institutes for making the Faculty Development Programme a success.

Other Top speakers at the event included:

Ø Mr. K. SuryaPrakash Goud, National Institute of small, micro and Medium Enterprises (ni-msme)

Ø Dr. A. Dhanalakshmi, Center for Entrepreneurship Development-Tamil Nadu

Ø Dr. C. P. Rosy Fernando, Founder & CEO of Start-up Solutions-Chennai

Ø Dr. D. Sudhakaran, General Manager, Golden Jubilee Biotech Park for Women

Ø Dr. C. Sheela Sasikumar, Director Clinical Research S.S. HealthCare.

Ø Dr. M. Menaga, Chief Executive Officer, Bioneemtec India Pvt Ltd, and Nehagreen LLP at Women Biotech Park-Chennai.

Ø Mr. P. Ponaram, Director& Founder of Tejas Translational Technologies Pvt Ltd

Ø Mr. S. Satheesh Kumar, Founder Food Printer Pvt Ltd.

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