SILCHAR, Jan 5 - In a bid to promote entrepreneurship at the bottom of the pyramid and encourage the promising entrepreneurs and youth of the Northeast, the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Silchar is bringing together entrepreneurs of the region to add fillip to the culture of innovation and start ups in this part of the country.
Prof NV Deshpande, director, NIT Silchar told mediapersons here today that the institute will participate in the �Start Up India Stand Up India� � a scheme of the Government of India to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 16 at the Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
�We are among the 38 institutes across the country to participate in this movement. NIT Silchar will establish a Start Up centre in the campus in collaboration with Department of Science and Technology, Government of India to promote innovation. The centre will be a platform for the young entrepreneurs of North-east to grow and create employability,� Prof Deshpande said.
The Women Income Generation Centre (WIGC), an entrepreneurial unit based in Manipur, will share some new ideas the forthcoming programme. The scheme on Low Cost Housing Project, developed by the institute, will make accommodation possible for people at the lowest rate of Rs 40,000. Also proposals on starting up media management centre at the campus and mushroom cultivation centre will be submitted.
�Also we have invited local organisations and individuals to come up with ideas which we can place before the government during the launch of the scheme. We will gather the best concepts and send a report to the government,� Prof Deshpande maintained.
The director said that under the scheme, 10 start ups will be allowed each year to enter into an MoU with the institute for establishing their start up centre here which will be funded from the project as per the regulations of the funding agency and the centre. He also informed that the technical knowledge of the faculty members of the institute and students will support the start ups to innovate new technologies for development at the grassroots. The laboratories of the institutes will be open for the entrepreneurs for testing and measurement as per requirement, he added.
Prof Deshpande added that NIT Silchar is committed to pitch in all efforts to achieve the mission of �Start Up India Stand Up India� and aspires to be the nodal centre for entrepreneurship and innovation in the North-east.