May 06, 2019 07:43 PM

Chandigarh  (Face2News)

A team of officials comprising of Ms. Malyaj Varmani, Assistant Vice President, Sh. Nitin, Invest India, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India  from the office of Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) to Prime Minister visited Panjab University (PU) for interaction with Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, PU and the President of Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC). Scientists and nominees  from different CRIKC institutes, Chairpersons of the Departments and various officials of PU.

PU VC in his welcome address talked about the necessity to augment the Industry- Academia crosstalk. He shared about consolidation of different Industry-Academia bodies of the PU and the CRIKC institutes along with developing a deliverable Gallery of the CRIKC institutes.

The PSA officials shared the possibilities of helping in this aspect through a MOU between the CRIKC and INVEST India, an agency under department for Promotion of Industry and internal trade Ministry of Commerce and industry Government of India.

The two members team apprised all about the newer initiatives of Government of India on Industry-Academia platforms on areas of Genomics, Biodiversity Artificial Intelligence, Electric Vehicles, Quantum  Frontier, Indian Languages Translation, Deportion Exploration etc. earth mapping, creations of museums and then specifically on AGNIi (Accelerating Growth of New India’s Innovations) initiative. This initiative is aimed at supporting the ongoing efforts to boost the innovation ecosystem in the country by connecting innovators across industry, individuals and the grassroots to the market and helping commercialise their innovative solutions. It will provide a platform for innovators to bring their market ready products and solutions to industry thereby helping propel India into a new era of inclusive economic growth.  

The scientists of CRIKC institutes shared the innovative projects being undertaken by their institutes. The initiatives and future plan of CRIKC were shared with the members along with the presentation of different Industry-Academia bodies of PU as 8 verticals.

The PSA official expressed their satisfaction at the different initiatives of CRIKC and the type of Ecosystem that already exists in and around PU to meet the Challenges under the Mandate of AGNIi.

Those present on the occasion are Prof. D.Mehta, Dean Sciences, Dr. Rohit Sharma, Microbial Biotechnology, Prof. Ashish Jain, Director, IQAC, Dr. Rakesh Tuli, UIET, Prof. Harish Kumar, UIET, Prof. R.K. Singla, Dean research, Prof. M.M.Gupta, Department of Physics, Prof. Anil Kumar, University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Kewal Krishan, Anthropology, Dr. Sanchita Chauhan, Dr. S. S. Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology, Prof. Renu Thakur, Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, Prof. Harpreet Kaur, Department of Zoology, Prof. Daizy Batish, Department of Botany, Dr.Jagat Bhushan, Dr. Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences & Hospital, Prof. Rupinder Tewari, Department of Microbial Biotechnology, Sh. H.K.Sardana, CSIR-CSIO, Prof. Renu Vig, University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dr. Anju Singla, PEC and Dr. Vikas Rishi, National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute.

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