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About Institution’s Innovation Council, SMIT (IIC-SMIT)

 

Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, Sikkim, to foster entrepreneurship initiatives among the students Institution’s Innovation Cell (IIC) was established in 2019 under the aegis of Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell (MIC). The role of IIC would be to identify and nurture technology-based innovative startups. IIC primarily focuses on Entrepreneurship, Start-Ups, Innovation and IPR.

 

 

Institution’s Innovation Council - SMIT

Composition of the Council (2021-22)

 

 

  • President: Prof. (Dr.) Gurdaman Lal Sharma, Director, SMIT (HoI)
  • Vice President: Prof. (Dr.) A. P. Tiwari, Associate Director (Stds. Affairs), SMIT
  • Convener: Dr. Bikash Sharma, ECE, SMIT
  • Coordinator (IPR Activity): Dr. Udit Chakraborty, CSE, SMIT
  • Coordinator (ARIIA): Dr. Amrita Biswas, ECE, SMIT
  • Coordinator (Social Media): Mr. Anirban Sengupta, EEE, SMIT
  • Coordinator (Start-up Activity): Mr. Ish Nath Jha, CSE, SMIT
  • Coordinator (Internship Activity): Mr. Saurabh Sharma, ME, SMIT
  • Coordinator (Innovation Activity): Mr. Nirmal Rai, IT, SMIT
  • Coordinator (NIRF): Ms. Chitrangada Roy, EEE, SMIT

 

Members :-

  • Dr. Jitendra Kumar, Management Studies, SMIT
  • Dr. Krishna Vijay Kumar Singh, CA Dept., SMIT
  • Mr. Bijay Rai, EEE, SMIT
  • Mr. Prasan Ralph Dewan, ME, SMIT
  • Lt. Col. D. B. Chettri, Head Admin, SMIT
  • Mr. Ramu Shakya, Asst. Manager (Finance), SMIT
  • Mr. Prakash Chandra Gurung, OS, SMIT

 

External Members :-

  • Prof. (Dr.) Tejbanta S. Chingtam CEO, AIC-SMUTBI (Incubator)
  • Mr. Gopal Lama, Chief Manager, Lead Bank, SBI (Bank/Investor)
  • Mr. Saurabh Trivedi, Boudhik Ventures Pvt. Ltd. (Patent Expert)
  • Mr. Karma Lhendup Bhutia, Netspeq Solns. (Expert from nearby Industry)
  • Mr. Sumit Thakur, Untapd Technologies (Alumni Start-Up)

 

 

 

Students Representation

   

  Innovation Activity

 

  • Rohan Sharma Sitoula, 202122001, MCA, 1st Year. (Co-ordinator)
  • Nikhil Bagaria, 202000337, EEE, 2nd year. (Co-ordinator)
  • Nalina Pradhan, 202123022, MBA, 1st year.
  • Biswapriyo Sen, 202112501, ECE, 2nd year.
  • Deepshika Mandal, 202100395, CSE, 1st year.
  • Subhamay Paul, 202100251, CSE, 1st year.

 

Internship Activity

 

  •  Shraddha Upadhaya, 202122006, MCA, 1st year. (Co-ordinator)
  • Kanishka Sinha, 202000420, EEE, 2nd year. (Co-ordinator)
  • Vishwa Deo Gurung, 202122014, MCA, 1st year.
  • Piyush Singh, 202000503, CSE, 2nd year.
  • Biswatosh Mazumder, 202100392, CSE, 1st year.
  • Sneha Das Choudhury, 202100349, ECE, 1st year.

 

Social Media

 

  • Rose Bhetwal, 202123037, MBA, 1st year. (Co-ordinator)
  • Priyangshu Saha, 201900031, IT, 3rd year. (Co-ordinator)
  • Raunak Das, 202123049, MBA, 1st year.
  • Kumar Aakarsh, 202100050, CSE, 1st year.

 

Start-Up Activity

 

  • Sharon Pradhan, 202122005, MCA, 1st year. (Co-ordinator)
  • Hari Om, 202000004, IT, 2nd year. (Co-ordinator)
  • Tenzing Choden Lepcha, 201919043, BBA, 3rd year.
  • Phirat Passi, 202000553, CSE, 2nd year.
  • Ruby Kar, 202100393, CSE, 1st year.

 

 IPR Activity

 

  • Shreeya Sakya, 202124041, MBA, 1st year. (Co-ordinator).
  • Navamiksha Mukhia, 202122002, MCA, 1st year. (Co-ordinator)
  • Aditya Singh, 202000450, CSE, 2nd year.
  • Nilanjana Bhattacharjee, 202124044, MBA, 1st year.
  • Yash Jha, 202100032, CSE, 1st year.
  • Isha Rani Sharma, 202100398, CSE, 1st year.

 

 

 

 

MAJOR FOCUS OF IIC

 

  • Start-up supporting Mechanism.
  • To create a vibrant local innovation ecosystem.
  • Develop better Cognitive abilities for Technical Students.
  • Establish Function Ecosystem for Scouting Ideas and Pre-incubation of Ideas.
  • Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) is an initiative of the Ministry of Education (MoE), Govt. of India to systematically rank all major higher educational institutions and universities in India on indicators related to “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development” amongst students and faculties. We prepare institutes for the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements Framework as Atal Ranking of Institutions on Achievements based on innovation.

 

FUNCTIONS OF IIC-SMIT

 

  • We conduct various innovation and entrepreneurship-related activities prescribed by Central MIC in a time-bound fashion.
  • We organize periodic seminars, webinars, and workshops with entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals and create a mentor pool for student innovators.
  • We hold networks with peers and national entrepreneurship development organizations.
  • We create an Institution’s Innovation portal to highlight innovative projects carried out by the institution’s faculty and students.
  • We organize Hackathons, idea competitions, mini-challenges, etc. with the involvement of industries.
  • We identify and reward innovations and share success stories.

 

 

IIC-SMIT’S ADVANTAGES TO INSTITUTE, FACULTY, AND STUDENTS

 

  • There is No requirement for major capital investment for establishing IIC as it will make use of the existing local ecosystem.
  • Students/Faculty associated with IIC will get exclusive opportunities to participate in various Innovation related initiatives and competitions organized by MHRD.
  • Meet/Interact with renowned Business Leaders and top-notch academicians.
  • Opportunity to nurture and prototype new ideas.
  • Visit new places and learn about a new culture.
  • Experimentation with new/latest technologies.
  • Win exciting Prizes/Certificates every month.
  • Mentoring by Industry Professionals.

 

 

IIC-SMIT, Sikkim is planning to conduct various innovation and entrepreneurship-related activities such as periodic workshops, seminars, interactions, and webinars with entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals and create a bridge toward a mentor pool for student innovators. This ideally is expected to bring outcomes such as successful innovative projects carried out by the institution’s faculty and students. Hackathons, idea competitions, Ideathons, and other mini-challenges are some of the other programs which can also be organized by IIC-SMIT.

 

REFERENCES:

https://www.mic.gov.in/innovation-council/iic

https://www.nirmalaniketan.com/accreditation/iic

https://www.mic.gov.in/

https://www.ariia.gov.in/

 

 

 

Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology (SMIT) provides a plethora of opportunities for young and budding innovators and entrepreneurs

 

The Institution's Innovation Council (IIC) is an initiative of the Ministry of Education, Govt. of India to encourage Start-Ups and Entrepreneurship

 

The Atal Incubation Centre (AIC) initiative of the Atal Innovation Mission, Niti Ayog, GoI. It provides the startups with a platform and the resources needed for them to develop into a company.

 

PRE-INCUBATION & INCUBATION:

The Innovator(s) prepare a pitch deck and pitch their idea to the board of IIC. The board then decides whether or not the idea is good enough to be pre-incubated, suggests the necessary changes, and discusses the further steps to be taken with the idea.

 

Once the startup has completed the pre-incubation stage, i.e., all the work that has to be done at the pre-incubation stage has been carried out, the startup is then eligible to be incubated at incubators such as AIC which has a center at SMIT's campus itself, for further growth and development.

 

The incubator then takes charge and guides the startup to complete the incubation phase and helps it in any and every manner possible to make the best out of every opportunity that comes its way to grow and expand.

 

FACILITIES AVAILABLE & INITIATIVES :

Facilities:

  • Institutions’ Innovation Council (IIC)
  • Pre/Incubation Centre
  • IPR Cell (supported by DST, GoS)
  • Innovation Studio (housing projects and prototypes)

 

Initiatives:

  • Cohorts for start-ups, Hackathons, Bootcamps, Workshops, Ideathons, Competitions, Technical Fare, etc.
  • 106 students and 14 faculty members are directly involved so far in Innovation and Start-Up activities through the council.
  • External experts in Entrepreneurship, startups, and IPR from industry, incubator, Lead Bank, and legal consultancy firms are included in the council for mentoring of pre/incubatees and other students/faculties.

 

 

IPR CELL:

The IPR cell came into existence on 21st Jan 2020 vide office order no.: 1094/SMIT/OO/21/2020 with the support of the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of Sikkim vide letter Ref. No.: 12/SSCS&T/2020 dated 13/01/2020. The aim of IPR Cell is to create awareness and provide guidance to faculty members, research scholars, and students on intellectual property rights.

 

Currently, 40+ patents have been filed and granted by individuals. Although, all the patents granted and filed are at the individual level.

 

PRE-INCUBATION CENTRE:

 

The Pre-Incubation Centre aims to empower students with an entrepreneurial mindset and business skills necessary to create their own venture from the ground up, help them develop intrapreneurship skills, and get them started on their entrepreneurial journey.

 

The pre/incubatees are assessed regularly and ones with good progress are promoted and graduated for incubation of the start-ups at AIC-SMUTBI. Further, upon successful progress, they are facilitated for registration as companies at SMIT or AIC (Atal Incubation Centre), SMIT campus.

 

Current Pre-Incubatees:

  •  Shopping Nation
  • Rejoice
  • MedO
  • Ezzypg
  • Dasaka Greenery
  • Zelion
  • The Watchman

 

PRE-INCUBATION FACILITY:

  • Tinkering Lab-1
  • Tinkering Lab-2
  • Pre-Incubation center
  • Innovation studio

 

 

CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE facilities:

  • 5G to CoE
  • Central Research Facility: Nanotechnology Laboratory
  • Data Analytics CoE

 

 

National Innovation and Start-Up Policy (NISP):

The National Innovation and Startup Policy 2019 for students and faculty of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) will enable the institutes to actively engage students, faculties, and staff in innovation and entrepreneurship-related activities. This framework will also facilitate the Ministry of Human Resource Development in bringing uniformity across HEIs in terms of Intellectual Property ownership management, technology licensing, and institutional Startup policy, thus enabling the creation of robust innovation and Start up ecosystem across all HEIs

 

Innovation Studio:

It is a facility where the innovative products developed by students and faculties finds a place for demonstration and display. It houses highly innovative and interesting projects and prototypes. Most of the projects and prototypes have been the outcome of the TMA Pai University Research Grant. It is also mandatory for the successfully completed projects under the grant to be housed and displayed in the studio.

 

WHAT IIC DOES ?

 

  • Conduct national and International entrepreneurship and startup-related events and contests
  • Encourage and promote entrepreneurship among college students and faculty through seminars and workshops
  • Manage pre-incubation for startups from Sikkim Manipal University students, as well as outside the university

 

 

THE TEAM AT IIC :

The team comprises of highly motivated individuals, directly supervised by MoE's Innovation Cell (MIC), GoI

 

OBJECTIVE OF IIC:

 

  • Institutions Innovation Council (IIC) at the institute is a unique model based on Hub-Spoke and coherence approach to align with the innovation and entrepreneurship promotion and support programs are being organized by various departments and ensures the year activities on the campus for effective engagement, learning, and practicing innovation and entrepreneurship among student and faculty community.
  • Aims to create breakthrough, out-of-the-box solutions to major challenges of the present and the future, “addressing problems too big for any one organization to solve on its own”, such as devising alternative business models, or working toward solving large health, safety, and development problems.

 

CONTEXT - WHY IIC STARTED :

  • The institution’s Innovation Council was established in 2018 as an initiative of the Ministry of Education (formerly MHRD), Govt. of India. Institution Innovation Council is a faculty-led but student-centric body formed by the institute with the active representation of entrepreneurial faculties, students, and expert’s representations from regional ecosystem enablers, preincubation, and incubation centers within and outside the institute and work in a synergy manner towards providing a platform to encourage, inspire and nurture young students by exposing them to new ideas and process of resulting in innovative activities & entrepreneurial in their formative years.
  • The institution’s Innovation Council (IIC) has a representation of members from faculties, students, and experts from the regional ecosystem.

 

 

A Brief Overview of the Practice :

  • IIC oversees various activities related to Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Start-Ups, and IPR. It primarily facilitates all these aspects at the Institute level. Also, is concerned for bringing about awareness and outreach to students and faculties in the said areas. It also makes efforts for outreach to local and nearby entrepreneurs.
  • It is tasked with encouraging new ideas, executing them, and iterating until the idea is fully executed or integrated into the business. Those who work in the lab draw from cross-functional expertise and collaborate to create products and services, often for the parent company. The innovation lab may also conduct market research, or keep abreast of potential disruptors in the field. Often, it does a mixture of both.

 

 

WHY PRE-INCUBATION CENTER STARTED?

  • Pre-Incubation centers help in the development of an economy as they primarily focus on providing a boost to entrepreneurial development which at the end also significantly contributes to an economy. Pre-incubation centers are necessary for the early growth and development of startups.
  •  It also serves as hubs for incubatees and business units that employ the methods of agile startups, with the goal of devising novel ideas that can either disrupt or complement the overall company. Creative processes like brainstorming and design thinking can drive ideation and the development of new innovations.
  •  The Pre/Incubation facility at SMIT is extended to the students and faculties of SMIT and outside. Also, local innovators are encouraged for incubating at the center.

 

 

LIST OF PRE INCUBATEES 2020-21

 

Sl No

Name of the Company

Sector of the Company

Team Lead Name

Team Lead

1

medO

Medical Diagnostics

Shubham Kumar

SMIT

2

Ezzypg

Services (PG and other residential facilities)

Pawan Singh Shekhawat

DHSS, SMU

3

Shopping Nation

e-Commerece

Shashank Kumar Sinha

SMIT

4

Rejoice

Services (surprise planner)

Shourav Mishra

SMIT

5

Dasaka Greenery

Recycle and Resuse of waste plastics

Karma Tashi Yangzom Bhutia

DHSS, SMU

6

Zelion

Services (Food delivery)

Varun Gupta

SMIT & Mumbai University

7

The Watchman

Farm Monitoring

Saurav Kumar

NIT Sikkim

 

(Success Stories)

The following are the list of Incubatees that have successfully graduated to start-ups

 

 

Name of students

Startup

Year of operations

Sector

Sumit Takhur

Untapped Technologies Pvt Ltd

2012-2016

End to End Solution for Connected Car Ecosystem

Juhi &Jaikishan Choudhary

Estroso Technologies Pvt Ltd

2018-2019

Electronics

Ashish Anand

AfterGlow Tech (OPC) Pvt Ltd

2016

Smart Street Lights

Kundan Mishra

Gooks India Pvt Ltd

2014-2018

Custom Merchandise

 

SUCCESS STORIES

 

 

 

PLATFORMS TO SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS AND TEST YOUR ABILITIES:

 

Cohorts, hackathons, and ideation competitions are organized on a regular basis for school and college students as well as amateur entrepreneurs. Both IIC and AIC conduct workshops, seminars, and boot camps for students and local startups to help them grow and innovate.

 

PERKS OF PRE-INCUBATING AND INCUBATING YOUR STARTUPS WITH IIC AND AIC RESPECTIVELY:

Both IIC and AIC have a huge network of SMIT Alumni, Industry Experts, and Seasoned Entrepreneurs who mentor young entrepreneurs. Workshops, seminars, and interactive sessions are organized to solve various kinds of problems that start-ups face in the initial stages.

 

 

EVENTS BY IIC:

 

 

Event/Activities

Year

Dell Hackathon

2019

Hackathon'19

2019

Entrepreneurship World Cup regional finals

2019

Startup Boot Camp

2019

Program on Intellectual Property Rights at AIC-SMUTBI

2019

One Day Workshop on Fund Raising for Start-ups

2019

iDEX Road Show

2019

1st Cohort for Pre-Incubation

2019

2-Day Hackathon on Solving Industry relevant problems

2019

ARDUINO WORKSHOP

2020

Business Alumni Meet

2020

Drone Workshop

2020

Fund-Raiser Workshop

2020

KALAAM DRISHTI (Hackathon)

2020

Line Follower Bot Development Workshop

2020

RC CAR Development Workshop

2020

SMART INDIA HACKATHON (SIH) 2020

2020

KALAAM DRISHTI 2.0 (Hackathon) in association with IE(I) Sikkim State Chapter

2020

4months long, ‘International Futuristic Product Prototype Challenge’

2020

Awareness Programme on Entrepreneurship at ICFAI University, Sikkim

2020

International Futuristic Product Prototype Challenge 2020

2020-21

Bootcamp for budding Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups

2021

Grand Challenges of Remote Sensing

2021

Mentorship Session for Innovators (or) Student Entrepreneurs through experts and (or) Innovation Ambassadors/Innovation Agent

2021

Orientation session for all students & faculties of Institute by Innovation Ambassador(s).

2021

Webinar Series: Advancement in Signal Processing and Communication for futuristic application/product

2021

School Ideas Meet Incubation for Innovation

2021

Session on Why IP is important in academia?

2021

Talk on “From your Ph.D./ Masters Thesis to a start-up

2021

Faculty Development Program on Technological Leadership for Inclusive Digital Society

2021

Webinar on Recent Advances in Electric Vehicles

2021

National Webinar on Research, Innovation and Ranking

2021

Cohort of Pre – Incubatees 2021

2021

Webinar on "Entrepreneur- Be a job giver"

2021

World Entrepreneurs Day Celebration

2021

Impact Lecture Series

2021

Advanced Ethical Hacking & Cyber Security

2021

IPR Awareness Programme supported by DST, GoS

2022

ElCaso 2022 – A Case-study Ideathon

2022

Bootcamp for Entrepreneurship at SMU (IIC-SMIT and AIC-SMUTBI)

18 Jun 2022

IPR Awareness Programme @ SMU under National IP Awareness Programme (NIPAM), hosted by IPO Kolkata

2022