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Education minister inaugurates IInvenTiv at IIT Delhi

New Delhi: Minister of Education and Skills Development, Dharmendra Pradhan, Friday inaugurated IInvenTiv, the first-ever all-IIT R&D showcase at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

The minister said that today IITs have become tools of transformation. They are repositories of knowledge and experience and a bridge to the future.

Pradhan added that the Covid pandemic has shown us the impact of what happens when technology-driven research engages in the service of humanity. “Whether it’s developing Indian vaccines in a short space of time, it’s all been possible thanks to brilliant minds like yours. These are the signs of an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and we need to encourage more the relationship between academic R&D – new age technology – industry – society to take research and innovation to the highest point so that no one is left behind.”

He said IITs should go beyond just engineering colleges. “We need to stop benchmarking IITs based on placement packages. They need to redefine and benchmark the parameters for the number of innovations brought to market, the innovations that monetize and the number of jobs created.”

The minister added that technology will drive the next phase of growth and development, with IT and communications technology at the forefront. “Today’s world will invest more vigorously in India. India’s talent, digital attitude, market size, emerging purchasing power and growing ambitions are a heady mix to move India forward at unprecedented speed and scale. IITs need to seize this opportunity.”

Pradhan said IInvenTiv will be the start of a revolution and emerge as an important forum that will provide solutions to complex global problems.

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“The R&D Fair is being organized to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s independence in line with the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ initiative. It has brought in more than 300 industry representatives. The event will showcase 75 projects and 6 Showcase projects on a variety of themes. The projects are in line with the vision of Make in India, Digital India and Atmanirbhar Bharat,” said the Ministry of Education.

The two-day event will host representatives from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), and the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), along with students, global IIT alumni , faculties of various CFTIs, scientists from DRDO, ISRO, CSIR and ICAR.

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