Union Minister Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar inaugurates the Nirma University Incubation Centre

MoS Rajeev Chandrasekhar Ji

On June 27, 2022, Nirma University had Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Honourable Union Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology and Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India as the Chief Guest to inaugurate the NU Incubation Centre. Dignitaries like Shri Kuberbhai Dindor, Honourable Minister of State for Higher & Technical Education, GoG; Shri M Nagarajan, IAS-Commissioner, Higher Education, GoG and Shri GT Pandya, IAS-Commissioner, Technical Education, GoG; Shri Jitubhai Vaghani, Honorable Minister of Education and Science and Technology, GoG and Shri S J Haider, IAS – Principal Secretary (H&TE), GoG were also present for the event. From the university Dr Karsanbhai K Patel, President- Nirma University, Shri KK Patel, Vice-President; Dr Anup K Singh, Director General- Nirma University and Shri G R Nair, Executive Registrar- Nirma University presided over the function.

The idea behind setting up the Incubation Centre at the university was to create a much-needed innovation, pre-incubation and incubation ecosystem support for students, adding to the start-up ecosystem of India and creating a strong innovation-driven culture in the students.

Addressing the dignitaries and the audience, Dr Anup K Singh, Director General at Nirma University says, ‘The universities have changed. In the 19th century, the universities focus was on teaching and in the 20th century the focus was research but in the 21st century they have to focus on start-ups and innovation, therefore, all universities have to change and Nirma University is moving in that direction.

The university felicitated prominent alumni start-up founders. Some of them were Mr Siddhant Tawarawala (2015-17) and his start-up ‘Peeschute’, a patented and innovative disposable urinal bag. He was featured in Shark Tank India and the startup is also a part of the AGNIi Programme with the Government of India and Mr Dhaval Kotecha, RapidRadio Solutions Pvt Ltd which develops RFID hardware i.e. RFID readers indigenous developed and made in India.

In his speech, Shri Kuberbhai Dindor, Honourable Minister of State for Higher & Technical Education, GoG said it’s an honour to be a part of this event. He further added that the university started the incubation centre to support student start-ups in different fields. He promises to come up with a policy and allocate certain funds for promoting the start-up ecosystem in Gujarat.

Addressing the audience on ‘New India for Young India: Techade of Opportunities’, Honorable minister Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar says, ‘Digital India and Skill India are two important pillars that will transform the prospects of young Indians.’ He further added, ‘India’s journey from a $2 Bn economy to a $ 10 Bn economy is now driven by the energy, determination and success of the youth. India has the highest FDI this year than any country in the world.’ He uses Sabarmati Riverfront as a tremendous example of gutsy governance, multi-year planning and determined clear vision all required for a successful start-up.

He concludes by saying that a strong economy needs strong leadership, strong leadership means a strong economy, and a strong economy means a strong country. India has travelled far in the last eight years and in the next 25 years, India must emerge as a world leader.

Shri K K Patel, Vice-President, the Nirma University thanked the chief guest and concluded the event.