HRD Minister launches ‘Institution’s Innovation Council’ programme

The Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar launched the Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC) programme under Innovation cell of the Ministry of Human Resource Development through video conferencing in New Delhi on November 21, 2018.

The HRD Ministry has established an 'Innovation cell' at AICTE to systematically foster the culture of Innovation in all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across the country. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that it is a significant step in institutionalising innovation and developing a scientific temperament in the country.


The main purpose behind the formation of the network of Institution’s Innovation Councils (IICs) is to encourage, inspire and nurture young students by exposing them to new ideas and processes resulting in innovative activities in their formative years.

Key Highlights

More than 1000 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have already formed IICs in their campuses and enrolled for the IIC network managed by MHRD’s Innovation cell to promote innovation through multitudinous modes leading to an innovation promotion eco-system in their campuses.

In most developed countries, Universities are the main research centers and because of their research, the nations get top ranks in the global innovation ranking.

Now, Indian universities are also setting up research centers through the Institution’s Innovation Council programme.

Through this initiative, India hopes to get a good rank in global innovation ranking in the next 2-3 years.


According to the HRD Minister, educational advancement in higher education can only be achieved by encouraging best practices in innovation and advance research and the Innovation Cell has undertaken many initiatives in this direction such as implementing programmes like Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievement (ARIIA) and Smart India Hackathon (SIH)- 2019.

He further said that the IIC programme will contribute in the holistic development of education in the country.

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