Conference Report: National Conference on Innovation & Entrepreneurship in ICT
A National Conference On “Innovation & Entrepreneurship In Information and Communication Technology” was jointly organized By the Computer Society Of India -Ghaziabad Chapter, GNIT Girls Institute of Technology & GNIT Group Of Institutions at GNIT Girls Institute of Technology on 12-13 March, 2010. The Conference was Sponsored By the Department of Science and Technology, Government Of India.
The Inauguration of the conference was done with lighting of lamp by the Chief Guest Prof: S.K.KAK Vice-Chancellor C.C.S University Meerut. Prof: S.K. Jain MHRD IPR Chair Professor & Chairman Of Economics & Entrepreneurs Group IIT Delhi. Elaborating on the purpose of the conference Prof (Dr) A K Pandey Conference Chairman stressed the need for innovation & entrepreneurial Ventures as a way forward towards solving the unemployment problem and taking the nation among the developed nations. Prof S K Jain in his Keynote Address said that all MNCs follow the strategy of out -sourcing in order to Cut down the cost. Thus there is wide scope for entrepreneurship. He further said that 80% of the Patents are not able to complete their term of 20 years. Therefore it is essential for successful entrepreneurs to select the ventures according to the need which Includes potential, emerging unsatisfied and unsolved needs. Prof S.K Kak in his Inaugural Address emphasized on the need for open environment, free mind & Innovation and it should begin at school level itself so that students can get used to thinking in that way .
Session I on “Innovation in ICT industry- Past, Present and Future” was chaired and addressed by Mr. Ashwin Raguraman, Head, Innovation Initiative, NASSCOM, New Delhi. In his talk Mr. Raguraman said Invention is important but “how invention is applied” is more important. He defined innovation as “Fresh thinking to create product to create values”. He said that the key to be successful entrepreneur is to “Think big and act small”. Innovation needs to be Incubated. Mr. Apoorva Raj Sharma, GM, Amity Technology Business Incubator, Noida stressed need of incubation center in an academic institution. The intellectual capital present in an academic institute is asset and can prove to be a catalyst in an innovation process and through incubation center the ideas can be converted in to startups. The incubation centre provides seed funds to the ventures. He came up with the fact that incubator centre is running independently and it is supported by Government of India and that any of the student of any institute can participate in the activity of the centre.
Session II on “Innovation Skills and Entrepreneurship Skills” was marked by presentation of papers by the delegates from academics, industries as well as researcher and students. The paper presentation covered various aspects like emerging trends in ICT, rural India as a potential IT market and the impact of science, technology and innovation on economic and political powers of the country, etc. Dr. Subash Goyal, Chairman, ASSOCHAM’s Expert Committee and Chairman of Civil Aviation and Tourism, ICCI said that the key to be a successful entrepreneur is hard work but it has to be “Smart Hard Work”. Successful enterprises must focus on value of time and passion towards achieving his ambition as the stairs to reach the success, he said.
Session III on “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centric Teaching -Learning process was chaired by Dr. Om Vikas, Advisor, C-DAC, Noida and former Director, IIITM, Gwalior, and Co-Chaired by Mr. Vijay Rastogi, Senior Manager, CSC and Secretary, CSI Ghaziabad Chapter. The session constituted of Young IT Contest paper presentations in two categories: Professionals and Students category. The evaluation committee was comprised of Dr Om Vikas, Dr Rajeev Agrawal, Vijay Rastogi, Prof Abhay Bansal and Prof K K Gupta. Each presentation was followed by an interactive session. Talking about “Innovation and Entrepreneurship centric teaching - learning process” Dr. Om Vikas said that there is a need for inclusive innovation which includes both structured and unstructured innovations. This requires charging mindset and promoting scientific temper of people at school and college level and in various sectors of the economy. He said Entrepreneurship exploits change as opportunity to create new business/service. He also said that Innovation in education is key factor exponentially influencing the overall growth of the country.
Session IV & V The session on Business Plan, Incubator, IPR, and Venture capital was combined under the logistics of needs of creating an enterprise. The session was chaired by Mr. R. Saha, Director, TIFAC, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. Prof Vinod Gupta, Director, (PIS) NIESBUD, Noida focused on how a business plan can be developed and what is needed for preparing a business plan. Mr. S. R. Mustaffa, Manager, STEP, JSSATE, Noida, dwelling on role of incubation centers in the development of new business units said that the a successful business unit is not show of one man army but of the whole team members of the business. Mr. K.G. Alai, Chief General Manager (Northern Region) talked about the importance of finance for the new and developing entrepreneur and he initiatives of SIDBI for promotion of SMSE. Dr. A.K. Garg, Additional Director, Department of Information Technology, Government of India enlightened the audiences about Intellectual Property Right and the importance of strategically protecting the intellectual property rights. Mr. R. Saha in his concluding remarks made the audience and students aware about the new dimensions of IPR, how the Intellectual Property Right can be protected and what are the procedures to apply for these rights.
The session concluded with the presentation of awards for Young IT Professional Awards. In student category, the awards were won by students of IIIT Allahabad(Human Computer Interface using devanagari character Recognition), JSS Noida(Automated system for subjective Examination system: Market-oriented vision, opportunities and challenges) and IIIT, Amethi(MEDAVI : A Software tool for interactively visualizing medical data). In all 92 delegates form various engineering and management institutes and 150 faculties and students of nearby institutes attended the conferences on both the days. The conference concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Shri Vijay Rastogi. This was followed by presentation of Certificates to the participants.