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    This post was last updated on       December 31st, 2021

Institution Innovation Council ( IIC)

About IIC

In the year 2018, the Ministry of Education (MoE) through MoE’s Innovation Cell (MIC) launched the Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC) program in collaboration with AICTE for Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) to systematically foster the culture of innovation and start-up ecosystem in education institutions. Primarily, IIC’s role is to engage large number of faculty, students and staff in various innovation and entrepreneurship related activities such as ideation, Problem Solving, Proof of Concept development, Design Thinking, IPR, project handling and management at Pre-incubation/Incubation stage, etc., so that innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem gets established and stabilized in HEIs. The IIC model is designed to address the existing challenges/issues in HEIs such as less numbers, occasional and unplanned Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) activities organized in HEIs with low involvement of top leadership, lack of coherence and absence of synergy in resource mobilization, deployment and underutilization of creative potential of youths as major barrier for vibrant I&E ecosystem to emerge from HEIs.

IIC model is unique and distinct as it integrates the functionalities of flexibility calendar activities, scoring and reward system, decentralizing operation with division of work, progress monitoring and incentive mechanisms in coordinated manner through a robust digital platform. IN the last two years, undoubtedly, IIC has emerged as a very sustainable and scalable model for promoting innovation within HEIs and the efforts of these IIC Institutes can be seen as impactful contribution towards making country’s innovation and start-ups ecosystem more vibrant and dynamic. The recent achievement of India’s 48th position in Global Innovation Index(GII) ranking is a reflection of the same.

BNMIT started its IIC activities from the year 2018.


Who can establish an IIC?

Any Institute (HEIs) willing to establish IIC and meet any one of following criteria can establish IIC at their Institute

  • Having pre-incubation centres/incubation centers, student idea clubs.
  • Participated in ARIIA Ranking.
  • Participated in NIRF Ranking.
  • NBA/NAAC Accreditation.
  • Recipient of TEQIP –III fund & establishment of Start-up Cell.
  • Government/ Government funded/Deemed University.
  • HEIs offering non-technical programs can also establish IIC.


Why Higher Educational Institutes (HEIs) should establish IIC?

  • No major capital investment required. IIC program makes use of Institute’s existing infrastructure to foster the culture of I&E ecosystem in the campus
  • Round the year guided activities. Monitoring & Recognition of I&E efforts of HEIs at National Level.
  • Exclusive FDP & SDP program for IICs like Innovation Ambassador Training Program, Mentoring Sessions, Leadership Talks and IIC Online Sessions.
  • Exclusive contest for students of IICs like National Innovation Contest.
  • Exclusive support programs for aspirational IICs like Impact Lecture Scheme.
  • Provides National Platform for showcasing I&E achievements of HEIs.