TI has been successfully conducting engineering and design challenge contests for the past six years. Last year, the challenge attracted more than 11,000 engineering students in India from more than 650 colleges around the country. This year, the India Innovation Challenge has expanded its canvas to create an ecosystem that encompasses government, academia, and industry. The contest follows TI’s efforts toward industry-oriented engineering education to foster innovation in students. Every year TI trains a large number of engineering students on state-of art technologies through labs, workshops and curriculum integration. TI has set up 2400+ labs in engineering colleges, trained engineering faculty and students on cutting edge technologies and worked toward industry relevant curricula in India’s engineering programs at universities.
Professor Suresh Bhagavatula, Chairperson, Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development, at IIM Bangalore, said: “The Innovation Challenge has a huge footprint in terms of the number of colleges and the students participating in it. IIMB sees an exciting opportunity to collaborate with TI to take the contest to the next level, both in terms of the kind of ideas that would emerge from the contest as well as in terms of taking these ideas to the market. With the support of DST, IIMB believes that with its experience in incubation, understanding of entrepreneurship and its network of mentors, it can help transform the best ideas from this contest into successful enterprises. This in turn could lead to a virtuous spiral where the prospects of commercializing product ideas into enterprises will draw even more bright technologists and inventors, amongst the students, to participate in the contest.”
“DST has been playing pivotal role in promotion of science and technology in the country. With TI and its India Innovation Challenge providing tremendous thrust to the development of technology among young engineering students, DST sees an opportunity to promote entrepreneurship and take this initiative to a higher level by supporting these young students create their own startups. DST has always strived to support major science projects and entrepreneurial initiatives which have relevance to national needs and are also relevant to development and demand of newer technology in the country. With IIMB offering their expertise with business mentoring and incubation support, DST aims to take another step forward to encourage students at the grassroots level, to bring fresh ideas, solutions and products to the Indian market and contribute to India’s manufacturing ecosystem.”said H.K. Mittal, Advisor and Head, NSTEDB, DST, GOI.
The Texas Instruments University Program is dedicated to supporting engineering educators, researchers and students worldwide. Since 1982, the program has facilitated the inclusion of TI analog and embedded processing technology in the learning experience for engineering students, including classrooms; teaching and research labs; textbooks; design projects and contests; and course curricula. By doing this, TI aims to bridge the gap between the worlds of business and academia, bringing real world engineering concepts to life for thousands of students every year. Imagine the impact. – Courtesy / https://e2e.ti.com/group/universityprogram/w/contests/2411.innovation-challenge-india