GTU Innovation Council – Gujarat Technological University









Project Category: Government Initiative

Sub Category: Government Sector Initiative In Education
Reference No. WES2013/awards/160

Details of the Applicant:

Name: Dr Gitesh Joshi
Designation: Registrar
Organization: Gujarat Technological University
Address: Nr.Vishwakarma Government Engineering College,
City: Ahmedabad
State: Gujarat
Zip Code: 382424
Organization Website:

Details of the Agency implementing the Project/Initiative:

Name of the Organization: IL&FS

Details of Programme /Project/Initiative:

Brief Description:
Though GTU Innovation Council’s first objective is to nurture creativity and innovation within the University community, it has been designed to act as a catalyst of change for the whole of the society. The Council is sending out its students and teachers to businesses, industries and various organizations to continuously prepare projects and case studies for changes, which may lead to improvement in products or processes. When 400,000 students and 27,000 teachers (our likely numbers in 2013-14) start working as a force for innovation, we expect that the education and research at the University will be rejuvenated through anchoring it with the real-life problems in businesses, industries and the society. More importantly it will make our thousands of MSMEs, spread over 70 plus active industry clusters and our society more innovative. GTU Innovation Council has set up 25 GTU Innovation Sankuls, which are regional communities of GTU educational institutions and the industries in the region. The Council is setting up Udisha (Universal Development of Integrated Skills through Higher Education) Clubs in every GTU Institution for mapping every Technology student with an appropriate industry and for developing the soft-skills of the students. More than 300 Udisha Clubs have already been established.

To establish close linkages with industries and businesses to make research and development at the University relevant to the needs of industries at national and international levels. To involve the industries, along with the students and faculty members, in an innovation campaign, whereby GTU rejuvenates technology education and develops quality research at the University and helps create a culture of design, new and improved products and processes in our industry .To create a management system, which uses the existing structures and facilities by bringing them together for working for innovation. To document every single success and to make the information available to all the stake-holders to develop self-confidence in the whole of the system. To develop inter-relationship for national and international collaborations for innovation in the fields of Science, Engineering, Technology and Management.

Target Group: Students at under-graduate and post-graduate levels, Faculty members and researchers, Industries, Society.

Geographical Reach within India: Across Gujarat State

Geographical Reach outside India: Universities both within India and outside in China, Norway, Mexico has taken a note of our approach and contextually implemented

Date From which the Project became Operational: 3-8-2010

Is the Project still operational?: Yes

List 5 achievements of the programme/project/initiative:
1. GTU Innovation Council is the 1st large-scale effort within any University in the country where each of more than 1.3 lac students, during the last two years, were linked to a MSMEs and where each team located a challenge, took it to class room and attempted to solve the real life project as a part of their academic curricula. All of the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation’s industry clusters have been linked to the 25 Innovation Sankuls/Clusters.
2. The ‘final year engineering students’ have mapped more than 10,000 MSMEs across the state for benchmarking industrial needs and process challenges These IDPs from MSMEs are being used as their final year projects during last 2 years across the state in the Engg colleges and polytechnics. The stronger linkages and innovative measures greatly improved the employability of the students and industries got access to suitable talents because of very close interaction during the whole year of effort.
3. More than 75 patents have been filed based on the innovations developed by students during the last academic year. More than 2500 faculties were trained in IPR and related areas involving mentors from industries and academia which is largest of such kind of effort within any University ecosystem. GIC has already won appreciation from the Division of Green Technology, NRF of Korea. It has been appreciated by Dr. Maximus Ongkili, Science, Tech and Innovation Minister of Malaysia, in Feb, 2011.
4. 6 out of 14 National Awards during Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award ( Given at IIM-Ahmedabad during the year 2012 ) were bagged by students of GTU who tried to solve the real life challenges of MSMEs and society in large. All the 3 Awards at Devang Mehta IT Innovation Award worth 1 lac INR each were bagged by GTU students for solving ICT challenges of industries.
5. More than 1900 MSMEs have written to the University that they have benefited economically by adopting the innovations as suggested/delivered by students of GTU’s first cohort, which graduated in June 2012. It was estimated that industries has benefited by crores of Rupees because of Innovations by students. Former Union HRD Secretary Ms. Vibha Puri Das has taken a note of this approach for possible scaling of this attempt across the technical education ecosystem of the country.

List 5 Key challenges faced while implementing the project/programme/initiative and how they were overcome:
1.GTU Innovation Council has converted every challenge into an opportunity right from converting its huge no. of students as its key strength. Gujarat is having nearly 2.2 lac MSMEs in 72 clusters and GTU admits more than 1 lac students/faculties every year. More than 10,000 MSMEs have already been directly linked to teams of students and faculties. 1,900 industries have benefited a great deal through the work of the students. These industries have provided information to GTU about it.
2. The students in our ecosystem required support for IPR as a result of innovative efforts involving industry-academia. The governmental support from public funds could not be tapped in a distributed way all over the State and in the short window of time. GTU trained the faculty so that costs of search and preparing the patent application could be eliminated. The Colleges and the MSMEs were asked to jointly bear the costs. The results into more than 75 patents have already been filing during 2012.
3. Due to a slow-down, the number of new jobs for fresh entrants to the job-market has shrunk to a small number. GTU has created a virtual incubator called Student Start-up Support System (S4) to help such efforts. As creating sustainable financial incentives for every stakeholder was a challenge, GTU has designed an academic incentive systems to foster linkages of industry-academia in an innovative way by giving credits for locating and solving indt. challenges as a part of the academic process.
4. When it was found that the number of seats in the software industry were highly insufficient for the number of students in Computer Engineering and IT, GTU initiated IT Infrastructure Abhiyan to do the projects in brick and mortar industries which helped the cottage industries/SMEs get ICT enabled involving university students.
5. Making a robust inter process communication channel when nearly a million information exchanges between all stakeholders happening within 25 Sankuls using social media, public media and ICT tools have taken us to new benchmark. Due to the acute shortage of experienced faculty, the students were facing problems of proper mentoring. So the University has started a virtual mentoring network through its Sectoral Innovation Groups in every sub-area of technology.