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Vagisha Kaushik|May 3, 2023
NEW DELHI: The Department of Design of Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee) organized a two-day Industry Academia Meet with an objective to provide a platform for corporates and experts from different fields for sharing experiences related to the field of innovation. The theme of the academia meet was “Insight on Innovation: Success Stories”.
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“The visitors were also given a glimpse of ongoing frontier research activities at various Centres of Excellence in the campus. The workshop sought to reduce the gap between academia and industry, and to deliberate upon how students could help innovation in industry to build products in the most optimized way,” the institute said in a statement.
The chief guest of the inauguration session, Dean of academic affairs Apurbba Kumar Sharma and the guest of honor was Rajat Bhalotia, managing director, Wonder products shared their inspiring entrepreneurial journey with the students.
Among other dignitaries were Inderdeep Singh, head of department of design. “Rajat Agrawal, associate dean of innovation and incubation, guided the audience with the importance of innovation management and how the introduction of ISO 56000 would create a system of innovation management,” it said.
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Amongst the speakers were Sunil Ranganathan, who is an experienced AI/ML product leader from Tredence; Harshit Sinha, senior production manager; and Bablu Dey, lead technologist from ITC shared how ITC is building and inculcating an Innovative ecosystem at product and process innovation.
The other speakers were Nikhil Maheshwari, vice president, R&D division, Hindware Home Innovation Limited; Darshan Gandhi from Godrej; Vinay Sharma, Gaurav Raheja from IIT Roorkee. Shashikant shared his experiences with Flipkart and Maruti Udyog in relation to multiple innovations.
Manish Kumar Asthana, Joint Faculty at Department of Design hosted the panel discussion where students were given a chance to interact with the speakers and “enlightened with the importance of ethics in innovation and guided with the industry norms and policies one should follow at every stage of innovation”.
On the occasion, IIT Roorkee director KK Pant, said: "The entrepreneurial and innovation culture supports start-ups forms the rock-solid foundation for a progressive economy. This culture brings in enhanced scope among Universities, Enterprises, and Governments at large to foster innovative ideas and help them get converted into gains for the economy."
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