Gujarat Technological University

National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) - Innovation Facilitation Centre (IFC) at GTU

GTU has been selected for being on top rank among Universities all over the Country

National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) working under Govt. of India’s Department for Scientific & Industrial Research in Ministry of Science & Technology has selected Gujarat Technological University (GTU) as NRDC-Innovation Facilitation Centre. GTU is the only university in Gujarat to receive the permission for setting up the Centre.

Dr. H. Purushotham, Chairman & Managing Director of NRDC visited GTU Chandkheda campus on 17th May 2017 and held meeting with Prof. (Dr) Navin Sheth, Vice Chancellor of GTU, Bipin J. Bhatt, Registrar of GTU, Hiranmay Mahanta, Director, GTU Innovation Council and Amit Patel, Assistant Professor, IPR and explored the possibilities about the activities to be done in the upcoming Centre. An MOU is to be signed to establish the Centre at GTU. “Many proposals were received from R & D Institutions/Universities all over the Country, in which GTU’s Rank was on top. So NRDC selected GTU for the Grant-in-Aid Programme 2016-17,” Dr. Purushotham said. It is to be noted that based on the continuous efforts made by GTU in the field of IP Research and Training since inception.

“The objective of establishing the NRDC-Innovation Facilitation Centre is to promote IP & Innovation awareness and culture amongst the students, faculty, researchers and startups. Various courses have been introduced to give information of ‘Intellectual Property Rights’ and ‘Patents’ so that the students of Gujarat may not lag behind other students in any way. As a result of the tremendous efforts of the University, the students and faculty members from GTU and associated colleges have filed around 350 patents. The new NRDC-Innovation Facilitation Centre will be helpful in spreading awareness about patent & IPR. This can also be helpful to students for getting patent for their innovative projects, which can be later converted to product or service useful in solving the problems of industry and society,” Prof. (Dr) Navin Sheth, VC of GTU said.

NRDC will fund to file innovative technologies to be patented. NRDC will provide its mentors, skill and experience to commercialise the innovations of GTU students, faculty and colleges. Online IP content will be created in support of NRDC for the use of students as well as faculty members. GTU IP policy to be created for the growth and benefit of students.

GTU has received a total grant of Rs 10,41,000/- (Rs 6,00,000/- during 2016-17 and Rs 4,41,000/- during 2017-18) from NRDC for this center.