UT adviser KK Sharma has appreciated the activities of Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC) and assured his support to its initiatives.
Sharma was interacting with heads of CRIKC institutions at a meeting in Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), Chandigarh, on Thursday.
Various leading educational and research institutions of Chandigarh region had joined hands to form CRIKC to promote and sustain excellence in research.
On behalf of CRIKC institutions, PU vice-chancellor Professor Arun K Grover highlighted CRIKC institutions' activities and apprised Sharma of the appreciation of CRIKC's concept by central government and its various agencies, including human resource development ministry, planning commission and UGC.
Prof Grover said Chandigarh was evolving as a quality hub of education and research with the setting up of various centrally funded institutions like IISER, ISB, NABI, BPU, INST, SASE in Chandigarh region.
He also stressed on setting up hostels for 5,000 bright students in CRIKC institutions as the students were being forced to stay outside or share rooms with others due to scarcity of sufficient number of hostel accommodations.
He informed Sharma that the union government had established two centres of national importance, namely Policy Research Centre and University Innovation Cluster at PU for the promotion of industry-academia interactions. These programmes were headed by Professor Rupinder Tewari, CRIKC coordinator and dean, faculty of science, PU.
Policy Research Centre is sponsored by department of science and technology, while the University Innovation Cluster is sponsored by department of biotechnology.
During the meeting, CRIKC institutions requested the UT adviser to help develop 500 two-room transit accommodations for newly recruited faculty in the leading academic and research institutions situated in the Chandigarh region as was done by UT administration for PGIMER in Sector 24.