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Delhi University: Innovation central
Gauri Kohli, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 26, 2014
First Published: 10:03 IST(26/2/2014)
Last Updated: 16:45 IST(27/2/2014)

Working towards environment sustainability, developing waste management techniques, creating opportunities for women’s empowerment through value-added products, digital reconstruction of lost art and craft and much more... Delhi University students from 59 colleges are redefining innovation through 251 unique projects.

Aimed at encouraging innovative thinking, these projects have engaged some of the brightest minds in the university to come up with real practical solutions to everyday problems. What’s more, the university is providing funding worth Rs. 10 lakh for each project.

Proposals were invited in January 2012 for the scheme, called ‘Innovation Projects in Colleges.’ It was ‘designed…to enhance learning experience through student participation,’ and each project had teams of three teachers, 10 students, in addition to a mentor from outside the institution.

“The scheme was structured to encourage and support hands-on research by college teachers and students. The best thing is that they encourage trans-diciplinarity and research at the undergraduate level,” says Professor Madan Chaturvedi, director, Cluster Innovation Centre, and dean research (life sciences) at University of Delhi.

One of the biggest outcomes of these projects is that the university is planning to encourage students to develop entrepreneurial projects. “A business incubator funded by the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises is in the process of being established. This will incubate some of these projects that have the potential to be converted into business models,” adds Chaturvedi.

Elaborating on the success of the university’s initiative, Professor Malashri Lal, dean, academic activities and projects at DU, says, “We received over 400 applications in the second year of this scheme. We are also getting attention from some foreign universities who are looking for collaborations with the university on these projects. A Norwegian delegation visited the university campus recently to establish links with colleges on innovation projects. The University of Michigan and Edinburgh have also expressed interest in collaborating with DU. The university has appointed two IPR chairs to develop a policy to identify and give a boost to some of the ideas that have the potential to be commercialised.”

Some projects from 2013-14

Cluster Innovation Centre
Impact of FDI in multibrand retail on local kirana shops

Acharya Narendra Dev College
Development of low-cost computer-controlled science laboratory using sensors and open source hardware and software tools

Delhi College of Arts and Commerce
Creating a more enabling environment for differently-abled students in universities in Delhi through a dropout prevention programme

Deshbandhu College
Study and improvement of various existing and development of new devices harnessing renewable energy resources to make them cheaper, more energy  efficient and user-friendly

Dyal Singh College
Removal of toxic chemicals from laboratory effluents using green technologies 

IP College for Women
Exploring and identifying ethical decision-making patterns in Indian women ­entrepreneurs

Miranda House
More miles on the Yamuna  

Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Science for Women
Antimicrobial and phytochemical studies on some Indian spices against multi-drug resistant human pathogens

Indicative list


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