In January 2022, the Gujarat Chief Minister (CM) Bhupendra Patel inaugurated a two-day International Conference of Academic Institutions 2022 (ICAI-2022), which was held at Gujarat Science City campus, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
- The conference was jointly organised by the Education Department, the Government of Gujarat, the Union Ministry of Education, and the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
- During the conference, the CM launched the 2nd edition of the Student Start-up and Innovation Policy (SSIP 2.0), as the five-year tenure of the SSIP-1 will end on January 10, 2021. The SSIP 2.0 will remain in force till March 2027.
About the policy SSIP 2.0:
Launching SSIP 2.0, Gujarat becomes the 1st of its kind state for launching student support initiatives and support them financially.
i.SSIP 2.0 intends to establish an innovation and incubation centre in each of the 90-odd universities in Gujarat.
ii.It aims to provide financial assistance to school and college students up to the age of 35 years to build prototypes and also financial assistance for filing at least 1,000 Intellectual Properties (IPs) and building a pre-incubation support system in 500 institutions and universities.
iii.It also plans to introduce around 1,500 student start-ups and incubate 500 start-ups through iHub, a state government initiative.
-Over 30 MoUs Signed in the higher and technical education sector in Gujarat
Over 30 Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) has been signed in the higher and technical education sector in Gujarat during the ICAI-2022. The MoUs were signed ahead of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2022, which was scheduled to be held between January 10 and 12, 2022.
- The MoUs were signed by the British Council of India, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), MGIEP (Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development), Cambridge University, IIT Gandhinagar, NHSRCL (National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited), Chandigarh University, Adani Foundation, Pidilite Industries Ltd, Vedantu Innovation Pvt Ltd, Indo-American Education Society, Gujarat State Yoga Board, among others.
i.Australia, Canada, Norway, the UK and France have joined as partner countries for this conference, while the British Council, Australia India Business Exchange and Institute of International Education are among the key institutions which have joined as international participants.
ii.During the conference, the discussion will be held on subjects such as the internationalisation of education, skill development and employability, digital empowerment, the global ranking of universities and inclusive education for children with special needs, etc.
iii.Over 2,000 MoUs were expected to be signed between various government entities, universities and institutions during the conference and a vice chancellors’ conclave for building ‘world-class universities’ was also held at the event.
Note – Gujarat has nearly 91 universities and over 2,800 education institutions. ICAI 2022 endeavours to provide a platform to academicians, researchers, and students around the globe to deliberate on diverse perspectives of the NEP (National Education Policy) – 2020
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Governor – Acharya Devvrat
Stadium – IPCL Sports Complex Ground (Reliance Stadium), Moti Bagh Stadium, Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium
Capital – Gandhinagar