National Innovation and Startup Policy 2019 (NISP) Implementation

About NISP

The ‘National Innovation and Start-up Policy 2019 for students and faculty in HEIs was launched by Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on 11th September 2019 at AICTE, New Delhi.

This policy intends to guide HEIs for promoting students’ driven innovations & start-ups and to engage the students and faculty in innovation and start up activities in campus. The policy aims at enabling HEIs to build, streamline and strengthen the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem in campus and will be instrumental in leveraging the potential of student’s creative problem solving and entrepreneurial mind-set, and promoting a strong intra and interinstitutional partnerships with ecosystem enablers and different stakeholders at regional, national and international level. The policy is being implemented by MHRD’s Innovation Cell and in coordination AICTE, UGC, state/ UT governments and universities. Implementation of policy has been undertaken for quick adoption by HEIs. The present policy is a way forward to the earlier version of AICTE’s Start-up Policy which was launched in the year 2016 to complement the Startup Action Plan under the Startup India and Stand-up India Program launched by Hon’ble Prime Minster of India.

Components of Guiding Framework

The National Innovation and Startup Policy laid down guiding framework for HEIs and it highlights various important and practical aspects of promoting and supporting innovation, technology commercialization and startups in academic setup as mentioned below:

This policy intends to guide HEIs for promoting students’ driven innovations & start-ups and to engage the students and faculty in innovation and start up activities in campus. The policy aims at enabling HEIs to build, streamline and strengthen the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem in campus and will be instrumental in leveraging the potential of student’s creative problem solving and entrepreneurial mind-set, and promoting a strong intra and interinstitutional partnerships with ecosystem enablers and different stakeholders at regional, national and international level. The policy is being implemented by MHRD’s Innovation Cell and in coordination AICTE, UGC, state/ UT governments and universities. Implementation of policy has been undertaken for quick adoption by HEIs. The present policy is a way forward to the earlier version of AICTE’s Start-up Policy which was launched in the year 2016 to complement the Startup Action Plan under the Startup India and Stand-up India Program launched by Hon’ble Prime Minster of India.

  1. HEIs Strategies & Governance for Promoting Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  2. Creating Innovation Pipeline and Pathways for Entrepreneurs
  3. Building Organizational Capacity, Human Resources and Incentives to support and promote innovative and entrepreneurial activities
  4. Collaboration, Co-creation, Business Relationship and Knowledge Exchange within campus and among the ecosystem enablers co-exist at regional and national level
  5. Incentivizing Students for Entrepreneurship and Startup pursuits
  6. Incentivizing faculty and Staff for Entrepreneurship and Startup pursuits
  7. Incubation & Pre-incubation support and facility creation in HEIs
  8. IP ownership rights for technologies Development and transfer in HEIs
  9. Pedagogy and Learning Interventions for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development

Implementation Plan

The NISP implementation team at MHRD’s Innovation Cell has designed a five-stage implementation plan to take the NISP to ground. A portal in this regard has been in place to accommodate below implementation phases with proper progress monitoring and evaluation mechanism.

Following are the implementation stages.

  • Stage 1: Launch of NISP Campaign to bring HEIs to a common platform and commitment to adopt the NISP in institutes in a time bound manner.
  • Stage 2: Inviting Nomination of Sr. Faculty from HEI to Implement I&E Policy at Institute Level.
  • Stage 3: Phase wise conduct of Orientation cum Training Programs for the nominated faculty in policy design and implementation and offering further handholding in implementation.
  • Stage 4: Implementation progress monitoring and program evaluation and corrective actions
  • Stage 5: Incorporation of changes and improvement in existing policy, consensus building and further implementation.

1. Progress in NISP Campaign: In the first round of invitation call, so far head of the institutes from 1420 HEIs have joined the campaign with great interest and lodged commitment towards timely implementation. In near future, a policy orientation for academic leaders will be organised.

2. Progress in Faculty Nomination from HEIs: In the first round of invitation call for nomination, so far senior faculty from around 1000 HEIs have been nominated. These senior faculty will lead to undertake Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) policy design, coordination and implementation work at institute level. Role of nominated faculty is to ensure design, adoption and implementation of innovation and startup policy at institute level in accordance with the NISP and other relevant policies of state and central government level. Faculty-in-charge in coordination with the implementation committee at institute level will carry out assessment of the current status of campus innovation and startup ecosystem (SWOT) and identify thrust areas of intervention and will also design the policy document and implementation strategy for adoption. Faculty-in-charge will also undertake responsibility of carrying out of a periodic review and progress monitoring at institute level for further improvement. They will also act as point of contact with NISP implementation team at MHRD’s Innovation cell for regular handholding and progress monitoring activities.

3. Phase wise conduct of Orientation cum Training Program for the nominated faculty: For the 1st cohort comprising of faculty nominated from around 1000 HEIs across 31 states/UTs, following three orientation cum training sessions will be organised from 5th August to 2nd September 2020 as below.

Date Sessions Learning Objectives
5 August 2020 Theme 1: Orientation and Adoption of NISP at HEI Level (Time: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM)
  • What are the provisions and components in NISP for HEIs to implement?
  • Why HEIs should adopt and where to start the adoption of NISP?
  • What are the desirable approaches, expected outcomes and likely impacts which will be created both at Micro & Macro level and Short- and Long-Term?
  • Task Sheet preparation: To do list for adoption
19 August 2020 Theme 2: Innovation and Startup Policy Implementation Strategy and Progress Monitoring at HEI level
  • What are the methods for the Innovation & Startup policy implementation at HEI level?
  • How to establish a measuring framework for the Innovation & Startup policy implementation at HEI level?
  • How to evaluate the progress and impact of policy by setting up Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the Innovation cum Startup policy implementation at HEI level?
  • Task Sheet preparation: To do list for Implementation
2 September 2020 Theme 3: Process of Policy Documentation and Demonstration
  • Why we should write policy case studies?
  • What are the components of writing a policy case studies?
  • How to write a good policy case for advocacy and public information and communication to the outside world?

Three online sessions on above themes viz. 1. Orientation and Adoption of NISP at HEI Level, 2. Innovation and Startup Policy Implementation Strategy and Progress Monitoring at HEI level and 3. Process of Policy Documentation and Demonstration will be organized. These sessions will cover NISP provision, plans and also address various aspects related to policy design, its implementation and monitoring evaluation tools such as vision building exercise using problem and solution tree approach; logic modeling for policy design; policy implementation approaches; monitoring and impact evaluation methodologies; program management techniques; writing policy case studies, etc. In addition, region wise online interactions with nominated faculty will be undertaken to address the queries from HEIs. Sessions will be webcasted on YouTube channel of MHRD Innovation Cell.

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