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‘Technology Angels,’ DSIR officials, stress on help for student teams keen on own ventures

Thiruvananthapuram: Participants at a meeting organised by Technopark here on Friday highlighted the need to foster innovation and encourage student teams to set up start-up ventures. The meeting provided a platform for the Technology Angels team of the Technopark-TePP Outreach Centre to interact with officials of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR). It was organised with the objective of strengthening the innovative activities of the Outreach Centre.

While the DSIR team was led by A.S. Rao, advisor, and C. Amarnath, Chairman, TePP Screening Committee, the Technopark delegation comprised CEO N. Radhakrishnan Nair and the Panel of Technology Angels including N. Thankappan Nair, Chairman IEEE India Council, V.K. Damodaran, Retd. Director – Energy Management Centre and Achuth Shankar, Hon. Director, Centre for Bioinformatics, University of Kerala. Officials from VSSC, LPSC, National Institute of Interdisciplinary Sciences and Technology, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing and representatives of the department of science, technology and environment participated in the meeting. Technology Angels shared their experience of evaluating various projects sent to DSIR for funding. Prof. Amarnath highlighted the need for evaluation of innovative projects. “Innovation is like the fire of a candle, we must not let it die. We must nurture the seed of innovation and mentor it in such a way as to bring out the best.” Dr. Achuth Sankar suggested that innovation technologies be transferred to student teams willing to set up own ventures.

Technopark CEO Mr. Nair said, “We have decided to hold the Technology Angels meeting every three months to strengthen this relationship with DSIR and also to develop the committee for project evaluation.”