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NRDC – Innovation Facilitation Centres (NRDC-IFC)

Innovation is a key driver for a sustainable industrial and economic growth and important for an organisation for its overall development and to remain competitive worldwide. India has a well-developed science and technology infrastructure, but there is insignificant R&D output in terms of innovations, Intellectual Property (IP) oriented technology development and its subsequent transfer to the industry.  Although there is immense potential in India for commercialisable research and innovation, it has not been exploited adequately.

There is a need for an industry oriented innovative scientific research and an effective system in our Country to safe guard the knowledge generated by Universities & Academic Institutions across the country and to make it available to the industry.

NRDC with its vast experience in technology transfer and IP management took up the task of  setting up of Innovation Facilitation Centres in the Universities,  NIT’s, IIT's, Autonomous Institutions & Academic Institutions in India, involved in Research and Development in various scientific disciplines. These IFCs will promote innovation activities and encourage the faculty, students and researchers and would facilitate the effective management of Intellectual Property, development of an association with manufacturing enterprises and subsequently the transfer of the IP to the industry and entrepreneurs.

The Corporation with the support of DSIR under the Programme for Inspiring Inventors and Innovators (PIII), a DSIR Grants-in-aid scheme, has set-up fifteen NRDC – Innovation Facilitation Centres in different regions of the country till last financial year 2020-21.

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During the financial year 2013-14 the Corporation has set up two NRDC – Innovation Facilitation Centres (NRDC-IFC) in the premises of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Ansari Nagar, New Delhi and another at Amity University Uttar Pradesh (AUUP), Sector-125, Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

During 2014-15, another two centres were set up, one in the premises of the National Institute of Technology Silchar (NITS), Cachar, Assam and other in Indian Institute of Engineering Science & Technology, Shibpur (IIEST), Howrah, West Bengal.

Two more Institutions have been selected for establishing NRDC – Innovation Facilitation Centres, One at Gujarat Technological University, Ahmadabad, and another at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh in the financial year 2016-17.

During the financial year 2018-19 Corporation has set up three NRDC – Innovation Facilitation Centres (NRDC-IFC) in the premises of National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Mohali, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad and Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi.

Corporation has set up three more NRDC – Innovation Facilitation Centres (NRDC-IFC) in the premises of Anna University, Chennai, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, Maharashtra and Tezpur University, Sonitpur, Assam in the financial year 2019-20.

Recently, Corporation has selected three more NRDC – Innovation Facilitation Centres (NRDC-IFC) in the premises of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli and Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat n the financial year 2020-21.

In all, fifteen NRDC-IFCs have been setup in various R&D Institutions and implementing the programme successfully.

NRDC INNOVATION FACILITATION CENTRES    2012-2021

S.No.

NRDC-IFC

DISTRICT

STATE/ U.T.

UNIVERSITY/ INSTITUTION

SETUP IN
F. Y.

1

NRDC-AIIMS-IFC

New Delhi

NCR

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110029

2013-14

2

NRDC-AMITY-IFC

Noida

Uttar Pradesh

Amity University Uttar Pradesh (AUUP), Sector-125, Noida -201303, Uttar Pradesh

2013-14

3

NRDC-NITS-IFC

Cachar

Assam

National Institute of Technology Silchar (NITS), Cachar-788010, Assam

2014-15

4

NRDC-IIEST-IFC

Howrah

West Bengal

Indian Institute of Engineering Science & Technology, Shibpur (IIEST), Howrah -711103, West Bengal

2014-15

5

NRDC-IITK-IFC

Kanpur

Uttar Pradesh

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK),Kanpur-208016, Uttar Pradesh

2016-17

6

NRDC-GTU-IFC

Ahmedabad

Gujarat

Gujarat Technological University (GTU), Navrangpura, Ahmedabad-380015 , Gujarat

2016-17

7

NRDC-NIPER-IFC

Mohali

Punjab

National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), S.A.S. Nagar Sector 67, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Mohali - 160062, Punjab

2018-19

8

NRDC-UOH-IFC

Hyderabad

Telangana

University of Hyderabad (UOH), Central University P.O., Professor CR Rao Road, Gachibowli, Hyderabad - 500046, Telangana

2018-19

9

NRDC_IITBHU_IFC

Varanasi

Uttar Pradesh

Indian Institute of Technology (IITBHU) Varanasi, Banaras Hindu University Campus, Varanasi - 221005, Uttar Pradesh

2018-19

10

NRDC-AU-IFC

Chennai

Tamil Nadu

Anna University, Sardar Patel Road, Guindy, Chennai - 600025, Tamil Nadu

2019-20

11

NRDC-NMU-IFC

Jalgaon

Maharashtra

Kavayitri Bahinabai Chaudhari North Maharashtra University, Umavi Nagar, Jalgaon - 425001, Maharashtra

2019-20

12

NRDC-TU-IFC

Sonitpur

Assam

Tezpur University, Napaam, Sonitpur - 784028, Assam

2019-20

13

NRDC-PAU-IFC

Ludhiana

Punjab

Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana - 141027, Punjab

2020-21

14

NRDC-NITT-IFC

Tiruchirappalli

Tamil Nadu

National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli - 620015, Tamil Nadu

2020-21

15

NRDC-AAU-IFC

Jorhat

Assam

Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat - 785013, Assam

2020-21

 

The Main Objectives of establishing these centres are:

  • To promote area specific technologies for the industries by utilizing R&D capabilities of the host institutions in the region.
     
  • To provide value addition services in terms of IP management & technology commercialisation for making commercial products from the R&D of institutions of the region.
     
  • To act as a potent resource of IP protected technologies to help manufacturing sector of the country in developing new products and services based on the innovative technologies available through the Innovation Facilitation Centres.
     
  • To facilitate and create appropriate environment in the Universities, National Institutes of Technology (NIT’s), IIT’s, Autonomous Institutions & Academic Institutions in India for the promotion of innovation processes and provide training and support.
     
  • To play the role of a facilitator to stimulate entrepreneurial activities within the Universities, National Institutes of Technology (NIT’s), IIT’s, Autonomous Institutions & Academic Institutions in India through the NRDC-IFC.
     
  • To provide Intellectual Property protection and management services and facilitate the technology transfer and commercialisation.
     
  • To develop and strengthen the Industry-Academia partnership for development and effective transfer of know-how from the Universities, National Institutes of Technology (NIT’s), IIT’s, Autonomous Institutions & Academic Institutions in India to the entrepreneurs and industry.

These centres are organizing Seminars and Workshops on Innovation, Intellectual Property Rights and Technology Transfer and sensitizing students, research scientists and faculty about the effective management of Intellectual Property and technology transfer related issues to achieve the objectives of the NRDC-IFC Programme and helping them to file patents.

The NRDC – Innovation Facilitation Centres are also arranging interactive sessions and in-house lectures for students, researchers and faculty-members on Intellectual Property protection and management, technology transfer and commercialisation to encourage them, to create an appropriate environment in the Universities & Academic Institutions for the promotion of innovation processes and to stimulate the entrepreneurial activities within these Institutions.

Main Contribution of NRDC –Innovation Facilitation Centres

  • NRDC on behalf of DSIR under its Programme for Inspiring Inventors and Innovators (PIII) has set-up fifteen Innovation Facilitation Centres in the premises of the Universities/ Institutions in different regions of the country till financial year 2020-21.
  • Promoting Innovation related activities in and around the Universities, NITs, IITs, Academic & Autonomous Institutions where these IFC's are established.
     
  • Licensed One Technology and few more are in pipeline.
     
  • Sensitized more than 2000 students, research scientists and faculty members about the importance of IP generation and technology transfer of their R&D Work to achieve the objectives of the NRDC-IFC Programme.
     
  • Motivated & Guided researchers, faculty and students in these Institutions to file more than 50 Patent applications, 7 Designs, 1 Trademark and 3 Copyrights in India.
     
  • Motivated students, research scientists and faculty members to Commercialize their R&D Work to the Entrepreneurs and Industries.
     
  • Organized more than 25 Seminars, Workshops, Talks, Training Programs on Innovation, Intellectual Property Rights and Technology Transfer in these Institutions for creating awareness about the importance of IP generation and technology transfer.

Partial List of Seminars and Workshops Conducted/Organised

S.No.

NRDC-IFC Centre

Seminar / Workshop

 

Place

Date

Outcome

1

NRDC-Amity IFC

IPR Workshop

Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, Sector 125, Noida

27.09.2017

The IPR Workshop was attended by more than 200 participants including students, researchers, faculty and research scholars.  The Workshop encouraged the participants to come up with their innovative ideas.

 

2

NRDC-Amity IFC

IPR Workshop

Amity University  Kolkata, Kolkata (WB)

3/11/2017

This IPR Workshop was instrumental to encourage the student community and the faculty and researchers to come up with innovative projects and file patents.

 

3

NRDC-Amity IFC

IPR Workshop

Amity University, Mumbai.

17/11/2017

This IPR Workshop was also instrumental to encourage the students’ community and the faculty and researchers to come up with innovative projects and file patents.

 

4

NRDC-IIEST-IFC

IPR Management  & Technology Transfer  (Scintillations 2kl7)

Gateway Hall, IIEST, Shibpur

18-19 August, 2017

125 Researchers and students were benefitted from the Workshop

5

NRDC-IITK-IFC

Promotion of Agricultural Innovations

CSAUAT, Kanpur

17th Aug, 2017

PPVFRA Application Filing, Successful Stories of Agri. Based Innovations

 

6

NRDC-IITK-IFC

Protection of Agricultural Innovation through IPR prospects

BBAU, Lucknow

31st Aug, 2017

Protection and Efficient Management of Agricultural Innovations Through IPR Prospects

7

NRDC-IITK-IFC

Awareness of IPR Protection and Commercialization of Technologies

SATI Auditorium, Vidisha, M.P.

8th Sep, 2017

Awareness of IPR Protection and Commercialization of Technologies

 

8

NRDC-IITK-IFC

Patent Capacity Building Programme

Outreach Auditorium, IIT Kanpur

3rd Feb, 2018

Basics of IPR, Foreign Patent Filing, EPO Tools, Filing Procedures, and Technical Deliberations on Drafting for IP Professionals in Academia and Industry in India

 

9

NRDC-IITK-IFC

Importance of Intellectual Property in Innovation Management

IME Building Seminar Hall, IIT Kanpur

16th Feb, 2018

Very Helpful in Adopting the Best Practices in Generation, Protection and Efficient Management of their Intellectual Assets, Innovation Strategies and Business Planning

 

10

NRDC-IITK-IFC

Bootcamp for Bioentrepreneurs

Outreach Auditorium, IIT Kanpur

23.03.2018 & 24.03.2018

Product Development Pathway, Validation of Business Idea, Strategic Business Modeling, Brief Description on Bio Entrepreneurship,

 

11

NRDC-IIEST-IFC

Observance of World IP Day 2017 – Poster Design Competition

IIEST- Shibpur campus

26 April, 2017

Generated awareness among students about the importance of IPR

12

NRDC-IIEST-IFC

Follow-up discussion with the best presenters’ of “Institution Academic Meet-2017”

Office of TCGTBI             (Incubation Centre) IIEST- Shibpur

12 May 2017

Commercial viability of 9 different projects  with Innovative Technologies, were judged

13

NRDC-IIEST-IFC

Workshop on Prototype presentation by students of different Engineering colleges of W.B.

Office of TCGTBI             (Incubation Centre) IIEST- Shibpur

22 May 2017

guided the students about the Prototype Development

14

NRDC-IIEST-IFC

Sensitization Programme on Innovation and IPR for the new batch  of UG Students

IIEST- Shibpur campus

26 July, 2017

New batch of students got their preliminary exposure to these concepts and understood the relevance of Innovation and IPR

 

15

NRDC-IIEST-IFC

Two day seminar-cum- workshop on IPR Management  & Technology Transfer  (Scintillations 2kl7)

 

Gateway Hall, IIEST- Shibpur

18-19 August, 2017

125 Researchers and students benefitted from the workshop

16

NRDC-IIEST-IFC

Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp 2017-18

IIEST- Shibpur campus

1-3 November 2017

75 Science and technology students got an insight on alternate 

 

 

 

Brainstorming Session on Ideation & Innovation

IIEST- Shibpur campus

13 Dec, 2017

Active participation of students brought some innovative ideas 

17

NRDC-IIEST-IFC

Interactive Session on Exploitable Innovations and Potential for their Commercialization

IIEST- Shibpur campus

29 January, 2018

student entrepreneurs benefited from this session

18

NRDC-IIEST-IFC

Sensitization seminar on  Clean room Technology: Opportunities for Techno-entrepreneurship

 

Gateway Hall, IIEST- Shibpur

14 March, 2018

students with entrepreneurial mind-set were sensitized with this innovative technology and its huge potential

19

NRDC-GTU-IFC

Patent Clinic

Gujarat Technological University,

Ahmadabad Campus

 

22nd & 23rd May 2017

Created awareness about importance of Patents to 13 participants, the participants learned basic criteria for patentability, patent search using free and paid patent databases, Patent Filing procedure and various patent filing forms.

 

20

NRDC-GTU-IFC

Patent Clinic

Gujarat Technological University,

Ahmadabad Campus

 

12th & 13th   June 2017

56 students learned basic criteria for patentability, patent search, Patent Filing procedures and various patent filing forms.

 

21

NRDC-GTU-IFC

Patent Clinic

Gujarat Technological University,

Ahmadabad Campus

 

19th & 20th  June 2017

91 students and researchers learned basic criteria for patentability, patent search, Patent Filing procedures.

 

22

NRDC-GTU-IFC

Patent Clinic

GTU Innovation and Startup Centre - Rajkot Hub AVPTI Campus,

Rajkot

 

28th & 29th December 2017

33 students and researchers learned patent search, Patent Filing procedure and various concerning forms for patent filing.

 

23

NRDC-GTU-IFC

Patent Clinic

Gujarat Technological University Campus

Chandkheda, Ahmadabad

 

04th & 05th January 2018

68 students and researchers learned Patent Filing procedure and various related forms for patent filing.

 

24

NRDC-GTU-IFC

Patent Clinic

Gujarat Technological University Campus

Chandkheda, Ahmadabad

16th & 17th January 2018

96 students and researchers learned Patent Filing procedure and various related forms for patent filing.

 

25

NRDC-GTU-IFC

Patent Clinic

GTU Innovation and Startup Centre – Surat Hub, Dr S & S S Gandhi College, Surat

23rd & 24th January 2018

122 students and researchers learned Patent Filing procedure and various related forms for patent filing.