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IIC, UBIIC and JU SPV Foundation organised an interaction with Sonam Wangchuk

JAMMU:  The Institution's Innovation Council and University Business Incubation & Innovation Centre and University of Jammu Special Purpose Vehicle Foundation, University of Jammu today under the Innovation Roadmap Programme, organised an interaction on the theme, "Innovation amidst Adversities", with globally renowned inventor and key note speaker Sonam Wangchuk, Founder, SECMOL, Alternative School, Ladakh, Founding Member, Himalayan Institute of Alternatives (HIAL,) Ladakh, and Inventor ICE STUPA, Artificial Glacier.

It is pertinent to mention that Sonam Wangchuk is recipient of most of the coveted innovation awards namely Ramon Magsaysay and Rolex Awards. The objective of the interaction was to enlighten the audience about the innovation as an instrument for solving problems and creating opportunities at local level for budding entrepreneurs and to pursue innovative tasks and projects at early formative stages of academic development.

Sonam Wangchuk, Founder, SECMOL, Alternative School, Ladakh, Founding Member, Himalayan Institute of Alternatives (HIAL,) Ladakh, and Inventor ICE STUPA, Artificial Glacier, the key note speaker for the occasion elaborated that the entrepreneurship, innovation and resultant start-up creation need not necessarily to be a commercial business model. Contrary innovative thought process needs to be developed wherein local community issues can be taken up through creation of small budget start-ups thereby spurring the social entrepreneurship across region. He categorically mentioned empathy as the biggest entrepreneurial value that need to be harnessed for solution delivery and contentment realisation.

His talk showcased the innovation journey of Ladakh, wherein the reengineering of Ladakh education system through innovation centric engagements has created warehouses of innovative projects in the form of Ice Stupas, SECMOL School and HIAL. He clearly stated that historical wisdom needs to be blended with the science of present for creating sustainable future. The Third pole enterprise one of the innovative outcome of the SECMOL exemplified the ways in which the Trans Himalayan natural resource pool can be potential start-up creation hubs for delivering solutions to the communities at local and global level.

Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu, Professor Manoj Dhar, the Chief Guest for the occasion applauded the Institution Innovation Council (IIC) and University Business Incubation and Innovation Centre (UBIIC)-UoJ SPV Foundation, University of Jammu for bringing best innovative minds in the region at large and University of Jammu in particular for developing innovation and entrepreneurial hub in the varsity. The Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, highlighted that the deliberation of the today's event are indicative of the fact the multidisciplinary thought processes possesses the capacity to innovate, co-create and deliver solutions.

Earlier, Professor Parikshat Singh Manhas, President, Institution's Innovation Council (IIC) & University Business Incubation and Innovation Centre (UBIIC) and UOJSPV Foundation, in his welcome address reflected upon the importance of having inventors rather than innovators for building a dynamic innovation ecosystem in the region of Jammu and Kashmir. He deliberated the future roles and responsibilities to be undertaken by the IIC including creation of Atal Community Innovation Mission hub in the University that will spur grass root level innovations and will create vibrant community of innovators, job creators and inventors.

Prof. Keshav Sharma, Dean Academic Affairs University of Jammu in his concluding remarks congratulated the team of IIC & UBIIC for conducting talks of such high magnitude which creates an urgency on the part of academic fraternity to think and rethink about the teaching pedagogy through newer dimensions.

Other dignitaries present on the occasion included Prof. Naresh Padha, Coordinator RUSA, University of Jammu, Prof. Rajni Dingra, Dean Research Studies. The audience for the occasion comprised of school students from Heritage school Jammu, Jodhamal School Jammu, KV-Sunjuwan, Civil Society members, Members from industry and faculty across University of Jammu and allied campuses.

Dr. Skarma Nunzom, Member University Business Incubation and Innovation Centre (UBIIC), was the master of ceremonies.


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