Assam Down Town University has partnered with Software Technology Parks of India to promote entrepreneurship and support budding entrepreneurs in the Northeast region.
In a letter of intent signed on March 23, the two companies pledged to work closely together in the fields of science, technology-based innovation and entrepreneurship in Assam and northeast India.
“The Memorandum of Understanding was signed to collaborate in eight competence centers with start-up innovation zones in the capitals of Northeast India. This was achieved as part of the vision document “Digital North East 2022” set up by STPI, ”said a statement on March 30th.
The competence centers and start-up innovation zones were called OctaNE. This refers to all interconnected and domain-oriented centers of excellence in the capitals of each northeastern state.
The MoU was signed by Vice Chancellor at AdtU NC Talukdar and Prabir Kumar Das, Jurisdiction Director at Software Technology Parks in India, West Bengal, Assam and Northeast, in the presence of Bandana Dutta, Dean of Studies at AdtU. Sunandan Baruah, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology at AdtU; and Ochintya Sharma, industry-leading innovator and scientist, among others.
The university administration announced that given the mutual strengths in research and institutions, the collaboration will foster entrepreneurship and, through the joint activities of STPI and AdtU, benefit the region’s startup community and other industry stakeholders in a similar area.
“The first step in promoting entrepreneurship was taken with the announcement of the Campus Connect program for budding tech innovators at Assam Down Town University. As part of this program, Assam Down Town University students will have the opportunity to work on developing IoT solutions specifically tailored to agriculture and related sectors, ”said a statement from the university.
The first student innovators are expected to have their prototype ready by April 30, 2021. The successful innovators will have the opportunity to exhibit their prototype in the Student Innovation Zone and will be given the opportunity to be mentored by mentors from the competence centers in the final stage of the Campus Connect program.