R.M.K. Engineering College has established the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) as an ecosystem to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among students and faculty members. This is in line with the objectives and directions set by the Government of India as given below.
The activities of the CIE are governed by the National Innovation and Startup Policy (NISP) 2019 as published by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) (renamed later as Ministry of Education – MoE). Please refer : AICTE Brochure
In the last 6 years, India has made considerable progress in the world map in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. India has moved up from 81st position in 2015 to 52nd position in 2019 and 48th position in 2020 in Global Innovation Index (GII) ranking and is in the 78th position in Global Entrepreneurship Index (GEI). For India to emerge as a global innovation hub, the Government of India expects that higher education institutions (HEIs) should have an ecosystem which will encourage, inspire and nurture young students by exposing them to new ideas and processes resulting in innovative activities in their formative years.
Establishing of Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC) as per the procedures set by Ministry of Education (MoE)’s Innovation Cell (MIC), Govt. of India to create a vibrant local innovation ecosystem and start-up supporting mechanism in the institution (Please refer https://www.mic.gov.in/iic.php)
Hosting the IIC Innovation Ambassador Training Series Program at R.M.K. Engineering College jointly organized by AICTE and MIC on January 8 and 9, 2020 for about 250 faculty members as participants from 65 institutions
Participation in ‘Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA)’ of Ministry of Education, Govt. of India (Please refer https://www.ariia.gov.in/)
Participation every year in Smart India Hackathon organized by MoE, AICTE, i4C, and Persistent Systems and hosting of the Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon in 2018 (Please refer https://www.sih.gov.in/)
RMKEC–MSME Technology Incubator recognized by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India (Ref. No.: HI/TN/568/00006) providing facilities for entrepreneurs to establish start-up companies (Please refer https://msme.gov.in/)
Participation in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre (IEDC) Program by the National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) under Department of Science and Technology (Please refer http://www.nstedb.com/)
Entrepreneurship Cell (E-Cell) as part of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Program (IEDP) organized by Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation Institute – Tamilnadu (EDII-TN), Department of MSME, Govt. of Tamilnadu (Please refer https://www.editn.in/)
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) – Cell to support the faculty members and students to apply for IPRs and receive the grant of IPRs in coordination with Intellectual Property India under Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India (Please refer http://www.ipindia.nic.in/)