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Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India has established ‘MHRD’s Innovation Cell (MIC)’ to systematically foster the culture of Innovation amongst all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The primary mandate of MIC is to encourage, inspire and nurture young students by supporting them to work with new ideas and transform them into prototypes while they are informative years.

MIC has envisioned encouraging creation of ‘Institution’s Innovation Council (IICs)’ across selected HEIs. A network of these IICs will be established to promote innovation in the Institution through multitudinous modes leading to an innovation promotion eco-system in the campuses.

Major focus of IIC

To create a vibrant local innovation ecosystem. Start-up supporting Mechanism in HEIs. Prepare institute for Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements Framework. Establish Function Ecosystem for Scouting Ideas and Pre-incubation of Ideas. Develop better Cognitive Ability for Technology Students.

Functions of IICs

To conduct various innovation and entrepreneurship-related activities prescribed by Central MIC in time bound fashion.

Long Term Goals

  • Identify and reward innovations and share success stories.

  • Organize periodic workshops/ seminars/ interactions with entrepreneurs, investors, professionals and create a mentor pool for student innovators.

  • Network with peers and national entrepreneurship development organizations.

  • Create an Institution’s Innovation portal to highlight innovative projects carried out by institution’s faculty and students.

  • Organize Hackathons, idea competition, mini-challenges etc. with the involvement of industries.


Experts IIC Designation Member Details

Name Senior Faculty Member of the Institution


Dr.R.Gandhi , Dept. of EEE, Gnanamani College of Technology

Faculty Member


Dr.R.C. Karpagalakshmi, Dept. of CSE, Gnanamani College of Technology

Faculty Member

Startup Coordinator

Mr. R.Manikandan, ED Cell, Gnanamani College of Technology

Faculty Member


Dr.K.Bharath, Dept. of MBA, Gnanamani College of Technology

IICs Coordinator (Student)


Mr. R.Sridhar (Dept. of Mechanical)

Representative from nearby Incubation Centre


Dr.S.C.Vetrivel, Member TBI – Project Monitoring Committee, Kongu Engineering College

Representatives of SIDBI / NABARD / Lead Bank / Investor


Mr.A.Dineshkumar, Assistant General Manager, NABARD, Namakkal

Technical Experts from nearby Industry


Mr. S.R.Saravanan, Assistant Manager, Centralized Electrical Maintenance, Salem Steel Plant

Alumni Entrepreneurs from the Host Institutions (Optional)


Mr. Arun, Proprietor, Design Pro

Students from the host institution


  1. Mr. A.Santhosh, Dept. of Mechanical

  2. Mr. K.Anandraj, Dept. of Mechanical

  3. Mr. K.Deepan, Dept. of ECE

  4. Mr.M.Karthick, Dept. of ECE

  5. Mr.A.Jayabal, Dept. of CSE

  6. Mr.George RajKabilan, Dept. of CSE

  7. Mr.D.Karthick, Dept. of EEE

  8. Mr.C.Gowthamkumar, Dept. of EEE

  9. Mr.S.Sumitkumar, Dept. of Civil

  10. Mr.A.Suganthan, Dept. of Civil

  11. Ms.M.Madhumitha, Dept. of MBA

  12. Mr.M.Govindarajan, Dept. of MBA

  13. Mr.M.Karthi, Dept. of MCA

  14. Mr.G.Vinoth, Dept. of MCA

IIC ACTIVITIES (2021-2022)

  1. National Innovation Day on 15/10/2021

  2. Entrepreneurship / Start-up -My Story - Motivational Session by Successful Innovators on 23/10/2021

  3. My Story - Motivational Session by Successful Entrepreneur/Start-up founder on 27/10/2021

  4. Workshop on "Entrepreneurship and Innovation as Career Opportunity"" on 28/10/2021

  5. Pitching Event for Ideas Scouted & linkage with Innovation Ambassadors for mentorship support held on 11/11/2021

  6. "National Education Day" on 11/11/2021

  7. "Employability skill development programme" on 20/12/2021

  8. Session on Problem Solving and Ideation Workshop on 12/01/2022

  9. Orientation Session on IIC4.0 & Features on 24/01/2022

  10. Enterpreneurship devlopment phases on 30/01/2022

  11. National innovation and startup policy on 30/01/2022

  12. National Energy Conservation Day(India) on 25/02/2022

  13. Workshop on Design Thinking, Critical thinking and Innovation Design on 26/02/2022

  14. "National Science Day" on 28/02/2022

  15. Pitching Event for PoCs developed & linkage with Innovation Ambassadors for mentorship support on 28/02/2022

  16. Demo Day/Exhibition/Poster Presentation of Business Plan/Prototype developed & linkage with Innovation Ambassadors for mentorship support on 02/03/2022

  17. Entrepreneurship opportunities for electrical engineers in electrical vehicle sector on 15/03/2022

  18. Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Communication Sector on 23/03/2022

  19. Workshop on Prototype/Process Design and Development - Prototyping on 22/03/2022

  20. Session on "How to plan for Start-up and legal & Ethical Steps" on 08/04/2022

  21. Field/Exposure Visit to Incubation Unit/Patent Facilitation Centre/Technology Transfer Centre on 08/04/2022

  22. Session/ Workshop on Business Model Canvas (BMC) on 16/04/2022

  23. Entrepreneurship opportunities in IOT & App development sector on 18/04/2022

  24. Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and IP management for start up on 18/04/2022

  25. How to become an Entrepreneur in IT sector on 26/04/2022

  26. How to became an Entrepreneur in AI sector on 26/04/2022

  27. World Intellectual Property Day on 26/04/2022

  28. Entrepreneurship opportunities in 3D Printing technology on 29/04/2022

  29. World Earth Day on 02/05/2022

  30. Session on Innovation/Prototype Validation -Converting Innovation into a Start-up or Session on Achieving "Value Proposition Fit" & "Business Fit" on 11/05/2022

  31. National Technology Day on 11/05/2022

  32. World Environment Day on 02/06/2022

  33. Session/ Panel discussion with innovation and Start-up Ecosystem Enablers from the region/state/national level on 11/06/2022

  34. Entrepreneurship opportunities in RO water field on 13/06/2022

  35. Entrepreneurship opportunities for Pharmaceutical Engineers on 21/06/2022

  36. Startup opportunities in Biotech Sector on 25/06/2022

  37. Session on Angel Investment/VC Funding Opportunity for Early Stage Entrepreneurs on 25/06/2022

  38. Entrepreneurship Opportunities i Hospital Medical Equipment Manufacturing Sector on 20/07/2022

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