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Educated unemployed to yield place to educated ‘Science Entrepreneurs’: Dr Jitendra

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NEW DELHI: From the educated unemployed of the past, we are now seeking to usher in an era of educated employable “Science entrepreneurs” with the introduction of i-PhD which would, in other words, be an Industry linked degree in Science.
Addressing the 7th Convocation of Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) here on Tuesday, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said, this Academy is a unique academic platform which awards a Degree in Science that is employable and includes a curriculum underlined by the nuances of entrepreneurship.
The Union Minister said that in the short span of 12 years since its inception in the year 2011, the AcSIR has emerged as the largest institution providing Doctoral education in India.
“The Academy is rich not only quantitatively, but also qualitatively, maintaining standards of excellence as well as innovation, and at the same time covering a wide range of science streams, – it’s excellent, innovative and also versatile,” he said.
AcSIR is the largest Academic Institution for doctoral research in India having awarded 577 PhD degrees in 2022 and with more than 7,000 students currently registered for PhD. Presently, AcSIR is ranked 3rd by “Scimago Institutions Ranking” (2022), 11th by “Nature index” (2021-22) and 12th by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) (2023) in the Research Category among the academic institutions in India.
Calling for institutionalizing the linkage of Industry with our scientific endeavours, Dr Jitendra said, this will help create sustainable Startups. “We have to sustain this Startup movement in the country that we are witnessing, we have to have a very strong Industry to sustain the more than 1 lakh Startups in the country,” he said.
Advocating synergy of Science, Research, Academia, Startups and Industry, Dr Jitendra said the Anusandhan National Research Foundation and the new National Education Policy (NEP-2020) will create the right ecosystem to realise PM Modi’s Vision of Viksit Bharat @2047.

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