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Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, virtually launches ‘YUKTI 2.0’ for Higher Education Institutes in New Delhi today

Updated: June 27, 2020 1:08 pm

Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, has launched
‘YUKTI 2.0’ initiative through an online program on 23 June 2020 to help systematically assimilate
technologies having commercial potential and information related to incubated startups in Indian
higher education institutions. Minister of State for HRD, Shri Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Additional
Secretary (Higher Education), Shri Rakesh Ranjan, Chairman, AICTE Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Member
Secretary, AICTE, Dr. Rajive Kumar and Chief Innovation Officer, MHRD’s Innovation Cell Dr. Abhay
Jere also spoke during this launch program.

Hon’ble Union Minister applauded the initiative and said “Our Prime Minister has given us the mission
of making Bharat ‘Atamnirbhar’ and YUKTI 2.0 initiative is a very important step in that direction. Our
youngsters are very capable of thinking innovatively and we should make every possible effort to help
them convert their ideas into enterprises. More importantly, initiative like Yuki 2.0 will also help in
fostering the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in our academic institutions”.
Hon’ble Minister also stated that YUKTI 2.0 is logical extension of earlier version of ‘YUKTI’, an initiative
of MHRD, to identify ideas relevant in COVID pandemic. He also informed that all the outcomes of
earlier version of ‘YUKTI’ will be released soon.

Minister of State for HRD, Shri Sanjay Dhotre also congratulated the entire team of MHRD’s Innovation
Cell and AICTE for this unique initiative. He said “innovations in medical field developed by engineers
have resulted in very disruptive technologies. I hope that even ‘YUKTI 2.0’ will help us identify many
more disruptive solutions from our higher and technical institutions.”

Chairman AICTE, Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe emphasized on the need to support student entrepreneurs
keen on pursuing their startups along with academics. He emphasized on various initiatives done by
MIC and ACITE during the COVID pandemic for promoting innovation and entrepreneurship amongst
students and faculty. Mr. Rakesh Rajan, Additional Secretary, MHRD said that YUKTI 2.0 needs to
emerge as market place for connecting innovators with investors, so that innovative technologies can
be taken forward for commercialization.

Dr. Abhay Jere Chief Innovation Officer, said that “Nishankh-ji always actively supports all our
initiatives. Although he liked the concept and helped us further improvise it, he recommended it to
be re-titled from the originally conceived name i.e ‘MIND’. Nishankh-ji felt that we should think of an
Indian name and he personally suggested name ‘YUKTI 2.0’ for this initiative.”

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