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Institution's Innovation Council (IIC)
Updated on 10 Jan, 2020

The Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) has recently established the MHRD’s Innovation Cell (MIC) to systematically foster the culture of innovation within all Higher Education Institutes. The primary mandate of MIC is to encourage, inspire and nurture young students by supporting them to work on new ideas. The MIC has envisioned the creation of the Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC) across select Higher Education Institutes. A network of the IICs will be established to systematically promote innovation in the institutions.
The IIC at IGNOU was established on October 15, 2018. On 30th October, 2019, as per the direction of the MHRD’s Innovation Cell (MIC), IGNOU reconstituted the Institution’s Innovation Council 2.0 (IIC 2.0). The term of the Council shall be for a period of one year from the date of issuance of this Notification.
The Council has 44 members with Dr. Oum Prakash Sharma, Director, NCIDE as the President and Dr. Moumita Das, Assistant Director, NCIDE as the Convener. There are seven IGNOU Faculty members as coordinators of various activities and eleven Faculty members. The other members are outside experts from an incubation centre, lead investor, industry and the students of IGNOU.
The Hon’ble Vice Chancellor is pleased to constitute the IGNOU Institution’s Innovation Council 2.0 as per the MIC guidelines for IIC 2.0 is as follows :
Faculty Representation
Senior Faculty Member
Dr. Oum Prakash Sharma, NCIDE
Faculty Member
Dr. Moumita Das, NCIDE
Faculty Member
Innovation Activity Coordinator
Dr. Sujata Santosh, NCIDE
Faculty Member
Start-up Activity Coordinator
Dr. Jyotsna Dikshit, NCIDE
Faculty Member
Internship Coordinator
Dr. Anupriya Pandey, SOMS
Faculty Member
IPR Activity Coordinator
Dr. Suneet K. Srivastava, SOL
Faculty Member
Social Media Coordinator
Dr. P. Venkata Suresh, SOCIS
Faculty Member
ARIIA Coordinator
Dr. Praveen Kumar Jain, SOA
Faculty Member
NIRF Coordinator
Dr. Hema Pant, RSD
Faculty Member
1.       Prof. Sanjiv Kumar, SOS
2.       Prof. Ruchika Kuba, SOHS
3.       Dr. Ashish Agarwal, SOET
4.       Dr. Hemlata, NCDS
5.       Dr. R. S. P. Singh, SOVET
6.       Dr. Shachi Shah, SOITS
7.       Dr. Archana Shukla, SOSS
8.       Dr. Sunil Kumar Das, EMPC
9.       Dr. Mohammed Abdul Kareem, SOS
10.    Dr. Sudhansh Sharma, SOCIS
11.    Dr. Y. S. C. Khuman, SOITS
Expert Representation
IP Expert/Patent Expert
Dr. Kishan Singh Kardam
Senior Joint Controller of Patents and
Designs Patent Office, Dwarka,
New Delhi
Start-up/Alumni Expert
1.   Dr. Amit Chaturvedi
Regional Director,
IGNOU Regional Centre Delhi-2,
Rajghat, New Delhi
2.   Dr. Rajeev Tyagi
Principal Mount Carmel School
Dwarka, New Delhi
Expert from Nearby Industry/Industry Association/Ecosystem Enablers
Mr. Venu Gopal
General Manager, Sify Technologies,
Noida, Uttar Pradesh
FI/Bank/Investor/Angel Investor/ Venture Capitalist
Mr. Vipin Kaushik
Branch Manager and Vice President,
Incubation Centre
Mr. Satvinder Singh
Chief General Manager (TID)
NSIC Okhla, New Delhi

Student Representation
Innovation Coordinator
Mr. Ankit Kumar Saw, BA
Start-up Coordinator
Mr. Kailash Kumar, PGCIATIVI
Internship Coordinator
Mr. Shashank Singh Bisht, BCA
IPR Coordinator
Mr. Pankaj Srivastava, PHDIPR
Social Media Coordinator
Mr. Deepak Sharma, BCA-MCA
General Members
1.     Mr. Ajay Kumar Sharma, BSC
2.     Mr. Vipul Bhatt, MCOM
3.     Mr. V. S. Shivan, MAPC
4.     Mr. Deepak, BSC
5.     Ms. Lakhvindar Kaur, PHDITS
6.     Ms. Dolly Jamwal, MEC
7.     Mr. Jatin Sharma, BA
8.     Mr. Harvinder, MCA
9.     Mr. Subham Gupta, PGDWGS
10.Ms. Harshita Panjani, MAPC
11.Ms. Sarika Sharma, PGDHE
12.Ms. Deepika Mehta, PGDFL
13.Mr. Krishna Mohan Arya, PHDIPR
The objective, major activities and benefits of the Council are as follows :

To build and streamline innovation and start-up ecosystem at the institutional level.
  1. To conduct various innovation and entrepreneurship-related activities prescribed by MIC in time bounded fashion.
  2. Identify and reward innovations and share success stories.
  3. Organize periodic Workshops/Seminars/Interactions with Entrepreneurs, Investors, Professionals and create a mentor pool for Student Innovators.
  4. Organize Hackathons, Idea Competition, Mini-Challenges, etc. with the involvement of industries.


  1. Students/Faculty associated with IIC will get exclusive opportunity to participate in various Innovation related initiatives and competitions organized by MHRD.
  2. Opportunity to nurture and prototype new ideas.
  3. Mentoring by Industry Professionals.
Brief Report of Activities of IIC
The IIC has undertaken the following activities :
Workshop on “Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) (December 13, 2018)
A workshop on Intellectual Property Rights was organized under the Institution’s Innovation Council for the teachers and students of IGNOU. This effort is expected to generate awareness among the participants about the various aspects of IPR and sensitize them about the role of IPR in innovation and invention. For more details Click here
Workshop on “Cognitive Skills, Design Thinking and Critical Thinking” (January 17, 2019)
A workshop on Cognitive Skills, Design Thinking and Critical Thinking was organized under the Institution’s Innovation Council for the teachers and students of IGNOU. This effort is expected to sensitize the participants about cognitive skills, design thinking process and critical thinking in general, and education in particular. This workshop also discusses how to improve cognitive skills, metacognitive skills and critical thinking. It explains cognitive skills, design thinking process and critical thinking through individual and group activities. For more details Click here
Festival of Ideas (February 28 – March 01, 2019)
A Festival of Ideas was organized with the objectives to recognize, share, nurture and promote the ideas of the students of IGNOU. In the Festival, an idea competition was organized on February 28, 2018 to evaluate the ideas, proof of concept and prototypes. In this competition, an exhibition of ideas was organized through posters and oral presentation. A workshop on Business Plan Development was organized for all the selected students on March 01, 2019. The workshop was aimed to impart knowledge and skills related to Intellectual Property Rights, Design thinking, and Business Plan Development and facilitate them to convert their ideas into innovative products and services. For more details Click here