School Innovation Council

(an Initiative of MoE’s Innovation Cell)
Website- https://sic.mic.gov.in

I. Introduction:

India is one of the youngest countries in the world, with a substantial population in the schools. Concerted efforts and policy interventions are required to translate this demographic potential into dividends. The current school education is heavily focused on the rote learning and rigid examination system which ignores the ever- increasing importance of creative thinking, design thinking, ideation, innovation, patents, problem solving and entrepreneurial mindset. The current school education system lacks the focus on the innovation-oriented activities.

National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) restructures and advocates for synergetic convergence in our education system: From pre-primary to higher education and also reconfigures the education system with new skills, innovation and a research ecosystem. It lays great emphasis on promoting the ideation, out of box thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship (IIE), at the school education level in a sustainable manner. It advocates for synergetically connecting IIE ecosystem at the school education level with that of the higher education ecosystem including hands- on learning and skill development.

Taking forward the aim of NEP 2020, the Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell (MIC) envisages the establishment of the School Innovation Council in the schools. This initiative will foster the culture of ideation, innovation, entrepreneurship, creative thinking, design thinking, prototyping, out-of-box thinking, and IP commercialization by facilitating the training (for teachers), field visits, leadership talks, awareness, orientation sessions, boot camps, national-level exhibitions, hackathons, skill modules, new courses for students, linking of school innovation ecosystem with higher educational institutions (HEIs), etc. at schools.

The School Innovation Council initiative will bridge the gap in connecting schools with the Innovation & Entrepreneurial enabler ecosystem of the country. SIC will provide a platform for the schools, academia, industry, HEIs, experts, innovators, entrepreneurs etc. to come together and work in unison to make disruptive progress in I&E ecosystem at school level in the country.

II.  Objective

  • The School Innovation Council will foster the culture of Ideation, Innovation and entrepreneurship (IIE) in schools.
  • SIC will act as an umbrella program for all the initiatives of the Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell, AICTE, CBSE and other institutions regarding the promotion of Innovation and Entrepreneurship among school teachers and students.
  • SIC will enable mindset change, awareness, and training on IIE, design thinking, startup finance, HR and IPR among teachers and
  • Systematically measuring and enabling the ranking system for schools on the level of innovation-oriented
  • Providing mentoring and utilizing the existing infrastructure of the school to nurture innovation in
  • Encouraging, incentivizing and upskilling teachers to enhance their mentoring
  • Enabling exchange program, collaborations, field visits and ideation activities.
  • To implement and initiate the various programs on innovation-related activities through the established school innovation council
  • To act as the enabling platform for implementing National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Promotion Policy (NIEPP) for
  • The council will create a synergetic bridge between the Innovation and Entrepreneurship ecosystem of higher education and school education through various initiatives of MIC in Higher

III. SIC’s 360 degree Philosophy.

School Innovation Council Committee

A. Executive representatives

Chairman of the Council

Mr. Rajesh Awasthi

Convener

Mr. Vishal Sanwatsar

B. Teacher Representative

Innovation ambassadors trained under SIATP

  1. Mr. Rohan Sachar
  2. Mr. Vishal Sanwatsar

Additional Members

  1. Ms. Anshu Chopra
  2. Ms. Varsha Khamgaonkar
  3. Mr. Neeraj Motwani
  4. Ms. Neelanshu Rai

Atal Tinkering Lab In-charge

Mr. Mayank Godbole

C. Social Media Coordinator-

Mr. Amit Joshi

D. Student representatives:-

SIC Student Head

Anamyo Awasthi

I-Cell Head (R & D Head)

Aniket Atwe

E- Cell Head (Business Head)

Srishti Jaisinghani

Student Members

    1. Archit Malviya
    2. Ali Murabbi
    3. Mohammad Rajgarhwala
E. External Expert Representatives:-
Successful Entrepreneur:

Mr. Aanad Ingle

Expert Member:

Mr. Vaibhav Nagori