SIC (School Innovation Council)

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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 everincreasing 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 synergistically connecting IIE ecosystem at the school education level with that of the higher education ecosystem including handson 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.

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Expected outcomes from the establishment of School Innovation Council

· Establishing and strenghthening the Ideation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) ecosystem in schools.

· Awareness creation on IIE, design thinking, creative thinking, IPR, finance, and product sales, among school teachers and students.

· Aligning School Ideation, Innovation and Entrepreneurial ecosystem with the needs of established ecosystem at higher education level.

· Extending the existing Innovation and Entrepreneurship ecosystem infrastructure to schools.

· Preparing the schools to handhold the ideation and entrepreneurial initiatives of their students and create the awareness to reach more number of students.

 · Guide and handhold the schools to create a sustainable ecosystem of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, IPR creation, Design Thinking etc

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  • Dr. Preeti Adhav
  • Dr. Preeti has over 24 years of professional experience and is an alumnus of IIM-Bangalore. She is a PMP and ACP certified professional from Project Management Institute, USA, President : India - Northern USA Bilateral Business Council WICCI. Dr Preeti is a serial entrepreneur. Prior to founding Monks- Learning Lab she has been the co-founder of Usha Diagnostics, a state of art Medical Imaging center at Mumbai, India. She has varied and rich experience in Learning and Development and is a trainer affiliated with MSME (Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises- Govt of India) & IIM Bangalore.

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