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UGC, iDEA to create innovation hubs in varsities

Published : Friday, 26 November, 2021 at 12:00 AM  Count : 328

UGC, iDEA to create innovation hubs in varsities

UGC, iDEA to create innovation hubs in varsities

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed  between the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the iDEA project of  Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) under the ICT Division on working jointly  to create innovation hubs in universities across the country.
According to the MoU, UGC and the iDEA Project will work on creating  innovation hubs in universities across the country for development of  entrepreneurs and startups.
In the presence of UGC Chairman Professor Dr Kazi Shahidullah and Senior  Secretary of ICT Division NM Zeaul Alam, Project Director (Joint Secretary)  of the iDEA Project Md Abdur Rakib and UGC Secretary (Additional In-charge)  Dr Ferdous Zaman stroke the deal at the conference room of the iDEA Project  at ICT Tower in the city's Agargaon area on Wednesday, said a press release.
Executive Director (Additional Secretary) of BCC Dr Md Abdul Mannan, UGC  Member Professor Dr Md Sazzad Hossain, Public Relations and Right to  Information Division Director Dr AKM Shamsul Arefin, iDEA Project's Senior  Consultant RHM Alaol Kabir, Legal Consultant Adneen Zereen and Communication  Consultant Shohag Chandra Das were present at the MoU signing ceremony, among  others.
Industry, academia and iDEA project will work together for the benefit of  entrepreneurs where emerging and promising startups or entrepreneurs will  collaborate in different capacities, including providing training, grooming  and funding.
In addition, concerned academics, researchers, experienced and skilled  individuals in the field of industry and business will be engaged as resource  persons in this activity while entrepreneurs would be able to acquire new  technology and business knowledge that will enable them to successfully  advance their innovations or startups.
Besides, the UGC's "Mujib 100 ideas" contest will be held every year from  where mentoring and grooming will be provided to the top 100 initiatives  through the Innovation Hub that would help the startups to reach their seed  and growth levels by increasing their knowledge and skills.
Simultaneously, the top 10 startups of the "Mujib 100 Idea" contest will  be given a grant of Taka 10 lakh based on the evaluation by the selection  committee of the iDEA project, which would play a vital role in building an  effective startup ecosystem and creating a better business environment in the country.
    -BSS




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