Innovation Current Affairs
Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has introduced Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) to systematically rank education institutions and universities primarily on innovation related indicators. ARIIA aims to promote culture of innovation and research in higher education.
Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA)
ARIIA is named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It measures some parameters which are India-specific considering current scenario and status of higher education in India. ARIIA parameters are primarily organised in five broad heads which are further elaborated into suitable sub-heads. Each of five main parameters has certain weightage assigned to it and sub-heads also have appropriate weight distribution. The institutions will be rank-ordered based on scores. The overall score can take a maximum value of 100.
Five main focus parameters of ARIIA are budget expenses and revenue generated through Innovation and entrepreneurship development (weightage: 20), facilitate access to advance centres and facilities and entrepreneurial support system (10), idea to entrepreneurship (54), development of innovation ecosystems supported through teaching & learning (10) and best innovative solutions developed in-house for improving governance of institution (6).
ARIIA will inspire Indian institutions to reorient their mind-set and build ecosystems to encourage high quality research, innovation and entrepreneurship. It will focus on quality of innovations rather than quantity and measure the real impact created by these innovations nationally and internationally. It will set tone and direction for institutions for future development for making them globally competitive and in forefront of innovation.
Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has established Innovation Cell at AICTE premises in New Delhi. It aims to systematically foster culture of innovation in all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across the country.
Its primary mandate is to encourage, inspire and nurture young students by exposing them to new ideas and processes resulting in innovative activities in their formative years fostered through network of innovation clubs in HEIs. It will undertake major programs such as Network of Innovation Clubs (NIC), Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA), Smart India Hackathon (SIH) 2019, National Student Startup Policy (NSSP). It will prescribe basic framework for structure, formation, structure and smooth running of ICs in each HEIs and share list of different activities which ICs need to undertake for entire academic year.