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Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards

  • 06 Nov 2020
  • 3 min read

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Recently, the Union Minister of Science and Technology has given Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Awards to encourage technology students to move towards setting up biotechnology and other start-ups.

Key Points

  • GYTI awards constitute two categories of awards:
    • Students Innovations for Advancement of Research Explorations-Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (SITARE-GYTI):
      • Given To: Every year to the most promising technologies developed by the students in life sciences, biotechnology, agriculture, medical devices, etc.
      • Given By: The Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a public sector enterprise, set up by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT).
    • Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technological Innovations-Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (SRISTI-GYTI):
      • Given To: Every year to students in other engineering disciplines except for the ones covered by SITARE-GYTI.
      • Given By: Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technological Innovations (SRISTI), a developmental voluntary organisation.

Initiatives Aimed at Boosting Start-Ups

  • Scientific Social Responsibility Policy:
  • Biotechnology Ignition Grant Scheme:
    • It is the flagship programme of BIRAC, which provides support to young startups and entrepreneurial individuals.
    • It is the largest early-stage biotech funding programme in India with the funding grant of up to Rs. 5 million to best in class innovative ideas to build and refine the idea to proof-of-concept.
    • Aims:
      • Foster generation of ideas with commercialisation potential.
      • Upscale and validate proof of concept.
      • Encourage researchers to take technology closer to market through a start-up.
      • Stimulate enterprise formation.
  • Encouraging Youth for Undertaking Innovative Research through Vibrant Acceleration (E-YUVA) Scheme:
    • It will engage a number of universities and technology institutes to serve as mentors, which will help to create a pan-India network to encourage a larger number of student entrepreneurs.
    • It aims to promote a culture of applied research and need-oriented (societal or industry) entrepreneurial innovation among young students and researchers.
    • It is implemented through E-YUVA Centres (EYCs) to inculcate entrepreneurial culture through fellowship, pre-incubation and mentoring support.
    • It provides support for students under the following two categories:
      • BIRAC’s Innovation Fellows (for postgraduates and above).
      • BIRAC’s E-Yuva Fellows (for undergraduate students).
  • Biologically-inspired Resilient Autonomic Cloud (BioRAC) helps more and more students who try to set up start-ups and help India become Atmanirbhar (self-reliant).
    • BioRAC employs biologically inspired techniques and multi-level tunable redundancy techniques to increase attack and exploitation resilience in cloud computing, helping it tolerate and minimise the impact of novel cyber-attacks.

Source: PIB

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