India's Agriculture sector employs around 50% of the country’s workforce, but contributes to only 18% of the Gross Domestic Product. The visible gaps in the sector demand an urgent redressal through cutting edge AgriTech innovations. IIM Calcutta Innovation Park in collaboration with BIRAC introduces the SPARSH Social Innovation Immersion Program to support the agriculture aficionados with knowledge, research resources and fellowship / grant towards innovating solutions for meeting the pressing needs of the agriculture sector.
The selected fellows for the Social Innovation Immersion Program will be provided with multiple valuable benefits.
SPARSH is a Social Innovation Immersion Program of BIRAC aimed towards finding innovative solutions to the
most pressing problems in the agriculture sector through biotechnological interventions.
The program aims to:
Support will include
BIRAC-SPARSH Fellows should fulfill the following requirements
IIM Calcutta innovation Park (IIMCIP) is a nonprofit company set up under the aegis of IIM Calcutta to promote entrepreneurship and innovation and established itself as a premier hub of entrepreneurship development in East and Northeast India.
IIMCIP is a BIRAC SPARSH Centre to execute the Social Innovation Immersion Program in the AgriTech Sector in 2020-21.
Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) is a not-for-profit Section 8, Schedule B, Public Sector Enterprise, set up by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India as an Interface agency to strengthen and empower the emerging biotechnology enterprises to undertake strategic research and innovation, addressing nationally relevant product development needs.
BIRAC is an industry-academia interface and implements its mandate through a wide range of impact initiatives, be it providing access to risk capital through targeted funding, technology transfer, IP management and handholding schemes that help bring innovation excellence to the biotech firms and make them globally competitive. In its five years of existence, BIRAC has initiated several schemes, networks and platforms that help to bridge the existing gaps in the industry-academia innovation research and facilitate novel, high quality affordable products development through cutting edge technologies. BIRAC has initiated partnerships with several national and global partners to collaborate and deliver the salient features of its mandate.
Please log in to BIRAC website https://www.birac.nic.in/desc_new.php?id=618 and apply.
In the application form, select IIM Calcutta Innovation Park as SPARSH Centre.
In case of doubts you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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