XLRI, NIF sign MoU to create research council

Written by State Bureau | Jamshedpur, Jan 28 | Updated: Jan 29 2008, 06:15am hrs
B-School XLRI has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) for creation of a research advisory council (RAC). The council will assess different innovations sourced by the NIF from Jharkhand, Bihar, part of West Bengal, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and eastern Uttar Pradesh.

The innovations will be sourced from the NIF's national register for grassroots innovations. The selected ones will be supported through nomination to the biennial national innovation award, refining the product, protection of intellectual property rights associated with it and offering risk capital investment by NIF's micro venture fund for setting up enterprises.

According to the MoU signed here on Sunday by NIF national coordinator (business development & micro venture) L Chinzah and XLRI director Father E Abraham, the RAC will comprise professors from the B-School, industry experts and NIF members.

The XLRI's student body, Social Initiative Group for Managerial Assistance , will also be involved in mentoring and monitoring those projects. The Sigma will also assist in market benchmarking innovations and developing business plans.

The NIF plans to provide institutional support in scouting, spawning, sustaining and scaling up grassroots innovations and help them grow into self-supporting ventures. Its 'Honey Bee' database of around 10,000 innovations collected and documented by Sristi is part of the national register of innovation managed and supported by the NIF.

According to Chinzah, the NIF was looking forward for support from the Sigma and Face for "adding value to" the innovations it came across in the eastern region during scouting works.

"As the NIF cann't do much on its own following the networking philosophy, we are trying to build capacities here so that existing institutions like XLRI can be brought to the platform to add value to such innovations," said Chinzah.

Speaking on the occasion, the XLRI director said the Sigma and faculty supported initiative would be of much use to the B-School as "our students need to go out to villages and see what the real world looks like".