Today Malaviya centre for innovation, incubation and entrepreneurship, IIT (BHU) and CISCO in collaboration with NASSCOM Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up a Cisco thingQbator makerspace at MCIIE to drive innovation in the areas of Internet of Things (IOT) and other emerging digital technologies. The thingQbator program is a part of Cisco’s CSR commitment, with the objective of building digital skills, creating local solutions to local problems and facilitating student entrepreneurship.
Aligned with vision 2020, the agreement covers the set up of a ‘Cisco thingQbator’ makerspaces equipped with the latest Internet of things technologies and tools to help students turn their ideas into working prototypes of solutions to address relevant social and business needs of the city and region.
The thingQbator program will run across two annual cohorts where selected students would have full access to the makerspaces to turn their ideas into working prototypes. Initiative partners NASSCOM Foundation set up the makerspaces and operates the program for the first year along the university while Cisco, apart from being the program sponsor, would provide technical knowhow and mentorship along with access to its digital technologies.
During the MOU signing ceremony Prof. P. Mishra said “In line with our technical education vision of 2030 and beyond, IIT (BHU) and MCIIE is working towards innovation and new ways of learning developing technology skills, build teachers/mentors capabilities, and promote entrepreneurship though technology to provide students to build digital skills, creating local solutions to local problems and facilitating student entrepreneurship”.
“We remain committed to empowering student communities to achieve higher. Innovation has the power to achieve excellence in education, IoT has been a great tool to help clean our ecosystem, and it can also be used in Ganga cleaning initiative by using certain sensors and controller. Which can be learn in this centre”, added Prof. Pradeep Srivastava.
Mr. Shrikant Sinha, CEO of NASSCOM Foundation added “We are living in interesting times, where the technology we start studying for our engineering degree is often made obsolete by a new technology, by the time we graduate. Through CISCO's thingQubator, we are trying to bring the best of the new technology in the 'Internet of Things' space to the best of our students. This will not only help students get better understanding of the new tech, but will also help them solve some of the key social issues through IoT and other new age technologies”.
Regional Manager of CISCO Mr. Yogesh Pandey is keen to transform the way of learning in India, he said that we have to innovate and collaborate to have an multiplier effect on our achievements and students are at the core of it. Students need enablement with knowledge and platform to test and create unique solutions to solve problems faced by our society.
According to Mr. Chandrashekar Raman , Global Lead of Cisco thingQbator, ”thingQator is conceived as makerspace and incubator for IoT ideas,with the central belief that none of us is smarter than all of us, and with the right tools students can come up with innovative solutions to local problems. Our aim is to create a space where IIT (BHU) students can work together with like-minded colleagues, get exposure to the latest IoT technology - and turn their ideas into working prototypes in an environment that encourages a hands-on culture”
The event concluded with thank you note by Prof. Shrivastava, the attendees of this event were students of IIT(BHU), entrepreneurs, mentors and representative of NASSCOM, CISCO and MCIIE.