Chitkara University organized the 4th edition of NOVATE + 2022 based on the theme Biggest Confluence of Academia and Industry for Working on Joint Projects. It is an annual flagship event of Chitkara University where innovative project ideas are invited and selected ideas receive prototyping funding for their implementation. In addition to funding support, this platform also provides mentoring, expert guidance and collaboration opportunities. The students and faculty members were encouraged to reach out to the industry to understand the challenges faced by them to bring joint proposals. During March – May 2022 we have received more than 50 projects out of which 29 entries competed for the total funding of INR 50 lakhs. The inauguration ceremony and jury round of the event was held on June 6, 2022.
Three different panels of reviewers critically analyzed each of these project proposals. Mr Shivansh Sethi, CEO & Founder- Aiotize Pvt. Ltd. and Dr Jagreet Kaur, Director – Xenonstack Pvt. Ltd. were the jury members invited from the industry whereas Dr Sachin Ahuja, Director- Research; Mr Sanjay Bhatnagar, Visiting Faculty; Dr Varsha Singh, Assistant Professor and Dr Neha Tuli, Assistant Professor-CURIN along with the Mr Deepak Nair, Research & Design, Consultant were invited as jury from the University.
Dr. Archana Mantri – Vice Chancellor, Chitkara University, Punjab shared the journey of Novate+ with the participants and encouraged students to have meaningful collaboration with the industry. The guests from Industry and Academia shared their experiences and views on converting prototyping into a startup during the inauguration ceremony.
Novate+ 2022 was jointly organized by Chitkara University NewGen IEDC, and Chitkara University TEC (both these entities have been set up by DST, Govt. of India in Chitkara University). Mr Sagar Juneja – Asst. Dean, Mr Chanpreet Singh- Project Manager, and Mr Lovit Kumar, Office Executive CURIN was the core team to organize the event. The winners of the Novate+ 2022 will receive up to INR 2.5 lakhs and will be announced soon.