Scheme for strengthening linkages between Universities/ Research institutes and Industry/Enterprise.

 

 1.    Background

Often industrial units need technological support from Universities/Research institutions to resolve the technical issues faced during product development or take it to the next level. Individual units may not be able to afford the cost of technology support nor present the issues before the Universities/Research institutions. The major observations in this regard are

  • Technical and commercial problems faced by the MSMEs are affecting the sustainability of MSME units
  • Unless the MSME units are globally competent they will perish locally
  • MSME units are approaching the department for redressing their technical and commercial problems.
  • Technical issues faced by the MSMEs can be solved only with the help of Technical /Research institutions
  • For helping the new entrepreneurs with new ideas, the assistance of Technical /Research institutions is required

In Kerala we need to promote a support system to nurture these industry-academia linkages. Need of the hour is to create a support system for MSMEs and academic institutions in Kerala to benefit from each other, especially in academic interventions in solving specific industry problems and laboratory utilization by industry.

Industry –academia interaction is theoretically meant for

·         Industry support to basic research for knowledge creation

·         Industry participation in technology development involving some exploratory work

·         Academic interventions in solving specific industry problems

.      Laboratory utilization by industry

.      Continuing education programme

In order to address the above issues Government of Kerala has introduced a scheme for strengthening of linkages between universities/research institutes and industry. The scheme envisages extending financial assistance to Universities/Research institutions and technology providers who will go a long extent in addressing the need of industry and business enterprises, focusing research in specific areas where the state stands to gain in terms of technology inputs - such as value addition in food processing, design intervention in traditional sectors etc. through which the needs of all stakeholders will be addressed.

 

  2.    Objectives

  a)     To create and foster strong and enduring linkages between enterprises within the state and institution having established research facilities and testing laboratories.

   b)     To extend financial assistance to Universities, Research institutions, Common Facility Service Centres and Educational institutions in the State for fostering innovation, providing technology solutions and developing and demonstrating new products, designs and processes.

 

 3.    Key features

  This scheme is for promoting and nurturing industry institution linkage for Product development.  The scheme is primarily to be focused on existing industries who want to further develop a product and take it to the next level.

 Salient characteristics of the scheme are;

 a)   The scheme shall be for academic interventions in solving specific industry problems

 b)   The industrial unit shall identify the academic / research Institutions for the required intervention on their technical issues

 c)    The industrial unit and the academic / research Institution shall workout the proposal for intervention and the cost of the project

 d)   The cost of the project should be sufficient to cover the expenses of the development plus charges to the faculty and the institutions

 e)   Research students may also be permitted to work on projects for industrial units

  f)     Application for assistance under the scheme should be made to the Director of Industries & Commerce.

 

  4.    Pattern of Assistance

 a)   The cost of the project will be shared by the Industries department and the industrial unit in the ratio 50:50.

 b)   The total assistance from the department will be limited to Rs. 10 lakhs.

 c)   The funds sanctioned for each project may be given in installments as per the need of the project as decided by the Steering committee.

 

 5.    Eligibility for applicants

  The industrial unit, who wants to develop its product, should contact an Engineering college /Polytechnic /ITI / research Institution / CFSCs owned and controlled by the state government and develop a concept paper on the project they want to take up.  The industrial unit and the academic / research Institution shall workout the proposal for intervention and the cost of the project. A joint application for assistance under the scheme should be made to the Director of Industries & Commerce. Research students may also be permitted to work on projects for industrial units. Preferences will be given to the host institutions under the scheme- Support for Entrepreneurial and Managerial Development of SMEs through Incubators of DC(MSME),  Government of India

 

  Incubation Scheme of GOI

 Under the scheme- ‘Support for Entrepreneurial and Managerial Development of SMEs through Incubators’ of DC(MSME),  Government of India is providing opportunity to the innovators in developing and nurturing their new innovative ideas for the production of new innovative products which can be sent in to the market for commercialization. GoI  provides a financial assistance of 75 % to 85 % of the project cost up to the maximum of 8.00 Lakh. This fund is routed through the Business Incubator (BIs). These BIs are IITs, NITs, Engineering Colleges approved by AICTE, Central / State Universities recognized by UGC and other recognized R & D and / or Technical Institutes / Centres, Development Institutes of DIP&P in the field of Paper, Rubber, Machines Tools, etc. These Institutions are also known as host institutions.  Host Institutions are exploring the new innovative ideas from the Incubatee of various sectors that may be existing and prospective entrepreneurs. Even the students from the various streams are also participating in nurturing their new ideas through the Host Institutions as a part of their studies and carrier building.

 The applicant MSME unit shall

 a.     Apply in the prescribed Proforma, along with the detailed project report of the proposed study.

 b.     Provide necessary documentation and details of the products, processes, services, technologies

 c.     Execute an agreement with the sanctioning authority to avail the assistance.

 

  6.    Entitlement of a successful applicant

 a)   The industrial unit and the academic / research Institution shall workout the proposal for intervention and the cost of the project

 b)   The cost of the project will be shared by the Industries department and the industrial unit in the ratio 50:50.

 c)   The cost of the project should be sufficient to cover the expenses of the development plus charges to the faculty and the institutions

 d)   The total assistance from the department will be limited to Rs. 10 lakhs per project.

 

  7.    Approval & funding of the Project

  A Screening committee of Additional Director of Industries & Commerce, representative of Kerala Technological University, representative of industrial body like KSSIA /CII /FICCI shall select the proposals and recommend to the Director of Industries & Commerce for funding and decide upon the amount to be funded.

 The Screening Committee may meet as many times as is deemed necessary by the Director of Industries & Commerce. At the time of approving an application for assistance, the Committee shall also prescribe the benchmarks/milestones to be achieved for release of installments of assistance.

 There shall not be any application fee for entrepreneurs to apply for assistance under this scheme.

 The recommending authority shall request and accept further documentation or clarification required from the applicant, associated agencies or stake holders of other departments.

  The funds sanctioned for each project may be given in installments as per the need of the project as decided by the committee.

 

   8.    Obligations of the applicant institution

 a)     The applicant shall provide all required details and declare such information as to be true.

 b)     The applicant shall provide clarifications or further details sought by the recommending/ sanctioning authority.

 c)     The applicant shall allow inspection or verification of any details mentioned in the application including tools, equipments and accessories and all other assets if so required by the recommending/sanctioning authority.

 d)     The applicant shall produce originals of any important documents if so required by the recommending/sanctioning authority for verification.

 e)     The applicant shall execute requisite legal agreement on paper as and when the proposal is approved for implementation.

 f)       The applicant shall utilise the amount received only in the manner agreed upon. He shall also allow periodic inspection of the progress of the project by the sanctioning authority or his authorized representative as and when required.

 

 9.    General provisions

  a.     The assistance under the scheme shall be released to the eligible institution in installments as decided by the sanctioning authority based on the milestones/benchmarks set out at the time of sanction. Director of Industries & Commerce or his authorized representative shall have full powers to monitor progress of the project / monitor utilization of funds at any stage and as often as deemed necessary. For this purpose, an official not below the rank of Deputy Director/Manager shall be attached to each beneficiary institution of the assistance under this scheme. The official concerned will monitor the progress of research/study during the project phase and report the same to Director of Industries & Commerce through the concerned General Manager, DIC on a quarterly basis.

 b.     The Officer while accepting the application form should examine whether all necessary details have been furnished. If any information is found inadequate, the same should be intimated to the applicant institution and grant 10 days time to rectify the defects.

 c.     The disbursement of the sanctioned assistance to the institution shall be to the bank account of the institution.

 d.    The Director of Industries & Commerce shall have full powers for sanctioning the assistance as recommended by the Screening Committee. All claims shall be disposed of within 30 days from the date of receipt of completed application.

 e.    The Director of Industries & Commerce is competent to dispose the appeals, if any, received in the prescribed format against the orders of the General Manager, DIC.

 

  10.       Forms

  The application form, format for sanction order, format for agreement are shown separately as annexures shall form part of the guidelines.

 

  11.       Funds

 The funds for this scheme will be sourced from the Head of Accounts 2851-004-98(P) “strengthening linkages between Universities/ Research institutes and Industry/Enterprise”.

 

Annexure-I                                                                            Annexure-II                                                                      Annexure-III    

                                                                                                           

 

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