Indus Centre for Research Innovation and Skill Development (ICRISD)
Research, innovation and skill development are engines for the growth of prosperity, national competitiveness, and knowledge-based economy. Indus Centre for Research Innovation and Skill Development (ICRISD) has been established by Indus University to develop leading-edge innovations and perform international-level skill development for all sectors of Indian industry and society.
Currently, industries and organizations across the world are knowledge-based and their success and survival depend on innovations that have creativity, discovery and inventiveness. Innovation is the process of creating new products, systems, or things. It also includes the process of improving existing products, systems, or things. It is important to recognize that innovation implies action, not just conceiving of new ideas.
Innovation is critical to India’s future. However, India’s innovation agenda is affected by many factors including societal, systemic, organizational and governmental barriers. Societal barriers include an ambivalent attitude towards knowledge (a knowing-doing gap), hesitation to specialize, a static view of technology, intolerance of failure, and a declining respect for diversity and dissent. A lack of design and experimentation in curricula, lack of cooperation between firms, lack of depth in different industries, absence of a culture of debate, and obstacles to the founding and growth of high technology firms are systemic barriers. Organizational barriers to innovation start from a lack of ambition and vision at the top, and include the perception of loss of control by owner managers in issues related to technology development, inadequate investment in plant and machinery, the lack of the right people and skills, and hierarchical structures. Governmental barriers include not enough flexibility to organizations under government’s control, emphasizing procedures over results, long decision cycles, inappropriate choice of priority areas, and biases against start-ups in government supported program (Krishnan, Rishikesha T., Barriers to Innovation & the Creation of a Knowledge Society in India (February 25, 2006). IIM Bangalore Research Paper No. 243. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2148349 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2148349). ICISD provides a barrier-free environment with state-of-the-art facilities and high quality expertise to develop and conduct a leading-edge innovations, and then moving to next levels such as knowledge and technology transfer, business incubation, and commercialization.
Recent studies show that up to 90% of graduates coming out of Indian academic institutions are not employable due to lack of skills and practical exposures required for industry, outdated curriculum among other factors (http://blog.hackerearth.com/2014/02/90-indian-engineering-candidates-employable-why.html; http://www.aspiringminds.in/docs/national_employability _study_IT_aspiringminds.pdf). Therefore, it is essential to have a world-class skill development program that will address the challenge of imparting the skills required by a growing economy and changing society.
Academic community also need professional training and skill development to meet current needs of academic institutions, industry and business. Training trainers and teachers to provide professional and competitive skill and knowledge to students is a key area of requirements in the current situation in India. ICRISD aims to fulfil the growing need in India for skilled manpower across sectors and narrow the existing gap between the demand and supply of skills.
Vision of ICRISD
Transforming India through world-class skill development and innovations.
Mission of ICRISD
Training Indians for international-level competitive skills and innovations.
Overall Goals of ICRISD
- Provide high-value services to make a significant and positive impact in Gujarat as well as across India by training and mentoring world-class skills required for all sectors of competitive industries, businesses, academic community, and all other areas
- Drive applied research, innovation, strategic collaborations and partnerships, entrepreneurship, knowledge and technology transfer, outreach and scholarly activities, commercialization, business incubation, and social and economic benefits