Pune: Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) inaugurated a social innovation lab called ‘Social Innovation for Local Indian and Israeli Communities and Graduate Entrepreneurs’ (SILICE) at the International Centre in SPPU on Friday.
The innovation lab was inaugurated by Secretary of Ministry of External Affairs Dnyaneshwar Mulay in presence of Vice-Chancellor Nitin Karmalkar, Pro Vice-Chancellor NS Umarani, Registrar Arvind Shaligram, Head of International Centre Vijay Khare, External Affairs Officer of University of Santiago in Spain Isabel Barerie Vazquez and Founder Director of Edulab Education Exchange Prateek Gandhi among other prominent personalities of the university.
“Innovation is not only an idea but is a medium of direction in the present era. All the changes that have occurred in this era are a part of innovation. The innovation and experiments done by the youth at this social innovative lab will prove to be a boon for entrepreneurs. Hence, this social innovation lab will be an important centre in coming years,” said Mulay.
The social innovation lab has been established as a social responsibility and to promote innovation at the varsity. European Union has provided a fund amount of 10 lakh euro to the university.
“We have heard the ideas and opinions given by youngsters. If we work on their ideas and make it possible in reality, then there are chances of emerging new industries. Through this centre, SPPU students will get an opportunity to work with students from two universities in two countries and also be guided by the experts from both these international universities. This has laid the foundation for a bright future. There is no doubt that students will work hard to achieve their goals,” said Karmalkar.
The authorities of the university believe that if the ideas are given a source of innovation and guided properly, then this will increase opportunities for employment in future.
“University will always support entrepreneurship and promote ideas, which will ease the lifestyle,” said Umarani.