Pune: In a bid to provide a platform for social innovation, the International Centre at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) will establish a social innovation, entrepreneurship lab. The lab will facilitate women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs with a social cause.
The European Union has sanctioned funds of 10 lakh euros for this global project. The project will be known as Social Innovation for Local Indian and Israeli Communities and Graduate Entrepreneurs (SILIIC). Along with SPPU, three other universities in the country, and five institutes in Israel have been sanctioned funds for SILIIC Labs. The Union is backing several universities like Edinburgh University in Britain, Berlin Technical University in Germany, University of Applied Sciences in Croatia, Lisbon University in Portugal, etc.
Vijay Khare, Director, International Students’ Centre, said that the issues related to solar energy and other alternative sources of energy, Swachh Bharat and manual scavenging will be prioritised in this lab. “Especially, finding a technological solution to the problem of manual scavenging will be the focus of the work here,” Khare said.