Sikkim Manipal University and STPI sign a pact to promote technological development in the health sector
Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), to strengthen the collaborative startup ecosystem on health technology and related fields across the country .
STPI is an autonomous body established by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEIT) in 1991, with the aim of encouraging, promoting and stimulating software exports from India.
It has worked to develop the startup ecosystem in the country and has established 28 Centers of Excellence (CoE) in emerging technologies.
The MoU was signed by Dr. Muralidhar M. Pai, Dean, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences (SMIMS), Dr. Bidita Khandelwal, Director, Research Directorate, SMU; and Prof. Dr. Kalpana Sharma, Associate Director, (Research & Development), SMIT, Dr. Luna Adhikari, Associate Director, Research, SMIMS on behalf of SMU and Dr. NS Siddaiah, Addl. Director and OIC, STPI, Gangtok, under MEITY, Govt. of India on behalf of STPI, in the presence of Dr. (Lt. Gen.) Rajan S. Grewal, Vice Chancellor, SMU and Dr. Karma Sonam Sherpa, Registrar, SMU, HoIs of SMU and Staff of STPI, Gangtok.
It was signed with the aim of having Entrepreneurship Centers collaborate with Startup Innovation Zones (CoE+SIZ) in Sikkim, as part of the vision document of “Digital North East 2022” set up by STPI with SMU as an academic partner.
The CoEs+SIZ have been named OctaNE which refers to all interconnected and domain focused CoEs (Targeted Areas) in all North Eastern State Capitals including Sikkim. In Sikkim, the area of concentration is computer applications in healthcare and agriculture in Gangtok.
SMU will synergistically collaborate as an academic partner in healthcare informatics. Given each other’s strengths in research and facilities, this MoU will foster entrepreneurship and technology development in healthcare, which will mutually benefit the state’s start-up community. and the region, including other stakeholders, through joint activities undertaken by STPI and SMU.
SMU is recognized as the region’s leading higher education destination, in high-quality academics and learning inspired by basic and applied research. Several faculty members have collaborated with industry, NGOs for real-time contribution to society.
Students also aspire to realize their research and innovation potential in the conducive educational environment of SMU.
As an academic partner, SMU will extend mentorship, guidance and knowledge support to STPI in conducting joint trainings and workshops, etc.
The University will advise the STPI in supporting and upgrading state and regional start-ups. SMU will also guide start-ups in the design and development of products/services, in order to facilitate the conversion of their idea into reality.