Aspiration Bengal Foundation (ABF), in collaboration with West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC), on 16 March 2022 organized a high-level Round Table meet on the issue of strengthening University-Industry linkage at WBIDC office.
There have been several initiatives taken up globally to forge a stronger University-Industry linkage. However, there still exists a wide gap between the R&D works at the universities and needs of the local industries. This gap needs to be bridged to foster an innovation-led ecosystem that leads to overall promotion of industries in the state and meets their technology requirements.
The Round Table meet was the first step to conceptualize and bring together some of the best minds in the State to deliberate on this subject which would be followed up with further Industry-Academia interactions on this important issue of bringing in a synergistic relationship between the academia and the industry. The outcomes of such wider stakeholder consultations can then lead to structuring medium to long term policy recommendations and interventions.
The following speakers participated in the deliberations:
Areas identified for capacity building, research and development activity and innovation:
WBIDC is the premier nodal agency of West Bengal's Industry, Commerce and Enterprises Department. WBIDC is responsible for conceptualization, development, growth and facilitation of industry, investment and infrastructure in West Bengal. Over the years the corporation is actively engaged in catalyzing investment through promotion and marketing of West Bengal as an investment destination. See, https://www.wbidc.com/