Hon’ble Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the Jodhpur City Knowledge and Innovation Cluster (JCKIC) office at IIT Jodhpur on 28th September, 2021 with Hon'ble Governor of Rajasthan Shri Kalraj Mishra and Hon’ble Minister of Energy, Govt. of Rajasthan, Shri B. D Kalla in the presence of Prof. Santanu Chaudhury, Director, IIT Jodhpur. Hon’ble Vice President said that India has risen from the rank of 81 in 2015 2to 46 in 2021 in the Global Innovation Index, Shri Naidu said "innovation should become the national mantra for development".

Hon’ble Vice President highlighted that collaboration between various institutions can bring out synergies and deliver great developmental benefits to people. Observing that water is a scarce commodity in Rajasthan, he called for more collaborative efforts in water management and rainwater harvesting to mitigate the water crisis in the region. Complementing the JCKIC cluster for its efforts in this direction, Hon’ble Vice President suggested that educational institutes should become the hubs of such innovation clusters. He called upon premier Institutions like IITs to share expertise and best practices with other educational institutes. “Innovation and collaboration should be embedded into the very DNA of higher education institutions”, Shri Naidu stressed.

Terming the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 a visionary document, Hon’ble Vice President said NEP recognizes the importance of multi disciplinarity in education, encourages collaboration, and seeks to foster innovation in students. He added that in the spirit of NEP 2020, universities must also offer flexibility in their curriculum. In this context, Hon’ble Vice President suggested that students must be incentivized to pursue final year projects and internships in diverse fields and allowed to collaborate with students of other disciplines. He opined that such a move will improve students' capacity for critical thinking and help in opening new vistas of knowledge.

Hon’ble Vice President appreciated the efforts of IIT Jodhpur and other institutions in the knowledge and innovation cluster which is trying to bring developmental benefits to the people of the region. He called for more such innovation clusters and collaborative initiatives between various universities, government institutions and private organisations which, he said, can build on each other's expertise and share knowledge.

On this occasion, an exhibition was also organized on four verticals of the JCKIC i.e. Medical Technologies, Water and Environment, Project Craft and THAR design.

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