IIT-Kanpur’s affiliate membership model to support MSMEs | Kanpur News


KANPUR: In India, MSMEs form the backbone of the economy and have taken the hardest hit in the current ongoing pandemic situation. The fact that Kanpur has a huge MSME base and these MSMEs are engines of growth for regional economy, [email protected] has designed an Affiliate Membership Model. The main purpose of this model is to provide an opportunity to MSMEs to leverage IIT Kanpur’s R&D strengths.
The primary goals of the Affiliate Membership Model include to provide support to MSMEs for improving product quality, to assist them in skill and technology upgradation.
“We have long been contemplating of reaching out to MSMEs since the very day we had our first outreach event on April 6 in 2019. The event saw a huge participation from MSMEs based in Kanpur. During the discussions, we realized that MSMEs are keen to seek expertise from IIT-K but setting up an R&D base in Technopark may not be a financially feasible option for them. And Technopark too would like to reach out to a large base of MSMEs and not restrict itself to a few numbers,” informed Professor Avinash Kumar Agarwal, Professor In-charge, [email protected]
Some of the main offerings of this program are access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure, access to intellectual resources, opportunity to work with IIT-K students, opportunity to participate in Special Interest Group (SIG) meets and industry events organized by [email protected], opportunity to network and enhance their brand’s visibility and opportunity to license and commercialize IITK IPs (a database of 600+ patents).
The affiliate member can also avail office desk for 30 days in a year in [email protected] to have close interactions with IIT-K. Kunal Kasera, Founder, TruFarm Co(Re-Engineering Food Systems startup) is one of the firsts to take an annual Affiliate Membership with [email protected]
“Our partnership with IIT-K Technopark has brought immense strength to our Engineering and R&D Departments. Being from a commerce background I had initially struggled to understand how technical aspects of a machinery works. Now, I have a reliable partner with whom not only I clear my doubts regarding engineering and machinery but also propel various R&D activities to create proprietary Technology, which otherwise would have been impossible or highly capital intensive,” he said. Kunal said that he is already in discussions with professors to work on a novel research project.
[email protected] is keen to push this model as it sees value in it. As informed by Reema Mittal, COO [email protected], the research park plans to increase its reach in the coming months. It is already in interactions with TiE-UP and Indian Industries Association (IIA) and would like to reach out to various government ministries and departments including MSME Ministry to push this model for wider adoption.

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