Hyderabad: Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTU-H) has launched a student startup policy from the ensuing academic year in line with the national innovation and startup policy by the Union ministry of education.
Announcing the policy shortly after the approval in the executive council, JNTU-H in-charge vice-chancellor, Jayesh Ranjan, said the policy would play a crucial role to support student-led innovations and technology startup incubation.
As part of this policy, student innovation and entrepreneurial activities as a mini/major project would be considered. “Allow students to work on innovative prototypes/problem validation, case study report, projects on open-ended problems, participate in social entrepreneurship right from first year to earn credits equivalent to mini-project,” the university said in an official release on Thursday.
Students would also be allowed a maximum of 10% exemption in all years to participate in events, boot-camps, conferences etc. “Allow gap year facility after second year, subject to the condition of completion of the degree within the stipulated time. Application and prior approval by the review committee (within the first one month of the semester) is mandatory,” the release added. Also, students would be able to specialise in minors such as entrepreneurship, innovation and products, design engineering by earning 18-20 credits over and above the credits for the award of the BTech degree. The courses have to be taken through massive open online courses (MOOCs) over fifth-sixth semesters.