Vikram Sarabhai Children Innovation Centre organising an Immersion Visit for School Children

City School Students visit GUSEC for an immersion visit on innovation and entrepreneurship

Over 1,000 students to visit GUSEC over the next several weeks as part of a special drive to introduce school-students to entrepreneurship and innovation under the Vikram Sarabhai National Children Innovation Centre

GUSEC, the startup incubator and innovation support organisation of Gujarat University, today hosted students from Shanti Asiatic School. The visit was organised as part of an immersion visit under the Vikram Sarabhai National Children Innovation Centre (VSCIC) recently operationalised in GU Campus.

This visit was one of many such visits planned by GUSEC over the next several weeks, with a plan to host over 1,000 school students to visit the University campus and allow school students to get an in-person experience on the facets of startups, innovation and entrepreneurship.

“GU is the leading institution in conducting innovation and entrepreneurship-related activities in Gujarat. Our Vikram Sarabhai National Children Innovation Centre is a first-of-its-kind centre in India to promote innovation for school-going children. The value of an in-person visit is immense as it allows students to understand the opportunities and possibilities inside a public facility such as the University campus. The visit will also create aspirations for students to solve a problem of the society,” said Prof Himanshu Pandya, Vice-Chancellor, Gujarat University.

During the visit, the students interacted with startups of GUSEC as well as young innovators already working under the guidance of the VSCIC. The students were introduced to the fundamentals of innovation, entrepreneurship, startups, design thinking and problem solving through interactive videos and presentations. The students were made aware of the benefits available to students through VSCIC and the visit was concluded by the students visiting the GUSEC startup co-working premises as well as tinkering with the Fablab facility of GUSEC which includes 3D printers, rapid prototypers, etc.

“Over the next few months, we plan to engage with over 50 public and private schools in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar for conducting these immersion visits. Once this first phase of visits is complete, we envision bringing students from farther and remoter districts of Gujarat to ensure benefits of the VSCIC are availed by maximum possible students,” said Rahul Bhagchandani, Group CEO, GUSEC.

The Vikram Sarabhai National Children Innovation Centre has been established at Gujarat University by GUSEC and UNICEF in order to create a platform for innovation and entrepreneurship for school-going students. Through VSCIC, students are able to get support for ideation, design thinking, problem development, patent filing and prototype creation. VSCIC also has a broad mandate to train and conduct capacity-building activities for students, teachers and parents.

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