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The ‘National Innovation and Start-up Policy 2019 for students and faculty in HEIs was launched by Honourable Minister of Education, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on 11th September 2019 at AICTE, New Delhi.


This policy intends to guide HEIs for promoting students’ driven innovations & start-ups and to engage the students and faculty in innovation and start up activities in campus. The policy aims at enabling HEIs to build, streamline and strengthen the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem in campus and will be instrumental in leveraging the potential of student’s creative problem solving and entrepreneurial mind-set, and promoting a strong intra and inter institutional partnerships with ecosystem enablers and different stakeholders at regional, national and international level.


The policy is being implemented by MoE’s Innovation Cell and in coordination AICTE, UGC, state/ UT governments and universities. Implementation of policy has been undertaken for quick adoption by HEIs. The present policy is a way forward to the earlier version of AICTE’s Start-up Policy which was launched in the year 2016 to complement the Startup Action Plan under the Startup India and Stand-up India Program launched by Honourable Prime Minster of India. The National Innovation and Start up Policy laid down guiding framework for HEIs and it highlights various important and practical aspects of promoting and supporting innovation, technology commercialization and start ups in academic

  • HEIs Strategies & Governance for Promoting Innovation & Entrepreneurship

  • Creating Innovation Pipeline and Pathways for Entrepreneurs

  • Building Organizational Capacity, Human Resources and Incentives to support and promote innovative and entrepreneurial activities

  • Collaboration, Co-creation, Business Relationship and Knowledge Exchange within campus and among the ecosystem enablers co-exist at regional and national level.

  • Norms for Faculty & Students Driven Innovations and Startups

  • Incentivizing Students for Entrepreneurship and Startup pursuits

  • Incentivizing faculty and Staff for Entrepreneurship and Startup pursuits

  • Incubation & Pre-incubation support and facility creation in HEIs

  • IP ownership rights for technologies Development and transfer in HEIs

  • Pedagogy and Learning Interventions for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development

  • Entrepreneurial Performance Impact Assessment.

Vision & Mission
  • To attain competitive prominence as an innovative Educator Centre of Excellence for Incubation and Start-ups supports and to develop high-quality technical human resources capable of doing cutting-edge research and innovation and deep-tech entrepreneurship.


  • To establish a vibrant and dynamic Startup Ecosystem across all the departments.

  • To enable the institute to actively engage students, faculties and staff in innovation and entrepreneurship-related activities.

  • To create a space for Collaboration, Co-creation, Business Relationships and Knowledge Exchange.

  • To facilitate the institute in terms of Intellectual Property (IP) ownership management, technology licensing and equity sharing.

MRU Start-Up Policy

MRU Startup Policy Plan
  • MRU Strategies & Governance for Promoting Innovation & Entrepreneurship

  • Creating Innovation Pipeline and Pathways for Entrepreneurs

  • Building Organizational Capacity, Human Resources and Incentives

  • Collaboration Co-creation and Business Relationship and Knowledge Exchange

  • Norms for Faculty & Students Driven Innovations and Start-ups

  • Incentivizing Faculty & Students for Entrepreneurship

  • Norms for Faculty Start-up

  • Incubation & Pre-Incubation support

  • IP Ownership Rights for Technologies Developed at GBSRC

  • Pedagogy & Learning Interventions for Supporting Innovations & Start-ups

  • Entrepreneurial Performance Impact Assessment

Policy Document

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1. Strategies and Governance

  • Promotion of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I & E) is an important activity at MRU, and a well-articulated strategy has been formulated to implement entrepreneurial vision of the institute. Specific objectives and associated performance indicators are identified to assess and monitor the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the organization.

  • The implementation of innovation entrepreneurial policy is the responsibility of a senior person at the level of dean/ director/ equivalent position, who understands the industry and start-up culture. The policy is formulated keeping the institute's vision and missions in mind.

  • Resource mobilization plan is worked out to ensure not only development of incubation infrastructure and facilities, but also supporting pre-incubation activities. To minimize organizational constraints, a sustainable financial strategy is adopted for the implementation of entrepreneurial agenda.

  • For expediting the decision making, hierarchical barriers are minimized, and individual autonomy and ownership of initiatives is promoted.

  • Importance of innovation and entrepreneurial agenda is known across the institute and promoted and highlighted at institutional programs such as conferences, convocations, workshops, etc.

  • Student and faculty start-up Policy and action plan is formulated at Institute level, which is in line with the current document along with well-defined short-term and long-term goals. Micro action plans have also been developed by various departments to accomplish the policy objectives.

  • Institute endeavours to develop and implement I & E strategy and policy for the entire institute in order to integrate the entrepreneurial activities across various centres, departments, faculties, within the institutes, thus breaking the silos.

2. Start-ups Enabling Institutional Infrastructure
Creation of pre-incubation and incubation facilities for nurturing innovations and startups in MRU will be undertaken. Incubation and Innovation need to be organically interlinked. Without innovation, new enterprises are unlikely to succeed. The goal of the effort should be to link INNOVATION to ENTREPRISES to FINANCIAL SUCCESS.

  • MRU is in process of creating facilities for supporting pre-incubation (e.g. Innovation Cell, Start-up Cell, Student Clubs, etc.) and Incubation/ acceleration by mobilizing resources from internal and external sources.

  • This Pre-Incubation/Incubation facility is accessible 24x7 to students, staff and faculty of all disciplines and departments across the institution.

  • Institute would offer mentoring and other relevant services through Pre- incubation/Incubation units .

3. Nurturing Innovations and Start-ups

  • MRU has established processes and mechanisms for easy creation and nurturing of Start-ups/enterprises by students (UG, PG, Ph.D.), staff (including temporary or project staff), faculty, alumni and potential start up applicants even from outside the institutions.

  • While defining their processes, institutions will ensure to achieve following:

    • Incubation support: Offer access to pre-incubation & Incubation facility to start ups by students, staff and faculty for mutually acceptable timeframe.

    • Will allow licensing of IPR from institute to start up: Ideally students and faculty members intending to initiate a start-up based on the technology developed or co-developed by them or the technology owned by the institute, should be allowed to take a license on the said technology on easy term, either in terms of equity in the venture and/ or license fees and/ or royalty to obviate the early-stage financial burden.

  • Institute will facilitate the start-up activities/ technology development by allowing students/ faculty/ staff to use institute infrastructure and facilities.

  • The institute could consider providing services based on a mixture of equity, fee based and/ or zero payment model. So, a start-up may choose to avail only the support, not seed funding, by the institute on rental basis.

  • Institute has a policy to extend this start-up facility to alumni of the institute.

  • Participation in start-up related activities needs to be considered as a legitimate activity of faculty in addition to teaching, that is, in addition to R&D projects, industrial consultancy and management duties, contributions towards start-ups are considered while evaluating the annual performance of the faculty. Every faculty may be encouraged to mentor at least one start-up.

  • Product development and commercialization as well as participating and nurturing of start-ups would now be added to a bucket of faculty-duties and each faculty would choose a mix and match of these activities (in addition to minimum required teaching and guidance) and then respective faculty are evaluated accordingly for them performance and promotion.

4. Product Ownership Rights for Technologies Developed at Institute

  • When institute facilities / funds are used substantially or when IPR is developed as a part of curriculum/ academic activity, IPR is to be jointly owned by inventors and the institute.

    • Inventors and institute could together license the product / IPR to any commercial organization.

    • An institute may not be allowed to hold the equity as per the current statute, so MRU may be requested to hold equity on their behalf.

  • On the other hand, if product/ IPR is developed by innovators not using any institute facilities, outside office hours (for staff and faculty) or not as a part of curriculum by student, then product/ IPR will be entirely owned by inventors in proportion to the contributions made by them. In this case, inventors can decide to license the technology to third parties or use the technology the way they deem fit.

  • If there is a dispute in ownership, a minimum five-member committee consisting of two faculty members (having developed sufficient IPR and translated to commercialization), two of the institute’s alumni/ industry experts (having experience in technology commercialization) and one legal advisor with experience in IPR, will examine the issue after meeting the inventors and help them settle this, hopefully to everybody’s satisfaction. Institute can use alumni/ faculty of other institutes as members if they cannot find sufficiently experienced alumni / faculty of their own.

  • Institute IPR cell or incubation centre will only be a coordinator and facilitator for providing services to faculty, staff and students. They will have no say on how the

  • invention is carried out, how it is patented or how it is to be licensed. If the institute is to pay for patent filing, they can have a committee which can examine whether the IPR is worth patenting and own the patent. The committee should consist of faculty who have experience and excelled in technology translation.

  • MRU promotes Interdisciplinary research and publications or start-up and entrepreneurship.

5. Organizational Capacity, Human Resources and Incentives

  • MRU endeavours to recruit staff that has a strong innovation and entrepreneurial/ industrial experience, behaviour and attitude. This will help in fostering the I&E culture.

    • Some of the relevant faculty members with prior exposure and interest are routinely deputed for training to promote I&E.

    • To achieve better engagement of staff in entrepreneurial activities, a suitable institutional policy on career development of staff has been developed. There 12 is emphasis on constant up skilling.

  • Faculty and departments of the institutes have to work in coherence and cross departmental linkages should be strengthened through shared faculty, cross-faculty teaching and research in order to gain maximum utilization of internal resources and knowledge.

  • Periodically some external subject matter experts such as guest lecturers or alumni can be engaged for strategic advice and bring in skills which are not available internally.

  • Faculty and staff should be encouraged to do courses on innovation, entrepreneurship management and venture development.

  • In order to attract and retain the right people, MRU has academic and non academic incentives and reward mechanisms for all staff and stakeholders that actively contribute and support entrepreneurship agenda and activities.​

6. Creating Innovation Pipeline and Pathways for Entrepreneurs at Institute Level

  • To ensure exposure of maximum students to innovation and pre incubation activities at their early stage and to support the pathway from ideation to innovation to market, mechanisms should be devised at institution level.

    • Spreading awareness among students, faculty and staff about the value of entrepreneurship and its role in career development or employability should be a part of the institutional entrepreneurial agenda example like arranging Business Plan Competition.

    • Students/ staff should be taught that innovation (technology, process or business innovation) is a mechanism to solve the problems of the society and consumers. Entrepreneurs should innovate with focus on the market niche. Curriculum subjects like entrepreneurship development should be incorporated for students.

    • Students should be encouraged to develop entrepreneurial mind set through experiential learning by exposing them to training in cognitive skills (e.g. design thinking, critical thinking, etc.), by inviting first generation local entrepreneurs or experts to address young minds. Initiatives like idea and innovation competitions, hackathons, workshops, boot camps, seminars, conferences, exhibitions, mentoring by academic and industry personnel, throwing real life challenges, awards and recognition should be routinely organized.

    • To prepare the students for creating the start up through the education, integration of education activities with enterprise-related activities should be done.

  • MRU endeavours to link their start-ups and companies with a wider entrepreneurial ecosystem and by providing support to students who show potential, in the pre-start-up phase. Connecting student entrepreneurs with real life entrepreneurs will help the students in understanding real challenges which may be faced by them while going through the innovation funnel and will increase the probability of success.

  • MRU has established the Institution's Innovation Council (IIC) as per the guidelines of MoE’s Innovation Cell and allocates appropriate budget for its activities. IICs should guide institutions in conducting various activities related to innovation, start-up and entrepreneurship development. Collective and concentrated efforts are undertaken to identify, scout, acknowledge, support and reward proven student ideas and innovations and to further facilitate their entrepreneurial journey.

  • For strengthening the innovation funnel of the institute, access to financing is opened for the potential entrepreneurs.

    • Networking events are organized to create a platform for the budding entrepreneurs to meet investors and pitch their ideas.

    • Provide business incubation facilities: premises at subsidized cost. Laboratories, research facilities, IT services, training, mentoring, etc. should be accessible to the new start-ups.

    • A culture is promoted to understand that money is not FREE and is risk capital. The entrepreneur must utilize these funds and return. While funding is taking risk on the entrepreneur, it is an obligation of the entrepreneur to make every effort possible to prove that the funding agency did right in funding him/ her.

  • MRU envisages to develop a ready reckoner of Innovation Tool Kit, which must be kept on the homepage on the institute's website to answer the doubts and queries of the innovators and enlisting the facilities available at the institute.

7. Norms for Faculty Start-ups

  • For better coordination of the entrepreneurial activities, norms for faculty to do startups are being created by the institutes.

    • Roles of faculty may vary from being an owner/ direct promoter, mentor, consultant or as on-board member of the start-up.

    • MRU is developing a policy on 'conflict of interests' to ensure that the regular duties of the faculty don’t suffer owing to his/her involvement in the start-up activities.

    • Faculty start-up may consist of faculty members alone or with students or with faculty of other institutes or with alumni or with other entrepreneurs.

  • Faculty must clearly separate and distinguish on-going research at the institute from the work conducted at the start-up/ company.

  • Faculty must not accept gifts from the start-up.

  • Faculty must not involve research staff or other staff of the institute in activities at the startup and vice-versa.

  • Human subject related research in start-ups should get clearance from the ethics committee of the institution.

8. Pedagogy and Learning Interventions for Entrepreneurship Development

  • MRU has adopted a diversified approach to produce desired learning outcomes, which should include cross-disciplinary learning using mentors, labs, case studies, games, etc. in place of traditional lecture-based delivery.

    • Student clubs/ bodies/ departments are created for organizing competitions, bootcamps, workshops, awards, etc. These bodies should be involved in institutional strategy planning to ensure enhancement of the student’s thinking and responding ability.

    • For creating awareness among the students, the teaching methods should include case studies on business failure and real-life experience reports by start-ups.

    • Tolerating and encouraging failures: Failures need to be elaborately discussed and debated to imbibe that failure is a part of life, thus helping in reducing the social stigma associated with it. Very importantly, this should be a part of the institute's philosophy and culture.

    • Innovation champions should be nominated from within the students/ faculty/ staff for each department/ stream of study.

  • Entrepreneurship education should be imparted to students at curricular/ cocurricular/ extra- curricular level through elective/ short term or long-term courses on innovation, entrepreneurship and venture development. Validated learning outcomes should be made available to the students.

    • Integration of expertise of the external stakeholders should be done in the entrepreneurship education to evolve a culture of collaboration and engagement with the external environment.

    • In the beginning of every academic session, the institute should conduct an induction program about the importance of I&E so that freshly inducted students are made aware about the entrepreneurial agenda of the institute and available support systems. Curriculum for entrepreneurship education should be continuously updated based on entrepreneurship research outcomes. This should also include case studies on failures.

    • Industry linkages should be leveraged for conducting research and survey on trends in technology, research, innovation, and market intelligence.

    • Sensitization of students should be done for their understanding of expected learning outcomes.

    • Student innovators, start-ups, experts must be engaged in the dialogue process while developing the strategy so that it becomes need based.

    • Customized teaching and training materials should be developed for start-ups.

    • It must be noted that not everyone can become an entrepreneur. The entrepreneur is a leader, who would convert an innovation successfully into a product, others may join the leader and work for the start-up. It is important to understand that entrepreneurship is about risk taking. One must carefully evaluate whether a student is capable and willing to take risk.

  • Pedagogical changes need to be done to ensure that the maximum number of student projects and innovations are based around real life challenges. Learning interventions developed by the institutes for inculcating entrepreneurial culture should be constantly reviewed and updated.

9. Collaboration, Co-creation, Business Relationships and Knowledge Exchange

  • Stakeholder engagement should be given prime importance in the entrepreneurial agenda of the institute. Institutes should find potential partners, resource organizations, micro, small and medium- sized enterprises, social enterprises, schools, alumni, professional bodies and entrepreneurs to support entrepreneurship and co- design the programs.

    • To encourage co-creation, bi-directional flow/ exchange of knowledge and people should be ensured between institutes such as incubators, science parks, etc.

    • Institute should organize networking events for better engagement of collaborators and should open the opportunities for staff, faculty and students to allow constant flow of ideas and knowledge through meetings, workshops, space for collaboration, lectures, etc.

    • Mechanism should be developed by the institute to capitalize on the knowledge gained through these collaborations.

    • First focus of the incubator should be to create successful ventures.

  • The institute should develop policy and guidelines for forming and managing the relationships with external stakeholders including private industries.

  • Knowledge exchange through collaboration and partnership should be made a part of institutional policy and MRU endeavours provide support mechanisms and guidance for creating, managing and coordinating these relationships.

    • Through formal and informal mechanisms such as internships, teaching and research exchange programmes, clubs, social gatherings, etc., faculty, staff and students at the institutes should be given the opportunities to connect with their external environment. Connect of the institute with the external environment must be leveraged in form of absorbing information and experience from the external ecosystem into the institute’s environment.

    • Single Point of Contact (SPOC) mechanism should be created in the institute for the students, faculty, collaborators, partners and other stakeholders to ensure access to information.

    • Mechanisms should be devised by the institutions to ensure maximum exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities with industrial and commercial collaborators.

    • Knowledge management should be done by the institute through development of innovation knowledge platforms using in-house Information & Communication Technology (ICT) capabilities.

10. Entrepreneurial Impact Assessment

  • Impact assessment of the institute's entrepreneurial initiatives such as preincubation, incubation, entrepreneurship education should be performed regularly using well defined evaluation parameters and processes.

    • Monitoring and evaluation of knowledge exchange initiatives, engagement of all departments and faculty in the entrepreneurial teaching and learning should be assessed.

    • Number of start-ups created, support system provided at the institutional level and satisfaction of participants, new business relationships created by the institutes should be recorded and used for impact assessment.

    • Impact should also be measured for the support system provided by the institute to the student entrepreneurs, faculty and staff for pre-incubation, incubation, IPR protection, industry linkages, exposure to entrepreneurial ecosystem, etc. Formulation of strategy and impact assessment should go hand in hand. The information on impact of the activities should be actively used while developing and reviewing the entrepreneurial strategy.

  • Impact assessment for measuring the success should be in terms of sustainable social, financial and technological impact in the market. For innovations at the precommercial stage, development of sustainable enterprise models is critical. COMMERCIAL success is the ONLY measure in the long run.

MRU -NISP Scheduled plan
To inculcate the spirit of innovation amongst students:
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To identify and develop students innovative ideas:
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To inculcate the spirit of innovation amongst students:
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Short  Term & Long Term Goals
Short term goals
  • Developing critical thinking skills to motivate students and faculties with entrepreneurial abilities.

  • Building Innovation and Incubation ecosystem by providing resources available at the Institute.

  • In-house competency development to serve the potentiality of the incubators.

  • Strengthen the intra and inter-institutional linkage with ecosystem enablers at different levels.

  • Defining Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Entrepreneurial Performance Impact Assessment.

Long term goals

  • Innovation, Pre-incubation, Incubation and startup facilities on the campus

  • Academic courses offered by the institute on Innovation, IPR and Start-ups

  • Obtaining scientific and technical patents by Incubators and Startups

  • Collaboration, Co-Creation and Technology Exchange and Commercialization

  • Emerging successful Innovation and Start-ups from the Institute

  • Increase technical employment rate through self-employment by Startups

  • Developing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Entrepreneurial Performance Impact Assessment.

  • Creating societal, ethical, and technological entrepreneurs through National Innovation and Start-up Policy.

Faculty & Student Support
Faculty Support
  • Institute would recruit staff that has strong innovation and entrepreneurial/ industrial experience, behaviour, and attitude. This will help in fostering an Innovation and Entrepreneurship culture.

  • Faculty and staff should be encouraged to do courses on innovation, entrepreneurship management, and venture development.

  • Guest Lectures by Subject Matter Experts (SME)

Student Support

  • Induction program about the importance of I&E to be conducted the first-year students. So that freshly inducted students are made aware about the entrepreneurial agenda of the institute and available support systems

  • Supporting the students in terms of providing address for their Incubation cell, Semester break, attendance, and accommodation.

  • Student clubs/ bodies/ departments must be created for organizing competitions, boot camps, workshops, awards, etc.

  • ‘Innovation & Entrepreneurship Award’ to recognize outstanding ideas, successful enterprises and contributors:

  • Innovation champions would be nominated within the students/ faculty/ staff for each department/ stream of study

MRU NSIP committee
MRU –NISP Expert Committee

Malla Reddy University has join the campaign implementing National Innovation and Start up policy (NISP) under the aegis of the Ministry of Education Innovation Cell (MIC) and adopted the policy framed by MIC. The policy aims at promoting innovation and start up culture among the students and faculty of Higher education Institutes. As discussed by the NISP national coordinator during training sessions held on 09.09.22, the following committee is formed to implement and monitor NISP 2019. Following members agreed to take and responsibilities as per guidelines laid the national coordinator.

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About NISP
Vision Mission
Startup policy
Short Long Goal
Faculty Student
NISP Committee
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