Hyderabad: With a new building in the making to house T-Hub, the existing swanky structure will be used to foster innovation at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad. It has already begun works in this direction, said people in the know.
“The new building is likely to be ready by June 2018. The existing building will belong to IIIT-H. We all working at the T-Hub will shift to the new building,” T-Hub chief executive officer Jay Krishnan told Telangana Today.
The current 70,000 square foot building CatalysT, the largest building in India to be entirely dedicated to entrepreneurship, will be used to create an innovation ecosystem. Here, the focus will be on industry commissioned projects as well as joint projects. The effort will be to work on real-life problems and solutions emerging from here will be scaled up, the official, who did not want to be named, said.
A pilot project is already being taken up, he said.
“There is more than one-and-half year time to work on the possibilities. Though the finer details are yet to be worked, it will centre around innovation. Among others, the scope could include reducing gap in the academia-industry interactions, protecting IP, commercialising technologies and technology transfer,” the official said.
IIIT-H, set up in 1998, was the first one to come up under the not-for-profit public private partnership (N-PPP) model in India. IIIT-H is organised as research centres and labs, instead of conventional departments, to facilitate inter-disciplinary research. Faculty assigned to the centers and labs conduct research, as well as academic programmes, which are owned by the institute, and not by individual research centers.
“The upcoming innovation initiative at T-Hub will be something like the RICH announced by Telangana Government recently,” the official said.
Telangana Government has recently launched The Research and Innovation Circle of Hyderabad (RICH) to create a synergy of research institutions, academic institutions and industries. People from diverse backgrounds will work to create a social impact. While the Telangana government will initially provide funding, stakeholders from various industries will be brought in soon.