Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) is a path-breaking policy initiative of the Ministry of Education (MoE), Govt. of India implemented through AICTE and MoE’s Innovation Cell to systematically rank all major higher educational institutions and universities in India on indicators related to promotion and support of “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development” amongst students and faculties.

ARIIA ranking will certainly inspire Indian institutions to reorient their mind-set and build ecosystems to encourage high quality research, innovation and entrepreneurship. More than quantity, ARIIA will focus on quality of innovations and will try to measure the real impact created by these innovations nationally and internationally. Moreover, ARIIA will set tone and direction for institutions for future development for making them globally competitive and in forefront of innovation. Taking the Indian innovation and start-up ecosystem in HEIs into account, various parameters comprise of input, process, output, and outcome parameters are included in the framework. Below are the major parameters considered in ARIIA for ranking:

• Activities to promote and support innovation & start-up in the campus
• Pre-incubation and incubation infrastructures & facilities available in campus
• Academic courses offered by the institute on innovation, IPR and start-up
• Successful innovation and start-ups emerged from campus
• Investment, collaboration and partnerships with ecosystem enablers
• Research outputs; publications and intellectual properties generated
• Technology transfer and commercialization efforts

Atmiya University

Yogidham Gurukul, Kalawad Road, Rajkot

MoE’s Innovation Cell (MIC)
Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC)

In the year 2018, the Ministry of Education (MoE) through MoE’s Innovation Cell (MIC) launched the Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC) program in collaboration with AICTE for Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) to systematically foster the culture of innovation and start-up ecosystem in education institutions. IICs’ role is to engage large number of faculty, students and staff in various innovation and entrepreneurship related activities such as ideation, Problem solving, Proof of Concept development, Design Thinking, IPR, project handling and management at Pre-incubation/Incubation stage, etc., so that innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem gets established and stabilized in HEIs. Three types of activities are defined by MoE, includes IIC Calendar Activity, MIC Calendar Activity and self driven activities.

Atmiya University had established Institution Innovation Council (IIC) as per the norms of Innovation Cell, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India during IIC Calendar year 2018-19 for fulfilling the objective mentioned by MoE and AICTE. Different activities were organized by Atmiya University in the Calendar year 2018-19 year like, India First Leadership Talk Series, Offline Webinar on IPR, Design Thinking – Offline Workshop, Idea Competition and many self driven activities. For this achievement Atmiya University received three Star out of five in current year.

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Next year, 2019-20 Atmiya University got four stars out of five in the same category and became gujarat’s second University who received highest star rating. Same year MoE had arranged 17 online sessions during the Lockdown period, and many faculty member and students completed all the sessions.

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List of Activity submitted to MoE’s Innovation cell under IIC in the year 2019-2020

  • India First Leadership Talk Series by Shri. Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group on 8th of January 2019.
  • Offline Webinar on IPR by Dr. Ashish M. Kothari on 10th of January 2019.
  • India First Leadership Talk Series by Shri. Anand Deshpande, Chairman, Persistent system on 24th of January 2019.
  • India First Leadership Talk Series by Shri. Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor, Govt. of India, on 19th of March 2019.
  • Idea Competition is organized under IIC on dated 29th of March 2019.
  • India First Leadership Talk Series by Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), on 22th of April 2019.
  • Design Thinking – Offline Workshop by Mr. Parth Sejpal, GTU on dated 24th April 2019

List of Activity submitted to MoE’s Innovation cell under IIC in the year 2019-2020

  • My Story – Entrepreneur’s Life & Crossroad – Motivational Speak – To be Share by Entrepreneurs on dated 29th August 2019
  • My Story – Innovator’s Life & Crossroad- Motivational Speak – To be Share by Innovators on dated 4th Sept., 2019
  • Field/Exposure Visit to Village/Society /School/Industry/Market – Identity real Life Problem – Sikka Visit on dated 4th-18th, Sept., 2019
  • Two days workshop SSIP BOOT CAMP of Welding Inspection (WPS, WPQ & PQR) ASME Sec. IX on dated 13th-14th, Sept., 2019
  • Book Reading Titled “My Experiments with Truth”on dated 21th Sept, 2019
  • Khadi Exhibition Khadi from Udyog Bharti – Gondal, Rajkot on dated 25- 26, Sept., 2019
  • Gandhian Global Solar Yatra (GGSY Workshop) for Solar Urja Lamp (SoULs) Assembly on dated 02nd Oct., 2019
  • Online Session1 on NISP 2019 by Mr. Dipan Sahu,National Coordinator – IIC, ARIIA, NISP Innovation Cell, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India 28 th April 2020
  • Session 2: Role and Importance of Pre-Incubators, Incubators and Accelerators in HEIs – Harnesing Innovation and Entrepreneurial Potential of Students and Faculties at Early Stage on dated 29 th April 2020
  • Session 3: Hangout with Emerging Innovator & Entreprenuers Supported through MIC & AICTE on dated 30 th April 2020
  • Session 4: Role of Network Enablers in driving I&E in HEIs – A Case of TiE, India on dated 1st May 2020
  • Session 5: Hangout with Successful Startup Founder on dated 4th May 2020
  • Session 6: Entrepreneurship, Business Idea and Business Model Canavas on dated 5th May 2020
  • Session 7: How to Ideintify Right Problem and Solution using the Double Diamond Approach in Design on dated 6thMay 2020.
  • Session 8: Intellectual Property (IP) Management at Early Stage of Innovation and Start-ups on dated 7thMay 2020.
  • Session 9: Understanding Angel and Venture Capital Funding – What is there for Early Stage innovator & Entrepreneurs on dated 8th May 2020.
  • Session 10: Legal and Ethical Steps – Productive Entrepreneurship and Startup on dated 12th May 2020
  • Session 11: Innovating Self- Screen and Identify right opportunities on dated 13th May 2020
  • Session 12: Understanding Role and Application of Marketing Research at Idea to Start up Stage – Foundation Level on dated 14th May 2020
  • Session 13: Innovation Risk Diagnostic — Product Innovation Rubric(PIR) on dated 15th May 2020
  • Session 14: Idea, Entrepreneurship Opportunities, Business Model and Business Plan on dated 19th May 2020
  • Session 15: Use of Market Data and Application of Marketing Research Tools and Methodology – Increasing Chances of Survivality of Innovation and Venture – Advance Level on dated 20th May 2020
  • Session 16: Frugal Innovations and Social Entrepreneurship on dated 21th May 2020
  • Session 17: Interaction with Student Innovators and Entrepreneurs Emerged from Smart India Hackathon (SIH) on dated 22th May 2020.

List of Activity submitted to MHRD’s Innovation cell under IIC in the year 2020-2021

  • Expert talk on Industry Expectations after Lockdown on dated 17th July, 2020
  • Panel Discussion on Atmanirbhar Bharat- Vocal for Local, Make In India for the world on dated 17th July, 2020.
  • Webinar on Successful Entrepreneurs Journey on dated 5th September 2020.
  • Training workshop on Enhancement of ICT competency for Virtual Classroom on dated 21-26 September 2020.
  • Orientation Session on National Education Policy (with a focus on Innovation and entrepreneurship) by Dr. Y. M. Jayraj on dated 23rd September 2020.
  • Expert Talk – The Power plan for Entrepreurship Growth on dated 29rd September 2020.
  • Session on Process of Innovation Development “Idea to Execution” on dated 30rd September  2020.
  • Gandhiji in many Facets – A Conversation on dated 1st October, 2020.
  • Revisiting Gandhi’s Naitalim opportunities & chanllanges on dated 1st October, 2020.
  • What should you do after your Degree – Become an Entrepreneur or do a job on dated 9th October, 2020.
  • International Webinar on Biotechnological Advancement in the 21st Century on dated 31st Oct-01 Nov, 2020
  • Virtual Industrial Visit to FOMEX GROUP on dated 2nd November 2020.
  • International Conference on  Paradigm shift in Economy Post 2020 on dated 3-4 December 2020
  • Expert Talk (Book Talk): Family business: Roots to Routes on dated 28th November, 2020.
  • Online Webinar “Lets think to Re-think” by Mr. Sanjay Raval on dated 30th November 2020
  • Conducting Literature Review based Research Paper on dated 1st December 2020.


Atmiya University Rajkot

Student Start up & Innovation Policy

About SSIP

Government of Gujarat has developed a policy for providing assistance to Startups/ Innovation. Under this scheme, any individual/ group of individuals having innovative idea/ Concept will be eligible and/ or Universities/ education institutions, Incubation Centre/ PSUs/ R&D Institutions/ Private and other establishments will be eligible as an institution to support and mentor to innovators as approved by Committee. Startups in an economy’s technology sectors is an important indicator of technological performance for several reasons.

Key Objectives

The Student Startup & Innovation Policy of Government of Gujarat aims to create an integrated, state-wide, university-based innovation ecosystem to support innovations and ideas of young students and provide a conducive environment for optimum harnessing of their creative pursuit.

  • Developing student centric Innovation and Preincubation Ecosystem for Students (IPIES)
  • Creating environment for creativity to flourish and an end-to-end support system in educational institutions to allow ample support to ideas for better execution
  • Build internal capacity of educational institutions and key components of the innovation ecosystem to enable deployed processes to make sustainable impact at scale
  • Create pathways for mind to market by harnessing and handholding projects/ research/ innovation/ ideas of students in Gujarat
  • Creating and facilitating sectoral and regional innovation efforts in state around educational institutions
  • Create a common platform to showcase, support and upscale innovations for motivating stakeholders as well as for an opportunity to create value for money and value for many
  • Leverage public system initiatives at state and central level, academia, industries and by other ecosystem stakeholders / domain experts and institutions to make an inclusive effort

Key Goals

  • Empower all universities to set-up and execute the broad agenda of innovation and preincubation
  • Aim to create an environment that converts at least 1% graduates into job creators by innovation and allied means
  • Support at least 1,000 student-led innovations per year and aim to file 1000 patents from universities in the state every year
  • Harness 500 student startups in the next 5 years, and upscale
  • Empower universities and educational institutes to build a robust Innovation and Preincubation support systems within
  • Create incentives, awards, appreciations and benchmarks for innovation and student startups and associated efforts at all layers
  • Build capacity for at least 200 educational institutes in the state in the next five years, to have a robust preincubation support for student / alumni startups and Innovations
  • Undertake strategic interventions to empower all universities in the state to develop full-fledged preincubation ecosystem in the next 5 years
  • Ensure that the innovation processes link academia, society and SMEs through systematic ways so that students and faculty solve their challenges and create further entrepreneurial opportunities

Role of Stakeholders

  • Government: Mandate, support, facilitate, integrate and scale
  • Academic stakeholders: Deploy agenda within, quality assurance, create end-to-end support systems, and codification
  • Non-academic, industry and other ecosystem stakeholders: Mentoring, market access, and domain knowledge
  • SSIP 1.0
  1. 1st MoU signed Between Gujarat Knowledge society (GKS), GoG & AITS(erstwhile institute of Atmiya University)  for F.Y. 2017-2018 to 2020-2021
  2. 2nd  MoU signed Between Gujarat Knowledge society (GKS), GoG & AITS(erstwhile institute of Atmiya University)  F.Y.2020-2021 to 2021-2022
  • SSIP 2.0
  1. SSIP 2.0 -Proposal submitted on 28/05/2022 with total proposed amount Rs. 2,00,00,00 -1 crore Student innovation Fund (SIF) from GKS and 1 crore Grantee matching fund (GMF)  from AU)
  • SSIP 1.0 activities & fund Utilized


1. Total Fund Details


Fund Details

Fund Utilized















0 0 0 1,37,424 1,37,424



0 0 0 7,907.5 7,907.5



0 0 0 81,793 81,794



0 0 0 1,68,469 1,68,467



1,000,000 1,000,000 2,000,000 5,07,023.50 5,07,024.20


2. Fund utilized in Different Activity

Sr No

Name of Activity Nos



Patent filling support 25



Proof of Concept (PoC) 50



Capacity building Program/Workshop 105



Tinkering Lab Development 1



Co working space(3 D Printer) 1



SMART CITY HACKATHON(2 teams from AU shortlisted in top 30 for final round 1



SMART GUJARAT FOR NEW INDIA HACKATHON(Team from AU Secured 1st Position , 3 Problems Solutions Accepted by RMC

(1) BRTS Service (2) Sewage Plants (3) Smart Dustbin. Post Event collaboration for its adoption)



3. Major Patent

Sr No

Name of Student Status

Total fund utilized


Rajvi Kotecha-Student of CE dept

Optimized Informative mirror

Patent granted with  Patent No- 385920

Application No-202021047179



Bhavya Bhimani- student of ME dept -Automatic Pressure Sensing Mechanism Examination phase Application No. 202021050530

4500+15000(in process of approval)

4. Start up

Sr No

Name of Student

Name of start up


Jatdeep Viramgama & Bhavya Bhimani- student of ME dept

Xenhester Innovations Pvt. Ltd.


Rajvi Kotecha- Student of CE dept


Registration for Startup in Process

MoE’s Innovation Cell (MIC)

National Innovation & Startup Policy (NISP)

The ‘National Innovation and Start-up Policy 2019 for students and faculty in HEIs was launched by Former 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 interinstitutional 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 Hon’ble Prime Minster of India.

Components Of Guiding Framework

  • 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

Highlighting Features Of The Policy

  • Creation of ‘Innovation fund’ for supporting innovative projects and Start-ups by allocating minimum 1% of institution’s total budget
  • Academic break for a semester/ year to work on their startups Credits for working on innovative prototype/ business models
  • 2% – 9.5% Equity/ stake in startup/ company by Institute’s incubator
  • Complete Ownership of IPR by the inventors in case of non-usage of institute’s facilities/ resources
  • Services to be offered by institution in lieu of equity, fee based or zero payment model

NISP CELL at Atmiya University

The Advisory Committee of Atmiya University has decided to be a part of NISP framework which will facilitate Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in bringing uniformity across HEIs in terms of Intellectual Property ownership management, technology licensing and institutional Startup policy, thus enabling creation of a robust innovation and Start up ecosystem across all HEIs. As per the discussions held during the orientation sessions conducted on 11th and 29th January 2021 which were attended by our registered NISP National Coordinator, following committee is formed to implement, amend and monitor NISP implementation & activities. Members of the committee have agreed to support and share their expertise in successful implementation of NISP.



Name of Member Affiliation



Dr. D D Vyas Dean-Transformative Academics

President, NISP


Dr. Ashish Kothari Professor, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering

Research Advisor


Mr. Mohit Lakhwani Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Coordinator


Dr. Hemraj M tank Dean-Faculty of Paramedical Sciences



Dr. Vishal Khasgiwala Dean, Faculty of Business & Commerce Member


Mr. K V Parmar Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering



Mr. Pratik Kikani Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Innovation Ambassador


Mr Sagar Shah Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering


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