Programme Partners

Department of Science and Technology, Government of India

India is one of the top-ranking countries in the field of basic research. Indian Science has come to be regarded as one of the most powerful instruments of growth and development, especially in the emerging scenario and competitive economy. In the wake of the recent developments and the new demands that are being placed on the S&T system, it is necessary for us to embark on some major science projects which have relevance to national needs and which will also be relevant for tomorrow's technology. The Department of Science & Technology plays a pivotal role in promotion of science & technology in the country. The department has wide ranging activities ranging from promoting high-end basic research and development of cutting edge technologies on one hand to service the technological requirements of the common man through development of appropriate skills and technologies on the other.

The National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), established in 1982 by the Government of India under the aegis of Department of Science & Technology, is an institutional mechanism to help promote knowledge driven and technology intensive enterprises. The Board, having representations from socio-economic and scientific Ministries/Departments, aims to convert "job-seekers" into "job-generators" through Science & Technology (S&T) interventions.

Objectives

To promote and develop high-end entrepreneurship for S&T manpower as well as self-employment by utilising S&T infrastructure and by using S&T methods.

To facilitate and conduct various informational services relating to promotion of entrepreneurship.

To network agencies of the support system, academic institutions and Research & Development (R&D) organisations to foster entrepreneurship and self-employing using S&T with special focus on backward areas as well.

To act as a policy advisory body with regard to entrepreneurship

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry is the rallying point for free enterprises in India. It has empowered Indian businesses, in the changing times, to shore up their competitiveness and enhance their global reach.

With a nationwide membership of over 1500 corporates and over 500 chambers of commerce and business associations, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry espouses the shared vision of Indian businesses and speaks directly and indirectly for over 2,50,000 business units. It has an expanding direct membership of enterprises drawn from large, medium, small and tiny segments of manufacturing, distributive trade and services. Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry maintains the lead as the proactive business solution provider through research, interactions at the highest political level and global networking. In the knowledge-driven globalized economy, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry stands for quality, competitiveness, transparency, accountability and business-government-civil society partnership to spread ethics-based business practices and to enhance the quality of life of the common people.

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry reach is not restricted or dominated by large business houses. We provide service and support to all cross section of industry and trade irrespective of their size. In fact, we have a separate Committee, which handles the specific issues relating to small and medium sector in India. By definition, the small and medium sector in India is possibly equivalent to the "tiny sector" that you have in the US. We are closely associated with the Indian SME's as we invite them on delegations to help provide them international linkages with industry clusters abroad. Our membership structure also provides us direct as well as indirect linkages with the SME's all over the country.

National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA)

NIRDA is a public Institution established by the law n’51/2013 of 28/03/2013. Its mission is to implement the national industrial policy, carry out industrial and technology development research and facilitate the vertical growth of small and medium enterprises for them to enter new markets and increase new improved products or technologies. Achieving this mission will contribute to the overall goal of the government of Rwanda of reducing poverty and improving the well being of the Rwanda population. To achieve this main mission NIRDA has to collaborate with public institutions, private sectors or entrepreneurs who wish to invest in new or improved industrial research products, in the framework of producing high quality value added products for both local and international markets. NIRDA has to date undertaken industrial and technology development research in various fields including Agro Processing and Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Chemical Industries (Cleaner & Environmental Management Research and Process Engineering, Manufacturing and High-tech Division).